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  • USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider
    USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider February 2 2020
    US Air Force shared new renderings of the B-21 Raider aircraft. Northrop Grumman’s stealth bomber B-21 will be the successor to the B-1B Lancer and also to the B-2 Spirit, the first bomber invisible to radars. Northrop Grumman won the competition in 2015 and will make a new flying wing that is expected to enter service in the middle of this decade. The jet is expected to fly in 2021, but the USAF does not reveal how many units will be ordered. In the image published ...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? January 30 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • The Countdown has Begun
    The Countdown has Begun January 21 2020
    With the developing and changing technology, countries continue to embark on a space hegemony adventure. While countries such as Russia, USA, China and India are on the way for a space competition. They also gain a strategic advantage in this race. Japan will launch its eighth Intelligence Gathering System (IGS) reconnaissance satellite into space on Jan. 27. Japanese satellite and space industry giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced that an MHI H-IIA satel...
  • Competition Continues in Hürjet’s Engine
    Competition Continues in Hürjet’s Engine January 1 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) continues to search engine for single-engine jet training aircraft Hürjet. It was thought that TUSAS decided on this issue. Europe's Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft is powered by the Ej200 engine manufactured by Eurojet Consortium. TUSAŞ had begun to negotiate with the consortium at Le Bourget'de Paris Aeronautical Exhibition. This development was first written by C4Defence. The F404-GE-102 engine, which is a General Electric product wa...
  • Intensive Agenda In The Sector
    Intensive Agenda In The Sector October 31 2019
    In the defence industry sector, Ankara will have an intensive agenda today. The 5th Capture The Flag (CTF) competition organised by Defence Technologies Engineering Company (STM) will start early in the morning and end at around 18 in the evening. In the race, hacker teams will compete with each other to win the grand prize. On the other hand, defence companies will come together with different sectors at the Efficiency Summit to open a stand. The Australian / Asian Rotorcraft Forum will be h...
  • Eurofighter Drops Out of Canadian Fighter Jet Program September 3 2019
    The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) and Airbus Defence and Space today informed the Government of Canada of their decision to withdraw from Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP).  The decision is the result of a detailed review of the Request for Proposal (RFP), following its release on 23 July 2019. The $19 billion competition has been dogged by allegations it is designed to favour Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter. With the dec...
  • J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’
    J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’ August 29 2019
    J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’ According to South China Morning Post, China’s military is likely to pick the country’s first active stealth fighter, the J-20, for its next-generation aircraft carriers, according to military sources and a recent report on state media. A military insider told the South China Morning Post that the Central Military Commission, the People’s Liberation Army’s top decision-making body, now f...
  • New Player for the Raytheon and Rheinmetall Partnership
    New Player for the Raytheon and Rheinmetall Partnership August 14 2019
    Raytheon and Rheinmetall Defence are partnering with Pratt & Miller Defence for the U.S. Army's Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle competition. The Detroit-based company will provide engineering analysis to help ensure the KF41 Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle meets or exceeds the Army's survivability requirements for the program. Raytheon and Rheinmetall will offer an American-made KF41 Lynx vehicle to answer the U.S. Army’s call for a Next-Generation Combat Vehicle...
  • Canada Seeking New Wings
    Canada Seeking New Wings July 29 2019
    For the replacement of CF188 aircraft in service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to suppliers. Suppliers have until the spring of 2020 to submit their first offers to Canada. The government, which plans the first deliveries by 2025, foresees that the selection process for the supplier company will continue until the second quarter of 2022. The platforms that are issued with RfP are; SAAB Jas39 Gripen/Sweden, Airbus Eurofighter T...
  • Is the Correct Path Followed to Build a Plane? July 11 2019
    The planners’ decisions about the use of human resources in our country, doesn’t fit the Turkey’s aims in the aerospace thus defence industry. Universities and postgraduate institutions are unfortunately not sufficient to train required people. Our point in this article is not to criticize the existing situation, but to create a suitable atmosphere in our country to create and develop space, aviation and defence industries. Otherwise the aerospace industries won’t go f...
  • Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase
    Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase May 24 2019
      After failing to secure second-hand F-16s from Israel, Croatia has approached Sweden and United States to buy new fighters, Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic said. Zagreb was close to striking a deal on buying a squadron of used and refitted F-16 fighter jets from Israel, but eventually Israel informed Croatia it could not sell the planes as it could not secure an approval from the United States. Israel’s F-16s are equipped with advanced systems that US allows...
