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  • Italy Is Looking for Partners for The Main Battle Tank
    Italy Is Looking for Partners for The Main Battle Tank 29 October 2020
    Italy is looking for a partner country to develop and produce modern main battle tanks.Rome has made a formal offer to Poland to join the project, according to the Polish Ministry of National Defence. "Italy's Ministry of Defence is sending proposals to some EU countries, including Poland, with the proposal to cooperate on a project on land platforms," officials said, while the Ministry of National Defence said it was considering the proposal. The tank projec...
  • Romania Awaits Court Decision on Construction of New Corvettes
    Romania Awaits Court Decision on Construction of New Corvettes 29 October 2020
    Romania has restated its commitment to a 1, 2 billion Euro contract with Naval Group. Romania, which opened a new corvette construction tender last year (2019), announced it would work with France-based Naval Group.  Naval Group announced that it would build four Gowind-class corvettes under the contract and modernize existing Type 22 frigates in the Romanian Navy inventory. However, no contract was signed between the parties. Italian Fincantieri and Dutch Damen shipy...
  • Invitation to Turkey for The Construction of Patrol Boat
    Invitation to Turkey for The Construction of Patrol Boat 27 October 2020
    The 6th Defence Port Turkey South Asia fair has started. The event, which was attended by delegations from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka was held virtually for the first time. Naval systems were the main agenda item at the webinar, which was divided into ground forces theme on the first day. C4Defence Editor-in-Chief Özgür Ekşi moderated the Bangladesh navy commander, Admiral Mahbub-ul Islam, addressed the country's work on marine systems at the event...
  • Jordan Exhibits Donated Leclerc Tanks During Military Exercise
    Jordan Exhibits Donated Leclerc Tanks During Military Exercise 26 October 2020
    According to a Tweet of Arab Defence News, the Jordanian army has deployed Leclerc Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) donated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The tanks were seen during the military exercise Salah al-Din Citadel. UAE has donated 80 Leclerc Main Battle Tanks to Jordanian armed forces in September, enough for Jordanian armed forces to equip two of the four tank battalions belonging to its 3rd Armoured Division. In 1993 the UAE ordered 436 tanks for delivery from 199...
  • ASELSAN's ZOKA Delivered to Indonesia
    ASELSAN's ZOKA Delivered to Indonesia 23 October 2020
    ZOKA - Acoustic Torpedo Countermeasure Jammers and Decoys purchased by Indonesia from ASELSAN have arrived in Indonesia.  ZOKA's delivery to Indonesia was completed on October 22, Janes reported. The ZOKA order, which will be used on Nagapasa class (Type 209) submarines in the Indonesian Navy inventory, was announced in March 2019. The ZOKA effectors are capable of operating effectively against any torpedo threat that has acoustic homing capability operating in ac...
  • U.S. Produces Autonomous Solutions on The Battlefield
    U.S. Produces Autonomous Solutions on The Battlefield 23 October 2020
    The U.S. Air Force has signed an agreement with BAE Systems for the Skyborg program, which will allow drones to act autonomously as needed. Seeking to increase air combat power, the United States is developing unmanned systems that will team up with manned aircraft.  In this context, BAE Systems will design a modular UAV with autonomous properties. Skyborg is said to be a "cost effective" programme. “This award will accelerate the development and deplo...
  • 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...
  • U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece
    U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece 20 October 2020
    Geoffrey Pyatt, US Ambassador to Greece, said the White House would offer to sell four frigates to Greece. Pyatt noted that they proposed that the three frigates be produced jointly at the Onex Shipyards on the Greek island of Syros. Greece announced in early September that it would strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis announced that they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four ...
  • ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory
    ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory 20 October 2020
    Malaysia's Ministry of Defence has opened an international tender for the purchase of three Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), particularly Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) platforms. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is expected to be the possible operator for the drone, but the Malaysian Armed Forces have not specified which force will use the platform. Malaysia is interested in at least four models, including General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, CAIC Wing Loong, Leonard...
  • Myanmar's First Submarine from India
    Myanmar's First Submarine from India 17 October 2020
    India will give the Kilo-class submarine INS Sindhuvir, which it bought from Russia in the 1980s, to the Myanmar Navy this year. Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said INS Sindhuvir would be the first submarine of the Myanmar Navy. Myanmar wanted to add submarines to its inventory for training purposes. The platform is currently being modernised in the city of Vizag under the contracting of Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL). Indian media reported that the necessa...
  • New Partner in Artemis Program
    New Partner in Artemis Program 15 October 2020
    The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has signed an agreement with the United Kingdom for the Artemis program. London, led by the UK Space Agency, will take part in the construction of the lunar gateway space station's service module and residential module. With the Artemis program worth US$28 billion, two astronauts will be sent to the moon in 2024 for the first time since 1972. That way, a female astronaut will be on the moon for the first time. Astrona...
  • Modular Structure Begins in Construction of Nuclear Submarines
    Modular Structure Begins in Construction of Nuclear Submarines 14 October 2020
    Russia-based Sevmash Shipyard is going into modular construction in submarine construction to minimize the margin of error caused by the human factor and provide cost effective solutions. Along with modular technology, Sevmash plans to reduce the submarine's sled construction time. "The new technology was launched in 2016 under the supervision of Sevmash CEO Mikhail Budnichenko. The task force was created and a project was launched to move to modular technology in the const...
