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  • A400M Certified to Low Level Automatic Flight
    A400M Certified to Low Level Automatic Flight 1 June 2020
    Developing computer technologies reduce the need for aircraft for the pilot. New generation flight computers can automatically ensure the flight control and movement of the aircraft in the light of the data collected through sensors, especially in difficult conditions where visibility is limited. This is a factor that significantly increases flight safety. Airbus announced that the first phase of the certification process of the Automatic Low-Level Flight System of the A400M mi...
  • Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea
    Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea 29 May 2020
    The waters in the Black Sea have been experiencing their hottest days since the end of the Cold War. Sea and air movement of NATO affiliates is very high in the region. Two B-1B Lancer affiliated to the U.S. Air Force's 28th Bomber Wing performed a long-range Bomber Task Force mission. The platforms departing from Ellsworth Air Force Base stationed in South Dakota headed over the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea after they crossed the Atlantic Ocean. During the round trip; bombe...
  • US F-35A Airplane Flies Over Syrian Skies
    US F-35A Airplane Flies Over Syrian Skies 19 April 2020
    The F-35 Lightning II, Joint Program Office's (JPO) twitter account, said that the US Air Force F-35A fighter plane was flying within the responsibility area of ​​the US Central Forces Command (CENTCOM). While it was announced that the plane was flying in the Al-Tanf region of Syria, no further details were provided on the subject. Al-Tanf Region, also known as "Tanf At", is a military base in the Homs Governorate of Syria, 24 km west of the Al-Tanf border crossing in ...
  • Russia Detects 22 Foreign Jets in Its Airspace
    Russia Detects 22 Foreign Jets in Its Airspace 10 April 2020
    The Russian Armed Forces last week identified 22 jets in violation of Russian airspace. The platforms were reported to have been involved in reconnaissance activities near the airspace. The military's official newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, published an infographic on airspace violations. A weekly infographic published by the outlet showed that Russian fighter jets had been scrambled twice to intercept foreign aircraft. Russia has also detected five drones for reconnaissance and ob...
  • Taiwan Flew Its Aircraft Against China During Exercise
    Taiwan Flew Its Aircraft Against China During Exercise 26 March 2020
    Taiwan conducted a tri-services military drill to simulate a response to an air attack by Beijing. Simulating the airstrike from China, Taiwan aired eight F-16s during the exercise. Taiwan's Ministry of Defence has announced that they are conducting drills as an indicator of what they will do to protect the sovereignty and national security. Beijing's J-11 and KJ-500 airborne early warning planes dangerously approached Taiwan's airspace on March 16, and Taiwan's F-16...
  • Russian Airspace Opened Its Doors
    Russian Airspace Opened Its Doors 25 February 2020
    The USA, Canada and Norway will fly in the Russian airspace for the next four days. As part of the Treaty on Open Skies, which was signed in 1992 and entered into force in 2002, Swedish production Saab 340 aircraft will take off from Kubinka. The agreement, which has 34 member states, includes unarmed observation flights in the participating countries. Observation flights are made over the territories of the United States, Canada, European countries, and Russia.
  • Aegean and Mediterranean Dream of Greece: Mare Nostrum 15 February 2020
    The air and sea borders declared unilaterally by Greece have been keeping the waters of the Aegean warm for years. When the Exclusive Economic Zone disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean were added to the continental shelf and airspace problems that carried Turkish and Greek relations beyond the neighbourhood, the equation became multi-dimensional. Filling the gap between the two neighbouring countries, the Aegean Sea has been the scene of many disputes for many years, especially the...
  • Turkish Greek Exercise at Mediterranean
    Turkish Greek Exercise at Mediterranean 22 January 2020
    Turkey and Greece, which are experiencing high tensions in the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean, met in the eastern Mediterranean. In addition to the Aegean sea and airspace disputes, Turkey and Greece experiencing high tensions between them due to natural gas parcels in the Mediterranean. Although high tensions, both countires performed joint exercises in the eastern Mediterranean. Two Passing Exercise (PASSEX) were held on January 19th and 20th in order to increase situa...
  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers 7 January 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • US Wants to re-Buy F-5E Swiss Fighters
    US Wants to re-Buy F-5E Swiss Fighters 16 December 2019
    United States is reportedly ready to re-purchase Northrop 22 fighter aircraft F-5E Tiger II belonging to the Swiss Air Force that had been used 41 years since 1978. According to airspacereview portal, US Navy and the Swiss Defence Procurement Agency (Armasuisse) have been in talks related to the sale of F-5 in July. The budget for the purchase of F-5 from Switzerland is 39.7 million dollars.  The US is still using the F-5 as simulated enemy air to air combat exercise. Switzerla...
