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  • Anti-Laser Defence for US Aircraft
    Anti-Laser Defence for US Aircraft November 6 2019
    Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is concerned that laser weapons could target US aircraft in the future. DARPA is looking for high-energy laser countermeasures; the agency posted online in an industry request for information. Agency wants a countermeasure that could be mounted on aircraft, as well as ground vehicles or ships. Anti-laser defensive technology is based on a technology that can detect an attack, geo-locate the attacker and disrupt the laser we...
  • Alka Shield to Drones
    Alka Shield to Drones October 8 2019
    Participating in Arms and Security 2019 with its unique products, Roketsan exhibits the Alka directed energy system in Kiev.
    
    Alka, which the company has developed with its own resources, has an internal detection system. Thus, the system can operate without the need for an additional detection and observation system can be effectively use against drones and can detect different sizes of UAVs. Alka, which has radio frequency based electronic attack system and signal jamming systemer sys...
                                                        
  • Roketsan Navigates
    Roketsan Navigates October 8 2019
    Arms and Security 2019 defence expo in Ukraine starts tomorrow. Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters' Association provides National Participation to the event, which is the media sponsorship of C4Defence magazine. During the fair, many Turkish Compaies such as Aselsan, Roketsan, STM have booth also. Roketsan, who recently participated in the fair by highlighting Satellite Launch Systems in 2017, expanded its product range this year. In addition to UMTAS, UMTAS-L, Cirit, MAM-...
  • Kinetic Bombardment October 4 2019
    A kinetic bombardment is essentially a form of ground attack, firing off a solid, monolithic mass from orbit to the earth, the destructive effect of the kinetic energy it will access due to its speed and mass complete the mission. In almost all of the projects thought for this purpose, it is envisaged that a core produced from heavy metals, which is high in weight in comparison to its size, is thrown from an orbital launcher. In other words, kinetic bombardment can also be described...
  • Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile
    Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile October 1 2019
    Up Media reports that Taiwan is seeking to improve the Tien Chien 1 short-range air-to-air missile by improving its off-boresight and kinematic capabilities with "backfire" attack capability with a large-angle off-axis flight. The performance is similar to the current strongest short-range air-to-air missile, AIM-9X Block II type Sidewinder missile. The new missile will also have lock-on after launch (LOAL) capability. In order to improve the airborne capabilitie...
  • 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 ...
  • Upgrade for Germany
    Upgrade for Germany July 31 2019
    The US-based company Raytheon will upgrade Germany's Patriots air defence systems to the improved PAC-3 MSE standard. Shortly after the German Defence and Budget Committees approved the upgrade, the US $ 105.5 million contract aims to bring Germany's air defence system in line with other EU and NATO countries using Patriot. The German army's inventory includes Patriot PAC-3 air defence systems delivered by the United States between 2008 and 2010. The improved version of ...
  • Satellite Launch Systems July 11 2019
    ‘’Apart from spacecrafts and ground units, another main part of space operations is launch system. Launch systems function is to lift-off spacecraft, carry it out of the atmosphere and position it in the orbit. Launch system exists of launch vehicle and launch facility.’’ Launch vehicle is actually a rocket that shows different properties like size, stages according to launch mission and carried spacecraft. Apart from rockets there have been some other p...
  • £130m to Develop New DEWs July 11 2019
      British Defence Ministry is developing cutting-edge laser and radio frequency weapons. Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), are powered solely by electricity and operate without ammunition. In a Prior Information Notice (PIN) published this week, the MOD announced it is seeking to develop three new DEW demonstrators to explore the potential of the technology and accelerate its introduction onto the battlefield. The laser weapons systems deploy high energy light ...
  • Modernisation to Nuclear Force
    Modernisation to Nuclear Force June 28 2019
    “When asked whether we still require all three of these legs of the triad, I answer, ‘we do’,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein offered a comprehensive rationale June 26 for modernizing the nation’s three-legged nuclear capability said in remarks at a Mitchell Institute breakfast on Capitol Hill attended by influential members of Congress and staff as well as defence analysts, industry officials and media. “And this position has been backed u...
  • New Weapon Systems from Russia
    New Weapon Systems from Russia June 21 2019
      The Russian Armed Forces are about to get a whole new weapon based on laser energy and hypersonic, the first of its samples have already been introduced into trial combat duty. According to the General of the Army Sergei Shoigu. The President of the Russian Federation said that, “The Peresvet laser systems operated in the troops would take on duty this December, the nuclear submarine carrier for the Poseidon will be launched this spring; serial production of t...
