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  • First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison
    First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison 15 October 2020
    NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker) have delivered the first NH90 to the Spanish Air Force that will boost their search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission capabilities. The Spanish Air Force will receive 12 NH90s intended to replace its ageing fleet of AS332 Super Pumas and will be based in Cuatro Vientos, near Madrid. Spain has ordered a total of 45 NH90s in the tactical transport version, to be operated by...
  • New Seahawk Seen Leaving Hangar
    New Seahawk Seen Leaving Hangar 2 October 2020
    The new Seahawk XSH-60L helicopter developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has left the hangar. The platform was developed in accordance with the needs of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). New technologies used in the XSH-60L, described as the successor to the SH-60K, are currently unknown. The platform will be operated by the Purchasing, Technology and Logistics Agency of Japan's Ministry of Defence during the initial testing phase. The new platform is ex...
  • France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles
    France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles 25 September 2020
    French General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) ordered 313 armoured vehicles as part of Scorpion army modernisation program. The order includes 42 Jaguar combat vehicles and 271 Griffon multirole armoured vehicles. Nexter, Arquus and Thales are part of the program. The 2019-2025 Military Programming Law (LPM) provides for both an increase in the numbers of the SCORPION program and an acceleration of deliveries. The target in 2030 was thus raised to 1,872 Griffon and 300 Jaguar vehicl...
  • Heron UAV Landed at International Airport
    Heron UAV Landed at International Airport 24 September 2020
    Israel’s Heron UAV landed at an international airport and integrate into the airspace alongside commercial flights by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Heron became the first UAV to land in an international airport alongside commercial flights occupying civilian air space. The entire take-off, flight, and landing were operated from the Ein Shemer control station. The landing demonstrates UAVs capability to take off and land automatically on long-haul routes using sa...
  • BAE to Deliver Archerfish Mine Neutralisers
    BAE to Deliver Archerfish Mine Neutralisers 21 September 2020
    BAE Systems will deliver Archerfish remote-controlled underwater mine neutraliser to US Navy. The Archerfish can be launched and operated from a surface ship, helicopter or an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). This is the fourth consecutive Archerfish contract awarded to BAE Systems since 2003. Archerfish is used by the US Navy’s MH-60S Helicopter squadrons (AN/ASQ-235) as part of the Airborne Mine Neutralisation capability, deployed from the Littoral Combat Ship.  It is...
  • New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone
    New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone 19 September 2020
    A new decision was made on the Eurodrone Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS programme, developed with a subsidiary of the German, French, Italian and Spanish Governments.  Meeting at Airbus' facilities in Germany, French Defence Minister Florance Parly and her German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called on member states to launch the next phase of the drone operation in 2021. Ministers said the financial problems in the programme will be resolved ...
  • GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine
    GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine 19 September 2020
    GE Aviation delivered the first of 19 engines that will power the initial eight models of Boeing’s F-15EX advanced Eagle, which will begin combined developmental and operational tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., early next year, the company said Sept. 16. In June, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCM) awarded GE Aviation a Lot 1 contract to produce 19 F110-GE-129 engines, including installs and spares and modernized engine monitoring system computers for the F-...
  • Research 4 Papa Alpha Flies for Final Data Collection Mission
    Research 4 Papa Alpha Flies for Final Data Collection Mission 18 September 2020
        MIT Lincoln Laboratory announced that the LL Flight Test Facility flew aircraft N404PA Boeing 707 will be retired. The laboratory said on its tweeter account, that the aircraft will fly for “its final data collection mission” The aircraft will enter into “disposition status” in preparation for final transfer to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. This aircraft is a Heavily Modified B707-321B carrying civil regist...
  • Antonov completes final assembly of the AN-178 aircraft destined for Peru
    Antonov completes final assembly of the AN-178 aircraft destined for Peru 29 August 2020
      Antonov Company has completed the assembly of the AN-178 fuselage template for delivery under the contract between the Spetstechnoexport Company and the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Peru. On August 21, the aircraft (serial number 006) was introduced to the Ukrainian media by Oleksandr Los, president of the Antonov Company. He spoke about the results achieved in the construction of the AN-178 and expressed thanks to Antonov's team for these highly ...
  • Artificial Intelligence Beats Human Fighter Pilot
    Artificial Intelligence Beats Human Fighter Pilot 21 August 2020
    US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has gone under artificial intelligence (AI) trial. The artificial intelligence algorithm, developed by Heron Systems was in a dog fight with human F-16 pilot “banger” in a simulation. Artificial intelligence has beaten 5-0 in the DARPA’s AlphaDogfight Trials on Aug. 20. The pilot who was on dog fight simulation is an operational fighter pilot with more than 2,000 hours in the F-16. Banger and AI fought in five di...
  • Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery
    Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery 11 August 2020
    Intelligence aircraft, developed from business jets and fixed-wing light aircraft, offer cost-effective solutions to users. The French defence procurement agency DGA announced the delivery of the first light intelligence aircraft on July 31. Within the scope of ALSR (Avions Légers de Surveillance et de Reconnaissance / Light Reconnaissance and Surveillance Aircraft) Program, Sabena and Thales were selected as the main contractors for the two ordered platforms in Jun...
  • First Autonomous Flight from French Drone
    First Autonomous Flight from French Drone 29 July 2020
    The VSR700 VTOL rotary wing UAV prototype developed by Airbus Helicopters completed its first autonomous flight. The VSR700, which took off as part of a risk-free effort by Airbus Helicopters and Naval Group, operated a 10-minute flight in the south of France. The rotary wing UAV, which is expected to begin sea tests next year, has a maximum take-off weight of between 500 and 1,000 kg. The platform, which can be equipped with a large number of sea sensors, will be deployed...
  • New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya
    New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya 27 July 2020
    The US Army Command in Africa (Africom) released new satellite images on Friday (July 24th) regarding the Russian presence in Libya. "Russia continues to play an unhelpful role in Libya by delivering supplies and equipment to the Wagner group," said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Bradford Gering, AFRICOM director of operations. "Imagery continues to unmask their consistent denials." According to Africom, these satellite images prove the presence of the Rus...
  • Azerbaijan and Turkey Partnership in Defence Industry
    Azerbaijan and Turkey Partnership in Defence Industry 17 July 2020
    Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries, hosted Kerem Mustafayev, Army Commander of Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic, and Ramiz Tahirov, Deputy Minister of Defence and Commander of the Air Force of Azerbaijan. "Our defence industry is always at the disposal of Azerbaijan with all its experience, technology and capabilities, from our armed drones to our munitions and missiles, electronic warfare systems," Prof. Dr. Demir said of the meeting, in which cooperat...
  • Tempest Program to Catch Industry 4.0
    Tempest Program to Catch Industry 4.0 14 July 2020
    The "smart factory" built for the Tempest programme, the next generation fighter jet operated by the UK with bae systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo subsidiary, has been announced. The new factory, which will be located at BAE Systems' plant in Lancashire, aims to include virtual and increased reality in production. In addition to achieving a cost-effective solution with the new structure, the company says it will facilitate the production of coercive military airc...
  • Hellenic Navy Improve Logistics Capability
    Hellenic Navy Improve Logistics Capability 12 July 2020
    Greece, which wants to increase its effectiveness in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, is expanding the steps taken in the navy area. The Hellenic Navy continues to add ships in its inventory from different ways. In this context, another platform donated by Aikateri Laskaris Foundation to the Hellenic Naval Forces. HS Iraklis (A 472) commissioned with a ceremony held at the Salamis Naval Base as the logistic support vessel. Founded under the leadership of form...
  • Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble?
    Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble? 27 June 2020
    British independent public spending watchdog, “The National Audit Office”, has published a report into the ability of the MOD to successfully deliver Carrier Strike capability successfully. The report, published today examines how the Department has managed the programme since 2017 and how it is addressing the risks towards achieving the full capabilities of a carrier strike group. In other words, the report states concern about transforming process from a &lsq...
  • Turkish Partner in F-15QA's New Agreement
    Turkish Partner in F-15QA's New Agreement 17 June 2020
    A new agreement has been reached for the F-15QA aircraft developed for Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF). A new complex will be built at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $524 million contract to a joint venture between Bahadir Construction Engineering Contracting and Trading Company & Impresa Costruzioni Giuseppe Maltauro, which includes training, maintenance and procurement for the F-15QA. Under the deal, which is worth about $524 million, 35 buildings wi...
  • Additional Infantry Fighting Vehicle
    Additional Infantry Fighting Vehicle 2 June 2020
    India, which has border disputes with Pakistan and China, continues its arms procurement processes in different areas. The Indian Ministry of Defence has approved 156 additional procurement package for the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle produced under license in the country and serving as "Sarath" in the inventory. The total cost of the vehicles to be produced under the state-owned subsidiary of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) was announced as 148 million USD. BMP-...
