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  • Price of Rafale Planes, to Be Purchased by Greece, Rises
    Price of Rafale Planes, to Be Purchased by Greece, Rises 24 November 2020
    The price of Rafale fighter jets, which Greece plans to buy from France, has risen. French senator Cedric Perrin announced to reporters that France's possible revenue from the sale of second-hand Rafale platforms, scheduled to be delivered to Greece, would reach €530m. Earlier in October, the French newspaper La Tribune announced the estimated cost of 12 second-hand Rafales at €400m.  Athens wants to add a total of 18 Rafale aircraft to its inv...
  • Qatar's Corveti Begins Naval Tests
    Qatar's Corveti Begins Naval Tests 21 November 2020
    Fincantieri's Al Zubarah (F 101) corvette, built for the Qatari Navy, began naval testing. The delivery schedule of the corvette, which Qatar plans to use effectively in air defence operations, had delay due to COVID-19. The platform, which was pulled into the dry pool in November 2018, has an displacement of 3,250 tons. Al Zubarah-class corvettes, which have a drive system consisting of four diesel engines, are said to be 107 meters long and about 15 meters wide. ...
  • Israel Offers Kfir to Argentina
    Israel Offers Kfir to Argentina 20 November 2020
    The agreement reached between the Argentine Air Force and the Korean Aerospace Industries (KOREA Aerospace Industries /KAI) for the FA-50 light assault aircraft was blocked from London. Israeli media reported that the sale of Israeli planes to Argentina would help break the UK-imposed embargo. Argentina, which announced last year (2019) that it would buy 10 FA-50s worth USD 200 million from the Korea-based firm, was expecting the delivery of the first platforms in 2020. Su...
  • 30FFM Launched
    30FFM Launched 19 November 2020
    Japan's Future Multi-Mission Frigates (30FFM) Kumano was launched. Built as part of a frigate project that began in 2018, Kumano is 132.5 meters long and 16.3 meters wide. The ship has an displacement of about 5,500 tons and can reach speeds of over 30 knots, it said. The 30FFMs, which will be built in total 22 units, are expected to replace the Asagiri and Abukuma-class destroyers in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) inventory. The frigates will be powe...
  • KC-390 for Magyar Légierö
    KC-390 for Magyar Légierö 18 November 2020
    A contract has been signed between Brazil-based firm Embraer and Hungary for the KC-390 transport aircraft. Brazil will deliver two KC-390s for the Hungarian Air Force (Magyar Légierö), which can also refuel in mid-air. Under the contract, pilot and technician training will also be provided to Hungary. Embraer said the possibility of opening a production line or assembly line for the KC-390 in Hungary will be explored. The transport plane, which can carry Cobha...
  • Rafales to Be Delivered to Greece with F3R Improvement
    Rafales to Be Delivered to Greece with F3R Improvement 17 November 2020
    Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets. France will send 12 aircraft to Greece to F3R standards. Athens is also planning to buy MICA NG and SCALP missiles. The F3R standard is the air-to-ground laser-guided version of BVRAAM and Sagem (Armement Air-Sol Modulaire/AASM), as well as the Thales TALIOS long-range air-to-air targeting wing; automatic land collision prevention system (Auto-GCAS); Thales RBE2 covers the AESA radar and spec...
  • Ukraine to Deliver Radar to U.S.
    Ukraine to Deliver Radar to U.S. 16 November 2020
    The Pentagon will receive air defense radar from Ukraine. "We have delivered radar to the United States before. As far as we know, these radars are being used actively. Customers are satisfied with the quality of these products. We signed a contract with the United States a few days ago covering the sale of new radars,” Ukraine-based firm Iskra said.  The Pentagon first purchased 36D6 radars from Ukraine in 2008. In 2019, the White House sat down with Ukrai...
