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  • US gets air defence base in Israel - 19.09.2017

    U.S. and Israel have agreed to break ground for a permanent U.S. Army base in Israel. The base will be charged of defending Israel against rocket and missile attack. 

    The American base, will be located at the Israel Defence Forces Air Defence School in southern Israel, near the desert capital of Beersheba. Once completed, the base will house U.S. operational systems to identify a

  • Christening Ceremony for Amphibious Assault Ship - 18.09.2017

    The US Navy's newest America-class amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA 7) has been christened during a ceremony on 16 September, in Mississippi. It is the third Navy ship named Tripoli. Featuring an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, increased available stowage for parts and support equipment and aviatio

  • Capability Demo From 3,500 Km Away - 18.09.2017

    Elbit Systems carried out a remotely operated live demonstration of its multi-mission Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) system Seagull using control consoles situated 3 thousand 515-km away at DSEI Exhibition. Seagull performed an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) mission sailing in the Haifa Bay, Israel. The platform demonstrated its ability to detect and classif

  • New Player for Unmanned Assault - 18.09.2017

    China has unveiled a new unmanned reconnaissance and combat helicopter at the fourth China Helicopter Expo. Developed by Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), AV500W unmanned autonomous helicopter weighs 450 kg and is 7,2-meter-long. The rotary-winged drone can reach a maximum speed of 170 kilometers per hour and has a flight ceiling of 4 thousand meters.

    The hel

  • Qatar Pushed The Boat Out - 17.09.2017

    Having commenced a fighter aircraft purchase program with the US and France following the tensions with Gulf Cooperation countries, Qatar took another step. While the tension continues with many countries including Saudi Arabia, Qatar made a new move with the UK. Qatar will purchase 24 Eurofighter Typhoon from the UK under a Letter of Intent signed today in Doha.

  • 'Astra' Test-fire by India - 15.09.2017

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) test fired an Astra air-to-air missile from a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet over the Bay of Bengal on 14 September. A defence official announced that the missile targeted a pilotless target aircraft (PTA), demonstrating the repeatability, robustness and endurance capability of the Astra weapon system. 

    The 3,8-meter long missile can

  • UK Firm To Train Jordanian Pilots - 15.09.2017

    UK's Inzpire company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jordan’s Golden Eagle Aviation Academy (GEAA) at DSEI on 13 September to provide helicopter flight training to military and civilian flight training programs in Jordan. 

    The company will provide simulator training using its Raven II system as well as live flight training. 

  • New Order For Target USV - 15.09.2017

    QinetiQ Target Systems has received an order from the Canadian Department of National Defence for more than 40 Hammerhead unmanned surface vehicle (USV) targets. 

    5-meter Hammerhead was designed to replicate the fast inshore attack craft (FIAC) threats. powered by a 135hp 3-litre MerCruiser engine, the vessel can reach a top speed of 35kt in Sea State 3 and has an endur

  • Unexpected Offer From UK for Altay's Engine - 14.09.2017

    A surprise solution offer came from the UK for the engine of Turkish Altay Main Battle Tank. US-based heavy duty and defence vehicle manufacturer Caterpiller stepped in for Turkey's engine need. According to the information C4Defence obtained, the company's UK-based defence unit paid a visit to Ankara by the end of August. The company, who had meetings with Turkish Undersecret

  • DSEI'17: Rapier Alternative by MBDA - 14.09.2017

    MBDA’s Land Ceptor air defence system is making its show debut in the outside vehicle park at DSEI 2017 in London. Land Ceptor utilises the next-generation Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) and it will be brought into service by the British Army as a replacement for the Rapier air defence system. Compared to Rapier, Land Ceptor has over triple the range (25 km+) a

  • Successful 'Taurus' Test by Korea - 14.09.2017

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) successfully test-fired a KEPD 350K air-to-surface cruise missile from an F-15K Slam Eagle, finalising the verification process of the performance and operational capability of the Taurus [KEPD 350K], including the system’s integration with F-15K fighter aircraft. RoKAF announced the test on 13 September, declaring the missi

  • 'Critical Temperature' Test to Ka-226T - 14.09.2017

    Russian Helicopters together with Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (IHSRC) successfully completed testing of the light multirole helicopter Ka-226T. According to Rostec's press release issued on 13 September, tests were carried out in Iran throughout August and September. 

