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  • China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles
    China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles December 24 2019
    Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy equips the Type 055 class guided-missile destroyer Nanchang with long-range land-attack cruise missiles. The PLA Navy said on China's Twitter-like social platform Sina Weibo that the service operates not only vessels but also submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles with strategic missile submarines and long-range land-attack cruise missiles with 10,000 ton-class guided-missile destroyer. China displayed its...
  • Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built
    Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built November 4 2019
    China has begun work on a third, and fourth Type 054A frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy. A steel cutting ceremony was held for the third and fourth ship at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in China on November 1st. The contract signed between China Shipbuilding Trading Co. Ltd (CSTC) and the Pakistani government for procurement was announced in June 2018. According to Chinese sources, the deal includes four platforms. The class of ships built for Pakistan was named Type 054AP. Almost equal ...
  • British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time
    British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time October 20 2019
    British F-35B Lightning II jets of Number 617 Squadron a joint squadron composed of personnel from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the very first time. The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence announced that British F-35B Lightnings landed for the first time on the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is currently sailing off the US East Coast for the "Westlant 19" Carrier Strike Group deplo...
  • Hyundai to Design Next-Generation Large Transport Ship
    Hyundai to Design Next-Generation Large Transport Ship October 18 2019
      The Korean Navy awarded Hyundai Heavy Industries a contract for the conceptual design of a large ship, dubbed LPH II, capable of operating short take-off and landing fighters.  Hyundai Heavy Industries will work on the concept design of the next-generation large transport ship. Landing Platform Helicopter-II is intended to be able to perform multi-purpose missions, so some parts like the deck, which is a unique material for vertical take-off and landi...
  • Redesign for F-35B
    Redesign for F-35B August 27 2019
    Japan recently announced plans to convert helicopter carrier JDS Izumo (DDH-183) and her sister JDS Kaga (DDH-184), of the Izumo ‘helicopter destroyer’ class, into light aircraft carriers capable of operating F-35B jets. Japan is completing modifications necessary to support F-35B flight operations from the helicopter carrier, local media have reported. The government has also approved a plan to purchase U.S.-made F-35B fighter jets which have short take-off and vertical landing c...
  • Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat
    Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat August 26 2019
    In February, China's unmanned combat ship, which was exhibited at the 14th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (International Defence Exhibition/ IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, has launched. Jointly developed by No. 716 and No. 702 research institutes under the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the JARI multi-purpose unmanned combat vessel held its launch ceremony. The launch indicates the world-leading combat drone ship has gained initial combat capability, the...
  • 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...
  • Brahmos to Protect the Indian Coast
    Brahmos to Protect the Indian Coast August 13 2019
    India announced that it will procure two coastal BrahMos supersonic missile batteries. The new batteries, which will replace the systems already in use, will be içput in the navy inventory. Systems will be mobilised with integration to Tatra trucks, will be deployed in areas close to critical cities. The missile system, which can be effective against targets beyond the radar horizon, can fly at supersonic speeds thanks to its ramjet engine. The system is estimated t...
  • Marine Patrol Mission to be Provided with CAMCOPTER S-100
    Marine Patrol Mission to be Provided with CAMCOPTER S-100 July 25 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...
  • Nirbhay Succeeded in Sixth Test
    Nirbhay Succeeded in Sixth Test May 22 2019
    India tested Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile successfully. DRDO confirmed that the missile was launched in Chandipur, Odisha. The missile, which has a range of more than 1000 kilometers, has been tested for the sixth time. Nirbhay took off vertically, then turned horizontally into desired direction separating its booster. It was aimed at testing the reliability of boost phase and cruise phase using way point navigation at very low altitudes. Nirbhay is said to have demonstrated its sea-skimmi...
  • Chinese Shipyards Full Speed Ahead
    Chinese Shipyards Full Speed Ahead May 14 2019
    Chinese shipyards, which increase the speed of construction day by day, continue to launch new platforms to the water without stopping. China has announced that two new Type 052D (Luyang III) guided missile destroyers and 1 Type 056 corvette were launched at Dalian Shipyard in Liaoning District. The ships are fourth and fifth built in Dalian and the 19th and 20th platform built in total. It is stated that the ships were launched with the help of tugboats. Ships will be put in servic...
  • New Frigate Agreement Inked
    New Frigate Agreement Inked April 26 2019
    The new frigate project was inked almost a month after the cabinet approval. Under the agreement, Navantia will build five frigates. The ceremony of the project, whose main contractor is Navantia, was held in the Ministry of Defence of Spain building. Spain will procure five frigates, with a total cost of € 4,317 billion. It is reported that 80% of the components required for the platform will be purchased from Spanish companies during the process, which will start in Ferrol fa...
