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Friday, April 28, 2017

Russia Upgrading Bombers

A number of Russian strategic bombers in inventory will undergo a modernization program, according to the Russian Deputy Defense Minister.

Egypt Reportedly Receives MiG-29 Delivery

Egypt has reportedly taken delivery of a first batch of MiG-29s from Russia.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kazakhstan Launches New Missile Boat

Source: Kazakh Ministry of Defense
Kazakhstan has launched its fourth Project 0250 rocket and artillery boat in Uralsk, which will enter service with the Navy.

PAK DA First Flight Expected for 2025

Russia's next-generation stealth bomber may see its first flight eight years from now, with serial production slated to begin thereafter, in 2028.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Russia to Begin Producing Naval Engines

As part of Russia's import substitution program, the country aims to put into testing replacement gas turbine engines for its naval vessels. These, unlike engines purchased in past years, are to be fully constructed locally.

Rostec Will Acquire Dozens of Russian Defense Firms

Russian defense industry holding Rostec has announced plans to acquire UralVagonZavod, a subsidiary of Tractor Plants Concern, according to Defense News. The defense conglomerate already accounts for around two-thirds of Russia's defense industry.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Russia Expects to Complete S-350 Testing in 2017

In an interview with a Russian defense magazine, the General Designer of Almaz-Antey, Paval Sozinov, noted that Russia expects to complete testing on the system this year.

Nigeria Puts New Mi-35Ms into Service

Nigeria has recently put two new Mi-35Ms ordered from Russia into service.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Israel Receives New F-35 Batch

Three new F-35I stealth aircraft have arrived to Nevatim Air Force Base in Israel from the United States.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Russia to Start Upgrading Aircraft Carrier In September

Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetosv
A source told Tass News Agency that Russia will begin a multi-year upgrade program for Admiral Kuznetsov later this year.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Israel to Receive Three More F-35Is

This weekend, Israel will reportedly receive three more F-35I jets from its order for 33, bringing the total delivered to Israel to five.

Russia to Place T-14 Main Battle Tank Order

In an interview with Tass News Agency, Russian Deputy Prime Minister discussed the testing for T-14 main battle tanks, which Russia aims to begin putting into service in the coming years.

Israeli Navy Supports Plans for New Submarine Acquisition

Defense News reported on April 19, 2017 that the Israeli Navy is behind the plan by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to acquire three new submarines for the Navy.

Russia Testing Admiral Gorshkov Frigate

Admiral Gorshkov, during armament trials in the Barents Sea in March 2016.
Russia is continuing to test the Admiral Gorshkov frigate, the lead vessel of Project 22350, ahead of commission slated for later in the year. Speaking on April 20, 2017, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said the tests are proceeding on schedule.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Russia Testing PAK FA 30mm Munitions

Russia's Vice President of Research and Industrial Association NPO Pribor, Oleg Chizhevsky, told reporters on April 18, 2017 that munitions tests for the PAK FA fighter jet may be completed this year, according to Tass News Agency.

Egyptian Submarine Arrives to Alexandria

Following the completion of the submarine's testing last year, Type 209 submarine S41 has arrived to Alexandria.

U.S. Lawmakers Urge Armed UAV Sales to Jordan, UAE

Defense News reported on April 18, 2017 that a bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing the Trump Administration to approve sales of armed unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) to Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Egypt Negotiating for Russian-Made Naval Equipment

Citing an informed source, Tass News Agency reported on April 18, 2017 that a Russian delegation is heading to Egypt to continue negotiations between the two sides for new equipment for Egypt's Mistral helicopter carriers.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Malian Mi-35M Spotted

An image emerged on websites popular with aircraft spotters revealing that Mali is a customer for Russia's Mi-35M. The picture showed an Mi-35M sporting a Malian Air Force roundel.

The photo reportedly was taken at Rostvertol's plant in Rostov-on-Don, meaning it has not yet been delivered.
The size of Mali's order is unclear. At the Africa Aerospace & Defense Expo in South Africa last year, Rosoboronexport's delegation head, Yuri Demchenko, indicated that Russia would be delivering new helicopters to Mali, among other countries.

Demchenko did not specify the size of the order or the type that Mali would receive. He discussed both the Mi-8/17 and Mi-24/35, saying, "In 2016-2017, we plan to continue exporting these helicopters to Angola, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria.

"Our position in the African helicopter market is solid, so we are optimistic about the prospects of cultivating it further," he added.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Russian Lawmaker Suggests Syria Wants Russian Missiles

Speaking to Sputnik International on April 12, 2017, a top Russian lawmaker suggested that Damascus may seek to acquire Tor and Buk missile systems from Russia following a U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile strike last week.

PAK DA Work Slated for Early 2020s

A source in Russia's defense industry told Tass News Agency on April 13, 2017 that a contract regarding the development of prototype PAK DA bombers has been signed. The strategic bomber will be created in the early 2020s, according to the source.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

U.S. Lawmakers Concerned About Saudi Munition Sale

Reuters reported on April 10, 2017 that a number of U.S. lawmakers are raising concerns about the proposed sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia.

Russia Inks $9 Billion in Arms Agreements in 2016

The Director of Russia's Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Dmitry Shugayev, stated on April 11, 2017 that Russia had reached military export and cooperation contracts totaling over $9 billion in 2016.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Israel Tests Eitan Armored Personnel Carrier

The Israeli military is moving forward with development of the Eitan 8x8 wheeled armored personnel carrier (APC). According to iHLS, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have recently conducted a series of tests on rough terrain using the Eitan APC.

Russia to Begin Serial Production of Tu-160M2 in 2022

In an interview with Rossiya-24, the President of United Aircraft Corportion (UAC), Yuri Slyusar, revealed 2022 as the year that Russia will begin production of a modernized strategic bomber.

Senegal Reveals New Military Acquisitions

During celebrations of the country's 57th Independence Day, the Senegalese military showed off newly-acquired military hardware, including new vehicles and rockets.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Russia, Iran to Boost Air-Defense Capabilities

One day after U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles struck a Syrian airbase, the Deputy Commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces stated that the share of modernized weaponry in the possession of Russia's air-defense troops will rise to nearly 70 percent by the start of 2018.

Trump Administration to Approve Nigeria Super Tucano Sale

A-29 Super Tucano arrives to Moody Air Force Base, September 2014.

A report by the Associated Press, posted on Stars & Stripes, says that the sale of Super Tucano aircraft to Nigeria will proceed under the Trump Administration.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Russia to Showcase Arctic Air-Defense Systems at Victory Day Parade

Russia will unveil two new air-defense systems designed for use in the Arctic at this year's Victory Day parade.

Egypt Receives New Rafale Fighter Jets

Egypt has received a third batch of Rafales from Dassault Aviation. The delivery was reported on April 4, 2017.

Saudi Arabia Receives Third F-15SA Batch

Saudi Arabia has taken delivery of a new batch of F-15SA fighter jets, the third such batch since deliveries began in December.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Russian Frigate Admiral Makarov to Soon Enter Service

Admiral Grigorovich, lead frigate of Project 11356.

Russian frigate Admiral Makarov is set to enter the final stage of testing before being accepted in service, according to Tass News Agency. The vessel, part of Project 11356, was built by Yantar Shipyard, a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation.