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  • Replacement for G3 Rifles
    Replacement for G3 Rifles 13 April 2020
    Greece, where neither the economic crisis nor the epidemic could prevent the arms supply processes, has launched a new program. Greece has started to seek for replacing the legendary G3 infantry rifles that are at the end of their life. It is aimed to manufacture the weapons in Greece, which procured in Greece during the Process, which the total cost of which is estimated to be approximately 400 million Euros. In addition to meeting the requirement of the army, it is state...
  • Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter
    Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter 30 March 2020
    Technological developments come with new aircraft concepts. The armies, who do not want to stay behind the future, continue their work in this parallel. The US Army selected the first contractors for the future helicopter. Under the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Program (FARA), the U.S. signed an agreement with Sikorsky and Bell. In the period when the first prototypes will fly in 2023, it is aimed to fill an important capability gap after the retirement of the OH-58D Kiowa ...
  • Domestic Armoured Vehicle to Turkish Armed Forces
    Domestic Armoured Vehicle to Turkish Armed Forces 20 March 2020
    The Turkish Armed Forces continues to meet the need for armoured vehicles from domestic sources, as in other areas. Within the scope of the agreement signed with BMC in the past years, Vuran deliveries continue. The Presidency of Defence Industries has announced the delivery with the "#Vuran deliveries to our security forces within the scope of the "Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicles (Taktik Tekerlekli Zırhlı Araç / TTZA) Project, 🔹 Manufacturer: BMC". words fr...
  • Turkish Indigenous Pistol METE: SAR9 Mete
    Turkish Indigenous Pistol METE: SAR9 Mete 19 March 2020
    The Presidency of Defence Industries launched the Domestic Pistol Development Project in 2019 to equip the security forces with a modern and lightweight, effective gun. In this context, it was announced that more than 200,000 weapons were delivered to the users in the past days. In the tender, hard specifications determined. These were 12 cm spread shooting from 25 meters, preserving effectiveness at high temperature, suitable for use in low temperature conditions and barr...
  • Turkish Indigenous Pistol METE: TP9 SF Mete
    Turkish Indigenous Pistol METE: TP9 SF Mete 19 March 2020
    The Presidency of Defence Industries launched the Domestic Pistol Development Project in 2019 to equip the security forces with a modern and lightweight, effective gun. In this context, it was announced that more than 200,000 weapons were delivered to the users in the past days. In the tender, hard specifications determined. These were 12 cm spread shooting from 25 meters, preserving effectiveness at high temperature, suitable for use in low temperature conditions and barr...
  • Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing Will Compete for New Design
    Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing Will Compete for New Design 17 March 2020
    Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing will compete for the design planned to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk general-purpose helicopter, which has been operational since 1979. The US Army has awarded Bell and a Sikorsky-Boeing team Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction contracts for the next stage of its Future Long Range Air Assault (FLRAA) programme. Over the last several years, Bell and the Sikorsky-Boeing team designed, built and flew demonstrators for the service’s Joint Multi-Rol...
  • Collaboration of Rolls-Royce and Purdue University
    Collaboration of Rolls-Royce and Purdue University 14 March 2020
    With the new motor control capability (FADEC) developed by Rolls-Royce in partnership with Purdue University, it will be able to test electronic engine controllers (EEC). Tom Bell, CEO of Rolls-Royce North America, said, “Rolls-Royce has partnered with Purdue University for decades and we are excited to launch our new controls capability on campus to assemble and test these high-tech engine components. Whether for the Rolls-Royce AE family of engines or for our competitive F130 engine f...
  • VPK-Ural Order from Unknown Customer
    VPK-Ural Order from Unknown Customer 12 March 2020
    Movements in the armoured land vehicle sector does not decrease despite the crises. According to the statement made by Russia, Moscow-based company VPK has achieved export success in its new vehicles. The name of the country that placed the order for the VPK-Ural platform, which still in initial tests, is disclosed. It is stated that the number of personnel carried in vehicles to be delivered in line with the request of the user will be reduced to eight. VPK-Ural...
  • Pakistan May Prefer Chinese Helicopter Instead of T129 Atak and AH-1Z
    Pakistan May Prefer Chinese Helicopter Instead of T129 Atak and AH-1Z 28 February 2020
    Pakistan may prefer Chinese Z-10ME attack helicopter instead of Turkish T129 Atak and US AH-1Z Viper choppers. Pakistani official gave the signal of some changes in the procurement process. According to a statement from a Pakistani high-rank officer, roadmap of country's attack helicopter acquisition process may change. Struggling with budget issues as well as lack of materials, Islamabad signaled that T129 Atak and AH-1Z Viper procurement could be abandoned. In case of fai...
  • Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade
    Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade 22 February 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has set out its procurement priorities for the upcoming decade; transport aircraft, combat search-and-rescue helicopters, and light attack aircraft are on the top of the list. RTAF’s long term plans include new fighters to replace the ageing fleet. RTAF plans to replace its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft fleet. The new aircraft will require to be compatible with Thailand’s Link T data link system. This is a process that...
  • Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches
    Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches 17 February 2020
    Boeing has confirmed at the Singapore Air Show 2020 that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has expressed its interest to rebuild 12 of its 20 existing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters to the latest AH-64E Apache Guardian variant. The RSAF currently has 12 AH-64D Apache Longbows based in Singapore as part of the 120 Squadron, while eight aircraft are based in Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona and used for training as part of the Peace Vanguard detachme...
  • Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean?
    Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean? 3 February 2020
    Charles de Gaulle, France's aircraft carrier, turned its direction to the Eastern Mediterranean to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Paris, which wants to increase its military presence in the region, will deploy Charles De Gaulle at Limassol port in Greek Cypriot for several days next month. French Ambassador to Greek Cyprus Isabelle Dumont told the News Agency the aircraft carrier would arrive in the region in "just a few days" to take part in coalition operations against ISIS in ...
  • Newest V-22 in Skies
    Newest V-22 in Skies 24 January 2020
    The newest variant of the V-22 Osprey, which will replace the C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft in the past years, made maiden flight. The new model, developed in partnership with Boeing and Bell Textron, was named as CMV-22B Osprey. With the activity at Bell's Amarillo Assembly Center, an important milestone has been left behind in the C-2 Greyhound replacement program. CMV-22, which will replace C-2 Greyhound aircraft will serve for transporti...
  • Replecement Time to Beretta 92 of France
    Replecement Time to Beretta 92 of France 16 January 2020
    France continues the replacing process of firearms with pistols. In 2017, the Paris government began replacing FAMAS with HK416F infantry rifles and now, launched a procurement process for the armed force's pistols. Beretta 92FS pistols, which have been in service with the name PAMAS G1 for about 30 years, will be replaced by Glock 17 Gen 5s. The French Army will procure 74,559 Glock 17 in the first phase. The total cost of weapons which expected to be delive...
  • Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter
    Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter 14 January 2020
    Following the announcement of the platform to replace the UH-1s in the Air Force inventory, the USA made its final decision in the process of AHTS (Advanced Helicopter Training System). The winner was Leonardo in the scope of the AHTS Program, which was launched for the replace the TH-57B / C Sea Ranger helicopters in the Navy inventory. Within the scope of deliveries planned to start in 2022, a total of 32 TH-73As will enter the American Navy inventory. The platforms, the...
  • Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters
    Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters 14 December 2019
      The US Defence Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar met at the Pentagon to finalize the sale of eight UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters and four AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters on Dec. 12. The sale, which Esper said was a "historic moment," totals about $650 million and is the Czech Republic's largest military purchase from the U.S. The defence secretary said it is a step forward in the Czech Republic's replacement of ...
  • Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H
    Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H 30 October 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...
  • Kozak 2M is Different from Predecessor
    Kozak 2M is Different from Predecessor 11 October 2019
    During the 16th Arms and Security Exhibition held in Kyiv, Practica exhibited its unique solutions as well as modernization projects. Practica's Kozak 2M MRAP took part in the company booth. Unlike to its predecessor, Kozak 2M has monocoque body and has a V-type underbelly structure and independent suspension system. It is powered by a 280 HP Iveco diesel engine. The platform, which is wider than Kozak MRAP, offers more balanced driving with this feature. In addition t...
  • Return of Comanche 4 October 2019
    Bell has announced it will bid for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program with its company-developed 360 Invictus. The system is based on Bell’s 525 Relentless rotor system and resembles the formerly cancelled RAH-66 Comanche. Bell Textron Inc. has announced a new rotorcraft, Bell 360 Invictus. This program will be the company’s entrant for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype pr...
  • Russian Helicopters will Retire
    Russian Helicopters will Retire 23 August 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...
