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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Brutus at Fire Range
    Brutus at Fire Range July 31 2019
    US is continuing to develop its Brutus howitzer, as a reminder of France's CAESER howitzer. US Army fired the 155 mm Brutus self-propelled howitzer in Northern Strike 2019 drill, Michigan. In February 2018, the U.S. Army announced it was interested in exploring available options for a new howitzer to replace its existing 105mm and 155mm towed types. The Brutus 155mm self-propelled mobile gun is jointly developed by the AM General and The Mandus Group companies. The Brutus mounts the same ...
  • Second Maya-Class Received
    Second Maya-Class Received July 18 2019
      Japan Marine United Corporation launched the second Maya-class guided missile destroyer for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force on 17 July. Named Haguro, the 170 m-long vessels will use the Aegis Baseline J7 supported by the Lockheed Martin/Raytheon AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar. The ship, which cost about USD1.6 billion to build, is expected to be commissioned in March 2021. The first-of-class Maya, which was launched on 30 July 2018. The maritime tests of the ...
  • New Delhi Approves Navy Ka-31 Buy
    New Delhi Approves Navy Ka-31 Buy May 11 2019
    The Defence Acquisition Council on Friday cleared the purchase of 10 Russian-made Kamov Ka-31 31 Helix airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN). ANI news agency reported the proposed acquisition would cost approximately Rs 3,600 crore (US$518 million).. The procurement of 10 Ka-31 AEW&C helicopters, used as airborne pickets by the IN, will allow them to improve their situational awareness at sea, and follow-on orders after India ordered...
  • Boran is Ready for Qualification
    Boran is Ready for Qualification April 30 2019
    As part of the Air Transportable Towed Howitzer Project with MKEK as the contractor, Boran howitzer is about to be completed. The system is ready for qualification tests. All the parameters of the system will be subjected to extensive trials within the scope of the tests planned to start in May. Boran's parameters such as road and movement, positioning, braking will be tested in the process planned to be carried out in two stages, with and without firing. In the firing stage, fi...
  • "Helge Ingstad" to Be Towed at Hanøytangen
    "Helge Ingstad" to Be Towed at Hanøytangen March 1 2019
    The sunken Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad was partially raised on Wednesday, but will have to be towed to calmer waters to be fully raised and subsequently transferred to the Haakonsvern Naval Base in Bergen. Due to high waves at the collision site, the frigate "Helge Ingstad" and the barges will be towed to Hanøytangen, approximately 15 nautical miles southeast of the current site. The distance from the collision site to Hanøytangen is approximate...
  • DSRV to Rescue Indian Submarines
    DSRV to Rescue Indian Submarines October 19 2018
    India has completed trials of the newly acquired submarine rescue system. During trials, vehicle strength and rescue capabilities were tested. DSRV system is procured from UK and dive to a depth of 666 meters during tests. It was reported that this depth was the deepest point that a manned vehicle could dive in Indian waters. The Indian Navy bought two DSRVs in 2016 with an agreement of US $ 270 million. There are also two DSAR-650L DSRVs, the Launch and Recovery System (LARS), the ...
  • MKEK’s 105mm Boran Howitzer First Time on Air Transportation
    MKEK’s 105mm Boran Howitzer First Time on Air Transportation September 21 2018
    The Turkish Company, the Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation’s (Makina Ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu/ MKEK) 105mm air transportable light towed howitzer Boran is transported for first time. The new 105mm MKEK towed howitzer can provides direct and indirect fire support to the forces deployed in combined arms operations. Turkish Land Forces plans to acquire 106 Boran howitzers. The MKEK 105mm towed howitzer can fire all type of ammunition uses by NATO countries. The ...
  • Navy Continues with Northrop Grumman
    Navy Continues with Northrop Grumman July 6 2018
    The US Navy has signed a new agreement with Northrop Grumman for the maintenance and technical support of the AN / AQS-24 mine detection system. Under the deal, which will amount to US $ 9.9 million, Northrop Grumman Undersea Systems will continue to provide maintenance, technical support, logistical support and documentation support for the systems in question. Helicopter towed AN / AQS-24 is a SONAR interfaced mine hunting system that provides detection and classification of ocean...
  • Indigenously Developed Towed Gun Displayed at DefExpo
    Indigenously Developed Towed Gun Displayed at DefExpo April 17 2018
    Indian Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) exhibited its indigenously developed 155 mm/45 calibre Sharang towed gun at the DefExpo 2018 in Chennai. With its 7 metre-long barrel, the system weighs 8,4 tonnes and designed to meet Indian Army requirement to replace existing Russian-made M-46 towed guns.
  • Israel's New Decoy Unveiled in Singapore
    Israel's New Decoy Unveiled in Singapore February 8 2018
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled a new self-protection towed decoy electronic warfare system which provides an added layer of self-defence for aircrafts.  Developed by  IAI's intelligence subsidiary ELTA Group, is towed by the aircraft, and providing protection it by luring radar-guided missiles. The new ELL-8270 towed decoy is being displayed at Singapore Airshow 2018. According to the company, ELL-8270 is completely autonomous, does not ...
  • ASELSAN Announcement
    ASELSAN Announcement January 17 2018
    ASELSAN has signed the serial production contract with Turkish Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) for the Air Defense Fire Control System (FCS); Modernized 35 mm Towed Guns and 35 mm Airburst Ammunition (ATOM). You may download the relevant press release below.
  • Transition to Domestic Systems in Air Defence
    Transition to Domestic Systems in Air Defence January 16 2018
    Under the short-range, low altitude air defence system contract signed between the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) and ASELSAN, 35-millimetre towed weapon system modernization work has been commenced with the serial production of Fire Management Device (AIC) and fragmented ammunition series. The transition process to domestic systems has been hereby initiated with the above-mentioned products as well as the development of ASELSAN’s Self Pro...
