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  • RST at Kiev with Indigenous Solutions
    RST at Kiev with Indigenous Solutions October 7 2019
    Arms and Security 2019 defence expo in Ukraine starts tomorrow. Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters' Association provides National Participation to the event, which is the media sponsorship of C4Defence magazine. During the fair, many Turkish Compaies such as Aselsan, Roketsan, STM hve booth also. In close cooperation with TÜBİTAK BİLGEM, RST is working on remote sensing technology named after the company. The company has developed a portable meteorological radar which...
  • Kinetic Bombardment October 4 2019
    A kinetic bombardment is essentially a form of ground attack, firing off a solid, monolithic mass from orbit to the earth, the destructive effect of the kinetic energy it will access due to its speed and mass complete the mission. In almost all of the projects thought for this purpose, it is envisaged that a core produced from heavy metals, which is high in weight in comparison to its size, is thrown from an orbital launcher. In other words, kinetic bombardment can also be described...
  • Alkar Gets Smaller
    Alkar Gets Smaller May 2 2019
    ASELSAN's 120-mm automatic mortar system, Alkar, got smaller. The system was also adapted to 81 mm mortars. Alkar 81 mm, which has a shock absorption system, can absorb the recoil of 30 tons of 81 mm mortars used on the ground and reduce it to 6 tons. In addition to its very small structure, the system can be used on 4x4 tactical wheeled vehicles. Thanks to its modular structure, the system can be adapted to different types of 81 mm mortar guns and requires very small modificati...
  • Germany Adds Six Months to Saudi Arms Export Ban
    Germany Adds Six Months to Saudi Arms Export Ban March 29 2019
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government has extended by six months an embargo on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia. The ban has faced opposition from within the German government and the EU, but has the support of rights groups. “The order to halt authorized weapons exports to Saudi Arabia is extended by six months from March 31 to September 30, 2019,” government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said in a Thursday, March 29 statement. “Over...
  • Meteor, Spear Missiles for British F35s
    Meteor, Spear Missiles for British F35s March 19 2019
    British defence contractor BAE announced its involvement with Northrup Grumman on Monday to integrate several new series of missile into the F-35 Lightning fighter planes of Britain's Royal Air Force. According to the Company,  work has started to integrate two advanced missile systems with Britain's fleet of F-35 fighter planes. BAE has agreed with Lockheed Martin, to integrate into the F-35 Meteor air-to-air missiles and SPEAR precision surface attack missil...
  • Sector News Issue 71 March 16 2019
    Daewoo, Back to Roots Leonardo’s Cyber Signature on NATO The USA Said “Gustav” India Seeks Thales’ Hydras Sikorsky’s Two-in-One: HH-60W METEOR Shower beyond the Horizon Ambitious Missile by Rafael  “METE”s in the Inventory MKEK to Supply 50,000 MPT-76  Meteksan’s Kement Launches from the Ground F-16 Fitted with ASELSAN Armour F...
  • Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile
    Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile February 15 2019
      Two Rafale, from the French Air Force and the French Navy, carried out the first two test shots of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile on 13 February 2019. The French defence ministry ministry announced that two Rafale participated on February 13, 2019 in the first two experimental shots of the missile Meteor. It was a Rafale piloted by personnel from the Air Force, Center of Expertise (CEAM) and a Rafale Marine with a pilot from the Center for Practical Experi...
  • Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia
    Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia February 7 2019
        The German government has blocked the sale of Meteor air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia. The Meteor, developed and produced by Paris-based MBDA but with German components, is not the target of a specific German veto, but rather its export to Saudi Arabia is being blocked by the German government’s embargo on all arms sales to the Saudi kingdom, decided in late November. In particular, Germany once again decided to apply an embargo o...
