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  • Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035
    Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035 9 July 2020
    Japan has announced new dates in a next-generation fighter jet project to replace f-2 aircraft in its inventory.  The prototype will be produced in 2024 as part of the F-X program for the aircraft, which is intended to be developed with domestic resources.  According to local media reports, the first limited edition is set for 2030, with the new aircraft scheduled to take place in inventory by 2035. Tokyo will work with the United Kingdom in engine deve...
  • Iran's "New" Cruise Missile
    Iran's "New" Cruise Missile 18 June 2020
    Today Iran launched ,allegedly new, cruise missiles in the north of the Indian Ocean and the Oman Sea area. The ammunition was developed under the leadership of the Iranian Defence Ministry. The missile is alleged to be a next-generation Qader missile. As part of a naval exercise called "Martyrs of Ramadan", the missiles destroyed targets from a distance of 280 kilometres. During the shooting training in the Persian Gulf in May, Iran hit its own platform. Th...
  • FC-31 Could Be Deployed on Aircraft Carrier
    FC-31 Could Be Deployed on Aircraft Carrier 6 June 2020
    The pilot training program of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has been raised in the country. A video of plan for pilot training has been released on China Central Television 7 (CCTV 7). The Shenyang FC-31 fighter jet, which was shown as a counterpart to the F-35 Lightning II, was allegedly viewed in the PLAN video. A pilot who sat on the platform thought to be FC-31 and information about the application process was included in the video. In the early ...
  • ROK Approves New Plan for 'Mini-Aegis' Destroyers
    ROK Approves New Plan for 'Mini-Aegis' Destroyers 29 April 2020
    According to Korea Herald, Republic of Korea (ROK) on Monday approved a $546 million plan to develop a combat system to be equipped on the country's next-generation destroyers, the arms procurement agency Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. The Defence Project Promotion Committee decided during a videoconference session held earlier in the day to sign a contract for the Korea Destroyer Next Generation project in the fourth quarter of this year with a plan to ...
  • Anti-Ship Missile Tests Continues
    Anti-Ship Missile Tests Continues 28 April 2020
    Faced with Russian pressure in the eastern part of the country and in the Black Sea, Ukraine continues its missile tests despite the epidemic conditions. Kyiv carried out a new launch test as part of its steadily progressing precision-guided missile program. The trial, held on April 27, conducted at the Alibey Proving Ground, based in the southern part of the country. During the activity in which the Neptune coastal defence system was tested, the radio frequency communication module...
  • Nuclear Task for Raytheon
    Nuclear Task for Raytheon 24 April 2020
    The US, which announced that suspension of the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces / Mid-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty, is determined to return its tactical nuclear capability to its old days. With the AGM-86 ALCM (Air Launched Cruise Missile / Airborne Cruise Missile) systems retired in November 2019, the US took action to fill the capability gap in the cruise missile area that could carry nuclear warheads. In this context, the US Air Force (US Air Force / USAF) has signed a...
  • Japan to Work with US for Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft
    Japan to Work with US for Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft 21 April 2020
    Following the success of the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, the United States developed the F-16 Agile Falcon variant with advanced avionics, larger wing area and more powerful engine. The platform failed to achieve the expected sales success, and at that time it was Japan's choice in search of a similar platform. Tokyo improved the platform and F-2 developed the base on F-16 Agile Falcon. Tokyo, which wants to produce domestic fighter jets to replace the F-2, has r...
  • New Face of Modernised F-16
    New Face of Modernised F-16 20 April 2020
    Indonesia, which performed the flight of the first modernised platform of the F-16 Fighting Falcon upgrade programme in the past months, introduced the aircraft with its new face. Indonesia, which started to modernize the F-16 A/B Block 15 aircraft in its inventory, shared the final livery the platform. Structural components of the aircraft have been improved as part of the Falcon STAR (Structural Augmentation Roadmap) and EMLU (Enhanced Mid-Life Upgrade) programs. In this way,...
  • Raytheon Completes First Tests of Radar For Anti-Hypersonic Sensor
    Raytheon Completes First Tests of Radar For Anti-Hypersonic Sensor 20 March 2020
    Raytheon said Tuesday it had completed the first round of testing of the radar antenna array for the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier and Missile Defence Sensor, a next-generation radar intended to counter hypersonic weapons. The first round of testing was indoors, in a climate-controlled test range with performance evaluation based on simulated targets. The next testing round will be at an outdoor range against real-world targets. Now that the first round is complete, the ant...
