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  • Northrop Grumman wins $298 Million Contract to Develop SATCOM Spacecraft
    Northrop Grumman wins $298 Million Contract to Develop SATCOM Spacecraft 22 September 2020
    According to Space Force budget documents, the Force plans to award as many as three competitive rapid-prototyping contracts for Evolved Strategic Satellite (ESS). The Space and Missile Systems Centre announced the contract award Sept. 16 for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program, known as Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS). The satellite is to be completed by May 2025. Northrop Grumman Corp. received a $298 million contract to develop an anti-jam military satellite to ...
  • Australia Launches 35kg Commercial Rocket into Atmosphere
    Australia Launches 35kg Commercial Rocket into Atmosphere 22 September 2020
    A small commercial rocket has been launched from Australia to the edge of space for the first time. First commercial space capable rocket is followed by a second rocket within two hours. At 10:09:47 am on 19 September, Southern Launch ignited Australia’s first commercial space-capable rocket at the Koonibba Test Range northwest of Ceduna in SA. And in a second first for Australia, only an hour and forty minutes later at 11:49:47 am a second space capable launch was s...
  • Stirling Solution for Hürjet
    Stirling Solution for Hürjet 19 September 2020
    British Expleo Company announced from its social media accounts that its company Stirling Dynamics has been awarded a new contract from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) to provide technical assistance for the Hürjet, a twin-seat, single-engine supersonic advanced trainer and light combat aircraft. The Stirling Dynamics signed New Loads and Aeroelastics Consultancy Contract. The company made a statement from its website and said; This contract builds on previous su...
  • GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine
    GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine 19 September 2020
    GE Aviation delivered the first of 19 engines that will power the initial eight models of Boeing’s F-15EX advanced Eagle, which will begin combined developmental and operational tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., early next year, the company said Sept. 16. In June, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCM) awarded GE Aviation a Lot 1 contract to produce 19 F110-GE-129 engines, including installs and spares and modernized engine monitoring system computers for the F-...
  • IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs
    IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs 17 September 2020
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has introduced MultiFlyer, a UAV squadron of small unmanned helicopters that can fulfil a large range of non-military tasks. MultiFlyer provides advanced monitoring capabilities for large areas and is based on commercial, off-the-shelf helicopter UAVs from Alpha Unmanned Systems integrated with components from IAI and several Israeli start-up companies. The command and control system was designed by Simplex and the area scanning technologies are powered by Si...
  • Nex Gen Flight from USAF 17 September 2020
    The US Air Force (USAF) has flown a digitally-engineered Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) advanced aircraft flight demonstrator for the first time, the service unveiled on 15 September at the Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) annual conference. The programme is classified and USAF leadership refused to provide details, including who developed the aircraft, any contract values, and when it might be fielded. But Will Roper, assistant secretary of the USAF for Acquisition...
  • Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up
    Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up 17 September 2020
    Boeing Australia announced on 15 September that it has powered up the engine of the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype as part of ground testing and preparations for the first flight. The unmanned aircraft is one of three prototypes that are being developed as a part of the Loyal Wingman-Advanced Development Programme – also known as the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) – in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft, wh...
  • Commissioning in Spearfish Modernization Will Take Place Soon
    Commissioning in Spearfish Modernization Will Take Place Soon 16 September 2020
    The Spearfish torpedo, modernized by BAE Systems, is one last step away from the Royal Navy launch. Developed Spearfish will be launched in late 2020 following extensive trials in Scotland.The United Kingdom, which has been working on the modernisation of torpedoes for nearly six years, has invested £270m for ammunition. The Royal Navy's Spearfish modernization includes a new warhead, a safer fuel system, an advanced electronic command control centre and a fibre-optic rout...
  • Cezeri at Maiden Flight
    Cezeri at Maiden Flight 16 September 2020
    The flying car CEZERI, developed by BAYKAR firm nationally and originally, completed its first flight tests. The pre-prototype of 230 kg, designed and manufactured by Turkish engineers, rose 10 meters from the ground in-flight tests.   Flight tests of the CEZERİ Flying Car started on Friday, September 11, 2020. In the first tests, CEZERİ  took off with the safety ropes and took off without a rope upon the successful progress of the night safety ropes connecting S...
  • Swarm UAVs competing
    Swarm UAVs competing 16 September 2020
    The first phase of the competition organized by the Defence Industry Presidency within the scope of the Swarm UAV Technology Development and Demonstration Project with the participation of micro-scale companies and SMEs has been completed. Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir stated the following in his statement on the subject: “The Turkish defence industry has achieved significant success in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles in recent years. Today, national and ...
