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  • F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020
    F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020 November 15 2019
    According to USNI News, US lawmakers will not authorise the Pentagon to award a multi-year contract to build F-35 unless the program solves such problems as chronic shortages of spare parts that often wear out quicker than anticipated. Speaking during a joint hearing of two House Armed Services subcommittees, Rep. John Garamendi, chairman of the readiness subcommittee, said the F-35 program is still plagued by high operating costs, inadequate repair capacity, spare part shortages an...
  • Flight Training from Private Ventures
    Flight Training from Private Ventures October 22 2019
    The United States turned to the private sector in order to carry out its pilot trainings in the most realistic manner. Preparatory work, which has been carried out in this context for a while, has recently been finalized with an agreement. The Washington administration signed agreements with seven companies totaling $ 6.4 billion. US-based private aviation companies have been procuring retired aircraft for some time to train pilots to best suit combat conditions. The platforms,...
  • Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM
    Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM October 18 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Republic of Korea (ROK) of (120) AIM-120C-7/C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) with support for an estimated cost of $253 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. ROK has requested to buy 120 AMRAAM. Also included are containers; weapon support and support equipment; spare and repair parts; U.S. Government and co...
  • Global Defence Industry is Changing Direction: DSEI 2019 October 4 2019
    The world is changing. Therefore, as in all sectors, the trade dynamics of the defence sector are trying to adapt to this change. Western arms dealers can no longer sell their doctrines, concepts, platforms and all their connected services in one item? What about the alternative? In the fairs visited in recent years, there was a significant decrease in terms of new technologies and innovative platforms due to the global financial problems, the increasing trend of nationalist current...
  • Production Approval for HH-60W
    Production Approval for HH-60W September 26 2019
    Lockheed Martin announced that the Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, the M-level UH-60 Black Hawk general-purpose helicopter, has received Milestone C initial production approval. The Combat Rescue Helicopter will perform combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all U.S. military services. The joint Sikorsky and USAF flight test team have executed over 70 hours of envelope expansion flights. A much-improved version of the 1970s UH-60 Black Hawk design, ...
  • H135 is Preferred for Emergency Medical Services
    H135 is Preferred for Emergency Medical Services September 19 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...
  • Batch Production will Start
    Batch Production will Start September 9 2019
    Russian Helicopters and VEB.RF signed a 10-year cooperation agreement at the Eastern Economic Forum to support the production and promote Ka-62 helicopters. Russian Helicopters Holding plans to obtain the basic certificate for Ka-62 helicopter in 2020, but the batch production of the craft is scheduled to begin in 2019, the holding said. "The agreement brings us one step closer to the entry of Ka-62 to the market. The latest helicopter is in demand in many regions of our country and abro...
  • New Step for JAGM
    New Step for JAGM September 6 2019
    The United States signed an 8.1 million US Dollar deal with Lockheed Martin. According to a news release from the US Department of Defence, the company will undertake the engineering services of the AGM-179 JAGM missile under the agreement. The work, which will take place in Orlando, Florida, is scheduled to be completed on 2 March 2021. The JAGM missile is developed to replace BGM-71 TOW, AGM-114 Hellfire and AGM-65 Maverick missiles to ease up the maintenance and storing...
  • Embraer Delivered first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force
    Embraer Delivered first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force September 5 2019
    Embraer delivered the first multi-mission airlift KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira /FAB) at a ceremony held at Anápolis Air Base.  The KC-390 was developed as a joint project between the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer. In 2014, FAB signed a firm order for 28 units of the KC-390 aircraft and initial logistical support. The aircraft are produced at the Gavião Peixoto factory, in São Paulo state. In order to maximize the...
  • Torpedoes for Korea
    Torpedoes for Korea August 28 2019
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea (ROK) of 31 MK 54 All Up Round lightweight torpedoes with support for an estimated cost of $72 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019. ROK has also requested torpedo containers, Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers, Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks...
  • Japan to acquire SM-3 Block IIA Missiles
    Japan to acquire SM-3 Block IIA Missiles August 28 2019
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of up to 73 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA with support for an estimated cost of $3.295 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to 73 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles. Also included are MK 29 Canisters with packing, handl...
