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  1. #771

    Lazar III enters service

    Christopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

    03 March 2017

    Lazar III 8x8 in APC configuration armed with a 12.7 mm MG and showing sensor pod on left side of weapon. Source: Yugoimport

    Yugoimport's Lazar 3 8x8 MultiRole Armoured Combat Vehicle has entered service with Serbia in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration.

    Baseline chassis of Lazar 8x8 manufactured by Timoney, complete with drive line. (Timoney)

    The vehicle has a welded steel chassis to which its monocoque steel hull - which features spall liners - is bolted. In its baseline form the vehicle has all round ballistic protection to Standardization Agreement (STANAG) 4569 Level 3, and over the frontal arc this is increased to Level 3+. Mine protection is to STANAG 4569 Level 3a and 3b, and the floor has two levels of protection.

    An appliqué passive armour package has been developed and tested that increases all round protection to STANAG 4569 Level 4, and over the front to Level 5.

    It also has a more powerful engine, automatic transmission, and many other detailed modifications over earlier versions, which have been introduced as a result of inputs from customers. This consists of a Cummins ISM 500 diesel engine developing 500hp coupled to an Allison automatic transmission, which gives a maximum road speed of up to 110 km/h. Power is transferred from the transmission to a central transfer case and then to all eight wheels.

    The crew normally consists of the commander, gunner, and driver, with room for up to nine dismounts, but this depends on the weapon system installed.

    The Lazar's layout has the driver seated front left with another crew member, normally the commander, to the immediate rear and the powerpack at the front on the right. Commander and driver have a roof-mounted hatch, three day periscopes, and a side opening door.

    Gross vehicle weight is typically 26,000 kg but there is growth potential to 32,000 kg to take into account future requirements such as heavier weapons and a higher level of protection.

    The baseline Lazar III 8x8 is unarmed, but various weapon systems can be fitted onto the roof including a remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun (MG).

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  2. #772

    More details of Russia's Bumerang emerge

    Christopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    08 March 2017

    A Bumerang 8x8 prototype fitted with the Epoch Almaty RCT armed with a 30 mm 2A42 dual-feed cannon, 7.62 mm co-axial MG and pod of two Kornet-EM laser-guided missiles either side. Source: N Novichkov

    Russia has released additional details of its latest Bumerang (Boomerang) family of wheeled 8x8 armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) that are the long-term replacement for the currently deployed BTR-80 8x8 amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC).

    The Bumerang chassis has the designation VPK-7829, with the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) variant designated the K-17 and the APC model is designated the K-16 (while under development the vehicle was referred to as the Gilza, which is Russian for 'cartridge').

    Trials with the first batch of six vehicles are still under way and an initial production order is expected soon to be placed with the Military Industrial Corporation (MIC), which is the prime contractor, sources at the recent International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi told Jane's.

    It was confirmed that the hull of the Bumerang is of all welded steel, to which an appliqué layer of passive armour can be added. The hull design is such that it can be fitted with a MacPherson-type suspension or hydropneumatic suspension with variable height control.

    The vehicle's troop compartment is at the rear, with eight dismounts seated four down each side facing inwards and provided with blast-attenuating seats that are not attached to the floor and feature five-point seat belts. It has been confirmed that the dismounts can rapidly leave the vehicle via a power operated ramp at the rear.

    The K-17 IFV variant is fitted with the same remote-control turret (RCT) as that fitted to the T-15 heavy IFV. This RCT is called the Epoch Almaty and is armed with a 30 mm 2A42 dual-feed cannon with 500 rounds of ready-use ammunition and a 7.62 mm PKTM co-axial machine gun (MG) with 2,000 rounds of ready-use ammunition.

    Mounted on either side of the turret are two KBP Instrument Design Bureau Kornet-EM laser-guided missile launchers, with one version typically having a thermobaric warhead with impact and proximity target sensors while the other has a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead.

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    GHQ Awards Al Jasoor A 2Bn Dirhams Contract for the Supply of 8x8 Armored Infantry Vehicles

    (Source: Otokar; issued March 10, 2017)

    The 8x8 armored infantry carriers ordered by the UAE are a variant of the Arma, developed Turkey’s Otokar, and will be built in the Emirates by Tawazun, the state-owned technology group. (Otokar photo)

    The General Headquarters (GHQ) of the UAE Armed Forces has awarded Al Jasoor a contract for the supply of 8x8 amphibious infantry fighting vehicles, at an estimated value of over 2 Bn AED (the contract was signed for USD 661 million--Ed.)

