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  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • New Step for JAGM
    New Step for JAGM September 6 2019
    The United States signed an 8.1 million US Dollar deal with Lockheed Martin. According to a news release from the US Department of Defence, the company will undertake the engineering services of the AGM-179 JAGM missile under the agreement. The work, which will take place in Orlando, Florida, is scheduled to be completed on 2 March 2021. The JAGM missile is developed to replace BGM-71 TOW, AGM-114 Hellfire and AGM-65 Maverick missiles to ease up the maintenance and storing...
  • Indian First AH-64Es Reaches Home on Jul. 27
    Indian First AH-64Es Reaches Home on Jul. 27 July 21 2019
    The first batch of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) will reach Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad on Jul. 27. It is likely that there will be three to four helicopters in this consignment. But the deployment of Apache's first squadron in Pathankot will take another month. India has purchased 22 Apache helicopters from the United States. The first squadron of the Apaches will be stationed at Pathankot and the first Commanding Officer will be Grou...
  • 3 Billion for 24 AH-64E Apache Helicopters
    3 Billion for 24 AH-64E Apache Helicopters May 10 2019
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of 24 AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.0 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Qatar has requested to buy 24 AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters; 52 T700-GE-701D engines; 2,500 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles; also included are 28 M230 30mm autom...
  • $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...
  • JAGM Series Production
    JAGM Series Production April 10 2019
    US announced that serial production phase is near for JAGM missile. In the statement made by the Army, it was announced that in the first place a total of 3000 JAGMs will be supplied, 1500 for the 2020 Budget and 1500 for the 2021 budget. Full rate production agreement was not signed and when will be signed is not announced.   JAGM, which has a tri-mode scanner includes semi-active laser, infrared imaging and millimeter wave, is planned to replace AGM-114 Hellfire, AG...
  • 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, ...
  • AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship
    AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship March 12 2019
      The US Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has received the first upgraded Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunship. In a press release, it is stated that the Block 30 Ghostrider has better software and avionics technology than the previous Block 20 version. Including a new sensor, updated crew seats with additional safety features, and new technology, routers and networks. As with the AC-130W Stinger II, the AC-130J is equipped with the P...
  • 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...
  • Iomax Markets Archangel for FMS Deal in Egypt
    Iomax Markets Archangel for FMS Deal in Egypt December 9 2018
    Archangel, a low-cost, long-endurance armed surveillance aircraft ensuring six hours time on station in the armed configuration and 10 hours in the ISR configuration was presented in Egypt by Iomax. The Archangel can currently be armed with GBU-12/58 Laser Guided Bombs, AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, and ROKETSAN Cirit 2.75” Laser Guided Rockets. Egypt has defined a requirement for 12 aircraft through the FMS process.
  • First Romeo Commisioned
    First Romeo Commisioned September 17 2018
    Saudi Arabia continues to strengthen its navy. Riyadh, which previously signed an agreement with Madrid to develop warships, recently commissioned the first MH-60R navy helicopter. The MH-60R helicopters, which can operate under any conditions, are the backbone of the US Navy's ship-borne helicopter force. Helicopter can operate from different platforms such as frigates, destroyers, cruiesers. It has anti-submarine warfare cabability and anti surface warfare capability. The...
  • JAGM Order to Lockheed Martin
    JAGM Order to Lockheed Martin September 13 2018
    The US has signed a new agreement with Lockheed Martin for $ 49,618 million. Under the agreement, the company will produce the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) system for the US Army. Deliveries will be completed in 2021. According to the company, JAGM gthers the capabilities of the Hellfire II missile and the Longbow Hellfire missiles on a single platform. JAGM combines the semi-active laser and the millimeter wave radar system in a single guidance section and uses AGM-...
