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  • Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed
    Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed February 23 2020
    One of the works carried out for the safe communication development works, which is vital in combat conditions is close to succesful end.  Ground tests of the laser based communication system developed by General Atomics have been completed. The so-called Airborne Laser Communication System (ALCoS) has managed to establish a connection with a geosynchronous orbiting satellite for the first time within the scope of the tests. The hardware planned to be used in MALE / (Mediu...
  • BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight
    BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight February 21 2020
    Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35®) has the potential to stay airborne for a year. BAE Systems’ PHASA-35, a 35m wingspan solar-electric aircraft, has completed its maiden flight. The UAV opens a new gate to a yearlong flight endurance plugging the gap between aviation and satellite technology.    Sponsored by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), t...
  • Loitering Munition to Turkish Armed Forces
    Loitering Munition to Turkish Armed Forces January 31 2020
    The first batch of loitering munition delivery to the Turkish Armed Forces officially completed. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir announced the deliveries from official Twitter account with "We made the first Kamikaze Mini UAV KARGU-2 delivery to our security forces within the scope of the signed contract." words. The autonomy level of Kargu-2, which has features such as increased endurance and low noise level, is higher than its p...
  • Power Boost for the Russian Navy
    Power Boost for the Russian Navy January 21 2020
    Russia’s Project 20385 “Gremyashchiy” armed with Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles has completed state trials in the Barents Sea. The ship has completed its program of trials at Northern Fleet ranges. In the White Sea, the vessel delivered fire with Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles against a coastal and a naval target. Project 20385 envisages a hangar for a Ka-27 helicopter. The corvettes displace 2,200 tonnes and their sea endurance is 15 days. They are armed with Kalibr-NK ...
  • Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight
    Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight January 20 2020
    Falco Xplorer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), unveiled by Leonardo at the Paris Air Show 2019, left behind an important milestone last week. In a statement made by Leonardo, it was announced that the UAV made its maiden flight on January 15. The test flight conducted at the Trapani Air Base stationed in Sicily, and lasted about 1 hour. Platfom returned to the same base and completed the flight without any problems. Falco Xplorer, is a MALE (Medium Altitude Long Enduran...
  • Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service
    Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service January 17 2020
    Russia’s new sea tanker Academician Pashin will join the Northern Fleet’s logistics and rear support forces in late January, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. "On January 21, a solemn ceremony of hoisting the flag of the Navy’s auxiliary fleet will take place aboard the new sea tanker Academician Pashin at the Northern Fleet’s main base of Severomorsk. This day will become the date of officially accepting the vessel for servic...
  • Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV
    Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV January 2 2020
    Indonesia's National aviation company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) introduced the prototype of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle produced within domestic facilities. A roll-out ceremony was held at the PTDI facilities in Bandung for the combatant UAV called the Black Eagle (Elang Hitam). The prototype did not include a weapon station, but the promotional brochure showed two generic weapons. Speaking at the ceremony, BPPT General Manager Hammam Riza ...
  • Philippines Receives Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA
    Philippines Receives Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA December 29 2019
    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) received on 18 December 2019, an offshore patrol vessel BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) from French shipbuilder OCEA. The ship will arrive in the Philippines by February 2020. The ship is based from OCEA's OPV-270 design and with a length of almost 84 meters, the largest monohull patrol boat in the world made of aluminium, and is expected to be the PCG's newest flagship and largest patrol vessel. The ship will host 40 offic...
  • ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV
    ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV December 28 2019
    Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed that the Korean Air Force (ROKAF) received the first of four Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on 23 December 2019. The UAV arrived at Sacheon Air Base in South Gyeongsang Province. The three remaining platforms are expected to be delivered in the first half of 2020, although this could change depending on situations.
  • Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles
    Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles December 25 2019
    Leonardo has demonstrated its new M-40 target drone against MBDA-made Mistral surface-to-air missile, in Italy. Leonardo has concluded a series of flights with its M-40 target drone as part of a trials campaign in Italy. This saw the drones simulating modern airborne threats, allowing for the realistic demonstration of MBDA’s latest surface-to-air Mistral missile. The missile intercepted the target, proving its capabilities and allowing MBDA to collect valuable dat...
