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  • Russia Develops Small-Size Munitions for Drones
    Russia Develops Small-Size Munitions for Drones February 15 2020
    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation develops small-size munitions for unmanned aerial vehicles with Kronshtadt hi-tech. " The items in the weight category of 50 kg to 100 kg will enjoy strong demand," the chief executive said at a news briefing on the results of the corporation’s performance in 2019“ corporation Chief Boris Obnosov said on Friday. The Tactical Missiles Corporation is one of Russia’s largest defence holding companies wit...
  • "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece
    "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece January 23 2020
    A remarkable article was published in Ptisi & Diastima Magazine, which publicates in the defence sector in Greece. Greek-Turkish relations, which increasing tension due to oil and natural gas deposits in Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey-Libya mutual exclusive economic zone were discussed in the article. Outlines of the offensive plan that could be implemented in a possible conflict were examined in the text. Turkey's radar and electronic support capabilities, as well as Greece...
  • Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight
    Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight January 10 2020
    Kuwait's Eurofighter Typhoon adventure, which started in April 2016, lef behind an important milestone. Leonardo announced that the first platform that came out of the production line for Kuwait met with the sky. The first flight of the platform, which was named ISPA (Instrumented Series Production Aircraft) 6 configuration, made its maiden flight on 23 December 2019. In the experience of Leonardo's Flight Test Centre in Turin-Caselle, all components of the ISPA 6 ...
  • The AGM-86C is Bowing out of Service
    The AGM-86C is Bowing out of Service November 27 2019
    The missile that started Operation Desert Storm is being retired. The AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM), the non-nuclear sibling of the AGB-86B that remains in service, is being put rest after decades of service. Pentagon’s Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) marked the birth of GPS-guided munitions. The technology that birthed the modern guided munition retired. The retirement marks end of an era as the munition is used at every...
  • Modernisation Period in UAE Fleet November 22 2019
    Mirage 2000 aircraft developed by France-based Dassault Aviation will be modernised. The platforms, which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) first decided to include in its inventory in 1983, will go through a modernisation process worth the US $ 462 million at the request of the UAE. UAE has also awarded a $350 million contract to France’s MBDA for ammunitions maintenance of the Mirage 2000 fighter fleet. The Emirates has spent more than $4 billion on defence contracts in the fir...
  • 5th Generation of Pakistan: Azm
    5th Generation of Pakistan: Azm October 16 2019
    Project Azm, which includes the production of Pakistan's own fifth-generation aircraft, is accelerating. The first of the four conceptual design phases are completed. Pakistan Air Force formally initiated Project Azm in July 2017 with the objective of developing an FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft), a medium-altitude and long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), new munitions, and other projects. The Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) outlines t...
  • Morocco to Acquire $985 Million Worth Weapon
    Morocco to Acquire $985 Million Worth Weapon September 14 2019
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of various TOW-2A missiles and weapons for an estimated cost of $985 million. The proposed sale includes sale of 2,401 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF); and 28 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF). The estimated cost is $776 million. Morocco government has also requested the sale of 5,810 MK82-1 Bombs (Tritonal); 300 MK84-4 Bombs (Tritonal); 105 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM...
  • Iran, Strengthens Against US
    Iran, Strengthens Against US September 4 2019
    The tension between Iran and the US has been increasing since last year when US President Donald Trump withdrew unilaterally from the nuclear agreement signed in 2015. Looking for new defence solutions in the light of this tension, Iran introduced its new UCAV.   Kian, new generation of homegrown jet-powered drone, was unveiled in a ceremony with Commander of Army Air Defense Force Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard in attendance. Kian, a new high-precision drone that can loc...
  • CBRN Drill in Russia August 11 2019
    Russia's Eastern Military District (VVO) is participating in full-scale CBRN drills. About 2,000 experts and more than 500 units of military hardware have advanced to the concentration areas. The drills will take place at Tsugol range in the Trans-Baikal Territory; Turgenevskiy range in the Primorye Territory and Uspenskiy range in the Sakhalin region, VVO said.   During the drills, the servicemen will cover the troops from chemical and biological attacks of the c...
  • House Blocks Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE
    House Blocks Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE July 20 2019
    The House of Representatives passed three resolutions Wednesday to block the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.   U.S. President Donald Trump had invoked an emergency provision to allow him to circumvent Congress to push the $8.1 billion arms sales through- including precision-guided munitions — to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Lawmakers expressed outrage over Trump’s tactics.   Trump...
  • UVision: The Israeli Loitering Munitions Specialist July 11 2019
    Present at Le Bourget in 2015, UVision from Israel was back four years later to unveil a series of new systems. Probably the only company specialised in a single category of weapon systems, loitering munitions, UVision introduced a new version of its HERO-120 as well as a multiple launcher for its HERO-400RC. The HERO-120 is the second in size within UVision’s portfolio, the lighter system being the HERO-30 that is in service with various customers, mostly Special Forces units...
