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  • Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program
    Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program February 15 2020
    Relations between the Australian Federal Government and the French company designing future submarines have hit a new low, with the Australian Defence Minister declaring she will hold the group to account on its local industry commitments. France-based Naval Group questioned the capability of local suppliers and suggested Australian businesses may not get half of the value of contracts under the $80 billion program. Naval Group Australia chief executive John Davis told The...
  • F-35 Couldn't Hit the Target
    F-35 Couldn't Hit the Target January 31 2020
    A new problem has emerged, described as critical level, in the F-35 Lightning II, which was facing many troubles since the program started. In the statement made by the Pentagon, it was stated that the GAU-12 Equalizer guns of the F-35A Lightning IIs have accuracy problems in ground attack missions. Software errors were noted as the cause of the hit problem. It was also revealed that the strong recoil of the 25mm diameter gun caused cracks in the gun housing. For these reasons, it w...
  • The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force
    The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force January 17 2020
    The 116th "Lions of the South" squadron will join the 140th "Golden Eagle" unit to become the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) second official group of F-35I Adir stealth fighter jets. With the arrival of the first two F-35I aircraft for the 116th Fleet to Nevatim base in November 2019, the total number of F-35s in Israel reached 20. The government has currently received 20 of the 50 F-35I variants from Lockheed Martin required to bring both squadrons to capacity....
  • Russian Su-57 to Get New Weapons
    Russian Su-57 to Get New Weapons December 30 2019
    The head of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has revealed that they are developing new, advanced weapons for Su-57 stealth fighter jet. Yury Slyusar, the director-general of UAC, was quoted as saying by Sputnik on Monday; “The Su-57 will be able to use many new means of destruction - some of them have already been created, others are being developed. Tests will continue consistent with the new functions and new goals.” Earlier this month, a senior official fro...
  • Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone
    Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone December 14 2019
    Swiss Air Force revealed its first Hermes 900 HFE reconnaissance drone on Emmen military airfield on Monday, December 9, 2019. Switzerland acquires drones from Elbit, Israel. Six of drones were purchased as part of the 2015 weapons program. The ADS 15 is the successor system for the ADS 95, which was decommissioned at the end of November 2019. But it is not yet flying as certification of drones by the Israeli civil aviation authorities has not been issued.  The Hermes...
  • China Changes Strategy
    China Changes Strategy November 26 2019
    China plans to export its J-10 (NATO Code: Firebird) fighter aircraft, which was developed using metal alloy and composite materials. China revealed the export variant of its J-10 fighter at the Dubai Airshow. Designated the FC-20E, the design is a near-parallel configuration of the J-10C. With the FC-20E, AVIC is taking direct aim at markets the Russians and Americans are looking to access the MiG-35 and F-16 Block-70/72, respectively. These markets are generally looking for modern, but cost...
  • F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020
    F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020 November 15 2019
    According to USNI News, US lawmakers will not authorise the Pentagon to award a multi-year contract to build F-35 unless the program solves such problems as chronic shortages of spare parts that often wear out quicker than anticipated. Speaking during a joint hearing of two House Armed Services subcommittees, Rep. John Garamendi, chairman of the readiness subcommittee, said the F-35 program is still plagued by high operating costs, inadequate repair capacity, spare part shortages an...
  • The Bundeswehr Refuses new A400Ms November 14 2019
    The German military announced it would not accept deliveries of two A400M Atlas transport aircraft due to recurring technical problems. “During routine inspections of the mounting nuts on the propellers of the A400M already in flight, it was found that not all 24 nuts per propeller have the intended tightening torque,” revealed the Luftwaffe, the German air force, in a statement. Increased inspections of the engine mounts, combustion chambers, and engine flap, ...
  • Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes
    Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes November 8 2019
    France-based Airbus, revealed some basic details of a classified program that will feed into the endeavour to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon. The platform is similar in design to Northrop Grumman's X-47A Pegasus UAV. The super stealthy shape was arrived at in an effort to greatly reduce all relevant signatures – radar, infrared, visual and acoustic.  The tailless aircraft concept features concealed air intakes at the leading edges of the wing – and the engine outlet is f...