  • Demir announced first modernised ACV-15 is ready
    Demir announced first modernised ACV-15 is ready 14 October 2020
    The prototype of the Turkish modernised ACV-15 fighting vehicle showcased. Presidency of Defence Industries released video footage from the vehicle. President of Defence Industries said that the first prototype is completed. he stated that platform will be equipped with modern systems and there will be 133 vehicles to be modernised. Vehicles will be modernised with Nefer remote-controlled weapon station installed on the turret, which features 25 mm chain gun. The vehicle will have a...
  • Romania's First Piranhas to Be Commissioned Soon
    Romania's First Piranhas to Be Commissioned Soon 13 October 2020
    Romanian Defence Minister Nicolae Ionel Ciucă said the first party of 36 Piranha V 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles will be delivered to the Romanian Armed Forces within days of testing. Romania, which signed an agreement with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for 277 Piranhas in 2018, would receive the first 36 platforms by the end of 2018. After a delay in the deal, Bucharest demanded a delay fee of €8.5m from General Dynamics in 2019. GDELS announced the start of production ...
  • Korea Retires Black Hawks
    Korea Retires Black Hawks 12 October 2020
    The Republic of Korea will retire the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters in its inventory. 103 Black Hawks, which have been operational for nearly 20 years, were planned to go through the modernization process, but the country's arms supply agency said it could replace the UH-60s already in use with the KUH-1 Surion helicopters developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). According to a feasibility study conducted by the Korea Institute for Defence Analysis on gener...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Two important Steps for TF-X
    Two important Steps for TF-X 10 October 2020
    Two important stages were passed in the Turkish Fighter Jet (TF-X) program, of which Turkish Aerospace Industry (TUSAS) is the main contractor. Strategic Cooperation agreements were signed with HAVELSAN and TR Motor, which designed the software and TF-X's serial production engine. TUSAŞ also decided to cooperate with Spain-based Artificial on flight control systems. A challenging schedule awaits TF-X aircraft. The plane will make its roll-out, make the maiden flight, and prepare...
  • Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft 7 October 2020
      The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MOD) has started to prepare for an international open tender for the acquisition of new Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to improve its maritime surveillance capabilities. MOD’s Defence Industry Division (BIP), Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Acquisition Project Team, and representatives from local and international companies attended to an online briefing for the tender. RMAF wants to acquire two MPA in line with th...
  • TUSAŞ writes Software
    TUSAŞ writes Software 7 October 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industry (TUSAŞ) announced a new study from its official social media accounts. TUSAŞ reported that the firm's engineers developed software called IMODE. Thanks to IMODE, the design of aircraft cockpit systems will now be created with local and national source codes. IMODE will be used first at the design of Hürjet aircraft.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Estonia and Netherlands to procure THeMIS
    Estonia and Netherlands to procure THeMIS 4 October 2020
    Estonia and the Netherlands have signed a joint procurement agreement for seven Milrem Robotics THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs).  Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) will procure seven Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), four of which will be delivered to the Netherlands and three to Estonia. Milrem will act as the systems integrator under the contract supplying the vehicles, as well as working on the integration of ...
  • First RC-2 In Japan Inventory
    First RC-2 In Japan Inventory 3 October 2020
    Japan's first RC-2 modern reconnaissance aircraft developed through the C-2 transport aircraft has been accepted into inventory. After years of testing, the Japan Air Self-Defence Forces launched the first RC-2 reconnaissance aircraft developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). Designed for the execution of electronic intelligence (ELINT) and long-range, long-lasting reconnaissance missions, the aircraft made its first flight in 2018. The RC-2 will replace the YS-11EB turboprop ELINT ai...
  • 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...
  • The Wind of Change in the Ukrainian Defence Industry
    The Wind of Change in the Ukrainian Defence Industry 1 October 2020
    UkrOboronProm has taken the step of a new economic initiative in line with the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Deputy Prime Minister for Strategic Sectors Oleg Urusky has been presented with a comprehensive strategic plan for the transformation and development of UkrOboronProm by 2030. In this context, 60 defence industry enterprises involved in the economic initiative are planned to be converted into seven industrial conglomerates as "aircraft repair", "armoured vehicles&...
  • ROBOPilot flies manned aircraft
    ROBOPilot flies manned aircraft 30 September 2020
    Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) gave a second chance to ROBOpilot. The pilot that can fly an aircraft took skies at Dugway Proving Ground. In order to turn a manned aircraft into an unmanned one, AFRL replaced the human pilot with a robot who interacts with the aircraft controls the same way a human would. ROBOpilot requires no permanent modifications. All operators need to do is remove the pilots' seats and replace them with ROBOpilot. And if users determine that...
