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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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, ...
  • 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...
  • 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, ...
  • French MN Gets First F3R-Standard Rafale
    French MN Gets First F3R-Standard Rafale January 15 2019
    The French Navy (Marine Nationale/ MN) has received the first Dassault Rafale combat aircraft (serial number 30) to be upgraded to the latest F3R standard. The F3R standard of the Rafale offers several hardware and software enhancements over the F3 aircraft. The first aircraft will be prepared for delivery to the fighter detachment of the 10 Squadron of the Naval Aviation Experimental and Evaluation Centre, located at Hyères near Marseilles. If the forthcoming trial...
  • Chinese Eye for Serbia
    Chinese Eye for Serbia September 26 2018
    Serbia signed and agreement with China for procurement of unmanned aerial vehicles. Serbia took delivery of MiG-29 from Russia in recent weeks. It is stated that platforms that can be used in all weather conditions will also be able to use laser-guided ammunition. According to Serbian media, six platforms will be supplied. Some of them may be Wing Loong II. First flight of sytems are planned to 2019. According to official statement, Serbia will provide technology transfer as well as vehicles ...
  • Spain Sends Bombs After Saudi Financial Threat
    Spain Sends Bombs After Saudi Financial Threat September 15 2018
    Spain appears to have given up against financial pressure to deliver 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, reversing a recent decision to put the deal on hold. The Socialist administration, which came to power in June, decided last week to halt the shipment, which was part of a €141.7 million arms deal signed in 2015 by the previous conservative government. Current government stated their fears that the weapons could be used against civilians in Yemen. The Spanish f...
  • Bomb Procurement of Saudi Arabia Cancelled
    Bomb Procurement of Saudi Arabia Cancelled September 11 2018
    Spain cancelled the sale of laser guided bombs to Saudi Arabia. The Spanish DMinistry of Defence made a official statement. Agreement cancelled due to allegations that civilian targets were hit during military operations of Saudi Arabia in Yemen. Madrid decided to sell 400 laser-guided bombs under an agreement with Riyadh in the amount of USD 10 million that signed in 2015. While no further information is given about the cancellation, it is known that future sales wil...
  • Successful MAM-L Trial Over Satellite
    Successful MAM-L Trial Over Satellite August 17 2018
    Laser-guided MAM-L produced by ROKETSAN was on trial on Unmanned Armed Aerial Vehicle (ANKA-S). UAV is designed and developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries. ANKA proved to have a new capability; ANKA-S UAV, which has satellite control capability, used its MAM-L ammunition over satellite. The UAV became able to effectively operate from remote areas like US Reaper UAV.  Presidency for Defence Industry stated, "With this system, we have carried our instant target detection, tracking ...
  • New French Missile Tested
    New French Missile Tested August 8 2018
    The BAT-120 GL started firing tests. Thales, announced that firing tests of BAT-120 GL laser-guided low-weight air to ground missile test. It was announced that the a prototype fitted with a guidance kit has tested. Flight test was conducted with the Mirage 2000D in the Biscarrosse Test Area in southwest France. During the test the target was not used and a single rocket fired. BAT (Bombe d'Appui Tactique Bomb) -120 GL, developed by Thales and Thomson Brandt Armements,...
  • Longbow Missile to Middle East
    Longbow Missile to Middle East August 2 2018
    Kuwait continues to its arms procurement. Kuwait,  requested 300 Lockheed Martin AGM-114R Hellfire and this request was approved by the United States. In the statement made by DSCA (Defense Security Cooperation Agency), Kuwait will pay 30.4 million US Dollars for 19 M261 launchers for 70 mm rockets, 300 AGM-114R Hellfire, spare parts training and support services specified. Kuwait already hasd 96 laser-guided AGM-114K and 288 radar-guided AGM-114L missi...
  • Bozok and SOM-J Passed Recent Tests Successfully
    Bozok and SOM-J Passed Recent Tests Successfully July 29 2018
    Developed for the F-35 aircraft, the SOM-J and the Laser-guided Bozok munitions developed for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles successfully passed the recent tests. Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank shared from his social media account that the first tests of Precision Guided Stand-Off Missile SOM-J and the Laser Guided Miniature smart bomb Bozok are successfully completed. SOM-J, the variant of SOM for the F-35, developed by TUBITAK SAGE and produced by ROKETSAN, wa...
  • MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range
    MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range May 18 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $206 million contract to retrofit 122 MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft, the US Department of Defence announced on 16 May. Work is expected to be complete by 20 June 2024.  General Atomics will retrofit the MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper drones with extended-range, beyond-line-of-sight, and Barrett asymmetrical digital datalink computer (BADDC) router modification kits. These upgrades will enable the ...
  • US Navy Ordered More Than 7,000 APKWS
    US Navy Ordered More Than 7,000 APKWS May 9 2018
    The US Navy ordered more than 7 thousand Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) Laser-Guided Rockets from BAE systems under a $175 million contract.  The APKWS technology transforms standard 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) rockets into precision munitions by simply installing the guidance kit between the warhead and engine of an unguided rocket. The company expects additional orders to bring the total number of units for this production lot to 17,500. ...
  • US Agrees to Supply Predator B to New Delhi
    US Agrees to Supply Predator B to New Delhi May 2 2018
    Indian and US diplomatic officials confirmed to Hindustan Times that Washington has agreed to let India purchase the MQ-9 Predator B. New Delhi was cleared to buy the Guardian variant of the MQ-9, which is designed for maritime surveillance, however, was in favour of acquiring an armed drone which operates over both land and sea, especially given the costs involved. Manufactured by General Atomics, Predator-B has both land and naval versions and can be armed with air-...
  • RAF Prepares for Its 'Protectors'
    RAF Prepares for Its 'Protectors' March 14 2018
    The UK Ministry of Defence revealed on 13 March that the Royal Air Force (RAF) is preparing to introduce Protector unmanned aerial vehicles into service, replacing MQ-9 Reapers it currently operates. The Ministry said the Protector Combined Test Team (CTT) is now coordinating the testing and evaluation of the Protector system. Also known as the Certifiable Predator B (CPB), the UAVs are equipped with multispectral targeting systems and AN/APY-8 Lynx IIe Block 20A synt...
  • Laser-guided Rocket Trial by H145M
    Laser-guided Rocket Trial by H145M February 6 2018
    Airbus Helicopters has for the first time conducted a rocket firing from an H145M fitted with the company’s new HForce generic weapon system (GWS).  In a recent press release, the company announced the trials had taken place in Sweden in early December 2017. The trial demonstrated the ability of its HForce-equipped H145M helicopter to launch the Thales FZ275 laser-guided rocket. Final qualification of the ballistic HForce system on the H145M is schedul...
  • Chinese UAV Completed Live-fire Tests
    Chinese UAV Completed Live-fire Tests February 5 2018
    China's indigenously developed Caihong-4 (CH-4) unmanned aerial vehicle has successfully completed a set of live-fire tests in January. This is the first multi-type ammunition live-fire test for CH-4, conducted with five types of ammunition including 50 kg cluster bomb, 50 kg terminal-sensitive projectile, 50 kg satellite-guided bomb, 100 kg laser-guided bomb and 100 kg satellite-guided glided bomb.  Designed based on CH-3, CH-4 is a medium-altitude long...
  • T-90 Tanks at Baghdad February 2 2018
    Iraq began receiving T-90S and T-90SK tanks, which it ordered in 2014. Under the deal, a total of 73 T-90S and SK will be delivered to Iraq. Together with the tanks, it is stated that logistics vehicles are being delivered under the agreement. T-90S and SK has increased survivability compared to the T-72B3 tanks currently in use in the Iraqi Army. The T-90S is the most advanced tank of the T series tanks which currently in active service. There is a laser warning system in...
  • H145M Armed
    H145M Armed February 1 2018
    Airbus Helicopters announced the successful launch of a 70 millimeter laser-guided rocket from the H145M helicopter. Integration was based on possible needs of the military services that are considering arming the rotary wing aircraft. The equipment, called the HForce Gun Package, was tested in Alvaden Test Area located in Sweden. Thales FZ275 LGR laser-guided rocket and L3 Wescam  MX-15D electro-optic were preferred as hardware. Rockets offer a high-precision solution to minim...
