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  • British Army Challenger Tank Upgrade Elicits Strong Response

    08/12/2016 7:49:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Forecast International ^ | August 11, 2016
    LONDON --- An initial assessment phase portion for the British Army Challenger main battle tank upgrade program has elicited response from multiple bidders. The British Army's fleet of 227 Challenger tanks are to be upgraded under a program expected to reach 624 million ($816 million). Under the latest U.K. Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) published in November 2015, the Conservative government opted to extend the service life of the British Army's Challenger II main battle tank - which began entering service in 1998 - out by 10 years to 2035. With the deadline for submitting industry proposals to the...
  • Type-96B Seen As Pillar of Nation's Tank Force (China)

    08/10/2016 6:54:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    China Daily ^ | August 10, 2016
    China's military is likely to deploy the Type-96B tank as the pillar of its tank fleet, replacing most of its old models, observers said. Gao Zhuo, a military observer in Shanghai who has close contact with the People's Liberation Army, told China Daily that the excellent capabilities of the Type-96B qualify it to be the backbone of China's tank force. "The Type-96B is the strongest variant of the Type-96 family and is truly an advanced, third-generation main battle tank," he said. "The PLA will use it to replace the old tanks such as the Type-59 and Type-69 models." His remarks...
  • US approves US$1.15 billion tanks, military equipment deal with Saudi Arabia

    08/10/2016 6:49:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, 10 August, 2016
    The US State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armoured recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about US$1.15 billion, to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The approval for land force equipment coincides with Saudi Arabia leading a military coalition in support of Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are trying to oust Iran-allied Houthi forces from the capital, Sanaa. Human rights groups have criticised the coalitions air strikes because of the deaths of civilians. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency, which implements foreign...
  • What to Make of Frances Leclerc Super-Tank (High-tech vehicle finally sees combat)

    07/14/2016 4:31:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 14, 2016 | SEBASTIEN ROBLIN
    Leclerc. Photo via Wikipedia “So what do you think of France’s new super tank, the Leclerc?” a retired colonel in the French army’s logistical brigade jokingly asked me in 2002. “You know, the one we paid a fortune for and that we’ll never use in battle.” So far his prediction has proved true. The French military has deployed light armored vehicles and air power in its combat missions in Afghanistan, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic and Mali. But the French army’s main battle tanks haven’t fired in anger since the Gulf War. But in the summer of 2015, the...
  • Syria experience helps Russia build tank for urban combat

    06/03/2016 7:51:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    Countries which use Russias most mass-produced second-generation main battle tank the T-72 need not worry about what to do with aging equipment and the transition of military operations from open to urban conditions. Russia's Uralvagonzavod Corporation (UVZ), manufacturers of the tank, has worked out how to modernize the T-72 for effective combat in urban environments. Vyacheslav Khalitov, UVZ's deputy director for special equipment, told that their project is based on experiences of the war in Syria. "If you look closely at the armed conflicts in the world, war is now fought mainly in the cities, no one...
  • Thailand to Buy Battle Tanks from China

    05/20/2016 11:30:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | Prashanth Parameswaran
    Thailands military has inked an agreement with China to purchase tanks from the Asian giant, officials said earlier this week. Thai officials have confirmed that the Royal Thai Army (RTA) has formally signed a pact to buy the MBT-3000 main battle tank produced by China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO). Deliveries are expected to begin before the end of the year and continue within a two-year timespan. If the deal is realized, it would make Thailand the first known export customer of the MBT-3000, also referred to as the V-4. Specifics on the agreement, including the number of tanks to be...
  • Raytheon Can Turn Old American-Made M60A3 Tanks Into Killing Machines

    05/11/2016 4:43:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 53 replies
    The National Interest ^ | MAY 10, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    Raytheon is pitching a new upgrade for the venerable M60A3 Patton main battle tank that would turn the elderly design into a competitive force on the modern battlefieldall at a fraction of the cost of a new vehicle. Named the Raytheon M60A3 Service Life Extension Program (SLEP), the upgrade is being offered for export to nations that need the performance to take on threats like a Russian-built T-90S, but cant afford a top-of-the-line machine like the M1A2 SEP(v)3 Abrams or Leopard 2A7. At the core of the upgrade is a new 950-horsepower diesel enginewhich replaces the original 750-horsepower unit. As...
  • Get Ready, Russia: This European Power Has Plans For a Lethal New Tank

