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  • China Bids Again for Motor Sich Shares
    China Bids Again for Motor Sich Shares 24 November 2020
    China re-applied to the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) for Motor Sich shares. China-based Beijing Skyrizon Aviation made a bid for Motor Sich shares on September 23rd with the support of DCH Group, owned by Ukrainian businessman Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, the European Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) said in a report. Skyrizon's previous offers were rejected at AMCU, but CEPA reported that Ukraine is close to selling shares, taking into account China's new o...
  • Odintsovo Corvette Enters Service
    Odintsovo Corvette Enters Service 18 November 2020
    Project 22800 Karakurt Class corvette Odintsovo, equipped with Pantsir-M air defence system, will be commissioned on November 21st. The platform's acceptance certificate, which began acceptance tests in July, has been approved. The air defence system integrated into the corvettes, can neutralize guided missiles at a distance of 20 km and an altitude of 15 km. A total of 18 Karakurt Class corvettes equipped with a Kalibr-NK cruise missile and a modernized AK-176MA 76.2 ...
  • Rafales to Be Delivered to Greece with F3R Improvement
    Rafales to Be Delivered to Greece with F3R Improvement 17 November 2020
    Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets. France will send 12 aircraft to Greece to F3R standards. Athens is also planning to buy MICA NG and SCALP missiles. The F3R standard is the air-to-ground laser-guided version of BVRAAM and Sagem (Armement Air-Sol Modulaire/AASM), as well as the Thales TALIOS long-range air-to-air targeting wing; automatic land collision prevention system (Auto-GCAS); Thales RBE2 covers the AESA radar and spec...
  • MBDA's New Ammunition for Tiger Helicopter
    MBDA's New Ammunition for Tiger Helicopter 14 November 2020
    The MBDA and the French government have reached an agreement to develop a new generation of anti-tank missiles to be used in Tiger attack helicopters. During a visit to the firm on November 13th, French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced that the government had chosen MBDA for the Future Tactical Air-to-Surface Missile programme. MBDA proposed a long-range MHT missile for the project. According to the company, the missile has a range of eight kilometres and is ...
  • New Su-30SMs Delivered to Kazakhstan
    New Su-30SMs Delivered to Kazakhstan 9 November 2020
    Kazakhstan says it has received new Su-30SM multi-purpose combat aircraft. The jets were deployed at the air base in Karagan. Kazakhstan, which signed an agreement for platforms at the International Arms Systems and Military Equipment Fair KADEX-2018 in Astana, will add the new platforms to the Air Force's already in-service Su-30SM fleet.  The Su-30SMs, equipped with bars multifunctional fire control radar and air-to-air and air-to-ground precision guided missile...
  • Ukraine Introduces Armed Drone
    Ukraine Introduces Armed Drone 9 November 2020
    Ukraine introduces the Sokol-300 armed drone. Kiev design office "Luch", a subsidiary of Ukroboronprom, has launched a reconnaissance and assault variant of its "Sokol-300" platform at its Zhulyansky manufacturing plant. Equipped with guided missiles with a range of up to 10 km, the drone has a useful load capacity of 300 kilograms. The platform, with a maximum speed of 335 kilometres per hour, is about 9 meters long. Ukayna state subsidiary Ukrspecexpo...
  • New Proposal on Ukraine's Missile Boat Project
    New Proposal on Ukraine's Missile Boat Project 6 November 2020
    The United Kingdom has proposed Norwegian missiles for the missile boats it plans to build for Ukraine. The missile boat project proposed that the anti-ship missiles to be integrated into the platform should be Norwegian naval strike missile (NSM) instead of Neptune developed by Ukraine. Officials said they are targeting the delivery of the first platform to Ukraine a year after the signing of the contract. Ukraine's RK-360MTS Neptune anti-ship missile, devel...
  • Tu-160 Takes Off on New Engine
    Tu-160 Takes Off on New Engine 5 November 2020
    The Tu-160 bombers, which have been in Russia's inventory since the Cold War, have been modernized with the new engine. The Tu-160M aircraft equipped with NK-32-02 engines has successfully completed its test flight. Within the scope of the test, the platform remained in the air for about two hours at an altitude of 6,000 meters. Tu-160s with variable arrow-angle wing structure have been heavily used in Russia’s harassment flights against Western countries since 2...
  • Hypersonic Version of BrahMos
    Hypersonic Version of BrahMos 26 October 2020
    New developments are on the agenda for the BrahMos supersonic anti-ship missile, developed with a joint subsidiary of India and Russia. The munitions, which are planned to be developed to target Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, will be equipped with passive sensors by 2024, it said. Moscow and New Delhi also plan to develop a hypersonic version of BrahMos. Alexander Maksichev, one of the program's directors, said they plan two different stages for ...
