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  • TCG Anadolu is waiting for the end of 2020
    TCG Anadolu is waiting for the end of 2020 November 21 2019
    President of Defence Industry Dr. İsmail Demir said that they would deliver the TCG Anatolian Ship to the Navy towards the end of 2020. The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship (Landing Helicopter Dock /LHD) TCG Anadolu, is under construction in Istanbul Tuzla. Demir has paid a visit to investigate developments in TCG Anatolia. Demir, following visit, made a statement: “Our boat, known to the public as an aircraft carrier, is being carried out very regularly and whe...
  • Morocco to buy 36 Apache
    Morocco to buy 36 Apache November 21 2019
    Morocco has been cleared to buy up to 36 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for an estimated value of USD 4.25 billion. US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of 36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 19, 2019. The Government of M...
  • Japanese Company Unveils Preliminary LHD Design
    Japanese Company Unveils Preliminary LHD Design November 21 2019
    Japanese shipbuilding company Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation unveiled the preliminary design of a landing helicopter dock (LHD) for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). JMU's Future Landing Helicopter Dock will have five helicopters in two aircraft hangars located beneath the flight deck. The LHD will be capable of embarking up to two Landing Craft Air Cushion-like vessels in its well deck and more than 20 amphibious assault vehicles. The LHD, will be ...
  • Russia and Canada Become Partners
    Russia and Canada Become Partners November 18 2019
    Russian Helicopters selected Pratt & Whitney's PW207V gas-turbine engines to power its VRT500 light helicopters at the Dubai Airshow. The PW207V from the PW200 engine family has been modernized for light helicopters; the engine has a maximum capacity of 700 HP. “Russian Helicopters have a successful experience of cooperation with Pratt & Whitney Canada and I am sure that VRT500 project shall strengthen the partnership between the companies,” noted Andrey Bogi...
  • Upgraded ATAK helicopter carries out maiden flight
    Upgraded ATAK helicopter carries out maiden flight November 13 2019
    Turkey's domestically developed T129 Tactical Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter (ATAK) has been upgraded and performed its maiden flight on Wednesday at the facilities of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) in Ankara. Defence Industries, President Professor İsmail Demir, announced the upgraded ATAK's first flight on his official Twitter account. "The ATAK Phase 2, equipped with a laser warning system and upgraded electronic warfare systems, successfully carried out ...
  • New Engine for Mi and Kamov Helicopters
    New Engine for Mi and Kamov Helicopters November 13 2019
    Russian-based engine manufacturer UEC-Klimov presents the new VK-2500 engine for Mil and Kamov helicopters in India's inventory. The matter was reportedly discussed when Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh visited the UEC-Klimov plant on November 7. India, which has about 250 Mil helicopters in service, has announced that they have ordered 10 Kamov Ka-31s worth about $ 504 million. There are three versions of the VK-2500 engine, each of which has a different take-off power- from 2000 to...
  • 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...
  • 10 Chinook for UAE
    10 Chinook for UAE November 12 2019
    The U.S. State Department has cleared the United Arab Emirates to purchase 10 CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters, with an estimated price tag of $830.3 million. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the potential deal. In addition to the helicopters themselves, the proposed package would include 26 T55-GA-714A engines; 24 embedded global positioning systems with inertial navigation system; 20 M134D-H mini-guns; and 20 M240H machine guns, as well as various transmitters ...
  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes November 11 2019
    Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has initiated works on building at least four corvettes for the country’s navy, the ministry’s official news agency ArmyInform reported on Sept. 18. The process will start with resuming the construction of the Volodymyr the Great corvette as the lead vessel of Project 58250 class of perspective warships. Navy initiated building back in 2011, but there is almost no progress since then. Turkey and the United States are ready to su...
  • Helicopter Change in Inventory
    Helicopter Change in Inventory November 7 2019
    Poland plans to replace the Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopter in its inventory with modern platforms under the Kruk (Raven) program. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defence (MND), the MND confirmed the high priority of the Kruk program. The MND is focused on the acquisition of two combat rotary-wing squadrons for the Ground Forces and additional helicopters for the Navy. While the platform to be purchased is not determined within the scope of th...
  • Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built
    Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built November 4 2019
    China has begun work on a third, and fourth Type 054A frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy. A steel cutting ceremony was held for the third and fourth ship at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in China on November 1st. The contract signed between China Shipbuilding Trading Co. Ltd (CSTC) and the Pakistani government for procurement was announced in June 2018. According to Chinese sources, the deal includes four platforms. The class of ships built for Pakistan was named Type 054AP. Almost equal ...
  • Delay in Helicopter Procurement
    Delay in Helicopter Procurement November 4 2019
    Malaysia decided to postpone the decision to supply the MD 530G variant of the MD 500 light reconnaissance and surveillance helicopter. The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed that the supply of MD 530G helicopters has been delayed due to "various technical issues". The Malaysian government ordered six helicopters in 2016. In a statement on 1 November,  MoD said that the government reviewed the suitability of the helicopters while they were being built by MD...
  • 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...
  • Tail Rotor Problems at NH-90
    Tail Rotor Problems at NH-90 October 18 2019
    The industry recently pointed out that tail rotor problems can be encountered in the multi-purpose helicopter NH-90. The Bundeswehr and industry are working together to find a solution. The tail rotor blades on all NH-90 delivered before 2018 are being inspected. All affected helicopters will be checked. The material incident will limit the operational readiness of the NH-90 over the next few weeks. The NH-90 helicopters delivered after 2018 do not require inspec...
  • Second Altimeter Export from METEKSAN
    Second Altimeter Export from METEKSAN October 17 2019
    Meteksan Defence exported its radar altimeter developed for aerial platforms to an Asian country. The company announced its contract that took place in September with a press release. The radar altimeters are designed, developed and produced by Meteksan Defence in accordance with military standards. They are operated at aircraft, helicopters, UAVs and guided projectiles, for as low altitude, high-speed flights. Altimeters require low input power, operate in a wide frequency band and...
  • Mi-35 Grant from India
    Mi-35 Grant from India October 16 2019
    India donated two Mi-35 attack helicopters to Afghanistan. “Two Mi-35 attack helicopters gifted by India to Afghan forces,” Fawad Aman, spokesman for the Afghan Defence Ministry, tweeted official Twitter account. The helicopters were delivered to Afghan forces at a ceremony held at Kabul Airport. In 2016, Kabul requested India to repair and provide new parts for the Air Force’s 11 Mi-35s and 7 transport aircraft. In the same year, New Delhi supplied 4 Mi-25s. India...
  • Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey
    Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey October 12 2019
    The Netherlands suspends arms deal to Turkey, the Dutch foreign ministry said Friday. "The Netherlands decided to withhold all license applications for the export of military goods to Turkey," the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP. Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag said in the Dutch parliament Thursday that all military licence applications by Turkey would be turned down "unless there is clear proof that the goods are not being used in north-eastern Syria....
  • New Era in the Pacific Fleet
    New Era in the Pacific Fleet October 7 2019
    Project 20385 lead corvette armed with Kalibr cruise missiles and will be commissioned into service with the Russian navy by the end of 2019. The Gremyashchiy class Russian designation Project 20385, is an advanced development of the Steregushchiy-class corvettes of the Russian Navy. The warship has completed 70% of sea trials. The shipbuilders tested the boat's main propulsion unit in various speed modes, navigation and communications systems, performance, manoeuvrability, habitability, ...
  • 52nd Atak Delivered
    52nd Atak Delivered September 27 2019
    Turkish Aerospace Industry (TUSAŞ) delivered the 52nd T-129 Atak helicopter produced for the Turkish Land Forces Command to the Force. Defence Industry President Professor Ismail Demir announced on his personal Twitter account. Demir said, “We have delivered 52nd of our T129 Atak helicopters to the Turkish Land Forces Command. The helicopter supports our security forces in day and night in all weather conditions “.
