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  • New Images from Kuwait's Helicopter
    New Images from Kuwait's Helicopter 19 October 2020
    New images of the H225M (EC725 Caracal) general-purpose helicopter, which Kuwait bought from Airbus in 2016, have been shared. The platform's flight-testing program began in October 2019. In February 2020, Kuwait’s Armed Forces set up a committee to examine the details after technical problems with the engines of the first two Caracals received. The delivery of helicopters was suspended due to technical failures. The platform stands out for its low operating cost...
  • Two NSM for Romania
    Two NSM for Romania 18 October 2020
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defence Systems (CDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $300 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.   The Government of Romania has requested to buy two CDS consisting of up to ten Link-16 Multifunctional Information ...
  • 5GAT Will Take Off at The End of This Month
    5GAT Will Take Off at The End of This Month 16 October 2020
    The fifth-generation target UAV 5GAT developed by the United States will make its first flight at the end of October. Covid-19 due to the delay in the program, the platform completed the first 24 taxi tests before the flight in six days. 5GAT, which successfully pass ground tests for take-off, has been developed as a cost-effective solution. The drone will be used to assess air-to-air and surface-to-air missile and weapon tests, ground forces training and the developm...
  • Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced
    Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced 15 October 2020
    BAE Systems has released data based on the potential economic contribution of Tempest, the UK's 6th generation fighter jet programme, over the next 30 years. About 20,000 businesses are expected to be supported along with the programme. Together with Tempest, the UK economy is expected to earn £25.3bn by 2050. Bae Systems will soon present a business plan to the government on the program, after which funding will be allocated for the next phase. Production of air...
  • Modular Structure Begins in Construction of Nuclear Submarines
    Modular Structure Begins in Construction of Nuclear Submarines 14 October 2020
    Russia-based Sevmash Shipyard is going into modular construction in submarine construction to minimize the margin of error caused by the human factor and provide cost effective solutions. Along with modular technology, Sevmash plans to reduce the submarine's sled construction time. "The new technology was launched in 2016 under the supervision of Sevmash CEO Mikhail Budnichenko. The task force was created and a project was launched to move to modular technology in the const...
  • Japan Changes Defence Industry Tactic in Asia
    Japan Changes Defence Industry Tactic in Asia 14 October 2020
    Japan will sign an agreement on defence equipment and technology exports to Vietnam as part of a move to strengthen the defence capabilities of Indo-Pacific countries. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will visit Vietnam and Indonesia next week. The prime minister is expected to sign the agreement with Vietnam during the trip. Tokyo began lifting its ban on overseas arms sales in 2014 to strengthen its defences and reduce the unit cost of military equipment it produce...
  • US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland
    US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland 12 October 2020
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and weapons and related equipment for an estimated cost of $14.7 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. Finland has requested to buy 50 F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft; eight F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft; 14 EA-18G Growler aircraft; 166 F414-GE-400 engines (144...
  • $1.2 Billion for Stryker IM-SHORAD Vehicles
    $1.2 Billion for Stryker IM-SHORAD Vehicles 8 October 2020
      General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), a business unit of General Dynamics was awarded a $1.219 billion contract to produce, test and deliver Interim Manoeuvre Short-Range Air Defence (IM-SHORAD) systems to the U.S. Army. The Army’s initial order on the contract calls for 28 Stryker IM-SHORAD vehicles for $230 million. The IM-SHORAD is designed to counter threats from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and a multitude of other Rotary and Fixed Wing aircraft and prov...
  • Turkey's Role in F-35 Parts to Continue Until 2022
    Turkey's Role in F-35 Parts to Continue Until 2022 3 October 2020
    The United States will continue to buy F-35 Lightning II parts from Turkey despite removing Turkey from the F-35 program. The United States will continue to buy parts for the F-35 Joint Assault Aircraft from Turkey by 2022, although Ankara has purchased the Russian S-400 air defence system, the Pentagon's top procurement official said. Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of purchasing at the secretary of Defence, said the Pentagon should continue to buy Turkish-made parts i...
