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Escribano Mechanicals & Engineering (EM&E) is expanding their catalogue of Remote Weapon Stations (RWS) by announcing their newest development, the GUARDIAN Lightweight High Impact Turret (L-HIT). Based on the well-known RWS GUARDIAN 2.0, which integrates 5.56mm, 7.62mm and 12.7 mm weapons, as well as a grenade launcher MK19, this new development integrates a 30 mm […]

Patria NEMO 120mm Mortar Upgrade

Patria has finalised the qualification of the fire-on-the-move capability for land-based systems undertaking direct and indirect fire missions. This allows troops to move constantly during the fire mission, meaning they do not form a clear target for counter-battery fire. With the fire-on-the-move capability, locating a target, aiming and opening the fire is faster and more […]


With the delivery of the last TROPHY Active Protection System (APS) at the end of 2020, the equipment for four Armoured Brigade Combat Teams (ABCT) of the US Army and the US Marine Corps has been completed. In 2018, the US Army ordered the TROPHY APS from Leonardo DRS and Rafael for a total of […]

Northrop Grumman BUSHMASTER for STRYKERS

Northrop Grumman has recently been awarded a contract from the US Army for XM813 BUSHMASTER Chain Guns® as part of the STRYKER Medium Caliber Weapon System 30mm Lethality Upgrade programme. The base contract and first delivery order calls for 95 chain guns with initial deliveries beginning in early 2022. “We are committed to ensuring our […]

Saab to Update Swedish Radar Systems

Saab has received an order to deliver an integrated ground based air defence solution to Sweden, valued at approximately 2.1Bn SEK. The contract is for the period 2020-25 and includes a number of Saab’s GIRAFFE 4A multifunctional radars and upgrades of the Swedish Armed Forces’ existing GIRAFEE AMB surface radars. Saab will also update existing, […]

Iveco Signs CENTAURO II Contract

Iveco and the Italian Government have signed a contract for 86 CENTAURO II armoured vehicles (plus ten additional units as an option) with integrated logistic support and equipment. The contract follows the initial supply of ten units (purchased with the contract signed in July 2018) towards a total requirement for 150 examples. This ensures long-term stability, […]


Kongsberg has signed a 1 030 MNOK contract with Thales UK Ltd. for the delivery of the PROTECTOR RS4 Remote Weapon Station (RWS) to the British Army under the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme. Kongsberg has provided the UK with the PROTECTOR since 2008 and MIV is the seventh delivery contract including two upgrades for the […]

Rheinmetall MISSION MASTER for Reconnaissance

Rheinmetall has unveiled its new MISSION MASTER Armed Reconnaissance system, the latest addition to this Autonomous – Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) family. Equipped with intelligence-gathering technology and a Rheinmetall FIELDRANGER Remote-Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS), the new module is designed to collect tactical intelligence in the area of operations while providing frontline fire support when needed. […]

Elbit Systems Netherlands Contract

Elbit Systems Ltd. has been awarded a follow-on contract from the Dutch Ministry of Defence to supply the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) with additional digital soldier and vehicular systems. This expands the soldier modernisation programme of the RNLA with the contract being performed over a three-year period; valued at approximately US$50M. Under its terms, Elbit Systems will […]

Danish Army Receives 56 EAGLE Vs

The Danish Army has received 56 EAGLE V vehicles and the prototype of an open reconnaissance version. The value of the order has been put at around €42M euros. In 2017, the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation entered into a framework agreement with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for the delivery of EAGLE […]

Milrem Robotics Expansion Begins

Milrem Robotics is expanding and hiring several senior-level engineers as well as establishing competence centres in Europe. The company’s expansion is fuelled by shifting its focus onto software development due to leading more complex system integration projects and recently receiving two EU grants. Currently, up to 30 new engineers (mainly in software development) are needed, but during […]

90 UNIMOGs for Brazil

Brazil has ordered 90 UNIMOG 5000 series off-road trucks, according to a press release by the Brazilian Navy, with Mercedes-Benz to deliver the vehicles between 2021 and 2027. They are intended for use by the Marines (Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais, CFN) to transport troops and material. The purchase also includes tippers and container transporters (by […]

EuroSpike Demonstrated in Estonia

Estonia has received the first SPIKE SR missiles from EuroSpike. After operational testing and training of personnel, the Estonian Defence Forces demonstrated the weapon system in front of international experts and the SPIKE User Club. From a field position, the infantrymen fired two missiles at targets at 1,500 m and 1,800 m respectively. The effect […]

Rheinmetall Awards Subcontract for MIV

Rheinmetall has awarded Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL) a subcontract to manufacture more than 260 BOXER vehicles for the UK MOD’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme. The Command and Special Carrier variants will be produced at RBSL’s facility in Telford, Shropshire. The subcontract, worth about £860M (€960M) marks a significant milestone for the programme, following the […]

BAE Contracted to Extend Life of Swiss IFVs

BAE Systems Hägglunds division has received a contract from the Swiss Federal Office for Defense Procurement (armasuisse) for the life-extension of the Swiss Army’s CV9030, known as the “Schützenpanzer 2000.” The life-extension programme will keep the 186 vehicle fleet in service until 2040 and significantly improve the platform’s ability in certain areas, the company said in […]

Ten Year WFEL Contract for UK BOXER

WFEL has secured a ten year production contract to supply BOXER Vehicle Drive Module fabricated hulls, together with a further contract for the Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) of approximately half of the 500 vehicles to be supplied to the British Army, under the £2.3Bn contract signed with ARTEC at the end of 2019. This is another […]

New Main Battle Tanks for Norway

Norwegian Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen has presented Norwegian plans for the renewal of the country’s MBTs. According to these plans, Norway intends to field the new tanks from 2025. Norway purchased 52 LEOPARD 2 A4 MBTs from the Netherlands in 2001 and adapted them to Norwegian requirements, with 36 currently active. Based on the 2018 […]

FRSN Supplied to Danish Army

The Danish Army has procured a significant number of mobile workshop containers, commonly referred to as the Forward Repair System NATO (FRSN), mainly to be assigned to the Danish Army’s heavy combat units. FRSN consists of several individual components, built and placed within the dimensions of a 20-foot container, meaning it can be transported by […]


The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) has awarded Rheinmetall Defence, as prime contractor, a contract to manufacture and supply thermal imaging equipment for the MARDER IFV. The SAPHIR 2.6 MK thermal imaging aiming device (MARDER configuration) has been developed by Rheinmetall Electronics and is specially designed for the MARDER IFV. It […]

Netherlands CV90 Modernisation

The Netherlands has launched a comprehensive €500m Mid-Life Upgrade for the 144 CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicles operated by the Koninklijke Landmacht. In a recent contract with BAE Systems, the implementation of rubber tracks has been contracted. Composite Rubber Tracks The CV90s have so far been equipped with steel tracks consisting of individual rubberised steel links. […]

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 […]

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