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  • Greece cornering itself with F-35
    Greece cornering itself with F-35 January 4 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 January 3 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 According to the magazine, this time the plan was withdrawn from the White House.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 December 11 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 November 6 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 November 5 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? November 5 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 August 27 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 August 16 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 July 31 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 June 28 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 June 24 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 June 17 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 April 8 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 March 25 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 March 20 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 March 18 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 March 18 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 March 14 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 March 11 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 March 5 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 November 19 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...
  • US Arms Sales Overseas Skyrocketed 33 percent in 2018
    US Arms Sales Overseas Skyrocketed 33 percent in 2018 October 12 2018
    The U.S. inked $55.6 billion in foreign military sales during fiscal year 2018, easily smashing past the previous year’s total — and the Pentagon’s point man for security cooperation expects more in the future. “This is a 33 percent increase over last year and I’m very optimistic that this positive trajectory will continue,” said Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, the head of the Defence Security Cooperation Agency, during a speech at the AUSA conference. &...
  • Boeing  Wins $242M for 17 AH-64E Apaches for UAE
    Boeing Wins $242M for 17 AH-64E Apaches for UAE October 8 2018
    The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $242,109,170 modification (P00021) to foreign military sales (United Arab Emirates) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for the remanufacture of eight, and procurement of nine new-build Apache AH-64E aircraft.    Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2023. Fiscal 2010 foreign military sales funds in the amount of $242,109,170 were obligated at the time of the award. 
  • F-35 Delivery To Turkey Is Suspended
    F-35 Delivery To Turkey Is Suspended August 13 2018
    US President Donald Trump has approved a defence budget law delaying the delivery of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey. The $716 billion “National Defense Authorization Act” for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA) prohibits the sale of F-35 aircraft to Turkey for 90 days until the Pentagon produces a report on the risks entailed by the fellow NATO member-country’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defence system.   Turkey order 30 F35s and received its f...
  • U.S. defence bill blocks transfer of F-35 advanced jets to Turkey
    U.S. defence bill blocks transfer of F-35 advanced jets to Turkey July 24 2018
    F-35 transfers to Turkey would be barred temporarily under a compromise defence policy measure agreed to on Monday. The move, reflecting the tensions in U.S.-Turkish relations, is part of a $717 billion defence policy bill (H.R. 5515) for fiscal 2019 crafted by congressional negotiators that awaits final approval in the House and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis had warned Congress against cutting off transfers of the F-35, saying an F-35 cut-off would risk triggering an inter...
  • Army to Test IM-SHORAD
    Army to Test IM-SHORAD July 2 2018
    The US Army will supply from Leonardo DRS an IM-SHORAD (Interim Manuever-Short Range Air Defence System) to test the platform. In the statement made by company, it was announced that the system would be developed around Stryker vehicles which are in use in US Army. Leonardo DRS's mission package will also include the Stinger launch system with Raytheon vehicle launcher. Integration of the weapon platform into Stryker vehicles under the program will be realized by General Dynamic...
  • STM competes for Brazilian CCT
    STM competes for Brazilian CCT June 25 2018
    STM announced from its twitter account that the company has signed an MoU with Brasfels Shipyard, Brazil to bid on the Brazilian Navy's Tamandaré-class Corvette (CCT) Project. STM and Brasfels Shipyard will be competing against nine contenders. CCT for Brasil is a variant of the MILGEM Ada Class Corvette. The Navy received on June 18th, nine commercial proposals from companies interested in building the CCT project. According to the Brazilian naval force, the proposals wi...
  • US Navy Selects Naval Strike Missile for LCS Over-the-Horizon Missile
    US Navy Selects Naval Strike Missile for LCS Over-the-Horizon Missile June 3 2018
    US Navy has selected The Norwegian-designed Naval Strike Missile for the fleet’s littoral combat ships (LCSs) and the future guided-missile frigates. The 'Naval Strike Missile' (NSM) was submitted for consideration to the US Navy by Norwegian defence firm Kongsberg Defence Systems jointly with US defence contractor Raytheon, beating out offerings from Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The $14.8 million contract awarded to Raytheon will purchase the first round of m...
  • Japan Welcomed Its 2nd F-35
    Japan Welcomed Its 2nd F-35 May 17 2018
    Japan has taken delivery of its second F-35A at Misawa air base on 15 May and Defence Minister Yoshinobu Onodera says five more are expected to arrive on May 26. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force deployed its first F-35A fighter at Misawa Air Base in January this year. Within the fiscal year 2018, three more aircraft will be delivered, bringing the number to 10. 
