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  • New Images from Kuwait's Helicopter
    New Images from Kuwait's Helicopter 19 October 2020
    New images of the H225M (EC725 Caracal) general-purpose helicopter, which Kuwait bought from Airbus in 2016, have been shared. The platform's flight-testing program began in October 2019. In February 2020, Kuwait’s Armed Forces set up a committee to examine the details after technical problems with the engines of the first two Caracals received. The delivery of helicopters was suspended due to technical failures. The platform stands out for its low operating cost...
  • Ukraine and Turkey to cooperate in the military sector
    Ukraine and Turkey to cooperate in the military sector 18 October 2020
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Istanbul to sign military and defence cooperation agreement. A declaration of intent between the Ukrainian Defence Minister Andrii Taran and Turkey's Defence Industries President Prof. İsmail Demir is among the signed documents. A framework military agreement between the Ukrainian government and the government of the Republic of Turkey was also signed. " The memorand...
  • Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki
    Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki 13 October 2020
    Japan Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Germany’s Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm developed unmanned and Unconventional helicopter “K-RACER-IV”. The helicopter is designed to improve on the speed capabilities of conventional helicopters. The conventional helicopter would require a tail rotor to counteract the torque generated by the main rotor. Alternatively, it would be without a tail rotor but would have a co-axial main rotor that creates counter torque. Kawasaki&rsq...
  • US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland
    US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland 12 October 2020
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and weapons and related equipment for an estimated cost of $14.7 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. Finland has requested to buy 50 F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft; eight F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft; 14 EA-18G Growler aircraft; 166 F414-GE-400 engines (144...
  • Portuguese Navy Will Wait for Super Lynx
    Portuguese Navy Will Wait for Super Lynx 11 October 2020
      Portuguese Navy will wait for the delivery of the first out of five modernised Super Lynx Mk 95A helicopter until January 2021. Deliveries are planned to be completed in 2021. Leonardo was awarded a EUR69 million contract in July 2016 to modernise the Portuguese Navy’s five Super Lynx Mk 95 aircraft.  The first modernised helicopter completed its maiden flight on 14 February at Leonardo Helicopters' facility in Yeovil, United Kingdom. The modernisatio...
  • GE Signs Contract to Provide STM with LM2500 Gas Turbines to Power Pakistan Navy’s New MILGEM Corvettes
    GE Signs Contract to Provide STM with LM2500 Gas Turbines to Power Pakistan Navy’s New MILGEM Corvettes 8 October 2020
      GE Marine announced it has signed a contract with STM (Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik Ve Ticaret A.Ş.), Ankara, Turkey, to provide LM2500 marine gas turbines to power the Pakistan Navy’s new MILGEM multipurpose corvettes. Pakistan Navy contracted for four MILGEM corvettes with ASFAT (Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme Anonim Şirketi) two of them to be built in Turkey and the other two in Pakistan. The propulsion system for all the MILGEM ships...
  • Ivchenko-Progress to power up the Turkish Cruise missile
    Ivchenko-Progress to power up the Turkish Cruise missile 5 October 2020
    Ukraine based defence magazine “Defence Express,” wrote that the company purchased components for the production of 12 new AI-35 engines. Quoting the ProZorro public procurement platform, reported that SE Ivchenko-Progress signed a number of contracts for the purchase of cutting-edge aircraft engine components for the new AI-35 turbojet engines that will equip new Turkish cruise missiles. The new cruise missile will have the deep-strike capability. SE Ivchenko-Progress d...
  • F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer
    F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer 1 October 2020
     F-35 Costs Less than F-18 for Swiss Buyer The US State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Switzerland. Swiss government prepares a tender to buy 40 aircraft for its air force and the approval permits Lockheed Martin and Boeing to officially take part at the tender. Switzerland will either buy 40 Lockheed Martin’s F-35 or Boeing’s F-18 and related equipment. According to the approval 40, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and re...
  • Demir: Altay Production to Start in Mid 2021
    Demir: Altay Production to Start in Mid 2021 29 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr İsmail Demir answered a question regarding the engine and mass production schedule of the Altay Main Battle Tank (BMT) at the press conference held at Roketsan's facilities in Lalahan. Reminding the process of bringing together a small number of engines used in prototype studies, Demir said, “We have a temporal roadmap about its timing, not leaving a huge gap between the alternative engine being found, brought and entering the syste...
