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  • Russian Navodchik-2 System Viewed in Ukraine
    Russian Navodchik-2 System Viewed in Ukraine 23 November 2020
    The Ukrainian Special Monitoring Mission report, published by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), said the ground control station belonging to the Navodchik-2 system was first viewed in the Donbass region of Ukraine (Donetsk and Lugansk). Introduced as an advanced electronic warfare system, the Navodchik-2 system includes seven Granat UAVs with ranges of 10, 15, 25 and 100 km. Data from these drones is processed at the ground control station, and the sys...
  • Anduril Introduces Its New Drone
    Anduril Introduces Its New Drone 16 November 2020
    U.S.-based firm Anduril has introduced the Ghost 4 UAV, capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). The vehicle uses machine learning to analyse imagery and identify targets, but it also relies on more conventional rules-based software for critical control and decision-making among swarm teammates. The drone, which is planned to be used in intelligence and reconnaissance operations, is described as a modular system. The platform can be installed by an operator in less...
  • Vietnam Plans to Use MiG-21s as Drones
    Vietnam Plans to Use MiG-21s as Drones 10 November 2020
    Vietnam is working to convert out-of-inventory MiG-21 (Fishbed) aircraft into drones. Vietnam has begun investigating how the drone will land. The drone to be developed is targeted for use in air defence exercises. The MIG-21s were used against the United States in the Vietnam War.
  • Ukraine Introduces Armed Drone
    Ukraine Introduces Armed Drone 9 November 2020
    Ukraine introduces the Sokol-300 armed drone. Kiev design office "Luch", a subsidiary of Ukroboronprom, has launched a reconnaissance and assault variant of its "Sokol-300" platform at its Zhulyansky manufacturing plant. Equipped with guided missiles with a range of up to 10 km, the drone has a useful load capacity of 300 kilograms. The platform, with a maximum speed of 335 kilometres per hour, is about 9 meters long. Ukayna state subsidiary Ukrspecexpo...
  • 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 Target UAV from Russia
    New Target UAV from Russia 2 November 2020
    Russia's new rotary winged target UAV system is in its final stages. The target UAV system developed by JSC CSTS Dynamica, a subgroup of Technodynamica Group, has successfully completed state testing. The system is described as the first unmanned rotor vehicle in size, designed, manufactured and tested in Russia. With a take-off weight of 351 kilograms, the drone can reach an altitude of 2,500 meters. The target drone will simulate test-and-test weapons syste...
  • U.S. Drones Expensive for India
    U.S. Drones Expensive for India 31 October 2020
    India wants to buy 30 MQ-9 Reaper or Predator-B Drones after the United States announced that unmanned aerial systems with a speed of less than 800km/h could be exported. New Delhi, which thinks the platforms will be worth about US$3 billion in a possible sales deal, may stop buying drones from the United States due to financial constraints. India may back down on the purchase of platforms from the United States, Sputnik reported, based on a senior source. "Financial ...
  • 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...
  • U.S. Produces Autonomous Solutions on The Battlefield
    U.S. Produces Autonomous Solutions on The Battlefield 23 October 2020
    The U.S. Air Force has signed an agreement with BAE Systems for the Skyborg program, which will allow drones to act autonomously as needed. Seeking to increase air combat power, the United States is developing unmanned systems that will team up with manned aircraft.  In this context, BAE Systems will design a modular UAV with autonomous properties. Skyborg is said to be a "cost effective" programme. “This award will accelerate the development and deplo...
  • Sale of Ammunition from Turkey to Indonesia and Tunisia
    Sale of Ammunition from Turkey to Indonesia and Tunisia 23 October 2020
    ROKETSAN General Manager Murat İkinci said, Indonesia and Tunisia are interested in guided munitions for drones. “Countries like Indonesia and Tunisia, which are in search of unmanned aerial vehicles, have a high demand for the procurement of mini smart munitions MAM-L and MAM-C, the main weapon systems mounted on the Turkish UAVs,” İkinci said. At the beginning of March, Tunisia allegedly ordered an ANKA-S developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) ...
