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  • Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters
    Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters December 23 2019
    The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine plans to buy McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to replace old Soviet helicopters of the Ukrainian army. This decision was made as a result of a defence review, which ended last week, and its results were transferred to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence believes that gaps in the capabilities of the Ukrainian army and the defence-industrial complex should be eliminated through the purchase of moder...
  • “Symbol of China's Status”
    “Symbol of China's Status” December 18 2019
    China's second aircraft carrier was commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on 17 December in a ceremony held at the Sanya-Yulin naval base and was given the name Shandong. The carrier's base-port of Sanya-Yulin is on the northern shores of the South China Sea, which gives a pointer to where the carrier is likely to operate in the immediate future. Shandong was built by Dalian Shipbuilding International Corporation (DSIC) and was launched on 26 April 2...
  • Russia Deployed S-300
    Russia Deployed S-300 December 4 2019
    The Soviet Union began working on the S-300 semi-mobile system in 1967 to replace the S-25 Berkut (NATO code: SA-1 Guild) air defence missiles. The modernized variant of the system S-300PM2, which is currently in the inventory of countries such as China, Greece and India, has gone on combat alert in the Voronezh Region in Russia’s southwest. Under Russia’s program of rearmament with upgraded types of military hardware, the air defence missile regiment received S-300PM2. ...
  • First Modernized Tu-160M Enters Trials
    First Modernized Tu-160M Enters Trials November 30 2019
    The modernized variant of the strategic bomber Tu-160 (Blackjack) in Russia's production, with a variable arrow angle wing structure, has been tested. Tu-160M was transferred to Kazan Aviation for ground and flight testing. The platform, which was put into service in 1987, was stopped due to financial reasons due to the collapse of the Soviet Union. After strained relations with the West, the production line of Tu-160 reopened. After the ground tests are over, the Tu-160M will ent...
  • Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait
    Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait November 22 2019
    China is working to increase its fleet capability for open seas. On the other hand, Chinese government continues its military and political steps. Beijing administration, which often experiences tensions with neighboring countries due to continental shelf, undisputed islands, is far from relieving tensions with Taiwan. People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships, visited many African, Baltic and European countries including Turkey in recent years. Thus, PLAN s...
  • Shelter for Submarines
    Shelter for Submarines November 12 2019
    Russia will build an armoured shelter for submarines. The shades designed for Borey class Project 995, Yasen class project 885 and Lada class electric submarines will protect the platforms from missiles and nuclear weapons. The construction of bunker will begin this year in Vilyuchinsk base of the Pacific fleet in Kamchatka, sources in the Defence Ministry said. In 2020, the installation will start in Northern fleet deployment bases near Severomorsk. The shelter will protect submarines f...
  • End of an Era
    End of an Era November 4 2019
    The MiG-27 bomber and ground attack aircraft, a variant of the MiG-23 (NATO code: Flogger) with variable arrow angled wings, has been modified for airborne missions, filling nearly 30 years of history in the Indian Air Force (IAF). Nicknamed Bahadur in India, the Soviet origin MiG-27 was inducted into the IAF in 1984. The airplanes will be out of service at the end of this year after making their last flight from Rajasthan to Jodhpur Air Base. This year, two crashes near Pokhran in February a...
  • Pacific Transformation in the US Army: AUSA 2019 November 1 2019
    The American Association of Unites States Army (AUSA) conference in Washington on 14-16 October this year was clear: High level of readiness and mobility in line with new threat perceptions, modernised ground forces and Military new type combat systems. The United States is about to replace its ongoing agenda in the Middle East and NATO spheres with a new one in which hegemony in the Pacific Ocean is questioned. Russia's “Soviet” modernisation and aggression also req...
  • Russia's New Transport Aircraft to Continue Test Flights in 2020 October 10 2019
      New developments have taken place in the IL-112V program, designed by Russia after the Soviet Union from scratch. Ilyushin IL-112V, the light transport plane will replace the ageing Antonov An-26 and An-24 airlifters in the Russian military. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that work is underway to reduce the weight of the platform and that the flight tests are aimed to be resumed in the first quarter of 2020. Redesign work on the aircraft was ordered after the air...
  • North Korea Continue Trials October 4 2019
    Ballistic missile tests carried out by North Korea which caused countries’ reaction; has been postponed for a while. The silence of the Pyongyang administration was broken by a new launch, a first among the long-running tests carried out recently. In trial attempt, a ballistic missile launched from the submarine which was scheduled to begin at a different level conversation between North Korean officials and the United States. The test was carried out from an offs...
