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  • Pakistan Increases Naval Capabilities
    Pakistan Increases Naval Capabilities November 28 2019
    Pakistan recently added the navy to the Chinese-made Behr Masah research vessel. Islamabat, seeking for new capabilities, received a locally-directed guided projectile assault (Fast Attack Craft Missile / FACM) this week. The boat at the Karachi Military Shipyard has a boat-to-boat structure and a steel body. With a displacement of more than 560 tons, the platform is 63 meters long and can reach a maximum speed of 30 knots per hour. The assault rifle with four shafts and fixed-angle props was...
  • Bozdoğan (Merlin)  Completed First Tests
    Bozdoğan (Merlin)  Completed First Tests November 26 2019
    The first air-launched test of Bozdağan (Merlin) took place successfully. The missile is developed by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, (TUBITAK) Defence Industrıes Research and Development Instıtute (SAGE) under Göktuğ Program. First tests were carried out as surface to air guided missile tests.IR- guided long-range tests from air launch campaign was successfully completed. After the completion of the tests in 2020, the missile will enter the inventory of the ...
  • Morocco to buy 36 Apache
    Morocco to buy 36 Apache November 21 2019
    Morocco has been cleared to buy up to 36 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for an estimated value of USD 4.25 billion. US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of 36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 19, 2019. The Government of M...
  • Su-30SM Delivered
    Su-30SM Delivered November 13 2019
    Belarus received the first two of its 12 Su-30SM multi-generation combat aircraft today. "Under the defence procurement plan, Su-30SM multirole fighters will be delivered. Two fighters are expected to land at the Baranovichi aerodrome tomorrow afternoon." Belarusian Defence Minister Andrei Ravkov was quoted by the BelTA news agency, on Tuesday. The agreement for the dozen Sukhoi jets to replace old MiG-29 fighters was signed in 2017. Two more jets are expected to be shipped to the c...
  • HQ-9 Tested
    HQ-9 Tested November 12 2019
      Uzbekistan, procured China's HQ-9 (FD-2000) surface-to-air missile system, in 2018. The Ministry of Defence of Uzbekistan announced this week that the system had performed its first firing test. The exercise had been conducted at the Kulkuduk range in Navoiy Region. According to footage officially released by the Uzbek military, the FD-2000 air defence system was supported by the Pechora-2M medium-range SAM systems. The targets were simulated by unmanned aerial vehicles; ...
  • 15-Year Development Process Concludes
    15-Year Development Process Concludes November 11 2019
    India’s first indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air missile Astra is now finally ready for duty after 15  years of development. Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India expecting the Indian Air Force to initially order at least 200 missiles for its Sukhoi-30MKI jets. DRDO is trying to increase the current range of the missile from 110 kilometers to 160 kilometers. With a weight of 154 kg and a length of 3.57 meters, the Astra flies more than four times the ...
  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes November 11 2019
    Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has initiated works on building at least four corvettes for the country’s navy, the ministry’s official news agency ArmyInform reported on Sept. 18. The process will start with resuming the construction of the Volodymyr the Great corvette as the lead vessel of Project 58250 class of perspective warships. Navy initiated building back in 2011, but there is almost no progress since then. Turkey and the United States are ready to su...
  • Zarb Tested
    Zarb Tested November 7 2019
    According to the Pakistan Navy (Pakistan Navy / PN), it was stated that the surface-to-surface missile launcher Zarb was subjected to a test shot in the training exercise. “The [Zarb] missile successfully followed its pre-planned trajectory and accurately engaged the target at sea,” the PN said. No images or additional details of the test-firing were provided, but Navy Commander Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was quoted as saying that the “operationalisation of the Zarb Weapon...
  • A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF
    A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF November 4 2019
    The Royal Air Force has taken delivery of its first submarine-hunting Boeing Poseidon MRA1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The UK's last dedicated MPAs flew out of RAF Kinloss from Lossiemouth, in 2010. However, a growing Russian submarine threat in the North Atlantic prompted the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to invest £3 billion in nine Poseidon aircraft to track maritime targets. The aircraft will eventually be based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. An RAF crew wil...
  • Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built
    Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built November 4 2019
    China has begun work on a third, and fourth Type 054A frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy. A steel cutting ceremony was held for the third and fourth ship at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in China on November 1st. The contract signed between China Shipbuilding Trading Co. Ltd (CSTC) and the Pakistani government for procurement was announced in June 2018. According to Chinese sources, the deal includes four platforms. The class of ships built for Pakistan was named Type 054AP. Almost equal ...
