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  • Anti-Aircraft Gun is More Powerful with Igla
    Anti-Aircraft Gun is More Powerful with Igla 14 August 2020
    Having an infrastructure inherited from Yugoslavia in the defence filed, Serbia continues to develop its domestic systems with local resources. The Serbian Ministry of Defence announced that the Igla MANPAD (Man-Portable Air Defence System) was integrated into the PASARS 6x6 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun systems within the scope of the work carried out by the VTI (Military Technical Institute / Vojnotehnički Institut). It was determined that two Igla launchers...
  • Israel F-35I Announcement
    Israel F-35I Announcement 13 August 2020
    Stating that supporting Greece, which experiencing tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean; Israel, announced a significant statement about F-35I Adirs Israel, which is the only country that has the right to use the F-35 customized in line with the requirements of the country except USA, has left another important milestone in the F-35I Adir process. The Israeli Air Force announced that another F-35I Squadron is fully operational. Thus, the 116th "Lions of the South&q...
  • Domestic Solution Deal
    Domestic Solution Deal 13 August 2020
    India, which initiated the Made in India Program to strengthen the defence sector and contribute to the industrial infrastructure, is turning to systems developed with domestic resources. India continues to equip its armed forces with indigenous products. According to the statement made by the state's Press Information Bureau on August 11, New Delhi approved the procurement of the new system which costs USD 1.17 billion. In this context, 70 HTT-40 (Hindustan ...
  • New Images from Su-57
    New Images from Su-57 13 August 2020
    New images of the Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO Code: Felon) on the production line have emerged. During the visit of Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu, the fifth-generation hunting bomber Su-57, was pictured. The images show the Su-57’s 101KS-V infrared search-and-track (IRST) targeting system installed in the nose. The platform, which has a body mainly produced using titanium alloy and composite materials, is coated with paint that absorbs radar signals. The plane's ammunition...
  • Hawks are Stronger than Thought
    Hawks are Stronger than Thought 13 August 2020
    The good news for Australia from Hawk jet trainer, which has launched numerous acquisition programs within the scope of the modern combat requirements of the armed forces. The test program carried out on the Hawk Mk127 aircraft serving the Royal Australian Air Force (Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as an advanced jet trainer aircraft has been completed. In a statement made by BAE Systems Australia, it was stated that RAAF could keep Hawk Mk 127's on duty until the end of the 2...
  • China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets
    China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets 12 August 2020
    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China conducted air defence system tests in the Gobi Desert in north-western China. The PLA has chosen the week when Dassault Rafale hunting/bombers will reach India as a date for tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile firing tests.  Pla, which builds similar conditions on the Indian-Chinese border in the high-altitude Tibetan region, is conducting platform and equipment testing in Gobi. Capable of destroying multiple air targets at the same time...
  • 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...
  • Stealth Black Hawk
    Stealth Black Hawk 12 August 2020
    Stealth aircraft is an issue that many states have been working on with serious resources since the Second World War. Osama Bin Laden, the ringleader of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda, was killed in May 2011 in an operation to his home in Bilal Town, Abbotabad City, Pakistan. In the operation carried out by SEAL (Sea, Air, Land), a special unit of the US Navy with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that had undergone special modifications also known as EH-60 shot down. The plat...
  • TUSAS and BOREN Will Work on Boron Reinforced Composite
    TUSAS and BOREN Will Work on Boron Reinforced Composite 12 August 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) and the National Boron Institute (Ulusal Bor Enstitüsü/ BOREN) signed a cooperation protocol on "Researching the Use of Boron Fiber reinforced Composite Materials in Aviation Structural". TUSAŞ and BOREN will work on the exploration and development of boron fiber composite material instead of the materials used frequently in the world aviation ecosystem. Within the framework of the protocol aimed at the use of boron ...
  • Icarus Will Fly
    Icarus Will Fly 11 August 2020
    Canadian-based company Icarus Aerospace introduced the tactical aircraft. With its network-centric capability and innovative avionics configuration, the aircraft stands out with its two crew members, offering remote command and fully autonomous flight features. The tactical aircraft, which can stay in the air for about six hours without refuelling, can be deployed with the crew, remotely controlled or as a fully autonomous system to meet a wide range of mission requirement...
