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  • AQS-24 Continues
    AQS-24 Continues January 13 2020
    Northrop Grumman made statements about AQS-24 sonar tests. Tests were carried out with Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vessel (MCM USV). Tthe AQS-24 system completed the initial sea trials. It was stated that the tests performed according to the new generation Deploy and retrieval system were finalized in the planned direction. AQS-24B, which is used in minesweeping tasks, is capable of real-time detection, localisation and classification. Effective ag...
  • $ 1worth laser sword for Israeli air defence
    $ 1worth laser sword for Israeli air defence January 10 2020
    Israel Defence Ministry announced that they had developed a new laser system missile. According to the statement of the Ministry, a recent technological development made this system possible. The futuristic defence system is still under development and will be tested throughout the year and will not be operational in the short term. Just like the Iron Dome, the development of a laser defence system to complement it cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but the latter will ...
  • Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets
    Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets January 10 2020
    Rheinmetall and Thales have signed an agreement to support together with the future developments, qualification and production of the 70mm (2.75”) guided and unguided rockets solutions for helicopters as well as potentially other new platforms in Germany. Two international groups will propose complementary capabilities for the Tiger MK3 program. The Thales 70mm (2.75”) rocket systems are currently operated on UHT Tiger and under certification on Airbus Helicopters H145M....
  • Laser Gun Pod Request for Aircraft
    Laser Gun Pod Request for Aircraft January 9 2020
    In addition to the replacing and modernising old vehicles, the Chinese Army continues high-tech weapon studies. China published a tender invitation for laser weapon at official procurement authority, weain.mil.cn. The announcement made from the People's Liberation Army of China under the "Laser Weapon Pod Procurement Tender Invitation" title. There is no detailed information about procurement program. In defense lobbies, it is talking that the  China may...
  • MEHS for Turkish Navy
    MEHS for Turkish Navy January 7 2020
    Another program launched for the locally-built critical sub-components of the platforms operating in the Turkish Navy is finished. In this way, the electronic warfare capability of the Turkish Naval Forces has been increased. In the statement made by the Presidency of Defence Industries; ASELSAN's MEHS (Milli elektronik Harp Suiti / National Electronic Warfare Suite) integrated third and fourth Yavuz Class frigates and platforms delivered to the Navy. Under the co...
  • Modernisation Time for ACV-15s
    Modernisation Time for ACV-15s January 3 2020
    A modernization agreement was signed for the ACV-15s, which were developed in the late 1980s in line of needs of the Turkish Armed Forces. With the agreement signed on 31 December 2019, FNSS will also take part in the project as the subcontractor of ASELSAN. The survivability of the vehicles will be increased in line with the experience and feedback gained from the Turkish Army's operations in Syria. FNSS will carry out prototype production, qualification activities, integr...
  • New Measures from Iran November 22 2019
    The defence industry continues to keep pace with developing and changing technologies. Recently, the use of unmanned systems has increased and the UAV system, which is a cost-effective solution, has become a danger for the countries' airspace. Iranian Deputy Defence Minister Brigadier General Ghasem Taghizadeh said that Iran is now mass producing laser weapons to defend its air from drones.  “The research and experimental phase for this weapon has finished and it is now in the ...
  • 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...
  • Upgraded ATAK helicopter carries out maiden flight
    Upgraded ATAK helicopter carries out maiden flight November 13 2019
    Turkey's domestically developed T129 Tactical Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter (ATAK) has been upgraded and performed its maiden flight on Wednesday at the facilities of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) in Ankara. Defence Industries, President Professor İsmail Demir, announced the upgraded ATAK's first flight on his official Twitter account. "The ATAK Phase 2, equipped with a laser warning system and upgraded electronic warfare systems, successfully carried out ...
  • Anti-Laser Defence for US Aircraft
    Anti-Laser Defence for US Aircraft November 6 2019
    Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is concerned that laser weapons could target US aircraft in the future. DARPA is looking for high-energy laser countermeasures; the agency posted online in an industry request for information. Agency wants a countermeasure that could be mounted on aircraft, as well as ground vehicles or ships. Anti-laser defensive technology is based on a technology that can detect an attack, geo-locate the attacker and disrupt the laser we...
  • Guided Munition to Carl Gustaf
    Guided Munition to Carl Gustaf November 2 2019
    The Guided Carl Gustaf Munition (GCGM) Project, which developed by Raytheon Missile Systems and Saab Dynamics, is progressing rapidly. Within the scope of the project, a guided ammunition for the Carl Gustaf systems was developed. As a result of the studies initiated in November 2017, the initial launch tests of semi-active laser guided ammunition were performed. The missile, which can also be fired from closed areas, can hit its target with CEP <1 metres . Ammunit...
  • GLSDB from Norway
    GLSDB from Norway October 19 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...
  • Modernised M60TM at Border
    Modernised M60TM at Border October 16 2019
    Upgraded M60TM main battle tanks (MBTs) fitted with Pulat active protection systems (APS) are deployed to the Syrian border according to social media reports. M60MT tanks are fitted with ASELSAN’s remote weapon station and laser-warning receivers. Some of the tanks also have Pulat hard-kill APS.  Some of the tanks showed M60s fitted with Aselsan's Telescopic Periscope System (TEPES). Tanks are hidden behind an obstacle but can see remote distance tanks to TEPES. TEPES...
  • Range Increased
    Range Increased October 9 2019
    The 16th Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev continues on the second day. During the event, Ukrainian company Luchs introduced the RK-10 missile. The system, which could technically be described as a extended-range version of the Bar'er missile, was developed specifically for use with rotary wing aircraft. Bar'er missile was used as the basis of the project carried out with the company's own resources. While the amount of ammunitio's fuel was increased, th...
  • Alka Shield to Drones
    Alka Shield to Drones October 8 2019
    Participating in Arms and Security 2019 with its unique products, Roketsan exhibits the Alka directed energy system in Kiev.
    
    Alka, which the company has developed with its own resources, has an internal detection system. Thus, the system can operate without the need for an additional detection and observation system can be effectively use against drones and can detect different sizes of UAVs. Alka, which has radio frequency based electronic attack system and signal jamming systemer sys...
                                                        
  • Korea Will Destroy UAVs
    Korea Will Destroy UAVs September 18 2019
    The Republic of Korea has announced a project to develop laser weapons system to take down small aerial targets such as drones or missiles, the Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. The project is worth approximately US $74 million, the DAPA seeks to complete the development of the system named Block-I, capable of shooting laser beams against small unmanned aerial vehicles by 2023 for operational deployment. "After the development of the system aimed at small ...
  • First Sales from China to Europe September 11 2019
    China sold its remote-controlled aircraft to a European country for the first time. Serbia’s military will receive Wing Loong , Chinese-built armed drones, in the next six months. “This sale will greatly strengthen the Serbian military, which will gain capabilities it has not had in the past,” Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview Tuesday on state-owned television.  Wing Loong, also known as Pterodactyl-1, combat drones, which look similar to ...
  • CLWS Against to UAV
    CLWS Against to UAV August 10 2019
    The new Compact Laser Weapon System (CLWS), developed by Boeing, has proved its ability to counter unmanned aerial system threats. The Boeing Company announced that in a recent test, the system hit 19 out of 19 moving targets. CLWS, is a portable laser system and can stand alone or pair with weapon platforms on vehicles or ships. According to AFCEA International, for ground-based applications, the weapon can be placed on a tripod and on top of its corresponding military container, w...