  • Ammunition for Iraqi Abrams
    Ammunition for Iraqi Abrams May 17 2019
    Iraq's is in shortage HE ammunition, which uses M1 Abrams tanks procured from the United States in its fight against terrorist organizations. Iraq has acted for high explosive munitions, which are effective against soft targets and often preferred for anti-personnel fires. In this context, Baghdad will provide 120 mm IM HE-T (Insensitive Munition High Explosive - Tracer) from the United States. Obligations in the contract will be completed in 2022 for the supply of 92.4 million ...
  • Roketsan's Laser Attempt
    Roketsan's Laser Attempt May 2 2019
    Operating in the field of guided and unguided munitions, Roketsan is expanding its product portfolio. The company is participating in IDEF'19 with its new products. The company introduced the interception system called Alka. The system was developed especially against drone threats. It consists of two separate interception units. Alka has a laser system to burn the drone with directed energy beams, as well as a jammer and electronic warfare system to control it or destroy i...
  • ROKETSAN Full of Surprises
    ROKETSAN Full of Surprises April 30 2019
    ROKETSAN has announced one surprise after another during IDEF’19. The final tests of the surface-to-surface anti-ship missile Atmaca, which was designed and developed for the requirements of the naval forces, have been completed recently. Atmaca successfully hit a target at a range of roughly 200 km. Although it is similar to the Harpoon missile in terms of its place of use and shape, the autonomous missile with low radar signature offers many advantages including communication and spee...
  • IDEX/NAVDEX and the Advancing Battlefield March 16 2019
    Organised biannually, the IDEX/NAVDEX Exhibition in February became the first meeting point of the world’s prominent defence companies in 2019. For its part, IDEX hosted over 1,300 companies as an outstanding event in the Middle East and Africa.   It should be remembered that a large part of global defence expenditures is concentrated in this region on account of security threats and active conflicts. Many countries in the region, particularly the United Arab Emirates (UA...
  • AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship
    AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship March 12 2019
      The US Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has received the first upgraded Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunship. In a press release, it is stated that the Block 30 Ghostrider has better software and avionics technology than the previous Block 20 version. Including a new sensor, updated crew seats with additional safety features, and new technology, routers and networks. As with the AC-130W Stinger II, the AC-130J is equipped with the P...
  • ASELSAN’s ZOKA to protect Indonesian Submarines
    ASELSAN’s ZOKA to protect Indonesian Submarines March 1 2019
    ASELSAN will provide jammers and decoys for Indonesia's submarines to protect vessel by deception against hostile torpedoes. Turkish defence electronics company ASELSAN is supplying its ZOKA range of acoustic torpedo countermeasure jammers and decoys for the Indonesian Navy's (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL's) submarines. The ZOKA line of effectors consists of jammers and acoustic decoys that can operate in active, passive, and combined m...
  • KNT-76 is More Ergonomic
    KNT-76 is More Ergonomic February 22 2019
    An exhibition area was established in Kars in the scope of Winter 2019 Exercise. Exhibitors have had the opportunity to exhibit local products in this field. MKEK exhibited KNT-76 with its new stock in the exhibition stand. KNT-76 is a DMR version of MPT 76 and designed to share many sub-parts with the MPT-76 in order to reduce costs and provide logistical advantages. One of these components, telescopic buttocks, was changed according to the feedback received from the Turkish Armed ...
  • New Radar 1L221E Radar from Ukraine
    New Radar 1L221E Radar from Ukraine February 13 2019
      The Ukrainian defence industry claims a share of the international market with new products such as the 1L221E artillery detection radar of state-owned SpetsTechnoExport, which is part of UkrOboronProm. The new system was presented at Aero India 2019 in Bangalore, India, consisting of two vehicles, the folding antenna vehicle and the control vehicle, and was designed to detect munitions, artillery rockets, and artillery shells. The new radar features an ac...
  • Northrop Grumman Showcases APS for The US Army
    Northrop Grumman Showcases APS for The US Army January 30 2019
      Northrop Grumman Corporation demonstrated advanced Vehicle Active Protection System (APS) technologies against Anti-Tank Guided Munitions during the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Centre (TARDEC) sponsored Soft-kill Rodeo in Huntsville on Oct. 5-31 Using its Passive Infrared Cueing Sensors system, Northrop Grumman say the system successfully generated threat warning of inbound ATGMs and provided a cue for the soft kill countermeasure syst...
