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  • First MQ-4C Triton Production Begins for Australia
    First MQ-4C Triton Production Begins for Australia 28 October 2020
    Northrop Grumman has begun production of the first MQ-4C Triton Drone for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Developed under the cooperation agreement between Australia and the United States, the MQ-4C Triton Drones will be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The first of the MQ-4Cs, which are scheduled to be operationally surrounded by existing drones in the RAAF's inventory and platforms such as the P8A Poseidon, will be deliver...
  • ARES and Meteksan introduced ULAQ 28 October 2020
    Antalya-based ARES Shipyard and Ankara-based Meteksan Defence Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle (AUSV) introduced their ULAQ solution. ARES General Manager Utku Alanç and Meteksan Defence General Manager Selçuk Alparslan attended the meeting held at Ankara Bilkent Hotel. Alanç stated that the vehicle has a cruising range of 400 km, a speed of 65 km / h, and day/night visibility. Turkey's first AUSV manufactured with equity reconnaissance, surveil...
  • 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&#...
  • ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory
    ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory 20 October 2020
    Malaysia's Ministry of Defence has opened an international tender for the purchase of three Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), particularly Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) platforms. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is expected to be the possible operator for the drone, but the Malaysian Armed Forces have not specified which force will use the platform. Malaysia is interested in at least four models, including General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, CAIC Wing Loong, Leonard...
  • Electric Scout for US Army
    Electric Scout for US Army 8 October 2020
    The US Army is looking for an off-road truck to scout ahead of airborne and light infantry units. This search could lead the Army’s move to electric motors. But electrifying heavy cargo trucks, let alone tanks, could take decades. Interested companies will be briefed on Oct. 20 on an electric-drive version. The service is working with a non-profit consortium of more than 200 companies and universities developing clean transportation technologies, CALSTART. There is no eco-frie...
  • Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft 7 October 2020
      The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MOD) has started to prepare for an international open tender for the acquisition of new Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to improve its maritime surveillance capabilities. MOD’s Defence Industry Division (BIP), Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Acquisition Project Team, and representatives from local and international companies attended to an online briefing for the tender. RMAF wants to acquire two MPA in line with th...
  • First RC-2 In Japan Inventory
    First RC-2 In Japan Inventory 3 October 2020
    Japan's first RC-2 modern reconnaissance aircraft developed through the C-2 transport aircraft has been accepted into inventory. After years of testing, the Japan Air Self-Defence Forces launched the first RC-2 reconnaissance aircraft developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). Designed for the execution of electronic intelligence (ELINT) and long-range, long-lasting reconnaissance missions, the aircraft made its first flight in 2018. The RC-2 will replace the YS-11EB turboprop ELINT ai...
  • TDU Defence Exports Balloon
    TDU Defence Exports Balloon 1 October 2020
    TDU Defence Systems Inc. produced two Reconnaissance and Surveillance Balloons for a foreign country's armed forces. The order is expected to continue. The balloon, which has a diameter of six meters and a payload capacity of 50 kg, operates at an altitude of 500 meters. With the target identification and recognition system it carries, it can make real-time surveillance and recording in day and night conditions. It was learned that the balloon is suitable for early warning duties in comba...
  • Georgia Buys UAV from Spain
    Georgia Buys UAV from Spain 30 September 2020
    Georgia's Ministry of Defence announced they had purchased drones from Spain. The country's Defence Minister, Iraq's Garibashvili, visited Marneuli Air Base to check out the new air systems and watch the demonstration fly. The ministry also announced that existing platforms have been renewed and staff have been retrained. An unmanned aerial vehicle (the Alpha 800), one of the models purchased by the Ministry. Among the UAV variants planned for operational use i...
  • 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...
  • France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles
    France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles 25 September 2020
    French General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) ordered 313 armoured vehicles as part of Scorpion army modernisation program. The order includes 42 Jaguar combat vehicles and 271 Griffon multirole armoured vehicles. Nexter, Arquus and Thales are part of the program. The 2019-2025 Military Programming Law (LPM) provides for both an increase in the numbers of the SCORPION program and an acceleration of deliveries. The target in 2030 was thus raised to 1,872 Griffon and 300 Jaguar vehicl...
