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13 Jan 16. Lithuania orders more Unimog trucks. Lithuania has ordered an additional 340 Unimog military trucks, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 12 January.
The purchase with Daimler is worth about EUR60m (USD65m) and is being overseen by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Although not stated, pictures issued by the MoD indicate the Unimog U5000 4×4 model was ordered.
The first 21 5-tonne vehicles will be delivered by September, and all 340 vehicles delivered by 2021. Lithuania already operates a wide range of logistics vehicles, including the U5000, so the latest order should consolidate its 4×4 logistics fleet around one truck family. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
11 Jan 16. Estonia buys extra CV90s from Norway. Key Points:
• Estonia has bought 35 CV90 vehicle hulls from Norway
• The supplementary vehicles are in addition to the 44 CV90s purchased from the Netherlands in 2014
Estonia has bought additional CV90 armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) for its armed forces, signing a contract for 35 more CV90 hulls from Norway on 8 January.
The additional units will complement the 44 CV9035NL infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) that Estonia purchased from the Netherlands in December 2014.
The contract was signed on 8 January during a visit to Norway by Jonatan Vseviov, the undersecretary for defence planning at the Estonian Ministry of Defence (MoD). The total cost of the purchase was EUR600,000, an MoD spokesperson told IHS Jane’s on 11 January.
Estonia has only purchased the hulls of the CV90s from Norway, as the CV9030N variant of the Norwegian IFV uses a different (30 mm) cannon from the 35 mm cannon of the Dutch CV90 IFVs that Estonia already purchased. Instead, Estonia is planning to convert these additional Norwegian CV90 hulls into combat support (CS) and combat service support (CSS) vehicle variants. They will complement the CV9035 IFVs within the Scout battalion of the Estonian 1st Infantry Brigade, the country’s only full-readiness professional military unit.
The MoD is understood to be planning for this conversion work to be made in Estonia. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
12 Jan 16. Saab to Provide Additional Deliveries for U.S. Army’s Combat Vehicles, Defence and security company Saab has been awarded the fourth and fifth options of a multi-year contract for deliveries of laser-based training system for U.S. Army’s armoured combat vehicles. The order value of USD 32m was booked by Saab as order intake in December 2015.
The Combat Vehicle Tactical Engagement Simulation System (CVTESS) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract was signed with the U.S. Army in 2012. It consists of this order and further options that can be exercised over a time period of five years with a potential total order value of USD 90m.
Since 2012, CVTESS has provided the U.S. Army with the next–generation of laser-based training systems for its armoured combat vehicles. The system supplies a highly accurate, laser-based simulation of the combat vehicle weapons used on all M-1 Abrams Main Battle Tank and the Bradley Fighting Vehicles (BFV) variants, including opposing forces vehicles.
”Saab’s CVTESS is on the cutting edge of force-on-force training technology. With more than 3,000 vehicle systems fielded to the U.S. Army, we are proud to continue supplying our military with a proven solution for their training needs”, said Cyndi Turner, General Manager of Saab Defense and Security USA’s Training and Simulation division.
CVTESS is easy to install and maintain, reducing the cost and time of combat vehicle training. Its highly realistic combat scenarios and after-action reports provide soldiers with the experience and knowledge necessary to be safe and effective in the field.
Saab has delivered laser-based training systems to the U.S. Ar