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  • Delay on Leopard 2A4 Modernisation
    Delay on Leopard 2A4 Modernisation February 26 2020
    Although designed beyond its era, the Leopard 2A4 tanks are getting insufficient to meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. Therefore, user countries are launching a modernization program for these platforms. Test process are not going well for Poland, which has launched a modernization program in cooperation with the PGZ (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa)  and the Polish Armament Inspectorate for the Leopard 2A4 tanks. Displaying the technology demonstration prototype in...
  • Structural Change in MGCS
    Structural Change in MGCS February 25 2020
    Structural changes are planned to start in April in the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) developed in partnership with Germany and France. Recently, Nexter integrated 140mm main guns into the Leclerc main battle tank. Seen as a talent acquisition project for MGCS; The European Main Battle Tank will combine the hull of a Leopard 2A7 with the lighter, two-man turret of a Leclerc. The project was launched to replace the AMX Leclerc and Leopard 2 main battle tanks currently in service w...
  • 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 February 22 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...
  • Second Tanker Arrived To France
    Second Tanker Arrived To France February 14 2020
    The second delivery of the tankers ordered to replace the existing aerial refueling aircraft that have reached the end of their economic life has been completed. Lockheed Martin completed the delivery of four C-130J Super Hercules ordered in 2016 by France. The company announced that the delivery process with two KC-130J Super Hercules.  The French Air Force (Armée de l'air / ALA), which accepted the first platforms in 2017 and 2018, received the KC-13...
  • First Modernised Leopard Tanks for Denmark
    First Modernised Leopard Tanks for Denmark February 10 2020
    Due to Increasing Russian activities in the region and requirement of compatibility with modern battlefield conditions, the Baltic countries continue to modernise their armed forces. In this context, Germany delivered the first batch of modernised Leopard 2 tanks to the end-user. The Royal Danish Army completed the acceptance process of the first batch of Leopard 2A7 tanks. Copenhagen inked an agreement with Germany for upgrading Leopard 2A5 tanks to the A7 level, which offers highe...
  • FNSS Starts Mass Production of HARİMAU MT
    FNSS Starts Mass Production of HARİMAU MT February 6 2020
    FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. starts mass production of Medium Weight Class Tank HARİMAU MT. The tank, developed by FNSS in partnership with PT Pindad, an Indonesian State Industry organisation, had completed all the qualification tests of the Indonesian army and started to mass production. The joint production contract was signed at the IDEF in 2019, and it entered into force last December. The mass production work began at the FNSS facilities. Under the agreement, FNSS wi...
  • Parliament Auditor Heavily Critiques German Army
    Parliament Auditor Heavily Critiques German Army February 5 2020
    Bloomberg wrote that Germany has no intention of keeping its 2 % GDP promise to NATO and not keeping its army operational. An article named “Germany Needs a Bigger, Stronger Army” is published at the Daily. The article starts by drawing a dramatic picture of German soldiers driving a Volkswagen minibus to imitate tanks as three in four of their tanks are at the repair shop. The writer quotes Hans-Peter Bartels, an ombudsman appointed by parliament to audit the country’s arme...
  • The Deadline for the T-90S is set at 2028
    The Deadline for the T-90S is set at 2028 February 4 2020
    The licensed production process of the T-90S platforms, developed as a variant of the T-90 main battle tank, has been extended. Russia and India signed a deal extending the licensed manufacturing of T-90S Bhishma (local name) tanks until 2028. "In 2019, a deal was signed with India to extend the licensed manufacturing of T-90S tanks until 2028, and as we know, the Defence Acquisition Council approved the production of 464 tanks of this type," Denis Manturov, the Russian minister of ...
  • ASELSAN Communication Suites for Modernised Tanks
    ASELSAN Communication Suites for Modernised Tanks January 29 2020
    ASELSAN product communication suites, which procures digital radio equipments many countries including Turkey, began to be used in the modernized T-72 tanks. ASELSAN, which has been exporting digital communication systems to Ukraine since 2017, reaching wider use in the Ukrainian Army. Kiev Management preferred ASELSAN-produced digital communication systems as well as Ukraine-based Lybid K2 radio stations for the communication systems of modernised T-72AMT tanks, which wer...
  • Modernised T-72 for Ukraine
    Modernised T-72 for Ukraine January 28 2020
    In order to modernize the army and improve its capabilities, Ukraine continues its modernization and procurement activities. In this context, the Armed Forces of Ukraine received additional modernised main battle tanks. In the official social media account of the Ukranya Logistics Command, it was announced that the army received 15 T-72 tanks, which were modernized and upgraded to T-72AMT level. The Kiev government plans to receive 10 additional tanks by the end of January. Wit...