    The tests were performed within the memorandum signed this May by JSC Russian Helic

  • Royal Navy To Upgrade Electronic Warfare Capabilities - 14.09.2017

    Elbit Systems UK and Lockheed Martin UK have signed a strategic teaming agreement to partner on the Maritime Electronic Warfare Programme (MEWP) for the Royal Navy at DSEI 2017, London. Under the agreement,  the Royal Navy’s Electronic Warfare capabilities will be upgraded including frigates, destroyers and amphibious assault ships, with the programme expanding to the wider

  • Territoral Waters Entrusted To Leonardo - 13.09.2017

    Leonardo will equip Bangladesh Navy’s (BN’s) two recently ordered RUAG (Dornier) 228 NG maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) with its ‘Seaspray 5000E’ AESA radars. The company has signed a contract with RUAG Aviation, original equipment manufacturer and type certificate holder of the Dornier 228 aircraft, to provide its ‘Seaspray 5000E’ Active E

  • Fast and Covert - 13.09.2017

    SubSea Craft has confirmed to IHS Jane’s that its innovative special forces Diver Delivery Unit (DDU) vehicle has begun submerged testing ahead of display at the DSEI defence exhibition being held in London.

    SubSea Craft’s operational concept envisages the DDU travelling over the horizon at high speed and then submerging for the final miles of a mission to covertly insert

  • Canada Gets Greenlight for Super Hornets - 13.09.2017

    The US State Department approved a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft to Canada, announced on 12 September. 10 out of 18 aircraft ordered would be F/A-18E single seat variant while the remaining eight would be the F/A-18F two-seat variant. 

    Canada also requested eight General Electric F414-GE-400 engine spares, 10 Raythe

  • Seventh Spy Ship Launched - 13.09.2017

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN) seventh improved Dongdiao-class (Type 815A) auxiliary general intelligence (AGI) was launched on 8 September in Shanghai. 

    The Dongdiao-class vessels displace 6,000 tons and have a top speed of around 20 knots. Featuring an overall length of 130 meters and an overall beam of 16,4 meters, the s

  • Tactical Modernization for 'Hercules' - 13.09.2017

    The first Flight2 avionics system integration under the French Air Force's C-130H Hercules military transport modernization program has been completed.

    The main contractor of the program, Rockwell Collins, announced on 11 September that the Flight 2 system will provide tactical advantage for the French Air Force in military operations, while also reducing maintenance and

  • Adversary 'Gripen' by Saab - 13.09.2017

    The Swedish defence company Saab unveiled a new variant of its Gripen aircraft designed for the adversary air combat training at DSEI 2017, London, UK. Dubbed as Gripen Aggressor, the platform is based on the Gripen C-series and will be used to act as an opposing force in advanced military combat training, mimicking enemy tactics, techniques, and procedures to provide a

  • 'Gray Eagle' Support To Philippines - 13.09.2017

    The US deployed the Gray Eagle unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to the Philippines in support of the country's armed forces in counterterrorism efforts. The UAS will help improve the surveillance capability as it has a longer flight duration which will enable a larger area of reconnaissance and surveillance. 

    In a statement dated 11 September, US Embassy in P

  • TAI Keeps Rising Up Digits - 12.09.2017

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is on the rise in this year's Flight Global "Top 100 Aerospace Companies" list. 

    TAI, who rose up eleven digits on the US defence magazine Defense News' list of the first hundred companies and found itself in 61rd place, announced today on its official Twitter account that the company moved up from 68th place to 63rd on Fl

  • Otokar Will Exhibit Key Products In London - 12.09.2017

    Turkish defence company Otokar will participate the defence and security fair to be held in London between 12-15 September. Otokar will exhibit its own design armoured vehicle ARMA 8x8 and UCOK turret system at DSEI 2017 fair.

    ARMA 8x8, a modular multi-wheeled vehicle with superior tactical and technical features, is available in various types of configurations such as Perso

  • L3 Technologies Selected 'Gulfstream G550' - 12.09.2017

    L-3 Communications selected the Gulfstream G550 Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW) aircraft to host the US Air Force’s Compass Call program after their analysis and sharing that with the program office, USAF spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said in a statement.

    Despite the objections of Bombardier and Boeing, the U.S. Air Force awarded  L3 Technologies an u

  • Russia To Overhaul T-80s - 12.09.2017

    Russia has awarded a contract to Uralvagonzavod Corporation, a subsidiary of Rostec state company, for upgrade and overhaul of T-80 main battle tanks. The relevant work will be carried out at the Omsk Transport Machine-Building Plant (Omsktransmash) who launched the production of the T-80 main battle tank in the 1970s.

    The T-80 tank will receive the Sosna-U multi channel&nbs

  • H145M with HForce Makes Maiden Flight - 11.09.2017

    Airbus Defence and Space announced on 8 September that at the end of August, the H145M performed its first flight with a complete HForce weapon system in Donauwörth. 