  • Russia's New Transport Aircraft to Continue Test Flights in 2020 October 10 2019
      New developments have taken place in the IL-112V program, designed by Russia after the Soviet Union from scratch. Ilyushin IL-112V, the light transport plane will replace the ageing Antonov An-26 and An-24 airlifters in the Russian military. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that work is underway to reduce the weight of the platform and that the flight tests are aimed to be resumed in the first quarter of 2020. Redesign work on the aircraft was ordered after the air...
  • F-35 Pilot’s Helmet Costs $737,800
    F-35 Pilot’s Helmet Costs $737,800 September 24 2019
    US Department of Defence announced the new price of F-35 helmets. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co, is being awarded a $352,672,006 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This modification increases the ceiling and scope of the contract to include the procurement of Lot 12-14 Generation 3 helmet-mounted displays in support of the F-35 Lightning II program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is ex...
  • S-500 Serial Production Begins
    S-500 Serial Production Begins September 18 2019
    The mass production of the S-500 air defence missile, which is shown as the successor of Russia's S-300 and S-400 systems, will soon begin. Sergey Chemezov, head of the Rostec Corporation, said in an interview to the local newspaper. "I think that the serial production will start in a year," Chemezov declared. According to Chemezov, in the next five years, Russia will not export this weapon system because "we must in the first place provide our armed forces with this weapon...
  • China Reveals Hunter Drone with Net
    China Reveals Hunter Drone with Net September 9 2019
    China has developed a drone capable of hunting small, low flying drones, China's state broadcaster China Central Television has revealed. The hexacopter drone made by a research centre under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation is capable of approaching a hostile or illegal drone and firing a 16-square-meter net at it. The net can be autonomously launched by the drone hunter, the report said, without disclosing the type of hunter drone. Small,...
  • H-6K with  Hypersonic Weapon
    H-6K with Hypersonic Weapon August 19 2019
    China has begun to develop hypersonic weapons in recent years and now plans to equip the bomber H-6K aircraft with hypersonic weapons. The main mission objective of China's H-6K bomber is to strike key strategic points deep within enemy territories, the state broadcaster revealed, leading experts to predict that the warplane could eventually be armed with hypersonic weapons that can destroy hostile military hubs 3,000 kilometres away within minutes. "In a war, our main objective is t...
  • New Generation Aircraft from Russia
    New Generation Aircraft from Russia August 16 2019
    Russia plans to complete the MiG-41 project in 2019. Russia has been working on a new platform project since 2018. "Our future MiG-41 fighter will be able to fly into space,” said Ilia Tarassenko, CEO of the Russian aircraft manufacturer Mikoyan-Gourevitch. Tarasenko has revealed that the project is due to be completed by 2019 and he also stated that “the aircraft will use new types of weapons and can carry a large volume of weapons.” The device would reach a ...
  • Su-57 Serial Production Begins
    Su-57 Serial Production Begins July 30 2019
    The Sukhoi Aircraft Company has started to implement its contract for the delivery of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to the country’s Aerospace Force, the office of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told TASS on Monday. The state contract envisages the delivery of 76 Su-57 fighter jets to Russia’s Aerospace Force. The vice-premier’s office also confirmed the earlier-stated timeframe of delivering the first Su-57 plane to the Aerospace Force. "T...
  • F-35B Signal from Naval Forces
    F-35B Signal from Naval Forces May 1 2019
    As the Naval Command's Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) is on its way, it was revealed that the Navy is in need of trained jet pilots. At IDEF'19 held in Istanbul, Italian company Leonardo and the Italian Air Force held a joint presentation at IDEF. The presentation gave information about the International Flight Training School (IFTS), which provides many types of flight training in the south of Italy. According to the statement, the cooperation of the duo, military pilot...
