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[*] posted on 25-6-2019 at 01:39 PM


Russian Army to Receive New 8×8 Boomerang AFV Prototypes for Testing

By News Desk -Jun 24, 2019



Boomerang can float and swim in water at a speed of five knots.
The Russian Boomerang 8×8 VPK 7829 combat vehicle was developed by the VPK company in two configurations, the 25-ton K17 Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) and a 22-ton amphibious Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) designated K16.

Intended to replace heeled combat vehicles such as the BTR80, in service with the Russian Army and border guards, Boomerang represents a new approach in all aspects – a new chassis, more ground clearance, and significantly higher vehicle, new armor, and new armament. According to Russian defense sources, VPK is building new Boomerang prototypes for the planned state trials by the Russian Army. The Boomerang was unveiled on the May 9 parade in 2015, along with the Armata family and Kurganets 25 AFVs.


VPL7829 Boomerang AFV on display at the Army 2019 exhibition taking place at the Patriot Expo near Moscow this week. Photo: Defense-Update

The Boomerang has an operating range of 800 km. It is powered by a new, 750 HP digitally controlled diesel engine developed by the Yaroslavl Engine Plant. It is coupled to an automatic transmission. It has a road speed of 100 km/h and 50 km/h offroad. On amphibious operation, the Boomerang can swim at a speed of five knots (10 km/h).

Each vehicle is manned by a crew of three – a commander, gunner, and driver. It can carry eight troops with their combat loads. Unlike the side access doors used on the BTR 80, the Boomerang uses a rear access ramp, similar to western and BMP-type Russian APCs. Access hatches are also available on the top. Both versions use passive protection comprising a combination of steel and composite/ceramic armor. Laser detectors and instant multi-spectral smoke dischargers offer a form of ‘soft’ active protection, enabling the vehicle to maneuver under the smoke cover to avoid the hit. multiple video cameras are mounted around the vehicle providing a 360-degree vision for the crew.


K17 is equipped with a multi-weapon turret mounting a 30mm 2A42 gun, 7.62mm COAX, and four Kornet missiles, along with Afganit APS. Photo: Defense-Update


A rear view of the K17 Boomerang showing the closed access ramp and swimming thrusters. Photo: Defense-Update

The K-17 can also be equipped with the Afganit hard Kill countermeasures, that utilizes radars to detect the threat, and launches blast-fragmenting countermeasures to intercept anti-tank missiles, anti-tank projectiles (including kinetic) and rockets at ranges of 4-200 meters from the vehicle. To improve protection from mine blasts and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) the Boomerang is higher, relative to the previous generations of Russian AFVs. The additional height enables the blast’s mitigation and opens some space for blast attenuating seats for the crew and passengers.



The K17 version uses a multi-purpose remotely controlled turret mounting a 2A42 30mm gun with 500 rounds (160 AP, 340 HE-Frag). This gun can effectively engage ground targets at ranges of 1.5 – 2.0 km, and airborne targets, such as helicopters and UAS, at a distance of 2.5 km. The cannon can fire semi-automatic fire, slow automatic (200-300 rounds per minute) or fast bursts of 550 – 600 rounds per minute. The turret has two identical optronic sights enabling the crew to engage two targets simultaneously, including firing two Kornet missiles (a method engaging targets defended by active protection) or firing a missile and the gun simultaneously.

The turret also carries two pairs of Kornet-D anti-tank/anti-material guided missiles, stored in ready to launch containers.

Kornet-D is the domestic version of the Export-version of the weapon known as Kornet-E. The missile is available with a tandem High-Explosive Anti-Tank warhead capable of penetrating a 1,100 – 1,300 mm rolled homogeneous steel (RHA) armor protected by reactive armor. It can also carry a blast-fragmenting thermobaric warhead effective against structures and buildings. The turret also has a coaxial 7.62 PKT machine gun and can also mount a 30mm grenade launcher on top. The K16 uses a smaller turret mounting a 12.7mm machine gun, 7.62mm coax or grenade launcher.


K17 Boomerang armored personnel carrier fires a Kornet-EM missile during Army-2107 fires demonstration at Alabino, Photo: Russian MOD
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[*] posted on 26-6-2019 at 08:46 AM


Army 2019: Russian MoD to receive BTR-82AT APCs

Dmitry Fediushko, Kubinka - Jane's Defence Weekly

25 June 2019

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to receive the first BTR-82AT armoured personnel carriers (APCs) this year, a military source told Jane's on the first day of the Army 2019 defence exhibition being held in Kubinka near Moscow between 25–30 June.


The Russian MoD is set to receive its first BTR-82AT APCs, one of which is displayed at Army 2019. (Dmitry Fediushko)

In early April Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu revealed the MoD’s intention to procure the upgraded APCs. “Starting in 2019, all BTR-82As will receive an upgraded fire-control system with a thermal imager and additional ballistic protection,” Shoigu said at an MoD board meeting.

