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  • Russia Offers Aircraft Maintenance Centre to Argentina
    Russia Offers Aircraft Maintenance Centre to Argentina 23 November 2020
    The Argentine Air Force wants to buy a total of 20 assault helicopters. Considering the options offered by different companies, Argentina wants the construction of a local logistics centre for the maintenance and repair of helicopters to be commissioned and the transfer of know how.  According to Argentine media reports, Russia has proposed the sale of 20 Mi-171Sh helicopters to the Argentine Defence Ministry and the opening of a maintenance centre, where different logistical o...
  • Qatar's Corveti Begins Naval Tests
    Qatar's Corveti Begins Naval Tests 21 November 2020
    Fincantieri's Al Zubarah (F 101) corvette, built for the Qatari Navy, began naval testing. The delivery schedule of the corvette, which Qatar plans to use effectively in air defence operations, had delay due to COVID-19. The platform, which was pulled into the dry pool in November 2018, has an displacement of 3,250 tons. Al Zubarah-class corvettes, which have a drive system consisting of four diesel engines, are said to be 107 meters long and about 15 meters wide. ...
  • Modernization Cooperation from NATO Allies
    Modernization Cooperation from NATO Allies 20 November 2020
    France, Germany, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom agreed on November 19, 2020, for the development of a new generation of general-purpose helicopters. A letter of intent was signed on this issue through the video conferencing method. The five countries will first work on modernization of existing fleets of rotor aircraft. The current general-purpose helicopters in the Allies' inventory expire in 2035-2040. Experts from the five countries will come up with a collaboration pla...
  • MBDA's New Ammunition for Tiger Helicopter
    MBDA's New Ammunition for Tiger Helicopter 14 November 2020
    The MBDA and the French government have reached an agreement to develop a new generation of anti-tank missiles to be used in Tiger attack helicopters. During a visit to the firm on November 13th, French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced that the government had chosen MBDA for the Future Tactical Air-to-Surface Missile programme. MBDA proposed a long-range MHT missile for the project. According to the company, the missile has a range of eight kilometres and is ...
  • Pakistan's Yarmook Class Second Corvette Commissioned
    Pakistan's Yarmook Class Second Corvette Commissioned 14 November 2020
    The Pakistani Navy commissioned the Second Yarmook-class corvette PNS Tabuk.  An agreement was signed between Pakistan and Damen Shipyard in 2017 for two Yarmook-class platforms designed based on the OPV 1900 patrol vessel.Under the contract, the first corvette PNS Yarmook was delivered in February 2020. PNS Tabuk, commissioned in the Romanian port of Constanta, has a displacement of 2,300 tons. The platform has a crew capacity of 138 people and has a landing runway f...
  • Black Hawks Delivered to Philippines
    Black Hawks Delivered to Philippines 11 November 2020
    Poland-based firm PZL Mielec, which works for Lockheed Martin, delivered five of the S-70i Black Hawk transport helicopters manufactured for the Philippines. The Philippines, which ordered a total of 16 helicopters, signed a contract for the platforms in 2019 amounting to USD 240 million. Poland's Defence Ministry announced that the sixth helicopter will be delivered by sea because only five helicopters can be transported on the Antonov An-124 transport aircraft. The s...
  • ASELSAN Announces New Electro-Optical Systems Will Be Available Soon
    ASELSAN Announces New Electro-Optical Systems Will Be Available Soon 10 November 2020
    ASELSAN has been working since the 1990s in the field of Electro-Optical Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems, which are heavily used in residential areas such as the outpost, base area, checkpoint and critical facility, as well as border surveillance. There are more than 120 products developed by the company within this framework. ASELSAN production electro-optical solutions are used in approximately 40 countries. Electro-optical products were the subject of the 107th ...
  • New Target UAV from Russia
    New Target UAV from Russia 2 November 2020
    Russia's new rotary winged target UAV system is in its final stages. The target UAV system developed by JSC CSTS Dynamica, a subgroup of Technodynamica Group, has successfully completed state testing. The system is described as the first unmanned rotor vehicle in size, designed, manufactured and tested in Russia. With a take-off weight of 351 kilograms, the drone can reach an altitude of 2,500 meters. The target drone will simulate test-and-test weapons syste...
