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25 Apr 12. The Norwegian Army is set to receive additional new and upgraded CV90 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) from BAE Systems, in an effort to overcome medium armour shortcomings in its Telemark and Armored battalions. The Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has presented a bill which calls for upgrades to its existing fleet of CV90 vehicles and the procurement of unmanned aerial and ground vehicles, remote ground sensors and C4ISR systems. Espen Barth Eide, Norwegian Defence Minister, said the investment will provide its primary armoured units with additional capabilities and fighting power and constitutes a significant enhancement of the equipment available to the army. Besides vehicle upgrades, the bill also involves the purchase of additional CV90 hulls from BAE, which will bring the total Norwegian inventory to 146 CV90 IFVs in various configurations. The upgrades will involve the integration of new systems, such as added mine protection, improved C4ISR integration, rubber band tracks and remote weapon stations (RWS) for self defence purposes, while conducting reconnaissance operations. According to the MoD, the total value of the project is estimated to be less than NOK10bn ($1.74bn). Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2013 and are to be completed by 2018. The bill is now scheduled to be presented to the Norwegian Parliament for its consideration. CV90 vehicles have been deployed by the Norwegian Army in support of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan since November 2007. (Source: armytechnology.com)

27 Apr 12. Tata Motors has entered into a agreement with DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies (DEFTECH) to supply its high mobility 4×4 heavy duty trucks to the Armed Forces of Malaysia. As per the cooperation agreement signed during the Defence Services Asia 2012 Exhibition (DSA), DEFTECH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the DRB-HICOM Berhad will develop, produce and market the trucks, with targeted payloads ranging from 2.5 to 5t. Initially, the two companies will concentrate on the modification of a couple of Tata Motor’s LPTA 715 and LPTA 1623 heavy duty trucks as per the Malaysian military requirements. According to the company, the vehicles are available in various configurations including troop carriers, command post, ambulance, reconnaissance missions, as an armoured carrier communication shelter and others. The LPTA 1623 is an all-terrain high mobility vehicle designed to ensure smooth transport of troops and artillery, in all kinds of terrain including deserts, plains, hills and marshes, and in varying climatic conditions. (Source: armytechnology.com)

24 Apr 12. The Austrian Army is set to decommission around 750 armoured vehicles from its current fleet inventory of 1,150 vehicles, in the wake of cuts announced by the Defence Ministry in November 2011 to generate savings for investments in multipurpose vehicles. The ministry announced that the Austrian armed forces will dispose about two thirds of its heavy equipment fleet, including various types of tanks, 20mm and 35mm anti-aircraft guns, Mistral anti-aircraft missiles, Panzerabwehrlenkwaffe 2000 anti-tank missiles and mortars, by 2014. In order to reduce defence expenditure, the SK-105 Kurassier tank destroyers, the M578 Light Recovery Vehicles and the Saurer tracked armoured personnel carriers will be completely retired from the service. The fleet of Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs) will be slashed to half and only about half of the current inventory of M109 self-propelled howitzers will be retained. However, the entire fleet of Ulan infantry fighting vehicles, Pandur armoured transport vehicles, as well as other armoured recovery and combat engineer vehicles, will remain in active service with the army.
The disposal is expected to generate revenue of

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