Focus and analysis weapons military technology of defence industry

The development of the Tornado-U advanced truck has reached its final stage, according to the Red Star (Krasnaya Zvezda) newspaper of the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD). The Tornado-U new military truck of enhanced cross-country capacity and carrying capability was presented at the Army 2015 international military-technical forum.

Russia's Remdiesel company has unveiled the updated variant of the MTLB light armoured tractor designated MLBSh (Multi-Purpose Light Protected Amphibious Chassis). According to the official catalogue of the Remdiesel, the MLBSh features a laden weight of 10,500 kg, a payload of 2,500 kg and a crew of two. The volume of the vehicle's cargo compartment reaches 5.5 cubic m, and it can tow a 7,000 kg trailer.

According a news release on the official website of USA army, October 2, 2017, the first 2,000 new M17 9mm semi-automatic pistols will be delivered to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The "Screaming Eagles" will be the first in a long line of units to receive the new 9mm pistol, which is meant as a replacement for the existing M9, which is quickly approaching the end of its useful service life.

The French Army has recently deployed the Souvim 2 in the North of Mali, a latest generation of mine detection vehicle to increase the operation capacities of engineer troops of the French armed forces. The SOUVIM 2 is a road mine clearing system designed and manufactured by MBDA since 2008.

The Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) research-and-manufacturing corporation, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has finished the delivery of special firefighting vehicles under the State Defense Order (GOZ) ahead of schedule, according to the company's press department. "Twelve special firefighting vehicles have been delivered to the Ministry of Defense [MoD] within two years. The last one was shipped to the customer this week, two months ahead of schedule," the press department said in a statement.

During the NATO Days in Czech Republic, Tatra Defence Vehicle has presented a self-propelled mortar vehicle, a new variant in the Pandur II CZ 8x8 armoured vehicle family. Tatra has developed this vehicle to response to a new request of the Czech army for a fire support vehicle.

The latest generation of Terminator 2 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) alos caller BMPT-72 hit the market with excellent prospects, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told Russia-24 TV channel. "The Terminator has actually exploded the market of military hardware and has excellent prospects as it is unprecedented for any army. No other military-industrial complex has such a vehicle and is unlikely to get it in the near future," he said.

Armored hardware expert Sergei Suvorov assessed the modern state of the Russian tank forces. He told Izvestia daily that the latest in the Russian army tank pool are T-90A, T-80UE-1 and T-72B3 tanks. The Russian tanks are not inferior to modern western analogues in most combat characteristics and exceed them is several parameters. The mentioned tanks are not new vehicles but a modernized family of T-72/90 and T-80. Actually the West has not been producing new tanks for a long time either.

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