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Centre of Excellence for Military Vehicles Opened

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened Rheinmetall’s new Military Vehicle Competence Centre in Redbank/Queensland on 11 October 2020. As part of the delivery of logistics trucks and BOXER Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRVs) to the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Rheinmetall has established the Military Vehicle Center of Excellence (MILVEHCOE). Additionally, an independent sovereign military vehicle capability […]

1,000 Unprotected Logistics Trucks for the Bundeswehr

The Bundeswehr is accelerating the renewal of its truck fleet with funds from the Corona economic stimulus package. Rheinmetall will deliver 150 HX2 trucks in the 5-tonne payload class with 6×6 chassis and 850 HX2 trucks in the 15-tonne payload class with 8×8 chassis. The contract-volume is €398m, with the trucks scheduled to be delivered […]

Modernisation of the British FUCHS/FOX NBC Vehicles

The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded the Rheinmetall joint venture company Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) a contract to modernise the British FUCHS/FOX armoured reconnaissance vehicle fleet and supply an associated training simulator in a contract worth over €17.5m. Under the terms of this deal, RBSL will eliminate obsolescence and upgrade the systems in the […]

ARMIS 6×6 Logistics Truck in Action

Arquus has presented examples from its vehicle range to customers and trade visitors, ranging from the AREG protected 4×4 vehicles (for special forces) and FORTRESS Mk2 (multi-purpose vehicle, racing in Poland) to the plug-in hybrid SCARABEE and the ARMIS 6×6 logistics trucks. The ARMIS family includes a 4×4 and an 8×8 version, while the ARMIS […]


France’s Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) has ordered the second batch of 42 JAGUAR and 271 GRIFFON combat vehicles under the SCORPION programme. The industrial consortium with Nexter, Arquus and Thales will produce the vehicles between 2022 and 2023 while for the first time, the GRIFFON will be delivered in the Artillery Observer and Ambulance […]

Leopard 2PL Enters Service

During MSPO 2020, the Polish Army presented a modernised Leopard 2PL Main Battle Tank (MBT). The vehicle showcased in Kielce belongs to the 10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade in Świętoszów, which is the first unit in the Polish Army to operate these modernised vehicles. Shortly after the MSPO 2020 exhibition, the Polish Ministry of Defence confirmed […]

GENESIS Demonstrator from FFG

Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft mbH (FFG) has displayed the GENESIS full hybrid technology demonstrator for the first time. This is the first 8×8 Armoured Fighting Vehicle with a full hybrid drive, individual wheel speed control and recuperation. The exhibited vehicle is fully functional according to company statements with only the 30 mm Kongsberg turret installed but […]

Hyundai Rotem Eyes Polish ‘WILK’ Programme

During the MSPO 2020 exhibition in Kielce, the South Korean Hyundai Rotem showcased a model of the K2PL Main Battle Tank (MBT), which the manufacturer intends to offer for the Polish ‘WILK’ (WOLF) programme. The K2PL is a modified version of the original K2 BLACK PANTHER MBT currently operated by the South Korean Land Forces. […]

First PATRIOT Battery in Romania

The Romanian Air Force officially received the material for its first PATRIOT battery on 17th September 2020 after the systems arrived in Romania and underwent acceptance tests at the National Air Defence Training Centre “Brigadier General Ion Bungescu” in August 2020. Romania has ordered seven PATRIOT systems in two lots. The first will be operated […]

Greece Announces Major Arms Purchase

Greece has announced major arms purchases with “six emblematic decisions that multiply the power, functionality and effectiveness of Greek weapons,” in the words of Prime Minister K.Mitsotakis. These decisions include: The Hellenic Air Force will immediately acquire a squadron of 18 RAFALE fighter jets that will replace older MIRAGE 2000 fighters. The Greek PM said […]

FN Herstal and Nexter Sign Strategic Contract

FN Herstal, a Belgian subsidiary of the Herstal Group, and French group Nexter have signed a strategic contract in the framework of the Capacité Motorisée or Motorized Capability (CaMo) programme for the modernisation of the Belgian Army’s ground mobility capability. This contract covers the production and delivery by FN Herstal of the latest generation deFNder® Remote […]

Continuation of the successful series with UH-72B LAKOTA

Gerhard Heiming At the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) virtual exhibition in Washington from 28th to 29th August 2020, Airbus Helicopters announced the launch of the latest version of the LAKOTA helicopter, with an order for 17 aircraft. The UH-72 belongs to the widely used H145 family, whose military and civilian versions […]

Spanish Army 8×8 Contract Awarded

The Spanish Ministry of Defence has awarded a €1.74 bn (US$2.06bn) contract to a joint venture of General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) and three other companies to deliver 348 8×8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles (VCR), their maintenance and life cycle support, as well as support their international commercialisation. The GDELS-SBS contract is for […]

Hybrid Vehicle Testing for British Army

Jack Richardson New hybrid technology is being tested on the British Army’s FOXHOUND and JACKAL 2 vehicles following a £3m investment from the MOD. Offering improved silent mobility, hybrid and electric drive systems will provide sustainability benefits and deliver potential military advantages, reducing noise and increasing stealth capability. Electric systems will also provide game-changing power off-board, […]

Joint Venture to Produce Hungarian IFV

Jack Richardson Hungary yesterday signed a Joint Venture agreement with Rheinmetall to manufacture the LYNX Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) in the country. This programme is worth over €2bn and will modernise the country’s defence industry and military capabilities. Hungary is the first NATO and EU member state to choose the Düsseldorf-based Group’s innovative new IFV, a move […]

Hungary Orders LYNX IFVs

Waldemar Geiger and André Forkert The Hungarian Government and Rheinmetall have agreed to set up a joint venture for the production of LYNX Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) in Hungary, the state news agency MTI announced on Monday. This is the first procurement contract for the vehicle, which is currently competing in Australia, the Czech Republic […]

GeoSpectrum Unveils C-BASS Family

Arie Egozi GeoSpectrum Technologies, an Elbit subsidiary, has unveiled the C-BASS family of compact Very Low Frequency (VLF) long-range acoustic underwater transducers. According to the company, the system generates high power at very low frequencies from a small source which the firm claims is a technological challenge, with current high power underwater VLF sources available on […]

130 mm Cannon for Future Battle Tanks?

Gerhard Heiming As western Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) are not known to be capable of safely eliminating all potential threats such as the T14 ARMATA, one way to counter such vehicles is to increase the calibre of the MBT’s cannon. Following the first hardware presentation of a 130 mm/L51 cannon at Eurosatory 2016, Rheinmetall released […]

Spexer Radar for Qualified Air Defence

Gerhard Heiming A solution is currently being developed under an emergency programme for the German Army’s qualified anti-aircraft defence, which is to be available for use by the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2023 at the latest. The focus is particularly on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which is why the defence […]

LEOPARD 2 A4HU Arrives in Hungary

Gerhard Heiming On 24th July 2020, the 25th Infantry Brigade (MH 25. Klapka György Lövészdandár) in Tata (75 west of Budapest) received the first four of twelve LEOPARD 2 A4HU Main Battle Tanks (MBTs). The ceremonial handover was attended by Hungarian Defence Minister, Tibor Benkö, the German parliamentary state secretary, Thomas Silberhorn, Commander-in-Chief of the […]

Nexter Orders Artillery Modular Charges

Jack Richardson Nexter has placed a major order with Eurenco, the European leader in energetic materials, for the supply of artillery modular charges. A total of 70,000 modules will thus be manufactured on the Eurenco Bergerac site and delivered between 2021 and 2022 to the French Army for use on the CAESAR© system. This contract makes […]

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