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  • Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia
    Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia 30 July 2020
    Serbia, which has close relations with Russia in the military aviation field, came up with an unexpected move. A senior official from the Serbian Ministry of Defence announced on July 25th that the country is interested in the US made T-7A Red Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft. In the speech, it was stated that the Serbian Air Force attracted attention with the price/performance ratio of the platforms that came to the fore with low initial acquisition and maintenance cost...
  • Japan's Supersonic Missile Variant Viewed for The First Time
    Japan's Supersonic Missile Variant Viewed for The First Time 16 July 2020
    Developed variant of Japan's ASM-3 supersonic anti-ship missile produced by local sources was shared for the first time. The ammunition was captured during A Visit to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries by Japanese Deputy Defence Minister Tomohiro Yamamoto. Changes are thought to have been made to the body and size of the new variant, which has been subject to changes in accordance with the needs of the air force. The development of the supersonic missile designed fo...
  • China's Wind Tunnel Ready for New Jets
    China's Wind Tunnel Ready for New Jets 28 May 2020
    The wind tunnel, built by China for nearly eight years, successfully completed its first operation. The tunnel, called FL-62, was used for an unnamed jet that was under development.  With the data provided by the 17,000-cubic meter transonic wind tunnel, it is thought that the aerodynamic design of the aircraft will be optimized and the development process will be completed in less time. The operation, completed on Tuesday, is the first-time test data for aircraft has been collected. The...
  • Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed
    Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed 27 May 2020
    Russia's Tu-22M3M supersonic long-range strategic bomber, through the modernization process, was tested at supersonic speed. A source told the TASS news agency that the second prototype of the Tu-22M3M completed a total of five test flights. The platform reached supersonic speed during the fourth flight. "Preliminary trials are scheduled for completion in 2020," the source added. The second prototype of the Tu-22M3M bomber successfully carried out its first flight in March 2020....
  • Cruise Missile Test in the East
    Cruise Missile Test in the East 30 April 2020
    Taiwan, which having faced sovereignty disputes with China on the islands in the bay and in the region, has carried out a number of important missile tests. The National Chung-Shan Instute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has recently announced that it has performed a series of missile tests. In this context, the latest cruise missile developed by the country, Hsiung Feng III and Yun Feng, were also tested. The test launch of the system, which was developed to eliminate the T...
  • Problems do not end in F-35
    Problems do not end in F-35 26 April 2020
    The problems of the F-35 Lightning II planes created by the USA within the framework of the joint attack aircraft program do not stop. Restrictions on the F-35B and F-35C aircraft used by the U.S. Navy and Navy Infantry are expected to become permanent. According to three signed reports in the US-based Defence News Magazine, the B and C versions of the F-35 can fly for a short period. Otherwise, structural damage may occur on the outer cover of the aircraft, which prevents it from b...
  • Russia Draws Attention to Su-35’s First Flight that Took Place 12 Years Ago
    Russia Draws Attention to Su-35’s First Flight that Took Place 12 Years Ago 22 February 2020
      Russian state-owned company Rustec made a presentation about its aircraft Su-35S on its social media account.  The presentation was in Russian and stated that this aircraft has long-range air-to-air missiles, the possibility of launching missiles at supersonic speeds, super manoeuvrability and powerful electronic warfare means. The first model of a combat vehicle was assembled in 2007 at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant, and already in 2011, the serial pro...
  • Supersonic Jet Will Fly at The End of 2020
    Supersonic Jet Will Fly at The End of 2020 11 February 2020
    The X-59 Supersonic jet that NASA and Lockheed Martin are working on has just a little time to take off. While it is stated that the platform will take off at the end of 2020, it is aimed to start test flights in 2022. NASA seeks to develop it into an ultra-quiet craft that can travel faster than the speed of sound across the land. Further testing will follow the plane's completion this year to ensure that this is the case and that the aircraft not only functions and reaches the...
  • Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight
    Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight 2 February 2020
    Russia’s new upgraded Tu-160M supersonic strategic bomber performed its first flight on Feb. 2, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced. The first flight was conducted from the S.P.Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Factory runway. The flight took place at an altitude of 1,500 meters and lasted 34 minutes. Tupolev Tu-160 Beliy Lebed (“White Swan”), also known with its NATO reporting name Blackjack, is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber ...
  • First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India
    First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India 23 January 2020
    The first squadron of Su-30MKI jet fighters, armed with an air-based version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles entered service in the Indian Air Force Monday, The Times of India reported. According to the article, the planes will enter service during a ceremony set to take place at Thanjavur Air Force Station in India’s Tamil Nadu. The Air Force Station houses the 222nd “Tigershark” squadron, the first to receive the Su-30MKIs, reconfigured for BrahMo...
