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  • Triton Eye on Pacific
    Triton Eye on Pacific January 29 2020
    Because of the increasing China, North Korea and Russian movements in the region, the USA added a new one to the measures taken in order to compete in the intelligence race in the Pacific. The US Pacific Fleet announced deployment of two MQ-4C Tritons to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam as part of early operational capability. With the Tritons, the maritime patrol variant of RQ-4 Global Hawks, the US Navy will perform training activities. In this context...
  • HGK-82 Became Operational
    HGK-82 Became Operational August 11 2019
    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Defence Industry Research and Development Institute (SAGE), has said HGK-82 (Precision Guidance Kit-82) has become operational. TUBITAK SAGE, announced from the official Twitter account that it is used four times. Kit developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE gives precision and range to classical bomb. The kits are installed on MKEK production of 500 lbs class Mk-82 type general-purpose bombs. This increases the operating r...
  • HÜRJET with Jet Speed July 11 2019
    TUSAŞ, started Hürkuş, MMU (Milli Muharip Uçak-TFX) and jet trainer HÜRJET projects with the information they gathered from its first indegenious aircraft project ZİU (Zirai İlaçlama Uçağı-Agricultural Spraying Aircraft). HÜRJET has passed the first critical phase; Preliminary Design Review (PDR). Training Aircrafts Program Manager Yasin Kuygusuz and HÜRJET Chief Engineer Arda Güngör told us about the HÜRJET. C4Def...
  • KAI to  Upgrade Thai T-50 THs
    KAI to  Upgrade Thai T-50 THs May 30 2019
      Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) announced on 24th that the company concluded a deal, worthy of approximately US $52million with the Royal Thai Air Force. The deal aims to equip the T-50 TH Jet trainers which RTAF operates with radars and the RWR, CMDS. The contract includes such follow-up and support as training, repairing parts and support equipment. The RTAF expects that the third contract could raise the performance of its T-50TH and further, will keep...
  • Support from France for Pilot Training
    Support from France for Pilot Training May 27 2019
    France has donated two Tb30 Epsilon aircraft to Senegal to help train pilots at its Air Force School located in Thies. Both aircrafts delivered on Thursday are part of a program to transfer military planes from France to the Senegalese Air Force School. The Minister of the Armed Forces Sidiki Kaba mentioned about the program, “The first transfer concerned four Tb30 Epsilon aircraft, which made it possible to train about 15 pilots between 2014 and 2019”
  • Poland Eyes F-35 for Harpia Requirement
    Poland Eyes F-35 for Harpia Requirement May 22 2019
    Poland Air Forces decided on Harpia program, which includes the exchange of Soviet-era Su-22 and MiG-29 fighter aircrafts, part of the Polish Air Force inventory.  Polish Vice-Minister of Defence Wojciech Skurkiewicz announced that the first squadron of 16 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters will be acquired during the current planning period, while a second squadron would be procured after 2026. Skurkiewicz mentioned about the fifth-generation combat aircraft to be supplied in total...
  • New Air Defense System to the Navy February 19 2019
    MBDA introduces a new ship-based air defence system in NAVDEX. The platform called SPIMM (Self Protection Integrated Mistral Module) was developed on SIMBAD-RC. SIMBAD-RC is a ship-mounted turret system, has two ready-to-launch missiles. Thanks to the 360-degree infrared panoramic imager, SPIMM can detect air and surface targets. The remote commanded SPIMM is controlled by two operators. The system, which can carry four spare missiles, can be effective against anti-ship missiles, ai...
  • “Rehearsal” Attack from Russia
    “Rehearsal” Attack from Russia February 14 2019
    Aircrafts belonging to Russian Aerospace Forces carried out assault attempts in the Arctic Ocean. 11 aircraft participated in the training. Russian Su-24 (NATO Code: Fencer) aircraft made simulation attack the Arctic radar stationed in Norway. This training, which was held in February 2018, did not have much media coverage. Aircrafts from Monchegorsk Airbase in Kola Peninsula of Russia flew through the Barents Sea and then attacked Vardø after putting attack formation with a ...
  • Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project
    Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project February 7 2019
      Ending 33 years of direct competition between Eurofighter and Rafale, and renewing a lapsed defence industrial alliance between their two countries, the French and German defence ministers in Berlin signed agreements launching three major defence programs. Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS), agreement commits both countries to bilateral development and production of common manned and unmanned aircraft, binding them together for several decades to come. The F...
