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  • 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.
  • UK Details Transition Plan
    UK Details Transition Plan August 5 2019
    Britain is planning to retire its General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems in 2024 as the Royal Air Force transitions to its new Protector platform. The UK currently has 10 MQ-9 Reapers that it purchased as an urgent operational requirement for operations in Afghanistan. Today, they operate over Iraq and Syria, but none are destined for use in UK airspace. The UK currently is planning to buy 16 Protectors, a derivative of General Atomics’ self-developed, SkyGuardian platfor...
  • Problems for F-35 in Turkey
    Problems for F-35 in Turkey July 17 2019
      S-400 air defence systems that Turkey had purchased from Russia, arrived in Turkey. Missiles, which form the strike force of the system, are expected to arrive by navy soon. With these developments, Turkey, is progressing step by step in the supply route maps previously announced. In other side, the US, that openly opposed to Turkey to acquire these systems, and announced the roadmap as precaution. In the US’ roadmap, priority is given to F-35 aircraft. At pre...
  • 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 ...
  • Confusion on F-35
    Confusion on F-35 June 26 2019
    The US has released the F-35 roadmap, which is planned to be implemented as of July 31st. Turkey is a Level 3 Partner of F-35 Lightning II Program and Turkey's unwinding is confusing in both industry and operational areas. The United States, the main contractor of the program according to the roadmap, will follow these steps. Pilot and Maintainer Training There are currently 42 students attending F-35 training in the U.S. at Luke Air For...
  • 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 Approves MH-60R Sale to India
    US Approves MH-60R Sale to India April 3 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, ...
  • Russia to Test Many Kinzhal Missiles
    Russia to Test Many Kinzhal Missiles March 23 2019
    Russia has moved nearly 20 Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missiles to a test site. Russia has also test fired 12 times from a MiG-31 fighter jet, CNBC reports. Quoting sources who have seen U. S. intelligence reports, CNBC says the Kinzhal is expected to be mounted on a bomber as well. The air-to-ground hypersonic missile Kinzhal, has been tested at least three times. In July, the Kremlin successfully tested the weapon against a target nearly 500 miles away. What's more, in anot...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rafale F3-R Takes the Skies
    Rafale F3-R Takes the Skies December 24 2018
    The French Air Force announced the first flight of the most advanced variant of the Rafale platform. The flight took place at the 118th Air Base in Mont-de-Marsan on 10 December 2018. The work for the platform, called Rafale F3-R, which is the most advanced member of the family, was launched in 2013. Unlike its predecessors, there are advanced equipment such as Meteor long range air-air missile, Laser Guided version of Modular Air-to-Ground Weapon System compatible Talios targeting ...
  • Bloomberg Underlines Turkey’s Role in F-35:  "Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem"
    Bloomberg Underlines Turkey’s Role in F-35:  "Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem" October 5 2018
    US Based Economy Magazine Bloomberg Businessweek published an article that underlines Turkey’s role in F35 Program. The article has “Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem” headline. Magazine states US Congress’ decision to block the sale of F-35s to Turkey because of an agreement the Turks have to buy a Russian S-400 air defence system. Magazine states, “That’s creating problems. Turkey is a global leader in aerospace manufacturing, and 10 Tu...
  • Chinese Aircraft Aims Taiwan
    Chinese Aircraft Aims Taiwan August 7 2018
    China, conducted a combat readiness training with J-16 aircraft. Different battle scenarios were implemented in the training along with the Su-30, J-10 and J-11B aircrafts. With this training, the J-16 arcraft have gone a step further to complete the combat readiness training. The J-16, one of China's most recently developed aircraft, was developed on J-11. The plane was introduced for the first time around 2012-2013, but officially seen during mili...
  • Iran has overhauled and upgraded 10 Su-22s
    Iran has overhauled and upgraded 10 Su-22s July 26 2018
    Iran has managed to overhaul and upgrade 10 Su-22 fighter-bombers, the country announced at a ceremony on Jul. 25. Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the fighters are now able to employ precision-guided munitions and datalink with unmanned aircraft. With this upgrade, these bombers will be able to carry and fire smart and cluster bombs, and air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles with pinpoint accura...
  • Aero Vodochody and IAI present the F / A-259 Striker Fighter
    Aero Vodochody and IAI present the F / A-259 Striker Fighter July 24 2018
    Czech company Aero Vodochody introduced, together with its Israeli partner Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the F/A-259 Striker, a multirole aircraft for close air support, counter-insurgency operations and border patrolling with interception capabilities. The Striker is heavily based on the L159 which Aero decided to decline in two new versions, the New Generation (NG) aimed at training, and the F/A-259 which becomes a single-seat aircraft developed for air-to-ground missions. Ne...
  • Lockheed's Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Enters into Low-Rate Initial Production
    Lockheed's Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Enters into Low-Rate Initial Production June 30 2018
    Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system has successfully passed its Defence Acquisition Board review. The signed Acquisition Decision Memorandum approves the JAGM system to enter into Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP). JAGM is a multi-sensor air-to-ground missile that is the successor to the combat proven HELLFIRE Romeo and HELLFIRE Longbow missiles. Backward compatible with all rotary wing and fixed wing platforms that fire the HELLFIRE family of missiles, ...
