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  • Weapon Integration to Aksungur
    Weapon Integration to Aksungur 21 April 2020
    TUSAŞ General Manager Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil has been a guest on C4Defence's Instagram account. Kotil made important statements about Aksungur studies. Studies continue in Aksungur, which is the twin-engine UAV of Turkish Aerospace. Stating that the weapon integration process has started on the platform, Kotil announced that the process continues despite the virus outbreak and that the weapon systems integration is about to be completed. You can watch the full post late...
  • Retirement Season in Navy
    Retirement Season in Navy 30 January 2020
    Philippine Navy entered a period of change and innovation. The Philippine Navy formally decommissioned two naval combat assets during ceremonies held on 29 January 2020 at its naval base in Cavite City. During the ceremonies, PN chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad said that the PN needed to retire these ships as they have become more difficult to maintain. The Rizal-class patrol vessel BRP Rizal (PS-74) has been decommissioned after serving the PN for more than 54 years. The former US Nav...
  • Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk
    Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk 21 January 2020
    The United States announced that the T-7A Red Hawk aircraft were chosen as the platform to replace the T-38 Talon advanced jet trainers in the last quarter of 2019. As a partner of Boeing in the program, Saab announced that the serial production phase has started for the aft fuselage section. Saab stated that the parts of the platforms that on their shares will be manufactured in the facilities located in Linköping in the first place. The company, which is respon...
  • Russian Helicopters will Retire
    Russian Helicopters will Retire 23 August 2019
    The Czech Republic decided to retire the Russian-made helicopters in its inventory. The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from US maker Bell a deal priced at $622 million, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on August 22. The deal includes the utility Venom aircraft and the attack Viper aircraft, which share most of their parts. “It will be eight Venoms and four Vipers,” Metnar told reporters. The contract expected to sign by the end of the year with delivery starti...
  • Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time
    Light Armed Helicopter Flew for the First Time 5 July 2019
    Korea Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries/ KAI) has carried out the first flight of its Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype. The rotor platform developed for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), completed the test after a 20-minute test flight. The helicopter is powered by two Arriel 2L2 turboshaft engines co-developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines and Hanwha Techwin. The RoKA has a requirement for more than 200 LAH helicopters, with entry into service schedul...
  • Airbus’ First Helicopter FAL in China
    Airbus’ First Helicopter FAL in China 19 April 2019
    Airbus on Wednesday officially opened its first Final Assembly Line (FAL) in China, which will deliver its first H135 twin-engine helicopters to Chinese customers during the second half of 2019.  The Airbus Qingdao H135 FAL is a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters and United General Aviation Company. It follows a cooperation agreement between Airbus Helicopters and China in 2016 for the purchase of 100 H135s.    It is the first time of Airbus has put final...
  • Akaer Presents Conceptual Mosquito Multi-Role Aircraft
    Akaer Presents Conceptual Mosquito Multi-Role Aircraft 5 April 2019
    Brazil’s Akaer company is showing a conceptual multi-role aircraft called Mosquito at the 2019 LAAD Defence and Security exposition. Mosquito is designed to perform missions ranging from airborne C2 to armed ISR and aerial refuelling. Company believes that twin-engine aircraft may provide better visibility than competitors Super Tucano and Wolverine. Aircraft may conceptually perform missions such as close air support (CAS); intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)...
  • Aksungur Meets Sky
    Aksungur Meets Sky 21 March 2019
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) indigenous UAV ANKA-AKSUNGUR made its maiden flight. Twin-engine UAV with high load capacity at medium altitude has flown for 4 hours 20 minutes. UAV is powered by TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI) development PD170 engine.
  • Serbia Received Four Mig-29 Aircraft from Belarus
    Serbia Received Four Mig-29 Aircraft from Belarus 26 February 2019
    Serbia has received four more MiG-29 fighter jets from Belarus, bringing its fleet to a total of 14, Serbia’s Ministry of Defence Aleksandar Vulin said in a Monday, February 25 release. Speaking at ceremony, Vulin said, "We can freely say that we now have 14 MiG-29, which is a number that we could not dream of in 2012.” The Mikoyan MiG-29 (NATO reporting name Fulcrum) is a Russian-designed twin-engine fighter jet aircraft which entered service with the Sov...
  • China Develops New Refuelling Aircraft 29 November 2018
    China has announced the development of the refuelling variant of Y-20 transport aircraft. It was announced that the new aircraft could carry more fuel than the HU-6 platforms in its inventory. When the twin-engine HU-6 aircrafts on their inventory did not meet the requirements, the People's Liberation Army Air Force requested a new refuelling aircraft. Due to its low fuel capacity, it has not enough performance for China's long-range operations to support the refuelling mode...
