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11 Jan 17. Israel’s Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday it will acquire 200 FMTV tactical trucks from Oshkosh Defense in a contract valued at $200m. The order, concluded in recent days between the Ministry’s New York purchasing mission and the Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based firm, follows months of field testing on an initial six trucks to ensure the firm’s Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) meets Israeli requirements. In its Jan. 11 announcement, the Ministry noted that the $200m contract likely will be followed by additional orders as the Israel Defense Force’s Technology and Logistics branch moves to replace its nearly 60-year-old tactical truck force.
“We’re talking about an initial deal, after which the defense establishment is expected to decide to acquire hundreds more trucks until our entire antiquated fleet is replaced,” MoD noted in its statement.
Itzik Levy, deputy head of purchasing for ground systems, said deliveries will begin in the current year, with the 200th truck expected to arrive by mid-2018. The deal, which will be paid for with Foreign Military Financing (FMF) grant aid, will include logistics and maintenance services in Israel, according to the ministry. (Source: Defense News)
09 Jan 17. Minotor Service offers PT-76M upgrade. Belarus-based Minotor Service has developed an upgrade package for the PT-76 light amphibious tank, which was originally manufactured at the Volgograd Tractor Plant. The upgraded PT-76 is designated the PT-76M by Minotor Service, and the enhancements are focused on mobility and firepower. The original PT-76 was fitted with a two-person turret armed with a 76.2mm rifled gun and a 7.62 mm SGMT coaxial machine gun (MG); subsequently some PT-76s were fitted with a roof-mounted 12.7mm DShKM MG also. The PT-76M upgrade sees this turret replaced by the complete unit fitted to the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), with the commander seated on the right and the gunner on the left. This turret features a stabilised 30mm 2A42 dual-feed cannon and a 7.62mm PKT co-axial MG. A total of 500 rounds of 30mm and 2,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition is carried. Installed on the roof of the turret is a launcher for the KBP Instrument Design Bureau Konkurs 9M113M anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW). The missile has a maximum range of 4,000 m and is fitted with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead, which will penetrate 670mm of conventional steel armour protected by explosive reactive armour (ERA). The Konkurs 9M113M ATGW has a semi-automatic command-to-line of sight (SACLOS) guidance system, requiring the operator to keep his sight on the target until missile impact. A total of four missiles are carried. Mounted either side of the turret is a bank of three 81mm electrically operated grenade launchers. The standard PT-76 powerpack consists of a Model V-6B water-cooled diesel developing 240hp and coupled to a manual transmission. This gives the platform a maximum road speed of 44km/h and a range of around 370km on the internal fuel supply. The PT-76M upgrade introduces a UTD-20S1 diesel unit that develops 300hp and is coupled to a manual transmission. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
09 Jan 17. NORINCO launches new tank destroyer. China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has expanded its armoured vehicle portfolio with the development of the ST2 tracked 105 mm Tank Destroying Vehicle (TDV), which is understood to have been developed specifically for the export market rather than the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The hull is similar to that used on the earlier generation NORINCO YW534 (Type 89) armoured personnel carrier (APC) – which has not been manufactured for some years – but with six road wheel stations either side rather than five. While new platforms could be built, it is possible that the ST2 could use refurbished