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[*] posted on 2-12-2019 at 07:54 PM


Chilean Army to transfer APCs to police in exchange for new vehicles

Jose Higuera, Santiago - Jane's Defence Weekly

29 November 2019

The Chilean government is planning to transfer up to 100 Piranha 6×6 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from the army to the Carabineros, the national police force.

The army is set to be compensated with funding to acquire new armoured vehicles from 2020 under long-delayed plans to turn motorised infantry units into mechanised ones, according to senior military sources.

The need to equip the Carabineros, which is a military reserve force in addition to its primary law enforcement role, with a large number of military-type armoured vehicles has been under discussion since 2015.

In 2018 15 Piranhas were hurriedly transferred from the army to the police for use in southern areas experiencing unrest.

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[*] posted on 6-12-2019 at 10:01 PM


Indian Army wants 200 armored fighting vehicles for Pakistan border

Posted On Friday, 06 December 2019 10:05

Amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan, the Indian Army is looking for close to 200 armored fighting vehicles for deployment in different sectors in the frontier with Pakistan, Shaurya Karanbir Gurung reports in the India Times.


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The Indian army recently announced its plan to procure 198 wheeled armored fighting vehicles (AFV) for reconnaissance and support to tank regiments in mechanized warfare. The vehicles are meant for replacing the army’s ageing Soviet origin BRDM combat reconnaissance patrol vehicles. The requirement came out in a Request for Information issued for procuring these AFVs.

The army plans to use these AFVs in the plain sectors of Punjab and Rajasthan. It wants that these AFVs should be able to operate in not only developed areas in this region but in riverine terrain as well. The army wants AFVs that have a service life of 32 years minimum and which can operate in temperatures reaching 45 degrees Celsius and as low as 0 degree. It has also made it clear that the AFV should have a payload of at least 2 tons, which should include ammunition and four crew members. Importantly, the AFV should be transportable by Ilyushin Il-76 “Candid” and Boeing C-17 “Globemaster III” transport aircraft and by railway, which will allow the army to quickly mobilize this specialized fleet in the regions that it wants during a contingency.

While the army has a requirement of AFVs that can reach about 80 km/h on roads and cross-country, the need is also being felt for its amphibious use in water. It also wants the AFV to have two twin long range Anti-Tank Guided Missiles with the ‘fire and forget capability’ and a hit probability of more than 90 % and a range of 4 km. It also needs a man portable ATGM launcher. This will allow troops who dismount from the AFV to fire the same missile that is meant for the launcher on the vehicle.

The army has pointed out that the main gun of the AFV should be a 30mm cannon with a 7.62mm machine gun with an internal storage facility for the two weapons. It also needs AFV for protection from Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) contamination. The AFV will also have its own protection system from ATGM and rocket-propelled grenades.

The army has invited responses to its request from Indian vendors who have tie-ups with foreign original equipment manufacturers. The army plans to procure this through the Buy Indian (IDDM- Indigenously Designed, Developed and Manufactured). However, considering the high number of purchase procedures India has regularly repeatedly delayed – if not canceled even when final documents were signed –, one may wonder what will happen with this new call for proposals.
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[*] posted on 9-12-2019 at 08:20 PM


Ukraine begins trials of Limpid see-through armour

Samuel Cranny-Evans, Lviv - Jane's Defence Weekly

06 December 2019


A BTR-4E equipped with the Limpid Armor vehicle modernisation kit navigates a series of obstacles and a marked route using only the input provided by the system’s sensors. Source: Jane’s/Sam Cranny-Evans

The Ukrainian Army has begun trials of Limpid Armor's Land Platform Modernisation Kit (LPMK), a see-through armour situational awareness system, on one of its BTR-4E infantry fighting vehicles, Limpid Armor CEO Mykhailo Grechukhin announced on 5 December.

The announcement came after a demonstration of the system at a military proving ground near Lviv, where the driver of the BTR-4E was required to navigate a marked out course through off-road terrain using only the LPMK headset and cameras.

In an interview with Jane's, Grechukhin said that Limpid Armor has given the Ukrainian Army an initial set of its LPMKs, which consist of eight situational awareness cameras, a central server, and an augmented reality headset, to conduct initial tests. He added that any feedback from the Ukrainian Army would be used to refine the system before providing an additional five LPMKs for a full set of trials.

The duration of the trials is unclear but the company plans to get all the paperwork for and acceptance of the system completed by the end of 2020, Grechukhin said. He expects it to be considered for all Ukrainian vehicle types, adding that the BTR-4E was chosen by the Ukrainian Army to demonstrate how the system works.

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[*] posted on 17-12-2019 at 10:37 PM


Indian Army looking for new 8x8 APCs

Posted On Tuesday, 17 December 2019 10:07

The Indian Army‘s newest Request for Information (RFI) is inviting vendors to submit proposals for 198 8×8 wheeled APCs by February 17 next year, 21stcenturyasianarmsrace.com reports. The vehicles are meant for a reconnaissance and support role in Punjab and Rajasthan. The 20-page RFI lists technical parameters that leave Russia and the US out of the game, as the BTR-82A and the Stryker both fail to match the army’s needs.


Tata WhAP IFV/APC (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The Indian army has the strongest mechanized forces in Asia with its estimated 4,000 main battle tanks (locally assembled T-72M1 Ajeyas and T-90S Bhismas) with an equal number of BMP-2 Sarath infantry fighting vehicles. By comparison, the Chinese PLA’s apparent strength in numbers is diminished by keeping so many aging vehicles in service. The appeal of wheeled APCs with either a 6×6 or 8×8 configuration is spaciousness and larger armaments such as automatic cannons matched with anti-tank missiles. Of course, mobility remains an issue for wheeled APCs, with fully independent suspension systems required if they’re to withstand rough travel.

