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ADIR Mission Autonomy, Stealth to Transform Air Warfare in the Middle East,

December 9, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
The first two F-35s expected to land in Israel next week will be the first 5th Generation jet fighters the U.S. hands out to a foreign ally. The two ADIR Jets are only the beginning. Over the next eight years, Israel will receive 50 aircraft forming two full ADIR squadrons flying the F-35. The unique capabilities of the new fighter will provide the Israel Air Force a game-changing platform that has not been seen in the region since the introduction of the F-15 Eagle (by the IAF), 40 years ago.
              

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Guided Missile Attack in Syria Delivers a Clear Message

December 8, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Fired from a range of 150 km, IMI Systems' 306mm Extra rocket can hit within less than 10 meters of a target. Photo: IMI Systems.Syria claimed yesterday that two surface-to-surface missiles launched from Israel struck the military airbase of Al Mezzeh, in a suburb of the capital Damascus, about 56 km from the Golan border. While Israel did not respond to this allegation, the Syrian claim may indicate Israel is maintaining a new precision strike capability, by tactical surface launched rockets, extending its deterrence capability throughout the region – both against adversaries in the close range, as well as the long range.
              

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Lockheed Martin Awarded $1.2 Billion to Upgrade the South Korean F-16 Falcons

November 18, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: FMS, South Korea, Syndicated Industry News 
img_1955The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin Aeronautics a contract worth over US$1.2 Billion for the upgrading of 134 South Korean F-16 fighters. The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) plans to upgrade both the F-16C/D Block 50/52 fighter aircraft with brand new radar and avionics suite. The contracr negotiated is a fixed-price incentive-fee contract, […]
              

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First Flight for Rustom II – India’s MALE Drone

November 18, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: India, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
The Indian Tapas 201 (Rustom II) remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) made its first flight on November 16. Photo: DRDOThe Indian Tapas 201 remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) made its first flight on November 16, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) announced. The aircraft, formerly known as 'Rustom II,' was developed by the DRDO's Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE). The flight took place at the Aeronautical Test Range in Chitradurga, in the south of India.
              

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Chinese J20s Show New Camouflage

October 18, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: China, Syndicated Industry News 
j20_new_image1021Two J-20 stealth fighters seen yesterday in Chengdo, China show a new camouflage paint that is likely to be used with the Low Rate Inintal Production (LRIP) batch currently being delivered from the assembly plant in Chengdu. These photos aired today on Chinese websites and twitter.
              

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Weaponized Mini-Drones Entering the Fight

October 12, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Iraq, Syndicated Industry News 
Iraqi Sgt. Hussain Musa Kathum displays an ISIS drone he shot down in Anbar province.
Photo Credit: Iraqi ministry of defenceRecent reports from Iraq and Syria indicate that Jihadis are increasing the use of drone attacks after exploring the use of drone weapons for several years. A recent attack employed a small surveillance drone, rigged with a bomb to become a booby trap. The attack killed two Kurdish fighters and badly wounded two French special forces.
              

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Russia Plans to Deploy Anti-Satellite Airborne Laser Weapons

September 26, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Russia, space, Syndicated Industry News 
a-60_1021Russia is preparing to renew flight testing of a high-power flying laser designed to operate as an anti-satellite weapon, the Tass news agency reported. Based on the Ilyushin Il-76MD transport plane the airborne laser laboratory aircraft flew for its first test mission in August 19, 1981. Two aircraft were modified and equipped for the tests that ceased following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
              

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Canada’s New Armored Cubs Gear Up at Gagetown

August 23, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Canada, Syndicated Industry News 
TAPV undergoing rigorous field testing prior to delivery to the Canadian Forces in 2016. Photo; Textron SystemsFollowing rigorous testing and delays that lasted almost two years, Canada is renewing its battlefield reconnaissance and tactical armored vehicle fleet, with the first shipment of Tactical Armored Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) this month.
              

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German Infantry Fighting Vehicles for Lithuania will get Israeli Turrets, Missiles

August 23, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Germany, Lithuania, Syndicated Industry News 

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New Mini-Drone Provides ‘Eye in the Sky’ for Small Boats

August 15, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Rail launched from a ship deck or small boat, Skylark C is operated by two operators from a portable mission control unit. Photo: Elbit SystemsElbit Systems introduce today the Skylark C - the first naval member of its electrically powered mini-UAV family. Based on the operational and combat-proven Skylark I-LEX Mini UAS, the naval variant extends the Skylark reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities to the maritime domain.
              

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Israel Develops a Highly Protected APC to Replace Thousands of M-113 ‘Tin Cans’

August 1, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Eitan_1021Israel’s Ministry of Defense unveiled today the first prototype of the Eitan, a new 8x8 armored personnel carrier developed by the Ministry’s Tank Development Program Directorate (Mantak), as a possible successor for thousands of American-made M-113 APCs Israel has been operating since the 1970s.
              

