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  • Philippines to Continue with Turkey for Attack Helicopter Procurement Program
    Philippines to Continue with Turkey for Attack Helicopter Procurement Program 14 May 2020
    The decision was announced in November 2019 that the Philippines would procure six T129 Atak Attack helicopters from Turkey. While no agreement has yet been signed for procuring, the United States has proposed the AH-1Z Viper for the Philippines attack helicopter procurement program. The T129 Atak helicopter is a cost-effective solution than the AH-1Z Viper, Philippine Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana said, adding that they have allocated a budget of USD 258 million for the pr...
  • Apache and Viper Approved
    Apache and Viper Approved 3 May 2020
    The Philippines, which restructuring the army and decided to re-establish many elements after ISIS has started in the country, continues its activities. An important announcement was made in the attack helicopter process of the Philippines, which continues to be armed with limited economic opportunities. The U.S. has approved the possible sale of eight AH-64E Apache Guardian or AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters as part of the country's attack helicopter requirements. ...
  • Pakistan May Prefer Chinese Helicopter Instead of T129 Atak and AH-1Z
    Pakistan May Prefer Chinese Helicopter Instead of T129 Atak and AH-1Z 28 February 2020
    Pakistan may prefer Chinese Z-10ME attack helicopter instead of Turkish T129 Atak and US AH-1Z Viper choppers. Pakistani official gave the signal of some changes in the procurement process. According to a statement from a Pakistani high-rank officer, roadmap of country's attack helicopter acquisition process may change. Struggling with budget issues as well as lack of materials, Islamabad signaled that T129 Atak and AH-1Z Viper procurement could be abandoned. In case of fai...
  • Greece cornering itself with F-35
    Greece cornering itself with F-35 4 January 2020
    Greece’s one of most selling newspaper Ta Nea wrote Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ desire to acquire F-35 aircraft. "If the fiscal conditions allow, we will seriously consider buying the F-35 because it is the most up-to-date and up-to-date market." With this phrase at the established celebration lunch with reporters, Kyriakos Mitsotakis put officially on the table the issue of reinforcing Air Force with the 5th generation American fighter aircraft F-35. O...
  • Upgrading of F-16 Begins
    Upgrading of F-16 Begins 28 December 2019
    Greece says it has signed an agreement with U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin that will allow a major upgrade of its F-16 fighter jet fleet over the next seven years. The defence ministry procurement agency announced Friday that the deal was signed Tuesday finalising details of Lockheed's use of a Greek subcontractor. The defence minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class ...
  • Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet
    Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet 28 December 2019
    Algeria has signed a contract for the acquisition of 14 Su-57 stealth fighters with Russia. According to Menadefense portal, the Algerian air force has also signed two other arrangements for 14 Su-34 bombers and 14 Su-35 air domination aircraft. An option for two additional squadrons of 14 aircraft for each type of aircraft was also signed to compensate for the natural withdrawal of aircraft from the Air Force fleet shortly. The contract should be completed by 2025, by this deadline...
  • Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters
    Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters 14 December 2019
      The US Defence Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar met at the Pentagon to finalize the sale of eight UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters and four AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters on Dec. 12. The sale, which Esper said was a "historic moment," totals about $650 million and is the Czech Republic's largest military purchase from the U.S. The defence secretary said it is a step forward in the Czech Republic's replacement of ...
  • Helicopter Change in Inventory
    Helicopter Change in Inventory 7 November 2019
    Poland plans to replace the Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopter in its inventory with modern platforms under the Kruk (Raven) program. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defence (MND), the MND confirmed the high priority of the Kruk program. The MND is focused on the acquisition of two combat rotary-wing squadrons for the Ground Forces and additional helicopters for the Navy. While the platform to be purchased is not determined within the scope of th...
  • F-35 Price Falls To $78 Million per Aircraft
    F-35 Price Falls To $78 Million per Aircraft 30 October 2019
    The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have finalised a $34 billion deal for the next three lots of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, setting the price of an F-35A jet below $80 million. The agreement includes 478 F-35s for U.S. and international customers across lots 12, 13 and 14. On average, the price per aircraft will fall about 12.8 per cent across all variants from Lot 11 to Lot 14, according to the Pentagon. The new price tag has come a year earlier than expected. The F-35A con...
