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  • Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall
    Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall February 14 2020
    The Pentagon is seeking to divert $3.8 billion, mainly from its fiscal 2020 weapons procurement budget, to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall. The plan, which came from the Department of Homeland Security in January, will be officially released by the Office of the Secretary of Defence. A list of talking points was sent across the Pentagon earlier today, noting that the money will go toward funding a 230-mile long wall. The biggest item on the list is a $650 million Ame...
  • Newest V-22 in Skies
    Newest V-22 in Skies January 24 2020
    The newest variant of the V-22 Osprey, which will replace the C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft in the past years, made maiden flight. The new model, developed in partnership with Boeing and Bell Textron, was named as CMV-22B Osprey. With the activity at Bell's Amarillo Assembly Center, an important milestone has been left behind in the C-2 Greyhound replacement program. CMV-22, which will replace C-2 Greyhound aircraft will serve for transporti...
  • Helmet Mounted Display for the Navy
    Helmet Mounted Display for the Navy August 13 2019
    The US Navy has signed a contract with Elbit Systems of America LLC. The agreement aims to provide Navy CV-22’s with Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) systems. Elbit Systems' HMD’s, which is also produced for F-35 Lightning II, measures the pilot’s line-of-sight, slave applicable systems to the target, identify target location and bring displays to the pilot’s eye level.   The CV-22s, which were recently chosen to replace the C-2 Greyh...
  • Surprise Solution in the F-35B Question
    Surprise Solution in the F-35B Question August 9 2019
    Turkish- US struggle on S-400 air defence system/ F-35 aircraft resulted as the US claimed. Despite being one of the partners, Turkey’s contribution program was suspended as a result of a unilateral decision of the United States.  The process brought to mind the question of aircraft to be used instead of the conventional F-35 aircraft in Turkey. Russia's Su-57 and SU-35 aircraft were brought to the discussion table. At this stage, European products might be an alternative ...
  • First V-22 Osprey in the Museum
    First V-22 Osprey in the Museum June 10 2019
    One of the latest developed platforms the US inventory, the V-22 Osprey, will be displayed in the museum. The US announced the first time a V-22 Osprey was given to the museum.   The platform, which was announced to be exhibited at the Pax River Naval Aviation Museum, had been stored at Patuxtent Naval Airbase Facilities for some time. The platform, which was announced to be an MV-22B, which made its first flight on 23 August 1997 and served in the Marine Corps, was d...
  • Japan Postponed V-22s Again
    Japan Postponed V-22s Again November 19 2018
    Japan has announced that it has postponed its V-22 Osprey deliveries once again. Japan Defence Minister Takeyeshi Iwaya made a statement about postponement. Japan had previously announced postponement in deliveries. The Japanese Minister of Defence said in a statement that the support of the local people of the region where the platforms will be deployed was not provided. This caused the decision. The V-22 Ospreys are expected to be deployed to Saga Airport in the south-western part...
  • New Tilt-Rotor UAS from Bell
    New Tilt-Rotor UAS from Bell September 28 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 ...
  • Delay on Japanese Ospreys
    Delay on Japanese Ospreys September 26 2018
    Japan has requested the postponement of delivery of MV-22B Osprey platforms. The dispute with the Saga region, where the platforms will be deployed, was shown as a reason for the request. It was announced that the negotiations with the local administration of the region on Kyushu Island is on progress.    Tokyo ordered 17 Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey in total. Japan will pay 332.5 million USD for the supply of the first five-piece order for the Japanese Ground Self-...
  • Marine Corps Adds MV-22 Osprey “Ugly Angels” Squadron
    Marine Corps Adds MV-22 Osprey “Ugly Angels” Squadron August 22 2018
    The US Marine Corps has reactivated a squadron to serve as its 17th active-component Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM), flying the MV-22B Osprey. The squadron will grow to full strength in aircraft and personnel over the next year. The unit retains the nickname “Ugly Angels.” In its previous iteration as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, the unit was based at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. The squadron last flew CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopters. It...
  • Navy to Renew Cargo Aircrafts
    Navy to Renew Cargo Aircrafts July 4 2018
    US Navy is replacing the aging C-2 Greyhound aircraft that it uses for transport on board aircraft. The Navy has approved procurement of CMV-22B for $ 2.85 billion.. A total of 39 Ospreys will be supplied. In the past days, with the agreement of Bell-Boeing signed with 4.2 billion US dollars, 39 CMV-22B for the Navy, 14 MV-22B for the Marine Corps, four for the US Air Force and four for the Japanese Government were ordered. US Navy signed a development agreement with Bell-Boein...
  • MACRO to Supply V-22 Osprey's Protection Panels
    MACRO to Supply V-22 Osprey's Protection Panels June 20 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...
  • Marado Has Been Launched
    Marado Has Been Launched May 15 2018
    The Republic of Korea Navy’s second Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship has been launched on 14 May at the shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. in Busan. With a length of 199 metres and a width of 31 metres, ROKS Marado is expected to be commissioned in 2020. Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) signed a contract with HHIC in 2014 worth about $380 million for the construction of Marado, the keel of which was then laid...