    Airbus H145M can be equipped with all kind of guided and ballistic armaments such as missiles and laser guided rockets, guns, machine guns and rockets. The qualification of HForce for use on the H145M

  • First EU Cyber Defence Exercise - 11.09.2017

    Estonia organised a first-of-a-kind cyber defence exercise in cooperation with the European Defence Agency on 7 September. EU CYBRID 2017 aims to raise awareness of cyber security incident coordination at political level and of the potential effects of offensive cyber-campaigns. Participated by EU Defence Ministers, the strategic exercise focused on crisis response to a

  • Bahrain Takes Action for F-16s - 11.09.2017

    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bahrain for the upgrade of the country's 20 F-16 Block 40 aircraft to F-16V configuration with an estimated cost of $1,082 billion. Bahrain also requested nineteen new F-16V aircraft from the US, along with simulators, training, spare parts and maintenance sup

  • The US Began P320 Testing - 11.09.2017

    The U.S. Army Operational Test Command at Fort Hood, Texas will start testing the new modular handgun system, the Sig Sauer P320 over the next few weeks. Testing will also be conducted by sailors, airmen and marines.

    Sig Sauer announced in January this year that M9 handguns, which are currently in service with the US Land Forces, will be replaced by P320 pistols.&n

  • New Tiltrotor Gets Ready for Maiden Flight - 08.09.2017

    Bell Helicopter announced that the Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor has achieved a hundred percent build completion, moving one step closer to its first flight this fall. V-280 has been designed to provide improvements in speed, range and operational productivity. The tiltrotor has a range of 500-800 nautical miles, a troop capacity for a crew of 4 and 14 troops and a maximum spee

  • "Dynamic Monarch-17" Begins - 08.09.2017

    Dynamic Monarch-17 military exercise hosted by Turkey has started today with the participation of US, French, UK, Spanish, Italian, Canadian, Norwegian and Polish Naval Forces. Turkish Land, Naval, Air Forces and Coast Guard Commands will be participating the exercise which will continue until 22 September in Aksaz-Marmaris/MUĞLA region.

    Dynamic Monarch-17 intends to sa

  • Phénix Completed Maiden Flight - 08.09.2017

    Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the maiden flight of the first A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport for France on 7 September. The aircraft, which will be known in French service as Phénix, is the first of nine ordered by the French Defence Procurement Agency DGA. Airbus expects another order for three more aircraft from Paris.


  • Paris Withdrawn From Belgian Tender - 08.09.2017

    France decided to withdraw from Belgian competition for the replacement of the country's F-16s, which has closed on 7 September. France was to offer Dassault Rafale for the Belgian tender. However, Paris had offered a more comprehensive deal instead, offering a military partnership including training, and industrial and technical cooperation between companies from both c

  • UK Reveals New Shipbuilding Strategy - 07.09.2017

    Under new National Shipbuilding Strategy the UK will acquire five Type 31e general purpose frigates, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has revealed. 

    Apart from enhancing the Navy's capabilities, the new strategy intends to bolster UK maritime industry as well as maximizing exports. The vessels are expected to be constructed in sections by different sh

  • Canada Evaluates Alternatives - 07.09.2017

    Canada is evaluating the option of buying second-hand F/A-18s from Australia.

    "Australia has flown a very similar F-18 to ours, it is one of the reasons why we have sent a team down to take a look at various options," Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told reporters on 6 September. "Our engineers will take a look at all the specs to make sure the airframe is worth

  • Four More THAAD Deployed - 07.09.2017

    The US military installed four additional Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-ballistic missile system launchers to Seongju, Republic of Korea. The country's Defence Ministry announced the decision of the deployment on 4 September. Each launcher is equipped with eight missiles designed to shoot down short- and medium-range ballistic missiles.


  • Abrams Tanks To Receive New Enhancement Package - 07.09.2017

    General Dynamics Land Systems will upgrade the US Army Abrams main battle tanks under two recent contracts.

    The company will design, develop and integrate multiple engineering changes into the Abrams M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3), creating a SEPv4 and further modernizing the tanks.

    The first contract is for SEPv4 upgrades, which include the Commander

  • US To Upgrade Nuclear Subs - 07.09.2017

    Huntington Ingalls Industries has been awarded a $105 million contract to upgrade US Navy nuclear submarines. The work under the deal will include engineering, technical, design, configuration management, integrated logistics support, database management, research and development, modernization, and industrial support with an estimated completion date of September, 2019. 

