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  • 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...
  • Russia Introduces New Mine Removal System
    Russia Introduces New Mine Removal System 22 September 2020
    Russia introduced its new self-propelled mine removal system during the Kavkaz-2020 exercise. Developed on the basis of the BMP-3 armoured combat vehicle chassis, the system is designed to provide forces with close-range mine removal capability. The mine removal tool features a platform ceiling-mounted launcher for line loads used to overcome and clear obstacles. This allows the destruction of mines with the pressure of rockets to be launched over minefields. The new syste...
  • Australia Launches 35kg Commercial Rocket into Atmosphere
    Australia Launches 35kg Commercial Rocket into Atmosphere 22 September 2020
    A small commercial rocket has been launched from Australia to the edge of space for the first time. First commercial space capable rocket is followed by a second rocket within two hours. At 10:09:47 am on 19 September, Southern Launch ignited Australia’s first commercial space-capable rocket at the Koonibba Test Range northwest of Ceduna in SA. And in a second first for Australia, only an hour and forty minutes later at 11:49:47 am a second space capable launch was s...
  • Romania Receives first PAC-3 MSE Patriot System
    Romania Receives first PAC-3 MSE Patriot System 20 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin announced from its tweeter account on September 18, 2020, that Romania has received its first US-made PAC-3 MSE Patriot air defence missile system. Romania became the first country in the Black Sea region to receive the Patriot missile system. Pentagon announced on May 25, 2018, the contract calls for Raytheon to build Romania's first brand-new Patriot air defence missile fire unit Configuration 3+. The first Patriot system was delivered to Romania on S...
  • Lazer for F-16s
    Lazer for F-16s 18 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin is working to develop mature and producible tactical airborne LWS solutions that complement existing kinetic defences to protect warfighters in the air, at sea and on the ground. The systems the company is developing under contract today can defeat small rockets, unmanned aerial vehicles, small attack boats, and lightweight ground vehicles. Under the Department of Defence’s first laser weapon program of record, the company is integrating the High Ener...
  • AIM-9M Sidewinder Engine for Egypt and Jordan 11 September 2020
    Northrop Grumman will deliver AIM-9M Sidewinder rocket engine to Egypt and Jordan. The $21 million deal covers 788 engines for Egypt and 43 engines for Jordan, according to the US Department of Defence. It features a short-range air-to-air Sidewinder missile, infrared guidance system and a high-blown track warhead. With improvements in AIM-9, which has the highest level of infrared spectrum precision, the missile's operationality has been taken out of the bombers. Egyp...
  • $ 13.3 billion order for Nuclear Assurance
    $ 13.3 billion order for Nuclear Assurance 11 September 2020
    On Sept 08, 2020, the U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman the GBSD Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent competition to build the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation intercontinental ballistic missiles. The worth of the contract is approximately $ 13.3 billion.  Northrop Grumman Systems will develop the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) to replace the Minuteman III (MM III) Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Sys...
  • Australia buying K9 Thunder
    Australia buying K9 Thunder 9 September 2020
    On 3 September the Australian Department of Defence announced that Hanwha Defence Australia (HDA) under its Protected Mobile Fires Project will provide 30 K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers and 15 K10 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles.   With this Government announcement, work will commence immediately to implement a plan for the building of facilities and skilling of the local Geelong based workforce. For the Land 8116 program, Hanwha has developed the...
  • New Mysterious Platform from China
    New Mysterious Platform from China 9 September 2020
    According to military sources, China's experimental spacecraft could be part of the Shenlong Space Plane Project. While details of the mission were not disclosed, it was announced that the developed spacecraft had completed its first flight test. After two days in orbit, the country's state-affiliated news agency Xinhua announced the platform as a "significant breakthrough. "The spacecraft was launched from the Jiuquan satellite centre by a Long March-2F rocket.
  • Demir: Hisar A+ Coming
    Demir: Hisar A+ Coming 9 September 2020
    Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir shared information about the latest situation regarding HİSAR air Defence missile systems. Demir visited the test range to follow the rocket competitions organized under the sponsorship of Roketsan and Tübitak SAGE within the scope of Teknofest and answered the questions of a television channel. Regarding Hisar-A, Demir said, “We shot a wide variety of shots in this area, there was one shot around 28-29 as I know it. Our Hisar...
