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  • Japan Deadlocked on Aegis System
    Japan Deadlocked on Aegis System 25 November 2020
    Japan is deadlocked over Aegis Ashore, the ballistic missile defence system it wants to deploy in the north-eastern and western regions. The government rejected the US solution earlier this year due to technical problems and rising costs, but the system, planned to be developed with local resources, could cost much more. Sources said Japan’s option to build two advanced Aegis destroyers to protect north Korea from the missile threat would be worth $US4.8 billion....
  • German-Swedish Partnership Looking for Korean Partner to Develop Missiles
    German-Swedish Partnership Looking for Korean Partner to Develop Missiles 25 November 2020
    Founded with a joint subsidiary of Germany and Sweden, Taurus Systems GmbH wants to develop a new Taurus cruise missile with the Republic of Korea. Christoffer Drevstad, president of Taurus Systems Korea Co., announced that they are working on a new varied of the existing air-to-ground Taurus KEPD 350K missile. Drevstad said they would begin developing the Taurus K-2, which will be smaller in size, with a long range compared to the current KEPD 350. The Taurus K-2 is aimed...
  • TB2 Drones Cause "Concern" in Russia
    TB2 Drones Cause "Concern" in Russia 24 November 2020
    Ukraine flew Bayraktar TB2 armed drones in its inventory for about four hours at the Shirokiy Lan training ground in the Nikolaev region. The Ukrainian Air Force was said to have flown TB2s for exercise purposes, while the Russian press called the flight "dangerous." "Bayraktar is dangerously close to the Crimean border," Russian media said, noting that the drone flew for reconnaissance and observation purposes. The allegations, based on military sources in ...
  • China Bids Again for Motor Sich Shares
    China Bids Again for Motor Sich Shares 24 November 2020
    China re-applied to the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) for Motor Sich shares. China-based Beijing Skyrizon Aviation made a bid for Motor Sich shares on September 23rd with the support of DCH Group, owned by Ukrainian businessman Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, the European Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) said in a report. Skyrizon's previous offers were rejected at AMCU, but CEPA reported that Ukraine is close to selling shares, taking into account China's new o...
  • Israel Offers Kfir to Argentina
    Israel Offers Kfir to Argentina 20 November 2020
    The agreement reached between the Argentine Air Force and the Korean Aerospace Industries (KOREA Aerospace Industries /KAI) for the FA-50 light assault aircraft was blocked from London. Israeli media reported that the sale of Israeli planes to Argentina would help break the UK-imposed embargo. Argentina, which announced last year (2019) that it would buy 10 FA-50s worth USD 200 million from the Korea-based firm, was expecting the delivery of the first platforms in 2020. Su...
  • Japan to Import Link 22 from Greece
    Japan to Import Link 22 from Greece 20 November 2020
    Japan will buy the Link 22 system from Athens, Greek media reported. Japan has signed a purchase agreement for the Tactical Data Link system, which enables Tactical Data Exchange using HF and V/UHF radios developed by Greece-based firm SCYTALYS. The data link is actively used in the network-centric communication of the Armed Forces. Japan is predicted to use Link 22 in the Navy. At the beginning of July, SCYTALYS signed a contract worth US$49 million, including t...
  • KC-390 for Magyar Légierö
    KC-390 for Magyar Légierö 18 November 2020
    A contract has been signed between Brazil-based firm Embraer and Hungary for the KC-390 transport aircraft. Brazil will deliver two KC-390s for the Hungarian Air Force (Magyar Légierö), which can also refuel in mid-air. Under the contract, pilot and technician training will also be provided to Hungary. Embraer said the possibility of opening a production line or assembly line for the KC-390 in Hungary will be explored. The transport plane, which can carry Cobha...
  • Ukraine to Deliver Radar to U.S.
    Ukraine to Deliver Radar to U.S. 16 November 2020
    The Pentagon will receive air defense radar from Ukraine. "We have delivered radar to the United States before. As far as we know, these radars are being used actively. Customers are satisfied with the quality of these products. We signed a contract with the United States a few days ago covering the sale of new radars,” Ukraine-based firm Iskra said.  The Pentagon first purchased 36D6 radars from Ukraine in 2008. In 2019, the White House sat down with Ukrai...
