HEADLINES

  • Russian military to receive Kurganets-25 IFV in 2019

    The Russian armed forces will receive the first Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for trials in 2019, an industry source told Jane's. “JSC Kurganmashzavod has signed state contracts to deliver low-rate initial production batches of these vehicles. The IFV prototypes are being

  • Taiwan seeking to buy M1A2 Abrams MBTs from US

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has secured the support of the island’s cabinet to purchase M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs) from the United States to replace some of its older M60A3 and M48H CM11 MBTs. A Taiwanese defence official was quoted by the China Times newspaper

  • Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme at risk

    The 2018 report by the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) has downgraded the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (WCSP) from amber/red – “successful delivery of the project is in doubt” – in 2017 to red or “unachievable”. The Ajax armoured

  • Turkish 120 mm rifled Weapon Mortar System under test

    The Turkish Aselsan Alkar 120 mm Weapon Mortar System (WMS) has completed initial firing trials installed in the rear of a BMC Vuran 4×4 multipurpose armoured vehicle (MPAV), Jane’s has learnt. Prior to this event, firing trials with the Alkar 120 mm WMS were completed from a fixed

  • Russian tank doctrine evolves to combat modern threats

    Russian tank forces have revealed details of new tank tactics during a battalion tactical exercise held in Voronezh, state news agency RIA Novosti reported on 4 July. The development indicates that tanks will continue to provide firepower in the future battlespace. Elements of the 20th Guards Army

  • RSAF's SPYDER air defence system attains full operational capability

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF’s) SPYDER ground-based air defence system has achieved full operational capability (FOC), the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced in a 4 July statement. The SPYDER is part of Singapore’s enhanced Island Air Defence system, which is a

  • IBD unveils SMART PROTech active armour solution

    IBD Deisenroth Engineering (IBD) has disclosed development of a new active armour solution designed to protect main battle tanks and medium to heavy armoured fighting platforms against tandem warhead threats. Modern anti-tank weapons – anti-tank rockets (ATRs) and anti-tank guided missiles

  • Arquus reveals more roles for its latest VAB Mk 3

    Production of the Arquus (previously Renault Truck Defense) Vehicule de l’Avant Blinde (VAB) Mk 3 6x6 is now underway, and additional variants have been developed to meet potential export customers’ requirements. The latest VAB Mk 3 6x6 model is being described as a reconnaissance and

  • Belarus expands armoured vehicle fleet

    The Belarusian armed forces paraded new 4x4 armoured vehicles in Minsk on independence day on 3 July. On parade were several Lis-PM (Fox-PM) armoured vehicles produced by Minsk Wheel Tractors Plant (MZKT Volat) in close co-operation with Russian industry. Russia supplies stripped-down VPK-233136

  • Japan develops new self-propelled howitzer

    Japan is progressing its programme to develop a 155 mm/52-calibre wheeled self-propelled howitzer (SPH) to replace Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force’s (JGSDF’s) ageing FH-70 towed artillery system, the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has announced. In a statement in late June,

  • French VBCIs damaged in Mali

    Four French soldiers were wounded and two VBCI infantry fighting vehicles seriously damaged in an attack carried out in Mali’s Gao province on 1 July. The attack reportedly involved a suicide vehicle bombing against a joint Malian-French patrol near the town of Bourem. Photographs and video

  • FFG readies PMMC G5 ACSV prototype for Norway

    Germany’s Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) has been awarded its first contract for a version of its Protected Mission Module Carrier G5 (PMMC G5) by the Norwegian Defense Material Agency (NDMA). The March 2018 contract award covers the supply of a prototype configured as an Armoured

  • AM General showcases latest HMMWV variant

    AM General has unveiled the latest evolution of its High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), the NXT 360, which is available as a new build or a refurbishment/upgrade package for existing M1100 series users. The NXT 360 is based on an M1151 armament carrier platform, developed to address

  • General Dynamics debuts new LAV variants, looks toward ground-based air defence variant

    General Dynamics Land Systems Canada (GDLS-C) unveiled two new variants of its light armoured vehicle (LAV) 6.0 family during CANSEC 2018 in Ottowa from 30–31 May. The company also spoke about its LAV 6.0 Air Defence concept, and the LAV 700 currently in production for an export customer. The

  • Czechs to upgrade T-72s

    The Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) plans to upgrade its fleet of T-72M4 CZ main battle tanks (MBTs) in order to retain their operational effectiveness until 2025, the chief of general staff of the ACR has said. Lieutenant General Ales Opata said plans call for modernising the MBT’s primary

  • Algeria unveils upgraded BTR-80

    Algeria’s Ministry of National Defence has unveiled BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) that have been upgraded to launch 9M133 Kornet missiles. Two upgraded BTR-80s were seen in video footage and photographs released on 26 June to show the ‘Sakhr 2018’ exercise carried out

  • BAE Systems to supply assault amphibious vehicles to Taiwan

    BAE Systems has been awarded a USD83.6 million contract to provide to Taiwan the “necessary material and technical engineering to build, integrate, test, and deliver” 36 AAV7A1 Assault Amphibious Vehicles. The contract is for 30 AAVP7A1 personnel carriers, four AAVC7A1 command post

  • Israel rolls out second Eitan prototype

    The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) has announced that a second prototype of the Eitan wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) has been produced. It said on 17 June that the new version has been developed on the basis of lessons learned from the first prototype, which went through a series

  • Update: Norway cancels tank upgrade

    Plans to upgrade the Norwegian Army’s Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs) have been abandoned following the publication of the government’s revised budget in May, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. “Through the examination of the Land Power Proposition in the

  • FFG readies Wiesel 1 AWC upgrades

    Flensburger Fahzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) is expecting to complete three prototypes of the upgraded Wiesel 1 Armoured Weapon Carrier (AWC) in October 2018. The vehicle will be fitted with the CAMAC passive armour package developed by Morgan Advanced Materials for improved survivability. It will

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