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  • F-35 to Fly with Cruise Missile
    F-35 to Fly with Cruise Missile March 19 2020
    Although many sectors are disrupted by COVID-19, many processes in the defence continue to proceed as planned. F-35 Lightning aircraft, whose effectiveness is still causing controversy, will strengthen the stealt feature of itself with the cruise missile. Raytheon and Kongsberg, who are currently working on integration, announced that the F-35s will start flying with JSM in the last period of 2020. JSMs have low radar cross-section area like the carrier platform, will...
  • Morocco seeking combat recovery vehicles from the US in $240 million sale
    Morocco seeking combat recovery vehicles from the US in $240 million sale March 5 2020
    Morocco has requested the purchase of 25 M88A2 combat recovery vehicles at $239.35 million, with the US State Department approving the possible military sale. The State Department on 3 March announced that Morocco’s request covers 25 M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (HERCULES) vehicles and/or refurbished M88A1 HERCULES vehicles and related equipment, which includes 25 M2 12.7 mm machineguns, 25 SINCGARS air and ground radios, 25 GPS syst...
  • Japan Tests New Anti-Ship Missile
    Japan Tests New Anti-Ship Missile March 1 2020
    In parallel with the increasing numbers of high tonnage sea platforms rapidly in the region, Japan continues its efforts to diversify the precautions. Against the growing Russian and Chinese movements in the Pacific and the Sea of Japan, Japan has started to studies for increasing its long range guided projectile capability. ATLA, the acquisition, technology and logistics agency of the Ministry of Defence, confirmed its studies. It was stated ...
  • HGK-83 Ready for Mass Production
    HGK-83 Ready for Mass Production January 22 2020
    The qualification tests of the Precision Guidance Kit -83 (HGK-83) developed by the Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (TÜBİTAK-SAGE) have been completed and ready for mass production. HGK-83 is a GPS/INS guidance kit that turns existing 1000 lb Mk-83 general purpose bombs into air to ground smart weapons which can be released multiple by using BRU 57 ejector rack. Developed as a cost-effective solution, the kit ensures fewer bombs are used in operations and reduces th...
  • The AGM-86C is Bowing out of Service
    The AGM-86C is Bowing out of Service November 27 2019
    The missile that started Operation Desert Storm is being retired. The AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM), the non-nuclear sibling of the AGB-86B that remains in service, is being put rest after decades of service. Pentagon’s Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) marked the birth of GPS-guided munitions. The technology that birthed the modern guided munition retired. The retirement marks end of an era as the munition is used at every...
  • GLSDB from Norway
    GLSDB from Norway October 19 2019
      Saab and Boeing announced that they successfully test-fired the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) in Norway. The test-firing took place at the Andøya Test Centre in Andenes, Norway, September 26, 2019. The objective of the test firing was to hit a predetermined target in the sea, 130 km away from the launcher. The launcher used in the test firing was a custom made, fully autonomous, 20-foot container. The GLSDB is essentially a GBU-39 Small Diameter...
  • RST at Kiev with Indigenous Solutions
    RST at Kiev with Indigenous Solutions October 7 2019
    Arms and Security 2019 defence expo in Ukraine starts tomorrow. Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters' Association provides National Participation to the event, which is the media sponsorship of C4Defence magazine. During the fair, many Turkish Compaies such as Aselsan, Roketsan, STM hve booth also. In close cooperation with TÜBİTAK BİLGEM, RST is working on remote sensing technology named after the company. The company has developed a portable meteorological radar which...
  • Bunker Buster Delivered
    Bunker Buster Delivered September 16 2019
    Israel has completed the delivery of the first batch of a new version of Spice-2000 bunker-buster bombs to the Indian Air Force (IAF). “Israel has started the delivery of the Spice-2000 bombs to India and the first batch of these bombs was received recently,” IAF sources said. The Israeli-based Rafael company developed the bombs, which will be supplied under the emergency procurement contract, worth approximately $ 44 million. The bombs will be delivered along with Mark 84 warhead...
  • Morocco Choose Ukraine
    Morocco Choose Ukraine September 6 2019
    The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces have acquired a counter-drone system named Bukovel-AD, designed by the Ukranian company Proximus.  The platform is being imported as part of Morocco's five-year army modernization plan launched in 2017 in order to avoid the potential threat posed by increased UAV traffic in the country. The system, which has the ability to early detect unmanned aerial vehicles, blocks data and GPS/GLONASS control channels. Bukovel-AD’s effecti...
