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  • US Navy Awards L3Harris Technologies $104 Million Contract for F/A-18 Electronic Warfare System
    US Navy Awards L3Harris Technologies $104 Million Contract for F/A-18 Electronic Warfare System 13 September 2020
    The U.S. Navy has awarded L3Harris Technologies a $104 million follow-on contract to supply the next production lot of the electronic warfare (EW) system that protects F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft against electronic threats. The announcement was made in conjunction with vHook’20 being held virtually, September 10-12. L3Harris will manufacture and deliver Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) jammer systems for the F/A-18C/D/E/F variants, with deliv...
  • U.S. Support for Fuel Reserves
    U.S. Support for Fuel Reserves 30 July 2020
    An agreement has been reached between Australia and the United States for military fuel reserves. The decision, which was taken at a time when relations with China were strained by both countries, will build a US-backed reserve in Australia. The project, which is scheduled to take place in Darwin, the capital of Australia's Northern Territory province, is expected to strengthen defence between allies. Experts see the stocking of equipment and fuel reserves in Darwin as an alternative to U...
  • North Korea's "No More War" Statement and Missile Test
    North Korea's "No More War" Statement and Missile Test 30 July 2020
    North Korea conducted its first missile test in three months, according to media reports. In July, Pyongyang tested a cruise missile near the Sea of Japan, according to the Republic of Korea. The exact name of the ammunition was not disclosed, but it was said to have fallen to a distance of about 100 kilometres. According to a US source, the test was carried out to improve the missile's performance. North Korea had last conducted a firing test around the Sea of Japan in April. A...
  • Georgia Ready for Su-25 Production
    Georgia Ready for Su-25 Production 12 June 2020
    Georgia aspired to produce Su-25 (NATO Code: Frogfoot) aircraft developed as a result of the need for close air support from the Soviet Ground Forces. Georgia's Defence Minister, Iraqi Garibashvili, said they could produce su-25 ground attack aircraft. Speaking to a television station, he said they had technical knowledge and humanitarian resources to manufacture and market the platform. Minister Garibashvili said they could ensure the use of the aircraft for civilian ...
  • Pentagon’s Hypersonic Glide Body Flight Test Deemed Success
    Pentagon’s Hypersonic Glide Body Flight Test Deemed Success 21 March 2020
    The U.S. Defence Department tested a hypersonic glide body in a flight experiment conducted from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on March 19, 2020. The Navy and Army jointly executed the launch. The test was deemed a success. The Common-Hypersonic Glide Body, or C-HGB, launched and flew at hypersonic speed to “a designated impact point,” according to a statement issued March 20 by the Department of Defence. The test was a joint effort betwe...
  • Morocco to buy 36 Apache
    Morocco to buy 36 Apache 21 November 2019
    Morocco has been cleared to buy up to 36 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for an estimated value of USD 4.25 billion. US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of 36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 19, 2019. The Government of M...
  • Anti-Laser Defence for US Aircraft
    Anti-Laser Defence for US Aircraft 6 November 2019
    Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is concerned that laser weapons could target US aircraft in the future. DARPA is looking for high-energy laser countermeasures; the agency posted online in an industry request for information. Agency wants a countermeasure that could be mounted on aircraft, as well as ground vehicles or ships. Anti-laser defensive technology is based on a technology that can detect an attack, geo-locate the attacker and disrupt the laser we...
  • Defence Assistance from Russia 7 October 2019
    Moscow is aiding China build a system that comprises a network of ground-based radars and satellite arrays in earth’s orbit to detect ballistic missile launches, calculate trajectories of the projectiles and kick-start an apt response. " We’re now helping our Chinese partners to create a missile-attack warning system. It’s a very serious thing that will drastically increase the defensive capabilities of China” Vladimir Putin, president of Russia said at an interna...
  • Aircraft Carrier’s Life Will Prolong
    Aircraft Carrier’s Life Will Prolong 3 August 2019
    Huntington Ingalls Industries,  the U.S. Navy’s largest shipbuilder, has announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has received a $290 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue planning for the Refuelling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The initial year of planning was funded at a base value of $187.5 million. The contract, from U.S. Navy, funds the second and third years of planning, long-lead-ti...
  • Iran Intimidates with Missiles
    Iran Intimidates with Missiles 1 August 2019
    The missile was launched from the southern coast of Iran and landed east of Tehran. It flew about 1,100 kilometres and stayed inside Iran for the entire flight. Shabab-3 is derived from the North Korean No Dong Missiles. Missile launches are not forbidden under the nuclear accord reached between Washington and Tehran, which US President Trump complains about the agreement that he abandoned last year. But a United Nations Security Council resolution, passed just as the agreement was reached, s...
