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  • Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight
    Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight January 5 2020
    The first images of the JF-17 Block 3 ‘4+ generation’ fighter were unveiled on December 28th, with a prototype shown taxiing on a factory runway in China before taking its first flight. The fighter represents the fourth variant of the JF-17, a fighter jointly developed by China and Pakistan from the early 2000s which saw its first flight in august 2003. The JF-17 was designed exclusively for export and does not serve in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, although over 100...
  • Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles
    Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles December 25 2019
    Leonardo has demonstrated its new M-40 target drone against MBDA-made Mistral surface-to-air missile, in Italy. Leonardo has concluded a series of flights with its M-40 target drone as part of a trials campaign in Italy. This saw the drones simulating modern airborne threats, allowing for the realistic demonstration of MBDA’s latest surface-to-air Mistral missile. The missile intercepted the target, proving its capabilities and allowing MBDA to collect valuable dat...
  • Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes
    Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes November 8 2019
    France-based Airbus, revealed some basic details of a classified program that will feed into the endeavour to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon. The platform is similar in design to Northrop Grumman's X-47A Pegasus UAV. The super stealthy shape was arrived at in an effort to greatly reduce all relevant signatures – radar, infrared, visual and acoustic.  The tailless aircraft concept features concealed air intakes at the leading edges of the wing – and the engine outlet is f...
  • Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile
    Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile October 1 2019
    Up Media reports that Taiwan is seeking to improve the Tien Chien 1 short-range air-to-air missile by improving its off-boresight and kinematic capabilities with "backfire" attack capability with a large-angle off-axis flight. The performance is similar to the current strongest short-range air-to-air missile, AIM-9X Block II type Sidewinder missile. The new missile will also have lock-on after launch (LOAL) capability. In order to improve the airborne capabilitie...
  • 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...
  • New Missile to Support AMRAAM and Sidewinder September 18 2019
    Raytheon unveils the development of the new medium-range Peregrine advanced air-to-air missile.  A company executive says “the Peregrine is meant to complement, not replace, the AMRAAM and Sidewinder”.  Raytheon Company is developing a new medium-range, an air-launched weapon called the Peregrine missile that is half the size and cost of today's air-to-air missiles, yet delivers greater range and effect. The Peregrine missile is a small, fast, lightwei...
  • Approval for Lockheed Martin August 15 2019
    U.S. Department of Defence said that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $99 million contract for AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) foreign military sales production support. The contract, which involves foreign military sales to Finland, Poland and Australia, will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support.   Weighing approximate...
  • 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...
  • Serbia Prefers French Missiles
    Serbia Prefers French Missiles July 17 2019
    Serbia signs for the acquisition of Mistral 3 short-range air defence systems with MBDA. During  French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Serbia, MBDA announces the signing of a contract for Mistral 3 short-range air defence systems . Serbia becomes the 32nd customer country for the Mistral missile. This will allow Serbia to benefit from the shared user experiences from the many forces operating and to contribute to the definition of the future developments of the weapon systems...
  • Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time
    Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time July 5 2019
    Korea Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries/ KAI) has carried out the first flight of its Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype. The rotor platform developed for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), completed the test after a 20-minute test flight. The helicopter is powered by two Arriel 2L2 turboshaft engines co-developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines and Hanwha Techwin. The RoKA has a requirement for more than 200 LAH helicopters, with entry into service schedul...
  • JLTV to Hunt Tanks
    JLTV to Hunt Tanks June 25 2019
    US-based Oshkosh Defense LLC announces a trial of new JLTV vehicles. A JLTV launched the FGM-148 Javelin missile as part of the trial at the Redstone Test Center in Alabama. LAunch was made via Kongsberg's RCWS (Remote Command Weapon System) which can carry FGM-148 Javelin missile, as well as the Northrop Grumman production 30 mm low-weight gun also. According to the company statement, JLTV is the only platform that can serve in combat formation in the battlefield. Thanks to the...
  • SAR Integration from Rafael
    SAR Integration from Rafael June 13 2019
    Rafael has signed a new collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Within this scope, the company will carry out synthetic aperture radar integration studies. One of Rafael's most advanced targeting pods, the Litening 5 and Reccelite XR pods, will feature synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capabilities. The Litening 5 is equipped with wide-span mid-wave infrared and short-wave infrared sensors and includes a laser designator. Reccelite XR weighs 250 kilograms. The system,...
  • 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...
