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  • First End-to-End Firing MBDA Marte-ER
    First End-to-End Firing MBDA Marte-ER February 14 2020
    MBDA, which continues to expand the air-to-surface missile family, recently conducted a test launch. The first end-to-end system launch was carried out by MARTE-ER, which can be defined as the third generation of MARTE missile family which are among the products of the company. Within the scope of the activity, which was stated to be the second test launch of the missile, there was also an integrated navigation system, proximity fly-over fuze, gun control and actuator systems. MARTE...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland
    Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland January 14 2020
    Finland, which has announced procurement programs for the replacing of aging platforms in inventory, has started to looking for alternatives for the F/A-18 Hornets. In this context, the test phase has started in the HX Program, which is planned for the trial and evaluation process of the candidate aircraft. Within the scope of the HX Program, whose total cost is estimated to reach 10 billion Euros; invitation for tender letters have been sent for Lockhe...
  • Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight
    Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight January 10 2020
    Kuwait's Eurofighter Typhoon adventure, which started in April 2016, lef behind an important milestone. Leonardo announced that the first platform that came out of the production line for Kuwait met with the sky. The first flight of the platform, which was named ISPA (Instrumented Series Production Aircraft) 6 configuration, made its maiden flight on 23 December 2019. In the experience of Leonardo's Flight Test Centre in Turin-Caselle, all components of the ISPA 6 ...
  • Competition Continues in Hürjet’s Engine
    Competition Continues in Hürjet’s Engine January 1 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) continues to search engine for single-engine jet training aircraft Hürjet. It was thought that TUSAS decided on this issue. Europe's Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft is powered by the Ej200 engine manufactured by Eurojet Consortium. TUSAŞ had begun to negotiate with the consortium at Le Bourget'de Paris Aeronautical Exhibition. This development was first written by C4Defence. The F404-GE-102 engine, which is a General Electric product wa...
  • 6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force
    6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force December 24 2019
    The Swiss parliament on Friday approved the purchase of new fighter jets for around $6 billion, but the Socialist Party immediately demanded the question be put to a referendum. Switzerland began seeking replacements for its ageing fleet of fighter jets more than a decade ago. In 2014, the country looked set to purchase 22 Gripen E fighter jets from Swedish group Saab. But Bern has not given up on its quest to boost its fleet, with the government warning that the country's F/A-18s will re...
  • Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes
    Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes November 8 2019
    France-based Airbus, revealed some basic details of a classified program that will feed into the endeavour to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon. The platform is similar in design to Northrop Grumman's X-47A Pegasus UAV. The super stealthy shape was arrived at in an effort to greatly reduce all relevant signatures – radar, infrared, visual and acoustic.  The tailless aircraft concept features concealed air intakes at the leading edges of the wing – and the engine outlet is f...
  • France proposes Rafale fighter in Colombia
    France proposes Rafale fighter in Colombia November 4 2019
      Dassault Aviation offers its Rafale fighter jet in Colombia to upgrade its Colombian Air Force fleet. According to Infodefensa, representatives of the French company met with Colombian officials last week and presented the aircraft Rafale with its weapons that are not subject to US restrictions. France promotes the sale of fighters to Colombia for the second time. In 2015, France offered 18 Mirage 2000-5F. The current French offer includes 12 Raf...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts September 24 2019
    The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refuelling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of four flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed b...
  • Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing
    Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing September 12 2019
    Italy has agreed to partner with UK defence firms to work on the Tempest, the UK-initiated next-generation combat air system. Tempest is a collaboration between the British Government and industrial partners BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo. Sweden officially joined the program in July 2019, thus Italy is the third nation to partner on the programme. Gen. Nicolò Falsaperna, Italy’s Secretary General of Defence, and Sir Simon Bollom, CEO of Defence Equipment &...
  • Eurofighter Drops Out of Canadian Fighter Jet Program September 3 2019
    The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) and Airbus Defence and Space today informed the Government of Canada of their decision to withdraw from Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP).  The decision is the result of a detailed review of the Request for Proposal (RFP), following its release on 23 July 2019. The $19 billion competition has been dogged by allegations it is designed to favour Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter. With the dec...
  • Last Typhoon on Final Delivery August 12 2019
    The last Tranche 3 Eurofighter Typhoon, built for its user, has begun testing. In this context, the platform also made the second test flight.    The countdown for the latest Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3 is off the production line for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Recently the integration of the last avionics of the platform has begun at BAE Systems' Warton facilities.    According to Flight Global, the RAF has more than 100 Eurofi...
