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  • Chinese Sea Hawk
    Chinese Sea Hawk April 6 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...
  • Private Contractor Expanding for CAS
    Private Contractor Expanding for CAS March 31 2020
    The share of private enterprises in the military operations market is increasing day by day. The fields of activity of private military companies that have been active in the field for many years are also expanding in the armed aircraft market. Blue Air Close Air Support, which operates in the USA and has customized its skills in the field of close air support, has announced that it will expand its inventory. The company, which currently has a large number of armed aircraft and heli...
  • Airbus Stopped Production in Spain
    Airbus Stopped Production in Spain March 30 2020
    After the coronavirus, which influenced the world, Airbus started implementing new measures in Spain as of today. Spain has been particularly hard-hit among European countries. Airbus says it is to suspend the “majority of production” until 9 April, in the aftermath of new measures imposed by the Spanish government from 30 March. The measures restrict all non-essential activity across the country. Airbus says it will maintain some “essential” activities within its comm...
  • Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter
    Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter March 30 2020
    Technological developments come with new aircraft concepts. The armies, who do not want to stay behind the future, continue their work in this parallel. The US Army selected the first contractors for the future helicopter. Under the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Program (FARA), the U.S. signed an agreement with Sikorsky and Bell. In the period when the first prototypes will fly in 2023, it is aimed to fill an important capability gap after the retirement of the OH-58D Kiowa ...
  • Saudi Helos for Indian Navy
    Saudi Helos for Indian Navy March 26 2020
    The naval helicopter market is expanding due to the balances in the oceans. In this context, the configurations of the platforms that the ordered by countries will receive are also determined. India announced that it will acquire 24 MH-60R naval helicopters last February. Within the scope of the agreement, which includes six AH-64 Apache and 24 MH-60 Romeo, and the total cost of which is announced as 2.12 billion USD. The model of the platforms that New Delhi will take delivery...
  • Turkish Black Hawk on Trials
    Turkish Black Hawk on Trials March 25 2020
    The T70 Utility Helicopter Program, which was launched for the utility helicopter requirement of the Turkish Armed Forces and the fire fighting helicopter need of the General Directorate of Forestry, continues its progress. Presidency of Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı / SSB), which is the military acquirement corporation of Turkey, shared an information from its official social media accounts about the testing activities of the platform. In the statement, &...
  • New Infographic for UMTAS
    New Infographic for UMTAS March 19 2020
    Following the delivery of the long-range anti-tank missile system UMTAS to the Turkish Armed Forces in the past days, the Presidency of Defence Industries shared an infographic about the missile system. UMTAS has been developed for use primarily on attack helicopters. UMTAS can be integrated onto naval platforms with stabilized weapon systems, as well as armoured vehicles and fixed/towed land platforms. The missile can be used in fire-and-forget or fire-and-update mode with lock-on ...
  • Leased Helicopter Era for French Air Force
    Leased Helicopter Era for French Air Force March 18 2020
    While the Cold War equipment is nearing the end of its economic life, user countries are coming up with new action plans and measures. The French Air Force (Armée de l'Air / ALA) has announced that it will be replace veteran SA330 Puma helicopters, which are nearing the end of their useful life. The force, which plans to lease 20 H225s from Airbus in the first place, plans to use these platforms in missions such as search-rescue and air raid. While the published...
  • Burak-M Measure for Sonobuoy Net
    Burak-M Measure for Sonobuoy Net March 17 2020
    NATO and its allies, especially the USA, have stepped up their efforts to increase the measures taken against Russian submarine power. On the other hand, Russia is aimed to preserve the power of this weapon, whose greatest feature is stealthiness. According to the report of the Russian Izvestia, the Russian navy started the tests of Burak-M, which will make the submarines invisible. Burak-M is an electronic warfare system, stands out with its simple structure. Launche...
