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  • How does Pars III Conduct Engineering Tasks?
    How does Pars III Conduct Engineering Tasks? 22 May 2020
    A serious engineering lies behind of Armoured Engineering Vehicles, one of the most complex systems of special purpose vehicle configurations. Systems that require precision analysis of all mission scenarios in detail has of strategic importance for combat elements. Engineering units, one of the first elements to enter the battlefield, are now equipped with modern equipment infrastructure. One of the latest and advanced examples of these systems is the FNSS Pars III 8x8 Armoured Eng...
  • Red-Eye Protection for Imported Tanks
    Red-Eye Protection for Imported Tanks 15 May 2020
    Tank active protection systems ensure to eliminate missile threat by both hard-kill and soft-kill methods. Vietnam received 64 T-90S and SK main battle tanks from Russia in December 2018. The platforms, which constitute the most modern tank power of Vietnam, made demonstration to the delegation during a visit of the Vietnamese authorities to the 201st Tank Brigade. In the photos shared on social media, it was seen that the imported T-90s were equipped with the Shtora-1 active p...
  • Armament Race Escalates
    Armament Race Escalates 13 May 2020
    Japan continues to studies for replacing the systems in its inventory and to have a stronger army structure. Tokyo will acquire 12 additional Type 10 main battle tanks to replace the Type 74s that are at the end of their economic life. The procurement list announced with the new budget plan, which is published, also includes a Type 19 155 mm truck-mounted howitzers. The Ministry of Defence plans to acquire seven Type 19 in 2020 with 44 million USD budget.
  • Huge MRAP Request Approved
    Huge MRAP Request Approved 8 May 2020
    Asymmetric Warfare makes MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected / Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle) more important than ever. Thanks to their special structures, these platforms minimize loss by emphasizing personal security, especially against IED (Improvised Explosive Device) and land mine traps. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), known for its involvement in the ongoing civil war in Libya and Yemen, has requested the surplus MRAPs from the United States. In this cont...
  • Presidency of Defence Industries: Turkish Aerospace Industry Elevates
    Presidency of Defence Industries: Turkish Aerospace Industry Elevates 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Turkish defence sector's post-COVID-19 period plans in addition to aviation programs. Professor Dr. Demir made importand announements about F-35. It was announced that every supply line will be shut down after the March 20...
  • Altay Powerpack On the Way
    Altay Powerpack On the Way 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Altay main battle tank powerpack. Domestic power solutions have great importance for the sustainable success and export of domestic systems. Professor Dr. İsmail Demir made statements about the work carried out. He explained t...
  • Jet Engine UAV on the Table
    Jet Engine UAV on the Table 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the jet engine UAV studies. Stating that UAVs are an important requirement of the modern battlefield. Prof. Dr. Demir said that Turkey continues work with all his strength to lead this trend. While it has been announced that ...
  • Tank Transport Export to NATO Country
    Tank Transport Export to NATO Country 7 May 2020
    Turkish defence industry continues its export success despite COVID-19 conditions. BMC, one of the domestic armoured land vehicle manufacturers, exported 8x8 Tank Transport Vehicles to a NATO country. According to the news of Anadolu Agency, North Macedonia, which was accepted in the alliance in the past months, became the first foreign customer of the vehicle. The combat weight of the platform, which is capable of serving main battle tanks, especially Altay, is 120 t...
  • Tank Destroyer Request
    Tank Destroyer Request 5 May 2020
    Neither economic restrictions nor the virus epidemic is able to ensure the reduction of tension in the Far East. The countries in the region, especially in China and Japan, which cannot have a strong army as per their laws, continue to be armed. While modernizing the army on the one hand, and working on improving its capabilities on the other, Japan adds new defence systems to its inventory. In this context, the Japan Ground Self Defense Force requested 33 additional Type ...
  • Frigate Selection Announced
    Frigate Selection Announced 1 May 2020
    After the retirement of Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates, which are also using in the Turkish Navy inventory, the US was looking for a new platform. In the process named FFG(X) Frigate Program, Fincantieri joined with FREMM, Austal shown its Independence LCS as candidate, Navantia partnered Bath Iron Works joined with Spanish F100 design and Bath Iron Works joined with unknown design. The program, which started with the Request for Proposals File on June 20, 2019, w...
  • New Medium Tank For the Army
    New Medium Tank For the Army 28 April 2020
    Despite COVID-19, armament programs around the world continue in progress without disruption. A delegation from the US Army visited General Dynamics and BAE Systems facilities on April 23. In this context, the prototype of the new MPF (Mobility, Protection, Firepower) platform developed by General Dynamics Land Systems was also inspected. MPF, developed for the need of a tracked platform that will provide protection, firepower to the personnel of the Army and can co-o...
