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Watchdog to investigate UK AFV programmes

By Tim Ripley 05 October 2021
The National Audit Office is to report on the results of its probe into the Ajax reconnaissance vehicle (pictured), Warrior infantry fighting vehicle, Boxer armoured personnel carrier, and Challenger 3 main battle tank upgrade in March 2022. (Crown Copyright)  Four troubled UK armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) are to be investigated by the country's National Audit Office (NAO) spending watchdog.  In a letter dated 30 September, NAO Chief Gareth Davies told the UK Labour Party's shadow defence spokesman, Member of Parliament John Healey, “Havi...

Airshow China 2021: CASIC unveils FK-2000 self-propelled air-defence system

By Mark Cazalet & Gabriel Dominguez 05 October 2021
A screengrab from footage released by CCTV on 30 September showing the FK-2000 self-propelled air-defence system (background) at the Airshow China 2021 exhibition in Zhuhai. (CCTV)  The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) unveiled a new self-propelled air-defence system called the FK-2000 during the Airshow China 2021 exhibition held from 28 September to 3 October in Zhuhai.    In terms of design, the FK-2000 short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system appears to have been derived from Russia's Pantsir family. It...

More details emerge about RoKA's acquisition of M3K amphibious rigs

By Gabriel Dominguez 04 October 2021
Images provided by Hanwha Defense showing the design and dimensions of the the future M3K variant. (Hanwha Defense)  More details have emerged about South Korea's procurement of the M3K – a localised version of the M3 – amphibious rig to meet a Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) requirement for an amphibious bridge and ferry system.  General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) said in a 30 September statement that it had been selected along with its South Korean partner, Hanwha Defense, to jointly produce 110 examples of the M3K variant for the...

Belarus receives first BTR-82A APCs

By Dmitry Fediushko 04 October 2021
The Belarusian Armed Forces received their first batch of BTR-82A APCs, the MoD announced on 30 September. (Belarusian MoD)  The Belarusian Armed Forces received their first batch of BTR-82A armoured personnel carriers (APCs), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 30 September.  The APCs are to be deployed to an unspecified Belarusian unit, with the 72nd Joint Training Centre and Belarusian military academy receiving several vehicles for training purposes. The BTR-82As have been fitted with Belarusian components: communica...

North and South Korea restore military communication hotlines

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 04 October 2021
North and South Korea have restored the military communication lines between the two countries that Pyongyang severed on 10 August following its criticism of joint US-South Korean military exercises.  The Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul...

Rheinmetall readies new 155 mm self-propelled artillery system

By Christopher F Foss 01 October 2021
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles HX3 seen fitted with a full-scale mock-up of its new remote controlled turret armed with a 155 mm/60 calibre ordnance in travelling configuration. (Rheinmetall)  Rheinmetall is using internal funding to develop a new 155 mm wheeled self-propelled (SP) artillery system to meet the potential requirements of the home and export markets.  The first prototype is now being built and is expected to be ready for firing trials at the Rheinmetall proving ground in late 2022 or early 2023, according to a company officia...

Czech Republic orders CAESAR SPHs

By Nicholas Fiorenza 01 October 2021
Czech Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar signed the contract for 52 CAESAR 8×8 SPHs for the Czech Army on 30 September. (Nexter Systems)  Czech Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar signed the contract for 52 CAESAR self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) in Prague on 30 September in the presence of French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly and Nexter CEO Nicolas Chamussy.  Nexter said in a press release on 30 September that the 8×8 SPHs will be produced under licence by the Czechoslovak Group (CSG), with Tatra Trucks supplying the chassis, Excalibur Army a...

IT firm SAGE Black gets new owner

By Marc Selinger 01 October 2021
US information technology business Criterion Systems has completed its third acquisition of 2021 by purchasing SAGE Black Consulting & Contracting, which provides software development, data analytics, and other services to the US Intelligence Commu...

NATO and EU defuse Serbian-Kosovo border tensions

By Igor Bozinovski & Nicholas Fiorenza 30 September 2021
KFOR commander Major General Franco Federici monitoring the situation in northern Kosovo by helicopter. (KFOR)  EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Priština Dialogue Miroslav Lajcak announced a de-escalation agreement between Serbia and Kosovo on 30 September, 10 days after the combat readiness of Serbian Armed Forces (SAF) units based in Raška and Novi Pazar near the Kosovo border was raised in response to Priština's special police deployment at border checkpoints in northern Kosovo.  The tensions began after Kosovo started removing l...

Czech government approves SPYDER SHORAD procurement

By Ondrej Stratilik 30 September 2021
The Czech government approved the procurement of Rafael's SPYDER SHORAD system on 27 September. (Czech MoD)  The Czech government approved the procurement of Rafael's Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby (SPYDER) short-range air defence (SHORAD) system on 27 September, the Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release.  “I appreciate the Israeli government‘s willingness to share with us a state-of-the-art defence system ... finally we can eliminate our dependence on the [Soviet-built 2K12] Kub system,“ Czech Defence Minister Lubomí...

