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  • New Apache Order
    New Apache Order 2 July 2020
    AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, which have made their maiden flight in 1975 and have been in production since 1983, do not lose their popularity. Morocco, which has entered a remarkable arms race with the countries in the region, has ordered the AH-64E Apache to the USA. The country will receive a total of 24 platforms within the scope of procurement, the total cost of which is estimated at 440 million USD. According to the statement from Boeing, deliveries that will start in 2024 ...
  • Qatari Apache Production Completed
    Qatari Apache Production Completed 16 June 2020
    Qatar, which has recently signed important procurement agreements, is about to complete the attack helicopter acquisition process. Boeing, one of the leading defence and aviation companies of the USA, announced that the manufacturing process has been finished in Qatar AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Within the scope of the activities carried out at the company's facility in Mesa, Arizona, the test flights of the platforms were also completed. It is stated that all helicopters ...
  • IM-SHORAD Race
    IM-SHORAD Race 28 May 2020
    The increasing effectiveness of Russia on the borders of Eastern Europe pushes the USA to take new steps and measures. The US Army is squeezing the calendar to deploy Stryker A1 8x8 armoured combat vehicles equipped against potential Russian air threats to Europe. Receiving five of the nine IM-SHORAD (Interim Manoeuvre Short-Range Air Defense) platforms currently ordered, the US is trying to solve the problems encountered in vehicles. According to an official from the IM-SHORAD Prog...
  • Saudi Helos for Indian Navy
    Saudi Helos for Indian Navy 26 March 2020
    The naval helicopter market is expanding due to the balances in the oceans. In this context, the configurations of the platforms that the ordered by countries will receive are also determined. India announced that it will acquire 24 MH-60R naval helicopters last February. Within the scope of the agreement, which includes six AH-64 Apache and 24 MH-60 Romeo, and the total cost of which is announced as 2.12 billion USD. The model of the platforms that New Delhi will take delivery...
  • Greek Kiowa Warriors' First Live Fire
    Greek Kiowa Warriors' First Live Fire 31 January 2020
    An important phase was left behind in the operational process of OH-58D armed reconnaissance helicopters of Hellenic Army, which were procured from the USA by donating. With the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, which are expected to increase significantly to the armed reconnaissance and observation capabilities of the Hellenic Army, the first live fire training of Greek personnel was carried out on January 29. The live fire activities of the platforms assigned to the 1st Army ...
  • Morocco to buy 36 Apache
    Morocco to buy 36 Apache 21 November 2019
    Morocco has been cleared to buy up to 36 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for an estimated value of USD 4.25 billion. US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of 36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 19, 2019. The Government of M...
  • New Step for JAGM
    New Step for JAGM 6 September 2019
    The United States signed an 8.1 million US Dollar deal with Lockheed Martin. According to a news release from the US Department of Defence, the company will undertake the engineering services of the AGM-179 JAGM missile under the agreement. The work, which will take place in Orlando, Florida, is scheduled to be completed on 2 March 2021. The JAGM missile is developed to replace BGM-71 TOW, AGM-114 Hellfire and AGM-65 Maverick missiles to ease up the maintenance and storing...
  • 3 Billion for 24 AH-64E Apache Helicopters
    3 Billion for 24 AH-64E Apache Helicopters 10 May 2019
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of 24 AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.0 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Qatar has requested to buy 24 AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters; 52 T700-GE-701D engines; 2,500 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles; also included are 28 M230 30mm autom...
  • $6 961 Billion Worth Export
    $6 961 Billion Worth Export 7 May 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to three countries for five different defence items. Two for Bahrain, two for Czech Republic and one for United Arab Emirates. Total cost for Bahrain is $ 3. 228 billion. Total tag price for Czech Republic is 1. 085 billion and UAE will pay $2.728 billion. Total export value is $6 961 billion. Bahrain will acquire various Patriot missile systems and related support and equipment for an...
  • JAGM Series Production
    JAGM Series Production 10 April 2019
    US announced that serial production phase is near for JAGM missile. In the statement made by the Army, it was announced that in the first place a total of 3000 JAGMs will be supplied, 1500 for the 2020 Budget and 1500 for the 2021 budget. Full rate production agreement was not signed and when will be signed is not announced.   JAGM, which has a tri-mode scanner includes semi-active laser, infrared imaging and millimeter wave, is planned to replace AGM-114 Hellfire, AG...
