Here is a roundup of some recent tank and afv related news stories. As usual, click on the title to go to the full article or click play on the embedded video.
Morocco World News – American Tanks Arrive in Morocco
According to the American Defense Security and Cooperation Agency, negotiations between the Kingdom and the United States for the tanks began in 2012. Morocco planned to purchase 200 Abrams tanks, complete with parts, equipment, support, and training, for over $1 billion. The two nations finalized the deal in September 2015.
IHS Jane’s 360 – China’s Norinco develops new Type 96 MBT variant
One of China’s biggest military manufacturers, China North Industries Corporation (Norinco), has developed a new variant of its Type 96 (ZTZ-96) main battle tank (MBT) in time to participate in the 30 July to 16 August International Army Games organised by the Russian Ministry of Defence. At least five T-96Bs arrived in Russia on 7 July to take part in the Masters of Automobile and Tank Hardware competition, according to Russian media reports. The ‘Tank Biathlon’ portion of this competition received wide coverage in Chinese state media last year when Norinco’s 50-tonne T-96A MBT was allowed to participate.
IHS Jane’s 360 – Practika reveals details on Kozak II APC
The Ukrainian Private Joint Stock Company Research and Production Association Practika is now offering on the export market its latest 4×4 Kozak II armoured personnel carrier (APC), which has already seen active service on the Russian/Ukraine border. The company classifies the Kozak II as a mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) type vehicle and is based on an Italian Iveco 4×4 Trakker chassis.
Standard~Speaker – Event will celebrate WWII tank built in Berwick
They brought “Stuie” home. Now it’s time to showcase the pride of Berwick — the Stuart tank built there and used in battle during World War II. Veterans of World War II and those who worked in the factory that built 15,224 Stuart tanks for the war will be celebrated this weekend as part of the inaugural “Weekend at Stuie’s.”
New China TV – Man builds 20-tonne tank as children’s teaching aid