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Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV)

Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV)

JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation (Корпорация Тактическое Ракетное Вооружение) or KTRV is a major Russian weapon (especially missiles) manufacturer. Headquarters in Korolyov, Moscow Oblast. Tactical Missiles Corporation joint stock company (JSC) was established in accordance with Federal Target Program such as “Restructuring and development of Defense Industry Complex” (2002-2006 years) and Presidential Decree № 84 dated 24 January 2002. The Corporation as an integrated structure was formed on the basis of a reorganized federal state unitary enterprise “State research and production centre “Zvezda-Strela” (Korolev) in “Tactical Missiles Corporation”JSC. During such reorganization process the Corporation received shares from enterprises included in Defense Industry Complex. Establishment registration of the Corporation was finished in March 2003.

Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV)

Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV)


Tactical Missiles Corporation was founded on the basis of Zvezda-Strela by the Decree of Russian President №84, signed on January 24, 2002. Zvezda-Strela was a major designer and producer of military missile systems, and included the Zvezda Experimental Design Bureau (OKB), a serial production design bureau (SKB), the main Strela plant, and machine building plants in Kostroma and Bendery (Moldova). It was formerly part of the missile-industry grouping Spetstekhnika (Special Equipment). The structure of Tactical Missiles Corporation was expanded by subsequent decrees №591 on May 9, 2004 and №930 on July 20, 2007.
Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV)

Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV)


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BAE Systems offers combat-proven CV90 for Australian Army’s Land 400 Phase 3 bid

BAE Systems will offer the CV90, a combat-proven Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), to the Commonwealth of Australia in response to the LAND 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability Request for Tender. BAE Systems today confirmed it is offering the CV90, a combat-proven Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), to the Commonwealth of Australia in response to the LAND 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability Request for Tender. The project team will be led by BAE Systems’ Sweden-based combat vehicles business and supported by BAE Systems Australia.

Advanced and highly-versatile, the CV90 uses the latest technology to keep soldiers safe. BAE Systems has continuously developed the CV90 to meet new customer requirements and future operational threats. A total of 1280 CV90s are in service with seven nations – including four NATO members – and the vehicle is available in 15 variants, designed to deliver the best capability for the Australian Army. CV90s are already operational with militaries in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Most recently, BAE Systems successfully completed the latest delivery of 144 CV90s to the Norwegian Army on time in 2018.

BAE Systems offers combat-proven CV90 for Australian Army's Land 400 Phase 3 bid

BAE Systems offers combat-proven CV90 for Australian Army’s Land 400 Phase 3 bid


“The CV90 has a combat-proven track record, established customer base, and future growth potential that will more than satisfy the Commonwealth’s requirements for years to come,” said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, vice president and general manager for BAE Systems Hägglunds, the designer and manufacturer of the vehicle. “We look forward to demonstrating the vehicle’s unparalleled capabilities and our breadth of operational experience as the Australian Commonwealth considers the LAND 400 Phase 3 competition.”

“We’re proud to continue our support of the Australian Defence Force with a commitment to the largest land vehicle upgrade in the Army’s history,” said Gabby Costigan, CEO of BAE Systems Australia. “We look forward to working closely with businesses across the country to increase sovereign Australian Industry Capability as important national projects like this develop.”

Russian, Belarusian Airborne Troops conduct joint exercises near Ulyanovsk

Russian, Belarusian Airborne Troops conduct joint exercises near Ulyanovsk

On March 25 to March 28, the first in 2019 joint exercise of the Airborne Forces of the Russian Federation and the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus is held on the territory of the Guards Airborne Assault Brigade of the Airborne Troops in Ulyanovsk. During the exercise, joint tactical actions will be practised within peacekeeping tasks. The paratroopers will learn the specific features of the organization and functioning of checkpoints, observation posts, will conduct training to repel an attack of a group of armed persons on the guarded object.