  • Aegis Umbrella Expands
    Aegis Umbrella Expands May 3 2018
    The US Navy is aiming to expand its ship fleet with Aegis ballistic missile defence system. According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, in fiscal year 2023 the number of Aegis equipped destroyers and cruisers is planned to increase by 50%. Currently, 38 Aegis ships are operating in the US Navy. Within the fiscal year 2019, it is planned to reach 41 Aegis ships in navy and in fiscal year 2023, it is aimed total of 57 ships at the end of fiscal year. Accord...
  • B-21 Completes Preliminary Design Review
    B-21 Completes Preliminary Design Review April 20 2018
    Northrop Grumman's new B-21 Raider bomber has completed its preliminary design review, a US Air Force official revealed. The bomber will now move forward to the next step before assembly of the first aircraft; the critical design review. Northrop Grumman has also delivered the first set of software for the B-21 programme. USAF plans to purchase 100 B-21s and the first deliveries are expected to begin in the mid-2020s. Northrop has been awarded the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRSB)...
  • Texan II Inspections Continue
    Texan II Inspections Continue April 5 2018
    The US Air Force's (USAF's) search for a root cause of hypoxia-like physiological events occurred on T-6 Texan II turboprop trainer and light-attack aircraft still continues. In a statement dated 3 April, USAF said another inspection will be initiated at Edwards Air Force Base. During the tests, the T-6 aircrew breathing system will be characterized through all phases of flight. Testing will start in early April and conclude by mid-May 2018. Two T-6 aircraft, ...
  • MQ-9 Contract to General Atomics
    MQ-9 Contract to General Atomics April 2 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $295,5 million contract for the production of the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft in the fiscal 2017 production configuration. The work is expected to be completed by 29 July 2021.  The number of UAVs to be produced was not disclosed in the US Department of Defense announcement made on 29 March.
  • China to Increase 2018 Defense Budget by 8.1 Percent
    China to Increase 2018 Defense Budget by 8.1 Percent March 5 2018
    China’s 2018 defence budget will increase by 8,1 percent to $175 billion according to a budget report to be submitted to the national legislature, Xinhua news agency reported on 5 March.  The increase is slightly higher than the 7.6 percent growth in 2016 and 7 percent growth in 2017. China's defence budget takes up a smaller share of its gross domestic product (GDP) and national fiscal expenditure compared with other major countries.
  • USN To Increase The Number of Destroyers
    USN To Increase The Number of Destroyers February 14 2018
    The US Navy has released the final request-for-proposal (RfP) for a multiyear procurement (MYP) contract related to the construction of the DDG 51 Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. Only General Dynamics – Bath Iron Works (BIW) and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) will be submitting offers which are currently building the class. The destroyers are scheduled to be built between fiscal year (FY) 2018 and FY 2022.
  • USAF Determined a Roadmap For Bombers
    USAF Determined a Roadmap For Bombers February 12 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) will retire its B-1 and B-2 bombers in the early 2030s as the new B-21 aircraft is slated to be ready in mid-2020s.  The service will include the overhaul the B-52s in its inventory to its fiscal 2019 budget and extend their service life till 2050 due to the comparatively lower maintenance needs and the ability to carry the new Long Range Standoff cruise missile. However, the B-1 and B-2 bombers will be retired and replaced by th...
  • USN Insists On Delay, Pentagon Opposes
    USN Insists On Delay, Pentagon Opposes February 9 2018
    The US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is weighing a Navy request to delay for at least six years the shock testing intended to determine how well its new $12.9 billion aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford, could withstand attack. Despite the warnings of Pentagon’s testing office that the USS Gerald R. Ford shouldn’t be deployed for initial combat duty until it’s gone through the tests, which involve setting off underwater charges to check the resilience of ...
  • Laser Weapon to USS Arleigh Burke
    Laser Weapon to USS Arleigh Burke February 1 2018
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract by the US Navy for two high energy laser weapon systems. Under this contract, LM will develop, manufacture, and deliver two test units in fiscal 2020, one unit to be installed aboard USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). 
  • Warthog Insist
    Warthog Insist January 25 2018
    The US Air Force made additional requests for the A-10 Warthog wing in budget demand for the 2019 fiscal year. It has not yet been determined how many additional wings will be accepted. The US Air Force has announced that it will have to retire three of the nine A-10 Warthog fleets past year if it does not have the necessary budget. New wings will be assembled on planes whose wing structural life is over or planes will be retired. Congress approved the budget for 109 planes. However...
  • US Army Realigns AH-64E Apache FOTE
    US Army Realigns AH-64E Apache FOTE January 15 2018
    The US Army announced realigning its Follow-On Test and Evaluation (FOTE) of technology insertions for the AH-64E Apache helicopter on 9 January. Accordingly, FOTE II is planned to take place in the third quarter of fiscal year 2019, one year later than initially planned. The delay is aimed at increasing efficiency and effectiveness of the operational testing, the army stated. The FOTE event will test capability improvements in the AH-64E Apache to include Version 6, which is focused on incre...