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  • NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability
    NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability November 25 2019
      The first of five NATO RQ-4D Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) unmanned aircraft lands in Italy. The first of five NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft landed in Sigonella. AGS is being developed with significant contributions from 15 Allies - Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States. All Allies will have access to the data obtained by the AGS; The ...
  • HH-60W to be Tested
    HH-60W to be Tested November 12 2019
    New HH-60W helicopters of US landed at Eglin Nov. 6 to begin developmental testing. The second HH-60W general-purpose helicopter reached the test area the next day. The platform is based on the UH-60M helicopter in design. The aircraft is modified to perform missions locating and rescuing downed pilots in hostile territory, and United States Air Force (USAF)purchased 113 HH-60W helicopters equipped for search and rescue missions. HH-60W is significantly more capable and re...
  • Croatia buys two more Black Hawks
    Croatia buys two more Black Hawks November 1 2019
      US Government cleared two Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters sale to Croatia. The country will have four Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in inventory. The US State Department approval, announced on 30 October, covers a pair of the latest-variant UH-60Ms, along with other equipment, spares, weapons, training and support. The estimated value of the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) is USD115 million. The helicopters will join a pair of UH-60Ms t...
  • Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H
    Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H October 30 2019
    The Republic of China Army retired its UH-1H fleet today and declared the UH-60M fleet fully operational. A ceremony was held at Tai Chung Lung Hsiang base to mark the event. The UH-1H utility helicopter was in service for military training or in the relief operations of mountain rescue and natural disasters. Army Aviation Special Operations Command held a "de-settlement ceremony" on the 30th of this month due to the absence of parts and shortage of spare parts. Its air tr...
  • Fifth Ship Works Started at MİLGEM
    Fifth Ship Works Started at MİLGEM October 15 2019
    Signatures were signed for the fifth ship of the MİLGEM program of the Turkish Naval Forces and the first ship of class I. The fourth ship of the ADA class submarine defence warfare corvettes was signed on September 29th with the delivery ceremony of TCG Kınalıada. In the design of the fifth ship class, I air defence frigate, Defence Technologies Engineering Inc. (STM) will serve. The company had previously installed the design of four Ada classes. The ships were built under the command of th...
  • Production Approval for HH-60W
    Production Approval for HH-60W September 26 2019
    Lockheed Martin announced that the Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, the M-level UH-60 Black Hawk general-purpose helicopter, has received Milestone C initial production approval. The Combat Rescue Helicopter will perform combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all U.S. military services. The joint Sikorsky and USAF flight test team have executed over 70 hours of envelope expansion flights. A much-improved version of the 1970s UH-60 Black Hawk design, ...
  • MBDA Signs Agreement with India
    MBDA Signs Agreement with India September 20 2019
    MBDA, has signed an agreement with Bharat Dynamics Limited of India. The agreement involves the advanced short-range air-to-air missile (ASRAAM) and Mistral missiles, and covers final assembly, integration and testing, says MBDA. The ASRAAM will be used by New Delhi's fleet of Sepecat/Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) Jaguar ground attack jets. It will also see service with the Tejas Mk-1A, a combat-capable of the version of the Hawk Mk132 called Hawk-India, and the Sukhoi Su-30MKI. A...
  • E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron
    E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron September 12 2019
    The U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (VAW-120), also known as “Greyhawks”, receive the first improved version of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning surveillance aircraft with aerial refuelling capability. The upgrades installed to support aerial refuelling include electrical and lighting upgrades and long endurance seats that will enhance the field of view in the cockpit and reduce fatigue over longer missions. The aerial refuelling capabil...
  • NATO Movement Against to Russia
    NATO Movement Against to Russia August 11 2019
    NATO has completed a scheduled upgrade of a land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system in Romania. The update is part of the United States European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defence, which was announced on September 2009. The Aegis Ashore station will detect and track potential threats outside of the bloc. A US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system was deployed to the Deveselu base for the time of the upgrade.   In response to th...
  • Old Black Hawk with New Face August 10 2019
    The U.S. Air Force has received the first Operational Loss Replacement HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, which in turn is a rebuilt low-hour U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawk.    The first 210th RQS Operational Loss Replacement HH-60G Pave Hawk was delivered to Alaska Air National Guard.   The HH-60 is the Department of Defence's sole combat-search-and-rescue helicopter. The OLR program will restore the Pave Hawk fleet to its authorized size.
  • US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger
    US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger August 10 2019
    The Republic of Korea adds a new one to the defence expenditures it has recently increased. New military platforms to put in the inventory of the Republic of Korea navy. According to the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency, Korea will procure 12 MH-60R Seahawk from the US under the approved request. Cost of procurement is approximately 800 million US Dollars. And will be made under the scope of the FMS. Seoul will provide helicopters, as well as hell-borne surface sca...
