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  • First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India
    First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India 23 January 2020
    The first squadron of Su-30MKI jet fighters, armed with an air-based version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles entered service in the Indian Air Force Monday, The Times of India reported. According to the article, the planes will enter service during a ceremony set to take place at Thanjavur Air Force Station in India’s Tamil Nadu. The Air Force Station houses the 222nd “Tigershark” squadron, the first to receive the Su-30MKIs, reconfigured for BrahMo...
  • China, Pakistan to Hold Joint Maritime Drill
    China, Pakistan to Hold Joint Maritime Drill 3 December 2019
    China and Pakistan will phase a joint maritime exercise in Pakistan in January 2020. China's Ministry of National Defence stated that the drill was scheduled for the annual exchange plan between the two militaries. China will join in drilling with destroyers, frigates, supply ships and submarine rescue ships. "The exercise is conducive to deepening security cooperation between the two militaries, consolidating and developing the China-Pakistan all-weather strategi...
  • 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...
  • ANKA's New Record
    ANKA's New Record 7 November 2019
    The ANKA platform developed by Turkish Aerospace within the scope of the Medium-Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV program flew more than a day. The company announced on its official twitter account” Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ANKA flew 26 hours and 30 minutes. ANKA has set a new record by flying more than a day. " ANKA, advanced MALE class Unmanned Aerial System, performs day and night, all-weather reconnaissance, target detection / identification and intelligence missions....
  • ATMACA to Be Test-Fired At Sea In November
    ATMACA to Be Test-Fired At Sea In November 11 September 2019
    Roketsan’s Atmaca anti-ship missile will be test-fired from an Ada-class corvette TCG Kınalıada in November this year. The event will mark the first time that the Atmaca is tested at sea. Atmaca was unveiled for the first time by Roketsan during IDEF 19 defence exhibition. The serial production contract of Atmaca anti-ship missile was signed between the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and Roketsan on November 2nd, 2018. According to Roketsan, Atmaca is a subso...
  • Russia Unveils Naval Pantsir at IDEX
    Russia Unveils Naval Pantsir at IDEX 15 February 2019
    Russian, JSC Rosoboronexport and JSC NPO High Precision Systems will demonstrate the Pantsir-ME shipborne air-defence missile and artillery system at IDEX, Abu Dhabi. The Pantsir-ME air-defence missile and artillery system can be set up on ships with water displacement of more than 300 tons. The system provides protection of vessels from all the existing and prospective air assault weapons in the whole spectrum of their combat capabilities with an unconditional probability of kill, ...
  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70
    Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 16 January 2019
    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO. Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84 deputies were against it, accusing the cabinet of breaching the tender rules. The deal fo...
  • Surprise Capacity for Gür Class
    Surprise Capacity for Gür Class 11 January 2019
    Turkish Navy’s Gür Class Submarines will be able to engage land-based targets targets. Until now, submarines were equipped with Harpoon SSM (Surface to Surface Missile) for the above-sea targets. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, submarines will be equipped with Boeing’s Harpoon Block II. Submarines will be modernized to be equipped with such capacity. The all-weather missile can engage a wide variety of land-based targets, including coastal defence sites, s...
  • CATIC Presents Unmanned Helicopter Armed With Bombs 24 September 2018
    China presents its Unmanned Aerial Vehicles at AAD 2018, the International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition.  The unmanned helicopter Ziyan Blowfish I is armed with bombs. The Blowfish 1 is a lightweight, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed and manufactured by the Chinese Company CATIC (China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation). Ziyan Blowfish I, equipped with a new-generation of flight control system, can flight in ...
  • Solution Comes From MBDA
    Solution Comes From MBDA 5 July 2017
    Italy is interested in the Common Anti-air Modular Missile Extended Range (CAMM-ER) being developed by MBDA to replace its Aspide and Spada missiles. The Italian Ministry of Defence has authorized funding for development and acquisition, sparing €95 million as its contribution to development costs.  After evaluating many other options, Italy resolved on CAMM-ER owing to the missile's “soft-launch” firing sequence which protects the ...
  • Watch TAI's 'ANKA' UAV
    Watch TAI's 'ANKA' UAV 30 June 2017
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) shared the latest presentation video for its ANKA unmanned aerial vehicle, which was exhibited at this year's IDEF and Le Bourget fairs in its armed version.  ANKA is an advanced Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) class Unmanned Aerial System, performs day and night, all-weather reconnaissance, target detection / identification and intelligence missions with its EO/IR and SAR payloads, featuring autonomous flight capability including Au...
  • Fifth Gen Radar Capability to F-16s
    Fifth Gen Radar Capability to F-16s 9 June 2017
    The US Air Force (USAF) has chosen Northrop Grumman Corporation’s APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) as the active electronically scanned array (AESA) for its F-16 radar upgrade. Under the programme a total of 72 US Air National Guard F-16s will be upgraded which is to extend the operational viability and reliability of the F-16 and provide pilots with 5th generation fighter radar capabilities. APG-83 SABR can operate in hostile electronic en...
  • India Ready For Quick Reaction
    India Ready For Quick Reaction 5 June 2017
    India successfully test-fired an indigenously developed quick reaction surface-to-air short range missile (QR-SAM) from a test range along the Odisha coast on Sunday. Developed by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Electronics Ltd., QR-SAM has a range of 20 to 30 km and is capable of engaging multiple targets. The missile was fired from a truck-mounted 360° rotatable, electro-mechanically operated canister launcher. This wa...
  • One and Only
    One and Only 5 June 2017
    Alaska Air National Guard accepted the first HC-130J Combat King II, becoming the first US Air Guard unit to receive the aircraft, Lockheed Martin announced. Planning to take delivery of a total four aircraft, the Alaska Guard will replace its FHC-130Ps with HC-130J. The new aircraft will act as aerial refuelers for the Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopter. HC-130J is the only dedicated fixed-wing personnel recovery platform in the Air Force inve...
  • Patriot Defence Against Russian Threat
    Patriot Defence Against Russian Threat 4 April 2017
    Poland is to sign a multibillion-dollar deal with Raytheon for the procurement of Patriot missile defense systems. Polish Minister of National Defence, Antoni Macierewicz said on Friday that the contract is to cover eight Patriot systems with a value of $7.6 billion. The minister said the acquisition will guarantee the security of the Polish state, considering Russian policies in the region.  Patriot is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air d...
  • 'Gauntlet' Defence to Moscow
    'Gauntlet' Defence to Moscow 16 March 2017
    Russia commissioned advanced Tor-M2U (NATO reporting name: SA-15 Gauntlet) surface-to-air missile systems, according to Russia’s Western Military District press office statement released on Wednesday. The systems have entered into service with the 1st Guards Tank Army. Following the ongoing training of the combat crews, the air defense systems will assume combat duty in the Moscow Region.  Tor-M2U is a high mobility, multipurpose, all-weather...
  • 'Paragon' Test on F-16
    'Paragon' Test on F-16 6 March 2017
    Lockheed Martin has announced that it will begin tests of its 'Paragon' Dual Mode Plus laser-guided bomb (LGB), previously integrated and tested on F/A-18 aircraft, on F-16s. The test flights are planned for the second quarter of 2017. Paragon direct attack munition features an inertial navigation system (INS)/GPS all-weather moving-target capability and effective against fixed, relocatable and moving targets.
  • Argentina Upgrades Multi-purpose Helis
    Argentina Upgrades Multi-purpose Helis 20 January 2017
    Airbus Helicopters will upgrade three AS365N2 helicopters operated by the Argentinian Coast Guard to AS365N3+. Under the $25,47 million contract, the company will equip the helicopters with new engines, new four-axis automatic pilot, and improved all-weather day/night digital electronics suite. 
  • Two New Su-30SM to Kazakhstan
    Two New Su-30SM to Kazakhstan 28 December 2016
    Kazakhstan has taken delivery of two more Su-30SMs on 27 December. The first batch of four aircraft was handed over to Kazakhstan Armed Forces in April 2015. Russian Su-30SM multirole fighter is mainly designed for gaining air superiority and attacking surface targets. The aircraft carries the Bars all-weather multifunction fire control radar and a wide array of weapons, including air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface precision-guided weapons. Su-30SM is powered by two AL-31FP by-pass turboj...
  • New 'Harpoon' Contract to Boeing
    New 'Harpoon' Contract to Boeing 22 December 2016
    Boeing has been awarded a $207 million contract to provide 51 Harpoon anti-ship missile systems and components to Egypt, Korea and Brazil.  The contract also covers components and spares for the Navy; and the governments of Japan, Australia, Thailand, India, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, and Taiwan. Relevant work is expected to be completed in March 2021. The all-weather Harpoon missiles use active radar homing, and a low-level, sea-skimming cruise trajectory for improved su...
  • Endurance of UAVs to Increase
    Endurance of UAVs to Increase 13 November 2016
    The first flight of an extended range Predator C Avenger has been completed on 27 October. The unmanned combat air platform has extended wings of 23,2 meters and an improved endurance of 15-20 hours. Powered by a PW545B turbofan engine, the Avenger can reach 400 knots. The manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has also extended MQ-9 Reaper’s (Predator B) range in February 2016 by refitting 20 meter-wings which increased its endurance approximately 13 hours to proivde almost ...
  • "NATO's Eye" in the Space
    "NATO's Eye" in the Space 10 November 2016
    GovSat, a public-private joint venture company between the Luxembourg Government and satellite operator SES, was awarded a long term commercial satellite communications contract for NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS). The announcement came from SES on 8 November. The first satellite of the company, GovSat-1 is scheduled to be launched in 2017.  The AGS system consists of air, ground and support segments, performing all-weather, persistent wide-area terrestrial and maritime su...
  • China and Pakistan on Joint Training Exercise 12 April 2016
    China and Pakistan air forces began joint training exercises, China's defence ministry said, as the two nations' militaries strengthen operational ties. The drill "Shaheen V,( Hawk-5) " that started on 9th will run until April 30th. "China's Air Force hopes to widen the scope of cooperation and dialogue with all countries and regions," the Chinese defence ministry said in a statement on its website. Pakistan wants to upgrade its air force, consisted fleet of US, French and Chinese fighter...
  • NATO’s Ground Surveillance Aircraft gets ready for operations 30 December 2015
    NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency (NAGSMA) members and Northrop Grumman Corporation witnessed NATO’s first Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft executing range of test points before landing at Edwards Air Force Base.  The test flight marks the start of six months of ground and airborne testing at Edwards before the aircraft is sent to its new home in Sigonella, Italy. NATO AGS is a derivative of the wide-area surveillance Global Hawk, with...