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Rafael celebrates over 20 years of activity in India and presents ready-to-use systems for the Indian military

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is participating at Aero India 2019 February 20-24, 2019, in Bengaluru, India.

12th Feb 2019 | Read more

Israel Aerospace Industries to Present a Variety of Systems at Aero India 2019

Over the Past Year, IAI has Generated Hundreds of Millions of Dollars of Sales in the Indian Partner; Expected to Expand Collaboration with Local Companies in Defense Systems Integration

5th Feb 2019 | Read more

Rafael releases new video footage of SPIKE NLOS launched from a light buggy

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has released a video from a firing test of the SPIKE NLOS launched from a light buggy (TOMCAR).

5th Feb 2019 | Read more

Republic of Korea Air Force receives first Airbus A330 MRTT

The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft.

30th Jan 2019 | Read more

FLIR Systems Acquires Aeryon Labs for $200M

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today that it has acquired Aeryon Labs Inc.

28th Jan 2019 | Read more

Brimstone missile to be integrated onto RAF’s Protector RG Mk1 aircraft

MBDA has received a contract for the integration of its Brimstone high-precision strike missile onto the Royal Air Force’s Protector RG Mk1 remotely piloted aircraft

25th Jan 2019 | Read more

Leonardo awarded £293 million Apache Integrated Operational Support contract by the UK MoD

Leonardo is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to provide the Apache AH Mk.1 Attack Helicopter fleet

17th Jan 2019 | Read more

Indonesian Air Force places order for eight additional H225Ms

The Indonesian Air Force has ordered eight additional twin-engine multirole H225M helicopters as part of the country’s fleet-strengthening initiative

14th Jan 2019 | Read more

IAI’s ELTA Awarded Initial Contracts Over 60 Million USD by Asian Customer

ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), was awarded initial contracts to supply advanced multi-mode radars and an Electronic Warfare (EW) protection system,

7th Dec 2018 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded $112 Million Contract to Provide Airborne Intelligence Systems to an Asia-Pacific Country

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT and TASE: ESLT) ("Elbit Systems") announced today that it was awarded a $112 million contract

3rd Dec 2018 | Read more

Strategic Cooperation Agreement between Israel Aerospace Industries and The Boeing Company:

Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries last week signed a strategic agreement setting out principles of cooperation between the two companies in commercial and military aviation,

29th Nov 2018 | Read more

IAI’s ELTA Systems Unveils Next Generation Drone Guard Counter Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS)

ELTA Systems, a division and subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has unveiled a new and enhanced configuration of its Drone Guard system

22nd Nov 2018 | Read more


The French Defence Procurement Agency DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has awarded MBDA the contract for the MICA NG (Missile d’Interception et de Combat Aérien Nouvelle Génération)

12th Nov 2018 | Read more

KONGSBERG officially opens new helicopter Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility.

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS, a business unit in Kongsberg Gruppen, today officially opened a new helicopter MRO facility including a multi-purpose Test Stand

1st Nov 2018 | Read more

Mi-171A2 and Ansat to take part in Airshow China and go on a demo tour of countries in Southeast Asia

The holding company Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) will for the first time be presenting full-scale equipment samples at the exhibition in Asia

31st Oct 2018 | Read more

First Missile Firing by Gripen E

ripen E has successfully completed the first tests to verify the ability to release and launch external payloads.

27th Oct 2018 | Read more

Saab Receives Order from Boeing for the Advanced Pilot Training Aircraft T-X

Saab has received an order from Boeing for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase for the Advanced Pilot Training Aircraft, T-X.

19th Oct 2018 | Read more

Embraer Successfully Performs First Flight of the Series Production KC-390 Multi-mission Airlift

Embraer achieved another important milestone today with the completion of the maiden flight of the first series production multi-mission medium airlift KC-390.

10th Oct 2018 | Read more

Rostec creates new high-precision artillery projectile

Techmash Concern (part of Rostec) is developing a concept for a new 152 mm correctable artillery projectile.

4th Oct 2018 | Read more

Tech Mahindra and Israel Aerospace Industries to provide next generation cyber solutions

The strategic partnership will leverage IAI‘s national-grade cybersecurity capability and Tech Mahindra’s cyber expertise across industries to address the cyber warfare of the future

4th Oct 2018 | Read more

KONGSBERG awarded next phase CROWS contract

KONGSBERG has been awarded an IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity) frame contract with the United States Army for production, system support and technical engineering support

14th Sep 2018 | Read more

Thales Australia and Wedgetail Industries join forces on small arms exports to India

hales Australia has signed an MoU with Wedgetail Industries for the design, development and manufacture of the LA106 Longreach .338” Sniper Rifle chassis to support potential export opportunities to India.

6th Sep 2018 | Read more

Airbus Perlan Mission II soars to over 62,000 feet, setting second altitude world record and crossing Armstrong Line

Airbus Perlan Mission II, the world’s first initiative to pilot an engineless aircraft to the edge of space, made history again yesterday in El Calafate, Argentina,

29th Aug 2018 | Read more

ARMY 2018: Rostec presents modernised Mi-35M and Mi-35P helicopters

Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) is presenting modernized Mi-35M and Mi-35P attack helicopters for the first time at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY 2018,

22nd Aug 2018 | Read more

Saab Receives Order for Self-Protection Systems for India’s Dhruv Helicopter

Saab has received a follow-on order from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the IDAS-2 self-protection suite for the Indian Army’s Dhruv helicopter. The order amounts to approximately MSEK 350.

9th Aug 2018 | Read more

Saab to Upgrade Royal Thai Air Force Air Command and Control System

Saab has received an order from the Royal Thai Air Force to upgrade Thailand’s national Air Command and Control System which is based on Saab’s 9AIR C4I.

8th Aug 2018 | Read more

World’s first MRO shop for the MTR390-Enhanced engine powering the Tiger helicopter obtains approval

MTU Turbomeca Rolls-Royce ITP GmbH (known as MTRI), jointly with its partners MTU Aero Engines, Safran Helicopter Engines, Rolls-Royce and ITP Aero, approved AIA Bordeaux (Atelier Industriel de L’Aéronautique de Bordeaux) as the first MTR390-Enhanced MRO shop.

2nd Aug 2018 | Read more

Sixth annual Australia-Indonesia High Level Committee meeting

ustralia’s Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC and his counterpart, Commander in Chief of the Indonesian Armed Forces (Panglima TNI) Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, met today for the sixth annual Australia-Indonesia High Level Committee meeting in Darwin.

28th Jul 2018 | Read more

Airbus and Singapore to co-develop digital services for military aircraft

Airbus and Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) have agreed details of the first initiative under their recently announced digital technology collaboration1

19th Jul 2018 | Read more

Gripen E in the air with Swiss pylons

Saab’s Gripen E programme continues to make progress. The Gripen aircraft with designation 39-8 has conducted a number of successful flights carrying external stores

17th Jul 2018 | Read more

Airbus launches SmartForce – services bringing the power of data to military operations

Airbus is extending its highly successful introduction of advanced data analytics in the civil aviation community to the defence market with the launch of SmartForce.

17th Jul 2018 | Read more


Airbus and Singapore’s DSTA to collaborate on maintenance activities

29th Jun 2018 | Read more

Russian Helicopters overhauled 6 helicopters of the Indian Border Security Force

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) delivered six Mi-17-1V helicopters to the Border Security Force of the Republic of India.

27th Jun 2018 | Read more

Bell and Safran Announce Shared Vision for On Demand Mobility

New collaboration between Bell and Safran on the development of innovative hybrid electric propulsion systems for future air taxi and VTOL systems

20th Jun 2018 | Read more

The Third Superjet 100 Delivered to the Thai Royal Airforce

The third business version of the SSJ100 landed in Bangkok to join the Thai Royal Airforce fleet.

19th Jun 2018 | Read more

United Kingdom Becomes Largest Operator of Saab Land-based Giraffe AMB Radars

Saab has delivered the tenth Giraffe Agile Multi Beam (AMB) radar to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) making the country the largest operator of land-based Giraffe AMB radars in the world.

14th Jun 2018 | Read more

KONGSBERG receives order for deliveries to F-35 Joint Strike Fighter worth 525 MNOK

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) today received an order from Lockheed Martin valued at 525 MNOK for deliveries of more than 150 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

13th Jun 2018 | Read more

Australian Army extends contract with Rockwell Collins for avionics support on CH-47F Chinooks

Rockwell Collins has been selected by the Australian Army to provide extended avionics support for its fleet of CH-47F Chinook helicopters through a performance-based logistics (PBL) contract.

12th Jun 2018 | Read more

KAI Successfully Completed the Second Artificial Icing Campaign

Korea Aerospace Industries LTD. (KAI) announced on the 1st day that the company proved airworthiness for its KUH-1 (Surion) helicopter’s system icing operation ability in the 41st Airworthiness Certification Deliberation Committee

4th Jun 2018 | Read more

Airbus wins major NATO communications system contract

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has awarded Airbus a € 40 million contract for the delivery of the first phase of the new NATO Communications Infrastructure Project.

30th May 2018 | Read more

IAI and Honeywell Propose a Jointly Developed Turn Key GPS

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and Honeywell, have signed a Teaming Agreement (TA) to introduce the market of airborne avionics with a jointly developed turnkey GPS Anti-Jam navigation system.

30th May 2018 | Read more

GKN Aerospace pursues potential new wiring manufacturing facility in India

GKN Fokker Elmo is discussing plans for a second manufacturing facility for wiring systems in India during a visit to Pune this week.

28th May 2018 | Read more

KAI Completes Delivery of the First Surion Forest Service version and the First Surion Fire Fighting version

Korea Aerospace Industries LTD. (KAI) announced that the Company delivered a Korean Utility Helicopter-1Emergency Medical, KUH-1EM, which bears the name “Halla-Mae”

25th May 2018 | Read more

US to Export Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB Radar in Foreign Military Sales Deal

Saab will supply the Sea Giraffe AMB naval radar system to the US Navy (USN) for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal between the US and the Philippines.

21st May 2018 | Read more

Production Mi-171A2 Takes Its First Flight

The first production helicopter Mi-171A2 has taken a test flight at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant owned by the Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec).

19th May 2018 | Read more

Defence Mission Systems Champions team up for European MALE drone programme

Four European Champions in the area of Defence Mission Systems intend to combine their unique and complementary capabilities to provide the MALE (Medium Altitude, Long Endurance) drone programme of France, Germany, Italy and Spain –

25th Apr 2018 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel successfully demonstrate the highest levels of Manned-Unmanned Teaming capabilities

Airbus Helicopters and Schiebel have tested Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) capabilities between an H145 platform

25th Apr 2018 | Read more

Leonardo demonstrates its AW159 helicopter to Malaysia’s Armed Forces

Leonardo, with the support of the UK’s 847 Naval Air Squadron, presented its AW159 Wildcat helicopter to Malaysia’s Armed Forces at Royal Malaysian Navy Base Lumut and Leonardo Helicopters’ facility at Subang Airport, near Kuala Lumpur last week.

18th Apr 2018 | Read more

McDonnell Douglas Helicopters relies on Thales’ lightweight rocket launchers for its global customers

hales is pleased to announce the qualification of the FZ220 rocket launcher for unguided and guided munition (70mm) on the latest McDonnell Douglas’ light helicopter (MD530G).

17th Apr 2018 | Read more

Leonardo: Pakistan continues helicopter fleet renewal with order for additional AW139s

Leonardo announced today that the Government of Pakistan will introduce into service an undisclosed number of additional AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters.

17th Apr 2018 | Read more

MTU Maintenance Canada signs CF6-50 and accessory repair contract with Lockheed Martin

MTU Maintenance Canada and Lockheed Martin have signed two contracts covering the maintenance, repair and overhaul of CF6-50C2 engines as well as accessory repair for the engines.

12th Apr 2018 | Read more

Russia and India finalized Ka-226T configuration

The Indian side approved the technical configuration of the light utility Ka-226T helicopter developed by Russian Helicopters Holding Company to be assembled by Joint Venture Indo-Russian Helicopters Limited in India.

12th Apr 2018 | Read more

Jet Aviation to acquire Hawker Pacific

et Aviation and Hawker Pacific today announced that Jet Aviation has entered into a binding agreement to acquire Hawker Pacific, a leading provider of integrated aviation solutions across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, for US$250 million.

11th Apr 2018 | Read more

Czech Air Force Gripen fleet completes MS20 upgrade giving enhanced operational capabilities

The Czech Air Force has successfully completed the MS20 capability upgrade to its fleet of Gripen fighter aircraft.

11th Apr 2018 | Read more

HENSOLDT to offer Protection in Cyber Space

HENSOLDT, the leading independent sensor house, will also be using its expert knowledge in defence and security to protect IT systems.

11th Apr 2018 | Read more

Russian Helicopters to hold negotiations at Defexpo on the maintenance of helicopters in India

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) will hold negotiations related to the after-sales support of Russian helicopters operated in India

10th Apr 2018 | Read more

KAI Completes Delivery of Four T-50TH Jet Trainers to Royal Thai Air Force

Korea Aerospace Industries LTD. (KAI) announced that the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has officially commissioned 4 of the T-50TH advanced jet trainers into servicemissioned 4 of the T-50TH advanced jet trainers into service.

6th Apr 2018 | Read more

Leidos recently transported supplies across 3 continents

Team Leidos worked with the MoD to transport the field hospital from MoD Donnington and MoD Bicester to Kenya, through Uganda and then onto Juba in South Sudan

23rd Mar 2018 | Read more

GE Aviation receives UAE F-16 Block 60 Data Transfer System award

Lockheed Martin recently awarded GE Aviation a multi-million-dollar contract to upgrade the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force's F-16 data transfer system. The contract involves a redesign of the system and an aircraft retrofit that will extend the life of this capability for the UAE Air Force's F-16 fleet.

22nd Mar 2018 | Read more

Leonardo boosts international growth with Qatar helicopter deal worth more than €3 billion

Leonardo will act as prime contractor for the 28 NH90 helicopter programme and will be responsible for assembly, delivery and support of the 12 helicopters dedicated to naval applications

14th Mar 2018 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters Awarded $273 Million Contract

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. received a contract valued at approximately $273 million to deliver 35 additional UH-72A Lakotas

12th Mar 2018 | Read more

HENSOLDT and Raytheon to Deliver Enhanced Airport Surveillance Radar

HENSOLDT and Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), two leading air traffic radar innovators,

7th Mar 2018 | Read more

General Services Administration Awards Leidos Contract to Support U.S. Army’s C4ISR Prototyping Operations

Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a FORTUNE 500® science, information technology, and engineering leader,announced today it was awarded a follow-on task order by the General Services

7th Mar 2018 | Read more

RT LTA has presented a live demonstration of the SkyStar 110 micro-tactical aerostat system

The patented SkyStar 110 was presented at the SDF internal communication exhibition at Kurihama, Japan

7th Mar 2018 | Read more

Elbit Systems of America-Rockwell Collins Joint Venture

Elbit Systems of America, LLC announced that its joint venture with Rockwell Collins, Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems, LLC (RCEVS) will incorporate the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System II (JHMCS II) helmet-mounted display

22nd Feb 2018 | Read more

Rosoboronexport: 60th anniversary of military-technical cooperation between Russia and Indonesia

JSC Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation) notes the high level of military-technical cooperation with the Republic of Indonesia.

