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  • UK Responded to Russia's Increasing Activities at Sea
    UK Responded to Russia's Increasing Activities at Sea March 26 2020
    While the UK is struggling with coronavirus, it is observing Russia, which is increasing its activity in the seas. The Royal Navy increased its operability against the growing effectiveness of Russia in the English Channel and the North Sea. Type 23 frigates HMS Kent, HMS Sutherland, HMS Argyll and HMS Richmond joined Offshore Patrol Vessels HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey along with RFA Tideforce, RFA Tidespring and HMS Echo for the large-scale operation with support from NATO allies. The ...
  • Main Storage Battery Acquirement for Submarines
    Main Storage Battery Acquirement for Submarines March 18 2020
    The new submarine project, which has problems in the management of processes, continues its progress. Suppliers are determined in the new generation submarine procurement program run by the Royal Australian Navy. In this context, contracts were signed with Sunlight and PMB Defence companies for the supply of main batteries, which will ensure the full operation of the platforms under water. Under the agreement, contractors will be responsible for the design, prototype manufacturing a...
  • Canada Cancels EX MAPLE RESOLVE Drill
    Canada Cancels EX MAPLE RESOLVE Drill March 18 2020
    Measures taken due to coronavirus are increasing worldwide. Canada's biggest military exercise of the year, EX MAPLE RESOLVE, was cancelled as part of its efforts to keep troops healthy in case they are needed to provide assistance to the government because of the novel coronavirus. It was also stated that the travel permits of the military personnel abroad were cancelled. Around 4,000 soldiers were expected to take part in the exercise to hold in May. Last year Canadian Army so...
  • 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...
  • Russian Maritime Patrol Exercise at Doors of Atlantic
    Russian Maritime Patrol Exercise at Doors of Atlantic March 10 2020
    Russia continues its long-range operations and training activities. In parallel with the increasing Western activity in the Arctic Region, Russian air elements also increased their activities in the region. In the past days, Russian maritime patrol aircraft conducted a series of training on the GIUK (Greenland, Iceland and the United Kingdom) Line, the door of the Russian Navy to the Atlantic. The Russian platforms performed flew further south than usual, the act...
  • 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...
  • Norway to introduce NH90 ASW
    Norway to introduce NH90 ASW March 5 2020
    Norway is preparing its first NH90 NFH maritime helicopter for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. The country received delivery of the first aircraft in August last year. Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNAF) has experience in operating Westland Lynx from its navy’s frigate fleet. They do not, however, have ASW capacity. RNAF lacked experience in ASW operations, especially in use of a dipping sonar. The air force has had to turn to Australia-headquartered Nova Systems...
  • Australia to Sell Hornets to US Training Firm
    Australia to Sell Hornets to US Training Firm March 5 2020
    Australia plans to sell 46 Boeing F/A-18 A/B “Classic” Hornets to Air USA for training purposes. Air USA provides tactical airpower training services to the US military and international customers. The aircraft are being retired as Canberra takes delivery of up to 72 Lockheed Martin F-35As, which are replacing the Hornet in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) service. No details about the pricing are known. The announcement follows a previous 2019 deal ...
  • Last Hobart Received by Australia
    Last Hobart Received by Australia March 2 2020
    Australia, which phased out the Adelaide-class frigates that have reached end of their economic life, continues to commission new platforms. As part of the program launched by the Royal Australian Navy received the third and last Hobart class destroyer. At the ceremony held in Adelaide, the ship transferred from Osborne Shipyard to the navy will serve with the name of HMAS Sydney (42). The ship, which is officially scheduled to commission on M...
  • 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...
  • BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight
    BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight February 21 2020
    Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35®) has the potential to stay airborne for a year. BAE Systems’ PHASA-35, a 35m wingspan solar-electric aircraft, has completed its maiden flight. The UAV opens a new gate to a yearlong flight endurance plugging the gap between aviation and satellite technology.    Sponsored by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), t...
