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  • Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft 7 October 2020
      The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MOD) has started to prepare for an international open tender for the acquisition of new Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to improve its maritime surveillance capabilities. MOD’s Defence Industry Division (BIP), Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Acquisition Project Team, and representatives from local and international companies attended to an online briefing for the tender. RMAF wants to acquire two MPA in line with th...
  • CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight
    CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight 22 September 2020
    The latest half-year stock report by Chinese state-owned company China Rainbow Drone revealed that the CH-7 stealth unmanned air vehicle (UAV) has flown. The CH-7 was first unveiled at Airshow China 2018. This type of drone is China's first large-scale stealth long-endurance drone. The design is a tailless “flying wing” with a dorsally-mounted central turbofan housing and stealth or low observable profile similar to the Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAV. <...
  • Russia Goes for Armed UAV
    Russia Goes for Armed UAV 26 August 2020
    Russian Ministry of Defence and Kronshtadt have signed a deal to start delivery of Russia’s first armed medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) drone. The UAV will be an upgraded variant of “Orion”, capable of carrying air-to-ground munitions. The delivery of the first heavy “Orion” drone for the Air Force is scheduled before the end of 2020. According to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, the deal was announced by Kronshtadt chief engineer Nikolai Dolzhenkov. ...
  • S-100 Trials on MEKO Frigates
    S-100 Trials on MEKO Frigates 20 July 2020
    Rotary wing unmanned aerial vehicles take their place on the warships, as they are cost-effective solutions as well as long-endurance reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities beyond the visual range. The Royal Australian Navy tested the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter unmanned aerial vehicles in Anzac-class frigates A series of testing activities will be carried out on the HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) under the responsibility of the 822X Squadron. Within the NMP (Navy Mi...
  • Philippine Expects Delivery of Final Six Hermes 900 UAVs This Year
    Philippine Expects Delivery of Final Six Hermes 900 UAVs This Year 29 June 2020
      The Philippine Air Force (PAF) published its latest ‘Lead One Today’ quarterly e-newsletter. The Air Force is expecting delivery this year of the final six of nine Hermes 900 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it ordered from Israel’s Elbit Systems. The system will be used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR] purposes. The e-letter reads; “the PAF is expecting the final delivery of two u...
  • ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV
    ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV 28 December 2019
    Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed that the Korean Air Force (ROKAF) received the first of four Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on 23 December 2019. The UAV arrived at Sacheon Air Base in South Gyeongsang Province. The three remaining platforms are expected to be delivered in the first half of 2020, although this could change depending on situations.
  • 5th Generation of Pakistan: Azm
    5th Generation of Pakistan: Azm 16 October 2019
    Project Azm, which includes the production of Pakistan's own fifth-generation aircraft, is accelerating. The first of the four conceptual design phases are completed. Pakistan Air Force formally initiated Project Azm in July 2017 with the objective of developing an FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft), a medium-altitude and long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), new munitions, and other projects. The Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) outlines t...
  • UAVs to Gather Information 11 September 2019
    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) signed contracts, as part of the PAF UAV Systems Project with Israel for four Elbit Systems Hermes 450 mid-altitude long-endurance UAVs and nine Hermes 900 UAVs. The deal was worth about $ 163 million. The first batch of Hermes 450, was delivered to the PAF. The Elbit Systems Hermes 450 has a range of 300 kilometres and an endurance of up to 20 hours. It can carry sensor and surveillance payloads of up to 150 kilograms total.  According ...
  • Taiwan Unveils New  UAV Development
    Taiwan Unveils New UAV Development 18 August 2019
    Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST )is pursuing a new medium-altitude long-endurance UAV development. The agency has unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE).   Two Teng Yun prototypes - which have been marked MU-1611 and MU-1612 - possess an operating range in excess of 1,000 km, flight endu...
  • USA has Green Signalled
    USA has Green Signalled 31 July 2019
    The United States has green signalled Republic of Korea’s request to provide Contractor Logistics Support for four RQ-4 Block 30 Remotely Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles. Seoul had requested to purchase contractor logistics support, programme management, depot and organisational level maintenance, technical and logistics services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support, adding that the total estimated programme cost i...
