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  • Replecement Time to Beretta 92 of France
    Replecement Time to Beretta 92 of France January 16 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...
  • Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters
    Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters December 14 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 October 30 2019
    The Republic of China Army retired its UH-1H fleet today and declared the UH-60M fleet fully operational. A ceremony was held at Tai Chung Lung Hsiang base to mark the event. The UH-1H utility helicopter was in service for military training or in the relief operations of mountain rescue and natural disasters. Army Aviation Special Operations Command held a "de-settlement ceremony" on the 30th of this month due to the absence of parts and shortage of spare parts. Its air tr...
  • Kozak 2M is Different from Predecessor
    Kozak 2M is Different from Predecessor October 11 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 October 4 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 August 23 2019
    The Czech Republic decided to retire the Russian-made helicopters in its inventory. The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from US maker Bell a deal priced at $622 million, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on August 22. The deal includes the utility Venom aircraft and the attack Viper aircraft, which share most of their parts. “It will be eight Venoms and four Vipers,” Metnar told reporters. The contract expected to sign by the end of the year with delivery starti...
  • Mete Project Moving Ahead
    Mete Project Moving Ahead August 22 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 July 21 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 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.
  • OH-58D Reached Greece
    OH-58D Reached Greece May 17 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 April 17 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 April 6 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 March 26 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 February 24 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 February 19 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 February 14 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 February 11 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 January 30 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 January 30 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 January 10 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 December 28 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 December 14 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 December 3 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 November 17 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 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 ...
  • Delay on Japanese Ospreys
    Delay on Japanese Ospreys September 26 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-...
  • KC-46 New Deficiencies, Jeopardize Planned Delivery Date
    KC-46 New Deficiencies, Jeopardize Planned Delivery Date September 19 2018
    The U.S. Air Force has added two new technical issues to the KC-46 tanker’s list of problems, potentially throwing a wrench into the projected delivery of the first tanker in October. US based Defence Magazine Defence News stated that “both deficiencies are category-1 , the most serious designation of technical problems, and revolve around the tanker’s refuelling boom system. “ The Air Force is unsure whether the two problems will be solved in time ...
  • BAE Systems to Modernise Bradleys
    BAE Systems to Modernise Bradleys September 17 2018
    US has announced a new contract with BAE Systems. According to the agreement, the company will modernize eight Bradley infantry fighting vehicles used in the US Army Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT). Within the scope of the agreement cost of 91.1 million USD, the modernization works will be completed in 2024. The electronics of M2 Bradleys will be replaced within the scope of nodernization. Thus, the situational awareness of the vehicle will be increased. Communication n...
  • Bell Is Awarded $ 510 Million Contract
    Bell Is Awarded $ 510 Million Contract August 26 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence issued a contract announcement with Bell for 29 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., is awarded $509,750,754 for the manufacture and delivery of 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Z New-Build aircraft in support of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2021.
  • New COMINT System from the UK
    New COMINT System from the UK July 21 2018
    Leonardo introduced its newly developed COMINT (Communications Intelligence) system. A new system called SPIDER was developed in the UK. The SPIDER, which can operate on the between 20 MHz and 6 GHz, can detect and identify the signals and then analyze and determine the position of the signal source. System is design to be suitable King Air 350, MALE UAVs. COMINT system  consists of an integrated antenna interface with a baseplate of ​​1.4 x 4 m. SPIDER can be in...
  • Fire Scout shows off its anti-submarine capabilities
    Fire Scout shows off its anti-submarine capabilities July 16 2018
    Northrop Grumman displayed MQ-8C Fire Scout with new mission capability at the Royal International Air Tattoo . New mission version has Ultra Electronics sonobuoy mission pod and it has just completed initial operational test and evaluation on board the USS Coronado. The MQ-8C “Endurance Upgrade Fire Scout” is based on Bell Helicopter’s 3-ton 407 model, which serves as the base for the Iraqi Air Force’s manned IA-407-armed scout helicopters. UK-base...