  • Maintenance Support for Typhoon
    Maintenance Support for Typhoon August 6 2019
    UK Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Rolls-Royce. Under the agreement, which is worth around 426 million US Dollars, Rolls-Royce will continue to provide support to the engines that power the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and undertake a number of services including the maintenance and repair. For five years, Rolls-Royce will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the Typhoon engines of the Royal Air Force, as well as the supply of modul...
  • Canada Seeking New Wings
    Canada Seeking New Wings July 29 2019
    For the replacement of CF188 aircraft in service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to suppliers. Suppliers have until the spring of 2020 to submit their first offers to Canada. The government, which plans the first deliveries by 2025, foresees that the selection process for the supplier company will continue until the second quarter of 2022. The platforms that are issued with RfP are; SAAB Jas39 Gripen/Sweden, Airbus Eurofighter T...
  • Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets
    Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets July 24 2019
    Bulgaria's president has vetoed the country's planned $1.26 billion acquisition of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters, citing a lack of agreement and clarity over the deal. Issuing the veto on 23 July, “The commitment of Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, for years to come, without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying,” Radev said in a statement. He says the "sharp contro...
  • Gripen E out of Armasuisse’s Tests
    Gripen E out of Armasuisse’s Tests June 14 2019
    The Swiss defence procurement agency, Armasuisse, has formally recommended to Saab not to participate with Gripen E in the upcoming flight tests scheduled from 24 to 28 June 2019 in Switzerland. The reason is that the flight tests have been designed to only evaluate aircraft that are operationally ready in 2019. The flight tests are part of the fighter evaluation process that foresees aircraft deliveries in 2025. However, the Gripen E development plan does not match the Sw...
  • Airbus May Sue German Government
    Airbus May Sue German Government May 7 2019
    Germany’s blockage over arms exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia goes into the next round. Airbus wants to take the Federal Government to court to reach export licenses, Der Spiegel reported May 4.  Berlin is preventing Airbus from delivering helicopters and a border security system to Saudi Arabia by withholding export licenses. “Airbus reserves all legal options in the dispute,” Dirk Hoke, head of Airbus Defence and Space, told Der Spiegel. 
  • Giant Step from Spain
    Giant Step from Spain April 2 2019
    A new step has come from Spain which which has taken action to strengthen and renew its army. The Spanish Council of Ministers approved the construction of five F-110 class frigates.   Spain will procure five F-110s as part of the project, with a total cost of EUR 4,317 billion. The ships to be built in the activities to be carried out in the main contractor of the Navantia Company will replace the F-80 class platforms. The project will offer significant opportunities...
  • Germany Adds Six Months to Saudi Arms Export Ban
    Germany Adds Six Months to Saudi Arms Export Ban March 29 2019
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government has extended by six months an embargo on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia. The ban has faced opposition from within the German government and the EU, but has the support of rights groups. “The order to halt authorized weapons exports to Saudi Arabia is extended by six months from March 31 to September 30, 2019,” government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said in a Thursday, March 29 statement. “Over...
  • Spain gets First Upgraded Tranche 1 Eurofighter
    Spain gets First Upgraded Tranche 1 Eurofighter February 26 2019
    Airbus delivered first upgraded Tranche 1 Eurofighter to Spanish Air Forces. The upgrade was carried out at Airbus facilities in Getafe and involved the introduction of hardware modifications which support the Operational Flight Program 02 (OFP-02) developed by the Armament and Experimental Logistics Centre (CLAEX). The upgrade developed by Airbus includes modifications that integrate Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 equipment on the aircraft, not least a Computer Symbol Generator, Digital V...
  • German Ban to Saudi Kingdom Hit UK
    German Ban to Saudi Kingdom Hit UK February 24 2019
    Germany has said it would hold firm on its decision to halt weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, ignoring British requests. “The stance of the government is that we won’t deliver weapons to Saudi Arabia at the moment,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after talks with his British counterpart about the decision taken in October over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Both the Eurofighter and Tornado jets contain German components. An export ban has ther...
  • Boeing to set up F-18 Factory in India
    Boeing to set up F-18 Factory in India February 23 2019
    Boeing promotes its F-18 factory in India. Speaking at the Aero India show, company officials said it would build a “factory of the future” in India to produce the Super Hornet to meet New Delhi’s request. India has two separate requirements for combat aircraft: 110 for the air force and 57 for the navy. For the opportunities with New Delhi, the company would pitch the Super Hornet’s new Block III variant, which features updated avionics and sensors, and has ...