Military-Industrial Company (VPK) general director Alexander Krasovitskiy told Jane’s at Army 2019 on 25 June that the BTR-82AT had already completed trials.

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[*] posted on 27-6-2019 at 01:32 PM


First of Two 88 Infantry Fighting Vehicles “Vilkas” Delivered to Lithuania, Serial Production Started

(Source: Lithuanian Ministry of Defence; issued June 25, 2019)


One of Lithuania’s new Boxer infantry fighting vehicles fires a Spike anti-tank missile during evaluation trials. Lithuania has ordered 88 Boxers from Germany’s Artec. (Lithuania MoD photo)

On June 25 first two of 88 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) “Vilkas” were delivered to Lithuania. After a year of intense testing in training areas and testing centres of Germany and the Netherlands, serial production of the squad-level fighting vehicles for the Lithuanian Armed Forces has started.

IFVs “Vilkas” have been made by a German manufacturer ARTEC, according to the requirements of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have Israel-made turrets, 30 mm MK-44S cannons and “Spike LR” anti-tank missiles, other specialised equipment and electronic systems.

The first IFVs “VIlkas” will be delivered to the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Battalion in Rukla to carry out acceptance procedures and after that formally given for using in the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

According to the 385.6-million euro contract made in 2016 by Lithuania, the IFV manufacturer ARTEC, and the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), all 88 Lithuanian purchased IFVs “Vilkas” will be delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces until late 2021. It is planned that 15 IFVs “Vilkas” will be delivered to Lithuania in 2019.

The combination of the IFV “Vilkas” firepower, manoeuvrability and crew protection meets the demands of the Lithuanian Armed Forces best in terms of national defence and international deployments. The IFVs “Vilkas” will be used by the Mechanised Infantry Brigade “Iron Wolf” units - Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion and the Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion.

Lithuania, together with the Netherlands and Germany, is a part of the IFV Boxer Supply and Maintenance Program of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). It ensures an appropriate logistical provision of the infantry fighting vehicles bought by the Lithuanian Armed Forces — the possibility to use collective IFV spare parts and central depots and repair capabilities for principal IFV systems, to receive technical and engineer support, etc., when the IFVs are operated by the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

The Lithuanian Armed Forces have also been using two DTVs “Boxer” without the weaponry systems since 2017 specifically for training military drivers. The initial in-service logistical support package includes spare parts, support and test equipment, technical and training documentation, and training equipment is also received.

In order to keep the link with the history of Lithuania and traditions of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, it was agreed by the IFV manufacturer and Lithuania that the IFVs produced according to Lithuania’s requirements would be called “Vilkas” instead of “Boxer”.

Formal introduction and transfer of the first serially produced IFVs “Vilkas” to the Lithuanian Armed Forces will take place on July 9.

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[*] posted on 2-7-2019 at 11:34 AM


Thales welcomes Franco-Belgian agreement on CaMo armored vehicle contract

Posted On Monday, 01 July 2019 10:16

As part of a strategic partnership between Belgium and France, the government-to-government agreement on the CaMo (Capacité Motorisée, Motorized Capacity) project has now come into effect and the contract for the procurement of armored vehicles for the Belgian forces has been awarded for an amount of 1.6 billion euro.


EBRC Jaguar displayed at Eurosatory 2018 (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The cooperation agreement between the French and Belgian governments in the area of land mobility came into effect on 21 June 2019. This milestone sets the official seal of approval on the strategic cooperation agreement behind yesterday's award by the French defense procurement agency (DGA) of the CaMo contract to French industry. Under the contract, the Belgian Army will take delivery, between 2025 and 2030, of 382 Griffon multi-role armored vehicles and 60 Jaguar data-driven reconnaissance and combat vehicles. These vehicles will be equipped to the specifications of France's Scorpion programme and will be fully compatible with the equivalent French vehicles. The Belgian and French land forces will conduct an initial joint training exercise in Belgium in September 2019 to test command procedures.

CaMo is a strategic partnership between the land components of the French and Belgian armed forces and provides a tangible example of steps being taken to build an operational European defense community. The partnership could be expanded under permanent structured cooperation arrangements. The objective of the program, dubbed "CaMo", is to establish a partnership between the French and Belgian armies, which will is based on identical combat vehicles. Under this partnership, Belgium and France will share a common organization, training programs, and logistical support.

On 25th June, 2019, Maj.Gen. Marc Thys, commander of the Belgian army Land Component, said it was high time for the Belgian army to update its armored vehicle fleet and associated doctrine. "The advantage of being linked to a nation like France is that it has made this system very modular," explains Colonel Manuel Monin, in charge of the integration program for new armored vehicles in the Land Component of the Belgian army. "In addition, it also has a process that will update it: we already know very well that the version we bought in 2018 will not be the version we will receive in 2025. But all these differences will be managed, all these improvements will be managed together with our French partners, and that for the next 30 years”, Col. Monin added.

