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  • Antitank Support to German Armoured Vehicles - 22.03.2018

    Rheinmetall has integrated the MELLS (German acronym standing for multirole-capable light antitank missile system) missile into the Marder 1A5 infantry fighting vehicle, the company announced on 20 March. Following the successful conclusion of the study phase, the Bundeswehr subsequently ordered 44 MELLS retrofit kits, which were delivered in December 2017. The company said a tot

  • Failed Replenishment Led Suspension - 21.03.2018

    Indonesian Navy’s Rover-class replenishment tanker, KRI Arun (903), is currently listing towards its starboard side after a failed replenishment-at-sea operation and has been taken out of service.

    The incident, which took place on 19 March, occurred during the replenishment of the multipurpose hospital ship, KRI Dr Soeharso (990).&

  • VARUNA To Be Reiterated - 21.03.2018

    India and France agreed to reiterate the bilateral maritime exercise VARUNA in three sea areas, namely, the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and South Western Indian Ocean.

    The navies of India and France have conducted VARUNA exercise since 2001 and there have been fifteen editions of the same till date. The last edition of VARUNA was conducted off the French Coast in Apr

  • Donated Mig-29s To Be Commissioned This Year - 21.03.2018

    Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin revealed on 19 March that six MiG-29s fighter jets that Russia donated to Serbia will have their first test flights and enter service by the end of 2018.

    The MiGs are being provided by Moscow at no charge, but their assembly, repair, and refurbishing costs are expected to near $235 million in total. The aircraft were handed over to S

  • USN Seeks Cost Savings in New Carriers - 21.03.2018

    The US Navy issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) on 19 March to Huntington Ingalls Industries for a two-ship acquisition of CVN 80 and CVN 81 in an effort to achieve cost savings. 

    The US Naval Air Systems Command published a statement regarding the issue, saying that two-ship buy is a contracting strategy the Navy has effectively used in the 1980s to procure Nimitz-clas

  • Australia Declares IOC for P-8A - 21.03.2018

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, Australia’s Defence Minister Marise Payne has announced. The milestone came five months ahead of the original schedule.

    To date, six out of 12 ordered P-8As have arrived in Australia and home-based in

  • Latvia Received First TPS-77 MRR - 21.03.2018

    Latvia has received the first of three TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar (MRR) air systems from Lockheed Martin. 

    The company recently completed a successful site acceptance test of a TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar (TPS-77 MRR) marking an on-time delivery of the first of three radars to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Latvia. The contract for three TPS-77 MRRs was s

  • F-35 Comments Resulted in Early Retirement - 21.03.2018

    Jane's reported that German Air Force (Luftwaffe) Chief Lieutenant General Karl Müllner's insistence on F-35 acquisition caused his early retirement.

    Müllner has made a number of comments in favour of the US production F-35 Lightning II regarding the acquisition of a replacement for the Tornado aircraft, which nears the end of its service life. However, these st

  • Japan Commissioned New Submarine Rescue Ship - 21.03.2018

    Japan has commissioned the submarine rescue ship JS Chiyoda (ASR 404)   in a ceremony held on 20 March in Okayama Prefecture in western Japan. 

    Launched in October 2016, JS Chiyoda replaced the former JS Chiyoda (AS 405) which was decommissioned on the same day. The 128 metre-long ship has a beam of 20 metres and a displaceme

  • 'Atak' in Pakistan - 21.03.2018

    Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) production T-129 Attack helicopters have been sent to Pakistan. According to the information obtained, while the negotiations between the two countries on two ATAK helicopters continue, three ATAK helicopters will perform a demonstration flight on Pakistan's Liberation Day. The helicopters in service with Turkish Land Forces Command were sent to

  • Egypt to Buy Puma II UAS - 20.03.2018

    Egypt will acquire RQ-20B Puma II AE tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from the US through a $9,1 million foreign military sales contract. According to the US Department of Defence notice, the UAVs will be delivered by September 2020. 

    The main contractor of the contract, AeroVironment company, said the Puma II AE small UAS will feature the new Mantis i4

  • The US' New Smoke Grenade Will Obscure IR Detection - 20.03.2018

    The US Army is working on developing a new kind of smoke that obscures both visible and IR detection.

    In parallel of the advancement of sensors beyond the visible region, the new smoke grenades will provide invisibility to the soldiers in both visual and IR spectrums and will contain fewer amounts of toxic material compared to conventional smoke grenades. Zach Zander, a rese

  • Second-of-class Vessel Commissioned - 20.03.2018

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second of three Awaji-class mine countermeasures vessels in a ceremony held on 16 March in Kanagawa Prefecture. The first-of-class JS Awaji was commissioned one year ago today.

