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  • Israel Offers Kfir to Argentina
    Israel Offers Kfir to Argentina 20 November 2020
    The agreement reached between the Argentine Air Force and the Korean Aerospace Industries (KOREA Aerospace Industries /KAI) for the FA-50 light assault aircraft was blocked from London. Israeli media reported that the sale of Israeli planes to Argentina would help break the UK-imposed embargo. Argentina, which announced last year (2019) that it would buy 10 FA-50s worth USD 200 million from the Korea-based firm, was expecting the delivery of the first platforms in 2020. Su...
  • London Embargo on Plane to Be Produced for Argentina
    London Embargo on Plane to Be Produced for Argentina 30 October 2020
    The agreement reached between the Argentine Air Force and the Korean Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries /KAI) for the FA-50 light assault aircraft has been challenged from London. Argentina, which announced last year that it would buy 10 FA-50s worth USD 200 million from the Republic of Korea-based firm, was expecting the delivery of the first platforms in 2020. KAI has reportedly written to Argentina's ambassador to Korea, Alfredo Carlos Bascou, regardin...
  • Technology Transfer Offer from London to Korea
    Technology Transfer Offer from London to Korea 28 October 2020
    The UK will offer the Republic of Korea a technology transfer for the LPX-II aircraft carrier project. British naval industry is gearing up to propose technology transfer for the ROK Navy’s LPX-II light aircraft carrier program, as South Korea lacks necessary experience with aircraft carrier design. If Korea accepts the offer of the Babcock shipyard, London will provide technical information support for aircraft carrier design and integration of the F35B. The Babcock...
  • UK's First Drone and Helicopter Integration
    UK's First Drone and Helicopter Integration 22 October 2020
    The United Kingdom has integrated Callen-Lenz production semi-autonomous UAV into the mission system of the AW159 Wildcat helicopter. “In this instance, when a helicopter crew controls a UAV from the helicopter like it was an onboard sensor being controlled from the cockpit. By integrating control of the UAV into the Wildcat Mission System, Leonardo was able to minimise the pilots’ workload allowing them to focus more on the mission whilst simultaneously controlling the ...
  • New Partner in Artemis Program
    New Partner in Artemis Program 15 October 2020
    The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has signed an agreement with the United Kingdom for the Artemis program. London, led by the UK Space Agency, will take part in the construction of the lunar gateway space station's service module and residential module. With the Artemis program worth US$28 billion, two astronauts will be sent to the moon in 2024 for the first time since 1972. That way, a female astronaut will be on the moon for the first time. Astrona...
  • Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced
    Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced 15 October 2020
    BAE Systems has released data based on the potential economic contribution of Tempest, the UK's 6th generation fighter jet programme, over the next 30 years. About 20,000 businesses are expected to be supported along with the programme. Together with Tempest, the UK economy is expected to earn £25.3bn by 2050. Bae Systems will soon present a business plan to the government on the program, after which funding will be allocated for the next phase. Production of air...
  • London's Protector Completes First Flight
    London's Protector Completes First Flight 28 September 2020
    The first Protector RG1 UAV, produced under the Protector programme in line with UK needs, successfully completed its first flight after the production line. General Atomics – Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) and the United Kingdom signed an agreement in July 2020 to purchase three MALE-class (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) Protectors worth £65 million for the Royal Air Force. Under the contract, the first UAV from the production line will remain in the United States f...
  • London in Economic Impasse for F-35 Lightning II
    London in Economic Impasse for F-35 Lightning II 27 August 2020
    The United Kingdom could change its plan to buy the F-35 Lightning II. London, which says it will add 138 fighter jets to its inventory in total, is said to be able to buy 70 platforms in total. Sources close to the government said the report in the Times. Sources said London could only allocate enough budgets to carry out half of its purchase plan. There is not enough funding for the purchase of the F-35, according to a recent report by the UK National Inspection Office. ...
  • Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle Production
    Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle Production 10 August 2020
    Canada, which has a well-trained and advanced vehicle-equipment equipped armed forces, acquires new armoured vehicles. The production phase of ACSV (Armored Combat Support Vehicle) developed within the scope of Canada's new generation multi-purpose 8x8 armoured vehicle requirements has started. The platforms, which will be produced in General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada's facilities located in London, Ontario, will be produced in configurations such as personnel/cargo ...
  • Procurement Agreement for "Protector"
    Procurement Agreement for "Protector" 19 July 2020
    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are important power factors for the armed forces, as they can operate in high enemy environments and attacking opportunity targets when necessary. The first acquisition agreement was signed for Protector RG1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed in line with the requirements and demands of the UK. The platforms that are specified to enter the Royal Air Force inventory are classified as MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance). London, s...
