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  • HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout
    HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout 25 September 2020
        US Navy, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 received their first MQ-8C Firescout on Sept. 15 aboard Naval Station Norfolk.  HSC-22 marks the first East Coast squadron to operate all three systems to include the MH-60S Knighthawk, MQ-8B Firescout, and MQ-8C Firescout. The newly added capability of the MQ-8C combines the capabilities of the MQ-8B with the MH-60S Knighthawk to improve the Navy’s ability to investigate and target hostile su...
  • Israel and Italy Sign Mutual Purchase Agreement
    Israel and Italy Sign Mutual Purchase Agreement 23 September 2020
    Under the contract, Israel’s Defence Ministry will purchase a "training package" from Italian defence contractor Leonardo.The package includes a total of 12 AW119KX training helicopters and two simulators for the Air Force Flight School. Helicopters will replace the "Pagen" (Bell 206) platforms, which have been in service since the 1970s. The Italian Ministry of Defence will buy spike launchers and missiles from Rafael. The new agreement is a cont...
  • “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program
    “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program 22 September 2020
    Britain plans to downsize its Boeing E-7 Wedgetail AEW aircraft order as price goes higher. The original price tag was $1.98 billion in March 2019, but in the past 16 months, the cost has increased to $2.68 billion. United Kingdom Defence Ministry has opened talks with Boeing to reduce its order for E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning aircraft, less than 18 months after signing a $1.98 billion contract to buy five of the aircraft. The original contract was a sole source b...
  • BAE to Deliver Archerfish Mine Neutralisers
    BAE to Deliver Archerfish Mine Neutralisers 21 September 2020
    BAE Systems will deliver Archerfish remote-controlled underwater mine neutraliser to US Navy. The Archerfish can be launched and operated from a surface ship, helicopter or an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). This is the fourth consecutive Archerfish contract awarded to BAE Systems since 2003. Archerfish is used by the US Navy’s MH-60S Helicopter squadrons (AN/ASQ-235) as part of the Airborne Mine Neutralisation capability, deployed from the Littoral Combat Ship.  It is...
  • Research 4 Papa Alpha Flies for Final Data Collection Mission
    Research 4 Papa Alpha Flies for Final Data Collection Mission 18 September 2020
        MIT Lincoln Laboratory announced that the LL Flight Test Facility flew aircraft N404PA Boeing 707 will be retired. The laboratory said on its tweeter account, that the aircraft will fly for “its final data collection mission” The aircraft will enter into “disposition status” in preparation for final transfer to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. This aircraft is a Heavily Modified B707-321B carrying civil regist...
  • Tucano Transfer to Afghanistan Continues
    Tucano Transfer to Afghanistan Continues 18 September 2020
    The United States has delivered four A-29 Super Tucano light assault aircraft to Afghanistan. "The Air Force has the ability to strike light from the air anywhere in the country. Enemy bases will be destroyed with the help of A-29." Afghanistan announced. The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defence & Security signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force to develop a $1.8 billion Tucano in October 2018 as part of the A-29 Afghanistan Program. In Apr...
  • Lazer for F-16s
    Lazer for F-16s 18 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin is working to develop mature and producible tactical airborne LWS solutions that complement existing kinetic defences to protect warfighters in the air, at sea and on the ground. The systems the company is developing under contract today can defeat small rockets, unmanned aerial vehicles, small attack boats, and lightweight ground vehicles. Under the Department of Defence’s first laser weapon program of record, the company is integrating the High Ener...
  • Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up
    Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up 17 September 2020
    Boeing Australia announced on 15 September that it has powered up the engine of the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype as part of ground testing and preparations for the first flight. The unmanned aircraft is one of three prototypes that are being developed as a part of the Loyal Wingman-Advanced Development Programme – also known as the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) – in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft, wh...
