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  • New Transport Aircraft from Russia
    New Transport Aircraft from Russia November 11 2019
    Russia has introduced a new platform, similar in design to the Antonov An-124 Ruslan (NATO code: Cock) transport aircraft. The aircraft, which can carry up to 180 tons of cargo in a long range, was named Slon. The Russian Central Aerodynamics Institute recently shared its first image from the transport aircraft. The model will be used in aerodynamic studies to test the design characteristics of a wind tunnel. At 1.63 meters long and 1.75-meter wingspan, the replica can be reconfigured to test...
  • What is the Real Price of F-35?
    What is the Real Price of F-35? November 5 2019
    The news that the F-35A price tag will be lower than 80 million USD was a piece of sensational news. It meant that a government could decide to acquire either F-16 or F-35 as the price difference was almost less than 20 million USD per copy.  Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has a different perspective on the price tag. According to the nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes overpriced military spending Pentagon is trying to deceive by obscuring F100 Million...
  • F-35 Price Falls To $78 Million per Aircraft
    F-35 Price Falls To $78 Million per Aircraft October 30 2019
    The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have finalised a $34 billion deal for the next three lots of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, setting the price of an F-35A jet below $80 million. The agreement includes 478 F-35s for U.S. and international customers across lots 12, 13 and 14. On average, the price per aircraft will fall about 12.8 per cent across all variants from Lot 11 to Lot 14, according to the Pentagon. The new price tag has come a year earlier than expected. The F-35A con...
  • Additive Manufacturing Technology and Safety Risk October 4 2019
    Additive Manufacturing Technology has radically changed the way of production that has existed since the Industrial Revolution, creating space for security risks that did not exist before. This technology-enabled uncontrolled production of defence products. In 2013, US President Barack Obama said ”it has the potential to revolutionize the way we produce almost everything” about the Additive Manufacturing method, which is regarded as one of the most remarkable development...
  • HAVELSAN Became “Regional Player” October 4 2019
    Months before we enter the new year, defence companies continue their efforts to increase their endorsement in the last quarter of 2019. We talked with Ahmet Hamdi Atalay, General Manager of HAVELSAN, the information and defence company that has turned its direction to digital transformation, about the company's plans in the last quarter, its future targets and the Turkish defence industry. HAVELSAN, which develops software-intensive systems, is in the process of transitioning t...
  • Boeing MQ-25 Unmanned Aerial Refueller Completes First Test Flight September 21 2019
    Boeing and the U.S. Navy on Sept. 19 successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueller, according to a company release. The MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, completed the autonomous two-hour flight under the direction of Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station. The aircraft completed an autonomous taxi and take-off and then flew a pre-determined route to validate the aircraft’s basic flight functions and operations w...
  • Navy's Second LPD Coming
    Navy's Second LPD Coming September 12 2019
    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) will procure second Landing Platform Dock (LPD) to its inventory. RTN has signed a contract of procurement Chinese Type 071E (Yuzhao)-class LPD. The deal worths USD130 million. The new helicopter-capable LPD is expected to be delivered in the early 2020s and will be operated by the RTN as a multirole vessel involved in operations including territorial surveillance and patrol, training, logistics and troop-carrying, and disaster relief. The HTMS Angthong (LPD-791) is ...
  • “Digital” Attack from Russia September 11 2019
    The official testing of Russia’s first “digital” gunship, the MI-24P-1M equipped with new generation onboard electronic equipment will be completed within a year’s time, a representative for the Russian Defence Ministry contractor's company KRET said. "The Russian Defence Ministry created a technical task for us. According to this document, we made the first model of the upgraded MI-24P-1M. We have already taken the vehicle from the military uni...
  • Russia Looking for New Blood
    Russia Looking for New Blood August 29 2019
    Russia is looking for new anti-submarine aircraft. The Russian Ministry of Defence has initiated a search for a new anti-submarine aircraft to replace the Il-38 and Tu-142. "The Ministry of Defence recently set the task for developers to prepare proposals for the creation of a new patrol aircraft based on existing models. This year, I believe, a fundamental choice will be made," Denis Manturov, the head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, told Interfax. He noted that...
  • DARPA, Choose BAE Systems
    DARPA, Choose BAE Systems August 15 2019
    BAE Systems has been awarded a Phase 2 contract to develop machine learning capabilities aimed to help the military gain better awareness of space scenarios for the U.S. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The capabilities developed under the Hallmark-TCEM (Hallmark Tools, Capabilities, and Evaluation Methodology) effort will be integrated into DARPA's Hallmark Software Testbed (Hallmark-ST) program. As part of Hallmark-TCEM, BAE Systems' FAST Labs research an...
