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  • Order Time for Iron Fist
    Order Time for Iron Fist January 9 2020
    Due to the increasing asymmetric threat, the use of active protection systems is becoming common. Elbit Systems has announced an order for the Iron Fist active protection system. A new step has come from Israel to increase the survivability of the new generation Eitan 8x8 wheeled vehicles. Elbit Systems has announced an agreement with the Israeli Defence Forces to procure Iron Fist active protection systems. The number of systems to be procured was not announced under the ...
  • US’ Second Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to Enter the Water
    US’ Second Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to Enter the Water October 30 2019
    The US Navy’s second Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, John F Kennedy (CVN 79), is set to enter the water for the first time. The dry dock where the vessel’s keel was laid in 2015 is currently being flooded in phases with over 100 million gallons of water. Several tests will be carried out during the flooding process. CVN 79 will be put through more tests in November. The vessel will be named in a ceremony on 7 December. The Geral...
  • New Connection System to Navy
    New Connection System to Navy September 9 2019
    Canada will acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems. The National Defence Department of Canada has released a statement on its official website to announce a contract of approximately $12 million to acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems that will support such missions. These systems will be built in Canada by Navamar Inc. These ship-to-shore connector systems, vessels such as Joint Support Ships of the Canadian Navy will have an enhanced and robust capability to transfer cargo and...
  • Mete Project Moving Ahead
    Mete Project Moving Ahead August 22 2019
    The indigenous move in the Turkish defence industry continues to grow. Deliveries are continuing which in the projects carried out in the light arms section by the Presidency of Defence Industries. Presidency of Defence Industries made an announcement on its official social media accounts about the ongoing delivery process of the Indigenous Pistol Project. Design, development, qualification, production, maintenance and maintenance of a pistol with local facilities are targeted for t...
  • US, Upgrades Little Bird
    US, Upgrades Little Bird August 22 2019
    Boeing is upgrading the fleet of helicopters that used for special operations in the United States Army under the Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB) program. The 47 machines currently in staffing must indeed remain operational until at least 2035.   The MELB program covers the upgrade of the main components of the A/MH-6 Little Bird helicopter to improve the safety margin, flight controls, and update cockpit. The improved helicopter received new rotor blades, longer ...
  • Canada to get New LAV August 20 2019
    The Canadian Government has unveiled plans to award a sole-source contract for hundreds of light armoured vehicles to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. The Deal, which is worth 3 billion US Dollars for 360 LAV light armoured wheeled vehicle, was announced by the Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on Friday. The deal aims to replace the already ageing LAV fleets. The Canadian Armed Forces use the LAV 6.0, which is the enhanced version of the LAV III. LAV 6.0’s are equipped with...
  • $6 961 Billion Worth Export
    $6 961 Billion Worth Export May 7 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to three countries for five different defence items. Two for Bahrain, two for Czech Republic and one for United Arab Emirates. Total cost for Bahrain is $ 3. 228 billion. Total tag price for Czech Republic is 1. 085 billion and UAE will pay $2.728 billion. Total export value is $6 961 billion. Bahrain will acquire various Patriot missile systems and related support and equipment for an...
  • Israel, Greece Constructing New Radar System on Crete
    Israel, Greece Constructing New Radar System on Crete March 20 2019
    Israel and Greece are building a new marine radar system in eastern Crete, according to a recent report in the Greek daily Kathimerini. The paper said the new surface radar will be able to track at long range, beyond the horizon, and both Israel and Greece will have access to its enhanced coverage. At the top is the Long Horizon radar, which will be built in eastern Crete and will provide the opportunity to watch all that is happening in the Eastern Mediterranean, both in Greece and Israel. A...
  • US Extends Nuclear Range
    US Extends Nuclear Range March 16 2019
    The US Air Force (USAF) Nuclear Weapons Centre has awarded Boeing a USD250 million contract to integrate the Long Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missile weapon system to replace AGM-86 ALCM (Air-Launched Cruise Missile). The LRSO is expected to be fielded in the B-52H large-payload multirole strategic bomber aircraft in the 2030 timeframe. Boeing will undertake aircraft and missile carriage equipment development and modification, and full integration and testing of the LRSO for the U...
  • India Tests Multi Barrel Pinaka Guided Weapons System
    India Tests Multi Barrel Pinaka Guided Weapons System March 13 2019
    India test fired the Pinaka guided rocket system at Pokhran desert in the north-western state of Rajasthan. The rocket system was tested three times since Monday, twice on 11 March and once the following day at Pokhran desert, Rajasthan. Pinaka is a multi-barrel rocket system developed by the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Army to provide the existing artillery gun at ranges beyond 30km. The guided Pinaka is a transformed vers...
