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  • US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships
    US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships 18 September 2020
    A recent Congressional Research Service Report reveals that the US Navy may swap out traditional ships for crewless vessels. According to the report, the Navy is requesting about $580 million in research and development funding for the fiscal year 2021 for on developing and producing several types of large unmanned vehicles (UVs) their enabling technologies. “The Navy wants to acquire these large UVs as part of an effort to shift the Navy to a more distributed fleet ...
  • Operation Payloaded Record from Aksungur
    Operation Payloaded Record from Aksungur 17 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) announced the next stage AKSUNGUR UAV has reached with its announcement on its official Twitter account. In the statement, “Aksungur, the domestic and national product of our country, flew for the first time with 12 MAM-L with full ammunition at an altitude of 20,000 feet (approximately 6,000 meters) for 28 hours. His statement was included. Aksungur, previously carried MK-82 with a Teber guidance kit weighing about 250 kg. This t...
  • IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs
    IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs 17 September 2020
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has introduced MultiFlyer, a UAV squadron of small unmanned helicopters that can fulfil a large range of non-military tasks. MultiFlyer provides advanced monitoring capabilities for large areas and is based on commercial, off-the-shelf helicopter UAVs from Alpha Unmanned Systems integrated with components from IAI and several Israeli start-up companies. The command and control system was designed by Simplex and the area scanning technologies are powered by Si...
  • Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up
    Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up 17 September 2020
    Boeing Australia announced on 15 September that it has powered up the engine of the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype as part of ground testing and preparations for the first flight. The unmanned aircraft is one of three prototypes that are being developed as a part of the Loyal Wingman-Advanced Development Programme – also known as the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) – in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft, wh...
  • New Wheeled Amphibious Self-Propelled Gate Bridge from China
    New Wheeled Amphibious Self-Propelled Gate Bridge from China 11 September 2020
    According to People's Liberation Army Daily News report, unit of the 78th Army completed the first launch of a new 4X4 wheeled amphibious self-propelled gate bridge Load training. The training has started at mid-August. According to the leaders of the brigade, after two wheels enters the water, the bridge section on the vehicle can be opened to become a catwalk bridge. The door bridge of equipment and vehicles can be connected by multiple vehicles to form a floating bridge. Its ...
  • Aksungur Carrying F-16’s Payload
    Aksungur Carrying F-16’s Payload 10 September 2020
      Aksungur UAV, manufactured by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ), has gained a new capability. The UAV  has flown for 49 hours (2 days and 1 hour), in the past days. Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir reported on his social media accounts that Aksungur UAV successfully tested MK-82 ammunition with Teber laser guidance kit. Thus, Aksungur used the MK-82 ammunition for the combat load of the F-16s. Since the ammunition includes the Teber smart guidance kit pro...
  • Rocket Competition Continues
    Rocket Competition Continues 5 September 2020
    The Rocket Competition, organized with the support of Roketsan, continues. On the 4th day of the contest, sponsored by Roketsan with the joint work of Tübitak SAGE within the scope of TEKNOFEST, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank T3 Board of Trustees Chairman Selçuk Bayraktar and Roketsan General Manager Murat İkinci watched the races and chatted with the youth.   Roketsan, which is among the top 100 companies in the defence industry in the...
  • AKSUNGUR Breaks its flying record:49 hours
    AKSUNGUR Breaks its flying record:49 hours 2 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industry's High Payload Capacity UAV AKSUNGUR increased non-stop flight time in its class by staying in the air for 49 hours. AKSUNGUR completed its 59th test flight with this flight. During this flight, the IHA drew the starry crescent flag to the sky at an altitude of 20 thousand feet. AKSUNGUR was designed for Multi-Role Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Assault Missions. Performing day / night Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Assa...
  • 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 ...
  • Airbus to build BADR-8 satellite for Arabsat.
    Airbus to build BADR-8 satellite for Arabsat. 26 August 2020
    Airbus has been contracted by Arabsat, one of the world’s top satellite operators, to build BADR-8, their new generation telecommunications satellite. BADR8 will replace and increase Arabsat’s capacity and augment its core business at the BADR hotspot 26°E. The BADR-8 satellite will be based on the-state-of-the-art Airbus Eurostar Neo electric orbit raising platform giving access to a wide range of launchers. BADR-8 will also include the innovative Airbus developed T...
