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  • Coronavirus Spreads Rapidly in the U.S. Navy
    Coronavirus Spreads Rapidly in the U.S. Navy April 1 2020
    More than 70 crews of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt were detected to have coronavirus. A week ago the Pentagon confirmed three sailors on the Roosevelt had tested positive and that number had risen to 25 two days later. While the rapidly spreading virus is known to affect more than 70 personnel, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet refused to announce the full number. "We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to ...
  • US Will Produce Autonomous Submarine
    US Will Produce Autonomous Submarine March 18 2020
    The cost-effective solution provided by UAVs and minimizing the human factor causes new developments. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded contracts to three companies that will help come up with a design for a long-duration unmanned underwater vehicle. Within the scope of the Manta Ray Program, autonomous platforms that require minimum logistic support and can remain operational for a long time will be produced. The contract was signed with Lockheed Martin High T...
  • First F 39 Gripen Units Will Arrive Brazil Next Year
    First F 39 Gripen Units Will Arrive Brazil Next Year March 14 2020
    The commander of Wing 2 (Air Base), aviation colonel Gustavo Pestana Garcez, confirmed the arrival schedule of the first F-39 Gripen fighters, manufactured by SAAB, from Sweden, for the Brazilian Air Force. The forecast is that the first four units, out of a total of 36 aircraft purchased by the Brazilian government, will arrive at the military unit between the months of September and October 2021. A little earlier, in April, Wing 2 will also receive modern simulators of flights. After the ar...
  • Iran Unveiled New Ballistic Missile
    Iran Unveiled New Ballistic Missile February 13 2020
    Iran, which has frequently come to the fore with its nuclear studies and ballistic missile programs, unveiled a new ballistic missile. At the ceremony organized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Raad-500 surface-to-surface ballistic missile and new generation rocket engines were introduced. It was stated at the ceremony, which was also broadcasted on Iran State Television, that the new rocket engines were suitable for use with ballistic missile and satellite carrier rocket sys...
  • First Modernised Leopard Tanks for Denmark
    First Modernised Leopard Tanks for Denmark February 10 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...
  • Additional Investment to ASW Capability
    Additional Investment to ASW Capability January 31 2020
    The Philippines, which has carrying out the process of restructuring its armed forces, is increasing investments in naval power. Philippine Navy Commander Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad made a statement about the investments to be made for the navy at the retirement ceremony of the phased out ships. "We will acquire two additional anti submarine warfare helicopters to provide long-range patrol-patrol capability for the two corvettes we will procure in the futu...
  • Retirement Season in Navy
    Retirement Season in Navy January 30 2020
    Philippine Navy entered a period of change and innovation. The Philippine Navy formally decommissioned two naval combat assets during ceremonies held on 29 January 2020 at its naval base in Cavite City. During the ceremonies, PN chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad said that the PN needed to retire these ships as they have become more difficult to maintain. The Rizal-class patrol vessel BRP Rizal (PS-74) has been decommissioned after serving the PN for more than 54 years. The former US Nav...
  • Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit
    Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit January 29 2020
    Iran is preparing a site for launching a satellite, Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said. After the Zafar satellite is placed in orbit a timeline has been finalised to launch five more, the minister added. The United States fears long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit could also be used to launch nuclear warheads. Tehran denies the U.S. accusation Tensions have reached the highest level in decades between Ir...
  • Triton Eye on Pacific
    Triton Eye on Pacific January 29 2020
    Because of the increasing China, North Korea and Russian movements in the region, the USA added a new one to the measures taken in order to compete in the intelligence race in the Pacific. The US Pacific Fleet announced deployment of two MQ-4C Tritons to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam as part of early operational capability. With the Tritons, the maritime patrol variant of RQ-4 Global Hawks, the US Navy will perform training activities. In this context...
  • Wind of Cooperation in the Mediterranean Sea December 12 2019
    US Navy mission group and Turkish Navy conducted training. Turkish Navy Gabya class (former Oliver H. Perry) TCG Gediz F495 and TCG Gaziantep f490 frigates participated in the training. The Nimitz Class Aircraft carrier from the US Navy to the 6th fleet USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) took part at training. The Turkish Ministry of Defence announced its Twitter account;  Turkish Naval Forces conduct Operation Mediterranean Shield (OMS) continuously and effectively to...
  • Otokar exhibits ARMA and COBRA II vehicles
    Otokar exhibits ARMA and COBRA II vehicles December 10 2019
    Otokar, participates in Gulf Defence & Aerospace (GDA) 2019, on December 10-12, 2019 in Kuwait. During the exhibition, Otokar’s ARMA 6x6 with BOZOK turret and COBRA II with KESKIN turret will be displayed at its stand. Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç stated that Otokar is a company on a global scale. , "Designed in Turkey and our vehicles manufactured in Turkey, we have the honour to represent the Turkish defence industry in the world successfull...