  • Test Phase in Light Attack Helicopter
    Test Phase in Light Attack Helicopter April 9 2019
      Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) announced the start of the testing process in the Light Attack Helicopter Program. During the tests; platform will undergo a process of extensive tests of power, avionics and weapons systems. On the platform where the Korean Army planned to procure 214 units, the trial process began with engine tests on the ground. Airbus Helicopters production The H155 based platform equipped with 20 mm gatling type three barreled gun. Besides, the...
  • China Develops Anti-Stealth Radars
    China Develops Anti-Stealth Radars March 19 2019
    Chinese Global Times Daily claims that Chinese arms companies work on multiple terahertz radiation radar systems to notice stealth aircraft. China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) team has developed successfully a prototype terahertz radiation radar and a second-generation prototype is already in development, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Sunday, citing a statement released by CETC. The development of terahertz radiation radar is a global chall...
  • Latvia Acquires Penguin C Long-Endurance UAVs
    Latvia Acquires Penguin C Long-Endurance UAVs March 13 2019
    UAV Factory, a developer of fixed-wing unmanned aerial systems (UAS), has announced it has signed an agreement with the Latvian Ministry of Defence to provide UAVs for the country’s National Armed Forces (LNAF). LNAF has selected UAV Factory to supply the with an undisclosed number of its latest Penguin C long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The UAVs will be equipped with advanced electro-optical/infrared gyro-stabilised sensors. UAV will be used to enhance the LNAF’s a...
  • Marker Armed Testbed UGV from Russia
    Marker Armed Testbed UGV from Russia March 7 2019
    Russian Foundation for Advanced Studies (FPI), Russia's equivalent to the US DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) in conjunction with the Android Technology' has started a joint Project called the Marker UGV. The Marker UGV is designed to be a testbed for new technologies that will interact with special forces to test and mature emerging technologies and concepts of operation. The vehicle is equipped with a Remote Weapon Station (RWS) and is armed with...
  • Rafael Unveils "Rocks" - A Long Range Stand-Off Air-To-Surface Missile
    Rafael Unveils "Rocks" - A Long Range Stand-Off Air-To-Surface Missile February 21 2019
    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled a new, advanced stand-off high-speed air-to-surface missile (ASM) at the Aero India Air Show in Bengaluru, India, this week. Dubbed simply "Rocks," the ASM can be armed with a penetration warhead or blast explosive warhead depending on whether targets are beneath the surface or above ground. The weight class of the warhead has not been disclosed. 'Rocks', the new missile is furnished with a single-stage solid rocket motor develope...
  • New Air Defense System to the Navy February 19 2019
    MBDA introduces a new ship-based air defence system in NAVDEX. The platform called SPIMM (Self Protection Integrated Mistral Module) was developed on SIMBAD-RC. SIMBAD-RC is a ship-mounted turret system, has two ready-to-launch missiles. Thanks to the 360-degree infrared panoramic imager, SPIMM can detect air and surface targets. The remote commanded SPIMM is controlled by two operators. The system, which can carry four spare missiles, can be effective against anti-ship missiles, ai...
  • Reinforcement to the Indian Navy
    Reinforcement to the Indian Navy February 1 2019
          India continues to strengthen its fleet. Over the past few weeks, the government of Delhi has signed an agreement on the procurement of frigates from Russia, and now ordered additional frigates.   In the scope of the order containing two Project 1135.6 class frigates, the options included in the agreement signed on 15 October 2016 were finalized. It was announced that the platforms planned to be built in Goa Shipyard ...
  • Indra Presents ‘Anti Drone Shield’ System
    Indra Presents ‘Anti Drone Shield’ System January 31 2019
    Indra presents smart system to defend an area against drones. The company describe the system as “an intelligent shield”, called ARMS (Anti RPAS Multisensor System), which detects the presence of drones kilometres away. It identifies the model and learns their weaknesses to neutralise them if they invade the space to be protected. Indra’s ARMS system consists of a radar and infrared cameras that perform detection and identification tasks. Its electronic warfare sen...
  • Mistral Missile Has Anti-Surface Capability
    Mistral Missile Has Anti-Surface Capability January 11 2019
    MBDA has successfully demonstrated the use of the Mistral missile against Fast Inshore Attack Crafts (FIAC)s at the end of last year. A number of foreign delegations attended the demonstration firing that was performed from a SIMBAD-RC automated naval turret firing from the land against a fast moving remotely-controlled semi-rigid boat more than 3 kilometres off the coast. The scenario was intended to be representative of the self-protection of a vessel against an asymmetric threat. In its la...
