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  • MEDEVAC Mission to Boğaç
    MEDEVAC Mission to Boğaç February 12 2020
    Boğaç 6x6 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), developed by a Turkish company Elektroland Defence, is en route to the front line. The platform will be adapted for medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions. Elektroland started the modification studies of Boğaç for MEDEVAC missions in line of the requests. UGV, which is fully autonomous, will also perform the tasks of removing the injured soldiers from the front line. It was stated that the platform will be modified for the evacua...
  • Dream Come True for 5th Generation with Remote Flight of Growler
    Dream Come True for 5th Generation with Remote Flight of Growler February 5 2020
    Concept of teamed manned and unmanned aerial vehicles is one step closer. Within the scope of a series of tests carried out in 2019, two unmanned platforms' control and management were made by another aircraft. Two EA-18G Growler electronic warfare and SEAD (Surpression of Enemy Air Defence) platforms were controlled through a third EA-18G as part of the activities carried out in cooperation with the US Navy and Boeing. Four flight trials carried out in the program, wh...
  • Tor's Hammer Arrived to Armenia
    Tor's Hammer Arrived to Armenia December 26 2019
    Armenia focused a new procurement on its limited defense budget in 2019. Country has announced another procurement. In a statement from Yerevan, it is announced that the country received the new party of air defence systems ordered from Russia. Announcing the procurement agreement of Su-30 in 2019, the Yerevan administration recently received another party from Tor-M2KM air defence systems, which it procured from Russia. 2019 production delivery package includes autonomous...
  • USAF Has Developed a Drone That Flew For 2 1/2-Day
    USAF Has Developed a Drone That Flew For 2 1/2-Day December 16 2019
    The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Centre for Rapid Innovation has developed an unmanned platform that flew a two 1/2-day continuous flight demonstration from Dec. 9 to Dec 11 at Dugway Proving Ground. The Ultra Long Endurance Aircraft Platform, or Ultra LEAP, consists of a high-performance, cost-effective, sport-class commercial airframe converted to a fully automated system with autonomous take-off and landing capabilities, the service says in a press release. <...
  • The Number of KORKUT Increased in Turkish Armed Forces Inventory
    The Number of KORKUT Increased in Turkish Armed Forces Inventory November 12 2019
    Turkish Armed Forces has increased the number of ASELSAN’s KORKUT Self Propelled Air Defence Gun Systems in its inventory to 13 units with the latest delivery. “We have delivered 13 KORKUT Low Altitude Air Defence Weapon System to Turkish Armed Forces with the latest deliveries. KORKUT, developed by ASELSAN with national means, has contributed to our air defence capabilities further. KORKUT has brought new capabilities to subsidiary industry.” President of Defence Industries...
  • GLSDB from Norway
    GLSDB from Norway October 19 2019
      Saab and Boeing announced that they successfully test-fired the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) in Norway. The test-firing took place at the Andøya Test Centre in Andenes, Norway, September 26, 2019. The objective of the test firing was to hit a predetermined target in the sea, 130 km away from the launcher. The launcher used in the test firing was a custom made, fully autonomous, 20-foot container. The GLSDB is essentially a GBU-39 Small Diameter...
  • Boeing MQ-25 Unmanned Aerial Refueller Completes First Test Flight September 21 2019
    Boeing and the U.S. Navy on Sept. 19 successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueller, according to a company release. The MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, completed the autonomous two-hour flight under the direction of Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station. The aircraft completed an autonomous taxi and take-off and then flew a pre-determined route to validate the aircraft’s basic flight functions and operations w...
  • New Missile to Support AMRAAM and Sidewinder September 18 2019
    Raytheon unveils the development of the new medium-range Peregrine advanced air-to-air missile.  A company executive says “the Peregrine is meant to complement, not replace, the AMRAAM and Sidewinder”.  Raytheon Company is developing a new medium-range, an air-launched weapon called the Peregrine missile that is half the size and cost of today's air-to-air missiles, yet delivers greater range and effect. The Peregrine missile is a small, fast, lightwei...
  • China Reveals Hunter Drone with Net
    China Reveals Hunter Drone with Net September 9 2019
    China has developed a drone capable of hunting small, low flying drones, China's state broadcaster China Central Television has revealed. The hexacopter drone made by a research centre under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation is capable of approaching a hostile or illegal drone and firing a 16-square-meter net at it. The net can be autonomously launched by the drone hunter, the report said, without disclosing the type of hunter drone. Small,...
  • Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat
    Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat August 26 2019
    In February, China's unmanned combat ship, which was exhibited at the 14th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (International Defence Exhibition/ IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, has launched. Jointly developed by No. 716 and No. 702 research institutes under the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the JARI multi-purpose unmanned combat vessel held its launch ceremony. The launch indicates the world-leading combat drone ship has gained initial combat capability, the...