The 8X8 APC described by the new RFI enumerated the following technical parameters:

* Able to carry a 2-ton payload.
* Transportable by planes like the Ilyushin Il-76 Candid or Boeing C-17 Globemaster III.
* Amphibious with a fording speed of 10km/h.
* Minimum power-to-weight ratio of 25 hp/ton.
* Top speed of 80 km/h. Cruising speed of 30 km/h.
* Mechanical self-recovery winch fitted at the front of the vehicle.
* Armament includes a 30mm cannon, 7.62mm machine gun and two antitank guided missiles in a single turret.
* Additional 8 missiles carried inside, along with a portable ATGM launcher.
* Ballistic protection of STANAG III on the front arc, STANAG II (withstands assault rifles) on the sides, and mine blast protection is STANAG IIb.
* CBRNe protection, active and passive protection systems, and night fighting capability.
* Power assisted ramp at the back for rear access.
* Crew of four.

Application submissions are due before February 17, 2020, at the Sena Bhawan in Delhi.

The Indian Army’s preference for foreign suppliers over local manufacturers is deep-rooted and unchanging regardless of the strategic environment it must cope with. It rejects local efforts at producing a wheeled APC – the Tata WhAP comes to mind – but no single manufacturer outside India can deliver the vehicle without imposing huge costs. Smaller countries such as Malaysia and Singapore tailored their own wheeled APCs by partnering with foreign suppliers. The Indian army is doing the opposite.

Suppliers will be challenged to fulfill all of the above unless a joint venture is agreed upon with other companies. The best known wheeled APCs in Europe such as the French VBCI and the Anglo-German Boxer are inadequate: they aren’t amphibious and would need a customized turret with the Indian army’s specified armament. Sourcing the turret and protective countermeasures to other countries (Israel and South Africa) further complicates the acquisition process. Today’s wheeled APCs aren’t cheap either and the Indian army’s RFI describes something whose cost will be exorbitant.
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[*] posted on 19-12-2019 at 11:21 AM


Russian Bumerang APC and IFV prototypes to start testing

Posted On Wednesday, 18 December 2019 09:52

The press office of the Moscow-based Military Industrial Company said in a statement to TASS that the Bumerang 8x8 armored vehicle is soon to enter state trials: "According to the plan, we will enter the state trials in the summer of 2020." As part of the preparations, a batch of prototypes is being created.


Bumerang in VPK-7829 K-17 infantry fighting vehicle variant (Picture source: Army Recognition)

Preliminary trials of several variants of the Bumerang - the BTR-7829 K-16 armored personnel carrier and VPK-7829 K-17 infantry fighting vehicle - were completed earlier in the 2019, TASS reported on December 3, citing the CEO of the Military Industrial Company, Alexander Krasovitsky. He noted that the prototype vehicles met the required technical specifications. The completion of the preliminary trials paves the way for the entrance into state trials next summer. Assuming satisfactory results, the vehicles should thereafter be ready for serial production to begin joining the Russian Army.

The Bumerang is a new development of an 8x8 armored personnel carrier launched by the Russian defense industry to replace the old BTR family used by the Russian armed forces.

During the International exhibition of arms and military equipment RAE 2013 in Nizhny Tagil, the project of the vehicle was showed only to the Prime Minister of Russia. It was unveiled to the public at the Victory Day parade in 2015

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[*] posted on 19-12-2019 at 01:18 PM


Finland, Estonia and Latvia Signed A Letter of Intent Concerning the Development of Armoured Wheeled Vehicle Platform

(Source: Finnish Ministry of Defence; issued Dec. 17, 2019)

The Ministers of Defence of Estonia and Latvia and the Permanent Secretary of the Finnish Ministry of Defence have on 17 December 2019 signed a trilateral Letter of Intent.

In the Letter of Intent, the Ministries of Defence of Estonia, Latvia and Finland express their intention to engage in common consultations, exploring the possibility to establish a cooperative programme for the development of platform for an armored [personnel] carrier with increased mobility.

The objective of the cooperative programme would be to offer cost-effective solutions to each country’s capability requirements, which would first be harmonized to the extent possible. The development of a common vehicle platform could also provide increased value for money, interoperability and security of supply.

The Letter of Intent is non-binding and does not constitute any obligation to procure any service or product.

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Latvia, Estonia and Finland Sign Letter of Intent to Start Exploration Process for Acquisition of Mobility Platforms

(Source: Latvian Ministry of Defence; issued Dec. 17, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

Today, December 17, in Tallinn, Estonia, the Minister of Defense of Latvia, Artis Pabriks, the Minister of Defense of Estonia, Jüri Luik, and the Permanent Secretary of the Finnish Ministry of Defense, signed a letter of intent to begin a joint development process.

“We have taken such a step because cooperation with our neighbors can provide more advantageous conditions for the purchase of new military equipment. The needs of our armed forces are similar but not identical, so it is important to consult together so that we can obtain the vehicles that best suit our circumstances. It is possible that this joint initiative could open up new opportunities for companies in the domestic military industry as well,” said Defense Minister Artis Pabriks.

According to the Letter of Intent, the Ministries of Defense of the three countries have agreed to jointly consult on the development of a cooperation program for the development of a mobile armored vehicle platform for the transport of light infantry.

It is intended that the cooperation program will aim to provide cost-effective solutions to each country's capability requirements, which will first be coordinated with each other as closely as possible. The creation of a common platform for armored vehicles could not only provide better value for money for procurement, but also ensure interoperability of partner countries' armaments and security of supply.

A letter of intent is a non-binding political agreement that does not oblige any of its partner countries to provide specific services or products.

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Estonia, Finland and Latvia Are Planning the Joint Development of Armoured Vehicles

(Source: Estonia Ministry of Defence; issued Dec 18, 2019)

Estonian Minister of Defence Jüri Luik, Latvian Minster of Defence Artis Pabriks, and Permanent Secratary of the Ministry of Defence of Finland Jukka Juusti signed a letter of intent for research and technical development in the field of defence.

Pursuant to the agreement, consultations will begin for acquiring armoured vehicles for the Defence Forces of Estonia, Latvia and Finland within the framework of tri-lateral defence cooperation.

‘The letter of intent that was signed today is a most welcome beginning for the joint undertaking between Estonia, Latvia and Finland in acquiring new armoured vehicles. We agreed to carry out defence-related technical research, and I believe that our cooperation will yield a positive result,’ said Minister of Defence Luik.

