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Finland to Upgrade CV90 Fleet

BAE Systems has reported a contract signature with Finland to upgrade the Finnish Army’s CV90 armoured vehicle fleet. The agreement, worth up to US$32M with options, includes a mid-life extension programme to increase the vehicles’ combat effectiveness. The CV9030FIN prototype and test series vehicles will be upgraded first, with the remaining lifecycle upgrades carried out […]

Finnish GTP Vehicles Delivered

The Finnish Armed Forces have received all of the GTP 4×4 protected vehicles they ordered from manufacturer Sisu Auto in June 2020. The vehicles were delivered as five-seater armoured multipurpose vehicles and 10 seat APCs. Mission modules are mounted on the vehicle chassis, which is the same for both versions, enabling the vehicles to be adapted to […]

UMACS Being Promoted by Elbit

In operational artillery scenarios, shoot-and-scoot efficiency means the difference between avoiding counter-battery fire or not. Shaving seconds off a fire mission is decisive. Artillery charge system improvements are welcome in this regard, and according to Elbit, there is growing interest in Elbit Systems’ (ELS) M662 Uni-Modular Artillery Charge System (UMACS). Introduced in 2019 following ELS’ […]

30mm Gun Turret for STRYKER

The US Army is equipping some of its 8×8 STRYKER combat vehicles with unmanned 30-mm gun turrets. In a framework contract with Oshkosh Defense (who announced the news) as prime contractor, the US Army Contracting Command has agreed to integrate remotely operated 30-mm Samson gun turrets on STRYKER chassis Double V-Hull Infantry Carrier Vehicle for around […]


The US Army will divest all STRYKER Mobile Gun Systems (MGS) by the end of fiscal year 2022, the service announced today. This decision comes after a comprehensive analysis highlighted obsolescence and systemic issues with the its dated cannon and automatic loader. While updating and providing new capabilities is most commonly associated with modernisation, the divestiture […]

FN EVOLYS Launched

FN Herstal introduced a new machine gun named FN EVOLYS during a digital product launch event in early May. According to the company, FN EVOLYS is an ultralight weapon that combines the firing capabilities of a belt-fed machine gun with ergonomics and balance similar to an assault rifle. The gun has been developed in two […]

BEOWULF Prototypes for CATV

The US Army has selected BAE Systems to deliver two prototype vehicles for evaluation as a potential solution for the Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) programme. The BEOWULF is based on proven, existing solutions and is capable of moving personnel and cargo in the most remote and harshest conditions. Its articulated mobility system is key to the […]

PPM Systems Supplies Filters to British Army

PPM Systems has designed and produced 90 custom filters for the British Army spectrum team based at Blandford Camp to support the Army’s Battlefield Tactical Communication and Information Systems (BATCIS) programme to upgrade its capability. The custom filters include multiple designs of narrow band cavity filters in band pass and band stop versions. They are […]

ABS/ESC Retrofit for HMMWV Fleets

Ricardo Defense has secured a three-year, US$89M contract to provide critical safety upgrades protecting the lives of thousands of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) operators around the world. This will provide up to 9,480 critical safety improvement Antilock Brake System / Electronic Stability Control (ABS/ESC) retrofit kits over the next three years for the US Army’s […]

Australian IFV Candidates Presented

The two contenders for the largest acquisition project in the history of the Australian Army have been officially unveiled in Canberra. The new IFV prototypes are currently under evaluation, and once delivered, the project will provide the Army with an advanced, cutting-edge, mounted close combat capability. The two shortlisted contenders for the project are Rheinmetall Defence […]

New Dutch 81mm Mortar

The Dutch Army and Marines will receive new 81 mm mortars after a procurement contract between the Dutch Defence Procurement Agency (DMO) and Hirtenberger Defence Europe GmbH was signed on 25 February. The Dutch Armed forces currently use British-made 81mm mortars as indirect fire support weapons at the company level. These are deployed in the […]

CheetahNAV at IDEX 2021

Etion Create showcased its CheetahNAV tactical navigation system for the first time at IDEX 2021 in Abu Dhabi. The system combines MEMS-based Inertial Navigation with GPS and is specifically adapted for use in light military vehicles. It was developed from Etion’s Integrated System Display which has been in operation for several years within the rail […]

First Pictures of TROPHY APS on Leopard 2

The contracts for the integration of the TROPHY Active Protection System (APS) on Germany’s LEOPARD 2 MBT have been concluded. The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) and the companies involved, Rafael (for the delivery of the protection systems) and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (for the construction of new hulls and the […]

First look at the MTV for the Netherlands

Iveco has given its first public presentation of the Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) currently being developed for the Dutch Armed Forces. The vehicle will be introduced in all branches of the armed forces and the military police from 2023. During 2019 and 2020, the Dutch Ministry of Defence ordered a total of 1,185 vehicles in […]

PROTECTOR and Acusonic for MIV

Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land – along with WFEL, has awarded Thales a ten-year contract worth the equivalent of €208M to supply and integrate two key systems for the BOXERs ordered by the British Army. The PROTECTOR RS4, which is widely used with more than 20,000 units, is designed to be equipped with light and medium […]

Extra CV90s for Norway

BAE Systems has received an order from the Norwegian Army for 20 additional CV90 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) to increase the combat power of its existing fleet. The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency awarded the contract, valued at more than US$50M, as part of its effort to grow and modernise in the face of evolving threats. […]

Soucy Awarded SCRT Contract

Soucy International Defense Division has been awarded a contract to manufacture and deliver prototype Segmented Composite Rubber Track (SCRT) systems for the US Army’s Ground Vehicle Systems Centre (GVSC) as part of the Platform Electrification and Mobility (PEM) project. This has been created to help develop, integrate and test essential electrification and mobility technologies necessary […]

10,000th JLTV Produced

Oshkosh Defense has recently produced the 10,000th Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). This significant milestone represents over a decade of proprietary experience in designing, building and delivering the world’s most capable light tactical vehicle. Since the programme was awarded to Oshkosh Defense in August 2015, the company has built a robust, dependable supply chain. It has […]

HENSOLDT to Update COBRA Radars

Sensor specialist HENSOLDT will modernise the artillery location radar COBRA which is in service with several NATO armies. Under a contract awarded by the Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation en matière d’Armement (OCCAR), HENSOLDT will replace the Radar Target Generator (RTG), a core element for the test environment of COBRA indispensable for determining optimum deployment and […]

Rheinmetall Ammunition for NATO State

A NATO state has ordered modern artillery ammunition from Rheinmetall. The Group’s South African subsidiary, Rheinmetall Denel Munition (Pty) Ltd., will supply several thousand conventional and extended-range artillery shells of the ASSEGAI family (Base Bleed and V-LAP) and M92 ASSEGAI tactical modular charges. Delivery commenced in December 2020 and will conclude by May 2021. The […]

Austria Orders GDELS More EVO Vehicles

The Austrian Ministry of Defence has awarded General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr a contract for the delivery of 30 PANDUR 6×6 EVOLUTION (EVO) wheeled armoured vehicles. These are designed as Armoured Personnel Carriers but can be quickly converted for other roles such as Casualty Evacuation (CASEVAC) due to their modular design. In addition to the 34 vehicles […]

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