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  • US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise - 18.01.2019

    US Military Intelligence Organisation “Defence Intelligence Agency” (DIA) released “China Military Power, report. A product that examines the core capabilities of China’s military. The work provides details on China’s defence and military goals, strategy, plans, and intentions.

    US is expecting to face new Chinese another stealth fighter within next y

  • Fate of Tornadoes Ambiguous - 18.01.2019

    Germany has yet to make a final decision on the fate of the Tornadoes. In the past, the German Ministry of Defence had announced that it will announce the Tornado decision before the end of 2018.

    Tornadoes jointly developed by Italy, the United Kingdom and West Germany. In 1998, the production line of aircrafts closed. It is on the agenda that the planes used in the 1980s will remain

  • F-35s Will Intercept Ballistic Missile - 18.01.2019

    Pentagon decided a different step on F-35 Lightning II aircrafts, which are frequently brought to the agenda with their capabilities and development process. The Department of Defence said it will assess the suitability of the aircraft for ballistic missile interception missions.

    Within the scope of the project, which is planned to last in next six months, the compliance of F-35 Light

  • F/A-18 Time for LRASM - 18.01.2019

    The F/A-18 Super Hornet process has started in LRASM, the latest anti-ship system in the US inventory. Lockheed Martin turned to the navy when it was recently announced that the system was operational on B-1B Lancer aircraft.

    The qualification process required for the use of LRASM missiles on F/A-18 E/F aircraft will start in the first quarter of this year. Platforms will perform a se

  • Two Seat Stealth Fighter on Way: J-20 Variant - 17.01.2019

    China's most advanced stealth fighter jet J-20 could be developed into a bomber, electric warfare (EW) aircraft and a carrier-based variant. All current stealth fighter jets feature single-seat, so the potential J-20 variant might become the first two-seat stealth fighter jet in the world, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Wednesday. Chinese military experts said as latest reports

  • Unsuccessful Trial of Iran - 17.01.2019

    Iran recently announced that the satellite launch attempt failed. The rocket, launched with a satellite load, could not reach orbit.

    Iranian Ministry of Communication said in a statement that the carrier rocket could not reach the required speed for the trajectory and the launch failed in the third stage. No explanation was given about the factors that caused the failure. In the trial

  • Electronic Warfare Tension in Far East Will Increase - 17.01.2019

    Japan, took action in electronic warfare area after its largest rival China in their region. Tokyo administration, which has recently gone through radical changes in the military and has allocated significant budgets for investments, will increase its electronic warfare capabilities.

    According to Japanese media, there are different options in front of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces

  • U.S. Army Seeking Two Iron Dome Units - 17.01.2019

    News reports says the U.S. Army is asking Congress for $373 million to buy the two Iron Dome missile interceptor batteries, developed and manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd.

    According to “Inside Defence”, US Army acquisition executive Bruce Jette told Congress that the key benefits of the Iron Dome is its magazine depth of 20 interceptors and is proven in

  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 - 16.01.2019

    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO.

    Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84

  • Chinese Z-8L on Air - 16.01.2019

    Photo of China's new Z-8L transport helicopter Chang-Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) was recently published in Scramble magazine.

    The photo leaked into a Chinese military forum and, according to military analysts, it is a large- helicopter based on the Z-8 helicopter and encoded as Z-8L.

    The new helicopter seems to share several similarities to the American S

  • Steel Cut for Saudi Corvette - 16.01.2019

    Navantia organized a ceremony for the first Avante 2200 corvette on 15 January for Saudi Arabia. Thus the construction of the ship was officially started.

    Last year, an agreement of € 1.8 billion was signed for the construction of five platforms between Saudi Arabia and Spain. The agreement, including the construction of the corvettes and five-year logistic support activities, is

  • F4 Turn for Rafale - 16.01.2019

    After the France’s, decision of upgrading all Rafales to F3 standard, works on new F4 variant has launched. Dassault, who does not want Rafale to fall behind its modern combat requirements, has started development work for the F4 model.

    The work for the F4 model was officially launched at the ceremony held at the Mérignac Facility of Dassault. In this way, the company aim

  • The Ground Tests of The US Helicopter SB-1 Defiant Started - 15.01.2019

    The ground test of the prototype SB-1 Defiant of US Sikorsky-Boeing has begun. Helicopter design with a non-rotating coaxial rotor technology first used in the American X-2 and S-97 Raider helicopters. This helicopter was developed under the United Military Joint Military Role demonstration program. The SB-1 Defiant helicopter was designed to achieve greater flexibility and manoeuvrability than

  • Ukraine Procures Bayraktar TB2 - 15.01.2019

    Ukrspetsexport, a subsidiary of the Ukraine-based Ukroboronprom, announced a new procurement agreement.

