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  • Two NSM for Romania
    Two NSM for Romania 18 October 2020
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defence Systems (CDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $300 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.   The Government of Romania has requested to buy two CDS consisting of up to ten Link-16 Multifunctional Information ...
  • New Partner in Artemis Program
    New Partner in Artemis Program 15 October 2020
    The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has signed an agreement with the United Kingdom for the Artemis program. London, led by the UK Space Agency, will take part in the construction of the lunar gateway space station's service module and residential module. With the Artemis program worth US$28 billion, two astronauts will be sent to the moon in 2024 for the first time since 1972. That way, a female astronaut will be on the moon for the first time. Astrona...
  • Russia to Switch to Il-96-400M for Doomsday
    Russia to Switch to Il-96-400M for Doomsday 15 October 2020
    According to TASS agency, Russia’s new Airborne Command Post will be built on the basis of an Il-96-400M long-haul wide-body aircraft. Currently, an Il-80 plane is used for the purpose. Airborne Command Post aircraft is designed for use in the event of a nuclear war or a major disaster in case ground-based command infrastructure cannot be used. According to open-access sources, the Russian armed forces currently have four such planes in service.
  • Kotil back to Duty
    Kotil back to Duty 15 October 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industry  (TUSAŞ) General Manager Temel Kotil who was sick due to COVID-19 in August returned to duty. Kotil, announced on August 22 that learned that he had the disease. He later announced on September 15 that he had overcome the disease. Kotil has been resting in his home for a while. Completing this process, Kotil recently returned to his post. Kotil made no announcements that he is back on duty. But he shared a tweet to state he met with President of the National Ag...
  • US Senators ask Trump Administration precautions for Israel’s security
    US Senators ask Trump Administration precautions for Israel’s security 13 October 2020
      US Senators Bob Menendez and Senator Jack Reed called the Trump Administration to explain in detail how it will deal with specific national security risks inherent in the Administration’s proposed sale of the F-35 aircraft to the United Arab Emirates. Menendez is ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Reed is Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “There are numerous questions as to how the national securi...
  • Korea Retires Black Hawks
    Korea Retires Black Hawks 12 October 2020
    The Republic of Korea will retire the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters in its inventory. 103 Black Hawks, which have been operational for nearly 20 years, were planned to go through the modernization process, but the country's arms supply agency said it could replace the UH-60s already in use with the KUH-1 Surion helicopters developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). According to a feasibility study conducted by the Korea Institute for Defence Analysis on gener...
  • US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland
    US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland 12 October 2020
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and weapons and related equipment for an estimated cost of $14.7 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. Finland has requested to buy 50 F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft; eight F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft; 14 EA-18G Growler aircraft; 166 F414-GE-400 engines (144...
  • Greece and Egypt Deal Get Approval from Sisi
    Greece and Egypt Deal Get Approval from Sisi 11 October 2020
    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Egyptian counterpart Samih Sukri announced in Cairo in August 2020 that they had signed an exclusive economic zone agreement. Egyptian President Abdulfettah al-Sisi ratified the agreement two months later, limiting his jurisdiction in the Mediterranean. The country's state agency, MENA, said the agreement was published in the official newspaper under the signature of President Sissi. Turkey reacted to the agreement, which sa...
  • Mi-28NM Can Fire Mini-Drones and Suicide Drones
    Mi-28NM Can Fire Mini-Drones and Suicide Drones 4 October 2020
      A modular cluster of unguided aviation missiles, developed by the research centre Zaslon for the helicopter gunship Mi-28NM, will allow helicopters to fire mini-drones and suicide drones from the missile launch tubes, according to TASS news agency. The B8V10-UV module is home for missile tubes and small size attack drones. The new unguided aviation missile cluster was designed for the helicopter Mi-28NM, but it will be usable on all of Russia's combat ...
  • New Seahawk Seen Leaving Hangar
    New Seahawk Seen Leaving Hangar 2 October 2020
    The new Seahawk XSH-60L helicopter developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has left the hangar. The platform was developed in accordance with the needs of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). New technologies used in the XSH-60L, described as the successor to the SH-60K, are currently unknown. The platform will be operated by the Purchasing, Technology and Logistics Agency of Japan's Ministry of Defence during the initial testing phase. The new platform is ex...
