Chinese Version of Russian Armored ‘Bumerang’ Reaches Testing Phase


A copy of the state-of-the-art Russian armored personnel carrier Bumerang (Boomerang) will soon enter service in the Chinese armed forces, according to media.

China is finalizing the development of the VP-10, an analogue of the sophisticated Russian-made armored personnel carrier Bumerang (Boomerang), the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported.China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has already presented the prototype of the VP-10 at one of the country’s military exhibitions. Its design is similar to the Bumerang armored vehicle.

For example, the NORINCO VP-10’s engine is installed at the front of the hull, and the troops can leave the vehicle via rear doors, or roof hatches.

The new Chinese armored vehicle is expected to be equipped with different types of combat modules. A lighter version of the machine will be capable of carrying between ten and twelve fully kitted soldiers. A version of the vehicle with heavy weapons on board can only carry eight soldiers.

Like the Bumerang, the amphibious NORINCO VP-10 will have an 8×8 configuration and can be transported by aircraft.In addition to being put on service in the Chinese army, the new armored vehicle is due to be supplied to African and Latin American countries.

According to the website, the NORINCO VP-10 is currently undergoing a series of tests before being delivered to an unnamed customer.



Ukraine Receives More Obsolete Armored Vehicles From UK

A Ukrainian weapons system installed on a British Saxon military armored personnel carrier during a presentation of new samples of Ukrainian-made weapons for the Ukrainian Army at a military base in Novi Petrivtsi outside Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, April 4, 2015

A second batch of redundant Saxon APCs arrived in Ukraine earlier this week, a senior adviser to President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.

“Well, 55 Saxons have reached Ukraine. 20 will be converted for use as frontline medical evacuation vehicles and the rest – as armored command vehicles,” Yuri Biryukov said in a Facebook post Saturday.

“The Saxons cost us around 51,000 pounds apiece. With proper use we could be getting a whole lot of them. They are better than the (Russian-made) UAZ-452, or UAZ-469, aren’t they?” Biryukov added.

In March General Sir Richard Dannatt, who served as Britain’s Chief of the General Staff between 2006 and 2009, said he believed the Saxon armored vehicles were “quite useless.”

“My concern is the inadequate nature of these vehicles which I ordered out of British Army front line service when I was Commander in Chief Land Command 2005-2006. They were withdrawn from Iraq and never deployed in southern Afghanistan,” Dannatt told The Daily Telegraph.

The UK no longer uses the Saxon — but they are still utilized by countries including Nigeria and Bahrain for moving troops around.

Ukraine accepted delivery of 20 Saxon armored vehicles from Britain in February to be weaponized and put into action by the army.

Kurganets-25 Armored Personnel Carrier

The Kurganets-25 is a tracked modular platform that will be used as a basis to build new types of infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers.

Kurganets-25 armored personnel carriers

MOSCOW. The Kurganets-25 platform can carry a crew of three and eight personnel. It is a fully amphibious vehicle, travelling at a speed of over 6 miles per hour in the water.

The Kurganets-25 platform can be fitted with a 30mm automatic cannon, a 7.62mm machine gun and four Kornet anti-tank guided missile launchers.

The first combat-ready vehicles are set to be produced by 2020 as only prototypes have been displayed so far.

Over 100 US armored vehicles roll into Latvia, NATO flexes muscles in Europe

   March 09, 2015 

An Abrams main battle tank, for US troops deployed in the Baltics as part of NATO's Operation Atlantic Resolve, leaves Riga port March 9, 2015. (Reuters/Ints Kalnins)

An Abrams main battle tank, for US troops deployed in the Baltics as part of NATO’s Operation Atlantic Resolve, leaves Riga port March 9, 2015. (Reuters/Ints Kalnins)

Latvia has confirmed more than 120 armored units, including tanks, have been delivered by the US. According to the Latvian Ministry of Defense, these include M1A2 Abrams tanks and M2A3 Bradley armored vehicles.

The move to deploy yet more tanks and armored vehicles was welcomed by Latvian Minister of Defense Raymond Vejonis.“The presence of our allies (US and NATO) in Latvia is a confirmation of solidarity and security in the region,” Vejonis said in a statement on Twitter.

The tanks were delivered to Latvia via Riga Freeport after being offloaded from the carrier ship Liberty Promise on Monday. US Army General John O’Conner who witnessed the tanks arriving on Latvian soil said, “Freedom must be fought for, freedom must be defended,” as reported by the US Embassy Riga Twitter feed.

He also added their delivery would “demonstrate resolve to President Putin and Russia that collectively we can come together,” while General O’Connor also mentioned, they would stay “for as long as required to deter Russian aggression,” as reported by AFP.

Following the secession of Crimea to Russia, the US has been keen to boost its presence in the Baltic States and Poland to help guard against ‘perceived’ Russian aggression. There are currently more than 150 American troops in Latvia.

On March 6, NATO forces carried out drills with their Latvian counterparts. As part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, Canadian and American soldiers, in cooperation with their Latvian partners conducted exercises in winter conditions. These included training to spot enemy positions as well as calling in indirect fire support. They took place at the Adazi training grounds.