  • India Begins Construction of New Frigate
    India Begins Construction of New Frigate 28 September 2020
    The steel cutting ceremony of the first Project 11356 frigate to be built with local resources was carried out for the Indian Navy. The ship construction undertaken by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) will be completed using India's local resources. The construction of the Project 11356 frigate is part of a major agreement involving the transfer and completion of two incomplete Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates attached to the Russian Navy. India signed an agreement with Ru...
  • 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...
  • GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine
    GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine 19 September 2020
    GE Aviation delivered the first of 19 engines that will power the initial eight models of Boeing’s F-15EX advanced Eagle, which will begin combined developmental and operational tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., early next year, the company said Sept. 16. In June, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCM) awarded GE Aviation a Lot 1 contract to produce 19 F110-GE-129 engines, including installs and spares and modernized engine monitoring system computers for the F-...
  • France Retires First Stratotanker
    France Retires First Stratotanker 18 September 2020
        French Air Force and Space Command ( Armée de l'Air de l'Espace / AdlAdlE) retires the first C-135FR Stratotanker (Serial 475/93-CF).  AdlAdlE will cease aircraft from operations on 7 October 2020 The AdlAdlE started to use twelve Boeing C-135FRs from 1964 onwards. The dozen aircraft were assigned to the French Strategic Air Forces and mainly in use to support the nuclear-capable Mirage IVA. That nuclear deterrence mission was la...
  • Motor Sich to visit to Turkey
    Motor Sich to visit to Turkey 18 September 2020
    A high-level delegation from Motor Sich, one of the most strategic companies in Ukraine, will attend to Saha Istanbul event. Motor Sich, one of the companies with the largest product family in the world in terms of engines to be used in air platforms, has been having troubling days regarding ownership for a long time. China got in contact with the Ukrainian owner of the company, but the US demanded this trade be stopped, stating that China will transfer technology to its own country. After th...
  • New Deal on T-700 Engines
    New Deal on T-700 Engines 16 September 2020
    A new agreement has been signed between the U.S. Army Contracting Command and General Electric as part of the T700 series engine program. The contract, worth USD 37 million, will include on-site service support. The agreement, which will be shaped by the demand from the forces in the working areas, will be completed on 31 December 2025. In November 2019, the agreement signed with General Electric for T700 engine delivery changed to USD 1.3 billion. According to the change ...
  • AIM-9M Sidewinder Engine for Egypt and Jordan 11 September 2020
    Northrop Grumman will deliver AIM-9M Sidewinder rocket engine to Egypt and Jordan. The $21 million deal covers 788 engines for Egypt and 43 engines for Jordan, according to the US Department of Defence. It features a short-range air-to-air Sidewinder missile, infrared guidance system and a high-blown track warhead. With improvements in AIM-9, which has the highest level of infrared spectrum precision, the missile's operationality has been taken out of the bombers. Egyp...
  • $ 13.3 billion order for Nuclear Assurance
    $ 13.3 billion order for Nuclear Assurance 11 September 2020
    On Sept 08, 2020, the U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman the GBSD Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent competition to build the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation intercontinental ballistic missiles. The worth of the contract is approximately $ 13.3 billion.  Northrop Grumman Systems will develop the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) to replace the Minuteman III (MM III) Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Sys...
  • China's New Transport Helicopter
    China's New Transport Helicopter 11 September 2020
    China has introduced its new Z-8L transport helicopter. The new helicopter produced by Chang-Aircraft Industries Corporation transported the 8×8 Bobcat vehicle from one place to another for testing purposes. Equipped with a new type of photoelectric device and defence systems, the Z-8L has a higher ability to hold than existing helicopters in the Chinese inventory.  Equipped with three WS-6 turboshaft engines, the helicopter is in its 15-ton class. The Z-8L is e...
  • 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...
  • Germany Takes Part in Space Race
    Germany Takes Part in Space Race 8 September 2020
    A date has been given for the first rocket developed by a private company to launch into orbit in Germany. Founded as a start-up in Munich and backed by many investors, including Airbus and Earlybird, Isar Aerospace aims to represent Germany in the space race. Daniel Metzler, co-founder and CEO of Isar, said they had half a billion euros worth of investments, 95% from private firms. The rocket, which is 27 meters long and is scheduled to carry more than a ton of cargo, is ...
