HEADLINES

  • 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

  • Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces replace heavy tractors

    Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) will receive new Platforma-O heavy wheeled transporters to replace those produced by Belarus’s Minsk Wheel Tractors Plant (MZKT Volat), an industry source has told Jane’s. “The newest Platforma-O family of heavy wheeled transporters

  • Australian audit report raises procedural and reliability concerns over Hawkei procurement

    Concerns over the acquisition procedures involved in the AUD1.3 billion (USD975 million) purchase of the Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle – Light for the Australian Army, together with ongoing reliability issues, have been raised by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) in a report

  • Indonesia plans to acquire Sprut-SDM1 SPATGs, says Kurganmashzavod chief

    The Indonesian military is planning to procure the Russian-made 2S25M Sprut-SDM1 air-droppable self-propelled anti-tank gun (SPATG), Pyotr Tyukov, the executive director of manufacturer Kurganmashzavod, told Russian TV broadcaster Zvezda on 5 September. “The Sprut-SDM1 features amphibious

  • Philippines, Bangladesh interested in Kaplan MT

    The Philippines and Bangladesh have shown interest in acquiring the Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT), Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu Agency (AA) quoted Windu Paramata, the head of the MMWT project at Indonesia’s PT Pindad, as saying on 7 September. Paramata said the two

  • PGZ unveils Rosomak WD command and control vehicle

    Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) unveiled the Rosomak WD 8x8 armoured command-and-control (C2) vehicle at the MSPO 2018 defence exhibition held in Kielce, Poland, on 4–7 September. The vehicle was developed by Rosomak and is based on the Rosomak WEM armoured ambulance with a raised rear roof.

  • Kaplan MT ready for mass production, says report

    The Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) has passed the required qualification tests with the Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) and is now ready for mass production, Nail Kurt, the general manager of Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri (FNSS), was quoted by

  • Bumerang IFV to finish preliminary trials in 2018

    The K-17 Bumerang infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), which is being developed by Russia’s Military-Industrial Company (VPK), will finish its preliminary trials before year’s end, a source from VPK told Jane’s . “We will finish the preliminary tests of the Bumerang platform

  • OTT Technologies expands M36 MRAP vehicle family

    South African company OTT Technologies has expanded its range of mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) 4×4 vehicles by introducing a latest-generation Puma M36 Mk 6C-2 with independent suspension, and a Puma M36 Mk 6C with a German Mercedes-Benz Zetros drive line. These MRAPs are to be shown

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