  • China may Buy Ukrainian Motor Sich
    China may Buy Ukrainian Motor Sich August 29 2019
    There are reports that China has gained a controlling stake in Ukrainian jet engine manufacturer Motor Sich. Ukrainian media reported on August 19 that two Chinese firms had reached an agreement with state-owned military concern Ukroboronprom to jointly purchase the engine maker. No price was disclosed. Ukroboronprom Chairman Aivaras Abromavicius declined to comment. It is one of the few plants in the former Soviet Union that can build an entire aviation engine from scratc...
  • China Shifts Aircraft Carrier Policy August 23 2019
    China’s second aircraft carrier can carry at least 36 J-15 fighter jets, some 50 percent more than the country’s first, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday. The new capacity signals new mission for aircraft carrier as it indicates air superiority missions. According to CCTV, China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, can carry 24 J-15 fighter jets. The new Type 001A was an upgraded version of the Liaoning, a former Soviet Kuznet...
  • Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests
    Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests August 21 2019
    Russian newest diesel-electric submarine Project 636.3 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Kilo-class submarine B-274) arrived at Baltic Sea for Trials. Built for Russia's Pacific Fleet, the submarine began sea tests.  “During the shipbuilders’ sea trials, some of the submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky’s shipboard systems will be checked, including communications and hydro-acoustics,” Navy Spokesman said. Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivor...
  • Banned Test from the USA
    Banned Test from the USA August 19 2019
    The U.S. Defence Department announced on Monday the test of a medium-range ground-launched cruise missile, just weeks after tearing up the Cold War-era pact with Russia that eliminated such nuclear-capable weapons. The missile was launched on Sunday from the U.S. Navy-controlled San Nicolas Island off the coast of Los Angeles. "The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometres of flight," the Pent...
  • Slovakia in Search of Training Aircraft
    Slovakia in Search of Training Aircraft August 15 2019
    The Slovak aviation is looking for a new advanced training aircraft in view of the receipt of its 14 F-16 Block 70 fighter jets, which will be delivered in 2023.Slovak Air Force will begin its biggest transformation process throughout its aviation history. It will leave its aging Soviet Era aircraft and will fly with F-16s. This transformation however cause a gap in air force as there is no F-16 trained pilot. Under the purchase agreement, 22 Slovak pilots will be trained in F-16 Block 52 fig...
  • Better Self Defence for Il-76 August 13 2019
    The Russian Il-76 (NATO Code: Candid) transport aircraft began to be equipped with modern on-board countermeasure systems. Analyzing the problems experienced by the transport aircraft in Syria, the Aerospace Forces concluded that transport platforms such as Il-76 require a countermeasure system.    The new onboard defence system consists of a control system, sensors and ultraviolet radiation location and missile attack warning station plus a jammer, flare and cha...
  • Russia In Warm Waters
    Russia In Warm Waters August 11 2019
    "Warm Water Policy" policy, which is one of the common goals adopted by Russian Tsardom, the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and finally the Russian Federation since Tsar Petro I, was achieved. As part of the improvement and development of the Syrian economy, an agreement was signed between Damascus and Moscow administrations last April. According to this agreement, the operating activities of Tartus Port were transferred to Russian company Stroytransgaz for 49 years with...
  • Military Projects on the Moon August 9 2019
    Mankind has dreamed of reaching the moon for ages, but in the military, the moon was a threshold rather than a target. The first to jump this stage was the US, 50 years ago. Soviet Union was first to successfully orbit a person in space and return him to earth. The US was left behind with this success. Countries are participating in this race to test and demonstrate their military development and will continue to do so in the future. 20 July 2019 was the 50th anniversary of man...
  • Bulgaria Buys Eight F-16V Fighters from US
    Bulgaria Buys Eight F-16V Fighters from US July 10 2019
      Bulgaria announced today that it has reached an agreement to buy eight new-build Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets for its air force, Reuters reported from Sofia. The aircraft will cost $1.256 billion, and constitute Bulgaria’s biggest military acquisition since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. The new F-16s will replace the obsolete MiG-29 fighters currently operated by the Bulgarian air force. The Defence Secu...
  • Poland Eyes F-35 for Harpia Requirement
    Poland Eyes F-35 for Harpia Requirement May 22 2019
    Poland Air Forces decided on Harpia program, which includes the exchange of Soviet-era Su-22 and MiG-29 fighter aircrafts, part of the Polish Air Force inventory.  Polish Vice-Minister of Defence Wojciech Skurkiewicz announced that the first squadron of 16 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters will be acquired during the current planning period, while a second squadron would be procured after 2026. Skurkiewicz mentioned about the fifth-generation combat aircraft to be supplied in total...