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • France gets Support for Hercules
    France gets Support for Hercules 4 September 2020
    The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France of four AE-2100D Turbo Prop engines and two Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade Two (MIDS-LVT BU2) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $350 million. Items will be integrated on C-130 Hercules. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of Franc...
  • AKSUNGUR Breaks its flying record:49 hours
    AKSUNGUR Breaks its flying record:49 hours 2 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industry's High Payload Capacity UAV AKSUNGUR increased non-stop flight time in its class by staying in the air for 49 hours. AKSUNGUR completed its 59th test flight with this flight. During this flight, the IHA drew the starry crescent flag to the sky at an altitude of 20 thousand feet. AKSUNGUR was designed for Multi-Role Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Assault Missions. Performing day / night Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Assa...
  • Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France
    Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France 1 September 2020
    France and Greece have reached an agreement for the latter to acquire 18 Rafale fighter jets of  which 10 will be sold and the remaining 8 will be given away as ‘donation.’ According to Greek local media reports, the contract between the French and Greek governments is at an advanced stage, which will see the Hellenic Air Force add a whole Rafale squadron to their existing fleet of Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcons, Dassault Mirage 2000s, and McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phan...
  • Antonov completes final assembly of the AN-178 aircraft destined for Peru
    Antonov completes final assembly of the AN-178 aircraft destined for Peru 29 August 2020
      Antonov Company has completed the assembly of the AN-178 fuselage template for delivery under the contract between the Spetstechnoexport Company and the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Peru. On August 21, the aircraft (serial number 006) was introduced to the Ukrainian media by Oleksandr Los, president of the Antonov Company. He spoke about the results achieved in the construction of the AN-178 and expressed thanks to Antonov's team for these highly ...
  • The First Post-Pandemic Expo from Ukraine 27 August 2020
    Ukraine organises Arms and Security Fair annually in Kyiv. A second fair is organized in a separate hall. This year, the 17th Arms and Security will take place and the 12th the International Aviation and Space Hall (AVIASVIT) will take place. While no face-to-face fair has been held since March due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ukrainian officials will continue their work in this area until the last moment. We interviewed Ivan Tkachenko, Deputy General Manager of the International Exhibition Cent...
  • Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Russian Ministry of Defence
    Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Russian Ministry of Defence 26 August 2020
        Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence for supplying two Mi-38 helicopters. A ceremony to mark that was held as part of the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2020”. The Russian Ministry of Defence has already received two Mi-38T transport and troop landing helicopters, which are undergoing test operation in the armed forces. The first seri...
  • Bell Develops "Stealth" Helicopters
    Bell Develops "Stealth" Helicopters 24 August 2020
    The Bell helicopter company is working on “stealth” technology to add to its helicopters to make the new aircraft less detectable by enemies, it still can’t be put into the category of “stealth” aircraft yet. Speaking to Scout Warrior, Vince Tobin, vice president of advanced tiltrotor systems, Bell Helicopter said, “We will definitely employ some passive measures in terms of how we shape the aircraft, to make it invisible. The key is not to be abl...
  • U.S. Congressman: "I will not support arms sales to Turkey"
    U.S. Congressman: "I will not support arms sales to Turkey" 13 August 2020
    Four members of the U.S. Congress have signed agreements that have prevented arms sales to Turkey for nearly two years. U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Bob Menendez, House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee member Mike McCaul -- the United States has blocked arm...
  • Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery
    Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery 11 August 2020
    Intelligence aircraft, developed from business jets and fixed-wing light aircraft, offer cost-effective solutions to users. The French defence procurement agency DGA announced the delivery of the first light intelligence aircraft on July 31. Within the scope of ALSR (Avions Légers de Surveillance et de Reconnaissance / Light Reconnaissance and Surveillance Aircraft) Program, Sabena and Thales were selected as the main contractors for the two ordered platforms in Jun...
  • Korea Develops 1500 Horsepower Domestic Engine
    Korea Develops 1500 Horsepower Domestic Engine 7 August 2020
    Wang Jung-hong, chief of Korean Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), said they were ready to launch the 1,500-horsepower engine they developed with local sources for K2 Black Panther. “Some rules have hampered a product launch, but we’ve cleared that up now,” he said, noting the agency was eyeing countries in Europe and the Middle East as potential customers for the locally manufactured component. The power pack was developed in collaboratio...