    Launched in February 2017, JS Hirado began sea trials in September 2017. Awaji class has a length of 67 metres, a beam of 11 metres

  • Logistics System Upgrade for F-35s - 20.03.2018

    A joint team consisting of Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce and the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) subject matter experts successfully completed the rollout of a major upgrade to the F-35’s fleet management system. 

    All F-35 operational bases around the globe were upgraded with the latest version of the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS version

  • Lancer Successfully Test-fired LRASM - 20.03.2018

    Lockheed Martin successfully tested a production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber. During the test announced by the company on 19 March, a B-1B has launched an LRASM over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, successfully impacting the maritime target and meeting test objectives. 

    LRASM is designed to detect and destr

  • Typhoon Deployed in Greece For The First Time - 20.03.2018

    The UK Royal Air Force has sent six Typhoon aircraft to Greece to take part in the Medium-sized Multinational Aviation Exercise Iniochos. The exercise is run annually and is based at the Hellenic Air Force’s facilities at the Air Tactics Centre on the Andravida Air Base. The exercise will last for 15 days and the intention is to provide high-quality training, which is

  • China to start Sea Tests of Electromagnetic Railguns - 19.03.2018

    According to Chinese official media reports, Chinese navy is at the stage of testing electromagnetic railguns, at ships. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy indirectly confirmed tests of electromagnetic railguns on a warship.  The weapon was spotted on a Chinese Navy Yuting I Class landing craft and images of it have quickly spread across the Internet. However, no official informat

  • MiG fraud in Sri Lanka revealed - 19.03.2018

    Sri Lanka’s daily Sunday Times has uncovered about alleged corruption on the purchase of MiG-27s from Ukraine. A three-year investigation by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) into the procurement of MiG-27 fighter jets for the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has bared some details. A document signed between Ukraine’s arms export company Ukrinmarsh and the Sri Lanka Air F

  • Denmark to increase its defence budget by 20 percent - 19.03.2018

    The Danish government have reached the agreement regarding the Danish Defence for the period 2018-2023. In view of the new security political situation, (‘Venstre’ (the Liberal Party), the Liberal Alliance and the Conservatives) and the Social Democrats, the Danish People’s Party and the Social-Liberal Party agree to increase the annual Danish defence budget by €108 milli

  • USS Colorado Commissioned - 19.03.2018

    The US Navy commissioned its newest fast attack submarine USS Colorado (SSN 788), during a ceremony on 17 March at Connecticut’s Naval Submarine Base. 

    The platform is the 15th Virginia-class fast attack submarine and the fifth Virginia-class Block III submarine. The 114,8-metre long submarine has a displacement of 7 thousand 800 tons submerged and is the fou

  • USS Tulsa Completes Acceptance Trials - 19.03.2018

    The eighth Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) built by Austal USA, USS Tulsa (LCS 16), successfully completed acceptance trials March 9 after a series of in-port and underway demonstrations for the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey. 

    The milestone comes almost exactly a year after the ship was launched. During trials, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the future USS

  • Record Pursue by Akula - 19.03.2018

    A new information emerges every other day about Russia's Project 971 Shchuka-B (NATO reporting name: Akula) class nuclear-powered submarines. Speaking to Russian Defence Ministry television Zvezda, an official said that they followed an adversary submarine for days unnoticed at the Barents Strait. The Russian officer said, "We have been following for days since the first contact withou

  • LCS' Mine Reconnaissance Module Passed Tests - 19.03.2018

    The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Modules (MM) program successfully completed Developmental Testing (DT) of the Coastal Mine Reconnaissance (CMR) mission module aboard USS Coronado (LCS 4) off the coast of Southern California on 22 February, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced on 15 March. 

    Consisting of the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicl

  • Russian Nuclear Sub Tests US Borders - 19.03.2018

    It was announced that a Russian submarine performed a military exercise near a US Naval base. No information was given about the location and timing of the classified drill.

    According to the statement of a Russian commander who spoke to the Russian Defense Ministry's official television Zvezda (Star), the Russian nuclear-powered submarine carried out a military exercise&

  • USAF Urges Boeing on KC-46 - 19.03.2018

    The US Air Force is urging Boeing to accelerate the deliveries of KC-46 aerial refuelling aircraft. 

