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  • S-500 System Close to Completing the Final Phase
    S-500 System Close to Completing the Final Phase March 27 2020
    Russia's new generation missile system S-500 has reached the final stage of testing. Vladimir Dolbenkov, CEO of the Design Bureau of Special Machine-Building, announced that important parts of the missile system are about to finish the testing phase. "They have developed and are completing the trials of units for the surface-to-air missile system: the launcher, the elements of the multi-functional locator and the missile defence locator, the equipped chassis for the combat control po...
  • Turkish Black Hawk on Trials
    Turkish Black Hawk on Trials March 25 2020
    The T70 Utility Helicopter Program, which was launched for the utility helicopter requirement of the Turkish Armed Forces and the fire fighting helicopter need of the General Directorate of Forestry, continues its progress. Presidency of Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı / SSB), which is the military acquirement corporation of Turkey, shared an information from its official social media accounts about the testing activities of the platform. In the statement, &...
  • Low Cost Turbojet on Tests
    Low Cost Turbojet on Tests March 25 2020
    The loitering munitions, systems that enter our literature as kamikaze ammunition, especially increase their effectiveness in high numbers. When the products in question are shown as the concept of the future, when used in high numbers, destruction becomes inevitable for hostile elements. This brings along the need for cost-effective components. The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) began testing the Gray Wolf missile and turbojet engine, developed as loitering munition. ...
  • Technology's Share Increases in US Defence Budget
    Technology's Share Increases in US Defence Budget March 20 2020
    The technological superiority of the US armed forces is faced with the rapid development of potential adversaries. To get ahead in the race, the US Department of Defence is expected to spend approximately $ 481 billion between 2018 and 2024 for technological advances. Frost & Sullivan, which has been conducting market research for investors and corporate firms by examining the sector, has made a study in the defence policy of the USA that touches on technology instead. According...
  • Raytheon Completes First Tests of Radar For Anti-Hypersonic Sensor
    Raytheon Completes First Tests of Radar For Anti-Hypersonic Sensor March 20 2020
    Raytheon said Tuesday it had completed the first round of testing of the radar antenna array for the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier and Missile Defence Sensor, a next-generation radar intended to counter hypersonic weapons. The first round of testing was indoors, in a climate-controlled test range with performance evaluation based on simulated targets. The next testing round will be at an outdoor range against real-world targets. Now that the first round is complete, the ant...
  • Colombia May Acquire Gripen Fighters Produced in Brazil
    Colombia May Acquire Gripen Fighters Produced in Brazil March 16 2020
    Colombian Air Force is considering ordering 15 units of aircraft to replace its Israeli Kfir If Colombia decides to purchase Saab Gripen fighters, aircraft production may take place in neighbouring Brazil. That’s what the Swedish manufacturer’s new CEO, Micael Johansson, told a Brazilian newspaper. Johansson said that the pool of Brazilian companies that today is responsible for part of the supply of fighter jets to the Brazilian Air Force could be used as a pl...
  • New Hovercraft Accepted
    New Hovercraft Accepted March 11 2020
    The new hovercraft developed for use in amphibious operations, including landing helicopter dock, has completed acceptance tests. Textron Systems, which continues its activities in the USA, announced that completion of the acceptance tests of the Next Generation Ship to Shore Connector. Craft 100 used in testing activities was subjected to extensive trials. The platform, which successfully demonstrated its wire control system, electrical and propulsion system capabilities, met ...
  • Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots
    Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots March 1 2020
    Raytheon's to upgrade the MIM-104 Patriot air defencee systems, which have been in the inventory of many countries for years. Under the USD 314 million deal signed between the US Army and Raytheon, the company will modernize the Patriots. With the agreement covering the systems of 17 user countries, the company will provide engineering services to users in the system, software and hardware development, integration, testing services, configuration management and logistics support...
  • 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...
  • Grey Wolf Begins Operational Testing
    Grey Wolf Begins Operational Testing February 24 2020
    The operational test phase has started in the new utility helicopter helicopter program. The operational testing phase of MH-139A Gray Wolf helicopters, will replace the UH-1 Iroquois, which has become one of the symbolic platforms of the Cold War thanks to its iconic sound and mission achievements, has begun. Trials to be carried out within the 413th Flight Test Squadron affiliated to the US Air Force (USAF) Material Command will also be the platform's first comp...