22nd Feb 2018 | Read more

Latvian MOD signs a 108 million Euro contract

The Latvian MOD signed on Monday (February 12th ) a contract in the amount of 108 million Euros, with EuroSpike GmbH

15th Feb 2018 | Read more

HENSOLDT protects Belgian F-16 against missile attacks

HENSOLDT, the leading independent sensor house, will equip Belgian Air Force F-16 fighters with its proven AN/AAR-60 (V) 2 MILDS F missile warning system

14th Feb 2018 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters and Thai Aviation Industries

New partnership strengthens Airbus Helicopters’ commitment to Thailand’s military and law enforcement helicopter operations.

8th Feb 2018 | Read more

Russian Helicopters signed memorandum on cooperation in aftersales with Thai company Datagate

Russian Helicopters and the Thai company Datagate Co. Ltd. signed a memorandum of intent on cooperation in organization of the maintenance service center

7th Feb 2018 | Read more


Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) will attend Singapore Airshow, one of the most important Asian fairs.

2nd Feb 2018 | Read more

Israel Aerospace Industries launches Hauled Self-Defense Pod

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) released a new electronic warfare system which provides an added layer of self-defense for aircrafts.

31st Jan 2018 | Read more

IAI launches a Breakthrough Technological and Operational Capability

New capability enables the Heron UAV to operate long distance missions (thousands of kilometers away)

31st Jan 2018 | Read more

Israel Aerospace Industries Will Display New Technologies and Defense Systems

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will display a variety of defense systems at the upcoming Singapore Air show.

31st Jan 2018 | Read more

Israeli Air Force Expands Heron TP Fleet

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) will take delivery of additional IAI Heron TP's, the largest unmanned reconnaissance aircraft used by the IAF.

31st Jan 2018 | Read more

GA-ASI Demonstrates SATCOM Launch and Recovery Capability for MQ-9B

The SATCOM-only Launch and Recovery Element (LRE) operations capped another great year for MQ-9B development

23rd Jan 2018 | Read more

"A400M refuels six F-18 fighters in one flight"

An Airbus A400M has successfully refuelled six Spanish Air Force F-18 fighters in a single mission as part of an air-to-air refuelling (AAR) human factors certification flight.

22nd Dec 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Meets 2017 F-35 Delivery Target

On Friday, December 15, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) delivered the 66th F-35 aircraft for the year, meeting the joint government and industry delivery target for 2017.

19th Dec 2017 | Read more

Airbus and Williams Advanced Engineering team to explore technology collaboration

Companies see shared benefits from Zephyr and Formula 1-inspired innovation

19th Dec 2017 | Read more

Coalition congratulates Iraqis

The Coalition congratulates the Government of Iraq on its announcement of the liberation of Iraq from Daesh.

11th Dec 2017 | Read more

Embraer KC-390 arrives in the United States for a series of flight trials

The new Embraer KC-390 multi-mission military transport and tanker jet will start a series of flight trials in the United States as part of its flight test campaign for certification.

21st Nov 2017 | Read more

Terma on contract with Tata Advanced Systems Limited For Surface Surveillance Radar for Indian Navy.

Danish aerospace, defense and security company Terma in partnership with Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL), India as Prime contractor

17th Nov 2017 | Read more

Air defence training in partnership with MBDA at the International Training Centre

The International Training Centre - Draguignan (CIF-D), in collaboration with MBDA, has completed a short-range air defence initiation course for a group of eight officers

16th Nov 2017 | Read more

United Arab Emirates orders five Airbus C295 aircraft

he United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence has ordered five Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft.

15th Nov 2017 | Read more

Leonardo to provide pre-flight simulation of radar threats for UK’s new A400M

Leonardo has announced a contract, signed with the UK Ministry of Defence, to provide equipment that will simulate radar threats to the RAF’s new A400M transport aircraft

13th Nov 2017 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters completes first firing campaign with HForce-equipped H145M

Airbus Helicopters has recently completed a ballistic development test of an HForce weapon system on a H145M on Pápa Airbase in Hungary. T

10th Nov 2017 | Read more

Russian Helicopters test Ansat in Pakistan

The Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) started testing multi-purpose Ansat helicopter in Pakistan.

2nd Nov 2017 | Read more

Rafael awarded contract to rapidly produce and provide SPIKE LR 2 5th generation missiles for the Israel Defense Forces

The advanced 5th generation precision-guided missile is part of the wider SPIKE Family sold to over 26 countries

24th Oct 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Subsidiary in the U.S. to Provide In-Fill Radar and Tower System

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE: ESLT) (““Elbit Systems”) announced today that its subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America,

12th Sep 2017 | Read more

H145M completes first flight with HForce weapon system

At the end of August, the H145M performed its first flight with a complete HForce weapon system in Donauwörth.

11th Sep 2017 | Read more

IAI National Strategic SIGINT Center Achieves Operational Capability Milestone

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) advanced, highly automated SIGINT Center has successfully achieved phase I operational capability with an undisclosed customer.

5th Sep 2017 | Read more

IAI Expands Compact HF Direction Finding (HF) COMINT Product Line With New Tactical Ground and Naval System

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled a new, highly compact version of its Ground and Naval HF COMINT Direction Finder (DF) - ELK-7065.

5th Sep 2017 | Read more

The End of an Era: Pilatus Discontinues Production of the Legendary Pilatus Porter PC-6

It brought fame to the Pilatus name worldwide – the Pilatus Porter PC-6.

29th Aug 2017 | Read more

Russian Helicopters to test Ka-52K for resistance to electromagnetic interference

The experts of the "Russian Helicopters" holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) will, within the framework of testing the Ka-52K

29th Aug 2017 | Read more

Russian Helicopters started production of Mi-38T for the Russian Ministry of Defense

"Kazan Helicopters" of the "Russian Helicopters" holding (part of Rostec State Corporation) has started to assemble the first prototype of the Mi-38T

24th Aug 2017 | Read more

Russian Helicopters Deliberately Excluded from the Annual Defense News Top 100 List

The fact that the Russian Helicopters group is not included into the rating of the world’s major defence manufacturers

27th Jul 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin F-35s Surpass 100,000 Flight Hours

he Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft fleet recently exceeded 100,000 flight hours while the F-35 Integrated Test Force

25th Jul 2017 | Read more

Singapore receives delivery of F-15SG Jets

Singapore is believed to have received the final eight F-15SG fighter jets from Boeing

15th Jul 2017 | Read more

Airbus C295 begins Asian tour in Thailand

Maritime surveillance aircraft offers advanced capabilities and versatility

7th Jul 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems and Leonardo to Collaborate on New Precision-guided Munitions

BAE Systems and Leonardo have announced an initiative to pursue collaborations on new precision-guided solutions

29th Jun 2017 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters delivers final H145M to the German Air Force

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 15th and final H145M multi-role helicopter to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr).

27th Jun 2017 | Read more

United States Air Force Selects the Northrop Grumman APG-83 SABR for F-16 AESA Radar Upgrade

The U.S. Air Force selected Northrop Grumman Corporation’s APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR)

22nd Jun 2017 | Read more

Japan Coast Guard orders three additional H225 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of three additional H225s.

21st Jun 2017 | Read more

Lockheed Martin, Tata Announce F-16 India Partnership

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) signed a landmark agreement affirming the companies intent to join hands

21st Jun 2017 | Read more

IAI Introduces New Naval Application for its Green Dragon Loitering Munition

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) introduces the new naval application of the Green Dragon

21st Jun 2017 | Read more

IAI Successfully Completes Operational Firing Trial of the LORA Weapon System

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has successfully completed a firing trail with LORA (Long-Range Artillery weapon system)

20th Jun 2017 | Read more

Rosoboronexport Signs Mi-171Sh Procurement Contract

Rosoboronexport, a member of Rostec, signed a contract with Bangladesh’s Air Force for supply of five Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters.

19th Jun 2017 | Read more

Australia and India share expertise on the Globemaster

A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III and crew have conducted a one week visit to their Indian Air Force counterparts.

16th Jun 2017 | Read more

First Japanese-Built F-35A Unveiled at Nagoya Production Facility

NAGOYA, Japan, June 5, 2017 – The first Japanese-assembled F-35A was unveiled out of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility here today.

6th Jun 2017 | Read more

Pratt & Whitney Validates Growth Option for F135 Engine

Engine improvements demonstrated under DoD technology maturation programs could benefit global fleet of F-35s

2nd Jun 2017 | Read more

Saab and FMV Sign Contract for Continued Gripen Support and Maintenance

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) regarding the continued support and maintenance of Gripen C/D.

1st Jun 2017 | Read more

SPIKE LR II 5th Generation multi-purpose, multi-platform precision-guided missile

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. unveils SPIKE LR II, a new 5th generation variant of the SPIKE Family

31st May 2017 | Read more

Peter Örjes the new Managing Director of Patria Helicopters AB as of 5 June 2017

Peter Örjes, 52, has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Patria Helicopters AB.

22nd May 2017 | Read more

Saab Swordfish MPA Delivers True Multi-RoleMaritime Air Power

Defence and security company Saab continues to enhance the Swordfish Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA)

16th May 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded an Approximately $40 Million Contract

( “Elbit Systems”) announced today that it was awarded a contract from the Brazilian Marine Corps (“BMC”) for the supply of advanced C4ISR,

10th May 2017 | Read more

First Italian-Built F-35B ‘Rolls Out’ of Cameri Production Facility

The first Short Take-Off/Vertical Landing version of the F-35, or F-35B, assembled outside the United States rolled out of the Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility here today.

9th May 2017 | Read more

CAE awarded contract to provide comprehensive RPA training solution to UAE Air Force & Air Defence

Total training solution will include academic, simulator and live flying training for remotely piloted aircraft

9th May 2017 | Read more

Australia Joins US and the Philippines in Major Exercise

Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have deployed to the Philippines for Exercise Balikatan 2017

8th May 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded a Contract to Provide Satellite-On-the-Move Systems to the IMOD

( “Elbit Systems”) has announced today that it was awarded a contract to provide the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) with dozens of satellite-

8th May 2017 | Read more

Airbus to carry out a definition study

The French defence procurement agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has awarded Airbus Defence and Space a contract to carry out preparatory studies and definition work for the future ground segment of the Syracuse IV satellite-based military telecommunications system.

3rd May 2017 | Read more

Regional Cooperation on Display as Five Powers Exercise Gets Underway

Exercise Bersama Shield 2017 commenced today in Malaysia and Singapore with Australian Defence Force personnel supporting South East Asia’s

27th Apr 2017 | Read more

Vietnam is Interested in Acquiring Russian Helicopters

The delegation of the Ministry of Public Security of the Republic of Vietnam arrived on a working visit to the capital of Tatarstan.

18th Apr 2017 | Read more

Saab signs Support Contract Extension with British Army

Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract extension with the United Kingdom’s (UK) Ministry of Defence (MoD) f

13th Apr 2017 | Read more

IAI Signs Contracts in India Worth almost $2 Billion

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced today that the company has been awarded contracts in India totaling almost $2.0 billion.

7th Apr 2017 | Read more

BAE Systems Australia technology in Joint Strike Missile

BAE Systems Australia’s technology is another step closer to being used in the Joint Strike Missile (JSM)

7th Apr 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded an Approximately $82 Million Contract

("Elbit Systems"), announced today that it was awarded an approximately $82 million contract to provide an Asia-Pacific country with a comprehensive Electro-optic airborne solution,

29th Mar 2017 | Read more

A400M delivers first humanitarian cargo with Royal Malaysian Air Force

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), Airbus and the Spanish Red Cross have delivered together a load of humanitarian goods from Seville, Spain,

23rd Mar 2017 | Read more

Thales delivers a flight and navigation training simulator to the Malaysian Air Force

Thales was selected to deliver an FNPT II (Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainer) simulator to the Royal Malaysian Air Force for the purposes of initial pilot training.

22nd Mar 2017 | Read more

Malaysian Minister of Defence takes official delivery of Royal Malaysian Air Force’s fourth Airbus A400M.

LANGKAWI- Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Onn, Minister of Defence of Malaysia, took delivery of the fourth Airbus A400M military transport aircraft today on behalf of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

22nd Mar 2017 | Read more


PTDI, in its largest contract to date, will purchase 34 Honeywell TPE331 engines for its NC212i aircraft

22nd Mar 2017 | Read more

New Head of Saab Market Area Asia Pacific

Defence and security company Saab has appointed Dean Rosenfield as new head of Market Area Asia Pacific from 1 January 2018.

17th Mar 2017 | Read more


Airshow 2017 has delivered a record crowd.

15th Mar 2017 | Read more

Embraer lands in the Silicon Valley, with sights on disruptive innovation

Embraer announced today that it is forming innovation teams in Silicon Valley and in Boston, in the United States.

15th Mar 2017 | Read more

Russia’s SU-32/34 Long-Range Strike Fighters

Russia will commence a modernization program for the Su-34 in 2018

14th Mar 2017 | Read more

CAE USA celebrates grand opening of Dothan Training Center in Alabama

AE USA celebrated today the grand opening of its new Dothan Training Center located at the Dothan Regional Airport in Alabama.

7th Mar 2017 | Read more

India Test-Fires Homegrown Supersonic Interceptor Missile

ndia successfully test-fired its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile

6th Mar 2017 | Read more

Leonardo: Pakistan expands its AW139 fleet with new orders

Additional aircraft for utility and transport purposes with deliveries starting in mid-2017

21st Feb 2017 | Read more

A pioneer of modern helicopter technology: the BO105 celebrates its 50th birthday

This month marks 50 years since the BO105 embarked on its maiden flight, on 16 February 1967, in Ottobrunn near Munich

17th Feb 2017 | Read more

Israel Aerospace Industries and Dynamatic Technologies Limited Sign a Cooperation Agreement on Mini UAVs in India

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Dynamatic Technologies Ltd (DTL) have announced today their cooperation to jointly address the needs of the Indian UAV market.