  • USS Portland Enters Service
    USS Portland Enters Service April 20 2018
    The US Navy’s eleventh San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Portland (LPD 27) will be commissioned on 21 April during a ceremony at the Port of Portland. The vessel is the third US Navy ship to carry the name Portland. The 208,5-meter long vessel can accommodate one CH-53E Sea stallion or four CH-46E Sea Knights or two MV-22 Ospreys simultaneously.
  • Israel To Re-evaluate Pendant Osprey Purchase
    Israel To Re-evaluate Pendant Osprey Purchase March 26 2018
    After a joint exercise with the US Marine Corps, Israel's interest in MV-22 Ospreys revived.  Staged in Israel from mid-March, the "Kia Green" manoeuvres included support from Osprey tiltrotors operating from the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima. Other US military and Israeli air force aircraft were also involved in the joint activity. Israel is likely to reassess its decision to froze a potential acquisition process for...
  • 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.
  • Tiltrotor Passed A Milestone
    Tiltrotor Passed A Milestone November 16 2017
    Boeing and Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. announced yesterday the Bell Boeing V-22 fleet of tiltrotor aircraft, including both CV-22 and MV-22 variants, has surpassed the 400,000-flight hour milestone.The V-22 Osprey has been continuously deployed in numerous missions around the world, including casualty evacuation, tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, resupply, VIP transport, and theater security cooperation since entering service in 2007 w...
  • Japan to Delay F-3 Programme
    Japan to Delay F-3 Programme November 15 2017
    Japan will likely to delay the decision to develop a new advanced fighter jet, known as the F-3. The new fighter was estimated at more than $40 billion to develop and deploy, and officials struggle to decide whether to proceed with the programme or to purchase additional US equipment including Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 jet and V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, as well as new ballistic missile interceptors. “Regarding the F-3 decision, including whether we will delay a ch...
  • Stratom Entered Market with 'XR-P'
    Stratom Entered Market with 'XR-P' October 13 2017
    US engineering, operations, and supply chain management services provider Stratom Inc., entered the UGV market with its eXpeditionary Robotic-Platform, or XR-P. Colorado-based company's XR-P was recently demonstrated by the U.S. Marine Corps, which used it to autonomously load and unload supplies from an MV-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. Having been in development for about three years, the vehicle is designed in response to a Small Business...
  • AUSA Begins With Bell's V-280 Surprise
    AUSA Begins With Bell's V-280 Surprise October 9 2017
    The AUSA fair held in the US opens with news from Bell Helicopter's V-280 Valor tiltrotor air platform. The company that competes for the technology demonstration in the Future Vertical Lift program of the US Armed Forces ran the engine of the platform for the first time which marks the beginning of tiltrotor's ground tests. In the program, the Bell Company competes with the SB-1 Defiant platform of the Sikorsky-Boeing consortium. The V-280 Valor is moving in a structure sim...
  • New Weaponry to Ospreys
    New Weaponry to Ospreys April 3 2017
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is planning a new upgrade on V-22 Ospreys. John Parker from Boeing revealed on 29 March that the upgrades will include equipping the tiltrotor with high intensity directed energy weaponry and non-lethal armament such as sonic waves.  Introduced in 2007 as the first tiltrotor aircraft, the Osprey has a range of over a thousand miles.
  • 'Defence' Move by Japan
    'Defence' Move by Japan March 23 2017
    Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Forces (MSDF) commissioned its second Izumo-class helicopter carrier JS Kaga on 22 March, almost two years after its sister ship (JS Izumo), during a ceremony held in Yokohama. 248-meter long vessel features five helipads and can carry 14 or more helicopters simultaneously as well as some F-35s and Osprey MV-22s. JS Kaga is planned to operate a complement of seven Mitsubishi-built SH-60 ASW helicopters and sev...
  • US To Take Ospreys Under Repair
    US To Take Ospreys Under Repair March 10 2017
    The US Navy has awarded a contract to Hamilton Sundstrand company for the repair of the constant frequency generator used on the V-22 Osprey aircraft. The US Department of Defence announced the $12.2 million contract on Thursday. Relevant work is expected to be completed by September 2017. 
  • V-280 Valor Will Fly This Year
    V-280 Valor Will Fly This Year March 3 2017
    Bell Helicopters revealed that its new next-generation tiltrotor, the V-280 Valor, is to carry out its first flight within this year. Being developed for the US Army's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program, V-280 Valor will be equipped with infrared heat-suppressing mechanisms and will feature a fuselage designed to reduce radar signature. A senior executive at Bell Helicopters stated that the tiltrotor would also have advanced-electronic warfare ...
