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  • Rafales to Be Delivered to Greece with F3R Improvement
    Rafales to Be Delivered to Greece with F3R Improvement 17 November 2020
    Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets. France will send 12 aircraft to Greece to F3R standards. Athens is also planning to buy MICA NG and SCALP missiles. The F3R standard is the air-to-ground laser-guided version of BVRAAM and Sagem (Armement Air-Sol Modulaire/AASM), as well as the Thales TALIOS long-range air-to-air targeting wing; automatic land collision prevention system (Auto-GCAS); Thales RBE2 covers the AESA radar and spec...
  • New Su-30SMs Delivered to Kazakhstan
    New Su-30SMs Delivered to Kazakhstan 9 November 2020
    Kazakhstan says it has received new Su-30SM multi-purpose combat aircraft. The jets were deployed at the air base in Karagan. Kazakhstan, which signed an agreement for platforms at the International Arms Systems and Military Equipment Fair KADEX-2018 in Astana, will add the new platforms to the Air Force's already in-service Su-30SM fleet.  The Su-30SMs, equipped with bars multifunctional fire control radar and air-to-air and air-to-ground precision guided missile...
  • Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China
    Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China 13 October 2020
    China continues to warn countries selling military systems to Taiwan. China has issued a warning to the United States after White House officials said the sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan was close to being edict. As the Oval Office increased pressure on China, foreign media reported in Early September (2020) that the United States was entering into an agreement with Taiwan as part of seven arms system exports.  "To ensure that it does not seriously harm cross-Strai...
  • US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland
    US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland 12 October 2020
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and weapons and related equipment for an estimated cost of $14.7 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. Finland has requested to buy 50 F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft; eight F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft; 14 EA-18G Growler aircraft; 166 F414-GE-400 engines (144...
  • Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China
    Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China 23 September 2020
    Taiwan has launched an air-to-ground attack cruise missile developed by local sources. Munitions developed by the National Chungshan Institute were also on display during Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Magong air force base on Penghu island. The missile, which can only be used on Taiwan Air Force jets, has a range of about 200 km. GPS-guided missiles are capable of hitting Chinese air bases, barracks and fortifications in Fujian and Guangdong pro...
  • AKSUNGUR Breaks its flying record:49 hours
    AKSUNGUR Breaks its flying record:49 hours 2 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industry's High Payload Capacity UAV AKSUNGUR increased non-stop flight time in its class by staying in the air for 49 hours. AKSUNGUR completed its 59th test flight with this flight. During this flight, the IHA drew the starry crescent flag to the sky at an altitude of 20 thousand feet. AKSUNGUR was designed for Multi-Role Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Assault Missions. Performing day / night Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Assa...
  • Russia Goes for Armed UAV
    Russia Goes for Armed UAV 26 August 2020
    Russian Ministry of Defence and Kronshtadt have signed a deal to start delivery of Russia’s first armed medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) drone. The UAV will be an upgraded variant of “Orion”, capable of carrying air-to-ground munitions. The delivery of the first heavy “Orion” drone for the Air Force is scheduled before the end of 2020. According to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, the deal was announced by Kronshtadt chief engineer Nikolai Dolzhenkov. ...
  • Air-to-Ground Ammunition Selection of Fifth Generation
    Air-to-Ground Ammunition Selection of Fifth Generation 31 May 2020
    Today's technology has made it possible for fifth-generation aircraft that were almost impossible for the another country approximately 15-20 years ago in the US. The Republic of Korea, which acquired F-35 Lightning IIs from the USA in line with the country's modern battlefield requirements, launched the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) fifth-generation aircraft project in the same framework. In the process, which continued with the industrial partnership of Indo...
  • LGHK-84 Accepted
    LGHK-84 Accepted 15 May 2020
    Gürcan Okumuş, who is the TÜBİTAK SAGE (Savunma Sanayii Araştırma ve Geliştirme Enstitüsü / Defence Industries Research and Development Instute) Institute Director, was a guest on live stream at C4Defence's Instagram account. Okumuş made important statements about Precision Guidance Kit and Winged Guidance Kit. Indicating that the HGK-82 (Hassas Güdüm Kiti / Precision Guidance Kit), 83 and 84 families have been completed, Okumuş announced that studi...
  • New Planes for Light Attack
    New Planes for Light Attack 18 March 2020
    The US Air Force (USAF) has purchased two AT-6 Wolverine platforms for use in ongoing light attack tests. The aircraft will be built in Wichita, Kansas. USAF has purchased for $70.2 million two Textron Aviation Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine aircraft for its continued light attack experiment. The light attack experiment has evolved and diminished in scope over several years. Originally, the USAF intended to find a cheap-to-fly ground-attack aircraft. It intended to buy dozens of light at...
  • 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 7 November 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 5 August 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 17 July 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 1 July 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 26 June 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 24 June 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 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, ...
  • Russia to Test Many Kinzhal Missiles
    Russia to Test Many Kinzhal Missiles 23 March 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 11 February 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 15 January 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 24 December 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" 5 October 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 7 August 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 26 July 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 24 July 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 30 June 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 17 May 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 14 March 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 7 March 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 19 February 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 20 December 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 20 December 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 5 December 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 14 November 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 3 November 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 18 September 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 16 June 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 25 May 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 4 May 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 20 February 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...