  • Modernization Plan for Pakistan Navy
    Modernization Plan for Pakistan Navy 20 October 2020
    Pakistan plans to modernize its navy against the threat of India.  Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Commander of the Pakistan Navy, said the Navy's priority was "ready for battle and high attack capability." During his speech, he assured that the priority of the Navy is "combat readiness and offensive capacity.” Accordingly, the number of warships in the Pakistani Navy will be increased to 50. Transfer of a Yuan-class submarine of Chinese origin destined t...
  • Two NSM for Romania
    Two NSM for Romania 18 October 2020
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defence Systems (CDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $300 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.   The Government of Romania has requested to buy two CDS consisting of up to ten Link-16 Multifunctional Information ...
  • U.S. Set 2023 for Hypersonic Weapon
    U.S. Set 2023 for Hypersonic Weapon 17 October 2020
    U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said his country will be stationing the first hypersonic weapon by 2023. "Our opponents are firing long-range missiles to prevent our freedom of manoeuvre. We are increasing our hypersonic investments over the next five years," Esper said. In March, the Army and Navy reached an important milestone by jointly launching a successful test of a hypersonics glide body, he noted. The United States wants to integrate new technology into forces by...
  • 5GAT Will Take Off at The End of This Month
    5GAT Will Take Off at The End of This Month 16 October 2020
    The fifth-generation target UAV 5GAT developed by the United States will make its first flight at the end of October. Covid-19 due to the delay in the program, the platform completed the first 24 taxi tests before the flight in six days. 5GAT, which successfully pass ground tests for take-off, has been developed as a cost-effective solution. The drone will be used to assess air-to-air and surface-to-air missile and weapon tests, ground forces training and the developm...
  • Israel Wants to Work with U.S. for Defence Cooperation
    Israel Wants to Work with U.S. for Defence Cooperation 13 October 2020
    Israel is considering cooperating with the Pentagon to improve the defence use of directed energy capabilities. “We need to overcome some classification issues, some policy issues, and hopefully we can enlarge those capabilities together as well,” the officials said. There are many defence projects being carried out between the United States and Israel. Rafael and Raytheon are cooperating. Israeli Aerospace Industries and Boeing are also continuing their collaborations.<...
  • Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China
    Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China 13 October 2020
    China continues to warn countries selling military systems to Taiwan. China has issued a warning to the United States after White House officials said the sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan was close to being edict. As the Oval Office increased pressure on China, foreign media reported in Early September (2020) that the United States was entering into an agreement with Taiwan as part of seven arms system exports.  "To ensure that it does not seriously harm cross-Strai...
  • DRDO’s Nirbhay Cruise Missile Fail at the Test
    DRDO’s Nirbhay Cruise Missile Fail at the Test 13 October 2020
      Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday launched the 800-km range Nirbhay cruise missile from Odisha’s test facility. The test is aborted eight minutes later. “Minutes later, the missile developed a technical snag following which the trial process was aborted. The DRDO is analysing all the details,” said a source. The DRDO has already carried out several successful trials of the ‘Nirbhay’ missile ...
  • Indonesian Navy Chief Wants Ageing Vessels out of Inventory
    Indonesian Navy Chief Wants Ageing Vessels out of Inventory 13 October 2020
        The chief of Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL), Admiral Yudo Margono, has written a letter to the country’s defence minister Prabowo Subianto. Admiral stated that he wants to keep ageing vessels out of inventory. He explained why it will not be possible to keep naval vessels that have either retired, or are already in the process of being prepared for retirement. Minister Subianto requested admiral to e...
  • US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland
    US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland 12 October 2020
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and weapons and related equipment for an estimated cost of $14.7 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. Finland has requested to buy 50 F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft; eight F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft; 14 EA-18G Growler aircraft; 166 F414-GE-400 engines (144...
  • North Korea Unveils Two ICBMs
    North Korea Unveils Two ICBMs 11 October 2020
    North Korea held a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Workers Party. The ceremony, which turned into a show of strength in military terms, started in the morning and continued until the late hours of the night. The ceremony held in the capital Pyongyang was marked by the largest intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) North Korea has ever built. The ICBM was carried on an 11-axle transporter erector launcher (TEL). If the missile becomes...
  • Russian Armata Reference from North Korea
    Russian Armata Reference from North Korea 11 October 2020
    The Korean Workers' Party's 75-year rule in North Korea was celebrated with a military parade on October 10th. North Korea, which has paraded a range of new weapons systems, from intercontinental ballistic missiles to mobile radar systems designed for air defence, has also introduced its main battle tank with new turrets and active protection systems. The new modification of the main battle tanks, developed with local resources shown to the public for the first tim...