The Griffons and Jaguars are currently being developed under the French "Scorpion" program. They will replace Belgian Army's Piranha III 8x8 and Dingo II 4x4 armored vehicles currently in use. The Jaguar and Griffon vehicles are purchased along with communications systems and spare parts. With this investment, the government clearly chooses to modernize the existing motorized land forces in order to allow them to spearhead Belgian engagement in a context of collective security.

The Jaguar is a 6x6 armored vehicle fitted a two-man turret 40 CTAS armed with one 40mm CTC cannon with Ammunition Handling System (AHS). The 40mm cannon has a maximum range of 1,500 m. The 40 CTC can incorporate multiple kinds of ammunition, which gives the vehicle the capability to quickly engage threats across the modern battlefield spectrum including those within urban environments. The turret is equipped with a dual-MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée - Medium Range Missile) missile launcher. The MMP missile designed by MBDA is a fire-and-forget missile with lock-on before launch and automatic self-guidance and which has a maximum range of 4,000m. Four smoke grenade dischargers are mounted at the front each side of the turret.

The Griffon VBMR (Véhicule Blindé MutiRôle - Multirole armored vehicle) is a 6x6 armored vehicle personnel carrier (APC) that will mainly replace the old VAB 4x4 APCs in service with the French army for 40 years. The Griffon has been designed to have a modular architecture and it will be delivered in five configurations including personnel carrier, command post, artillery observation and ambulance. The Griffon has a maximum gross vehicle weight of 24.5 tonnes and carries up to 10 personnel. The main armament of the Griffon will include a remotely operated weapon station armed with a 12.7mm or 7.62mm machine gun or one 40mm automatic grenade launcher. The Belgian army Griffons will receive an RCWS made by FN Herstal.


Maj.Gen. Marc Thys, commander of the Land Component of the Belgian army, in front of a VBMR Griffon on 24 June 2019 (Picture source: Belgian MoD)


EBMR Griffon displayed at Eurosatory 2018 (Picture source: Army Recognition)
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[*] posted on 2-7-2019 at 01:32 PM


Franco-Belgian CaMo project: Entry into Force of the Intergovernmental Agreement and Contract for the Acquisition of Armored Vehicles

(Source: French Defence procurement agency, DGA; issued June 28, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)



Like its French counterpart, the Belgian Army will be equipped with the Griffon and Jaguar wheeled armored vehicles, manufactured by France’s Nexter; they will enter service beginning in 2025 and will replace the current Dingo and Piranha now in service. (FR MoD photo)

The intergovernmental agreement between the Government of the French Republic and the Government of the Kingdom of Belgium on their cooperation in the field of land mobility, came into force on June 21.

This milestone, which seals the strategic cooperation agreement, allowed yesterday's award of the CaMo contract to French industry by the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA). This contract calls for the delivery to the Belgian Army of 382 Griffon multi-role armored vehicles and 60 JAGUAR connected armored vehicles for reconnaissance and combat, which will come into service between 2025 and 2030. These vehicles will be equipped according to the Scorpion program, and will be totally compatible with their French counterparts.

In addition, the Franco-Belgian CaMo Steering Committee also met on June 25 in Brussels, under the co-chairmanship of Joël Barre, General Delegate for Armaments, and Lieutenant General Eric Bellot des Minières, the French Army’s Deputy Chief of the Defense Staff (Plans), and Lieutenant-General Rudy Debaene, National Director of Armament, and Major General Marc Thys, Head of the Land Component, for Belgium.

This meeting provided an update on the work of the steering committees that structures this partnership (program, arms and capability partnership). In particular, new prospects for cooperation have been identified in the field of armaments.

From September 2019, a first joint training exercise will be organized in Belgium by the Belgian and French ground forces to test the command procedures.

CaMo is a strategic partnership between the French and Belgian armed forces in the field of army equipment, and is a concrete example of the construction of European defense; this partnership can be expanded within the framework of the Permanent Structured Cooperation.

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[*] posted on 11-7-2019 at 11:25 AM


First Vilkas Infantry Fighting Vehicles Officially Handed Over to Lithuania

(Source: Lithuania Ministry of Defence, issued July 09, 2019)


Known as Vilkas in Lithuania, the Boxer infantry combat vehicle will replace the obsolete M-113 wheeled armored personnel carriers used by the Lithuanian army. (LT Army photo)

On July 9 first two of the 88 Vilkas Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) produced to the Lithuanian Armed Forces by a German manufacturer were formally handed over to Lithuania. The IFVs will be designated to the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf. The purchase fills in a capability gap in the Lithuanian Land Force.

“This is one of the most ambitious projects of upgrading the Lithuanian Armed Forces in the recent years, it will help ensuring the security of Lithuania for several decades to come,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at the formal handover ceremony.

Minister underscored that “such a significant qualitative leap that strengthens our capabilities with modern weaponry matched to our needs demonstrates the responsibility we take the security situation with, the adequacy of our response and our readiness for defence.”