  • South America's First Cobra Delivered
    South America's First Cobra Delivered 28 October 2020
    The Ecuadorian Air Force has received the first two Airbus H145 general purpose helicopters.  Ecuador is H145's first military client in South America. In 2021, a total of six Airbus H145 general purpose helicopters will join the Ecuadorian Air Force inventory.  Ecuador plans to use helicopters as part of national security-related missions such as border surveillance and the fight against drug trafficking, as well as the need for medical evacuations and natural disaste...
  • Korea's Training Ship to Enter Service at The Beginning of the Year
    Korea's Training Ship to Enter Service at The Beginning of the Year 23 October 2020
    The Republic of Korea's first training ship, built with reduced radar visibility, was delivered to the navy. Delivered two years after its launch, the Hansando training vessel is 142 metres long and can reach more than 12,000 kilometres at a speed of 18 knots. The ship has a capacity of 400 crew, which will be used to training Navy students, and has spacious conference rooms and separate practice rooms. Hansando, where two navy helicopters can be deployed, could be dep...
  • China's New Helicopters Will Come from Russia
    China's New Helicopters Will Come from Russia 23 October 2020
    China has purchased 121 new helicopters from Russia, aviation group Rostec said in its newly released annual report. China has signed a contract with Rostec subsidiary JSC Russian Helicopters, which is set a "record" for the purchase of new helicopters in early 2019, the report said. Under the contract, which includes the Chinese government and private organizations, Russia will deliver 68 Mi-171 general purpose helicopters, 18 Mi-171Sh helicopters, 14 VK-2500 engines and ...
  • UK's First Drone and Helicopter Integration
    UK's First Drone and Helicopter Integration 22 October 2020
    The United Kingdom has integrated Callen-Lenz production semi-autonomous UAV into the mission system of the AW159 Wildcat helicopter. “In this instance, when a helicopter crew controls a UAV from the helicopter like it was an onboard sensor being controlled from the cockpit. By integrating control of the UAV into the Wildcat Mission System, Leonardo was able to minimise the pilots’ workload allowing them to focus more on the mission whilst simultaneously controlling the ...
  • End of 34 Years at USMC: Super Cobras Retired
    End of 34 Years at USMC: Super Cobras Retired 21 October 2020
    Bell AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters, which have served the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) for nearly 34 years, have been retired. The AH-1W, which made its final flight last week, was the backbone of the USMC's fleet of special attack helicopters. Super Cobras, who also participated in the 1991 Gulf War, participated in USCM's operations for more than 930,000 hours. The AH-1Ws, who served during the US interventions in Haiti, Yugoslavia and Libya, continued their combat-r...
  • U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece
    U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece 20 October 2020
    Geoffrey Pyatt, US Ambassador to Greece, said the White House would offer to sell four frigates to Greece. Pyatt noted that they proposed that the three frigates be produced jointly at the Onex Shipyards on the Greek island of Syros. Greece announced in early September that it would strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis announced that they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four ...
  • Thales Introduces New AESA
    Thales Introduces New AESA 19 October 2020
    Thales introduces the new Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) for small and medium-sized aircraft. The design phase of the radar, called AirMaster C, has been completed and air tests will be completed. Thales Sales Director Stéphane Lavigne said the French Armed Forces have announced an intention to purchase the new radar for Guépard, the helicopter it plans to commission in Airbus 2026. Developed based on silicon-germanium technology, the AirMaster C ...
  • New Images from Kuwait's Helicopter
    New Images from Kuwait's Helicopter 19 October 2020
    New images of the H225M (EC725 Caracal) general-purpose helicopter, which Kuwait bought from Airbus in 2016, have been shared. The platform's flight-testing program began in October 2019. In February 2020, Kuwait’s Armed Forces set up a committee to examine the details after technical problems with the engines of the first two Caracals received. The delivery of helicopters was suspended due to technical failures. The platform stands out for its low operating cost...
