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  • Armenia Established Rifle Production Line
    Armenia Established Rifle Production Line 17 July 2020
    During the tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Yerevan took a step out of sight. Armenia, whose defence infrastructure is mostly dependent on Russia, continues its defence investments. The factory, called Neuron GAM Facility, started operations in Kotayk near the capital Yerevan. AK-103 assault rifles are being manufactured in the facility, which was visited by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Defense Minister David Tonoyan and Minister of High-Tech Hakob Arshakyan on July 7...
  • V-22 Enters To The Japanese Inventory
    V-22 Enters To The Japanese Inventory 16 July 2020
    The United States government has delivered the first Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu on July 10. The Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) became the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S. military. V-22 was already in use in Japan but US was the operator. The V-22 can conduct multiple missions which are not possible with traditional rotorcraft or fixed-wing aircraft alone. The marine version resists corrosion and reduces the cost of long-term sustainabi...
  • Sub Compact Version for SAR9 Pistol
    Sub Compact Version for SAR9 Pistol 14 July 2020
    The pistols classified as Sub Compact are the key solution for the hidden carrying requirement thanks to their low weight and small dimensions. One of the leading firearms manufacturer Sarılmaz continues to studies to expand its product range. The company gave the good news of the Sub Compact model developed on the SAR9 pistol family to C4Defence for the first time. The new model, called the SAR9 SC, fires 9x19 mm Parabellum rounds like its family. The gun, whose tota...
  • Eco-Friendly Munitions from Turaç
    Eco-Friendly Munitions from Turaç 13 July 2020
    Turaç company, which produces light weapons ammunition in the field of hunting and shooting as well as the defence industry, started producing 9 mm Parabellum Total Full Metal Jacket (TFMJ) and non-environmentally damaging ammunition. The core of the ammunition, called "Green flares", is covered in copper and nickel. With this feature, the lead that falls into the soil in polygons or nature does not interfere with the soil thanks to the core, copper and nickel coati...
  • MRAPs to Replace Armoured Pinzgauer
    MRAPs to Replace Armoured Pinzgauer 10 July 2020
    Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles are one of the first choices of many countries thanks to their personnel safety and high terrain capabilities. New Zealand, which has a small but well-equipped army, replacing its old platforms that are at the end of their economic life. Wellington has announced that MRAP will be acquired to replace the armoured Pinzgauer LOV (Light Operational Vehicle) platforms. In this context, an agreement was inked with Thales Australia ...
  • Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion
    Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion 7 July 2020
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress late Monday of their approval of a possible Foreign Military Sale of MV-22 Ospreys to Indonesia. The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia of eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. <...
  • Electronic Warfare MRAP
    Electronic Warfare MRAP 5 July 2020
    Land vehicle-based electronic warfare (EW) systems offer appropriate solutions for missions such as providing convoy security and tactical field security, signal intelligence and information gathering. The Netherlands, which has different EW equipment in its inventory, received delivery of the Bushmaster 4x4 MRAP (Mine Resistant Armor Protected) based electronic warfare system. According to the statement made by the defence ministry of the country, the first platform will enter serv...
  • 400th V-22 Osprey delivered
    400th V-22 Osprey delivered 13 June 2020
    Bell Textron and Boeing announced they had delivered the 400th V-22 Osprey to the United States Department of Defence. The US Air Force Special Operations Command received the CV-22 on 2 June. The CV-22 is the Special Operations Forces (SOF) variant of the V-22 Osprey. The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft....
  • Hellenic Army Wants More Weapon Systems
    Hellenic Army Wants More Weapon Systems 12 June 2020
    Greece, which experienced an economic crisis caused by unplanned armament and some reasons, continues its procurements. Athens plans to acquire infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) and wheeled armoured vehicles from the US. The procurement of second-hand military platforms is among the first choices of countries with a limited defence budget due to low initial acquisition costs. Greece often prefers weapon systems and vehicles, which are determined as surplus equipment by the armed...
  • Japan Acquired UH-X
    Japan Acquired UH-X 10 June 2020
    New helicopters are on the way to the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF). According to the Japanese Defence Ministry, signed a $131.6 million purchase agreement with Subaru. The procurement process, which includes six UH-X multipurpose helicopters, is scheduled to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2023.  Based on the 412EPX commercial helicopter developed by Subaru and Bell companies, UH-X will replace the UH-1J Huey platform in the JGSDF inventory. Uh-X's...
  • 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...