“However, today it is probably even more important and relevant to send a message to the Lithuanian society as well — we have paid too much for the freedom and independence already to afford to be stopped by the Vilkas project. A safe and strong Lithuania needs strong armed forces, and that requires a fundamental updating. Strong and modern armed forces is also our duty, our responsibility to our state, the future of our children, and to everyone who fought for the freedom of Lithuania,” Minister R. Karoblis stressed.

Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Jonas Vytautas Žukas underscored that “the message that we are taking care of the security of our country responsibly and that we are ready to rebuff at short notice will be significantly more convincing from now on.”

“The M-113 armoured personnel carriers we have been using can only bring troops to the battlefield and ensure fire support. In comparison, the Vilkas IFVs will not only transport soldiers quickly and safely but will also engage in a battle by neutralising armoured and unarmoured targets effectively at the distance of up to 4 kilometres,” Lt Gen J. V. Žukas said.

The Vilkas IFVs have been made by a German manufacturer ARTEC according to the requirements of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have Israeli-made remote weapon station turrets, U.S.-made 30 mm MK-44S cannons and Israel’s Spike LR anti-tank missiles, and other integrated specialised equipment and electronic systems.

According to the EUR 385.6 million contract made in 2016 by the IFV manufacturer ARTEC and the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), all 88 Vilkas IFVs purchased by Lithuania will be delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces until late 2021.

Serial production of the fighting vehicles for the Lithuanian Armed Forces was started after a year of intense testing in training areas and testing centres of Germany and the Netherlands.

The combination of the Vilkas IFV firepower, manoeuvrability and crew protection meets the demands of the Lithuanian Armed Forces best in terms of national defence and international deployments.

The Vilkas IFVs will be used by units of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf — Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion and the Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion.

Lithuania, together with the Netherlands and Germany, is a part of the IFV Boxer Supply and Maintenance Program of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). It ensures an appropriate logistical provision of the infantry fighting vehicles bought by the Lithuanian Armed Forces — the possibility to use collective IFV spare parts and central depots and repair capabilities for principal IFV systems, to receive technical and engineer support, etc., when the IFVs are operated by the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

The Lithuanian Armed Forces have also been using two Boxer DTVs without the weaponry systems specifically for training military drivers since 2017. The initial in-service logistical support package includes spare parts, support and test equipment, technical and training documentation, and training equipment is also received.

In order to keep the link with the history of Lithuania and traditions of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, it was agreed by the IFV manufacturer and Lithuania that the IFVs produced according to Lithuania’s requirements would be called “Vilkas” instead of “Boxer.”

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[*] posted on 12-7-2019 at 12:04 PM


Czech Republic signed contract for 62 Nexter Titus multirole armored vehicles

Posted On Thursday, 11 July 2019 21:15

Nexter, a KNDS company, took part today to the signature ceremony of the acquisition of 62 Titus armored vehicles by the Czech Ministry of Defense.


Nexter Titus (Picture source: Tatra Trucks)

Titus is the latest generation of 6x6 armored vehicles designed by Nexter to answer the support and transport vehicles needs of modern armies offering high level of protection, mobility and versatility, as well as controlled ownership cost. Titus mobility chain was developed in cooperation with Czech supplier Tatra Trucks. A “Homeland Security” kit is available, matching more specifically the needs of police and security forces.

Nexter’s Titus offers a high degree of protection, with the ability to withstand a 50kg IED blast, which can be increased with an add-on protection kit. The vehicle has range of 700 km and is powered by a Cummins 500hp engine, which offers a maximum speed of 110 km/h. The platform can be equipped with a remote-controlled weapon system.

Titus and Czech Republic MoD’s order is about 3 variants of Titus: command post (CP), transmissions/signals, and artillery fire coordination post. Eldis (CSG Group), Nexter’s partner for this Czech contract, implements the main contract with the Czech MoD and organizes the licensed local production. This order consecrates a successful European industrial cooperation, combining in a balanced manner the know-how of all involved partners.
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[*] posted on 16-7-2019 at 11:53 AM


Contract for the Supply of Manufacture of 8x8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles

(Source: Spanish Government Cabinet; issued July 12, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)


Originally launched in 2010 but twice suspended because of insufficient funding, Spain’s VCR 8x8 program was approved July 12; it calls for about 1,000 Piranha 5 armored vehicles in three separate batches at a total cost of over €3.8 billion. (SP Army photo)

The Council of Ministers has approved the conclusion of a contract for the manufacture of 8x8 wheeled combat vehicles.

The object of the contract is the supply of manufacturing of the first production batch of 348 Vehiculos de Combate a Ruedas (8x8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles, VCR 8x8) in 13 different configurations, including the respective components of mission systems (armament, level of protection, sensors, communications and command and control systems) as well as Logistic Support (AL) products derived from the corresponding Logistic Support Analysis (AAL). (The VCR 8x8 is a Mowag Piranha 5 armored vehicle adapted to Spanish Army requirements—Ed.)

The attack suffered in June 2007 in Lebanon, in which six soldiers died, showed the vulnerability of the vehicles then in use, which motivated defense minister José Antonio Alonso and, later, Carme Chacón to initiate the program to replace the fleet of wheeled armored vehicles.

