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  • BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight
    BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight February 21 2020
    Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35®) has the potential to stay airborne for a year. BAE Systems’ PHASA-35, a 35m wingspan solar-electric aircraft, has completed its maiden flight. The UAV opens a new gate to a yearlong flight endurance plugging the gap between aviation and satellite technology.    Sponsored by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), t...
  • Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean?
    Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean? February 3 2020
    Charles de Gaulle, France's aircraft carrier, turned its direction to the Eastern Mediterranean to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Paris, which wants to increase its military presence in the region, will deploy Charles De Gaulle at Limassol port in Greek Cypriot for several days next month. French Ambassador to Greek Cyprus Isabelle Dumont told the News Agency the aircraft carrier would arrive in the region in "just a few days" to take part in coalition operations against ISIS in ...
  • Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service
    Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service January 17 2020
    Russia’s new sea tanker Academician Pashin will join the Northern Fleet’s logistics and rear support forces in late January, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. "On January 21, a solemn ceremony of hoisting the flag of the Navy’s auxiliary fleet will take place aboard the new sea tanker Academician Pashin at the Northern Fleet’s main base of Severomorsk. This day will become the date of officially accepting the vessel for servic...
  • Modernised M80AB1 Unveiled
    Modernised M80AB1 Unveiled January 9 2020
    Important milestone passed for modernisation project of BVP M80 platforms, whixh are developed during the Cold War and active since the late 1970s. Serbia introduced the first modernised prototype. The firepower of the platform, which renamed as M80AB1 after modernisation studies, was increased by a one-man turret. System is equipped with a 30 mm main weapon. It was seen that the platforms which increased the situational awareness with the new generation electro-optics were equ...
  • Competition Continues in Hürjet’s Engine
    Competition Continues in Hürjet’s Engine January 1 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) continues to search engine for single-engine jet training aircraft Hürjet. It was thought that TUSAS decided on this issue. Europe's Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft is powered by the Ej200 engine manufactured by Eurojet Consortium. TUSAŞ had begun to negotiate with the consortium at Le Bourget'de Paris Aeronautical Exhibition. This development was first written by C4Defence. The F404-GE-102 engine, which is a General Electric product wa...
  • Philippines Receives Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA
    Philippines Receives Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA December 29 2019
    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) received on 18 December 2019, an offshore patrol vessel BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) from French shipbuilder OCEA. The ship will arrive in the Philippines by February 2020. The ship is based from OCEA's OPV-270 design and with a length of almost 84 meters, the largest monohull patrol boat in the world made of aluminium, and is expected to be the PCG's newest flagship and largest patrol vessel. The ship will host 40 offic...
  • US Space Fence Getting Closer
    US Space Fence Getting Closer December 16 2019
    US Air Forces Space Fence Project is getting an important milestone. The Space Fence facility located on Kwajalein Atoll is getting prepared to function. The radar will provide advanced space situational awareness for the Air Force. The primary mission of ground-based radar is to detect and track tens of thousands of objects in space. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Centre announced Dec. 10 that the radar system had entered a trial period. The move puts the system one step ...
  • Maiden Flight from Baykar's “paluk”
    Maiden Flight from Baykar's “paluk” December 6 2019
    Baykar Defence’s AKINCI UAV made its first flight. Baykar Defence Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar shared the information about the plane. Bayraktar AKINCI Attack -Unmanned Aerial Vehicle developed by Baykar took off for the first flight test at Çorlu Airport Command on Friday, December 6, 2019. AKINCI completed the first flight test. Bayraktar AKINCI TIHA performed its first engine test on 1 September 2019. Before the first flight test, Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA c...
  • Nuclear Submarine Test Started
    Nuclear Submarine Test Started December 6 2019
    Designed by the Russian-based Malakhit Marine Engineering Bureau, the latest Project Yasen-M multirole nuclear-powered submarine Kazan, test-fired torpedo weapons from its submerged position in the White Sea. According to the Russian Northern Fleet, the torpedo test-fire passed successfully. Tested in the White Sea, torpedoes successfully destroyed the underwater target. The fleet also announced that they would continue to test Kazan in the White Sea in the coming days. It was laid ou...
  • Britain introduces Rocket Man
    Britain introduces Rocket Man November 22 2019
    Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning has flown off the aircraft carrier with a jet-powered suit. A video of the former reservist flying around HMS Queen Elizabeth was shared on a social media account of Gravity Industries, a British aeronautical innovation company founded by Mr Browning. HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently off the east coast of the United States as part of the Westlant 19 Carrier Strike Group deployment. Former Marine flew from aircraft carrier towards...
