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  • Turkish UAV lands on Turkish Cyprus
    Turkish UAV lands on Turkish Cyprus December 16 2019
    Baykar’s TB2 drone landed on Cyprus Island, while there is increasing tension in the eastern Mediterranean. TB2 has taken off from Dalaman Naval Air Base and flew for five hours. TB2 landed at a Geçitkale airport on Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on Monday. The breakaway Turkish Cypriot cabinet on Friday designated the Gecitkale airport on the island as a base for both unarmed and armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the request of the Turkish government.
  • Maiden Flight from Baykar's “paluk”
    Maiden Flight from Baykar's “paluk” December 6 2019
    Baykar Defence’s AKINCI UAV made its first flight. Baykar Defence Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar shared the information about the plane. Bayraktar AKINCI Attack -Unmanned Aerial Vehicle developed by Baykar took off for the first flight test at Çorlu Airport Command on Friday, December 6, 2019. AKINCI completed the first flight test. Bayraktar AKINCI TIHA performed its first engine test on 1 September 2019. Before the first flight test, Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA c...
  • Kongsberg to Deliver Counter (C-UAS) to Germany
    Kongsberg to Deliver Counter (C-UAS) to Germany December 5 2019
    Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (Kongsberg) is integrating the Hensoldt Spexer radar for UAS detection and tracking into its Counter-UAV system for Germany. Kongsberg has entered into a contract with Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw) to deliver a Counter Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) based on the Protector Remote Weapon Station. The contract worth 250 MNOK was won in an international bidding process. Germany is the first country to acquire a ...
  • Mi-35 Grant from India
    Mi-35 Grant from India October 16 2019
    India donated two Mi-35 attack helicopters to Afghanistan. “Two Mi-35 attack helicopters gifted by India to Afghan forces,” Fawad Aman, spokesman for the Afghan Defence Ministry, tweeted official Twitter account. The helicopters were delivered to Afghan forces at a ceremony held at Kabul Airport. In 2016, Kabul requested India to repair and provide new parts for the Air Force’s 11 Mi-35s and 7 transport aircraft. In the same year, New Delhi supplied 4 Mi-25s. India...
  • Are the Feet Cut Off of the Floor? October 4 2019
    TEKNOFEST, which uses the motto of “festival that doesn't stand on the ground”, raises the question “Is it a festival that doesn't stand on the ground?” after the IDEF, even though the goals of the two are different. Did a lot of young-kids buried in their phones really get what this festival wanted to give? Out with the "National Technology Drive" slogan, led by the Ministry of Industry and Technology, and Turkey Team Foundation Technologie...
  • Sun Powered UAV on the Air
    Sun Powered UAV on the Air August 6 2019
    Chine joined to solar-powered UAV efforts. A new solar-powered UAV, the MOZI 2, completed its first successful test flight at an airport in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang. According to the company Oxai Aircraft, MOZI 2 has a wingspan of 15 meters and is powered solely by solar cells. It can reach an altitude of 8,000 meters with a maximum cruise time of 12 hours at night following eight hours of charging in sunlight. The solar-powered UAV, which is designed for disaster re...
  • Paris Air Show Missing the Past July 11 2019
    53th of the event has happened this year in Le Bourget Airport, first one happened at 1909. 2453 companies joined the event which are 1185 France based. The event has happened in a 324 thousand meter square area. 150 of those participants were start-up companies. 26 pavilions and 335 chalets were in the Paris Air Show 2019. Most participation were from USA, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and Belgium respectively. 290 delegates from 98 countries has joined the event, followed by 3450 journalis...
  • ESM to Aksungur
    ESM to Aksungur June 24 2019
    In Paris Air Show 2019, which is one of the most important events of the aviation sector which held at Le Bourget Airport, TUSAŞ exhibited models of some of its products. Models of products such as 10 Tons Class Utility Helicopter, Hürkuş, Hürkuş-C were exhibited at the company booth in the static display area. Among these models, a remarkable change has seen on Aksungur model. Photographs and conceptual images of Aksungur which were exhibited for the first time at IDEF 20...
  • Cooperation in Europe for the Fifth Generation
    Cooperation in Europe for the Fifth Generation June 20 2019
    The Paris Air Show, held at Le Bourget Airport, was the scene of many promotions. The event introduced a full-size model of the fifth generation fighter aircraft developed by European countries. Dassault Aviation from France and Airbus from Germany jointly carried out the development of the project. The platform, which will be equipped with the new generation subsystems and which is described as the project of the future, will be able to work in cooperation with the UAVs. Equipped w...
