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  • U.S. Set 2023 for Hypersonic Weapon
    U.S. Set 2023 for Hypersonic Weapon 17 October 2020
    U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said his country will be stationing the first hypersonic weapon by 2023. "Our opponents are firing long-range missiles to prevent our freedom of manoeuvre. We are increasing our hypersonic investments over the next five years," Esper said. In March, the Army and Navy reached an important milestone by jointly launching a successful test of a hypersonics glide body, he noted. The United States wants to integrate new technology into forces by...
  • Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget
    Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget 2 October 2020
    The Defence Ministry on Wednesday requested a record ¥5.49 trillion ($55 billion) budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2021, to expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.   The request is up 3.3 per cent from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2021, with defence spending expected to rise. Japan’s defence spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Shinzo Abe t...
  • UkrOboronProm Accuses Former Administration of Robbery
    UkrOboronProm Accuses Former Administration of Robbery 1 October 2020
      Ukrainian Defence companies’ administration UkrOboronProm has a complaint and accusation about former administrations. Konstantin Bushuyev Deputy General Director for Security of UkrOboronProm wrote an article about former administrations and UkrOboronProm announced the article from its official social media accounts. The article is in Ukrainian. According to unofficial translation, Mr Bushuyev claims that “state defence companies were robbed” and explains &...
  • New Handguns for US Marine Corps
    New Handguns for US Marine Corps 24 September 2020
    Marine Corps Systems Command officials announced with a press release that US Marine Corps will replace all previous handguns that have been in service since the time of former US President Ronald Reagan’s administration. The US Marine Corps will issue SIG Sauer M18 pistols to its agents. In the past, Marines received either the M9, M9A1, Colt M45A1, Glock 19M along with other versions. The Marine is planning the conclude replacement programme by the fiscal year 2022.&nbs...
  • Japan: New PM, Record Defence Budget
    Japan: New PM, Record Defence Budget 22 September 2020
      According to the Japan Times, the Defence Ministry will seek a budget of over ¥5.4 trillion for fiscal 2021 under new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga governance. Suga took office on Wednesday to succeed Shinzo Abe, who stepped down for health reasons, pledging to continue his policies including those on national security and diplomacy. Suga vowed to continue with his predecessor’s policy of bolstering Japan’s capabilities in new domains. The ...
  • US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships
    US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships 18 September 2020
    A recent Congressional Research Service Report reveals that the US Navy may swap out traditional ships for crewless vessels. According to the report, the Navy is requesting about $580 million in research and development funding for the fiscal year 2021 for on developing and producing several types of large unmanned vehicles (UVs) their enabling technologies. “The Navy wants to acquire these large UVs as part of an effort to shift the Navy to a more distributed fleet ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Thailand keeps Chinese submarines on hold
    Thailand keeps Chinese submarines on hold 3 September 2020
    The Thai government has announced that it is the second and third attack submarines’ acquisition will be delayed.  Thailand originally planned to acquire two submarines worth US$720 million from China, with the 7-year funding program.   In the original plan, the Thai government was supposed to allocate more than US$100 million to the project under the fiscal year 2021 as initial payment. The Thai government said that it will re-negotiat...
  • US Special Operations Command gets first brand-new Chinook variant
    US Special Operations Command gets first brand-new Chinook variant 2 September 2020
    U.S. Special Operations Command has taken receipt of its first MH-47G Block II Chinook from Boeing on time, according to a Sept. 1 company statement. A special operations Chinook weighs roughly 54,000 pounds while a conventional Chinook weighs 50,000 pounds. The upgrades in the Block II version include newly designed rotor blades, major changes to the drive system and other improvements like non-segmented fuel cells. Boeing produced three aircraft for flight test...
  • Japan to Decide Next Fighter Maker
    Japan to Decide Next Fighter Maker 29 July 2020
    Japan's Ministry of Defence will partner with only one Japanese company to lead the development of next-generation fighter planes, according to Nikkei Daily. Previous fighters were imported from the U.S. or manufactured by Japanese companies under US license. The selected company will develop and manufacture a replacement for the current F-2 jets as they will be decommissioned around 2035. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Subaru and IHI will be c...
  • USAF to Add A Large Number of F-15EX aircraft to Its Inventory
    USAF to Add A Large Number of F-15EX aircraft to Its Inventory 14 July 2020
    The U.S. Department of Defence has reached an agreement with Boeing for the F-15EX program worth about $23 billion. Boeing announced that the first two jets have begun work under the deal. Delivery of F-15EX, which is expected to replace the F-15C/Ds operational in the United States Air Force (USAF) inventory, will begin next year. This year's fiscal budget includes delivery of eight platforms. A total of 76 F-15EX are scheduled to be in inventory during the five-year ...
