Australia wants to cut its infantry fighting vehicle acquisitions by a third

Launched by Canberra in 2018, the LAND 400 phase 3 program aimed to replace the M113s in service with the Australian armed forces with 450 new generation infantry fighting vehicles for a planned investment of 18 to 21 billion Australian dollars, i.e. between €12 and €14 billion. It now opposes two models, the KF41 Lynx offered by Rheinmetall Defense Australia, and the Redback AS21 from South Korea Hanwha, after the elimination of the Ajax and the CV-90 in 2019. However, according to information obtained by the site economic Financial Review, it seems that Canberra is about to reduce its ambitions around this program,…

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Swedish CV90 Mk IV infantry fighting vehicle wins Slovak competition

As far as arms contracts are concerned, the arguments used to choose material, which is more important for imports, are most often vague, not to say opaque. In this area, the competition organized by the Slovak authorities with a view to upgrading or replacing its fleet of BVP-1/2 infantry fighting vehicles inherited from the Warsaw Pact era, has been of unprecedented clarity. , offering an objective view of the options considered as well as the characteristics of the armored vehicles selected, both in the operational field and from a budgetary and industrial point of view. At the end of this particularly precise and documented process, the…

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German Rheinmetall presents the Lynx 120, a new high-performance medium tank

In August 2021, we published on Meta-Défense an analysis highlighting the relevance, for armies and the French defense industry, of developing a medium tracked armored platform and a high-performance medium combat tank, allowing, among other things, to make up for a major capacity deficit in the Army in terms of high-intensity combat between now and the arrival of heavy armored vehicles from the Franco-German MGCS program at the end of the next decade. Indeed, with only 200 economically modernized Leclerc tanks, and 650 VBCI infantry combat vehicles now more suitable for low and medium intensity, than for…

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Czech Republic cancels tender for new infantry fighting vehicles

In 2016, Prague launched a vast competition aimed at replacing its infantry fighting vehicles inherited from the Warsaw Pact era, with modern models from Western partners. In, 4 models were selected to compete, the Swedish CV90 Mk IV, the Spanish Ascod 2, and the German Lynx KF41 and Puma, with the aim of producing 210 armored vehicles for an envelope of €2 billion to equip the Czech mechanized brigade . KMW's Puma was phased out in 2019 after the technical specifications were significantly changed, and testing started in May of this year. In early November, however, the Ministry…

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Hungarian Lynx IVCs will be equipped with ADS StrikeShield hard-kill protection from Rheinmetall

With a budget of only €2,5 billion in 2021, representing 1,5% of GDP, and a workforce of 20.000 men, the Hungarian armed forces are among the smallest in Europe. But the country has embarked, in 2020, on a vast program aimed at modernizing its military capabilities, with the aim of achieving a defense effort of 2% of GDP in 2025, in accordance with the country's commitments to NATO. And if Budapest does not plan to significantly extend the format of its forces, these will be particularly well equipped, in application of the Zrinyi 2026 plan launched in 2026. Among the country's most significant acquisitions in recent months,…

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The Australian Armies are also bracing for the worst in the years to come over Taiwan

A few weeks ago, Admiral Phil Davidson, commander of the American forces deployed in the Pacific, publicly considered that from now on, it was to be expected that Beijing would begin military action with a view to taking Taiwan by force, and this by 2027. According to the American general officer, the People's Liberation Army will indeed have the necessary military means to accomplish this mission in the next few years, thanks to a specific global effort by the Chinese authorities to achieve it. Obviously, the Australian armies share the same concerns, and have begun strategic thinking, as well as exercises, to deal with them. Thus, the…

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OMFV program to replace US Army M2 Bradleys back on track

Among all the branches of the US Army's BIG 6 super-program, intended to give the US Army the necessary means to impose itself during the wars to come, the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program, or OMFV, is probably the most urgent, and in a sense, the most critical, since it is to replace the M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle. This armored vehicle, one of the 5 programs of the BIG 5 super-program launched in the 70s, entered service in 1981, and has now reached the canonical age of 39 years. But it's not so much her age as her plumpness inherited from almost 40 years of modernization...

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Hungary places order for 218 VCI Lynx from Rheinmetall

The Hungarian Ministry of Defense has announced that it has officially signed an order for 218 Lynx infantry fighting vehicles with German Rheinmetall, for an amount of approximately €2 billion. A first tranche of 46 armored vehicles, as well as 9 Buffalo armored recovery vehicles, will be produced in Germany, and delivered by the beginning of 2023. The second tranche of 172 armored vehicles will be built by Hungarian industry, without it being specified with a precise timetable. In addition to armored vehicles, the contract also covers the supply of simulators, infrastructure and equipment to ensure vehicle maintenance, as well as a stock of spare parts. Although it is…

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Hungary chooses Rheinmetall Lynx in global industrial agreement

The German industrial group Rheinmetall signed, on August 16, a global agreement for the acquisition of more than 200 Lynx infantry fighting vehicles, as part of a local manufacturing contract worth more than €2 billion aimed at jointly modernize the country's armies and defense industry. This is the first customer of the German next-generation armored vehicle, which is also still involved in the Australian Land 400 Phase 3 competition, where it is opposed to the South Korean Redback K21, for a contract for 450 infantry fighting vehicles. . No information has been released regarding the exact configuration chosen by the Hungarian government,…

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To replace the Bradleys, the US Army radically changes method!

The US Army, like the US Navy and the US Air Force, has lined up many failures in recent years in terms of industrial piloting of new equipment. The latest concerns the replacement of the M2/M3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, which entered service in the 80s, canceled for lack of a fighter two months ago, after Rheinmetall was ousted following a logistical problem to present its Lynx, and the General Dynamics Griffin soon after for not having the required performance. As this is the third time in 11 years that the Bradley replacement program…

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