  • USA has Green Signalled
    USA has Green Signalled July 31 2019
    The United States has green signalled Republic of Korea’s request to provide Contractor Logistics Support for four RQ-4 Block 30 Remotely Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles. Seoul had requested to purchase contractor logistics support, programme management, depot and organisational level maintenance, technical and logistics services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support, adding that the total estimated programme cost i...
  • E-2D Hawkeye gets new APY-9 Radar
    E-2D Hawkeye gets new APY-9 Radar July 26 2019
    Lockheed Martin has signed a contract for the production of modern radars for the E-2D Hawkeye aircraft program with Northrop Grumman.  Production of 24 APY-9 radars will start within the contract which is worth 600 million US dollars. The APY-9 radar program is nearing completion of existing five-year production contract in 2020, and this new contract calls for another five years of production with deliveries spanning from 2021 to 2025. The latest radar order will include Lockheed Marti...
  • BAE Systems for Navy
    BAE Systems for Navy July 26 2019
    BAE Systems has signed a follow-on contract with US Navy to produce 28 more payload tubes for Block-V Virginia-class submarines. BAE Systems will deliver seven sets of four tubes each for the Virginia Payload Modules (VPM). Builder of the Virginia class, BAE Systems will deliver seven sets of four tubes each for the VPM. These systems will increase the payload capacity and firepower by extending the length of mid-body section of the submarine. Each large-diameter payload tube can launch seven...
  • The Hawkeye Tested
    The Hawkeye Tested July 26 2019
    U.S. soldiers tested the Hawkeye 105mm mobile artillery system as part of Exercise Northern Strike 19. The Hawkeye is a mobile artillery system based on the high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle fitted with a U.S. Army standard M20 105mm cannon mounted at the rear of the vehicle. The Hawkeye can be ready to fire in less than two minutes with a total crew of four soldiers.
  • Hawks Set Example for Drone Capture
    Hawks Set Example for Drone Capture July 12 2019
      Oxford University, Flight Group researchers are studying the way Hawks catch prey to help develop the guidance systems for an air vehicle that will catch rogue drones. Research is focused on the behaviour of Hawks to understand flight dynamics, controls and guidance systems. Various methods and technologies are being developed that use projectiles, the jamming of radio communications, other drones and birds of prey. The researchers used high speed cameras ...
  • Simulators for Atak
    Simulators for Atak June 25 2019
    The ATAK Helicopter Full Mission Simulator, which will be used to train pilots who will fly T129 Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter, was developed by Turkish Air Defence and Software Company HAVELSAN within the scope of a project by the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB). The Simulator has been delivered to Turkish Armed Forces Command. Because the pilot and weapon system officer is positioned tandem in the attack helicopter, the requirements of these two missions can...
  • Maiden Flightfrom Unpiloted Black Hawk
    Maiden Flightfrom Unpiloted Black Hawk June 8 2019
    Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk testbed helicopter equipped with Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) technology made its maiden flight on 29 May, the company announced on 6 June. The flight took place at company's West Palm Beach facility in Florida on 29 May. İt also marked the official start of the flight trials programme for the OPV technology following an earlier test aboard a S-76B Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) testbed helicopter. &quo...
  • Black Hawk's Chinese Sibling in Inventory
    Black Hawk's Chinese Sibling in Inventory May 17 2019
    The Z-20 helicopters which are quite similar in appearance to the UH-60 in inventory. The platform has been seen for the first time in a long time. It is thought that the helicopter that was firstly seen with Chinese Army insignias entered the Chinese inventory. In the latest images published, it is stated that the LH953201 and LH953205 serial numbered helicopters carry the Chinese Army marks and the serial numbers match the ones used in the army system. The Z-20 helicopte...
  • First Domestically Built Black Hawk Engine Delivered
    First Domestically Built Black Hawk Engine Delivered May 15 2019
    The process continues to progress in helicopters to be manufactured at TUSAŞ facilities under licence within scope of the T70 Utility Helicopter Program. In this context, TEI delivered the first T700-TEI-701D turboshaft engine produced under license. The delivery ceremony was held at TEI facilities based in Eskişehir. The ground laying ceremony for TR Engine, which will be the Turboshaft engine R & D center, was also held at the ceremony. President of Defense Industry Dr. Ismail...
  • Bidding Time for the Republic of Korea
    Bidding Time for the Republic of Korea May 14 2019
    DAPA (Defence Acquisition Program Administration), the defence procurement agency of the Republic of Korea, has announced that the country has launched the second phase for the new anti-submarine warfare helicopters. In the first phase, Republic of Korea has pruchased eight AW159 Wildcat helicopters. The estimated value is expected to be $ 802 million. It is estimated that US-based Lockheed Martin and Italian Leonardo companies will compete. The timeline for bidding is May 2 to Augu...
