• 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

  • Russia to begin trials of 2S25M Sprut-SDM1 tank destroyer

    The modified version of Russia’s 2S25 Sprut-SD amphibious self-propelled tank-destroyer, the 2S25M Sprut-SDM1, is ready for trials after completing factory testing in late 2017, an independent Russian military news agency has reported. The trials are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of

  • IAV 2018: Croatian Army upgrades armour

    The Croatian Army is planning to modernise its Armoured Mechanised Guards Brigade, comprised of M-84/M-84A main battle tanks (MBTs) and BVP M-80A infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs). Speaking at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2018 conference in London, the chief of the Croatian Defence

  • IAV 2018: Warrior 2 delivered for armour trials

    At the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2018 conference in London, Lockheed Martin revealed that eight Warrior infantry fighting vehicles upgraded to Warrior 2s have been delivered to the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) in Dorset, United Kingdom. In the coming year, Warrior 2 is

  • IAV 2018: ADS set to conform to safety standards

    At the 2018 International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) conference in London, ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH, part of Rheinmetall, has announced that its third-generation Active Defence System (ADS Gen 3) is set to conform to IEC61508 SIL 3 safety standards before the end of 2018. ADS

  • IAV 2018: Austria upgrades Pandurs

    Austria is scheduled to receive its first tranche of 34 upgraded Pandur EVO vehicles between 2018 and 2021, with the first example set for unveiling in June at the Eurosatory defence exhibition, an Austrian planning officer has said. Speaking at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2018

  • ADS achieves ‘world-first’ functionally safe APS

    ADS – the distributed hard-kill active protection system (APS) developed by Germany’s ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH, a subsidiary of Rheinmetall – has been developed to IEC61508 Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3), the highest safety critical standard currently

  • Chilean Army considers expanding its wheeled armoured vehicle fleet

    The Chilean Army is revisiting old plans to renew the service’s fleet of wheeled armoured vehicles by refurbishing and upgrading legacy platforms while also buying new ones, senior military sources in Santiago told Jane’s . New studies and potential plans are expected to be ready for

  • Hawkei goes on deployed trial

    The Thales Hawkei has been deployed to Iraq as part of the Australian Department of Defence’s LAND 121 project. Two vehicles – one in the two-door configuration and one in the four-door configuration – have been deployed to Iraq’s Taji Military Complex as part of a test to

  • Romania orders Piranha 5s from GDELS

    Romania’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) signed a contract for 227 Piranha 5 8×8 vehicles with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), both the ministry and company have announced. Signed on 12 January and valued at over USD1 billion, the contract also covers initial

  • Russia expects to receive BMPTs in March

    Russian manufacturer Uralvagonzavod is expected to deliver more than 10 new BMPT (Terminator) fire support vehicles based on the T-90A chassis to the Russian military in 2018, the Interfax news agency has reported. The previous Terminator 2 variant used a T-72 chassis. The vehicle has yet to be

  • Milrem demos THeMIS autonomy, outlines roadmap

    Estonia’s Milrem Robotics has demonstrated the autonomous operation of its THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) during a live-fire event held at the Kolgu range in December 2017. A THeMIS platform configured with FN Herstal’s deFNder remote weapon station was utilised for the live-fire

  • Nimda proposes Thai M113 upgrade

    Israeli firm Nimda is bidding to upgrade the Royal Thai Army’s (RTA’s) large fleets of BAE Systems M113 armoured personnel carrier (APCs), the company has confirmed to Jane’s . Reflective of growing Thai-Israeli defence ties, the company said that if selected to meet the

  • Images suggest Pakistan Army may be testing Norinco VT4 MBT

    Images have emerged on Chinese social media suggesting that the Pakistan Army (PA) may be testing the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) VT4 main battle tank (MBT). Published on 6 January the photographs show PA personnel inspecting a VT4 platform at an undisclosed location. The VT4 is a

  • Slovenia upgrades MRAP-JERRV vehicles

    The Slovenian Armed Forces presented the prototype of the upgraded Cougar 6x6 Category II mine-resistant ambush protected joint explosive ordnance disposal rapid response vehicle (MRAP-JERRV) in Ljubljana on 14 December. The vehicle has received various weapon mounts and ammunition racks,

  • Kuwait to get ‘unique’ Abrams tank variant

    The first contract covering Kuwait’s new fleet of Abrams tanks was announced by the US Department of Defense on 19 December. The USD24.3 million contract awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems covers the design, development, and building of a “unique” Abrams variant called the

  • Kharkov Morozov Design Bureau unveils new T-72 upgrade

    On 11 December, the Kharkov Morozov Design Bureau released details of a new upgrade for the T-72 main battle tank coinciding with the bureau’s 80th anniversary. Designated the T-72MP, the new vehicle appears to feature many of the upgrades developed for the T-72-120, which has a NATO standard

  • BAE Systems wins Limited Interim Missile Warning Systems QRC contract

    The US Army has selected BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems to deliver an ‘interim’ mid-wave infrared missile warning system to equip UH-60M helicopters. Awarded by the US Army Contracting Command on 15 December, the USD24.4 million contract for the Limited Interim Missile

  • BTR-4MV1 clears factory tests

    Aditya Jadhav The Kharkov Morozov Design Bureau has completed factory testing of the 8x8 BTR-4MV1 armoured personnel carrier before possible adoption by the Ukrainian Army, Ukroboronprom announced on 8 December. Based on the BTR-4MV, with the same remote weapons station, engine, and transmission,

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