USMC MRZR-D4 Expected to be fielded in April 2017

USMC on MRZR-D4
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) expects to conclude the fielding of its new Polaris Defence MRZR-D4 four-wheel drive vehicles by April 2017, the USMC has told armadainternational.com. The news follows Polaris Defence’s announcement on 10 November 2016 that the USMC will order 144...

Fuel Cells Offer Promise

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Hydrogen fuel cell electric powered vehicles are viewed as having great promise as alternative to traditional petrol or diesel engines. That the military is giving this technology careful consideration should not be a surprise. This was evident recently at the Washington DC Auto Show where...

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...

Terrex-2 Commences Testing

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ST Kinetics delivered its first Terrex-2 on 21st February 2017 to the US Marine Corps in a ceremony at the firm’s facility outside Charleston, South Carolina. This is the first of 16 vehicles being provided under a $121.5 million contract for evaluation as candidates...

Czech Army Warms to the Pandur-II

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The Czech Army expects to receive an additional 20 General Dynamics Pandur-II eight-wheel drive armoured vehicles procured via an $82 million order this May. These new vehicles are to be outfitted as communications and command versions. The army currently has 107 Pandur-IIs acquired in 2009....

M3 Mystery Shopper

M3 GDELS
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

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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...

Peru reaches out to US for Ground Force Modernization

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The modernisation of the Ejército del Perú (Peruvian Army) could take a major step forward with approval of its request by the US State Department on 6 December to purchase General Dynamics 178 Stryker family eight wheel drive armoured fighting vehicles. The ICVs will...

MIV Programme Controversy

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Uncertainty surrounds the British Army’s Mechanised Infantry Vehicle programme amid reports in October that the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) wants a single source purchase of vehicles from, as opposed to a competitive tender. The MIV programme focuses on a eight-wheel drive armoured vehicle requirement,...

Poland’s Leopard Upgrade Advances

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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...

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