The Ties that Bind

The European Union is planning further discussions to enhance and deepen its defence cooperation this coming May. These forthcoming discussions, expected to occur at meetings of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council this May in Brussels. The Foreign Affairs Council comprises the ministers from the EU’s...

Poland’s Leopard Upgrade Advances

Rheinmetall expects to complete its programme to upgrade Poland’s Rheinmetall Leopard-2A4 Main Battle Tanks by October 2020, the company has disclosed. On 28 December 2015, Rheinmetall signed a contract with Poland for the upgrade of 128 Leopard-2A4 MBTs which will include the option for an...

Polaris Introduces MRZR Diesel Vehicle

Historically, militaries around the world have preferred diesel, and multi-fuel, engines in their vehicles. This has caused problems introducing commercial All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) which tend to use petrol engines into military service. However, Polaris’ government and defence division changed that last year with the...

Patria goes Swimming

Patria, the Finnish wheeled combat vehicle developer, announced earlier in March that has developed a new eight wheel drive armoured vehicle designed for amphibious operations. Based on the successful AMV (Armoured Modular Vehicle) which is fielded with seven armies, the new model can now...

Print me a UAV!

As the Royal Navy seeks to replace its Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), armadainternational.com talks to experts from the University of Southampton, about 3D (Three Dimensional) printed UAVs, and what they can bring to military operations. In the second quarter of 2016, Southampton University,...

M3 Mystery Shopper

General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced on 2nd February that it plans to supply its M3 Amphibious Ferry and Bridging System to an undisclosed south-east Asian army. The M3 is self-propelled on land and has floatation pontoons and propellers for use in water....

K-9 for the KRAB

Poland’s Huta Stalowa Wola defence company has contracted the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) Hanwha Techwin for 96 K-9 Thunder 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) chassis, it was announced on 19 December. The K-9 chassis will be mated with a BAE Systems’ AS-90 Braveheart turret which...

Alkras Laser Technology Zooms Forward

Alkras has told armadainternational.com that it expects the development of a new anti-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) laser to be completed and tested by the end of 2017. The company added, via a written statement, that this laser: “will be 50 times more compact and light...

Gearbox Troubles

Airbus is working hard to resolve engine issues that have curtailed new A400M Atlas turboprop freighter deliveries and limited flying by the 26 aircraft delivered so far. Following an engine failure on a Royal Air Force A400M shortly after takeoff from Brize Norton airbase in...

More Amphibians for Brazil

The Brazilian Marines double their ship-to-shore capability with the December 2015 contract to BAE Systems for 23 AAV-7A1RAM/RS Armoured Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs). This complements the Brazilian Navy’s acquisition of the Siroco amphibious assault ship, from France in September 2015. This BAE Systems AAV-7A1RAM/RS (Reliability,...

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ESSOR programme continues into the development of OC1

Oulu, Finland, November 7, 2017 – The joint venture a4ESSOR (Alliance for ESSOR) has been awarded a contract by OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en...

Elbit Systems Selected to Provide and Operate Simulators for IAF Transport...

Haifa, Israel, Dec 06, 2017 – Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was selected by the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) to provide...

Boeing KC-46A Tanker for U.S. Air Force Completes First Flight

EVERETT, Wash., Dec. 5, 2017 – The first Boeing KC-46A tanker that will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force next year successfully completed its first...

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