  • Roketsan's Laser Attempt
    Roketsan's Laser Attempt May 2 2019
    Operating in the field of guided and unguided munitions, Roketsan is expanding its product portfolio. The company is participating in IDEF'19 with its new products. The company introduced the interception system called Alka. The system was developed especially against drone threats. It consists of two separate interception units. Alka has a laser system to burn the drone with directed energy beams, as well as a jammer and electronic warfare system to control it or destroy i...
  • New Frigate Agreement Inked
    New Frigate Agreement Inked April 26 2019
    The new frigate project was inked almost a month after the cabinet approval. Under the agreement, Navantia will build five frigates. The ceremony of the project, whose main contractor is Navantia, was held in the Ministry of Defence of Spain building. Spain will procure five frigates, with a total cost of € 4,317 billion. It is reported that 80% of the components required for the platform will be purchased from Spanish companies during the process, which will start in Ferrol fa...
  • AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship
    AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship March 12 2019
      The US Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has received the first upgraded Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunship. In a press release, it is stated that the Block 30 Ghostrider has better software and avionics technology than the previous Block 20 version. Including a new sensor, updated crew seats with additional safety features, and new technology, routers and networks. As with the AC-130W Stinger II, the AC-130J is equipped with the P...
  • Pentagon to Install HEL on Stryker
    Pentagon to Install HEL on Stryker March 4 2019
      The Pentagon intends to develop high-energy laser weapons on the chassis of the Stryker, Infantry Carrier Vehicle. The order comes from the Directorate of Space and Missile Defence with the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM). The Pentagon plans to study the possibilities of increasing the efficiency of its HEL (High Energy Laser) weapon by improving its control and cooling systems. The application states that a modern experimental laser facility is...
  • Carrier Capable Unmanned Wingman
    Carrier Capable Unmanned Wingman February 18 2019
    The United Kingdom has announced that a new study has been launched under the Tempest project. In this direction, an unmanned wingman will be developed for Tempest. The new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is expected to be the loyal supporter of the platform, is planned to be the aircraft carrier capable.   The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence said the Tempest was developed to be compatible with the Queen Elizabeth class of the United Kingdom. Although the airc...
  • Y-12 Produces First Production Unit for B61-12
    Y-12 Produces First Production Unit for B61-12 January 23 2019
    The Y-12 National Security Complex announced that the first production unit for the B61-12 nuclear bomb was certified on Dec. 6, 2018. This refurbishment will extend the life of this strategic weapon for 20 years. The Y-12 National Security Complex completed a major milestone in efforts to refurbish components for a strategic nuclear weapons system that is vital to the U.S..  This work is part of the B61 Life Extension Program (LEP). The B61 is a nuclear bomb that can...
  • Anti-Satellite Missile Test
    Anti-Satellite Missile Test January 22 2019
        Russia recently added a new one to its missile tests. According to an intelligence report published in the US, Moscow carried out a new anti-satellite missile test.     The system, launched and splashed into target area after a distance of 3450 kilometres on a 17-minute flight. The PL-19 Nudol system, which the United States was particularly focused on, had tested twice test last year. System was developed for the destr...
  • From Ukraine to East Mediterranean: Can the Fire of Energy War Burn Turkey?
    From Ukraine to East Mediterranean: Can the Fire of Energy War Burn Turkey? December 8 2018
    The crisis, fuelled by a ship in service with the Russian intelligence to open fire to coast patrol ships around the Sea of Azov in the Black Sea, should be regarded as the biggest risk for European security. Enjoying the full support of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, as well as NATO’s signals to intervene against Russia’s military presence in the region, Ukraine is recklessly and even comfortably raising the stakes as the crisis es...
  • A Dragon in Central America
    A Dragon in Central America December 8 2018
    Chinese interests with respect to Central America align with its ‘Go Out Policy’ developed in the late 1990s. Being an offshoot of its Latin America policy, this orientation incorporates both economic and political objectives. Lacking energy and mineral resources in comparison to South America, Central America stands out with its geostrategic location separating the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. China is the second most frequent users of the Pacific Canal, ranking just be...
  • Iran Launches Serial Production of Kowsar Interceptor Jet
    Iran Launches Serial Production of Kowsar Interceptor Jet November 5 2018
    Iran has started the mass production of a fourth-generation domestically-manufactured interceptor jet in a major step toward the renovation of its Air Force, Iran’in state television reported. "Soon the needed number of this plane will be produced and put into service with the Air Force," Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami stated at a ceremony launching the plane's production. The production of each Kowsar jet would save the country about $16.5 millio...