  • New Measures from Iran 22 November 2019
    The defence industry continues to keep pace with developing and changing technologies. Recently, the use of unmanned systems has increased and the UAV system, which is a cost-effective solution, has become a danger for the countries' airspace. Iranian Deputy Defence Minister Brigadier General Ghasem Taghizadeh said that Iran is now mass producing laser weapons to defend its air from drones.  “The research and experimental phase for this weapon has finished and it is now in the ...
  • Russian S-400 is Unable to Detect Israeli F-35s 20 September 2019
    Russian S-300 and S-400 air defence systems failed to detect Israeli F-35s flying over Damascus according to Israeli television channel NZIV. NZIV, citing a number of military sources, published the flight route of the Israeli aircraft, which struck eastern Syria. It is claimed that İsraeli F-35s, Adir, entered the Syrian airspace and flew for almost several hundred kilometres over the area covered by Russian S-400 and Syrian S-300 air defence systems. NZIV claims that ano...
  • China Reveals Hunter Drone with Net
    China Reveals Hunter Drone with Net 9 September 2019
    China has developed a drone capable of hunting small, low flying drones, China's state broadcaster China Central Television has revealed. The hexacopter drone made by a research centre under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation is capable of approaching a hostile or illegal drone and firing a 16-square-meter net at it. The net can be autonomously launched by the drone hunter, the report said, without disclosing the type of hunter drone. Small,...
  • Modernization for Japan E-767 14 August 2019
        Boeing announced on its social media account that the first E-767 aircraft of the Japan Airborne Warning and Control System fleet has landed in San Antonio. The company has announced that they will modernize its Japanese E-767 fleet to improve its future capabilities.   Within the scope of modernization, the company will improve the computer systems of Japanese aircraft. Four Boeing E-767’s, which is delivered to the Japan Air S...
  • UK Details Transition Plan
    UK Details Transition Plan 5 August 2019
    Britain is planning to retire its General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems in 2024 as the Royal Air Force transitions to its new Protector platform. The UK currently has 10 MQ-9 Reapers that it purchased as an urgent operational requirement for operations in Afghanistan. Today, they operate over Iraq and Syria, but none are destined for use in UK airspace. The UK currently is planning to buy 16 Protectors, a derivative of General Atomics’ self-developed, SkyGuardian platfor...
  • Delay in Ocean Airspace Control
    Delay in Ocean Airspace Control 2 August 2019
    The OneSKY programme to modernise and integrate Australia’s civil and defence air traffic management systems is running 10 years late and will cost more than double the original estimate to acquire, the Australian National Audit Office has reported. OneSKY is an advanced civil/military airspace integration project that intends to modernise Australian and associated oceanic airspace. Australian airspace covers 11% of the globe and includes several of the world’s busiest a...
  • Northrop Grumman Receives Further Orders
    Northrop Grumman Receives Further Orders 31 July 2019
    U.S. Air Force awards contract to Northrop Grumman for advanced electronic warfare pods. The value of the contract is $44 million. Northrop Grumman received the order following a series of rigorous tests designed to verify the system’s capabilities and readiness for operations. The tests were representative of modern combat scenarios and involved multiple, simultaneous threats. The pod demonstrated the ability to identify, locate and counter sophisticated threats and keep airc...
  • Second AIM-120 Investigation Concluded
    Second AIM-120 Investigation Concluded 25 February 2019
      The second investigation of the accidental AIM-120 AMRAAM launch at last August was also concluded. The second investigation reports are the same as the first.   On 7 August 2018, an AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile was launched from Spanish Air Force F/A-18 Hornet in Estonian airspace. First, the internal investigation of Spain was completed and the decision was made that the launch was a pilot error. Then the results of the research carried out by ...
  • Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar
    Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar 15 February 2019
    Thales has developed, in collaboration with the Dutch Army, a multi-mission radar system to enhance air defence capabilities. Thales announced on February 12 that it has developed a radar system in collaboration with the land forces of the Netherlands. This multi-mission MMR radar helps strengthen air defence by monitoring airspace and detecting and tracking aircraft, missiles and other air targets that may be present. "The MMR radar is able to track and record in real time any type of t...
  • “Rehearsal” Attack from Russia
    “Rehearsal” Attack from Russia 14 February 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 ...
