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Geländewagen: Mercedes-Benz’s G-Class at 40

Mercedes-Benz’s stalwart off-roader, the Geländewagen, turns 40 this year. Shaun Connors delves into the history of this light utility ‘evergreen’ and explores a popularity that shows no sign of waning In February 2019 Mercedes-Benz’s...

Weaponised Mission Master UGV takes shape

Rheinmetall Canada continues to expand the capabilities of its 8×8 Mission Master unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which it has been developing using internal research and development funding since 2016. Jane’s understands that the company...

Russian Airborne Troops to launch BMD-2 refit programme

The Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) are planning to upgrade a large number of BMD-2 air-droppable infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to the BMD-2M standard, a military source has told Jane’s . “The VDV is set...

BAE, GD Nab Army Awards To Prototype New Light Tank

BAE Systems and General Dynamics [GD] have each been selected by the Army to build 12 prototypes for the Army’s new light tank for its infantry brigades. The two companies beat out a bid...

Spain’s Pizarro combat engineer vehicle takes shape

General Dynamics European Land Systems – Santa Barbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) is completing the first of 36 Pizarro combat engineer vehicles (CEVs) for the Spanish Army at its Seville facility. Following company trials, the vehicle...

Spain gives green light for frigate, IFV orders

The Spanish cabinet gave the official go-ahead on 14 December for three major new military programmes worth more than EUR7.3 billion (USD8.2 billion) over 15 years. The largest programme is a five-ship order for...

El Salvador deploys second aviation unit to Mali

Three Salvadoran Air Force (FAS) MD 500E armed reconnaissance helicopters have arrived in Gao, Mali, to support the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). MINUSMA announced that the helicopters arrived on...

El Salvador deploys second aviation unit to Mali

Three Salvadoran Air Force (FAS) MD 500E armed reconnaissance helicopters have arrived in Gao, Mali, to support the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). MINUSMA announced that the helicopters arrived on...

Australia awards munition contracts to NIOA, General Dynamics

The Australian government announced on 17 December that it has entered into two “significant contracts” for the supply of munitions to the Australian Army. Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said in a statement that...

Australia awards munition contracts to NIOA, General Dynamics

The Australian government announced on 17 December that it has entered into two “significant contracts” for the supply of munitions to the Australian Army. Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said in a statement that...

Brazilian Army qualifies Skyfire-70 rocket system on Fennec AvEx

The Brazilian Army, in collaboration with local companies Avibras Indústria Aeroespacial and Helibras, has conducted a major live-fire test campaign to qualify the Skyfire-70 70 mm unguided air-to-ground rocket system on the service’s Airbus...

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