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  • IM-SHORAD Race
    IM-SHORAD Race 28 May 2020
    The increasing effectiveness of Russia on the borders of Eastern Europe pushes the USA to take new steps and measures. The US Army is squeezing the calendar to deploy Stryker A1 8x8 armoured combat vehicles equipped against potential Russian air threats to Europe. Receiving five of the nine IM-SHORAD (Interim Manoeuvre Short-Range Air Defense) platforms currently ordered, the US is trying to solve the problems encountered in vehicles. According to an official from the IM-SHORAD Prog...
  • Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches
    Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches 17 February 2020
    Boeing has confirmed at the Singapore Air Show 2020 that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has expressed its interest to rebuild 12 of its 20 existing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters to the latest AH-64E Apache Guardian variant. The RSAF currently has 12 AH-64D Apache Longbows based in Singapore as part of the 120 Squadron, while eight aircraft are based in Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona and used for training as part of the Peace Vanguard detachme...
  • Qatar Received First AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters
    Qatar Received First AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters 15 March 2019
    Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) received first AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters ordered from the U.S. Qatar deputy PM who is Minister of State for Defence Affaires attended the ceremony of the first delivery of AH-64E Guardian helicopters to QWEAF. The deliveries of the helicopters will be completed by the end of May 2020. The new helicopters will allow the Qatari Armed Forces (QAF) to replace its aging airframes (SA342 Gazelle scout helicopter) with multi-...
  • Greek Apaches in Cyprus Island
    Greek Apaches in Cyprus Island 28 October 2018
    Greek Cypriot Administration web site published photos from “Exercise of co-operation between Cyprus and Greece.” The website announced that that, “Within the framework of the military cooperation between Cyprus and Greece, a co-operation on ground and airborne instruments took place on October 26, 2018 at the Kalo Chorio Fire Brigade. The ultimate goal of the exercise was to maintain and enhance operational capabilities with the appropriate training of personnel o...
  • JAGM Order to Lockheed Martin
    JAGM Order to Lockheed Martin 13 September 2018
    The US has signed a new agreement with Lockheed Martin for $ 49,618 million. Under the agreement, the company will produce the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) system for the US Army. Deliveries will be completed in 2021. According to the company, JAGM gthers the capabilities of the Hellfire II missile and the Longbow Hellfire missiles on a single platform. JAGM combines the semi-active laser and the millimeter wave radar system in a single guidance section and uses AGM-...
  • Longbow Missile to Middle East
    Longbow Missile to Middle East 2 August 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...
  • Republic of China Deployed Cavalry Brigade
    Republic of China Deployed Cavalry Brigade 18 July 2018
    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence commissioned its air brigade equipped with AH-64E helicopters. Deployment of 29 AH-64E Apache Guardian in the Taiwan inventory a brigade named 601st Air Cavalry Brigade, which has been completed. The brigade has two Apache squadrons. The second squadron of the brigade completed the combat readiness training last year. Brigade is operates under the Army Aviation and Special Forces Command and is deployed to Taouyan's Longtan Dis...
  • Lockheed's Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Enters into Low-Rate Initial Production
    Lockheed's Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Enters into Low-Rate Initial Production 30 June 2018
    Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system has successfully passed its Defence Acquisition Board review. The signed Acquisition Decision Memorandum approves the JAGM system to enter into Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP). JAGM is a multi-sensor air-to-ground missile that is the successor to the combat proven HELLFIRE Romeo and HELLFIRE Longbow missiles. Backward compatible with all rotary wing and fixed wing platforms that fire the HELLFIRE family of missiles, ...
  • LCS Tests New Missile Module with Hellfire
    LCS Tests New Missile Module with Hellfire 17 May 2018
    The US Navy's Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) has conducted a live-firing exercise on 11 May launching Longbow Hellfire missiles as part of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) developmental testing. USS Milwaukee fired four missiles successfully hitting fast inshore attack craft targets. This marks the completion of the first phase of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) developmental testing for the LCS mission modules program. I...
  • Apache Support to the UK
    Apache Support to the UK 12 June 2017
    Boeing has received a $410-million foreign military sales contract to provide 38 Apache attack helicopters and three Longbow crew trainers to the United Kingdom, according to the US Department of Defence statement. Work on the contract will be completed February 28, 2023. 
  • Delayed Vertical Launch by LCS
    Delayed Vertical Launch by LCS 9 March 2017
    The US Navy for the first time tested the Surface to Surface Missile Module (SSMM) from Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Detroit, on 28 February off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia. SSMM utilizes the Army Longbow Hellfire Missile in a vertical launch capability. Thus, the structural test fire also marks the first launch of vertical missile from a LCS as part of the developmental test program for the Surface Warfare (SUW) Mission Package (MP). The...
  • ATAK Will See&Hit In All Weather
    ATAK Will See&Hit In All Weather 1 December 2016
    The Turkish Ministry of Defence announced via social media accounts that T-129 ATAK helicopter, developed by TAI, has been integrated with MILDAR. Currently undergoing ground tests, the flight tests of MILDAR Helicopters will begin in a short period. Developed by METEKSAN, the milimeter-radar MILDAR was named after the 'Development of Milimeter-wave Radar Techniques for Land Target Engagement" programme.  While the multi-target engagement ability provides improved...
  • 'Hellfire' Restrained Tests Completed
    'Hellfire' Restrained Tests Completed 12 October 2016
    The US Navy completed a restrained firing test of the AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missile for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM), announced 6 October. After the safety tests, the system will be ready for integration aboard a LCS, estimatedly in December 2017. During the test, one live missile with an inert warhead and nonfunctional guidance section was fired but restrained in the launcher. The exhaust and flames ducted properly through the missile exhaust co...
  • Qatar signs deal for 24 AH-64E Apaches 8 June 2016
    Qatar has signed for 24 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to be delivered by 31 May 2020. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress in 2014 that an authorisation had been granted to provide 24 of the type to Qatar, and a $667 million contract was signed on 7 June. Qatar first requested the Apache helicopters in July 2012 for an estimated USD3 billion. Given its value, the contract award announced amounts to approximately USD27 million per aircraft and will likel...
  • India to install Longbow radars to 12 Apaches 4 May 2016
    India has awarded a contract to Longbow LLC, a Lockheed Martin-Northrop Grumman joint venture, for fire control radar (FCR) systems for its Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. India is going to install Longbow FCRs to augment its Apache attack helicopter fleet.  The purchase of 12 FCRs could be worth up to USD116.7 million, according to Lockheed Martin.
  • US Army Deploys 24 AH-64D Apaches to Hawaii 2 May 2016
    US Army deploys 24 Apaches to replace 18 OH-58D Kiowa Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters in Hawaii. The Soldiers of 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade will fly with AH-64D Apache Longbow Attack Helicopters as the airframes are being transferred from the National Guard to the active duty Army.