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  • 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 ...
  • First Autonomous Flight from French Drone
    First Autonomous Flight from French Drone 29 July 2020
    The VSR700 VTOL rotary wing UAV prototype developed by Airbus Helicopters completed its first autonomous flight. The VSR700, which took off as part of a risk-free effort by Airbus Helicopters and Naval Group, operated a 10-minute flight in the south of France. The rotary wing UAV, which is expected to begin sea tests next year, has a maximum take-off weight of between 500 and 1,000 kg. The platform, which can be equipped with a large number of sea sensors, will be deployed...
  • Armed Utility Helicopter on Trials
    Armed Utility Helicopter on Trials 24 July 2020
    Armed utility helicopters are game-changer as they provide air support to the unit they carry in air assault or special force operations. Russia, which has utility helicopters equipped with heavy weapons in its inventory for many years, announced that the tests of the new platform have been started. Mi-8 AMTSh-VN, which performs its first flight at the Mil and Kamov National Helicopter Center, where the facilities of Mil and Kamov Companies are located, will offer stronger air ...
  • Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle Agreement
    Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle Agreement 22 July 2020
    In parallel with the development of unmanned vehicle technologies, the armed forces of countries continue their R&D and procurement activities for platforms for different tasks. The US Navy, which has been conducting research and testing on the unmanned surface vessels for a while, has signed a prototype development agreement with L3 Harris under the MUSV (Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle) Project. One MUSV Prototype will be built under the contract of 35 million USD. The volume ...
  • 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 ...
  • Trials of Armoured Mortar Vehicle Begins
    Trials of Armoured Mortar Vehicle Begins 11 July 2020
    Turreted armoured mortar vehicles come to the fore with their high rate of fire and their ability to offer personnel to serve under armour protection. The U.S., which has been searching for vehicles with fast and precise indirect firing capabilities for Stryker troops for some time, has begun experiments on the prototype of the final vehicle. Washington has started the testing process of a new platform with the Stryker 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle chassis develop...
  • ARES will Produce 17 Fast Patrol Boat for General Directorate of Police
    ARES will Produce 17 Fast Patrol Boat for General Directorate of Police 10 July 2020
    Designed within the scope of the Turkish Coast Guard Command, Gendarmerie General Command and the General Directorate of Security, ARES 35 has added new activities to the Turkish Type Boat (Fast Patrol Boat ). The negotiations that have been continuing for a long time with the General Directorate of Police (EGM) have been completed. EGM orders 17 boats for its own needs, while the manufacturer aims to provide uninterrupted products despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Keres Kalafatoğlu, C...
  • Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035
    Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035 9 July 2020
    Japan has announced new dates in a next-generation fighter jet project to replace f-2 aircraft in its inventory.  The prototype will be produced in 2024 as part of the F-X program for the aircraft, which is intended to be developed with domestic resources.  According to local media reports, the first limited edition is set for 2030, with the new aircraft scheduled to take place in inventory by 2035. Tokyo will work with the United Kingdom in engine deve...
  • Production of Altay Tank Begins
    Production of Altay Tank Begins 22 June 2020
    Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries, announced a new development in the Main Battle tank of Altay, which has experienced engine disruptions. Answering the questions of  M5 Magazine, Prof. Dr. Demir informed that Altay was starting production. Against the sensations that six Altai tanks were produced, Demir stated that "six units cannot be said to have been produced precisely because of the number of spare engines". At the end of...
  • New Date for Engine Delivery of GÖKBEY Helicopter
    New Date for Engine Delivery of GÖKBEY Helicopter 19 June 2020
    The prototype test of the TJ300, the Medium-Range Domestic Missile Engine developed by TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI) for ROKETSAN, was successfully carried out. Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank participated in the test held at TEI's facility in Eskisehir. Minister Varank, who gave information about TJ300, also gave the good news for GÖKBEY, the multirole helicopter.  TEI General Manager Prof. Dr. Mahmut Akşit promised that GÖKBEY's engin...
  • Turkey's First Medium-Range Domestic Cruise Missile Engine Tested
    Turkey's First Medium-Range Domestic Cruise Missile Engine Tested 19 June 2020
    The prototype test of the TJ300, the Medium-Range Domestic Missile Engine developed by TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI) for ROKETSAN, was successfully carried out. The engine will power the medium-range anti-ship missile. It will produce 1,300 Newtonian torque thrusts. TEI President and General Manager Professor Dr Mahmut Akşit said that TJ300 has a narrower scale compared to similar engines that produce similar thrust. The indigenous missile engine project was launched two years ago. ...
  • Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test
    Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test 17 June 2020
    The first operational Block III jet will be delivered to the Navy in early 2021 Boeing delivered the first two F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy for flight testing. One jet is a single-seat E model, and the other is a two-seat F model. “The aircraft will be used for carrier suitability and integration testing of all Block III mission system components,” said Steve Wade, Boeing vice president, F/A-18 & EA-18G programs. The Navy will u...