  • Estonia Strengthens Coastal Defences Against Russia
    Estonia Strengthens Coastal Defences Against Russia 2 October 2020
    Estonia has moved to strengthen its coastline with missiles and naval mines. Estonia's Defence Ministry plans an increase in military spending to strengthen coastal defences with naval mine and anti-ship missiles, while also awaiting support from neighbouring countries. The project was included in the modernisation work in the defence budget of €645 million for 2021. The defence ministry sees the cost of the coastal arms project at around €50 million. The coastal ...
  • 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...
  • India to Produce Next Generation Aircraft with Private Sector
    India to Produce Next Generation Aircraft with Private Sector 2 October 2020
    India is preparing to produce a new generation of aircraft in a privately-led joint venture. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), a state-owned subsidiary, calculates the costs associated with the production of the fifth-generation Advanced Multirole Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and the structure of the planned joint venture. India's Ministry of Defence and HAL said the state's share of the aircraft project, which will include the private sector, would be less than 50%. Hal is expecte...
  • 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...
  • Space Study from Turkey
    Space Study from Turkey 30 September 2020
    The announcement was made in August 2020 for the Rubidium-based atomic clock project, which the Turkish Space Agency and TÜBİTAK National Metrology Institute (Ulusal Metroloji Enstitü/ UME) plan to run together. According to the statement, the laboratory-type atomic clock production developed by TÜBİTAK UME was completed and the cooperation protocol with the Space Agency for the integration of the watch into space was signed on September 28, 2020. Developed as a domes...
  • Japan to Acquire Ram Block 2 Tactical Missiles
    Japan to Acquire Ram Block 2 Tactical Missiles 29 September 2020
      The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of RAM Block 2 Tactical Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $55.311 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to fifty-one (51) Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 Tactical Missiles, RIM-116C.  Also includ...
  • Air Defence System from Israel to Czechia
    Air Defence System from Israel to Czechia 28 September 2020
    Czechia will buy an air defence system from Israel. According to Israel, the Czech Ministry of Defence wants to add SPYDER to its inventory as an air defence system. SPYDER (Surface-to-Air Python & Derby), is a quick reaction, low- to-high surface-to-air missile system designed to counter attacks by a variety of aerial threats including aircraft, helicopters, and UAVs. The system includes a radar system produced by Elta, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The cos...
  • GA-ASI Conducts Sparrowhawk sUAS Flight Tests
    GA-ASI Conducts Sparrowhawk sUAS Flight Tests 27 September 2020
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced with a press release that the company conducted captive carry Sparrowhawk Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) flight demonstrations on September 16-17, 2020. The Sparrowhawk aircraft is designed as an airborne launch and recovery demonstrator aircraft tailored to fit GA-ASI platforms and is focused on Advanced Battle Management System’s attritableONE technologies. Sparrowhawk iterates on the DARPA Gremlins Program to further airborne rec...
  • “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program
    “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program 22 September 2020
    Britain plans to downsize its Boeing E-7 Wedgetail AEW aircraft order as price goes higher. The original price tag was $1.98 billion in March 2019, but in the past 16 months, the cost has increased to $2.68 billion. United Kingdom Defence Ministry has opened talks with Boeing to reduce its order for E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning aircraft, less than 18 months after signing a $1.98 billion contract to buy five of the aircraft. The original contract was a sole source b...
  • VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200
    VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200 20 September 2020
    According to French Daily La Tribune, the European MBDA signed a contract with Egypt for the supply of VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles, for the equipment of the MEKO frigate under construction. Egypt had originally selected the South African Umkhonto missiles (128 missiles), but the program did not go ahead due to Denel's financial problems. In January 2019 Egypt and Germany agreed to build a MEKO-A200 frigate, with a total cost of € 500 million with 1 more option. In April ...
  • New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone
    New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone 19 September 2020
    A new decision was made on the Eurodrone Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS programme, developed with a subsidiary of the German, French, Italian and Spanish Governments.  Meeting at Airbus' facilities in Germany, French Defence Minister Florance Parly and her German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called on member states to launch the next phase of the drone operation in 2021. Ministers said the financial problems in the programme will be resolved ...
  • Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned
    Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned 18 September 2020
    According to Defence Review Asia, Indonesia may scale down its KF-X / IFX procurement from the Republic of Korea (ROK). The magazine claims that the government of Indonesia is looking to save money due to COVID-19 pandemic and the level of investment in the KF-X/IFX combat aircraft project is the one that the government has eyes on.  In 2010 the country signed up to pay 20% of the development costs of the twin-jet engine 4++ generation fighter but is now seeking to reduce that to 15%.&nb...
  • Lazer for F-16s
    Lazer for F-16s 18 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin is working to develop mature and producible tactical airborne LWS solutions that complement existing kinetic defences to protect warfighters in the air, at sea and on the ground. The systems the company is developing under contract today can defeat small rockets, unmanned aerial vehicles, small attack boats, and lightweight ground vehicles. Under the Department of Defence’s first laser weapon program of record, the company is integrating the High Ener...
  • Greek Defence Minister Denies Arms Spending Will Cost 10 Billion Euros
    Greek Defence Minister Denies Arms Spending Will Cost 10 Billion Euros 16 September 2020
      Greece's defence minister on Wednesday dismissed reports that his country would spend 10 billion euros on an arms overhaul announced at the weekend. "It's not a 10-billion-euro spending spree, let me make that very clear," Yunanistan savunma bakanı ülkesinin hafta sonu açıklanan bir silah revizyonuna 10 milyar avro harcayacağı yönündeki haberleri yalanladı. told an Economist conference in Athens, responding to press reports ab...
  • Swarm UAVs competing
    Swarm UAVs competing 16 September 2020
    The first phase of the competition organized by the Defence Industry Presidency within the scope of the Swarm UAV Technology Development and Demonstration Project with the participation of micro-scale companies and SMEs has been completed. Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir stated the following in his statement on the subject: “The Turkish defence industry has achieved significant success in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles in recent years. Today, national and ...
  • Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA
    Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA 16 September 2020
    The debate over the operational readiness levels of aircraft carriers in the United States continues. Pentagon officials argue that aircraft carriers are available, but the rhetoric between the Navy and the White House that the level of preparation for the platforms is both costly and long-lasting. Rear Admiral John Meier, commander of the US Atlantic Navy Air Force, described the operational presence of the ships as "the number one concern." Rear Admiral Meier said that s...
  • The Brazilian Army Completed the Modernization of The BTR M-113
    The Brazilian Army Completed the Modernization of The BTR M-113 15 September 2020
      According to information published on the Defensa Aerea, the 7th Motorized Infantry Battalion of the Brazilian Ground Forces received the last modernized tracked armoured personnel carrier M-113В. Begun in July 2010, the VBTP M113 modernization Project became a benchmark within the Brazilian Army with 386 vehicles. The Project proposed to put into operation the armoured marine sub-units of the large armoured and mechanised units Maintain high rate of vehic...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • Kraken Robotics to Deliver Mine Hunting Equipment to Denmark and Poland
    Kraken Robotics to Deliver Mine Hunting Equipment to Denmark and Poland 14 September 2020
    On September 8th, Kraken Robotics announced the signing of contracts for mine hunting equipment with the Danish Navy and with the Polish Navy. Kraken will deliver its KATFISH™ towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar, Tentacle® Winch and Autonomous Launch and Recovery System (ALARS) in the second half of 2021. Kraken’s equipment will be integrated on board the Polish Navy’s new KORMORAN II Mine CounterMeasure (MCMV) vessels in Gdansk, Poland. No information was expr...
  • 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...
  • F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds
    F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds 13 September 2020
      The Pentagon’s five-year budget plan for the F-35 falls short by as much as $10 billion, the military’s independent cost analysis unit has concluded, a new indication that the complex fighter jet may be too costly to operate and maintain according to Bloomberg News. The Defence Department’s blueprint for the next five fiscal years calls for requesting $78 billion for research and development, jet procurement, operations and maintenance and military...
  • Modernization Time for Skjold Class
    Modernization Time for Skjold Class 12 September 2020
    The Royal Norwegian Navy has announced that Skjold-class coastal corvettes will be modernized. KONGSBERG and UMOE Mandal AS signed an agreement to modernize the platform with body design, which can be described as a hybrid of catamaran boats with airbags. Modern technologies and cost-effective solutions will be developed to make the ship more sustainable, it said. Thanks to its body structure, the Skjold class has a SENIT 2000 combat data system with high mobility in shallow waters....
