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  • Israel Wants Osprey
    Israel Wants Osprey 26 September 2020
    Israel is in the process of renegotiation with the United States to buy the V-22 Osprey. Israel, which has been seeking to buy the Bell-Boeing co-production air platform since 2012, suspended its Osprey purchase in February 2020 due to budget concerns. Israel wants to begin the new negotiation process by purchasing 12 V-22 Ospreys, an additional AE 1107C Rolls Royce Engine and AN/AAQ-27 infrared radar.  The platform, which has the capabilities of landing and hanging i...
  • U.S. Approves Patriot Sale to Netherlands
    U.S. Approves Patriot Sale to Netherlands 26 September 2020
    The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the US State Department has decided to sell $241 million worth of Patriot PAC-3s to the Dutch Government. The Netherlands wants to buy 34 related missiles and equipment, repair and logistical support elements will be included in the agreement. “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve security of a NATO ally which is an important force for po...
  • HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout
    HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout 25 September 2020
        US Navy, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 received their first MQ-8C Firescout on Sept. 15 aboard Naval Station Norfolk.  HSC-22 marks the first East Coast squadron to operate all three systems to include the MH-60S Knighthawk, MQ-8B Firescout, and MQ-8C Firescout. The newly added capability of the MQ-8C combines the capabilities of the MQ-8B with the MH-60S Knighthawk to improve the Navy’s ability to investigate and target hostile su...
  • Saab receives order for radar system components for the U.S. Marine Corps
    Saab receives order for radar system components for the U.S. Marine Corps 25 September 2020
    Saab has received a 36.7 million USD order for the U.S. Marine Corps’ AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar G/ATOR. Saab received the order from Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, the prime contractor for G/ATOR. The order includes components and subsystems in support of the Full-Rate Production phase. Saab’s deliveries relating to this contract will take place between 2020 and 2021 from its facility in Syracuse, New York, USA. The AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Ta...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise
    HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise 24 September 2020
    The UK Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth has embarked the largest number of warplanes ever onto the deck as it prepares to take its place at the heart of a UK-led NATO Carrier Strike Group. It also represents the largest air group of fifth-generation fighters at sea anywhere in the world. Two squadrons of F-35B stealth jets - the RAF’s 617 Squadron (The Dambusters) and the US Marine Corps VMFA-211 (The Wake Island Avengers) - have landed on the 65,000-tonne carrier as it sails ...
  • Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy
    Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy 22 September 2020
    Austria will buy a general-purpose helicopter from Italy. Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner says they plan to buy 18 AW169M helicopters from Italy for €300m. Italian company Leonardo was chosen from among the U.S. and German companies. The AW169Ms, the military variable of the AW169 helicopter, will replace the Alouette III helicopters, which have been in inventory for nearly 50 years. The helicopter with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210A engines is equippe...
  • BAE to Deliver Archerfish Mine Neutralisers
    BAE to Deliver Archerfish Mine Neutralisers 21 September 2020
    BAE Systems will deliver Archerfish remote-controlled underwater mine neutraliser to US Navy. The Archerfish can be launched and operated from a surface ship, helicopter or an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). This is the fourth consecutive Archerfish contract awarded to BAE Systems since 2003. Archerfish is used by the US Navy’s MH-60S Helicopter squadrons (AN/ASQ-235) as part of the Airborne Mine Neutralisation capability, deployed from the Littoral Combat Ship.  It is...
  • Philippines receives A-29B Super Tucano aircraft
    Philippines receives A-29B Super Tucano aircraft 21 September 2020
    Philippine Air Force (PAF) received four A-29B Super Tucano light attack aircraft on 19 September 2020 at Clark Air Base, Pampanga province. The PAF will receive two more aircraft. Brazilian aviation company Embraer produced the aircraft. The PAF is reported to have an option to order 18 more A-29B Super Tucano aircraft. The aircraft will be assigned with the PAF's 15th Strike Wing. Embraer's pilots flew from Brazil and transit stops were made in Cape Verde, Canary Islands, ...
  • EU Sanctions on Turkish Company
    EU Sanctions on Turkish Company 21 September 2020
    The European Union (EU) has decided to sanction three firms for allegedly violating an arms embargo for Libya. One of the three companies is from Turkey and the others from Kazakhstan and Jordan. New resolutions have been made for the arms embargo in force at the Libyan Conference in January 2020; a military mission was deployed to control the embargo. A travel ban is planned for sanctioned firms and a freeze on assets in the EU, as well as a ban on trading with European companies.<...