  • Hypersonic Weapons Push to Navy
    Hypersonic Weapons Push to Navy 26 June 2020
    Hypersonic weapons are a difficult threat to today's defence systems due to their high speed. The US House Armed Services Committee, a permanent member of the US House of Representatives, is increasing hypersonic pressure. The committee has increased pressure on the US Navy for hypersonic weapon integration for Zumwalt-class destroyers, while the Navy has not yet made this process a budget priority. In the past period, the US Navy was authorized with the development of a common ...
  • U.S. Improved Helicopter Engine Program Interrupted by Virus
    U.S. Improved Helicopter Engine Program Interrupted by Virus 15 June 2020
    Coronavirus disrupted the U.S. improved helicopter engine program. The pandemic process caused delays in shipping key components of the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). The critical design review phase of the planned engine program in the second quarter of the current fiscal year will continue slower than expected.  ITEP program officials are scheduled to begin testing on the General Electric Aviation T901 turbine engine next year. ITEP, which is expected to significantl...
  • India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase
    India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase 16 May 2020
    One of world’s biggest arms importer India plans to abolish its $15 billion order to acquire foreign military aircraft bid. India plans to switch to locally-made fighter jets. India set up a tender to years ago and asked global companies to submit proposals to supply 114 combat aircraft. Indian air force is changing its plans to induct indigenously made Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas. Indian Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat said in an interview in New Delhi. It will ...
  • Navy Wants Tactical Nuclear Back
    Navy Wants Tactical Nuclear Back 21 April 2020
    In the late periods of the Cold War, START I (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) and then the INF Treaty (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty / Medium Range Nuclear Forces) were signed to reduce nuclear tension in the world. In this way, many nuclear weapons, especially tactical ones, were disposed, and the number of strategic systems in question was significantly reduced. After the USA and Russia announced one after another that they would suspend the INF in 2019, the ...
  • Final Tejas, First Flight
    Final Tejas, First Flight 18 March 2020
    Having an adventure full of problems and failures within the scope of the domestic aircraft production program, Tejas is on its way to be operational. LCA Tejas (Light Combat Aircraft), developed by indigenously, has left an important milestone behind. According to Indian officials, the platform is the SP-21 model, which is the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard. There are some improvements in this model compared to the predecessor LCA prototypes. These improvements include ...
  • Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall
    Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall 14 February 2020
    The Pentagon is seeking to divert $3.8 billion, mainly from its fiscal 2020 weapons procurement budget, to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall. The plan, which came from the Department of Homeland Security in January, will be officially released by the Office of the Secretary of Defence. A list of talking points was sent across the Pentagon earlier today, noting that the money will go toward funding a 230-mile long wall. The biggest item on the list is a $650 million Ame...
  • 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...
  • Greece cornering itself with F-35
    Greece cornering itself with F-35 4 January 2020
    Greece’s one of most selling newspaper Ta Nea wrote Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ desire to acquire F-35 aircraft. "If the fiscal conditions allow, we will seriously consider buying the F-35 because it is the most up-to-date and up-to-date market." With this phrase at the established celebration lunch with reporters, Kyriakos Mitsotakis put officially on the table the issue of reinforcing Air Force with the 5th generation American fighter aircraft F-35. O...
  • Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration
    Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration 3 January 2020
    During recent budget negotiations, the Pentagon again tried to retire the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) 25 years early, Defence News reported. According to the magazine, this time the plan was withdrawn from the White House. The White House's Office of Management and Budget told the Pentagon that the Navy's budget submission did not include refuelling the Truman or maintaining its air wing and directed it to come back with a budget that restored funding to bo...
  • US Considers Purchasing Turkish F-35A Fighter Jets
    US Considers Purchasing Turkish F-35A Fighter Jets 11 December 2019
    U.S. lawmakers propose buying Turkish F-35A fighter jets by American Air Forces, due to Turkey's acquisition of Russian missile system. The National Defence Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2020, proposes the allocation of a $440 million fund for the Pentagon to purchase F-35 aircraft ordered by Turkey, as part of the modernisation of national defence. "The conferees support the removal of the Government of Turkey from the F-35 program due to its purchase of ...
