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According to Radio Farda (Iran), a large number of new combat and reconnaissance drones were delivered to the Iranian army on Sunday, April 19, and IRGC-linked news agency Tasnim presented details about each model on April 21.

Russia’s Advanced Research Foundation is progressing with the testing of its unmanned ground vehicles at the edge of current robotics mastery. Unveiled in December 2019, the Marker robot is a platform for exploring new military robotics technologies. Two platforms in a tracked configuration have been tested and a wheeled version is also in development.

Houthi militia in Yemen continues to manufacture hybrid combat vehicles as an American-made HMMWV (Humvee) High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle fitted with a Soviet-made BMP-1 73mm turret mounted on the roof of the vehicle. The conflicts in Syria or Libya saw also rebel forces using captured military equipment to make combat vehicles offering more mobility and firepower.

As one of the most popular products in the international drone defense and security markets, China's Wing Loong family of UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) has been exported to more than a dozen countries in recent years, with customers in China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Algeria. The sales of the Chinese UAV are still increasing year by year, with a well-deserved reputation all over the world.

BMPT-3: The third generation of BMPT fire support vehicle will be based on the tracked armored chassis platform Armata with a new unmanned turret armed with a single 57mm cannon instead of the 2A42 30mm twin-cannons mounted to the BMP-T and BMPT-72. This type of weapon is also mounted on the 2S38 Derivatsiya-PVO self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) based on a BMP-3 tracked IFV chassis.

Israeli company Plasan is one of the first companies to offer N/GVA (NATO Generic Vehicle Architecture) based platforms. Using Plasan's vetronics solution, the SandCat 4x4 armored vehicles' family is ready for any systems and subsystems to be installed. The integration process will be easier and faster. Modularity is a key factor in the SandCat family. An ambulance variant has just been added to it.

Analysis and technical review about the new Heckler & Koch M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifle (SDMR), which started to enter in service with United States Army. In April 2016 Heckler & Koch confirmed that a lighter version of the G28 (derived from the MR308/MR762, which is based on the HK417) had won the U.S. Army's Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System contract to replace the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System under the name of M110A1.

The airspace above future battlefields is expected to be increasingly congested with large numbers of unmanned aerial systems, manned aircraft, munitions and missiles filling the skies. To de-conflict airspace activities of friendly forces and rapidly counter an enemy’s actions on the battlefield requires new technologies to effectively integrate effects from all domains.

The main feature of the new model named KrAZ-"Atlant", is the power unit rear location. This configuration is in demand for various types of military vehicles, while it’s a great lottery to find brand proper offers on the market. On the top of that price for such special modifications from big-name manufacturers is often a reason for armor and superstructure builders to modify standard truck chassis with a bad effect on the quality and performance of the final product.

The creation of a wireless closed segment of data transmission (ZSPD or military Internet) has been completed in the Arctic. It connected autonomous Arctic island and continental bases between themselves and with the mainland. Data transmission and traffic no longer depend on the geographical latitude and weather. Experts believe the new system will streamline combat control of remote military units, the Izvestia daily writes.

The state defense Company Ukroboronprom has developed an upgraded version of the BM-21 122mm MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System called BM-21UM Berest. The new BM-21UM could replace the Soviet-made BM-21 Grad used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to official information, Ukrainian Ground Forces still operate about 300 BM-21 systems.

Military vehicles, like infantry carriers and tanks, have numerous functions that need to be maintained, and a damaged part may leave a vehicle rooted for months waiting for a replacement part. Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are responding to this by exploring new ways to print durable steel parts on-demand, with feedstock more than 50 percent stronger than what’s commercially available, said Brandon McWilliams, ARL manufacturing and technology branch team lead. Thomas Brading elaborates.

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