  • US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs
    US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs February 16 2020
    US Navy no longer wants to upgrade and repair the first four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) due to high cost.  The ships were built for experimenting and testing according to the Navy. They’re no longer worth a deeper financial investment, according to Rear Adm. Randy Crites, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for the budget. “They’re not configured like the other LCS in the fleet, and they need significant upgrades. Everything from combat [systems], to structural,...
  • USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft
    USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft February 16 2020
    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) have been cleared for shipboard launch and recovery of all currently deployed naval aircraft types aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).  This means that CVN 78 completed Aircraft Compatibility Testing (ACT) following 16 days at sea. The aircraft carrier passed sea compatibility tests with EMALS and AAG. It can launch and r...
  • Singapore to Acquire F-35s
    Singapore to Acquire F-35s February 16 2020
    Singapore’s Air Force chief Maj. Gen. Kelvin Khong has given green light for F-35 fighter jet even though he acknowledged that logistics remain as a problem to be solved. In a written reply to questions by the media, Maj. Khong said that the first four F-35Bs that Singapore is looking to buy would be located in the continental United States for initial training and testing. Khong said that although most of the F-35’s developmental issues have been resolved in r...
  • Sectorel News Issue 82 February 15 2020
    Network-Centric Mortar from Thales F-135s Retesting Sig Sauer Machine Gun to Special Forces V-22 for Carrier-borne Delivery BAAINBw Preferred Enforcer ODIN instead of ALIS in F-35 Last Tiger to Spain Dassault and Thales Partnership to France SIGINT Aircraft Iron Fist for Eitan Mass Production Period for National Engine of Anka Ships are Safer with ALACA Ukrainian Tanks Communicate wit...
  • Supersonic Jet Will Fly at The End of 2020
    Supersonic Jet Will Fly at The End of 2020 February 11 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...
  • Third Round on Jet Tender
    Third Round on Jet Tender February 3 2020
    Saab announced that the testing and evaluation phase for Gripen E / F and GlobalEye AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Command) aircraft has started under the third step of the jet fighter tender. As part of Finland's HX Program, Saab Gripen E/F's turn has started. The first serial production standard test aircraft, the 39-10, arrived at Tampere-Pirkkala Air Base located in the north of Helsinki on January 30. Twin seater Gripen NG 39-7, which is sensor t...
  • Last Frigate Launched
    Last Frigate Launched January 30 2020
    Fincantieri Shipyard came to an end during the construction phase of the FREMM (Fregata Europea Multi-Missione) Program. ITS Emilio Bianchi (F 589), the last FREMM built for the Italian Navy (Marina Militare), was launched at Fincantieri's Riva Trigoso Shipyard. The ship, which is the 10th and last platform ordered by Italy, will arrive at Muggiano Shipyard located in La Spezia for refit process. Following the fitting and testing phase, which will be completed under the coo...
  • New Test Phase for F-35 Engines
    New Test Phase for F-35 Engines January 28 2020
    The testing process has begun on F135 engines that power the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. As part of the process, which has been ongoing since June 2019, significant improvements will be made to the engine. According to the statement made by Pratt & Whitney, the process was carried out in the Arnold Engineering Development Center of the US Air Force. Within the scope of the studies, a new fan rotor was added to the F135 engines to increase efficiency and a trial phase was started...
  • Guided Rocked Solution Against Cruise Missiles
    Guided Rocked Solution Against Cruise Missiles January 28 2020
    The search for solutions against the increasing cruise missile threats is also expanding. As part of these efforts, the US Air Force carried out a new weapon test. In testing activities conducted in December 2019, an F-16C Fighting Falcon of the USn Air Force intercepted a high-speed target drone simulating cruise missile. AN/AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pod was used in tests with the laser-guided AGR-20A APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill System). It is unclear whether any changes...
  • HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials
    HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials January 25 2020
    HMS Queen Elizabeth gets Closer to Becoming Operational as Carrier Leaves For Trials The Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth has left Portsmouth for her first flight trials with British F-35B fighter jets in UK waters. During the flight trials, it is expected British F-35Bs will make their first landings on Queen Elizabeth in UK waters. Six pilots, from the Navy and RAF, will carry out their aircraft carrier qualification during that time. Last year, HMS Queen Elizabeth spent a few...
