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  • Approval to F-35B Lightning II Sale
    Approval to F-35B Lightning II Sale 10 July 2020
    Procurement processes for the F-35 Lightning II, which comes to the fore frequently due to the technical and infrastructure problems, continue. The USA continues to sell F-35 Lightning II. Washington has approved the sale of giant F-35 package, which requested by Japan requested. In this context, Tokyo will receive a total of 105 F-35 Lightning IIs. 63 of the platforms to be acquired by the country were announced as F-35A and 42 of them as F-35B. Announcing the 2020-2021 defenc...
  • France to Improve Navy AEW&C Capability
    France to Improve Navy AEW&C Capability 8 July 2020
    Ship-based airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft are eyes of the carrier task force in front lines, especially in open seas. Being the only user of nuclear aircraft carrier expect the USA, France is on the way to improve its ship-based AEW&C capability. In this context, Washington approved the possible sale of three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye under the FMS (Foreign Military Sales) to Paris. The total cost of the platforms and the necessary equipment was es...
  • Approval to Stryker Sale
    Approval to Stryker Sale 7 July 2020
    Stryker family armoured vehicles, developed by the USA for fast deployment missions during the Cold War, continue their duties in different countries. The U.S. Department of Defence Pentagon approved the sale of 27 M1126 Stryker armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to Argentina under FMS (Foreign Military Sales). Buenos Aires had requested 27 M1126 Stryker and .50 cal mm M2 machine guns from the US in the past months. It was announced that the total cost of the platforms would be...
  • First Phalanx to Prince of Wales
    First Phalanx to Prince of Wales 6 July 2020
    The Royal Navy's HMS Prince of Wales (R09) aircraft carrier is equipped with the Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS). According to a post on the Navy's official Twitter account, the Queen Elizabeth-class HMS Prince of Wales will be able to carry out its close air defence mission with General Dynamics production Phalanx. The platform, which is the Navy's second aircraft carrier, plans to deploy 40 F-35B Lightning II and Merlin helicopters. The platfo...
  • Electronic Warfare MRAP
    Electronic Warfare MRAP 5 July 2020
    Land vehicle-based electronic warfare (EW) systems offer appropriate solutions for missions such as providing convoy security and tactical field security, signal intelligence and information gathering. The Netherlands, which has different EW equipment in its inventory, received delivery of the Bushmaster 4x4 MRAP (Mine Resistant Armor Protected) based electronic warfare system. According to the statement made by the defence ministry of the country, the first platform will enter serv...
  • TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II
    TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II 5 July 2020
    The F-35C Lightning II, which is expected to reshape the aircraft carrier-based fixed-wing force dimensions with its fifth-generation capabilities, will also serve with the top aviators. The first group trainees selected among the pilots of the F-35C Lightning IIs in the US Navy inventory completed the TOPGUN course, the most extensive combat training process of the US Navy. Thus, volatile personnel affiliated with VFA-125 (Strike Fighter Squadron-125 "Rough Raiders") and ...
  • Russia to Test-Angara Light Carrier Rocket
    Russia to Test-Angara Light Carrier Rocket 4 July 2020
    Russia will carry out final flight tests of the latest Angara-1.2 light carrier rocket. Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Sergei Surovikin said that Angara-1.2 light carrier rocket would require three test-launches on Friday. “As part of the experimental design work, the flight tests of the Angara space rocket are taking place. They envisage six launches of the Angara-A5 heavy rocket and three launches of the Angara-1.2 light carrier,” Surovikin said in an interview wit...
  • Aircraft Carrier Conversion of Japan Begins
    Aircraft Carrier Conversion of Japan Begins 3 July 2020
    Japan, which can have neither deep-strike capable armed forces nor an aircraft carrier due to law restrictions, has begun the upgrade of the Izumo-class helicopter destroyers. Japan has announced the start of the necessary upgrade works for the F-35B Lightning II operation of the Izumo class JS Izumo (DDH 183) and JS Kaga (DDH 184) helicopter destroyers. Tokyo will thus have ship-based fixed-wing air force for the first time since WWII. Platforms that are not specifie...
  • Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble?
    Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble? 27 June 2020
    British independent public spending watchdog, “The National Audit Office”, has published a report into the ability of the MOD to successfully deliver Carrier Strike capability successfully. The report, published today examines how the Department has managed the programme since 2017 and how it is addressing the risks towards achieving the full capabilities of a carrier strike group. In other words, the report states concern about transforming process from a &lsq...
  • Indigenous OMTAS Missile for Domestic STA
    Indigenous OMTAS Missile for Domestic STA 23 June 2020
    Nail Kurt, FNSS General Manager and CEO, met with the leading names of the defence media in a live stream. Kurt made a statement regarding the delivery process of the Weapon Carrier Vehicles (Silah Taşıyıcı Araçlar / STA). It was announced that deliveries had started in the STA process and 26 platforms were already delivered. Nail Kurt gave the good news that the last two platforms were equipped with Roketsan-produced indigenous OMTAS missiles. Announcing that the delivery of...
