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  • Competition Continues in Hürjet’s Engine
    Competition Continues in Hürjet’s Engine 1 January 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) continues to search engine for single-engine jet training aircraft Hürjet. It was thought that TUSAS decided on this issue. Europe's Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft is powered by the Ej200 engine manufactured by Eurojet Consortium. TUSAŞ had begun to negotiate with the consortium at Le Bourget'de Paris Aeronautical Exhibition. This development was first written by C4Defence. The F404-GE-102 engine, which is a General Electric product wa...
  • Quo Vadis at TAI
    Quo Vadis at TAI 29 November 2019
    Top officials from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS / TAI) left post last week. General Manager and CEO of TAI, Temel Kotil is also affected by this fury. It was primarily speculated that Kotil was asked to resign. This claim was not confirmed, but C4Defence learned that on November 28, 2019, the Board of Directors convened extraordinarily during the day. Although the agenda item was not officially announced, the meeting continued until late at night and General Manager Koti...
  • Britain introduces Rocket Man
    Britain introduces Rocket Man 22 November 2019
    Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning has flown off the aircraft carrier with a jet-powered suit. A video of the former reservist flying around HMS Queen Elizabeth was shared on a social media account of Gravity Industries, a British aeronautical innovation company founded by Mr Browning. HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently off the east coast of the United States as part of the Westlant 19 Carrier Strike Group deployment. Former Marine flew from aircraft carrier towards...
  • Akşit Term at TEI
    Akşit Term at TEI 22 October 2019
    President and CEO of TEI Prof. Mahmut Faruk Akşit will serve as the Chairman of Board of Directors in addition to his current position at TEI. Established between Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS), General Electric, Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TSKGV) and Turkish Aeronautical Association (THK), the chairmanship of the Board of Directors was vacated since July 2019. C4Defence has learned that the Board of Directors met yesterday and appointed Akşit as new Chairman.
  • New Term in TEI
    New Term in TEI 6 July 2019
      A significant change took place in the Board of Directors of TUSAS Engine Industry (TEI) last week. Established between Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS), General Electric, Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TSKGV) and Turkish Aeronautical Association (THK), the chairmanship of the Board of Directors vacated quietly. TUSAŞ General Manager and CEO, who has been serving as the Chairman of TEI for a long time. Temel Kotil left his post. An assignment has not yet been made to th...
  • Human and Technological Preparedness Level For Aircraft 3 June 2019
    The air force, which were established only in 1911, is an adventure that kicked off with an aircraft Vecihi Hürkuş built out of assembled aircraft parts. The Turkish Aeronautical Association which was founded in 1925 and Demirağ Aircraft Factory which was founded in 1936, Yavuz Kansu’s THK-13 flying wing project in 1947, TOMTAŞ, TAI. A very, very long process. Compared to countries that produce aircraft or make significant amounts of money from aviation and space technolo...
  • $123 million Order to GA-ASI
    $123 million Order to GA-ASI 25 March 2019
    The US has signed a $ 123 million procurement agreement with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. Four MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper ordered under the agreement will be procured to the Netherlands under the FMS. Amsterdam's UAV supply demand was approved in 2015, but the deal was announced in 2018 at the Farnborough Air Show. Last January, Dutch staff began training in the United States. Delivery of platforms with automatic take-off and landing capabilities is planned to be completed by ...
  • An ELINT Payload Tested On Reaper
    An ELINT Payload Tested On Reaper 15 February 2019
      General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) and Raytheon Deutschland GmbH tested an electronic warfare payload on an MQ-9 Reaper. Integrated into a gondola that can be loaded under the MALE (Medium Altitude, Long Endurance) MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B) drone, the ARDS (Advanced Radar Detection System) payload can be used to detect and locate radar emissions. The ARDS is equipped with a totally digital radar emission tracking system. The system is already ope...
  • Historical Development of Air Vehicle Design Genetics (1) 10 January 2019
    The historical process from the mythological Icarus to the Wright Brothers, is an adventurous demonstration of mankind’s anthropological enthusiasm and desire to fly… Although it seems that the mythological figure Icarus’ hubris culminated in his death, it might as well be the case that the narrator might have arbitrarily punished this inventor, who was involved in things beyond his capability. The mankind’s dream to fly was thus postponed until th...
  • Kazakhstan signed an agreement with Russia
    Kazakhstan signed an agreement with Russia 1 October 2018
    Under the agreement, the Astana administration gained to military access to Russia's navigational system GLONASS. Kazkosmos, the aeronautical and space committee of Kazakhstan, will be presented as a source for the use of the system. Armed forces and military topographers will be primart users of system. GLONASS, which includes altitude, coordinate and position calculation as well as programming of guidance systems as application areas, has high precision. Kazakhstan, India and Algeria ar...
