Russia’s Secret Weapon: Armored Vehicles That Can ‘Fly’

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Since the 1970s, the Russian military has possessed a diverse fleet of armored vehicles it can drop out of airplanes … with parachutes, of course.

The BMD family of infantry fighting vehicles is armed to the teeth with autocannons, machine guns and anti-tank missiles. And despite being very much a product of the Cold War, the little fighting vehicles have continued to see combat — and the new BMD-4 variant is even packing a 100-millimeter gun. Read more

Ukraine’s Army to Receive new main Battle Tanks and Armoured Vehicles

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will receive the new and modernized tanks, military vehicles and equipment by the end of the year.

“According to my instructions, 72 modernized T-72 tanks should be sent to the Armed Forces this year. We’re buying the newest vehicles manufactured in Lviv, we saw the potential of a new fire engine based on the T-72,” he said during his visit to Lviv armored plant on Friday, July 14.

Also Ukrainian military will receive the new batch of Dozor-B (4×4) armoured personnel carriers and new Oplot main battle tanks. Read more

Nigeria Starts Receiving Armored Vehicles from Streit

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July 17 (UPI) — The Streit Group has delivered 25 new 4×4 armored personnel carriers to the Nigerian armed forces, the first of 177 vehicles on order.

Streit said late last month that the batch delivered was composed of its Spartan APCs and Typhoon 4×4 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles.

The Spartan provides protection against both ballistic and blast threats with crew compartment protection of CEN Level BR6 armor. Read more

US Armored Vehicles Seen Pouring into Syria

WASHINGTON — Over the last week videos and pictures posted by Kurdish activists on social media show flatbed trucks delivering U.S.-made MRAP, M-ATVs, and up-armored bulldozers into Syria.

Military officials say these vehicles are not part of the U-S.-led coalition’s aid to Kurdish allies on the ground who are currently engaged in a tense street-by-street urban battle in Raqqa — ISIS’s self-proclaimed capital. Read more