  • Armoured Truck Order
    Armoured Truck Order 21 June 2020
    The shifting of the battlefield scales to asymmetric elements increased the need for armoured carrier elements in logistics infrastructure. Considering the changing battlefield conditions and seeking to immerse its logistics infrastructure with modern systems, Germany took action for truck procurement. In this context, BAAINBw (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr / Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support...
  • New Generation Criminal Investigation Vehicle for Turkey
    New Generation Criminal Investigation Vehicle for Turkey 19 June 2020
    The delivery of KIRAÇ New Generation Criminal Investigation Vehicle, developed in accordance with the needs of the Directorate General of Security Criminal Department, continues. As part of the project, led by Presidency of Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı/ SSB), the main contractor of Katmerciler; a total of 60 KIRAÇ will be delivered, including 20 armoured and 40 without armour. With the participation of Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, ...
  • Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test
    Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test 17 June 2020
    The first operational Block III jet will be delivered to the Navy in early 2021 Boeing delivered the first two F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy for flight testing. One jet is a single-seat E model, and the other is a two-seat F model. “The aircraft will be used for carrier suitability and integration testing of all Block III mission system components,” said Steve Wade, Boeing vice president, F/A-18 & EA-18G programs. The Navy will u...
  • Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Test
    Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Test 16 June 2020
    Submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) can be launched from anywhere in the world, regardless of the territory of the carrier platform. This gives user states hit any point in the world capability. France, which has been conducting studies on modernizing the nuclear submarine fleet and strengthening it with new platforms, conducted ballistic missile test launch in the Atlantic on June 12. During the activity carried out off the coast of Finistère, Audiern...
  • Attack on Russo-Turkish Patrol at Idlib
    Attack on Russo-Turkish Patrol at Idlib 16 June 2020
    After the Peace Spring Operation, which carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces in Northern Syria, it was decided that Turkish and Russian soldiers will carry out joint patrols in the region. Joint activities, which stopped when the Turkish Army being attacked in Idlib and the Spring Shield Operation resumed after the operation. The joint task force, which carrying out patrol activities in the Idlib De-Escalating Zone, was attacked by radical militants in the reg...
  • State-of-the-Art Catapult Went Down
    State-of-the-Art Catapult Went Down 15 June 2020
    Despite their short decks, aircraft carriers can operate heavy aircraft with the CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-off but Arrested Landing) system. Traditional steam-powered catapults gave its place to electromagnetic EMALS (Electromagnetic Launch System) on the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carriers built for the US Navy. The system, which operates in a similar manner with the new generation electromagnetic weapons, brought many unknowns along with its advantages. USS Gerald R. ...
  • Increase on Anti-Aircraft Carrier Capabilities
    Increase on Anti-Aircraft Carrier Capabilities 14 June 2020
    Aircraft carriers are one of the most strategic platforms in the navy for countries, thanks to the ability to operate a large aviation force in a possible war that will take place in the open seas and the large area control/denial capability. China, which has been studying to increase its effectiveness in the seas and launching a ship almost every month, continues its steps in the naval missile area. Crowning the sea power with aircraft carriers, Beijing is ...
  • Additional Self Propelled Howitzer Delivery
    Additional Self Propelled Howitzer Delivery 14 June 2020
    Self-propelled howitzer is one of the important force multipliers of the battlefield, thanks to its ability to carry firepower to front lines under armour protection. Countries that want to have a good mechanized power continue their investments in these systems. The 2'nd Battalion of 82'nd Field Artillery Regiment affiliated to the US Army received additional M109A7 Paladin self-propelled howitzer. Within the framework of the increasing combat capability and firepower ...
  • Greek Leonidas Modernisation Solution
    Greek Leonidas Modernisation Solution 9 June 2020
    Greece started production of 4K 7FA armored personnel carriers (APC) in 1982 as part of the need for tracked armoured personnel carriers. The platforms manufactured by the main contractor, Elbo. APCs have been using by the Hellenic Army for many years under the name of Leonidas. EODH Hellas, which continues its activities based in Greece, has developed a modernization kit for Leonidas 1 and 2 platforms to meet the modern battlefield requirements. Within the scope of the ac...
  • First Night Replenishment for Aircraft Carrier
    First Night Replenishment for Aircraft Carrier 8 June 2020
    Replenishment at sea has strategic importance not only for ships but also for the fleet's deficiencies in fuel, ammunition and equipment during the mission. In this way, the navy elements can perform their duties in a long time without returning to the port. HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), ​​one of the two aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy, performed replenishment at sea operations for the first time in the night conditions last week. Receiving fuel and material transfer ...
