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  • Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service
    Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service January 17 2020
    Russia’s new sea tanker Academician Pashin will join the Northern Fleet’s logistics and rear support forces in late January, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. "On January 21, a solemn ceremony of hoisting the flag of the Navy’s auxiliary fleet will take place aboard the new sea tanker Academician Pashin at the Northern Fleet’s main base of Severomorsk. This day will become the date of officially accepting the vessel for servic...
  • USAF Has Developed a Drone That Flew For 2 1/2-Day
    USAF Has Developed a Drone That Flew For 2 1/2-Day December 16 2019
    The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Centre for Rapid Innovation has developed an unmanned platform that flew a two 1/2-day continuous flight demonstration from Dec. 9 to Dec 11 at Dugway Proving Ground. The Ultra Long Endurance Aircraft Platform, or Ultra LEAP, consists of a high-performance, cost-effective, sport-class commercial airframe converted to a fully automated system with autonomous take-off and landing capabilities, the service says in a press release. <...
  • Australia Hands Over Guardian-Class Patrol Boat
    Australia Hands Over Guardian-Class Patrol Boat November 12 2019
    Australia donated the Guardian class patrol boat to the Solomon Islands. The platform was delivered to the Solomon Islands government at a ceremony held in Henderson, Western Australia on November 8th. The vessel, which has been named RSIPV Gizo (pennant number 05), is one of the 21 boats of the class being given by Canberra to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste as part of Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (also known as Sea 3036) programme. The Guardian class has an over...
  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes November 11 2019
    Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has initiated works on building at least four corvettes for the country’s navy, the ministry’s official news agency ArmyInform reported on Sept. 18. The process will start with resuming the construction of the Volodymyr the Great corvette as the lead vessel of Project 58250 class of perspective warships. Navy initiated building back in 2011, but there is almost no progress since then. Turkey and the United States are ready to su...
  • A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF
    A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF November 4 2019
    The Royal Air Force has taken delivery of its first submarine-hunting Boeing Poseidon MRA1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The UK's last dedicated MPAs flew out of RAF Kinloss from Lossiemouth, in 2010. However, a growing Russian submarine threat in the North Atlantic prompted the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to invest £3 billion in nine Poseidon aircraft to track maritime targets. The aircraft will eventually be based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. An RAF crew wil...
  • France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates
    France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates October 28 2019
    The steel-cutting ceremony of the first defence and intervention frigate (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention /FDI) took place on the Naval Group site of Lorient. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Head of the French Armament Directorate (DGA) Délégué Général pour l’Armement, Joël Barre, the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Christophe Prazuck, the Chief of the Hellenic Na...
  • India Receives Second Scorpène Submarine
    India Receives Second Scorpène Submarine September 21 2019
    India's Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has delivered second licence-built Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) to the Indian Navy on 19 September at a delivery ceremony in Mumbai. India has ordered six submarines under an INR230 billion (USD3.2 billion) contract signed with Naval Group (then known as DCNS) in October 2005 under India's Project 75 submarine programme. The programme's first-of-class, INS Kalvari, was commissioned in Dece...
  • China Continues to Support Cambodia
    China Continues to Support Cambodia September 12 2019
    In order to support the Cambodian government and strengthen the friendship between the two countries, China has donated the Shaanxi Baoji Tiger 4x4 light armoured vehicles to the Royal Cambodian Army (RCA). The armoured vehicles can be armed with the heavy machine gun, or an automatic grenade launcher, and can carry a crew of 2 and up to 9 passengers. The Tiger is powered by a Cummins diesel engine. Relations between Cambodia and China gained momentum after the two countries establi...
  • Decision to Continue Production
    Decision to Continue Production September 5 2019
    Russia has begun the design of the A-42 aircraft to replace the Beriev Be-12 Chayka (NATO Code: Mail) maritime patrol aircraft. Its design was suspended in 1993. Now the aircraft will be modernized and accepted into service. Defence Ministry sources told the decision in principle to resume A-42 production had been made. The ministry is drafting tactical and technical requirements to the upgraded project. The main one is to create a universal antisubmarine and rescue aircraft. So far...
  • China Shifts Aircraft Carrier Policy August 23 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 August 21 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...
  • Admiral Kasatonov to Enter Final Trials
    Admiral Kasatonov to Enter Final Trials August 17 2019
    The Project 22350, newest Russian frigate, Admiral Kasatonov will set off for Baltic Sea ranges in the coming week for the concluding stage of shipbuilders’ trials, Russian Navy Spokesman Captain Igor Dygalo said. "A decision on its departure will be made following a final report to Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Nikolai Yevmenov and upon the readiness of the frigate’s crew and the Severnaya Shipyard’s delivery team for fulfilling the program of trials”. <...