  • Russian Helicopters will Retire
    Russian Helicopters will Retire 23 August 2019
    The Czech Republic decided to retire the Russian-made helicopters in its inventory. The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from US maker Bell a deal priced at $622 million, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on August 22. The deal includes the utility Venom aircraft and the attack Viper aircraft, which share most of their parts. “It will be eight Venoms and four Vipers,” Metnar told reporters. The contract expected to sign by the end of the year with delivery starti...
  • Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft 23 May 2019
      Greece received first modernized P-3 Orion Maritime patrol aircraft. Senior officials from the Greek Ministry of National Defence, the Hellenic Air Force, Navy and Army, Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industries participated in a ceremony for the delivery of the first modernized P-3b Orion. Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) hosted a ceremony at HAI’s facility near Athens, Greece, for the delivery of the first P-3B maritime patrol aircraft (interim solu...
  • Lockheed Martin Offers F-16V as "F-21" to India
    Lockheed Martin Offers F-16V as "F-21" to India 23 February 2019
    Lockheed-Martin offers F-21 to India, but it is former F-16V Viper with F-22 like name. The F-21 is fitted with a Ground Collision Avoidance System (GCAS), a retractable flight refuelling boom, a "Sniper" targeting pod, and an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) AN/APG-83 radar provided by Northrop-Grumman, derived from the two radars that already equip the F-22 and the F-35.  
  • Second Step for Bahrain Helicopters
    Second Step for Bahrain Helicopters 11 February 2019
      Bahreyn's new attack helicopter will take the second step. In this context, the United States has inked a procurement agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. which costs USD 240,266 million. Helicopters to be procured under the FMS and Bahrain had ordered 16 units. It is planned to deliver the platforms until 2022 where the production process will begin. The AH-1Z Viper is a four-blade Cobra developed in the attack helicopter phase of the H...
  • Greece to Modernise 84 F-16
    Greece to Modernise 84 F-16 22 December 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp., a $996,775,000 firm-fixed-price contract for F-16 upgrades. This contract provides for the upgrade of 84 Greek F-16 aircraft to the V-configuration. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Athens, Greece, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2027. This contract involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the government of Greece. The Viper integrates advanced capabilities as pa...
  • IDEAS 18 Fair News
    IDEAS 18 Fair News 8 December 2018
    TUSAŞ’s ANKA-S Move Yonca-Onuk at Full Throttle Cyber Support by STM China’s Howitzer Hype HIT to Introduce Viper IFV Korean Ammunition to Pakistan Al Khalid I, Unveiled
  • Lockheed Martin Begins Greek F-16 Upgrade
    Lockheed Martin Begins Greek F-16 Upgrade 15 September 2018
    Lockheed Martin announced that it will launch the upgrade of 85 Greek F-16 fighter jets with the Block 70/72 Viper system next Monday.  Lockheed Martin’s VP Business Development Initiatives in Europe Dennys Plessas made the announcement during a press conference in Thessaloniki. Plessas explained the timetable of the upgrade and said that “a great part of the upgrade will take place in Greece.”  The first two years will be spent on engineering f...
  • Pakistan Discuss Plan B to for T-129
    Pakistan Discuss Plan B to for T-129 10 September 2018
    Pakistani defence Magazine Quwa brought future of T-129 deal with Pakistan to discussion table. Magazine claims that “current tensions between Ankara and Washington have cast doubt on whether Turkish Aerospace will be able to bring Pakistan’s order for 30 T129 ATAK attack helicopters to fruition. “ Magazine discuss that “the concern stems from the fact that the T129’s engine – i.e. the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) CTS800 turbosh...
  • Bell Is Awarded $ 510 Million Contract
    Bell Is Awarded $ 510 Million Contract 26 August 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence issued a contract announcement with Bell for 29 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., is awarded $509,750,754 for the manufacture and delivery of 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Z New-Build aircraft in support of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2021.
  • Lockheed's Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Enters into Low-Rate Initial Production
    Lockheed's Joint Air-To-Ground Missile Enters into Low-Rate Initial Production 30 June 2018
    Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) system has successfully passed its Defence Acquisition Board review. The signed Acquisition Decision Memorandum approves the JAGM system to enter into Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP). JAGM is a multi-sensor air-to-ground missile that is the successor to the combat proven HELLFIRE Romeo and HELLFIRE Longbow missiles. Backward compatible with all rotary wing and fixed wing platforms that fire the HELLFIRE family of missiles, ...
