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  • Taiwan to Build Submarines with Local Resources
    Taiwan to Build Submarines with Local Resources 20 November 2020
    Taiwan will begin building a new fleet of submarines next week. Seeking to increase China's military strength against the increasingly modernized Armed Forces, Taiwan announced that it will begin the first submarine operation next week, which will be developed with the country's resources. Taiwan inventory has conventional submarines of Zwaardvis, Type 041 and Tench class. China is estimated to be operationally using four different types of nuclear submarines and f...
  • Anduril Introduces Its New Drone
    Anduril Introduces Its New Drone 16 November 2020
    U.S.-based firm Anduril has introduced the Ghost 4 UAV, capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). The vehicle uses machine learning to analyse imagery and identify targets, but it also relies on more conventional rules-based software for critical control and decision-making among swarm teammates. The drone, which is planned to be used in intelligence and reconnaissance operations, is described as a modular system. The platform can be installed by an operator in less...
  • Denmark's First F-35 on Assembly Line
    Denmark's First F-35 on Assembly Line 24 October 2020
    Denmark's first F-35 Lightning II aircraft was pictured on the assembly line. Denmark, which participated in the F-35 Joint Assault Aircraft program in 2002, announced that it would buy 27 F-35A Lightning II in 2016. The platform is expected to leave the plant in early 2021. Danish pilots will then train at Luke Air Force Base (Luke Air Force Base9) in Arizona, part of the F-35 program. Acceptance of platforms by the Royal Danish Air Force will be completed within a si...
  • Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki
    Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki 13 October 2020
    Japan Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Germany’s Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm developed unmanned and Unconventional helicopter “K-RACER-IV”. The helicopter is designed to improve on the speed capabilities of conventional helicopters. The conventional helicopter would require a tail rotor to counteract the torque generated by the main rotor. Alternatively, it would be without a tail rotor but would have a co-axial main rotor that creates counter torque. Kawasaki&rsq...
  • Ivchenko-Progress to power up the Turkish Cruise missile
    Ivchenko-Progress to power up the Turkish Cruise missile 5 October 2020
    Ukraine based defence magazine “Defence Express,” wrote that the company purchased components for the production of 12 new AI-35 engines. Quoting the ProZorro public procurement platform, reported that SE Ivchenko-Progress signed a number of contracts for the purchase of cutting-edge aircraft engine components for the new AI-35 turbojet engines that will equip new Turkish cruise missiles. The new cruise missile will have the deep-strike capability. SE Ivchenko-Progress d...
  • Hypersonic Shaurya Missile Enter Service Soon
    Hypersonic Shaurya Missile Enter Service Soon 4 October 2020
          New Delhi has performed tests on hypersonic missile Shaurya. The Shaurya missile is a canister launched surface-to-surface tactical missile developed by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile will enter to the service on Indian Armed Forces. It has a range of 700 to 1,900 km (430 to 1,180 mi) and is capable of carrying a payload of 200kg to 1 ton conventional or nuclear warhead. The Shaurya miss...
  • F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer
    F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer 1 October 2020
     F-35 Costs Less than F-18 for Swiss Buyer The US State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Switzerland. Swiss government prepares a tender to buy 40 aircraft for its air force and the approval permits Lockheed Martin and Boeing to officially take part at the tender. Switzerland will either buy 40 Lockheed Martin’s F-35 or Boeing’s F-18 and related equipment. According to the approval 40, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and re...
  • Egypt's New Submarine Close to Delivery
    Egypt's New Submarine Close to Delivery 29 September 2020
    Germany-based Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has completed the construction of the fourth Type 209 submarine for the Egyptian Navy. The purchase agreement, which includes a new conventional submarine called the S44, was signed in 2011. The first platform was delivered in December 2016, the second submarine in August 2017, and the third submarine called the "S43" was delivered in April 2020. The submarines, which are scheduled to carry out maritime defence as well as in...