  • US Approves MH-60R Sale to India
    US Approves MH-60R Sale to India 3 April 2019
      The US government has approved the sale of the Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk maritime multisession helicopter to India. The US State Department has cleared India to procure 24 MH-60R helicopters, as well one MH-60B/R Excess Defence Article (EDA) helicopter from the US Navy that will likely be used for training. In addition to the helicopters, the proposed package includes related anti-submarine warfare equipment and weapons, anti-surface warfare weapons, ...
  • AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship
    AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship 12 March 2019
      The US Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has received the first upgraded Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunship. In a press release, it is stated that the Block 30 Ghostrider has better software and avionics technology than the previous Block 20 version. Including a new sensor, updated crew seats with additional safety features, and new technology, routers and networks. As with the AC-130W Stinger II, the AC-130J is equipped with the P...
  • Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R
    Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R 14 February 2019
    The Hellenic Navy plans to procure four Sikorsky MH-60R anti-submarine warfare helicopters from Sikorsky, according to a written statement to the Parliament made by Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Apostolakis. According to statement, the four helicopters will be procured through a Foreign Military Sale and a government-to-government agreement. The new MH-60Rs will replace AgustaBell AB-212ASW platforms. The Hellenic Navy currently operates a fleet of 11 S-70B/B-6 Aegean H...
  • Iomax Markets Archangel for FMS Deal in Egypt
    Iomax Markets Archangel for FMS Deal in Egypt 9 December 2018
    Archangel, a low-cost, long-endurance armed surveillance aircraft ensuring six hours time on station in the armed configuration and 10 hours in the ISR configuration was presented in Egypt by Iomax. The Archangel can currently be armed with GBU-12/58 Laser Guided Bombs, AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, and ROKETSAN Cirit 2.75” Laser Guided Rockets. Egypt has defined a requirement for 12 aircraft through the FMS process.
  • First Romeo Commisioned
    First Romeo Commisioned 17 September 2018
    Saudi Arabia continues to strengthen its navy. Riyadh, which previously signed an agreement with Madrid to develop warships, recently commissioned the first MH-60R navy helicopter. The MH-60R helicopters, which can operate under any conditions, are the backbone of the US Navy's ship-borne helicopter force. Helicopter can operate from different platforms such as frigates, destroyers, cruiesers. It has anti-submarine warfare cabability and anti surface warfare capability. The...
  • JAGM Order to Lockheed Martin
    JAGM Order to Lockheed Martin 13 September 2018
    The US has signed a new agreement with Lockheed Martin for $ 49,618 million. Under the agreement, the company will produce the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) system for the US Army. Deliveries will be completed in 2021. According to the company, JAGM gthers the capabilities of the Hellfire II missile and the Longbow Hellfire missiles on a single platform. JAGM combines the semi-active laser and the millimeter wave radar system in a single guidance section and uses AGM-...
  • New Helicopters to India
    New Helicopters to India 28 August 2018
    India has confirmed the procurement of a new helicopter. Indian Ministry of Defence decided to procure 24 MH-60R Romeo helicopters. Procurement proposed to cost approximately US $ 3.39 billion has not been approved yet. Maiden flight of the Romeo conducted in 2001. Helicopter could be used in many missions such as ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare), ASuW, SAR, fire support, transportation, The helicopter has a glass cockpit and equipped with Link 16 suites. The platfor...
  • Longbow Missile to Middle East
    Longbow Missile to Middle East 2 August 2018
    Kuwait continues to its arms procurement. Kuwait,  requested 300 Lockheed Martin AGM-114R Hellfire and this request was approved by the United States. In the statement made by DSCA (Defense Security Cooperation Agency), Kuwait will pay 30.4 million US Dollars for 19 M261 launchers for 70 mm rockets, 300 AGM-114R Hellfire, spare parts training and support services specified. Kuwait already hasd 96 laser-guided AGM-114K and 288 radar-guided AGM-114L missi...
  • Republic of China Deployed Cavalry Brigade
    Republic of China Deployed Cavalry Brigade 18 July 2018
    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence commissioned its air brigade equipped with AH-64E helicopters. Deployment of 29 AH-64E Apache Guardian in the Taiwan inventory a brigade named 601st Air Cavalry Brigade, which has been completed. The brigade has two Apache squadrons. The second squadron of the brigade completed the combat readiness training last year. Brigade is operates under the Army Aviation and Special Forces Command and is deployed to Taouyan's Longtan Dis...