    The decision to purchase the vehicles was made following a thorough commercial/ technical evaluation by Tawazun, the vehicle underwent an array of successful extensive all-terrain tests in the UAE.

    The development of the vehicle was done by Al Jasoor, which is a joint venture between Heavy Vehicles industries (HVI), a fully owned subsidiary of Tawazun, and Otokar Land systems UAE, a fully owned subsidiary of Otokar, Turkey.

    Under a special arrangement, Al Jasoor will manufacture the vehicles in Abu Dhabi, using the existing facilities of Tawazun Industrial Park.

    On behalf of Al Jasoor, Tawazun Chief Executive Officer H.E. Saif Mohamed Al Hajeri thanked the GHQ for selecting the 8X8 armored infantry vehicles.

    He said Tawazun is proud to continuously contribute in meeting the requirements of the UAE Armed Forces, adding that all the partners will be working closely to ensure timely delivery of the vehicles.

    Regarding the project, Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç said that "Otokar is very proud to be a partner in this important program, and it shall be a privilege for Otokar to be able to serve the UAE Army and to meet their high standards.

    The existing most modern Automotive manufacturing facilities of Abu Dhabi is prepared to host the local production of the vehicle in Tawazun Industrial Park.

    The 8X8 infantry vehicle comes with an amphibious kit and is capable of withstanding mines and ballistic threats.

    (EDITOR’S NOTE/ The Turkish-language version of this release says the new vehicle, called Rabdan, will be ordered in about 700 units, and will be produced in different versions with a maximum weight of up to 30 tonnes.
    The main version will be fitted with turret of the Russian BMP-3 infantry combat vehicle, combining a 90mm low-pressure gun and a 30mm coaxial automatic cannon.)


  4. #774

    Published: Tuesday, 14 March 2017 10:23

    Guarani 6x6 armoured vehicle produced in Brazil is now in service with Lebanese Army.

    According pictures released on the Facebook account of the Military Vehicles in Lebanon, the Guarani 6x6 armoured vehicle personnel carrier is now in service with the Lebanese armed forces. In July 2015, it was announced that the Iveco plant in Sete Lagoas (Brazil) will produce 10 Guarani armoured vehicles which will be delivered directly to Lebanon without armament.

    Guarani 6x armoured personnel carrier at military parade in Lebanon (Source picture Military Vehicles in Lebanon)

    According the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), transfers of major conventional weapons database, Lebanon has ordered in 2014 a total of 20 VBTP Guarani 6x6 armoured personnel carrier from Brazil for a total amount of €30 million.

    The VBTP-MR Guarani is a 6×6 armoured personnel carrier developed by Iveco for the Brazilian Army as part of its "URUTU-III" modernization program aimed to replace all EE-11 Urutu 6x6 armoured vehicle in service with the Brazilian army since 1990.

    The Guarani is based on a 6×6 version of Iveco's Superav armoured personnel carrier. The Guarani was presented for the first time at the Defence Exhibition LAAD in April 2011. In December 2012, The Italian Defence Company IVECO has delivered the first batch of VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 armoured vehicle to the Brazilian army.

    One of the Guarani variant order by the Brazilian Army will be equipped with an UT30 turet, armed with a 30mm gun and 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun. This remote controlled weapon station is being delivered by Elbit's Brazilian subsidiary, AEL Sistemas, which received a $260 million framework contract to supply ‘a few hundred' UT30 turrets for the project.

    The Guarani used by the Lebanese armed forces seems to have no turret or armament. The vehicle in APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) is able to carried a total of 9 military personnel.

    Some other countries in South America as Chile, Colombia and Ecuador have showed interest to purchase the Guarani armoured vehicle produced by Brazil.

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  6. #776

    Thailand modernises V-150 into HMV-150

    20th March 2017 - 9:11

    by Sompong Nondhasa in Bangkok

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has chosen domestic company Panus Assembly to modernise its V-150 4x4 armoured vehicles. To be re-designated as the HMV-150, they will be equipped with various weapons, feature thicker armour and have a higher performance.
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    Practika details Otaman upgrade

    Huw Williams, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

    28 March 2017

    The Otaman upgrade introduces a wide range of changes to the BTR-60 design, including a completely new hull. Source: Practika

    Ukraine's Practika has revealed details of the Otaman modernisation package developed for the BTR-60-series armoured personnel carrier (APC).