  • UK Details Transition Plan
    UK Details Transition Plan August 5 2019
    Britain is planning to retire its General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems in 2024 as the Royal Air Force transitions to its new Protector platform. The UK currently has 10 MQ-9 Reapers that it purchased as an urgent operational requirement for operations in Afghanistan. Today, they operate over Iraq and Syria, but none are destined for use in UK airspace. The UK currently is planning to buy 16 Protectors, a derivative of General Atomics’ self-developed, SkyGuardian platfor...
  • £130m to Develop New DEWs July 11 2019
      British Defence Ministry is developing cutting-edge laser and radio frequency weapons. Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), are powered solely by electricity and operate without ammunition. In a Prior Information Notice (PIN) published this week, the MOD announced it is seeking to develop three new DEW demonstrators to explore the potential of the technology and accelerate its introduction onto the battlefield. The laser weapons systems deploy high energy light ...
  • Final Supply Completed
    Final Supply Completed June 27 2019
      The final unit of RQ-21A Blackjack, replaces the RQ-7B Shadow, was delivered by the US Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS Program Office (PMA-263) at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina. RQ-21A Blackjack increased capability will include work on command and control, communication systems, avionics, optics, laser designation, and payloads. Blackjack remains a critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability that’s relevant...
  • 500ᵗʰ EOTS For F-35
    500ᵗʰ EOTS For F-35 June 24 2019
    Lockheed Martin delivered the 500th Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS). All units have been delivered on time or ahead of schedule to support aircraft production and sustainment requirements.  F-35 EOTS provides F-35 pilots with precise air-to-air and air-to-ground targeting capability; EOTS allows aircrews to identify areas of interest, perform reconnaissance and precisely deliver laser and GPS-guided weapons.
  • New Weapon Systems from Russia
    New Weapon Systems from Russia June 21 2019
      The Russian Armed Forces are about to get a whole new weapon based on laser energy and hypersonic, the first of its samples have already been introduced into trial combat duty. According to the General of the Army Sergei Shoigu. The President of the Russian Federation said that, “The Peresvet laser systems operated in the troops would take on duty this December, the nuclear submarine carrier for the Poseidon will be launched this spring; serial production of t...
  • 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,...
  • Roketsan's Laser Attempt
    Roketsan's Laser Attempt May 2 2019
    Operating in the field of guided and unguided munitions, Roketsan is expanding its product portfolio. The company is participating in IDEF'19 with its new products. The company introduced the interception system called Alka. The system was developed especially against drone threats. It consists of two separate interception units. Alka has a laser system to burn the drone with directed energy beams, as well as a jammer and electronic warfare system to control it or destroy i...
  • Modernised Cida and Yatağan
    Modernised Cida and Yatağan May 2 2019
    At IDEF'19, Roketsan exhibits many new products. These products include two ammunition, Cida and Yatağan. The missiles were developed for urban warfare. Yatağan is named after a type of sword while Cida is named after a type of spear. The systems were designed for environments where high impact sensitivity is of great importance. They stand out with their low weight and small size. The design phase of Cida, whose project was launched two years ago, ...
  • Significant Work Share for ASELSAN in ALTAY
    Significant Work Share for ASELSAN in ALTAY May 1 2019
    The total cost of the ASELSAN deliveries within the scope of the Serial Production Project of ALTAY Main Battle Tank was EUR 840,986,250. In the light of experience obtained from the ALTAY Project, ASELSAN became the only company capable of integrating all of its mission equipment and software for the main battle tanks on domestic and national platforms. The contract was signed at IDEF for ASELSAN to provide systems for ALTAY Tanks. The ceremony where BMC met with other subcont...
  • ROKETSAN Full of Surprises
    ROKETSAN Full of Surprises April 30 2019
    ROKETSAN has announced one surprise after another during IDEF’19. The final tests of the surface-to-surface anti-ship missile Atmaca, which was designed and developed for the requirements of the naval forces, have been completed recently. Atmaca successfully hit a target at a range of roughly 200 km. Although it is similar to the Harpoon missile in terms of its place of use and shape, the autonomous missile with low radar signature offers many advantages including communication and spee...
