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  • Concept Submarine of the Future Introduced
    Concept Submarine of the Future Introduced 22 October 2020
    France-based Naval Group introduced its new concept submarine at the Euronaval exhibition, which is being run online. The company announced the new SMX31E concept design this year  by going to design change on the SMX31 submarine introduced in 2018. The new platform is described as more "realistic" and "feasible" than the SMX31. The SMX31E is 77 meters long, with a displacement of 3,200 tons. With these dimensions, the concept design is larger than the exist...
  • Indonesia "Rejected" USA
    Indonesia "Rejected" USA 21 October 2020
    It came to the fore that the USA offered Indonesia for logistics request of P-8 Poseidon, but Indonesia rejected the offer. According to four senior Indonesian officials, the proposal, which included the US maritime surveillance P-8 Poseidon landing in Indonesia and refuelling, was rejected. Despite the expansionist policy of the United States and China in Southeast Asia, Indonesia favours neutrality in foreign policy and will never be allowed to host foreign forces in their countri...
  • NATO's Space Centre in Germany
    NATO's Space Centre in Germany 20 October 2020
    The US-owned Ramstein Air Base, in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate state, will host the new NATO space centre, German media reported. The establishment of the centre, which is scheduled to be on the agenda of the alliance's defence ministers' meeting on October 22nd, has emerged due to the dissolution of space capabilities among global powers. The United States, Russia and China have invested he greatly in space technology in recent years, but most do not share ...
  • U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece
    U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece 20 October 2020
    Geoffrey Pyatt, US Ambassador to Greece, said the White House would offer to sell four frigates to Greece. Pyatt noted that they proposed that the three frigates be produced jointly at the Onex Shipyards on the Greek island of Syros. Greece announced in early September that it would strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis announced that they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four ...
  • ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory
    ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory 20 October 2020
    Malaysia's Ministry of Defence has opened an international tender for the purchase of three Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), particularly Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) platforms. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is expected to be the possible operator for the drone, but the Malaysian Armed Forces have not specified which force will use the platform. Malaysia is interested in at least four models, including General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, CAIC Wing Loong, Leonard...
  • Two NSM for Romania
    Two NSM for Romania 18 October 2020
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defence Systems (CDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $300 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.   The Government of Romania has requested to buy two CDS consisting of up to ten Link-16 Multifunctional Information ...
  • Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced
    Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced 15 October 2020
    BAE Systems has released data based on the potential economic contribution of Tempest, the UK's 6th generation fighter jet programme, over the next 30 years. About 20,000 businesses are expected to be supported along with the programme. Together with Tempest, the UK economy is expected to earn £25.3bn by 2050. Bae Systems will soon present a business plan to the government on the program, after which funding will be allocated for the next phase. Production of air...
  • Integrated Cyber Protection Solution from BAE Systems
    Integrated Cyber Protection Solution from BAE Systems 15 October 2020
    BAE Systems has introduced a next-generation Fox Shield suite for cyber threat detection, including land vehicles. The suit was developed for platforms to detect cyber-attacks in real time and to produce solutions. The next generation of Fox Shield can be integrated into land, air and spacecraft.  The suit, which has a technical readiness level of eight, provides users with mission continuity. The company said that many platforms in inventory do not have cyber protection becaus...
  • Kotil back to Duty
    Kotil back to Duty 15 October 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industry  (TUSAŞ) General Manager Temel Kotil who was sick due to COVID-19 in August returned to duty. Kotil, announced on August 22 that learned that he had the disease. He later announced on September 15 that he had overcome the disease. Kotil has been resting in his home for a while. Completing this process, Kotil recently returned to his post. Kotil made no announcements that he is back on duty. But he shared a tweet to state he met with President of the National Ag...
  • Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China
    Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China 13 October 2020
    China continues to warn countries selling military systems to Taiwan. China has issued a warning to the United States after White House officials said the sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan was close to being edict. As the Oval Office increased pressure on China, foreign media reported in Early September (2020) that the United States was entering into an agreement with Taiwan as part of seven arms system exports.  "To ensure that it does not seriously harm cross-Strai...
  • Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki
    Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki 13 October 2020
    Japan Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Germany’s Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm developed unmanned and Unconventional helicopter “K-RACER-IV”. The helicopter is designed to improve on the speed capabilities of conventional helicopters. The conventional helicopter would require a tail rotor to counteract the torque generated by the main rotor. Alternatively, it would be without a tail rotor but would have a co-axial main rotor that creates counter torque. Kawasaki&rsq...
  • Korea Retires Black Hawks
    Korea Retires Black Hawks 12 October 2020
    The Republic of Korea will retire the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters in its inventory. 103 Black Hawks, which have been operational for nearly 20 years, were planned to go through the modernization process, but the country's arms supply agency said it could replace the UH-60s already in use with the KUH-1 Surion helicopters developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). According to a feasibility study conducted by the Korea Institute for Defence Analysis on gener...
  • North Korea Unveils Two ICBMs
    North Korea Unveils Two ICBMs 11 October 2020
    North Korea held a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Workers Party. The ceremony, which turned into a show of strength in military terms, started in the morning and continued until the late hours of the night. The ceremony held in the capital Pyongyang was marked by the largest intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) North Korea has ever built. The ICBM was carried on an 11-axle transporter erector launcher (TEL). If the missile becomes...
  • Germany's Heckler & Koch Pushes for New Tender
    Germany's Heckler & Koch Pushes for New Tender 10 October 2020
    German gun manufacturer Heckler & Koch (H&K) company that lost the major tender to provide the German military's new standard assault rifle pushes for a new tender. Heckler & Koch has recently failed to win the contract to make the German military's standard assault rifle. The company has been one of the German military's main suppliers since 1959 but most recent rifle G36's accuracy in high temperatures destroyed his legacy. German Defence Ministry decid...
  • Electric Scout for US Army
    Electric Scout for US Army 8 October 2020
    The US Army is looking for an off-road truck to scout ahead of airborne and light infantry units. This search could lead the Army’s move to electric motors. But electrifying heavy cargo trucks, let alone tanks, could take decades. Interested companies will be briefed on Oct. 20 on an electric-drive version. The service is working with a non-profit consortium of more than 200 companies and universities developing clean transportation technologies, CALSTART. There is no eco-frie...
  • Qatar Applies for F-35
    Qatar Applies for F-35 8 October 2020
    Qatar has submitted a formal request to the United States to buy F-35 fighter jets according to Reuters' exclusive report. A U.S. State Department spokesman said, “As a matter of policy, the United States does not confirm or comment on proposed defence sales or transfers until they are formally notified to Congress.” The Qatari embassy in Washington, D.C. did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Establishing diplomatic relations with ...
  • Serbia Considers Buying Turkish Armed UAVs
    Serbia Considers Buying Turkish Armed UAVs 7 October 2020
    Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told media on Monday evening that his country is interested in buying Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). President Vucic praised Bayraktar combat drones, noting that Serbia is very interested in drone systems and will certainly buy more of them in the future. "We will see whether we will reach an agreement with the Turkish side. In any case, these are very good drones. I have to give the Turkish manufacturers their due,&qu...
  • 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 ...
  • Turkey's Role in F-35 Parts to Continue Until 2022
    Turkey's Role in F-35 Parts to Continue Until 2022 3 October 2020
    The United States will continue to buy F-35 Lightning II parts from Turkey despite removing Turkey from the F-35 program. The United States will continue to buy parts for the F-35 Joint Assault Aircraft from Turkey by 2022, although Ankara has purchased the Russian S-400 air defence system, the Pentagon's top procurement official said. Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of purchasing at the secretary of Defence, said the Pentagon should continue to buy Turkish-made parts i...
  • Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget
    Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget 2 October 2020
    The Defence Ministry on Wednesday requested a record ¥5.49 trillion ($55 billion) budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2021, to expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.   The request is up 3.3 per cent from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2021, with defence spending expected to rise. Japan’s defence spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Shinzo Abe t...
  • India to Produce Next Generation Aircraft with Private Sector
    India to Produce Next Generation Aircraft with Private Sector 2 October 2020
    India is preparing to produce a new generation of aircraft in a privately-led joint venture. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), a state-owned subsidiary, calculates the costs associated with the production of the fifth-generation Advanced Multirole Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and the structure of the planned joint venture. India's Ministry of Defence and HAL said the state's share of the aircraft project, which will include the private sector, would be less than 50%. Hal is expecte...
