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  • Sitara to Start Spin Test Again After Four-Year Break
    Sitara to Start Spin Test Again After Four-Year Break 23 November 2020
    The Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) HJT-36 Sitara, developed for India under the main contractor of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), will be tested again four years later. In 2016, the HJT-36 Sitara had problems with spin tests in which the aircraft was removed from normal flight conditions, put into abnormal flight situations and determined exit techniques from these dangerous situations. Afterwards, the Sitara plane project was suspended. With help from the U.S. the t...
  • Japan to Import Link 22 from Greece
    Japan to Import Link 22 from Greece 20 November 2020
    Japan will buy the Link 22 system from Athens, Greek media reported. Japan has signed a purchase agreement for the Tactical Data Link system, which enables Tactical Data Exchange using HF and V/UHF radios developed by Greece-based firm SCYTALYS. The data link is actively used in the network-centric communication of the Armed Forces. Japan is predicted to use Link 22 in the Navy. At the beginning of July, SCYTALYS signed a contract worth US$49 million, including t...
  • Modernization Cooperation from NATO Allies
    Modernization Cooperation from NATO Allies 20 November 2020
    France, Germany, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom agreed on November 19, 2020, for the development of a new generation of general-purpose helicopters. A letter of intent was signed on this issue through the video conferencing method. The five countries will first work on modernization of existing fleets of rotor aircraft. The current general-purpose helicopters in the Allies' inventory expire in 2035-2040. Experts from the five countries will come up with a collaboration pla...
  • KC-390 for Magyar Légierö
    KC-390 for Magyar Légierö 18 November 2020
    A contract has been signed between Brazil-based firm Embraer and Hungary for the KC-390 transport aircraft. Brazil will deliver two KC-390s for the Hungarian Air Force (Magyar Légierö), which can also refuel in mid-air. Under the contract, pilot and technician training will also be provided to Hungary. Embraer said the possibility of opening a production line or assembly line for the KC-390 in Hungary will be explored. The transport plane, which can carry Cobha...
  • Ukraine to Deliver Radar to U.S.
    Ukraine to Deliver Radar to U.S. 16 November 2020
    The Pentagon will receive air defense radar from Ukraine. "We have delivered radar to the United States before. As far as we know, these radars are being used actively. Customers are satisfied with the quality of these products. We signed a contract with the United States a few days ago covering the sale of new radars,” Ukraine-based firm Iskra said.  The Pentagon first purchased 36D6 radars from Ukraine in 2008. In 2019, the White House sat down with Ukrai...
  • New Contract Signed for EJ200 Engine
    New Contract Signed for EJ200 Engine 16 November 2020
    Eurojet will produce 56 EJ200 engines for the German Air Force. Last week, the German Parliament's Budget Committee approved the purchase of 38 new Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for the country's air force. The engine contract signed in Munich covers the EJ200s for the purchase of the new Eurofighter Typhoon, which has been passing through parliament. Engine modules will be produced by Rolls-Royce, MTU Aero Engines, ITP and Avio Aero under Eurojet's ma...
  • Russia's New Military Base to Be Built in Sudan
    Russia's New Military Base to Be Built in Sudan 16 November 2020
    Russia will build a maritime logistics and repair centre in Sudan. The Sudanese government will provide Russia with the necessary port infrastructure and space for the base free of charge. Under the agreement signed by the two countries, Russia was allowed to transfer "all kinds of military equipment, ammunition or supplies" needed for the centre from Sudanese ports. Documents released by the German Foreign Ministry in August 2020 reported that Russia w...
  • Pakistan's Yarmook Class Second Corvette Commissioned
    Pakistan's Yarmook Class Second Corvette Commissioned 14 November 2020
    The Pakistani Navy commissioned the Second Yarmook-class corvette PNS Tabuk.  An agreement was signed between Pakistan and Damen Shipyard in 2017 for two Yarmook-class platforms designed based on the OPV 1900 patrol vessel.Under the contract, the first corvette PNS Yarmook was delivered in February 2020. PNS Tabuk, commissioned in the Romanian port of Constanta, has a displacement of 2,300 tons. The platform has a crew capacity of 138 people and has a landing runway f...
