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  • Artillery Hit from 65 Kilometres Distance
    Artillery Hit from 65 Kilometres Distance March 9 2020
    Pyrotechnic technology continues to evolve while microelectronics shrinking to a size that can fit inside the artillery shell. So the gunner gained the ability to make ultra-precise shots. With cooperation of these two important areas, artillery troops will be effective at a longer range in the future. Yuma Proving Ground hosted an important test launch. The US Army performed four ammunition test firings on March 6 as part of the Extended Range Cannon Artillery (...
  • First Delivery of Pantsir System Completed
    First Delivery of Pantsir System Completed February 26 2020
    Arming via donations ant direct procurement agreements from Russia, which is main arms supplier, Serbia has announced that it has received its first air defense systems. According to a report published in the Russian Sputnik News Agency, Serbia, which announced that it would acquire the Pantsir air defense system, received the first batch delivery. Serbia, which is planned to receive a total of six Pantsir air defence system last year, is expected to add other vehicles to its invent...
  • Fifth MİLGEM's Systems are Determined
    Fifth MİLGEM's Systems are Determined February 19 2020
    ASELSAN and HAVELSAN will work together on the fifth ship within the scope of the MILGEM program of the Turkish Naval Forces Command. The main contractor of the platform is Defence Technologies Engineering Inc., ASELSAN and HAVELSAN have signed a contract. Under the deal, ASELSAN procures navigation, communication, sonar and radar systems, weapons, electronic warfare systems, guided missiles, torpedoes and electro-optical systems between 2021 and 2023. The first ship of Class I will...
  • Border and Weapon System Solutions from ASELSAN
    Border and Weapon System Solutions from ASELSAN November 18 2019
    Held in Thailand "Defence & Security" Fair, many companies showed contributions from Turkey. ASELSAN focused on two solutions for Thailand. Thailand presented stabilised weapon systems for the Royal Land and Navy. 12.7 mm and 25 mm stabilized weapon system STAMP with automatic target tracking; STOP is a new generation, cost-effective, medium calibre weapon system for naval platforms fitted with 25mm KBA or 25mm M242 Bushmaster Automatic Cannon; SMASH is a remotely operat...
  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes November 11 2019
    Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has initiated works on building at least four corvettes for the country’s navy, the ministry’s official news agency ArmyInform reported on Sept. 18. The process will start with resuming the construction of the Volodymyr the Great corvette as the lead vessel of Project 58250 class of perspective warships. Navy initiated building back in 2011, but there is almost no progress since then. Turkey and the United States are ready to su...
  • U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km
    U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km October 20 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...
  • Fifth Ship Works Started at MİLGEM
    Fifth Ship Works Started at MİLGEM October 15 2019
    Signatures were signed for the fifth ship of the MİLGEM program of the Turkish Naval Forces and the first ship of class I. The fourth ship of the ADA class submarine defence warfare corvettes was signed on September 29th with the delivery ceremony of TCG Kınalıada. In the design of the fifth ship class, I air defence frigate, Defence Technologies Engineering Inc. (STM) will serve. The company had previously installed the design of four Ada classes. The ships were built under the command of th...
  • BMP-1P is More Powerful
    BMP-1P is More Powerful October 9 2019
    TechImpex touched the BMP-1, which was used extensively by the Communist Iron Curtain and African countries of the Cold War. The company has modernized a BMP-1 in Ukrainian inventory with its own resources.  Improvement made mainly on the firepower of the vehicle. The turret which has a 73 mm 2A28 Grom recoilles rifle main gun was replaced with new one-man turret which armed with 30 mm 2A72 auto cannon, a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun and a 30 mm KBA-17 grenade launcher. Vehicle'...
  • Greek Cyprus Shows Serbian NORA B-52
    Greek Cyprus Shows Serbian NORA B-52 September 30 2019
    Greek Cyprus will show off its new acquisition the Serbian NORA B-52 Self Propelled Gun-Howitzer. Greek Cypriot administration will celebrate “the 59th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Cyprus” in accordance with the “anniversary”, National Guard will show off its new acquisition Serbian NORA B-52 cannons.  Serbian Foreign Minister Alexander Vulin will attend the ceremony.
  • SLN has Commissioned an Ex- PLAN Frigate
    SLN has Commissioned an Ex- PLAN Frigate August 26 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...
  • 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 (...