  • French MN Gets First F3R-Standard Rafale
    French MN Gets First F3R-Standard Rafale January 15 2019
    The French Navy (Marine Nationale/ MN) has received the first Dassault Rafale combat aircraft (serial number 30) to be upgraded to the latest F3R standard. The F3R standard of the Rafale offers several hardware and software enhancements over the F3 aircraft. The first aircraft will be prepared for delivery to the fighter detachment of the 10 Squadron of the Naval Aviation Experimental and Evaluation Centre, located at Hyères near Marseilles. If the forthcoming trial...
  • Russia Confirms ‘Meteor Shower’ Was a Missile Defence Satellite
    Russia Confirms ‘Meteor Shower’ Was a Missile Defence Satellite January 11 2019
    Russia’s Aerospace Forces has confirmed that a bright object spotted in the sky over New Zealand was a missile defence satellite launched 12 years ago.  Videos on social media published this weekend appeared to show a bright object streaking through the sky. The Kosmos-2430 missile early-warning satellite went out of orbit on Saturday, the state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday, citing North American Aerospace DefencE Command (NORAD) data.  ...
  • Rafale F3-R Takes the Skies
    Rafale F3-R Takes the Skies December 24 2018
    The French Air Force announced the first flight of the most advanced variant of the Rafale platform. The flight took place at the 118th Air Base in Mont-de-Marsan on 10 December 2018. The work for the platform, called Rafale F3-R, which is the most advanced member of the family, was launched in 2013. Unlike its predecessors, there are advanced equipment such as Meteor long range air-air missile, Laser Guided version of Modular Air-to-Ground Weapon System compatible Talios targeting ...
  • France Put an Eye Into Space
    France Put an Eye Into Space December 21 2018
    French Defence Minister Florence Parly made a new statement. Minister gave an information about France’s new satellite programme. Developed to replace the previous generation of Helios satellites, the CSO-1 (Composante Spatiale Optique) satellite is the first of three satellites that France plans to launch. Platform was launched from the space center stationed in Guyana. Satellite is placed into 800-km orbit around 18.38 with Paris time on December 19, was equipped with very h...
  • RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time
    RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time December 11 2018
    Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons launched from RAF Lossiemouth for the first time with the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile(BVRAAM) during a Quick Reaction Alert exercise for airspace defence. Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December that The MBDA Meteor is now operational aboard RAF  Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland (QRA North) to interce...
  • New Step for BVRAAM
    New Step for BVRAAM November 14 2018
    Saab has published another news on Gripen E tests. Aircraft flew with the Meteor BVRAAM missile for the first time. This development is considered as an important step for aircraft’s capability. One of the requirements of the modern battlefield is the importance of BVRAAM (Beyond the Vision Range Air to Air Missile) technology for Gripen E. After the integration process of the Meteor missile, the aircraft will be expanding its flight envelope with different loading combination...
  • Greek Cyprus Issued NAVTEX for Plot 10
    Greek Cyprus Issued NAVTEX for Plot 10 November 4 2018
    Greek Cyprus issued NAVTEX,  for the area of ​​Plot 10 for drilling by EXXON MOBIL and Qatar Petroleum. According to NAVTEX 364/18, the Greek Cypriot administration has announced Navtex for the period from 10 November 2018 to 25 February 2019 for the drilling of the Stena IceMax floating drill that is currently on its way to Cyprus Island from the Canary Islands. The Stena IceMax floating drill is expected to arrive on November 12th, and preparations for drilling will...
  • X-Band Order to Saab
    X-Band Order to Saab October 30 2018
    Saab has announced a new order from the US administration. The US's new order was not a direct purchase this time. The company said in an official statement that the United States knocked its doors for X-band active electronic phase array radar technology. PS-05 / A Mk4 has 100% more effective than its predecessor in air-to-air mode at high altitudes and 40% more effective at low altitudes. The system, which has been shown to be highly effective against targets with low radar cr...