It was later decided to also replace the vehicles used in peacekeeping operations (BMR) with others that better meet conditions.

Thus, the object of this contract is to renew the fleet of combat vehicles in service with the Spanish Army (BMR, VEC, Lince, RG-31, TOA M-113, VCZ) with a single, modular vehicle based on an open architecture.

These vehicles will provide the capability to protect the Forces that cannot be achieved at present with the Army's BMR vehicles, which are already obsolete and have fully completed their life cycle.

The contract that has now been authorized has its origins in the decision by the Council of Ministers of November 2, 2007, which approved the 'Armed Forces Renewal Plan' that called for procuring a new wheeled armored vehicle to replace the obsolete Blindados Medios sobre Ruedas (Medium Wheeled Armored Vehicle, BMR). However, the program was interrupted due to lack of funding.

The requirement to provide our Armed Forces with an operational vehicle that guaranteed both the efficiency of military operations and the safety of its crew determined the need to resume the program. The Council of Ministers of July 31, 2015, authorized the award of the contract for the development of technologies for a future 8x8 wheel combat vehicle (VCR 8X8) that led to the acquisition that has now been approved.

It is also important to note that by agreement of the Council of Ministers of December 14, 2018, the limits established in article 47 of the General Budget Law were modified to acquire expenditure commitments, in order to enable the Ministry of Defense to reschedule the annuities of the Special Programs of Modernization of the Armed Forces derived from the acquisition of 348 units of 8x8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles.

The authorized administrative contract is within the legal business excluded from the scope of application of Law 24/2011, of August 1, of public sector contracts in the fields of defense and security under article 7.1.b., according to the declaration of the Ministry of Defense's defense and essential security interests, dated July 1, 2019, and the estimated value of the contract amounts to € 2,083,275,262.81, distributed in annuities which extend from 2019 to 2030.

Currently, Santa Bárbara Sistemas is the main contractor and the Technical Integration Authority, together with the companies Indra and SAPA as first-level subcontractors, as it is the only option with sufficient industrial capacity to complete the contract.

The development of the program will strengthen the Spanish industrial base by obtaining a national product, integrated and with the design authority in Spain, technologically advanced and world-class, with many export possibilities because it is in high demand in all Armies.

In addition, it will have a significant impact on the economies of Alcalá de Guadaira (Seville), Trubia, (Asturias), Aranjuez (Madrid) and Andoain (Guipúzcoa), towns in which the companies participating in the project have production plants.

In total, it is estimated that the production of the new armored vehicle will generate some 650 direct jobs, and another 1,000 indirect ones.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: As presently envisioned, the VCR program will produce 1,000 vehicles, divided into three batches: one with 348 vehicles, to be completed by 2022; a second one with 365 additional vehicles to be ordered in 2022, and a third batch of 287 vehicles to follow at a later date.
The total program cost is estimated at 3.836.2 billion euros.)

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Brazilian army receives 6x6 armored Iveco Guarani No. 400

Posted On Monday, 29 July 2019 09:48

IVECO Defense Vehicles promoted a ceremony commemorating the production of the 6x6 armored personnel carrier (VBTP-MSR) GUARANI number 400 to be delivered to the Brazilian Army. The event took place at the factory headquarters, located in the city of Sete Lagoas.


Iveco Guarani (Picture source: YouTube)

In the context of the Guarani Strategic Program, this vehicle aims to contribute to the transformation of Motorized Infantry (OM) units into Mechanized units ,and the modernization of OM Mechanized Cavalry, replacing the armored Engesa VBTP EE-11 Urutu and VBR EE- 9 Cascavel armored vehicles.

The Guarani program was launched with the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense in 2007 in order to provide the army with a replacement for its aging stocks of EE-11 Urutu series APCs and EE-9 Cascavel armored vehicles dating from the 1970s.

In mid-2013, IVECO inaugurated its plant dedicated to the production of defense vehicles in Sete Lagoas, where approximately 60 vehicles are produced annually for the transport of troops. The project stands out for its innovative nature, by adding modern weapons systems and command and control (communications) systems, composing the New Armored On Wheels (NFBR) Family deployed in the Land Force, which now has 400 units produced.

The Guranai Strategic Program strengthens the National Defense Industrial Base by obtaining autonomy in strategic technologies for the country, contributing to the generation of jobs and training of civilians and military personnel in the development of armored vehicles.
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[*] posted on 29-7-2019 at 11:17 PM


Thailand could purchase 60 Stryker ICV 8x8 armored vehicles from US

Posted On Sunday, 28 July 2019 10:50

On July 26, 2019, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of 60 Stryker ICV Infantry Carrier Vehicles with equipment and support for an estimated cost of $175 million.