  • Anduril Introduces Its New Drone
    Anduril Introduces Its New Drone 16 November 2020
    U.S.-based firm Anduril has introduced the Ghost 4 UAV, capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). The vehicle uses machine learning to analyse imagery and identify targets, but it also relies on more conventional rules-based software for critical control and decision-making among swarm teammates. The drone, which is planned to be used in intelligence and reconnaissance operations, is described as a modular system. The platform can be installed by an operator in less...
  • Russia's New Military Base to Be Built in Sudan
    Russia's New Military Base to Be Built in Sudan 16 November 2020
    Russia will build a maritime logistics and repair centre in Sudan. The Sudanese government will provide Russia with the necessary port infrastructure and space for the base free of charge. Under the agreement signed by the two countries, Russia was allowed to transfer "all kinds of military equipment, ammunition or supplies" needed for the centre from Sudanese ports. Documents released by the German Foreign Ministry in August 2020 reported that Russia w...
  • MBDA's New Ammunition for Tiger Helicopter
    MBDA's New Ammunition for Tiger Helicopter 14 November 2020
    The MBDA and the French government have reached an agreement to develop a new generation of anti-tank missiles to be used in Tiger attack helicopters. During a visit to the firm on November 13th, French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced that the government had chosen MBDA for the Future Tactical Air-to-Surface Missile programme. MBDA proposed a long-range MHT missile for the project. According to the company, the missile has a range of eight kilometres and is ...
  • Pakistan's Yarmook Class Second Corvette Commissioned
    Pakistan's Yarmook Class Second Corvette Commissioned 14 November 2020
    The Pakistani Navy commissioned the Second Yarmook-class corvette PNS Tabuk.  An agreement was signed between Pakistan and Damen Shipyard in 2017 for two Yarmook-class platforms designed based on the OPV 1900 patrol vessel.Under the contract, the first corvette PNS Yarmook was delivered in February 2020. PNS Tabuk, commissioned in the Romanian port of Constanta, has a displacement of 2,300 tons. The platform has a crew capacity of 138 people and has a landing runway f...
  • Turkish Company in NASA's Artemis Program
    Turkish Company in NASA's Artemis Program 13 November 2020
    KORDSA, a Turkish-based company that develops solutions in composite technology, construction retrofitting and tire industry, has started working with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). KORDSA will produce balloons for the Orion capsule, which will be developed under the Artemis Program, where two astronauts will be sent to the moon in 2024 for the first time since 1972. The company announced that they have started weaving fabrics. In the capsul...
  • Crypto Espionage, Known to Swiss Intelligence Service for 27 Years, Spoken in Parliament
    Crypto Espionage, Known to Swiss Intelligence Service for 27 Years, Spoken in Parliament 12 November 2020
    Earlier in February, the world read about years of espionage activity published by the Washington Post with the headline "The intelligence coup of the century."  It was revealed that US and German intelligence had been listening to countries since the Cold War, using crypto devices produced by Swiss-based firm Crypto AG. It was revealed by documents that nearly 120 countries, including Turkey, had purchased devices from Crypto AG. Two of the "biggest&qu...
  • Black Hawks Delivered to Philippines
    Black Hawks Delivered to Philippines 11 November 2020
    Poland-based firm PZL Mielec, which works for Lockheed Martin, delivered five of the S-70i Black Hawk transport helicopters manufactured for the Philippines. The Philippines, which ordered a total of 16 helicopters, signed a contract for the platforms in 2019 amounting to USD 240 million. Poland's Defence Ministry announced that the sixth helicopter will be delivered by sea because only five helicopters can be transported on the Antonov An-124 transport aircraft. The s...
  • KC-390 Viewed on Assembly Line
    KC-390 Viewed on Assembly Line 11 November 2020
    The export of the KC-390 transport aircraft, developed under the main contractor of Brazil-based firm Embraer, continues. The first of the transport planes expected to replace the C-130H Hercules fleet of the Portuguese Air Force (Força Aerea Portuguesa/ FAP) was displayed on the assembly line. FAP has signed an agreement to supply five KC-390s in 2019. Portugal, which is in the development and production phases of the KC-390, will pay approximately US$930...