  • ANKA Pushes for Export 16 March 2019
    ANKA, produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ) as a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) class UAV, has entered the inventories of the Naval and Air Forces and the General Command of the Gendarmerie. ANKA, entering into service with the Naval Forces and the Gendarmerie Command operates on the 200+ km “Line of Sight” communication systems; while the ANKA-S of the Air Forces is free of range constraints thanks to SATCOM satellite control feature. We talked with TUSAŞ G...
  • Latvia Acquires Penguin C Long-Endurance UAVs
    Latvia Acquires Penguin C Long-Endurance UAVs 13 March 2019
    UAV Factory, a developer of fixed-wing unmanned aerial systems (UAS), has announced it has signed an agreement with the Latvian Ministry of Defence to provide UAVs for the country’s National Armed Forces (LNAF). LNAF has selected UAV Factory to supply the with an undisclosed number of its latest Penguin C long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The UAVs will be equipped with advanced electro-optical/infrared gyro-stabilised sensors. UAV will be used to enhance the LNAF’s a...
  • Iomax Markets Archangel for FMS Deal in Egypt
    Iomax Markets Archangel for FMS Deal in Egypt 9 December 2018
    Archangel, a low-cost, long-endurance armed surveillance aircraft ensuring six hours time on station in the armed configuration and 10 hours in the ISR configuration was presented in Egypt by Iomax. The Archangel can currently be armed with GBU-12/58 Laser Guided Bombs, AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, and ROKETSAN Cirit 2.75” Laser Guided Rockets. Egypt has defined a requirement for 12 aircraft through the FMS process.
  • Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS
    Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS 8 December 2018
    Organised in Karachi, the capital of Pakistan’s Sindh state, IDEAS Defence Exhibition witnessed a veiled competition between Turkey featuring the largest participation in scope and China, which sought benefits from time-honoured relations based on infrastructure.   Suppliers from the two countries not only competed for exhibition area or number of visitors; they also made huge efforts to develop relations. While contracts signed between China Shipbuilding Indust...
  • Skyguardian is First Male to complete Transatlantic Flight
    Skyguardian is First Male to complete Transatlantic Flight 12 July 2018
    A Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) crossed Atlantic Ocean and landed at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford, U.K., July 11 . At the end of journey UAV became the first MALE RPA to successfully complete a transatlantic flight. The GA-ASI-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian took off from Grand Forks, North Dakota, July 10. The flight covered 3,760 nautical miles in 24 hours 2 minutes.
  • Yaoying-2 Completes Maiden Flight
    Yaoying-2 Completes Maiden Flight 9 July 2018
    Chinese state-owned aviation company Aviation Industry Corporation of China AVIC has developed and flight-tested the Yaoying-2, a medium-altitude, low-speed, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft. Yaoying-2, has successfully completed its maiden flight, according to AVIC. UAV is built for reconnaissance and strike missions. According to Xinhua news agency, the new drone can conduct photoelectric image reconnaissance and surveillance, radar image reconnaissance, and communication s...
  • MALE UAV to cross Atlantic Ocean
    MALE UAV to cross Atlantic Ocean 27 June 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. plans to make the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight of a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). GA-ASI’s company-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA is due to take off from its base in North Dakota and embark on nearly 6,500 km journey to RAF Fairford piloted by an operator located at the aerospace company's Flight Test and Training Centre in Grand Forks. It has a wingspan of 79ft and can fly non-stop for in excess o...
  • Airbus Signs Contract for HERON TP Drones with the German Armed Forces
    Airbus Signs Contract for HERON TP Drones with the German Armed Forces 14 June 2018
    Germany has signed a leasing agreement for the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that had been delayed by an industry protest. The contract includes both the provision of Heron TP UAS as well as all operational services required for the system. In accordance with German budget law, the contract will become effective upon publication of the federal budget. Heron 1 drones, which are currently deploy...
  • Germany may acquire Israel’s armed Heron TP
    Germany may acquire Israel’s armed Heron TP 4 June 2018
      German army (Bundeswehr) could acquire soon medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) armed  unmanned air vehicle (UAV) Heron TP (nicknamed Eitan MALE). Heron TP is able to carry air-to-surface missiles. This is the first time that Bundeswehr requests the use of drones that that can be weaponized. Bundeswehr has requested around €900 million to lease five Heron TP UAVs from Israel over the next nine years. Germany plans  to use that type of drones i...