    Ukraine renewing its army with modernization, external procurement and new production. In this way, Ukraine procured UAV from Turkey. Ukraine announced the purchase of the country's Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle. No information was provided about the number of vehicles p

  • French MN Gets First F3R-Standard Rafale - 15.01.2019

    The French Navy (Marine Nationale/ MN) has received the first Dassault Rafale combat aircraft (serial number 30) to be upgraded to the latest F3R standard. The F3R standard of the Rafale offers several hardware and software enhancements over the F3 aircraft.

    The first aircraft will be prepared for delivery to the fighter detachment of the 10 Squadron of the Naval Aviation Experimental

  • Israel and Croatia Dropped-Off F-16 Sale - 15.01.2019

    An Israeli Delegation, headed by the Director General of the Defence Ministry Udi Adam, visited Croatia on 10 January 2019. The official talks addressed the multi-role combat aircraft procurement project and the bilateral defence co-operation between the Croatia and Israel.

    Israel was responsible to obtain approval from the United States of America to deliver the aircraft to the Croat

  • Ukraine Returns EW Helicopters in Service - 14.01.2019

    The Ukrainian Air Force has returned to service two Soviet-era Mi-8 EW helicopters after a prolonged grounding. Both of these machines, produced in the late 1980s, were cycled through overhaul at the Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant. Ukraine refurbishes older Soviet-era systems and acquires more advanced weapons and military equipment.

    The Ukrainian Air Force formally accepted delivery o

  • Big Increase in Budget - 14.01.2019



    The Republic of Korea has decided to increase its defence budget. Seoul management aims to strengthen the defence infrastructure.


    The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Korea announced the defence budget planned for the period 2019-2023. According to the budget, a total of 270.7 trillion Won (241.9 billion USD) is planned to be sp

  • Additional Submarine on the Way - 14.01.2019

    Indonesia is advancing bargaining for additional submarine procurement. Negotiations with the Republic of Korea are expected to come to an end in a short period of time.

    The Indonesian Ministry of Defence, PT PAL and the DSME shipyard continue to negotiate for three additional Type 209/1400 submarines. In the remaining period, negotiations were held to elaborate the agreement. The agr

  • Ground breaking Ceremony for Tank Factory - 13.01.2019

    BMC company that will produce Altay Main Battle Tanks for Turkish Army has set ground breaking ceremony in Sakarya, Karasu district. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said “Turkish defence firms export armoured vehicles, air defence systems, rocket systems, simulators, coastal security vessels, communication control systems and various software across the world.”

    Moreover, as

  • US Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker Aircraft - 12.01.2019

    The US Air Force (USAF) accepted the first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling on 10 January which is more than two years late, and despite major technical deficiencies.  USAF said it will withhold payment of $28 million per aircraft until the faults are fixed.

    The service is scheduled to take physical delivery of the first KC-46A at McConnell Air Force Base (AFB), Kansas, as

  • Surprise Capacity for Gür Class - 11.01.2019

    Turkish Navy’s Gür Class Submarines will be able to engage land-based targets targets. Until now, submarines were equipped with Harpoon SSM (Surface to Surface Missile) for the above-sea targets. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, submarines will be equipped with Boeing’s Harpoon Block II. Submarines will be modernized to be equipped with such capacity. The all

  • Mistral Missile Has Anti-Surface Capability - 11.01.2019

    MBDA has successfully demonstrated the use of the Mistral missile against Fast Inshore Attack Crafts (FIAC)s at the end of last year. A number of foreign delegations attended the demonstration firing that was performed from a SIMBAD-RC automated naval turret firing from the land against a fast moving remotely-controlled semi-rigid boat more than 3 kilometres off the coast. The scenario was inte

  • First Factory Tests Completed - 11.01.2019

    Russia issued a statement on RFNS Admiral Kasatonov, one of the newest platforms in its inventory. It is announced in statement that the first factory tests of the platform were completed.

    RFNS Admiral Kasatonov, one of the newest frigates of the navy, was able to start the manufacturer's tests after the defrost of ices in the Gulf of Finland last spring. Following the first phase

  • S-400s Accepted - 11.01.2019

    S-400, which has been at the top of the agenda between East and West, completed the acceptance tests of the first export customer. China, made second successful launch with the S-400 system during acceptance tests. With this launch, China completed acceptance tests.

    The test, which took place in December last year, was held in the in China. 48N6E missile launched and destroyed an air

  • Russia Confirms ‘Meteor Shower’ Was a Missile Defence Satellite - 11.01.2019

    Russia’s Aerospace Forces has confirmed that a bright object spotted in the sky over New Zealand was a missile defence satellite launched 12 years ago. 

