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  • Reuters: U.S. is Fast to agree on F-35 jets with UAE
    Reuters: U.S. is Fast to agree on F-35 jets with UAE 23 September 2020
    The United States and the United Arab Emirates hope to have an initial agreement on the sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Gulf state in place by December according to Reuters.  Sources close to the negotiations said the goal is to have a letter of agreement in place in time for UAE National Day celebrated on Dec. 2. Washington is studying to make the F-35 more visible to Israeli radar systems, two sources said. Reuters could not determine if this would be done ...
  • Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet
    Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet 21 September 2020
    Switzerland will vote on the purchase of new fighter jets. Many oppose the idea, saying the country can neither afford nor need warplanes. "Who is our enemy? Who is attacking a small, neutral country surrounded by NATO?" Social Democratic MP Priska Seiler asked. Thomas Hurter, a Member of Parliament for the Swiss People's Party, said Switzerland should protect itself without relying on other countries. "If we don't replace the old planes, it means we don't...
  • Russia’s Tu-160 Carriers Break Non-Stop Flight Record
    Russia’s Tu-160 Carriers Break Non-Stop Flight Record 20 September 2020
    Two Russian Tu-160 strategic missile carriers have broken their own world record for non-stop flight in their class, spending more than 25 hours continuously in the air. The Russian Aerospace Forces’ commander of long-range aviation Lt. Gen. Sergey Kobylash told World record to reporters on Saturday. Strategic bombers flew more than 20,000 kilometres [12,400 miles]. During the flight, which took place over neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, as ...
  • 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-...
  • Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned
    Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned 18 September 2020
    According to Defence Review Asia, Indonesia may scale down its KF-X / IFX procurement from the Republic of Korea (ROK). The magazine claims that the government of Indonesia is looking to save money due to COVID-19 pandemic and the level of investment in the KF-X/IFX combat aircraft project is the one that the government has eyes on.  In 2010 the country signed up to pay 20% of the development costs of the twin-jet engine 4++ generation fighter but is now seeking to reduce that to 15%.&nb...
  • Lazer for F-16s
    Lazer for F-16s 18 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin is working to develop mature and producible tactical airborne LWS solutions that complement existing kinetic defences to protect warfighters in the air, at sea and on the ground. The systems the company is developing under contract today can defeat small rockets, unmanned aerial vehicles, small attack boats, and lightweight ground vehicles. Under the Department of Defence’s first laser weapon program of record, the company is integrating the High Ener...
  • Nex Gen Flight from USAF 17 September 2020
    The US Air Force (USAF) has flown a digitally-engineered Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) advanced aircraft flight demonstrator for the first time, the service unveiled on 15 September at the Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) annual conference. The programme is classified and USAF leadership refused to provide details, including who developed the aircraft, any contract values, and when it might be fielded. But Will Roper, assistant secretary of the USAF for Acquisition...
  • Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up
    Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up 17 September 2020
    Boeing Australia announced on 15 September that it has powered up the engine of the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype as part of ground testing and preparations for the first flight. The unmanned aircraft is one of three prototypes that are being developed as a part of the Loyal Wingman-Advanced Development Programme – also known as the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) – in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft, wh...
  • Interesting Drill from J-20
    Interesting Drill from J-20 16 September 2020
    Beijing has announced a new development in Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC) production related to a fifth-generation J-20 fighter jet. The Global Times wrote that the J-20, which China conceals its technical specifications, has dropped 17 "enemy" aircraft in recent training. The J-20 news from China came after five Rafale jets purchased by India from France were included in the Indian Air Force (IAF) inventory. Experts raised the question of how the J-20 destr...
  • Brazil's First Gripen to Be Delivered
    Brazil's First Gripen to Be Delivered 16 September 2020
    The F-39E Gripen fighters purchased by the Brazilian Air Force from Swedish-based firm SAAB are on their way to the port city of Itajaí (Santa Catarina, Brazil). On August 20, 2020, the Brazilian Air Force test pilot aired the plane for Brazil for the first time. The platform, which remained in the air for 49 minutes, flew over the Baltic Sea. The fighter jet, which was loaded onto board from Sweden on August 29, 2020, will be delivered to Brazil on September 20, 2020. ...
  • Agreement with Israel for F-35 Composites
    Agreement with Israel for F-35 Composites 16 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin signed with Elbit Systems for the F-35 Lightning II composites. The contract includes Elbit Systems providing composite material and assembly work for F-35 variants for four years.The Israeli-based firm is scheduled to deliver more than 1,400 parts to Lockheed Martin during the course of the study. Lockheed Martin does not allow countries that purchase the F-35 to make systemic changes, but there was an exception for Israel. After Israeli modifications, the platform ...