US Army Stryker ICV at Fort Irwin National Training Center. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

The Government of Thailand has requested to buy sixty (60) Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICV); and sixty (60) M2 Flex .50 cal machine guns. Also included are spare parts, Basic Issue Items (BII), Components of End Items (COEI), Additional Authorized List (AAL) (specific items for operations and maintenance), Special Tools and Test Equipment (STTE), technical manuals, OCONUS Deprocessing Service, M6 smoke grenade launchers (4 per vehicle) and associated spares, AN/VAS-5 Driver's Vision Enhancer (DVE), AN/VIC-3 vehicle intercommunications system, contractor provided training and Field Service Representatives (FSR), and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $175 million.

The Stryker vehicles will increase Thailand's capability to defend its sovereign territory against traditional and non-traditional threats by filling the capability void between light infantry soldiers and heavy mechanized units. Thailand will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.
The principal contractor for the Stryker vehicle is General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, MI. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

The Stryker is a family of 8x8 wheeled armored fighting vehicles derived from the Canadian LAV III. Stryker vehicles are produced by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada for the United States Army. The M1126 is the ICV Infantry Carrier Vehicle (armored personnel carrier) n the family of Stryker vehicles.

The Stryker ICV M1126 has a crew of 2 including driver and commander and can accommodate a 9-man infantry squad. It has a total weight of 19 tons. The vehicle integrates communications text system and a map network between vehicles. It can be armed with 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, one 40 mm Mk 19 grenade launcher or 7.62 mm M240 machine gun.
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Ukraine partners Thailand on production of BTR-3KSH AFV

Jon Grevatt - Jane's Defence Weekly

29 July 2019


Ukraine’s UkrOboronProm has sent a machine kit version of its BTR-3KSH (which is similar to BTR-3E1 pictured here) to Thailand for local production. Source: Ukrspecexport

Ukrainian state-owned defence industrial group UkrOboronProm has announced a partnership with Thailand through which the Southeast Asian country will build a new command version of the BTR-3 8×8 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV).

Citing director general Pavlo Bukin, UkrOboronProm said in a statement on its website on 25 July that it has sent to Thailand the "first machine kit" of its BTR-3KSH that will be produced locally under licence.

UkrOboronProm did not state how many vehicles would be produced in Thailand, nor did it provide any details about deal supporting the arrangement. Thai officials have not commented on the development.

"We view this export supply as a marker of [our] deepening co-operation with Thailand, Ukraine's strategic partner in Southeast Asia," Bukin said in the UkrOboronProm statement. "Ukraine has serious prospects in this direction and we must use [this collaboration with Thailand] in our national interests."

Bukin added that the licenced production of the BTR-3KSH is linked to a framework agreement signed by Thailand and Ukraine "a few years ago". This accord would cover the local production of the BTR-3E1 AFV as well as vehicle modifications and the provision of related support services, he noted.

Bukin said that production of the BTR-3KSH will be facilitated by the Defence Technology Institute (DTI), a research, development and industrial agency under the Thai Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the BTR-3 is the Kharkov Morozov Design Bureau (KMDB) in Ukraine. In 2008 and 2011 the Royal Thai Army (RTA) ordered more than 220 BTR-3E1s, which were built by KMDB and transported to Thailand. The RTA took delivery of the final batch of these vehicles in late 2016.

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[*] posted on 19-8-2019 at 08:53 PM


General Dynamics LS Canada lands $3 billion contract to supply 360 LAV APC

Posted On Monday, 19 August 2019 08:05

The Canadian federal Liberal government has unveiled plans to award a sole-source contract for hundreds of light armoured vehicles to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada.


A LAV 6.0 during Exercise Maple Resolve 2018 in Wainwright, Alberta. (Photo: MCpl Malcolm Byers)

The Deal was announced by the Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on Friday. $3 billion for 360 LAVs and the associated infrastructure and testing, which will replace a portion of the already aging LAVs fleet. The Canadian Armed Forces uses the LAV 6.0 (The LAV 6.0 is the designation given by the Canadian Army to its enhanced LAV III). The LAV 6.0 is equipped with an upgraded, next-generation 6.0 suspension and a 450-hp power pack. It offers enhanced protection provided by its blast-deflecting double-V hull and energy attenuating seating, while also improving ingress and egress.

The vehicle also features a fully digital electronic architecture with increased electrical generation and situational awareness, improved turret human factors and upgraded sight systems.

The LAV 6.0 saw its first operational deployment internationally in 2017 when it accompanied Canadian soldiers deployed in Latvia in support of Operation REASSURANCE. In 2016, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada furthered the modularity of the LAV 6.0 family by introducing the LAV 6.0 combat support vehicle (CSV). The LAV 6.0 CSV combines additional mission flexibility with the commonality and protection offered by the LAV 6.0 baseline variant. Equipped with remote weapon systems (RWS) for self-defence, the LAV 6.0 CSV is currently available in the command post, ambulance and maintenance and recovery vehicle variants.
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[*] posted on 19-8-2019 at 10:49 PM


Further BADGER Delays Cause South African Army Problems

Troubled Denel Land Systems can have taken little comfort last week from a statement by the Chief of the South African Army that “extreme further delays” in deliveries of the BADGER infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) are “not justifiable by any means.”

