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  • Russia to get a second “Premiere”
    Russia to get a second “Premiere” 9 July 2020
    Russian Government plans to build a second “flying radar” A-100 “Premier” for their Aerospace Forces according to Izvestia. A-100 Premier is a Long Range Radar Detection Aircraft (AWACS). Russian sources claim that it will be almost impossible to “drown” the board by electronic warfare. The aircraft will be on the program until 2024. Serial production of aircraft should begin and their predecessors, the A-50 and the upgraded A-50U should be replac...
  • France to Improve Navy AEW&C Capability
    France to Improve Navy AEW&C Capability 8 July 2020
    Ship-based airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft are eyes of the carrier task force in front lines, especially in open seas. Being the only user of nuclear aircraft carrier expect the USA, France is on the way to improve its ship-based AEW&C capability. In this context, Washington approved the possible sale of three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye under the FMS (Foreign Military Sales) to Paris. The total cost of the platforms and the necessary equipment was es...
  • Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion
    Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion 7 July 2020
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress late Monday of their approval of a possible Foreign Military Sale of MV-22 Ospreys to Indonesia. The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia of eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. <...
  • Additional AEW&C Procurement
    Additional AEW&C Procurement 30 June 2020
    Air early warning and control aircraft are one of the most suitable solutions for radar gaps occurring in mountainous areas and for aerial command and control of fleets. Having to keep an army capable and well equipped against the northern threat, the Republic of Korea has acted to acquire additional Airborne Early Warning and Control (Airborne Early Warning & Control) aircraft. The country's Defence Project Promotion Committee gave the necessary approval for the p...
  • Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble?
    Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble? 27 June 2020
    British independent public spending watchdog, “The National Audit Office”, has published a report into the ability of the MOD to successfully deliver Carrier Strike capability successfully. The report, published today examines how the Department has managed the programme since 2017 and how it is addressing the risks towards achieving the full capabilities of a carrier strike group. In other words, the report states concern about transforming process from a &lsq...
  • Special Mission Aircraft Order to Israel
    Special Mission Aircraft Order to Israel 15 June 2020
    Special mission aircraft, which are considered as the intelligence eye of the armed forces in the air, constitute an important power factor in combat thanks to their reconnaissance, surveillance and command-control capabilities. Israel's leading aviation company IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) has announced that a 350 million USD agreement has been signed with a European country for the procurement of a Special Mission Aircraft. The agreement will be executed by ELTA Syst...
  • New Machine Gun Variant on Trials
    New Machine Gun Variant on Trials 1 June 2020
    Machine guns, one of the most important gifts of the Industrial Revolution to the battlefield and changed the fate of wars, continue their development in parallel with technology. The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) developed MG4 to replace MG3 machine guns in its inventory and distributed to military personnel for active use in the field. The Bundeswehr has announced that trials for the MG4 A3 variant have started. The machine gun is subjected to extensive tests by the 26th A...
  • Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed
    Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed 27 May 2020
    Russia's Tu-22M3M supersonic long-range strategic bomber, through the modernization process, was tested at supersonic speed. A source told the TASS news agency that the second prototype of the Tu-22M3M completed a total of five test flights. The platform reached supersonic speed during the fourth flight. "Preliminary trials are scheduled for completion in 2020," the source added. The second prototype of the Tu-22M3M bomber successfully carried out its first flight in March 2020....
  • Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft Order
    Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft Order 21 May 2020
    Airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) are an important power multiplier for users due to their capability to keep an eye on friendly elements in the front line and to instantly transmit enemy movements. Saab, one of Sweden's leading companies, announced that the order for Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C was received from an unnamed country. Deliveries will be made between 2020 and 2023, under the USD 160 million deal. Saab is currently recommending th...
  • Armoured Vehicle Delivery to Airborne Corps
    Armoured Vehicle Delivery to Airborne Corps 13 May 2020
    China, which has surpassed the first wave COVID-19 process significantly, continues to acquisition of defence systems. Airborne Corps, which operates under the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), has received the first batch of CS / VN3 light armored wheeled vehicles. In the images published in China Central Television 13 (CCTV 13), it was determined that at least 14 platforms were delivered. The vehicles were put into service with a ceremony held in the milita...
