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  • 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...
  • Russia Plans to Unveil the New TOS-2 Heavy Flamethrower System Next Year
    Russia Plans to Unveil the New TOS-2 Heavy Flamethrower System Next Year November 14 2019
    The Russian Defence Ministry plans to show the new TOS-2 heavy flamethrower system at the parade in honour of the 75th anniversary of the Victory and send it to the troops. The head of the chemical, biological and radiation protection forces of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, said that the TOS-2 heavy flamethrower system should enter the military units in May 2020. “By the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Pat...
  • 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...
  • Ukraine and Turkey Co-Produce Akıncı UAV
    Ukraine and Turkey Co-Produce Akıncı UAV August 20 2019
    Ukrainian State Concern UkrOboronProm made a written statement from its internet page. The declaration was only available in Ukrainian. Unofficial translation of declaration states that the new-generation Akıncı (unmanned aerial cavalry) unmanned aerial vehicle will become one of the first projects of a joint venture created by Ukrspetseksport, a member of UkrOboronProm, and the Turkish company Baykar Defence. "The next generation Akıncı Impact UAV is designed to meet the requi...
  • New Combat Outfit for Soldiers
    New Combat Outfit for Soldiers August 16 2019
    Russian soldiers will be protected with new combat outfit. About 2,000 servicemen of the Central Military District deployed in the Samara and Orenburg regions have received a new Ratnik combat gear. The Ratnik is part of a project designed to improve the capability of each individual soldier on the battlefield.   The Ratnik gear is a system of modern protective and communication devices, weapons and ammunition. It consists of a helmet, a body armour; a one-piece cover...
  • New Player for the Raytheon and Rheinmetall Partnership
    New Player for the Raytheon and Rheinmetall Partnership August 14 2019
    Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence are partnering with Pratt & Miller Defence for the U.S. Army's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle competition. The Detroit-based company will provide engineering analysis to help ensure the KF41 Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle meets or exceeds the Army's survivability requirements for the program. Raytheon and Rheinmetall will offer an American-made KF41 Lynx vehicle to answer the U.S. Army’s call for a Next-Generation Combat Vehicle...
  • Nuclear Breaker to Arctic Regions
    Nuclear Breaker to Arctic Regions August 11 2019
    FSUE ATOMFLOT continues to procure nuclear-powered icebreakers. Russia's Baltic Shipyard (Baltiysky Zavod) announced they have inked a 1.5 Billion USD contract with FSUE ATOMFLOT for the construction of the fourth and fifth Project 22220 class nuclear-powered icebreakers.  Delivery of both vessels is planned for 2024 and 2026 . The first ship of the class; Arktika was laid down at the Baltic Shipyard in November 2013. The second one; Siberia was laid down in May 2015. T...
  • New Termal Eyes for Turkish Submarines
    New Termal Eyes for Turkish Submarines August 8 2019
    Turkey has signed an agreement, which is worth 45 million US Dollar, with Hensoldt. Under the agreement, the Turkish Navy will supply eight SERO 400 periscopes with thermal imaging capabilities. Periscopes will be integrated into Preveze Class (Type 209/1400) submarines. Preveze Class (Type 209/1400) submarines are named after the Type 209 steel, which is the construction material of the submarine, and weight of the submarine, which is 1400 tons. The platform, which has a displ...
  • Hellenic Observer at Simos
    Hellenic Observer at Simos August 5 2019
    The Hellenic Coast Guard will start testing a tethered aerostat for sea surveillance mission, as part of a FRONTEX operation. The system will be providing surveillance of a sea area from the island of Samos. The system is fitted with a radar, thermal camera, AIS (Automatic Identification System) system and can climb up to 1,000 meters from the base station. After successfully completing the testing of its systems, it will be tested on a trial basis from Tuesday 30th of July 2019 for a 28-day ...