  • GLONASS-Guided, 200-Km Range Missile from Russia
    GLONASS-Guided, 200-Km Range Missile from Russia 25 September 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry announced tests of its new Tornado-S precision missile. The missile uses GLONASS as a GPS guidance system. 300mm Multiple Launch Rocket System comes in a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) that can fire up to 12 missiles and reaches up to 200 km simultaneously in a coordinated attack. According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, in modern warfare troops and hardware never concentrate in one place near the frontline. Artillery, air defence, armoured ve...
  • HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout
    HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout 25 September 2020
        US Navy, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 received their first MQ-8C Firescout on Sept. 15 aboard Naval Station Norfolk.  HSC-22 marks the first East Coast squadron to operate all three systems to include the MH-60S Knighthawk, MQ-8B Firescout, and MQ-8C Firescout. The newly added capability of the MQ-8C combines the capabilities of the MQ-8B with the MH-60S Knighthawk to improve the Navy’s ability to investigate and target hostile su...
  • Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy
    Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy 22 September 2020
    Austria will buy a general-purpose helicopter from Italy. Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner says they plan to buy 18 AW169M helicopters from Italy for €300m. Italian company Leonardo was chosen from among the U.S. and German companies. The AW169Ms, the military variable of the AW169 helicopter, will replace the Alouette III helicopters, which have been in inventory for nearly 50 years. The helicopter with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210A engines is equippe...
  • CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight
    CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight 22 September 2020
    The latest half-year stock report by Chinese state-owned company China Rainbow Drone revealed that the CH-7 stealth unmanned air vehicle (UAV) has flown. The CH-7 was first unveiled at Airshow China 2018. This type of drone is China's first large-scale stealth long-endurance drone. The design is a tailless “flying wing” with a dorsally-mounted central turbofan housing and stealth or low observable profile similar to the Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAV. <...
  • Poland Sends Troops to Turkey
    Poland Sends Troops to Turkey 19 September 2020
    Polish President Andrzej Duda has approved sending troops to Turkey as part of the NATO mission. Paweł Soloch, head of the Polish National Security Bureau (BBN), said up to 80 Polish troops will be deployed in Turkey. "We are responding positively to Ankara's recent call to NATO allies regarding the deteriorating security situation on the Syrian-Turkish border," Soloch said. Underlining that this is not a combat mission, a non-combatant force will be sent for...
  • New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone
    New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone 19 September 2020
    A new decision was made on the Eurodrone Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS programme, developed with a subsidiary of the German, French, Italian and Spanish Governments.  Meeting at Airbus' facilities in Germany, French Defence Minister Florance Parly and her German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called on member states to launch the next phase of the drone operation in 2021. Ministers said the financial problems in the programme will be resolved ...
  • Swarm UAVs competing
    Swarm UAVs competing 16 September 2020
    The first phase of the competition organized by the Defence Industry Presidency within the scope of the Swarm UAV Technology Development and Demonstration Project with the participation of micro-scale companies and SMEs has been completed. Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir stated the following in his statement on the subject: “The Turkish defence industry has achieved significant success in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles in recent years. Today, national and ...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • SAGE 750 Integration into MQ-9B SeaGuardian
    SAGE 750 Integration into MQ-9B SeaGuardian 11 September 2020
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has integrated Leonardo's sage 750 Electronic Support System into the MQ-9B SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system. Developed in collaboration with Leonardo and GA-ASI, system integration will provide intelligence information about marine and land radars in a wide area. GA-ASI CEO Linden Blue said the SAGE 750 will improve users' tactical decision-making skills and ensure easy obtaining of intelligence,...
  • 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...
  • Firebird's Demo Video Shared
    Firebird's Demo Video Shared 7 September 2020
    Northrop Grumman released a video about the demo version of Firebird, developed in manned, autonomous and optional pilot configurations. Firebird, which will be used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance/ ISR missions, is designed to provide flexibility with open architecture and useful load integration. The Firebird product family is equipped with an autonomous mission-capable aircraft body; the time required for load integration has been reduced by the rapid...