Russian, Belarusian Airborne Troops conduct joint exercises near Ulyanovsk

Russian, Belarusian Airborne Troops conduct joint exercises near Ulyanovsk


In a mock conflict zone, servicemen will demonstrate peacekeeping actions at the border checkpoint of the security zone, where they will practise a inspection procedure for citizens and vehicles. A combined unit consisting of an air assault search and patrol group will land from Mi-8 helicopters by various methods (rappeling) to isolate an illegal armed formation. At one of the stages, the personnel will train to escort a convoy and conduct a humanitarian action in the refugee camp.
Russian, Belarusian Airborne Troops conduct joint exercises near Ulyanovsk

Russian, Belarusian Airborne Troops conduct joint exercises near Ulyanovsk


Then, the paratroopers, in cooperation with the mobile reserve with the means of reinforcement, will participate in the live-fire drills using BMD-4M weapons, RPG-7, RPG-26, RPO Shmel grenade launchers, Pecheneg machine guns, AK-74M assault rifles, and sniper weapons, The joint tactical exercise is conducted under the leadership of the Deputy Commander of the Airborne Troops for Peacekeeping Operations and the Collective Rapid Reaction Forces (CRRF), Lieutenant General Alexander Vyaznikov. In total, more than 500 personnel will take part in joint exercises, up to 100 pieces of military and special equipment, about 20 helicopters will be involved.
Russian, Belarusian Airborne Troops conduct joint exercises near Ulyanovsk

Russian, Belarusian Airborne Troops conduct joint exercises near Ulyanovsk


Polish Army began to receive Krab self-propelled tracked howitzer

Polish Army began to receive Krab self-propelled tracked howitzer

The Polish Army will have five AHS Krab (Polish for Crab) self-propelled tracked howitzer squadrons by 2024. Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, speaking in Sulechów, in south-western Poland, claimed that the Krab gun-howitzer is modern and tested military equipment which genuinely may deter a possible aggressor. Blaszczak, attending a ceremony of the handing over eight 155-mm Krab self-propelled tracked gun-howitzers to the 5th Lubuskie Artillery Regiment, said the Krabs are a modern product of the Polish arms industry which significantly raise the army’s capabilities.

Polish Army began to receive Krab self-propelled tracked howitzer

Polish Army began to receive Krab self-propelled tracked howitzer


According to the Defence Ministry, the Krab is currently the biggest gun used by Polish artillery. The over 50-tonne gun-howitzer has a maximum firing range of 40 kilometres. It can fire six rounds per minute. Following successive deliveries of Krab batteries to take place this year, the unit will be the second to have a full Krab squadron. The next three squadrons have already been ordered from the Polish producer, by 2024 the Polish Army will have five such squadrons.
Polish Army began to receive Krab self-propelled tracked howitzer

Polish Army began to receive Krab self-propelled tracked howitzer


Krabs are produced by the Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW), a member of the Polish Armaments Group. The Defence Ministry has signed a PLN 4.5 billion (EUR 1.05 billion) contract for the delivery 120 guns and accompanying vehicles. The AHS Krab designed in Poland by Centrum Produkcji Wojskowej Huta Stalowa Wola,combining the South Korean K9 Thunder chassis with a British AS-90M Braveheart turret with 52-calibre gun and WB Electronics’ “Topaz” artillery fire control system. The first module was delivered in 2017.
Polish Army began to receive Krab self-propelled tracked howitzer

Polish Army began to receive Krab self-propelled tracked howitzer


The cannon was developed within the research framework “Regina”. The program’s goal was to create a 155 mm (6 and 1/8 inches) long-range artillery piece for the Polish Army that would serve as a division level asset. It was decided, that instead of buying a licence for a complete vehicle, only a licence for a modern L/52 gun and turret would be bought, and they would be mounted on domestically developed chassis. the Regina modules are to replace the obsolete 122 mm 2S1 Gvozdika howitzers, Gvozdika platform was also being manufactured at HSW.

