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  • 10 Chinook for UAE
    10 Chinook for UAE November 12 2019
    The U.S. State Department has cleared the United Arab Emirates to purchase 10 CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters, with an estimated price tag of $830.3 million. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the potential deal. In addition to the helicopters themselves, the proposed package would include 26 T55-GA-714A engines; 24 embedded global positioning systems with inertial navigation system; 20 M134D-H mini-guns; and 20 M240H machine guns, as well as various transmitters ...
  • Saab Flies new EAJP Pod on Gripen for First Time
    Saab Flies new EAJP Pod on Gripen for First Time November 7 2019
      Saab flew its Electronic Attack Jammer Pod (EAJP) on the Gripen combat aircraft for the first time on 4 November, the company announced. The purpose of Saab's new EAJP pod is to protect aircraft against radars by sophisticated jamming functions, thereby blocking the opponent's ability to attack them. The EAJP is part of Saab's Arexis family of electronic warfare (EW) systems, and the test marked the latest milestone since the system was first b...
  • Indigenous Submarine Project Started
    Indigenous Submarine Project Started October 15 2019
    The Indigenous Submarine (MİLDEN) project, which constitutes the second stage of the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) submarines of the Turkish Navy, has officially started. Speaking at the Ninth Naval Systems Seminar, Deputy General Director of Shipyards of the Ministry of National Defence, Rear Admiral Mehmet Sarı, made a presentation about the MİLDEN Project. According to Sarı's statement, the first cadres were appointed, and the first appointments were made. Aft...
  • Additional F-16 Procurement
    Additional F-16 Procurement August 26 2019
    Romania continues to work with Portugal. Romania, which previously procured 12 F-16 jets from Portugal, will add an additional five platforms to its inventory. The Portuguese Government has approved the sale of the five F-16 aircraft to Romania, the price being at least EUR 130 million.  Before the summer recess, the Romanian Parliament approved the purchase of 5 aircraft. Defence minister Gabriel Leş announced on July 3 that they will have the same configuration as the other t...
  • Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance
    Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance August 19 2019
    The Government of Canada is investing more than $7.5 billion in the Royal Canadian Navy's 12 Halifax-class frigates to provide necessary ongoing maintenance until they are retired in the early 2040s. Under the scope of maintenance, The Government of Canada has awarded a $500-million contract to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to carry out maintenance work on the Halifax-class frigates. This contract guarantees a minimum of three frigates for the shipyard, with work planned to begin in the early ...
  • The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan
    The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan August 17 2019
    Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force (RoCAF) has confirmed it will be getting new F-16s. An infographic put out by the RoCAF has confirmed that it will be getting new F-16s. The RoCAF says it will stand up a new tactical fighter wing for these new jets. It should be made up of three squadrons. The jets will also come with conformal fuel tanks and uprated engines – which could mean the GE F110. Earlier, the Washington Post said the Trump administration has put up the $8 billion...
  • JLTV is Ready for Mission
    JLTV is Ready for Mission August 15 2019
    The U.S. Marine Corps’ Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is officially ready to deploy and support missions of the naval expeditionary force-in-readiness worldwide. Developed to replace HMMWV vehicles in the US Army and Marine Corps inventory, JLTV offers superior protection and terrain capability compared to its predecessor. The JLTV, a program led by the U.S. Army, family of vehicles comes in different variants with multiple mission package configurations, all providing protected...
  • Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets
    Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets July 24 2019
    Bulgaria's president has vetoed the country's planned $1.26 billion acquisition of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters, citing a lack of agreement and clarity over the deal. Issuing the veto on 23 July, “The commitment of Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, for years to come, without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying,” Radev said in a statement. He says the "sharp contro...
  • UK C4ISR Test Centre Rely on Airbus
    UK C4ISR Test Centre Rely on Airbus July 23 2019
    Airbus will run the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) land C4ISR test centre under a £22 million, five-year contract announced on 19 July. Airbus will manage test and reference services to support the delivery and assured release of C4ISR capability for deployed operations around the globe. Airbus will deliver a comprehensive and coherent service model for the Land Systems Reference Centre (LSRC), including test and reference capability to support developm...
  • £130m to Develop New DEWs July 11 2019
      British Defence Ministry is developing cutting-edge laser and radio frequency weapons. Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), are powered solely by electricity and operate without ammunition. In a Prior Information Notice (PIN) published this week, the MOD announced it is seeking to develop three new DEW demonstrators to explore the potential of the technology and accelerate its introduction onto the battlefield. The laser weapons systems deploy high energy light ...