     After Boeing's latest announcement of a further delay in the first aircraft delivery to the Air Force, Undersecretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan visited KC-46A Pegasus production facility on 14 March. “While Boeing has built a superb capab

  • Mig to overhaul Bulgarian Mig-29s - 16.03.2018

    NATO member Bulgaria is now able to work with Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG to overhaul and maintain its fleet of ageing MiG-29 fighter jets. Sofia had initially hoped to sign a four-year deal worth $51.45 million with Russian firm but had to delay it following an appeal by Ukrainian arms exporter Ukrinmash. Ukrainian company Ukrinmash eventually lost the case. Bulgaria continues its search

  • HMLA-367 replaces AH-1W with AH-1Z - 16.03.2018

    AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters flying at Marine Corps Base Hawaii as a part of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 retire. The newest variant of the aircraft, the AH-1Z Viper replaced the whiskey models. HMLA-367 received its first three AH-1Zs in December 2017 to begin replacing the AH-1Ws, but it’s not the last the squadron will see of the cobras.

    The unit has eight AH-

  • Grand Re-organization in SSM - 15.03.2018

    A significant change in organization took place in the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM). An official notice on the changes was issued on 14 March. Thus, the functions of some departments were re-determined and new departments and group presidencies were established. There are now 18 departments instead of 20 and seven group presidencies. The titles of some presidenci

  • Export Clearance for Mako UAV - 15.03.2018

    Kratos' Mako unmanned aerial vehicle will soon be available for international customers.

    Kratos Defense announced today that it has received U.S. State Department approval to market its Mako High-Performance Jet Tactical Unmanned Aerial System to certain European and Asia Pacific region countries. 

    Mako UAV was unveiled for the first time at Paris AirShow 2017.

  • Early Delivery of S-400 - 15.03.2018

    Russia responded positively to Turkey regarding acceleration of S-400 missile system deliveries. 

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, "We are responding positively to a request of the Turkish colleagues to speed up the delivery." after a meeting in Moscow with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu. 

    Moscow and Ankara s

  • Czechia In Search of New Mortar System - 15.03.2018

    The Czech Republic will begin a search for a new 120 mm mortar system. According to a statement by the Army of the Czech Republic, the tender process is expected to commence in May 2021 with a potential contract signature late in 2021.

    The country plans to acquire 62 mortar systems with an expected delivery period between 2023-2025. Patria 120mm NEMO turreted mortar system, 

  • GlobalEye Makes Maiden Flight - 15.03.2018

    Saab’s GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft made its maiden flight from the company’s Linkoping production plant on 14 March. The aircraft, a modified Bombardier Global 6000 jet platform, undertook a 1 hour 46 minutes test flight collecting extensive flight-test data using the onboard instrumentation suite. This data is then used to verify the

  • Qatar Signs Contract for NH90 - 15.03.2018

    The Ministry of Defence of Qatar has announced a contract on 14 March for the purchase of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters.

    The overall programme is valued at more than €3 billion and includes 16 NH90 TTH for land operations, 12 NH90 NFH for naval missions, a comprehensive support, maintenance training services package and associated infrastructure.&

  • Fincantieri Will Cooperate with Barzan Holdings - 15.03.2018

    Italian Fincantieri and Qatari Ministry of Defence-owned Barzan Holdings signed a letter of intent aimed at studying possible forms of cooperation in the coastal defence surveillance sector, through the implementation of new technologies and cutting-edge program management and maintenance services within the Qatari naval programs. 

    The agreement was signed in Doha at DIMDEX

  • Christening Ceremony for Third OPV - 15.03.2018

    The UK Royal Navy's third River-Class Offshore Patrol Vessel has been formally named as HMS Trent at the Glasgow shipyard where she was built. 

    The service announced that HMS Trent will take to the water for the first time within the next few days to begin sea trials. The third of five OPVs, HMS Trent, will be armed with a medium-calibre gun and a flight d

  • Rheinmetall Wins Australian CRV Competition - 15.03.2018

    Australia has selected Rheinmetall to supply its new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles. 

    The Australian government announced on 14 March that Rheinmetall’s Boxer 8x8 won the $4 billion (AUD5,2 billion) Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle competition after a three-year tender. 211 vehicles will be delivered to the Australian Defence Force under the program.

  • First Asahi-class Destroyer Commissioned - 14.03.2018

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned its first Asahi (25DD)-class guided-missile destroyer, JS Asahi (with pennant number 119), in a ceremony held on 7 March in Nagasaki Prefecture. 

