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  • Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey
    Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey March 14 2020
    Tunisia has ordered Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) according to Army recognition. This is TUSAŞ's first export order for the type. During the Tunisian International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition During (IADE 2020), which took place in Djerba the Tunisian MoD signed a $240 million contract with TUSAŞ for the supply of six ANKA-S UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and three control centres. The deal was signed including t...
  • Miller before Obama
    Miller before Obama January 19 2020
    The fourth Ford-class carrier will be named in honour of World War II icon Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black recipient of the Navy Cross for bravery, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The naming of CVN-81 is expected to be announced during a Monday ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former...
  • Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait
    Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait November 22 2019
    China is working to increase its fleet capability for open seas. On the other hand, Chinese government continues its military and political steps. Beijing administration, which often experiences tensions with neighboring countries due to continental shelf, undisputed islands, is far from relieving tensions with Taiwan. People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships, visited many African, Baltic and European countries including Turkey in recent years. Thus, PLAN s...
  • 15 Exhibitions to Attend in 2020
    15 Exhibitions to Attend in 2020 October 30 2019
    Expos to be nationally attended for 2020 are announced. A total of 15 fairs will be attended in 2020. Two of these fairs are in Turkey and Germany. Remaining expos are in Qatar, Chile, Malaysia, France, United Kingdom, Azerbaijan, Republic of South Africa, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Defence Industry Presidency (SSB) will provide national participation to nine of the fairs. Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (SSI) will provide national participation t...
  • BMP-1P is More Powerful
    BMP-1P is More Powerful October 9 2019
    TechImpex touched the BMP-1, which was used extensively by the Communist Iron Curtain and African countries of the Cold War. The company has modernized a BMP-1 in Ukrainian inventory with its own resources.  Improvement made mainly on the firepower of the vehicle. The turret which has a 73 mm 2A28 Grom recoilles rifle main gun was replaced with new one-man turret which armed with 30 mm 2A72 auto cannon, a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun and a 30 mm KBA-17 grenade launcher. Vehicle'...
  • Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil
    Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil September 16 2019
    Swedish manufacturer Saab has presented the first Brazilian Gripen E fighter aircraft during a ceremony in Linköping, Sweden, to begin the flight test program. The ceremony was attended by representatives from Brazilian Air Force, Swedish Air Force, Saab, and defence ministers of the two countries. Initially, flight tests will be performed in Sweden and by the end of 2020, the aircraft will move to Brazil to continue the flight test campaign in the country. In 2021, deliveries ...
  • UN’s Russian Birds get Safe
    UN’s Russian Birds get Safe August 8 2019
    BIRD Aerosystems, the developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO), has received an order for additional AMPS systems from the UN Air Operations. Under the contract, BIRD will provide its AMPS solution, which includes the MACS sensor, and install it on the UN Mil Mi-17 (Nato code: Hip) helicopters operating in Africa. The UN is already using BIRD's AMPS systems, and this is a follow-on order that will allow the UN to install the sys...
  • Hızır’s First Export
    Hızır’s First Export July 30 2019
      İzmir based Katmerciler announced from its official twitter account that  it had received a USD20.7 million order from an undisclosed African country. This is Katmerciler’s first export order for the Hizir 4x4 armored vehicle, which will be delivered between 2019 and 2020. The Hizir vehicle recently entered service with the Turkish army. It has been designed and optimized for high performance under extreme operational conditions in rural and urban areas for nine pe...
  • Germany has Donated Casspir July 22 2019
    Germany has donated 29 Casspir 4x4 armoured vehicle personnel carrier to Mali Armed Forces. Since 40 years, the German government supports the armed forces of Mali, with the delivery of military equipment to the Malian armed forces. Germany has deployed thousands of soldiers and police in Mali, who are part of the UN-led MINUSMA (Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission). The Casspir is a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle that has been in use in South Africa for over 30 years. ...
  • Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft May 23 2019
      Greece received first modernized P-3 Orion Maritime patrol aircraft. Senior officials from the Greek Ministry of National Defence, the Hellenic Air Force, Navy and Army, Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industries participated in a ceremony for the delivery of the first modernized P-3b Orion. Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) hosted a ceremony at HAI’s facility near Athens, Greece, for the delivery of the first P-3B maritime patrol aircraft (interim solu...
  • Ammunition Capability Demo 2019 April 26 2019
    The Ammunition Capability Demonstration organised by Rheinmetall Denel Munition at the Dunes Overberg Test Range, close to Arniston in the Cape Town area, included some 800 participants and two half days of firing with ammunition ranging from small arms to artillery and aircraft bombs. It was the third time the joint venture between the German defence champion Rheinmetall and Denel of South Africa, established on September 1, 2008, organised such an event. The ACD takes place every ...
  • Germany Approved Sale to Egypt
    Germany Approved Sale to Egypt April 5 2019
    The German Bundestag Budget Committee has approved Egyptian sales of 2.3 billion euros. The sale was made with the export credit guarantee to secure the financial aspect of the agreement. Under the agreement, which was announced as € 2.3 billion in total, six warships will be supplied for the Egyptian Navy. Three of the platforms will be the MEKO A200 class like used in the South African Navy. Approximately 120 meters long MEKO A200 ships with a displacement of 2500 tons. Thank...
  • Nigeria Receives Paramount Marauders
    Nigeria Receives Paramount Marauders March 30 2019
    The Nigerian Air Force has acquired an undisclosed number of Paramount Group’s Marauder Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles from South Africa's Paramount Group. The acquisition was confirmed by the South African company on 28 March. Each NAF vehicle is equipped with a King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) Snake Head protected weapons station, fitted with a 7.62 mm machine gun. The Marauder can carry a crew of two and eight dismounts. The vehicle has a bl...
  • IDEX/NAVDEX and the Advancing Battlefield March 16 2019
    Organised biannually, the IDEX/NAVDEX Exhibition in February became the first meeting point of the world’s prominent defence companies in 2019. For its part, IDEX hosted over 1,300 companies as an outstanding event in the Middle East and Africa.   It should be remembered that a large part of global defence expenditures is concentrated in this region on account of security threats and active conflicts. Many countries in the region, particularly the United Arab Emirates (UA...
  • Mbombe 4 at IDEX
    Mbombe 4 at IDEX February 18 2019
    South Africa-based Paramount Group,introduced a new vehicle during IDEX-2019'da. The platform, called Mbombe 4, has been designed in order to be able to be produced in domestic countries by customer.   As a new member of the successful Mbombe family, the Mbombe 4 has the flexibility needed for asymmetric warfare and anti-terror and peacekeeping operations in parallel with the need for increased protection. The platform, which has 70% common components with other members...
  • Fastest Cruise Missile BrahMos at IDEX
    Fastest Cruise Missile BrahMos at IDEX February 17 2019
    One of fastest cruise missile Indian and Russian missile BrahMos, is displayed at IDEX 2019.  BrahMos was first launched in 2001 and can be installed on ships, submarines and on aircraft. In November 2017, a BrahMos flight test on an Indian SU-30 MKI employed the missile against a ship target. The current range of the missile is nearly 300 kilometres, the representative said. It is claimed that the governments of Russia and India plan doubling the range of the missile to 600 km.  Br...
  • Russia’s Return to Africa February 8 2019
    So far, Russia’s presence in Africa has been brief and limited as compared to heavy involvement of colonial Western powers. However, there are still enduring signs of impact...   In late December, the United States proclaimed its new strategy on Africa. The main argument was based on the urgency of protecting US interests in the Continent against the unlawful expansionism of China and Russia. For this purpose, the strategy calls for deepening economic, political...
