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  • Air-to-Ground Ammunition Selection of Fifth Generation
    Air-to-Ground Ammunition Selection of Fifth Generation 31 May 2020
    Today's technology has made it possible for fifth-generation aircraft that were almost impossible for the another country approximately 15-20 years ago in the US. The Republic of Korea, which acquired F-35 Lightning IIs from the USA in line with the country's modern battlefield requirements, launched the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) fifth-generation aircraft project in the same framework. In the process, which continued with the industrial partnership of Indo...
  • Russia to Test Tsirkon Missile Soon
    Russia to Test Tsirkon Missile Soon 23 March 2020
    The first test of the Tsirkon missile this year will be carried out from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate. A source from the Russian defence industry announced that Tsirkon will be tested in spring. The anti-ship cruise missile, which can reach 11,000 kilometres per hour, is expected to be based aboard both surface ships and submarines, including vessels equipped to carry existing Kalibr-class cruise missiles. The missile is also widely expected to be fitted aboard the new Husky class fifth-gener...
  • Raytheon Completes First Tests of Radar For Anti-Hypersonic Sensor
    Raytheon Completes First Tests of Radar For Anti-Hypersonic Sensor 20 March 2020
    Raytheon said Tuesday it had completed the first round of testing of the radar antenna array for the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier and Missile Defence Sensor, a next-generation radar intended to counter hypersonic weapons. The first round of testing was indoors, in a climate-controlled test range with performance evaluation based on simulated targets. The next testing round will be at an outdoor range against real-world targets. Now that the first round is complete, the ant...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? 30 January 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • Su-57 Crashed During Test Flight
    Su-57 Crashed During Test Flight 24 December 2019
    A Su-57 fifth-generation multirole fighter jet crashed in a forest area in Russia’s Far Eastern Khabarovsk Territory on Tuesday, Komsomolsk-on-Amur city administration source told TASS. The pilot was not injured in the accident. The corporation confirmed that a Su-57 fighter jet had crashed today in Komsomolsk-on-Amur during a test flight 111 km away from the base airfield. A special commission has been established to investigate the causes of the Su-57 fighter jet c...
  • 5th Generation of Pakistan: Azm
    5th Generation of Pakistan: Azm 16 October 2019
    Project Azm, which includes the production of Pakistan's own fifth-generation aircraft, is accelerating. The first of the four conceptual design phases are completed. Pakistan Air Force formally initiated Project Azm in July 2017 with the objective of developing an FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft), a medium-altitude and long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), new munitions, and other projects. The Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) outlines t...
  • Integrated System by Rafael
    Integrated System by Rafael 10 September 2019
    Israel-based Rafael takes part in Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) hosted by London. Rafael Advanced Defence Systems is showcasing its complete all-in-one Samson 30mm remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS), integrated with two Spike missiles and the Trophy Active Protection System (APS). Trophy is in service with the Israel Defence Forces on the Merkava Mk 3 and 4 main battle tanks (MBT) and on the Namer heavy armoured personnel carrier, with more...
  • Su-57 Serial Production Begins
    Su-57 Serial Production Begins 30 July 2019
    The Sukhoi Aircraft Company has started to implement its contract for the delivery of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to the country’s Aerospace Force, the office of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told TASS on Monday. The state contract envisages the delivery of 76 Su-57 fighter jets to Russia’s Aerospace Force. The vice-premier’s office also confirmed the earlier-stated timeframe of delivering the first Su-57 plane to the Aerospace Force. "T...
  • Raptor in Qatar
    Raptor in Qatar 1 July 2019
      U.S. Air Force announced that the fifth-generation jet fighters have arrived in Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar for the first time on Jun. 27 to “defend American forces”. F-22 arrived in Qatar just over a week after the Iranians shot down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator drone, flying over the Gulf of Oman. Raptors have in the past been stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The fifth-generation fighter had been ...
  • Poland Eyes F-35 for Harpia Requirement
    Poland Eyes F-35 for Harpia Requirement 22 May 2019
    Poland Air Forces decided on Harpia program, which includes the exchange of Soviet-era Su-22 and MiG-29 fighter aircrafts, part of the Polish Air Force inventory.  Polish Vice-Minister of Defence Wojciech Skurkiewicz announced that the first squadron of 16 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters will be acquired during the current planning period, while a second squadron would be procured after 2026. Skurkiewicz mentioned about the fifth-generation combat aircraft to be supplied in total...