  • New Delhi Approves Navy Ka-31 Buy
    New Delhi Approves Navy Ka-31 Buy May 11 2019
    The Defence Acquisition Council on Friday cleared the purchase of 10 Russian-made Kamov Ka-31 31 Helix airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN). ANI news agency reported the proposed acquisition would cost approximately Rs 3,600 crore (US$518 million).. The procurement of 10 Ka-31 AEW&C helicopters, used as airborne pickets by the IN, will allow them to improve their situational awareness at sea, and follow-on orders after India ordered...
  • $6 961 Billion Worth Export
    $6 961 Billion Worth Export May 7 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to three countries for five different defence items. Two for Bahrain, two for Czech Republic and one for United Arab Emirates. Total cost for Bahrain is $ 3. 228 billion. Total tag price for Czech Republic is 1. 085 billion and UAE will pay $2.728 billion. Total export value is $6 961 billion. Bahrain will acquire various Patriot missile systems and related support and equipment for an...
  • Albania Gets Second Hand Black Hawk from USA
    Albania Gets Second Hand Black Hawk from USA April 11 2019
    Albanian Defence Minister Olta Xhaçka stated on an interview that his government is negotiating with the United States buying three Black Hawk "helicopters. "It's part of the United States aid package, after a few days I'll go to America to sign the contract. These are three "Black Hawk" helicopters that will reinforce the army's capabilities. " Minister Xhaçka said that even though helicopters are used, they are in extremely good workin...
  • US Approves MH-60R Sale to India
    US Approves MH-60R Sale to India April 3 2019
      The US government has approved the sale of the Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk maritime multisession helicopter to India. The US State Department has cleared India to procure 24 MH-60R helicopters, as well one MH-60B/R Excess Defence Article (EDA) helicopter from the US Navy that will likely be used for training. In addition to the helicopters, the proposed package includes related anti-submarine warfare equipment and weapons, anti-surface warfare weapons, ...
  • Mirage F1s Returned to Skies
    Mirage F1s Returned to Skies April 3 2019
    US-based tactical training, threat simulation and R & D provider Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), announced that it received 63 Mirage F1 platforms from France in 2017. The company announced on April 2 that 45 of the platforms have uğgraded with digital radio, frequency memory and jammer capability and advanced radar systems. In addition to Mirage F1s, the company will provide Agressor services to US Air Force training with Hawker Hunter, IAI Kfir and L-39ZA aircraft....
  • One More Step in AAG
    One More Step in AAG April 2 2019
    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) made a new announcement about the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) tests. The statement, about the system which will be used on board the United States' new generation Gerald R. Ford class aircraft to be used; said that another test phase has left behind. In the tests carried out with the E-2C + Hawkeye, which weighs approximately 21,000 kilograms, the system was attempted to stop by the barrier. In the trials conducted in Lakehurst,...
  • First Saudi Hawk Rolled Out
    First Saudi Hawk Rolled Out April 2 2019
    Saudi Arabia, rolled out the the country's first Hawk Mk 165 advanced jet trainer aircraft manufactured under license, with a ceremony. The ceremony was held at the King Abdulaziz Air Base, and the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was also attended. Prince told that during ceremony the program is an important milestone in the country's Vision 2030 Program. The Saudi Royal Air Force, which already has Mk 65 and Mk65A models in its inventory, ordered the first Mk165 AJT pack...
  • British Rolls-Royce Gets Involved in Bell’s V-280 and V-247 Engines
    British Rolls-Royce Gets Involved in Bell’s V-280 and V-247 Engines March 26 2019
    British Company Rolls-Royce will develop turboshaft engines for Bell’s V-280 Valor and V-247 Vigilant tiltrotors. The V-280 Valor is powered by US company GE’s T64-GE-419 engine. According to Bell, “Bell and Rolls-Royce are developing an end-to-end engine integrated solution for V-280 as an option for future procurements”. The company however admits that “”the government has not defined its engine sourcing strategy.” Following Siko...
  • Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy
    Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy March 7 2019
    The U.S. Navy has issued a draft request for proposals for a new guided missile frigate, being acquired through the FFG(X) competition in order to buy a total of 20 ships, and the draft solicitation outlines the construction schedule for the first 10 ships in the class. The lead ship would be delivered 72 months after a contract is awarded. The contract will include an option for an additional nine ships. A final RFP will be released later this year, with a contract award ...