  • Drones Prepare For Dog Fight 20 September 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) scored the first air-to-air kill for the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during trials late last year, the service disclosed on 19 September. The successful test late last year showed the U.S. Air Force that an unmanned vehicle like the MQ-9 has the ability to conduct air-to-air combat, much like its manned fighter brethren such as an F-15 Eagle or F-22 Raptor, according to Col. Julian Cheater, comma...
  • India's Tejas Clears In-Flight Refuelling Barrier 7 September 2018
    Indian Tejas aircraft has successfully demonstrated the ability of air to air refuelling MK aircraft with an Ilyushin Il-78MKI tanker. Despite the recent milestone, the Aeronautical Development Agency's Tejas programme is still running behind schedule. As of 31 August, some 4,139 test flights had been completed since the single- engined type's debut in 2001. Aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has so far delivered only nine Tejas Mk1s under a Mar...
  • US Navy Selects Builder For New MQ-25 Stingray Aerial Refueling Drone
    US Navy Selects Builder For New MQ-25 Stingray Aerial Refueling Drone 3 September 2018
    The US Navy has awarded Boeing Defence an $805.3 million contract to develop four MQ-25A Stingray carrier-based unmanned refuelling aircraft. Boeing will design, develop, produce, test, deliver and support the MQ-25A unmanned air vehicles, including integrate into the carrier air wing for an initial operational capability by 2024. Besides Boeing, Lockheed Martin and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems were competing. Boeing manufactured a full-scale and functional aircraf...
  • China has Taken Delivery of New Aircraft
    China has Taken Delivery of New Aircraft 6 August 2018
    The People's Liberation Army Navy has taken new aircraft. 12 JL-10H advanced jet trainer pack launched at the ceremony which held in Naval Aeronautical University will take part in the training of pilots who will serve in the Chinese Navy. The Chinese Navy has gone through new steps in pilot training programs. In this context, PLAN transferred pilot training to Naval Aeronautical University and dropped the training process to two stages after the university. ...
  • GA-ASI Completes Testing of Arresting Hook and HDD for MQ-25
    GA-ASI Completes Testing of Arresting Hook and HDD for MQ-25 25 July 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) concluded performance testing of the arresting hook Hold Down Damper (HDD) for its proposed MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial refuelling aircraft for the U.S. Navy, company announced from its web page. GA-ASI worked in collaboration with a team from GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit in Helmond, Netherlands. Fokker is slated to supply the arresting hook for the GA-ASI bid. The test simulated dynamic conditions providing perfor...
  • US offers India armed Guardian UAV variant
    US offers India armed Guardian UAV variant 24 July 2018
    Reuters claimed that, India received an amendment to its purchase of several General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian UAVs from the United States. US had already offered to sell India unarmed surveillance platforms for the Indian Navy (IN) now it is changed to weaponized version of UAVs.  Based on the MQ-9 Reaper, the Guardian can be equipped with air-to-land missiles, anti-ship missiles and laser guided bombs. The proposed deal has a value of $2-3 billion. If the purch...
  • Skyguardian is First Male to complete Transatlantic Flight
    Skyguardian is First Male to complete Transatlantic Flight 12 July 2018
    A Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) crossed Atlantic Ocean and landed at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford, U.K., July 11 . At the end of journey UAV became the first MALE RPA to successfully complete a transatlantic flight. The GA-ASI-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian took off from Grand Forks, North Dakota, July 10. The flight covered 3,760 nautical miles in 24 hours 2 minutes.
  • MALE UAV to cross Atlantic Ocean
    MALE UAV to cross Atlantic Ocean 27 June 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. plans to make the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight of a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). GA-ASI’s company-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA is due to take off from its base in North Dakota and embark on nearly 6,500 km journey to RAF Fairford piloted by an operator located at the aerospace company's Flight Test and Training Centre in Grand Forks. It has a wingspan of 79ft and can fly non-stop for in excess o...
  • MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range
    MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range 18 May 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $206 million contract to retrofit 122 MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft, the US Department of Defence announced on 16 May. Work is expected to be complete by 20 June 2024.  General Atomics will retrofit the MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper drones with extended-range, beyond-line-of-sight, and Barrett asymmetrical digital datalink computer (BADDC) router modification kits. These upgrades will enable the ...
  • MQ-25 Demonstrated Ability for Aircraft Carrier Operations
    MQ-25 Demonstrated Ability for Aircraft Carrier Operations 18 April 2018
    As part of the proposed MQ-25 solution, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has demonstrated that the new carrier-based unmanned tanker can integrate with the complexities of existing flight deck operations.  GA-ASI used a Predator C Avenger jet aircraft as a surrogate to demonstrate aircraft carrier deck handling to include taxi capability and transition to the launch and recovery phases. GA-ASI employs unique gesture recognition algorithms i...