  • Atmaca Firing from Kinaliada
    Atmaca Firing from Kinaliada November 4 2019
    President of Defence Industry İsmail Demir shared the latest news about Atmaca surface-to-surface cruise missile from his twitter account. Demir said, “We have realised the first national missile fire from our national ship”. Demir’s statement is; “First national maritime cruise missile ATMACA, which was developed and produced by Roketsan, was successfully launched from TCG Kınalıada. We aim to enter the inventory of ATMACA in the second half of 2020 ”.
  • France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates
    France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates October 28 2019
    The steel-cutting ceremony of the first defence and intervention frigate (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention /FDI) took place on the Naval Group site of Lorient. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Head of the French Armament Directorate (DGA) Délégué Général pour l’Armement, Joël Barre, the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Christophe Prazuck, the Chief of the Hellenic Na...
  • U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km
    U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km October 20 2019
      The U.S. Army is developing a new weapon capable of reaching 1,850 km. The U.S. Army released Directive 2017-33, which led to the establishment of the Army Futures Command Task Force and the outlining of six modernisation priorities. One of the concepts unveiled by the Army Futures Command, known as the "Strategic Long-Range Cannon" (SLRC) is based on scaling up existing howitzers and rocket-boosted artillery shells to a much bigger size and range capability. Army b...
  • China's Second Carrier Nears Commissioning
    China's Second Carrier Nears Commissioning October 16 2019
    China’s indigenously-built Type 001A aircraft carrier is near commissioning according to Global Times.  The carrier has carried out its eighth series of sea trials. The Type 001A aircraft carrier set out on Tuesday morning from the Dalian Shipyard in Northeast China's Liaoning Province, according to multiple, unverified photos that surfaced on Chinese social media. Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval expert, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the likely eighth ...
  • Land Based Neptune OK
    Land Based Neptune OK October 9 2019
    The test and development process for the Neptune Navy missile system, which was the first test launch in the last period, is ongoing. Deaigned as a land-based naval anti-ship missile system, Neptune's development process is progressing rapidly towards the second trial launch. A new trial was planned towards the end of 2019 and the test and evaluation phase will be completed. Next up is the test launch from the ship. The missile, which has a warhead of 145 kilograms, we...
  • Multi-Purpose, Cost-Effective Solution
    Multi-Purpose, Cost-Effective Solution September 27 2019
    Norwegian-based Kongsberg shared the design of the new naval vessel Vanguard. The boat can be used for both military and civilian operations, such as search & rescue, anti-submarine warfare. Vanguard is designed with a multi-role hangar for air, surface and sub-surface assets. Interchangeable mission modules and extensive use of unmanned vehicles enable quick change of operational roles. Designed as a cost-effective option, the platform's based on civil and commercial ship design with...
  • Saab Support for Pohjanmaa September 20 2019
    In accordance with Finland’s Ministry of Defence’s proposition, the Government of Finland has selected Saab as the combat system provider and integrator for the Finnish Navy’s four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes. The Pohjanmaa-class corvette is a class of general-purpose surface combatants currently under development for the Finnish Navy as part of the Squadron 2020 (Laivue 2020) project.  Finland’s Ministry of Defence has stated that the contract is sche...
  • Bunker Buster Delivered
    Bunker Buster Delivered September 16 2019
    Israel has completed the delivery of the first batch of a new version of Spice-2000 bunker-buster bombs to the Indian Air Force (IAF). “Israel has started the delivery of the Spice-2000 bombs to India and the first batch of these bombs was received recently,” IAF sources said. The Israeli-based Rafael company developed the bombs, which will be supplied under the emergency procurement contract, worth approximately $ 44 million. The bombs will be delivered along with Mark 84 warhead...
  • Modernization from India and Russia
    Modernization from India and Russia September 13 2019
      Delhi-class destroyers getting new radar and missile systems. India is to upgrade the radar and missile systems of its Delhi-class destroyers with help from Russia. Under the agreement, the MR-755 Fregat-MAE E-band air and surface search radar will be modernized.  An Air Defence Complex Kashmir will be installed as well. The modernisation of Radar and Missile systems would substantially enhance the Air Defence capability of the P-15 Ships. As part of the scope ...
  • ATMACA to Be Test-Fired At Sea In November
    ATMACA to Be Test-Fired At Sea In November September 11 2019
    Roketsan’s Atmaca anti-ship missile will be test-fired from an Ada-class corvette TCG Kınalıada in November this year. The event will mark the first time that the Atmaca is tested at sea. Atmaca was unveiled for the first time by Roketsan during IDEF 19 defence exhibition. The serial production contract of Atmaca anti-ship missile was signed between the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and Roketsan on November 2nd, 2018. According to Roketsan, Atmaca is a subso...