  • India tested its anti-radiation missile RUDRAM
    India tested its anti-radiation missile RUDRAM 10 October 2020
     New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile (RUDRAM) was successfully Flight tested today a radiation target located on Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha. The missile was launched from SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft. The RUDRAM is a first indigenous anti-radiation missile of the country for Indian Air Force (IAF), being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).  The missile is integrated on SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft as the launch platform, having the ...
  • Russia Integrated R-77 to Su-57
    Russia Integrated R-77 to Su-57 6 October 2020
    Russian television published a Su-57 Felon advanced combat jet carrying new variants of the R-77 medium-range air-to-air missile. In a documentary about 100th year anniversary of the founding of the 929th Chkalov State Flight-Test Centre at Akhtubinsk footage of four Su-57 took place.  One of the jets is carrying external weapons, including what may be two new versions of the medium-range R-77, which has the NATO reporting name AA-12 Adder. The second aircraft in the formation ...
  • Ivchenko-Progress to power up the Turkish Cruise missile
    Ivchenko-Progress to power up the Turkish Cruise missile 5 October 2020
    Ukraine based defence magazine “Defence Express,” wrote that the company purchased components for the production of 12 new AI-35 engines. Quoting the ProZorro public procurement platform, reported that SE Ivchenko-Progress signed a number of contracts for the purchase of cutting-edge aircraft engine components for the new AI-35 turbojet engines that will equip new Turkish cruise missiles. The new cruise missile will have the deep-strike capability. SE Ivchenko-Progress d...
  • Taiwan to Emphasis on Maritime Protection
    Taiwan to Emphasis on Maritime Protection 5 October 2020
    Taiwan‘s F-16 aircraft as normally on air patrol missions. They will be carrying AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles. Taiwan operates 142 F-16 with another 66 due for shipment by 2026. Taiwan also has a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre for F-16 fighter jets. China’s People’s Liberation Army is reportedly planning a simulated invasion of the Dongsha Islands – also known as the Pratas Islands – which are administered by Taiwan.
  • Mi-28NM Can Fire Mini-Drones and Suicide Drones
    Mi-28NM Can Fire Mini-Drones and Suicide Drones 4 October 2020
      A modular cluster of unguided aviation missiles, developed by the research centre Zaslon for the helicopter gunship Mi-28NM, will allow helicopters to fire mini-drones and suicide drones from the missile launch tubes, according to TASS news agency. The B8V10-UV module is home for missile tubes and small size attack drones. The new unguided aviation missile cluster was designed for the helicopter Mi-28NM, but it will be usable on all of Russia's combat ...
  • Hypersonic Shaurya Missile Enter Service Soon
    Hypersonic Shaurya Missile Enter Service Soon 4 October 2020
          New Delhi has performed tests on hypersonic missile Shaurya. The Shaurya missile is a canister launched surface-to-surface tactical missile developed by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile will enter to the service on Indian Armed Forces. It has a range of 700 to 1,900 km (430 to 1,180 mi) and is capable of carrying a payload of 200kg to 1 ton conventional or nuclear warhead. The Shaurya miss...
  • Estonia Strengthens Coastal Defences Against Russia
    Estonia Strengthens Coastal Defences Against Russia 2 October 2020
    Estonia has moved to strengthen its coastline with missiles and naval mines. Estonia's Defence Ministry plans an increase in military spending to strengthen coastal defences with naval mine and anti-ship missiles, while also awaiting support from neighbouring countries. The project was included in the modernisation work in the defence budget of €645 million for 2021. The defence ministry sees the cost of the coastal arms project at around €50 million. The coastal ...
  • Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget
    Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget 2 October 2020
    The Defence Ministry on Wednesday requested a record ¥5.49 trillion ($55 billion) budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2021, to expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.   The request is up 3.3 per cent from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2021, with defence spending expected to rise. Japan’s defence spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Shinzo Abe t...
  • F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer
    F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer 1 October 2020
     F-35 Costs Less than F-18 for Swiss Buyer The US State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Switzerland. Swiss government prepares a tender to buy 40 aircraft for its air force and the approval permits Lockheed Martin and Boeing to officially take part at the tender. Switzerland will either buy 40 Lockheed Martin’s F-35 or Boeing’s F-18 and related equipment. According to the approval 40, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and re...
