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  • Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter
    Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter January 14 2020
    Following the announcement of the platform to replace the UH-1s in the Air Force inventory, the USA made its final decision in the process of AHTS (Advanced Helicopter Training System). The winner was Leonardo in the scope of the AHTS Program, which was launched for the replace the TH-57B / C Sea Ranger helicopters in the Navy inventory. Within the scope of deliveries planned to start in 2022, a total of 32 TH-73As will enter the American Navy inventory. The platforms, the...
  • Okinawa Base Transfer Costs More Than Expected
    Okinawa Base Transfer Costs More Than Expected December 28 2019
      The US Defence Ministry said Wednesday it now estimates the costs to relocate the Futenma Air Station to the coastal area of Henoko will more than double the current budget to $8.5 billion and the construction period needs to be extended to over nine years. Washington plans to push ahead with the relocation of a U.S. air base within Okinawa Prefecture despite the overwhelming public opposition expressed in a referendum on Sunday, recognising the outpost's strate...
  • Rafael and Leonardo Delivery
    Rafael and Leonardo Delivery October 22 2019
    Leonardo and RAFAEL announced that the partners have delivered on time the first Trophy Active Protection Systems to defend the US Army’s M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks against a variety of anti-armour threats. This delivery marks the first of several that will ultimately outfit four brigades of tanks. The deliveries are the culmination of a multi-year qualification process. A joint team of government and industry from both the U.S. and Israel worked together to adapt and integ...
  • Inventory is Growing September 24 2019
    The Philippine Navy (PN) will launch new platforms. PN is scheduled to commission three new Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) Mk.3 fast boats and four KAAV-7A1 amphibious assault vehicles. The MPAC Mk.3 was made by the joint venture of Taiwan’s Lung the Shipbuilding, and Filipino marine company Propmech Corporation, and will be the 4th batch acquired by the PN from the joint venture. It would be armed with the Rafael Spike-ER missiles fired from the Rafael Typhoon MLS-ER missi...
  • Russian Helicopters will Retire
    Russian Helicopters will Retire August 23 2019
    The Czech Republic decided to retire the Russian-made helicopters in its inventory. The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from US maker Bell a deal priced at $622 million, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on August 22. The deal includes the utility Venom aircraft and the attack Viper aircraft, which share most of their parts. “It will be eight Venoms and four Vipers,” Metnar told reporters. The contract expected to sign by the end of the year with delivery starti...
  • New Contract for CH-53K
    New Contract for CH-53K August 16 2019
    Sikorsky nets $107M contract for parts on six King Stallion helicopters. The contract covers long-lead items for six low-rate initial production lot 4 helicopters, with work expected to be completed by August 2020. Sikorsky will conduct work on the lot 4 helicopters entirely at its Stratford, Conn. facility. Due to the series of failures that started with the problem of exhaust gas ingestion before, the Marine Corps reduced nine orders for its 2020 fiscal budget to six. The overall ...
  • JLTV is Ready for Mission
    JLTV is Ready for Mission August 15 2019
    The U.S. Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is officially ready to deploy and support missions of the naval expeditionary force-in-readiness worldwide. Developed to replace HMMWV vehicles in the US Army and Marine Corps inventory, JLTV offers superior protection and terrain capability compared to its predecessor. The JLTV, a program led by the U.S. Army, family of vehicles comes in different variants with multiple mission package configurations, all providing protected...
  • Final Supply Completed
    Final Supply Completed June 27 2019
      The final unit of RQ-21A Blackjack, replaces the RQ-7B Shadow, was delivered by the US Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS Program Office (PMA-263) at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina. RQ-21A Blackjack increased capability will include work on command and control, communication systems, avionics, optics, laser designation, and payloads. Blackjack remains a critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability that’s relevant...
  • 40 Percent Light Plate Coming
    40 Percent Light Plate Coming June 24 2019
    The Corps is gearing up to field its new lightweight body armor plates, designed to be worn in the low intensity or counterinsurgency style conflicts. Nearly 40 percent lighter body armor coming to Marines in 2020. On Friday the Defence Department announced the Navy awarded a nearly $216 million contract to Point Blank Enterprises for the purchase of the new lightweight plates. Maj. Ken Kunze, a spokesman for Marine Corps Systems Command, told Marine Corps Times that the Corps expects ...
  • New Agreement for F-35 Lightning II
    New Agreement for F-35 Lightning II June 11 2019
    Recently, a new statement came from the US for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft, which has been frequently featured on the defense agenda. The US announced the signing of a new technology agreement for platforms. With the agreement signed with Lockheed Martin, the effectiveness of the aircraft will increase. The US $ 1.8 billion agreement includes design and maturation works for the Block 4capabilities of the platforms under Phase 2.3. The improvements will also apply to models A, B a...
