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  1. Textron joins Team Lynx (Rheinmetall + Raytheon) in the effort to sell a new variant of the Lynx IFV to the US Army.
  2. Found a few higher resolution photographs from the recent North Korean military parade. We didn't have a topic for BEST KOREAN armored fighting vehicles, so here it is. New main battle tank, Abrams-Armata clone based on Ch'ŏnma turret design (welded, box-shaped turret) and Sŏn'gun hull design (i.e. centerline driver's position). The bolts of the armor on the hull front is finally visible given the increased resolution. It might not be ERA given the lack of lines inbetween. Maybe is a NERA module akin to the MEXAS hull add-on armor for the Leopard 2A5? Other details incl
  3. It is from a video clip available at Rheinmetall's digital AUSA booth. www.rheinmetall-ausa.com
  4. You forgot the biggest news: no active IR searchlights, so the tank has either thermal imagers or LLTV/image intensifiers. I believe the "smoke grenades" sticking out at the turret are meant to be launchers for a hardkill APS. I don't think the comparison with Afghanit or Drozd is necessarily valid, as these systems use rocket-propelled countermeasures. North Korea could use actual HE-FRAG grenades launched at this trajectory in order to hit threats in the horizontal plane. Basically something more comparable to Arena than Drozd. It likely isn't a very competent APS giv
  5. What happened to the ATGM launcher? Does the Boxer CRV now utilize a pop-up system with internal launcher?
  6. I am not entirely sure why they would adopt such add-on armor on a self-propelled gun. Specifically given that it lacks additional roof-armor to survive counter-battery fire. Is it meant for peace-keeping operations?
  7. The German government has approved the budget for upgrading Marder IFVs with ATTICA third generation thermal imagers. 244 thermal imagers are being ordered, though in theory some of them might be spare parts. This is largely related to the fact that spare parts for the first generation WBG-X thermal imagers are not being made anymore. https://www.behoerden-spiegel.de/2020/10/08/schuetzenpanzer-marder-erhaelt-neue-waermebildzielgeraete/ IMO neither Biho nor Pantsir are optimal for defence against drones, at least not against the smaller types, as they
  8. Due to possible intellectual property infringements, the assault rifle tender for the Bundeswehr has been reopened. The offers from C. G. Haenel and Heckler & Koch are being re-evaluated.
  9. I believe he is listing the Leopard 2A6A3 and the Leopard 2A6MA4 together as one type, because they are both resulting from the same contract - but as far as I know they remain two different configurations.
  10. It has not been officially announced, but gathering from different German defence news publications, the following should be part of the upgrade: control panels/operating concept from Leopard 2A7 upgraded fire control system with third generation thermal imager (for the commander at least, as reportedly not all spare parts are being made for the OPHELIOS thermal imager anymore) hull brought up to Leopard 2A7 standards - whatever this means, it has not been stated by a reliable source. Might include the upgraded NBC protection system, improved hull side armor, APU, reinforced
  11. Regarding the current Leopard 2 upgrade programs of the German Army: Leopard 2A6 -> Leopard 2A6A3 Leopard 2A6M -> Leopard 2A6(M)A4 Leopard 2A7(V) + Trophy -> Leopard 2A7A1 (one platoon only for the VJTF 2023) Currently 123 tanks are not planned for direct upgrades. They are likely to be upgraded to the Leopard 2A7 follow-up standard (currently only known as Leopard 2AX) after 2025. This has been suggested by the Amt für Heeresentwicklung of the Bundeswehr.
  12. Supposedly Hungary is considering buying the Skyranger system, either on Boxer or Lynx. As alternative the new IM-SHORAD variant of the Stryker (though apparently on a different chassis) is being considered.
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