  • Iran Deploys Submarine, Cruise Missile in Exercises
    Iran Deploys Submarine, Cruise Missile in Exercises 14 September 2020
    The Iranian navy on Friday deployed home-grown military equipment including a submarine and a cruise missile on the second day of exercises near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The submarine dubbed the Fateh -- Persian for "Conquerer" -- was seen in action for the first time and sailed up the Indian Ocean, the military said on its website. The near 600-tonne sub is equipped with torpedoes, mines and cruise missiles, and can stay underwater at a depth of more than 200 metres (650 fee...
  • F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds
    F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds 13 September 2020
      The Pentagon’s five-year budget plan for the F-35 falls short by as much as $10 billion, the military’s independent cost analysis unit has concluded, a new indication that the complex fighter jet may be too costly to operate and maintain according to Bloomberg News. The Defence Department’s blueprint for the next five fiscal years calls for requesting $78 billion for research and development, jet procurement, operations and maintenance and military...
  • US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation
    US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation 10 September 2020
      Bell Textron has received a $13.5 million multi-year contract from US Army Contracting Command to conduct design studies, analysis, simulation, testing, integration and fabrication activities in connection with the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme. Operating within the FARA concept, the U.S. Army expected to replace the OH-58 Scout helicopter. The FARA competition seeks to test and acquire a next-generation attack reconnaissance aircraft to fil...
  • Australia buying K9 Thunder
    Australia buying K9 Thunder 9 September 2020
    On 3 September the Australian Department of Defence announced that Hanwha Defence Australia (HDA) under its Protected Mobile Fires Project will provide 30 K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers and 15 K10 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles.   With this Government announcement, work will commence immediately to implement a plan for the building of facilities and skilling of the local Geelong based workforce. For the Land 8116 program, Hanwha has developed the...
  • Robot Dog Era in USAF
    Robot Dog Era in USAF 9 September 2020
    The U.S. Air Force (USAF) used robot dogs as part of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) during its exercise in the Mojave Desert. Four-legged robots, vision 60 UGV "autonomous unmanned ground vehicles" were used to offer the soldiers a map of the battlefield. The exercise, which scripted the potential battle of the future, used artificial intelligence and rapid data analysis to detect and counter threats to security forces, possible attacks by missiles ...
  • Ukraine Gets Closer to Acquire Embraer’s Super Tucano
    Ukraine Gets Closer to Acquire Embraer’s Super Tucano 8 September 2020
      Ukraine that started investigating Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano shows more interest. The company is expected to attend at Arms and Security Expo in October for the first time. Current Albatros aircraft lacks training capabilities for future pilots. Super Tucano however is a jet trainer and light attack aircraft. However, the latter option would require acquisition of a more advanced version of the aircraft, which would significantly boost procurement costs.
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • Patriot Missile Parts to be Produced in Poland
    Patriot Missile Parts to be Produced in Poland 8 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin and Poland’s Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 1 (WZL1/ Military Aviation Works 1 / a subsidiary of state-owned defence group PGZ) announced that they have signed a contract to build a production plant in eastern Poland for Patriot PAC-3 MSE (Patriot Advanced Capability-3, Missile Segment Enhancement) missiles, that will be used in the Polish Patriot surface-to-air missile systems. According to Lockheed Martin, the new plant in Dęblin is the implementation of indust...
  • Kurt Describes FNSS's Work
    Kurt Describes FNSS's Work 4 September 2020
      FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. which entered the top 100 in the list of the world's largest defence companies, was the guest of Bloomberg TV. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, explained the work of FNSS and the future of the defence industry.   Noting that FNSS was established 30 years ago with the partnership of Nurol Holding and BAE Systems USA to meet the needs of the Land Forces Command, Kurt said that FNSS was the first private compan...
  • Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon
    Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon 4 September 2020
    Britain’s Royal Air Force is on course to get its own multi-functional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, by the middle of the decade to equip Typhoon combat jets. A U.S. $420 million contract to develop the next generation of radar for Royal Air Force Typhoon jets has been awarded to BAE Systems and Leonardo. British Ministry of Defence and industry announced the deal on Sept 3rd. BAE Systems and Leonardo have signed up to deliver what is known as the European ...
  • Spain to acquire 100 AIM-120C AMRAAM
    Spain to acquire 100 AIM-120C AMRAAM 4 September 2020
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Spain of one hundred (100) AIM-120C-7/8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and one AMRAAM Guidance Section (spare) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $248.5 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.  