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets
    US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets 6 September 2020
    Following a recent spike in airborne confrontations between the U.S. and Russian militaries, three B-52 Stratofortress bombers joined Ukrainian fighter jets for training Friday. The bombers, from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, "conducted vital integration training with Ukrainian fighters inside Ukraine's airspace," European Command said in a press release. Officials said the bomber mission, part of a long-planned deployment of six B-52s to RAF F...
  • India To Buy Extra Fighter Jets from Russia
    India To Buy Extra Fighter Jets from Russia 26 August 2020
    India is set to buy additional Su-30 and MiG-29 aircraft from Russia by the end of the year. "We know that due to objective reasons, the Indian leadership has decided to accelerate the allocation of funds for the purchase of this aircraft. Negotiations are already underway. We look forward to signing contracts, including for 6 Kamov Ka-31 Helix Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW & C) helicopters, by the end of 2020," Russian officials said.  Kamov K...
  • Saab Prepares for GlobalEye AEW&C Proposal
    Saab Prepares for GlobalEye AEW&C Proposal 12 August 2020
    The Republic of Korea, which is constantly under the threat of the North and therefore has to have a capable army infrastructure, has recently announced its intention to acquire new airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C). Saab confirmed that it will bid the Republic of Korea, which launched for additional AEW&C acquisition. While the procurement of two platforms was foreseen in the first place, no information was given about whether the purchase w...
  • Ear Order for MH-60R Sea Hawks 7 August 2020
    Dipping sonars are the underwater ear of naval helicopters. These systems have great importance for anti-submarine warfare missions. Lockheed Martin, one of the leading defence companies of the USA, announced that a new order has been received from the aviation unit of the US Navy, NAVAIR (US Naval Air Systems Command). 39 AN/AQS-22 ALFS (Airborne Low-Frequency Sonar) systems will be received within the scope of the acquisition, which is a modification for the previously signed supp...
  • More Powerful Armoured Vehicles to Paratroopers
    More Powerful Armoured Vehicles to Paratroopers 6 August 2020
    Russia, which has an airborne assault power that can organize an operation to any point in the world within hours, equips its arrowhead troops with more powerful vehicles. Russia, which has reinforcing the airborne elements with new and stronger platforms for a while, continues its studies. General Andrei Serdyukov, Commander of the Airborne Forces, announced that Typhoon-VDV will be delivered to special troops and reconnaissance elements in the coming months. General Serdyukov...
  • New User for A400M
    New User for A400M 5 August 2020
    The production process of the A400M transport aircraft program continues at full speed. There has been good news for Belgium, which recently retired a C-130H Hercules transport aircraft. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, announced that the first A400M manufactured for the Belgian Air Force meets the sky. Within the scope of the activity, the platform numbered MSN106 performed its first flight on July 30 at the facilities in Seville, Spain, which also bas...
  • BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020.
    BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020. 2 August 2020
    The British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company release its 2020 half-year results. It warned the Group is subject to geopolitical uncertainties and there remains considerable uncertainty in respect of COVID-19. The company says that, including the two acquisitions, it expects the Group’s sales to increase by a low-single-digit percentage compared to last year, as there are increased volumes in F-35, Combat Vehicles and growth in the electronic defence portf...
  • German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1
    German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1 20 July 2020
    Airbus Defence and Space and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed a renewed service contract agreement for Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation in Afghanistan and Mali. In Afghanistan, Heron 1 Services has been extended in March 2020, for the period June 2020 / May 2021. Comparably in Mali, Heron 1 services have also been extended for the period August 2020 /July 2021 (with an option f...
  • E-7A Wedgetail Replacement Program
    E-7A Wedgetail Replacement Program 16 July 2020
    A new study has been launched for the future of E-7A Wedgetails, one of the most modern airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. The first step was taken for the E-7A Wedgetail replacement, which has been active for more than five years on the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) inventory. In this context, a new selection and procurement plan has been determined based on the service life of the platforms. In the first phase of the process called AIR7002, which will sta...
  • 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...