  • Liaoning to become Combat Ship
    Liaoning to become Combat Ship April 26 2019
    China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier will become combat aircraft carrier ship. The ship built during Soviet era and was anchored in Ukraine, named Varyag. China bought if from Ukraine to transform it allegedly to a  “casino” . Once acquired China stated that it will design it as a training and test ship, China's first aircraft carrier the Liaoning is starting to play a combat role following recent modifications and intensive training exercises. China Central ...
  • U.S. Navy’s New “Flying Water Vehicle” Revealed in Video Leak
    U.S. Navy’s New “Flying Water Vehicle” Revealed in Video Leak April 9 2019
    The Naval Surface Warfare Centre (NSWC), recently released a new video showing the first time the new “flying water vehicle” designed for the special operations. Video was posted to the NSWCCD’s channel on YouTube. The new “flying water vehicle” is nothing short than a hydrofoil. As a hydrofoil craft gains speed, the hydrofoils lift the boat’s hull out of the water, decreasing drag and allowing greater speeds. The new Navy’s high-speed surface craft e...
  • Chinese Blowfish A2 Drone Revealed at LIMA-2019
    Chinese Blowfish A2 Drone Revealed at LIMA-2019 April 6 2019
    Capable of delivering precision bombardment, the weirdly shaped Chinese helicopter drone Blowfish A2 Revealed at Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia. Guangdong-based Zhuhai Ziyan UAV company, the 1.87-meter long, 0.62-meter tall helicopter drone has a maximum take-off weight of 38 kilograms and is capable of carrying a 12-kilogram payload. In its strange belly-less fuselage, the Blowfish A2 can carry radar, jamming devices, guns or b...
  • Israel Buys Howitzers for Its Army
    Israel Buys Howitzers for Its Army March 30 2019
    Israeli Elbit Systems announced it was awarded a $125 million contract by Israel’s defence ministry for “automatic howitzer gun systems.” The specific number of artillery pieces wasn’t revealed. Elbit Systems claimed these artillery pieces are cost-effective and require small crews. Based on this description, ATMOS 155mm truck howitzers are soon being adopted by the Israel Defence Force (IDF).
  • Rheinmetall Acquires a Vehicle Protection System Manufacturer
    Rheinmetall Acquires a Vehicle Protection System Manufacturer March 27 2019
    The German company Rheinmetall announced the acquisition of the company for development and construction of protection and shielding systems IBD Deisenroth Engineering GmbH. The Family-ran Germany -based company is one of the leading companies in the field with long presence and participation in major development and armament programs. This includes the older Advanced Modular Armour Protection active system and the Modular Expandable Armour System composite armour system. IBD Diesen...
  • Russia to Test Many Kinzhal Missiles
    Russia to Test Many Kinzhal Missiles March 23 2019
    Russia has moved nearly 20 Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missiles to a test site. Russia has also test fired 12 times from a MiG-31 fighter jet, CNBC reports. Quoting sources who have seen U. S. intelligence reports, CNBC says the Kinzhal is expected to be mounted on a bomber as well. The air-to-ground hypersonic missile Kinzhal, has been tested at least three times. In July, the Kremlin successfully tested the weapon against a target nearly 500 miles away. What's more, in anot...
  • Russian Unmanned Strike Aircraft Revealed
    Russian Unmanned Strike Aircraft Revealed January 25 2019
    Russian Sukhoi Okhotnik-B, a new, stealthy unmanned strike aircraft has been pictured at social media while UAV is at runway testing in Novosibirsk. The image reveals that UAV has a flying-wing aircraft design and trapezoidal engine inlet. The Russian Ministry of Defence launched the Okhotnik development program in 2012, according to Russian media sources. The program intended to develop an unmanned aircraft capable of performing surveillance and strike missions.