    02/18/2016 10:13:02 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 18, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    Faced with the resurgent threat of Russian armor, Germany has embarked on a program to develop a next-generation main battle tank that has sometimes been called the Leopard 3. The long overdue move comes after Berlin neglected the Bundeswehr for over two decades following the end of the Cold War and reunification of Germany. In the short- to medium-term, Germany will have to rely on upgrading the already formidable Leopard 2A7 (+) to counter Russia’s next-generation T-14 Armata main battle tank. Longer term, Germany recognizes that it will have to replace the Leopard 2 with a new design in years...
  • ‘Vladimir’ tanks in battle for Aleppo (Russian T-90)

    02/10/2016 5:00:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The T-90 tank, among the newest pieces of military hardware to enter into service with the Russian armed forces, is having a baptism by fire on battlefields in Syria. Turkish and Iranian media first reported the presence of Russian T-90 ‘Vladimir’ tanks in Syria, after which sources in the Russian Defence Ministry confirmed their presence. Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Şafak cited a local commander called Mahmut Hasan as saying that they “had been attacked by more than 80 T-72 and T-90 tanks.” Syrian government troops are reported to have recaptured the towns of Nubul and al-Zahraa to the north of...
  • Details Emerge on China’s New ‘Mountain Tank’

    02/04/2016 2:16:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | February 3, 2016 | Leo Timm
    A recently-unveiled photo of the Chinese military’s new light tank is the first to show details of the vehicle from the front, including explosive reactive armor blocks. On Jan. 20, China’s Sina Military Network published a report confirming speculated information about the tank, which first appeared in blog photos in 2011. Dubbed “ZTQ” (ZTQ being the generic designation for Chinese light tanks) by some bloggers, the armored vehicle has a turret similar to that of the heavier ZTZ-99A2 main battle tank, which is currently China’s most advanced model. The ZTQ carries a 105-millimeter main cannon. Sina says that the gun...
  • Russia proposes to Iran to organize licensed production of Russian T-90S tanks

    02/03/2016 4:51:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | February 03, 2016
    YEKATERINBURG, February 3. /TASS/. Russia’s Uralvagonzavod company is ready to organize in Iran licensed production of the T-90S gun launcher-armed tanks if restrictions on military-technical cooperation with that country are lifted, the corporation’s deputy director general Alexey Zharich said on Wednesday. Russia’s main battle gun launcher-armed tank T-90S is equipped with an automated fire control system. It is a light tank (46.5 tons) with a low profile, which increases its survivability. "Cooperation with Iran was suspended in accordance with the presidential decree "On measures to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1020 of June 9, 2010". But if restrictions on military-technical...
  • Turkey’s First Domestic Tank Sees Big Regional Demand

    01/08/2016 4:47:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Hurryet Daily News ^ | Jan 07, 2016
    ANKARA --- Altay, Turkey’s first domestic tank in the making, has received much interest from the country’s allies, said Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) head İsmail Demir said Jan. 7 during a presentation at parliament. “Including Pakistan and the Gulf countries, we can say that countries that we have good relations with are showing a large interest in the tank. Representatives of some countries are being invited to the ongoing firing tests,” he said, adding that the tests were extremely satisfying. “Lately, we have seen that Saudi Arabia’s interest was big,” he said. The SSM officials said at the briefing...
  • Will Thailand Buy Russian T-90 Tanks?