  • Alligator Prototype Completes First Flight
    Alligator Prototype Completes First Flight 11 August 2020
    Russia had begun a modernization study for the Ka-52M Alligator to improve the electrical generator and electrooptic systems. The helicopter prototype has completed its first flight. With modernization, the target detection and recognition range of the Ka-52M increased. The platform is equipped with active-phase radar and increased range guided missile. The helicopter can operate in all weather conditions, including arctic conditions. At the end of the preliminary acceptance tests, ...
  • 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...
  • S&P Revised Boeing’s. Outlook to Negative from Stable
    S&P Revised Boeing’s. Outlook to Negative from Stable 10 August 2020
    Credit rating company Standard and Poor (S&P) revised aviation giant Boeing’s rating to negative from stable. The outlook for the recovery in global air travel and therefore aircraft demand continues to weaken. This situation lowers Boeing earnings and cash flow. S&P states that the company has sufficient liquidity to cover large cash outflows over the next 6-12 months and free cash flow is likely to turn positive in 2021. Therefore, S&P affirms its ratings, includ...
  • Russian MiG-31 Intercepten Norwegian Aircraft
    Russian MiG-31 Intercepten Norwegian Aircraft 10 August 2020
    Russia, which came to the fore with interception activities frequently in front of the Baltic, the Black Sea and Alaska, has recently intercepted a reconnaissance activity. A Falcon 20 electronic warfare aircraft belonging to the Royal Norwegian Air Force was subjected to interception activity by a Russian Aerospace Force MiG-31 (NATO Reporting Name: Foxhound) while flying in international airspace over the Barents Sea. "On August 4, 2020, the Russian airspa...
  • Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut
    Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut 7 August 2020
    Aviation was one of the heaviest sectors affected by COVID-19, shaked the world and give negatice effect on many sectors. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, faced important order cancellations due to the virus. For this reason, the company, which announced that a significant amount of personnel will be dismissed, supported by Spain. Madrid reached an agreement with the company for acquisition of substantial aircraft in exchange for les...
  • Armed Patrol Record
    Armed Patrol Record 7 August 2020
    China, which has made great strides especially on sea power recently, has achieved a record recently. A Su-30 (NATO Code: Flanker-C) affiliated to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theatre Command Naval Air Regiment broke an armed patrol record. The patrol flight over the islands and reefs farthermost from the mainland in the South China Sea lasted 10 hours. Successful completion of a challenging mission for both challenging for pilots and aircraft is said to be an...
  • Farewell to Marine Tanks
    Farewell to Marine Tanks 6 August 2020
    While many countries acquire new tanks and even develop their domestic platforms, the U.S. Marine Corps (United States Marine Corps / USMC) disbanding tank troops. USMC, which decided to make serious changes to its combat doctrines and vehicle types in its inventory, ended the operations of another main battle tank unit last week. Subsequently, M1A1 Abrams tanks of the 2nd Tank Battalion left Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Other tank units, which decided to close, started...
  • Delivery Date for Okhotnik Is Forwarded
    Delivery Date for Okhotnik Is Forwarded 5 August 2020
    Russia's jet-powered drone Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik will be operational before the scheduled service date. It was stated that the drone will begin armed trial flights for offensive missions in 2023 and will enter inventory in 2025. The Ministry of Defence has ordered the speed of the program for drones. United Aircraft Corporation General Manager Yury Slyusar later announced that the drone will begin being delivered to the Russian Armed Forces in 2024. Okhotnik, who made h...
  • New Helmet Mounted Display for F-16
    New Helmet Mounted Display for F-16 5 August 2020
    F-16 Fighting Falcon, which is one of the most successful fighters in the world, continues its development. The platform, which made its first flight more than 40 years ago, is getting stronger every day in order to meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the platforms, recently announced that a new helmet-mounted cueing system has been flight-tested for the "V" model of the F-16s. It is stated that the new system is Elbit prod...
  • New User for A400M
    New User for A400M 5 August 2020
    The production process of the A400M transport aircraft program continues at full speed. There has been good news for Belgium, which recently retired a C-130H Hercules transport aircraft. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, announced that the first A400M manufactured for the Belgian Air Force meets the sky. Within the scope of the activity, the platform numbered MSN106 performed its first flight on July 30 at the facilities in Seville, Spain, which also bas...
  • Chinese LHD Started to Trials
    Chinese LHD Started to Trials 4 August 2020
    China, which has made significant investments in naval power in recent years and has reached an incredible construction speed, has begun counting down for the new platform that will multiply its amphibious capabilities. It was announced that the new Type 075 class LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy went through the sea testing phase. In the published photos of the platform, which set sail from the pier where the refitting activit...
