HEADLINES

  • Portuguese Army boosts ATGM capability

    The Portuguese Army is boosting its mobile anti-tank capability with five 8x8 General Dynamics European Land Systems Pandur II armoured anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) carriers. The army’s vehicle-based ATGM capability previously comprised MILAN and M220A1/TOW 2A series missiles carried by

  • Update: Côte d’Ivoire parades Belarusian Cayman vehicles

    Côte d’Ivoire revealed itself to be the first known exporter user of the Belarusian-made Cayman 4x4 light armoured vehicle when several featured in the 7 August independence day parade. Three Caymans were seen in the black livery of the country’s gendarmerie and another four in

  • Japan confirms development of electromagnetic railgun

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) released video footage on 31 July showing a small-calibre developmental electromagnetic (EM) railgun along with related support and test equipment. ATLA said in a report that it will spend JPY1 billion

  • Bulgaria details armoured vehicle procurement

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 25 July placed details online of the project to procure 150 armoured vehicles for the Bulgarian Land Forces (BuLF). The 17-page document was approved by Bulgaria’s Council of Ministers on 16 May. The BGN1.224 billion (USD722 million) BuLF

  • USMC takes delivery of first GaN G/ATOR

    Northrop Grumman has delivered the first US Marine Corps (USMC) AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) fitted with gallium nitride (GaN) radar technology. The delivery of the latest variant of G/ATOR, marks the transition from gallium arsenide (GaAs) transmit and receive (T/R) modules to

  • Delta showcases Didgori AMEV

    Georgia’s Delta State Military Scientific-Technical Centre has provided new details of the latest Armoured Medical Evacuation Vehicle (AMEV). The AMEV is based on Delta’s 4x4 Didgori light armoured vehicle (LAV) with the engine compartment at the front. The vehicle – which is 6.7

  • Gvozdika SPH deliveries to Ukraine completed

    Delivery of 33 Russian-designed 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) was completed at the end of June, Excalibur Army, a Czech defence company specialising in refurbishing former Eastern bloc surplus land systems which supplied the artillery, has

  • Indian Army’s Smerch launchers to be mounted on locally designed 10x10 vehicles

    The launchers for the Indian Army’s 9K58 Smerch 300 mm multiple rocket launch (MRL) systems will be mounted on indigenously designed 10×10 high-mobility vehicles provided by Indian private-sector defence manufacturer Ashok Leyland. A company official told Jane’s on 30 July that the

  • Poland to upgrade 14 more Leopard 2A4s to Leopard 2PL standard

    Poland will upgrade 14 more Leopard 2A4 tanks to the Leopard 2PL standard, PGZ confirmed to Jane's on 30 July. Poland's Armament Inspectorate (AI) signed the PLN300 million (USD82 million) deal with PGZ Zaklady Mechaniczne Bumar-Labedy on 20 June. Reports of the deal appeared in the

  • First modernised Duro tactical vehicles delivered to Switzerland

    General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag (GDELS-Mowag) delivered the first 40 modernised Duro 4x4 tactical vehicles to the Swiss defence procurement agency armasuisse at the end of May, the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sport announced in a press release on 26 July.

  • Koni expands combat vehicle shock absorber portfolio

    Dutch company Koni is targeting the wheeled and tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) market with its expanded range of shock absorbers. Koni supplies shock absorbers to vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as well as vehicle suspension system developers such as Axle Tech, Texelis,

  • IDF details new Barak tank

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has released details of its future Barak variant of the Merkava Mk 4 tank, saying it will feature artificial intelligence (AI) that will provide commanders with ‘recommendations’. The Barak is under development and expected to begin rolling off production

  • Italy awards first Centauro II contract

    The Italian Ministry of Defence has signed a EUR159 million (USD186 million) contract with the Iveco-Oto Melara consortium (CIO) for first 10 Centauro II fire-support vehicles. CIO stated in a 24 July press release that the contract covers the first tranche of 136 Centauro IIs that will be ordered

  • Oshkosh Defense awarded contract to develop US Army leader/follower technology

    As part of the Expedient Leader Follower (ExLF) programme, Oshkosh Defense received USD49 million to integrate its autonomous technology onto Palletized Load System (PLS) vehicles. The programme, led by the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), was awarded

  • Rheinmetall to supply more than 1,000 logistics trucks to ADF

    Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) has been awarded a contract to deliver more than 1,000 high-mobility logistics trucks and more than 800 modules to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under the Land 121 Phase 5B programme, which is an extension of the current Land 121 Phase 3B

  • Russian MoD details second quarter military equipment deliveries

    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexey Krivoruchko has detailed the military equipment accepted by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) during the second quarter of 2018. “Within the prescribed period, the land forces and the airborne troops have accepted 62 new and 70 overhauled main battle tanks

  • KMW expands Dingo protected vehicle family

    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has updated its Dingo family of protected vehicles with the 6x6 Dingo 2 Heavy Duty (HD) platform. The original Dingo is a 4x4 vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG chassis. More than 1,000 vehicles have been manufactured for the home and export markets with customers

  • Last Dutch Boxer rolls off production line

    The last of 200 Dutch Boxers ordered in 2013 has rolled off the Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles-Nederland production line, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 17 July. The final vehicle delivered was a cargo variant, according to the ministry. The first Boxer, a driver training

  • Lithuanian Boxers enter trials

    The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 18 July that the country’s first two Boxer infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) prototypes have entered trials in Germany under the leadership of the Artec industrial consortium between Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW).

  • ZVS completes 125 mm Tapna ammunition development

    Slovakia’s ZVS has completed development of its latest two-piece 125 mm armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot-tracer (APFSDS-T) ammunition. Called the Tapna, this has been designed for the 125 mm 2A46-series smoothbore guns installed in the Russian T-72 and T-90 main battle tanks

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