    01/05/2016 4:51:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 04, 2016 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Thailand is considering buying an unknown number of Russian-made T-90S or MS main battle tanks (MBT). According to the website Defence Blog, a Thai delegation visited the Russian city of Nizhny Tagil, the site of the largest main battle tank manufacturer in the world. The Royal Thai Army delegation expressed interest in both the T-90(M)S and the T-14 Armata MBT – dubbed “Russia’s deadliest tank” (See: “It’s Official: Russia’s Deadliest Tank Will Be Ready for Battle in 2020”). However, the export version of the T-14 MBT is still in the development stage and would not be ready in time to...
  • Another Victim Of Israel-Turkey Relations: The New Tank

    10/19/2015 6:21:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    iHLS, Israel ^ | Oct 19, 2015 | ARIE EGOZI
    Until the severance of the ties between Israel and Turkey, a deal was on the table a new tank for the Turkish army based on the Israeli developed Merkava main battle tank (MBT). Preliminary talks began and the hopes were high, but then Turkey ceased to be a close ally of Israel and the hostilities between the two governments climbed to new peaks. Now Turkey is trying to do it alone. According to Defense News, a Turkish armored vehicle manufacturer with close ties to the Ankara government announced it would join a future competition for the serial production of...
  • ZTZ-99A Tank, China's King of Land Battle

    09/02/2015 5:57:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    China Military Online ^ | Sept 02, 2015
    The ZTZ-99A tank, known as China's king of land battle, will appear in the military parade at the Tian'anmen Square, Beijing, China, on the morning of September 3, 2015. This will be the grand debut of the ZTZ-99A tank in China, but it made its name long before. During the "Peace Mission 2014" multilateral military exercises of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), its maneuverability, power and speed wowed the world. Mao Ming, chief expert of China North Industries Group Corporations and chief designer of ZTZ-99A tank, said in a recent interview that the ZTZ-99A is in a leading position in...
  • The T-80 Is Russias Most Overrated Tank

    08/11/2015 1:37:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    WAR IS BORING ^ | August 10, 2015 | S.K. Au-Yeong
    The T-80 is a glaring lesson in why heavily-armored tanks can hide major weaknesses. Once considered a premium tank by the Russian military establishment, T-80s suffered savage losses to lightly armed guerrillas during the First Chechen War. The tanks reputation never recovered. It wasnt supposed to be this way. The T-80 was the last main battle tank to come out of the Soviet Union. It was the first Soviet tank to mount a gas turbine engine, giving it a top road speed of 70 kilometers per hour and an efficient power-to-weight ratio of 25.8 horsepower per ton. This made the...
  • Leading The Charge: Twice As Many Horses As Tanks In British Army

    07/17/2015 5:14:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies ^ | 2015-07-13
    Amid ongoing changes to the British Army under the banner of austerity, the bemusing statistic of four legged firepower outweighing the heavy metal variety persists. Recently, the Conservative Defence Minister Lord Astor admitted: The Army currently has 485 horses, serving in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the Household Division and at the Defence Animal Centre." The last time horses were used in a combat role by the British Army was World War I, when a million were sent to the frontline and only about 62,000 survived. During World War II, General Orde Wingate and...
  • Good enough for China, but India spurns Arjun

    07/09/2015 2:46:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Business Standard ^ | July 6, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Chinese experts have given a thumbs up to the Arjun main battle tank (MBT), even as India's own army continues to sideline it, inexplicably preferring to continue a four-decade-long dependence on Russian armoured vehicles. Last week, a senior People's Liberation Army (PLA) officer at its premier tank design institution, the Academy of Armoured Forces Engineering in Beijing, told visiting Indian journalists that the Arjun tank is "very good", and well suited for Indian conditions. This could hardly have been pro forma politeness, as PLA is not given to praising India's military capabilities. It would appear that PLA officers, who work...
  • This 61-Year-Old Tank Still Fights Everywhere

    06/27/2015 5:14:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 06/26/2015 | S.K. AU-YEONG
    Like the AK-47 but for tanks, T-54 and T-55s endure on battlefields around the world. Simple to operate and maintain, these decades-old Soviet armored beasts are still popular in small nations and with non-state irregular forces — a true “people’s tank.” If a coup or fratricidal civil war breaks out in one of Moscow’s current or former beneficiaries, there’s good chances T-54 or T-55s are taking part. When Afghanistan collapsed in the 1990s, the Taliban and Northern Alliance coalition both inherited T-55s formerly belonging to the communist government. The tanks served in Yugoslavia’s multi-sided civil war during the same decade. Today, captured...
  • Russian Defense Ministry Reveals First Photo of New Armata T-14 Tank