  • Upgrade for Germany
    Upgrade for Germany July 31 2019
    The US-based company Raytheon will upgrade Germany's Patriots air defence systems to the improved PAC-3 MSE standard. Shortly after the German Defence and Budget Committees approved the upgrade, the US $ 105.5 million contract aims to bring Germany's air defence system in line with other EU and NATO countries using Patriot. The German army's inventory includes Patriot PAC-3 air defence systems delivered by the United States between 2008 and 2010. The improved version of ...
  • Turkey's First Electric Armoured Vehicle Began Testing
    Turkey's First Electric Armoured Vehicle Began Testing July 22 2019
    Turkey's first new-generation electric 4x4 armoured vehicle Akrep IIe began challenging road and off-road mobility test. Akrep II designed by Otokar as an armoured reconnaissance and weapon platform, the first vehicle of the armoured vehicle family, Akrep IIe. The platform can be equipped with alternative power plants (electric, diesel and hybrid). The AKREP IIe is a technology demonstrator, which is equipped with an innovative electric-based power and propulsion solution that consists of...
  • New UAV Support to the Border July 19 2019
      The Islamic Republic of Iran Army Ground Forces has deployed three home-made Mohajer-6 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Where the platforms are deployed is not explained but the military released photographs showing at least one Mohajer-6 deployed to an unidentified airfield that was said to be in northeast Iran, 170 km from the Afghanistan border.  The aircraft would be used to identify and destroy threats to the country's borders. Mohajer 6 is armed with ...
  • Serbia Prefers French Missiles
    Serbia Prefers French Missiles July 17 2019
    Serbia signs for the acquisition of Mistral 3 short-range air defence systems with MBDA. During  French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Serbia, MBDA announces the signing of a contract for Mistral 3 short-range air defence systems . Serbia becomes the 32nd customer country for the Mistral missile. This will allow Serbia to benefit from the shared user experiences from the many forces operating and to contribute to the definition of the future developments of the weapon systems...
  • Russia to Modernize T-72B Platform
    Russia to Modernize T-72B Platform July 5 2019
      Belarusian Ministry of Defence signed a contract with Russia-based Uralvagonzavod for the modernization of 11 T-72B main battle tanks. The T-72B3 upgrade is designed to turn the basic T-72 into a modern fighting platform. It provides the vehicle, Sosna-U sight that allows the vehicle to engage targets at 3,000 m using a thermal imager, improved armour and a modestly improved 125 mm main gun. The vehicles will be delivered between now and next year. Belarus has alrea...
  • Public Security Agreement between ASİSGUARD and DAHUA TECHNOLOGY
    Public Security Agreement between ASİSGUARD and DAHUA TECHNOLOGY May 1 2019
    ASISGUARD, Asis' new defence brand, has signed a technology transfer agreement with Dahua, one of the world's leading companies in the security technologies sector. ASISGUARD, which was founded by Asis Electronics and Information Systems with the vision of developing national system solutions for the defence industry, has signed an important agreement with Dahua Technology to work together especially in public security solutions. With the agreement signed at IDEF'19...
  • Eye of the Ukrainian Missile: ASELSAN
    Eye of the Ukrainian Missile: ASELSAN May 1 2019
    In order to be used as a thermal sight in anti-tank missile systems in the inventory of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, ASELSAN and Ukrainian state defence agency Spets Techno Export (STE) signed a contract for the supply of ASELSAN's Dörtgöz-S thermal imagers. Dörtgöz has recently been tested extensively with the Skif missile in Ukraine. In addition to the agreement on the procurement of Dörtgöz-S thermal camera, a sale contract was signed between ASEL...
  • Marker Armed Testbed UGV from Russia
    Marker Armed Testbed UGV from Russia March 7 2019
    Russian Foundation for Advanced Studies (FPI), Russia's equivalent to the US DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) in conjunction with the Android Technology' has started a joint Project called the Marker UGV. The Marker UGV is designed to be a testbed for new technologies that will interact with special forces to test and mature emerging technologies and concepts of operation. The vehicle is equipped with a Remote Weapon Station (RWS) and is armed with...
