Russia tests new materiel at Zapad 2021 exercise
Unmanned systems such as UGVs, modernised IFVs with remote turrets, and a mine-laying system all appeared in a recent Russian exercise.
Kurganets-25 makes progress despite delays
Kurganmashzavod continues to push forward with its ambitious Kurganets range of future medium tracked vehicles. The programme remains resilient despite negative forecasts.
Army-2021: New-look BMP-3 with Berezhok makes its debut
Rostec subsidiaries have developed an up-armoured BMP-3 with the Berezhok combat module; meanwhile, work continues on the BMP-3M Manul.
Army-2021: Ka-52M explores MUM-T possibilities
If it passes state trials and enters serial production, the Ka-52M could become a valuable asset for Russian ISR and long-range strike missions.
31st August 2021
Russian armour-piercing tank ammunition has improved but it still lacks the punch of Western rivals.
27th August 2021
New medevac vehicle and tracked APC highlight commitment to protected mobility in the High North.
26th August 2021
Soft-skinned Strela-VPK-KBM may replace UAZ-469 light utility vehicle, while amphibious 4x4 recon platform could be successor to BRDM.
25th August 2021
The two new variants of the Taifun 4x4 armoured vehicle are designed to meet the needs of the Russian Airborne Forces.
20th August 2021
A navalised variant of the BMP-3 IFV may become a standard platform for Russian marines — but shortcomings remain.
6th July 2021
Russia wants to ‘Taifunise’ its armoured vehicle fleet but progress is slow.
1st July 2021
Manufacturer VPK claims to have made progress on developing a remotely controlled version of the Bumerang 8x8 — but it hard to see the Russian Ground Forces adopting it soon.
14th June 2021
Unresolved problems over the reliability of heavy UGVs fail to stop a decision to proceed with a prototype of the Shturm system.
4th June 2021
Will the Russian Airborne Troops be armed with a 152mm wheeled self-propelled howitzer?
13th May 2021
A draft 2024-2033 State Armament Programme should be ready by September.
4th May 2021
A dependence on foreign-made microelectronics remains a critical vulnerability for the Russian defence sector.
21st April 2021
Russia wants to expand its fleet of robotic ground vehicles and is setting up a unit equipped with combat UGVs – but doctrine and CONOPS require more work.
15th April 2021
Claims ring hollow that the upgraded T-80BVM would function in Arctic conditions.
9th April 2021
Russian optimism on arms exports to Saudi Arabia is energised by icier relations between Riyadh and Washington.
3rd March 2021
What is the next step for the Udar combat UGV, after it has already undergone two redesigns in its short lifetime?
22nd February 2021
Bumerang has been approved for export and presented at two trade shows already this year – but as its name suggests, efforts to sell the wheeled armoured platform could rebound.
19th February 2021
The tactical role of 2S38 Derivatsiya-PVO may be diminished unless guided or programmable munitions can be successfully integrated.
2nd February 2021
The Sprut-SDM1 programme appears to be making headway in Russia — but criticism remains.
26th January 2021
There are a number of reasons for doubting whether the BMD-4 is still a good fit for Russian airborne troops.
25th January 2021
Atlet vehicles arguably offer better capabilities than the Tigr range, although the latter is likely to remain in production.