  • The South of Asia-Pacific is on the Move: INDODEFENCE 2018
    The South of Asia-Pacific is on the Move: INDODEFENCE 2018 December 8 2018
    Organised in the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta on 7-10 November, IndoDefence 2018 was significant for demonstrating not only local defence requirements but also consequences of Chinese-centred mobility observed recently in the Asia-Pacific region.   Composed of a thousands of islands scattered along the intersection point of the Pacific and the Indian oceans, the highly-populated Indonesia suffers mainly from marine-based security problems just like the neig...
  • The Star of Africa: Hans-Joachim Marseille December 8 2018
    The great war, which initially grabbed Europe in its claws, gradually engulfed the whole world starting with Africa. This ring of fire to be called the Second World War once again pitted countries against each other, while bringing forth legendary vehicles, important doctrines and new heroes.  One of such heroes was Hans-Joachim Marseille, dubbed Der Ster von Afrika (The Star of Africa), who scored 158 air victories in his short history of service but defeated by his own aircraft. ...
  • Procurement from Indonesia to Africa
    Procurement from Indonesia to Africa November 14 2018
    Indonesia-based PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has signed an agreement with Senegal and Ivory Coast. Under the agreement, the company will export to Africa.   Within the scope of the agreement, which has a total amount of US $ 150 million, the company will export two CN 235. It is announced that the platforms will be CN 235-220 and will be used as passenger aircraft or maritime patrol missions. Aircraft will deliver within 24 to 28 months after the agreement date....
  • New Product from Milkor
    New Product from Milkor October 27 2018
    Milkor, which based in South Africa, introduced its new product. The platform, which is an armoured vehicle in a 4x4 configuration, was announced as Milkor 4x4. Development activities started in 2017, and the first prototype rolled out from the production line in August 2018.  Milkor 4x4 is based on Iveco Trakker chassis. Platform has an all-welded steel body. Engine is placed in an armour-protected compartment at the front of the vehicle. The vehicle that provides protection a...
  • T129 to Open to Africa
    T129 to Open to Africa October 22 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) will participate in Marrakech Airshow to be held in Morocco on October 24-27, 2018. TUSAS will perform a flight demonstration with the T129 ATAK helicopter as part of the campaign for Africa. Morroco King 6th Mohammed’s participation is expected to Morocco Airshow. TUSAS is looking to introducing its ATAK helicopter along with all the indigenous products designed by TUSAS.
  • African Customer for Cayuse
    African Customer for Cayuse October 2 2018
      MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), announced  the new MD 530F Cayuse order. Kenya signed a $ 1.4 billion agreement with MDHI for six armed MD 530F Cayuse helicopters. Under the agreement, the company will provide helicopters with training, logistic support, helicopter systems and ground support equipment. Deliveries will start in April 2019 and will be completed in August of the same year. Kenya became the second MD 530F FMS (Foreign Military Sales) customer after Afghanistan....
  • A-Darter Qualified
    A-Darter Qualified September 26 2018
    South Africa-based Denel Dynamics announced the completion of qualification tests for A-Darter missile. Four launches were carried out during the tests and the target drones of the Skua developed by the same company were used as targets. Tests were performed in the Overberg Test Site. During the qualification, the system was passed three stages, lock on after launch, close air combat and electronic counter-countermeasures and the ability of the missile to turn 180 degrees under the high G loa...
  • Puma M36 Mk 6A 6x6 Logistics Support Vehicle Has Completed The Factory Tests
    Puma M36 Mk 6A 6x6 Logistics Support Vehicle Has Completed The Factory Tests September 25 2018
    South Africa-based OTT Technologies announced that a significant milestone has been left behind. Puma M36 Mk 6A 6x6 logistics support vehicle developed by the company has completed the factory tests. The Puma M36 Mk 6A has a two-men armoured cabin. Thanks to the V-shaped body, the vehicle provides protection against explosions. The platform, which can be configured as right or left-hand drive according to user preference, is built on the Mercedes-Benz Zetros chassis. With the shock ...