  • Canada Submits Formal Bid to Buy Eurohawk
    Canada Submits Formal Bid to Buy Eurohawk February 21 2019
    Canada has submitted a formal bid to buy the Eurohawk from Germany, Reuters reports. It said earlier that Transport Canada wishes to purchase the aircraft in order to monitor oil spills and the Arctic Region. Canada has submitted a formal bid for the prototype aircraft, which was stripped of key equipment and demilitarized by the United States in 2017. The German Defence Ministry is evaluating the request from Canada to buy a high-altitude surveillance drone that has been ...
  • Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R
    Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R February 14 2019
    The Hellenic Navy plans to procure four Sikorsky MH-60R anti-submarine warfare helicopters from Sikorsky, according to a written statement to the Parliament made by Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Apostolakis. According to statement, the four helicopters will be procured through a Foreign Military Sale and a government-to-government agreement. The new MH-60Rs will replace AgustaBell AB-212ASW platforms. The Hellenic Navy currently operates a fleet of 11 S-70B/B-6 Aegean H...
  • 30 Rafale Aboard the Charles De Gaulle
    30 Rafale Aboard the Charles De Gaulle February 14 2019
      The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is deployed in the Mediterranean with its carrier group for the exercise Fanal 2019. 30 Rafale M fighter jets , two Hawkeye E- 2C command and control aircraft , one Dauphin helicopter and one NH90 helicopter. It is the major air group deployed on the deck of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and can be identified on a photo published by the Navy. The air group more generally includes about 20 Rafale be the equiva...
  • Four Black Hawks for Polish Special Operations Forces
    Four Black Hawks for Polish Special Operations Forces January 30 2019
      A contract was concluded at the PZL Mielec facility for the delivery of four Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for the Polish special operations command. This includes retrofitting of the airframes, logistical and training packages. The head of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Mariusz Błaszczak, stated that the helicopters are to be delivered by the end of 2019.   According to the MoD, the agreement is worth PLN 683 million (approx. $182 million). The price i...
  • Harpoon Returns to U.S. Submarines
    Harpoon Returns to U.S. Submarines December 20 2018
    The US Navy continues to revive the Cold War precautions. In this respect, the navy decided to re-deploy the Harpoon missile to nuclear submarines.   The knowledge that tensions experienced in the China Sea necessitated this precaution is spoken in backstage. It has not yet been determined which model to use. It is announced that, negotiations have started with Boeing for integration to Los Angeles class submarines on the Navy's website.  
  • Philippines to acquire Less Than 10 T129
    Philippines to acquire Less Than 10 T129 December 7 2018
    The Philippine Air Force’s technical working group (TWG) has identified the combat utility and attack helicopters that have met its requirements to fulfil its capability demands. 24pilipinas.com stated that Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the TWG has recommended the Sikorsky Black Hawk for its combat utility helicopter acquisition project, while the T129 ATAK of the Turkish Aerospace Industries was selected for its attack helicopter project. Lorenzana sa...
  • Japan's Hawkeyes to 2020
    Japan's Hawkeyes to 2020 December 7 2018
    US signed a new agreement with Northrop Grumman under the FMS (Foreign Military Sales). Under the agreement, Japan's second batch of 9 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye’s manufacturing process will be started. On October 12, Japan announced the signing of a new US $ 3 billion agreement. Under the agreement, nine additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft will be procured for the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force. The first decision for its procurement E-2D planes w...
  • Tunisia Receives Last Helicopter December 4 2018
    US Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC), made a new statement. In a statement, Tunisia, UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter shipments are reported to be completed. The delivery of helicopters that Tunisia will use for transport and MEDEVAC missions was completed in June, but no statement has been received by the parties until this month. The first four of the platforms provided under the FMS in June 2017. In the final helicopters delivered, large dust filters and heat-dilution ...
  • Indian Training Jets fitted with Inferior Engines
    Indian Training Jets fitted with Inferior Engines November 4 2018
    Pilots training to join the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy are flying jets fitted with inferior engines and “Category B” or “second-hand components” that seriously affect the “quality of the aircraft”, a recent audit by the Comptroller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) according to Hindustan Times. India bought 123 Hawk - 106 for IAF and 17 for the Navy from British company BAES in 2004. 28 of these 123 jets were to be bought in flyaw...
  • DARPA, the U.S. Army and Sikorsky Tested ALIAS
    DARPA, the U.S. Army and Sikorsky Tested ALIAS October 31 2018
    Lockheed Martin and the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have demonstrated autonomous helicopter operations with US Army pilots flying the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) for the first time, Lockheed Martin announced on 29 October. Together with the FAA and DARPA, Sikorsky is developing autonomous and optionally-piloted technology that will ultimately decrease instances of the number one cause of helicopter crashes: Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT...