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  • Private Contractor Expanding for CAS
    Private Contractor Expanding for CAS March 31 2020
    The share of private enterprises in the military operations market is increasing day by day. The fields of activity of private military companies that have been active in the field for many years are also expanding in the armed aircraft market. Blue Air Close Air Support, which operates in the USA and has customized its skills in the field of close air support, has announced that it will expand its inventory. The company, which currently has a large number of armed aircraft and heli...
  • US Approved Possible Ground Attack Aircraft Sale to Tunisia
    US Approved Possible Ground Attack Aircraft Sale to Tunisia February 28 2020
    Tunisia, in armament race in the region, continues to acquisition of defence systems. According to a statement from the US Department of Defence, approval for the possible sale of AT-6 Wolverine aircraft requested by Tunisia has been approved. Platforms which are ground attack models of T-6 Texan IIs, Textron production. Besides the aircraft, the estimated cost of the package including guided bombs, BAE Systems production APKWS 2.75 "rocket guidance kits, 12.7 mm mach...
  • Indigenous Guidance Kit Delivery to Turkey
    Indigenous Guidance Kit Delivery to Turkey February 20 2020
    Indigenous guidance kits, which are frequently using in counter-terrorism operations, continues to consolidate its position in the Turkish Armed Forces. The Turkish Armed Forces has taken delivery of indigenous guidance kits. Turkish defence acquisition agency, Presidency of Defence Industries made a statement about deliveries from official social media accounts with "The new deliveries of our Indigenous Guidance Kits have been completed. We will c...
  • HGK-83 Ready for Mass Production
    HGK-83 Ready for Mass Production January 22 2020
    The qualification tests of the Precision Guidance Kit -83 (HGK-83) developed by the Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (TÜBİTAK-SAGE) have been completed and ready for mass production. HGK-83 is a GPS/INS guidance kit that turns existing 1000 lb Mk-83 general purpose bombs into air to ground smart weapons which can be released multiple by using BRU 57 ejector rack. Developed as a cost-effective solution, the kit ensures fewer bombs are used in operations and reduces th...
  • Bunker Buster Delivered
    Bunker Buster Delivered September 16 2019
    Israel has completed the delivery of the first batch of a new version of Spice-2000 bunker-buster bombs to the Indian Air Force (IAF). “Israel has started the delivery of the Spice-2000 bombs to India and the first batch of these bombs was received recently,” IAF sources said. The Israeli-based Rafael company developed the bombs, which will be supplied under the emergency procurement contract, worth approximately $ 44 million. The bombs will be delivered along with Mark 84 warhead...
  • Morocco to Acquire $985 Million Worth Weapon
    Morocco to Acquire $985 Million Worth Weapon September 14 2019
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of various TOW-2A missiles and weapons for an estimated cost of $985 million. The proposed sale includes sale of 2,401 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF); and 28 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF). The estimated cost is $776 million. Morocco government has also requested the sale of 5,810 MK82-1 Bombs (Tritonal); 300 MK84-4 Bombs (Tritonal); 105 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM...
  • First Sales from China to Europe September 11 2019
    China sold its remote-controlled aircraft to a European country for the first time. Serbia’s military will receive Wing Loong , Chinese-built armed drones, in the next six months. “This sale will greatly strengthen the Serbian military, which will gain capabilities it has not had in the past,” Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview Tuesday on state-owned television.  Wing Loong, also known as Pterodactyl-1, combat drones, which look similar to ...
  • Star Wars Project of USA September 10 2019
    At the heart of the Cold War, there was the nuclear rivalry between the US and the USSR, and the balance of power, also known as Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). The main variable of this nuclear equation was the nuclear warheads, and hence the means and systems to deliver them to their targets. The tactical nuclear warheads to be used on the battlefield were delivered to the targets by tactical ballistic missiles, which were based on the German V-2 missiles in World War II....
  • Ukraine may Buy Super Tucano
    Ukraine may Buy Super Tucano August 21 2019
      A Ukrainian Air Force Delegation visited Brazil to study the possible purchase of the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano according to Brazil-based infodefensa.com. The Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano, also named A-29, is a Brazilian turboprop light attack aircraft designed and built by Embraer as a development of the Embraer EMB 312 Tucano. The Super Tucano can be used for both the trainer role and as a light attack aircraft. The aircraft is powered by a 1,200 kW (...
  • Ukraine and Turkey Co-Produce Akıncı UAV
    Ukraine and Turkey Co-Produce Akıncı UAV August 20 2019
    Ukrainian State Concern UkrOboronProm made a written statement from its internet page. The declaration was only available in Ukrainian. Unofficial translation of declaration states that the new-generation Akıncı (unmanned aerial cavalry) unmanned aerial vehicle will become one of the first projects of a joint venture created by Ukrspetseksport, a member of UkrOboronProm, and the Turkish company Baykar Defence. "The next generation Akıncı Impact UAV is designed to meet the requi...
