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  • HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout
    HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout 25 September 2020
        US Navy, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 received their first MQ-8C Firescout on Sept. 15 aboard Naval Station Norfolk.  HSC-22 marks the first East Coast squadron to operate all three systems to include the MH-60S Knighthawk, MQ-8B Firescout, and MQ-8C Firescout. The newly added capability of the MQ-8C combines the capabilities of the MQ-8B with the MH-60S Knighthawk to improve the Navy’s ability to investigate and target hostile su...
  • Anti-Ship Missile Approved
    Anti-Ship Missile Approved 31 August 2020
    Land based anti-ship systems replaced coastal artillery in coastal defence; which provides to armies important opportunities such as flexible usage, mobility and surprise attack. In this way, countries can meet their homeland security requirements by engaging hostile elements from any point of the coastline from long range. The Neptune anti-ship missile, which Ukraine has been working on for a while, has come to a happy end. Defence Minister Andriy Taran announced that the first ado...
  • Land-Based Anti-Ship Missile Intend
    Land-Based Anti-Ship Missile Intend 13 July 2020
    Land-based anti-ship missiles have replaced the coastal guns who successfully served in land defence missions against enemy elements attacking from the sea in the history. Maintaining its existence under the threat of China, Taiwan put the coastal defence systems procurement plan on its agenda as part of its armed forces modernization efforts. Upon the recent PLAN Navy activities in the region, the Taiwanese Armed Forces has requested to purchase of the land-based RGM...
  • Increase on Anti-Aircraft Carrier Capabilities
    Increase on Anti-Aircraft Carrier Capabilities 14 June 2020
    Aircraft carriers are one of the most strategic platforms in the navy for countries, thanks to the ability to operate a large aviation force in a possible war that will take place in the open seas and the large area control/denial capability. China, which has been studying to increase its effectiveness in the seas and launching a ship almost every month, continues its steps in the naval missile area. Crowning the sea power with aircraft carriers, Beijing is ...
  • Philippine Navy Plans to Acquire BrahMos Coastal Defence System
    Philippine Navy Plans to Acquire BrahMos Coastal Defence System 11 June 2020
    The Philippine Navy (PN) is interested in having their own shore-based anti-ship missile systems and is eyeing the Indian BrahMos coastal defence system for the requirement. MaxDefense from the Philippines reported that the PN is planning to acquire three batteries to enable an area defence/area denial (A2/AD) capability to protect the country’s territories. The Philippine Army (PA) has earlier announced its intentions to acquire two batteries of the BrahMos land-based missile...
  • Cyber-attack on U.S. Military Information
    Cyber-attack on U.S. Military Information 4 June 2020
    Westech International, a subcontractor for Northrup Grumman, said they were being cyber-attacked.  The hackers retrieved the files via Westech International, a US Air Force maintenance and engineering subcontractor of working on the LGM-30G Minuteman III land-based intercontinental ballistic missile. According to the news in Sky News, information is thought to have been stolen after Maze ransomware was infected into the computer network of Westech International. It is...
  • Russia’s Strategic Missile Force to hold over 100 drills this year
    Russia’s Strategic Missile Force to hold over 100 drills this year 1 June 2020
    Russian Defence Ministry announced that Russia’s Strategic Missile Force would hold over 100 various drills during the summer training period that kicked off on June 1. Russia’s state-owned TASS news agency reported the announcement. “During the summer training period, the Strategic Missile Force will conduct over 30 tactical drills with missile regiments and more than 70 special tactical exercises with logistics and military security forces,” the m...
  • Air Defence System Trial
    Air Defence System Trial 29 May 2020
    Studies on air defence systems progressing in different dimensions within the framework of changing threats. Serbia, which has a well established defence industry which is legacy of Yugoslavia, continues its domestic production system studies. In this context, test launch activity was carried out with modernised RLN-IC / 170 missiles, which produced under Russian license. In the trials carried out in the Pasuljanske Livade Training Area, missiles mounted on PASARS FM-1 veh...
