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  • New Planes for Light Attack
    New Planes for Light Attack March 18 2020
    The US Air Force (USAF) has purchased two AT-6 Wolverine platforms for use in ongoing light attack tests. The aircraft will be built in Wichita, Kansas. USAF has purchased for $70.2 million two Textron Aviation Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine aircraft for its continued light attack experiment. The light attack experiment has evolved and diminished in scope over several years. Originally, the USAF intended to find a cheap-to-fly ground-attack aircraft. It intended to buy dozens of light at...
  • Japan  Tighten Entry to Defence Industry
    Japan Tighten Entry to Defence Industry March 17 2020
    Japan, which has strict laws prohibiting the manufacture of strategic weapons, sending troops to foreign countries, and military exports, came to the agenda with a new development. Significant restrictions are imposed on the Japanese industry, where 1% of foreign investors own it. In this context, Tokyo will tighten the entry of foreign investors into 12 sectors, which are considered critical for national security. In addition to areas such as power, oil, telecommunications, wa...
  • Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey
    Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey March 14 2020
    Tunisia has ordered Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) according to Army recognition. This is TUSAŞ's first export order for the type. During the Tunisian International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition During (IADE 2020), which took place in Djerba the Tunisian MoD signed a $240 million contract with TUSAŞ for the supply of six ANKA-S UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and three control centres. The deal was signed including t...
  • Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade
    Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade February 22 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has set out its procurement priorities for the upcoming decade; transport aircraft, combat search-and-rescue helicopters, and light attack aircraft are on the top of the list. RTAF’s long term plans include new fighters to replace the ageing fleet. RTAF plans to replace its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft fleet. The new aircraft will require to be compatible with Thailand’s Link T data link system. This is a process that...
  • BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight
    BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight February 21 2020
    Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35®) has the potential to stay airborne for a year. BAE Systems’ PHASA-35, a 35m wingspan solar-electric aircraft, has completed its maiden flight. The UAV opens a new gate to a yearlong flight endurance plugging the gap between aviation and satellite technology.    Sponsored by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), t...
  • USS Fitzgerald Ready for Tests
    USS Fitzgerald Ready for Tests February 4 2020
    About three years ago, the US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), collided with the shipping ship MV ACX Crystal, and seven people died in an accident. The platform, which has undergone maintenance and repair after the incident, will soon start sea tests. In these tests. The ship will test its navigation, damage control, mechanical and electrical systems, combat systems, as well as communications and propulsion equipment.
  • Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit
    Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit January 29 2020
    Iran is preparing a site for launching a satellite, Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said. After the Zafar satellite is placed in orbit a timeline has been finalised to launch five more, the minister added. The United States fears long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit could also be used to launch nuclear warheads. Tehran denies the U.S. accusation Tensions have reached the highest level in decades between Ir...
  • Israel Approved Readiness Plan
    Israel Approved Readiness Plan January 28 2020
    The Ministry of Defence Ministry announced that the five-year "Momentum Plan" developed for the Israel Defence Forces has been approved. The study is aimed to increase the Israeli Army's mobility. Within the framework of the plan called "Tenufa" in Hebrew, Israeli troops and the necessary military equipment are aimed to be transferred to the required areas quickly. The plan, developed as a result of the work of the Israeli Chief of General Staff, General...
  • Ukraine’s Radio Delivery Accomplished
    Ukraine’s Radio Delivery Accomplished January 24 2020
    Regarding the contract signed with Ukrainian SpetsTechnoExport company, the delivery of software-defined radios and intercommunication systems have been completed. According to information published at ASELSAN magazine, sales for the export of military communications products, the first contract with the Ukrainian SpetsTechnoExport company as signed in December 2016 and several shipments have been made until today. The delivery is accomplished
  • Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea
    Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea January 22 2020
    Russia and Japan, which frequently coma face to face due to the Kuril Islands and coastal waters problems have come up with an astonishing attempt recently. The Russian Baltic Fleet ship RFNS Yaroslav Mudry and the Russian naval tanker Yelnya and the Viktor Konetsky tugboat, and the JS Harusame (DD 102) destroyer, carried out joint exercises in the Arabian Sea. Within the scope of the trainings, activities such as communication with the flashlight communication trainings&n...