  • Liaoning to become Combat Ship
    Liaoning to become Combat Ship April 26 2019
    China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier will become combat aircraft carrier ship. The ship built during Soviet era and was anchored in Ukraine, named Varyag. China bought if from Ukraine to transform it allegedly to a  “casino” . Once acquired China stated that it will design it as a training and test ship, China's first aircraft carrier the Liaoning is starting to play a combat role following recent modifications and intensive training exercises. China Central ...
  • Russia Completes Delivery of T-90S/SK Tanks to Vietnam
    Russia Completes Delivery of T-90S/SK Tanks to Vietnam March 31 2019
    Russia confirmed that delivery of 64 T-90S/SK main battle tanks to Vietnam is completed. Vietnam People's Army (VPA) ordered the tanks in 2016, and was said to have been delivered in accordance to the original schedule to replace Chinese-made Type 59 and several Soviet T-54 tanks. The first batch of tanks arrived on December 2018, and the second bath on February 2019. The T-90S and SK variants are equipped with the Kontakt-5 explosive reactive armour, and a turret mounted missile counterm...
  • Russian Il-112V Successfully Completes Its First Test Flight
    Russian Il-112V Successfully Completes Its First Test Flight March 30 2019
    Russia’s first military transport plane designed from scratch during the post-Soviet era completed its maiden flight after several postpones. Ilyushin Il-112V, the light transport plane will replace the ageing Antonov An-26 and An-24 airlifters in the Russian military. The 24-meter-long aircraft took off from a runway at a test range in Voronezh, spent some 45 minutes in the air, flying at a speed of around 250 km/h and circling over the area several times before lan...
  • Serbia Received Four Mig-29 Aircraft from Belarus
    Serbia Received Four Mig-29 Aircraft from Belarus February 26 2019
    Serbia has received four more MiG-29 fighter jets from Belarus, bringing its fleet to a total of 14, Serbia’s Ministry of Defence Aleksandar Vulin said in a Monday, February 25 release. Speaking at ceremony, Vulin said, "We can freely say that we now have 14 MiG-29, which is a number that we could not dream of in 2012.” The Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) is a Russian-designed twin-engine fighter jet aircraft which entered service with the Sov...
  • Ukrainia Presents "Neptun" and "Vilkha" at IDEX
    Ukrainia Presents "Neptun" and "Vilkha" at IDEX February 21 2019
    Ukranian Spetstechnoexport Company, part of the State Concern Ukroboronprom, presented for the first time the new models of the cruise anti-ship missile system "Neptun" and high-precision multiple rocket launching system "Vilkha" at the international Defence exhibition IDEX-2019 in the UAE. Neptun was first tested in 2018. The combat units for both systems were developed and produced by the State Kyiv Design Bureau “Luch.” Local media reports say the ...
  • India Seeks MiG-29
    India Seeks MiG-29 February 15 2019
    India that had inked a deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from French manufacturer Dassault is looking for an interim solution.  Dassault does not experience problem to deliver aircraft but allegations of corruption with regards to that contract locks Indian Air Force. the Indian Air Force is now reportedly in talks to buy 21 unfinished Soviet-era MiG-29 Fulcrums from Russia and have them completed in a modernized configuration. The Times of India reported on the possible acqui...
  • Anti-satellite Missile Systems February 7 2019
    During the Cold War years, both superpowers developed their space-based capabilities or, in other words, enhanced their ability of making the most of space, which culminated in a new kind of challenge. Soon after the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) placed into orbit the Sputnik 1 satellite, both the USSR and the United States (USA) went to great lengths to develop satellites particularly for military purposes. Various satellites were built and put into orbit for military ...
  • Our Chances of Survival is Still Less than 10 Minutes… February 7 2019
    The US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, turned a 32-year-long dream into a nightmare. When the last General Secretary of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev came together with the then US President Ronald Reagan met in Washington in December 8, 1987, we somehow felt that we were approaching the end of the Cold War although we could not anticipate the conclusion. During the post-World War II ideological co...
  • India Receives First Chinook
    India Receives First Chinook February 4 2019
    India has received the first of 15 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters during a ceremony at the manufacturer's production facility in Philadelphia. The IAF's Chinooks are expected to be shipped to Mundra Port on India's west coast in March. India signed its government-to-government deal with the US in September 2015, with the USD1.1 billion contract covering 15 Chinooks plus the option for a further seven. Once operational, the Chinooks will ...
  • US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise
    US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise January 18 2019
    US Military Intelligence Organisation “Defence Intelligence Agency” (DIA) released “China Military Power, report. A product that examines the core capabilities of China’s military. The work provides details on China’s defence and military goals, strategy, plans, and intentions. US is expecting to face new Chinese another stealth fighter within next years. US intelligence is trying to solve Chinese official announcements and the unofficial revelatio...