  • Japan to Acquire Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB
    Japan to Acquire Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB 10 April 2019
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of up to 56 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB missiles for an estimated cost of $1.150 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan has also requested missile canisters. The SM-3® interceptor is a defensive weapon the U.S. Navy uses to destroy short- to interm...
  • India Gets VIP Aircraft Protection System
    India Gets VIP Aircraft Protection System 7 February 2019
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of two Boeing 777 Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Self-Protection Suites (SPS) for an estimated cost of $190 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The systems, will be used for “head of state” aircraft. India is in the process of procuring two Boeing 777-300ER jets for VIP transport...
  • China Tests MOAB
    China Tests MOAB 4 January 2019
    China has tested its most powerful non-nuclear bomb, claimed to be similar to the US-made GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (Mother of All Bombs /MOAB) which was dropped from a H-6K bomber in December. The bomb can obliterate armoured fortifications and defensive positions using tanks and armoured vehicles, state owned media reported. The China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO), showcased a new type of MOAB in a promotional video being air dropped by an H-6K bomber in Dec...
  • US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey
    US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey 19 December 2018
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of 80 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles, 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. Turkey has requested the possible sale of 4 AN/MPQ-65 Radar Sets, 4 Engagement Control Stations, 10 Antenna Mast G...
  • Iran Launches Serial Production of Kowsar Interceptor Jet
    Iran Launches Serial Production of Kowsar Interceptor Jet 5 November 2018
    Iran has started the mass production of a fourth-generation domestically-manufactured interceptor jet in a major step toward the renovation of its Air Force, Iran’in state television reported. "Soon the needed number of this plane will be produced and put into service with the Air Force," Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami stated at a ceremony launching the plane's production. The production of each Kowsar jet would save the country about $16.5 millio...
  • US Sells $330 Million Worth Spare Aviation Parts to Taiwan
    US Sells $330 Million Worth Spare Aviation Parts to Taiwan 25 September 2018
    US Government, threatening China with sanctions, has decided to sell $330 Million Worth Spare Aviation Parts to Taiwan. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the sale with Taiwan’s official name “Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States. All material will be transferred with Foreign Military Sales Order (FMSO) II Case. The State Department has decided approving a possible Foreign Military Sales Order (FM...
  • KC-46s To Be Equipped With Laser
    KC-46s To Be Equipped With Laser 20 September 2018
    Air Force General Carlton Everhart says the Air Force is working to add the unconventional feature, allowing the tanker to fly closer to the fight than ever before. Everhart told Voice of America News in a recent interview that Air Mobility Command, in coordination with Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operations, will be testing lasers on airplanes “in about two years.” Everhart said the idea of defending the KC-46 tanker with lasers is possible becaus...
  • Upgraded Mi-26T2V Helicopter Performs Its Maiden Flight 23 August 2018
    The upgraded heavy Mi-26T2V helicopter developed for the Russian aerospace forces has made its maiden flight, the press service of Russian Helicopters Co. said on Sunday. "The modernized Mi-26T2V helicopter developed for the Russian aerospace forces performed a maiden flight at a flight test centre of Russian Helicopters’ Rosvertol company," the press service said. The helicopter will be fitted out with modern NPK90-2 integrated onboard radio-electronic equ...
  • Siberian Weather in the midst of Summer: NATO Leaders’ Summit in Brussels 16 August 2018
    “NATO is a defensive Alliance. NATO’s greatest responsibility is to protect and defend our territory and our populations against attack. Any attack against one Ally will be regarded as an attack against us all, as set out in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. We will continue to stand together and act together, on the basis of solidarity, shared purpose, and fair burden-sharing.” Thus concurred the NATO’s leaders of 29 allied countries in the very first arti...
  • Pratt & Whitney Proposes F-35 Engine Upgrade To Use Laser Weapon On Board
    Pratt & Whitney Proposes F-35 Engine Upgrade To Use Laser Weapon On Board 23 July 2018
    Pratt & Whitney has an upgrade offer to its proposed upgrade path for the F135 Joint Strike Fighter engine to include increased power following feedback on its initially proposed upgrade package from the F-35 Joint Program Office. Additional power will allow the use of directed energy weapons (Laser) and other advanced offensive and defensive systems and, if approved, would feature in an upgrade package called Growth Option 2.0 (GO2). Growth Option 1.0, which was discu...