  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers January 7 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • Spain allows Navantia to Develop F110 Frigates
    Spain allows Navantia to Develop F110 Frigates December 4 2019
    Spanish Government, the Council of Ministers has authorised the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism to sign an agreement with the entity Navantia S.A., for the development program of the F110 Frigates. The program will cost a maximum of 1,638 million euros over seven years (from 2019 to 2025). The F110 frigates project will allow Navantia to be digitised through the Shipyard 4.0 program. With the agreement, Navantia secures the sale of five F110 frigates. ...
  • NATO Upgrades AWACS for $1bn
    NATO Upgrades AWACS for $1bn November 28 2019
    NATO plans to award Boeing a $1 billion contract to upgrade the alliance’s fleet of E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft. The contract is part of upgrading NATO’s surveillance capabilities. The Boeing E-3A contract is intended to make the AWACs useful to NATO until the aircraft retire around 2035. The aircraft’s upgrades include new communications and networking capabilities, such as enhancements to the aircraft’s data link and voice comm...
  • AeroVironment Unveils Puma LE
    AeroVironment Unveils Puma LE October 16 2019
    US Company AeroVironment unveiled its new Puma LE unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference. Wahid Nawabi, company president and CEO, said The Puma LE prototype, has already flown multiple times. The aircraft weighs 10.2 kg and can be launched by hand or bungee. It is capable of performing two 5.5 hour missions enabled by a five-minute battery swap at the end of the first mission. The drone has 2.5 kg of total payload capa...
  • More ASELSAN for Ukraine
    More ASELSAN for Ukraine October 9 2019
    ASELSAN has signed a new procurement agreement with Ukraine at the Arms and Security 2019 exhibition in Ukraine. Under the contract, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will take delivery additional software-defined communications system. The ceremony was held in the exhibition center. Spets Techno Export company General Manager Vladyslav Belbas and Chairman and General Manager of ASELSAN. Dr. Haluk Görgün also participated to the ceremony. In this co...
  • New Era in the Pacific Fleet
    New Era in the Pacific Fleet October 7 2019
    Project 20385 lead corvette armed with Kalibr cruise missiles and will be commissioned into service with the Russian navy by the end of 2019. The Gremyashchiy class Russian designation Project 20385, is an advanced development of the Steregushchiy-class corvettes of the Russian Navy. The warship has completed 70% of sea trials. The shipbuilders tested the boat's main propulsion unit in various speed modes, navigation and communications systems, performance, manoeuvrability, habitability, ...
  • F-35 is Visible on Radar
    F-35 is Visible on Radar October 1 2019
    German radar-maker Hensoldt claims to have tracked two F-35s for 150 kilometres following the 2018 Berlin Air Show in Germany in late April of that year. The company claims its passive radar system, named TwInvis, to track the aircraft. Passive radar equipment computes an aerial picture by reading how civilian communications signals bounce off airborne objects.  Because there are no emitters, passive radar is covert, meaning pilots entering a monitored area are unaware they are...
  • F-35 Procure Request Approved
    F-35 Procure Request Approved September 12 2019
    The US State Department approved Poland's request to procure the F-35 jet. The Polish Government, which wants to purchase 32 F-35s for about six and a half billion US Dollars, also requested the supply of 33 Pratt & Whitney F-135 engines. USA, after Turkey to suspend the F-35 program, was looking for a new buyer to sell platforms. Agreement with Poland emerged after this request. Poland also wants to purchase electronic warfare systems; command, control, communicat...
  • Poland Wants to Expand its Fleet
    Poland Wants to Expand its Fleet September 11 2019
      Warsaw intends to expand its fleet of combat-proven C-130 transport aircraft to 10 within five years. Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced that his ministry “sent two letters of request today” to the United States regarding Poland’s plan to acquire C-130H Hercules transport aircraft and a batch of Javelin anti-tank missile systems. Under the request, Poland plans to buy five more C-130H in addition to its existing fleet of five Hercules aircra...