  • Japan Step by Step in Fifth Generation 17 April 2019
    Japan continues to work on creating fifth-generation stealth aircraft. Footage aired on national TV. Mitsubishi Electronics-led team proceeded to test, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar based on the F-2 fighter aircraft. Allegedly, Japanese AESA radar is similar to US-made AN/APG-81, used in F-35 aircraft. Showcased for the first time footage of test prototype of a low-bypass turbofan (XF9-1) engine, developed by IHI Corporation. The new engine is about 4.8 meters in ...
  • Rolls-Royce Pulls Off from Turkish Fighter Jet Project
    Rolls-Royce Pulls Off from Turkish Fighter Jet Project 4 March 2019
    British engine maker Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc said it had scaled back efforts to join a Turkish program to build a new fighter jet with Turkey’s Kale Group. Rolls-Royce has abandoned its attempts to win the bid for the fifth-generation fighter aircraft after failing to find a compromise, the engine maker added. The Financial Times first reported the story and a Rolls-Royce spokesman later confirmed the development to Reuters. In 2017, Kale Group said it wou...
  • Russia Discuss Deliveries of Su-57 Fighter Jets to India
    Russia Discuss Deliveries of Su-57 Fighter Jets to India 28 February 2019
    While tension between India and Pakistan arises, Russia proposes Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to India. Russia is ready to hold a dialogue with India on the deliveries of Su-57 to India, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy at the state hi-tech corporation Rostec Viktor Kladov told TASS. India displays interest in the Su-57 but the country needs to shape its further concept of the Air Force, Kladov said.
  • “Spike” Power to Light Vehicles
    “Spike” Power to Light Vehicles 6 February 2019
    Rafael announced the new application for the Spike family, which offers an effective solution in a wide range of areas. Company has integrated the long-range Spike NLOS (Non-Line of Sight) system into light vehicles. Spike NLOS integration provides a great firepower for light vehicles. In this way, a highly efficient, cost-effective solution which can even attack to main battle tanks. Rafael make its experience from TOMCAR platform. The launcher used during the test weighed 1350 kil...
  • Greece to Modernise 84 F-16
    Greece to Modernise 84 F-16 22 December 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp., a $996,775,000 firm-fixed-price contract for F-16 upgrades. This contract provides for the upgrade of 84 Greek F-16 aircraft to the V-configuration. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Athens, Greece, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2027. This contract involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the government of Greece. The Viper integrates advanced capabilities as pa...
  • Spain is interested in the Future European Fighter
    Spain is interested in the Future European Fighter 7 December 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 ...
  • First F-35s on the Way to Australia
    First F-35s on the Way to Australia 6 December 2018
    Australia is preparing to deploy the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft in the country. AU-1 and AU-2 platforms which carry out pilot training missions in the United States since their delivery in 2014, have completed their duties there. Aircrafts have visited for the first time in 2017 in order to join air show. This time, AU-1 and AU-2 on their way back permanently. Platforms will be deployed at RAAF Williamtown Air Base. Aircrafts will arrive New South Wales on December 10th. Austr...
  • Queen has Completed F-35B Tests
    Queen has Completed F-35B Tests 28 November 2018
    Royal Navy announced the completion of the F-35B Lightning II trials on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08). With the completion of the trials, an important milestone was left behind for the B model F-35 aircraft and the Royal Navy. In the development testing-2 (DT-2) phase, pilots, ship-based maintenance personnel and ground support personnel gained significant experience about the fifth-generation aircraft operation. 85 sorties were conducted during the tests. In this process, aircra...
  • Fifth Generation MiG-41 On The Way
    Fifth Generation MiG-41 On The Way 26 November 2018
    Russia has announced the development of a new generation aircraft. According to the Russian press, the new platform will be a fifth-generation interceptor aircraft. The platform, will known as MiG-41, will replace MiG-31 (NATO Code: Foxhound) aircraft that are nearing the end of their life. It was stated that the project was not new and that the design work for some time has been continuing and the works for the new platform started in the beginning of 2018 by UAC company. The detai...
  • Russian Su-57 Fighter Jet Pilots Start Testing Antigravity Suits
    Russian Su-57 Fighter Jet Pilots Start Testing Antigravity Suits 19 November 2018
    According to  Russian Sputnik, Antigravity (anti-G) suits for pilots of the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jets are currently undergoing state trials. “The antigravity suits for the Su-57 have gone through many stages of factory tests, and now…  they are at the final stage — the stage of state flight tests. Test pilots are already flying in this equipment,” the source said. He added that the suits will go into mass production as soon as t...
