• Denmark introduces CAESAR 155 mm, Piranha 120 mm indirect fire systems

    The Danish Army indirect fire support capability is being refreshed with the introduction of two new systems: the French Nexter Systems CAESAR 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled (SP) artillery system and the General Dynamics European Land Systems MOWAG Piranha 5 modified to carry the latest generation

  • Brazil’s Ares unveils upgraded M113 MB1 APC

    Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa, a Brazilian subsidiary of Elbit Systems, is marketing an upgrade package for the Brazilian Army’s M113BR armoured personnel carriers (APCs) that includes the company’s REMAX III lightweight remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS). The army has shown interest

  • Ares and Equitron team to give new life to Cascavel AFV

    Brazil’s Ares Aeroespacial e Defesa (an Elbit Systems subsidiary) has joined with local company Equitron Automação Eletrônico Mecanica to integrate its TORC30 modular protected remote-controlled weapon station to Equitron’s EE-9 Cascavel NG 6×6 armored reconnaissance

  • Battle of Marawi pushed Philippines troops to novel equipment usage

    The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) fighting in the Battle of Marawi in 2017 were forced to adjust to urban warfare with several novel uses for legacy equipment, senior sources have disclosed. During a five-month campaign, which started in May 2017 in the city of Marawi against foreign and

  • Bahraini military operating M-ATV vehicles

    The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) has revealed it has been operating Oshkosh M-ATV light armoured vehicles in Yemen. The BDF, which was not previously known to operate the M-ATV, released a promotional English-language video on 14 April that highlighted its achievements, including its contribution to

  • China advances Marine Lizard amphibious USV development

    Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, a Wuhan-based subsidiary of the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC), has delivered the first pre-production hull for the Marine Lizard amphibious combat unmanned surface vessel (USV) following successful factory acceptance tests at its

  • SOFINS 2019: Haulotte unveils HUTP vehicle

    French company Haulotte debuted its Haulotte Ultra-light Tactical Platform-Reconnaissance (HUTP) family of vehicles at the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) exhibition, held at Camp de Souge, south of Bordeaux, on 2–4 April. Christophe Dwernicki, vice-president for

  • Romanian Piranha 5 completes live firing test

    The Piranha 5 armed with the Elbit UT30MK2 remote controlled weapon station with a 30 mm cannon has completed static and dynamic tests, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced in a 9 April press release. The company added that the UT30MK2 exceeded customer requirements and that

  • UK boosts funding further for robotics and autonomous systems

    Spending on robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) will be higher than previously announced by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Craig, responsible for RAS in the British Army, told the SMi’s Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems conference in London on 3–4

  • Estonia receives last CV90s from Netherlands

    Estonia has received the last of 44 CV9035NL infantry fighting vehicles from the Netherlands, the Baltic News Service reported on 1 April. The vehicles were delivered following an extensive maintenance and refurbishment programme conducted in the Netherlands, and will be supported in Estonian

  • Thales highlights BRAIN modular unmanned system

    Thales used the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminal (SOFINS) at Camp de Souge on 2–4 April to unveil a modular autonomous vehicle that can be configured to support a variety of air, ground, and maritime mission sets conducted by special operations forces (SOF). The company

  • USMC awaiting ramifications of potential army JLTV cut

    If the US Army ultimately decides to cut its planned Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) buy, the US Marine Corps (USMC) will have to grapple with budgeting for the raising per unit cost. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on 9 April, USMC Commandant General Robert Neller

  • Bundeswehr awards Leopard 2 upgrade contract

    The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (: BAAINBw) and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) announced on 5 and 8 April, respectively, that they had signed a EUR300 million

  • SOFINS 2019: Technamm unveils new vehicles

    French company Technamm unveiled two of its latest designs – the Masstech Barkhane and the Masstech Armure – at the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) exhibition, held at Camp de Souge, south of Bordeaux, on 2–4 April. Specialised in modifying and

  • Bruisertech unveils MRAP to meet African requirements

    Key Points There are multiple insurgencies in Africa, and many countries operate mixed fleets of protected mobility vehicles Mixed fleets, derived from used and new vehicles, complicate maintenance South Africa’s Bruisertech has revealed its first mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP)

  • India’s Cabinet Committee on Security approves procurement of 464 T-90MS tanks

    India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved the INR134.48 billion (USD1.93 billion) procurement of 464 Russian-made T-90MS main battle tanks (MBTs) for the Indian Army (IA). Official sources told Jane’s that the move by the CCS, which convened in early April and is headed

  • SOFINS 2019: SOFEMA upgrades HADES20 20 mm gun

    SOFEMA presented an upgraded HADES20 20 mm gun at the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) exhibition, held at Camp de Souge, near Bordeaux, on 2–4 April. Specialists in refurbishing and upgrading decommissioned military equipment, SOFEMA has bought all 100 French Air

  • Russia’s Eastern Military District receives upgraded T-80 tanks

    Russia’s Eastern Military District (EMD) has received 120 upgraded T-80 main battle tanks since the beginning of the year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 April. “The EMD’s combined arms units stationed in the Amur Region, the Sakhalin Region, and Primorsky Krai have

  • US Army proposing cuts to Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicle fleet

    If US Army leaders get their way, in the coming years the service’s Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicle (FHTV) fleet will incur a deep procurement cut to help pay for modernisation priorities. When service officials crafted their fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget request, they scoured their

  • Denmark receives first production standard Piranha 5 and Eagle 5 vehicles

    The Royal Danish Army received its first production standard Piranha 5 and Eagle 5 armoured vehicles on 27 March, the Danish Ministry of Defence and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) have announced. The official handover marked the beginning of deliveries of 309 production standard

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