  • New Fleet Replenishment to Royal Netherlands Navy
    New Fleet Replenishment to Royal Netherlands Navy February 20 2020
    The Netherlands will procure a new logistics support vessel to improve the offshore logistics support capability of the navy. A new construction agreement has been signed to improve the offshore logistics support and supply capability of the Royal Netherlands Navy. According to Damen's announcement, more than a hundred Dutch companies will take part in the agreement, which signed in Den Helder. Damen Shipyard was chosen as the main contractor within the scope of t...
  • Australia to Upgrade Malaysian F/A-18D Hornet fleet
    Australia to Upgrade Malaysian F/A-18D Hornet fleet February 19 2020
    Australia will upgrade Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) eight Boeing F/A-18D Hornet multirole fighters. The works will be undertaken by Boeing Australia. The aircraft will also undergo improvements in the cockpit displays, installing a new tactical data link, and improvements on its existing hardware. The works would be undertaken in batches of 2 aircraft and will start this year and complete the works on all 8 aircraft by 2024. Upon completion, the RMAF F/A-18Ds...
  • 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...
  • First Modernised Leopard Tanks for Denmark
    First Modernised Leopard Tanks for Denmark February 10 2020
    Due to Increasing Russian activities in the region and requirement of compatibility with modern battlefield conditions, the Baltic countries continue to modernise their armed forces. In this context, Germany delivered the first batch of modernised Leopard 2 tanks to the end-user. The Royal Danish Army completed the acceptance process of the first batch of Leopard 2A7 tanks. Copenhagen inked an agreement with Germany for upgrading Leopard 2A5 tanks to the A7 level, which offers highe...
  • First Poseidon Arrived to Scotland
    First Poseidon Arrived to Scotland February 5 2020
    The UK is rapidly approaching operational capability in the P-8 Poseidon process. The country's first P-8 Poseidon has arrived its home. The first P-8 Poseidon, which has completed its training and pre-acceptance activities in the USA, has landed its base. The platform, which is stated to be deployed at the Kinloss Barracks of the RAF Lossiemouth stationed at Moray Coasts, is the first maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) landed 10 years after the last Nimrod MPA decommisioned by...
  • Change of Duty on CN-235
    Change of Duty on CN-235 February 4 2020
    Malaysia will change the duty capabilities of CN-235 transport aircraft in its inventory. The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) confirmed that they intend to convert two of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) PT Dirgantara Indonesia CN-235 transport aircraft into Maritime Patrol Aircraft. General Affendi Buang, chief of The Malaysian Armed Force (MAF), stated that the mission systems to be used for the conversion will come from the US government under the Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiati...
  • HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials
    HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials January 25 2020
    HMS Queen Elizabeth gets Closer to Becoming Operational as Carrier Leaves For Trials The Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth has left Portsmouth for her first flight trials with British F-35B fighter jets in UK waters. During the flight trials, it is expected British F-35Bs will make their first landings on Queen Elizabeth in UK waters. Six pilots, from the Navy and RAF, will carry out their aircraft carrier qualification during that time. Last year, HMS Queen Elizabeth spent a few...
  • Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power
    Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power January 22 2020
    The Royal Netherlands Army has deployed Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Lithuania for the first time as part of the German-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) battlegroup, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on its website. The SPHs will spend half a year in Lithuania, mainly to exercise and exchange experience with the Lithuanian army, the ministry said. NATO has increased its presence in the east by forming an alliance group with EFP and Estonia, Lat...
  • 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....
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland
    Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland January 14 2020
    Finland, which has announced procurement programs for the replacing of aging platforms in inventory, has started to looking for alternatives for the F/A-18 Hornets. In this context, the test phase has started in the HX Program, which is planned for the trial and evaluation process of the candidate aircraft. Within the scope of the HX Program, whose total cost is estimated to reach 10 billion Euros; invitation for tender letters have been sent for Lockhe...
  • TISAS Exports Zigana to Malaysia
    TISAS Exports Zigana to Malaysia December 23 2019
    Turkish weapons manufacturer Trabzon Silah Sanayi (TİSAŞ) has inked an agreement to establish a firearms manufacturing and assembly plant in Malaysia, which will be the first such facility in the country. Company will produce PX-9 gun in the country. The firearm production and assembly plant would be developed by Malaysian companies KOP Mantap, a wholly-owned unit of the Royal Malaysian Police Cooperative, and IDC Technologies. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Turkish President...