    Videos on social media published this weekend appeared to show a bright object streaking through the sky.

    The Kosmos-2430 missile early-warning satellite went out of orbit on Saturday, the state-run TASS news agen

  • Ballistic Precaution - 10.01.2019

    China continues to increase its offensive power. In this process; deployment of new systems in the areas deemed necessary.

    In this context, the Beijing administration mobilized the DF-26 systems in the northwestern part of the country. The DF-26s were placed on the plateau and desert areas in the region. According to a report published in the Chinese media, platforms was moved after&n

  • More Powerful Abrams are Coming - 10.01.2019

    The US Army has taken action to strengthen its armoured units. The US, which recently signed an agreement to raise some tanks to M1A2 SEPv3 configuration, decided to modernize the additional tank.

    In line with the Land Forces requirement, the US signed an additional modernization agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems cost of USD  714 million. In this context, 174 M1A1 Abra

  • Portable Antitank Radar Enters Service - 10.01.2019

    Russia’s SNAR-10 M1 self-propelled radar, capable of detecting tanks at a distance of up to 40 km, enters service at the Central Military District under a state defence order. 

    SNAR-10 M1 radar is designed for reconnaissance of moving ground, air and surface targets. The modern radar can detect vehicles, manpower, exploding shells at a range of 200m - 40km. 

  • France Conducts Low Visibility Tests Of Neuron Against Airborne Sensors, Ground Radars, And Shipborne Systems - 09.01.2019

    French Neuron unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator began its low observability test campaign against various operational detection equipment.

    The fourth low observability campaign aims to study the employment of aircraft like Neuron against airborne sensors, ground radars, and shipborne systems. The The Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), said on Ja

  • Pakistan Studies in Long Range - 08.01.2019

     Pakistan, which continues to invest in the defence industry as well as ready purchases, adds new products to its domestic product family.


    A new long-range rocket system was developed in the studies carried out in order to eliminate the needs with domestic facilities. The system, called A-100, was developed for use in multi-barreled rocket launcher systems. The r

  • Royal Aircraft on Shelf - 08.01.2019

    UK has prepared a report on the Royal Air Force inventory. The document published by the Ministry of Defence included information on the situation of combat aircraft fleet.

    Of the 434 aircraft currently available in the UK inventory, 142 were declared unable to fly due to various reasons. According to the statement, only 101 of the 156 Eurofighter Typhoon were in active service. The r

  • Ukrainian Air Force Renewing - 08.01.2019

    During high military tension in 2018, Ukraine has continued to renew its army. Ukroboronprom announced the country's activities in 2018.

    Within the scope of the modernization works carried out in 2018, 50 aircraft were renewed and delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force. In addition to the Su-27, MiG-29, Su-25, Su-25 combat jets, the An-26 and Il-76 transport aircraft, L-39 jet train

  • New JF-17s On the Way - 07.01.2019


    Opposition continues on the India’s Rafale procurement. Pakistan has started negotiations with China for the procurement of JF-17 Block 3 aircraft.



    The Islamabad government, which wants to turn in favor of the Rafale debate in India, wants to keep his hand on the fast track. In this context, it was announced that negotiations wi

  • Large Aircraft Countermeasure Order - 07.01.2019


    Northrop Grumman signed a procurement agreement with the US, amount of USD 3.6 billion. Under the agreement, the company will supply a Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) to the US Air Force (USAF).

    The products to be delivered within the scope of the LAIRCM (Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure) procurement program will be integrated into large aircraft ope

  • New Delivery to Afghanistan - 07.01.2019



    India announced that it will deliver four additional Mi-25s for March this year. Helicopters will be delivered to Afghanistan.


    Delivery will be in line with the three-way agreement signed between Afghanistan, Belarus and India. The first two platforms are planned to be delivered in March, while the remaining two platforms are expected

  • Israel Has Not Confirmed F-16 Sale To Croatia - 04.01.2019

    The proposed sale has run into a road block with the United States reportedly insisting that Israeli equipment be removed from the planes before the sale could proceed.

    Croatia urged Israel to overcome disagreement with the United States and to confirm it can carry through on a deal to sell 12 used American-made fighter jets.

    Croatia’s Defence Ministry said it needed a

  • China Tests MOAB - 04.01.2019

    China has tested its most powerful non-nuclear bomb, claimed to be similar to the US-made GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (Mother of All Bombs /MOAB) which was dropped from a H-6K bomber in December. The bomb can obliterate armoured fortifications and defensive positions using tanks and armoured vehicles, state owned media reported.

