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  • New Dimension of the Battlefield: Unmanned Armoured Combat Vehicles
    New Dimension of the Battlefield: Unmanned Armoured Combat Vehicles 5 July 2020
    Unmanned ground vehicles, started to duty on battlefield with destroying armoured vehicles, gain different dimensions with the developing technology. Estonian-based Milrem Robotics, which is currently working on 10 different concepts, has announced its new unmanned ground vehicle. The new platform introduced as Type-X was equipped with the CPWS II (Cockerill Protected Weapon Station Gen. II) turret, which developed by John Cockerill. Type-X, the first platform developed in line...
  • Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries
    Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries 24 May 2020
    The first of the platforms to be provided under the NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet (MFF) programme will be delivered next month. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency manages the program. NATO member states Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands were ordered to supply eight Airbus A330 MRTTSs as part of the program. The first platform will be deployed in June at the main operations base in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Besi...
  • More JLTV to Airdrop
    More JLTV to Airdrop 18 May 2020
    Iconic HMMWVs, which have been on the duty of the US Army since the last periods of the Cold War, are leaving their places to JLTVs. JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle), which replacing HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle), came with some problems. As part of the existing capabilities, eight Humvees can be transported with a C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, while only two JLTVs can be airdropped with LVADS (Low Velocity Airdrop System / Low Speed ​​Air Lau...
  • Griffin III Candidate to Optionally Manned Vehicle
    Griffin III Candidate to Optionally Manned Vehicle 17 May 2020
    New generation land vehicles designed with next generation technology components are developed with the optionally unmanned use capability. The United States Congressional Research Service released a report on the OMFV (Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle) Program launched in line with the needs of the US Army. In the document, product of General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) Griffin III was nominated for the process. The OMFV Program was launched for the...
  • New Target of NATO
    New Target of NATO 28 March 2020
    NATO, which was established for a common defence against an attack from any external force, is currently struggling with different targets. Armies are in alarm because of COVID-19, which affects most of the world. NATO continues to support its allies, albeit for a different goal in this process. 45 tons of medical supplies acquired by the Romanian State to combat the epidemic were transported from the Republic of Korea to Bucharest under NATO's Strategic Airlift Capabi...
  • 11th C-17 for India
    11th C-17 for India 29 August 2019
    India continues to add C-17 transport aircraft to its inventory. On August 26, Boeing delivered the 11th C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in New Delhi. The aircraft, which is the last of 12 'white-tail' airlifters that Boeing built before closing down its C-17 production facility in Long Beach, California, in 2015, was acquired by the IAF for USD336.2 million.   The airlifter joins 10 other C-17s that are operated...
  • Eagles got the Situation Under Control in Anatolia 9 August 2019
    The Turkish Air Force, which suffered the most losses during the July 15 process and therefore underwent a rapid recovery with the support of its former members, continues to establish its deterrence by increasing the level of preparation for the war. One of the most important trainings for this purpose, the Anatolian Eagle Exercise, was carried out successfully between 17-28 June 2019 in its usual home in Konya. The Anatolian Eagle Exercise performed at Konya 3rd Main Jet Base...
  • Large Aircraft Countermeasure Order
    Large Aircraft Countermeasure Order 7 January 2019
      Northrop Grumman signed a procurement agreement with the US, amount of USD 3.6 billion. Under the agreement, the company will supply a Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) to the US Air Force (USAF). The products to be delivered within the scope of the LAIRCM (Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure) procurement program will be integrated into large aircraft operating within the USAF. How many systems will be procured is not disclosed. DIRCM, first i...
  • Vehicle Donation to Mali
    Vehicle Donation to Mali 2 January 2019
    The Qatar Ministry of Defence announced that Qatar has donated an armoured vehicle to Mali. A total of 24 Storm armoured personnel carriers were delivered to Mali for support to security operations. According to the statement, the vehicles were transported to Mali with the C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. Developed through the Toyota Land Cruiser 79 series vehicle chassis, Storm is driven by a 195 horsepower 4.5 liter V8 turbo diesel engine. Vehicle’s armour can resist...
  • 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...
  • End of P4 Era
    End of P4 Era 22 May 2018
    The French Army has selected the vehicle for the take place as part of an armored vehicle procurement program of Peugeot P4. The P4 will be replaced by the ACMAT Light Tactical Station Wagon (ALTV SW). Under the three-year delivery program, France will receive 3700 units of ALTV SW. The total amount of vehicles is 500 million Euros. ALTV SW is a military SUV which can carry loads up to 1 ton. Range of the vehicle is 1000 kilometers. The platform can be transporte...
  • KC-46 Completed FFA Certification Tests
    KC-46 Completed FFA Certification Tests 27 April 2018
    Boeing's KC-46 aerial refueling aircraft completed all required Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) flight tests following a successful refueling/communications flight with a C-17 Globemaster III.  The STC is one of two required FAA airworthiness certifications. Boeing previously received its Amended Type Certificate from the FAA for its core 767-2C configuration in December 2017. As part of STC testing, the combined Boeing/Air Force team had to validate...
  • C-17 Contract for India
    C-17 Contract for India 4 April 2018
    Boeing has been awarded a $262 million contract for the supply of one C-17 aircraft to India via Foreign Military Sales. The aircraft's configuration will be unique to Indian requirements. Work will be performed in San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be complete by 22 August 2019. 