  • HGK-82 Became Operational
    HGK-82 Became Operational August 11 2019
    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Defence Industry Research and Development Institute (SAGE), has said HGK-82 (Precision Guidance Kit-82) has become operational. TUBITAK SAGE, announced from the official Twitter account that it is used four times. Kit developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE gives precision and range to classical bomb. The kits are installed on MKEK production of 500 lbs class Mk-82 type general-purpose bombs. This increases the operating r...
  • New UAV Support to the Border July 19 2019
      The Islamic Republic of Iran Army Ground Forces has deployed three home-made Mohajer-6 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Where the platforms are deployed is not explained but the military released photographs showing at least one Mohajer-6 deployed to an unidentified airfield that was said to be in northeast Iran, 170 km from the Afghanistan border.  The aircraft would be used to identify and destroy threats to the country's borders. Mohajer 6 is armed with ...
  • Ammunition Capability Demo 2019 April 26 2019
    The Ammunition Capability Demonstration organised by Rheinmetall Denel Munition at the Dunes Overberg Test Range, close to Arniston in the Cape Town area, included some 800 participants and two half days of firing with ammunition ranging from small arms to artillery and aircraft bombs. It was the third time the joint venture between the German defence champion Rheinmetall and Denel of South Africa, established on September 1, 2008, organised such an event. The ACD takes place every ...
  • 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...
  • $4.8 Billion Sale and Upgrade Of Morocco F-16 Aircraft
    $4.8 Billion Sale and Upgrade Of Morocco F-16 Aircraft March 26 2019
    The Government of Morocco has requested to upgrade its existing 23 F 16 aircraft to the F 16V configuration.  Morocco has also requested to purchase 25 F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft and other related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.787 billion. The U.S. Department of State has approved a possible sale to Morocco of F-16C/D aircraft and upgrades of its existing fleet the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on Monday, March 25. F-16 related equip...
  • Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar
    Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar February 15 2019
    Thales has developed, in collaboration with the Dutch Army, a multi-mission radar system to enhance air defence capabilities. Thales announced on February 12 that it has developed a radar system in collaboration with the land forces of the Netherlands. This multi-mission MMR radar helps strengthen air defence by monitoring airspace and detecting and tracking aircraft, missiles and other air targets that may be present. "The MMR radar is able to track and record in real time any type of t...
  • Y-12 Produces First Production Unit for B61-12
    Y-12 Produces First Production Unit for B61-12 January 23 2019
    The Y-12 National Security Complex announced that the first production unit for the B61-12 nuclear bomb was certified on Dec. 6, 2018. This refurbishment will extend the life of this strategic weapon for 20 years. The Y-12 National Security Complex completed a major milestone in efforts to refurbish components for a strategic nuclear weapons system that is vital to the U.S..  This work is part of the B61 Life Extension Program (LEP). The B61 is a nuclear bomb that can...
  • China Tests MOAB
    China Tests MOAB January 4 2019
    China has tested its most powerful non-nuclear bomb, claimed to be similar to the US-made GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (Mother of All Bombs /MOAB) which was dropped from a H-6K bomber in December. The bomb can obliterate armoured fortifications and defensive positions using tanks and armoured vehicles, state owned media reported. The China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO), showcased a new type of MOAB in a promotional video being air dropped by an H-6K bomber in Dec...
  • Afghan Tucanos at Night
    Afghan Tucanos at Night December 25 2018
    Afghanistan continues to increase its light attack ability. The Afghan Air Force gained night flight capability with the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft as a result of the trainings carried out in this direction. SNC (Sierra Nevada Corporation) said the aircraft had a night flight capability. However, due to inadequate experience, this capability has been used for the first time since January 2016. In the first night, pilots released real ammunition. The fact that the pilots make more ac...
  • Iomax Markets Archangel for FMS Deal in Egypt
    Iomax Markets Archangel for FMS Deal in Egypt December 9 2018
    Archangel, a low-cost, long-endurance armed surveillance aircraft ensuring six hours time on station in the armed configuration and 10 hours in the ISR configuration was presented in Egypt by Iomax. The Archangel can currently be armed with GBU-12/58 Laser Guided Bombs, AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, and ROKETSAN Cirit 2.75” Laser Guided Rockets. Egypt has defined a requirement for 12 aircraft through the FMS process.
  • CATIC Presents Unmanned Helicopter Armed With Bombs September 24 2018
    China presents its Unmanned Aerial Vehicles at AAD 2018, the International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition.  The unmanned helicopter Ziyan Blowfish I is armed with bombs. The Blowfish 1 is a lightweight, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed and manufactured by the Chinese Company CATIC (China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation). Ziyan Blowfish I, equipped with a new-generation of flight control system, can flight in ...