  • New Wing for CAS
    New Wing for CAS August 16 2019
    U.S. Air Force finishes wing replacements on A-10 Thunderbolts. The last pair of new wings for 173 A-10 Thunderbolt planes was successfully installed. The $2 billion projects to remove and replace the wings on the planes, some of which have been flying for nearly 40 years, began in 2011. The new wings are expected to last for up to 10,000 equivalent flight hours without a depot inspection.   The Cold War-era plane entered service in 1976, Although superseded by a vari...
  • Brutus at Fire Range
    Brutus at Fire Range July 31 2019
    US is continuing to develop its Brutus howitzer, as a reminder of France's CAESER howitzer. US Army fired the 155 mm Brutus self-propelled howitzer in Northern Strike 2019 drill, Michigan. In February 2018, the U.S. Army announced it was interested in exploring available options for a new howitzer to replace its existing 105mm and 155mm towed types. The Brutus 155mm self-propelled mobile gun is jointly developed by the AM General and The Mandus Group companies. The Brutus mounts the same ...
  • The Hawkeye Tested
    The Hawkeye Tested July 26 2019
    U.S. soldiers tested the Hawkeye 105mm mobile artillery system as part of Exercise Northern Strike 19. The Hawkeye is a mobile artillery system based on the high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle fitted with a U.S. Army standard M20 105mm cannon mounted at the rear of the vehicle. The Hawkeye can be ready to fire in less than two minutes with a total crew of four soldiers.
  • Long-Awaited Contract Concluded
    Long-Awaited Contract Concluded July 18 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...
  • First Two of IFV Received
    First Two of IFV Received June 30 2019
    Lithuania on 25 June, received its first two of 8x8 Boxer "Vilkas" Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV). The vehicles will officially enter the inventory of the Lithuanian Armed Forces after admission procedures. The Vilkas IFV is a variant of Boxer armoured fighting vehicle developed by German manufacturer ARTEC according to the requirements of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have Israel-made turrets, 30 mm MK-44S cannons and ...
  • Modernisation for Mirage 2000 Aircraft
    Modernisation for Mirage 2000 Aircraft June 20 2019
    Mirage 2000 aircraft, one of the successful single-engine aircraft, also included in the Hellenic Air Force inventory, will be modernized. Within the scope of the works called MLU (Mid Life Upgrade / Half Life Modernization), a total of 60 aircraft are planned to be modernized. Engine and structural components will not be directly affected within the scope of the program weapons and avionics systems of platforms come to the fore. Only systems that will modernize the Mirage 2000...
  • US to Sell F-16 to Bulgaria
    US to Sell F-16 to Bulgaria June 4 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bulgaria of F-16C/D Block 70/72 aircraft with support for an estimated cost of $1.673 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 30, 2019. The Government of Bulgaria has requested to buy eight F-16 C/D Block 70/72 aircraft; ten F110 General Electric engines; ten Link-16 Multi-Functional Information Distri...
  • New Ammunition to BMP-2s
    New Ammunition to BMP-2s May 20 2019
      Belgian Mecar and Slovak ZTS-Special companies have carried out a new 30x165 mm ammunition tests. Tests of armour-piercing M929 ammunition were performed in VTSU Záhorie. A total of 240 shots were carried out within two days. The firing trials was carried out on 2A42 cannon with four chamber muzzle brake on TURRA-30 unmanned turret developed for BVP-2 (name given to BMP-2 by the Slovak Army). New ammunition type APFSDS-T (Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discard...
  • AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship
    AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship March 12 2019
      The US Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has received the first upgraded Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunship. In a press release, it is stated that the Block 30 Ghostrider has better software and avionics technology than the previous Block 20 version. Including a new sensor, updated crew seats with additional safety features, and new technology, routers and networks. As with the AC-130W Stinger II, the AC-130J is equipped with the P...
  • Turkey Plans Heavier Attack Helicopter
    Turkey Plans Heavier Attack Helicopter February 22 2019
    Turkish Defence Industry Presidency (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı /SSB) announced the launch of a new project for a “heavy attack” helicopter. A composite image of the rotorcraft, along with a video clip, were shared on social media.  Project has no specific name officially, therefore it is called “Ağır Taarruz Helikopter,” but it also said as ATAK 2. According to the SSB, the heavy attack helicopter combines many important features. Helicopter will be abl...
  • Steel Cut for Saudi Corvette
    Steel Cut for Saudi Corvette January 16 2019
    Navantia organized a ceremony for the first Avante 2200 corvette on 15 January for Saudi Arabia. Thus the construction of the ship was officially started. Last year, an agreement of € 1.8 billion was signed for the construction of five platforms between Saudi Arabia and Spain. The agreement, including the construction of the corvettes and five-year logistic support activities, is expected to provide employment for 6,000 people. The first corvette will be delivered in 2021. The ...
