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  • World-First Electrical Technology from Rolls-Royce for Tempest Programme
    World-First Electrical Technology from Rolls-Royce for Tempest Programme January 9 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 November 26 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 November 22 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 October 18 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 September 12 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’ August 29 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 August 22 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 August 14 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 May 9 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 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 ...
  • Taiwan to Develop 5th-Gen Fighter Jets March 9 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 February 7 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 December 13 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 November 12 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 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...
  • UK Unveils Future Fighter Concept
    UK Unveils Future Fighter Concept July 16 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 June 8 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 May 8 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 April 17 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 March 14 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 March 12 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 February 20 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 February 19 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 January 26 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 January 24 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 December 27 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 December 23 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 December 13 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 December 7 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...
  • New Command To US Army
    New Command To US Army October 11 2017
    The US Army is establishing a new command to realign modernization responsibilities under a new organization. The new organization will implement cross-functional teams that align with the Army’s six modernization priorities: Long-Range Precision Fires, next-generation combat vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, the network, air-and-missile defence and soldier lethality. The main goal for this new establishment is to see the army's major efforts through to the final pr...
  • DSEI'17: Rapier Alternative by MBDA
    DSEI'17: Rapier Alternative by MBDA September 14 2017
    MBDA’s Land Ceptor air defence system is making its show debut in the outside vehicle park at DSEI 2017 in London. Land Ceptor utilises the next-generation Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) and it will be brought into service by the British Army as a replacement for the Rapier air defence system. Compared to Rapier, Land Ceptor has over triple the range (25 km+) and is able to intercept the most challenging targets in any weather conditions, including cruise mis...
  • SNC, TAI Could Not Rank Among Top Three
    SNC, TAI Could Not Rank Among Top Three September 5 2017
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have been eliminated in the US' next-generation jet engine training aircraft tender. According to Kokpit.aero's news dated 4 September, the three designs selected to compete in the US Air Force's tender are Boeing and Swedish Saab, Lockheed Martin and South Korea's KAI and Italian Leonardo's. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) owned by Turkish businessmen Fatih and Eren &...
  • 42-Hour Flight By Gray Eagle
    42-Hour Flight By Gray Eagle August 21 2017
    The Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), manufactured by General Atomics, performed a 42-hour endurance flight on 6 August. The flight marked 68% increase in endurance compared to the UAV's predecessor.  GE-ER is a next-generation advanced variant of the original Gray Eagle and is able to carry out surveillance, communications relay, and weapons delivery missions.
  • PAK DA Will Fly in 2025
    PAK DA Will Fly in 2025 April 28 2017
    Russia’s next-generation strategic bomber (Perspective Airborne Complex of Long-Range Aviation/ PAK DA) is expected to carry out its first flight in 2025-2026, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov revealed on 27 April. Borisov added that serial production of the aircraft would follow in 2028-2029.  The bomber, being developed by Tupolev Design Bureau, was initially planned to make the first test flights in 2019-2020, however delayed d...
  • $96-Million Missile Tubes by GD
    $96-Million Missile Tubes by GD April 28 2017
    General Dynamics has been awarded a $96 million modification contract to build 17 common missile tubes for both the US Navy and UK Royal Navy’s next-generation strategic ballistic missile submarines, announced by the company on 27 April. The contract covers development of the Common Missile Compartment for the US Navy’s Columbia-class submarine and the Royal Navy’s Dreadnought-class ballistic-missile submarine. 
  • Extended Range Boost to RBS 15 Family
    Extended Range Boost to RBS 15 Family April 7 2017
    Sweden awarded a $358,5 million contract to Saab Dynamics for the development and production of a next-generation, extended range RBS15 anti-ship missile on 31 March. The missile will have both air-launched and ship-launched configurations. Saab will also reduce the weight of the missile and enhance its airframe to extend its range. The new missiles will be used on the Royal Swedish Navy's Visby-class corvettes and Swedish Air Force JAS Gripen E multi-role fighter...
  • $13 Billion Carrier Begins Sea Trials
    $13 Billion Carrier Begins Sea Trials April 6 2017
    The $12,9 billion next-generation aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford will begin the first round of its sea trials this week.Built by Newport News Shipbuilding, the keel of USS Gerald R. Ford was laid down on 13 November 2009. The US Navy is sheduled to take delivery of the ship in late April or early May for acceptance trials.  Gerald R. Ford is equipped with an AN/SPY-3 active electronically scanned array multi-function radar and features an elec...
  • $358,5 Million Saab Support to Defence
    $358,5 Million Saab Support to Defence March 31 2017
    Saab has been awarded a contract by Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development and production of the next-generation anti-ship missile system. The contract covers development of both air-launched and ship-launched variants and amounts to $358,5 million.  Saabs CEO Håkan Buskhe said these next generation missiles would provide the Swedish Air Force and the Royal Swedish Navy with greatly improved capabilities, compared to oth...
  • 2020 Target for Russian Air Defence
    2020 Target for Russian Air Defence March 24 2017
    Russia to induct next-generation S-500 air defence systems by 2020. Russian Presidential Aide for Military-Technical Cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said the Russian army will receive military equipment based on new physical principles and hypersonic weapons in addition to S-500 Prometey. The system has a range of 600 km and is able to simultaneously intercept up to ten ballistic and hypersonic missiles traveling at a speed of up to 7 kilometers per second....
  • V-280 Valor Will Fly This Year
    V-280 Valor Will Fly This Year March 3 2017
    Bell Helicopters revealed that its new next-generation tiltrotor, the V-280 Valor, is to carry out its first flight within this year. Being developed for the US Army's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program, V-280 Valor will be equipped with infrared heat-suppressing mechanisms and will feature a fuselage designed to reduce radar signature. A senior executive at Bell Helicopters stated that the tiltrotor would also have advanced-electronic warfare ...