AFV News from Around the Web

Here is another assortment of recent news articles on armored vehices. Click on the headline to go to the complete piece.  It’s been a while since we did one of these, so this one is a bit longer than usual.

Jane’s 360 – USMC’s AAV7, ACV programmes trade capacity, terrain capability for survivability

1709064_-_main.jpgThe US Marine Corps’ (USMC’s) two-pronged amphibious vehicle modernisation effort will include some significant survivability upgrades to its legacy AAV7 amphibious assault vehicles, and be complemented with a new personnel carrier with mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP)-levels of protection.


Jane’s 360 – Over half of Bundeswehr’s Leopard 2 MBTs are not operationally ready

p1195545German media reported on 16 November that only 95 of the 244 Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) in service with the Bundeswehr are operationally ready. A further 53 vehicles – thought to be Leopard 2A6Ms – are being converted to the new Leopard 2A6M+ standard, and 86 are in a state of disrepair without any spare parts. The German report states that “the unavailability of the required replacement parts would be detrimental”.


Jane’s 360 – Ukraine to purchase more BTR-3DA IFVs

1712535_-_mainThe Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order with the Kiev Armoured Plant for BTR-3DA vehicles, Ukraine-based industry sources reported on 30 October.  The order is for an unknown quantity of BTR-3DA infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), a locally developed upgrade for the BTR family of armoured fighting vehicles. The order follows a series of delays because of MoD concerns that the vehicle was not suitably priced.


Jane’s 360 – Challenger 2 trialled with ROSY, Iron Fist APS

Rheinmetall’s ROSY rapid obscurant system has been demonstrated on a British Army Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT), Jane’s has learned, with components of Israeli Military Industries’ (IMI) Iron Fist hard-kill active protection system (APS) also understood to have been integrated.


Defense News – Industry expresses ‘fears’ over India’s future combat vehicle program

INFHSKYNOFDJFC4NBC2PY7HHUY (1)NEW DELHI — India has launched a $4.8 billion program for the domestic production of 1,770 multipurpose future ready combat vehicles by private companies partnered with overseas original equipment manufacturers, but some leaders in the local industry are hesitant about what they consider an overly ambitious program that lacks clarity.


The Telegraph – Government has spent £381m upgrading army’s ageing armoured vehicles even though half could be scrapped

download (1)The Ministry of Defence has spent £381 million upgrading the army’s  ageing infantry fighting vehicles even though half of them could now be scrapped to cut costs.  Lockheed Martin was hired six years ago to overhaul and fit new gun turrets to Britain’s ageing fleet of Warriors, which have served in the Gulf, Bosnia and Iraq.  But Ministry of Defence documents forecast the Warrior upgrade is a year behind schedule, with the programme incurring extra costs as a result of delays.


Bangkok Post – Five Ukraine tanks on way to Thailand

A new batch of five more tanks from Ukraine will be delivered late this month as the Royal Thai Army has so far received 31 of the Ukraine-made T84 Oplot tanks, according to an army source. Ukraine was contracted to supply a battalion of 49 T84 Oplot tanks worth 7.2 billion baht in 2011 but was slow to press ahead with production and delivery due to security problems in the country.


BBC News – Commander says tanks as ‘relevant’ now as 100 years ago

_98817047_hi043091711The regiment, based at Tidworth in Wiltshire, has commemorated the anniversary of the Cambrai battle.  Formed out of the Tank Corps, the tanks broke the stalemate of trench warfare in World War One.  Lt Col Simon Ridgway said the soldiers “changed the course of the war” with their courage.


Reuters – Turkey received bids in tender for 500 battle tanks last week: minister

Turkey received bids last Friday for the production of 500 Altay battle tanks, of which 250 are optional, Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Wednesday.  Speaking to parliament’s budget commission, Canikli said the tender would be finalised in the coming days. The domestic Altay tank project is worth an estimated 7 billion euros ($8.24 billion).


Newsweek – Russia says it has more tanks than any other nation in the world

1108russiantanks.jpgRussia has boosted its arsenal of tanks and armored vehicles by more than 25,000 over the last half a decade, one of its deputy defense ministers boasted on Wednesday.  Russia’s Deputy Minister of Defense and Army General Dmitry Bulgakov told army newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda: “Over the five years between 2012 and 2017, the army has received more than 25,000 units of new armored tank and automobile kit, as well as 4,000 modern items of rocket and artillery weaponry.”


The Sentinel – Tanks a lot: Welder helps build replica tank

Pictured-on-the-tank-is-Chris-Sheldon-with-TV-presenter-Guy-MartinJPGA Staffordshire Moorlands welder has helped TV presenter Guy Martin build a replica of a WW1 tank for the Armistice Day commemorations in France which marked 100 years since tanks were first used in battle.  Welder Chris Shenton, from Leek, has been part of excavator giant JCB’s team to help TV personality Guy Martin to engineer a tribute to the role tanks played in helping change the course of the First World War.

The Tank Museum Presents Cambrai: The Tank Corps Story

Here are all three parts of the Tank Museum video series on the Battle of Cambrai, 100 years ago.



Book Alert: Can Openers by Nicholas Moran

Echo Point Publishing has posted pre-order information for the long awaited volume by World of Tanks researcher Nicholas Moran on US Tank Destroyer development.  This is a hardcover book of 240 pages containing photographs and reports, many of which come previously undiscovered from the archives.  Deliverly is said to be late December, hopefully in time for Christmas.  We have had the opportunity to view an advance digital copy of this book and can vouch for its quality.  We will be posting a more complete book review later this week.

Publisher’s Description:

CanOpenerPreorderEcho Point is pleased to partner with World of Tanks again for this Limited Edition Hardcover edition of Can Openers by Nicholas Moran, aka The Chieftain,” Director of Militaria Relations at Wargaming America.

This new work fills a gap in the existing documentation for these fascinating tank killers.

Hardback, about 240 pages long, $52.95 plus shipping, and filled with reports and photographs taken primarily from Ordnance Branch and Tank Destroyer Board archives, most of it previously unpublished, it traces the development of anti-tank vehicles from the 37mm Gun Motor Carriage T2 through to the 90mm Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun M56 Scorpion. The bonus code coming with the book, for PC, is for an M56. It does not cover the deployment and use of the vehicle, only the technical development of the designs and the decisionmaking behind that development.

Order fulfillment will take place toward the end of December.  We hope these may even ship in time for holiday delivery(!)  Updates on our delivery timeframe will be posted as they occur.  Orders will be shipped in the order received, so order early to ensure the earliest delivery date!

Pre-order the book here

New Book Alert: M-60 Main Battle Tank In Action

A new entry in the “In Action” series by David Doyle has been released by Squadron Signal, M-60 Main Battle Tank In Action.  This is an 80 page softcover volume containing both black and white and color photos.  For a preview of the book, check out the video preview posted below.

Publisher’s Description:

The M60 Main Battle Tank was conceived as the successor to the M48 Patton with the hope that it would prove a better adversary to the Soviet T-54A. Introduced in 1959, the 105mm-armed M60, and its variants, the M60A1 and M60A3, remained in production into 1987, forming the backbone of the U.S. armored force until it was supplanted by the M1 Abrams. In addition to the conventional cannon-armed versions of the M60, the M60A2 variant, sometimes dubbed “the starship,” featured new departures in tank armament. The M60A2 was armed with a 152mm projector, which could fire a conventional round with a fully combustible casing, or the MGM-51 Shillelagh anti-tank missile. Completing the M60 family were the M728 armored engineer vehicle, and the still-in-service M60 Armored Vehicle-Launched Bridge. Packed with 155 vintage color photos, 69 historic black-and-white images, by numerous fine line drawings, and a detailed data table, this 80-page volume traces the history of America’s iconic Cold War tank

The Tank Museum presents Cambrai: The Tank Corps Story Part 1/3

Part of the three part video series by the Tank Museum on the Battle of Cambrai.

Video: King Tiger: Why No MG-42

If you have ever wondered why late war German tanks retained the MG-34 machine gun despite the fact that it had been replaced by the MG-42, the Military History Visualized youtube channel answers your questions.

Inside the Chieftain’s Hatch: Char В1 Bis part 2

Here is part two of World of Tanks researcher Nick Moran exploring the interior of  the French Char B1 Bis tank.