  • Towed Mortar “Stuck”
    Towed Mortar “Stuck” December 20 2017
    The modernization request for the increasing capability and effectiveness of the Expeditionary Fire Support System, is stuck. EFSS which is a 120-millimeter mortar system used by the US Marine Corps. Corps’ request for modernisation is denied due to budget. In the early 2000s, the high mobility system, which was designed to fit into the cabin of the V-22 Osprey can shoot six kilograms of ammunition to 16 kilometers.
  • Upgrade Package for 'Bofors'
    Upgrade Package for 'Bofors' December 15 2017
    Indian Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) company has unveiled the upgraded version of L-70 Bofors towed anti-aircraft weapon system.  The upgrade package includes modernization of Bofors' processor and interface boards, power amplifiers, stabilised pedestal, and high precision mechanical subsystems, video tracker and fire control solutions, all of which have been fully designed, developed and manufactured by BEL in-house.   The company also develope...
  • 'Zumwalt' Disappointed Yet Again
    'Zumwalt' Disappointed Yet Again December 14 2017
    The second Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer, USS Michael Monsoor, suffered an equipment failure that prevented the ship from conducting sea trials. Returning back to the Bath Iron Works shipyard for repair work, the vessel is planned to be handed over to the US Navy in March. The destroyer has left the shipyard on 4 December to conduct builder’s trials in order to test key systems. Reuters reported that the problem was electrical in nature, with ...
  • Panther On The Move
    Panther On The Move February 19 2017
    Turkish Machinary and Chemical Industry Corporation's (MKEK's) towed howitzer 'Panter' (Panther) is on the move. The first mock-up of truck-mounted howitzer Panter 2, developed in partnership of MKEK and ASELSAN, has been displayed at the defence exhibition in Abu Dabhi. MKEK's 40 km-range artillery weapon Panter was designed as both to move by its own and towed. Panter 2 maintains the main features of the howitzer, however is able to move faster via truck. The b...
  • Joint Tender Decision
    Joint Tender Decision February 9 2017
    Estonia has received a decision to join Finland's joint tender proposal. Two countries will supply K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPH) manufactured by the Korean company Hanwa Techwin in the scope of this bid. Estonia signed a memorandum of understanding with Finland on February 6th to begin negotiations on procurement. The Estonian Minister of Defence announced that the country is plannig to add at least 12 K-9 SPHs into their inventory and the first K-9 ...
  • India Tests 'Dhanush' In The Himalayas
    India Tests 'Dhanush' In The Himalayas January 10 2017
    India carries out validation trials of its indigeniously manufactured artillery gun Dhanush in the Himalayas. According to local sources, the trials are the final phase before serial production of the towed howitzer. Dhanush 155 mm design is based on Swedish Bofors’ FH-77B, which India acquired in the 1980s.
  • "Imitator" Submarine by Russia December 6 2016
    Russia developed a conceptual design of an emulator robot called Surrogat that imitates submarines. Designed to be used in naval exercises, terrain mapping and reconnaissance, Surrogat has a length of 17 meters and able to imitate both conventional and nuclear-powered submarines. Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering equipped the emulator system with towed sonar arrays to reproduce hostile subs acoustic and electromagnetic fields. Lithium-ion battery of Surrogat enables the syste...
  • Indıa signs M777 Lıghtweıght Howıtzer deal
    Indıa signs M777 Lıghtweıght Howıtzer deal December 4 2016
    New Delhi has signed a $750 million U.S. purchase for 145 BAE Systems M777 lightweight 155 mm 39-calibre towed howitzers from that country The Indian Ministry of Defence’s Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC) approved the purchase in June.  According to contract, 120 of the 145 M777s will be assembled in India.
  • 'Daring' Fall From Power
    'Daring' Fall From Power November 25 2016
    The UK Royal Navy’s Daring-class (Type 45) HMS Duncan had to be towed back into port due to propulsion system failure. The incident took place as HMS Duncan was taking part in NATO exercises off the Devon coast. UK Royal Navy has a fleet of six Type 45 destroyers, all of which need repairs. The first of the class HMS Daring lost power in the Atlantic ocean in 2009 during on her maiden deployment. In 2014, HMS Dauntless suffered a power outage during a naval exercise. In 2014 the ...
  • Zumwalt Stuck in Panama
    Zumwalt Stuck in Panama November 22 2016
    The US Navy’s guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt, had to be towed to a berth in the Panama Canal on Monday due to an issue with heat exchangers in the ship’s integrated power plant. Passing through the lower half of the canal, the vessel had to be directed to a former US naval station Rodman for necessary repairs. The ship’s integrated power system provides electrical power to both the propulsion plant and sensors, weapons and ship’s services. 
  • Control Over Sea Enhances
    Control Over Sea Enhances November 21 2016
    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) prototype has completed shipborne sea trials on Sea Hunter, the US Navy’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel. Over two days tests, TALONS performed 90 minutes of flight each day, ascending to an altitude of 305 metres while testing its onboard sensor and communication systems. Further at-sea trials will follow. TALONS is a fully automated parafoil...
  • China's First Nuclear Sub Retired
    China's First Nuclear Sub Retired October 19 2016
    First Chineese nuclear powered submarine has been decommissioned after 40 years of service and towed to a port in Qingdao on Saturday, following denuclearization process. The Han class submarine first commisioned in 1974. Since the 1990s, Hans have been used aggressively by Chinese Navy, shadowing a U.S. carrier battle group in mid 1990s and making an incursion into Japanese territorial waters in 2004. The vessel will be exhibited to the public in a wharf belonging to the Chine...