  • The US Gives Approval for Boeing AH-6i
    The US Gives Approval for Boeing AH-6i September 26 2019
    The Thai government has announced its intention to purchase eight Boeing AH-6i light attack reconnaissance helicopters and related equipment from the US. The United States has approved Thailand’s request to acquire eight Boeing AH-6i light attack reconnaissance helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $400 million. “The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of eight AH-6i helicopters and related equipment,” Def...
  • 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...
  • H135 is Preferred for Emergency Medical Services
    H135 is Preferred for Emergency Medical Services September 19 2019
      Romanian Ministry of Interior orders three Airbus H135s for air medical services and related support. The contract includes providing services for air medical services and search and rescue (SAR) missions in the country. A four-year framework agreement for the contract was signed at the end of July 2019 that foresees the procurement of up to ten H135s, the company said in a statement Thursday. “Airbus has been an active player in Romania for almost 50 years an...
  • Batch Production will Start
    Batch Production will Start September 9 2019
    Russian Helicopters and VEB.RF signed a 10-year cooperation agreement at the Eastern Economic Forum to support the production and promote Ka-62 helicopters. Russian Helicopters Holding plans to obtain the basic certificate for Ka-62 helicopter in 2020, but the batch production of the craft is scheduled to begin in 2019, the holding said. "The agreement brings us one step closer to the entry of Ka-62 to the market. The latest helicopter is in demand in many regions of our country and abro...
  • Embraer Delivered first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force
    Embraer Delivered first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force September 5 2019
    Embraer delivered the first multi-mission airlift KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira /FAB) at a ceremony held at Anápolis Air Base.  The KC-390 was developed as a joint project between the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer. In 2014, FAB signed a firm order for 28 units of the KC-390 aircraft and initial logistical support. The aircraft are produced at the Gavião Peixoto factory, in São Paulo state. In order to maximize the...
  • Taiwan to Retire UH-1H on Oct. 30
    Taiwan to Retire UH-1H on Oct. 30 September 2 2019
    Taiwan is going retire its UH-1 helicopters that have been in service on the island for 50 years. It will be replaced by the UH-60. The Army officially confirmed that it will cooperate with UH-60M on October 30 this year to hold UH-1H demobilization at Hangte 602 Brigade (Taichung Xinshe).   
  • Largest LHD of the Navy will Enter the Inventory
    Largest LHD of the Navy will Enter the Inventory August 26 2019
    Since 2012, China has been working to improve the amphibious capabilities of amphibious assault ships. Accordingly, recent photos reveal the construction of China’s largest amphibious assault ship is progressing. Photos taken from surrounding buildings and within China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard. Given the pace of construction, the ship is expected to launch this year. It’s unknown how many Type 075s China plans to eventually operate, although ...
  • Russian Helicopters will Retire
    Russian Helicopters will Retire August 23 2019
    The Czech Republic decided to retire the Russian-made helicopters in its inventory. The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from US maker Bell a deal priced at $622 million, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on August 22. The deal includes the utility Venom aircraft and the attack Viper aircraft, which share most of their parts. “It will be eight Venoms and four Vipers,” Metnar told reporters. The contract expected to sign by the end of the year with delivery starti...
  • China Shifts Aircraft Carrier Policy August 23 2019
    China’s second aircraft carrier can carry at least 36 J-15 fighter jets, some 50 percent more than the country’s first, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday. The new capacity signals new mission for aircraft carrier as it indicates air superiority missions. According to CCTV, China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, can carry 24 J-15 fighter jets. The new Type 001A was an upgraded version of the Liaoning, a former Soviet Kuznet...
  • Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans
    Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans August 22 2019
    Cooperation between Russia and Serbia continues. In October 2018, the Serbian Air Force received six MiG-29 fighter jets handed over by Russia as part of military and technical assistance. In addition to this military assistance, Serbia will procure Russian-made Mi-35 and Mi-17 transport helicopters. The helicopters will arrive for the Serbian Air Force in the first quarter of 2020, Serbia’s Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview with RTS television channel on August 19....