  • Germany Takes Part in Space Race
    Germany Takes Part in Space Race 8 September 2020
    A date has been given for the first rocket developed by a private company to launch into orbit in Germany. Founded as a start-up in Munich and backed by many investors, including Airbus and Earlybird, Isar Aerospace aims to represent Germany in the space race. Daniel Metzler, co-founder and CEO of Isar, said they had half a billion euros worth of investments, 95% from private firms. The rocket, which is 27 meters long and is scheduled to carry more than a ton of cargo, is ...
  • Rocket Competition Continues
    Rocket Competition Continues 5 September 2020
    The Rocket Competition, organized with the support of Roketsan, continues. On the 4th day of the contest, sponsored by Roketsan with the joint work of Tübitak SAGE within the scope of TEKNOFEST, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank T3 Board of Trustees Chairman Selçuk Bayraktar and Roketsan General Manager Murat İkinci watched the races and chatted with the youth.   Roketsan, which is among the top 100 companies in the defence industry in the...
  • TB2 to Illuminate 230 Missile to Shoot
    TB2 to Illuminate 230 Missile to Shoot 30 August 2020
      ROKETSAN unveiled a new system 230 mm laser-guided artillery missile system to provide firepower to land forces. As a result of military operations carried out across the border, Turkey realised the need for a newborn. The design of the Laser Guided 230 mm Artillery Missile System, whose requirements are determined by taking into account the urgent needs in the field, started in April 2020 during the Pandemic process. Sub-system verification studies were com...
  • ROKETSAN to Produce Warhead Material
    ROKETSAN to Produce Warhead Material 30 August 2020
    The ROKETSAN, which was established to bring an end to dependence of Turkish defence abroad, will produce warhead. ROKETSAN carried out the necessary studies for the production of RDX and HMX materials, which are the main components of warhead explosive production, with domestic and national resources. ROKETSAN carried out process development studies at various scales until the pilot plant reached its capacity. The production of critical raw materials in the amount required for proc...
  • Angara's Engine to Be Tested in 2022
    Angara's Engine to Be Tested in 2022 27 August 2020
    A test date has been set for the modernized RD-191M engine for Angara, which Russia has developed as a carrier rocket. The first prototype will be tested on the rocket in 2021, and in mid-2022 the engine will be tested. Angara is scheduled to launch the "Eagle" spacecraft into orbit in 2023, commanding from a distance.  The contract for the Angara rocket, which will produce four in total, is worth approximately $240 million.
  • China launches Gaofen-9 and Tiantuo satellites
    China launches Gaofen-9 and Tiantuo satellites 24 August 2020
    China launched its latest Gaofen-9 Earth observation satellite and two smaller payloads from the Jiuquan launch centre late Saturday. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) confirmed (Chinese) the launch, mission success and the payloads. The Gaofen-9 (05) optical remote sensing satellite follows the launch of the third Gaofen-9 satellite in June and the fourth earlier this month. Previous satellites were capable of providing sub-meter resolution imagery. The ...
  • Israel Missile Test
    Israel Missile Test 18 August 2020
    Israel, which has a highly developed infrastructure and knowledge, especially in the field of air defence systems, continues its studies. Israel has tested one of its advanced air defence systems. In a recent trial, the Arrow-2 air defence missile successfully destroyed the target simulating a medium-range ballistic missile. The activity, carried out in cooperation with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), was carried out in California. Sparrow target system was also used in the exp...
  • Retired Missiles Return to Duty
    Retired Missiles Return to Duty 14 August 2020
    Ukraine, which is in conflict with Russia in the eastern part of the country, has decided to reactivate Cold War-era missiles. According to the statement made by the Ukrainian Air Force, the country started to re-taking the S-125 (NATO Code: SA-3 Goa) air defence missiles, which were manufactured in the facilities of the Soviet Union during the Cold War and were retired in the past years into inventory. The missiles, which were stated to have been phased out in 2013, also ...
  • COVID-19 Delay on Alpha Rocket
    COVID-19 Delay on Alpha Rocket 13 August 2020
    Firefly Aerospace's Alpha rocket launch date, developed in the United States and Ukraine, has been postponed. The company, which planned to make its rocket's first flight in the first quarter of 2020, went on to postpone the COVID-19 due to the delay. Firefly officials also said that processes such as certification of the launch plant during the rocket development process, obtaining the necessary flight permits, are taking longer than expected. The launch date, which is post...