  • FC-31 Could Be Deployed on Aircraft Carrier
    FC-31 Could Be Deployed on Aircraft Carrier 6 June 2020
    The pilot training program of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has been raised in the country. A video of plan for pilot training has been released on China Central Television 7 (CCTV 7). The Shenyang FC-31 fighter jet, which was shown as a counterpart to the F-35 Lightning II, was allegedly viewed in the PLAN video. A pilot who sat on the platform thought to be FC-31 and information about the application process was included in the video. In the early ...
  • Low Energy Catapult Test of F-35C
    Low Energy Catapult Test of F-35C 27 May 2020
    Processes are progressing in the F-35C Lightning II, the first fifth generation CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-off But Arrested Landing) aircraft. A video about the F-35C Lightning II tests was shared on social media. In the images, the platform sunk dangerously after being released from the catapult shuttle. However, the aircraft climbed up without risking flight safety. Video shared with "Something you don’t see everyday...low energy catapult launch! That sink is ...
  • ACV-15 of FNSS Become Unmanned
    ACV-15 of FNSS Become Unmanned 27 May 2020
    FNSS production ZMA-15 (Armoured Combat Vehicle-15), which constitutes the backbone of the Turkish mechanised armoured vehicle power, will become unmanned. ZMA-15 Modernization Agreement was signed between ASELSAN and the PResidency of Defence Industries on December 31, 2019, with 900 million Turkish Liras cost. In the following process, the main contractor company signed a Subcontracting Agreement with FNSS. In this context, it has been announced that platforms will be eq...
  • Turreted Armoured Mortar Carrier on Trials
    Turreted Armoured Mortar Carrier on Trials 23 May 2020
    Turreted armoured mortar vehicles bring personnel safety to the fore with their ability to shoot under armour protection as well as being able to carry out missions without being contaminated in CBRN environment. The US Army, which has been searching for a turretrf armoured mortar carrier for some time and have carried out some studies, signed an agreement with Finnish Patria. Feasibility studies will be carried out for the Nemo 120 mm turreted, breech-loading mortar system wit...
  • Unmanned Air Defence System
    Unmanned Air Defence System 22 May 2020
    Advancing in control and imaging technologies enable unmanned vehicles to be customized for different tasks. Unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), which started to become widespread with tasks such as weapon carrier platform and supply transportation, came to the agenda with the anti-ship missions. This time UGVs made their voice heard from Belarus with an air defence role. Belarus-based New Technologies LLC announced the unmanned aerial defence system called Berserk. Developed against lo...
  • Theodore Roosevelt Returns to Sea
    Theodore Roosevelt Returns to Sea 21 May 2020
    With the rapid spread of the coronavirus within the crew the US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) anchored at Guam Naval Base.  After nearly two months side-lined in Guam with a coronavirus outbreak, the USS Theodore Roosevelt has gone out to sea for training, in preparation to return to duty in the Pacific. At the end of the training, there are about 3,000 crew members expected to return to duty. More than 1,000 crew members were diagnosed with the virus. The sh...
  • Search for Navy Jet Trainer
    Search for Navy Jet Trainer 19 May 2020
    Countries with aircraft carriers using the CATOBAR system need advanced jet trainers suitable for the system in question during the training of navy pilots. The US, the world's largest aircraft carrier user, has taken action for new advanced jet trainer planned to be procured to the Navy. In this context, Washington published an Request for Information Document on May 14. According to the document, the new platform, which will be used for FCLP (Field Carrier Landing Practice) do...
  • Italian Aircraft Carrier Ready for F-35B Integration
    Italian Aircraft Carrier Ready for F-35B Integration 11 May 2020
    The Italian Navy's ITS Cavour (550) aircraft carrier has been undergoing through the modernization process since 2018. The platform, which recently completed the process, has been ready for integration tests for the F-35B (STOVL) aircraft. The F-35 will replace AV-8B Harrier II on the aircraft carrier, which has been drawn to the Edgardo Ferrati dry pool for about two years for the necessary maintenance and modernization process. The upgrades included a reinforced flight de...
  • 8x8 Wheeled Vehicle Intention
    8x8 Wheeled Vehicle Intention 11 May 2020
    Thanks to their fast and agile movement capabilities, the use of 8x8 wheeled vehicles, which is characterized as rapid reaction missions and flat geography, is becoming widespread. Poland, which has been working on replacing the Soviet era platforms with new generation domestic vehicles in its inventory, has announced a new procurement intention. Polish Minister of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak announced the intention with "We plan to purchase 60 Rosomak-S wheel...
  • 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...
