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  • China Changes Strategy
    China Changes Strategy November 26 2019
    China plans to export its J-10 (NATO Code: Firebird) fighter aircraft, which was developed using metal alloy and composite materials. China revealed the export variant of its J-10 fighter at the Dubai Airshow. Designated the FC-20E, the design is a near-parallel configuration of the J-10C. With the FC-20E, AVIC is taking direct aim at markets the Russians and Americans are looking to access the MiG-35 and F-16 Block-70/72, respectively. These markets are generally looking for modern, but cost...
  • USAF plans to use XQ-58A as datalink node between F-22 and F-35
    USAF plans to use XQ-58A as datalink node between F-22 and F-35 November 14 2019
    Sometime next month, the U.S. Air Force plans to get the F-22’s Inter/Intra-Flight Data Link (IFDL) to talk with the F-35’s Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL). Both jets will share data with each other via the GatewayOne node that sits on top of pole. And if all goes well, the GatewayOne will be mounted on the XQ-58A four months later for further testing. The event is hosted by North American Aerospace Defence Command and U.S. Northern Command.
  • HQ-9 Tested
    HQ-9 Tested November 12 2019
      Uzbekistan, procured China's HQ-9 (FD-2000) surface-to-air missile system, in 2018. The Ministry of Defence of Uzbekistan announced this week that the system had performed its first firing test. The exercise had been conducted at the Kulkuduk range in Navoiy Region. According to footage officially released by the Uzbek military, the FD-2000 air defence system was supported by the Pechora-2M medium-range SAM systems. The targets were simulated by unmanned aerial vehicles; ...
  • Ukroboronprom Eliminates Special Arms Exporters
    Ukroboronprom Eliminates Special Arms Exporters November 1 2019
    Ukraine based web site censor.net stated that State Concern Ukroboronprom decided to eliminate special arms exporters; Two companies will export. On October 30, the first meeting of the updated supervisory board of the Ukroboronprom took place. Ukroboronprom CEO Aivaras Abromavicius chaired the meeting. The conference aimed to reform the state defence industry to the newly formed supervisory board. A former head of the American Agency for Advanced Defence Research Projects (DARPA), ...
  • Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H
    Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H October 30 2019
    The Republic of China Army retired its UH-1H fleet today and declared the UH-60M fleet fully operational. A ceremony was held at Tai Chung Lung Hsiang base to mark the event. The UH-1H utility helicopter was in service for military training or in the relief operations of mountain rescue and natural disasters. Army Aviation Special Operations Command held a "de-settlement ceremony" on the 30th of this month due to the absence of parts and shortage of spare parts. Its air tr...
  • Russian Helicopters will Retire
    Russian Helicopters will Retire August 23 2019
    The Czech Republic decided to retire the Russian-made helicopters in its inventory. The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from US maker Bell a deal priced at $622 million, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on August 22. The deal includes the utility Venom aircraft and the attack Viper aircraft, which share most of their parts. “It will be eight Venoms and four Vipers,” Metnar told reporters. The contract expected to sign by the end of the year with delivery starti...
  • The US Threats Germany: to Move Troops to Poland
    The US Threats Germany: to Move Troops to Poland August 16 2019
    An envoy of U.S. President Donald Trump, Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Berlin, suggested on Friday that Chancellor Angela Merkel's unwillingness to boost defence spending might give the United States no choice but to move American troops stationed in Germany to Poland. Ambassador Grenell, signalled Trump's impatience with Merkel's failure to raise defence spending to 2% of economic output as mandated by the NATO military alliance. "It is offensiv...
  • US Army Inks Iron Dome Deal
    US Army Inks Iron Dome Deal August 15 2019
    US Army has signed a deal to acquire two Iron Dome systems for the U.S. Army’s interim cruise missile defence capability. Iron Dome was co-developed by American company Raytheon and Israeli defence firm Rafael. It is partly manufactured in the United States. The agreement to buy two Iron Dome batteries for $373 million was first speculated in January, with the system reportedly beating out Norwegian and American alternatives for short-range air defence in a Pentagon review.
  • New Player for the Raytheon and Rheinmetall Partnership
    New Player for the Raytheon and Rheinmetall Partnership August 14 2019
    Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence are partnering with Pratt & Miller Defence for the U.S. Army's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle competition. The Detroit-based company will provide engineering analysis to help ensure the KF41 Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle meets or exceeds the Army's survivability requirements for the program. Raytheon and Rheinmetall will offer an American-made KF41 Lynx vehicle to answer the U.S. Army’s call for a Next-Generation Combat Vehicle...
  • NATO Movement Against to Russia
    NATO Movement Against to Russia August 11 2019
    NATO has completed a scheduled upgrade of a land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system in Romania. The update is part of the United States European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defence, which was announced on September 2009. The Aegis Ashore station will detect and track potential threats outside of the bloc. A US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system was deployed to the Deveselu base for the time of the upgrade.   In response to th...
