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  • Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets
    Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets January 10 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 November 25 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 November 18 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 November 17 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 October 30 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 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...
  • Second Altimeter Export from METEKSAN
    Second Altimeter Export from METEKSAN October 17 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 October 10 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 September 24 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 September 24 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 September 20 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 September 16 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 September 12 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 September 11 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 August 29 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 August 28 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...
  • Export Version of Il-112V Transport Aircraft to Debut at MAKS 2019
    Export Version of Il-112V Transport Aircraft to Debut at MAKS 2019 August 20 2019
    The export version of Il-112VE light military transport aircraft is set to make its debut at MAKS-2019 international air show to be held later this month. According to a statement released by Rosoboronexport, the Il-112VE aircraft is intended for the transportation and airdropping of cargo, vehicles, equipment, ammunition and personnel.   It is equipped with two new higher-power and more fuel-efficient engines, the TV7-117ST, and AV112 propellers controlled by a singl...
  • Cracks of the Hercules August 12 2019
      Cracks were found in one of the US Air Force C-130H Hercules. As a result, a total of 123 Hercules transport aircraft are now temporarily grounded. Air Force has spotted cracks on the lower center wing joint during scheduled depot maintenance.   The aircraft that are grounded have not received the extended service life center wing box and have more than 15 thousand hours of flight. Maintenance and engineering experts are ordered to inspect the aircraf...
  • Old Bird Get Renewed August 11 2019
    The Russian Navy to begin the modernization of the Be-12 Chayka (NATO Code: Mail) maritime patrol aircraft. Platform, which will be equipped with a new sonar, scanning sensors and a MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detector) as well as new depth charges and torpedoes. The flying boat is considered the oldest aircraft in service with the Russian fleet. The Be-12 made its maiden flight back in 1960, and its production was completed in 1973. The new equipment will be able to give Chayka a second life. Chay...
  • Unmanned Era on MineSweeper
    Unmanned Era on MineSweeper August 10 2019
    The unmanned surface vessel of the SLAMF/MMCM (Système de Lutte Anti-Mines du Futur / Maritime Mine Counter Measures) program carried out a demonstration of its capabilities in Brest harbour in June 2019. Testing with teams from the French Navy, French Armament General Directorate (DGA) and Thales is ongoing while qualification for the whole system is set for December this year. SLAMF results from Franco-British cooperation initiated in 2010 as part of the Lancaster House agr...
  • New Termal Eyes for Turkish Submarines
    New Termal Eyes for Turkish Submarines August 8 2019
    Turkey has signed an agreement, which is worth 45 million US Dollar, with Hensoldt. Under the agreement, the Turkish Navy will supply eight SERO 400 periscopes with thermal imaging capabilities. Periscopes will be integrated into Preveze Class (Type 209/1400) submarines. Preveze Class (Type 209/1400) submarines are named after the Type 209 steel, which is the construction material of the submarine, and weight of the submarine, which is 1400 tons. The platform, which has a displ...
  • Training Support for the Recon
    Training Support for the Recon August 6 2019
    Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Solutions awarded $40M contract for E-8 aircrew training device sustainment. This contract provides for contractor logistics support and training system support centre operations of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Aircrew training device. The Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) is a United States Air Force Airborne ground surveillance, battle management and command and control aircra...
  • Towards Autonomous Tanks
    Towards Autonomous Tanks August 6 2019
    Israel’s Ministry of Defence wants to procure an armoured vehicle that can be operated by two soldiers instead of four with the hatch closed. The ministry tasked three Israeli companies, Israel Aerospace Industries and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, along with Elbit Systems to complete the task. Three companies demonstrated options for the project to US army representatives on Sunday at an army base in northern Israel. The so-called Carmel project, launched three y...
  • Spearhead for Unmanned Ships
    Spearhead for Unmanned Ships August 5 2019
    The U.S. Navy tested expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) as a mother ship for unmanned aerial vehicle and unmanned underwater vehicle. Spearhead sailed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Key West. This experiment is in line with a global trend that consists of using manned surface vessels for the launch, operation and recovery of unmanned maritime systems, essentially using the manned vessel as a mother ship. Operated by the U.S. Military Sealift Command, USNS Spe...
  • ACAR-K Radar is in the İnventory of Argentine Armed Forces
    ACAR-K Radar is in the İnventory of Argentine Armed Forces August 1 2019
    ASELSAN’s ACAR-K Ground Surveillance Radars are accepted to be in Argentina’s armed forces inventory. The radar is tested under the surveillance of General Hector Prechi, Commander of the 2nd Army of Argentina. Within the scope of the acceptance activity, ACAR-K Surveillance Radar was tested in different scenarios for the detection of pedestrians, light vehicles, tanks and helicopters in line with the request of the Armed Forces of Argentina. ACAR-K radar was operated by the relev...
  • Su-57 Serial Production Begins
    Su-57 Serial Production Begins July 30 2019
    The Sukhoi Aircraft Company has started to implement its contract for the delivery of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to the country’s Aerospace Force, the office of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told TASS on Monday. The state contract envisages the delivery of 76 Su-57 fighter jets to Russia’s Aerospace Force. The vice-premier’s office also confirmed the earlier-stated timeframe of delivering the first Su-57 plane to the Aerospace Force. "T...
  • Bulgaria Buys Eight F-16V Fighters from US
    Bulgaria Buys Eight F-16V Fighters from US July 10 2019
      Bulgaria announced today that it has reached an agreement to buy eight new-build Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets for its air force, Reuters reported from Sofia. The aircraft will cost $1.256 billion, and constitute Bulgaria’s biggest military acquisition since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. The new F-16s will replace the obsolete MiG-29 fighters currently operated by the Bulgarian air force. The Defence Secu...