  • AKSUNGUR Breaks its flying record:49 hours
    AKSUNGUR Breaks its flying record:49 hours 2 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industry's High Payload Capacity UAV AKSUNGUR increased non-stop flight time in its class by staying in the air for 49 hours. AKSUNGUR completed its 59th test flight with this flight. During this flight, the IHA drew the starry crescent flag to the sky at an altitude of 20 thousand feet. AKSUNGUR was designed for Multi-Role Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Assault Missions. Performing day / night Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Assa...
  • Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France
    Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France 1 September 2020
    France and Greece have reached an agreement for the latter to acquire 18 Rafale fighter jets of  which 10 will be sold and the remaining 8 will be given away as ‘donation.’ According to Greek local media reports, the contract between the French and Greek governments is at an advanced stage, which will see the Hellenic Air Force add a whole Rafale squadron to their existing fleet of Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcons, Dassault Mirage 2000s, and McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phan...
  • Philippines to Monitor China from the Air
    Philippines to Monitor China from the Air 29 August 2020
    An agreement has been reached between Japan and Philippines for aerial reconnaissance and surveillance radar. Under the contract, three long-range air defence radars and mobile air defence radars will be delivered to the Philippines. Philippines will pay $103.5 million for systems that will be included in the inventory as part of the Horizon 2 procurement project. Japan will be able to get information from Chinese platforms with radars to be deployed to the Philippines. Th...
  • FNSS Completes Delivery
    FNSS Completes Delivery 28 August 2020
    According to the Times of Oman, the export of 172 armoured vehicles to this country by FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. has been completed. FNSS sent Oman from 13 different configurations of Pars III 8x8 and Pars III 6x6s. FNSS signed the contract for vehicles needed by the Royal Land Forces of Oman on 20 September 2015, and the first vehicle delivered in July 2017 as an 8x8 configuration. Finally, FNSS, which delivered four armoured vehicle rescuers, will also provide logistical suppor...
  • The UK Develops Amphibious Unmanned Land Vehicle
    The UK Develops Amphibious Unmanned Land Vehicle 28 August 2020
    The United Kingdom is developing an unmanned ground vehicle that can be used in water for vital reconnaissance missions. The semi-autonomous vehicle will simultaneously transmit data from the ground to the command centre. This will calculate how the weight of bridges and armoured vehicles should be for the crossing. According to a press release from us-based firm Jacobs, the firm has been selected to develop the new system. Jacobs' 6th Sense data analysis system, devel...
  • 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. ...
  • New Tanks After Armata's Retirement
    New Tanks After Armata's Retirement 25 August 2020
    Russia unveiled the "future tank" project, which will replace Armata tanks after 2040, at the 2020 International Military and Technical Forum. In the future, the long-term tank project, which will be shaped according to the needs of the security forces, was shared as two modules. The first module is planned to be developed in capsules equipped with highly sheltered armour, with three crew members on duty. Among the shared information that the tank will be equipped with an ...
  • Germany sold 12 million euros worth of goods
    Germany sold 12 million euros worth of goods 25 August 2020
    According to the German publication Deutsche Welle,  the parliamentary question directed by Sevim Dağdelen, a Member of the Left Party in the German Parliament, to the Ministry of Economy was answered. The German government, stated that, there were a total of 33 approvals were given to export equipment for the construction and use of unmanned aerial vehicles to Turkey between 2009- 2018. No information was given as to whether the parts in question were used for armed unmanned aerial vehi...
  • Electric Driven MRAP
    Electric Driven MRAP 21 August 2020
    Electric / hybrid propulsion systems, whose reliability has increased with the developing technology, are being evaluated extensively for use on military platforms. General Dynamics Land Systems-UK, operating in the UK, signed an agreement with NP Aerospace. In this context, it will exhibit the capability of Foxhound LPPV platforms with an electric drive system under the PMFV (Protected Mobility Fleet Vehicle) initiated by the UK Ministry of Defense. The platforms offer the user the...