  • New Contract Signed for EJ200 Engine
    New Contract Signed for EJ200 Engine 16 November 2020
    Eurojet will produce 56 EJ200 engines for the German Air Force. Last week, the German Parliament's Budget Committee approved the purchase of 38 new Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for the country's air force. The engine contract signed in Munich covers the EJ200s for the purchase of the new Eurofighter Typhoon, which has been passing through parliament. Engine modules will be produced by Rolls-Royce, MTU Aero Engines, ITP and Avio Aero under Eurojet's ma...
  • Pakistan's Yarmook Class Second Corvette Commissioned
    Pakistan's Yarmook Class Second Corvette Commissioned 14 November 2020
    The Pakistani Navy commissioned the Second Yarmook-class corvette PNS Tabuk.  An agreement was signed between Pakistan and Damen Shipyard in 2017 for two Yarmook-class platforms designed based on the OPV 1900 patrol vessel.Under the contract, the first corvette PNS Yarmook was delivered in February 2020. PNS Tabuk, commissioned in the Romanian port of Constanta, has a displacement of 2,300 tons. The platform has a crew capacity of 138 people and has a landing runway f...
  • Black Hawks Delivered to Philippines
    Black Hawks Delivered to Philippines 11 November 2020
    Poland-based firm PZL Mielec, which works for Lockheed Martin, delivered five of the S-70i Black Hawk transport helicopters manufactured for the Philippines. The Philippines, which ordered a total of 16 helicopters, signed a contract for the platforms in 2019 amounting to USD 240 million. Poland's Defence Ministry announced that the sixth helicopter will be delivered by sea because only five helicopters can be transported on the Antonov An-124 transport aircraft. The s...
  • KC-390 Viewed on Assembly Line
    KC-390 Viewed on Assembly Line 11 November 2020
    The export of the KC-390 transport aircraft, developed under the main contractor of Brazil-based firm Embraer, continues. The first of the transport planes expected to replace the C-130H Hercules fleet of the Portuguese Air Force (Força Aerea Portuguesa/ FAP) was displayed on the assembly line. FAP has signed an agreement to supply five KC-390s in 2019. Portugal, which is in the development and production phases of the KC-390, will pay approximately US$930...
  • €118M Export from ASELSAN
    €118M Export from ASELSAN 9 November 2020
    ASELSAN, one of the most important companies in the Turkish defence industry, sold a defence system solution to an unnamed international customer. "A contract between ASELSAN and an international client amounting to EUR 118,000,000 has been signed for the export of a defence system solution," the firm posted on its official Twitter account.  Under the contract, deliveries are scheduled for 2020-2022.
  • New Su-30SMs Delivered to Kazakhstan
    New Su-30SMs Delivered to Kazakhstan 9 November 2020
    Kazakhstan says it has received new Su-30SM multi-purpose combat aircraft. The jets were deployed at the air base in Karagan. Kazakhstan, which signed an agreement for platforms at the International Arms Systems and Military Equipment Fair KADEX-2018 in Astana, will add the new platforms to the Air Force's already in-service Su-30SM fleet.  The Su-30SMs, equipped with bars multifunctional fire control radar and air-to-air and air-to-ground precision guided missile...
  • MQ-9B SkyGuardian to Be Sold to UAE
    MQ-9B SkyGuardian to Be Sold to UAE 7 November 2020
    The White House will sell the MQ-9B SkyGuardian drone to the UAE, Reuters reported. The sale, which is expected to be worth about US$2.9 billion, will cover 18 drones. The UAE has long shown an interest in the purchase of UAV from the United States and will be among the first customers to procure the platforms after Washington changed its export policy on drones. Platforms will be delivered to the UAE in 2024 if Congress approves the sale of the MQ-9B, which provides air s...
  • New Proposal on Ukraine's Missile Boat Project
    New Proposal on Ukraine's Missile Boat Project 6 November 2020
    The United Kingdom has proposed Norwegian missiles for the missile boats it plans to build for Ukraine. The missile boat project proposed that the anti-ship missiles to be integrated into the platform should be Norwegian naval strike missile (NSM) instead of Neptune developed by Ukraine. Officials said they are targeting the delivery of the first platform to Ukraine a year after the signing of the contract. Ukraine's RK-360MTS Neptune anti-ship missile, devel...
