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Latvia Makes Another Attempt to Tactical Vehicle Acquisition

The Latvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched the procedure for the procurement of a series of new high-mobility armoured 4×4 tactical vehicles. This is another attempt of the Baltic State to acquire such platforms, as the initial tender had to be cancelled due to a number of procedural irregularities and legal obstacles. The head […]

Slovakia Prolongs Procurement of Armoured Vehicles

The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) has so far failed to secure the contract for procurement of 81 Vydra 8×8 wheeled armoured vehicles, which were designed by the local defence industry and Finnish Patria. The planned acquisition has stalled due to a number of difficulties, resulting in harsh criticism of the programme coming from the […]

FFG Presents Recovery Module for the Boxer

The Boxer is characterized by its modular design. It consists of two key elements: the driving module and the removable mission module. FFG Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft mbH (FFG) will present a recovery module for the Boxer to a specialist audience for the first time at the DSEi in London in September. Depending on the national […]

Belgian Army Gets New Combat Training Centre

The Belgian Army will get a complete new training centre with infantry simulators, anti-tank simulators, vehicle systems and communication systems for controlling, monitoring and collecting training data to enable detailed analysis of exercises. A corresponding contract has been signed by the Belgian MoD and Saab. The order value is approximately SEK160 million (approx. €14.9 million) […]

Uncertainties Emerge Over the Slovak 4×4 Tender

The tender for procurement of a number of multi role tactical 4×4 vehicles for the Slovak Army has been suspended as the country’s anti-corruption office continues to evaluate legality of the whole competition. The Office for Public Procurement (UVO), which controls the execution of public tenders in Slovakia, and verifies if they are carried out […]

Military Min Mac Rack

PELI announced that their configurable Min Mac Rack was able to pass even more military certifications. After successful completion of new military test certifications for drops (MIL-STD-810G), water immersion (IPX7) and dust ingress protection (IP6X), this feature-rich rugged case line secures its protection leading value. The renovated PELI Min Mac Rack range is available with […]

Marines Get INVISIO Headset Systems

The U.S. Marine Corps has selected INVISIO for their Hearing Enhancement Program with a first order worth Skr43 million (about €4 million). The systems consist of both communications enabled versions and as well as hearing protection only. Infantry, artillery, reconnaissance and combat engineer Marines decided on INVISIO systems based on fit, form, function and comfort. […]

ASCOD Offered to the Czech Army

The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recently sent out calls for preliminary offers in the long awaited tender for new tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFV). General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS), as one of major armoured vehicles manufacturers in Europe, is expected to make a bid, offering its tested ASCOD platform, which has already […]

New 60mm Mortar for Infantry and Special Forces

Today Rheinmetall announced the development of a new 60mm mortar for infantry and special forces. According to the company this RSG60 has a new design design and engineering characteristics which make this indirect fire system very light and easy to handle. “A few quick manual adjustments turn the 15.8 kg standard infantry version into a […]

URAN-9 Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicle

The Russian Army Corps of Engineers presented at the ARMY-2019 International Forum several new vehicles of various application. One of the highlights was the URAN-9 Unmanned Combat Ground Vehicle (UCGV) which entered the Russian Army official service in January this year. The machine is a robot employing the specially designed tracked chassis. The power unit […]

Competition for Armoured Wheeled Vehicles in Bulgaria

After several attempts, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence has now issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) for the supply of 150 armoured wheeled vehicles. Following market analysis, the Ministry selected the four European companies ARTEC (Germany), Patria (Finland), Nexter (France) and General Dynamics Land System – Mowag (Switzerland). The deadline for submission of bids is […]

U.S. Army Heavy Dump Truck Programme

Mack Defense is partnering with Crysteel Manufacturing on the U.S. Army M917A3 Heavy Dump Truck (HDT) contract. The Mack Defense M917A3 HDT is based on the commercial Mack Granite model and has been optimized to meet the current needs of the U.S. Army. Mack Defense added heavier-duty rear axles, all-wheel drive, increased suspension ride height […]

Poland Completes the First Serial Production 155mm SPH Battery

The Polish Army is finalizing completion of the first Regina artillery battery composed of serial production 155mm Krab self-propelled howitzers (SPH) manufactured by the local Huta Stalowa Wola. In the past months the 5th Artillery Regiment in Sulechow, western Poland, subordinate to the 12th Mechanised Division in Szczecin, received equipment, allowing for forming two out […]

Polish T-72 MBTs Will Be Upgraded

The Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with a consortium, composed of the Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, PGZ), Zaklady Mechaniczne (ZM), Bumar-Labedy and Wojskowe Zaklady Motoryzacyjne (WZM), for an overhaul and upgrade of a number of T-72M1 main battle tanks (MBT). The deal is worth 1.75 billion Polish Zloty. Work should […]

Russian Civil Arms: New Prospects at the World Market

During the Army 2019 International Forum held near Moscow, the national weapons trade mediator Rosoboronexport announced a number of contracts with international customers for small arms supply of military and civil application. “The Russian industry produces full range of close combat weapons which have proved their indispensability in actual combat situations, thereby earning reputation and […]

Upgrade of the FLYEYE UAS Fleet

NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has signed a contract with WB Group for upgraded versions of the in-service FLYEYE unmanned aerial system (UAS) fleet. These upgrades include user-friendly solutions to increase the interoperability of the Polish Army by standardising the configuration and replacing the existing equipment with the up-to-date substitutes. FLYEYE is currently used […]

U.S. Army Procures new M110A1 SDMR

The U.S. Army introduces 5,000 to 6,000 new M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifles (SDMR) for its group-level rifle scope shooters. The U.S. Army continues to use the 7.62mm x 51 calibre for its riflescopes. The M110A1 SDMR is a semi-automatic G28E from the G28/HK417 family from Heckler & Koch. The weapons are to be manufactured […]

Spike Guided Missiles for Estonia

Estonia has signed a framework agreement with Eurospike, the joint venture between Diehl Defence, Rheinmetall Defence and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, for the supply of Spike LR anti-tank guided missile systems. The contract has a value of €40M and covers the supply of Integrated Control Launch Units (ICLUs) and missiles with warheads. The Bundeswehr has […]

Germany’s New Equipment for the VJTF 2023

Germany will enter NATO’s Spearhead Force (VJTF) 2023 with modernised equipment. Especially upgrades for the Puma armoured infantry fighting vehicle and the “IdZ-ES” soldier system will take the German capabilities to a new level. A corresponding contract was signed by the German Procurement Agency BAAINBw recently. This modernisation called “System Panzergrenadier” links the Puma with […]

Defence Technology Review – Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle Puma – Available Now!

With the introduction of the Puma Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV), the German Army now has the most advanced weapon system of mechanised infantry at its disposal. Owing to innovative technologies, it is superior to any comparable system and is currently state of the art. The Puma AIFV, however, is not an evolutionary variant of […]

MIKADO Tests for UAS Development

The German Federal Armed Forces Technical Center for Aircraft and Aeronautical Equipment (WTD 61) in Manching has investigated the potential and technical limits as well as weaknesses of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAS) using the MIKADO micro reconnaissance drone introduced in the army. On behalf of the German procurement agency BAAINBw, WTD 61’s task is […]

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