  • Homemade Engine for China's J-10C fighter jet
    Homemade Engine for China's J-10C fighter jet 4 March 2020
    China’s newly built J-10C fighter jet is reportedly equipped with a domestically developed WS-10 Taihang engine and it ready to join military service.  Previous J-10s were installed with Russian-made AL-31 engine. China will no longer rely on foreign fighter jet engines and the more advanced J-20 fighter jet could also start to use homemade engines soon. The WS-10 Taihang is China's first high-performance, high-thrust turbofan engine with intellectual proper...
  • US to Retire Strategic Bombers
    US to Retire Strategic Bombers 1 March 2020
    The end of the road seems for the B-1B Lancers, which became one of the symbolic aircraft of the Western Block during the Cold War period. According to the statement made by the US Department of Defence, there will be a temporary decrease in the strategic bomber power of the US Air Force temporarily. For the platforms that have been in use for many years and whose sustainment costs have increased, the ministry has made a decision. The Air Force and the US plan to transfer the b...
  • World-First Electrical Technology from Rolls-Royce for Tempest Programme
    World-First Electrical Technology from Rolls-Royce for Tempest Programme 9 January 2020
    British engine company Rolls-Royce released a press bulletin stating that they are developing world-first electrical technology for next-generation Tempest programme. To make the engine more electric, more intelligent and to harness more power, Rolls-Royce started to work to solve unprecedented levels of electrical power demand and thermal load; all need to be managed within the context of a stealthy aircraft. Rolls-Royce started to address the demands of the future in 2014. That ye...
  • Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS
    Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS 26 November 2019
    The new chief executive of Airbus Guillaume Faury has called for a single European fighter jet programme and warned that the continent needs to bolster its defence industry. Faury spoke to British “The Times” Sunday edition, Sunday Times. Faury, previously boss of Airbus’s commercial aircraft and helicopter divisions, said it would make sense to combine Europe’s two next-generation combat aircraft programmes — Tempest, which involves the UK, I...
  • SU-57 Offer to UAE
    SU-57 Offer to UAE 22 November 2019
    Russia Offering United Arab Emirates Joint Production of Su-57 Fighters for its Air Force Russia has reportedly offered to jointly manufacture Su-57 next-generation fighters with the United Arab Emirates during the Dubai Air Show. The UAE has shown interest in Russian Flanker fourth-generation fighters, including the Su-27 in the 1990s and Su-35 for which a purchase is currently being negotiated. The CEO of Russia’s state arms exporter Rostec, Sergey Chemez...
  • Hyundai to Design Next-Generation Large Transport Ship
    Hyundai to Design Next-Generation Large Transport Ship 18 October 2019
      The Korean Navy awarded Hyundai Heavy Industries a contract for the conceptual design of a large ship, dubbed LPH II, capable of operating short take-off and landing fighters.  Hyundai Heavy Industries will work on the concept design of the next-generation large transport ship. Landing Platform Helicopter-II is intended to be able to perform multi-purpose missions, so some parts like the deck, which is a unique material for vertical take-off and landi...
  • Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing
    Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing 12 September 2019
    Italy has agreed to partner with UK defence firms to work on the Tempest, the UK-initiated next-generation combat air system. Tempest is a collaboration between the British Government and industrial partners BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo. Sweden officially joined the program in July 2019, thus Italy is the third nation to partner on the programme. Gen. Nicolò Falsaperna, Italy’s Secretary General of Defence, and Sir Simon Bollom, CEO of Defence Equipment &...
  • J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’
    J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’ 29 August 2019
    J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’ According to South China Morning Post, China’s military is likely to pick the country’s first active stealth fighter, the J-20, for its next-generation aircraft carriers, according to military sources and a recent report on state media. A military insider told the South China Morning Post that the Central Military Commission, the People’s Liberation Army’s top decision-making body, now f...
  • Mete Project Moving Ahead
    Mete Project Moving Ahead 22 August 2019
    The indigenous move in the Turkish defence industry continues to grow. Deliveries are continuing which in the projects carried out in the light arms section by the Presidency of Defence Industries. Presidency of Defence Industries made an announcement on its official social media accounts about the ongoing delivery process of the Indigenous Pistol Project. Design, development, qualification, production, maintenance and maintenance of a pistol with local facilities are targeted for t...
  • New Player for the Raytheon and Rheinmetall Partnership
    New Player for the Raytheon and Rheinmetall Partnership 14 August 2019
    Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence are partnering with Pratt & Miller Defence for the U.S. Army's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle competition. The Detroit-based company will provide engineering analysis to help ensure the KF41 Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle meets or exceeds the Army's survivability requirements for the program. Raytheon and Rheinmetall will offer an American-made KF41 Lynx vehicle to answer the U.S. Army’s call for a Next-Generation Combat Vehicle...