  • ASELSAN Announces New Electro-Optical Systems Will Be Available Soon
    ASELSAN Announces New Electro-Optical Systems Will Be Available Soon 10 November 2020
    ASELSAN has been working since the 1990s in the field of Electro-Optical Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems, which are heavily used in residential areas such as the outpost, base area, checkpoint and critical facility, as well as border surveillance. There are more than 120 products developed by the company within this framework. ASELSAN production electro-optical solutions are used in approximately 40 countries. Electro-optical products were the subject of the 107th ...
  • New Su-30SMs Delivered to Kazakhstan
    New Su-30SMs Delivered to Kazakhstan 9 November 2020
    Kazakhstan says it has received new Su-30SM multi-purpose combat aircraft. The jets were deployed at the air base in Karagan. Kazakhstan, which signed an agreement for platforms at the International Arms Systems and Military Equipment Fair KADEX-2018 in Astana, will add the new platforms to the Air Force's already in-service Su-30SM fleet.  The Su-30SMs, equipped with bars multifunctional fire control radar and air-to-air and air-to-ground precision guided missile...
  • Indonesia Won't Allow China to Build Base
    Indonesia Won't Allow China to Build Base 7 November 2020
    Indonesia, which has a strategic position on the main sea route in the South China Sea, has rejected China's request for a military base. Defence ministers from the two countries met at a meeting in Jakarta, Indonesian newspaper Kompas reported. China's request for a military base in Indonesia was also on the agenda. Indonesia's Defence Minister has told his Chinese counterpart that they will not accept the request for a military base. Indonesia is unlikely to ...
  • U.S. Drones Expensive for India
    U.S. Drones Expensive for India 31 October 2020
    India wants to buy 30 MQ-9 Reaper or Predator-B Drones after the United States announced that unmanned aerial systems with a speed of less than 800km/h could be exported. New Delhi, which thinks the platforms will be worth about US$3 billion in a possible sales deal, may stop buying drones from the United States due to financial constraints. India may back down on the purchase of platforms from the United States, Sputnik reported, based on a senior source. "Financial ...
  • London Embargo on Plane to Be Produced for Argentina
    London Embargo on Plane to Be Produced for Argentina 30 October 2020
    The agreement reached between the Argentine Air Force and the Korean Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries /KAI) for the FA-50 light assault aircraft has been challenged from London. Argentina, which announced last year that it would buy 10 FA-50s worth USD 200 million from the Republic of Korea-based firm, was expecting the delivery of the first platforms in 2020. KAI has reportedly written to Argentina's ambassador to Korea, Alfredo Carlos Bascou, regardin...
  • BAE Systems' New Sensor
    BAE Systems' New Sensor 29 October 2020
    BAE Systems introduced Athena 1920, a high-resolution thermal sensor that combines infrared image clarity with wide angle. Described as compact, lightweight and low in power consumption, the sensor provides the situational awareness needed for the user to make critical decisions in aerial exploration and environmental safety operations. With the Athena 1920, the thermal camera offers 60 Hz clarity and high resolution. According to BAE Systems, the sensor offers a...
  • Romania Awaits Court Decision on Construction of New Corvettes
    Romania Awaits Court Decision on Construction of New Corvettes 29 October 2020
    Romania has restated its commitment to a 1, 2 billion Euro contract with Naval Group. Romania, which opened a new corvette construction tender last year (2019), announced it would work with France-based Naval Group.  Naval Group announced that it would build four Gowind-class corvettes under the contract and modernize existing Type 22 frigates in the Romanian Navy inventory. However, no contract was signed between the parties. Italian Fincantieri and Dutch Damen shipy...
