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Ukraine conflict: THeMIS robot delivered to Kyiv as Russia announces bounty for system's capture

By Alexander Stronell 05 September 2022
THeMIS in CASEVAC configuration as demonstrated at the British Army Warfighting Experiment, Salisbury Plain, December 2018 (James Rands/Janes)  Janes  has received confirmation of the delivery of a THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) to Ukraine after images of the system being delivered emerged on a number of social media platforms at the beginning of September.     Speaking to   Janes  ahead of an official press release, a spokesperson for Milrem Robotics, the Estonian company that manufactures the THeMIS vehicles,...

South Korea approves funding for third batch of K2 MBTs

By Kapil Kajal 05 September 2022
South Korea's MND has approved funding for a third batch of K2 MBTs, similar to the one pictured above. (Hyundai Rotem)  South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has allocated funding for a third batch of Hyundai Rotem K2 main battle tanks (MBTs).  Funding for the programme was contained in South Korea's 2023 defence budget, which was announced in late August.  Funding for the third K2 batch was part of a KRW6.64 trillion (USD4.8 billion) package contained in the budget to strengthen “operational response capabilities”, the MND said....

Light Tactical Transport Vehicle production ramped up for Belgium

By Nicholas Fiorenza 02 September 2022
LTTV production for Belgium has been accelerated. (Jankel)  Light Tactical Transport Vehicle (LTTV) production for Belgium has been accelerated, Jankel announced in a press release on 31 August. This follows a period of low-rate production because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The company said that 25 LTTVs entered production in August, to be further increased in September, with delivery of 199 vehicles to be completed in 2023.  Belgium's Council of Ministers approved the purchase of 199 armoured vehicles in June 2017 for EUR63.3 million (USD63....

USCG starts to shift some Marine Protector-class vessels to Alaska

By Michael Fabey 02 September 2022
The relatively large Marine Protector-class pilot house features an integrated bridge system with an electronic chart display system. (Michael Fabey)  To augment its naval force in the American higher latitudes, the US Coast Guard (USCG) decided to shift some of its 87-foot (23.8-m) Marine Protector-class vessels to Alaska.  “This year we brought uptwo 87 [-foot] patrol boats, which will now be permanently stationed in Alaska,” Boatswain's Mate Chief Petty Officer (BMC) Sean Crocker, officer in charge (OIC), Juneau Station, told Janes.  This...

Defense & Security 2022: Thales pitches GM400a radar for Thai air force

By Jon Grevatt 01 September 2022
Thales is pitching its Ground Master 400 Alpha air-surveillance radar for a requirement within the Royal Thai Air Force. The system is an enhanced version of the GM400 (pictured above). (Thales)  Thales is positioning its new Ground Master 400 Alpha (GM400α) for a Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) requirement for a series of air-surveillance radars.  A spokesperson for Thales told Janes at the Defense & Security 2022 exhibition in Bangkok that the company is proposing the GM400α in an RTAF programme to replace about 15 ground-based radars in operat...

Czech Republic and Slovakia co-operate on CV90 MkIV IFV procurement

By Nicholas Fiorenza 01 September 2022
Slovak Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď and his Czech counterpart, Jana Černochová, signed a co-operation agreement on the procurement and operation of the CV90 MkIV IFV during SIAF 2022 on 27 August. (Slovak MoD)  Slovak Defence Minister Jaroslav Naď and his Czech counterpart, Jana Černochová, signed a co-operation agreement on the procurement and operation of the CV90 MkIV tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) during the Slovak International Air Fest (SIAF) 2022 at Malacky-Kuchyňa Air Base on 27 August.  Naď said the two countries would su...

BAE Systems workers to strike at US ground vehicle factory

By Marc Selinger 31 August 2022
BAE Systems builds the Amphibious Combat Vehicle in York, Pennsylvania. (US Marine Corps)  About 800 unionised workers who build tracked and wheeled military vehicles at a BAE Systems plant in York, Pennsylvania, plan to go on strike on 31 August at 1100 h local time amid a stalemate in contract negotiations, according to the United Steelworkers (USW) labour union.  The employees, who have been without a contract since October 2021, have not received a satisfactory offer from BAE Systems for a new contract, the USW said on 29 August. “We are...