During a media briefing in Pretoria, Lt Gen Lindile Yam explained that he (and the Command Council) are “very unhappy with [the] delays that have gone [on] with Hoefyster” – referring to the programme to replace the Army’s RATEL 6x6 armoured personnel carriers with the BADGER, based on Patria’s 8x8 AMV design but manufactured in South Africa by Denel.
Having won a contract in September 2013 to provide 244 BADGERs to the South African Army, Denel Land Systems – which oversees the local manufacture, assembly and integration of over 70% local content into the vehicles – has been plagued by commercial, structural, financial and managerial issues.

Delays occurred to the programme occasioned not only by the firm’s financial stability but also by software and technical challenges in finagling developmental models of the mortar, missile and fire support variants. An additional problem stems from the deteriorating exchange rate of the rand, making the vehicle significantly more expensive to produce.

After a series of delays, delivery of the first vehicles was anticipated for earlier this year – but that is now no longer the case: Gen Yam indicated that he expects the first vehicles to be delivered no earlier than 2022. However, the Army Command Council remains publicly committed to accomplishing at least Phase One of Hoefyster (‘Horseshoe’ in Afrikaans) rather than writing it off and starting anew. The Army also remains committed to Project Palana, which seeks to replace the service’s SAMIL logistics vehicles. At the time of writing, Armscor was examining a number of responses to a Request for Information published last December.


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Published: 19 August 2019
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Defense Ministry Has Created the Conditions for the Destruction of Morozov HCBM: A Two-Day Working Week and A Fine of UAH 82 Million

(Source: Ukroboronprom; issued Aug 14, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has created conditions for the destruction of "HCBM named after Morozov" plant: a two-day working week and 82 million UAH fine.

SE "Morozov Kharkov Machine-Building Design Bureau" is forced to transfer nearly one thousand staff of the enterprise into a two-day working week. The reason for this is a series of decisions of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, which create the conditions for the destruction of one of the leading defense enterprises of Ukraine.

The Ministry of Defense has stopped financing the production of the BTR-4 due to the inability of the private company LLC Lozovsky Forging and Mechanical Plant, which is in a monopoly position in the manufacture of hulls made of grade 71 steel, to produce the required number of hulls.

The Defense Ministry's 85th military office vetoed the possibility of producing BTR-4 hulls made of steel plate sourced in the European Union at the facilities of HCBM and other Concern enterprises.

Thus, all prerequisites were created to prevent the execution of the State Defense Order by the HCBM for the production of the BTR-4 for the Ukrainian army.

At the same time, the Ministry of Defense filed a claim against HCBM for penalties of UAH 82.3 million for failure to comply with the order.

Also, the Ministry of Defense, without explanation, stopped funding the development of new types of armored vehicles. In particular, the deep modernization of one of the main tanks of the Ukrainian army, which had to radically improve the effectiveness of the fighting machine.

In fact, HCBM was left without an order to manufacture new equipment, without money to develop promising samples, and received a multimillion-dollar fine, which threatens to permanently block the enterprise.

It should be noted that HCBM is a legendary armored vehicle developer, its specialists created the T-34 and T-64. In addition, HCBM developed "Oplot", BTR-3, BTR-4 and other modern armored vehicles.

At the same time, the HCBM is the only manufacturer of the BTR-4 in Ukraine, which since the first days of the war has been used on the front line and received numerous positive feed-back from the fighters.

It should be noted that, due to the position of the military representation on the BTR-4, in April this year, the work on the production of cases for this machine was stopped at the enterprise "Zhytomyr Armored Plant".

The concern has repeatedly warned that the refusal to use armor from EU countries and the use of archaic norms for the standardization of the USSR times would jeopardize the re-equipping of Ukrainian troops and the normal functioning of enterprises of the Ukrainian armored sector, and in the future, the entire defense-industrial complex of Ukraine.

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Taiwan readies CM-34 IFV for delivery

Kelvin Wong, Taipei - Jane's International Defence Review

20 August 2019


The stabilised two-person turret is armed with an Orbital ATK Mk44 30 mm main gun, which is supported by day- and night-capable sights and environmental sensors for improved accuracy at longer ranges. Source: IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong

The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense's (MND's) Materiel Production Center (MPC) is set to deliver the first tranche of 32 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) variants of the 8x8 Yunpao (Cloud Leopard) armoured vehicle family to the Republic of China Army (RoCA) at the end of 2019, officials told Jane's during the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE) held from 15-17 August.

Up to 284 CM-34 IFVs (IFVs), as the type is officially known, will be acquired by the MND.

The vehicle is derived from the common 6.35 m long, 2.7 m wide, and 2.2 m high welded steel hull also used by the in-service CM-32 and CM-33 Cloud Leopard armoured personnel carriers (APCs), although the CM-34 has a combat weight of 24 tonnes as opposed to the 22 tonnes of the earlier variants.