  • Australia Hands Over Guardian-Class Patrol Boat
    Australia Hands Over Guardian-Class Patrol Boat November 12 2019
    Australia donated the Guardian class patrol boat to the Solomon Islands. The platform was delivered to the Solomon Islands government at a ceremony held in Henderson, Western Australia on November 8th. The vessel, which has been named RSIPV Gizo (pennant number 05), is one of the 21 boats of the class being given by Canberra to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste as part of Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (also known as Sea 3036) programme. The Guardian class has an over...
  • Ukroboronprom Eliminates Special Arms Exporters
    Ukroboronprom Eliminates Special Arms Exporters November 1 2019
    Ukraine based web site censor.net stated that State Concern Ukroboronprom decided to eliminate special arms exporters; Two companies will export. On October 30, the first meeting of the updated supervisory board of the Ukroboronprom took place. Ukroboronprom CEO Aivaras Abromavicius chaired the meeting. The conference aimed to reform the state defence industry to the newly formed supervisory board. A former head of the American Agency for Advanced Defence Research Projects (DARPA), ...
  • US’ Second Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to Enter the Water
    US’ Second Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to Enter the Water October 30 2019
    The US Navy’s second Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, John F Kennedy (CVN 79), is set to enter the water for the first time. The dry dock where the vessel’s keel was laid in 2015 is currently being flooded in phases with over 100 million gallons of water. Several tests will be carried out during the flooding process. CVN 79 will be put through more tests in November. The vessel will be named in a ceremony on 7 December. The Geral...
  • ICBM Drill From Russia
    ICBM Drill From Russia October 18 2019
    The Russian nuclear forces have terminated their annual readiness exercise, dubbed “Grom [Thunder] 2019,” which will involve 12,000 troops, 213 intercontinental-range ballistic missile launchers, up to 105 aircraft and around 20 warships, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD). Two RSM-50 [NATO reporting name: SS-N-18 Stingray] ballistic missiles were launched towards the Chizha firing range. The exercise took place from October 15 to 17 in all...
  • Fifth Ship Works Started at MİLGEM
    Fifth Ship Works Started at MİLGEM October 15 2019
    Signatures were signed for the fifth ship of the MİLGEM program of the Turkish Naval Forces and the first ship of class I. The fourth ship of the ADA class submarine defence warfare corvettes was signed on September 29th with the delivery ceremony of TCG Kınalıada. In the design of the fifth ship class, I air defence frigate, Defence Technologies Engineering Inc. (STM) will serve. The company had previously installed the design of four Ada classes. The ships were built under the command of th...
  • Anti-tank Mission to Drone October 12 2019
    At the Arms and Security Defence expo held in Ukraine, Adrones introduced the UAV concept carrying two missiles. The company's multi-purpose UAV is called Demon-E and powered by four electric motors. The UAV flies about 30 minutes and has a range of 20 km. It carries seven kg of payload and reaches a speed of 40 km / h. The UAV has autopilot and remote control modes. No information has been shared about the UAV’s missiles. When launchers are considered, missiles are likely to be RPG...
  • Kozak 2M is Different from Predecessor
    Kozak 2M is Different from Predecessor October 11 2019
    During the 16th Arms and Security Exhibition held in Kyiv, Practica exhibited its unique solutions as well as modernization projects. Practica's Kozak 2M MRAP took part in the company booth. Unlike to its predecessor, Kozak 2M has monocoque body and has a V-type underbelly structure and independent suspension system. It is powered by a 280 HP Iveco diesel engine. The platform, which is wider than Kozak MRAP, offers more balanced driving with this feature. In addition t...
  • 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...
  • New Customer to the Oplot
    New Customer to the Oplot October 10 2019
    Ukrainian Malyshev continues its Oplot deliveries. The company made a statement about the platforms at the Arms and Security 2019 exhibition organized by the media sponsorship of C4Defence. Negotiations are under way between Ukraine and Thailand for new phase deliveries for Oplot tanks, which have already completed all deliveries to Thailand. It is stated that the negotiations with a third country for the Oplots, which are also included in the inventory of the Ukrainian Army, c...
  • New Pickup from BMC
    New Pickup from BMC September 17 2019
    BMC, an Izmir-based company, introduced its new armoured pickup vehicle at Teknofest. Produced to meet the need for internal security, the six-ton vehicle is powered by a 3800-cc diesel engine. The vehicle is manufactured armoured. BMC is preparing for mass production of the vehicle.
