• Rwandan SH3 self-propelled howitzer spotted

    A Norinco 122 mm SH3 tracked self-propelled howitzer was observed in service with the Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) for the first time on 10 November, with President Paul Kagame’s office releasing a photograph of a vehicle that participated in a combined-arms exercise designated ‘Hard

  • Assegai aims to squeeze more reach out of NATO howitzers

    A 70km-range version of the Assegai 155 mm artillery projectile, fully compatible with NATO-standard extended-range ordnance systems, is in its concept study phase within the German-South African company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM). This level of performance was demonstrated as far back as

  • Ajax firing trials progress

    Initial manned live-fire trials of the Ajax armoured reconnaissance vehicle’s turret have been successfully completed, according to Lockheed Martin. In a 6 November press release, the company stated that the trials took place at a facility in west Wales and were conducted from a stationary

  • German Wiesels to receive Camac armour upgrade

    UK-based Morgan Advanced Materials has been awarded a subcontract for Camac appliqué armour to equip the German Army’s Wiesel 1 armoured weapons carrier (AWC). Forming part of a broader upgrade programme, the contract was awarded by FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau GmbH and will have three

  • Ukraine to purchase more BTR-3DA IFVs

    The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order with the Kiev Armoured Plant for BTR-3DA vehicles, Ukraine-based industry sources reported on 30 October. The order is for an unknown quantity of BTR-3DA infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), a locally developed upgrade for the BTR family of

  • China testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles

    Images have emerged on online forums suggesting that China is testing new 6×6 amphibious armoured vehicles. The photographs appear to show two very similar, but subtly different vehicles. The first vehicle seems to follow a fairly conventional 6×6 layout, with driver and commander at the

  • Turkmenistan parades ground vehicles for special forces

    Turkmenistan has displayed several recently acquired foreign-made ground vehicles for its special forces in a parade to mark the country’s Independence Day on 27 October. Among the equipment shown in the capital Ashgabat were products from US-based manufacturer Polaris Government and Defense

  • Details of Sweden’s 120 mm Mjolner development emerge

    Manned firing trials of the prototype/demonstrator of BAE Systems Hagglunds’ CV90 twin 120 mm Mjolner mortar system are now underway and it is expected that the Critical Design Review (CDR) will take place by the end of 2017, which will lead to the design freeze and allow production to

  • BAE Systems develops cyber threat detection for military aircraft

    BAE Systems is expanding its aircraft threat detection capabilities to go beyond kinetic threats into the cyber realm, developing new capabilities including systems analysis, reverse engineering, and intrusion detection, in order to defend aircraft from cyber attacks. In particular, the company is

  • Strazh fire support vehicle breaks cover

    Ukraine’s Zhytomyr Armored Plant unveiled its new Strazh (Sentinel) fire support vehicle at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017 in Kiev. According to company representatives, the vehicle is due to enter trials with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence this year and it is hoped that an order

  • PacStar readies compact networking systems for USMC NOTM effort

    PacStar has been selected to provide the US Marine Corps (USMC) with a small, modular, networking on-the-move (NOTM) capability for tactical vehicles. In addition, the company will provide its 400-Series products to the US Army for the expeditionary tactical communications programme. Jeff

  • Brazilian Army eyes new Leopard MBTs

    The Brazilian Army is considering buying surplus Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks (MBTs) and support vehicles, and internal preliminary reports are now being drafted, the service told Jane’s . Officials stressed that no decision has yet been made and no resources are

  • US Army M1A2 Abrams upgrades move forward with congressional support

    The US Army’s M1A2 Abrams main battle tank upgrade efforts appear to have solid support among congressional committees in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018), which could be a key year as the service prepares to introduce or develop a number of capability updates. For the M1A2 Abrams, the FY 2018

  • Brazil soon to evaluate locally developed fast attack vehicle

    The Brazilian Army Evaluations Center (CAEx) will trial a pilot batch of the 4x4 Chivunk unarmoured air-transportable fast attack vehicle developed by the Army Technological Center (CTEx). CAEx later in October will begin a preliminary evaluation of 10 vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2017 by

  • Leonardo pitches M60 tank upgrade in Bahrain

    Leonardo unveiled a new M60 main battle tank (MBT) upgrade aimed at the Middle-East market during the BIDEC defence show in Bahrain from 16 to 18 October. Leonardo Defence Systems and Leonardo Land & Naval Defence Electronics are proposing a modular upgrade solution covering all aspects of the

  • Practika, TechImpex detail latest vehicle upgrade efforts

    Ukraine’s Practika displayed a newly configured version of its Otaman 8x8 armoured vehicle at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017 in Kiev. Otaman is based on the chassis and suspension of either a BTR-60 or BTR-70 and introduces a range of enhancements. The first prototype Otoman was

  • Robotics Design Bureau launches RSVK-M2 UGV

    Ukraine’s Robotics Design Bureau unveiled its second generation RSVK unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017 in Kiev. The RSVK-M2 is a 6x6 multirole platform that was shown configured for an armed role but which is designed to also provide logistics,

  • Pearson Engineering takes aim at Spanish armoured vehicle programmes

    Pearson Engineering of the United Kingdom will supply General Dynamics European Land Systems - Santa Barbara Sistemas with one set of combat engineering and countermine equipment for installation on one of the five 8×8 Vehículo de Combate sobre Ruedas (VCR) prototypes under development for

  • SAPA Transmission powers Spanish Piranha

    Spanish firm SAPA Transmission’s latest SW 624 continuously variable automatic transmission will be fitted to the Spanish Army’s General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) Santa Barbara Sistemas-MOWAG 8x8 Piranha 5 armoured fighting vehicles (AFV), the company has confirmed to

  • MTRS Increment 2 to feature clean-sheet design

    Endeavor Robotics will deliver a new product design under the US Army’s widely anticipated Man Transportable Robotic System Increment 2 (MTRS Inc II) effort, rather than modifying one of its existing platforms. “A lot of design and development effort has already gone into this robot; we

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