  • Russian Navy to Detect Torpedoes Better May 20 2019
      Russia has added a new one to the steps for increasing navy vessel capability increase works. According to the statement made by JSC, some platforms in the Russian Navy will be modernised increase their anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. Project 1144.2 Orlan (NATO Code: Kirov) class RFNS Admiral Nakhimov (080) and RFNS Pyotr Velikiy (099) battlecruisers will be equipped with Paket-NK torpedo defence systems. The same system will also be used on the Project 2...
  • Apaches to be Guardian of India
    Apaches to be Guardian of India May 13 2019
    India, taking important steps in the field of defence and modernizing the tools in its inventory, took another step. The New Delhi administration announced the first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian attack helicopter has been delivered. The Indian Air Force has made a statement on delivery. The first platform was delivered to India at a ceremony held at Boaing's Mesa Facility in Arizona. Three more Apache helicopters will be put out production line and the first delivery package, whic...
  • Albania Gets Second Hand Black Hawk from USA
    Albania Gets Second Hand Black Hawk from USA April 11 2019
    Albanian Defence Minister Olta Xhaçka stated on an interview that his government is negotiating with the United States buying three Black Hawk "helicopters. "It's part of the United States aid package, after a few days I'll go to America to sign the contract. These are three "Black Hawk" helicopters that will reinforce the army's capabilities. " Minister Xhaçka said that even though helicopters are used, they are in extremely good workin...
  • US Approves MH-60R Sale to India
    US Approves MH-60R Sale to India April 3 2019
      The US government has approved the sale of the Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk maritime multisession helicopter to India. The US State Department has cleared India to procure 24 MH-60R helicopters, as well one MH-60B/R Excess Defence Article (EDA) helicopter from the US Navy that will likely be used for training. In addition to the helicopters, the proposed package includes related anti-submarine warfare equipment and weapons, anti-surface warfare weapons, ...
  • First Saudi Hawk Rolled Out
    First Saudi Hawk Rolled Out April 2 2019
    Saudi Arabia, rolled out the the country's first Hawk Mk 165 advanced jet trainer aircraft manufactured under license, with a ceremony. The ceremony was held at the King Abdulaziz Air Base, and the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was also attended. Prince told that during ceremony the program is an important milestone in the country's Vision 2030 Program. The Saudi Royal Air Force, which already has Mk 65 and Mk65A models in its inventory, ordered the first Mk165 AJT pack...
  • AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship
    AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship March 12 2019
      The US Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has received the first upgraded Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunship. In a press release, it is stated that the Block 30 Ghostrider has better software and avionics technology than the previous Block 20 version. Including a new sensor, updated crew seats with additional safety features, and new technology, routers and networks. As with the AC-130W Stinger II, the AC-130J is equipped with the P...
  • Hungary to Sell Off Decommissioned Mig-29s
    Hungary to Sell Off Decommissioned Mig-29s February 15 2019
    The Hungarian Ministry of Defence has put its remaining fleet of decommissioned MiG-29 fighters up for sale. The single lot includes 19 aircraft (some of which are not airworthy and partly cannibalised), 20 engines, and 293 other items including integrated weapons. The initial price for the package has been set at USD10 million and the deal must be approved by the relevant Russian authorities.
  • Procurement for Namer
    Procurement for Namer February 15 2019
    The US has announced the approval of Israel's procurement request. Israel, will procure the sub-component for Namer armoured personnel carrier (APC). Israel will be procure a large amount of component as part of the procurement program, which is expected to cost $ 238 million in total. In a statement from the US Department of Defence Security Cooperation Agency, the United States approved sale of 240 MT883 full-configuration power packages, 30 MT883 power packages in light confi...
  • Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R
    Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R February 14 2019
    The Hellenic Navy plans to procure four Sikorsky MH-60R anti-submarine warfare helicopters from Sikorsky, according to a written statement to the Parliament made by Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Apostolakis. According to statement, the four helicopters will be procured through a Foreign Military Sale and a government-to-government agreement. The new MH-60Rs will replace AgustaBell AB-212ASW platforms. The Hellenic Navy currently operates a fleet of 11 S-70B/B-6 Aegean H...
  • Four Black Hawks for Polish Special Operations Forces
    Four Black Hawks for Polish Special Operations Forces January 30 2019
      A contract was concluded at the PZL Mielec facility for the delivery of four Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for the Polish special operations command. This includes retrofitting of the airframes, logistical and training packages. The head of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), Mariusz Błaszczak, stated that the helicopters are to be delivered by the end of 2019.   According to the MoD, the agreement is worth PLN 683 million (approx. $182 million). The price i...
  • Happy End in KC-46 Pegasus
    Happy End in KC-46 Pegasus January 25 2019
      The KC-46 Pegasus replenishment tanker, which struggled with difficulties in the manufacturing and testing process, reached a happy ending. Boeing delivered the first KC-46 to the US Air Force (USAF). The KC-46 Pegasus, developed from the Boeing 767 commercial airliner, was officially handed over to the USAF at a ceremony held at Boeing's Everett Plant. Due to problems, the delivery will be delayed. Platform will be transferred to McConnell Air Force, stationed ...
