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  • Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight
    Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight January 5 2020
    The first images of the JF-17 Block 3 ‘4+ generation’ fighter were unveiled on December 28th, with a prototype shown taxiing on a factory runway in China before taking its first flight. The fighter represents the fourth variant of the JF-17, a fighter jointly developed by China and Pakistan from the early 2000s which saw its first flight in august 2003. The JF-17 was designed exclusively for export and does not serve in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, although over 100...
  • ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV
    ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV December 28 2019
    Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed that the Korean Air Force (ROKAF) received the first of four Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on 23 December 2019. The UAV arrived at Sacheon Air Base in South Gyeongsang Province. The three remaining platforms are expected to be delivered in the first half of 2020, although this could change depending on situations.
  • Indonesia to Acquire Two Squadrons of New F-16s
    Indonesia to Acquire Two Squadrons of New F-16s December 27 2019
    Indonesian Air Force wants to acquire both US and Russian aircraft in the inventory. According to Indonesia’s next five-year strategic plan, running from 2020-2024, the country will pursue the goal of acquiring both F-16 Block 72 and Su-35. The chief of the Indonesian Air Force Air Marshal Yuyu Sutisna talked to state-owned national news agency Antara, about the southeast Asian nation plans to submit a request to buy two squadrons of Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 72 fighters...
  • Trump Admin Fights Bill Punishing Turkey
    Trump Admin Fights Bill Punishing Turkey December 24 2019
    According to The Daily Beast, The US State Department laid out the administration’s opposition to sanctions on Turkey in a seven-page memo sent to the Senate. In an exclusive report from the Daily, it is stated that the Trump administration sent a detailed memo to senators. The administration is fighting a bill that would punish Turkey for buying S-400 Russian air defence missiles. The administration claims that the legislation would drive the countries closer together. ...
  • Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards
    Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards December 20 2019
    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the US, and he is expected to discuss building US Ships in Greek shipyards. Navy is in discussions with the US on its frigates cogeneration, on the platform of American frigates LCS (Freedom-class littoral combat ship) The proposal seems to meet the requirements set by the Navy for the development of a new vessel, based on the US LCS platform, but with Greek demands being met and at a more economical price than the French...
  • Akşit Replaces Kotil at TAI
    Akşit Replaces Kotil at TAI November 29 2019
    Top officials from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS / TAI) left their post last week. General Manager and CEO of TAI, Temel Kotil is also affected by this fury. It was primarily speculated that Kotil was asked to resign. This claim was not confirmed, but C4Defence learned that on November 28, 2019, the Board of Directors convened extraordinarily during the day. Although the agenda item was not officially announced, the meeting continued until late at night and General Manager Kot...
  • Quo Vadis at TAI
    Quo Vadis at TAI November 29 2019
    Top officials from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS / TAI) left post last week. General Manager and CEO of TAI, Temel Kotil is also affected by this fury. It was primarily speculated that Kotil was asked to resign. This claim was not confirmed, but C4Defence learned that on November 28, 2019, the Board of Directors convened extraordinarily during the day. Although the agenda item was not officially announced, the meeting continued until late at night and General Manager Koti...
  • Pakistan Increases Naval Capabilities
    Pakistan Increases Naval Capabilities November 28 2019
    Pakistan recently added the navy to the Chinese-made Behr Masah research vessel. Islamabat, seeking for new capabilities, received a locally-directed guided projectile assault (Fast Attack Craft Missile / FACM) this week. The boat at the Karachi Military Shipyard has a boat-to-boat structure and a steel body. With a displacement of more than 560 tons, the platform is 63 meters long and can reach a maximum speed of 30 knots per hour. The assault rifle with four shafts and fixed-angle props was...
  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes November 11 2019
    Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has initiated works on building at least four corvettes for the country’s navy, the ministry’s official news agency ArmyInform reported on Sept. 18. The process will start with resuming the construction of the Volodymyr the Great corvette as the lead vessel of Project 58250 class of perspective warships. Navy initiated building back in 2011, but there is almost no progress since then. Turkey and the United States are ready to su...
  • Largest LHD of the Navy will Enter the Inventory
    Largest LHD of the Navy will Enter the Inventory August 26 2019
    Since 2012, China has been working to improve the amphibious capabilities of amphibious assault ships. Accordingly, recent photos reveal the construction of China’s largest amphibious assault ship is progressing. Photos taken from surrounding buildings and within China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard. Given the pace of construction, the ship is expected to launch this year. It’s unknown how many Type 075s China plans to eventually operate, although ...