  • China Continues to Support Cambodia
    China Continues to Support Cambodia September 12 2019
    In order to support the Cambodian government and strengthen the friendship between the two countries, China has donated the Shaanxi Baoji Tiger 4x4 light armoured vehicles to the Royal Cambodian Army (RCA). The armoured vehicles can be armed with the heavy machine gun, or an automatic grenade launcher, and can carry a crew of 2 and up to 9 passengers. The Tiger is powered by a Cummins diesel engine. Relations between Cambodia and China gained momentum after the two countries establi...
  • Iran, Strengthens Against US
    Iran, Strengthens Against US September 4 2019
    The tension between Iran and the US has been increasing since last year when US President Donald Trump withdrew unilaterally from the nuclear agreement signed in 2015. Looking for new defence solutions in the light of this tension, Iran introduced its new UCAV.   Kian, new generation of homegrown jet-powered drone, was unveiled in a ceremony with Commander of Army Air Defense Force Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard in attendance. Kian, a new high-precision drone that can loc...
  • Navantia launches Australia’s second replenishment vessel
    Navantia launches Australia’s second replenishment vessel September 3 2019
    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has launched the second auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessel on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the launch of the second Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessel marked an important milestone in Australia’s $90 billion investment in the largest regeneration of Navy since WW2. “The delivery into service of the Supply class replenishment vessels from next year will provide...
  • Ballistic Response from Russia : Bulava, Sineva
    Ballistic Response from Russia : Bulava, Sineva August 25 2019
    The USA had tested a medium-range cruise missile last week. Russia has test-fired two submarine-based ballistic missiles in response to US tests. The U.S. Defence Department had announced on Monday the test of a medium-range ground-launched cruise missile. The missile was launched on Sunday from the U.S. Navy-controlled San Nicolas Island off the coast of Los Angeles. In response, Russia tested missiles on Saturday, a week after US tests. "On August 24, in accordance with the c...
  • China Shifts Aircraft Carrier Policy August 23 2019
    China’s second aircraft carrier can carry at least 36 J-15 fighter jets, some 50 percent more than the country’s first, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday. The new capacity signals new mission for aircraft carrier as it indicates air superiority missions. According to CCTV, China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, can carry 24 J-15 fighter jets. The new Type 001A was an upgraded version of the Liaoning, a former Soviet Kuznet...
  • Ukraine may Buy Super Tucano
    Ukraine may Buy Super Tucano August 21 2019
      A Ukrainian Air Force Delegation visited Brazil to study the possible purchase of the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano according to Brazil-based infodefensa.com. The Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano, also named A-29, is a Brazilian turboprop light attack aircraft designed and built by Embraer as a development of the Embraer EMB 312 Tucano. The Super Tucano can be used for both the trainer role and as a light attack aircraft. The aircraft is powered by a 1,200 kW (...
  • Nuclear Breaker to Arctic Regions
    Nuclear Breaker to Arctic Regions August 11 2019
    FSUE ATOMFLOT continues to procure nuclear-powered icebreakers. Russia's Baltic Shipyard (Baltiysky Zavod) announced they have inked a 1.5 Billion USD contract with FSUE ATOMFLOT for the construction of the fourth and fifth Project 22220 class nuclear-powered icebreakers.  Delivery of both vessels is planned for 2024 and 2026 . The first ship of the class; Arktika was laid down at the Baltic Shipyard in November 2013. The second one; Siberia was laid down in May 2015. T...
  • Sun Powered UAV on the Air
    Sun Powered UAV on the Air August 6 2019
    Chine joined to solar-powered UAV efforts. A new solar-powered UAV, the MOZI 2, completed its first successful test flight at an airport in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang. According to the company Oxai Aircraft, MOZI 2 has a wingspan of 15 meters and is powered solely by solar cells. It can reach an altitude of 8,000 meters with a maximum cruise time of 12 hours at night following eight hours of charging in sunlight. The solar-powered UAV, which is designed for disaster re...
  • 62 Titus will Enter the Inventory
    62 Titus will Enter the Inventory July 13 2019
      Czech Republic signed a contract with Nexter to supply 62 Nexter Titus multirole armoured vehicles. Titus, a new generation of armoured vehicles offering high protection and mobility to the support and transportation needs of modern armies. The platform mobility chain was developed in cooperation with Czech supplier Tatra Trucks. A “Homeland Security” kit is available, matching more specifically the needs of police and security forces. Nexter’s Tit...
  • First Suffren Received July 12 2019
      Jane’s reported that France received the first of its new generation Suffren class (Barracuda) nuclear-powered attack submarine for its Navy. Suffren’s drydock will not actually be flooded until the end of July. Harbour trials are planned to start on 13 July and will continue until the second quarter of 2020, after which at-sea trials will begin. The loading of the nuclear core of the reactor is planned for September 2019, and the reactor is expected to go critica...