  • Lockheed Martin Begins Greek F-16 Upgrade
    Lockheed Martin Begins Greek F-16 Upgrade 15 September 2018
    Lockheed Martin announced that it will launch the upgrade of 85 Greek F-16 fighter jets with the Block 70/72 Viper system next Monday.  Lockheed Martin’s VP Business Development Initiatives in Europe Dennys Plessas made the announcement during a press conference in Thessaloniki. Plessas explained the timetable of the upgrade and said that “a great part of the upgrade will take place in Greece.”  The first two years will be spent on engineering f...
  • Rafael Unveils Spike ER2
    Rafael Unveils Spike ER2 31 August 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...
  • Tinder Spy After F-35 Secrets
    Tinder Spy After F-35 Secrets 6 August 2018
    An unknown person hacked a female RAF staffer's Tinder profile, using her online presence to sweet-talk a male Royal Air Force employee and stealing secret information about the US fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter just weeks after the first four jets entered service, according to a report by Mail Online. Information about espionage attempt appeared first at British tabloid and the UK military confirmed news. Someone hacked the Tinder profile of a female RAF s...
  • Edwards Test Squadron Completed first part of Joint Strike Missile Test Program
    Edwards Test Squadron Completed first part of Joint Strike Missile Test Program 20 June 2018
    US Edvards Air Base (AFB), completed first part of Joint Strike Missile (JSM) test program. Before proceeding with integration testing on the F-35A, the JSM was tested at Edwards AFB on F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 416th Flight Test Squadron. The JSM is Norway’s advanced anti-surface warfare missile designed to be carried in the new F-35A’s internal weapons bay. All variants of the JSM were inert until the final flight test. All live releases of the weapon were conducted at the ...
  • India goes for Local Infrared Tracking System for Su-30MKI
    India goes for Local Infrared Tracking System for Su-30MKI 29 May 2018
    India has decided to design and develop a long-range dual-band infrared imaging search and track system (IRST) for Su-30MKIs. IRST will strengthen the capabilities of the aircraft in detecting ultra-stealthy aircraft like the F-22 and Chengdu J-20. The system will be able to operate in day and night conditions and will substantially enhance the capabilities of the aircraft. The Indian defence ministry wants at least 40% domestically-produced content in the system which will be manuf...
  • Important Step for TFX
    Important Step for TFX 26 April 2018
    TAI and Aselsan united their forces at TFX Project. Two of leading companies of the sector have signed a preliminary agreement on the development of radar, electronic warfare and electro-optical systems for TFX during Eurasia Airshow in Antalya. Under the signed prelminary agreement, development work will be initiated for the sub-systems for the needs and capabilities of a fifth-generation aircraft required for the TFX project. It is planned to integrate the critical mission systems that need...
  • China To Introduce New J-20 Variants
    China To Introduce New J-20 Variants 14 March 2018
    China will enhance the J-20 stealth fighter's capabilities. The deputy director of science and technology at Aviation Industry Corp of China, Yang Wei, said in an interview to China Daily that they will develop the J-20 into a large family and keep strengthening its information-processing and intelligent capacities while at the same time, begin research on a next-generation fighter to meet the nation's future requirements. The J-20, China's first fifth-generati...
  • First Export Order for MMPs
    First Export Order for MMPs 8 March 2018
    MBDA has received the first export order for its fifth-generation MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée or medium-range missile) anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM). The export country and the number of missiles to be supplied were not disclosed. French Armed Forces received the first batch of 50 MMPs in November 2017, just four months prior to the first export order. The service will receive 1,750 missiles by 2025. MMP will replace the Milan and Javelin anti-tank missiles in se...
  • Su-57s in Syria
    Su-57s in Syria 26 February 2018
    According to Voice of America, Moscow has deployed two of its fifth generation Su-57 stealth fighter aircraft to Syria. The deployment was confirmed via satellite imagery circulated two Su-57s on the apron at Hmeymim Air Base in Syria.  The U.S. Defence Department on Thursday declined to confirm the deployment of Russia's newest stealth jets to Syria, however, Russia did not deny the allegations and has yet to confirm the information. Russian news outlet Kommersant quo...
  • India Set Eyes On F-35s
    India Set Eyes On F-35s 15 February 2018
    According to Business Standard, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is increasingly interested in procuring the US F-35 Lightning II. Business Standard learnt the IAF top officials are formally requesting for a classified briefing by the F-35’s prime builder, Lockheed Martin, on the capabilities of the sophisticated, fifth-generation fighter developed under the US Joint Strike Fighter programme. A classified briefing would require formal clearance from the US Department of Defence...
