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  • Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing Will Compete for New Design
    Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing Will Compete for New Design March 17 2020
    Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing will compete for the design planned to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk general-purpose helicopter, which has been operational since 1979. The US Army has awarded Bell and a Sikorsky-Boeing team Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction contracts for the next stage of its Future Long Range Air Assault (FLRAA) programme. Over the last several years, Bell and the Sikorsky-Boeing team designed, built and flew demonstrators for the service’s Joint Multi-Rol...
  • Turkey Exported Maritime Radar to Pakistan
    Turkey Exported Maritime Radar to Pakistan February 4 2020
    Turkey and Pakistan continue to expand the bilateral cooperation in the defence. Pakistan announced acquisition news for new multi-role corvettes, which are under construction at Damen's Galati Shipyard located in Romania. Islamabad administration was chosen Alper Ship LPI radar for use in platforms. The systems, which are announced to be procured from a single source, have LPI (Low Probability of Intercept) feature. In this way, ships equipped with Alper hav...
  • China Changes Strategy
    China Changes Strategy November 26 2019
    China plans to export its J-10 (NATO Code: Firebird) fighter aircraft, which was developed using metal alloy and composite materials. China revealed the export variant of its J-10 fighter at the Dubai Airshow. Designated the FC-20E, the design is a near-parallel configuration of the J-10C. With the FC-20E, AVIC is taking direct aim at markets the Russians and Americans are looking to access the MiG-35 and F-16 Block-70/72, respectively. These markets are generally looking for modern, but cost...
  • Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built
    Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built November 4 2019
    China has begun work on a third, and fourth Type 054A frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy. A steel cutting ceremony was held for the third and fourth ship at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in China on November 1st. The contract signed between China Shipbuilding Trading Co. Ltd (CSTC) and the Pakistani government for procurement was announced in June 2018. According to Chinese sources, the deal includes four platforms. The class of ships built for Pakistan was named Type 054AP. Almost equal ...
  • F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter
    F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter November 4 2019
    An incredible blunder was made by the Dutch to 'unveil' their first F-35 multi-role F-35 multi-role operational stealth fighter jet. The Royal Netherlands Air Force celebrated with an event the launch of its first stealth F-35 fighter aircraft, but an unexpected blunder spoiled the event, with many staying awake. In particular, the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) was coated with fire-retardant foam instead of water, ...
  • India Receives First Rafale Fighter October 10 2019
    India received its first Dassault Rafale multi-role fighter. Indian Air Force (IAF) received the first Rafale plane in a ceremony held in France. India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh led the acceptance of the aircraft, which is the first of 36 ordered by the Indian government on September 2016 under a EUR7.9 billion (USD8.78 billion) contract. Minister Singh made a flight with Rafale. He flew a test pilot from Dassault. The first Rafale aircraft will arrive in India in 2020 after the ...
  • Multi-Purpose, Cost-Effective Solution
    Multi-Purpose, Cost-Effective Solution September 27 2019
    Norwegian-based Kongsberg shared the design of the new naval vessel Vanguard. The boat can be used for both military and civilian operations, such as search & rescue, anti-submarine warfare. Vanguard is designed with a multi-role hangar for air, surface and sub-surface assets. Interchangeable mission modules and extensive use of unmanned vehicles enable quick change of operational roles. Designed as a cost-effective option, the platform's based on civil and commercial ship design with...
  • Babcock Arrowhead 140 wins the Type 31e Frigate
    Babcock Arrowhead 140 wins the Type 31e Frigate September 15 2019
    The Royal Navy has selected Babcock as its preferred bidder to build the UK’s new fleet of five Type 31 frigates. The new Babcock Arrowhead 140 ships, will be designated Type 31 by the Royal Navy. The ships will be smaller than the Type 26 fleet currently under construction. They will replace the Type 23. The programme will be led by Babcock with support from Thales. The ships will cost around £250m per vessel and once complete will be based across the World.
  • Aim is 2023 for HÜRJET August 9 2019
    In the first part of the Hürjet interview published on the 75th issue of our magazine, we discussed the general expectations about the aircraft. In this issue, we discussed the differences of Hürjet from its competitors in the market. What features will be available on a jet trainer aims to train pilots for fifth generation multi-role fighter? We will find the answer to this question in this interview. C4Defence: Will the Özgür Program, whic...
  • Strategic Cooperation Result: 382 Griffon and 60 Jaguar July 1 2019
      The intergovernmental strategic cooperation agreement between the Government of the France and Belgium on their cooperation in the field of land mobility, came into force on June 21. This contract calls for the delivery to the Belgian Army of 382 Griffon multi-role armoured vehicles and 60 Jaguar data-driven reconnaissance and combat vehicles between 2025 and 2030, both of which are developed by a consortium formed of Nexter, Thales and Arquus. These vehicles will b...