  • Apache Guardian Delivered to Indonesia
    Apache Guardian Delivered to Indonesia 20 December 2017
    Indonesia has received its first Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter from the US on December 18. The Apache helicopter was delivered to the city of Semarang in Java, Indonesia using a US Air Force C-17A Globemaster III airlifter. Indonesia requested eight Apache Guardians in September 2012 under a $1,42 billion US Foreign Military Sales deal that includes 140 AGM-114R3 Hellfire II anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), 19 General Electric T-700-G...
  • Kuwait Requested C-17 Support
    Kuwait Requested C-17 Support 17 October 2017
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait for continuation of C-17 logistics support services and equipment. The estimated cost is $342,6 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on 12 October 2017.  The Government of Kuwait has requested three years (with an option for two additional years) of follow-on support of two C-17 ...
  • Refuelling Completed Among KC-46s
    Refuelling Completed Among KC-46s 12 October 2017
    A Boeing - US Air Force test team recently completed a KC-46 to KC-46 refueling for the first time. In a statement made on 11 October, Boeing said during the four-hour flight, the two aircraft successfully refueled each other and achieved the maximum fuel offload rate of 1,200 gallons per minute. The fuel capacity of the aircraft is 96 thousand 265 kg. So far, KC-46 test aircraft have completed 2,000 flight hours and more than 1,300 contacts during refueling flights w...
  • India Requested Sales of C-17
    India Requested Sales of C-17 28 June 2017
    India has requested a possible sale of C-17 transport aircraft from the US, announced by the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency on 26 June. According to the release, India wants to acquire one C-17 with four Turbofan F-117-PW-100 engines along with one AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System, one AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing System, one AN/APX-119 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Transponder, precision navigation equipment, spare and repair parts, maintenance, support an...
  • Canada To Support Its C-17 Fleet
    Canada To Support Its C-17 Fleet 21 April 2017
    Canada has placed an order for sustainment support services for five C-17 aircraft with an estimated cost of $195 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the congress of the possible sales on 19 April. The order includes contractor logistics support (CLS) provided through the Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP), in-country field services support, aircraft maintenance and technical support, support equipment, alternate mission equipment, software s...
  • 'Seagull' Ready For Mission
    'Seagull' Ready For Mission 30 March 2017
    Elbit Systems completed operational tests of its Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel. Seagull was designed for underwater mine hunting, mine clearing, anti-diver and anti-submarine warfare missions. The 12-meter long vessel features electro-optic and infrared sensors, various sonars along with torpedoes. It can reach a top speed of 32 knots and can be launched from a mother ship or packed in a container and airlifted to hot spots via C-17 transports. 
  • KC-46A completes production qualification testing
    KC-46A completes production qualification testing 20 July 2016
    The US Air Force's (USAF's) Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker successfully passed fuel to a Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II combat aircraft on 15 July, the USAF announced. Now the tanker program can a request approval from Pentagon acquisition head Frank Kendall to move forward with a Milestone C decision for low rate initial production, the Air Force announced Monday evening. That approval would allow the Air Force to award a contract to Boeing for LRIP 1 and 2, w...
  • Israel  gets SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopter Equipment and Support for already bought Sea Hawks
    Israel  gets SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopter Equipment and Support for already bought Sea Hawks 7 July 2016
    It is learnt that Israel requested 8 ex US Navy SH-60F Seahawk helicopters via FMS to be used on board 4 new frigates. The formal request was not declared but the request to receive Sea-Hawk Helicopter equipment and support unrevealed the trade. US Defence And Security cooperation agency internet page announced the request as “Israel - Excess SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopter Equipment and Support” and said following; The State Department has made a determination appr...
  • The Y-20 is officially declared operational
    The Y-20 is officially declared operational 6 July 2016
    The Chinese Ministry of Defence announced the formal entry into service of the transport plane Y-20 , July 6, 2016 . "The Y-20 entering into service marks a crucial step for the Air Force improving its strategic power projection capability," says Air Force spokesperson Shen Jinke. It adds that the aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 200t, which is roughly two thirds that of the Boeing C-17. The statement gives no details about the numbers to be obtained, but says...
  • GAO warns on KC-46A for delay 16 April 2016
    Government Accountability Office (GAO) has warned of continuing schedule risk in the USAF's Boeing KC-46A Pegasus refuelling tanker programme. GOA’s annual review of programme said, “Boeing has a challenging road ahead to complete testing and deliver aircraft.” Programme officials estimate that there are four months of schedule risk to delivering 18 aircraft by August 2017 as planned "due to testing and parts qualification issues.” Boeing is also contractually obligated to deliver four de...
  • Chinese businessmen admitted hacking US defence firms 24 March 2016
    Chinese national, Canada residential Su Bin pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from the hacking of trade secrets from US defence contractors, including plans for transport and fighter jets, officials said. Su Bin, also known as Stephen Su and Stephen Subin, was a China-based businessman in the aviation and aerospace fields. Su was initially arrested in Canada in July 2014 on a warrant based on a US request. He waived extradition and was sent to the United States in February 2016...