  • Egypt To Buy Ammunition From USA
    Egypt To Buy Ammunition From USA September 17 2018
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of 46,000 M831A1 and M865 rounds and 10,000 APFSDS-T rounds for an estimated cost of $99 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Egypt has requested to buy 46,000 120MM Target Practice – Tracer (M831A1) and 120MM Target Practice, Cone Stabilized, Discarding Sabot – (M865...
  • Rostec Unveils Chameleon Camouflage
    Rostec Unveils Chameleon Camouflage August 25 2018
    Russian state corporation Rostec unveiled its chameleon camouflage innovation to be applied to combat vehicles and uniforms. Camouflage was originally developed for combat vehicles with intention of changing colour depending on the environment. It can be now used in the textile industry, too, making field uniforms adaptive to environment according to the state corporation’s press release. Electrically controlled material covering a soldier’s helmet is capable of changing...
  • Laser Studies Increasing
    Laser Studies Increasing August 14 2018
    USA, has signed an agreement with UES Inc. amount USD 49 million. Under the agreement, the company will continue to FLAPS (Flash and Laser Airborne Protection Systems) Program. The six-year contract covers development of new materials, production methods, R & D work on advanced materials and protective material technologies against photon energy. UES will also work against flash blindness with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). In this respect, it is aimed to pr...
  • US to Proceed 100 kW Laser
    US to Proceed 100 kW Laser August 8 2018
    US Army has signed an agreement with Dynetics and Lockheed Martin. With the agreement, the companies will proceed to the next phase of the HEL TVD (High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator) development process. HEL TVD program aims to develop a 100 kW class laser weapon system. In this context, the first phase was left behind and Lockheed Martin completed the System Requirements Review.  Design review phase will begin in January 2019. The HEL TVD...
  • DARPA will attempt to power a UAV in flight using a laser
    DARPA will attempt to power a UAV in flight using a laser August 4 2018
    DARPA’s Stand-off Ubiquitous Power/Energy Replenishment – Power Beaming Demo (SUPER PBD) program intends to demonstrate the feasibility of keeping an aircraft airborne for indefinite periods by charging the onboard batteries using a laser power source. To test the hypothesis, the research agency has selected the Silent Falcon UAS for the demonstration. Flight Global says the range between the laser and UAV is around 10 km but could be extended in future. Testing is scheduled to st...
  • Patriot Stepback
    Patriot Stepback August 1 2018
    A new Patriot step came from the Far East. Japan has withdraw its the PAC-3 missile systems to their bases after the reduction of tension in a missile crisis with North Korea. Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air defense systems, which have been deployed in Hokkaido, Shimane, Hiroshima, Ahime and Kochi areas which are deployed since August 2017, have been returned to their previous positions. Japan also withdraw PAC-3s at Ichigawa, Tokyo's which is responsibl...
  • Pratt & Whitney Proposes F-35 Engine Upgrade To Use Laser Weapon On Board
    Pratt & Whitney Proposes F-35 Engine Upgrade To Use Laser Weapon On Board July 23 2018
    Pratt & Whitney has an upgrade offer to its proposed upgrade path for the F135 Joint Strike Fighter engine to include increased power following feedback on its initially proposed upgrade package from the F-35 Joint Program Office. Additional power will allow the use of directed energy weapons (Laser) and other advanced offensive and defensive systems and, if approved, would feature in an upgrade package called Growth Option 2.0 (GO2). Growth Option 1.0, which was discu...
  • SM-3 Order to Raytheon
    SM-3 Order to Raytheon July 18 2018
    Raytheon signed an agreement with the US Missile Defense Agency for $ 466.9 million. Under the agreement, the company will produce 44 SM-3 Block IBs. RM-161 The SM-3 missile is the backbone of the US Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force's missile defence power. The block IB model, with its two color infrared scanner, improved maneuverability and propulsion, destroys its target with a kinetic energy warhead. The missile can reach 3 Mach speeds. 708 kilograms of...
  • UAE military Reported to Visit Israel to See F-35
    UAE military Reported to Visit Israel to See F-35 July 7 2018
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) military delegation is reported to have made a visit to Israel to see the US-made F-35 stealth fighter jets. A military delegation from the UAE wanted to see the “performance” of F-35s. Citing an unnamed official source, Israeli i24 news channel said that an American delegation was also present at the time of the UAE visit, without giving any date. In the same report, UAE is reportedly keen to get the US-made F-35 fighter jet....
  • B61-12 nükleer bomba, B-2 Spirit
    B61-12 nükleer bomba, B-2 Spirit July 2 2018
    The US Air Force, together with the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), earlier this month tested a B61-12 non-nuclear bomb, NNSA announced. "These qualification flight tests demonstrate the B61-12 design meets system requirements and illustrate the continued progress of the B61-12 life extension program to meet national security requirements," said Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, NNSA's principal assistant deputy administrator for mi...
