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  • India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase
    India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase 16 May 2020
    One of world’s biggest arms importer India plans to abolish its $15 billion order to acquire foreign military aircraft bid. India plans to switch to locally-made fighter jets. India set up a tender to years ago and asked global companies to submit proposals to supply 114 combat aircraft. Indian air force is changing its plans to induct indigenously made Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas. Indian Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat said in an interview in New Delhi. It will ...
  • Patriots in Saudi Arabia Return to the U.S.
    Patriots in Saudi Arabia Return to the U.S. 9 May 2020
    The United States has decided to withdraw the MIM-104 Patriot air defence system it deployed to Saudi Arabia during tensions with Iran. It was also announced that about 300 U.S. troops would leave Saudi Arabia. The batteries are sent to the United States for maintenance before new deployment. In the United States, which took this decision at a time of tension over oil production with Saudi Arabia, Republicans accused Saudi Arabia of its steps in the oil market, which is struggling d...
  • Cruise Missile Test in the East
    Cruise Missile Test in the East 30 April 2020
    Taiwan, which having faced sovereignty disputes with China on the islands in the bay and in the region, has carried out a number of important missile tests. The National Chung-Shan Instute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has recently announced that it has performed a series of missile tests. In this context, the latest cruise missile developed by the country, Hsiung Feng III and Yun Feng, were also tested. The test launch of the system, which was developed to eliminate the T...
  • ROK Approves New Plan for 'Mini-Aegis' Destroyers
    ROK Approves New Plan for 'Mini-Aegis' Destroyers 29 April 2020
    According to Korea Herald, Republic of Korea (ROK) on Monday approved a $546 million plan to develop a combat system to be equipped on the country's next-generation destroyers, the arms procurement agency Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. The Defence Project Promotion Committee decided during a videoconference session held earlier in the day to sign a contract for the Korea Destroyer Next Generation project in the fourth quarter of this year with a plan to ...
  • Rafale Sales Boost Dassault Income
    Rafale Sales Boost Dassault Income 2 March 2020
    One of the leading aircraft manufacturers,Dassault increased its revenues in 2019 compared to the previous year. Dassult, stationed in France, doubled its profits. According to the statement made by the company, net sales increased by 44.4% and reached 7.3 billion Euros. Rafale deliveries were shown as the most important reason for the increase. Defense revenues of Dassault rose by 24.9% last year to 3.4 billion euros. Logistics support and modernization activities, especi...
  • Power Boost for the Russian Navy
    Power Boost for the Russian Navy 21 January 2020
    Russia’s Project 20385 “Gremyashchiy” armed with Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles has completed state trials in the Barents Sea. The ship has completed its program of trials at Northern Fleet ranges. In the White Sea, the vessel delivered fire with Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles against a coastal and a naval target. Project 20385 envisages a hangar for a Ka-27 helicopter. The corvettes displace 2,200 tonnes and their sea endurance is 15 days. They are armed with Kalibr-NK ...
  • US Drill Near Russia
    US Drill Near Russia 30 December 2019
    The United States has boosted its Navy's activity near the Chukotka Peninsula, building up its grouping and holding various drills. Chief of Staff of Russia's North-Eastern Joint Command Mikhail Bilichenko noted that the US Armed Forces displayed activity in that area before, but this was routine operational combat training. "The Chukotka operational area because the US Navy conducts its operations in that area," Bilichenko said, replying to a question about what the North-E...
  • 6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force
    6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force 24 December 2019
    The Swiss parliament on Friday approved the purchase of new fighter jets for around $6 billion, but the Socialist Party immediately demanded the question be put to a referendum. Switzerland began seeking replacements for its ageing fleet of fighter jets more than a decade ago. In 2014, the country looked set to purchase 22 Gripen E fighter jets from Swedish group Saab. But Bern has not given up on its quest to boost its fleet, with the government warning that the country's F/A-18s will re...
  • Space Planes and Space Shuttles 1 November 2019
    As it is essential to return from space, the next move on this issue was to carry out many studies on overcoming both technical and financial problems. The most well-known of these is the US space shuttle program, but it has had many competitors both at home and internationally. A spacecraft is the generic name of an aircraft operating in Earth orbit that can serve more than once and can safely return to earth. In essence, this definition embodies the challenges of spacecraft design...
  • U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km
    U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km 20 October 2019
      The U.S. Army is developing a new weapon capable of reaching 1,850 km. The U.S. Army released Directive 2017-33, which led to the establishment of the Army Futures Command Task Force and the outlining of six modernisation priorities. One of the concepts unveiled by the Army Futures Command, known as the "Strategic Long-Range Cannon" (SLRC) is based on scaling up existing howitzers and rocket-boosted artillery shells to a much bigger size and range capability. Army b...