  • Training Helicopter Tender
    Training Helicopter Tender January 30 2019
    US Navy decided to replace training helicopters with new platforms in its inventory. In this context, the request for proposal document was published for a new platform to be procured. On January 28, request for proposal document was published for the new helicopter, which was planned to replace the TH-57B Sea Ranger platforms, which would have end of their life. 130 new helicopters will be procured within the scope of the tender to be opened. The deadline for submission of the airc...
  • Fate of Tornadoes Ambiguous
    Fate of Tornadoes Ambiguous January 18 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 in Germany until 2025. The fact that the closed production line makes the maintenance of the aircraf...
  • F-35s Will Intercept Ballistic Missile
    F-35s Will Intercept Ballistic Missile January 18 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 Lightning II aircraft with ballistic missile interception missions will be determined. In case of a posit...
  • F/A-18 Time for LRASM
    F/A-18 Time for LRASM January 18 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 series of flight and shotlaunch tests with live ammunition. In this process, F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet a...
  • Israel Unveils New F-35 Line
    Israel Unveils New F-35 Line December 28 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 components for F-35 Lightning II. Company produced and delivered more than 700 wing components on a s...
  • Afghan Tucanos at Night
    Afghan Tucanos at Night December 25 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 January 2016. In the first night, pilots released real ammunition. The fact that the pilots make more ac...
  • NATO AWACS Modernized
    NATO AWACS Modernized December 19 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 program. The first aircraft was modernized and delivered in November 2016.
  • F-16 Block 70 Agreement Signed
    F-16 Block 70 Agreement Signed December 14 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, necessary equipment, logistic support and training activities for personnel. All of the platforms will b...
  • Japan to Acquire Second KC-46A Tanker
    Japan to Acquire Second KC-46A Tanker December 10 2018
    apan has signed for the second of four Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft it plans to field from 2020. A Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract for a single aircraft for Japan was announced by the US Department of Defence (DoD) on 6 December, following the award of the first aircraft in December 2017. While that first award included support and was valued at USD279 million, this latest contract is for the aircraft only and is valued at USD159 million. The first KC-46A is ...
  • First F-35s on the Way to Australia
    First F-35s on the Way to Australia December 6 2018
    Australia is preparing to deploy the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft in the country. AU-1 and AU-2 platforms which carry out pilot training missions in the United States since their delivery in 2014, have completed their duties there. Aircrafts have visited for the first time in 2017 in order to join air show. This time, AU-1 and AU-2 on their way back permanently. Platforms will be deployed at RAAF Williamtown Air Base. Aircrafts will arrive New South Wales on December 10th. Austr...
  • China Develops New Refuelling Aircraft November 29 2018
    China has announced the development of the refuelling variant of Y-20 transport aircraft. It was announced that the new aircraft could carry more fuel than the HU-6 platforms in its inventory. When the twin-engine HU-6 aircrafts on their inventory did not meet the requirements, the People's Liberation Army Air Force requested a new refuelling aircraft. Due to its low fuel capacity, it has not enough performance for China's long-range operations to support the refuelling mode...
  • Queen has Completed F-35B Tests
    Queen has Completed F-35B Tests November 28 2018
    Royal Navy announced the completion of the F-35B Lightning II trials on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08). With the completion of the trials, an important milestone was left behind for the B model F-35 aircraft and the Royal Navy. In the development testing-2 (DT-2) phase, pilots, ship-based maintenance personnel and ground support personnel gained significant experience about the fifth-generation aircraft operation. 85 sorties were conducted during the tests. In this process, aircra...
  • Second Hand Su-30s to Angola November 21 2018
    The  ex-Indian Air Force (IAF) Su-30 jets, used in the past and returned to Russia, delivered to the new owner. Su-30 jets, which India had temporarily procured from Russia as a stop-gap solution, returned to Russia after their mission was completed. The first four platforms were delivered under the agreement signed between Angola and Russia and covering 12 aircrafts costs 1 billion USD. Aircrafts were upgraded to the KN standard in Belarus before delivery. While there was no o...
  • Additional Order from Indonesia
    Additional Order from Indonesia November 13 2018
    Indonesia, has signed an additional order agreement with Republic of Korea. Under the agreement, Indonesia will procure new training aircraft.   The Republic of Korea will deliver three additional KT-1B Woongbi under the deal of US $ 89.4 million. In addition to aircraft, radar and weapon integration will be provided to the T-50i Golden Eagle aircraft in the Indonesian inventory.   Indonesia acquired the KT-1 Woongbi training aircraft from 200...