  • F-35 to Get Dehumidification
    F-35 to Get Dehumidification 9 May 2019
    Australian defence officials have been urged to consider round-the-clock dehumidification systems at an Air Force base near Newcastle to curb the corrosion risk for its fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets. Australia based abc.net.au reported that F-35 has to get dehumidification around the clock. Concerns over the risk of metal stress and cracking were raised in 2017, the year before the next-generation fighters were due to come to Australia. Auditing and consulting fi...
  • Japan Step by Step in Fifth Generation 17 April 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 ...
  • Taiwan to Develop 5th-Gen Fighter Jets 9 March 2019
    Taiwan is building its own next-generation fighter jets while seeking to acquire the latest fighters from the United States, Taiwanese Defence Ministry said on Thursday. Wu Pao-kun, director of the ministry's Department of Strategic Planning, told a press conference that the next-generation aircraft must possess stealth characteristics and be capable of short take-offs, without elaborating. Maj. Gen. Tang Hung-an, head of the air force command's planning division, ...
  • Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project
    Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project 7 February 2019
      Ending 33 years of direct competition between Eurofighter and Rafale, and renewing a lapsed defence industrial alliance between their two countries, the French and German defence ministers in Berlin signed agreements launching three major defence programs. Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS), agreement commits both countries to bilateral development and production of common manned and unmanned aircraft, binding them together for several decades to come. The F...
  • Upgraded C-27J Makes First Flight
    Upgraded C-27J Makes First Flight 13 December 2018
    Leonardo's aircraft division has performed the first flight of its C-27J transport in a new baseline configuration. The sortie took place on 3 December from the manufacturer's plant in Turin, northern Italy. Featuring a number of avionics and cockpit upgrades, the new configuration is designed to make the aircraft compliant with next-generation air traffic management requirements and reduce military obsolescence issues.  The upgrades will also be available as a retrofit...
  • New Generation Ilyushin Met with Skies
    New Generation Ilyushin Met with Skies 12 November 2018
    Russia has announced maiden flight of first serial production standard Il-76MD-90A aircraft. CEO of Ilyushin company has announced the news on the official Facebook account. The first prototype of the aircraft, which was defined as the second generation of the Il-76 transport aircraft, met the sky in 2012. The aircraft was equipped with 10% more efficient PS-90A-76 engines. The platform, which can transport 52 tons payload to 5,000 kilometers range, was able to reach 4000 kilometres...
  • Saab unveils next-gen RBS15 Mk4 anti-ship missile system
    Saab unveils next-gen RBS15 Mk4 anti-ship missile system 17 July 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...
  • UK Unveils Future Fighter Concept
    UK Unveils Future Fighter Concept 16 July 2018
    British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson unveiled at the Farnborough air show a full-size mock-up of Tempest, a conceptual next-generation fighter that he said will fly alongside the Lockheed Martin F-35 and the Eurofighter Typhoon in the Royal Air Force in the mid-2030s. Britain plans to develop this new fighter as a joint venture between British aerospace contractors BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and MBDA UK Ltd in cooperation with Italy’s Leonardo. UK cooperates with Turkish Aerospace I...
  • Fırtına II Ahead Full
    Fırtına II Ahead Full 8 June 2018
    The prototype tests of the next-generation Fırtına howitzer are continuing. According to the news published in the ASELSAN Magazine, the first stage qualification tests have been completed. With the new generation of electronics developed by ASELSAN, the efficiency and accuracy of the system has been increased. In the turret systems of the howitzer, the dependence on the foreign countries has come to an end. The qualification tests of the new generation Fırtına have been completed in Kar...
  • Super Hornet SLM Process Begins
    Super Hornet SLM Process Begins 8 May 2018
    Boeing has launched F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Service-Life Modification (SLM) process with the first US Navy aircraft arrived at the company’s St Louis production facility. The SLM contract includes aircraft inspections and physical verification of fleet usage, warranty and non-warranty modifications, repairs incident to modification, recurring and non-recurring engineering efforts, logistics, project management, parts, kits and associated mater...
  • HMS Forth Commissioned
    HMS Forth Commissioned 17 April 2018
    The UK Royal Navy's first of five next-generation Offshore Patrol Vessels, HMS Forth, has been formally commissioned at her home base of Portsmouth. The vessel was designed for counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, fishery protection, border patrol, counter-terrorism and maritime defence duties. Being built by BAE Systems, the remaining four ships HMS Trent, Medway, Tamar and Spey are all expected to arrive in Portsmouth by 2020. The new OPVs can reach a maximum speed o...
  • China To Introduce New J-20 Variants
    China To Introduce New J-20 Variants 14 March 2018
    China will enhance the J-20 stealth fighter's capabilities. The deputy director of science and technology at Aviation Industry Corp of China, Yang Wei, said in an interview to China Daily that they will develop the J-20 into a large family and keep strengthening its information-processing and intelligent capacities while at the same time, begin research on a next-generation fighter to meet the nation's future requirements. The J-20, China's first fifth-generati...
