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  • Russia's Transport Aircraft to Enter Final Assembly Line Soon
    Russia's Transport Aircraft to Enter Final Assembly Line Soon 28 May 2020
    In 2012, Russia signed an agreement with United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) for 39 Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft. It was announced that the platform had successfully completed the leak test. The cargo aircraft, which is tested under a certain air pressure, will be transferred to the final assembly line after checking the water penetration resistance. A contract worth 2.1 billion USD was signed for the planes that would be in the inventory of the Russian Armed Forces. The Il-76MD-90A...
  • China's Wind Tunnel Ready for New Jets
    China's Wind Tunnel Ready for New Jets 28 May 2020
    The wind tunnel, built by China for nearly eight years, successfully completed its first operation. The tunnel, called FL-62, was used for an unnamed jet that was under development.  With the data provided by the 17,000-cubic meter transonic wind tunnel, it is thought that the aerodynamic design of the aircraft will be optimized and the development process will be completed in less time. The operation, completed on Tuesday, is the first-time test data for aircraft has been collected. The...
  • Martlet Firing Trials
    Martlet Firing Trials 28 May 2020
    Ship-based rotary-wing aircraft launched air-to-surface missiles are critical for missions such as helicopter attacks on hostile platforms and elimination of asymmetrical elements. The UK Ministry of Defence announced that a missile test launch was carried out in the Aberporth Range located on the West Coast of Wales as part of the FASGW (Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon) program. This trial was carried out under the program of integration of Martlet guided projectil...
  • Low Energy Catapult Test of F-35C
    Low Energy Catapult Test of F-35C 27 May 2020
    Processes are progressing in the F-35C Lightning II, the first fifth generation CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-off But Arrested Landing) aircraft. A video about the F-35C Lightning II tests was shared on social media. In the images, the platform sunk dangerously after being released from the catapult shuttle. However, the aircraft climbed up without risking flight safety. Video shared with "Something you don’t see everyday...low energy catapult launch! That sink is ...
  • Boeing to Report Layoffs to the Union on Friday
    Boeing to Report Layoffs to the Union on Friday 27 May 2020
    Behind Rolls-Royce, which announced last week that it would lay off nearly 9,000 employees, Boeing is also starting layoffs. In the first quarter of this year, Boeing suffered a loss of $641 million. At the beginning of April, the firm's General Manager Dave Calhoun announced that they had prepared a voluntary layoff plan for staff. Boeing is expected to announce layoffs at US manufacturing facilities this week. The company, which employs about 160,000 people worldwide, has not ...
  • New Partner to ATL-100 Project
    New Partner to ATL-100 Project 26 May 2020
    Portugal has partnered with the ATL-100 multipurpose aircraft project, where Brazil-based Desenvolvimento Aeronáutico (DESAER) continues to work. The collaboration, which includes the development, production and marketing of the platform, will be carried out with the Portuguese engineering and product development centre, CEiiA. The aircraft, which will have civilian and military variants, will be able to carry out operations such as logistical support, search and rescue, mari...
  • Jet Tender at Black Sea
    Jet Tender at Black Sea 25 May 2020
    Ukraine, which is in a state of war with Russia, and therefore, has reconstructed its army by rebuilding, announced that it will go on a combat jet tender. The Ukrainian Air Force Military Council decided to launch a new jet procurement process under the Air Force Vision 2035 Program. Within the scope of the decree signed on May 15, new platforms will be provided with the need to protection against enemy air raids, provide air defence in coordination with ground eleme...
  • Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries
    Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries 24 May 2020
    The first of the platforms to be provided under the NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet (MFF) programme will be delivered next month. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency manages the program. NATO member states Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands were ordered to supply eight Airbus A330 MRTTSs as part of the program. The first platform will be deployed in June at the main operations base in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Besi...
  • Rafales Deployed to Middile East for Reconnaissance
    Rafales Deployed to Middile East for Reconnaissance 23 May 2020
    Unmanned platforms are becoming widespread in reconnaissance missions. Despite this, manned recon still remains important. Combat jets can easily be turned into reconnaissance aircraft thanks to plug-and-play reconnaissance pods. According to the statement made by the French Ministry of Defence, Rafales were deployed for reconnaissance tasks in the Middle East geography within the scope of the fight against ISIS. The platforms are equipped with RECO-NG discovery-observation pod...
  • Unmanned Su-57
    Unmanned Su-57 23 May 2020
    While the use of unmanned aerial vehicles has become widespread day by day, studies are being conducted on the unmanned flying capability of existing manned platforms. Optional unmanned use of new generation manned jets is also on the agenda. According to the report of the Russian Sputink News Agency, progress has been made on the unpiloted mission capability for Su-57 (NATO Code: Felon) aircraft. The T-50 Test Laboratory conducted a series of test-trial activities for the...
