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  • ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory
    ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory 20 October 2020
    Malaysia's Ministry of Defence has opened an international tender for the purchase of three Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), particularly Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) platforms. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is expected to be the possible operator for the drone, but the Malaysian Armed Forces have not specified which force will use the platform. Malaysia is interested in at least four models, including General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, CAIC Wing Loong, Leonard...
  • $1.2 Billion for Stryker IM-SHORAD Vehicles
    $1.2 Billion for Stryker IM-SHORAD Vehicles 8 October 2020
      General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), a business unit of General Dynamics was awarded a $1.219 billion contract to produce, test and deliver Interim Manoeuvre Short-Range Air Defence (IM-SHORAD) systems to the U.S. Army. The Army’s initial order on the contract calls for 28 Stryker IM-SHORAD vehicles for $230 million. The IM-SHORAD is designed to counter threats from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and a multitude of other Rotary and Fixed Wing aircraft and prov...
  • UAS fast forwarding for F-35
    UAS fast forwarding for F-35 27 September 2020
  • GA-ASI Conducts Sparrowhawk sUAS Flight Tests
    GA-ASI Conducts Sparrowhawk sUAS Flight Tests 27 September 2020
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced with a press release that the company conducted captive carry Sparrowhawk Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) flight demonstrations on September 16-17, 2020. The Sparrowhawk aircraft is designed as an airborne launch and recovery demonstrator aircraft tailored to fit GA-ASI platforms and is focused on Advanced Battle Management System’s attritableONE technologies. Sparrowhawk iterates on the DARPA Gremlins Program to further airborne rec...
  • HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout
    HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout 25 September 2020
        US Navy, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 received their first MQ-8C Firescout on Sept. 15 aboard Naval Station Norfolk.  HSC-22 marks the first East Coast squadron to operate all three systems to include the MH-60S Knighthawk, MQ-8B Firescout, and MQ-8C Firescout. The newly added capability of the MQ-8C combines the capabilities of the MQ-8B with the MH-60S Knighthawk to improve the Navy’s ability to investigate and target hostile su...
  • New Loitering Ammunition "StingFly" Presented in Kielce
    New Loitering Ammunition "StingFly" Presented in Kielce 15 September 2020
    In the framework of the MSPO-2020 exhibition held on September 8-10 in Kielce (Poland), the Military Technical Institute of Armaments (Wojskowy Instytut Techniczny Uzbrojenia - WITU) presented new loitering ammunition "StingFly", carrying a GX-1 warhead. Official information at the show indicates it has an endurance of some 30min, a maximum take-off weight of 6kg and an operational ceiling of 300m – through its maximum operating altitude is up to 2,000m. The range is 5-15km an...
  • German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1
    German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1 20 July 2020
    Airbus Defence and Space and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed a renewed service contract agreement for Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation in Afghanistan and Mali. In Afghanistan, Heron 1 Services has been extended in March 2020, for the period June 2020 / May 2021. Comparably in Mali, Heron 1 services have also been extended for the period August 2020 /July 2021 (with an option f...
  • Philippine Expects Delivery of Final Six Hermes 900 UAVs This Year
    Philippine Expects Delivery of Final Six Hermes 900 UAVs This Year 29 June 2020
      The Philippine Air Force (PAF) published its latest ‘Lead One Today’ quarterly e-newsletter. The Air Force is expecting delivery this year of the final six of nine Hermes 900 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it ordered from Israel’s Elbit Systems. The system will be used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR] purposes. The e-letter reads; “the PAF is expecting the final delivery of two u...
  • Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone
    Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone 14 December 2019
    Swiss Air Force revealed its first Hermes 900 HFE reconnaissance drone on Emmen military airfield on Monday, December 9, 2019. Switzerland acquires drones from Elbit, Israel. Six of drones were purchased as part of the 2015 weapons program. The ADS 15 is the successor system for the ADS 95, which was decommissioned at the end of November 2019. But it is not yet flying as certification of drones by the Israeli civil aviation authorities has not been issued.  The Hermes...
  • Kongsberg to Deliver Counter (C-UAS) to Germany
    Kongsberg to Deliver Counter (C-UAS) to Germany 5 December 2019
    Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (Kongsberg) is integrating the Hensoldt Spexer radar for UAS detection and tracking into its Counter-UAV system for Germany. Kongsberg has entered into a contract with Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw) to deliver a Counter Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) based on the Protector Remote Weapon Station. The contract worth 250 MNOK was won in an international bidding process. Germany is the first country to acquire a ...