  • China Shifts Aircraft Carrier Policy August 23 2019
    China’s second aircraft carrier can carry at least 36 J-15 fighter jets, some 50 percent more than the country’s first, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday. The new capacity signals new mission for aircraft carrier as it indicates air superiority missions. According to CCTV, China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, can carry 24 J-15 fighter jets. The new Type 001A was an upgraded version of the Liaoning, a former Soviet Kuznet...
  • New Wing for CAS
    New Wing for CAS August 16 2019
    U.S. Air Force finishes wing replacements on A-10 Thunderbolts. The last pair of new wings for 173 A-10 Thunderbolt planes was successfully installed. The $2 billion projects to remove and replace the wings on the planes, some of which have been flying for nearly 40 years, began in 2011. The new wings are expected to last for up to 10,000 equivalent flight hours without a depot inspection.   The Cold War-era plane entered service in 1976, Although superseded by a vari...
  • NATO Movement Against to Russia
    NATO Movement Against to Russia August 11 2019
    NATO has completed a scheduled upgrade of a land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system in Romania. The update is part of the United States European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defence, which was announced on September 2009. The Aegis Ashore station will detect and track potential threats outside of the bloc. A US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system was deployed to the Deveselu base for the time of the upgrade.   In response to th...
  • France Considers Acquiring CH-47 Chinook July 16 2019
    France is considering the acquisition of an undisclosed number of special forces Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters for its air force. Although the French military operates extensive numbers of Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal and NH Industries NH90 Caiman rotorcraft – both in the 11t class.  
  • Xplorer Unveiled at Paris
    Xplorer Unveiled at Paris June 20 2019
    Leonardo unveiled its new product at the Paris Air Show 2019. A new member of the Falco family is named Xplorer
    
    As a new member of the Falco family, the system is larger than its predecessors. The system has a wing span of 18.5 meters and a length of 9 meters. The maximum take-off weight of Falco Xplorer was announced to be 1,300 kilograms. Equipped with the Gabbiano T-80UL multimode synthetic aperture radar (SAR), the platform also features LEOSS gyrostabilized electrooptics and SAGE ...
                                                        
  • Norway Gives up From Sunken Frigate
    Norway Gives up From Sunken Frigate May 17 2019
    Repairing the frigate “KNM Helge Ingstad“, built by the Navantia shipyards would be more expensive than ordering a new one, concludes a report presented on Wednesday by the Agencia de Material de Norwegian defence. The study estimates that the cost of repairs will be between 12,000 and 14,000 million Norwegian crowns (1,223 and 1,427 million euros), while that of acquiring a new one would be 11,000 to 13,000 million (from 1,121 to 1,325 million euros).  Th...
  • F-35B Signal from Naval Forces
    F-35B Signal from Naval Forces May 1 2019
    As the Naval Command's Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) is on its way, it was revealed that the Navy is in need of trained jet pilots. At IDEF'19 held in Istanbul, Italian company Leonardo and the Italian Air Force held a joint presentation at IDEF. The presentation gave information about the International Flight Training School (IFTS), which provides many types of flight training in the south of Italy. According to the statement, the cooperation of the duo, military pilot...
  • ROKETSAN Full of Surprises
    ROKETSAN Full of Surprises April 30 2019
    ROKETSAN has announced one surprise after another during IDEF’19. The final tests of the surface-to-surface anti-ship missile Atmaca, which was designed and developed for the requirements of the naval forces, have been completed recently. Atmaca successfully hit a target at a range of roughly 200 km. Although it is similar to the Harpoon missile in terms of its place of use and shape, the autonomous missile with low radar signature offers many advantages including communication and spee...
  • S-500 Almost Ready
    S-500 Almost Ready April 15 2019
    A senior executive at the Russian Aerospace Forces made statements on the S-500. As a successor of  S-300 and S-400 systems; development phase of the S-500s shown in the final stage of the development phase. In addition, it is announced that Russian Army will begin take delivery of S-350 Vityaz systems soon. The S-350 and S-500 platforms are equipped with new generation radars with high mobility and thus the systems are able to take a position in unprepared areas. Although the ...