  • MQ-9 Contract to General Atomics
    MQ-9 Contract to General Atomics 2 April 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $295,5 million contract for the production of the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft in the fiscal 2017 production configuration. The work is expected to be completed by 29 July 2021.  The number of UAVs to be produced was not disclosed in the US Department of Defense announcement made on 29 March.
  • ANKA Received Indigenous Engine
    ANKA Received Indigenous Engine 20 February 2018
    Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ANKA, designed and produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), has now got an indigenous engine. Two PD-170 engines developed by TAI Motor Company (TEI) in Eskişehir were brought to TAI facilities to be tested on ANKA. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, ground tests are being conducted of ANKA, where a stronger indigenous engine is installed. Indigenous engine equipped ANKA's first flight is expected by the end of February. The platform wi...
  • General Atomics To Collaborate With Boeing on MQ-25
    General Atomics To Collaborate With Boeing on MQ-25 14 February 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) will collaborate with Boeing on US Navy's MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System (UCAAS) competition along with BAE Systems, United Technologies Corp, Pratt & Whitney, L3 Technologies, Rockwell Collins and GKN Aerospace’s Fokker. Pratt & Whitney will be providing the PW815 engine, while UTC provides landing gear for the UAS. GA-ASI’s platform will use L3 Technologies communication systems, B...
  • Two new signatures from India
    Two new signatures from India 8 January 2018

    Indian Ministry of Defence has approved the procurement of P-8I Training Solution and Low-Intensity Conflict Electronic Warfare System (LICEWS).

    According to the MoD statement, the first P-8I aircraft was inducted in Indian Navy in 2013 and as of date, eight aircraft, based at INS Rajali Naval Air Station, have been fully integrated into Indian Naval operations. In 2016, the MoD placed a follow-on order for four additional P-8I, the delivery of which will begin in 2020. The P...
  • 'Markut' Looking for Sponsors
    'Markut' Looking for Sponsors 15 December 2017
    Unmanned aerial vehicle design team 'Markut' founded by students of University of Turkish Aeronautical Association will compete in the USA. Approximately 30 people are a part of the team, which consists mostly of students of the aeronautical engineering department. Markut has been participating in the Design Build Fly (DBF) and CanSat competitions held in the United States for the last two years. The DBF, which has been organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics an...
  • MQ-9 Demonstrated ASW Capabilities
    MQ-9 Demonstrated ASW Capabilities 16 November 2017
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has used an MQ-9 Predator B remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) to demonstrate its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability in a US naval exercise. During the drill, US Navy helicopters deployed a series of sonobuoys which were used to gather acoustic data to assist in the tracking of underwater targets. The data was then transmitted to the MQ-9 RPA and processed onboard before being relayed to the aircraft’s ground control station (GCS) loc...
  • RFP Sent to Four Competitiors For UCAAS
    RFP Sent to Four Competitiors For UCAAS 13 October 2017
    The US Navy (USN) released its MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System (UCAAS) final request for proposal (RFP) to select bidders this week. The final RFP will only be sent to Boeing, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman according to the service's spokesperson, and kept from public access. The relevant contract is planned to be awarded by September of next year.  
  • Super Mushshak Delivery by PAC
    Super Mushshak Delivery by PAC 17 July 2017
    Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) has delivered five Super Mushshak primary trainers to Nigerian forces on 14 July, out of 10 ordered in 2016. Super Mushshak is an advanced version of MFI-17 Mushshak aircraft, featuring a more powerful engine, cockpit air-conditioning and electrical instruments.  The maiden flight of the Super Mushshak took place in August 1996 and the trainer entered service in Pakistan Air Force in 2001.  Turkey has also placed...
  • Radar Warning Receiver On 'Predator B'
    Radar Warning Receiver On 'Predator B' 12 April 2017
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems demonstrated the Raytheon ALR-69A Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) can work on a MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). According to the company's press release, ALR-69A provides the UAV with improved detection range and accurate, unambiguous identification in dense signal environments. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems plans further RWR demonstrations later in the year to include integrating with Link 16 (a military tactical data exchange network).
  • Unarmed 'Predator' in Middle Eastern Skies
    Unarmed 'Predator' in Middle Eastern Skies 17 February 2017
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) confirmed the delivery of all the Predator XP unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to United Arab Emirates (UAE) ordered under a $197 million contract announced in February, 2015. The details, such as number of UAVs delivered and the payloads of the unmanned platforms, were not disclosed. The UAV was designated RQ-1E by UAE, an unarmed variant of Predators. 