  • President Visited Baykar
    President Visited Baykar 9 October 2019
    President of the Ukraine Volodımır Zelenskıy visited the Baykar Defence booth during Arms and Security 2019 exhibition. During his visit, Mr. President took an information about Bayraktar TB2 UAS from Haluk Bayraktar who is General Manager of Baykar Defence.
  • Bayraktar is at Users's Home
    Bayraktar is at Users's Home 8 October 2019
    Arms and Security 2019 defence expo in Ukraine starts today. Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters' Association provides National Participation to the event, which is the media sponsorship of C4Defence magazine. During the fair, many Turkish Compaies such as Aselsan, Roketsan, STM hve booth also. Baykar which is in co-operation at different projects with Ukraine, will exhibit Bayraktar UAS at Kiev. Company has achieved export success of Bayraktar UAS to Ukraine before.
  • Marine Patrol Mission to be Provided with CAMCOPTER S-100
    Marine Patrol Mission to be Provided with CAMCOPTER S-100 25 July 2019
      Croatia to deploy CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS, produced by Schiebel, for maritime surveillance missions. Croatia issued request to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for CAMCOPTER S-100 maritime surveillance services. Starting in the summer of 2019, the service provision for Croatia will assist in maritime Coast Guard functions such as search and rescue, monitoring and surveillance, ship and port security. For these purposes, the CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System  will...
  • Final Supply Completed
    Final Supply Completed 27 June 2019
      The final unit of RQ-21A Blackjack, replaces the RQ-7B Shadow, was delivered by the US Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS Program Office (PMA-263) at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina. RQ-21A Blackjack increased capability will include work on command and control, communication systems, avionics, optics, laser designation, and payloads. Blackjack remains a critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability that’s relevant...
  • Tamandaré Class Project: Brazil Selects German Offer
    Tamandaré Class Project: Brazil Selects German Offer 31 March 2019
    The Brazilian Navy (MB), announced that the final proposal of the "Águas Azuis" Consortium, dated March 8 of 2019, was selected as the best offer for the construction project of the "Tamandaré" Class Corvettes. The Águas Azuis Consortium, formed by Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems, Embraer Defence & Security and Atech, was selected as preferred bidder by the Brazilian Navy for the construction of four naval ships in the Tamandaré Corve...
  • Latvia Acquires Penguin C Long-Endurance UAVs
    Latvia Acquires Penguin C Long-Endurance UAVs 13 March 2019
    UAV Factory, a developer of fixed-wing unmanned aerial systems (UAS), has announced it has signed an agreement with the Latvian Ministry of Defence to provide UAVs for the country’s National Armed Forces (LNAF). LNAF has selected UAV Factory to supply the with an undisclosed number of its latest Penguin C long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The UAVs will be equipped with advanced electro-optical/infrared gyro-stabilised sensors. UAV will be used to enhance the LNAF’s a...
  • Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie Makes Maiden Flight
    Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie Makes Maiden Flight 8 March 2019
    Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator completed its maiden flight on March 5 with a 76-minute-long flight over the United States Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona. XQ-58A Valkyrie is a Joint project of Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems (KUAS) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). AFRL' intends to realise its Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) program with this UAV. The new low-cost, runway-independent demonstrator drone is a long-range, high...
  • Fair News Issue 69 10 January 2019
    Egypt Unveils Temsah-3 A New MRAP for Egypt? Iomax Archangel: A Magnet for Blue Uniformed Officers Rheinmetall Proposes Skynex to Egypt Saudi SG-03 UAS Close to Production EISS: The Egyptian Future Soldier
  • Brazil Shortlisted Four European Companies for CCT Tender
    Brazil Shortlisted Four European Companies for CCT Tender 18 October 2018
    The Brazilian Navy’s Program Management Directorate (Diretoria de Gestão de Programas da Marinha, DGePM), has announced a “short-list” for the Class-Tamandaré Corvettes (CCT in Portuguese) program comprising the following consortium. Tamandaré Project calls for the construction of an initial batch of four corvettes to replace the ageing Niteroi- and Broadsword-class frigates. The frigates are expected to cost $700 million each, and the corvettes $380 mil...
  • New Tilt-Rotor UAS from Bell
    New Tilt-Rotor UAS from Bell 28 September 2018
    Bell introduced a mock-up of its new product at the USMC Tech Expo in the US. The V-247 Vigilant was developed to meet the needs of the US Marine Corps's vertical take-off multi-purpose combat UAS. In March, the Marine Corps issued an request for information document for the USMC Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System Expeditionary (MUX). According to Bell's statement, the platform was developed with the experience gained from V-22 Osprey and V-280 Valor. In addition ...