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) launched Asahi in October 2016. The second vessel of the class, Shiranui, was launched October 2017.&nbs

  • First Export Contract Signed for Bayraktar TB2 - 14.03.2018

    Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) System, developed by Turkish Baykar Makina and in operational use with the Turkish Armed Forces especially in counterterrorism missions, received its first export success in Qatar. Within the scope of the contract signed between Baykar and Qatar Armed Forces at DIMDEX 2018, 6 armed Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Air Vehicles, 3 ground control statio

  • Leonardo Adopts Cyber Countermeasures for Naval Gun - 14.03.2018

    Leonardo announced at the 2018 Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference in Qatar, that the Company’s OTO 76/62 Super Rapid (SR) naval gun has successfully ended an extensive vulnerability assessment campaign, ensuring that it will be resilient to cyber-attacks in the future. 

    As the system became increasingly more dependent on technology with con

  • Golden Cube Award to ASELSAN - 14.03.2018

    Turkish defence company ASELSAN has been selected the "Project Generator of the Year" at Teknopark Istanbul 4th Golden Cube event. 

    The 4th Golden Cube Award Ceremony, where companies operating in various sectors including defence, maritime, energy and health are nominated for awards in 15 categories, was held on 7 March at Teknopark Istanbul Confere

  • NMS 4x4 Contract Secured at DIMDEX - 14.03.2018

    Turkish armoured vehicle manufacturer Nurol Makina has secured a sales contract at DIMDEX 2018 fair for its NMS 4x4 vehicles. Under the contract, the company will deliver 214 vehicles to the Qatari Special Forces Command.

    Designed on a V-structured body and indigenous military chassis, 10-ton NMS 4x4 features independent suspension, continuous four-wheel drive, self-containe

  • RAF Prepares for Its 'Protectors' - 14.03.2018

    The UK Ministry of Defence revealed on 13 March that the Royal Air Force (RAF) is preparing to introduce Protector unmanned aerial vehicles into service, replacing MQ-9 Reapers it currently operates. The Ministry said the Protector Combined Test Team (CTT) is now coordinating the testing and evaluation of the Protector system.

    Also known as the Certifiable Predator B (C

  • The First 'Il-76MD-M' Delivered - 14.03.2018

    United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 13 March that the first upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MD-M transport aircraft has been delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defence.

    Russia sealed the first contract to upgrade Il-76MD military transport aircraft to the Il-76MD-M version in 2016. Under the contract, the aircraft’s flight and navigation, communications and defence

  • China To Introduce New J-20 Variants - 14.03.2018

    China will enhance the J-20 stealth fighter's capabilities. The deputy director of science and technology at Aviation Industry Corp of China, Yang Wei, said in an interview to China Daily that they will develop the J-20 into a large family and keep strengthening its information-processing and intelligent capacities while at the same time, begin research on a next-generation fighter&nbs

  • Korea Ordered Additional Taurus Missiles - 14.03.2018

    The Republic of Korea has inked a contract to purchase 90 more Taurus long-range air-to-ground missiles in addition to the 170 missiles ordered under a 2013 contract.

    "The contract was signed in late February," Kang Hwan-seok, spokesman for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), however, had not issued a news release on the contract. 


  • ScanEagle Grant to the Philippines - 13.03.2018

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) received 6 ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) on 13 March from the US through a foreign military financing grant which is estimated at $13.76 million. The UAVs will be used in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in support of internal security and counterterrorism operations. 

  • Beretta Invests in Qatari Market - 13.03.2018

    Qatar’s Barzan Holdings and Italian firearms manufacturer Beretta established a joint venture in Qatar, dubbed BINDIG, to supply weapons for the Qatari government. The construction of a new factory in Doha for the production of guns and shotguns is also planned and where, in the future, new light weapons systems can be developed. Beretta continues to increase the number of subsidiaries th

  • MQ-1 Officially Retired - 13.03.2018

    The US Air Force held the MQ-1 Predator’s official retirement ceremony on 9 March at Creech Air Force Base. The retirement marks the transition to an all MQ-9 Reaper force which will become the backbone of USAF drone operations. The retired Predators may enter duty with the US Navy, according to a previous statement by a USAF spokesperson. The Air Force is now working

  • Sarmat to Enter Duty Replacing Satan Missiles - 13.03.2018

    Russia is to begin disposal of ageing Voyevoda (NATO reporting name SS-18 Satan) intercontinental ballistic missiles and replace them with Sarmat missiles, Deputy Defense Minister Yuriy Borisov said on 12 March.

    "There can be no doubts we will have the new missile Sarmat by the time Voyevoda’s service life is over. It is expected that in contrast to its predecesso

  • Russian Hypersonic Missile Can Destroy Carriers - 13.03.2018

    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuriy Borisov said in a statement to the Russian military newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda that the Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile system could destroy large naval targets including aircraft carriers and destroyers.