  • Black Hawks Delivered to Philippines
    Black Hawks Delivered to Philippines 11 November 2020
    Poland-based firm PZL Mielec, which works for Lockheed Martin, delivered five of the S-70i Black Hawk transport helicopters manufactured for the Philippines. The Philippines, which ordered a total of 16 helicopters, signed a contract for the platforms in 2019 amounting to USD 240 million. Poland's Defence Ministry announced that the sixth helicopter will be delivered by sea because only five helicopters can be transported on the Antonov An-124 transport aircraft. The s...
  • KC-390 Viewed on Assembly Line
    KC-390 Viewed on Assembly Line 11 November 2020
    The export of the KC-390 transport aircraft, developed under the main contractor of Brazil-based firm Embraer, continues. The first of the transport planes expected to replace the C-130H Hercules fleet of the Portuguese Air Force (Força Aerea Portuguesa/ FAP) was displayed on the assembly line. FAP has signed an agreement to supply five KC-390s in 2019. Portugal, which is in the development and production phases of the KC-390, will pay approximately US$930...
  • €118M Export from ASELSAN
    €118M Export from ASELSAN 9 November 2020
    ASELSAN, one of the most important companies in the Turkish defence industry, sold a defence system solution to an unnamed international customer. "A contract between ASELSAN and an international client amounting to EUR 118,000,000 has been signed for the export of a defence system solution," the firm posted on its official Twitter account.  Under the contract, deliveries are scheduled for 2020-2022.
  • New Su-30SMs Delivered to Kazakhstan
    New Su-30SMs Delivered to Kazakhstan 9 November 2020
    Kazakhstan says it has received new Su-30SM multi-purpose combat aircraft. The jets were deployed at the air base in Karagan. Kazakhstan, which signed an agreement for platforms at the International Arms Systems and Military Equipment Fair KADEX-2018 in Astana, will add the new platforms to the Air Force's already in-service Su-30SM fleet.  The Su-30SMs, equipped with bars multifunctional fire control radar and air-to-air and air-to-ground precision guided missile...
  • New Target UAV from Russia
    New Target UAV from Russia 2 November 2020
    Russia's new rotary winged target UAV system is in its final stages. The target UAV system developed by JSC CSTS Dynamica, a subgroup of Technodynamica Group, has successfully completed state testing. The system is described as the first unmanned rotor vehicle in size, designed, manufactured and tested in Russia. With a take-off weight of 351 kilograms, the drone can reach an altitude of 2,500 meters. The target drone will simulate test-and-test weapons syste...
  • United Arab Emirates to Buy 50 F-35s
    United Arab Emirates to Buy 50 F-35s 30 October 2020
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) demand for the F-35A Lightning II is taking form. The UAE signed a 'normalization' agreement with Israel, after which it made a formal application to the United States for the purchase of F-35 fighter jets. There is an estimated amount compiled with US State Department reports on the details of the deal after the White House gave unofficial information to Congress about its plan to sell the F-35 fighter jet to the UAE. Accor...
  • Romania Awaits Court Decision on Construction of New Corvettes
    Romania Awaits Court Decision on Construction of New Corvettes 29 October 2020
    Romania has restated its commitment to a 1, 2 billion Euro contract with Naval Group. Romania, which opened a new corvette construction tender last year (2019), announced it would work with France-based Naval Group.  Naval Group announced that it would build four Gowind-class corvettes under the contract and modernize existing Type 22 frigates in the Romanian Navy inventory. However, no contract was signed between the parties. Italian Fincantieri and Dutch Damen shipy...
  • Algeria's First MiG-29M/ M2s Delivered
    Algeria's First MiG-29M/ M2s Delivered 27 October 2020
    The first MiG-29M/M2 fighter jets were delivered to the Algerian Air Force. According to the information given, the planes delivered were given unassembled. It is not known how many planes were involved in the delivery, but said the platforms were preparing for their first flight at an air base near Oran. Algeria signed a contract with Russia at the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Fair in Moscow for the platforms. Under the agreement, 14 aircraft were purchased. Algeria a...