  • Turkish TF-X Be Displayed At Paris Air show
    Turkish TF-X Be Displayed At Paris Air show June 13 2019
    Turkish Aerospace will display for the first time the one-to-one mock-up of the Turkish Fighter at the International Paris Air show. The 53th edition of the International Paris Airshow will take place at Le Bourget airport between June 17-23, 2019. Turkish Aerospace, apart from the Turkish Fighter mock-up, will display ATAK, ANKA, HÜRJET and GÖKBEY platforms. Furthermore, ATAK helicopter will perform flight demonstrations during the show.
  • Turkish Aerospace Press Release
    Turkish Aerospace Press Release June 13 2019
    Turkish Aerospace will display for the first time the one-to-one mock-up of the Turkish Fighter at the International Paris Airshow. The 17th edition of the International Paris Airshow will take place at Le Bourget airport between June 17-23, 2019. Turkish Aerospace, apart from the Turkish Fighter mock-up, will display ATAK, ANKA, HÜRJET and GÖKBEY platforms. Furthermore, ATAK helicopter will perform flight demonstrations during the show.  
  • AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship
    AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship March 12 2019
      The US Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has received the first upgraded Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunship. In a press release, it is stated that the Block 30 Ghostrider has better software and avionics technology than the previous Block 20 version. Including a new sensor, updated crew seats with additional safety features, and new technology, routers and networks. As with the AC-130W Stinger II, the AC-130J is equipped with the P...
  • Unknown Radar from Iran
    Unknown Radar from Iran January 23 2019
    According to Iranian Fars News Agency, a new type of radar is ready for deployment with the country’s air defence forces. Fars News claimed that a ceremony was held at “Khatab al-Anbiya Air Defence Base” only for protocol was for a “radar system which has been built and put into action” at in the city of Zahedan. Located near the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Zahedan boasts an international airport and rail links stretching across the Balochistan...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Japan Postponed V-22s Again
    Japan Postponed V-22s Again November 19 2018
    Japan has announced that it has postponed its V-22 Osprey deliveries once again. Japan Defence Minister Takeyeshi Iwaya made a statement about postponement. Japan had previously announced postponement in deliveries. The Japanese Minister of Defence said in a statement that the support of the local people of the region where the platforms will be deployed was not provided. This caused the decision. The V-22 Ospreys are expected to be deployed to Saga Airport in the south-western part...
  • Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighters to Join Zhuhai Airshow
    Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighters to Join Zhuhai Airshow November 1 2018
    Chinese J-20 fighters are expected to appear at Zhuhai Airshow even though they are not listed on the Airshow list. Multiple J-20 stealth fighter jets were spotted in the skies above Zhuhai, South China’s Guangdong Province on Tuesday. Four J-20s under the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force flew over the Zhuhai Jinwan Airport at about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Two J-20 formations, each consisting of two fighter jets, made a low pass through the airport, after which one...
  • Entering the Season: SAHA EXPO October 7 2018
    The first of three defence and aerospace exhibitions organised in Istanbul in September took place at the World Trade Center Istanbul located nearby the Ataturk Airport. Organised under the auspices and responsibility of Istanbul Defense Aerospace and Space Cluster Association, SAHA EXPO Defense, Aviation and Space Industry is designed as a biannual event to welcome any company featuring in the area of defence. With this characteristic, SAHA EXPO resembled a mini version of the IDEF...
  • US Businessmen to Focus on Turkey
    US Businessmen to Focus on Turkey October 3 2018
    The American-Turkish Council, which brings Turkish businessmen together with American industrialists and state authorities with the summits held in Washington DC, and will organize its 37th between 22-24 October, will lead US businessmen to Turkey in order to bring together with representatives of Turkish aviation and defense industry. The mission, called Aerospace & Defense Trade Mission will be held between 3-7 December 2018 with the contributions of the US Department of Commerce. In th...
  • China's FTC-2000G Conducts Maiden Flight October 1 2018
    The AVIC FTC-2000G has conducted its maiden flight from Anshun Airport southwest China's Guizhou Province. The first flight took place on 28 September. The FTC-2000G was developed by the Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The aircraft, based on the FTC-2000 advanced jet trainer, is now multi-functional military aircraft and has a ground attack, combat, and daily training capability and is targeted at the international...
  • TEKNOFEST Opens Its Doors For Visitors September 20 2018
    Organizers of TEKNOFEST are Turkey's Technical Team Foundation (T3) and Istanbul City municipality. The festival will be held at Istanbul's third airport. The festival is planned to hold some technological presentations and competitions. The races will be held in 12 categories in partnership with Turkish companies Aselsan, Baykar, BMC, IGA, ISBAK, Roketsan, TUSAS and TUBITAK. Technological products such as unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, which h...
