New ‘Samson’ C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft Lands in Israel

In a ceremony held today at the Nevatim Israel Air Force base, the new C-130J Super Hercules military aircraft landed in Israel. The new...

Update: Riyadh to Invest up to $60 Billion Modernizing Airpower with U.S. Systems

Updated: October 21, 2010: The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have finalized an arms package that shadows even the large arms mega-sales in the region....

Hawker Beechcraft, Lockheed Martin Team to Offer the U.S. Air Force a new Aircraft...

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) and Lockheed Martin have teamed up, competing for the Air Force LAAR program. Air Tractor is also believed to compete....

Iron Dome Defeats Mortar Attacks from Gaza

Israel’s air defenses that were busy in recent weeks repelling rocket attacks from Syria and the Gaza strip succeeded yesterday, for the first time, to defeat Palestinian mortar attacks that targeted Israel's border villages. In the four years since operation ‘Pillar of Defense’, the last conflict that erupted between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, Iron Dome went through several spiral developmental cycles to expand the system’s capabilities against new threats, such as unmanned aerial vehicles and mortars. Yesterday, the system demonstrated for the first time, in combat conditions, its capacity to defeat a barrage of mortar bombs.

Russian Giant Helicopter Prepares for Maiden Flight

As a modernized version it will bring earlier models to the T2 standard. The Mi-26 is operated by a crew of five but the improvements introduced by the BREO-26 avionics suite enables most missions to reduce the to crew to 2-3 persons.

Qatar lines up as third International customer for Rafale

Qatar has agreed to buy 24 Dassault Aviation-built Rafale fighter jets in a deal worth 6.3 billion euros ($7 billion). France will start delivering Rafale fighter jets to Qatar from mid-2018 at the rate of 11 per year. The new order increases Dassault's Rafale export backlog to 84.

U.S. Clears $133 Million Sale of Extended Range Missile Interceptor to Japan

The State Department has approved a request from Japan for an initial buy of Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles, for an estimated cost of $133.3 million. The sale that includes only four missiles will likely provide missiles for test and evaluation of Japan's current missile defense assets, likely the AEGIS equipped missile destroyers that currently carry SM-3 Block IB missiles.

Turkey Delays missile defense decision to August 30

Ankara has again delayed its selection of future missile defense system, extending the deadline for bids until August 30. While the Chinese FD-2000 system was selected as 'best offer', Integration issues with NATO and political pressure from Washington and Europe are making such deal unlikely

New Configuration of MHTK Miniature Missile Validated In Flight Test

Lockheed Martin has tested a new configuration of its Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) missile at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Friday, January 26th. The test comprised a controlled flight of the miniature missile to demonstrate the interceptor's increased agility and to validate the performance of its airframe and electronics. The missile now uses a common configuration for both active and semi-active guided missiles.

Japan Pouring ¥24 Trilion on New Defense Plan

Japan plans to invest ¥24.67 trillion yen (US$24 billion) over the next five years in a military buildup plan bolstering Japan’s sovereignty in the...

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