  • MILGEM Record in Exports
    MILGEM Record in Exports 5 July 2018
    Minister of National Defence Nurettin Canikli gave a good news of the MILGEM's in a press release. MILGEM Class corvettes were exported to Pakistan. Under the agreement inked today, Pakistan will supply four ships. Two of the vessels will be built at the Istanbul Shipyard Command, and two will be built in Karachi, Pakistan. All responsibility for construction work will be in the hand of Turkish Ministry of National Defence. The amount of the deal has not been announced, but it is said tha...
  • Indonesia Received 'Apache' Helos
    Indonesia Received 'Apache' Helos 17 May 2018
    The Indonesian Army (TNI) officially took delivery of eight Boeing AH-64E attack helicopters on May 16 at the Army Air Force Base at Ahmad Yani Airport in Semarang. Procurement of the eight helicopters is part of the Foreign Military Sales program to advance the country's defensive capabilities. 
  • One-Winged Eagle
    One-Winged Eagle 11 May 2018
    Built by McDonnell Douglas upon orders by the Vietnam-torn USA to counter MiG-25s, the F-15 Eagle aircraft stood out among its contemporaries by scoring a remarkable success. Designed during the Cold War, this large aircraft is currently produced and serviced by Boeing for many years to come. However, neither its advantages over the MiG nor its manoeuvrability is the subject of this article. One of these aircraft, which had entered service with the Israeli Air Force in 1977, took pa...
  • Super Hornet SLM Process Begins
    Super Hornet SLM Process Begins 8 May 2018
    Boeing has launched F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Service-Life Modification (SLM) process with the first US Navy aircraft arrived at the company’s St Louis production facility. The SLM contract includes aircraft inspections and physical verification of fleet usage, warranty and non-warranty modifications, repairs incident to modification, recurring and non-recurring engineering efforts, logistics, project management, parts, kits and associated mater...
  • Cobra II Will Carry 2,5 Ton Payload
    Cobra II Will Carry 2,5 Ton Payload 7 May 2018
    Cobra II Payload Carrier Armored Vehicle, developed by Otokar, will be introduced for the first time under EFES 2018 military exercise. The Carrier Armored Vehicle developed based on the Cobra II platform, features the maneuverability of the Cobra II. The vehicle offers 2.5 tons payload capacity. The Cobra II is able to carry out different tasks besides its load carrying ability. The anti-aircraft gun mounted on the vehicle's chassis provides both close protection and defensive firep...
  • KC-46 Completed FFA Certification Tests
    KC-46 Completed FFA Certification Tests 27 April 2018
    Boeing's KC-46 aerial refueling aircraft completed all required Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) flight tests following a successful refueling/communications flight with a C-17 Globemaster III.  The STC is one of two required FAA airworthiness certifications. Boeing previously received its Amended Type Certificate from the FAA for its core 767-2C configuration in December 2017. As part of STC testing, the combined Boeing/Air Force team had to validate...
  • Interceptor Suggestion for Hawaii
    Interceptor Suggestion for Hawaii 20 February 2018
    US Pacific Command, Adm. Harry Harris said on Wednesday that projections of North Korea’s weapons capabilities in a few years mean the United States must bolster its missile defences, particularly on Hawaii.  Harris also suggests examining the feasibility of deploying ground-based interceptors in Hawaii as well as a defensive radar system. He added that the US must continue to improve the capabilities of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in ...
  • China Conducted Mid-course Anti-missile Test
    China Conducted Mid-course Anti-missile Test 7 February 2018
    China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has announced that it successfully tested a land-based mid-course missile interception system on 5 February. The test, which was carried out within Chinese territory, “achieved the expected goals”, the MND said in a statement, adding that the move was “defensive and not aimed at any country”. The MND provided no other details.
  • US to Provide Ukraine With 'Enhanced Defensive Capabilities'
    US to Provide Ukraine With 'Enhanced Defensive Capabilities' 26 December 2017
    The US announced Friday it would provide Ukraine with "enhanced defensive capabilities". "The United States has decided to provide Ukraine enhanced defensive capabilities as part of our effort to help Ukraine build its long-term defence capacity, to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to deter further aggression," a State Department statement said. An ABC news report before the announcement said the US planned to supply Ukraine with anti-tank mi...
  • F-35 Weapons Delivery Accuracy Tests Wrapped Up
    F-35 Weapons Delivery Accuracy Tests Wrapped Up 20 December 2017
    F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) completed a major test milestone, Weapons Delivery Accuracy (WDA) flight tests that began in July 2013. The WDA portion of the F-35 developmental test and evaluation mission ensures the fifth-generation fighter’s weapons system can deliver lethal ordnance both air-to-air and air-to-ground using the jet’s warfighting Block 3F software. The ITF used all three F-35 variants and delivered air-to-air missiles including AIM-120s, the ...