  • Hurricane Hit Raptor
    Hurricane Hit Raptor October 16 2018
    Hurricane Michael hurt the American Air Force. The hurricane last week was effective and wind speed during the disaster reached 250 km / h. Hurricane hit the East Coast, and the Air Force took its share. In line with the warnings of meteorology, 33 of the 55 F-22A Raptor aircraft stationed in Florida were shifted to another bases. However, 22 F-22As that were unable to fly due to maintenance and repair operations were stranded on top. During the hurricane, the platforms underneath the hangar ...
  • First Centurion Level Eurofighter Delivered
    First Centurion Level Eurofighter Delivered July 9 2018
    The Royal Air Force received the first Eurofighter Typhoon with integrated Project Centurion weapon package. Within BAE Systems' integration activities, aircrafts gained ability to use tMeteor beyond the visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) and MBDA production Storm Shadow missiles. During the first phase of the project, a total of 26 units will be upgraded to Centurion level. After this program, aircrafts can use Paveway IV, Storm Shadow, Meteor and...
  • DAPA unveils first images of KF-X design with Meteor Missiles
    DAPA unveils first images of KF-X design with Meteor Missiles July 1 2018
    Republic of Korea’s arms acquisition agency unveiled June 29 the preliminary design of the KF-X fighter aircraft. The disclose of the preliminary KF-X design came after the Defence Acquisition Program Administration, (DAPA), held a preliminary design review (PDR), to decide whether to proceed to the next phase of critical design review (CDR). Four Meteor long-range air-to-air missiles developed by MBDA are shown to be nestled under the fuselage, while two IRIS-T shor...
  • India to Equip Tejas with Bvraam
    India to Equip Tejas with Bvraam May 16 2018
    The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, indigenously developed and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics, will soon be equipped with Meteor-class beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) systems to enhance its capabilities, local news agencies reported. The Indian Air Force has ordered missiles required for 83 Mark 1A Tejas fighter jets.  The request for proposal (RFP) has been issued by the Indian Government. developed by MBDA, Meteor missiles can reach a ...
  • Eurofighter as Main Option
    Eurofighter as Main Option December 15 2017
    The Colombian Air Force is currently evaluating a series of options that will boost its fighter-interceptor fleet capabilities. The main option is the second-hand Trance 2 standard Eurofighter Typhoons from Spain, equipped with the advanced Meteor missile.  Other options being considered include Dassault Mirage 2000 and Rafale fighters, Lockheed-Martin F-16 and Boeing F/A-18, the Swedish Saab JAS-39 Gripen, and the Russian Sukhoi Su-30.
  • Qatar Inked 24 Eurofighter Typhoon Contract
    Qatar Inked 24 Eurofighter Typhoon Contract December 11 2017
    Qatar signed a deal with the United Kingdom to purchase 24 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. Qatar's Defence Ministry announced that British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Muhammad al-Atiyyah met in the capital Doha. During the meeting, an agreement was signed between the two countries to establish a 'joint operation fleet'. In the statement, information on the value of the agreement and the delivery date of the aircraft were not ...
  • Tokyo Will Team Up With London
    Tokyo Will Team Up With London November 27 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...
  • Brimstone Ready For Integration on Eurofighter
    Brimstone Ready For Integration on Eurofighter October 3 2017
    A major milestone has been completed in Project Centurion configuration for the United Kingdom’s Eurofighter Typhoon. BAE Systems told Jane's on 28 September that the summer flight test campaign of the MBDA Brimstone air-to-surface missile had been successfully concluded three days previously, resulting in the low-yield missile now being safe for carriage on the Typhoon. Eurofighter Delivery Director Andy Flynn said that over the past 18 months they have done a n...
  • Gripen E On Its Maiden Flight
    Gripen E On Its Maiden Flight June 16 2017
    The Swedish aerospace and defence company Saab has announced the maiden flight of Gripen E prototype. The flight has been carried out on 15 June and lasted 40 minutes. During the flight, Saab's test pilot carried out a number of actions to demonstrate various test criteria including the retracting and extending of the landing gear.  Gripen E offers high survivability and performance, advanced avionics, sensors and communication systems, as well as extended range. The a...
