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  • 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...
  • Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight
    Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight January 5 2020
    The first images of the JF-17 Block 3 ‘4+ generation’ fighter were unveiled on December 28th, with a prototype shown taxiing on a factory runway in China before taking its first flight. The fighter represents the fourth variant of the JF-17, a fighter jointly developed by China and Pakistan from the early 2000s which saw its first flight in august 2003. The JF-17 was designed exclusively for export and does not serve in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, although over 100...
  • Modernisation Time for ACV-15s
    Modernisation Time for ACV-15s January 3 2020
    A modernization agreement was signed for the ACV-15s, which were developed in the late 1980s in line of needs of the Turkish Armed Forces. With the agreement signed on 31 December 2019, FNSS will also take part in the project as the subcontractor of ASELSAN. The survivability of the vehicles will be increased in line with the experience and feedback gained from the Turkish Army's operations in Syria. FNSS will carry out prototype production, qualification activities, integr...
  • Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV
    Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV January 2 2020
    Indonesia's National aviation company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) introduced the prototype of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle produced within domestic facilities. A roll-out ceremony was held at the PTDI facilities in Bandung for the combatant UAV called the Black Eagle (Elang Hitam). The prototype did not include a weapon station, but the promotional brochure showed two generic weapons. Speaking at the ceremony, BPPT General Manager Hammam Riza ...
  • The U.S. Tested New Prototype Ballistic Missile
    The U.S. Tested New Prototype Ballistic Missile December 13 2019
    The United States has tested a prototype conventionally-configured ground-launched ballistic missile occurred at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 12.  The weapon is reported to have flown more than 500km. The press release says the launch took place within nine months of contract award. “The joint government-industry team began work after the U.S. suspended its Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty obligations in February 2019 and executed the launch within nine months of contr...
  • Meteor Missile to KF-X
    Meteor Missile to KF-X November 26 2019
      MBDA has been awarded a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile onto the KF-X future Korean fighter aircraft the contract includes integration support to KAI, transfer of know-how and manufacture of test equipment for the KF-X integration and trials campaign. Following a joint development agreement signed in 2015, some 168 units of KF-X aircraft are to be produced, with Republic of Korea...
  • U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km
    U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km October 20 2019
      The U.S. Army is developing a new weapon capable of reaching 1,850 km. The U.S. Army released Directive 2017-33, which led to the establishment of the Army Futures Command Task Force and the outlining of six modernisation priorities. One of the concepts unveiled by the Army Futures Command, known as the "Strategic Long-Range Cannon" (SLRC) is based on scaling up existing howitzers and rocket-boosted artillery shells to a much bigger size and range capability. Army b...
  • The Search for a Solution Against UAV Threat, Continues
    The Search for a Solution Against UAV Threat, Continues October 17 2019
    Against the UAVs that have become widely used as cost-effective solutions in operations such as reconnaissance and surveillance missions, different solutions are being developed worldwide. Roselectrionika of the Russian-based company Rostec designed radar against small UAVs. The radar, which can detect a vehicle within a range of 7.5 kilometers. The radar was designed by Salyut of Roselectronika together with Fakel of Almaz-Antey. The prototypes were prepared and passed through field tests an...
  • AeroVironment Unveils Puma LE
    AeroVironment Unveils Puma LE October 16 2019
    US Company AeroVironment unveiled its new Puma LE unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference. Wahid Nawabi, company president and CEO, said The Puma LE prototype, has already flown multiple times. The aircraft weighs 10.2 kg and can be launched by hand or bungee. It is capable of performing two 5.5 hour missions enabled by a five-minute battery swap at the end of the first mission. The drone has 2.5 kg of total payload capa...
  • Return of Comanche October 4 2019
    Bell has announced it will bid for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program with its company-developed 360 Invictus. The system is based on Bell’s 525 Relentless rotor system and resembles the formerly cancelled RAH-66 Comanche. Bell Textron Inc. has announced a new rotorcraft, Bell 360 Invictus. This program will be the company’s entrant for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype pr...
  • KFX to End Good October 3 2019
    While European countries are announcing their new generation combat aircraft projects, there is some news from Korea that started to work on these years ago. The KFX project, which is expected to become one of the most significant projects in the history of the Korean defence industry, is ready for production shortly. The project, which takes its name from the initials of the words Korean Fighter Experimental, appears to have slowly emerged from the experimental phase. Within the scope of the...
