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Nigerian Army unveils Chinese APCs

By Mayank Parasar 02 November 2021
A VP1 APC during the commissioning event at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry. (Channels TV)  The Nigerian Army revealed that it has received 60 tracked armoured personnel carriers from China when it invited television journalists to a commissioning ceremony at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI) in Jaji on 28 October.  In his speech NASI commander Major General Maude Ali identified the vehicles as “VP1 Type 89 ZSD” APCs. The Chinese company Norinco uses VP1 as the export name for the ZSD-89 (previously designated the Type 89) APC...

USMC working on ACV changes, surf zone operations still halted

By Ashley Roque 02 November 2021
US Marines with Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, take an ACV out for open ocean low-light testing in December 2019. The service announced that it had paused ACV waterborne operations in September 2021 due to a towing mechanism problem. (US Marine Corps)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) has said it anticipates that it will once again be able to use its new fleet of amphibious combat vehicles (ACVs) in surf zones some time in ‘early' 2022. However, the vehicles' prime contractor, BAE Systems, first need...

German Leopard 2 tested with Trophy APS for first time

By Nicholas Fiorenza 02 November 2021
The MoDs of Israel and Germany have completed the first series of live firing tests in Germany of the Trophy APS integrated into a Leopard 2 MBT. (IMOD)  The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 2 November that it and its German counterpart had completed the first series of live firing tests in Germany of the Trophy active defence system (APS) integrated into a Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT).  The tests, conducted in co-operation with Rafael and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), demonstrated the integration of Trophy into the Leopard...

Latvia receives first Patria 6×6 APCs under joint vehicle programme with Finland

By Nicholas Fiorenza 01 November 2021
Latvia received the first four Patria 6×6 APCs on 29 October under a joint vehicle programme with Finland. (Patria)  Latvia received the first four Patria 6×6 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) on 29 October under a joint vehicle programme with Finland, the Latvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website the same day. The ministry plans a formal acceptance ceremony for the the new vehicles and to present them to the media on 3 November.  The week before the handover of the vehicles, Latvian armed forces personnel completed two week...

Swiss 120 mm Thor mortar bomb completes development

By Christopher F Foss 29 October 2021
Saab Bofors Dynamics Thor 120 mm mortar bomb, with a nose-mounted fuze but without increments at the rear. (Saab Bofors Dynamics)  Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland said it has completed a private-venture development of a 120 mm Thor mortar bomb, intended to enhance firepower for smoothbore mortars.    “The development of the Thor 120 mm has been completed and the first qualification batches have been produced; we and our partners are currently focusing on optimising the production process,” the company told  Janes  . “Meanwhile...

Norway receives armoured engineer vehicles

By Nicholas Fiorenza 29 October 2021
KMW has handed over the first of six Leguan AVLBs to the NDMA. (KMW)  Norway has received new armoured engineer vehicles (AEVs) over the past month. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) announced in a press release on 29 October that it had handed over the first of six Leopard 2-based Leguan armoured vehicle-launched bridge (AVLB) systems to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA).  The announcement came a month after the agency handed over the first three of six Wisent 2 AEVs to the Norwegian Army at the Rødsmoen training area on 30 September. T...

Central Military District pulls more equipment from vehicle stores on Ukrainian border

28 October 2021
The Russian Central Military District's (CMD's) 41st Combined Arms Army has begun withdrawing equipment from the Pogonovo training ground south of Voronezh city and loading it on to trains at Maslovka railway station.  Video and imagery sourced fro...

Footage shows PCL-161 SPH in service with PLAGF's 78th Group Army

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 28 October 2021
The PCL-161 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) has entered service with the People's Liberation Army Ground Force's (PLAGF's) 78th Group Army, according to a recently released video footage from state broadcaster China Central Television.  The video sho...

Hanwha Defense plots course to become US ‘prime contractor' by 2031

By Ashley Roque 27 October 2021
Hanwha Defense displayed its K9A1 Thunder self-propelled howitzer at AUSA 2021 in Washington, DC. (Ashley Roque/Janes)  Hanwha Defense is using the US Army's revamped M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle replacement competition to expand its footprint inside the country.  John Kelly, the president and CEO of Hanwha Defense USA, recently detailed evolving plans to make the South Korean company a prime contractor for Pentagon ground combat vehicle programmes by 2031.  “Within 10 years or so we want to be able to offer the same sort of capabilit...

Iraqi militia ‘finds' loitering SAM

By Jeremy Binnie 26 October 2021
The 358 SAM that was supposedly found by the PMF's 52nd Brigade. (Popular Mobilisation Forces)  A pro-Iranian element within Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) appears to have revealed that it has an unusual type of Iranian surface-to-air missile (SAM) by pretending to have found one.  The PMF published a statement on its website on 21 October saying its 52nd Brigade had thwarted a missile attack in the east of Salah-al-Din province. The statement, which was subsequently deleted, included photographs showing the same type of loitering S...

