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  • 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...
  • New Deal on T-700 Engines
    New Deal on T-700 Engines 16 September 2020
    A new agreement has been signed between the U.S. Army Contracting Command and General Electric as part of the T700 series engine program. The contract, worth USD 37 million, will include on-site service support. The agreement, which will be shaped by the demand from the forces in the working areas, will be completed on 31 December 2025. In November 2019, the agreement signed with General Electric for T700 engine delivery changed to USD 1.3 billion. According to the change ...
  • the UK is not Retiring Battle Tanks
    the UK is not Retiring Battle Tanks 15 September 2020
    UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has dismissed earlier reports that the British Army is planning to retire its tanks. Last month, The Times’ reported that the British Army was planning to focus on evolving technologies such as cyber and space warfare. As a result of such efforts Main Battle Tanks like Challenger 2 (MBTs) Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) would be retired Denying the speculation, Wallace told BBC: “The idea that tanks won&rsquo...
  • The Brazilian Army Completed the Modernization of The BTR M-113
    The Brazilian Army Completed the Modernization of The BTR M-113 15 September 2020
      According to information published on the Defensa Aerea, the 7th Motorized Infantry Battalion of the Brazilian Ground Forces received the last modernized tracked armoured personnel carrier M-113В. Begun in July 2010, the VBTP M113 modernization Project became a benchmark within the Brazilian Army with 386 vehicles. The Project proposed to put into operation the armoured marine sub-units of the large armoured and mechanised units Maintain high rate of vehic...
  • India to modernize BMP-2 / 2K infantry fighting vehicles
    India to modernize BMP-2 / 2K infantry fighting vehicles 15 September 2020
    The Indian Army has sent a RfP to national companies to take part in the planned modernization of 811 BMP-2 / 2K Sarath BMP-2 / 2K assembled under license. According to the Hindustan Times, interested companies must submit their proposals within six weeks. On September 4, the Indian Army Command announced that potential suppliers are required to develop a prototype BMP-2 / 2K equipped with a gunner's thermal imaging sight and a third-generation panoramic commander's sight, a...
  • T-72 Modernization Can Be Completed in A Short Time
    T-72 Modernization Can Be Completed in A Short Time 14 September 2020
    For the T-72 developed via T-64 for the modern tank needs, it is thought that Russia will complete the modernization process in a short time. General Sergei Maev, former head of the Main Armoured Platform Directorate of the Russian Ministry of Defence, said the modernization of the T-72 tanks would strengthen the army. "Of course, the modernization of T-72 tanks will strengthen the army. How long it will take depends on many factors, primarily on how much funding will be allocated f...
  • UK to invest $30.5 million, investment in strategic Omani port
    UK to invest $30.5 million, investment in strategic Omani port 12 September 2020
    French News Agency Agence France Press reported that Britain on Friday announced a $30.5 million, investment to triple the size of its base in an Omani port close to the sensitive waters of the Gulf. The expansion of the "logistics hub" at Duqm will "facilitate Royal Navy deployments to the Indian Ocean" and "further support British Army training in Oman," the Ministry of Defence said. "The long-standing friendships between the UK and the Gulf states are mor...
  • New Wheeled Amphibious Self-Propelled Gate Bridge from China
    New Wheeled Amphibious Self-Propelled Gate Bridge from China 11 September 2020
    According to People's Liberation Army Daily News report, unit of the 78th Army completed the first launch of a new 4X4 wheeled amphibious self-propelled gate bridge Load training. The training has started at mid-August. According to the leaders of the brigade, after two wheels enters the water, the bridge section on the vehicle can be opened to become a catwalk bridge. The door bridge of equipment and vehicles can be connected by multiple vehicles to form a floating bridge. Its ...
  • US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation
    US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation 10 September 2020
      Bell Textron has received a $13.5 million multi-year contract from US Army Contracting Command to conduct design studies, analysis, simulation, testing, integration and fabrication activities in connection with the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme. Operating within the FARA concept, the U.S. Army expected to replace the OH-58 Scout helicopter. The FARA competition seeks to test and acquire a next-generation attack reconnaissance aircraft to fil...
  • Demir: Hisar A+ Coming
    Demir: Hisar A+ Coming 9 September 2020
    Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir shared information about the latest situation regarding HİSAR air Defence missile systems. Demir visited the test range to follow the rocket competitions organized under the sponsorship of Roketsan and Tübitak SAGE within the scope of Teknofest and answered the questions of a television channel. Regarding Hisar-A, Demir said, “We shot a wide variety of shots in this area, there was one shot around 28-29 as I know it. Our Hisar...