The vehicle is equipped with a powerpack comprising a Caterpillar C9 diesel engine coupled to an Allison HD4560P automatic transmission, although engine output has been increased from 410hp to 450hp to compensate for the additional weight.

Its most distinguishing feature is the protected two-person turret armed with an electro mechanically stabilised Orbital ATK Mk 44 Bushmaster II 30 mm dual-feed autocannon, which is provided with 420 rounds of ready-to-fire ammunition - such as armour piercing (AP), high-explosive incendiary (HE-I), or target practice (TP) - with secondary armament comprising a 7.62 mm co-axial gun and roof-mounted T74 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun. Six electrically operated smoke grenade launchers are also fitted to either side of the turret and aimed towards the front.

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Taiwan’s Cloud Leopard II M2 prototype breaks cover

Kelvin Wong, Taipei - Jane's International Defence Review

20 August 2019


The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense’s Materiel Production Centre unveiled the second prototype of its next-generation Cloud Leopard II 8×8 armoured vehicle development at TADTE 2019. Source: IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) showcased a prototype of the next-generation 8×8 Cloud Leopard II armoured vehicle development in public for the first time at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE) exhibition held from 15 to 17 August.

The M2 prototype is the second of two Cloud Leopard II development testbeds built by the 209th Arsenal at the MND Armament Bureau's Materiel Production Centre (MPC) in partnership with the Hsinchu-based Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). Both vehicles have been in trials since 2017, with operational testing expected to conclude at the end of 2019 and serial production to commence thereafter should an order be placed by the MND.

Specifications provided to Jane's by the 209th Arsenal on 17 August reveal that the Cloud Leopard II M2 prototype vehicle currently has a combat weight of 24 and is approximately 7.6 m long, 3 m wide, and 2.4 m high.

It is also equipped with a comparable powerpack with the in-service CM-32/33 Cloud Leopard armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and the forthcoming CM-34 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the Republic of China Army (RoCA), comprising a Caterpillar C9 diesel engine coupled to an Allison HD4560P automatic transmission, although engine output has been increased from 410hp to 450hp.

A major modification carried over from the M1 prototype unveiled at the 2017 edition of TADTE is a new hydropneumatic suspension system, which replaces the double wishbone suspension of the current Cloud Leopard APCs. It is understood that the latter configuration had drawn criticism from RoCA users about its ride quality and responsiveness.

Lieutenant Colonel Su Jen-pao, deputy chief of research and development at the 209th Arsenal, told Jane's that the hydropneumatic suspension system enables the chassis to be raised or lowered by 80 mm in each direction, allowing the driver to optimise the vehicle's ride height.

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A bit more on this...……….

Canadian Army set to acquire 360 combat support LAVs

Ashley Roque, Washington, DC - Jane's Defence Weekly

21 August 2019

The Canadian military and General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) are finalising a deal valued at up to CAD3 billion (USD2 billion) for the purchase of 360 combat support Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs).

Harjit Sajjan, the Minister of National Defence, recently announced the pending LAV deal and said the government will also provide GDLS-C with a “repayable loan” worth up to CAD650 million.


The Canadian Army is set to receive 360 LAVs under a pending new deal. Pictured is the LAV 6.0 Combat Support; Ambulance variant. (General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada)

“The LAV is the backbone of the army’s combat fleet, and supports our women and men in uniform on a range of operations from domestic disaster relief such as Operation LENTUS to overseas peace support missions,” Sajjan said in the statement.

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[*] posted on 22-8-2019 at 07:26 PM


Gabon parades VN1 armoured vehicles

Erwan de Cherisey, Paris - Jane's Defence Weekly

21 August 2019


VN1s were seen in Gabon’s annual parade for the first time on 17 August. Source: Présidence de la République Gabonaise

Gabon's elite Republican Guard (GR) displayed Chinese-made Norinco VN1 8×8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for the first time during the independence day military parade on 17 August.

The commentator for the television coverage of the event said the IFVs are part of the Scouting, Reconnaissance, and Combat Squadron of the GR's Armoured Intervention Group.

The five VN1s that appeared in the parade were not painted in the GR's standard camouflage, suggesting they were delivered recently.

The IFV variant of the VN1 is a fully amphibious vehicle weighing 21 tonnes with a two-man turret armed with a 30 mm main gun and a 7.62 mm coaxial machine-gun. It can carry seven dismounts in addition to three crew. It has already been exported to Thailand and Venezuela, with Gabon being its first known operator in Africa.

A pair of Dongfeng EQ2050 vehicles fitted with multiple antennas and cameras also took part in the parade. The television commentator said both are configured for tactical ground-to-ground and air-to-ground communications, with high frequency, VHF, and UHF capabilities.

Several Panhard VBL light-armoured vehicles, Arquus Bastion armoured personnel carriers, and a pair of Nexter Aravis APCs from the Armoured Intervention Group's Support and Combat Squadron also featured in the parade.

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