  • Logistics Need More Finance
    Logistics Need More Finance May 18 2019
    The Centre for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment (CSBA) conducted a study on the current and planned logistical power of the US Navy’s naval platforms. The study noted that the Navy’s current and planned maritime logistical force “is inadequate” to support the new National Defence Strategy and major military operations against China or Russia, and failure to correct that deficiency “could cause the United States to lose a war.” The 120-page CSBA ...
  • Space-based Laser Systems March 16 2019
    As one of the foremost elements of sci-fi movies, laser has also become an ordinary feature of our daily lives. Laser’s potential as a weapon system was recognised by the Cold War rivals of the USA and the USSR soon after its appearance. Laser, whose theoretical underpinnings can be dated back to Albert Einstein’s work in 1917, was built for the first time in 1960 by Theodora Maiman following intense research throughout the 1950s. Its power, range and capacity have conti...
  • Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy
    Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy March 7 2019
    The U.S. Navy has issued a draft request for proposals for a new guided missile frigate, being acquired through the FFG(X) competition in order to buy a total of 20 ships, and the draft solicitation outlines the construction schedule for the first 10 ships in the class. The lead ship would be delivered 72 months after a contract is awarded. The contract will include an option for an additional nine ships. A final RFP will be released later this year, with a contract award ...
  • Boeing to set up F-18 Factory in India
    Boeing to set up F-18 Factory in India February 23 2019
    Boeing promotes its F-18 factory in India. Speaking at the Aero India show, company officials said it would build a “factory of the future” in India to produce the Super Hornet to meet New Delhi’s request. India has two separate requirements for combat aircraft: 110 for the air force and 57 for the navy. For the opportunities with New Delhi, the company would pitch the Super Hornet’s new Block III variant, which features updated avionics and sensors, and has ...
  • Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project
    Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project February 7 2019
      Ending 33 years of direct competition between Eurofighter and Rafale, and renewing a lapsed defence industrial alliance between their two countries, the French and German defence ministers in Berlin signed agreements launching three major defence programs. Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS), agreement commits both countries to bilateral development and production of common manned and unmanned aircraft, binding them together for several decades to come. The F...
  • STM Set Goals: Achieving New Technologies January 10 2019
    Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM) General Manager Murat İkinci came together with national and sectoral press representatives for the first time at the STM Vision 2023 Press Meeting organised on December 5. During the speech he made on that occasion, İkinci specified the main goal of STM as achieving new technologies for Turkey. Also attending the meeting was the Head of Business Development, Onur Ateş. Following Ateş’s presentation on STM’s ac...
  • RAND: Japan Insufficient
    RAND: Japan Insufficient January 3 2019
    The Chinese-Japanese competition, which has increased in recent years, makes the waters of the region increasingly hot. The rivalry between the two major powers of Asia continues to increase in the military field, apart from political and economic areas.   The US-based think thank RAND has recently published a study on the Chinese-Japanese competition on the Chinese Sea. In the study, it was concluded that the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force was insufficient against t...
  • Customs Loved Canik
    Customs Loved Canik December 25 2018
    Canik is shortlisted with another three participiants in tender for the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), where 10 global companies were invited with TP-9.   The CBP, which is affiliated to the US Department of Homeland Security, started the tender by setting tough standards. Ten companies with local structuring took place in the US and short-listed companies were announced on November 29th. It is announced that the contract will be signed with the winning compa...
  • Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS
    Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS December 8 2018
    Organised in Karachi, the capital of Pakistan’s Sindh state, IDEAS Defence Exhibition witnessed a veiled competition between Turkey featuring the largest participation in scope and China, which sought benefits from time-honoured relations based on infrastructure.   Suppliers from the two countries not only competed for exhibition area or number of visitors; they also made huge efforts to develop relations. While contracts signed between China Shipbuilding Indust...
  • The Cold War beyond the Atmosphere
    The Cold War beyond the Atmosphere December 8 2018
    “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), a masterpiece by the famous American film director Stanley Kubrick, started debate on a series of subjects from space technologies to artificial intelligence, which are valid even today.   This ground-breaking film in the genre of science fiction as well as the book bearing the same name and written by Arthur C. Clarke as co-author of the film’s scenario, not only heralded a future to come. Shot during the 1960s, when ...
