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  • U.S. Produces Autonomous Solutions on The Battlefield
    U.S. Produces Autonomous Solutions on The Battlefield 23 October 2020
    The U.S. Air Force has signed an agreement with BAE Systems for the Skyborg program, which will allow drones to act autonomously as needed. Seeking to increase air combat power, the United States is developing unmanned systems that will team up with manned aircraft.  In this context, BAE Systems will design a modular UAV with autonomous properties. Skyborg is said to be a "cost effective" programme. “This award will accelerate the development and deplo...
  • Sale of Ammunition from Turkey to Indonesia and Tunisia
    Sale of Ammunition from Turkey to Indonesia and Tunisia 23 October 2020
    ROKETSAN General Manager Murat İkinci said, Indonesia and Tunisia are interested in guided munitions for drones. “Countries like Indonesia and Tunisia, which are in search of unmanned aerial vehicles, have a high demand for the procurement of mini smart munitions MAM-L and MAM-C, the main weapon systems mounted on the Turkish UAVs,” İkinci said. At the beginning of March, Tunisia allegedly ordered an ANKA-S developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) ...
  • Loyal Wingman Preparing for First Flight
    Loyal Wingman Preparing for First Flight 22 October 2020
    A prototype of the Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft, developed for the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) project in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Boeing, has completed the first taxi. The function and integration of the Loyal Wingman, including brake and engine controls, were checked. The unmanned aircraft, which is scheduled to make its first flight this year, was designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia. Loyal Wingman is seen as Boeing&#...
  • 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...
  • Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki
    Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki 13 October 2020
    Japan Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Germany’s Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm developed unmanned and Unconventional helicopter “K-RACER-IV”. The helicopter is designed to improve on the speed capabilities of conventional helicopters. The conventional helicopter would require a tail rotor to counteract the torque generated by the main rotor. Alternatively, it would be without a tail rotor but would have a co-axial main rotor that creates counter torque. Kawasaki&rsq...
  • $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...
  • Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft 7 October 2020
      The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MOD) has started to prepare for an international open tender for the acquisition of new Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to improve its maritime surveillance capabilities. MOD’s Defence Industry Division (BIP), Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Acquisition Project Team, and representatives from local and international companies attended to an online briefing for the tender. RMAF wants to acquire two MPA in line with th...
  • Serbia Considers Buying Turkish Armed UAVs
    Serbia Considers Buying Turkish Armed UAVs 7 October 2020
    Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told media on Monday evening that his country is interested in buying Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). President Vucic praised Bayraktar combat drones, noting that Serbia is very interested in drone systems and will certainly buy more of them in the future. "We will see whether we will reach an agreement with the Turkish side. In any case, these are very good drones. I have to give the Turkish manufacturers their due,&qu...
  • Ivchenko-Progress to power up the Turkish Cruise missile
    Ivchenko-Progress to power up the Turkish Cruise missile 5 October 2020
    Ukraine based defence magazine “Defence Express,” wrote that the company purchased components for the production of 12 new AI-35 engines. Quoting the ProZorro public procurement platform, reported that SE Ivchenko-Progress signed a number of contracts for the purchase of cutting-edge aircraft engine components for the new AI-35 turbojet engines that will equip new Turkish cruise missiles. The new cruise missile will have the deep-strike capability. SE Ivchenko-Progress d...
  • Estonia and Netherlands to procure THeMIS
    Estonia and Netherlands to procure THeMIS 4 October 2020
    Estonia and the Netherlands have signed a joint procurement agreement for seven Milrem Robotics THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs).  Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) will procure seven Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), four of which will be delivered to the Netherlands and three to Estonia. Milrem will act as the systems integrator under the contract supplying the vehicles, as well as working on the integration of ...
  • ROBOPilot flies manned aircraft
    ROBOPilot flies manned aircraft 30 September 2020
    Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) gave a second chance to ROBOpilot. The pilot that can fly an aircraft took skies at Dugway Proving Ground. In order to turn a manned aircraft into an unmanned one, AFRL replaced the human pilot with a robot who interacts with the aircraft controls the same way a human would. ROBOpilot requires no permanent modifications. All operators need to do is remove the pilots' seats and replace them with ROBOpilot. And if users determine that...