  • US Air Force Prepares Kit for Unmanned Air Platform
    US Air Force Prepares Kit for Unmanned Air Platform August 20 2019
      The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies on 9 August performed a two-hour initial flight of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program (ROBOpilot), according to a 15 August AFRL statement. The ROBOpilot programme aimed the ability to rapidly and affordably convert a general aviation aircraft into an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), fly a mission autonomously and then return back to its piloted configuration. This conversion took place...
  • Taiwan Unveils New  UAV Development
    Taiwan Unveils New UAV Development August 18 2019
    Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST )is pursuing a new medium-altitude long-endurance UAV development. The agency has unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE).   Two Teng Yun prototypes - which have been marked MU-1611 and MU-1612 - possess an operating range in excess of 1,000 km, flight endu...
  • Unmanned Era on MineSweeper
    Unmanned Era on MineSweeper August 10 2019
    The unmanned surface vessel of the SLAMF/MMCM (Système de Lutte Anti-Mines du Futur / Maritime Mine Counter Measures) program carried out a demonstration of its capabilities in Brest harbour in June 2019. Testing with teams from the French Navy, French Armament General Directorate (DGA) and Thales is ongoing while qualification for the whole system is set for December this year. SLAMF results from Franco-British cooperation initiated in 2010 as part of the Lancaster House agr...
  • Autonomous Flight from Russia
    Autonomous Flight from Russia August 6 2019
    Russia’s Sukhoi Okhotnik (Hunter) autonomous heavy unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) has made the first flight, the Russian Defence Ministry told reporters. According to the ministry, the first flight lasted for over 20 minutes and the aerial vehicle has flown by the operator made several circles around the airfield at an altitude of 600 meters. UCAV has a low signature, a flying wing aerodynamic scheme, and a take-off weight of 20 tons. It is made of composite materials and a radar...
  • Towards Autonomous Tanks
    Towards Autonomous Tanks August 6 2019
    Israel’s Ministry of Defence wants to procure an armoured vehicle that can be operated by two soldiers instead of four with the hatch closed. The ministry tasked three Israeli companies, Israel Aerospace Industries and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, along with Elbit Systems to complete the task. Three companies demonstrated options for the project to US army representatives on Sunday at an army base in northern Israel. The so-called Carmel project, launched three y...
  • UK Details Transition Plan
    UK Details Transition Plan August 5 2019
    Britain is planning to retire its General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems in 2024 as the Royal Air Force transitions to its new Protector platform. The UK currently has 10 MQ-9 Reapers that it purchased as an urgent operational requirement for operations in Afghanistan. Today, they operate over Iraq and Syria, but none are destined for use in UK airspace. The UK currently is planning to buy 16 Protectors, a derivative of General Atomics’ self-developed, SkyGuardian platfor...
  • Robots on the Field July 27 2019
      BAE Systems successfully completed the tests with the P950 unmanned surface vehicle, which mounted with the MSI Defence’s new remote weapon system. The autonomous Pacific 950 rigid inflatable boat was used as a test platform and was designed to provide faster, easier and safer naval tasks. Developed in collaboration with L3Harris and MSI Defense Systems, the platform aims to reduce the workload and make it easier for operators to focus on mission-critical decisions from...
  • LLM is at Trial
    LLM is at Trial July 17 2019
    After the recent UK tension with Iran around the Strait of Hormuz, the Royal British Navy successfully tested the Thales developed Martlet LLM missile to provide close defence on the warships. The Martlet originally designed to be fired by air and navy platforms. Four missiles were fired in the test to try to defend against speedboats. The missile was fired from the LLM missile system developed by ASELSAN and Thales between 2010-14. The service has not specified which vessel classes will even...
  • Lantset: Cost Effective Solution June 30 2019
      The Kalashnikov Group has showcased its latest reconnaissance and attack drone Lantset-3 'kamikaze' which can autonomously locate and destroy hostile targets in the air, on land and in the water for the first time at the Army 2019 defence exhibition. Only one variant of the Lantset is on display at Army 2019, the weapon system comes in two configurations.   The heavier variant designated as the Lantset-3 exhibited at Army 2019 carries a 3 kg w...
  • SAR Integration from Rafael
    SAR Integration from Rafael June 13 2019
    Rafael has signed a new collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Within this scope, the company will carry out synthetic aperture radar integration studies. One of Rafael's most advanced targeting pods, the Litening 5 and Reccelite XR pods, will feature synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capabilities. The Litening 5 is equipped with wide-span mid-wave infrared and short-wave infrared sensors and includes a laser designator. Reccelite XR weighs 250 kilograms. The system,...