  • Dassault Shock to Canada
    Dassault Shock to Canada November 9 2018
    An unexpected news came from Canada's ongoing fighter jet tender. Dassault who joined the competition with Rafale fighter jet, announced its withdrawal from the competition. Canada plans to procure a total of 88 fighter in the ongoing tender. The tender, which is expected to cost US $ 12.2 billion, has not yet come up with an official announcement. However, the reasons for the decision talks in the back stages are that interoperability and intelligence sharing requirements canno...
  • In Latin America, the Wind Blows from the Right... November 6 2018
    The wave of populism in continental Europe casts a shadow over populisms in other corners of the world. In our previous issues, we have covered the rising tide of Right in Asia; now is the time to focus on Brazil, the regional giant of Latin America. Presidential elections in Brazil witnessed a fierce competition between the far-right, ex-army captain and Congressman Jair Bolsonaro (Social Liberal Party) and former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad (Worker’s Party). In the secon...
  • TEKNOFEST Opens Its Doors For Visitors September 20 2018
    Organizers of TEKNOFEST are Turkey's Technical Team Foundation (T3) and Istanbul City municipality. The festival will be held at Istanbul's third airport. The festival is planned to hold some technological presentations and competitions. The races will be held in 12 categories in partnership with Turkish companies Aselsan, Baykar, BMC, IGA, ISBAK, Roketsan, TUSAS and TUBITAK. Technological products such as unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, which h...
  • Hyper Competition
    Hyper Competition July 31 2018
    Hyper competition rising. During the Cold War period, the West studied on hypersonic technologies for many years but could not find their hopes. After success works of Russia and China in this area US-based companies moved forward in this area. Hypersonic ammunition, which is very difficult to prevent because of the it's high speed has attracted attention from the US Army. Pentagon has given the firm the necessary signal. Northrop Grumman, who assessed the intense...
  • Competition on Radar
    Competition on Radar July 30 2018
    US Marine Corps (USMC) has announced a  tender. The mechanical APG-73 radars of F/A-18 C and D aircraft which are in the USMC inventory will be replaced by the Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) radars. Procurement tender is not expected and didn't released in the annual plans. Raytheon and Northrop Grumman responded to the Request for Proposal. Raytheon made a fitting check for its APG-79(V)4 radar. In addition, Northrop Grumman conducted a sim...
  • FNSS Ready for Next 20 Years
    FNSS Ready for Next 20 Years June 27 2018
    During SAVTEK 2018 9. Defence Technologies Congress, a panel named "Next 20 Years of Defence Industries". Speaking on behalf of the FNSS, Haldun Olgun, shared his predictions about next 20 years of land vehicles. Mentioning the historical development of land vehicles; said that hybrid and electric vehicle conversion could reverse this situation, while highlighting the quest for high ballistic protection in the design of vehicles. In the next generation systems, where ...
  • ROBOIK 2018 Begins
    ROBOIK 2018 Begins May 24 2018
    Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) will hold three different competitions in two areas this year under the "ROBOİK" roof, which promotes the design of unmanned and autonomous systems which increasingly gain importance in defence industry. The launch meeting of the competitions was held on May 22 in Ankara with the participation of Undersecretary for Defence Industries Dr. İsmail Demir and of institutions and organizations support...
  • Raytheon to Upgrade USN's Infrared and Radar Systems
    Raytheon to Upgrade USN's Infrared and Radar Systems May 22 2018
    Raytheon will upgrade the Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR), and the AN/APG-65, AN/APG-73 and AN/APG-79 radars of US Navy F/A-18 and E/A-18G aircraft.  The service announced its intention online on 9 May to grant the contract to Raytheon without a bidding competition. ATFLIR has a range of more than 40nm (74km) and can function at altitudes of more than 50,000ft. The AN/APG-79 is an active electronically scanned array r...
  • UTC Cleared to Acquire Rockwell Collins
    UTC Cleared to Acquire Rockwell Collins May 8 2018
    The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the $30 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins by United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in the aerospace sector. The decision is conditional on divestment of businesses in actuators, pilot controls, ice protection and oxygen systems. UTC has committed to divest activities covering the entire overlap between the two companies and to preserve fair competition environment in the market.
  • Partners for Chinook Revealed
    Partners for Chinook Revealed April 30 2018
    Boeing revealed partners to support its bid to supply CH-47 Chinooks for Germany's heavy-lift helicopter competition. The company will work with CAE, Diehl Defence, Honeywell, Liebherr, Rockwell Collins and Rolls-Royce to provide “local long-term support and training” services. Boeing’s offer will either be based on the standard CH-47F model or extended-range MH-47G version. Germany is expected to release a final request for p...
