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  • Black Hawks Pass Through Taiwan Streets and Reach Airport
    Black Hawks Pass Through Taiwan Streets and Reach Airport 14 October 2020
    Taiwan's government purchased a total of 60 UH-60M Black Hawk general purpose helicopters in 2009. With the arrival of six new UH-60M Black Hawks on the cargo ship at Kaohsiung port in the first week of October, the delivery of the country's purchased platforms has been completed. The footage reflected the transport of helicopters leaving the port to the airport on the streets of Kaohsiung. Six new helicopters will be deployed at Songshan and Kaohsiung airports. Ta...
  • Korea Retires Black Hawks
    Korea Retires Black Hawks 12 October 2020
    The Republic of Korea will retire the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters in its inventory. 103 Black Hawks, which have been operational for nearly 20 years, were planned to go through the modernization process, but the country's arms supply agency said it could replace the UH-60s already in use with the KUH-1 Surion helicopters developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). According to a feasibility study conducted by the Korea Institute for Defence Analysis on gener...
  • Hawks are Stronger than Thought
    Hawks are Stronger than Thought 16 August 2020
    The good news for Australia from Hawk jet trainer, which has launched numerous acquisition programs within the scope of the modern combat requirements of the armed forces. The test program carried out on the Hawk Mk127 aircraft serving the Royal Australian Air Force (Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as an advanced jet trainer aircraft has been completed. In a statement made by BAE Systems Australia, it was stated that RAAF could keep Hawk Mk 127's on duty until the end of the 2...
  • Ear Order for MH-60R Sea Hawks 7 August 2020
    Dipping sonars are the underwater ear of naval helicopters. These systems have great importance for anti-submarine warfare missions. Lockheed Martin, one of the leading defence companies of the USA, announced that a new order has been received from the aviation unit of the US Navy, NAVAIR (US Naval Air Systems Command). 39 AN/AQS-22 ALFS (Airborne Low-Frequency Sonar) systems will be received within the scope of the acquisition, which is a modification for the previously signed supp...
  • Navy Helicopter Agreement
    Navy Helicopter Agreement 18 May 2020
    India continues its naval investments due to the growing tension in the region, the platforms that have reached the end of its economic life and the consolidation of maritime domination.  The US, which recently signed an agreement with India for the procurement of naval helicopters, took action for the production phase of the platforms. The US Navy signed a USD 904.8 million deal with Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, for the manufacture of 21 MH-60R Sea...
  • Chinese Sea Hawk
    Chinese Sea Hawk 6 April 2020
    In addition to the original product development, the images of China's new helicopter, which intensely carries out reverse engineering activities, have been published. In the past years, China developed the Z-20 helicopter with the reverse engineering method from the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters it had previously acquired from the USA. The naval variant of the Z-20, which was produced in line with the need for high-performance helicopters especially in high altitude areas s...
  • Modernised Tomahawk
    Modernised Tomahawk 2 April 2020
    Increasing tension around the world leads countries to increase their systems in terms of quality and quantity. The US continues to sharpen the war axes. Under the $ 493 million deal signed with Raytheon, Tomahawk (Battle Axe) Block IV missiles will be modernized and upgraded to Block V. In this context, new generation navigation systems and data link equipment will be integrated into the projectiles. The status of the Tomahawks to be recertified will also be monitored and syst...
  • Additional Jet Trainer
    Additional Jet Trainer 23 March 2020
    The advanced jet trainers approaching the end of their economic life. So they will leave their places to new ones. The US Air Force also chose the T-7A Red Hawks in the past months to replace the T-38 Talons in its inventory. For the transition to new platforms, the USA launched the Reforge Proof of Concept (RFX) process to provide advanced training in specific areas with modern training aircraft. In this process, a limited amount of aircraft procurement is planned.
  • Triton Eye on Pacific
    Triton Eye on Pacific 29 January 2020
    Because of the increasing China, North Korea and Russian movements in the region, the USA added a new one to the measures taken in order to compete in the intelligence race in the Pacific. The US Pacific Fleet announced deployment of two MQ-4C Tritons to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam as part of early operational capability. With the Tritons, the maritime patrol variant of RQ-4 Global Hawks, the US Navy will perform training activities. In this context...
  • Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk
    Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk 21 January 2020
    The United States announced that the T-7A Red Hawk aircraft were chosen as the platform to replace the T-38 Talon advanced jet trainers in the last quarter of 2019. As a partner of Boeing in the program, Saab announced that the serial production phase has started for the aft fuselage section. Saab stated that the parts of the platforms that on their shares will be manufactured in the facilities located in Linköping in the first place. The company, which is respon...
  • Croatia buys two more Black Hawks
    Croatia buys two more Black Hawks 1 November 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...
  • E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron
    E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron 12 September 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...
  • Hawks Set Example for Drone Capture
    Hawks Set Example for Drone Capture 12 July 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 ...
  • Black Hawk's Chinese Sibling in Inventory
    Black Hawk's Chinese Sibling in Inventory 17 May 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...
  • Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R
    Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R 14 February 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...
  • Four Black Hawks for Polish Special Operations Forces
    Four Black Hawks for Polish Special Operations Forces 30 January 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...
  • Indian Training Jets fitted with Inferior Engines
    Indian Training Jets fitted with Inferior Engines 4 November 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...
  • Weapon Pod for Blackhawks
    Weapon Pod for Blackhawks 22 October 2018
      A new step has come from the United States, which has been working with the Kabul government on the reconstruction of the Afghanistan Army. In this direction, Washington will arm the UH-60A Black Hawk utility helicopters in the Afghan Air Force inventory. The decision was taken by the US Department of Defence's direct proposal to Afghanistan.   Afghanistan, which has already produced Russian helicopters for the general purpose helicopters, is tryi...
  • UK Secured its Typhoon Export to Qatar
    UK Secured its Typhoon Export to Qatar 19 September 2018
    Qatar’s contract to buy 24 Typhoon jets and nine Hawks  from United Kingdom is now officially effective after BAE Systems received its first payment today.  The deal, worth around £5bn includes the aircraft and a bespoke support and training package. 
  • Seahawk Deliveries Finished
    Seahawk Deliveries Finished 2 August 2018
    Royal Danish Air Force received its last two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. Denmark, which procured 12 helicopters to replace the Lynx helicopters in the Danish inventory, took delivery of the first three Seahawk helicopters in June 2016. The MH-60R Seahawk helicopter is a multi-purpose naval helicopter, can carry out anti-submarine warfare (ASW) with 324 mm torpedos and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) with Hellfire missile. In addition, helicopters can&n...
  • UH-60s Helicopter for Afghans Lacks Lift of Old Russian Mi17s: Pentagon Report
    UH-60s Helicopter for Afghans Lacks Lift of Old Russian Mi17s: Pentagon Report 17 June 2018
    According to the Pentagon’s inspector general Glenn Fine’s report, Afghanistan’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters are not as capable as the Russian-made Mi-17s. The Afghan military has been flying the Russian-made chopper since the 1980s. Pentagon Inspector General Fine wrote in his latest quarterly assessment of U.S. expenditures in Afghanistan, posted in May, the same month the first Black Hawk was flown in an Afghanistan operation by the emerging air force.  Fine’s...
  • Engines for Two Black Hawks To Be Delivered This Year
    Engines for Two Black Hawks To Be Delivered This Year 26 March 2018
    TAI Engine Industries (TEI) General Manager Faruk Aksit announced that they will deliver the first four T700-GE-701D engines, which will be produced under the GE license for the Turkish General Purpose Helicopter Project, to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) within this year. Akşit stated that 60 percent of the T700-GE-701D engine to be used on the 109 T70 General Purpose Helicopters will be indigenous. The helicopters will be developed based on the S70i Helicopter of Lockheed Mart...
  • Black Hawks Increasing
    Black Hawks Increasing 30 January 2018
    Afghan Air Force received four additional Sikorsky UH-60A + Black Hawk helicopters. First batch of UH-60A + was delivered in September, 2017. According to the plan of USA and Afghanistan, the old Mi-17 fleet of Afghan Air Force will be regenerated. In the process that will continue until 2020, Afghanistan will receive a total of 159 Black Hawks. UH-60A + model is a standard UH-60A helicopter with the T700-GE-701C engine of the UH-60L helicopter. The platform, which also ha...