  • Unknown Radar from Iran
    Unknown Radar from Iran January 23 2019
    According to Iranian Fars News Agency, a new type of radar is ready for deployment with the country’s air defence forces. Fars News claimed that a ceremony was held at “Khatab al-Anbiya Air Defence Base” only for protocol was for a “radar system which has been built and put into action” at in the city of Zahedan. Located near the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Zahedan boasts an international airport and rail links stretching across the Balochistan...
  • V-2 Missile and the Start of Space Race January 10 2019
    The Second World War set the stage for major revolutions in every area of military technology. Combatants from each side pushed the limits of their respective scientific and technological capacities. One of the most telling examples of these efforts revealed itself in developments in the area of rocket and missile. Used heavily by the Germans in the last stage of the war, the V-1 and V-2 type rockets heralded a new era in the conduct of war and military technologies. The impact of t...
  • Altay MBT Will Have Three Variants
    Altay MBT Will Have Three Variants November 28 2018
    Officials from Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) have revealed details of the three variants to be produced for the Altay main battle tanks (MBTs) programme by local company BMC British Magazine Jane’s learnt that the total contract, which was announced as signed on 9 November, is for 251 units of the Altay MBT in three variants. Of this number, 40 will be the T1 variant, which is similar to the four prototype models that have completed testing, and is schedu...
  • US Intern Might be at The Gate of Collided Norwegian Frigate
    US Intern Might be at The Gate of Collided Norwegian Frigate November 25 2018
    KNM Helge Ingstad" was at navigation training when the accident occurred outside Øygarden according to Norwegian national broadcaster NRK. A US officer had a central role on the bridge ahead of the collision. The US officer was receiving training from his Norwegian colleagues when the frigate KMN Helge Ingstad collided in the early hours of November 8 with the fully loaded oil tanker Sola ST off Norway's west coast. The frigate was under NATO command at the time, ret...
  • 138 F-35 for UK
    138 F-35 for UK November 17 2018
      UK will get minimum 48 F-35B to generate two front-line squadrons of F-35B Lightning’s by 2023.   British Ministry of Defence revealed its F-35B acquisition plans. Ministry answered Lord West of Spithead’s question about the minimum buy of F-35B aircraft to ensure the ability to deploy two carriers with the planned 35 jets on each carrier in a national emergency.   Lord’s question referred F-35Bs as “Se...
  • Thrust Vectoring System from China
    Thrust Vectoring System from China November 6 2018
    Chinese thrust vectoring system has revealed for the first time. The system was seen on a J-10B aircraft in a photo taken during the preparations for the aviation exhibition in Zhuhai. Thrust vectoring nozzles are clearly visible in image. System is integrated on WS-10 jet engine. According to Jane's Defence Weekly, there are also smoke pods under the wing. This leads to the possibility that the aircraft will be able to make a flight demonstration during the airshow and show inc...
  • One Third Of German Vehicles Ready For Combat
    One Third Of German Vehicles Ready For Combat November 1 2018
    Just over a third of the new military equipment delivered to the Bundeswehr by manufacturers in 2017 is fit for service according to a report revealed for the German defence ministry According to the report, of the 71 Puma infantry fighting vehicles delivered, 27 are combat ready. Of the eight new Airbus A400M Atlas military transports, half are fully operational. Just two of the seven Eurocopter Tiger combat helicopters and four of seven NH Industries' NH90 transport helicopter...
  • Japan Is Developing Supersonic Glide Weapons
    Japan Is Developing Supersonic Glide Weapons October 22 2018
    Japanese defence industry is pursuing to produce a new kind of weapon to deliver an explosive payload at supersonic speeds. The unconventional technique is designed have high precision guidance. On Oct. 15, 2018, Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said the country’s Ministry of Defence had crafted the hypersonic weapon plan with an eye toward having the initial system in service no later than 2026. Hyper-Velocity Gliding Projectile (HVGP) is consisted of t...
