• Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget
    Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget 2 October 2020
    The Defence Ministry on Wednesday requested a record ¥5.49 trillion ($55 billion) budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2021, to expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.   The request is up 3.3 per cent from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2021, with defence spending expected to rise. Japan’s defence spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Shinzo Abe t...
  • MAV Passes Capsize Tests
    MAV Passes Capsize Tests 17 September 2020
    An important step has been passed in the Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) project which is carried out by the Presidency of Defence Industries. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS Savunma Sistemleri, AŞ.  recently appeared on Bloomberg Television and explained the current workload of the company. Kurt announced that the MAV indigenously designed and developed by the company has successfully passed an important test. C4Defence has reached the details of that test. F...
  • Hungary to Acquire Rheinmetall’s New Lynx Fighting Vehicle
    Hungary to Acquire Rheinmetall’s New Lynx Fighting Vehicle 14 September 2020
    Hungary will become the first customer of Rheinmetall’s new Lynx infantry fighting vehicle. Hungary will buy 218 Lynx KF41 vehicles and pay more than $2 billion. Rheinmetall’s U.S. $2.4 billion contract with the Hungarian government, signed in Budapest, is for 218 Lynx KF41 vehicles, nine Buffalo armoured recovery vehicles, as well as spares and simulators, the company wrote in a statement. The Lynx vehicles will be equipped with Rheinmetall’s manned Lance 30mm tur...
  • Thailand to Buy New Training and Attack Aircraft
    Thailand to Buy New Training and Attack Aircraft 27 August 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is changing its inventory of training aircraft. The government announced that it had set up a budget for training and the supply of light attack aircraft. At-6E Wolverine and T-6C Texan II will be procured for RTAF, defence sources said. A total of 24 will be delivered from the platforms specified to be configured in accordance with the needs of the country. The procurement agreement will include air-to-air missile integration and the produc...
  • Black Hawk sales from the USA
    Black Hawk sales from the USA 8 July 2020
    The U.S. Department of State approved a total of seven UH-60M sales to the Kingdom of Jordan and Lithuania. According to the US Defence and Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), one of these helicopters is for Jordan and the remaining six are for Lithuania. Jordan will pay $ 23 million for a single helicopter, and Lithuania will pay a total of $ 380 million for six helicopters. If Lithuania's helicopters were in the same configuration of Jordan, they would have cost $ 138 million instead of...
  • F-35I Adir Become Testbed
    F-35I Adir Become Testbed 10 March 2020
    F-35 Lightning II, the fifth generation fighter-bomber aircraft can not be configured in line with user requirements due to restrictions. However, there are some exceptions in this case. The F-35I Adirs, the only customized F-35 according to the user country requirements, will be used as test aircraft. In an image released recently, it was seen that the first platform configured as a testbed meets the sky. The platform with telemetry markings on it will be used by the Israeli A...
  • US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs
    US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs 16 February 2020
    US Navy no longer wants to upgrade and repair the first four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) due to high cost.  The ships were built for experimenting and testing according to the Navy. They’re no longer worth a deeper financial investment, according to Rear Adm. Randy Crites, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for the budget. “They’re not configured like the other LCS in the fleet, and they need significant upgrades. Everything from combat [systems], to structural,...
  • First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India
    First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India 23 January 2020
    The first squadron of Su-30MKI jet fighters, armed with an air-based version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles entered service in the Indian Air Force Monday, The Times of India reported. According to the article, the planes will enter service during a ceremony set to take place at Thanjavur Air Force Station in India’s Tamil Nadu. The Air Force Station houses the 222nd “Tigershark” squadron, the first to receive the Su-30MKIs, reconfigured for BrahMo...
  • The U.S. Tested New Prototype Ballistic Missile
    The U.S. Tested New Prototype Ballistic Missile 13 December 2019
    The United States has tested a prototype conventionally-configured ground-launched ballistic missile occurred at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 12.  The weapon is reported to have flown more than 500km. The press release says the launch took place within nine months of contract award. “The joint government-industry team began work after the U.S. suspended its Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty obligations in February 2019 and executed the launch within nine months of contr...
  • New Transport Aircraft from Russia
    New Transport Aircraft from Russia 11 November 2019
    Russia has introduced a new platform, similar in design to the Antonov An-124 Ruslan (NATO code: Cock) transport aircraft. The aircraft, which can carry up to 180 tons of cargo in a long range, was named Slon. The Russian Central Aerodynamics Institute recently shared its first image from the transport aircraft. The model will be used in aerodynamic studies to test the design characteristics of a wind tunnel. At 1.63 meters long and 1.75-meter wingspan, the replica can be reconfigured to test...