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

Israel Aerospace Industries has Signed an MOU with Taneja Aerospace & Aviation (TAAL), to Manufacture Civil and Military Aircraft Crashworthy-Seats in India

Israel Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (IAI), through its Golan Industries Division, and Taneja Aerospace & Aviation Ltd. (TAAL) of India

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

Israel Aerospace Industries and Kalyani Group to incorporate a JV in India to Manufacture Specific Air Defense Systems

Israel Aerospace Industries, Ltd. (IAI) and Kalyani Strategic Systems Ltd. (KSSL), the defense arm of Kalyani Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to incorporate a Joint Venture Company (JVC) in India.

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

Northrop Grumman and Royal Air Force Demonstrate Enhanced Airborne Communications Interoperability

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the Royal Air Force (RAF) have successfully completed a communications interoperability trial involving both F-35B Lightning II and Typhoon FGR4 aircraft

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

Thales and Bharat Dynamics Limited sign MoU to explore Transfer of Technology opportunity for STARStreak missile to India

At Aero India 2017, Thales and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), a Government of India enterprise, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding

16th Feb 2017 | Read more

Visit of Russian aerospace enterprises to Singapore

Russia-Singapore Business Council under the sponsorship of company Russian Helicopters over the 15-25 February, 2017 period organizes the special-purpose business mission

14th Feb 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded an Approximately $110 Million Contract for Upgrade of M-17 Helicopters

("Elbit Systems") announced today that it was awarded an approximately $110 million contract from an Asia-Pacific country

9th Feb 2017 | Read more

IAI Gains Momentum in the Cyber Arena:

The Company’s Board of Directors has authorized the establishment of a Cyber Division at IAI's Subsidiary, ELTA

7th Feb 2017 | Read more

Cyberbit and Ni Cybersecurity launch hyper-realistic cybersecurity training and simulation center in Japan

Ni Cybersecurity brings world-leading Cyberbit Range platform to Japan

7th Feb 2017 | Read more

Airbus provides satcom for EU security missions in Mali, Niger and Somalia

The service is part of the EU SatCom Market framework contract which the European Defence Agency recently awarded to Airbus Defence and Space

3rd Feb 2017 | Read more

Airbus provides satellite communications for the French administration

Airbus Defence and Space has just been awarded a contract to supply satellite communication systems for UGAP, the French public procurement agency.

20th Jan 2017 | Read more

F-35B arrives in Japan

F-35B Lightning II aircraft, belonging to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aircraft Group 12, arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni January 18

20th Jan 2017 | Read more

New Era in Arrow Weapon System:

Operational Arrow-3 Interceptors Transferred to Israeli Air Force Aerial Defense Array

20th Jan 2017 | Read more

CAE wins defence contracts on key platforms valued at more than C$175 million

CAE today announced that it has won defence contracts on a range of customer platforms valued at more than C$175 million

18th Jan 2017 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded Approximately $17 Million Contract

Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded a contract to supply groundbreaking, multi spectral BrightNite system to an air force in a NATO country.

18th Jan 2017 | Read more

"Airbus C295W Demonstrates Refuelling Contacts With Helicopter"

Airbus Defence and Space has followed its recent successful demonstration of air-to-air refuelling between two C295W

17th Jan 2017 | Read more

Joint Strike Missile completes long range flight test

The Joint Strike Missile (JSM) has successfully completed a flight test in the United States.

21st Dec 2016 | Read more

Boeing T-X Completes First Flight, Validates Design for Air Force Requirements

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and partner Saab [Stockholm: SAABB] today completed the first flight of their all-new T-X aircraft, which is designed specifically for the U.S. Air Force’s training requirements.

21st Dec 2016 | Read more

Germany Receives First Tactical Standard Airbus A400M Airlifter

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered to the German Air Force its first A400M transport aircraft qualified for tactical operations and able to fly in areas subject to military threats.

13th Dec 2016 | Read more

A400M Global Support Service Contract Signed With Three Nations

Airbus Defence and Space has signed a long-term Global Support Service contract for the A400M new generation airlifter with the UK, France and Spain.

8th Dec 2016 | Read more

Saab Receives Contract for Components to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar Program

Defence and security company Saab’s U.S. based company, Saab Defense and Security USA, LLC., has been awarded a contract from Northrop Grumman Corporation

6th Dec 2016 | Read more

Operation Christmas Drop delivers to the Pacific

The Royal Australian Air Force has returned to Operation Christmas Drop, joining counterparts from the United States and Japan for the world’s longest-running airdrop operation.

6th Dec 2016 | Read more

Rheinmetall and Day & Zimmermann join forces to make medium-calibre ammunition for the US market

Germany’s Rheinmetall and the family-owned enterprise Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) have established a joint venture company.

3rd Dec 2016 | Read more

Navy’s Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight Deploys for New Zealand

The Royal Australian Navy Laser Airborne Depth Sounder Flight will arrive in New Zealand today to assist with disaster relief efforts off the South Island of New Zealand.

1st Dec 2016 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters delivers first three AS565 MBe Panther to Indonesia

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first three of the 11 AS565 MBe Panther helicopters to Indonesia

24th Nov 2016 | Read more

Saab and Embraer Inaugurate the Gripen Design and Development Network in Brazil

Defence and security company Saab and Embraer Defense & Security have today inaugurated the Gripen Design and Development Network (GDDN) in Gavião Peixoto

23rd Nov 2016 | Read more

Leonardo-Finmeccanica: first Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Mk4 makes its maiden flight

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today the first AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin Mk4 successfully completed its maiden flight on 24th October 2016 at its Yeovil facility in southwest England.

22nd Nov 2016 | Read more

RUAG opens regional component repair centre at the International Aerospace Centre in Subang, Malaysia

The official opening of the new RUAG Aviation component repair centre in Subang, Malaysia, confirms the aircraft provider’s commitment to the region.

18th Nov 2016 | Read more

Airbus Defence and Space delivers first A400M to Spain

Aircraft leaves final assembly line at Seville to serve at Zaragoza base

18th Nov 2016 | Read more

Singapore Ministry of Defence orders H225M helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Singapore Ministry of Defence for the acquisition of H225M - Medium Lift Helicopters.

8th Nov 2016 | Read more

The SPYNEL-S 6000 on the OPV l’Adroit: InfraRed Search&Track in High Seas Mission against Asymmetric Threats

Since October 6, 2016, l’Adroit, Offshore Patrol Vessel developed in equity by DCNS, European leader in naval defense, and made available to the French Navy, has on board a long-range infrared surveillance system, Spynel S-6000, designed by HGH Infrared Systems.

4th Nov 2016 | Read more


Global Xpress ‘SATCOM as a Service’ opens up unprecedented global connectivity for military use

1st Nov 2016 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Australia to export home grown radar technology to the US

In a move which reinforces Australia’s status as a provider of world leading radar technology, the United States Government has selected Lockheed Martin Australia to provide high frequency Over the Horizon Radar

26th Oct 2016 | Read more

KC-30A conducts first air-to-air refuelling with Singaporean F-16D+

An Air Force KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport has achieved another milestone in air refuelling after it made its first contact with a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-16D+ Falcon aircraft on Monday 5 October 2016.

24th Oct 2016 | Read more

CAE wins defence contracts valued at more than C$100 million

CAE today announced that it has won defence contracts valued at more than C$100 million to provide a range of training and support services for global military customers.

19th Oct 2016 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded Title of Industrial Best Performer Supplier by Airbus Helicopters

Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded by Airbus Helicopters the title of “Industrial Best Performer Supplier” for the year 2015.

19th Oct 2016 | Read more

India wants to close deals

India is anxious to close a number of defense and nuclear related deals external link with the Pentagon as the Obama administration enters its final months.

6th Oct 2016 | Read more

Exercise Bersama Lima 16 Officially Opens

Exercise Bersama Lima 2016 (BL16) was officially opened today at Changi Naval Base, Singapore.

6th Oct 2016 | Read more

Royal Thai Air Force places order for two additional EC725s

Marignane, France, 4 October 2016 – The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has ordered two additional mission-ready twin-engine EC725 (now marketed as the H225M Caracal)

5th Oct 2016 | Read more

Northrop Grumman to Build Additional MQ-8C Fire Scouts to meet US Navy’s need for Persistent ISR

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is set to build 10 additional MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters for the U. S. Navy

30th Sep 2016 | Read more

UVision Targets South Korea:

Israeli Company UVision partners with Firstec to market its Lethal Loitering Systems in South Korea

19th Sep 2016 | Read more

South Korea’s T-50 Family of Trainers/Fighters

South Korea’s T-50 Golden Eagle family offers the global marketplace a set of high-end supersonic trainer and lightweight fighter aircraft.

13th Sep 2016 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded a Contract of over $90 Million to Supply an Asia-Pacific Country with SPECTROTM XR

Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded a contract valued at over $90 million from an Asia-Pacific country, for the supply of SPECTROTM XR

11th Sep 2016 | Read more

China Delivers WZ-10 Attack Helicopters to Army

The People’s Liberation Army has equipped all of its ground force aviation units with advanced WZ-10 combat helicopters, according to PLA media.

9th Sep 2016 | Read more

Indonesian Air Force takes delivery of CAE-built ex-RAAF C-130H simulator

CAE today announced that the Indonesian Air Force has recently taken delivery and accepted for training a CAE-built C-130H

7th Sep 2016 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Ropes in Indian Company to Co-Produce Javelin Missile

India has already rejected the Javelin Missile in favor of the Israeli Spike anti-tank guided missile

2nd Sep 2016 | Read more

Taiwan Advanced Jet Trainer Nears Bidding Process

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has launched a massive public relations effort in Taiwan to save an agreement with a local aviation company to honor a 2014 deal to co-build the M-346 Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT)

12th Aug 2016 | Read more

Lockheed wins $490 mln U.S. defense contract -Pentagon

Lockheed Martin Corp has won a $490 million modification to a contract for the production of Aegis Weapon System MK-7

12th Aug 2016 | Read more

China Mulls Ramping Up Its Missile Defense With Russia

With the televised demonstration of China’s latest system of intercepting incoming ballistic missiles during the intermediate stage of their flight, it looks like the People’s Republic is poised to become the second country after the US to deploy a missile shield.

11th Aug 2016 | Read more

Second T-50A aircraft completes first test flight for USAF's APT competition

The second upgraded T-50A aircraft, which is intended for use in the US Air Force's (USAF) advanced pilot training (APT) competition, has successfully completed its initial test flight.

26th Jul 2016 | Read more

IAI Signs Significant Cyber Deals in Asia Totaling More Than $40 Million

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced signing significant cyber deals, worth more than $40 million, with customers in Asia.

13th Jul 2016 | Read more

Gripen Leads The World With New Operational Capabilities

Defence and security company Saab, the Swedish Air Force and Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration have successfully implemented a revolutionary enhancement to the operational capabilities of the Gripen fighter.

12th Jul 2016 | Read more

First Flight Test for Upgraded C-130 Transport Aircraft Successfully Completed

Farnborough UK, July 12, 2016 - A successful first flight test was recently completed for the C-130H (Hercules) transport aircraft

12th Jul 2016 | Read more

Airbus Defence and Space wins three major cryptographic key management system contracts

irbus Defence and Space, a key player in the cyber security market in Europe, has been awarded three contracts from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)

11th Jul 2016 | Read more

Government of Canada awards C-130J Super Hercules fleet support contract to Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been awarded a five-year contract extension worth approximately $504.3 million by the Government of Canada to provide In Service Support (ISS) for the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) fleet of 17 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft,

8th Jul 2016 | Read more

Lockheed raises pitch for F-16s

Lockheed Martin chief Marillyn Hewson met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday. Ms. Hewson is the chairman, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the military aerospace giant that makes the F-16 fighter jets.

8th Jul 2016 | Read more

South Korea, U.S. near agreement on site for missile defence

Republic Of - Seoul and Washington say they're close to deciding when and where in South Korea an advanced U.S. missile defence system will be deployed to cope with growing threats from North Korea.

7th Jul 2016 | Read more

India acquires Litening targeting pod

Rafael will supply 164 examples of its Litening targeting pod to the Indian air force, for use on four types of combat aircraft including New Delhi’s Sukhoi Su-30 fighters.

30th Jun 2016 | Read more

Japan plans July fighter jet tender seen worth $40 bln

June 30 Japan will launch a tender for fighter jets as soon as mid-July, the Ministry of Defence said, in a deal seen worth up to $40 billion

30th Jun 2016 | Read more

Vietnam eyes secondhand Japanese defense gear

Vietnam is looking to beef up its defense capabilities, particularly now that the U.S. has fully lifted its arms embargo against the country.

26th Jun 2016 | Read more

Indian Defence Ministry nod to buy 145 ultra light howitzers

Defence Ministry approved the much delayed purchase of 145 Ultra Light Howitzers, worth about Rs 5,000 crore, from the US

25th Jun 2016 | Read more

Roketsan and Airbus Helicopters Has Signed a Memorandum of Understanding

Roketsan Missiles Industries Inc of Turkey and Airbus Helicopters, has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding

16th Jun 2016 | Read more

Korean defense companies display weapons at Eurosatory

South Korean defense manufacturers displayed locally made weapons such as the K-9 self-propelled guns at the world's largest defense exhibition underway in Paris

14th Jun 2016 | Read more

ECLIPSE counter-IED system to enter into service within the French forces

The counter-IED system developed by Thales is soon to enter into service within the French armed forces.

17th May 2016 | Read more

First prototype of the multirole Ka-62 helicopter takes to the air

The first prototype (OP-1) of the medium multirole Ka-62 helicopter took off at Russian Helicopters' Progress Arsenyev Aviation Company (part of State Corporation Rostec) on April 28.

3rd May 2016 | Read more


Global Komited Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Weststar Defence Industries today signed a teaming agreement with Finmeccanica Helicopter

21st Apr 2016 | Read more

Exercise Bersama Shield 16

South East Asia’s only multilateral security agreement focused on practical cooperation of its kind remains as strong as ever as Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 16 commences today.

18th Apr 2016 | Read more

Finmeccanica signs contract worth over 100 million euros with the Philippine Navy for AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters

Finmeccanica has been awarded a contract, valued at over 100 million euros

1st Apr 2016 | Read more

Qatar and France sign €6.7 billioncontract for 24 Rafale fighter jets

DIMDEX 2016 opened with a €6.7 billion contract signing ceremony between Qatar and Rafale International(Dassault Aviation)

30th Mar 2016 | Read more

AAR Awarded $49 Million Contract for U.S. Army Next Generation Automatic Test System Shelters

Next Generation Automatic Test System (NGATS) Shelters

15th Mar 2016 | Read more

Boeing to supply mission systems for AHRLAC

Boeing will supply mission systems for the military version of Paramount’s AHRLAC multi-role aircraft, which has been rebranded the Mwari.

