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  • Brazil in Reactor Phase for Nuclear Submarine
    Brazil in Reactor Phase for Nuclear Submarine 24 October 2020
    As part of Brazil's Nuclear Propulsion Prototype Reactor of the Brazilian Submarine Development Program (PROSUB), nuclear reactor assembly has begun. Information from the reactor, which will be examined at the Nuclear Power Generation Laboratory (LABGENE) complex, will be used in the construction of Brazil's first nuclear submarine, Álvaro Alberto. Later in the program, turbogenerators and electric motors and other systems will be tested in a controlled way ...
  • Loyal Wingman Preparing for First Flight
    Loyal Wingman Preparing for First Flight 22 October 2020
    A prototype of the Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft, developed for the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) project in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Boeing, has completed the first taxi. The function and integration of the Loyal Wingman, including brake and engine controls, were checked. The unmanned aircraft, which is scheduled to make its first flight this year, was designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia. Loyal Wingman is seen as Boeing&#...
  • Germany, France to Spend €200M on New Tanks
    Germany, France to Spend €200M on New Tanks 17 October 2020
    €200m will be spent on funds for the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS), developed in partnership with Germany and France. The German-led programme has a 50% share of both countries financially. Berlin and Paris reached an agreement in 2012 to design and develop MGCS to replace the tanks in their inventory.  Following the transfer of €200m to the funds, Nexter, KMW and Rheinmetall will begin work for MGCS. The first prototype is to be revealed by 2028 and the ...
  • Demir announced first modernised ACV-15 is ready
    Demir announced first modernised ACV-15 is ready 14 October 2020
    The prototype of the Turkish modernised ACV-15 fighting vehicle showcased. Presidency of Defence Industries released video footage from the vehicle. President of Defence Industries said that the first prototype is completed. he stated that platform will be equipped with modern systems and there will be 133 vehicles to be modernised. Vehicles will be modernised with Nefer remote-controlled weapon station installed on the turret, which features 25 mm chain gun. The vehicle will have a...
  • Russia to Receive New Serial Ilyushin Il-112V aircraft from 2023
    Russia to Receive New Serial Ilyushin Il-112V aircraft from 2023 7 October 2020
    Russian Defence Ministry will receive two prototypes Ilyushin Il-112V by 2021 year-end. The ministry will start receiving serially produced aircraft in 2023, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov told on Monday. Two aircraft will be part of state trials The Voronezh Aircraft Plant is ready to produce up to 15 airplanes annually, considering the replacement plans for a large number of aircraft by 2030, Minister Manturov added.
  • India to Produce Next Generation Aircraft with Private Sector
    India to Produce Next Generation Aircraft with Private Sector 2 October 2020
    India is preparing to produce a new generation of aircraft in a privately-led joint venture. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), a state-owned subsidiary, calculates the costs associated with the production of the fifth-generation Advanced Multirole Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and the structure of the planned joint venture. India's Ministry of Defence and HAL said the state's share of the aircraft project, which will include the private sector, would be less than 50%. Hal is expecte...
  • Russia's New Military Equipment Approved
    Russia's New Military Equipment Approved 1 October 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry held a commission meeting on technologies developed for security forces. Equipment prototypes based on advanced technology and innovative research have passed the approval of the relevant military authorities.  Within the scope of the Commission: An easy-to-erect bunker designed to station and camouflage military equipment and personnel was introduced at temporary locations. Not only does it protect military equipment from...
  • Demir: Altay Production to Start in Mid 2021
    Demir: Altay Production to Start in Mid 2021 29 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr İsmail Demir answered a question regarding the engine and mass production schedule of the Altay Main Battle Tank (BMT) at the press conference held at Roketsan's facilities in Lalahan. Reminding the process of bringing together a small number of engines used in prototype studies, Demir said, “We have a temporal roadmap about its timing, not leaving a huge gap between the alternative engine being found, brought and entering the syste...
  • Italy Wants to Get the Advantage of COVID
    Italy Wants to Get the Advantage of COVID 28 September 2020
    The Italian government wants to experience the benefits of COVID pandemic. European Union handed over some funds to cover COVID-damaged economy. The government wants to find a way to fund defence technology programs including the U.S. Future Vertical Lift ( FVL ) helicopter initiative. The FVL program is currently being pursued by the United States only but is listed as a possible target for Italian investment in a document drawn up by Italy’s industry ministry according to De...