  • The ALACA Period at Sea
    The ALACA Period at Sea January 18 2020
    Meteksan Defence Company announced on the social media account that the Radar Cross-Sectional Measurement system, which is designed and developed for the Naval Forces Command, was delivered to the force. ALACA 35 GHz Radar Cross Section Measurement System was developed to increase the survivability of the platforms in inventory. The contract for the design, development and production of "Millimetre Wave Radar Cross-Sectional Measurement System" with entirely local faciliti...
  • World-First Electrical Technology from Rolls-Royce for Tempest Programme
    World-First Electrical Technology from Rolls-Royce for Tempest Programme January 9 2020
    British engine company Rolls-Royce released a press bulletin stating that they are developing world-first electrical technology for next-generation Tempest programme. To make the engine more electric, more intelligent and to harness more power, Rolls-Royce started to work to solve unprecedented levels of electrical power demand and thermal load; all need to be managed within the context of a stealthy aircraft. Rolls-Royce started to address the demands of the future in 2014. That ye...
  • The Agreement that Will Hide TF-X from The Radar
    The Agreement that Will Hide TF-X from The Radar December 26 2019
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) and TÜBİTAK BİLGEM signed a contract for the near field test facility within the scope of the Turkish Fighter Programme (TF-X). The agreement will establish the cross-sectional radar area of the TF-X at TUSAŞ campus and test the aircraft.   The General Manager of TUSAŞ. Dr Temel Kotil and TÜBİTAK BİLGEM President Dr Hacı Ali Mantar signed the contract. With the agreement, TAI will have established an infrastructure capabl...
  • US Space Fence Getting Closer
    US Space Fence Getting Closer December 16 2019
    US Air Forces Space Fence Project is getting an important milestone. The Space Fence facility located on Kwajalein Atoll is getting prepared to function. The radar will provide advanced space situational awareness for the Air Force. The primary mission of ground-based radar is to detect and track tens of thousands of objects in space. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Centre announced Dec. 10 that the radar system had entered a trial period. The move puts the system one step ...
  • First Modernized Tu-160M Enters Trials
    First Modernized Tu-160M Enters Trials November 30 2019
    The modernized variant of the strategic bomber Tu-160 (Blackjack) in Russia's production, with a variable arrow angle wing structure, has been tested. Tu-160M was transferred to Kazan Aviation for ground and flight testing. The platform, which was put into service in 1987, was stopped due to financial reasons due to the collapse of the Soviet Union. After strained relations with the West, the production line of Tu-160 reopened. After the ground tests are over, the Tu-160M will ent...
  • China Unveils World’s Largest Shipbuilding Group November 28 2019
    China State Shipbuilding Corporation officially debuted in Beijing on Tuesday, as a result of the merger between China’s two leading shipbuilding companies China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). CSC said that it operates 147 subsidiaries - including shipyards, research institutes, and listed companies. The merger of CSSC and CSIC will create the world’s largest shipbuilding group. Combining the 2018 sales of CSIC and CSSC, the n...
  • Future French Armoured Vehicles at Qualification Tests
    Future French Armoured Vehicles at Qualification Tests November 18 2019
      The French Army and French Navy started the qualification testing of the Griffon Armoured Personnel Carrier and Jaguar Armoured Fighting Vehicle in early November 2019 according to Naval News. The tests are consisted of in the embarkation and disembarkation of the vehicles aboard and from French Navy ship to shore connectors, namely the Landing Craft Utilities and landing catamaran. The ageing CTMs will be replaced by the new EDA-S starting in mid-2020. Th...
  • USAF plans to use XQ-58A as datalink node between F-22 and F-35
    USAF plans to use XQ-58A as datalink node between F-22 and F-35 November 14 2019
    Sometime next month, the U.S. Air Force plans to get the F-22’s Inter/Intra-Flight Data Link (IFDL) to talk with the F-35’s Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL). Both jets will share data with each other via the GatewayOne node that sits on top of pole. And if all goes well, the GatewayOne will be mounted on the XQ-58A four months later for further testing. The event is hosted by North American Aerospace Defence Command and U.S. Northern Command.
  • The Bundeswehr Refuses new A400Ms November 14 2019
    The German military announced it would not accept deliveries of two A400M Atlas transport aircraft due to recurring technical problems. “During routine inspections of the mounting nuts on the propellers of the A400M already in flight, it was found that not all 24 nuts per propeller have the intended tightening torque,” revealed the Luftwaffe, the German air force, in a statement. Increased inspections of the engine mounts, combustion chambers, and engine flap, ...