  • Mig-29 Shot Down on Libya
    Mig-29 Shot Down on Libya 9 September 2020
    It is said that a Mig-29 supporting Libyan National Army was shot down over Libya on September 8th. Russian-speaking pilot filmed himself on the ground, waiting for rescue operators. The Fighterbomber channel posted a video on YouTube. The incident took place near the coastal city of Sirte, which is controlled by the so-called Libyan National Army of Khalifa Haftar. The footage shows an unfolded orange parachute, the pilot’s voiceover sounds that he was hit, but...
  • 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...
  • Hypersonic Bullet Shoots Down a Mock Cruise Missile
    Hypersonic Bullet Shoots Down a Mock Cruise Missile 6 September 2020
      According to US based Breaking Defence the US Air Force recently used the hypervelocity projectile (HVP) — a low-drag, guided projectile capable of reaching speeds up to Mach 5 — to down a BQM-167 target drone over the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The BQM-167 drone "served as surrogates for Russian cruise missiles" during the test. The HVP was fired from an Army M109 Paladin-based 155mm howitzer and a Navy deck gun during ...
  • First production Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle ready for delivery to U.S. Army
    First production Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle ready for delivery to U.S. Army 6 September 2020
      BAE Systems announced that the first Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) has driven off the production line to be delivered to the U.S. Army. For BAE Systems the AMPV represents US Army’s modernization objectives. The AMPVs come in five variants to meet a wide range of missions across the battlefield. In reality the AMPVs are built to replace the Army's Vietnam-era M113 armoured personnel carriers. The delivery of AMPV means M113s to be retired soon. ...
  • Kurt Describes FNSS's Work
    Kurt Describes FNSS's Work 4 September 2020
      FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. which entered the top 100 in the list of the world's largest defence companies, was the guest of Bloomberg TV. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, explained the work of FNSS and the future of the defence industry.   Noting that FNSS was established 30 years ago with the partnership of Nurol Holding and BAE Systems USA to meet the needs of the Land Forces Command, Kurt said that FNSS was the first private compan...
  • China Retires Last Type 051 Destroyers After 47 Years in Service
    China Retires Last Type 051 Destroyers After 47 Years in Service 3 September 2020
      China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy retired its last two Type 051 Class destroyers on August 28th. China commissioned 17 Type 051 Class ships into PLA service. The Type 051 was the PLA’s first ever guided missile destroyer. At the beginning of 2020 only two Type 051 Class ships remained in PLA service of the original 17: the heavily enhanced Type 051G Class ships Zhanjiang and Zhuhai. The ships were both launched in 1990 and commissioned the followin...
  • Lebanon: more explosive chemicals found
    Lebanon: more explosive chemicals found 3 September 2020
    Lebanese army finds more explosive chemicals outside Beirut port after huge blast   Reuters reports that Lebanon’s army said on Thursday it had found 4.35 tonnes of ammonium nitrate near the entrance to Beirut port, the site of a huge blast last month caused by a large stockpile of the same highly explosive chemical.
  • Thailand keeps Chinese submarines on hold
    Thailand keeps Chinese submarines on hold 3 September 2020
    The Thai government has announced that it is the second and third attack submarines’ acquisition will be delayed.  Thailand originally planned to acquire two submarines worth US$720 million from China, with the 7-year funding program.   In the original plan, the Thai government was supposed to allocate more than US$100 million to the project under the fiscal year 2021 as initial payment. The Thai government said that it will re-negotiat...
  • US DoD report China boasts world’s largest navy
    US DoD report China boasts world’s largest navy 3 September 2020
      According to the US Department of Defence (DoD) the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has the largest navy in the world, surpassing the US Navy. DOD has released its ‘2020 China Military Power Report’. The report is submitted to Congress annually. The Pentagon said: “The PRC has the largest navy in the world, with an overall battle force of approximately 350 ships and submarines including over 130 major surface combatants. “In ...
  • US Special Operations Command gets first brand-new Chinook variant
    US Special Operations Command gets first brand-new Chinook variant 2 September 2020
    U.S. Special Operations Command has taken receipt of its first MH-47G Block II Chinook from Boeing on time, according to a Sept. 1 company statement. A special operations Chinook weighs roughly 54,000 pounds while a conventional Chinook weighs 50,000 pounds. The upgrades in the Block II version include newly designed rotor blades, major changes to the drive system and other improvements like non-segmented fuel cells. Boeing produced three aircraft for flight test...
  • Russia Presents Su-57 Jet For Export
    Russia Presents Su-57 Jet For Export 1 September 2020
    Anatoly Serdyukov, Industry Director of Rostec aviation firm, said that Russia has presented the fifth generation Su-57 jet fighter for export and that foreign demand will likely increase after the order of the Russian Armed Forces is completed.   "Until we have enough planes shipped in our army, it is unlikely that there will be substantial demand. […] Therefore, our number one goal is to send the aircraft to the Russian Armed Forces. Meanwhile, we presen...