  • MQ-9s Undergo Maintenance
    MQ-9s Undergo Maintenance 26 January 2017
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $11,7 million-foreign military sales contract to provide maintenance services for Italy's MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). According to US State Department's press release on 25 January, General Atomics will provide depot repair, life cycle sustainment and software maintenance services for Italy's MQ-9A fleet. The work is expected to be completed by July 30, 2018.
  • India may abandon Nirbhay cruise missile program
    India may abandon Nirbhay cruise missile program 24 December 2016
    The New Indian Express disclosed that India’s own cruise missile project Nirbhay is on the verge of closure. According to Daily, a highly placed source told that the project is likely to be closed as the missile has failed to deliver desired results even 12 years after the project was launched. A review of the project will be conducted shortly.  The missile’s latest flight test took place on Dec. 21 and it had to self-destruct after veering off from its programmed flight path...
  • 'Super Mushshak' Export Gather Speed
    'Super Mushshak' Export Gather Speed 23 December 2016
    Pakistan wants to export 100 new MFI-395 Super Mushshak trainers. Pakistan’s Minister of Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain told local media that Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) is in talks with Azerbaijan and the Maldives regarding the sales of indigenious Super Mushshaks.  Pakistan has recently sealed a deal with Turkey for 52 Super Mushshak training aircraft, as well as with Nigeria and Qatar. The aircraft is also in service of the air forces of Saudi Arabia, Ira...
  • Pakistan Confirmed the Number
    Pakistan Confirmed the Number 19 December 2016
    Pakistan’s National Assembly Standing Committee on Defense Production confirmed on 7 December that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) currently operates 70 JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft,  developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China. PAF plans to purchase 150 JF-17s in total. The JF-17 Thunder is a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft, developed to replace PAF’s Dassault Mirage III/5 fighter jets...
  • General Atomics UAV Conducted First Flight
    General Atomics UAV Conducted First Flight 12 December 2016
    The flight tests of MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range (ER) unmanned aerial vehicle has begun. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) announced on 8 December that the first flight of a prototype MQ-1C has been conducted. MQ-1C ER is expected to complete flight testing in June 2017 and commence the army tests. Ordered in October 2015, the first four of 19 aircraft will be delivered in 2017 while the remaining is scheduled to be delivered throughout 2018. The new MQ-1C ER unmanne...
  • India's Indigenious AEW&C Ready For Commissioning
    India's Indigenious AEW&C Ready For Commissioning 8 December 2016
    Indian Air Force (AIF) will commission an indigeniously developed Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft on 23 December at Defence Research and Development Organization’s (DRDO’s) Chitradurga Aeronautical Range in Karnataka. DRDO officials said that the plane could act as a command-and-control centre and monitor multiple target aircraft and areas. The induction of new AEW&C aircraft will enhance IAF’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaisance  ca...
  • New  Super Mushshaks to Africa
    New Super Mushshaks to Africa 6 December 2016
    Nigerian Air Force (NAF) took delivery of first four MFI-17 Super Mushshak trainers on 5 December. Nigeria has awarded the relevant contract to Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra six weeks ago, covering the acquisition of 10 aircraft, operational training and technical support. The new Super Mushshaks will be based at Kaduna. 
  • 52 Super Mushshak to Turkey
    52 Super Mushshak to Turkey 23 November 2016
    Turkey and Pakistan signed a contract regarding the acquisition of 52 Super Mushshak aircraft at International Defence Fair IDEAS 2016 held in Karachi. Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) designed the aircraft, which are to replace Cessna T41D ve SF260, under the Basic Training Aircraft (BTA) project. Single-engine propeller aircraft will be used by Turkish Air Force at flight encouragement and pilotage initial phases. Pilot candidates will receive advanced training on KT-1T an...
  • India's indigenous Rustom-II UAV completes maiden flight
    India's indigenous Rustom-II UAV completes maiden flight 18 November 2016
    The Indian-developed Rustom II medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) has carried out its maiden flight near Bangalore at a specialised test range.. Official sources told that the test flight was limited to a 100 km range even though the UAV's operational range to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions for all three of India's services is expected to reach to 250 km. India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) said...
  • Endurance of UAVs to Increase
    Endurance of UAVs to Increase 13 November 2016
    The first flight of an extended range Predator C Avenger has been completed on 27 October. The unmanned combat air platform has extended wings of 23,2 meters and an improved endurance of 15-20 hours. Powered by a PW545B turbofan engine, the Avenger can reach 400 knots. The manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has also extended MQ-9 Reaper’s (Predator B) range in February 2016 by refitting 20 meter-wings which increased its endurance approximately 13 hours to proivde almost ...