  • Pantsir-S Missile Battalion Enters Service in Crimea
    Pantsir-S Missile Battalion Enters Service in Crimea December 1 2018
    The deployment comes after three Ukrainian ships enters Russia controlled waters as they sailed toward the Kerch Strait last Sunday. Russia has deployed a Pantsir-S missile and anti-aircraft artillery battalion to Crimea, according to the press service of the Russian Southern Military District. "The newest [Pantsir-S] air defence systems have entered service among the anti-aircraft missile units of the Southern Military District deployed in Crimea […] as part of the prog...
  • Artillery to Shoot 70 Kilometers
    Artillery to Shoot 70 Kilometers October 23 2018
    US Army is close to the end of programme carried out for artillery. Under the programme named Extended Range Cannon Artillery Program (ERCA), 70 kilometres range is aimed. Studies also carried out on M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzers which are already US Army inventory. Howitzer’s range will be doubled. The US Army gives its priority to long-range high-precision shots under the modernization programmes. A new rocket assisted ammunition (Rocket Assisted Projectile / RAP) wa...
  • Russia’s Uran-9 to be upgraded September 24 2018
    Russia is upgrading the Uran-9 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV).  The baseline Uran-9 UGV was unveiled in December 2015 and it will be updated based on operational experience in Syria. Speaking to the Jane’s, “The [vehicle] has been tested in Syria and demonstrated high performance in an operational environment, an industry source said.” The source claimed, noting that industry is now working to increase the Uran-9’s range, response time, and data band...
  • BTR Turret to BMP
    BTR Turret to BMP August 27 2018
    Russia has introduced the new BMP-1AM Basurmanin infantry fighting vehicle. The vehicle which developed by Rostec, was introduced at the Army 2018 International Military-Technical Forum in Russia. The development package for the BMP-1 vehicles includes the BPPU-1 modular weapon system also used in the BTR-80A and BTR-82A. The system, equipped with a 30 mm 2A72 cannon and a 7.62 mm PKTM machine gun, allows the BMP-1AM to engage from 2000 meters to armored vehicles. The weap...
  • Australia Awarded Rheinmetall 211 Boxer Wheeled Armoured Vehicles August 23 2018
    Australia awarded Rheinmetall an order for 211 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles on 17 August worth a total of USD2.4 billion according to Rheinmetall Press Release. The contract was signed on 17 August in Canberra by Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA), Gary Stewart. Delivery of the 8×8 combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRVs) will take place between 2019 and 2026. The Australian Defence For...
  • Iraqi BMP-3s on the Line
    Iraqi BMP-3s on the Line July 31 2018
    The BMP-3s which are producing for for Iraq were seen at Kurganmashzavod, located at the JSC Military Industrial Complex in Kurgan, Russia. Sand-colored camouflage-painted vehicles were seen during a Russian delegation's visit to Kurganmashzavod. In the statement made to the authorities, it is stated that the vehicles are producing for Iraq. It is also among the issues in the defense cabinets that Iraq will take delivery of BMP-3, which has app...
  • Centauro II on the Way
    Centauro II on the Way July 25 2018
    Italy has decided to procure Centauro II. Italian Army, ordered 10 Centauro II from Iveco Defence Systems and the Oto Melara Consortium (CIO). Italian Army plans to procure a total of 136 Centauro II. Nuova Blindo Centauro is the name of first tranche of the platform, which is a more advanced version of Centauro I. Vehicles will take place of their predecessors. The Centauro II, which has been developed as a tank destroyer, is equipped with a 120 mm 45 caliber smoothbore g...
  • Vilkas' On the Range
    Vilkas' On the Range July 19 2018
    Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence announced that Vilkas ("Wolf" in Lithuanian) infantry fighting vehicles are under to extensive testing in German military training areas. The official statement from ARTEC, the manufacturer of the Vilkas, reported that the first two prototypes procured by Lithuania are testing. After the tests, vehicles will go back to Lithuania and the mass production phase will be started after the data gained from the tests are analyzed. Lithuania orde...
  • 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...
  • "Maneuver" Offer
    "Maneuver" Offer May 27 2018
    New short-range air defence system (SHORAD) recommendation came to the US. Italian company Leonardo and it's US subsidiary Leonardo DRS, have a new proposal. The two companies proposed the Maneuver Short Range Air Defense System for the US Army. The system, which integrated on the Stryker vehicle, can use the Hellfire and the Stinger missiles. Maneuver concept which is a short-range air defense system, introduced at AUSA 2018. Maneuver's modular...