  • Diesel ATV Procurement
    Diesel ATV Procurement 17 August 2020
    Netherlands-based Defenture announced that a procurement agreement was signed with the Netherlands. Under the agreement, the company will manufacture ATV motorcycles for military purposes, together with its partner W-tec, which operates in Neede. Vehicles to have high mobility and will be resistant to harsh conditions will be equipped with a diesel engine. It is envisaged that a total of 249 platforms will be delivered within the scope of the contract, which will be valid between 20...
  • Stryker Sustainment Agreement
    Stryker Sustainment Agreement 16 August 2020
    In the Cold War years, the USA, which wanted to be able to transport division-level power from the air to any point in the world within 96 hours, started to prıcure Stryker 8x8 platforms. The USA, which has hundreds of Stryker 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles of different variants in its inventory, signed a sustainment agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems, one of the country's leading defence companies. Under the contract of US  USD 428 million, the company will provid...
  • Microrobot Era Begins in USAF
    Microrobot Era Begins in USAF 14 August 2020
    The U.S. Air Force (USAF) announced that USAF has begun using microrobots in base security. The football-sized platform records audio and video to transfer information simultaneously. Available for use on various terrains, Throwbot can continue the operation when it falls from areas up to 10 meters high. The USAF aims to identify people who remain in the corners in a possible clash at the bases with Throwbot's camera. The microrobot will also be used in commercial vehicle inspections, con...
  • 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, ...
  • Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery
    Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery 11 August 2020
    Intelligence aircraft, developed from business jets and fixed-wing light aircraft, offer cost-effective solutions to users. The French defence procurement agency DGA announced the delivery of the first light intelligence aircraft on July 31. Within the scope of ALSR (Avions Légers de Surveillance et de Reconnaissance / Light Reconnaissance and Surveillance Aircraft) Program, Sabena and Thales were selected as the main contractors for the two ordered platforms in Jun...
  • Russian MiG-31 Intercepten Norwegian Aircraft
    Russian MiG-31 Intercepten Norwegian Aircraft 10 August 2020
    Russia, which came to the fore with interception activities frequently in front of the Baltic, the Black Sea and Alaska, has recently intercepted a reconnaissance activity. A Falcon 20 electronic warfare aircraft belonging to the Royal Norwegian Air Force was subjected to interception activity by a Russian Aerospace Force MiG-31 (NATO Reporting Name: Foxhound) while flying in international airspace over the Barents Sea. "On August 4, 2020, the Russian airspa...
  • Farewell to Marine Tanks
    Farewell to Marine Tanks 6 August 2020
    While many countries acquire new tanks and even develop their domestic platforms, the U.S. Marine Corps (United States Marine Corps / USMC) disbanding tank troops. USMC, which decided to make serious changes to its combat doctrines and vehicle types in its inventory, ended the operations of another main battle tank unit last week. Subsequently, M1A1 Abrams tanks of the 2nd Tank Battalion left Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Other tank units, which decided to close, started...
  • More Powerful Armoured Vehicles to Paratroopers
    More Powerful Armoured Vehicles to Paratroopers 6 August 2020
    Russia, which has an airborne assault power that can organize an operation to any point in the world within hours, equips its arrowhead troops with more powerful vehicles. Russia, which has reinforcing the airborne elements with new and stronger platforms for a while, continues its studies. General Andrei Serdyukov, Commander of the Airborne Forces, announced that Typhoon-VDV will be delivered to special troops and reconnaissance elements in the coming months. General Serdyukov...
  • 40 mm Grenade Launcher Dimension of UAVs
    40 mm Grenade Launcher Dimension of UAVs 5 August 2020
    Advances in microelectronics technology are also minimizes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). SpearUAV, a company operating in Israel, introduced its new unmanned aerial vehicle system. The system, which is also called "Capsule UAV" or "Ninox", is thrown to the desired area with a capsule fired from 40 mm grenade launchers. In this way, Ninox, which provides the user with tactical field information within seconds, increases the situational awareness of the troops. D...