  • Japan Step by Step in Fifth Generation April 17 2019
    Japan continues to work on creating fifth-generation stealth aircraft. Footage aired on national TV. Mitsubishi Electronics-led team proceeded to test, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar based on the F-2 fighter aircraft. Allegedly, Japanese AESA radar is similar to US-made AN/APG-81, used in F-35 aircraft. Showcased for the first time footage of test prototype of a low-bypass turbofan (XF9-1) engine, developed by IHI Corporation. The new engine is about 4.8 meters in ...
  • Akaer Presents Conceptual Mosquito Multi-Role Aircraft
    Akaer Presents Conceptual Mosquito Multi-Role Aircraft April 5 2019
    Brazil’s Akaer company is showing a conceptual multi-role aircraft called Mosquito at the 2019 LAAD Defence and Security exposition. Mosquito is designed to perform missions ranging from airborne C2 to armed ISR and aerial refuelling. Company believes that twin-engine aircraft may provide better visibility than competitors Super Tucano and Wolverine. Aircraft may conceptually perform missions such as close air support (CAS); intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)...
  • Sikorsky-Boeing's SB-1 Defiant Had its Maiden Flight
    Sikorsky-Boeing's SB-1 Defiant Had its Maiden Flight March 22 2019
    The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT™ helicopter achieved first flight at Sikorsky's West Palm Beach, Florida site.  The coaxial helicopter— which is part of the Army’s Joint Multi-Role technology demonstration program aimed at helping the service define requirements for a medium-lift Future Vertical Lift aircraft — took off at 7:47 a.m. and flew for more than 30 minutes. It successfully performed low-speed manoeuvres. DEFIANT is designed to fly at ne...
  • Airbus Attends Australia’s Military Helicopter Tender With H145M
    Airbus Attends Australia’s Military Helicopter Tender With H145M March 19 2019
    Airbus confirmed that the company wants to bid Australia’s helicopter tender with military version on H145; H145M. Australia Pacific Managing Director Andrew Mathewson made clear that Airbus had recently responded to the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA) request for information for a four-tonne class, rapidly deployable, multi-role helicopter for Australian Special Forces. Director Mathewson said “The Airbus H145M helicopter is the military version of the H145. I...
  • Serbia Received Four Mig-29 Aircraft from Belarus
    Serbia Received Four Mig-29 Aircraft from Belarus February 26 2019
    Serbia has received four more MiG-29 fighter jets from Belarus, bringing its fleet to a total of 14, Serbia’s Ministry of Defence Aleksandar Vulin said in a Monday, February 25 release. Speaking at ceremony, Vulin said, "We can freely say that we now have 14 MiG-29, which is a number that we could not dream of in 2012.” The Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) is a Russian-designed twin-engine fighter jet aircraft which entered service with the Sov...
  • 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...
  • Israel and Croatia Dropped-Off F-16 Sale
    Israel and Croatia Dropped-Off F-16 Sale January 15 2019
    An Israeli Delegation, headed by the Director General of the Defence Ministry Udi Adam, visited Croatia on 10 January 2019. The official talks addressed the multi-role combat aircraft procurement project and the bilateral defence co-operation between the Croatia and Israel. Israel was responsible to obtain approval from the United States of America to deliver the aircraft to the Croatia in the ordered configuration.  The Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Damir Krstičev...
  • SB1 Defiant Unveiled
    SB1 Defiant Unveiled December 31 2018
    Sikorsky and Boeing provided the first look at the SB1 Defiant helicopter the companies have developed for the U.S. Army's Joint Multi-Role technology demonstrator program.    The SB1 Defiant is designed to fly at twice the speed and range of today's conventional helicopters and offers advanced agility and maneuverability.    The helicopter is participating in the Army's Joint Multi-Role-Medium Technology Demonstrator pro...
  • France Orders Three More Airbus A330 MRTT Tankers
    France Orders Three More Airbus A330 MRTT Tankers December 14 2018
    Airbus Defence and Space has received an order from the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) for a further three A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft. The aircraft, known as Phénix in French service, constitute the third and final tranche of the multi-year contract for 12 A330 MRTTs signed by the French Ministry of Defence in 2014. The first of the fleet was formally handed over in October and the remainder will be delivered by the end of 2023 under an ...
  • Philippine Likely to Acquire Gripen
    Philippine Likely to Acquire Gripen October 20 2018
    Philippine Department of National Defence (DND) considers acquiring Swedish-made Gripen multi-role supersonic jet fighter for Air Force (PAF) Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana unveiled their interest about Gripen to Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Sunday.  Lorenzana said aside from being cheaper to acquire and less expensive in maintenance cost, the Gripen has been proven to be an excellent supersonic fighter aircraft. The Gripen has a delta wing and canard configura...