  • UK's First Drone and Helicopter Integration
    UK's First Drone and Helicopter Integration 22 October 2020
    The United Kingdom has integrated Callen-Lenz production semi-autonomous UAV into the mission system of the AW159 Wildcat helicopter. “In this instance, when a helicopter crew controls a UAV from the helicopter like it was an onboard sensor being controlled from the cockpit. By integrating control of the UAV into the Wildcat Mission System, Leonardo was able to minimise the pilots’ workload allowing them to focus more on the mission whilst simultaneously controlling the ...
  • Ukraine: "Together with Turkey, we will produce Corvette, Motor and UAV"
    Ukraine: "Together with Turkey, we will produce Corvette, Motor and UAV" 21 October 2020
    Between Ukraine and Turkey, the associated with the defence industry is increasing. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy, speaking in the Ukrainian Parliament, said that many countries are working to improve his country's armed forces. "The US Congress has approved $250m in military aid to Ukraine. We have signed a 1 billion 250 million Pound agreement with the United Kingdom to strengthen the Ukrainian Navy. We're going to get the Island-class patrol ships. Together with Turke...
  • ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory
    ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory 20 October 2020
    Malaysia's Ministry of Defence has opened an international tender for the purchase of three Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), particularly Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) platforms. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is expected to be the possible operator for the drone, but the Malaysian Armed Forces have not specified which force will use the platform. Malaysia is interested in at least four models, including General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, CAIC Wing Loong, Leonard...
  • 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...
  • Partnership of Three Countries: Serbia-China-Russia
    Partnership of Three Countries: Serbia-China-Russia 11 October 2020
    Serbia tested Chinese drones and Russian-made jets during a training exercise called the 2020 Cooperation. About 150 vehicles and about 2,800 troops, including more than 40 aircraft, tanks and armoured personnel carriers, were deployed during the exercise at the Pester training ground.  In addition, the CH-92A drones that Belgrade purchased from China in July 2020 were tested in the exercise. Belgrade had purchased six CH-92A Drones from China, the first country in Eu...
  • Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft 7 October 2020
      The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MOD) has started to prepare for an international open tender for the acquisition of new Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to improve its maritime surveillance capabilities. MOD’s Defence Industry Division (BIP), Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Acquisition Project Team, and representatives from local and international companies attended to an online briefing for the tender. RMAF wants to acquire two MPA in line with th...
  • Serbia Considers Buying Turkish Armed UAVs
    Serbia Considers Buying Turkish Armed UAVs 7 October 2020
    Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told media on Monday evening that his country is interested in buying Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). President Vucic praised Bayraktar combat drones, noting that Serbia is very interested in drone systems and will certainly buy more of them in the future. "We will see whether we will reach an agreement with the Turkish side. In any case, these are very good drones. I have to give the Turkish manufacturers their due,&qu...
  • Mi-28NM Can Fire Mini-Drones and Suicide Drones
    Mi-28NM Can Fire Mini-Drones and Suicide Drones 4 October 2020
      A modular cluster of unguided aviation missiles, developed by the research centre Zaslon for the helicopter gunship Mi-28NM, will allow helicopters to fire mini-drones and suicide drones from the missile launch tubes, according to TASS news agency. The B8V10-UV module is home for missile tubes and small size attack drones. The new unguided aviation missile cluster was designed for the helicopter Mi-28NM, but it will be usable on all of Russia's combat ...
  • Russia's New Military Equipment Approved
    Russia's New Military Equipment Approved 1 October 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry held a commission meeting on technologies developed for security forces. Equipment prototypes based on advanced technology and innovative research have passed the approval of the relevant military authorities.  Within the scope of the Commission: An easy-to-erect bunker designed to station and camouflage military equipment and personnel was introduced at temporary locations. Not only does it protect military equipment from...