  • First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison
    First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison 15 October 2020
    NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker) have delivered the first NH90 to the Spanish Air Force that will boost their search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission capabilities. The Spanish Air Force will receive 12 NH90s intended to replace its ageing fleet of AS332 Super Pumas and will be based in Cuatro Vientos, near Madrid. Spain has ordered a total of 45 NH90s in the tactical transport version, to be operated by...
  • Defiant Advances Towards Top Speed
    Defiant Advances Towards Top Speed 15 October 2020
    The Sikorsky-Boeing team continues to make progress as Defiant’s flight test program advances. Defiant’s speed, angle of bank and rate of climb continue to increase as more data is gathered. On October 12, with about two-thirds prop torque and engine power, DEFIANT achieved 211 knots (242.81 m/h; 390.7720km/h) straight and level and 232 knots in a descent. Defiant is expected to have a cruise speed of 250 knots (290 m/h / 460 km/h) The helicopter is partic...
  • 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...
  • Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki
    Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki 13 October 2020
    Japan Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Germany’s Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm developed unmanned and Unconventional helicopter “K-RACER-IV”. The helicopter is designed to improve on the speed capabilities of conventional helicopters. The conventional helicopter would require a tail rotor to counteract the torque generated by the main rotor. Alternatively, it would be without a tail rotor but would have a co-axial main rotor that creates counter torque. Kawasaki&rsq...
  • 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...
  • Bell Presents  EGM the Outstanding Operational Readiness Award
    Bell Presents EGM the Outstanding Operational Readiness Award 12 October 2020
    Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced the Turkish National Police  (Emniyet Genel Müdürlüği /EGM) were presented an award for “Outstanding Operational Readiness.” The force operates 14 Bell 429s for its safety and security missions. The fleet’s operational readiness is above 95 per cent. “It is an honour to award the Turkish National Police this plaque for outstanding operational readiness,” said Clay Bridges, Reg...
  • Portuguese Navy Will Wait for Super Lynx
    Portuguese Navy Will Wait for Super Lynx 11 October 2020
      Portuguese Navy will wait for the delivery of the first out of five modernised Super Lynx Mk 95A helicopter until January 2021. Deliveries are planned to be completed in 2021. Leonardo was awarded a EUR69 million contract in July 2016 to modernise the Portuguese Navy’s five Super Lynx Mk 95 aircraft.  The first modernised helicopter completed its maiden flight on 14 February at Leonardo Helicopters' facility in Yeovil, United Kingdom. The modernisatio...
  • Anadolu Shipyard Launches “Al Doha” for Qatar
    Anadolu Shipyard Launches “Al Doha” for Qatar 8 October 2020
    Turkey’s Anadolu Shipyard launched Al Doha, the first of two Cadet Training Ships (CTS) for the Qatari Navy today. Al Doha will be used to train 72 naval cadets. The ship is 90 meters long, has 1.950 tonnes of full load displacement and a maximum speed of 22 knots at full load. The vessel is armed by 30mm Stabilized Gun and 2 12.7mm Machine Guns. Anadolu Shipyard was awarded a contract by the Qatar Armed Forces “QAF” to build two CTS at DIMDEX 2018 on 13th March 20...
  • Mi-28NM Can Fire Mini-Drones and Suicide Drones
    Mi-28NM Can Fire Mini-Drones and Suicide Drones 4 October 2020
      A modular cluster of unguided aviation missiles, developed by the research centre Zaslon for the helicopter gunship Mi-28NM, will allow helicopters to fire mini-drones and suicide drones from the missile launch tubes, according to TASS news agency. The B8V10-UV module is home for missile tubes and small size attack drones. The new unguided aviation missile cluster was designed for the helicopter Mi-28NM, but it will be usable on all of Russia's combat ...
  • Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget
    Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget 2 October 2020
    The Defence Ministry on Wednesday requested a record ¥5.49 trillion ($55 billion) budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2021, to expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.   The request is up 3.3 per cent from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2021, with defence spending expected to rise. Japan’s defence spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Shinzo Abe t...