  • US Approves MH-60R Sale to India
    US Approves MH-60R Sale to India April 3 2019
      The US government has approved the sale of the Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk maritime multisession helicopter to India. The US State Department has cleared India to procure 24 MH-60R helicopters, as well one MH-60B/R Excess Defence Article (EDA) helicopter from the US Navy that will likely be used for training. In addition to the helicopters, the proposed package includes related anti-submarine warfare equipment and weapons, anti-surface warfare weapons, ...
  • Malaysian Frigates Get Combat Management System Upgrade
    Malaysian Frigates Get Combat Management System Upgrade April 1 2019
    The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) plan to install a new locally-developed Combat Management System (CMS) made by Malaysia's TCM Innovations Sdn Bhd, which is a subsidiary of T7 Global Bhd. to replace the current one. The new CMS, called Vibrant 1 was co-developed by Marine Crest Technology and T7 Global Bhd., in cooperation with India's C2C-DB Systems Pvt Ltd., which provided the base software. The first ship to receive the new CMS is the Lekiu-class frigate KD Jebat ...
  • Historical Development of Air Vehicle Design Genetics (3) March 16 2019
    Thousands of aircraft and trained pilots, suspended from duty in the aftermath of the Second World War, found a place in civil aviation, thus paving the way to a the rapidly burgeoning commercial cargo and passenger transportation sector. The Cold War itself set the stage for the development of an unprecedented aircraft industry, offering employment for tens of millions of people from both ideological camps. It is thanks to a fight for survival, in which all resources were mobilised...
  • Carrier Capable Unmanned Wingman
    Carrier Capable Unmanned Wingman February 18 2019
    The United Kingdom has announced that a new study has been launched under the Tempest project. In this direction, an unmanned wingman will be developed for Tempest. The new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is expected to be the loyal supporter of the platform, is planned to be the aircraft carrier capable.   The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence said the Tempest was developed to be compatible with the Queen Elizabeth class of the United Kingdom. Although the airc...
  • Armenia's Intention is More Armament
    Armenia's Intention is More Armament February 15 2019
      Armenia, which ordered four Su-30 (NATO Code: Flanker H) fighters from Russia in the last period, announced its intention to increase its equipment. Armenian Defence Minister David Tonoyan made statements about the country's military procurement plans. He added that they would not be satisfied with the four ordered Su-30s and said Armenia would provide additional aircraft and weapons equipment. He also mentioned that the first four Armenian platforms will be del...
  • 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...
  • Our Chances of Survival is Still Less than 10 Minutes… February 7 2019
    The US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, turned a 32-year-long dream into a nightmare. When the last General Secretary of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev came together with the then US President Ronald Reagan met in Washington in December 8, 1987, we somehow felt that we were approaching the end of the Cold War although we could not anticipate the conclusion. During the post-World War II ideological co...
  • Happy End in KC-46 Pegasus
    Happy End in KC-46 Pegasus January 25 2019
      The KC-46 Pegasus replenishment tanker, which struggled with difficulties in the manufacturing and testing process, reached a happy ending. Boeing delivered the first KC-46 to the US Air Force (USAF). The KC-46 Pegasus, developed from the Boeing 767 commercial airliner, was officially handed over to the USAF at a ceremony held at Boeing's Everett Plant. Due to problems, the delivery will be delayed. Platform will be transferred to McConnell Air Force, stationed ...
  • 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...
  • Historical Development of Air Vehicle Design Genetics (1) January 10 2019
    The historical process from the mythological Icarus to the Wright Brothers, is an adventurous demonstration of mankind’s anthropological enthusiasm and desire to fly… Although it seems that the mythological figure Icarus’ hubris culminated in his death, it might as well be the case that the narrator might have arbitrarily punished this inventor, who was involved in things beyond his capability. The mankind’s dream to fly was thus postponed until th...
  • Why did Greeks Relapse into Fear of Turks? January 10 2019
    Although military staff and analysts of Turkish and Greek armies have been constantly evaluating the balance of power, the issue drew public attention following a program in Greece’s Blue Sky TV. Against the background of this and similar news, lies the requirement to obtain resources for Greek Army’s modernisation. Put simply, Greece chants the slogan of “Turks are Coming”, in order to garner financial support from the people. Appearing in the Blue Sky TV ch...