  • FNSS Wins International Occupational Safety Award
    FNSS Wins International Occupational Safety Award 21 April 2020
    FNSS was awarded the International Safety Award by the British Safety Council. The award is given to companies that care about occupational health and safety, regardless of their size or the sector in which they operate. FNSS applied for the award for the first time this year. The ceremony, scheduled for 29 May at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, was postponed to a later date due to a ceremony pandemic, which will be a motivator for companies struggling with COVID-19.<...
  • Poseidon Declared Operational
    Poseidon Declared Operational 6 April 2020
    The P-8 Poseidon, which is developed over Boeing 737 commercial aircraft, is become more operational in the operations theatre day by day. The UK had not acquired a maritime patrol aircraft for a long time after retiring their last Nimrod MRA.Mk4. In line with the changing battlefield requirements, nine P-8A Poseidon procurement agreement were signed with the US at the beginning of 2017 for the Royal Air Force, which determined the need for a new generation long ...
  • India and Russia Partnership Continues
    India and Russia Partnership Continues 17 March 2020
    According to the Military Balance 2019 handbook published by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, over 1,025 T-90S tanks are operational in the Indian Army at present. As a result of the agreement reached with Russia, it was announced in February that the contract for the platform produced under the license will be extended until 2028. Thus, India, which can produce 400 more tanks, is planned to sign the agreement in the next few months. Russia's Feder...
  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense 31 January 2020
    The United Kingdom officially exits from the European Union with concerns about Scotland behind. Political aspirations have peculiar and unexpected results. British conservatives voted against the European Union with the fear that the Union would divide them. The result, however, brings the concern to reality. While the member of Kingdom leaves Union, Scotland wants to stay. The Kingdom self divides. Under the shadow of Britain exiting from EU, British defence journal ukde...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? 30 January 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • UK Sets its own “DARPA”
    UK Sets its own “DARPA” 30 December 2019
    British PM Boris Johnson will spend £18 billion within five years in research and development, to promote a “new wave of economic growth” after Brexit. According to The Times, British PM will spend £800m for defence agency, a scientific research body modelled on US’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The “advanced research projects agency” will be based outside the golden triangle of London, Oxford and Cambridge. It also wants to set ...
  • 15 Exhibitions to Attend in 2020
    15 Exhibitions to Attend in 2020 30 October 2019
    Expos to be nationally attended for 2020 are announced. A total of 15 fairs will be attended in 2020. Two of these fairs are in Turkey and Germany. Remaining expos are in Qatar, Chile, Malaysia, France, United Kingdom, Azerbaijan, Republic of South Africa, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Defence Industry Presidency (SSB) will provide national participation to nine of the fairs. Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (SSI) will provide national participation t...
  • NGSW to Increase the Firepower of the Army
    NGSW to Increase the Firepower of the Army 16 September 2019
    SIG SAUER publicly unveiled its entry for the US Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) programme at the DSEI 2019 defence exhibition in London. The aim of the NGSW is to provide the US infantryman with greater firepower, mobility, and lethality by replacing the current M4 carbines and M249 machine guns in service with a new rifle and machine gun firing a new 6.8 mm calibre intermediate cartridge. In order to meet the US Army's requirement for 20% lighter ammunition and ...
  • New Vehicle to be Launched at DSEI 2019
    New Vehicle to be Launched at DSEI 2019 10 September 2019
    The fair period continues throughout the world. Last week, Russia hosted the MAKS19 Air Show, and today the UK International Defence and Security Equipment Fair (DSEI 2019) is being held. These fairs create space for exhibiting new products. Jankel, based in the UK, is presenting its new Light Tactical Transport Vehicle (LTTV) at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019), being held in London on 10–13 September. Based on the Mercedes UNIMOG 4&time...
  • Integrated System by Rafael
    Integrated System by Rafael 10 September 2019
    Israel-based Rafael takes part in Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) hosted by London. Rafael Advanced Defence Systems is showcasing its complete all-in-one Samson 30mm remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS), integrated with two Spike missiles and the Trophy Active Protection System (APS). Trophy is in service with the Israel Defence Forces on the Merkava Mk 3 and 4 main battle tanks (MBT) and on the Namer heavy armoured personnel carrier, with more...
  • Italy on Delay for F-35 Order
    Italy on Delay for F-35 Order 7 September 2019
    Italy’s new government has to decide whether to confirm Italy’s long-delayed order for F-35 fighters. New defence minister, Lorenzo Guerini has to decide him on whether to order additional F-35 fighters. According to Italian press reports, Italy must officially award the Pentagon by the end of September, in order to keep Italy’s delivery slots. The decision has to be taken within three weeks bur new minister has to prepare the draft defence budget for 2020. ...