    Sergie Vilkov, head of development at Practika, told Jane's that the second prototype of an overhauled BTR-60 is undergoing testing and an operational prototype should be ready in "late spring".

    Development work began in mid-2016, and the offering features substantial changes to the original vehicle design. While the chassis and floor have been retained, the hull is completely replaced, as is the powertrain, Vilkov explained.

    The new hull is made of modern steel and is being tested to various international standards; it can also be fitted with applique ceramic armour to enhance protection. It has a projected ballistic protection level of STANAG 4569 level II.

    The layout of the vehicle's interior is also extensively reworked, Vilkov said. In the original design the engine was positioned at the rear with the troop compartment in the centre. The Otaman upgrade sees the engine positioned to the front right and the dismounts seated in the rear, which also features a powered ramp - the BTR-60 design features side doors - the addition of a ramp should speed up egress and enable personnel to benefit from the cover provided from the vehicle once dismounted. The interior is also more spacious and has a raised roofline.

    In recognition of the need to provide increased levels of survivability a number of enhancements in this area feature in the Otaman upgrade. An additional layer of armour is fitted to the bottom of the vehicle to provide multilayered protection, and blast attenuating seats hang from the roof and face inwards; the seats are also designed to be more comfortable and reduce fatigue for the 6 occupants.

    The new powertrain is designed to enhance off-road performance and introduces an Iveco diesel engine that develops 238 hp and 1,020 Nm of torque; this replaces the twin petrol engines previously used.

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  8. #778

    Latin America Partner Nations Look to US in Modernizing Armored Fleets

    (Source: US Army; issued March 29, 2017)

    Peru is expected to soon sign a deal to purchase Stryker vehicles from the United States, in the first foreign military sales deal for the vehicle. (US Army photo)

    WASHINGTON --- Several Latin American nations are modernizing their armored vehicle fleets, including Peru, which may soon finalize a sales deal with the U.S. to purchase Stryker vehicles.

    The threat from "illicit networks" in Latin America continues to grow. And armored vehicle modernization efforts by partner nations there will play a part in combating the threat -- but the deals must be done right, said the deputy commander of U.S. Southern Command.

    Latin American nations like Columbia, Brazil, and Peru, for instance, are demonstrating the right way to modernize existing fleets of armored vehicles, including training and doctrine packages, said Lt. Gen. Joseph DiSalvo, deputy commander, U.S. Southern Command, during a conference here on armored vehicles.

    Columbia, DiSalvo said, is now in its fifth year of a 15-year plan to modernize its armored vehicle fleet, which includes the Light Armored Vehicle family of infantry fighting vehicles.

    "They are striving to get a combined arms combat capability right now," DiSalvo said.

    He characterized Colombia's efforts to modernize their fleet as a "well-thought-out total system development of a legacy platform," that they expect will last them another 30 to 40 years. "They are getting the institutional side of the house in foundation right now, with their doctrine and training."

    Colombia's neighbor, Peru, he said, is on a similar path with their own vehicle modernization effort. They are "on the verge of signing a letter of acceptance for foreign military sales for Stryker vehicles." It'll be the first FMS deal for the Stryker vehicle, he said.

    "They are doing a very prudent approach in accounting for the total system," he said. That includes consideration of training, doctrine and sustainment.

    And Brazil, he said, is active in upgrading some legacy systems as well, such as their M113 armored personnel carriers, and M109 howitzers.

    "They know they have got to adjust the doctrine side, the training side, and the personnel side of the house," he said of Brazil. "We're seeing good examples here of smart modernization that's within budget and that will hopefully be successful for a legacy platform that will last them years out."

    According to DiSalvo, the threat of state-on-state military action in Latin America is negligible. The real threat, he said, comes from "illicit networks" operating there, and "the ability of these networks to move the drugs." Also a part of that threat, are gangs, special-interest alien movement, foreign terrorist fighter flow, illegally armed groups, and mass migration.

    "There are a bunch of different activities that go to undermine the security and governance and stability within Latin America -- all because of the existence of these illicit networks," he said.

    Illicit mining operations also pose a threat to good governance and the environment in Latin America, he said, including mining operations for gold and other minerals. "Right now that's generating more illicit revenue than the drug trafficking," he said. "It's a huge concern, plus the environmental damage being done, all pose a serious threat to the region."