  • Spain Sends Bombs After Saudi Financial Threat
    Spain Sends Bombs After Saudi Financial Threat September 15 2018
    Spain appears to have given up against financial pressure to deliver 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, reversing a recent decision to put the deal on hold. The Socialist administration, which came to power in June, decided last week to halt the shipment, which was part of a €141.7 million arms deal signed in 2015 by the previous conservative government. Current government stated their fears that the weapons could be used against civilians in Yemen. The Spanish f...
  • Bomb Procurement of Saudi Arabia Cancelled
    Bomb Procurement of Saudi Arabia Cancelled September 11 2018
    Spain cancelled the sale of laser guided bombs to Saudi Arabia. The Spanish DMinistry of Defence made a official statement. Agreement cancelled due to allegations that civilian targets were hit during military operations of Saudi Arabia in Yemen. Madrid decided to sell 400 laser-guided bombs under an agreement with Riyadh in the amount of USD 10 million that signed in 2015. While no further information is given about the cancellation, it is known that future sales wil...
  • Ukraine Continues Modernisation, UkrOboronProm
    Ukraine Continues Modernisation, UkrOboronProm August 3 2018
    Ukraine-based UkrOboronProm has announced that it has modernized two MiG-29s and delivered them to the Ukrainian Air Force. Airplanes upgraded to the MiG-29MU1 configuration. Aircrafts underwent modernization works at the Lviv Aircraft Repair Plant. Within the scope of the work, the aircraft were equipped with more powerful radar, system and engine tehnical condition monitoring and recording systems. The MiG-29MU1 has 3,000 kilogram ammunition capacity. Besides, it can sto...
  • MK- Bombs for Kuwaiti Hornets
    MK- Bombs for Kuwaiti Hornets August 3 2018
    US State Department has decided approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of various Mk- series munitions for an estimated cost of $40.4 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Kuwait has requested to buy 1 020 Mk-82 500 lb. bombs, 1002 Mk-83 1000 lb. bombs and 600 Mk-84 2000 lb. bombs.  Also included in the sale are general purpose bomb components an...
  • Iran has overhauled and upgraded 10 Su-22s
    Iran has overhauled and upgraded 10 Su-22s July 26 2018
    Iran has managed to overhaul and upgrade 10 Su-22 fighter-bombers, the country announced at a ceremony on Jul. 25. Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the fighters are now able to employ precision-guided munitions and datalink with unmanned aircraft. With this upgrade, these bombers will be able to carry and fire smart and cluster bombs, and air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles with pinpoint accura...
  • US offers India armed Guardian UAV variant
    US offers India armed Guardian UAV variant July 24 2018
    Reuters claimed that, India received an amendment to its purchase of several General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian UAVs from the United States. US had already offered to sell India unarmed surveillance platforms for the Indian Navy (IN) now it is changed to weaponized version of UAVs.  Based on the MQ-9 Reaper, the Guardian can be equipped with air-to-land missiles, anti-ship missiles and laser guided bombs. The proposed deal has a value of $2-3 billion. If the purch...
  • Mali obtains four Super Tucanos
    Mali obtains four Super Tucanos July 13 2018
    The Malian Air Force formally inaugurated four Embraer EMB 314/A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft. Embraer announced in July 2015 that Mali had ordered six Super Tucanos, but later the order was reduced to four aircraft due to financial problems. The Malian presidency said the aircraft were entirely funded by the country. The Super Tucanos are armed with 12.7 mm machine guns and can carry 70 mm rocket pods and 250 kg bombs. The presidency indicated that Mali has also acquired 20 mm canno...
  • New and improved 'bunker buster' bombs for USAF
    New and improved 'bunker buster' bombs for USAF June 30 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a contract for a new penetrator warhead. New penetrator will replace its current BLU-109/B and BLU-109C/B systems. Superior Forge and Steel Corporation will deliver 300 of the improved BLU-137/B penetrator warheads. Valued at USD476.9 million, the award will run through to 3 May 2020. The USAF first declared its intention to procure an improved ‘bunker buster’ bomb with a draft request for proposals (RFP) that was issued in De...
  • MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range
    MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range May 18 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $206 million contract to retrofit 122 MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft, the US Department of Defence announced on 16 May. Work is expected to be complete by 20 June 2024.  General Atomics will retrofit the MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper drones with extended-range, beyond-line-of-sight, and Barrett asymmetrical digital datalink computer (BADDC) router modification kits. These upgrades will enable the ...
  • Altay Contract Is Close
    Altay Contract Is Close May 18 2018
    Turkish Undersecretary for Defence Industries, Prof. Ismail Demir, said as the negotiations continue with BMC, they were close to signing a contract regarding the serial production of Altay tank project during his speech at the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges Defence Industry and Sector Council. Demir said that more than a thousand Kirpi as well as more than 300 Cobra and Ejder Yalcin entered the inventory while the ongoing projects of the guiding ki...