  • Goksungur Waits 2020
    Goksungur Waits 2020 31 December 2019
    Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ) General Manager Professor Temel Kotil announced that Turkey’s first supersonic UAV Göksungur will perform its maiden flight in 2020. Kotil made an exclusive statement to C4Defence. Kotil expressed the latest developments about Aksungur and Göksungur UAVs. Kotil reminded that they were interested in Aksungur during 2019, that Aksungur was produced in a short period such as 18 months and that the time gained was shortened every time. &nb...
  • Indian Su-30 Air Launches BrahMos
    Indian Su-30 Air Launches BrahMos 20 December 2019
    Indian Air Force successfully fired BrahMos 'air version' missile from the Su-30 MKI. The launch was smooth with the missile following the desired trajectory and achieving a 'direct hit' on a sea target off the Odisha coastline. BrahMos supersonic air to surface missile, with a range close to 300 km, has been designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd (BAPL). The firing off Odisha coast was undertaken with support from the Indian Navy. BrahMos is a 2.5 Ton S...
  • Additional Test from Russia and India
    Additional Test from Russia and India 29 August 2019
    BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, developed in partnership with Russian Federation NPO Mashinostroyeniya and Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), may undergo additional tests. BrahMos Aerospace may conduct a second air-launch test of its supersonic cruise missile to further demonstrate the weapon’s ability to fly to a number of waypoints before reaching its final destination. The tests would come at the earliest in November, after the monsoon season in India end...
  • Brahmos to Protect the Indian Coast
    Brahmos to Protect the Indian Coast 13 August 2019
    India announced that it will procure two coastal BrahMos supersonic missile batteries. The new batteries, which will replace the systems already in use, will be içput in the navy inventory. Systems will be mobilised with integration to Tatra trucks, will be deployed in areas close to critical cities. The missile system, which can be effective against targets beyond the radar horizon, can fly at supersonic speeds thanks to its ramjet engine. The system is estimated t...
  • Argentina will Procure FA-50 Platform
    Argentina will Procure FA-50 Platform 22 July 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 ...
  • Japan’s ASM-3 to Reach Standoff Range
    Japan’s ASM-3 to Reach Standoff Range 18 March 2019
    Japan has decided to increase the range of its air launched anti-ship missile the ASM-3. The Mach 3 capable missile will become standoff and reach 400km range. Standoff defence capability was specified in the new National Defence Program Guidelines adopted by the Cabinet last December. The Defence Ministry completed development of the supersonic air-to-ship ASM-3 missile in fiscal 2017. Mounted on an ASDF F-2 fighter jet, the missile is capable of flying at Mach 3. ...
  • Two Seat Stealth Fighter on Way: J-20 Variant
    Two Seat Stealth Fighter on Way: J-20 Variant 17 January 2019
    China's most advanced stealth fighter jet J-20 could be developed into a bomber, electric warfare (EW) aircraft and a carrier-based variant. All current stealth fighter jets feature single-seat, so the potential J-20 variant might become the first two-seat stealth fighter jet in the world, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Wednesday. Chinese military experts said as latest reports suggested a two-seat version of the warplane is under development. On a highly digitalize...
  • Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight
    Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight 3 January 2019
    The Tu-22M3M, extensively upgraded Tupolev Tu-22M3 'Backfire-C' supersonic long-range strategic bomber, made its maiden flight.  Tu-22M3M  take off from an airbase belonging to the Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Plant (KAZ) on 28 December. Aircraft will be able to carry up to four Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched cruise missiles as well as new Russian anti-ship missiles. According to the press office of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the flight l...
  • Engine Support to Strategic Aircraft
    Engine Support to Strategic Aircraft 31 October 2018
    Russia has announced that it will take delivery of more than 20 jet engines. PJSC Kuznetsov reproduction NK-32 engines will power the Tu-160 (NATO Code: Blackjack) aircraft.   A total of 22 engine deliveries are expected. Russia will receive engines later this year. Bench tests of the systems are already in progress. According to the results of the bench tests, PJSC Kuznetsov's level of preparation for mass production will be determined and after the final arrange...
  • Japan Is Developing Supersonic Glide Weapons
    Japan Is Developing Supersonic Glide Weapons 22 October 2018
    Japanese defence industry is pursuing to produce a new kind of weapon to deliver an explosive payload at supersonic speeds. The unconventional technique is designed have high precision guidance. On Oct. 15, 2018, Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said the country’s Ministry of Defence had crafted the hypersonic weapon plan with an eye toward having the initial system in service no later than 2026. Hyper-Velocity Gliding Projectile (HVGP) is consisted of t...