  • Russia Goes for Armed UAV
    Russia Goes for Armed UAV 26 August 2020
    Russian Ministry of Defence and Kronshtadt have signed a deal to start delivery of Russia’s first armed medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) drone. The UAV will be an upgraded variant of “Orion”, capable of carrying air-to-ground munitions. The delivery of the first heavy “Orion” drone for the Air Force is scheduled before the end of 2020. According to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, the deal was announced by Kronshtadt chief engineer Nikolai Dolzhenkov. ...
  • China launches Gaofen-9 and Tiantuo satellites
    China launches Gaofen-9 and Tiantuo satellites 24 August 2020
    China launched its latest Gaofen-9 Earth observation satellite and two smaller payloads from the Jiuquan launch centre late Saturday. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) confirmed (Chinese) the launch, mission success and the payloads. The Gaofen-9 (05) optical remote sensing satellite follows the launch of the third Gaofen-9 satellite in June and the fourth earlier this month. Previous satellites were capable of providing sub-meter resolution imagery. The ...
  • European UAV Fleet Expands
    European UAV Fleet Expands 22 August 2020
    MALE class unmanned aerial vehicles offer significant advantages to the user thanks to their long endurance and payload capabilities. US Department of Defence, announced new agreement signed with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI). Under the contract, which worths USD 188,866 million, four MQ-9B SkyGuardians will be produced and delivered to Belgium. In addition to the platforms, two ground control stations, spare parts and support equipment will be deliver...
  • 100th A400M
    100th A400M 17 August 2020
    The A400M, which has a history dating back to the FIMA (Future International Military Airlifter Project) launched in 1982, left behind an important milestone. The 100th A400M Atlas transport aircraft, jointly developed by European countries and manufactured by Airbus as the main contractor, rolled out the production line last month. The aircraft, which entered the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) inventory, will serve there with 54+33 serial number. Within the scope of the process,...
  • Light Combat Helicopter on Disputed Border
    Light Combat Helicopter on Disputed Border 13 August 2020
    India, which has significant border problems with Pakistan and China, turns to special platforms for use in mountainous regions. India, which has disputed areas at an altitude of higher than 3,000 metres in its border regions, is testing LCH (Light Combat Helicopter), which developed for use at high altitudes, in real conditions. In this context, it was announced that the two prototypes were deployed on the Chinese border, whose sovereignty is disputed. It was announced th...
  • Bayraktar TB2 on Rhodes
    Bayraktar TB2 on Rhodes 12 August 2020
    Bayraktar TB2, one of the unmanned aerial vehicles serving successfully in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces and the General Directorate of Security, is also on duty at the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkey's MTA Oruc Reis seismic research vessel deployed off the coast of Kastellorizo Island for hydrocarbon surveying activities and the waters in the Eastern Mediterranean warmed-up. The task group, which is moved to the region with a task force of at least...
  • Drone Sell
    Drone Sell 3 August 2020
    Multicopters are expanding their usage areas day by day thanks to their mobility and manoeuvrability and payload capacities. Lockheed Martin, one of the leading defence companies of the USA, has signed a multicopter acquisition agreement with Switzerland. In this context, Armasuisse (Swiss Federal Defence Procurement Unit) will acquire Indago 3 Group 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the company for armed forces use. Lockheed Martin CDL Systems VCSi Touch smal...
  • Trump Admin Officially Weakened Military Drones Export Regime
    Trump Admin Officially Weakened Military Drones Export Regime 27 July 2020
      The US applies new rules to make it easier to export drones.  Under a new policy announced Friday, unmanned aerial systems that fly at speeds below 800 k/h will no longer be subject to the “presumption of denial”. This decision will affect most blocked international sales of drones such as the MQ-9 Reaper and the RQ-4 Global Hawk. This change will have effects how the United States interprets the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) The U.S. gov...
  • S-100 Trials on MEKO Frigates
    S-100 Trials on MEKO Frigates 20 July 2020
    Rotary wing unmanned aerial vehicles take their place on the warships, as they are cost-effective solutions as well as long-endurance reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities beyond the visual range. The Royal Australian Navy tested the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter unmanned aerial vehicles in Anzac-class frigates A series of testing activities will be carried out on the HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) under the responsibility of the 822X Squadron. Within the NMP (Navy Mi...
  • Procurement Agreement for "Protector"
    Procurement Agreement for "Protector" 19 July 2020
    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are important power factors for the armed forces, as they can operate in high enemy environments and attacking opportunity targets when necessary. The first acquisition agreement was signed for Protector RG1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed in line with the requirements and demands of the UK. The platforms that are specified to enter the Royal Air Force inventory are classified as MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance). London, s...