  • China’s Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ Debuts in Celebrations
    China’s Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ Debuts in Celebrations April 25 2019
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy celebrated its 70th anniversary Tuesday afternoon in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province by holding a grand maritime parade, which featured China's latest and most powerful destroyer, the Type 055, for the first time. Making its first public appearance at the PLA Navy’s 70th anniversary parade, the Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ displaces over 10,000 tonnes and carries 112 vertical launch cells for anti...
  • Unmanned Amphibious Vehicle Advances
    Unmanned Amphibious Vehicle Advances April 17 2019
    Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry, a subsidiary of China Shipbuilding Industry Company, delivered the hull which built for the amphibious unmanned combat vehicle. The platform, built in the premises of the company headquartered in Wuhan, was introduced at Air Show China 2018, held in November 2018. The platform, which is planned to move in water with two water jets, is 13.5 meters long and 4.14 meters wide. Trimaran body of the vehicle has 0.55 metres draught and has displacement of 14.7 tons. Hy...
  • ‘Flying AK-47’ from Russia
    ‘Flying AK-47’ from Russia March 29 2019
    Russia's Moscow Aviation Institute has presented an unnamed drone with AK-47 on board that can shoot ammunition to take down rogue drones. The newly presented machine flies like an airplane, takes off and lands like a helicopter. According to a video uploaded to YouTube, the drone starts at an uncommon vertical upwards-looking position. The drone is powered by two propellers installed on its rear, larger, wings, which also allow the drone to manoeuvre. A couple of smal...
  • British Rolls-Royce Gets Involved in Bell’s V-280 and V-247 Engines
    British Rolls-Royce Gets Involved in Bell’s V-280 and V-247 Engines March 26 2019
    British Company Rolls-Royce will develop turboshaft engines for Bell’s V-280 Valor and V-247 Vigilant tiltrotors. The V-280 Valor is powered by US company GE’s T64-GE-419 engine. According to Bell, “Bell and Rolls-Royce are developing an end-to-end engine integrated solution for V-280 as an option for future procurements”. The company however admits that “”the government has not defined its engine sourcing strategy.” Following Siko...
  • Sikorsky-Boeing's SB-1 Defiant Had its Maiden Flight
    Sikorsky-Boeing's SB-1 Defiant Had its Maiden Flight March 22 2019
    The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT™ helicopter achieved first flight at Sikorsky's West Palm Beach, Florida site.  The coaxial helicopter— which is part of the Army’s Joint Multi-Role technology demonstration program aimed at helping the service define requirements for a medium-lift Future Vertical Lift aircraft — took off at 7:47 a.m. and flew for more than 30 minutes. It successfully performed low-speed manoeuvres. DEFIANT is designed to fly at ne...
  • “Ghost Fleet”  for US Navy
    “Ghost Fleet”  for US Navy March 20 2019
    The US Navy has set aside $400m to research and develop two of the proposed ‘Ghost Fleet’ large unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), in its Fiscal Year 2020 defence budget. The Navy wants to field a new breed of armed surface combatants for use alongside manned operations. US Navy currently deploys some small size USVs for some activities but this time it is looking to buy ten corvette-sized unmanned ships to implement different types of sensors and, a new vertica...
  • Hisar-A Hits at First Trial
    Hisar-A Hits at First Trial March 20 2019
    Presidency of Defence Industry announced from official twitter account that Low Altitude Air Defence System was tested. The statement reads, "Efforts towards fulfilling the country's needs of air defence systems through domestic- indigenous facilities in progress. HiSAR-A, launched vertically for the first time, achieved 1 00% success-rate against a high-speed target aircraft."
  • Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy
    Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy March 7 2019
    The U.S. Navy has issued a draft request for proposals for a new guided missile frigate, being acquired through the FFG(X) competition in order to buy a total of 20 ships, and the draft solicitation outlines the construction schedule for the first 10 ships in the class. The lead ship would be delivered 72 months after a contract is awarded. The contract will include an option for an additional nine ships. A final RFP will be released later this year, with a contract award ...
  • Chinese Navy Deploys New VTOL UAV
    Chinese Navy Deploys New VTOL UAV March 6 2019
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy deployed a new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing drone on a guided missile destroyer in an exercise in the South China Sea in late February. An image released by Chinese media shows that a Sea Cavalry SD-40 VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) being deployed with the People’s Liberation’s Army Navy (PLAN). It is not clear whether VTOL is in test or inventory. Published on 26 February on China Milit...