  • Mete Project Moving Ahead
    Mete Project Moving Ahead 22 August 2019
    The indigenous move in the Turkish defence industry continues to grow. Deliveries are continuing which in the projects carried out in the light arms section by the Presidency of Defence Industries. Presidency of Defence Industries made an announcement on its official social media accounts about the ongoing delivery process of the Indigenous Pistol Project. Design, development, qualification, production, maintenance and maintenance of a pistol with local facilities are targeted for t...
  • U.S. İnitiates Operation Sentinel 21 July 2019
    The United States Friday announced the US Central Command is developing a multi-national maritime effort to increase surveillance of and security in key waterways in the Middle East. The effort, labelled as Operation Sentinel, comes a day after the US said it destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it came within threatening range. The goal of Operation Sentinel is declared as promoting maritime stability, ensuring safe passage, and de-escalating tensions in interna...
  • V-280 Valor has completed agility tests
    V-280 Valor has completed agility tests 29 May 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.
  • OH-58D Reached Greece
    OH-58D Reached Greece 17 May 2019
    USA and Greece have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance 16 months ago and the Security Assistance Command has delivered first bacth of 70 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters and one Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. The Hellenic army acquired the helicopters through an Excess Defence Articles program grant. USASAC executes EDA cases for the Army. The excess helicopters had been in long-term storage at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance an...
  • Unmanned Amphibious Vehicle Advances
    Unmanned Amphibious Vehicle Advances 17 April 2019
    Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry, a subsidiary of China Shipbuilding Industry Company, delivered the hull which built for the amphibious unmanned combat vehicle. The platform, built in the premises of the company headquartered in Wuhan, was introduced at Air Show China 2018, held in November 2018. The platform, which is planned to move in water with two water jets, is 13.5 meters long and 4.14 meters wide. Trimaran body of the vehicle has 0.55 metres draught and has displacement of 14.7 tons. Hy...
  • Chinese Blowfish A2 Drone Revealed at LIMA-2019
    Chinese Blowfish A2 Drone Revealed at LIMA-2019 6 April 2019
    Capable of delivering precision bombardment, the weirdly shaped Chinese helicopter drone Blowfish A2 Revealed at Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia. Guangdong-based Zhuhai Ziyan UAV company, the 1.87-meter long, 0.62-meter tall helicopter drone has a maximum take-off weight of 38 kilograms and is capable of carrying a 12-kilogram payload. In its strange belly-less fuselage, the Blowfish A2 can carry radar, jamming devices, guns or b...
  • British Rolls-Royce Gets Involved in Bell’s V-280 and V-247 Engines
    British Rolls-Royce Gets Involved in Bell’s V-280 and V-247 Engines 26 March 2019
    British Company Rolls-Royce will develop turboshaft engines for Bell’s V-280 Valor and V-247 Vigilant tiltrotors. The V-280 Valor is powered by US company GE’s T64-GE-419 engine. According to Bell, “Bell and Rolls-Royce are developing an end-to-end engine integrated solution for V-280 as an option for future procurements”. The company however admits that “”the government has not defined its engine sourcing strategy.” Following Siko...
  • German Ban to Saudi Kingdom Hit UK
    German Ban to Saudi Kingdom Hit UK 24 February 2019
    Germany has said it would hold firm on its decision to halt weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, ignoring British requests. “The stance of the government is that we won’t deliver weapons to Saudi Arabia at the moment,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after talks with his British counterpart about the decision taken in October over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Both the Eurofighter and Tornado jets contain German components. An export ban has ther...
  • First Mission for The Leonardo M-40 Drone
    First Mission for The Leonardo M-40 Drone 19 February 2019
    Italian manufacturer Leonardo announced that its M-40 drone had completed its first operational mission during an exercise in the Italian Navy. Leonardo announced that his target drone, the M-40, had been implemented during an exercise of the Italian Navy. The M-40 has been used to simulate air strikes and to train Italian forces to face a variety of threats. During this exercise, the aircraft carrier Cavour, AV8B + combat aircraft and the destroyer Mimbelli were mobilized. Several ...
  • Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R
    Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R 14 February 2019
    The Hellenic Navy plans to procure four Sikorsky MH-60R anti-submarine warfare helicopters from Sikorsky, according to a written statement to the Parliament made by Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Apostolakis. According to statement, the four helicopters will be procured through a Foreign Military Sale and a government-to-government agreement. The new MH-60Rs will replace AgustaBell AB-212ASW platforms. The Hellenic Navy currently operates a fleet of 11 S-70B/B-6 Aegean H...
