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  • Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships
    Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships January 8 2020
    Egypt comes to the fore with the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, the training and exercise activities carried out with different countries in the region. The Cairo government, which acquire currency with its collaborations in the region, published new images from the navy. In the images published from the Egyptian Navy deploying different aircraft on the platform, it was determined that the country also deployed Russian-made aircraft on the ships. The Navy, which playe...
  • The First Two Su-30SM Delivered To Armenia
    The First Two Su-30SM Delivered To Armenia December 28 2019
    The first pair of Russian-made Su-30SM multirole fighters purchased by Armenia at the beginning of 2019 landed at an aerodrome in Armenia. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced the arrival on his Facebook page with "Our most important acquisition this year," demonstrating the delivered aircraft to his subscribers. The Armenian authorities announced in early 2019 that they had acquired four Su-30SM multirole fighters from Russia.
  • Indonesia to Procure two F-16 Squadrons November 5 2019
    Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Yuyu Sutisna stated his government’s wish to set two new F-16 Block 72 squadrons in the next strategic plan 2020-2024. He noted that Indonesia currently relies on F-16.  In total, the country has 33 F-16 Fighting Falcons. The fighter jets are stationed at squadron 16 of the Roesmin Nurjadin Airbase in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, and squadron 3 of Iswahjudi Airbase in Madiun, East Java. Indonesian Air Force &nbs...
  • New News from T-90
    New News from T-90 September 4 2019
    Modernized Sodema sights can be used on T-90 tanks. Sodema developed for BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles and other types of armoured vehicles. "We are planning to use Sodema sight for the modernization of T-90 tanks." Sergey Popov, first deputy director-general of the Schwabe holding company and deputy director for R&D and innovative development, said.  Popov added that apart from BMP-3 the Sodema sight would be installed on the Russian-made light armour vehicles...
  • The second round of S-400
    The second round of S-400 August 26 2019
    The deliveries of the second battalion of Russian-made S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey will begin on August 27, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar announced on Monday. "The process of transporting and delivering the second battery of the S-400 to Turkey will begin tomorrow," the defence minister said in a live broadcast of Turkish NTV television channel. Missiles are expected to be delivered by ship. According to TASS News Agency, 120 ...
  • Russian Helicopters will Retire
    Russian Helicopters will Retire August 23 2019
    The Czech Republic decided to retire the Russian-made helicopters in its inventory. The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from US maker Bell a deal priced at $622 million, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on August 22. The deal includes the utility Venom aircraft and the attack Viper aircraft, which share most of their parts. “It will be eight Venoms and four Vipers,” Metnar told reporters. The contract expected to sign by the end of the year with delivery starti...
  • Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans
    Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans August 22 2019
    Cooperation between Russia and Serbia continues. In October 2018, the Serbian Air Force received six MiG-29 fighter jets handed over by Russia as part of military and technical assistance. In addition to this military assistance, Serbia will procure Russian-made Mi-35 and Mi-17 transport helicopters. The helicopters will arrive for the Serbian Air Force in the first quarter of 2020, Serbia’s Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview with RTS television channel on August 19....
  • 700 Million Dollar Missile
    700 Million Dollar Missile July 30 2019
    Indian Air Force is looking to buy 700 million US dollars worth of both air to air and air to surface  missiles from Russia after the Balakot strike. The order includes R-73 heat seeker missiles with 30km range and active radar guided R-77, which is American AIM-120 AMRAAM’s Russian counterpart, with 80km range. These missiles are designed to arm the Russian-made MiG and Sukhoi aircraft. The order, meant to boost the IAF’s capability, also includes anti radiation missile, the...
  • Madagascar to Control Coastal Line
    Madagascar to Control Coastal Line July 4 2019
      Madagascar’s military has received three Airbus AS350 helicopters, five Cessna 206 light aircraft, a single Airbus CN235 transport aircraft, several Russian-made Gaz 4×4 trucks, and a number of all-terrain vehicles. President Andry Rajoelina’s office identified the helicopters as Ecureuil B2s, a likely reference to the AS350B2, an older variant of the Airbus Helicopters H125. The Cessna light aircraft for use in the coastal surveillance role. CN235...
  • Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase
    Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase May 24 2019
      After failing to secure second-hand F-16s from Israel, Croatia has approached Sweden and United States to buy new fighters, Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic said. Zagreb was close to striking a deal on buying a squadron of used and refitted F-16 fighter jets from Israel, but eventually Israel informed Croatia it could not sell the planes as it could not secure an approval from the United States. Israel’s F-16s are equipped with advanced systems that US allows...