  • Huge Deal for Raytheon
    Huge Deal for Raytheon August 27 2019
    The United States has signed an agreement worth 534 million US Dollars with Raytheon. Under the agreement, the company will undertake the production and engineering services of the Commander’s Independent Thermal Viewer, known as CITV, used in M1 Abrams tanks.  CITV helps M1 Abrams tank commanders to find and define targets by allowing commanders to monitor the environment around him in all weather conditions, which also increases situational awareness. Providing 360-degr...
  • Additional F-16 Procurement
    Additional F-16 Procurement August 26 2019
    Romania continues to work with Portugal. Romania, which previously procured 12 F-16 jets from Portugal, will add an additional five platforms to its inventory. The Portuguese Government has approved the sale of the five F-16 aircraft to Romania, the price being at least EUR 130 million.  Before the summer recess, the Romanian Parliament approved the purchase of 5 aircraft. Defence minister Gabriel Leş announced on July 3 that they will have the same configuration as the other t...
  • Five KC-390 will be Procured
    Five KC-390 will be Procured August 23 2019
    Portugal, the largest international partner of the KC-390 program has signed contracts for five Embraer KC-390 aircraft. The Portuguese Government and Embraer signed on August 22, at a ceremony held at Embraer's facility in Évora, a contract for the acquisition of five multi-mission airlifters Embraer KC-390.  Additionally, services and support and a flight simulator are included in the contract as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capabilities to support n...
  • New Systems for Aircraft August 22 2019
    BAE Systems will provide electronic warfare systems to Saudi Arabia. BAE Systems has been awarded $19.2 million for sustainment services associated with the AN/ALQ-239 Digital Electronics Warfare Systems (DEWS) and AN/AAR-57A(V) Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) hardware/software. Work is expected to be completed by Aug. 13, 2022. This contract provides for the repair and return indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity in support of DEWS/CMWS line replaceable units and line replac...
  • 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...
  • Incentive Contract for F-16 August 5 2019
      Lockheed Martin has been awarded an incentive contract for F-16 aircraft production for Slovak Air Force. The contract valued approximately $800 million to build a batch of 14 F-16 Block 70 aircraft jets, 12 single-seat and 2 two-seat models. Work will be performed at Greenville, South Carolina, and the first four jets are scheduled to be delivered by 2022, work is expected to be completed by 2024.  In December 2018, Slovakia signed a procure agreement worth US...
  • USA has Green Signalled
    USA has Green Signalled July 31 2019
    The United States has green signalled Republic of Korea’s request to provide Contractor Logistics Support for four RQ-4 Block 30 Remotely Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles. Seoul had requested to purchase contractor logistics support, programme management, depot and organisational level maintenance, technical and logistics services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support, adding that the total estimated programme cost i...
  • Navy to Work with Northrop Grumman July 26 2019
      US Navy selects Northrop Grumman as design agent for AN/SPQ-9B radar. As design agent, Northrop Grumman provides support to existing and future systems, troubleshoots issues, performs redesign efforts. This follow-on engineering services contract will continue to support the installed base of 50 AN/SPQ-9B radar systems on ships and at six land sites, as well as future systems as they are delivered to the fleet. It will provide the Navy with uninterrupted technical assistance ...
  • Marine Patrol Mission to be Provided with CAMCOPTER S-100
    Marine Patrol Mission to be Provided with CAMCOPTER S-100 July 25 2019
      Croatia to deploy CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS, produced by Schiebel, for maritime surveillance missions. Croatia issued request to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for CAMCOPTER S-100 maritime surveillance services. Starting in the summer of 2019, the service provision for Croatia will assist in maritime Coast Guard functions such as search and rescue, monitoring and surveillance, ship and port security. For these purposes, the CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System  will...
  • 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...
  • New Contract with US Navy
    New Contract with US Navy July 24 2019
      Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded US Navy Contract to Install and Support C4ISR Systems. The contract included to provide installation services for all afloat command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and supporting systems to Naval Information Warfare Systems Command. The contract has a base period of five years and a potential value of $2.45 billion.