  • New Replenishment Tanker Started Sea Trials
    New Replenishment Tanker Started Sea Trials 6 August 2020
    Fleet replenishment tankers are a strategic power multiplier in terms of their command and control capabilities and extending the task endurance of fleets by eliminating the requirement for return to the port. NUSHIP Supply (A 195), whose construction and refitting activities have been completed in Ferrol Shipyard by the main contractor of Spanish Navantia, has started sea trials. Built for the Royal Australian Navy (Royal Australian Navy / RAN), the platform will be ...
  • Electric Motorbike Trials
    Electric Motorbike Trials 1 August 2020
    New Zealand, which has been on the agenda with the acquisition of new armoured vehicles and patrol platforms in the past weeks, continues its efforts to catch the technology of the future from this day. According to the statement made by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), the country started trials with electric motorcycles under the military requirements. The final decision will be determined after the trials for platforms where their suitability for military use is tested....
  • Moody's downgrades Rolls-Royce to Ba2 from Baa3
    Moody's downgrades Rolls-Royce to Ba2 from Baa3 30 July 2020
    Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the long-term senior unsecured rating of Rolls-Royce plc to Ba2 from Baa3. Concurrently Moody's has assigned a corporate family rating of Ba2 and Ba2-PD probability of default rating to the company. The outlook remains negative. Today's rating action reflects: • Moody's expectations of substantial cash outflows in 2020 and 2021 resulting in materially increased leverage, more than Moody's previous expectations ...
  • T-64 Modernization
    T-64 Modernization 30 July 2020
    The main battle tanks that were produced during the Cold War years have reached the end of their economic life. User countries are launching programs one after the other to upgrade the systems in question in line with their requirements. Uzbekistan, which has some T-64 main battle tanks in its inventory, has taken action for the modernization of the platforms. State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the Defence Industry announced that the army trials of the first prototype...
  • AG600 Takeoff From Sea
    AG600 Takeoff From Sea 29 July 2020
    Amphibious aircraft are particularly important for the supply of areas that are not suitable for runway construction. China has announced that the AG600 amphibious aircraft makes its first flight from the sea. In the test flight conducted on July 26, the platform was took off from the Qingdao coast in Shandong District. The AG600 landed at Rizhao Shanzihe Airport after testing its manoeuvrability on a 31-minute trial flight. The platform had its first take off from the water on Octo...
  • Armed Utility Helicopter on Trials
    Armed Utility Helicopter on Trials 24 July 2020
    Armed utility helicopters are game-changer as they provide air support to the unit they carry in air assault or special force operations. Russia, which has utility helicopters equipped with heavy weapons in its inventory for many years, announced that the tests of the new platform have been started. Mi-8 AMTSh-VN, which performs its first flight at the Mil and Kamov National Helicopter Center, where the facilities of Mil and Kamov Companies are located, will offer stronger air ...
  • China's Improved 5th Generation Variant Will Take on Serial Production 17 July 2020
    According to military sources, China will begin mass production for the improved variant of the 5th generation J-20 aircraft. The new variant, called j-20B, says Russian-made Saturn AL-31 jet engines are used because the development of the WS-15 engine designed by China with local sources is not completed. The WS-15 engine, which is expected to complete the development phase in about two years, is also one of the descriptions of military sources that it cannot meet the req...
  • Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender
    Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender 16 July 2020
    The aerial refuelling procedure is a matter that takes aircraft endurance and range beyond limits. For this reason, the refuelling aircraft, which are serving as "flying gas stations", are important power multipliers for the air forces. Retirement time came for the KC-10 Extender refuelling tankers, who have been in the US Air Force inventory for 39 years. The first platform, which will be replaced by the KC-46A Pegasus, which has come to the fore with frequent problems, w...
  • Quietly Burak Modernisation for Turkish Navy
    Quietly Burak Modernisation for Turkish Navy 13 July 2020
    The Turkish Navy, which wants increase its existence with higher efficiency in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, continues to studies. Upgrades appeared on the first platform were completed in the modernization of Burak class corvette, which has been on the agenda for some time. In the photos shared by @oeroguz on Twitter, significant changes were detected on the ship. Within the scope of the modernization work carried out, Modèle 68 main gun&...