  • Bulgaria's Su-25s Complete Maintenance
    Bulgaria's Su-25s Complete Maintenance 26 October 2020
    Bulgaria's third Su-25 (Frogfoot) aircraft, which has undergone maintenance, has been delivered. In November 2018, a contract worth USD 85.5 million was signed for the Bulgarian Air Force's existing 14 Su-25 close air support aircraft to enter factory-level maintenance at the 558th Aircraft Repair Facility in Belarus. After that, however, the number of planes was reduced to eight. The first maintenance platform was delivered on September 21st, while the second airc...
  • Jordan Exhibits Donated Leclerc Tanks During Military Exercise
    Jordan Exhibits Donated Leclerc Tanks During Military Exercise 26 October 2020
    According to a Tweet of Arab Defence News, the Jordanian army has deployed Leclerc Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) donated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The tanks were seen during the military exercise Salah al-Din Citadel. UAE has donated 80 Leclerc Main Battle Tanks to Jordanian armed forces in September, enough for Jordanian armed forces to equip two of the four tank battalions belonging to its 3rd Armoured Division. In 1993 the UAE ordered 436 tanks for delivery from 199...
  • Marine Systems Partnership between the UK and Australia
    Marine Systems Partnership between the UK and Australia 24 October 2020
    Australia and the United Kingdom have signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a new generation of frigates and joint work to be carried out on existing naval programmes. Under the memorandum signed this week, the technologies used in shipbuilding will be shared and resources from the two countries will be used in the ongoing activities of the Type 26 frigate and Hunter-class frigate programs. The agreement also aims to create jobs in the maritime secto...
  • U.S. Produces Autonomous Solutions on The Battlefield
    U.S. Produces Autonomous Solutions on The Battlefield 23 October 2020
    The U.S. Air Force has signed an agreement with BAE Systems for the Skyborg program, which will allow drones to act autonomously as needed. Seeking to increase air combat power, the United States is developing unmanned systems that will team up with manned aircraft.  In this context, BAE Systems will design a modular UAV with autonomous properties. Skyborg is said to be a "cost effective" programme. “This award will accelerate the development and deplo...
  • China's New Helicopters Will Come from Russia
    China's New Helicopters Will Come from Russia 23 October 2020
    China has purchased 121 new helicopters from Russia, aviation group Rostec said in its newly released annual report. China has signed a contract with Rostec subsidiary JSC Russian Helicopters, which is set a "record" for the purchase of new helicopters in early 2019, the report said. Under the contract, which includes the Chinese government and private organizations, Russia will deliver 68 Mi-171 general purpose helicopters, 18 Mi-171Sh helicopters, 14 VK-2500 engines and ...
  • Loyal Wingman Preparing for First Flight
    Loyal Wingman Preparing for First Flight 22 October 2020
    A prototype of the Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft, developed for the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) project in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Boeing, has completed the first taxi. The function and integration of the Loyal Wingman, including brake and engine controls, were checked. The unmanned aircraft, which is scheduled to make its first flight this year, was designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia. Loyal Wingman is seen as Boeing&#...
  • Spain's New Training Aircraft
    Spain's New Training Aircraft 21 October 2020
    The first PC-21 training aircraft purchased by Spain from Pilate was displayed on the assembly line. The first PC-21 displayed at the Swiss-based Pilate company's factory was painted in the colours of the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire/ EdA) training unit Escuela Elemental. The agreement worth approximately US$205 million was signed in 2019, including an integrated training system for 24 PC-21s to replace Casa C101EB Aviojet aircraft. Aviojets will retire ...
  • Ukraine: "Together with Turkey, we will produce Corvette, Motor and UAV"
    Ukraine: "Together with Turkey, we will produce Corvette, Motor and UAV" 21 October 2020
    Between Ukraine and Turkey, the associated with the defence industry is increasing. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy, speaking in the Ukrainian Parliament, said that many countries are working to improve his country's armed forces. "The US Congress has approved $250m in military aid to Ukraine. We have signed a 1 billion 250 million Pound agreement with the United Kingdom to strengthen the Ukrainian Navy. We're going to get the Island-class patrol ships. Together with Turke...