  • Modernization for Japan E-767 August 14 2019
        Boeing announced on its social media account that the first E-767 aircraft of the Japan Airborne Warning and Control System fleet has landed in San Antonio. The company has announced that they will modernize its Japanese E-767 fleet to improve its future capabilities.   Within the scope of modernization, the company will improve the computer systems of Japanese aircraft. Four Boeing E-767’s, which is delivered to the Japan Air S...
  • Cracks of the Hercules August 12 2019
      Cracks were found in one of the US Air Force C-130H Hercules. As a result, a total of 123 Hercules transport aircraft are now temporarily grounded. Air Force has spotted cracks on the lower center wing joint during scheduled depot maintenance.   The aircraft that are grounded have not received the extended service life center wing box and have more than 15 thousand hours of flight. Maintenance and engineering experts are ordered to inspect the aircraf...
  • Old Bird Get Renewed August 11 2019
    The Russian Navy to begin the modernization of the Be-12 Chayka (NATO Code: Mail) maritime patrol aircraft. Platform, which will be equipped with a new sonar, scanning sensors and a MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detector) as well as new depth charges and torpedoes. The flying boat is considered the oldest aircraft in service with the Russian fleet. The Be-12 made its maiden flight back in 1960, and its production was completed in 1973. The new equipment will be able to give Chayka a second life. Chay...
  • HGK-82 Became Operational
    HGK-82 Became Operational August 11 2019
    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Defence Industry Research and Development Institute (SAGE), has said HGK-82 (Precision Guidance Kit-82) has become operational. TUBITAK SAGE, announced from the official Twitter account that it is used four times. Kit developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE gives precision and range to classical bomb. The kits are installed on MKEK production of 500 lbs class Mk-82 type general-purpose bombs. This increases the operating r...
  • US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger
    US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger August 10 2019
    The Republic of Korea adds a new one to the defence expenditures it has recently increased. New military platforms to put in the inventory of the Republic of Korea navy. According to the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency, Korea will procure 12 MH-60R Seahawk from the US under the approved request. Cost of procurement is approximately 800 million US Dollars. And will be made under the scope of the FMS. Seoul will provide helicopters, as well as hell-borne surface sca...
  • New Termal Eyes for Turkish Submarines
    New Termal Eyes for Turkish Submarines August 8 2019
    Turkey has signed an agreement, which is worth 45 million US Dollar, with Hensoldt. Under the agreement, the Turkish Navy will supply eight SERO 400 periscopes with thermal imaging capabilities. Periscopes will be integrated into Preveze Class (Type 209/1400) submarines. Preveze Class (Type 209/1400) submarines are named after the Type 209 steel, which is the construction material of the submarine, and weight of the submarine, which is 1400 tons. The platform, which has a displ...
  • Training Support for the Recon
    Training Support for the Recon August 6 2019
    Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Solutions awarded $40M contract for E-8 aircrew training device sustainment. This contract provides for contractor logistics support and training system support centre operations of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Aircrew training device. The Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) is a United States Air Force Airborne ground surveillance, battle management and command and control aircra...
  • Spearhead for Unmanned Ships
    Spearhead for Unmanned Ships August 5 2019
    The U.S. Navy tested expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) as a mother ship for unmanned aerial vehicle and unmanned underwater vehicle. Spearhead sailed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Key West. This experiment is in line with a global trend that consists of using manned surface vessels for the launch, operation and recovery of unmanned maritime systems, essentially using the manned vessel as a mother ship. Operated by the U.S. Military Sealift Command, USNS Spe...
  • Northrop Grumman Receives Further Orders
    Northrop Grumman Receives Further Orders July 31 2019
    U.S. Air Force awards contract to Northrop Grumman for advanced electronic warfare pods. The value of the contract is $44 million. Northrop Grumman received the order following a series of rigorous tests designed to verify the system’s capabilities and readiness for operations. The tests were representative of modern combat scenarios and involved multiple, simultaneous threats. The pod demonstrated the ability to identify, locate and counter sophisticated threats and keep airc...
  • Landing Craft in the Inventory
    Landing Craft in the Inventory July 30 2019
    Indian Navy commissions sixth Mk IV landing craft. Named IN LCU L-56, the 62.8 m vessel, which was developed and constructed by state-owned shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers in Kolkata. The LCU is part of a USD303 million contract signed between GRSE and the Indian government. Each vessel of the class has a crew of 50, including five officers, and is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced systems such as a locally designed integrated bridge system and an integrated...