  • Second Step for Bahrain Helicopters
    Second Step for Bahrain Helicopters 11 February 2019
      Bahreyn's new attack helicopter will take the second step. In this context, the United States has inked a procurement agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. which costs USD 240,266 million. Helicopters to be procured under the FMS and Bahrain had ordered 16 units. It is planned to deliver the platforms until 2022 where the production process will begin. The AH-1Z Viper is a four-blade Cobra developed in the attack helicopter phase of the H...
  • Training Helicopter Tender
    Training Helicopter Tender 30 January 2019
    US Navy decided to replace training helicopters with new platforms in its inventory. In this context, the request for proposal document was published for a new platform to be procured. On January 28, request for proposal document was published for the new helicopter, which was planned to replace the TH-57B Sea Ranger platforms, which would have end of their life. 130 new helicopters will be procured within the scope of the tender to be opened. The deadline for submission of the airc...
  • Griffon Modernization
    Griffon Modernization 30 January 2019
    Canada has announced modernization of CH-146 Griffon helicopters. With modernization, life of the platforms will be extended and will remain in the inventory until 2031. Total of USD 68 million agreement signed with Bell Helicopter Textron Canada for a modernization of 85 platforms. Within the scope of the program, the structural components of the platforms and avionics will be improved.Canada uses the Bell 412EP helicopters under the name CH-146 Griffon. The modernization agreement...
  • Ballistic Precaution
    Ballistic Precaution 10 January 2019
    China continues to increase its offensive power. In this process; deployment of new systems in the areas deemed necessary. In this context, the Beijing administration mobilized the DF-26 systems in the northwestern part of the country. The DF-26s were placed on the plateau and desert areas in the region. According to a report published in the Chinese media, platforms was moved after USS McCampbell (DDG 85)'s transition on the Xisha Islands. In this way, the Beijin...
  • First Flight of UH-X
    First Flight of UH-X 28 December 2018
    The first prototype for Japan's UH-X utility helicopter program made its maiden flight. According to the Japanese Ministry of Defence, platform remained in the air for 55 minutes. The first flight took place at Subaru's Utsunomiya Facilities, an aviation complex in Tochigi District, Japan. In a statement from the company, the helicopter will be delivered to the Ministry of Defense in March 2019 after the series of tests. Subaru establishing a new pro...
  • First Flight of SB-1 Defiant Delayed
    First Flight of SB-1 Defiant Delayed 14 December 2018
    The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant’s first flight will likely be delayed until early 2019 after “minor” problems were discovered within the aircraft’s testbed. Until a few weeks ago, the SB-1 Defiant demonstration helicopter was on track to achieve first flight in 2018. However, discovery of unnamed issues on the powertrain system test bed, which must be fixed before the aircraft takes to the skies, caused the delay. The two companies are now focusing...
  • Additional 250 Million Euros For Modernization Of The Bundeswehr
    Additional 250 Million Euros For Modernization Of The Bundeswehr 3 December 2018
    The Bundestag’s Budget Committee approved on Wednesday a total funding of around 250 million euros for modernisation. This term includes all procurement projects of the Bundeswehr whose total value exceeds 25 million euros. German Armed Forces will acquire seven new fully equipped Air Utility Helicopter Search and Rescue (LUH-SAR) SAR helicopters by Airbus Helicopters by the end of 2020 to replace Bell UH-1D.  The acquisition will cost 72.4 million euros including crew tr...
  • US Clears Way for Bahrain AH-1Z Sale Worth $912m
    US Clears Way for Bahrain AH-1Z Sale Worth $912m 17 November 2018
    Bahrain has signed an agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc to procure 12 Bell AH-1Z twin-engine attack helicopters after the United States senate voted down a draft resolution to block US Arms sales to Bahrain. Contract was announced at the Bahrain International Air Show on 15 November. The first batch of the aircraft will be delivered to Bahrain by the end of 2022, the official Bahrain News Agency reported on Thursday. The US Senate, on Thursday, rejected a measure, provided ...
  • New Tilt-Rotor UAS from Bell
    New Tilt-Rotor UAS from Bell 28 September 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 ...
  • Delay on Japanese Ospreys
    Delay on Japanese Ospreys 26 September 2018
    Japan has requested the postponement of delivery of MV-22B Osprey platforms. The dispute with the Saga region, where the platforms will be deployed, was shown as a reason for the request. It was announced that the negotiations with the local administration of the region on Kyushu Island is on progress.    Tokyo ordered 17 Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey in total. Japan will pay 332.5 million USD for the supply of the first five-piece order for the Japanese Ground Self-...