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  • New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya
    New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya 27 July 2020
    The US Army Command in Africa (Africom) released new satellite images on Friday (July 24th) regarding the Russian presence in Libya. "Russia continues to play an unhelpful role in Libya by delivering supplies and equipment to the Wagner group," said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Bradford Gering, AFRICOM director of operations. "Imagery continues to unmask their consistent denials." According to Africom, these satellite images prove the presence of the Rus...
  • "The King" Completed First Sea Trials
    "The King" Completed First Sea Trials 9 July 2020
    The CH-53 Stallion helicopter family is the largest and heaviest heavy-lift cargo helicopter in use in the US and Western world inventory. Despite the problems detected during development and factory tests, the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter completed its first sea tests. The first trial, completed on the USS Wasp (LHD 1) amphibious assault helicopter, was conducted in the Atlantic Ocean and lasted about two weeks. In this context, activities such as take-off and landing in di...
  • Huge Armoured Enginering Vehicle Order
    Huge Armoured Enginering Vehicle Order 9 July 2020
    Armoured engineering vehicles can perform tasks such as opening and maintaining battlefield and removing obstacles under fire and forming military fortifications thanks to their armour protection. These aspects make the platforms one of the most important components of the battlefield. In addition to permanent and temporary deployments, the USA, which often appears in the battlefield, acquires additional armoured engineering vehicles. Under the comprehensive agre...
  • Guided Artillery Rocket Order
    Guided Artillery Rocket Order 6 July 2020
    With the advancing electronic technology, the artillery rockets, which have gained the guidance ability, offer different solutions suitable for the mission type to the user thanks to the high precision strike capability. Germany, which actively uses M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) platforms under the name MARS II (Mittleres Artillerie Raketen System), will acquire guided artillery rockets. The German Army (Bundeswehr) announced on July 2 with a press release that the parli...
  • New Dimension of the Battlefield: Unmanned Armoured Combat Vehicles
    New Dimension of the Battlefield: Unmanned Armoured Combat Vehicles 5 July 2020
    Unmanned ground vehicles, started to duty on battlefield with destroying armoured vehicles, gain different dimensions with the developing technology. Estonian-based Milrem Robotics, which is currently working on 10 different concepts, has announced its new unmanned ground vehicle. The new platform introduced as Type-X was equipped with the CPWS II (Cockerill Protected Weapon Station Gen. II) turret, which developed by John Cockerill. Type-X, the first platform developed in line...
  • Approval to Cargo Aircraft Procurement
    Approval to Cargo Aircraft Procurement 3 July 2020
    Cargo aircraft are a key solution for the transportation and supply of armed forces power over long distances in a short time. Upon the request, USA has approved the possible sale of C-130H Hercules transport aircraft to Tunisia and Morocco under FMS (Foreign Military Sales). In this context, two C-130H aircraft will be transferred to Morocco, which made a request in July of last year. In addition to the platforms, the amount to be paid to the USA by Morocco, which wi...
  • Turkey's Unmanned "Mini Tank" Enters Mass Production
    Turkey's Unmanned "Mini Tank" Enters Mass Production 2 July 2020
      Katmerciler signed a serial production agreement with ASELSAN for the remote-controlled unmanned ground vehicle. Katmerciler developed the entire platform, including the remote control communication infrastructure of the armed unmanned ground vehicle. The vehicle can be used in reconnaissance, surveillance and target detection tasks. Weapons and all kinds of systems can be integrated into the turret. Thanks to satellite communication, it can be commanded remotely. T...
  • Turkey's Cargo UAV Period
    Turkey's Cargo UAV Period 29 June 2020
    An agreement has been reached for the purchase of rotary winged drones in turkey's inventory in accordance with the needs of the security forces. A contract was signed between the Presidency of Defence Industry and the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) Cargo UAV, which began its tender in 2018. The Cargo UAV system is expected to be mass-produced in 2021. It was announced that the drone will carry 50 kilograms of useful cargo and will ...
  • State Trials of Hydrographic Vessel Completed
    State Trials of Hydrographic Vessel Completed 18 June 2020
    Hydrographic survey vessels are important for scanning the sea/ocean floor, seawater temperature, current measurement, bottom mapping and detecting the actual locations of the wrecks. According to the statement made by Russia, the state trials of RFNS Nikolai Skosyrev, built in Vympel Shipyard in Rybinsk, have been completed. The activities carried out under the responsibility of the Northern Fleet were carried out in the Kola Bay and the Barents Sea. In the trials th...