  • Georgia Buys UAV from Spain
    Georgia Buys UAV from Spain 30 September 2020
    Georgia's Ministry of Defence announced they had purchased drones from Spain. The country's Defence Minister, Iraq's Garibashvili, visited Marneuli Air Base to check out the new air systems and watch the demonstration fly. The ministry also announced that existing platforms have been renewed and staff have been retrained. An unmanned aerial vehicle (the Alpha 800), one of the models purchased by the Ministry. Among the UAV variants planned for operational use i...
  • Italy Wants to Get the Advantage of COVID
    Italy Wants to Get the Advantage of COVID 28 September 2020
    The Italian government wants to experience the benefits of COVID pandemic. European Union handed over some funds to cover COVID-damaged economy. The government wants to find a way to fund defence technology programs including the U.S. Future Vertical Lift ( FVL ) helicopter initiative. The FVL program is currently being pursued by the United States only but is listed as a possible target for Italian investment in a document drawn up by Italy’s industry ministry according to De...
  • 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...
  • China's New Drone
    China's New Drone 24 September 2020
    China introduces the new variant of the Z-5 rotary wing UAV at the 6th Military Technology Fair. Nanjing Research Institute on Simulation Technique (NRIST), a manufacturer for the unmanned helicopter named Z-5 B/H, explained that "it performs many functions such as three-dimensional control, automatic take-off and landing, online mission plan". The Z-5 rotary wing drone was first introduced in September 2011, but no definitive information about the platform was available i...
  • CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight
    CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight 22 September 2020
    The latest half-year stock report by Chinese state-owned company China Rainbow Drone revealed that the CH-7 stealth unmanned air vehicle (UAV) has flown. The CH-7 was first unveiled at Airshow China 2018. This type of drone is China's first large-scale stealth long-endurance drone. The design is a tailless “flying wing” with a dorsally-mounted central turbofan housing and stealth or low observable profile similar to the Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAV. <...
  • BAE to Deliver Archerfish Mine Neutralisers
    BAE to Deliver Archerfish Mine Neutralisers 21 September 2020
    BAE Systems will deliver Archerfish remote-controlled underwater mine neutraliser to US Navy. The Archerfish can be launched and operated from a surface ship, helicopter or an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). This is the fourth consecutive Archerfish contract awarded to BAE Systems since 2003. Archerfish is used by the US Navy’s MH-60S Helicopter squadrons (AN/ASQ-235) as part of the Airborne Mine Neutralisation capability, deployed from the Littoral Combat Ship.  It is...
  • Lazer for F-16s
    Lazer for F-16s 18 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin is working to develop mature and producible tactical airborne LWS solutions that complement existing kinetic defences to protect warfighters in the air, at sea and on the ground. The systems the company is developing under contract today can defeat small rockets, unmanned aerial vehicles, small attack boats, and lightweight ground vehicles. Under the Department of Defence’s first laser weapon program of record, the company is integrating the High Ener...
  • US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships
    US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships 18 September 2020
    A recent Congressional Research Service Report reveals that the US Navy may swap out traditional ships for crewless vessels. According to the report, the Navy is requesting about $580 million in research and development funding for the fiscal year 2021 for on developing and producing several types of large unmanned vehicles (UVs) their enabling technologies. “The Navy wants to acquire these large UVs as part of an effort to shift the Navy to a more distributed fleet ...
  • IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs
    IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs 17 September 2020
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has introduced MultiFlyer, a UAV squadron of small unmanned helicopters that can fulfil a large range of non-military tasks. MultiFlyer provides advanced monitoring capabilities for large areas and is based on commercial, off-the-shelf helicopter UAVs from Alpha Unmanned Systems integrated with components from IAI and several Israeli start-up companies. The command and control system was designed by Simplex and the area scanning technologies are powered by Si...
  • Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up
    Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up 17 September 2020
    Boeing Australia announced on 15 September that it has powered up the engine of the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype as part of ground testing and preparations for the first flight. The unmanned aircraft is one of three prototypes that are being developed as a part of the Loyal Wingman-Advanced Development Programme – also known as the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) – in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft, wh...
  • Swarm UAVs competing
    Swarm UAVs competing 16 September 2020
    The first phase of the competition organized by the Defence Industry Presidency within the scope of the Swarm UAV Technology Development and Demonstration Project with the participation of micro-scale companies and SMEs has been completed. Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir stated the following in his statement on the subject: “The Turkish defence industry has achieved significant success in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles in recent years. Today, national and ...
