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  • Meteor Missile to KF-X
    Meteor Missile to KF-X November 26 2019
      MBDA has been awarded a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile onto the KF-X future Korean fighter aircraft the contract includes integration support to KAI, transfer of know-how and manufacture of test equipment for the KF-X integration and trials campaign. Following a joint development agreement signed in 2015, some 168 units of KF-X aircraft are to be produced, with Republic of Korea...
  • Bozdoğan (Merlin)  Completed First Tests
    Bozdoğan (Merlin)  Completed First Tests November 26 2019
    The first air-launched test of Bozdağan (Merlin) took place successfully. The missile is developed by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, (TUBITAK) Defence Industrıes Research and Development Instıtute (SAGE) under Göktuğ Program. First tests were carried out as surface to air guided missile tests.IR- guided long-range tests from air launch campaign was successfully completed. After the completion of the tests in 2020, the missile will enter the inventory of the ...
  • Morocco to buy 36 Apache
    Morocco to buy 36 Apache November 21 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...
  • Su-30SM Delivered
    Su-30SM Delivered November 13 2019
    Belarus received the first two of its 12 Su-30SM multi-generation combat aircraft today. "Under the defence procurement plan, Su-30SM multirole fighters will be delivered. Two fighters are expected to land at the Baranovichi aerodrome tomorrow afternoon." Belarusian Defence Minister Andrei Ravkov was quoted by the BelTA news agency, on Tuesday. The agreement for the dozen Sukhoi jets to replace old MiG-29 fighters was signed in 2017. Two more jets are expected to be shipped to the c...
  • 15-Year Development Process Concludes
    15-Year Development Process Concludes November 11 2019
    India’s first indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air missile Astra is now finally ready for duty after 15  years of development. Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India expecting the Indian Air Force to initially order at least 200 missiles for its Sukhoi-30MKI jets. DRDO is trying to increase the current range of the missile from 110 kilometers to 160 kilometers. With a weight of 154 kg and a length of 3.57 meters, the Astra flies more than four times the ...
  • Allegedly Already Use AESA radar, Questions for J-11B
    Allegedly Already Use AESA radar, Questions for J-11B November 10 2019
    Images have emerged in Chinese state-owned media showing J-11B (NATO: Flanker-L ) multirole combat aircraft featuring light-grey radom instead of the usual black one. This alteration causes speculation that fighter may have been upgraded with a locally built Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar system. On 5 November, the state-owned Global Times newspaper quoted Wang Ya'nan, chief editor of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, as saying that the possible new radar "is ...
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th AN/APG-81 AESA Radar for the F-35 Lightning II
    Northrop Grumman Delivers 500th AN/APG-81 AESA Radar for the F-35 Lightning II November 7 2019
    Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered its 500th AN/APG-81 fire control radar for the F-35 Lightning II. The Northrop Grumman AN/APG-81 is Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. The AN/APG-81 radar has long-range active and passive air-to-air and air-to-ground modes that support a wide range of missions. These modes are complemented by an array of stealth features as well as electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance functions.
  • Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM
    Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM October 18 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Republic of Korea (ROK) of (120) AIM-120C-7/C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) with support for an estimated cost of $253 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. ROK has requested to buy 120 AMRAAM. Also included are containers; weapon support and support equipment; spare and repair parts; U.S. Government and co...
  • Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile
    Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile October 1 2019
    Up Media reports that Taiwan is seeking to improve the Tien Chien 1 short-range air-to-air missile by improving its off-boresight and kinematic capabilities with "backfire" attack capability with a large-angle off-axis flight. The performance is similar to the current strongest short-range air-to-air missile, AIM-9X Block II type Sidewinder missile. The new missile will also have lock-on after launch (LOAL) capability. In order to improve the airborne capabilitie...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts September 24 2019
    The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refuelling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of four flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed b...
  • MBDA Signs Agreement with India
    MBDA Signs Agreement with India September 20 2019
    MBDA, has signed an agreement with Bharat Dynamics Limited of India. The agreement involves the advanced short-range air-to-air missile (ASRAAM) and Mistral missiles, and covers final assembly, integration and testing, says MBDA. The ASRAAM will be used by New Delhi's fleet of Sepecat/Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) Jaguar ground attack jets. It will also see service with the Tejas Mk-1A, a combat-capable of the version of the Hawk Mk132 called Hawk-India, and the Sukhoi Su-30MKI. A...