  • Turkish SDB on its Way
    Turkish SDB on its Way 12 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. İsmail Demir announced on his social media account that the Turkish Small Diameter Bomb is in the test phase. Demir said, “4 bombs can be carried on an F-16 wing with the improved multi-transport area. "We aim to integrate the 145-kg Miniature Bomb, which will be two different warheads with penetrating and particle effect, into our UAVs." ASELSAN is carrying out the Miniature Bomb Development Project, which is the equivalent...
  • Australia buying K9 Thunder
    Australia buying K9 Thunder 9 September 2020
    On 3 September the Australian Department of Defence announced that Hanwha Defence Australia (HDA) under its Protected Mobile Fires Project will provide 30 K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers and 15 K10 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles.   With this Government announcement, work will commence immediately to implement a plan for the building of facilities and skilling of the local Geelong based workforce. For the Land 8116 program, Hanwha has developed the...
  • Air Force “Mach” One
    Air Force “Mach” One 7 September 2020
    The US Air Force awarded a contract to develop a supersonic passenger plane for US President’s use. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre announced on August 31st from official social media account that the service's Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate has awarded a contract to California-based start-up Exosonic to develop a "low-boom supersonic executive transport aircraft." The platform will be used by "key decision-makers and teams."<...
  • US Special Operations Command gets first brand-new Chinook variant
    US Special Operations Command gets first brand-new Chinook variant 2 September 2020
    U.S. Special Operations Command has taken receipt of its first MH-47G Block II Chinook from Boeing on time, according to a Sept. 1 company statement. A special operations Chinook weighs roughly 54,000 pounds while a conventional Chinook weighs 50,000 pounds. The upgrades in the Block II version include newly designed rotor blades, major changes to the drive system and other improvements like non-segmented fuel cells. Boeing produced three aircraft for flight test...
  • Russia Increases Number of Submarines in Its Inventory
    Russia Increases Number of Submarines in Its Inventory 26 August 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry has signed a contract for the construction of Project 636.3 and 677 submarines. Under the agreement, the Kilo class Project 636.3 and Lada class Project 677 submarines will be built at Admiralty shipyards. Kilo class platforms are known as one of the quietest conventional submarines in the world. Project about 75 meters long 636.3's have 3 thousand 76 tons of displacement. The Lada class project 677 is seen as the improved variant of Project 636. Fou...
  • Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate
    Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate 24 August 2020
    Chinese state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai held the launching ceremony for Pakistan Navy’s Type-054A/P frigate (NATO codename Jiangkai II). Type-054A/P is a development of the Type 054 frigate, using the same hull but with improved sensors and weapons. The Type 054A was first revealed while under construction at the Guangzhou-based Huangpu Shipyard in 2005. Pakistan signed a first contract for the delivery two Type 054 A/P frigates in 2017. An addi...
  • Russia to get a second “Premiere”
    Russia to get a second “Premiere” 9 July 2020
    Russian Government plans to build a second “flying radar” A-100 “Premier” for their Aerospace Forces according to Izvestia. A-100 Premier is a Long Range Radar Detection Aircraft (AWACS). Russian sources claim that it will be almost impossible to “drown” the board by electronic warfare. The aircraft will be on the program until 2024. Serial production of aircraft should begin and their predecessors, the A-50 and the upgraded A-50U should be replac...
  • AESA Modernization to Eurofighter Typhoon
    AESA Modernization to Eurofighter Typhoon 21 June 2020
    Germany continues to take steps to improve the capabilities of its armed forces and to increase the combat readiness, which Bundeswehr suffers for a long time. The German Federal Assembly Bundestag announced that the Budget Committee approved the Eurofighter Typhoon modernization project. In the statement made on June 17, Hensoldt was determined as the main contractor. The company will modernize 79 Tranche 2 and 31 Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3A aircraft of the German Air Force (Luf...
  • No Gun Pod for F-35B Lightning II
    No Gun Pod for F-35B Lightning II 16 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II has three different variant that use conventional take-off (CTOL / Conventional Take-Off and Landing / F-35A), STOVL (Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing / F-35B) and CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off but Arrested Landing / F-35C) methods. Thus, platforms have some structural changes for these abilities. F-35B Lightning IIs of the Royal Air Force (RAF) will fly without a cannon. The UK Ministry of Defence said in a statement that there is currently no gun po...