  • US Marines in New Quest
    US Marines in New Quest February 8 2017
    The US Marine Corps expects to declare initial operational capability (IOC) for the Bell Boeing V-22 Aerial Refuelling System (VARS) in late 2019. VARS will be qualified with the USMC’s Boeing AV-8B, F/A-18 and Lockheed Martin F-35B strike aircraft and Sikorsky CH-53 fleets, although a testing timeline has yet to be worked out. VARS sets during 2018, with the equipment based on its existing FR300 hose-drum unit. Meanwhile, US. authorities says the V-22 programme office is looking at the...
  • Washington, Tokyo Discuss Resuming Osprey Training
    Washington, Tokyo Discuss Resuming Osprey Training December 29 2016
    The US intends to resume aerial refueling training missions for the MV-22B starting from 19 January. The US Government informed Tokyo that it wanted to resume refueling training after completing re-education of the pilots, the confirmation of training procedures, and flight simulation exercises on the ground. In response, Japan requested the US government to provide information on safety measures.  The US Army restarted flights of Ospreys on 19 December.
  • $1,46 Billion Contract to Huntington Ingalls
    $1,46 Billion Contract to Huntington Ingalls December 22 2016
    Huntington Ingalls Industries has been awarded a $1,46 billion contract on 19 December for design and construction of the US Navy’s 12th San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ship, USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD-28). 208,5-meter long vessel can accomodate one CH-53E Sea stallion or four CH-46E Sea Knights or two MV-22 Ospreys simultaneously.  
  • Flight Clearance to Osprey Angered Japan
    Flight Clearance to Osprey Angered Japan December 19 2016
    The US military in Japan decided to resume tiltrotor Osprey operations. Following the incident on 13 December, the US forces grounded the entire MV-22 fleet deployed in Okinawa. However, the provided flight clearance less than a week after the incident caused negative reactions. Approving one MV-22 Osprey to return the US for maintenance work, Japanese government has been heavily criticized by both locals and Okinawa Prefectural Governer. The US side, on the orther hand, stressed that ...
  • New Armament for Tiltrotor Ospreys
    New Armament for Tiltrotor Ospreys December 16 2016
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) gets ready to arm its MV-22 Osprey aircraft with new weapons. In a written statement, the USMC spokesperson said a study was being conducted to determine the requirements and integration of new weapons could begin as early as 2019. The armament considered to be installed on the tiltrotor aircraft includes 2,75 in laser-guided rockets, missiles and heavy machine guns, although "assault support" will remain as the primary mission of the MV-22 Osprey, regardl...
  • Quarter-Billion Support for V-22
    Quarter-Billion Support for V-22 November 24 2016
    Bell-Boeing was awarded a $267 million contract modification for additional joint performance-based logistics support for V-22 aircraft. US Department of Defence announced the agreement on 22 November. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas and is expected to be completed in November 2018. 
  • Innovative Systems for Aerial Refuelling
    Innovative Systems for Aerial Refuelling October 31 2016
    Cobham Mission Systems is to develop the V-22 Aerial Refueling System (VARS) for the US Marine Corps’ Bell Boeing MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The company announced the contract on 25 October, stating that the system will reach operational capability in 2018. VARS is a palletised aerial refuelling system, based on a modernized version of Cobham FR300 Hose Drum Unit. 
  • USS Zumwalt Commisioned
    USS Zumwalt Commisioned October 18 2016
    The newest destroyer of the US, USS Zumwalt, has been commissioned in Baltimore. One of the three US Navy vessel of the same class, USS Zumwalt draws attention to itself by being a mmultirole, new generation vessel. Featuring an electric propulsion system, the destroyer also leaves very low radar footprint. The vessel is equipped with new generation weaponry. The US sees the destroyer as a strategic advantage for sustainability of operational capabilities. Having a larger deck ...
  • Russia - India Strengthen Ties
    Russia - India Strengthen Ties October 18 2016
    Three intergovernmental agreements has been signed on Saturday between Russia and India in a meeting held in Goa. The first agreement covers the purchase of five units of S-400 Triumph air defence systems, the second is for four stealth frigate acquisition for Indian Navy and the last one comprises of establishing a joint venture for 200 Kamov-226T light utility helicopter production in India. The Indian Prime Minister stated that the agreements laid foundations for deeper defence and economi...
  • UK Aims partnership at sea
    UK Aims partnership at sea September 30 2016
    Britain expressed their eagerness to deploy US Marine aviation on their newly developed aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. The vessel is scheduled to start fixed-wing flight trials with three British F-35Bs at the end of the summer of 2018 and is expected to reach initial operating capability in December 2020. Once the warship becomes operational, Britain wants to deploy US Marine Corps F-35Bs and V-22s up to nine months and progress interoperability.
  • The Marines wants armed MV-22 Ospreys May 18 2016
    The Marines are aiming to make their MV-22 Ospreys more lethal and faster. They are is testing a variety of weapons and sensors on MV-22 Ospreys. MV-22s are often equipped with mounted guns and missile launchers but Corps are want Hellfire missile the laser-guided GBU-44/B Viper Strike bomb and the lightweight AGM-176 Griffin on Osprey.