  • AIM-120C-8 Plan
    AIM-120C-8 Plan 31 August 2020
    Working to improve its capabilities by restructuring its army, Japan will consolidate its air power with new systems. The US Department of Defence informed Congress about the export of new weapons. In this context, Washington will procure air-to-air missiles to Tokyo. In the statement made on August 26, the DoD announced that the sale of 32 AIM-120C-8 air-to-air missiles to Japan was approved. Japan had requested 32 units of AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Ai...
  • Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Russian Ministry of Defence
    Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Russian Ministry of Defence 26 August 2020
        Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence for supplying two Mi-38 helicopters. A ceremony to mark that was held as part of the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2020”. The Russian Ministry of Defence has already received two Mi-38T transport and troop landing helicopters, which are undergoing test operation in the armed forces. The first seri...
  • 2.06 billion USD worth contract  for 348 8×8 combat vehicles
    2.06 billion USD worth contract  for 348 8×8 combat vehicles 26 August 2020
      The Spanish Ministry of Defence today awarded a 2.06 billion USD contract to a joint venture of General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) and three other companies to deliver 348 8×8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles (VCR), their maintenance and life cycle support, as well as support their international commercialization. The program is expected to grow to a total of approximately 1,000 vehicles. The vehicle, named &ldquo...
  • Russian Helicopters to develop modern shipborne helicopter
    Russian Helicopters to develop modern shipborne helicopter 26 August 2020
    Russian Helicopters holding company (part of the Rostecstate corporation) has signed a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defence for the development of a modern shipborne helicopter. A signing ceremony was held as part of the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2020”. Development work will be carried out by specialists from the National Helicopter Centre Мil&Kamov. In accordance with the approved schedules, first stage of development is planned to be com...
  • Bell Develops "Stealth" Helicopters
    Bell Develops "Stealth" Helicopters 24 August 2020
    The Bell helicopter company is working on “stealth” technology to add to its helicopters to make the new aircraft less detectable by enemies, it still can’t be put into the category of “stealth” aircraft yet. Speaking to Scout Warrior, Vince Tobin, vice president of advanced tiltrotor systems, Bell Helicopter said, “We will definitely employ some passive measures in terms of how we shape the aircraft, to make it invisible. The key is not to be abl...
  • Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate
    Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate 24 August 2020
    Chinese state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai held the launching ceremony for Pakistan Navy’s Type-054A/P frigate (NATO codename Jiangkai II). Type-054A/P is a development of the Type 054 frigate, using the same hull but with improved sensors and weapons. The Type 054A was first revealed while under construction at the Guangzhou-based Huangpu Shipyard in 2005. Pakistan signed a first contract for the delivery two Type 054 A/P frigates in 2017. An addi...
  • New Images of China's Nuclear Submarine
    New Images of China's Nuclear Submarine 24 August 2020
    New images of the Type 093 (NATO code: Shang) submarine, which recently entered service in the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), have been shared. Images of china's nuclear-driven submarine were released on the country's official television. The submarine, called type 093B, can be equipped with a YJ-18 (NATO Code eagle strike 18) supersonic ship fire missile. The Type 93 platforms, which first opened in 2006, are 110 meters long and 11 meters wide...
  • Electric Technology for British Army Armoured Vehicles
    Electric Technology for British Army Armoured Vehicles 24 August 2020
    The British Army will test new hybrid technology on two types of its armoured vehicles, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced. The trials are part of a £3 million MOD investment and the technology offers "potential military advantages", such as reducing noise and increasing stealth capability. The Foxhound and Jackal 2 vehicles will test the electric-drive system which is being developed by defence firm NP Aerospace, along with General Dynamics UK, Su...
  • China Trains Army Helicopters on Civilian Semi-Submersible Vessel For Deck Landing
    China Trains Army Helicopters on Civilian Semi-Submersible Vessel For Deck Landing 23 August 2020
    PLA 71st Group Army organized multi-type helicopters to conduct deck-landing training, fuel and ammunition replenishment and emergency repair on a civilian semi-submersible vessel. According to the training scenario, after the multi-type helicopters flied to the target island, the transport helicopter selected a site for landing with the attack helicopter on alert overhead. Then the transport helicopter carried the mocked wounded soldiers to a civilian semi-submersible vessel for a ...