Defense & Security 2022: Chaiseri develops new versions of First Win MPV

By Jon Grevatt 31 August 2022
Chaiseri showcased prototypes of a newly developed armoured reconnaissance vehicle (pictured above) as well as a new armoured fighting vehicle, at the Defense & Security 2022 show in Bangkok. Both prototypes are based on the company's 4×4 First Win multipurpose vehicle. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  Thai firm Chaiseri has developed new armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) and armoured reconnaissance vehicle (ARV) versions of its 4×4 First Win multipurpose vehicle (MPV).    The company told   Janes  at the Defense & Security 2022 show in Ban...

Slovakia orders Patria AMV XP 8×8 vehicles from Finland

By Nicholas Fiorenza 31 August 2022
Slovakia ordered 76 Patria AMV XP 8×8 Armoured Modular Vehicles under a government-to-government agreement with Finland on 30 August. (Patria)  Slovakia and Finland, along with Patria, signed a government-to-government agreement on 30 August on the procurement of 76 Patria 8×8 AMV XP Armoured Modular Vehicles for the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, the two countries' ministries of defence (MoDs) and the Finnish company have announced.  The two MoDs also signed a government-to-government agreement to support the procurement, including qua...

UK seeks new RCVs for explosive ordnance disposal

By Olivia Savage 31 August 2022
The UK MoD is seeking to acquire 50 medium-sized EOD RCVs. Pictured here is the L3Harris T7 robot in use with the UK Task Group's EOD team. (Crown Copyright)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is seeking to procure 50 medium-sized remote-controlled vehicles (RCVs) as part of project Dartrose.  A total of GBP25 million (USD29 million) is available for the procurement, which includes 10-year through-life maintenance, the MoD announced on 25 August.  The contract is expected to start on 25 March 2024. The MoD had not responded to questions at the...

Defense & Security 2022: Royal Thai Army expands artillery production

By Jon Grevatt 31 August 2022
The Autonomous Truck-Mounted Gun (pictured above) is produced by the Royal Thai Army with support from Israel's Elbit Systems. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is continuing to expand its programmes to produce mortar systems and howitzers based on Israeli technologies.  RTA officials told Janes at the Defense & Security 2022 show in Bangkok that the army's production facilities in Lopburi, central Thailand, have recently ramped up manufacturing on both platforms.  The mortar programme features the production of an Autonomous Tru...

Poland signs execution contracts for K2 MBTs and K9 SPHs from South Korea

By Nicholas Fiorenza 31 August 2022
On 26 August, Poland signed execution contracts with Hyundai Rotem for 180 K2 tanks and with Hanwha Defense for 212 K9 SPHs (pictured). (Hanwha Defense)  Poland signed execution contracts with South Korean industry for K2 main battle tanks (MBTs) and K9 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) on 26 August. Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak approved the contracts for 180 K2 tanks and 212 K9 SPHs on 26 August in Morąg, northern Poland, his ministry announced on its website the same day. The signing followed...

Defense & Security 2022: Paramount partners with Thailand on Mbombe 4

By Jon Grevatt 30 August 2022
D-Lion – a Thai version of the Mbombe 4 mine-resistant armoured fighting vehicle – was unveiled at the Defense & Security 2022 show in Bangkok. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  South Africa's Paramount Group has formed a partnership with Thai firm Jatunapas and the government's Defence Technology Institute (DTI) to manufacture in Thailand the Mbombe 4 mine-resistant armoured fighting vehicle (AFV).    A prototype of the locally built vehicle, named D-Lion, was unveiled at the Defense & Security 2022 show in Bangkok on 29 August. A Jatunapas official...