  • German Court Overturns Export Ban on Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia
    German Court Overturns Export Ban on Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia December 9 2019
    The Administrative Court in Frankfurt am Main ruled that the Federal Government’s freeze on armaments exports to Saudi Arabia was not legal according to the Handelsblatt daily newspaper. Rheinmetall Military Vehicles GmbH, sued Berlin because the bulk of a major contract with Saudi Arabia was ‘sabotaged’ by a poorly reasoned decision by the federal government. In November 2016, Rheinmetall announced a major order from a foreign customer. "The order i...
  • Britain introduces Rocket Man
    Britain introduces Rocket Man November 22 2019
    Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning has flown off the aircraft carrier with a jet-powered suit. A video of the former reservist flying around HMS Queen Elizabeth was shared on a social media account of Gravity Industries, a British aeronautical innovation company founded by Mr Browning. HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently off the east coast of the United States as part of the Westlant 19 Carrier Strike Group deployment. Former Marine flew from aircraft carrier towards...
  • Morocco to buy 36 Apache
    Morocco to buy 36 Apache November 21 2019
    Morocco has been cleared to buy up to 36 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for an estimated value of USD 4.25 billion. US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of 36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 19, 2019. The Government of M...
  • Border and Weapon System Solutions from ASELSAN
    Border and Weapon System Solutions from ASELSAN November 18 2019
    Held in Thailand "Defence & Security" Fair, many companies showed contributions from Turkey. ASELSAN focused on two solutions for Thailand. Thailand presented stabilised weapon systems for the Royal Land and Navy. 12.7 mm and 25 mm stabilized weapon system STAMP with automatic target tracking; STOP is a new generation, cost-effective, medium calibre weapon system for naval platforms fitted with 25mm KBA or 25mm M242 Bushmaster Automatic Cannon; SMASH is a remotely operat...
  • A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF
    A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF November 4 2019
    The Royal Air Force has taken delivery of its first submarine-hunting Boeing Poseidon MRA1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The UK's last dedicated MPAs flew out of RAF Kinloss from Lossiemouth, in 2010. However, a growing Russian submarine threat in the North Atlantic prompted the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to invest £3 billion in nine Poseidon aircraft to track maritime targets. The aircraft will eventually be based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. An RAF crew wil...
  • F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter
    F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter November 4 2019
    An incredible blunder was made by the Dutch to 'unveil' their first F-35 multi-role F-35 multi-role operational stealth fighter jet. The Royal Netherlands Air Force celebrated with an event the launch of its first stealth F-35 fighter aircraft, but an unexpected blunder spoiled the event, with many staying awake. In particular, the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) was coated with fire-retardant foam instead of water, ...
  • British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time
    British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time October 20 2019
    British F-35B Lightning II jets of Number 617 Squadron a joint squadron composed of personnel from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the very first time. The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence announced that British F-35B Lightnings landed for the first time on the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is currently sailing off the US East Coast for the "Westlant 19" Carrier Strike Group deplo...
  • Plan F-35 Canceled
    Plan F-35 Canceled October 7 2019
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) will not purchase the F-35 fighter jets owing to its new policy of buying defence hardware only if allowed participation in the software development programme. According to the new "Concept of Project Requirements (COPR)" policy, the air force will purchase defence and strategic hardware only if it is allowed to take part in the development of the software used to operate the products. "We are implementing a 'pur­chase-and-develop' po...
  • The Prince Of Wales Begins the Maiden Sea Trials
    The Prince Of Wales Begins the Maiden Sea Trials September 19 2019
    The British Royal Navy's second aircraft carrier, the Queen Elizabeth-class Prince of Wales (R09), begins sea trials eight years first steel cut. In the official Twitter account for the platform, Prince of Wales will start sea trials today.  The UK’s newest £3.1 billion aircraft carrier is scheduled to depart Rosyth Dockyard. At 280-metres long and weighing 65,000 tonnes, she will squeeze out into the Firth of Forth for her maiden voyage and will be tested in areas includ...
