Wheeled AFVs becoming more popular in Middle East

Pandur-2Jane’s is reporting that wheeled armored fighting vehicles are becoming more popular in the Middle East, with a clear trend toward the fielding of larger fleets of 8×8 vehicles.  According to article author Christopher Foss, wheeled vehicles exhibit a number of significant advantages over their tracked counterparts, including lower procurement, operating and support costs, as well as having greater strategic mobility, especially over the longer distances that are encountered by a number of countries in the Gulf.  Vehicle types mentioned in the article include the Véhicule Blindé Léger (VBL) light scout car, Pandur 8×8, MOWAG Piranha, Centauro Mobile Gun System, and the Cadillac Gage Commando V-150.  Full article here.

Ukraine restarting T-64-based IFV development

Janes.com is reporting that Ukraine has restarted development of heavy infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) based on the T-64 main battle tank.  Ukroboronprom (Ukrainian State Defense Contractor) has stated that work on this vehicle could be completed in time to allow for mass production by the end of the year.  Currently Ukraine’s armed forces rely primarily on the BMP-2 as their IFV.  It is reported that BMP-2’s have been lost in greater numbers than any other armored vehicle in Ukrainian service, a factor most likely contributing to the renewal in interest in a heavier, T-64 based IFV.

Full article available IHS Jane’s 360