  • Rising Tension in the Persian Gulf August 9 2019
    Nowadays the tensions in the Persian Gulf are rising. The similarity between the rhetoric used by the Trump administration to re-securitize Iran and those used by the Bush administration to securitize the Saddam Hussein regime before the 2003 Iraq war is drawing attention. Within these discourses, the concept of terrorism, ties with terrorist organizations and weapons of mass destruction are at the forefront. The tensions between the United States (US) and Iran have increased in the...
  • Which Frigates will Greece Procure?
    Which Frigates will Greece Procure? August 2 2019
      Greece may include Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates in the inventory of the Hellenic Navy. High-ranking officers from the Greek Navy were hosted onboard HMAS Newcastle as it was docked in Singapore during Exercise Indo-Pacific Endeavour in May. Two months later, the Australian Embassy in Athens requested a meeting with the head of the Greek Agency for Military Procurements, Vice Admiral Kyriakou Kyriakidis. According to a Greek government press release, the conversation...
  • New Delivery from the USA July 31 2019
    Turkish Land Forces received four more Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from the United States. The American Embassy's Twitter account announced that the platforms were delivered to the Turkish Land Forces Command at the Izmir Port. Turkish Land Forces, which received the first heavy transport helicopters in 2016, has a total of 11 platforms in its inventory with the new delivery. Boeing CH-47F Chinook is a multitasking helicopter with a maximum gross weight of 22,68...
  • 700 Million Dollar Missile
    700 Million Dollar Missile July 30 2019
    Indian Air Force is looking to buy 700 million US dollars worth of both air to air and air to surface  missiles from Russia after the Balakot strike. The order includes R-73 heat seeker missiles with 30km range and active radar guided R-77, which is American AIM-120 AMRAAM’s Russian counterpart, with 80km range. These missiles are designed to arm the Russian-made MiG and Sukhoi aircraft. The order, meant to boost the IAF’s capability, also includes anti radiation missile, the...
  • The Netherlands to Acquire Eight or Nine Extra F-35 Fighter Jets
    The Netherlands to Acquire Eight or Nine Extra F-35 Fighter Jets July 20 2019
    The Netherlands buys new F35 fighter jets. It is probably eight or nine. They come on top of the 37 that the previous cabinet had already decided on. And with the next cabinet, the defence budget will have to rise again. We are also obliged to do so within NATO, "says Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld in an interview with Trouw . Within NATO we still dangle at the bottom in terms of spending. So we will have to take extra steps. Next year we will have a recalibration of the defenc...
  • Raptor in Qatar
    Raptor in Qatar July 1 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 ...
  • Black Hawk's Chinese Sibling in Inventory
    Black Hawk's Chinese Sibling in Inventory May 17 2019
    The Z-20 helicopters which are quite similar in appearance to the UH-60 in inventory. The platform has been seen for the first time in a long time. It is thought that the helicopter that was firstly seen with Chinese Army insignias entered the Chinese inventory. In the latest images published, it is stated that the LH953201 and LH953205 serial numbered helicopters carry the Chinese Army marks and the serial numbers match the ones used in the army system. The Z-20 helicopte...
  • U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Transfer Of F-35 Fighters To Turkey
    U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Transfer Of F-35 Fighters To Turkey March 29 2019
    Four U.S. senators on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey until the U.S. government certifies that Ankara will not take delivery of a Russian S-400 air defence system, a statement on the move said. U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), James Lankford (R-OK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today introduced a bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey until our government c...
  • US Navy Needs More Dry Docks for Repairs, Calls for More Dry Docks
    US Navy Needs More Dry Docks for Repairs, Calls for More Dry Docks March 25 2019
    The Navy on Wednesday released its first-ever long-range naval ship maintenance and modernization plan, in dealing with chronic mismatches between maintenance requirements and yards’ capacity. The report underlined the need for more dry docks. The report, Report to Congress on the Long-Range Plan for Maintenance and Modernization of Naval Vessels for Fiscal Year 2020, highlights a shortage of dry docks for surface ship maintenance and the need to improve existing infrastructur...
  • THAAD Deployed to Israel For The First Time
    THAAD Deployed to Israel For The First Time March 5 2019
    The US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system has been deployed over the past few days in Israel for the first time. As part of a joint drill in which more than 200 Israeli and American troops took part, the system has been deployed in the Nevatim Airbase in the south. The exercise builds readiness and interoperability in the region, demonstrates the U.S. capability to rapidly deploy air defence assets globally, and demonstrates U.S. Army Europe’s mission to deter potential ...