  • FNSS Favours Cooperation in Altay
    FNSS Favours Cooperation in Altay April 7 2018
    Scoring high business volume in land vehicles exports in the Far East, producing 8x8 in Malaysia and tank in Indonesia thanks to its cooperation models, FNSS stands out as one of the three companies bidding for the Altay Main Battle Tank mass production in Turkey. We discussed with General Manager Nail Kurt about export targets and the future of land vehicle companies in Turkey. Kurt maintained that Altay was a strategic asset and that production required cooperation rather than competition.&...
  • Martin Baker Selected for KF-X Program
    Martin Baker Selected for KF-X Program March 28 2018
    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) selected Martin-Baker to provide the escape system for the Republic of Koreas Air Force’s new fighter, KF-X. Martin-Baker announced the contract award on 23 March, saying that its Mk18 ejection seat was selected for the KF-X programme. The Martin-Baker Mk18 for KF-X is a similar seat to the one currently in competition for the US Air Force new trainer jet, the T-X. 
  • Russians Chose The Names For Weapons
    Russians Chose The Names For Weapons March 26 2018
    Russians have chosen names for the country’s newest weapons by participating in a nationwide competition on the Defense Ministry’s website. The competition began after Russian president Vladimir Putin State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on 1 March. “Burevestnik” (Stormbringer) was chosen as the name for the state-of-the-art nuclear-powered cruise missile after 34,8 percent of participants voted for it. T...
  • Rheinmetall Wins Australian CRV Competition
    Rheinmetall Wins Australian CRV Competition March 15 2018
    Australia has selected Rheinmetall to supply its new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles.  The Australian government announced on 14 March that Rheinmetall’s Boxer 8x8 won the $4 billion (AUD5,2 billion) Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle competition after a three-year tender. 211 vehicles will be delivered to the Australian Defence Force under the program. To deliver the project Rheinmetall will establish a Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVE...
  • Indonesia Finalized Su-35 Order
    Indonesia Finalized Su-35 Order February 22 2018
    Indonesia has placed a firm order to Russia for 11 Sukhoi Su-35S multirole fighters. The country revealed its intentions for this acquisition in 2016. A $1,14 billion contract was signed recently, finalizing the order. Two units of Sukhoi jets will be delivered in August 2018 and six more would be delivered 18 months after the contract becomes effective, and the remaining three would be delivered five months after that.  Su-35S was selected in a competition ...
  • General Atomics To Collaborate With Boeing on MQ-25
    General Atomics To Collaborate With Boeing on MQ-25 February 14 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) will collaborate with Boeing on US Navy's MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System (UCAAS) competition along with BAE Systems, United Technologies Corp, Pratt & Whitney, L3 Technologies, Rockwell Collins and GKN Aerospace’s Fokker. Pratt & Whitney will be providing the PW815 engine, while UTC provides landing gear for the UAS. GA-ASI’s platform will use L3 Technologies communication systems, B...
  • UAV Competition
    UAV Competition January 19 2018
    US Coast Guard has frequently used drones as part of its anti-drug combat operations last year. Following success of the drones on operations, the US Coast Guard decided to equip all its cutters with drones. It is stated in command office that the tender will be opened in the coming weeks for the UAVs. The upper limit for the tender, which is planned to be completed in the third quarter of 2018 and whose technical specification has not yet been determined, is 300 million US Dollars....
  • US Plans Armed AC-208 Sales To Afghanistan
    US Plans Armed AC-208 Sales To Afghanistan January 2 2018
    The US Air Force plans to supply seven more armed Cessna AC-208 Caravan aircraft to the Afghan National Army, adding to the country's 208 aircraft previously supplied between 2007-2016.  An acquisition notice posted by the Air Force late on 27 December invites comments on a plan to award the contract to Orbital ATK without a competition. Alternative options will also be evaluated however foreign companies will not be able to bid due to security requirements.  ...
  • Boeing Receives Contract for Japan KC-46 Tanker
    Boeing Receives Contract for Japan KC-46 Tanker December 22 2017
    Through the Foreign Military Sale process, the U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing  a $279 million contract for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) first KC-46 tanker and logistics support, marking the aircraft’s first international sale.Japan Air Self-Defense Force became first international KC-46 customer Japan chose Boeing’s KC-46 tanker over competitors following its KC-X aerial refueling competition. The KC-46 adds to the JASDF’s c...