  • T-14 Armata at Syria
    T-14 Armata at Syria 27 April 2020
    Russia changed the balance in the region by intervening in the Syrian Civil War, also continues its weapon trials. Having the opportunity to test almost all conventional weapons and new projects on the field by evaluating the war environment in Syria, Moscow added another one to its tests. Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov announced on the Rossiya-1 television channel that T-14 Armata main battle tanks are also tested in Syria. While announcing that the mass produ...
  • 500th Apache Guardian Delivery
    500th Apache Guardian Delivery 24 April 2020
    The AH-64 Apache helicopter, which has been on the battlefield since 1975 when it made its first flight under the name YAH-64, left an important milestone behind. Boeing, one of the leading aviation companies of the USA, announced that the 500th AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter was delivered to the US Army. Platforms that offer important features such as joint digital interoperability, advanced situational awareness, digital avionics as well as lower maintenance costs compared...
  • How Otter Create Bridge?
    How Otter Create Bridge? 24 April 2020
    FNSS has published a video about the operation of the Otter Rapid Deployable Amphibious Wet Gap Crossing System, produced as part of the first contractual original design and development project of the Turkish Land Defence Industry. Otter, which has been developed in accordance with the tactical operational needs of the Turkish Armed Forces, in order to ensure rapid and safe passage through wet gaps on the battlefield, can work in different combinations. FNSS shared a vide...
  • Kotil: TF-X and Akıncı can be integrated
    Kotil: TF-X and Akıncı can be integrated 22 April 2020
    Turkish Aerospace (TUSAŞ) CEO Dr Temel Kotil was Instagram live guest of C4Defence on April 21. Kotil made statements that would change the schedule about the Turkish Fighter Jet (TF-X) and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) integration.   Kotil stated that TUSAŞ is working with full capacity to develop systems that meet all the requirements of the modern battlefield. A question about the TF-X  and a UAV integration was posed. Kotil noted that TF-X was designed in lin...
  • Tank Delivery to Pakistan
    Tank Delivery to Pakistan 22 April 2020
    Despite its limited opportunities and virus epidemic, Pakistan continues to work on reinforcing its army and received a new delivery. Islamabad, which received the first batch of modernized T-55 tanks from Serbia in the past weeks, announced that the first VT4s it procured from China arrived in the country yesterday. In 2019, the delivery ceremony was held in mid-April 2020 for the platforms selected by the Pakistani Army, and the platforms set off in the direction of...
  • Green Light for Integration of Akıncı to TFX
    Green Light for Integration of Akıncı to TFX 21 April 2020
    TUSAŞ General Manager Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil has been a guest on C4Defence's Instagram account. Kotil made important statements about the Turkish Fighter X (TFX / MMU) -unmanned aircraft (UAV) integration. It was stated that Turkish Aerospace is working with full capacity to develop systems that meet all the requirements of the modern battlefield. Kotil spoke important words about the question asked by C4Defence about the UAV integration to MMU. It was stated that MMU was designe...
  • Arms Export to Africa
    Arms Export to Africa 13 April 2020
    African countries are arming to improve army capabilities. China is increasing its presence in the world defence market. Beijing, has recently exporting more to the African market, has delivered new defence systems to Nigeria. The delivery batch includes 17-vehicles. These are VT4 main battle tanks, SH5 105mm self-propelled howitzers and again 105mm ST1 tank destroyers. In addition, Nigeria received 15 40-foot containers spare parts and consumables. Chi...
  • Modernised Tanks Delivered
    Modernised Tanks Delivered 13 April 2020
    The Russian Federation, which continues its activities in order to increase the capabilities of the army and meet the requirements of the modern battlefield, receives modernized systems. The Russian Ground Forces received the first batch of modernized T-90M Proryv main battle tanks. The platforms, which were delivered to the Western Military District Command, the responsibility area of ​​which is the border of Eastern Europe, were assigned to mechanized units. The T-9...
  • Strategic Power to Chinese Tanks
    Strategic Power to Chinese Tanks 9 April 2020
    Rapidly increasing its power on land, at sea and in the air, China continues its efforts for the combined use of forces. It is stated that the Y-20 cargo plane developed by China with domestic facilities is suitable for tank transportation. The platforms, which developed within the scope of the country's strategic transport requirement, can carry two Type 15 light tanks or one Type 99A main battle tank to the desired area. In this way, China has the capabilit...
  • Domestic Anti-Dron System
    Domestic Anti-Dron System 7 April 2020
    The rapid increase and widespread use of mini UAVs in the battlefield, urges countries to take different measures. Turkey also maintains the necessary work in this area. Within the scope of the anti-drone system need of the Turkish Armed Forces, the delivery of "İHASAVAR" systems developed by ASELSAN continues to the armed forces. The Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), which is government agency of the defence industry of Turkey, announced that the system deliver...