  • + 500 Boxer for British Army
    + 500 Boxer for British Army 6 November 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,...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts 24 September 2019
    The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refuelling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of four flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed b...
  • Banned Test from the USA
    Banned Test from the USA 19 August 2019
    The U.S. Defence Department announced on Monday the test of a medium-range ground-launched cruise missile, just weeks after tearing up the Cold War-era pact with Russia that eliminated such nuclear-capable weapons. The missile was launched on Sunday from the U.S. Navy-controlled San Nicolas Island off the coast of Los Angeles. "The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometres of flight," the Pent...
  • Turkey's First Electric Armoured Vehicle Began Testing
    Turkey's First Electric Armoured Vehicle Began Testing 22 July 2019
    Turkey's first new-generation electric 4x4 armoured vehicle Akrep IIe began challenging road and off-road mobility test. Akrep II designed by Otokar as an armoured reconnaissance and weapon platform, the first vehicle of the armoured vehicle family, Akrep IIe. The platform can be equipped with alternative power plants (electric, diesel and hybrid). The AKREP IIe is a technology demonstrator, which is equipped with an innovative electric-based power and propulsion solution that consists of...
  • Serbian MoD Receives First H145M Helicopter
    Serbian MoD Receives First H145M Helicopter 28 June 2019
    The Serbian Ministry of Defence received its first H145M helicopter on the first day of the Partner 2019 defence exhibition, being held in Belgrade on 25-28 June. The helicopter is configured for search and rescue and bears the insignia of the Republic of Serbia Air Force and Air Defence. It is equipped with the FLIR Star Safire 380-HDc imaging system, TrakkaBeam A800 multi-filter searchlight, Goodrich 44301 272 kg rescue hoist, ballistic protection, and electronic countermeasures. The helico...
  • AW101 Helicopters for Polish Navy
    AW101 Helicopters for Polish Navy 14 April 2019
    Poland will sign a production contract with Italian Leonardo company to acquire AW101 helicopters configured for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) duties with the Polish navy. Polish defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak confirmed the planned buy on 8 April, stating that Warsaw intends to finalise an order during April. The acquisition is believed to include four AW101s. Leonardo Helicopters and Poland's defence ministry have signed an offset agreement worth $1...
  • France Orders Three More Airbus A330 MRTT Tankers
    France Orders Three More Airbus A330 MRTT Tankers 14 December 2018
    Airbus Defence and Space has received an order from the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) for a further three A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft. The aircraft, known as Phénix in French service, constitute the third and final tranche of the multi-year contract for 12 A330 MRTTs signed by the French Ministry of Defence in 2014. The first of the fleet was formally handed over in October and the remainder will be delivered by the end of 2023 under an ...
  • Puma M36 Mk 6A 6x6 Logistics Support Vehicle Has Completed The Factory Tests
    Puma M36 Mk 6A 6x6 Logistics Support Vehicle Has Completed The Factory Tests 25 September 2018
    South Africa-based OTT Technologies announced that a significant milestone has been left behind. Puma M36 Mk 6A 6x6 logistics support vehicle developed by the company has completed the factory tests. The Puma M36 Mk 6A has a two-men armoured cabin. Thanks to the V-shaped body, the vehicle provides protection against explosions. The platform, which can be configured as right or left-hand drive according to user preference, is built on the Mercedes-Benz Zetros chassis. With the shock ...
  • France will be Up-Armored with Scorpion
    France will be Up-Armored with Scorpion 7 August 2018
    France has decided to increase its defense budget for the past month. Following this decision, France's defense budget for 2025 will reach 2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This means 295 billion Euro will spend for defence in seven years by France. After the budget increase, France stepped forward on the Scorpion Program. Through the Scorpion Program, it is planned that the (Groupement Tactique Inter-Armes / GTIA) will increase the number of communications and cooper...
  • One More LCS Accepted
    One More LCS Accepted 3 August 2018
    United States Naval Systems Command (NAVSEA) has announced that USS Charleston (LCS 18) littoral combat ship has completed the acceptance trials. During tests conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, ship made  11-meter boat operation, detection and engagement against air and surface targets, bow thruster and anchorage operations were tested. After delivery, USS Charleston  will undergo a post-delivery availability that includes crew training, certifications and familiarization exercises in...
  • New FREMM in Inventory
    New FREMM in Inventory 27 July 2018
    France received the new FREMM. Ship christened as FS Bretagne and her pennant number is D655. She is the fifth FREMM to join the French Navy. FS Bretagne was built in a anti-submarine warfare configuration. FREMMs, the only frigates capable of launching naval cruise missile platforms which designed and developed in Europe, can be configured according to different task types. According to its configuration, the platform, which can reach 6000 tons of displacem...
