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According a news posted today in Jane´s Defence Weekly, the Royal Thai Army (RTA) is looking to procure comprehensive quantities of the Oplot battle tank developed by the Ukraine based state company SOE Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau (KMDB), which is part of “State Company Ukrspecexport”.


Navistar Defense LLC has received a US$97 Million order from the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. The contract include 265 troop transport vehicles based on the 7000-MV vehicle , 160 buses and 829 protection kits for MaxxPro MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) 4×4 armoured vehicles currently in service in Afghanistan.

Troop transport vehicles will support Afghan National Police (ANP) and Afghan National Army (ANA) security missions. Buses will transport Afghan troops and equipment throughout the country.

Deliveries of the vehicles are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2011 and be completed by the fall of 2012. RPG nets will be delivered by summer 2011.

China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) from China has developed a new remotely controlled weapon station. The system known as the LRCWS (Light Remote Control Weapon Station) for installation on armoured vehicles. It could be armed with 12.7mm or 14.5mm heavy machine guns, a 7.62mm light machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

The 360 kg and 2000mm long weapon station includes several systems including a dual colored camera for daytime observation, a uncooled thermal imaging camera, a eye safe laser range finder, a stabilization system and power supply. The weapon system is controlled from inside by a 10.4 inch colored LCD display.

The Chinese state company Poly Technologies Inc has recently unveiled a man-portable short range air defence system.

The surface to air missile system designed TH-S311 S-Hunter includes the launcher, the missile, a powerful day/night sight and as well as a command and control terminal.

The US Department of Defense (US DoD) has ordered to Textron Marine & Land Systems a new batch of ASV (Armored Security Vehicle) wheeled armoured vehicles for a contract worth around US$64 Million. The fleet which comprises M1200 Armored Knight and M1117 Guardian variants is to be delivered to the U.S. Army during the current year.

The ASV vehicle has been so far procured by Bulgaria, Colombia, Iraq and the United States.

Sweden based company SAAB has received additional orders from the UK Ministry of Defence procurement agency DE&S to enhance their existing provision of live training capabilities to the British Army abroad and in the UK.

These contracts include the provision of additional simulators for weapons and target systems under the current Direct Fire Weapon Effects Simulator (DFWES) programme to support Mission Specific Training (MST) on Salisbury Plain Training Area. An extension to the contract also provides instrumental C-IED training capability as part of a managed training service.

Harris Corporation has received an order from the German Army (Bundeswehr) to deliver undisclosed quantities of the AN/PRC-117G wide-band multi-band manpack tactical communication systems.

The contract worth a US$1.6 Million includes as well as delivery associated accessories. The Falcon III radios will be used by German troops in support of national and NATO peacekeeping missions.

This order brings to six the number of countries that have adopted the AN/PRC-117G system.