  • India’s 2nd Nuclear Ballistic Submarine Waits for The End Of 2020
    India’s 2nd Nuclear Ballistic Submarine Waits for The End Of 2020 3 September 2020
    India’s Second Nuclear Ballistic Submarine INS Arighat is now ready to dive into the sea by the end of this year according to the domestic media in India. It has the code name S The Submarine was launched in 2017 silently and it was never officially acknowledged. INS Arighat has been built under the Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) project to build nuclear submarines at the shipbuilding centre at Visakhapatnam. India’s first ballistic mi...
  • Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France
    Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France 1 September 2020
    France and Greece have reached an agreement for the latter to acquire 18 Rafale fighter jets of  which 10 will be sold and the remaining 8 will be given away as ‘donation.’ According to Greek local media reports, the contract between the French and Greek governments is at an advanced stage, which will see the Hellenic Air Force add a whole Rafale squadron to their existing fleet of Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcons, Dassault Mirage 2000s, and McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phan...
  • AIM-120C-8 Plan
    AIM-120C-8 Plan 31 August 2020
    Working to improve its capabilities by restructuring its army, Japan will consolidate its air power with new systems. The US Department of Defence informed Congress about the export of new weapons. In this context, Washington will procure air-to-air missiles to Tokyo. In the statement made on August 26, the DoD announced that the sale of 32 AIM-120C-8 air-to-air missiles to Japan was approved. Japan had requested 32 units of AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Ai...
  • Victory Day surprise from Roketsan
    Victory Day surprise from Roketsan 28 August 2020
    On the 98th anniversary of August 30 Victory Day, Space Technologies and Advanced Technologies Research Centre will be opened at Roketsan's Lalahan facilities with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The Raw Material Production Facility at Elmadağ facilities will be opened and the opening ceremony will be watched with live broadcasting. At the Space Technologies and Advanced Technologies Research Centre, studies are carried out on various space projects, especia...
  • Japan Boosts AMRAAM Stock
    Japan Boosts AMRAAM Stock 27 August 2020
    The U.S. government has approved possible Foreign Military Sales to Japan of the AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). The sale cost, which includes 32 AIM-120C-8 missiles in total, is estimated to be approximately $63 million. "It is vital for U.S. national interests to help Japan develop and maintain a strong and effective self-defence capability," the White House said of the procurement process, which includes technical and logistical support.
  • The First Flying Prototype of the Modernized Mi-17 is on Display
    The First Flying Prototype of the Modernized Mi-17 is on Display 25 August 2020
    Russian Helicopters is displaying the modernized variant of the Mi-8/17 transport helicopter. The first flying prototype of the Mi-171Sh-VN helicopter was unveiled for the first time at the 2020 International Military and Technical Forum. The platform built at Ulan-Ude Aviation Factory is equipped with IBKV-17VP glass cockpit, sighting system and advanced avionics. The helicopter was armoured with reinforced titanium and kevlar. Mi-171Sh-VN 's cruising speed was increa...
  • Bell Develops "Stealth" Helicopters
    Bell Develops "Stealth" Helicopters 24 August 2020
    The Bell helicopter company is working on “stealth” technology to add to its helicopters to make the new aircraft less detectable by enemies, it still can’t be put into the category of “stealth” aircraft yet. Speaking to Scout Warrior, Vince Tobin, vice president of advanced tiltrotor systems, Bell Helicopter said, “We will definitely employ some passive measures in terms of how we shape the aircraft, to make it invisible. The key is not to be abl...
  • China Trains Army Helicopters on Civilian Semi-Submersible Vessel For Deck Landing
    China Trains Army Helicopters on Civilian Semi-Submersible Vessel For Deck Landing 23 August 2020
    PLA 71st Group Army organized multi-type helicopters to conduct deck-landing training, fuel and ammunition replenishment and emergency repair on a civilian semi-submersible vessel. According to the training scenario, after the multi-type helicopters flied to the target island, the transport helicopter selected a site for landing with the attack helicopter on alert overhead. Then the transport helicopter carried the mocked wounded soldiers to a civilian semi-submersible vessel for a ...
  • US Warns India Against Russia
    US Warns India Against Russia 22 August 2020
    The United States warns India against purchasing Russian weapons like advanced anti-aircraft systems or fighter jets, US Assistant Secretary of State Clarke Cooper told reporters on Thursday.   “The key point that has been shared with Indian counterparts… is: ‘Don’t put at risk future opportunities that may be impeded by significant Russian defence articles’”, Cooper said during an online briefing. “It’s not everything,...
  • European UAV Fleet Expands
    European UAV Fleet Expands 22 August 2020
    MALE class unmanned aerial vehicles offer significant advantages to the user thanks to their long endurance and payload capabilities. US Department of Defence, announced new agreement signed with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI). Under the contract, which worths USD 188,866 million, four MQ-9B SkyGuardians will be produced and delivered to Belgium. In addition to the platforms, two ground control stations, spare parts and support equipment will be deliver...
