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  • Non Kinetic Joint Solutions Against Drones
    Non Kinetic Joint Solutions Against Drones April 7 2020
    As a cost-effective solution, the use of UAVs in the military is becoming widespread day by day. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base-based Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) stated that they developed the first high-energy laser weapon of the Air Force against UAVs. The laser will be tested with the Tactical High Power Operational Responder (THOR). The systems, which are planned to be operational overseas for 12 months, are expected to be effective in small-scale UAVs.  &ldqu...
  • Indigenous Armoured Anti-Tank Vehicle: Kaplan 10 Anti-Tank
    Indigenous Armoured Anti-Tank Vehicle: Kaplan 10 Anti-Tank March 24 2020
    The Weapon Carrier Vehicles Project was launched as part of the Turkish Armed Forces' need for armoured anti-tank vehicles. In this context, an agreement was signed with the Presidency of Defence Industries (Undersecretariat for Defense Industry of the time) on 27 June 2016. In the project process, it was aimed to integrate anti-tank missiles in the Turkish Army Command (Kara Kuvvetleri Komutanlığı / KKK) inventory and also developed domestically. Following the agreement, t...
  • Turkish Indigenous Pistol METE: SAR9 Mete
    Turkish Indigenous Pistol METE: SAR9 Mete March 19 2020
    The Presidency of Defence Industries launched the Domestic Pistol Development Project in 2019 to equip the security forces with a modern and lightweight, effective gun. In this context, it was announced that more than 200,000 weapons were delivered to the users in the past days. In the tender, hard specifications determined. These were 12 cm spread shooting from 25 meters, preserving effectiveness at high temperature, suitable for use in low temperature conditions and barr...
  • Turkish Indigenous Pistol METE: TP9 SF Mete
    Turkish Indigenous Pistol METE: TP9 SF Mete March 19 2020
    The Presidency of Defence Industries launched the Domestic Pistol Development Project in 2019 to equip the security forces with a modern and lightweight, effective gun. In this context, it was announced that more than 200,000 weapons were delivered to the users in the past days. In the tender, hard specifications determined. These were 12 cm spread shooting from 25 meters, preserving effectiveness at high temperature, suitable for use in low temperature conditions and barr...
  • HELIOS Step Towards Ships
    HELIOS Step Towards Ships March 17 2020
    The increase in asymmetric threats on the sea surface forces the navies to take precautions. One of these studies is laser guns. And they are at the top of the list because their cost-effective solution offer and they can be used almost unlimitedly. The HELIOS (High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance) laser system, developed in cooperation with Lockheed Martin and the US Navy, is taking firm steps towards the operational usage ...
  • 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...
  • Navy Integrate Laser Weapon to Destroyers
    Navy Integrate Laser Weapon to Destroyers March 3 2020
    An issue that unmanned aerial vehicles are a threat to surface elements due to ease of production, low costs and technologies such as artificial intelligence, and this issue will often become more and more complicated in the future, which will keep the defence lobbyists busy. The widespread use of systems prompts the navies to take technological measures such as laser weapons. In the face of the rising threat multiplier of drones, the United States announced that the ODIN (Opti...
  • Ukraine and Poland Develops Join Anti-Tank Missile
    Ukraine and Poland Develops Join Anti-Tank Missile February 24 2020
    Ukraine continues to cooperate with the foreign countries for the development of anti-tank missile and production capabilities. Poland is preparing to cooperate with Kiev for the production of Ukrainian-origin Pirat anti-tank missiles in the country. In this process, the main contractor company for production will be ZM Mesko. In 2004, the company signed a license agreement with Rafael for the production of Spike-LR missiles in the country, and the company will also add Pirat s...
  • Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed
    Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed February 23 2020
    One of the works carried out for the safe communication development works, which is vital in combat conditions is close to succesful end.  Ground tests of the laser based communication system developed by General Atomics have been completed. The so-called Airborne Laser Communication System (ALCoS) has managed to establish a connection with a geosynchronous orbiting satellite for the first time within the scope of the tests. The hardware planned to be used in MALE / (Mediu...
  • Indigenous Guidance Kit Delivery to Turkey
    Indigenous Guidance Kit Delivery to Turkey February 20 2020
    Indigenous guidance kits, which are frequently using in counter-terrorism operations, continues to consolidate its position in the Turkish Armed Forces. The Turkish Armed Forces has taken delivery of indigenous guidance kits. Turkish defence acquisition agency, Presidency of Defence Industries made a statement about deliveries from official social media accounts with "The new deliveries of our Indigenous Guidance Kits have been completed. We will c...
  • Asia-Pacific Attack from Israel
    Asia-Pacific Attack from Israel February 19 2020
    Israel-based defence firm Elbit Systems, which has recently increased its market dominance in the Asia-Pacific region, won a contract worth some $670 million to supply defence products to an unnamed country in the Asia-Pacific region. The deal will be carried out over a 25-month period. “This significant contract award is a testament to the trust that customers place with our solutions and to the leading position we hold in the market,” Elbit CEO Bezhalel Machlis said in a stateme...
  • Guided Rocked Solution Against Cruise Missiles
    Guided Rocked Solution Against Cruise Missiles January 28 2020
    The search for solutions against the increasing cruise missile threats is also expanding. As part of these efforts, the US Air Force carried out a new weapon test. In testing activities conducted in December 2019, an F-16C Fighting Falcon of the USn Air Force intercepted a high-speed target drone simulating cruise missile. AN/AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pod was used in tests with the laser-guided AGR-20A APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill System). It is unclear whether any changes...
  • 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...