  • HH-60W to be Tested
    HH-60W to be Tested November 12 2019
    New HH-60W helicopters of US landed at Eglin Nov. 6 to begin developmental testing. The second HH-60W general-purpose helicopter reached the test area the next day. The platform is based on the UH-60M helicopter in design. The aircraft is modified to perform missions locating and rescuing downed pilots in hostile territory, and United States Air Force (USAF)purchased 113 HH-60W helicopters equipped for search and rescue missions. HH-60W is significantly more capable and re...
  • What is the Real Price of F-35?
    What is the Real Price of F-35? November 5 2019
    The news that the F-35A price tag will be lower than 80 million USD was a piece of sensational news. It meant that a government could decide to acquire either F-16 or F-35 as the price difference was almost less than 20 million USD per copy.  Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has a different perspective on the price tag. According to the nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes overpriced military spending Pentagon is trying to deceive by obscuring F100 Million...
  • US’ Second Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to Enter the Water
    US’ Second Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to Enter the Water October 30 2019
    The US Navy’s second Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, John F Kennedy (CVN 79), is set to enter the water for the first time. The dry dock where the vessel’s keel was laid in 2015 is currently being flooded in phases with over 100 million gallons of water. Several tests will be carried out during the flooding process. CVN 79 will be put through more tests in November. The vessel will be named in a ceremony on 7 December. The Geral...
  • MBDA Signs Agreement with India
    MBDA Signs Agreement with India September 20 2019
    MBDA, has signed an agreement with Bharat Dynamics Limited of India. The agreement involves the advanced short-range air-to-air missile (ASRAAM) and Mistral missiles, and covers final assembly, integration and testing, says MBDA. The ASRAAM will be used by New Delhi's fleet of Sepecat/Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) Jaguar ground attack jets. It will also see service with the Tejas Mk-1A, a combat-capable of the version of the Hawk Mk132 called Hawk-India, and the Sukhoi Su-30MKI. A...
  • “Digital” Attack from Russia September 11 2019
    The official testing of Russia’s first “digital” gunship, the MI-24P-1M equipped with new generation onboard electronic equipment will be completed within a year’s time, a representative for the Russian Defence Ministry contractor's company KRET said. "The Russian Defence Ministry created a technical task for us. According to this document, we made the first model of the upgraded MI-24P-1M. We have already taken the vehicle from the military uni...
  • First Brazilian Gripen E Completes its First Flight
    First Brazilian Gripen E Completes its First Flight August 28 2019
    Saab completed a successful first flight with the first Brazilian Gripen E fighter aircraft, 39-6001. At 2.41 pm CET on August 26, the Gripen E aircraft took off on its maiden flight flown by Saab test pilot Richard Ljungberg. The aircraft operated from Saab´s airfield in Linköping, Sweden.  The duration of the flight was 65 minutes and included test points to verify basic handling and flying qualities at different altitudes and speeds. The main purpose was to verify...
  • Last Typhoon on Final Delivery August 12 2019
    The last Tranche 3 Eurofighter Typhoon, built for its user, has begun testing. In this context, the platform also made the second test flight.    The countdown for the latest Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3 is off the production line for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Recently the integration of the last avionics of the platform has begun at BAE Systems' Warton facilities.    According to Flight Global, the RAF has more than 100 Eurofi...
  • Texas to Become Test Center August 12 2019
    A Texas university will be home to a 130 million US Dollar combat development complex used by Army Futures Command.    Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS campus in Bryan will be the new home to accelerator space, laboratories and offices for the four-star command. The announcement was made in a news release Thursday after the board of regents authorized the contract.   The building will cost Texas A&M System 50 million US ...
  • F-35 Lowers Readiness Rates August 11 2019
    US Air Force suffers from low readiness rates; the newer aircraft is, the lower readiness is. The US renews its fleets to sustain high readiness rate but on the contrary, it decreases the Air Force Times report indicates. Lockheed Martin is waiting for the green light to start at serial production but it needs first Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) approval. Under federal law, a major defence acquisition program cannot legally proceed to full-rate production unt...
  • 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...
  • Sector News Issue 76 August 9 2019
    The first British P-8 Poseidon Flies Desert Warrior’s New Name Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation Navy to Work with Northrop Grumman Robots on the Field First Griffon Delivered ACAR-K Radar is in the Inventory of Argentine Armed Forces Turkey's First Electric Armoured Vehicle Began Testing 53 percent Growth from STM Hürjet Counting Down Days ...