  • Navy to Re-Deploys to Alaska
    Navy to Re-Deploys to Alaska December 17 2018
    The US Navy plans to re-activate a base frequently used in the Cold War years in Alaska. The deployment of P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine warfare aircraft to a small air base stationed in Alaska is on the agenda in order to observe the increasing Russian and Chinese activities in the Arctic Ocean. Navy plans re-activate Adak Naval Air Station, which is located in the Adak Island. Navy has stopped deployment in 1997. Although the base's fuel, de-icing and freshwater facilities are i...
  • The Star of Africa: Hans-Joachim Marseille December 8 2018
    The great war, which initially grabbed Europe in its claws, gradually engulfed the whole world starting with Africa. This ring of fire to be called the Second World War once again pitted countries against each other, while bringing forth legendary vehicles, important doctrines and new heroes.  One of such heroes was Hans-Joachim Marseille, dubbed Der Ster von Afrika (The Star of Africa), who scored 158 air victories in his short history of service but defeated by his own aircraft. ...
  • 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...
  • Kiev: Field Experience Exposed November 6 2018
    Ongoing for about four years, the armed confrontation between Ukraine and Russia did not dominate the general atmosphere of the Expo. However, its impact was visible in terms of participant profile. Although Ukrainian products are now combat-proven, low production capacity and economic deficiencies negatively influence supply and export targets. The Expo is nevertheless an opportunity to acquire new capability for those with a project at hand. Attended by participants from a total o...
  • Re-birth of the German Navy Pocket Ships November 6 2018
    Three panzerschiff (armoured ship), which symbolise the German Navy’s rising up from its ashes following the First World War, is widely known as “pocket ships.” These ships inscribed their name in history as the protagonists of naval warfare at the early stages of the Second World War. As Germany realigned its naval strategy towards submarines mainly on the basis of requirements, their bright years came to an end although they acquired their rightful place among the legends....
  • Indian Training Jets fitted with Inferior Engines
    Indian Training Jets fitted with Inferior Engines November 4 2018
    Pilots training to join the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy are flying jets fitted with inferior engines and “Category B” or “second-hand components” that seriously affect the “quality of the aircraft”, a recent audit by the Comptroller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) according to Hindustan Times. India bought 123 Hawk - 106 for IAF and 17 for the Navy from British company BAES in 2004. 28 of these 123 jets were to be bought in flyaw...
  • Romania to Procure Additional Patriot November 4 2018
    The Romanian government has signed an agreement with the U.S. Army and transferred funding to the US government for the purchase of three additional Raytheon Patriot Air and Missile Defence Systems from the U.S. Army.  Patriot manufacturer Raytheon announced the agreement. "Romania is purchasing the most advanced, capable, cutting edge tactical ballistic missile defence system in the world," said Mike Ellison, Raytheon's country manager for Romania. All ...
  • New NVG to Army October 15 2018
    The US Army continue to equip soldiers with new generation equipment. In a recent statement, Army to procure ENVG-B (Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular). Although it is not explained how many systems are supplied, it is stated that 10 thousand systems will be distributed within three years in the first wave. It is stated that the Marine Corps will take 3100 ENVG-B in announcement. While the predecessors of ENVG-B systems developed by L-3 Technologies were monocular, the new syst...
  • Union Makes Strength! Swarm Technology October 7 2018
    Inspiration by nature is one of the most substantial elements in throughout the history of mankind for human progress. Although the system imitated was intended to serves the best interests of man, it has occasionally been the subject of conflicts. Today, the machines are to proceed in the absence of humans. “Swarming” concept is the highest stage that this autonomous structure has reached. The system can be associated with such terms as giving birth, proliferation and c...
  • Russia’s Bastion Coastal Defence Fires Onyx Anti-Ship Missiles
    Russia’s Bastion Coastal Defence Fires Onyx Anti-Ship Missiles September 26 2018
    The Russian Navy has test-fired a supersonic Onyx anti-ship cruise missile for the first time. It was launched from the Bastion missile-defence system, which was recently deployed to the Russian Arctic. The Bastion launcher can carry two Onyx anti-ship missiles, which can engage targets at a range up to 300km with a high-low trajectory, or 120km with a low-low flight trajectory. Although designed to be deployed against ships, it can be used against ground targets as well.