  • First V-22 Osprey in the Museum
    First V-22 Osprey in the Museum June 10 2019
    One of the latest developed platforms the US inventory, the V-22 Osprey, will be displayed in the museum. The US announced the first time a V-22 Osprey was given to the museum.   The platform, which was announced to be exhibited at the Pax River Naval Aviation Museum, had been stored at Patuxtent Naval Airbase Facilities for some time. The platform, which was announced to be an MV-22B, which made its first flight on 23 August 1997 and served in the Marine Corps, was d...
  • Approval from Marine Corps
    Approval from Marine Corps June 10 2019
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has announced that the approval of mass production has given for new radar system. The mass production phase of the AN / TPS-80 system, also known as G / ATOR (Ground / Air Task-Oriented Radar System) is a significant milestone is for the program. G / ATOR, which will provide instant data transfer to Common Aviation Command and Control System, Composite Tracking Network, and Advanced Field Artillery Data System, incorporates a common software-based operati...
  • $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries
    $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries May 27 2019
      United States will sell up to $ 3.9 billion arms to two Middle East Countries United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The State Department approved two countries requests. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019. UAE wants to acquire RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air Vehicles with support for an estimated cost of $80 million.  The Government of the UAE has ...
  • CH-53K Deliveries Postponed
    CH-53K Deliveries Postponed April 8 2019
    The US cannot get rid of delays in aviation programs. After the delays in the KC-46 Pegasus, the CH-53K King Stallion helicopters will be delayed too. CH-53K King Stallion helicopters with a total program cost of US $ 31 billion and developed in accordance with the demands of the US Marine Corps will be delivered with a delay of at least 19 months. The problems identified during the development tests were shown to cause disruption in the program. 106 technical problems identified in...
  • Pentagon Cuts Some of its F-35 Orders
    Pentagon Cuts Some of its F-35 Orders March 5 2019
    The Pentagon will request 78 F-35 jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp., six fewer than previously planned, in the budget expected to be sent to Congress next week, according to defence officials. The cutback from the 84 fighters projected a year ago for fiscal 2020 is a setback for Lockheed Martin. The Air Force still plans to buy all 48 jets in fiscal 2020 that it had originally sought. That means the quantity sought by the Navy or Marine Corps was cut.
  • US Declares F-35C IOC
    US Declares F-35C IOC March 4 2019
    The US Navy declared that its F-35C Joint Strike Fighter was operationally ready to deploy and conduct missions around the world. The F-35C Lightning II, the aircraft carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, has met all requirements and has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), the commander of Naval Air Forces and the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation announced Feb. 28 in a joint statement. To declare IOC, the first operational squadron must be properly manned, ...
  • Name of the New LCS
    Name of the New LCS February 6 2019
    US Navy announced the name of its new platform. The new Independence class littoral combat ship will be named as USS Kingsville (LCS 36). The new platform was named after the city of Kingsville, Texas, USA. The decision made because of contributions of Kingsville to the US Navy and Marine Corps. Platform will be built at Austal Shipyard in the city of Mobile. USA has already announced that 11 coastal combat ships are under construction, seven platforms are in pre-construction phase ...
  • Iveco Prefers Allison
    Iveco Prefers Allison February 4 2019
    Iveco Defence Vehicles will support BAE Systems in the frame of their recently-awarded contract to produce the next generation of Amphibious Combat Vehicles. Allison has recently shared a press bulletin to announce that Allison Specialty Series™ transmissions will equip the new generation of Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV 1.1) for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).   According to bulleting the vehicles are being produced under a four-year, $400 million contract won ...
  • Artillery Training Simulator for Indonesia
    Artillery Training Simulator for Indonesia December 19 2018
    Indonesia is adding another one to the steps it has taken to improve its army. In this context, artillery training simulator will be builded for the navy. For the simulator where a mock-up ship bridge and combat systems will be included, the 76mm gun of Ahmad Yani class KRI Slamet Riyadi (352) frigate was removed. It was announced that the disassembled weapon will be used in the training of soldiers at the simulator centre. It is reported that the centre will be built on the Indones...
  • Morocco to Acquire Abrams Tank
    Morocco to Acquire Abrams Tank December 4 2018
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of enhancements to 162 Abrams tanks for an estimated cost of $1.259 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 28, 2018. The Government of Morocco has requested to purchase enhancements to 162 Abrams tanks procured through the Excess Defence Article (EDA) program to one of the following variants:  ...