  • Russia's Transport Aircraft to Enter Final Assembly Line Soon
    Russia's Transport Aircraft to Enter Final Assembly Line Soon 28 May 2020
    In 2012, Russia signed an agreement with United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) for 39 Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft. It was announced that the platform had successfully completed the leak test. The cargo aircraft, which is tested under a certain air pressure, will be transferred to the final assembly line after checking the water penetration resistance. A contract worth 2.1 billion USD was signed for the planes that would be in the inventory of the Russian Armed Forces. The Il-76MD-90A...
  • Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries
    Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries 24 May 2020
    The first of the platforms to be provided under the NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet (MFF) programme will be delivered next month. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency manages the program. NATO member states Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands were ordered to supply eight Airbus A330 MRTTSs as part of the program. The first platform will be deployed in June at the main operations base in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Besi...
  • 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...
  • Boeing Stopped Production Line in Philadelphia
    Boeing Stopped Production Line in Philadelphia 6 April 2020
    Boeing has stopped production at its factories around Seattle, where more than 12 employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19 The firm also temporarily stopped operations on its production line in Philadelphia. “This action is intended to ensure the well-being of employees, their families and local communities, and will include an orderly shutdown consistent with requirements of U.S. and global defence customers,” Boeing said. “We have had positive test r...
  • Buran’s Mriya Back On The Sky
    Buran’s Mriya Back On The Sky 29 March 2020
    World’s biggest aeroplane An-225 “Mriya” (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-225 Мрія, lit. ‘dream’ NATO reporting name: Cossack) returned to sky according to the press service of the Antonov company. The Antonov company started to repair and modernization of aircraft An-225 “Mriya” in 2018. March 25 after an 18-month outage, the plane took off from the airfield near Kyiv and held in the air for about 2 hours. The aircraft was fitted with a new contr...
  • First An-178 on Production Line
    First An-178 on Production Line 17 March 2020
    An-178, which is in the agenda of Turkey's transport aircraft procurement tender also on the agenda and has a trump card with significant amount of technology transfer is in the production line. In a news article published in Ukraine, it was stated that Antonov took the first An-178 ordered by Peru on the production line. The first platform has the serial number 006. The production activities of the platform, where the cargo cabin was first built, will continue with th...
  • Russia’s Il-112 aircraft to perform 2nd flight in April
    Russia’s Il-112 aircraft to perform 2nd flight in April 18 February 2020
    Russia’s latest Ilyushin il-112 military transport plane prototype will take to the skies for the second time in April, Head of the Ilyushin Aviation Company Yuri Grudinin said on Monday. "We are going to certify Il-76, Il-114-300 and Il-112 planes, the production of which is being planned. In April, we will fly the first Il-112 plane at the Voronezh enterprise and will organize the serial production of il-112s at the Voronezh factory," the chief executive said. ...
  • Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall
    Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall 14 February 2020
    The Pentagon is seeking to divert $3.8 billion, mainly from its fiscal 2020 weapons procurement budget, to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall. The plan, which came from the Department of Homeland Security in January, will be officially released by the Office of the Secretary of Defence. A list of talking points was sent across the Pentagon earlier today, noting that the money will go toward funding a 230-mile long wall. The biggest item on the list is a $650 million Ame...
  • Second Tanker Arrived To France
    Second Tanker Arrived To France 14 February 2020
    The second delivery of the tankers ordered to replace the existing aerial refueling aircraft that have reached the end of their economic life has been completed. Lockheed Martin completed the delivery of four C-130J Super Hercules ordered in 2016 by France. The company announced that the delivery process with two KC-130J Super Hercules.  The French Air Force (Armée de l'air / ALA), which accepted the first platforms in 2017 and 2018, received the KC-13...
  • China tested a new heavy-duty drone with three engines
    China tested a new heavy-duty drone with three engines 18 January 2020
    According to Chinese media, on January 16, 2020, a heavy three-engine unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Chinese company Tengoen Technology made its maiden flight at one of the airfields in southwest China. The Chinese company Tengoen Technology (also known as Tengdun) was founded in 2016. The new unmanned aerial vehicle is a three-engine UAV built on a two-fuselage scheme. Its wingspan is 20 m, length - 10, height - 3.3 m. The maximum take-off weight reaches 3200 kg, with a payloa...
  • Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service
    Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service 17 January 2020
    Russia’s new sea tanker Academician Pashin will join the Northern Fleet’s logistics and rear support forces in late January, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. "On January 21, a solemn ceremony of hoisting the flag of the Navy’s auxiliary fleet will take place aboard the new sea tanker Academician Pashin at the Northern Fleet’s main base of Severomorsk. This day will become the date of officially accepting the vessel for servic...
  • Albatross took off
    Albatross took off 29 December 2019
    ALBATROS, the high capacity Cargo UAV developed by ALTINAY Aviation, made its maiden flight.  The UAV is standing out with its modular structure and the ability to carry various useful loads at the same time. Albatross was exhibited for the first time at TEKNOFEST. The UAV can stay in the air for one hour with a payload of 75 kg.
  • Restriction of KC-46 Lifted
    Restriction of KC-46 Lifted 25 December 2019
    Cargo ban of the KC-46, which was struggling with problems in the development process and in the post-delivery, has been lifted. About three months ago, it was found that the floor cargo locking components on the floor suffered mechanical problems. After the first inspection, the transportation of personnel and cargo was banned in KC-46A Pegasus for detailed research. In the inspections, it was found that the mechanisms that had to be locked automatically were not locked d...
  • 10 Chinook for UAE
    10 Chinook for UAE 12 November 2019
    The U.S. State Department has cleared the United Arab Emirates to purchase 10 CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters, with an estimated price tag of $830.3 million. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the potential deal. In addition to the helicopters themselves, the proposed package would include 26 T55-GA-714A engines; 24 embedded global positioning systems with inertial navigation system; 20 M134D-H mini-guns; and 20 M240H machine guns, as well as various transmitters ...
  • Stratotanker Fleet Retires
    Stratotanker Fleet Retires 12 November 2019
    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) confirmed that they have retired its fleet of four Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker aerial refuelling and cargo aircraft last June 2019. The last flight was conducted on 26 June 2019.  RSAF purchased six of the A330 MRT tankers and transport aircraft, which were able to refuel with both the boom and hose-drouge method. In June 2019, three aircraft were delivered to the RSAF.   Singapore supplied the KC-135A Stratotanker platforms u...
  • New Transport Aircraft from Russia
    New Transport Aircraft from Russia 11 November 2019
    Russia has introduced a new platform, similar in design to the Antonov An-124 Ruslan (NATO code: Cock) transport aircraft. The aircraft, which can carry up to 180 tons of cargo in a long range, was named Slon. The Russian Central Aerodynamics Institute recently shared its first image from the transport aircraft. The model will be used in aerodynamic studies to test the design characteristics of a wind tunnel. At 1.63 meters long and 1.75-meter wingspan, the replica can be reconfigured to test...
  • Croatia buys two more Black Hawks
    Croatia buys two more Black Hawks 1 November 2019
      US Government cleared two Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters sale to Croatia. The country will have four Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in inventory. The US State Department approval, announced on 30 October, covers a pair of the latest-variant UH-60Ms, along with other equipment, spares, weapons, training and support. The estimated value of the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) is USD115 million. The helicopters will join a pair of UH-60Ms t...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts 24 September 2019
    The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refuelling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of four flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed b...
  • ALTINAY Exhibited Albatross 17 September 2019
    Altınay exhibited the Albatros UAV, which was developed especially for cargo missions, at Teknofest Istanbul. With its scalable architecture, ALBATROS can carry between 50 and 150 kg of cargo or payload. Various weapons and ammunition were exhibited with the UAV.
  • KC-135s are Retiring
    KC-135s are Retiring 11 September 2019
    U.S. Air National Guard unit has received Boeing KC-46 Pegasus air-refuelling tanker. The KC-46 is a military aerial refuelling and transport aircraft designed to replace the current KC-135 Stratotanker. The aircraft is capable of carrying approximately 73,000 kg of fuel and 35,000 kg of cargo.  Boeing 767-200LRF commercial aircraft-based KC-46, made its first flight in 2015. The first two KC-46s were delivered to the 157th Air Refuelling Wing at Pease Air National Guard B...
  • New Connection System to Navy
    New Connection System to Navy 9 September 2019
    Canada will acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems. The National Defence Department of Canada has released a statement on its official website to announce a contract of approximately $12 million to acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems that will support such missions. These systems will be built in Canada by Navamar Inc. These ship-to-shore connector systems, vessels such as Joint Support Ships of the Canadian Navy will have an enhanced and robust capability to transfer cargo and...