  • STM competes for Brazilian CCT
    STM competes for Brazilian CCT 25 June 2018
    STM announced from its twitter account that the company has signed an MoU with Brasfels Shipyard, Brazil to bid on the Brazilian Navy's Tamandaré-class Corvette (CCT) Project. STM and Brasfels Shipyard will be competing against nine contenders. CCT for Brasil is a variant of the MILGEM Ada Class Corvette. The Navy received on June 18th, nine commercial proposals from companies interested in building the CCT project. According to the Brazilian naval force, the proposals wi...
  • New Zealand Certified The First Leased Aircraft
    New Zealand Certified The First Leased Aircraft 16 May 2018
    The Royal New Zealand Air Force's (RNZAF's) first leased Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft has been certified for use, the Ministry of Defence announced on 10 May. New Zealand leased a total of four King Air 350s and the remaining aircraft will be delivered progressively into 2019.  The new aircraft will replace RNZAF's King Air 200 platforms. The aircraft will be used for pilot training and two of the four King Air 350s will be configur...
  • Senator APC In Serial Production
    Senator APC In Serial Production 20 April 2018
    Canada’s Roshel Defence Solutions has started serial production of its recently developed and tested multi-purpose Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), Senator. According to the company, Roshel Senator features a high level of maneuverability as well as advanced off-road capabilities, making it efficient in accomplishing its missions in urban and cross-country terrain. The vehicle can be reconfigured depending on necessity to conduct Medical Evacuation, Anti-riot, Command & Control Cen...
  • US Approved Chinook Sales to Spain
    US Approved Chinook Sales to Spain 6 April 2018
    The US State Department has approved a possible sale of CH-47F Chinooks for an estimated cost of $1.3 billion to Spain. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the Congress on the potential sales on 4 April.  Spain requested to buy 17 CH-47F cargo helicopters configured specifically to its needs along with 21 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) AN/AAR-57A(V)8, and 42 Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) Inertial Navigation System (INS). 
  • OTO Marlin 40 Naval Turret Unveiled at DIMDEX
    OTO Marlin 40 Naval Turret Unveiled at DIMDEX 12 March 2018
    Leonardo is exhibiting for the first time the newest member of its naval defence systems family, OTO Marlin 40, at Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX).  of only 2,100 kg in its remotely controlled version, Marlin 40 is a highly manoeuvrable system with its barrel able to move at 120°/s. The manufacturer further said that the system is fully digital and can be configured as either fully slaved ...
  • UKAP Support To Turkish Armed Forces
    UKAP Support To Turkish Armed Forces 23 February 2018
    Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) announced that Turkish Armed Forces will receive KATMERCİLER's 20 Remote Controlled Weapon Platform (UKAP).  SSM has shared video footage of the first prototype of the UKAP on its official Twitter account. According to the information obtained, the technical characteristics of the UKAP changed at some point in the direction of the armed forces' requests but no information was available about these changes. ...
  • Additional C295 Decision by Brazil
    Additional C295 Decision by Brazil 24 January 2018
    Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira/FAB) is to acquire search and rescue (SAR)-configured Airbus C295 under a 2014 contract, exercising the option for additional aircraft, announced on 22 January.  The additional C295 will bring the total number of SAR-configured C295s in service to 15 by the time the deliveries are complete in 2020. The first of the three SAR aircraft was delivered last year. The second FAB C295 SAR will be d...
  • Mine Clearance Mission to Altay
    Mine Clearance Mission to Altay 19 January 2018
    Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) wants to develop a new mine clearance vehicles using the Altay Tank's body. SSM invited companies to participate in the project with the Request for Information (RFI) issued on 16 January. The project foresees the development of a vehicle which is capable of disassembling and detonating anti-tank and anti-personnel mines. Mine clearing vehicles are required to have a high-powered engine due to their working pri...
  • Special Op Vehicle Boost to New Zealand
    Special Op Vehicle Boost to New Zealand 19 January 2018
    Supacat company has announced that the fleet of Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH) has been accepted by the New Zealand Ministry of Defence. The fleet is to enter service with the New Zealand Defence Force early this year.  The new SOV-MH vehicles are based on the latest MkII version of Supacat’s HMT Extenda which can be configured to either a 4×4 or 6×6 configuration to meet different operational requirements. 
  • Abrams Upgrade for US Army
    Abrams Upgrade for US Army 25 December 2017
    General Dynamics Land Systems will upgrade US Army's 786 M1A1 configured Abrams vehicles to M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 under a $2,6 billion contract.  The contract also includes upgrading M1A1 vehicles to M1A12S and M1A2-K vehicles. Work is expected to be complete by 21 December 2020, the US Department of Defence said in a statement Thursday. 
