HEADLINES

  • 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

  • PSM details Puma AIFV upgrades

    The German Army’s Puma armoured infantry fighting vehicle (AIFV) will be upgraded in two key steps that Projekt System & Management GmbH (PSM) calls Puma S1 and Puma S2. PSM is a joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. Puma S1 covers command-and-control, situational

  • Final batch of M109A4 SPHs arrives in Indonesia

    A final batch of 18 M109A4 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) arrived in Indonesia from Belgium on 9 July at the port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, an Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) official has told Jane’s . As of 12 July the 155 mm SPHs were still with the

  • Brazilian Army acquires US armoured wreckers

    The Brazilian Army is acquiring 10 Oshkosh Defense M984-series HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) 8x8 protected heavy recovery trucks through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. Spares, manuals, training, and technical assistance are also included. The air-transportable

  • 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

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