  • New Laser Weapon Far East
    New Laser Weapon Far East April 11 2019
    In news published the Chinese media, the Chinese Navy announced that the testing phase for a new laser gun prototype was begun. China Central Television has published some images of the system. The images contained a large lens system supported by two small devices may ability of optical and radio frequency tracking functions. Detailed information about the capacity and capabilities of the laser was not included in the news.
  • 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, ...
  • Space-based Laser Systems March 16 2019
    As one of the foremost elements of sci-fi movies, laser has also become an ordinary feature of our daily lives. Laser’s potential as a weapon system was recognised by the Cold War rivals of the USA and the USSR soon after its appearance. Laser, whose theoretical underpinnings can be dated back to Albert Einstein’s work in 1917, was built for the first time in 1960 by Theodora Maiman following intense research throughout the 1950s. Its power, range and capacity have conti...
  • IDEX/NAVDEX and the Advancing Battlefield March 16 2019
    Organised biannually, the IDEX/NAVDEX Exhibition in February became the first meeting point of the world’s prominent defence companies in 2019. For its part, IDEX hosted over 1,300 companies as an outstanding event in the Middle East and Africa.   It should be remembered that a large part of global defence expenditures is concentrated in this region on account of security threats and active conflicts. Many countries in the region, particularly the United Arab Emirates (UA...
  • 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...
  • Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy
    Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy March 7 2019
    The U.S. Navy has issued a draft request for proposals for a new guided missile frigate, being acquired through the FFG(X) competition in order to buy a total of 20 ships, and the draft solicitation outlines the construction schedule for the first 10 ships in the class. The lead ship would be delivered 72 months after a contract is awarded. The contract will include an option for an additional nine ships. A final RFP will be released later this year, with a contract award ...
  • 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...
  • Pentagon to Install HEL on Stryker
    Pentagon to Install HEL on Stryker March 4 2019
      The Pentagon intends to develop high-energy laser weapons on the chassis of the Stryker, Infantry Carrier Vehicle. The order comes from the Directorate of Space and Missile Defence with the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM). The Pentagon plans to study the possibilities of increasing the efficiency of its HEL (High Energy Laser) weapon by improving its control and cooling systems. The application states that a modern experimental laser facility is...
  • Spain gets First Upgraded Tranche 1 Eurofighter
    Spain gets First Upgraded Tranche 1 Eurofighter February 26 2019
    Airbus delivered first upgraded Tranche 1 Eurofighter to Spanish Air Forces. The upgrade was carried out at Airbus facilities in Getafe and involved the introduction of hardware modifications which support the Operational Flight Program 02 (OFP-02) developed by the Armament and Experimental Logistics Centre (CLAEX). The upgrade developed by Airbus includes modifications that integrate Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 equipment on the aircraft, not least a Computer Symbol Generator, Digital V...
  • China Displays Laser System at IDEX
    China Displays Laser System at IDEX February 18 2019
      China presents its Poly Defence’s Silent Hunter truck-mounted laser weapons system at IDEX 2019. According to Poly Defence representative’s, the Silent Hunter is capable of targeting small unmanned aerial systems, and other airborne threats. According to written statements, the laser has a maximum range of 4 kilometres at 30kW, and a minimum range of 200 meters at 10kW of power. The laser itself was mounted on a heavy truck, presumably carrying the power-generatio...
  • China and Russia Develop Space Weapons According To IDA
    China and Russia Develop Space Weapons According To IDA February 15 2019
    According to a report by the US Defence Intelligence Agency (IDA), both China and Russia would very actively develop weapon systems aimed at temporarily or permanently neutralizing enemy satellites. Chinese and Russian military doctrines indicate that they view space as important to modern warfare and view counter space capabilities as a means to reduce U.S. and allied military effectiveness. Both reorganized their militaries in 2015, emphasizing the importance of space operations.<...