  • General Atomics To Upgrade USAF Reaper Drones For $133M
    General Atomics To Upgrade USAF Reaper Drones For $133M 23 August 2018
    US drone maker General Atomics has been awarded a $133 million worth contract to provide advanced sensor for the US Air Force’s Reaper drones as part of the modernization effort to upgrade MQ-9 Reaper surveillance and attack UAS. According to Pentagon press release, General Atomics will complete the development, integration, and flight test of an advanced sensor into an MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle in realistic test scenarios at continental U.S. and outside the continental U.S...
  • DARPA will attempt to power a UAV in flight using a laser
    DARPA will attempt to power a UAV in flight using a laser 4 August 2018
    DARPA’s Stand-off Ubiquitous Power/Energy Replenishment – Power Beaming Demo (SUPER PBD) program intends to demonstrate the feasibility of keeping an aircraft airborne for indefinite periods by charging the onboard batteries using a laser power source. To test the hypothesis, the research agency has selected the Silent Falcon UAS for the demonstration. Flight Global says the range between the laser and UAV is around 10 km but could be extended in future. Testing is scheduled to st...
  • More Reapers to Europe
    More Reapers to Europe 18 July 2018
    The Netherlands chose the MQ-9 Reaper. The Royal Netherlands Air Force will procure the MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 for the needs of unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS) and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Reconnaissance). It is not clear how many systems will be procured, but the US has approved sales of 339 million US Dollars to provide the system, necessary equipment and services. MQ-9 Reaper made its maiden flight in 2001. Repaer's endurence is 32 hours and ...
  • Airbus Signs Contract for HERON TP Drones with the German Armed Forces
    Airbus Signs Contract for HERON TP Drones with the German Armed Forces 14 June 2018
    Germany has signed a leasing agreement for the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that had been delayed by an industry protest. The contract includes both the provision of Heron TP UAS as well as all operational services required for the system. In accordance with German budget law, the contract will become effective upon publication of the federal budget. Heron 1 drones, which are currently deploy...
  • Noctis IR Sensor to Indago 3
    Noctis IR Sensor to Indago 3 4 May 2018
    Lockheed Martin equipped its Indago 3 quadrotor UAV with high-resolution infrared sensors capable of day or night operations.  Indago’s infrared system, called Noctis, consists of dual FLIR infrared cameras that provide real-time streaming video and still imagery. Noctis is offered in two variants, laser-equipped, or non-laser equipped. Depending on payloads, Indago 3 can fly up to 50 minutes at a cruise speed of 25 mph and can operate at temperatures betwe...
  • Australia Orders Additional UAS
    Australia Orders Additional UAS 13 April 2018
    Australia ordered an undisclosed number of AeroVironment Wasp AE small unmanned aerial systems via the Canberra-based company XTEK for $1,08 million on 10 April. This is an additional order to a contract signed in June 2017 for the acquisition via XTEK of 65 Wasp AEs for AUD42 million.
  • Germany Wants to Buy MQ-4C Triton
    Germany Wants to Buy MQ-4C Triton 6 April 2018
    Germany requested four MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle systems from the United States via Foreign Military Sales. If approved by the Congress, Germany will pay about $2.50 billion for UASs, mission control systems, Kearfott inertial navigation systems and related hardware and equipment. The platforms will be a modified version of the Triton of the US Navy. In the relevant press release, it was stated that Germany would use Tritons for intelligence, surveillance and reconna...
  • Afghanistan to Receive ScanEagle UASs
    Afghanistan to Receive ScanEagle UASs 30 March 2018
    Afghanistan is to receive eight ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems (UASs), the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 28 March. The $47 million contract award will add to the 13 systems already contracted and includes contractor support and other services. The ScanEagles will be delivered to the country in 2019. 
  • Camcopter S-100 Successfully Demonstrated
    Camcopter S-100 Successfully Demonstrated 28 March 2018
    Schiebel has successfully demonstrated the heavy fuel variant of the Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) as part of its customer acceptance program with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).  The JP-5 (NATO F-44) heavy fuel powered Camcopter S-100 is equipped with a Wescam MX-10S payload, has an operational range of up to 60 nautical miles and can operate at altitudes above 10,000 feet. According to the announcement, the heavy fuel variant of the S-100 has performed very ...
  • Latvia To Buy Puma UAS
    Latvia To Buy Puma UAS 28 March 2018
    Latvia is set to receive two RQ-20A Puma UASs from the US under a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract valued at $1,96 million. The sole-source contract that will be awarded on 3 April. The deal also includes spares package, three reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition (RSTA) kits and contractor support.  The RQ-20A is a small unmanned aircraft system manufactured by AeroVironment which can be deployed in land-based and maritime operation...