  • Russia's New UAV Will Be Ready in 2019
    Russia's New UAV Will Be Ready in 2019 9 May 2018
    The work on the Altius heavy unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a combat load of up to two tons is planned to be completed within a year, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said. Borisov added that the UAV will be used in reconnaissance, strike and electronic warfare missions with a variety of payloads. A test model of the Altius long-endurance reconnaissance UAV was unveiled at the Army 2015 international military and technical forum.  
  • BAE Systems Unveiled Solar-Powered HALE UAV Consept
    BAE Systems Unveiled Solar-Powered HALE UAV Consept 4 May 2018
    BAE Systems has unveiled solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) PHASA-35 concept on 3 May. The UAV has the potential to fly for up to a year before needing maintenance, the company said in a statement. Prismatic and BAE Systems will collaborate on the development of the new PHASA-35, with work already underway to prepare the first aircraft to be ready for flight tests in 2019. The PHASA-35™ concept has a 35-metr...
  • European MALE RPAS On Display at ILA
    European MALE RPAS On Display at ILA 27 April 2018
    The first full-scale model of the European Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft (MALE RPAS) was unveiled on 26 April during a ceremony held at the 2018 ILA Berlin Air Show. The unveiling of the full-scale model comes after a nearly two-year definition study launched in September 2016 by the four participating nations Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The declaration of Intent to work together on a fully European MALE unmanned aerial system was signed by the ...
  • Dassault, Airbus Joined Forces
    Dassault, Airbus Joined Forces 26 April 2018
    Dassault Aviation and Airbus have decided to join forces for the development and production of Europe’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS) during ILA Berlin. The FCAS will be developed to replace current generation of Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft between 2035 and 2040. FCAS defines a system of systems combining a wide range of elements connected and operating together, including a next generation fighter aircraft together with Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Unmanned Ae...
  • Belgium Selected MQ-9
    Belgium Selected MQ-9 3 April 2018
    General Atomics MQ-9 Predator B Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) has been selected for the Belgian Air Force's requirement for a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system. According to the Belgian Ministry of Defence's "Strategic Vision for 2030", two of four systems will be purchased between 2021-2025. Predator B's will replace the ageing B-Hunter UAVs. 
  • New Engine for Rustom 2 UAV
    New Engine for Rustom 2 UAV 28 February 2018
    India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully carried out a test flight of indigenous Rustom 2 UAV in user configuration equipped with a higher power engine. Indian Ministry of Defence announced that the test flight was conducted on 25 February and all parameters were normal.  Rustom 2's maiden flight was carried out in November 2016. Medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV has a range of 250 kilometres and an endurance of up ...
  • Greece To Lease Heron UAVs
    Greece To Lease Heron UAVs 8 February 2018
    Greece will lease seven Heron medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) under a €35,5 million contract.  According to Greek media reports, under the three-year contract between the Greek Ministry of Defence and Israel, €16,5 million will be paid in the first year and €9,5 million in each of the subsequent two years of the lease. The agreement also covers training services.  
  • Chinese UAV Completed Live-fire Tests
    Chinese UAV Completed Live-fire Tests 5 February 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...
  • New Member to Chinese UAV Family
    New Member to Chinese UAV Family 30 January 2018
    Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is to add a new member to its Wing Loong family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), state news agencies reported on 25 January. The reconnaissance-strike UAV Wing Loong I-D is planned to make its maiden flight in 2018 and will be available for international customers. The medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV will be a direct improvement of the Wing Loong I and feature increased flight ceiling, endurance internal ...
  • Taiwan Ready for Serial Production to Set Up Reconnaissance Squadron
    Taiwan Ready for Serial Production to Set Up Reconnaissance Squadron 2 January 2018
    At the year-end press conference for Taiwan’s National Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, President Tsai Ing-wen announced that the Teng Yun medium-altitude long-endurance UAV (MALE UAV) is ready for production. Tengyun is installed with an electronic interference system that upgrades the drone's military strategic value from surveillance equipment to a multi-functional jamming device, capable of interfering enemies’ electronic surveillance systems.  ...
  • China's New Drone Hit Five Targets in Succession
    China's New Drone Hit Five Targets in Succession 2 January 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, ...
