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  • US Completed U-2 Modernisation
    US Completed U-2 Modernisation February 21 2020
    Although manned aircraft leave their places to unmanned aerial vehicles in reconnaissance missions, manned reconnaissance missions are still crucial. That's why Dragon Lady, one of the most iconic platforms of the Cold War, continues to change to keep up with the age. The US Air Force (USAF) announced the completion of the SYERS (Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System) -2C modernisation activities for U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft, which carried out by in cooperation ...
  • Fifth MİLGEM's Systems are Determined
    Fifth MİLGEM's Systems are Determined February 19 2020
    ASELSAN and HAVELSAN will work together on the fifth ship within the scope of the MILGEM program of the Turkish Naval Forces Command. The main contractor of the platform is Defence Technologies Engineering Inc., ASELSAN and HAVELSAN have signed a contract. Under the deal, ASELSAN procures navigation, communication, sonar and radar systems, weapons, electronic warfare systems, guided missiles, torpedoes and electro-optical systems between 2021 and 2023. The first ship of Class I will...
  • Britain Works on Full Situational Awareness
    Britain Works on Full Situational Awareness January 25 2020
    British Company BAE Systems Israeli firm Elbit Systems are cooperating to build a new main battle tank (MBT) offering 360-degree situational awareness, for British Army urban operations. Elbit’s IronVision electro-optical system will provide the vision to the crew to see through tank armour wall. The company, along with the British army, have reportedly been working on the system to be integrated on to the Streetfighter II since January 2019. It will give the tank the ability ...
  • "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece
    "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece January 23 2020
    A remarkable article was published in Ptisi & Diastima Magazine, which publicates in the defence sector in Greece. Greek-Turkish relations, which increasing tension due to oil and natural gas deposits in Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey-Libya mutual exclusive economic zone were discussed in the article. Outlines of the offensive plan that could be implemented in a possible conflict were examined in the text. Turkey's radar and electronic support capabilities, as well as Greece...
  • The Countdown has Begun
    The Countdown has Begun January 21 2020
    With the developing and changing technology, countries continue to embark on a space hegemony adventure. While countries such as Russia, USA, China and India are on the way for a space competition. They also gain a strategic advantage in this race. Japan will launch its eighth Intelligence Gathering System (IGS) reconnaissance satellite into space on Jan. 27. Japanese satellite and space industry giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced that an MHI H-IIA satel...
  • Bundeswehr orders Spike launchers and 1500 missiles
    Bundeswehr orders Spike launchers and 1500 missiles November 19 2019
    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has signed a contract to sell Spike missiles and launchers to the German Army through a joint venture (JV). Germany's Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr /BAAINBw) ordered 1,500 Spike missiles and hundreds of Integrated Control Launch Unit (ICLU) dismounted missile launchers from Eurospike for the German Army in early Novem...
  • French Navy Receives First Two Upgraded ATL2s
    French Navy Receives First Two Upgraded ATL2s October 30 2019
    The French procurement agency Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) has authorised the transfer of the first two upgraded Dassault Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to the French Navy, the French ministry for armed forces announced on 24 October. French Navy operates 22 ATL2 MPA. Eighteen MPAs will be upgraded to the new version called 'Standard 6' to allow the aircraft to operate until 2030. The upgrade programme includes the de...
  • NGSW to Increase the Firepower of the Army
    NGSW to Increase the Firepower of the Army September 16 2019
    SIG SAUER publicly unveiled its entry for the US Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) programme at the DSEI 2019 defence exhibition in London. The aim of the NGSW is to provide the US infantryman with greater firepower, mobility, and lethality by replacing the current M4 carbines and M249 machine guns in service with a new rifle and machine gun firing a new 6.8 mm calibre intermediate cartridge. In order to meet the US Army's requirement for 20% lighter ammunition and ...
  • Integrated System by Rafael
    Integrated System by Rafael September 10 2019
    Israel-based Rafael takes part in Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) hosted by London. Rafael Advanced Defence Systems is showcasing its complete all-in-one Samson 30mm remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS), integrated with two Spike missiles and the Trophy Active Protection System (APS). Trophy is in service with the Israel Defence Forces on the Merkava Mk 3 and 4 main battle tanks (MBT) and on the Namer heavy armoured personnel carrier, with more...
  • UN’s Russian Birds get Safe
    UN’s Russian Birds get Safe August 8 2019
    BIRD Aerosystems, the developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO), has received an order for additional AMPS systems from the UN Air Operations. Under the contract, BIRD will provide its AMPS solution, which includes the MACS sensor, and install it on the UN Mil Mi-17 (Nato code: Hip) helicopters operating in Africa. The UN is already using BIRD's AMPS systems, and this is a follow-on order that will allow the UN to install the sys...