  • Su-57 Contract Expected Soon
    Su-57 Contract Expected Soon 9 February 2018
    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov revealed that the country plans to sign a contract for a pre-production batch of 12 fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jets. The minister said they were to purchase Su-57 jets for test combat use as the first stage state trials were over. According to Borisov, the first two planes of this batch may come into service in 2019 and 10 out of 12 previously manufactured jets are undergoing flight tests. 
  • J-20 Conducted First Exercise
    J-20 Conducted First Exercise 19 January 2018
    China's fifth-generation stealth fighter J-20 participate in its first combat exercise. People’s Liberation Army Air Force said in a news release on Thursday that several J-20s took part in a series of combat exercises against the less-advanced J-16 and J-10C. The exercises took place in an undisclosed air base and lasted nine days. The military said J-20s practised beyond-visual-range aerial fighting manoeuvres during these drills, without elaborating. Chin...
  • Replies Came for Poland's 5th Gen Requirement
    Replies Came for Poland's 5th Gen Requirement 29 December 2017
    The Polish Ministry of Defence's tender to purchase new fighter jets will see offers by Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Leonardo and Saab, according to a representative for the ministry’s Armament Inspectorate, Lt. Colonel Robert Wincencik. Warsaw aims to acquire new fighter jets around 2025, however technical details of the requirement were not disclosed. Poland announced plans to acquire fifth-generation fighter jets for the first time in June. The acquisition will be carried o...
  • Russia to start 5th-generation fighter jet in 2018
    Russia to start 5th-generation fighter jet in 2018 24 December 2017
    The serial production of Russia’s Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet will begin in the Khabarovsk Region in the Russian Far East in 2018. Khabarovsk Region Governor Vyacheslav Shport said , "The enterprise is concluding tests this year and will launch serial production next year," to Russian News Agency TASS. The Russian fifth-generation Perspective Aviation Complex of Frontline Aviation (PAK FA, also known as the T-50) fighter jet took to the skies ...
  • F-35 Weapons Delivery Accuracy Tests Wrapped Up
    F-35 Weapons Delivery Accuracy Tests Wrapped Up 20 December 2017
    F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) completed a major test milestone, Weapons Delivery Accuracy (WDA) flight tests that began in July 2013. The WDA portion of the F-35 developmental test and evaluation mission ensures the fifth-generation fighter’s weapons system can deliver lethal ordnance both air-to-air and air-to-ground using the jet’s warfighting Block 3F software. The ITF used all three F-35 variants and delivered air-to-air missiles including AIM-120s, the ...
  • China Wants To Surprise
    China Wants To Surprise 7 December 2017
    J-20 and J-31 fifth-generation fighters will be deployed on China's new aircraft carrier. China's nationally developed vessel will soon begin sea trials. The aircraft will be launched with an electromagnetic catapult from the vessel's ski-jump. J-15 will be the first aircraft to use this system. The J-15s have been in trials since 2012. According to senior researcher Yin Zhuo, who spoke to the Military Time magazine published in China, the J-20 and J-31 will be depl...
  • First Flight With Production-Standard Engine
    First Flight With Production-Standard Engine 6 December 2017
    United Aircraft Corporation announced yesterday the successful first flight of the Sukhoi T-50 PAKFA fifth-generation fighter with a production-standard engine.  The T-50 prototype flew for 17 minutes out of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in Zhukovskiy and the sortie “was completed in accordance with the conditions of the flight assignment”. 
  • Fifth-gen Requirement by Canada
    Fifth-gen Requirement by Canada 13 November 2017
    The Royal Canadian Air Force is planning to issue a new request for proposals for its fifth-generation fighter competition by 2019. Canada wants to replace the ageing CF-18 fleet and a winner is expected to be chosen in 2021, according to RCAF commander Lt. Gen. Michael Hood.   
  • PAK FA, Officially Named
    PAK FA, Officially Named 16 August 2017
    The Russian Air Force has confirmed on Friday that the fifth-generation fighter jet, known during its development as T-50, has been christened as Su-57. The single-seat, twin-engine multirole stealth fighter Su-57 made its maiden flight in 2010 and is expected to go into serial production in 2019. Russian military plans to equip the air force with about 55 aircraft by 2020.   
  • New F-X Project By Germany, France
    New F-X Project By Germany, France 15 July 2017
    Germany and France announced they would start working on a new fighter aircraft. The statement came after a joint ministerial cabinet meeting of the French and German governments on July 13th. France's new President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a joint announcement at a news conference. According to the joint plans of the two countries, the new aircraft will be designed to replace French Rafale and the European Consortium's Eurofigh...