    The China North Industries Group Corporation (NORI

  • Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight - 03.01.2019

    The Tu-22M3M, extensively upgraded Tupolev Tu-22M3 'Backfire-C' supersonic long-range strategic bomber, made its maiden flight.  Tu-22M3M  take off from an airbase belonging to the Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Plant (KAZ) on 28 December.

    Aircraft will be able to carry up to four Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched cruise missiles as well as new Russian anti-ship missiles.

  • New Hydrographic Ships On The Way - 03.01.2019

    Russia, which modernizing its armed forces and invested heavily in the navy in this field, has announced that it will build new platforms. In particular, the Russian Navy, directed to combat ships, requested additional support vessels to support the activities in the sea.


    Accordingly, Moscow approved the construction of new hydrographic research vessels. The approved

  • RAND: Japan Insufficient - 03.01.2019

    The Chinese-Japanese competition, which has increased in recent years, makes the waters of the region increasingly hot. The rivalry between the two major powers of Asia continues to increase in the military field, apart from political and economic areas.


    The US-based think thank RAND has recently published a study on the Chinese-Japanese competition on the Chinese Sea

  • T-90 Delivery to Southeast Asia - 03.01.2019

    Vietnam announced that it has begun receiving T-90 tanks. The platforms are planned to be delivered to the army in the coming days.

    Approximately 30 tanks were delivered in the first party delivery in December. The first Vietnamese armoured units were equipped with the first platforms delivered. T-90s, which are expected to be operational in the first half of 2019, are reported to be

  • Vehicle Donation to Mali - 02.01.2019

    The Qatar Ministry of Defence announced that Qatar has donated an armoured vehicle to Mali. A total of 24 Storm armoured personnel carriers were delivered to Mali for support to security operations.

    According to the statement, the vehicles were transported to Mali with the C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. Developed through the Toyota Land Cruiser 79 series vehicle chassis, Sto

  • Special Delivery to Qatar - 02.01.2019

    According to the news in ASELSAN 's A Bulletin, under the requirement of Qatar Special Forces Command, a contract was signed between Nurol Makina and ASELSAN. Within the scope of the project, Aselsan developed and adapted Weapons / Missile Systems, Command-Control Systems, Inertial Navigation Systems, Sniper Detection Systems and Radiolink Systems for many Ejder Yalçın armoured vehic

  • Second Mi-26 Delivered - 02.01.2019

    Russia delivered the second Mi-26T transport helicopter to Jordan. The news was announced via official website of the Royal Jordanian Air Force.

    The agreement for helicopters to be procured by Jordan in total of four was signed in September 2016. Military and civilian users jointly use the platforms. Deliveries are planned between 2018-2019. Amman has two more options for helicopters

  • China Accelerates Anti-Ship Market - 02.01.2019

    China announced the new CM-401 system has been offered the international market. The system introduced at Airshow China 2018 promises high deterrence against medium and large tonnage targets.

    First introduced in November, the CM-401 can be effective for a maximum range of 290 kilometers. Equipped with 290 kilograms of warhead, system can perform ballistic flights that can reach an alt

  • ASELSAN Hit on "T-72" - 02.01.2019

    According to the news in ASELSAN's A Bulletin, T-72A Tank Modernization Project, which was carried out with Kazakhstan ASELSAN Engineering (KAE), the company's subsidiary in Kazakhstan, successfully completed and took its place in the showcase as one of the most modern T-72 tank configurations in the world. Within the scope of modernization, T-72 tanks were equipped with a new generatio

  • ASELSAN Announced Fırtına - 02.01.2019

    The T-155 K / M Fırtına self-propelled howitzer Fire Control System Contract was signed for New Generation FIRTINA howitzers to be produced to meet the needs of the Turkish Army. Within the scope of the contract, the systems to be produced by ASELSAN will be delivered to the 1st Ana Bakım Merkezi where FIRTINA howitzers will be produced. Currently available in the Land Forces Command and firing

  • SERHAT II in Inventory - 02.01.2019

    ASELSAN's SERHAT II mortar detection radars produced within the framework of Mobile Mortar Detection Radar System have entered TSK inventory. According to the news published in ASELSAN's monthly A Bulletin, acceptance tests of the first delivery party SERHAT radars were successfully completed under the contract signed between the Ministry of National Defense and ASELSAN on June 28,

  • Happy New Year - 31.12.2018

    Last year, we have reached 99% of the world. Thanks to our readers who read us in 2018! We hope the new year bring happiness and welfare to everyone. C4Defence family celebrate our readers' new year. We hope we'll be together with you in 2019...