  • Poseidon Declared Operational
    Poseidon Declared Operational 6 April 2020
    The P-8 Poseidon, which is developed over Boeing 737 commercial aircraft, is become more operational in the operations theatre day by day. The UK had not acquired a maritime patrol aircraft for a long time after retiring their last Nimrod MRA.Mk4. In line with the changing battlefield requirements, nine P-8A Poseidon procurement agreement were signed with the US at the beginning of 2017 for the Royal Air Force, which determined the need for a new generation long ...
  • Modernised Tomahawk
    Modernised Tomahawk 2 April 2020
    Increasing tension around the world leads countries to increase their systems in terms of quality and quantity. The US continues to sharpen the war axes. Under the $ 493 million deal signed with Raytheon, Tomahawk (Battle Axe) Block IV missiles will be modernized and upgraded to Block V. In this context, new generation navigation systems and data link equipment will be integrated into the projectiles. The status of the Tomahawks to be recertified will also be monitored and syst...
  • Do Marines Abandon Tanks?
    Do Marines Abandon Tanks? 26 March 2020
    The developing technology brings transformation in war doctrine. Advances in guidance and fire control systems increase fire precision while reducing unwanted side effects. The US Marine Corps also signalled that warfare doctrines could be changed by taking advantage in parallel to requirements of modern battlefield. In a statement made on March 23 from the Corps; It was underlined that the change will continue in line with the needs of the age without getting ti...
  • Indigenous Armoured Anti-Tank Vehicle: Kaplan 10 Anti-Tank
    Indigenous Armoured Anti-Tank Vehicle: Kaplan 10 Anti-Tank 24 March 2020
    The Weapon Carrier Vehicles Project was launched as part of the Turkish Armed Forces' need for armoured anti-tank vehicles. In this context, an agreement was signed with the Presidency of Defence Industries (Undersecretariat for Defense Industry of the time) on 27 June 2016. In the project process, it was aimed to integrate anti-tank missiles in the Turkish Army Command (Kara Kuvvetleri Komutanlığı / KKK) inventory and also developed domestically. Following the agreement, t...
  • Raytheon Completes First Tests of Radar For Anti-Hypersonic Sensor
    Raytheon Completes First Tests of Radar For Anti-Hypersonic Sensor 20 March 2020
    Raytheon said Tuesday it had completed the first round of testing of the radar antenna array for the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier and Missile Defence Sensor, a next-generation radar intended to counter hypersonic weapons. The first round of testing was indoors, in a climate-controlled test range with performance evaluation based on simulated targets. The next testing round will be at an outdoor range against real-world targets. Now that the first round is complete, the ant...
  • Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle Order
    Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle Order 18 March 2020
    The works carried out to reduce the human factor in the warfare field never lose their importance. Unmanned ground vehicles, which are tailored for risky missions and whose effectiveness is enhanced with autonomous abilities, continue to progress day by day instead of on the battlefield. The UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) announced on March 16 that it ordered an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Three HORIBA MIRA production Viking 6x6 and one Titan tracked UGV...
  • Cost-Effective Solution for PLA: Suicide Drones
    Cost-Effective Solution for PLA: Suicide Drones 14 March 2020
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will add two different loitering munitions, also known as suicide drones, to its inventory, which will offer various capabilities to troops. No further details were given about the procurement, including the specifics on the weapons' performance or number to be purchased, as the procurement is listed as confidential. After taking off, suicide drones can remain in the air for an extended period of time for battlefield reconnaissance ...
  • Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots
    Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots 1 March 2020
    Raytheon's to upgrade the MIM-104 Patriot air defencee systems, which have been in the inventory of many countries for years. Under the USD 314 million deal signed between the US Army and Raytheon, the company will modernize the Patriots. With the agreement covering the systems of 17 user countries, the company will provide engineering services to users in the system, software and hardware development, integration, testing services, configuration management and logistics support...
  • Delay on Leopard 2A4 Modernisation
    Delay on Leopard 2A4 Modernisation 26 February 2020
    Although designed beyond its era, the Leopard 2A4 tanks are getting insufficient to meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. Therefore, user countries are launching a modernization program for these platforms. Test process are not going well for Poland, which has launched a modernization program in cooperation with the PGZ (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa)  and the Polish Armament Inspectorate for the Leopard 2A4 tanks. Displaying the technology demonstration prototype in...
