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  • Three Combat Jets for Replacement
    Three Combat Jets for Replacement March 27 2020
    In the Cold War period, the workhorse combat aircraft of the countries are at the end of their useful life. The processes initiated for the acquirement of new platforms partially continues. Germany isseeking for the platform that will replace Tornado aircraft that are planned to be retired in the near future. This equation consists many unknowns, which has become a problem for Germany, is close to the solution. A report published in German press stated that the c...
  • Additional Jet Trainer
    Additional Jet Trainer March 23 2020
    The advanced jet trainers approaching the end of their economic life. So they will leave their places to new ones. The US Air Force also chose the T-7A Red Hawks in the past months to replace the T-38 Talons in its inventory. For the transition to new platforms, the USA launched the Reforge Proof of Concept (RFX) process to provide advanced training in specific areas with modern training aircraft. In this process, a limited amount of aircraft procurement is planned.
  • Raytheon Completes First Tests of Radar For Anti-Hypersonic Sensor
    Raytheon Completes First Tests of Radar For Anti-Hypersonic Sensor March 20 2020
    Raytheon said Tuesday it had completed the first round of testing of the radar antenna array for the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier and Missile Defence Sensor, a next-generation radar intended to counter hypersonic weapons. The first round of testing was indoors, in a climate-controlled test range with performance evaluation based on simulated targets. The next testing round will be at an outdoor range against real-world targets. Now that the first round is complete, the ant...
  • Leased Helicopter Era for French Air Force
    Leased Helicopter Era for French Air Force March 18 2020
    While the Cold War equipment is nearing the end of its economic life, user countries are coming up with new action plans and measures. The French Air Force (Armée de l'Air / ALA) has announced that it will be replace veteran SA330 Puma helicopters, which are nearing the end of their useful life. The force, which plans to lease 20 H225s from Airbus in the first place, plans to use these platforms in missions such as search-rescue and air raid. While the published...
  • Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing Will Compete for New Design
    Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing Will Compete for New Design March 17 2020
    Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing will compete for the design planned to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk general-purpose helicopter, which has been operational since 1979. The US Army has awarded Bell and a Sikorsky-Boeing team Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction contracts for the next stage of its Future Long Range Air Assault (FLRAA) programme. Over the last several years, Bell and the Sikorsky-Boeing team designed, built and flew demonstrators for the service’s Joint Multi-Rol...
  • Colombia May Acquire Gripen Fighters Produced in Brazil
    Colombia May Acquire Gripen Fighters Produced in Brazil March 16 2020
    Colombian Air Force is considering ordering 15 units of aircraft to replace its Israeli Kfir If Colombia decides to purchase Saab Gripen fighters, aircraft production may take place in neighbouring Brazil. That’s what the Swedish manufacturer’s new CEO, Micael Johansson, told a Brazilian newspaper. Johansson said that the pool of Brazilian companies that today is responsible for part of the supply of fighter jets to the Brazilian Air Force could be used as a pl...
  • Truck Mounted Howitzer Order
    Truck Mounted Howitzer Order March 16 2020
    Israel, which has implemented a strategic plan to restructure the army, acquire new systems, and increase the effectiveness of systems that is already in use, continues its system procurement processes. Israel is implementing the replacement program that signed in May 2019 to replace the M109 Doher in its inventory. Within the scope of the plan, which covers a 12-year period and estimated to cost of 280 million USD, Elbit production ATMOS truck-mounted howit...
  • Modernised Bear on Trials After Overhaul
    Modernised Bear on Trials After Overhaul March 14 2020
    The Russian Armed Forces continues to modernize its systems. In this context, the strategic bomber power is also being renewed. Tu-95 (NATO Code: Bear), perhaps the most iconic aircraft of the Cold War, will remain in the sky for a long time. The Russian Aerospace Forces continuing to upgrade the aircraft that have been commissioned as missile carrier platform in recent years, in line with today's requirements. During the modernization works in Beriev Aircraft Pla...
  • Sea 1000 Off Track
    Sea 1000 Off Track March 12 2020
    Australia, which failed to hit the targets and take the final steps in the submarine procurement, is allegedly off track. The Sea 1000 program, launched for the replacement of the Collins class submarines, near the end of their duties in the Royal Australian Navy, fell to the bottom. Planning to procure 12 French-made Scorpéne-class platforms at a cost of USD 80 billion, Australia is at risk of failing the project. In a report published in the country...