  • Turkish Navy Aims F-35B
    Turkish Navy Aims F-35B November 9 2018
    Turkish Navy wants to deploy the F-35B Lightning II on board the TCG Anadolu which is under construction. The efficiency of the ship, which will be an important multiplier for the Turkish Navy's amphibious assault force, will be increased with the F-35B Lightning II aircraft. In this direction, some studies are being carried out in the headquarters. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, the necessary infrastructure and preliminary works are in progress before the f...
  • Second Phase in F-35B Tests
    Second Phase in F-35B Tests November 6 2018
    HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08) began the second testing phase with F-35B Lightning II aircraft. In the second phase, more challenging conditions will be experienced. At this stage, aircrafts will be able to experience landing and take-off in harder wind conditions. In addition, ship and aircraft handling and weapons loading tests will be performed with ship facilities. Aircrafts and crew will perform external storage tests, minimum performance short take-off and SRVL (Shipborne Rolling ...
  • Germany to Track without Detected
    Germany to Track without Detected November 5 2018
    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) and Hensoldt made a new radar test. In the experiments made at the south of Germany, trials of the TwInvis passive radar system was realized.   The system was first introduced at the Berlin Air Show last April. It is also reported that the system can be effective against low radar cross-sectional area aircrafts.   It is very difficult to detect the passive radar systems that search for the distortions in the si...
  • The Quantum Step from Boeing
    The Quantum Step from Boeing October 22 2018
    Boeing has added a new one to its future investments. An organization on quantum and neuromorphic technologies for computer and communication technologies, which are expected to be needed by the military and civilian units in the future. With this step, the company aims to carry out important studies on quantum communication and computer systems, neuromorphic processing and advanced sensing technologies. Charles Toups, who is former vice president and general manager of Boeing's Research ...
  • Su-57 Army Tests in 2019
    Su-57 Army Tests in 2019 October 18 2018
    Russia has announced that Su-57 will begin Army tests early next year. According to a report in the Russian press, the 4th Combat Training Centre in Lipetsk will receive two mass-production Su-57s. Russian Army's most trained test pilot and teacher pilots will test aircrafts.   The first tasks to be carried out in the tests will be the testing of aircraft weapons systems and trials of radar stations. Then the weapon tests will be carried out. After the tests are c...
  • Tube Problems at British F-35 Lightning IIs October 17 2018
    The United Kingdom has announced that a number of problems have been detected on F-35B Lightning II aircraft. The F-35 Joint Program Office conducted a detailed inspection of the Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning II aircraft. As a result of this inspection, it was determined that five F-35B Lightning II required a replacement of the fuel tube. Aircrafts which have problem are grounded.   There are currently 16 F-35B Lightning II inventory of Royal Air Force. Some of the...
  • Queen of Night
    Queen of Night October 4 2018
    The Royal Navy's F-35B Lightning II aircrafts have begun the night take-off and landing tests on board Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08). This is an important milestone for the Royal Navy. After the retirement of the HMS Illustrious (R 06), there was no platform capable of carrying a jet aircraft of Royal Navy. The night tests were started primarily in dim lighting conditions so that the pilots could get used to it. Then, next training phase which ar...
  • Hürkuş-B to be Delivered to Air Force in November
    Hürkuş-B to be Delivered to Air Force in November September 24 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries’ (TUSAS), Hürkuş-B is set to enter the Turkish Air Force inventory in the coming days as the planned delivery will take place in November. According to Sabah Daily, once the first aircraft is delivered in November, it will be tested by Air Force pilots and subjected to various assessments. In this period, which is expected to last three months, improvements related to the aircraft will be finalized in cooperation with the Air Force and TUSAS. ...
  • Chinese Aircraft Aims Taiwan
    Chinese Aircraft Aims Taiwan August 7 2018
    China, conducted a combat readiness training with J-16 aircraft. Different battle scenarios were implemented in the training along with the Su-30, J-10 and J-11B aircrafts. With this training, the J-16 arcraft have gone a step further to complete the combat readiness training. The J-16, one of China's most recently developed aircraft, was developed on J-11. The plane was introduced for the first time around 2012-2013, but officially seen during mili...
