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  • Second Deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    Second Deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection 25 September 2020
    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Özmen, was awarded a second $46,997,170 contract for two additional Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), bringing total MEA aircraft orders to four in 2020. SNC has been the prime systems engineer and integrator for the MEA fleet since 2009. The MEA aircraft is a fully certified, highly-missionized version of the King Air 350, equipped w...
  • Russian Submarine Kazan Begins Naval Tests
    Russian Submarine Kazan Begins Naval Tests 23 September 2020
    Russia's modernized Project 855 Yasen class (NATO code: Severodvinsk) submarine Kazan (K-561) began sea tests in the White Sea. The nuclear submarine's underwater systems and mechanisms will be tested. After the completion of the trials, which will be attended by ships and submarines belonging to the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet, the platforms will return to their permanent base in Severodvinsk. Launched in 2017, Kazan has a low acoustic. Similar to nuclear ba...
  • “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program
    “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program 22 September 2020
    Britain plans to downsize its Boeing E-7 Wedgetail AEW aircraft order as price goes higher. The original price tag was $1.98 billion in March 2019, but in the past 16 months, the cost has increased to $2.68 billion. United Kingdom Defence Ministry has opened talks with Boeing to reduce its order for E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning aircraft, less than 18 months after signing a $1.98 billion contract to buy five of the aircraft. The original contract was a sole source b...
  • 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...
  • Greece investigating Dutch Frigates "M"
    Greece investigating Dutch Frigates "M" 21 September 2020
    The Greek Navy has reportedly been involved in a process of official clarification of what is happening with the Dutch "M" (Karel Doorman-class) frigates. The two Dutch ships, which are the next generation of Greek "S",(Elli-class frigates)  are considered as an ideal "intermediate" solution to replace an equal number of non-modernized frigates of the type serving in the Greek Fleet. The Dutch navy has initially...
  • Guided-missile corvette "Grayvoron" first went to sea for sea trials
    Guided-missile corvette "Grayvoron" first went to sea for sea trials 20 September 2020
    Guided-missile corvette "Graivoron", built for the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, began its first launch to sea for the purpose of factory sea trials according to the statement released on Saturday by the press service of the fleet. It is specified that the tests are carried out by the regular crew together with the factory commissioning team in order to check the operation of power plants, steering gear, auxiliary mechanisms, communications, navigation and oth...
  • 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-...
  • France Retires First Stratotanker
    France Retires First Stratotanker 18 September 2020
        French Air Force and Space Command ( Armée de l'Air de l'Espace / AdlAdlE) retires the first C-135FR Stratotanker (Serial 475/93-CF).  AdlAdlE will cease aircraft from operations on 7 October 2020 The AdlAdlE started to use twelve Boeing C-135FRs from 1964 onwards. The dozen aircraft were assigned to the French Strategic Air Forces and mainly in use to support the nuclear-capable Mirage IVA. That nuclear deterrence mission was la...
  • 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 ...
  • IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs
    IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs 17 September 2020
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has introduced MultiFlyer, a UAV squadron of small unmanned helicopters that can fulfil a large range of non-military tasks. MultiFlyer provides advanced monitoring capabilities for large areas and is based on commercial, off-the-shelf helicopter UAVs from Alpha Unmanned Systems integrated with components from IAI and several Israeli start-up companies. The command and control system was designed by Simplex and the area scanning technologies are powered by Si...
  • Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA
    Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA 16 September 2020
    The debate over the operational readiness levels of aircraft carriers in the United States continues. Pentagon officials argue that aircraft carriers are available, but the rhetoric between the Navy and the White House that the level of preparation for the platforms is both costly and long-lasting. Rear Admiral John Meier, commander of the US Atlantic Navy Air Force, described the operational presence of the ships as "the number one concern." Rear Admiral Meier said that s...
  • the UK is not Retiring Battle Tanks
    the UK is not Retiring Battle Tanks 15 September 2020
    UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has dismissed earlier reports that the British Army is planning to retire its tanks. Last month, The Times’ reported that the British Army was planning to focus on evolving technologies such as cyber and space warfare. As a result of such efforts Main Battle Tanks like Challenger 2 (MBTs) Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) would be retired Denying the speculation, Wallace told BBC: “The idea that tanks won&rsquo...
  • 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...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • Sivrihisar took Off
    Sivrihisar took Off 13 September 2020
        Sivrihisar Aviation Shows are held this year without an audience due to the coronavirus outbreak. The shows are broadcast live on television, YouTube and Facebook. Gendarmerie Steel Wings Acrobatic Team, Ali İsmet Öztürk and Mor Menekşe and 201st Ak Fleet also participate in the demonstrations attended by Solotürk, one of the aerobatic teams of the Turkish Air Force. The event also includes many historical and valuable aircr...
