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  • China's New Helicopters Will Come from Russia
    China's New Helicopters Will Come from Russia 23 October 2020
    China has purchased 121 new helicopters from Russia, aviation group Rostec said in its newly released annual report. China has signed a contract with Rostec subsidiary JSC Russian Helicopters, which is set a "record" for the purchase of new helicopters in early 2019, the report said. Under the contract, which includes the Chinese government and private organizations, Russia will deliver 68 Mi-171 general purpose helicopters, 18 Mi-171Sh helicopters, 14 VK-2500 engines and ...
  • Bell Presents  EGM the Outstanding Operational Readiness Award
    Bell Presents EGM the Outstanding Operational Readiness Award 12 October 2020
    Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced the Turkish National Police  (Emniyet Genel Müdürlüği /EGM) were presented an award for “Outstanding Operational Readiness.” The force operates 14 Bell 429s for its safety and security missions. The fleet’s operational readiness is above 95 per cent. “It is an honour to award the Turkish National Police this plaque for outstanding operational readiness,” said Clay Bridges, Reg...
  • Mi-28NM Can Fire Mini-Drones and Suicide Drones
    Mi-28NM Can Fire Mini-Drones and Suicide Drones 4 October 2020
      A modular cluster of unguided aviation missiles, developed by the research centre Zaslon for the helicopter gunship Mi-28NM, will allow helicopters to fire mini-drones and suicide drones from the missile launch tubes, according to TASS news agency. The B8V10-UV module is home for missile tubes and small size attack drones. The new unguided aviation missile cluster was designed for the helicopter Mi-28NM, but it will be usable on all of Russia's combat ...
  • Ukraine to Buy New Aircraft After Crash
    Ukraine to Buy New Aircraft After Crash 30 September 2020
    Ukraine plans to replace the AN-26 fleet it plans to retire with new AN-178 military transport planes. Ukraine's Defence Ministry has decided to buy three AN-178s from Antonov and drafted the contract, it said. Officials confirmed plans to replace the fleet of soviet-era transport aircraft that became old after the AN-26Sh crashed in the Kharkiv region. On September 25, 2020, an AN-26Sh from the Ukrainian Air Force crashed in the Kharkiv region during a training flight; Of the 20 students...
  • Thailand Buys Training Aircraft from U.S.
    Thailand Buys Training Aircraft from U.S. 30 September 2020
    Thailand has purchased 12 T-6C Texan II for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) with US-based Textron Aviation Defence worth USD 162 million. Under the contract, Textron will provide RTAF with the Integrated Training System, which includes a ground-based training system for maintenance teams, ground support equipment spare parts and other key elements. The Thailand-specified aircraft are to be called T-6TH, and may include certain features that may be different to other T-6 va...
  • HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout
    HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout 25 September 2020
        US Navy, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 received their first MQ-8C Firescout on Sept. 15 aboard Naval Station Norfolk.  HSC-22 marks the first East Coast squadron to operate all three systems to include the MH-60S Knighthawk, MQ-8B Firescout, and MQ-8C Firescout. The newly added capability of the MQ-8C combines the capabilities of the MQ-8B with the MH-60S Knighthawk to improve the Navy’s ability to investigate and target hostile su...
  • First Virtual Flight with HÜRJET at Teknofest
    First Virtual Flight with HÜRJET at Teknofest 23 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) is participating in the TEKNOFEST Aviation, Space and Technology Festival that will be held in Gaziantep Middle East Fair Center on September 24-27, 2020. TUSAŞ will install HÜRJET 270 simulator developed for HÜRJET, which will take part in jet training and light attack activities this year, for the first time in Gaziantep as part of the festival. TUSAŞ will offer participants the opportunity to experience piloting on a jet plane wit...
  • Philippines receives A-29B Super Tucano aircraft
    Philippines receives A-29B Super Tucano aircraft 21 September 2020
    Philippine Air Force (PAF) received four A-29B Super Tucano light attack aircraft on 19 September 2020 at Clark Air Base, Pampanga province. The PAF will receive two more aircraft. Brazilian aviation company Embraer produced the aircraft. The PAF is reported to have an option to order 18 more A-29B Super Tucano aircraft. The aircraft will be assigned with the PAF's 15th Strike Wing. Embraer's pilots flew from Brazil and transit stops were made in Cape Verde, Canary Islands, ...
  • Russia’s Tu-160 Carriers Break Non-Stop Flight Record
    Russia’s Tu-160 Carriers Break Non-Stop Flight Record 20 September 2020
    Two Russian Tu-160 strategic missile carriers have broken their own world record for non-stop flight in their class, spending more than 25 hours continuously in the air. The Russian Aerospace Forces’ commander of long-range aviation Lt. Gen. Sergey Kobylash told World record to reporters on Saturday. Strategic bombers flew more than 20,000 kilometres [12,400 miles]. During the flight, which took place over neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, as ...
  • GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine
    GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine 19 September 2020
    GE Aviation delivered the first of 19 engines that will power the initial eight models of Boeing’s F-15EX advanced Eagle, which will begin combined developmental and operational tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., early next year, the company said Sept. 16. In June, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCM) awarded GE Aviation a Lot 1 contract to produce 19 F110-GE-129 engines, including installs and spares and modernized engine monitoring system computers for the F-...
  • Motor Sich to visit to Turkey
    Motor Sich to visit to Turkey 18 September 2020
    A high-level delegation from Motor Sich, one of the most strategic companies in Ukraine, will attend to Saha Istanbul event. Motor Sich, one of the companies with the largest product family in the world in terms of engines to be used in air platforms, has been having troubling days regarding ownership for a long time. China got in contact with the Ukrainian owner of the company, but the US demanded this trade be stopped, stating that China will transfer technology to its own country. After th...
  • Cezeri at Maiden Flight
    Cezeri at Maiden Flight 16 September 2020
    The flying car CEZERI, developed by BAYKAR firm nationally and originally, completed its first flight tests. The pre-prototype of 230 kg, designed and manufactured by Turkish engineers, rose 10 meters from the ground in-flight tests.   Flight tests of the CEZERİ Flying Car started on Friday, September 11, 2020. In the first tests, CEZERİ  took off with the safety ropes and took off without a rope upon the successful progress of the night safety ropes connecting S...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • Sivrihisar took Off
    Sivrihisar took Off 13 September 2020
        Sivrihisar Aviation Shows are held this year without an audience due to the coronavirus outbreak. The shows are broadcast live on television, YouTube and Facebook. Gendarmerie Steel Wings Acrobatic Team, Ali İsmet Öztürk and Mor Menekşe and 201st Ak Fleet also participate in the demonstrations attended by Solotürk, one of the aerobatic teams of the Turkish Air Force. The event also includes many historical and valuable aircr...
  • 5 Rafale fighter jets joined IAF with a ceremony
    5 Rafale fighter jets joined IAF with a ceremony 10 September 2020
    The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets has been formally inducted into the IAF in a ceremony at the Ambala airbase. The event was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Counterpart Florence Parly. India will receive another five aircraft by November. India will receive 36 aircraft in total. Rafale fighter jets will join the 17th squadron called "Golden Arrows" of the Indian Air Force. The Ministry of Defence of India signed a contrac...
  • US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation
    US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation 10 September 2020
      Bell Textron has received a $13.5 million multi-year contract from US Army Contracting Command to conduct design studies, analysis, simulation, testing, integration and fabrication activities in connection with the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme. Operating within the FARA concept, the U.S. Army expected to replace the OH-58 Scout helicopter. The FARA competition seeks to test and acquire a next-generation attack reconnaissance aircraft to fil...
  • Israel Resigns, Sweden Offers Gripen
    Israel Resigns, Sweden Offers Gripen 9 September 2020
    Croatia was aiming to buy second-hand F-16 fighter jets from Israel, but there was no approval for the sale from the United States. Sweden has proposed 12 new Gripen C/D fighter jets to Croatia and the Saab company has offered strategic cooperation with the Croatian defence industry. If Croatia decides in Gripen, Saab will transfer technology to Croatia in relation to the plane. In addition, a Regional Aviation and Support Service Centre will be established in Croatia. Cro...
  • Patriot Missile Parts to be Produced in Poland
    Patriot Missile Parts to be Produced in Poland 8 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin and Poland’s Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 1 (WZL1/ Military Aviation Works 1 / a subsidiary of state-owned defence group PGZ) announced that they have signed a contract to build a production plant in eastern Poland for Patriot PAC-3 MSE (Patriot Advanced Capability-3, Missile Segment Enhancement) missiles, that will be used in the Polish Patriot surface-to-air missile systems. According to Lockheed Martin, the new plant in Dęblin is the implementation of indust...
  • Antonov Winking at Turkey
    Antonov Winking at Turkey 7 September 2020
    Oleksandr Los, Senior Manager of the Ukrainian aircraft company Antonov, invited the Turkish aviation industry to take part in the production process of the AN-178 aircraft. According to the Anatolia News Agency reported on special Antonov's top manager Oleksandr Los found in the assessment of the past week on a visit to Turkey. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Strategic Industrial Responsible Minister Oleg Uruskiy headed a delegation Los coming to Turkey, the missi...
  • Rocket Competition Continues
    Rocket Competition Continues 5 September 2020
    The Rocket Competition, organized with the support of Roketsan, continues. On the 4th day of the contest, sponsored by Roketsan with the joint work of Tübitak SAGE within the scope of TEKNOFEST, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank T3 Board of Trustees Chairman Selçuk Bayraktar and Roketsan General Manager Murat İkinci watched the races and chatted with the youth.   Roketsan, which is among the top 100 companies in the defence industry in the...