  • Structural Change in MGCS
    Structural Change in MGCS 25 February 2020
    Structural changes are planned to start in April in the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) developed in partnership with Germany and France. Recently, Nexter integrated 140mm main guns into the Leclerc main battle tank. Seen as a talent acquisition project for MGCS; The European Main Battle Tank will combine the hull of a Leopard 2A7 with the lighter, two-man turret of a Leclerc. The project was launched to replace the AMX Leclerc and Leopard 2 main battle tanks currently in service w...
  • Boeing Delivered 500th CH-47F
    Boeing Delivered 500th CH-47F 23 February 2020
    CH-47F Chinook, one of the most iconic helicopters on the battlefield since its Cold War years, is intent on maintain its reputation. Boeing, one of the aviation giants, announced that the 500th CH-47F Chinook helicopter was delivered. The "F" model of the legendary platform that delivered to the end user is described as the latest variant of the already in use Chinook.
  • First Modernised Leopard Tanks for Denmark
    First Modernised Leopard Tanks for Denmark 10 February 2020
    Due to Increasing Russian activities in the region and requirement of compatibility with modern battlefield conditions, the Baltic countries continue to modernise their armed forces. In this context, Germany delivered the first batch of modernised Leopard 2 tanks to the end-user. The Royal Danish Army completed the acceptance process of the first batch of Leopard 2A7 tanks. Copenhagen inked an agreement with Germany for upgrading Leopard 2A5 tanks to the A7 level, which offers highe...
  • The Deadline for the T-90S is set at 2028
    The Deadline for the T-90S is set at 2028 4 February 2020
    The licensed production process of the T-90S platforms, developed as a variant of the T-90 main battle tank, has been extended. Russia and India signed a deal extending the licensed manufacturing of T-90S Bhishma (local name) tanks until 2028. "In 2019, a deal was signed with India to extend the licensed manufacturing of T-90S tanks until 2028, and as we know, the Defence Acquisition Council approved the production of 464 tanks of this type," Denis Manturov, the Russian minister of ...
  • Thales Mortar for SCORPION
    Thales Mortar for SCORPION 31 January 2020
    The sixth procurement contract was announced in the SCORPION Program, which was launched by the France to meet modern battlefield requirements and to adapt its configuration to network-centric warfare. Under the agreement, called MEPAC and signed on December 30, 54 Griffon VBMRs equipped with a mortar will be supplied for the French Army. Within the SCORPION Program, DGA plans to procure 1872 Griffons by 2025. The armoured mortar vehicle variant of the Griffons, will be equippe...
  • New Test Phase for F-35 Engines
    New Test Phase for F-35 Engines 28 January 2020
    The testing process has begun on F135 engines that power the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. As part of the process, which has been ongoing since June 2019, significant improvements will be made to the engine. According to the statement made by Pratt & Whitney, the process was carried out in the Arnold Engineering Development Center of the US Air Force. Within the scope of the studies, a new fan rotor was added to the F135 engines to increase efficiency and a trial phase was started...
  • Modernised T-72 for Ukraine
    Modernised T-72 for Ukraine 28 January 2020
    In order to modernize the army and improve its capabilities, Ukraine continues its modernization and procurement activities. In this context, the Armed Forces of Ukraine received additional modernised main battle tanks. In the official social media account of the Ukranya Logistics Command, it was announced that the army received 15 T-72 tanks, which were modernized and upgraded to T-72AMT level. The Kiev government plans to receive 10 additional tanks by the end of January. Wit...
  • Britain Works on Full Situational Awareness
    Britain Works on Full Situational Awareness 25 January 2020
    British Company BAE Systems Israeli firm Elbit Systems are cooperating to build a new main battle tank (MBT) offering 360-degree situational awareness, for British Army urban operations. Elbit’s IronVision electro-optical system will provide the vision to the crew to see through tank armour wall. The company, along with the British army, have reportedly been working on the system to be integrated on to the Streetfighter II since January 2019. It will give the tank the ability ...
  • Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane
    Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane 24 January 2020
    The French Defence procurement agency, Direction Générale De L’armement (DGA) has awarded the Archange (formerly known as Epicure ) airborne strategic intelligence program to Dassault Aviation and Thales. The total value of the contract is unknown. This program will see three Dassault Falcon 8X being fitted with Thales electronic intelligence technologies.  Falcon Archange will detect electromagnetic signals emitted on the battlefield, allowing the French ar...
  • Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power
    Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power 22 January 2020
    The Royal Netherlands Army has deployed Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Lithuania for the first time as part of the German-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) battlegroup, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on its website. The SPHs will spend half a year in Lithuania, mainly to exercise and exchange experience with the Lithuanian army, the ministry said. NATO has increased its presence in the east by forming an alliance group with EFP and Estonia, Lat...