  • Turkish SDB on its Way
    Turkish SDB on its Way 12 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. İsmail Demir announced on his social media account that the Turkish Small Diameter Bomb is in the test phase. Demir said, “4 bombs can be carried on an F-16 wing with the improved multi-transport area. "We aim to integrate the 145-kg Miniature Bomb, which will be two different warheads with penetrating and particle effect, into our UAVs." ASELSAN is carrying out the Miniature Bomb Development Project, which is the equivalent...
  • 5th British P-8 Poseidon ‘Fulmar’ Rolls Off Production Line
    5th British P-8 Poseidon ‘Fulmar’ Rolls Off Production Line 10 September 2020
    The 5th British P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft has rolled out of final assembly. The aircraft is named ‘Fulmar’ after a type of seabird. This comes not long after news that the P-8 Poseidon aircraft three and four are soon to be delivered to the UK, bringing the fleet up to 4 aircraft. “Very excited to see our next 2 Poseidon in the final stages of build. Thanks Boeing, keep up the great work.” The British Poseidon MRA Mk1 fleet cur...
  • US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation
    US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation 10 September 2020
      Bell Textron has received a $13.5 million multi-year contract from US Army Contracting Command to conduct design studies, analysis, simulation, testing, integration and fabrication activities in connection with the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme. Operating within the FARA concept, the U.S. Army expected to replace the OH-58 Scout helicopter. The FARA competition seeks to test and acquire a next-generation attack reconnaissance aircraft to fil...
  • 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...
  • Demir: Hisar A+ Coming
    Demir: Hisar A+ Coming 9 September 2020
    Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir shared information about the latest situation regarding HİSAR air Defence missile systems. Demir visited the test range to follow the rocket competitions organized under the sponsorship of Roketsan and Tübitak SAGE within the scope of Teknofest and answered the questions of a television channel. Regarding Hisar-A, Demir said, “We shot a wide variety of shots in this area, there was one shot around 28-29 as I know it. Our Hisar...
  • 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...
  • First production Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle ready for delivery to U.S. Army
    First production Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle ready for delivery to U.S. Army 6 September 2020
      BAE Systems announced that the first Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) has driven off the production line to be delivered to the U.S. Army. For BAE Systems the AMPV represents US Army’s modernization objectives. The AMPVs come in five variants to meet a wide range of missions across the battlefield. In reality the AMPVs are built to replace the Army's Vietnam-era M113 armoured personnel carriers. The delivery of AMPV means M113s to be retired soon. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 DoD report China boasts world’s largest navy
    US DoD report China boasts world’s largest navy 3 September 2020
      According to the US Department of Defence (DoD) the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has the largest navy in the world, surpassing the US Navy. DOD has released its ‘2020 China Military Power Report’. The report is submitted to Congress annually. The Pentagon said: “The PRC has the largest navy in the world, with an overall battle force of approximately 350 ships and submarines including over 130 major surface combatants. “In ...
  • 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...
  • Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate
    Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate 24 August 2020
    Chinese state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai held the launching ceremony for Pakistan Navy’s Type-054A/P frigate (NATO codename Jiangkai II). Type-054A/P is a development of the Type 054 frigate, using the same hull but with improved sensors and weapons. The Type 054A was first revealed while under construction at the Guangzhou-based Huangpu Shipyard in 2005. Pakistan signed a first contract for the delivery two Type 054 A/P frigates in 2017. An addi...
  • European UAV Fleet Expands
    European UAV Fleet Expands 22 August 2020
    MALE class unmanned aerial vehicles offer significant advantages to the user thanks to their long endurance and payload capabilities. US Department of Defence, announced new agreement signed with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI). Under the contract, which worths USD 188,866 million, four MQ-9B SkyGuardians will be produced and delivered to Belgium. In addition to the platforms, two ground control stations, spare parts and support equipment will be deliver...
  • Electric Driven MRAP
    Electric Driven MRAP 21 August 2020
    Electric / hybrid propulsion systems, whose reliability has increased with the developing technology, are being evaluated extensively for use on military platforms. General Dynamics Land Systems-UK, operating in the UK, signed an agreement with NP Aerospace. In this context, it will exhibit the capability of Foxhound LPPV platforms with an electric drive system under the PMFV (Protected Mobility Fleet Vehicle) initiated by the UK Ministry of Defense. The platforms offer the user the...