  • Russia’s Return to Africa February 8 2019
    So far, Russia’s presence in Africa has been brief and limited as compared to heavy involvement of colonial Western powers. However, there are still enduring signs of impact...   In late December, the United States proclaimed its new strategy on Africa. The main argument was based on the urgency of protecting US interests in the Continent against the unlawful expansionism of China and Russia. For this purpose, the strategy calls for deepening economic, political...
  • Chinese Z-8L on Air
    Chinese Z-8L on Air January 16 2019
    Photo of China's new Z-8L transport helicopter Chang-Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) was recently published in Scramble magazine. The photo leaked into a Chinese military forum and, according to military analysts, it is a large- helicopter based on the Z-8 helicopter and encoded as Z-8L. The new helicopter seems to share several similarities to the American S-92 including two additional internal tanks mounted on both sides of the shaft. In addition, the int...
  • The Ground Tests of The US Helicopter SB-1 Defiant Started
    The Ground Tests of The US Helicopter SB-1 Defiant Started January 15 2019
    The ground test of the prototype SB-1 Defiant of US Sikorsky-Boeing has begun. Helicopter design with a non-rotating coaxial rotor technology first used in the American X-2 and S-97 Raider helicopters. This helicopter was developed under the United Military Joint Military Role demonstration program. The SB-1 Defiant helicopter was designed to achieve greater flexibility and manoeuvrability than double the speed and range of existing operational helicopters. The technology and experience gaine...
  • Russia Confirms ‘Meteor Shower’ Was a Missile Defence Satellite
    Russia Confirms ‘Meteor Shower’ Was a Missile Defence Satellite January 11 2019
    Russia’s Aerospace Forces has confirmed that a bright object spotted in the sky over New Zealand was a missile defence satellite launched 12 years ago.  Videos on social media published this weekend appeared to show a bright object streaking through the sky. The Kosmos-2430 missile early-warning satellite went out of orbit on Saturday, the state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday, citing North American Aerospace DefencE Command (NORAD) data.  ...
  • Israel Has Not Confirmed F-16 Sale To Croatia January 4 2019
    The proposed sale has run into a road block with the United States reportedly insisting that Israeli equipment be removed from the planes before the sale could proceed. Croatia urged Israel to overcome disagreement with the United States and to confirm it can carry through on a deal to sell 12 used American-made fighter jets. Croatia’s Defence Ministry said it needed an answer from Israel by Jan. 11 $500 million order for a dozen F-16 aircraft would be cancelled....
  • Iran Confirms Missile Test
    Iran Confirms Missile Test December 13 2018
    Revolutionary Guard's aerospace division Commander Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh talked to semi-official Fars news agency on Tuesday and said the test was an "important one” and that Iran conducts 40-50 tests per year. Hajizadeh, said the American outcry "indicates that the test was very important to them." Under the 2015 nuclear accord, Iran was urged to cease its testing of ballistic missiles, but the agreement does not forbid such tests. Pre...
  • The Cold War beyond the Atmosphere
    The Cold War beyond the Atmosphere December 8 2018
    “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), a masterpiece by the famous American film director Stanley Kubrick, started debate on a series of subjects from space technologies to artificial intelligence, which are valid even today.   This ground-breaking film in the genre of science fiction as well as the book bearing the same name and written by Arthur C. Clarke as co-author of the film’s scenario, not only heralded a future to come. Shot during the 1960s, when ...
  • American Ship to Ukraine
    American Ship to Ukraine November 21 2018
    The US has made a new offer to the Ukrainian Navy. The content of the proposal was stated as guided missile frigates.   Ukrainian Navy Commander Admiral Ihor Vorochenko confirmed that Ukraine received a new offer from the United States. The content of the offer was reported to be two of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates that the US Navy phased out between 2013 and 2015. Ukraine is examining the status of the vessels and the final decision will be m...
  • Weapon Pod for Blackhawks
    Weapon Pod for Blackhawks October 22 2018
      A new step has come from the United States, which has been working with the Kabul government on the reconstruction of the Afghanistan Army. In this direction, Washington will arm the UH-60A Black Hawk utility helicopters in the Afghan Air Force inventory. The decision was taken by the US Department of Defence's direct proposal to Afghanistan.   Afghanistan, which has already produced Russian helicopters for the general purpose helicopters, is tryi...
  • Hurricane Hit Raptor
    Hurricane Hit Raptor October 16 2018
    Hurricane Michael hurt the American Air Force. The hurricane last week was effective and wind speed during the disaster reached 250 km / h. Hurricane hit the East Coast, and the Air Force took its share. In line with the warnings of meteorology, 33 of the 55 F-22A Raptor aircraft stationed in Florida were shifted to another bases. However, 22 F-22As that were unable to fly due to maintenance and repair operations were stranded on top. During the hurricane, the platforms underneath the hangar ...
