HEADLINES

  • ECA Group to supply Cobra UGVs to Thai military

    French robotics company ECA Group has been awarded a new contract to supply several units of its Cobra MK2 E unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to the Thai military. The company said in an 11 September statement that it will execute the contract for the wheeled UGVs, which are to be used to counter

  • GDELS to start work on upgrading Spanish Marines’ IFVs

    General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) is set to begin work on upgrading some of the first batch of Piranha 1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) it supplied to the Infanteria de Marina (the Spanish Marines) in 2003-04. The 8x8 vehicles will go through a mid-life maintenance programme and

  • Ural AZ upgrades Ural-53099 MRAP vehicle

    Russia’s Ural Automotive Plant (Ural AZ) has upgraded its Ural-53099 4x4 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle, which the Russian government calls the Taifun-U, that is primarily intended for military units. The Ural-53099 is 9.55 m long, 2.55 m wide, and 3.35 m high. The updated

  • Indian MoD approves procurements worth USD1.25 billion

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of military equipment worth INR91 billion (USD1.25 billion), including two regiments of the Akash self-propelled, surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister

  • Qatari industrial capabilities grow as procurements increase

    As the deal between Qatar and the United Kingdom for Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft has come into force, the development of Qatar’s defence industrial capabilities is continuing apace. Following on from the raft of defence collaboration agreements signed at the DIMDEX trade show in Doha in

  • BAE Systems details Black Night demonstrator

    On 11 September, Jane’s was given an exclusive tour of Black Night, BAE Systems’ Challenger 2 Life Extension Project (LEP) technology demonstrator. The LEP is intended to address mission system obsolescence and ensure that the vehicle remains supportable until 2035. However, BAE

  • DX Korea 2018: Hanwha to unveil Biho 2 self-propelled air defence system

    South Korea’s Hanwha Corporation is planning to unveil a new and improved version of its Hybrid Biho (Flying Tiger) self-propelled gun and missile defence system at the upcoming Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in Washington DC in October, company officials revealed to

  • DX Korea 2018: RoKA unveils K600 combat engineer vehicle

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) debuted its new K600 combat engineer vehicle (CEV) at the DX Korea 2018 land forces exhibition held in Goyang from 12–16 September, with one example being showcased to the public during daily mobility demonstrations at the event. Developed and manufactured by

  • DX Korea 2018: Hyundai Rotem readies K2 MBT for Middle East opportunities

    South Korean defence prime Hyundai Rotem has taken the opportunity at the DX Korea 2018 land forces exhibition to showcase a desert-optimised version of its 56-tonne K2 ‘Black Panther’ main battle tank (MBT), revealing its aim to position the vehicle for opportunities in the Middle East.

  • DX Korea 2018: RoKA outlines plans for new ‘Dronebot Warrior’ unit

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) aims to formally establish a specialised unit that will operate and develop new concepts of operation for unmanned aerial and unmanned ground vehicles (UAVs and UGVs) by 2019, an army spokesperson told Jane’s at the DX Korea 2018 exhibition. The new unit

  • WFEL completes deliveries of rapidly deployable military bridges to Australian Army

    UK-based company WFEL announced on 10 September that it has completed deliveries of rapidly deployable military bridges, including an undisclosed number of Dry Support Bridges (DSBs) and Medium Girder Bridges (MGBs), as part of the Land 155 Enhanced Gap Crossing Capability Facilities Project for the

  • Ammo resupply vehicles join SPHs gifted from US on way to Brazil

    The 40 M992A2 ammunition resupply vehicles granted by the United States to Brazil as ‘excess defense articles’ (EDAs) will arrive between 15 October and 15 November, the Brazilian Army has told Jane’s . The former US Army vehicles, which were previously stored at Sierra Army

  • DX Korea 2018: BAE Systems eyes BvS10 opportunity in South Korea

    BAE Systems Hägglunds is ramping up efforts to position its armoured BvS10 articulated all-terrain tracked vehicle for a potential requirement by the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) for the eventual replacement of its ageing Bv206 platforms, which were also manufactured by the company. Darren

  • Germany gifts light armoured vehicles to Montenegro

    The German Ministry of Defence has donated six new Mercedes-Benz LAPV Enok light armoured patrol vehicles to the Armed Forces of Montenegro (Vojska Crne Gore, VCG). The vehicles, worth EUR2.2 million (USD2.6 million), were inspected by Montenegrin Defence Minister Predrag Boškovic and the

  • Saudi Arabia reportedly cuts LAV order

    Saudi Arabia has cut its order for General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) LAV 8×8 armoured vehicles, Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) News reported on 10 September. It cited internal company documents from March 2017 as saying that only 742 LAV-6 vehicles were going to be delivered to the

  • DX Korea 2018: Hanwha launches Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle development for RoKA

    South Korean defence prime Hanwha has taken the opportunity at the DX Korea 2018 land forces exhibition to unveil a new 6×6 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) prototype that will be further developed to meet a future requirement of the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA). Jane’s understands from

  • DX Korea 2018: Hanwha unveils infantry support UGV development

    South Korea’s Hanwha Group has unveiled a new 4×4 modular unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) development programme that is aimed at addressing a future Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) requirement for autonomous tactical support platforms. Under development by Hanwha Land Systems’ Defense

  • DX Korea 2018: RoKA unveils 4×4 K-153C ATGM carrier

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) has unveiled a new anti-tank guided weapon carrier at the DX Korea 2018 exhibition. The K-153C ATGW carrier was introduced in 2017 as part of the service’s ongoing tactical vehicle fleet recapitalisation efforts, which include replacing the army’s

  • North Korea parades latest self-propelled howitzers, missile carriers

    North Korea displayed what appear to be a new tracked self-propelled gun-howitzer (SPGH) and a new missile carrier in a parade held in Pyongyang on 9 September to mark the 70th anniversary of the country’s founding. The SPGH, nine units of which were paraded at the event, has a similar layout

  • South Korea to begin mass-producing K806, K808 armoured combat vehicles

    South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem will begin mass-producing its K806 and K808 wheeled armoured combat vehicles later this year after the vehicles completed a series of field tests by Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) units between April and August, the country’s Defense Acquisition Programme

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