  • Su-35 Production Starts
    Su-35 Production Starts 21 May 2020
    Su-35, one of the most advanced combat jets of Russia, continues to find new users. The news that Russia, after the first export user China, signed an agreement on the procurement of Su-35 with Egypt in 2019, was in the media. Despite the intense pressure and lobbying applied for Cairo not to acquire these platforms, it has come to the agenda that procurement of platforms has not been cancelled. According to information obtained from TASS News Agency, the production of the Su-35 at ...
  • Theodore Roosevelt Returns to Sea
    Theodore Roosevelt Returns to Sea 21 May 2020
    With the rapid spread of the coronavirus within the crew the US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) anchored at Guam Naval Base.  After nearly two months side-lined in Guam with a coronavirus outbreak, the USS Theodore Roosevelt has gone out to sea for training, in preparation to return to duty in the Pacific. At the end of the training, there are about 3,000 crew members expected to return to duty. More than 1,000 crew members were diagnosed with the virus. The sh...
  • Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft Order
    Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft Order 21 May 2020
    Airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) are an important power multiplier for users due to their capability to keep an eye on friendly elements in the front line and to instantly transmit enemy movements. Saab, one of Sweden's leading companies, announced that the order for Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C was received from an unnamed country. Deliveries will be made between 2020 and 2023, under the USD 160 million deal. Saab is currently recommending th...
  • New Front in Defence Industry: Pandemi
    New Front in Defence Industry: Pandemi 20 May 2020
    STM Thinktech organized THINKTECHONLINE online panel to discuss COVİD-19 and its aftermath in Turkey and the worlds as the development of the defence industry. The panel was watched by almost 250 thousand people via STM ThinkTech social media accounts that it was broadcast live.   “Covid-19 process and after the Defence Industry in the World and Turkey,” Head of Defence Industry on the panel (SSB) Chairman Prof. Drİsmail Demir, Chairman and Gener...
  • F-35 Down
    F-35 Down 20 May 2020
    Equipped with state-of-the-art components, the F-35 Lightning II, which is characterized as a future aircraft thanks to its network-centric warfare capability, crashed. An F-35A Lightning II of the US Air Force was crashed during a routine night training flight while returning to the Eglin Air Force Base. Reason of inciden is unknown according to the US statement, it was stated that the pilot had ejected safely with ejection seat. The incident was recorded as the...
  • LM will produce 18 -24 F-35 short
    LM will produce 18 -24 F-35 short 20 May 2020
    Lockheed Martin will produce less of F-35 in 2020. The company will have  18 to 24 jets short of the 141 scheduled for delivery this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for Lockheed’s supply chain to make components on time. The company is moving to an adjusted work schedule where production will slow over the next three months. Lockheed aims to accelerate production as soon as possible to fill the gap before 2020 ends. Beginning on ...
  • Unmanned Ground Vehicles to Hunt Ships
    Unmanned Ground Vehicles to Hunt Ships 19 May 2020
    Within the framework of the new combat structure and the vision of the Far East, the development of the area-control and area-denial capabilities of the US Marine Corps is on the agenda. The Marine Corps (USMC), which has a different command chain and structure than the other elements of the US Armed Forces, takes steps to increase its coastal defence capabilities within the framework of the new power concept. In this context, a project carried out with Oskosh Defence has ...
  • Search for Navy Jet Trainer
    Search for Navy Jet Trainer 19 May 2020
    Countries with aircraft carriers using the CATOBAR system need advanced jet trainers suitable for the system in question during the training of navy pilots. The US, the world's largest aircraft carrier user, has taken action for new advanced jet trainer planned to be procured to the Navy. In this context, Washington published an Request for Information Document on May 14. According to the document, the new platform, which will be used for FCLP (Field Carrier Landing Practice) do...
  • More JLTV to Airdrop
    More JLTV to Airdrop 18 May 2020
    Iconic HMMWVs, which have been on the duty of the US Army since the last periods of the Cold War, are leaving their places to JLTVs. JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle), which replacing HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle), came with some problems. As part of the existing capabilities, eight Humvees can be transported with a C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, while only two JLTVs can be airdropped with LVADS (Low Velocity Airdrop System / Low Speed ​​Air Lau...
  • Navy Helicopter Agreement
    Navy Helicopter Agreement 18 May 2020
    India continues its naval investments due to the growing tension in the region, the platforms that have reached the end of its economic life and the consolidation of maritime domination.  The US, which recently signed an agreement with India for the procurement of naval helicopters, took action for the production phase of the platforms. The US Navy signed a USD 904.8 million deal with Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, for the manufacture of 21 MH-60R Sea...