  • Artificial Intelligence Beats Human Fighter Pilot
    Artificial Intelligence Beats Human Fighter Pilot 21 August 2020
    US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has gone under artificial intelligence (AI) trial. The artificial intelligence algorithm, developed by Heron Systems was in a dog fight with human F-16 pilot “banger” in a simulation. Artificial intelligence has beaten 5-0 in the DARPA’s AlphaDogfight Trials on Aug. 20. The pilot who was on dog fight simulation is an operational fighter pilot with more than 2,000 hours in the F-16. Banger and AI fought in five di...
  • Huge Order for F-16 Production Line
    Huge Order for F-16 Production Line 21 August 2020
    F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft; have been serving successfully in the inventory of many countries for years thanks to their performance and the flexibility to offer the user a flexible solution. US Department of Defence (DoD / Department of Defense); announces the massive F-16 Fighting Falcon deal signed with Lockheed Martin. The total cost of the contract, which is stated to be valid for 10 years, was announced as 62 billion USD. According to media reports, the order also includes p...
  • Israel Missile Test
    Israel Missile Test 18 August 2020
    Israel, which has a highly developed infrastructure and knowledge, especially in the field of air defence systems, continues its studies. Israel has tested one of its advanced air defence systems. In a recent trial, the Arrow-2 air defence missile successfully destroyed the target simulating a medium-range ballistic missile. The activity, carried out in cooperation with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), was carried out in California. Sparrow target system was also used in the exp...
  • Nuclear Su-30
    Nuclear Su-30 17 August 2020
    A new step has come from Russia, which has a very large nuclear arsenal and is working to integrate it with its deep strike capability. Moscow has been conducting a number of studies for a while to develop new cruise missiles and to improve the capabilities of existing systems. With the new move in this area, the Su-30 (NATO Reporting Name: Flanker) aircraft may gain nuclear deep strike capability. Russia has announced that it plans to integrate Kh-32 cruise missiles on some platfor...
  • Anti-Tank Vehicle on High Altitude
    Anti-Tank Vehicle on High Altitude 16 August 2020
    China, which has disputed areas at the Indian border, continues its training and exercise activities in high altitude areas in order to fight at the high altitude conditions of the region. In the exercise held last week at an altitude of more than 4,500 meters, China's new armoured anti-tank vehicle was detected. It was determined that the platform, which was deployed on a carrier platform in 4x4 configuration, was equipped with an HJ-10 anti-tank guided missile. The p...
  • Hawks are Stronger than Thought
    Hawks are Stronger than Thought 16 August 2020
    The good news for Australia from Hawk jet trainer, which has launched numerous acquisition programs within the scope of the modern combat requirements of the armed forces. The test program carried out on the Hawk Mk127 aircraft serving the Royal Australian Air Force (Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as an advanced jet trainer aircraft has been completed. In a statement made by BAE Systems Australia, it was stated that RAAF could keep Hawk Mk 127's on duty until the end of the 2...
  • Taiwan Strengthens Its Army amid China Concern
    Taiwan Strengthens Its Army amid China Concern 14 August 2020
    Taiwan plans to increase its defence budget against China's growing effectiveness in the region. Taiwan wants to increase its defence budget by $1.4 billion in 2021, and wants to secure its national security. Taiwan, which wants to focus on asymmetric capabilities, is on the agenda to buy sea mines and cruise missiles for coastal defence spurts used against amphibious platforms to respond to a possible Chinese attack. The U.S. and Taiwan had previously agreed on the recertificat...
  • Private Island for F-35 Lightning II
    Private Island for F-35 Lightning II 14 August 2020
    Japan, which changing its military structure and defence industry understanding due to the increasing Chinese threat in the West, is establishing a new military base. Having bought Mage Island from a private company in November 2019 150 million USD cost, Japan decided to establish a base in the region. The island, which is announced to have 150 to 200 Japanese military personnel, will serve twice a year for the training requirements of the US Navy air elements. It is also state...
  • Turkish Navy to Provide Security for Seismic Surveys
    Turkish Navy to Provide Security for Seismic Surveys 11 August 2020
    Turkish Navy, which has a powerful rooted tradition, provides the security of the seismic survey activities carried out by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ankara had declared Navtex in the Eastern Mediterranean for seismic research activities. MTA Oruç Reis, who anchored in the scope of the works, started to deployment in the region with the accompanying Turkish Navy vessels. As the relevant share his from the Ministry of Defence's official social medi...