  • Russian Navy to Track Black Sea with Ka-31P
    Russian Navy to Track Black Sea with Ka-31P March 15 2020
    Rich hydrocarbon deposits make the Eastern Mediterranean more valuable than ever since. Russia also reacts to the increasing movements in the ancient sea, and continues to provide new systems to the Black Sea Fleet, which responsible for the region. The Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet began to receive Ka-31P airborne early warning and control helicopters. The platforms assigned within the 318th Independent Composite Air Regiment and deployed in Crimea. Thanks to its powerful ...
  • Number of UH-72, Increases
    Number of UH-72, Increases March 9 2020
    Airbus has announced its new helicopter order. The USA continues helicopter orders. In this context, additional UH-72 Lakota order will be received by Airbus. In the announcement made by the company, the total cost of the platforms ordered 15 will be 122,655 million USD. The platforms that serve under the name of UH-72 Lakota in the US inventory is member of the H145 family of helicopters. UH-72s, which are light utility helicopters, are used in general avia...
  • New Candidate for US FARA Program
    New Candidate for US FARA Program March 5 2020
    Candidates for the future reconnaissance helicopter program are coming out. Within the scope of the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA), the USA sent an invitation letter to the companies in the past. After that, companies started to reveal the concept studies of the new generation high speed rotary wing platforms and began studies on the designs of the future. The latest concept work came from Boeing. The name of the platform on which the company publis...
  • Pakistan May Prefer Chinese Helicopter Instead of T129 Atak and AH-1Z
    Pakistan May Prefer Chinese Helicopter Instead of T129 Atak and AH-1Z February 28 2020
    Pakistan may prefer Chinese Z-10ME attack helicopter instead of Turkish T129 Atak and US AH-1Z Viper choppers. Pakistani official gave the signal of some changes in the procurement process. According to a statement from a Pakistani high-rank officer, roadmap of country's attack helicopter acquisition process may change. Struggling with budget issues as well as lack of materials, Islamabad signaled that T129 Atak and AH-1Z Viper procurement could be abandoned. In case of fai...
  • India Ordered Billion-Dollar Helicopters
    India Ordered Billion-Dollar Helicopters February 26 2020
    Western-origin armament process continue in South Asia, where the arms race continues at full speed. The process of armament came back to the agenda with the new helicopter acquisition of India. India, which has made strides for the establishment of the domestic defense industry with the "Make In India" Program, continues to import weapon procurement. New Delhi signed a new helicopter procurement contract with the USA. The Armed Forces, will take d...
  • Grey Wolf Begins Operational Testing
    Grey Wolf Begins Operational Testing February 24 2020
    The operational test phase has started in the new utility helicopter helicopter program. The operational testing phase of MH-139A Gray Wolf helicopters, will replace the UH-1 Iroquois, which has become one of the symbolic platforms of the Cold War thanks to its iconic sound and mission achievements, has begun. Trials to be carried out within the 413th Flight Test Squadron affiliated to the US Air Force (USAF) Material Command will also be the platform's first comp...
  • Boeing Delivered 500th CH-47F
    Boeing Delivered 500th CH-47F February 23 2020
    CH-47F Chinook, one of the most iconic helicopters on the battlefield since its Cold War years, is intent on maintain its reputation. Boeing, one of the aviation giants, announced that the 500th CH-47F Chinook helicopter was delivered. The "F" model of the legendary platform that delivered to the end user is described as the latest variant of the already in use Chinook.
  • Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade
    Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade February 22 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has set out its procurement priorities for the upcoming decade; transport aircraft, combat search-and-rescue helicopters, and light attack aircraft are on the top of the list. RTAF’s long term plans include new fighters to replace the ageing fleet. RTAF plans to replace its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft fleet. The new aircraft will require to be compatible with Thailand’s Link T data link system. This is a process that...