  • US Air Force Prepares Kit for Unmanned Air Platform
    US Air Force Prepares Kit for Unmanned Air Platform August 20 2019
      The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies on 9 August performed a two-hour initial flight of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program (ROBOpilot), according to a 15 August AFRL statement. The ROBOpilot programme aimed the ability to rapidly and affordably convert a general aviation aircraft into an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), fly a mission autonomously and then return back to its piloted configuration. This conversion took place...
  • Approval for Lockheed Martin August 15 2019
    U.S. Department of Defence said that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $99 million contract for AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) foreign military sales production support. The contract, which involves foreign military sales to Finland, Poland and Australia, will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support.   Weighing approximate...
  • The US to Find Way with Raytheon August 13 2019
    Raytheon received security certification for new GPS modules and receivers from the Global Positioning Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. The new modules and receivers will give military aircraft, ships, ground vehicles and weapon systems secure and reliable access to modernized GPS. "Because GPS is under constant attack, we worked with our government partners to create new M-code modules and receivers that give the military secure and r...
  • HGK-82 Became Operational
    HGK-82 Became Operational August 11 2019
    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Defence Industry Research and Development Institute (SAGE), has said HGK-82 (Precision Guidance Kit-82) has become operational. TUBITAK SAGE, announced from the official Twitter account that it is used four times. Kit developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE gives precision and range to classical bomb. The kits are installed on MKEK production of 500 lbs class Mk-82 type general-purpose bombs. This increases the operating r...
  • Long-Awaited Contract Concluded
    Long-Awaited Contract Concluded July 18 2019
    The U.S. Department of Defence and BAE Systems announced an agreement worth about for $45 million for the Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA). The long-awaited U.S. Army contract provides work to increase the range and rate of fire on current and future M109A7 self-propelled howitzers. The ERCA consists of two parts—a new rocket-boosted shell, the XM1113, and a longer howitzer barrel. ERCA will have a fully automated ammunition loading system and a communications system that will wor...
  • 500ᵗʰ EOTS For F-35
    500ᵗʰ EOTS For F-35 June 24 2019
    Lockheed Martin delivered the 500th Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS). All units have been delivered on time or ahead of schedule to support aircraft production and sustainment requirements.  F-35 EOTS provides F-35 pilots with precise air-to-air and air-to-ground targeting capability; EOTS allows aircrews to identify areas of interest, perform reconnaissance and precisely deliver laser and GPS-guided weapons.
  • Japan Chose Norwegian JSM for F-35A
    Japan Chose Norwegian JSM for F-35A March 12 2019
    Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) was selected by Japan to equip F-35 fighter jets with Joint Strike Missile JSM. The JSM development started in 2008 and was completed in mid-2018 after successful certification trials. The JSM missile is one of the two anti-ship missiles to be equipped with the US F-35 fighter, the other being the SOM-J Turkish rocket. The JSM missile is made of composite materials that reduce its electromagnetic trace, its design incorporat...
  • Rafael Unveils "Rocks" - A Long Range Stand-Off Air-To-Surface Missile
    Rafael Unveils "Rocks" - A Long Range Stand-Off Air-To-Surface Missile February 21 2019
    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled a new, advanced stand-off high-speed air-to-surface missile (ASM) at the Aero India Air Show in Bengaluru, India, this week. Dubbed simply "Rocks," the ASM can be armed with a penetration warhead or blast explosive warhead depending on whether targets are beneath the surface or above ground. The weight class of the warhead has not been disclosed. 'Rocks', the new missile is furnished with a single-stage solid rocket motor develope...
  • Lockheed Martin Is Awarded US$172m Contract For LRASM
    Lockheed Martin Is Awarded US$172m Contract For LRASM January 18 2019
    The US Navy and US Air Force have awarded Lockheed Martin a US$172 million contract to produce the second lot of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM). LRASM is a long range, precision-guided anti-ship missile leveraging off its Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range (JASSM-ER) heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of US Navy and Air Force Aircraft. Armed with a penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, LRASM employs precision routing and guidanc...
  • LRASM Delivered
    LRASM Delivered December 24 2018
    The US announced that it received the first batch of LRASM missile. How many missiles delivered within first batch is not disclosed. US announced its early operational capability acquisition with deliveries. LRASM systems, which were delivered to the US Air Force first, will be delivered to the US Navy from next year. The Air Force will use missiles on B-1B strategic bombers. A B-1B Lancer can carry 24 missiles in its internal weapons bay. Navy will use the missile on F/A-...
