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AUSA 2021: 1st Cavalry Division to serve as pilot for army's return to division-level structure

By Daniel Wasserbly 12 October 2021
An M1A2 Abrams tank crew assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division fires during a training event in the country of Georgia. (US Army)    The US Army is re-organising its manoeuvre units to focus on the division level as its main deployable asset, and will trial a new structure for the 1st Cavalry Division as a pilot effort, with a full operational capability for that unit scheduled for mid- to late-2023, army officials told   Janes  .   This effo...

AUSA 2021: GM Defense showcasing upgunned ISV concept

By Ashley Roque 11 October 2021
GM Defense, the manufacturer for the US Army's new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV), is unveiling an upgunned version of the truck that will only carry five passengers instead of the nine people in its standard configuration, as well as an all-electric military  concept vehicle outfitted with a remote weapon station.  Steve duMont, the company's president, spoke with Janes on 8 October about different ISV concepts the company is showcasing at this year's annual Association of the US Army (AUSA) conference.  As of early October, GM Defense has...

AUSA 2021: Army leaders still eyeing 2023 Abrams replacement decision

By Ashley Roque 11 October 2021
Soldiers fire the US Army's new M1A2 SEPv3 tank at Fort Hood, Texas, in August 2020. The service is considering if, and when, to develop and field a new main battle tank. (US Army )  US Army officials are continuing to study viable options for replacing its fleet of M1 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs), with the goal of providing their findings and recommendations to senior leaders in 2023, according to Director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team Major General Ross Coffman.  Ahead of this year's annual Association of th...

AUSA 2021: Israel selects IAI to develop Carmel AFV concept

By Daniel Wasserbly 11 October 2021
Israel's Ministry of Defense (IMOD) has selected Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to lead conceptual and technological development of the Carmel armored fighting vehicle (AFV) concept, and the company is now seeking a US partner to compete for a s...

AUSA 2021: GDLS displays second iteration of Tracked Robot 10-Ton

By Ashley Roque 11 October 2021
GDLS is displaying its next iteration of its Tracked Robot 10-Ton (TRX) at this year's AUSA. (GDLS)  General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) is displaying its next iteration of the Tracked Robot 10-Ton (TRX) and a next-generation electronic architecture at this year's annual Association of the US Army (AUSA) conference.  Company officials provided Janes with an update on technologies and platforms it plans to showcase at this year's show in Washington, DC, to include updates to the TRX, a platform it is touting as a potential contender for a fut...

AUSA 2021: Companies display potential Common Tactical Truck competitors

By Ashley Roque 11 October 2021
The US Army is laying the groundwork for a Common Tactical Truck (CTT) competition and several companies are using this year's Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference to show off their contenders.  The service recently issued a sour...

AUSA 2021: UVision showcases new Multi-Canister Launcher for USMC

By Daniel Wasserbly 11 October 2021
A USMC 8×8 Light Armored Vehicle-Mortar integrated with UVision's MCL. (UVision)  UVision has unveiled a new Multi-Canister Launcher (MCL), adapted for launching all types of the company's Hero series of loitering munitions from a single platform, that it is integrating on US Marine Corps (USMC) vehicles.  “MCL is designed for modular adaptation to various types and sizes of platform, from armoured vehicles to large, medium, and small watercraft, manned or autonomous,” the company said, adding that MCL enables forces to “store, transport, an...

AUSA 2021: Army prepares for next phase of RCV prototype testing

By Ashley Roque 11 October 2021
An RCV-M fires a round at a target during the vehicle's live-fire testing at Fort Dix, New Jersey, on 30 June. (US Army )  US Army officials will conclude shakedown testing with eight robotic combat vehicle (RCV) prototypes in the late-October timeframe, and will then transfer the robots to Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland for an additional series of tests to ensure that they are safe for soldiers to operate.    Director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team Major General Ross Coffman, and Michael Cadieux, the di...

AUSA 2021: Companies, US Army leaders converge on Washington with new kit and program updates

By Ashley Roque 10 October 2021
As Industry and US Army officials descend on Washington, DC, for the annual Association of the US Army conference (AUSA), running from 11-13 October, for the opportunity to mingle and show off new and improved defense technologies. Ashley Roque explores...   Since last year’s event was virtual due to the ongoing pandemic, companies are racing to secure time with decision-makers to demo what they have been working on. A new administration has ushered in a sea of changes including the service’s first female civilian head, Secretary of the Army Ch...

Czech Republic, Israel sign SPYDER air defence agreement

By Yaakov Lappin 08 October 2021
Israel and the Czech Republic signed a government-to-government agreement covering the delivery of four Rafael SPYDER air defence systems on 5 October.  The agreement was signed in Prague by Czech Deputy Minister for Armaments and Acquisitions Lubo...