  • Design Process Completed
    Design Process Completed September 26 2019
    The design process of the combat aircraft developed jointly by the Republic of Korea and Indonesia has been completed. The cost of the development project, fixed at $7.3 billion was initiated in January 2016. Prototype to be built by 2021. The 4.5 generation, semi-stealth aircraft will have advanced avionics and aerial refuelling capability. In all, about 168 jets will be made. According to the Republic of Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the project progressed...
  • Akıncı at Teknofest September 17 2019
    TEKNOFEST Aviation, Space and Technology Festival, which starts with the motto of “National Technology Move”, is being held today. Defence industry companies will take part in the event. Designed by Baykar Defence, Akıncı UAV prototype will be exhibited along with indigenous ammunition. Akıncı UAV, which is longer and wider than the TB2 developed by Bayraktar, has successfully completed its first engine start test recently. 
  • Lockheed Martin at Hypersonic Speed
    Lockheed Martin at Hypersonic Speed September 2 2019
    The U.S. Department of Defence and Lockheed Martin has signed a contract worth about 347 million US Dollars part of a multi-year hypersonic weapons development in support of the Army’s focus on long-range precision strike missiles. The Lockheed Martin-team will develop and integrate a land-based hypersonic strike prototype in partnership with the Army Hypersonic Project Office. Army plans to receive first prototypes at 2023. The hypersonic weapon system, which can re...
  • Akıncı Engine on the Test
    Akıncı Engine on the Test September 2 2019
    Akinci UAV designed by Baykar Defence started the engine for the first time. Baykar Defence Technical Manager Selcuk Bayraktar said in his statement from personal twitter that the first engine start test was successful He calls Akıncı as flying fish. It is seen On the prototype, the produced The AI-450 engine, produced by Motor Sich with 450 horsepower is seen on the prototype.  
  • First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4
    First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4 August 20 2019
    The first KC-390 is due to be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force on September 4, according to an Airway source. Manufactured by Embraer, the multi-purpose cargo jet is the largest aircraft ever built in Brazil. If all goes as planned, the ceremony will be held at Anapolis Air Base where Wing 2 is located, which will be responsible for operating the new aircraft. The first KC-390 from Brazil’s 28-unit order was completed late last year and made its first flight in October. Em...
  • Taiwan Unveils New  UAV Development
    Taiwan Unveils New UAV Development August 18 2019
    Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST )is pursuing a new medium-altitude long-endurance UAV development. The agency has unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE).   Two Teng Yun prototypes - which have been marked MU-1611 and MU-1612 - possess an operating range in excess of 1,000 km, flight endu...
  • Prototype Construction to Begin in 2020
    Prototype Construction to Begin in 2020 August 2 2019
    Australia progresses Hunter-class frigate programme. In 2018, BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a contract by the Australian Government that provides the framework for the design and build of nine Hunter Class frigates. The mobilisation of the Hunter-class frigate programme for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is progressing with the continued development of BAE Systems’ Type 26 design. A system requirements review is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019. Construction of the firs...
  • MANSUP is Ready
    MANSUP is Ready July 18 2019
      The Brazilian Navy announced it has successfully launched the third and final prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile on 10 July. The missile was fired from one of the two ITL-10 twin missile launchers on board the Niterói-class frigate F Independência. MANSUP is a locally-developed missile measuring 5.6 meters in length, weighing about a ton and reaching a speed of 1000 km/h. The navy w...
  • 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...
  • Typhoon Engine to Hürjet
    Typhoon Engine to Hürjet June 20 2019
      Turkey's indigenous Jet training aircraft Hürjet will use "Typhoon"s EJ200 engine. A Letter of Intent  was signed between Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) and Eurojet at the Le Bourget Aviation Show in Paris, France. TUSAŞ CEO Dr. Temel Kotil and Eurojet Ceo Clemens Linden on behalf of Eurojet consortium signed the letter. The Eufighter Typhoon aircraft is equipped with two engine engines but Hürjet will have one . According to infor...