  • 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...
  • Marine Patrol Mission to be Provided with CAMCOPTER S-100
    Marine Patrol Mission to be Provided with CAMCOPTER S-100 July 25 2019
      Croatia to deploy CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS, produced by Schiebel, for maritime surveillance missions. Croatia issued request to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for CAMCOPTER S-100 maritime surveillance services. Starting in the summer of 2019, the service provision for Croatia will assist in maritime Coast Guard functions such as search and rescue, monitoring and surveillance, ship and port security. For these purposes, the CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System  will...
  • Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time
    Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time July 5 2019
    Korea Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries/ KAI) has carried out the first flight of its Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype. The rotor platform developed for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), completed the test after a 20-minute test flight. The helicopter is powered by two Arriel 2L2 turboshaft engines co-developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines and Hanwha Techwin. The RoKA has a requirement for more than 200 LAH helicopters, with entry into service schedul...
  • 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.
  • ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ
    ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ April 30 2019
    The GÖKDENİZ Close Air Defence System for Marine Platforms (YHSS), which was developed as a result of the adaptation of KORKUT Self-Propelled Gun Barrelled Low-Altitude Air Defence Weapon System to marine platforms under the scope of the contract executed by the Presidency for Defence Industries, was introduced at IDEF’19 at ASELSAN’s stand with the participation of the President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of A...
  • Latvia Acquires Penguin C Long-Endurance UAVs
    Latvia Acquires Penguin C Long-Endurance UAVs March 13 2019
    UAV Factory, a developer of fixed-wing unmanned aerial systems (UAS), has announced it has signed an agreement with the Latvian Ministry of Defence to provide UAVs for the country’s National Armed Forces (LNAF). LNAF has selected UAV Factory to supply the with an undisclosed number of its latest Penguin C long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The UAVs will be equipped with advanced electro-optical/infrared gyro-stabilised sensors. UAV will be used to enhance the LNAF’s a...
  • Rafael Unveils "Rocks" - A Long Range Stand-Off Air-To-Surface Missile
    Rafael Unveils "Rocks" - A Long Range Stand-Off Air-To-Surface Missile February 21 2019
    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled a new, advanced stand-off high-speed air-to-surface missile (ASM) at the Aero India Air Show in Bengaluru, India, this week. Dubbed simply "Rocks," the ASM can be armed with a penetration warhead or blast explosive warhead depending on whether targets are beneath the surface or above ground. The weight class of the warhead has not been disclosed. 'Rocks', the new missile is furnished with a single-stage solid rocket motor develope...
  • China Develops Armed USV
    China Develops Armed USV February 19 2019
      China invests significantly to support its fleet in large areas and is developing a new unmanned surface vessel (USV).   USV, called JARI USV, is 15 meters long and weighs 20 tons. The platform developed for anti-submarine warfare, surface and anti-air warfare will have equipment such as electro-optical sensors, phased-array radar, dipping sonar, a small vertical launch system with eight cells, a torpedo launcher and a stabilized weapon station. The s...
  • Northrop Grumman Showcases APS for The US Army
    Northrop Grumman Showcases APS for The US Army January 30 2019
      Northrop Grumman Corporation demonstrated advanced Vehicle Active Protection System (APS) technologies against Anti-Tank Guided Munitions during the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Centre (TARDEC) sponsored Soft-kill Rodeo in Huntsville on Oct. 5-31 Using its Passive Infrared Cueing Sensors system, Northrop Grumman say the system successfully generated threat warning of inbound ATGMs and provided a cue for the soft kill countermeasure syst...
  • Qualification Process of TALIOS OK
    Qualification Process of TALIOS OK November 21 2018
    Another important milestone in the qualification process of the TALIOS optronic pod which developed by Thales is behind. The system has completed the qualification tests of the French defence procurement agency DGA.   The TALIOS system, developed as suitable with Rafale F3R platforms, incorporates electro-optical and infrared sensors. With the pod, which has features such as stabilization and image processing, the aircraft can engage in long range moving targets. With...
  • United Kingdom Cleared to Buy 16 Chinooks
    United Kingdom Cleared to Buy 16 Chinooks October 21 2018
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced on Oct. 19 that United Kingdom has been cleared to buy 16 H-47 Chinook (Extended Range) helicopters for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of United Kingdom has requested a possible sale of sixteen H-47 Chinook helicopters; thirty-six T-55-GA-714A engines (32 installed, four spares); forty-eight e...