  • Yak-130 with Vietnamese Flag
    Yak-130 with Vietnamese Flag 2 November 2020
    The first Yak-130 (NATO code: Mitten) advanced jet training aircraft produced for Vietnam was displayed on the production line. The plane, which was displayed on the Irkutsk Aviation Factory production line, was painted in colours on the Vietnamese flag. No information was given about the plane's delivery schedule to Vietnam. The agreement between Russia and Vietnam for at least two aircraft is estimated to be around US$350 million. The Yak-130s are scheduled...
  • London Embargo on Plane to Be Produced for Argentina
    London Embargo on Plane to Be Produced for Argentina 30 October 2020
    The agreement reached between the Argentine Air Force and the Korean Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries /KAI) for the FA-50 light assault aircraft has been challenged from London. Argentina, which announced last year that it would buy 10 FA-50s worth USD 200 million from the Republic of Korea-based firm, was expecting the delivery of the first platforms in 2020. KAI has reportedly written to Argentina's ambassador to Korea, Alfredo Carlos Bascou, regardin...
  • Technology Transfer Offer from London to Korea
    Technology Transfer Offer from London to Korea 28 October 2020
    The UK will offer the Republic of Korea a technology transfer for the LPX-II aircraft carrier project. British naval industry is gearing up to propose technology transfer for the ROK Navy’s LPX-II light aircraft carrier program, as South Korea lacks necessary experience with aircraft carrier design. If Korea accepts the offer of the Babcock shipyard, London will provide technical information support for aircraft carrier design and integration of the F35B. The Babcock...
  • First MQ-4C Triton Production Begins for Australia
    First MQ-4C Triton Production Begins for Australia 28 October 2020
    Northrop Grumman has begun production of the first MQ-4C Triton Drone for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Developed under the cooperation agreement between Australia and the United States, the MQ-4C Triton Drones will be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The first of the MQ-4Cs, which are scheduled to be operationally surrounded by existing drones in the RAAF's inventory and platforms such as the P8A Poseidon, will be deliver...
  • South America's First Cobra Delivered
    South America's First Cobra Delivered 28 October 2020
    The Ecuadorian Air Force has received the first two Airbus H145 general purpose helicopters.  Ecuador is H145's first military client in South America. In 2021, a total of six Airbus H145 general purpose helicopters will join the Ecuadorian Air Force inventory.  Ecuador plans to use helicopters as part of national security-related missions such as border surveillance and the fight against drug trafficking, as well as the need for medical evacuations and natural disaste...
  • Algeria's First MiG-29M/ M2s Delivered
    Algeria's First MiG-29M/ M2s Delivered 27 October 2020
    The first MiG-29M/M2 fighter jets were delivered to the Algerian Air Force. According to the information given, the planes delivered were given unassembled. It is not known how many planes were involved in the delivery, but said the platforms were preparing for their first flight at an air base near Oran. Algeria signed a contract with Russia at the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Fair in Moscow for the platforms. Under the agreement, 14 aircraft were purchased. Algeria a...
  • Bulgaria's Su-25s Complete Maintenance
    Bulgaria's Su-25s Complete Maintenance 26 October 2020
    Bulgaria's third Su-25 (Frogfoot) aircraft, which has undergone maintenance, has been delivered. In November 2018, a contract worth USD 85.5 million was signed for the Bulgarian Air Force's existing 14 Su-25 close air support aircraft to enter factory-level maintenance at the 558th Aircraft Repair Facility in Belarus. After that, however, the number of planes was reduced to eight. The first maintenance platform was delivered on September 21st, while the second airc...