  • £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 ...
  • Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time
    Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time July 5 2019
    Korea Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries/ KAI) has carried out the first flight of its Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype. The rotor platform developed for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), completed the test after a 20-minute test flight. The helicopter is powered by two Arriel 2L2 turboshaft engines co-developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines and Hanwha Techwin. The RoKA has a requirement for more than 200 LAH helicopters, with entry into service schedul...
  • Xplorer Unveiled at Paris
    Xplorer Unveiled at Paris June 20 2019
    Leonardo unveiled its new product at the Paris Air Show 2019. A new member of the Falco family is named Xplorer
    
    As a new member of the Falco family, the system is larger than its predecessors. The system has a wing span of 18.5 meters and a length of 9 meters. The maximum take-off weight of Falco Xplorer was announced to be 1,300 kilograms. Equipped with the Gabbiano T-80UL multimode synthetic aperture radar (SAR), the platform also features LEOSS gyrostabilized electrooptics and SAGE ...
                                                        
  • France Wins €750M Order from Abu Dhabi
    France Wins €750M Order from Abu Dhabi June 7 2019
    Abu Dhabi has ordered two Gowind corvettes worth €750 million from Naval Group, La Tribune reported quoting unidentified sources who confirm an initial report in the ‘Intelligence Online’ newsletter. The contract, reportedly signed on March 25, may however be blocked by Germany which has decreed an embargo on weapon deliveries to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as the two ships are to be powered by diesel engines produced by Germany’s MTU.
  • ‘Flying AK-47’ from Russia
    ‘Flying AK-47’ from Russia March 29 2019
    Russia's Moscow Aviation Institute has presented an unnamed drone with AK-47 on board that can shoot ammunition to take down rogue drones. The newly presented machine flies like an airplane, takes off and lands like a helicopter. According to a video uploaded to YouTube, the drone starts at an uncommon vertical upwards-looking position. The drone is powered by two propellers installed on its rear, larger, wings, which also allow the drone to manoeuvre. A couple of smal...
  • Poseidon under US Scrutiny
    Poseidon under US Scrutiny March 26 2019
    According to CNBC, an underwater drone armed with a nuclear warhead is scheduled to join Russia's arsenal no earlier than 2027. CNBC’s claims are based on U.S. intelligence. Russia is working on a nuclear-powered system, dubbed "Poseidon," which can navigate autonomously, and travel continuously after launching from a submarine. Russian state media has previously announced that the Russian navy will place at least 30 Poseidon drones on combat duty. The ...
  • British Rolls-Royce Gets Involved in Bell’s V-280 and V-247 Engines
    British Rolls-Royce Gets Involved in Bell’s V-280 and V-247 Engines March 26 2019
    British Company Rolls-Royce will develop turboshaft engines for Bell’s V-280 Valor and V-247 Vigilant tiltrotors. The V-280 Valor is powered by US company GE’s T64-GE-419 engine. According to Bell, “Bell and Rolls-Royce are developing an end-to-end engine integrated solution for V-280 as an option for future procurements”. The company however admits that “”the government has not defined its engine sourcing strategy.” Following Siko...
  • Aksungur Meets Sky
    Aksungur Meets Sky March 21 2019
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) indigenous UAV ANKA-AKSUNGUR made its maiden flight. Twin-engine UAV with high load capacity at medium altitude has flown for 4 hours 20 minutes. UAV is powered by TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI) development PD170 engine.
  • India Signs Over $3 Billion Deal with Russia for Nuclear Submarine
    India Signs Over $3 Billion Deal with Russia for Nuclear Submarine March 9 2019
    India has for the third time signed an agreement to lease a Russian Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine according to Times of India. New nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), will be available by 2025, after a comprehensive refurbishment at a Russian shipyard. The agreement will be realised despite the threat of US financial sanctions looming over the earlier $5.4 billion contract inked for Russian S-400 Triumf missile systems in October last year. This submarine will rep...
  • Pentagon Plans to Retire USS Harry S. Truman
    Pentagon Plans to Retire USS Harry S. Truman February 28 2019
    U.S. Navy intends to retire its nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the next decade. The ship was supposed to undergo a Refuelling & Complex Overhaul (RCOH) in 2024. The service plans to skip that in order to save money. The move could save more than $30 billion over 25 years to invest in high-tech weapons. The on-board nuclear reactor will then be allowed to run down. This will keep the aircraft carrier in service between mid to late 2020s. ...