  • Guidance Kit of Ground Trials
    Guidance Kit of Ground Trials 8 June 2020
    Guidance kits developed for a different type of ammunition are important in that they can quickly convert conventional systems into smart weapon systems and offer cost-effective solutions. BAE Systems, which operates in the USA, continues testing activities for APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System) guidance kits, which developed for 2.75 inch (70 mm) rockets. The system, which is currently successfully using from different air platforms, will become surface-launched. In...
  • Turreted Armoured Mortar Carrier on Trials
    Turreted Armoured Mortar Carrier on Trials 23 May 2020
    Turreted armoured mortar vehicles bring personnel safety to the fore with their ability to shoot under armour protection as well as being able to carry out missions without being contaminated in CBRN environment. The US Army, which has been searching for a turretrf armoured mortar carrier for some time and have carried out some studies, signed an agreement with Finnish Patria. Feasibility studies will be carried out for the Nemo 120 mm turreted, breech-loading mortar system wit...
  • Prof. Dr. Demir Answered Land Systems Questions
    Prof. Dr. Demir Answered Land Systems Questions 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Turkish defence sector's post-COVID-19 period plans in addition to land vehicles and engine systems. Professor Dr. Demir stated that their targets have not changed for the period after COVID-19. While the advantages of the new ...
  • Altay Powerpack On the Way
    Altay Powerpack On the Way 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Altay main battle tank powerpack. Domestic power solutions have great importance for the sustainable success and export of domestic systems. Professor Dr. İsmail Demir made statements about the work carried out. He explained t...
  • T-14 Armata at Syria
    T-14 Armata at Syria 27 April 2020
    Russia changed the balance in the region by intervening in the Syrian Civil War, also continues its weapon trials. Having the opportunity to test almost all conventional weapons and new projects on the field by evaluating the war environment in Syria, Moscow added another one to its tests. Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov announced on the Rossiya-1 television channel that T-14 Armata main battle tanks are also tested in Syria. While announcing that the mass produ...
  • New Vessel for the Submarine Fleet
    New Vessel for the Submarine Fleet 6 April 2020
    Conventional and nuclear submarine programs continue throughout the world. The US Navy continues the Virginia Class submarine process confidently. 18th Virginia was taken into the inventory on April 4, within the scope of the program, whose design process dates back to 1996. It was stated that USS Delaware (SSN 791), is the last Block III Virginia built in the program. The process will continue with Block IV model platforms. Eight Block III Virginia were built under t...
  • Russia Receives First S-350 Vityaz Air Defence Systems
    Russia Receives First S-350 Vityaz Air Defence Systems 27 February 2020
    Russian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that the first S-350 Vityaz medium-range air defence missile systems had been added to the Russian air force's arsenal. "The first newest S-350 Vityaz air defence missile systems have been added to the Russian air force's arsenal. [The systems] have recently been deployed to the training centre of the anti-aircraft missile forces in Gatchina [a city in the Leningrad region]," the ministry said in a statement. The...
  • Azerbaijani Advanced Jet Trainer Acquisition
    Azerbaijani Advanced Jet Trainer Acquisition 25 February 2020
    Carrying out studies on replace its Soviet-style vehicles with Western systems, Azerbaijan has announced a new platform to replace the advanced jet traininer in its inventory. Baku will replace the L-39 Albatros advanced jet trainer, which have been in service for many years, with Leonardo M-346s. Within the scope of the procurement process announced by President Heydar Aliyev, number of M-346s to acquire, supply schedule and costs were not specified. In May...
  • Pakistan Test-Launched Long Range Cruise Missile
    Pakistan Test-Launched Long Range Cruise Missile 21 February 2020
    Pakistan continues to increase the strength of the army with domestic weapons systems as well as foreign procurements. In this context, Islamabad carried out a long-range missile test launch. The test launch of the cruise missile system named Ra'ad-II, which mock-up of missile exhibited for the first time in a military parade in 2017, was held last Tuesday. The system, whose range is almost doubled by its predecessor Ra'ad-I missile, can reach targets within 5...
  • BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight
    BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight 21 February 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...
  • Indigenous Guidance Kit Delivery to Turkey
    Indigenous Guidance Kit Delivery to Turkey 20 February 2020
    Indigenous guidance kits, which are frequently using in counter-terrorism operations, continues to consolidate its position in the Turkish Armed Forces. The Turkish Armed Forces has taken delivery of indigenous guidance kits. Turkish defence acquisition agency, Presidency of Defence Industries made a statement about deliveries from official social media accounts with "The new deliveries of our Indigenous Guidance Kits have been completed. We will c...
  • Guided Rocked Solution Against Cruise Missiles
    Guided Rocked Solution Against Cruise Missiles 28 January 2020
    The search for solutions against the increasing cruise missile threats is also expanding. As part of these efforts, the US Air Force carried out a new weapon test. In testing activities conducted in December 2019, an F-16C Fighting Falcon of the USn Air Force intercepted a high-speed target drone simulating cruise missile. AN/AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pod was used in tests with the laser-guided AGR-20A APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill System). It is unclear whether any changes...
  • 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...
  • Russia Tests Hypersonic Missile In Arctic
    Russia Tests Hypersonic Missile In Arctic 1 December 2019
    The MiG-31K interceptor took off from the Olenegorsk airfield in the northern Murmansk region and fired the missile against a ground target at the Pemboi training ground in Russia’s Arctic Komi region, earlier this month TASS reported. It did not provide any further detail. Russia's MiG-31K interceptor jet carried out a test of the Kinjal (Dagger) hypersonic missile in Russia's part of Arctic earlier this month, TASS news agency reported on Saturday, citing two militar...
  • The AGM-86C is Bowing out of Service
    The AGM-86C is Bowing out of Service 27 November 2019
    The missile that started Operation Desert Storm is being retired. The AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM), the non-nuclear sibling of the AGB-86B that remains in service, is being put rest after decades of service. Pentagon’s Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) marked the birth of GPS-guided munitions. The technology that birthed the modern guided munition retired. The retirement marks end of an era as the munition is used at every...
  • What is the Real Price of F-35?
    What is the Real Price of F-35? 5 November 2019
    The news that the F-35A price tag will be lower than 80 million USD was a piece of sensational news. It meant that a government could decide to acquire either F-16 or F-35 as the price difference was almost less than 20 million USD per copy.  Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has a different perspective on the price tag. According to the nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes overpriced military spending Pentagon is trying to deceive by obscuring F100 Million...
  • F-35 Price Falls To $78 Million per Aircraft
    F-35 Price Falls To $78 Million per Aircraft 30 October 2019
    The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have finalised a $34 billion deal for the next three lots of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, setting the price of an F-35A jet below $80 million. The agreement includes 478 F-35s for U.S. and international customers across lots 12, 13 and 14. On average, the price per aircraft will fall about 12.8 per cent across all variants from Lot 11 to Lot 14, according to the Pentagon. The new price tag has come a year earlier than expected. The F-35A con...
  • U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km
    U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km 20 October 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...
  • GLSDB from Norway
    GLSDB from Norway 19 October 2019
      Saab and Boeing announced that they successfully test-fired the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) in Norway. The test-firing took place at the Andøya Test Centre in Andenes, Norway, September 26, 2019. The objective of the test firing was to hit a predetermined target in the sea, 130 km away from the launcher. The launcher used in the test firing was a custom made, fully autonomous, 20-foot container. The GLSDB is essentially a GBU-39 Small Diameter...
  • China Shifts Aircraft Carrier Policy 23 August 2019
    China’s second aircraft carrier can carry at least 36 J-15 fighter jets, some 50 percent more than the country’s first, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday. The new capacity signals new mission for aircraft carrier as it indicates air superiority missions. According to CCTV, China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, can carry 24 J-15 fighter jets. The new Type 001A was an upgraded version of the Liaoning, a former Soviet Kuznet...
  • Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests
    Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests 21 August 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 20 August 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...
  • 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...