  • T-5 Brave Eagle Conducts First Flight
    T-5 Brave Eagle Conducts First Flight 12 June 2020
    Taiwan's advanced jet training aircraft, the AIDC T-5 Brave Eagle, developed with equity, began taxi tests last week. The prototype of the jet developed by AIDC (Aerospace Industrial Development Corp.) under a joint program flew for the first time on June 10. The flight at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base lasted about 20 minutes. The platform's official flight will take place on June 22nd. Taiwan, which first wanted to supply the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master training air...
  • KF-X's Last Assembly Can Be Completed This Year
    KF-X's Last Assembly Can Be Completed This Year 11 June 2020
    The final assembly date has been given for the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) project, where The Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) is the main contractor. Last week, General Electric (GE) Aviation announced that it had delivered the program's first F414-GE-400K engine in May. An official at KAI said work was underway to complete the final installation of the combat aircraft at the end of this year. The company official said the upper, middle and lower parts of the platform&#...
  • Turkey Continues Production of Domestic Ventilators
    Turkey Continues Production of Domestic Ventilators 10 June 2020
    The global impact of coronavirus was reflected as export restrictions to the health sector. Under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, Arçelik, ASELSAN, Baykar, BIOSYS and the Ministry of Industry came together to address the need for intensive care breathing apparatus. ASELSAN has worked to improve the hardware and software design of BIOSYS's prototype-level device and to reach the productionable level. Critical components that cannot be obtained from abroad are des...
  • Japan Acquired UH-X
    Japan Acquired UH-X 10 June 2020
    New helicopters are on the way to the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF). According to the Japanese Defence Ministry, signed a $131.6 million purchase agreement with Subaru. The procurement process, which includes six UH-X multipurpose helicopters, is scheduled to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2023.  Based on the 412EPX commercial helicopter developed by Subaru and Bell companies, UH-X will replace the UH-1J Huey platform in the JGSDF inventory. Uh-X's...
  • 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...
  • FC-31 Could Be Deployed on Aircraft Carrier
    FC-31 Could Be Deployed on Aircraft Carrier 6 June 2020
    The pilot training program of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has been raised in the country. A video of plan for pilot training has been released on China Central Television 7 (CCTV 7). The Shenyang FC-31 fighter jet, which was shown as a counterpart to the F-35 Lightning II, was allegedly viewed in the PLAN video. A pilot who sat on the platform thought to be FC-31 and information about the application process was included in the video. In the early ...
  • KF-X's First Engine Delivered
    KF-X's First Engine Delivered 5 June 2020
    The first engine was delivered in the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) fifth-generation aircraft project developed with a joint subsidiary of the Republic of Korea and Indonesia. General Electric (GE) Aviation announced that the program has delivered its first F414-GE-400K engine. Ge Aviation is scheduled to deliver 15 engines by 2021 in the KF-X project, which is the main contractor of the Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI). A total of 168 aircraft will be produced, 48 o...
  • Production Time for Altay Main Battle Tank
    Production Time for Altay Main Battle Tank 29 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir was the guest of SETA (Political, Economic and Social Research Foundation) joint live broadcast with SSB. Professor Dr. Demir made important statements regarding the mass production phase of the Altay main battle tank. An alternative intermediate solution will be made on the platforms, which are currently experiencing manufacturing problems due to the engine and power pack. In this framework, production will start usin...
  • Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed
    Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed 27 May 2020
    Russia's Tu-22M3M supersonic long-range strategic bomber, through the modernization process, was tested at supersonic speed. A source told the TASS news agency that the second prototype of the Tu-22M3M completed a total of five test flights. The platform reached supersonic speed during the fourth flight. "Preliminary trials are scheduled for completion in 2020," the source added. The second prototype of the Tu-22M3M bomber successfully carried out its first flight in March 2020....
  • Turkey Produces First Prototype of Domestic MRI Device
    Turkey Produces First Prototype of Domestic MRI Device 17 May 2020
    ASELSAN and Bilkent National Magnetic Resonance Research Center prototype of the first domestic MRI device were produced. Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, Head of Defense Industry, examined the prototype produced.  "We have seen an area where joint work will be created in the health sector, both in the field of defence, in the field of our soldiers, security forces, and the electronic, data- image processing and programming techniques learned. Health can be considered as the beginning...
  • First Blok III Rolled-Out
    First Blok III Rolled-Out 10 May 2020
    The USA, one of the countries with the greatest severity of the virus epidemic, does not slow down in defence production. Boeing, one of the largest aerospace and defence companies of the United States, has announced that it has terminated the production activities of the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block II platforms in recent weeks. The company announced that it will focus on the production of Block III Super Hornet for the US Navy in the future, and that the first prototype wil...
  • 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...
  • Domestic SeaEye-Ahtapot for MILGEM
    Domestic SeaEye-Ahtapot for MILGEM 4 May 2020
    The Turkish Armed Forces equipping new domestic production systems. Turkish defence industry product range continues to grow day by day. The factory acceptance tests of the first two systems of the DenizGözü-Octopus mass production line, developed within the scope of the electro-optic imager system requirements of the Naval Forces Command, have been completed. According to the news of Anadolu Agency, the factory tests of the platforms were completed. The first two prototyp...
