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Brazilian Army merges AFV programmes in reorganisation

By Victor Barreira 03 December 2021
The Brazilian Army is merging its principal wheeled and tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) projects, Colonel Marcelo Yoshida of the Army High-Staff revealed at the 10th Conference of Systems and Military Technology, held in Brasília from 23 to...

StrikeShield APS serial production for Hungarian Lynx IFVs to begin in 2022

By Michal Zdobinsky 03 December 2021
Serial production of Rheinmetall's StrikeShield APS for Hungarian Lynx IFVs will begin in the first quarter of 2022. (Rheinmetall)    Serial production of Rheinmetall's StrikeShield active protection system (APS) for Hungarian Lynx infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) will begin in the first quarter of 2022, the German company has confirmed to  Janes.  Rheinmetall announced in May that Hungary had signed a EUR140 million (USD158 million) contract for StrikeShield systems for 209 of the 218 Lynx IFVs ordered. Hungary will have a hybrid...

InVeris demonstrates its new SRCE mixed reality training environment

By James Rands 03 December 2021
Exercising troops spot an enemy soldier in the SRCE virtual environment. (InVeris)  At I/ITSEC this week InVeris demonstrated SRCE – a mixed reality training environment. SRCE uses a VR headset and a pack with processing capability to enable exercising troops to see enemy and civilians and to engage them with small arms fire.  SRCE builds on InVeris existing marksmanship trainer, which is a programme of record for both the US Army and US Marine Corps. At present the system can cover 10,000 square feet with the aim to double that in the next...

Ukraine modernises T-64BVK

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 03 December 2021
Ukaine's Kharkiv Armoured Plant has modernised the T-64BVK command variant of the T-64 MBT family to meet the requirements of the Ukrainian armed forces. (UOP)  Kharkiv Armoured Plant has developed an upgrade package for Ukraine's T-64BVK, a command variant of the T-64 main battle tank (MBT), which has successfully completed an initial round of tests, state-owned conglomerate Ukroboronprom (UOP) announced on its website on 30 November.  Kharkiv Armoured Plant director Herman Smetanin said the upgrade “is necessary not only to significantly im...

Dstl showcases ongoing tech projects from its labs at Porton Down

By Peter Felstead 02 December 2021
British soldiers and an UGV-mounted sensor taking part in this year's CUE21 experiment in Portmouth, Hampshire. The experiment used new technology to address the complexities of developing situational awareness in an urban environment. (Dstl)  The UK Ministry of Defence's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) opened up its facilities in Porton Down, Wiltshire, to a select group of journalists on 1 December to showcase a number of the future technology projects on which it is working. Among the projects on display were a new situati...

Update: US Army donates M1117 armoured security vehicles to Greece

By Euthymius Petrou 02 December 2021
One of the first 44 M1117 ASVs donated by the US Army to Greece, which arrived in Athens on 26 November. (Greek MND)  The first 44 M1117 wheeled armoured security vehicles (ASVs) donated by the US Army to Greece arrived in Athens on 26 November.  The vehicles are part of a total of 60 stationed in Germany that were audited by a Hellenic Army committee. They were sent to Greece by rail via central Europe and Bulgaria. The official acceptance ceremony for the vehicles took place on 2 December at the 301 Military Factory in Agioi Anargyroi near...

New US Army software factory eyes deployable development teams

By Carlo Munoz 01 December 2021
Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct operational testing of tactical command communications software at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. (US Army)  The ongoing research and development work at the US Army's newly established software factory could pave the way for deployable, expeditionary software development teams to support current and future combat operations.  “For a very, very long time, the army got comfortable operating with, with contractors all over the battlefield ... it was sort of commonplace in Ira...

Argentina increases defence and security spending for remainder of 2021

By Santiago Rivas 01 December 2021
A first H225 helicopter was delivered to the Argentine Coast Guard in 2015. (Airbus Helicopters)  On 26 November the Argentine government issued ‘Decree 809/2021' that provided additional funding for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Ministry of Security, adding about USD220 million for defence.    The Ministry of Security received an allocation of approximately USD17 million dollars for “offshore heavy helicopters”, which a coast guard source told   Janes  is for two H225s that are being negotiated with Airbus Helicopter. The...

US military evaluating C-sUAS leasing options for fixed-site protection

By Ashley Roque 30 November 2021
Companies interested in leasing their counter drone technologies to the US Department of Defense (DoD) will have the opportunity to demonstrate their approaches during an April 2022 event at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.  The Joint Counter-small...