    04/21/2015 11:05:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | April 21, 2015
    Russian Defense Ministry The Armata battle tank is part of a massive rearmament program costing hundreds of billions of dollars that aims to restore some of the military might that Russia lost after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Russia's Defense Ministry on Tuesday published the first official photo of the country's much awaited new T-14 Armata battle tank. Ten Armata tanks are set to take part in Moscow's Red Square Parade on May 9, according to details published alongside a photo of the tank in an interactive section dedicated to Victory Day on the ministry's website. The Armata is...
  • Chinas Got a New Mountain Tank

    01/09/2015 7:21:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 1/9/2015 | DAVID AXE
    The Chinese army appears to have fielded a brand-new light tank suitable for mountain warfare. New photos depict the diminutive fighting vehicle, which China has reportedly dubbed ZTQ, trundling across rough terrain. The ZTQ, which Beijing apparently developed in order to help defend Chinas western land border, is impressive in a lot of waysand not the least because the U.S. Army, the worlds leading ground combat force, tried and failed for years to acquire a similar vehicle. More and more, Beijing is matching American military capabilities with new warships, stealth fighters and combat helicopters. The ZTQ represents one military niche...
  • German Army Begins Modernising Its Battle Tank Fleet with the LEOPARD 2 A7

    12/15/2014 8:47:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    MUNICH --- To mark the handover of the first of an initial 20 LEOPARD 2 A7 tanks to the German Army, Frank Haun, Chairman of the Board of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) welcomed numerous guests from the worlds of politics, the military and business to the company's headquarters in Munich on 10 December. Representing the Inspector General was General Lieutenant Rainer Korff, who accepted the vehicle on behalf of the German Army from Frank Haun, the Canadian Ambassador Marie Gervais-Vidricaire and President of the Army Supplies Division (BAAINBw), Harald Stein. The LEOPARD 2 A7 is a product of collaboration between multiple...
  • Chinese weapons winning battle for international market

    11/16/2014 8:27:42 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    China Daily/Asia News Network ^ | Monday, Nov 17, 2014 | Zhao Lei
    Effective, affordable armaments prove popular with developing countries Chinese-made armaments have become increasingly popular in the international market, according to an industry insider. "We have observed several successive years of good revenue from the export of our products, and the sales figures keep rising year-on-year, "Liu Song, deputy general manager of research and development at China North Industries Corp, popularly abbreviated as Norinco, told China Daily at the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition. The show, which closed on Sunday, was held in Zhuhai, Guangdong province. As the export wing of China North Industries Group Corp, the country's biggest...
  • Top secret Armata tank may conquer the Arctic (Russia)

    11/11/2014 11:51:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | November 11, 2014 | Denis Kungurov
    The top secret Armata tank, which will be presented to the general public on the Victory Day anniversary parade in 2015, may be deployed in the Arctic. Yevgeny Chistyakov, representative of the Scientific Research Institute of Steel, a developer of the advanced material, said at the Interpolitech 2014 exhibition in Moscow that the new 44S-SV-SH steel armour does not lose its qualities and can be operated at Arctic temperatures. The Arctic may become a bone of contention between the major powers over energy resources located under the melting ice. Russia is already claiming its rights for a significant share of...
  • Pakistan to test its new China-built main battle tank

    11/05/2014 2:47:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-11-05
    Pakistan is looking forward to testing its MBT3000 main battle tank designed by China North Industries Corporation based in Beijing this month, according to Kanwa Defense Review, a Chinese-language military magazine based in Canada. Unlike the older AL-Khali or MBT2000, the MBT3000 is installed with a 1300 horsepower diesel engine manufactured in China. This is slightly more powerful than the engine currently used by the Type 99G, the most advanced main battle tank used by the People's Liberation Army, with 1280hp. It indicates that the MBT3000 developed for the overseas market is indeed the most powerful tank made in China....
  • China seen behind Japan's failed Turkey arms deal