  • New Missile to Support AMRAAM and Sidewinder September 18 2019
    Raytheon unveils the development of the new medium-range Peregrine advanced air-to-air missile.  A company executive says “the Peregrine is meant to complement, not replace, the AMRAAM and Sidewinder”.  Raytheon Company is developing a new medium-range, an air-launched weapon called the Peregrine missile that is half the size and cost of today's air-to-air missiles, yet delivers greater range and effect. The Peregrine missile is a small, fast, lightwei...
  • AIM-120C-7 for Hungary
    AIM-120C-7 for Hungary August 28 2019
    The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced. The Government of Hungary has also requested to buy four spare AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance sections, four spare AIM-120C-7 control sections, six AMRAAM training missiles (CATM-120C), missile containers, classified software (for the AN/MPQ-64F1 Sentinel Radar requested by Hungary through Direct Commercial Sale), comm...
  • Ukraine may Buy Super Tucano
    Ukraine may Buy Super Tucano August 21 2019
      A Ukrainian Air Force Delegation visited Brazil to study the possible purchase of the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano according to Brazil-based infodefensa.com. The Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano, also named A-29, is a Brazilian turboprop light attack aircraft designed and built by Embraer as a development of the Embraer EMB 312 Tucano. The Super Tucano can be used for both the trainer role and as a light attack aircraft. The aircraft is powered by a 1,200 kW (...
  • New Support for Qatar Defence Capability July 13 2019
    Qatar signed two contracts worth $ 2.2 billion with Raytheon Company for integrated air and missile defence capability. The contracts include the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, final certification of the AMRAAM-Extended Range missile, and an unspecified quantity of additional Patriot fire units. Qatar is the first country to procure AMRAAM-ER, the surface-to-air extended-range variant of the AMRAAM air-to-air-missile. Qatar also becomes the 11th country to procure NASAMS, a ...
  • A400M Acts as Tanker
    A400M Acts as Tanker July 9 2019
      The German Air Force Luftwaffe cleared the A400M for air-to-air refuelling, and has also deployed an A400M to Jordan on its first operational air tanker mission. The A400M is now being tested abroad as a tanker aircraft as part of Operation Counter ISIS, it refuels German and Allied aircraft in the air. Since August 2018, the certification of the A400M as refuelling aircraft in the AAR (Air-to-Air-Refuelling) version has been in progress. Air transport squ...
  • Raptor in Qatar
    Raptor in Qatar July 1 2019
      U.S. Air Force announced that the fifth-generation jet fighters have arrived in Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar for the first time on Jun. 27 to “defend American forces”. F-22 arrived in Qatar just over a week after the Iranians shot down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator drone, flying over the Gulf of Oman. Raptors have in the past been stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The fifth-generation fighter had been ...
  • 500ᵗʰ EOTS For F-35
    500ᵗʰ EOTS For F-35 June 24 2019
    Lockheed Martin delivered the 500th Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS). All units have been delivered on time or ahead of schedule to support aircraft production and sustainment requirements.  F-35 EOTS provides F-35 pilots with precise air-to-air and air-to-ground targeting capability; EOTS allows aircrews to identify areas of interest, perform reconnaissance and precisely deliver laser and GPS-guided weapons.
  • US to Sell F-16 to Bulgaria
    US to Sell F-16 to Bulgaria June 4 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bulgaria of F-16C/D Block 70/72 aircraft with support for an estimated cost of $1.673 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 30, 2019. The Government of Bulgaria has requested to buy eight F-16 C/D Block 70/72 aircraft; ten F110 General Electric engines; ten Link-16 Multi-Functional Information Distri...
  • US Exports $ 1 Billion Worth Missile
    US Exports $ 1 Billion Worth Missile May 21 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve possible Foreign Military Sales to Republic of Korea (ROC),  Japan and Canada. SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles for ROC, AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for Japan and MK 54 lightweight torpedoes for Canada are at stake. SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles costs $313.9 million, AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) costs $317 million, MK 54 lightweight costs $387 million. Total expor...