  • 100th Poseidon of the Navy
    100th Poseidon of the Navy 18 May 2020
    Maritime patrol aircraft provide important advantages to the user in maritime area domination thanks to their large coverage and structures that allow rapid reaction terms. The US Navy is replacing the P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft that have been on duty for many years and have a structural fatigue problem, with P-8 Poseidons. In this context, Boeing continues its deliveries rapidly despite the virus outbreak that has felt its impact in the USA. The company delivered ...
  • India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase
    India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase 16 May 2020
    One of world’s biggest arms importer India plans to abolish its $15 billion order to acquire foreign military aircraft bid. India plans to switch to locally-made fighter jets. India set up a tender to years ago and asked global companies to submit proposals to supply 114 combat aircraft. Indian air force is changing its plans to induct indigenously made Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas. Indian Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat said in an interview in New Delhi. It will ...
  • Test Launch from F-16 Phase for Göktuğ Family
    Test Launch from F-16 Phase for Göktuğ Family 15 May 2020
    Gürcan Okumuş, who is the TÜBİTAK SAGE (Savunma Sanayii Araştırma ve Geliştirme Enstitüsü / Defence Industries Research and Development Instute) Institute Director, was a guest on live stream at C4Defence's Instagram account. Okumuş made important statements about Göktuğ air-to-air missile family. Okumuş stated that the ground launch test phase of the Peregrine and Merlin missiles has been completed and stated that the project will continue wit...
  • Additional A-29 Super Tucano for AFSOC
    Additional A-29 Super Tucano for AFSOC 14 May 2020
    Propeller driven ground attack aircraft offer cost effective solution in air-superiority environments. Platforms propelled by piston or turborpop engines can be equipped with weapons in different types and diameters. The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) procured an additional A-29 Super Tucano for CAA (Combat Aviation Advisor) missions. Single aircraft to be acquired under the agreement, which signed with Sierra Nevada Corporation,...
  • F-35 Needs Turkish Contribution
    F-35 Needs Turkish Contribution 13 May 2020
    According to a report presented to the US Congress F-35 production programme is experiencing supply problems. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on May 12 and stated the situation. GAO explained the problems caused by the inability to supply parts while the mass production process is accelerating. The report says in sum; The F-35 program is at risk of missing its test schedule and not meeting manufacturing leading practices. In 2019, the F-35 prog...
  • Third Submarine Arrived
    Third Submarine Arrived 12 May 2020
    Egypt, which strengthened its navy significantly with the platforms it procured from Europe, took delivery of the third submarine from Germany. Egypt continues its investments that will change the balances in the Mediterranean. In this context, Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of the third of the four Type 209/1400 submarines ordered from Germany. Departing from Germany, ENS S43 (867) completed its maiden voyage by reaching Ras el-Tin Base on May 5. The 1400-ton model...
  • Russia Tests New Hypersonic Missile
    Russia Tests New Hypersonic Missile 11 May 2020
    Russia has tested a new hypersonic missile designed for the Tu-22M3M strategic bomber. In an interview with Russia-based news agency TASS, a source said the new missile was being developed for a modernized variant of the Russian Air Force's Tu-22M3M aircraft.  The source said the new missile operations began several years ago and the munitions developed did not belong to the X-32 missile line. There was no official statement from an official source about...
  • Italian Aircraft Carrier Ready for F-35B Integration
    Italian Aircraft Carrier Ready for F-35B Integration 11 May 2020
    The Italian Navy's ITS Cavour (550) aircraft carrier has been undergoing through the modernization process since 2018. The platform, which recently completed the process, has been ready for integration tests for the F-35B (STOVL) aircraft. The F-35 will replace AV-8B Harrier II on the aircraft carrier, which has been drawn to the Edgardo Ferrati dry pool for about two years for the necessary maintenance and modernization process. The upgrades included a reinforced flight de...
  • First Ospreys Arrived After Solution
    First Ospreys Arrived After Solution 11 May 2020
    The V-22 Ospreys incorporate the features of the helicopter's vertical landing, take-off and maneuverability, and the speed and range of fixed-wing platforms. The first export agreement for vehicles, which is the only military system with these features, was signed in previous periods. Japan moved for the procurement of V-22 Ospreys in 2014 and signed an agreement with the US for the first four platforms in 2016. On the other hand, Tokyo had to postpone ...