  • Sector News Issue 70 7 February 2019
    Mistral Blows by the Sea Rio’s Airspace Entrusted to SAAB Spain Relieved with Resources Printed Parts for Nuclear Ship HAVELSAN Features 8x8 Simulator İŞBİR’s First Step to Investment BMC Launches “Next 50 Years” Flag Race at Meteksan Sefine’s Business Partnership Model for DİMDEG Internal Appointment at STM 43rd ATAK in the Inventory ASELSAN Back to its ...
  • Unknown Radar from Iran
    Unknown Radar from Iran 23 January 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...
  • Two Seat Stealth Fighter on Way: J-20 Variant
    Two Seat Stealth Fighter on Way: J-20 Variant 17 January 2019
    China's most advanced stealth fighter jet J-20 could be developed into a bomber, electric warfare (EW) aircraft and a carrier-based variant. All current stealth fighter jets feature single-seat, so the potential J-20 variant might become the first two-seat stealth fighter jet in the world, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Wednesday. Chinese military experts said as latest reports suggested a two-seat version of the warplane is under development. On a highly digitalize...
  • RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time
    RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time 11 December 2018
    Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons launched from RAF Lossiemouth for the first time with the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile(BVRAAM) during a Quick Reaction Alert exercise for airspace defence. Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December that The MBDA Meteor is now operational aboard RAF  Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland (QRA North) to interce...
  • Russia Deploys Radar to Southern District
    Russia Deploys Radar to Southern District 30 November 2018
    Russia has decided to deploy advanced radar systems to southern region. Increasing Western aircraft reconnaissance flights are announced as reason for this decision. After increasing NATO flights of Western reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea, the Moscow administration announced the deployment of Nebo-UM radar system to the southern part of the country. The radar system launched last Saturday is known as a modernized version of Nebo-U series radars. Nebo-UM, is a VHF / multi-...
  • RADA’s Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar Wins UK MoD Tender
    RADA’s Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar Wins UK MoD Tender 23 August 2018
    On August 21, Israeli RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. announced that its Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars (MHR), which are embedded in the Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Drone Dome counter-drone solution, will be delivered to the British Army in the coming months. Deliveries of this program are expected to be concluded within 2018. The British Army will be the first customer to implement the Drone Dome, to protect sensitive facilities and military infrastructure of drones. "Th...
  • Issue 64 Fair News 16 August 2018
    Tempest Blowing at Farnborough Czech Alternative in Light Attack Saab’s Next Generation RBS15 Tekever Unveiled AR5 Raytheon Approaches with Precision F-35 Costs to Decrease Hermes 900 in Civilian Airspace Time for the Sixth Generation? PD-170 in London Hürjet on the Island Cirit Goes Thermobaric    
  • Typhoons Intercepted at Black Sea
    Typhoons Intercepted at Black Sea 31 July 2018
    NATO aircraft has intercepted a Russian Su-24. Two Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from the Royal Air Force deployed in Romania have intercepted Su-24 (NATO Code: Fencer), which is closing dangerously at the NATO Air in the Western Black Sea. The Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from the Royal Air Force are stationed at 135th Expeditionary Air Wing at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base near Constanta, Romania. The mission of the RAF aircraft in Romania is to assist the Romanian MiG-21 LanceR and F-16 airc...
  • Sierra Nevada, IAI to Collaborate On VTOL Tactical UAV
    Sierra Nevada, IAI to Collaborate On VTOL Tactical UAV 23 July 2018
    US Based Sierra Nevada company owned by Turkish businessman Fatih Özmen signed a collaboration agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries at Farnborough Air Show. Two companies aim to support development of a new tactical Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL ) Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) for the US market. Companies will join their forces to sell VTOL UAVs for special mission applications in the US tactical UAV market over the next decade. Sierra Nevada will be the prime contract...
  • MALE UAV to cross Atlantic Ocean
    MALE UAV to cross Atlantic Ocean 27 June 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. plans to make the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight of a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). GA-ASI’s company-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA is due to take off from its base in North Dakota and embark on nearly 6,500 km journey to RAF Fairford piloted by an operator located at the aerospace company's Flight Test and Training Centre in Grand Forks. It has a wingspan of 79ft and can fly non-stop for in excess o...
  • NATO starts Montenegro air patrols
    NATO starts Montenegro air patrols 30 May 2018
    NATO Allies Italy and Greece will begin NATO air patrols over Montenegro on 5 June 2018. Montenegro joined NATO in June last year. As the country does not have its own fighter planes, it has asked Allies to help secure its airspace. NATO air policing missions protect the skies of those Allies that do not have their own air force. There are currently several of these air policing missions across Europe.
