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  • Korea Retires UH-1Hs, Philippines Wants to Transfer UH-1Hs
    Korea Retires UH-1Hs, Philippines Wants to Transfer UH-1Hs 26 September 2020
    The Philippines wants to inventory UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) general purpose helicopters that the Republic of Korea has taken out of service in July 2020. The Philippine Air Force (Philippine Air Force/PAF) has confirmed plans to meet with the Korean Defence Ministry for 21 Huey transfers. The PAF is expected to send a team to examine helicopters that have been in Korea for nearly 52 years. During the negotiation process with the Korean government, the White House is expected t...
  • U.S. Approves Patriot Sale to Netherlands
    U.S. Approves Patriot Sale to Netherlands 26 September 2020
    The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the US State Department has decided to sell $241 million worth of Patriot PAC-3s to the Dutch Government. The Netherlands wants to buy 34 related missiles and equipment, repair and logistical support elements will be included in the agreement. “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve security of a NATO ally which is an important force for po...
  • 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...
  • France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles
    France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles 25 September 2020
    French General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) ordered 313 armoured vehicles as part of Scorpion army modernisation program. The order includes 42 Jaguar combat vehicles and 271 Griffon multirole armoured vehicles. Nexter, Arquus and Thales are part of the program. The 2019-2025 Military Programming Law (LPM) provides for both an increase in the numbers of the SCORPION program and an acceleration of deliveries. The target in 2030 was thus raised to 1,872 Griffon and 300 Jaguar vehicl...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise
    HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise 24 September 2020
    The UK Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth has embarked the largest number of warplanes ever onto the deck as it prepares to take its place at the heart of a UK-led NATO Carrier Strike Group. It also represents the largest air group of fifth-generation fighters at sea anywhere in the world. Two squadrons of F-35B stealth jets - the RAF’s 617 Squadron (The Dambusters) and the US Marine Corps VMFA-211 (The Wake Island Avengers) - have landed on the 65,000-tonne carrier as it sails ...
  • Philippines Receives Command and Control Aircraft 24 September 2020
    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) officially received a new Gulfstream G280 jet aircraft which will be used as a command and control aircraft. The new aircraft is expected to complement the service’s Fokker F28 Fellowship transport aircraft. The aircraft was acquired from the United States through US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program and was funded through the AFP Modernization Program’s Horizon 2 phase covering years 2018 to 2022. The aircraft will be joining ...
  • U.S. Warns Turkey Over China
    U.S. Warns Turkey Over China 24 September 2020
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned Turkey over China-based firms. Noticing the growing influence and investments of Chinese technology firms in Turkey, Pompeo said this could jeopardize military business between the White House and Ankara. Donald Trump's government has warned NATO allies that technology firms, which China claims are linked to intelligence agencies, could force American troops to withdraw from espionage operations. Pompeo's warning about t...
  • Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China
    Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China 23 September 2020
    Taiwan has launched an air-to-ground attack cruise missile developed by local sources. Munitions developed by the National Chungshan Institute were also on display during Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Magong air force base on Penghu island. The missile, which can only be used on Taiwan Air Force jets, has a range of about 200 km. GPS-guided missiles are capable of hitting Chinese air bases, barracks and fortifications in Fujian and Guangdong pro...
  • Leopard 2E Tower Maintenance
    Leopard 2E Tower Maintenance 23 September 2020
    Spain will work with COHEMO for tower maintenance and repair of Leopard 2E (Leopard 2 A6E) platforms. Under the deal, worth about €6m, Spain-based firm COHEMO will work on the tower, such as firing direction, stabilisation system overhaul and repair. Spain's domestic production rate in Leopard 2Es reached 60%, and the vehicles were installed locally under Santa Bárbara Sistemas in Seville. The platform is using a Spanish-designed tank command and control system. ...
  • First Flight of Mi-8MTV5-1
    First Flight of Mi-8MTV5-1 23 September 2020
    Russia made the first training flight of the new Mi-8MTV5-1 utility helicopter, which was modernized at its military base in Tajikistan. Equipped with an advanced navigation system for aerial defence systems, the Cockpit of the Mi-8MTV5-1 used lighting equipment suitable for the use of night vision goggles. Thus, the helicopter's day and night operations were operationalized to fly at low altitude and to take off and land in unmarked areas. Launched in Tajikistan in early Septem...