  • China Develops Armed USV
    China Develops Armed USV February 19 2019
      China invests significantly to support its fleet in large areas and is developing a new unmanned surface vessel (USV).   USV, called JARI USV, is 15 meters long and weighs 20 tons. The platform developed for anti-submarine warfare, surface and anti-air warfare will have equipment such as electro-optical sensors, phased-array radar, dipping sonar, a small vertical launch system with eight cells, a torpedo launcher and a stabilized weapon station. The s...
  • Steel Cut for Saudi Corvette
    Steel Cut for Saudi Corvette January 16 2019
    Navantia organized a ceremony for the first Avante 2200 corvette on 15 January for Saudi Arabia. Thus the construction of the ship was officially started. Last year, an agreement of € 1.8 billion was signed for the construction of five platforms between Saudi Arabia and Spain. The agreement, including the construction of the corvettes and five-year logistic support activities, is expected to provide employment for 6,000 people. The first corvette will be delivered in 2021. The ...
  • The Ground Tests of The US Helicopter SB-1 Defiant Started
    The Ground Tests of The US Helicopter SB-1 Defiant Started January 15 2019
    The ground test of the prototype SB-1 Defiant of US Sikorsky-Boeing has begun. Helicopter design with a non-rotating coaxial rotor technology first used in the American X-2 and S-97 Raider helicopters. This helicopter was developed under the United Military Joint Military Role demonstration program. The SB-1 Defiant helicopter was designed to achieve greater flexibility and manoeuvrability than double the speed and range of existing operational helicopters. The technology and experience gaine...
  • First Step for Pakistani Frigate
    First Step for Pakistani Frigate December 27 2018
    China has started the construction work for the second frigate ordered by Pakistan. Steel cutting ceremony was held at the Hudong-Zonghua Shipyard for the platform. For two frigates, Pakistan signed a supply agreement with China in 2017. In July 2018, an agreement for two additional vessels have signed. All frigates are scheduled to be completed in 2021 following the completion of construction and testing activities. Type 054A platforms serving as general pu...
  • Spain's Frigate Decision is Close
    Spain's Frigate Decision is Close December 7 2018
    Ministry of Defence of Spain has announced that the ongoing procurement process for the F-110 frigates is coming to an end. A total of five frigates were to be procured. The final draft of agreement for the platforms was examined and the signatures were expected to be inked in the coming days. The total cost of the agreement is expected to be 4.3 billion Euros. Upon completion of the draft work, text of the agreement will be submitted for the approval of the cabinet. According to th...
  • Eighth FREMM Completed Trials
    Eighth FREMM Completed Trials November 30 2018
    Italy's eighth FREMM class frigate, ITS Marceglia (F597) has completed the sea tests.   The platform, which opened to sea in June, completed all sea trial activities in five months thanks to the tight coordination of the program participants. During the experiments, 13 different test phases were carried out.   Platform is the eighth FREMM class ship in Italy and the fourth FREMM built in the general-purpose configuration of the Italian Nav...
  • Queen has Completed F-35B Tests
    Queen has Completed F-35B Tests November 28 2018
    Royal Navy announced the completion of the F-35B Lightning II trials on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08). With the completion of the trials, an important milestone was left behind for the B model F-35 aircraft and the Royal Navy. In the development testing-2 (DT-2) phase, pilots, ship-based maintenance personnel and ground support personnel gained significant experience about the fifth-generation aircraft operation. 85 sorties were conducted during the tests. In this process, aircra...
  • Iran Unveils New 4x4 MRAP Personnel Carrier; Toufan
    Iran Unveils New 4x4 MRAP Personnel Carrier; Toufan November 22 2018
    Iran unveiled a new Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) Personnel Carrier “Toufan” in a ceremony attended by Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, Fars News Agency (FNA) reported. General Hatami elaborated Toufan  as “ a 4x4 vehicle with the capability to resist against mine explosion, booby-traps and blasts that result from the explosion of several kilograms of TNT and layers of protection against different steel-core bullets.” Th...
  • American Ship to Ukraine
    American Ship to Ukraine November 21 2018
    The US has made a new offer to the Ukrainian Navy. The content of the proposal was stated as guided missile frigates.   Ukrainian Navy Commander Admiral Ihor Vorochenko confirmed that Ukraine received a new offer from the United States. The content of the offer was reported to be two of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates that the US Navy phased out between 2013 and 2015. Ukraine is examining the status of the vessels and the final decision will be m...