  • Norway Takes Delivery of First SAR AW101
    Norway Takes Delivery of First SAR AW101 20 November 2017
    Norway has taken delivery of its first search and rescue-configured AW101. The helicopter will now undergo a period of operational testing and evaluation ahead of service entry with the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 2018.  The AW101s, acquired under $1,32 billion contract will replace Norway's existing fleet of Westland Sea Kings. 
  • Phénix Completed Maiden Flight
    Phénix Completed Maiden Flight 8 September 2017
    Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the maiden flight of the first A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport for France on 7 September. The aircraft, which will be known in French service as Phénix, is the first of nine ordered by the French Defence Procurement Agency DGA. Airbus expects another order for three more aircraft from Paris. According to Airbus' press release, the aircraft performed in line with expectations during the 3h 25min ...
  • 'Griffon' ACV At Bastille Day Parade
    'Griffon' ACV At Bastille Day Parade 17 July 2017
    France unveilled its new multirole armored vehicle Griffon VBMR to public on July 14 during Bastille Day parade. The vehicle, which is one of the two prototype vehicles undergoing certification tests, has participated the parade in personnel carrier configuration.  The Griffon VBMR is a new development of 6x6 Multi-Role armoured vehicle for the French Army under the program EBMR Scorpion. The vehicle was designed and developed by a consortium of Fr...
  • €900 Million Bolster To Logistics
    €900 Million Bolster To Logistics 12 July 2017
    German Army has awarded a contract to Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) for HX2 family logistics vehicles on 5 July. The $255 million contract covers an initial batch of 558 trucks to be delivered between 2018-2021.  The seven-year contract forsees the delivery of 339 five-tonne trucks and 219 15-tonne trucks starting in March next year. The new vehicles from the Rheinmetall HX2 family are set to replace the old KAT I generation of trucks made by MAN, some of w...
  • First Step Taken On $5 Billion Project
    First Step Taken On $5 Billion Project 4 July 2017
    BAE Systems has been awarded a $4,8 billion contract on 29 June for Batch 1 construction of  the UK Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigates, consisting of three platforms of a planned class of eight. The contract for the second batch of five ships is expected to be negotiated in the early 2020s. The company will begin production later this month, holding a steel cutting ceremony at BAE Systems' Govan facility on the River Clyde.  6,900-tonne Type 26s ...
  • Two New Support Vehicles by GD
    Two New Support Vehicles by GD 5 June 2017
    General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-C) has unveiled two Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) variants at the annual CANSEC conference. One of the two new LAV 6.0 Combat Support Vehicle-based system is configured as an ambulance (CSV-A); the other as maintenance and recovery vehicle (CSV-MR). The new variants was developed under Canada's Armoured Combat Support Vehicle (ACSV) programme which is aimed at replacing M113 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and LAV-II Bisons....
  • UAE-Czechia Coop in Armored Vehicles
    UAE-Czechia Coop in Armored Vehicles 1 June 2017
    United Arab Emirates-based NIMR Automotive has unveiled the AJBAN 440A configured to European specifications collaborating with Czech state-owned VOP CZ company at the 14th International Defence and Security Technology Fair. VOP CZ and NIMR announced their partnership in early 2017 and brought their first military vehicle collaboration to the fair. NIMR Automotive hopes to meet NATO member countries' requirements through new capabilities brought in by VOP CZ ...
  • Dual Protection by ASELSAN: SARP-DUAL
    Dual Protection by ASELSAN: SARP-DUAL 9 May 2017
    One of the notable products in IDEF 2017 was ASELSAN's SARP-DUAL Stabilized Advanced Remote Weapon System. SARP-DUAL can be integrated to tactical vehicles for mobile applications against asymmetric threats or it can be used as a stationary weapon system. SARP-DUAL is an extension of the existing SARP system. 7,62mm machine gun, 12,7mm machine gun or 40mm automatic grenade launcher can be integrated to it as a main gun, whereas 7,62mm machine gun can also be integrated to i...
  • Katmerciler's Armored Ambulance at IDEF'17
    Katmerciler's Armored Ambulance at IDEF'17 3 May 2017
    Turkish defence company Katmerciler brings its armored ambulance for the first time to IDEF'17 International Defense Fair to be held in Istanbul between 9-12 May 2017, along with its 4x4 tactical wheeled armored vehicles. The 4x4 armored ambulance was designed and fitted on the Ford F550 vehicle chassis for first aid operations and patient transport for high-risk areas. The large internal volume allows the personnel to operate on the patient in the stand...