• Arquus trials unmanned 4×4 Dagger

    French company Arquus has developed an unmanned version of its 4×4 Dagger light protected vehicle (LPV) using internal research and development funding. The vehicle was demonstrated at the Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF) Summer Seminar, which took place at the HEC Business School

  • UK trials T7 UGVs ahead of delivery

    The British Army has received several test examples of its new Harris T7 unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), which are undergoing acceptance trials at Kineton in Warwickshire ahead of first deliveries of production models by the end of November, Jane’s has learnt. The United Kingdom is the

  • Ecuadorian Army receives M28 Skytruck

    The Ecuadorian Army Aviation service officially received a Sikorsky/PZL M28 Skytruck aircraft (registered AEE-208) on 28 August at its base at Pastaza, where its Aviation Group No 44 is headquartered. The new aircraft arrived in Ecuador four days previously at Shell Mera, where it conducted

  • Japan showcases latest capabilities during ‘Fuji Firepower’ 2018

    The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) took the opportunity at this year’s ‘Fuji Firepower’ exercise to highlight its latest land and amphibious warfare capabilities and demonstrate its ability to secure the country’s outlying islands with a combined arms display at the

  • Russia details latest variants of Armata-based armoured vehicles

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has previously announced the acquisition of 132 Armata-based systems, including T-14 main battle tanks (MBTs) and T-15 heavy infantry fighting vehicles (HIFVs), and the first nine vehicles could be supplied as early as this year. The MoD detailed a variety of

  • US Army secretary: welding issues hinder Paladin howitzer production

    The M109A7 Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) programme, a long-running effort to field significantly updated 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), has been set back by some manufacturing issues, Secretary of the Army Mark Esper told reporters during a 29 August breakfast meeting. The vehicles

  • Greece preparing to transfer BMP-1s to Egypt

    Greece is working on export licence documents related to the transfer of 92 surplus BMP-1A1 OST infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Egypt under a previously unreported agreement between the two governments, according to a statement briefly published on the website of the Greek Ministry of National

  • Army 2018: Rostec reveals BMP-1AM ‘Basurmanin’ upgrade

    Rostec showcased for the first time its BMP-1AM ‘Basurmanin’ during a firepower demonstration at the Army 2018 International Military-Technical Forum held in Russia. The upgraded vehicle addresses most of the weaknesses inherent in the BMP-1 design, and includes a 30 mm cannon as well

  • Army 2018: Russian military upgrades 122 mm MRLs

    The Russian armed forces will replace the BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launcher (MRL) with the 9K51M Tornado-G, a military source told Jane's at the Army 2018 defence show being held close to Moscow on 21-26 August. “The Western Military District and the Southern Military District [SMD] have

  • Russia unveils T-15 HIFV armed with 57 mm cannon

    Russia has unveiled a variant of the T-15 heavy infantry fighting vehicle (HIFV) fitted with a 57 mm auto-cannon set in a remote turret at the Army 2018 exhibition being held in Kubinka, near Moscow, on 21-26 August. The cannon is most likely based on that used by the previous AU-220M combat

  • Army 2018: Russian MoD orders Taifun 4×4 MRAP vehicles

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 August that it had signed a contract for 59 Taifun 4×4 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles at the Army 2018 defence show in Kubinka near Moscow. The vehicles, the variant of which was not disclosed, will be delivered up to the

  • Army 2018: VPK displays upgraded Tigr-M vehicle

    The Military-Industrial Company (VPK) is displaying the upgraded Tigr 4x4 armoured vehicle at the Army 2018 defence show in Kubinka, near Moscow, on 21-26 August. The upgrade is based on combat experience gained during operations in Syria. Designated the ASN 233115 Tigr-M SpN, the upgraded vehicle

  • Indian MoD issues RFI for 30,000 light machine guns

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses from local manufacturers by 17 September to a request for information (RFI) regarding the supply of 30,000 7.62 × 51 (7.62 mm NATO) light machine guns (LMGs) to the Indian Army (IA) for an estimated INR30 billion (USD429.4 million).

  • Tulpar light tank completes initial trials, awaits first contract

    Otokar has completed initial firing and mobility trials of its latest Tulpar light tank, which has been developed to meet potential requirements of at least two export customers. This system mates the Otokar Tulpar tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) with the Belgian CMI Defence Cockerill 3105

  • Chinese army reveals new all-terrain tracked carrier

    China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has released images of a recently conducted amphibious exercise showing a new all-terrain tracked carrier operated by the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF). Published on 18 August the images show, among other things, the carrier

  • Boeing completes autonomous testing in Australia

    Boeing announced on 17 August that it had completed the first series of test flights under a partnership between the company and the Australian state of Queensland to develop autonomous technologies. In partnership with the Queensland government under Boeing’s Advance Queensland Autonomous

  • Central African military receives new equipment

    The Central African Armed Forces (FACA) has received over 120 assorted vehicles donated by the United States and China. President Faustin-Archange Touadéra received more than 70 vehicles with a value of over USD15 million from the Chinese company Poly Technologies on 8 August. The vehicles

  • Australia orders 211 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles

    Australia has awarded Rheinmetall an order for 211 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles worth a total of AUD3.3 billion (USD2.4 billion). The contract was signed on 17 August in Canberra by Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia

  • Grant of M41C tanks to Uruguay advances

    The donation by the Brazilian Army of 25 M41C (Caxias) battle tanks to Uruguay is awaiting clearance through the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, before going to the Federal Senate for final approval. Started in 2011 and repeatedly stalled through Brazilian approval processes, the deal will see 15 of

  • Dynetics, Raytheon chase HEL TVD prize

    The US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) has selected two competitor solutions to proceed to the Preliminary Design Phase of the High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) programme with the award of separate USD10 million development contracts to Raytheon and an industry

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