South Korea advances plan for next-generation amphibious assault vehicle

By Ridzwan Rahmat 30 September 2021
An early scale model of the KAAV-II on display at ADEX 2019. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  Seoul has taken further steps to progress the next generation of its indigenously developed Korea Amphibious Assault Vehicle (KAAV) with plans to operationally field the new equipment by 2036.  South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 28 September that the country will allocate about KRW2.1 trillion (USD1.78 billion) towards the programme, referred to by the agency as the ‘Landing Assault Armoured Vehicle-II' project....

Afghan withdrawal exposes critical data management gaps

By Carlo Munoz 27 September 2021
Afghan crowds gather at the airport as US soldiers stand guard in Kabul on August 16, 2021. (AFP via Getty Images)  The chaotic withdrawal of US armed forces from Afghanistan exposed a series of critical gaps in tactical-level data management operations, prompting senior US Department of Defense (DoD) leaders to reconsider whether American and allied forces are prepared to wage war on an increasingly networked battlefield.  The inability for US armed forces to have timely access to vital data feeds and sources, providing information on every...

Nexter begins production of Serval armoured vehicles

By Jean-Marc Tanguy 27 September 2021
Nexter chief executive officer Nicolas Chamussy officially opened the assembly line for the Serval Véhicule Blindé Multi-rôles (VBMR) Léger light multirole armoured vehicle in Roanne, southern France, on 23 September. (Jean-Marc Tanguy)  Nexter chief executive officer Nicolas Chamussy officially opened the assembly line for the Serval Véhicule Blindé Multi-rôles (VBMR) Léger light multirole armoured vehicle in Roanne, southern France, on 23 September.  The French Army has already received 14 Serval prototypes and pre-series vehicles, and fou...

Germany upgrades Fuchs NBC reconnaissance vehicles

By Nicholas Fiorenza 24 September 2021
The BAAINBw has awarded Rheinmetall a contract to upgrade five more Bundeswehr Fuchs 1A6A1 NBC reconnaissance vehicles to the A8A7 configuration. (Rheinmetall)  The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, has awarded Rheinmetall a contract to upgrade the Fuchs (Fox) 1A6A1 nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) reconnaissance vehicle to the new highly protected A8A7 configuration, the agency and company...

Czech CAESAR SPHs more expensive than expected

By Ondrej Stratilik 24 September 2021
The Czech government plans to sign an agreement to buy 52 CAESAR SPHs by the end of September. (Nexter Systems)  The Czech government plans to sign an agreement to buy 52 CAESAR self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) by the end of September, Czech Ministry of Defence spokesperson Petr Sýkora told Janes on 22 September. Czech Finance Minister Alena Schillerová said during a press briefing after a cabinet meeting on 13 September that the government had approved procurement of the howitzer. Czech Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar tweeted the same day tha...

Indian MoD orders 118 Arjun Mk 1A MBTs

By Rahul Bedi 24 September 2021
The Arjun Mk 1A includes about 19 “major improvements” over the Mk 1, but remains a heavy MBT. (Indian PIB)  India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a INR75.23 billion (USD1.01 billion) contract with the state-owned Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF) on 23 September for 118 locally developed Arjun Mk 1A main battle tank (MBT) variants for the Indian Army (IA).  Designed by the government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the upgraded Mk 1A incorporates 72 new features over the Mk 1 model to ensure “effortless mobility in al...

Kalashnikov developing ‘smart' weapons for infantry

By Dmitry Fediushko 24 September 2021
The Kalashnikov Group is developing a firearm-mounted kit that manages target data and increases situational awareness for individual troops, Maria Vorobyeva, a company spokesperson, told   Janes   on 21 September.   “We have b...

DSEI 2021: ZeroAlpha Solutions showcases new power module for Polaris tactical vehicles

By Giles Ebbutt 23 September 2021
The ZeroAlpha Solutions ZAS-PM-093 Auxiliary Power Module mounted in the load bed of a Polaris M-RZR D. On top of it is the SFC Energy EMILY 3000 methanol fuel cell. Note the electro-optic/infrared turret for which the APM provides power. (ZeroAlpha Solutions)  ZeroAlpha Solutions Ltd has designed a lightweight, multisource power supply module for Polaris tactical lightweight vehicles and showcased it at the DSEI 2021 exhibition in London in September.    The ZAS-PM-093 auxiliary power module (APM) had been designed to provide in-servic...

DSEI 2021: AEI Systems unveils Venom LR on EOS R400

By Riccardo Cociani 23 September 2021
The Venom LR was unveiled mounted on an EOS R400 ROWS at DSEI 2021. (Janes/Riccardo Cociani)  AEI Systems unveiled its production-standard Venom Low Recoil (LR) 30 mm cannon mounted on an Electro Optic Systems (EOS) R400 remotely operated weapon system (ROWS) at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2021 exhibition held in London on 14–17 September.  The system is a ground-up new design and represents the culmination of work conducted by the two companies since 2019.  The Venom LR has built-in radiation hazards protection an...

France increases defence budget

By Jean-Marc Tanguy 23 September 2021
France continues to raise defence spending, which will reach EUR40.9 billion (nearly USD48 billion) in 2022, a EUR1.7 billion increase on 2021.  The breakdown of the draft budget approved by the Council of Ministers on 22 September will be EUR23.7...
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