    * Map shows the lands reached by C4Defence in 2018 according to the independent auditor reports that m

  • Important Step for IEP - 31.12.2018

    China has passed a critical step in the turbo generator developed for use in war ships. According to a report published in the Chinese media, the system has completed the technical evaluation phase.

    The generator was developed based on the work of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) 704 Institute, which is four times more powerful than the most powerful generator in the

  • SB1 Defiant Unveiled - 31.12.2018

    Sikorsky and Boeing provided the first look at the SB1 Defiant helicopter the companies have developed for the U.S. Army's Joint Multi-Role technology demonstrator program. 


    The SB1 Defiant is designed to fly at twice the speed and range of today's conventional helicopters and offers advanced agility and maneuverability. 



  • Israel Unveils New F-35 Line - 28.12.2018

    Israel introduced the new line for F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The line was installed to increase the production capacity of F-35 Lightning II parts produced at IAI facilities.

    IAI plants produce F-35 lightning wing parts that make them invisible on the radar. Since 2014, the company has been producing wing and wing components for Lockheed Martin. Some of these are the key c

  • PAC-3 Order to Lockheed Martin - 28.12.2018

    Lockheed Martin announced a new order in the last days of 2018. The Company has signed a MIM-104F Patriot PAC-3 production agreement to supply to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia under the FMS and US Army. The deal was announced as USD 1.8 billion.

    The company will produce MIM-104F PAC-3MSE (Missile Segment Enhancement) and the necessary subsystems to the countries under the agreement. It

  • First Flight of UH-X - 28.12.2018

    The first prototype for Japan's UH-X utility helicopter program made its maiden flight. According to the Japanese Ministry of Defence, platform remained in the air for 55 minutes. The first flight took place at Subaru's Utsunomiya Facilities, an aviation complex in Tochigi District, Japan.

    In a statement from the company, the helicopter will be delivered to the

  • Embraer Wavering Again - 28.12.2018

    Embraer wavered again. Brazilian Court has recently revoked on administrative measures for the second time.

    With the new decision, plans for the merger of Embraer's commercial division and Boeing were once again denied. So the deal is back on the table. The agreement required for the marriage of the two companies was made available to the competent authorities after the negotiatio

  • First Step for Pakistani Frigate - 27.12.2018

    China has started the construction work for the second frigate ordered by Pakistan. Steel cutting ceremony was held at the Hudong-Zonghua Shipyard for the platform.

    For two frigates, Pakistan signed a supply agreement with China in 2017. In July 2018, an agreement for two additional vessels have signed. All frigates are scheduled to be completed in 2021 following the co

  • "New Player in Counterterrorism: Artificial Intelligence" Panel Started - 25.12.2018

    New Player in Counterterrorism: Artificial Intelligence, organized by the STM Thinktech, began today at Sheraton Ankara. The event started with the opening speech of STM General Manager Murat İkinci and continued with the panel of Journalist Hakan Çelik. As a panelist; President of Defense Industry Dr. İsmail Demir, Chief of the General Staff General Plan Principles, Major General Reha U

  • Afghan Tucanos at Night - 25.12.2018

    Afghanistan continues to increase its light attack ability. The Afghan Air Force gained night flight capability with the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft as a result of the trainings carried out in this direction.

    SNC (Sierra Nevada Corporation) said the aircraft had a night flight capability. However, due to inadequate experience, this capability has been used for the first time since Janu

  • LRASM Delivered - 24.12.2018

    The US announced that it received the first batch of LRASM missile. How many missiles delivered within first batch is not disclosed.

    US announced its early operational capability acquisition with deliveries. LRASM systems, which were delivered to the US Air Force first, will be delivered to the US Navy from next year.

    The Air Force will use missiles on B-1B strategic bombers

  • Iran to Build Submarine - 24.12.2018

    Iranian press announced a new submarine project. Navy’s requirement context, Tehran started to develop new platforms.

    The project platform will be 87 meters long and 10 meters in diameter. Looking at the size of the project is expected to be a fairly heavy platform. Construction activities in the near future is planned for new submarine. There is no information about Ira

  • Rafale F3-R Takes the Skies - 24.12.2018

    The French Air Force announced the first flight of the most advanced variant of the Rafale platform. The flight took place at the 118th Air Base in Mont-de-Marsan on 10 December 2018.

    The work for the platform, called Rafale F3-R, which is the most advanced member of the family, was launched in 2013. Unlike its predecessors, there are advanced equipment such as Meteor long range air-a

  • Greece to Modernise 84 F-16 - 22.12.2018

    U.S. Department of Defence has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp., a $996,775,000 firm-fixed-price contract for F-16 upgrades. This contract provides for the upgrade of 84 Greek F-16 aircraft to the V-configuration.

    Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Athens, Greece, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2027.

    This contract involves 100 percent Foreign Military

  • Unmanned Tanker to Refuel Fighter Jets In Flight - 21.12.2018

    Boeing has secured a $90.4 million contract to deliver the MQ-25A Stingray to the US Navy.

    Boeing Defence, Space & Security recently won a contract to design, develop, fabricate, test, deliver, and support four MQ-25A Stingray unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), integrating them into the aircraft carrier air wing.

     “Once operational, the MQ-25A Stingray will be the

  • Light Armed Helicopter Unveiled - 21.12.2018

    Republic of Korea based KAI introduced its new helicopter.

    Helicopter is developed by the Republic of Korea with local facilities was introduced as LAH (Light Armed Helicopter). The main design studies of the system is started in June 2015 and completed in 2016. The platform is developed for the use of the RoK Army, will start ground tests next month and will make its first flight in

  • France Put an Eye Into Space - 21.12.2018

    French Defence Minister Florence Parly made a new statement. Minister gave an information about France’s new satellite programme.

    Developed to replace the previous generation of Helios satellites, the CSO-1 (Composante Spatiale Optique) satellite is the first of three satellites that France plans to launch. Platform was launched from the space center stationed in Guyana. Satelli

  • Harpoon Returns to U.S. Submarines - 20.12.2018

    The US Navy continues to revive the Cold War precautions. In this respect, the navy decided to re-deploy the Harpoon missile to nuclear submarines.


    The knowledge that tensions experienced in the China Sea necessitated this precaution is spoken in backstage. It has not yet been determined which model to use. It is announced that, negotiations have started with Boeing f

  • Additional F-35 Lightning II - 20.12.2018

    Japan will be the largest foreign F-35 Lightning II user, after confirming the giant defence budget.


    In the investment to be made to the Japanese Self Defence Force, it is foreseen that the Izumo class amphibious assault ships will have the necessary infrastructure for the use of F-35B Lightning II. A ramp called a ski-jump will be integrated on the bow sections of th

  • Joint Air Exercise: Greek Cyprus and Israel - 20.12.2018

    Greek Cyprus and Israel have completed joint air force exercise “ONSHELL - GENDER 2/2018”. According to a statement from Greek Cypriot Ministry of Defence, the exercise took place within the “Nicosia Flight Control Area” where Greek Cypriot personnel from National Guard, and various types of aircraft from Israeli Air Force joined the exercise.  The purpose of the ex

  • Life Buoy to Embraer - 20.12.2018

    Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer made a new statement about the share sale of commercial aviation division to Boeing. It is stated that planned agreement with Boeing kept its place in the agenda in announcement.


    After the decision of the Brazilian court to suspend the execution, the company became under risk. According to the sales plan, Boeing will buy 80% of

  • NATO AWACS Modernized - 19.12.2018

    Boeing delivered the last AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) to NATO.

    Equipped with new generation avionics and digital cockpit systems, E-3 Sentry aircraft arrived at Manching, Germany. With modernization, aircrafts were equipped with full-coloured screens and today's air traffic control and navigation needs have been met. A total of 14 aircraft were modernized under the

  • Russia to fulfil S-400 sale to Turkey despite Patriot deal - 19.12.2018

    Kremlin believes that Turkey's possible purchase of US Patriot Missile System and of Russian S-400 Triumph air defence systems are not connected, and that Russia-Turkey contract on S-400 purchase will be continued, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Peskov's remarks came a day after the Pentagon announced that the US State Department had approved a possible $3.5 billion sale of Patri

  • Japan Returns to the Past - 19.12.2018

    A new defence breakthrough came from the Far East, where stressing winds never rested. Japan has approved the five-year giant defence budget. As part of the budget approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan plans to invest US $ 242 billion in defence. It is aimed to improve the ballistic missile defence system within the scope of the five-year period. In addition, 100 F-35 Lightning II procur

  • Artillery Training Simulator for Indonesia - 19.12.2018

    Indonesia is adding another one to the steps it has taken to improve its army. In this context, artillery training simulator will be builded for the navy.

    For the simulator where a mock-up ship bridge and combat systems will be included, the 76mm gun of Ahmad Yani class KRI Slamet Riyadi (352) frigate was removed. It was announced that the disassembled weapon will be used in the train

  • US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey - 19.12.2018

    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of 80 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles, 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. Turkey has req

  • Philippines and Turkey Inked MoU - 18.12.2018

    Turkey, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Philippines. Agreement between the Philippines and Turkey is on the defence industry cooperation.




