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  • Trophy APS For Everyone? A Streamlined Version For M2 Bradley

    07/06/2018 8:33:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | July 05, 2018 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    US Army soldiers train with an M2 Bradley IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle). Active Protection Systems that shoot down incoming anti-tank missiles must be carefully designed to avoid killing nearby friendly infantry. Even as the US Army races to install Trophy Active Protection Systems on its M1 Abrams heavy tanks, Trophy’s manufacturers are testing slimmed-down versions they want to sell the US for lighter vehicles, especially the aging M2 Bradley troop carrier. While other technologies look promising, Trophy is still the only non-Russian system that’s combat-proven to shoot down incoming anti-tank rockets and missiles. What’s more, US Army testing of the...
  • Eurosatory 2018: Jaguars roar onto the scene (French Army)

    06/10/2018 4:55:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | 4th June 2018 | Grant Turnbull
    Just over three years since the contract for their development was signed, the first EBRC Jaguar 6x6 vehicle prototypes developed as part of the French Army’s ambitious Scorpion modernisation programme have been rolled out. The Jaguar is one of three new vehicles the French Army is acquiring as part of its far-reaching land modernisation programme, which will also include the VBMR Jaguar and as-yet-unnamed VBMR ‘Light’ vehicle, as well as a suite of new C4I systems. The Leclerc main battle tank will also be upgraded under the Scorpion modernisation. One of the new Jaguar prototypes was unveiled to media at...
  • New Infantry Fighting Vehicles a Top Army Priority, Secretary Says

    05/01/2018 6:32:10 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 33 replies
    Military.com ^ | 05/01/18 | Matthew Cox
    The U.S. Army's top official said Tuesday that the service's Next Generation Combat Vehicle program will focus first on fielding a replacement for the Bradley fighting vehicle. Building a fleet of NGCVs to replace the M1 tank and the Bradley is the Army's second-highest modernization priority. Over the last six months, Army leaders have stressed that NGCVs will have to be manned as well as unmanned, but Army Secretary Mark Esper revealed that the service will focus first on the "new infantry fighting vehicle, which is what the first Next Generation Combat Vehicle will be." "It should provide us with...
  • The Terminator Is Russia’s Ultimate Fighting Vehicle (A brief history of BMPTs)

    02/28/2018 7:50:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 27, 2018 | Charlie Gao
    One of the more interesting parts of the most recent Russian “State Defense Order” is the adoption of the BMPT infantry fighting vehicle. Twelve BMPT armored fighting vehicles have been ordered, marking the first time the Russian military has actually ordered a dedicated heavily armored infantry-suppression vehicle. Such vehicles have been in development since the 1980s, as a result of the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Multi-turreted, bristling with weaponry and featuring crews of up to seven people, more than twice the standard Soviet three-man tank crew, these designs could be seen as a partial revival of the “land battleship” concept...
  • The Army Desperately Wants A Pint Sized Tank With A Big Gun, Here's What We Know

    11/02/2017 4:02:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 31, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Army is rushing ahead with its project to develop a new light tank to give infantry brigades extra firepower, especially against a near-peer opponent such as Russia. In the past, though, developing a vehicle that is both lighter than a traditional main battle tank and still survivable and useful on a modern battlefield has proven to be a difficult proposition. The Army plans to send out a final, formal request for proposals for the program, known as Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF), to interested defense contractors in November 2017. The service then hopes to power through the contracting process...
  • Heavy Competition For Light Tank: SAIC & Singapore Vs. BAE, GDLS (for U.S. Army)

    10/10/2017 12:39:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | October 06, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    If the stars align for defense contractor SAIC, the US Army and Marine Corps will soon be buying hundreds of armored vehicles designed in Singapore. Yesterday, six months after joining forces for the first time on the Marines’ Amphibious Combat Vehicle competition – and just four days before the massive Association of the US Army conference opens in DC – Virginia-based SAIC and Singapore Technologies Kinetics officially announced they are teaming up again for the Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower program, a light tank to support light infantry in places where the massive M1 Abrams cannot go. SAIC didn’t go in...
  • Russian MoD Decides to Buy 'Terminator' Combat Vehicles – Here's Why