  • New Hovercraft Accepted
    New Hovercraft Accepted March 11 2020
    The new hovercraft developed for use in amphibious operations, including landing helicopter dock, has completed acceptance tests. Textron Systems, which continues its activities in the USA, announced that completion of the acceptance tests of the Next Generation Ship to Shore Connector. Craft 100 used in testing activities was subjected to extensive trials. The platform, which successfully demonstrated its wire control system, electrical and propulsion system capabilities, met ...
  • Sea Venom at First Qualification Trial
    Sea Venom at First Qualification Trial March 8 2020
      The Sea Venom missile has successfully completed its first qualification firing trial. The missile is jointly developed by France and the United Kingdom under the 2010 Lancaster House treaties The trial took place at the French DGA procurement agency's test site at Ile du Levant on Feb. 20, but was only announced Friday. The missile, measuring 240 pounds and 8.2 feet long, carries a 66-pound warhead, which it can deliver at high subsonic speed to an es...
  • Modernised SVD Unveiled
    Modernised SVD Unveiled March 8 2020
    SVD (Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova / Dragunov Sniper Rifle), which was first produced by the Soviet Union first, showed its new face. SVDs, commonly known as "Kanas" in the Turkish Armed Forces and used by irregular elements as well as many regular armies, have been modernised. The face of the rifle changed with the study initiated by Kalashnikov, which is a subsidiary of Rostec. The flash hider of the gun, which was equipped with a heavier barrel than its...
  • SSB Got Down Deepest
    SSB Got Down Deepest March 7 2020
    The Defence Industry Presidency (SSB) handled graphene and two-dimensional material technology, which is considered to be the future of the electronic subcomponent world and is considered the most critical component technology. Focus Technology Networks (Odak Teknoloji Ağları/ OTAĞ) is established under the leadership of the Defence Industry Presidency within the scope of the goal of developing unique systems, subsystems and products, by investing in future technologies. This work w...
  • New Candidate for US FARA Program
    New Candidate for US FARA Program March 5 2020
    Candidates for the future reconnaissance helicopter program are coming out. Within the scope of the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA), the USA sent an invitation letter to the companies in the past. After that, companies started to reveal the concept studies of the new generation high speed rotary wing platforms and began studies on the designs of the future. The latest concept work came from Boeing. The name of the platform on which the company publis...
  • Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance
    Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance March 4 2020
    Israel launched the strategic plan to restructure its army. In line with the plan, it continues to acquire equipment to improve its operational capabilities. Tel Aviv, which announced that it has initiated CFT (Conformal Fuel Tank) development studies for the F-35I Adir aircraft in the previous periods, will also increase its aerial refueling capability. In this context, the USA has approved the possible sale of new platforms, which will replace the KC-707 Re'em aircraft that ar...
  • Engine Shut Down in T-7A
    Engine Shut Down in T-7A February 29 2020
    T-7A Red Hawk tests, developed to replace the T-38 Talon advanced jet training aircraft, are ongoing. The U.S. Air Force chose Boeing as the main contractor for the platform. The T-7A’s only engine, GE 404, was turned off for 48 seconds when the aircraft was flying at an altitude of 20,000 feet, Boeing said in a statement. “It’s a test of all the subsystems built for backup in the event a pilot would have to shut the engine down in an emergency and power it back up again,&rd...
  • Additional Amphibious Vehicle to Marines
    Additional Amphibious Vehicle to Marines February 27 2020
    The works carried out within the scope of the replce and modernisation of the armoured vehicle capability of the Marine force are ongoing. BAE Systems made statements about the process. A new procurement was announced in the ACV Program, which was launched for the replace aging AAV7s in the US Marine Corps inventory. In this context, the Marines will receive 26 additional ACVs (Amphibious Combat Vehicle). While the number of vehicles to be supplied within the scope of...
  • Heavyweight Torpedo Delivery to Latin America
    Heavyweight Torpedo Delivery to Latin America February 27 2020
    In addition to concept development and design studies, Naval Group continues its production and delivery processes. The France-based company announced that the first batch of F21 533mm heavy torpedoes was delivered to the first export customer, Brazil. The parties did not make a statement about the number of torpedoes included in the delivery. Brazil plans to integrate the F21s into the newly acquired Scorpène-class submarines. Naval Group, on the other hand, contin...
  • Structural Change in MGCS
    Structural Change in MGCS February 25 2020
    Structural changes are planned to start in April in the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) developed in partnership with Germany and France. Recently, Nexter integrated 140mm main guns into the Leclerc main battle tank. Seen as a talent acquisition project for MGCS; The European Main Battle Tank will combine the hull of a Leopard 2A7 with the lighter, two-man turret of a Leclerc. The project was launched to replace the AMX Leclerc and Leopard 2 main battle tanks currently in service w...