  • AGM-183A,Tested for the First Time June 17 2019
    The U.S. Air Force successfully conducted the first flight test of its AGM-183A Air Launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW, on a B-52 Stratofortress aircraft on June 12 at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The test gathered data on drag and vibration impacts on the weapon itself and on the external carriage equipment of the aircraft. The prototype did not have explosives and it was not released from the B-52 during the flight test. ARRW is set to reach early operational capabilit...
  • 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 ...
  • FNSS Press Release
    FNSS Press Release May 1 2019
    Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) Makes First Appearance at IDEF’19 IDEF’19 will witness the unveiling of the MAV Marine Assault Vehicle, which has been greatly anticipated by the sector due to limited number of comparable vehicles in the same class, principally because of the challenging requirements and highly specialised mission definition associated with these vehicles. Visitors to the FNSS stand will have opportunity to see the first prototype MAV, wh...
  • MAV ZAHA Embarks at IDEF
    MAV ZAHA Embarks at IDEF May 1 2019
     FNSS’ Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) made its first appearance at IDEF’19. Vice President of Defence Industries Mustafa Şeker attended the ceremony. Visitors to the FNSS stand will have opportunity to see the first prototype MAV, whose main role is to support the combat capabilities of marine forces in line with the requirements of the 21st century combat environments. MAV is being developed as part of the Armoured Amphibious Assault Vehicles (<...
  • Kaplan Enters Serial Production
    Kaplan Enters Serial Production April 30 2019
    Medium Weight Tank Joint Serial Production Agreement for the Indonesian Army was signed at IDEF’19. FNSS and PT Pindad signed a Medium Weight Class Tank Joint Serial Production Agreement on 30 April at IDEF’19 with the participation of the President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, FNSS CEO and General Manager Nail Kurt and Indonesian authorities. FNSS and PT Pindad reached an agreement for the Serial Production of the Kaplan MT (Harimau)...
  • Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army
    Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army April 17 2019
      AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies companies introduced Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army. The helicopter has a single-engine, coaxial rotor, a wing and two ducted pusher propellers on its aft fuselage. The wing provides to 50% of the rotorcraft’s lift during high-speed flight. Co-axial design of the prototype has similarities to Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider. AVX Aircraft chief operating officer Kendall Goodman says that their design was more of ...
  • Japan Step by Step in Fifth Generation April 17 2019
    Japan continues to work on creating fifth-generation stealth aircraft. Footage aired on national TV. Mitsubishi Electronics-led team proceeded to test, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar based on the F-2 fighter aircraft. Allegedly, Japanese AESA radar is similar to US-made AN/APG-81, used in F-35 aircraft. Showcased for the first time footage of test prototype of a low-bypass turbofan (XF9-1) engine, developed by IHI Corporation. The new engine is about 4.8 meters in ...
  • Russia Gets 2 Upgraded Tu-95MS Strategic Bombers
    Russia Gets 2 Upgraded Tu-95MS Strategic Bombers April 16 2019
    Beriev Aircraft Company (part of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation) has delivered two upgraded Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic missile-carrying bombers to Russia’s Aerospace Force, the Company’s press office said on Monday. The Tu-95MS strategic missile-carrying bomber is designated to accomplish the tasks of striking vital targets in remote military-geographical areas and deep in the rear of continental theatres of military operations, employing nuclear missile weapo...
  • New Laser Weapon Far East
    New Laser Weapon Far East April 11 2019
    In news published the Chinese media, the Chinese Navy announced that the testing phase for a new laser gun prototype was begun. China Central Television has published some images of the system. The images contained a large lens system supported by two small devices may ability of optical and radio frequency tracking functions. Detailed information about the capacity and capabilities of the laser was not included in the news.
  • China Develops Anti-Stealth Radars
    China Develops Anti-Stealth Radars March 19 2019
    Chinese Global Times Daily claims that Chinese arms companies work on multiple terahertz radiation radar systems to notice stealth aircraft. China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) team has developed successfully a prototype terahertz radiation radar and a second-generation prototype is already in development, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Sunday, citing a statement released by CETC. The development of terahertz radiation radar is a global chall...
  • Historical Development of Air Vehicle Design Genetics (3) March 16 2019
    Thousands of aircraft and trained pilots, suspended from duty in the aftermath of the Second World War, found a place in civil aviation, thus paving the way to a the rapidly burgeoning commercial cargo and passenger transportation sector. The Cold War itself set the stage for the development of an unprecedented aircraft industry, offering employment for tens of millions of people from both ideological camps. It is thanks to a fight for survival, in which all resources were mobilised...
