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  • Will Production Stop in the Sector Due to Virus in Defence?
    Will Production Stop in the Sector Due to Virus in Defence? March 19 2020
    The economic balance that will emerge after the coronavirus remains uncertain. The defence industry is among the sectors that the virus can affect. Following the announcement of a pandemic, the US-based news site Defense News wrote the policies followed by the firms in the defence sector, despite the governments' warnings of "don't leave your home". BAE Systems, which produces aviation-based production, has regularly improved its business plans according to the dev...
  • Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey
    Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey March 14 2020
    Tunisia has ordered Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) according to Army recognition. This is TUSAŞ's first export order for the type. During the Tunisian International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition During (IADE 2020), which took place in Djerba the Tunisian MoD signed a $240 million contract with TUSAŞ for the supply of six ANKA-S UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and three control centres. The deal was signed including t...
  • Radar from Japan for Philippine Air Force
    Radar from Japan for Philippine Air Force March 12 2020
    The modernization process continues in the Philippine Air Force. In this context, the Philippine National Defence Ministry has reached an agreement with Japan-based Mitsubishi Electric Corporation for four long-range air defence radars. According to MaxDefence Philippines, the radars included in the deal are the J/FPS-3ME 3D Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) advanced long-range fixed radar system, and the J/TPS-P14ME truck-mounted long-range mobile radar system. The J/FPS-3ME i...
  • Sea 1000 Off Track
    Sea 1000 Off Track March 12 2020
    Australia, which failed to hit the targets and take the final steps in the submarine procurement, is allegedly off track. The Sea 1000 program, launched for the replacement of the Collins class submarines, near the end of their duties in the Royal Australian Navy, fell to the bottom. Planning to procure 12 French-made Scorpéne-class platforms at a cost of USD 80 billion, Australia is at risk of failing the project. In a report published in the country...
  • Indonesia to Modernise Frigate
    Indonesia to Modernise Frigate March 11 2020
    Indonesia, which is founded on islands, has taken action to improve its naval capabilities due to increase of international naval movements in the region, . The Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) took a new step to modernize the Bung-Tomo class corvettes. In this context, the mission systems of KRI Usman-Harun (359) corvette will be improved. In line with the activities to be carried out in partnership with the state-owned company PT-LEN Industri, Thales TACTICOS combat ma...
  • Pakistan Test-Launched Long Range Cruise Missile
    Pakistan Test-Launched Long Range Cruise Missile February 21 2020
    Pakistan continues to increase the strength of the army with domestic weapons systems as well as foreign procurements. In this context, Islamabad carried out a long-range missile test launch. The test launch of the cruise missile system named Ra'ad-II, which mock-up of missile exhibited for the first time in a military parade in 2017, was held last Tuesday. The system, whose range is almost doubled by its predecessor Ra'ad-I missile, can reach targets within 5...
  • Modernised Indonesian F-16 Made First Flight
    Modernised Indonesian F-16 Made First Flight February 20 2020
    Indonesia, which has accelerated its armament and replacing/modernisation activities in parallel with the increasing tension in the region, has left behind an important phase in the F-16 modernization process. The first Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara / TNI-AU) F-16A Fighting Falcon, serial number TS-1610, completing its modernization activities, and made first flight. Under the Falcon STAR (Structural Augmentation Roadmap) program, the In...
  • Nuclear Submarine Will Be Inventory Within Two Months
    Nuclear Submarine Will Be Inventory Within Two Months February 11 2020
    The Borei-A Class Knyaz Vladimir submarine, developed under the Project 955A modernization program for the Russian Navy, has a short time to enter the inventory. Russian officials announced that the platform, which provides its energy from nuclear power, has successfully completed extensive tests. Knyaz Vladimir will be delivered to the Russian Navy in about a month and a half. It was floated out in November 2017. According to the data of Russia’s Defence Ministry, the sub Knyaz Vladimi...
  • First Su-35 Made Maiden Flight
    First Su-35 Made Maiden Flight February 4 2020
    Russia continues its efforts to increase the efficiency of the platforms with its modernization and improvement activities. According to a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense, the first Su-35S made its first flight in the past days. It was announced that the platform, which meets the sky within the scope of the activity carried out on January 29, was manufactured as part of the first batch of 60 aircraft packages to be delivered to the Western Military District.