  • US Support to Afghanistan - 07.09.2017

    The US will supply estimatedly 150 MD 530F helicopters to Afghan Air Force under a $1,3 billion foreign military contract. The deal also includes production support services such as program management, delivery support, pilot training and maintenance. Deliveries are planned to be completed by August, 2022.

  • Ka-62 Unveiled For The First Time - 06.09.2017

    Russian Helicopters Holding will exhibit its brand new utility helicopter Ka-62 for the first time at the third Eastern Economic Forum to be held in Vladivostok on September 6-7.  

    Ka-62 helicopter is designed for the passenger carriage, off-shore works, emergency medical services, search and rescue, conveyance of cargo inside the cabin and as susp

  • France To Arm Its UAVs - 06.09.2017

    France decided to begin operating armed drones in near future, according to French Defence Minister Florence Parly. The country will arm its surveillance and intelligence UAVs with precision guided weapons from 2019. Parly said the decision will initially apply only to the six unarmed Reaper UAVs that France bought from the United States and added that the armed drones

  • United Tech To Buy Rockwell Collins - 06.09.2017

    United Technologies Corp. (UTC) and Rockwell Collins announced on 4 September that they have reached a definitive agreement under which United Technologies will acquire Rockwell Collins for $30 billion. Rockwell Collins, a renowned supplier for avionics, flight controls, aircraft interior and data connectivity solutions for military and civil customers, produces electro

  • Russia Completed Pakistan's Helo Delivery - 05.09.2017

    Pakistan's Defence Export Promotion Organization revealed at Army-2017 defence exhibition that Russia has completed delivery of four Mil Mi-35M 'Hind E' attack helicopters to the Pakistan Army Aviation Corps (PAAC).

    The relevant contract, with a total value of $153 million, was signed in August 2015 between two countries. 

  • ShAK-12; New Russian Heavy Assault Rifle - 05.09.2017

    Russia's Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), a subsidiary of the High-Precision Weapons, unveiled its new ShAK-12 heavy assault rifle designed to engage armor-clad soldiers, under light cover or in soft-skin vehicles at a distance of up to 300 m. 

    Intended to be used in assault operations and close-quarter battle (CQB), ShAK-12 fires the 12.7x55 PD-12, PS

  • US Seeks Upgrade of Military Bases in Turkey - 05.09.2017

    The U.S. Air Force wants to upgrade military facilities in Turkey, including the strategic Incirlik Air Base. The US is ready to spend more than $30 million for this upgrade work involving building new dormitory for airmen at Incirlik Base. 

    The funding request is part of the US's proposed 2018 budget. The plan at Incirlik is to build dormitories

  • SNC, TAI Could Not Rank Among Top Three - 05.09.2017

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have been eliminated in the US' next-generation jet engine training aircraft tender. According to's news dated 4 September, the three designs selected to compete in the US Air Force's tender are Boeing and Swedish Saab, Lockheed Martin and South Korea's KAI and Italia

  • Rostec Inked Over 30 Deals - 29.08.2017

    During the ARMY 2017 International Military-Technical Forum, Rostec held around 100 meetings with Russian and international delegations from 50 countries and signed over 30 contracts worth over $680 million.

    During the forum, Rosoboronexport signed more than 10 contracts and agreements, including a contract for the supply of Mi-171Sh helicopters to the Republic of Burkina Fa

  • Observation Flight Over Poland - 29.08.2017

    Russian aircraft An-30B will carry out an observation flight over Poland from August 28 until September 1 under the Open Skies Treaty. The flight will be carried out from the Warsaw airfield and its maximum range will reach one thousand 400 kilometers according to Russian officials. 

  • New F-35 Contract by Israel - 29.08.2017

    Israel inked a contract to purchase an additional 17 F-35 'Adir' from Lockheed Martin on Sunday, announced by the country's Ministry of Defence. The new deal will bring the Israeli Air Force’s fleet of the aircraft to 50. Israel is currently in possession of five F-35 stealth fighters that are currently in a testing phase and will receive two in t

  • Tokyo, Red Hot - 29.08.2017

    North Korea has launched another ballistic missile early Tuesday that flew over Hokkaido island before crashing into the sea. The Japanese prime minister denounced the launch as an “unprecedented and grave threat” to the country’s security. Tokyo warned citizens in the north of the country to take shelter.

    The missile, thought to be a new intermediate-range

  • Steel Cut For Third Ford-class Carrier - 28.08.2017

    The steel cutting ceremony for the US Navy new aircraft carrier, the future USS Enterprise (CVN 80) at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipyard on 24 August. CVN 80 will be the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, the lead ship of which is USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) commissioned on 22 July. 

