Colombo is likely to drop its plan to buy 10 new JF-17 fighter jets from Pakistan, following intensive Indian pressure to drop the deal, that would have cost $400 million.
Russian Helicopters' MIL division has begun flight testing of a experimental version of a Mi-24K helicopter that could increase the helicopter's cruising speed by up to 30 percent. The blue painted helicopter testbed made its maiden flight from MIL's test center in Tomilino, on 23 December 2015.
The two consecutive tests took place around midnight today, from the Indian P15A destroyer, INS Kolkata. The Barak-8 / LRSAM missile is being developed in joint collaboration by India and Israel.
DARPA awarded Northrop Grumman US$93 million for under the 3rd phase of the Tern program. The company will develop and demonstrate an innovative unmanned tail-sitting, flying-wing aircraft
The Israeli David's Sling air and missile defense weapon system (DSWS) successfully completed today the fourth and final series of tests (DST-4), representing the final milestone in the system's development. DST-4 is the final milestone before the IDF declares the David's Sling an operational system. The first of two units is expected to become operational in early 2016.
A Turkish drone has successfully completed firing tests of UMTAS anti-tank missile. On the recent test the Bayraktar TB2 drone carried two missiles at a total weight of 75 kg. One missile was dropped from an altitude of 16,000 ft. to hit a 2x2 meter laser-designated target self designated from the drone, from a distance of 8,000 meters.
The Polish Armament Inspectorate awarded Mesko a production contract worth over $150 million, for the delivery of 1,000 Spike anti tank guided missiles to equip the Polish Army's Rosomak infantry fighting vehicles.
Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) unveiled yesterday the improved version of its T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic trainer, the model that KAI and Lockheed Martin are proposing as the successor of the US Air Force’ T-38 trainer, under the T-X program.
The contract for the purchase of 24 Rafale aircraft by Qatar came into force today. Qatar joins France, Egypt and India that have ordered the Rafale. The Qatari order increases the foreign orders worth €15 billion for Rafale to 84.
Lockheed Martin has received an additional production orders worth $302.2 million for 286 baseline and extended range variants of the Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). The new order was negotiated with a previous order of 280 of these missiles, worth 305 million that was awarded in October.
Airbus Defence and Space has received a firm order from the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) for a further eight A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft. The first A330 MRTT will be delivered to France in 2018, followed by the second in 2019, and the remainder at a rate of one or two per year.
A cruise missile tested yesterday by its manufacturer NPO Mashinostroyeniya failed on a test flight and crashed into a three storey building at the town of Nenoksa in the Arkhangelsk region in northern Russia.
The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has completed three major missile defense tests this week, a closing accord for an ambitious test plan this year. Two tests performed earlier today included a successful exo-atmospheric intercept test of the Arrow 3 interceptor, and first intercept mission of the Land-Based Standard Missile SM-3 Block IB launched from a land-based site. A third test conducted earlier this week tested the latest, most advanced variant of Standard Missile 3 series, the US-Japanese SM-3 Block IIA.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced this week the completion of a second test flight of a jet-powered unmanned aerial combat vehicle (UCAV) on November 23, 2015. the flight that took place on the US Navy test range at China Lake, CA involved a newly developed jet-powered drone developed by Kratos, and a US Navy/Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier manned jet fighter.