  • New Missile to Support AMRAAM and Sidewinder 18 September 2019
    Raytheon unveils the development of the new medium-range Peregrine advanced air-to-air missile.  A company executive says “the Peregrine is meant to complement, not replace, the AMRAAM and Sidewinder”.  Raytheon Company is developing a new medium-range, an air-launched weapon called the Peregrine missile that is half the size and cost of today's air-to-air missiles, yet delivers greater range and effect. The Peregrine missile is a small, fast, lightwei...
  • Largest LHD of the Navy will Enter the Inventory
    Largest LHD of the Navy will Enter the Inventory 26 August 2019
    Since 2012, China has been working to improve the amphibious capabilities of amphibious assault ships. Accordingly, recent photos reveal the construction of China’s largest amphibious assault ship is progressing. Photos taken from surrounding buildings and within China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard. Given the pace of construction, the ship is expected to launch this year. It’s unknown how many Type 075s China plans to eventually operate, although ...
  • SLN has Commissioned an Ex- PLAN Frigate
    SLN has Commissioned an Ex- PLAN Frigate 26 August 2019
    Sri Lanka commissions ex-Chinese navy frigate. In 2015, Jiangwei I Type 053 H2G class frigate Tongling (542), who served in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), was transferred to the Sri Lanka Navy in September 2018. The vessel, which has been renamed SLNS Parakramabahu (P625), was commissioned on 22 August in Colombo in the presence of the Sri Lankan and Chinese governments and military leaders. The ship will boost the country’s maritime security and conduct search an...
  • First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4
    First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4 20 August 2019
    The first KC-390 is due to be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force on September 4, according to an Airway source. Manufactured by Embraer, the multi-purpose cargo jet is the largest aircraft ever built in Brazil. If all goes as planned, the ceremony will be held at Anapolis Air Base where Wing 2 is located, which will be responsible for operating the new aircraft. The first KC-390 from Brazil’s 28-unit order was completed late last year and made its first flight in October. Em...
  • The US Threats Germany: to Move Troops to Poland
    The US Threats Germany: to Move Troops to Poland 16 August 2019
    An envoy of U.S. President Donald Trump, Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Berlin, suggested on Friday that Chancellor Angela Merkel's unwillingness to boost defence spending might give the United States no choice but to move American troops stationed in Germany to Poland. Ambassador Grenell, signalled Trump's impatience with Merkel's failure to raise defence spending to 2% of economic output as mandated by the NATO military alliance. "It is offensiv...
  • 700 Million Dollar Missile
    700 Million Dollar Missile 30 July 2019
    Indian Air Force is looking to buy 700 million US dollars worth of both air to air and air to surface  missiles from Russia after the Balakot strike. The order includes R-73 heat seeker missiles with 30km range and active radar guided R-77, which is American AIM-120 AMRAAM’s Russian counterpart, with 80km range. These missiles are designed to arm the Russian-made MiG and Sukhoi aircraft. The order, meant to boost the IAF’s capability, also includes anti radiation missile, the...
  • Long-Awaited Contract Concluded
    Long-Awaited Contract Concluded 18 July 2019
    The U.S. Department of Defence and BAE Systems announced an agreement worth about for $45 million for the Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA). The long-awaited U.S. Army contract provides work to increase the range and rate of fire on current and future M109A7 self-propelled howitzers. The ERCA consists of two parts—a new rocket-boosted shell, the XM1113, and a longer howitzer barrel. ERCA will have a fully automated ammunition loading system and a communications system that will wor...
  • Nirbhay Succeeded in Sixth Test
    Nirbhay Succeeded in Sixth Test 22 May 2019
    India tested Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile successfully. DRDO confirmed that the missile was launched in Chandipur, Odisha. The missile, which has a range of more than 1000 kilometers, has been tested for the sixth time. Nirbhay took off vertically, then turned horizontally into desired direction separating its booster. It was aimed at testing the reliability of boost phase and cruise phase using way point navigation at very low altitudes. Nirbhay is said to have demonstrated its sea-skimmi...
  • DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons
    DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons 7 May 2019
    Two hypersonic vehicle prototypes developed by US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Air Force are due to fly by the end of 2019, the agency’s director said May 1. DARPA Director Dr. Steven Walker met with press on 1 May Defence Writers' Group breakfast and answered questions about ongoing projects inside the Pentagon's research arm. "[They are] two very different concepts but when you're talking hypersonic [weapons], it is good to have what I ...
  • Liaoning to become Combat Ship
    Liaoning to become Combat Ship 26 April 2019
    China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier will become combat aircraft carrier ship. The ship built during Soviet era and was anchored in Ukraine, named Varyag. China bought if from Ukraine to transform it allegedly to a  “casino” . Once acquired China stated that it will design it as a training and test ship, China's first aircraft carrier the Liaoning is starting to play a combat role following recent modifications and intensive training exercises. China Central ...