  • Ukraine Continues Modernisation, UkrOboronProm
    Ukraine Continues Modernisation, UkrOboronProm August 3 2018
    Ukraine-based UkrOboronProm has announced that it has modernized two MiG-29s and delivered them to the Ukrainian Air Force. Airplanes upgraded to the MiG-29MU1 configuration. Aircrafts underwent modernization works at the Lviv Aircraft Repair Plant. Within the scope of the work, the aircraft were equipped with more powerful radar, system and engine tehnical condition monitoring and recording systems. The MiG-29MU1 has 3,000 kilogram ammunition capacity. Besides, it can sto...
  • Interesting Sale to Israel
    Interesting Sale to Israel July 27 2018
    US based company Conti Federal Services won an interesting tender. Following the offers collected on the internet, the most suitable bidder will build a reinforced rinforced aircraft shelter for the Israeli Air Force in Tel Aviv, Israel. The amount of the agreement is disclosed as 69.4 million US Dollars. The work to be done under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) is scheduled to be completed by September 2020. A reinforced aircraft shelter is a some kind of hangar is used to p...
  • Billion Dollar Penalty for Boeing
    Billion Dollar Penalty for Boeing July 27 2018
    Boeing has another penalty. In the last financial quarter we passed, the penalties for Boeing's KC-46 program were reached $ 426 million. Boeing's total penalties for the KC-46 isalsa reached $ 3.4 billion. The US Air Force will supply the KC-46 Pegasus to replace its aging KC-135 Stratotanker and KC-10 Extender aircraft. KC-46 made its maiden flight in 2015. Aircraft has a fuel capacity of 72, 870 kilograms. USAF is is planning to procure179 of thes...
  • Bulgaria Didn't Invite Greece to Tender
    Bulgaria Didn't Invite Greece to Tender July 27 2018
    Bulgarian Ministry of Defence issued a draft of the Request for Proposal (RfP). According to the draft, Bulgaria will supply 16 fighter aircraft. Greece was one of the strongest candidates but didn't take place in seven country list. In June this year, Bulgaria approved a military modernization program worth 3.5 billion Levas. The portion of this budget of 1.8 billion Leva is divided for 16 fighter aircraft procurement. Aircrafts will be supplied in two ...
  • Romania to Procure Additional F-16's
    Romania to Procure Additional F-16's July 17 2018
    Romania plans to supply additional F-16 Fightin Falcon. Romanian Defence Minister Mihai Fifor announced that Romania plans to procure five additional F-16 from Portugal. Stating that the supply of 36 F-16s in the next period is also on the table, Fifor said that these aircraft could be procured from the USA, Israel or Greece. In October 2017, Romania received 12 F-16s from Portugal. F-16s procured from Portugal have a life span of 4,000 flight hours which wi...
  • Czech Nominee for Light Attack
    Czech Nominee for Light Attack July 17 2018
    Aero Vodochody announced that the new variant of L-159 jet trainer is developing. The platform, called F/A-259 Striker, is being developed for the USAF for OA-X light attack aircraft. In June, the company signed a cooperation agreement with IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) for the development of an advanced variant of the L-159, the new platform will be ready for delivery in 2020. This platform will be equipped with a fourth generation avionics suite. Company also noted that t...
  • First Centurion Level Eurofighter Delivered
    First Centurion Level Eurofighter Delivered July 9 2018
    The Royal Air Force received the first Eurofighter Typhoon with integrated Project Centurion weapon package. Within BAE Systems' integration activities, aircrafts gained ability to use tMeteor beyond the visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) and MBDA production Storm Shadow missiles. During the first phase of the project, a total of 26 units will be upgraded to Centurion level. After this program, aircrafts can use Paveway IV, Storm Shadow, Meteor and...
  • Navy to Renew Cargo Aircrafts
    Navy to Renew Cargo Aircrafts July 4 2018
    US Navy is replacing the aging C-2 Greyhound aircraft that it uses for transport on board aircraft. The Navy has approved procurement of CMV-22B for $ 2.85 billion.. A total of 39 Ospreys will be supplied. In the past days, with the agreement of Bell-Boeing signed with 4.2 billion US dollars, 39 CMV-22B for the Navy, 14 MV-22B for the Marine Corps, four for the US Air Force and four for the Japanese Government were ordered. US Navy signed a development agreement with Bell-Boein...