  • JLTV Order from Army
    JLTV Order from Army December 3 2018
    Oshkosh has announced a new procurement agreement. Under the agreement, US Army will provide 6107 JLTV vehicles. The deal has a total cost of US $ 1.69 billion. It includes the equipment as well as the necessary kits. Company stated that the decision for full-capacity mass production will be made in 2018. Frist deliveries are announced to expected in the beginning of 2019. Developed to replace HMMWV vehicles in the US Army and Marine Corps inventory, JLTV offers superior protection and terrai...
  • Iran Unveils New 4x4 MRAP Personnel Carrier; Toufan
    Iran Unveils New 4x4 MRAP Personnel Carrier; Toufan November 22 2018
    Iran unveiled a new Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) Personnel Carrier “Toufan” in a ceremony attended by Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported. General Hatami elaborated Toufan  as “ a 4x4 vehicle with the capability to resist against mine explosion, booby-traps and blasts that result from the explosion of several kilograms of TNT and layers of protection against different steel-core bullets.” Th...
  • Japan Postponed V-22s Again
    Japan Postponed V-22s Again November 19 2018
    Japan has announced that it has postponed its V-22 Osprey deliveries once again. Japan Defence Minister Takeyeshi Iwaya made a statement about postponement. Japan had previously announced postponement in deliveries. The Japanese Minister of Defence said in a statement that the support of the local people of the region where the platforms will be deployed was not provided. This caused the decision. The V-22 Ospreys are expected to be deployed to Saga Airport in the south-western part...
  • Turkish Navy Aims F-35B
    Turkish Navy Aims F-35B November 9 2018
    Turkish Navy wants to deploy the F-35B Lightning II on board the TCG Anadolu which is under construction. The efficiency of the ship, which will be an important multiplier for the Turkish Navy's amphibious assault force, will be increased with the F-35B Lightning II aircraft. In this direction, some studies are being carried out in the headquarters. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, the necessary infrastructure and preliminary works are in progress before the f...
  • Some F-35Bs Grounded Again October 27 2018
    The F-35 Joint Program Office has temporarily halted flight operations for a number of F-35Bs. A spokesman for the F-35 JPO, who confirmed the issue exclusively to Defence News and Marine Corps Times, stated F-35Bs with higher flight hours were halted from flight as two new parts were found that will require further inspection.  One source close to the program said that only a couple dozen F-35Bs meet the criteria where an operational pause would be necessary. Some of the older...
  • New NVG to Army October 15 2018
    The US Army continue to equip soldiers with new generation equipment. In a recent statement, Army to procure ENVG-B (Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular). Although it is not explained how many systems are supplied, it is stated that 10 thousand systems will be distributed within three years in the first wave. It is stated that the Marine Corps will take 3100 ENVG-B in announcement. While the predecessors of ENVG-B systems developed by L-3 Technologies were monocular, the new syst...
  • Worldwide F-35 Fleet Grounded Temporarily
    Worldwide F-35 Fleet Grounded Temporarily October 12 2018
    The worldwide fleet of F-35 Lightning II aircraft was grounded for inspections after a problem with the aircraft’s engine fuel tube was discovered, which is believed to be related to the first crash of the stealth fighter a few weeks ago. The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) requested on 10 October that the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps inspect the aircraft’s Pratt & Whitney F135 turbofan before flying again. Some aircraft have already resumed flights after insp...
  • F-35B Shoots with HIMARS
    F-35B Shoots with HIMARS October 7 2018
    The U.S. Marine Corps were able to link the F-35B to a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and help the HIMARS achieve a rocket shot by sharing of data. Lt. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, deputy commandant for aviation, told the audience at the Centre for Strategic & International Studies on Oct. 5. The shot was all done through data link, according to Rudder. The F-35 used sensors and pushed data about the location of the target that was then fed to a HIMARS s...
  • F35B Crashed in US
    F35B Crashed in US September 29 2018
    The US military has suffered the first crash in its F-35 fighter jet programme. A F-35B jet came down in South Carolina, the Marine Corps said. The pilot managed to safely eject and there were no injuries. The Marines said in a statement that an investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.
  • New Tilt-Rotor UAS from Bell
    New Tilt-Rotor UAS from Bell September 28 2018
    Bell introduced a mock-up of its new product at the USMC Tech Expo in the US. The V-247 Vigilant was developed to meet the needs of the US Marine Corps's vertical take-off multi-purpose combat UAS. In March, the Marine Corps issued an request for information document for the USMC Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System Expeditionary (MUX). According to Bell's statement, the platform was developed with the experience gained from V-22 Osprey and V-280 Valor. In addition ...