  • ASELSAN’s CATS System Enters Turkish İnventory On Anka-S UAV
    ASELSAN’s CATS System Enters Turkish İnventory On Anka-S UAV September 27 2018
    ASELSAN’s Common Aperture Targeting System (CATS) E/O system has entered the inventory of the Turkish Air Force (TAF), Ismail Demir, President of the Turkish Defence Industries Presidency (SSB), announced on his personal Twitter account on 25 September. The CATS electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting system will be carried by the TAF's satellite-controlled Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and is expected to gradually replace the US-made FLIR...
  • Chinese Eye for Serbia
    Chinese Eye for Serbia September 26 2018
    Serbia signed and agreement with China for procurement of unmanned aerial vehicles. Serbia took delivery of MiG-29 from Russia in recent weeks. It is stated that platforms that can be used in all weather conditions will also be able to use laser-guided ammunition. According to Serbian media, six platforms will be supplied. Some of them may be Wing Loong II. First flight of sytems are planned to 2019. According to official statement, Serbia will provide technology transfer as well as vehicles ...
  • Greece Developed TELEMACHOS Surveillance Radar September 22 2018
    The first Greek design, development and construction of the TELEMACHOS surveillance radar will be presented publicly by the Hellenic Aviation Industry (DAB) on Saturday and Sunday at the Tanagra International Air Show 2018. The TELEMACHOS surveillance radar is a 100% Greek product developed by Greek scientists and consists of a radar, a day / night electro-optical sensor (thermal camera), the tripod on which the radar and the electro-optical system and a portable control station wit...
  • RADA’s Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar Wins UK MoD Tender
    RADA’s Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar Wins UK MoD Tender August 23 2018
    On August 21, Israeli RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. announced that its Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars (MHR), which are embedded in the Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Drone Dome counter-drone solution, will be delivered to the British Army in the coming months. Deliveries of this program are expected to be concluded within 2018. The British Army will be the first customer to implement the Drone Dome, to protect sensitive facilities and military infrastructure of drones. "Th...
  • EU funds Greek Defence Ministry for surveillance equipment
    EU funds Greek Defence Ministry for surveillance equipment July 11 2018
    The Greek Ministry of Defence has announced two programmes for the acquisition of surveillance equipment, to be co-funded by the European Union (EU) according to the Jane’s. The first programme concerns the acquisition of up to six electro-optical sensor systems for Hellenic Navy’s all eight Sikorsky S-70B-6 Aegean Hawk helicopters. Helicopter have to anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare mission as well as search and rescue operations. The total cost is set at EUR28.9 million, ...
  • Smart Solutions for Battlefield
    Smart Solutions for Battlefield June 11 2018
    Rafael has unveiled two new products that will offer smarter solutions to the battlefield. One of these solutions is FireFly, a loitering munition. The platform weighs three kilograms, suitable for carrying and using a single soldier. Developed as a member of the Spike family, the vehicle has the ability to target tracking. System can be managed by the tablet can provide instant data transfer thanks to the two way data link. FireFly, which has duration 15 minutes, has...
  • Germany may acquire Israel’s armed Heron TP
    Germany may acquire Israel’s armed Heron TP June 4 2018
      German army (Bundeswehr) could acquire soon medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) armed  unmanned air vehicle (UAV) Heron TP (nicknamed Eitan MALE). Heron TP is able to carry air-to-surface missiles. This is the first time that Bundeswehr requests the use of drones that that can be weaponized. Bundeswehr has requested around €900 million to lease five Heron TP UAVs from Israel over the next nine years. Germany plans  to use that type of drones i...
  • Germany Gets Greenlight for C-130J Buy
    Germany Gets Greenlight for C-130J Buy May 7 2018
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Germany of three C-130J-30 aircraft and three KC-130J aircraft for an estimated cost of $1,40 billion. The German Air Force will use these aircraft to conduct airlift, air refueling, and air drop missions as part of a French-German allied squadron based in Evreux, France.  The Government of Germany has also requested to buy eight AN/ALE 47 Electronic Countermeasure Disp...
  • Important Step for TFX
    Important Step for TFX April 26 2018
    TAI and Aselsan united their forces at TFX Project. Two of leading companies of the sector have signed a preliminary agreement on the development of radar, electronic warfare and electro-optical systems for TFX during Eurasia Airshow in Antalya. Under the signed prelminary agreement, development work will be initiated for the sub-systems for the needs and capabilities of a fifth-generation aircraft required for the TFX project. It is planned to integrate the critical mission systems that need...