  • USAF Has Developed a Drone That Flew For 2 1/2-Day
    USAF Has Developed a Drone That Flew For 2 1/2-Day December 16 2019
    The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Centre for Rapid Innovation has developed an unmanned platform that flew a two 1/2-day continuous flight demonstration from Dec. 9 to Dec 11 at Dugway Proving Ground. The Ultra Long Endurance Aircraft Platform, or Ultra LEAP, consists of a high-performance, cost-effective, sport-class commercial airframe converted to a fully automated system with autonomous take-off and landing capabilities, the service says in a press release. <...
  • ANKA's New Record
    ANKA's New Record November 7 2019
    The ANKA platform developed by Turkish Aerospace within the scope of the Medium-Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV program flew more than a day. The company announced on its official twitter account” Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ANKA flew 26 hours and 30 minutes. ANKA has set a new record by flying more than a day. " ANKA, advanced MALE class Unmanned Aerial System, performs day and night, all-weather reconnaissance, target detection / identification and intelligence missions....
  • 5th Generation of Pakistan: Azm
    5th Generation of Pakistan: Azm October 16 2019
    Project Azm, which includes the production of Pakistan's own fifth-generation aircraft, is accelerating. The first of the four conceptual design phases are completed. Pakistan Air Force formally initiated Project Azm in July 2017 with the objective of developing an FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft), a medium-altitude and long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), new munitions, and other projects. The Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) outlines t...
  • The Navy's First Electric Diesel Submarine: S26T September 16 2019
    In April 2017, the Government of Thailand approved the purchase of approximately $ 411 million worth of diesel-electric submarines from China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and Chinese shipbuilder Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co. Ltd held the keel-laying ceremony for the RTN’s first S26T diesel-electric submarine. The ceremony was held in Wuchang Shipbuilding’s yard in Wuhan.  The S26T was based on the Type 039B Yuan-class s...
  • E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron
    E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron September 12 2019
    The U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (VAW-120), also known as “Greyhawks”, receive the first improved version of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning surveillance aircraft with aerial refuelling capability. The upgrades installed to support aerial refuelling include electrical and lighting upgrades and long endurance seats that will enhance the field of view in the cockpit and reduce fatigue over longer missions. The aerial refuelling capabil...
  • UAVs to Gather Information September 11 2019
    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) signed contracts, as part of the PAF UAV Systems Project with Israel for four Elbit Systems Hermes 450 mid-altitude long-endurance UAVs and nine Hermes 900 UAVs. The deal was worth about $ 163 million. The first batch of Hermes 450, was delivered to the PAF. The Elbit Systems Hermes 450 has a range of 300 kilometres and an endurance of up to 20 hours. It can carry sensor and surveillance payloads of up to 150 kilograms total.  According ...
  • Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests
    Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests August 21 2019
    Russian newest diesel-electric submarine Project 636.3 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Kilo-class submarine B-274) arrived at Baltic Sea for Trials. Built for Russia's Pacific Fleet, the submarine began sea tests.  “During the shipbuilders’ sea trials, some of the submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky’s shipboard systems will be checked, including communications and hydro-acoustics,” Navy Spokesman said. Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivor...
  • Taiwan Unveils New  UAV Development
    Taiwan Unveils New UAV Development August 18 2019
    Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST )is pursuing a new medium-altitude long-endurance UAV development. The agency has unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE).   Two Teng Yun prototypes - which have been marked MU-1611 and MU-1612 - possess an operating range in excess of 1,000 km, flight endu...
  • USA has Green Signalled
    USA has Green Signalled July 31 2019
    The United States has green signalled Republic of Korea’s request to provide Contractor Logistics Support for four RQ-4 Block 30 Remotely Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles. Seoul had requested to purchase contractor logistics support, programme management, depot and organisational level maintenance, technical and logistics services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support, adding that the total estimated programme cost i...
  • Lantset: Cost Effective Solution June 30 2019
      The Kalashnikov Group has showcased its latest reconnaissance and attack drone Lantset-3 'kamikaze' which can autonomously locate and destroy hostile targets in the air, on land and in the water for the first time at the Army 2019 defence exhibition. Only one variant of the Lantset is on display at Army 2019, the weapon system comes in two configurations.   The heavier variant designated as the Lantset-3 exhibited at Army 2019 carries a 3 kg w...
  • Final Supply Completed
    Final Supply Completed June 27 2019
      The final unit of RQ-21A Blackjack, replaces the RQ-7B Shadow, was delivered by the US Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS Program Office (PMA-263) at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina. RQ-21A Blackjack increased capability will include work on command and control, communication systems, avionics, optics, laser designation, and payloads. Blackjack remains a critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability that’s relevant...