  • US Clears Way for Bahrain AH-1Z Sale Worth $912m
    US Clears Way for Bahrain AH-1Z Sale Worth $912m 17 November 2018
    Bahrain has signed an agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc to procure 12 Bell AH-1Z twin-engine attack helicopters after the United States senate voted down a draft resolution to block US Arms sales to Bahrain. Contract was announced at the Bahrain International Air Show on 15 November. The first batch of the aircraft will be delivered to Bahrain by the end of 2022, the official Bahrain News Agency reported on Thursday. The US Senate, on Thursday, rejected a measure, provided ...
  • OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project
    OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project 11 November 2018
    The European Agency for the procurement of arms, or OCCAR, officially invited the aircraft manufacturer Airbus to participate into tender as the prime contractor for the European MALE RPAS Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) The European MALE RPAS, is also known as the EuroMALE. The UAV will be operated worldwide to especially support ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) missions. The Agency announced on 8 November...
  • Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received
    Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received 22 August 2018
    Leonardo announces that it has made effective the contract, signed on March 14, 2018, for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defence of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in its backlog and received the advance payment relating to the contract. The order covers 16 TTHs tactical transports and 12 NFHs naval helicopters. Leonardo acts as overall prime contractor with responsibility for the management of the entire programme...
  • Iran Unveils First Homegrown Fighter Jet
    Iran Unveils First Homegrown Fighter Jet 22 August 2018
    Iran has successfully test-flown the first indigenous advanced light attack and training jet ‘Kosar’ concurrent with the National Day of Defence Industry. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday attended a ceremony in Tehran in which the country’s first fighter jet designed and manufactured by domestic military experts was unveiled. In February, Iran unveiled what it claimed was a locally-developed stealth fighter, the Qaher 313, but today it “u...
  • Six Companies Respond to India's RFI for 110 Fighter Jets
    Six Companies Respond to India's RFI for 110 Fighter Jets 9 July 2018
    India’s quest for procuring 110 fighter aircraft for its air force is progressing with six global aviation majors having responded to the Request for Information for the program according to Times of India. Friday was the last day for responding to the RFI. The six firms which are competing for the IAF contract are Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Fighting Falcon, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Saab’s Gripen and Russi...
  • China to Replace J-15 Aircraft
    China to Replace J-15 Aircraft 5 July 2018
    China is building a new carrier-based fighter jet to replace its J-15 fighters. The J-15 was based on a prototype of the fourth-generation Russian Sukhoi Su-33 twin-engine air superiority fighter, a design that is more than 30 years old. It was developed by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, a unit of state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China. With a maximum take-off weight of 33 tonnes, the aircraft is the heaviest active carrier-based fighter jet in the world, used on China&r...
  • MACRO to Supply V-22 Osprey's Protection Panels
    MACRO to Supply V-22 Osprey's Protection Panels 20 June 2018
    The US Department of Defense has signed a ballistic protection panel procurement agreement for the V-22 Osprey. Under the agreement of USD 20.47 million signed with MACRO, up to 200 pieces of ballistic protection panel set and floor panel spare parts will be supplied. Deliveries are scheduled for completion in June 2023. The V-22 Osprey, which capable of vertical take of and landing like a helicopter and able to fly horizontally like an airplane, is in inventory of the US Marin...
  • Ecuador Inked Deal for STOL M28
    Ecuador Inked Deal for STOL M28 17 May 2018
    PZL Mielec, a subsidiary of Sikorsky, has signed an agreement with the Ecuador Army for an M28 short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft. The company plans to deliver the twin-engined, turboprop aircraft within this year. M28 is able to carry up to 2,300 kg of cargo and to operate in extreme environmental conditions without decreasing payload.  
  • New Zealand Certified The First Leased Aircraft
    New Zealand Certified The First Leased Aircraft 16 May 2018
    The Royal New Zealand Air Force's (RNZAF's) first leased Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft has been certified for use, the Ministry of Defence announced on 10 May. New Zealand leased a total of four King Air 350s and the remaining aircraft will be delivered progressively into 2019.  The new aircraft will replace RNZAF's King Air 200 platforms. The aircraft will be used for pilot training and two of the four King Air 350s will be configur...
  • Airbus Awarded A Contract for Additional UH-72As
    Airbus Awarded A Contract for Additional UH-72As 23 March 2018
    Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a modification contract valued at approximately $116 million to deliver 16 additional UH-72A Lakotas for the United States Army. This is the second contract award to the company this year regarding Lakota program. This new contract includes the UH-72A production aircraft, associated technical and flight operator manuals and program management in training configuration. The UH-72A is a twin-engine utility helicopter used for a wide range of mi...
