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  • F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer
    F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer 1 October 2020
     F-35 Costs Less than F-18 for Swiss Buyer The US State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Switzerland. Swiss government prepares a tender to buy 40 aircraft for its air force and the approval permits Lockheed Martin and Boeing to officially take part at the tender. Switzerland will either buy 40 Lockheed Martin’s F-35 or Boeing’s F-18 and related equipment. According to the approval 40, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and re...
  • 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...
  • France gets Support for Hercules
    France gets Support for Hercules 4 September 2020
    The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France of four AE-2100D Turbo Prop engines and two Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade Two (MIDS-LVT BU2) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $350 million. Items will be integrated on C-130 Hercules. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of Franc...
  • S-100 Trials on MEKO Frigates
    S-100 Trials on MEKO Frigates 20 July 2020
    Rotary wing unmanned aerial vehicles take their place on the warships, as they are cost-effective solutions as well as long-endurance reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities beyond the visual range. The Royal Australian Navy tested the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter unmanned aerial vehicles in Anzac-class frigates A series of testing activities will be carried out on the HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) under the responsibility of the 822X Squadron. Within the NMP (Navy Mi...
  • Black Hawk sales from the USA
    Black Hawk sales from the USA 8 July 2020
    The U.S. Department of State approved a total of seven UH-60M sales to the Kingdom of Jordan and Lithuania. According to the US Defence and Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), one of these helicopters is for Jordan and the remaining six are for Lithuania. Jordan will pay $ 23 million for a single helicopter, and Lithuania will pay a total of $ 380 million for six helicopters. If Lithuania's helicopters were in the same configuration of Jordan, they would have cost $ 138 million instead of...
  • US’ Mark VI Patrol Boats at Black Sea
    US’ Mark VI Patrol Boats at Black Sea 17 June 2020
    US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Ukraine of up to 16 Mark VI Patrol Boats and related equipment for an estimated cost of $600 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Mark VI is a class of patrol boat in service with the United States Navy, designed to patrol riverine and littoral waters.  ...
  • Griffin III Candidate to Optionally Manned Vehicle
    Griffin III Candidate to Optionally Manned Vehicle 17 May 2020
    New generation land vehicles designed with next generation technology components are developed with the optionally unmanned use capability. The United States Congressional Research Service released a report on the OMFV (Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle) Program launched in line with the needs of the US Army. In the document, product of General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) Griffin III was nominated for the process. The OMFV Program was launched for the...
  • Domestic SeaEye-Ahtapot for MILGEM
    Domestic SeaEye-Ahtapot for MILGEM 4 May 2020
    The Turkish Armed Forces equipping new domestic production systems. Turkish defence industry product range continues to grow day by day. The factory acceptance tests of the first two systems of the DenizGözü-Octopus mass production line, developed within the scope of the electro-optic imager system requirements of the Naval Forces Command, have been completed. According to the news of Anadolu Agency, the factory tests of the platforms were completed. The first two prototyp...
  • Marines Ordered UGV
    Marines Ordered UGV 12 April 2020
    The use of unmanned systems become wider. In this context, a new system acquisition was announced. The US Marine Corps (USMC) procured the unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) from FLIR Systems. In the announcement made on April 3, more than 140 system orders were placed in the purchase made within the scope of the Man Portable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) Program. Acquisition costs 18.6 million USD. Centaur robots ordered by USMC weighs 74 kg. The systems,...
  • Chinese Sea Hawk
    Chinese Sea Hawk 6 April 2020
    In addition to the original product development, the images of China's new helicopter, which intensely carries out reverse engineering activities, have been published. In the past years, China developed the Z-20 helicopter with the reverse engineering method from the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters it had previously acquired from the USA. The naval variant of the Z-20, which was produced in line with the need for high-performance helicopters especially in high altitude areas s...
  • Private Contractor Expanding for CAS
    Private Contractor Expanding for CAS 31 March 2020
    The share of private enterprises in the military operations market is increasing day by day. The fields of activity of private military companies that have been active in the field for many years are also expanding in the armed aircraft market. Blue Air Close Air Support, which operates in the USA and has customized its skills in the field of close air support, has announced that it will expand its inventory. The company, which currently has a large number of armed aircraft and heli...
  • "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece
    "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece 23 January 2020
    A remarkable article was published in Ptisi & Diastima Magazine, which publicates in the defence sector in Greece. Greek-Turkish relations, which increasing tension due to oil and natural gas deposits in Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey-Libya mutual exclusive economic zone were discussed in the article. Outlines of the offensive plan that could be implemented in a possible conflict were examined in the text. Turkey's radar and electronic support capabilities, as well as Greece...