Defense & Security 2022: Thailand, Elbit partner on D11A multiple rocket launcher

By Jon Grevatt 30 August 2022
Thailand's Defence Technology Institute (DTI) unveiled, at the Defense & Security 2022 show in Bangkok, the D11A Multi-Purpose Rocket and Missile Launcher, pictured above, which is based on Elbit Systems' PULS system. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  Thailand's Defence Technology Institute (DTI) is partnering with Elbit Systems to develop a Thai version of the Israeli company's multicalibre Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS).  Named the D11A Multi-Purpose Rocket and Missile Launcher, the DTI is developing the system to meet a coastal artillery...

Defense & Security 2022: LIG Nex1 unveils newly developed RCWS

By Jon Grevatt 30 August 2022
LIG Nex1 has unveiled a newly developed remote controlled weapon station fitted with the company's Raybolt anti-tank guided missiles and a 12.7 mm cannon. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  South Korean firm LIG Nex1 has unveiled a newly developed remote controlled weapon station (RCWS) at the Defense & Security 2022 show in Bangkok.    The company also disclosed to  Janes  that the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is the newest customer of its Korean GPS-Guided Bomb (KGGB).   A company official said that the RCWS, which has not yet been name...

Defense & Security 2022: Thailand unveils D-Tiger 4×4 tactical vehicle

By Jon Grevatt 29 August 2022
The 4×4 D-Tiger tactical vehicle, promoted by Thai Defense Industry company at Defense & Security 2022 in Bangkok. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  Thailand's Defence Technology Institute (DTI) and private-sector firm Chaiseri have jointly developed a new 4×4 tactical vehicle named D-Tiger.  The 12-tonne vehicle, which is based on Chaiseri's First Win multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), was unveiled at the opening day of the Defense & Security 2022 show in Bangkok on 29 August.  A DTI spokesperson told Janes that the D-Tiger is the first vehicle to have been de...

Ukrainian forces poised to be first to operate the L3Harris VAMPIRE

By Ashley Roque 26 August 2022
The Pentagon recently announced it would acquire the VAMPIRE system from L3Harris to send to Ukraine. (L3Harris Technologies)    L3Harris Technologies has not yet received a contract from the US government to produce and deliver its new Vehicle-Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment (VAMPIRE) to Ukraine, but the company told   Janes   it should be able to have the never-before fielded kit ready by May 2023.   When the Biden administration announced a new, USD2.98 billion weapons package bound for Kyiv on 24 August...

Lockheed Martin partners on AI training system for Australia

By Jon Grevatt 25 August 2022
STELaRLab scientists are pictured testing decision support AI systems using a live, virtual, constructive training system. (Lockheed Martin)  STELaRLab, the research and development (R&D) arm of Lockheed Martin Australia, has collaborated with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the government's Defence Science Technology Group (DSTG), to test a new military command-and-control training system that leverages artificial intelligence (AI).  Lockheed Martin Australia said on 25 August that the test featured a “live, virtual, constructive (...

Ukraine conflict: Germany to backfill Slovakia with Leopard 2 MBTs

By Nicholas Fiorenza 25 August 2022
Germany has signed a letter of intent with Slovakia to supply the latter with 15 Leopard 2A4 MBTs to backfill for 30 BMP-1 IFVs being transferred to Ukraine. (Bundeswehr/Marco Dorow)  State Secretary in the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) Benedikt Zimmer has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with his Slovak counterpart Marian Majer for Slovakia to receive 15 Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs) to backfill for 30 BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) being transferred to Ukraine, their two MoDs announced on their websites on 23 August.  The...

Gabon parades Norinco VP11 MRAPs

By Erwan de Cherisey 24 August 2022
A still from the television coverage of Gabon's military parade on 17 August shows the Republican Guard's new Norinco VP11 MRAPs followed by Aravis and VN1 infantry fighting vehicles. (Gabon 24)  The Gabonese Republican Guard (GR) displayed its Norinco VP11 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles publicly for the first time when 13 were used in the 17 August Independence Day military parade in Libreville.  The GR is an armed forces branch responsible for presidential security and supporting the rest of the military. The commentator fo...
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