  • German Embargo to Saudi Kingdom May Undermine European Defence Industry
    German Embargo to Saudi Kingdom May Undermine European Defence Industry 7 March 2019
    German reaction to Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi murder undermines European defence industry. German government that had issued embargo to Saudi Arabia until March 9th, has decided to extent it. The decision risks escalation of a growing dispute with France and the United Kingdom over sales of jointly produced weapons. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas made the announcement during a news conference with his Danish counterpart, Anders Samuelsen, in Berlin on Wednesday. German...
  • F-35s Will Intercept Ballistic Missile
    F-35s Will Intercept Ballistic Missile 18 January 2019
    Pentagon decided a different step on F-35 Lightning II aircrafts, which are frequently brought to the agenda with their capabilities and development process. The Department of Defence said it will assess the suitability of the aircraft for ballistic missile interception missions. Within the scope of the project, which is planned to last in next six months, the compliance of F-35 Lightning II aircraft with ballistic missile interception missions will be determined. In case of a posit...
  • Lockheed Martin Works Hypersonic
    Lockheed Martin Works Hypersonic 4 December 2018
      US signed a new development agreement with Lockheed Martin. Under the agreement, which has a total cost of US $ 28.5 million, company will conduct development and technology demonstration work on hypersonic booster technology. It is planned to evaluate the hypersonic booster technology for intermediate-range systems. If the design is found to be successful, the company will carry out fabrication and validation tests.
  • Japan Is Developing Supersonic Glide Weapons
    Japan Is Developing Supersonic Glide Weapons 22 October 2018
    Japanese defence industry is pursuing to produce a new kind of weapon to deliver an explosive payload at supersonic speeds. The unconventional technique is designed have high precision guidance. On Oct. 15, 2018, Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said the country’s Ministry of Defence had crafted the hypersonic weapon plan with an eye toward having the initial system in service no later than 2026. Hyper-Velocity Gliding Projectile (HVGP) is consisted of t...
  • Qatar Gives up From E-737 AEW&C Deal
    Qatar Gives up From E-737 AEW&C Deal 21 October 2018
    Qatar has decided not to acquire three Boeing E-737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft that was first announced in 2014. Boeing said that Qatar has chosen not to complete the transaction, which at the time it was announced during the DIMDEX 2014 exhibition in Doha was valued at USD1.8 billion. The Qatar Air Force (QEAF) currently has no airborne early warning capability and the procurement of the E-737 would have represented a significant boost in its ...
  • US Seeks to Boost Arms Sales to India 8 September 2018
    US Army Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, the director of the Defence Security Cooperation Agency, said US is interested in boosting arms sales to India. India is modernizing its military and the United States would like to compete for those sales, he said. Hooper, traveling to India with Defence Secretary James N. Mattis, said reporters, "We're very confident that, when given all of the information that they need, they'll choose American systems and American services". Ind...
  • Paris To Cut US Parts in Its Weapons To Boost Sales
    Paris To Cut US Parts in Its Weapons To Boost Sales 7 September 2018
    France decided to cut its dependence on US components in its weapons systems to minimise Washington's ability to block its arms exports. French Defence Minister Florence Parly said reducing dependence on US-made components was necessary so as not to hinder the export of French military products. Without giving specific examples, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said France needed to "gradually wean ourselves off our reliance on a certain number of American parts.”<...
  • US Considering Boosting Military Presence in Greece 6 September 2018
    The US is exploring the possibility of increasing the numbers of drills and troops in Greece, which could lead to enhanced intelligence efforts in nearby hotspots according to Russian Sputnik. Greek officials are considering expanding US access to additional bases, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters in Athens on Tuesday. Quoting Pentagon's internal news service, Stars and Stripes, the US military has already "taken advantage&q...
  • Iran Unveils First Homegrown Fighter Jet
    Iran Unveils First Homegrown Fighter Jet 22 August 2018
    Iran has successfully test-flown the first indigenous advanced light attack and training jet ‘Kosar’ concurrent with the National Day of Defence Industry. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday attended a ceremony in Tehran in which the country’s first fighter jet designed and manufactured by domestic military experts was unveiled. In February, Iran unveiled what it claimed was a locally-developed stealth fighter, the Qaher 313, but today it “u...
  • U.S. studies deployment of THAAD in Germany
    U.S. studies deployment of THAAD in Germany 3 June 2018
    Pentagon is considering plans to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile system to Germany according to Reuters. According to agency’s exclusive article, the U.S. military has held preliminary discussions about moving a powerful missile defence system to Germany to boost European defences.   “There are currently no plans to station THAAD systems in Germany. We do not discuss potential future military planning, as we would not want to...
