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  • MEHS for Turkish Navy
    MEHS for Turkish Navy January 7 2020
    Another program launched for the locally-built critical sub-components of the platforms operating in the Turkish Navy is finished. In this way, the electronic warfare capability of the Turkish Naval Forces has been increased. In the statement made by the Presidency of Defence Industries; ASELSAN's MEHS (Milli elektronik Harp Suiti / National Electronic Warfare Suite) integrated third and fourth Yavuz Class frigates and platforms delivered to the Navy. Under the co...
  • ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters
    ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters December 23 2019
      The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) to its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II at 17th Fighter Wing. The ROKAF has received 13 aircraft out of the 40 ordered under a KRW7.3 trillion (US$6.3 billion) deal signed in 2014. Reaching IOC level means that the aircraft are now operational but is limited to certain air operations including flying interdiction, essential close air support, and limited supp...
  • USAF Has Developed a Drone That Flew For 2 1/2-Day
    USAF Has Developed a Drone That Flew For 2 1/2-Day December 16 2019
    The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Centre for Rapid Innovation has developed an unmanned platform that flew a two 1/2-day continuous flight demonstration from Dec. 9 to Dec 11 at Dugway Proving Ground. The Ultra Long Endurance Aircraft Platform, or Ultra LEAP, consists of a high-performance, cost-effective, sport-class commercial airframe converted to a fully automated system with autonomous take-off and landing capabilities, the service says in a press release. <...
  • Saab Delivers Deployable Maintenance Facility to Hungary
    Saab Delivers Deployable Maintenance Facility to Hungary December 10 2019
    Swedish Saab has announced that it has delivered the DAM (Deployable Aircraft Maintenance ) facility mobile fighter support unit to the Hungarian Air Force. The DAM Collection is a complete fighter aircraft support solution that can be deployed quickly to any terrain with minimal ground-level preparation. The delivery stems from a contract signed between Saab and the Hungarian Ministry of Defence in December 2018. DAM provides capability equivalent to stationary maintenance infrastr...
  • F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020
    F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020 November 15 2019
    According to USNI News, US lawmakers will not authorise the Pentagon to award a multi-year contract to build F-35 unless the program solves such problems as chronic shortages of spare parts that often wear out quicker than anticipated. Speaking during a joint hearing of two House Armed Services subcommittees, Rep. John Garamendi, chairman of the readiness subcommittee, said the F-35 program is still plagued by high operating costs, inadequate repair capacity, spare part shortages an...
  • Space Planes and Space Shuttles November 1 2019
    As it is essential to return from space, the next move on this issue was to carry out many studies on overcoming both technical and financial problems. The most well-known of these is the US space shuttle program, but it has had many competitors both at home and internationally. A spacecraft is the generic name of an aircraft operating in Earth orbit that can serve more than once and can safely return to earth. In essence, this definition embodies the challenges of spacecraft design...
  • France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates
    France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates October 28 2019
    The steel-cutting ceremony of the first defence and intervention frigate (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention /FDI) took place on the Naval Group site of Lorient. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Head of the French Armament Directorate (DGA) Délégué Général pour l’Armement, Joël Barre, the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Christophe Prazuck, the Chief of the Hellenic Na...
  • 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...
  • Korea re-runs for Nuclear-Powered Submarine
    Korea re-runs for Nuclear-Powered Submarine October 11 2019
    The Republic of Korea is considering to own nuclear-powered submarine. According to the Korea Herald, the Navy is running a task force on the potential construction of nuclear-powered submarines. ROK pushed to build such submarines in 2003 behind the scenes as part of its long-term military build-up program.  The project was suspended about a year later after it was disclosed in a media report. Then in 2017, the defence ministry researched the matter through private e...
  • Japanese Radars Failed to Track North Korean Missiles
    Japanese Radars Failed to Track North Korean Missiles September 25 2019
      Japan has failed to track the trajectory of some of North Korea’s new types of short-range missiles according to the Japan Times. The missiles, including some capable of reaching Japan, apparently escaped detection due to their low altitudes and irregular trajectories. Tokyo is said to believe that North Korea is attempting to break through Japan’s existing missile defence network. Japan is considering operating two or more Aegis-equipped destr...