The goal is to find an optimal solution for all three countries for increasing infantry mobility, with the initial plan being to reach procurement in 2024. Estonia, Latvia and Finland are initially planning to focus on the cooperation programme, in order to find the common ground required for the future procurement.

‘We have a very positive long-term relationship with Finland in terms of procurement policy, we have bought self-propelled artillery and radar systems together. Now, we want to extend this cooperation to Latvia, as all three countries share a common interest in armoured vehicles,’ said Luik.

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[*] posted on 21-12-2019 at 02:13 PM


Bulgaria evaluates IFV proposals

Aleksandar Mladenov, Sofia and Krasimir Grozev, Sofia - Jane's Defence Weekly

20 December 2019

The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reported that it has received four proposals from interested bidders in the competitive procurement of 150 new wheeled infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to equip three battalion-size battlegroups for a mechanised brigade.

The proposals submitted by the four bidders - General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDLS) - Mowag, Patria, Nexter, and Rheinmetall-Krauss-Maffei Wegmann joint venture ARTEC - were opened in the ministry on 18 December.

The Bulgarian requirements call for 90 wheeled 8×8 IFVs, armed with a 30 mm gun, in addition to 60 more support vehicles - equipped for roles including reconnaissance, command-and-control, and medical evacuation - that could be in 8×8, 6×6 or 4×4 configuration.

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It'll be interesting to see who wins this?

GDLS already won the Romanian comp with the LAV VI, currently being assembled locally, although armoured, monocoque body shell is made elsewhere (Switzerland?). Not sure what they would do for 6x6, but they have a raft of choices for 4x4.

NEXTER could offer a mix of 8X8 VBCI II and their nice 6x6 TITUS, which the Czechs are building in some numbers (62 units) plus they have the new SERVAL 4x4, the most ugly of all the 4x4's!

PATRIA can offer the excellent 8X8 AMV XP, plus their new 6x6 armoured vehicle, the successor to the Pasi APC...……..NOT in service with the Finns or anyone else at the moment, too new, but that doesn't detract from the fact it's been well tested by the Finnish army, testing to complete next year?

ARTEC means BOXER, plain and simple. We know all about that one! What they might offer for 4x4 is a different question, although KMW offer DINGO 2 in 4x4 and 6x6 versions.

Time will tell which and what succeeds...…….
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Malaysia firms up plans to replace ageing fleet of Condor armoured vehicles

Marhalim bin Abas, Kuala Lumpur - Jane's Defence Weekly

24 December 2019

Malaysia has firmed up plans to replace its ageing Rheinmetall Condor 4×4 light armoured vehicles, military and industry sources have told Jane’s .

The replacement platforms would be two new types of light armoured vehicles – a 4×4 and a 6×6 – said the sources, pointing out that the new 4×4s will be used to replace the Condors (about 30 vehicles) that are currently operated by the Malaysian peacekeeping battalion with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

The UN is likely to reimburse the cost of the procurement, said the sources.

The 6×6s will be procured to replace the Condors operated by the Malaysian Army’s Royal Armoured Corps, of which about 150 units are believed to be active.

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[*] posted on 25-12-2019 at 12:06 PM


BUSHMASTER for the UN battalion, and probably the 6x6 version of the Turkish 8x8 APC/IFV they already operate...………...
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[*] posted on 28-12-2019 at 02:56 PM


Spanish Government Cancels €2.1 Billion Piranha 5 Contract

(Source: Defense-Aerospace.com; posted Dec. 27, 2019)


A prototype of the 8x8 Dragon vehicle in the San Gregorio maneuvering ground near Zaragoza. Spain’s defense ministry has rejected Santa Barbara’s offer to produce the vehicles, and is expected to shortly re-open the competition. (Twitter photo)

PARIS --- Spain’s acting Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, announced on Thursday that the Government will re-compete the €2.1 billion contract to produce 348 Vehiculo de Combate sobra Ruedas (VCR) wheeled combat vehicles, after having rejected the offer submitted by Santa Bárbara which breached technical and economic requirements.

During a visit to the Spanish Air Force’s Ala 12 fighter wing, Robles explained that the VCR program is going to be opened to public tender so that any company can opt to compete, and emphasized that the Government will give it “the highest priority.”

"This is a program that will not fall into oblivion, but next year we will give it more momentum and more strength," Robles said, adding that the government deeply feels "that a company like Santa Barbara, has backed down at the last minute, and has not fulfilled the contract."

“There has been no breach of Santa Barbara Systems because there is no contract, just an offer request,” a company source told Defense-Aerospace.com on Friday. “It cannot be said, therefore, that Santa Barbara Sistemas has backed down. It has presented an offer that responded to the technical requests contained in the specifications and to the economic requirements, and that it what has been rejected.”

“We understand that there is an insufficient budget to cover the scope and the solutions defined in the specifications,” the source added.

Robles reiterated the “firm, clear and unequivocal commitment on the part of the Government” to ensure “that the Army has a safe vehicle, because this will be good not only for the Army, but for Spanish industry and for employment as well."

The Piranha 5 was selected as the winner of the Army’s Vehiculo de Combate sobra Ruedas (VCR) 8x8 wheeled combat vehicle competition. Spain’s Council of Ministers on July 12 approved the acquisition of 345 of the vehicles at a cost of €2,083.2 million euros, but this was only the first phase of a program that ultimately planned to acquire 998 vehicles at a cost of €3,836 million.

At the time, the Council of Ministers designated the Santa Bárbara Sistemas company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics European Land Systems, as the main contractor, as it was “the only company with sufficient industrial capabilities to carry out the contract,” and because of national security reasons contract negotiations were to be carried out without the normal publicity requirements. Mowag, the maker of the Piranha 5, is also owned by GD European Land Systems; Indra and SAPA sere selected as the main subcontractors.

It was expected that the negotiations would be completed by year-end, but the Army’s procurement arm, the General Directorate of Armament, rejected Santa Barbara's offer and considered it "not acceptable" for various technical, operational and economic reasons.

