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  • Second Deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    Second Deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection 25 September 2020
    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Özmen, was awarded a second $46,997,170 contract for two additional Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), bringing total MEA aircraft orders to four in 2020. SNC has been the prime systems engineer and integrator for the MEA fleet since 2009. The MEA aircraft is a fully certified, highly-missionized version of the King Air 350, equipped w...
  • Saab receives order for radar system components for the U.S. Marine Corps
    Saab receives order for radar system components for the U.S. Marine Corps 25 September 2020
    Saab has received a 36.7 million USD order for the U.S. Marine Corps’ AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar G/ATOR. Saab received the order from Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, the prime contractor for G/ATOR. The order includes components and subsystems in support of the Full-Rate Production phase. Saab’s deliveries relating to this contract will take place between 2020 and 2021 from its facility in Syracuse, New York, USA. The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Ta...
  • Tucano Transfer to Afghanistan Continues
    Tucano Transfer to Afghanistan Continues 18 September 2020
    The United States has delivered four A-29 Super Tucano light assault aircraft to Afghanistan. "The Air Force has the ability to strike light from the air anywhere in the country. Enemy bases will be destroyed with the help of A-29." Afghanistan announced. The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defence & Security signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force to develop a $1.8 billion Tucano in October 2018 as part of the A-29 Afghanistan Program. In Apr...
  • Interesting Drill from J-20
    Interesting Drill from J-20 16 September 2020
    Beijing has announced a new development in Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC) production related to a fifth-generation J-20 fighter jet. The Global Times wrote that the J-20, which China conceals its technical specifications, has dropped 17 "enemy" aircraft in recent training. The J-20 news from China came after five Rafale jets purchased by India from France were included in the Indian Air Force (IAF) inventory. Experts raised the question of how the J-20 destr...
  • Russia to Develop Next-Generation Helicopter Engine In 2021
    Russia to Develop Next-Generation Helicopter Engine In 2021 11 September 2020
    Russia is planning to develop a new engine to power next-generation high-speed helicopter according to Aleksandr Vatagin, the executive director of St. Petersburg's JSC UEC-Klimov (part of the state United Engine Corporation). Aleksandr Vatagin, the executive director of St. Petersburg's JSC UEC-Klimov (part of the state United Engine Corporation), said on Tuesday. "Of course, we are engaged in this project, it is even eligible for the federal budget of the [Russian] Mi...
  • China's New Transport Helicopter
    China's New Transport Helicopter 11 September 2020
    China has introduced its new Z-8L transport helicopter. The new helicopter produced by Chang-Aircraft Industries Corporation transported the 8×8 Bobcat vehicle from one place to another for testing purposes. Equipped with a new type of photoelectric device and defence systems, the Z-8L has a higher ability to hold than existing helicopters in the Chinese inventory.  Equipped with three WS-6 turboshaft engines, the helicopter is in its 15-ton class. The Z-8L is e...
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Russian Ministry of Defence
    Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Russian Ministry of Defence 26 August 2020
        Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence for supplying two Mi-38 helicopters. A ceremony to mark that was held as part of the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2020”. The Russian Ministry of Defence has already received two Mi-38T transport and troop landing helicopters, which are undergoing test operation in the armed forces. The first seri...
  • Russian Helicopters to develop modern shipborne helicopter
    Russian Helicopters to develop modern shipborne helicopter 26 August 2020
    Russian Helicopters holding company (part of the Rostecstate corporation) has signed a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defence for the development of a modern shipborne helicopter. A signing ceremony was held as part of the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2020”. Development work will be carried out by specialists from the National Helicopter Centre Мil&Kamov. In accordance with the approved schedules, first stage of development is planned to be com...
  • China launches Gaofen-9 and Tiantuo satellites
    China launches Gaofen-9 and Tiantuo satellites 24 August 2020
    China launched its latest Gaofen-9 Earth observation satellite and two smaller payloads from the Jiuquan launch centre late Saturday. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) confirmed (Chinese) the launch, mission success and the payloads. The Gaofen-9 (05) optical remote sensing satellite follows the launch of the third Gaofen-9 satellite in June and the fourth earlier this month. Previous satellites were capable of providing sub-meter resolution imagery. The ...
  • Delivery Date for Okhotnik Is Forwarded
    Delivery Date for Okhotnik Is Forwarded 5 August 2020
    Russia's jet-powered drone Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik will be operational before the scheduled service date. It was stated that the drone will begin armed trial flights for offensive missions in 2023 and will enter inventory in 2025. The Ministry of Defence has ordered the speed of the program for drones. United Aircraft Corporation General Manager Yury Slyusar later announced that the drone will begin being delivered to the Russian Armed Forces in 2024. Okhotnik, who made h...
  • BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020.
    BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020. 2 August 2020
    The British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company release its 2020 half-year results. It warned the Group is subject to geopolitical uncertainties and there remains considerable uncertainty in respect of COVID-19. The company says that, including the two acquisitions, it expects the Group’s sales to increase by a low-single-digit percentage compared to last year, as there are increased volumes in F-35, Combat Vehicles and growth in the electronic defence portf...
  • AG600 Takeoff From Sea
    AG600 Takeoff From Sea 29 July 2020
    Amphibious aircraft are particularly important for the supply of areas that are not suitable for runway construction. China has announced that the AG600 amphibious aircraft makes its first flight from the sea. In the test flight conducted on July 26, the platform was took off from the Qingdao coast in Shandong District. The AG600 landed at Rizhao Shanzihe Airport after testing its manoeuvrability on a 31-minute trial flight. The platform had its first take off from the water on Octo...
  • China's Improved 5th Generation Variant Will Take on Serial Production 17 July 2020
    According to military sources, China will begin mass production for the improved variant of the 5th generation J-20 aircraft. The new variant, called j-20B, says Russian-made Saturn AL-31 jet engines are used because the development of the WS-15 engine designed by China with local sources is not completed. The WS-15 engine, which is expected to complete the development phase in about two years, is also one of the descriptions of military sources that it cannot meet the req...
  • Additional MiG-31 to Pacific Fleet
    Additional MiG-31 to Pacific Fleet 8 July 2020
    Russia is increasing its military concentration in the Far East. The Moscow government decided to deploy an additional interceptor aircraft to the region. According to reports in the Russian media, the air-to-air interception capabilities of the Pacific Fleet will be increased. In this context, Russia will shift additional MiG-31 (NATO Code: Foxhound) interceptor aircraft to the 317th Composite Air Regiment stationed at Yelizovo Air Base. The platforms will be transferred to new pos...
  • China Could Deploy AR500C to Indian Border
    China Could Deploy AR500C to Indian Border 7 July 2020
    The AR500C rotary wing UAV developed by China to deploy on plateaus completed its first flight test. The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), has developed the AR500C with a maximum speed of 170 kilometres and a maximum take-off weight of 500 kilograms, according to the country's needs. The drone, which will be used for high-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance missions, successfully conducted its first flight test. According to local media reports, China...
  • First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation
    First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation 19 June 2020
    The "Industrial Cooperation Days in Defence and Aviation" organized for the fifth time this year will be held through virtual and face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICDDA event organized by the OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster (OSSA) every two years to meet the right people in the Defence, aviation and space sectors, will open its doors in Ankara on October 13-15. The event will have a hybrid structure, as both virtual and face-to-face bilateral busi...
  • Russia to Procure 20 Su-34s in Three Years
    Russia to Procure 20 Su-34s in Three Years 9 June 2020
    Russia is going to support its air operations force. "Last week, a contract was signed between the Defence Ministry and the Sukhoi Aircraft Company on building about 20 Sukhoi Su-34 bombers," a source said to TASS. The deal covers a nearly three-year period. The source added that the signing of the procure contract for the Su-34M platform, which has modernised systems, is on the agenda in 2021. The Su-34, which has a maximum take-off weight of 45,100 kilograms, can be equi...
  • Russia to Procure New Su-34
    Russia to Procure New Su-34 3 June 2020
    The Russian air force is buying new Su-34 bombers. The Kremlin in late May cut a contract with United Aircraft Corporation’s (UAC) Sukhoi division to build 76 new Su-34. The two-seater, twin-engine warplanes which are expected to replace the Su-24 bombers, can carry 12 tons of ammunition, including air-to-air missiles, and hit targets 600 miles away.  The Su-34s are scheduled to replace Su-24 bombers. UAC General Manager Yuri Slyusar said the air force's combat capacity will do...
  • Russia's Transport Aircraft to Enter Final Assembly Line Soon
    Russia's Transport Aircraft to Enter Final Assembly Line Soon 28 May 2020
    In 2012, Russia signed an agreement with United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) for 39 Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft. It was announced that the platform had successfully completed the leak test. The cargo aircraft, which is tested under a certain air pressure, will be transferred to the final assembly line after checking the water penetration resistance. A contract worth 2.1 billion USD was signed for the planes that would be in the inventory of the Russian Armed Forces. The Il-76MD-90A...
  • China's New Helicopter to Use on The Indian Border
    China's New Helicopter to Use on The Indian Border 27 May 2020
    Designed for operations carried out at high altitude, the AR500C unmanned helicopter successfully completed its first flight. China's platform, which it plans to deploy along the border with India, has developed the China State Aviation Industry Corporation of China/AVIC. The AR500C will be used for high altitude reconnaissance, communication relay and electronic warfare. The maximum speed of the platform is 170 kilometres an hour, the maximum take-off weight is 500 kilograms.