  • Philippine Likely to Acquire Gripen
    Philippine Likely to Acquire Gripen 20 October 2018
    Philippine Department of National Defence (DND) considers acquiring Swedish-made Gripen multi-role supersonic jet fighter for Air Force (PAF) Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana unveiled their interest about Gripen to Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Sunday.  Lorenzana said aside from being cheaper to acquire and less expensive in maintenance cost, the Gripen has been proven to be an excellent supersonic fighter aircraft. The Gripen has a delta wing and canard configura...
  • Chinese Tests Continues
    Chinese Tests Continues 19 October 2018
    China recently added a new one to its weapons tests. Beijing tests the HD-1supersonic cruise missile with the ramjet engine, claimed that the system could be a rival to the Russian-Indian BrahMos system. It was added to the claims that the HD-1 developed for BrahMos market would be less costly and more useful than its rival. The system was developed by China-based  Guangdong Hongda Blasting Company (GHBC). The HD-1 system consists of missiles, launchers, command...
  • Russia’s Bastion Coastal Defence Fires Onyx Anti-Ship Missiles
    Russia’s Bastion Coastal Defence Fires Onyx Anti-Ship Missiles 26 September 2018
    The Russian Navy has test-fired a supersonic Onyx anti-ship cruise missile for the first time. It was launched from the Bastion missile-defence system, which was recently deployed to the Russian Arctic. The Bastion launcher can carry two Onyx anti-ship missiles, which can engage targets at a range up to 300km with a high-low trajectory, or 120km with a low-low flight trajectory. Although designed to be deployed against ships, it can be used against ground targets as well.
  • FTC-2000G Export-Version Aircraft Rolls Off Production Line 7 September 2018
    China’s Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has started production of its new export-oriented FTC-2000G lightweight multirole combat aircraft. The new light attack aircraft is expected to make its first flight by the end of September according to official Chinese government media. The FTC-2000G was developed to meet the demand of the international market. The company has full independent intellectual propert...
  • Successful Test Firing of Brahmos to Validate Service Life Extension
    Successful Test Firing of Brahmos to Validate Service Life Extension 17 July 2018
    Indian Ministry of Defence stated that test firing of the Brahmos missile was carried out to validate its service life extension. Statement indicated that BrahMos, the supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Balasore, Odisha. The test-firing conducted from a Mobile Autonomous Launcher was part of service life extension programme for Indian Army under extreme weather condition. According to the statement the precision strike missi...
  • Israel unveiled the Rampage long-range assault rocket
    Israel unveiled the Rampage long-range assault rocket 17 June 2018
    IMI Systems (formerly Israel Military Industries) and Israel Aerospace Industries have jointly developed a new long-range precision strike weapon named Rampage suitable for use during stand-off-range attack with 150 km range to the target. Rampage is a supersonic weapon with 4.7m (15.4ft) length and it has a total weight of 570kg (1,250lb). Its rocket and warhead performance and navigation suite enable the design to be deployed against high-value, well-protected targets with "u...
  • All US B-1B Bombers Grounded After ejection seat failure
    All US B-1B Bombers Grounded After ejection seat failure 10 June 2018
        The US Air Force’s Global Strike Command (AFGSC), tasked with overseeing every bomber fleet in the Air Force, ordered a stand-down for all its B-1B Lancers Thursday amid safety concerns with a component of their ejection seats. The safety issue came mid-flight after a B-1B nicknamed "Bone" took off from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas. Airplane made an emergency landing. "During the safety investigation process following an emerge...
  • Chinese hackers steal 614 gigabytes of sensitive Navy program data
    Chinese hackers steal 614 gigabytes of sensitive Navy program data 9 June 2018
    Chinese government hackers stole crucial data from an US contractor on a top submarine development program according to the Washington Post. Daily claims that cyberattacks sponsored by the Chinese government infiltrated U.S. Navy contractor’s computers, allowing digital thieves to access sensitive data related to secret Navy projects on a submarine anti-ship missile. The contractor whose systems were breached has yet to be disclosed, the Washington Post reports, thou...
  • Ukraine's Eye Refurbished
    Ukraine's Eye Refurbished 6 June 2018
    Ukraine has received a modernized Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft. The Mykolayiv Aircraft Repair Plant, operating under the Ukrainian state-owned Ukroboronprom company, refurbished one Su-24MR and delivered it to the Ukrainian Air Force ahead of the schedule. Under the refurbishment work, all the components and sub-systems of the aircraft were checked one by one and the necessary components were renewed. The Su-24MR is a supersonic reconnaissance aircraft, was de...
  • BrahMos' Life Extended
    BrahMos' Life Extended 23 May 2018
    BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test fired on 21 May from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Odisha as part of service life extension programme. The life extension test firing of BrahMos was conducted from a Static Inclined Launcher. The missile system met its mission parameters perfectly, the Indian Ministry of Defence announced. With the successful trial of the life extension programme, the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile can now remain in ...