  • Qatar's Deal on Typhoons and Hawks Resolved
    Qatar's Deal on Typhoons and Hawks Resolved 29 November 2017
    The UK and Qatar have completed negotiations on Qatar's acquisition of 24 Eurofighter Typhoons and six BAE Hawks and a relevant contract will be signed soon, according to a senior BAE Systems official. Although an exact date it will be signed, a spokesman for BAE said inking of the deal could take place by mid-December. Two countries had signed a statement of intent on the proposed purchase on 17 September.  Qatar has already signed a sales contract with...
  • $130 Million Support For Global Hawks
    $130 Million Support For Global Hawks 9 October 2017
    Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $130 million contract for long lead work related to Tokyo's acquisition of three RQ-4 Block 30 (I) Global Hawk unmanned air vehicles.  The US government had approved the $1,2 billion sales of three Block 30 Global Hawks to Japan in November 2015. The recent contract includes relevant long lead items, an enhanced sensor suite, spars, and a site survey. The work is planned to be completed by 27 July 2018.
  • Tomahawks To Assume Anti-ship Capability
    Tomahawks To Assume Anti-ship Capability 18 August 2017
    Raytheon expects to receive a new contract soon for external link to turn a number of US Navy Tomahawks into anti-ship cruise missiles. Under the Block IV Tomahawk mid-life recertification, the company is to upgrade the missiles for its new role.  The missiles will feature a new multi-mode seeker having a mix of passive and active sensors. The new variants are expected to enter service in 2020. 
  • The US Wants Additional Black Hawks
    The US Wants Additional Black Hawks 21 July 2017
    The US Department of Defence (DoD) issued a Request for Information (RFI) for an additional 114 Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters in utility and medical evacuation configurations.  The new helicopters, required to be delivered over a three-year period beginning from fiscal year 2019, will be supplied to the US Army, as well as to other DoD and US government agencies, and potential foreign customers. The companies to submit offers will have to partner with...
  • Tomahawk Test Fire From US Submarine
    Tomahawk Test Fire From US Submarine 20 July 2017
    The US Navy (USN) has tested the new Block III Virginia Payload Tube on the Virginia-class submarine USS North Dakota (SSN-784), firing two Tomahawk cruise missiles in the Gulf of Mexico. The test fire was the first demonstration of the submarine's potential to load, carry and vertically launch Tomahawk missiles from the submarine. The service is also working on enabling the submarines to carry three times the number of Tomahawk missiles that t...
  • Saudi Contract for Sikorsky
    Saudi Contract for Sikorsky 4 July 2017
    The US Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 30 June a $3,8 billion contract awarded to Sikorsky to manufacture 257 H-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the US Army and Saudi Arabia. The five-year contract covers UH-60M utility and HH-60M medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) configurations. The specific numbers and distribution of the helicopters were undisclosed. Powered with General Electric T700-GE-701D engines, UH-60 Black Hawks a fully digital glass cockpit. ...
  • New Cockpit for Austrian Black Hawks
    New Cockpit for Austrian Black Hawks 28 June 2017
    Austria will upgrade the cockpits of its Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk helicopters under a $54 million contract.The Austrian Ministry of Defence awarded Global Aviation Solutions to integrate Acehawk cockpits on nine Black Hawk helicopters.  Acehawk features Garmin GTC570 touchscreens and Garmin G5000H wide-screen displays. In the scope of the modernization package, Austrian helos will also receive new weather radars and a Mode 4 identification friend-or-foe (IFF) tra...
  • US Support to Afghanistan
    US Support to Afghanistan 5 June 2017
    The US considers providing Afghanistan with up to 159 refurbished UH-60A Black Hawks to replace its aging fleet of Russian Mi-17 transport helicopters. The first delivery is expected to begin in 2019. Afghan defence officials considers the delivery as a vital addition to bolster Afghan Air Force. The country will receive approximately 30 helicopters a year.