  • New Training and Combat Aircraft Concept from Spain
    New Training and Combat Aircraft Concept from Spain 19 October 2020
    Airbus introduces the concept of future training and light combat aircraft. The design, dubbed the Airbus Future Jet Trainer (AFJT), was presented with the introduction of the company's Spanish team. “The AFJT is a program designed by and for Spain, which is positioned as the operational, industrial and technological development solution that would allow the country to continue with its position as a leading player in the aerospace and defence sector,” the statement ...
  • New Images from Kuwait's Helicopter
    New Images from Kuwait's Helicopter 19 October 2020
    New images of the H225M (EC725 Caracal) general-purpose helicopter, which Kuwait bought from Airbus in 2016, have been shared. The platform's flight-testing program began in October 2019. In February 2020, Kuwait’s Armed Forces set up a committee to examine the details after technical problems with the engines of the first two Caracals received. The delivery of helicopters was suspended due to technical failures. The platform stands out for its low operating cost...
  • Ukraine and Turkey to cooperate in the military sector
    Ukraine and Turkey to cooperate in the military sector 18 October 2020
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Istanbul to sign military and defence cooperation agreement. A declaration of intent between the Ukrainian Defence Minister Andrii Taran and Turkey's Defence Industries President Prof. İsmail Demir is among the signed documents. A framework military agreement between the Ukrainian government and the government of the Republic of Turkey was also signed. " The memorand...
  • New Partner in Artemis Program
    New Partner in Artemis Program 15 October 2020
    The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has signed an agreement with the United Kingdom for the Artemis program. London, led by the UK Space Agency, will take part in the construction of the lunar gateway space station's service module and residential module. With the Artemis program worth US$28 billion, two astronauts will be sent to the moon in 2024 for the first time since 1972. That way, a female astronaut will be on the moon for the first time. Astrona...
  • Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced
    Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced 15 October 2020
    BAE Systems has released data based on the potential economic contribution of Tempest, the UK's 6th generation fighter jet programme, over the next 30 years. About 20,000 businesses are expected to be supported along with the programme. Together with Tempest, the UK economy is expected to earn £25.3bn by 2050. Bae Systems will soon present a business plan to the government on the program, after which funding will be allocated for the next phase. Production of air...
  • Defiant Advances Towards Top Speed
    Defiant Advances Towards Top Speed 15 October 2020
    The Sikorsky-Boeing team continues to make progress as Defiant’s flight test program advances. Defiant’s speed, angle of bank and rate of climb continue to increase as more data is gathered. On October 12, with about two-thirds prop torque and engine power, DEFIANT achieved 211 knots (242.81 m/h; 390.7720km/h) straight and level and 232 knots in a descent. Defiant is expected to have a cruise speed of 250 knots (290 m/h / 460 km/h) The helicopter is partic...
  • Integrated Cyber Protection Solution from BAE Systems
    Integrated Cyber Protection Solution from BAE Systems 15 October 2020
    BAE Systems has introduced a next-generation Fox Shield suite for cyber threat detection, including land vehicles. The suit was developed for platforms to detect cyber-attacks in real time and to produce solutions. The next generation of Fox Shield can be integrated into land, air and spacecraft.  The suit, which has a technical readiness level of eight, provides users with mission continuity. The company said that many platforms in inventory do not have cyber protection becaus...
  • Russia to Switch to Il-96-400M for Doomsday
    Russia to Switch to Il-96-400M for Doomsday 15 October 2020
    According to TASS agency, Russia’s new Airborne Command Post will be built on the basis of an Il-96-400M long-haul wide-body aircraft. Currently, an Il-80 plane is used for the purpose. Airborne Command Post aircraft is designed for use in the event of a nuclear war or a major disaster in case ground-based command infrastructure cannot be used. According to open-access sources, the Russian armed forces currently have four such planes in service.
