Wiesel-2 SP Mortar – Air Transportable Fire Support Mortar System

The new airmobile mortar combat system based on the Rheinmetall Defense Wiesel 2 tracked weapons carrier was shown for the first time at Eurosatory 2006. The complete system, including mortar carrier, reconnaissance and command vehicles were on display. The system is air transportable as a sling load underneath a CH-53 or in a C-130 or C-160 aircraft. The mortar...

Force protection to Produce 1,000 MRAP Vehicles for the USMC

Force Protection Industries, Inc. received a third order from the Marine Corps Systems Command, worth $480 million for the delivery of 1,000Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. This is the largest order received by Force Protection to date, representing about 25% of the entire anticipated MRAP buy. According to the Force Dynamics JV , 50% of the contract ($244.50 million)...

U.S. Army Defines Ground Combat Vehicles (GCV) Priorities

AUSA, Washington DC, October 2009: Awaiting the imminent release of the U.S. Army's largest acquisition of tactical armored vehicles in years, the next generation Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) was the hottest item on the AUSA 2009 exhibition, but neither the Army, nor industry has even a clue about how these vehicles will look like or if they will be tracked,...

BAE Systems Demonstrates HMMWV ‘Integrated Smart V’ to Army, Marine Corps

BAE Systems demonstrated the improved HMMWV known as ‘Integrated SMART V’ (ISV) to U.S. Army and Marine Corps officials at the Nevada Automotive Test Center’s (NATC) annual Vehicle Systems Demonstration held February 9 in Carson City, Nevada. Additional blast-protection is expected to become part of the recapitalization program for an estimated 60,000 U.S. Military HMMWVs, expected to be identified for...

Ukraine to Deliver 110 Battle Tank Engines to Pakistan

Ukraine state-run arms exporter Ukrspetsstroi will deliver 110 tank powerplants, engines and related parts to Pakistan, under a $50 million contract. Kharkov-based Malyshev Plant, a state-run enterprise specializing in armored vehicles and their components, will produce the engines under a four-year contract that was signed recently. GA_googleFillSlot("Home_300x250");According to Russian news agency Novosti, Ukraine has already delivered more...

KMW Team with Ashok Leyland to Offer Armored Vehicles in India, and ABroad

Chennai (India) based Ashok Leyland Defence Systems Ltd. (ALDS) and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG from Munich (Germany) have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding during the IDEX defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi to co-operate in the development of advanced defense systems for the Indian Defense establishment, as well as other defense forces worldwide. The scope of the co-operation will...

Armored Vehicles at the 2006 Eurosatory Exhibition

Armor improvements were one of the hottest topics at Eurosatory 2006. Challenged with growing threats, armor providers must design improved protection systems, while maintaining the armor within the weight limits of existing combat vehicles. // Some improvements call for the use of lightweight armor protection, including Boron Carbide and other ceramics that offer higher protection levels at lower...

Armored Tomcar

The Tomcar All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) is used by the IDF and Israeli Border Police and a number of development programs, in various manned and unmanned applications. The Tomcar is a small, lightweight (ca. 600 kg) vehicle, designed to carry two people and their gear to patrol at low speeds over rough terrain for prolonged periods of time with...

IDF Approves Acquisition of IMI’s Iron Fist Active protection Systems for Namer AIFVs

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is moving forward with the development and fielding of active protection systems (APS) for tanks and armored infantry fighting vehicles (AIFV). Maj. General Dan Harel, IDF 2nd in Command has approved the acquisition of IMI 'Iron Fist' APS for the Namer AIFVs, parallel to the continued acquisition of Aspro-A (Trophy) systems for the Merkava 4 tanks. Currently...

IDF to Modernize its Infantry Brigades with Hundreds of Eitan 8×8 APCs

The IDF has completed a test series of the new Eitan 8x8 wheeled APC being developed by the Israel Ministry of Defense tank authority for use by IDF infantry brigades. Although the vehicle is developed and ready to be produced in Israel, it is likely that on the long term, U.S. manufacturers will receive the lion's share of this program, if only to enable the IDF to meet the tight schedules and lower costs required for the project.

TOW Missile Hits a T-90 Tank with ‘Soft-Kill’ (SHTORA) APS and Reactive Armor

An anti-tank team of the Free Syrian Army (western supported rebels) has successfully used a TOW anti-tank missile (Raytheon BGM-71) missile to destroy a Russian T-90 tank equipped with a SHTORA 'soft-kill' active defense system.

RG-32M

The RG-32M light armored vehicle is powered by a water cooled 6-cylinder turbo-charged diesel engine. It provides crew protection by an all-steel welded armored monocoque capsule, and ballistic protected transparent armored windows and windshield. The crew compartment is protected to a level of 5.56 x 45mm NATO ball ammunition and against a variety of grenades, firebombs and thrown missiles....

Diehl, Al Jaber Establish JV to Pursue Military Vehicle Upgrades in the UAE

Al Jaber Group of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the German company Diehl Defence have signed a joint venture for the modernization and upgrade of the Emirates' military land vehicles. As part of this cooperation Diehl will supply components and upgrade kits including propulsion packs, suspension and tracks and assume system responsibility for vehicle upgrading to be performed...

the 3rd International Fire Conference Photo Report

Photo report from the first day of the 3rd International Fire Conference, held May 20-22, 2014, at ”Home of the Gunners” in Zikron Ya’akov, Israel. All photos credit: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update.

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