  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense January 31 2020
    The United Kingdom officially exits from the European Union with concerns about Scotland behind. Political aspirations have peculiar and unexpected results. British conservatives voted against the European Union with the fear that the Union would divide them. The result, however, brings the concern to reality. While the member of Kingdom leaves Union, Scotland wants to stay. The Kingdom self divides. Under the shadow of Britain exiting from EU, British defence journal ukde...
  • Production of the upgraded Su-34 will begin in 2020
    Production of the upgraded Su-34 will begin in 2020 January 25 2020
    According to a Russian newspaper, Izvestia, production of upgraded Su-34 bombers will begin in 2020. Upgraded aircraft will be able to carry new weapons while incorporating improved electronic warfare and reconnaissance systems. According to Izvestia, the upgrades are a result of Russia's lessons from Syria.
  • Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane
    Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane January 24 2020
    The French Defence procurement agency, Direction Générale De L’armement (DGA) has awarded the Archange (formerly known as Epicure ) airborne strategic intelligence program to Dassault Aviation and Thales. The total value of the contract is unknown. This program will see three Dassault Falcon 8X being fitted with Thales electronic intelligence technologies.  Falcon Archange will detect electromagnetic signals emitted on the battlefield, allowing the French ar...
  • Serbia Continues Arming
    Serbia Continues Arming January 20 2020
    Serbia, which has improved its air power in cooperation with Russia, has taken new action for air defence systems. Belgrade announced the new acquisition agreement in this context. Serbia, which examined the Pantsir air defense systems during the Slavic Shield-2019 Air Defence Exercise, which was held in Serbia jointly with Russia last October, announced the procurement of the mentioned system from Russia. During the exercise, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić f...
  • 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...
  • ASELSAN Touch on Albatros
    ASELSAN Touch on Albatros October 8 2019
    Ukraine has modernized 16 of the L-39 Albatros aircraft in its inventory. ASELSAN took part in the program which was carried out within the scope of upgrade of advanced jet trainer with a work share of 8%. Following the modernization, AI-25 engines of L-39M1 Albatross were modified and upgraded to AI-25TLSH. The acceleration and climbing speed capabilities of the Albatros have been improved thanks to the increased thrust of engines. Three of the platforms which all of them integrate...
  • New Generation Artillery
    New Generation Artillery October 7 2019
    USA has signed a 48 million US Dollar agreement with BAE Systems. Under the agreement, the company will support the production of advanced versions of the M109A7 Paladin self-propelled howitzers and the M992A3 field artillery ammunition support vehicles. The work is planned to be completed in 31 January 2023 in York, Maine. Using the main weapon of the M109A6 platform, Paladin, unlike its predecessor, has a more advanced and modern hull.  It uses the existing main armament of t...
  • 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, ...
  • E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron
    E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron September 12 2019
    The U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (VAW-120), also known as “Greyhawks”, receive the first improved version of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning surveillance aircraft with aerial refuelling capability. The upgrades installed to support aerial refuelling include electrical and lighting upgrades and long endurance seats that will enhance the field of view in the cockpit and reduce fatigue over longer missions. The aerial refuelling capabil...
  • 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 ...
  • Canada to get New LAV August 20 2019
    The Canadian Government has unveiled plans to award a sole-source contract for hundreds of light armoured vehicles to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. The Deal, which is worth 3 billion US Dollars for 360 LAV light armoured wheeled vehicle, was announced by the Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on Friday. The deal aims to replace the already ageing LAV fleets. The Canadian Armed Forces use the LAV 6.0, which is the enhanced version of the LAV III. LAV 6.0’s are equipped with...
  • Upgrade for Germany
    Upgrade for Germany July 31 2019
    The US-based company Raytheon will upgrade Germany's Patriots air defence systems to the improved PAC-3 MSE standard. Shortly after the German Defence and Budget Committees approved the upgrade, the US $ 105.5 million contract aims to bring Germany's air defence system in line with other EU and NATO countries using Patriot. The German army's inventory includes Patriot PAC-3 air defence systems delivered by the United States between 2008 and 2010. The improved version of ...