  • Ukraine Modernizes its Tanks
    Ukraine Modernizes its Tanks February 13 2019
      A new statement came from Ukraine, which is working for modernization and compliance with Western standards. An announcement came from the official social media account of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Since 2018, over 100 modernized T-64 tanks have been received from Kharkiv Facilities in Ukraine. In the statement, it is announced that the so-called T-64 2017 systems have new combat capabilities. Tanks were equipped with digital crypted communication s...
  • Mistral Missile Has Anti-Surface Capability
    Mistral Missile Has Anti-Surface Capability January 11 2019
    MBDA has successfully demonstrated the use of the Mistral missile against Fast Inshore Attack Crafts (FIAC)s at the end of last year. A number of foreign delegations attended the demonstration firing that was performed from a SIMBAD-RC automated naval turret firing from the land against a fast moving remotely-controlled semi-rigid boat more than 3 kilometres off the coast. The scenario was intended to be representative of the self-protection of a vessel against an asymmetric threat. In its la...
  • Morocco to Acquire Abrams Tank
    Morocco to Acquire Abrams Tank December 4 2018
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of enhancements to 162 Abrams tanks for an estimated cost of $1.259 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 28, 2018. The Government of Morocco has requested to purchase enhancements to 162 Abrams tanks procured through the Excess Defence Article (EDA) program to one of the following variants:  ...
  • Starstreaks to be Modernised
    Starstreaks to be Modernised October 30 2018
    The UK has decided to modernize very short-range air defence systems. Defence Minister Andrew Stuart made a statement about modernization. Starstreak short-range air defence systems will be modernized, the minister said during a visit to Belfast. A £ 93 million agreement was signed for the modernization program to be carried out under the F-ADAPT (Future Air Defence Availability Project) Project. After the completion of the project, the systems will be active in the 2020s. &nb...
  • A-Darter Qualified
    A-Darter Qualified September 26 2018
    South Africa-based Denel Dynamics announced the completion of qualification tests for A-Darter missile. Four launches were carried out during the tests and the target drones of the Skua developed by the same company were used as targets. Tests were performed in the Overberg Test Site. During the qualification, the system was passed three stages, lock on after launch, close air combat and electronic counter-countermeasures and the ability of the missile to turn 180 degrees under the high G loa...
  • Greece Developed TELEMACHOS Surveillance Radar September 22 2018
    The first Greek design, development and construction of the TELEMACHOS surveillance radar will be presented publicly by the Hellenic Aviation Industry (DAB) on Saturday and Sunday at the Tanagra International Air Show 2018. The TELEMACHOS surveillance radar is a 100% Greek product developed by Greek scientists and consists of a radar, a day / night electro-optical sensor (thermal camera), the tripod on which the radar and the electro-optical system and a portable control station wit...
  • Boeing Invests In 3D Printing Company
    Boeing Invests In 3D Printing Company August 15 2018
    Boeing announced investment in Digital Alloys, Inc., that develops high-speed, multi-metal additive manufacturing systems for 3D-printed parts for aerospace and other production applications. Boeing’s investment in 3D printing will serve on combining multiple metals into each part, which enhances thermal, electrical, magnetic and mechanical properties. The process allows metals like titanium and high-temperature alloys to be 3D-printed for parts that could be used on Boeing pr...
  • New Weapon to Russian Boats
    New Weapon to Russian Boats August 2 2018
    The newest boats of the Russian Navy were equipped with the Uprava-Kord remote command weapons station (UKSS). It is announced that all of the Project 03160 Raptor and Project 12150 Mangust class attack crafts will be equipped with Uprava-Kord remote controlled weapon station (RCWS). The Ukrava-Kord UKSS has a dual axis stabilization system and integrated electro-optic (EO) unit. This platform also allows for the integration of the EO station with a separate gyro-stab...