  • A surprise visit from Ukrainian Navy Commander
    A surprise visit from Ukrainian Navy Commander December 9 2019
    Admiral Igor Voronchenko, Commander of the Navy of Ukraine, celebrated Ukrainian Armed Forces Day in Ankara. Admiral Adnan Özbal, the Commander of the Turkish Navy, was accompanied by the commander. Deputy Minister of National Defence Şuay Alpay also attended the ceremony. Voronchenko made a speech at the ceremony and said, “ Ukraine and Georgia were not invited to NATO, which led Russia to attack Georgia first and then Ukraine. For this reason, Ukraine is moving towards full membe...
  • Shelter for Submarines
    Shelter for Submarines November 12 2019
    Russia will build an armoured shelter for submarines. The shades designed for Borey class Project 995, Yasen class project 885 and Lada class electric submarines will protect the platforms from missiles and nuclear weapons. The construction of bunker will begin this year in Vilyuchinsk base of the Pacific fleet in Kamchatka, sources in the Defence Ministry said. In 2020, the installation will start in Northern fleet deployment bases near Severomorsk. The shelter will protect submarines f...
  • Zarb Tested
    Zarb Tested November 7 2019
    According to the Pakistan Navy (Pakistan Navy / PN), it was stated that the surface-to-surface missile launcher Zarb was subjected to a test shot in the training exercise. “The [Zarb] missile successfully followed its pre-planned trajectory and accurately engaged the target at sea,” the PN said. No images or additional details of the test-firing were provided, but Navy Commander Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was quoted as saying that the “operationalisation of the Zarb Weapon...
  • Unannounced Military Drill Near Turkey Border
    Unannounced Military Drill Near Turkey Border October 10 2019
    Turkey, began operations against terrorist organizations in the north of Syria. At the same time with this operation, Iran, allied with Syria, started an unannounced military exercise near Turkey's northwest border. According to the news in the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA, the exercise carried out with the participation of Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi. The military drill held with the theme “One Target, One Shot”. The exercise is aimed at evaluating th...
  • Plan F-35 Canceled
    Plan F-35 Canceled October 7 2019
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) will not purchase the F-35 fighter jets owing to its new policy of buying defence hardware only if allowed participation in the software development programme. According to the new "Concept of Project Requirements (COPR)" policy, the air force will purchase defence and strategic hardware only if it is allowed to take part in the development of the software used to operate the products. "We are implementing a 'pur­chase-and-develop' po...
  • Koca Yusuf Will Win New Talents
    Koca Yusuf Will Win New Talents October 5 2019
    Turkey passes an essential milestone on the A400M aircraft program on Thursday, October 3. ASFAT and Airbus companies will work together in the maintenance-repair-improvement (retrofit) program of A400M Transport aircraft. Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Mehmet Cahit Turhan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler, Land Forces Commander Gen. Ümit Dündar, Air Forces Commander Gen. Hasan Küçükakyüz, N...
  • Iran, Strengthens Against US
    Iran, Strengthens Against US September 4 2019
    The tension between Iran and the US has been increasing since last year when US President Donald Trump withdrew unilaterally from the nuclear agreement signed in 2015. Looking for new defence solutions in the light of this tension, Iran introduced its new UCAV.   Kian, new generation of homegrown jet-powered drone, was unveiled in a ceremony with Commander of Army Air Defense Force Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard in attendance. Kian, a new high-precision drone that can loc...
  • Huge Deal for Raytheon
    Huge Deal for Raytheon August 27 2019
    The United States has signed an agreement worth 534 million US Dollars with Raytheon. Under the agreement, the company will undertake the production and engineering services of the Commander’s Independent Thermal Viewer, known as CITV, used in M1 Abrams tanks.  CITV helps M1 Abrams tank commanders to find and define targets by allowing commanders to monitor the environment around him in all weather conditions, which also increases situational awareness. Providing 360-degr...
  • Admiral Kasatonov to Enter Final Trials
    Admiral Kasatonov to Enter Final Trials August 17 2019
    The Project 22350, newest Russian frigate, Admiral Kasatonov will set off for Baltic Sea ranges in the coming week for the concluding stage of shipbuilders’ trials, Russian Navy Spokesman Captain Igor Dygalo said. "A decision on its departure will be made following a final report to Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Nikolai Yevmenov and upon the readiness of the frigate’s crew and the Severnaya Shipyard’s delivery team for fulfilling the program of trials”. <...