  • GlobalEye Delivery
    GlobalEye Delivery 30 April 2020
    Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft stand out as platforms that strategically contribute to the capabilities of the air force. The United Arab Emirates signed an agreement with Saab in 2015 for the acquisition of GlobalEye. Announcing the procurement of two additional platforms in addition to the previous contract in November 2019, Abu Dhabi received its first platform yesterday. With the delivery in question, which constitutes an important milestone for the progra...
  • Nuclear Task for Raytheon
    Nuclear Task for Raytheon 24 April 2020
    The US, which announced that suspension of the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces / Mid-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty, is determined to return its tactical nuclear capability to its old days. With the AGM-86 ALCM (Air Launched Cruise Missile / Airborne Cruise Missile) systems retired in November 2019, the US took action to fill the capability gap in the cruise missile area that could carry nuclear warheads. In this context, the US Air Force (US Air Force / USAF) has signed a...
  • Weird Incident
    Weird Incident 14 April 2020
    Rafale, one of the most advanced combat aircraft, witnessed a strange event last year. The French military air accident investigation agency released details of an incident that occurred in March 2019. In the incident involving a Rafale B stationed at Saint Dizier / Robinson, a 64-year-old man ejected himself "by mistake" from the aircraft. The employees of the aircraft manufacturer company have arranged a flight in the back seat of the platform to give the perso...
  • Strategic Power to Chinese Tanks
    Strategic Power to Chinese Tanks 9 April 2020
    Rapidly increasing its power on land, at sea and in the air, China continues its efforts for the combined use of forces. It is stated that the Y-20 cargo plane developed by China with domestic facilities is suitable for tank transportation. The platforms, which developed within the scope of the country's strategic transport requirement, can carry two Type 15 light tanks or one Type 99A main battle tank to the desired area. In this way, China has the capabilit...
  • Taiwan and Japan Intercept Chinese KJ-500 Aircraft
    Taiwan and Japan Intercept Chinese KJ-500 Aircraft 26 March 2020
    Taiwan and Japan intercepted China's KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft. The Japan Defence Ministry announced that the Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) was carrying out operations to intercept one Shaanxi KJ-500 aircraft on the East China Sea. On the map, it was shared that the KJ-500 was intercepted in the north of the Ishigaki Islands of Japan and in the west of Okinawa, where JASDF came. The JASDF has two regiments of Mitsubishi F-15J/DJ Eagle interceptors based at Naha in ...
  • Taiwan Flew Its Aircraft Against China During Exercise
    Taiwan Flew Its Aircraft Against China During Exercise 26 March 2020
    Taiwan conducted a tri-services military drill to simulate a response to an air attack by Beijing. Simulating the airstrike from China, Taiwan aired eight F-16s during the exercise. Taiwan's Ministry of Defence has announced that they are conducting drills as an indicator of what they will do to protect the sovereignty and national security. Beijing's J-11 and KJ-500 airborne early warning planes dangerously approached Taiwan's airspace on March 16, and Taiwan's F-16...
  • F-16s Intercepted Chinese Bombers
    F-16s Intercepted Chinese Bombers 18 March 2020
    Similar to the the sea in Asia-Pacific, tension increase in the skies. Taiwan recently announced that the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft were intercepted. On March 16, Beijing's J-11 fighters and KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft approached Taiwan's air space dangerously, and Taiwan-made F-16 Fighting Falcons took off with a scramble alarm. Taipei has raised the alarm level for some time now, due to China's increa...
  • 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...
  • Russian Navy to Track Black Sea with Ka-31P
    Russian Navy to Track Black Sea with Ka-31P 15 March 2020
    Rich hydrocarbon deposits make the Eastern Mediterranean more valuable than ever since. Russia also reacts to the increasing movements in the ancient sea, and continues to provide new systems to the Black Sea Fleet, which responsible for the region. The Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet began to receive Ka-31P airborne early warning and control helicopters. The platforms assigned within the 318th Independent Composite Air Regiment and deployed in Crimea. Thanks to its powerful ...