    The newspaper also published details on test launch of the Dagger hypersonic missile, which Russian President Vladimir Putin r

  • USAF Limits Interactions With Public - 13.03.2018

    The US Air Force has changed its policy on information sharing, which has put restrictions on public disclosure. According to Defense News, until wing-level spokesmen have been certified by their corresponding major command, responses to reporter queries that potentially could include details about “operations, training or exercises, readiness or other issues which may reveal operational

  • Contract Signed on Armed AC-208 Sales To Afghanistan - 12.03.2018

    Orbital ATK has been awarded a US Air Force contract to deliver AC-208 armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to Afghanistan.

    Announced on 9 March, the $86,4 million contract is scheduled to be completed by June 2019. The number of aircraft to be delivered were not disclosed. 


  • Switzerland to Vote on New Fighter Procurement - 12.03.2018

    Switzerland is to hold a national referendum on its planned future fighter procurement. According to an announcement made on 9 March, voters will be asked if the country should proceed with a programme to replace the air force’s ageing fighters with a new aircraft, but unlike the previous referendum on the issue held in 2014, the type-selection will take place after the vote.

  • Uzi Changes Hands - 12.03.2018

    Israel is selling state-owned IMI Systems, maker of the Uzi submachine gun, to Elbit Systems for more than half a billion dollars, the finance ministry said on 11 March. IMI Systems is known in Turkey with the modernization of M-60 tanks.

    Elbit will buy IMI for $522 million and relocate the IMI facilities from central Israel to the southern Negev area. The ministry did

  • OTO Marlin 40 Naval Turret Unveiled at DIMDEX - 12.03.2018

    Leonardo is exhibiting for the first time the newest member of its naval defence systems family, OTO Marlin 40, at Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX). 

    of only 2,100 kg in its remotely controlled version, Marlin 40 is a highly manoeuvrable system with its barrel able to move at 120°/s. The manu

  • Trelleborg Launches Next-Generation Firestop Material - 12.03.2018

    Trelleborg launched its next-generation Firestop material, developed to protect personnel and equipment by minimising fire escalation, which is thinner and lighter than any current passive fire-protection materials available to the market.

    The newly formulated compound can easily be moulded and extruded in all shapes and profiles which reduce both costs and lead time fo

  • Modernized T-84 Ready For Trials - 12.03.2018

    A batch of newly modernised T-84 Oplot main battle tanks is soon to be delivered to Ukrainian Armed Forces for trials. Modernised T-84s have been equipped with passive and active protection systems and feature an increased capability to operate in all weather conditions thanks to its new sighting and targeting complex. 


  • Saudi Arabia Signs MOI for Additional Typhoons - 12.03.2018

    Saudi Arabia has signed a memorandum of intent on 9 March for the acquisition of 48 Eurofighter Typhoons. 

     "The UK Government has signed a Memorandum of Intent with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to aim to finalise discussions for the purchase of 48 Typhoon Aircraft," BAE Systems said on Friday in a statement to the London Stock Exchange. No

  • Weapon Detection Radar by ASELSAN for Counter-terrorism - 11.03.2018

    ASELSAN completed studies on radar systems for providing security in populated areas such as airports, train stations, shopping malls and public meeting areas. According to ASELSAN's 2017 annual report, the radar detects and identifies disguised explosives and weaponry. The company stated that the development work on 3D Imaging Radar, which is being conducted in collaboration with

  • Indigenous 'Eye' To Infrared Thermal System - 11.03.2018

    According to ASELSAN's 2017 annual report, there was a significant improvement in the most critical aspect of the infrared imagers. According to the report, the Uncooled Infrared Thermal Detector (Microbolometer), indigenously developed by ASELSAN engineers, has successfully completed trials. The first bolometer type uncooled infrared detector produced by ASELSAN was integrated into ASELSAN

  • Countdown for ASELSAN's LGK-84 Kits Began - 11.03.2018

    According to ASELSAN's 2017 annual report, there are significant developments within the scope of the Guidance Kit Projects Laser Guidance Kit (LGK) development and mass production work. According to the report, ground tests and captive transport tests under the certification activities for the LGK-84, which will be integrated to the MK-84 general purpose bombs used by the Turkish Air Force

  • ASELSAN's AKKOR to be Delivered in 2018 - 11.03.2018

    There has been a new development in AKKOR Active Protection System deliveries which was developed indigenously by ASELSAN for the protection of Altay Main Battle Tank.