  • UK C4ISR Test Centre Rely on Airbus
    UK C4ISR Test Centre Rely on Airbus July 23 2019
    Airbus will run the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) land C4ISR test centre under a £22 million, five-year contract announced on 19 July. Airbus will manage test and reference services to support the delivery and assured release of C4ISR capability for deployed operations around the globe. Airbus will deliver a comprehensive and coherent service model for the Land Systems Reference Centre (LSRC), including test and reference capability to support developm...
  • Argentina will Procure FA-50 Platform
    Argentina will Procure FA-50 Platform July 22 2019
    Argentina has been approved to supply supersonic FA-50 light attack aircraft from the Korean Aerospace Industry (KAI). According to the news services in the Republic of Korea, KAI will deliver a total of 10 platforms, two in 2020 and eight in 2021. The contract will hold a total of US $ 200 million, including one simulator, and payment is scheduled for ten years. FA-50 Platform is derived from the Lockheed Martin’s F-16 aircraft and it has supersonic capability. Aircraft is combat ...
  • Is the Correct Path Followed to Build a Plane? July 11 2019
    The planners’ decisions about the use of human resources in our country, doesn’t fit the Turkey’s aims in the aerospace thus defence industry. Universities and postgraduate institutions are unfortunately not sufficient to train required people. Our point in this article is not to criticize the existing situation, but to create a suitable atmosphere in our country to create and develop space, aviation and defence industries. Otherwise the aerospace industries won’t go f...
  • AGM-88 Supply Request from Germany
    AGM-88 Supply Request from Germany July 4 2019
      The U.S. State Department said it has approved a possible sale to Germany of $122.8M AGM-88 high-speed anti-radiation missiles on Friday. Berlin had requested through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, up to 91 AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile and up to 8 AGM-88E AARGM Captive Air Training Missiles. “Also included flight termination systems, Flight Data Recorders, technical and logistics support services and other related elements of progra...
  • TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy
    TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy May 31 2019
    TAIS, founded by the owners of the five shipyards of Turkey to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding, has received a $2.3-billion tender to build five ships for the Indian Navy. According to information released to the press, TAIS has won a cooperation tender that involves the production of five fleet support tankers of 45,000 tons. As part of its tasks in the project, TAIS will be responsible for the modernization of the shipyard, the design of the s...
  • France Christens Future Lightweight Joint Helicopter
    France Christens Future Lightweight Joint Helicopter May 28 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...
  • $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries
    $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries May 27 2019
      United States will sell up to $ 3.9 billion arms to two Middle East Countries United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The State Department approved two countries requests. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019. UAE wants to acquire RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air Vehicles with support for an estimated cost of $80 million.  The Government of the UAE has ...
  • Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft May 23 2019
      Greece received first modernized P-3 Orion Maritime patrol aircraft. Senior officials from the Greek Ministry of National Defence, the Hellenic Air Force, Navy and Army, Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industries participated in a ceremony for the delivery of the first modernized P-3b Orion. Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) hosted a ceremony at HAI’s facility near Athens, Greece, for the delivery of the first P-3B maritime patrol aircraft (interim solu...
  • Vard Signs MOU with ASFAT
    Vard Signs MOU with ASFAT May 7 2019
    Vard Marine Inc. announced that an MoU has been signed with Military Factory and Shipyard Management Inc. (Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme A.Ş. /ASFAT) in Turkey to promote a strategic partnership where Vard Marine provides the design of a wide range of paramilitary vessels and ASFAT coordinates construction of select projects at their approved naval shipyards in Turkey. The MoU provides an opportunity for Vard Marine to expand operations in the region and to collaborate with othe...
  • $6 961 Billion Worth Export
    $6 961 Billion Worth Export May 7 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to three countries for five different defence items. Two for Bahrain, two for Czech Republic and one for United Arab Emirates. Total cost for Bahrain is $ 3. 228 billion. Total tag price for Czech Republic is 1. 085 billion and UAE will pay $2.728 billion. Total export value is $6 961 billion. Bahrain will acquire various Patriot missile systems and related support and equipment for an...