  • China's Z-19E Helo Completed Live-firing Tests
    China's Z-19E Helo Completed Live-firing Tests May 17 2018
    Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) announced on May 16 that its Harbin Z-19E attack helicopter has completed its firing trials, local news reported.  It conducted multiple flight tests with the airborne weapons such as the gun, air-to-air missile, air-to-ground missile in live weapon firing, and rocket projectile in precision attack. During the tests, the helicopters fire control system and flight performance have also been validated. The export-orient...
  • Korea Ordered Additional Taurus Missiles
    Korea Ordered Additional Taurus Missiles March 14 2018
    The Republic of Korea has inked a contract to purchase 90 more Taurus long-range air-to-ground missiles in addition to the 170 missiles ordered under a 2013 contract. "The contract was signed in late February," Kang Hwan-seok, spokesman for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), however, had not issued a news release on the contract.  Produced by German-Swedish defence producer Taurus Systems GmbH, the missile has a range of 500 kilometres.
  • SOM-J Displayed on F-35 Internal Bay
    SOM-J Displayed on F-35 Internal Bay March 7 2018
    Lockheed Martin has released an animated video introducing the SOM-J, developed for the F-35 aircraft. Developed by TUBITAK SAGE and manufactured by ROKETSAN, SOM (Stand Off Missile) is an air-to-ground missile. The A and 1B variants of SOM is being carried under-wing of Turkish F-16 and F-4 aircraft. The SOM-J, developed for the F-35, will be carried inside the airframe to maintain the low radar signature (stealthiness) of the aircraft. Lockheed Martin described the use of SOM-J in...
  • Last Tests Before Low-rate Initial Production
    Last Tests Before Low-rate Initial Production February 19 2018
    The US Army is testing the new generation Joint Air-to-Ground Missile before it achieves low-rate initial production decision. The tests are being conducted by Yuma and Redstone Test Centres. The JAGM can be guided by using semi-active laser or radio frequency and the modes can be switched within seconds in-flight if needed. During the tests, four vehicles were fitted with remote control kits to create multiple moving targets at once. Though t...
  • F-35 Weapons Delivery Accuracy Tests Wrapped Up
    F-35 Weapons Delivery Accuracy Tests Wrapped Up December 20 2017
    F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) completed a major test milestone, Weapons Delivery Accuracy (WDA) flight tests that began in July 2013. The WDA portion of the F-35 developmental test and evaluation mission ensures the fifth-generation fighter’s weapons system can deliver lethal ordnance both air-to-air and air-to-ground using the jet’s warfighting Block 3F software. The ITF used all three F-35 variants and delivered air-to-air missiles including AIM-120s, the ...
  • German Eurofighters Gain Air-to-ground Capability
    German Eurofighters Gain Air-to-ground Capability December 20 2017
    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) Eurofighters received air-to-ground capability as Tactical Air Force Wing 31, the Luftwaffe’s first operational Eurofighter wing based at Nörvenich Air Force Base, took delivery of the GBU-48 in a ceremony on 18 December. 27 Eurofighters of the service will be equipped with GBU-48s, adding ground attack capability to their air-to-air capabilities. Germany currently operates 125 of the 143 Typhoons ordered from the Eurofighter consortium.
  • Vertical Launch of HISAR
    Vertical Launch of HISAR December 5 2017
    The systems under ASELSAN's HISAR project have for the first time undergone vertical launch tests and the 360-degree protection feature was successfully tested. The subsystem integration test activities have been completed and the system level development and testing process have started, according to ASELSAN's newly published magazine. HİSAR-A; The Self-propelled Autonomous Low Altitude Air Defence Missile System consists of the Missile Launch System (FFS), the Lo...
  • Air-to-Ground Drill by Korea
    Air-to-Ground Drill by Korea November 14 2017
    The Republic of Korean Army carried out its first air-to-surface missile firing exercise using eight Apache attack helicopters on Monday. A Hellfire guided missile was launched by each helicopter and hit its designated targets on the sea. The Hellfire missiles were launched from different distances and in different manners so the pilots can better familiarize themselves with the missile.  The Army introduced 36 Apache helicopters in May last year and deploye...
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration by USAF
    20th Anniversary Celebration by USAF November 3 2017
    The F-22 Combined Test Force held a ceremony Oct. 19 to commemorate the first flight of the F-22 Raptor. The first flight of the first F-22 aircraft took place Sept. 7, 1997. The fighter took off from Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions and can fly at supersonic airspeeds (greater than 1.5 Mach) without using afterburner.
  • New Player for Unmanned Assault
    New Player for Unmanned Assault September 18 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 helicopter is capable of carrying 120 kg of weapons and equipment. An armed AV500W typically carri...
  • Gripen E On Its Maiden Flight
    Gripen E On Its Maiden Flight June 16 2017
    The Swedish aerospace and defence company Saab has announced the maiden flight of Gripen E prototype. The flight has been carried out on 15 June and lasted 40 minutes. During the flight, Saab's test pilot carried out a number of actions to demonstrate various test criteria including the retracting and extending of the landing gear.  Gripen E offers high survivability and performance, advanced avionics, sensors and communication systems, as well as extended range. The a...