  • Air Force to Buy Cessna Caravan
    Air Force to Buy Cessna Caravan March 28 2018
    The US Air Force plans to acquire 22 armed Cessna AC-208s to provide to allied governments, according to an acquisition notice published on 23 March. Responses by contractors to the USAF’s market survey are due by 16 April. Interested contractors must be able to integrate an L-3 Wescam MX-15 electro-optical and infrared sensor with a laser designator as well as Harris‘ RF-7800M-MP multiband radio and BAE Systems‘ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System...
  • The First 'Il-76MD-M' Delivered
    The First 'Il-76MD-M' Delivered March 14 2018
    United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 13 March that the first upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MD-M transport aircraft has been delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defence. Russia sealed the first contract to upgrade Il-76MD military transport aircraft to the Il-76MD-M version in 2016. Under the contract, the aircraft’s flight and navigation, communications and defence equipment have been modernized as well as its engines. The platform has been equipped with Glo...
  • Indonesia to Get Four ScanEagle UAV
    Indonesia to Get Four ScanEagle UAV February 26 2018
    The Indonesian Navy will receive four ScanEagle UAVs in mid-2018, a source from the service told Jane’s on 23 February.  The UAV system and its associated equipment and launchers are provided under a grant by the US government under a capacity building programme for Southeast Asian navies known as the Maritime Security Initiative (MSI) which seeks to improve maritime capabilities of partner countries. The ScanEagle UAV can be equipped with a range ...
  • ISR Support to Kuwait
    ISR Support to Kuwait February 22 2018
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of four King Air 350ER Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft for an estimated $259 million. The principal contractor will be Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale of four (4) King Air 350ER Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft with enhanced PT6A-67A engines. The request also includes 4 AN/AAQ...
  • Hisar-O Tests at Salt Lake
    Hisar-O Tests at Salt Lake January 20 2018
    Test launchs of "Hisar Air Defense Systems Project” which is Turkey's national air defence systems will start. In this frame, application of "flight-prohibited zone" was started. It was announced that the tests of the Hisar-O Medium Altitude Air Defense System will take place between 22 January and 4 February. Announcement published on the website of the General Staff. In the tests, the shooting altitude was 14 thousand feet. In Hisar-A and Hisar-O Projects,...
  • New Theatre Level Missile
    New Theatre Level Missile December 21 2017
    Russia introduced a new long-range cruise missile. The system, called the Kh-50, shares a similar sub-system with the Kh-101 strategic cruise missile but has a smaller cross-sectional area than its predecessor. The system, designed to fit the bomb bays of the Tu-22M3, Tu-95MS and Tu-160 strategic bombers, is six meters long. The system is propulsing by OMKB izdeliye 37-04 turbofan engine and it weighs 1600 kilograms. The 1500 kilometers range missile can cruise up to 950 kilometers ...
  • New Member to Hermes Family
    New Member to Hermes Family November 20 2017
    Elbit Systems has developed a small tactical-level unmanned aircraft system (UAS) dubbed Hermes 45 intended for ISR missions. According to IHS Jane's report, the UAS has a max endurance of 24 hours, a maximum takeoff weight of 65 kg, including a payload capacity of up to 15 kg, and can simultaneously operate with up to three payloads. Its payloads will include, among others, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors, maritime radar, and electronic and signals intelligence sy...
  • MQ-9 Demonstrated ASW Capabilities
    MQ-9 Demonstrated ASW Capabilities November 16 2017
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has used an MQ-9 Predator B remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) to demonstrate its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability in a US naval exercise. During the drill, US Navy helicopters deployed a series of sonobuoys which were used to gather acoustic data to assist in the tracking of underwater targets. The data was then transmitted to the MQ-9 RPA and processed onboard before being relayed to the aircraft’s ground control station (GCS) loc...
  • China's New UAV Unveiled
    China's New UAV Unveiled November 15 2017
    China’s Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System Technology unveiled a new strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 13 November at the company's facility in Taizhou. The UAV, dubbed as TYW-1, is a 9,85-metre long and 2,5-metre high platform with a wingspan of 18 metres. The new UAV can carry a 370 kg payload, features four underwing pylons, has a ceiling of 7.5 km, an endurance of 40 hours, and can reach a top speed of 200 km/h, according ...
  • ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ Completed Maiden Flight
    ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ Completed Maiden Flight October 13 2017
    China's TB001 armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has made its maiden flight on 26 September. Chinese company Tengoen had unveiled TB001 ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ at the 14th China–Association of Southeast Asian Nations Expo held between 12 to 15 September this year.  The platform has a wingspan of 20 m, a maximum take-off weight of 2 thousand 800 kg, a flight ceiling of 8 thousand m, a maximum range of 6...