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  • Domestic Carriage Rack for Domestic Miniature Bombs
    Domestic Carriage Rack for Domestic Miniature Bombs 13 August 2020
    Turkey, which has significant experience and knowledge about the air-to-surface ammunition continues to studies on domestic systems. The Ministry of National Defence released a video and announcement about domestic ammunition testing activities on its official social media account. In the post, "Integration and testing activities of ammunition developed and produced domestically and indigenously are continuing at the 401st Test Fleet Command." description placed. In t...
  • SARB-83 to Penetrate Enemy Fortifications
    SARB-83 to Penetrate Enemy Fortifications 25 June 2020
    Penetrator bombs are tailor-made for the missions such as destruction of enemy ammunition storages, bunkers, reinforced-concrete hangars. TÜBİTAK SAGE (Defence Industry Research and Development Institute) continues its activities in this area. A penetrator bomb, which was developed domestically against ammunition storage areas, shelters and hangars, where the tactical and strategically valuable assets were stored, passed the test. Developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE (...
  • New Air-to-Surface Anti-Ship Missile of Roketsan
    New Air-to-Surface Anti-Ship Missile of Roketsan 19 June 2020
    TEI (TUSAŞ Engine Industries) developed TJ-300 medium-range missile engine with the TUBITAK TEYDEB support and conducted the First Start and Presentation Ceremony in its facilities located in Eskişehir. TEI General Manager Prof. Dr. Mahmut Akşit; announced that the TJ-300 was developed for a solution of Roketsan during the event. While giving information about the starting process of the engine, Prof. Dr. Akşit's words: "... we will start with your start...
  • Thousands of Hydra Rocket
    Thousands of Hydra Rocket 2 June 2020
    Air-to-surface unguided rockets have an important place for the ground attack capability of many air platforms, especially attack helicopters. Air-to surface rockets, which are one of the best choices for target-rich environments with salvo launching capability is commonly using despite developing technology. The USA has signed a new procurement agreement for the Hydra Rockets, which are widely used in the West, especially for attack helicopters. Under the $ 3.4 billion co...
  • 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...
  • Martlet Firing Trials
    Martlet Firing Trials 28 May 2020
    Ship-based rotary-wing aircraft launched air-to-surface missiles are critical for missions such as helicopter attacks on hostile platforms and elimination of asymmetrical elements. The UK Ministry of Defence announced that a missile test launch was carried out in the Aberporth Range located on the West Coast of Wales as part of the FASGW (Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon) program. This trial was carried out under the program of integration of Martlet guided projectil...
  • Search for Navy Jet Trainer
    Search for Navy Jet Trainer 19 May 2020
    Countries with aircraft carriers using the CATOBAR system need advanced jet trainers suitable for the system in question during the training of navy pilots. The US, the world's largest aircraft carrier user, has taken action for new advanced jet trainer planned to be procured to the Navy. In this context, Washington published an Request for Information Document on May 14. According to the document, the new platform, which will be used for FCLP (Field Carrier Landing Practice) do...
  • Navy Helicopter Agreement
    Navy Helicopter Agreement 18 May 2020
    India continues its naval investments due to the growing tension in the region, the platforms that have reached the end of its economic life and the consolidation of maritime domination.  The US, which recently signed an agreement with India for the procurement of naval helicopters, took action for the production phase of the platforms. The US Navy signed a USD 904.8 million deal with Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, for the manufacture of 21 MH-60R Sea...
  • The Secret Hero Of Operatıons: Smart Ammunıtıon 30 April 2020
    The air bombardment, which has been widely used since World War II, experienced a radical change in the First Gulf War. The smart ammunition was only 9 of the air-to-surface ordnance in this operation, but 75 percent of the accurate strikes belongs to them. Although Smart Ammunition are often used on more difficult targets, they are 35 times more efficient to destroy their targets per ammunition. In this article, we consider the process that makes a classic ammunition smart.
  • Domestic Guidance Kit Test
    Domestic Guidance Kit Test 7 April 2020
    The Turkish defence industry is continuing its decisive steps despite the worldwide pandemic. Tübitak SAGE announced that a successful trial was carried out recently. Within the scope of the tests, the Winged Guidance Kit (Kanatlı Güdüm Kiti / KGK) developed by the institution was released from the 401th Test Squadron aircraft operating within the Turkish Air Force. "TUBITAK SAGE continues to contribute to our national defence industry with high-security measures...
