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J C Menon France is to get three E-2D ADVANCED HAWKEYE aircraft and related equipment from the U.S for an estimated cost of US$2Bn, after the State Department made a determination approving the possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France, and the Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress. France […]

MV-22 OSPREY Tilt-rotors for Indonesia

J C Menon The U.S has approved the sale of eight MV-22 Block C OSPREY tilt-rotor aircraft and related equipment to Indonesia at an estimated cost of US$2bn. This is comes after the State Department made a determination approving the possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia after the Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered […]

First A330 MRTT for NATO’s Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF)

Gerhard Heiming The first A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) MRTT arrived at its main operating base in Eindhoven on 30th June 2020, with the next seven expected to arrive by 2024, while there is an option for three more. The programme is managed by the European Defence Agency (EDA) and though OCCAR has taken over […]

ATMACA Nearing Series Production

Korhan Özkilinc The ATMACA Anti Ship Missile (ASM), which translates as HAWK, was successfully test launched on 1st July 2020, after which SSB president Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir said the missile is almost ready for series production. During the last test, the missile was able to hit its target at a distance in excess of 220 km with […]

Embraer Delivers Third C-390 MILLENNIUM to the Brazilian Air Force

Jack Richardson Embraer has delivered the third C-390 MILLENNIUM multi-mission medium air-lifter to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), to be operated by First Troop Transport Group (1st GGT). Like the first two units delivered in 2019, and the additional 25 which will be delivered to the FAB, this third unit is equipped to perform aerial refuelling […]

Hensoldt Leads New Radar Consortium

Gerhard Heiming Sensor system supplier Hensoldt has been awarded a contract by Airbus Defence and Space to develop and produce a new Active Electronic Scanning Array (AESA) radar for the German and Spanish EUROFIGHTER fleets. The project is jointly financed by Spain and Germany, who will also be the first users of the radar in their […]

Morocco to Purchase 24 APACHE Helicopters

J C Menon Boeing has won a contract from Morocco to deliver 24 AH-64E APACHE helicopters, making it the 17th country to acquire the type, with nearly 2,500 delivered to 16 nations. In November 2019, the U.S State Department approved a Foreign Military Sale of 36 AH-64E APACHE attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost […]

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc Demonstrates Automatic Takeoff and Landing for MQ-9A

Jack Richardson  As part of the ongoing U.S. Air Force contract for MQ-9A REAPER modernisation, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has demonstrated three expanded Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) enhancements that provide the MQ-9A with a dramatic increase in operational flexibility. One enhancement enables the UAV to land at an alternate or “divert” […]

Contract for 115 New ESCAN Radars Signed

Gerhard Heiming Following approval by the German and Spanish governments, Airbus has been awarded a contract for the development, delivery and integration of 115 EUROFIGHTER ESCAN radars for the German and Spanish EUROFIGHTER fleets. The contract provides for the delivery and integration of 110 radars for Germany and initially five for Spain from 2023. Development and […]

BIRD Aerosystems has Delivered its AMPS Anti-Missile Protection System to a VIP Customer in Africa

Jack Richardson  BIRD Aerosystems has completed the delivery of its Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) system, including the AeroShield POD and Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS) sensor, to a VIP customer in Africa to protect the presidential Boeing 737 aircraft during its international flights around the world. The AeroShield POD is an all-in-one integrated solution […]

CH-53K KING STALLION Completes Sea Trials

J C Menon The CH-53K KING STALLION has recently completed a two-week period of sea trials onboard the USS WASP, a Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship operated by the U.S. Navy. “I’m very pleased with how the ship tests went,” said Col. Jack Perrin, H-53 helicopters programme manager. “We were able to assess the […]

Australia Provides Additional MQ-4C TRITON Funding

Jack Richardson Northrop Grumman Corporation has announced the Australian government’s decision to provide funding for an additional three of their planned six MQ-4C TRITON UAVs and associated ground mission control stations. The MQ-4C is a cooperative development programme between the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the U.S. Navy, providing a round-the-clock maritime wide-area ISR […]

Virtual Negotiation Phase for Germany’s Heavy Transport Helicopter

Gerhard Heiming After Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky and Boeing, the two competitors for the German Bundeswehr’s Heavy Transport Helicopter (STH) had submitted their indicative bids on schedule (13th January 2020), negotiations for the preparation of the Best and Final Offer (BAFO) started in May 2020 – after evaluation by the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information […]

India to Buy More Mig 29s and Su30MKIs from Russia

J C Menon The Indian Air Force (IAF) plans to buy 21 modernised MiG-29s and 12 Su-30MKIs from Russia in the face of a depleted combat aircraft fleet with India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) expected to give a green signal for the proposal as early as end of this month, according to an MoD official. […]

BrahMos Air Version “War Ready”

J C Menon The Indo-Russian BrahMos Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) variant has received combat clearance. The 2.5 tonne missile has a range of around 300 km (186 mi.), can be dropped from 500 to 14,000 metres and can travel at a speed of Mach 2.8, nearly three times that of sound. The ALCM is around 0.65 […]

Hensoldt Welcomes Bundestag’s Release of Billion Euro Budget for Eurofighter AESA Radar

Jack Richardson Sensor systems supplier Hensoldt has welcomed today’s decision by the German Bundestag to release funds for the development of  the new Active Electronic Scanning Array (AESA) radar for the entire German Eurofighter fleet as a positive signal for Germany as a technology base and for successful European cooperation in the defence sector. With the […]

Increasing Israeli Interest in Polarix Motor

Arie Egozi A revolutionary electric motor developed by American company Polarix is creating great interest among Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) manufacturers and will soon be tested on a UAV in the country to increase its efficiency and range, enabling new capabilities for military forces. In cooperation with a fan jet engine company, Polarix is […]

Russia and Turkey Agree on a Second Batch of S-400 SAMs

Igor Laskin Moscow and Ankara have come to a general agreement on the supply of a second set of S-400 air defence systems, according to the RIA Novosti information agency. Last year, Russia completed the first delivery contract to supply Turkey with four S-400 divisions (battalions) to form the first regiment at a value of US$2.5bn, […]

SEEKER for Spanish Elite Troops

Jack Richardson Technology multinational GMV has won a contract under the Spanish MoD’s RAPAZ programme for the supply of four Class I SEEKER Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) to be integrated into the intelligence units of the Paratrooper Brigade and the Tercio de Armada de Infantería de Marina (Marine Infantry Protection Force), thus providing them […]

More Su-34s For VKS

Igor Laskin The Russian MoD has signed a three-year contract for the procurement of around 20 Su-34 front-line bombers, according to the IRAR-TASS information agency, who quoted a source in the national defence industry. The deal reportedly covers a version of the aircraft which incorporates certain changes which take account of the experience the Russian Aerospace Forces […]

CH-53K Masters the Art of Aerial Refuelling with KC-130J

Jack Richardson The CH-53K KING STALLION heavy transport helicopter has successfully completed several inflight refuelling tests with a KC-130J SUPER HERCULES tanker of the U.S. Marine Corps. Lasting several hours, the test flight took place at the beginning of April off the east coast of the US, meaning the latest member of the Sikorsky family […]

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