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Romania to Produce 227 Piranha 5 8×8 APCs

General Dynamics European Land Systems signed a contract with the Romanian government today, to deliver up to 227 Piranha 5 wheeled armored vehicles in six different configurations to the Romanian Armed Forces. The contract value exceeds US$1 billion. The vehicles will be produced locally in Romania by the Romanian company Uzina Mecanică București (UMB) and original vehicle designer, Mowag.

New Slovak-Finish 8×8 AMVXP Undergoing Winter Testing in Finland

A new version of an amphibious AMVXP integrated with Turra weapon system is undergoing winter testing in Finland, under a joint development program with Slovakia. Slovak Army trials are expected to continue through March. Slovakia plans to procure up to 81 IFVs as part of a military modernization program. Deliveries are expected to commence in 2018-2024.

Israel Develops a Highly Protected APC to Replace Thousands of M-113...

Israel’s Ministry of Defense unveiled today the first prototype of the Eitan, a new 8x8 armored personnel carrier developed by the Ministry’s Tank Development Program Directorate (Mantak), as a possible successor for thousands of American-made M-113 APCs Israel has been operating since the 1970s.

DRDO Demonstrates Arjun Mk II, ICV Combat Vehicles in Action at...

India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Indian armored vehicle manufacturers displayed today for the first time a number of combat vehicles developed in India for the Indian armed forces. Among the new vehicles were Arjun Mk II, Kestrel Wheeled Armored Platform (WhAP) and 4x4 Armored Mine Protected Vehicle (MPV) developed by Tata.

New Russian armor – Part III: Boomerang 8×8 AFV

The Boomerang 8x8 armored infantry fighting vehicle is the latest wheeled armored vehicle developed in Russia, a design introducing significant changes and improvement over the BTR-60, 70 and 80, that were in service since the early 1960s. The first pre-production vehicles delivered for operational testing were publicly displayed in 2015. Following those tests VPK is expecting orders for 2,000 such vehicles, in various configurations.

Denmark to buy hundreds of Swiss Piranha 5 APCs to replace...

The Danish Ministry of Defense announced the selection of the Swiss Piranha 5 8x8 wheeled APC for the future armored personnel carrier of the Danish Army (Forsvaret).

TATA Introduces the Kestrel – an 8×8 Amphibious Armored Fighting Vehicle

As part of TATA’S strategy to enhance the scope of its defense business Tata Motors HAS showcased the ‘Kestrel’, an 8x8 wheeled armored amphibious...

Japan Pouring ¥24 Trilion on New Defense Plan

Japan plans to invest ¥24.67 trillion yen (US$24 billion) over the next five years in a military buildup plan bolstering Japan’s sovereignty in the...

Thai Black Widow Spider

black_widow_spider_afvThe Defence Technology Institute (DTI) – the Thai ministry of defence’s research and development agency – today announced that it will partner with UK...

Franco-Russian ATOM Wheeled Combat Vehicle Debut at RAE-2013

Russian Tracked vehicle manufacturer UralVagonzavod and Renault Trucks Defense of France have unveiled a collaboration program the two companies are pursuing since February 2013,...

Marine Corps MPC Finally Moving Forward

Lockheed martin will soon hand over their 8x8 Havoc armored personnel carrier built by Patria, for eight months of testing and evaluation as part of the Corps' Marine Personnel carrier program. Overall, the Corps plans to field at least 700 MPCs over a period of seven years.

Turkish FNSS Finalize Armored Vehicle Procurement Deal with Malaysia

The Turkish FNSS company has finalized an agreement with its Malaysian partner Deftech, for the $559 million program for the design, development and local production of 257 armored vehicles, based on the Turkish AV8 (PARS 8x8) design.

Åkers Krutbruk to Provide Protection Suite for New Swedish AMVs

Swedish armor specialist Åkers Krutbruk was selected to provide the protection suite for the Patria AMV 8x8 wheeled armored vehicles being produced for the...