  • Indigenous Aerostat on Duty at Idlib
    Indigenous Aerostat on Duty at Idlib 19 July 2020
    Surveillance aerostats provide a key solution for continuous surveillance from the air, critical facility security and regional communication requirements. Karagöz Aerostat Surveillance System, which was developed by ASELSAN domestically, started to task at Idlib. The platform, which was detected while on observation duty in the De-Escalation zone, is estimated to be deployed to detect possible violations in the region. The aerostat system, which provides the personne...
  • Gray Wolf Ready to Take Off
    Gray Wolf Ready to Take Off 16 July 2020
    The 416th Flight Test Squadron recently completed a round of tests of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s “Gray Wolf” prototype cruise missile at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Gray Wolf is a DoD-directed prototype production and demonstration of low-cost, subsonic and networked collaborative cruise missiles. The missiles are designed to launch in a swarm to target enemy integrated air defence threats. The missiles offer a stand-off solution for the ...
  • 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...
  • Polaris MRZR Delivery
    Polaris MRZR Delivery 10 July 2020
    New Zealand continues to acquire special-purpose systems within the scope of army requirements, as well as the acquisition of new platforms, and replacing the vehicles that end of their economic life. Wellington has announced that it has received the first batch of the Polaris MRZRs. As part of the package, the New Zealand Army added six of these vehicles to their inventory. The useability of the platforms, which will be subjected to a two-year test-trial period by the Arm...
  • "The King" Completed First Sea Trials
    "The King" Completed First Sea Trials 9 July 2020
    The CH-53 Stallion helicopter family is the largest and heaviest heavy-lift cargo helicopter in use in the US and Western world inventory. Despite the problems detected during development and factory tests, the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter completed its first sea tests. The first trial, completed on the USS Wasp (LHD 1) amphibious assault helicopter, was conducted in the Atlantic Ocean and lasted about two weeks. In this context, activities such as take-off and landing in di...
  • Multnational Tanker Delivery
    Multnational Tanker Delivery 30 June 2020
    Aerial refuelling aircraft are an important force multiplier for the forces as they extend the flight range and endurance of the fleets without the requirement for a base. Airbus announced that the first A330 MRTT (Multirole Tanker Transport) was officially delivered to the Multinational Tanker Transport Fleet created for the use of NATO countries. The program, which is carried out in cooperation with OCCAR and NSPA, includes NATO countries, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Germ...
  • Hypersonic Weapons Push to Navy
    Hypersonic Weapons Push to Navy 26 June 2020
    Hypersonic weapons are a difficult threat to today's defence systems due to their high speed. The US House Armed Services Committee, a permanent member of the US House of Representatives, is increasing hypersonic pressure. The committee has increased pressure on the US Navy for hypersonic weapon integration for Zumwalt-class destroyers, while the Navy has not yet made this process a budget priority. In the past period, the US Navy was authorized with the development of a common ...
  • Turkish Fuselage to Korean Helicopter
    Turkish Fuselage to Korean Helicopter 21 June 2020
    The visit of the Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank to Eskişehir drew attention to the company Coşkunöz operating here. TUSAŞ Motor (TEI) participated in the test of TJ-300 turbojet engine at its facilities. Minister Varank then visited the aviation and defence departments of Coşkunöz. The main fuselage is produced for TAI KUH-1 Surion helicopter.  KAI develops offshore, search and rescue, assault versions of KUH-1. The minister, A total of 6...
  • Dog-Cheap Jet UAV
    Dog-Cheap Jet UAV 9 June 2020
    For jet-engined unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are regarded as the striking power of the future, both in terms of their payload capacity and their high speed, long-range capabilities. Different countries are working on jet-engined unmanned aerial vehicles, which are considered as the state of the art platforms. One of these sides is Russia with S-70 Okhotnik. The platform, which made its maiden flight in August 2019, came to the agenda with its very low cost. In a news article publi...
  • Russia's Transport Aircraft to Enter Final Assembly Line Soon
    Russia's Transport Aircraft to Enter Final Assembly Line Soon 28 May 2020
    In 2012, Russia signed an agreement with United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) for 39 Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft. It was announced that the platform had successfully completed the leak test. The cargo aircraft, which is tested under a certain air pressure, will be transferred to the final assembly line after checking the water penetration resistance. A contract worth 2.1 billion USD was signed for the planes that would be in the inventory of the Russian Armed Forces. The Il-76MD-90A...