  • Lockheed Martin to Ukraine
    Lockheed Martin to Ukraine 20 August 2020
    With the process of restructuring the army, Ukraine to turn its face to the West in terms of equipment and army standards. Kiev, which has recently supplied and even produced Western standard equipment, will experience a first at the Aviasvit (International Aviation and Space Hall) Aviation Fair to be held this year. Lockheed Martin, one of the leading defence and aerospace companies of the USA, announced that it will participate to the exhibition to be held this year. F-1...
  • NATO Standard Kalashnikov
    NATO Standard Kalashnikov 20 August 2020
    A new member firing NATO-standard cartridges joined the AK series rifle family, one of the most iconic weapons of the Cold War. Kalashnikov Group introduced a new variant of the AK-12 rifle firing NATO standard cartridges. The new weapon, called AK-19, chambered for 5.56x45 mm NATO ammunition. The AK-19, which is stated to be under development, has some differences from its predecessor. In the statement made, these differences were stated as the design improved stock, lower profile ...
  • Boxer Arrived to Continent
    Boxer Arrived to Continent 20 August 2020
    Established on a continent, Australia continues its efforts to renew the army. The first of the 8x8 Boxer CRVs supplied under the agreement signed about two years ago reached Australia. The official delivery of these platforms to the Australian Defense Forces is aimed at the end of the year. As part of the Land 400 Phase 2 Program, Canberra signed an agreement with Rheinmetall Defense Australia to supply 211 Boxers in 2018. The latforms that will be delivered in the proces...
  • MINIMI Mk3 Delivery
    MINIMI Mk3 Delivery 19 August 2020
    With their widespread use, machine guns, which stuck all the plans into the trenches on the Western Front of the Great War, continue to develop. The Portuguese Army received the first batch of 200 MINIMI Mk3 machine guns from FN Herstal. Within the scope of the agreement signed with NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Agency) last year, the delivery of a total of 830 weapons is envisaged. MINIMI Mk3, the third generation member of the MINIMI (Mini Mitrailleuse / M...
  • Diesel ATV Procurement
    Diesel ATV Procurement 17 August 2020
    Netherlands-based Defenture announced that a procurement agreement was signed with the Netherlands. Under the agreement, the company will manufacture ATV motorcycles for military purposes, together with its partner W-tec, which operates in Neede. Vehicles to have high mobility and will be resistant to harsh conditions will be equipped with a diesel engine. It is envisaged that a total of 249 platforms will be delivered within the scope of the contract, which will be valid between 20...
  • Domestic 25 mm Gun Step
    Domestic 25 mm Gun Step 17 August 2020
    25 mm cannons, which constitute the main firepower of many armoured combat vehicles, will now be produced domestically. The action was taken to locally manufacture the weapons used in armoured combat vehicles in the Turkish Army inventory. The Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB / Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı) made a statement from official social media account with "For the development of 25 mm cannon, contract negotiations have been initiated with TR Mechatronics Sy...
  • Stryker Sustainment Agreement
    Stryker Sustainment Agreement 16 August 2020
    In the Cold War years, the USA, which wanted to be able to transport division-level power from the air to any point in the world within 96 hours, started to prıcure Stryker 8x8 platforms. The USA, which has hundreds of Stryker 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles of different variants in its inventory, signed a sustainment agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems, one of the country's leading defence companies. Under the contract of US  USD 428 million, the company will provid...
  • 48 Million Dollar UGV Agreement
    48 Million Dollar UGV Agreement 16 August 2020
    The USA, which gives importance to unmanned ground vehicles, whose use is increasing day by day in different mission configurations and sizes, signed a logistic support agreement. The US Department of Defence announced on Monday that an agreement was signed with Remotec company. The company, which is a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman will provide sustainment support to the Remotec family robots, which are in the inventory of the US Army, in areas such as maintenance, repair...
  • Studies Started for Unmanned Tank and Howitzer
    Studies Started for Unmanned Tank and Howitzer 15 August 2020
    Advances in electronics and software reduce the requirement for crews in existing military vehicles. The Republic of Korea, which has a strong army and defence infrastructure due to the northern threat, is starting a study for the unmanned use of K1 main battle tanks and K9 self-propelled howitzers. The final product is planned to be delivered in November 2024, within the scope of the process where the first steps will be taken in next December. In addition to the rem...
  • Taiwan Strengthens Its Army amid China Concern
    Taiwan Strengthens Its Army amid China Concern 14 August 2020
    Taiwan plans to increase its defence budget against China's growing effectiveness in the region. Taiwan wants to increase its defence budget by $1.4 billion in 2021, and wants to secure its national security. Taiwan, which wants to focus on asymmetric capabilities, is on the agenda to buy sea mines and cruise missiles for coastal defence spurts used against amphibious platforms to respond to a possible Chinese attack. The U.S. and Taiwan had previously agreed on the recertificat...