    The Gerald R. Ford class inco

  • MiG-41 Will Fly At 4.0 Mach - 28.08.2017

    The CEO of the MiG Corporation, Ilya Tarasenko, revealed details of Russia's new interceptor aircraft, the MiG-41, at the Army 2017 Forum. Tarasenko stated that MiG-41 interceptor aircraft, known earlier as the PAK DP (perspective aviation complex of long-range interceptor), will be an "absolutely new jet," not a modernized version of M

  • Global Hawk To Increase Altitude - 25.08.2017

    In accordance with the US Missile Defence Agency's (MDA) Request for Information (RFI) issued in June for a high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a high-energy laser, Northrop Grumman plans to modernize its RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The HALE programme requires a minimum altitude of 63 tho

  • S-400 Request by Qatar - 25.08.2017

    Qatar requested a demonstration of capabilities of S-400 Triumph and Pantsyr-S systems from Russia during the Army 2017 Forum. Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu, who had a meeting with his Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah during the event, stated that participation of the Qatari delegation in the Army Forum would promote establishing of closer

  • $55 Billion Budget Hike In Military Spending - 25.08.2017

    Polish Deputy Defence Minister Tomasz Szatkowski revealed that the country will allocate an additional $55 billion on defence over the next 15 years to modernize its armed forces amid signs of growing aggression from Russia. In an interview with Reuters, Szatkowski stated that this was in line with plans to raise defence spending gradually to reach 2.5 percent of gross

  • The US Hit The Button For A New Nuclear Missile - 25.08.2017

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to replace its aging AGM-86B Air Launched Cruise Missile with modernized weapon capabilities designed for its nuclear bomber fleet, announced on 23 August. In this frame of quest, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have been seperately awarded a $900 million Technical Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) contract. The selected company will then&n

  • First Launch of Tactical LRASM - 24.08.2017

    The first launch of a tactical configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), developed by Lockheed Martin, was performed by a US Air Force B-1B Lancer on 17 August. 

    According to Lockheed Martin press release, The missile navigated through all planned waypoints, transitioned to mid-course guidance and flew toward the moving maritime target using inp

  • The US Gave Greenlight For HIMARS Sale - 24.08.2017

    The US State Department has made a determination to approve a $1,25 billion High Mobility Artillery Rocket System sale to Romania on 18 August. Following the Congress approval, Romania will be cleared to acquire 54 HIMARS launchers along with 81 unitary Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) and 81 alternative warhead GMLRS. 

    Romania's request 

  • India To Purchase $10 Billion Helos - 24.08.2017

    India is in pursuit of purchasing a total of 234 helicopters for its Navy. The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued a global Request for Information (RFI) for 123 naval multirole helicopters for search-and-rescue and anti-submarine warfare operations and 111 naval multi-utility helicopters for mostly logistics and anti-piracy missions. The deal is expected to reach a valu

  • S-500 Trials Coming To Final Stages - 24.08.2017

    Russia is going towards the final stages of testing the S-500 air defence missile system, announced by the Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov at the Army 2017 International Military Technical Forum. The newest Russian long-range defence system, which will be commissioned after the trials are completed, is expected to be ready for delivery to the Russian Aerospace Forces in

  • Meteksan Defence Wins Arm Wrestling - 23.08.2017

    Meteksan Defence has announced that it has signed the first export contract for the "Retina PTR" medium range area surveillance & security radar designed for border and critical facility safety. In a tender initiated by an undisclosed company, Meteksan Defense competed with companies mostly of European origin. Meteksan Defense became the winner side after the pitched battle.<

  • USS Portland Passed Acceptance Tests - 23.08.2017

    The 11th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship, future USS Portland (LPD 27),  successfully completed acceptance trials on 18 August, announced by US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). The vessel's keel was laid down on 2 August 2013 at Huntington Ingalls Industries' shipyard and was launched in February 2016.  Systems t

  • The US Starts Working On New ICBM - 23.08.2017

    The US companies Boeing and Northrop Grumman will work on preliminary design of a new ground based strategic deterrent to replace LGM-30 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles.

    According to a release by the US Air Force Materiel Command, US Department of Defence has awarded a Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction contract to each company with a v

  • Modernized Ka-27M Ready For Delivery - 23.08.2017

    Russian Helicopters, part of Rostec State Corporation, has completed the whole set of factory tests of modernized multirole Ka-27M helicopters and ready to begin serial delivery to Russian Naval Aviation, Rostec announced yesterday. 