  • Process for Avenger Sales to India Begins
    Process for Avenger Sales to India Begins 28 December 2017
    The US government has commenced its internal process for approving India's request of armed Avenger (formerly Predator C) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). New Delhi and Washington are planning to commence negotiations in April 2018. India will likely pursue a possibility of local production in the frame of 'Make in India' initiative.  General Atomics' Avenger UAV is a long-endurance, medium-to-high-altitude Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system t...
  • Expectations From 'Fury' Rising
    Expectations From 'Fury' Rising 6 December 2017
    Lockheed Martin looking ways to extend the endurance of its medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Fury. The tactical-level UAS has now a proven endurance of 12 hours with the current 1802 engine configuration which is aimed to be increased up to 15 hours. The increase will require the introduction of a new propulsion system in the form of the system's developmental 1803 engine. Lockheed Martin’s director of unmanned systems Kev...
  • UAV Market Will Continue to Expand
    UAV Market Will Continue to Expand 16 November 2017
    Aerospace and defence industry market analysis company Teal Group's latest report shows that unmanned aerial systems will be the most dynamic growth sector of the world aerospace industry this decade. Teal Group's 2017 market study estimates that UAV production will increase from current worldwide UAV production of $4.2 billion annually in 2017 to $10.3 billion in 2026, totalling $80.5 billion in the next 10 years. Military UAV research spending woul...
  • Global Hawk To Increase Altitude
    Global Hawk To Increase Altitude 25 August 2017
    In accordance with the US Missile Defence Agency's (MDA) Request for Information (RFI) issued in June for a high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a high-energy laser, Northrop Grumman plans to modernize its RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The HALE programme requires a minimum altitude of 63 thousand feet and a payload capacity between 2,270-5,670 kg.  Northrop revealed to Fligh...
  • New MALE UAV by Argentina 16 August 2017
    Argentine's Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) company has unveiled a mock-up of a Vigía 2B medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed together with INVAP during Argentine Air Force day celebrations on 10 August. Vigía 2B was developed based on the Vigía 2A and is larger in size compared to its predecessor. The new model will be powered by a 180-hp engine and the first prototype's production ...
  • Giant UAV Goes Into Mass Production
    Giant UAV Goes Into Mass Production 18 July 2017
    China's latest armed reconnaissance UAV Cai Hong 5 (Rainbow 5) is ready for serial production according to China Daily report. China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has unveiled the first prototype of CH-5 at Zhuhai Airshow China 2016, held in November 2016. With its 20-meter wingspan, CH-5 is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) class UAV has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 3 thousand 300 kg and a payload capacity of 1 thousan...
  • MDA In Pursuit Of Laser-Armed UAV
    MDA In Pursuit Of Laser-Armed UAV 22 June 2017
    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is in pursuit of a laser-armed unmanned aircraft to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in the 2023 timeframe. According to MDA solicitation published on 13 June, the agency requires a high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the payload capacity needed to carry a high-energy laser system payload to high altitudes.  Proposed aircraft should be able to maintain continuous posi...
  • Indigenous UAV Delivered to TAF
    Indigenous UAV Delivered to TAF 16 June 2017
    According to Turkish Undersecreteriat for Defence Industry's announcement on its official Twitter account, six Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their ground systems have been successfully tested and delivered to Turkish Armed Forces (TAF). Developed by Turkish company Baykar Makina indigenously and in accordance with TAF's requirements, medium-altitute long-endurance (MALE) class UAV Bayraktar TB2 was designed to carry out intelligence, reconaissance an...
  • New Delhi Is To Decide Its Armed Drone
    New Delhi Is To Decide Its Armed Drone 27 March 2017
    As New Delhi has been interested in acquiring armed medium-high altitude, long-endurance UAVs for some time now, Israel has reportedly came up with an offer. The country has offered to sell India its armed unmanned aerial vehicles Eitan or Heron TP and although New Delhi has not yet reached a decision, its looking for ways to bring the armed UAVs through “Make in India” initiative. General Atomics-developed Guardian UAV is also on the table, although an of...
  • Fareast-Middle East Cooperation on UAVs
    Fareast-Middle East Cooperation on UAVs 24 March 2017
    Saudi Arabia and China has agreed to manufacture CH family of UAVs in Saudi Arabia. The partnership agreement between Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) was announced on 16 March. Saudi Arabia already operates CASC's CH-4 medium-altitude long-endurance UAVs.