  • Loan for Air Defence System
    Loan for Air Defence System 28 May 2020
    The arms race continues at full speed in North Africa, as in many parts of the world. Morocco continues its steps to consolidate the armed forces and modernize its capabilities. In this context, Rabat government, which is estimated to acquire VL MICA air defence system from France, has signed a loan agreement with BNP Paribas of France worths to 192.1 million Euros. The procurement is expected to be part of the comprehensive agreement signed with a 400 million Euro budget....
  • Poniard Trial
    Poniard Trial 14 April 2020
    The Republic of Korea is expanding the measures it takes against the Northern threat with modern systems. with its important technological infrastructure and advanced production capabilities. Operating in the Republic of Korea, LIG ​​Nex1 made a test launch on April 7. In the activity, the Poniard 2.75" missile system, locally called Bigung, was trialled. The missiles launched from the truck-mounted launch system also managed to hit 10 designated marked targets. The p...
  • AG600 Prepares for First Sea-Based Test Flight
    AG600 Prepares for First Sea-Based Test Flight 8 April 2020
    The AG600, China's large amphibious aeroplane, is preparing in Hubei Province to conduct its first maritime test flight this year. The aircraft has flown before. The AG600 conducted its land-based maiden flight in Zhuhai, in December 2017 and its first water-based test flight over a reservoir in Jingmen in October 2018. All previous flights took place from a controlled area like land and lake, unlike sea where conditions may vary. The amphibious air...
  • Anti-Ship Missile Test
    Anti-Ship Missile Test 6 April 2020
    The anti-ship missile density is increasing in the Black Sea. Within the scope of one of the new projects, a test launcht was carried out recently. Ukraine, which has an important technological infrastructure in missiles, improves its capability to defend against the Russian threat. A test launch was made on 2 April as part of the Neptune missile program, which started in line with the country's coastal defence requirement. In the trial conducted at Alibey Proving Grou...
  • Pentagon’s Hypersonic Glide Body Flight Test Deemed Success
    Pentagon’s Hypersonic Glide Body Flight Test Deemed Success 21 March 2020
    The U.S. Defence Department tested a hypersonic glide body in a flight experiment conducted from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on March 19, 2020. The Navy and Army jointly executed the launch. The test was deemed a success. The Common-Hypersonic Glide Body, or C-HGB, launched and flew at hypersonic speed to “a designated impact point,” according to a statement issued March 20 by the Department of Defence. The test was a joint effort betwe...
  • Threat May Accelerate Anti-Ship Missile Deliveries
    Threat May Accelerate Anti-Ship Missile Deliveries 18 March 2020
    The waters are warmer than ever in the lands where the sun rises. The West has tightened its steps to balance China's increasing force in the region, which has become a complete production giant and launching many ships it has built. Unable to respond to China's increasing surface threat at the pace it wishes, the USA takes measures not to lose the initiative. In this context, the US Marine Corps (United States Marine Corps / USMC) can take anti-ship missile s...
  • Sea Venom at First Qualification Trial
    Sea Venom at First Qualification Trial 8 March 2020
      The Sea Venom missile has successfully completed its first qualification firing trial. The missile is jointly developed by France and the United Kingdom under the 2010 Lancaster House treaties The trial took place at the French DGA procurement agency's test site at Ile du Levant on Feb. 20, but was only announced Friday. The missile, measuring 240 pounds and 8.2 feet long, carries a 66-pound warhead, which it can deliver at high subsonic speed to an es...
  • Patria Cooperation for Armoured Vehicle
    Patria Cooperation for Armoured Vehicle 31 January 2020
    Finland-based land vehicle manufacturer Patria has signed a cooperation agreement for a new armored vehicle development project. Finland and Lithuania set out to join forces for the platform, which is planned to be developed under the Lithuanian Army Mobility Development Program. Under the agreement signed with the ceremony attended by the defence ministers of the both countries, a joint wheeled armored vehicle development project will be carried out. In this way, besides a bud...