  • First Blok III Rolled-Out
    First Blok III Rolled-Out 10 May 2020
    The USA, one of the countries with the greatest severity of the virus epidemic, does not slow down in defence production. Boeing, one of the largest aerospace and defence companies of the United States, has announced that it has terminated the production activities of the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block II platforms in recent weeks. The company announced that it will focus on the production of Block III Super Hornet for the US Navy in the future, and that the first prototype wil...
  • November Rumor for Chinese B-2 Spirit
    November Rumor for Chinese B-2 Spirit 9 May 2020
    The nuclear triad is an important step for countries to become superpowers. Continuing to work in this framework, China is close to completing the great trio. Beijing, which has not been able to bring its strategic bombing capability to the desired level at long range, continues its works. In this context, November is pointed out for the first results of the ongoing H-20 strategic bomber studies, in defence backstage. Rumors are circulating that the platform will be showcased at the...
  • ASELSAN Will Distribute KOUSTECH's Power
    ASELSAN Will Distribute KOUSTECH's Power 8 May 2020
      ASELSAN's Power Distribution System will serve in the autonomous aircraft developed by Kocaeli University Autonomous Systems Technologies Team (KOUSTECH). Anatolia News agency reported that two years, KOUSTECH  is working on such systems for two years and will be representing Turkey in Unmanned Aerial Systems International Competition held in the United States. The team has developed four different fixed-wing autonomous aircraft, two different rot...
  • Presidency of Defence Industries: Turkish Aerospace Industry Elevates
    Presidency of Defence Industries: Turkish Aerospace Industry Elevates 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Turkish defence sector's post-COVID-19 period plans in addition to aviation programs. Professor Dr. Demir made importand announements about F-35. It was announced that every supply line will be shut down after the March 20...
  • AESA Radar to Turkish F-16 Fighting Falcons
    AESA Radar to Turkish F-16 Fighting Falcons 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the AESA integration process to the Turkish F-16 Fighting Falcons. It has been announced that the F-16 modernization programs will continue within the scope of the Turkish Air Force's requirements. Indicating that AESA radar integr...
  • Hisar-O in the Field
    Hisar-O in the Field 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Hisar-O anti-aircraft missile system. Indicating that recent experiences have re-emphasized the importance of air defence systems, Demir announced that Hisar-O deliveries have started. Underlining that Hisar is a specific system, i...
  • Virus Didn't Affect Turkish Defence Industry
    Virus Didn't Affect Turkish Defence Industry 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Turkish defence sector's agenda. Stating that travel internal and external restrictions have an impact on the industry, Prof. Dr. Demir told that there was no delay in JEMUS, UAV, helicopter, criminal vehicle and National Combat ...
  • Turaç Points 2021 for Anti-Aircraft Rounds
    Turaç Points 2021 for Anti-Aircraft Rounds 6 May 2020
    Fatih Altunbaş, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Turaç, which operates in the ammunition production area and also has the Sterling brand, has been a guest of live broadcast on the official Instagram account of C4Defence. Altunbaş made statements about the company's anti-aircraft round studies. Turaç marked the beginning of 2021 for the production of 12.7x99 mm ammunition, also known as .50 caliber, which is the most widely used anti-aircraft ammuniti...
  • Greece to Upgrade Coast Guard Air Platforms
    Greece to Upgrade Coast Guard Air Platforms 4 May 2020
    The Greek Marine and Island Policy Ministry have announced an international tender for the upgrade/replacement of three Reims-406 aircraft surveillance equipment and three AS365 N3 Dauphin of the six helicopters. This time the process leads to a contract, the surveillance capabilities of air forces of the Hellenic Coast Guard (LS-EL.AKT.) The budget of the program amounts to € 12,000,000  and is co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The terms o...
  • HAVELSAN Involves in TF-X
    HAVELSAN Involves in TF-X 2 May 2020
    President of Defence Industry Professor. İsmail Demir announced that cooperation agreement was signed between Turkish Aviation and Space Industry (TUSAŞ) and HAVELSAN, to carry out development and production processes for the Turkish Fighter Aircraft (TF-X). President Demir said, “With this cooperation, TUSAŞ and HAVELSAN will carry out many works such as software development, simulation, training and maintenance simulators. When the TF-X project is completed, our country...
  • GlobalEye Delivery
    GlobalEye Delivery 30 April 2020
    Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft stand out as platforms that strategically contribute to the capabilities of the air force. The United Arab Emirates signed an agreement with Saab in 2015 for the acquisition of GlobalEye. Announcing the procurement of two additional platforms in addition to the previous contract in November 2019, Abu Dhabi received its first platform yesterday. With the delivery in question, which constitutes an important milestone for the progra...