  • Russia's New Military Equipment Approved
    Russia's New Military Equipment Approved 1 October 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry held a commission meeting on technologies developed for security forces. Equipment prototypes based on advanced technology and innovative research have passed the approval of the relevant military authorities.  Within the scope of the Commission: An easy-to-erect bunker designed to station and camouflage military equipment and personnel was introduced at temporary locations. Not only does it protect military equipment from...
  • F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer
    F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer 1 October 2020
     F-35 Costs Less than F-18 for Swiss Buyer The US State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Switzerland. Swiss government prepares a tender to buy 40 aircraft for its air force and the approval permits Lockheed Martin and Boeing to officially take part at the tender. Switzerland will either buy 40 Lockheed Martin’s F-35 or Boeing’s F-18 and related equipment. According to the approval 40, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and re...
  • ARMA 8x8 Makes Its Debut in Bulgaria
    ARMA 8x8 Makes Its Debut in Bulgaria 30 September 2020
    Otokar will exhibit the ARMA 8x8 armoured combat vehicle at the Defence, Anti-Terrorism and Security Fair HEMUS 2020, held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, between 30 September and 3 October. MIZRAK-30 tower system of Otokar company will be placed on the vehicle. Underlining that Otokar is strengthening its position in the world defence industry day by day, Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç said; "With our experience of more than 30 years in the field of military vehic...
  • ROBOPilot flies manned aircraft
    ROBOPilot flies manned aircraft 30 September 2020
    Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) gave a second chance to ROBOpilot. The pilot that can fly an aircraft took skies at Dugway Proving Ground. In order to turn a manned aircraft into an unmanned one, AFRL replaced the human pilot with a robot who interacts with the aircraft controls the same way a human would. ROBOpilot requires no permanent modifications. All operators need to do is remove the pilots' seats and replace them with ROBOpilot. And if users determine that...
  • Demir: Joint Development of Target SAMP / T, Our Door Is Not Closed
    Demir: Joint Development of Target SAMP / T, Our Door Is Not Closed 29 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Professor İsmail Demir attended to a press conference at ROKETSAN's Lalahan facilities. There are some allegations on the foreign press about Turkey to acquire from France SAMP / T system. C4Defence asked the details of these allegations to President Demir. Demir gave the following answer to these allegations; There are no new developments regarding SAMP / T. It is always seen as a new development, but there is no improvement at the point we look ...
  • Demir: Altay Production to Start in Mid 2021
    Demir: Altay Production to Start in Mid 2021 29 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr İsmail Demir answered a question regarding the engine and mass production schedule of the Altay Main Battle Tank (BMT) at the press conference held at Roketsan's facilities in Lalahan. Reminding the process of bringing together a small number of engines used in prototype studies, Demir said, “We have a temporal roadmap about its timing, not leaving a huge gap between the alternative engine being found, brought and entering the syste...
  • Heckler & Koch in Greece for The New Rifle
    Heckler & Koch in Greece for The New Rifle 29 September 2020
      German company Heckler & Koch visited Greece to present the rifles it proposes for the new rifle on September 16th. It presented the HK416 5.56 × 45, the HK417 7.62 × 51 and the HK433 5.56 × 45. The HK416 was developed by H&K on request and in collaboration with Delta Force, with the aim of replacing the M4. HK416F replaced the French rifle FAMAS. The German army recently selected the Haenel Mk556 as its new infantry rifle, but its special units, the...
  • Italy Wants to Get the Advantage of COVID
    Italy Wants to Get the Advantage of COVID 28 September 2020
    The Italian government wants to experience the benefits of COVID pandemic. European Union handed over some funds to cover COVID-damaged economy. The government wants to find a way to fund defence technology programs including the U.S. Future Vertical Lift ( FVL ) helicopter initiative. The FVL program is currently being pursued by the United States only but is listed as a possible target for Italian investment in a document drawn up by Italy’s industry ministry according to De...