  • Newest V-22 in Skies
    Newest V-22 in Skies January 24 2020
    The newest variant of the V-22 Osprey, which will replace the C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft in the past years, made maiden flight. The new model, developed in partnership with Boeing and Bell Textron, was named as CMV-22B Osprey. With the activity at Bell's Amarillo Assembly Center, an important milestone has been left behind in the C-2 Greyhound replacement program. CMV-22, which will replace C-2 Greyhound aircraft will serve for transporti...
  • New APFSDS to Russian Tanks
    New APFSDS to Russian Tanks January 21 2020
    Russia, which is carrying out new system procurement projects in addition to modernization activities to improve the capabilities of the army, does not neglect the ammunition area. The Russian Ministry of Defence announced that new armor-piercing ammunition was ordered for tanks using 125 mm barrels. According to a report published in the Russian media, the Russian Ground Forces will supply a new generation of armor-piercing ammunition. The new ammunition, described as 3BM44M &...
  • Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships
    Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships January 8 2020
    Egypt comes to the fore with the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, the training and exercise activities carried out with different countries in the region. The Cairo government, which acquire currency with its collaborations in the region, published new images from the navy. In the images published from the Egyptian Navy deploying different aircraft on the platform, it was determined that the country also deployed Russian-made aircraft on the ships. The Navy, which playe...
  • Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey
    Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey December 21 2019
    US President Donald Trump signed off the sprawling 2020 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) earlier Friday, authorising a top-line budget of $738 billion that includes $635 billion for base Pentagon spending. Trump signed the bill at a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The bill includes the building of 100 new F-35 jets, 155 Army helicopters, 165 Abrams tanks, two new Virginia-class submarines, among others. The NDAA also renewed a decision to exclu...
  • TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait
    TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait December 10 2019
    TAIS, established by the owners of four leading shipyards of Turkey, attends to Kuwait defence and aviation exhibition GDA. The company is established to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding for demanding customers all over the world. The group has completed a series of projects for the Turkish Ministry of Defence for Turkish Navy which has achieved a contemporary, powerful and modern force structure. Besides shipbuilding TAIS offers a total solution...
  • 2023 Targets Revised:
    2023 Targets Revised: November 30 2019
    Defence Industry President Professor Ismail Demir announced that the defence industry export targets of $ 25 billion for 2023, previously announced, were revised to 10.2 billion. The Global Strategies Conference in Defence and Aviation Industry was held in Antalya. Speaking at the opening of the conference Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Assocıatıon (SSI) Chairman Latif Aral Aliş said they had to increase exports, the rate of export growth between 2012-2018 is 6...
  • F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter
    F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter November 4 2019
    An incredible blunder was made by the Dutch to 'unveil' their first F-35 multi-role F-35 multi-role operational stealth fighter jet. The Royal Netherlands Air Force celebrated with an event the launch of its first stealth F-35 fighter aircraft, but an unexpected blunder spoiled the event, with many staying awake. In particular, the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) was coated with fire-retardant foam instead of water, ...
  • Rafael and Leonardo Delivery
    Rafael and Leonardo Delivery October 22 2019
    Leonardo and RAFAEL announced that the partners have delivered on time the first Trophy Active Protection Systems to defend the US Army’s M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks against a variety of anti-armour threats. This delivery marks the first of several that will ultimately outfit four brigades of tanks. The deliveries are the culmination of a multi-year qualification process. A joint team of government and industry from both the U.S. and Israel worked together to adapt and integ...
  • Modernised M60TM at Border
    Modernised M60TM at Border October 16 2019
    Upgraded M60TM main battle tanks (MBTs) fitted with Pulat active protection systems (APS) are deployed to the Syrian border according to social media reports. M60MT tanks are fitted with ASELSAN’s remote weapon station and laser-warning receivers. Some of the tanks also have Pulat hard-kill APS.  Some of the tanks showed M60s fitted with Aselsan's Telescopic Periscope System (TEPES). Tanks are hidden behind an obstacle but can see remote distance tanks to TEPES. TEPES...
  • Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey
    Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey October 12 2019
    The Netherlands suspends arms deal to Turkey, the Dutch foreign ministry said Friday. "The Netherlands decided to withhold all license applications for the export of military goods to Turkey," the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP. Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag said in the Dutch parliament Thursday that all military licence applications by Turkey would be turned down "unless there is clear proof that the goods are not being used in north-eastern Syria....