  • Georgia Buys UAV from Spain
    Georgia Buys UAV from Spain 30 September 2020
    Georgia's Ministry of Defence announced they had purchased drones from Spain. The country's Defence Minister, Iraq's Garibashvili, visited Marneuli Air Base to check out the new air systems and watch the demonstration fly. The ministry also announced that existing platforms have been renewed and staff have been retrained. An unmanned aerial vehicle (the Alpha 800), one of the models purchased by the Ministry. Among the UAV variants planned for operational use i...
  • SAR and Drone from Iran
    SAR and Drone from Iran 28 September 2020
    Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force has unveiled a synthetic aperture radar fitted to the Shahed 129 drone. The two home-made military products were unveiled at a permanent exhibition of strategic achievements of the IRGC Aerospace Force entitled the National Aerospace Park in Tehran on Sunday. The SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radars) imaging radar is mounted on the home-made Shahed 129 drone and is a type of radar which surveys the surface of the earth by...
  • India Unveils New High-Speed Target Drone
    India Unveils New High-Speed Target Drone 28 September 2020
    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test flown High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT), drone on 22 September. The indigenously designed drone is called Abhyas. It is the work of DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE). The test, which involved two of ABHYAS demonstrator vehicles, was conducted from the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha. The target drone met the user’s performance req...
  • London's Protector Completes First Flight
    London's Protector Completes First Flight 28 September 2020
    The first Protector RG1 UAV, produced under the Protector programme in line with UK needs, successfully completed its first flight after the production line. General Atomics – Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) and the United Kingdom signed an agreement in July 2020 to purchase three MALE-class (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) Protectors worth £65 million for the Royal Air Force. Under the contract, the first UAV from the production line will remain in the United States f...
  • GLONASS-Guided, 200-Km Range Missile from Russia
    GLONASS-Guided, 200-Km Range Missile from Russia 25 September 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry announced tests of its new Tornado-S precision missile. The missile uses GLONASS as a GPS guidance system. 300mm Multiple Launch Rocket System comes in a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) that can fire up to 12 missiles and reaches up to 200 km simultaneously in a coordinated attack. According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, in modern warfare troops and hardware never concentrate in one place near the frontline. Artillery, air defence, armoured ve...
  • China's New Drone
    China's New Drone 24 September 2020
    China introduces the new variant of the Z-5 rotary wing UAV at the 6th Military Technology Fair. Nanjing Research Institute on Simulation Technique (NRIST), a manufacturer for the unmanned helicopter named Z-5 B/H, explained that "it performs many functions such as three-dimensional control, automatic take-off and landing, online mission plan". The Z-5 rotary wing drone was first introduced in September 2011, but no definitive information about the platform was available i...
  • CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight
    CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight 22 September 2020
    The latest half-year stock report by Chinese state-owned company China Rainbow Drone revealed that the CH-7 stealth unmanned air vehicle (UAV) has flown. The CH-7 was first unveiled at Airshow China 2018. This type of drone is China's first large-scale stealth long-endurance drone. The design is a tailless “flying wing” with a dorsally-mounted central turbofan housing and stealth or low observable profile similar to the Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAV. <...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs
    IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs 17 September 2020
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has introduced MultiFlyer, a UAV squadron of small unmanned helicopters that can fulfil a large range of non-military tasks. MultiFlyer provides advanced monitoring capabilities for large areas and is based on commercial, off-the-shelf helicopter UAVs from Alpha Unmanned Systems integrated with components from IAI and several Israeli start-up companies. The command and control system was designed by Simplex and the area scanning technologies are powered by Si...
  • Nex Gen Flight from USAF 17 September 2020
    The US Air Force (USAF) has flown a digitally-engineered Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) advanced aircraft flight demonstrator for the first time, the service unveiled on 15 September at the Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) annual conference. The programme is classified and USAF leadership refused to provide details, including who developed the aircraft, any contract values, and when it might be fielded. But Will Roper, assistant secretary of the USAF for Acquisition...
