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01 May 09. Otokar begins Altay MBT project. Otokar has formed teams to work on the Altay main battle tank (MBT) development programme for Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC). This follows the contract award by the Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) in August 2008 under which Otokar will be responsible for the design, development, integration, prototypes, testing and qualification of the Altay. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)
22 Apr 09. New PT-91P tank heads for Peru. The new PT-91P main battle tank (MBT) demonstrator, developed in Poland by ZM Bumar-Labedy, is to be presented at the 2nd International Defense Technology Exhibition (SITDEF 2009) in Lima, Peru, on 21-24 May. The tank is being marketed as a potential candidate for the Peruvian land forces requirement for 100 to 140 new MBTs. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)
07 May 09. Ukraine completes BTR-70 Defender development. Ukraine’s Nikolaev Mechanical Repair Plant has completed the development and testing of a BTR-70 upgraded to the enhanced Defender standard. The upgraded vehicle passed its state tests in Ukraine last year during which it clocked up over 30,000 km of operations in conditions ranging from -40 to +55 degrees C up to an altitude of 2,500 m. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)
07 May 09. US LAVs need improved protection and weight mitigation. The US Marine Corps (USMC) is eyeing further upgrades to its 20-year old Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs) as part of continuing efforts to enhance blast protection and mitigate weight gains from added electronic systems and appliqué armour. The next two rounds of advancements for the legacy LAVs are expected to include armour and passenger safety upgrades as well as comprehensive weight reduction and suspension system overhauls, Colonel Michael Micucci, USMC programme manager for LAV, said during a 28 April briefing on vehicle systems. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)
22 Apr 09. Jackal prepares for remote weapon station trials. Supacat displayed a 6×6 Jackal Extenda vehicle armed with a Kongsberg Protector stabilised remote weapon station (RWS) for the first time on 21 April. The vehicle was uparmed with a modified weapon mount and power socket for the RWS jointly developed by Supacat and Thales Optronics (which markets Protector in the UK). (Source: Jane’s, IDR)
01 May 09. USMC warns it will rethink purchase of ‘too heavy’ JLTV. The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is currently too heavy for the US Marine Corps (USMC) to buy and service officials may reconsider their role in the nascent programme, according to General James Conway. During a 29 April roundtable with reporters, the USMC Commandant