  • Spain Signs Memorandum for New 8x8 VCRs
    Spain Signs Memorandum for New 8x8 VCRs 15 May 2020
    A new tender period has begun for the 8x8 Dragón Vehiculo de Combate sobre Ruedas (VCR) or Combat Vehicle on Wheels to be supplied under Spain’s New Plan of the Armed Forces, which Spain decided in 2007. The armoured vehicle supply program was postponed twice due to lack of funding. Spanish Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, has signed a new commitment allowing the incorporation of a limited company made up of four other national defence industry leaders. ...
  • Additional A-29 Super Tucano for AFSOC
    Additional A-29 Super Tucano for AFSOC 14 May 2020
    Propeller driven ground attack aircraft offer cost effective solution in air-superiority environments. Platforms propelled by piston or turborpop engines can be equipped with weapons in different types and diameters. The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) procured an additional A-29 Super Tucano for CAA (Combat Aviation Advisor) missions. Single aircraft to be acquired under the agreement, which signed with Sierra Nevada Corporation,...
  • A Robotic Spacecraft Caught an Old Satellite And Extended Its Life
    A Robotic Spacecraft Caught an Old Satellite And Extended Its Life 18 April 2020
    Northrop Grumman Corporation and the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics LLC, have completed the first docking of the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) to the Intelsat 901 (IS-901) spacecraft to provide life-extension services. This historic accomplishment marks the first time two commercial satellites have docked in orbit and the first time that mission extension services will be offered to a satellite in geosynchronous orbit. Intelsat’s IS-901 satellite...
  • Turkish Black Hawk on Trials
    Turkish Black Hawk on Trials 25 March 2020
    The T70 Utility Helicopter Program, which was launched for the utility helicopter requirement of the Turkish Armed Forces and the fire fighting helicopter need of the General Directorate of Forestry, continues its progress. Presidency of Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı / SSB), which is the military acquirement corporation of Turkey, shared an information from its official social media accounts about the testing activities of the platform. In the statement, &...
  • JL-9 Solution
    JL-9 Solution 23 March 2020
    Aircraft carrier power is increasing worldwide. Described as a separate capability in aviation, the ship-based aircraft operation also creates the need for special equipment. China, which tries to become one of the world's leading aircraft carrier powers, continues its works without interruption. Beijing, which has commissioned the first two ships and continues the construction of the third, takes measures to meet the increasing need for aircraft and pilots. In this context...
  • Second Upgraded Tupolev-22M3M Makes First Flight
    Second Upgraded Tupolev-22M3M Makes First Flight 21 March 2020
    Russia’s State Agency Tass reported that country’s second overhauled and fundamentally upgraded strategic bomber Tupolev-22M3M has performed its first flight. The plane took off from and landed at the airdrome of the Kazan aircraft-building plant. The upgraded bomber is claimed to be capable of carrying cruise missiles X-32 and hypersonic missiles. The press service of Tupolev (an affiliate of Russian state corporation Rostec) has confirmed the flight, adding that the pu...
  • US Will Produce Autonomous Submarine
    US Will Produce Autonomous Submarine 18 March 2020
    The cost-effective solution provided by UAVs and minimizing the human factor causes new developments. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded contracts to three companies that will help come up with a design for a long-duration unmanned underwater vehicle. Within the scope of the Manta Ray Program, autonomous platforms that require minimum logistic support and can remain operational for a long time will be produced. The contract was signed with Lockheed Martin High T...
  • Northrop Grumman Demonstrates On-The-Move Ground Radar
    Northrop Grumman Demonstrates On-The-Move Ground Radar 13 March 2020
    Northrop Grumman Corporation completed demonstration of the Highly Adaptable Multi-Mission Radar (HAMMR) system at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. During the live fire demonstration, Northrop Grumman used the HAMMR system, mounted on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) as an Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) sensor to detect and track an unmanned aerial vehicle target. Northrop Grumman’s HAMMR is a short- to medium-range X-Band Three Dimension...
  • Radar from Japan for Philippine Air Force
    Radar from Japan for Philippine Air Force 12 March 2020
    The modernization process continues in the Philippine Air Force. In this context, the Philippine National Defence Ministry has reached an agreement with Japan-based Mitsubishi Electric Corporation for four long-range air defence radars. According to MaxDefence Philippines, the radars included in the deal are the J/FPS-3ME 3D Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) advanced long-range fixed radar system, and the J/TPS-P14ME truck-mounted long-range mobile radar system. The J/FPS-3ME i...
