AFP
  • European Anti-Tank Program LynkEU Gets Ready for Trials
    European Anti-Tank Program LynkEU Gets Ready for Trials 11 July 2020
    The first test shots of the European anti-tank defence program LynkEU will take place soon. The program aims to create a common European anti-tank capability BLOS (Beyond Line Of Sight) (BLOS). In the tests, the missile, which will be the MBDA’s MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée), will be fired from an armoured vehicle battle tower with UAV targeting data. MBDA’s MMP missile was selected to fulfil the European Beyond-Line-Of-Sight battlefield engagement capability on th...
  • Additional Black Hawk Acquisition
    Additional Black Hawk Acquisition 10 July 2020
    Jordan, which has a well-established military tradition and well-equipped armed forces infrastructure despite being a small country, acquiring additional helicopter. The U.S. recently approved the sale of 1 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter to Jordan. Within the scope of FMS (Foreign Military Sales), two T700-GE-701D turboshaft engines and other subcomponents will be delivered with the helicopter. Currently, there are more than 20 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in Jordan...
  • Hunter Class Frigates Might Not Be in The Planned Size
    Hunter Class Frigates Might Not Be in The Planned Size 7 July 2020
    A new report on Hunter-class frigates built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has been launched. Reports have surfaced that the new Hunter-class frigates being built by BAE Systems for the RAN is expected to be larger and heavier than initially planned. Under the contract signed in 2018, it was foreseen that frigates would have 8 thousand 800 tons of displacement. In the said document, it was stated that the platforms have more than 10,000 tons displacement and the lengt...
  • First Phalanx to Prince of Wales
    First Phalanx to Prince of Wales 6 July 2020
    The Royal Navy's HMS Prince of Wales (R09) aircraft carrier is equipped with the Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS). According to a post on the Navy's official Twitter account, the Queen Elizabeth-class HMS Prince of Wales will be able to carry out its close air defence mission with General Dynamics production Phalanx. The platform, which is the Navy's second aircraft carrier, plans to deploy 40 F-35B Lightning II and Merlin helicopters. The platfo...
  • Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets
    Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets 1 July 2020
    Republic of Ireland airspace has been frequently visited by Russian fighters recently. The Irish government wants to put an end to these visits. It also wants to be less dependent on British Royal Air fighters to defend its sovereignty. The Irish Air Corps has had no combat jet since 1998, when the Light Strike Squadron, operating on second-hand French Fouga CM170 Magister, was disbanded. The corps also lacks a national radar system.   To address the increasing threat...
  • New Replenishment Tanker Arrived Home
    New Replenishment Tanker Arrived Home 28 June 2020
    Modern fleet replenishment vessels are an important power factor for today's navies, thanks to both material and fuel transport during the cruise and advanced command-control capabilities. The new replenishment vessel HMNZS Aotearoa (A 11), built as part of the Royal New Zealand Navy requirements, arrived at Auckland Harbour last Friday. The journey, which she set sail from the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard located in Ulsan, took 15 days. The acceptance of the ship, whi...
  • Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble?
    Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble? 27 June 2020
    British independent public spending watchdog, “The National Audit Office”, has published a report into the ability of the MOD to successfully deliver Carrier Strike capability successfully. The report, published today examines how the Department has managed the programme since 2017 and how it is addressing the risks towards achieving the full capabilities of a carrier strike group. In other words, the report states concern about transforming process from a &lsq...
  • No Gun Pod for F-35B Lightning II
    No Gun Pod for F-35B Lightning II 16 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II has three different variant that use conventional take-off (CTOL / Conventional Take-Off and Landing / F-35A), STOVL (Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing / F-35B) and CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off but Arrested Landing / F-35C) methods. Thus, platforms have some structural changes for these abilities. F-35B Lightning IIs of the Royal Air Force (RAF) will fly without a cannon. The UK Ministry of Defence said in a statement that there is currently no gun po...
  • First Night Replenishment for Aircraft Carrier
    First Night Replenishment for Aircraft Carrier 8 June 2020
    Replenishment at sea has strategic importance not only for ships but also for the fleet's deficiencies in fuel, ammunition and equipment during the mission. In this way, the navy elements can perform their duties in a long time without returning to the port. HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), ​​one of the two aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy, performed replenishment at sea operations for the first time in the night conditions last week. Receiving fuel and material transfer ...
  • Martlet Firing Trials
    Martlet Firing Trials 28 May 2020
    Ship-based rotary-wing aircraft launched air-to-surface missiles are critical for missions such as helicopter attacks on hostile platforms and elimination of asymmetrical elements. The UK Ministry of Defence announced that a missile test launch was carried out in the Aberporth Range located on the West Coast of Wales as part of the FASGW (Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon) program. This trial was carried out under the program of integration of Martlet guided projectil...
  • Modernised Submarine Delivered
    Modernised Submarine Delivered 25 May 2020
    Submarines, whose biggest weapon is silence and undetectability,  pose a great threat to all the hostile elements in their region. Submarines, each a strategic weapon, are equipped with modern technologies. The Royal Swedish Navy launched a modernization project in recent years to keep this weapon sharp. In this context, Saab Kockums, was delivered to Sweden HSwMS Gotland submarine, whose capabilities were improved. Within the scope of modernizatio...