  • New Delhi Approves Navy Ka-31 Buy
    New Delhi Approves Navy Ka-31 Buy May 11 2019
    The Defence Acquisition Council on Friday cleared the purchase of 10 Russian-made Kamov Ka-31 31 Helix airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN). ANI news agency reported the proposed acquisition would cost approximately Rs 3,600 crore (US$518 million).. The procurement of 10 Ka-31 AEW&C helicopters, used as airborne pickets by the IN, will allow them to improve their situational awareness at sea, and follow-on orders after India ordered...
  • Russia Warns Indonesia Against Ukraine
    Russia Warns Indonesia Against Ukraine March 15 2019
    Russia has warned Indonesia against placing repair orders of Russian-made military equipment from Ukraine. Russia has sent a letter to Indonesia about the placement in Ukraine of aircraft repair orders, including the engines of the AL-31F for the Su-27. The letter emphasized that the Russian side "will not be able to bear responsibility for the operation of such aircraft” according to Censor.Net. The General Director of Ukrainian state-run Ukroboronprom , Pavlo ...
  • Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight
    Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight January 3 2019
    The Tu-22M3M, extensively upgraded Tupolev Tu-22M3 'Backfire-C' supersonic long-range strategic bomber, made its maiden flight.  Tu-22M3M  take off from an airbase belonging to the Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Plant (KAZ) on 28 December. Aircraft will be able to carry up to four Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched cruise missiles as well as new Russian anti-ship missiles. According to the press office of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the flight l...
  • Russia to fulfil S-400 sale to Turkey despite Patriot deal
    Russia to fulfil S-400 sale to Turkey despite Patriot deal December 19 2018
    Kremlin believes that Turkey's possible purchase of US Patriot Missile System and of Russian S-400 Triumph air defence systems are not connected, and that Russia-Turkey contract on S-400 purchase will be continued, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Peskov's remarks came a day after the Pentagon announced that the US State Department had approved a possible $3.5 billion sale of Patriot missile systems to its NATO-ally Turkey, after notifying Congress of the certification. Peskov fu...
  • Russia Opens Helicopter Repair Centre in Peru
    Russia Opens Helicopter Repair Centre in Peru December 11 2018
    Russia has opened a centre for the maintenance and repairs of Russian-made Mil Mi helicopters in the Peruvian capital of Lima with the support of Russian Helicopters Group, the rotorcraft maker’s press office reported on Monday. Helicentro Peru will utilize the enterprise’s capacities to repair civilian Mi-17 helicopters operational in the region. Specialists of Russian Helicopters Group will be carrying out major repairs of Mi-17 helicopters operational in the Peruvian ...
  • China received first batch of S-400 missile systems
    China received first batch of S-400 missile systems July 26 2018
    China has received the first batch of Russian-made S-400 Triumf missile systems, a military diplomatic source told TASS on Thursday. "Last week, an acceptance certificate was signed for the first batch of S-400 systems that was delivered from Russia by sea in May 2018. The systems passed over to China’s ownership once the documents was signed," the source said. Russia signed contract with Chine to sell S-400 systems in November 2014. China became the first ...
  • UH-60s Helicopter for Afghans Lacks Lift of Old Russian Mi17s: Pentagon Report
    UH-60s Helicopter for Afghans Lacks Lift of Old Russian Mi17s: Pentagon Report June 17 2018
    According to the Pentagon’s inspector general Glenn Fine’s report, Afghanistan’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters are not as capable as the Russian-made Mi-17s. The Afghan military has been flying the Russian-made chopper since the 1980s. Pentagon Inspector General Fine wrote in his latest quarterly assessment of U.S. expenditures in Afghanistan, posted in May, the same month the first Black Hawk was flown in an Afghanistan operation by the emerging air force.  Fine’s...
  • Indigenously Developed Towed Gun Displayed at DefExpo
    Indigenously Developed Towed Gun Displayed at DefExpo April 17 2018
    Indian Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) exhibited its indigenously developed 155 mm/45 calibre Sharang towed gun at the DefExpo 2018 in Chennai. With its 7 metre-long barrel, the system weighs 8,4 tonnes and designed to meet Indian Army requirement to replace existing Russian-made M-46 towed guns.