  • New Customer to the Oplot
    New Customer to the Oplot October 10 2019
    Ukrainian Malyshev continues its Oplot deliveries. The company made a statement about the platforms at the Arms and Security 2019 exhibition organized by the media sponsorship of C4Defence. Negotiations are under way between Ukraine and Thailand for new phase deliveries for Oplot tanks, which have already completed all deliveries to Thailand. It is stated that the negotiations with a third country for the Oplots, which are also included in the inventory of the Ukrainian Army, c...
  • BMP-1P is More Powerful
    BMP-1P is More Powerful October 9 2019
    TechImpex touched the BMP-1, which was used extensively by the Communist Iron Curtain and African countries of the Cold War. The company has modernized a BMP-1 in Ukrainian inventory with its own resources.  Improvement made mainly on the firepower of the vehicle. The turret which has a 73 mm 2A28 Grom recoilles rifle main gun was replaced with new one-man turret which armed with 30 mm 2A72 auto cannon, a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun and a 30 mm KBA-17 grenade launcher. Vehicle'...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts September 24 2019
    The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refuelling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of four flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed b...
  • Integrated System by Rafael
    Integrated System by Rafael September 10 2019
    Israel-based Rafael takes part in Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) hosted by London. Rafael Advanced Defence Systems is showcasing its complete all-in-one Samson 30mm remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS), integrated with two Spike missiles and the Trophy Active Protection System (APS). Trophy is in service with the Israel Defence Forces on the Merkava Mk 3 and 4 main battle tanks (MBT) and on the Namer heavy armoured personnel carrier, with more...
  • Embraer Delivered first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force
    Embraer Delivered first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force September 5 2019
    Embraer delivered the first multi-mission airlift KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira /FAB) at a ceremony held at Anápolis Air Base.  The KC-390 was developed as a joint project between the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer. In 2014, FAB signed a firm order for 28 units of the KC-390 aircraft and initial logistical support. The aircraft are produced at the Gavião Peixoto factory, in São Paulo state. In order to maximize the...
  • New News from T-90
    New News from T-90 September 4 2019
    Modernized Sodema sights can be used on T-90 tanks. Sodema developed for BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles and other types of armoured vehicles. "We are planning to use Sodema sight for the modernization of T-90 tanks." Sergey Popov, first deputy director-general of the Schwabe holding company and deputy director for R&D and innovative development, said.  Popov added that apart from BMP-3 the Sodema sight would be installed on the Russian-made light armour vehicles...
  • Torpedoes for Korea
    Torpedoes for Korea August 28 2019
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea (ROK) of 31 MK 54 All Up Round lightweight torpedoes with support for an estimated cost of $72 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019. ROK has also requested torpedo containers, Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers, Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks...
  • Huge Deal for Raytheon
    Huge Deal for Raytheon August 27 2019
    The United States has signed an agreement worth 534 million US Dollars with Raytheon. Under the agreement, the company will undertake the production and engineering services of the Commander’s Independent Thermal Viewer, known as CITV, used in M1 Abrams tanks.  CITV helps M1 Abrams tank commanders to find and define targets by allowing commanders to monitor the environment around him in all weather conditions, which also increases situational awareness. Providing 360-degr...
  • Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans
    Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans August 22 2019
    Cooperation between Russia and Serbia continues. In October 2018, the Serbian Air Force received six MiG-29 fighter jets handed over by Russia as part of military and technical assistance. In addition to this military assistance, Serbia will procure Russian-made Mi-35 and Mi-17 transport helicopters. The helicopters will arrive for the Serbian Air Force in the first quarter of 2020, Serbia’s Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview with RTS television channel on August 19....
  • The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan
    The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan August 17 2019
    Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force (RoCAF) has confirmed it will be getting new F-16s. An infographic put out by the RoCAF has confirmed that it will be getting new F-16s. The RoCAF says it will stand up a new tactical fighter wing for these new jets. It should be made up of three squadrons. The jets will also come with conformal fuel tanks and uprated engines – which could mean the GE F110. Earlier, the Washington Post said the Trump administration has put up the $8 billion...
  • New Wing for CAS
    New Wing for CAS August 16 2019
    U.S. Air Force finishes wing replacements on A-10 Thunderbolts. The last pair of new wings for 173 A-10 Thunderbolt planes was successfully installed. The $2 billion projects to remove and replace the wings on the planes, some of which have been flying for nearly 40 years, began in 2011. The new wings are expected to last for up to 10,000 equivalent flight hours without a depot inspection.   The Cold War-era plane entered service in 1976, Although superseded by a vari...