  • Israel and Italy Sign Mutual Purchase Agreement
    Israel and Italy Sign Mutual Purchase Agreement 23 September 2020
    Under the contract, Israel’s Defence Ministry will purchase a "training package" from Italian defence contractor Leonardo.The package includes a total of 12 AW119KX training helicopters and two simulators for the Air Force Flight School. Helicopters will replace the "Pagen" (Bell 206) platforms, which have been in service since the 1970s. The Italian Ministry of Defence will buy spike launchers and missiles from Rafael. The new agreement is a cont...
  • Uninterrupted Firing Power to the Infantry
    Uninterrupted Firing Power to the Infantry 23 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. İsmail Demir announced a new development on his personal twitter account. With STM's "Portable Ammunition System", the firing time of the submachine gun was increased, and the automatic firing process limited to magazine capacity was brought to a new dimension. It was ensured that the user fired uninterruptedly with as many bullets as he carried in his backpack instead of 20 or 30-round magazine. Demir announced this development with the wor...
  • “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...
  • Russia Introduces New Mine Removal System
    Russia Introduces New Mine Removal System 22 September 2020
    Russia introduced its new self-propelled mine removal system during the Kavkaz-2020 exercise. Developed on the basis of the BMP-3 armoured combat vehicle chassis, the system is designed to provide forces with close-range mine removal capability. The mine removal tool features a platform ceiling-mounted launcher for line loads used to overcome and clear obstacles. This allows the destruction of mines with the pressure of rockets to be launched over minefields. The new syste...
  • Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy
    Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy 22 September 2020
    Austria will buy a general-purpose helicopter from Italy. Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner says they plan to buy 18 AW169M helicopters from Italy for €300m. Italian company Leonardo was chosen from among the U.S. and German companies. The AW169Ms, the military variable of the AW169 helicopter, will replace the Alouette III helicopters, which have been in inventory for nearly 50 years. The helicopter with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210A engines is equippe...
  • CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight
    CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight 22 September 2020
    The latest half-year stock report by Chinese state-owned company China Rainbow Drone revealed that the CH-7 stealth unmanned air vehicle (UAV) has flown. The CH-7 was first unveiled at Airshow China 2018. This type of drone is China's first large-scale stealth long-endurance drone. The design is a tailless “flying wing” with a dorsally-mounted central turbofan housing and stealth or low observable profile similar to the Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAV. <...
  • Japan's New Frigate
    Japan's New Frigate 22 September 2020
    Japan's Future Multi-Mission Frigates (30FFM) continues to take shape. Construction of the first two frigates is being carried out at the shipyards of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsui E&S as part of a frigate project launched by the Japanese Ministry of Defence in 2018. New images obtained by Xavier Vavasseur and Yoshihiro Inaba showed the deployment of its mast integrated into the platforms. A total of 22 frigates will be built in line with the needs of the Japa...
  • Northrop Grumman wins $298 Million Contract to Develop SATCOM Spacecraft
    Northrop Grumman wins $298 Million Contract to Develop SATCOM Spacecraft 22 September 2020
    According to Space Force budget documents, the Force plans to award as many as three competitive rapid-prototyping contracts for Evolved Strategic Satellite (ESS). The Space and Missile Systems Centre announced the contract award Sept. 16 for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program, known as Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS). The satellite is to be completed by May 2025. Northrop Grumman Corp. received a $298 million contract to develop an anti-jam military satellite to ...
  • Australia Launches 35kg Commercial Rocket into Atmosphere
    Australia Launches 35kg Commercial Rocket into Atmosphere 22 September 2020
    A small commercial rocket has been launched from Australia to the edge of space for the first time. First commercial space capable rocket is followed by a second rocket within two hours. At 10:09:47 am on 19 September, Southern Launch ignited Australia’s first commercial space-capable rocket at the Koonibba Test Range northwest of Ceduna in SA. And in a second first for Australia, only an hour and forty minutes later at 11:49:47 am a second space capable launch was s...
  • Philippines receives A-29B Super Tucano aircraft
    Philippines receives A-29B Super Tucano aircraft 21 September 2020
    Philippine Air Force (PAF) received four A-29B Super Tucano light attack aircraft on 19 September 2020 at Clark Air Base, Pampanga province. The PAF will receive two more aircraft. Brazilian aviation company Embraer produced the aircraft. The PAF is reported to have an option to order 18 more A-29B Super Tucano aircraft. The aircraft will be assigned with the PAF's 15th Strike Wing. Embraer's pilots flew from Brazil and transit stops were made in Cape Verde, Canary Islands, ...