  • Queen has Completed F-35B Tests
    Queen has Completed F-35B Tests November 28 2018
    Royal Navy announced the completion of the F-35B Lightning II trials on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08). With the completion of the trials, an important milestone was left behind for the B model F-35 aircraft and the Royal Navy. In the development testing-2 (DT-2) phase, pilots, ship-based maintenance personnel and ground support personnel gained significant experience about the fifth-generation aircraft operation. 85 sorties were conducted during the tests. In this process, aircra...
  • US to Procure BONUS Precision-Guided Munitions from UK October 15 2018
    The US Army is purchasing BAE Systems Bofors 155mm BONUS ammunition through a contract with the NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Agency). BONUS is an artillery-launched, fire-and-forget munition capable of combating any armoured vehicle. Compatible with the majority of existing artillery guns, BONUS is handled just like a conventional shell. BONUS carries two smart munitions that employ advanced sensors, enabling each to independently seek out and destroy separate targets within a...
  • Alternative Solution from Turaç
    Alternative Solution from Turaç October 4 2018
    Joining the Border Security and Military Radars Summit, Turaç Company exhibited non-lethal munition solutions. The event that was organized for the first time focused on finding solutions to border violations and on the course of action during these violations. Turac, which has a wide range of products for light weapons ammunition, has included ammunition types that can be used to intervene in illegal border crossing. Company products are widely used in Turkish and globally b...
  • Egypt To Buy Ammunition From USA
    Egypt To Buy Ammunition From USA September 17 2018
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of 46,000 M831A1 and M865 rounds and 10,000 APFSDS-T rounds for an estimated cost of $99 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Egypt has requested to buy 46,000 120MM Target Practice – Tracer (M831A1) and 120MM Target Practice, Cone Stabilized, Discarding Sabot – (M865...
  • MK- Bombs for Kuwaiti Hornets
    MK- Bombs for Kuwaiti Hornets August 3 2018
    US State Department has decided approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of various Mk- series munitions for an estimated cost of $40.4 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Kuwait has requested to buy 1 020 Mk-82 500 lb. bombs, 1002 Mk-83 1000 lb. bombs and 600 Mk-84 2000 lb. bombs.  Also included in the sale are general purpose bomb components an...
  • M134 to Turkish Police Special Operations Department Helicopter
    M134 to Turkish Police Special Operations Department Helicopter August 3 2018
    New Minigun integration news came from Unidef. Image shared from the official Instagram account of the company with "Under the S70 Wings" tag. M134 Minigun has seen on the S-70 Blackhawk helicopter which is in the Police Special Operations Department (Polis Özel Harekât Daire Başkanlığı / PÖH) inventory in image. Unidef also integrated M134 Minigun to various vehicles in Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri /TSK) inventory like ...
  • Bozok and SOM-J Passed Recent Tests Successfully
    Bozok and SOM-J Passed Recent Tests Successfully July 29 2018
    Developed for the F-35 aircraft, the SOM-J and the Laser-guided Bozok munitions developed for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles successfully passed the recent tests. Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank shared from his social media account that the first tests of Precision Guided Stand-Off Missile SOM-J and the Laser Guided Miniature smart bomb Bozok are successfully completed. SOM-J, the variant of SOM for the F-35, developed by TUBITAK SAGE and produced by ROKETSAN, wa...
  • Iran has overhauled and upgraded 10 Su-22s
    Iran has overhauled and upgraded 10 Su-22s July 26 2018
    Iran has managed to overhaul and upgrade 10 Su-22 fighter-bombers, the country announced at a ceremony on Jul. 25. Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the fighters are now able to employ precision-guided munitions and datalink with unmanned aircraft. With this upgrade, these bombers will be able to carry and fire smart and cluster bombs, and air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles with pinpoint accura...
  • Centauro II on the Way
    Centauro II on the Way July 25 2018
    Italy has decided to procure Centauro II. Italian Army, ordered 10 Centauro II from Iveco Defence Systems and the Oto Melara Consortium (CIO). Italian Army plans to procure a total of 136 Centauro II. Nuova Blindo Centauro is the name of first tranche of the platform, which is a more advanced version of Centauro I. Vehicles will take place of their predecessors. The Centauro II, which has been developed as a tank destroyer, is equipped with a 120 mm 45 caliber smoothbore g...
  • Iran to produce 800 MBT
    Iran to produce 800 MBT July 22 2018
    The Iranian military will receive up to 800 new and upgraded main battle tanks in the coming years. Defence ministry plans to upgrade and produce around 50 – 60 tanks annually at its production facility in Dorud. The tanks to be built will be most likely the Karrar (Striker) and the Zolfaghar. The Karrar is an indigenous combat vehicle developed in-house by Iran's Defence Industries Organisation (DIO) and was announced on 12 March 2017. It has three crew (Gunner, Commander and Drive...