  • US F-35 Conducts First-Ever Airstrike
    US F-35 Conducts First-Ever Airstrike September 28 2018
    The US military's F-35B joint strike fighter conducted its first-ever airstrike on Thursday, according to the US Marine Corps and three US defence officials. F-35B neutralized Taliban targets in Afghanistan. The aircraft involved were the US Marine Corps' variant of the aircraft flying from the USS Essex amphibious assault ship. The Marines confirmed the strike in a statement: "During this mission the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearanc...
  • An Unstable Turkey is Chaos in Eurasia… September 15 2018
    Europe has eventually come to the realisation that Turkey should sustain itself as a strong and wealthy state, devoid of internal problems and compatible with European standards. Hastings Lionel Ismay was born in 1887 in India, Nainital, as a subject of the mighty British Empire, on which the sun never set. He was educated in Britain, eventually graduating from the Royal Military College. Throughout the First World War, he served in a very special unit. In British Somaliland, he was...
  • Bell Is Awarded $ 510 Million Contract
    Bell Is Awarded $ 510 Million Contract August 26 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence issued a contract announcement with Bell for 29 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., is awarded $509,750,754 for the manufacture and delivery of 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Z New-Build aircraft in support of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2021.
  • Marine Corps Adds MV-22 Osprey “Ugly Angels” Squadron
    Marine Corps Adds MV-22 Osprey “Ugly Angels” Squadron August 22 2018
    The US Marine Corps has reactivated a squadron to serve as its 17th active-component Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM), flying the MV-22B Osprey. The squadron will grow to full strength in aircraft and personnel over the next year. The unit retains the nickname “Ugly Angels.” In its previous iteration as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, the unit was based at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The squadron last flew CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopters. It...
  • Sprut-SDM1 Light Amphibious armoured vehicle at Export Market
    Sprut-SDM1 Light Amphibious armoured vehicle at Export Market August 21 2018
    Russian state-run Rosoboronexport has launched Sprut-SDM1 light amphibious armoured vehicle built for export. Tank is built by Tractor Plants Concern. Rosoboronexport’s Director General Alexander Mikheev said, “The Sprut-SDM1 is a light amphibious fighting vehicle. It possesses the firepower of the main battle tank and is capable of disembarking from a ship and operating day or night in terrain impassable for other similar vehicles” on Thursday. Vehicle i...
  • New Aircraft to Angels
    New Aircraft to Angels August 14 2018
    Boeing has signed an agreement with the US Department of Defense. Under the agreement, the aircraft of the US Navy Blue Angels demonstration team will be replaced. Boeing will convert nine F/A-18Es and two F A-18Fs into a Blue Angels configuration with an agreement of USD 17 million. The transformation process will take place in engineering proposal 6480. Blue Angels is US Navy's acrobatic team which has been flying different models of F/A-18 aircraft si...
  • Iran Unveils New Radar-Evading Anti-Ship Missile
    Iran Unveils New Radar-Evading Anti-Ship Missile August 13 2018
    The new missile, a new modification of the Fateh-110 "Conqueror" solid-propellant surface-to-surface missile dubbed the Al-Mobeen ("The Divine Conquest"), was unveiled on Monday by Iranian Defence Minister Brig Gen. Amir Hatami. Minister Hatami attended to the presentation ceremony to congratulate the army and military designers with the completion of the work on the new missile. US media outlets reported on Friday that the US intelligence had detected ...
  • Competition on Radar
    Competition on Radar July 30 2018
    US Marine Corps (USMC) has announced a  tender. The mechanical APG-73 radars of F/A-18 C and D aircraft which are in the USMC inventory will be replaced by the Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) radars. Procurement tender is not expected and didn't released in the annual plans. Raytheon and Northrop Grumman responded to the Request for Proposal. Raytheon made a fitting check for its APG-79(V)4 radar. In addition, Northrop Grumman conducted a sim...
  • Iran has overhauled and upgraded 10 Su-22s
    Iran has overhauled and upgraded 10 Su-22s July 26 2018
    Iran has managed to overhaul and upgrade 10 Su-22 fighter-bombers, the country announced at a ceremony on Jul. 25. Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the fighters are now able to employ precision-guided munitions and datalink with unmanned aircraft. With this upgrade, these bombers will be able to carry and fire smart and cluster bombs, and air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles with pinpoint accura...
  • Akar appointed Defence Minister
    Akar appointed Defence Minister July 9 2018
      President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced Commander of Turkish Armed Forces General Hulusi Akar as first Defence Minister at new political system.   General Hulusi AKAR, the 29th Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces, was commissioned as an infantry officer after graduating from the Military Academy in 1972.   Upon completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course in 1973, General AKAR served at different levels between 1973 and 198...