  • Israel F-35I Announcement
    Israel F-35I Announcement 17 August 2020
    Stating that supporting Greece, which experiencing tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean; Israel, announced a significant statement about F-35I Adirs Israel, which is the only country that has the right to use the F-35 customized in line with the requirements of the country except USA, has left another important milestone in the F-35I Adir process. The Israeli Air Force announced that another F-35I Squadron is fully operational. Thus, the 116th "Lions of the South&q...
  • Domestic Carriage Rack for Domestic Miniature Bombs
    Domestic Carriage Rack for Domestic Miniature Bombs 13 August 2020
    Turkey, which has significant experience and knowledge about the air-to-surface ammunition continues to studies on domestic systems. The Ministry of National Defence released a video and announcement about domestic ammunition testing activities on its official social media account. In the post, "Integration and testing activities of ammunition developed and produced domestically and indigenously are continuing at the 401st Test Fleet Command." description placed. In t...
  • Russian MiG-31 Intercepten Norwegian Aircraft
    Russian MiG-31 Intercepten Norwegian Aircraft 10 August 2020
    Russia, which came to the fore with interception activities frequently in front of the Baltic, the Black Sea and Alaska, has recently intercepted a reconnaissance activity. A Falcon 20 electronic warfare aircraft belonging to the Royal Norwegian Air Force was subjected to interception activity by a Russian Aerospace Force MiG-31 (NATO Reporting Name: Foxhound) while flying in international airspace over the Barents Sea. "On August 4, 2020, the Russian airspa...
  • Farewell to Marine Tanks
    Farewell to Marine Tanks 6 August 2020
    While many countries acquire new tanks and even develop their domestic platforms, the U.S. Marine Corps (United States Marine Corps / USMC) disbanding tank troops. USMC, which decided to make serious changes to its combat doctrines and vehicle types in its inventory, ended the operations of another main battle tank unit last week. Subsequently, M1A1 Abrams tanks of the 2nd Tank Battalion left Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Other tank units, which decided to close, started...
  • New Replenishment Tanker Started Sea Trials
    New Replenishment Tanker Started Sea Trials 6 August 2020
    Fleet replenishment tankers are a strategic power multiplier in terms of their command and control capabilities and extending the task endurance of fleets by eliminating the requirement for return to the port. NUSHIP Supply (A 195), whose construction and refitting activities have been completed in Ferrol Shipyard by the main contractor of Spanish Navantia, has started sea trials. Built for the Royal Australian Navy (Royal Australian Navy / RAN), the platform will be ...
  • BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020.
    BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020. 2 August 2020
    The British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company release its 2020 half-year results. It warned the Group is subject to geopolitical uncertainties and there remains considerable uncertainty in respect of COVID-19. The company says that, including the two acquisitions, it expects the Group’s sales to increase by a low-single-digit percentage compared to last year, as there are increased volumes in F-35, Combat Vehicles and growth in the electronic defence portf...
  • Three Companies to Compete for Canada
    Three Companies to Compete for Canada 1 August 2020
    Three companies have submitted offers after Canada announced it was planning to buy fighter jets. Lockheed Martin participated with the F-35 Lightning II, while Boeing offered the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.  Swedish-based firm Saab offered Gripen E to Canada. Ottawa plans to buy a total of 88 jets and plans to retire its CF-18 fleet. “Our government committed to purchasing a full fleet of 88 aircraft to be able to meet our NORAD [North American Aerospace Defence Command] and...
  • NATO Receives Fourth RQ-4D Phoenix UAV
    NATO Receives Fourth RQ-4D Phoenix UAV 31 July 2020
    On Monday, the Headquarters Allied Air Command press release said that the fourth UAV of NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Force arrived at the Italian Air Force Base in Sigonella, Italy. “On July 26, 2020, the fourth remotely piloted aircraft of NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Force arrived at the Italian Air Force Base in Sigonella, Italy.  The aircraft took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California, USA, at 18:33 local time on July 25 ...
  • U.S. To Send Ammunition to Kuwait
    U.S. To Send Ammunition to Kuwait 31 July 2020
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that it has approved the possible sale of various M1A2K training ammunition and related equipment delivery to Kuwait. "The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," the DSCA's announcement said. The Government of...
  • Russia Completed Hypersonic Weapons Tests
    Russia Completed Hypersonic Weapons Tests 27 July 2020
    Russia’s president Vlademir Putin stated that the tests of Tsirkon hypersonic naval missile are completed. He stated this at the main naval parade in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Interfax reports. According to Defpost.com, the weapon was fired from warship Admiral Gorshkov. 3M22 Tsirkon/3M22 Zircon missile (NATO reporting name: SS-N-33)  have been in development for over 20 years. The weapon reportedly has a maximum flight speed of Mach 9 and a range of over 1,000 ...

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