Oshkosh Defense announced that is has been awarded multiple delivery orders from the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) to recapitalize its heavy tactical vehicles.  Oshkosh Defense will bring the army’s fleet of HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) and PLS (Palletized Load System) vehicles to its latest model configuration and the same zero-mile, zero-hour condition as new production vehicles.  

Overall, the awards are valued at more than USD258 million for the recapitalization of 670 vehicles and the production of an additional 356 accompanying trailers.  Deliveries will begin in December of 2017

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Kazakhstan is to acquire two more C295 military airlifters following the signature of a new contract with Airbus Defence and Space.

The agreement, which includes a spares and support package, covers the final two aircraft included in a memorandum of understanding signed in 2012.

Both aircraft will be delivered in the second half of this year and will take the Kazakhstan Air Defence Forces’ C295 fleet to eight.

(C295, Airbus Defence and Space).

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Damen Shipyards Group has announced the completion of sea trials of the 94-metre long MATV (Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel) surface vessel MV Sycamore. The sea trials included testing of all on-board military systems. Following final vessel handover, MV Sycamore will perform diverse training and support duties for the Royal Australian Navy.

MATV design will enable the Royal Australian Navy to accomplish numerous other secondary tasks such as humanitarian relief operations, torpedo and mine recovery operations, navigation training, dive support, Officer Sea Familiarisation, target towing and consort duties as well as unmanned aerial vehicle support.

The coming weeks will see the MV Sycamore being prepared for her maiden voyage to her home port of Sydney, Australia, where she is expected to arrive at the end of May.

(MV Sycamore, Damen Shipyards Group).

(MV Sycamore, Damen Shipyards Group).

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BAE Systems announced it has been awarded a £1.4 billion contract by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence to deliver the Agamemnon nuclear-powered attack submarine to the Royal Navy.

Agamemnon will be the sixth of seven Astute-class submarines.

The first three Astute class submarines HMS Astute, HMS Ambush and HMS Artful are currently in service with the Royal Navy with a further four in various stages of construction.

(HMS Artful, BAE Systems).

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The Brazilian privately-owned trucks manufacturer Agrale SA unveiled it Marruá VTL Rec 4×4 high-mobility tactical vehicle at LAAD Defence & Security 2017 exhibition held 4-7 April in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The vehicle aimed for special operations and reconnaissance roles was seen equipped with roof-mounted driver’s thermal imager from Elbit Systems. The electro-optical sensor was linked to a ruggedized digital display from AEL Systems, a Brazilian operation of Elbit Systems. The vehicle on display also incorporated a ruggedized digital display from AEL Systems for command and control operations, as well as two twin 76mm smoke grenade launchers.

The Marruá range of 4×4 unarmored vehicles is widely spread over the Brazilian Armed Forces.

(Marruá VTL Rec 4×4).

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The Brazilian privately-owned company GESPI Defense Systems has developed a new version of its disposable lightweight 84 mm ALAC (Arma Leve Anti Carro) man-portable shoulder-launched anti-armour weapon system. The new system called the ALAC Mk2 was designed to fire HESH (High-explosive squash head) ammunition from Dynamit Nobel Defence (DND).

HESH is a type of explosive ammunition that is effective against tank armour and fixed infrastructure.

The company is to supply the Brazilian Army with 150 of the ALAC system later in the year. Its Aruanã riverine fast multi-role boat is since August 2016 being tested by the Brazilian Navy’s Marine Corps (Corpo de Fuzileiros Navais, CFN). Four ALAC system are soon expected to be tested by a Latin American nation.

(ALAC Mk2).

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Thales Communications & Security has announced it has signed a framework agreement to supply undisclosed number of the company’s SOTAS vehicle digital intercommunication system to the Danish Defence and Logistic Organization. The SOTAS system is produced in the Netherlands by Thales Nederland. Other users of SOTAS family includes Brazil and the Netherlands.

The agreement also includes services for the equipment delivered. It is understood the SOTAS being purchased are aimed for GDELS Piranha 5 8×8 armoured vehicles to be delivered to Royal Danish Army.

(SOTAS, Thales Communications & Security).

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