  • UK Sent Team to Australia for Training
    UK Sent Team to Australia for Training August 17 2018
    United Kingdom is showing interest in E-7 Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEWC) aircraft for use in Royal Air Force (RAF). According to the Australian Defence Magazine, three RAF crewmembers, comprising a pilot, an Electronic Support Measures Operator (ESMO), and a Surveillance and Control Officer began their Wedgetail conversion course with 2 Sqn at Williamtown about three weeks ago. The United Kingdom was using E-3D Sentry aircraft developed from Boeing 707 for long-running ...
  • Saab unveils next-gen RBS15 Mk4 anti-ship missile system
    Saab unveils next-gen RBS15 Mk4 anti-ship missile system July 17 2018
    Saab Dynamics has unveiled the next-generation evolution of its RBS15 family of anti-ship missile systems: the RBS15 Mk4 at Farnborough Air Show 2018: Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk / FMV) awarded Saab for the design and production of a new, next-generation RBS15 joint anti-ship missile to equip the Royal Swedish Navy’s Visby-class corvettes and Swedish Air Force JAS Gripen E multi-role fighters in March 2017. Acquisition of the...
  • China holds air defence penetration training
    China holds air defence penetration training June 4 2018
    China's People's Liberation Army Air Force recently conducted combat training involving three types of its fighter jets, carrying air-to-air missiles. China's stealth fighter jet, J-20, conducted joint training with multi-role strike fighter J-16 and multi-role fighter jet J-10C, engaging in air defence penetration drills, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Thursday. The fighter jets used domestically developed mid-range air-to-air missile PL-15 and short-range air-to-air...
  • Jaguar 6x6 Unveiled
    Jaguar 6x6 Unveiled May 18 2018
    A prototype of France's Jaguar 6x6 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) was unveiled at the Nexter facilities on 16 May. The vehicle was developed jointly by Nexter, Renault Trucks, and Thales under  France's Scorpion multi-role armoured vehicle programme. A total of 248 Jaguars are planned for acquisition by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA).  Jaguar features a gross weight of 25t and can carry a crew of up to three members. The vehic...
  • Bell V-280 Flew For The First Time in Cruise Mode
    Bell V-280 Flew For The First Time in Cruise Mode May 17 2018
    Bell’s V-280 tiltrotor flew for the first time in cruise mode on 11 May. The company says the vertical take-off and landing aircraft achieved a speed of 190 knots and that at a later date, within the next 90 days the company says, it will aim to increase this to 280 knots.  The new Bell V-280 Valor is a medium, tactical tiltrotor aircraft designed for the U.S. Army Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program. The V-280 Valor is ...
  • Special Display for KC2 Voyager
    Special Display for KC2 Voyager April 26 2018
    A special display held for KC2 Voyager at Eurasia Airshow 2018 held in Antalya in Turkey. At display, the Royal Air Force (RAF) KC2 Voyager was introduced to the participants from Turkey. The Airbus A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Transport Tanker) aircraft are operated by the Royal Air Force with the name KC2 Voyager. The A330MRTT, with a fuel capacity of 111.200 kilograms, was serviced by NATO and eight other countries. The platform which is multi-role capability, also an alternative to Tur...
  • J-10C Entered Combat Duty
    J-10C Entered Combat Duty April 18 2018
    China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force announced on Monday that the new multi-role fighter jet Chengdu J-10C has begun combat duty. The domestically-developed fighter aircraft features advanced avionics system and various airborne weapons.
  • India to Purchase 100 Fighters
    India to Purchase 100 Fighters April 4 2018
    Indian Air Force (IAF) is to send out the request for information (RfI) for 100 fighter aircraft before the DefExpo which is scheduled to begin on 11 April. All types of fighters that participated in medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) tender of 2007 would be eligible for consideration again, an official confirmed to Financial Express. Among the potential contenders are Boeing F-18 Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin F-16, Saab Gripen, Dassaul...
  • Latvia Received First TPS-77 MRR
    Latvia Received First TPS-77 MRR March 21 2018
    Latvia has received the first of three TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar (MRR) air systems from Lockheed Martin.  The company recently completed a successful site acceptance test of a TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar (TPS-77 MRR) marking an on-time delivery of the first of three radars to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Latvia. The contract for three TPS-77 MRRs was signed in 2015 and aims to improve Latvian Armed Forces' low-level flight surveillance and identi...
  • ThyssenKrupp Barred From Bidding
    ThyssenKrupp Barred From Bidding March 2 2018
    ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems has been barred from bidding to build Germany's next generation of battleships, Handelsblatt reported on 2 March.  The decision was disclosed in a notice sent to the firm’s shipyards by the ministry’s purchasing agency. The letter said the government did not trust ThyssenKrupp and its partner, Lürrsen shipyards, to build the new Multi-role Combat Ship 180 (MKS 180 for short), which is designed to operate anywhere in the...