    The helicopter is equipped with a new tactical command system that includes new acoustic and magnetometric systems, a radio reco

  • New IFV by NORINCO - 22.08.2017

    China’s North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has unveiled new VN-17 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) for the first time during the Armour Day it held in Baotou, Inner Mongolia from 15-16 August.

    The company refers to its new product as a “brand-new generation of 30 ton heavy tracked armoured vehicles with the protection level of tanks”.  Featurin

  • First 'Mi-28UB' Ready For Delivery - 22.08.2017

    Russian state company Rostec announced today that Rostvertol company of the Russian Helicopters (RH) produced the first Mi-28UB helicopters for the Russian Ministry of Defence. Rostec stated that the production of the first batch has begun at the plant in Rostov in 2016.

    Designed for the Russian Aerospace Forces, Mi-28UB 'Night Hunter' features a dual

  • 42-Hour Flight By Gray Eagle - 21.08.2017

    The Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), manufactured by General Atomics, performed a 42-hour endurance flight on 6 August. The flight marked 68% increase in endurance compared to the UAV's predecessor. 

    GE-ER is a next-generation advanced variant of the original Gray Eagle and is able to carry out surveillance, communicati

  • HAVELSAN's Simulator Completed Acceptance Tests - 21.08.2017

    HAVELSAN announced that the AW139 Helicopter Simulator Integrated Training Center Project, developed for Qatar Air Force under the contract signed in 2013, has successfully completed field acceptance tests carried out in Qatar. Within the scope of the project, the company has delivered a complete mission simulator, flight and navigation procedure trainer, cabin crew training simulator, deb

  • Schedule Ready for HMS Queen Elizabeth - 21.08.2017

    The UK’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will begin carrying out the first onboard flight trials of Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II next year. The trials will take eight weeks and will involve day and night flying.

  • New Weapon Station for 'Typhoon-VDV' - 21.08.2017

    Uralvagonzavod, part of Russian State Corporation Rostec, revelaed on Thursday that the K4386 "Typhoon-VDV" light airborne armoured vehicle with a new-generation remote weapon station into service before the end of 2017. 

    The new weapon station was designed by the Burevestnik Central Research Institute and has been currently undergoing state trials. It is equipped

  • Scud Claim by Israel - 18.08.2017

    Israeli local media claims that Iran is building a Scud missile factory in Syria. Satellite images taken by Israel’s Eros B were broadcast on Channel 2, and reports likened the facility to a similar structure located near the Iranian capital, Tehran. Iraq launched these missiles to Syria in response to the US attack in the Gulf War. US news reports have said that Israeli intelligence

  • Tomahawks To Assume Anti-ship Capability - 18.08.2017

    Raytheon expects to receive a new contract soon for external link to turn a number of US Navy Tomahawks into anti-ship cruise missiles. Under the Block IV Tomahawk mid-life recertification, the company is to upgrade the missiles for its new role.  The missiles will feature a new multi-mode seeker having a mix of passive and active sensors. The new variants are expected

  • Mi-172 Commercialised - 18.08.2017

    Russian Helicopters has obteined a type certificate for medium utility Mi-171A2 enabling the company to deliver the helicopter to commercial customers. The type certificate certifies that the Mi-171A2 developed at Moscow Mil Helicopter Plant may safely transport passengers and cargoes day and night in standard and adverse weather conditions and allows the helicopter to be op

  • Game Changing Polymer by NRL - 18.08.2017

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed a new class of polymer which will enable the composite materials to withstand very high temperatures and self-extinguish, maintaining structural integrity in a fire. A research chemist at NRL told Jane's that the new polymer is a second generation phthalonitriles which are also resistant to chemicals, helping avoi

  • F-35A Passed The First Phase of Weapons Test - 17.08.2017

    The US Air Force has completed the first operational weapons system evaluation test, the Combat Hammer, of its F-35A Lightning II aircraft. The first phase of the evaluation programme was concluded on 11 August and acording to the service, "everything went as planned and all participating units performed very well."

    Combat Hammer is a test phase that aims to find potent

  • India Set To Commission New Sub - 16.08.2017

    The Indian Navy is set to commission its new diesel-electric submarine INS Kalvari before the end of this month, following completion of the final sea trials. The first of six Scorpene-class submarines, INS Kalvari was built at Mazagon Docks Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) in Mumbai. Launched in October 2015, the new submarine commenced its sea trials in May last year. 