  • THY TEKNİK for HİK Logistics
    THY TEKNİK for HİK Logistics May 1 2019
    Within the scope of the Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft System Logistics Support Project, the Presidency for Defence Industries (SSB) and Turkish Technic has signed a Cooperation Protocol. The ceremony was attended by the President of SSB Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, Turkish Technic CEO Ahmet Kahraman, Air Force Command and SSB officials, and sector representatives. With this project, it is planned to provide all kinds of products and services which will be required by the Ai...
  • Mirage F1s Returned to Skies
    Mirage F1s Returned to Skies April 3 2019
    US-based tactical training, threat simulation and R & D provider Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), announced that it received 63 Mirage F1 platforms from France in 2017. The company announced on April 2 that 45 of the platforms have uğgraded with digital radio, frequency memory and jammer capability and advanced radar systems. In addition to Mirage F1s, the company will provide Agressor services to US Air Force training with Hawker Hunter, IAI Kfir and L-39ZA aircraft....
  • USS Ford to Wait until October
    USS Ford to Wait until October March 28 2019
    USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will be delayed until October due to unforeseen problems in repairing, Navy officials told a House Armed Services Committee panel on Tuesday. Navy had foreseen that 12-month period would be enough to fix any problems that arose during the carrier’s first at-sea period, when the crew works the ship hard to help identify any problems in construction. The carrier had planned to conduct a one-year PSA, then work up with its crew and deploy in 2021. ...
  • It is Expensive to Operate F-35 for USA
    It is Expensive to Operate F-35 for USA March 27 2019
    US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford attended on Pentagon's 2020 Budget at the House Armed Services Committee. General Dunford stated that F-35 is costlier than they had predicted and therefore they had to acquire more F-15 to balance the need and expenses. Dunford said, “If you could buy all f-35s, you might do that. But there's a 50% difference in the operations and sustainment costs between the F-15 and F-35. The F-15 has a significant shelf life available as well....
  • $4.8 Billion Sale and Upgrade Of Morocco F-16 Aircraft
    $4.8 Billion Sale and Upgrade Of Morocco F-16 Aircraft March 26 2019
    The Government of Morocco has requested to upgrade its existing 23 F 16 aircraft to the F 16V configuration.  Morocco has also requested to purchase 25 F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft and other related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.787 billion. The U.S. Department of State has approved a possible sale to Morocco of F-16C/D aircraft and upgrades of its existing fleet the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on Monday, March 25. F-16 related equip...
  • Taiwan to Develop 5th-Gen Fighter Jets March 9 2019
    Taiwan is building its own next-generation fighter jets while seeking to acquire the latest fighters from the United States, Taiwanese Defence Ministry said on Thursday. Wu Pao-kun, director of the ministry's Department of Strategic Planning, told a press conference that the next-generation aircraft must possess stealth characteristics and be capable of short take-offs, without elaborating. Maj. Gen. Tang Hung-an, head of the air force command's planning division, ...
  • STM to Upgrade Pakistan’s Second Agosta 90B
    STM to Upgrade Pakistan’s Second Agosta 90B March 9 2019
    Turkish state-owned defence contractor Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM) announced from its official twitter account that it has won a contract for the mid-life upgrade of the second of three Agosta 90B-class (aka Khalid-class) diesel-electric attack submarines equipped with air-independent propulsion systems, currently in service with the Pakistan Navy. The twitter reads, “Capabilities of Pakistan Agosta90B Submarines enhanced by the main contractor STM throu...
  • X-60A Completes Critical Design Review
    X-60A Completes Critical Design Review March 7 2019
    The X-60A, an air-dropped liquid rocket for hypersonic flight research, has completed its critical design review. The first flight is scheduled in about a year, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) says. AFRL, Aerospace Systems Directorate, High Speed Systems Division, in partnership with Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc., is developing the X-60A vehicle. It is an air-dropped liquid rocket specifically designed for hypersonic flight research. AFRL&r...