• Gvozdika SPH deliveries to Ukraine completed

    Delivery of 33 Russian-designed 2S1 Gvozdika self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) was completed at the end of June, Excalibur Army, a Czech defence company specialising in refurbishing former Eastern bloc surplus land systems which supplied the artillery, has

  • Indian Army’s Smerch launchers to be mounted on locally designed 10x10 vehicles

    The launchers for the Indian Army’s 9K58 Smerch 300 mm multiple rocket launch (MRL) systems will be mounted on indigenously designed 10×10 high-mobility vehicles provided by Indian private-sector defence manufacturer Ashok Leyland. A company official told Jane’s on 30 July that the

  • Poland to upgrade 14 more Leopard 2A4s to Leopard 2PL standard

    Poland will upgrade 14 more Leopard 2A4 tanks to the Leopard 2PL standard, PGZ confirmed to Jane's on 30 July. Poland's Armament Inspectorate (AI) signed the PLN300 million (USD82 million) deal with PGZ Zaklady Mechaniczne Bumar-Labedy on 20 June. Reports of the deal appeared in the

  • First modernised Duro tactical vehicles delivered to Switzerland

    General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag (GDELS-Mowag) delivered the first 40 modernised Duro 4x4 tactical vehicles to the Swiss defence procurement agency armasuisse at the end of May, the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sport announced in a press release on 26 July.

  • Koni expands combat vehicle shock absorber portfolio

    Dutch company Koni is targeting the wheeled and tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) market with its expanded range of shock absorbers. Koni supplies shock absorbers to vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as well as vehicle suspension system developers such as Axle Tech, Texelis,

  • IDF details new Barak tank

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has released details of its future Barak variant of the Merkava Mk 4 tank, saying it will feature artificial intelligence (AI) that will provide commanders with ‘recommendations’. The Barak is under development and expected to begin rolling off production

  • Italy awards first Centauro II contract

    The Italian Ministry of Defence has signed a EUR159 million (USD186 million) contract with the Iveco-Oto Melara consortium (CIO) for first 10 Centauro II fire-support vehicles. CIO stated in a 24 July press release that the contract covers the first tranche of 136 Centauro IIs that will be ordered

  • Oshkosh Defense awarded contract to develop US Army leader/follower technology

    As part of the Expedient Leader Follower (ExLF) programme, Oshkosh Defense received USD49 million to integrate its autonomous technology onto Palletized Load System (PLS) vehicles. The programme, led by the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), was awarded

  • Rheinmetall to supply more than 1,000 logistics trucks to ADF

    Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia (RMMVA) has been awarded a contract to deliver more than 1,000 high-mobility logistics trucks and more than 800 modules to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under the Land 121 Phase 5B programme, which is an extension of the current Land 121 Phase 3B

  • Russian MoD details second quarter military equipment deliveries

    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexey Krivoruchko has detailed the military equipment accepted by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) during the second quarter of 2018. “Within the prescribed period, the land forces and the airborne troops have accepted 62 new and 70 overhauled main battle tanks

  • KMW expands Dingo protected vehicle family

    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has updated its Dingo family of protected vehicles with the 6x6 Dingo 2 Heavy Duty (HD) platform. The original Dingo is a 4x4 vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG chassis. More than 1,000 vehicles have been manufactured for the home and export markets with customers

  • Last Dutch Boxer rolls off production line

    The last of 200 Dutch Boxers ordered in 2013 has rolled off the Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles-Nederland production line, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 17 July. The final vehicle delivered was a cargo variant, according to the ministry. The first Boxer, a driver training

  • Lithuanian Boxers enter trials

    The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 18 July that the country’s first two Boxer infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) prototypes have entered trials in Germany under the leadership of the Artec industrial consortium between Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW).

  • ZVS completes 125 mm Tapna ammunition development

    Slovakia’s ZVS has completed development of its latest two-piece 125 mm armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot-tracer (APFSDS-T) ammunition. Called the Tapna, this has been designed for the 125 mm 2A46-series smoothbore guns installed in the Russian T-72 and T-90 main battle tanks

  • KADDB unveils weaponised UGV

    Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) has developed a weaponised unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) under a private venture. A complete system comprises the UGV, handheld control unit and a lightweight communications backpack. According to company specifications, the 250

  • Iran reportedly to produce 700–800 tanks

    The Iranian military will receive up to 800 new and upgraded tanks, the Tasnim News Agency reported Reza Mozaffariniya, the deputy minster for industry in the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL), as saying on 18 July. The news agency quoted Mozaffariniya as saying the MODAFL is

  • PLAN possibly equipping marine corps with new lightweight battle tank

    An image posted on Chinese online forums suggests that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) may be equipping its marine corps with a locally developed lightweight battle tank that has commonly been referred to as the ZTQ-15. Published in mid-July on the fyjs.cn website, the

  • Russia to test Sprut-SDM1 SPATG at end of 2018

    Russia plans to test the 2S25M Sprut-SDM1 air-droppable amphibious self-propelled anti-tank gun (SPATG) at the end of 2018, an industry source has told Jane's. “State trials of the Sprut-SDM1 are scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. Prototypes of the system are ready for trials, and

  • Serbia plans to procure Pasars-16 Terminator mobile hybrid air defence system

    Serbia test-fired its new Pasars-16 Terminator 6x6 mobile hybrid air defence system in the Pasuljanske Livade training area on 11 July. The firing of the 40 mm Bofors gun was part of testing ahead of the system being introduced into the Serbian Army by the end of 2018, Nenad Miloradovic, assistant

  • Indian Army to resume test firings of M777 howitzer after 10-month gap

    The Indian Army (IA) is to resume firing tests of the BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzer after they were suspended in September 2017 when one of the guns malfunctioned. IA sources told Jane’s that four M777s are set to fire about 150 rounds of locally-made ammunition over

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