  • New Ammunition for Su-57
    New Ammunition for Su-57 4 April 2018
    Russia has completed the development of a small-caliber ammunition, Drel air bomb, for its fifth generation fighter Su-57 (PAK FA). The manufacturer of the ammunition, Techmash Concern, said Drel can be used on all types of aircraft, from long-range strategic bombers to ground attack planes. The bomb is also virtually invisible to the radar with heat-seeking elements and its fire-and-forget feature allows the bombers to take out a target ...
  • Israeli Radar for Lithuanian Airspace
    Israeli Radar for Lithuanian Airspace 3 April 2018
    The Lithuanian Armed Forces signed a contract with Israeli ELTA Systems last month for five short-range air surveillance radars. According to the announcement made by Lithuania Ministry of Defence on 29 March, the total price of the procured radars is around €2,8 million. The short-range radars will be integrated into the joint Lithuanian airspace surveillance system and will be operational by the end of 2019. 
  • USAF Bombers Arrived in Australia
    USAF Bombers Arrived in Australia 2 April 2018
    US' B-52 Stratofortress Bombers arrived in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base Darwin to participate in Enhanced Air Cooperation. RAAF Base Darwin is hosting the bombers while they take part in training activities with the Australian Defence Force in designated military airspace near RAAF Base Williamtown until early April.  Australia and the United States commenced Enhanced Air Cooperation in February 2017. However, RAAF Darwin hosted USAF B-52s in 2012, ...
  • ANKA Entered Duty with Turkish Navy
    ANKA Entered Duty with Turkish Navy 30 March 2018
    ANKA unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed and manufactured by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), has entered duty with Turkish Naval Forces. ANKA UAV, which has been delivered to the navy under the scope of an agreement signed by Undersecreteriat for Defence Industries and TAI, is planned to operate in the Aegean airspace. The UAV carried out its first operational flight in the region on 27 March. The aircraft will be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance ...
  • Boeing Completed First Phase in Wedgetail Modernization
    Boeing Completed First Phase in Wedgetail Modernization 23 February 2018
    Boeing Australia announced on 21 February that the first phase of upgrades to Australia’s Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) E-7A fleet has been completed. The upgrade aimed to meet new civil airspace regulations and to improve data storage and broadcast capabilities.  Under the Wedgetail AIR 5077 Phase 5A program, the fleet of six aircraft has been equipped with satellite position broadcast technology and the latest version of a traffic collision av...
  • Process for Avenger Sales to India Begins
    Process for Avenger Sales to India Begins 28 December 2017
    The US government has commenced its internal process for approving India's request of armed Avenger (formerly Predator C) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). New Delhi and Washington are planning to commence negotiations in April 2018. India will likely pursue a possibility of local production in the frame of 'Make in India' initiative.  General Atomics' Avenger UAV is a long-endurance, medium-to-high-altitude Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system t...
  • Switzerland To Renew Air Defences
    Switzerland To Renew Air Defences 10 November 2017
    Swiss Department of Defence announced on 8 November that the Federal Council took decisions in principle concerning the renewal of the means of protection of Swiss airspace. It is planned to acquire new combat aircraft and a new system of Ground-Based Air Defense (GBAD), for a maximum cost of 8 billion francs.  This means the Swiss Army's budget should be increased annually by 1.4% by 2021.According to the statement, 30 F/A-18 jets will be retired around 2030...
  • USA's Trial with the Drone
    USA's Trial with the Drone 7 November 2017
    The Trump Administration, motivated by internal and external pressures for broader use of drones, may fuel great power conflicts and instability especially in Africa. The United States of America is under pressure from inside and outside to authorise broader use of drones. While drone companies like Kespry, AirMap, Airspace, Measure UAS, Trumbull Unmanned and Precision Hawk keep lobbying for expanded use of drones for commercial purposes, Washington, which seeks establishment of mor...
  • Serial Production Will Begin in 2019
    Serial Production Will Begin in 2019 17 July 2017
    MiG Aircraft Corporation announced that the serial production of Mikoyan MiG-35 (NATO reporting name: Fulcrum-F) fighter jet will begin within two years. On Friday, the company's CEO Ilya Tarasenko said following the completion of the tests, serial production would begin. MiG-35 fighter aircraft has been designed to remotely counteract all targets with its guidance system before they enter the user country’s airspace.