9th Mar 2016 | Read more

China Raises 2016 Defense Spending by 7.6%

China will raise its defense spending by 7.6 percent this year, a budget report to the country’s Communist-controlled parliament showed on Saturday

8th Mar 2016 | Read more

China Reports Y-20 Aircraft IOC in 2017

The Chinese-language People’s Daily newspaper has reported that China’s first strategic airlifter, the Y-20 military cargo aircraft, will begin initial operational capability (IOC) this year.

8th Mar 2016 | Read more

China Deploys Fighter Jets To Contested Island in South China Sea

WASHINGTON — China has deployed fighter jets to the same contested island in the South China Sea to which it also has sent surface-to-air missiles, US officials said Tuesday.

8th Mar 2016 | Read more

Raytheon's SM-6 Surface-to-Air Missile Shatters Engagement Distance Record

Raytheon's Standard Missile-6, successfully engaged five targets and shattered its previous maximum engagement range record, set in June of 2014.

8th Mar 2016 | Read more


MBDA has commenced deliveries of a quantity of Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAM) for the forthcoming integration of this infra-red air dominance missile

9th Feb 2016 | Read more

Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra Defence progress in their ‘Make in India’ partnership

Both companies are engaged in identification of potential industrial sites, screening of existing local supply chain and defining initial work packages to be transferred to India

25th Jan 2016 | Read more

Elbit System awarded Security Simulator contract

("Elbit Systems"), announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CYBERBIT Ltd. (“CYBERBIT”), was awarded a contract to provide an Asia-Pacific country

20th Jan 2016 | Read more

IAI Awarded Multi-Million Contract For Advanced Airborne SAR/GMTI System

ELTA Systems Ltd., a Subsidiary and Group of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), was awarded a large contract for an advanced airborne SAR/GMTI (Synthetic Aperture Radar/ Ground Moving Target Indication) Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) system

14th Jan 2016 | Read more

Rheinmetall to supply Royal Thai Army with four air defence systems

For the first time ever, the Royal Thai Army has awarded Rheinmetall a major contract for air defence technology. The multi-million euro order encompasses four latest-generation Skyguard systems.

11th Jan 2016 | Read more

Elbit Systems’ Cyber Subsidiary, CYBERBIT, Provides RUAG Defence with an Advanced Cyber Security Simulator

Elbit Systems Ltd announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CYBERBIT Ltd. (“CYBERBIT”), was awarded a contract to provide the Switzerland-based company RUAG Defence

21st Dec 2015 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded an approximately $26.5 Million Contract to Supply Advanced DIRCM Systems to an Asia-Pacific Country

Haifa, Israel, December 16, 2015 – Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE:ESLT) ("Elbit Systems") announced today that it was awarded a contract to supply commercial multi-spectral infrared countermeasures (C-MUSIC™) systems to be implemented

17th Dec 2015 | Read more

HAL launches programme to develop engines for small helicopters

State-owned aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has launched a project to design and develop an indigenous turboshaft jet engine for use in helicopters in the 3.5 ton and 5-8 ton classes.

15th Dec 2015 | Read more

Boeing, Tata to develop Apache fuselage in Hyderabad

Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) on Wednesday formally announced that a centre to manufacture aerostructures for AH-64 Apache helicopter will come up in Hyderabad.

3rd Dec 2015 | Read more

Indian, Israeli Air Force chiefs meet

Noting India-Israel relations have grown steadily, it said in recent years, their defence co-operation has grown into "multifaceted defence level exchanges in diverse areas of defence co-operation".

1st Dec 2015 | Read more

UK to buy 9 Boeing patrol planes in £12 billion defence budget boost

P-8 Poseidon surveillance planes to provide eye in sky over land and sea.

24th Nov 2015 | Read more

Russia’s SU-35 Super-Flanker

China has signed a substantial contract with Russia to purchase 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighters in a deal that is said to be worth $2 billion.

24th Nov 2015 | Read more

KF-X Fighter: Korea’s Future Homegrown Jet

Lockheed Martin staff are visiting South Korea this week to further discuss the transfer of technologies in relation to the development of the $6.9 billion KF-X fighter program.

19th Nov 2015 | Read more

Saab Receives Order For New Advanced Airborne Surveillance Systems From UAE

Defence and security company Saab (STO:SAABB) has signed a contract with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to expand and enhance the Emirates’ airborne surveillance capabilities.

10th Nov 2015 | Read more

ROSOBORONEXPORT Marks 15th Anniversary with New Achievements

On October, 27th Rosoboronexport CEO Anatoly Isaykin held a press-conference for Russian and Moscow-based international journalists.

28th Oct 2015 | Read more

BAE Awards Cobham $50 Million Contract for F-35

Cobham has received a series of orders from BAE Systems for microelectronic products valued at approximately $51 million for the F-35 Lightning II platform.

19th Oct 2015 | Read more

Revealed: India’s Deadly New Missile Fails Flight-Test

A test involving the long-range cruise missile Nirbhay had to be aborted and the missile destroyed midair

19th Oct 2015 | Read more

Northrop Grumman to Feature Global Security Capabilities at Seoul

Northrop Grumman Corporation will showcase its global security capabilities, including unmanned systems for airborne surveillance

19th Oct 2015 | Read more

Boeing Receives Order from India for 22 Apache and 15 Chinook Helicopters

The India Ministry of Defence has finalized its order with Boeing [NYSE: BA] for production, training and support of Apache and Chinook helicopters

30th Sep 2015 | Read more

India PM signs off on Boeing military helicopter deal before US trip

India's cabinet on Tuesday cleared the purchase of Boeing's Apache and Chinook helicopters in a deal worth around $2.5 billion

23rd Sep 2015 | Read more

India, US will continue to push ties to counter-terrorism, global health, cyber security

US and India have strengthened their ties in defence and counter-terrorism,

21st Sep 2015 | Read more

Boeing faces rivalry in billion dollar contract for sub hunting planes for Britain

Global defense companies are planning to compete against Boeing for a multi-billion-dollar contract to provide the United Kingdom with submarine-hunting aircraft.

21st Sep 2015 | Read more

Korea’s T-50 Family of Trainers/Fighters

South Korea’s T-50 Golden Eagle family offers the global marketplace a set of high-end supersonic trainer and lightweight fighter aircraft.

21st Sep 2015 | Read more

Iraqis, Kurds and Coalition Forces Establish Coordination Center

The Government of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government and Coalition Joint Forces Land Component Command

4th Sep 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq 23 Aug

Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 airstrikes coordinated with the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

24th Aug 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq 19 Aug

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted three airstrikes using bomber and fighter aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 airstrikes coordinated with the government of Iraq using attack, bomber, fighter and fighter-attack aircraft against ISIL targets.

19th Aug 2015 | Read more

Eurofighter takes dialogue with Indonesia to the highest levels

Eurofighter announced on August 6 that ambassadors and representatives of the aircraft’s founding countries (Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) met with the Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu

18th Aug 2015 | Read more

Israel’s first ever arms deal with an Arab country – drones for Jordan to fight ISIS

Israel has sold Jordan 12 advanced unmanned aerial vehicles of the Heron TP and Skylark types.

17th Aug 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Aug 12

Coalition military forces conducted 10 airstrikes using bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft. August 12, 2015

12th Aug 2015 | Read more

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq Aug 11

On Aug. 9, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

11th Aug 2015 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded Contracts to Supply DIRCM Self-Protection Systems for European and Asian Customers

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: ESLT) (“Elbit Systems”), announced today that it recently was awarded two contracts for its MUSIC™

3rd Aug 2015 | Read more

China receives S400 Advanced Air Defence Systems from Russia

It's been confirmed that Russia deliver first batch of S 400 Advanced Air Defense systems to China, the First batch comes with a Single Battalion

27th Jul 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

21st Jul 2015 | Read more

Lockheed Martin to acquire United Technologies’ Sikorsky Aircraft Unit

ockheed Martin Corp., the largest U.S. weapons maker, has agreed to buy United Technologies Corp.’s Sikorsky Aircraft unit

20th Jul 2015 | Read more


In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 airstrikes using bomber, fighter-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft.

18th Jul 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq July 16

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 airstrikes using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

16th Jul 2015 | Read more

IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq July 13

Coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 16 airstrikes using bomber, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft.

13th Jul 2015 | Read more


Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq

10th Jul 2015 | Read more

E-2D Hawkeye: The Navy’s New AWACS

Northrop Grumman’s E-2C Hawkeye is a carrier-capable “mini-AWACS” aircraft, designed to give long-range warning of incoming aerial threats.

5th Jul 2015 | Read more

India chooses Russian Helicopters' Ka-226T

In May 2015, India's Defence Acquisition Council approved a major raft of deals on a non-tender basis for its armed forces

22nd May 2015 | Read more

China re-engineeres ballistic missiles, surprises US:

China, under President Xi Jinping’s leadership, has re-engineered many of its long-range ballistic missiles to carry multiple warheads after years of maintaining a minimal nuclear force, according to a media report.

18th May 2015 | Read more

China to deliver 50 Thunder fighters to Pakistan over 3 years

China will turn over the last batch of 50 FC-1 Xiaolong fighters to Pakistan over the next three years, said Li Pei, the former head of the aircraft project under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, in a report by the party-run People’s Daily.

16th May 2015 | Read more

Govt clears Rs11,930 crore Airbus-Tata bid to replace IAF’s Avro fleet

The Indian government on Wednesday cleared the lone bid of Airbus-Tata consortium for replacing Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) fleet of ageing Avro transport aircraft

14th May 2015 | Read more

Russian Helicopters delivers first batch of repaired Ka-31s to India

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has delivered the first two repaired Ka-31 helicopters, produced by Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise (a Russian Helicopters company), to India.

6th May 2015 | Read more

Before Rafale deal, IAF rang alarm

Just ahead of the Union government’s decision to purchase 36 Rafale aircraft from France in fly-away condition, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had raised alarm with a Parliamentary panel

28th Apr 2015 | Read more

Malaysian-French HADR Exercise

The Malaysian Armed Forces is conducting a five-day HADR exercise with its French counterpart codenamed Eks MalFran this week.

27th Apr 2015 | Read more

Japan's PM showcasing defence alliance, business ties on U.S. tour

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in the U.S. on Sunday for a weeklong visit to showcase the success of the alliance built from Tokyo's defeat in World War II,

27th Apr 2015 | Read more

Sinagpore Armed Forces assist in Nepal earthquake relief efforts

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will deploy a medical team of about 15 medical personnel, as well as personnel from the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Coordination Centre

26th Apr 2015 | Read more

India signals end of talks on larger French Rafale deal

India's future purchase of Rafale fighter jets will only come through direct talks with the French government, the defence minister has said, effectively killing talks on a massive deal.

14th Apr 2015 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Examining Anti-Air Warfare Capability for Aegis Ashore

Lockheed Martin is studying adding an anti-air warfare (AAW) to Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense (BMD) sites, company officials told reporters.

14th Apr 2015 | Read more

Big breakthrough in Rafale deal likely

India is likely to buy about 60 Rafale combat jets from Dassault Aviation instead of 126 aircraft proposed in the original request for proposal (RFP)

10th Apr 2015 | Read more

Pakistan has confirmed that it is procuring US military equipment to meet its critical defense needs.

At her weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said the proposed military equipment will also help us in the campaign against terrorism.

10th Apr 2015 | Read more

U.S. Defense Chief Arrives in South Korea Amid News of North’s Missile Launches

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter’s welcome present was waiting for him when he touched down here on Thursday

10th Apr 2015 | Read more

S. Korea Opts for KAI-Lockheed in Fighter Deal

South Korea on Monday selected Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and partner Lockheed Martin for a multi-billion-dollar contract to develop 120 "indigenous" fighter jets to replace Seoul's aging fleet.

1st Apr 2015 | Read more

Indian Mirage 2000 Upgrade Paves Way For Rafale Signing, Say French

In a ceremony at Istres airbase in southern France on March 25, the Indian Ambassador to France accepted the first two Indian Air Force (IAF) Mirage 2000 fighters to be upgraded by Dassault and Thales.

26th Mar 2015 | Read more

Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence partners with Sweden’s SAAB for naval UAVs

Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence and Aerospace has tied up with SAAB of Sweden to bid for the ship-borne unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programme of the Indian Navy, valued at ₹1,000 crore.

22nd Mar 2015 | Read more

Saab Anticipates Positive Response At LIMA'15

Saab International (M) Sdn Bhd, a unit under the Swedish-based defence and security company, Saab, anticipates positive response at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2015 (LIMA'15).

12th Mar 2015 | Read more

Rafale deal continues to face turbulence

India’s multi-billion dollar Rafale fighter jet contract with France continues to be stuck in the doldrums even as the two countries have agreed to “fast-track” the negotiations.

11th Mar 2015 | Read more

UEC gets export independence

United Engine Corporation (UEC) combines over 85% of the engine design bureau and production facilities of Russia.

9th Mar 2015 | Read more

Russian Helicopters showcases commercial and military helicopters at Aero India 2015

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) is taking part in the international air show Aero India 2015, which runs from 18 to 22 February in Bangalore, India. At the exhibition, Russian Helicopters showcases the latest Russian-made commercial and military helicopters.

19th Feb 2015 | Read more

India’s defence spend may hit $620 billion in FY14-22

With half of spend going into capex, India will potentially turn into a supplier of arms to rich nations

18th Feb 2015 | Read more

Make in India can take aerospace, defence to next level

After bagging a chunk of Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft deals, Boeing is now laying the foundation of a robust support and services network for the armed forces

11th Feb 2015 | Read more

A UNITED STATES move to bolster its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region

The eight per cent increase sought from the Congress for Pentagon funding is about nine thousand million dollars more than Australia’s entire annual $29.3 billion defence budget.

30th Jan 2015 | Read more

Japan Selects Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and RQ-4 Global Hawk to Improve Intel Gathering Capabilities

Northrop Grumman announced on January 18 that the Japan Ministry of Defense has selected two of the company’s systems to enhance its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

23rd Jan 2015 | Read more


The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a five-year contract to provide critical system engineering, integration, and testing expertise for the Aegis Combat System on board surface ships. BAE Systems announced on January 20 that the initial award is valued at $23 million with the total value of the five-year contract estimated at $120 million.

22nd Jan 2015 | Read more

Japan Selects Northrop Grumman's E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and RQ-4 Global Hawk

The Japan Ministry of Defense has selected two Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) systems to enhance its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

19th Jan 2015 | Read more

J-10B fighter may be close to entering service

A photo posted on the internet indicates that the J-10B, the upgraded version of China's's J-10 fighter is almost ready for service,

12th Jan 2015 | Read more

Navy expedites plan to buy 12 US-2i amphibious planes from Japan

Under the ‘Buy and Make (global)’ category of the Defence Procurement Procedure 2013, the Indian Navy is moving ahead with a proposal to acquire 12 US-2i aircraft from Japanese company ShinMaywa in 2015 for $1.65 bn.