  • Chile Chose 'Black Hawk'
    Chile Chose 'Black Hawk' 8 December 2016
    Sikorsky has been awarded a contract for six S-70i Black Hawks for the Chilean Air Force. The company announced the contract on 7 December, without disclosing its value. The export version of the helicopters will be manufactured by Sikorsky’s Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec. S-70i helicopters feature General Electric T700-GE-701D engines and a dual digital automatic flight-control system (AFCS). 
  • Global Hawk cleared to fly over Czech Republic
    Global Hawk cleared to fly over Czech Republic 4 December 2016
    The Czech government has given the green light to Washington for the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk to overfly its airspace starting from 2017. According to Czech based Daily Pravo The largest U.S. drones, Global Hawks, will be allowed to fly over Czech territory as of 2017, The government gave consent to the crossings and overflights of armed forces of NATO members, including overflights of unmanned aerial vehicles provided that their surveillance and arms systems are sw...
  • Afghanistan Abandons Reliance on Russian Tech
    Afghanistan Abandons Reliance on Russian Tech 22 November 2016
    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) is to replace its Russian-made Mil Mi-17 'Hip' helicopters with 53 Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters. The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 18 November that the Black Hawks will be transferred from US Army stocks and upgraded. Although the Mi-17 is cheaper and easier to operate when compared to Western platforms, the US do not want to continue relying on Russian-made helicopters. The AAF operates about 80 Mi-17s including its Special Mi...
  • Temren power to SeaHawks
    Temren power to SeaHawks 30 October 2016
    Turkish Defence Executive Commitee decided to equip SeaHawk S-70B helicopters with ROKETSAN's recent missile Temren. Temren is a derivative of ATGM UMTAS for surface targets. The trials were held at Blacksea last year. UMTAS ATGM has a range of  eigth km.Turkish Navy has 26 S-70B in inventory.
  • Caracal Out, Black Hawk In
    Caracal Out, Black Hawk In 11 October 2016
    As Poland abandoned the procurement of Airbus Caracal Helicopters on Tuesday last week, the country re-started pursuit of multi-role helicopters. In a statement made on 10 October, Poland Defence Ministry said they were interested in Lockheed Martin’s Black Hawks which was Airbus’ competitor for the country’s helicopter acquisition and will start talks within this week. The number, type and estimated cost of the helicopters were not disclosed, however, ministry expects to re...
  • BAE Missile Warning System to Egypt
    BAE Missile Warning System to Egypt 8 October 2016
    The US government approved the possible sales of Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) to Egyptian Air Force on 6 October.  BAE Systems and DynCorp being the prime contractors, the estimated contract cost $81.4 million. The agreement covers 67 AN/AAR-57 CMWS to be integrated with the force’s AH-64E Apache, UH-60 Blackhawks, and CH-47 Chinook Helicopters and related equipment, training, and support. 
  • Israel  gets SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopter Equipment and Support for already bought Sea Hawks
    Israel  gets SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopter Equipment and Support for already bought Sea Hawks 7 July 2016
    It is learnt that Israel requested 8 ex US Navy SH-60F Seahawk helicopters via FMS to be used on board 4 new frigates. The formal request was not declared but the request to receive Sea-Hawk Helicopter equipment and support unrevealed the trade. US Defence And Security cooperation agency internet page announced the request as “Israel - Excess SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopter Equipment and Support” and said following; The State Department has made a determination appr...
  • Denmark receives first three MH-60R Seahawks 8 June 2016
    Denmark Royal Air Force has received the first three of an eventual nine Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopters to replace its fleet of ageing Westland Lynx 90s.  Helos will function at Danish navy Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate but will be operated by Air Force. Remaining helicopters will be delivered by mid-2018.
  • US Navy to simulate threats on supersonic jets 12 May 2016
    The US Navy has awarded a $43.1 million contract to the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company, to exercise an option in support of the Contracted Air Services (CAS) Program Pentagon said on a press release. The CAS Program provides contractor owned and operated Type III High Subsonic and Type IV Supersonic aircraft to United States Navy Fleet customers for a wide variety of airborne threat simulation capabilities, Pentagon also explained. The Airborne Tactical Advantage Company operates British-bu...