  • Yak-130 Fleet Growing
    Yak-130 Fleet Growing May 15 2019
    The Belarusian Air and Air Defence Force continues to expand its fleet with new aircraft and modernization activities. In this context, the Minsk administration announced that it received four Yak-130 deliveries from Russia. According to the agreement signed between Belarus and JSC Irkut, operating in Russia, four Yak-130s were delivered. The aircraft were deployed in the Military Unit No 19764 (206th Flight Training Center). With this delivery, the Yak-130 number in the Belarusian ...
  • $4.8 Billion Sale and Upgrade Of Morocco F-16 Aircraft
    $4.8 Billion Sale and Upgrade Of Morocco F-16 Aircraft March 26 2019
    The Government of Morocco has requested to upgrade its existing 23 F 16 aircraft to the F 16V configuration.  Morocco has also requested to purchase 25 F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft and other related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.787 billion. The U.S. Department of State has approved a possible sale to Morocco of F-16C/D aircraft and upgrades of its existing fleet the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on Monday, March 25. F-16 related equip...
  • Meteor, Spear Missiles for British F35s
    Meteor, Spear Missiles for British F35s March 19 2019
    British defence contractor BAE announced its involvement with Northrup Grumman on Monday to integrate several new series of missile into the F-35 Lightning fighter planes of Britain's Royal Air Force. According to the Company,  work has started to integrate two advanced missile systems with Britain's fleet of F-35 fighter planes. BAE has agreed with Lockheed Martin, to integrate into the F-35 Meteor air-to-air missiles and SPEAR precision surface attack missil...
  • Australia Gets AIM-120C-7
    Australia Gets AIM-120C-7 March 14 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $240.5 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 12, 2019.   The Government of Australia has requested to buy up to 108 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air ...
  • Washington To Investigate If Pakistan Used F-16 Against India
    Washington To Investigate If Pakistan Used F-16 Against India March 4 2019
    The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said on Mar. 3 that it is investigating if Pakistan had used the F-16 fighter to shoot down a Indian MiG-21, potentially in violation of U.S. agreements, as the stand-off between the nuclear-armed Asian neighbours appeared to be easing. “We are aware of these reports and are seeking more information,” a U.S. Embassy spokesperson said. “We take all allegations of misuse of defence articles very seriously.” A Pakistan mil...
  • Second AIM-120 Investigation Concluded
    Second AIM-120 Investigation Concluded February 25 2019
      The second investigation of the accidental AIM-120 AMRAAM launch at last August was also concluded. The second investigation reports are the same as the first.   On 7 August 2018, an AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile was launched from Spanish Air Force F/A-18 Hornet in Estonian airspace. First, the internal investigation of Spain was completed and the decision was made that the launch was a pilot error. Then the results of the research carried out by ...
  • Turkey Plans Heavier Attack Helicopter
    Turkey Plans Heavier Attack Helicopter February 22 2019
    Turkish Defence Industry Presidency (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı /SSB) announced the launch of a new project for a “heavy attack” helicopter. A composite image of the rotorcraft, along with a video clip, were shared on social media.  Project has no specific name officially, therefore it is called “Ağır Taarruz Helikopter,” but it also said as ATAK 2. According to the SSB, the heavy attack helicopter combines many important features. Helicopter will be abl...
  • Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile
    Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile February 15 2019
      Two Rafale, from the French Air Force and the French Navy, carried out the first two test shots of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile on 13 February 2019. The French defence ministry ministry announced that two Rafale participated on February 13, 2019 in the first two experimental shots of the missile Meteor. It was a Rafale piloted by personnel from the Air Force, Center of Expertise (CEAM) and a Rafale Marine with a pilot from the Center for Practical Experi...
  • Second Step for Bahrain Helicopters
    Second Step for Bahrain Helicopters February 11 2019
      Bahreyn's new attack helicopter will take the second step. In this context, the United States has inked a procurement agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. which costs USD 240,266 million. Helicopters to be procured under the FMS and Bahrain had ordered 16 units. It is planned to deliver the platforms until 2022 where the production process will begin. The AH-1Z Viper is a four-blade Cobra developed in the attack helicopter phase of the H...
  • Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia
    Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia February 7 2019
        The German government has blocked the sale of Meteor air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia. The Meteor, developed and produced by Paris-based MBDA but with German components, is not the target of a specific German veto, but rather its export to Saudi Arabia is being blocked by the German government’s embargo on all arms sales to the Saudi kingdom, decided in late November. In particular, Germany once again decided to apply an embargo o...