  • Boeing MQ-25 Unmanned Aerial Refueller Completes First Test Flight September 21 2019
    Boeing and the U.S. Navy on Sept. 19 successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueller, according to a company release. The MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, completed the autonomous two-hour flight under the direction of Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station. The aircraft completed an autonomous taxi and take-off and then flew a pre-determined route to validate the aircraft’s basic flight functions and operations w...
  • Redesign for F-35B
    Redesign for F-35B August 27 2019
    Japan recently announced plans to convert helicopter carrier JDS Izumo (DDH-183) and her sister JDS Kaga (DDH-184), of the Izumo ‘helicopter destroyer’ class, into light aircraft carriers capable of operating F-35B jets. Japan is completing modifications necessary to support F-35B flight operations from the helicopter carrier, local media have reported. The government has also approved a plan to purchase U.S.-made F-35B fighter jets which have short take-off and vertical landing c...
  • First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4
    First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4 August 20 2019
    The first KC-390 is due to be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force on September 4, according to an Airway source. Manufactured by Embraer, the multi-purpose cargo jet is the largest aircraft ever built in Brazil. If all goes as planned, the ceremony will be held at Anapolis Air Base where Wing 2 is located, which will be responsible for operating the new aircraft. The first KC-390 from Brazil’s 28-unit order was completed late last year and made its first flight in October. Em...
  • Taiwan Unveils New  UAV Development
    Taiwan Unveils New UAV Development August 18 2019
    Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST )is pursuing a new medium-altitude long-endurance UAV development. The agency has unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE).   Two Teng Yun prototypes - which have been marked MU-1611 and MU-1612 - possess an operating range in excess of 1,000 km, flight endu...
  • Approval for Lockheed Martin August 15 2019
    U.S. Department of Defence said that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $99 million contract for AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) foreign military sales production support. The contract, which involves foreign military sales to Finland, Poland and Australia, will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support.   Weighing approximate...
  • Russia In Warm Waters
    Russia In Warm Waters August 11 2019
    "Warm Water Policy" policy, which is one of the common goals adopted by Russian Tsardom, the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and finally the Russian Federation since Tsar Petro I, was achieved. As part of the improvement and development of the Syrian economy, an agreement was signed between Damascus and Moscow administrations last April. According to this agreement, the operating activities of Tartus Port were transferred to Russian company Stroytransgaz for 49 years with...
  • HGK-82 Became Operational
    HGK-82 Became Operational August 11 2019
    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Defence Industry Research and Development Institute (SAGE), has said HGK-82 (Precision Guidance Kit-82) has become operational. TUBITAK SAGE, announced from the official Twitter account that it is used four times. Kit developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE gives precision and range to classical bomb. The kits are installed on MKEK production of 500 lbs class Mk-82 type general-purpose bombs. This increases the operating r...
  • 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...
  • UN’s Russian Birds get Safe
    UN’s Russian Birds get Safe August 8 2019
    BIRD Aerosystems, the developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO), has received an order for additional AMPS systems from the UN Air Operations. Under the contract, BIRD will provide its AMPS solution, which includes the MACS sensor, and install it on the UN Mil Mi-17 (Nato code: Hip) helicopters operating in Africa. The UN is already using BIRD's AMPS systems, and this is a follow-on order that will allow the UN to install the sys...
  • 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...
  • UK Details Transition Plan
    UK Details Transition Plan August 5 2019
    Britain is planning to retire its General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems in 2024 as the Royal Air Force transitions to its new Protector platform. The UK currently has 10 MQ-9 Reapers that it purchased as an urgent operational requirement for operations in Afghanistan. Today, they operate over Iraq and Syria, but none are destined for use in UK airspace. The UK currently is planning to buy 16 Protectors, a derivative of General Atomics’ self-developed, SkyGuardian platfor...
