Ministry of National Defense of Poland signed a contract on purchase of “Fly Eye” UAV for territorial defense forces
Thursday, 13 December 2018 17:45

UAV “Fly Eye”. Source:

The Inspectorate for Arms of the Ministry of Defense of Poland announced about signing on the 3rd of December with national company WB Electronics SA a contract for the supply of three sets of upgraded small-size “Fly Eye” UAVs.

The contract worth 10.282 million zlotys ($ 2.67 million) provides for the delivery of three sets of “Fly Eye” to Polish territorial defense forces, each of which includes 4 aircraft, as well as the provision of personnel training services. Delivery must be completed before the end of the current year. The contract contains an option providing for the possibility of buying another 9 sets of UAVs.

Mini-UAV "Fly Eye" has already been adopted by other types of Polish Armed Forces.

The vehicles ordered under the new contract will be the third generation of UAVs of this type, which are distinguished by a new optoelectronic surveillance system and a battery. The control station, transceiver station, shoulder bags and transportation cases were also upgraded.

According to the Center for analysis of world arms trade, the Weapons Inspectorate announced the start of negotiations with company WB Electronics on the purchase of the UAV “Fly Eye” for the territorial defense forces in October 2018.

The take-off mass of the “Fly Eye” reconnaissance drone is 12 kg, length - 1.8 m, wing span - 3.6 m, payload mass - up to 6 kg. The device is equipped with a low-noise electric motor and can carry the EO payload. The duration of the UAV’s flight is 150 minutes, the practical ceiling is 3500 m. The device is capable of speeds of 120 km/h and operated at wind speeds of up to 75 km/h. The maximum range of use in the line of sight is 30 km.



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Contract on supply to French Armed Forces of 3r and 4th complexes of UAV MQ-9 “Riper” was signed
Thursday, 06 September 2018 10:26

The worth of the contract, signed in the framework of program “Foreign military sales” is 123 million dollars. Works will be implemented at the enterprise of company in the city of Poway (California state) and must be fully completed by the 1st of May, 2020.

As Center for analysis of world arms trade reported, on the 27th of June, 2013 the Agency on cooperation in the field of security of  the ministry of defense of the USA (DSCA) notified the Congress about planed supply to France in the framework of the program “Foreign military sales” 16 unmanned aerial vehicles MQ-9 “Riper”, bound equipment and services, the total worth of which at that moment evaluated in 1,5 billion dollars.

The  “Law on military programs on 2014-2019yy.” prepared in August, 2013 provided for the purchase for French Armed Forces of 4 complexes, in the structure of each will be included three UAV. Their worth evaluated in 670 million Euros (about 874 million dollars). It is supposed, that all 12 apparatuses will be adopted in army by 2019 and remain in exploitation till 2023-2025 yy., after which France is intended to purchase UAV of European development.

As was stated when purchasing of “Riper”, at the beginning level UAV will be applied for reconnaissance, and possibility of equipping them with weapons will be considered later.

In December 2013 the Ministry of Defense got the first unmanned aerial complex(UAC) “Riper”, including two UAV and ground control station. The third UAV was transferred to Air Forces of  France in April 2015. All UAVs implemented in version Block 1 and don’t carry arms. The Ministry of  Defense of France placed the order on supply of  the second UAC on the base of UAV MQ-9 “Riper” in June, 2015, of the third –in December 2015, of the forth –in December 2016. Supply of the second complex started in January 2017.

The place of permanent placement of supplied UAV is 709th  air base “Konyak”. One of supplied UAV will be applied at the air base for  training of personal. Remain apparatuses in the stuff of 1/33 squadron now are deployed at the expedition base “Niamey” (Niger) for supporting of the “Barhan” operation.  The total flight of UAV exceeded 21 thousand hours.

The third and forth complexes will be supplied in version Block.5, which can carry a payload for radio electronic reconnaissance, to be equipped by separate channels of information exchange  for piloting of UAV, controlling by fight systems and transfer of data. Supplied primarily UAV of version block.1 subsequently also must be modernized to version Block.5.



Canadian Company will supply to Ukraine sniper rifles.
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:10

Canadian company  PGW Defense Technologies, which is specialized on defense technologies, is intends to supply sniper rifles LRT-3 to the Ukrainian Armed forces. This was reported by the owner of PGW Ross Spagrud in interview to Ukrainian channel UATV.

Supplies are expected in Autumn of 2018  year. Delivery of rifle weapons of 12,7 mm caliber will be carried out under the contract, which was  signed this year with the Ministry of defense of Ukraine worth about 770 thousands US dollars.

According to Spagrud, under the terms of the agreement, the Canadian company also will provide after sale support and service of sniper systems, as well as  a training of Ukrainian military servicemen to their exploitation.

On 28th of July, the Head of the Ministry of defense of Canada Harjit Sajjan stated, that from 2014 Canada provided a non-flying military equipment on more than  16 million  dollars to Ukraine.  Another $ 7.25 million for non-flying equipment should be allocated before the end of March 2019.

In July the Ukrainian president Petr Poroshenko stated, that Ukrainian issue is still remains priority for USA and NATO. Confirming  own words, the head of the state pointed out on recent meeting with American leader Donald Trump and documents of the summit Ukraine-NATO, which were signed by the leaders of the North Atlantic alliance, including  an American president.

On 25th of July became familiar, that American defense agency allocated more than 300 million dollars on production of portable antitank missile complexes Javelin for several states, including Ukraine.

The embassy of Ukraine reported, that American congress intends to allocate 2502 million Dollars in 2019 for help to Ukraine in the field of security.

In the end of December 2017 in US State Department officially confirmed intentions to supply an armament to Kiev, including Javelin. The Ministry of Foreign affairs criticized the decision of USA and other states to supply the weapons  to Kiev, noted, that this can cause  escalation of situation in the East of Ukraine.


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Sweden buys US missile defense systems
Thursday, 16 August 2018 07:19

The Swedish Ministry of Defense purchases from the US the Patriot missile defense system, which fully meets the national requirements, the “Izvestia” newspaper reports with reference to the Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist.

According to the information, the contract is planned to be signed before the end of the week. The transaction value is estimated at $ 1.14 billion.

Hultqvist confirmed the intention of the parties to sign the contract in the coming days, but refused to name its exact cost. At the same time, he noted that the purchased complexes, in fact, are a more modern analogue of those that are for a long time in the arsenal of the Swedish air defense forces.

According to him, the American Patriot system has proved its effectiveness in action and fully meets the national requirements.

The first deliveries are expected already in 2021, the minister added.

Recall, Sweden is not a member of NATO, but is a non-aligned partner of the alliance countries. As local mass media noted, in addition to taking a decision on the purchase of “Patriots”, the Swedish military department is actively preparing to participate in the NATO military exercise "United Trident-2018", which will be held in the autumn on the territory of Norway and in adjacent maritime areas.

In July, Vladimir Putin said that Russia would respond proportionally to the attempts of NATO countries to draw into their ranks new European states. According to him, the alliance should think about the possible consequences of such  policy.


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