  • Turkish Company to Procure Aircraft to US
    Turkish Company to Procure Aircraft to US 11 March 2020
    Sierra Nevada Corporation, which operating in the USA, will procure aircraft to the US Air Force. US Air Force has outperformed its decision phase in the ground attack aircraft procurement program. The long and tiring decision process of an aircraft has been winned by the A-29 Super Tucano, the platform proposed by the Sierra Nevada Corporation owned by the Özmen couple. Super Tucanos, which is in inventory of 14 countries, are powered by a Pratt & ...
  • MKEK's 12.7 mm Gatling Gun Terminated the Tests
    MKEK's 12.7 mm Gatling Gun Terminated the Tests 9 March 2020
    The 12.7 mm 3 barrel Gatling gun, which the Machinery and Chemical Industry Corporation (Makina ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu/MKEK) shared with the public at IDEF 19, passed all acceptance tests. The official name of Project is "Developing a Rotary Barrel Weapon System" (DNSSG), which aimed to design a weapon with three barrels capable of firing 12.7x99 mm NATO Cartridges. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) targeted about 1 200 bullets to be fired in a minute. &nbs...
  • Homemade Engine for China's J-10C fighter jet
    Homemade Engine for China's J-10C fighter jet 4 March 2020
    China’s newly built J-10C fighter jet is reportedly equipped with a domestically developed WS-10 Taihang engine and it ready to join military service.  Previous J-10s were installed with Russian-made AL-31 engine. China will no longer rely on foreign fighter jet engines and the more advanced J-20 fighter jet could also start to use homemade engines soon. The WS-10 Taihang is China's first high-performance, high-thrust turbofan engine with intellectual proper...
  • Oshkosh Receives $407.3 Million Order for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles
    Oshkosh Receives $407.3 Million Order for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles 18 February 2020
    Oshkosh Defence, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced that the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Detroit Arsenal had placed an order for 1,240 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) and associated kits. This order includes JLTVs for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), Slovenia and Lithuania and kits for the U.S. Army, USMC, Slovenia and Lithuania.
  • IADWS for India
    IADWS for India 15 February 2020
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of an Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) for an estimated cost of $1.867 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on February 7, 2020. The Government of India has requested to buy an Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) comprised of five AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems; 118 AMRAAM AIM...
  • Russia Develops Small-Size Munitions for Drones
    Russia Develops Small-Size Munitions for Drones 15 February 2020
    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation develops small-size munitions for unmanned aerial vehicles with Kronshtadt hi-tech. " The items in the weight category of 50 kg to 100 kg will enjoy strong demand," the chief executive said at a news briefing on the results of the corporation’s performance in 2019“ corporation Chief Boris Obnosov said on Friday. The Tactical Missiles Corporation is one of Russia’s largest defence holding companies wit...
  • Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight
    Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight 2 February 2020
    Russia’s new upgraded Tu-160M supersonic strategic bomber performed its first flight on Feb. 2, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced. The first flight was conducted from the S.P.Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Factory runway. The flight took place at an altitude of 1,500 meters and lasted 34 minutes. Tupolev Tu-160 Beliy Lebed (“White Swan”), also known with its NATO reporting name Blackjack, is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber ...
  • Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight
    Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight 5 January 2020
    The first images of the JF-17 Block 3 ‘4+ generation’ fighter were unveiled on December 28th, with a prototype shown taxiing on a factory runway in China before taking its first flight. The fighter represents the fourth variant of the JF-17, a fighter jointly developed by China and Pakistan from the early 2000s which saw its first flight in august 2003. The JF-17 was designed exclusively for export and does not serve in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, although over 100...
  • Russian Su-57 to Get New Weapons
    Russian Su-57 to Get New Weapons 30 December 2019
    The head of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has revealed that they are developing new, advanced weapons for Su-57 stealth fighter jet. Yury Slyusar, the director-general of UAC, was quoted as saying by Sputnik on Monday; “The Su-57 will be able to use many new means of destruction - some of them have already been created, others are being developed. Tests will continue consistent with the new functions and new goals.” Earlier this month, a senior official fro...
  • Su-57 Crashed During Test Flight
    Su-57 Crashed During Test Flight 24 December 2019
    A Su-57 fifth-generation multirole fighter jet crashed in a forest area in Russia’s Far Eastern Khabarovsk Territory on Tuesday, Komsomolsk-on-Amur city administration source told TASS. The pilot was not injured in the accident. The corporation confirmed that a Su-57 fighter jet had crashed today in Komsomolsk-on-Amur during a test flight 111 km away from the base airfield. A special commission has been established to investigate the causes of the Su-57 fighter jet c...