  • Demir: There is an electronic bomb on our roadmap
    Demir: There is an electronic bomb on our roadmap 29 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. İsmail Demir, Chairman of the Board of Roketsan Prof. Faruk Yiğit, Roketsan General Manager Murat İkinci, met with the press and explained Roketsan's activities. Demir made statements to be on the agenda here. Roketsan General Manager Murat İkinci emphasized that ATMACA found the target without GPS in the last verification test and said, “This shot was a scenario that included testing ATMACA in the most difficult conditions. It reached...
  • Japan to Acquire Ram Block 2 Tactical Missiles
    Japan to Acquire Ram Block 2 Tactical Missiles 29 September 2020
      The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of RAM Block 2 Tactical Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $55.311 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to fifty-one (51) Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 Tactical Missiles, RIM-116C.  Also includ...
  • Iran Unveils 700-Km New Naval Ballistic Missile
    Iran Unveils 700-Km New Naval Ballistic Missile 28 September 2020
    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) presented on Sunday a new naval ballistic missile with a range of more than 700 kilometres. The new IRGC ballistic missile, "Zolfaqar Basir", was displayed at the Permanent Exhibition of Achievements and Capabilities of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division in Tehran which opened on Sunday morning according to the Iranian news agency Tasmin.   Known as the latest version of a new generation of ‘Persi...
  • India Unveils New High-Speed Target Drone
    India Unveils New High-Speed Target Drone 28 September 2020
    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test flown High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT), drone on 22 September. The indigenously designed drone is called Abhyas. It is the work of DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE). The test, which involved two of ABHYAS demonstrator vehicles, was conducted from the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha. The target drone met the user’s performance req...
  • Air Defence System from Israel to Czechia
    Air Defence System from Israel to Czechia 28 September 2020
    Czechia will buy an air defence system from Israel. According to Israel, the Czech Ministry of Defence wants to add SPYDER to its inventory as an air defence system. SPYDER (Surface-to-Air Python & Derby), is a quick reaction, low- to-high surface-to-air missile system designed to counter attacks by a variety of aerial threats including aircraft, helicopters, and UAVs. The system includes a radar system produced by Elta, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The cos...
  • India Begins Construction of New Frigate
    India Begins Construction of New Frigate 28 September 2020
    The steel cutting ceremony of the first Project 11356 frigate to be built with local resources was carried out for the Indian Navy. The ship construction undertaken by Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) will be completed using India's local resources. The construction of the Project 11356 frigate is part of a major agreement involving the transfer and completion of two incomplete Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates attached to the Russian Navy. India signed an agreement with Ru...
  • Göktuğ Continues Test Flights
    Göktuğ Continues Test Flights 27 September 2020
      The Ministry of National Defence announced Turkey's first air-to-air missile project Göktuğ the test flight continues. The ministry's statement on social media accounts is, "GÖKTUĞ Air-Air Missile Test Flights continue to be carried out by the 401st Test Fleet Command with the support of the 101st Air-Refueling Fleet Command." TUBITAK SAGE developed Turkey's first air-to-air Göktuğ Project. Infrared Image seeker head (IIR) 25 k...
  • U.S. Approves Patriot Sale to Netherlands
    U.S. Approves Patriot Sale to Netherlands 26 September 2020
    The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the US State Department has decided to sell $241 million worth of Patriot PAC-3s to the Dutch Government. The Netherlands wants to buy 34 related missiles and equipment, repair and logistical support elements will be included in the agreement. “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve security of a NATO ally which is an important force for po...
  • Will Turkey Buy European Missile System?
    Will Turkey Buy European Missile System? 25 September 2020
    According to Bloomberg Agency Turkey approached France to procure European-made air defence systems. The agency claimed that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a phone call and asked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to drop his opposition to co-production of Eurosam’s SAMP/T missile-defence systems. The agency stated that officials could not be named as the discussion was private. Macron responded by saying that Turkey must clarify its objectives in Syria before de...
  • Turkey Talks with France for Eurosam SAMP-T
    Turkey Talks with France for Eurosam SAMP-T 25 September 2020
    Earlier this week (September 21, 2020) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone about regional developments, mainly in Turkey-France and the Eastern Mediterranean. In a telephone conversation, according to foreign media reports, President Erdogan asked France to ren out of its opposition stance in the Eurosam SAMP-T agreement. In 2018, a joint French-Italian consortium, Eurosam, signed a cooperation agreement to work ...
  • France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles
    France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles 25 September 2020
    French General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) ordered 313 armoured vehicles as part of Scorpion army modernisation program. The order includes 42 Jaguar combat vehicles and 271 Griffon multirole armoured vehicles. Nexter, Arquus and Thales are part of the program. The 2019-2025 Military Programming Law (LPM) provides for both an increase in the numbers of the SCORPION program and an acceleration of deliveries. The target in 2030 was thus raised to 1,872 Griffon and 300 Jaguar vehicl...