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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 […]

BRADLEY Replacement Tender Released

Gerhard Heiming The U.S. Army has published the draft tender for the preliminary design of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV), which is to replace the BRADLEY Infantry Fighting Vehicle from 2028, on the US government’s contracting website. In early 2020, the U.S. Army relaunched the programme with a five-stage approach. Phase 1 is currently […]

Hybrid Electric Drive for BRADLEY IFV

Gerhard Heiming The U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) is having a Hybrid Electric Drive (HED) installed in a BRADLEY Infantry Fighting Vehicle for test purposes. Based on a development programme, the Army wants to increase the effectiveness of combat vehicles and the supply of electrical power in the vehicle to expand […]



UK BOXER Contract for WFEL

Jack Richardson The first official sub-contract for a UK company involved in the production of the MoD’s new BOXER Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme, has been awarded by a member of the ARTEC consortium to WFEL, a nominated Tier One supplier in the project. The contract covers the transfer of manufacturing technology from Germany to the […]

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 […]




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