  • V-280 Valor has completed agility tests
    V-280 Valor has completed agility tests May 29 2019
    The Bell V-280 Valor has completed agility tests, completing its primary flight test program. One of US Multirole demonstrate program has finished agility manoeuvring testing. This is first step that platform had to pass to prove its capability. Flight testing, started in December 2017. Tests will continue to prove key performance parameters and to expand the performance envelope in areas such as angles of bank and autonomous flight.
  • ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ
    ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ April 30 2019
    The GÖKDENİZ Close Air Defence System for Marine Platforms (YHSS), which was developed as a result of the adaptation of KORKUT Self-Propelled Gun Barrelled Low-Altitude Air Defence Weapon System to marine platforms under the scope of the contract executed by the Presidency for Defence Industries, was introduced at IDEF’19 at ASELSAN’s stand with the participation of the President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of A...
  • ROKETSAN Full of Surprises
    ROKETSAN Full of Surprises April 30 2019
    ROKETSAN has announced one surprise after another during IDEF’19. The final tests of the surface-to-surface anti-ship missile Atmaca, which was designed and developed for the requirements of the naval forces, have been completed recently. Atmaca successfully hit a target at a range of roughly 200 km. Although it is similar to the Harpoon missile in terms of its place of use and shape, the autonomous missile with low radar signature offers many advantages including communication and spee...
  • Autonomy Agreement to DARPA
    Autonomy Agreement to DARPA March 27 2019
    The US has signed a new agreement with the DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency). With an agreement worth US $ 3.1 million, DARPA will start the third phase of its autonomous software development. With the software to be developed, air force task planning capabilities will be increased. DIRECT (Distributed, Interactive, Command-and-Control Tool) software developed under the RSPACE (Resilient Synchronized Planning and Assessment for the Contested Environment) programme is aimed to ...
  • Poseidon under US Scrutiny
    Poseidon under US Scrutiny March 26 2019
    According to CNBC, an underwater drone armed with a nuclear warhead is scheduled to join Russia's arsenal no earlier than 2027. CNBC’s claims are based on U.S. intelligence. Russia is working on a nuclear-powered system, dubbed "Poseidon," which can navigate autonomously, and travel continuously after launching from a submarine. Russian state media has previously announced that the Russian navy will place at least 30 Poseidon drones on combat duty. The ...
  • Fuses Exhibited February 18 2019
    At IDEX-2019 in Abu Dhabi, Russia exhibited the fuses used in multi-barreled rocket launchers. Such systems produced in Russia in the past were not exhibited in any activity.   The electrical fuses developed by Techmash Group, a subsidiary of Russia-based Rostec, are being exhibited for the first time at IDEX-2019. The company produces various solutions according to different mission requirements. Techmash also give information about the products. Displayed products incl...
  • Technology News Issue 70 February 7 2019
    The Night Turns to Day Autonomous Systems in the Deep New Tricks to Old Dogs AI Reinforcement to Weapons Traditional Counter-measures against Electro-optics Fifth-gen 3D Tech in Service Relief for Pilots in the Air Grafen will Help Explode  
  • STM Set Goals: Achieving New Technologies January 10 2019
    Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM) General Manager Murat İkinci came together with national and sectoral press representatives for the first time at the STM Vision 2023 Press Meeting organised on December 5. During the speech he made on that occasion, İkinci specified the main goal of STM as achieving new technologies for Turkey. Also attending the meeting was the Head of Business Development, Onur Ateş. Following Ateş’s presentation on STM’s ac...
  • Portable Antitank Radar Enters Service
    Portable Antitank Radar Enters Service January 10 2019
    Russia’s SNAR-10 M1 self-propelled radar, capable of detecting tanks at a distance of up to 40 km, enters service at the Central Military District under a state defence order.  SNAR-10 M1 radar is designed for reconnaissance of moving ground, air and surface targets. The modern radar can detect vehicles, manpower, exploding shells at a range of 200m - 40km.    The station is equipped with an internal and external communication system with aut...
  • DARPA, the U.S. Army and Sikorsky Tested ALIAS
    DARPA, the U.S. Army and Sikorsky Tested ALIAS October 31 2018
    Lockheed Martin and the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have demonstrated autonomous helicopter operations with US Army pilots flying the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) for the first time, Lockheed Martin announced on 29 October. Together with the FAA and DARPA, Sikorsky is developing autonomous and optionally-piloted technology that will ultimately decrease instances of the number one cause of helicopter crashes: Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT...
  • Israel Grounded Unmanned
    Israel Grounded Unmanned October 22 2018
    Israel introduced two new autonomous robotic systems. Systems are designed by developed by IAI, can be used in different tasks. The first of these, the Sahar unmanned ground vehicle, is used in the destruction of improved explosive devices (IED). With its 6x6 capability, the platform is able to perform its task even in difficult terrain. Equipped with a hydraulic arm, the Sahar has special equipment to remove the IED from the ground. The system is fully autonomous. Thanks to its adv...