  • Russian Mi-26 Under Modernization
    Russian Mi-26 Under Modernization 23 October 2017
    Russian Helicopters will modernize the Mil Mi-26 helicopter and is now developing a prototype of a new Mi-26T2V rotorcraft, the company’s press office reported on Friday. Russian Helicopters CEO Andrei Boginsky said the new helicopter would embody the latest technical solutions considering its use in combat conditions. He also noted that the talk was about the upgrade of precisely the military version of the Mi-26 rather than the Mi-26T rotocraft, which is exported.&...
  • New Shield to the Black Sea 30 July 2017
    According to AP news, Romania Defence Minister confirmed that nagotiations on Patriot Missile System procurement from USA have been started. 3,9 billion USD cost FMS was approved by USA at the beginnig of July. On explanation made by authorities, “The missile system would strengthen Romania’s “homeland defense and deter regional threats,” ″increase the defensive capabilities of the Romanian military,” and “shield the NATO allies” that ...
  • $1,3 Billion-Gulfstream Sales To Australia
    $1,3 Billion-Gulfstream Sales To Australia 28 June 2017
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for up to five Gulfstream G550 Aircraft with Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Electronic Warfare (AISREW) mission systems with an estimated cost of $1,3 billion. The aircraft will also feature a global positioning system (GPS) capability, secure communications, and defensive systems. The proposed sales contract includes spares, ground s...
  • Defensive Aid for Russian Bomber
    Defensive Aid for Russian Bomber 16 June 2017
    Russia has begun working on developing a defensive aids system for modernized Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bombers. The bombers will detect targets at a distance of several hundred kilometers and will feature advanced navigation systems including a strapdown inertial navigation system, a new astronavigation system and a new satellite navigation system.  According to Russia's Ministry of Defence, the serial production of the modernized Tu-160M2 strategic mi...
  • 'Advanced Hawk' Takes To The Skies
    'Advanced Hawk' Takes To The Skies 8 June 2017
    A concept of a future variant of BAE Systems' Hawk aircraft has flown for the first time yesterday. Equipped with a new type of pilot display, a redesigned wing and defensive aids, the Advanced Hawk its public debut at Aero India 2017 in Bangalore earlier this year. The concept demonstrator features an upgraded cockpit equipped with BAE Systems’ LiteHUD and the new wings provide increased maneuverability and performance, according to the company's press ...
  • Iran Challenges US With New Missiles
    Iran Challenges US With New Missiles 25 April 2017
    The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) took delivery of the first party of Nasir anti-ship missile during a ceremony held on 22 April and attended by the defense chief, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, and IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi. Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan stated that Nasir has an advanced radar system with anti-jamming capabilities as well as a quick targeting ability which would serve increasing the country’s defensi...
  • Saab Protection for German Tornados
    Saab Protection for German Tornados 12 April 2017
    Saab is to equip German Air Force's Tornado strike aircraft with BOZ-101 EC self-protection and countermeasures system. The contract covers 29 units of BOZ-101 EC and deliveries will take place during 2017-2020.  BOZ-EC consists of a CIDAS-100 Compact Integrated Defensive Aids Suite installed in the BOZ pod. Dispensing can be performed forward downwards and sideways in two adjustable directions and the dispenser is designed to counter modern IR-guided th...
  • Utmost Point in Laser Systems
    Utmost Point in Laser Systems 17 March 2017
    Lockheed Martin (LM) has announced on 16 March that it has completed the design, development and demonstration of a 60 kW-class beam combined fiber laser for the U.S. Army. The demonstration was carried out earlier this month, during which the laser produced a single beam of 58 kW. A senior official from the LM Laser and Sensor Systems stated that the laser beam was close to the physical limits for focusing energy toward a single, small spot. The laser system can be deployed on...
  • Iran Complies With Nuclear Deal, says UN watchdog
    Iran Complies With Nuclear Deal, says UN watchdog 27 February 2017
    French News Agency “Agence France Press” reports that Iran is complying with the landmark nuclear deal it sealed with major world powers in 2015, based on a report from the UN. The International Atomic Energy Agency addressed key limits set under the agreement, which is under intense scrutiny after the election of US President Donald Trump. The report said Iran is not pursuing construction of its existing heavy water research reactor and has not enriched uraniu...
  • Trump Promises Massive Build-up of Entire US Military 27 February 2017
    Trump promises massive build-up of entire US military US President Donald Trump promised a historic build-up of America’s already vast military, but said he hoped he would never need to use it. We are “putting in a massive budget request for our beloved military and we will be substantially upgrading all of our military,” Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) just outside Washington, “Offensive. Defensive. Everythi...

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