• Defiant Advances Towards Top Speed
    Defiant Advances Towards Top Speed 15 October 2020
    The Sikorsky-Boeing team continues to make progress as Defiant’s flight test program advances. Defiant’s speed, angle of bank and rate of climb continue to increase as more data is gathered. On October 12, with about two-thirds prop torque and engine power, DEFIANT achieved 211 knots (242.81 m/h; 390.7720km/h) straight and level and 232 knots in a descent. Defiant is expected to have a cruise speed of 250 knots (290 m/h / 460 km/h) The helicopter is partic...
  • Portuguese Navy Will Wait for Super Lynx
    Portuguese Navy Will Wait for Super Lynx 11 October 2020
      Portuguese Navy will wait for the delivery of the first out of five modernised Super Lynx Mk 95A helicopter until January 2021. Deliveries are planned to be completed in 2021. Leonardo was awarded a EUR69 million contract in July 2016 to modernise the Portuguese Navy’s five Super Lynx Mk 95 aircraft.  The first modernised helicopter completed its maiden flight on 14 February at Leonardo Helicopters' facility in Yeovil, United Kingdom. The modernisatio...
  • Hungary to Acquire Rheinmetall’s New Lynx Fighting Vehicle
    Hungary to Acquire Rheinmetall’s New Lynx Fighting Vehicle 14 September 2020
    Hungary will become the first customer of Rheinmetall’s new Lynx infantry fighting vehicle. Hungary will buy 218 Lynx KF41 vehicles and pay more than $2 billion. Rheinmetall’s U.S. $2.4 billion contract with the Hungarian government, signed in Budapest, is for 218 Lynx KF41 vehicles, nine Buffalo armoured recovery vehicles, as well as spares and simulators, the company wrote in a statement. The Lynx vehicles will be equipped with Rheinmetall’s manned Lance 30mm tur...
  • New Dimension in Armament
    New Dimension in Armament 19 August 2020
    Some of the Iron Curtain Countries of the Cold War era now NATO allies. Relatively new members of the pact are continuing their armament efforts at full speed in line with the new standards. Hungary signed an important main battle tank acquisition contract with Germany last year. In this context, the first Leopard 2A4s were delivered to Hungary in the past weeks. Wanting to take its investments in the field of defence one step further, Budapest turned to licensed production. KF41 Ly...
  • First Guided Missile Frigate Completed Delivery Voyage
    First Guided Missile Frigate Completed Delivery Voyage 18 June 2020
    The Philippines, which carries out activities for the establishment of the army again with a stronger infrastructure, is experiencing delivery exictement. BRP Joze Rizal (FF 150), the first guided-missile frigate ordered by the Philippines to the Republic of Korea, arrived in the country. Reaching the country in the last week of May, the platform was quarantined for two weeks due to the COVID-19 process. The Frigate was officially put into service with a ceremony attended by Ph...
  • New Frigate Set Sail for Delivery
    New Frigate Set Sail for Delivery 21 May 2020
    Philippines, which has prepared a stronger naval infrastructure within the scope of the restructuring of the armed forces, is close to receiving its first guided missile frigate. BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), the first platform of the Jose Rizal class frigates ordered by the Philippines to the Republic of Korea, set sail from the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard following the completion of its construction and testing activities. The ship, which sails to the Philippines for the commissi...
  • Griffin III Candidate to Optionally Manned Vehicle
    Griffin III Candidate to Optionally Manned Vehicle 17 May 2020
    New generation land vehicles designed with next generation technology components are developed with the optionally unmanned use capability. The United States Congressional Research Service released a report on the OMFV (Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle) Program launched in line with the needs of the US Army. In the document, product of General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) Griffin III was nominated for the process. The OMFV Program was launched for the...
  • Norway to introduce NH90 ASW
    Norway to introduce NH90 ASW 5 March 2020
    Norway is preparing its first NH90 NFH maritime helicopter for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. The country received delivery of the first aircraft in August last year. Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNAF) has experience in operating Westland Lynx from its navy’s frigate fleet. They do not, however, have ASW capacity. RNAF lacked experience in ASW operations, especially in use of a dipping sonar. The air force has had to turn to Australia-headquartered Nova Systems...