  • Turkey Successfully Tests SOM-B2
    Turkey Successfully Tests SOM-B2 September 6 2019
    Turkey's indigenous, bunker-busting and long-range cruise missile SOM-B2 has completed its preliminary firing test. President of Defence Industries Professor İsmail Demir announced from his personal twitter account that "The SOM-B2 missile successfully hit the target in the firing test". adding that the missile "successfully concluded" its development, ground and flight tests. SOM is developed by the Defence Research and Development Institute of the Turkish S...
  • Decision to Continue Production
    Decision to Continue Production September 5 2019
    Russia has begun the design of the A-42 aircraft to replace the Beriev Be-12 Chayka (NATO Code: Mail) maritime patrol aircraft. Its design was suspended in 1993. Now the aircraft will be modernized and accepted into service. Defence Ministry sources told the decision in principle to resume A-42 production had been made. The ministry is drafting tactical and technical requirements to the upgraded project. The main one is to create a universal antisubmarine and rescue aircraft. So far...
  • The second round of S-400
    The second round of S-400 August 26 2019
    The deliveries of the second battalion of Russian-made S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey will begin on August 27, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar announced on Monday. "The process of transporting and delivering the second battery of the S-400 to Turkey will begin tomorrow," the defence minister said in a live broadcast of Turkish NTV television channel. Missiles are expected to be delivered by ship. According to TASS News Agency, 120 ...
  • Bofors Gun System for Attack Vessel
    Bofors Gun System for Attack Vessel August 22 2019
    Indonesia will work with BAE Systems. The Indonesian Navy has selected BAE Systems’ Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system for the country’s KCR-60 fast-attack vessel program. The initial contracts with government-owned shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia include four 57 Mk3 gun systems. Two of the new 57 Mk3 systems will be for two KCR-60 vessels currently under construction, while the remaining two guns will be integrated onto two existing KCR-60 ships. The Bofors 57mm naval gun is d...
  • US Air Force Prepares Kit for Unmanned Air Platform
    US Air Force Prepares Kit for Unmanned Air Platform August 20 2019
      The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies on 9 August performed a two-hour initial flight of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program (ROBOpilot), according to a 15 August AFRL statement. The ROBOpilot programme aimed the ability to rapidly and affordably convert a general aviation aircraft into an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), fly a mission autonomously and then return back to its piloted configuration. This conversion took place...
  • Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance
    Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance August 19 2019
    The Government of Canada is investing more than $7.5 billion in the Royal Canadian Navy's 12 Halifax-class frigates to provide necessary ongoing maintenance until they are retired in the early 2040s. Under the scope of maintenance, The Government of Canada has awarded a $500-million contract to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to carry out maintenance work on the Halifax-class frigates. This contract guarantees a minimum of three frigates for the shipyard, with work planned to begin in the early ...
  • Israel Progress on Corvette Upgrade Program
    Israel Progress on Corvette Upgrade Program August 18 2019
      Israeli Navy has integrated ALPHA radar to one of its three Saar-5 corvettes. The new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar, is a multifunction active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that operates in the S-band to detect and track threats and provide guidance for weapon systems. Jane's found out the progress at multinational Exercise 'Mighty Waves'. The ALPHA is a multifunction active electronically sc...
  • Smerch Tested August 15 2019
        Russia’s upgraded missile corvette holds live-fire exercise in Sea of Japan. The warship successfully employed surface-to-air missiles, launching them against the target that simulated a surface ship and a simulated air target. Smerch is also set to test its 30mm AK-630 six-barrel automatic artillery gun, the press office of Russia’s Pacific Fleet reported. The Russian shipbuilders completed the upgrade of the missile corvette Smerch in 2019. Duri...
  • Approval for Lockheed Martin August 15 2019
    U.S. Department of Defence said that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $99 million contract for AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) foreign military sales production support. The contract, which involves foreign military sales to Finland, Poland and Australia, will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support.   Weighing approximate...
  • Brahmos to Protect the Indian Coast
    Brahmos to Protect the Indian Coast August 13 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...
  • Unmanned Era on MineSweeper
    Unmanned Era on MineSweeper August 10 2019
    The unmanned surface vessel of the SLAMF/MMCM (Système de Lutte Anti-Mines du Futur / Maritime Mine Counter Measures) program carried out a demonstration of its capabilities in Brest harbour in June 2019. Testing with teams from the French Navy, French Armament General Directorate (DGA) and Thales is ongoing while qualification for the whole system is set for December this year. SLAMF results from Franco-British cooperation initiated in 2010 as part of the Lancaster House agr...