  • Spain Officially Joins FCAS Fighter Programme
    Spain Officially Joins FCAS Fighter Programme February 15 2019
    The French, German and Spanish defence ministers signed a letter of intent for the FCAS fighter programme. Spain has joined the existing Franco-German effort to develop a future combat air system (FCAS), which is scheduled to enter service by 2040. During a NATO meeting in Brussels on 14 February, Spain's minister of defence, Margarita Robles, signed a letter of intent with her respective French and German counterparts, Florence Parly and Ursula von der Leyen, formalizing Spain&...
  • Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project
    Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project February 7 2019
      Ending 33 years of direct competition between Eurofighter and Rafale, and renewing a lapsed defence industrial alliance between their two countries, the French and German defence ministers in Berlin signed agreements launching three major defence programs. Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS), agreement commits both countries to bilateral development and production of common manned and unmanned aircraft, binding them together for several decades to come. The F...
  • Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia
    Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia February 7 2019
        The German government has blocked the sale of Meteor air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia. The Meteor, developed and produced by Paris-based MBDA but with German components, is not the target of a specific German veto, but rather its export to Saudi Arabia is being blocked by the German government’s embargo on all arms sales to the Saudi kingdom, decided in late November. In particular, Germany once again decided to apply an embargo o...
  • No F-35 Selection for Germany
    No F-35 Selection for Germany February 4 2019
    New announcements made about German Tornado replacement. However, Germany's F-35 Lightning II procurement seems to be in another spring. Tornados, one of the legendary planes of the Cold War, will be replaced by another aircraft. German Ministry of Defence, which is carrying out the new aircraft procurement program, did not shortlist the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The last two candidates were the Eurofighter Typhoon and the F / A-18 Hornet family. Last year, the German Air Forc...
  • Fate of Tornadoes Ambiguous
    Fate of Tornadoes Ambiguous January 18 2019
    Germany has yet to make a final decision on the fate of the Tornadoes. In the past, the German Ministry of Defence had announced that it will announce the Tornado decision before the end of 2018. Tornadoes jointly developed by Italy, the United Kingdom and West Germany. In 1998, the production line of aircrafts closed. It is on the agenda that the planes used in the 1980s will remain in Germany until 2025. The fact that the closed production line makes the maintenance of the aircraf...
  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70
    Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 January 16 2019
    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO. Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84 deputies were against it, accusing the cabinet of breaching the tender rules. The deal fo...
  • France Conducts Low Visibility Tests Of Neuron Against Airborne Sensors, Ground Radars, And Shipborne Systems
    France Conducts Low Visibility Tests Of Neuron Against Airborne Sensors, Ground Radars, And Shipborne Systems January 9 2019
    French Neuron unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator began its low observability test campaign against various operational detection equipment. The fourth low observability campaign aims to study the employment of aircraft like Neuron against airborne sensors, ground radars, and shipborne systems. The The Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), said on January 4th, the campaign will enable it to evaluate ongoing developments in detection equipment. It w...
  • Royal Aircraft on Shelf
    Royal Aircraft on Shelf January 8 2019
    UK has prepared a report on the Royal Air Force inventory. The document published by the Ministry of Defence included information on the situation of combat aircraft fleet. Of the 434 aircraft currently available in the UK inventory, 142 were declared unable to fly due to various reasons. According to the statement, only 101 of the 156 Eurofighter Typhoon were in active service. The report was described as shocking for the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the British press, which celebrated...
  • Bulgaria’s PM Favours Buying the F-16
    Bulgaria’s PM Favours Buying the F-16 December 16 2018
    Bulgarian premier Boyko Borisov disclosed on Dec. 14 that he favours buying the F-16 to replace the country’s MiG-29s. Borisov was quoted as saying that he “heard from the pilots, a new F-16 is a significantly better aircraft than all the rest that are on offer.” Borisov spoke on December 14 before the second day of an EU summit in Sofia. Bulgaria has budgeted 900 million euros ($1 billion) for the purchase of at least eight fighter jets. ...
  • RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time
    RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time December 11 2018
    Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons launched from RAF Lossiemouth for the first time with the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile(BVRAAM) during a Quick Reaction Alert exercise for airspace defence. Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December that The MBDA Meteor is now operational aboard RAF  Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland (QRA North) to interce...