  • Qatar Signs Contract for NH90
    Qatar Signs Contract for NH90 15 March 2018
    The Ministry of Defence of Qatar has announced a contract on 14 March for the purchase of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters. The overall programme is valued at more than €3 billion and includes 16 NH90 TTH for land operations, 12 NH90 NFH for naval missions, a comprehensive support, maintenance training services package and associated infrastructure.  Leonardo will act as the overall prime contractor with responsibility for programme ...
  • AHRLAC Proposes BRONCO II for OA-X program
    AHRLAC Proposes BRONCO II for OA-X program 23 February 2018
    AHRLAC Holdings, a joint venture between the Paramount Group and Aerosud, launched the Bronco II light attack aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) lightweight ground-attack aircraft program, the OA-X. Named after the OV-10 Bronco, a twin-engine turboprop aircraft designed for counterinsurgency (COIN) operations, the Bronco II is based on the AHRLAC aircraft platform, but with U.S. subsystems and weapons. Chairman of South Africa-based Paramount Group Internationa...
  • Bulgaria's Su-25 Fleet Grounded
    Bulgaria's Su-25 Fleet Grounded 19 January 2018
    The Bulgarian Air Force’s fleet of Sukhoi Su-25 twin-engine ground attack aircraft ceased operations from Bezmer because of a lack of resources to overhaul them, the aeropress-bg web portal of the Bulgarian aviation magazine AERO reported on 15 January. The last Su-25 flight was conducted on 14 December 2017, and the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence is looking for solutions for ending the grounding, according to aeropress-bg.
  • IN, Wants $25 Billion for Third Carrier
    IN, Wants $25 Billion for Third Carrier 17 January 2018
    Indian Navy (IN) is to spend around $25 billion for a third aircraft carrier, India Today reported. The Navy currently operates one aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, while another one, INS Vikrant, is under construction at the Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). The Navy has plans of buying 57 twin-engine fighter planes for the third aircraft carrier for which American F-18 and French Dassault Rafale are in the race. The Navy is planning to field its proposal before the ...
  • Blackbird Replacement Concept by Boeing
    Blackbird Replacement Concept by Boeing 15 January 2018
    Boeing unveiled a conceptual model for a new hypersonic jet what might be a replacement for the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft. According to Aviation Week Aerospace Daily, the model was displayed at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech forum in Orlando.  Boeing says the plane would be capable of speeds in excess of Mach 5. The company envisions a two-step process beginning with flight tests of an F-16-sized, singl...
  • Second Su-35 Delivery to China
    Second Su-35 Delivery to China 4 January 2018
    Russia delivered the second batch of 10 Su-35 fighter jets (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) to China under a contract signed back in 2015, TASS reports. Russia and China inked a deal for 24 Su-35 fighter jets in November 2015. The contract also covers the ground equipment and spare engines. The first four fighter jets had been delivered in late 2016. The Su-35 is a fourth++ generation, twin-engine, multirole fighter aircraft powered by two AL-117S turbofan engines. The air...
  • Ansat Pushes For +50°C
    Ansat Pushes For +50°C 3 November 2017
    The Russian Helicopters Holding Company started testing light multi-purpose Ansat helicopter in Pakistan. The objective of testing is to prove the ability to use the machine in high temperatures. It is planned to expand Ansat's temperature regime to +50° Celsius. Thus, its temperature range will be from -45° to +50° Celsius.  The company's Deputy CEO for marketing and business development Alexander Shcherbinin revealed their target market by saying flig...
  • New Helos For Indian Navy
    New Helos For Indian Navy 2 November 2017
    Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the $3,35 billion acquisition of twin-engine utility helicopters for the Indian Navy on 31 October. The country will purchase 111 helicopters, 16 of which would be imported in flyaway condition. The remaining 95 helicopters will be built under license by a joint venture between the original manufacturer and a local company of MoD's choosing. 
  • $2 Million Modification for T-38C
    $2 Million Modification for T-38C 6 October 2017
    The US Air Force has placed an order for structural modification kits for the T-38C Pacer Classic III aircraft, CPI Aerostructures announced on 25 September. The purchase orders worth approximately $2 million. Under a contract awarded in February 2015, CPI Aerostructures is providing structural components, programme management, logistics, discrepancy reporting/resolution and sub-contract management as part of a modification programme designed to enhance T-38...