  • Kraken Robotics to Deliver Mine Hunting Equipment to Denmark and Poland
    Kraken Robotics to Deliver Mine Hunting Equipment to Denmark and Poland 14 September 2020
    On September 8th, Kraken Robotics announced the signing of contracts for mine hunting equipment with the Danish Navy and with the Polish Navy. Kraken will deliver its KATFISH™ towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar, Tentacle® Winch and Autonomous Launch and Recovery System (ALARS) in the second half of 2021. Kraken’s equipment will be integrated on board the Polish Navy’s new KORMORAN II Mine CounterMeasure (MCMV) vessels in Gdansk, Poland. No information was expr...
  • STM Describes Defence Sector
    STM Describes Defence Sector 12 September 2020
    STM is starting to convey its experience to the public through social media. In the digital project named "1: 1 Answers with STM", those who are curious about the defence industry will be answered from A to Z. STM aims to bring the defence industry closer to the public and explain the sector in all its aspects.   STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. begins to explain the defence industry to all of its stakeholders with the concept of &q...
  • New Concept from ElectroLand Defence
    New Concept from ElectroLand Defence 12 September 2020
    ElektroLand Defence has developed a new operational concept for unmanned land platform 6x6 BOĞAÇ. The module, which can be remotely commanded and carrying a stretcher, has been integrated into the BOĞAÇ for use in the mission of the evacuation of wounded in the conflict zone. The land platform, which has been converted into a "Remote Commanded Wounded Evacuation Vehicle", will be sent to the injured in cases where the conflict continues and the entry of rescu...
  • Turkish SDB on its Way
    Turkish SDB on its Way 12 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. İsmail Demir announced on his social media account that the Turkish Small Diameter Bomb is in the test phase. Demir said, “4 bombs can be carried on an F-16 wing with the improved multi-transport area. "We aim to integrate the 145-kg Miniature Bomb, which will be two different warheads with penetrating and particle effect, into our UAVs." ASELSAN is carrying out the Miniature Bomb Development Project, which is the equivalent...
  • F-35 Partnership Between Poland and The United States
    F-35 Partnership Between Poland and The United States 11 September 2020
    Poland is preparing to buy 32 F-35A Lightning II fighter jets under an agreement signed in January 2020, while aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin plans to give the country long-range unmanned aerial vehicles to increase the operational capacity of the F-35. Speaking at the MSPO international defence industry fair in Kielce, Poland, the company said: "The United States and Poland are interested in the use of the next generation of long-range unmanned aerial vehicles in conjun...
  • Critical Meeting from AKINCI TİHA
    Critical Meeting from AKINCI TİHA 10 September 2020
    Baykar company announced the completion of the Critical Design Review Meeting of BAYRAKTAR AKINCI TİHA (Attack Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) from its social media accounts.   Delegations and teams from the Ministry of Interior, General Staff, Defence Industry Presidency, Gendarmerie General Command, General Directorate of Security, Aselsan, Roketsan and TÜBİTAK SAGE attended the meeting, which took place on September 8-9.   Having made its fir...
  • Robot Dog Era in USAF
    Robot Dog Era in USAF 9 September 2020
    The U.S. Air Force (USAF) used robot dogs as part of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) during its exercise in the Mojave Desert. Four-legged robots, vision 60 UGV "autonomous unmanned ground vehicles" were used to offer the soldiers a map of the battlefield. The exercise, which scripted the potential battle of the future, used artificial intelligence and rapid data analysis to detect and counter threats to security forces, possible attacks by missiles ...
  • The UK Develops Amphibious Unmanned Land Vehicle
    The UK Develops Amphibious Unmanned Land Vehicle 28 August 2020
    The United Kingdom is developing an unmanned ground vehicle that can be used in water for vital reconnaissance missions. The semi-autonomous vehicle will simultaneously transmit data from the ground to the command centre. This will calculate how the weight of bridges and armoured vehicles should be for the crossing. According to a press release from us-based firm Jacobs, the firm has been selected to develop the new system. Jacobs' 6th Sense data analysis system, devel...