  • New Partner to ATL-100 Project
    New Partner to ATL-100 Project 26 May 2020
    Portugal has partnered with the ATL-100 multipurpose aircraft project, where Brazil-based Desenvolvimento Aeronáutico (DESAER) continues to work. The collaboration, which includes the development, production and marketing of the platform, will be carried out with the Portuguese engineering and product development centre, CEiiA. The aircraft, which will have civilian and military variants, will be able to carry out operations such as logistical support, search and rescue, mari...
  • F Variant Javelin on Serial Production
    F Variant Javelin on Serial Production 26 May 2020
    The production process of FGM-148 Javelin missiles, which is a successful system with ease of use, low weight and compact structure, but also has the title of being one of the most expensive anti-tank missiles, continues. The joint venture of Raytheon Missiles and Defence and Lockheed Martin companies, Javelin partnership, announced that the F model of FGM-148 Javelin missiles entered mass production. The systems, which are stated to replace the FGM-148E Block 1 variant, will be del...
  • 100th Poseidon of the Navy
    100th Poseidon of the Navy 18 May 2020
    Maritime patrol aircraft provide important advantages to the user in maritime area domination thanks to their large coverage and structures that allow rapid reaction terms. The US Navy is replacing the P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft that have been on duty for many years and have a structural fatigue problem, with P-8 Poseidons. In this context, Boeing continues its deliveries rapidly despite the virus outbreak that has felt its impact in the USA. The company delivered ...
  • Additional A-29 Super Tucano for AFSOC
    Additional A-29 Super Tucano for AFSOC 14 May 2020
    Propeller driven ground attack aircraft offer cost effective solution in air-superiority environments. Platforms propelled by piston or turborpop engines can be equipped with weapons in different types and diameters. The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) procured an additional A-29 Super Tucano for CAA (Combat Aviation Advisor) missions. Single aircraft to be acquired under the agreement, which signed with Sierra Nevada Corporation,...
  • November Rumor for Chinese B-2 Spirit
    November Rumor for Chinese B-2 Spirit 9 May 2020
    The nuclear triad is an important step for countries to become superpowers. Continuing to work in this framework, China is close to completing the great trio. Beijing, which has not been able to bring its strategic bombing capability to the desired level at long range, continues its works. In this context, November is pointed out for the first results of the ongoing H-20 strategic bomber studies, in defence backstage. Rumors are circulating that the platform will be showcased at the...
  • AKINCI UAV's Second Prototype Completed
    AKINCI UAV's Second Prototype Completed 8 May 2020
    Bayraktar AKINCI UAV, developed by Baykar Defence, completed the second prototype. Baykar Defence Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar announced the second prototype from his official Twitter account. The first prototype of the platform performed its first flight test in Çorlu Airfield Command in December 2019. The payload capacity of AKINCI, which can stay in the air for 24 hours, is 1,350 kilograms. The platform, which has a maximum takeoff of five and a half tons...
  • Israel Solution of Greece for Aegean
    Israel Solution of Greece for Aegean 8 May 2020
    Greece, which could not respond to the increasing Turkish UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) activity in the Aegean Sea and expressed this situation in its reports, found the solution in Israel. The waters in the Mediterranean and Aegean are getting warmer despite COVID-19. Athens signed a Heron UAV lease agreement with Israel, according to a statement from the Israeli Ministry of Defense's official social media account. Greece has the option to procure platforms under...
  • Production Rate Doubled
    Production Rate Doubled 24 April 2020
    COVID-19, which makes its impact felt all over the world, seems to be missed some processes, although it affects studies in the defence industry. Thales, which has delivered its first batch of Hawkei vehicles to Australia in the past few weeks, announced that it has increased its production speed. Company increased production rate twice at Bendigo Facilities, where the Hawkei production line based, and stated that the decision was made in order to meet the orders of Canberra go...
  • New Era for Refuelling Aircraft
    New Era for Refuelling Aircraft 21 April 2020
    Aerial refuelling is undoubtedly a strategically important element that directly affects the flight profile of the aircraft and the payload they carry, hence the structure of the operation. Airbus Defence and Space has come to an end in his work that will bring a new dimension to aerial refuelling. On April 17, the company announced that the A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport / Multi-Purpose Tanker Transport) aircraft was performing fully autonomous refuelling with another platf...
  • "Stallion" Refuelling Tests
    "Stallion" Refuelling Tests 14 April 2020
    The latest member of the CH-53 Stallion family, the most powerful and heaviest military helicopter in the Western world, continues testing. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced that CH-53K King Stallion helicopter made aerial refuelling tests with the KC-130J Super Hercules. The flight characteristics of the helicopter were examined in a heavy turbulent environment in the activity, which lasted 4.5 hours. The helicopter, which entered the turbulenc...