  • New Helicopters to India
    New Helicopters to India August 28 2018
    India has confirmed the procurement of a new helicopter. Indian Ministry of Defence decided to procure 24 MH-60R Romeo helicopters. Procurement proposed to cost approximately US $ 3.39 billion has not been approved yet. Maiden flight of the Romeo conducted in 2001. Helicopter could be used in many missions such as ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare), ASuW, SAR, fire support, transportation, The helicopter has a glass cockpit and equipped with Link 16 suites. The platfor...
  • Seahawk Deliveries Finished
    Seahawk Deliveries Finished August 2 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...
  • Longbow Missile to Middle East
    Longbow Missile to Middle East August 2 2018
    Kuwait continues to its arms procurement. Kuwait,  requested 300 Lockheed Martin AGM-114R Hellfire and this request was approved by the United States. In the statement made by DSCA (Defense Security Cooperation Agency), Kuwait will pay 30.4 million US Dollars for 19 M261 launchers for 70 mm rockets, 300 AGM-114R Hellfire, spare parts training and support services specified. Kuwait already hasd 96 laser-guided AGM-114K and 288 radar-guided AGM-114L missi...
  • Republic of China Deployed Cavalry Brigade
    Republic of China Deployed Cavalry Brigade July 18 2018
    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence commissioned its air brigade equipped with AH-64E helicopters. Deployment of 29 AH-64E Apache Guardian in the Taiwan inventory a brigade named 601st Air Cavalry Brigade, which has been completed. The brigade has two Apache squadrons. The second squadron of the brigade completed the combat readiness training last year. Brigade is operates under the Army Aviation and Special Forces Command and is deployed to Taouyan's Longtan Dis...
  • Army to Test IM-SHORAD
    Army to Test IM-SHORAD July 2 2018
    The US Army will supply from Leonardo DRS an IM-SHORAD (Interim Manuever-Short Range Air Defence System) to test the platform. In the statement made by company, it was announced that the system would be developed around Stryker vehicles which are in use in US Army. Leonardo DRS's mission package will also include the Stinger launch system with Raytheon vehicle launcher. Integration of the weapon platform into Stryker vehicles under the program will be realized by General Dynamic...
  • US State Department approves sale of six AH-64E Apaches to India
    US State Department approves sale of six AH-64E Apaches to India June 13 2018
    The US State Department approved a possible direct commercial sale of six Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters to India for an estimated cost of $930 million on 12 June. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible. The Government of India has requested to buy the following items in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six AH-64E Apache helicopters: Included in the sale are 14 GE Aviation T700-GE-70...
  • "Maneuver" Offer
    "Maneuver" Offer May 27 2018
    New short-range air defence system (SHORAD) recommendation came to the US. Italian company Leonardo and it's US subsidiary Leonardo DRS, have a new proposal. The two companies proposed the Maneuver Short Range Air Defense System for the US Army. The system, which integrated on the Stryker vehicle, can use the Hellfire and the Stinger missiles. Maneuver concept which is a short-range air defense system, introduced at AUSA 2018. Maneuver's modular...
  • MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range
    MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range May 18 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $206 million contract to retrofit 122 MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft, the US Department of Defence announced on 16 May. Work is expected to be complete by 20 June 2024.  General Atomics will retrofit the MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper drones with extended-range, beyond-line-of-sight, and Barrett asymmetrical digital datalink computer (BADDC) router modification kits. These upgrades will enable the ...
  • LCS Tests New Missile Module with Hellfire
    LCS Tests New Missile Module with Hellfire May 17 2018
    The US Navy's Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) has conducted a live-firing exercise on 11 May launching Longbow Hellfire missiles as part of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) developmental testing. USS Milwaukee fired four missiles successfully hitting fast inshore attack craft targets. This marks the completion of the first phase of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) developmental testing for the LCS mission modules program. I...
  • US Approved AH-1Z Sales to Bahrain
    US Approved AH-1Z Sales to Bahrain April 30 2018
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain of AH-1Z attack helicopters for an estimated cost of $911.4 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on 27 April.  The Government of Bahrain has requested 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters along with associated sustainment and support equipment, as well as weapons including 14 AGM-114 Hel...
