• European Boxer programmes take final shape

    European Boxer programmes are taking final form, with offers to the UK and Slovenia expected in 2019. Klaas Krause, head of sales Eastern Europe for Rheinmetall, which formed the Artec joint venture with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to produce the Boxer, said on 12 December that the UK Ministry of

  • Endeavor Robotics reveals Scorpion UGV details

    Endeavor Robotics has unveiled the design of its Scorpion unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that it is pushing for the US Army’s Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) programme. The Scorpion is a clean-sheet design weighing less than 11 kg. Its light weight ensures that it is backpackable and

  • US Army moves IMI Systems’ Iron Fist into next testing phase, prepares for fielding

    The US Army confirmed on 12 December that testing of IMI Systems’ Iron Fist active protection system (APS) on M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles will move forward to the next phase following an assessment of the technology by the service’s Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) in late

  • Portuguese special forces to receive additional ATVs

    The Special Operations Troops Centre (CTOE) of the Portuguese Army’s Rapid Reaction Brigade will receive one Sportsman MV850, two MRZR D2, and four MRZR D4 4×4 ultra-light 4×4 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from Polaris Industries in 2019, Jane’s has learned. Purchased through

  • Rwanda displays previously unseen self-propelled artillery

    A Chinese-made wheeled self-propelled artillery system was seen in service with the Rwandan Defence Force (RDF) for the first time in photographs released by President Paul Kagame on 11 December. The Rwandan president was viewing the final day of the annual combined arms exercise held at the Gabiro

  • Bulgaria invests in its T-72 tanks

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to invest BGN13.6 million (USD8 million) in the overhaul of some of its T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBTs) while considering launching an upgrade programme for its armour inventory in 2019. A contract is expected to be signed by the end of the year

  • Brazil transfers M41C light tanks to Uruguayan Army

    The Brazilian Army completed the transfer of 25 M41C light tanks to its Uruguayan counterpart in Rivera, Uruguay, on 7 December, according to sources from both nations’ armies. Of the 25 vehicles, 15 were completely refurbished by Brazil while the remaining 10 will be used for parts. Those

  • US Marine Corps, BAE Systems ramp up talks for new ACV 1.1 variants

    The US Marine Corps and BAE Systems are in process of finalising the initial design of three additional Amphibious Combat Vehicles 1.1 (ACVs 1.1) variants, according to the company’s amphibious programmes director, John Swift. BAE Systems is under contract and producing the ACV 1.1 personnel

  • Belarus upgrades APC fleet with new BTR-70MB1 variant

    The Belarusian armed forces are upgrading their fleet of armoured personnel carriers (APCs), a Belarusian military source told Jane’s . “The military’s BTR-70 APCs are being modernised to the BTR-70MB1 level, and 32 more carriers will have been delivered to the troops by the end

  • EDEX 2018: IMUT says new MRAP close to Egyptian order

    The International Marathon United Technology Group (IMUT), an Egyptian company, displayed two 4×4 armoured vehicles during the EDEX show held in Cairo from 3 to 5 December. IMUT President Michel Knight told Jane’s that the Egyptian Armed Forces has shown serious interest in the larger of

  • Italian Army receives its first LMV 2s

    The Italian Army has received its first examples of the latest-generation Iveco Defence Vehicles Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) Lince 2 in Networked Enabled Capability (NEC) configuration, with the first batch consisting of 34 units out of an initial requirement for 400. According to the Italian

  • Kazakhstan receives new batch of Arlan, Alan armoured vehicles

    Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) has revealed it has delivered another batch of Arlan and Alan vehicles to the Kazakh Ministry of Defence (MoD). KPE noted in a release that it had integrated a new chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) protection system into the Arlans, as

  • Warrior 2 completes unmanned firing trials

    Lockheed Martin UK’s Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) demonstration vehicle (Warrior 2) completed its unmanned live firing trials at the Five Tips Firing Range in Lulworth, Dorset, at the end of November. The company’s WCSP director, Lee Fellows, told Jane’s on 5

  • Belarusian special forces receive more Kaiman ARVs

    Belarusian special forces will receive more domestically produced Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles (ARVs), a Ministry of Defence armaments department source told Jane’s on 3 December. “In 2018–2019, the special forces will receive more than 33 Kaiman ARVs armed with AGS-17

  • Centauro II Mobile Gun Systems takes shape

    Leonardo Defence Systems has confirmed that the Italian Army placed its first contract for 11 Centauro II 8×8 Mobile Gun Systems (MGSs) in July. Details about the contract were revealed to Jane’s in November. This order comprises the single prototype to be brought up to full production

  • Robotic and autonomous targets break cover at I/ITSEC

    Several developments in robotic and autonomous targets, including ‘shoot-back’ capabilities, were revealed at the 2018 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in November. Pratt & Miller Defense has continued to develop its Trackless

  • China’s Norinco rolls out new combat, reconnaissance, and logistics UGVs

    China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), the primary supplier of land combat platforms and weapons to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), used the Airshow China 2018 exhibition in Zhuhai to signal its intent to increase its presence in the unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) market when it

  • Pakistan’s HIT unveils Viper IFV

    Pakistani armour manufacturer Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) unveiled its latest infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the Viper, at the IDEAS 2018 international defence exhibition, held in Karachi, Pakistan, between 27–30 November. The Viper is based on a lengthened chassis derived from the M113

  • Turkey pursues survivability for its tank fleet

    The Turkish armed forces have selected the Pulat hard-kill active protection system (APS), a local joint development of Aselsan and SSB, as part of an urgent operational requirement to improve survivability for its tank fleet following experience against anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) during

  • TLVS JV expecting German MEADS contract in 2019

    The Tactical Air Defence System (Taktische Luftverteidigungssystem: TLVS) GmbH joint venture (JV) of Lockheed Martin and MBDA expects the German government to award the long-awaited contract for its Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) sometime next year. Speaking to Jane’s at the

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