  • Decision to Continue Production
    Decision to Continue Production September 5 2019
    Russia has begun the design of the A-42 aircraft to replace the Beriev Be-12 Chayka (NATO Code: Mail) maritime patrol aircraft. Its design was suspended in 1993. Now the aircraft will be modernized and accepted into service. Defence Ministry sources told the decision in principle to resume A-42 production had been made. The ministry is drafting tactical and technical requirements to the upgraded project. The main one is to create a universal antisubmarine and rescue aircraft. So far...
  • Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests
    Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests August 21 2019
    Russian newest diesel-electric submarine Project 636.3 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Kilo-class submarine B-274) arrived at Baltic Sea for Trials. Built for Russia's Pacific Fleet, the submarine began sea tests.  “During the shipbuilders’ sea trials, some of the submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky’s shipboard systems will be checked, including communications and hydro-acoustics,” Navy Spokesman said. Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivor...
  • 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...
  • Desert Warrior’s New Name
    Desert Warrior’s New Name July 28 2019
     US Army decided a new name for it’s M1A2 main battle tanks. The participation of tank units to “Operation Iraqi Freedom” brought many lessons concerning what was to be done to improve the M1A2. Platform gets a new machine gun for the tank commander, improved fire control,  with the crew being able to set the distance it wants a shell to explode, better infrared sights, and a new power unit that allows the tank to power communications and sensors without running it...
  • Raiders About to Fly July 27 2019
    The new B-21 Raider stealth bomber is making good progress, USAF Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said. Speaking on deterrence and the need to modernize the nuclear command, control, and communications network, Wilson said he was at Northrop Grumman’s facilities in the last few weeks, “looking at the B-21,” and said the company is “moving out on that pretty fast’’. US Air Force is analysing the long-range strike capability of the platform, but they s...
  • New Contract with US Navy
    New Contract with US Navy July 24 2019
      Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded US Navy Contract to Install and Support C4ISR Systems. The contract included to provide installation services for all afloat command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and supporting systems to Naval Information Warfare Systems Command. The contract has a base period of five years and a potential value of $2.45 billion.
  • Modernization of the Polish Army
    Modernization of the Polish Army July 24 2019
    T-72 main battle tanks in the Polish Army's inventory will undergo modernization and refit. “We modernize and modify this equipment, which is available in the Polish Army. Thanks to this upgrade, the tanks will be equipped with modern sights, navigation and observation devices as well as modern digital communications. Deep repairs of these tanks will also be carried out,” said the head of the Defence Ministry, Mariusz Błaszczak. Modernization is scheduled between 2019-2025.
  • 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...
  • Hawks Set Example for Drone Capture
    Hawks Set Example for Drone Capture July 12 2019
      Oxford University, Flight Group researchers are studying the way Hawks catch prey to help develop the guidance systems for an air vehicle that will catch rogue drones. Research is focused on the behaviour of Hawks to understand flight dynamics, controls and guidance systems. Various methods and technologies are being developed that use projectiles, the jamming of radio communications, other drones and birds of prey. The researchers used high speed cameras ...
  • AEHF Launch Date Delay
    AEHF Launch Date Delay June 25 2019
    The US Air Force's fifth Advanced High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite has been delayed due to a malfunction in the launch battery. A technical team is evaluating the issue and replacing the battery on the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket which will carry the AEHF highly protected communications satellite to orbit. The launch to July 9 at the earliest. The earliest date for launching the satellite was July 9th. The satellites, built by Lockheed Martin, which are mean...
  • Russia’s Newest Frigate with Kalibr Missile Takes Part In IMDS
    Russia’s Newest Frigate with Kalibr Missile Takes Part In IMDS June 1 2019
      Russian Project 22350 frigate, Admiral Kasatonov will take part in the International Maritime Defence Show Russian Tass Agency reported. During the next stage of the ship’s trials in the Baltic Sea, "the crew of the frigate Fleet Admiral Kasatonov and the Severnaya Shipyard’s delivery team checked its main power unit at various speed modes, the operation of the steering and anchor handling systems, the ship stabilizer, the ventilation and air condit...
  • Akaer Presents Conceptual Mosquito Multi-Role Aircraft
    Akaer Presents Conceptual Mosquito Multi-Role Aircraft April 5 2019
    Brazil’s Akaer company is showing a conceptual multi-role aircraft called Mosquito at the 2019 LAAD Defence and Security exposition. Mosquito is designed to perform missions ranging from airborne C2 to armed ISR and aerial refuelling. Company believes that twin-engine aircraft may provide better visibility than competitors Super Tucano and Wolverine. Aircraft may conceptually perform missions such as close air support (CAS); intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)...