  • Serbian MoD Receives First H145M Helicopter
    Serbian MoD Receives First H145M Helicopter 28 June 2019
    The Serbian Ministry of Defence received its first H145M helicopter on the first day of the Partner 2019 defence exhibition, being held in Belgrade on 25-28 June. The helicopter is configured for search and rescue and bears the insignia of the Republic of Serbia Air Force and Air Defence. It is equipped with the FLIR Star Safire 380-HDc imaging system, TrakkaBeam A800 multi-filter searchlight, Goodrich 44301 272 kg rescue hoist, ballistic protection, and electronic countermeasures. The helico...
  • Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R
    Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R 14 February 2019
    The Hellenic Navy plans to procure four Sikorsky MH-60R anti-submarine warfare helicopters from Sikorsky, according to a written statement to the Parliament made by Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Apostolakis. According to statement, the four helicopters will be procured through a Foreign Military Sale and a government-to-government agreement. The new MH-60Rs will replace AgustaBell AB-212ASW platforms. The Hellenic Navy currently operates a fleet of 11 S-70B/B-6 Aegean H...
  • More Powerful Abrams are Coming
    More Powerful Abrams are Coming 10 January 2019
    The US Army has taken action to strengthen its armoured units. The US, which recently signed an agreement to raise some tanks to M1A2 SEPv3 configuration, decided to modernize the additional tank. In line with the Land Forces requirement, the US signed an additional modernization agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems cost of USD  714 million. In this context, 174 M1A1 Abrams will be upgraded to M1A2 SEPv3 configuration. Washington administration signed an agreement for t...
  • ASELSAN’s CATS System Enters Turkish İnventory On Anka-S UAV
    ASELSAN’s CATS System Enters Turkish İnventory On Anka-S UAV 27 September 2018
    ASELSAN’s Common Aperture Targeting System (CATS) E/O system has entered the inventory of the Turkish Air Force (TAF), Ismail Demir, President of the Turkish Defence Industries Presidency (SSB), announced on his personal Twitter account on 25 September. The CATS electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting system will be carried by the TAF's satellite-controlled Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and is expected to gradually replace the US-made FLIR...
  • First Romeo Commisioned
    First Romeo Commisioned 17 September 2018
    Saudi Arabia continues to strengthen its navy. Riyadh, which previously signed an agreement with Madrid to develop warships, recently commissioned the first MH-60R navy helicopter. The MH-60R helicopters, which can operate under any conditions, are the backbone of the US Navy's ship-borne helicopter force. Helicopter can operate from different platforms such as frigates, destroyers, cruiesers. It has anti-submarine warfare cabability and anti surface warfare capability. The...
  • Latvia buys four Black Hawk
    Latvia buys four Black Hawk 4 August 2018
    Latvia has been cleared by the U.S. State Department to buy four UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, in a move to bolster the NATO nation’s ability to move forces around the alliance’s eastern flank. The US State Department has decided approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Latvia of four UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $200 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying...
  • Enhanced Abrams' to Army
    Enhanced Abrams' to Army 27 July 2018
    US Army took action for tank modernization. In this context, it has signed an agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems (GDELS) for the modernization of 100 tanks. The tanks to be modernized will be upgraded to the M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3) configuration. The first prototype of the SEPv3 Abrams delivered in 2017. With SEPv3, communication systems are enhanced. Tanks have more efficient fuel consumption, improved Common Remote Controlled Weap...
  • Additional Broncos to Pacific
    Additional Broncos to Pacific 25 July 2018
    The Philippines wants to increase aerial COIN (Counterinsurgency) capability. In this context, Philippines requested four additional Rockwell OV-10 Bronco from the US, had previously supplied two OV-10As and two OV-10Gs. The Philippines, which plans to replace these aircraft with the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano from the end of 2019, has already received two Cessna 208B Grand Caravans and 12 FA-50s, all adapted for ISR missions. Philippines who struggle with a struggling t...
  • Raytheon to Upgrade USN's Infrared and Radar Systems
    Raytheon to Upgrade USN's Infrared and Radar Systems 22 May 2018
    Raytheon will upgrade the Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR), and the AN/APG-65, AN/APG-73 and AN/APG-79 radars of US Navy F/A-18 and E/A-18G aircraft.  The service announced its intention online on 9 May to grant the contract to Raytheon without a bidding competition. ATFLIR has a range of more than 40nm (74km) and can function at altitudes of more than 50,000ft. The AN/APG-79 is an active electronically scanned array r...
  • Noctis IR Sensor to Indago 3
    Noctis IR Sensor to Indago 3 4 May 2018
    Lockheed Martin equipped its Indago 3 quadrotor UAV with high-resolution infrared sensors capable of day or night operations.  Indago’s infrared system, called Noctis, consists of dual FLIR infrared cameras that provide real-time streaming video and still imagery. Noctis is offered in two variants, laser-equipped, or non-laser equipped. Depending on payloads, Indago 3 can fly up to 50 minutes at a cruise speed of 25 mph and can operate at temperatures betwe...