  • Trelleborg Launches Next-Generation Firestop Material
    Trelleborg Launches Next-Generation Firestop Material 12 March 2018
    Trelleborg launched its next-generation Firestop material, developed to protect personnel and equipment by minimising fire escalation, which is thinner and lighter than any current passive fire-protection materials available to the market. The newly formulated compound can easily be moulded and extruded in all shapes and profiles which reduce both costs and lead time for customers. The certified rubber-based material protects structures from exceeding critic...
  • US Navy Picks Five Contenders to Compete for Guided-missile Frigate Project
    US Navy Picks Five Contenders to Compete for Guided-missile Frigate Project 20 February 2018
    The US Navy will evaluate the work of the five shipyards over the next 16 months before a final request for proposal in 2019 and a contract award in 2020, according to USNI News. Five ship designs will compete in the Navy’s bid for 20 next-generation guided-missile frigates (FFG(X)) that will follow the Littoral Combat Ship. A total of seven US, European and Australian firms are understood to have submitted initial bids. Austal USA, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics Bath Iron ...
  • MiG-35 Completed Factory Tests
    MiG-35 Completed Factory Tests 19 February 2018
    Russia’s MiG Aircraft Corporation has completed factory trials of its next-generation MiG-35 multirole fighter jet, the corporation’s press office revealed on Friday.  The agreement of the trials' completion was signed in December 2017 during which MiG specialists checked the fighter’s onboard radio-electronic equipment, the sight and navigation complex, the radar, engines and other aircraft systems. The flight tests of MiG-35 fighter aircraft, c...
  • HMS Forth, Handed Over To UK
    HMS Forth, Handed Over To UK 26 January 2018
    The UK Defence Ministry has officially received the first of five Batch 2 River Class offshore patrol vessel HMS Forth on 25 January. The ship will be commissioned later this year and deployed to Portsmouth Naval Base.  The first of the Royal Navy's next-generation patrol ships worth £116 million has been formally accepted after four months of extensive trials. HMS Forth has a displacement around 2 thousand tonnes, is able to conduct mont...
  • Self Defence Mission for F-35
    Self Defence Mission for F-35 24 January 2018
    Japan is to deploy its first F-35 aircraft to Misawa base later this month. Japan Air Self-Defence Force plans to deploy 9 out of 42 aircraft contracted for the service by the end of 2018. The advanced aircraft is Japan's next-generation mainstay fighter under a Defence Ministry plan. 
  • New Engine & Modernization to  B-52: $11,9 Billion
    New Engine & Modernization to B-52: $11,9 Billion 27 December 2017
    The US Air Force allocated a budget for its plans to modernize the iconic bomber of the Cold War era, B-52 Stratofortress. The B-52 performed its first flight on April 15th, 1952. B-52H model, the latest version of the aircraft, will benefit from the program. First, the engine which the 76 Boeing B-52H aircraft in the US Air Force inventory will be fitted with will be decided on. Instead of the 8 Pratt & Whitney TF33 turbofan engines providing the necessary power to the aircraft, 608 new ...
  • Record $46 Billion Budget by Japan
    Record $46 Billion Budget by Japan 23 December 2017
    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved a record defence budget of $46 billion (5.19 trillion yen). This is the highest defence budget of Japan after World War II. With the approval, 2018 defence budget has been increased by 1.3 percent compared to 2017. The new budget includes spending $208 million (23.5 billion yen) for next-generation missile defence systems. Japan has bilateral disputes with North Korea and China.
  • Captor-E Proceeds to Second Phase of Testing
    Captor-E Proceeds to Second Phase of Testing 13 December 2017
    Leonardo will soon begin the second phase of flight tests for its next-generation Captor-E active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. Captor-E will be the primary sensor on Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft destined for Kuwait. The first phase of test flights were completed earlier this year and the second phase will see Leonardo perform a series of ‘high intensity’ flight trials with incremental software updates to enable the required capability, known as the Phase 3 Enhancemen...
  • Colombia Move by STM
    Colombia Move by STM 7 December 2017
    STM presented the Colombian version of MILGEM, designated as CF3500, at the Expodefensa 2017 fair. The new version of MILGEM will compete in the Colombian Navy's "Plataforma Estratégica de Superficie (PES)" next-generation frigate bid. STM will benefit from Colombian design and engineering in this version of 3,500 tons. STM will cooperate with Cotecmar Shipyard if the product is chosen. The CF3500 stands out as the longer version of MILGEM Ada class corvettes. STM co...