  • China "Shoots Down" U.S. Base
    China "Shoots Down" U.S. Base 21 September 2020
    People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) released a video of the US air base on the Pacific island of Guam being virtually targeted at a time of heightened regional tensions in Asia, based on actual images supported by animations. "H-6K war god goes on the offensive!" the video shared, simulated by nuclear-armed H-6 bombers attacking the U.S. Base in Guam. The island of Guam is seen as a base where the United States can respond shortly in any conflict in the Asia Pac...
  • Third Hercules Arrives Bangladesh
    Third Hercules Arrives Bangladesh 20 September 2020
      The Bangladesh Air Force’s(BAF) 3rd C-130J Super Hercules arrived Dhaka on 17 September 2020. The aircraft reached Dhaka, after conducting fuel stops in Cairo, Egypt, and Muscat, Oman. The C-130J aircraft is equipped with modern avionics and sophisticated technology which would be utilized for transportation of materials, personnel, humanitarian assistance both at home and abroad and to support United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. British company Marshall A...
  • Turkish Navy's Long Range and EW Capability to Increase
    Turkish Navy's Long Range and EW Capability to Increase 19 September 2020
    Presidency of Defence Industries announced that the delivery of the ARES series Radar Electronic Support System developed by ASELSAN is ongoing. ARES will be integrated into the Navy Command's "Long Horizon Maritime Surveillance System." After this process, it is targeted to increase the capabilities and capabilities of the Navy in radar and electronic warfare. The ED System mainly contributes to the ship's backing by location, diagnostics, direction/posi...
  • Poland Sends Troops to Turkey
    Poland Sends Troops to Turkey 19 September 2020
    Polish President Andrzej Duda has approved sending troops to Turkey as part of the NATO mission. Paweł Soloch, head of the Polish National Security Bureau (BBN), said up to 80 Polish troops will be deployed in Turkey. "We are responding positively to Ankara's recent call to NATO allies regarding the deteriorating security situation on the Syrian-Turkish border," Soloch said. Underlining that this is not a combat mission, a non-combatant force will be sent for...
  • New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone
    New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone 19 September 2020
    A new decision was made on the Eurodrone Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS programme, developed with a subsidiary of the German, French, Italian and Spanish Governments.  Meeting at Airbus' facilities in Germany, French Defence Minister Florance Parly and her German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called on member states to launch the next phase of the drone operation in 2021. Ministers said the financial problems in the programme will be resolved ...
  • Stirling Solution for Hürjet
    Stirling Solution for Hürjet 19 September 2020
    British Expleo Company announced from its social media accounts that its company Stirling Dynamics has been awarded a new contract from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) to provide technical assistance for the Hürjet, a twin-seat, single-engine supersonic advanced trainer and light combat aircraft. The Stirling Dynamics signed New Loads and Aeroelastics Consultancy Contract. The company made a statement from its website and said; This contract builds on previous su...
  • GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine
    GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine 19 September 2020
    GE Aviation delivered the first of 19 engines that will power the initial eight models of Boeing’s F-15EX advanced Eagle, which will begin combined developmental and operational tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., early next year, the company said Sept. 16. In June, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCM) awarded GE Aviation a Lot 1 contract to produce 19 F110-GE-129 engines, including installs and spares and modernized engine monitoring system computers for the F-...
  • New Exports from Turkey
    New Exports from Turkey 18 September 2020
    Katmerciler, one of Turkey's armoured vehicle manufacturers, received an order of 3 million 250 thousand dollars’ worth of security vehicles from an unnamed country. The company, which will start delivering later this year, aims to complete delivery next year. Last year, the Katmerciler signed a contract with an African country for the export of The Speedy 4x4 Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle, making its first delivery in July this year. "2020 will be one o...
  • France Retires First Stratotanker
    France Retires First Stratotanker 18 September 2020
        French Air Force and Space Command ( Armée de l'Air de l'Espace / AdlAdlE) retires the first C-135FR Stratotanker (Serial 475/93-CF).  AdlAdlE will cease aircraft from operations on 7 October 2020 The AdlAdlE started to use twelve Boeing C-135FRs from 1964 onwards. The dozen aircraft were assigned to the French Strategic Air Forces and mainly in use to support the nuclear-capable Mirage IVA. That nuclear deterrence mission was la...
  • Lazer for F-16s
    Lazer for F-16s 18 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin is working to develop mature and producible tactical airborne LWS solutions that complement existing kinetic defences to protect warfighters in the air, at sea and on the ground. The systems the company is developing under contract today can defeat small rockets, unmanned aerial vehicles, small attack boats, and lightweight ground vehicles. Under the Department of Defence’s first laser weapon program of record, the company is integrating the High Ener...
