Ukraine: new armored recon vehicle Mongoose revealed

Ukraine’s defense giant UkrOboronProm has presented at the annual Arms and Security Expo in Kyiv its new armored reconnaissance vehicle Mongoose. The Mongoose (formerly BRDM-NIK) armored reconnaissance vehicle is a modernized version of the Soviet-built BRDM-2 amphibious armored vehicle developed by the SE “Mykolayiv Armored Plant.” The Mongoose is enhanced with front armor. The hull…

Ukraine: army gets brand-new Butsefal armored personnel carrier

The military of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) have received a brand-new armored personnel carrier (BTR) Butsefal (“Bucephalus”), developed by the Kharkiv-based Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, a state-owned enterprise. “The newest BTR-4E Butsefal is an eight-wheel drive armored personnel carrier, developed in Ukraine by the Kharkiv-based Machine Building Design Bureau and manufactured at the…

Ukraine: new armored recovery vehicle tested

Ukraine has conducted the successful test of a new armored recovery vehicle “Lev”, which could be used for towing and repairing battle-damaged military equipment in combat conditions, the country’s state defense conglomerate Ukroboronprom said. Designed by Lviv Armour Vehicle Factory, “Lev” is based on the Soviet T-72 tank. It is equipped with a crane, which…

Ukraine: army needs $4 billion in 2019

Ukrainian defense budget in 2019 should amount to at least UAH 119 billion ($4 billion), according to Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Viktor Muzhenko. “We calculated that this should be about UAH 112 billion, a minimum required for the Army, while we are currently seeing the funding will be…

Latvia: Defense Ministry performs final assessment of 4×4 tactical transport procurement

Defense Ministry currently performs the final assessment of procurement offers for 4×4 light and medium-sized tactical transports for the country’s National Armed Forces. Talks regarding procurement of 4×4 light and medium-sized tactical transports were organized in two stages. Twelve contenders submitted applications for the first stage. Defense Ministry’s procurement commission picked six for the second…

Georgia: Stingers to follow Javelins

The Acting Defense Minister Levan Izoria told lawmakers on June 20 that in the near future Georgia would receive the most modern, man-portable air defense system – FIM-92 Stingers – from the United States. Izoria said that together with Javelins, the new systems would significantly empower the country’s self-defense capabilities. Stinger (FIM-92) is a man-portable…

Ukraine: army to get new armored vehicle

The Armed Forces of Ukraine may receive a new Novator armored car – it is considered as one of the possible options for this type of equipment to be put into service. “I’ve heard the report of those responsible regarding the testing process on the possibility of this vehicle’s further supply to the Ukrainian troops.…

Ukraine: ATGMs no worse than Javelins

Valentyn Badrak, military expert and writer, the director of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies, says Ukrainian Skif and Korsar anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) have recently proved to be no worse than the U.S. Javelin systems. “To date, there is a whole line of ATGMs, among which the most famous are Skif and…

Kazakhstan: defense industry development one of priorities

“Today’s situation in the world forces all to strengthen the country’s defense capability,” Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said opening the V International Exhibition Weapons Systems and Military Equipment KADEX-2018 in Astana. “Our country pursues peaceful policy aimed at strengthening good-neighborly relations with near and far-abroad countries. However, today’s situation in the world forces all to…

Ukraine: upgraded combat module Duplet successfully tested

Ukraine’s state-owned enterprise Zhytomyr Armored Plant has upgraded the combat module “Duplet”, which is intended for the modernization of armored vehicles, and it has passed successful tests, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has reported on his Facebook page. He also noted that Zhytomyr Armored Plant had significantly increased the characteristics of the combat module and equipped…

Ukraine: $400 million in military products exported to India in three years

CEO of Ukraine’s state-run military-industrial concern Ukroboronprom Pavlo Bukin says Ukrainian enterprises of the military-industrial complex in the past three years exported military products to India to the tune of about $400 million. Mykolaiv-based Zorya-Mashproekt alone sold gas turbines worth $200 million to the Indian Navy for its warships, the concern’s press service said. “In…