• DGA awards VBMR-L contract

    The Direction Générale de l'Armament (DGA), the French procurement agency, on 12 February awarded a production contract to Nexter for the Véhicule Blindé Multi-Rôle Léger (Light Multirole Armoured Vehicle, VBMR-L). The new vehicle will replace the in-service

  • Pentagon budget 2019: More than 5,000 JLTVs budgeted for USD1.956 billion

    The Pentagon has requested USD1.962 billion in total for its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) programme as the effort continues to ramp up a production run. The request includes about USD5 million in research and development funding, plus USD1.956 billion to buy 3,390 JLTVs for the US Army, 81

  • Ukrainian equipment remains abandoned in Crimea

    Large quantities of Ukrainian equipment remain in Crimea nearly four years after being left behind by Ukrainian troops during their withdrawal from the peninsula in March 2014 as a result of the Russian annexation. Jane's has learned from open sources that, in addition to ammunition, the equipment

  • Pentagon budget 2019: Mobile Protected Firepower kicks off with USD394 million request

    The US Army has requested USD394 million in fiscal year (FY) 2019 for its Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) platform that it hopes can quickly deploy with relatively low logistics demand but enough protection and firepower – likely a light- to medium-tank – to ensure the infantry's

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USD368.3 million requested for Stryker wheeled combat vehicles

    The US Army has requested USD368.3 million for its Stryker wheeled combat vehicle programme in fiscal year (FY) 2019. This funds engineering change proposal (ECP) 1 testing, an ECP 2 lethality upgrade, and supports some fleet-wide modifications such as new C4I equipment, reliability, and

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USD418.8 million to buy 36 Paladin self-propelled howitzers

    The US Army in fiscal year (FY) 2019 has requested USD418.8 million for the Paladin M109A7 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) programme, and would buy 36 of the mobile howitzers, according to budget documents released on 12 February. The US Army in FY 2018 had requested funding to finalise the

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USMC requests initial production funding for new ACV amtrack

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has requested USD265.7 million for its Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 programme in fiscal year (FY) 2019. This request includes USD167.5 million in procurement funding for 30 low-rate initial production (LRIP) ACV 1.1s, as well as USD98.2 million in research,

  • Incumbent Oshkosh chosen to build US Army’s new FMTV A2 trucks

    The US Army has selected Oshkosh to build its new Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) A2 variant. Incumbent Oshkosh was awarded a firm, fixed-price requirements production contract reaching up to seven years, with an initial USD476.2 million value, according a 7 February army statement. The

  • M109A7 Paladin moves forward from poor test results

    The M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) and Carrier Ammunition Tracked (CAT) resupply vehicle struggled during official Pentagon testing, and now may not be ready for planned full-rate production in fiscal year 2018. The M109A7 vehicles are based on a Bradley infantry fighting vehicle chassis,

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Singapore Technologies unveils 6x6 Jaeger UGV

    Singapore Technologies Kinetics has revealed a 6x6 variant of its Jaeger multirole unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Singapore Airshow 2018. The skid-steer, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) weighs 730 kg and can carry a payload of 250 kg. Power is provided by a hybrid-electric propulsion system

  • Slovenia selects Boxer

    Slovenia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected the Boxer 8x8 vehicle as the basis for two new mechanised infantry battlegroups. A ministry announcement on 2 February detailed how the vehicle was selected for procurement through the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) Boxer

  • Team Polaris unveils unmanned MRZR X, eyes international sales

    Team Polaris for the first time displayed its optionally manned MRZR X vehicle at an Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference on 6 February, after the vehicle was selected as one of four participants for the US Army’s Squad-Multipurpose Equipment Transport

  • Sweden buys improved ribbon bridges

    The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has signed a contract with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for the production and delivery of the Däcksbro 300 improved ribbon bridge (IRB), the signatories announced at the end of January. The FMV said on its website on 30

  • Russia tests Bumerang, Kurganets-25 armoured vehicles

    Preliminary testing of the Bumerang 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle and Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is under way, the Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN reported at the end of January. Sergei Suvarov, the head of marketing at Voenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya (Military-Industrial

  • Safran to lead ‘Furious’ project

    France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) has contracted Safran Electronics & Defense to consider the future integration of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) into the wider Scorpion soldier modernisation programme. Project ‘Furious’ will comprise a

  • Trump rejects peace talks with Taliban after series of deadly attacks

    US President Donald Trump has rejected the idea of engaging in peace talks with the Taliban in the near future following a series of militant attacks in Afghanistan. “I don’t think we’re prepared to talk right now,” Trump was quoted by the White House as saying on 29 January

  • Slovakia fields new tracked reconnaissance vehicles

    The ground forces of the Slovak Armed Forces have taken delivery of 18 Bojove Prieskumne Vozidlo ISTAR (BPsVI) vehicles as of mid-2017, Jane’s learnt. The BPsVI is a modernised variant of the ground forces’ BPsV ‘Svatava’ tracked reconnaissance platform, which is based on the

  • BAE Systems introduces CV90 MkIV

    BAE Systems took the opportunity at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles 2018 conference in London to launch the CV90 MkIV, which is the latest member of its CV90 family of armoured vehicles. According to BAE Systems, the latest CV90 MkIV has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 37 tonnes – up

  • Belarus receives CS/VN3 Dajiang armoured vehicles from China, say reports

    Belarus has received a second batch of CS/VN3 Dajiang armoured vehicles from China, local media has reported. On 18 January, VoyenTV posted a video showing the vehicles being unloaded from an Air China Cargo 747-400F freighter. The first batch of five vehicles arrived in June 2017 and took part in

  • Thales unveils Bushmaster MR6

    Thales has revealed its latest version of its 4×4 Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles 2018 conference in London. The vehicle, called the Bushmaster MR6, is being showcased in the ambulance configuration and features several upgrades compared with

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