  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70
    Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 January 16 2019
    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO. Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84 deputies were against it, accusing the cabinet of breaching the tender rules. The deal fo...
  • Ukraine Returns EW Helicopters in Service
    Ukraine Returns EW Helicopters in Service January 14 2019
    The Ukrainian Air Force has returned to service two Soviet-era Mi-8 EW helicopters after a prolonged grounding. Both of these machines, produced in the late 1980s, were cycled through overhaul at the Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant. Ukraine refurbishes older Soviet-era systems and acquires more advanced weapons and military equipment. The Ukrainian Air Force formally accepted delivery of the Mi-8MTPB and Mi-8MTPI helicopters at a ceremony at Ozerne Air Base on December, 2018. <...
  • Russia Confirms ‘Meteor Shower’ Was a Missile Defence Satellite
    Russia Confirms ‘Meteor Shower’ Was a Missile Defence Satellite January 11 2019
    Russia’s Aerospace Forces has confirmed that a bright object spotted in the sky over New Zealand was a missile defence satellite launched 12 years ago.  Videos on social media published this weekend appeared to show a bright object streaking through the sky. The Kosmos-2430 missile early-warning satellite went out of orbit on Saturday, the state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday, citing North American Aerospace DefencE Command (NORAD) data.  ...
  • Ukraine Tests New or Modernized Missiles
    Ukraine Tests New or Modernized Missiles December 9 2018
    Ukraine has successfully tested a new anti-ship cruise missile, ‘Neptune’ and a modernized S-125 surface-to-air missile system, at a firing range in the Odesa Oblast Wednesday. Olexandr Turchynov, the chairman of Ukraine’s Defence and Security Council was quoted as saying during a press briefing after the tests by Kyivpost Thursday. “The task put today before cruise missiles was to check the range and accuracy of hitting surface targets”, adding that th...
  • The Cold War beyond the Atmosphere
    The Cold War beyond the Atmosphere December 8 2018
    “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), a masterpiece by the famous American film director Stanley Kubrick, started debate on a series of subjects from space technologies to artificial intelligence, which are valid even today.   This ground-breaking film in the genre of science fiction as well as the book bearing the same name and written by Arthur C. Clarke as co-author of the film’s scenario, not only heralded a future to come. Shot during the 1960s, when ...
  • Call for China from NATO
    Call for China from NATO November 20 2018
    NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg has called on the Beijing administration to join the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.   Stoltenberg, who made statements to German ZDF Television, emphasized the ned for China’s to participation to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Some of missile systems, which are heavily involved in the Chinese inventory, can also carry a nuclear warhead. China's half of the missile systems in the inventory will violate the...
  • Bulgarian Arms Export Grows
    Bulgarian Arms Export Grows November 2 2018
    Bulgaria has released its export reports for 2017. According to the report, Sofia’s arms exports continued to grow in 2017 as well. According to the official report issued by Bulgaria, exported arms amount 1,219 billion Euros in 2017. This amount was 1 billion Euro in 2016. One of the reasons for the 20% increase in exports is the conflicts in the Middle East. The main customers of Bulgaria were the United States, India, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Western Experts say that the weap...
  • U-2 Pilots Follow Special Diet October 23 2018
    CIA prescribed a proper diet for U-2 pilots to avoid all their “call of nature” Beginning in the 1950s, the CIA’s U-2 program launched secret surveillance missions against the Soviet Union, China, and other countries. The missions were carried out in utmost secrecy and tightly controlled, so much so that the agency had strict living guidelines for pilots before and after missions. The U-2 was built with a “relief tube” for urination, since no ...
  • Vostok 2018 Drills Begins In Russia September 11 2018
    Russia’s largest ever military drill the Vostok 2018 exercise, which involves 300 thousand troops, got underway in the Eastern Military District on Tuesday, the press service of the Russian Defence Ministry told reporters. "The Vostok 2018 troop exercises have begun in Russia’s Far East," the ministry said. Taking part in the drills are about 300,000 Russian troops, over thousand aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, up to 36 thousand tanks, armou...
  • Hungary to Procure Mortar
    Hungary to Procure Mortar July 21 2018
    Hungary has decided to change the mortars. Hungarian National Defence Ministry opened an 81 millimeter mortar and round procurement tender in this context. Hungary, which wants to replace 50 Soviet-produced 82 mm BM-37 mortars in its inventory with new generation systems, has set 40 mortars with additional 20 options. 24 fire control systems along with mortars and necessary logistic package are among the requests. Hungary also will procure with 36 classroom cutaway training munitions,&nb...