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  • 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...
  • Bangladesh Received C-130J
    Bangladesh Received C-130J September 2 2019
    The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) received the first of five Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules it purchased from the UK Royal Air Force (RAF). Britain replaces Hercules with A400Ms. The aircraft arrived in Dhaka on 25 August 2019 and represents the most capable airlifter of the BAF. The four other aircraft purchased by the BAF are arriving before yearend.
  • Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance
    Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance August 19 2019
    The Government of Canada is investing more than $7.5 billion in the Royal Canadian Navy's 12 Halifax-class frigates to provide necessary ongoing maintenance until they are retired in the early 2040s. Under the scope of maintenance, The Government of Canada has awarded a $500-million contract to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to carry out maintenance work on the Halifax-class frigates. This contract guarantees a minimum of three frigates for the shipyard, with work planned to begin in the early ...
  • Second City Class Type 26 Goes under Construction
    Second City Class Type 26 Goes under Construction August 16 2019
    BAE Systems starts construction on Royal Navy’s 2nd City-Class Type 26 frigate (HMS Cardiff). The ceremony took place that the BAE Systems shipyard, attended by employees, representatives from the Royal Navy and Minister for Defence Procurement Anne-Marie Trevelyan. “These ships will clearly contribute to the UK and allied security, but also make a strong economic contribution to the country. With 64 sub-contracts already placed with UK-based businesses, there will be new export o...
  • Apaches Return to Skies August 13 2019
      Recently, the European press announced that some AH-64 Apache helicopters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force were grounded. The first of these platforms started to test flights two days ago.  Helicopters grounded until a second order after technical personnel detected structural problems in the tail rotor during standard maintenance procedures last June. The Netherlands Armed Forces said in a statement, no problems detected at eight AH-64 which located at Fort ...
  • Last Typhoon on Final Delivery August 12 2019
    The last Tranche 3 Eurofighter Typhoon, built for its user, has begun testing. In this context, the platform also made the second test flight.    The countdown for the latest Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3 is off the production line for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Recently the integration of the last avionics of the platform has begun at BAE Systems' Warton facilities.    According to Flight Global, the RAF has more than 100 Eurofi...
  • Maintenance Support for Typhoon
    Maintenance Support for Typhoon August 6 2019
    UK Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Rolls-Royce. Under the agreement, which is worth around 426 million US Dollars, Rolls-Royce will continue to provide support to the engines that power the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and undertake a number of services including the maintenance and repair. For five years, Rolls-Royce will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the Typhoon engines of the Royal Air Force, as well as the supply of modul...
  • UK Details Transition Plan
    UK Details Transition Plan August 5 2019
    Britain is planning to retire its General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems in 2024 as the Royal Air Force transitions to its new Protector platform. The UK currently has 10 MQ-9 Reapers that it purchased as an urgent operational requirement for operations in Afghanistan. Today, they operate over Iraq and Syria, but none are destined for use in UK airspace. The UK currently is planning to buy 16 Protectors, a derivative of General Atomics’ self-developed, SkyGuardian platfor...
  • Which Frigates will Greece Procure?
    Which Frigates will Greece Procure? August 2 2019
      Greece may include Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates in the inventory of the Hellenic Navy. High-ranking officers from the Greek Navy were hosted onboard HMAS Newcastle as it was docked in Singapore during Exercise Indo-Pacific Endeavour in May. Two months later, the Australian Embassy in Athens requested a meeting with the head of the Greek Agency for Military Procurements, Vice Admiral Kyriakou Kyriakidis. According to a Greek government press release, the conversation...
  • Delay in Ocean Airspace Control
    Delay in Ocean Airspace Control August 2 2019
    The OneSKY programme to modernise and integrate Australia’s civil and defence air traffic management systems is running 10 years late and will cost more than double the original estimate to acquire, the Australian National Audit Office has reported. OneSKY is an advanced civil/military airspace integration project that intends to modernise Australian and associated oceanic airspace. Australian airspace covers 11% of the globe and includes several of the world’s busiest a...
  • Prototype Construction to Begin in 2020
    Prototype Construction to Begin in 2020 August 2 2019
    Australia progresses Hunter-class frigate programme. In 2018, BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a contract by the Australian Government that provides the framework for the design and build of nine Hunter Class frigates. The mobilisation of the Hunter-class frigate programme for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is progressing with the continued development of BAE Systems’ Type 26 design. A system requirements review is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019. Construction of the firs...