    Governments in Latin America, he said, when considering the threats they face and their needs in combatting them, should look to wheeled armored combat vehicles.

    Already, nations in Latin America have such capability: the Swiss-designed Piranha, the Brazilian-made Cascavel, the Russia-made BTR, and the American-made Humvees, for instance. But the technology, he said, is old. "Right now it probably isn't sufficient enough to do what is necessary for the survivability, maneuverability, and lethality to go ahead and degrade the [illicit] networks for them."

    Such vehicles, he said, will need to operate in a range of complex environments, like mountains, deserts and jungles.

    When partner nations in Latin America are looking to modernize their capability, he said, consideration must be given not just to the hardware, but also the training, doctrinal changes and sustainment. "The whole bit," he said. That requires a commitment to a long-term plan.

    In the past, he said, the standard for buying gear or for modernization of existing gear, was to field a system and then let the training and military occupational specialization and maintenance training "catch up later."

    But now, he said, partner nations know they have to "build that doctrinal base and training foundation first. There is progress being made for that now, and the professional education on that."

    DiSalvo warned against modernization "on the cheap."

    Dealing with the United States for foreign military sales isn't inexpensive, he said. But partner nations in Latin America should resist the temptation to do modernization "the easy way," which might involve buying equipment from other nations that don't provide the training, support, and partnership that comes with buying from the United States.

    If they go that route, he said, the "good news" is that they'll get gear quickly. But the bad news is that "it won't be a total-systems-type program."

    Such systems might initially be operational and meet partner nation needs, but "when you don't have the sustainment, the training, or the legacy infrastructure to support [those] systems ... you probably just bought a 30-ton paperweight 10 years down the road. You've added another variant to an already too-many-fleeted program, which will make it impossible to sustain, and you've done nothing to get that legacy system you can afford for 30 to 40 to 50 years."

    Buying on the cheap, he said, "in zero to five years it seems advantageous, but in the long run it winds up being counterproductive."

    Modernization for ground combat vehicles in Latin America, DiSalvo said, must be "a very deliberate process." What the Army tells partners is that "you have to commit to an investment" when it comes to modernization, and U.S. platforms, he said, will provide a "total system."


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    Thailand to buy VN1 from China

    03rd April 2017 - 6:48

    by Sompong Nondhasa in Bangkok

    The Royal Thai Army (RTA) selected the Chinese-built VN1 8x8 as its newest IFV, after visiting its production facilities and testing the VN1 against the BTR-4 from Ukraine and BTR-82A from Russia.

    The first batch of ten VN1 vehicles will be bought for $1.4 million per unit.
    Last edited by buglerbilly; 03-04-17 at 01:20 PM.

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    KADDB puts new 8x8 vehicle through its paces

    Christopher F Foss, London - IHS Jane's International Defence Review

    03 April 2017

    Scale model of the KADDB Almared 8x8 in armoured personnel carrier configuration without armament installed. Source: Christopher F Foss

    Jordan's King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) is currently testing its first 8x8 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV).

    The Almared is based on a Tatra 8x8 high-mobility cross-country chassis and features an all-welded steel armoured body that is claimed to provide ballistic protection of up to STANAG 4569 Level 4, but with an upgrade can achieve Level 5.

    The lower half has a traditional V-shape to provide a higher level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IED).

    The overall layout is conventional with the diesel powerpack at the front right and the driver front left, which leaves the remainder of the vehicle free for its mission. In addition to the commander and driver the vehicle can carry eight dismounts.

    The first version is in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration.

    Dismounts are seated in the rear, which has a power-operated ramp in the back of the hull. In either side of the rear troop compartment are four oblong vision blocks with integrated firing ports.

    Over the roof of the troop compartment are two hatches either side that can be locked in the vertical position.

    Located on either side and above the second, third and fourth road wheel stations are stowage lockers which would be blown away in the event of the vehicle running over a mine or IED.

    The commander is provided with a cupola with periscopes but the vehicle could be fitted with a remote weapon station (RWS) armed with a .50 calibre M2 HB machine gun (MG) or the locally developed Snake Head cupola armed with a similar weapon.

    Almared is powered by a 420 hp diesel engine coupled to a fully automatic six-speed transmission which is stated to give a maximum road speed of up to 110 km/h. It has independent suspension at each wheel station and a claimed high level of cross-country mobility.

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