  • Russia Presents Su-57 Jet For Export
    Russia Presents Su-57 Jet For Export 1 September 2020
    Anatoly Serdyukov, Industry Director of Rostec aviation firm, said that Russia has presented the fifth generation Su-57 jet fighter for export and that foreign demand will likely increase after the order of the Russian Armed Forces is completed.   "Until we have enough planes shipped in our army, it is unlikely that there will be substantial demand. […] Therefore, our number one goal is to send the aircraft to the Russian Armed Forces. Meanwhile, we presen...
  • S-500's Acceptance Tests Begin
    S-500's Acceptance Tests Begin 28 August 2020
    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov announced that the next-generation missile system, the S-500 Prometey (Prometheus), has entered the acceptance test phase. Borisov added that they are continuing to purchase parts for mass production of the system. Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu said the delivery of the S-500 missile system to troops would begin in 2020. The Military Aviation Academy in Tver has been training experts to use the new system since 2017. ...
  • The First Post-Pandemic Expo from Ukraine 27 August 2020
    Ukraine organises Arms and Security Fair annually in Kyiv. A second fair is organized in a separate hall. This year, the 17th Arms and Security will take place and the 12th the International Aviation and Space Hall (AVIASVIT) will take place. While no face-to-face fair has been held since March due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ukrainian officials will continue their work in this area until the last moment. We interviewed Ivan Tkachenko, Deputy General Manager of the International Exhibition Cent...
  • Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Russian Ministry of Defence
    Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Russian Ministry of Defence 26 August 2020
        Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence for supplying two Mi-38 helicopters. A ceremony to mark that was held as part of the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2020”. The Russian Ministry of Defence has already received two Mi-38T transport and troop landing helicopters, which are undergoing test operation in the armed forces. The first seri...
  • The First Flying Prototype of the Modernized Mi-17 is on Display
    The First Flying Prototype of the Modernized Mi-17 is on Display 25 August 2020
    Russian Helicopters is displaying the modernized variant of the Mi-8/17 transport helicopter. The first flying prototype of the Mi-171Sh-VN helicopter was unveiled for the first time at the 2020 International Military and Technical Forum. The platform built at Ulan-Ude Aviation Factory is equipped with IBKV-17VP glass cockpit, sighting system and advanced avionics. The helicopter was armoured with reinforced titanium and kevlar. Mi-171Sh-VN 's cruising speed was increa...
  • Lockheed Martin to Ukraine
    Lockheed Martin to Ukraine 20 August 2020
    With the process of restructuring the army, Ukraine to turn its face to the West in terms of equipment and army standards. Kiev, which has recently supplied and even produced Western standard equipment, will experience a first at the Aviasvit (International Aviation and Space Hall) Aviation Fair to be held this year. Lockheed Martin, one of the leading defence and aerospace companies of the USA, announced that it will participate to the exhibition to be held this year. F-1...
  • University-Industry Partnership
    University-Industry Partnership 20 August 2020
    Universities are an important multiplier because they are a direct source of labour in building the industrial infrastructure of countries. Turkey, which conducting studies for university-industry partnership; has added a new one to its steps. Another important step has been taken in the field of industry-university cooperation, which has been spoken for years, with the establishment of OSTİM Technical University. In the statement made by OSSA (OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluste...
  • UH-1 Huey Retired
    UH-1 Huey Retired 18 August 2020
    Creating the helicopter air raid concept and introducing the definition of utility helicopter; UH-1 Hueys, which have a special place in aviation lovers with their characteristic sound and iconic appearance, are gradually retiring. The Republic of Korea, one of many Huey users around the world, has phased out UH-1 Iroquoisutility helicopters in its inventory. The platforms, which have been serving there for about 52 years, are retired with a ceremony held on July 31, 2020. It h...
  • Light Combat Helicopter on Disputed Border
    Light Combat Helicopter on Disputed Border 13 August 2020
    India, which has significant border problems with Pakistan and China, turns to special platforms for use in mountainous regions. India, which has disputed areas at an altitude of higher than 3,000 metres in its border regions, is testing LCH (Light Combat Helicopter), which developed for use at high altitudes, in real conditions. In this context, it was announced that the two prototypes were deployed on the Chinese border, whose sovereignty is disputed. It was announced th...
  • TUSAS and BOREN Will Work on Boron Reinforced Composite
    TUSAS and BOREN Will Work on Boron Reinforced Composite 12 August 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) and the National Boron Institute (Ulusal Bor Enstitüsü/ BOREN) signed a cooperation protocol on "Researching the Use of Boron Fiber reinforced Composite Materials in Aviation Structural". TUSAŞ and BOREN will work on the exploration and development of boron fiber composite material instead of the materials used frequently in the world aviation ecosystem. Within the framework of the protocol aimed at the use of boron ...
