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Bad news for Russia – a laser weapon soon may be part of the US F-35’s armament

WASHINGTON, (BM) - The Air Force will one day fire high-tech laser weapons from drones and fighter jets to destroy high-value targets, conduct precision strikes and incinerate enemy locations from the sky. The first airborne tests are expected to take place by 2021, Air Force officials have said. The developmental efforts are focused on

Canada may be the next nation to buy the F-35 stealth fighter

WASHINGTON, (BM) - In August, Britain’s Ministry of Defense and European manufacturer Airbus withdrew the Eurofighter from Canada’s competition to pick a replacement for its 35-year-old CF-18 fighters. In 2018, France’s Dassault withdrew the Rafale from the contest. That just leaves three contenders: Lockheed Martin’s F-35, Boeing’s F/A-18

India plans to invest heavily in five wide-range Russian combat jets

NEW DELHI, (BM) - With the Indian Air Force planning for an ambitious expansion of its frontline combat fleet, and seeking to increase the number of fighter units in service from 32 to 42 by 2027, the country is set to invest heavily in acquiring a wide range Russian combat jets including further orders for platforms currently in service and

Israeli company upgrades a scout attack helicopter with integrated weapons system

TEL AVIV, (BM) - Elbit Systems and MD Helicopters have signed a teaming agreement to incorporate advanced weapons and mission management capabilities into the MD 530G Block II (BII) scout attack helicopter, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more: Israeli F-35s might be equipped with nuclear bombs The pilot-centric integrated weapons

Su-30’s radars have repeatedly detected Chinese stealth fighter aircraft J-20

NEW DELHI, (BM) - Chinese military experts, commenting on the well-known statements of their Indian neighbors that the Su-30MKI radars have repeatedly detected stealth fighter aircraft J-20 PLA, are trying to find an explanation of the situation, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Topwar. Read more: China Has Begun to Promote Its Own 4++

Gripen by SAAB might change the Indian economy

NEW DELHI, (BM) - Saab AB wants control of local manufacturing in India if it beats the likes of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. in the race for the world’s biggest warplane contract, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more: The S-400 Will Significantly Increase the Level of the Indian Defense The Swedish manufacturer is in the

A Russian-made MiG-29M crashed during test flight

CAIRO, (BM) - In Egypt, the MiG-29M Egyptian Air Force fighter crashed, the pilot managed to eject, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according Vedomosti newspapper statement, citing sources in the Russian defense industry. Read more: The United States Will Impose Sanctions on Egypt If They Buy Russia’s Su-35 According to the publication, the

The Norwegian Air Force has activated its first squadron of F-35A stealth fighters

OSLO, (BM) - The Norwegian Air Force has activated its first squadron of F-35A fifth generation single engine stealth fighters, one of the very first services worldwide to do so since the jet first entered service in the U.S. Air Force in 2015, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more: GKN Aerospace Norway Announced a $66M Contract for F135

Turkey is studying in detail the characteristics of the Russian Su-35 fighter jet

ANKARA, (BM) - Ankara is carefully studying the tactical and technical characteristics of Russian Su-35 fighters, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Nezavisimaya Gazeta. Read more: ‘If Turkey Does Not Get the F-35, We’ll Looking for Alternatives’, the Turkish Foreign Minister Said This was stated by the Head of the Republic’s Defense

China Has Begun to Promote Its Own 4++ Generation Fighter for Export

BEIJING, (BM) - China’s Aviation Industry Corporation has begun to promote the J-10C ‘4++ Generation’ single engine light fighter for export, the first time the country has offered such an advanced platform to overseas clients, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Military Watch. Read more: China Has Conducted Test of the Latest

South Korea Arms Its Fighters with the French Air-to-Air Missiles

SEOUL, (BM) - MBDA has been awarded a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile onto the KF-X future Korean fighter aircraft, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The contract includes integration support to KAI, transfer of know-how and manufacture of test equipment for

Russia Has Assembled Its First Upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M Strategic Bomber

MOSCOW, (BM) - Russia has assembled its first upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M strategic missile-carrying bomber and started its trials, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting a source in the defense industry. Read more: Russia Starts Production of Upgraded Tu-160 "On November 28, the first heavily upgraded Tu-160M strategic missile-carrying bomber

Denmark Should Probably Buy More F-35 Fighter Jet, the US Ambasador Said

COPENHAGEN, (BM) - The United States has pressed to encourage Denmark to increase purchases of F-35 fifth generation fighter jets, with the U.S. Military itself set to field over 1000 of these jets, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Military Watch. Read more: Patria to Sustain the Engine Components for the Remaining Lifetime of the F16s

New Zealand Buys Five C-130J Aircraft Totalling $1.4 Billion

WASHINGTON, (BM) - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to New Zealand of five (5) C-130J aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.4 billion, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. Read more: New Zealand Plans a Massive Defence Investments in Land Systems and Soldier Equipment

Morocco Buys 36 AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters for About $4.25 Billion

WASHINGTON, (BM) - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of thirty-six (36) AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification

Dogfight! Russia’s Su-57 Stealth Fighter vs. China’s J-20

WASHINGTON, (BM) - As the Su-57 enters serial production in much larger quantities than previously expected, Moscow is making a concerted effort to pitch the fifth-generation fighter to major arms importers including Turkey, India, and China. Over the past several years, Chinese defense media has been particularly keen on following the Su-57’s

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