  • Croatia to Buy F-16 from Israel
    Croatia to Buy F-16 from Israel March 30 2018
    Croatia is set to buy a squadron of used F-16 fighter jets from Israel to modernize its military, announced on 27 March. The country has launched a tender last year to replace its outdated Russian-made MiG-21s and received offers from Greece, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.  The deal to buy 12 already used F-16 jets, worth $500 million according to media reports, has yet to be confirmed by the government. However, the defence council revealed that ...
  • MiG-29 Deliveries To Belgrade Began
    MiG-29 Deliveries To Belgrade Began October 3 2017
    Russia started delivery of the secondhand MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia on Monday. Moscow is to deliver a total of six MiG-29 aircraft to Belgrade free of charge, however the country is to spend an estimated cost of $236 million for the upgrade and overhaul work on the aircraft.  The deliveries are scheduled to be completed by 20 October. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Monday that in addition to the aircraft, the country will boost its anti-aircraft defe...
  • Modernization OutWeighs Acquisition
    Modernization OutWeighs Acquisition September 21 2017
    Slovakia decided to postpone the planned fighter aircraft acquisition to proceed with upgrading its armed forces, according to the country's Defence Minister. The NATO member state has been in talks with several companies about replacing its aging Russian-made MiG-29s and was expected to make a decision by the end of this month. However, the Minister of Defence Peter Gajdos said this would be delayed, adding that they need to modernize the ground forces which were the backb...
  • Major Blow to Loramids
    Major Blow to Loramids June 17 2017
    There has been a critical change in the Chinese company's Turkey strategies, who had begun contract negotiations with the Turkish Undersecreteriat for Defence Industry (SSM) regarding Turkey's long range missile defence programme (T-LORAMIDS). Chinese defence giant China Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation (CPMIEC) shut down Turkey office. The last representative of the company will leave Turkey at the beginning of next week.  Turkey decided to initiate c...
  • Ukraine's AN-132D To Carry Out Maiden Flight
    Ukraine's AN-132D To Carry Out Maiden Flight March 27 2017
    Antonov, a subsidiary of Ukraine's state-owned Ukroboronprom, revealed to C4Defence that its multipurpose AN-132D military transport aircraft is to carry out its first flight on 31 March. The flight ceremony will be attended by Ukrainian and Saudi Arabian high-ranking officials.  The AN-132D is designed for transporting cargo over short- and medium-range routes, and is capable of carrying a maximum payload of 9.2 tons. The work on this project was implemented...
  • Czechia To Re-Armor
    Czechia To Re-Armor March 3 2017
    Czechia is to issue a public tender for 700 light 4x4 vehicles to replace Russian-made UAZ, Iveco LMV lightly armoured vehicles and British Land Rover Defender vehicles in service with Army of the Czech Republic (ACR). The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced its plans on 28 February, stating that the deliveries of new vehicles should begin in 2020.
  • Third Eye From India to Tanks
    Third Eye From India to Tanks February 24 2017
    India's Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) exhibited the Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS), developed especially for the Arjun Mk II main battle tank, at Aero India 2017. The RCWS has a fire control system that manage to do automatically track air and land targets. The system installed in the tank tower be capable of turn 360 degrees. It provides environmental awareness on his coattails. RCWS utilizes an optical camera, thermal imager and laser rangefinder for target detection and tra...
  • New Russian-made Helicopters to Kazakhstan
    New Russian-made Helicopters to Kazakhstan January 14 2017
    Russia is to deliver four Mi-35M attack helicopters to Kazakhstan in 2018, announced by the manufacturer Russian Helicopters on 11 January. The export variant of Mi-24, Mi-35M helicopters will have attack, ground assault, medical evacuation transport capabilities.
  • India, Russia Negotiate Once Again for Su-30s
    India, Russia Negotiate Once Again for Su-30s January 6 2017
    The negotiations between India and Russia regarding manufacturing of some spares for Russian-made aircraft assembled in India has almost finalised according to official sources. As it takes very long time to deliver spares from Russia due to bureaucratic process, Russia wants to establish a logistics center for Su-30MKI aircraft at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL’s) facility in Bangalore in order to supply spares locally. A relevant contract is expected to be signed in March ...
  • China Received First Batch of Su-35s
    China Received First Batch of Su-35s December 26 2016
    China took delivery of its Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) multirole fighter jets earlier than expected. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has received the first batch of four Su-35 fighter aircraft on 25 December. The country has an order for 24 Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole fighters. Reportedly, the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO) would deliver all 24 Su-35s between 2016 and 2018. T...