  • Azerbaijani Advanced Jet Trainer Acquisition
    Azerbaijani Advanced Jet Trainer Acquisition February 25 2020
    Carrying out studies on replace its Soviet-style vehicles with Western systems, Azerbaijan has announced a new platform to replace the advanced jet traininer in its inventory. Baku will replace the L-39 Albatros advanced jet trainer, which have been in service for many years, with Leonardo M-346s. Within the scope of the procurement process announced by President Heydar Aliyev, number of M-346s to acquire, supply schedule and costs were not specified. In May...
  • Grey Wolf Begins Operational Testing
    Grey Wolf Begins Operational Testing February 24 2020
    The operational test phase has started in the new utility helicopter helicopter program. The operational testing phase of MH-139A Gray Wolf helicopters, will replace the UH-1 Iroquois, which has become one of the symbolic platforms of the Cold War thanks to its iconic sound and mission achievements, has begun. Trials to be carried out within the 413th Flight Test Squadron affiliated to the US Air Force (USAF) Material Command will also be the platform's first comp...
  • Airbus Offered Eurofighter Typhoon
    Airbus Offered Eurofighter Typhoon February 23 2020
    Airbus is working to expand the Eurofighter Typhoon family. In this context, the company offered aircraft to Latin America instead of the Kfirs, which are en of their economic life. In order to replace the Kfir which at the end of their active duty life, Airbus knocked on Colombia's door with the recommendation of Eurofighter Typhoon. According to Iván Gonzalez Head of Combat Aircraft Campaigns at Airbus Group, the company offered a total of 15 Tranche...
  • Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade
    Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade February 22 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has set out its procurement priorities for the upcoming decade; transport aircraft, combat search-and-rescue helicopters, and light attack aircraft are on the top of the list. RTAF’s long term plans include new fighters to replace the ageing fleet. RTAF plans to replace its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft fleet. The new aircraft will require to be compatible with Thailand’s Link T data link system. This is a process that...
  • Russia’s Il-112 aircraft to perform 2nd flight in April
    Russia’s Il-112 aircraft to perform 2nd flight in April February 18 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. ...
  • Second Tanker Arrived To France
    Second Tanker Arrived To France February 14 2020
    The second delivery of the tankers ordered to replace the existing aerial refueling aircraft that have reached the end of their economic life has been completed. Lockheed Martin completed the delivery of four C-130J Super Hercules ordered in 2016 by France. The company announced that the delivery process with two KC-130J Super Hercules.  The French Air Force (Armée de l'air / ALA), which accepted the first platforms in 2017 and 2018, received the KC-13...
  • Sarmat Will Enter Inventory In 2021
    Sarmat Will Enter Inventory In 2021 February 3 2020
    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Aleksey Krivoruchko made a statement on the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles. Sarmat will be added to the Russian armed forces' arsenal in 2021, Krivoruchko said. "First serial [Sarmat intercontinental ballistic] missiles will join armed forces in 2021", Krivoruchko said. The Sarmat will replace the Voevoda (РС-20В Satan) RS-28 Sarmat, is a liquid-fueled intermittent ballistic missile, was developed to replace the R-36M2 Voevod...
  • Spain Acquires 24 PC-21 Aircraft
    Spain Acquires 24 PC-21 Aircraft February 1 2020
    Pilatus Aircraft announced that Spain had ordered 24 Pilatus PC-21 single-engine turboprop trainers to replace its obsolete Casa C-101 Aviojets used since 1980. The contract is worth €204.75 million and calls for the first six aircraft to be delivered by March. The Spanish Air Force, Ejército del Aire, is the third European air force to opt for the Swiss-produced PC-21, the Next Generation Trainer.  
  • Poland Signs $4.6B F-35 Deal
    Poland Signs $4.6B F-35 Deal February 1 2020
    Poland officially signed a Foreign Military Sales Agreement to buy 32 F-35A. worth $4.6 billion. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the price tag. The original State Department approval allowed for a price as high as $6.5 billion. Delivery is scheduled to being in 2024. Low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot 13 F-35As are already priced below $80 million a copy (including engines) for the so-called flyaway cost. FMS deals include logistics, training and other support...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? January 30 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • Modernised T-72 for Ukraine
    Modernised T-72 for Ukraine January 28 2020
    In order to modernize the army and improve its capabilities, Ukraine continues its modernization and procurement activities. In this context, the Armed Forces of Ukraine received additional modernised main battle tanks. In the official social media account of the Ukranya Logistics Command, it was announced that the army received 15 T-72 tanks, which were modernized and upgraded to T-72AMT level. The Kiev government plans to receive 10 additional tanks by the end of January. Wit...