  • MH-60R Approval to Mexico
    MH-60R Approval to Mexico April 24 2018
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters for an estimated cost of $1,20 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified the Congress of this possible sale on 18 April. The Government of Mexico has requested to buy eight MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters equipped with T-700 GE 401 C engines with four engines as spares, APS-153(V) Multi-Mode radar...
  • CIRIT Launch by Archangel
    CIRIT Launch by Archangel April 13 2018
    IOMAX, a USA based aerospace systems integrator, has released a footage of an Archangel aircraft launching Cirit missile.  Cirit was developed by Turkish ROKETSAN company. Archangel is capable of employing GBU-12/58 Laser Guided Bombs and AGM-114 Hellfire other than CIRIT 2.75” Laser Guided Rockets.  https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/984042847140753408
  • Ejder Became a Tank-hunter
    Ejder Became a Tank-hunter March 16 2018
    Nurol Makina's 4x4 armored vehicle Ejder Yalçın became a tank hunter.On the vehicle Nurol Makina exported to Qatar, an anti-tank missile system developed by ASELSAN is featured. The company exhibited this vehicle with test images at DIMDEX'18 fair held in Qatar. Thanks to its modular structure, the system can use anti-tank guided missiles, such as Kornet, SKIF Hellfire, Javelin, Shershen and OMTAS. Depending on the navigation system of the chosen missile, th...
  • Iran Unveils its “Hellfire” missile
    Iran Unveils its “Hellfire” missile March 1 2018
    Tehran unveiled a new air-to-surface and surface-to-surface anti- armour automatic missile, called Azarakhsh (also called Lightning), local media reports.  According to Tasnim news agency, Azarakhsh, is a 127-millimeter calibre rocket and can be installed on helicopter pylons. It weighs around 70 kilograms and has a range of 10 kilometres with a 6-kilometer locking feature.  It can lock on to its target, track it and automatically detect it.  Editor’s ...
  • Indian Army Gets Closer to Apaches
    Indian Army Gets Closer to Apaches February 26 2018
    India issued a Letter of Request (LoR) to the US government for buying Boeing-made Apaches, formally kicking off the foreign military sales programme. India’s defence acquisition council approved the proposal to buy six Apache AH-64E attack helicopters from the US last year which is expected to cost around $650 million. The helicopters will be equipped with Hellfire and Stinger missiles.
  • Retired Kiowa Warriors To Boost Greek Army
    Retired Kiowa Warriors To Boost Greek Army January 24 2018
    Greece expects to conclude administrative work related to its planned acquisition of 70 Bell Helicopter OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters which were retired from the US Army before the end of this year.  The Kiowas will be sourced through the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) program. Greek Government approved the purchase on 9 January, allocating $54 million for training flight and technical personnel, restoring the aircraft to act...
  • US Offers 'SuperCobra'
    US Offers 'SuperCobra' January 18 2018
    The US Government decided to offer surplus Marine Corps Bell AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters to international customers from February.  The helicopters entered service with the USMC in 1986. Powered by twin General Electric T700-GE-401 engines, the AH-1W has a top speed of 147 kt, a range of 256 n miles (474 km), and a service ceiling of 18,700 ft (limited to 10,000 ft by oxygen requirements), all in a basic combat configuration.  The platform is equippe...
  • US Seeks More Than 100 Light Attack Helos
    US Seeks More Than 100 Light Attack Helos January 12 2018
    The US Army has issued a request for information (RFI) for up to 120 Boeing AH-6 light attack and reconnaissance rotorcraft for Saudi Arabia and other undisclosed customers. The relevant notification published on 9 January on Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website covers the manufacture and delivery of the ‘Little Bird’ helicopters in the AH-6SA (Saudi Arabia) and AH-6i (International) configurations. The contract will also include weapons such as M260 ...