  • GLSDB from Norway
    GLSDB from Norway 19 October 2019
      Saab and Boeing announced that they successfully test-fired the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) in Norway. The test-firing took place at the Andøya Test Centre in Andenes, Norway, September 26, 2019. The objective of the test firing was to hit a predetermined target in the sea, 130 km away from the launcher. The launcher used in the test firing was a custom made, fully autonomous, 20-foot container. The GLSDB is essentially a GBU-39 Small Diameter...
  • Land Based Neptune OK
    Land Based Neptune OK 9 October 2019
    The test and development process for the Neptune Navy missile system, which was the first test launch in the last period, is ongoing. Deaigned as a land-based naval anti-ship missile system, Neptune's development process is progressing rapidly towards the second trial launch. A new trial was planned towards the end of 2019 and the test and evaluation phase will be completed. Next up is the test launch from the ship. The missile, which has a warhead of 145 kilograms, we...
  • Regional Power Wars in Asia
    Regional Power Wars in Asia 9 October 2019
    According to Philippine media reports, the Philippines is considering supplying the BrahMos cruise missile. The missile was developed with a joint subsidiary of Russia and India. “Talks are now ongoing for Philippine Army’s BraHmos missile acquisition project with India,” a senior military official bared. The missile has a ramjet propulsion system and a range of up to 1,900 kilometres. Seeking to supply the land-based variant of the missile, the Philippines is gradually shif...
  • Lockheed Martin at Hypersonic Speed
    Lockheed Martin at Hypersonic Speed 2 September 2019
    The U.S. Department of Defence and Lockheed Martin has signed a contract worth about 347 million US Dollars part of a multi-year hypersonic weapons development in support of the Army’s focus on long-range precision strike missiles. The Lockheed Martin-team will develop and integrate a land-based hypersonic strike prototype in partnership with the Army Hypersonic Project Office. Army plans to receive first prototypes at 2023. The hypersonic weapon system, which can re...
  • Banned Test from the USA
    Banned Test from the USA 19 August 2019
    The U.S. Defence Department announced on Monday the test of a medium-range ground-launched cruise missile, just weeks after tearing up the Cold War-era pact with Russia that eliminated such nuclear-capable weapons. The missile was launched on Sunday from the U.S. Navy-controlled San Nicolas Island off the coast of Los Angeles. "The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometres of flight," the Pent...
  • NATO Movement Against to Russia
    NATO Movement Against to Russia 11 August 2019
    NATO has completed a scheduled upgrade of a land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system in Romania. The update is part of the United States European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defence, which was announced on September 2009. The Aegis Ashore station will detect and track potential threats outside of the bloc. A US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system was deployed to the Deveselu base for the time of the upgrade.   In response to th...
  • Sharp Eye for Low Altitude: Radar on the Way
    Sharp Eye for Low Altitude: Radar on the Way 1 May 2019
    The Presidency for Defence Industries (SSB) and ASELSAN signed Low Altitude Radar (AİR) System Project. At the signing ceremony held at IDEF’19, the President of SSB Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, ASELSAN and sector representatives attended. Within the scope of the project, it is aimed to cover low-altitude and medium/long-range areas which cannot be covered by Early Warning Radars and to replace Early Warning Radars in case they malfunction. The first system delivery will take place...
  • Neptune Ready for Service
    Neptune Ready for Service 26 April 2019
    It has been announced that the final trials of the land-based missile Neptune have been completed and the system is ready to enter service with the naval and land forces. It has also been stated that the cruise missile, which was indigenously developed by Ukraine, will soon be distributed to the units. The system was developed to protect Ukraine’s coastal areas. Four missiles are carried ready to fire on a KrAZ-7634HE 8x8 truck. Each vehicle is operated by three personnel. The...