UAE to receive Belarusian MZKT-741351 heavy tank transporters

UAE to receive Belarusian MZKT-741351 heavy tank transporters

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces are set to receive its ordered Belarusian-made MZKT-741351 hevay tank transporters by the end of 2019, that manufactures the vehicles. MZKT-741351 is a prime mover and associated trailers were specially developed to meet requirements of the United Arab Emirates designed and developed by the MZKT in Belarus. This tank transporter prime mover is designed to haul semi-trailers, transporting tanks, heavy armored vehicles or construction equipment up to a maximum weight of 76 t. The MZKT-741351 transporter has successfully passed through the tests in the UAE. The serial production of the vehicles has already been launched, and the Emirati army will take the delivery of the transporters later this year.

Belarusian MZKT-741351 heavy tank transporters

Belarusian MZKT-741351 heavy tank transporters


The MZKT-741351 is powered by an 812 hp Caterpillar C18 turbocharged engine associated to an Allison electronically-controlled automatic gearbox. The vehicle has a full-time 8×8 drive. Maximum road speed is electronically limited to 70 km/h. The prime mover is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. The unique feature of the MZKT-741351 prime mover is that it is used in conjunction with two trailers. These are MZKT-999421 6-axle semi-trailer which weights 26,000 kg and has a payload capacity of 76 tons and MZKT-837211 6-axle trailer, which weighs 18 tons and has a payload capacity of 60 tons. Combined hauled load capacity for this road train is 136 tons. So, this vehicle can transport one Leclerc main battle tank and two infantry fighting vehicles at once, for instance.
Belarusian MZKT-741351 heavy tank transporters

Belarusian MZKT-741351 heavy tank transporters


Double cab of the prime mover can accommodate the driver and 7 passengers. So the vehicle can transport some crew members of the vehicles that it carries. Alternatively the rear seats can be folded to form 2 sleeping bunks. The cab has a provision for a roof hatch with a mount for general purpose machine gun. Also the cab can be fitted with add-on armor kit. Another feature of this road train is that the vehicles can drive onto the semi-trailer directly via the trailer. So there is no need for the crew to disconnect the trailers for the loading and unloading operations. The prime mover is fitted with a double winch for loading immobile vehicles. The rear trailer has two front steerable axles.
Belarusian MZKT-741351 heavy tank transporters

Belarusian MZKT-741351 heavy tank transporters


Currently the MZKT-741351 is the most powerful tank transporters available on the market. The road train composed of the tractor plus the MZKT-999421 semi-trailer and the MZKT-837211 trailer is 42-meter long. The platform transports up to three combat vehicles. The Belarusian MZKT-741351 prime mover and associated trailers were specially developed to meet requirements of the United Arab Emirates. A pre-production prototype was first publicly revealed in 2016. It was planned that, during the same year, the prototype would be delivered to the UAE for trials. The MZKT-741351 is a revised and updated version of the previous MZKT-74135 with a different layout. The new vehicle can haul more load. Its predecessor, the MZKT-74135, was also developed to participate in the United Arab Emirates tender and eventually 40 units prime movers with associated trailers were ordered. Recent MZKT trucks are typically marketed under Volat brand.
Belarusian MZKT-741351 heavy tank transporters

Belarusian MZKT-741351 heavy tank transporters

Rheinmetall to upgrade Leopard 2 Tank to standard 2A7V for German Army

Rheinmetall to upgrade Leopard 2 Tank to standard 2A7V for German Army

German Company Rheinmetall will soon be modernizing part of the Bundeswehr’s fleet of Leopard main battle tanks, implementing a comprehensive array of upgrade measures. The German Federal Ministry of Defense has announced that the German parliament approved two submissions in the total amount of $484 million (€ 428 million) for increasing capabilities of the German Bundeswehr. 101 Main Battle Tank Leopard 2 variants A6M A2 and A6 are to be brought to a similar design level as the latest version Leopard 2 A7V. The aim is to adapt to the Leopard 2 A7V in terms of operation and logistics. The tanks’ systems will be standardized to make them more effective, increase protection, and allow for the exchange of crews.