Bahraini Patriot PAC-3 missile procurement confirmed

By Jeremy Binnie 30 November 2021
The US Department of Defense has announced a USD94 million contract award to Lockheed Martin that includes Bahrain as a customer for the Patriot PAC-3 surface-to-air missile for the first time. The contract covers “technical assistance support for...

QinetiQ, AM General to develop HED-powered Humvee

By Peter Felstead 30 November 2021
A strategic collaboration between UK-based defence and security company QinetiQ and US automotive manufacturer AM General should see a prototype hybrid electric drive (HED)-powered High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee) produc...

Oshkosh Defense receives USD591 million JLTV contract

By Ashley Roque 30 November 2021
The US Army recently awarded Oshkosh Defense a USD591 million contract modification for its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) line.  Under the deal, the company will produce 1,669 JLTV trucks and 868 JLTV trailers by the end of August 2023, accor...

US Army donates M1117 armoured security vehicles to Greece

By Euthymius Petrou 30 November 2021
The first 44 M1117 wheeled armoured security vehicles (ASVs) donated by the US Army to Greece arrived in Athens on 26 November.  The vehicles are part of a total of 60 stationed in Germany that were audited by a Hellenic Army committee. They were s...

Egypt negotiating for K9 Thunder howitzers

By Jeremy Binnie 30 November 2021
A K9A1 Thunder self-propelled howitzer on display at the EDEX show held in Cairo from 29 November to 2 December 2021. (Hanwha Defense)  The Egyptian military is considering acquiring 155 mm K9 Thunder tracked self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) and support vehicles, South Korea's Hanwha Defense announced during the EDEX show held in Cairo on 30 November.  While it revealed no further details of the possible deal, on the same day South Korea's Yonhap news agency cited defence industry officials as saying it would include K10 ammunition resupply ve...

Production commences on Barys 6×6 for Kazakhstan

By Charles Forrester 30 November 2021
The Barys 6×6 undergoing assembly at KPE facilities in Kazakhstan. (KPE)  Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering has commenced production of the Barys 6×6 infantry combat vehicle (ICV) as part of an initial order for the Kazakh military's special forces.  The Armed Forces Special Units of the Republic of Kazakhstan have placed an initial order for three vehicles, which is expected to pave the way for a larger order of vehicles to be manufactured by the Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering joint venture between Kazpetromash and Paramount Group. Delivery...

Switzerland signs Air2030 contracts

By Gareth Jennings 29 November 2021
Having made its selection of the F-35A (pictured) and Patriot earlier in 2021, Switzerland has now signed contracts for both systems. (Commonwealth of Australia)  Switzerland has signed for both the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and the Raytheon Patriot ground-based air-defence systems (GBADS) to fulfil its Air2030 requirement.  The Federal Council announced the milestones on 26 November, some five months after the country announced its decision in July to procure 36 F-35As and five Patriot GBADS based on the highest overall benefits for...

German Army plans Boxer heavy weapon carrier

By Nicholas Fiorenza 26 November 2021
The Bundeswehr's Wiesel weapon carrier will be replaced by the Boxer wheeled armoured vehicle, according to a presentation to the German Army Headquarters Infantry Symposium in Hammelburg at the beginning of November.  The German Army said on its w...

Jacobs finishes buying software firm BlackLynx

By Marc Selinger 25 November 2021
US engineering firm Jacobs has completed its previously disclosed acquisition of data analytics software provider BlackLynx, expanding its footprint in the US Intelligence Community, Jacobs announced on 19 November.  Jacobs is initially paying USD2...

Elta's Zibar vehicle attracts interest in Dubai

By Yaakov Lappin 25 November 2021
The IAI-Elta Zibar. (Israel Aerospace Industries)    The Zibar tactical utility vehicle made by Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI's) Elta division attracted attention from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the Dubai Airshow held earlier in November, Elta CEO Yoav Turgerman told   Janes  .   Designed for off-road performance, the Zibar is part of the Z family that Elta has developed to become the new standard 4×4 for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).  “The working conditions of the UAE Armed Forces are very similar to tho...

India clears deal to locally produce Russian AK-203 rifles

By Rahul Bedi 25 November 2021
India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has approved the procurement of 671,000 locally produced Russian Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles for the Indian armed forces, it has been confirmed to...
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