  • New Generation Aircraft from Russia
    New Generation Aircraft from Russia August 16 2019
    Russia plans to complete the MiG-41 project in 2019. Russia has been working on a new platform project since 2018. "Our future MiG-41 fighter will be able to fly into space,” said Ilia Tarassenko, CEO of the Russian aircraft manufacturer Mikoyan-Gourevitch. Tarasenko has revealed that the project is due to be completed by 2019 and he also stated that “the aircraft will use new types of weapons and can carry a large volume of weapons.” The device would reach a ...
  • Training Support for the Recon
    Training Support for the Recon August 6 2019
    Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Solutions awarded $40M contract for E-8 aircrew training device sustainment. This contract provides for contractor logistics support and training system support centre operations of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Aircrew training device. The Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) is a United States Air Force Airborne ground surveillance, battle management and command and control aircra...
  • Russia Began Trials
    Russia Began Trials August 5 2019
    Russia testing BMD-2M airborne assault vehicle with new combat module. BMD-2M air-deployable infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has entered state trials. According to the TASS News Agency, BMD-2 combat vehicles equipped with the Bereg combat module unofficially dubbed ‘mini-Berezhok". Corporation Rostec and Russia’s Defence Ministry inked a contract on the upgrade of 540 BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles and BMD-2 airborne assault vehicles under a new state armament program for 2...
  • ACAR-K Radar is in the İnventory of Argentine Armed Forces
    ACAR-K Radar is in the İnventory of Argentine Armed Forces August 1 2019
    ASELSAN’s ACAR-K Ground Surveillance Radars are accepted to be in Argentina’s armed forces inventory. The radar is tested under the surveillance of General Hector Prechi, Commander of the 2nd Army of Argentina. Within the scope of the acceptance activity, ACAR-K Surveillance Radar was tested in different scenarios for the detection of pedestrians, light vehicles, tanks and helicopters in line with the request of the Armed Forces of Argentina. ACAR-K radar was operated by the relev...
  • The Ocean Shield from Russia
    The Ocean Shield from Russia August 1 2019
    Russia's Ocean Shield 2019 drill in the Baltic Sea will be held between 1-9 August. Around 49 warships and combat craft, 20 logistic support vessels, 58 aircraft of the Navy and the Aerospace Force and 10,634 personnel of the Russian Armed Forces will be involved in the drill, which will be commanded by Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov. The drills will practice the deployment of the Navy’s inter-fleet grouping and the skills of commanding the fleet’s fo...
  • Desert Warrior’s New Name
    Desert Warrior’s New Name July 28 2019
     US Army decided a new name for it’s M1A2 main battle tanks. The participation of tank units to “Operation Iraqi Freedom” brought many lessons concerning what was to be done to improve the M1A2. Platform gets a new machine gun for the tank commander, improved fire control,  with the crew being able to set the distance it wants a shell to explode, better infrared sights, and a new power unit that allows the tank to power communications and sensors without running it...
  • Germany has Donated Casspir July 22 2019
    Germany has donated 29 Casspir 4x4 armoured vehicle personnel carrier to Mali Armed Forces. Since 40 years, the German government supports the armed forces of Mali, with the delivery of military equipment to the Malian armed forces. Germany has deployed thousands of soldiers and police in Mali, who are part of the UN-led MINUSMA (Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission). The Casspir is a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle that has been in use in South Africa for over 30 years. ...
  • Sweden to Strengthen Wall
    Sweden to Strengthen Wall July 3 2019
      The Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters announced the deployment of the Luftvärnssystem (Air Defence System) 23 to the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The decision issued on 1 July 2019 was taken by Swedish Armed Forces Supreme Commander General Micael Bydén.  The island of Gotland lies around 330 kilometres from Russia's region of Kaliningrad, the headquarters of the Russian Baltic Fleet. The system is produced by Saab and the Swedish Armed ...
  • TITUS: New Armored Vehicle Solution to the Army
    TITUS: New Armored Vehicle Solution to the Army June 27 2019
    Czech Ministry of Defence signed a contract for the supply of 62 wheeled TITUS 6x6 armoured vehicles. The value of the contract is €237 million and deliveries will take place in 2022-23. The contract covers 42 wheeled armoured vehicles in command post version, and 20 others in the artillery coordination of fire support (MKPP), and includes logistic support and training.  TITUS will replace obsolete equipment and will equip units from the 4th Brigade Task Force. Armoured ve...
  • First Rafale Squadron Arrives in Qatar
    First Rafale Squadron Arrives in Qatar June 7 2019
      Qatar Receives first Rafale Squadron. Qatar Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attended a reception ceremony to welcome the first squadron of Rafale fighter jets of the Qatari Amiri Air Force from France. The deal for the Rafale fighter jets was concluded in May 2015 with French company Dassault Aviation SA. France’s delivery comprised five Rafales, out of the first batch of 24 that Qatar ordered in 2015; a s...
  • Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft May 23 2019
      Greece received first modernized P-3 Orion Maritime patrol aircraft. Senior officials from the Greek Ministry of National Defence, the Hellenic Air Force, Navy and Army, Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industries participated in a ceremony for the delivery of the first modernized P-3b Orion. Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) hosted a ceremony at HAI’s facility near Athens, Greece, for the delivery of the first P-3B maritime patrol aircraft (interim solu...
  • Additional Armour for Turkish Leopard 2A4s
    Additional Armour for Turkish Leopard 2A4s March 22 2019
    Developments in Leopard 2A4 tanks are on the agenda in order to increase the survivability of the platforms in the light of Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations experiences. Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler, Land Forces Commander General Ümit Dündar, Commander of the Navy Admiral Adnan Özbal, Defence Industry President İsmail Demir and Deputy Minister Muhsin Dere audited the 2nd Main Maintenance Factory in ...
  • Zumwalt Departs on First Operational Underway
    Zumwalt Departs on First Operational Underway March 12 2019
    Guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) departed San Diego for its first operational underway. “Zumwalt is designed for stealth,” said Capt. Andrew Carlson, Zumwalt’s commanding officer. “This aids her role as a multi-mission surface combatant and improves the fleet commander’s options for delivery of naval combat power to meet the Navy’s emergent mission requirements.” Zumwalt is 100 feet longer and 13 feet wider than the ...
  • US Declares F-35C IOC
    US Declares F-35C IOC March 4 2019
    The US Navy declared that its F-35C Joint Strike Fighter was operationally ready to deploy and conduct missions around the world. The F-35C Lightning II, the aircraft carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, has met all requirements and has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), the commander of Naval Air Forces and the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation announced Feb. 28 in a joint statement. To declare IOC, the first operational squadron must be properly manned, ...
  • Russia Prepares Higher and Heavier Jump for Paratroopers
    Russia Prepares Higher and Heavier Jump for Paratroopers February 22 2019
    Russia prepares new special-purpose parachute systems with oxygen equipment for Airborne Force high-altitude jumps. Airborne Force Commander Andrei Serdyukov made public information about oxygen gear. "As part of the experimental design work that has been carried out, new special-purpose ‘wing-type’ parachutes with oxygen gear have been developed for landing from high altitudes," the general said. Since 2018, Russia has also been developing a parachut...
  • Type 218SG Launched
    Type 218SG Launched February 20 2019
    The first submarine of Singapore has ordered and which has been developed in line with the needs of this country has been launched. Singapore Minister of Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen attended the ceremony at the ThyssenKrupp Shipyard's facilities in Kiel. Defence Minister's wife, the Chief of the German Navy and the Singapore Navy Commander participated in the ceremony, Type 218SG’s class name in the Singapore Navy was announced. Submarines, will be called Invincible Class, w...
  • Özden Örnek and the Story of MİLGEM February 7 2019
    When it comes to MİLGEM, one of the persons to come to mind is former Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces, retired Admiral Özden Örnek, who recounted in this book what he had witnessed behind the curtains since the inception of the project. While reading Örnek’s book, you will hear the first-hand account of unknown facts as regards Turkey’s major national ship projects. One of the most urgent issues of Turkey is probably related with the transfer of know...
  • Dassault Aviation Delivered the First Rafale to Qatar
    Dassault Aviation Delivered the First Rafale to Qatar February 6 2019
    Dassault Aviation announced on February 6 that it has handed Qatar its first Rafale. A ceremony was organized in Mérignac, in the presence of Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation, Geneviève Darrieussecq, Secretary of State to the Minister of Armies, and Major General Mubarak Al Khayareen, Commander in Chief of the QEAF (Air Force of the Emir of Qatar). The delivery of the first Rafale is part of the contract between Qatar and France in May 2015, covering 24 fighter ...
  • No F-35 Selection for Germany
    No F-35 Selection for Germany February 4 2019
    New announcements made about German Tornado replacement. However, Germany's F-35 Lightning II procurement seems to be in another spring. Tornados, one of the legendary planes of the Cold War, will be replaced by another aircraft. German Ministry of Defence, which is carrying out the new aircraft procurement program, did not shortlist the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The last two candidates were the Eurofighter Typhoon and the F / A-18 Hornet family. Last year, the German Air Forc...
  • Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand”
    Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand” January 22 2019
      The Iranian Navy destroyer has been equipped with a close-in weapon system (CIWS) an indigenized version of Phalanx, that is used for defence against anti-ship missiles, for the very first time. Iran announced that it is working on such system in August 2018. Tasnim news agency quoted the Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi that the system is going to be installed on vessels that carry out missions in deep and distant waters. He sug...