The US Army chooses its new “light” tank to reinforce its infantry units

After several failures linked to excessive technological and operational ambitions, the US Army had to, in 2015, urgently initiate an ambitious program for the modernization of its fleet of armored vehicles inherited from the end of the Cold War, such as the heavy tank M1 Abrams, the M2/M3 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, as well as the M113 tracked personnel carrier. After the cancellation of the Ground Combat Vehicle program in 2014, a new program was launched in 2017, called Next Generation Combat Vehicle, with the ambition of replacing the entire US Army tracked fleet. This program consists of the Armored MultiPurpose Vehicle program for…

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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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Poland continues to exclude European offers from its arms contracts

Since the cancellation of the Caracal helicopter contract announced in 2016 to turn to American-made helicopters, Warsaw has shown a very clear preference for American equipment, with the order of 2 anti-aircraft and anti-missile batteries Patriot PAC3 in 2018, 20 HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems, 185 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 32 F-35A fighter bombers in 2019, and more recently 250 M1A2 Abrams heavy tanks in 2021. In many cases, equivalent or even superior equipment of European invoice were proposed (Rafale/Typhoon/Gripen aircraft, MMP/EuroSpike missiles, SAMP/T Mamba system and Leopard 2A7 tanks), without being able to impose themselves against American offers.…

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Has France lost its audacity in Defense innovation?

At the start of the week, the French Defense Innovation Agency launched two calls for projects to design vagrant ammunition models. These weapons, sometimes improperly called suicide drones, mark the news in the Ukrainian conflict, with the arrival of the Switchblade 300 and 600 models and the mysterious Phoenix Ghost specially designed by the US defense industry at the request of the Ukrainians. However, the effectiveness of vagrant ammunition did not emerge during this conflict, nor even during the Nagorno Karabakh war in 2020 during which the Israeli-made Harops and Orbiters saturated the Armenian defenses. Indeed, this type of ammunition exists…

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Greece ready to spend €2 billion to modernize its Leopard 1 and 2 heavy tanks

If the United States and some of the Europeans tend to soften their positions vis-à-vis Turkey, the Greek authorities and military, for their part, are far from sharing this hope about a possible change of method. and objectives on the part of the Turkish President, R. T Erdogan, and a normalization of relations with Ankara. While Greece can rely on solid growth of 8,1% in 2021 and more than 7% expected in 2022, and its public finances are again in the green, Athens can now focus on modernizing its its ground forces, after devoting…

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Lessons from the War in Ukraine: The Vulnerability of Frontline Armor

According to the Oryx site, which refers to the losses documented by both sides since the beginning of the conflict, the Russian armies have so far lost more than 550 heavy tanks, of which more than half were destroyed by anti-tank missiles, artillery strikes or by enemy tanks. The situation is essentially the same for armored combat vehicles (350 including 150 destroyed) and infantry combat vehicles (600 including 350 destroyed), which represents half of all front line armored vehicles deployed by the Russia around Ukraine before the fighting started. Fact,…

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Germany, Poland, Slovakia: European tanks soon in Ukraine?

How far we have come since the day after the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, a German diplomat reportedly replied to his Ukrainian counterpart that there was no sense in sending military equipment to the Ukrainian armies, since the latter would be swept away in a few days. In fact, for the past few days, declarations have multiplied in Europe, and more generally in the whole of the Western camp, in favor of much more sustained support given to Ukraine in terms of defense equipment, including the heavy equipment requested for several weeks by Kyiv to stand up to the waves of assault launched by Moscow. Already, last week, Prague had confirmed…

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MGCS: Italy, Poland, Norway and Great Britain could join the program from 2023

Resulting from a preliminary study launched jointly by France and Germany in 2012, the Main Ground Combat System program, or MGCS, was officially launched in 2017 by Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel to replace in 2035 the French Leclerc tanks and the German Leopard 2s, alongside 3 other emblematic programs of Franco-German cooperation in the defense industry, the Future Air Combat System or SCAF to replace the Rafale and Typhoon in 2040, the Common Indect Fire System or CIFS to replacing self-propelled guns and multiple rocket launchers in 2035, and the Maritime Airborne Warfare System or MAWS to…

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Westerners begin to transfer heavy military equipment to Ukraine

Whether it's Moscow's intransigence, the excesses of Russian propaganda, the Bucha massacre, or a subtle mixture of the three tinged with a diminished fear of the military potential of the Russian armies , the fact is that, for the past few days, the lines seem to have been moving in Europe, and more generally in the West, regarding the military support provided to Kyiv to deal with Russian aggression, and in particular to resist the next massive attack in the Donbass, as announced. Indeed, the Czech Republic has just announced the upcoming delivery of several dozen T-72M1 tanks and BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles to the armies…

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