  • Hungary to Procure Mortar
    Hungary to Procure Mortar July 21 2018
    Hungary has decided to change the mortars. Hungarian National Defence Ministry opened an 81 millimeter mortar and round procurement tender in this context. Hungary, which wants to replace 50 Soviet-produced 82 mm BM-37 mortars in its inventory with new generation systems, has set 40 mortars with additional 20 options. 24 fire control systems along with mortars and necessary logistic package are among the requests. Hungary also will procure with 36 classroom cutaway training munitions,&nb...
  • More Reapers to Europe
    More Reapers to Europe July 18 2018
    The Netherlands chose the MQ-9 Reaper. The Royal Netherlands Air Force will procure the MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 for the needs of unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS) and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Reconnaissance). It is not clear how many systems will be procured, but the US has approved sales of 339 million US Dollars to provide the system, necessary equipment and services. MQ-9 Reaper made its maiden flight in 2001. Repaer's endurence is 32 hours and ...
  • Smart Solution with SMART-PROTech
    Smart Solution with SMART-PROTech July 7 2018
    IBD Deisenroth Engineering (IBD) introduces a new active armor solution. The armor package provides greater protection against tandem-warhead munitions for main battle tanks, medium and heavy armored combat vehicles. SMART-PROTech armor package consists of sensors and modular blocks consisting of one or two countermeasures. The module, which is placed in variable shapes according to the position and physical shape of the module, is integrated at a 30 degree angle with respect t...
  • New User to H145M
    New User to H145M June 30 2018
    Hungarian Ministry of Defence ordered 20 H145Ms under the military modernization program of the country. Ordered helicopters will also have the HForce weapon management system developed by Airbus. Airbus will also provide extensive training and support package with the helicopters under the agreement. Having a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tonnes, the H145M is capable of many missions, including armed reconnaissance missions. Helicopters procured by Hungary will have a hi...
  • Armenia Counting Days for "Tor"
    Armenia Counting Days for "Tor" May 21 2018
    Armenia is preparing to take delivery of Tor-M2 systems in the coming months. A TV program broadcasted in Armenia indicated that the Armenian Army would soon receive Tor-M2 short-range air defense systems. It is reported that the total amount of the systems exceeds USD 100 million in agreement which is signed in December 2017, some of this procurement paid by the Armenian budget. Tor-M2, a short-range air defense system, draws attention with its ability to work in electron...
  • MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range
    MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range May 18 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $206 million contract to retrofit 122 MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft, the US Department of Defence announced on 16 May. Work is expected to be complete by 20 June 2024.  General Atomics will retrofit the MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper drones with extended-range, beyond-line-of-sight, and Barrett asymmetrical digital datalink computer (BADDC) router modification kits. These upgrades will enable the ...
  • Derivatsiya-PVO SPAAG Will Begin State Trials in 2018
    Derivatsiya-PVO SPAAG Will Begin State Trials in 2018 May 15 2018
    The Derivatsiya-PVO self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) will enter state trials later this year, a Russian defence industry source has told Jane’s. He added that a prototype of the newest 57 mm SPAAG developed by the Nizhny Novgorod-based Burevestnik institute, a subsidiary of Rostec’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), had already been manufactured and sent for preliminary trials. Developed based on the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, Derivatsiya-P...
  • US Navy Ordered More Than 7,000 APKWS
    US Navy Ordered More Than 7,000 APKWS May 9 2018
    The US Navy ordered more than 7 thousand Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) Laser-Guided Rockets from BAE systems under a $175 million contract.  The APKWS technology transforms standard 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) rockets into precision munitions by simply installing the guidance kit between the warhead and engine of an unguided rocket. The company expects additional orders to bring the total number of units for this production lot to 17,500. ...
  • Cost Saving in Precision Guidance
    Cost Saving in Precision Guidance May 8 2018
    The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a $13,1 million contract to demonstrate a new, cost-effective optical seeker for precision-guided munitions.   The seeker is designed to improve navigation, as well as automate target location and homing, for different types of munitions that are used in GPS-denied and other contested environments.  DARPA’s Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) program initiated to dec...
  • Bayraktar TB2 in 'Ephesus 2018' Drill
    Bayraktar TB2 in 'Ephesus 2018' Drill May 4 2018
    Bayraktar TB2, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system indigenously developed by Turkish Baykar Makina, will carry out live-firing exercise in Ephesus 2018 drill for the first time this year. The company announced on its official Twitter account that live video transmission of flights will be released during the exercise. A total of 23 armed Bayraktar TB2 UAVs are currently in the inventory of Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The Bayraktar TB2 has an operational flight alt...