  • US State Department approves sale of six AH-64E Apaches to India
    US State Department approves sale of six AH-64E Apaches to India 13 June 2018
    The US State Department approved a possible direct commercial sale of six Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters to India for an estimated cost of $930 million on 12 June. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible. The Government of India has requested to buy the following items in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six AH-64E Apache helicopters: Included in the sale are 14 GE Aviation T700-GE-70...
  • US Approved AH-1Z Sales to Bahrain
    US Approved AH-1Z Sales to Bahrain 30 April 2018
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain of AH-1Z attack helicopters for an estimated cost of $911.4 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on 27 April.  The Government of Bahrain has requested 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters along with associated sustainment and support equipment, as well as weapons including 14 AGM-114 Hel...
  • MH-60R Approval to Mexico
    MH-60R Approval to Mexico 24 April 2018
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters for an estimated cost of $1,20 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified the Congress of this possible sale on 18 April. The Government of Mexico has requested to buy eight MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters equipped with T-700 GE 401 C engines with four engines as spares, APS-153(V) Multi-Mode radar...
  • CIRIT Launch by Archangel
    CIRIT Launch by Archangel 13 April 2018
    IOMAX, a USA based aerospace systems integrator, has released a footage of an Archangel aircraft launching Cirit missile.  Cirit was developed by Turkish ROKETSAN company. Archangel is capable of employing GBU-12/58 Laser Guided Bombs and AGM-114 Hellfire other than CIRIT 2.75” Laser Guided Rockets.  https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/984042847140753408
  • Iran Unveils its “Hellfire” missile
    Iran Unveils its “Hellfire” missile 1 March 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.  It can lock on to its target, track it and automatically detect it.  Editor’s ...
  • Retired Kiowa Warriors To Boost Greek Army
    Retired Kiowa Warriors To Boost Greek Army 24 January 2018
    Greece expects to conclude administrative work related to its planned acquisition of 70 Bell Helicopter OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters which were retired from the US Army before the end of this year.  The Kiowas will be sourced through the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program. Greek Government approved the purchase on 9 January, allocating $54 million for training flight and technical personnel, restoring the aircraft to act...
  • US Seeks More Than 100 Light Attack Helos
    US Seeks More Than 100 Light Attack Helos 12 January 2018
    The US Army has issued a request for information (RFI) for up to 120 Boeing AH-6 light attack and reconnaissance rotorcraft for Saudi Arabia and other undisclosed customers. The relevant notification published on 9 January on Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website covers the manufacture and delivery of the ‘Little Bird’ helicopters in the AH-6SA (Saudi Arabia) and AH-6i (International) configurations. The contract will also include weapons such as M260 ...
  • US Plans Armed AC-208 Sales To Afghanistan
    US Plans Armed AC-208 Sales To Afghanistan 2 January 2018
    The US Air Force plans to supply seven more armed Cessna AC-208 Caravan aircraft to the Afghan National Army, adding to the country's 208 aircraft previously supplied between 2007-2016.  An acquisition notice posted by the Air Force late on 27 December invites comments on a plan to award the contract to Orbital ATK without a competition. Alternative options will also be evaluated however foreign companies will not be able to bid due to security requirements.  ...
  • Apache Guardian Delivered to Indonesia
    Apache Guardian Delivered to Indonesia 20 December 2017
    Indonesia has received its first Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter from the US on December 18. The Apache helicopter was delivered to the city of Semarang in Java, Indonesia using a US Air Force C-17A Globemaster III airlifter. Indonesia requested eight Apache Guardians in September 2012 under a $1,42 billion US Foreign Military Sales deal that includes 140 AGM-114R3 Hellfire II anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), 19 General Electric T-700-G...
  • New Era of Short Range 10 August 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 Hellfire were used as weapons. In this respect, the vehicle was able to attack both air targets and l...
  • The US Increases the Number of Armed Drones
    The US Increases the Number of Armed Drones 18 May 2017
    General Atomics has been awarded a $400 million contract to provide MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles for the US Air Force, according to the US Department of Defence's press release on Tuesday. The MQ-9 Reaper is the primary offensive strike drone for the USAF.  Reapers equipped with new GPS-maneuvered joint direct attack munition GBU-38 bombs become operational for the first time earlier this month. Already equipped with AGM-114 Hellfire missile...
  • 'Romeo' Inquiry by Shakespeare's Country
    'Romeo' Inquiry by Shakespeare's Country 17 March 2017
    The UK government has placed an order for one thousand AGM-114-R1/R2 Hellfire II Semi-Active Laser (SAL) missiles with an estimated cost of $150 million.  AGM-114R integrates capabilities of all previous Hellfire II variants equipped with semi-active laser (SAL) seekers into a single missile. The missile, also known as Hellfire Romeo, can be launched from higher altitudes than previous variants due to its enhanced guidance system and improved navigation capa...