  • USA Approved to Procurement
    USA Approved to Procurement July 29 2019
    US Defence Ministry has approved Thailand’s request for 60 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles. The estimated value is $175 million includes, 60 Stryker, 60 M2 Flex .50 cal machine guns as well as spares, systems, training and support. The Stryker vehicles will increase Thailand’s capability to defend its sovereign territory by filling the capability void between light infantry soldiers and heavy mechanized units. The principal contractor for the Stryker vehicle is General...
  • Desert Warrior’s New Name
    Desert Warrior’s New Name July 28 2019
     US Army decided a new name for it’s M1A2 main battle tanks. The participation of tank units to “Operation Iraqi Freedom” brought many lessons concerning what was to be done to improve the M1A2. Platform gets a new machine gun for the tank commander, improved fire control,  with the crew being able to set the distance it wants a shell to explode, better infrared sights, and a new power unit that allows the tank to power communications and sensors without running it...
  • Greece Wants to Procure Belharra
    Greece Wants to Procure Belharra July 27 2019
    France and Greece are actively working on a Government-to-Government agreement for the procurement of two Belharra frigates for the Hellenic Navy. Laurent Mourre, Vice President of Sales for Europe and North America, explained that Greece is “very interested” in the Belharra. In January 2009, Greece announced the beginning of exclusive talks with France for the potential procurement of 6 multi-missions frigates. This contract never came into effect because of the economic crisis t...
  • The Hawkeye Tested
    The Hawkeye Tested July 26 2019
    U.S. soldiers tested the Hawkeye 105mm mobile artillery system as part of Exercise Northern Strike 19. The Hawkeye is a mobile artillery system based on the high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle fitted with a U.S. Army standard M20 105mm cannon mounted at the rear of the vehicle. The Hawkeye can be ready to fire in less than two minutes with a total crew of four soldiers.
  • HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation
    HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation July 25 2019
    French Shipyard CMN delivered the first two HSI32 Interceptors for the Royal Saudi Navy. In April 2018, Saudi company Zamil Offshore Services concluded an agreement worth 480 million dollars with CMN for the construction of 39 HSI32 interceptors for the Saudi Naval Forces. According to the agreement, 21 vessels are set to be built by CMN in Cherbourg, France, and the remaining 19 will be assembled at the facilities of Zamil Offshore Services in Saudi Arabia. The vessel has a range of 800 naut...
  • The Hellenic Navy Started Sea Trials
    The Hellenic Navy Started Sea Trials July 25 2019
    For the Hellenic Navy, 6th Roussen-Class fast attack missile boat (FACM) started sea trials. The platform, which was under construction went into the water in Elefsina Bay for a limited time. Final ship acceptance board checks of the No. 6 FACM are scheduled to be executed in the third quarter of this year. The Roussen-class FACM are based a stretched variant of the successful Vita design in used with the navies of Qatar and Oman. The Platform has a length of 62 meters, full load di...
  • Second Maya-Class Received
    Second Maya-Class Received July 18 2019
      Japan Marine United Corporation launched the second Maya-class guided missile destroyer for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force on 17 July. Named Haguro, the 170 m-long vessels will use the Aegis Baseline J7 supported by the Lockheed Martin/Raytheon AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar. The ship, which cost about USD1.6 billion to build, is expected to be commissioned in March 2021. The first-of-class Maya, which was launched on 30 July 2018. The maritime tests of the ...
  • F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea
    F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea July 2 2019
      The "Tri-Lightning" 2019 international aerial exercise was held over the Mediterranean Sea with the participation of the F-35I Adir fighter jet. The IAF's 140th ("Golden Eagle") Squadron participated in the USAF-led exercise alongside aircraft from the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force. This was the first time that the IAF's "Adir" Division participated in an exercise alongside international aircraft of the same model. In th...
  • New Control Unit for the M1 Abrams July 1 2019
      Honeywell signed a contract worth US $ 16.5 million to procurement J7 Digital Electronic Control Units to the Abrams family, the third generation main battle tank of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The process is expected to end on 28 June 2024. The M1 Abrams is designed for modern armoured ground warfare. It has a 1500 hp AGT1500 multifuel turbine engine, sophisticated Chobham composite armour, a computer fire control system and separate ammunition storage in a blow-out c...
