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COHEMO to Maintain Spanish LEOPARD 2Es

Jack Richardson COHEMO, a Madrid-based company, is to maintain the Spanish Army’s LEOPARD 2E (Leopard 2 A6E) tanks until 2021, with the agreement including the revision and repair of the stabilisation system in addition to the electronic equipment among others. This contract was assigned by the Army’s Logistic Support Command (MALE), which received several offers including […]

SUNGUR to be Introduced in Turkey

Gerhard Heiming After the successful completion of firing tests, the President of the Turkish Defence Industry (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı, SSB), Professor Ismail Demir, has stated that the SUNGUR Air Defence System has proven its readiness for deployment. Under Roketsan’s leadership, SUNGUR has been developed in cooperation with local companies as a national Man-Portable Air Defence […]

Hungary Budgeting for New Equipment

Gerhard Heiming Hungary is planning a defence budget of €2.2bn for 2021, a good quarter of which is earmarked for procurement. The major projects include H145M helicopters, Main Battle Tanks (MBT) and Self-Propelled Howitzers (SPH). This summer, Hungary will receive twelve LEOPARD 2 A4HU MBTs from Krauss-Maffei Wegman (KMW) for training purposes. Hungary intends to make […]



Further JLTV Order for Oshkosh

Jack Richardson Oshkosh Defence has announced that the U.S. Army Contracting Command has placed an order for 248 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) and associated kits, valued at US$127m. This includes vehicles for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of State. To date, Oshkosh has successfully integrated multiple weapons on the JLTV including Remote […]

IRIS-T Ready for Fielding in Sweden

Gerhard Heiming Acceptance tests of Sweden’s new RBS 98 air defence system have been successfully completed. According to the FMV procurement agency, only minor software changes are necessary before the system, which has been tested on the Vidsel firing range since 5th November 2019, can be introduced to the troops. The core of the air defence missile […]

U.S. Army to Receive another 159 BRADLEY A4 IFVs

Gerhard Heiming The U.S. Army has contracted BAE Systems to supply another 159 BRADLEY A4 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) for around €238 million until 31st March 2023. Since 2018, the U.S. Army has been looking for a successor for 4,700 BRADLEY’s under the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV). In a second attempt, the aim is […]



Spanish Secretary of State for Defence Confirms Progress of 8×8 Wheeled Combat Vehicle Programme

Jack Richardson The Spanish Secretary of State for Defence, Ángel Olivares recently chaired a follow-up meeting, held at the GDELS-Santa Bárbara Sistemas factory in Alcalá de Guadaira (Seville), for the Wheeled Combat Vehicle (VCR) 8×8 technological programmes. The event brought together senior representatives of the Spanish Ministry of Defence, the General Directorate of Armament and Material […]

FLIR Captures US$23.5m in Additional Orders for its CENTAUR UGV for US Army and Navy

Jack Richardson FLIR Systems, Inc has announced that the U.S. Army and Navy have ordered in total of more than 160 of the company’s CENTAUR™ Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV), plus related spares and accessories. The two contracts, totalling US$23.5m, are being sourced through the Army’s Man Transportable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) programme. Since […]

Presentation of New ARMIS Logistics and Tactical Truck

Gerhard Heiming As Eurosatory 2020 has been cancelled, Arquus is presenting its range of vehicles and innovations in an e-Xpo electronic exhibition, including the new ARMIS vehicle family with two to four-axle logistics and tactical trucks. Based on the company’s 100 years of experience in military mobility solutions, the vehicles are designed to meet the operational […]



Indonesia Using Virtual Reality for M3 Training

Gerhard Heiming  In order to train operators for its 18 M3 Amphibious Bridge Devices, the Indonesian Army has started using Virtual Reality (VR), allowing the trainee to immerse themselves in the real environment with illusory stimulation (immersion), enabling intensive and effective practical training. To start with, participants learn the theoretical basics of operation by means of […]

WFEL Receives US Department of Defence Contract

Jack Richardson WFEL has been awarded another contract by the US Department of Defence to upgrade a further tranche of Dry Support Bridges (DSBs) already in-service with the US Army. The deal follows on from a previous US Army contract for the upgrading of 60 DSBs and this contract allows 20 more to be enhanced, increasing […]

Indian Army to Buy More Infantry Combat Vehicles

J C Menon The Indian Army will receive an additional 156 BMP 2/2k Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICV) by 2023, after the Acquisition Wing of Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed an Indent (official order) with the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) to supply the ICVs for use by the Mechanised Forces of the Indian Army on […]



Franco-German Tank Industry Awarded Contract for First Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) Study

Gerhard Heiming Germany’s Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Utilisation of the German Armed Forces (BAAINBw) has awarded an industrial contract for work on the “System Architecture Definition Study – Part 1” (SADS Part 1), as part of the first industrial study for the land combat system of the future. This contract was awarded […]

Oshkosh Joint Venture in Saudi Arabia

Gerhard Heiming US armoured vehicle manufacturer Oshkosh Defence has set up a joint venture, Oshkosh Al Tadrea Manufacturing (OTM) with Saudi Arabia’s Al Tadrea Manufacturing, of which the latter will be the majority shareholder, in order to establish a local manufacturer for wheeled tactical vehicles. One project is the development of a Saudi version of the […]

1000th SHERPA produced by Arquus

Jack Richardson Arquus has recently completed the production of the 1,000th SHERPA armoured vehicle, a major milestone for the vehicle family, which has constantly evolved since 2006. 14 years after its first presentation at Eurosatory 2006, the SHERPA has been deployed in all theatres of operation and in all configurations, serving daily in a wide […]



Franco-German agreement on the new Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) battle tank signed

Dorothee Frank Germany’s Federal Ministry of Defence has announced the signature of two agreements on the heavy land combat system being developed between Germany and France. “The MGCS project to be implemented under German leadership is to replace the German LEOPARD 2 Main Battle Tank [MBT] and the French LECLERC [MBT] from the mid-2030s. With […]

Mobile air purifier FreciousComfort Clean for sensitive areas

Gerhard Heiming As part of the coronavirus response, MANN+HUMMEL has developed FreciousComfort Clean, a mobile air cleaner for sensitive areas such as temporary hospitals in tents or exhibition halls which collects 99.95 percent of the impurities in the air, and MANN+HUMMEL can adapt to the customer’s requirements using various parts. Coronavirus is mainly transmitted from […]

Hitachi wins Japanese bulldozer contract

Shinichi Kiyotani The Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency of the Japanese Ministry of Defence has awarded Hitachi a contract for the development and procurement of a new armoured bulldozer. The original plan, to replace the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force’s ageing Type 75 armoured bulldozer, was to procure overseas and indigenous products then compare them under […]



New Land Mine Option

Curtis Hand One of the greatest dangers associated with landmines, according to de-mining experts in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, is there are few – if any – maps or records about where they are placed, meaning, in many post-conflict theatres, there is no way to turn-off or safely deactivate conventional mines. While international agreements […]

Canada to sell armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia

Jack Richardson Canada is to lift a freeze on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, according to reports by Reuters, as Ottawa has renegotiated a $14bn contract to sell General Dynamics Corp armoured vehicles to Riyadh. This is a move that would secure thousands of jobs at the US firm’s Canadian subsidiary based in London, Ontario. The […]

Arquus restarts production

Gerhard Heiming Shortly before Easter, Arquus (formerly Renault Trucks Defence) began to gradually resume production at all four industrial plants where main armament programmes are underway. First, production of the Engin Blindé Multi-Role (EBMR) Griffon was restarted at the beginning of the week. In Marolles-en-Hurepoix, the production of mechanical parts required as part of the complete […]




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