  • DOD, Works on Fast Cargo Delivery Through Space
    DOD, Works on Fast Cargo Delivery Through Space 14 October 2020
    DOD partners with SpaceX to provide military cargo delivery anywhere in the world within an hour. General Stephen Lyons, head of US Transportation Command, said that the initial tests can be expected by as early as 2021. According to We are the U.S. Government's Asia Pacific Media Hub twitter account; “Think about moving the equivalent of a C-17 payload anywhere on the globe in less than an hour,” Lyons said at a National Defence Transportation Association event. &ld...
  • Romania's First Piranhas to Be Commissioned Soon
    Romania's First Piranhas to Be Commissioned Soon 13 October 2020
    Romanian Defence Minister Nicolae Ionel Ciucă said the first party of 36 Piranha V 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles will be delivered to the Romanian Armed Forces within days of testing. Romania, which signed an agreement with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for 277 Piranhas in 2018, would receive the first 36 platforms by the end of 2018. After a delay in the deal, Bucharest demanded a delay fee of €8.5m from General Dynamics in 2019. GDELS announced the start of production ...
  • Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki
    Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki 13 October 2020
    Japan Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Germany’s Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm developed unmanned and Unconventional helicopter “K-RACER-IV”. The helicopter is designed to improve on the speed capabilities of conventional helicopters. The conventional helicopter would require a tail rotor to counteract the torque generated by the main rotor. Alternatively, it would be without a tail rotor but would have a co-axial main rotor that creates counter torque. Kawasaki&rsq...
  • Greece and Egypt Deal Get Approval from Sisi
    Greece and Egypt Deal Get Approval from Sisi 11 October 2020
    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Egyptian counterpart Samih Sukri announced in Cairo in August 2020 that they had signed an exclusive economic zone agreement. Egyptian President Abdulfettah al-Sisi ratified the agreement two months later, limiting his jurisdiction in the Mediterranean. The country's state agency, MENA, said the agreement was published in the official newspaper under the signature of President Sissi. Turkey reacted to the agreement, which sa...
  • Russian Armata Reference from North Korea
    Russian Armata Reference from North Korea 11 October 2020
    The Korean Workers' Party's 75-year rule in North Korea was celebrated with a military parade on October 10th. North Korea, which has paraded a range of new weapons systems, from intercontinental ballistic missiles to mobile radar systems designed for air defence, has also introduced its main battle tank with new turrets and active protection systems. The new modification of the main battle tanks, developed with local resources shown to the public for the first tim...
  • SSB Presented MUKAS
    SSB Presented MUKAS 10 October 2020
    The Defence Industries Presidency shared information on the Communications Jamming and Deception Simulator (MUKAS), which is used in the electronic warfare training of the TAF, via social media. The system developed by ASELSAN provides electronic warfare and communication system operators with a realistic operating environment. Combining all electronic support and electronic attack capabilities in communication bands on a single vehicle, MUKAS has been designed with local and national facilit...
  • Two important Steps for TF-X
    Two important Steps for TF-X 10 October 2020
    Two important stages were passed in the Turkish Fighter Jet (TF-X) program, of which Turkish Aerospace Industry (TUSAS) is the main contractor. Strategic Cooperation agreements were signed with HAVELSAN and TR Motor, which designed the software and TF-X's serial production engine. TUSAŞ also decided to cooperate with Spain-based Artificial on flight control systems. A challenging schedule awaits TF-X aircraft. The plane will make its roll-out, make the maiden flight, and prepare...
  • GE Signs Contract to Provide STM with LM2500 Gas Turbines to Power Pakistan Navy’s New MILGEM Corvettes
    GE Signs Contract to Provide STM with LM2500 Gas Turbines to Power Pakistan Navy’s New MILGEM Corvettes 8 October 2020
      GE Marine announced it has signed a contract with STM (Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik Ve Ticaret A.Ş.), Ankara, Turkey, to provide LM2500 marine gas turbines to power the Pakistan Navy’s new MILGEM multipurpose corvettes. Pakistan Navy contracted for four MILGEM corvettes with ASFAT (Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme Anonim Şirketi) two of them to be built in Turkey and the other two in Pakistan. The propulsion system for all the MILGEM ships...