  • Qualification Process of TALIOS OK
    Qualification Process of TALIOS OK November 21 2018
    Another important milestone in the qualification process of the TALIOS optronic pod which developed by Thales is behind. The system has completed the qualification tests of the French defence procurement agency DGA.   The TALIOS system, developed as suitable with Rafale F3R platforms, incorporates electro-optical and infrared sensors. With the pod, which has features such as stabilization and image processing, the aircraft can engage in long range moving targets. With...
  • Trials of TL-4 is Near Final Phase
    Trials of TL-4 is Near Final Phase November 12 2018
    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has announced that it is testing its new TL-4 antitank guided missile. The announcement came during Airshow China. During the testing process is about to be completed, the company said that the missile can successfully destroy the desired targets. The missile is covered with protective box which is 1.2 meters long, 174 mm wide and 178 mm high. The system can be equipped with a tandem warhead, and can be equipped with a fragme...
  • The DGA Orders MICA NG Air-to-Air Missiles
    The DGA Orders MICA NG Air-to-Air Missiles November 12 2018
    The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on November 6 awarded MBDA a contract for the acquisition of 567 MICA NG missiles and the pyrotechnic modernization of 300 MICA* already in service. DGA pland to equip the Rafale with MICA NG by replacing the MICA air-to-air missiles in service since the early 2000s. The missile is developed in two versions - infrared (IR) and electromagnetic (EM). The MICA NG will be carried byall Rafale. Th...
  • ASELSAN’s CATS System Enters Turkish İnventory On Anka-S UAV
    ASELSAN’s CATS System Enters Turkish İnventory On Anka-S UAV September 27 2018
    ASELSAN’s Common Aperture Targeting System (CATS) E/O system has entered the inventory of the Turkish Air Force (TAF), Ismail Demir, President of the Turkish Defence Industries Presidency (SSB), announced on his personal Twitter account on 25 September. The CATS electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting system will be carried by the TAF's satellite-controlled Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and is expected to gradually replace the US-made FLIR...
  • A-Darter Qualified
    A-Darter Qualified September 26 2018
    South Africa-based Denel Dynamics announced the completion of qualification tests for A-Darter missile. Four launches were carried out during the tests and the target drones of the Skua developed by the same company were used as targets. Tests were performed in the Overberg Test Site. During the qualification, the system was passed three stages, lock on after launch, close air combat and electronic counter-countermeasures and the ability of the missile to turn 180 degrees under the high G loa...
  • $51 Million Worth Contract For Extreme-Range JASSM Cruise Missile September 12 2018
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded the US Air Force contract worth $51 million for Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extreme Range (JASSM-XR), the Department of defence announced Monday. This contract effort includes all all-up round level systems engineering and programmatic activities to align and phase the work necessary to design, develop, integrate, test, and verify component and subsystem design changes to the JASSM-XR baseline electronics, hardware, firmware, and operationa...
  • Lockheed Martin To Build Three Infrared Geosynchronous Spacecraft For $2.9 Billion August 15 2018
    Lockheed Martin won almost $3 billion to build three space vehicles to operate in geosynchronous high earth orbits (HEO) 22,000 miles above the planet, the US Defence Department said in a press release. "Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, California, has been awarded a $2,935,545,188 not-to-exceed un-definitized contract for three Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Space Vehicles," the release said on Tuesday. The contr...
  • Additional ASELPOD to Air Force
    Additional ASELPOD to Air Force August 14 2018
    Presidency of Defence Industries announced the acceptance of two ASELPOD targeting pods from its official Twitter account. "There are two more Aselsan products of ASELPOD accepted, which stand out with their detection and marking technologies in the nationalization of our Air Platforms. We are preparing for the Indigenious Combat Aircraft with the infrastructure we have created in aviation. " ASELPOD, developed by Aselsan for combat aircraft, is a multi...
  • 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...
  • Rheinmetall Equipment to German Rifles
    Rheinmetall Equipment to German Rifles July 6 2018
    Germany will supply laser markers for infantry rifles. Bundeswehr's Equipment, Information Technology and Support Unit has signed an agreement with Rheinmetall for supply of EUR 5 million. Under the agreement, 1745 rifle mounted laser marking kits will be delivered to special forces. Delivery is expected to be completed by 2019. The Variable Tactical Aiming Module (VTAL), which will be delivered by Germany, has a watertight metal body. Equipped with MIL-STD 1913 / STAN...