  • Jordan Exhibits Donated Leclerc Tanks During Military Exercise
    Jordan Exhibits Donated Leclerc Tanks During Military Exercise 26 October 2020
    According to a Tweet of Arab Defence News, the Jordanian army has deployed Leclerc Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) donated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The tanks were seen during the military exercise Salah al-Din Citadel. UAE has donated 80 Leclerc Main Battle Tanks to Jordanian armed forces in September, enough for Jordanian armed forces to equip two of the four tank battalions belonging to its 3rd Armoured Division. In 1993 the UAE ordered 436 tanks for delivery from 199...
  • ASELSAN's ZOKA Delivered to Indonesia
    ASELSAN's ZOKA Delivered to Indonesia 23 October 2020
    ZOKA - Acoustic Torpedo Countermeasure Jammers and Decoys purchased by Indonesia from ASELSAN have arrived in Indonesia.  ZOKA's delivery to Indonesia was completed on October 22, Janes reported. The ZOKA order, which will be used on Nagapasa class (Type 209) submarines in the Indonesian Navy inventory, was announced in March 2019. The ZOKA effectors are capable of operating effectively against any torpedo threat that has acoustic homing capability operating in ac...
  • Korea's Training Ship to Enter Service at The Beginning of the Year
    Korea's Training Ship to Enter Service at The Beginning of the Year 23 October 2020
    The Republic of Korea's first training ship, built with reduced radar visibility, was delivered to the navy. Delivered two years after its launch, the Hansando training vessel is 142 metres long and can reach more than 12,000 kilometres at a speed of 18 knots. The ship has a capacity of 400 crew, which will be used to training Navy students, and has spacious conference rooms and separate practice rooms. Hansando, where two navy helicopters can be deployed, could be dep...
  • China's New Helicopters Will Come from Russia
    China's New Helicopters Will Come from Russia 23 October 2020
    China has purchased 121 new helicopters from Russia, aviation group Rostec said in its newly released annual report. China has signed a contract with Rostec subsidiary JSC Russian Helicopters, which is set a "record" for the purchase of new helicopters in early 2019, the report said. Under the contract, which includes the Chinese government and private organizations, Russia will deliver 68 Mi-171 general purpose helicopters, 18 Mi-171Sh helicopters, 14 VK-2500 engines and ...
  • VPK-Ural's First Export Will Be to The Middle East
    VPK-Ural's First Export Will Be to The Middle East 22 October 2020
    Russia will sign an export contract for VPK-Ural armoured vehicles with an unnamed Middle East country. Moscow-based VPK announced at the beginning of March that it had received the first order of the VPK-Ural platform. Alexander Krasovitsky, the firm's General Manager, said the parties had spoken of contract parameters for the purchase. The vehicles were being tested in the unnamed Middle Eastern country, Krasovitsky said. VPK-Ural successfully completed daily tests in the dese...
  • Spain's New Training Aircraft
    Spain's New Training Aircraft 21 October 2020
    The first PC-21 training aircraft purchased by Spain from Pilate was displayed on the assembly line. The first PC-21 displayed at the Swiss-based Pilate company's factory was painted in the colours of the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire/ EdA) training unit Escuela Elemental. The agreement worth approximately US$205 million was signed in 2019, including an integrated training system for 24 PC-21s to replace Casa C101EB Aviojet aircraft. Aviojets will retire ...
  • 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 ...
  • Germany, France to Spend €200M on New Tanks
    Germany, France to Spend €200M on New Tanks 17 October 2020
    €200m will be spent on funds for the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS), developed in partnership with Germany and France. The German-led programme has a 50% share of both countries financially. Berlin and Paris reached an agreement in 2012 to design and develop MGCS to replace the tanks in their inventory.  Following the transfer of €200m to the funds, Nexter, KMW and Rheinmetall will begin work for MGCS. The first prototype is to be revealed by 2028 and the ...