Santa Bárbara Sistemas continues and will continue to look for alternatives to achieve the 8x8 VCR contract,” the company source said, “and is prepared to guarantee the most competitive offer possible in any type of tender,” but also cautioned that re-running the tender, which is not a legal necessity, would, “at the very least, extend the execution deadlines.”

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Lithuania's Boxer IFV deliveries delayed due to faults

Saulius Jakučionis, BNS

2019.12.27 17:00


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The delivery of German Boxer infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Lithuania is running behind schedule due to faults identified during the quality control process.

The first two Boxers were delivered to Lithuania last June. Another 15 IFVs were due to arrive by the end of 2019. However, the vehicles have not reached Lithuania yet.

"Some of the Boxer IFVs that Lithuania planned to receive in 2019 have not been delivered yet," the Defence Ministry said in a comment to BNS. "This is due to defects that were identified during the strict quality controls and that the manufacturer was unable to eliminate in a timely manner."

The ministry expects the delivery of Boxers to Lithuania to resume in January. Meanwhile, the first two Boxers were also delivered with a delay.

The vehicles are manufactured for Lithuania by a German consortium and their turrets are made by an Israeli company. Once in Lithuania, the vehicles are renamed ilkai (Wolves).

Signed in August 2016, the acquisition of 88 German-made Boxers is valued at 386 million euros, making it Lithuania's largest-ever military purchase.

The IFVs will be used by two military battalions based in Rukla and Alytus.
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GDELS to keep working on new Spanish IFV despite setbacks

David Ing, Madrid - Jane's Defence Weekly

09 January 2020

General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) is set to continue looking for ways to win the contract for Spain’s new 8×8 Dragon infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), although the project is insufficiently funded, according to a company source.

Spain’s cabinet on 20 December set a new target of May 2020 for delivery of the first five demonstrator vehicles, deciding to delay payments to the GDELS-SBS-led consortium after missing another deadline.

A company source told Jane’s on 7 January that GDELS-SBS had, at the request of the Spanish Ministry of Defence, presented an offer last October for the manufacture of what is known in Spain as the Vehiculo de Combate sobre Ruedas (VCR).

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The CIO Consortium Has Signed A Contract with the Italian Army for the Purchase of 30 “Freccia” 8x8 Medium Armoured Vehicles

(Source: CIO Consortium; issued Jan. 16, 2020)


The Italian Army’s order for a new batch of Freccia 8x8 tank destroyers will allow the production line to remain open pending the finalization of an order for 381 vehicles worth €1.5 billion whose has already been approved by Parliament. (Leonardo photo)

ROME --- The contract for the purchase of 30 “Freccia” 8x8 Medium Armoured Vehicles (5 in Combat version and 25 in Anti-tank version) with ten years integrated logistics support was signed on 27 December 2019 at Palazzo Guidoni, seat of the General Secretariat of Defence and National Armaments Directorate.

The “Freccia” VBM is an 8x8 Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV) of proven reliability in its various versions (Combat, Anti-tank, Mortar Carrier and Command Post) and represents the result of highly-technological synergies between the Technical Area (General Secretariat of Defence - Directorate of Land Armaments), the Operative Area (Army General Staff) of the Ministry of Defence and the Italian Industry.

Thanks to a hull designed to provide maximum protection, a powerful Iveco engine coupled with the traditional H-drive, three steering axles, HITFIST turret with 25 mm cannon and advanced Command, Control and Communications systems by Leonardo, the “Freccia” VBM assures crews excellent tactical and strategic mobility, and force protection combined with adequate firepower in a wide range of operational scenarios.

The contract makes use of funds allocated in the Tri-ministerial Convention between the Ministries of Defence, Economic Development and Finance, allocating around 1.5 billion Euros to the "Freccia" VBM project in the coming years (up to 2032), drawn from resources approved by the 2017 and 2018 Budget Bills.

The contract marks the resumption of the supply of vehicles to the Italian Army Second Medium Brigade, a unit based on 381 systems in various configurations.

The Iveco – Oto Melara Consortium, CIO in short, was established in 1985 on equal participation between Iveco Defence Vehicles and former Oto Melara, which is now Leonardo. Within the Consortium, Iveco Defence Vehicles is responsible for engines, gears and all the automotive components, the hull and the final integration of wheeled armoured vehicles while Leonardo is responsible for weapon systems, sight and fire control systems and the hull and the final integration of tracked armoured vehicles. Both companies have excellent skills in the field of protection against direct fire, mines and IEDs.

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Brazil mulls upgrades for VBTP-MSR Guarani 6×6 vehicles

Victor Barreira, Istanbul - Jane's International Defence Review

04 February 2020

The Brazilian Army is finalising a series of studies aimed at improving the VBTP-MSR Guarani 6×6 armoured vehicle.

The studies are being done by personnel from the army's technical, administrative, operational, and finance sectors, and are to consider updates and potentially adding new technologies, the army told Jane's .

The army declined to say if the upgrade studies included the vehicle's mobility, command and control, survivability, firepower, or habitability. The army said the project's scope is to be defined after studies are concluded and a decision is made. The effort, known as the Guarani 2.0 project, falls under the aegis of 'Army Strategic Plan 2020-2023'.


A VBTP-MSR Guarani is shown with a W&E Platt MR550 Ring Mount with an overhead protection kit. (Victor Barreira)

The service is receiving 1,580 6×6s as part of the Guarani programme that purchased the vehicles in November 2016 to complement 203 platforms ordered between 2012 and 2015 from Iveco Defence Vehicles. The vehicle is manufactured at the company's plant of Sete Lagoas in the State of Minas Gerais.

A total of 424 6×6s were received, the army said. Between 5 and 6 vehicles are produced monthly and about 60 annually, a spokesperson for Iveco Defence Vehicles' Brazilian operation told Jane's . Deliveries are scheduled to be completed by 2040.

The programme, which involves other armoured vehicles efforts, contributes to transforming Brazil's motorised infantry units into mechanised infantry units, and to modernise the mechanised cavalry.