  • Bozok and SOM-J Passed Recent Tests Successfully
    Bozok and SOM-J Passed Recent Tests Successfully July 29 2018
    Developed for the F-35 aircraft, the SOM-J and the Laser-guided Bozok munitions developed for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles successfully passed the recent tests. Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank shared from his social media account that the first tests of Precision Guided Stand-Off Missile SOM-J and the Laser Guided Miniature smart bomb Bozok are successfully completed. SOM-J, the variant of SOM for the F-35, developed by TUBITAK SAGE and produced by ROKETSAN, wa...
  • Kazakh Y-8 Made Its Maiden Flight
    Kazakh Y-8 Made Its Maiden Flight June 18 2018
    Y-8F-200WA tactical transport aircraft which is ordered by Kazakhstan made its maiden flight. The contract was signed on April 21st for the aircraft tested at Shaanxi Liugu Airport. All aircraft which are ordered by Kazakhstan are scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019. The Y-8F-200WA is an upgraded version of the Y-8, a medium-range transport aircraft developed from Antonov-12. The body can be used for tasks such as platform, troop transport, aerial resupply an...
  • ATAK Export Deal Inked With Pakistan
    ATAK Export Deal Inked With Pakistan May 25 2018
    T-129 ATAK attack helicopter, developed and produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI), was exported to Pakistan. Ongoing talks with Pakistan on the ATAK helicopter resulted positively. It was announced in the defence, aviation and space industry section of Justice and Development Party's Elections Declaration of Presidential and General Elections that a contract was very recently signed for the sale of 30 ATAK helicopters with Pakistan. Two yea...
  • Indonesia Received 'Apache' Helos
    Indonesia Received 'Apache' Helos May 17 2018
    The Indonesian Army (TNI) officially took delivery of eight Boeing AH-64E attack helicopters on May 16 at the Army Air Force Base at Ahmad Yani Airport in Semarang. Procurement of the eight helicopters is part of the Foreign Military Sales program to advance the country's defensive capabilities. 
  • Eurasia Airshow, Opens its Doors
    Eurasia Airshow, Opens its Doors April 7 2018
    Seeking to establish a bridge between Europe and Asia in the area of aviation, Eurasia Airshow will take place for the first time in April 25-29, 2018.  To be organised at Antalya International Airport, the Airshow has the objective to create a new market in the area of military and civilian aviation. The event also plans to make the most of the advantage provided by its geostrategic location, which requires only three hours&rs...
  • Demonstration Flight by ATAK in Pakistan
    Demonstration Flight by ATAK in Pakistan March 24 2018
    The T-129 ATAK helicopters developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) are close to being exported to Pakistan. Two A400M transport aircraft belonging to the Turkish Air Force took three T-129 helicopters to Pakistan, although no announcement was made on this issue. T-129 carried out demonstration flights with aircraft and helicopters of the Pakistani Air Force during the inventory parade in Islamabad. Two years ago, TAI took a T-129 helicopter to Pakistan for flight tests. ...
  • MiG fraud in Sri Lanka revealed March 19 2018
    Sri Lanka’s daily Sunday Times has uncovered about alleged corruption on the purchase of MiG-27s from Ukraine. A three-year investigation by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) into the procurement of MiG-27 fighter jets for the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has bared some details. A document signed between Ukraine’s arms export company Ukrinmarsh and the Sri Lanka Air Force has turned out to be a fraudulent one. It was supposed to be a Government-to-Government agreeme...
  • Weapon Detection Radar by ASELSAN for Counter-terrorism
    Weapon Detection Radar by ASELSAN for Counter-terrorism March 11 2018
    ASELSAN completed studies on radar systems for providing security in populated areas such as airports, train stations, shopping malls and public meeting areas. According to ASELSAN's 2017 annual report, the radar detects and identifies disguised explosives and weaponry. The company stated that the development work on 3D Imaging Radar, which is being conducted in collaboration with TÜBİTAK TEYDEB, has been completed. ASELSAN did not share any visuals on the radar.
  • Belgium's NH90s Operational in Mali
    Belgium's NH90s Operational in Mali February 19 2018
    The two NH90 Belgian helicopters arrived in Gao at Bamako airport early last week and became operational in two days. A special coating was applied to the blades of the helicopters before they left for Mali, to counter the climate conditions where a sandy terrain was dominant which creates large clouds of dust (created by the rotor downwash) reduces visibility to zero. To further protect the engines, additional sand filters and an anti-FOD (foreign object damage) grille ha...
