• 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,

  • Logos outlines Russian army driver training system

    Logos has detailed the system used to train Russian main battle tank (MBT) and infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) crews. Speaking to Jane’s at the Gulf Defense & Aerospace (GDA) 2017 exhibition in Kuwait City, representatives of the Moscow-based company confirmed that the system is in

  • Russian MBT engine completes qualification

    Russia’s new-generation V-92S2F main battle tank (MBT) diesel engine has completed qualification for serial production fitted to the T-72BZ. Announced at the Gulf Defense & Aerospace (GDA) 2017 exhibition in Kuwait City, the 1,130 hp Uralvagonzavod engine is designed for the T-72B3 MBT

  • Singapore Army enhances rocket artillery capabilities

    Singapore Army artillery forces operating the Lockheed Martin M142 227 mm High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) have been given a boost with the fielding of a new and more capable mobile battery command post (CP) as well as the introduction of the company’s Universal Fire Control

  • Hyundai Rotem to start mass producing K806, K808 armoured vehicles

    South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem has won a contract from the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to start mass producing 6x6 K806 and 8x8 K808 wheeled armoured combat vehicles for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), the company said on 8 December. Hyundai Rotem said

  • Russia overhauls Hungarian Mi-24s

    Russia is overhauling the Hungarian Air Force’s (HunAF’s) 12 Mi-24D attack helicopters under an agreement signed with Hungary on 31 October. In mid-November, a Russian An-124 transport aircraft took off from Kecskemet Air Base to St Petersburg with an unspecified number of Mi-24s on

  • Brazilian Army seeks to modernise remaining M113B APCs

    The Brazilian Army is seeking to modernise its remaining M113B armoured personnel carriers (APCs), it recently told Jane’s . Such a programme has not been finalised, but plans are being discussed for a “third phase” of the M113BR project, officials said. The Brazilian Army

  • Serbia increases defence spending, plans new procurements

    Serbia’s defence budget will be increased by RSD11.6 billion (USD114 million) or 19.7% to RSD70.5 billion in 2018. The percentage increase is even larger – 23.6% – if calculated in euros. It is planned to invest RSD13.2 billion in the modernisation of the Vojska Srbije (Serbian

  • Singapore Armed Forces advances air-land strike capabilities with ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is conducting Exercise ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017, a large scale air-land integration and live-fire exercise in Arizona The exercise will also test and validate a range of new capabilities for the army and air force The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is

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