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JSC UralVagonZavod, manufacturer of the new Russian tanks T-14 based on the multipurpose platform Armata kicked off supplies of the combat vehicles to the Russian Army, reported the company’s director general Oleg Sienko on Sept 8 at the Army-2016 military exhibition. “Indeed, we do confirm that supplies have started. Totally, we are to produce 2,300 tanks of this kind for the Russian army”, Sienko told to RIA Novosti. “Speaking of the new contract, everything is up to the customer, the defense ministry. We just prepare manufacturing facilities”, he added.
IHS Jane’s 360 – DX Korea 2016: Hyundai Rotem readies K806 and K808 wheeled armoured vehicle production for South Korean army
Hyundai Rotem is expecting to commence production of 600 6×6 KW1 and 8×8 wheeled armoured vehicles (WAVs) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) from 2018 at a rate of about 100 vehicles each year, the company said. These will be designated K806 and K808 in RoKA service, respectively. Speaking to IHS Jane’sat the DX Korea 2016 exhibition in Goyang city, South Korea, principal research engineer at Hyundai Rotem’s research and development centre Shin Yong-Cheol said the company expects a firm order from the South Korean government by October, which will call for a batch of 16 low-rate initial production vehicles to be delivered to the RoKA for field trials scheduled to last till the end of 2017.
Contenders for the British Army’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) requirement were out in force at Defence Vehicle Dynamics (DVD) 2016 at Millbrook Proving Ground on 7 and 8 September. MIV will be an 8×8 procured off-the-shelf and fitted with a minimum number of UK sourced sub-systems such as remote weapon station, communications, battle management system and seating. According to David Russell, MIV Team Leader “MIV is now in the concept phase” and with “the team building up rapidly”.
General Dynamics Land Systems UK (GDLS UK) has confirmed that it will commence manned firing trials of the Scout – Specialist Vehicle Ajax in early 2017. This follows a series of unmanned firing trials at a range in Wales that were carried out between July and August this year. Lockheed Martin UK developed the Ajax’s turret under subcontract. Three prototype turrets were completed and will be followed by 245 production turrets. The turret is armed with a CTAI 40 mm Case Telescoped Armament System, a 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun (MG), a Kongsberg Protector remote weapon station (RWS) that can be armed with a 7.62 or 12.7 mm MG or a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher, and banks of electrically operated grenade launchers.
The Russian Federation may regain T-80U main battle tanks (MBT) and BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) supplied to the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the 1990s and in the 2000s towards state debt payments. “Moscow is planning to regain the T-80U MBTs and BMP-3 IFVs delivered to Seoul in the 1990s towards state debt payments. The taking of the relevant decision dates back to 2005.” An official from Russian defense industry was quoted as saying by Tass Defence Friday. We have recently conducted the technical assessment of the vehicles and drafted a proposal to the authorities of the ROK. The proposal was delivered to the South Korean side on September three.
The Russian Ministry of Defense published a video with spectacular footage of the Armata tank and its military personnel. The footage was released for the seventieth anniversary of Tankers Day. Tankers Day was established in Russia 70 years ago. It recognizes the invaluable contribution of tank mechanized troops to defeating the enemy in the Great Patriotic War [WWII]. The day also celebrates the achievements of scientists, constructors, tank engineers in the technical equipment of the Armed Forces.