Rheinmetall will be transforming a total of 101 main battle tanks, bringing them up to A7V standard. In the process, Rheinmetall specialists will be eliminating obsolescent features in the fire control computers and control consoles as well as installing a new laser rangefinder and thermal imaging device. Rheinmetall will be supplying the new L55A1 gun for the 68 Leopard 2A4 MBTs to be modernized. All upgraded Leopard 2A7V tanks will be capable of using Rheinmetall’s new programmable DM11 multipurpose round. The Leopard 2A7V is fitted with a new armored modular system for the upper front glacis plate of the hull and a more powerful Auxiliary Power Unit of the current APU used on the Leopard 2A7 model.

The Leopard 2A7V is the latest version of German-made main battle tank (MBT) in the Leopard 2 family, that was unveiled in June 2016, at Eurosatory, the international defense exhibition which was held in Paris, France. The first serially retrofitted Leopard 2 A7V tanks will reach the Bundeswehr starting in 2020. Another part of the approved allocations is allocated for the purchase of over 30,000 pieces of 155 mm ammunition for the Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzer.

Rheinmetall to upgrade Leopard 2 Tank to standard 2A7V for German Army

Rheinmetall to upgrade Leopard 2 Tank to standard 2A7V for German Army

AM General To Produce 739 New HMMWVs In Support Of The United States Army's Modernization Efforts

AM General To Produce 739 New HMMWVs In Support Of The United States Army’s Modernization Efforts

AM General, the leading manufacturer of light tactical vehicles, has received an order to provide 739 new M1152A1 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) to the U.S. Army National Guard as a part of their modernization initiatives valued at $89 million. This is in addition to the 740 new HMMWVs ordered in October 2018. The single cab, open cargo M1152A1 HMMWV variant is enhanced with Integrated Armor Protection, can serve as a troop or cargo transport vehicle, and is easily transportable by land, sea, or air. Modernization enhancements include improvements to the powertrain, suspension, cooling and electrical systems, and make these new HMMWV’s more powerful, rugged and reliable. Delivery of this recent order of M1152A1 HMMWVs will begin in the third quarter of 2019.

The M1152 is an Expanded Capacity HMMWV enhanced with Integrated Armor Protection as a Cargo or Troop Carrier. It is a two-man vehicle used primarily to transport personnel, but can also be used as a shelter carrier. The M1152 provides superior troop protection and is capable of carrying up to eight passengers under the Armor Troop Carrier or Troop Seat options. Built for readiness and reliability, the complete line of the M1100 series of Expanded Capacity Vehicles remains in production—along with the M997 ambulance and the M1097 higher-capacity payload cargo and troop carrier—to safely get U.S. forces where they need to be, no matter the conditions.

AM General To Produce 739 New HMMWVs In Support Of The United States Army's Modernization Efforts

AM General To Produce 739 New HMMWVs In Support Of The United States Army’s Modernization Efforts


KEY FEATURES

  • Designed for use in all weather conditions
  • Built for all types of roads and cross-country terrains
  • Payload ranges from 3,340 to 5,100 lbs. based on armor configuration and fragmentation kit
  • Air transportable and droppable, and can be sling-loaded via helicopter
  • Additional armor and fragmentation kits are field installable and removable to provide flexibility for missions that do not require heavy protection
  • Equipped with an air-conditioning system to provide optimal crew comfort and increased mission readiness

“AM General is excited to continue the strong partnership with the Army National Guard and supports their efforts to modernize and enhance the readiness of the Humvee fleet,” said Chris Vanslager, Executive Vice President, U.S. Defense. AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for military and commercial customers worldwide. Through its military business, the company is widely recognized as the world leader in design, engineering, manufacturing and logistics support of Tactical Vehicles, having produced and sustained over 300,000 vehicles in over 70 countries. Through its heritage companies, AM General has over 100 years of experience meeting the changing needs of the defense and automotive industries, supported by its employees at major facilities in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and a strong supplier base that stretches across 43 states.