  • Tideforce to Help to NATO and Allies
    Tideforce to Help to NATO and Allies August 1 2019
    The fourth of the Tide-class fast fleet tanker entered service in Portland for the Royal Navy. The approximately 37,000 tons ship will provide fuel, food, freshwater, ammunition and other supplies to Royal Navy vessels around the world. Each of the Tidespring, Tiderace, Tidesurge ve Tideforce vessels can deliver more than 1,500 cubic metres of fuel every hour. The vessels can also undertake a wide range of independent operations, such as patrols policing shipping lanes and humanitarian relief...
  • Canada Seeking New Wings
    Canada Seeking New Wings July 29 2019
    For the replacement of CF188 aircraft in service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to suppliers. Suppliers have until the spring of 2020 to submit their first offers to Canada. The government, which plans the first deliveries by 2025, foresees that the selection process for the supplier company will continue until the second quarter of 2022. The platforms that are issued with RfP are; SAAB Jas39 Gripen/Sweden, Airbus Eurofighter T...
  • HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation
    HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation July 25 2019
    French Shipyard CMN delivered the first two HSI32 Interceptors for the Royal Saudi Navy. In April 2018, Saudi company Zamil Offshore Services concluded an agreement worth 480 million dollars with CMN for the construction of 39 HSI32 interceptors for the Saudi Naval Forces. According to the agreement, 21 vessels are set to be built by CMN in Cherbourg, France, and the remaining 19 will be assembled at the facilities of Zamil Offshore Services in Saudi Arabia. The vessel has a range of 800 naut...
  • LLM is at Trial
    LLM is at Trial July 17 2019
    After the recent UK tension with Iran around the Strait of Hormuz, the Royal British Navy successfully tested the Thales developed Martlet LLM missile to provide close defence on the warships. The Martlet originally designed to be fired by air and navy platforms. Four missiles were fired in the test to try to defend against speedboats. The missile was fired from the LLM missile system developed by ASELSAN and Thales between 2010-14. The service has not specified which vessel classes will even...
  • First Patriot Received
    First Patriot Received July 17 2019
    The Royal Netherlands Army received the first of four upgraded Patriot air defence systems. In 2018, the Netherlands requested the US to upgrade the Patriot air defence system and Netherlands had signed approximately $ 105 million in contracts covering four systems. All four Dutch Patriot systems are to be upgraded by 2022. The system has received a major overhaul and modifications and its lifetime has been extended to 2040. The first upgraded Patriot system will undergo integration...
  • Sweden May Join Britain’s Tempest Program July 8 2019
      Sweden may join forces with Britain in the race to develop a European future fighter jet, according to Financial Times. Sweden’s collaboration on the project is expected to be made at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).  Unveiled at the Farnborough air show last July, Tempest is the centrepiece of Britain’s combat air strateg. The British government announced last July that, together with industry, it would commit an initi...
  • F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea
    F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea July 2 2019
      The "Tri-Lightning" 2019 international aerial exercise was held over the Mediterranean Sea with the participation of the F-35I Adir fighter jet. The IAF's 140th ("Golden Eagle") Squadron participated in the USAF-led exercise alongside aircraft from the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force. This was the first time that the IAF's "Adir" Division participated in an exercise alongside international aircraft of the same model. In th...
  • New Control Unit for the M1 Abrams July 1 2019
      Honeywell signed a contract worth US $ 16.5 million to procurement J7 Digital Electronic Control Units to the Abrams family, the third generation main battle tank of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The process is expected to end on 28 June 2024. The M1 Abrams is designed for modern armoured ground warfare. It has a 1500 hp AGT1500 multifuel turbine engine, sophisticated Chobham composite armour, a computer fire control system and separate ammunition storage in a blow-out c...
  • CF-18 Lifespan Increases
    CF-18 Lifespan Increases June 28 2019
    Two-stage modernization will be carried out by 2032 for 76 CF-18 combat aircraft in the Royal Canadian Air Force inventory. The first phase of the development of the CF-18 platform, which has not been modernized since 2008, is scheduled to begin summer 2019. Phase 1 of the project is expected to begin in summer 2019, with upgrades completed by 2025.Phase 1 will provide upgrades to address CF-18 interoperability and regulatory deficiencies to address new and changing standards. Phase 2 will ai...