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  • H&K Lost at home due to Price Tag
    H&K Lost at home due to Price Tag 9 October 2020
      German armed forces Bundeswehr selected C.G. Haenel’s MK556 to replace Heckler & Koch’s G36 rifle. The total deal is around 245 million euros to acquire some 120,000 new firearms. A new report from Businessinsider.de offers detail from a classified procurement report on the trials. The report suggests that Haenel bid around 152 million Euros (including 19% VAT) for the initial delivery of 18,700 rifles. While Heckler & Koch offered their rifle fo...
  • SOLOTÜRK Uses CN235 Again
    SOLOTÜRK Uses CN235 Again 1 October 2020
    SOLOTÜRK has started to re-use the CN235M-100 transport aircraft. Painted in SOLOTÜRK colours, the C-055 was photographed in Ankara Etimesgut on September 29, 2020. It is not known whether the CN235M has joined SOLOTÜRK as a replacement for the Lockheed C-130E Hercules platform or as a support transport aircraft. In 2016, the C-130 was replaced by the CN235 aircraft for the use of SOLOTÜRK. SOLOTÜRK continues its activities with its aircr...
  • Turkey to Compete for NATO
    Turkey to Compete for NATO 30 September 2020
    NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency announced the countries that will move on to the next phase of the 2020 NCI Agency Defence Innovation Challenge, which is being held for the fifth time this year. This year, the competition focuses on improving radar and data processing so that NATO can take advantage of existing technologies in the defence sector for its air operations. Canada, Czechia, Germany, Poland and Turkey will compete in the competition. The jury, w...
  • Heckler & Koch in Greece for The New Rifle
    Heckler & Koch in Greece for The New Rifle 29 September 2020
      German company Heckler & Koch visited Greece to present the rifles it proposes for the new rifle on September 16th. It presented the HK416 5.56 × 45, the HK417 7.62 × 51 and the HK433 5.56 × 45. The HK416 was developed by H&K on request and in collaboration with Delta Force, with the aim of replacing the M4. HK416F replaced the French rifle FAMAS. The German army recently selected the Haenel Mk556 as its new infantry rifle, but its special units, the...
  • VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200
    VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200 20 September 2020
    According to French Daily La Tribune, the European MBDA signed a contract with Egypt for the supply of VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles, for the equipment of the MEKO frigate under construction. Egypt had originally selected the South African Umkhonto missiles (128 missiles), but the program did not go ahead due to Denel's financial problems. In January 2019 Egypt and Germany agreed to build a MEKO-A200 frigate, with a total cost of € 500 million with 1 more option. In April ...
  • US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation
    US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation 10 September 2020
      Bell Textron has received a $13.5 million multi-year contract from US Army Contracting Command to conduct design studies, analysis, simulation, testing, integration and fabrication activities in connection with the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme. Operating within the FARA concept, the U.S. Army expected to replace the OH-58 Scout helicopter. The FARA competition seeks to test and acquire a next-generation attack reconnaissance aircraft to fil...
  • Patriot Missile Parts to be Produced in Poland
    Patriot Missile Parts to be Produced in Poland 8 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin and Poland’s Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 1 (WZL1/ Military Aviation Works 1 / a subsidiary of state-owned defence group PGZ) announced that they have signed a contract to build a production plant in eastern Poland for Patriot PAC-3 MSE (Patriot Advanced Capability-3, Missile Segment Enhancement) missiles, that will be used in the Polish Patriot surface-to-air missile systems. According to Lockheed Martin, the new plant in Dęblin is the implementation of indust...
  • The UK Develops Amphibious Unmanned Land Vehicle
    The UK Develops Amphibious Unmanned Land Vehicle 28 August 2020
    The United Kingdom is developing an unmanned ground vehicle that can be used in water for vital reconnaissance missions. The semi-autonomous vehicle will simultaneously transmit data from the ground to the command centre. This will calculate how the weight of bridges and armoured vehicles should be for the crossing. According to a press release from us-based firm Jacobs, the firm has been selected to develop the new system. Jacobs' 6th Sense data analysis system, devel...
  • China Trains Army Helicopters on Civilian Semi-Submersible Vessel For Deck Landing
    China Trains Army Helicopters on Civilian Semi-Submersible Vessel For Deck Landing 23 August 2020
    PLA 71st Group Army organized multi-type helicopters to conduct deck-landing training, fuel and ammunition replenishment and emergency repair on a civilian semi-submersible vessel. According to the training scenario, after the multi-type helicopters flied to the target island, the transport helicopter selected a site for landing with the attack helicopter on alert overhead. Then the transport helicopter carried the mocked wounded soldiers to a civilian semi-submersible vessel for a ...