  • Exclusive F-35 for Israel
    Exclusive F-35 for Israel May 25 2017
    The Israel Air Force will receive an additional F-35 Joint Strike Fighter external link in 2020 with a special suite of test instrumentation that will work to enhance the fighter’s capabilities during air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.  According to Flight Global web site, an Israeli officer speaking under condition of anonymity but to be referred as Lt Col Shlomy said, "This unique aircraft, which was not part of any other F-35 contract, will enable us to begin the work o...
  • Twin-seat L-15A by China
    Twin-seat L-15A by China May 4 2017
    China's Hongdu Aviation Industry Group (HAIG) has unveiled the L-15B advanced jet trainer, a twin-seat, lead-in fighter-trainer (LIFT) variant of the L-15A, on 1 May. Apart from its trainer and light attack missions, the L-15B can also be used in the air defence and air-to-ground attack roles. According to China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC), the L-15B has nine weapon hardpoints and attachments for a 3,5-tonne payl...
  • BrahMos Under The Spotlight
    BrahMos Under The Spotlight February 20 2017
    India's BrahMos cruise missiles pulls international customers according to BrahMos Aerospace company. Reportedly, six countries in Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East, who already operates Su-30s, are interested in buying Russia’s Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets armed with BrahMos missiles. Supersonic BrahMos air-to-ground missile will soon be tested on an Indian Air Force's Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft that has already undergone mod...
  • Wing Validity from MSB
    Wing Validity from MSB February 18 2017
    The Turkish Ministry of National Defence announced yesterday that it was continuing its testing of the Winged Guidance Kit on its official twitter account. The MK83 and MK82 are integrated with air-to-ground general-purpose bomb, which can increase the range of the bomber to 100 km and increase the hit rate. The Winged Guidance Kit, which is expected to enter the inventory this year, was developed by Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey TUBITAK SAGE (Defence of Industr...
  • 'Viper' Support to USMC
    'Viper' Support to USMC February 9 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...
  • Missile Test Attracted Attention February 9 2017
    The Chinese press have announced that the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) have tested the short-range precision-guided air-to-ground AR-2 missile in the past few days. The missile was developed forthe CH-class unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). AR-2 features a 5 kg warhead featuring Semi-Active Laser-Homing (SALH). The missile has a total weight of 20 kg and is 25 kg lighter than the previous model (AR-1). AR-2 ...
  • Korea's New Apache Fleet Conducts First Live-fire Exercise
    Korea's New Apache Fleet Conducts First Live-fire Exercise December 30 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...
  • New Missiles for Korean F-16s
    New Missiles for Korean F-16s December 19 2016
    The Republic of Korea equips its F-16 fighters with highly capable missile systems in the face of North Korean threats. Reportedly, the F-16 Fighting Falcons will be armed with the US GBU-31JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) air-to-ground missiles, which are capable of hitting underground facilities, and mid-range air-to-air missiles AIM-120.
  • NATO buys Precision Guided Munitions for its 8 member countries
    NATO buys Precision Guided Munitions for its 8 member countries December 17 2016
    NATO Support and Procurement Agency signed an agreement with the United States to acquire Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) on behalf of a multinational cooperation framework that brings together eight NATO Allies - Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Spain. Under the agreement, the participating Allies will obtain an initial batch of PGMs intended for delivery between 2017 and 2019. The underlying cooperation framework, which was c...
  • Another Drone
    Another Drone November 14 2016
    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China's (AVIC) subsidiary Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) unveiled its new drone at Zhuhai Airshow China 2016 which has two different configurations; one being the armed reconnaissance model and the other designed specifically for ISR missions. The Cloud Shadow is powered by indigenious WP11C turbojet engine and features 9 m long and 3,66 m tall airframe. The armed configuration has six underwing points, compatible with (CASIC) AG-300/M air-to-groun...
  • Foldable UAV by Bell Helicopter
    Foldable UAV by Bell Helicopter September 23 2016
    Bell Helicopter unveiled a tiltrotor unmanned aircraft that can fold for optimal storage at the National Press Club in Washington on 22 September. The V-247 Vigilant, does not require a runway with its vertical lift capability and can fold its wings and rotors requiring less space to store and transport. The aircraft is capable of flying 11 hours with mission payload, but has a 1,400 nautical mile operational radius. Especially targeting US Marine Corps., the aircraft has 24-hour pe...
  • France to buy US made Laser-Guided bombs from Sweden April 2 2016
    France has requested laser-guided bombs according to Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist.  Sweden is now evaluating to provide military support to France’s fight against the Islamic State group across the Middle East. The MoD has signalled that it is ready to deliver consisting mainly of US-made laser-guided bombs, rom the Swedish Armed Forces' (SAF) own arsenal. This arsenal includes an unknown number of GBU-12 Paveway II 227-kilogram laser-guided bombs produced by Lockheed Mar...