  • Second City Class Type 26 Goes under Construction
    Second City Class Type 26 Goes under Construction 16 August 2019
    BAE Systems starts construction on Royal Navy’s 2nd City-Class Type 26 frigate (HMS Cardiff). The ceremony took place that the BAE Systems shipyard, attended by employees, representatives from the Royal Navy and Minister for Defence Procurement Anne-Marie Trevelyan. “These ships will clearly contribute to the UK and allied security, but also make a strong economic contribution to the country. With 64 sub-contracts already placed with UK-based businesses, there will be new export o...
  • Rolls-Royce to Develop Hypersonic Technology
    Rolls-Royce to Develop Hypersonic Technology 18 July 2019
    Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to develop hypersonic propulsion systems for increased aircraft performance and capability. Typhoon’s engine EJ-200 will provide base for further works. Britain’s defence ministry is stepping up its interest in hypersonics with a $12 million contract to Rolls-Royce and its industrial partners to develop high-Mach aircraft propulsion systems. The contract will be with Rolls-Royce Plc, (RR) and its technology partners, BAE Systems an...
  • TITUS: New Armored Vehicle Solution to the Army
    TITUS: New Armored Vehicle Solution to the Army 27 June 2019
    Czech Ministry of Defence signed a contract for the supply of 62 wheeled TITUS 6x6 armoured vehicles. The value of the contract is €237 million and deliveries will take place in 2022-23. The contract covers 42 wheeled armoured vehicles in command post version, and 20 others in the artillery coordination of fire support (MKPP), and includes logistic support and training.  TITUS will replace obsolete equipment and will equip units from the 4th Brigade Task Force. Armoured ve...
  • 140mm Era for Leclerc
    140mm Era for Leclerc 25 January 2019
      The competitive environment in the defence sector is approaching the pace of the Cold War period step by step. The works on increasing the firepower of tanks, which were brought to the agenda during the Cold War but were later cancelled, have been moved to the present day. A major development was announced in the MGCS (Main Ground Combat System) project carried out by France and Germany. Nexter, announced that integration of 140mm main gun to the main battle tank Le...
  • An Unstable Turkey is Chaos in Eurasia… 15 September 2018
    Europe has eventually come to the realisation that Turkey should sustain itself as a strong and wealthy state, devoid of internal problems and compatible with European standards. Hastings Lionel Ismay was born in 1887 in India, Nainital, as a subject of the mighty British Empire, on which the sun never set. He was educated in Britain, eventually graduating from the Royal Military College. Throughout the First World War, he served in a very special unit. In British Somaliland, he was...
  • Farnborough under the Wings 16 August 2018
    Organised bi-annually at the Farnborough International Exhibition Conference Centre, located just one hour away from London, the International Airshow was the place where the heart of aviation beat. Participants from hundred different countries displayed their innovative products. Beyond these products, innovative capabilities in space also drew much attention. During the previous Farnborough International Airshow, the participants had signed commercial agreements worth $124bn. This...
  • Issue 64 Fair News 16 August 2018
    Tempest Blowing at Farnborough Czech Alternative in Light Attack Saab’s Next Generation RBS15 Tekever Unveiled AR5 Raytheon Approaches with Precision F-35 Costs to Decrease Hermes 900 in Civilian Airspace Time for the Sixth Generation? PD-170 in London Hürjet on the Island Cirit Goes Thermobaric    
  • Royal Navy Commissioned the Sea Ceptor System
    Royal Navy Commissioned the Sea Ceptor System 25 May 2018
    MBDA's Sea Ceptor Air Defence Weapon System has officially entered service of UK Royal Navy, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced on 24 May at the RUSI Sea Power Conference in London. The $1,13 billion system will be carried by the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates and new Type 26 frigates. HMS Argyll will be the first ship to deploy with this system.    
  • MiG fraud in Sri Lanka revealed 19 March 2018
    Sri Lanka’s daily Sunday Times has uncovered about alleged corruption on the purchase of MiG-27s from Ukraine. A three-year investigation by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) into the procurement of MiG-27 fighter jets for the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has bared some details. A document signed between Ukraine’s arms export company Ukrinmarsh and the Sri Lanka Air Force has turned out to be a fraudulent one. It was supposed to be a Government-to-Government agreeme...
  • Saudi Arabia Signs MOI for Additional Typhoons
    Saudi Arabia Signs MOI for Additional Typhoons 12 March 2018
    Saudi Arabia has signed a memorandum of intent on 9 March for the acquisition of 48 Eurofighter Typhoons.   "The UK Government has signed a Memorandum of Intent with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to aim to finalise discussions for the purchase of 48 Typhoon Aircraft," BAE Systems said on Friday in a statement to the London Stock Exchange. No contract value or delivery timeline was disclosed. Saudi Arabia currently operates 72 Typh...