  • MILGEM Record in Exports
    MILGEM Record in Exports July 5 2018
    Minister of National Defence Nurettin Canikli gave a good news of the MILGEM's in a press release. MILGEM Class corvettes were exported to Pakistan. Under the agreement inked today, Pakistan will supply four ships. Two of the vessels will be built at the Istanbul Shipyard Command, and two will be built in Karachi, Pakistan. All responsibility for construction work will be in the hand of Turkish Ministry of National Defence. The amount of the deal has not been announced, but it is said tha...
  • Modular Solution to Spike NLOS
    Modular Solution to Spike NLOS July 4 2018
    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems announced the completion of the development phase of the new low weight integrated SPARC remote controlled launch system for Spike NLOS. The system, developed for a undisclosed special forces customer, has been specially optimized for light all terrain vehicles. The concept was exhibited for the first time at the Eurosatory 2016, the launcher on the Polaris MRZR-4 type vehicle, two  ready to launch missiles , and two clip-on loading addition...
  • Azerbaijan Procured SOM, Will Use on Russian Aircraft
    Azerbaijan Procured SOM, Will Use on Russian Aircraft June 25 2018
    Azerbaijan procured the SOM missiles from Turkey according to AzeriDefence news. According to the report, SOM's first export customer, Azerbaijan, procured the B1 variant of the system. The system is expected to be exhibited for the first time in the parade of the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijan Armed Forces on June 26th. The model to be exhibited has seen in Azerbaijan streets in the past days. The MiG-21, MiG-29 and Su-25 aircrafts in Azerbaijan's i...
  • Rheinmetall Will Continue to Protect Halifax
    Rheinmetall Will Continue to Protect Halifax June 20 2018
    Rheinmetall will upgrade Halifax Class frigates' softkill systems. Under the deal of US $ 15 million, MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) systems will be upgraded which is integrated to the Halifax Class frigates. Upgradingt work will be carried out between 2018-2022. MASS, the decoy system, was integrated into the Halifax Class frigates in 2009. In the scope of the work, dual launchers will replace with triple launchers. The project will be run by Rheinmetall...
  • US Navy Selects Naval Strike Missile for LCS Over-the-Horizon Missile
    US Navy Selects Naval Strike Missile for LCS Over-the-Horizon Missile June 3 2018
    US Navy has selected The Norwegian-designed Naval Strike Missile for the fleet’s littoral combat ships (LCSs) and the future guided-missile frigates. The 'Naval Strike Missile' (NSM) was submitted for consideration to the US Navy by Norwegian defence firm Kongsberg Defence Systems jointly with US defence contractor Raytheon, beating out offerings from Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The $14.8 million contract awarded to Raytheon will purchase the first round of m...
  • Republic of Korea to deploy K-SAAM on second Dokdo class
    Republic of Korea to deploy K-SAAM on second Dokdo class May 30 2018
    The Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier will deploy an indigenously developed weapon referred to in the country as Korean Surface-to-Air Anti-Missile (SAAM, or K-SAAM) Jane’s reported . The vessel, which will be known in service as ROKS Marado with pennant number 6112 has also been equipped with a locally developed vertical launching system (K-VLS).  The K-SAAM is a 3.07 m long ship-based anti-air projectile that employs ine...
  • India goes for Local Infrared Tracking System for Su-30MKI
    India goes for Local Infrared Tracking System for Su-30MKI May 29 2018
    India has decided to design and develop a long-range dual-band infrared imaging search and track system (IRST) for Su-30MKIs. IRST will strengthen the capabilities of the aircraft in detecting ultra-stealthy aircraft like the F-22 and Chengdu J-20. The system will be able to operate in day and night conditions and will substantially enhance the capabilities of the aircraft. The Indian defence ministry wants at least 40% domestically-produced content in the system which will be manuf...
  • French Carrier Refloated
    French Carrier Refloated May 17 2018
    French Navy’s only aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle floated again on May 16 after spending over 14 months in the drydock as part of her €1,3-billion mid-life upgrade. The carrier entered the drydock on 8 February 2017. The vessel will undergo further modifications before starting sea trials in the fall. Charles de Gaulle is expected to return to the fleet in 2019.  During the upgrades, the vessel underwent nuclear reactors...