  • India Shot Down a Satellite
    India Shot Down a Satellite March 27 2019
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his country shot down one of its satellites in space with an anti-satellite missile on Wednesday. Modi said, “India would only be the fourth country to have used such an anti-satellite weapon after the United States, Russia and China” and added “Our scientists shot down a live satellite 300 kilometres away in space, in low-earth orbit,” in a television broadcast. Anti-satellite weapons allow for attacks ...
  • ANKA Pushes for Export March 16 2019
    ANKA, produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ) as a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) class UAV, has entered the inventories of the Naval and Air Forces and the General Command of the Gendarmerie. ANKA, entering into service with the Naval Forces and the Gendarmerie Command operates on the 200+ km “Line of Sight” communication systems; while the ANKA-S of the Air Forces is free of range constraints thanks to SATCOM satellite control feature. We talked with TUSAŞ G...
  • Chinese Navy Deploys New VTOL UAV
    Chinese Navy Deploys New VTOL UAV March 6 2019
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy deployed a new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing drone on a guided missile destroyer in an exercise in the South China Sea in late February. An image released by Chinese media shows that a Sea Cavalry SD-40 VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) being deployed with the People’s Liberation’s Army Navy (PLAN). It is not clear whether VTOL is in test or inventory. Published on 26 February on China Milit...
  • Second AIM-120 Investigation Concluded
    Second AIM-120 Investigation Concluded February 25 2019
      The second investigation of the accidental AIM-120 AMRAAM launch at last August was also concluded. The second investigation reports are the same as the first.   On 7 August 2018, an AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile was launched from Spanish Air Force F/A-18 Hornet in Estonian airspace. First, the internal investigation of Spain was completed and the decision was made that the launch was a pilot error. Then the results of the research carried out by ...
  • Ukraine Modernizes its Tanks
    Ukraine Modernizes its Tanks February 13 2019
      A new statement came from Ukraine, which is working for modernization and compliance with Western standards. An announcement came from the official social media account of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Since 2018, over 100 modernized T-64 tanks have been received from Kharkiv Facilities in Ukraine. In the statement, it is announced that the so-called T-64 2017 systems have new combat capabilities. Tanks were equipped with digital crypted communication s...
  • Ukraine Returns EW Helicopters in Service
    Ukraine Returns EW Helicopters in Service January 14 2019
    The Ukrainian Air Force has returned to service two Soviet-era Mi-8 EW helicopters after a prolonged grounding. Both of these machines, produced in the late 1980s, were cycled through overhaul at the Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant. Ukraine refurbishes older Soviet-era systems and acquires more advanced weapons and military equipment. The Ukrainian Air Force formally accepted delivery of the Mi-8MTPB and Mi-8MTPI helicopters at a ceremony at Ozerne Air Base on December, 2018. <...
  • Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight
    Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight January 3 2019
    The Tu-22M3M, extensively upgraded Tupolev Tu-22M3 'Backfire-C' supersonic long-range strategic bomber, made its maiden flight.  Tu-22M3M  take off from an airbase belonging to the Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Plant (KAZ) on 28 December. Aircraft will be able to carry up to four Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched cruise missiles as well as new Russian anti-ship missiles. According to the press office of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the flight l...
  • Unmanned Tanker to Refuel Fighter Jets In Flight
    Unmanned Tanker to Refuel Fighter Jets In Flight December 21 2018
    Boeing has secured a $90.4 million contract to deliver the MQ-25A Stingray to the US Navy. Boeing Defence, Space & Security recently won a contract to design, develop, fabricate, test, deliver, and support four MQ-25A Stingray unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), integrating them into the aircraft carrier air wing.  “Once operational, the MQ-25A Stingray will be the world’s first carrier-based, unmanned aircraft, providing a robust organic refuelling capabili...
  • US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey
    US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey December 19 2018
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of 80 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles, 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. Turkey has requested the possible sale of 4 AN/MPQ-65 Radar Sets, 4 Engagement Control Stations, 10 Antenna Mast G...