  • Canadian Armed Forces get New Machine Guns
    Canadian Armed Forces get New Machine Guns January 26 2020
    The Canadian Government purchased 3,626 new C6A1 FLEX General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG) from Colt Canada. The Department of National Defence procured As the current C6 machine guns were over 30 years ago, and it needs to replace those removed from service due to wear and tear and others that are reaching the end of their service life. This acquisition supplements the 1,148 machine guns that were acquired in 2017, which featured a durable polymer buttstock instead of the ...
  • Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane
    Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane January 24 2020
    The French Defence procurement agency, Direction Générale De L’armement (DGA) has awarded the Archange (formerly known as Epicure ) airborne strategic intelligence program to Dassault Aviation and Thales. The total value of the contract is unknown. This program will see three Dassault Falcon 8X being fitted with Thales electronic intelligence technologies.  Falcon Archange will detect electromagnetic signals emitted on the battlefield, allowing the French ar...
  • First USMC F-35C is Operational
    First USMC F-35C is Operational January 24 2020
    The USA left another important milestone behind the F-35C Lightning II aircraft. Five years after the delivery of first F-35C Lightning II (serial number 114), the first US Marine Corps operational unit received the F-35C Lightning II. The platform, which will be used for pilot training missions first, was assigned to VMFA 314 "Black Nights" (Marine Fighter Attack Squadron). The unit, which stopped flights with F/A-18 Hornet aircraft in June of last year, en...
  • Newest V-22 in Skies
    Newest V-22 in Skies January 24 2020
    The newest variant of the V-22 Osprey, which will replace the C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft in the past years, made maiden flight. The new model, developed in partnership with Boeing and Bell Textron, was named as CMV-22B Osprey. With the activity at Bell's Amarillo Assembly Center, an important milestone has been left behind in the C-2 Greyhound replacement program. CMV-22, which will replace C-2 Greyhound aircraft will serve for transporti...
  • Wind of Change for F-35 Lightning II
    Wind of Change for F-35 Lightning II January 22 2020
    Lockheed Martin said on Tuesday that a cloud-based network would replace the computer-based logistics system in all its F-35 fighter jets by 2022 end. The Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN) will replace the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), which was blamed for delaying aircraft maintenance, one of the very things it was meant to facilitate. The system was made to underpin the F-35 fleet’s daily operations, ranging from mission planning and flight scheduling to repa...
  • Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk
    Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk January 21 2020
    The United States announced that the T-7A Red Hawk aircraft were chosen as the platform to replace the T-38 Talon advanced jet trainers in the last quarter of 2019. As a partner of Boeing in the program, Saab announced that the serial production phase has started for the aft fuselage section. Saab stated that the parts of the platforms that on their shares will be manufactured in the facilities located in Linköping in the first place. The company, which is respon...
  • Miller before Obama
    Miller before Obama January 19 2020
    The fourth Ford-class carrier will be named in honour of World War II icon Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black recipient of the Navy Cross for bravery, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The naming of CVN-81 is expected to be announced during a Monday ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former...
  • Replecement Time to Beretta 92 of France
    Replecement Time to Beretta 92 of France January 16 2020
    France continues the replacing process of firearms with pistols. In 2017, the Paris government began replacing FAMAS with HK416F infantry rifles and now, launched a procurement process for the armed force's pistols. Beretta 92FS pistols, which have been in service with the name PAMAS G1 for about 30 years, will be replaced by Glock 17 Gen 5s. The French Army will procure 74,559 Glock 17 in the first phase. The total cost of weapons which expected to be delive...
  • Boeing Participates at Germany’s Heavy Lift Helicopter Tender
    Boeing Participates at Germany’s Heavy Lift Helicopter Tender January 16 2020
    Boeing has submitted its response to the STH invitation to tender for Germany’s New Heavy Lift Helicopter program, also known as Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH). Boeing has offered its CH-47 Chinook to the German Army’s tender for a heavy-lift helicopter to replace its Sikorsky CH-53Gs. The STH invitation to tender was issued on 24 June 2019 by the German procurement authority, specifically, the Federal Office of Equipment, Information Technology and I...
  • Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter
    Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter January 14 2020
    Following the announcement of the platform to replace the UH-1s in the Air Force inventory, the USA made its final decision in the process of AHTS (Advanced Helicopter Training System). The winner was Leonardo in the scope of the AHTS Program, which was launched for the replace the TH-57B / C Sea Ranger helicopters in the Navy inventory. Within the scope of deliveries planned to start in 2022, a total of 32 TH-73As will enter the American Navy inventory. The platforms, the...