  • P1 to Patrol Japanese Sea
    P1 to Patrol Japanese Sea August 3 2019
    Japan Ministry of Self Defence has begun deploying the P1 patrol aircraft nationwide to monitor waters around Japan in response to incursions by China and other nations. P1s have been so far only been operating at the Maritime Self-Defence Force's Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture. But from July 26, they began being deployed at the MSDF’s Kanoya base in Kagoshima Prefecture. The P1 aircraft is produced domestically in Japan by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, and is the successor air...
  • Aircraft Carrier’s Life Will Prolong
    Aircraft Carrier’s Life Will Prolong August 3 2019
    Huntington Ingalls Industries,  the U.S. Navy’s largest shipbuilder, has announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has received a $290 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue planning for the Refuelling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The initial year of planning was funded at a base value of $187.5 million. The contract, from U.S. Navy, funds the second and third years of planning, long-lead-ti...
  • Serbia Prefers French Missiles
    Serbia Prefers French Missiles July 17 2019
    Serbia signs for the acquisition of Mistral 3 short-range air defence systems with MBDA. During  French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Serbia, MBDA announces the signing of a contract for Mistral 3 short-range air defence systems . Serbia becomes the 32nd customer country for the Mistral missile. This will allow Serbia to benefit from the shared user experiences from the many forces operating and to contribute to the definition of the future developments of the weapon systems...
  • Australia is Looking for a New Platform
    Australia is Looking for a New Platform July 15 2019
    The Australian government has begun its search for a new armed attack helicopter to replace the Tiger fleet. Under the Land 4503 programme, the Australian Government is seeking information to acquire a total of 29 airframes. Of these 29, 24 are to be based at a single location, with a further five to be used for training operations. The timelines for the programme anticipate an initial operating capability of a squadron of 12 aircraft by 2026, with full operational capability from 2028. The p...
  • Swiss Acrobat team “Patrouille Suisse” Performed Flyover At The Wrong Place July 9 2019
        Swiss Air Force’s “Patrouille Suisse” Display Team performed its show at the wrong place on Saturday Jul. 6, 2019. The team was scheduled to fly over Langenbruck, in north-western Switzerland, south of Basel, where the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Swiss aviation pioneer Oskar Bider was held, but they flew over Mümliswil, missing the target by about 6 km. People who gathered to commemorate Bider were u...
  • Inventory Changes Coming
    Inventory Changes Coming June 24 2019
    According to the Czech Ministry of Defence's statement on June 17, Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar has submitted three contracts totalling nearly CZK4 USD176.6 million to the government for two C295 transport aircraft, the upgrade of 33 T-72M tanks, and a flight planning system. “The Army of the Czech Republic [ACR] needs to increase its transport capacity and replace the obsolete Yak-40s,” Metnar said, adding that the new aircraft would “be more economical,...
  • SAR Integration from Rafael
    SAR Integration from Rafael June 13 2019
    Rafael has signed a new collaboration with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Within this scope, the company will carry out synthetic aperture radar integration studies. One of Rafael's most advanced targeting pods, the Litening 5 and Reccelite XR pods, will feature synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capabilities. The Litening 5 is equipped with wide-span mid-wave infrared and short-wave infrared sensors and includes a laser designator. Reccelite XR weighs 250 kilograms. The system,...
  • Approval from Marine Corps
    Approval from Marine Corps June 10 2019
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has announced that the approval of mass production has given for new radar system. The mass production phase of the AN / TPS-80 system, also known as G / ATOR (Ground / Air Task-Oriented Radar System) is a significant milestone is for the program. G / ATOR, which will provide instant data transfer to Common Aviation Command and Control System, Composite Tracking Network, and Advanced Field Artillery Data System, incorporates a common software-based operati...
  • US Visa for KC-390 Tests
    US Visa for KC-390 Tests June 10 2019
    US Army, Brazilian Air Force and Embraer which operating in the country announced the cooperation in the defence industry. In this context, critical flight tests of Embraer KC-390 military transport aircraft will be performed at Yuma Proving Ground. A delegation of 70 people from Brazil is already working for the testing activities at the Yuma Proving Ground. Within the scope of the certification tests of the aircraft, a number of jump/airdrop and flight tests will be performed in d...