  • Japan to replace Cobra helicopters
    Japan to replace Cobra helicopters 1 June 2018
    Japan has issued a request for information (RFI) to replace its Fuji-Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters. The RFI, aims finding a replacement for the 71 AH-1Shelicopters fielded by the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) of which 59 are reported to still be operational. Japan manufactured 89 AH-1S Cobras which were licensed by Fuji Heavy Industries.  The engine is the T53-K-703 turboshaft, which Kawasaki Heavy Industries produced under license. The effort to replace ...
  • HMLA-367 replaces AH-1W with AH-1Z
    HMLA-367 replaces AH-1W with AH-1Z 16 March 2018
    AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters flying at Marine Corps Base Hawaii as a part of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 retire. The newest variant of the aircraft, the AH-1Z Viper replaced the whiskey models. HMLA-367 received its first three AH-1Zs in December 2017 to begin replacing the AH-1Ws, but it’s not the last the squadron will see of the cobras. The unit has eight AH-1Ws and three will remain in Hawaii as static displays while the other five will be transported to t...
  • Bahrain Signed Viper Deal
    Bahrain Signed Viper Deal 19 October 2017
    Bahrain signed a $3,8 billion contract with Lockheed Martin for 16 F-16V fighter jets, the state-run BNA news agency reported on Tuesday. The Government of Bahrain had requested new F-16V aircraft from the US, along with simulators, training, spare parts and maintenance support which was announced by the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency on 8 September. The initial request was for 19 aircraft with an estimated cost of $2,785 billion.
  • 'Gray Eagle' Assigned to Asia-Pasific
    'Gray Eagle' Assigned to Asia-Pasific 13 March 2017
    The US Army is to deploy its General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to its military base in Gunsan, a city 274 kilometers south of Seoul, to enhance its strike capabilities against North Korea. Capable of carrying four Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and four GBU-44/B Viper Strike glide bombs, medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) Gray Eagle has an endurance of 25 hours, a maximum speed of 167 knots and is ab...
  • 'Viper' Support to USMC
    'Viper' Support to USMC 9 February 2017
    Bell, based in Fort Worth, Texas, announced on Tuesday that it would produce 27 new AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters for the US Marine Corps (USMC). The $49.1 million contract signed with the US Navy is considered part of the H-1 upgrade program. The H-1 upgrade program is aimed at obtaining new helicopters as well as AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters transform into AH-1Z and UH-1N Twin Huey service helicopters transform into UH-1Y in inventory. The AH-1Z will be an advanced AH-1W S...
  • Jump-Start by the New Marshal
    Jump-Start by the New Marshal 23 January 2017
    The new Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto disclosed information on the national strategic plan on 18 January, stating that the country's air fleet would be upgraded by 2024 and the service is looking to replace its F-5 Tiger aircraft. He added that the Air Force will increase its numbers of air defense radars to 32 from the 20 radars currently in service. Reportedly, the candidates for the replacement of F-5E/F Tiger II are JAS39 Gripen, Sukhoi Su-35, ...
  • Pakistan may Receive Mi-35 Helicopters In 2017
    Pakistan may Receive Mi-35 Helicopters In 2017 22 December 2016
    Pakistan’s Minister of Defence Production (MoDP) Rana Tanveer Hussain reportedly informed Pakistani media that Pakistan will receive its four Mi-35 assault helicopters from Russia in 2017 with the cost of $153 million U.S. Islamabad and Moscow signed the agreement on Mi-35 sale August 2015.   In April 2015, the U.S. State Department cleared the possible sale of 15 Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan. Pentagon awarded Bell a contract to produce 11 AH-...
  • The Marines wants armed MV-22 Ospreys 18 May 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.
  • Pakistan orders nine Bell AH-1Z gunships 8 April 2016
      The US Department of Defence announced, the procurement of 9 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan. This sale was concluded under the FMS (foreign military sales) Deliveries will begin in 2018. A contract of more than 170 million dollars was spent in August on 19 AH-1Z helicopters for the US Marine Corps and Pakistan. No details were given about the distribution of these 19 aircraft between Pakistan and the Marines. It is now clarified that Pakistan orders nine of these hel...