  • Approval for Lockheed Martin August 15 2019
    U.S. Department of Defence said that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $99 million contract for AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) foreign military sales production support. The contract, which involves foreign military sales to Finland, Poland and Australia, will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support.   Weighing approximate...
  • Old Black Hawk with New Face August 10 2019
    The U.S. Air Force has received the first Operational Loss Replacement HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, which in turn is a rebuilt low-hour U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawk.    The first 210th RQS Operational Loss Replacement HH-60G Pave Hawk was delivered to Alaska Air National Guard.   The HH-60 is the Department of Defence's sole combat-search-and-rescue helicopter. The OLR program will restore the Pave Hawk fleet to its authorized size.
  • Surprise Solution in the F-35B Question
    Surprise Solution in the F-35B Question August 9 2019
    Turkish- US struggle on S-400 air defence system/ F-35 aircraft resulted as the US claimed. Despite being one of the partners, Turkey’s contribution program was suspended as a result of a unilateral decision of the United States.  The process brought to mind the question of aircraft to be used instead of the conventional F-35 aircraft in Turkey. Russia's Su-57 and SU-35 aircraft were brought to the discussion table. At this stage, European products might be an alternative ...
  • Incentive Contract for F-16 August 5 2019
      Lockheed Martin has been awarded an incentive contract for F-16 aircraft production for Slovak Air Force. The contract valued approximately $800 million to build a batch of 14 F-16 Block 70 aircraft jets, 12 single-seat and 2 two-seat models. Work will be performed at Greenville, South Carolina, and the first four jets are scheduled to be delivered by 2022, work is expected to be completed by 2024.  In December 2018, Slovakia signed a procure agreement worth US...
  • Japan to Procure New UAV
    Japan to Procure New UAV July 31 2019
    The Japanese government intends to acquire around 20 unmanned helicopters for its Maritime Self Defence Forces (JMSDF), local media reports have said. Unmanned helicopter fleet would be in response to China’s growing maritime assertiveness in the region. The helicopter model is expected to be selected in fiscal 2022, with the procurement starting in fiscal 2023, the sources said. Early warning and surveillance activities in the East China Sea are currently conducted using MSDF vessels, ...
  • UK C4ISR Test Centre Rely on Airbus
    UK C4ISR Test Centre Rely on Airbus July 23 2019
    Airbus will run the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) land C4ISR test centre under a £22 million, five-year contract announced on 19 July. Airbus will manage test and reference services to support the delivery and assured release of C4ISR capability for deployed operations around the globe. Airbus will deliver a comprehensive and coherent service model for the Land Systems Reference Centre (LSRC), including test and reference capability to support developm...
  • Greek Cyprus to Get Leopard 2
    Greek Cyprus to Get Leopard 2 July 11 2019
      The European Defence Agency (EDA) is preparing to launch a programme in 2020 for four member states to upgrade or procure Leopard 2A7 equivalents. EDA is in final consultations with member states Greek Cyprus, Greece, Romania, and Spain to launch a programme in 2020 to modernise or procure Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank (MBT) fleets. According to the agency, the effort will aim at upgrading to Leopard 2A7 equivalents or acquiring them. The program will involve approximately 200 L...
  • Is the Correct Path Followed to Build a Plane? July 11 2019
    The planners’ decisions about the use of human resources in our country, doesn’t fit the Turkey’s aims in the aerospace thus defence industry. Universities and postgraduate institutions are unfortunately not sufficient to train required people. Our point in this article is not to criticize the existing situation, but to create a suitable atmosphere in our country to create and develop space, aviation and defence industries. Otherwise the aerospace industries won’t go f...
  • F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea
    F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea July 2 2019
      The "Tri-Lightning" 2019 international aerial exercise was held over the Mediterranean Sea with the participation of the F-35I Adir fighter jet. The IAF's 140th ("Golden Eagle") Squadron participated in the USAF-led exercise alongside aircraft from the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force. This was the first time that the IAF's "Adir" Division participated in an exercise alongside international aircraft of the same model. In th...
  • New Control Unit for the M1 Abrams July 1 2019
      Honeywell signed a contract worth US $ 16.5 million to procurement J7 Digital Electronic Control Units to the Abrams family, the third generation main battle tank of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The process is expected to end on 28 June 2024. The M1 Abrams is designed for modern armoured ground warfare. It has a 1500 hp AGT1500 multifuel turbine engine, sophisticated Chobham composite armour, a computer fire control system and separate ammunition storage in a blow-out c...
  • Lantset: Cost Effective Solution June 30 2019
      The Kalashnikov Group has showcased its latest reconnaissance and attack drone Lantset-3 'kamikaze' which can autonomously locate and destroy hostile targets in the air, on land and in the water for the first time at the Army 2019 defence exhibition. Only one variant of the Lantset is on display at Army 2019, the weapon system comes in two configurations.   The heavier variant designated as the Lantset-3 exhibited at Army 2019 carries a 3 kg w...
