Jane’s video: Singapore Army’s Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle

Jane’s has posted a video describing the Singapore Army’s new Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle.

T-34 from Military Veterans Museum in Oshkosh used in “Ant-Man”

DSC_0526Thenothrwestern.com is reporting that a T-34 medium tank from the Military Veterans Museum in Oshkosh was used in the filming of the new Marvel movie “Ant-Man.” The vehicle, which is in running condition, was transported to Atlanta for filming.  Dave Kersztyn and Shane VanLinn, employees or the museum operated the tank during film production.  The Russian tank is one of the main displays at the museum, and Kersztyn said artifacts and original artwork as well as fake scenery from the scene and photos from “Ant-Man” will now accompany it.  Because the museum is a nonprofit organization, Kersztyn said all of the money they made from the film will go right back into operating expenses of the museum.

Full article here.

British Scout SV to be built in Wales

1578572_-_mainJane’s is reporting that the British Army’s new Scout SV tracked reconnaissance vehicle will be built in the UK.  Originally slated to be built at a General Dynamics facility in Spain, the article notes that General Dynamics will be building a new facility in South Wales where the majority of assembly of these vehicles will take place.  The British vehicles are an updated version of the ASCOD armored machines built for the Spanish armed forces by Santa Barbara Sistemas. General Dynamics has been working on the British vehicles since 2010 when the company signed a £500 million development contract with the MoD.  According to the GDUK spokesperson, the first 100 of the 589 Scout SVs will still be built in Spain. Once the new facility is up and running, the company will then transfer the “assembly, integration and test work of the remaining 489 vehicles” to Wales.

Full article here.

US Army says Strykers need bigger gun to fight Russia

Stryker-1-5-LDefense News has posted an article in which they report that at a recent press conference, the commander of the the Stryker-equipped 2nd Cavalry Regiment says his vehicles are outgunned by their Russian counterparts.  The Army staff in April approved a request from 2nd Cavalry Regiment commander, Col. John Meyer, to fit a 30mm cannon on 81 of the infantry carriers, needed for it to engage similar units or light-armored vehicles.  The 2nd Cavalry earlier this year completed a high-profile show-of-force convoy operation that maneuvered 120 vehicles across Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland and back to its home base in Vilseck, Germany. The mission, called a Dragoon Ride, was one of a series of multilateral operations and exercises meant to reassure US allies in Europe in the wake of Russian activities.

The article notes that earlier this month, the Army requested that $9.8 million in 2015 funds be reprogrammed to outfit Strykers with the 30mm cannon. According to that request, the program would ramp up over the next two years, at $97.5 million in 2016 and $55 million in 2017. The first unit would be equipped in 27 months.  However, not everyone in Congress approves of the idea.  Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., argued against the move, saying the program had not been vetted by the committee. It looked like an expensive multiyear commitment whose costs were unclear and availability “would not be instantaneous,” he said. He said the estimated cost to up-gun Strykers was $3.8 million each.

Full article here.

Book Alert: Polish Armor of the Blitzkrieg

A new addition in the popular Osprey Publishing New Vanguard series has been announced, “Polish Armor of the Blitzkrieg” by Jamie Prenatt.  This volume is illustrated by Henry Morshead and as per the New Vanguard format, it is 48 pages in color glossy softcover.  Mr. Prenatt appears to be a relatively new author as far as books on tanks and AVFs.

Publishers description:

51rAR439fnL._SX369_BO1,204,203,200_The Polish army during the Blitzkrieg conjures up tragic images of infantry and dashing, but ineffective and ultimately doomed cavalry charges. In actuality the Poles, in the midst of a large-scale re-armament program, had up to 600 armored vehicles available at the time of the German attack, as well as a number of newer and better designs in various stages of development. Facing the inventors of the ‘Lightning War’, who attacked in great numbers, on multiple fronts and with total mastery of the air, the Polish armored formations were up against it. But outdated equipment, doctrine and enormous odds did not stop these units from fighting with bravery and determination before being finally overwhelmed. This volume is a complete technical study of the machines that formed the backbone of Poland’s defenses on the ground, using never-before-seen photographs and a comprehensive design and developmental history that reveal a full picture of Poland’s armored forces in the context of their greatest challenge.

Munster Panzer Museum Video

Earlier this summer this video appeared on youtube showing some of the restored vehicles on display at the Panzer Museum in Munster Germany.

Tankfest 2015

War History Online posted some pictures earlier this month from the TankFest 2015 event at the Tank Museum at Bovington England.  The article is written by Mark Barnes, who provides some nice photos of the various vehicles presented.  The article can be viewed here.

Also, those interested in this summer’s TankFest event may enjoy this video footage of the vehicles driven around the Bovington track.

M4A2 Sherman tank moved to Chillicothe OH

chillicothe tankThe Chillicothe Gazette is reporting that WW2 era Sherman tank is being moved from it’s current location at Amvets Post 89 in Columbus OH to a new home at the Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Forrest E Everhart Memorial Golf Course.  According to the article:

“It’s been eight months that we’ve been trying to get this tank and it’s been a lot of paperwork. We’ve been in competition with a lot of other agencies for the tank but it was appropriate we received it because of the history here,” said Dennis Simpson, Veterans in Transition, Inc., president.

“We had a lot going for us with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center being here, the golf course being here and Chillicothe being the site of Camp Sherman. We’re very proud to have it,” he added.

The article notes that:

While the bottom of the tank has reportedly rusted out and the parts needed to drive the tank were removed after it was taken for a joy ride in Columbus, the tank still maintains it’s main gun, several smaller caliber guns, a functioning drivers hatch and antenna.

The Veterans in Transition, Inc., group plans on placing the tank next to the Starter House on a concrete slab and hope to paint and rehab it before holding a dedication ceremony for it next spring.

A very nice photo gallery of this particular tank is available for viewing at this gallery belonging to Paul and Loren Hannah.

Photo of the Day: Odd ways to transport an AFV

This picture has been making the rounds the past few days.  While we have no idea if this is real or a photoshop job, we thought it was amusing enough to warrant sharing.  Our understanding is that the license plate on the truck is Belorussian.  The vehicle appears to be a MT-LBu of some sort.  Based on a quick search of the width of an MT-LBu and the height of the average semi-trailer, it seems plausible that the MT-LBu could fit inside a trailer as shown in the picture.

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Lithuania favoring Boxer 8×8 IPV to replace M113

ifvJane’s is reporting that the Lithuania’s military has recommended the country buys the ARTEC Boxer 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle.  ARTEC is a joint venture between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann & Rheinmetall MAN. The new wheeled IFV will equip two battalions of the ‘Iron Wolf’ mechanised infantry brigade to replace obsolete M113 tracked armored personnel carriers. Each battalion will consist of three companies, each with 10-12 IFVs, for a total of 60-72 IFVs. The program award will be biggest contract ever for the Lithuanian Armed Forces, worth about  $502 million. Delivery is to begin in 2017 and continue until 2020.  Several companies were invited for negotiations, including: Elbit, FNSS, KMW/ARTEC, Lockheed Martin UK, Nexter, Patria, Otokar, Oto Melara/Iveco, General Dynamics Land Systems and General Dynamics European Land Systems.

Full article here.

Here is a video of Jane’s reporter Christopher Foss describing the Boxer in 2014.