  • Tu-22M3M To Make Its Maiden Flight in August
    Tu-22M3M To Make Its Maiden Flight in August 15 May 2018
    Russia is to begin test flights of its new supersonic bomber in August. The upgraded supersonic long-range bomber Tu-22M3M will make its first flight in August, the CEO of the Tupolev design bureau, Alexander Konyukhov revealed. The new aircraft will be equipped with new weapons such as Kh-32 long-range cruise missile, modern digital avionics and a new information management system. According to the existing plan, the first Tu-22M3M with the most advanced Kh-32 long-r...
  • Inclined Launcher for BrahMos Unveiled
    Inclined Launcher for BrahMos Unveiled 9 May 2018
    India’s Larsen & Toubro (L&T) company has developed a launcher prototype for the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile for fitment onto Indian Navy (IN) warships.  The Quadruple Canisterised Inclined Launcher (QCIL), which was delivered to BrahMos Aerospace on 7 May, has been designed to launch up to four BrahMos missiles in an inclined configuration. The new launcher will be fitted on warships unable to accommodate a vertical launch modu...
  • BrahMos Test-fired With Indigenous Seeker
    BrahMos Test-fired With Indigenous Seeker 23 March 2018
    Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on 22 March via his official Twitter account that a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired for the first time using an indigenously developed seeker. Sitharaman said, "the precision strike weapon with Indian-made seeker flew in its designated trajectory and hit the target with pinpoint accuracy". So far, the seeker, a critical technology in missiles, had come from Russia. The seeker was d...
  • Tu-160s To Undergo Heavy Upgrade
    Tu-160s To Undergo Heavy Upgrade 23 March 2018
    Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov revealed that the entire fleet of Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic missile-carrying bombers will be renewed by 2030. Borisov said the operational aircraft will undergo a heavy upgrade where only the fuselage will remain while all the onboard radio-electronic equipment and engines will be replaced. The Minister added that a special coating will be applied on the aircraft which will reduce the visibility of the platfo...
  • Indonesia Finalized Su-35 Order
    Indonesia Finalized Su-35 Order 22 February 2018
    Indonesia has placed a firm order to Russia for 11 Sukhoi Su-35S multirole fighters. The country revealed its intentions for this acquisition in 2016. A $1,14 billion contract was signed recently, finalizing the order. Two units of Sukhoi jets will be delivered in August 2018 and six more would be delivered 18 months after the contract becomes effective, and the remaining three would be delivered five months after that.  Su-35S was selected in a competition ...
  • Japan's First Indigenous Supersonic Missile Ready For Serial Production
    Japan's First Indigenous Supersonic Missile Ready For Serial Production 8 January 2018
    Japan's Ministry of Defence completed the development of "ASM 3" missiles, which is the first supersonic air-to-ship missile in domestic production and starts mass production from FY 2019. The development of ASM-3 has begun in 2003. After conducting a total of 15 tests since July 2005, the analysis was completed at the end of last year. The missiles, which are to be used on F-2 fighter aircraft, can reach a speed of Mach 3. The country's F-2 aircraft is now armed with the AS...
  • Su-30SM Will Form the Backbone of Russian Naval Aviation
    Su-30SM Will Form the Backbone of Russian Naval Aviation 5 January 2018
    The multifunctional Su-30SM fighter will become the main aircraft of the Russian Navy and will be used in operational-tactical missions, the naval chief of the navy, Major-General Igor Kozhin, said. "In 2017, we carried out an upgrade in several directions: for example, the work on re-equipping the coastal-based operational-tactical aviation forces on Su-30SM aircraft was completed, we received six aircraft, and in the future we will change almost the whole fleet of operational-ta...
  • Russia has precise vision
    Russia has precise vision 28 December 2017
    Russia’s new state armament plan for 2018-2027 will focus on developing long-range supersonic and hypersonic precision weapons and furnishing the Army with modern weaponry, Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday. Speaking to Russian news agency, TASS, Rogozin stated that Russia’s new state armament program will differ from the previous defence procurement plans both its volume and its focus. 
  • Brahmos Integration Work Commenced
    Brahmos Integration Work Commenced 18 December 2017
    India has commenced integration work of Brahmos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft following the successful test-firing of the missiles from a Sukhoi-30 combat jet on November 22. The Su-30MKI fleet will undergo structural modifications at the state-run aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and the project is expected to be completed by 2020. Brahmos ALCM weighing 2,5 ton is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter air...
  • Flaps Becoming History?
    Flaps Becoming History? 18 December 2017
    The first phase of flight trials with BAE System's MAGMA UAV has been successfully completed, announced by the company on 13 December. The flight trials are part of an ongoing project between BAE Systems and The University of Manchester, and wider long-term collaboration between industry, academia and government to explore and develop innovative flight control technology. MAGMA, a small-scale unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), will use a unique blown-air system to man...