  • First Foreign Customer to Fire Scout
    First Foreign Customer to Fire Scout October 15 2018
    Taiwan media announced new military procurement. It is reported that the Pentagon has approved the sale of MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter systems to Taipei. This makes Taiwan the first export customer of the MQ-8B Fire Scout platform. Taiwan was planning to replace the aging MD 500 helicopters with MH-60R Romeo helicopters. However, as most of the budget of Republic of China Navy allocated to the programs with high priority such as the indigenious submarine project, Because of ...
  • Robotic Sniper Rifle from Syrian Engineer October 14 2018
    Syrian Engineer Hamzah Salam, from the village of Shreihi in Suwayda, southern Syria, has built a custom automatic rifle which he has dubbed as an ‘electronic sniper.’ Sputnik wrote, the sniper uses a Kalashnikov AK-47 rifle as the weapon but it can use any small-arms weapon, from a machine gun to a sniper rifle. “The automated system monitors the situation and, if necessary, opens fire. My ‘electronic sniper’ is very convenient; it can be controlled re...
  • Union Makes Strength! Swarm Technology October 7 2018
    Inspiration by nature is one of the most substantial elements in throughout the history of mankind for human progress. Although the system imitated was intended to serves the best interests of man, it has occasionally been the subject of conflicts. Today, the machines are to proceed in the absence of humans. “Swarming” concept is the highest stage that this autonomous structure has reached. The system can be associated with such terms as giving birth, proliferation and c...
  • New Tilt-Rotor UAS from Bell
    New Tilt-Rotor UAS from Bell September 28 2018
    Bell introduced a mock-up of its new product at the USMC Tech Expo in the US. The V-247 Vigilant was developed to meet the needs of the US Marine Corps's vertical take-off multi-purpose combat UAS. In March, the Marine Corps issued an request for information document for the USMC Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System Expeditionary (MUX). According to Bell's statement, the platform was developed with the experience gained from V-22 Osprey and V-280 Valor. In addition ...
  • Successful Test Firing of Brahmos to Validate Service Life Extension
    Successful Test Firing of Brahmos to Validate Service Life Extension July 17 2018
    Indian Ministry of Defence stated that test firing of the Brahmos missile was carried out to validate its service life extension. Statement indicated that BrahMos, the supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Balasore, Odisha. The test-firing conducted from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher was part of service life extension programme for Indian Army under extreme weather condition. According to the statement the precision strike missi...
  • UK Unveils Future Fighter Concept
    UK Unveils Future Fighter Concept July 16 2018
    British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson unveiled at the Farnborough air show a full-size mock-up of Tempest, a conceptual next-generation fighter that he said will fly alongside the Lockheed Martin F-35 and the Eurofighter Typhoon in the Royal Air Force in the mid-2030s. Britain plans to develop this new fighter as a joint venture between British aerospace contractors BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and MBDA UK Ltd in cooperation with Italy’s Leonardo. UK cooperates with Turkish Aerospace I...
  • FNSS Ready for Next 20 Years
    FNSS Ready for Next 20 Years June 27 2018
    During SAVTEK 2018 9. Defence Technologies Congress, a panel named "Next 20 Years of Defence Industries". Speaking on behalf of the FNSS, Haldun Olgun, shared his predictions about next 20 years of land vehicles. Mentioning the historical development of land vehicles; said that hybrid and electric vehicle conversion could reverse this situation, while highlighting the quest for high ballistic protection in the design of vehicles. In the next generation systems, where ...
  • Russia Sets Up Radar Network to counter UAVs
    Russia Sets Up Radar Network to counter UAVs June 25 2018
    Russia is setting up radar shields to counter the threats flying at low altitudes such as drones to the big cities. Russian General told that in the statement made the radar infrastructure to be installed, air and air defense units were equipped with advanced control equipment and the main objective is making air control autonomous. As this goal was reached in the Moscow region, the Russian general said that the radar control network was also a priority for the establishment of the Russian Ar...
  • Aselsan Claw to MT-LB
    Aselsan Claw to MT-LB May 27 2018
    Kazakhstan Aselsan Engineering introduces its new short-range air defense system. IGLA Missile Launch System integrated to Soviet production of MT-LB multipurpose tracked armored vehicle. System was exhibited at the 5th KADEX Fair held in Kazakhstan. With fully autonomous IGLA Missile Launch System developed by Aselsan MT-LB vehicles can attack to low-flying fixed or rotary wing aircraft needed, the UAV attack and cruise missiles. System can be integrated with the all...