  • New Medium Tank For the Army
    New Medium Tank For the Army 28 April 2020
    Despite COVID-19, armament programs around the world continue in progress without disruption. A delegation from the US Army visited General Dynamics and BAE Systems facilities on April 23. In this context, the prototype of the new MPF (Mobility, Protection, Firepower) platform developed by General Dynamics Land Systems was also inspected. MPF, developed for the need of a tracked platform that will provide protection, firepower to the personnel of the Army and can co-o...
  • F-35 Seeks for Measure Against 5G
    F-35 Seeks for Measure Against 5G 3 April 2020
    5G communication technology is counting days to take its place in daily life. The widespread use of the frequency spectrum used in the said infrastructure has created a risk for reduced radar cross-section area aircraft. According to the statement of the US National Spectrum Consortium on April 1, the USA will test the F-35 Lightning IIs on the 5G communication network. However, these trials will not be in the field of data transfer or communication. The F-35s connected to...
  • Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter
    Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter 30 March 2020
    Technological developments come with new aircraft concepts. The armies, who do not want to stay behind the future, continue their work in this parallel. The US Army selected the first contractors for the future helicopter. Under the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Program (FARA), the U.S. signed an agreement with Sikorsky and Bell. In the period when the first prototypes will fly in 2023, it is aimed to fill an important capability gap after the retirement of the OH-58D Kiowa ...
  • Main Storage Battery Acquirement for Submarines
    Main Storage Battery Acquirement for Submarines 18 March 2020
    The new submarine project, which has problems in the management of processes, continues its progress. Suppliers are determined in the new generation submarine procurement program run by the Royal Australian Navy. In this context, contracts were signed with Sunlight and PMB Defence companies for the supply of main batteries, which will ensure the full operation of the platforms under water. Under the agreement, contractors will be responsible for the design, prototype manufacturing a...
  • Final Tejas, First Flight
    Final Tejas, First Flight 18 March 2020
    Having an adventure full of problems and failures within the scope of the domestic aircraft production program, Tejas is on its way to be operational. LCA Tejas (Light Combat Aircraft), developed by indigenously, has left an important milestone behind. According to Indian officials, the platform is the SP-21 model, which is the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard. There are some improvements in this model compared to the predecessor LCA prototypes. These improvements include ...
  • Delay on Leopard 2A4 Modernisation
    Delay on Leopard 2A4 Modernisation 26 February 2020
    Although designed beyond its era, the Leopard 2A4 tanks are getting insufficient to meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. Therefore, user countries are launching a modernization program for these platforms. Test process are not going well for Poland, which has launched a modernization program in cooperation with the PGZ (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa)  and the Polish Armament Inspectorate for the Leopard 2A4 tanks. Displaying the technology demonstration prototype in...
  • Russia’s Il-112 aircraft to perform 2nd flight in April
    Russia’s Il-112 aircraft to perform 2nd flight in April 18 February 2020
    Russia’s latest Ilyushin il-112 military transport plane prototype will take to the skies for the second time in April, Head of the Ilyushin Aviation Company Yuri Grudinin said on Monday. "We are going to certify Il-76, Il-114-300 and Il-112 planes, the production of which is being planned. In April, we will fly the first Il-112 plane at the Voronezh enterprise and will organize the serial production of il-112s at the Voronezh factory," the chief executive said. ...
  • Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program
    Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program 9 February 2020
    Spain may join Italian and French new 3 000 ton corvette programme along with Greece. Italy and France want to win European Union funding for the construction of a new corvette. The program dubbed the European Patrol Corvette which is part of the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO. PESCO is one pan-European defence programs recommendations to bridge capability gaps collaboratively. The new naval, joint venture between Italy’s Fincantieri and France’s N...
  • Lockheed Martin Space Mesh Against Hypersonic Threats
    Lockheed Martin Space Mesh Against Hypersonic Threats 29 January 2020
    Upon increasing hypersonic speed ballistic threats, Lockheed Martin announced that a new low-orbit space mesh system for observation missions was developed and the first prototype was placed in orbit. Within the scope of the program called Pony Express 1, which reached the prototype phase in a short period of nine months, it was announced that the first system was placed in orbit in December 2019. The study, which is expected to attract the attention of the Pentagon, ...
  • National Server Computer Ready for Work
    National Server Computer Ready for Work 24 January 2020
    Design, prototype production and performance tests of GÖREVSAYAR 40S, National Server Computer developed within the scope of Electronic Warfare Command, Control and Coordination System (WWCCCS) and Network Enabled Capability (NEC) were completed. It is foreseen that national server computer, which is developed to be utilised in Command Control Systems, Signal Processing Systems, Data Centres, Tactic Cloud Structures and High-Performance Storage Systems, will also be used intensely in fut...
  • Modernised M80AB1 Unveiled
    Modernised M80AB1 Unveiled 9 January 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...