  • ESM to Aksungur
    ESM to Aksungur June 24 2019
    In Paris Air Show 2019, which is one of the most important events of the aviation sector which held at Le Bourget Airport, TUSAŞ exhibited models of some of its products. Models of products such as 10 Tons Class Utility Helicopter, Hürkuş, Hürkuş-C were exhibited at the company booth in the static display area. Among these models, a remarkable change has seen on Aksungur model. Photographs and conceptual images of Aksungur which were exhibited for the first time at IDEF 20...
  • Gokbey's Engine at Paris
    Gokbey's Engine at Paris June 22 2019
    TUSAŞ Engine Industries(TEI) displayed TS-1400 turbo shaft engine which is planned to use on Gökbey and T129 Atak helicopter during Paris Air Show.  Model of the engine ise displayed at TEI booth. According to company, this version of the model has significant difference than previous ones. This time, rea parts is displayed on the model. TEI announced that the test phase is going as planned.
  • Heavy Guest at TUSAŞ
    Heavy Guest at TUSAŞ June 21 2019
    During the Paris Air Show 2019, TUSAŞ exhibited its unique products such as MMU, Hürjet, Gökbey and Anka. The model of the 10 Tons Class Utility Helicopter developed in line with the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces took its place at the TUSAŞ static display area. Thus, what the platform will look like in the future has been shown to the visitors in three dimensions. The platform, which is planned to have a maximum range of 1000 km, will be able to reach...
  • More Jet Trainers to the Mediterranean
    More Jet Trainers to the Mediterranean June 21 2019
      Recently, Italy, one of the countries on the Mediterranean coast where tensions are at an extreme stage, ordered a jet trainer.  Under the agreement signed with Leonardo for the Italian Air Force, 13 M345HET (High Efficiency Trainer) will be procured. With the agreement signed for aircraft that will replace the old MB339s, the company will provide logistical support for five years, as well as ground-based training systems. Planes to be delivered in 20...
  • Roketsan Shows Flag for Satellite Launch Systems
    Roketsan Shows Flag for Satellite Launch Systems June 20 2019
    Roketsan continues its R&D activities and participated in the Paris Air Show 2019. During the fair, where countries such as China and Russia introduced satellite launch systems, the company exhibited its indigenoously developing satellite launch system (UFS). The scale model of the work was also exhibited at the Roketsan booth. To ensure unrestricted access to space projects carried out by local capabilities in Turkey not only with local satellites, it a...
  • Cooperation in Europe for the Fifth Generation
    Cooperation in Europe for the Fifth Generation June 20 2019
    The Paris Air Show, held at Le Bourget Airport, was the scene of many promotions. The event introduced a full-size model of the fifth generation fighter aircraft developed by European countries. Dassault Aviation from France and Airbus from Germany jointly carried out the development of the project. The platform, which will be equipped with the new generation subsystems and which is described as the project of the future, will be able to work in cooperation with the UAVs. Equipped w...
  • New AFV Introduced
    New AFV Introduced June 12 2019
    Singapore Armed Forces introduced a new generation armoured fighting vehicle. Vehicle named as Hunter and it has a completely digital infrastructure. Singapore Ministry of Defence said in a statement that the new vehicle has higher firepower than its predecessors. The vehicle is said to be one of the core of the Singapore Army's transformation into a new generation of structure and is reported to be faster, smarter and more effective than the M113 Ultra vehicles that it will rep...
  • New Agreement for F-35 Lightning II
    New Agreement for F-35 Lightning II June 11 2019
    Recently, a new statement came from the US for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft, which has been frequently featured on the defense agenda. The US announced the signing of a new technology agreement for platforms. With the agreement signed with Lockheed Martin, the effectiveness of the aircraft will increase. The US $ 1.8 billion agreement includes design and maturation works for the Block 4capabilities of the platforms under Phase 2.3. The improvements will also apply to models A, B a...
  • Approval from Marine Corps
    Approval from Marine Corps June 10 2019
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has announced that the approval of mass production has given for new radar system. The mass production phase of the AN / TPS-80 system, also known as G / ATOR (Ground / Air Task-Oriented Radar System) is a significant milestone is for the program. G / ATOR, which will provide instant data transfer to Common Aviation Command and Control System, Composite Tracking Network, and Advanced Field Artillery Data System, incorporates a common software-based operati...
  • Sakarya At Sea
    Sakarya At Sea May 30 2019
    Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher Systems (MBRL) used by Turkish Land Forces Command were moved to the sea at Deniz Kurdu Naval Drill  2019. ROKETSAN is producing the MBRL  system which is fired from a navy LST platform. 107 and 122 mm rockets and 122 mm missiles are used in the new generation models. The MPRC system generates fire support missions on the target up to a range of 40 km from the nearest battlefield. The Turkish Land Forces Command uses the 122mm system in long-range artill...
