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  • Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy
    Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy 22 September 2020
    Austria will buy a general-purpose helicopter from Italy. Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner says they plan to buy 18 AW169M helicopters from Italy for €300m. Italian company Leonardo was chosen from among the U.S. and German companies. The AW169Ms, the military variable of the AW169 helicopter, will replace the Alouette III helicopters, which have been in inventory for nearly 50 years. The helicopter with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210A engines is equippe...
  • Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France
    Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France 9 September 2020
    The French government had proposed two FREMM (FRégate Européenne Multi-Missions later FREgate Multi-Missions) to Greece in 2018. The proposal is again on the negotiation table according to Greek Media. France proposes Alsace (D656) and Lorraine (D657). The Dutch government has two modernized frigates to offer.  According to unconfirmed information, the annual rental cost of the two ships will be 150 million euros with the right to purchase once the lease is comple...
  • Unmanned Pick-Up Mounted Gun
    Unmanned Pick-Up Mounted Gun 20 August 2020
    Pickup-mounted machine gun and cannon systems are seen as increasing their prevalence in asymmetrical battlefields. Northrop Grumman, one of the leading defence companies in the USA, has completed the tests of the 30 mm gun system integrated into the pick-up unmanned turret. The system called M-ACE (Mobile Acquisition Cueing and Effector) was developed for the detection and destruction of unmanned aerial vehicles that are becoming more widespread and becoming an asymmetric threat. I...
  • New Anti-Tank to Old Helicopter
    New Anti-Tank to Old Helicopter 18 August 2020
    Anti-tank missiles are the most important punch of helicopters against armoured elements. The systems, which have become an inseparable duo since the day attack helicopters took part in the battlefield, continue to develop. Cameroon reinforces its attack helicopter power with Ukrainian missiles. According to reports in the Russian and Ukrainian media, the country received the Bar'er-V helicopter-launched anti-tank missile from Ukraine. There is information based on open sources ...
  • Iran Modernised T-72
    Iran Modernised T-72 18 August 2020
    Iran, which is frequently brought to the agenda with its interesting breakthroughs in the defence sector, added a new one to its T-72 modernization solutions. The Iranian defence industry introduced a modernized new model of the T-72S main battle tank. Platforms stated to have modern electro-optical systems and a new generation fire control system; in addition to the laser rangefinder, ballistic computer, rcws (Remote Controlled Weapon System) and night vision equipment were integra...
  • Israel Launches New Spy Satellite: Ofek 16
    Israel Launches New Spy Satellite: Ofek 16 6 July 2020
    Israel has launched a new spy satellite that it said would provide high-quality surveillance for its military intelligence. In a statement on social media on Monday, Israel's Ministry of Defence said "Ofek 16" was shot into space at 4 am local time [01:00 GMT]. The electro-optical reconnaissance satellite will “will undergo a series of tests to determine its propriety and performance level.," it added. The first images are expected in abo...
  • Wheeled Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun Enters Mass Production
    Wheeled Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun Enters Mass Production 30 June 2020
    Self-propelled anti-aircraft guns have maintained their importance for years against rotary or fixed-wing manned air elements, with missiles and drones approaching close range from low altitude. DAPA (Defence Acquisition Program Administration), the defence procurement instution of the Republic of Korea, announced that an agreement has been signed with Hanwha Defense for the new wheeled self-propelled anti-aircraft gun system. Under the agreement of $ 207.66 million, the p...
  • Greece to Upgrade Coast Guard Air Platforms
    Greece to Upgrade Coast Guard Air Platforms 4 May 2020
    The Greek Marine and Island Policy Ministry have announced an international tender for the upgrade/replacement of three Reims-406 aircraft surveillance equipment and three AS365 N3 Dauphin of the six helicopters. This time the process leads to a contract, the surveillance capabilities of air forces of the Hellenic Coast Guard (LS-EL.AKT.) The budget of the program amounts to € 12,000,000  and is co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The terms o...
  • Meteksan Developed Anti-Jamming GNSS
    Meteksan Developed Anti-Jamming GNSS 22 April 2020
    Meteksan Defence, which operates in six main areas such as radar, environmental surveillance, laser and electro-optical and communication systems, has developed a product for mixing threats to global positioning systems. Global positioning system, which follows a long road until it reaches the receiver, can lose its power due to atmospheric effects. This affects the survival of military platforms, which causes the receiver to follow the signal. Against the stirring threats that may ...
  • US Completed U-2 Modernisation
    US Completed U-2 Modernisation 21 February 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 19 February 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 25 January 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 23 January 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 21 January 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 19 November 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 30 October 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 16 September 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 10 September 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 8 August 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 30 July 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 25 July 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 5 July 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 24 June 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 30 April 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 13 March 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 21 February 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 19 February 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 30 January 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 21 November 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 21 October 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 27 September 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 26 September 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 22 September 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 23 August 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 11 July 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 11 June 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 4 June 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 7 May 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 26 April 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 28 March 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...