  • Korea to Use Lithium-Ion Batteries in Submarines
    Korea to Use Lithium-Ion Batteries in Submarines 24 September 2020
    The Republic of Korea is in the process of developing a lithium-ion battery for the Jang Bogo-III Class electric submarine. Korea, which announced in October that work will begin on the lithium-ion battery prototype, aims to double the duration of the platforms' underwater stay. Korean submarines already use lead acid batteries. In the first half of 2021, the battery will be in production and Jang Bogo-III class submarines will be delivered in 2026, it said. The Jang Bogo-III Cl...
  • New Munitions Image from Turkey
    New Munitions Image from Turkey 24 September 2020
    Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar and Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank visited TÜBİTAK Defence Industries Research and Development Instute (Savunma Sanayii Araştırma ve Geliştirme Enstitüsü/ SAGE) today. The video, which was shared during the ministers' visit, also showed new images of Kuzgun ammunition. The Kuzgun Project, initiated by TUBITAK SAGE as an internal project at the initiative of the institution, was first introduced...
  • Australia Launches 35kg Commercial Rocket into Atmosphere
    Australia Launches 35kg Commercial Rocket into Atmosphere 22 September 2020
    A small commercial rocket has been launched from Australia to the edge of space for the first time. First commercial space capable rocket is followed by a second rocket within two hours. At 10:09:47 am on 19 September, Southern Launch ignited Australia’s first commercial space-capable rocket at the Koonibba Test Range northwest of Ceduna in SA. And in a second first for Australia, only an hour and forty minutes later at 11:49:47 am a second space capable launch was s...
  • Research 4 Papa Alpha Flies for Final Data Collection Mission
    Research 4 Papa Alpha Flies for Final Data Collection Mission 18 September 2020
        MIT Lincoln Laboratory announced that the LL Flight Test Facility flew aircraft N404PA Boeing 707 will be retired. The laboratory said on its tweeter account, that the aircraft will fly for “its final data collection mission” The aircraft will enter into “disposition status” in preparation for final transfer to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. This aircraft is a Heavily Modified B707-321B carrying civil regist...
  • Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned
    Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned 18 September 2020
    According to Defence Review Asia, Indonesia may scale down its KF-X / IFX procurement from the Republic of Korea (ROK). The magazine claims that the government of Indonesia is looking to save money due to COVID-19 pandemic and the level of investment in the KF-X/IFX combat aircraft project is the one that the government has eyes on.  In 2010 the country signed up to pay 20% of the development costs of the twin-jet engine 4++ generation fighter but is now seeking to reduce that to 15%.&nb...
  • 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 ...
  • Nex Gen Flight from USAF 17 September 2020
    The US Air Force (USAF) has flown a digitally-engineered Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) advanced aircraft flight demonstrator for the first time, the service unveiled on 15 September at the Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) annual conference. The programme is classified and USAF leadership refused to provide details, including who developed the aircraft, any contract values, and when it might be fielded. But Will Roper, assistant secretary of the USAF for Acquisition...
  • 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...
  • MAV Surprise from Demir
    MAV Surprise from Demir 17 September 2020
      President of Defence Industries Prof. İsmail Demir announced that the Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) prototype, which successfully passed the capsize tests, has completed the engineering tests and that the qualification tests will begin. Demir made a statement on his social media account about the latest point reached in the MAV project carried out under the responsibility of the Presidency of Defence Industries, and said, "MAV Continues its Way with Confident St...
  • Cezeri at Maiden Flight
    Cezeri at Maiden Flight 16 September 2020
    The flying car CEZERI, developed by BAYKAR firm nationally and originally, completed its first flight tests. The pre-prototype of 230 kg, designed and manufactured by Turkish engineers, rose 10 meters from the ground in-flight tests.   Flight tests of the CEZERİ Flying Car started on Friday, September 11, 2020. In the first tests, CEZERİ  took off with the safety ropes and took off without a rope upon the successful progress of the night safety ropes connecting S...
  • India to modernize BMP-2 / 2K infantry fighting vehicles
    India to modernize BMP-2 / 2K infantry fighting vehicles 15 September 2020
    The Indian Army has sent a RfP to national companies to take part in the planned modernization of 811 BMP-2 / 2K Sarath BMP-2 / 2K assembled under license. According to the Hindustan Times, interested companies must submit their proposals within six weeks. On September 4, the Indian Army Command announced that potential suppliers are required to develop a prototype BMP-2 / 2K equipped with a gunner's thermal imaging sight and a third-generation panoramic commander's sight, a...