Twelve versions are currently planned: reconnaissance vehicle, troop carrier, 120 mm mortar carrier, recovery vehicle, command-post vehicle, ambulance, air-defence, repair, anti-tank missile carrier, surveillance radar carrier, fire direction centre, and forward-observation vehicle. Development of a mortar variant VBCMrt-MSR (Viatura Blindada de Combate Morteiro-Média Sobre Rodas) is a top priority, with one prototype and 100 production vehicles planned.

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Defexpo 2020: India unveils Wheeled Armoured Platform, upgraded Sarath IFVs

Dmitry Fediushko, Lucknow - Jane's Defence Weekly

06 February 2020


The DRDO’s Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP) IFV was unveiled at the Defexpo 2020 defence exhibition in Lucknow, northern India. Source: Dmitry Fediushko

India's defence industry unveiled two new infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), the Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP) and an upgraded variant of the BMP-2/2K Sarath, during the 5-9 February Defexpo 2020 defence exhibition in Lucknow, northern India.

The WhAP IFV, which is powered by a Cummins ISXe 600 turbocharged diesel engine coupled to an automatic transmission, has been developed by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to meet Indian Army (IA) requirements, and is available in both an 8×8 and an 8×4 configuration.

"The vehicle's protection meets STANAG 4569 requirements, with actual protection levels depending on the task," a DRDO official told Jane's. The modular protection results in the platforms weight varying between 19 and 26 tonnes, with amphibious capability provided at up to 24 tonnes. The WhAP, which can reach a top speed of 100 km/h on land, has a cruising range of up to 500 km.

The WhAP is armed with the manned turret from the BMP-2. "It is the most cost-effective solution for the IA," said the DRDO official, pointing out that the turret is fitted with a 30 mm 2A42 main gun, a Kalashnikov PKT 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun, and a roof-mounted launcher for the AT-4 Spigot anti-tank missile system.

Meanwhile, India's state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) showcased an upgraded variant of the BMP-2 Sarath IFV.

Compared with the baseline Sarath, this modernised variant is fitted with new sensor suites featuring thermal imagers and TV cameras for the gunner and commander.

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Friday February 07, 2020

Indonesia gets new batch of CAESAR SPH, M3 amphibious rig, Pandur armored vehicles


One of the Pandur 8x8 armored vehicle unloaded in Indonesia. Photo c/o Defense Stuides blogpage.

Social media reports and photos from Indonesia confirmed the arrival of new shipments of armored vehicles,amphibious bridging vehicles and self propelled howitzers for the Indonesian Army (TNI-AD).

The first to arrive was a shipment of five (5) CAmion Équipé d'un Système d'ARtillerie (CAESAR) 155mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer systems from France’s Nexter Systems, of which Indonesia has an order for 18 units confirmed in 2017 as a follow-on from an earlier order.

A separate shipment arrived in Indonesia days later, comprising of four (4) M3 amphibious bridging vehicles, and an unspecified number of Pandur II 8x8 armored vehicles.

Indonesia ordered 18 amphibious bridging vehicles in 2019, from Excalibur Army, which works closely with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS).

Indonesia also ordered 22 Pandur II wheeled armored vehicles from Excalibur Army, through Indonesian arms manufacturer PT Pindad which will do the integration works including the use of weapon systems from Brazilian-Israeli venture REMAX Land Systems, and Belgium’s John Cockerill.

PT Pindad already delivered some of the Pandur II vehicles, locally called the Cobra, with demonstrations made by equipping them with the REMAX Ares 12.7 remote controlled weapon system and the UT30 Mk. II 30mm unmanned turret system, and the Cockerill CMI-3105HP turret with 105mm gun.
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[*] posted on 10-2-2020 at 11:47 AM


Israel’s Eitan 8×8 APC to be Fielded by the End of 2021

By Tamir Eshel - Feb 9, 2020



Israel will soon begin serial production of Eitan 8×8 armored personnel carriers (APC) at the IDF Technical and Logistics Directorate Development and Maintenance Center, where Merkava and Namer heavy armored fighting vehicles are produced. Eitan is expected to become operational at the end of 2021, replacing the half-century-old M-113 APC.

VIDEO: Israel’s Eitan 8×8 APC to be Fielded by the End of 2021: https://youtu.be/P6r9YBIfFmQ

Eitan is Israel’s late entry into the wheeled AFV generation, a trend endorsed by armies throughout the world since the 1960s. The IDF evaluated several types of wheeled APCs but rejected the concept due to the lack of protection and off-road mobility, where tracked vehicles have superior performance over wheeled ones.

With gross vehicle weight exceeding 30 tons, and the availability of active protection systems to protect such platforms wheeled APC has reached a point where the IDF could accept such vehicles to equip light infantry formations, particularly those designed for combat in urban terrain. Unlike tracked vehicles that cause extensive damage to infrastructure, wheeled vehicles are less restricted in movement on paved and unpaved roads.

Modern 8×8 combat vehicles often use double steering and central tire inflation systems to improve maneuverability, obstacle crossing and mobility in sand and mud.


Eitan is equipped with an unmanned turret mounting a 30mm cannon, coaxial 7.62 machine gun and Spike guided missiles. The turret also mounts the Elbit- Systems Iron Fist (IFLD) active protection system. Photo: IMOD

The development and production of the Eitan are led by the Armored Vehicles Directorate at the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMoD), in cooperation with the IMoD Mission to the United States and the Directorate of Production and Procurement. The Eitan will be manufactured simultaneously in more than 60 industries in Israel and the United States.

The Eitan will be built in three variants – an APC, a command vehicle and an infantry combat vehicle, equipped with an unmanned turret mounting a 30mm cannon and Spike missiles. Other configurations are expected to follow. The displayed the MOD vehicles show different armor configurations, with an ‘Iron Fist’ active protection system installed on the variant with the unmanned turret. The vehicle is powered by a 750 hp engine and has a maximum road speed of 90 km/h. Operated by three crew members Eitan can carry a squad of nine fully-equipped soldiers in its fighting compartment. The vehicle has rear ramp access and roof hatches.