  • Morocco gets 170 Abrams Tanks
    Morocco gets 170 Abrams Tanks September 16 2018
    According to US Army Acquisition Magazine, The Kingdom of Morocco gets its refurbished Abrams tanks.  U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) regional operations division chief at the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC), Scott Huther, said the Kingdom of Morocco recently requested 222 M1A1 Abrams tanks in an upgrade to its tank fleet that began in 2016. The transfer of the Abrams tanks progressed rapidly, with the scheduled delivery to the Royal Armed Forces completed in August. More th...
  • Pakistan Discuss Plan B to for T-129
    Pakistan Discuss Plan B to for T-129 September 10 2018
    Pakistani defence Magazine Quwa brought future of T-129 deal with Pakistan to discussion table. Magazine claims that “current tensions between Ankara and Washington have cast doubt on whether Turkish Aerospace will be able to bring Pakistan’s order for 30 T129 ATAK attack helicopters to fruition. “ Magazine discuss that “the concern stems from the fact that the T129’s engine – i.e. the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) CTS800 turbosh...
  • Central African Armed Forces Received 125 Assorted Vehicles August 23 2018
    The Central African Armed Forces (FACA) has received 125 assorted vehicles donated by the United States and China. FACA received more than 70 vehicles with a value of over USD15 million from the Chinese company Poly Technologies on 8 August. The vehicles included Dongfeng (Chinese versions of the US Humvee) EQ2050 4×4 tactical vehicles and Dongfeng CSK131 4×4 protected vehicles. The US handed over 48 vehicles with an overall value of USD8.5 million on 6 August....
  • Belarussian Vehicles at Africa
    Belarussian Vehicles at Africa August 8 2018
    The Côte d'Ivoire gendarmerie exhibited its new vehicles. Cayman 4x4 vehicles which procured from Belarus has unveiled at the military parade on August 7th in honor of Independence Day, is the first known export customer of Cayman vehicles. Announced vehicles for service in May 2017 were developed for reconnaissance, escort and patrol missions and were manufactured at the 140th Repair Plant in Borisov, Belarus. Caymans, which are heavily modernized versions of th...
  • BT-67 to Africa
    BT-67 to Africa August 8 2018
    The US Air Force plans to procure Basler DC3-TP67 (BT-67) special mission aircraft. Some modifications are planning on aircraft for FMS (Foreign Military Sales) customer request. Customer will be Mauritania and among the defense lobbies. It has been reported that the aircraft will be adapted to the ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) and Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions. Six countries currently use BT-67 aircraft. BT-67 is a turboprop engine equipped...
  • Israeli company launches spacecraft to the moon
    Israeli company launches spacecraft to the moon July 12 2018
    An Israeli organisation announced its plans Tuesday to launch the country's first spacecraft to the moon in December. The unmanned spacecraft, weighing some 1,300 pounds at launch, will land on the moon on February 13, 2019, SpaceIL told a news conference in Yehud, central Israel. The vessel will be launched via a rocket from American entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX firm and its mission will include research on the moon's magnetic field. Its first task, will be...
  • Turkish Bases in Africa: Cost-Benefit Analysis
    Turkish Bases in Africa: Cost-Benefit Analysis July 9 2018
    It has been underscored that the so-called “bases” established in the former Ottoman territories of Somalia and Sudan would serve the best interests of Turkey in terms of image, regional security and export of “indigenous and national” defence products. However, it should be calculated that this development might further help deteriorate Turkish-Gulf relations, trigger terror attacks against the Turkish personnel and cripple Turkish agriculture and animal husbandry eve...
  • Pantsir at North Africa
    Pantsir at North Africa June 30 2018
    Pantsir-SM, a new generation of Russian air defense system, was has been seen in Algeria. The most important detail in the system seen in the Sakhr 2018 Exercise, which held by the 36th Motorized Infantry Brigade in the Second Military Region at the northeastern part of the country, was that the Pantsir system was integrated into the new 8x8 K-53958 Tornado truck. Algeria's Pantsir-SMs are believed to have been equipped with a new extended-range missile. With the new high-speed missile wi...