  • PAC-3 Protection for Olympic Games
    PAC-3 Protection for Olympic Games 6 November 2019
    According to Japanese media reports, Japan may deploy an upgraded version of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air defence systems in the Tokyo metropolitan area before the Olympic Games in July 2020. Patriot batteries will be deployed in Tokyo between April and July before the other regions; The ministry wants to equip the 1st Air Defence Missile Group with PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement interceptors to defend against possible threats such as ballistic missiles, drones and u...
  • Three Years of Critical Upgrades to the B-2A Spirit
    Three Years of Critical Upgrades to the B-2A Spirit 5 November 2019
    Upgrades to help US Air Force’s ageing B-2 bomber fleet detect and evade the improving air defences of rivals China, Russia and Iran are running almost three years late and over budget. The project was launched in 2016. The service now estimates it will take until at least until September 2024 before eight of the U.S.’s 20 stealth bombers are upgraded to have an initial combat capability, according to an Air Force statement. That’s 33 months later than th...
  • What is the Real Price of F-35?
    What is the Real Price of F-35? 5 November 2019
    The news that the F-35A price tag will be lower than 80 million USD was a piece of sensational news. It meant that a government could decide to acquire either F-16 or F-35 as the price difference was almost less than 20 million USD per copy.  Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has a different perspective on the price tag. According to the nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes overpriced military spending Pentagon is trying to deceive by obscuring F100 Million...
  • Redesign for F-35B
    Redesign for F-35B 27 August 2019
    Japan recently announced plans to convert helicopter carrier JDS Izumo (DDH-183) and her sister JDS Kaga (DDH-184), of the Izumo ‘helicopter destroyer’ class, into light aircraft carriers capable of operating F-35B jets. Japan is completing modifications necessary to support F-35B flight operations from the helicopter carrier, local media have reported. The government has also approved a plan to purchase U.S.-made F-35B fighter jets which have short take-off and vertical landing c...
  • New Contract for CH-53K
    New Contract for CH-53K 16 August 2019
    Sikorsky nets $107M contract for parts on six King Stallion helicopters. The contract covers long-lead items for six low-rate initial production lot 4 helicopters, with work expected to be completed by August 2020. Sikorsky will conduct work on the lot 4 helicopters entirely at its Stratford, Conn. facility. Due to the series of failures that started with the problem of exhaust gas ingestion before, the Marine Corps reduced nine orders for its 2020 fiscal budget to six. The overall ...
  • Japan to Procure New UAV
    Japan to Procure New UAV 31 July 2019
    The Japanese government intends to acquire around 20 unmanned helicopters for its Maritime Self Defence Forces (JMSDF), local media reports have said. Unmanned helicopter fleet would be in response to China’s growing maritime assertiveness in the region. The helicopter model is expected to be selected in fiscal 2022, with the procurement starting in fiscal 2023, the sources said. Early warning and surveillance activities in the East China Sea are currently conducted using MSDF vessels, ...
  • Modernisation to Nuclear Force
    Modernisation to Nuclear Force 28 June 2019
    “When asked whether we still require all three of these legs of the triad, I answer, ‘we do’,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein offered a comprehensive rationale June 26 for modernizing the nation’s three-legged nuclear capability said in remarks at a Mitchell Institute breakfast on Capitol Hill attended by influential members of Congress and staff as well as defence analysts, industry officials and media. “And this position has been backed u...
  • 40 Percent Light Plate Coming
    40 Percent Light Plate Coming 24 June 2019
    The Corps is gearing up to field its new lightweight body armor plates, designed to be worn in the low intensity or counterinsurgency style conflicts. Nearly 40 percent lighter body armor coming to Marines in 2020. On Friday the Defence Department announced the Navy awarded a nearly $216 million contract to Point Blank Enterprises for the purchase of the new lightweight plates. Maj. Ken Kunze, a spokesman for Marine Corps Systems Command, told Marine Corps Times that the Corps expects ...
  • AGM-183A,Tested for the First Time 17 June 2019
    The U.S. Air Force successfully conducted the first flight test of its AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW, on a B-52 Stratofortress aircraft on June 12 at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The test gathered data on drag and vibration impacts on the weapon itself and on the external carriage equipment of the aircraft. The prototype did not have explosives and it was not released from the B-52 during the flight test. ARRW is set to reach early operational capabilit...