  • Xplorer Unveiled at Paris
    Xplorer Unveiled at Paris June 20 2019
    Leonardo unveiled its new product at the Paris Air Show 2019. A new member of the Falco family is named Xplorer
    
    As a new member of the Falco family, the system is larger than its predecessors. The system has a wing span of 18.5 meters and a length of 9 meters. The maximum take-off weight of Falco Xplorer was announced to be 1,300 kilograms. Equipped with the Gabbiano T-80UL multimode synthetic aperture radar (SAR), the platform also features LEOSS gyrostabilized electrooptics and SAGE ...
                                                        
  • Australia to Purchase Second MQ-4C TRITON
    Australia to Purchase Second MQ-4C TRITON March 28 2019
    The Australian government has confirmed the acquisition of a second Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton high altitude long endurance maritime unmanned ISR air vehicle for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said in a statement that this second platform, which will be acquired through a co-operative programme with the US Navy, will play "an important part of strengthening the security of Australia's maritime boarders". The total ...
  • ANKA Pushes for Export March 16 2019
    ANKA, produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ) as a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) class UAV, has entered the inventories of the Naval and Air Forces and the General Command of the Gendarmerie. ANKA, entering into service with the Naval Forces and the Gendarmerie Command operates on the 200+ km “Line of Sight” communication systems; while the ANKA-S of the Air Forces is free of range constraints thanks to SATCOM satellite control feature. We talked with TUSAŞ G...
  • 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...
  • India Signs Over $3 Billion Deal with Russia for Nuclear Submarine
    India Signs Over $3 Billion Deal with Russia for Nuclear Submarine March 9 2019
    India has for the third time signed an agreement to lease a Russian Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine according to Times of India. New nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), will be available by 2025, after a comprehensive refurbishment at a Russian shipyard. The agreement will be realised despite the threat of US financial sanctions looming over the earlier $5.4 billion contract inked for Russian S-400 Triumf missile systems in October last year. This submarine will rep...
  • H135 Order from Brazil
    H135 Order from Brazil February 22 2019
    Brazil has ordered the H135 helicopter. The helicopters that will be procured for the use of navy will serve in the 1st Utility Helicopter Fleet. Three units were ordered from the platforms that were reported to be involved in special forces, cargo, naval inspection, search and rescue and liaison operations. The company announced that the two platforms will be equipped with medical kits. In addition, all helicopters will have a winch, cargo hook, emergency floatation system and weather radar....
  • Type 218SG Launched
    Type 218SG Launched February 20 2019
    The first submarine of Singapore has ordered and which has been developed in line with the needs of this country has been launched. Singapore Minister of Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen attended the ceremony at the ThyssenKrupp Shipyard's facilities in Kiel. Defence Minister's wife, the Chief of the German Navy and the Singapore Navy Commander participated in the ceremony, Type 218SG’s class name in the Singapore Navy was announced. Submarines, will be called Invincible Class, w...
  • An ELINT Payload Tested On Reaper
    An ELINT Payload Tested On Reaper February 15 2019
      General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) and Raytheon Deutschland GmbH tested an electronic warfare payload on an MQ-9 Reaper. Integrated into a gondola that can be loaded under the MALE (Medium Altitude, Long Endurance) MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B) drone, the ARDS (Advanced Radar Detection System) payload can be used to detect and locate radar emissions. The ARDS is equipped with a totally digital radar emission tracking system. The system is already ope...
  • Second Step for Bahrain Helicopters
    Second Step for Bahrain Helicopters February 11 2019
      Bahreyn's new attack helicopter will take the second step. In this context, the United States has inked a procurement agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. which costs USD 240,266 million. Helicopters to be procured under the FMS and Bahrain had ordered 16 units. It is planned to deliver the platforms until 2022 where the production process will begin. The AH-1Z Viper is a four-blade Cobra developed in the attack helicopter phase of the H...
  • Phénix's France – Djibouti Flight
    Phénix's France – Djibouti Flight January 20 2019
    French Armed Forces Ministry announced Phénix’s long range mission from France to Djibouti. From January 8 to 18, 2019, as part of its operational evaluation of its new Airbus A330 Phénix tanker aircraft, the French Air Force deployed a very long-range fighter patrol first to Djibouti, and then onwards to Reunion Island, in the Western Indian Ocean. Three Rafale B two-seat fighters belonging to the 2/4 "Lafayette" squadron, accompanied by two C-135F tan...