  • Batch Production will Start
    Batch Production will Start 9 September 2019
    Russian Helicopters and VEB.RF signed a 10-year cooperation agreement at the Eastern Economic Forum to support the production and promote Ka-62 helicopters. Russian Helicopters Holding plans to obtain the basic certificate for Ka-62 helicopter in 2020, but the batch production of the craft is scheduled to begin in 2019, the holding said. "The agreement brings us one step closer to the entry of Ka-62 to the market. The latest helicopter is in demand in many regions of our country and abro...
  • Embraer Delivered first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force
    Embraer Delivered first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force 5 September 2019
    Embraer delivered the first multi-mission airlift KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira /FAB) at a ceremony held at Anápolis Air Base.  The KC-390 was developed as a joint project between the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer. In 2014, FAB signed a firm order for 28 units of the KC-390 aircraft and initial logistical support. The aircraft are produced at the Gavião Peixoto factory, in São Paulo state. In order to maximize the...
  • 11th C-17 for India
    11th C-17 for India 29 August 2019
    India continues to add C-17 transport aircraft to its inventory. On August 26, Boeing delivered the 11th C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in New Delhi. The aircraft, which is the last of 12 'white-tail' airlifters that Boeing built before closing down its C-17 production facility in Long Beach, California, in 2015, was acquired by the IAF for USD336.2 million.   The airlifter joins 10 other C-17s that are operated...
  • Five KC-390 will be Procured
    Five KC-390 will be Procured 23 August 2019
    Portugal, the largest international partner of the KC-390 program has signed contracts for five Embraer KC-390 aircraft. The Portuguese Government and Embraer signed on August 22, at a ceremony held at Embraer's facility in Évora, a contract for the acquisition of five multi-mission airlifters Embraer KC-390.  Additionally, services and support and a flight simulator are included in the contract as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capabilities to support n...
  • Export Version of Il-112V Transport Aircraft to Debut at MAKS 2019
    Export Version of Il-112V Transport Aircraft to Debut at MAKS 2019 20 August 2019
    The export version of Il-112VE light military transport aircraft is set to make its debut at MAKS-2019 international air show to be held later this month. According to a statement released by Rosoboronexport, the Il-112VE aircraft is intended for the transportation and airdropping of cargo, vehicles, equipment, ammunition and personnel.   It is equipped with two new higher-power and more fuel-efficient engines, the TV7-117ST, and AV112 propellers controlled by a singl...
  • First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4
    First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4 20 August 2019
    The first KC-390 is due to be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force on September 4, according to an Airway source. Manufactured by Embraer, the multi-purpose cargo jet is the largest aircraft ever built in Brazil. If all goes as planned, the ceremony will be held at Anapolis Air Base where Wing 2 is located, which will be responsible for operating the new aircraft. The first KC-390 from Brazil’s 28-unit order was completed late last year and made its first flight in October. Em...
  • New Delivery from the USA 31 July 2019
    Turkish Land Forces received four more Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from the United States. The American Embassy's Twitter account announced that the platforms were delivered to the Turkish Land Forces Command at the Izmir Port. Turkish Land Forces, which received the first heavy transport helicopters in 2016, has a total of 11 platforms in its inventory with the new delivery. Boeing CH-47F Chinook is a multitasking helicopter with a maximum gross weight of 22,68...
  • C-130 Fleet will Change
    C-130 Fleet will Change 15 July 2019
    The Portuguese government has confirmed that they will acquire five KC-390 cargo aircraft. Government will make an agreement worth € 827 million to purchase of five KC-390 aircraft, a flight simulator, and the aircraft logistics. Minister of National Defence João Gomes Cravinho explained that the aircraft, with intercontinental range and true multi-mission capabilities, will be able to execute strategic and tactical operations, both civil and military, without limitations, from tr...
  • US Donation to Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 July 2019
      U.S has donated 20 M1123 cargo/troop carrier High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH’s) Armed Forces. During the handover ceremony in Rajlovac barracks in the capital Sarajevo, BiH’s Defence minister pointed out that this donation shows the U.S. commitment to a partnership with BiH: “It can be related to tasks that are based on the Law of BiH, whether it is peace missions, helping the population in case of...
  • New Support for A400M Program
    New Support for A400M Program 2 July 2019
      Airbus and Organization for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR)signed A400M contract amendment to solve the cost, performance and delivery problems in the A400M military cargo aircraft program. After the negotiations started in 2017, the agreement is divided into four parts. The first step is new capabilities development plan. According to this plan, Airbus will aim to offer all agreed features and perform better operations. The second step, which aims to significantly reduce...