  • ASELPOD Sharing from MSB
    ASELPOD Sharing from MSB 15 September 2020
    The Ministry of Defense shared information from its social media accounts. and visuals about the tests of the ASELPOD targeting and marking pod developed by ASELSAN. Turkish Air Force 401st Fleet carries out the acceptance test flights of mass production pods. In the published video, F-16 and F-4 planes were switched to flight. The images included a thermal image of the F-4E 2020 Terminator fighter aircraft. These images were taken from the ASELPOD integrated under the engine air in...
  • Production of three JF-17 Thunder fighters for the Nigerian Air Force is completed
    Production of three JF-17 Thunder fighters for the Nigerian Air Force is completed 15 September 2020
    Pakistani state-owned Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) has completed production of three JF-17 Block.2 Thunder fighters for the Nigerian Air Force. Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra completed the first three aircraft of Nigeria deal, NAF-720, NAF-721 and NAF-722. Nigeria is going to pay USD 36 million as partial payment for the three aircraft. The payment will also cover support equipment and spares. This makes Nigeria the first buyer of the type to be officiall...
  • New acquisition from Greece
    New acquisition from Greece 14 September 2020
    Greece has announced it will strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four frigates and four helicopters for the navy. "The time has come to reinforce the armed forces... these initiatives constitute a robust programme that will become a national shield," Mitsotakis said. The armament program will include new anti-tank weapo...
  • F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds
    F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds 13 September 2020
      The Pentagon’s five-year budget plan for the F-35 falls short by as much as $10 billion, the military’s independent cost analysis unit has concluded, a new indication that the complex fighter jet may be too costly to operate and maintain according to Bloomberg News. The Defence Department’s blueprint for the next five fiscal years calls for requesting $78 billion for research and development, jet procurement, operations and maintenance and military...
  • US Navy Awards L3Harris Technologies $104 Million Contract for F/A-18 Electronic Warfare System
    US Navy Awards L3Harris Technologies $104 Million Contract for F/A-18 Electronic Warfare System 13 September 2020
    The U.S. Navy has awarded L3Harris Technologies a $104 million follow-on contract to supply the next production lot of the electronic warfare (EW) system that protects F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft against electronic threats. The announcement was made in conjunction with vHook’20 being held virtually, September 10-12. L3Harris will manufacture and deliver Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) jammer systems for the F/A-18C/D/E/F variants, with deliv...
  • F-35 Partnership Between Poland and The United States
    F-35 Partnership Between Poland and The United States 11 September 2020
    Poland is preparing to buy 32 F-35A Lightning II fighter jets under an agreement signed in January 2020, while aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin plans to give the country long-range unmanned aerial vehicles to increase the operational capacity of the F-35. Speaking at the MSPO international defence industry fair in Kielce, Poland, the company said: "The United States and Poland are interested in the use of the next generation of long-range unmanned aerial vehicles in conjun...
  • 5 Rafale fighter jets joined IAF with a ceremony
    5 Rafale fighter jets joined IAF with a ceremony 10 September 2020
    The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets has been formally inducted into the IAF in a ceremony at the Ambala airbase. The event was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Counterpart Florence Parly. India will receive another five aircraft by November. India will receive 36 aircraft in total. Rafale fighter jets will join the 17th squadron called "Golden Arrows" of the Indian Air Force. The Ministry of Defence of India signed a contrac...
  • Su-30SM2 with new Engine to fly before end of 2020
    Su-30SM2 with new Engine to fly before end of 2020 10 September 2020
    The modernized Su-30SM2 fighter will make its first flight by the end of 2020. The aircraft will be powered up with Su-35s AL-41F1S engine "product 117S".  AL-41F-1S has all-aspect thrust vector control. The service life of the aircraft engine is two times higher than that of the Saturn AL-31FP, Su-30’s former power plant. The new Su-30SM2's onboard electronics, radar, optical location station will be improved, and the range of weapons wi...
  • Israel Resigns, Sweden Offers Gripen
    Israel Resigns, Sweden Offers Gripen 9 September 2020
    Croatia was aiming to buy second-hand F-16 fighter jets from Israel, but there was no approval for the sale from the United States. Sweden has proposed 12 new Gripen C/D fighter jets to Croatia and the Saab company has offered strategic cooperation with the Croatian defence industry. If Croatia decides in Gripen, Saab will transfer technology to Croatia in relation to the plane. In addition, a Regional Aviation and Support Service Centre will be established in Croatia. Cro...
