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31 Mar 16. Ukroboronprom delivers upgraded BTR-4 APCs to Ukrainian forces. Ukraine’s state enterprise Ukroboronprom has delivered a batch of upgraded armoured personnel carriers (APC) BTR-4 to the Ukrainian military in the ATO zone. The company has also delivered indigenously developed 120mm-calibre Molot mortar launchers to the Ukrainian forces. Specialist company Kharkiv Morozov Machine equipped the APCs with new equipment, including German-built Deutz engines, as part of the upgrade, which aims to comply with Nato standards.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said: “In 2015, restoration of the military equipment was our main focus, but today we do everything possible to supply the armed forces with fully equipped military equipment.”
The latest acquisition is expected to significantly strengthen the Ukrainian forces amidst Russian aggression and emerging terrorist threats in the east of the country. Ukroboronprom director general Roman Romanov said: “Here, in Kharkiv, we are building a tradition of public military equipment transfer. Our main customer is the people of Ukraine, so we introduce the practice of public control and we will continue to show the results of our work to Ukrainians.
“Every citizen should see the equipment, in which he/she invests every month when paying taxes.”
Previously, the company delivered ten experimental sniper rifles to the soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine. Last week, Ukroboronprom’s Lviv Armoured Plant announced the launch of a new multi-purpose towing vehicle for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. (Source: army-technology.com)
29 Mar 16. Protected Mobility (PM) SSS Support Update. The UK MoD is believed to be considering a number of options regarding its proposed PM SSS Requirement, one option is to sole source the Requirement to Babcock’s Land (EX-DSG) Division, for which Babcock is lobbying hard or to obtain bids from a number of suppliers believed to include Thales, TVS, GDUK, Babcock itself and others. The Requirement is for the support of 2000+ vehicles including Jackal, Husky, Mastiff and Ridgback.
24 Mar 16. Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK) company, will recapitalize 1,212 Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) and produce 345 trailers following multiple orders from the U.S. Army valued at more than $430m. Oshkosh will upgrade the Army’s fleet of Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) and Palletized Load Systems (PLS) to provide the same performance and life cycle cost advantages as new production vehicles. All work performed under the contract will be completed in Oshkosh, Wis., with deliveries occurring from 2016 to 2017.
“We understand the critical need to improve reliability for in-theater operations without sacrificing performance on aging vehicle fleets”
“We understand the critical need to improve reliability for in-theater operations without sacrificing performance on aging vehicle fleets,” said John Bryant, senior vice president of Defense Programs at Oshkosh Defense. “That is why Oshkosh recapitalized vehicles are assembled on the same production line as new vehicles, and complete the same extensive performance tests and inspection procedures as new vehicles.”
Since 1995, Oshkosh has recapitalized more than 12,000 of the U.S. Army’s heavy vehicles to equip soldiers with the latest technology and safety upgrades to achieve operational readiness. Through recapitalization, heavily used vehicles are returned to Oshkosh, stripped to the frame rails and completely rebuilt to like-new condition.
The Oshkosh HEMTT is the backbone of the Army’s logistics fleet with a 13-ton payload and multiple variants for a wide range of operations. Oshkosh’s latest configuration, the HEMTT A4, brings significant improvements in power, maintenance and safety to the batt