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Expanding Strategic Defense in Space – China’s Missile Interceptors and Satellite Killers

China conducted the first exo-atmospheric missile intercept test in 2010. This image was taken from a video aired on Chinese TV this week. It was taken during a follow-on test in 2013.China's Defense Ministry confirmed today that it was pressing ahead with anti-missile system tests after pictures appeared on state television, depicting a successful missile intercept test conducted in 2010. Earlier this week Beijing released another video depicting an anti-satellite test conducted last year. The Aolong-1 (Roaming Dragon) spacecraft sent into orbit last month will be cleaning up space junk, other analysts suspect it could serve a military purpose.
              

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First Israeli F-35 ‘Adir’ is Airborne

July 28, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
F-35I_10210The first F-35 bound to Israel made its maiden flight June 25 from Fort Worth, Texas, flown by Lockheed Martin's test pilot. The aircraft will now conduct a series of flight tests to confirm its airworthiness.
              

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Australia Shortlists Boxer, AMV-35 for Future Combat Recce Vehicle

July 28, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Australia, Syndicated Industry News 
AMV35_1021The Australian Defense ministry announced that two European companies - British BAE Systems and German Rheinmetall, as the bidders shortlisted as potential suppliers of armored combat vehicles for the Australian Army’s Mounted Combat Reconnaissance Capability, also known as 'Land 400 Phase 2' program, to become the successor of the 8x8 ASLAV currently in service. The Australian Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, announced.
              

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China Expects J-20 Stealth Fighter to Be Combat Ready in 2019

July 23, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: China, Syndicated Industry News 
The first Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter from the Low-Rate Initial Production made its first flight January 18, 2016 at Chengdu. The aircraft is one of four conducting flight acceptance tests for the Chinese Air Force.The Chinese People's Republic Army Air Force (PLAAF) is believed to have received four J-20 jets, that have been tested and completed acceptance tests recently. The first front-line regiment is supposed to activate and receive aircraft by June 2017 and is expected to be combat ready by 2019.
              

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Seoul Insists Korean-Bound THAAD Remain Independent of Regional Defenses

The U.S. Army Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system performed a successful intercept October 5, 2011, scoring simultaneous kills of two targets. Photo: Lockheed MartinAfter approving the deployment of a THAAD battery in South Korea, Seoul insists the system will operate independently of the U.S. regional missile defense, which consists of additional land and sea-based command elements, radars and interceptors.
              

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Iran receives missiles for S300

July 19, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Russia, Syndicated Industry News 
s300pmu2The Iranian news agency Tasnim said today that Tehran had received the first batch of interceptor missiles of the Russian S-300 PMU-2 air defense system. The original contract revised in 2015 enabled Moscow to upgrade the systems delivered to Iran to the more advanced PMU2 version. The system is expected to reach operational capability within months.
              

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Israel Requests Eight SH-60F SeaHawk from US Navy Surplus

July 10, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Sikorsky, Syndicated Industry News 
Sikorsky/US Navy SH-60 Sea hawk. U.S. Navy photo by Zachary EshlemanIsrael is seeking US approval for the supply of eight SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopters from US Navy surplus to support the Israeli Navy security operations in the Mediterranean Sea. The helicopters will initially operate with the four new Meko-100 Class Magen corvettes Israel will receive from Germany by 2020.
              

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Successful Tests for Indo-Israeli Land-Based Air Defense System

June 30, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: India, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 

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Clearing MTCR Obstacle, India Requests the US to Supply Weaponized Drones

June 28, 2016 by · Comment
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India to Buy 145 M777 Howitzers From US

June 26, 2016 by · Comment
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Japan Wants Dozen More AW101 Helicopters

June 25, 2016 by · Comment
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Su-30 MKI Conducts First Flight with BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

June 25, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: India, Syndicated Industry News 
Su-30 MKI lands after first carraige test of the BrahMos A missile, June 25, 2016. Photo via Anantha Krishnan, TwitterIndia tested today an air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic attack missile on an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft. The missile was not launched on this test, as the flight was designed to test the weapon's aircraft integration.
              

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Russian Sub Hunter to Receive a Guided, Anti-Submarine Weapon

June 24, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Russia, Syndicated Industry News 
The Russian Navy is activating the Mi-14 in the submarine hunting mission after the helicopter was decommissioned from this role in 1996. Back then the helicopter was tasked with depth charges and massive nuclear weapons used in anti-submarine warfare. On its new mission, the helicopter will receive lighter, conventional armed Zalon-2 guided anti-submarine weapons.The Russian Navy is activating the Mi-14 in the submarine hunting mission after the helicopter was decommissioned from this role in 1996. Back then the helicopter was tasked with depth charges and massive nuclear weapons used in anti-submarine warfare. On its new mission, the helicopter will receive lighter, conventional armed Zalon-2 guided anti-submarine weapons.
              

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F-35A ADIR: Maintaining israel’s Air Dominance Against Growing Threats

June 22, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Israel's first F-35, tail number 901 seen on the official rollout ceremony at Ft. Worth, June 22, 2016. Photo: Lockheed MartinIsrael officially received today the first of 33 F-35A 'ADIR' joint strike fighters ordered for the Israel Air & Space Force. The new aircraft will be one of two F-35A fighters expected to arrive in Israel before year's end.
              

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