  • Turkey Has New Orders in Thermal Battery Exports
    Turkey Has New Orders in Thermal Battery Exports 4 August 2020
    The export of electrochemical power source thermal batteries produced by TÜBİTAK SAGE to an unnamed EU country is on the agenda.  91 million dollars remained in Turkey thanks to the production of thermal batteries with national facilities Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank announced. "After Germany, we received another pre-order from an EU country. We are in the process of signing an important contract," he said. TÜBİTAK S...
  • First Egyptian Su-35s Spotted
    First Egyptian Su-35s Spotted 3 August 2020
    The first three Su-35 fighter jets that Russia is producing for Egypt’s air force have been seen flying in Russia. The production had started at the Gagarin Aircraft Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Five aircraft were spotted in flight at Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport in central Russia with serials 9210, 9212 and 9214 visible. They were en route from the factory 3 600 km away. In early May, satellite imagery appeared to show four of the aircraft on the ground at the Komsomolsk-on...
  • Japan to Continue F-35 Manufacturing
    Japan to Continue F-35 Manufacturing 2 August 2020
    Japan, which has taken leaps forward in the defence field and aims to significantly increase its military capability, has decided to continue licensed production. Announcing that the production line of F-35 Lightning IIs will close after first phase Japanese aircraft manufacturing at the end of 2018, Japan has stepped back from its decision. Thus, the final assembly and control facility (FACO) located in Nagoya, Tokyo, decided to continue production of the F-35. An official fro...
  • BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020.
    BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020. 2 August 2020
    The British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company release its 2020 half-year results. It warned the Group is subject to geopolitical uncertainties and there remains considerable uncertainty in respect of COVID-19. The company says that, including the two acquisitions, it expects the Group’s sales to increase by a low-single-digit percentage compared to last year, as there are increased volumes in F-35, Combat Vehicles and growth in the electronic defence portf...
  • Ukraine Increases Modernization of Soviet-Era Platforms
    Ukraine Increases Modernization of Soviet-Era Platforms 2 August 2020
    Ukraine has modernized the Soviet-era MiG-29 (NATO code: Fulcrum) aircraft. As a result of the process carried out by the Lviv State Aircraft Repair Facility under Ukroboronprom, it was announced that a modernized MiG-29 jet had been delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force. The aircraft's engine and avionics were renewed. Ukroboronprom said the service life of the MİG-29, which is undergoing electronic equipment and maintenance, will be eight years, which could be extended by up to...
  • Three Companies to Compete for Canada
    Three Companies to Compete for Canada 1 August 2020
    Three companies have submitted offers after Canada announced it was planning to buy fighter jets. Lockheed Martin participated with the F-35 Lightning II, while Boeing offered the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.  Swedish-based firm Saab offered Gripen E to Canada. Ottawa plans to buy a total of 88 jets and plans to retire its CF-18 fleet. “Our government committed to purchasing a full fleet of 88 aircraft to be able to meet our NORAD [North American Aerospace Defence Command] and...
  • 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 ...
  • Mock-Up Attack Reharsal
    Mock-Up Attack Reharsal 31 July 2020
    Iran, which came to the fore with interesting breakthroughs in the defence area, performed a remarkable rehearsal. A floating object, allegedly a "fake aircraft carrier" of Iran, was seen in the photos released in the world press recently. Having experienced tensions with the USA, especially the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, Tehran conducted an exercise involving an attack plan on an aircraft carrier-sized surface platform. The floating hull that arrived in the re...
  • Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia
    Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia 30 July 2020
    Serbia, which has close relations with Russia in the military aviation field, came up with an unexpected move. A senior official from the Serbian Ministry of Defence announced on July 25th that the country is interested in the US made T-7A Red Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft. In the speech, it was stated that the Serbian Air Force attracted attention with the price/performance ratio of the platforms that came to the fore with low initial acquisition and maintenance cost...
  • Moody's downgrades Rolls-Royce to Ba2 from Baa3
    Moody's downgrades Rolls-Royce to Ba2 from Baa3 30 July 2020
    Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the long-term senior unsecured rating of Rolls-Royce plc to Ba2 from Baa3. Concurrently Moody's has assigned a corporate family rating of Ba2 and Ba2-PD probability of default rating to the company. The outlook remains negative. Today's rating action reflects: • Moody's expectations of substantial cash outflows in 2020 and 2021 resulting in materially increased leverage, more than Moody's previous expectations ...