  • Georgia Buys UAV from Spain
    Georgia Buys UAV from Spain 30 September 2020
    Georgia's Ministry of Defence announced they had purchased drones from Spain. The country's Defence Minister, Iraq's Garibashvili, visited Marneuli Air Base to check out the new air systems and watch the demonstration fly. The ministry also announced that existing platforms have been renewed and staff have been retrained. An unmanned aerial vehicle (the Alpha 800), one of the models purchased by the Ministry. Among the UAV variants planned for operational use i...
  • Second Deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    Second Deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection 25 September 2020
    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Özmen, was awarded a second $46,997,170 contract for two additional Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), bringing total MEA aircraft orders to four in 2020. SNC has been the prime systems engineer and integrator for the MEA fleet since 2009. The MEA aircraft is a fully certified, highly-missionized version of the King Air 350, equipped w...
  • 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...
  • GLONASS-Guided, 200-Km Range Missile from Russia
    GLONASS-Guided, 200-Km Range Missile from Russia 25 September 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry announced tests of its new Tornado-S precision missile. The missile uses GLONASS as a GPS guidance system. 300mm Multiple Launch Rocket System comes in a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) that can fire up to 12 missiles and reaches up to 200 km simultaneously in a coordinated attack. According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, in modern warfare troops and hardware never concentrate in one place near the frontline. Artillery, air defence, armoured ve...
  • HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout
    HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout 25 September 2020
        US Navy, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 received their first MQ-8C Firescout on Sept. 15 aboard Naval Station Norfolk.  HSC-22 marks the first East Coast squadron to operate all three systems to include the MH-60S Knighthawk, MQ-8B Firescout, and MQ-8C Firescout. The newly added capability of the MQ-8C combines the capabilities of the MQ-8B with the MH-60S Knighthawk to improve the Navy’s ability to investigate and target hostile su...
  • Philippines Receives Command and Control Aircraft 24 September 2020
    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) officially received a new Gulfstream G280 jet aircraft which will be used as a command and control aircraft. The new aircraft is expected to complement the service’s Fokker F28 Fellowship transport aircraft. The aircraft was acquired from the United States through US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program and was funded through the AFP Modernization Program’s Horizon 2 phase covering years 2018 to 2022. The aircraft will be joining ...
  • New Handguns for US Marine Corps
    New Handguns for US Marine Corps 24 September 2020
    Marine Corps Systems Command officials announced with a press release that US Marine Corps will replace all previous handguns that have been in service since the time of former US President Ronald Reagan’s administration. The US Marine Corps will issue SIG Sauer M18 pistols to its agents. In the past, Marines received either the M9, M9A1, Colt M45A1, Glock 19M along with other versions. The Marine is planning the conclude replacement programme by the fiscal year 2022.&nbs...
  • First Flight of Mi-8MTV5-1
    First Flight of Mi-8MTV5-1 23 September 2020
    Russia made the first training flight of the new Mi-8MTV5-1 utility helicopter, which was modernized at its military base in Tajikistan. Equipped with an advanced navigation system for aerial defence systems, the Cockpit of the Mi-8MTV5-1 used lighting equipment suitable for the use of night vision goggles. Thus, the helicopter's day and night operations were operationalized to fly at low altitude and to take off and land in unmarked areas. Launched in Tajikistan in early Septem...
  • Russian Submarine Kazan Begins Naval Tests
    Russian Submarine Kazan Begins Naval Tests 23 September 2020
    Russia's modernized Project 855 Yasen class (NATO code: Severodvinsk) submarine Kazan (K-561) began sea tests in the White Sea. The nuclear submarine's underwater systems and mechanisms will be tested. After the completion of the trials, which will be attended by ships and submarines belonging to the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet, the platforms will return to their permanent base in Severodvinsk. Launched in 2017, Kazan has a low acoustic. Similar to nuclear ba...
  • “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program
    “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program 22 September 2020
    Britain plans to downsize its Boeing E-7 Wedgetail AEW aircraft order as price goes higher. The original price tag was $1.98 billion in March 2019, but in the past 16 months, the cost has increased to $2.68 billion. United Kingdom Defence Ministry has opened talks with Boeing to reduce its order for E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning aircraft, less than 18 months after signing a $1.98 billion contract to buy five of the aircraft. The original contract was a sole source b...
  • Greece investigating Dutch Frigates "M"
    Greece investigating Dutch Frigates "M" 21 September 2020
    The Greek Navy has reportedly been involved in a process of official clarification of what is happening with the Dutch "M" (Karel Doorman-class) frigates. The two Dutch ships, which are the next generation of Greek "S",(Elli-class frigates)  are considered as an ideal "intermediate" solution to replace an equal number of non-modernized frigates of the type serving in the Greek Fleet. The Dutch navy has initially...
  • Third Hercules Arrives Bangladesh
    Third Hercules Arrives Bangladesh 20 September 2020
      The Bangladesh Air Force’s(BAF) 3rd C-130J Super Hercules arrived Dhaka on 17 September 2020. The aircraft reached Dhaka, after conducting fuel stops in Cairo, Egypt, and Muscat, Oman. The C-130J aircraft is equipped with modern avionics and sophisticated technology which would be utilized for transportation of materials, personnel, humanitarian assistance both at home and abroad and to support United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. British company Marshall A...

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