  • IDEF’19: Pursuing the Future June 3 2019
    The International Defence Industry Fair IDEF’19, the 14th of which was organised this year, marks an important change for Turkey. At the first ever IDEF’19 organised approximately 28 years ago, the majority consisted of foreign defence companies while local defence companies were mostly at a representation level. Those who visited the fair were the officers and non-commissioned officers working in the logistics of the Turkish Armed Forces.  Turkey was the representa...
  • Yak-130 Fleet Growing
    Yak-130 Fleet Growing May 15 2019
    The Belarusian Air and Air Defence Force continues to expand its fleet with new aircraft and modernization activities. In this context, the Minsk administration announced that it received four Yak-130 deliveries from Russia. According to the agreement signed between Belarus and JSC Irkut, operating in Russia, four Yak-130s were delivered. The aircraft were deployed in the Military Unit No 19764 (206th Flight Training Center). With this delivery, the Yak-130 number in the Belarusian ...
  • Denizkurdu Spreads to Three Seas
    Denizkurdu Spreads to Three Seas May 13 2019
    One of the biggest exercises of Turkish Naval Forces Command, DENİZKURDU-2019 started simultaneously in the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The aim of the exercise, which will be performed live fire drills, is increasing the level of readiness of the operation of the amphibious, maritime and naval air units operating under the Naval Forces Command. 110 ships, maritime patrol aircraft, naval helicopters, UAV, marines, SAT and SAS elements are participating in the exe...
  • 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...
  • Roketsan's Laser Attempt
    Roketsan's Laser Attempt May 2 2019
    Operating in the field of guided and unguided munitions, Roketsan is expanding its product portfolio. The company is participating in IDEF'19 with its new products. The company introduced the interception system called Alka. The system was developed especially against drone threats. It consists of two separate interception units. Alka has a laser system to burn the drone with directed energy beams, as well as a jammer and electronic warfare system to control it or destroy i...
  • Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army
    Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army April 17 2019
      AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies companies introduced Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army. The helicopter has a single-engine, coaxial rotor, a wing and two ducted pusher propellers on its aft fuselage. The wing provides to 50% of the rotorcraft’s lift during high-speed flight. Co-axial design of the prototype has similarities to Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider. AVX Aircraft chief operating officer Kendall Goodman says that their design was more of ...
  • Local Ammunition to Brazil
    Local Ammunition to Brazil April 11 2019
    AEQ, operating in Brazil, announced that it is about to complete the development phase of the free fall bomb. BPEN 2000-named ammunition can be released from tactical aircraft and it has ability of penetrate concrete. BPEN 2000, which started its development activities in 2017, is expected to undergo a test phase within the next six months. 2000 pounds weighing bomb already received orders from an foreign customer said. Ammunition has steel alloy and tungsten body and explosive fill...
  • Japan Confirms F-35A Fighter Jet Crashed
    Japan Confirms F-35A Fighter Jet Crashed April 10 2019
    The Japan Air Self-Defence Force confirmed Wednesday morning local time that a missing F-35A has crashed. The pilot remains missing. The crashed aircraft, which the JASDF identified as serial number 79-8705, was the first of 13 Japanese F-35As assembled so far by Mitsubishi’s final assembly and check out facility in Nagoya. Japan had only stood up its first F-35A squadron at the end of last month, with the 302nd Hikotai established in Misawa with 13 F-35As following its transfer from Hy...
  • 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...
  • Chinese Navy Deploys New VTOL UAV
    Chinese Navy Deploys New VTOL UAV March 6 2019
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy deployed a new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing drone on a guided missile destroyer in an exercise in the South China Sea in late February. An image released by Chinese media shows that a Sea Cavalry SD-40 VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) being deployed with the People’s Liberation’s Army Navy (PLAN). It is not clear whether VTOL is in test or inventory. Published on 26 February on China Milit...