  • New Air Launched Cruise Missile Order
    New Air Launched Cruise Missile Order 2 April 2020
    The USA continues its steps to improve its tactical strike capability. The United States signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin for USD 946 million to procure cruise missiles. With contract; company will produce a total of 790 JASSM-ERs, which 360 ​​within the scope of Lot 17, 40 for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, and 390 within Lot 18. The air-to-surface long-range cruise missile AGM-158B JASSM-ER (Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile Exten...
  • F-35I Adir Become Testbed
    F-35I Adir Become Testbed 10 March 2020
    F-35 Lightning II, the fifth generation fighter-bomber aircraft can not be configured in line with user requirements due to restrictions. However, there are some exceptions in this case. The F-35I Adirs, the only customized F-35 according to the user country requirements, will be used as test aircraft. In an image released recently, it was seen that the first platform configured as a testbed meets the sky. The platform with telemetry markings on it will be used by the Israeli A...
  • Anti-Ship Missile Capability to Chinese J-16
    Anti-Ship Missile Capability to Chinese J-16 20 February 2020
    China, which continues its shipbuilding activities to improve its naval power, keeps its efforts to increase its effectiveness in the region and oceans, especially in the Taiwan Gulf. In the images published in Chinese State Television CCTV in the past days, it was seen that J-16 aircraft were equipped with anti-ship capability. A J-16 fighter-bomber affiliated to the 40th Air Regiment stationed in the Nanchang-Xiangtan District of China was spotted carrying two YJ-83Ks un...
  • First End-to-End Firing MBDA Marte-ER
    First End-to-End Firing MBDA Marte-ER 14 February 2020
    MBDA, which continues to expand the air-to-surface missile family, recently conducted a test launch. The first end-to-end system launch was carried out by MARTE-ER, which can be defined as the third generation of MARTE missile family which are among the products of the company. Within the scope of the activity, which was stated to be the second test launch of the missile, there was also an integrated navigation system, proximity fly-over fuze, gun control and actuator systems. MARTE...
  • Belarussian Flute
    Belarussian Flute 4 February 2020
    State Military-Industrial Committee of Belarus held the meeting. The new tactical CNRA (Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher) system was introduced at the event held in the capital Minsk. According to the news published in the country media, the launching tests of the system, which was unveiled during exhibition, continue. The platform consisting of SHTS (Silach) 4x4 armored tactical vehicle mounted 80 mm rocket launcher system developed over the GAZ-3308 Sadko chassis is called "...
  • 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...
  • Su-30SM Delivered
    Su-30SM Delivered 13 November 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...
  • Bunker Buster Delivered
    Bunker Buster Delivered 16 September 2019
    Israel has completed the delivery of the first batch of a new version of Spice-2000 bunker-buster bombs to the Indian Air Force (IAF). “Israel has started the delivery of the Spice-2000 bombs to India and the first batch of these bombs was received recently,” IAF sources said. The Israeli-based Rafael company developed the bombs, which will be supplied under the emergency procurement contract, worth approximately $ 44 million. The bombs will be delivered along with Mark 84 warhead...
  • Turkey Successfully Tests SOM-B2
    Turkey Successfully Tests SOM-B2 6 September 2019
    Turkey's indigenous, bunker-busting and long-range cruise missile SOM-B2 has completed its preliminary firing test. President of Defence Industries Professor İsmail Demir announced from his personal twitter account that "The SOM-B2 missile successfully hit the target in the firing test". adding that the missile "successfully concluded" its development, ground and flight tests. SOM is developed by the Defence Research and Development Institute of the Turkish S...
  • Approval for Lockheed Martin 15 August 2019
    U.S. Department of Defence said that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $99 million contract for AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) foreign military sales production support. The contract, which involves foreign military sales to Finland, Poland and Australia, will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support.   Weighing approximate...
