AFV News from Around the Web

Another installment of AFV news from around the web. Click in the headline to go to the full article.


IHS Jane’s – China confirms conducting trials of new light battle tank in Tibet

1704280_-_mainChina’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed media reports that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted trials of a new light battle tank (LBT) in Tibet.  “Recently a new type of tank has undertaken trials on the Tibetan Plateau. The trials were aimed at testing the tank’s performance and are not targeted at any country,” MND spokesperson Senior Colonel Wu Qian said during a press briefing in Beijing on 29 June.

IHS Jane’s – New Russian BMPT variant displayed in Syria

1704275_-_mainA previously unseen version of the UralVagonZavod (UVZ) BMPT tank support combat vehicle was displayed for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad when he visited the main Russian airbase in his country on 27 June.  The original BMPT Terminator was developed for the Russian Army to protect its main battle tanks (MBTs) in urban warfare operations by suppressing threats like dismounted anti-tank missile teams. However, the Russian programme was cancelled and the only known customer is Kazakhstan.

IHS Jane’s – Bundeswehr Boxer upgrade gets green light

p1440858Following approval form the Bundestag’s parliamentary budget committee, the Bundeswehr will see its fleet of Boxer armoured vehicles upgraded from the A1 to A2 standard.  The upgrade will probably be undertaken through the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), which manages the Boxer programme for Germany, in addition to Lithuania and the Netherlands.

The Diplomat – China Tests New Tank in Tibet

thediplomat_2016-11-01_17-15-32-386x269The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has tested a new tank on the Tibetan Plateau in western China, the Chinese Ministry of Defense announced on June 29.  “Recently, a new-type of tank has undertaken trials on the Tibet Plateau. The trials were aimed to test the tank’s performance and are not targeted at any country,” PLA spokesman Colonel Wu Qian said during a regular press briefing at the Ministry of Defense (MoD) on June 29. – Army Tanks Slowly Going Green in Europe

abrams-green-1500-ts600After years of combat in the Middle East, the U.S. Army still clings to its desert-colored M1 Abrams tanks and combat vehicles.  This became a challenge for Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, when hundreds of M1s began flowing into Europe’s woodland landscape to deter Russian aggression.  Hodges recalled watching video with an Air Force friend of tanks arriving in Europe.

Stars and Stripes – US tanks on rotation to Europe unleash fury on the range (photo gallery)

image (1)GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Army tankers with the 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, let loose a hailstorm of 120 mm armor-piercing and multipurpose rounds from their M1A2 Abrams tanks during live-fire training on Tuesday.  “We are refocusing ourselves on building up our lethality and honing our fighting capabilities so we remain a strong deterrent to our adversaries,” said battalion commander Lt. Col. Jonathan Kluck.

Defense News – US Army on fast track to get Mobile Protected Firepower into force

surrogate-vehicles-deliver-superior-firepowerWASHINGTON — The U.S. Army’s plan to procure effective Mobile Protected Firepower for infantry brigade combat teams will enter a high-speed track in 2018 as it skips the technology development phase in favor of commercial off-the-shelf options, according to the Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Vehicles.  A request for proposal, or RFP, for Mobile Protected Firepower, or MPF, capabilities is expected in the last quarter of fiscal year 2017, Ashley Givens, spokeswoman for the Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Vehicles, or PEO GCS, told Defense News in a statement Tuesday.



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