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  • Private Firms Begin Military Production in China
    Private Firms Begin Military Production in China 19 November 2020
    China carried out drills to test civilian mobilization and equipment demand during combat. Civilian factories were put into military production at the event. Private firms, which received demand for large platform trailers as part of the exercise in southwest China, initiated national defence mobilization protocols, putting together a large number of transport equipment and personnel. China's war-time industrial potential has been tested, analysts said. In addition, ci...
  • Anduril Introduces Its New Drone
    Anduril Introduces Its New Drone 16 November 2020
    U.S.-based firm Anduril has introduced the Ghost 4 UAV, capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). The vehicle uses machine learning to analyse imagery and identify targets, but it also relies on more conventional rules-based software for critical control and decision-making among swarm teammates. The drone, which is planned to be used in intelligence and reconnaissance operations, is described as a modular system. The platform can be installed by an operator in less...
  • New Target UAV from Russia
    New Target UAV from Russia 2 November 2020
    Russia's new rotary winged target UAV system is in its final stages. The target UAV system developed by JSC CSTS Dynamica, a subgroup of Technodynamica Group, has successfully completed state testing. The system is described as the first unmanned rotor vehicle in size, designed, manufactured and tested in Russia. With a take-off weight of 351 kilograms, the drone can reach an altitude of 2,500 meters. The target drone will simulate test-and-test weapons syste...
  • New Images from the Laser Weapon System the U.S. Is Working On
    New Images from the Laser Weapon System the U.S. Is Working On 30 October 2020
    Video of the prototype of the new laser weapons system, developed by the US Ground Forces, has been shared. The images show a short-range air defence system integrated into the Stryker 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle. The weapons system, which is planned to be deployed to protect personnel on the battlefield against unmanned aerial systems and air munitions, will produce a 50-kilowatt laser. The force is working to bring the system to platoon level by fiscal year 2022.
  • Philippines Chooses Israel for Light Tank
    Philippines Chooses Israel for Light Tank 28 October 2020
    The Philippine Ministry of National Defence announced that Elbit Systems won the light tank tender. This was after a competition between Elbit Systems, South Korea’s Hanwha Defence joint ventured with Turkey’s Otokar, and Indonesia’s PT Pindad. The Philippines, which prefers the Sabrah light tank system, will buy both tracked and wheeled variants of the platform. The deal, which covers 18 tracked and 10 wheeled tanks, will be worth USD 193.6 million. ...
  • ARES and Meteksan introduced ULAQ 28 October 2020
    Antalya-based ARES Shipyard and Ankara-based Meteksan Defence Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle (AUSV) introduced their ULAQ solution. ARES General Manager Utku Alanç and Meteksan Defence General Manager Selçuk Alparslan attended the meeting held at Ankara Bilkent Hotel. Alanç stated that the vehicle has a cruising range of 400 km, a speed of 65 km / h, and day/night visibility. Turkey's first AUSV manufactured with equity reconnaissance, surveil...
  • 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) ...
  • VPK-Ural's First Export Will Be to The Middle East
    VPK-Ural's First Export Will Be to The Middle East 22 October 2020
    Russia will sign an export contract for VPK-Ural armoured vehicles with an unnamed Middle East country. Moscow-based VPK announced at the beginning of March that it had received the first order of the VPK-Ural platform. Alexander Krasovitsky, the firm's General Manager, said the parties had spoken of contract parameters for the purchase. The vehicles were being tested in the unnamed Middle Eastern country, Krasovitsky said. VPK-Ural successfully completed daily tests in the dese...
  • Two NSM for Romania
    Two NSM for Romania 18 October 2020
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defence Systems (CDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $300 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.   The Government of Romania has requested to buy two CDS consisting of up to ten Link-16 Multifunctional Information ...
  • Qatar Wants to Install Italian Amphibibi Vehicle in LPD
    Qatar Wants to Install Italian Amphibibi Vehicle in LPD 16 October 2020
    Italian company Iveco has introduced its new vehicle Superav Land. The new 8x8 Superav Land, which lacks amphibious features, was presented to the Qatari Armed Forces, who were in Italy for a joint military exercise. In addition to Superav Land, Qatari authorities have expressed interest in ACVs as part of its naval program.  ACVs are produced in a joint operation with BAE Systems under Iveco subcontractor. They reach 22 km/h speed while in the water under f...
  • New HMMWV at MRAP Level
    New HMMWV at MRAP Level 15 October 2020
    The new version of NXT 360 is unveiled in AUSA. AM General introduced the new variants of the Humvee/HMMWV light armoured wheeled vehicle. The vehicles called the NXT 360 and provide MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) level protection.  The NXT 360 is described as the next-generation Humvee lightweight tactical vehicle configuration with simplified maintenance and aerodynamics. The NXT 360 has a gross vehicle weight of 6,400 kg and is powered by a 205 hp 6.5V V8 t...