  • Rafael Unveils "Rocks" - A Long Range Stand-Off Air-To-Surface Missile
    Rafael Unveils "Rocks" - A Long Range Stand-Off Air-To-Surface Missile 21 February 2019
    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled a new, advanced stand-off high-speed air-to-surface missile (ASM) at the Aero India Air Show in Bengaluru, India, this week. Dubbed simply "Rocks," the ASM can be armed with a penetration warhead or blast explosive warhead depending on whether targets are beneath the surface or above ground. The weight class of the warhead has not been disclosed. 'Rocks', the new missile is furnished with a single-stage solid rocket motor develope...
  • Lockheed Martin Is Awarded US$172m Contract For LRASM
    Lockheed Martin Is Awarded US$172m Contract For LRASM 18 January 2019
    The US Navy and US Air Force have awarded Lockheed Martin a US$172 million contract to produce the second lot of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM). LRASM is a long range, precision-guided anti-ship missile leveraging off its Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range (JASSM-ER) heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of US Navy and Air Force Aircraft. Armed with a penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, LRASM employs precision routing and guidanc...
  • F4 Turn for Rafale
    F4 Turn for Rafale 16 January 2019
    After the France’s, decision of upgrading all Rafales to F3 standard, works on new F4 variant has launched. Dassault, who does not want Rafale to fall behind its modern combat requirements, has started development work for the F4 model. The work for the F4 model was officially launched at the ceremony held at the Mérignac Facility of Dassault. In this way, the company aims to produce a product that meets the world standards of Rafale and maintains its strength in the ex...
  • $51 Million Worth Contract For Extreme-Range JASSM Cruise Missile 12 September 2018
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded the US Air Force contract worth $51 million for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extreme Range (JASSM-XR), the Department of defence announced Monday. This contract effort includes all all-up round level systems engineering and programmatic activities to align and phase the work necessary to design, develop, integrate, test, and verify component and subsystem design changes to the JASSM-XR baseline electronics, hardware, firmware, and operationa...
  • Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received
    Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received 22 August 2018
    Leonardo announces that it has made effective the contract, signed on March 14, 2018, for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defence of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in its backlog and received the advance payment relating to the contract. The order covers 16 TTHs tactical transports and 12 NFHs naval helicopters. Leonardo acts as overall prime contractor with responsibility for the management of the entire programme...
  • Germany may acquire Israel’s armed Heron TP
    Germany may acquire Israel’s armed Heron TP 4 June 2018
      German army (Bundeswehr) could acquire soon medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) armed  unmanned air vehicle (UAV) Heron TP (nicknamed Eitan MALE). Heron TP is able to carry air-to-surface missiles. This is the first time that Bundeswehr requests the use of drones that that can be weaponized. Bundeswehr has requested around €900 million to lease five Heron TP UAVs from Israel over the next nine years. Germany plans  to use that type of drones i...
  • JASSM-ER Made Combat Debut
    JASSM-ER Made Combat Debut 2 May 2018
    Lockheed Martin's AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended-Range (JASSM-ER) has made its combat debut on 13 April in Syria. After taking off from a base in Qatar, two Boeing B-1B bombers released 19 JASSM-ER weapons. JASSM-ER has been introduced into service with the US Air Force in 2014.
  • Brimstone Extend its Service Life Beyond 2030
    Brimstone Extend its Service Life Beyond 2030 27 March 2018
    The United Kingdom has awarded MBDA a $565 million contract for the capability sustainment programme (CSP) of the advanced Brimstone air-to-surface missile, to extend its service life beyond 2030. Under the CSP effort, MBDA will manufacture new Brimstone missiles for the UK Armed Forces in order to replenish the country’s inventory. The new-build Brimstone missiles will incorporate a number of key components offered by the spiral upgrades of Brimstone, including...
  • 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 ...
  • JASSM-ER Declared Operational on F-15Es
    JASSM-ER Declared Operational on F-15Es 8 February 2018
    Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) – Extended Range (ER) achieved full operational capability on the F-15E Strike Eagle. With completion of integration and the fielding of JASSM-ER's Suite 8 Operational Flight Program, the F-15E Strike Eagle becomes the first Universal Armament Interface (UAI)-compliant platform to field JASSM-ER. Armed with a penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead, JASSM-ER and JASSM can be used in all weather conditions....