  • Another Award for Canik
    Another Award for Canik 20 August 2020
    Samsun Yurt Savunma brand Canik, added a new one to its award collection of successful TP9 pistols. The TP9 pistol family preferred by many countries around the world, especially the Turkish Armed Forces, was earned a new award. In the statement made by the company, TP9 Elite SC (Sub Compact), the smallest model of the weapon, was selected as the ICA 2020 Concealed Carry Piston of the Year. The gun can fire 9x19 mm Parabellum ammunition and its empty weight is 69...
  • Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery
    Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery 11 August 2020
    Intelligence aircraft, developed from business jets and fixed-wing light aircraft, offer cost-effective solutions to users. The French defence procurement agency DGA announced the delivery of the first light intelligence aircraft on July 31. Within the scope of ALSR (Avions Légers de Surveillance et de Reconnaissance / Light Reconnaissance and Surveillance Aircraft) Program, Sabena and Thales were selected as the main contractors for the two ordered platforms in Jun...
  • Three Companies to Compete for Canada
    Three Companies to Compete for Canada 1 August 2020
    Three companies have submitted offers after Canada announced it was planning to buy fighter jets. Lockheed Martin participated with the F-35 Lightning II, while Boeing offered the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.  Swedish-based firm Saab offered Gripen E to Canada. Ottawa plans to buy a total of 88 jets and plans to retire its CF-18 fleet. “Our government committed to purchasing a full fleet of 88 aircraft to be able to meet our NORAD [North American Aerospace Defence Command] and...
  • Japan to Decide Next Fighter Maker
    Japan to Decide Next Fighter Maker 29 July 2020
    Japan's Ministry of Defence will partner with only one Japanese company to lead the development of next-generation fighter planes, according to Nikkei Daily. Previous fighters were imported from the U.S. or manufactured by Japanese companies under US license. The selected company will develop and manufacture a replacement for the current F-2 jets as they will be decommissioned around 2035. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Subaru and IHI will be c...
  • TUSAS's Şimşek UAV to Be Used in Azerbaijan
    TUSAS's Şimşek UAV to Be Used in Azerbaijan 13 July 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) tested the Şimşek High Speed Target Drone System in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani media reported. The report said Şimşek was selected for use in the shooting tests carried out by the Azerbaijan Air Force to test the effectiveness of air defence systems. A total of six flights have been completed in three days near Baku. It is stated that Şimşek is integrated into Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Anka UAV. It can be used in radar tracking...
  • 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...
  • Compact Sniper System
    Compact Sniper System 5 July 2020
    Sniper rifles are evolving day by day, in parallel with the developing technology, so that they can shoot more precisely at longer range. In the light of advances in weapon systems, modern battlefield requirements and the new concepts and doctrines that created, the US Army continues its weapons procurement processes. In this context, the 3rd Infantry Division, which was affiliated to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, received the new generation semi-automatic sniper weapons...
  • TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II
    TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II 5 July 2020
    The F-35C Lightning II, which is expected to reshape the aircraft carrier-based fixed-wing force dimensions with its fifth-generation capabilities, will also serve with the top aviators. The first group trainees selected among the pilots of the F-35C Lightning IIs in the US Navy inventory completed the TOPGUN course, the most extensive combat training process of the US Navy. Thus, volatile personnel affiliated with VFA-125 (Strike Fighter Squadron-125 "Rough Raiders") and ...
  • Reducing Counter-Drone Diversity
    Reducing Counter-Drone Diversity 1 July 2020
    Counter-drone systems, ensuring unity and critical base security; plays an important role in defending against small and medium-sized threats. The US, which maintains its military presence in various parts of the world, has taken a new step due to the confusion in the drone systems. In this context, the number of defence systems used by the forces was reduced. With the decree published by the US Department of Defence, the type of anti-drone hardware in use has been reduced from...
  • New Agreement Between GE Marine and Turkey
    New Agreement Between GE Marine and Turkey 26 June 2020
    General Electric (GE) contract was signed for Fleet Replenishment Ship (Denizde İkmal Muharebe Destek Gemisi/ DiMDEG) Project, which emerged in accordance with the needs of the Turkish Navy. Ge Marine, the company's naval arm, will procure two LM2500 gas turbines to DİMDEG, which will be built by Sefine Shipyard. “The LM2500 is GE’s most popular marine gas turbine and we are excited it was selected for the DIMDEG project,” said Kris Shepherd, Vice President, Ge...
  • New Assault Rifle Selection
    New Assault Rifle Selection 19 June 2020
    Thanks to the developing materials and machining technologies, infantry rifles offer high firepower precisely in portable dimensions to a single soldier. DAPA (Defence Acquisition Program Administration), the defence procurement arm of the Republic of Korea, announced that DSAR-15PCs were selected as part of the Special Warfare Command requirement. Under the $ 3.1 million program, the short-barreled CQB (Close Quarter Battle) model of weapons will be procured. The number o...