  • Electromagnetic Gun Agreement
    Electromagnetic Gun Agreement May 25 2018
    Undersecretariat of Defense Industry (SSM) announced a new development with a press release today. SSM and Anadolu Yönlendirmiş Enerji Teknolojileri A.Ş. signed the "Electromagnetic Gun System Field Prototype Procurement Project Contract" signed by the Undersecretariat of Defense Industry. Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, OSTİM Chairman Orhan Aydın, OSTİM Savunma ve Havacılık Kümelenmesi (OSSA) officials and sector representatives attended. Undersecretary D...
  • Barys 6 Unveiled Before KADEX
    Barys 6 Unveiled Before KADEX May 22 2018
    Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE) introduce Barys 6 vehicle before the opening of the KADEX Fair on 23th May. The new vehicle is a winterised version of the South African Paramount Group's Mbombe 6, adapted to the harsh winter conditions. The Barys 6 was equipped with a 30 millimeter 2A42 30 cannon removed from the BTR-82A. The KPE company will also exhibit the remote controlled weapon station called Sarbaz at KADEX. Developed with the partnership of Aselsan, the ...
  • Tigon 6x6 Offer to Malaysia
    Tigon 6x6 Offer to Malaysia May 7 2018
    The Republic of Korean Hanwha Defense Systems partnered with the Malaysian firm AVP Engineering to offer the 6x6 Tigon armoured personnel carrier (APC) for a potential Malaysian Army requirement.  Designed based on Hanwha’s 6x6 Black Fox armoured vehicle, Tigon is able to accommodate up to 11 personnel and can be equipped with additional armour for improved ballistic and mine protection. The APC is fitted with a standard crew-served 12.7 mm machin...
  • Bundeswehr Welcomes 'Puma'
    Bundeswehr Welcomes 'Puma' April 24 2018
    German Army announced that it will receive Puma armored infantry fighting vehicles as the successor to the current Marder.  According to a press release issued on 20 April, one of the most important aspects of Puma is its unmanned turret. Germany plans to add more powerful cameras into the turret and the chassis to ensure "the crew of the Puma will remain under armor protection day and night, while both stationary and moving, with good all-round visibility.&...
  • Ninth Vessel Meets With The Sea
    Ninth Vessel Meets With The Sea February 6 2018
    China's People’s Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) ninth Dongdiao-class (Type 815/815A) auxiliary general intelligence ship has been launched on 3 February at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai. The Dongdiao-class vessels displace 6,000 tons and have a top speed of around 20 knots. Featuring an overall length of 130 meters and an overall beam of 16,4 meters, the ship is armed with two sets of primary guns; one 37 mm cannon and two 25 mm cannons. ...
  • The Last PKG-A Boat Commissioned
    The Last PKG-A Boat Commissioned January 26 2018
    The Republic of Korea’s Ministry of National Defence announced on 24 January that the country’s navy has commissioned its 18th and final Gumdoksuri (PKG-A)-class fast patrol ship on 11 January. Jeon Byeongik, an 63-metre long vessel, is armed with Haesong SSM-700K missiles, a 40 mm cannon and a 76 mm gun. PKG-A Class was designed to replace the RoKN’s Chamsuri-class patrol vessels.
  • ASELSAN's System for Philippines Frigates
    ASELSAN's System for Philippines Frigates November 22 2017
    The Philippine Navy’s (PN’s) new frigates will be equipped with the SMASH 30 mm remote controlled stabilised naval gun system developed by Turkish defence systems provider ASELSAN. SMASH is a remotely operated stabilized weapon station fitted with 30mm Mk44 Bushmaster-II Canon. The system is capable of firing 200 rounds per minute with its dual feed 30mm automatic cannon. SMASH configurations incorporate advanced features as remote operation, a built-in electro-opti...
  • Seventh Spy Ship Launched
    Seventh Spy Ship Launched September 13 2017
    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN) seventh improved Dongdiao-class (Type 815A) auxiliary general intelligence (AGI) was launched on 8 September in Shanghai.  The Dongdiao-class vessels displace 6,000 tons and have a top speed of around 20 knots. Featuring an overall length of 130 meters and an overall beam of 16,4 meters, the ship is armed with two sets of primary guns; one 37 mm cannon and two 25 mm cannons. All th...