  • China's New Drone Hit Five Targets in Succession
    China's New Drone Hit Five Targets in Succession January 2 2018
    China's newly-developed reconnaissance and strike unmanned aerial system Wing Loong II hit five targets in succession with five different types of missiles in a single sortie, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) announced on 31 December. The UAS has conducted firing tests with eight types of missiles and dozens of bombs so far, with a hit rate of 100 percent. Completing its maiden flight in northwestern China on 27 February this year, ...
  • F-35 Weapons Delivery Accuracy Tests Wrapped Up
    F-35 Weapons Delivery Accuracy Tests Wrapped Up December 20 2017
    F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) completed a major test milestone, Weapons Delivery Accuracy (WDA) flight tests that began in July 2013. The WDA portion of the F-35 developmental test and evaluation mission ensures the fifth-generation fighter’s weapons system can deliver lethal ordnance both air-to-air and air-to-ground using the jet’s warfighting Block 3F software. The ITF used all three F-35 variants and delivered air-to-air missiles including AIM-120s, the ...
  • Qatar Inked 24 Eurofighter Typhoon Contract
    Qatar Inked 24 Eurofighter Typhoon Contract December 11 2017
    Qatar signed a deal with the United Kingdom to purchase 24 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. Qatar's Defence Ministry announced that British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Muhammad al-Atiyyah met in the capital Doha. During the meeting, an agreement was signed between the two countries to establish a 'joint operation fleet'. In the statement, information on the value of the agreement and the delivery date of the aircraft were not ...
  • Airbus, Gave Place to ROKETSAN Products
    Airbus, Gave Place to ROKETSAN Products November 13 2017
    Airbus Defence and Space company participated in the aerospace fair held in Dubai with C295 transportation aircraft and exhibited ROKETSAN products as well. Airbus took its place in the fair with C295's Armed Intelligence, Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (C295 Armed ISR) aircraft. The company, which emphasized the use of a wide range of products for different types of targets on board, included three products of ROKETSAN in this frame; the L-UMTAS anti-tank missil...
  • H145M with HForce Makes Maiden Flight
    H145M with HForce Makes Maiden Flight September 11 2017
    Airbus Defence and Space announced on 8 September that at the end of August, the H145M performed its first flight with a complete HForce weapon system in Donauwörth.  Airbus H145M can be equipped with all kind of guided and ballistic armaments such as missiles and laser guided rockets, guns, machine guns and rockets. The qualification of HForce for use on the H145M is planned for 2018, after completion of testing the whole fire mission spectrum in Hunga...
  • T-72A Upgrade Unveiled
    T-72A Upgrade Unveiled August 16 2017
    UkroBoronProm has developed a new upgrade of theT-72A main battle tank designated as T-72AMT. According to the company's release on 14 August, T-72AMT features 'Knife' explosive reactive armour (ERA) which is already used on the Bulat and Oplot tanks. The upgraded version is armed with 125 mm Kombat (Combat) gun-fired laser-guided missile capable of penetrating 550 mm of armour at a distance of 5 km. The tanks will use Turkish ASELSAN's radio comm...
  • The US Increases the Number of Armed Drones
    The US Increases the Number of Armed Drones May 18 2017
    General Atomics has been awarded a $400 million contract to provide MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles for the US Air Force, according to the US Department of Defence's press release on Tuesday. The MQ-9 Reaper is the primary offensive strike drone for the USAF.  Reapers equipped with new GPS-maneuvered joint direct attack munition GBU-38 bombs become operational for the first time earlier this month. Already equipped with AGM-114 Hellfire missile...
  • L-UMTAS Launch by Hürkuş
    L-UMTAS Launch by Hürkuş April 8 2017
    Turkish Aerospace Industry's Hürkuş aircraft launched the laser-guided anti-tank missile UMTAS yesterday in Konya. The Ministry of National Defence and TAI released two of the most critical images of the moment from their official twitter account.
  • Strike Capability to Hürkuş
    Strike Capability to Hürkuş April 7 2017
    Turkish Aerospace Industries' (TAI's) 'Hürkuş' gained strike capability. Hürkuş launched the laser-guided anti-tank missile L-UMTAS at the Ministry of National Defence Shooting Test and Evaluation Group Command in Konya-Karapınar. The Minister of National Defence Fikri Işık, Turkish Land Forces Commander Gen. Salih Zeki Colak, Undersecretary of Defence Industry Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir and some foreign attaches along with senior military and civilli...
