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  • HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials
    HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials January 25 2020
    HMS Queen Elizabeth gets Closer to Becoming Operational as Carrier Leaves For Trials The Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth has left Portsmouth for her first flight trials with British F-35B fighter jets in UK waters. During the flight trials, it is expected British F-35Bs will make their first landings on Queen Elizabeth in UK waters. Six pilots, from the Navy and RAF, will carry out their aircraft carrier qualification during that time. Last year, HMS Queen Elizabeth spent a few...
  • Britain Works on Full Situational Awareness
    Britain Works on Full Situational Awareness January 25 2020
    British Company BAE Systems Israeli firm Elbit Systems are cooperating to build a new main battle tank (MBT) offering 360-degree situational awareness, for British Army urban operations. Elbit’s IronVision electro-optical system will provide the vision to the crew to see through tank armour wall. The company, along with the British army, have reportedly been working on the system to be integrated on to the Streetfighter II since January 2019. It will give the tank the ability ...
  • World-First Electrical Technology from Rolls-Royce for Tempest Programme
    World-First Electrical Technology from Rolls-Royce for Tempest Programme January 9 2020
    British engine company Rolls-Royce released a press bulletin stating that they are developing world-first electrical technology for next-generation Tempest programme. To make the engine more electric, more intelligent and to harness more power, Rolls-Royce started to work to solve unprecedented levels of electrical power demand and thermal load; all need to be managed within the context of a stealthy aircraft. Rolls-Royce started to address the demands of the future in 2014. That ye...
  • UK Sets its own “DARPA”
    UK Sets its own “DARPA” December 30 2019
    British PM Boris Johnson will spend £18 billion within five years in research and development, to promote a “new wave of economic growth” after Brexit. According to The Times, British PM will spend £800m for defence agency, a scientific research body modelled on US’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The “advanced research projects agency” will be based outside the golden triangle of London, Oxford and Cambridge. It also wants to set ...
  • FCAS: An Agreement On The Engines
    FCAS: An Agreement On The Engines December 3 2019
    France and Germany have reached an agreement on the industrial organisation of engines at the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme. Safran will be the main contractor and MTU subcontractor. Subsequently, the industrialists will create a joint venture at parity to carry the contracts and the certification of the engine. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Defence and Space  Dirk Hoke spoke to French Daily La Tribune at Dubai Air Show. Hoke stated that the challenges of ...
  • Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS
    Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS November 26 2019
    The new chief executive of Airbus Guillaume Faury has called for a single European fighter jet programme and warned that the continent needs to bolster its defence industry. Faury spoke to British “The Times” Sunday edition, Sunday Times. Faury, previously boss of Airbus’s commercial aircraft and helicopter divisions, said it would make sense to combine Europe’s two next-generation combat aircraft programmes — Tempest, which involves the UK, I...
  • Britain introduces Rocket Man
    Britain introduces Rocket Man November 22 2019
    Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning has flown off the aircraft carrier with a jet-powered suit. A video of the former reservist flying around HMS Queen Elizabeth was shared on a social media account of Gravity Industries, a British aeronautical innovation company founded by Mr Browning. HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently off the east coast of the United States as part of the Westlant 19 Carrier Strike Group deployment. Former Marine flew from aircraft carrier towards...
  • + 500 Boxer for British Army
    + 500 Boxer for British Army November 6 2019
    The Defence Secretary has announced that the British army will receive more than 500 Boxer 8x8 high mobility, network-enabled armoured vehicles to transport troops onto the frontline. The vehicles will form part of the Army’s Strike brigades, new units set up to deploy rapidly over long distances across varied terrains. Boxer is modular by design to meet these requirements - the same vehicle base can be rapidly reconfigured to fill different roles on the battlefield,...
  • British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time
    British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time October 20 2019
    British F-35B Lightning II jets of Number 617 Squadron a joint squadron composed of personnel from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the very first time. The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence announced that British F-35B Lightnings landed for the first time on the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is currently sailing off the US East Coast for the "Westlant 19" Carrier Strike Group deplo...
  • The Prince Of Wales Begins the Maiden Sea Trials
    The Prince Of Wales Begins the Maiden Sea Trials September 19 2019
    The British Royal Navy's second aircraft carrier, the Queen Elizabeth-class Prince of Wales (R09), begins sea trials eight years first steel cut. In the official Twitter account for the platform, Prince of Wales will start sea trials today.  The UK’s newest £3.1 billion aircraft carrier is scheduled to depart Rosyth Dockyard. At 280-metres long and weighing 65,000 tonnes, she will squeeze out into the Firth of Forth for her maiden voyage and will be tested in areas includ...
  • Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing
    Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing September 12 2019
    Italy has agreed to partner with UK defence firms to work on the Tempest, the UK-initiated next-generation combat air system. Tempest is a collaboration between the British Government and industrial partners BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo. Sweden officially joined the program in July 2019, thus Italy is the third nation to partner on the programme. Gen. Nicolò Falsaperna, Italy’s Secretary General of Defence, and Sir Simon Bollom, CEO of Defence Equipment &...
  • Italy on Delay for F-35 Order
    Italy on Delay for F-35 Order September 7 2019
    Italy’s new government has to decide whether to confirm Italy’s long-delayed order for F-35 fighters. New defence minister, Lorenzo Guerini has to decide him on whether to order additional F-35 fighters. According to Italian press reports, Italy must officially award the Pentagon by the end of September, in order to keep Italy’s delivery slots. The decision has to be taken within three weeks bur new minister has to prepare the draft defence budget for 2020. ...
  • Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance
    Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance August 19 2019
    The Government of Canada is investing more than $7.5 billion in the Royal Canadian Navy's 12 Halifax-class frigates to provide necessary ongoing maintenance until they are retired in the early 2040s. Under the scope of maintenance, The Government of Canada has awarded a $500-million contract to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to carry out maintenance work on the Halifax-class frigates. This contract guarantees a minimum of three frigates for the shipyard, with work planned to begin in the early ...
  • Unmanned Era on MineSweeper
    Unmanned Era on MineSweeper August 10 2019
    The unmanned surface vessel of the SLAMF/MMCM (Système de Lutte Anti-Mines du Futur / Maritime Mine Counter Measures) program carried out a demonstration of its capabilities in Brest harbour in June 2019. Testing with teams from the French Navy, French Armament General Directorate (DGA) and Thales is ongoing while qualification for the whole system is set for December this year. SLAMF results from Franco-British cooperation initiated in 2010 as part of the Lancaster House agr...
  • Sector News Issue 76 August 9 2019
    The first British P-8 Poseidon Flies Desert Warrior’s New Name Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation Navy to Work with Northrop Grumman Robots on the Field First Griffon Delivered ACAR-K Radar is in the Inventory of Argentine Armed Forces Turkey's First Electric Armoured Vehicle Began Testing 53 percent Growth from STM Hürjet Counting Down Days ...
  • UK Details Transition Plan
    UK Details Transition Plan August 5 2019
    Britain is planning to retire its General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems in 2024 as the Royal Air Force transitions to its new Protector platform. The UK currently has 10 MQ-9 Reapers that it purchased as an urgent operational requirement for operations in Afghanistan. Today, they operate over Iraq and Syria, but none are destined for use in UK airspace. The UK currently is planning to buy 16 Protectors, a derivative of General Atomics’ self-developed, SkyGuardian platfor...
  • The UK Receives the Last Batch of Trucks August 2 2019
    Last batch of 8x8 SX45 (L) vehicles, which are produced by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles and MAN Truck & Bus UK, are delivered to the British army. The vehicles are used by the British Army as mobile platforms to deploy radar equipment. British Army ordered over 7000 of MAN SX and HX series of platforms to replace ageing Bedford, Leyland DAF and Foden vehicles. The MAN SX series high mobility truck shares some technologies with the MAN HX, FX and LX families. It has a stiffe...
  • Rolls-Royce to Develop Hypersonic Technology
    Rolls-Royce to Develop Hypersonic Technology July 18 2019
    Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to develop hypersonic propulsion systems for increased aircraft performance and capability. Typhoon’s engine EJ-200 will provide base for further works. Britain’s defence ministry is stepping up its interest in hypersonics with a $12 million contract to Rolls-Royce and its industrial partners to develop high-Mach aircraft propulsion systems. The contract will be with Rolls-Royce Plc, (RR) and its technology partners, BAE Systems an...
  • LLM is at Trial
    LLM is at Trial July 17 2019
    After the recent UK tension with Iran around the Strait of Hormuz, the Royal British Navy successfully tested the Thales developed Martlet LLM missile to provide close defence on the warships. The Martlet originally designed to be fired by air and navy platforms. Four missiles were fired in the test to try to defend against speedboats. The missile was fired from the LLM missile system developed by ASELSAN and Thales between 2010-14. The service has not specified which vessel classes will even...