  • The Latest Eurofighter Version Delivered
    The Latest Eurofighter Version Delivered 23 January 2018
    Airbus Defence and Space has delivered to the Spanish Air Force the first two Eurofighter Typhoons to be produced in the latest configuration with enhanced air-to-surface capabilities. Spanish procurement agency DGAM took delivery of the aircraft on 22 December. The remaining six of the 73 aircraft currently contracted by Spain will be delivered to the same P1Eb FW (Phase 1 Enhanced Further Work) standard during 2018 and 2019. This same configuration is being retrofitted to in-...
  • US Offers 'SuperCobra'
    US Offers 'SuperCobra' 18 January 2018
    The US Government decided to offer surplus Marine Corps Bell AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters to international customers from February.  The helicopters entered service with the USMC in 1986. Powered by twin General Electric T700-GE-401 engines, the AH-1W has a top speed of 147 kt, a range of 256 n miles (474 km), and a service ceiling of 18,700 ft (limited to 10,000 ft by oxygen requirements), all in a basic combat configuration.  The platform is equippe...
  • 32-bit F-CK-1
    32-bit F-CK-1 21 December 2017
    F-CK-1 aircraft of Republic of China Air Force have modernized. Upgraded final two aircraft have delivered. According to a statement made by Taiwanese authorities, 56 aircraft were upgraded to F-CK-1C / D standard within the second phase of the modernization program. 71 aircraft were upgraded under Phase-1, which is started in 2009. In the context of modernization, a 32-bit flight control computer and advanced electronic warfare capabilities were integrated into F-CK-1 air...
  • Japan to buy additional JSM
    Japan to buy additional JSM 10 December 2017
    Japan Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera, in a press conference, stated that the ministry has officially requested on for additional $ 19, 264 million funds in the fiscal 2018 budget in order to buy long-range cruise missiles. Ministry will use fund to buy the Joint Strike Missile and to research on how to integrate the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) missile and Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) on its F-15 and probably the F-2.. 
  • An Eye For An Eye
    An Eye For An Eye 30 November 2017
    North Korea has conducted yet another missile launch on 29 November, to which the Republic of Korea responded with a live-fire drill. The Republic of Korean Army's missile unit, the Navy's Aegis ship and the Air Force's KF-16 fighter jet took part in the training held in the East Sea near the inter-Korean border. During the drill, a Haeseong-2 cruise missile, a Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missile and a SPICE-2000 air-to-surface missile were fired, all three precisely hitting its designate...
  • 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...
  • T-50A Made 100th Flight
    T-50A Made 100th Flight 5 October 2017
    Lockheed Martin Corp. achieved a new milestone this week as the T-50A aircraft flew its 100th sortie at the Greenville, South Carolina, facility. In February 2016, Lockheed Martin announced its plans to offer the T-50A in the Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition. "This particular flight in TX-2, included simulated air-to-air engagements, simulated air-to-surface attacks, and instrument proficiency training," said Lockheed Martin's test pilot Elliott Clemence. ...
  • Brimstone Ready For Integration on Eurofighter
    Brimstone Ready For Integration on Eurofighter 3 October 2017
    A major milestone has been completed in Project Centurion configuration for the United Kingdom’s Eurofighter Typhoon. BAE Systems told Jane's on 28 September that the summer flight test campaign of the MBDA Brimstone air-to-surface missile had been successfully concluded three days previously, resulting in the low-yield missile now being safe for carriage on the Typhoon. Eurofighter Delivery Director Andy Flynn said that over the past 18 months they have done a n...
  • Successful 'Taurus' Test by Korea
    Successful 'Taurus' Test by Korea 14 September 2017
    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) successfully test-fired a KEPD 350K air-to-surface cruise missile from an F-15K Slam Eagle, finalising the verification process of the performance and operational capability of the Taurus [KEPD 350K], including the system’s integration with F-15K fighter aircraft. RoKAF announced the test on 13 September, declaring the missile flew some 400 km before accurately hitting the intended target.  The service ...
  • Indigenous Supersonic Missile by Japan
    Indigenous Supersonic Missile by Japan 18 July 2017
    The Japanese Air Self Defence Force will introduce a new type of air-to-surface missile to its F-2 fighter aircraft next year. According to local sources, it will be the first indigenious supersonic air-to-ship missile, which is characterized by being difficult to intercept.  When compared to the country's indigenous Type 80 (ASM-1) and Type 93 (ASM-2) missiles which are both close to the sound speed, the new model will dramatically reduce the risk of being interc...