  • Racer High-Speed Demonstrator Passes Preliminary Design Review Milestone
    Racer High-Speed Demonstrator Passes Preliminary Design Review Milestone October 18 2018
    Airbus Helicopters continues to progress with the development of its Racer (Rapid And Cost-Efficient Rotorcraft) technology demonstrator, funded by European Union’s H2020 framework through the Clean Sky 2 program, and aiming to provide the best trade-off between speed, cost-efficiency, sustainability and mission performance. After the validation of the demonstrator’s aerodynamic configuration last year, key subsystems have now successfully passed their preliminary design...
  • Germany's Assault Rifles Fail Bundeswehr Tests October 17 2018
    As Bundeswehr's standard gun, the G36 rifle, will be phased out soon. The German army's efforts to acquire a new standard automatic weapon have been delayed as gun manufacturers failed to provide suitable bids.According to the procurement office, the comparative tests in the following seven months revealed that none of the guns presented by the various weapons manufacturers fulfilled the "individual mandatory requirements." Gun manufacturers now have until Feb...
  • British-F-35B Conducts Trials With UK-Built Weapons
    British-F-35B Conducts Trials With UK-Built Weapons August 31 2018
    The UK’s F-35B Lightning has conducted its first trials armed with UK-built weapons, Defence Procurement Minister Stuart Andrew has said. Defence Minister Stuart Andrew revealed that a British F-35 Lightning jet reached the landmark milestone whilst he was on a visit to the Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA) in Wales. The jet, which was flown by a British pilot from RAF 17 Squadron, took to the skies from Edwards Air Force base in southern California fo...
  • Ka-52 Alligator Helicopters For the Egyptian Armed Forces
    Ka-52 Alligator Helicopters For the Egyptian Armed Forces August 5 2018
    Simple satellite photos from Google Earth revealed that the Egyptian Air Force has received a new batch of Russian attack helicopters Ka-52 Alligator which are stationed on the Kattamia Air Base. The helicopters were developed and manufactured by Kamov, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, which belongs to the state-owned holding company Rostec, which coordinates and controls technological innovations in the field of defence and high-tech.  
  • China Increased Production Rate
    China Increased Production Rate July 9 2018
    China is increasing the production volume of its Y-20 transport aircraft. The image captured by a commercial satellite on July 12 revealed that the production rate of the aircraft has rised. In addition to the nine newly produced Y-20s, six newly painted Y-20s and several engine-assembled yet unfinished Y-20s appear in photo. According to some reports, some of these flights will be converted into AEW aircraft and some will be converted into aerial refueling aircraft. ...
  • CBRN Step
    CBRN Step June 27 2018
    Turkish Ministry of National Defence established a CBRN Defence Group. Yunus Emre Karaosmanoğlu, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Defence, announced  the CBRN Defence Department was established within the Ministry of National Defence during 9th Defence Technologies Congress held in Middle East Technical University in Ankara and some explanations were made. In the speech, the CBRN Defense Group made a study in Turkey conducted withi...
  • Tu-22M3M To Make Its Maiden Flight in August
    Tu-22M3M To Make Its Maiden Flight in August May 15 2018
    Russia is to begin test flights of its new supersonic bomber in August. The upgraded supersonic long-range bomber Tu-22M3M will make its first flight in August, the CEO of the Tupolev design bureau, Alexander Konyukhov revealed. The new aircraft will be equipped with new weapons such as Kh-32 long-range cruise missile, modern digital avionics and a new information management system. According to the existing plan, the first Tu-22M3M with the most advanced Kh-32 long-r...
  • Indonesia Renegotiates IF-X
    Indonesia Renegotiates IF-X May 3 2018
    Indonesian Ministry of Defence revealed that it is renegotiating a cooperation program with the Republic of Korea to build 4.5 generation fighter aircraft.  The countries signed a deal in January 2016 to jointly develop the fighter aircraft Korean Fighter Xperimental or Indonesia Fighter Xperimental (KFX/IFX). Under the agreement, Indonesia’s MoD will invest about US$1.3 billion in the Korean Fighter Experimental (KF-X) program. However, the count...