  • US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger
    US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger August 10 2019
    The Republic of Korea adds a new one to the defence expenditures it has recently increased. New military platforms to put in the inventory of the Republic of Korea navy. According to the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency, Korea will procure 12 MH-60R Seahawk from the US under the approved request. Cost of procurement is approximately 800 million US Dollars. And will be made under the scope of the FMS. Seoul will provide helicopters, as well as hell-borne surface sca...
  • UN’s Russian Birds get Safe
    UN’s Russian Birds get Safe August 8 2019
    BIRD Aerosystems, the developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO), has received an order for additional AMPS systems from the UN Air Operations. Under the contract, BIRD will provide its AMPS solution, which includes the MACS sensor, and install it on the UN Mil Mi-17 (Nato code: Hip) helicopters operating in Africa. The UN is already using BIRD's AMPS systems, and this is a follow-on order that will allow the UN to install the sys...
  • Spearhead for Unmanned Ships
    Spearhead for Unmanned Ships August 5 2019
    The U.S. Navy tested expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) as a mother ship for unmanned aerial vehicle and unmanned underwater vehicle. Spearhead sailed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Key West. This experiment is in line with a global trend that consists of using manned surface vessels for the launch, operation and recovery of unmanned maritime systems, essentially using the manned vessel as a mother ship. Operated by the U.S. Military Sealift Command, USNS Spe...
  • Which Frigates will Greece Procure?
    Which Frigates will Greece Procure? August 2 2019
      Greece may include Adelaide-class guided-missile frigates in the inventory of the Hellenic Navy. High-ranking officers from the Greek Navy were hosted onboard HMAS Newcastle as it was docked in Singapore during Exercise Indo-Pacific Endeavour in May. Two months later, the Australian Embassy in Athens requested a meeting with the head of the Greek Agency for Military Procurements, Vice Admiral Kyriakou Kyriakidis. According to a Greek government press release, the conversation...
  • 700 Million Dollar Missile
    700 Million Dollar Missile July 30 2019
    Indian Air Force is looking to buy 700 million US dollars worth of both air to air and air to surface  missiles from Russia after the Balakot strike. The order includes R-73 heat seeker missiles with 30km range and active radar guided R-77, which is American AIM-120 AMRAAM’s Russian counterpart, with 80km range. These missiles are designed to arm the Russian-made MiG and Sukhoi aircraft. The order, meant to boost the IAF’s capability, also includes anti radiation missile, the...
  • Robots on the Field July 27 2019
      BAE Systems successfully completed the tests with the P950 unmanned surface vehicle, which mounted with the MSI Defence’s new remote weapon system. The autonomous Pacific 950 rigid inflatable boat was used as a test platform and was designed to provide faster, easier and safer naval tasks. Developed in collaboration with L3Harris and MSI Defense Systems, the platform aims to reduce the workload and make it easier for operators to focus on mission-critical decisions from...
  • Greece Wants to Procure Belharra
    Greece Wants to Procure Belharra July 27 2019
    France and Greece are actively working on a Government-to-Government agreement for the procurement of two Belharra frigates for the Hellenic Navy. Laurent Mourre, Vice President of Sales for Europe and North America, explained that Greece is “very interested” in the Belharra. In January 2009, Greece announced the beginning of exclusive talks with France for the potential procurement of 6 multi-missions frigates. This contract never came into effect because of the economic crisis t...
  • BAE Systems for Navy
    BAE Systems for Navy July 26 2019
    BAE Systems has signed a follow-on contract with US Navy to produce 28 more payload tubes for Block-V Virginia-class submarines. BAE Systems will deliver seven sets of four tubes each for the Virginia Payload Modules (VPM). Builder of the Virginia class, BAE Systems will deliver seven sets of four tubes each for the VPM. These systems will increase the payload capacity and firepower by extending the length of mid-body section of the submarine. Each large-diameter payload tube can launch seven...
  • The Hellenic Navy Started Sea Trials
    The Hellenic Navy Started Sea Trials July 25 2019
    For the Hellenic Navy, 6th Roussen-Class fast attack missile boat (FACM) started sea trials. The platform, which was under construction went into the water in Elefsina Bay for a limited time. Final ship acceptance board checks of the No. 6 FACM are scheduled to be executed in the third quarter of this year. The Roussen-class FACM are based a stretched variant of the successful Vita design in used with the navies of Qatar and Oman. The Platform has a length of 62 meters, full load di...