  • Kuwait Declines Receipt of Caracal Helicopters
    Kuwait Declines Receipt of Caracal Helicopters February 18 2020
    Kuwait is due to receive 30 H225M helicopters, but it will not do so until Airbus investigates problems with the first two and reports its findings to the country's MoD. Airbus says the Kuwaitis have told it no such thing. A Kuwaiti Ministry of Defence (MoD) says that it had refused to receive two Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal medium-lift rotorcraft on account of technical malfunctions has been denied by the manufacturer. On 12 February the Kuwaiti MoD said that it ...
  • Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches
    Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches February 17 2020
    Boeing has confirmed at the Singapore Air Show 2020 that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has expressed its interest to rebuild 12 of its 20 existing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters to the latest AH-64E Apache Guardian variant. The RSAF currently has 12 AH-64D Apache Longbows based in Singapore as part of the 120 Squadron, while eight aircraft are based in Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona and used for training as part of the Peace Vanguard detachme...
  • Additional Investment to ASW Capability
    Additional Investment to ASW Capability January 31 2020
    The Philippines, which has carrying out the process of restructuring its armed forces, is increasing investments in naval power. Philippine Navy Commander Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad made a statement about the investments to be made for the navy at the retirement ceremony of the phased out ships. "We will acquire two additional anti submarine warfare helicopters to provide long-range patrol-patrol capability for the two corvettes we will procure in the futu...
  • Greek Kiowa Warriors' First Live Fire
    Greek Kiowa Warriors' First Live Fire January 31 2020
    An important phase was left behind in the operational process of OH-58D armed reconnaissance helicopters of Hellenic Army, which were procured from the USA by donating. With the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, which are expected to increase significantly to the armed reconnaissance and observation capabilities of the Hellenic Army, the first live fire training of Greek personnel was carried out on January 29. The live fire activities of the platforms assigned to the 1st Army ...
  • Wet Contacts from C29
    Wet Contacts from C29 January 29 2020
    The Airbus C295 tactical airlifter has successfully achieved its first wet contacts during an air-to-air- refuelling (AAR) tanker flight test campaign. First dry contacts of this flight test took place in December 2019 and were achieved using a closed ramp configuration. The wet contacts, conducted out of Seville, Spain, took place in January 2020, between one Airbus C295 aircraft in tanker configuration and a Spanish Air Force C295 acting as receiver. In total, the aircraft fitted wit...
  • The Last Tiger of the Spanish Army
    The Last Tiger of the Spanish Army January 29 2020
    Airbus Helicopters has announced that an important milestone has been left behind for Tiger attack helicopters. The delivery phase of Spain's Tiger attack helicopter story, which started in 2003, was completed. The Spanish Army (Ejército de Tierra) received the 18th and last Tiger HAD helicopter after a long delivery phase. Last platform is announced as Tiger HAD (Helicoptero de Apoyo y Destrucción / Support and Destruction Helicopter) H2 varian...
  • Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea
    Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea January 22 2020
    Russia and Japan, which frequently coma face to face due to the Kuril Islands and coastal waters problems have come up with an astonishing attempt recently. The Russian Baltic Fleet ship RFNS Yaroslav Mudry and the Russian naval tanker Yelnya and the Viktor Konetsky tugboat, and the JS Harusame (DD 102) destroyer, carried out joint exercises in the Arabian Sea. Within the scope of the trainings, activities such as communication with the flashlight communication trainings&n...
  • ACRB Flied First Time
    ACRB Flied First Time January 20 2020
    Boeing passed an important milestone in the ACRB (Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade) Program, which was launched to increase the carrying capabilities of CH-47 Chinook helicopters, which have become the legend of battlefield. In the statement made by the company, it was announced that the first flight of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter equipped with ACRB was carried out on January 16. The new rotor blades provided 771 kilograms of additional lifting force to the platform. Flight was perform...
  • Brasil Released Strategic Plan
    Brasil Released Strategic Plan January 20 2020
    Brazil, which has been carrying studies for a long time to improve the defence industry infrastructure of the country, has published its strategic plan in this field. The document, which covers the plans and objectives of the country's defense and industry, especially the Brazilian Armed Forces, consists of 34 measures in 15 main actions. In these sections, acquisition of howitzer, personnel equipment, unmanned ground and air vehicles, armoured boats, transport and att...