  • Egypt to Buy Puma II UAS
    Egypt to Buy Puma II UAS 20 March 2018
    Egypt will acquire RQ-20B Puma II AE tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from the US through a $9,1 million foreign military sales contract. According to the US Department of Defence notice, the UAVs will be delivered by September 2020.  The main contractor of the contract, AeroVironment company, said the Puma II AE small UAS will feature the new Mantis i45 sensor which reduces the likelihood of detection by increasing the distance between the Puma ...
  • General Atomics To Collaborate With Boeing on MQ-25
    General Atomics To Collaborate With Boeing on MQ-25 14 February 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) will collaborate with Boeing on US Navy's MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System (UCAAS) competition along with BAE Systems, United Technologies Corp, Pratt & Whitney, L3 Technologies, Rockwell Collins and GKN Aerospace’s Fokker. Pratt & Whitney will be providing the PW815 engine, while UTC provides landing gear for the UAS. GA-ASI’s platform will use L3 Technologies communication systems, B...
  • 'CODE' Program Moves Into 3rd Phase
    'CODE' Program Moves Into 3rd Phase 15 January 2018
    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the completion of the second phase in Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program on 8 January which aims to extend the capability of the US military’s existing unmanned aircraft systems to conduct dynamic, long-distance engagements of highly mobile ground and maritime targets in contested or denied battlespaces. DARPA has selected the Raytheon Company (Tucson, Ariz.) to complet...
  • China's New Drone Hit Five Targets in Succession
    China's New Drone Hit Five Targets in Succession 2 January 2018
    China's newly-developed reconnaissance and strike unmanned aerial system Wing Loong II hit five targets in succession with five different types of missiles in a single sortie, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) announced on 31 December. The UAS has conducted firing tests with eight types of missiles and dozens of bombs so far, with a hit rate of 100 percent. Completing its maiden flight in northwestern China on 27 February this year, ...
  • Process for Avenger Sales to India Begins
    Process for Avenger Sales to India Begins 28 December 2017
    The US government has commenced its internal process for approving India's request of armed Avenger (formerly Predator C) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). New Delhi and Washington are planning to commence negotiations in April 2018. India will likely pursue a possibility of local production in the frame of 'Make in India' initiative.  General Atomics' Avenger UAV is a long-endurance, medium-to-high-altitude Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system t...
  • Boeing Reveals Its MQ-25 Offering
    Boeing Reveals Its MQ-25 Offering 20 December 2017
    Boeing has unveiled its unmanned aerial tanker that will be offered for the US Navy’s MQ-25 competition on 19 December. Through its MQ-25 competition, the Navy is seeking unmanned refuelling capabilities that would extend the combat range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters. The Navy issued its final request for proposals in October. The UAS is completing engine runs before heading to the flight ramp for deck h...
  • One Year Anniversary in Mali
    One Year Anniversary in Mali 7 December 2017
    The Heron 1 UAV system, which is stationed at the Gao air base for the German Armed Forces, completed one year of flight operations in Mali, logging its 3,000th flight hour in November 2017.  The system’s maiden flight took place in Mali on 1 November 2016 after the contract was signed in June 2016. Three Heron 1 aircraft are stationed at the air base in Gao, located in northeastern Mali. Manufactured by the Israeli company IAI, Heron 1 is an unarmed medium alti...
  • Expectations From 'Fury' Rising
    Expectations From 'Fury' Rising 6 December 2017
    Lockheed Martin looking ways to extend the endurance of its medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) Fury. The tactical-level UAS has now a proven endurance of 12 hours with the current 1802 engine configuration which is aimed to be increased up to 15 hours. The increase will require the introduction of a new propulsion system in the form of the system's developmental 1803 engine. Lockheed Martin’s director of unmanned systems Kev...
  • New C-UAS by China
    New C-UAS by China 30 November 2017
    China’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) released images of a new counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) on 28 November showing the test-firing conducted in Beijing.  The truck-mounted C-UAS is referred as a short-range air defence system by the ministry, consisting of two vehicles: one features detection and jamming equipment while another is fitted with a laser-based weapon. In addition to detection, tracking, and counter-UAS equipment, the ...
  • New Member to Hermes Family
    New Member to Hermes Family 20 November 2017
    Elbit Systems has developed a small tactical-level unmanned aircraft system (UAS) dubbed Hermes 45 intended for ISR missions. According to IHS Jane's report, the UAS has a max endurance of 24 hours, a maximum takeoff weight of 65 kg, including a payload capacity of up to 15 kg, and can simultaneously operate with up to three payloads. Its payloads will include, among others, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors, maritime radar, and electronic and signals intelligence sy...