    08/11/2014 11:53:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | August 3, 2014 | TETSUSHI TAKAHASHI
    TOKYO -- Nearly three months after lifting its long-standing arms embargo, Japan recently approved plans to supply missile parts to the U.S. and conduct joint military research with a British company. Behind the scenes, however, there was a deal that fell through. Under new guidelines governing the transfer of defense equipment and technology, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 17 convened the National Security Council to look into two applications submitted by private companies. One was Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' request for permission to export seeker gyros used in Patriot surface-to-air missiles to the U.S. The other involved Mitsubishi Electric, which...
  • Report: Germany to turn down $25 billion tank deal with Saudis

    04/17/2014 5:33:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies ^ | April 16th, 2014
    LONDON Germany was expected to reject a request by Saudi Arabia for hundreds of main battle tanks. A leading German newspaper said the Berlin government would not approve a Saudi request for up to 800 Leopard-2A7 MBTs. The newspaper, Bild, said the deal was opposed by leading members of the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, particularly Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel. Without agreement from the economy minister, the deal has no chance, Bild said. If correct, the newspaper report could signal the end of Berlins plans to become a leading military supplier to the Arab world. Many in parliament...
  • 7th Armored Brigade ditches old tanks for Merkava Mark IV

    02/12/2014 8:48:20 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/11/2014 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Based in the Golan Heights, the 7th Armored Brigade has relied on Merkava Mark II tanks for more than 20 years. An Armored Corps brigade based in the North is set to do away with its aged tanks and begin receiving the IDFs last word in tank warfare, the Merkava Mark IV, equipped with the Trophy antitank- missile shield. Based in the Golan Heights, the 7th Armored Brigade has relied on Merkava Mark II tanks for more than 20 years. Some of the older tanks were manufactured in the late 1970s, but have since undergone a series of technological upgrades....
  • Ukraine Delivers Main Battle Tanks to Thailand

    02/06/2014 12:38:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 05/02/2014
    KIEV, February 5 (RIA Novosti) Ukraine has delivered the first five main battle tanks to Thailand of a 2011 order worth over $200 million, a state-run arms exporter said Wednesday. The shipment is part of an order of 49 Oplot-M tanks to be put in service with the Royal Thai Armed Forces in the near future. The Ukrainian tanks arrived at the port of Sattahip on Tuesday and will undergo additional acceptance trials, Ukrspetsexport said in a statement. The Oplot is armed with a 125-mm smoothbore gun, a 7.62-mm coaxial machine gun and a 12.7-mm anti-aircraft machine gun. The...
  • Turkey may use Mitsubishi Heavy engines in new tanks

    12/29/2013 5:08:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | December 28, 2013 | RYOSUKE HANAFUSA
    ISTANBUL -- Turkey would like to see its next generation of combat tanks powered by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries technology, its defense minister says, as the country looks to collaborate with Japan on a variety of military equipment projects. Turkey wants to work with Mitsubishi Heavy to develop a 1,500-horsepower-class engine and transmission system for the tanks, Ismet Yilmaz told The Nikkei in writing ahead of a Jan. 6-8 trip to Japan with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey is developing the Altay main battle tank with South Korea. Plans call for prototype testing during the next two years and equipping...
  • U.S. Army in the Market for Light Tanks

    10/16/2013 10:00:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    National Defense ^ | 10/7/2013 | Sandra I. Erwin
    U.S. Army in the Market for Light Tanks Army paratroopers gave up their tanks in 1997. Now they want them back. The infantry needs more protection and more firepower, says Col. Ed House, Army Training and Doctrine Command manager for the infantry brigade combat team. Even in these times of deep budget cuts and a projected steep decline in purchases of military hardware, senior Army officials believe that a light tank is a high priority that should be funded. In a future war, they contend, Army airborne forces would parachute into a warzone equipped with only light weapons and might...
  • Russia Unveils Terminator-2 Tank Support Vehicle