  • Egypt Considers Acquiring Archangel
    Egypt Considers Acquiring Archangel March 16 2017
    The Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is negotiating with IOMAX for Archangel aircraft for Border Patrol and close air support (CAS) missions. IOMAX that had attended to IDEX 17 expo at United Arab Emirates (UAE) returns US with negotiations with Egypt in pocket. IOMAX began negotiations with the Egyptian MoD for upgrading its 12 IOMAX AT-802s and acquiring 10 additional Archangel Block-2 Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA). Egypt’s 12 aircraft are donated to Cairo by the UAE.
  • 'Paragon' Test on F-16
    'Paragon' Test on F-16 March 6 2017
    Lockheed Martin has announced that it will begin tests of its 'Paragon' Dual Mode Plus laser-guided bomb (LGB), previously integrated and tested on F/A-18 aircraft, on F-16s. The test flights are planned for the second quarter of 2017. Paragon direct attack munition features an inertial navigation system (INS)/GPS all-weather moving-target capability and effective against fixed, relocatable and moving targets.
  • Lockheed Martin Introduces Paragon Direct-Attack Munition
    Lockheed Martin Introduces Paragon Direct-Attack Munition March 4 2017
    Lockheed Martin’s Dual Mode Plus laser-guided bomb (LGB) will be branded Paragon, the company said in a March 2 release.  Lockheed Martin  announced The Paragon direct attack munition as an affordable, effective alternative to current dual-mode weapons. Paragon has been successfully integrated on the F/A-18. Additional F/A-18 flight testing continues and F-16 test flights are planned for the second quarter of 2017. Paragon  is expected to be e...
  • Home Delivery Ammunition by ASELSAN
    Home Delivery Ammunition by ASELSAN February 6 2017
    The laser guided kits produced by ASELSAN for the Turkish Air Force Command entered the Turkish Armed Forces' inventory. Additionally, the ammunition transformed into guided version was claimed to be put in use immediately in military operations. With the laser guiding kits attached to classical MK-82 (500 Libre) and MK-84 (2000 Libre) ammunition is able to engage to its target with pinpoint precision. The ammunition then becomes what is called a 'smart b...
  • New Armament for Tiltrotor Ospreys
    New Armament for Tiltrotor Ospreys December 16 2016
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) gets ready to arm its MV-22 Osprey aircraft with new weapons. In a written statement, the USMC spokesperson said a study was being conducted to determine the requirements and integration of new weapons could begin as early as 2019. The armament considered to be installed on the tiltrotor aircraft includes 2,75 in laser-guided rockets, missiles and heavy machine guns, although "assault support" will remain as the primary mission of the MV-22 Osprey, regardl...
  • UK Will Double Its Drone Fleet
    UK Will Double Its Drone Fleet December 5 2016
    The UK Minister of Defence Michael Fallon announced on 3 December at the Regan National Defense Forum that they were planning to buy 20 predator drones to double their current fleet. The Ministry already signed a $125 million contract with General Atomics for upgrade work on in-service drones, which might reach to $1 billion if new aircraft purchase is included. The unmanned air systems will be equipped with missiles and laser-guided bombs while the new drones will have greater range, enduran...
  • BAE Accelerates Production Rate
    BAE Accelerates Production Rate October 21 2016
    The US Navy awarded a three-year contract to BAE Systems to accelerate the deliveries of company’s Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS). The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract worth $600 million, aims to speed up the deliveries from the current rate of 1,500-2,000 units annually to 5,000 units for the first year and increase the rate over time. The first delivery is expected to be realized at the end of 2016. APKWS turns a standard unguided 2.75-inch (70 m...
  • The US Chose 'Laser Maverick'
    The US Chose 'Laser Maverick' September 28 2016
    Raytheon is awarded a $ 49.9 million contract by The US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) for 490 AGM-65L/E2 Laser Maverick air-to-surface missile guidance kits. The sales was announced on 28 September while the signitures were put a day before. The AGM-65L/E2 incorporates a laser-guided seeker that allows for designation by the launch aircraft, another aircraft, or a ground source and can engage small, fast moving, and maneuvering targets on land and at sea.