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  • Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight
    Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight January 20 2020
    Falco Xplorer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), unveiled by Leonardo at the Paris Air Show 2019, left behind an important milestone last week. In a statement made by Leonardo, it was announced that the UAV made its maiden flight on January 15. The test flight conducted at the Trapani Air Base stationed in Sicily, and lasted about 1 hour. Platfom returned to the same base and completed the flight without any problems. Falco Xplorer, is a MALE (Medium Altitude Long Enduran...
  • Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV
    Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV January 2 2020
    Indonesia's National aviation company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) introduced the prototype of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle produced within domestic facilities. A roll-out ceremony was held at the PTDI facilities in Bandung for the combatant UAV called the Black Eagle (Elang Hitam). The prototype did not include a weapon station, but the promotional brochure showed two generic weapons. Speaking at the ceremony, BPPT General Manager Hammam Riza ...
  • ANKA's New Record
    ANKA's New Record November 7 2019
    The ANKA platform developed by Turkish Aerospace within the scope of the Medium-Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV program flew more than a day. The company announced on its official twitter account” Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ANKA flew 26 hours and 30 minutes. ANKA has set a new record by flying more than a day. " ANKA, advanced MALE class Unmanned Aerial System, performs day and night, all-weather reconnaissance, target detection / identification and intelligence missions....
  • Delivery of Bayraktar UAVs Completed
    Delivery of Bayraktar UAVs Completed October 22 2019
    Bayraktar TB2 UAVs were delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force. Between Ukraine and Turkey, have signed a contract covering the supply of Bayraktar TB2 six UAVs, three ground control station systems and equipment. After the completion of the second-party delivery, acceptance tests at Starokostiantyniv Airbase evaluated the performance of aircraft and components. Delivery vehicles carried out, to be used by military personnel have completed their training in Turkey. Bayraktar TB2, whic...
  • 5th Generation of Pakistan: Azm
    5th Generation of Pakistan: Azm October 16 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...
  • SLN has Commissioned an Ex- PLAN Frigate
    SLN has Commissioned an Ex- PLAN Frigate August 26 2019
    Sri Lanka commissions ex-Chinese navy frigate. In 2015, Jiangwei I Type 053 H2G class frigate Tongling (542), who served in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), was transferred to the Sri Lanka Navy in September 2018. The vessel, which has been renamed SLNS Parakramabahu (P625), was commissioned on 22 August in Colombo in the presence of the Sri Lankan and Chinese governments and military leaders. The ship will boost the country’s maritime security and conduct search an...
  • Taiwan Unveils New  UAV Development
    Taiwan Unveils New UAV Development August 18 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...
  • TUSAS Press Release
    TUSAS Press Release March 25 2019
    Turkish Aerospace will participate in LIMA (Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition) 2019, which will be held in Langkawi, Malaysia from March 26 to 30, 2019. First time in its history, the combat proven ANKA MALE Class UAV System, which is used for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance missions will be in Langkawi on the static display (No: OD07) during the LIMA 2019.  
  • ANKA Pushes for Export March 16 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...
  • An ELINT Payload Tested On Reaper
    An ELINT Payload Tested On Reaper February 15 2019
      General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) and Raytheon Deutschland GmbH tested an electronic warfare payload on an MQ-9 Reaper. Integrated into a gondola that can be loaded under the MALE (Medium Altitude, Long Endurance) MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B) drone, the ARDS (Advanced Radar Detection System) payload can be used to detect and locate radar emissions. The ARDS is equipped with a totally digital radar emission tracking system. The system is already ope...
  • US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise
    US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise January 18 2019
    US Military Intelligence Organisation “Defence Intelligence Agency” (DIA) released “China Military Power, report. A product that examines the core capabilities of China’s military. The work provides details on China’s defence and military goals, strategy, plans, and intentions. US is expecting to face new Chinese another stealth fighter within next years. US intelligence is trying to solve Chinese official announcements and the unofficial revelatio...
  • Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS
    Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS December 8 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...
  • OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project
    OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project November 11 2018
    The European Agency for the procurement of arms, or OCCAR, officially invited the aircraft manufacturer Airbus to participate into tender as the prime contractor for the European MALE RPAS Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) The European MALE RPAS, is also known as the EuroMALE. The UAV will be operated worldwide to especially support ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) missions. The Agency announced on 8 November...
  • Tinder Spy After F-35 Secrets
    Tinder Spy After F-35 Secrets August 6 2018
    An unknown person hacked a female RAF staffer's Tinder profile, using her online presence to sweet-talk a male Royal Air Force employee and stealing secret information about the US fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter just weeks after the first four jets entered service, according to a report by Mail Online. Information about espionage attempt appeared first at British tabloid and the UK military confirmed news. Someone hacked the Tinder profile of a female RAF s...
  • New COMINT System from the UK
    New COMINT System from the UK July 21 2018
    Leonardo introduced its newly developed COMINT (Communications Intelligence) system. A new system called SPIDER was developed in the UK. The SPIDER, which can operate on the between 20 MHz and 6 GHz, can detect and identify the signals and then analyze and determine the position of the signal source. System is design to be suitable King Air 350, MALE UAVs. COMINT system  consists of an integrated antenna interface with a baseplate of ​​1.4 x 4 m. SPIDER can be in...
  • TAI PRESS RELEASE
    TAI PRESS RELEASE July 14 2018
    Between July 16-22, 2018 Turkish Aerospace will participate at Farnborough International Air Show (FIA), one of the world’s most important air shows. The company’s new logo will be launched at the largest air show of the world. MALE Class Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ANKA will be exhibited at Turkish Aerospace’s static area. Besides, T-625 utility helicopter which is designed and developed at Turkish Aerospace’s facilities, and is scheduled to make its first flight in Septe...