    The first prototype delivery of AKKOR was to take place in 2020 under the 2015-contract signed between Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) and ASELSAN. However, AKKOR system is slated to be d

  • Turkey at crossroads? “S-400” vs “Patriot” - 10.03.2018

    Turkish Minister of Foreign affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Turkey may buy Patriot air defence systems. Speaking to German daily Die Zeit, Minister Çavuşoğlu said, “Due to US Congress , We needed it urgently because we did not have an air defence system. we had difficulty purchasing even simple rifles from the US because of concerns in the US Congress. We had to buy from

  • Saab to Integrate ISCMMS on Australian Subs - 09.03.2018

    Saab will upgrade Australian Navy's Collins Class submarines' integrated ship control management and monitoring system (ISCMMS) under an $18,86 million contract. 

    The Navy’s HMAS Waller submarine is scheduled to be integrated with the ISCMMS technology later this year. The system will subsequently be installed onboard the remaining four vessels of the class in 2019

  • T-50 Delivery to Iraq - 09.03.2018

    Iraq received a batch of two T-50 aircraft from the Republic of Korea on Wednesday as part of an agreement signed by Baghdad and Seoul in 2013. The $1,1 billion agreement covers 24 T-50 Golden Eagle fighter jets. 

    Iraqi Defense Ministry announced that the two-jet batch arrived at Martyr Mohammed Alaa airbase in Baghdad. The Ministry added that  &ldqu

  • MBDA, Lockheed Announced New Joint Venture - 09.03.2018

    MBDA and Lockheed Martin announced a new joint venture on 8 March to pursue the next generation Integrated Air and Missile Defence System, “TLVS,” for the German Bundeswehr. 

    Registered as TLVS GmbH, the joint venture is expected to become the prime contractor for the new system. TLVS will leverage the development results and experiences from the $4 billion inves

  • 'Sidewinder' Sales to UAE Approved - 09.03.2018

    The US State Department has approved a $270,4 million-sale of more than 300 Sidewinder missiles to the United Arab Emirates. 

    The UAE has requested the possible sale of 300 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II  missiles, 40 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs), 30 AIM-9X-2 Block II Tactical guidance units, 15 AIM-9X-2 CATM guidance units

  • Singapore Deploys MBDA’s Aster 30 - 09.03.2018

    Singapore announced that MBDA's Aster 30 air defence system has been operationally deployed.

    Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen confirmed the delivery of the system, which was ordered in 2013, in a speech to Parliament’s defence committee on 2 March. The Aster 30 will replace the aged I-Hawk, which has a 40-km range. MBDA's system has the capability to

  • Another Delay in KC-46 Tanker Delivery - 09.03.2018

     Another delay is on US Air Force's doorstep regarding KC-46A tanker delivery. The service confirmed the deliveries are likely to occur in late calendar year 2018.

    According to a statement by the US Air Force, this assessment is based on known risks and predicted impacts associated with airworthiness certifications and slower than expected fli

  • KC-390 Prototype Resumes Flights - 08.03.2018

    One of the two KC-390 prototypes, which was grounded for several months due to unexpected altitude loss during a stall test flight conducted last October, returned to flight on 2 March, Embraer confirms.

    The company’s first production aircraft is expected to enter service with the Brazilian Air Force later this year. The aircraft was designed for cargo a

  • Japan Requests Phalanx Conversion Kits - 08.03.2018

    The US State Department has approved a possible $45 million Foreign Military Sale to Japan of 24 MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) Block IB Baseline 1 to MK 15 Phalanx Block IB Baseline 2 conversion kits, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 2 March. Also included is support equipment, spare parts, publications, software and associated support, and logis

  • First Export Order for MMPs - 08.03.2018

    MBDA has received the first export order for its fifth-generation MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée or medium-range missile) anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM). The export country and the number of missiles to be supplied were not disclosed.

    French Armed Forces received the first batch of 50 MMPs in November 2017, just four months prior to the first export order. The service will recei

  • SPICE 1000 Declared IOC - 08.03.2018

    Rafael SPICE 1000 guided bomb reached initial operational capability (IOC) on F-16C/D Barak fighter aircraft, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced on 7 March. 

    According to the announcement, the tests were completed successfully in August 2017 and the munition was officially integrated into operational activity. SPICE 1000 guided bombs will soon be integrated on I

  • ASELSAN Academy Expands Network - 08.03.2018

    ASELSAN has launched a program, a first in the world in terms of university-industry collaboration, and became the Council of Higher Education (YÖK)-approved external campus of universities. The program, which is implemented as a collaboration model between an industrial organization and more than one research university, is aimed not only for cooperation between universities and the indus

  • $475M Software Development Award to Northrop - 07.03.2018

    Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. has been awarded a $475 million contract by the US Missile Defence Agency for the first-time development of advanced discrimination algorithms. The US Department of Defence announced the contract award on 5 March.