  • Last Air Warfare Destroyer Commissioned
    Last Air Warfare Destroyer Commissioned 24 May 2020
    The Hobart-class anti-air warfare destroyers, built to replace the Adelaide-class frigates that have reached the end of their useful life, have come to an end. The Royal Australian Navy commissioned HMAS Sydney (DDG 42), the third and final Hobart Class anti-air warfare destroyer. The fifth platform with the same name, the ship will be integrated into the fleet after the test and evaluation process. The Hobart-class anti-air warfare destroyer was developed from the Navanti...
  • How does Pars III Conduct Engineering Tasks?
    How does Pars III Conduct Engineering Tasks? 22 May 2020
    A serious engineering lies behind of Armoured Engineering Vehicles, one of the most complex systems of special purpose vehicle configurations. Systems that require precision analysis of all mission scenarios in detail has of strategic importance for combat elements. Engineering units, one of the first elements to enter the battlefield, are now equipped with modern equipment infrastructure. One of the latest and advanced examples of these systems is the FNSS Pars III 8x8 Armoured Eng...
  • The USA in Russia's "Backyard" After 40 Years
    The USA in Russia's "Backyard" After 40 Years 5 May 2020
    Ships belonging to the US and UK navy carried out exercises in the Barents Sea, where Russia's Northern Fleet is located. The United States, which has not been in the Barents Sea since the 1980s, entered Russia's "backyard" today for maritime security activities for the first time in nearly 40 years. Three Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Porter (DDG 78), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) are supported by fast combat support ship USNS Supply ...
  • Frigate Procurement
    Frigate Procurement 24 April 2020
    The two Adelaide Class frigates that the Royal Australian Navy retired in recent months have been formally handed over to their new user. HMAS Melbourne (FFG 05) and HMAS Newcastle (FFG 06), which Greece was also considered of procurement, were delivered to its new user, Chile, at a ceremony held at HMAS Watson Naval Base. The ships, which were reported to replace two Jacob van Heemskerck Class air defence frigates that the Chilean Navy was taken out of service, were renamed as...
  • Surplus Hornets
    Surplus Hornets 14 April 2020
    The F/A-18 A/B Hornets, which brought significant capabilities to the US Navy in the late periods of the Cold War, so that it can attract worldwide customers, are started to phase out. Civilian advisory aviation companies have been in demand in the last years for the platforms that have become excessive by completing their military duties. The platforms, which are in a flying state or under conditions that can become flying through repair and maintenance, are usually acquired by US-...
  • Excalibur to Artillery
    Excalibur to Artillery 13 April 2020
    Guided artillery ammunition stands out with its features such as precise strike capability at long ranges and thus minimizing possible side effects. The Netherlands supplies guided artillery rounds. In the statement from the United States, the country was approved for the sale of 199 M982AI Excalibur Increment IB for army use. The possible total cost was announced as 40.55 million USD. Excalibur, which can be fired from different artillery systems, is also compatible with ...
  • Virus Did Not Stop Delivery of Chinook
    Virus Did Not Stop Delivery of Chinook 9 April 2020
    Boeing, whose many of its employees were diagnosed with COVID-19, temporarily halted production activities in Seattle and Philadelphia. Despite this, Boeing continues its deliveries. The US-based company delivered the first modernized CH-47 Chinook to the Royal Dutch Air Force (RNLAF). RNLAF, which will add a total of 20 helicopters to its inventory, will have a fleet equipped with modern technology. Ridley Park in Philadelphia, CH-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey and MH-...
  • Poseidon Declared Operational
    Poseidon Declared Operational 6 April 2020
    The P-8 Poseidon, which is developed over Boeing 737 commercial aircraft, is become more operational in the operations theatre day by day. The UK had not acquired a maritime patrol aircraft for a long time after retiring their last Nimrod MRA.Mk4. In line with the changing battlefield requirements, nine P-8A Poseidon procurement agreement were signed with the US at the beginning of 2017 for the Royal Air Force, which determined the need for a new generation long ...
  • Boeing Stopped Production Line in Philadelphia
    Boeing Stopped Production Line in Philadelphia 6 April 2020
    Boeing has stopped production at its factories around Seattle, where more than 12 employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19 The firm also temporarily stopped operations on its production line in Philadelphia. “This action is intended to ensure the well-being of employees, their families and local communities, and will include an orderly shutdown consistent with requirements of U.S. and global defence customers,” Boeing said. “We have had positive test r...
  • Private Contractor Expanding for CAS
    Private Contractor Expanding for CAS 31 March 2020
    The share of private enterprises in the military operations market is increasing day by day. The fields of activity of private military companies that have been active in the field for many years are also expanding in the armed aircraft market. Blue Air Close Air Support, which operates in the USA and has customized its skills in the field of close air support, has announced that it will expand its inventory. The company, which currently has a large number of armed aircraft and heli...
  • UK Responded to Russia's Increasing Activities at Sea
    UK Responded to Russia's Increasing Activities at Sea 26 March 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 18 March 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 18 March 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 12 March 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 10 March 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 8 March 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 5 March 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 5 March 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 2 March 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 22 February 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 21 February 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 20 February 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 19 February 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 15 February 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 10 February 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 5 February 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 4 February 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 25 January 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 22 January 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...