  • First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison
    First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison 15 October 2020
    NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker) have delivered the first NH90 to the Spanish Air Force that will boost their search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission capabilities. The Spanish Air Force will receive 12 NH90s intended to replace its ageing fleet of AS332 Super Pumas and will be based in Cuatro Vientos, near Madrid. Spain has ordered a total of 45 NH90s in the tactical transport version, to be operated by...
  • Black Hawks Pass Through Taiwan Streets and Reach Airport
    Black Hawks Pass Through Taiwan Streets and Reach Airport 14 October 2020
    Taiwan's government purchased a total of 60 UH-60M Black Hawk general purpose helicopters in 2009. With the arrival of six new UH-60M Black Hawks on the cargo ship at Kaohsiung port in the first week of October, the delivery of the country's purchased platforms has been completed. The footage reflected the transport of helicopters leaving the port to the airport on the streets of Kaohsiung. Six new helicopters will be deployed at Songshan and Kaohsiung airports. Ta...
  • DOD, Works on Fast Cargo Delivery Through Space
    DOD, Works on Fast Cargo Delivery Through Space 14 October 2020
    DOD partners with SpaceX to provide military cargo delivery anywhere in the world within an hour. General Stephen Lyons, head of US Transportation Command, said that the initial tests can be expected by as early as 2021. According to We are the U.S. Government's Asia Pacific Media Hub twitter account; “Think about moving the equivalent of a C-17 payload anywhere on the globe in less than an hour,” Lyons said at a National Defence Transportation Association event. &ld...
  • Romania's First Piranhas to Be Commissioned Soon
    Romania's First Piranhas to Be Commissioned Soon 13 October 2020
    Romanian Defence Minister Nicolae Ionel Ciucă said the first party of 36 Piranha V 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles will be delivered to the Romanian Armed Forces within days of testing. Romania, which signed an agreement with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for 277 Piranhas in 2018, would receive the first 36 platforms by the end of 2018. After a delay in the deal, Bucharest demanded a delay fee of €8.5m from General Dynamics in 2019. GDELS announced the start of production ...
  • DRDO’s Nirbhay Cruise Missile Fail at the Test
    DRDO’s Nirbhay Cruise Missile Fail at the Test 13 October 2020
      Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday launched the 800-km range Nirbhay cruise missile from Odisha’s test facility. The test is aborted eight minutes later. “Minutes later, the missile developed a technical snag following which the trial process was aborted. The DRDO is analysing all the details,” said a source. The DRDO has already carried out several successful trials of the ‘Nirbhay’ missile ...
  • Korea Retires Black Hawks
    Korea Retires Black Hawks 12 October 2020
    The Republic of Korea will retire the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters in its inventory. 103 Black Hawks, which have been operational for nearly 20 years, were planned to go through the modernization process, but the country's arms supply agency said it could replace the UH-60s already in use with the KUH-1 Surion helicopters developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). According to a feasibility study conducted by the Korea Institute for Defence Analysis on gener...
  • 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...
  • Portuguese Navy Will Wait for Super Lynx
    Portuguese Navy Will Wait for Super Lynx 11 October 2020
      Portuguese Navy will wait for the delivery of the first out of five modernised Super Lynx Mk 95A helicopter until January 2021. Deliveries are planned to be completed in 2021. Leonardo was awarded a EUR69 million contract in July 2016 to modernise the Portuguese Navy’s five Super Lynx Mk 95 aircraft.  The first modernised helicopter completed its maiden flight on 14 February at Leonardo Helicopters' facility in Yeovil, United Kingdom. The modernisatio...
  • North Korea Unveils Two ICBMs
    North Korea Unveils Two ICBMs 11 October 2020
    North Korea held a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Workers Party. The ceremony, which turned into a show of strength in military terms, started in the morning and continued until the late hours of the night. The ceremony held in the capital Pyongyang was marked by the largest intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) North Korea has ever built. The ICBM was carried on an 11-axle transporter erector launcher (TEL). If the missile becomes...