    With the agreement signed to increase cooperation between the two countries, the two countries will cooperate in defence. In addition to many projects, the procurement of weapons, ammu

  • Nuclear Missile Facility Completed - 18.12.2018

    Russia has completed the deployment of Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile system which the most advanced missile system which  in its inventory.

    The necessary radar facilities and infrastructure works have been completed for the missiles to become operational. Russia said that in the past years modern deployments for the Yars missile complexes were completed, followed by t

  • Skyfire Power to Fennec AvEx - 18.12.2018

     Brazilian Army has completed the qualification of the weapon system developed for the H125M Fennec AvEx helicopter.   Qualification tests were completed with the support of local companies Avibras Indústria Aerospecial and Helibras. The Skyfire 70 70 mm rocket system was integrated into the H125M Fennec helicopters during the qualification process, which was completed with lau

  • Netherlands Approved NATO Plan - 18.12.2018

    The Netherlands government approved the NATO budget plan. The plan also includes additional budgets to be used by the government in the coming spring.

    The Netherlands has prepared a five-priority plan to increase the defence budget to 2% of its annual GDP in line with the NATO guarantee. Within the scope of this plan, it is aimed to increase the firepower of the army especially at lan

  • Navy to Re-Deploys to Alaska - 17.12.2018

    The US Navy plans to re-activate a base frequently used in the Cold War years in Alaska.

    The deployment of P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine warfare aircraft to a small air base stationed in Alaska is on the agenda in order to observe the increasing Russian and Chinese activities in the Arctic Ocean. Navy plans re-activate Adak Naval Air Station, which is located in the Adak Island. Navy ha

  • Boxer Programöe Takes Final Shape - 17.12.2018

    Europe's Boxer Program will take final shape with offers to the UK and Slovenia. A statement was made by the Eastern European Sales Agency of Artec, a joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss Maffei-Wegmann. It is stated that negotiations with the UK Department of Defense continued through the OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation). The UK plans to supply Boxer in four different

  • Review Time for B-21 - 17.12.2018

    United States Air Force (USAF) has left a significant phase in the future bomber project. In the last days of November, B-21 weapon system design parameters were reviewed. While assessing the capabilities of the aircraft during the evaluation activities, USAF studied to determine possible risk factors. As a result of multidisciplinary technical evaluation studies, it was decided that the B-21 p

  • Leonardo Merges Three Divisions, - 17.12.2018

    Italian Leonardo has announced a major change at organisation chart, which will see three of its seven divisions merged and entrusted to one of the firm’s top British managers, Norman Bone.

    Leonardo’s Board of Directors approved the creation of the new Electronics Division, reporting directly to the CEO.

    The current Land & Naval Defence Electronics, Airborne

  • Bulgaria’s PM Favours Buying the F-16 - 16.12.2018

    Bulgarian premier Boyko Borisov disclosed on Dec. 14 that he favours buying the F-16 to replace the country’s MiG-29s.

    Borisov was quoted as saying that he “heard from the pilots, a new F-16 is a significantly better aircraft than all the rest that are on offer.”

    Borisov spoke on December 14 before the second day of an EU summit in Sofia.


  • A400M Passes First Phase of Beach Landing Trials - 15.12.2018

    Royal Air Force Members of 206 Squadron, supported by LXX Squadron Engineers based at RAF Brize Nortonhave complete beach landing trials in Southern Wales.

    According to a release, beaches are routinely used by the RAF for training operations with other tactical airlifters. “The A400M showcased its superb tactical capabilities on natural surfaces by performing take-off, landing a

  • Brazil to Join Nuclear-Powered Submarine Club - 15.12.2018

    Brazil launched the first of five attack submarines built with French technology in a $8.9 billion program planned to end in 2029 with delivery of a nuclear-powered submarine.

    The 1,700-ton submarine "Riachuelo", built by the submarine development program (PROSUB). İs lowered into the sea at a Rio de Janeiro naval base

    The submarines being built by the Brazilian Na

  • $541 Million to Build 11 Corvettes - 15.12.2018

    Taiwanese domestic company Lung Teh Shipbuilding awarded contract to build 11 Tuo Chiang-class corvettes and four minelayers for the country's Navy, reported Liberty Times. The Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology has announced that plans to mass produce the Tuo Chiang-class corvette have been finalized and Lung Teh Shipbuilding has been selected as the contractor to produce t

  • Advanced ShAK-12 Assault Rifles is Underway - 14.12.2018

    The equipment of the Russian law enforcement with the advanced ShAK-12 assault rifles, is underway, Yury Amelin, the representative of the Russian TsKIB SOO small arms design bureau, told Sputnik.