  • US Test Launched Minuteman III
    US Test Launched Minuteman III 11 August 2020
    Although the crises and threats in the Cold War era are left behind, intercontinental ballistic missiles are still a major force factor. The USA, one of the few nuclear superpowers in the world, has added another to its ballistic missile test launches. In a trial conducted last Tuesday, an LGM-30 Minuteman III ballistic missile was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base. The system fell into the ocean after a flight of about 7 thousand 400 kilometres. The USA announced tha...
  • Turkish Navy to Provide Security for Seismic Surveys
    Turkish Navy to Provide Security for Seismic Surveys 11 August 2020
    Turkish Navy, which has a powerful rooted tradition, provides the security of the seismic survey activities carried out by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ankara had declared Navtex in the Eastern Mediterranean for seismic research activities. MTA Oruç Reis, who anchored in the scope of the works, started to deployment in the region with the accompanying Turkish Navy vessels. As the relevant share his from the Ministry of Defence's official social medi...
  • 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...
  • Mock-Up Attack Reharsal
    Mock-Up Attack Reharsal 31 July 2020
    Iran, which came to the fore with interesting breakthroughs in the defence area, performed a remarkable rehearsal. A floating object, allegedly a "fake aircraft carrier" of Iran, was seen in the photos released in the world press recently. Having experienced tensions with the USA, especially the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, Tehran conducted an exercise involving an attack plan on an aircraft carrier-sized surface platform. The floating hull that arrived in the re...
  • Seoul's Space Rockets to Monitor North Korea
    Seoul's Space Rockets to Monitor North Korea 28 July 2020
    The Republic of Korea will be able to develop a solid-fuel space rocket, according to a new revision with the United States. In addition to increasing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, Korea opened the door to space rocket production to the private sector and institutes. Therefore, South Korean companies, research institutes and even individuals are technically capable of "developing, producing and possessing" various types of space rock...
  • 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 ...
  • Truck Mounted Countermeasure
    Truck Mounted Countermeasure 16 July 2020
    The countermeasure systems, which are basically divided into two as electronic and physical, are used for tasks such as intercepting / restricting the execution of electronic, electromagnetic or optic-based activities in the environment, depending on the task. In the images broadcast on CCTV-7, one of China's local televisions, a new counter-measure system developed for the People's Liberation Army was introduced. The system, consisting of a 2x36 launcher tube moun...
  • Quietly Burak Modernisation for Turkish Navy
    Quietly Burak Modernisation for Turkish Navy 13 July 2020
    The Turkish Navy, which wants increase its existence with higher efficiency in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, continues to studies. Upgrades appeared on the first platform were completed in the modernization of Burak class corvette, which has been on the agenda for some time. In the photos shared by @oeroguz on Twitter, significant changes were detected on the ship. Within the scope of the modernization work carried out, Modèle 68 main gun&...
  • Guided Artillery Rocket Order
    Guided Artillery Rocket Order 6 July 2020
    With the advancing electronic technology, the artillery rockets, which have gained the guidance ability, offer different solutions suitable for the mission type to the user thanks to the high precision strike capability. Germany, which actively uses M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) platforms under the name MARS II (Mittleres Artillerie Raketen System), will acquire guided artillery rockets. The German Army (Bundeswehr) announced on July 2 with a press release that the parli...
  • Russia to Test-Angara Light Carrier Rocket
    Russia to Test-Angara Light Carrier Rocket 4 July 2020
    Russia will carry out final flight tests of the latest Angara-1.2 light carrier rocket. Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Sergei Surovikin said that Angara-1.2 light carrier rocket would require three test-launches on Friday. “As part of the experimental design work, the flight tests of the Angara space rocket are taking place. They envisage six launches of the Angara-A5 heavy rocket and three launches of the Angara-1.2 light carrier,” Surovikin said in an interview wit...
  • New Apache Order
    New Apache Order 2 July 2020
    AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, which have made their maiden flight in 1975 and have been in production since 1983, do not lose their popularity. Morocco, which has entered a remarkable arms race with the countries in the region, has ordered the AH-64E Apache to the USA. The country will receive a total of 24 platforms within the scope of procurement, the total cost of which is estimated at 440 million USD. According to the statement from Boeing, deliveries that will start in 2024 ...
  • Modernized MBRL Delivery
    Modernized MBRL Delivery 22 June 2020
    Serbia continues to study on enhancing and modernizing army capabilities. The Serbian Armed Forces continues to advance in the process of modernizing the vehicles in its inventory. With the ceremony held recently, the army received the modernized Oganj 122 mm multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) system. The platform called M-77 in the armed forces stock system was developed for the Yugoslav Army in the 1970s. M-77 Oganj, which is reported to receive one and a half batteries...