  • Eagle Illuminated F-16 Fighting Falcon
    Eagle Illuminated F-16 Fighting Falcon 2 March 2020
    An important procedure took place in Operation Spring Shield, which was launched after the attack by the Syrian Army in Idlib. The Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri / TSK) announced that all aircraft approaching the Turkish operation area will be intercepted within the framework of the engagement rules. In this context, yesterday, two Su-24 (NATO Code: Fencer) belonging to the Syrian Air Force which entered the region threatening the security of Turkish pe...
  • Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed
    Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed 23 February 2020
    One of the works carried out for the safe communication development works, which is vital in combat conditions is close to succesful end.  Ground tests of the laser based communication system developed by General Atomics have been completed. The so-called Airborne Laser Communication System (ALCoS) has managed to establish a connection with a geosynchronous orbiting satellite for the first time within the scope of the tests. The hardware planned to be used in MALE / (Mediu...
  • BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight
    BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight 21 February 2020
    Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35®) has the potential to stay airborne for a year. BAE Systems’ PHASA-35, a 35m wingspan solar-electric aircraft, has completed its maiden flight. The UAV opens a new gate to a yearlong flight endurance plugging the gap between aviation and satellite technology.    Sponsored by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), t...
  • Asia-Pacific Attack from Israel
    Asia-Pacific Attack from Israel 19 February 2020
    Israel-based defence firm Elbit Systems, which has recently increased its market dominance in the Asia-Pacific region, won a contract worth some $670 million to supply defence products to an unnamed country in the Asia-Pacific region. The deal will be carried out over a 25-month period. “This significant contract award is a testament to the trust that customers place with our solutions and to the leading position we hold in the market,” Elbit CEO Bezhalel Machlis said in a stateme...
  • Third Round on Jet Tender
    Third Round on Jet Tender 3 February 2020
    Saab announced that the testing and evaluation phase for Gripen E / F and GlobalEye AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Command) aircraft has started under the third step of the jet fighter tender. As part of Finland's HX Program, Saab Gripen E/F's turn has started. The first serial production standard test aircraft, the 39-10, arrived at Tampere-Pirkkala Air Base located in the north of Helsinki on January 30. Twin seater Gripen NG 39-7, which is sensor t...
  • Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane
    Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane 24 January 2020
    The French Defence procurement agency, Direction Générale De L’armement (DGA) has awarded the Archange (formerly known as Epicure ) airborne strategic intelligence program to Dassault Aviation and Thales. The total value of the contract is unknown. This program will see three Dassault Falcon 8X being fitted with Thales electronic intelligence technologies.  Falcon Archange will detect electromagnetic signals emitted on the battlefield, allowing the French ar...
  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers 7 January 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles
    Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles 25 December 2019
    Leonardo has demonstrated its new M-40 target drone against MBDA-made Mistral surface-to-air missile, in Italy. Leonardo has concluded a series of flights with its M-40 target drone as part of a trials campaign in Italy. This saw the drones simulating modern airborne threats, allowing for the realistic demonstration of MBDA’s latest surface-to-air Mistral missile. The missile intercepted the target, proving its capabilities and allowing MBDA to collect valuable dat...
  • NATO Upgrades AWACS for $1bn
    NATO Upgrades AWACS for $1bn 28 November 2019
    NATO plans to award Boeing a $1 billion contract to upgrade the alliance’s fleet of E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft. The contract is part of upgrading NATO’s surveillance capabilities. The Boeing E-3A contract is intended to make the AWACs useful to NATO until the aircraft retire around 2035. The aircraft’s upgrades include new communications and networking capabilities, such as enhancements to the aircraft’s data link and voice comm...
  • End of an Era
    End of an Era 4 November 2019
    The MiG-27 bomber and ground attack aircraft, a variant of the MiG-23 (NATO code: Flogger) with variable arrow angled wings, has been modified for airborne missions, filling nearly 30 years of history in the Indian Air Force (IAF). Nicknamed Bahadur in India, the Soviet origin MiG-27 was inducted into the IAF in 1984. The airplanes will be out of service at the end of this year after making their last flight from Rajasthan to Jodhpur Air Base. This year, two crashes near Pokhran in February a...