  • Nuclear Bomb’s Guided Tail-Kit Approved for Production
    Nuclear Bomb’s Guided Tail-Kit Approved for Production December 11 2018
    The US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Centre formally approved the start of production of the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb’s new guided tail-kit assembly. The programme office says it completed a 27-month test programme in less than 11 months. It claims the accelerated schedule, as well as other risk mitigation strategies, helped to save more than $280 million in development costs. The new tail-kit assembly is manufactured by Boeing and is part of a larger life-extension p...
  • UK Solution to US T-6s
    UK Solution to US T-6s November 23 2018
    The US has headed to the UK to increase the capabilities of T-6 Texan II aircraft. The UK-based company Cobham will modernize USA’s T-6 aircraft. Within the scope of the modernization, aircraft’s ADS-B (Automatic, Dependent, Surveillance-Broadcast) capabilities will be increased. The company will integrate the RMS 555 Radio Management System into more than 500 aircraft. Studies will be carried out with the Scientific Research Corporation (SRC). Company’s solution a...
  • United Kingdom Cleared to Buy 16 Chinooks
    United Kingdom Cleared to Buy 16 Chinooks October 21 2018
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced on Oct. 19 that United Kingdom has been cleared to buy 16 H-47 Chinook (Extended Range) helicopters for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of United Kingdom has requested a possible sale of sixteen H-47 Chinook helicopters; thirty-six T-55-GA-714A engines (32 installed, four spares); forty-eight e...
  • U.S. Army Invented Algorithm for Indoor Navigation October 14 2018
    Two U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) researchers have come up with an algorithm that enables localization of humans and robots in areas where GPS is unavailable. Their technique uses the direction of the signal instead of the time taken to determine the location. The technique is announced from ARL official web site. According to ARL researchers Gunjan Verma and Dr. Fikadu Dagefu, the Army needs to be able to localize agents operating in physically complex, unknown and infrastruc...
  • Global Hawk Drone Crash Caused By Faulty Data: Accident Report
    Global Hawk Drone Crash Caused By Faulty Data: Accident Report September 30 2018
    US explained why a US Air Force Global Hawk drone crashed and destroyed itself last year.  It is stated that the crash is as a consequence of the aircraft’s “erroneous” data. Incident investigation report published by the military this week claims that the drone, "having failed to detect the erroneous nature of LNA's navigational data, sent control inputs to correct the false roll data." According to report, "this included kee...
  • New GPS On The Way
    New GPS On The Way September 28 2018
    The US signed a new contract with Lockheed Martin. Under the contract, company will produce GPS IIIF satellites 11 and 12. In addition to production, it will also be responsible for development, testing and simulators under the agreement,. The agreement has the option to develop up to 22 GPS IIIF satellites. The option also includes support for launching, storing and orbit support of satellites.   Works are expected to be completed on August 31, 2027, Lockheed Martin ...
  • Germany Plans to Sell Euro Hawk to Canada
    Germany Plans to Sell Euro Hawk to Canada September 26 2018
    In a statement Monday, Germany's defence ministry confirmed talks with Canada were planned. No price tag or date was speculated but UAV cost $823 million to Germany. The German defence ministry has decided to “begin concrete negotiations with Canada for the sale of Euro Hawk aircraft, two ground stations and possibly certain spare parts,” Associated Press reported Monday. Last year, the government acknowledged that the development and procurement of the pro...
  • ROK to Get Poseidon
    ROK to Get Poseidon September 14 2018
    The State Department has decided  to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea (ROK) of six P-8A Patrol Aircraft for an estimated cost of $2.10 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.  ROK  has requested to buy six P-8A Patrol Aircraft, which includes: nine Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems 5 (MIDS JTRS 5...
  • $51 Million Worth Contract For Extreme-Range JASSM Cruise Missile September 12 2018
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded the US Air Force contract worth $51 million for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extreme Range (JASSM-XR), the Department of defence announced Monday. This contract effort includes all all-up round level systems engineering and programmatic activities to align and phase the work necessary to design, develop, integrate, test, and verify component and subsystem design changes to the JASSM-XR baseline electronics, hardware, firmware, and operationa...
  • Russian Navy took delivery of 49 Kalibr cruise missiles
    Russian Navy took delivery of 49 Kalibr cruise missiles July 22 2018
    Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivoruchko disclosed on Jul. 20 that the navy has taken delivery of 49 Sea Launched Strategic and Tactical Land-Attack Cruise Missile SS-N-30 (3M-14 Kalibr) cruise missiles in the first half of the year. The missile has 1,500-2,500 km range and 450 kg conventional warhead. The missile is believed to fly 64 ft above the sea and 164 ft above the ground at speeds up to 965 km/hour. It is believed to be guided, using GPS and terminal-phase active rad...