    09/02/2017 5:44:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 25.08.2017
    © Sputnik/ Mikhail Voskresenskiy With the Russian Defense Ministry having already announced its decision to purchase the first batch of the BMPT, an advanced tank support combat vehicle, Sputnik looks into why they like this vehicle so much. Currently, there are two versions of the vehicle based on the T-72 battle tank chassis — "the Terminator 1" and "the Terminator 2." They're both earmarked for export and haven't been purchased by the Russian Defense Ministry. The BMPT-72 is fitted with a state-of-the-art guided weapons system and is capable of destroying enemy infantry vehicles, tanks and other armored objects, as well...
  • The USSR’s Air-Dropped Fighting Vehicles Tore Through Cold War Conflicts

    07/20/2017 9:24:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 20, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    Since the 1970s, the Russian military has possessed a diverse fleet of armored vehicles it can drop out of airplanes … with parachutes, of course. The BMD family of infantry fighting vehicles is armed to the teeth with autocannons, machine guns and anti-tank missiles. And despite being very much a product of the Cold War, the little fighting vehicles have continued to see combat — and the new BMD-4 variant is even packing a 100-millimeter gun. How did an airborne assault tank even come about? Following World War II, the Soviet Union expanded its elite air landing forces — a...
  • Russia tests Terminator-2 in Syria

    06/30/2017 11:54:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | June 30, 2017 | BORIS EGOROV
    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stands in front of the BMPT-72 at the Russian air base at Hmeymim on June 27, 2017. Source: Reuters On June 27, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited the Khmeimim Russian base, where he was shown the newest Russian BMPT-72 (aka Terminator-2) armored fighting vehicle. The vehicle was invented to protect tanks from rocket attacks in an urban environment. The Russian Ministry of Defense recently sent a single combat BMPT-72 to Syria to test the vehicle and decide its future. Details of the Terminator-2’s mission in Syria are unclear. It may participate both in guarding Khmeimim, and...
  • Britain to be left with fewer tanks than Serbia as existing war machines are replaced by Ajax (tr)

    11/27/2016 7:49:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 28 November 2016 | JESSICA DUNCAN
    The Army are planning to cut its number of front line tanks by up to a third, leaving Britain with fewer than Serbia, Russia and only a few more than Switzerland. As MailOnline reported earlier this month hundreds of Ajax mini-tanks are due to be supplied to the Army next year with the full order of 600 delivered to the Ministry of Defence by 2024 costing around Ł3.5billion. The Ajax armoured vehicles will travel at speeds of up to 40mph and have been touted as the first ever fully digital armoured fighting vehicle in UK military history. All you need...
  • South Korea’s Armored Fighting Vehicle Is Like America’s Bradley — But Better

    04/11/2016 6:22:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 10, 2016 | Ed Kim
    South Korea’s Armored Fighting Vehicle Is Like America’s Bradley — But Better SOUTH KOREA April 10, 2016 Ed Kim 0 K211 For several years, South Korea has been in the throes of a military weapons binge. In particular, Seoul really wants weapons made in South Korea. Officials have a mix of concerns regarding the evolving nature of the U.S.-Korean alliance, the unique needs of defending their mountainous country and the desire to bolster an indigenous arms industry. It hasn’t always gone well. One of the first attempts to create a completely independent weapons system was an armored infantry fighting vehicle...
  • South Korea’s Armored Fighting Vehicle Is Like the Bradley, But Better

    04/10/2016 10:51:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 10, 2016 | Ed Kim
    Republic of Korea Armed Forces photos For several years, South Korea has been in the throes of a military weapons binge. In particular, Seoul really wants weapons made in South Korea. Officials have a mix of concerns regarding the evolving nature of the U.S.-Korean alliance, the unique needs of defending their mountainous country and the desire to bolster an indigenous arms industry. It hasn’t always gone well. One of the first attempts to create a completely independent weapons system was an armored infantry fighting vehicle — known as the K200 — in the mold of an M-2 Bradley. Like the...
  • Russia’s ‘flying’ fighting vehicle BMD-4M lands with crew

    02/29/2016 5:26:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | 29 February 2016 | TATYANA RUSAKOVA
    Rigorous testing of the new Bakhcha-U parachute system, the modernized airborne infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has seen it dropped from an Il-76 strategic airlifter 11 times since November 2015. This, incidentally, is also the number of main parachutes the Bakhcha-U system has: 11 giant domes each 350 sq m; the size of a large house. The technology used in these huge parachutes makes it possible to reduce the load on the crew in the vehicle during landing. Once the IFV has landed, the parachutes automatically detach, and the vehicle is immediately ready for battle. For landing troops far behind enemy...
  • Shock and Awe: Russia Rolls out New Deadly Armored Vehicle