  • Investment to Nuclear Submarines Continues
    Investment to Nuclear Submarines Continues 17 June 2020
    Nuclear submarines can carry nuclear power undetected to hostile borders thanks to their greatest weapon; being stealth. This provides an opportunity to attack the enemy without giving reaction time. China, whose nuclear submarine studies dates back to the 1960s, continues to invest in these platforms. It was announced that two new Type 094A (Jin) class submarines were put into service as part of the 71st anniversary of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Ac...
  • Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Test
    Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Test 16 June 2020
    Submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) can be launched from anywhere in the world, regardless of the territory of the carrier platform. This gives user states hit any point in the world capability. France, which has been conducting studies on modernizing the nuclear submarine fleet and strengthening it with new platforms, conducted ballistic missile test launch in the Atlantic on June 12. During the activity carried out off the coast of Finistère, Audiern...
  • Qatari Apache Production Completed
    Qatari Apache Production Completed 16 June 2020
    Qatar, which has recently signed important procurement agreements, is about to complete the attack helicopter acquisition process. Boeing, one of the leading defence and aviation companies of the USA, announced that the manufacturing process has been finished in Qatar AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Within the scope of the activities carried out at the company's facility in Mesa, Arizona, the test flights of the platforms were also completed. It is stated that all helicopters ...
  • Additional Self Propelled Howitzer Delivery
    Additional Self Propelled Howitzer Delivery 14 June 2020
    Self-propelled howitzer is one of the important force multipliers of the battlefield, thanks to its ability to carry firepower to front lines under armour protection. Countries that want to have a good mechanized power continue their investments in these systems. The 2'nd Battalion of 82'nd Field Artillery Regiment affiliated to the US Army received additional M109A7 Paladin self-propelled howitzer. Within the framework of the increasing combat capability and firepower ...
  • TUBITAK SAGE Develops Attitude Control Thruster
    TUBITAK SAGE Develops Attitude Control Thruster 12 June 2020
    Missile Attitude Control Thruster is critical for missiles and rockets to perform sharp manoeuvres, especially at very high speeds. The equipment, which should provide instant thrust with high precision and seen as an important milestone in the missile manoeuvre control technologies field, is also used for directing missiles launched from vertical launchers towards the target direction. TÜBİTAK SAGE (Defence Industry Research and Development Institute) has added ...
  • New Radar Hunter for Super Hornets
    New Radar Hunter for Super Hornets 9 June 2020
    Anti-radar missiles are the best solution for SEAD (Surpression of Enemy Air Defence) missions. Missiles homing specific signals prevents effective use by blinding enemy air defence elements by eliminating hostile radar systems. The U.S. Navy announced that the F/A-18 Super Hornet platforms were in the flight test phase during the integration of AGM-88G AARGM-ER (Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range) ammunition. In the process that started in early Ju...
  • Guidance Kit of Ground Trials
    Guidance Kit of Ground Trials 8 June 2020
    Guidance kits developed for a different type of ammunition are important in that they can quickly convert conventional systems into smart weapon systems and offer cost-effective solutions. BAE Systems, which operates in the USA, continues testing activities for APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System) guidance kits, which developed for 2.75 inch (70 mm) rockets. The system, which is currently successfully using from different air platforms, will become surface-launched. In...
  • Thousands of Hydra Rocket
    Thousands of Hydra Rocket 2 June 2020
    Air-to-surface unguided rockets have an important place for the ground attack capability of many air platforms, especially attack helicopters. Air-to surface rockets, which are one of the best choices for target-rich environments with salvo launching capability is commonly using despite developing technology. The USA has signed a new procurement agreement for the Hydra Rockets, which are widely used in the West, especially for attack helicopters. Under the $ 3.4 billion co...
  • Russia’s Strategic Missile Force to hold over 100 drills this year
    Russia’s Strategic Missile Force to hold over 100 drills this year 1 June 2020
    Russian Defence Ministry announced that Russia’s Strategic Missile Force would hold over 100 various drills during the summer training period that kicked off on June 1. Russia’s state-owned TASS news agency reported the announcement. “During the summer training period, the Strategic Missile Force will conduct over 30 tactical drills with missile regiments and more than 70 special tactical exercises with logistics and military security forces,” the m...