Malaysia Acquires 257 Turkish Designed 8x8 Pars APCs

The Malaysian Defense ministry nominated the Malaysian company DRB-Hicom Defence Technologies (Deftech) a prime contractor to locally produce and supply 257 armored personnel carriers based on the Turkish 8x8 Pars wheeled armored vehicle. The Pars, developed and produced developed by the Turkish company FNSS is based on a design made by the U.S. company GPV. The value of the Malaysian 'letter of intent' is worth over worth about US$2.5 billion. Deliveries will span over seven years. The prototype APC is expected to be delivered for testing to the Malaysian Army by 2011. Deftech is to build 12 variants from the base vehicle, including personnel carrier, anti-tank weapon carrier, command and control and anti-aircraft weapon vehicles. (more...)

IMI Delivers the last of 170 Upgraded M-60A1 to theTurkish Army

M60A1 Israel Military Industries (IMI) has delivered the last of 170 upgraded M-60A1 tanks to the Turkish Army April 7, 2010, at an official ceremony held at the 2nd Turkish Army Depot at Kayseri, Turkey - the location in which the tanks underwent upgrading work in recent years. IMI is the prime contractor for the $687.5 million project, considered to be one of the world's largest tank upgrade programs, bringing the M60A1 tank to level of the world's leading main battle tanks. (Read More...)

SPV400 contender for UK MoD LPPV Programme unveiled

SPV400 The Supacat Protected Vehicle (SPV400) received its International Media Launch at the Long Valley Test Ground, Aldershot, UK.  The SPV400 is the contender from British high mobility vehicle specialist, Supacat, for the UK Ministry of Defence’s Light Protected Patrol Vehicle (LPPV) programme.  Under an Urgent Operational Requirement the UK MoD is expected to order an initial batch of 200 vehicles to enter service in early 2011. (Read More...)

General Dynamics UK Wins British FRES-SV Contract

ASCOD 2The British Ministry of Defense has selected General Dynamics Land Systems to provide the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) Scout Vehicles, as a first phase of the £4 billion (about $6.08 billion) land forces modernization program. GDLS proposed the ASCOD Scout Vehicle, based on the ASCOD 2 designed under an Austrian-Spanish cooperation. The vehicle destined for the British Army will be produced in the U.K., in existing sites GD plans to operate, engaging over 10,000 employees in production and support of the new program. GDLS has beaten BAE Systems which proposed a similar vehicle based on the Swedish designed CV90. (Read more...)

MOD to Expedite LPPV Procurement through UOR

The UK plans to announce the acquisition of about 200 Light Protected Patrol Vehicles (LPPV) to be funded through the Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) process, expediting vehicles to Afghanistan. However, funding the acquisition by the Treasury Reserve has limited the buy to roughly half the total number previously planned. According to an MOD statement, follow-on procurement of additional batches will be decided after the military gathers more experience with the new vehicle. The new vehicles will be produced in the U.K. and will replace the light protected Snatch Land Rover, providing 'unprecedented levels of protection for their weight class', according to the British MOD.

Russia Plans to Continue Domestic Procurement of Armored Vehicle

Russian defense Ministry spokesman confirmed Russia had tested several models of foreign armored vehicles last year, but decided to limit the procurement of such vehicles from domestic manufacturers. (for example, the Tiger from GAZ) The statement dismissed recent reports about Russian plans to buy up to a thousand Italian Light Multirole Vehicles (M65 LMV) from Iveco.

BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman Team for the U.S. Army GCV

BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman Corporation have announced a teaming agreement to pursue the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program. BAE Systems will serve as the prime contractor in this partnership. This is the first teaming announced for the program. The Army intends to award contracts to as many as three competitors this fall with production expected to begin in 2017. (Read more...)

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