  • Israel unveiled the Rampage long-range assault rocket
    Israel unveiled the Rampage long-range assault rocket June 17 2018
    IMI Systems (formerly Israel Military Industries) and Israel Aerospace Industries have jointly developed a new long-range precision strike weapon named Rampage suitable for use during stand-off-range attack with 150 km range to the target. Rampage is a supersonic weapon with 4.7m (15.4ft) length and it has a total weight of 570kg (1,250lb). Its rocket and warhead performance and navigation suite enable the design to be deployed against high-value, well-protected targets with "u...
  • 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...
  • Cost Saving in Precision Guidance
    Cost Saving in Precision Guidance May 8 2018
    The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a $13,1 million contract to demonstrate a new, cost-effective optical seeker for precision-guided munitions.   The seeker is designed to improve navigation, as well as automate target location and homing, for different types of munitions that are used in GPS-denied and other contested environments.  DARPA’s Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) program initiated to dec...
  • Raytheon Completes F-35C, JSOW Integration Tests
    Raytheon Completes F-35C, JSOW Integration Tests April 19 2018
    Raytheon Company and the U.S. Navy completed the final developmental test to integrate the Joint Standoff Weapon C onto the C variant of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the F-35, and the F-35 Joint Program Office participated in the latest test, which took place on the Navy's China Lake ranges in California. The JSOW glide weapon uses a GPS-inertial navigation system with an imaging infrared seeker that can identify and track targets autonomously....
  • US Approved Chinook Sales to Spain
    US Approved Chinook Sales to Spain April 6 2018
    The US State Department has approved a possible sale of CH-47F Chinooks for an estimated cost of $1.3 billion to Spain. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the Congress on the potential sales on 4 April.  Spain requested to buy 17 CH-47F cargo helicopters configured specifically to its needs along with 21 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) AN/AAR-57A(V)8, and 42 Embedded Global Positioning System (GPS) Inertial Navigation System (INS). 
  • Lancer Successfully Test-fired LRASM
    Lancer Successfully Test-fired LRASM March 20 2018
    Lockheed Martin successfully tested a production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber. During the test announced by the company on 19 March, a B-1B has launched an LRASM over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, successfully impacting the maritime target and meeting test objectives.  LRASM is designed to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of ships by employing advanced technologies that reduce dependence...
  • Harpoon Block II+ Passed Tests
    Harpoon Block II+ Passed Tests January 25 2018
    The US Navy is closer to delivering the new Harpoon Block II+ missile to the fleet after completing a flight test on 22 January at Point Mugu Sea Test Range. The test demonstrated the missile’s ability to talk with the newest F/A-18’s software upgrade, known as System Configuration Set H12E, as the interface becomes operational on the F/A-18 Super Hornet system. The Harpoon Block II+ provides a rapid-capability enhancement for the Navy that includes a new GPS g...
  • New Theatre Level Missile
    New Theatre Level Missile December 21 2017
    Russia introduced a new long-range cruise missile. The system, called the Kh-50, shares a similar sub-system with the Kh-101 strategic cruise missile but has a smaller cross-sectional area than its predecessor. The system, designed to fit the bomb bays of the Tu-22M3, Tu-95MS and Tu-160 strategic bombers, is six meters long. The system is propulsing by OMKB izdeliye 37-04 turbofan engine and it weighs 1600 kilograms. The 1500 kilometers range missile can cruise up to 950 kilometers ...
  • One More Step Towards Early Operational Capability
    One More Step Towards Early Operational Capability December 18 2017
    Lockheed Martin has successfully fired production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber, the company announced on 12 December.  During the trials at Point Mugu Sea Range, California, two LRASMs were simultaneously launched from B-1B against multiple maritime targets, meeting the primary test objectives. LRASM is designed to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of ships by employing advanced technologies...
  • BAE Sensor for LRASM November 6 2017
    BAE Systems commenced US Navy’s long-range anti-ship missile (LRASM) sensor technology production as part of a $40m contract previously awarded by Lockheed Martin.  The LRASM will employ the sensor to seek and attack specific high-threat maritime targets within groups of ships, including those protected by complex anti-aircraft systems. BAE’s precision routing and guidance technology do not rely exclusively on intelligence, surveillance, and reco...
  • Czech Republic goes for 12 UH-1Y utility helicopter
    Czech Republic goes for 12 UH-1Y utility helicopter October 24 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...