6th Jan 2015 | Read more

PM puts hurry up on defence budgets

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is pushing the military to more quickly draft its spending plans for the 2016 fiscal year and submit them within the month.

6th Jan 2015 | Read more

120 million Euro contract for three M-346 aircraft supplied by Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi

Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi and ARMAEREO (Italian National Armaments Directorate) signed today in Rome a contract worth 120 million Euros to provide the Italian Air Force with further three advanced trainer aircraft M-346 (identified as T-346A by the Italian Air Force), with ground base training system and relevant logistic support included.

23rd Dec 2014 | Read more

Northrop Grumman completes first F-35 center fuselage for Norway

Northrop Grumman Corporation (Palmdale, CA, US) has completed — on budget and on schedule — the center fuselage for the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft to be ordered by Norway, a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant designated AM-1.

16th Dec 2014 | Read more

F-16 Upgrade: Problems With S. Korea-BAE Deal Could Open Door to Lockheed

South Korea is threatening to break an agreement with BAE Systems to upgrade its fleet of KF-16s, opening a window of opportunity for competitor Lockheed Martin to reclaim its dominance in the lucrative F-16 upgrade market.

15th Dec 2014 | Read more

Minister of State for Defence in Bahrain for Gulf security talks

Minister of State for Defence Dr Maliki Osman has highlighted the importance of strategic dialogue and practical cooperation amongst militaries, to address challenges posed by transnational security threats, such as terrorism and maritime security threats.

10th Dec 2014 | Read more

Lockheed Martin set to deliver missile defence system to UAE

Lockheed Martin expects to begin delivery of its Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence system (Thaad) to the UAE by the end of next year, making the Emirates the first country to deploy this technology outside the United States.

8th Dec 2014 | Read more

Rafale issue will be resolved in fast-tracked manner: Manohar Parrikar

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday night raised the issue of the multi-billion dollar deal for 126 Rafale combat aircraft during talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar who said it would be "resolved in a fast-tracked manner".

2nd Dec 2014 | Read more

Beijing says it has ensured stability with air defence zone

Beijing's controversial air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea has ensured safety and security, the Defence Ministry said yesterday, dismissing criticism that it had exacerbated regional tension.

28th Nov 2014 | Read more

French Defence Minister to visit India

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will arrive in India on a three-day visit later this month to hold talks with his counterpart Manohar Parrikar during which the issue of the multi-billion dollar deal for Rafale combat aircraft is likely to come up.

27th Nov 2014 | Read more


Defence Ministers from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain met in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Wednesday 19th November to witness the signing of a €1bn contract for the development of a world-leading electronic radar system for the Eurofighter Typhoon.

19th Nov 2014 | Read more

Telangana to Set Up Defence and Aerospace Park

HYDERABAD: The Telangana government plans to set up a park to promote defence

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

Indonesia Moves Forward with Fighter Programs

Faced with increasing regional threats from China

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

Israeli-Indian aerial defence system passes first test

An aerial defence system developed jointly by Israel and India passed its first trial simulating combat conditions on Monday

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

China set to debut fighter jet as US in town for airshow

China’s Air Force is set to debut its newest fighter jet at an airshow

13th Nov 2014 | Read more

Exelis electronic countermeasures pod certified for installation on international F-16 Fighting Falcons.

Exelis announced on September 29 that it has received official certification for its AN/ALQ-211(V)9

17th Oct 2014 | Read more

Bell Adds To V-280 Tiltrotor Team For Army JMR Demo

Bell Helicopter has added the first international partner to its V-280 Valor program

17th Oct 2014 | Read more

US Navy declares first E-2D squadron operational

The US Navy on 10 October announced the initial operating capability

17th Oct 2014 | Read more

Patria introduces new networking data link at MILCOM 2014

Patria will launch a new communication product, CANDL, Compact Airborne Networking Data Link

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

To take on China, ITBP may get dedicated air support

NEW DELHI: In the backdrop of the recent face off between Indian and Chinese

3rd Oct 2014 | Read more

Indonesia Looks To Buy European Missiles Through Foreign Loans

Indonesia, a regional power building its military capability through foreign loans

17th Sep 2014 | Read more

India successfully test fires nuclear-capable Agni-I missile

Thursday Sept 11, India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed

17th Sep 2014 | Read more

China dismisses claims by the United States that a fighter jet flew dangerously close to a Navy plane

China has dismissed criticism from the United States

26th Aug 2014 | Read more

India offers US a follow-on order for 39 more AH-64D Apache helicopters

In addition to AH-64D Apaches, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy need 15 Chinook helicopters

8th Aug 2014 | Read more

Japan has rolled out its ATD-X Shinshin fighter technology

Japan has rolled out its ATD-X Shinshin fighter technology demonstrator

26th Jul 2014 | Read more

India's 20-Year Late LCA Faces Fresh Delays

NEW DELHI — India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mark-1, already 20 years late

26th Jul 2014 | Read more

Lockheed Martin softens India image, with focus on training, green energy

Lockheed Martin, the world's most profitable aerospace and defence behemoth

4th Jul 2014 | Read more

Airbus, Boeing and Israel Firm Bid for South Korea Air Tanker Deal

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — South Korea said Tuesday it is considering offers

4th Jul 2014 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Modernizes Air Operations Capabilities For U.S. Marine Corps

Lockeed Martin announced on June 11 that the system that allows the U.S. Marines to coordinate flying operations

19th Jun 2014 | Read more

Swiss Armed Forces reconnaissance drone system to be replaced

The Swiss Government announced on June 5 that the ADS 95 Ranger reconnaissance drone system

19th Jun 2014 | Read more

Boeing, Saab see Asia's demand for surveillance systems rising

SINGAPORE] Boeing Co, the second-biggest defence contractor in the US,

4th Jun 2014 | Read more

Turkey’s unmanned ambitions shift up gear

Shortly before parliamentary elections in 2011, several election campaign billboards

4th Jun 2014 | Read more

China demonstrates its new 'bunker killer'

The Second Artillery Corps, China's strategic missile force

4th Jun 2014 | Read more

RSAF Participates in Air Combat Exercise with USAF's F-22 Fighter Aircraft in Alaska

Singapore’s Ministry of Defence announced on May 21 that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)

28th May 2014 | Read more

ThalesRaytheonSystems Ground Master 400 radars selected to strengthen Kazakhstan’s air defence capability

ThalesRaytheonSystems announced on May 23 that the company has signed a memorandum of understanding

28th May 2014 | Read more

Elbit Systems of America Awarded Two Contracts to Upgrade Marine Corps AH-1W Attack Helicopters

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, Ltd.,

28th May 2014 | Read more

Boeing Delivers 4th P-8I Maritime Patrol Plane To India

Boeing has delivered the fourth P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to India on schedule, fulfilling the first half of a contract for eight aircraft.

24th May 2014 | Read more

PAF-PLAAF Starts Joint Air Exercise - Shaheen-III (2014)

A Chinese air force contingent arrived in Pakistan on Monday for a joint drill.

14th May 2014 | Read more

Indian Air Force plans to upgrade ageing Jaguars hits roadblock

The Indian Air Force's (IAF) plan to add much-needed new teeth with advanced missiles

14th May 2014 | Read more

India Wants Domestic Production of Pilatus Trainers

After contracting 75 basic trainer aircraft from Pilatus in 2012, the Indian Ministry of Defence wants to buy

24th Apr 2014 | Read more

Successful test launch of Hatf III/Vengeance III Ghaznavi strengthens its capabilities against India

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a successful test launch of its Hatf III/Vengeance III Ghaznavi

24th Apr 2014 | Read more

Indian AF Pushes for AWACS Competition

The Indian Air Force and the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

24th Apr 2014 | Read more

Malaysian Tank Builder Wants To Build Aircraft

During last week’s biennial Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition here,

24th Apr 2014 | Read more

Japanese Media: China to buy S400 to deter Taiwan, Japan and India

Japan’s “diplomatic scholar” magazine website on April 11 quoted a Russian commercial television reported

14th Apr 2014 | Read more

MRF adds muscle to IAF Sukhoi

MRF is set to emerge as a major supplier of tyres for the Indian Air Force (IAF) as the country’s leading tyre maker

14th Apr 2014 | Read more

South Korea finds 'drone' suspected from N. Korea: army

South Korean military said Sunday April 6, it had found an unidentified "drone" suspected to have flown from North Korea

7th Apr 2014 | Read more

India To Augment Awacs Fleet

In a bid to boost its aerial surveillance, India will buy six aircraft

1st Apr 2014 | Read more

Republic of Korea Selects Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 24, 2014 The Republic of Korea has formally selected the Lockheed Martin

25th Mar 2014 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Awards General Dynamics Contract for US Air Force GPS 3 Program

Lockheed Martin has awarded General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems a $26 million contract

25th Mar 2014 | Read more

Defence Ministry to Go for More Pilatus Trainer Planes

In a two-day bid to boost training of rookie pilots and promote indigenous aircraft production capability

21st Mar 2014 | Read more

Alenia Aermacchi Roll-Out of first M-346 for Israeli MOD and the Israeli Air & Space Force

The first M-346 advanced trainer for the Israeli Air & Space Force was rolled out today

21st Mar 2014 | Read more

Russia and Ukraine

Tensions between the Ukraine and Russia – particularly regarding Crimea – remain unresolved and may even increase as Sunday’s referendum approaches.

12th Mar 2014 | Read more

India Looking Abroad For Intermediate Jet Trainers

Saddled with obsolete training aircraft, the Indian air force (IAF) has decided to snub the long-delayed

7th Mar 2014 | Read more

Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Demonstrator Completes 1st Flight

Boeing’s Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) demonstrator recently completed its first flight to verify airworthiness

7th Mar 2014 | Read more

BAE to offer Eurofighter lease to Malaysia

BAE Systems is looking to propose a lease deal for Eurofighter Typhoons to Malaysia

24th Feb 2014 | Read more

Future Bombers has Legacy to Uphold

With a proven history of success, today’s bomber fleet has a reputation for excellence

24th Feb 2014 | Read more

Will China's New Aircraft Carriers Spark a Multibillion-Dollar Weapons-Buying Bonanza?

China has an aircraft carrier -- and it's making a lot of people nervous

24th Feb 2014 | Read more

Air defence Rheinmetall wins major orders in Asia

In recent weeks Rheinmetall has won major orders in the field of military air defence.

12th Feb 2014 | Read more

KONGSBERG PROTECTOR MCT-30R at India’s largest Defence Exhibition

The PROTECTOR MCT-30R from KONGSBERG will be mounted at the Tata Motors/DRDO ‘WhAP’ (Wheeled Armoured Platform)

7th Feb 2014 | Read more

Thales has clear industrial footprint plan for India'

Global technology leader Thales has a clear industrial footprint plan for India that is not a "conceptual idea",

1st Feb 2014 | Read more

KONGSBERG signs contract worth NOK 3,7 billion for NASAMS

KONGSBERG’s long-time strategic partner Raytheon, located in the US

26th Jan 2014 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Successfully Tests LRASM MK 41 Vertical Launch System Interface

Lockheed Martin announced on January 15 that it recently demonstrated and validated that its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM)

19th Jan 2014 | Read more

Raytheon delivers 3000th Tomahawk Block IV to US Navy

Raytheon announced on January 14 that it has delivered the 3000th Tomahawk Block IV missile to the U.S

19th Jan 2014 | Read more

Singapore’s Steps: Modernizing the RSAF’s F-16 Fleet

The US DSCA details Singapore’s official request to upgrade 60 F-16C/D+ Block 52 fighters

17th Jan 2014 | Read more

Elbit Systems will present at Defexpo in India 2014

Elbit Systems will Present a Wide Array of Cutting Edge Solutions

15th Jan 2014 | Read more

South Korea To Expand Air Defense Zone

South Korea is announcing next week that it will extend its air defense identification zone in response to China’s declaration

16th Dec 2013 | Read more

Combat Power: China Way Ahead Of India

The Indian national daily, Hindustan Times, reported on Thursday that China is way ahead of India

16th Dec 2013 | Read more

South Korean defence chief tries to dispel worries over F-35

South Korea's defence minister on Wednesday supported Seoul's plan to buy Lockheed Martin's F-35s through the U.S. foreign military sales program (FMS), vowing to get a good deal from the reduced number of stealth jets to be purchased.

5th Dec 2013 | Read more

Royal Thai Air Force To Buy Northrop Grumman's Air Defense Radar Systems

Northrop Grumman has been selected by the Royal Thai Air Force to supply additional AN/TPS-78 air defence and surveillance radar systems.

27th Nov 2013 | Read more

Big Rig: South Korea’s Reboots F-X-3 Fighter Buy to Allow only F-35

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff announce that there will be no competition for F-X Phase III.

26th Nov 2013 | Read more

Boeing Unveils New Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

Boeing let everybody in on one of its worst-kept secrets at the Dubai Airshow

20th Nov 2013 | Read more

Lockheed Martin hoping for F-16 fighter jet deal with UAE

Lockheed Martin is hopeful of securing the sale of F-16 fighter jets to the UAE in the “near term,” the chief executive of the world’s largest defence contractor said yesterday.

20th Nov 2013 | Read more

Final assembly for the first Israeli M-346 advanced jet trainer begins

Alenia Aermacchi’s plant in Venegono has begun assembling Israel's first M-346 advanced jet trainer.

8th Nov 2013 | Read more

Import or Die: Taiwan’s (Un?)Stalled Force Modernization

Taiwan’s first 6 AH-64E attack helicopters have been re-assembled in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Harbor, after arriving by ship

8th Nov 2013 | Read more

Boeing open to South Korea buying F-15s and F-35s

SEOUL, South Korea • Boeing is open to South Korea buying a mix of F-15 Silent Eagle fighter jets and F-35 models made by Lockheed Martin

30th Oct 2013 | Read more

Boeing And Lockheed Martin Team On New Bomber

Boeing and Lockheed Martin announced Oct. 25 that they will team to compete on the U.S. Air Force’s Long-Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) program, with Boeing as the prime contractor and Lockheed Martin as primary teammate.

30th Oct 2013 | Read more

NATO wants say in Turkey-China missile deal

NATO’s chief said Tuesday he hoped Turkey would keep in mind the military alliance’s views as it mulls a missile defence deal with China.

29th Oct 2013 | Read more

India concerned about Fifth-Gen Fighter work share with Russia

Indian government officials are expressing concern over the country’s work share in its Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) collaboration with Russia.

