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Australia Gears to Replace M-113s with 467 Modern Armored Vehicles
The Australian government continues its modernization program with the acquisition of new armored personnel carriers to replace 431 M113AS4s currently in service. The current APC has inadequate mobility and protection. The new vehicle selected for this tender should markedly improve those capabilities, but, to fulfill its missions, firepower and mission systems could be less sophisticated than those selected for the Boxer CRV.
100 New Howitzers is but a Drop in the Sea of...
The delay in modernizing the Indian Army artillery for over two decades is of significant concern. By late February, the Army placed an order with the OFB for 100 artillery guns of 155mm/ 52 caliber. In addition, local production of the 300mm SMERCH rocket system is expected to begin in India in the coming months.
India Bans six Companies from MOD Contracts
India bans six companies from MOD contracts. These include IMI from Israel; STK from Singapore, the Swiss Rheinmetall Air Defence (RAD) and Corporation Defence, Russia. The two Indian domestic companies included are TS Kisan and RK Machine Tools.