  • China to surplus West’s airpower
    China to surplus West’s airpower 19 February 2018
    According to an article published at “The Economist”, China is overrunning at military balance with West. The latest annual review of the world’s armed forces by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), underlines how China gets strong. According to London-based think-tank, China’s armed forces are becoming capable. Article suggests that China’s president, Xi Jinping, wants to be able to challenge USA’s military power in...
  • Thales Unveiled Bushmaster MR6
    Thales Unveiled Bushmaster MR6 25 January 2018
    Thales introduced its latest version of its 4×4 Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle to the public at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles 2018 conference.   the Bushmaster MR6 were exhibited in the ambulance configuration at the conference held in London, equipped with a 330hp engine, a new anti-lock braking system and an improved central tyre inflation system. The vehicle is operated by a two-person crew and has a range of 800 kilometres. T...
  • Next Level: CV90 MkIV
    Next Level: CV90 MkIV 24 January 2018
    The International Armored Vehicles Conference continues in London. At today's session, BAE Systems introduced the new version of the CV90 infantry fighting vehicle. The next step of the CV90 family is the CV90 MkIV. The new MkIV offers faster and enhanced off-road capability with active damping technology. CV90 MkIV’s NATO standard electronic architecture provides sensor integration to meet user requirements. Combat proven vehicle which offered to Czech Republic has 1000 H...
  • Tokyo Will Team Up With London
    Tokyo Will Team Up With London 27 November 2017
    Japan will partner with the UK to develop an air-to-air missile, according to local news reports. The planned weapon will incorporate a powerful radar system developed by Mitsubishi Electric into European manufacturer MBDA's Meteor missile, combining long range and high accuracy. A prototype will be built at an MBDA plant starting in fiscal 2018. Live-fire testing in the UK is scheduled to begin as early as fiscal 2023. The missile likely will become equipment on the F...
  • 54. Issue Exhibition News
    54. Issue Exhibition News 2 October 2017
    New Task for Gripen Nexter’s Exclusive Solutions for Global Market Leonardo Joined the Team Rolls-Royce Looks Beyond the Horizon Rafael Solutions Move to London UK Dragonfire Self-confident MBDA Left Its Mark in London Elbit's Mortar at DSEI AJAX in Progress Ironclad UGV to Become Autonomous Special Boat for Special Forces Anti-UAV Solution by AUDS QinetiQ Returns ...
  • Unexpected Offer From UK for Altay's Engine
    Unexpected Offer From UK for Altay's Engine 14 September 2017
    A surprise solution offer came from the UK for the engine of Turkish Altay Main Battle Tank. US-based heavy duty and defence vehicle manufacturer Caterpiller stepped in for Turkey's engine need. According to the information C4Defence obtained, the company's UK-based defence unit paid a visit to Ankara by the end of August. The company, who had meetings with Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries officials and plans a second visit in November, offered its V12 engine ...
  • DSEI'17: Rapier Alternative by MBDA
    DSEI'17: Rapier Alternative by MBDA 14 September 2017
    MBDA’s Land Ceptor air defence system is making its show debut in the outside vehicle park at DSEI 2017 in London. Land Ceptor utilises the next-generation Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) and it will be brought into service by the British Army as a replacement for the Rapier air defence system. Compared to Rapier, Land Ceptor has over triple the range (25 km+) and is able to intercept the most challenging targets in any weather conditions, including cruise mis...
  • Royal Navy To Upgrade Electronic Warfare Capabilities
    Royal Navy To Upgrade Electronic Warfare Capabilities 14 September 2017
    Elbit Systems UK and Lockheed Martin UK have signed a strategic teaming agreement to partner on the Maritime Electronic Warfare Programme (MEWP) for the Royal Navy at DSEI 2017, London. Under the agreement,  the Royal Navy’s Electronic Warfare capabilities will be upgraded including frigates, destroyers and amphibious assault ships, with the programme expanding to the wider fleet including submarines in due course.  
  • Fast and Covert
    Fast and Covert 13 September 2017
    SubSea Craft has confirmed to IHS Jane’s that its innovative special forces Diver Delivery Unit (DDU) vehicle has begun submerged testing ahead of display at the DSEI defence exhibition being held in London. SubSea Craft’s operational concept envisages the DDU travelling over the horizon at high speed and then submerging for the final miles of a mission to covertly insert or extract combat divers. The prototype vessel was constructed at the company’s Northshor...