  • ASELSAN's Unmanned Turret "Nefer", IDEF'17
    ASELSAN's Unmanned Turret "Nefer", IDEF'17 May 10 2017
    ASELSAN has unveiled a new unmanned turret "Nefer" at IDEF'17. Nefer is a gyro-stabilised remote controlled stabilized weapon system with a 25 mm or 30 mm cannon as its primary weapon. The turret is capable of being armed with both NATO- or Eastern-designed weapons. A 7,62 mm coaxial machine gun is mounted to the left hand-side of the primary armament.  The unmanned turret features a laser rangefinder, automatic target tracking s...
  • 'Meteor' BVRAAM Approval for F-35 April 27 2017
    MBDA announced a new contract on 21 April awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence for integration of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the UK F-35B Lightning II multirole stealth aircraft. The contract value is $52,5 million and covers the development of an initial integration solution for Meteor on the F-35.   As Meteor BVRAAM's current tail design poses a challenge for integration of the missiles n the internal weapons bay of ...
  • 'Centurion' Trials To Begin
    'Centurion' Trials To Begin April 11 2017
    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) will begin operational evaluation trials of Project ‘Centurion’ in July, which will see the service's Eurofighter Typhoons upgraded to Phase 2 Enhancement (P2E) and P3E packages. ‘Centurion’ involves the addition of the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) and MBDA Storm Shadow cruise missile, and the P3E Brimstone air-to-surface anti-armor missile. Testing of P3E is to begin around May ne...
  • Nano Satellite On Orbit
    Nano Satellite On Orbit February 16 2017
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), in partnership with the Israel Space Agency (ISA) in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, launched a nanosatellite equipped with special cameras and a monitoring system to search specific areas of choice, on 15 February. BGUSAT (Ben Gurion University SATellite), 10 cm x 10 cm x 30 cm in size, was launched on the PSLV-C37 with 103 other nanosatellites, from a base in India. The images transmitted from the...
  • High Seas Spy SHARC
    High Seas Spy SHARC November 3 2016
    The Boeing and Liquid Robotics team demonstrated the capabilities of sensor hosting autonomous remote crafts (SHARCs) at the Unmanned Warrior exercise held off the coasts of Scotland and West Whales. SHARCs utilize Boeing’s acoustic sensors for detection and tracking of manned or unmanned underwater vehicles. Providing detailed and actionable intelligence, two of the autonomous systems participated in the exercise also had meteorological and oceanographic sensors to provide real time da...
  • Rafale deal hit by Bureaucratic crises May 22 2016
      India's purchase of 36 Dassault Rafael fighters which was considered imminent, is now frozen as the country's general director of defence acquisition suddenly forced to resign. Procurement officials in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) now are taking "a very cautious approach" in the $8.9 billion deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets.   Early this month, MoD officials conducted negotiations on the Rafale deal with French defence officials where &...
  • Saab reveals Gripen E May 18 2016
    Defence and security company, Saab, unveils the first test aircraft of the next generation, Gripen E. The unveiling of the first Gripen E test aircraft  takes place at at Saab’s facilities in Linköping. On stage, Major General Mats Helgesson - Swedish Air Force Chief of Staff; Tenente Brigadeiro-do-Ar, Nivaldo Luiz Rossato - Chief of Brazilian Air Force, Ulf Nilsson - head of Saab Aeronautics; Daniela Ivanic - systems engineer Saab Aeronautics and Matti Olsson - head...
  • Upgraded Gripens soon on the fleet April 28 2016
    Swedish Gripen C/D aircrafts that are upgraded to Gripen version 20 brings major changes, both in hardware and software. Gripens will now carry the Meteor Missile that will increase aircraft’s long-range air-to-air capability. The missile interacts with the aircraft’s sensors and support systems to detect and defeat enemy aircrafts. Version 20 includes the Small Diameter Bomb, SDB. It is a precision weapon for ground targets at a stand-off distance. The SDB is loaded with target data ...