  • New Sniper Rifle
    New Sniper Rifle 15 May 2020
    Sniper rifles are one of the most important weapons needed by every regular or irregular element with the possibility of precise shooting at long range. The Canadian Army took action to replace the C8 sniper rifles in the Army inventory. The new weapon was announced as the C20, according to a Canadian military official. The C20s designed by Colt Canada were developed in line with the needs of the Canadian Army. Weapon was selected within the scope of "Sniper...
  • Tank Delivery to Pakistan
    Tank Delivery to Pakistan 22 April 2020
    Despite its limited opportunities and virus epidemic, Pakistan continues to work on reinforcing its army and received a new delivery. Islamabad, which received the first batch of modernized T-55 tanks from Serbia in the past weeks, announced that the first VT4s it procured from China arrived in the country yesterday. In 2019, the delivery ceremony was held in mid-April 2020 for the platforms selected by the Pakistani Army, and the platforms set off in the direction of...
  • Bureaucrat of the Year Award to Demir
    Bureaucrat of the Year Award to Demir 19 April 2020
    Defence Industry President Professor İsmail Demir was selected as the bureaucrat of the year according to the survey of the Economist Magazine. The “Business People of the Year” survey organized by The Economist Journal this year was concluded. Defense Industry President Demir received the most votes in the survey, in which 750 games were used in nine categories. Demir, who made a statement from his twitter account, said, “I see the result of the survey as a result of the wo...
  • Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter
    Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter 30 March 2020
    Technological developments come with new aircraft concepts. The armies, who do not want to stay behind the future, continue their work in this parallel. The US Army selected the first contractors for the future helicopter. Under the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Program (FARA), the U.S. signed an agreement with Sikorsky and Bell. In the period when the first prototypes will fly in 2023, it is aimed to fill an important capability gap after the retirement of the OH-58D Kiowa ...
  • New Candidate for US FARA Program
    New Candidate for US FARA Program 5 March 2020
    Candidates for the future reconnaissance helicopter program are coming out. Within the scope of the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA), the USA sent an invitation letter to the companies in the past. After that, companies started to reveal the concept studies of the new generation high speed rotary wing platforms and began studies on the designs of the future. The latest concept work came from Boeing. The name of the platform on which the company publis...
  • New Fast Patrol Boat for Hellenic Coast Guard
    New Fast Patrol Boat for Hellenic Coast Guard 30 January 2020
    Greece made its final decision in the tender launched by the Coast Guard to improve its capabilities and advance its fast response ability. within the scope of the program funded by the European Union, the FB60'SF boat, designed by Fabio Buzzi, was selected. The boats, which Greece plans to acquire 13 + 5 pieces at a cost of 33,780 million Euros, have a composite hull structure. Bridge section of the platforms stated to have STANAG 4569 Level 2 protection. Boats w...
  • Short List on MANPADS Tender
    Short List on MANPADS Tender 27 January 2020
    The Philippines, which has reducing its soldier number and equipments until 2014, when the radical religionist terrorist organization ISIS began to grow stronger in the region, continues its re-armament process. A short list was announced in the tender for the short-range air defence system (MANPADS / Man Portable Air Defence System), which is one of the procurement projects launched for the reconstruction and equipment of the armed forces. French MBDA and Korean LIG Nex1 ...
  • Boeing Drops Out Experimental Spaceplane Program
    Boeing Drops Out Experimental Spaceplane Program 23 January 2020
    Hypersonic vehicles are becoming a high priority for weapons development due to their theoretical ability to evade air defences. China and Russia are developing hypersonic weapons, and the U.S. military is scrambling to keep pace. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the XS-1 program in 2013 as a way of supporting the development of responsive, reusable launch vehicles. DARPA selected Boeing in May 2017 for Phases 2 and 3 of what was initially called the XS-1 pro...
  • AGOSTA 90B Back to Sea 24 December 2019
    Pakistan Navy’s AGOSTA 90B class submarine (PNS / M Hamza (S-139), modernised by Turkish Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) was launched to sea. To upgrade the submarine, the Ministry of Defence of Pakistan launched a 1 + 2 (option) submarine modernisation tender in 2016. The French Naval Group shipyard (former DCNS Shipyard), which built the submarine, also participated in the bid. Pakistan chose STM and expanded the scope of the Submarine Modernization Project with ...
