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  • Boeing Drops Out Experimental Spaceplane Program
    Boeing Drops Out Experimental Spaceplane Program January 23 2020
    Hypersonic vehicles are becoming a high priority for weapons development due to their theoretical ability to evade air defences. China and Russia are developing hypersonic weapons, and the U.S. military is scrambling to keep pace. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the XS-1 program in 2013 as a way of supporting the development of responsive, reusable launch vehicles. DARPA selected Boeing in May 2017 for Phases 2 and 3 of what was initially called the XS-1 pro...
  • Tender for Indian Submarine
    Tender for Indian Submarine January 22 2020
    Having serious problems in the maintenance of vehicles and heavily damaged the nuclear submarine in 2018 with the hatch left open, India announced the short list in its tender for the procurement of air-independent propulsion submarines. The Indian Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) has announced shortlisted companies as part of its nuclear submarine procurement program. L&T company and Mazagon Docks Ltd. (MDL) are took place on the list. As part of the 7 billion USD te...
  • 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...
  • World-First Electrical Technology from Rolls-Royce for Tempest Programme
    World-First Electrical Technology from Rolls-Royce for Tempest Programme January 9 2020
    British engine company Rolls-Royce released a press bulletin stating that they are developing world-first electrical technology for next-generation Tempest programme. To make the engine more electric, more intelligent and to harness more power, Rolls-Royce started to work to solve unprecedented levels of electrical power demand and thermal load; all need to be managed within the context of a stealthy aircraft. Rolls-Royce started to address the demands of the future in 2014. That ye...
  • 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...
  • Frigate Support to the Navy
    Frigate Support to the Navy November 12 2019
    The Republic of Korea launched a new, guided-missile frigate equipped with advanced sonar and propulsion systems. The platform, called Seoul, is 122 meters long. The 122-meter-long ship is equipped with guided missiles and guns and can carry a helicopter for marine operations. The warship boasts of advanced anti-submarine patrol and combat capabilities, as it employs an advanced sonar system as well as a hybrid propulsion system that reduces the level of noise the vessel makes underwater. Acc...
  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes November 11 2019
    Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has initiated works on building at least four corvettes for the country’s navy, the ministry’s official news agency ArmyInform reported on Sept. 18. The process will start with resuming the construction of the Volodymyr the Great corvette as the lead vessel of Project 58250 class of perspective warships. Navy initiated building back in 2011, but there is almost no progress since then. Turkey and the United States are ready to su...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Regional Power Wars in Asia
    Regional Power Wars in Asia October 9 2019
    According to Philippine media reports, the Philippines is considering supplying the BrahMos cruise missile. The missile was developed with a joint subsidiary of Russia and India. “Talks are now ongoing for Philippine Army’s BraHmos missile acquisition project with India,” a senior military official bared. The missile has a ramjet propulsion system and a range of up to 1,900 kilometres. Seeking to supply the land-based variant of the missile, the Philippines is gradually shif...
  • New Era in the Pacific Fleet
    New Era in the Pacific Fleet October 7 2019
    Project 20385 lead corvette armed with Kalibr cruise missiles and will be commissioned into service with the Russian navy by the end of 2019. The Gremyashchiy class Russian designation Project 20385, is an advanced development of the Steregushchiy-class corvettes of the Russian Navy. The warship has completed 70% of sea trials. The shipbuilders tested the boat's main propulsion unit in various speed modes, navigation and communications systems, performance, manoeuvrability, habitability, ...
  • The Prince Of Wales Begins the Maiden Sea Trials
    The Prince Of Wales Begins the Maiden Sea Trials September 19 2019
    The British Royal Navy's second aircraft carrier, the Queen Elizabeth-class Prince of Wales (R09), begins sea trials eight years first steel cut. In the official Twitter account for the platform, Prince of Wales will start sea trials today.  The UK’s newest £3.1 billion aircraft carrier is scheduled to depart Rosyth Dockyard. At 280-metres long and weighing 65,000 tonnes, she will squeeze out into the Firth of Forth for her maiden voyage and will be tested in areas includ...