  • Croatia buys two more Black Hawks
    Croatia buys two more Black Hawks 1 November 2019
      US Government cleared two Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters sale to Croatia. The country will have four Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in inventory. The US State Department approval, announced on 30 October, covers a pair of the latest-variant UH-60Ms, along with other equipment, spares, weapons, training and support. The estimated value of the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) is USD115 million. The helicopters will join a pair of UH-60Ms t...
  • France Defence Budget: 37.5 billion Euros
    France Defence Budget: 37.5 billion Euros 6 October 2019
    French draft defence budget for 2020 provides a global envelope of 37.5 billion euros. Modernisation of significant equipment, job creations and innovation are the main thrusts of the 2020 budget. The budget is presented on September 27 to the Council of Ministers by Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces. The draft budget is in line with the commitments of the 2019-2025 Military Planning Act. The act increases the budget by € 1.7 billion per year until 2022: th...
  • F-35 is Visible on Radar
    F-35 is Visible on Radar 1 October 2019
    German radar-maker Hensoldt claims to have tracked two F-35s for 150 kilometres following the 2018 Berlin Air Show in Germany in late April of that year. The company claims its passive radar system, named TwInvis, to track the aircraft. Passive radar equipment computes an aerial picture by reading how civilian communications signals bounce off airborne objects.  Because there are no emitters, passive radar is covert, meaning pilots entering a monitored area are unaware they are...
  • Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile
    Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile 1 October 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...
  • E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron
    E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron 12 September 2019
    The U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (VAW-120), also known as “Greyhawks”, receive the first improved version of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning surveillance aircraft with aerial refuelling capability. The upgrades installed to support aerial refuelling include electrical and lighting upgrades and long endurance seats that will enhance the field of view in the cockpit and reduce fatigue over longer missions. The aerial refuelling capabil...
  • Modernization for Japan E-767 14 August 2019
        Boeing announced on its social media account that the first E-767 aircraft of the Japan Airborne Warning and Control System fleet has landed in San Antonio. The company has announced that they will modernize its Japanese E-767 fleet to improve its future capabilities.   Within the scope of modernization, the company will improve the computer systems of Japanese aircraft. Four Boeing E-767’s, which is delivered to the Japan Air S...
  • UN’s Russian Birds get Safe
    UN’s Russian Birds get Safe 8 August 2019
    BIRD Aerosystems, the developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO), has received an order for additional AMPS systems from the UN Air Operations. Under the contract, BIRD will provide its AMPS solution, which includes the MACS sensor, and install it on the UN Mil Mi-17 (Nato code: Hip) helicopters operating in Africa. The UN is already using BIRD's AMPS systems, and this is a follow-on order that will allow the UN to install the sys...
  • Training Support for the Recon
    Training Support for the Recon 6 August 2019
    Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Solutions awarded $40M contract for E-8 aircrew training device sustainment. This contract provides for contractor logistics support and training system support centre operations of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Aircrew training device. The Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) is a United States Air Force Airborne ground surveillance, battle management and command and control aircra...
  • Russia Began Trials
    Russia Began Trials 5 August 2019
    Russia testing BMD-2M airborne assault vehicle with new combat module. BMD-2M air-deployable infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has entered state trials. According to the TASS News Agency, BMD-2 combat vehicles equipped with the Bereg combat module unofficially dubbed ‘mini-Berezhok". Corporation Rostec and Russia’s Defence Ministry inked a contract on the upgrade of 540 BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles and BMD-2 airborne assault vehicles under a new state armament program for 2...
  • Brutus at Fire Range
    Brutus at Fire Range 31 July 2019
    US is continuing to develop its Brutus howitzer, as a reminder of France's CAESER howitzer. US Army fired the 155 mm Brutus self-propelled howitzer in Northern Strike 2019 drill, Michigan. In February 2018, the U.S. Army announced it was interested in exploring available options for a new howitzer to replace its existing 105mm and 155mm towed types. The Brutus 155mm self-propelled mobile gun is jointly developed by the AM General and The Mandus Group companies. The Brutus mounts the same ...
  • Greece to get Romeo
    Greece to get Romeo 13 July 2019
        The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with support for an estimated cost of $600 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 12, 2019. The Government of Greece has requested to buy up to seven MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters equipped with 10 APS-l 53(V) Multi-Mode R...