    09/25/2013 1:00:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 25/09/2013
    Russia Unveils Terminator-2 Tank Support Vehicle NIZHNY TAGIL, September 25 (RIA Novosti) Russias Uralvagonzavod defense manufacturer on Wednesday unveiled the BMPT-72 tank support fighting vehicle, dubbed the Terminator-2, at the Russia Arms Expo 2013 in Nizhny Tagil. The BMPT-72 is an extensive modernization of the world-famous T-72 main battle tank, also produced by Uralvagonzavod. Compared with its predecessor the BMPT the BMPT-72 has an improved fire control system and better turret weapon station protection. The key advantage that the BMPT-72 gives to all the counties that operate T-72 tanks is that they can promptly and at minimal...
  • General Dynamics to beat out Germany for Saudi tank deal-report

    07/12/2013 4:37:28 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jul 12, 2013
    General Dynamics to beat out Germany for Saudi tank deal-report (Reuters) - U.S. defence firm General Dynamics is in talks to deliver battle tanks to Saudi Arabia, beating out German rival Krauss-Maffei Wegmann for the lucrative deal, a German newspaper reported. Handelsblatt daily cited industry sources as saying on Friday that a deal for Saudi Arabia to buy M1 Abrams tanks from General Dynamics was already in sight. General Dynamics and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann were not immediately available for comment. There has been speculation for months that Saudi Arabia could order more than 200 Leopard 2 tanks from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, though...
  • Turkey said to eye Saudi tanks sale

    05/28/2013 11:34:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies ^ | 26 May 2013 | Daniel Shane
    Turkey said to eye Saudi tanks sale Turkish military vehicles firm Otokar Otomotiv ve Savunma Sanayi could sell hundreds of tanks to Saudi Arabia, according to a report in Turkeys press. Bloomberg said that stock in the company jumped 5.7 percent to as high as 92.25 liras in Istanbul, its highest since the firm began trading in April 1995, after Hurriyet Daily News published the report, which cited unnamed defence officials. Otokar will reportedly begin construction of its Altay battle tank, said to be the first of its kind manufactured in Turkey, in 2015, state news reported late last year....
  • Proposed US Military Buildup - 2012-2024

    05/20/2012 7:18:07 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 100 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | 19 May 2012 | Jef Head
    Proposed US Military buildup under a conservative U.S. Administration circa 2012-2024 CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE The following plan is based on a major US economic turnaround based on sound Free Market principles geared to US interests, energy independendece, a balanced budget, stabilization of Social Security & Medicare & eliminating unessary and wasteful entitlements & entire federal agencies. It is also based,under a conservative leadership in Washington, on adopting lower corporate and individual income taxes so the revenue to the treasury expands and increases significantly which will fuel the buildup necessary to remain technologically superior by two generations...
  • Russia Testing Italian Tank

    05/13/2012 7:33:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 12/05/2012
    Russia Testing Italian Tank Italy's Centauro wheeled tank Photo Jeffery Russell Russia is testing Italy's Centauro wheeled tank and considering building it under license, a representative of the Oto-Melara company which makes the tank said on Saturday. "The first two machines with 105-mm and 125-mm guns are on trial at a Moscow Region proving ground," he said. Two more Centauros with 120-mm and 30-mm guns will also join the trials in another six weeks. "The tanks will take part in laboratory, driving and firing trials," the Oto-Melara representative said. When the trials are complete at the end of this...
  • International Debut for the Russian T-90MS Tank Upgrade at DefExpo 2012

    03/29/2012 9:23:35 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 115 replies
    Defense Update ^ | March 29, 2012 | Binny Winson
    International Debut for the Russian T-90MS Tank Upgrade at DefExpo 2012 The centerpiece of the Russian display at Defexpo 2012 is undoubtedly the T-90MS upgrade program developed by the Russian Uralvagonzavod corporation. The T-90MS upgrade was unveiled August 2011 at Nizhny Tagil, Russia following the demise of the T-95 program. It is making its international debut here in New Delhi. India is likely to be the most interested in the the Russian upgrade, put forward by Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport as a possible upgrade path for the Indian Brishna (T-90S) tanks. India is the largest operator of the T-90S, along...
  • Armata instead of T-90 (new Russian tank)