  • STM to Upgrade Pakistan’s Second Agosta 90B
    STM to Upgrade Pakistan’s Second Agosta 90B March 9 2019
    Turkish state-owned defence contractor Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM) announced from its official twitter account that it has won a contract for the mid-life upgrade of the second of three Agosta 90B-class (aka Khalid-class) diesel-electric attack submarines equipped with air-independent propulsion systems, currently in service with the Pakistan Navy. The twitter reads, “Capabilities of Pakistan Agosta90B Submarines enhanced by the main contractor STM throu...
  • 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...
  • China and Russia Develop Space Weapons According To IDA
    China and Russia Develop Space Weapons According To IDA February 15 2019
    According to a report by the US Defence Intelligence Agency (IDA), both China and Russia would very actively develop weapon systems aimed at temporarily or permanently neutralizing enemy satellites. Chinese and Russian military doctrines indicate that they view space as important to modern warfare and view counter space capabilities as a means to reduce U.S. and allied military effectiveness. Both reorganized their militaries in 2015, emphasizing the importance of space operations.<...
  • ASELSAN Provides Indigenous Protection to F-16s
    ASELSAN Provides Indigenous Protection to F-16s February 7 2019
    Defence Industry Presidency (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı /SSB) announced from its official twitter account that ASELSAN provides protection to F-16 fighter plane. ASELSAN’s electronic warfare system will protect the aircraft against anti-aircraft missiles and it is in use at 21 aircraft. SSB's announcement is as follows; “The tests for SPEWS-II Electronic Warfare (EH) Self-Protection System developed by ASELSAN have been successfully completed in order to protect our F-16 aircr...
  • Anti-satellite Missile Systems February 7 2019
    During the Cold War years, both superpowers developed their space-based capabilities or, in other words, enhanced their ability of making the most of space, which culminated in a new kind of challenge. Soon after the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) placed into orbit the Sputnik 1 satellite, both the USSR and the United States (USA) went to great lengths to develop satellites particularly for military purposes. Various satellites were built and put into orbit for military ...
  • Lockheed Martin Is Awarded US$172m Contract For LRASM
    Lockheed Martin Is Awarded US$172m Contract For LRASM January 18 2019
    The US Navy and US Air Force have awarded Lockheed Martin a US$172 million contract to produce the second lot of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM). LRASM is a long range, precision-guided anti-ship missile leveraging off its Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range (JASSM-ER) heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of US Navy and Air Force Aircraft. Armed with a penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, LRASM employs precision routing and guidanc...
  • More Powerful Abrams are Coming
    More Powerful Abrams are Coming January 10 2019
    The US Army has taken action to strengthen its armoured units. The US, which recently signed an agreement to raise some tanks to M1A2 SEPv3 configuration, decided to modernize the additional tank. In line with the Land Forces requirement, the US signed an additional modernization agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems cost of USD  714 million. In this context, 174 M1A1 Abrams will be upgraded to M1A2 SEPv3 configuration. Washington administration signed an agreement for t...
  • US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey
    US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey December 19 2018
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of 80 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles, 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. Turkey has requested the possible sale of 4 AN/MPQ-65 Radar Sets, 4 Engagement Control Stations, 10 Antenna Mast G...
  • S-70i to Turkish Gendarmerie
    S-70i to Turkish Gendarmerie October 30 2018
    The first S-70i Black Hawk helicopter produced at the PZL-Mielec plant for the Gendarmerie General Command was displayed. In the news published by Scramble Magazine, the image of the J-3943 tail number seen on the platform. Helicopter is painted with white, red and dark blue colour of the gendarmerie. The newest and advanced model of the UH-60 Black Hawk platforms, the S-70i helicopters, are equipped with modern avionics such as a fully integrated digital cockpit. Powered by two T70...
  • Saab to Unveil Surface-Launched Version Of Gungnir Anti-Ship Missile
    Saab to Unveil Surface-Launched Version Of Gungnir Anti-Ship Missile October 20 2018
    Saab will unveil the surface launch version of RBS15 Gungnir anti-ship missile system at the Euronaval exhibition in Paris. RBS15 Gungnir uses the all new RBS15 Mk4 Surface missile with extended range, enhanced defence penetration and electronic protection as well as a more advanced target seeker, allowing it to engage any target, in all conditions. The RBS15 Mk4 Surface missile is used in both the sea system and the land system of RBS15 Gungnir. It is designed to provide ...
  • New NVG to Army October 15 2018
    The US Army continue to equip soldiers with new generation equipment. In a recent statement, Army to procure ENVG-B (Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular). Although it is not explained how many systems are supplied, it is stated that 10 thousand systems will be distributed within three years in the first wave. It is stated that the Marine Corps will take 3100 ENVG-B in announcement. While the predecessors of ENVG-B systems developed by L-3 Technologies were monocular, the new syst...