  • Russia and Canada Become Partners
    Russia and Canada Become Partners 18 November 2019
    Russian Helicopters selected Pratt & Whitney's PW207V gas-turbine engines to power its VRT500 light helicopters at the Dubai Airshow. The PW207V from the PW200 engine family has been modernized for light helicopters; the engine has a maximum capacity of 700 HP. “Russian Helicopters have a successful experience of cooperation with Pratt & Whitney Canada and I am sure that VRT500 project shall strengthen the partnership between the companies,” noted Andrey Bogi...
  • Three Years of Critical Upgrades to the B-2A Spirit
    Three Years of Critical Upgrades to the B-2A Spirit 5 November 2019
    Upgrades to help US Air Force’s ageing B-2 bomber fleet detect and evade the improving air defences of rivals China, Russia and Iran are running almost three years late and over budget. The project was launched in 2016. The service now estimates it will take until at least until September 2024 before eight of the U.S.’s 20 stealth bombers are upgraded to have an initial combat capability, according to an Air Force statement. That’s 33 months later than th...
  • Saab Support for Pohjanmaa 20 September 2019
    In accordance with Finland’s Ministry of Defence’s proposition, the Government of Finland has selected Saab as the combat system provider and integrator for the Finnish Navy’s four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes. The Pohjanmaa-class corvette is a class of general-purpose surface combatants currently under development for the Finnish Navy as part of the Squadron 2020 (Laivue 2020) project.  Finland’s Ministry of Defence has stated that the contract is sche...
  • H135 is Preferred for Emergency Medical Services
    H135 is Preferred for Emergency Medical Services 19 September 2019
      Romanian Ministry of Interior orders three Airbus H135s for air medical services and related support. The contract includes providing services for air medical services and search and rescue (SAR) missions in the country. A four-year framework agreement for the contract was signed at the end of July 2019 that foresees the procurement of up to ten H135s, the company said in a statement Thursday. “Airbus has been an active player in Romania for almost 50 years an...
  • Babcock Arrowhead 140 wins the Type 31e Frigate
    Babcock Arrowhead 140 wins the Type 31e Frigate 15 September 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.
  • Bofors Gun System for Attack Vessel
    Bofors Gun System for Attack Vessel 22 August 2019
    Indonesia will work with BAE Systems. The Indonesian Navy has selected BAE Systems’ Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system for the country’s KCR-60 fast-attack vessel program. The initial contracts with government-owned shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia include four 57 Mk3 gun systems. Two of the new 57 Mk3 systems will be for two KCR-60 vessels currently under construction, while the remaining two guns will be integrated onto two existing KCR-60 ships. The Bofors 57mm naval gun is d...
  • Japan to Procure New UAV
    Japan to Procure New UAV 31 July 2019
    The Japanese government intends to acquire around 20 unmanned helicopters for its Maritime Self Defence Forces (JMSDF), local media reports have said. Unmanned helicopter fleet would be in response to China’s growing maritime assertiveness in the region. The helicopter model is expected to be selected in fiscal 2022, with the procurement starting in fiscal 2023, the sources said. Early warning and surveillance activities in the East China Sea are currently conducted using MSDF vessels, ...
  • Gowind Coming to the Navy 4 July 2019
      The Romanian authorities have selected French Naval Group and its Romanian partner Santierul Naval Constanta for the program to build four new Gowind multi-mission corvettes,to modernize the T22 frigates and to create a maintenance centre and a training centre.  The platform and its combat system offer a comprehensive set of state-of-the-art NATO-standard combat-proven capabilities for anti-surface warfare. Naval Group is due to build the first corvette within ...
  • France Christens Future Lightweight Joint Helicopter
    France Christens Future Lightweight Joint Helicopter 28 May 2019
    A mock-up of the French H160M armed helicopter, now christened Guépard (Cheetah), was unveiled today by Airbus Helicopters. Its development launch has been brought forward to 2021, allowing production deliveries to follow in 2026. (Airbus photo) The French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, has announced that the launch of the Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger; HIL) programme has been brought forward to 2021. HIL will...
  • ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ
    ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ 30 April 2019
    The GÖKDENİZ Close Air Defence System for Marine Platforms (YHSS), which was developed as a result of the adaptation of KORKUT Self-Propelled Gun Barrelled Low-Altitude Air Defence Weapon System to marine platforms under the scope of the contract executed by the Presidency for Defence Industries, was introduced at IDEF’19 at ASELSAN’s stand with the participation of the President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of A...
  • F-35 to Be Costlier according to Pentagon
    F-35 to Be Costlier according to Pentagon 24 April 2019
    The estimated total price for research and procurement has increased by $22 billion in current dollars adjusted for inflation, according to the Pentagon’s latest annual cost assessment of major projects. Defence Department’s latest Selected Acquisition Report sent to Congress last week underlines an increase to $428.4 billion from $406.2 billion in acquisition costs, about a 5.5 percent increase. The Report states that the increase isn’t due to poor perfo...