  • France Christens Future Lightweight Joint Helicopter
    France Christens Future Lightweight Joint Helicopter May 28 2019
    A mock-up of the French H160M armed helicopter, now christened Guépard (Cheetah), was unveiled today by Airbus Helicopters. Its development launch has been brought forward to 2021, allowing production deliveries to follow in 2026. (Airbus photo) The French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, has announced that the launch of the Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger; HIL) programme has been brought forward to 2021. HIL will...
  • Sarp Is Safer
    Sarp Is Safer May 2 2019
    ASELSAN's Sarp remote controlled weapon system (UKSS), will provide higher safety to the personnel. The new model, called Sarp Zafer, is on display at IDEF'19. Sarp can be integrated into many vehicles ranging from tactical wheeled armoured vehicles to heavier platforms. It has a widespread use within the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish law enforcement units. Its new model is displayed on ASELSAN stand. The device is equipped with a sniper detection syst...
  • Local Gun for Altay
    Local Gun for Altay April 30 2019
    MKEK displayed PMT-76 (Platform Machine Gun) machine gun. The weapon is expected to serve as a coaxial machine gun on the Altay main battle tank. The gun weighs 12 kg and has an MOA value of 8 at 100 metres. It can fire 7.62x51 mm NATO ammunition. It is also planned to produce models adapted for infantry use and remotely controlled weapon stations. Originally developed for use as a coaxial machine gun, the gun has an effective range of 800 metres. The PMT has a long stroke...
  • Airbus’ First Helicopter FAL in China
    Airbus’ First Helicopter FAL in China April 19 2019
    Airbus on Wednesday officially opened its first Final Assembly Line (FAL) in China, which will deliver its first H135 twin-engine helicopters to Chinese customers during the second half of 2019.  The Airbus Qingdao H135 FAL is a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters and United General Aviation Company. It follows a cooperation agreement between Airbus Helicopters and China in 2016 for the purchase of 100 H135s.    It is the first time of Airbus has put final...
  • Sweden Spends Tax for Gripen E
    Sweden Spends Tax for Gripen E April 17 2019
    Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet said the Swedish government paid for 14 Gripen C/D airframes that are unused in order to ensure that the production line at Saab can transition to the Gripen E. Ten of those are C models while the rest are two-seaters. The government had hoped that the fighters could be exported to overseas customers but the orders never came in. Replying to Svenska, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk/ FMV) explaine...
  • KMW to Modernise 101 German Leopard 2 Tanks for $300M
    KMW to Modernise 101 German Leopard 2 Tanks for $300M April 6 2019
    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has been awarded a contract to modernise 101 Leopard 2 A6 main battle tanks with a $300 million contract from Germany. The contract in question was signed on 28 March 2019 at the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw), the company said in a statement. Operating concept, targeting system, fire control computer as well as the chassis will be upgraded to the level of the Leopard 2 A7V. By this step, the diversity of diffe...
  • First Saudi Hawk Rolled Out
    First Saudi Hawk Rolled Out April 2 2019
    Saudi Arabia, rolled out the the country's first Hawk Mk 165 advanced jet trainer aircraft manufactured under license, with a ceremony. The ceremony was held at the King Abdulaziz Air Base, and the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was also attended. Prince told that during ceremony the program is an important milestone in the country's Vision 2030 Program. The Saudi Royal Air Force, which already has Mk 65 and Mk65A models in its inventory, ordered the first Mk165 AJT pack...
  • Russian Il-112V Successfully Completes Its First Test Flight
    Russian Il-112V Successfully Completes Its First Test Flight March 30 2019
    Russia’s first military transport plane designed from scratch during the post-Soviet era completed its maiden flight after several postpones. Ilyushin Il-112V, the light transport plane will replace the ageing Antonov An-26 and An-24 airlifters in the Russian military. The 24-meter-long aircraft took off from a runway at a test range in Voronezh, spent some 45 minutes in the air, flying at a speed of around 250 km/h and circling over the area several times before lan...
  • ‘Flying AK-47’ from Russia
    ‘Flying AK-47’ from Russia March 29 2019
    Russia's Moscow Aviation Institute has presented an unnamed drone with AK-47 on board that can shoot ammunition to take down rogue drones. The newly presented machine flies like an airplane, takes off and lands like a helicopter. According to a video uploaded to YouTube, the drone starts at an uncommon vertical upwards-looking position. The drone is powered by two propellers installed on its rear, larger, wings, which also allow the drone to manoeuvre. A couple of smal...