  • US deploys additional troops and Bradley To Syria
    US deploys additional troops and Bradley To Syria 21 September 2020
      The US has sent additional troops and Bradley fighting vehicles into eastern Syria after a rise in tensions with Russia in the region. Six armoured vehicles were and 100 people were sent to Syria. US Bradley fighting vehicles were pulled out of the region last October by Donald Trump, who tried in early 2019 to recall all US troops from Syria, before agreeing to leave a few hundred to protect oil wells. At the end of August, seven American soldiers were in...
  • EU Sanctions on Turkish Company
    EU Sanctions on Turkish Company 21 September 2020
    The European Union (EU) has decided to sanction three firms for allegedly violating an arms embargo for Libya. One of the three companies is from Turkey and the others from Kazakhstan and Jordan. New resolutions have been made for the arms embargo in force at the Libyan Conference in January 2020; a military mission was deployed to control the embargo. A travel ban is planned for sanctioned firms and a freeze on assets in the EU, as well as a ban on trading with European companies.<...
  • SSB: Kirpi II Delivery Continues
    SSB: Kirpi II Delivery Continues 21 September 2020
      The Presidency of Defence Industries  (SSB) announced on its social media accounts that the delivery of Kirpi-II (Hedgehog) Mine-Protected Vehicles to the Turkish Armed Forces continues. The vehicle, which has high protection against mines and ballistic threats, also has an integrated system of different mission equipment. The Kirpi-II vehicle can carry 13 equipped personnel. It has been announced that the vehicle produced by BMC has high manoeuvrability.
  • China "Shoots Down" U.S. Base
    China "Shoots Down" U.S. Base 21 September 2020
    People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) released a video of the US air base on the Pacific island of Guam being virtually targeted at a time of heightened regional tensions in Asia, based on actual images supported by animations. "H-6K war god goes on the offensive!" the video shared, simulated by nuclear-armed H-6 bombers attacking the U.S. Base in Guam. The island of Guam is seen as a base where the United States can respond shortly in any conflict in the Asia Pac...
  • Third Hercules Arrives Bangladesh
    Third Hercules Arrives Bangladesh 20 September 2020
      The Bangladesh Air Force’s(BAF) 3rd C-130J Super Hercules arrived Dhaka on 17 September 2020. The aircraft reached Dhaka, after conducting fuel stops in Cairo, Egypt, and Muscat, Oman. The C-130J aircraft is equipped with modern avionics and sophisticated technology which would be utilized for transportation of materials, personnel, humanitarian assistance both at home and abroad and to support United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. British company Marshall A...
  • Russia’s Tu-160 Carriers Break Non-Stop Flight Record
    Russia’s Tu-160 Carriers Break Non-Stop Flight Record 20 September 2020
    Two Russian Tu-160 strategic missile carriers have broken their own world record for non-stop flight in their class, spending more than 25 hours continuously in the air. The Russian Aerospace Forces’ commander of long-range aviation Lt. Gen. Sergey Kobylash told World record to reporters on Saturday. Strategic bombers flew more than 20,000 kilometres [12,400 miles]. During the flight, which took place over neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, as ...
  • Poland Sends Troops to Turkey
    Poland Sends Troops to Turkey 19 September 2020
    Polish President Andrzej Duda has approved sending troops to Turkey as part of the NATO mission. Paweł Soloch, head of the Polish National Security Bureau (BBN), said up to 80 Polish troops will be deployed in Turkey. "We are responding positively to Ankara's recent call to NATO allies regarding the deteriorating security situation on the Syrian-Turkish border," Soloch said. Underlining that this is not a combat mission, a non-combatant force will be sent for...
  • Stirling Solution for Hürjet
    Stirling Solution for Hürjet 19 September 2020
    British Expleo Company announced from its social media accounts that its company Stirling Dynamics has been awarded a new contract from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) to provide technical assistance for the Hürjet, a twin-seat, single-engine supersonic advanced trainer and light combat aircraft. The Stirling Dynamics signed New Loads and Aeroelastics Consultancy Contract. The company made a statement from its website and said; This contract builds on previous su...
  • 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-...
