Manoeuvre in the Digital World

Manoeuvre in the Digital World

'Digital Transformation' is currently thriving within civilian, commercial and public sectors - signalling a new era of data and information technology-centric thinking and practice. The armed forces have also felt the effects, both organizationally and on the battlefield.

The manoeuvre force is one such force embracing the concept, adopting technologies which reduce maintenance costs, manpower burdens, speed up decision cycles and support battle management. In light of this Defence iQ have published this white paper 'Manoeuvre in the Digital World' - designed to address the impact of digitization processes and digital technologies on the contemporary armoured manoeuvre force.

Included in the paper is:
  • 'Digitization in Defence' an analysis on UK MOD digitization initiatives by PA Consulting
  • The Bundeswehr's 'Digitisation of Land-Based Operations' Programme
  • 'Protected Manoeuvre': The Australian Army's Transition to a Digitized Armoured Fleet
  • Digitized by Design: Innovating the AFV - in conversation with General Dynamics Land Systems

UGVs & Manoeuvre in the Future Urban Environment

UGVs & Manoeuvre in the Future Urban Environment

The rise of global megacities and the increasing fragility of metropolitan spaces due to environmental and geopolitical crises suggests that the likelihood of future conflict taking place in the urban environment is increasing. Recognizing this, land forces are modernizing their capability portfolios to enable them to fight and win in urban operations, and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) will play a critical role in enabling manoeuvre advantage.

In lieu of Defence iQ’s Unmanned Ground Vehicles forum in January 2020, as part of our annual International Armoured Vehicles conference, we are pleased to publish this paper on UGVs in the future urban environment and the future of armoured manoeuvre.

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Our contributing writers have provided a breadth and depth of insight into how UGVs are being deployed today, with case studies on:

  • Israel’s Carmel programme
  • Russia’s experience with the Uran-9 in Syria.

The report also looks at:

  • The U.S. and British Army’s ongoing testing and evaluation process relating to the rapid development of UGV technology,
  • The unique operational challenges future cities will present army commanders and tactical units. 

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Armoured Vehicles Eastern Europe | 2019 Regional programmes and requirements report

Armoured Vehicles Eastern Europe | 2019 Regional programmes and requirements report

The Eastern European current security context is prompting armies to prioritise the modernisation of their mechanised units and the acquisition of new platforms which offer them versatility in roles, speed and mobility. Ahead of this year’s Armoured Vehicles Eastern Europe conference, Defence IQ have compiled an update on the current armoured vehicles key ongoing programmes and requirements of the region’s armies, the majority of which will be present at the event. 

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Download the report to learn more about:

  • Bulgaria’s BGN 1.464 billion acquisition of 150 armoured vehicles – 90 combat and 60 special-purpose and support vehicles
  • Czech Republic’s plans to procure 210 tracked armoured vehicles as a replacement for its obsolete Russian-designed BPM-2 tracked IFVs and APCs
  • Slovak Republic’s US$1.3 billion purchase of a range of new armoured transport vehicles to replace Soviet-era OT-64 legacy platforms
  • Estonia’s plans for procurement of IFVs, the improvement of anti-tank capability of manoeuvre units and the replacement of the current light weapon systems

The following countries, which are mentioned in the report all have active procurement programmes and will be attending Armoured Vehicles Eastern Europe 2019:

  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Slovak Republic
  • Ukraine

Other countries mentioned in the report are as follows:

  • Estonia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovenia
  • Turkey

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The Czech MoD is looking to procure 210 tracked armoured vehicles for the army in order to replace its current fleet of obsolete Russian-designed BMP-2 tracked IFVs and APCs. Once the contract – worth $2 billion – is signed, deliveries are anticipated to begin in 2019 and take place over the ensuing ten years. Among the expected bidders are Zetor Tractors, which has developed a new tracked IFV for military-use in the form of the WOLFDOG.

January 2017 saw the Czech MoD award a $82 million contract to…

Special Feature: Armoured Vehicles Investment Outlook 2016-2026

Special Feature: Armoured Vehicles Investment Outlook 2016-2026

This special feature seeks to provide a long-term outlook for global armoured vehicle production, highlighting in particular where potential investors in the protected mobility industry should be looking, in order to secure the highest possible return. Several major defence primes across Europe and the US are explored for financials and recent or upcoming contracts, and broader investigations are made into which countries stand to achieve the most (and the least) growth, in absolute and relative terms, over the next twenty years in this vital industry. Rory Jackson reports for Defence IQ.

Armoured Vehicles in Asia: Key Programmes and Requirements Report

Armoured Vehicles in Asia: Key Programmes and Requirements Report

Ahead of this year’s Armoured Vehicles Asia Conference, Defence IQ compiled a comprehensive report highlighting active ongoing programmes and key requirements in the Armoured Vehicle space in the region, as militaries invest in solutions and adapt to the modern battlefield against a wide array of threats and challenges. Rapid growth of the region’s market can be attributed to increasing indigenous R&D activities in order to develop advanced designs of hybrid armoured vehicles for missions such as enhanced border, maritime patrolling and ISR. The report offers insights into the activity of nations that will be present at the Armoured Vehicles Asia conference, such as:

  • Bangladesh – procurement of 680 new Light Armoured Vehicles for a total value of US$1 billion 
  • India – update on the Future Infantry Combat Vehicle competition that is valued at US$15 billion
  • Indonesia – update on recent deliveries and current capabilities of the Army
  • Malaysia – delivery of the Armoured Engineer Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle version of the AV-8 Wheeled Armoured Vehicle
  • Republic of Korea – production of 100 6x6 KW1 and 500 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles by 2023 
  • Thailand – deliveries of NORINCO ZBL-09 Snow LEOPARD APC under a US$1.6 million contract, expected to be completed in 2020

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Key benefits of downloading the report:

  • Know top acquisition priorities from countries that will be present at Armoured Vehicles Asia
  • Develop business strategies by meeting the right people from countries having active programmes and key requirements at Armoured Vehicles Asia
  • Gain insights into investment trends from your peers

Other countries present in this report include:

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan

Tailored to local challenges, Armoured Vehicles Asia will provide a platform for the discussion of armoured vehicle deployment, procurement, cooperation, and sustainment within the Asia-Pacific - attracting commanders of mechanised and armoured infantry, acquisition specialists and security experts from across the region. You can view the full conference agenda here

The rise of robotics in the U.S. Army: An insight from the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence

The rise of robotics in the U.S. Army: An insight from the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence

The Maneuver Center of Excellence of the U.S. Army is at the heart of the Pentagon’s plans to invest US$1 billion over the next few years for the development of robotics systems, having held their first-ever Robotics Industry Day this summer. “In conventional operations, as well as in the urban and asymmetric environment, robotics present many obvious benefits for combat troops” declares Ted Maciuba, Deputy Director of the Robotics Requirements at the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and speaker at IAVs 2019 during his interview with Defence IQ. 

Download the full interview below to learn more about the place and opportunity of robotics for land forces on situational awareness, manoeuvre and connectivity. 

Global Armoured Vehicle Market Report 2019

Global Armoured Vehicle Market Report 2019

The globally changing strategic context surrounding the armoured vehicles and related equipment market has made it even more wide-ranging, seeing a significant increase in UGVs, artificial intelligence, virtual training and survivability equipment. This growing market is expected to reach US$31.26 Billion by 2021, driven by increasing armed conflicts, terrorism among others.

This edition of Defence IQ’s annual Global Armoured Vehicles Market Report outlines key programmes across the globe, future requirements and current holdings. 

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