  • Greece Sends Warships Off Libya
    Greece Sends Warships Off Libya 17 September 2020
    The HS Limnos (F 451) frigate of the Greek Navy will join the MED IRINI operation, which the European Union (EU) has launched to support an arms embargo on Libya. In April 2020, the EU adopted the decision to launch operation MED IRINI of the EU Mediterranean Naval Force in the Mediterranean under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). As part of the operation, inspections are being carried out on ships suspected of carrying weapons, ammunition and military eq...
  • Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up
    Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up 17 September 2020
    Boeing Australia announced on 15 September that it has powered up the engine of the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype as part of ground testing and preparations for the first flight. The unmanned aircraft is one of three prototypes that are being developed as a part of the Loyal Wingman-Advanced Development Programme – also known as the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) – in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft, wh...
  • MAV Passes Capsize Tests
    MAV Passes Capsize Tests 17 September 2020
    An important step has been passed in the Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) project which is carried out by the Presidency of Defence Industries. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS Savunma Sistemleri, AŞ.  recently appeared on Bloomberg Television and explained the current workload of the company. Kurt announced that the MAV indigenously designed and developed by the company has successfully passed an important test. C4Defence has reached the details of that test. F...
  • New Deal on T-700 Engines
    New Deal on T-700 Engines 16 September 2020
    A new agreement has been signed between the U.S. Army Contracting Command and General Electric as part of the T700 series engine program. The contract, worth USD 37 million, will include on-site service support. The agreement, which will be shaped by the demand from the forces in the working areas, will be completed on 31 December 2025. In November 2019, the agreement signed with General Electric for T700 engine delivery changed to USD 1.3 billion. According to the change ...
  • Cezeri at Maiden Flight
    Cezeri at Maiden Flight 16 September 2020
    The flying car CEZERI, developed by BAYKAR firm nationally and originally, completed its first flight tests. The pre-prototype of 230 kg, designed and manufactured by Turkish engineers, rose 10 meters from the ground in-flight tests.   Flight tests of the CEZERİ Flying Car started on Friday, September 11, 2020. In the first tests, CEZERİ  took off with the safety ropes and took off without a rope upon the successful progress of the night safety ropes connecting S...
  • Swarm UAVs competing
    Swarm UAVs competing 16 September 2020
    The first phase of the competition organized by the Defence Industry Presidency within the scope of the Swarm UAV Technology Development and Demonstration Project with the participation of micro-scale companies and SMEs has been completed. Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir stated the following in his statement on the subject: “The Turkish defence industry has achieved significant success in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles in recent years. Today, national and ...
  • Production of three JF-17 Thunder fighters for the Nigerian Air Force is completed
    Production of three JF-17 Thunder fighters for the Nigerian Air Force is completed 15 September 2020
    Pakistani state-owned Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) has completed production of three JF-17 Block.2 Thunder fighters for the Nigerian Air Force. Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra completed the first three aircraft of Nigeria deal, NAF-720, NAF-721 and NAF-722. Nigeria is going to pay USD 36 million as partial payment for the three aircraft. The payment will also cover support equipment and spares. This makes Nigeria the first buyer of the type to be officiall...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • Anomaly Detection Sensor for MH-60R Seahawk
    Anomaly Detection Sensor for MH-60R Seahawk 14 September 2020
    Under Lockheed martin's main contractor, the Digital Magnetic Anomaly Detection Sensor will be developed for the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter. According to the U.S. Department of Defence, the sensor agreement is about $29 million. The contract includes software and hardware development and engineering support for the sensor's integration into the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter. The magnetic anomaly detection sensor, which detects instant changes in the Earth's magnetic field, is...
  • Sivrihisar took Off
    Sivrihisar took Off 13 September 2020
        Sivrihisar Aviation Shows are held this year without an audience due to the coronavirus outbreak. The shows are broadcast live on television, YouTube and Facebook. Gendarmerie Steel Wings Acrobatic Team, Ali İsmet Öztürk and Mor Menekşe and 201st Ak Fleet also participate in the demonstrations attended by Solotürk, one of the aerobatic teams of the Turkish Air Force. The event also includes many historical and valuable aircr...
  • F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds
    F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds 13 September 2020
      The Pentagon’s five-year budget plan for the F-35 falls short by as much as $10 billion, the military’s independent cost analysis unit has concluded, a new indication that the complex fighter jet may be too costly to operate and maintain according to Bloomberg News. The Defence Department’s blueprint for the next five fiscal years calls for requesting $78 billion for research and development, jet procurement, operations and maintenance and military...