  • VT5 Becoming Safer
    VT5 Becoming Safer August 9 2019
    The VT5, Republic of China's made-for-export light tank, is expected to be equipped with an active protection system which will enable the thin-armoured tank to expand its defence capability. An active protection system could detect incoming hostile projectiles before firing interception rockets to detonate them before they hit the tank. The VT5, also named Type 15 or ZTQ-15 has a weight from 33 to 36 tons depending on the armour fitted to the tank. With this weight, the tank of...
  • Towards Autonomous Tanks
    Towards Autonomous Tanks August 6 2019
    Israel’s Ministry of Defence wants to procure an armoured vehicle that can be operated by two soldiers instead of four with the hatch closed. The ministry tasked three Israeli companies, Israel Aerospace Industries and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, along with Elbit Systems to complete the task. Three companies demonstrated options for the project to US army representatives on Sunday at an army base in northern Israel. The so-called Carmel project, launched three y...
  • ACAR-K Radar is in the İnventory of Argentine Armed Forces
    ACAR-K Radar is in the İnventory of Argentine Armed Forces August 1 2019
    ASELSAN’s ACAR-K Ground Surveillance Radars are accepted to be in Argentina’s armed forces inventory. The radar is tested under the surveillance of General Hector Prechi, Commander of the 2nd Army of Argentina. Within the scope of the acceptance activity, ACAR-K Surveillance Radar was tested in different scenarios for the detection of pedestrians, light vehicles, tanks and helicopters in line with the request of the Armed Forces of Argentina. ACAR-K radar was operated by the relev...
  • Desert Warrior’s New Name
    Desert Warrior’s New Name July 28 2019
     US Army decided a new name for it’s M1A2 main battle tanks. The participation of tank units to “Operation Iraqi Freedom” brought many lessons concerning what was to be done to improve the M1A2. Platform gets a new machine gun for the tank commander, improved fire control,  with the crew being able to set the distance it wants a shell to explode, better infrared sights, and a new power unit that allows the tank to power communications and sensors without running it...
  • Donation from Russia
    Donation from Russia July 25 2019
    BRDM-2M armoured reconnaissance vehicles that Russia promised to donate to Serbia, reached the country. The delivery of 30 upgraded BRDM-2Ms is part of a wider military agreement that has already resulted in the transfer of six surplus MiG-29 fighters to Serbia in 2017 and should be completed by the end of 2019 with the transfer of 30 modernised T-72 main battle tanks. BRDM-2, taken from Yugoslavia, were already in service of the Serbian army.
  • Modernization of the Polish Army
    Modernization of the Polish Army July 24 2019
    T-72 main battle tanks in the Polish Army's inventory will undergo modernization and refit. “We modernize and modify this equipment, which is available in the Polish Army. Thanks to this upgrade, the tanks will be equipped with modern sights, navigation and observation devices as well as modern digital communications. Deep repairs of these tanks will also be carried out,” said the head of the Defence Ministry, Mariusz Błaszczak. Modernization is scheduled between 2019-2025.
  • India Moves to Serial Production
    India Moves to Serial Production July 23 2019
    Nag (Snake) third generation anti-tank guided missile, developed by India, is ready to enter series production after the successfully completed summer user trials. The trials were conducted between 7 and 18 July and included six missions. All of the tested missiles met the mission objectives, including minimum range, maximum range, in direct attack as well as top attack modes, and achieved a direct hit onto the target. Developed by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation...
  • Greek Cyprus to Get Leopard 2
    Greek Cyprus to Get Leopard 2 July 11 2019
      The European Defence Agency (EDA) is preparing to launch a programme in 2020 for four member states to upgrade or procure Leopard 2A7 equivalents. EDA is in final consultations with member states Greek Cyprus, Greece, Romania, and Spain to launch a programme in 2020 to modernise or procure Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank (MBT) fleets. According to the agency, the effort will aim at upgrading to Leopard 2A7 equivalents or acquiring them. The program will involve approximately 200 L...
  • 2.223 Billion $ Worth Sale to Taiwan
    2.223 Billion $ Worth Sale to Taiwan July 10 2019
      US decided to export 2.223 Billion to Taiwan, a country that it does not officially recognise.  “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) the statements read”.  US will sell M1A2T Abrams Tanks and related equipment and support for an estimated cost of $2 billion and Stinger missiles and related equipment and support for an es...