  • Serbia Turns to Russia For Military Acquisitions
    Serbia Turns to Russia For Military Acquisitions December 13 2016
    Serbia looks to enhance its military capabilities with Russian made weaponary. Talking at a joint press conference held on Monday, Serbian Defence Minister Ivica Dacic said that with Russian-made combat aircraft and military equipment, they intend to ensure territorial integrity and independence. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also attended the conference in Belgrade.
  • 'Technical issues' Did Not Affect The Order
    'Technical issues' Did Not Affect The Order December 12 2016
    India has ordered 36 Pinaka Mark-1 multibarrel rocket launchers (MBRL) last week at a cost of $490 million. Developed indigeniously by Indian Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Pinaka Mark-1 displays some technical faults, although not disclosed in detail. Despite this fact, Indian Ministry of Defence awarded the relevant contract, saying that DRDO has assured the Army that it will be trying a better system of propellant to improve consistency in range for the Pinaka-1. Pin...
  • India To Purchase 5000 Sniper Rifles
    India To Purchase 5000 Sniper Rifles December 8 2016
    India is in pursuit of new sniper rifles for its infantry units. Stating a need of over 5 thousand rifles, Indian Army issued a request for information, inviting manufacturers all around the world to send proposals for high accuracy sniper rifles with 1,2 km range. India also requested information regarding the possibility of production in India, either a part of a joint venture or through licence transfer. Relevant tender is expected to be issued by June, 2017. India currently has ...
  • Afghanistan Abandons Reliance on Russian Tech
    Afghanistan Abandons Reliance on Russian Tech November 22 2016
    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) is to replace its Russian-made Mil Mi-17 'Hip' helicopters with 53 Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters. The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 18 November that the Black Hawks will be transferred from US Army stocks and upgraded. Although the Mi-17 is cheaper and easier to operate when compared to Western platforms, the US do not want to continue relying on Russian-made helicopters. The AAF operates about 80 Mi-17s including its Special Mi...
  • Indonesia Also Chose Russian Tech
    Indonesia Also Chose Russian Tech October 6 2016
    Indonesia plans to procure Russian-made helicopters to deploy in West Java according to the announcement made by Indonesian ambassador to Russia. The details of such procurement, however, has not been reveiled. The country has also been discussing replacing their aging F-5 Tiger aircraft with Russia’s advanced Su-35S fighter jets.
  • India's Funding Problematic
    India's Funding Problematic September 9 2016
    India’s Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP) for 2012-2027 translates to a cost of $233 billion for the weapons and equipment needed for India's armed forces. LTIPP lists the purchase of 500 helicopters, 12 submarines, nearly 100 single-engine fighter jets, more than 120 twin-engine fighter aircraft and an aircraft carrier. There are several projects awaiting finalisation by the Ministry of Defence, including the purchase of 36 Rafale fighters from France; 56 Airbus C-295 t...
  • Ilyushin Il-112V Awaits its Maiden Flight
    Ilyushin Il-112V Awaits its Maiden Flight September 6 2016
    Designed by Russian Ilyushin Aviation Complex, Ilyushin Il-112V lightweight transport aircraft will perform its maiden flight in mid-2017. The main manufacturer of the aircraft, Voronezh Aircraft Plant, stated that they had already started construction of the first prototype. Aiming to produce eight Il-112V annually, Voronezh is expected to deliver 62 aircraft to the Russian Air Force. Ilyushin Il-112V’s systems and equipment feature only Russian-made components. Having 6 tons of cargo-...
  • Russia Starts Marketing Verba MANPADS March 24 2016
    Rostec State Corporation, a subsidiary of Rosoboronexport, begins promotion of the newest Russian-made man-portable air defence missile system (MANPADS) to the international market.   Rostec vill promote MANPADS “Verba” designed and manufactured by the KBM Scientific Production Concern, a subsidiary of JSC High Precision Systems Scientific Production Association. At present the Verba is entering into service with the Russian Army and it will be exhibited first time at the “DEFEX...
  • Russia modernize Indian Project 877EKM submarines January 12 2016
    According to the Economic Times, Russia may cooperate with India’s Larsen&Toubro Company to upgrade Russian-made diesel-electric submarines on the Indian Territory.  According to estimates, the submarines’ upgrade will be worth $800 million. India is planning to modernize three Russian-made Project 877EKM diesel-electric submarines, the Sindhudhvaj, the Sindhuraj and the Sindhurashtra, that require medium repair that is expected to take 27 months. The Project 877EKM d...