  • India's Tejas Clears In-Flight Refuelling Barrier September 7 2018
    Indian Tejas aircraft has successfully demonstrated the ability of air to air refuelling MK aircraft with an Ilyushin Il-78MKI tanker. Despite the recent milestone, the Aeronautical Development Agency's Tejas programme is still running behind schedule. As of 31 August, some 4,139 test flights had been completed since the single- engined type's debut in 2001. Aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has so far delivered only nine Tejas Mk1s under a Mar...
  • US Considering Boosting Military Presence in Greece September 6 2018
    The US is exploring the possibility of increasing the numbers of drills and troops in Greece, which could lead to enhanced intelligence efforts in nearby hotspots according to Russian Sputnik. Greek officials are considering expanding US access to additional bases, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters in Athens on Tuesday. Quoting Pentagon's internal news service, Stars and Stripes, the US military has already "taken advantage&q...
  • Rafael Unveils Spike ER2
    Rafael Unveils Spike ER2 August 31 2018
    Israeli Defence Company Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has disclosed development of a new, fifth-generation, enhanced stand-off evolution of its 170 mm Spike-ER multipurpose precision-guided missile system, designated Spike ER2. The new Spike ER2 retains the same weight, airframe, surface geometries, and propulsion unit as the Spike ER, but features a significant range enhancement and other capability augmentations. The introduction of a new real-time lightweight radio frequency (R...
  • Chinese Aircraft Aims Taiwan
    Chinese Aircraft Aims Taiwan August 7 2018
    China, conducted a combat readiness training with J-16 aircraft. Different battle scenarios were implemented in the training along with the Su-30, J-10 and J-11B aircrafts. With this training, the J-16 arcraft have gone a step further to complete the combat readiness training. The J-16, one of China's most recently developed aircraft, was developed on J-11. The plane was introduced for the first time around 2012-2013, but officially seen during mili...
  • Denmark to Acquire 46 SM-2 Block IIIA
    Denmark to Acquire 46 SM-2 Block IIIA August 2 2018
    The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Denmark of up to 46 Standard Missile, SM-2 Block IIIA All-Up Rounds, RIM BK IIIA (VLS), and other related equipment for an estimated cost of $152 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of Denmark has requested to buy up to forty-six Standard Missile, SM-2 Block IIIA Vertical Launching Tacti...
  • New Weapon to Russian Boats
    New Weapon to Russian Boats August 2 2018
    The newest boats of the Russian Navy were equipped with the Uprava-Kord remote command weapons station (UKSS). It is announced that all of the Project 03160 Raptor and Project 12150 Mangust class attack crafts will be equipped with Uprava-Kord remote controlled weapon station (RCWS). The Ukrava-Kord UKSS has a dual axis stabilization system and integrated electro-optic (EO) unit. This platform also allows for the integration of the EO station with a separate gyro-stab...
  • France Wants Enhanced Missiles
    France Wants Enhanced Missiles July 27 2018
    France has decided to modernize the MICAair-to-air missile system. Following the Ministerial Investment Committee, which was attended by the Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly, information on the modernization program was provided. Under the program called MICA New Generation (MICA NG), missiles will gain enhanced capabilities. It is is expected that MICA NG to offer higher performance than its predecessors, while keeping initial acquisition and maintenance costs low. ...
  • Enhanced Abrams' to Army
    Enhanced Abrams' to Army July 27 2018
    US Army took action for tank modernization. In this context, it has signed an agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems (GDELS) for the modernization of 100 tanks. The tanks to be modernized will be upgraded to the M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3) configuration. The first prototype of the SEPv3 Abrams delivered in 2017. With SEPv3, communication systems are enhanced. Tanks have more efficient fuel consumption, improved Common Remote Controlled Weap...
  • Chinook is More Efficient
    Chinook is More Efficient July 26 2018
    Boeing has developed a new rotor blades for Chinook Block 2. With the help of advanced manufacturing technologies and material technology, new composite rotor blades of Chinook Block 2  to provide an additional lifting capacity of 680 kilograms. According to Chuck Dabundo's statement who is Boeing Cargo Helicopters and H-47 Program Manager, Block 2 blades consists of a combination of three separate airfoils, rather than a single airfoil, as opposed to Bl...
  • Lockheed's Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Enters into Low-Rate Initial Production
    Lockheed's Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Enters into Low-Rate Initial Production June 30 2018
    Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system has successfully passed its Defence Acquisition Board review. The signed Acquisition Decision Memorandum approves the JAGM system to enter into Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP). JAGM is a multi-sensor air-to-ground missile that is the successor to the combat proven HELLFIRE Romeo and HELLFIRE Longbow missiles. Backward compatible with all rotary wing and fixed wing platforms that fire the HELLFIRE family of missiles, ...