  • U.S. Approves F-35 Sale
    U.S. Approves F-35 Sale 1 October 2020
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved the possible sale of the F-35 Lightning II and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft to Switzerland. The DSCA said the possible sale would increase Switzerland's capacity to meet current and future threats. Accordingly, the possible sale of 40 F-35s and 40 Super Hornet aircraft worth $6.58 billion to Switzerland has become possible. The Swiss people, who voted Sunday (September 27th) to purchase new fighter jets, agreed to the gov...
  • Space Study from Turkey
    Space Study from Turkey 30 September 2020
    The announcement was made in August 2020 for the Rubidium-based atomic clock project, which the Turkish Space Agency and TÜBİTAK National Metrology Institute (Ulusal Metroloji Enstitü/ UME) plan to run together. According to the statement, the laboratory-type atomic clock production developed by TÜBİTAK UME was completed and the cooperation protocol with the Space Agency for the integration of the watch into space was signed on September 28, 2020. Developed as a domes...
  • Turkey to Compete for NATO
    Turkey to Compete for NATO 30 September 2020
    NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency announced the countries that will move on to the next phase of the 2020 NCI Agency Defence Innovation Challenge, which is being held for the fifth time this year. This year, the competition focuses on improving radar and data processing so that NATO can take advantage of existing technologies in the defence sector for its air operations. Canada, Czechia, Germany, Poland and Turkey will compete in the competition. The jury, w...
  • Japan to Acquire Ram Block 2 Tactical Missiles
    Japan to Acquire Ram Block 2 Tactical Missiles 29 September 2020
      The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of RAM Block 2 Tactical Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $55.311 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to fifty-one (51) Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 Tactical Missiles, RIM-116C.  Also includ...
  • Iran Unveils 700-Km New Naval Ballistic Missile
    Iran Unveils 700-Km New Naval Ballistic Missile 28 September 2020
    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) presented on Sunday a new naval ballistic missile with a range of more than 700 kilometres. The new IRGC ballistic missile, "Zolfaqar Basir", was displayed at the Permanent Exhibition of Achievements and Capabilities of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division in Tehran which opened on Sunday morning according to the Iranian news agency Tasmin.   Known as the latest version of a new generation of ‘Persi...
  • NATO Orders New Tanker
    NATO Orders New Tanker 28 September 2020
    The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has ordered a new Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft for NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Following Luxembourg's decision to maximise its participation in the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet programme (MMF), OCCAR decided to purchase the new aircraft. With this decision, NATO's MMF fleet will have a total of nine aircraft; air-to-air refuelling, strategic transport and medical evacuation needs. The...
  • U.S. Approves Patriot Sale to Netherlands
    U.S. Approves Patriot Sale to Netherlands 26 September 2020
    The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the US State Department has decided to sell $241 million worth of Patriot PAC-3s to the Dutch Government. The Netherlands wants to buy 34 related missiles and equipment, repair and logistical support elements will be included in the agreement. “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve security of a NATO ally which is an important force for po...
  • Will Turkey Buy European Missile System?
    Will Turkey Buy European Missile System? 25 September 2020
    According to Bloomberg Agency Turkey approached France to procure European-made air defence systems. The agency claimed that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a phone call and asked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to drop his opposition to co-production of Eurosam’s SAMP/T missile-defence systems. The agency stated that officials could not be named as the discussion was private. Macron responded by saying that Turkey must clarify its objectives in Syria before de...
  • UK to invest $30.5 million, investment in strategic Omani port
    UK to invest $30.5 million, investment in strategic Omani port 12 September 2020
    French News Agency Agence France Press reported that Britain on Friday announced a $30.5 million, investment to triple the size of its base in an Omani port close to the sensitive waters of the Gulf. The expansion of the "logistics hub" at Duqm will "facilitate Royal Navy deployments to the Indian Ocean" and "further support British Army training in Oman," the Ministry of Defence said. "The long-standing friendships between the UK and the Gulf states are mor...
  • New Mysterious Platform from China
    New Mysterious Platform from China 9 September 2020
    According to military sources, China's experimental spacecraft could be part of the Shenlong Space Plane Project. While details of the mission were not disclosed, it was announced that the developed spacecraft had completed its first flight test. After two days in orbit, the country's state-affiliated news agency Xinhua announced the platform as a "significant breakthrough. "The spacecraft was launched from the Jiuquan satellite centre by a Long March-2F rocket.