  • Robotic Mine Detection Vehicle Procurement
    Robotic Mine Detection Vehicle Procurement 6 May 2020
    Advanced unmanned vehicle technology offers important opportunities to minimize the human factor in high-risk tasks such as mine and IED detection. Germany transfers its mine detection tasks to robotic systems. In this context, Berlin, which has made acquisition in the past years, announced its new procurement decision. Berlin signed an agreement with the Rheinmetall for the platform called Route Clearance System (RCSys), which is said to have a budget of less than 10 mill...
  • Navy Wants Tactical Nuclear Back
    Navy Wants Tactical Nuclear Back 21 April 2020
    In the late periods of the Cold War, START I (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) and then the INF Treaty (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty / Medium Range Nuclear Forces) were signed to reduce nuclear tension in the world. In this way, many nuclear weapons, especially tactical ones, were disposed, and the number of strategic systems in question was significantly reduced. After the USA and Russia announced one after another that they would suspend the INF in 2019, the ...
  • Number of Crew Diagnosed with Virus in Charles de Gaulle Rises to 700
    Number of Crew Diagnosed with Virus in Charles de Gaulle Rises to 700 16 April 2020
    The number of crew members diagnosed with COVID-19 in the Navy is increasing. France's only aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, who took part in the exercise in the Baltic Sea, arrived in Toulon two weeks before it was planned due to the virus. The French Defence Ministry said 1,767 mariners, nearly all from the Charles de Gaulle itself, had been tested and results showed at least 668 to be infected with the new coronavirus. Results are still not in from a third of the tests. &...
  • The first COVID victim in Roosevelt
    The first COVID victim in Roosevelt 13 April 2020
    The damage caused by COVID-19 to navies continues to increase. The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier gave the first victim since the outbreak of pandemic in the open seas. The issue became more concrete when USS Theodore Roosevelt's captain Brett Crozier anchored the ship to the Guam Naval Base. Thomas Modly, Deputy Secretary of the US Navy, dismissed the captain who said "we are not at war, there is no need to die," and then had to resign. Following these develop...
  • Fire Breaks Out On China’s First LHD
    Fire Breaks Out On China’s First LHD 12 April 2020
    The first Chinese Type 075 Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) caught fire while in the dock at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai. Photos and video showing the ship billowing large clouds of black smoke hit Chinese social media earlier in the day. The Type 075 (NATO reporting name Yushen-class landing helicopter assault) is a new generation of Chinese amphibious assault vessel and larger than similar ships previously constructed for the PLA Navy and very similar to the U....
  • Russia to Continue Procurement Process Despite Virus
    Russia to Continue Procurement Process Despite Virus 11 April 2020
    COVID-19 pandemic, which has reached a global crisis situation, also affects the defence sector from different angles. World giants such as Airbus and Boeing stopped production due to the virus in various facilities due to the virus. In the US Navy, several crew members were diagnosed with coronavirus. According to Russia, no cases of viruses have been detected in military forces at this time. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov announced that the processes related to de...
  • Virus Cases Rise Rapidly in U.S. Navy
    Virus Cases Rise Rapidly in U.S. Navy 11 April 2020
    The number of cases of coronavirus is increasing on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. About 416 people were diagnosed with the virus at the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). The crew was also diagnosed with COVID-19 on the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and USS Nimitz (CVN-68). The US Armed Forces have announced that 15 infected soldiers have been found in the USS Ronald Reagan. It is not known how many crew members detected the virus on the USS Nimitz.
  • COVID-19 Knocks Out French Aircraft Carrier
    COVID-19 Knocks Out French Aircraft Carrier 9 April 2020
    French Carrier Charles De Gaulle to return home due to possible COVID-19 infections. The French Defence Ministry has reported that at least 40 sailors aboard an aircraft carrier have shown symptoms of the new coronavirus. France’s aircraft carrier will be brought home early from the deployment in the Atlantic after some crew members. The ministry said on 8th April, “As of today, a screening team with test means will be sent aboard the aircraft carrier to investigate the ...
  • Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned
    Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned 8 April 2020
    Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday after drawing condemnation for insulting the commanding officer of an aircraft carrier who was fired for writing a letter of concern about the service’s handling of a coronavirus outbreak aboard his vessel. U.S. Deputy Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's speech to the ship's crew was leaked to the press. Modly's remarks revealed that he used the phrase "naïve" and "stupid" for Crozier.  Hou...
  • US Concentration Increasing in Europe
    US Concentration Increasing in Europe 7 April 2020
    The military intensity in the Cold War days makes itself felt again. East and West are increasing the concentration on Europe day by day. The USA is determined to increase the military intensity it has lowered in Europe after the end of the Cold War. The U.S. European Command (EUCOM), which had been requesting additional ships for a long time, requested to the deployment of two additional destroyers from Congress in early March. EUCOM Commander General Tod Wolters said in ...