  • Ateş Eye for Greece-Bulgaria Border
    Ateş Eye for Greece-Bulgaria Border 29 April 2020
    The Turkish defence industry continues its activities with firm steps, despite the COVID-19, which makes its impact felt in Turkey as well as all over the world. The land vehicles phase of the EU funded project, which started against irregular migration and increasing security at the Turkish western border has been completed. According to the news of Anadolu Agency, the last batch of Katmerciler Ateş Armoured Border Security System, was delivered t...
  • New Medium Tank For the Army
    New Medium Tank For the Army 28 April 2020
    Despite COVID-19, armament programs around the world continue in progress without disruption. A delegation from the US Army visited General Dynamics and BAE Systems facilities on April 23. In this context, the prototype of the new MPF (Mobility, Protection, Firepower) platform developed by General Dynamics Land Systems was also inspected. MPF, developed for the need of a tracked platform that will provide protection, firepower to the personnel of the Army and can co-o...
  • Canada Lifts Freeze on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia
    Canada Lifts Freeze on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia 13 April 2020
    Canada is lifting a freeze on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia and has renegotiated a much-criticized $14 billion contract to sell General Dynamics Corp armoured vehicles to Riyadh, Ottawa said. The announcement marks a retreat by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said in December 2018 he was looking for a way out of the deal.   The gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the vehicle is quoting 28,100 kg. The LAV-FSV’s powerpack co...
  • Domestic Weapons of Turkey at Operation Spring Shield: Part-2 Unmanned Aerial Systems and Smart Munitions
    Domestic Weapons of Turkey at Operation Spring Shield: Part-2 Unmanned Aerial Systems and Smart Munitions 12 March 2020
    Operation Spring Shield was a theatre for domestic unmanned aerial vehicles. In the operation that will be written not only for the Turkish Armed Forces but also in the world conflict history, many break grounds took place. In the operation; Anka, Anka-S, Bayraktar TB2, as well as MAM-L and MAM-C; was in the leading role. The Turkish Army used unmanned aerial vehicles imported from the USA, the UK and Israel for many years. Platforms used in areas such as counter-terrorism, bor...
  • Australia to Sell Hornets to US Training Firm
    Australia to Sell Hornets to US Training Firm 5 March 2020
    Australia plans to sell 46 Boeing F/A-18 A/B “Classic” Hornets to Air USA for training purposes. Air USA provides tactical airpower training services to the US military and international customers. The aircraft are being retired as Canberra takes delivery of up to 72 Lockheed Martin F-35As, which are replacing the Hornet in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) service. No details about the pricing are known. The announcement follows a previous 2019 deal ...
  • Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets
    Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets 10 January 2020
    Rheinmetall and Thales have signed an agreement to support together with the future developments, qualification and production of the 70mm (2.75”) guided and unguided rockets solutions for helicopters as well as potentially other new platforms in Germany. Two international groups will propose complementary capabilities for the Tiger MK3 program. The Thales 70mm (2.75”) rocket systems are currently operated on UHT Tiger and under certification on Airbus Helicopters H145M....
  • NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability
    NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability 25 November 2019
      The first of five NATO RQ-4D Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) unmanned aircraft lands in Italy. The first of five NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft landed in Sigonella. AGS is being developed with significant contributions from 15 Allies - Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States. All Allies will have access to the data obtained by the AGS; The ...
  • Border and Weapon System Solutions from ASELSAN
    Border and Weapon System Solutions from ASELSAN 18 November 2019
    Held in Thailand "Defence & Security" Fair, many companies showed contributions from Turkey. ASELSAN focused on two solutions for Thailand. Thailand presented stabilised weapon systems for the Royal Land and Navy. 12.7 mm and 25 mm stabilized weapon system STAMP with automatic target tracking; STOP is a new generation, cost-effective, medium calibre weapon system for naval platforms fitted with 25mm KBA or 25mm M242 Bushmaster Automatic Cannon; SMASH is a remotely operat...
  • Demir: S-400 to be operated in Turkey without Russian personnel 17 November 2019
    President of the Defence Industry, Ismail Demir said that no Russian personnel would operate the S-400 missile defence systems after they enter service in Turkey. Speaking at a television interview, Demir said, "Turkish specialists are continuing their training in Russia. We have reiterated more than once that there will be no Russian personnel [to operate the S-400]," he said adding that Turkey had no plans to put aside the S-400 missile defence systems having purchased them from R...
  • Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H
    Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H 30 October 2019
    The Republic of China Army retired its UH-1H fleet today and declared the UH-60M fleet fully operational. A ceremony was held at Tai Chung Lung Hsiang base to mark the event. The UH-1H utility helicopter was in service for military training or in the relief operations of mountain rescue and natural disasters. Army Aviation Special Operations Command held a "de-settlement ceremony" on the 30th of this month due to the absence of parts and shortage of spare parts. Its air tr...
  • 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...
  • Second Altimeter Export from METEKSAN
    Second Altimeter Export from METEKSAN 17 October 2019
    Meteksan Defence exported its radar altimeter developed for aerial platforms to an Asian country. The company announced its contract that took place in September with a press release. The radar altimeters are designed, developed and produced by Meteksan Defence in accordance with military standards. They are operated at aircraft, helicopters, UAVs and guided projectiles, for as low altitude, high-speed flights. Altimeters require low input power, operate in a wide frequency band and...
  • Armoured Dozer Support to Inventory
    Armoured Dozer Support to Inventory 10 October 2019
    Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank visited Katmerciler's factory in İzmir Çiğli Organized Industrial Zone. Varank received information about dozers to be delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces. The platform, which provides protection against the most potent mines defined by NATO standards, can be commanded remotely. Varank said that the delivery of the dozers to the Turkish Armed Forces will start on Friday. "Wherever there is a need, these vehicles will be used...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts 24 September 2019
    The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refuelling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of four flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed b...
  • Inventory is Growing 24 September 2019
    The Philippine Navy (PN) will launch new platforms. PN is scheduled to commission three new Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) Mk.3 fast boats and four KAAV-7A1 amphibious assault vehicles. The MPAC Mk.3 was made by the joint venture of Taiwan’s Lung the Shipbuilding, and Filipino marine company Propmech Corporation, and will be the 4th batch acquired by the PN from the joint venture. It would be armed with the Rafael Spike-ER missiles fired from the Rafael Typhoon MLS-ER missi...
  • France Received Hercules
    France Received Hercules 20 September 2019
    Under the contract signed between France and the US government through Foreign Military Sales, France purchased two C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft and two KC-130J tanker aircraft. The French Air Force has received the first of two US-made KC-130J Hercules tanker aircraft. The two C-130J-30 airlifters were delivered in 2017 and 2018, and a second KC-130J will deliver in 2020. “In choosing to operate both the C-130J-30 and the KC-130J, France has built a diverse air...
  • The Navy's First Electric Diesel Submarine: S26T 16 September 2019
    In April 2017, the Government of Thailand approved the purchase of approximately $ 411 million worth of diesel-electric submarines from China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and Chinese shipbuilder Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co. Ltd held the keel-laying ceremony for the RTN’s first S26T diesel-electric submarine. The ceremony was held in Wuchang Shipbuilding’s yard in Wuhan.  The S26T was based on the Type 039B Yuan-class s...
  • Navy's Second LPD Coming
    Navy's Second LPD Coming 12 September 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 ...
  • UAVs to Gather Information 11 September 2019
    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) signed contracts, as part of the PAF UAV Systems Project with Israel for four Elbit Systems Hermes 450 mid-altitude long-endurance UAVs and nine Hermes 900 UAVs. The deal was worth about $ 163 million. The first batch of Hermes 450, was delivered to the PAF. The Elbit Systems Hermes 450 has a range of 300 kilometres and an endurance of up to 20 hours. It can carry sensor and surveillance payloads of up to 150 kilograms total.  According ...
  • 11th C-17 for India
    11th C-17 for India 29 August 2019
    India continues to add C-17 transport aircraft to its inventory. On August 26, Boeing delivered the 11th C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in New Delhi. The aircraft, which is the last of 12 'white-tail' airlifters that Boeing built before closing down its C-17 production facility in Long Beach, California, in 2015, was acquired by the IAF for USD336.2 million.   The airlifter joins 10 other C-17s that are operated...
  • First Brazilian Gripen E Completes its First Flight
    First Brazilian Gripen E Completes its First Flight 28 August 2019
    Saab completed a successful first flight with the first Brazilian Gripen E fighter aircraft, 39-6001. At 2.41 pm CET on August 26, the Gripen E aircraft took off on its maiden flight flown by Saab test pilot Richard Ljungberg. The aircraft operated from Saab´s airfield in Linköping, Sweden.  The duration of the flight was 65 minutes and included test points to verify basic handling and flying qualities at different altitudes and speeds. The main purpose was to verify...