  • Iran to produce 800 MBT
    Iran to produce 800 MBT July 22 2018
    The Iranian military will receive up to 800 new and upgraded main battle tanks in the coming years. Defence ministry plans to upgrade and produce around 50 – 60 tanks annually at its production facility in Dorud. The tanks to be built will be most likely the Karrar (Striker) and the Zolfaghar. The Karrar is an indigenous combat vehicle developed in-house by Iran's Defence Industries Organisation (DIO) and was announced on 12 March 2017. It has three crew (Gunner, Commander and Drive...
  • Puma Getting Strength
    Puma Getting Strength July 17 2018
    German Army's Puma infantry fighting vehicles will be modernized in two steps. Projekt System & Management GmbH (PSM) is the the contractor of upgrade programme. PSM calls the modernization program Puma S1 and Puma S2. The joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), with S1, command control, situational awareness and increased anti-tank capability; S2 will also make improvements in killer-killer capability. In S1 phase, PRC117 embedded satellite r...
  • FNSS Launches PARS 4x4 Anti-Tank Vehicle Eurosatory 2018
    FNSS Launches PARS 4x4 Anti-Tank Vehicle Eurosatory 2018 June 11 2018
    Developed by FNSS to meet the needs of Turkish Land Forces Command, the PARS 4x4 Anti-Tank Vehicle (ATV) makes its first world appearance at Eurosatory 2018, where one of the two prototypes of the vehicle produced for qualification tests is being displayed at the FNSS stand, giving visitors to the event the opportunity to inspect up close a fully mission-equipped vehicle. The two prototypes, produced as part of the ATV project, will spend the coming months undergoing qualification tests once ...
  • 1000th Sarp Sight Delivered
    1000th Sarp Sight Delivered June 8 2018
    The 1000th delivery of the ATS70 electro-optic system, which was mass-produced from 2016 and used in Sarp remote-controlled weapons systems, was completed 100th delivery in the past days. The ATS70, which is an integrated electro-optic system that includes thermal and daytime vision cameras and laser rangefinder systems with continuous magnification, is working on the Sarp systems within the General Directorate of Security, General Command of Gendarmerie and Land Forces Command.
  • Russia’s new UAV to enter trials in mid-2018
    Russia’s new UAV to enter trials in mid-2018 June 2 2018
    Russia’s new Katran rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) trials are scheduled for mid-2018. The Katran is designed for fire support and reconnaissance missions, and carries a photo or TV camera, or a thermal imager. It features a co-axial rotor scheme and can land at unpaved airstrips. The Katran has a normal take-off weight of 340 kg. The vehicle with 115-hp engine carries a 60 kg payload.  The Katran has a hover ceiling of 2,000 m and a service ceiling of...
  • New Kamikaze to Battlefield
    New Kamikaze to Battlefield May 27 2018
    Slovakian Incoff Aerospace and Compel Industries introduce their newly developed lightweight loitering munition. The ammunition, called the Predator AX-1, was developed upon the request of the Slovak Defense Ministry. The Predator AX-1, made from carbon fiber material. It's foldable mid-wings mechanically opens after launching. Two electric motor driven system can use RPG-7's PG-7VM high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) or TB-7V thermobaric warhead. The sy...
  • ASELSAN Dortgoz at Ukraine Skif Tests
    ASELSAN Dortgoz at Ukraine Skif Tests May 20 2018
    The Kiev Design Bureau of Ukraine (LUCH) performed firing tests for the export version of the Skif anti-tank missile. According to company press release, the launch for a foreign client was held in May. LUCH has made some changes on Skif according to the customer's request. At the beginning of the requested changes are thermal imagers. This thermal imager was supplied by ASELSAN. ASELSAN's Dortgoz thermal imager provided the desired success in testing the first shot hit in all we...