    03/01/2012 7:46:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies · 3+ views
    Russia & India Report ^ | February 29, 2012 | Alexander Korolkov
    Armata instead of T-90 February 29, 2012 Alexander Korolkov, RIR Uralvagonzavod is to create the first prototype of Russias new main battle tank built on the Armata platform by 2013, whereas batch production and deliveries to the Russian armed forces are expected to start in 2015, Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and CEO of tank manufacturer Uralvagonzavod Oleg Sienko reported to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the Sverdlovsk-based Oblastnaya gazeta said. Until then, the Defence Ministry will continue the advanced modernisation of its armoured vehicles. Supposed Armata image. Source: According to Sienko, Uralvagonzavod and military experts are running trials of the...
  • Fears for future of Merkava tank

    02/02/2012 8:18:08 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Globes Israel ^ | 1 February 12 | Yuval Azulai
    Fears for future of Merkava tank Manufacturers: Component orders have been on hold since October. 1 February 12 16:52, Yuval Azulai Israel Military Industries Ltd. (IMI) is deeply worried about the future of the Merkava Mark IV tank, which is wholly manufactured in Israel under the auspices of the Ministry of Defense's Tank Development Administration. The ministry has halted orders for components from scores of companies. "Globes" has spoken with several manufacturers in the past few days. They report that orders worth hundreds of millions of shekels have been on hold since October 2011. They added that they have received...
  • Greece examining free US tank offer

    12/07/2011 10:09:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Greece examining free US tank offer ATHENS Cash-strapped Greece is considering a free offer of hundreds of redundant M1A1 Abrams tanks extended by the US government, the Greek army said on Wednesday. This is a free offer, army spokesman Yiannis Sifakis told AFP. A delegation of officers has travelled to the United States to examine tanks in storage; we are departing on the premise of picking 400 of them, he said. The only cost will be that of transport, which is estimated in the region of eight million euros ($11 million), the spokesman added. Ta Nea daily reported that...
  • Putin praises new Russian tank

    09/09/2011 7:47:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 9, 2011 | Gleb Bryanksi
    Putin praises new Russian tank 12:55pm EDT NIZHNY TAGIL, Russia, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin praised a new Russian tank on Friday, boosting the Uralvagonzavod company that made it after criticism of its design caused concerns that Moscow might turn to a foreign tank maker. Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said this year the new T-90S and other Russian tanks did not meet the needs of a modern army and another commander said Moscow could buy three German Leopard tanks for the price of one T-90S. But, visiting an arms fair in the Urals city of Nizhny Tagil,...
  • Ukraine to supply 49 Oplot tanks to Thailand

    09/02/2011 5:19:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Interfax-Ukraine ^ | 09/02/2011
    Ukraine to supply 49 Oplot tanks to Thailand Today at 10:22 | Interfax-Ukraine Ukraine will supply 49 Oplot main battle tanks to the Royal Thai Army, Ukraine's state arms exporter Ukrspecexport told Interfax-Ukraine on Friday. Representatives of Ukrspecexport and the Royal Thai Army signed the contract for the supply of tanks late on Thursday. The contract details have not been disclosed. The state company said that the deal was one of the largest in the defense sector. Sources in the defense sector told Interfax-Ukraine that the deal was estimated to be worth about $240 million. Ukraine is currently providing BTR-3E1...
  • Mid-air blast tank shell winner of Defense Prize (Israel)

    07/10/2011 9:13:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/06/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Mid-air blast tank shell winner of Defense Prize By YAAKOV KATZ 07/06/2011 21:29 Kalanit can explode midair over hiding terrorists and can breach concrete walls; shell has been successful in hitting Gaza terror cells. What makes the Kalanit unique is the crews ability to choose between two different modes for the way it wants the shell to detonate. It can be shot just above anti-tank cells which usually cannot be effectively targeted by standard tank shells then stops in midair and explodes into six different charges scattering thousands of deadly fragments. The shell can also be used against...
  • Did Israel play kingmaker in the German-Saudi tank deal?