  • US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise
    US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise January 18 2019
    US Military Intelligence Organisation “Defence Intelligence Agency” (DIA) released “China Military Power, report. A product that examines the core capabilities of China’s military. The work provides details on China’s defence and military goals, strategy, plans, and intentions. US is expecting to face new Chinese another stealth fighter within next years. US intelligence is trying to solve Chinese official announcements and the unofficial revelatio...
  • Iomax Markets Archangel for FMS Deal in Egypt
    Iomax Markets Archangel for FMS Deal in Egypt December 9 2018
    Archangel, a low-cost, long-endurance armed surveillance aircraft ensuring six hours time on station in the armed configuration and 10 hours in the ISR configuration was presented in Egypt by Iomax. The Archangel can currently be armed with GBU-12/58 Laser Guided Bombs, AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, and ROKETSAN Cirit 2.75” Laser Guided Rockets. Egypt has defined a requirement for 12 aircraft through the FMS process.
  • Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS
    Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS December 8 2018
    Organised in Karachi, the capital of Pakistan’s Sindh state, IDEAS Defence Exhibition witnessed a veiled competition between Turkey featuring the largest participation in scope and China, which sought benefits from time-honoured relations based on infrastructure.   Suppliers from the two countries not only competed for exhibition area or number of visitors; they also made huge efforts to develop relations. While contracts signed between China Shipbuilding Indust...
  • Australia Selected General Atomics’ Reaper
    Australia Selected General Atomics’ Reaper November 18 2018
    Australia’s Minister for Defence Hon Christopher Pyne, announced the selection of the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper variant as Australia’s first armed remotely piloted aircraft system. Minister Pyne said the medium altitude long endurance aircraft can be integrated within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and would be fully interoperable with allies. The Government will now request pricing and availability data from the United States on Reaper variants to suppor...
  • OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project
    OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project November 11 2018
    The European Agency for the procurement of arms, or OCCAR, officially invited the aircraft manufacturer Airbus to participate into tender as the prime contractor for the European MALE RPAS Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) The European MALE RPAS, is also known as the EuroMALE. The UAV will be operated worldwide to especially support ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) missions. The Agency announced on 8 November...
  • Budget Delay to Submarine
    Budget Delay to Submarine November 8 2018
    Indonesia's mini-submarine project hit the budget delay. Fate of the project is not determined yet.   An explanation came from the Indonesian PT Palindo Shipyard. According to the statement, the 22-meter mini-submarine project to be built with local facilities may be disrupted. The negotiations that have been going on since 2017 have been positive, but no contract has been signed yet. The reason for this is the failure to fund the project. PT Palindo planned to st...
  • Radar to Surveillance Airship
    Radar to Surveillance Airship November 8 2018
    Lockheed Martin announced the integration of SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) system into the 74K Aerostat unmanned surveillance airship. As a result of the integration work carried out by the company, Telephonics production RDR-1700B SAR integrated to the airship. SRDR-1700B is able to work above land and sea. It can provide two-dimensional images even a cloud layer. System is able to detect search and rescue transmitters with the inversed SAR radar. In addition to the SAR system, ot...
  • Second Hand Helicopter to Croatia
    Second Hand Helicopter to Croatia October 18 2018
    Croatian Defence Minister Damir Krstičević stated that Croatia will acquire the UH-60M. The two helicopters will be granted from US Army stocks. The helicopters are scheduled to be delivered in 2020. The platforms will be allocated to the use of Special Forces Command under the Croatian Armed Forces. Helicopters will be used for transport, special operations, medical evacuation, search and rescue missions. The UH-60M helicopters can carry up to 14 soldiers or 4000 kilogram...
  • Qatari Apaches on the Line October 15 2018
    Boeingr started to Qatar’s production for Apache. The first of the 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters, ordered by Qatar in 2016, entered the production line at Mesa Facilities, located in Arizona, last Saturday. Qatar will pay $ 667 million for procurement. AH-64 Apache helicopter, which serves in the inventory of many countries, is powered by two engines. The helicopter can withstand up to 23 mm ammunition and has a maximum take-off weight of about 9,500 kilograms. The platform, whi...