  • Research 4 Papa Alpha Flies for Final Data Collection Mission
    Research 4 Papa Alpha Flies for Final Data Collection Mission 18 September 2020
        MIT Lincoln Laboratory announced that the LL Flight Test Facility flew aircraft N404PA Boeing 707 will be retired. The laboratory said on its tweeter account, that the aircraft will fly for “its final data collection mission” The aircraft will enter into “disposition status” in preparation for final transfer to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. This aircraft is a Heavily Modified B707-321B carrying civil regist...
  • Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned
    Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned 18 September 2020
    According to Defence Review Asia, Indonesia may scale down its KF-X / IFX procurement from the Republic of Korea (ROK). The magazine claims that the government of Indonesia is looking to save money due to COVID-19 pandemic and the level of investment in the KF-X/IFX combat aircraft project is the one that the government has eyes on.  In 2010 the country signed up to pay 20% of the development costs of the twin-jet engine 4++ generation fighter but is now seeking to reduce that to 15%.&nb...
  • 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...
  • French Air Force Became French Air and Space Force
    French Air Force Became French Air and Space Force 18 September 2020
     On 11 September 2020, the Armée de l'Air (AdlA), French Air Force) was renamed into Armée de l'Air & de l'Espace (AdlAdlE), French Air and Space Force. The new logo of the AdlAdlE was revealed on 11 September as well. The grey rounded line represents earth, while the well-known stylised sparrow-hawk is over watching that earth. On 3 September 2019, space was defined as being “a major stake” for France's strategic independence. The ...
  • Tucano Transfer to Afghanistan Continues
    Tucano Transfer to Afghanistan Continues 18 September 2020
    The United States has delivered four A-29 Super Tucano light assault aircraft to Afghanistan. "The Air Force has the ability to strike light from the air anywhere in the country. Enemy bases will be destroyed with the help of A-29." Afghanistan announced. The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defence & Security signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force to develop a $1.8 billion Tucano in October 2018 as part of the A-29 Afghanistan Program. In Apr...
  • Lazer for F-16s
    Lazer for F-16s 18 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin is working to develop mature and producible tactical airborne LWS solutions that complement existing kinetic defences to protect warfighters in the air, at sea and on the ground. The systems the company is developing under contract today can defeat small rockets, unmanned aerial vehicles, small attack boats, and lightweight ground vehicles. Under the Department of Defence’s first laser weapon program of record, the company is integrating the High Ener...
  • Greece Sends Warships Off Libya
    Greece Sends Warships Off Libya 17 September 2020
    The HS Limnos (F 451) frigate of the Greek Navy will join the MED IRINI operation, which the European Union (EU) has launched to support an arms embargo on Libya. In April 2020, the EU adopted the decision to launch operation MED IRINI of the EU Mediterranean Naval Force in the Mediterranean under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). As part of the operation, inspections are being carried out on ships suspected of carrying weapons, ammunition and military eq...
  • Turkey Repairs Bangladesh Corvette
    Turkey Repairs Bangladesh Corvette 17 September 2020
    Republic of Turkey Ministry of National Defence (Millî Savunma Bakanlığı/ MSB) announced the completion of the repair of the BNS BIJOY corvette belonging to the Bangladesh Navy damaged by the explosion in Beirut. For repair of the BNS Bijoy corvette belonging to the Bangladesh Navy, which was heavily damaged in a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4th, Turkey had commissioned the offshore tug to bring the A-590 TCG Inebolu to Aksaz by taking the pl...
  • The winners of the Digital Battle have been announced
    The winners of the Digital Battle have been announced 17 September 2020
    The winners of the Digital Battle are: Category 1K: 1/35 Scale, Military Land Vehicles Since 1914 First Place Oscar Ebri Casola 1K-K22F2E Second Place Amzyy Wang 1K-SSG21M Third Place Fangzhe Yang 1K-11W03W Category 2K: 1/48 Scale, Military Land Vehicles Since 1914 First Place Gökay Yalçın 2K-4ZXLHA Second Place Jesus Diaz Arricivita 2K-E19FZY / 2K-75UY2R / 2K-0Z7IC6 Third Place José Antonio Gurucelain 2K-UFBSA...
  • 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...
  • Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up
    Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up 17 September 2020
    Boeing Australia announced on 15 September that it has powered up the engine of the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype as part of ground testing and preparations for the first flight. The unmanned aircraft is one of three prototypes that are being developed as a part of the Loyal Wingman-Advanced Development Programme – also known as the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) – in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft, wh...