  • Surprise Capacity for Gür Class
    Surprise Capacity for Gür Class 11 January 2019
    Turkish Navy’s Gür Class Submarines will be able to engage land-based targets targets. Until now, submarines were equipped with Harpoon SSM (Surface to Surface Missile) for the above-sea targets. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, submarines will be equipped with Boeing’s Harpoon Block II. Submarines will be modernized to be equipped with such capacity. The all-weather missile can engage a wide variety of land-based targets, including coastal defence sites, s...
  • Coating Which Makes F-35 Fighter Jets 'Invisible' Is Wearing Off Quickly Than Expected
    Coating Which Makes F-35 Fighter Jets 'Invisible' Is Wearing Off Quickly Than Expected 11 December 2018
    F-35 was given a coating which makes it 'invisible' to enemy radar, but it is wearing off quicker than expected, Royal Air Force (RAF) chiefs saying they have to replace it after every flight. RAF sources are now saying scratches are delaying the jets getting put into operational service when they get shipped from US manufacturer Lockheed Martin. The Maryland-based company have acknowledged the defects in the coating in the past, called LO or Low Observable, that m...
  • Ukraine and Turkey Expand Cooperation On Maritime Platforms
    Ukraine and Turkey Expand Cooperation On Maritime Platforms 24 November 2018
    Ukraine and Turkey have extended bilateral cooperation in the defence industry complex and are considering the prospects for cooperation in setting up joint ventures in the field of construction of land-based, aviation and Maritime platforms. This was reported by the press service of the National Security and Defence Council  (NSDC) of Ukraine. Ukrainian First Deputy Secretary of the NSDC Oleg Hladkovskiy met with President of the Defence Industry of Turkey Professor ...
  • Turkish Navy Aims F-35B
    Turkish Navy Aims F-35B 9 November 2018
    Turkish Navy wants to deploy the F-35B Lightning II on board the TCG Anadolu which is under construction. The efficiency of the ship, which will be an important multiplier for the Turkish Navy's amphibious assault force, will be increased with the F-35B Lightning II aircraft. In this direction, some studies are being carried out in the headquarters. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, the necessary infrastructure and preliminary works are in progress before the f...
  • Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot"
    Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot" 8 November 2018
    China, introduced its CM-401 system at Air show China 2018 in Zhuhai. CM-401 is an anti-ship ballistic missile, has developed by CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Limited). The missile has a 6 Mach speed. System can perform hypersonic manoeuvres which can perform ballistic flights and cruise from upper layers of atmosphere. When the CM-401 reaches its target, the terminal phase starts and it starts to dive. The system, which is effective against medium and larg...
  • Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot"
    Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot" 8 November 2018
    China, introduced its CM-401 system at Air show China 2018 in Zhuhai. CM-401 is an anti-ship ballistic missile, has developed by CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Limited). The missile has a 6 Mach speed. System can perform hypersonic manoeuvres which can perform ballistic flights and cruise from upper layers of atmosphere. When the CM-401 reaches its target, the terminal phase starts and it starts to dive. The system, which is effective against medium and larg...
  • Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received
    Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received 22 August 2018
    Leonardo announces that it has made effective the contract, signed on March 14, 2018, for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defence of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in its backlog and received the advance payment relating to the contract. The order covers 16 TTHs tactical transports and 12 NFHs naval helicopters. Leonardo acts as overall prime contractor with responsibility for the management of the entire programme...
  • Japan sees cost for Aegis Ashore doubling initial quote
    Japan sees cost for Aegis Ashore doubling initial quote 25 July 2018
    Japanese Defence Ministry has newly estimated that the price tag of two land-based missile batteries Japan aims to deploy could cost around $3.6 billion, doubling the initial quotation. The Japanese government insists installing the U.S.-developed Aegis Ashore system in Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures to strengthen country’s defence against potential nuclear weapon or missile threats. Two batteries are believed to be sufficient to cover Japan's entire territory.