  • US, Upgrades Little Bird
    US, Upgrades Little Bird August 22 2019
    Boeing is upgrading the fleet of helicopters that used for special operations in the United States Army under the Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB) program. The 47 machines currently in staffing must indeed remain operational until at least 2035.   The MELB program covers the upgrade of the main components of the A/MH-6 Little Bird helicopter to improve the safety margin, flight controls, and update cockpit. The improved helicopter received new rotor blades, longer ...
  • New Contract for CH-53K
    New Contract for CH-53K August 16 2019
    Sikorsky nets $107M contract for parts on six King Stallion helicopters. The contract covers long-lead items for six low-rate initial production lot 4 helicopters, with work expected to be completed by August 2020. Sikorsky will conduct work on the lot 4 helicopters entirely at its Stratford, Conn. facility. Due to the series of failures that started with the problem of exhaust gas ingestion before, the Marine Corps reduced nine orders for its 2020 fiscal budget to six. The overall ...
  • Apaches Return to Skies August 13 2019
      Recently, the European press announced that some AH-64 Apache helicopters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force were grounded. The first of these platforms started to test flights two days ago.  Helicopters grounded until a second order after technical personnel detected structural problems in the tail rotor during standard maintenance procedures last June. The Netherlands Armed Forces said in a statement, no problems detected at eight AH-64 which located at Fort ...
  • Second Batch of Apaches Arrived Home in India
    Second Batch of Apaches Arrived Home in India August 10 2019
    The second batch of four Boeing 'AH-64E(I)' Apache Guardian helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) arrived at the Hindon Air Force Station (AFS) on the outskirts of New Delhi on 30 July. All eight platforms are delivered a few weeks before schedule. Delivery of the remaining 14 Apache Guardians is scheduled to be completed by 2020. Thereafter, the IAF is expected to fly the aircraft to Pathankot AFS, which is located close to India's border with Pakistan, f...
  • 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...
  • Bolt Problem on Tiger
    Bolt Problem on Tiger August 9 2019
    The Bundeswehr has grounded its fleet of Tiger attack helicopters following a safety warning issued by Airbus Helicopters. The manufacturer, Airbus Helicopters, warned that a titanium bolt of the Main Rotor Control may show unusual weakness and break during flights. Such failure could potentially lead to a crash. Thus, the Bundeswehr has decided to ground the fleet and inspect each aircraft.   The same problem was also identified on the German NH90 and EC135 helicopte...
  • UN’s Russian Birds get Safe
    UN’s Russian Birds get Safe August 8 2019
    BIRD Aerosystems, the developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO), has received an order for additional AMPS systems from the UN Air Operations. Under the contract, BIRD will provide its AMPS solution, which includes the MACS sensor, and install it on the UN Mil Mi-17 (Nato code: Hip) helicopters operating in Africa. The UN is already using BIRD's AMPS systems, and this is a follow-on order that will allow the UN to install the sys...
  • ACAR-K Radar is in the İnventory of Argentine Armed Forces
    ACAR-K Radar is in the İnventory of Argentine Armed Forces August 1 2019
    ASELSAN’s ACAR-K Ground Surveillance Radars are accepted to be in Argentina’s armed forces inventory. The radar is tested under the surveillance of General Hector Prechi, Commander of the 2nd Army of Argentina. Within the scope of the acceptance activity, ACAR-K Surveillance Radar was tested in different scenarios for the detection of pedestrians, light vehicles, tanks and helicopters in line with the request of the Armed Forces of Argentina. ACAR-K radar was operated by the relev...
  • The Ocean Shield from Russia
    The Ocean Shield from Russia August 1 2019
    Russia's Ocean Shield 2019 drill in the Baltic Sea will be held between 1-9 August. Around 49 warships and combat craft, 20 logistic support vessels, 58 aircraft of the Navy and the Aerospace Force and 10,634 personnel of the Russian Armed Forces will be involved in the drill, which will be commanded by Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov. The drills will practice the deployment of the Navy’s inter-fleet grouping and the skills of commanding the fleet’s fo...