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23 Jan 13. DVD 2013 to take place at Millbrook Proving Ground 19-20 June. Millbrook can confirm that DVD, the most important stakeholder event in the defence diary for those involved in land equipment and support, will return to Millbrook Proving Ground for the 10th year on 19-20 June 2013. A press release with further details will be issued soon.

21 Jan 13. The Global Armored Vehicles and Counter IED Vehicles Market 2011-2021 – Major Armored Vehicle Programs: Market Profile. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the top Armored Vehicles and Counter IED Vehicles programs pursued by nations across the forecast period 2011-2021. This report discusses the various programmes conducted by key players in the market, by dividing them into the main types of Armored Vehicles and Counter IED Vehicles. The categories discussed are: Main Battle TanksArmored Personnel Carrier, Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Light Multirole Vehicles, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, Tactical Trucks . The report offers detailed information regarding quantity procured, country supplying the equipment, delivery period and total contract value. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)

25 Jan 13. Canada receives first upgraded LAV III vehicle. Canada has taken delivery of its first upgraded Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) III, to provide its army units on the battlefield with enhanced defensive protection and firepower. GDLS-C was awarded a C$1.06bn ($1.05bn) contract for modernisation of a total of 550 LAV III vehicles in October 2011, with an option for additional 80 more vehicles. A C$133.5m ($133.25m) contract modification was also awarded to the company for upgrade of additional 66 LAV III combat vehicles in November 2012. The LAV III upgrade project focuses on enhancing the vehicle’s survivability, mobility and efficiency, with the aim to extend the fleet’s service life to 2035. Survivability improvements include integration of double-V-hull technology and add-on armour protection, as well as energy-attenuating seats to improve the vehicle’s crew protection against mine blasts, improvised explosive device (IED) attacks and other threats. As part of mobility system upgrades, a powerful engine, robust driveline and suspension and height management system (HMS) will be incorporated to optimise the vehicle’s automotive performance, handling characteristics and payload capacity. The company will also improve the vehicle’s 25mm turret crew ergonomics and capabilities by incorporating larger hatches, improved fire control, thermal, day and low-light sights and data displays. Based on the MOWAG Piranha IIIH 8×8 vehicle, around 651 LAV III units are currently operational with the Canadian Army in Afghanistan and other areas of operation as the primary mechanised infantry vehicles. (Source: army-technology.com)

24 Jan 13. M&M, BAE Systems announce ‘strategic’ review of Indian land systems joint venture. Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and BAE Systems have announced a strategic review of their Indian joint venture (JV), prompted by what they have said has been a “significant evolution” in the Indian land systems market. The two companies said on 23 January that “developments in the industry environment and in customer procurement frameworks and acquisition strategies have led the shareholders to institute a strategic review of the business”. The statement added that the strategic review will assess “any changes necessary to address the evolving market and to meet emerging customer requirements”. It also said that the two companies had not made any decision on the future of the JV. M&M and BAE Systems did not explain the reasons for the review and spokespersons from both companies did not elaborate when asked to comment on the matter by IHS Jane’s. The M&M-BAE Systems JV is named Defence Land Systems In

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