  • First 6X6 at Trials
    First 6X6 at Trials June 27 2019
        The Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) has taken delivery of the first of four 6×6 protected multi-purpose vehicle (PMPV) from Protolab. PMPV vehicles are currently undergoing operational testing in field conditions. The trials will allow the FDF to assess the performance of the Protolab vehicles. Positioned as a highly manoeuvrable and agile vehicle, the Protolab PMPV is designed to perform mission roles such as patrol, transport, and command post. The 6&tim...
  • TITUS: New Armored Vehicle Solution to the Army
    TITUS: New Armored Vehicle Solution to the Army June 27 2019
    Czech Ministry of Defence signed a contract for the supply of 62 wheeled TITUS 6x6 armoured vehicles. The value of the contract is €237 million and deliveries will take place in 2022-23. The contract covers 42 wheeled armoured vehicles in command post version, and 20 others in the artillery coordination of fire support (MKPP), and includes logistic support and training.  TITUS will replace obsolete equipment and will equip units from the 4th Brigade Task Force. Armoured ve...
  • 500ᵗʰ EOTS For F-35
    500ᵗʰ EOTS For F-35 June 24 2019
    Lockheed Martin delivered the 500th Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS). All units have been delivered on time or ahead of schedule to support aircraft production and sustainment requirements.  F-35 EOTS provides F-35 pilots with precise air-to-air and air-to-ground targeting capability; EOTS allows aircrews to identify areas of interest, perform reconnaissance and precisely deliver laser and GPS-guided weapons.
  • First Diesel-Electric Submarine on Trial
    First Diesel-Electric Submarine on Trial June 22 2019
      Republic of Korea has begun sea trials for its first KSS-3 diesel-electric submarine. The vessel, Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, began the trials during the week of 10 June, and these involved mainly tests of the vessel's propulsion systems and steering equipment.  The submarine Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, which is the first of three KSS-3 submarines ordered for the Republic of Korea Navy, has an overall length of 83.5 m, an overall beam of 7.7 m, and a hull draught of 7.62 m...
  • KC-46A Tests Continue Successfully
    KC-46A Tests Continue Successfully June 21 2019
      The U.S. Air Force’s new air refuelling aircraft, the KC-46A Pegasus, is undergoing a variety of tests out of Edwards Air Force Base, California. Starting on April 29th, the KC-46 conducted the first refuelling test with a Travis AFB C-5M Super Galaxy. The testing is a part of a larger test program to certify aerial refuelling operations between the KC-46 and 22 different receiver aircraft. C-5M crew tested with the KC-46 was the ability to connect w...
  • New AFV Introduced
    New AFV Introduced June 12 2019
    Singapore Armed Forces introduced a new generation armoured fighting vehicle. Vehicle named as Hunter and it has a completely digital infrastructure. Singapore Ministry of Defence said in a statement that the new vehicle has higher firepower than its predecessors. The vehicle is said to be one of the core of the Singapore Army's transformation into a new generation of structure and is reported to be faster, smarter and more effective than the M113 Ultra vehicles that it will rep...
  • U.S. Will Not Accept More Turkish F-35 Pilots Over Russia
    U.S. Will Not Accept More Turkish F-35 Pilots Over Russia June 7 2019
      According to an exclusive report from Reuters, The United States has decided to stop accepting any additional Turkish pilots who planned to come to the United States to train on F-35 fighter jets. Turkey has ordered Russia’s S-400 air defence system, which Washington says it poses a threat to the Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealthy fighters, which Turkey also plans to buy. The United States says Turkey cannot have both. The two U.S. offic...
  • Russia’s Newest Frigate with Kalibr Missile Takes Part In IMDS
    Russia’s Newest Frigate with Kalibr Missile Takes Part In IMDS June 1 2019
      Russian Project 22350 frigate, Admiral Kasatonov will take part in the International Maritime Defence Show Russian Tass Agency reported. During the next stage of the ship’s trials in the Baltic Sea, "the crew of the frigate Fleet Admiral Kasatonov and the Severnaya Shipyard’s delivery team checked its main power unit at various speed modes, the operation of the steering and anchor handling systems, the ship stabilizer, the ventilation and air condit...
  • Liaoning to become Combat Ship
    Liaoning to become Combat Ship April 26 2019
    China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier will become combat aircraft carrier ship. The ship built during Soviet era and was anchored in Ukraine, named Varyag. China bought if from Ukraine to transform it allegedly to a  “casino” . Once acquired China stated that it will design it as a training and test ship, China's first aircraft carrier the Liaoning is starting to play a combat role following recent modifications and intensive training exercises. China Central ...