  • ARES and Meteksan introduced ULAQ 28 October 2020
    Antalya-based ARES Shipyard and Ankara-based Meteksan Defence Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle (AUSV) introduced their ULAQ solution. ARES General Manager Utku Alanç and Meteksan Defence General Manager Selçuk Alparslan attended the meeting held at Ankara Bilkent Hotel. Alanç stated that the vehicle has a cruising range of 400 km, a speed of 65 km / h, and day/night visibility. Turkey's first AUSV manufactured with equity reconnaissance, surveil...
  • Algeria's First MiG-29M/ M2s Delivered
    Algeria's First MiG-29M/ M2s Delivered 27 October 2020
    The first MiG-29M/M2 fighter jets were delivered to the Algerian Air Force. According to the information given, the planes delivered were given unassembled. It is not known how many planes were involved in the delivery, but said the platforms were preparing for their first flight at an air base near Oran. Algeria signed a contract with Russia at the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Fair in Moscow for the platforms. Under the agreement, 14 aircraft were purchased. Algeria a...
  • Marine Systems Partnership between the UK and Australia
    Marine Systems Partnership between the UK and Australia 24 October 2020
    Australia and the United Kingdom have signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a new generation of frigates and joint work to be carried out on existing naval programmes. Under the memorandum signed this week, the technologies used in shipbuilding will be shared and resources from the two countries will be used in the ongoing activities of the Type 26 frigate and Hunter-class frigate programs. The agreement also aims to create jobs in the maritime secto...
  • Denmark's First F-35 on Assembly Line
    Denmark's First F-35 on Assembly Line 24 October 2020
    Denmark's first F-35 Lightning II aircraft was pictured on the assembly line. Denmark, which participated in the F-35 Joint Assault Aircraft program in 2002, announced that it would buy 27 F-35A Lightning II in 2016. The platform is expected to leave the plant in early 2021. Danish pilots will then train at Luke Air Force Base (Luke Air Force Base9) in Arizona, part of the F-35 program. Acceptance of platforms by the Royal Danish Air Force will be completed within a si...
  • UK's First Drone and Helicopter Integration
    UK's First Drone and Helicopter Integration 22 October 2020
    The United Kingdom has integrated Callen-Lenz production semi-autonomous UAV into the mission system of the AW159 Wildcat helicopter. “In this instance, when a helicopter crew controls a UAV from the helicopter like it was an onboard sensor being controlled from the cockpit. By integrating control of the UAV into the Wildcat Mission System, Leonardo was able to minimise the pilots’ workload allowing them to focus more on the mission whilst simultaneously controlling the ...
  • VPK-Ural's First Export Will Be to The Middle East
    VPK-Ural's First Export Will Be to The Middle East 22 October 2020
    Russia will sign an export contract for VPK-Ural armoured vehicles with an unnamed Middle East country. Moscow-based VPK announced at the beginning of March that it had received the first order of the VPK-Ural platform. Alexander Krasovitsky, the firm's General Manager, said the parties had spoken of contract parameters for the purchase. The vehicles were being tested in the unnamed Middle Eastern country, Krasovitsky said. VPK-Ural successfully completed daily tests in the dese...
  • Concept Submarine of the Future Introduced
    Concept Submarine of the Future Introduced 22 October 2020
    France-based Naval Group introduced its new concept submarine at the Euronaval exhibition, which is being run online. The company announced the new SMX31E concept design this year  by going to design change on the SMX31 submarine introduced in 2018. The new platform is described as more "realistic" and "feasible" than the SMX31. The SMX31E is 77 meters long, with a displacement of 3,200 tons. With these dimensions, the concept design is larger than the exist...
  • Spain's New Training Aircraft
    Spain's New Training Aircraft 21 October 2020
    The first PC-21 training aircraft purchased by Spain from Pilate was displayed on the assembly line. The first PC-21 displayed at the Swiss-based Pilate company's factory was painted in the colours of the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire/ EdA) training unit Escuela Elemental. The agreement worth approximately US$205 million was signed in 2019, including an integrated training system for 24 PC-21s to replace Casa C101EB Aviojet aircraft. Aviojets will retire ...