  • France to Buy 2000 Armored Vehicles
    France to Buy 2000 Armored Vehicles February 14 2018
    France will acquire a fleet of more than 2,000 multi-role light armoured vehicle (Véhicules Blindés Multi-Rôles/VBMR Light) by 2030. Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly announced a contract award to Nexter in co-cooperation with Texelis, during her visit to the company’s industrial facility in Roanne (Loire) on 12 February. This contract, awarded by the Directorate General of Armament (DGA) includes the development, production and support of th...
  • UAE To Begin 'B-250' Production
    UAE To Begin 'B-250' Production November 15 2017
    The United Arab Emirates' aviation company Calidus will soon begin production of a newly launched light attack fighter aircraft, B-250. The company displayed a B-250 prototype at Dubai AirShow while another prototype made demonstration flights. Rockwell Collins is a strategic partner in this project and will provide Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system for the B-250. According to RW, Pro Line Fusion is flexible enough to enhance the aircraft’s multi-role mi...
  • Construction Support to F-15s
    Construction Support to F-15s November 2 2017
    The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar for support of its F-15QA multi-role fighter aircraft program for an estimated cost of $1.1 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Qatar has requested support of its F-15QA multi-role fighter aircraft program to include design and construction services, new parking/loadi...
  • China Ambitious of Amphibious Vehicles
    China Ambitious of Amphibious Vehicles October 17 2017
    China North Vehicle Research Institute is working on a new multi-role amphibious vehicle which will be able to reach relatively high speeds in water. Claimed to be the world's fastest amphibious vehicle among its kind, the four-wheeled vehicle uses a V-shaped hull to minimize the hydraulic drag and propelled by compact pump jets in waters with the wheels retracted. The vehicle weighs 5,5 metric tons and reached a top speed of 50 km/h in calm waters during a test earlier thi...
  • Two New Customers to A330
    Two New Customers to A330 September 29 2017
    OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement / Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation) announced a contract amendment on the current Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF) programme on 25 September so as to include Germany and Norway as participants to the project along with the Netherlands and Luxembourg.  This amendment exercises...
  • Adversary 'Gripen' by Saab
    Adversary 'Gripen' by Saab September 13 2017
    The Swedish defence company Saab unveiled a new variant of its Gripen aircraft designed for the adversary air combat training at DSEI 2017, London, UK. Dubbed as Gripen Aggressor, the platform is based on the Gripen C-series and will be used to act as an opposing force in advanced military combat training, mimicking enemy tactics, techniques, and procedures to provide a realistic environment for the fighter pilots to train against.  The company will als...
  • 'Griffon' ACV At Bastille Day Parade
    'Griffon' ACV At Bastille Day Parade July 17 2017
    France unveilled its new multirole armored vehicle Griffon VBMR to public on July 14 during Bastille Day parade. The vehicle, which is one of the two prototype vehicles undergoing certification tests, has participated the parade in personnel carrier configuration.  The Griffon VBMR is a new development of 6x6 Multi-Role armoured vehicle for the French Army under the program EBMR Scorpion. The vehicle was designed and developed by a consortium of Fr...
  • New Member of M-346 Family, At Le Bourget
    New Member of M-346 Family, At Le Bourget June 19 2017
    Leonardo is exhibiting the new fighter attack version of the M-346, the M-346FA, for the first time at International Paris Air Show, which opened its door to its visitors today. M-346FA took its place next to the two existing variants of the aircraft; the Advanced Jet Trainer and the multi-role M-346FT (Fighter Trainer). Leonardo equipped this new variant with the Grifo multi-mode fire control radar, designed and manufactured by the company it...
  • Dumping Surprise to Boeing
    Dumping Surprise to Boeing June 9 2017
    Canada has decided to pull back external link from its plan to procure 18 F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters as an interim replacement for its CF-18 successor program. Instead, the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau has unveiled a new defense plan which calls for 88 new fighters for the Royal Canadian Air Force – an increase from the previous government’s plan to purchase 65 jets – and to recapitalise the Lockheed Martin CP-140 Aurora anti-submarine warfare and surveillance flee...
  • Back-To-Back Success by BrahMos Block III
    Back-To-Back Success by BrahMos Block III May 4 2017
    India carried out the firing of the advanced BRAHMOS Block III land attack cruise missile system in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands on the 3 May for the second consecutive day. The long-range tactical weapon was successfully tested from the same location on the 2 May, 2017.  The firings of the supersonic cruise missile were carried out in full operational land-to-land configurations from Mobile Autonomous Launchers (MAL) at its full-range. The Indian Ministry o...