More AUSA videos

Earlier this month we posted some videos from Jane’s and DefenseWeb TV showing some of the vehicles and weapons systems on display at the recent AUSA show.  Here are some more.






Photo of the Day: Modernized Cascavel

Today’s POTD comes from IHS Jane’s 360, which has posted a description of a modernized Brazilian ENGESA EE-9 Cascavel 6×6 armored reconnaissance vehicle.  The Cascavel has been in service since the early 1970’s, and was developed as a replacement for the aging M8 Greyhounds which the Brazilian military were using up to that point.


Video: Mbombe6, Boxer and Piranha 5

Here are a few recent video’s from IHS Jane’s reporter Christopher Foss covering a few different armored wheeled combat vehicles.



Video: IHS Jane’s on Nexter System’s VBCI

Here’s a new video from IHS Jane’s featuring Christopher Foss discussing Nexter System’s VBCI as a contender for the British Army.

Rheinmetall suggests 120mm L55 smoothbore gun for Challenger 2 upgrade

1682579_-_mainAccording to IHS Jane’s, Rheinmetall has proposed replacing the rifled L30A1 gun of the British Challenger 2 with the smoothbore L55 120mm gun.  The Rheinmetall L55 gun is already in service with Canada, Finland, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Qatar, and Spain.  While there has been little significant ammunition development for the British L30A1 gun in recent years, Rheinmetall has developed a range of new ammunition options for their smoothbore gun.  This includes their latest APFSDS round, labeled CM63A1, as well as DM11 programmable air burst ammunition.  Rheinmetall is also proposing a suite of enhancements for the Challenger 2, including new optics, situational awareness systems, and fire control solutions.

Read the full article here.

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.


Latest News from Jane’s

Here are three new stories concerning AFVs from Jane’s IHS.

1323097_-_mainEstonia buys extra CV90s from Norway

Estonia has bought additional CV90 armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) for its armed forces, signing a contract for 35 more CV90 hulls from Norway on 8 January.

The additional units will complement the 44 CV9035NL infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) that Estonia purchased from the Netherlands in December 2014.


0014437_-_mainUkrainian firms look to upgrade business on Polish PT-91s

Ukraine’s state-owned defence industrial holding UkrOboronProm is in negotiations on possible participation in an upgrade programme centred on Poland’s PT-91Twardy (Hard) main battle tanks.

According to a UkrOboronProm release and news agency Interfax Ukraine, the organisation will continue to hold talks through January with Poland’s Polski Holding Obronny (Polish Defence Holdings – PHO). As part of the discussions, a PHO delegation is expected to visit the Lviv Armor Vehicle Factory in western Ukraine, which undertakes a range of maintenance, upgrade, and modernisation work on the T-72 tank.


1535228_-_mainIndian MoD looks to close deal for 100 modified K-9 self-propelled howitzers

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) began price negotiations with Indian private-sector company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) in late December 2015 for 100 modified South Korean self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for around USD800 million.

Military sources said the K-9 Vajra (Thunderbolt), which is an L&T-modified version of Samsung Techwin’s K-9 155 mm/52-calibre tracked SPH produced under a collaborative agreement, was shortlisted for acquisition in late September 2015 following extended field trials that were concluded in early 2014.

Jane’s video: Singapore Army’s Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle

Jane’s has posted a video describing the Singapore Army’s new Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicle.

Jane’s IHS on New Russian Heavy Armor

Jane’s IHS has released an article1634421_-_main p1634419 showing the various pictures recently released by the Russian Ministry of Defense showcasing their new suite of armored vehicles.  Included in the article are Armata MBT, the Coalition-SV self-propelled gun, Kurganets-25 IFV, Boomarang 8×8 IFV and several other wheeled vehicles.  The vehicles were revealed ahead of their formal debut at the May9 Moscow Victory Day Parade.  In all the pictures the weapons systems of the vehicles are covered by tarps.  The release of these official pictures follows the unofficial leaking of images and footage that happened earlier this month in the lead up to the parade.

Read the Jane’s Article here.