  • Akıncı Passed Another Test
    Akıncı Passed Another Test 11 September 2020
    Bayraktar AKINCI PT-2 has successfully completed a Medium Altitude System Identification Test. The prototype, which stayed in the air for about 2 hours, landed after passing the runway several times after the test, as previously planned. Baykar Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar stated in advance that the platform will perform touch and go action. Akıncı had performed a similar planned pass test in the previous test flight.
  • Critical Meeting from AKINCI TİHA
    Critical Meeting from AKINCI TİHA 10 September 2020
    Baykar company announced the completion of the Critical Design Review Meeting of BAYRAKTAR AKINCI TİHA (Attack Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) from its social media accounts.   Delegations and teams from the Ministry of Interior, General Staff, Defence Industry Presidency, Gendarmerie General Command, General Directorate of Security, Aselsan, Roketsan and TÜBİTAK SAGE attended the meeting, which took place on September 8-9.   Having made its fir...
  • US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation
    US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation 10 September 2020
      Bell Textron has received a $13.5 million multi-year contract from US Army Contracting Command to conduct design studies, analysis, simulation, testing, integration and fabrication activities in connection with the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme. Operating within the FARA concept, the U.S. Army expected to replace the OH-58 Scout helicopter. The FARA competition seeks to test and acquire a next-generation attack reconnaissance aircraft to fil...
  • Payment Delay in KF-X Program
    Payment Delay in KF-X Program 8 September 2020
    A financial problem has emerged in the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) fifth-generation aircraft project developed with a joint subsidiary of the Republic of Korea and Indonesia. Although KF-X is a partner, Indonesia owes hundreds of millions of Dollars, officials said. It was announced that Indonesia would have a delay of $420 million to pay for the project. Indonesia, which agreed to cover 20% of the fifth-generation aircraft program (8.8 trillion Indonesian...
  • Akıncı at Speed Tests
    Akıncı at Speed Tests 7 September 2020
    Baykar's UCAS works continue uninterruptedly. Akıncı PT-2 prototype UAV, which took off on September 5, performed high altitude and speed tests. After the test, Baykar Defence Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar  gave information about the flight while returning to the square where the UAV took off. Bayraktar said that the altitude of 30 thousand feet was climbed and that the performance at high speeds was tested at this altitude. According to the information obtained...
  • Air Force “Mach” One
    Air Force “Mach” One 7 September 2020
    The US Air Force awarded a contract to develop a supersonic passenger plane for US President’s use. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre announced on August 31st from official social media account that the service's Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate has awarded a contract to California-based start-up Exosonic to develop a "low-boom supersonic executive transport aircraft." The platform will be used by "key decision-makers and teams."<...
  • KAI’S Final assembly of prototype unveiled, 3 September 2020
      Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) fighter (KF-X) prototype at the final assembly line presented to the press. Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) announced on the 3rd that it will begin final assembly of the Korean fighter (KF-X) prototype at its Sacheon plant in Gyeongnam. According to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the real Korean fighter aircraft will be visible in the first half of next year. When the prototype is completed, it will be dep...
  • Angara's Engine to Be Tested in 2022
    Angara's Engine to Be Tested in 2022 27 August 2020
    A test date has been set for the modernized RD-191M engine for Angara, which Russia has developed as a carrier rocket. The first prototype will be tested on the rocket in 2021, and in mid-2022 the engine will be tested. Angara is scheduled to launch the "Eagle" spacecraft into orbit in 2023, commanding from a distance.  The contract for the Angara rocket, which will produce four in total, is worth approximately $240 million.
  • 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. ...
  • The First Flying Prototype of the Modernized Mi-17 is on Display
    The First Flying Prototype of the Modernized Mi-17 is on Display 25 August 2020
    Russian Helicopters is displaying the modernized variant of the Mi-8/17 transport helicopter. The first flying prototype of the Mi-171Sh-VN helicopter was unveiled for the first time at the 2020 International Military and Technical Forum. The platform built at Ulan-Ude Aviation Factory is equipped with IBKV-17VP glass cockpit, sighting system and advanced avionics. The helicopter was armoured with reinforced titanium and kevlar. Mi-171Sh-VN 's cruising speed was increa...