Similar drills also took place in Poland. Live-fire training exercises were conducted at Drawsko Pomorskie in the north of the country, while troops from Poland’s 12th Mechanized Division were also involved.

The ‘temporary’ deployment of US troops in Poland and the Baltic states has been extended through to 2015, which was confirmed by a spokesman for the US Embassy in Poland.

A 1997 Russia-NATO agreement forbids the alliance from having troops permanently stationed in the Baltic States, so the deployment remains a temporary mission. However, it’s not immediately clear when, if ever, NATO would consider the ‘perceived’ threat of Russian aggression is no longer valid and would withdraw the troops. Drills incorporated into Operation Atlantic Resolve have been taking place since April 2014.

The US is keen to expand the operation from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Romania and Bulgaria have already joined to create a ‘southern’ flank, while Hungary, the Czech Republic and Georgia could also agree to take part, according to a US Army official spearheading the effort.

“So by the end of the summer, you could very well see an operation that stretches from the Baltics all the way down to the Black Sea,” said Colonel Michael Foster, of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, which is based in Italy. “As you connect countries, there is almost a line of US troops,” as cited by Defense News on March 2.

Russian Deputy defense Minister Anatoly Antonov says Allied forces are ignoring diplomacy and NATO is using the situation in Ukraine to push closer to Russia’s border. However, he dismissed drills being carried out in the Baltic States, Poland and the Black Sea were a threat to Russia.

“Instead of uniting forces to fight evil, the worst of which is terrorism, Western nations are drawing new divisive lines, trying to realize containment schemes against unwelcome states. Today, Russia has been chosen as the target,” Antonov said on March 5.

He cited another example of a NATO military parade on February 24, held just 300 meters from the Russian border, in the Estonian town of Narva. About 140 pieces of armor and 10 times as many troops, including US soldiers, took part in that event.

Moscow saw it as a stab in its direction, but Estonia defended its right to host a parade, saying it can move military whichever way it likes on its territory – the same argument used by Russia when accused of military build-up along its borders.

A freight train carrying a whole column of American armored vehicles was caught on camera in Latvia in December. Dalbe Railway Station, where the train was reportedly spotted, is less than 300 kilometers from the Russian border.

The train was carrying at least 38 vehicles and several semitrailers, including eight Bradley Fighting Vehicles, nine M113 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), four petrol tankers, Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTTs), High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), an M88 Hercules Armory recovery vehicle, a couple of trucks, some tactical engineering and medical vehicles, at least four containers and a pair of railcars with ammunition.

NATO are not only bringing their own tanks and armored vehicles to the Baltic States. They are also pushing Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to purchase weapons from richer allies.

Estonia recently negotiated the acquisition of the $55-million Javelin anti-tank missile system. It has also signed what’s been described as “the largest procurement contract ever” for purchasing 44 infantry combat vehicles worth €138 million ($154 million) from the Netherlands.

Latvia is splashing out more than €54 million ($60 million) on a package that includes 123 British combat vehicles. Lithuania bought a €34-million ($38 million) GROM air defense system from Poland in September.

Ukraine intends to show APCs “BTR-4 MB” at an exhibition in Baku

9/12/2013 APA (Azerbaijan)
Ukraine intends to represent APCs “BTR-4 MB” for Azerbaijan. APA reports citing military sources, the company “Ukroboronprom” intends to demonstrate APCs “BTR-4 MB” for military structures of Azerbaijan in the international defense exhibition «ADEX-2014″ in Baku. In this regard, the Ukrainian side turned to the organizing committee of the exhibition in Azerbaijan.

Iraq has agreed to take another batch of Kharkov APCs

Iraq has agreed to take another batch of Kharkov APCs

04.09.2013 Ukrinform
Ukrainian-Iraqi agreement for the supply of BTR-4, (made at the Kharkiv Malyshev Plant), performed in the normal mode. Ukrinform Deputy Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration Andriy Mochenkov said. “We have enough optimism. Iraq has agreed to take another batch of BTR-4 “, – he said.

Recall that in early August, Ukrainian media reported the alleged refusal of the Iraqi side to take another batch of BTR-4. Journalists with reference to the representative of the Odessa Varamar, which was transporting armored vehicles, reported that the Iraqis refused to unload the armored personnel carriers to the bank because of alleged cracks in buildings. Since April, the ship was in international waters near Iraq.

The contract between Ukraine and Iraq includs the supply of 450 units of BTR-4, which produces the Kharkiv Malyshev Plant. Since 2010, Iraq has delivered nearly 100 pieces of the machine.

The Polish company began licensed production of Ukrainian BTR “Dozor-B”

20/08/2013 TSAMTO
According to “Jane’s Defence Weekly”, the Polish company “Mista» started licensed production of armored vehicles “Dozor-B” in the version of APC and is in the final stages of signing a contract for its delivery to the first foreign customer.

The Polish version of “Dozor-B” will be called “Ocilla”, and will be modified for NATO standards for ballistic and mine protection. The first prototype was built in late July with the components set by the Ukrainian side.