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Saudi Arabia has signed a contract for the acquisition of 300 of the newest Chinese strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial long-haul vehicles Wing Loong II (also known as Pterodactyl II). China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported on 28 February said the deal represented the "biggest overseas purchase order in the history...
On 15 March Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko announced that Ukraine's defense enterprises would soon create a new light strike aircraft to replace the Soviet-made L-39, Su-25 and MiG-29 aircraft. During a visit to the Ivchenko-Progress engine design bureau located in Zaporozhye, President Poroshenko got acquainted with the "mock-ups" of a platform for...
The Syrian and Lebanese media released a photo of Israel Elbit Skylark surveillance drone downed above Quneitra province, Syria. According to the Syrian military, the Skylark was downed over Quneitra in the Syrian Golan Heights by Syrian Defence Forces. Lebanese terror group Hezbollah posted pictures of the downed drone on its social media...
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Ukrainian "DIGITEC Visual engineering" unveiled presentation of newest MR18 high-mobility surveillance metric wave radar. The MR18 high-mobility surveillance metric wave radar is designed to enlarge radar detection field of air defense system. The radar is based on digital phased array and allows to detect Stealth airborne objects. The MR18 developed by «Scientific and Production...
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Russian armed forces have conducted a major military exercise in the Crimean peninsula, that Russia annexed in 2014. Over 2500 paratroopers from the Russian airborne forces trained with the ships and troops of the Black Sea Fleet. As a uniquely Russian feature the airborne forces or VDV are a...
The Novosibirsk aviation plant named after Chkalov exceeds the plan on introduction of the Su-34 bombers in the Russian Aerospace Forces. Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov reported on that at the conference headed by the Minister of Defence General of the Army Sergei Shoigu. Yuri Borisov explained that the plant...
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 used new auxiliary fuel tanks to fly the AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters farther than ever, during flights based from Okinawa, March 10-14. The helicopters demonstrated a 25% range increase, according to Capt. Christopher Millar, a UH-1Y Venom pilot with HMLA-267, a squadron...
The People's Republic of China Airborne Corps receives new Y-12D twin-engine turboprop transport aircraft. The new Y-12D aircraft to replace Chinese aging fleet of Shijiazhuang Y-5 single-engine biplane transport aircraft. The Y-12D is a military version of Harbin Y-12 utility aircraft built by Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG) with upgraded engines driving four-bladed propellers. The Y-12 started as a development...

Military company Blackwater’s founder plans to build new bases in China

Military company Blackwater's founder plans to build new bases in China, a move to support the One Belt and One Road initiative. Frontier Services Group...

Security Service of Ukraine received first SandCat Armored Vehicles

The Security Service of Ukraine has received and operationalised a first SandCat Armored Vehicles developed by Israek's Plasan defence company. The first SandCat Armored Vehicle was spotted during festivities...

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Saudi Arabia orders 300 Chinese strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles

Saudi Arabia has signed a contract for the acquisition of 300 of the newest Chinese strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial long-haul vehicles Wing Loong II...

Ukraine to develop new light strike aircraft

On 15 March Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko announced that Ukraine's defense enterprises would soon create a new light strike aircraft to replace the Soviet-made...