  • Skyguardian is First Male to complete Transatlantic Flight
    Skyguardian is First Male to complete Transatlantic Flight July 12 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 July 9 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 June 27 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 June 14 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 June 4 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...
  • European MALE RPAS On Display at ILA
    European MALE RPAS On Display at ILA April 27 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 ...
  • Eurasia Airshow, Opens its Doors
    Eurasia Airshow, Opens its Doors April 7 2018
    Seeking to establish a bridge between Europe and Asia in the area of aviation, Eurasia Airshow will take place for the first time in April 25-29, 2018.  To be organised at Antalya International Airport, the Airshow has the objective to create a new market in the area of military and civilian aviation. The event also plans to make the most of the advantage provided by its geostrategic location, which requires only three hours&rs...
  • Belgium Selected MQ-9
    Belgium Selected MQ-9 April 3 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. 
  • First Export Contract Signed for Bayraktar TB2
    First Export Contract Signed for Bayraktar TB2 March 14 2018
    Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) System, developed by Turkish Baykar Makina and in operational use with the Turkish Armed Forces especially in counterterrorism missions, received its first export success in Qatar. Within the scope of the contract signed between Baykar and Qatar Armed Forces at DIMDEX 2018, 6 armed Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Air Vehicles, 3 ground control station systems and equipment along with UAV training simulator will be delivered within a year.
  • Saudi Women Allowed To Join The Army
    Saudi Women Allowed To Join The Army February 28 2018

    Saudi Arabia decided to recruit female soldiers into its military service.

    The Saudi Arabian Army has invited women to apply for soldiers' jobs listing without specifying whether the jobs would be in combat or non-combat positions. According to the announcement, The applicants must be of Saudi-origin and must be aged between 25 and 35, in addition to passing a mandatory medical check-up and go through personal interviews to ensure good conduct.
  • New Engine for Rustom 2 UAV
    New Engine for Rustom 2 UAV February 28 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 ...
  • ANKA Received Indigenous Engine
    ANKA Received Indigenous Engine February 20 2018
    Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ANKA, designed and produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), has now got an indigenous engine. Two PD-170 engines developed by TAI Motor Company (TEI) in Eskişehir were brought to TAI facilities to be tested on ANKA. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, ground tests are being conducted of ANKA, where a stronger indigenous engine is installed. Indigenous engine equipped ANKA's first flight is expected by the end of February. The platform wi...
  • Greece To Lease Heron UAVs
    Greece To Lease Heron UAVs February 8 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 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...
  • New Member to Chinese UAV Family
    New Member to Chinese UAV Family January 30 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 ...
  • 'High' Collaboration in UAVs
    'High' Collaboration in UAVs January 18 2018
    According to Indonesian newspaper The Jakarta Post, aircraft company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) is collaborating with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to produce unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are capable of flying at a maximum height of 40,000 feet.  Arie Wibowo, director of production at PTDI, told Jane’s on 18 January that the development programme would be based on the design of TAI’s MALE Anka UAV.  The UAV project is expected ...
  • Taiwan Ready for Serial Production to Set Up Reconnaissance Squadron
    Taiwan Ready for Serial Production to Set Up Reconnaissance Squadron January 2 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 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, ...
  • One Year Anniversary in Mali
    One Year Anniversary in Mali December 7 2017
    The Heron 1 UAV system, which is stationed at the Gao air base for the German Armed Forces, completed one year of flight operations in Mali, logging its 3,000th flight hour in November 2017.  The system’s maiden flight took place in Mali on 1 November 2016 after the contract was signed in June 2016. Three Heron 1 aircraft are stationed at the air base in Gao, located in northeastern Mali. Manufactured by the Israeli company IAI, Heron 1 is an unarmed medium alti...
  • Expectations From 'Fury' Rising
    Expectations From 'Fury' Rising December 6 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...
  • ANKA-S Getting Ready for Satellite-Controlled Flights
    ANKA-S Getting Ready for Satellite-Controlled Flights October 20 2017
    Turkish Aerospace Industries' (TAI's) indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle ANKA is preparing to reach a new milestone. ANKA's mass production version of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) class ANKA-S begins satellite-controlled flights. ANKA took off for its first flight approximately 7 years ago on 30 December 2010 after it was rolled out for the first time on 16 July 2010. On 25 October 2013, the first mass production ANKA-S contract was signed covering 10 platforms. ...
  • Tests of ANKA's Indigenous Engine Completed, Countdown Began
    Tests of ANKA's Indigenous Engine Completed, Countdown Began October 13 2017
    Developed for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the domestic PD170 engine is counting days to be mounted on ANKA. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, the development work on the engine has been completed. ANKA's flying conditions were applied to the engine and the previously targeted performance data was reached. The project, signed between the Undersecretariat of Defence Industries (SSM) and TEI on 27 December 2012, covered the development of a turbodiesel a...
  • More ANKA Will Enter Inventory
    More ANKA Will Enter Inventory October 6 2017
    The MALE class unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) to meet the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) for aerial reconnaissance, surveillance, target identification and detection, the ANKA's number in Turkey's inventory will rise up in near future. Playing an active role in the fight against terrorism at home and abroad, ANKA number will increase with the delivery of a total of 42 UAVs to Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish N...
  • New MALE UAV by Argentina August 16 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 ...