29th Oct 2013 | Read more

Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle Selected for South Korean Air Force

The South Korean air force has managed to derail the selection of the Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle for its F-X Phase 3 fighter requirement, instead pushing for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning but again raising doubts about the openness of the country’s combat aircraft competitions.

27th Sep 2013 | Read more

17 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers for Indian Navy

The Indian Navy has received the first of 17 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers, becoming the third naval operator of the Hawk along with the US Navy and the Royal Navy.

24th Sep 2013 | Read more

Saab receives orders on self-protection system for the Indian Advanced Light Helicopter

Defence and security company Saab has received two orders from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL), India, for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare self-protection system for installation on the Indian Army’s and Air force’s Advanced Light Helicopter.

24th Sep 2013 | Read more

Singapore’s Boeing F-15SG

Singapore’s Boeing F-15SG fighter aircraft have achieved full operational capability (FOC) three and a half years after the first deliveries.

21st Sep 2013 | Read more

C-17 production line due to close

Pointing to the lack of enough international orders and uncertainty caused by U.S. military budget cuts, Boeing plans to close its long-running C-17 production line in 2015,

21st Sep 2013 | Read more

Lockheed Martin successfully launched the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missile

Lockheed Martin successfully launched the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) Boosted Test Vehicle (BTV) from a MK 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) canister at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

21st Sep 2013 | Read more

Russia to Sell China Su-35 Multirole Fighter Jets

Russia and China are moving closer to concluding an agreement whereby Moscow would sell Beijing advanced 4++ generation multirole fighter jets.

11th Sep 2013 | Read more

South Korean Fighter Order: AF Backs F-35

Boeing's F-15SE Silent Eagle has been selected as the only qualified bidder in South Korea's F-X Phase 3 competition for 60 fighters—but the country's air force is lobbying to overturn the decision in favor of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

27th Aug 2013 | Read more

UAVs capable of launching weapons soon: DRDO chief

Precision-guided munitions (PGMs) that can be launched from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will be test-fired by the Defence Research and Development Organisation in a couple of months,

27th Aug 2013 | Read more

C-17 Globemaster to join fleet on Sept 2

Giving a major boost to strategic airlift capabilities of the Air Force, Defence Minister A K Antony will formally induct the 75-80 tonne C-17 heavy-lift transport aircraft into service on September 2 at the Hindon Air Base near New Delhi.

27th Aug 2013 | Read more

The Israeli Defence Industries

The problem faced by Israeli defence industries is simple or complicated, depending on the angle of sight. On one hand the Israeli defence budget limits the purchase of locally made systems and on the other, the export market has become very difficult mainly because of budget constraints.

2nd Aug 2013 | Read more

PARIS 2013

The violent thunderstorms and torrential rain that accompanied the opening of this year’s Paris International Air Show provided an appropriate backdrop to the stormy state of the military aerospace market. While civil markets are booming, with the major suppliers facing the enviable challenge of how to increase production to reduce the growing order backlogs extending over half a decade, the climate for new military orders is decidedly chilly.

30th Jul 2013 | Read more

Boeing could snare yet another big order from India

Boeing could snare yet another big order from India as the Indian Army has asked the Defence Ministry to acquire an unspecified number of AH-64D Apache attack helicopters, according to an MoD source.

25th Jul 2013 | Read more

French military aerospace

On 29 April, the French government published its White Paper policy document on defence and national security outlining plans leading up to 2020. The intention is to try and retain as much front line capability as possible despite a need to reduce government spending.

6th Jun 2013 | Read more


Airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft are force multipliers of the highest degree. A number of Asia-Pacific air forces are introducing new AEW&C platforms while others such as Malaysia aspire to owning them.

6th Jun 2013 | Read more

Russian air defense systems continue to evolve

If we take all bombs dropped during the jet era, we may discover that most of them were dropped by aircraft made in the US and Western Europe. At the same time, if we image all the air defense missiles fired against those bombers, we may find that the lions share of them originated in the Soviet Union and now Russia.

6th Jun 2013 | Read more

U.S. Defense Acquisition Board approves Standard Missile-6 full-rate production

On May 22 a Defense Acquisition Board approved full-rate production of Raytheon’s Standard Missile-6. Once operational in 2013, the SM-6 will provide U.S. Navy vessels extended range protection against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles.

6th Jun 2013 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Conducts First EMD Flight Test of New GMLRS WarheadLockheed Martin Conducts First EMD Flight Test of New GMLRS Warhead

ockheed Martin announced on May 22 that it has successfully conducted the first Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) flight of the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

6th Jun 2013 | Read more

Boeing-built WGS-5 Satellite Enhances Tactical Communications for Warfighters

Boeing announced on May 24 that it has received the first on-orbit signals from the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite it is delivering to the U.S. Air Force to give warfighters greater access to fast, secure communications that help them complete their missions more safely and effectively.

6th Jun 2013 | Read more


The helicopter’s first combat use was in World War II. Germany pioneered the field, while the only Allied helicopter to see action was the Sikorsky R-4 for rescue missions in Burma and Alaska.

6th May 2013 | Read more

Indian Defence Budget 2013-14

While presenting the Annual Budget to the Parliament on February 28th, India’s Finance Minister hiked the defence allocation by 5.3% to $37.4 billion to be spent during the financial year 2013-14 starting from April 1st.

6th May 2013 | Read more


Since Defence Review Asia last looked at the sales battles underway to supply replacement fighters to the growing Asia Pacific market, the efforts of the US government to encourage exports of military aircraft have increased noticeably, and with increasing success.

8th Apr 2013 | Read more


China continues to invest in military capabilities as evidenced at Zhuhai in Guangdong Province for the 9th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in November 2012

14th Mar 2013 | Read more


Military communications have come a long way from heliographs, flags and smoke signals. The past century has witnessed a phenomenal explosion in communication

14th Mar 2013 | Read more


Eurocopter’s annual presentation was an upbeat affair, with the company announcing a record high 6.3 billion Euro turnover and a healthy 469 net increase in their order book during 2012.

14th Mar 2013 | Read more

Airbus Military A400M new generation airlifter

The first production Airbus Military A400M new generation airlifter has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery to the French Air Force.

7th Mar 2013 | Read more

Cobra Gold

In the distance through the tropical haze, large Thai and US naval vessels could be seen in the Gulf of Thailand. Suddenly the morning calm was punctuated by a huge underwater explosion

7th Mar 2013 | Read more

U.S. Coast Guard awards contract to Airbus Military CN 235

The U.S. Coast Guard has exercised a contract option to purchase the service’s 18th HC-144A Ocean Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

6th Feb 2013 | Read more


At the 9th International Exhibition on Aerospace, Defence & Civil Aviation AERO INDIA 2013, to be held in Bangalore from February 6 to 10, a Rosoboronexport delegation is to present the latest export models of Russian aviation and air defense equipment

5th Feb 2013 | Read more

Modernisation of the Indian Air Force

As the Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrates its 80th anniversary, the power and exuberance it exhibits has never seen before. From a mere auxiliary arm of the British Royal Force at its birth on October 08, 1932,

17th Jan 2013 | Read more


Indian military helicopter procurements are typically murky affairs, often fraught with protracted evaluations, changing user requirements, allegations of flagrant corruption, and whimsical cancellations.

17th Jan 2013 | Read more

Airbus Military delivers first two C295 to Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has taken delivery of the first two C295 transport aircraft that it ordered last year, marking Airbus Military´s entry into the CIS regional market.

17th Jan 2013 | Read more

Republic of Korea Selects The AgustaWestland AW159

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Republic of Korea has selected the AW159 helicopter to meet its Maritime Operational Helicopter requirement.

16th Jan 2013 | Read more

Asian region UAV capability on the rise

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry is one of the fastest growing military aviation markets.

20th Dec 2012 | Read more

Indo Defence

Protestors in the Norwegian capital Oslo recently demonstrated against Europe being collectively awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on the basis that the continent is the world’s second largest defence spender, after the United States.

14th Dec 2012 | Read more

China's J-15 Success

China said it has successfully landed a J-15 fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, a move that would help project its growing military power amid simmering maritime disputes with some of its key neighbours.

1st Dec 2012 | Read more

Asian trainer aircraft

An air force is only as good as its pilots and training them is a vital part of ensuring combat effectiveness. That is why trainer aircraft are an integral part of any air force, but they can also be used for light attack and surveillance duties

22nd Oct 2012 | Read more

Super Tucano leads the flock

With more than 157 000 flight hours, including more than 23 000 combat hours, accumulated over the last decade, Embraer’s Super Tucano is a leader in the light attack and training turboprop market.

22nd Oct 2012 | Read more

Vietnam - A delicate balancing act

If any country in the region should have an awareness of its security environment, it should be Vietnam.

22nd Oct 2012 | Read more


Asia’s ‘second front’ in the US-led Global War on Terror has not been grabbing news headlines in recent months, especially in light of continued high-profile operations in Afghanistan and Pakistani border areas.

19th Sep 2012 | Read more


The US is a leader in terms of military radio technology, and its Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) was slated to be the crème de la crème with its wide-ranging multipurpose communication capabilities.

19th Sep 2012 | Read more

From Iron Dome to Arrow-3

When the war of words between Israel and the US on one side and Iran on the other reaches a climax that has the potential to erupt within minutes to real war, Israel is bolstering its capability to intercept ballistic missiles and rockets.

19th Sep 2012 | Read more

Flying tanks: Asian attack helicopter programmes

Few countries around the world have gone to the effort of building their own attack helicopters. However, countries in Asia are showing increased interest in these force multipliers - so much so that India and China are developing their own aircraft.

19th Sep 2012 | Read more

India’s Defence Offset Guidelines 2012

In a major review of the Defence Procurement Procedures (DPP), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recently announced its revised Defence Offset Guidelines (DOG), which have come into effect from August 01, 2012. The guidelines have included several new provisions besides modifying and clarifying some of the existing ones.

13th Sep 2012 | Read more

Boeing P-8I Begins Flight Test Program

Boeing's first P-8I aircraft for the Indian Navy began its official flight test program on July 7, taking off from Boeing Field in Seattle at 9:15am and landing three hours and 49 minutes later after demonstrating flying qualities and handling characteristics. The flight went as planned with all test objectives met.

6th Aug 2012 | Read more

Saab to invest in Gripen Fighter Weapon School in South Africa

Saab announced on July 10 that is to invest in an advanced training centre for experienced fighter pilots initially from Gripen countries and its user air forces, at Air Force Base Overberg in South Africa.

6th Aug 2012 | Read more

Airbus Military C295 carries Marte Mk2/S anti-ship missile for first time

Airbus Military and MBDA have successfully completed the first flight of the C295 maritime patrol aircraft with an instrumented Marte MK2/S anti-ship inert missile installed under the wing. The flight was the first of a series of trials planned in a joint Airbus Military – MBDA collaboration to validate the aerodynamic integration of Marte on the C295. Subsequent flights will include handling qualities tests and aircraft flight performance tests.

6th Aug 2012 | Read more

Eurofighter – Baptism of fire

n the closing weeks of 2010 the Royal Air Force was still in a state of shock following the UK government’s announcement of a range of savage defence cuts which had seen the early withdrawal of the Harrier fleet, the ending of the Nimrod 4 programme, and a reduction in Tornado numbers.

24th Jul 2012 | Read more

ITT Exelis, EADS North America and CASSIDIAN join forces in electronic warfare

ITT Exelis, EADS North America and Cassidian, the defense and security division of EADS, will work together to provide enhanced electronic warfare solutions, particularly in the area of aircraft survivability equipment.

24th Jul 2012 | Read more

Strong growth for Israel in Asia

In recent years the presence of Asian visitors in the facilities of major Israeli defence industries has become almost a daily occurrence. But without any doubt, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is the main beneficiary from the appetite of some Asian countries for very advanced weapon systems. In some cases the development of systems is being partially funded by these customers.

3rd Jun 2012 | Read more

India’s Defence Budget 2012-13

The Union Budget 2012-13, presented to the Indian Parliament in March 2012, has allocated US $40.3 billion for the Defence Services that include the three armed forces (Army, Navy and Air Force), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Ordnance Factories. The allocation - which constitutes India’s official defence budget - is an increase of 17.6 per cent over the previous amount.

3rd Jun 2012 | Read more

Cruise missiles in the Asia-Pacific region

Over a dozen Asian nations have cruise missiles in their inventories and several of them - notably China, India, Taiwan and Pakistan - have indigenous production capabilities. Although many nations possess anti-ship cruise missiles similar to the US Harpoon, a growing number are fielding advanced land attack systems.

27th Apr 2012 | Read more

Vectronix Introduces Its All New Medium Range Clip-On Night Sight

Vectronix AG, the Swiss-based global leader in portable optronics solutions, introduces its newest clip-on night sight.

27th Apr 2012 | Read more

Saab Sensis Selected for Wide Area Multilateration Surveillance of Flights Operating Near Korea’s Lotte World Tower

otte has selected Saab Sensis Corporation, a subsidiary of defense and security company Saab, to deploy a Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system for surveillance of flights operating in close proximity of the Lotte World Tower being constructed near Seoul Air Base, Seoul, Korea. Saab Sensis will provide WAM surveillance to Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) air traffic controllers with the first operational deployment of conflict detection and alerting capabilities for a WAM surveillance system.

28th Mar 2012 | Read more

APKWS fired successfully off of fixed-wing aircraft

BAE Systems announced on February 22 that the semi-active laser guided version of the U.S. military’s Hydra rocket successfully hit within inches of the center of its laser spot target after it was fired off a Hawker Beechcraft AT-6C from a range of three miles.

28th Mar 2012 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Team Completes On-Orbit Testing Of First AEHF Satellite

Lockheed Martin Team Completes On-Orbit Testing Of First AEHF Satellite

28th Mar 2012 | Read more

Malaysia Funding problems continue

While all three services of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) have been hoping to extensively replace some of their aging capital equipment - along with improving and upgrading existing hardware - the existing financial and political realities have stalled many plans. Fiscally the Malaysian Armed Forces struggle with the fact that since the 1980s, it has been subjected to an irregular development pace with a number of programs postponed or abandoned at the Malaysian government’s convenience. This is despite such programs being initially agreed to and budgeted for.

19th Mar 2012 | Read more


China’s military continues to expand in capability, and the country’s level of assertiveness over South China Sea and East China Sea territorial claims is causing alarm in many Asian neighbours.

19th Mar 2012 | Read more

Rafale : The Indian Air Force’s best choice

In making public its choice of the Dassault Aviation Rafale in the MMRCA (Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft) competition, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has brought quite a lot of fresh air to the French defence industry as a whole. This is especially so for the much maligned combat aircraft, previously ousted from other major international competitions in Asia, in particular by dint of feisty U.S. lobbying. Dassault Aviation’s previous bad experience in the South Korea and Singapore’s fighter bids indeed remains a sore wound even today, as does the Rafale’s failure to win a firm contract from the UAE at the last Dubai Air Show.