  • Mi-35s Arrived Uzbekistan
    Mi-35s Arrived Uzbekistan January 16 2020
    Russia continues to deliveries in parallel with arms sales. Two Mi-35 helicopters were delivered to the end user. Mi-35M (NATO Code: Hind-E) helicopters continue to arrive new users. In this context, the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan received four platforms ordered from Russia. The delivery news was recently aired on a local television station. According to the sales announcement announced in March 2018, Uzbekistan will receive a total of 12 Mi-35M deliveries.
  • Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter
    Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter January 14 2020
    Following the announcement of the platform to replace the UH-1s in the Air Force inventory, the USA made its final decision in the process of AHTS (Advanced Helicopter Training System). The winner was Leonardo in the scope of the AHTS Program, which was launched for the replace the TH-57B / C Sea Ranger helicopters in the Navy inventory. Within the scope of deliveries planned to start in 2022, a total of 32 TH-73As will enter the American Navy inventory. The platforms, the...
  • U.S. Army Apaches being armed with Spike NLOS
    U.S. Army Apaches being armed with Spike NLOS January 12 2020
    The U.S. Army is buying an unspecific number of Israeli-made, Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missiles for its Apache helicopters. An Army Requirements Oversight Council decision has authorised the service to acquire missiles current and future aviation. The service fired the Spike NLOS missile from AH-64E Apache attack helicopters both in Israel and at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, last year.  Defence News witnessed the demonstration flights; The AH-64 hid behind 1,60...
  • Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets
    Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets January 10 2020
    Rheinmetall and Thales have signed an agreement to support together with the future developments, qualification and production of the 70mm (2.75”) guided and unguided rockets solutions for helicopters as well as potentially other new platforms in Germany. Two international groups will propose complementary capabilities for the Tiger MK3 program. The Thales 70mm (2.75”) rocket systems are currently operated on UHT Tiger and under certification on Airbus Helicopters H145M....
  • Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships
    Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships January 8 2020
    Egypt comes to the fore with the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, the training and exercise activities carried out with different countries in the region. The Cairo government, which acquire currency with its collaborations in the region, published new images from the navy. In the images published from the Egyptian Navy deploying different aircraft on the platform, it was determined that the country also deployed Russian-made aircraft on the ships. The Navy, which playe...
  • Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration
    Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration January 3 2020
    During recent budget negotiations, the Pentagon again tried to retire the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) 25 years early, Defence News reported. According to the magazine, this time the plan was withdrawn from the White House. The White House's Office of Management and Budget told the Pentagon that the Navy's budget submission did not include refuelling the Truman or maintaining its air wing and directed it to come back with a budget that restored funding to bo...
  • Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters
    Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters December 23 2019
    The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine plans to buy McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to replace old Soviet helicopters of the Ukrainian army. This decision was made as a result of a defence review, which ended last week, and its results were transferred to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence believes that gaps in the capabilities of the Ukrainian army and the defence-industrial complex should be eliminated through the purchase of moder...
  • Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey
    Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey December 21 2019
    US President Donald Trump signed off the sprawling 2020 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) earlier Friday, authorising a top-line budget of $738 billion that includes $635 billion for base Pentagon spending. Trump signed the bill at a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The bill includes the building of 100 new F-35 jets, 155 Army helicopters, 165 Abrams tanks, two new Virginia-class submarines, among others. The NDAA also renewed a decision to exclu...
  • Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters
    Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters December 14 2019
      The US Defence Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar met at the Pentagon to finalize the sale of eight UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters and four AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters on Dec. 12. The sale, which Esper said was a "historic moment," totals about $650 million and is the Czech Republic's largest military purchase from the U.S. The defence secretary said it is a step forward in the Czech Republic's replacement of ...
  • 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 ...