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  • Australia to Upgrade Malaysian F/A-18D Hornet fleet
    Australia to Upgrade Malaysian F/A-18D Hornet fleet February 19 2020
    Australia will upgrade Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) eight Boeing F/A-18D Hornet multirole fighters. The works will be undertaken by Boeing Australia. The aircraft will also undergo improvements in the cockpit displays, installing a new tactical data link, and improvements on its existing hardware. The works would be undertaken in batches of 2 aircraft and will start this year and complete the works on all 8 aircraft by 2024. Upon completion, the RMAF F/A-18Ds...
  • US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs
    US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs February 16 2020
    US Navy no longer wants to upgrade and repair the first four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) due to high cost.  The ships were built for experimenting and testing according to the Navy. They’re no longer worth a deeper financial investment, according to Rear Adm. Randy Crites, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for the budget. “They’re not configured like the other LCS in the fleet, and they need significant upgrades. Everything from combat [systems], to structural,...
  • Boeing to change Super Hornets for India
    Boeing to change Super Hornets for India February 11 2020
    Boeing plans trials to confirm that it's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter can operate from an aircraft carrier equipped with a skip ramp rather than catapults. The US-based firm announced that it plans to test Hornet with a ramp. Competing with many companies for India, which declares that it will purchase 57 fighter jets, Boeing can make its place in the Indian Navy with the launch of the ramp. India in early 2020 operates just one carrier, Vikramaditya, a former Soviet vessel. T...
  • Logistics Problem of the Polish Air Force
    Logistics Problem of the Polish Air Force February 6 2020
    With the transition from the Warsaw Pact to the NATO Pact, Poland is facing great difficulties in terms of logistics. It is stated that the Polish Air Force has a problem with the operationalities of the F-16 and Mig-29 fleets. It is stated that only 30-40 per cent of the fleet is in service with the difficulties in bringing the platforms into operation. The Onet news website, which researches the subject, spoke about the complexity with the Polish Parliament MP Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska. Kluz...
  • Two Countries Threatening the US Navy: China and Russia
    Two Countries Threatening the US Navy: China and Russia February 6 2020
    Vice Admiral Andrew Woody Lewis made a statement that Russia and China are capable of targeting the US Navy. Lewis, who leads Joint Forces Command Norfolk and the Navy's newly reactivated 2nd Fleet, has been tasked with protecting the Atlantic from “great power” rivals such as Russia and China. The fleet, a mainstay of American defences during the Cold War, was mothballed in 2011 and then re-established in 2018 as the United States's relationship with Russia deteriorated. ...
  • First Su-35 Made Maiden Flight
    First Su-35 Made Maiden Flight February 4 2020
    Russia continues its efforts to increase the efficiency of the platforms with its modernization and improvement activities. According to a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense, the first Su-35S made its first flight in the past days. It was announced that the platform, which meets the sky within the scope of the activity carried out on January 29, was manufactured as part of the first batch of 60 aircraft packages to be delivered to the Western Military District.
  • Stary Oskol Submarine Enters Maintenance Period
    Stary Oskol Submarine Enters Maintenance Period January 31 2020
    Project 06363 Stary Oskol (B-262) submarine , deployed by Russia in the Mediterranean, entered maintenance and repair period. The Black Sea Fleet submarine Stary Oskol arrived at the Kronstadt Marine Plant for planned repairs after its deployment in the Russian Navy’s permanent Mediterranean taskforce, a source in Crimean defence circles told TASS on Wednesday. "Last night, an operation was fulfilled to place the submarine into the dock of the Kronstadt Marine Plant," the sour...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? January 30 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...
  • Retirement Season in Navy
    Retirement Season in Navy January 30 2020
    Philippine Navy entered a period of change and innovation. The Philippine Navy formally decommissioned two naval combat assets during ceremonies held on 29 January 2020 at its naval base in Cavite City. During the ceremonies, PN chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad said that the PN needed to retire these ships as they have become more difficult to maintain. The Rizal-class patrol vessel BRP Rizal (PS-74) has been decommissioned after serving the PN for more than 54 years. The former US Nav...
  • Triton Eye on Pacific
    Triton Eye on Pacific January 29 2020
    Because of the increasing China, North Korea and Russian movements in the region, the USA added a new one to the measures taken in order to compete in the intelligence race in the Pacific. The US Pacific Fleet announced deployment of two MQ-4C Tritons to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam as part of early operational capability. With the Tritons, the maritime patrol variant of RQ-4 Global Hawks, the US Navy will perform training activities. In this context...
  • Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea
    Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea January 22 2020
    Russia and Japan, which frequently coma face to face due to the Kuril Islands and coastal waters problems have come up with an astonishing attempt recently. The Russian Baltic Fleet ship RFNS Yaroslav Mudry and the Russian naval tanker Yelnya and the Viktor Konetsky tugboat, and the JS Harusame (DD 102) destroyer, carried out joint exercises in the Arabian Sea. Within the scope of the trainings, activities such as communication with the flashlight communication trainings&n...
  • Wind of Change for F-35 Lightning II
    Wind of Change for F-35 Lightning II January 22 2020
    Lockheed Martin said on Tuesday that a cloud-based network would replace the computer-based logistics system in all its F-35 fighter jets by 2022 end. The Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN) will replace the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), which was blamed for delaying aircraft maintenance, one of the very things it was meant to facilitate. The system was made to underpin the F-35 fleet’s daily operations, ranging from mission planning and flight scheduling to repa...
  • Power Boost for the Russian Navy
    Power Boost for the Russian Navy January 21 2020
    Russia’s Project 20385 “Gremyashchiy” armed with Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles has completed state trials in the Barents Sea. The ship has completed its program of trials at Northern Fleet ranges. In the White Sea, the vessel delivered fire with Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles against a coastal and a naval target. Project 20385 envisages a hangar for a Ka-27 helicopter. The corvettes displace 2,200 tonnes and their sea endurance is 15 days. They are armed with Kalibr-NK ...
  • Miller before Obama
    Miller before Obama January 19 2020
    The fourth Ford-class carrier will be named in honour of World War II icon Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black recipient of the Navy Cross for bravery, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The naming of CVN-81 is expected to be announced during a Monday ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former...
  • Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service
    Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service January 17 2020
    Russia’s new sea tanker Academician Pashin will join the Northern Fleet’s logistics and rear support forces in late January, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. "On January 21, a solemn ceremony of hoisting the flag of the Navy’s auxiliary fleet will take place aboard the new sea tanker Academician Pashin at the Northern Fleet’s main base of Severomorsk. This day will become the date of officially accepting the vessel for servic...
  • The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force
    The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force January 17 2020
    The 116th "Lions of the South" squadron will join the 140th "Golden Eagle" unit to become the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) second official group of F-35I Adir stealth fighter jets. With the arrival of the first two F-35I aircraft for the 116th Fleet to Nevatim base in November 2019, the total number of F-35s in Israel reached 20. The government has currently received 20 of the 50 F-35I variants from Lockheed Martin required to bring both squadrons to capacity....
  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers January 7 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • Agressor Ban to LRIP F-35A Aircraft
    Agressor Ban to LRIP F-35A Aircraft January 2 2020
    The US Senate halted plans temporarily LRIP F-35A Lightning aircraft using as Aggressor. With the modern aircraft development projects in Russia and China with low radar cross-sectional area, the US Air Force began preparations to take measures against the fifth generation threats coming from the east. In this context, the plan of using LRIP F-35A Lightning IIs as "Aggressor" missions has been temporarily suspended. The decision of the F-35As, which was postponed to a late...
  • Upgrading of F-16 Begins
    Upgrading of F-16 Begins December 28 2019
    Greece says it has signed an agreement with U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin that will allow a major upgrade of its F-16 fighter jet fleet over the next seven years. The defence ministry procurement agency announced Friday that the deal was signed Tuesday finalising details of Lockheed's use of a Greek subcontractor. The defence minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class ...
  • Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet
    Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet December 28 2019
    Algeria has signed a contract for the acquisition of 14 Su-57 stealth fighters with Russia. According to Menadefense portal, the Algerian air force has also signed two other arrangements for 14 Su-34 bombers and 14 Su-35 air domination aircraft. An option for two additional squadrons of 14 aircraft for each type of aircraft was also signed to compensate for the natural withdrawal of aircraft from the Air Force fleet shortly. The contract should be completed by 2025, by this deadline...