  • Desert Warrior’s New Name
    Desert Warrior’s New Name July 28 2019
     US Army decided a new name for it’s M1A2 main battle tanks. The participation of tank units to “Operation Iraqi Freedom” brought many lessons concerning what was to be done to improve the M1A2. Platform gets a new machine gun for the tank commander, improved fire control,  with the crew being able to set the distance it wants a shell to explode, better infrared sights, and a new power unit that allows the tank to power communications and sensors without running it...
  • Russia to Modernize T-72B Platform
    Russia to Modernize T-72B Platform July 5 2019
      Belarusian Ministry of Defence signed a contract with Russia-based Uralvagonzavod for the modernization of 11 T-72B main battle tanks. The T-72B3 upgrade is designed to turn the basic T-72 into a modern fighting platform. It provides the vehicle, Sosna-U sight that allows the vehicle to engage targets at 3,000 m using a thermal imager, improved armour and a modestly improved 125 mm main gun. The vehicles will be delivered between now and next year. Belarus has alrea...
  • Australia Supports Island Countries
    Australia Supports Island Countries June 22 2019
    Tonga Receives Guardian-Class Patrol Boat from Australia. The transfer ceremony was held in Western Australia. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said the replacement of the Pacific Patrol Boats is an important part of the Government’s $2 billion 30-year commitment to the Pacific region under the Pacific Maritime Security Program. “The Australian Government is delivering 21 new Guardian-class Patrol Boats to 12 Pacific Island nations and Timor-Leste, ...
  • More Super Hornet
    More Super Hornet April 5 2019
    Boeing recently announced the sale of the new F / A-18 Super Hornet. The US Navy became the customer of Hornets. The US Navy focused on the modernization of the fleet as the early F/A-18 Hornet series end of their the useful life and started to be retiring slowly. In this context, Boeing signed a procurement agreement for 78 F/A-18 E/F Block III Super Hornet platforms with US Navy. The cost of the deal was announced as $ 4 billion. The Block IIIs, which will be procured under a thre...
  • First Il-76-MD-90A Very Close
    First Il-76-MD-90A Very Close March 26 2019
    The first Il-76 transport aircraft to be upgraded to Il-76MD-90A is very close to service. Russia announced that the evaluation process for the platform is nearing its end. The first serial production standard Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft, will formally participate in the Russian Air and Space Force inventory next week. No this type of aircraft delivery has been made since 2014, and Russia will procure more than 100 Il-76MD-90As by 2030. Platform produced in Aviastar-SP p...
  • Optimum Ammunition Solution in Urban Warfare: 7.62x39mm March 16 2019
    It is observed that today armed conflicts takes place in city centres and urban areas rather than fields and rural areas. This change in combat environments has compelled firearms and ammunition used by security and armed forces to evolve as well. In line with studies conducted in this area, either new cartridges such as .300 AAC Blackout (7.62×25mm)1 were developed or, as is the case with the Israeli company IMI and its improvement of 5.56×45mm APM2, the performance of ...
  • 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...
  • Second Step for Bahrain Helicopters
    Second Step for Bahrain Helicopters February 11 2019
      Bahreyn's new attack helicopter will take the second step. In this context, the United States has inked a procurement agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. which costs USD 240,266 million. Helicopters to be procured under the FMS and Bahrain had ordered 16 units. It is planned to deliver the platforms until 2022 where the production process will begin. The AH-1Z Viper is a four-blade Cobra developed in the attack helicopter phase of the H...
  • Griffon Modernization
    Griffon Modernization January 30 2019
    Canada has announced modernization of CH-146 Griffon helicopters. With modernization, life of the platforms will be extended and will remain in the inventory until 2031. Total of USD 68 million agreement signed with Bell Helicopter Textron Canada for a modernization of 85 platforms. Within the scope of the program, the structural components of the platforms and avionics will be improved.Canada uses the Bell 412EP helicopters under the name CH-146 Griffon. The modernization agreement...
  • F4 Turn for Rafale
    F4 Turn for Rafale January 16 2019
    After the France’s, decision of upgrading all Rafales to F3 standard, works on new F4 variant has launched. Dassault, who does not want Rafale to fall behind its modern combat requirements, has started development work for the F4 model. The work for the F4 model was officially launched at the ceremony held at the Mérignac Facility of Dassault. In this way, the company aims to produce a product that meets the world standards of Rafale and maintains its strength in the ex...