  • First Two of IFV Received
    First Two of IFV Received June 30 2019
    Lithuania on 25 June, received its first two of 8x8 Boxer "Vilkas" Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV). The vehicles will officially enter the inventory of the Lithuanian Armed Forces after admission procedures. The Vilkas IFV is a variant of Boxer armoured fighting vehicle developed by German manufacturer ARTEC according to the requirements of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have Israel-made turrets, 30 mm MK-44S cannons and ...
  • New Weapon Systems from Russia
    New Weapon Systems from Russia June 21 2019
      The Russian Armed Forces are about to get a whole new weapon based on laser energy and hypersonic, the first of its samples have already been introduced into trial combat duty. According to the General of the Army Sergei Shoigu. The President of the Russian Federation said that, “The Peresvet laser systems operated in the troops would take on duty this December, the nuclear submarine carrier for the Poseidon will be launched this spring; serial production of t...
  • Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft May 23 2019
      Greece received first modernized P-3 Orion Maritime patrol aircraft. Senior officials from the Greek Ministry of National Defence, the Hellenic Air Force, Navy and Army, Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industries participated in a ceremony for the delivery of the first modernized P-3b Orion. Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) hosted a ceremony at HAI’s facility near Athens, Greece, for the delivery of the first P-3B maritime patrol aircraft (interim solu...
  • New Delhi Approves Navy Ka-31 Buy
    New Delhi Approves Navy Ka-31 Buy May 11 2019
    The Defence Acquisition Council on Friday cleared the purchase of 10 Russian-made Kamov Ka-31 31 Helix airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN). ANI news agency reported the proposed acquisition would cost approximately Rs 3,600 crore (US$518 million).. The procurement of 10 Ka-31 AEW&C helicopters, used as airborne pickets by the IN, will allow them to improve their situational awareness at sea, and follow-on orders after India ordered...
  • ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ
    ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ April 30 2019
    The GÖKDENİZ Close Air Defence System for Marine Platforms (YHSS), which was developed as a result of the adaptation of KORKUT Self-Propelled Gun Barrelled Low-Altitude Air Defence Weapon System to marine platforms under the scope of the contract executed by the Presidency for Defence Industries, was introduced at IDEF’19 at ASELSAN’s stand with the participation of the President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of A...
  • Neptune Ready for Service
    Neptune Ready for Service April 26 2019
    It has been announced that the final trials of the land-based missile Neptune have been completed and the system is ready to enter service with the naval and land forces. It has also been stated that the cruise missile, which was indigenously developed by Ukraine, will soon be distributed to the units. The system was developed to protect Ukraine’s coastal areas. Four missiles are carried ready to fire on a KrAZ-7634HE 8x8 truck. Each vehicle is operated by three personnel. The...
  • F-35 to Be Costlier according to Pentagon
    F-35 to Be Costlier according to Pentagon April 24 2019
    The estimated total price for research and procurement has increased by $22 billion in current dollars adjusted for inflation, according to the Pentagon’s latest annual cost assessment of major projects. Defence Department’s latest Selected Acquisition Report sent to Congress last week underlines an increase to $428.4 billion from $406.2 billion in acquisition costs, about a 5.5 percent increase. The Report states that the increase isn’t due to poor perfo...
  • KMW to Modernise 101 German Leopard 2 Tanks for $300M
    KMW to Modernise 101 German Leopard 2 Tanks for $300M April 6 2019
    Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has been awarded a contract to modernise 101 Leopard 2 A6 main battle tanks with a $300 million contract from Germany. The contract in question was signed on 28 March 2019 at the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw), the company said in a statement. Operating concept, targeting system, fire control computer as well as the chassis will be upgraded to the level of the Leopard 2 A7V. By this step, the diversity of diffe...
  • Australia to Acquire Gulfstream Business Jet for Electronic Warfare
    Australia to Acquire Gulfstream Business Jet for Electronic Warfare March 30 2019
    The Australian Department of Defence (DOD) announced that they are planning to acquire four modified Gulfstream G550 business jets as an airborne electronic warfare platform. According to Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, the new aircraft will be integrated to the Australian Defence Force’s joint warfighting network, and will be a crucial link between platforms like the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft, the EA-18G elect...
  • U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Transfer Of F-35 Fighters To Turkey
    U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Transfer Of F-35 Fighters To Turkey March 29 2019
    Four U.S. senators on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey until the U.S. government certifies that Ankara will not take delivery of a Russian S-400 air defence system, a statement on the move said. U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), James Lankford (R-OK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today introduced a bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey until our government c...
  • First Mission for The Leonardo M-40 Drone
    First Mission for The Leonardo M-40 Drone February 19 2019
    Italian manufacturer Leonardo announced that its M-40 drone had completed its first operational mission during an exercise in the Italian Navy. Leonardo announced that his target drone, the M-40, had been implemented during an exercise of the Italian Navy. The M-40 has been used to simulate air strikes and to train Italian forces to face a variety of threats. During this exercise, the aircraft carrier Cavour, AV8B + combat aircraft and the destroyer Mimbelli were mobilized. Several ...
  • 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...
  • Mistral Missile Has Anti-Surface Capability
    Mistral Missile Has Anti-Surface Capability January 11 2019
    MBDA has successfully demonstrated the use of the Mistral missile against Fast Inshore Attack Crafts (FIAC)s at the end of last year. A number of foreign delegations attended the demonstration firing that was performed from a SIMBAD-RC automated naval turret firing from the land against a fast moving remotely-controlled semi-rigid boat more than 3 kilometres off the coast. The scenario was intended to be representative of the self-protection of a vessel against an asymmetric threat. In its la...