    "The deliveries to the law enforcement are underway. ShAK is rather peculiar equipment, it is not designed for mass use even inside special ops units. We receive orders, we implement th

  • Ireland Signed Agreement for Missile - 14.12.2018

    Saab added a new one to its orders in the last days of the year. The company announced the purchase of the RBS 70 BOLIDE system from the Irish Defence Force.

    Ireland has been using RBS 70 systems for more than 30 years. Under the agreement signed with a total cost of 60 million Swedish Krona, the country will be the user of the most modern missile developed for RBS 70 systems. The BOL

  • F-16 Block 70 Agreement Signed - 14.12.2018

    Lockheed Martin signed an agreement. With this, one more country become a F-16 Block 70/72 user. With a procurement agreement worth € 1.6 billion, Slovakia has finalized the purchase of F-16s.

    The agreement was signed at a ceremony attended by Slovak Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš and Lockheed Martin Vice President Ana Wugofski. Agreement covers a total of 14 aircraft, nece

  • France Orders Three More Airbus A330 MRTT Tankers - 14.12.2018

    Airbus Defence and Space has received an order from the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) for a further three A330 MRTT Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft.

    The aircraft, known as Phénix in French service, constitute the third and final tranche of the multi-year contract for 12 A330 MRTTs signed by the French Ministry of Defence in 2014.

    The first of the fleet

  • First Flight of SB-1 Defiant Delayed - 14.12.2018

    The Sikorsky-Boeing SB-1 Defiant’s first flight will likely be delayed until early 2019 after “minor” problems were discovered within the aircraft’s testbed.

    Until a few weeks ago, the SB-1 Defiant demonstration helicopter was on track to achieve first flight in 2018. However, discovery of unnamed issues on the powertrain system test bed, which must be fixed be

  • India Tested ICBM - 13.12.2018

    India has added a new one to its ballistic missile trials. The experience launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile with nuclear head warhead capability has tested.

    Within the scope of the tests, one Agni V missile was fired from the transporter erector-launch vehicle (TEL) placed on the railway flatbed car. Test activity was carried out with the participation of engineers from

  • Upgraded C-27J Makes First Flight - 13.12.2018

    Leonardo's aircraft division has performed the first flight of its C-27J transport in a new baseline configuration. The sortie took place on 3 December from the manufacturer's plant in Turin, northern Italy. Featuring a number of avionics and cockpit upgrades, the new configuration is designed to make the aircraft compliant with next-generation air traffic management requirements and re

  • Iran Confirms Missile Test - 13.12.2018

    Revolutionary Guard's aerospace division Commander Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh talked to semi-official Fars news agency on Tuesday and said the test was an "important one” and that Iran conducts 40-50 tests per year.

    Hajizadeh, said the American outcry "indicates that the test was very important to them."

    Under the 2015 nuclear accord, Iran was urged to

  • Red Light to Israel from the US - 12.12.2018

    Breaking news took place in F-16 A / B Netz aircraft, which Croatia plans to procure from Israel. US Secretary of Defence James Mattis did not give the necessary approval for Israel to sell 12 aircraft to Croatia.

    News released in the Croatian press reported that US President Donald Trump is upset for upgrades on aircraft. US Embassy in Croatia made a statement about the issue. In the

  • NATO Training in Egyptian Waters - 12.12.2018

    NATO vessels conducted training activities in Egyptian territorial waters.


    Ships under Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), have visited Egypt's Port of Alexandria on December 2-4. Following the visit, SNMG2 platforms left the port and carried out a series of training activities, including helicopter operations and replenishment experiences. ENS Aleksandria fri

  • LUH Clears 6 km Altitude Flight - 11.12.2018

    Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd’s (HAL) indigenous design The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) has achieved an important milestone of flying at 6 km altitude in Bengaluru, recently.

    The flight was carried out under the envelope expansion tests and flying at 6 km altitude is a critical requirement towards the certification of LUH. The helicopter exhibited satisfactory performance and han

  • Russia Opens Helicopter Repair Centre in Peru - 11.12.2018

    Russia has opened a centre for the maintenance and repairs of Russian-made Mil Mi helicopters in the Peruvian capital of Lima with the support of Russian Helicopters Group, the rotorcraft maker’s press office reported on Monday.

    Helicentro Peru will utilize the enterprise’s capacities to repair civilian Mi-17 helicopters operational in the region. Specialists of Russian He

  • RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time - 11.12.2018

    Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons launched from RAF Lossiemouth for the first time with the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile(BVRAAM) during a Quick Reaction Alert exercise for airspace defence.

    Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December that The MBDA Meteor is now operational aboard RAF  Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. According to the MoD, for the fir

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