  • T-72A Upgrade Unveiled - 16.08.2017

    UkroBoronProm has developed a new upgrade of theT-72A main battle tank designated as T-72AMT. According to the company's release on 14 August, T-72AMT features 'Knife' explosive reactive armour (ERA) which is already used on the Bulat and Oplot tanks. The upgraded version is armed with 125 mm Kombat (Combat) gun-fired laser-guided missile capable of penetrat

  • PAK FA, Officially Named - 16.08.2017

    The Russian Air Force has confirmed on Friday that the fifth-generation fighter jet, known during its development as T-50, has been christened as Su-57. The single-seat, twin-engine multirole stealth fighter Su-57 made its maiden flight in 2010 and is expected to go into serial production in 2019. Russian military plans to equip the air force with about 55 aircraft 

  • New MALE UAV by Argentina - 16.08.2017

    Argentine's Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) company has unveiled a mock-up of a Vigía 2B medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed together with INVAP during Argentine Air Force day celebrations on 10 August.

    Vigía 2B was developed based on the Vigía 2A and is larger in size compared to its predecessor.

  • Joint Solution For US Capability Gap - 15.08.2017

    General Dynamics Land Systems has partnered with Boeing to produce a short-range air defence (SHORAD) system to adress a capability gap identified by the US Army for low-flying, short-range threats. The new solution is based on a Stryker wheeled combat vehicle, fitted with an upgraded version of Boeing’s Avenger system. The team brought its Manuever SHORAD Launcher (MS

  • India In Pursuit - 15.08.2017

    The Indian Ministry of Defence has issued a request for information (RFI) for vessel-launched medium-range anti-ship missiles and associated components. According to the RFI, the country looks to purchase 24 units of the missile firing systems, including associated fire control radars and supporting devices. The vessels to be fitted with the new systems were not disclosed. 

  • First Bite At The Cherry - 15.08.2017

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) hopes to reap the first fruits of Le Bourget with Pakistan Air Force's close air support aircraft tender. Pakistani officials showed particular interest in Hürkuş and gathered information on the platform during the exhibition in Paris. According to, TAI is to offer Hürkuş C for this tender. The EMB 314 Super Tucano, dev

  • Turkish Company Won "Handgun of the Year" Award - 15.08.2017

    Turkish defence company Samsun Yurt Savunma (SYS) has come back from the US-organized "Annual Firearms Industry Team Challenge and Firearms Industry Choice Awards", with a prize this year. The company has won the "Handgun of the Year" award with its Canik TP9Fx model produced in SYS Samsun facilities.

    98 companies in all categories participated

  • Armored Vehicle Boost to Lebanon - 15.08.2017

    The US has delivered the first eight M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Lebanese Army on 14 August out of 32 ordered. The armored vehicles are part of a total order valued at more than $100 million. Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, the US Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard revealed the other defence articles delivered to the Lebanese Army in the last 12 months, includ

  • 105. Anniversary Surprise by Russia - 15.08.2017

    Russia has unveiled the new Ilyushin Il-22PP Porubshchik special mission aircraft on 12 August on the occasion of the 105th anniversary of the Russian Air Force. Designed based on the Il-22P, a signals intelligence (SIGINT) and stand-off-jamming platform, the Il-22PP features L-415 electronic countermeasures (ECM) system and intended  for detection and suppression

  • New Simulator for New Zealand - 14.08.2017

    New Zealand has issued a request for tenders for a NH90 medium utility helicopter simulator to train pilots. The country's Air Force anticipates an annual “flying“ rate for the simulator of between one thousand 500 and one thousand 900 hours. The deliveries will be completed within the two years after signing the contract. 


  • Russia Tests Helos In Iran - 14.08.2017

    Russian Helicopters will test its Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum-C’ in Iran. According to the company's announcement on 9 August, the platform’s performance in ambient temperatures of up to 50 Celcius degrees will be evaluated during the testing programme. 

    Ka-226T light utility helicopter boasts a modular design and can be delivered in a va

  • New AESA to Patriots - 11.08.2017

    Lockheed Martin introduces the new Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar prototype as part of its next generation air and missile defense sensor development.

    The 360-degree scanning capability radar is capable of tracking ballistic missiles. Radar is constructed with modular architecture and planned to replace the MPQ-65 radar used in Patriot systems when all work is comple

  • JSTARS Modernisation - 11.08.2017

    Northrop Grumman will modernize the fleet of the United States Air Force (USAF) E-8C JSTARS (Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System). According to the agreement made with Northrop Grumman under the JSTARS Systems Improvement Program III, Commander's Tactical Terminal / Hybrid Receive (CTT / HR) radio system is replaced with a new Air Force Tactical Receive System-Ruggedised (AFTRS-R)

  • Russian Breeze on 5th Generation - 11.08.2017

    India decided to continue with Russia to studies on the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft Project.