  • New Missile to Support AMRAAM and Sidewinder September 18 2019
    Raytheon unveils the development of the new medium-range Peregrine advanced air-to-air missile.  A company executive says “the Peregrine is meant to complement, not replace, the AMRAAM and Sidewinder”.  Raytheon Company is developing a new medium-range, an air-launched weapon called the Peregrine missile that is half the size and cost of today's air-to-air missiles, yet delivers greater range and effect. The Peregrine missile is a small, fast, lightwei...
  • Turkey's First Electric Armoured Vehicle Began Testing
    Turkey's First Electric Armoured Vehicle Began Testing July 22 2019
    Turkey's first new-generation electric 4x4 armoured vehicle Akrep IIe began challenging road and off-road mobility test. Akrep II designed by Otokar as an armoured reconnaissance and weapon platform, the first vehicle of the armoured vehicle family, Akrep IIe. The platform can be equipped with alternative power plants (electric, diesel and hybrid). The AKREP IIe is a technology demonstrator, which is equipped with an innovative electric-based power and propulsion solution that consists of...
  • Rolls-Royce to Develop Hypersonic Technology
    Rolls-Royce to Develop Hypersonic Technology July 18 2019
    Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to develop hypersonic propulsion systems for increased aircraft performance and capability. Typhoon’s engine EJ-200 will provide base for further works. Britain’s defence ministry is stepping up its interest in hypersonics with a $12 million contract to Rolls-Royce and its industrial partners to develop high-Mach aircraft propulsion systems. The contract will be with Rolls-Royce Plc, (RR) and its technology partners, BAE Systems an...
  • UVision: The Israeli Loitering Munitions Specialist July 11 2019
    Present at Le Bourget in 2015, UVision from Israel was back four years later to unveil a series of new systems. Probably the only company specialised in a single category of weapon systems, loitering munitions, UVision introduced a new version of its HERO-120 as well as a multiple launcher for its HERO-400RC. The HERO-120 is the second in size within UVision’s portfolio, the lighter system being the HERO-30 that is in service with various customers, mostly Special Forces units...
  • First Diesel-Electric Submarine on Trial
    First Diesel-Electric Submarine on Trial June 22 2019
      Republic of Korea has begun sea trials for its first KSS-3 diesel-electric submarine. The vessel, Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, began the trials during the week of 10 June, and these involved mainly tests of the vessel's propulsion systems and steering equipment.  The submarine Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, which is the first of three KSS-3 submarines ordered for the Republic of Korea Navy, has an overall length of 83.5 m, an overall beam of 7.7 m, and a hull draught of 7.62 m...
  • 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...
  • Italy’s LHD “Trieste” is Launched
    Italy’s LHD “Trieste” is Launched May 27 2019
    The launching ceremony of Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) “Trieste” took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia. This multirole and multipurpose amphibious is capable of deploying aircraft and amphibious vehicles and equipment, relying on a flight deck and a floodable basin located on the stern of the ship. The new unit will be delivered in 2022 and falls within the naval program of the maritime capability of Defence, approved by the Italian...
  • APR-3M to Intercept Western Submarines
    APR-3M to Intercept Western Submarines May 16 2019
    Russian state Research,Development and Enterprise zone; GNPP announced that it completed the APR-3M ASW rocket propelled torpedo tests. Following the completion of the test phase of the system developed under the responsibility of JSC, it was announced that the mass production preparations were started. Russian Defense Ministry started talks with the Ministry of Defense and the system will be ready for sale to Russia and foreign countries. System is a successor of APR-1, A...
  • DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons
    DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons May 7 2019
    Two hypersonic vehicle prototypes developed by US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Air Force are due to fly by the end of 2019, the agency’s director said May 1. DARPA Director Dr. Steven Walker met with press on 1 May Defence Writers' Group breakfast and answered questions about ongoing projects inside the Pentagon's research arm. "[They are] two very different concepts but when you're talking hypersonic [weapons], it is good to have what I ...
  • STM and ASELSAN Cooperation at Sea
    STM and ASELSAN Cooperation at Sea April 30 2019
    Under the leadership of the Presidency for Defence Industries, STM has signed a protocol on the "Development of Electric Propulsion System in Speed ​​Boats“ with ASELSAN at IDEF'19. The protocol of STM was signed with ASELSAN on 30 April at the 14th International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF). The signing ceremony was attended by STM Chairman of Board of Directors Celal Sami Tüfekçi, STM General Manager Murat İkinci, ASELSAN Chairman of Board of Directors and CEO Hal...