  • The first British P-8 Poseidon Flies
    The first British P-8 Poseidon Flies July 14 2019
    The first of Britain’s new fleet of nine maritime patrol aircraft MRA1 ZP801 made its maiden flight. The flight took place near Renton in the United States. The aircraft will be delivered in October this year. The Poseidon is based on the Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. In January, Boeing was awarded an almost $2.5 billion contract to produce 19 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for the US Navy, Norway and the United Kingdom. Ten of the aircraft were for the US Navy,...
  • £130m to Develop New DEWs July 11 2019
      British Defence Ministry is developing cutting-edge laser and radio frequency weapons. Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), are powered solely by electricity and operate without ammunition. In a Prior Information Notice (PIN) published this week, the MOD announced it is seeking to develop three new DEW demonstrators to explore the potential of the technology and accelerate its introduction onto the battlefield. The laser weapons systems deploy high energy light ...
  • Sweden May Join Britain’s Tempest Program July 8 2019
      Sweden may join forces with Britain in the race to develop a European future fighter jet, according to Financial Times. Sweden’s collaboration on the project is expected to be made at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).  Unveiled at the Farnborough air show last July, Tempest is the centrepiece of Britain’s combat air strateg. The British government announced last July that, together with industry, it would commit an initi...
  • German Partner to the UK
    German Partner to the UK July 2 2019
    After the UK's decision to rejoin the Boxer 8x8 wheeled vehicle program, the process for the platforms began. Steps have been taken in the production and procurement process planned for the Boxer family of 8x8 wheeled vehicles. In this context, Rheinmetall and BAE Systems Land have established a joint venture. The company, which will operate in Telford, will provide job opportunities for approximately 450 people. The company, which is planned to play an important role for Boxer ...
  • War of Independence and Atatürk from the British Perspective April 26 2019
    Renowned for his research on the history of the Turkish Republic, one of the most striking work by German historian Gotthard Jaeschke bears the title “Kurtuluş Savaşı ile ilgili İngiliz Belgeleri” (British Documents Related to the War of Independence) At the time of its publication in 1970s, it was a single-volume book. Two follow-up volumes were written afterwards. The primary reason why Jaeschke was so much enthusiastic about the decline of the Ottoman Empire and the 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...
  • Anglo-French FC/ASW Missile Programme Successfully Passes its Key Review
    Anglo-French FC/ASW Missile Programme Successfully Passes its Key Review March 21 2019
    MBDA announced its “Key Review”, jointly conducted with Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the British and French armament procurement agencies. The conclusion of this Key Review makes it possible to select the missile concepts in order to meet the requirements expressed by both nations’ armed forces. More in-depth studies will now be conducted on these concepts with the aim of identifying th...
  • Meteor, Spear Missiles for British F35s
    Meteor, Spear Missiles for British F35s March 19 2019
    British defence contractor BAE announced its involvement with Northrup Grumman on Monday to integrate several new series of missile into the F-35 Lightning fighter planes of Britain's Royal Air Force. According to the Company,  work has started to integrate two advanced missile systems with Britain's fleet of F-35 fighter planes. BAE has agreed with Lockheed Martin, to integrate into the F-35 Meteor air-to-air missiles and SPEAR precision surface attack missil...
  • German Embargo to Saudi Kingdom May Undermine European Defence Industry
    German Embargo to Saudi Kingdom May Undermine European Defence Industry March 7 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...
  • Rolls-Royce Pulls Off from Turkish Fighter Jet Project
    Rolls-Royce Pulls Off from Turkish Fighter Jet Project March 4 2019
    British engine maker Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc said it had scaled back efforts to join a Turkish program to build a new fighter jet with Turkey’s Kale Group. Rolls-Royce has abandoned its attempts to win the bid for the fifth-generation fighter aircraft after failing to find a compromise, the engine maker added. The Financial Times first reported the story and a Rolls-Royce spokesman later confirmed the development to Reuters. In 2017, Kale Group said it wou...
  • Asian Perspective on TF-X
    Asian Perspective on TF-X February 26 2019
    Abdurrahman Şeref Can, Presidency of Defence Industry, Head of Department Of Fixed-Wing Platforms Defence Industry stated that Turkey is interested in cooperation with other countries on Turkish Indigenous Fighter Aircraft Program (TF-X) Speaking at the METU Teknokent Defence Industry Cluster’s (TSSK), 6th Project Market, Can said, “TF-X Project should be a common program. We are discussing the common development of aircraft with some countries, including Asian ones.”  ...
  • 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...
  • Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile
    Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile February 15 2019
      Two Rafale, from the French Air Force and the French Navy, carried out the first two test shots of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile on 13 February 2019. The French defence ministry ministry announced that two Rafale participated on February 13, 2019 in the first two experimental shots of the missile Meteor. It was a Rafale piloted by personnel from the Air Force, Center of Expertise (CEAM) and a Rafale Marine with a pilot from the Center for Practical Experi...
  • RAF-UK to Replace Tornado GR-4 with Typhoon and F-35 in Cyprus
    RAF-UK to Replace Tornado GR-4 with Typhoon and F-35 in Cyprus February 7 2019
    The British Tornado fighter aircraft are decommissioned after 40 years of operation in UK air base in Cyprus Island. The last three Tornado that had stayed at the Cape base in Greek Cyprus departed yesterday for their final flight, returning to the UK and specifically to Marham Airbase in Norfolk. The other five Tornado in recent years in Greek Cyprus had returned to the same base on Monday. The Tornado was put into service by the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom in 1979 and ha...
  • Rheinmetall and BAE Systems Joins Forces In UK
    Rheinmetall and BAE Systems Joins Forces In UK January 21 2019
    German Rheinmetall bought BAE Land Systems facility at Telford, England to form a joint venture with BAE Systems. The takeover shows that BAE will reduce its holding to 45%, marking another step in the German company’s expansion.   Rheinmetall and BAE Systems today announced that they have signed an agreement to create a joint UK-based military vehicle design, manufacturing and support business. The new Joint Venture will be headquartered at BAE Systems' fac...
  • Royal Aircraft on Shelf
    Royal Aircraft on Shelf January 8 2019
    UK has prepared a report on the Royal Air Force inventory. The document published by the Ministry of Defence included information on the situation of combat aircraft fleet. Of the 434 aircraft currently available in the UK inventory, 142 were declared unable to fly due to various reasons. According to the statement, only 101 of the 156 Eurofighter Typhoon were in active service. The report was described as shocking for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the British press, which celebrated...
  • Leonardo Merges Three Divisions,
    Leonardo Merges Three Divisions, December 17 2018
    Italian Leonardo has announced a major change at organisation chart, which will see three of its seven divisions merged and entrusted to one of the firm’s top British managers, Norman Bone. Leonardo’s Board of Directors approved the creation of the new Electronics Division, reporting directly to the CEO. The current Land & Naval Defence Electronics, Airborne & Space Systems and Defence Systems Divisions will be merged in the new Electronics Division whi...
  • “Warrior” Defy the Years
    “Warrior” Defy the Years December 10 2018
    Lockheed Martin UK, a UK-based subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, made a statement. An information given in announcement about Warrior Capability Sustainment Program (WCSP). Under the program, the modernized Warrior infantry fighting vehicle has completed unmanned firing trials. Warrior, which serving for many years in the British Army, has travelled 2000 kilometres during tests. As part of firing tests that increased the safety factor by getting unmanned, the CT40 cased weapon system f...
  • Altay MBT Will Have Three Variants
    Altay MBT Will Have Three Variants November 28 2018
    Officials from Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) have revealed details of the three variants to be produced for the Altay main battle tanks (MBTs) programme by local company BMC British Magazine Jane’s learnt that the total contract, which was announced as signed on 9 November, is for 251 units of the Altay MBT in three variants. Of this number, 40 will be the T1 variant, which is similar to the four prototype models that have completed testing, and is schedu...
  • British MoD Awards £160m Contract to Prepare RAF Lakenheath for US F-35s
    British MoD Awards £160m Contract to Prepare RAF Lakenheath for US F-35s November 21 2018
    UK Ministry of Defence announced that it has awarded a contract worth £160m to Kier VolkerFitzpatrick to deliver infrastructure to ready RAF Lakenheath for two squadrons of US F-35s. The Suffolk airbase will be the first permanent international site for US Air Force F-35s in Europe and it will support US Air Force capability in the UK. The contract awarded to Kier VolkerFitzpatrick includes the construction of a flight simulator facility, a maintenance unit, new hang...
  • UK to double F-35 fleet: British Defence Secretary
    UK to double F-35 fleet: British Defence Secretary November 20 2018
    The multi-million-pound contract signed will see the UK own 35 stealth jets by end of 2022 with Britain manufacturing 15% of the overall global order for 255 aircraft. The UK is set to double its number of world-beating F-35 stealth jets after ordering 17 more aircraft, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. The 17 new F-35B aircraft will be delivered between 2020 and 2022 and will complement the 16 British aircraft currently based at RAF Marham and in t...