  • Egypt Considers Acquiring Archangel
    Egypt Considers Acquiring Archangel 16 March 2017
    The Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is negotiating with IOMAX for Archangel aircraft for Border Patrol and close air support (CAS) missions. IOMAX that had attended to IDEX 17 expo at United Arab Emirates (UAE) returns US with negotiations with Egypt in pocket. IOMAX began negotiations with the Egyptian MoD for upgrading its 12 IOMAX AT-802s and acquiring 10 additional Archangel Block-2 Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA). Egypt’s 12 aircraft are donated to Cairo by the UAE.
  • 'Viper' Support to USMC
    'Viper' Support to USMC 9 February 2017
    Bell, based in Fort Worth, Texas, announced on Tuesday that it would produce 27 new AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters for the US Marine Corps (USMC). The $49.1 million contract signed with the US Navy is considered part of the H-1 upgrade program. The H-1 upgrade program is aimed at obtaining new helicopters as well as AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters transform into AH-1Z and UH-1N Twin Huey service helicopters transform into UH-1Y in inventory. The AH-1Z will be an advanced AH-1W S...
  • Korea's New Apache Fleet Conducts First Live-fire Exercise
    Korea's New Apache Fleet Conducts First Live-fire Exercise 30 December 2016
    The Republic of Korea’s new AH-64E Apache attack helicopter fleet participated a drill at a military range in Yangpyeong, on 29 December, where they held their first live-fire training exercise. During the drill, six Apache helicopters successfully hit two 70 mm rockets in hovering state and their other targets located two kms away. The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) plans to introduce 36 Apaches to its service within May 2017. AH-64E Apache attack helicopter has a maximum cruising speed...
  • Firing Tests of 'Scorpion' Completed
    Firing Tests of 'Scorpion' Completed 21 October 2016
    Textron AirLand’s Scorpion light attack fighter aircraft conducted its first weapons capability exercise at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico between 10-14 October. During tests Scorpion launched Hydra-70 unguided 2.75 in rockets, the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, and Lockheed Martin AGM-114F Hellfire missile.
  • 'Hellfire' Restrained Tests Completed
    'Hellfire' Restrained Tests Completed 12 October 2016
    The US Navy completed a restrained firing test of the AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missile for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM), announced 6 October. After the safety tests, the system will be ready for integration aboard a LCS, estimatedly in December 2017. During the test, one live missile with an inert warhead and nonfunctional guidance section was fired but restrained in the launcher. The exhaust and flames ducted properly through the missile exhaust co...
  • Poland prepared its armed S-70i 21 June 2016
    Sikorsky Black Hawk armed version can carry Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles, seven- or 19-round Hydra 70 rocket pods and GAU-19 gun pods, plus 200USgal crashworthy external fuel system tanks. The aircraft also can be equipped with an electro-optical/infrared sensor turret and door-mounted 12.7mm machine guns or M134 mini-guns. The armed S-70i is being pitched at central and eastern European countries which require multi-purpose helicopters to conduct armed a...
  • Qatar signs deal for 24 AH-64E Apaches 8 June 2016
    Qatar has signed for 24 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to be delivered by 31 May 2020. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress in 2014 that an authorisation had been granted to provide 24 of the type to Qatar, and a $667 million contract was signed on 7 June. Qatar first requested the Apache helicopters in July 2012 for an estimated USD3 billion. Given its value, the contract award announced amounts to approximately USD27 million per aircraft and will likel...
  • Bell signs MoU with Czech company for UH-1Y bid 15 May 2016
    Bell Helicopter signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MPI Group in Prague. Bell prepares to offer its UH-1Y utility helicopter to the Czech Republic. The MoU covers opportunities for national industry to support Bell's push to secure a first export sale of the UH-1Y to the air force branch of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic (Vzdusné Síly Armády Ceské Republiky: VS ACR). The VS ACR has a pressing need to replace its Warsaw Pact-era Mil Mi-2 '...
  • United Arab Emirates buys 4000 AGM-114 R/K Hellfire Category III Missiles 15 May 2016
    The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates for AGM-114 R/K Hellfire Category III Missiles and equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $476 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 11, 2016. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has requested a possible sale of four-thousand (4,000) AGM-114 R/K Hellfire Miss...