    The majority of the work under this contract is specific to the development, integration, testing and fielding of complex advanced d

  • Saudi Arabia's MMSC Program Launched - 07.03.2018

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $481 million contract for long-lead-time material in support of the construction of four Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ships. The US Department of Defence has first announced the possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for MMSC ships and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $11.25

  • F-35Bs Join USS Wasp for Deployment - 07.03.2018

    A detachment of F-35B Lightning II's with Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) arrived aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) March 5, marking the first time the aircraft has deployed aboard a U.S. Navy ship and with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific.

    The F-35B, assigned under the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, will provide a robust set

  • Offers on Altay to be Submitted on Friday - 07.03.2018

    The deadline for the second "Best And Final Offer" (BAFO) for serial production of ALTAY Main Battle Tank was extended. C4Defence previously reported that the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) called for new offers and the contenders who submit BAFOs on 8 February were required to submit a renewed BAFO again on March 5, 2018. During this process, it was

  • Turkey Wants F-35Bs To Deploy on New LHD - 07.03.2018

    Turkish Armed Forces are now planning to buy the short take-off vertical-landing (STOVL) F-35Bs to deploy on the Navy's Landing Helicopter Dock 'TCG Anadolu', Jane's reports. 

    According to IHS Jane’s “A senior Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat official expressed his country’s interest in buying F-35 STOVL variants to Vice Admiral M

  • SOM-J Displayed on F-35 Internal Bay - 07.03.2018

    Lockheed Martin has released an animated video introducing the SOM-J, developed for the F-35 aircraft. Developed by TUBITAK SAGE and manufactured by ROKETSAN, SOM (Stand Off Missile) is an air-to-ground missile. The A and 1B variants of SOM is being carried under-wing of Turkish F-16 and F-4 aircraft. The SOM-J, developed for the F-35, will be carried inside the airframe to maintain the lo

  • Saudi Contribution on An-132D - 06.03.2018

    Ukrainian Antonov, Saudi Arabian Taqnia Aeronautics and Wahaj companies have signed a Memorandum of Understating to jointly manufacture the An-132D multi-purpose transport aircraft.

    The agreement was signed during the Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversity of Requirements and Capabilities AFED-2018 held in Riyadh on February 25 - March 3, 2018. At this stage Antonov will

  • India Denied Claims of Classified Briefing on F-35 - 06.03.2018

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has denied making a request for a briefing from Lockheed Martin on F-35 Lightning II aircraft. the Business Standard had published a report on 15 February that the IAF had formally requested a classified briefing by the F-35's prime builder, Lockheed Martin to procure 126 of the variant called F-35A.

    IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal B

  • Turkmenistan Acquires Turkish Armoured Vehicles - 06.03.2018

    Turkmenistan has acquired two new types of armoured vehicles from Turkey. 

    A video was released on the internet on 26 February of a recent visit by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to a new border post near Serhetabat, which is close to the border with Afghanistan. The video revealed Turkmenistan's procurement of the Amazon 4x4 and Vuran 4x4 armoured vehicles, produced by

  • Russia Developed Nuclear-Powered Missile - 06.03.2018

    Russia has developed a miniaturized nuclear power unit to be installed on cruise missiles which will provide an unlimited flight range and invulnerability to missile and air defence systems. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the launch of the missile and the tests on the ground allow for starting work to create a fundamentally new type of weapon; a strategic nuclear missile e

  • Lebedev Will Soon Proceed to Serial Production - 06.03.2018

    The Izhevsk Mechanical Factory, part of the Kalashnikov Group firearms manufacturer, will soon launch the serial production of the new Lebedev PL-14 pistol. 

    The enterprise has launched a project to organize a new manufacturing site to prepare for the serial production, according to Kalashnikov Group press office, as the acceptance trials draw near.


  • Romania In Search for New Corvettes - 06.03.2018

    Romania launched the program to buy four new corvettes for its Navy to boost its presence in the Black Sea. The first vessel will be built within a maximum period of three years with the entire procurement is to be completed within seven years.

    The first phase of the procurement will be the qualification stage will take place over a period of 56 calendar days following the p

  • Seventh LCS Delivered to USN - 05.03.2018

    Austal has delivered the seventh vessel in the Independence-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) class, USS Manchester (LCS 14), to the US Navy on 2 March. Six LCS remain under construction at Austal’s Alabama shipyard. 

    The vessel has successfully completed acceptance trials in early January which verified its propulsion plant, ship-handling abilitie

  • China to Increase 2018 Defense Budget by 8.1 Percent - 05.03.2018

    China’s 2018 defence budget will increase by 8,1 percent to $175 billion according to a budget report to be submitted to the national legislature, Xinhua news agency reported on 5 March. 