  • Germany sold 12 million euros worth of goods
    Germany sold 12 million euros worth of goods 25 August 2020
    According to the German publication Deutsche Welle,  the parliamentary question directed by Sevim Dağdelen, a Member of the Left Party in the German Parliament, to the Ministry of Economy was answered. The German government, stated that, there were a total of 33 approvals were given to export equipment for the construction and use of unmanned aerial vehicles to Turkey between 2009- 2018. No information was given as to whether the parts in question were used for armed unmanned aerial vehi...
  • Diver’s Training and Rescue Boats Delivered to Navy
    Diver’s Training and Rescue Boats Delivered to Navy 23 August 2020
      President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke at the New Naval Systems Delivery Ceremony held at the Desan Shipyard in Tuzla. Erdogan said that an aircraft carrier should be built to act as a deterrent. President Erdogan said, "Our goal is to build a defence industry development and production infrastructure that will not be needed from outside in any critical area." President Erdogan made a historic call for the aircraft carrier and said the following wo...
  • Akıncı reached 30 thousand feet
    Akıncı reached 30 thousand feet 22 August 2020
      The first prototype of Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA (Attack Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), called PT-1, developed by the BAYKAR company, reached an altitude of 30 thousand feet. UAV has thus successfully completed the High Altitude System Identification Test. With this altitude, Akıncı İHA has reached the usual cruising altitude of passenger aircraft. Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA PT-1 took off at 06.16 as part of the High Altitude System Identification Test after the preparations that...
  • European UAV Fleet Expands
    European UAV Fleet Expands 22 August 2020
    MALE class unmanned aerial vehicles offer significant advantages to the user thanks to their long endurance and payload capabilities. US Department of Defence, announced new agreement signed with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI). Under the contract, which worths USD 188,866 million, four MQ-9B SkyGuardians will be produced and delivered to Belgium. In addition to the platforms, two ground control stations, spare parts and support equipment will be deliver...
  • Unmanned Pick-Up Mounted Gun
    Unmanned Pick-Up Mounted Gun 20 August 2020
    Pickup-mounted machine gun and cannon systems are seen as increasing their prevalence in asymmetrical battlefields. Northrop Grumman, one of the leading defence companies in the USA, has completed the tests of the 30 mm gun system integrated into the pick-up unmanned turret. The system called M-ACE (Mobile Acquisition Cueing and Effector) was developed for the detection and destruction of unmanned aerial vehicles that are becoming more widespread and becoming an asymmetric threat. I...
  • Akinci Reached 20 Thousand Feet
    Akinci Reached 20 Thousand Feet 19 August 2020
      The second prototype of Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA (Attack Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), developed by the BAYKAR company, took off for the second time today. The second flight test is performed at Bayraktar AKINCI Flight and Training Centre, located in Çorlu Airport Command. The UAV reached an altitude of 20 thousand feet (approximately 6100 m). The second prototype of Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA, which took off at 14:14 within the scope of the Medium Altitude System Verifi...
  • ASELSAN Announced Profit
    ASELSAN Announced Profit 18 August 2020
    ASELSAN, which is one of the Turkey's largest defence companies continues to progress with confident steps. The company, which is a subsidiary of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TSKGV), announced that it made a profit of 1.8 billion Turkish Liras in the first six months of 2020. During the period of virus epidemic and economic difficulties, ASELSAN achieved the highest half-year profit of all time. During this period, the company's turnover grew by 13%. In the official ...
  • Korkut at Libya
    Korkut at Libya 18 August 2020
    Domestic systems, which developed in line with the requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces, take their place in the battlefield. The Korkut self-propelled anti-aircraft gun system is spotted at Libya in the satellite images published on social media recently. Open source photos also featured Hawk launcher units and a camouflaged system thought to be radar. It did not go unnoticed that the coordinates given with the published images belong to Al-Watiya airbase. T...
  • 48 Million Dollar UGV Agreement
    48 Million Dollar UGV Agreement 16 August 2020
    The USA, which gives importance to unmanned ground vehicles, whose use is increasing day by day in different mission configurations and sizes, signed a logistic support agreement. The US Department of Defence announced on Monday that an agreement was signed with Remotec company. The company, which is a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman will provide sustainment support to the Remotec family robots, which are in the inventory of the US Army, in areas such as maintenance, repair...