Wide range of SAMs simulated during Exercise ‘Blue Flag' in Israel

By Yaakov Lappin & Jeremy Binnie 25 October 2021
Aircraft from various air forces at Uvda Air Force Base north of Eilat for Exercise ‘Blue Flag 21'. (Israeli Air Force)  The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has simulated a range of Russian-made surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems during Exercise ‘Blue Flag 21', the biennial multinational event it is hosting at Uvda Air Force Base from 17–28 October.  IAF officers said S-75 (SA-2), S-125 (SA-3), 2K12 Kub (SA-6), 9K33 Osa (SA-8), and Pantsir-S1 (SA-22) SAM systems are being simulated using a variety of emitters that include the new Scorpius-T traini...

Russian airborne forces retool for expanded role

By Mark Galeotti 25 October 2021
Russian Airborne Forces (VDV) order of battle, 2025 (Janes/Mark Galeotti)    The ‘winged infantry' of Russia's Air Assault Troops (Vozdushno Desantniye Voyska: VDV) is an arm of service in its own right, with a strength of 45,000 paratroopers and rising, as well as a distinctive culture and  esprit de corps  . With its blue berets and blue striped telnyashka vests, the VDV is a fixture of parades and military open days, but it has long suffered from a tension in its roles.   Historically, parachute divisions were envisaged...

Finland exercises option for five more K9 SPHs

By Nicholas Fiorenza 25 October 2021
A K9 SPH undergoing trials in Finland in 2016. Finland is buying five more K9s, in addition to the 48 it ordered in 2017. (Janes/Peter Felstead)  Finnish Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen has approved the Finnish Defence Forces' request to procure five more K9 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) in 2022, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 21 October. The EUR30 million (nearly USD35 million) contract includes spare parts and supplies.  The Finnish MoD said the SPHs had good off- and on-road mobility and would repla...

US Army faces hard choices under Unified Network plan

By Carlo Munoz 25 October 2021
A US Army Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle outfitted with the legacy Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2 Soldier Network Extension system. (US Army)  Senior US Army leaders are girding themselves for a series of potentially painful divestitures of legacy network communication platforms and systems to clear the way for implementation of the ground service's new Unified Network strategy.  The plan to clear out networked communication, command, control, computers, intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance...

DARPA hosting final drone swarm demo in November, companies look for service buy in

By Ashley Roque 21 October 2021
Shown here is an image of Northrop Grumman participating in DARPA's OFFSET programme. Both Northrop Grumman and Raytheon BBN will attempt to have a single operator control 200-plus ground and aerial drones during a November demo. (Northrop Grumman)  The US Department of Defense (DoD) may be focused on finding technologies to down aerial drones, however, its Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is also working with Northrop Grumman and Raytheon BBN on ways a single operator can control hundreds of ground and aerial drones at once....

British Army armoured reconnaissance battlegroup manoeuvres across Germany

By Tim Ripley 20 October 2021
Vehicles of the British Army's Royal Lancers divisional reconnaissance regiment deployed from the UK to Germany for Exercise ‘Somme Lancer', which took place in the first half of October. (Crown copyright)  Approximately 180 vehicles and 650 soldiers from the British Army's Royal Lancers divisional reconnaissance regiment deployed over 1,100 km by road to Germany in the last week of September from their home garrison in Catterick, North Yorkshire, for Exercise ‘Somme Lancer'.  The regiment reported on social media that it then carried out a 7...

Radiation detection firm Mirion Technologies to go public

By Marc Selinger 20 October 2021
US-based Mirion Technologies, which makes radiation detection and measurement equipment for several sectors, including defence, plans to become a publicly traded company to fuel its growth.  Mirion intends to change its ownership status by merging...

China displays family of unmanned Lynx high-mobility vehicles

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 19 October 2021
The China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco) and the China South Industries Group have unveiled a family of unmanned ground vehicles based on the CS/VP16B Lynx 6×6 all-terrain vehicle in a 15 October video released on the official Norinco...

Lithuania increases defence spending

By Nicholas Fiorenza 19 October 2021
The Lithuanian Army's most important projects include equipping units declared to NATO and the army's rapid reaction force with IFVs. Seen here is a Lithuanian Boxer armoured vehicle. (Lithuanian MND/ARTEC)  The Lithuanian government presented a draft state budget for 2022, increasing national defence spending to EUR1.176 billion (USD1.367 billion), the Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on its website on 12 October.  Finance Minister Gintarė Skaistė told a press conference the day before that this would raise defence spending from...

Uganda unveils new armoured vehicle

By Jeremy Binnie 19 October 2021
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni inspects a Chui armoured vehicle. (Uganda People's Defence Forces)  The Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) have a new type of infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) called the Chui, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, commander of its land forces, announced on 19 October.  He released photographs of his father, President Yoweri Museveni, with the 4×4 armoured vehicle, which he said “was fully designed and manufactured in Uganda”.  The Chui appeared to be identical to the Nyati mine-resistant, ambush protected...
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