  • Barys 6 Unveiled Before KADEX
    Barys 6 Unveiled Before KADEX May 22 2018
    Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) introduce Barys 6 vehicle before the opening of the KADEX Fair on 23th May. The new vehicle is a winterised version of the South African Paramount Group's Mbombe 6, adapted to the harsh winter conditions. The Barys 6 was equipped with a 30 millimeter 2A42 30 cannon removed from the BTR-82A. The KPE company will also exhibit the remote controlled weapon station called Sarbaz at KADEX. Developed with the partnership of Aselsan, the ...
  • Nurol Makina Exhibits Ejder Yalçın in Slovakia
    Nurol Makina Exhibits Ejder Yalçın in Slovakia May 18 2018
    Ejder Yalçın, the 4x4 Armored Combat Vehicle, which promises the highest ballistic and mine protection in its class, will be showcased at IDEB International Defence Exhibition which will be held 16-18 May in Bratislava, Slovakia. In service of several armies in Africa, Middle East and Asia; Ejder Yalçın pursued export opportunities in Slovakia. FNSS and Nurol Makina, both are in Armored Vehicle business and having Nurol Corporate as shareholder, jointly conducts m...
  • SeaAxe Arrived to North Africa
    SeaAxe Arrived to North Africa April 7 2018
    The Tunisian Navy took delivery of the first of four multi-service offshore patrol boats (Multi-Service Offshore Patrol Vessel 1400 / MSOPV 1400). The first ship, called Jugurtha, left Romania at the beginning of March according to the international tracking system and arrived at the Bizerte Naval Base on March 9th. The first steel for the ship with the SeaAxe hull form was cut on December 13, 2016, with the sister vessel Syphax.
  • Russian Effect on Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun
    Russian Effect on Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun March 18 2018
    During the Cold War, there was not only an ideological divide between the two poles. Both the USA and the USSR, which led the West and the East respectively, restructured their armies based on their battlefront experiences in the Second World War. According to the US Army, which owed its success over Germany to its air superiority, the main element of power was the aircraft in a possible Third World War to be used at times when the use of nuclear weapons was not an issue. As for the Red Army,...
  • AHRLAC Proposes BRONCO II for OA-X program
    AHRLAC Proposes BRONCO II for OA-X program February 23 2018
    AHRLAC Holdings, a joint venture between the Paramount Group and Aerosud, launched the Bronco II light attack aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) lightweight ground-attack aircraft program, the OA-X. Named after the OV-10 Bronco, a twin-engine turboprop aircraft designed for counterinsurgency (COIN) operations, the Bronco II is based on the AHRLAC aircraft platform, but with U.S. subsystems and weapons. Chairman of South Africa-based Paramount Group Internationa...
  • Airbus To Produce Türksat 5A&Türksat 5B ComSat
    Airbus To Produce Türksat 5A&Türksat 5B ComSat November 9 2017
    Turksat and Airbus companies signed an agreement for the production of Turksat 5A and Turksat 5B Communication Satellites. "We are pleased to see Turksat among us as the new Eurostar customer for the fleet's most powerful satellites," said Nicolas Chamussy, Airbus Space Systems President for the ceremony at the Istanbul Global Sat Show. "We were the first to offer full-electric propulsion technology to this market for satellites this size and capacity, and we will ensure th...
  • What is Seen at Gun Sight? AUSA 2017
    What is Seen at Gun Sight? AUSA 2017 November 7 2017
    AUSA 2017 meeting organised by the Association of US Army, has just ended with the same passionate enthusiasm observed at the outset. Dominating the stage were the US Army’s comprehensive modernisation program and the Future Vertical Lift seeking to replace the veteran helicopter fleet as JSF of the future. The event also reminded once again the significance of an old adage “Strong Army, Strong Country.”   As Russia has recently engaged in redrawing the w...