  • Greece Develops 4X4 Armored Vehicles
    Greece Develops 4X4 Armored Vehicles 24 August 2020
    Greece-based company EODH has developed a new armored vehicle in line with the needs of security forces. EODH, which has been working since 2003 on the active protection of armored vehicles and system integration, introduced the modular 4x4 Hoplite.  Hoplite's design, high reliability and operational preparation is brought to the fore, the company said that the vehicle is resistant to explosions.  The vehicle, equipped with a 12.2 mm M2 machine gun, can be in...
  • Akıncı reached 30 thousand feet
    Akıncı reached 30 thousand feet 22 August 2020
      The first prototype of Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA (Attack Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), called PT-1, developed by the BAYKAR company, reached an altitude of 30 thousand feet. UAV has thus successfully completed the High Altitude System Identification Test. With this altitude, Akıncı İHA has reached the usual cruising altitude of passenger aircraft. Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA PT-1 took off at 06.16 as part of the High Altitude System Identification Test after the preparations that...
  • Akinci Reached 20 Thousand Feet
    Akinci Reached 20 Thousand Feet 19 August 2020
      The second prototype of Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA (Attack Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), developed by the BAYKAR company, took off for the second time today. The second flight test is performed at Bayraktar AKINCI Flight and Training Centre, located in Çorlu Airport Command. The UAV reached an altitude of 20 thousand feet (approximately 6100 m). The second prototype of Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA, which took off at 14:14 within the scope of the Medium Altitude System Verifi...
  • Second AKINCI Completed its First Flight Test
    Second AKINCI Completed its First Flight Test 13 August 2020
    The second prototype of Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA (Attack Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), developed by BAYKAR, completed its first flight test. The test flight was carried out at Bayraktar AKINCI Flight and Training Centre, located in Çorlu Airport Command.   As part of the System Verification and Identification Test, the prototype took off at 17.28 and stayed in the air for 1 hour and 2 minutes. With the test carried out during the flight, Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA's th...
  • 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...
  • Alligator Prototype Completes First Flight
    Alligator Prototype Completes First Flight 11 August 2020
    Russia had begun a modernization study for the Ka-52M Alligator to improve the electrical generator and electrooptic systems. The helicopter prototype has completed its first flight. With modernization, the target detection and recognition range of the Ka-52M increased. The platform is equipped with active-phase radar and increased range guided missile. The helicopter can operate in all weather conditions, including arctic conditions. At the end of the preliminary acceptance tests, ...
  • Korea's Hybrid Drone to Be Tested in The Military
    Korea's Hybrid Drone to Be Tested in The Military 1 August 2020
    Korean Air will deliver a hybrid drone prototype for the Armed Forces of the Republic of Korea. The UAV, which has internal burn and electric motors, stays in the air for about two hours more than its counterparts, according to the firm's statement. The battery of the platform also functions as a secondary power supply in case the engine malfunctions. Korean Air, which began working for the drone in 2016, did not specify how many platforms it will deliver to the Armed Forces. Th...
  • Modernization of Anti-Tank Missile System from Ukraine
    Modernization of Anti-Tank Missile System from Ukraine 31 July 2020
    Ukrainian State Enterprise Design Bureau Luch (Kiev) and State Company Artem have presented a prototype of the modernized GKKB Luch combat vehicle 9P149.  The original 9P149 also known as Shturm-S. The platform is upgraded and armed with RK-2V Barrier-V anti-tank missiles, which developed by the Luch State Design Bureau. For target detection and missile guidance, an optical-electronic system OPSN-I also integrated. The system is developed by the State Enterprise Izyum instrumen...
  • T-64 Modernization
    T-64 Modernization 30 July 2020
    The main battle tanks that were produced during the Cold War years have reached the end of their economic life. User countries are launching programs one after the other to upgrade the systems in question in line with their requirements. Uzbekistan, which has some T-64 main battle tanks in its inventory, has taken action for the modernization of the platforms. State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the Defence Industry announced that the army trials of the first prototype...
  • Drágon Successfully Completed Shooting Tests
    Drágon Successfully Completed Shooting Tests 29 July 2020
    VCR 8 × 8 Drágon shooting tests, purchased by Spain for the use of marines, have been completed. Two prototypes were used in the tests carried out in Almería. One of the platforms called D1 used the Elbit UT30MK2 turret, while the Samson MK2 developed by Rafael was used in the other armoured vehicle called D2. In accordance with the requirements of Spain, the Swiss production piranha 5 platforms were changed. The first 13 units of the vehicle ...