  • Spain is interested in the Future European Fighter
    Spain is interested in the Future European Fighter December 7 2018
    Spanish Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, has requested Spanish participation into future European fighter. Minister Robles has transferred letters to her French and German counterparts, Florence Parly and Ursula von der Leyen. Letter indicates Spain’s interest in being part of the future European fighter (New-Generation Weapon System /NGWS) being conducted by France and Germany. In her letter, Robles requests that the Spanish participation be formalized by the signature ...
  • Germany Decides to Replace Tornados By End Of Year
    Germany Decides to Replace Tornados By End Of Year November 26 2018
    The German defence ministry plans to announce next steps by the end of the year in its drive to replace 85 ageing Tornado fighter jets according to Reuters. “There will be a decision this year,” a ministry spokesman said. Sources familiar with the process said the ministry was likely to narrow the field of potential replacement jets from four to two — the Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35. German Defence Minister Von der Leyen favours a European solution howev...
  • Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar
    Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar November 23 2018
    An Italian Air Force Aermacchi M-346 jet trainer has flown non-stop to the Persian Gulf in order to promote aircraft to three gulf countries Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. The aircraft, accompanied by two F-2000A Eurofighters and a Boeing KC-767A tanker, was on a 10-day promotional tour of the Gulf. The non-stop transit flights were part of aircraft promotion as M-346 is only training aircraft that has refuelling capability in flight.   The T-346 (the Italian Ai...
  • RAF Trained Omani Pilots
    RAF Trained Omani Pilots November 15 2018
    The Royal Air Force organized air-to-air refuelling trainings with Omani Eurofighter Typhoon pilots. During the Saif Sareea 3 exercise held in Oman, trainings are organized in addition to combat scenarios. In this context, Omani Eurofighter 2000 pilots refuelled in the air by the A330 Voyager KC.3 aircraft belonging to the Royal Air Force (RAF). The training took place with the participation of 12 Eurofighter Typhoon. Approximately 34 tons of fuel was delivered during the training. ...
  • One Third Of German Vehicles Ready For Combat
    One Third Of German Vehicles Ready For Combat November 1 2018
    Just over a third of the new military equipment delivered to the Bundeswehr by manufacturers in 2017 is fit for service according to a report revealed for the German defence ministry According to the report, of the 71 Puma infantry fighting vehicles delivered, 27 are combat ready. Of the eight new Airbus A400M Atlas military transports, half are fully operational. Just two of the seven Eurocopter Tiger combat helicopters and four of seven NH Industries' NH90 transport helicopter...
  • Belgium Officially Selected F-35
    Belgium Officially Selected F-35 October 30 2018
    Belgium, eliminating Eurofighter option, has officially chosen the F-35 to replace its F-16 jet. Belgium became the 13th nation to join the F-35 program. Earlier in the year, the UK submitted its final Typhoon offer to Belgium. The proposal included 34 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. Lockheed Martin said in a statement: “Lockheed Martin is honoured by the Belgian government’s selection of the F-35A Lightning II for their future national securi...
  • Italy Proposed Typhoon to Bulgaria
    Italy Proposed Typhoon to Bulgaria October 12 2018
    Italy and its defence company Leonardo have submitted their offer to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence in response to the recent Request for Proposal for the acquisition of eight fighter aircraft to replace their ageing Mig-29 fleet. The offer is based on the supply to the Bulgarian Air Force of Tranche 1 Typhoons from the Italian Air Force and includes also the option for the delivery of newly built aircraft as requested by Bulgaria. Lucio Valerio Cioffi, Leonardo’s...
  • Japan to Replace F-2 Fighters with Local Solution
    Japan to Replace F-2 Fighters with Local Solution October 7 2018
    Japan will develop a new aircraft to succeed its F-2 fighter.  Tokyo has already rejected proposals Lockheed Martin, Boeing and BAE System to supply new jets. Some 92 F-2s of the Japan Air Self-Defence Force are expected to retire in the 2030s and Japanese government has sought bids from Lockheed Martin for its F-22, Boeing for its F-15, and BAE Systems for its Eurofighter Typhoon.  Tokyo decided to replace F-2s with locally-made jet according to Mainichi Shimbun. <...
  • Typhoons Intercepted at Black Sea
    Typhoons Intercepted at Black Sea July 31 2018
    NATO aircraft has intercepted a Russian Su-24. Two Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from the Royal Air Force deployed in Romania have intercepted Su-24 (NATO Code: Fencer), which is closing dangerously at the NATO Air in the Western Black Sea. The Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from the Royal Air Force are stationed at 135th Expeditionary Air Wing at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base near Constanta, Romania. The mission of the RAF aircraft in Romania is to assist the Romanian MiG-21 LanceR and F-16 airc...