  • J-20 Officially Commissioned
    J-20 Officially Commissioned 2 October 2017
    China's latest J-20 stealth fighter has been officially commissioned into military service, according to the Ministry of National Defence statement on Thursday. The twin-engine, single-seat J-20 is a fourth-generation medium and long-range fighter jet unveiled for the first time at the 11th Airshow China in Zhuhai. Built indigeniously in China, the aircraft made its maiden flight six years ago.  
  • PAK FA, Officially Named
    PAK FA, Officially Named 16 August 2017
    The Russian Air Force has confirmed on Friday that the fifth-generation fighter jet, known during its development as T-50, has been christened as Su-57. The single-seat, twin-engine multirole stealth fighter Su-57 made its maiden flight in 2010 and is expected to go into serial production in 2019. Russian military plans to equip the air force with about 55 aircraft by 2020.   
  • Iran Tests Its 'Conqueror'
    Iran Tests Its 'Conqueror' 19 April 2017
    Iran has conducted taxi trials of its Qaher (Conqueror) F-313 stealth fighter, according to national media broadcast on 15 April. The aircraft is similar to the mock-up of the domestic combat aircraft that was unveiled in February, 2013 in many aspects, although with some upgrades. The most distinct difference is its twin-engine configuration, unlike the original aircraft's single-engined design. The original mock-up of Qaher fighter had caused some...
  • Bangladesh In Pursuit of Multirole Aircraft
    Bangladesh In Pursuit of Multirole Aircraft 3 March 2017
    Bangladesh is to purchase 8 multi-role fighter aircraft. Bangladesh’s Directorate General of Defence Purchases (DGDP) has published the tender for twin-engine multirole aircraft on 28 February. According to specifications, the country is looking for green aircraft. 
  • SSM's Twin Engine Tiding
    SSM's Twin Engine Tiding 1 March 2017
    Turkish Undersecreteriat for Defence Industry (SSM) released annual activity report of 2016, in which significant news mentioned regarding National Combat Aircraft.  According to the report, the National Combat Aircraft being developed under TF-X Project, will feature a twin engine design. There has been many claims regarding the propulsion system of TF-X, however this is the first official confirmation of the twin-engine claims.
  • China Took Delivery of First Four Su-35s
    China Took Delivery of First Four Su-35s 10 January 2017
    People’s Liberation Army Air Force has taken delivery of first four Sukhoi Su-35 fighters, announced by Chinese media. China signed a $2 billion contract with Russia for the acquisition of 24 Su-35s in 2015. The Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) is a fourth generation, twin-engine, multirole fighter aircraft powered by two AL-117S turbofan engines.
  • TAI's New Aircraft
    TAI's New Aircraft 7 January 2017
    As The US Air Force (USAF) releases technical documentations regarding its new generation training aircraft, the competitors of the programme became apparent. Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) partnered with US based Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), establishing a joint venture dubbed Freedom Aircraft Ventures LLC, to manufacture training aircraft. C4Defence managed to attain the first drawings of the aircraft to compete in USAF’s T-X Programme. USAF commenced a training aircraft compe...
  • 100 New 'Surion's to RoK
    100 New 'Surion's to RoK 30 December 2016
    The Defense Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA) has awarded a contract to Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to provide the amphibious variant of Surion twin-engine utility helicopters to the Republic of Korea (ROK) Marine Corps and Army. Announced on 28 December, the contract has a value of $500 million, covering 30 helicopters. On the other hand, this is the second Surion contract KAI has been awarded by DAPA. Collectively, KAI secured $1,8 billion contract from DAPA, for 100 helicopt...
  • China Received First Batch of Su-35s
    China Received First Batch of Su-35s 26 December 2016
    China took delivery of its Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) multirole fighter jets earlier than expected. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has received the first batch of four Su-35 fighter aircraft on 25 December. The country has an order for 24 Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole fighters. Reportedly, the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO) would deliver all 24 Su-35s between 2016 and 2018. T...
  • PAK FA on Schedule, Will be Ready in 2017
    PAK FA on Schedule, Will be Ready in 2017 12 December 2016
    Russian Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter aircraft is declared on schedule, announced on 10 December. Russian Aerospace Forces said that the eighth prototype had already been delivered and the provided deadlines in 2017 would be fully met. A single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter PAK FA was first seen in January 2010 when it was presented at the air show MAKS-2011.
  • They Crossed the Atlantic with F-5 3 December 2016
    At the height of the Cold War, a low-cost US jet aircraft entered into service. This aircraft, called the F-5, was regarded as the counterpart of Soviet MiG-25, while in terms of training it corresponded to Albatros. This twin-engine aircraft completed its maiden flight in 1958 and, three years later, entered into the US inventory. Approximately eight years later, Turkey decided to procure these aircraft. Aircraft ordered by Turkey were generally transported by ship, nevertheless, not all air...