  • AG600, makes successful maiden flight in China
    AG600, makes successful maiden flight in China December 24 2017
    The world’s largest amphibious aircraft, AG600 known as 'Kunlong' in China, made its one hour long maiden flight.  Powered by four turboprop engines, the AG600 can carry 50 people during maritime search-and-rescue missions. It had previously been scheduled to make its first flight earlier this year but it is unclear why it was delayed after ground tests took place in April. State-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) has spent almost eight years developing the aircra...
  • Russian Aircraft To Conduct Observation Flight in Turkish Skies
    Russian Aircraft To Conduct Observation Flight in Turkish Skies February 27 2017
    An Antonov An-30B aircraft belonging to the Russian Air Force (RAF) will conduct an observation flight between February 27th and March 3rd in Turkish skies, under the 'Open Skies Treaty'. Russian military planes will fly in Turkey for the first time after the shooting of RAF's Sukhoi Su-24M aircraft on 24 November 2015. Sergey Rijkov, President of Russia's National Center for Nuclear Risk Reduction, announced that Russian experts will begin their observatio...
  • Russian An-30B in Italian Skies
    Russian An-30B in Italian Skies February 13 2017
    Russia's Nuclear Risk Reduction Center revealed that the country will conduct surveillance flight over Italy between 13-17 February under the Open Skies Treaty. The flight will be carried out on An-30B which is to take off from the Rome Ciampino Airport.
  • New Engine for "Hercules", First Flight Successful
    New Engine for "Hercules", First Flight Successful December 5 2016
    The first US C-130H  Hercules aircraft to receive engine upgrade have made its first flight at Wyoming Regional Airport on 1 December. The aircraft was equipped with four Rolls-Royce T56 Series 3.5 engine, which improved fuel efficiency by approximately 12 percent and lowered turbine temperatures by 100 degrees Celsius, providing the plarform increased parts life and lower operating costs. The first U.S. Air Force C-130H demonstration aircraft was assigned to the Wyoming Air National Gua...
  • ABD and Czechia Observe Russia
    ABD and Czechia Observe Russia November 7 2016
    The US and Czechia are to conduct an observational flight over Russia between 7-11 November under the Treaty on Open Skies. Assigned for this mission as a US OC-135B Observation Aircraft which will take-off from Khabarovsk Airport. Several Russian specialists will be on board of the plane during the flight to monitor compliance with the agreed parameters of the treaty.
  • Successful First Mission in Mali for the German Armed Forces Heron 1 MALE
    Successful First Mission in Mali for the German Armed Forces Heron 1 MALE November 5 2016
    The German Bundeswehr Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) Heron 1 flew its first operational mission in Mali on 1 November from Gao airport. The 5 hour 40 minute flight was fully successful and occurred only about three months following the initial contract signature. The Herons are to remain in Mali until February 2018. The first flight is an important step to obtain the declaration of full operational capability (FOC). To achieve FOC, three aircraft ...
  • New Air Base in India
    New Air Base in India October 13 2016
    India opened a Naval Air Enclave (NAE) at the Cochin International Airport on 5 October. The Defence Ministry stated that the setting up of the NAE would facilitate the operations of Boeing P8I aircraft from CIAL to enhance the surveillance of the area around the Western coast and the strategic Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands. The naval air enclave would be utilized to accommodate and operate aircraft which cannot be operated from INS Garuda due to inadequate runway length available.
  • Emergency Drill in Pakistan
    Emergency Drill in Pakistan September 27 2016
    Pakistan initiated emergency take-off and landing practices for its fighter jets. Upon the Pakistan Air Force’s order on 22 September, country's 375 km-long Lahore-Islamabad-Peshawar motorway has closed to enable the force’s fighter jets conduct emergency take-off and landing exercises in case the country’s airports be destroyed in a war. The exercise was declared to be a part of ‘High Mark’ drill and the participant aircrafts were JF-17 Thunders, F-16s and M...
  • Russia's Turn to Observe
    Russia's Turn to Observe September 26 2016
    Russia will conduct observation flights over Greece and the United States under the Treaty on Open Skies, which entered into force in 2002, providing for unarmed aerial surveillance flights between 34 member states. The observing aircraft will depart from Nea Anchialos airport in Greece and Travis airport in California within the last week of September. Russia uses the Antonov An-30 for their observation flights.
  • L-39NG Completed First Phase
    L-39NG Completed First Phase September 20 2016
    Aero Vodochody's Aero L-39NG’s completed its first phase of development, which contains an installation of the new Williams FJ44-4M turbofan engine and the L-39NG avionics. Based on  Aero L-39 Albatros, the aircraft made its maiden flight on 14 September 2015. The first customer for L-39NG upgrade LOM Praha, a state-owned enterprise, will use the L-39NG at its Flight Training Center at Pardubice Airport in the Czechia.