  • S&P Revised Boeing’s. Outlook to Negative from Stable
    S&P Revised Boeing’s. Outlook to Negative from Stable 10 August 2020
    Credit rating company Standard and Poor (S&P) revised aviation giant Boeing’s rating to negative from stable. The outlook for the recovery in global air travel and therefore aircraft demand continues to weaken. This situation lowers Boeing earnings and cash flow. S&P states that the company has sufficient liquidity to cover large cash outflows over the next 6-12 months and free cash flow is likely to turn positive in 2021. Therefore, S&P affirms its ratings, includ...
  • Maritime Exercise of Army Elements
    Maritime Exercise of Army Elements 7 August 2020
    China, which has been focusing on areas such as shipbuilding as well as equipment and personnel training for a while to increase its amphibious capabilities, has performed an important exercise. In the activity carried out off the Fujian District in the southern part of the East China Sea, Chinese Army Aviation elements took off from the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ship and performed sea crossing exercise. The Z-9 and Mi-171 utility helicopters, as well as the...
  • Ear Order for MH-60R Sea Hawks 7 August 2020
    Dipping sonars are the underwater ear of naval helicopters. These systems have great importance for anti-submarine warfare missions. Lockheed Martin, one of the leading defence companies of the USA, announced that a new order has been received from the aviation unit of the US Navy, NAVAIR (US Naval Air Systems Command). 39 AN/AQS-22 ALFS (Airborne Low-Frequency Sonar) systems will be received within the scope of the acquisition, which is a modification for the previously signed supp...
  • Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut
    Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut 7 August 2020
    Aviation was one of the heaviest sectors affected by COVID-19, shaked the world and give negatice effect on many sectors. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, faced important order cancellations due to the virus. For this reason, the company, which announced that a significant amount of personnel will be dismissed, supported by Spain. Madrid reached an agreement with the company for acquisition of substantial aircraft in exchange for les...
  • Turkey Has New Orders in Thermal Battery Exports
    Turkey Has New Orders in Thermal Battery Exports 4 August 2020
    The export of electrochemical power source thermal batteries produced by TÜBİTAK SAGE to an unnamed EU country is on the agenda.  91 million dollars remained in Turkey thanks to the production of thermal batteries with national facilities Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank announced. "After Germany, we received another pre-order from an EU country. We are in the process of signing an important contract," he said. TÜBİTAK S...
  • Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia
    Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia 30 July 2020
    Serbia, which has close relations with Russia in the military aviation field, came up with an unexpected move. A senior official from the Serbian Ministry of Defence announced on July 25th that the country is interested in the US made T-7A Red Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft. In the speech, it was stated that the Serbian Air Force attracted attention with the price/performance ratio of the platforms that came to the fore with low initial acquisition and maintenance cost...
  • AG600 Takeoff From Sea
    AG600 Takeoff From Sea 29 July 2020
    Amphibious aircraft are particularly important for the supply of areas that are not suitable for runway construction. China has announced that the AG600 amphibious aircraft makes its first flight from the sea. In the test flight conducted on July 26, the platform was took off from the Qingdao coast in Shandong District. The AG600 landed at Rizhao Shanzihe Airport after testing its manoeuvrability on a 31-minute trial flight. The platform had its first take off from the water on Octo...
  • Russia orders 76 Sukhoi Su-57 Fighters
    Russia orders 76 Sukhoi Su-57 Fighters 28 July 2020
    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the purchase of 76 of the latest Su-57 fighters by the Ministry of Defence, which are to enter service with three aviation regiments by 2028. There have been several successive announcements of Su-57 orders, but none has been followed by production deliveries. This time Putin’s announcement worth’s a 170-billion roubles. The contract, according to Kommersant, is estimated at up to 170 billion roubles (approx. $2.4 bill...
  • Virtual Aviation Fair from Eurasia 24 July 2020
    The second of Eurasia Airshow will be the first stage of this year. The fair, which was first held in Antalya in 2018, will be moved to the virtual environment this year. Aircraft will fly, participants will watch from the computer. Eurasia senior manager Hakan Kurt shared information about the future of the fair at the press conference that he held today. The fair was originally planned to take place in April 2020 but was postponed to a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ...
  • Assault Rifle Delivery
    Assault Rifle Delivery 23 July 2020
    Infantry rifles, which provided an absolute superiority to the armies when they were first used, and whose main explosion was accompanied by the Industrial Revolution, continue to develop with advancing technology. Estonia, one of the smallest members of NATO, continues its defence system procurement projects. In the process, which was started in order to renew the army of the country and to meet the requirements of the modern battlefield, the first batch of 1,500 assault rifles&nbs...