  • US Agrees to Supply Predator B to New Delhi
    US Agrees to Supply Predator B to New Delhi May 2 2018
    Indian and US diplomatic officials confirmed to Hindustan Times that Washington has agreed to let India purchase the MQ-9 Predator B. New Delhi was cleared to buy the Guardian variant of the MQ-9, which is designed for maritime surveillance, however, was in favour of acquiring an armed drone which operates over both land and sea, especially given the costs involved. Manufactured by General Atomics, Predator-B has both land and naval versions and can be armed with air-...
  • SDB II Completed Developmental Tests
    SDB II Completed Developmental Tests April 24 2018
    Raytheon has completed developmental testing on the Small Diameter Bomb II, the company announced on 19 April. Raytheon has also begun work on the SDB II second production lot after completing delivery of Lot 1 in 2017. During developmental testing, pilots dropped 44 SDB II bombs which chose the correct target from among decoys and proved compatibility with the F-15E Strike Eagle.  Early SDB II integration work has begun on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and ...
  • CIRIT Launch by Archangel
    CIRIT Launch by Archangel April 13 2018
    IOMAX, a USA based aerospace systems integrator, has released a footage of an Archangel aircraft launching Cirit missile.  Cirit was developed by Turkish ROKETSAN company. Archangel is capable of employing GBU-12/58 Laser Guided Bombs and AGM-114 Hellfire other than CIRIT 2.75” Laser Guided Rockets.  https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/984042847140753408
  • Precision Guidance Kit Contract to ASELSAN
    Precision Guidance Kit Contract to ASELSAN March 26 2018
    ASELSAN announced that on 23 March 2018, a contract was signed between ASELSAN and the Turkish Ministry of National Defence valued at 264 million 183 thousand Turkish Liras regarding the Precision Guidance Kit (HGK) Project. Deliveries under the contract will take place between 2019-2020. The guidance kit is used to convert 2,000lb MK-84 and NEB bombs to smart munitions. Mid-level HGK equipped munitions can reach 12 nautical miles, while it can hit targets from 15 nautical...
  • RAF Prepares for Its 'Protectors'
    RAF Prepares for Its 'Protectors' March 14 2018
    The UK Ministry of Defence revealed on 13 March that the Royal Air Force (RAF) is preparing to introduce Protector unmanned aerial vehicles into service, replacing MQ-9 Reapers it currently operates. The Ministry said the Protector Combined Test Team (CTT) is now coordinating the testing and evaluation of the Protector system. Also known as the Certifiable Predator B (CPB), the UAVs are equipped with multispectral targeting systems and AN/APY-8 Lynx IIe Block 20A synt...
  • Countdown for ASELSAN's LGK-84 Kits Began
    Countdown for ASELSAN's LGK-84 Kits Began March 11 2018
    According to ASELSAN's 2017 annual report, there are significant developments within the scope of the Guidance Kit Projects Laser Guidance Kit (LGK) development and mass production work. According to the report, ground tests and captive transport tests under the certification activities for the LGK-84, which will be integrated to the MK-84 general purpose bombs used by the Turkish Air Force Command, have been completed and now the test-firings has begun. The report continues, "The se...
  • SPICE 1000 Declared IOC
    SPICE 1000 Declared IOC March 8 2018
    Rafael SPICE 1000 guided bomb reached initial operational capability (IOC) on F-16C/D Barak fighter aircraft, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced on 7 March.  According to the announcement, the tests were completed successfully in August 2017 and the munition was officially integrated into operational activity. SPICE 1000 guided bombs will soon be integrated on IAF's F-16I and F-15 squadrons.
  • Indonesia Finalized Su-35 Order
    Indonesia Finalized Su-35 Order February 22 2018
    Indonesia has placed a firm order to Russia for 11 Sukhoi Su-35S multirole fighters. The country revealed its intentions for this acquisition in 2016. A $1,14 billion contract was signed recently, finalizing the order. Two units of Sukhoi jets will be delivered in August 2018 and six more would be delivered 18 months after the contract becomes effective, and the remaining three would be delivered five months after that.  Su-35S was selected in a competition ...
  • US to Spend $10 Billion on Modernization of B61s
    US to Spend $10 Billion on Modernization of B61s February 19 2018
    The US plans to spend more than $10 billion on the modernization of B61 nuclear bombs deployed throughout Turkey, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. According to a report by Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), 150 bombs are currently deployed in Turkey and some other European countries and one-third of the weapons are placed in Turkey's Incirlik Base. The NTI report said it “should be assumed that they are targets for terrorism and theft”.