Eitan 8X8 APC will soon enter production in Israel. Photo: IMOD
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UAE Al Jasoor Rabdan IFV deployed in Native Fury 2020 exercise

Posted On Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:18

The joint military exercise "Native Fury 20" between the UAE and the United States has concluded, as UAE Armed Forces officers highlighted their ability to handle the most advanced technologies and weapons. UAE’s new Rabdan IFV manufactured by Al Jasoor participated in the exercise.


The Rabdan IFV is fitted with a Russian-made BMP-3 turret. The vehicle was unveiled at the live demonstration of IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi, on February 17, 2019 (Picture source: Army Recognition).

The 8x8 IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle produced by Al Jasoor is in service with the United Arab Emirates armed forces. During the live demonstration for the opening ceremony of IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi, the Rabdan was shown for the first time to the public fitted with a Russian-made BMP-3 turret.

In 2016, Otokar Land Systems’ joint venture company Al Jasoor signed a contract to equip the UAE Armed Forces with the Abadan IFV. Years before, the UAE armed forces had launched a request for a new combat vehicle to replace the BMP-3 with a more mobile 8x8 armored vehicle. Let’s notice that the UAE is the largest international operator of BMP-3s: between 1992 and 2000, around 600 BMP-3s were delivered to UAE.

According to first specifications released by Al Jasoor Heavy Vehicles Industries, the Rabdan has the capacity to carry a total 12 military personnel, including driver and commander. It has gross vehicle weight varying from 28,000 kg to 30,000 kg. The vehicle is motorized with a Caterpillar 12.5 liter diesel engine developing 600 hp. coupled to an Allison 4500 automatic transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse gears. The vehicle can reach 105 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 700 km.

The Rabdan offers ballistic protection up to STANAG Level 4 and mine protection up to STANAG Level 4a/b. The vehicle is fully amphibious; it can reach 10 km/h on water thanks to two propellers mounted under the hull rear.

The BMP-3’s two-man turret is armed with a 100mm 2A70 semi-automatic rifled gun/missile launcher, which is stabilized in two axes and can fire either 3UOF HE-FRAG rounds or 3UBK10 anti-tank guided missiles. The second armament includes a 30mm 2A72 coaxial cannon and a 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun.
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[*] posted on 26-3-2020 at 01:20 PM


Ukrainian Otaman IFV with NATO-standard anti-mine protection passes initial stage trial

Posted On Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:33

Ukraine's Otaman 6×6 infantry fighting vehicle has completed one of the initial trial stages in offroad tests.


Otaman IFV (Picture source: Defence-ua.com/Defence Express)

The Otaman 6x6 is an armored fighting vehicle produced by the Ukrainian manufacturer NGO Practika and presented for the first time at Defexpo 2016 in India, followed by the Otaman 8x8 in the Arms and Security Exhibition held in Kiev in 2017. This AFV can also be used as an armored personnel carrier, an infantry fighting vehicle and an ambulance.

The Otaman 6x6 is based on the BTR-60 APC. It is powered by a single 320 hp (torque of 1250 Nm) located at the front of the vehicle for the sake of better ergonomics and efficiency. The vehicle is 6.70 meters long and weighs 23 tons (another source mentions 16 but it may depend on the armament and armor). It can carry 3 crew members (commander, driver and gunner) and 10 army personnel. Otaman 6×6 boasts of the enhanced armor, NATO-standard mine protection system, a large reserve of load capacity (to install additional composite armor and heavy equipment, such as a combat module). The new vehicle provides high-level anti-mine (STANAG 4569) and ballistic protection (STANAG level 2 to STANAG level 4 with new armor modules) due to its monocoque steel hull. The hull is also fully protected from biological and chemical threats. The 453mm ground clearance protects the crew from mines.

The amphibious vehicle can run at a maximum road speed of 110 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 800 km, carrying a crew of 10 including commander, driver, and eight soldiers.
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Czech defense industry will deliver 23 Pandur II armored vehicles to Indonesia

Posted On Monday, 30 March 2020 18:18

According to news published on March 25, 2020, to the czdefence website, the Czech defense industry in collaboration with local companies will deliver 23 Pandur II 8x8 armored vehicles to Indonesia following a contract signed in 2019.


Pandur II wheeled armored vehicle at Indodefence exhibition in 2018. (Picture source Army Recognition)

For the period from 2021 to 2022, Indonesia could acquire several Pandur II armored vehicles equipped with a turret armed with a 30mm gun. The project will be lead by the Czech Company Excalibur Army which has already delivered military equipment to Indonesia. The Company produces Pandur II in Czech Republic under license.

On April 12, 2019, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense issued PT Pindad a contract worth $ 80 million for the production of the first 22 Pandur II series 8x8 infantry fighting vehicles that received the Indonesian designation Cobra.

The Indonesian version of the Pandur II will be fitted with the Israeli remote-controlled uninhabited combat module Elbit Systems U30MK.II, armed with a Northrop Grumman Bushmaster Mk.44 30mm automatic gun and two 7.62mm machine guns.

Indonesian Company PT Pindad, in partnership with the Czechoslovak Group, is promoting the Pandur II 8x8 of the Indonesian army in several versions. In 2017, PT Pindad received four units of the Pandur II from the Czech Republic, and fitted them with an armament: two Pandur IIs were equipped with remote-controlled Ares REMAX (Elbit Systems) combat modules armed with 12.7-mm machine guns, one vehicle was equipped with an Elbit Systems uninhabited combat module / Ares UT30MK.II with a Bushmaster Mk 44 30mm cannon (this vehicle was demonstrated at IndoDefense 2018, in November 2018) and one non-floating vehicle was armed with a Belgian CMI Defense CMI-3105HP turret (Cockerill Series 3000) with a 105mm cannon ( a similar turret is mounted on a Turkish-designed FNSS Kaplan/Harimau medium tank).

The Pandur II is an improved version of the Pandur I wheeled armored vehicle APC (Armored Personnel Carrier). It was developed as a private venture by the Austrian company Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeuge which is now part of General Dynamics European Land Combat Systems.