  • Antonov Winking at Turkey
    Antonov Winking at Turkey 7 September 2020
    Oleksandr Los, Senior Manager of the Ukrainian aircraft company Antonov, invited the Turkish aviation industry to take part in the production process of the AN-178 aircraft. According to the Anatolia News Agency reported on special Antonov's top manager Oleksandr Los found in the assessment of the past week on a visit to Turkey. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Strategic Industrial Responsible Minister Oleg Uruskiy headed a delegation Los coming to Turkey, the missi...
  • France gets Support for Hercules
    France gets Support for Hercules 4 September 2020
    The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France of four AE-2100D Turbo Prop engines and two Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade Two (MIDS-LVT BU2) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $350 million. Items will be integrated on C-130 Hercules. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of Franc...
  • Spain to acquire 100 AIM-120C AMRAAM
    Spain to acquire 100 AIM-120C AMRAAM 4 September 2020
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Spain of one hundred (100) AIM-120C-7/8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and one AMRAAM Guidance Section (spare) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $248.5 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.  
  • Yıldırım: Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory to be opened next year
    Yıldırım: Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory to be opened next year 1 September 2020
    Turkey Space Agency President Serdar Yildirim said Turkey Eastern Anatolia Space Agency's Space Observatory will be opened next year. Yildirim said, "Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory will have a primary mirror active 4 m in diameter and will be equipped with the adaptive optics technology. This will be Space Agency's first work. We look forward to that.". Capital Exhibition by Turksat, Turkey Space Agency, EMEA Aerospace Operators is conducted online wi...
  • The First Post-Pandemic Expo from Ukraine 27 August 2020
    Ukraine organises Arms and Security Fair annually in Kyiv. A second fair is organized in a separate hall. This year, the 17th Arms and Security will take place and the 12th the International Aviation and Space Hall (AVIASVIT) will take place. While no face-to-face fair has been held since March due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ukrainian officials will continue their work in this area until the last moment. We interviewed Ivan Tkachenko, Deputy General Manager of the International Exhibition Cent...
  • Russia Goes for Armed UAV
    Russia Goes for Armed UAV 26 August 2020
    Russian Ministry of Defence and Kronshtadt have signed a deal to start delivery of Russia’s first armed medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) drone. The UAV will be an upgraded variant of “Orion”, capable of carrying air-to-ground munitions. The delivery of the first heavy “Orion” drone for the Air Force is scheduled before the end of 2020. According to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, the deal was announced by Kronshtadt chief engineer Nikolai Dolzhenkov. ...
  • TÜBİTAK UME and Turkey Space Agency Will Work Together
    TÜBİTAK UME and Turkey Space Agency Will Work Together 26 August 2020
    The Turkish Space Agency will support the work of TÜBİTAK National Metrology Institute (Ulusal Metroloji Enstitü/ UME). The agency will carry out work to make the classic RB atomic clock designed by TÜBİTAK UME suitable for use in space. Atomic clocks are used to prevent time deviation in areas where gravity is low. As a useful load to the small-sized CUBESAT satellite equipped with nanotechnology, it was decided that TÜBİTAK UME would make a miniature RB atomic ...
  • Parade of Stars at the Virtual Fair
    Parade of Stars at the Virtual Fair 25 August 2020
    There will be three important guests of the virtual global Satelite and Space Show, which will be held on the internet on 1 - 2 September. Holding a press conference on the internet today, organizing committee manager Hakan Kurt gave information about the event. The event will be opened on the first day with the speech of Turkish Space Agency President Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım. Participants from Alenia Space, Ctech, Tübitak Space, Türksat SES will come together in a virtual envi...
  • Artificial Intelligence Beats Human Fighter Pilot
    Artificial Intelligence Beats Human Fighter Pilot 21 August 2020
    US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has gone under artificial intelligence (AI) trial. The artificial intelligence algorithm, developed by Heron Systems was in a dog fight with human F-16 pilot “banger” in a simulation. Artificial intelligence has beaten 5-0 in the DARPA’s AlphaDogfight Trials on Aug. 20. The pilot who was on dog fight simulation is an operational fighter pilot with more than 2,000 hours in the F-16. Banger and AI fought in five di...
  • MINIMI Mk3 Delivery
    MINIMI Mk3 Delivery 19 August 2020
    With their widespread use, machine guns, which stuck all the plans into the trenches on the Western Front of the Great War, continue to develop. The Portuguese Army received the first batch of 200 MINIMI Mk3 machine guns from FN Herstal. Within the scope of the agreement signed with NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Agency) last year, the delivery of a total of 830 weapons is envisaged. MINIMI Mk3, the third generation member of the MINIMI (Mini Mitrailleuse / M...