  • 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...
  • STM Describes Defence Sector
    STM Describes Defence Sector 12 September 2020
    STM is starting to convey its experience to the public through social media. In the digital project named "1: 1 Answers with STM", those who are curious about the defence industry will be answered from A to Z. STM aims to bring the defence industry closer to the public and explain the sector in all its aspects.   STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. begins to explain the defence industry to all of its stakeholders with the concept of &q...
  • Hypersonic Bullet Shoots Down a Mock Cruise Missile
    Hypersonic Bullet Shoots Down a Mock Cruise Missile 6 September 2020
      According to US based Breaking Defence the US Air Force recently used the hypervelocity projectile (HVP) — a low-drag, guided projectile capable of reaching speeds up to Mach 5 — to down a BQM-167 target drone over the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The BQM-167 drone "served as surrogates for Russian cruise missiles" during the test. The HVP was fired from an Army M109 Paladin-based 155mm howitzer and a Navy deck gun during ...
  • Su-57 Will be Hidden On The Ground
    Su-57 Will be Hidden On The Ground 2 September 2020
    New covers will be produced for the Su-57 fighter aircraft, which Russia attaches importance to with its low radar cross-section technology and started mass production. When the plane is parked on the ground, it will be covered with these covers that deflect the radar signals. Thus, it will be difficult to determine where the aircraft is stationed not only in the air but also on land. These covers will also be covered with special covers that help protect the aircraft parts from the weather. ...
  • Russia Goes for Armed UAV
    Russia Goes for Armed UAV 26 August 2020
    Russian Ministry of Defence and Kronshtadt have signed a deal to start delivery of Russia’s first armed medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) drone. The UAV will be an upgraded variant of “Orion”, capable of carrying air-to-ground munitions. The delivery of the first heavy “Orion” drone for the Air Force is scheduled before the end of 2020. According to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, the deal was announced by Kronshtadt chief engineer Nikolai Dolzhenkov. ...
  • New Tanks After Armata's Retirement
    New Tanks After Armata's Retirement 25 August 2020
    Russia unveiled the "future tank" project, which will replace Armata tanks after 2040, at the 2020 International Military and Technical Forum. In the future, the long-term tank project, which will be shaped according to the needs of the security forces, was shared as two modules. The first module is planned to be developed in capsules equipped with highly sheltered armour, with three crew members on duty. Among the shared information that the tank will be equipped with an ...
  • China Opposes Selling Drones to Taiwan
    China Opposes Selling Drones to Taiwan 8 August 2020
    The U.S. plan to deliver four drones to Taiwan has angered China. General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper's sea variant is scheduled to enter Taiwan inventory, while China has announced its opposition to the sale of drones to Taiwan.  The MQ-9 Reaper, which patrols the air and provides air support when urgent, has the appropriate range for China to monitor. Under Trump, the U.S. had gone to facilitate the export regime of drones. The deal with Taiwan could be the first sales agreement ...
  • Delivery Date for Okhotnik Is Forwarded
    Delivery Date for Okhotnik Is Forwarded 5 August 2020
    Russia's jet-powered drone Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik will be operational before the scheduled service date. It was stated that the drone will begin armed trial flights for offensive missions in 2023 and will enter inventory in 2025. The Ministry of Defence has ordered the speed of the program for drones. United Aircraft Corporation General Manager Yury Slyusar later announced that the drone will begin being delivered to the Russian Armed Forces in 2024. Okhotnik, who made h...
  • China Missiles Protect Serbia's Airspace
    China Missiles Protect Serbia's Airspace 3 August 2020
    Belgrade will buy an air defense system from China, Serbian media reported. Serbia will add the FK-3, the export version of the HQ-12-to-air missile system, into its inventory.   The air defense system has the ability to attack cruise missiles and drones. A battery installed from FK-3s includes one radar, six launch units, two generators and 18 replacement missiles. Belgrade also received the CH-92A drone, it bought from China in July.