  • Additional Submarine on the Way
    Additional Submarine on the Way January 14 2019
    Indonesia is advancing bargaining for additional submarine procurement. Negotiations with the Republic of Korea are expected to come to an end in a short period of time. The Indonesian Ministry of Defence, PT PAL and the DSME shipyard continue to negotiate for three additional Type 209/1400 submarines. In the remaining period, negotiations were held to elaborate the agreement. The agreement, including the technical support and training package, is expected to cost around $ 1.2 billi...
  • Greece to Modernise 84 F-16
    Greece to Modernise 84 F-16 December 22 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp., a $996,775,000 firm-fixed-price contract for F-16 upgrades. This contract provides for the upgrade of 84 Greek F-16 aircraft to the V-configuration. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Athens, Greece, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2027. This contract involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the government of Greece. The Viper integrates advanced capabilities as pa...
  • French Mephisto to Lebanon
    French Mephisto to Lebanon November 28 2018
    Lebanon has received additional VCAC Mephisto armoured anti-tank vehicles supplied from France. The new package received by the Lebanese Army was sent within the framework of the cooperation of the French and Lebanese armies. Former France President François Hollande announced the 40 million Euros cost cooperation agreement during his Lebanon trip in 2016. New package includes 10 VCAC Mephisto, 95 HOT missiles and two simulation systems. VCAC Mephisto vehicles devel...
  • Deliveries to Iraq in Progress
    Deliveries to Iraq in Progress October 31 2018
    Iraq received the new party T-50. The Iraqi Ministry of Defence said the new T-50 package was received and new party delivery is expected at the beginning of next year. With the expected delivery, the number of T-50 in the inventory will reach to 24.   Iraq uses the T-50s in combat missions with F-16 Fighting Falcons and training. The platform originating from the Republic of Korea has a maximum take-off weight of 13,500 kilograms. T-50 can carry approximately 3600 ki...
  • Corvette Decision is Soon
    Corvette Decision is Soon October 23 2018
    Romania is close to deciding for its new multi-purpose corvette. The Bucharest administration, which received the latest offers at the beginning of October, said they are close to the conclusion of the proposals. Three participants submitted bids to the tender for the selection of ships to replace the two old Type 22 class frigates procured from the Royal Navy. Naval Group from France, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding from the Netherlands and Fincantieri from Italy took part in the ...
  • Cost of F-35 is Reduced
    Cost of F-35 is Reduced October 1 2018
    The US Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin have finalised an $11.5 billion contract for the production and delivery of 141 F-35 aircraft at the lowest per aircraft price in programme history. The US Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin signed a new agreement costs $ 11.5 billion. With this agreement, the prices of the F-35 Lightning II unit saw the lowest price they had reached during the program. In this package, 141 F-35 Lightning II will be delivered. The cos...
  • Azerbaijan Liked Polonez
    Azerbaijan Liked Polonez September 28 2018
    Azerbaijan received the new party Polonez surface-to-surface missile system. According to the statement made by the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan, the agreement reached with Belarus, the Baku received in the delivery of new systems.   Eight 301 mm MLRS rockets or two 750 mm missiles can be launched from platforms Polonez has 250-kilogram conventional warhead and system is effective at 250 kilometers and can affect different types of enemy elements.  ...
  • UK Secured its Typhoon Export to Qatar
    UK Secured its Typhoon Export to Qatar September 19 2018
    Qatar’s contract to buy 24 Typhoon jets and nine Hawks  from United Kingdom is now officially effective after BAE Systems received its first payment today.  The deal, worth around £5bn includes the aircraft and a bespoke support and training package. 
  • Netherlands To Upgrade 28 AH-64Ds With $1 Billion Price Tag September 18 2018
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced on Sept. 14 that its Principal Director for Security Assistance and State Secretary of Defence, for the Netherlands, have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the modernization of 28 AH-64Ds to the E variant. Netherlands was cleared by the U.S. government to remanufacture these helicopters back in February. The package includes upgrading 51 T700-GE-701C engines to T700-GE-701D standard. The LOA is valued at more than $1 billi...
  • BTR Turret to BMP
    BTR Turret to BMP August 27 2018
    Russia has introduced the new BMP-1AM Basurmanin infantry fighting vehicle. The vehicle which developed by Rostec, was introduced at the Army 2018 International Military-Technical Forum in Russia. The development package for the BMP-1 vehicles includes the BPPU-1 modular weapon system also used in the BTR-80A and BTR-82A. The system, equipped with a 30 mm 2A72 cannon and a 7.62 mm PKTM machine gun, allows the BMP-1AM to engage from 2000 meters to armored vehicles. The weap...
  • Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received
    Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received August 22 2018
    Leonardo announces that it has made effective the contract, signed on March 14, 2018, for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defence of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in its backlog and received the advance payment relating to the contract. The order covers 16 TTHs tactical transports and 12 NFHs naval helicopters. Leonardo acts as overall prime contractor with responsibility for the management of the entire programme...
  • France will be Up-Armored with Scorpion
    France will be Up-Armored with Scorpion August 7 2018
    France has decided to increase its defense budget for the past month. Following this decision, France's defense budget for 2025 will reach 2% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This means 295 billion Euro will spend for defence in seven years by France. After the budget increase, France stepped forward on the Scorpion Program. Through the Scorpion Program, it is planned that the (Groupement Tactique Inter-Armes / GTIA) will increase the number of communications and cooper...
  • Chinese Aid in Progress
    Chinese Aid in Progress August 2 2018
    The Bolivian Army received another aid package from China. In the context of the military cooperation agreement signed in 2011, 10 pieces of Shaanxi Baoji-produced Tiger 4x4 tactical wheeled armored vehicles were delivered within the scope of the annual aid for the modernization of the Bolivian Army. These vehicles will be used along with 19 Tiger 4x4s which delivered in 2016 Developed by Shaanxi Baoji Special Vehicles Company's own resources, Tiger provides protection agai...
  • Israel Poised to make $11 Billion Aircraft Deal with Boeing
    Israel Poised to make $11 Billion Aircraft Deal with Boeing July 28 2018
    Israel negotiates with Boeing to get $11 billion worth air platform package. The deal includes the purchase of new F-15 fighter jets for its air force as part of the largest defence deal in Israel's history according to Israeli Hayom daily. The deal with Boeing is likely to include three main components: A fleet of fighter jets, a fleet of transport helicopters and aerial refueling tankers. Israeli Air Force's existing transport helicopters and refueling planes require immed...
  • Enhanced Abrams' to Army
    Enhanced Abrams' to Army July 27 2018
    US Army took action for tank modernization. In this context, it has signed an agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems (GDELS) for the modernization of 100 tanks. The tanks to be modernized will be upgraded to the M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 (SEPv3) configuration. The first prototype of the SEPv3 Abrams delivered in 2017. With SEPv3, communication systems are enhanced. Tanks have more efficient fuel consumption, improved Common Remote Controlled Weap...
  • Pratt & Whitney Proposes F-35 Engine Upgrade To Use Laser Weapon On Board
    Pratt & Whitney Proposes F-35 Engine Upgrade To Use Laser Weapon On Board July 23 2018
    Pratt & Whitney has an upgrade offer to its proposed upgrade path for the F135 Joint Strike Fighter engine to include increased power following feedback on its initially proposed upgrade package from the F-35 Joint Program Office. Additional power will allow the use of directed energy weapons (Laser) and other advanced offensive and defensive systems and, if approved, would feature in an upgrade package called Growth Option 2.0 (GO2). Growth Option 1.0, which was discu...
  • Hungary to Procure Mortar
    Hungary to Procure Mortar July 21 2018
    Hungary has decided to change the mortars. Hungarian National Defence Ministry opened an 81 millimeter mortar and round procurement tender in this context. Hungary, which wants to replace 50 Soviet-produced 82 mm BM-37 mortars in its inventory with new generation systems, has set 40 mortars with additional 20 options. 24 fire control systems along with mortars and necessary logistic package are among the requests. Hungary also will procure with 36 classroom cutaway training munitions,&nb...
  • Republic of China Deployed Cavalry Brigade
    Republic of China Deployed Cavalry Brigade July 18 2018
    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence commissioned its air brigade equipped with AH-64E helicopters. Deployment of 29 AH-64E Apache Guardian in the Taiwan inventory a brigade named 601st Air Cavalry Brigade, which has been completed. The brigade has two Apache squadrons. The second squadron of the brigade completed the combat readiness training last year. Brigade is operates under the Army Aviation and Special Forces Command and is deployed to Taouyan's Longtan Dis...
  • First Centurion Level Eurofighter Delivered
    First Centurion Level Eurofighter Delivered July 9 2018
    The Royal Air Force received the first Eurofighter Typhoon with integrated Project Centurion weapon package. Within BAE Systems' integration activities, aircrafts gained ability to use tMeteor beyond the visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) and MBDA production Storm Shadow missiles. During the first phase of the project, a total of 26 units will be upgraded to Centurion level. After this program, aircrafts can use Paveway IV, Storm Shadow, Meteor and...