  • Airbus reports COVID-19’s Damage for Half-Year2020
    Airbus reports COVID-19’s Damage for Half-Year2020 30 July 2020
    Airbus SE reported consolidated financial results for the Half-Year ended 30 June 2020. “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our financials is now very visible in the second quarter, with H1 commercial aircraft deliveries halving compared to a year ago,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury. “We have calibrated the business to face the new market environment on an industrial basis and the supply chain is now working in line with the new plan. It i...
  • Giant exposition at Army-2020 forum
    Giant exposition at Army-2020 forum 29 July 2020
    Over 1,500 companies will put on display more than 28,000 pieces of weaponry and military hardware during the Army-2020 forum. The forum will be held in Russia next month. According to Col. Oleg Kulakovsky, the head of the exhibitions department at the Russian Defence Ministry, the ministry will showcase more than 370 pieces of serially produced weaponry, military and special equipment during Army-2020. "Overall, we expect more than 1,500 companies to participate in t...
  • Japan to Decide Next Fighter Maker
    Japan to Decide Next Fighter Maker 29 July 2020
    Japan's Ministry of Defence will partner with only one Japanese company to lead the development of next-generation fighter planes, according to Nikkei Daily. Previous fighters were imported from the U.S. or manufactured by Japanese companies under US license. The selected company will develop and manufacture a replacement for the current F-2 jets as they will be decommissioned around 2035. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Subaru and IHI will be c...
  • AG600 Takeoff From Sea
    AG600 Takeoff From Sea 29 July 2020
    Amphibious aircraft are particularly important for the supply of areas that are not suitable for runway construction. China has announced that the AG600 amphibious aircraft makes its first flight from the sea. In the test flight conducted on July 26, the platform was took off from the Qingdao coast in Shandong District. The AG600 landed at Rizhao Shanzihe Airport after testing its manoeuvrability on a 31-minute trial flight. The platform had its first take off from the water on Octo...
  • Russia orders 76 Sukhoi Su-57 Fighters
    Russia orders 76 Sukhoi Su-57 Fighters 28 July 2020
    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the purchase of 76 of the latest Su-57 fighters by the Ministry of Defence, which are to enter service with three aviation regiments by 2028. There have been several successive announcements of Su-57 orders, but none has been followed by production deliveries. This time Putin’s announcement worth’s a 170-billion roubles. The contract, according to Kommersant, is estimated at up to 170 billion roubles (approx. $2.4 bill...
  • Eisenhower Strike Group Exercises with Hellenic Navy
    Eisenhower Strike Group Exercises with Hellenic Navy 27 July 2020
    The Dwight D. Eisenhower (IKE) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) announced that it participated in surface exercises with the Hellenic Navy in the Mediterranean Sea, July 24-28, 2020. The exercises included formation steaming, tactical manoeuvres, communications drills, and allowed participating forces to test and refine command and control between the two navies. “Exercises like this enhance our professional relationships and improves overall coordination with allies and p...
  • New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya
    New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya 27 July 2020
    The US Army Command in Africa (Africom) released new satellite images on Friday (July 24th) regarding the Russian presence in Libya. "Russia continues to play an unhelpful role in Libya by delivering supplies and equipment to the Wagner group," said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Bradford Gering, AFRICOM director of operations. "Imagery continues to unmask their consistent denials." According to Africom, these satellite images prove the presence of the Rus...
  • Retirement Time for C-130 Hercules
    Retirement Time for C-130 Hercules 26 July 2020
    The development of the C-130 Hercules, which has successfully served in the inventory of many countries since its introduction in 1956, continues. On the other hand, users retire platforms that have reached the end of their economic life in inventory. Belgium has announced that fourth of the C-130H Hercules transport aircraft that have been in its inventory for nearly 50 years has been phased out. Currently, seven of the platforms planned to be replaced by Airbus A400Ms continue to ...
  • Approval to F-16 Modernization Kits Sale
    Approval to F-16 Modernization Kits Sale 26 July 2020
    F-16 Fighting Falcons, one of the most successful fighters in the world, have been working in many countries' inventory for long years. User countries are taking action to modernize the platforms to which they are highly satisfied with their performance. Chile, one of the many F-16 Fighting Falcon users, has requested for the necessary components and systems from the US in the past months to modernize its aircraft. Washington has approved the sale of the material reque...