  • US Plans Armed AC-208 Sales To Afghanistan
    US Plans Armed AC-208 Sales To Afghanistan January 2 2018
    The US Air Force plans to supply seven more armed Cessna AC-208 Caravan aircraft to the Afghan National Army, adding to the country's 208 aircraft previously supplied between 2007-2016.  An acquisition notice posted by the Air Force late on 27 December invites comments on a plan to award the contract to Orbital ATK without a competition. Alternative options will also be evaluated however foreign companies will not be able to bid due to security requirements.  ...
  • Apache Guardian Delivered to Indonesia
    Apache Guardian Delivered to Indonesia December 20 2017
    Indonesia has received its first Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter from the US on December 18. The Apache helicopter was delivered to the city of Semarang in Java, Indonesia using a US Air Force C-17A Globemaster III airlifter. Indonesia requested eight Apache Guardians in September 2012 under a $1,42 billion US Foreign Military Sales deal that includes 140 AGM-114R3 Hellfire II anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM), 19 General Electric T-700-G...
  • Air-to-Ground Drill by Korea
    Air-to-Ground Drill by Korea November 14 2017
    The Republic of Korean Army carried out its first air-to-surface missile firing exercise using eight Apache attack helicopters on Monday. A Hellfire guided missile was launched by each helicopter and hit its designated targets on the sea. The Hellfire missiles were launched from different distances and in different manners so the pilots can better familiarize themselves with the missile.  The Army introduced 36 Apache helicopters in May last year and deploye...
  • New Era of Short Range August 10 2017
    The first image appeared of the SHORAD (Short Range Air Defense) system project, which joint work of Boeing and General Dynamics, was released. The system was developed exclusively in favor of the US Army's short-range air defense system gap in Europe. First tests are planned to beginning of next month. 8x8 Stryker was chosen as the carrier vehicle. AIM-9X Sidewinder and AGM-114 Hellfire were used as weapons. In this respect, the vehicle was able to attack both air targets and l...
  • Combat Debut of MQ-9 Block 5
    Combat Debut of MQ-9 Block 5 July 3 2017
    The MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 variant has made its combat debut on 23 June, successfully destroying its targets with two Hellfires and one GBU-38 during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to a US Air Force statement. The Block 5 MQ-9 is equipped with improved electrical and communications systems which provides better software and hardware upgrades for future operations providing dominant persistent attack and reconnaissance to joint force commanders.&...
  • The US Increases the Number of Armed Drones
    The US Increases the Number of Armed Drones May 18 2017
    General Atomics has been awarded a $400 million contract to provide MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles for the US Air Force, according to the US Department of Defence's press release on Tuesday. The MQ-9 Reaper is the primary offensive strike drone for the USAF.  Reapers equipped with new GPS-maneuvered joint direct attack munition GBU-38 bombs become operational for the first time earlier this month. Already equipped with AGM-114 Hellfire missile...
  • 'Romeo' Inquiry by Shakespeare's Country
    'Romeo' Inquiry by Shakespeare's Country March 17 2017
    The UK government has placed an order for one thousand AGM-114-R1/R2 Hellfire II Semi-Active Laser (SAL) missiles with an estimated cost of $150 million.  AGM-114R integrates capabilities of all previous Hellfire II variants equipped with semi-active laser (SAL) seekers into a single missile. The missile, also known as Hellfire Romeo, can be launched from higher altitudes than previous variants due to its enhanced guidance system and improved navigation capa...
  • Egypt Considers Acquiring Archangel
    Egypt Considers Acquiring Archangel March 16 2017
    The Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is negotiating with IOMAX for Archangel aircraft for Border Patrol and close air support (CAS) missions. IOMAX that had attended to IDEX 17 expo at United Arab Emirates (UAE) returns US with negotiations with Egypt in pocket. IOMAX began negotiations with the Egyptian MoD for upgrading its 12 IOMAX AT-802s and acquiring 10 additional Archangel Block-2 Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA). Egypt’s 12 aircraft are donated to Cairo by the UAE.