The Pandur II has a longer wheel base and modified hull compared to the Pandur I. The armor package of the vehicle provides protection against firing of small arms 7.62mm caliber. It can be fitted with add-on armour to increase the ballistic protection against 14.5mm armour piercing shells at 100m. In option, the vehicle can be fitted with spall liners and additional armour protection to provide mine blast protection.

The Pandur II is motorized with a Cummins ISC 350 diesel engine developing 285 hp. coupled to a ZF 6HP 602C fully automatic transmission. It can run at a maximum road speed of 100 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 700 km.

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[*] posted on 31-3-2020 at 03:40 PM


Stryker Family of Vehicles (FoV) program in the FY2019 Annual Report

Posted On Monday, 30 March 2020 14:13

Army Recognition looks back to a series of U.S. programs summarized in the FY2019 Annual Report for the Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation. Hereunder, we have a glance at the Stryker Family of Vehicles (FoV).


Stryker A1 Infantry Combat Vehicle armed with a Javelin antitank guided missile launcher, here in Hohenfels, Germany (Picture source: U.S. Army)

The Army conducted an FOT&E of the Stryker Double-V Hull (DVH) A1 Family of Vehicles (FoV) at the Yakima Training Center, Washington, in September 2018 and LFT&E from March 2016 to March 2017. DOT&E published its evaluation in an FOT&E report in May 2019.
- The Stryker DVH A1 upgrades restore tactical mobility and improve the crew’s situational awareness over that of the Stryker DVH. The vehicle is operationally effective. The test unit accomplished its assigned task and purpose in 11 of 12 missions when equipped with the Stryker DVH A1. 84% of unit soldiers and leaders surveyed indicated that the Stryker DVH A1 contributed in the accomplishment of their mission.
- The Stryker DVH A1 is operationally suitable. The vehicle demonstrated a Mean Miles Between System Abort (MMBSA) exceeding the Army requirement by nearly a factor of two. The demonstrated reliability translates to a 93% probability of completing an Operational Mode Summary/Mission Profile (OMS/MP)-based mission consisting of 140 miles without a system abort.
- The Stryker DVH A1 provides a similar level of survivability and force protection as the baseline Stryker DVH vehicles in expected combat engagements.
- Government testing revealed cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
• The FOT&E report supported the Army Program Executive Office decision to field a Stryker DVH A1-equipped Brigade Combat Team starting in June 2020.

System

• The Stryker DVH A1 FoV consists of seven variants on a common vehicle platform, each of which replaces a legacy Flat-Bottom Hull (FBH) Stryker:

- Anti-Tank Guided Missile Vehicle
- Commander’s Vehicle
- Engineer Squad Vehicle
- Fire Support Vehicle
- Infantry Combat Vehicle-A1
- Mortar Carrier Vehicle
- Medical Evacuation Vehicle

• The Stryker DVH A1 configuration upgrades include:

Mechanical Power Upgrade

- Replaces a 350 horsepower Caterpillar C7 engine with a 450 horsepower Caterpillar C9 engine
- Integrates improved power pack thermal management and additional environmental conditioning
Electrical Power Upgrade
- Replaces a 570 amp alternator with a 910 amp alternator capable of supporting electrical power required for future network upgrades and 20% growth
- Replaces the Power Distribution Panel and Power Distribution Panel 2 with the Enhanced Power Distribution Unit

Chassis Upgrade

- Increases chassis payload capacity from 55,000 to 63,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
- Optimizes the driveline to match the new mechanical power upgrade Implementation of an In-Vehicle Network Architecture
- Establishes the framework for future embedded, VICTORY compliant, Army Network integrations, and provides for sharing of platform data among the Stryker’s common crew stations
- Provides gigabit Ethernet capability

Mission

Units equipped with the Stryker FoV provide Combatant Commanders a medium-weight force capable of rapid strategic and operational mobility to disrupt or destroy enemy military forces, to control land areas including populations and resources, and to conduct combat operations to protect U.S. national interests.

Major Contractors

• General Dynamics Land Systems – Sterling Heights, Michigan; Anniston, Alabama
• Caterpillar – Peoria, Illinois
• Marvin Land Systems – Inglewood, California
Activity
• All testing was conducted in accordance with a DOT&E‑approved Test and Evaluation Master Plan and test plans.
• The Army conducted an FOT&E on the Stryker DVH A1 FoV at the Yakima Training Center in Washington in September 2018 and LFT&E from March 2016 to March 2017.
• DOT&E published its evaluation in an FOT&E report in May 2019.

Assessment

• The FOT&E report supported the Army Program Executive Office decision to field a Stryker DVH A1-equipped Brigade Combat Team starting in June 2020.
• The Stryker DVH A1 design restores mobility to the Stryker fleet and increases electrical and mechanical power generation.
The Stryker DVH A1 adds an In-Vehicle Network, which facilitates the sharing of platform data among the Stryker common crew-stations and improves the crew’s situational awareness over that of the Stryker DVH.
• The Stryker DVH A1 is operationally effective.
- When equipped with the Stryker DVH A1, the test unit accomplished its assigned task and purpose in 11 of 12 missions in support of battalion operations.
- 84% of unit soldiers and leaders surveyed indicated that the Stryker DVH A1 contributed in the accomplishment of their mission.
• The Stryker DVH A1 is operationally suitable.
- The vehicle demonstrated an MMBSA that exceeds the Army requirement by nearly a factor of two. The demonstrated reliability translates to a 93% probability of completing an OMS/MP-based mission consisting of 140 miles without a system abort.
- Stryker DVH A1 electrical power generation was sufficient to operate all mission command systems with a growth margin for future network integration.
- During Focus Groups, drivers stated that the Driver’s Viewer Enhancer (DVE) field of view was degraded and lacked spatial reference when mounted onto the Driver’s Ballistic Strike Shield. The altered field of view and degradation in spatial awareness creates a potential safety risk for the crew.
- Software integration and screen durability failures involving the Commander’s Situational Awareness Display (CSAD), the Driver’s Situational Awareness Display (DSAD), and the Video Display Electronics Terminal (VDET) accounted for 39 percent

Stryker DVH A1-related Essential Function Failures.