  • LCH Completes Weapon Trials
    LCH Completes Weapon Trials January 21 2019
      LCH (Light Combat Helicopter) indigenously developed by India has completed the light tests. The platform developed by HAL has left behind an important milestone.   The weapon tests of the platform, which is specially designed for high-altitude operations, were carried out in the test area in India's Chandipur District. 20 mm guns and 70 mm rocket launchs were also performed. The platform developed by HAL company's Rotary Wing Research & D...
  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70
    Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 January 16 2019
    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO. Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84 deputies were against it, accusing the cabinet of breaching the tender rules. The deal fo...
  • French MN Gets First F3R-Standard Rafale
    French MN Gets First F3R-Standard Rafale January 15 2019
    The French Navy (Marine Nationale/ MN) has received the first Dassault Rafale combat aircraft (serial number 30) to be upgraded to the latest F3R standard. The F3R standard of the Rafale offers several hardware and software enhancements over the F3 aircraft. The first aircraft will be prepared for delivery to the fighter detachment of the 10 Squadron of the Naval Aviation Experimental and Evaluation Centre, located at Hyères near Marseilles. If the forthcoming trial...
  • RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time
    RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time December 11 2018
    Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons launched from RAF Lossiemouth for the first time with the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile(BVRAAM) during a Quick Reaction Alert exercise for airspace defence. Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December that The MBDA Meteor is now operational aboard RAF  Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland (QRA North) to interce...
  • Japan To Acquire AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM
    Japan To Acquire AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM November 20 2018
      US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of thirty-two AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for an estimated cost of $63 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 16, 2018. The Government of Japan has also requested containers, weapon support and support equipment, spare and repair parts, U.S. Gov...
  • RAF Trained Omani Pilots
    RAF Trained Omani Pilots November 15 2018
    The Royal Air Force organized air-to-air refuelling trainings with Omani Eurofighter Typhoon pilots. During the Saif Sareea 3 exercise held in Oman, trainings are organized in addition to combat scenarios. In this context, Omani Eurofighter 2000 pilots refuelled in the air by the A330 Voyager KC.3 aircraft belonging to the Royal Air Force (RAF). The training took place with the participation of 12 Eurofighter Typhoon. Approximately 34 tons of fuel was delivered during the training. ...
  • The DGA Orders MICA NG Air-to-Air Missiles
    The DGA Orders MICA NG Air-to-Air Missiles November 12 2018
    The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on November 6 awarded MBDA a contract for the acquisition of 567 MICA NG missiles and the pyrotechnic modernization of 300 MICA* already in service. DGA pland to equip the Rafale with MICA NG by replacing the MICA air-to-air missiles in service since the early 2000s. The missile is developed in two versions - infrared (IR) and electromagnetic (EM). The MICA NG will be carried byall Rafale. Th...
  • X-Band Order to Saab
    X-Band Order to Saab October 30 2018
    Saab has announced a new order from the US administration. The US's new order was not a direct purchase this time. The company said in an official statement that the United States knocked its doors for X-band active electronic phase array radar technology. PS-05 / A Mk4 has 100% more effective than its predecessor in air-to-air mode at high altitudes and 40% more effective at low altitudes. The system, which has been shown to be highly effective against targets with low radar cr...
  • Drones Prepare For Dog Fight September 20 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) scored the first air-to-air kill for the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during trials late last year, the service disclosed on 19 September. The successful test late last year showed the U.S. Air Force that an unmanned vehicle like the MQ-9 has the ability to conduct air-to-air combat, much like its manned fighter brethren such as an F-15 Eagle or F-22 Raptor, according to Col. Julian Cheater, comma...
  • Rolls-Royce to Power Boeing MQ-25 UAV
    Rolls-Royce to Power Boeing MQ-25 UAV September 11 2018
    Boeing has selected Rolls-Royce engines to power the U.S. Navy’s new MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which will provide unmanned, carrier-based air-to-air refuelling, Rolls-Royce announced in a Sept. 6 release. The U.S. Navy has awarded the MQ-25A engineering and manufacturing contract to Boeing to provide four aircraft. Each MQ-25 aircraft will be powered by a single Rolls-Royce AE 3007N engine, manufactured in Indianapolis. The AE 3007N, the latest va...