16th Mar 2012 | Read more

The importance of air power

In retrospect, the year 2011 might well be when the use of air power alone has been decisive in ending an armed conflict. The case study of course is Libya, where even more than in the case of the Balkans a decade earlier, a relatively small number of aircraft with precision-guided munitions managed in a few months to end a brutal civil war. Indeed, the initial reluctance of the United States to become involved in Libya was based on the calculation that coalition nations would need to deploy ground troops at some stage – but the opposite proved to be the case. Developments in technology are making it possible to contemplate winning conflicts with minimal loss of life.

21st Jan 2012 | Read more


The eighth Seoul International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition (ADEX), held in the South Korean capital from 18-23 October, drew 313 exhibitors (of which 118 were domestic) and some 250,000 visitors. Both the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) and the US Air Force (USAF) were well represented with the usual collection of fighters, transport aircraft and helicopters. However, one disappointment was the absence of the ROKAF’s first Boeing E-737 Peace Eye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) asset that entered service on 21 September 2011.

17th Jan 2012 | Read more


India’s tryst with design, development and production of an indigenous combat aircraft symbolises the problems associated with the defence industry of third world countries. The initial desire to attain self-reliance in major defence programmes leads to costly development, slippage in schedule delivery, dissatisfaction among the users, and finally to the import of similar systems from advanced countries. The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), the most ambitious developmental programme in the history of India’s defence R&D, continues to haunt India’s defence establishment, even nearly thirty years after the programme was sanctioned. The Indian Air Force (IAF), which is struggling with its declining combat strength, is yet to give its final operational clearance for induction of LCA. The programme cost including of an indigenous engine development has in the mean time increased from Rs 560 crore in 1983 when the LCA was sanctioned, to nearly 15,347 crore in 2011.

17th Jan 2012 | Read more


During the closing weeks of 2011 the global defence spotlight for new fighter sales turned once again to the Asia Pacific region. For some considerable time, several important fighter bids have been underway and this highly competitive sales battleground has been seen by many as a potential tipping point for customer choice on new fighter procurement. Can the all-conquering F-16 family, and other rejuvenated 70s US fighters, such as the F-18 and F-15, face up to the newer generation aircraft by offering a potent mix of high capability with affordability, or is the curtain for new sales drawing down with fourth and fifth generation combat aircraft crowding in on the scene?

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

Sagem signs life-cycle support contract for STRIX sights on French army Tiger helicopters

Sagem signed a contract on January 12 with SIMMAD to provide life-cycle support for the STRIX turret-mounted, gyrostabilized observation and sighting systems on Tiger HAP combat and fire support helicopters deployed by the French army's air arm (ALAT).

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

Lockheed Martin F-35 Program Exceeds 2011 Flight Test Goals

On January 12 Lockheed Martin announced that the F-35 System Development and Demonstration 2011 flight test program resulted in the completion of more test flights and test points than in any year.

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

EADS North America awarded $212 million production contract for 39 UH-72A Lakota helicopters

Lakota program remains on budget and schedule as it enters its seventh program year The U.S. Army has awarded EADS North America a $212.7 million contract on January 10 to deliver 39 UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) as part of its total acquisition plan. Thirty-two of these Lakotas will be produced in the Army’s Security and Support (S&S) Battalion configuration. EADS North America has already delivered 198 UH-72A Lakotas to the U.S. Army, on time and within budget, along with five H-72A versions to the U.S. Navy for test pilot training.

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

Russian fighters

Two years have passed since Russia’s fifth generation fighter flew for the first time on January 29, 2010. Previously in Defence Review Asia we evaluated the Sukhoi PAKFA and looked into its historical background a year ago. Since then, the number of operable prototypes rose to three, with two more completed at Sukhoi’s KnAAPO plant in Komsomolsk-upon-Amur during 2011. The fourth [T-50-4] is prepared for flying in early 2012. Two more shall follow in the 2012-2013 timeframe. On November 3, 2011 the number of flights passed the 100th mark. Most of them were performed by Sukhoi test-pilot Sergei Bogdan. He has proven his skills on several occasions by safely curtailing test sorties after experiencing engine malfunctions. These took place on the eve of and then during MAKS’2011 air show in August - so far the only public event where PAKFAs showed up.

17th Jan 2012 | Read more

Security concerns in Afghanistan.

A few weeks ago Australian Prime Minister Julian Gillard made a surprise visit to Tarin Kowt to meet with the troops stationed there. Then days after that Opposition leader Tony Abbott made a surprise visit to the same place. Earlier in the year US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit to Kabul. See the pattern? Every single visit by a foreign dignitary is either a surprise, a secret or is unannounced – exactly the same pattern that has prevailed in Iraq since the invasion of 2003.

22nd Nov 2011 | Read more

Asian Airborne Early Warning Programmes

In any conflict environment it is essential to know what is happening in the air. Ground radars are able to provide a good picture, but having an airborne radar that can move from place to place is exponentially better. During the Cold War, airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft like the E-3 Sentry were largely superpower luxuries, but in the last 15 years a variety of smaller, cheaper and equally effective aircraft have come onto the market, allowing both first world and third world countries to equip their air forces with these vital force multipliers.

17th Nov 2011 | Read more

DSEi: Asian region activities.

The United Kingdom held its Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEi) defence exhibition at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands in September and it proved another successful event. The show is one of Europe’s largest displays of defence equipment and is unusual in covering land, sea and air aspects. There were more than 1,300 exhibitors and numerous delegations including those from the Pacific Rim.

17th Nov 2011 | Read more

French helicopters in combat

Security in the Afghan capital of Kabul has seen further tightening in recent weeks coinciding with the start of a Loya Jirga – or grand council – meeting on November 16. The three-day event, involving 2,000 delegates – including some from Iran and Pakistan as well as a handful of women – has the aim of discussing issues such as the extent to which US forces should remain in Afghanistan after 2014. As usual, the Taliban have threatened to kill anyone who attends. One of the major contributors to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan is France, which has been involved since the outset in 2001. In mid-November, Defence Review Asia had the rare opportunity to spend time with the helicopter battalion ‘Mousquetaire 5’ stationed at the international base adjacent to Kabul airport. In a visit organized by Eurocopter and with the support of the French Defense Ministry, we were fully involved in helicopter activities including mission planning, security briefings, flights, maintenance activities and extensive discussions with pilots, gunners and crewmembers.

16th Nov 2011 | Read more


With the proliferation of submarine capability in the Asia-Pacific region in recent years, there is an increasing urgency for weapons systems to counter the threat. The need for an organic shipboard Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) capability was brutally highlighted in May last year, with the sinking of the South Korean naval corvette ROKS Cheonan by a North Korean midget submarine off the island of Baengnyeong. The threat posed to surface combatants and merchant shipping alike in the region has now brought forward programmes to acquire or renew existing ASW capabilities in several countries.

15th Nov 2011 | Read more

India’s Defence Production Policy

Over recent years India has created a vast defence industrial base which presently consists of 40-odd Ordnance Factories (OFs), nine Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), 50-odd R&D labs and a small but growing private sector. The industry as a whole is responsible for producing a vast variety of items, ranging from small arms and ammunition all the way through to tanks, fighter aircraft, warships - plus radars and other electronic items. Although long overdue, the Indian Ministry of Defence unveiled in early 2011 the first ever Defence Production Policy (DPrP), intended to give a focussed direction to industry. The policy document, which came into force since 1st January, lists four broad objectives: (1) “to achieve substantive self reliance in the design, development and production of equipment / weapon systems / platforms required for defence in as early a time frame as possible”; (2) “to create conditions conducive for the private industry to take an active role in this endeavour”; (3) “to broaden the defence research and development (R&D) base of the country”; and (4) “to enhance potential of SMEs [Small and Medium Enterprises] in indigenization”. To achieve these objectives the policy document has included various enabling provisions, with the broader aim to create a self-sufficient domestic defence industry that would be able to meet most of armed forces’ hardware requirements.

27th Oct 2011 | Read more

NATO Embow XIII: learning how to deal with the Manpads threat

ONE of the most present and most concealed threats on the battlefield remains the shoulder-launched surface to air missile or Manpads – an abbreviation of man-portable air defence system. A light affordable and plentiful weapon with a low acquisition cost, it is also a war tool that outweighs by multiples the price of its likely target - a tactical fighter plane, helicopter or even a multi-engined airlifter. Intended for air defence by the military, Manpads have also unfortunately over the years landed in the hands of uncontrolled groups or terrorist organisations, accounting for some dramatic deadly attacks on civilian transport aircraft as well.

27th Oct 2011 | Read more


Defence shows can be quite staid affairs, but Taiwan produced the unexpected at the biennial Taipei Aerospace & Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE) held from 11-14 July 2011. What was startling in the Ministry of National Defence (MND) pavilion was a large backdrop portraying a “new-generation” Taiwanese Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missile striking a Soviet-style aircraft carrier. It was no mere coincidence that this exhibit appeared just one day after the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) despatched its ex-Soviet aircraft carrier on her maiden voyage!

27th Oct 2011 | Read more

Kavkaz Center and Civil War in Libya

ntroduction Most Western politicians have supported anti-Qaddafi rebels and wish the end of the Qaddafi regime in Libya. Paradoxically enough, at least at first glance, the same desire is shared by North Caucasian jihadists, and this is the reason they provide neutral or even positive images of NATO policy in Libya. At lease this was the case at the beginning of the war. These neutral/positive images of NATO actions against Qaddafi go along with condemnation of NATO actions in Afghanistan, and an overall negative view of the West in general, the USA in particular. Recently Kavkaz Center, the major internet vehicle of North Caucasian jihadists, eulogized Osama Bin Laden as a victim of President Barak Obama, who they claimed was a member of a Satanic cult.

27th Oct 2011 | Read more

Achieving an Equilibrium in the South China Sea: An Air and Space Perspective

Recent skirmishes between China, Vietnam and the Philippines have threatened to reignite the long-standing and protracted dispute in the South China Sea. The potentially resource-rich islands in the South China Sea remains a source of friction and instability between the claimant states of the Asia-Pacific region. A peaceful resolution to the South China Sea dispute is imperative for the stability and security of the region.

14th Sep 2011 | Read more

Elbit Systems to Supply Asian Countries with Electro-Optical Payloads for Maritime Applications Under Contracts Valued at Approximately $20 Million

Elbit announced on August 17 that it was awarded contracts by several customers in Asia to supply many dozens of observation systems for maritime patrol aircraft, vessels and observation towers. The total value of these new contracts is approximately $20 million, to be supplied over three years.

9th Sep 2011 | Read more


On September 6 the Lockheed Martin-led unmanned K-MAX® team announced that they had successfully completed a five-day Quick Reaction Assessment (QRA) for the U.S. Navy’s Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program.

9th Sep 2011 | Read more

L-3 Link Simulation & Training Awarded Contract to Upgrade CF-18 Simulators

L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced on September 6 that it has been awarded a foreign military sale contract from the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command’s Training Systems Division to upgrade Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 flight simulators located at Cold Lake, Bagotville and Ottawa. “This upgrade effort will enable Canada to rapidly gain training system concurrency with its CF-18 aircraft while increasing simulation fidelity at the lowest risk and cost,” said Leonard Genna, president of L-3 Link. “By sharing a common F/A-18 training solution with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, our allied forces will be able to leverage future solutions and improvements that seamlessly benefit force readiness in both countries.”

9th Sep 2011 | Read more

“AVIV” Now Fully Deployed on Key-Sites across Israel

ESC BAZ has finalized the deployment and integration phase of its advanced turnkey remote control surveillance system - “AVIV”, covering dozens of strategically sensitive sites across Israel.

9th Sep 2011 | Read more

Israel Military Industries Hornet mobile mortar system.

n recent times mortars have gained renewed respect from fighting forces. The nature of many conflicts have made mortars important again and their manufacturers report good business. This has led to renewed efforts to facilitate the use of these weapons as an integral force multiplier for infantry units. Mortars are part of the basic arsenal of infantry units and are used in almost every war zone around the world.

8th Sep 2011 | Read more


The Cold War years pitted submarine forces of the United States and the Soviet Union against one another and spurned the development of sophisticated Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft to counter the undersea threat. Vast expanses of the Indian and Pacific Oceans provided ideal submarine operating grounds and the Asia-Pacific region played an important part in the battle plans of both American and Soviet Navies.

7th Sep 2011 | Read more


With its T-50 Golden Eagle, South Korea joined a select club of nations to have successfully developed a supersonic aircraft. Quite apart from breaking the sound barrier, South Korea is hoping to also break into new export markets with its advanced jet trainer. This article looks at the growing maturity of the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) aerospace industry, with a particular emphasis on specific platforms it is pinning its domestic and international hopes on. The remarkable growth of South Korea’s aerospace industry can be observed in the statistic that the 7,800 workers employed in this field in 2007 had burgeoned to 10,000+ just three years later.

6th Sep 2011 | Read more

Strike Operations over Libya : a true success for France and Britain

By the end of August 2011, following the clear victory of the Libyan Rebellion in driving back pro-Gaddafi forces in the east and west of the country and after six months of a protracted conflict which threatened to stalemate on many occasions, the developments of the Libyan crisis — largely inspired by the revolt of the Warfallah tribe of Benghazi in February — have finally accelerated culminating with the toppling of the Gaddafi regime. Today, the old tricolour flag of Libya is again flying over all the country. What started as a rebellion in February 2011 has become a successful revolution.

6th Sep 2011 | Read more

Trainer Aircraft - Training becomes more demanding

The market for advanced jet and turboprop trainer aircraft within the Asia-Pacific region is growing steadily in part thanks to the significant number of countries in the process of upgrading to next-generation combat aircraft fleets. In meeting this growing demand, manufacturers are developing trainer aircraft able to perform a number of training roles for the customer nations. As well as being able to train pilots across a range of aircraft, jet and turboprop aircraft must also be compatible with a number of weapon and aircraft systems so that customers can get the best possible return out of a single platform.

27th Jul 2011 | Read more

Indonesia strengthens links with South Korea

The Indonesia Ministry of Defence has significantly expanded defence cooperation with its Republic of Korea (ROK) counterpart. While the two countries have long enjoyed close diplomatic and military ties, the two defence establishments are moving toward much expanded ties. The primary field of interest is in defence industry and import/export of defence systems and equipment.

27th Jul 2011 | Read more

RUAG: Bangladesh Navy purchases two modern Do 228NG’s

Following customers in Japan, Norway and Germany, the Bangladesh Navy has purchased two modern Do 228NG (New Generation) turboprop aircraft. The aircraft will be used for maritime air patrol and rescue mission along the countries’ coastline.