    07/10/2011 9:03:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/08/2011 | BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
    Did Israel play kingmaker in the German-Saudi tank deal? By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT 08/07/2011 Analysis: Pure economic interests usually take priority over human rights in the Muslim world, Israels security and stability in the Middle East. BERLIN German politicians and the major media have propelled Israel this week into the charged political debate over whether the Merkel administrations decision to sell 200 tanks to Saudi Arabia conforms with Germanys military export policies toward the Middle East. The Munich-based daily Sddeutche Zeitung headlined its Tuesday story Israel approves tank sale, suggesting that Israel played the kingmaker role when...
  • OpEd: Germanys Shallow Remorse of Selling Big Guns

    07/05/2011 5:46:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    defence.professionals GmbH ^ | July 5, 2011 | Nicolas von Kospoth
    OpEd: Germanys Shallow Remorse of Selling Big Guns New stumbling block in German defence policy: the Leopard 2A7+. Report of major Leopard 2A7+ deal with Saudi Arabia splits German politicians 10:00 GMT, July 5, 2011 | If you are a reader from any country outside of Germany, honestly, what was the last news you heard or read about regarding German defence policy? Whatever it was, I will willingly bet that it included at least one aspect that caused you to incredulously shake your head. Be it the German governments decision to abstain from US Security Council Resolution 1973 on...
  • Germany to sell tanks to Saudi Arabia: report

    07/02/2011 12:48:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    <p>Germany has allowed the sale of 200 Leopard tanks to Saudi Arabia after decades of blocking heavy weapons sales to the kingdom, the Der Spiegel said Saturday.</p> <p>The federal security council approved the sale last week, the weekly news magazine said without citing sources.</p>
  • Bangladesh Eyes China Arms

    06/30/2011 9:34:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | June 30, 2011 | By Trefor Moss
    Bangladesh Eyes China Arms June 30, 2011 By Trefor Moss Bangladesh's military is set to make a big purchase of Chinese tanks. China is happy to oblige in the strategic sale. China has again underlined its strategic influence in what India might once have considered its own backyard, with the announcement of the latest in a string of arms sales to Bangladesh. Dhaka is procuring 44 Chinese MBT-2000s main battle tanks, Bangladeshi media have reported, for around $162 million. This represents a significant purchase for a country with a 2011 defence budget of $1.6 billion, and its the first time...
  • Ethiopia buys Ukrainian tanks

    06/10/2011 1:23:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Ethiopia buys Ukrainian tanks Published: June 9, 2011 at 3:37 PM KIEV, Ukraine, June 9 (UPI) -- Ethiopia is in discussions with Ukraine to buy more than 200 T-72 tanks. The deal is projected to be worth more than $100 million, Ukrinform news agency reported Thursday. Ukrspecexport SC, the Ukrainian state-controlled arms exporter, stated that its deal with Ethiopia's Defense Ministry for 200 T-72 tanks is one of its largest contracts since the company's establishment in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991. The T-72 tank was originally produced in the Soviet Union in the...
  • Turkey's main battle tank will not include any foreign products

    05/12/2011 5:28:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    Anatolia News Agency ^ | May 11, 2011
    Turkey's main battle tank will not include any foreign products Wednesday, May 11, 2011 ISTANBUL - Anatolia News Agency Turkey's first domestically produced tank, the Altay, a premier mockup of which is on display at the International Defense Industry Fair, of IDEF, in Istanbul, will not include any foreign parts or products, a senior Turkish official said Wednesday. The Altay tanks would be produced fully by Turkish means, said Murad Bayar, head of Turkish Aerospace Industries, or TAI. Bayar made his remarks at a signing ceremony between his Undersecretariat and Aselsan, a Turkish defense industry company, which will build electronic...
  • Turkey to domestically produce first tank soon

    05/05/2011 8:48:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Sunday's Zaman, Turkey ^ | 03 May 2011 | EMRE SONCAN
    Turkey to domestically produce first tank soon 03 May 2011, Tuesday / EMRE SONCAN, ANKARA The prototype of Turkeys first national tank-manufacturing project, carried out by Ko Holdings Otokar in cooperation with South Koreas Hyundai Rotem, will be shown to the public next year, defense authorities told Todays Zaman on Monday. Under the Altay tank project, launched by the Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry (SSM), Otokar will build modern tanks in cooperation with Hyundai Rotem and Germanys MTU. Turkeys Aselsan, the Turkish Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK), Roketsan and South Koreas Hyundai Rotem will participate as subcontractors in the...