  • Hercules of Uruguay Will Rejuvenate
    Hercules of Uruguay Will Rejuvenate 11 September 2020
    Uruguay signed an agreement with the Spanish Government to supply two C-130H Military Transport Aircraft in the Spanish Air Force (EDA) inventory. The contract, worth approximately 21 million Euros, includes the purchase of spare parts for two C-130H Transport Aircraft. Uruguayan Defence Minister Javier García disclosed the information on the contract at the Senate Defence budget meeting. The purchased aircraft will replace the high-cost maintenance C-130 Hercules aircraft in...
  • Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France
    Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France 9 September 2020
    The French government had proposed two FREMM (FRégate Européenne Multi-Missions later FREgate Multi-Missions) to Greece in 2018. The proposal is again on the negotiation table according to Greek Media. France proposes Alsace (D656) and Lorraine (D657). The Dutch government has two modernized frigates to offer.  According to unconfirmed information, the annual rental cost of the two ships will be 150 million euros with the right to purchase once the lease is comple...
  • Ukraine Gets Closer to Acquire Embraer’s Super Tucano
    Ukraine Gets Closer to Acquire Embraer’s Super Tucano 8 September 2020
      Ukraine that started investigating Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano shows more interest. The company is expected to attend at Arms and Security Expo in October for the first time. Current Albatros aircraft lacks training capabilities for future pilots. Super Tucano however is a jet trainer and light attack aircraft. However, the latter option would require acquisition of a more advanced version of the aircraft, which would significantly boost procurement costs.
  • Germany Takes Part in Space Race
    Germany Takes Part in Space Race 8 September 2020
    A date has been given for the first rocket developed by a private company to launch into orbit in Germany. Founded as a start-up in Munich and backed by many investors, including Airbus and Earlybird, Isar Aerospace aims to represent Germany in the space race. Daniel Metzler, co-founder and CEO of Isar, said they had half a billion euros worth of investments, 95% from private firms. The rocket, which is 27 meters long and is scheduled to carry more than a ton of cargo, is ...
  • France gets Support for Hercules
    France gets Support for Hercules 4 September 2020
    The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France of four AE-2100D Turbo Prop engines and two Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade Two (MIDS-LVT BU2) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $350 million. Items will be integrated on C-130 Hercules. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of Franc...
  • Spain to acquire 100 AIM-120C AMRAAM
    Spain to acquire 100 AIM-120C AMRAAM 4 September 2020
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Spain of one hundred (100) AIM-120C-7/8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and one AMRAAM Guidance Section (spare) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $248.5 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.  
  • AIM-120C-8 Plan
    AIM-120C-8 Plan 31 August 2020
    Working to improve its capabilities by restructuring its army, Japan will consolidate its air power with new systems. The US Department of Defence informed Congress about the export of new weapons. In this context, Washington will procure air-to-air missiles to Tokyo. In the statement made on August 26, the DoD announced that the sale of 32 AIM-120C-8 air-to-air missiles to Japan was approved. Japan had requested 32 units of AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Ai...
  • Desan Demands to Become the Main Contractor on the Aircraft Carrier
    Desan Demands to Become the Main Contractor on the Aircraft Carrier 29 August 2020
      President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s second call for aircraft carrier received a response from the industry. Kaptanoğlu- Desan Shipyard Chairman Cenk İsmail Kaptanoğlu pointed out that the project could be implemented with a strong consortium and said, “The cooperation model to be established between the Defence Industry Presidency, universities, private and military shipyards as well as public institutions and private companies operating in the defence industry and o...
  • Japan Boosts AMRAAM Stock
    Japan Boosts AMRAAM Stock 27 August 2020
    The U.S. government has approved possible Foreign Military Sales to Japan of the AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). The sale cost, which includes 32 AIM-120C-8 missiles in total, is estimated to be approximately $63 million. "It is vital for U.S. national interests to help Japan develop and maintain a strong and effective self-defence capability," the White House said of the procurement process, which includes technical and logistical support.