• The Stryker DVH A1 provides a similar level of survivability and force protection as the baseline Stryker DVH vehicles. Stryker DVH A1 design modifications did not introduce any
significant vulnerabilities to the Stryker crew or their ability to complete their mission given an operationally relevant engagement.
• Government testing revealed cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
• The driver’s compartment in a Stryker DVH A1 provides limited protection beyond the seat belt during sudden stops or rollover situations. Aside from wearing the seat belt, there is no means of reducing the impact on the neck and head of the driver.

Recommendations

The Army should consider the following recommendations:
1. Correct DVE, CSAD, DSAD, and VDET deficiencies identified during testing.
2. Correct or mitigate cyber vulnerabilities identified during testing.
3. Examine the design of a restraint system to stabilize the head and neck of Stryker drivers in case of an accident.
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[*] posted on 9-4-2020 at 08:27 PM


AutoKrAZ expands its lineup of rolling chassis

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 09 APRIL 2020 09:11

The main feature of the new model named KrAZ-"Atlant", is the power unit rear location. This configuration is in demand for various types of military vehicles, while it’s a great lottery to find brand proper offers on the market. On the top of that price for such special modifications from big-name manufacturers is often a reason for armor and superstructure builders to modify standard truck chassis with a bad effect on the quality and performance of the final product.


Universal ready-made rolling chassis platform with modern components (Picture source: AutoKrAZ)

KrAZ response to market needs is to offer a universal ready-made rolling chassis platform with modern components while competing for the best in the industry ratio of price, quality and technical parameters. The new product development is on the very final stage, so the company invites manufacturers of armored vehicles and special add-ons to consider the new platform as the basic chassis for their products.

Main advantages of rear-engine premier:
— modified bigger crew working area with a reduced overall vehicle height;
— capacity to increase frontal ballistic protection;
— solid road clearance 400 mm;
— automatic central tire inflation system;
— effective disc brakes with ABS;
— even the standard version chassis is equipped with an independent suspension, underbody mine protection for levels 2-3 according to Stanag 4569.
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[*] posted on 11-4-2020 at 01:32 PM


Canada Lifting A Freeze on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia, Opposition Wants Big Deal Scrapped (excerpt)

(Source: Reuters; published April 9, 2020)

By David Ljunggren


Despite having promised to halt a C$14 billion sale of 742 LAVs to Saudi Arabia, the Canadian government will finally complete deliveries after realizing it could be liable for damages amounting to the contract’s value if it blocked the deal. (Canada DND photo)

OTTAWA --- Canada is lifting a freeze on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia and has renegotiated a much-criticized $14 billion contract to sell General Dynamics Corp armored vehicles to Riyadh, Ottawa said on Thursday.

The “significant improvements” to the contract would secure thousands of jobs at the U.S. firm’s Canadian subsidiary, where the vehicles are being made, Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said.

The announcement marks a retreat by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said in December 2018 he was looking for a way out of the deal.

A month earlier the government had frozen new permits pending a review. Some exports though continued under permits which had already been issued.

Human rights groups and political opponents, citing the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the Yemen war, had insisted Ottawa scrap a deal agreed by the previous Conservative government in 2014.

Champagne said that under the terms of the renegotiated agreement, Canada could delay or cancel permits without penalty if it discovered Saudi Arabia was not using the vehicles for their stated purpose. Ottawa would also boost its scrutiny of all proposed weapons sales, he added. (end of excerpt)

Click here for the full story, on the Reuters website.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-defense-saudi-idUS...

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Canada Improves Terms of Light Armored Vehicles Contract, Putting In Place a New Robust Permit Review Process

(Source: Global Affairs Canada; issued April 9, 2020)

OTTAWA, Ontario --- The Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, today issued the following statement:

“Canadians expect that the contracts negotiated by their government on their behalf are in line with their values and Canadian law.

“In 2014, a contract was signed between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Canadian Commercial Corporation, a Crown corporation, for the sale of Light Armoured Vehicles manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. This contract is governed exclusively by Saudi law and subject to the Saudi judicial system.

“Under the agreement signed in 2014, the terms of the contract were strictly confidential, preventing the government from discussing the contents with Canadians.

“The government undertook negotiations to improve the terms of the contract. Today, we are announcing that, as a result of these negotiations, we have been able to secure significant improvements to the contract.

“This includes now being able to communicate more transparently with Canadians about certain terms of the contract.

“We can confirm that the cancellation of this $14-billion contract—or even the mere disclosure of any of its terms—could have resulted in billions of dollars in damages to the Government of Canada, with potential damages amounting to the full value of the contract. This would have put the jobs of thousands of Canadians at risk, not only in Southwestern Ontario but also across the entire defence industry supply chain, which includes hundreds of small and medium enterprises.

“Additionally, under the improved agreement, we have ensured that Canadians’ exposure to financial risk will be eliminated where future export permits are delayed or denied if there is an infringement of the permit’s end use assurances—which ensure that the vehicles are used only for the stated purpose.

“In addition, in order to ensure that the government always upholds the highest standards with respect to human rights, we are announcing the creation of an arms-length advisory panel of experts who will review best practices regarding arms exports by state parties to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty [ATT] to ensure that our system is as robust as possible.

“Canada officially joined the ATT on September 17, 2019. With the passage of Bill C-47, the implementing legislation, Canada now has one of the most robust legal applications of this UN treaty in the world.

“Under our law, Canadian goods cannot be exported where there is a substantial risk that they would be used to commit or to facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian law, international human rights law or serious acts of gender-based violence.

“We need to ensure that we are always ready to strengthen available tools to conduct proper due diligence on all exports, as Canadians expect.

“To that end, we are also announcing that we will spearhead multilateral discussions on means to strengthen international compliance with the ATT, toward the establishment of an international inspection regime.

“Following the conclusion of the review of export permits to Saudi Arabia conducted by officials from Global Affairs Canada—including those related to this contract—we have now begun reviewing permit applications on a case-by-case basis. As always, we will ensure that they comply with the aforementioned legal requirements under Canadian law and the ATT.”

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