  • Trials of TL-4 is Near Final Phase
    Trials of TL-4 is Near Final Phase November 12 2018
    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has announced that it is testing its new TL-4 antitank guided missile. The announcement came during Airshow China. During the testing process is about to be completed, the company said that the missile can successfully destroy the desired targets. The missile is covered with protective box which is 1.2 meters long, 174 mm wide and 178 mm high. The system can be equipped with a tandem warhead, and can be equipped with a fragme...
  • Second Phase in F-35B Tests
    Second Phase in F-35B Tests November 6 2018
    HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08) began the second testing phase with F-35B Lightning II aircraft. In the second phase, more challenging conditions will be experienced. At this stage, aircrafts will be able to experience landing and take-off in harder wind conditions. In addition, ship and aircraft handling and weapons loading tests will be performed with ship facilities. Aircrafts and crew will perform external storage tests, minimum performance short take-off and SRVL (Shipborne Rolling ...
  • China Introduces Tilt-Rotor UAV
    China Introduces Tilt-Rotor UAV November 3 2018
    China Aviation and Aerodynamics Academy, which operates under the China Aviation Sciences and Technology Company, introduced its new product. The system, called CH-10, is a tilt-rotor UAV. The platform can perform vertical take-off as like a helicopter and continues its movement like a fixed-wing aircraft. The change between flight modes forward movement of the rotors. The system, which can be used in reconnaissance and offensive missions, can carry identification, detect, search, r...
  • Apache Need For Speed
    Apache Need For Speed October 27 2018
    Boeing has made a move for new solutions to the AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. With these modifications, it is aimed to provide more speed for Apaches. In this context, the drag force. Testing of modifications called AH-64E Block 2 Compound is currently underway. The trials are based on a 30% scale model in Boeing's wind tunnel in Pennsylvania. In the wind tunnel, the helicopter is simulated by the integration of a pusher-type propeller on tail, larger fixed wings, backward-f...
  • Admiral Gorshkov Passed Air Defence Exam
    Admiral Gorshkov Passed Air Defence Exam October 26 2018
    Project 22350 class Admiral Gorshkov frigate, one of the newest platforms in Russia, completed its air defence training. During missions and training activities conducted in the Barents Sea, the target missiles fired the ’Iceberg’ platform belonging to the Kola Fleet. Admiral Gorshkov frigate, which was accepted to Russian Navy on July 28th, carried out the air defence mission with Poliment-Redut systems against high speed targets from low altitude in the area closed to ...
  • Dassault Reveals Concept Of Rafale Successor October 25 2018
    During the Euronaval 2018 exhibition on October 23, 2018, Dassault presented its New Generation Fighter (NGF), due to replace the Rafale. The proposed fighter jet will be a French-German venture with Dassault taking the lead. The concept shows an emphasis on stealth, and shapes that somehow remind of Lockheed Martin F-22 and F-35, with no canard surface unlike the Typhoon and the Rafale. The new Dasault aircraft concept shows no vertical stabilizer, a concept tha...
  • UK Invents New Landing Technique for F-35B October 17 2018
    The UK has for the first time tested an experimental Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing (SRVL) technique at sea using a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning. BAE Systems test pilot Peter Wilson performed the manoeuvre while recovering to the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in mid-October, the UK Ministry of Defence confirms. The manoeuvre allows aircraft to use both the vertical thrust from the jet engine and lift from the wings, thus maximising the payload an a...
  • Boeing to Replace T-38
    Boeing to Replace T-38 September 29 2018
    Boeing announced on 27 September it won the US Air Force’s lucrative T-X trainer contract. Boeing beat out Lockheed Martin and a Leonardo-CAE-Honeywell team to replace the USAF's ageing Northrop T-38 Talon trainers. Boeing and Saab AB teamed to offer a clean sheet aircraft with Triumph Group providing the wing, vertical tail, and horizontal tail structures. Lockheed Martin teamed with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to offer KAI's T-50A. The Leonardo team offered its T-100....
  • 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 ...
  • Boeing Wins $2.38 Billion Tender
    Boeing Wins $2.38 Billion Tender September 25 2018
    Boeing will provide its MH-139 helicopter and related support to the U.S. Air Force to replace the more than 40-year-old UH-1N “Huey” helicopters used to protect America’s intercontinental ballistic missile bases. The program awarded today is valued at $2.4 billion for up to 84 helicopters, training devices and associated support equipment. “We’re grateful for the Air Force’s confidence in our MH-139 team,” said David Koopersm...