  • 6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force
    6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force December 24 2019
    The Swiss parliament on Friday approved the purchase of new fighter jets for around $6 billion, but the Socialist Party immediately demanded the question be put to a referendum. Switzerland began seeking replacements for its ageing fleet of fighter jets more than a decade ago. In 2014, the country looked set to purchase 22 Gripen E fighter jets from Swedish group Saab. But Bern has not given up on its quest to boost its fleet, with the government warning that the country's F/A-18s will re...
  • China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles
    China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles December 24 2019
    Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy equips the Type 055 class guided-missile destroyer Nanchang with long-range land-attack cruise missiles. The PLA Navy said on China's Twitter-like social platform Sina Weibo that the service operates not only vessels but also submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles with strategic missile submarines and long-range land-attack cruise missiles with 10,000 ton-class guided-missile destroyer. China displayed its...
  • ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters
    ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters December 23 2019
      The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) to its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II at 17th Fighter Wing. The ROKAF has received 13 aircraft out of the 40 ordered under a KRW7.3 trillion (US$6.3 billion) deal signed in 2014. Reaching IOC level means that the aircraft are now operational but is limited to certain air operations including flying interdiction, essential close air support, and limited supp...
  • Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters
    Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters December 14 2019
      The US Defence Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar met at the Pentagon to finalize the sale of eight UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters and four AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters on Dec. 12. The sale, which Esper said was a "historic moment," totals about $650 million and is the Czech Republic's largest military purchase from the U.S. The defence secretary said it is a step forward in the Czech Republic's replacement of ...
  • Wind of Cooperation in the Mediterranean Sea December 12 2019
    US Navy mission group and Turkish Navy conducted training. Turkish Navy Gabya class (former Oliver H. Perry) TCG Gediz F495 and TCG Gaziantep f490 frigates participated in the training. The Nimitz Class Aircraft carrier from the US Navy to the 6th fleet USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) took part at training. The Turkish Ministry of Defence announced its Twitter account;  Turkish Naval Forces conduct Operation Mediterranean Shield (OMS) continuously and effectively to...
  • TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait
    TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait December 10 2019
    TAIS, established by the owners of four leading shipyards of Turkey, attends to Kuwait defence and aviation exhibition GDA. The company is established to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding for demanding customers all over the world. The group has completed a series of projects for the Turkish Ministry of Defence for Turkish Navy which has achieved a contemporary, powerful and modern force structure. Besides shipbuilding TAIS offers a total solution...
  • Saab Delivers Deployable Maintenance Facility to Hungary
    Saab Delivers Deployable Maintenance Facility to Hungary December 10 2019
    Swedish Saab has announced that it has delivered the DAM (Deployable Aircraft Maintenance ) facility mobile fighter support unit to the Hungarian Air Force. The DAM Collection is a complete fighter aircraft support solution that can be deployed quickly to any terrain with minimal ground-level preparation. The delivery stems from a contract signed between Saab and the Hungarian Ministry of Defence in December 2018. DAM provides capability equivalent to stationary maintenance infrastr...
  • Romania to acquire five more F-16s from Portugal
    Romania to acquire five more F-16s from Portugal December 9 2019
    The Romanian government outlined the new procurement. Romanian new aircraft will have the same M.5.2R configuration as the Romanian Air Force’s existing inventory of 12 F-16s also sourced from Portugal. Eventually, all 17 fighters will be upgraded to a new standard called M.6.X. Romania procured its first batch of 12 F-16s from Portugal under a government-to-government deal inked on October the 11th, 2013. The 12 fighters underwent revamps and upgrading to the AM/BM standard b...
  • Nuclear Submarine Test Started
    Nuclear Submarine Test Started December 6 2019
    Designed by the Russian-based Malakhit Marine Engineering Bureau, the latest Project Yasen-M multirole nuclear-powered submarine Kazan, test-fired torpedo weapons from its submerged position in the White Sea. According to the Russian Northern Fleet, the torpedo test-fire passed successfully. Tested in the White Sea, torpedoes successfully destroyed the underwater target. The fleet also announced that they would continue to test Kazan in the White Sea in the coming days. It was laid ou...
  • NATO Upgrades AWACS for $1bn
    NATO Upgrades AWACS for $1bn November 28 2019
    NATO plans to award Boeing a $1 billion contract to upgrade the alliance’s fleet of E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft. The contract is part of upgrading NATO’s surveillance capabilities. The Boeing E-3A contract is intended to make the AWACs useful to NATO until the aircraft retire around 2035. The aircraft’s upgrades include new communications and networking capabilities, such as enhancements to the aircraft’s data link and voice comm...