  • CH-53K Deliveries Postponed
    CH-53K Deliveries Postponed 8 April 2019
    The US cannot get rid of delays in aviation programs. After the delays in the KC-46 Pegasus, the CH-53K King Stallion helicopters will be delayed too. CH-53K King Stallion helicopters with a total program cost of US $ 31 billion and developed in accordance with the demands of the US Marine Corps will be delivered with a delay of at least 19 months. The problems identified during the development tests were shown to cause disruption in the program. 106 technical problems identified in...
  • US Navy Needs More Dry Docks for Repairs, Calls for More Dry Docks
    US Navy Needs More Dry Docks for Repairs, Calls for More Dry Docks 25 March 2019
    The Navy on Wednesday released its first-ever long-range naval ship maintenance and modernization plan, in dealing with chronic mismatches between maintenance requirements and yards’ capacity. The report underlined the need for more dry docks. The report, Report to Congress on the Long-Range Plan for Maintenance and Modernization of Naval Vessels for Fiscal Year 2020, highlights a shortage of dry docks for surface ship maintenance and the need to improve existing infrastructur...
  • “Ghost Fleet”  for US Navy
    “Ghost Fleet”  for US Navy 20 March 2019
    The US Navy has set aside $400m to research and develop two of the proposed ‘Ghost Fleet’ large unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), in its Fiscal Year 2020 defence budget. The Navy wants to field a new breed of armed surface combatants for use alongside manned operations. US Navy currently deploys some small size USVs for some activities but this time it is looking to buy ten corvette-sized unmanned ships to implement different types of sensors and, a new vertica...
  • Japan’s ASM-3 to Reach Standoff Range
    Japan’s ASM-3 to Reach Standoff Range 18 March 2019
    Japan has decided to increase the range of its air launched anti-ship missile the ASM-3. The Mach 3 capable missile will become standoff and reach 400km range. Standoff defence capability was specified in the new National Defence Program Guidelines adopted by the Cabinet last December. The Defence Ministry completed development of the supersonic air-to-ship ASM-3 missile in fiscal 2017. Mounted on an ASDF F-2 fighter jet, the missile is capable of flying at Mach 3. ...
  • F-15s to fill F-35 Capability Shortfall
    F-15s to fill F-35 Capability Shortfall 18 March 2019
    US will add extra F-15s to its Air Force inventory. According to a source speaking to Air Force Magazine “the Pentagon’s decision to add new F-15EXs to its budget request for the Air Force, was based on a lack of capability and capacity of the current fleet and the presumptive cheaper cost of the Eagles”, the military’s top uniformed officer told lawmakers on Thursday. The Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget request includes about $1 billion for eight F-15EX ...
  • USAF Wants to Continue Light Attack Experimenting
    USAF Wants to Continue Light Attack Experimenting 14 March 2019
      Despite questions about its future, the Air Force’s light attack experiment is scheduled to continue as the service plans to procure about six turboprop aircraft in fiscal year 2020 while opening up the experiment to more platforms over the next few years. The US Air Force is requesting $35 million from the US Congress to continue its light attack experiment in 2019 with the purchase of several aircraft from Sierra Nevada-Embraer and Textron. The ser...
  • AARGM-ER  support on F-35
    AARGM-ER support on F-35 11 March 2019
    Northrup Grumman won Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range/AARM-ER Missile award. The missile will be used on D / A-18E / F, EA-18G and F-35A / C aircraft. The company will sign $ 322.5 million for its Engineering and Production activities. Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Northridge, California, is awarded a $322,504,595 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to provide for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the AGM-88G, Advanced Anti-Radia...
  • Pentagon Cuts Some of its F-35 Orders
    Pentagon Cuts Some of its F-35 Orders 5 March 2019
    The Pentagon will request 78 F-35 jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp., six fewer than previously planned, in the budget expected to be sent to Congress next week, according to defence officials. The cutback from the 84 fighters projected a year ago for fiscal 2020 is a setback for Lockheed Martin. The Air Force still plans to buy all 48 jets in fiscal 2020 that it had originally sought. That means the quantity sought by the Navy or Marine Corps was cut.
  • Japan Postponed V-22s Again
    Japan Postponed V-22s Again 19 November 2018
    Japan has announced that it has postponed its V-22 Osprey deliveries once again. Japan Defence Minister Takeyeshi Iwaya made a statement about postponement. Japan had previously announced postponement in deliveries. The Japanese Minister of Defence said in a statement that the support of the local people of the region where the platforms will be deployed was not provided. This caused the decision. The V-22 Ospreys are expected to be deployed to Saga Airport in the south-western part...