  • Israel Missile Test
    Israel Missile Test 18 August 2020
    Israel, which has a highly developed infrastructure and knowledge, especially in the field of air defence systems, continues its studies. Israel has tested one of its advanced air defence systems. In a recent trial, the Arrow-2 air defence missile successfully destroyed the target simulating a medium-range ballistic missile. The activity, carried out in cooperation with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), was carried out in California. Sparrow target system was also used in the exp...
  • Patrol Boat Contract against China from Japan and Vietnam
    Patrol Boat Contract against China from Japan and Vietnam 13 August 2020
    Japan and Vietnam signed a $345 M deal for six patrol boats. Under the agreement signed by Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with the Vietnamese government, Tokyo will issue loans for six boats. "The project will provide the Vietnam Coast Guard with financing to procure vessels, supporting an improvement in maritime rescue operations and maritime law enforcement," the JICA said in a statement. The deal comes after the White House claimed ...
  • Sentinel-1C radar antenna has spread its wings for the first time
    Sentinel-1C radar antenna has spread its wings for the first time 12 August 2020
    Fixed to a special device, simulating zero gravity conditions, the 12.3 metres wide and 860 kg SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) radar antenna of the Copernicus Sentinel-1C satellite has successfully spread its wings at the Airbus Integrated Technology Centre in Friedrichshafen (Germany) for the first time. Sentinel-1C is the third of the Sentinel-1 radar satellite series and will ensure data continuity for the many services offered by the EU’s Copernicus programme. The Sentinel-1C satelli...
  • Saab Prepares for GlobalEye AEW&C Proposal
    Saab Prepares for GlobalEye AEW&C Proposal 12 August 2020
    The Republic of Korea, which is constantly under the threat of the North and therefore has to have a capable army infrastructure, has recently announced its intention to acquire new airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C). Saab confirmed that it will bid the Republic of Korea, which launched for additional AEW&C acquisition. While the procurement of two platforms was foreseen in the first place, no information was given about whether the purchase w...
  • Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery
    Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery 11 August 2020
    Intelligence aircraft, developed from business jets and fixed-wing light aircraft, offer cost-effective solutions to users. The French defence procurement agency DGA announced the delivery of the first light intelligence aircraft on July 31. Within the scope of ALSR (Avions Légers de Surveillance et de Reconnaissance / Light Reconnaissance and Surveillance Aircraft) Program, Sabena and Thales were selected as the main contractors for the two ordered platforms in Jun...
  • Korea Develops 1500 Horsepower Domestic Engine
    Korea Develops 1500 Horsepower Domestic Engine 7 August 2020
    Wang Jung-hong, chief of Korean Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), said they were ready to launch the 1,500-horsepower engine they developed with local sources for K2 Black Panther. “Some rules have hampered a product launch, but we’ve cleared that up now,” he said, noting the agency was eyeing countries in Europe and the Middle East as potential customers for the locally manufactured component. The power pack was developed in collaboratio...
  • NATO Receives Fourth RQ-4D Phoenix UAV
    NATO Receives Fourth RQ-4D Phoenix UAV 31 July 2020
    On Monday, the Headquarters Allied Air Command press release said that the fourth UAV of NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Force arrived at the Italian Air Force Base in Sigonella, Italy. “On July 26, 2020, the fourth remotely piloted aircraft of NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Force arrived at the Italian Air Force Base in Sigonella, Italy.  The aircraft took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California, USA, at 18:33 local time on July 25 ...
  • U.S. To Send Ammunition to Kuwait
    U.S. To Send Ammunition to Kuwait 31 July 2020
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that it has approved the possible sale of various M1A2K training ammunition and related equipment delivery to Kuwait. "The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," the DSCA's announcement said. The Government of...
  • Netherlands Requests to Acquire 16 AIM-120C-8
    Netherlands Requests to Acquire 16 AIM-120C-8 28 July 2020
    The State Department has decided a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Netherlands of 16 AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $39 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of the Netherlands has also requested to buy containers, weapon systems support and support equipment, spare and rep...
  • Greece May Be Deploying Ships to Aegean Region
    Greece May Be Deploying Ships to Aegean Region 22 July 2020
    Greece took action after Turkey announced seismic research activities in the Eastern Mediterranean since July 21st. Athens has sent ships to the South and South East Aegean region, France-based news agency AFP reported, citing an official from the Greek navy. About the ships described as "high readiness level", the source said that since yesterday, the deployment efforts have been underway in the specified areas.