    09/19/2015 8:19:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 57 replies
    The latest version of Russia’s BMP-3 Dragun armored vehicle became a major attention grabber at the Russia Arms Expo which has just wrapped up in Nizhny Tagil. A heavily updated version of its BMP-3 predecessor, the BMP-3M Dragun AFV features an uninhabited combat module with a front-loaded engine. The combat module, isolated from the crew and troop compartment, features a 2A70 100 mm rifled gun, which can fire conventional shells or guided missiles, a 2A72 30 mm dual feed autocannon, which can fire 300 rounds per minute, and a 7.62mm machine gun that can fire up to 800 rounds per...
  • Germany’s Bundeswehr Receives First New Generation Puma Armored Vehicles

    06/24/2015 5:27:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Germany’s unified armed forces received its first production of Puma armored infantry fighting vehicles (AIFV) on Tuesday during a ceremony at the Unterluss Proving Ground. The Puma has a baseline weight of 31.45 tons, allowing it to be lifted by an Airbus A400M transport, according to IHS Jane. When fitted with its armor package, the vehicle weighs up to 43 tons. The vehicle is also equipped with a remote-controlled turret (RCT) armed with a 30 mm Mauser MK 30-2 cannon, and a 5.56 mm MG4 co-axial machine gun. These weapons are operated by a computerized day/night fire control system that...
  • New Russian Kurganets-25 IFV Uses 'Playstation' Controller

    05/10/2015 6:10:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 08.05.2015
    The new Russian armored vehicle platform uses a device similar to a Playstation controller, the manufacturer's vice-president told Russian media. The new Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle uses a "console similar to a Sony Playstation gamepad," Tractor Plants vice-president Albert Bakov told Russian media. "I spent two years on convincing the designers to make the console similar to a Sony Playstation gamepad, to make it easier for a young soldier to familiarize himself with it," Bakov said. According to Bakov, the idea of left-right coordination, as well as the fact that the gamepad form has been perfected for decades made it...
  • Russia Rolls Out a New Infantry Fighting Vehicle — Its First Since the Cold War

    04/17/2015 5:24:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 16, 2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    Two videos uploaded to the Internet purportedly reveal Russia’s first truly new infantry fighting vehicles in decades and a new self-propelled howitzer. One of the videos even shows intriguing closeups of what’s probably Russia’s new Armata tank. If the videos are authentic, it’s a sign that the Kremlin’s long-delayed rearmament plans are making progress.
  • Russia Rolls Out a New Infantry Fighting Vehicle — Its First Since the Cold War

    04/16/2015 7:29:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 04/16/2015 | Kyle Mizokami
    Two videos uploaded to the Internet purportedly reveal RussiaÂ’s first truly new infantry fighting vehicles in decades and a new self-propelled howitzer. One of the videos even shows intriguing closeups of whatÂ’s probably RussiaÂ’s new Armata tank. If the videos are authentic, itÂ’s a sign that the KremlinÂ’s long-delayed rearmament plans are making progress. Unknown videographers captured the footage at the Alabino training grounds, a base about 29 miles southwest of Moscow where Russian forces rehearse for the annual May 9 Victory Day parade in Red Square. The parade celebrates the Soviet Union victory over Nazi Germany during World War...
  • Russia's newest armored vehicle swims and picks its own shots

    03/24/2015 10:24:22 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 4 replies
    Engadget ^ | Andrew Tarantola
    Russia's latest armored prototype was recently spotted rehearsing for the nation's upcoming May 9th Victory Day parade following more than half a decade of top-secret development. Dubbed the Kurganets BMP-25 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), this amphibious personnel carrier has been designed to replace all of Russia's existing tracked assault vehicles, which have been in service since the Cold War. The 25-ton Kurganets-25 will carry about a half-dozen troops and protect them with modular armor that can be adapted to meet specific mission requirements. It is armed with a 30mm cannon and a quartet of anti-tank guided missile launchers, all of...
  • Revolutionary & Evolutionary: Russian BMPs get more combat power

    03/10/2015 11:01:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | March 09, 2015 | Alexander Korolkov
    Even during the fighting in Afghanistan and then in Chechnya, the Russian military had repeatedly noted that the 30 mm gun of the BMP-2 is too weak when challenging an enemy hidden behind concrete shelters and thick walls of buildings. Then there is the 100 mm gun of the BMP-1, which is not very accurate in the mountains. In spite of its impressive size, it was created “for the destruction of enemy personnel nestled in long field shelters or buildings made of brick”. Taking note of the military’s emerging needs, Russian engineers proceeded on two paths –- the evolutionary and...