  • Mig-29 Shot Down on Libya
    Mig-29 Shot Down on Libya 9 September 2020
    It is said that a Mig-29 supporting Libyan National Army was shot down over Libya on September 8th. Russian-speaking pilot filmed himself on the ground, waiting for rescue operators. The Fighterbomber channel posted a video on YouTube. The incident took place near the coastal city of Sirte, which is controlled by the so-called Libyan National Army of Khalifa Haftar. The footage shows an unfolded orange parachute, the pilot’s voiceover sounds that he was hit, but...
  • AGM-84 Harpoon or Exocet a Delayed Discussion
    AGM-84 Harpoon or Exocet a Delayed Discussion 9 September 2020
    Greek publication defence-point.gr discuss how Hellenic Air Force lost a probable operational advantage in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Libyan Sea against Turkey. The publication discusses probable outcomes if wrong decisions had not been taken many years ago. In April 1993, Greece signed the Peace Xenia II contract for the purchase of 40 new F-16C / D Block 50 fighters, deliveries of which began in January 1997. The aircraft could use air-launched AGM-84F Harpoon Block 1D anti...
  • Payment Delay in KF-X Program
    Payment Delay in KF-X Program 8 September 2020
    A financial problem has emerged in the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) fifth-generation aircraft project developed with a joint subsidiary of the Republic of Korea and Indonesia. Although KF-X is a partner, Indonesia owes hundreds of millions of Dollars, officials said. It was announced that Indonesia would have a delay of $420 million to pay for the project. Indonesia, which agreed to cover 20% of the fifth-generation aircraft program (8.8 trillion Indonesian...
  • 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...
  • New Deal for F-35 Engine
    New Deal for F-35 Engine 7 September 2020
    Raytheon signed a contract worth approximately $580 million for engine spare parts of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. For the F-135 engine, Raytheon will provide a unit-level shipping system and module to support spare parts requirements. The F-135 engine, which powers all three variants of the F-35 fighter jet, was developed based on the F119 engine that powers the F-22 Raptor. The work, which Raytheon will run in Connecticut, is expected to be completed in December 2024....
  • Hürjet's First Simulator Is Ready
    Hürjet's First Simulator Is Ready 7 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace and Space Industry (TUSAŞ) announced that a new engineering simulator has been developed for Hürjet's testing and evaluation activities by broadcasting from its social media account. Artificial intelligence, which comes into play with the plane taking off the ground, performs the tasks of preparing the pilot for the air fight with possible threat scenarios in the air. The simulator, which was developed by benefiting from the studies that were previously initiat...
  • US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets
    US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets 6 September 2020
    Following a recent spike in airborne confrontations between the U.S. and Russian militaries, three B-52 Stratofortress bombers joined Ukrainian fighter jets for training Friday. The bombers, from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, "conducted vital integration training with Ukrainian fighters inside Ukraine's airspace," European Command said in a press release. Officials said the bomber mission, part of a long-planned deployment of six B-52s to RAF F...
  • Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon
    Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon 4 September 2020
    Britain’s Royal Air Force is on course to get its own multi-functional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, by the middle of the decade to equip Typhoon combat jets. A U.S. $420 million contract to develop the next generation of radar for Royal Air Force Typhoon jets has been awarded to BAE Systems and Leonardo. British Ministry of Defence and industry announced the deal on Sept 3rd. BAE Systems and Leonardo have signed up to deliver what is known as the European ...
  • Eyes of India on US F-35s 3 September 2020
    According to Eurasian Times, India may prefer the US's F-35 to the French Rafael. This controversy started to arise in India when the US started considering selling the F-35 to the UAE. India may want to see fifth-generation fighter jets amid ongoing tension with China. 4.5 generation French Rafale warplanes are known as a powerful aircraft. The twin-engine, canard-delta-wing aircraft is equipped with a wide variety of weapons and has the firepower to perform multi-role air-to-a...
  • KAI’S Final assembly of prototype unveiled, 3 September 2020
      Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) fighter (KF-X) prototype at the final assembly line presented to the press. Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) announced on the 3rd that it will begin final assembly of the Korean fighter (KF-X) prototype at its Sacheon plant in Gyeongnam. According to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the real Korean fighter aircraft will be visible in the first half of next year. When the prototype is completed, it will be dep...