  • Armoured Vehicle Boost to Russian Airborne Troops
    Armoured Vehicle Boost to Russian Airborne Troops 18 May 2018
    The Russian Airborne Troops have received the 4WD Tigr armored vehicles supplied under the state contract. New vehicles equipped with the Arbalet-DM remote control system are actively used in the troops during tactical and fire training.  Currently, another procurement contract is being processed to supply these vehicles in the troops by 2020, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced on 17 May.  
  • HII Boosts 3-D Printing
    HII Boosts 3-D Printing 11 May 2018
    Huntington Ingalls Industries announced on 10 May that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has partnered with 3D Systems to develop additive manufacturing technologies expected to accelerate the adoption of metal 3-D printing in the naval shipbuilding industry. The joint effort, which is also part of a technological transformation underway at Newport News called integrated Digital Shipbuilding (iDS), is expected to support future qualification and certification programs nece...
  • UK-Norway Cooperation in Submarine Hunt
    UK-Norway Cooperation in Submarine Hunt 10 May 2018
    The UK and Norway will cooperate on maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), the UK Defence Ministry announced on 3 May. Countries will cooperate in maintenance, training and operations of P-8A Poseidon aircraft in the North Atlantic, which would not only cut costs but also boost operational power in the region. Both countries will own the aircraft soon. Defence Minister Guto Bebb said they were investing £3 billion in their own capability and cooperating with ...
  • German Minister Wants Additional €12 Billion Budget
    German Minister Wants Additional €12 Billion Budget 2 May 2018
    German Minister of Defense Ursula van der Leyen wants €12 billion in additional funding over the current term of parliament to fix the armed forces’ most urgent capability gaps. Reportedly, German minister also wants to award 18 armaments contracts this year, each worth over 25 million.  This demand created opposition between Defence and Finance Ministries, as Finance Minister Olaf Scholz's financial plan for the next five years foresees an increase in ...
  • Turkish Kamikaze Drones On Display at Eurasia Fair
    Turkish Kamikaze Drones On Display at Eurasia Fair 24 April 2018
    Turkish Defence Technology and Engineering (STM) will unveil its indigenously developed armed 'kamikaze' drones at the Eurasia Airshow to be held in Antalya on 25-29 April.  The upgraded “kamikaze” drones ALPAGU Blok 2 and KARGU will be able to eliminate targets more efficiently with their new features, such as enhanced ammo capacity. In addition, ALPAGU Blok II was equipped with an enhanced rangefinder system while KARGU, a rotary-winged...
  • AESA Radar Support to JF-17
    AESA Radar Support to JF-17 28 March 2018
    JF-17 fighter aircraft is to get a Chinese-developed active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar to boost its export prospects. The KLJ-7A AESA radar developed by the Nanjing Research Institute of Electronics Technology (NRIET) will be installed on the single-engined type, which is operated by the Pakistan Air Force.  The radar is capable of tracking and engaging multiple targets simultaneously and features a jamming-resistant capability. This addi...
  • Romania In Search for New Corvettes
    Romania In Search for New Corvettes 6 March 2018
    Romania launched the program to buy four new corvettes for its Navy to boost its presence in the Black Sea. The first vessel will be built within a maximum period of three years with the entire procurement is to be completed within seven years. The first phase of the procurement will be the qualification stage will take place over a period of 56 calendar days following the publication date of the call for participation which is 26 February. Then Romania will proceed to the...
  • Israel to Significantly Increase UAV Numbers
    Israel to Significantly Increase UAV Numbers 15 February 2018
    Israel Air Force plans to boost its unmanned capabilities by significantly increasing the number of unmanned aerial vehicles in its inventory as well as the manpower in RPAV (remotely piloted aerial vehicle) Division. The service published a release regarding a series of changes which includes the establishment of new UAV squadrons over the next seven years. In the release, IAF highlighted the fact that every other day, significant missions previously performed by manned p...
  • Thales Boost to Tiger Fleets
    Thales Boost to Tiger Fleets 15 February 2018
    Thales has been awarded two contracts by Spanish Army Aviation and German Armed Forces for its 70mm/2.75” rockets, the company announced on 13 February. Spain has ordered 1000 70mm/2.75 rockets, while Germany has ordered 10,000. Both countries will equip their Tiger helicopter fleets with Thales' rocket systems. The German rockets will feature a modified rocket motor FZ90 Mod4 with reduced debris.
  • USAF Requests %12 Budget Boost in FY2019
    USAF Requests %12 Budget Boost in FY2019 13 February 2018
    The US Air Force’s proposed budget for FY2019 calls for a 12 percent increase from FY2018 and includes increasing the number of F-35As, KC-46 tankers, MQ-9 Reapers.  According to budget documents released by the Pentagon Monday, the Air Force hopes to acquire 48 F-35A fighters in 2019 along with 15 KC-46 tankers which is the same as in the previous two years. Planning to retire MQ-1s starting from this year, USAF wants to buy 29 MQ-9s as replacement.  ...