    The increase is slightly higher than the 7.6 percent growth in 2016 and 7 percent growth in 2017. China's defence budget takes up a smaller share of its gross domes

  • Pakistan’s Submarines Entrusted to STM - 05.03.2018

    The contract signing ceremony for the second submarine under the Pakistan Navy’s Agosta 90B Class Submarine Modernisation Project was held at the premises of Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production,  with the attendance of representatives from Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production and the Pakistan Navy.

    The contract was signed by General Arshad Mahmood of

  • USMC To Deploy APKWS on F/A-18 Hornets - 05.03.2018

    The US Marine Corps is preparing for the initial deployment of WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) into operational service on F/A-18A-D Hornets, according to a Twitter post released by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

    BAE Systems' Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) guidance kit transforms an unguided 2.75-inch (70 millimeter) r

  • $47M Javelin to Ukraine - 05.03.2018

    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Ukraine of Javelin Missiles and Javelin Command Launch Units (CLUs) for an estimated cost of $47 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on 1 March.

    The Government of Ukraine has requested to buy two

  • Turkish APS Passed Trials - 05.03.2018

    Turkish Undersecretary for Defence Industries Prof İsmail Demir has announced on his official Twitter account that Akkor Pulat active protection system (APS) has successfully completed trials. Demir added that "The system that will be integrated on our tanks serving in the Olive Branch (Zeytin Dalı) Operation will be used on the battlefield for the first time in the world." Akkor

  • ThyssenKrupp Barred From Bidding - 02.03.2018

    ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems has been barred from bidding to build Germany's next generation of battleships, Handelsblatt reported on 2 March. 

    The decision was disclosed in a notice sent to the firm’s shipyards by the ministry’s purchasing agency. The letter said the government did not trust ThyssenKrupp and its partner, Lürrsen shipyards, to build

  • France Launches New EW Programme - 02.03.2018

    The French Ministry of the Armed Forces announced its decision to launch the Strategic Intelligence Aircraft Program "Universal Electronic Warfare Capacity" (CUGE) on 28 February. This new program will see Thales' new sensor to be integrated on a Falcon business aircraft built by Dassault Aviation. 

    The three CUGE strategic intelligence airc

  • F-35 Costs Still Too High - 02.03.2018

    The Pentagon Director of F-35 Lightning II program Vice Admiral Mat Winter stated on Wednesday that the cost of the F-35s is still too high and that if more savings can’t be squeezed out of the manufacturing process, the aircraft could become unaffordable.

    While the negotiations are still continuing with Lockheed Martin for the F-35 Lot 11, which includes the supply of

  • Malaysia To Buy New Submarines - 02.03.2018

    Malaysia plans to acquire two submarines between 2031 and 2040 according to the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) media statement. The country currently operates a fleet of two Perdana Menteri (Scorpene)-class diesel-electric submarines both of which were commissioned in 2009. The Perdana Menteri Class has an overall length of 67,56 metres and a beam of 6,2 metres. The platform has a ma

  • USN Launched SLEP for Super Hornets - 02.03.2018

    The US Department of Defence announced on 28 February the launch of a service life extension programme (SLEP) for its Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

    The $73.2 million programme awarded to Boeing will see an increase of the airframe hours of four Super Hornets, from 6,000 to 9,000. The work is scheduled to be completed by April 2020.

  • UAC Ready to Adapt Su-57 For New Russian Carrier - 01.03.2018

    Russian United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) stated that it is ready to develop a new version of the Su-57 multirole fighter for Russia’s anticipated new aircraft carrier. The company representative chief designer Sergey Korotkov said the carrier version of the plane must be developed in conjunction with the carrier’s systems.

    Earlier in February, Russian  Institute of s

  • Iran Unveils its “Hellfire” missile - 01.03.2018

    Tehran unveiled a new air-to-surface and surface-to-surface anti- armour automatic missile, called Azarakhsh (also called Lightning), local media reports. 

    According to Tasnim news agency, Azarakhsh, is a 127-millimeter calibre rocket and can be installed on helicopter pylons. It weighs around 70 kilograms and has a range of 10 kilometres with a 6-kilometer locking feature. 

  • SW-4 Solo Performs Its First Flight - 01.03.2018

    Leonardo announced on 27 February that the SW-4 Solo optionally piloted helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight with no safety pilot onboard. The aircraft flew for 45 minutes and all systems performed as expected.

    Tests included, among others, remote engine start up and shut down with ground run, automatic take-off and landing, hovering OGE (Out of Ground Effect) and

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