  • TCG Anadolu will be Delayed
    TCG Anadolu will be Delayed 28 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr İsmail Demir announced that the TCG ANADOLU Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) will enter into the inventory with a delay. Participating in a television program, Demir said, “The launch of the ANADOLU ship has slowed down a little during this epidemic process. We've been waiting for the end of this year, it may wait until the middle of next year. Depending on the course of the epidemic, we want to put it into service as so...
  • Will Turkey Buy European Missile System?
    Will Turkey Buy European Missile System? 25 September 2020
    According to Bloomberg Agency Turkey approached France to procure European-made air defence systems. The agency claimed that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a phone call and asked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to drop his opposition to co-production of Eurosam’s SAMP/T missile-defence systems. The agency stated that officials could not be named as the discussion was private. Macron responded by saying that Turkey must clarify its objectives in Syria before de...
  • Turkey Talks with France for Eurosam SAMP-T
    Turkey Talks with France for Eurosam SAMP-T 25 September 2020
    Earlier this week (September 21, 2020) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone about regional developments, mainly in Turkey-France and the Eastern Mediterranean. In a telephone conversation, according to foreign media reports, President Erdogan asked France to ren out of its opposition stance in the Eurosam SAMP-T agreement. In 2018, a joint French-Italian consortium, Eurosam, signed a cooperation agreement to work ...
  • 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...
  • China's New Drone
    China's New Drone 24 September 2020
    China introduces the new variant of the Z-5 rotary wing UAV at the 6th Military Technology Fair. Nanjing Research Institute on Simulation Technique (NRIST), a manufacturer for the unmanned helicopter named Z-5 B/H, explained that "it performs many functions such as three-dimensional control, automatic take-off and landing, online mission plan". The Z-5 rotary wing drone was first introduced in September 2011, but no definitive information about the platform was available i...
  • “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program
    “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program 22 September 2020
    Britain plans to downsize its Boeing E-7 Wedgetail AEW aircraft order as price goes higher. The original price tag was $1.98 billion in March 2019, but in the past 16 months, the cost has increased to $2.68 billion. United Kingdom Defence Ministry has opened talks with Boeing to reduce its order for E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning aircraft, less than 18 months after signing a $1.98 billion contract to buy five of the aircraft. The original contract was a sole source b...
  • Japan's New Frigate
    Japan's New Frigate 22 September 2020
    Japan's Future Multi-Mission Frigates (30FFM) continues to take shape. Construction of the first two frigates is being carried out at the shipyards of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsui E&S as part of a frigate project launched by the Japanese Ministry of Defence in 2018. New images obtained by Xavier Vavasseur and Yoshihiro Inaba showed the deployment of its mast integrated into the platforms. A total of 22 frigates will be built in line with the needs of the Japa...
  • 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, ...
  • VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200
    VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200 20 September 2020
    According to French Daily La Tribune, the European MBDA signed a contract with Egypt for the supply of VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles, for the equipment of the MEKO frigate under construction. Egypt had originally selected the South African Umkhonto missiles (128 missiles), but the program did not go ahead due to Denel's financial problems. In January 2019 Egypt and Germany agreed to build a MEKO-A200 frigate, with a total cost of € 500 million with 1 more option. In April ...
  • Turkish Navy's Long Range and EW Capability to Increase
    Turkish Navy's Long Range and EW Capability to Increase 19 September 2020
    Presidency of Defence Industries announced that the delivery of the ARES series Radar Electronic Support System developed by ASELSAN is ongoing. ARES will be integrated into the Navy Command's "Long Horizon Maritime Surveillance System." After this process, it is targeted to increase the capabilities and capabilities of the Navy in radar and electronic warfare. The ED System mainly contributes to the ship's backing by location, diagnostics, direction/posi...
  • Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned
    Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned 18 September 2020
    According to Defence Review Asia, Indonesia may scale down its KF-X / IFX procurement from the Republic of Korea (ROK). The magazine claims that the government of Indonesia is looking to save money due to COVID-19 pandemic and the level of investment in the KF-X/IFX combat aircraft project is the one that the government has eyes on.  In 2010 the country signed up to pay 20% of the development costs of the twin-jet engine 4++ generation fighter but is now seeking to reduce that to 15%.&nb...