  • New Seahawk Seen Leaving Hangar
    New Seahawk Seen Leaving Hangar 2 October 2020
    The new Seahawk XSH-60L helicopter developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has left the hangar. The platform was developed in accordance with the needs of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). New technologies used in the XSH-60L, described as the successor to the SH-60K, are currently unknown. The platform will be operated by the Purchasing, Technology and Logistics Agency of Japan's Ministry of Defence during the initial testing phase. The new platform is ex...
  • Russia's New Military Equipment Approved
    Russia's New Military Equipment Approved 1 October 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry held a commission meeting on technologies developed for security forces. Equipment prototypes based on advanced technology and innovative research have passed the approval of the relevant military authorities.  Within the scope of the Commission: An easy-to-erect bunker designed to station and camouflage military equipment and personnel was introduced at temporary locations. Not only does it protect military equipment from...
  • Germany to Continue with CH-53G
    Germany to Continue with CH-53G 29 September 2020
    Germany has postponed plans to award a contract to replace its heavy-lift helicopters because the bids on the table are uneconomical, the defence ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry announced that offers from American firms Boeing and Lockheed Martin for the Chinook and the King Stallion, respectively, too expensive. Germany decided to replace its ageing fleet of CH-53G transport helicopters in 2017 and launched a tender process in June 2019. Boeing and Lockheed Martin had submit...
  • Air Defence System from Israel to Czechia
    Air Defence System from Israel to Czechia 28 September 2020
    Czechia will buy an air defence system from Israel. According to Israel, the Czech Ministry of Defence wants to add SPYDER to its inventory as an air defence system. SPYDER (Surface-to-Air Python & Derby), is a quick reaction, low- to-high surface-to-air missile system designed to counter attacks by a variety of aerial threats including aircraft, helicopters, and UAVs. The system includes a radar system produced by Elta, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The cos...
  • Italy Wants to Get the Advantage of COVID
    Italy Wants to Get the Advantage of COVID 28 September 2020
    The Italian government wants to experience the benefits of COVID pandemic. European Union handed over some funds to cover COVID-damaged economy. The government wants to find a way to fund defence technology programs including the U.S. Future Vertical Lift ( FVL ) helicopter initiative. The FVL program is currently being pursued by the United States only but is listed as a possible target for Italian investment in a document drawn up by Italy’s industry ministry according to De...
  • TCG Anadolu will be Delayed
    TCG Anadolu will be Delayed 28 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr İsmail Demir announced that the TCG ANADOLU Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) will enter into the inventory with a delay. Participating in a television program, Demir said, “The launch of the ANADOLU ship has slowed down a little during this epidemic process. We've been waiting for the end of this year, it may wait until the middle of next year. Depending on the course of the epidemic, we want to put it into service as so...
  • 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...
  • HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout
    HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout 25 September 2020
        US Navy, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 received their first MQ-8C Firescout on Sept. 15 aboard Naval Station Norfolk.  HSC-22 marks the first East Coast squadron to operate all three systems to include the MH-60S Knighthawk, MQ-8B Firescout, and MQ-8C Firescout. The newly added capability of the MQ-8C combines the capabilities of the MQ-8B with the MH-60S Knighthawk to improve the Navy’s ability to investigate and target hostile su...
  • China's New Drone
    China's New Drone 24 September 2020
    China introduces the new variant of the Z-5 rotary wing UAV at the 6th Military Technology Fair. Nanjing Research Institute on Simulation Technique (NRIST), a manufacturer for the unmanned helicopter named Z-5 B/H, explained that "it performs many functions such as three-dimensional control, automatic take-off and landing, online mission plan". The Z-5 rotary wing drone was first introduced in September 2011, but no definitive information about the platform was available i...
  • 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 ...
  • India successfully test-fired Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from MBT Arjun
    India successfully test-fired Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from MBT Arjun 24 September 2020
    The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on Wednesday, successfully test-fired Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from the main battle tank (MBT) Arjun. The test was conducted at the Armoured Corps Centre and School in Ahmednagar (ACC&S). DRDO said that in these tests, ATGM successfully defeated a target at 3 km. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced the test on his personal Twitter account. In a press statement, the DRDO said, “La...
  • 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...
  • 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...