Video: SOFEX 2016:Paramount Mbombe 4 6×6 APC

IHS Jane’s reporter Christopher Foss at SOFEX 2016 showcasing the Mbombe 4 6×6 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC).

Video: Chris Foss on Jordanian Armored Vehicles at SOFEX 2016

In this new video filmed at SOFEX 2016 in Jordan, IHS Jane’s reporter Chris Foss  reports on the Jordanian armored vehicles on display.

Latest News from Jane’s IHS

Here is a collection of news stories from Jane’s IHS.  Click on the title to go to the article.

French Army Leclerc upgrade gets under way

0064639_-_mainNexter Systems is moving forward with the upgrade of the French Army Leclerc main battle tanks (MBT) and armoured recovery vehicles (ARV).

In March 2015, the French Procurement Agency, the DGA, awarded Nexter Systems a EUR300 million (USD339.5 million) contract covering 200 Renovated Leclerc MBTs and 18 Renovated Leclerc ARV.


RUAG Defence develops upgraded M109

1486227_-_mainRUAG Defence has developed an enhanced version of the M109 155 mm self-propelled (SP) artillery system aimed at the export market. The company has already upgraded 348 Swiss Army M109sto the Pz Hb 88/95 standard, which represent the only SP artillery deployed by the Swiss Army.  Among the improvements are a modified turret and the use of locally manufactured 155 mm/47 calibre chrome plated ordnance in place of the original 155 mm/39 calibre type. This offers an extended range and has a burst rate of fire of three rounds in 15 seconds due to the installation of a flick rammer.


SAGEM Paseo enters production

1630229_-_mainSAGEM is producing its Paseo modular advanced stabilised sighting (MASS) system for an undisclosed export customer. The Paseo MASS has already been shown fitted to CMI Defence Cockerill’s 3030/40 and 3105 turrets on a General Dynamics European Land Systems MOWAG Desert Piranha 5 8×8 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV).  That fit features two Paseo MASS systems installed on the right side of the turret mounted one above the other, the top unit for the commander and the lower one for the gunner.


Belarus develops Adunok RWS

1642605_-_mainThe Design Office Display of Belarus has developed a new version of its Adunok remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) designated Adunok-W.

While the original Adunok RCWS was armed with a single 7.62 mm PKT machine gun (MG), 12.7 mm Kord (MG), or a 30 mm AG-17A automatic grenade launcher (AGL), the Adunok-W is armed with a Russian 12.7 mm NSVT MG on the right and a 30 mm AG-17A AGL on the left. The 12.7 mm MG is provided with 100 rounds of ready-use ammunition, while the 30 mm AGL has 50 rounds. Ammunition is fed from the right for both weapons.


Vietnam may update Soviet era ASU-85s

1678520_-_mainOfficials from the Minotor-Service Corporation of Belarus attending the Defense Services Asia (DSA) 2016 exhibition told IHS Jane’s that Vietnamese officials had expressed “strong interest” in purchasing Minotor’s upgrade package for their ASU-85 airborne self-propelled anti-tank guns (SPATGs).

Minotor’s upgrade package includes a new more powerful diesel engine powerpack that would increase speed from 45 to 60 km/h and range from 400 km to 450 km.


Russia to develop new BTR-87 APC

Russia is developing the new BTR-87 armoured personnel carrier (APC), the Director General of Military-Industrial Company (VPK), Alexander Krasovitsky, told IHS Jane’sat Defence Services Asia 2016 exhibition at Kuala Lumpur.

“BTR-87 features rear apparel [ramp], new internal layout, and more comfortable seats for the crew and mounted soldiers. The vehicle’s engine is located in the front part. The new APC could hardly be defined as the modification of previously developed BTR-82A APC. It is a new vehicle. A BTR-82A can be converted to a BTR-87, but such conversion is not expedient,” Krasovitsky said. He mentioned that the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has shown keen interest in the new APC, although VPK is developing BTR-87 on its own initiative.


Video: New Nexter vehicles at DSEI 2015

At the end of last month we posted some videos from the DSEI 2015 arms expo featuring Jane’s reporter Christopher Foss.  Since then, a few more videos from that event have been made available. Below are two videos, one on the Nexter VBCI-1 infantry fighting vehicle and one on the Nexter Caesar 8×8 self-propelled artillery system.



More Video from DSEI 2015

Here are a couple more video clips from the DSEI show featuring Christopher Foss from Jane’s 360.  In these two clips, he showcases the Turkish Otokar Arma family of wheeled armored vehicles and the Patria Armored Modular Vehicle.


DSEI 2015 Video on UK Scout SV renamed Ajax

A video featuring Jane’s 360 reporter Chirstopher Foss at the recent DSEI 2015 exhibition explaining the new UK Scout SV vehicle which has been renamed Ajax.

Video: Christopher Foss on Warrior IFV upgrades at DSEI 2015

Here is a video from the recent DSEI 2015 exhibition explaining the Warrior capability sustainment program (WCSP) for the UK Warrior IFV.  Click on the image below to go to the video.

wcsp video

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.

Christopher Foss videos from IDEF 2015

Here are a series of videos produced by Jane’s featuring Christopher Foss describing some of the vehicles on display at last months IDEF 2015 conference in Turkey.  While we had posted the clip featuring the Altay earlier last month, we are re-posting it here so as to have them all in one place.

IDEF 2015: The final prototype of the Otokar Altay main battle tank

IDEF 2015: Tulpar Otokar armoured infantry fighting vehicle

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Video: Otokar Altay main battle tank

Jane’s has released a video of Christopher Foss describing the final prototype of the Turkish Otokar Altay main battle tank at the IDEF 2015 conference.