  • Su-57 Will be Hidden On The Ground
    Su-57 Will be Hidden On The Ground 2 September 2020
    New covers will be produced for the Su-57 fighter aircraft, which Russia attaches importance to with its low radar cross-section technology and started mass production. When the plane is parked on the ground, it will be covered with these covers that deflect the radar signals. Thus, it will be difficult to determine where the aircraft is stationed not only in the air but also on land. These covers will also be covered with special covers that help protect the aircraft parts from the weather. ...
  • 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...
  • Russia Presents Su-57 Jet For Export
    Russia Presents Su-57 Jet For Export 1 September 2020
    Anatoly Serdyukov, Industry Director of Rostec aviation firm, said that Russia has presented the fifth generation Su-57 jet fighter for export and that foreign demand will likely increase after the order of the Russian Armed Forces is completed.   "Until we have enough planes shipped in our army, it is unlikely that there will be substantial demand. […] Therefore, our number one goal is to send the aircraft to the Russian Armed Forces. Meanwhile, we presen...
  • Dog Fight Analysis Over the Mediterranean
    Dog Fight Analysis Over the Mediterranean 28 August 2020
    Turkish Defense Ministry released videos of six Greek F-16s trying to violate the NAVTEX declared.  Turkish fighters carried out "dog fight" with Greek ones and Ministry released the video on social media. Greek F-16s left the region, according to the rules of "dog fight",  Eastern Mediterranean Exclusive Economic Zone dispute between Turkey and Greece, is becoming a tense issue. Turkey declared NAVTEX and Greek F-16s approached this regi...
  • Japan invites Foreigners to work on F-X Fighter Project
    Japan invites Foreigners to work on F-X Fighter Project 27 August 2020
      Japan’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published a notice on August 25th, inviting foreign companies to engage with its project to develop next-generation fighter aircraft.  The notice invites firms to be involved in the development phase of the F-X project and the integration of related technologies and capabilities. It states that the invite supports the MoD’s “procedures for collecting information” about next-generation fighter aircraft. The not...
  • London in Economic Impasse for F-35 Lightning II
    London in Economic Impasse for F-35 Lightning II 27 August 2020
    The United Kingdom could change its plan to buy the F-35 Lightning II. London, which says it will add 138 fighter jets to its inventory in total, is said to be able to buy 70 platforms in total. Sources close to the government said the report in the Times. Sources said London could only allocate enough budgets to carry out half of its purchase plan. There is not enough funding for the purchase of the F-35, according to a recent report by the UK National Inspection Office. ...
  • India To Buy Extra Fighter Jets from Russia
    India To Buy Extra Fighter Jets from Russia 26 August 2020
    India is set to buy additional Su-30 and MiG-29 aircraft from Russia by the end of the year. "We know that due to objective reasons, the Indian leadership has decided to accelerate the allocation of funds for the purchase of this aircraft. Negotiations are already underway. We look forward to signing contracts, including for 6 Kamov Ka-31 Helix Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW & C) helicopters, by the end of 2020," Russian officials said.  Kamov K...
  • Tempest's Technology Level Is Rising
    Tempest's Technology Level Is Rising 25 August 2020
    The UK's 6th generation fighter jet programme Tempest, which is run by BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo, has been announced as using digital design concepts for the construction process. BAE Systems said simulation and 3D printing were being used to accelerate the development of fighter jets, which are scheduled to enter active service by 2035.  Conceptual shapes for the aircraft were virtually designed and tested. The scale models were printed in 3D af...
  • French and Greek fighters at Paphos air base
    French and Greek fighters at Paphos air base 25 August 2020
    The Greek Cyprus-France-Greece air and navy exercise, will take place at the west of Cyprus from tomorrow, August 26th, until Friday, August 28th. According to Greek Cypriot press the drill will be a response to Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean region. In the coming days, Paphos Air Base will become the operational centre of large-scale military activities, for the purpose of exercises. Greek Cypriot press states that three French Rafale aircraft and 3 Greek F-16 aircraft will us...
  • Russia to Introduce 50 New Weapon Systems to Market
    Russia to Introduce 50 New Weapon Systems to Market 24 August 2020
    Alexander Mikheyev, CEO of the Russian Defence Export Authority Rosoboronexport, made the remarks ahead of the 2020 International Military and Technical Forum event. Mikheyev said they plan to introduce nearly 50 new weapons systems to the world market. "In the next five or six years, Rosoboronexport plans to deliver almost 50 new weapon systems to the international arms market. These are final products involving air defence systems, combat and military transport aircraft, and ...