  • UK to invest $30.5 million, investment in strategic Omani port
    UK to invest $30.5 million, investment in strategic Omani port 12 September 2020
    French News Agency Agence France Press reported that Britain on Friday announced a $30.5 million, investment to triple the size of its base in an Omani port close to the sensitive waters of the Gulf. The expansion of the "logistics hub" at Duqm will "facilitate Royal Navy deployments to the Indian Ocean" and "further support British Army training in Oman," the Ministry of Defence said. "The long-standing friendships between the UK and the Gulf states are mor...
  • SAGE 750 Integration into MQ-9B SeaGuardian
    SAGE 750 Integration into MQ-9B SeaGuardian 11 September 2020
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has integrated Leonardo's sage 750 Electronic Support System into the MQ-9B SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system. Developed in collaboration with Leonardo and GA-ASI, system integration will provide intelligence information about marine and land radars in a wide area. GA-ASI CEO Linden Blue said the SAGE 750 will improve users' tactical decision-making skills and ensure easy obtaining of intelligence,...
  • New Wheeled Amphibious Self-Propelled Gate Bridge from China
    New Wheeled Amphibious Self-Propelled Gate Bridge from China 11 September 2020
    According to People's Liberation Army Daily News report, unit of the 78th Army completed the first launch of a new 4X4 wheeled amphibious self-propelled gate bridge Load training. The training has started at mid-August. According to the leaders of the brigade, after two wheels enters the water, the bridge section on the vehicle can be opened to become a catwalk bridge. The door bridge of equipment and vehicles can be connected by multiple vehicles to form a floating bridge. Its ...
  • Cooperation Against China Increases in Indo-Pacific Region
    Cooperation Against China Increases in Indo-Pacific Region 10 September 2020
    India and Japan have signed an agreement between the two countries' armed forces to provide reciprocal materials and services as a move against increased activity in China's Indo-Pacific region. Following a phone call between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that "It is agreed that the agreement will further increase the depth of defence cooperation between the two countries and c...
  • Israel Resigns, Sweden Offers Gripen
    Israel Resigns, Sweden Offers Gripen 9 September 2020
    Croatia was aiming to buy second-hand F-16 fighter jets from Israel, but there was no approval for the sale from the United States. Sweden has proposed 12 new Gripen C/D fighter jets to Croatia and the Saab company has offered strategic cooperation with the Croatian defence industry. If Croatia decides in Gripen, Saab will transfer technology to Croatia in relation to the plane. In addition, a Regional Aviation and Support Service Centre will be established in Croatia. Cro...
  • Mig-29 Shot Down on Libya
    Mig-29 Shot Down on Libya 9 September 2020
    It is said that a Mig-29 supporting Libyan National Army was shot down over Libya on September 8th. Russian-speaking pilot filmed himself on the ground, waiting for rescue operators. The Fighterbomber channel posted a video on YouTube. The incident took place near the coastal city of Sirte, which is controlled by the so-called Libyan National Army of Khalifa Haftar. The footage shows an unfolded orange parachute, the pilot’s voiceover sounds that he was hit, but...
  • Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France
    Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France 9 September 2020
    The French government had proposed two FREMM (FRégate Européenne Multi-Missions later FREgate Multi-Missions) to Greece in 2018. The proposal is again on the negotiation table according to Greek Media. France proposes Alsace (D656) and Lorraine (D657). The Dutch government has two modernized frigates to offer.  According to unconfirmed information, the annual rental cost of the two ships will be 150 million euros with the right to purchase once the lease is comple...
  • New Deal for F-35 Engine
    New Deal for F-35 Engine 7 September 2020
    Raytheon signed a contract worth approximately $580 million for engine spare parts of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. For the F-135 engine, Raytheon will provide a unit-level shipping system and module to support spare parts requirements. The F-135 engine, which powers all three variants of the F-35 fighter jet, was developed based on the F119 engine that powers the F-22 Raptor. The work, which Raytheon will run in Connecticut, is expected to be completed in December 2024....
  • Air Force “Mach” One
    Air Force “Mach” One 7 September 2020
    The US Air Force awarded a contract to develop a supersonic passenger plane for US President’s use. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre announced on August 31st from official social media account that the service's Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate has awarded a contract to California-based start-up Exosonic to develop a "low-boom supersonic executive transport aircraft." The platform will be used by "key decision-makers and teams."<...
  • US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets
    US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets 6 September 2020
    Following a recent spike in airborne confrontations between the U.S. and Russian militaries, three B-52 Stratofortress bombers joined Ukrainian fighter jets for training Friday. The bombers, from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, "conducted vital integration training with Ukrainian fighters inside Ukraine's airspace," European Command said in a press release. Officials said the bomber mission, part of a long-planned deployment of six B-52s to RAF F...