  • Export Skif is OK
    Export Skif is OK May 19 2018

    Kyiv Design Bureau made another test for export version of Skif anti-tank missile. In the final test for the export version of the missile, some changes were made to potential customers' potential claims.

    In addition to the changes made to enable the launcher to be used on soft ground such as desert sand, a more powerful thermal imager has been added to the system.

    Man-portable Skif missile system has 5500 meters range and it can penetrate 1100 mm RHA.

  • Elbit Completed Delivery Phase
    Elbit Completed Delivery Phase May 15 2018
    Elbit Systems announced on 13 May that the delivery phase of the Land 125 Phase 3C contract supplying XACTth65 thermal weapon sights to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been completed. Since delivery commenced in September 2016, nearly 4 thousand 800 XACTth65 thermal sights have been supplied to the Australian Army. 
  • Remote-controlled AMAZON in Efes'18
    Remote-controlled AMAZON in Efes'18 May 8 2018
    BMC exhibits 12 vehicles with two new configurations in the Efes 2018 military exercise, one of the most comprehensive activities of the Turkish Armed Forces. One of the most remarkable vehicles was the unmanned remote-controlled multi-purpose armored vehicle 'Amazon'. AMAZON 4x4 can be remote-controlled from five kilometres within sight and one kilometres out of sight. The vehicle cannot be intervened even if third persons are rushed into the vehicle as the c...
  • Improved 'Skif' Passed Tests
    Improved 'Skif' Passed Tests April 24 2018
    Ukraine's new antitank guided missile system "Skif" modification (an export variant of the Ukrainian "Stugna-P") has been successfully tested at one of the military testing grounds, Ukroboronprom announced on 19 April. The design of the advanced "Skif" has undergone a number of changes in accordance with the requirements of the potential customer. All modifications aimed at adapting the launcher for use in soft soil and sand. One of the mo...
  • Indigenous 'Eye' To Infrared Thermal System
    Indigenous 'Eye' To Infrared Thermal System March 11 2018
    According to ASELSAN's 2017 annual report, there was a significant improvement in the most critical aspect of the infrared imagers. According to the report, the Uncooled Infrared Thermal Detector (Microbolometer), indigenously developed by ASELSAN engineers, has successfully completed trials. The first bolometer type uncooled infrared detector produced by ASELSAN was integrated into ASELSAN's thermal weapon sights in 2017. Infrastructural studies for the mass production of the detecto...
  • Capability Demonstration by HERO 400EC
    Capability Demonstration by HERO 400EC January 10 2018
    Israeli UVision has successfully demonstrated the Hero-400EC extended-range loitering system for a strategic customer. The demonstration, which took place in southern Israel in December 2017, proved the tracking and lock-on capabilities along with mission-abort and high-precision capabilities. The new electric engine of the munition with much lower acoustic and thermal signatures provides advantage regarding high-speed transit and low-speed loitering. Being able to neutralize b...
  • Indigenous Guidance Kit in Mass Production
    Indigenous Guidance Kit in Mass Production December 5 2017
    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, Defence Industry Research and Development Institute (TUBITAK SAGE) announced that it has begun mass production of the Wing Assisted Guidance Kit (Kanatlı Güdüm Kiti/KGK), which was developed to provide guidance and extended range capability to unguided general purpose bombs. The unveiling ceremony of the Wing Assisted Guidance Kit weapon system, developed and produced indigenously, was held at TUBITAK. ...
  • M60 Solution by Leonardo
    M60 Solution by Leonardo October 19 2017
    Leonardo presented the M60A3 overhaul and upgrade solution at BIDEC 2017. The company offers improved lethality, mobility and crew survivability through a modular solution which integrates a new 120/45 mm main gun with a Fire Control System (FCS) featuring day and night 3rd generation thermal imagers, a set of modern protection systems and an upgrade of the power pack. The solution also integrates a new multi-purpose, combat-proven, stabilized Remote Control...