  • Rolls-Royce Pulls Off from Turkish Fighter Jet Project
    Rolls-Royce Pulls Off from Turkish Fighter Jet Project March 4 2019
    British engine maker Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc said it had scaled back efforts to join a Turkish program to build a new fighter jet with Turkey’s Kale Group. Rolls-Royce has abandoned its attempts to win the bid for the fifth-generation fighter aircraft after failing to find a compromise, the engine maker added. The Financial Times first reported the story and a Rolls-Royce spokesman later confirmed the development to Reuters. In 2017, Kale Group said it wou...
  • Canada Submits Formal Bid to Buy Eurohawk
    Canada Submits Formal Bid to Buy Eurohawk February 21 2019
    Canada has submitted a formal bid to buy the Eurohawk from Germany, Reuters reports. It said earlier that Transport Canada wishes to purchase the aircraft in order to monitor oil spills and the Arctic Region. Canada has submitted a formal bid for the prototype aircraft, which was stripped of key equipment and demilitarized by the United States in 2017. The German Defence Ministry is evaluating the request from Canada to buy a high-altitude surveillance drone that has been ...
  • 3D Printed Rocket Engine from Orbex
    3D Printed Rocket Engine from Orbex February 15 2019
    Orbex has publicly unveiled its “Prime” rocket at the opening of its new headquarters and rocket design facility in Forres in the Scottish Highlands. UK-based spaceflight company, Orbex, with subsidiaries and production facilities in Denmark and Germany, has received funding from the UK Space Agency (UKSA), two of Europe's largest venture capital funds, Sunstone Technology Ventures and the High-Tech Gründerfonds, as well as strategic investor Elecnor Deimos Spac...
  • Russia’s A-100 AEW&C Aircraft at Preliminary Flight Trials
    Russia’s A-100 AEW&C Aircraft at Preliminary Flight Trials February 11 2019
    Russia has begun preliminary flight trials of its A-100 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft based on the upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A (Il-476) airframe, it was announced on 9 February. The A-100 is based on a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and the upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A airframe. Russian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) announcement comes about 15 months after the prototype's maiden flight in late 2017. It is the final precondit...
  • Patria: Driving the 6x6 in Lapland’s Snow February 7 2019
    With a long experience in the production of armoured wheeled vehicles, Patria of Finland is probably one of the most northern located manufacturers for this type of system. C4Defence took pride in being the only invitee to test the two prototypes in a region 100 kms away from from the Arctic Polar Circle. In Finland, where snow covers the country for a good part of the year, Patria’s Land Business unit is based in Hämeenlinna, some 80 km north of Helsinki, where the vehic...
  • Iveco Prefers Allison
    Iveco Prefers Allison February 4 2019
    Iveco Defence Vehicles will support BAE Systems in the frame of their recently-awarded contract to produce the next generation of Amphibious Combat Vehicles. Allison has recently shared a press bulletin to announce that Allison Specialty Series™ transmissions will equip the new generation of Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV 1.1) for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).   According to bulleting the vehicles are being produced under a four-year, $400 million contract won ...
  • Chinese Z-8L on Air
    Chinese Z-8L on Air January 16 2019
    Photo of China's new Z-8L transport helicopter Chang-Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) was recently published in Scramble magazine. The photo leaked into a Chinese military forum and, according to military analysts, it is a large- helicopter based on the Z-8 helicopter and encoded as Z-8L. The new helicopter seems to share several similarities to the American S-92 including two additional internal tanks mounted on both sides of the shaft. In addition, the int...
  • The Ground Tests of The US Helicopter SB-1 Defiant Started
    The Ground Tests of The US Helicopter SB-1 Defiant Started January 15 2019
    The ground test of the prototype SB-1 Defiant of US Sikorsky-Boeing has begun. Helicopter design with a non-rotating coaxial rotor technology first used in the American X-2 and S-97 Raider helicopters. This helicopter was developed under the United Military Joint Military Role demonstration program. The SB-1 Defiant helicopter was designed to achieve greater flexibility and manoeuvrability than double the speed and range of existing operational helicopters. The technology and experience gaine...