  • New Player for the Raytheon and Rheinmetall Partnership
    New Player for the Raytheon and Rheinmetall Partnership 14 August 2019
    Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence are partnering with Pratt & Miller Defence for the U.S. Army's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle competition. The Detroit-based company will provide engineering analysis to help ensure the KF41 Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle meets or exceeds the Army's survivability requirements for the program. Raytheon and Rheinmetall will offer an American-made KF41 Lynx vehicle to answer the U.S. Army’s call for a Next-Generation Combat Vehicle...
  • UK Details Transition Plan
    UK Details Transition Plan 5 August 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...
  • Double Support to the Navy
    Double Support to the Navy 21 June 2019
      The Philippine Navy (PN) commissioned two Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters and four Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicles (KAAVs) in a ceremony held on 17 June at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City. The AW159s as part of a USD 101 million contract signed with Leonardo in 2016, feature anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. The rotorcraft are expected to be deployed from the PN's two José Rizal-class frigates. The first of these frigates ...
  • Rheinmetall AG and Lockheed Martin Cooperate for Germany's Helicopter 16 October 2018
    The German Navy is in search of a new helicopter. In this respect, Germany is now looking for a new platform to replace the Sea Lynx helicopters in its inventory. For the time being, two platforms are expected to replace the platforms, which will start to retire 2025. The first of these is the MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. Rheinmetall AG and Lockheed Martin have announced that they will participate in the tender together. Another candidate is the NH90 Sea Lion. For this helicopter, Airbus will ...
  • Seahawk Deliveries Finished
    Seahawk Deliveries Finished 2 August 2018
    Royal Danish Air Force received its last two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. Denmark, which procured 12 helicopters to replace the Lynx helicopters in the Danish inventory, took delivery of the first three Seahawk helicopters in June 2016. The MH-60R Seahawk helicopter is a multi-purpose naval helicopter, can carry out anti-submarine warfare (ASW) with 324 mm torpedos and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) with Hellfire missile. In addition, helicopters can&n...
  • New Helicopters to Philippines
    New Helicopters to Philippines 31 July 2018
    The Philippine Navy will receive two AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters. Anti-submarine warfare capable helicopters will be delivered in March 2019. When the helicopters are put into service, they will be deployed to the new frigates ordered by the Navy to Republic of Korea. In 2016, the Philippines signed an agreement with Leonardo for anti-submarine warfare helicopter of US $ 101 million. The Lynx Wildcat helicopters, which can be managed by a two-man crew, have a maxim...
  • Portuguese Navy Growing
    Portuguese Navy Growing 31 July 2018
    Portugal is planning to supply new vessels. A statement was made at the name ceremony for Viana do Castelo (Oceanic Patrol Vessel / OPV) class NRP Sines (P363). Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa, who made the statement, announced that a multi-purpose logistical support vessel would be built for the Portuguese Navy. It is also mentioned that the new platforms will be built in local facilities. In addition, six new OPVs will be built on the West Sea-Estalei...
  • Germany to replace Sea Lynx helicopters
    Germany to replace Sea Lynx helicopters 24 March 2018
    Germany is in search to replace its navy's fleet of 22 Westland Sea Lynx anti-submarine warfare helicopters. There is no date for launching the procurement. The fleet is expected to retire in 2025. Sea Lynx fleet began to enter service from 1981 and there are only six aircraft deployable in 2017. Germany's federal procurement office is now developing several proposals for a successor aircraft. A request for proposals is not expected to be issued in 2018. Contenders for the requirement...
  • RAF Prepares for Its 'Protectors'
    RAF Prepares for Its 'Protectors' 14 March 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...
  • UK's Final Farewell To Lynx
    UK's Final Farewell To Lynx 12 January 2018
    The UK Army will retire its last AgustaWestland Lynx helicopter on 16 January. First commissioned in its AH1 standard in 1978, the army's last upgraded Lynx AH7s were retired in July 2015. The Royal Navy also ended operations with Lynx HMA8 in March 2017. The helicopters have been gradually replaced by AW159 Wildcats.