  • Russian Su-35 Faced With American Obstacles In Indonesia
    Russian Su-35 Faced With American Obstacles In Indonesia October 5 2018
      Russian Daily Kommersant reported that Russia is having difficulty delivering 11 Su-35s to Indonesia due to the U.S. Law on Countering the Opponents of the United States through Sanctions (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act /CAATSA). Earlier, it was reported that Indonesia will take delivery of the first aircraft this month. However, this is not possible now because of potential sanctions. Financial aspects of the deal areal so unde...
  • Critical 90 Days for Turkish F-35s
    Critical 90 Days for Turkish F-35s October 3 2018
    Turkey will take delivery of two additional in 2019. Military Officer of The F-35 Lightning II Program Vice-Admiral Matt Winter announced that the platforms will be delivered to the Turkish Air Force in March. Admiral Winter told no indication of a change in the delivery of 100 F-35 fighter jets to Turkey in coming years. Pentagon has to issue a report on Turkish-American relations  for the process within 90 days for Defense Authorization Act 2019. Turkey has joined F-35 Lightn...
  • US Businessmen to Focus on Turkey
    US Businessmen to Focus on Turkey October 3 2018
    The American-Turkish Council, which brings Turkish businessmen together with American industrialists and state authorities with the summits held in Washington DC, and will organize its 37th between 22-24 October, will lead US businessmen to Turkey in order to bring together with representatives of Turkish aviation and defense industry. The mission, called Aerospace & Defense Trade Mission will be held between 3-7 December 2018 with the contributions of the US Department of Commerce. In th...
  • Germany Plans to Sell Euro Hawk to Canada
    Germany Plans to Sell Euro Hawk to Canada September 26 2018
    In a statement Monday, Germany's defence ministry confirmed talks with Canada were planned. No price tag or date was speculated but UAV cost $823 million to Germany. The German defence ministry has decided to “begin concrete negotiations with Canada for the sale of Euro Hawk aircraft, two ground stations and possibly certain spare parts,” Associated Press reported Monday. Last year, the government acknowledged that the development and procurement of the pro...
  • Arab NATO: A Mirage? September 15 2018
    As NATO takes pains to cope up with new developments, does an Arab NATO, whose predecessors have all failed, hold any potential to survive? Convening on May 21, 2017 in Riyadh with the participation of more than 50 leaders including the US President Donald Trump, the Arab Islamic American Summit, had unveiled plans to establish the so-called Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA). This Riyadh-based initiative, launched in an attempt to realise sustainable peace and security in the re...
  • Turkish-American Relations: Quo Vadis? September 15 2018
    The US Senate’s decision to apply military sanctions against Turkey for Russian S-400 air defence system procurement has become the latest hot topic in bilateral relations. Although this raises in minds the question of “Is this the sign of a new era in Turkish-American relations?”, historical trajectory reveals that relations have never followed a linear path. Relations between Turkey and the United States can be traced back to approximately 200 years. Bilateral di...
  • US Seeks to Boost Arms Sales to India September 8 2018
    US Army Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, the director of the Defence Security Cooperation Agency, said US is interested in boosting arms sales to India. India is modernizing its military and the United States would like to compete for those sales, he said. Hooper, traveling to India with Defence Secretary James N. Mattis, said reporters, "We're very confident that, when given all of the information that they need, they'll choose American systems and American services". Ind...
  • Paris To Cut US Parts in Its Weapons To Boost Sales
    Paris To Cut US Parts in Its Weapons To Boost Sales September 7 2018
    France decided to cut its dependence on US components in its weapons systems to minimise Washington's ability to block its arms exports. French Defence Minister Florence Parly said reducing dependence on US-made components was necessary so as not to hinder the export of French military products. Without giving specific examples, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said France needed to "gradually wean ourselves off our reliance on a certain number of American parts.”<...
  • Iran Says Warships To Be Equipped With Advanced Defence System
    Iran Says Warships To Be Equipped With Advanced Defence System August 24 2018
    Iran’s navy on Saturday unveiled its first-ever advanced defence system for its warships. The destroyer of the Iranian Navy was first equipped with a domestically-made ship-to-air missile system designed to combat anti-ship missiles, semi-official Tasnim reported Saturday. Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi told reporters in Tehran the domestically made Kamand system would protect Iran’s naval destroyers against anti-ship cruise missiles. In remarks carried by ...
  • US Air Force may replace three types of aircraft with a single platform
    US Air Force may replace three types of aircraft with a single platform August 2 2018
    The U.S. Air Force is looking to replace three aircraft — the E-4B command post, the C-32A executive airlifter and the Navy’s E-6B command post — under the purview of a single program known as NEAT, Defence News wrote. Air Force Materiel Command posted the request for information (RfI) Tuesday for National Airborne Operations Centre (NAOC), Executive Airlift, Airborne Command Post (ABNCP), Take Charge and Move Out (TACAMO). According to the RFI, the Pentagon is conducting an...