    Preliminary design work began with Russian United Aircraft Corporation (UAC-United Aircraft Company) in 2010 and the cost of phase which US $ 250 million was shared equally between the two countries.

    India is planning to procure 108 units from the Fifth Generation Planes. The p

  • Hürjet Movement from TAI - 10.08.2017

    Temel Kotil, Chief Executive Officer of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI / TAI), announced that they are working on a jet engine training aircraft named Hürjet. Kotil said that company started to work on the jet engine version of Hürkuş turboprop engine turbine aircraft produced for Turkish Armed Forces. Kotil stated that jet trainer which current class using in air forces 

  • New Milestone at TF-X - 10.08.2017

    Open General Export License was issued to allow material, software and technology transfer from the UK to be used in the National Combat Aircraft Project (TF-X) of Turkey. Authorities made a statement to the Anadolu Agency, announced that a  milestone is behind in the TF-X Project.

    In the TF-X Project, which is to be designed and manufactured with maximum capacity of domestic cap

  • New Era of Short Range - 10.08.2017

    The first image appeared of the SHORAD (Short Range Air Defense) system project, which joint work of Boeing and General Dynamics, was released.

    The system was developed exclusively in favor of the US Army's short-range air defense system gap in Europe. First tests are planned to beginning of next month. 8x8 Stryker was chosen as the carrier vehicle. AIM-9X Sidewinder and AGM-114 H

  • Delay on Tejas - 10.08.2017

    Indian Ministry of Defence announced that there are delays in the Tejas Light Air Combat Aircraft Project of Indian Air Force.

    A total of 40 units were ordered in 2005 and four aircrafts delivered at the first stage. Delivery of aircraft which to be produced in two different configurations was planned for 2017-2018. After the elimination of the problems, the HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics

  • HAVELSAN at Qatar - 09.08.2017

    HAVELSAN (Hava Elektronik Sanayii-Aviation Electronics Industry) will open an office in Qatar. According to the Anadolu news agency, HAVELSAN is in talks with the Qatari authorities on many issues. Technical training and marine systems, in particular, cyber security, information technology, command and control systems and simulation technology is aimed at the business alliance.

  • New Move from Brazil - 09.08.2017

    Brazil is joining the UNIFIL Naval Task Force. Barroso Corvette of the Brazilian Navy has set sail on Sunday to join the UNIFIL in the Mediterranean. It was also announced that the mission would later become the flagship of the UN Fleet. Barroso is scheduled to arrive in Beirut on September 8th after visits at Las Palmas in Spain and Toulon in France.

  • Turkey-Qatar Exercise Finished - 09.08.2017

    Turkey-Qatar Combined Exercise has been completed between Turkey and Qatar Armed Forces in order to increase friendship, cooperation, coordination and interoperability. The land phase of the exercise was held in Qatar on 05-06 August 2017, in the form of command and execution of the subsidiary of the Land Force Command.

    At the maritime stage of the exercise, the Center for Multi-Natio

  • New "Kirpi" MRAPs On Route - 09.08.2017

    The Undersecretariat for Defence Industry (Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı-SSM) has signed a contract with BMC for the procurement of New Kirpi. Under the contract inked on August 8, 529 Kirpi will be supplied. The contract amount of the vehicles which were improved than predecessor is about 350 million USD.

  • Apaches Grounded - 09.08.2017

    The Israeli Air Force announced that its AH-64 Apache attack helicopter fleet grounded until further order. The helicopters will not be able to serve until the investigation is completed after incident.

    On August 7, an AH-64D Apache helicopter crashed at Ramon Air Base by a technical issue and two crew members lost their lives. In this case, Israel lost an AH-64D Apache helicopter for

  • Missile Test in Persian Gulf - 08.08.2017

    Five coastal patrol boats of the Patrol Coastal Squadron (PCRON) of United States Navy were reportedly conducted a missile test in the last week of July in Persian Gulf. During experiments, the AGM-176B Griffin surface-to-surface missile systems were tested. Missile system’s capability of hitting moving surface targets such as small boats were observed during tests

  • New Face of "Rainbow" - 08.08.2017

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has announced that the Cai Hong-4 (also known as Rainbow-4 or CH-4) some changes on its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Company has reported that these changes made for to expand the export portfolio.

    The platform used by many countries in Asia and the Middle East. UAV’s maximum take-off weight and payload have increased a

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