  • Moore: Sales of Ocean to Turkey is Coop in Defence
    Moore: Sales of Ocean to Turkey is Coop in Defence 21 November 2017
    British Ambassador to Turkey Richard Moore gave information about the HMS Ocean Helicopter Landing Dock (LHD) talks between Turkey and the United Kingdom. Ambassador Moore, who attended at the meeting of the Diplomatic Correspondents' Association as a speaker, told C4Defence, "There is probably a limit what I can say about that because it is a commercial subject and there are sensitivities about it. HMS Ocean anchored at Aksaz Naval Base in the days we passed. This ship wil...
  • MQ-9 Demonstrated ASW Capabilities
    MQ-9 Demonstrated ASW Capabilities 16 November 2017
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has used an MQ-9 Predator B remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) to demonstrate its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability in a US naval exercise. During the drill, US Navy helicopters deployed a series of sonobuoys which were used to gather acoustic data to assist in the tracking of underwater targets. The data was then transmitted to the MQ-9 RPA and processed onboard before being relayed to the aircraft’s ground control station (GCS) loc...
  • Upgraded Brazillian 'Super Lynx' Makes Maiden Flight
    Upgraded Brazillian 'Super Lynx' Makes Maiden Flight 3 October 2017
    The maiden flight of the first upgraded Brazilian Navy Super Lynx Mk21B helicopters has been carried out in southwest England on 28 September, Leonardo announced.  The Super Lynx Mk21B is powered by two new generation CTS800-4N engines and features a new glass cockpit will be complemented by an advanced avionics suite comprising a tactical processor, satellite-based navigation system, civil navigation aids including a Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Automat...
  • On The Edge Of Critical Decisions
    On The Edge Of Critical Decisions 2 June 2017
    Germany is currently trying to decide the replacement for AgustaWestland Lynx Mk 88A helicopters, revealed by a senior official in German Navy. The official said the Navy planned to complete the replacement by 2025 and would acquire a mix of manned and unmanned systems to carry out Mk 88A missions. The service has been evaluating primarily NHIndustries NFH90 and AW159 Wildcat helicopters in this scope, although a final decision is yet to be made. According to the Navy, the...
  • Lynx HMA8 Retired
    Lynx HMA8 Retired 28 March 2017
    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has officially retired the Westland Lynx HMA8 on 23 March. The helicopters entered service with the Royal Navy in 1994. The HMA8 version has been replaced by AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcats. 
  • Royal Navy Farewell to HMA8 Fleet
    Royal Navy Farewell to HMA8 Fleet 20 March 2017
    The UK Royal Navy is to officially decommission its four Lynx HMA8 helicopters from 815 Naval Air Squadron on 23 March. Having been in service for over 40 years, Lynx HMA8 version has been replaced by AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcats. 
  • Endurance of UAVs to Increase
    Endurance of UAVs to Increase 13 November 2016
    The first flight of an extended range Predator C Avenger has been completed on 27 October. The unmanned combat air platform has extended wings of 23,2 meters and an improved endurance of 15-20 hours. Powered by a PW545B turbofan engine, the Avenger can reach 400 knots. The manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has also extended MQ-9 Reaper’s (Predator B) range in February 2016 by refitting 20 meter-wings which increased its endurance approximately 13 hours to proivde almost ...
  • Issue 41 Sector News 18 September 2016
    New Aircraft for New Delhi Leonardo to Upgrade Lynx Boeing KC-46 Done with Flight Tests Israeli F-35’s Maiden Flight Rheinmetall’s €400 Million Ammunition Deal Turkey as Regional Support Centre for Airbus CN235 Aircraft TAI #1 Defence Company by Capital 500 One More Export by FNSS STM Liked the Top Rank HAVELSAN, the First Once Again OTOKAR’s SARP Order DETTA De...
  • Denmark receives first three MH-60R Seahawks 8 June 2016
    Denmark Royal Air Force has received the first three of an eventual nine Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine warfare helicopters to replace its fleet of ageing Westland Lynx 90s.  Helos will function at Danish navy Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate but will be operated by Air Force. Remaining helicopters will be delivered by mid-2018.