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BONUS ORDNANCE FACES TOUGH MARKET
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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BONUS submunition

Source: BAE Systems Bofors


BONUS submunition

Source: BAE Systems Bofors


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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The follow-on BAE Systems BONUS II projectile reportedly entered production in 2005 for Swedish and French procurement. By the time the BONUS II production run was completed in 2013, the Forecast International Weapons Group estimates Sweden had procured 3,000 rounds and France, 6,000. This level of procurement mirrors each nation's original BONUS order.

In November 2017, the Swedish Defense and Material Administration awarded BAE Systems a contract to deliver 254 additional BONUS rounds to the Swedish Army through 2019.

A Tough Market

Even though a number of European nations have considered the BONUS artillery-delivered anti-tank munition, BONUS has yet to score significant export sales. Other interested parties have included India and an unidentified country in Latin America, possibly Chile.

The German SMART 155 remains the principal competitor to BONUS in Europe. However, the improved sensor package of the BONUS II has not enhanced the prospects for this munition on the international market.

The Forecast International Weapons Group maintains a minimal forecast of potential export sales for the time being. BONUS remains essentially an unknown quantity on the international market.

Source:  Forecast International Weapons Group
Associated URL: forecastinternational.com
Source Date: August 14, 2018
Source Language: 
Author: Dean Lockwood, Ordnance 
Posted: 08/14/2018

 
 
EXCALIBUR ARMY WILL PRODUCE PANDUR II UNDER CICENSE, FOR SALE IN EASTERN EUROPE AND ASIA
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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Source: General Dynamics European Land Systems


Source: General Dynamics European Land Systems


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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- In January 2015, General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced that it had signed a licensed-production contract for the Pandur II 8x8 with Czech defense contractor Excalibur Army.

The terms of the agreement permit Excalibur Army to market and sell the Pandur II 8x8 throughout Eastern Europe and Asia, and also allow the company to establish exclusive long-term service and maintenance contracts with new clients in these regions.

The licensed Pandur 8x8 vehicles will be produced and assembled at Excalibur-owned sites in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, with component delivery and technical oversight provided by GDELS.

Czech Pandur II C2 Vehicle

In July 2014, the General Staff of the Army of the Czech Republic announced that it had selected the Pandur II as the favored platform to fulfill the Czech Army's requirement for a new fleet of 30 command and control (C2) vehicles. The Czech Army's utilization of Pandur vehicles in the IFV configuration grants its personnel a built-in level of familiarity with the operational and maintenance requirements of the platform.

The Czech Ministry of Defense and GDELS penned the final contract for the new C2 vehicles in January 2015, though the requirement was reduced to 20 units from the initially reported 30-vehicle requirement.

In January 2017, the Czech MoD ordered an additional 20 Pandur vehicles, at a cost of $82 million.

Crisis and Austerity

Although the Austrian Army once had plans to pursue domestic Pandur II 8x8 procurement, the current dire state of the Austrian defense budget precludes the implementation of such a plan. As a result, the Austrian Army is prioritizing the retrofit and modernization of existing Pandur I vehicle stocks.

However, GDELS's new partnership with Excalibur Army may allow the Pandur series to find an expanded degree of success in new markets outside the traditional eurozone base. In addition, the Pandur II could prove an attractive procurement option for Eastern European states seeking to bolster their mechanized defense capabilities in response to the Russian Federation's forcible annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and ongoing military intervention in Eastern Ukraine.

Source:  Forecast International Weapons Group
Associated URL: forecastinternational.com
Source Date: August 14, 2018
Author: Dean Lockwood, Military Vehicles 
Posted: 08/14/2018

 
 
LEBANESE ARMY RECEIVES FOURTH BATCH OF BRADLEY COMBAT VEHICLES
Sunday, August 12, 2018
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Source: Lebanese Army Command


Source: Lebanese Army Command


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BEIRUT -- The Lebanese Armed Forces received through the port of Beirut the fourth batch of M2A2 Bradley Combat vehicles that consisted of 8 vehicles along with their spare parts in the frame of the United States Aid Program dedicated to LAF.

To date, the United States has provided to the Lebanese Army with 32 Bradley M2A2 infantry fighting vehicles, 40 M198 howitzers; 50 armored Humvees; an armed Cessna aircraft with Hellfire missiles; 55 mortar systems; 50 Mark-19 automatic grenade launchers; 800 50-caliber machine guns; 4,000 M4 rifles; over half a million rounds of ammunition; 320 night vision devices and thermal sights; and 360 secure communication radios.

Source:  Lebanese Army Command
Associated URL: https://www.lebarmy.gov.lb/en/content/army-received-fourth-batch-bradley-combat-vehicles
Source Date: August 12, 2018
Posted: 08/14/2018

 

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