27th Jul 2011 | Read more

PARIS AIR SHOW 2011 - Defence cutbacks cause concern

With representation from over 100 leading global aerospace and defence companies, and a total exhibitor list of more than 2,100, the 49th Paris International Air Show, held at Le Bourget airport in June, was the biggest event of its kind in 2011. The show opened with the customary war of words between Boeing and Airbus over new aircraft and sales announcements, but there was no news from Boeing on what it intends to do to maintain its competitive position on the 737 family up against the re-engined Airbus A320neo (which has clocked up over 1,000 orders). However, in the guise of the P-8A Poseidon, the Wedgetail AEW&C, and other possible special mission variants, the 737 is clearly going to remain in production for many years yet as a military air platform. But aside from commercial programmes which tended to dominate the headlines, there was nevertheless very comprehensive defence sector representation at Paris with companies anxious to talk about future developments and prospects for current programmes.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

Israeli defence industry.

Some cynics in Israel say that it's not that the country has defence industries but the other way round. This saying is of course an exaggeration but one fact is solid - Israeli defence industries are big, advanced and versatile. With defence exports of more than US $6 billion a year, Israel has become a member of the " big 5" club of top exporters. All estimates show that the export of defence items from Israel will continue to grow into the foreseeable future.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

India - The Indian Air Force Takes Off

MMRCA competition. The shortlisting of the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon in India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft competition highlights the lofty ambitions of the Indian Air Force, the fourth largest in the world. With the order for 126 aircraft, India will have more than 800 combat aircraft in its 1,700 aircraft inventory. Such purchases are part of the Air Force’s biggest expansion in thirty years and are transforming India into one of the leading air powers in Asia.

22nd Jul 2011 | Read more

CASSIDIAN to protect Canadian Naval Vessels against laser-based Attacks

Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, announced on May 31 that it will develop innovative solutions to protect ships of the Canadian Navy against new types of asymmetric threats. Under the designation LOCATES (= Laser Optical Countermeasures and Surveilllance Against Threat Environment Scenarios), the Defence Research Development Canada (DRDC), Valcartier, Québec, awarded Cassidian a contract to apply new technologies to detect and counter laser-based threats in harbors and littoral waters.

9th Jun 2011 | Read more

Troubled U.S. – Pakistan relations

In the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden, relations between the U.S. and Pakistan have entered a new and unpredictable phase. Washington has recently gone to considerable lengths to tone down initial criticism of Pakistan for sheltering the world’s most wanted man, now saying that there is no evidence that he received high level protection. This is hardly surprising because initial U.S. criticism was rapidly antagonizing the entire country – with potentially dire consequences. Not only does Pakistan have three times the population of Iraq and Afghanistan combined, it now possesses dozens – if not hundreds – of nuclear warheads and the means to deliver them over long distances. The country is self-sufficient in uranium and there have been recent reports that the production of weapons grade material is being increased. The reasons why a relatively poor nation is adding to its already considerable and expensive arsenal remain opaque. A nightmare scenario for the West in general and the U.S. in particular is that some of these might find their way into the hands of terrorists.

8th Jun 2011 | Read more

India improving its AEW&C capability

All branches of the Indian military are undergoing massive expansion, and are purchasing new equipment at such a rate as to make India one of the world’s largest arms markets. Airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft are important force multipliers and these are being added to the mix as India attempts to keep one step ahead of its neighbours, notably China and Pakistan. It is taking a two-pronged approach by purchasing off-the-shelf AEW&C aircraft and developing and producing its own systems.

8th Jun 2011 | Read more


A guided missile that can be safely launched from dozens of kilometres away, and then skims across the sea surface with unerring accuracy and supersonic speed before striking with deadly effect, is a weapon every navy sailor fears. Within mere seconds of being fired, such a precision weapon can sink a multi-million-dollar warship. This type of deadly asset is known as the anti-ship missile (AShM), a weapon Germany pioneered in 1943. Today’s advanced AShMs are obviously far more lethal than Germany’s primitive designs, and they can be launched from aircraft, surface vessel, submarine or land-based platforms. This weapon class poses a direct and serious threat to ships of all sizes, and Russia is one nation that has developed an array of AShMs. This brief article “skims the surface”, if you will excuse the pun, of Russian systems that are available, plus it looks at their use in the Asian context.

8th Jun 2011 | Read more


Its landing lights on and undercarriage lowered, the grey-coloured F-16B fighter swooped through the dawn haze. The powerful jet engine screamed as the aircraft gently touched down on the tarmac. After it had slowed to a stop, another fighter followed…and then another…until six fighters had pulled up in a tidy line on the macadam. However, this was no ordinary runway tarmac, for it was a stretch of highway on Taiwan’s western coast. Refuelling trucks and munitions carriers converged on the aircraft emblazoned with the roundel of the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF).

8th Jun 2011 | Read more

Osama Bin Laden – an earlier intelligence failure?

The death of Osama Bin Laden is now being analysed, with new information emerging almost by the hour. He had been on the run for almost a decade and was able to frustrate US and allied intelligence agencies in their attempts to track him down, which added to his mythical status. In an extraordinary comment three minutes into his address to the nation, President Barak Obama revealed: “Shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA to make the killing or capture of Bin Laden the top priority in our war against Al-Qaeda.”

5th May 2011 | Read more

Russia & the US – consequences for Central Asia (Part II)

For some members of the elite of the involved countries, including the United States and Russia, the growing instability in the huge area of Central Asia, Afghanistan and beyond, is an incentive to increase cooperation against the common threat, all problems notwithstanding. Following this logic, Obama’s administration made several positive statements, and even more important, positive steps to ensure Moscow that it is seen as an essential Western, especially American, ally, in bringing stability to the region, including to Kyrgyzstan. Robert Blake, the U.S. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, states the events in Kyrgyzstan push Russia and the U.S. together. James F. Collins, former U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation, noted in Foreign Policy that Moscow always collaborates with the U.S. in fighting terrorism, and did so even “during the dark days after the 2008 Russia-Georgian War.” And, another observer noted, “The Kremlin’s return to Afghanistan comes with the support of the Obama administration….”

4th May 2011 | Read more

Naval Helicopters

iven the helicopter’s versatility, it is not surprising that they form a key component of a number of navies in the region. This is particularly so with the helicopter’s vertical takeoff ability - allowing it to operate from a ship deckpad, in contrast to an aircraft carrier flightdeck or land based runway. These are required by naval fixed wing aircraft - but the helicopter’s hover capabilities allows it conduct at-sea retrieval or ship boarding even where no suitable landing area exists.

3rd May 2011 | Read more

Chengdu J-20: China’s carrier-killer

Months have passed since the public appearance of the brand-new Chinese combat jet. And yet there is no explicit reaction to it from the US and its armed forces, whose assets the new machine is obviously developed to oppose. In turn, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and its air force (PLAAF) remain surprisingly mum on an aircraft they were so willing to flaunt on a Chengdu runway in late December and the middle of January. We still don't know if the new plane is officially intended as a technology demonstrator or a developmental prototype. We also don't know what this airplane is designed to do. Is it an interceptor to replace the Shenyang J-8? Or is it a strike bomber to replace the Xian JH-7A? Or is this a multi-mode, multi-role aircraft? We even do not have official confirmation for the common reference to this airplane as the Chengdu J-20 by Internet sources and printed media.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

Flexing Its Muscles - Chinese Power Projection Capabilities

A Russian was recently imprisoned for six years in Ukraine after being convicted of spying for China. The target of his nefarious activities was the Land-based Naval Aviation Testing and Training Complex (NITKA) in the Crimea, a facility for training Russian pilots to operate fighters aboard aircraft carriers.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more


Punctuated by the usual disorganisation that characterises Indian defence exhibitions, Aero India kicked off on 9 February 2011. Before the gates closed on 13 February, a total of 75,000 business visitors passed through the venue to view 675 exhibitors’ booths and 70+ aircraft.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

Middle East troubles.

The latest wave of internal unrest in the Middle East – Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya – is an indicator of the threats faced by all totalitarian regimes. Whether regimes survive in the face of popular protests is largely a factor of whether they can retain the loyalty of their security apparatus. When the military switches sides, as they did in Iran in 1979, Romania in 1989 and Egypt in 2011, regimes fall. When they remain loyal to their leaders in cases such as Iraq under Saddam Hussein, North Korea under the Kim Dynasty and – as seems increasingly likely – Libya under the Gaddafi clan, the regime survives.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

New Head of A400M Programme appointed as industrial go-ahead reached

Airbus Military announced on March 10 that it has given the green light to the industrial launch of the A400M airlifter and approved the start of series production. This follows a thorough review of all aspects of the programme which demonstrated that all readiness criteria were fulfilled. This means that the first four series aircraft will be produced in 2012 and the production rate will gradually be ramped up to 2.5 aircraft per month by the end of 2015.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

Raytheon delivers 250th APG-79 AESA radar

Raytheon announced on March 2 that it has delivered its 250th APG-79 active electronically scanned array radar to Boeing.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

Elbit Systems Successfully Performs Joint Flight Missions of its Hermes 450 and Hermes 900 UAS

The two UAS simultaneously performed two different missions, transmitting the gathered imagery, ELINT and COMINT to the same ground control station, using different communications systems

24th Mar 2011 | Read more


A major milestone in the development of Eurofighter Typhoon’s multi-role combat capabilities has been achieved on March 8 with the release of a Paveway IV precision guided bomb. The milestone was achieved when, for the first time, the avionics system was used to safely release the weapon in an hour-long test flight over the Aberporth Range in Wales.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

ThalesRaytheonSystems to supply NATO with Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence capabilities

TRS Prime, a subsidiary of ThalesRaytheonSystems announced on March 4th that it was awarded a contract by the NATO ACCS Management Agency (NACMA) for enhancements to the NATO Air Command and Control System as part of the Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence programme1 being developed for the protection of deployed troops inside and outside of NATO Territory.

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

India's New Defence Procurement Procedure

In January, India’s Ministry of Defence issued the Defence Procurement Procedure 2011 (DPP-2011). The 262-page document, which came into force from the first day of 2011, would guide Defence Ministry’s multi billion dollar capital acquisitions till 2013 when the next DPP is due. The revised document, which is based on “experience of procurement agencies” and feedback from a cross section of industrial stakeholders, has made a number of changes. According to the Defence Minister, AK Antony, the changes in the new DPP are aimed at “ expediting decision making, simplification of connatural and financial provisions and also to establish a level playing field for the Indian defence industry, both public sector and private sector.”

24th Mar 2011 | Read more

BRAHMOS – The Winning Edge

The launch of the BRAHMOS Block III version took place on December 2nd 2010 from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Balasore off the Orissa coast, India.

1st Feb 2011 | Read more

Headlines, February 2011.

Headlines from Feb, 2011, as reported by Kym Bergmann.

1st Feb 2011 | Read more

Ka-family helicopters suited for the Asian market.

The Russian multi-role Ka-32A11BC has been certified in a number of major regions – America, Asia, and Europe.

1st Feb 2011 | Read more


The 8th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China), held at Zhuhai last November, was the first to be sponsored (in part) by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and resulted in a lot of military hardware on display.

1st Feb 2011 | Read more


Able to provide direct fire support to ground troops and to engage enemy armoured vehicles, attack helicopters are rightly considered indispensable in modern warfare.

28th Jan 2011 | Read more


China Airshow

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17th Dec 2010 | Read more

FLIR Systems TALON™ LD Test Fire Completion

US company FLIR Systems announced on October 20 that it has successfully test fired the TALON™ LD (laser designator), a 9-inch operational turret, for a US Department of Defense customer.

15th Nov 2010 | Read more

Regional pilot training - increasing local capability

Trainer aircraft

1st Nov 2010 | Read more


Attack Helicopters

1st Nov 2010 | Read more


The acquisition cost of the aircraft, ground based training system and associated spares are worth S$543m, and delivery of the first aircraft is expected in 2012.

1st Nov 2010 | Read more

Israel’s advanced capability

Spy satellites

1st Oct 2010 | Read more


Defence’s ambitious project to replace the current Lockheed Martin AP-3C Orion with both manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, is one of the ‘big ticket’ items of defence budgets over the next ten or twelve years.

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Singapore leads the way

Network Centric Warfare

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Lockheed Martin Delivers 1,000th PAC-3 Missile to the U.S. Army

On September 21, Lockheed Martin delivered the 1,000th Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile to the U.S. Army last week during a ceremony at its state-of-the-art PAC-3 Missile production facility in Camden, AR. PAC-3 Missiles are combat-proven and deployed globally.

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Raytheon-Boeing Team Goes 3 for 3 During Government-Funded JAGM Testing

On 23 September Raytheon and Boeing announced that they have completed the final of three government-sponsored firings of the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile. During the Sept. 3 test, the JAGM used its millimeter wave radar guidance system to hit a moving target at 6 kilometers (3.75 miles).

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

Northrop Grumman-Built NASA Global Hawk Soars Through Hurricane Surveillance Missions

NASA's unmanned Global Hawk aircraft, developed by Northrop Grumman Corporation flew from NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

1st Oct 2010 | Read more

The Eagle Still Flies High

Boeing's F15

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

Raytheon Receives $73 Million to Advance Patriot Capabilities for Taiwan and Kuwait

US defence contractor Raytheon has received a $73 million contract for spares as part of upgrades to Configuration-3 of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for Taiwan and Kuwait

1st Jul 2010 | Read more

BAE wins European sustainment contract

BAE Systems has been awarded a five year, UK£150 million contract by Eurofighter to provide an avionic equipment repair support service for the Typhoon fleets operated by Germany, Spain and the UK.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

Airbus Military A330 MRTT refuels second A330 MRTT

Airbus Military has for the first time demonstrated in flight “buddy” refuelling between two A330 MRTT aircraft.

1st Jun 2010 | Read more

Afghanistan - The year of the Tiger

Almost six hundred flight hours logged in roughly six months of combat operations with a daily 93% availability - this is the remarkable result achieved to date by the first operational EC 665 Tiger detachment deployed to Afghanistan since July of last year.

26th May 2010 | Read more

Northrop Grumman Corporation and Swiss company RUAG Aviation

The Northrop Grumman Corporation and Swiss company RUAG Aviation have signed an agreement to provide worldwide sustainment and life cycle logistics as an effort to offer a broad capability to countries flying the F-5 Tiger aircraft.

1st May 2010 | Read more

Elbit Systems Awarded UAS Contract by the Israeli Defense Ministry

Elbit is to supply the IDF with its Hermes 900 UAS Systems, along with additional Hermes 450 UAS Systems and an enhancement of the existing UAS intelligence capabilities

1st May 2010 | Read more

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