  • More Powerful Abrams are Coming
    More Powerful Abrams are Coming January 10 2019
    The US Army has taken action to strengthen its armoured units. The US, which recently signed an agreement to raise some tanks to M1A2 SEPv3 configuration, decided to modernize the additional tank. In line with the Land Forces requirement, the US signed an additional modernization agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems cost of USD  714 million. In this context, 174 M1A1 Abrams will be upgraded to M1A2 SEPv3 configuration. Washington administration signed an agreement for t...
  • Russia Continues Modernization
    Russia Continues Modernization January 2 2019
    Russia continues to modernize its air force. Within the scope of the studies, a new A-50U airborne early warning and control aircraft was delivered. In the program carried out by Beriev and Vega, the platform was equipped with more advanced avionics. In a statement from Rostec, it was reported that the aircraft gained more ability to control more friendly aircraft in addition to its increasing ability to detect and track the targets. The crew's comfort level is improved. The dat...
  • Rafale F3-R Takes the Skies
    Rafale F3-R Takes the Skies December 24 2018
    The French Air Force announced the first flight of the most advanced variant of the Rafale platform. The flight took place at the 118th Air Base in Mont-de-Marsan on 10 December 2018. The work for the platform, called Rafale F3-R, which is the most advanced member of the family, was launched in 2013. Unlike its predecessors, there are advanced equipment such as Meteor long range air-air missile, Laser Guided version of Modular Air-to-Ground Weapon System compatible Talios targeting ...
  • Light Armed Helicopter Unveiled
    Light Armed Helicopter Unveiled December 21 2018
    Republic of Korea based KAI introduced its new helicopter. Helicopter is developed by the Republic of Korea with local facilities was introduced as LAH (Light Armed Helicopter). The main design studies of the system is started in June 2015 and completed in 2016. The platform is developed for the use of the RoK Army, will start ground tests next month and will make its first flight in May 2019. After tests, which are planned to complete in three years, the LAH will begin to enter the...
  • Netherlands Approved NATO Plan
    Netherlands Approved NATO Plan December 18 2018
    The Netherlands government approved the NATO budget plan. The plan also includes additional budgets to be used by the government in the coming spring. The Netherlands has prepared a five-priority plan to increase the defence budget to 2% of its annual GDP in line with the NATO guarantee. Within the scope of this plan, it is aimed to increase the firepower of the army especially at land and sea. Plan’s first priority is F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Plan also includes strengtheni...
  • “Warrior” Defy the Years
    “Warrior” Defy the Years December 10 2018
    Lockheed Martin UK, a UK-based subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, made a statement. An information given in announcement about Warrior Capability Sustainment Program (WCSP). Under the program, the modernized Warrior infantry fighting vehicle has completed unmanned firing trials. Warrior, which serving for many years in the British Army, has travelled 2000 kilometres during tests. As part of firing tests that increased the safety factor by getting unmanned, the CT40 cased weapon system f...
  • Altay MBT Will Have Three Variants
    Altay MBT Will Have Three Variants November 28 2018
    Officials from Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) have revealed details of the three variants to be produced for the Altay main battle tanks (MBTs) programme by local company BMC British Magazine Jane’s learnt that the total contract, which was announced as signed on 9 November, is for 251 units of the Altay MBT in three variants. Of this number, 40 will be the T1 variant, which is similar to the four prototype models that have completed testing, and is schedu...
  • IAF Supplements F-35 With Upgraded F-15 IA
    IAF Supplements F-35 With Upgraded F-15 IA November 22 2018
    In addition to continuing purchasing F-35 multirole stealth fighters, IAF decides to upgrade its dependable F-15 fleet with improved model with advanced avionics. The purchase has already been approved by the government, and the first of the aircraft is expected to arrive in Israel as soon as 2023. The F-15 IA performance, considered to be superior to the older F-15 aircraft that is in inventory. The new F-15 can fly longer distances, has higher survivability, mo...
  • China to Update Air Force
    China to Update Air Force November 13 2018
    The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) announced its three-step plan to take on a stronger structure. Chinese Air Force Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Xu Anxiang held a press conference to mark the 69th anniversary of the founding of the Force. In this meeting, it was announced that the PLAAF will go into a new structure to become a stronger.   China will form a strategic power by integrating air and space power in 2020. In this step, assa...