  • Lockheed to Support USN Weapons Training
    Lockheed to Support USN Weapons Training May 16 2018
    Lockheed Martin received a $23,1 million US Navy contract for follow-on production of Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTRs) to support the service's Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) weapons training.  The award exercises the initial option of the contract negotiated in 2017 and extends ELGTR production into late 2020. The ELGTR is compatible with F-16, F/A-18, AV-8B and various international aircraft platforms.  
  • Super Hornet SLM Process Begins
    Super Hornet SLM Process Begins May 8 2018
    Boeing has launched F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Service-Life Modification (SLM) process with the first US Navy aircraft arrived at the company’s St Louis production facility. The SLM contract includes aircraft inspections and physical verification of fleet usage, warranty and non-warranty modifications, repairs incident to modification, recurring and non-recurring engineering efforts, logistics, project management, parts, kits and associated mater...
  • Turkish Kamikaze Drones On Display at Eurasia Fair
    Turkish Kamikaze Drones On Display at Eurasia Fair April 24 2018
    Turkish Defence Technology and Engineering (STM) will unveil its indigenously developed armed 'kamikaze' drones at the Eurasia Airshow to be held in Antalya on 25-29 April.  The upgraded “kamikaze” drones ALPAGU Blok 2 and KARGU will be able to eliminate targets more efficiently with their new features, such as enhanced ammo capacity. In addition, ALPAGU Blok II was equipped with an enhanced rangefinder system while KARGU, a rotary-winged...
  • Pakistan Tested 'Babur 1'
    Pakistan Tested 'Babur 1' April 17 2018
    Pakistan Armed Forces have successfully tested an enhanced version of the locally-developed Babur cruise missile on 14 April. With a range of 700 kilometers, Babur Weapon System-1 is capable of carrying various types of warheads.  Pakistani Navy also recently tested a submarine-launched variant of the Babur missile saying that SLCM Babur was fired “from an underwater dynamic platform” and “successfully engaged its target with precise a...
  • USAF Bombers Arrived in Australia
    USAF Bombers Arrived in Australia April 2 2018
    US' B-52 Stratofortress Bombers arrived in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base Darwin to participate in Enhanced Air Cooperation. RAAF Base Darwin is hosting the bombers while they take part in training activities with the Australian Defence Force in designated military airspace near RAAF Base Williamtown until early April.  Australia and the United States commenced Enhanced Air Cooperation in February 2017. However, RAAF Darwin hosted USAF B-52s in 2012, ...
  • Brimstone Extend its Service Life Beyond 2030
    Brimstone Extend its Service Life Beyond 2030 March 27 2018
    The United Kingdom has awarded MBDA a $565 million contract for the capability sustainment programme (CSP) of the advanced Brimstone air-to-surface missile, to extend its service life beyond 2030. Under the CSP effort, MBDA will manufacture new Brimstone missiles for the UK Armed Forces in order to replenish the country’s inventory. The new-build Brimstone missiles will incorporate a number of key components offered by the spiral upgrades of Brimstone, including...
  • Engines for Two Black Hawks To Be Delivered This Year
    Engines for Two Black Hawks To Be Delivered This Year March 26 2018
    TAI Engine Industries (TEI) General Manager Faruk Aksit announced that they will deliver the first four T700-GE-701D engines, which will be produced under the GE license for the Turkish General Purpose Helicopter Project, to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) within this year. Akşit stated that 60 percent of the T700-GE-701D engine to be used on the 109 T70 General Purpose Helicopters will be indigenous. The helicopters will be developed based on the S70i Helicopter of Lockheed Mart...
  • DAGOR A1 Unveiled
    DAGOR A1 Unveiled March 23 2018
    Polaris Government and Defense introduced the new version of its DAGOR light tactical vehicle on 21 March which offers improved performance, better mobility and enhanced operator functionality. The company’s senior director, Mark McCormick said DAGOR A1 is an answer to operators that are asking for more payload and mobility, with an increase of more than 20 percent in total carrying capacity.  DAGOR A1 can carry up to nine personnel and ...
  • Latvia Received First TPS-77 MRR
    Latvia Received First TPS-77 MRR March 21 2018
    Latvia has received the first of three TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar (MRR) air systems from Lockheed Martin.  The company recently completed a successful site acceptance test of a TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar (TPS-77 MRR) marking an on-time delivery of the first of three radars to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Latvia. The contract for three TPS-77 MRRs was signed in 2015 and aims to improve Latvian Armed Forces' low-level flight surveillance and identi...