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Iveco Defence Vehicles Acquires Mira UGV

Iveco Defence Vehicles (IDV) has agreed with Horiba Mira to acquire the majority of the Mira Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) division. Under the agreement, IDV will also provide capital and capacity to take HORIBA MIRA’s UGV platforms and technology to the next level of development and production, the Iveco subsidiary writes. The focus is the […]

Mine clearing equipment for Ukraine

Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) has signed a contract with Pearson Engineering for the delivery of mine-clearing equipment to equip engineer tanks for Ukraine with mine-clearing capabilities. On the German government’s list of military support services for Ukraine, 42 mine-clearing tanks are listed under “in preparation”. As far as is known, the contractor for this is […]

Details on 8×8 Dragón

At the International Armoured Vehicle Conference IAV in London, the head of the Directorate for Weapon Systems Procurement, Brigadier General Francisco Javier Romero Mari, reported on the classification and progress of the Dragón armament programme. The Spanish Army is undergoing a comprehensive transformation process to become the Army 2035, in which the Brigade 2035 will […]

Poland and South Korea’s Growing Defence Ties

The multi-billion-dollar agreements recently signed between Poland and South Korea are unprecedented – they are the largest arms contracts in the recent history of Poland and in the history of South Korean military exports. Both Warsaw and Seoul hope they could use them to develop deep military ties and strategic industrial cooperation. It is not […]

DMC to Deliver Rudders for German F126 Frigates

Damen Marine Components has received the order to design, engineer and produce eight rudders for the four F126 frigates that Damen Naval is building for the German Navy, the company writes in a press release. Each vessel will be equipped with two rudders, developed to withstand extreme shocks and to improve the hydrodynamic properties of […]

German Defence Minister: First Leopard 2 Tanks to Arrive in Ukraine in Three Months

According to estimates by German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius, the first Leopard 2A6 tanks could be in Ukraine in about three months. Following his first visit to the Defence Committee of the German Parliament on 25 January 2023, Pistorius stated that the training of Ukrainian tank soldiers is due to begin as soon as possible. […]

Medium-calibre Weapons: Back to the Future

Few would argue that medium-calibre cannons are an essential tool of modern warfare. These weapons ranging in bore diameter from 20 mm to 57 mm have been common to armoured fighting vehicles since the 1970s and provide vital fire support to infantry formations and anti-armour capabilities against their opponent’s equivalents. Despite their long service history, […]

Modern Turret Design

The war in Ukraine reignited debates about the role Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) have today and tomorrow. The advantages and vulnerabilities of armoured vehicles were demonstrated in this conflict, and armies are expected to embrace the lessons learned from the conflict and implement Technologies, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP) demonstrated as superior. The Eurosatory and AUSA […]

Steel Cut for Second Royal Navy Type 31 Inspiration Class Frigate

Babcock has reached a milestone on the Type 31 programme, to deliver five Inspiration Class frigates for the Royal Navy, as it cut steel marking the official start of HMS Active’s build programme at Rosyth, the company writes in a press release. 16 months after steel was cut on the first ship, HMS Venturer, Babcock […]

Airbus to Provide Satellite Communications for Belgian Armed Forces

Airbus has signed a contract with the Belgian Ministry of Defence to provide tactical satellite communications services for a 15 year period, the company writes in a press release. The Belgian armed forces will utilise channels of the Airbus UHF (Ultra High Frequency) military communications hosted payload on-board a commercial telecommunications satellite manufactured by Airbus. […]

Elbit Awarded Contract to Provide DIRCM Service Centre for NATO

Elbit Systems has announced the award of a five year in-service support contract with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA)  for the Direct Infrared Counter Measures (DIRCM) systems supplied to the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) fleet. The contract includes the establishment of a service centre located at NSPA to provide support and logistics […]

Iveco Defence Vehicles Announces Partnership with Horiba Mira

Iveco Defence Vehicles (IDV) has announced that the company has entered into an agreement to become the majority shareholder in Mira UGV, Horiba Mira’s Uncrewed Ground Vehicle (UGV) division. The agreement is to combine IDV’s expertise as a manufacturer of defence vehicles with Horiba Mira’s position as a sector-leading company in delivering uncrewed ground vehicle […]

SITREP – The US Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV)

The US Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) programme remains on schedule and is set to enter Phase 3 in early 2023, replacing the legacy M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). In this sitrep, Sidney E. Dean examines the programme’s progress. The Bradley has undergone repeated upgrades since entering service in 1981, but has now […]

Lessons from Ukraine: Armoured Fighting Vehicles

As the war in Ukraine rages there have been multiple attempts to draw lessons from the conflict. The multitude of social media platforms carrying footage from the conflict have made it feel uniquely accessible and given many an insight into war that is otherwise difficult to gain without becoming a combatant. This has empowered many […]

Fuel Cell-Based AIP to Be Fitted to INS Kalvari

The ‘fuel cell-based Air Independent Propulsion system (AIP) of DRDO’s Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL) will soon be fitted onboard INS Kalvari. An agreement has been signed between senior officials of NMRL and Naval Group France in Mumbai, Naval Group writes in a press release. The objective is to enter into the detailed design phase […]

The Peace Dividend is over, what now for the UK?

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, economists and politicians spoke of a Peace Dividend; the idea that with the collapse of the Soviet Union there would be no need for the states involved in the Cold War to invest enormous sums in their defence. Instead, it was hoped these sums would be diverted to […]

France Adopts New National Strategic Review

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 became a turning point for European security priorities and became a source of discomfort for many in the West who had tried to downplay the Russian threat. Some even paid for their incorrect assessments of the situation with their posts. For instance, General Éric Vidaud – […]

Main Ground Combat System (MGCS): A Status Report

In 2018, France and Germany agreed to jointly develop a successor to their respective main battle tanks (MBTs), the Leclerc and the Leopard 2. Representing next-generation technology, the weapon system – provisionally designated the ‘Main Ground Combat System’ (MGCS) – will constitute a quantum leap in both offensive and defensive capabilities. The decision to develop […]

Fifth Kalvari Class Submarine for the Indian Navy Commisioned

On 23 January 2023, INS Vagir, the fifth P75 Kalvari-class submarine for the Indian Navy, was commissioned in the presence of the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R Hari Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC and several other senior dignitaries, Naval Group writes in a press release. INS Vagir has been built by Indian shipyard Mazagon […]

Hensoldt Develops SIGINT Pod Demonstrator for Eurodrone

Hensoldt is developing sensor equipment that can be integrated with a pod to give the recently commissioned Eurodrone a signals intelligence (SIGINT) capability, Hensoldt writes in a press release. The sensor technology for reconnaissance of radio and radar signals is based on a combination of the technologies in digitisation, electronic beam steering and metallic 3D […]

IAI Unveils the Point Blank EO Guided Missile

IAI has unveiled its Point Blank electro-optically guided missile, that can be carried in a soldier’s backpack. The system answers the battlefield requirement to provide tactical units ranging in size from small tactical teams to battalion level, with an independent and organic capability to increase their lethality, the company writes in a press release. Point […]

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