  • Brazil To Receive First Super Cougar in June
    Brazil To Receive First Super Cougar in June 18 April 2018
    Brazilian Navy is set to receive its first Airbus Helicopters H225M Super Cougar helicopter in June. Designated UH-15B in national service, each helicopter can be armed with two MBDA Exocet AM39 Block 2 Mod 2 anti-shipping missiles. The platform will also be equipped with FLIR Systems’ Star SAFIRE III EO/IR payload, Atech TDMS tactical mission system and Telephonics APS-143C(V)3 radar. Another four UH-15Bs will be delivered until August 2022.
  • Czech Republic goes for 12 UH-1Y utility helicopter
    Czech Republic goes for 12 UH-1Y utility helicopter 24 October 2017
    The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Czech Republic for Bell UH-1Y utility helicopters. The estimated cost is $575 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 11, 2017. The Government of the Czech Republic has requested the possible sale of twelve UH-1Y utility helicopters, twenty-five T-700 GE 401C engines, thirteen Honey...
  • Bahrain Takes Action for F-16s
    Bahrain Takes Action for F-16s 11 September 2017
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bahrain for the upgrade of the country's 20 F-16 Block 40 aircraft to F-16V configuration with an estimated cost of $1,082 billion. Bahrain also requested nineteen new F-16V aircraft from the US, along with simulators, training, spare parts and maintenance support. The total estimated program cost is $2,785 billion. Another request issued by t...
  • 'Amazonas' Delivery In Advance Of Paris Fair
    'Amazonas' Delivery In Advance Of Paris Fair 20 June 2017
    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has received a SC-105 Amazonas aircraft on 16 June, specifically equipped for search and rescue operations. The new aircraft features a synthetic aperture radar with a capability to monitor 360 degrees and simultaneously up to 640 targets within a 370 km radius, an infrared imaging system incorporating advanced Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) camera and systems integration.   The aircraft participates in the international Le Bo...
  • General Dynamics will retool US Abrams Tanks to Saudi Version for $82.4Mln
    General Dynamics will retool US Abrams Tanks to Saudi Version for $82.4Mln 17 December 2016
    US defence company General Dynamics was awarded an $82.4 million contract to convert the US Army's M1A2 Abrams main battle tank to the M1A2S Saudi configuration, according to the Pentagon. The M1A2S Saudi tank upgrades include weapon sights based on Forward Looking Infrared Radar, or FLIR, technology that allows battlefield surveillance and target acquisition. FLIR allows tank gunners and field commanders to see, identify and target enemy targets 24 hours a day regardless of obscurants su...
  • FLIR Systems Added Nano-UAVs to Product Portfolio
    FLIR Systems Added Nano-UAVs to Product Portfolio 7 December 2016
    Imaging technology designer and manufacturer FLIR Systems announced on 30 November the acquisition of a new company, Norwegian Prox Dynamics, for about $134 million. Prox Dynamics, a developer and manufacturer of nano-class unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for military and para-military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance applications, was founded in 2007. FLIR’s CEO stated that Prox Dynamics’ Black Hornet unmanned aerial system would be an important addition to their prod...
  • 'Monster Helicopter' for Brazil
    'Monster Helicopter' for Brazil 27 October 2016
    The first Airbus Helicopters H225M, configured specifically for naval operations, has been unveiled by Airbus’ Brazillian subsidiary Helibras at the company’s Itajuba facility on 25 October. Equipped with MBDA’s AM39 Exocet air-to-surface missiles, APS-143 surface-search radar and FLIR systems’ Star SAFIRE III electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensor turret, the new combat variant is expected to be delivered to Brazillian Navy in 2018. 
  • Taiwan Set Eyes on International Market in Naval Industry
    Taiwan Set Eyes on International Market in Naval Industry 20 September 2016
    The first Kaohsiung International Maritime & Defence Exhibition, organised by the Taiwan Shipbuilding Industry Association, has opened its doors on 16 September. The main purpose of the event is to bring forward the indigenous development and production capabilities of local maritime and naval shipbuilding companies. Participated by more than 150 exhibitors, both domestic and international, the event host several globally known companies such as DCNS, FLIR Systems, Lockheed Martin, and L-...
  • TR60 Tactical UAV by Korea
    TR60 Tactical UAV by Korea 9 September 2016
    Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has unveiled the TR60 tactical tiltrotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the 2016 DX Korea Land Warfare Exhibition, being held in Goyang city, the Republic of Korea. A market-ready variant of the institute's experimental 1,000 kg MTOW Smart UAV tiltrotor, the TR60 UAV, measures 3 m in length and has approximately 5 m wingspan, and is capable of carrying a 30 kg payload. With its 55 hp rotary engine, TR60 can operate at a top speed of 250 km/h. Ma...
  • Qatar to buy Mk-V Fast Patrol Boats
    Qatar to buy Mk-V Fast Patrol Boats 24 August 2016
    The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar for Mk-V Fast Patrol Boats, equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $124.02 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 19, 2016. The Government of Qatar has requested eight (8) M2HB .50 Caliber Machine Gun, Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) Systems, MLG 27mm Gun Systems, 27mm ammu...