  • Liaoning to become Combat Ship
    Liaoning to become Combat Ship April 26 2019
    China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier will become combat aircraft carrier ship. The ship built during Soviet era and was anchored in Ukraine, named Varyag. China bought if from Ukraine to transform it allegedly to a  “casino” . Once acquired China stated that it will design it as a training and test ship, China's first aircraft carrier the Liaoning is starting to play a combat role following recent modifications and intensive training exercises. China Central ...
  • 10th Submarine In Inventory
    10th Submarine In Inventory April 1 2019
    Japan, which accelerated its submarine construction activities recently, announced that the 10th Sōryū class submarine was officially joined the navy. The platform was named JS Shōryū (SS-510). In the ceremony held in Kobe, the submarine was assigned to the Submarine Flotilla 1 in Kure, located in Hiroshima Prefecture. The platform, built at Kawasaki Heavy Industries, has cost around $ 502 million. The displacement of the 84-meter-long submarine is 2950 tons. The platform equipped w...
  • Tamandaré Class Project: Brazil Selects German Offer
    Tamandaré Class Project: Brazil Selects German Offer March 31 2019
    The Brazilian Navy (MB), announced that the final proposal of the "Águas Azuis" Consortium, dated March 8 of 2019, was selected as the best offer for the construction project of the "Tamandaré" Class Corvettes. The Águas Azuis Consortium, formed by Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems, Embraer Defence & Security and Atech, was selected as preferred bidder by the Brazilian Navy for the construction of four naval ships in the Tamandaré Corve...
  • USS Ford to Wait until October
    USS Ford to Wait until October March 28 2019
    USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will be delayed until October due to unforeseen problems in repairing, Navy officials told a House Armed Services Committee panel on Tuesday. Navy had foreseen that 12-month period would be enough to fix any problems that arose during the carrier’s first at-sea period, when the crew works the ship hard to help identify any problems in construction. The carrier had planned to conduct a one-year PSA, then work up with its crew and deploy in 2021. ...
  • STM to Upgrade Pakistan’s Second Agosta 90B
    STM to Upgrade Pakistan’s Second Agosta 90B March 9 2019
    Turkish state-owned defence contractor Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM) announced from its official twitter account that it has won a contract for the mid-life upgrade of the second of three Agosta 90B-class (aka Khalid-class) diesel-electric attack submarines equipped with air-independent propulsion systems, currently in service with the Pakistan Navy. The twitter reads, “Capabilities of Pakistan Agosta90B Submarines enhanced by the main contractor STM throu...
  • X-60A Completes Critical Design Review
    X-60A Completes Critical Design Review March 7 2019
    The X-60A, an air-dropped liquid rocket for hypersonic flight research, has completed its critical design review. The first flight is scheduled in about a year, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) says. AFRL, Aerospace Systems Directorate, High Speed Systems Division, in partnership with Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc., is developing the X-60A vehicle. It is an air-dropped liquid rocket specifically designed for hypersonic flight research. AFRL&r...
  • France Prepares Hypersonic Test Flight by 2021
    France Prepares Hypersonic Test Flight by 2021 January 29 2019
      France has awarded ArianeGroup a contract to develop a hypersonic glider technology demonstrator that is due to make its first flight by the end of 2021, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced Jan. 21. "We have decided to award a contract for a hypersonic glider demonstrator," able to reach a speed of over Mach 5 (over 6,000 km/h),” Parly said during her New Year’s address to the armed forces. France is already conducting stud...
  • Sector News Issue 69 January 10 2019
    First Flight for Modernised Spartan Indra’s Nightmare Simulation SB1 Defiant, Counting Days Major Step in Electrical Propulsion ATAK, On Its Way to the Philippines TEI Powers ANKA Nurol’s Ejder, Seen in Qatar Croat Ship to Feature ASELSAN MUHAFIZ
  • Important Step for IEP
    Important Step for IEP December 31 2018
    China has passed a critical step in the turbo generator developed for use in war ships. According to a report published in the Chinese media, the system has completed the technical evaluation phase. The generator was developed based on the work of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) 704 Institute, which is four times more powerful than the most powerful generator in the People's Liberation Army Navy / PLAN. The new hardware is planned to be the main component for ...