  • Italian Navy Picked "Black Shark"
    Italian Navy Picked "Black Shark" June 22 2018
    Italy selected a torpedo for use in U212A Class submarines in its inventory. Submarines will be equipped with Leonardo's Black Shark Advanced (BSA) torpedoes. The company will provide the necessary logistical support and equipment along with the torpedoes. "The new torpedo enhance the U212A's submarine defense capabilities" said in the statement made by Leonardo. In the latest version of the Black Shark Advanced torpedoes, the optimizable energy production section ...
  • Development of LASER Weapon
    Development of LASER Weapon June 11 2018
    LASER has been frequently used in every area of the military sector since 1960s. Laser’s destruction power and metal cutting capability, besides its ordinary use as measuring device or target designator, have always attracted attention. However, the requirement for great amount of mobile energy has stood out as one of the most pressing questions. The fact that today’s technologies are capable of solving problems, has once again brought forth the destructive power. In the...
  • Tough Conditions, yet Robust Exhibition: KADEX 2018
    Tough Conditions, yet Robust Exhibition: KADEX 2018 June 11 2018
    Comprising a geographical area of one third of the United States and almost four times that of Turkey, Kazakhstan is the world’s 10th largest state and takes pains to maintain security. Devoid of any access to open seas, Kazakhstan does not live a single day in peace in the Caspian Sea, constituting the only water resource for this country. On the other hand, two of the five neighbours encircling this giant country are Russia and China. Land borders amount to 13364 km. This va...
  • Electromagnetic Gun Agreement
    Electromagnetic Gun Agreement May 25 2018
    Undersecretariat of Defense Industry (SSM) announced a new development with a press release today. SSM and Anadolu Yönlendirmiş Enerji Teknolojileri A.Ş. signed the "Electromagnetic Gun System Field Prototype Procurement Project Contract" signed by the Undersecretariat of Defense Industry. Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, OSTİM Chairman Orhan Aydın, OSTİM Savunma ve Havacılık Kümelenmesi (OSSA) officials and sector representatives attended. Undersecretary D...
  • Meggitt To Supply Braking Systems for KF-X
    Meggitt To Supply Braking Systems for KF-X April 25 2018
    Meggitt PLC, a component and sub-system manufacturer for the aerospace, defence and energy markets headquartered in the UK, has been selected to supply an advanced wheel and digital braking system for the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) KF-X fighter.  Meggitt will provide nose/main wheels, high-performance carbon brakes and brake control system for the multirole fighter jet. The Republic of Korean Air Force plans to acquire around 100 KF-X jets to replace a...
  • MBDA to Continue DEW Research
    MBDA to Continue DEW Research April 9 2018
    The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has signed a Project Phase 2 contract with MBDA to continue research into Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons (RF DEW) technology. $4,5 million contract, awarded on 26 February, covers an initial six-month period with an option to extend an additional 12 months. Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons (RF DEW) have the potential to disrupt the operation of, or cause the failure of, a broad range ...
  • Weapon of the Future: LASER
    Weapon of the Future: LASER April 7 2018
    During the Siege of Syracuse (215 BC), Archimedes used the weapons of mirror and the sun to arrive at the equation “light=energy=weapon”. The legacy of this concept endures even today. This candidate weapon intended for land, naval and air platforms, is multi-dimensional. On this issue, we offer an overview of activities conducted on laser weapons for land platforms. Forthcoming issues will cover activities related with naval and air platforms.   What is LASER?...
  • S-400 Delivery to China Completed
    S-400 Delivery to China Completed April 4 2018
    Two vessels have delivered the first regimental set of S-400 systems to China, TASS reported. The shipment includes a command post, radar stations, launching stations, energy equipment and other property.  Russia trained a group of Chinese military personnel to operate the S-400 system last year. The sales contract for the S-400 systems was signed in 2014. China is the first export customer for the Russian long-range air and missile defence system.
  • U.S. Air Force to test laser at fighter aircraft
    U.S. Air Force to test laser at fighter aircraft March 24 2018
    The U.S. Air Force will this summer begin testing a laser that will be mounted on an F-15 warplane, according to French news agency Agence France-Presse. The Pentagon last year awarded a $26 million contract to Lockheed Martin for a laser program called SHiELD (Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator). The idea is to put a laser system on aircraft with an output of about 50 kw to test their ability to zap drones or cruise missiles. By focusing a beam on a tar...