  • Havelsan is in top fifth on R&D
    Havelsan is in top fifth on R&D 21 October 2020
    HAVELSAN, based on 2019 data prepared following R & D 250 survey results, was Turkey's top R & D spending the fifth company. According to the research of Turkish Time magazine, HAVELSAN increased its R&D expenditures by approximately 52 per cent in 2019 compared to 2018. HAVELSAN, which ranked 9th in the list by making 302 million 391 thousand 497 TL R&D expenditure in 2018, rose four places in 2019 with 458 million 482 thousand 341 TL expenditure and ranked fift...
  • NATO's Space Centre in Germany
    NATO's Space Centre in Germany 20 October 2020
    The US-owned Ramstein Air Base, in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate state, will host the new NATO space centre, German media reported. The establishment of the centre, which is scheduled to be on the agenda of the alliance's defence ministers' meeting on October 22nd, has emerged due to the dissolution of space capabilities among global powers. The United States, Russia and China have invested he greatly in space technology in recent years, but most do not share ...
  • Modernization Plan for Pakistan Navy
    Modernization Plan for Pakistan Navy 20 October 2020
    Pakistan plans to modernize its navy against the threat of India.  Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Commander of the Pakistan Navy, said the Navy's priority was "ready for battle and high attack capability." During his speech, he assured that the priority of the Navy is "combat readiness and offensive capacity.” Accordingly, the number of warships in the Pakistani Navy will be increased to 50. Transfer of a Yuan-class submarine of Chinese origin destined t...
  • Thales Introduces New AESA
    Thales Introduces New AESA 19 October 2020
    Thales introduces the new Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) for small and medium-sized aircraft. The design phase of the radar, called AirMaster C, has been completed and air tests will be completed. Thales Sales Director Stéphane Lavigne said the French Armed Forces have announced an intention to purchase the new radar for Guépard, the helicopter it plans to commission in Airbus 2026. Developed based on silicon-germanium technology, the AirMaster C ...
  • Ukraine and Turkey to cooperate in the military sector
    Ukraine and Turkey to cooperate in the military sector 18 October 2020
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Istanbul to sign military and defence cooperation agreement. A declaration of intent between the Ukrainian Defence Minister Andrii Taran and Turkey's Defence Industries President Prof. İsmail Demir is among the signed documents. A framework military agreement between the Ukrainian government and the government of the Republic of Turkey was also signed. " The memorand...
  • Qatar Wants to Install Italian Amphibibi Vehicle in LPD
    Qatar Wants to Install Italian Amphibibi Vehicle in LPD 16 October 2020
    Italian company Iveco has introduced its new vehicle Superav Land. The new 8x8 Superav Land, which lacks amphibious features, was presented to the Qatari Armed Forces, who were in Italy for a joint military exercise. In addition to Superav Land, Qatari authorities have expressed interest in ACVs as part of its naval program.  ACVs are produced in a joint operation with BAE Systems under Iveco subcontractor. They reach 22 km/h speed while in the water under f...
  • First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison
    First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison 15 October 2020
    NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker) have delivered the first NH90 to the Spanish Air Force that will boost their search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission capabilities. The Spanish Air Force will receive 12 NH90s intended to replace its ageing fleet of AS332 Super Pumas and will be based in Cuatro Vientos, near Madrid. Spain has ordered a total of 45 NH90s in the tactical transport version, to be operated by...
  • Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced
    Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced 15 October 2020
    BAE Systems has released data based on the potential economic contribution of Tempest, the UK's 6th generation fighter jet programme, over the next 30 years. About 20,000 businesses are expected to be supported along with the programme. Together with Tempest, the UK economy is expected to earn £25.3bn by 2050. Bae Systems will soon present a business plan to the government on the program, after which funding will be allocated for the next phase. Production of air...
  • Russia to Switch to Il-96-400M for Doomsday
    Russia to Switch to Il-96-400M for Doomsday 15 October 2020
    According to TASS agency, Russia’s new Airborne Command Post will be built on the basis of an Il-96-400M long-haul wide-body aircraft. Currently, an Il-80 plane is used for the purpose. Airborne Command Post aircraft is designed for use in the event of a nuclear war or a major disaster in case ground-based command infrastructure cannot be used. According to open-access sources, the Russian armed forces currently have four such planes in service.