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  • 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...
  • Acceptance Test of Airborne to Start in December
    Acceptance Test of Airborne to Start in December October 23 2018
    Russia announced a new acceptance test, which will be launched next December. Tests will be carried out for 2S25M Sprut-SDM1. Vehicle is developed for Russian Airborne Troops. An official from the Russian Army announced that the tests will start in December 2018 and will continue throughout 2019. If the tests are successful, the first vehicle will be delivered in 2020. 2S25M Sprut-SDM1 is an improved model of the Sprut-SDs. Vehicle was introduced in 2016. The vehicle’s mission...
  • Israel Grounded Unmanned
    Israel Grounded Unmanned October 22 2018
    Israel introduced two new autonomous robotic systems. Systems are designed by developed by IAI, can be used in different tasks. The first of these, the Sahar unmanned ground vehicle, is used in the destruction of improved explosive devices (IED). With its 6x6 capability, the platform is able to perform its task even in difficult terrain. Equipped with a hydraulic arm, the Sahar has special equipment to remove the IED from the ground. The system is fully autonomous. Thanks to its adv...
  • Modernization to "Bear"
    Modernization to "Bear" October 16 2018
    Russia has decided to continue with one of the icons of the Cold War. According to official sources, Moscow will modernize the Tu-95 bombers. The contract for the modernization of the Tu-95MS aircraft to the Tu-95MSM level was signed last month. A series of changes will be made to the platforms that have been active since 1957 and made its first flight in 1952. Maintenance works will be carried out to the necessary parts of the fuselage. Also the platform's electronic equipment ...
  • Alternative for M113
    Alternative for M113 September 3 2018
    Korea-based Hanwha Defence Systems unveiled its new vehicle. The AS21 Redback was introduced at the Land Forces 2018 Conference in Adelaide, Australia. The AS21, an improved version of the Republic of Korea's K21 infantry fighting vehicle, was developed for the Land Forces Project of the Australian Army. Redback was offered as an alternative to the M113AS4 vehicles to be replaced under Phase 3 of the Project. The platform, which is managed by 3 + 8 crews, stands out with its hig...
  • Modernisation for Navy Cruiser
    Modernisation for Navy Cruiser August 27 2018
    BAE Systems has signed a new agreement with the United States. Company will modernize the USS Gettysburg (CG 64), a Ticonderoga Class guided missile cruiser under the agreement. Within the scope of modernization, the weapon and engineering systems of the ship will be upgraded with more advanced ones. In addition to this, platform will gain necessary infrastructure for integration of the Aegis combat system. New communication systems, CANES (Consolidated Aflo...
  • Iraqi BMP-3s on the Line
    Iraqi BMP-3s on the Line July 31 2018
    The BMP-3s which are producing for for Iraq were seen at Kurganmashzavod, located at the JSC Military Industrial Complex in Kurgan, Russia. Sand-colored camouflage-painted vehicles were seen during a Russian delegation's visit to Kurganmashzavod. In the statement made to the authorities, it is stated that the vehicles are producing for Iraq. It is also among the issues in the defense cabinets that Iraq will take delivery of BMP-3, which has app...
  • Enhanced Abrams' to Army
    Enhanced Abrams' to Army July 27 2018
    US Army took action for tank modernization. In this context, it has signed an agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems (GDELS) for the modernization of 100 tanks. The tanks to be modernized will be upgraded to the M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3) configuration. The first prototype of the SEPv3 Abrams delivered in 2017. With SEPv3, communication systems are enhanced. Tanks have more efficient fuel consumption, improved Common Remote Controlled Weap...
  • Centauro II on the Way
    Centauro II on the Way July 25 2018
    Italy has decided to procure Centauro II. Italian Army, ordered 10 Centauro II from Iveco Defence Systems and the Oto Melara Consortium (CIO). Italian Army plans to procure a total of 136 Centauro II. Nuova Blindo Centauro is the name of first tranche of the platform, which is a more advanced version of Centauro I. Vehicles will take place of their predecessors. The Centauro II, which has been developed as a tank destroyer, is equipped with a 120 mm 45 caliber smoothbore g...
  • Smart Merkava Introduced
    Smart Merkava Introduced July 23 2018
    Israeli Defence Forces have introduced a new model of the Merkava main battle tank. The tank equipped with special equipment for asymmetric warfare conditions is called Merkava Mark 4 Barak. Merkava Mk. 4 Barak has a smart mission computer. Merkava Mk. 4 Barak is the first tank withthis feature. Mission computer can manage the missions of the tank. The tank also stands out with features such as artificial intelligence, improved sensors and Virtual Reality (VR). Improved electro...
  • SM-3 Order to Raytheon
    SM-3 Order to Raytheon July 18 2018
    Raytheon signed an agreement with the US Missile Defense Agency for $ 466.9 million. Under the agreement, the company will produce 44 SM-3 Block IBs. RM-161 The SM-3 missile is the backbone of the US Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force's missile defence power. The block IB model, with its two color infrared scanner, improved maneuverability and propulsion, destroys its target with a kinetic energy warhead. The missile can reach 3 Mach speeds. 708 kilograms of...
  • Su-57 to Hit from 300 Kilometers
    Su-57 to Hit from 300 Kilometers July 6 2018
    Russian Armed Forces will equip the fourth and fifth generation aircraft with stronger weapons. R-37M, developed for the next combat aircraft in the inventory, is nearing the end of its development work on the long-range air-to-air missile. The R-37M, the improved version of the R-37 missile developed during the Soviet Union era, will also be integrated into the Su-57. While the technical details for the new missile are not disclosed, the missile may engage targets with a direct sho...
  • Lockheed's Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Enters into Low-Rate Initial Production
    Lockheed's Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Enters into Low-Rate Initial Production June 30 2018
    Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system has successfully passed its Defence Acquisition Board review. The signed Acquisition Decision Memorandum approves the JAGM system to enter into Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP). JAGM is a multi-sensor air-to-ground missile that is the successor to the combat proven HELLFIRE Romeo and HELLFIRE Longbow missiles. Backward compatible with all rotary wing and fixed wing platforms that fire the HELLFIRE family of missiles, ...
  • New and improved 'bunker buster' bombs for USAF
    New and improved 'bunker buster' bombs for USAF June 30 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a contract for a new penetrator warhead. New penetrator will replace its current BLU-109/B and BLU-109C/B systems. Superior Forge and Steel Corporation will deliver 300 of the improved BLU-137/B penetrator warheads. Valued at USD476.9 million, the award will run through to 3 May 2020. The USAF first declared its intention to procure an improved ‘bunker buster’ bomb with a draft request for proposals (RFP) that was issued in De...