Turkey to export Anka UAVs to Kazakhstan

by Lale Sariibrahimoglu

Turkish Aerospace (TA) will deliver three Anka medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and two ground control stations to Kazakhstan by 2023, the company tweeted from its official social media account on 27 November.

The company did not disclose which Anka model will be exported to the central Asian nation, only that, ”Anka's new address is Kazakhstan.”

Turkey's state-owned Anatolia News Agency (AA) quoted on 27 November TA general manager Temel Kotil as saying, “ We consider Kazakhstan exports a very important success after Tunisia. We are proud that our Ankas will now be used internationally.”

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NATO publishes ‘Overarching Space Policy' document

by Olivia Savage

NATO headquarters. (NATO)

On 17 January NATO published its ‘Overarching Space Policy', setting out the fundamental aspects of the space domain and its importance in preserving the alliance's security and prosperity.

It is an acknowledgement of NATO's increasing reliance upon space-based capabilities and their importance in supporting the delivery of communications, navigation, intelligence, and situational awareness, among other operational necessities.

The policy document started with a framework agreement in June 2019, when the alliance decided to formulate and adopt a specific space policy.

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Philippines progresses plan to procure 32 new S-70i Black Hawk helicopters

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Manila has made further progress with its plan to procure 32 additional new Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters for the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana disclosed on 16 January that a notice of award (NOA) was issued to PZL Mielec of Poland on 28 December 2021 for the airframes.

The indicative contract value for the project is PHP32 billion (USD624 million) and it will include a logistics and training package for pilots and maintenance crew.

The Philippines ordered an initial batch of 16 S-70is in 2019 for USD241 million.

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Thales Alenia Space to build two SDS satellites for Intelsat

by Olivia Savage

Thales Alenia Space has been contracted to deliver two Space Inspire software-defined satellites. (Thales Alenia Space )

Intelsat has contracted Thales Alenia Space – a joint venture between Thales and Leonardo – for the production of two software-defined satellites (SDSs).

The satellites, IS-41 and IS-44, will be based on the Space Inspire product line and are scheduled to be in service by 2025.

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