  • Integrated Cyber Protection Solution from BAE Systems
    Integrated Cyber Protection Solution from BAE Systems 15 October 2020
    BAE Systems has introduced a next-generation Fox Shield suite for cyber threat detection, including land vehicles. The suit was developed for platforms to detect cyber-attacks in real time and to produce solutions. The next generation of Fox Shield can be integrated into land, air and spacecraft.  The suit, which has a technical readiness level of eight, provides users with mission continuity. The company said that many platforms in inventory do not have cyber protection becaus...
  • TULPAR Completed Shooting Tests
    TULPAR Completed Shooting Tests 14 October 2020
    Otokar's TULPAR Armored Combat Vehicle (ACV) firing tests were completed. In the post on the company's social media account, images of the vehicle's firing tests performed in Şereflikoçhisar took place. In the images, it was seen that the vehicle fired at the target with its 25mm diameter ball while advancing in terrain conditions.
  • Demir announced first modernised ACV-15 is ready
    Demir announced first modernised ACV-15 is ready 14 October 2020
    The prototype of the Turkish modernised ACV-15 fighting vehicle showcased. Presidency of Defence Industries released video footage from the vehicle. President of Defence Industries said that the first prototype is completed. he stated that platform will be equipped with modern systems and there will be 133 vehicles to be modernised. Vehicles will be modernised with Nefer remote-controlled weapon station installed on the turret, which features 25 mm chain gun. The vehicle will have a...
  • DOD, Works on Fast Cargo Delivery Through Space
    DOD, Works on Fast Cargo Delivery Through Space 14 October 2020
    DOD partners with SpaceX to provide military cargo delivery anywhere in the world within an hour. General Stephen Lyons, head of US Transportation Command, said that the initial tests can be expected by as early as 2021. According to We are the U.S. Government's Asia Pacific Media Hub twitter account; “Think about moving the equivalent of a C-17 payload anywhere on the globe in less than an hour,” Lyons said at a National Defence Transportation Association event. &ld...
  • Romania's First Piranhas to Be Commissioned Soon
    Romania's First Piranhas to Be Commissioned Soon 13 October 2020
    Romanian Defence Minister Nicolae Ionel Ciucă said the first party of 36 Piranha V 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles will be delivered to the Romanian Armed Forces within days of testing. Romania, which signed an agreement with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for 277 Piranhas in 2018, would receive the first 36 platforms by the end of 2018. After a delay in the deal, Bucharest demanded a delay fee of €8.5m from General Dynamics in 2019. GDELS announced the start of production ...
  • Partnership of Three Countries: Serbia-China-Russia
    Partnership of Three Countries: Serbia-China-Russia 11 October 2020
    Serbia tested Chinese drones and Russian-made jets during a training exercise called the 2020 Cooperation. About 150 vehicles and about 2,800 troops, including more than 40 aircraft, tanks and armoured personnel carriers, were deployed during the exercise at the Pester training ground.  In addition, the CH-92A drones that Belgrade purchased from China in July 2020 were tested in the exercise. Belgrade had purchased six CH-92A Drones from China, the first country in Eu...
  • SSB Presented MUKAS
    SSB Presented MUKAS 10 October 2020
    The Defence Industries Presidency shared information on the Communications Jamming and Deception Simulator (MUKAS), which is used in the electronic warfare training of the TAF, via social media. The system developed by ASELSAN provides electronic warfare and communication system operators with a realistic operating environment. Combining all electronic support and electronic attack capabilities in communication bands on a single vehicle, MUKAS has been designed with local and national facilit...
  • $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...
  • Electric Scout for US Army
    Electric Scout for US Army 8 October 2020
    The US Army is looking for an off-road truck to scout ahead of airborne and light infantry units. This search could lead the Army’s move to electric motors. But electrifying heavy cargo trucks, let alone tanks, could take decades. Interested companies will be briefed on Oct. 20 on an electric-drive version. The service is working with a non-profit consortium of more than 200 companies and universities developing clean transportation technologies, CALSTART. There is no eco-frie...
  • New Nomination for Ukroboronprom Director-General
    New Nomination for Ukroboronprom Director-General 8 October 2020
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed Aivaras Abromavicius from the post of director-general of Ukraine's state-owned company UkrobOronProm as of October 6. At the same time, Zelensky signed another decree, No.423/2020, on the appointment of Ihor Fomenko as acting director-general of UkrobOronProm. Aivaras Abromavicius, Ukraine's former economy minister (2014-2016), was appointed as director-general of UkrobOronProm on August 30, 2019.

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  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • U.S. to Support Egyptian Maritime Protection
    U.S. to Support Egyptian Maritime Protection 3 October 2020
    The U.S. State Department said it has approved the sale of maritime domain awareness (MDA) and related equipment to the Egyptian government. Egypt plans to use the MDA to provide "real-time situational awareness of maritime observation capability" in the defence of the maritime border, natural resources and ports. Equipment with approximately $417 million in sales: 34 integrated fixed towers with supporting equipment; 28 communication towers with suppor...
  • The Wind of Change in the Ukrainian Defence Industry
    The Wind of Change in the Ukrainian Defence Industry 1 October 2020
    UkrOboronProm has taken the step of a new economic initiative in line with the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Deputy Prime Minister for Strategic Sectors Oleg Urusky has been presented with a comprehensive strategic plan for the transformation and development of UkrOboronProm by 2030. In this context, 60 defence industry enterprises involved in the economic initiative are planned to be converted into seven industrial conglomerates as "aircraft repair", "armoured vehicles&...
  • F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer
    F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer 1 October 2020
     F-35 Costs Less than F-18 for Swiss Buyer The US State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Switzerland. Swiss government prepares a tender to buy 40 aircraft for its air force and the approval permits Lockheed Martin and Boeing to officially take part at the tender. Switzerland will either buy 40 Lockheed Martin’s F-35 or Boeing’s F-18 and related equipment. According to the approval 40, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and re...
  • ARMA 8x8 Makes Its Debut in Bulgaria
    ARMA 8x8 Makes Its Debut in Bulgaria 30 September 2020
    Otokar will exhibit the ARMA 8x8 armoured combat vehicle at the Defence, Anti-Terrorism and Security Fair HEMUS 2020, held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, between 30 September and 3 October. MIZRAK-30 tower system of Otokar company will be placed on the vehicle. Underlining that Otokar is strengthening its position in the world defence industry day by day, Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç said; "With our experience of more than 30 years in the field of military vehic...
  • 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...
  • India Unveils New High-Speed Target Drone
    India Unveils New High-Speed Target Drone 28 September 2020
    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test flown High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT), drone on 22 September. The indigenously designed drone is called Abhyas. It is the work of DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE). The test, which involved two of ABHYAS demonstrator vehicles, was conducted from the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha. The target drone met the user’s performance req...
  • 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...
  • U.S. and Norway Begin Military Negotiations
    U.S. and Norway Begin Military Negotiations 25 September 2020
    Norway and the United States began negotiations to update the Mutual Defence Assistance Agreement signed in the 1950s. Norway received 300 fighter jets and 8,000 military vehicles from the United States for free during the Cold War. Total U.S. aid to Norway from the 1950s to 1996 was around $8.7 billion. Red Party leader Bjørnar Moxnes said the renewed military agreement would lead to changes that would clash with Norway's security policy and interests, and criticised the...
  • France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles
    France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles 25 September 2020
    French General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) ordered 313 armoured vehicles as part of Scorpion army modernisation program. The order includes 42 Jaguar combat vehicles and 271 Griffon multirole armoured vehicles. Nexter, Arquus and Thales are part of the program. The 2019-2025 Military Programming Law (LPM) provides for both an increase in the numbers of the SCORPION program and an acceleration of deliveries. The target in 2030 was thus raised to 1,872 Griffon and 300 Jaguar vehicl...
  • GLONASS-Guided, 200-Km Range Missile from Russia
    GLONASS-Guided, 200-Km Range Missile from Russia 25 September 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry announced tests of its new Tornado-S precision missile. The missile uses GLONASS as a GPS guidance system. 300mm Multiple Launch Rocket System comes in a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) that can fire up to 12 missiles and reaches up to 200 km simultaneously in a coordinated attack. According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, in modern warfare troops and hardware never concentrate in one place near the frontline. Artillery, air defence, armoured ve...
  • India successfully test-fired Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from MBT Arjun
    India successfully test-fired Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from MBT Arjun 24 September 2020
    The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on Wednesday, successfully test-fired Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from the main battle tank (MBT) Arjun. The test was conducted at the Armoured Corps Centre and School in Ahmednagar (ACC&S). DRDO said that in these tests, ATGM successfully defeated a target at 3 km. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced the test on his personal Twitter account. In a press statement, the DRDO said, “La...
  • Leopard 2E Tower Maintenance
    Leopard 2E Tower Maintenance 23 September 2020
    Spain will work with COHEMO for tower maintenance and repair of Leopard 2E (Leopard 2 A6E) platforms. Under the deal, worth about €6m, Spain-based firm COHEMO will work on the tower, such as firing direction, stabilisation system overhaul and repair. Spain's domestic production rate in Leopard 2Es reached 60%, and the vehicles were installed locally under Santa Bárbara Sistemas in Seville. The platform is using a Spanish-designed tank command and control system. ...
  • Russia Introduces New Mine Removal System
    Russia Introduces New Mine Removal System 22 September 2020
    Russia introduced its new self-propelled mine removal system during the Kavkaz-2020 exercise. Developed on the basis of the BMP-3 armoured combat vehicle chassis, the system is designed to provide forces with close-range mine removal capability. The mine removal tool features a platform ceiling-mounted launcher for line loads used to overcome and clear obstacles. This allows the destruction of mines with the pressure of rockets to be launched over minefields. The new syste...
  • 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...
  • US deploys additional troops and Bradley To Syria
    US deploys additional troops and Bradley To Syria 21 September 2020
      The US has sent additional troops and Bradley fighting vehicles into eastern Syria after a rise in tensions with Russia in the region. Six armoured vehicles were and 100 people were sent to Syria. US Bradley fighting vehicles were pulled out of the region last October by Donald Trump, who tried in early 2019 to recall all US troops from Syria, before agreeing to leave a few hundred to protect oil wells. At the end of August, seven American soldiers were in...