  • Vietnam to Hit with Satellite November 26 2018
    Vietnam has taken action to provide satellite navigation capabilities. As a result of negotiations with Russia, an agreement was has signed.   In the statement made by Roskosmos, the KCT 15 missiles in the Vietnam inventory will gain the ability to GLONASS guidance. GLONASS based guidance system will be used for the missiles that can reach a maximum range of 200 kilometers.   The KCT-15 system is the licensed version of the Russian Kh-35 missi...
  • Ship Order to Daewoo
    Ship Order to Daewoo November 15 2018
    One of the world's largest shipbuilding companies, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Received a new order. The order came from the Republic of Korea.   The company said in a statement, a total of 577 million USD agreement has signed.$ 577 million has been signed agreement. It was announced that the guided missile frigates with a weight of 2800 tons will deliver in 2022. Reduced radar cross-sectional area and hybrid electric propulsion will be equipp...
  • Modernized Submarine Has Started First Trials October 24 2018
        After the mid-life upgrade programme (MLU), HMS Gotland, set sail for the first trials. After the operation tests of the systems were completed at the dock, the ship was navigated for the tests that should be carried out at open sea. During the trials, new systems integrated under the integration will be tested for the desired capacity.   Submarines built between 1990 and 1997, had previously undergone minor modifications before. Up t...
  • Artillery to Shoot 70 Kilometers
    Artillery to Shoot 70 Kilometers October 23 2018
    US Army is close to the end of programme carried out for artillery. Under the programme named Extended Range Cannon Artillery Program (ERCA), 70 kilometres range is aimed. Studies also carried out on M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzers which are already US Army inventory. Howitzer’s range will be doubled. The US Army gives its priority to long-range high-precision shots under the modernization programmes. A new rocket assisted ammunition (Rocket Assisted Projectile / RAP) wa...
  • Republic of Korea Launches 3,000-Ton Homegrown Submarine September 15 2018
    Republic of Korea (ROK) held a launching ceremony for a 3,000-ton indigenous submarine. The ceremony for the diesel-electric air-independent propulsion submarine, took place at the Okpo Shipyard of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. on the southern island of Geoje. The Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine is the Navy's first mid-class submarine. While the country's existing 1,200-ton and 1,800-ton submarines were built with technological assistance from German defence fi...
  • Rafael Unveils Spike ER2
    Rafael Unveils Spike ER2 August 31 2018
    Israeli Defence Company Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has disclosed development of a new, fifth-generation, enhanced stand-off evolution of its 170 mm Spike-ER multipurpose precision-guided missile system, designated Spike ER2. The new Spike ER2 retains the same weight, airframe, surface geometries, and propulsion unit as the Spike ER, but features a significant range enhancement and other capability augmentations. The introduction of a new real-time lightweight radio frequency (R...
  • Return of the Kuznetsov is Far
    Return of the Kuznetsov is Far July 31 2018
    Russia made a statement on the maintenance and modernization activities of Admiral Kuznetsov, the only aircraft carrier it has owned. Commenting on the ship, Zvezdochka Ship Repair Center commander Sergey Marichev stated that the engine, propulsion and electronic systems of the ship will go through a comprehensive modernization. Agrement of maintenance and modernization signed in April and it is reported that the work will last two and a half years. The platform, which will enter into a ...
  • Vikrant on the Sea at 2020
    Vikrant on the Sea at 2020 July 25 2018
    The Indian Navy made a statement about the INS Vikrant. In the statement, Vikrant will start the sea tests in 2020. Completion of the integration propulsion, power generation, deck machinery and auxillary equipments also announced. Currently, the ship's aircraft, navigation, communications, sensor and weapon integration studies are ongoing.  Directorate of Naval Design of Indian Navy designed the ship with the aid of Fincantieri and Russian Navy Design Bureau. Pla...
  • The Hürjet Protocol signed between SSB and the Turkish Air Force Command
    The Hürjet Protocol signed between SSB and the Turkish Air Force Command July 24 2018
    The Hürjet Protocol was signed between the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and the Turkish Air Force Command to meet the need for Jet training flights. In the statement made from SSB's official twitter account, "Hürjet Protocol was signed to meet the need for jet training flight between the Presidency of Defence Industries and the Turkish Air Force Command".   The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) started its project for the developme...