  • British F-35Bs arrived UK
    British F-35Bs arrived UK 7 June 2018
    The first of Britain’s new F-35B aircraft arrived into RAF Marham their new home in Norfolk. Fighters arrived two months ahead of schedule, having completed a nonstop flight from South Carolina. Describing the F-35 as "the most advanced and dynamic fighter jet in our history," chief of the air staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier says: "With its stealth and other world-beating technologies, the F-35 Lightning takes the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy to a ...
  • New Buyan-M Class Corvette goes on Mediterranean Mission
    New Buyan-M Class Corvette goes on Mediterranean Mission 4 June 2018
    Vyshny Volochyok, (Project 21631- NATO reporting name: Buyan-M) joins Russia's Black Sea Fleet and goes on mission in Mediterranean Sea. It will leave for a mission in the Mediterranean shortly where it will join the Russian Mediterranean Squadron, the Chief of Staff of the Black Sea Fleet, Rear Admiral Viktor Liin told on Friday. Vyshny Volochyok is only one of the family, assigned to the Black Sea Fleet to date.  The Project 21631 corvette is armed with the Kalibr (SS-N-2...
  • Contested Deployment by China
    Contested Deployment by China 4 May 2018
    Beijing has installed anti-ship cruise and surface-to-air missiles in the Spratly islands west of the Philippines, the Chinese foreign ministry has confirmed. Intelligence assessments say the missile platforms were moved to the outposts in the strategic Spratly Islands within the past 30 days. The land-based anti-ship cruise missiles, designated as YJ-12B, allow China to strike surface vessels within 295 nautical miles while the long-range surface-to-air missiles designate...
  • Latvia To Buy Puma UAS
    Latvia To Buy Puma UAS 28 March 2018
    Latvia is set to receive two RQ-20A Puma UASs from the US under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract valued at $1,96 million. The sole-source contract that will be awarded on 3 April. The deal also includes spares package, three reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) kits and contractor support.  The RQ-20A is a small unmanned aircraft system manufactured by AeroVironment which can be deployed in land-based and maritime operation...
  • China Conducted Mid-course Anti-missile Test
    China Conducted Mid-course Anti-missile Test 7 February 2018
    China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has announced that it successfully tested a land-based mid-course missile interception system on 5 February. The test, which was carried out within Chinese territory, “achieved the expected goals”, the MND said in a statement, adding that the move was “defensive and not aimed at any country”. The MND provided no other details.
  • 80K6T Tests Set to Begin
    80K6T Tests Set to Begin 13 December 2017
    Ukraine’s state-owned defence export company UkrOboronProm announced that its Iskra Scientific Production Complex will begin testing the land-based active-phased array air surveillance and air defence radar 80K6T. designed to detect targets and operate in-concert with the surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, 80K6T is an S-band 3D radar  With a maximum detection range of 500 km and maximum altitude coverage of 40 km.  the 80K6T can track up t...
  • Japan Requested Additional Budget for Defence
    Japan Requested Additional Budget for Defence 11 December 2017
    Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera announced that the ministry has requested additional $6.4 million of budgetary allocation to elaborate a plan for deploying two land-based US missile defense systems, Aegis Ashore.  The decision aims to "strengthen the ability to constantly protect" the country to due to the repeated missile launches by North Korea. The Defence Ministry has requested $48 bi...
  • F-35B Ski-jump Tests On 2nd Round
    F-35B Ski-jump Tests On 2nd Round 19 July 2017
    The second round of testing under Phase 2 test programme of F-35B has begun at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River to expand the aircraft's ski-jump envelope. The trials are being carried out on a land-based ski-ramp and includes launches with external stores, increased crosswind conditions, and take offs at a range of different speeds. The programme started in June to support testing for the United Kingdom in advance of First of Class Flight Trials (...