Hanwha Defense's I-MPUGV prototype begins trials with South Korean army

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 08 October 2021
Hanwha Defense announced on 8 October that its recently unveiled “Intelligent, Multi-Purpose Unmanned Ground Vehicle” (I-MPUGV) prototype has begun pilot operations with the RoKA's 5th Infantry Division. (Hanwha Defense)    South Korean company Hanwha Defense announced on 8 October that its recently unveiled “Intelligent, Multi-Purpose Unmanned Ground Vehicle” (I-MPUGV) prototype has begun pilot operations with the 5th    Infantry Division of the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA).   The six-wheel, artificial-intelligence (AI)-e...

Cockerill 1030 medium calibre turret completes company trials

By Christopher F Foss 08 October 2021
A Pandur 8×8 armoured personnel carrier fitted with the Cockerill 1030 MCT for trials. (John Cockerill Defense)  John Cockerill Defense's private venture Cockerill 1030 medium calibre turret (MCT) carried out company trials installed on a Pandur 8×8 armoured personnel carrier at a firing range in the UK, the company said.    Simon Haye, chief marketing officer at the Belgian company, told   Janes  the testing was “successful with very good accuracy results in all four firing modes – static/static, mobile/static, static/mobile...

UK MoD brings in new management to fix troubled Ajax programme

By Tim Ripley 07 October 2021
The Ajax reconnaissance vehicle programme now has a full-time minder in the UK MoD. (Crown Copyright)  A senior UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) official has been drafted in to take over the running of the Ajax reconnaissance vehicle programme in a bid to get the troubled project back on track.  Details of David Marsh's appointment as the senior responsible officer, or SRO, for the Ajax programme were posted on the ministry's website on 5 October. Marsh takes over from Major General Simon Hamilton, who was also the British Army's director of sup...

Maintenance failures and human error led to fatal 2020 USMC AAV mishap, investigations find

By Michael Fabey 07 October 2021
A combination of maintenance failures and human error led to the fatal assault amphibious vehicle (AAV) mishap on 30 July 2020 that caused the deaths of eight marines and one sailor, according to the findings of separate investigations by the US Na...

US Navy secretary supports current operational plans for marines and navy

By Michael Fabey 07 October 2021
US Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro supports a US Marine Corps plan to transform the way it conducts traditional operations. (US Navy)  US Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro confirmed on 5 October that he supports and plans to resource the operational plans put into place by the US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) leadership teams.  “I have taken a hard look at both those plans and, overall, I'm quite satisfied with them,” Del Toro told reporters after a speech at the US Naval Academy.  Del Toro became secretary in August and sa...

Latvia to receive M3 amphibious bridging systems

By Peter Felstead 07 October 2021
A number of M3 units forming a pontoon bridge. The four units gifted to Latvia will enhance NATO's wet-gap crossing capabilities in the Baltics. (GDELS)  Latvia is to become the latest operator of the M3 amphibious bridge and ferry system made by General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), the company announced on 6 October.    Four M3 units are being provided, a GDELS spokesperson told   Janes  , with the contract for them covered by the US Army under an initiative to help Latvia address a NATO requirement for additional w...

Germany and UK stand up binational bridging engineer battalion

By Nicholas Fiorenza 05 October 2021
The German and British armies stood up binational Amphibious Engineer Battalion 130 in Minden, northern Germany, on 1 October. (Bundeswehr/Mario Kissel)  The German and British armies stood up binational Amphibious Engineer Battalion 130 in Minden, northern Germany, on 1 October. The battalion is made up of the British Army's 23 Amphibious Engineer Squadron Royal Engineers (RE) and the German Army's Panzerpionierbataillon 130 and the 3rd, 4th, and 5th companies of its heavy Pionierbataillon (Engineer Battalion) 901.  The British Army said on...

Turkmenistan parades new military equipment

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 05 October 2021
The armed forces of Turkmenistan have displayed a number of new military systems, including the Lazar 3 armoured personnel carrier (APC) and the Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), in a parade on 27 September to mark the 30  th...

Spain continues funding of IFV programme

By Nicholas Fiorenza 05 October 2021
Spain's Council of Ministers authorised the Ministry of Industry and Trade on 28 September to sign a new contract with national consortium Tess Defence to continue the Dragón IFV production programme. (Spanish MoD)  Spain's Council of Ministers announced on its website on 28 September that it had authorised the Ministry of Industry and Trade to sign a new contract with national consortium Tess Defence to continue the Dragón 8x8 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) production programme.  The contract, valued at EUR1.2 billion (USD1.4 billio...

Russia to conduct mass testing of Uran-9 UGV in 2022

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 05 October 2021
The Russian MoD is planning a series of experimental UGV deployments during the course of the 2022 training cycle that will inform procurement decisions. Uran-9 is shown here. (Russian MoD)    The Russian Ground Forces are to conduct large-scale tests of the Uran-9 armed unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) in 2022 to inform decisions on the total number of Uran-9s to be procured, Russian armed forces chief General Oleg Salyukov told the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's)   Krasnaya Zvezda  (  Red Star  ) newspaper on 1 October....
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