  • Navy to Renew Cargo Aircrafts
    Navy to Renew Cargo Aircrafts July 4 2018
    US Navy is replacing the aging C-2 Greyhound aircraft that it uses for transport on board aircraft. The Navy has approved procurement of CMV-22B for $ 2.85 billion.. A total of 39 Ospreys will be supplied. In the past days, with the agreement of Bell-Boeing signed with 4.2 billion US dollars, 39 CMV-22B for the Navy, 14 MV-22B for the Marine Corps, four for the US Air Force and four for the Japanese Government were ordered. US Navy signed a development agreement with Bell-Boein...
  • SAR-9 to Turkish Police
    SAR-9 to Turkish Police June 21 2018
    Turkish National Police (EGM) will distribute SAR-9 to the new term police candidates. According to the information acquired by C4Defence; delivery of the 9 mm semi-automatic SAR-9 is completed and will be distributed to the police candidates as a standard service pistol, who will complete their training in the term. Turkish arms manufacturer Sarsılmaz has been awarded a 110 thousand-weapon contract for its handgun developed under "Original Indigenous Gun Project'...
  • Japan to replace Cobra helicopters
    Japan to replace Cobra helicopters June 1 2018
    Japan has issued a request for information (RFI) to replace its Fuji-Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters. The RFI, aims finding a replacement for the 71 AH-1Shelicopters fielded by the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) of which 59 are reported to still be operational. Japan manufactured 89 AH-1S Cobras which were licensed by Fuji Heavy Industries.  The engine is the T53-K-703 turboshaft, which Kawasaki Heavy Industries produced under license. The effort to replace ...
  • Bell V-280 Flew For The First Time in Cruise Mode
    Bell V-280 Flew For The First Time in Cruise Mode May 17 2018
    Bell’s V-280 tiltrotor flew for the first time in cruise mode on 11 May. The company says the vertical take-off and landing aircraft achieved a speed of 190 knots and that at a later date, within the next 90 days the company says, it will aim to increase this to 280 knots.  The new Bell V-280 Valor is a medium, tactical tiltrotor aircraft designed for the U.S. Army Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program. The V-280 Valor is ...
  • Marado Has Been Launched
    Marado Has Been Launched May 15 2018
    The Republic of Korea Navy’s second Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship has been launched on 14 May at the shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. in Busan. With a length of 199 metres and a width of 31 metres, ROKS Marado is expected to be commissioned in 2020. Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) signed a contract with HHIC in 2014 worth about $380 million for the construction of Marado, the keel of which was then laid...
  • Mi-35Ms in New Nest
    Mi-35Ms in New Nest April 11 2018
    The Pakistan Army Aviation Command received four Mi-35M attack helicopters, the necessary equipment and ammunition. Pakistan ordered the helicopters for 153 million US Dollars in 2015. Training, spare parts, ammunition, ground support equipment were also supplied to Pakistan under the agreement. The Mi-35 helicopters have been developed to provide fire support to ground units, armed escort, and trasport infantry units. The helicopter, which is famous for bulletproof belly even for 1...
  • Eurasia Airshow, Opens its Doors
    Eurasia Airshow, Opens its Doors April 7 2018
    Seeking to establish a bridge between Europe and Asia in the area of aviation, Eurasia Airshow will take place for the first time in April 25-29, 2018.  To be organised at Antalya International Airport, the Airshow has the objective to create a new market in the area of military and civilian aviation. The event also plans to make the most of the advantage provided by its geostrategic location, which requires only three hours&rs...
  • Is Turkey’s Strategy Heading Toward “NATO-exit”?
    Is Turkey’s Strategy Heading Toward “NATO-exit”? April 7 2018
    The first answer to this question is: No!.. Turkish behaviour is based on the acknowledgement that NATO membership creates an ample room for manoeuvre in transatlantic relations.  An explicit indicator of this decisiveness is Turkey’s being an important partner in the coalition against IS...
  • MiG fraud in Sri Lanka revealed March 19 2018
    Sri Lanka’s daily Sunday Times has uncovered about alleged corruption on the purchase of MiG-27s from Ukraine. A three-year investigation by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) into the procurement of MiG-27 fighter jets for the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has bared some details. A document signed between Ukraine’s arms export company Ukrinmarsh and the Sri Lanka Air Force has turned out to be a fraudulent one. It was supposed to be a Government-to-Government agreeme...