  • Bulgaria wants F-35
    Bulgaria wants F-35 November 27 2019
    US President Donald Trump met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov at the White House. Trump said Bulgaria intends to supply the F-35. " They’ve ordered some F-35s and some other things.  They buy a lot of military equipment from the United States — the best equipment in the world.  And I look forward to our meeting," Trump said before the bilateral meeting at the Oval Office. A joint press release after the Trump-Borisov meeting stre...
  • Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait
    Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait November 22 2019
    China is working to increase its fleet capability for open seas. On the other hand, Chinese government continues its military and political steps. Beijing administration, which often experiences tensions with neighboring countries due to continental shelf, undisputed islands, is far from relieving tensions with Taiwan. People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships, visited many African, Baltic and European countries including Turkey in recent years. Thus, PLAN s...
  • Modernisation Period in UAE Fleet November 22 2019
    Mirage 2000 aircraft developed by France-based Dassault Aviation will be modernised. The platforms, which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) first decided to include in its inventory in 1983, will go through a modernisation process worth the US $ 462 million at the request of the UAE. UAE has also awarded a $350 million contract to France’s MBDA for ammunitions maintenance of the Mirage 2000 fighter fleet. The Emirates has spent more than $4 billion on defence contracts in the fir...
  • The Bundeswehr Refuses new A400Ms November 14 2019
    The German military announced it would not accept deliveries of two A400M Atlas transport aircraft due to recurring technical problems. “During routine inspections of the mounting nuts on the propellers of the A400M already in flight, it was found that not all 24 nuts per propeller have the intended tightening torque,” revealed the Luftwaffe, the German air force, in a statement. Increased inspections of the engine mounts, combustion chambers, and engine flap, ...
  • Shelter for Submarines
    Shelter for Submarines November 12 2019
    Russia will build an armoured shelter for submarines. The shades designed for Borey class Project 995, Yasen class project 885 and Lada class electric submarines will protect the platforms from missiles and nuclear weapons. The construction of bunker will begin this year in Vilyuchinsk base of the Pacific fleet in Kamchatka, sources in the Defence Ministry said. In 2020, the installation will start in Northern fleet deployment bases near Severomorsk. The shelter will protect submarines f...
  • Stratotanker Fleet Retires
    Stratotanker Fleet Retires November 12 2019
    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) confirmed that they have retired its fleet of four Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker aerial refuelling and cargo aircraft last June 2019. The last flight was conducted on 26 June 2019.  RSAF purchased six of the A330 MRT tankers and transport aircraft, which were able to refuel with both the boom and hose-drouge method. In June 2019, three aircraft were delivered to the RSAF.   Singapore supplied the KC-135A Stratotanker platforms u...
  • Australia Hands Over Guardian-Class Patrol Boat
    Australia Hands Over Guardian-Class Patrol Boat November 12 2019
    Australia donated the Guardian class patrol boat to the Solomon Islands. The platform was delivered to the Solomon Islands government at a ceremony held in Henderson, Western Australia on November 8th. The vessel, which has been named RSIPV Gizo (pennant number 05), is one of the 21 boats of the class being given by Canberra to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste as part of Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (also known as Sea 3036) programme. The Guardian class has an over...
  • Electric Submarine to Enter Russia's Inventory
    Electric Submarine to Enter Russia's Inventory November 7 2019
    Russia-based Admiralty Shipyard, a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation, laid two new Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines for the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet. Ships called Ufa and Magadan are being built under a contract for six submarines for the Pacific Fleet signed with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in September 2016. Following the agreement, the first platform, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, was laid down in 2017 and is scheduled to be delivered to the Russian Navy on Novemb...
  • 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...
  • Putin Announces Russian Navy to Deploy Zircon Missiles by Year’s End
    Putin Announces Russian Navy to Deploy Zircon Missiles by Year’s End November 4 2019
    Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the Russian Navy is set to deploy the world’s first-class of the hypersonic cruise missile, the Zircon, by the end of 2019. Putin declared the development during an inspection of the new corvette Gremyashchiy at a shipyard in the Kaliningrad region. The warship is expected to enter service in December 2019. President Putin stated regarding the launch of the new ship: “the Zircons will certainly be there.” The missile is expected t...