  • The Navy's First Electric Diesel Submarine: S26T September 16 2019
    In April 2017, the Government of Thailand approved the purchase of approximately $ 411 million worth of diesel-electric submarines from China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) and Chinese shipbuilder Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co. Ltd held the keel-laying ceremony for the RTN’s first S26T diesel-electric submarine. The ceremony was held in Wuchang Shipbuilding’s yard in Wuhan.  The S26T was based on the Type 039B Yuan-class s...
  • Three New Fighters to Norway
    Three New Fighters to Norway September 15 2019
    The Royal Norwegian Air Force on Thursday took delivery of three additional F-35A fighters ( AM20, AM21 and AM22), ferried to Norway’s Orland air base by USAF pilots. They increase Norway’s F-35 fleet to 22 aircraft, 15 of them in-country and seven in the US. The Armed Forces now have a total of 15 aircraft in Norway and seven aircraft in the United States.  Norway has sufficient numbers of aircraft to declare the F-35 system has attained Initial Operation Capabilit...
  • Babcock Arrowhead 140 wins the Type 31e Frigate
    Babcock Arrowhead 140 wins the Type 31e Frigate September 15 2019
    The Royal Navy has selected Babcock as its preferred bidder to build the UK’s new fleet of five Type 31 frigates. The new Babcock Arrowhead 140 ships, will be designated Type 31 by the Royal Navy. The ships will be smaller than the Type 26 fleet currently under construction. They will replace the Type 23. The programme will be led by Babcock with support from Thales. The ships will cost around £250m per vessel and once complete will be based across the World.
  • China Continues to Support Cambodia
    China Continues to Support Cambodia September 12 2019
    In order to support the Cambodian government and strengthen the friendship between the two countries, China has donated the Shaanxi Baoji Tiger 4x4 light armoured vehicles to the Royal Cambodian Army (RCA). The armoured vehicles can be armed with the heavy machine gun, or an automatic grenade launcher, and can carry a crew of 2 and up to 9 passengers. The Tiger is powered by a Cummins diesel engine. Relations between Cambodia and China gained momentum after the two countries establi...
  • Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing
    Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing September 12 2019
    Italy has agreed to partner with UK defence firms to work on the Tempest, the UK-initiated next-generation combat air system. Tempest is a collaboration between the British Government and industrial partners BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo. Sweden officially joined the program in July 2019, thus Italy is the third nation to partner on the programme. Gen. Nicolò Falsaperna, Italy’s Secretary General of Defence, and Sir Simon Bollom, CEO of Defence Equipment &...
  • Navy's Second LPD Coming
    Navy's Second LPD Coming September 12 2019
    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) will procure second Landing Platform Dock (LPD) to its inventory. RTN has signed a contract of procurement Chinese Type 071E (Yuzhao)-class LPD. The deal worths USD130 million. The new helicopter-capable LPD is expected to be delivered in the early 2020s and will be operated by the RTN as a multirole vessel involved in operations including territorial surveillance and patrol, training, logistics and troop-carrying, and disaster relief. The HTMS Angthong (LPD-791) is ...
  • New Connection System to Navy
    New Connection System to Navy September 9 2019
    Canada will acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems. The National Defence Department of Canada has released a statement on its official website to announce a contract of approximately $12 million to acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems that will support such missions. These systems will be built in Canada by Navamar Inc. These ship-to-shore connector systems, vessels such as Joint Support Ships of the Canadian Navy will have an enhanced and robust capability to transfer cargo and...
  • Morocco Choose Ukraine
    Morocco Choose Ukraine September 6 2019
    The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces have acquired a counter-drone system named Bukovel-AD, designed by the Ukranian company Proximus.  The platform is being imported as part of Morocco's five-year army modernization plan launched in 2017 in order to avoid the potential threat posed by increased UAV traffic in the country. The system, which has the ability to early detect unmanned aerial vehicles, blocks data and GPS/GLONASS control channels. Bukovel-AD’s effecti...
  • Navantia launches Australia’s second replenishment vessel
    Navantia launches Australia’s second replenishment vessel September 3 2019
    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has launched the second auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessel on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the launch of the second Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessel marked an important milestone in Australia’s $90 billion investment in the largest regeneration of Navy since WW2. “The delivery into service of the Supply class replenishment vessels from next year will provide...