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  • Modernised Indonesian F-16 Made First Flight
    Modernised Indonesian F-16 Made First Flight February 20 2020
    Indonesia, which has accelerated its armament and replacing/modernisation activities in parallel with the increasing tension in the region, has left behind an important phase in the F-16 modernization process. The first Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara / TNI-AU) F-16A Fighting Falcon, serial number TS-1610, completing its modernization activities, and made first flight. Under the Falcon STAR (Structural Augmentation Roadmap) program, the In...
  • ASELSAN Sign on Radar Absorbent Material
    ASELSAN Sign on Radar Absorbent Material January 29 2020
    ASELSAN, which carries out the development activities of high importance systems under the New Type Submarine Project, has completed factory acceptance tests of a critical product. Thanks to the component that the company designed and developed with its own capabilities, the detection of Reis Class (Type 214) submarines will become more difficult. According to the news published by Anadolu Agency, factory acceptance tests of composite radar absorbent material pro...
  • Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk
    Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk January 21 2020
    The United States announced that the T-7A Red Hawk aircraft were chosen as the platform to replace the T-38 Talon advanced jet trainers in the last quarter of 2019. As a partner of Boeing in the program, Saab announced that the serial production phase has started for the aft fuselage section. Saab stated that the parts of the platforms that on their shares will be manufactured in the facilities located in Linköping in the first place. The company, which is respon...
  • ACRB Flied First Time
    ACRB Flied First Time January 20 2020
    Boeing passed an important milestone in the ACRB (Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade) Program, which was launched to increase the carrying capabilities of CH-47 Chinook helicopters, which have become the legend of battlefield. In the statement made by the company, it was announced that the first flight of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter equipped with ACRB was carried out on January 16. The new rotor blades provided 771 kilograms of additional lifting force to the platform. Flight was perform...
  • Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight
    Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight January 10 2020
    Kuwait's Eurofighter Typhoon adventure, which started in April 2016, lef behind an important milestone. Leonardo announced that the first platform that came out of the production line for Kuwait met with the sky. The first flight of the platform, which was named ISPA (Instrumented Series Production Aircraft) 6 configuration, made its maiden flight on 23 December 2019. In the experience of Leonardo's Flight Test Centre in Turin-Caselle, all components of the ISPA 6 ...
  • MEHS for Turkish Navy
    MEHS for Turkish Navy January 7 2020
    Another program launched for the locally-built critical sub-components of the platforms operating in the Turkish Navy is finished. In this way, the electronic warfare capability of the Turkish Naval Forces has been increased. In the statement made by the Presidency of Defence Industries; ASELSAN's MEHS (Milli elektronik Harp Suiti / National Electronic Warfare Suite) integrated third and fourth Yavuz Class frigates and platforms delivered to the Navy. Under the co...
  • ADVENT Integration Starts to TCG Anadolu
    ADVENT Integration Starts to TCG Anadolu January 2 2020
    TCG Anadolu, which has been launched in last weeks and will constitute an important power multiplier when it is started to use continues its integration activities. TCG Anadolu, which will be the largest ship of the Turkish Navy when it put in inventory, will not only be largest in size. The platform will be able to carry 1 amphibious battalion for the operation in open seas without the main base support, with the necessary combat and support vehicles, to perform...
  • Restriction of KC-46 Lifted
    Restriction of KC-46 Lifted December 25 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...
  • Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters
    Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters December 23 2019
    The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine plans to buy McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to replace old Soviet helicopters of the Ukrainian army. This decision was made as a result of a defence review, which ended last week, and its results were transferred to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence believes that gaps in the capabilities of the Ukrainian army and the defence-industrial complex should be eliminated through the purchase of moder...
  • SU-57 Offer to UAE
    SU-57 Offer to UAE November 22 2019
    Russia Offering United Arab Emirates Joint Production of Su-57 Fighters for its Air Force Russia has reportedly offered to jointly manufacture Su-57 next-generation fighters with the United Arab Emirates during the Dubai Air Show. The UAE has shown interest in Russian Flanker fourth-generation fighters, including the Su-27 in the 1990s and Su-35 for which a purchase is currently being negotiated. The CEO of Russia’s state arms exporter Rostec, Sergey Chemez...
  • National IP Core from ElectraIC November 1 2019
    While the products become national, the sub-components must go through the same process. The nationwide core developed by ElectraIC draws attention to a fact that should not be ignored in this process. This is a hardware core that allows different devices to communicate with each other in avionics electronic products using theMIL-STD-1553B protocol. C4Defence: What is this product? What is it doing, what is it for? Electra IC co-founder Ateş Berna:...
  • Delivery of Bayraktar UAVs Completed
    Delivery of Bayraktar UAVs Completed October 22 2019
    Bayraktar TB2 UAVs were delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force. Between Ukraine and Turkey, have signed a contract covering the supply of Bayraktar TB2 six UAVs, three ground control station systems and equipment. After the completion of the second-party delivery, acceptance tests at Starokostiantyniv Airbase evaluated the performance of aircraft and components. Delivery vehicles carried out, to be used by military personnel have completed their training in Turkey. Bayraktar TB2, whic...
  • The Search for a Solution Against UAV Threat, Continues
    The Search for a Solution Against UAV Threat, Continues October 17 2019
    Against the UAVs that have become widely used as cost-effective solutions in operations such as reconnaissance and surveillance missions, different solutions are being developed worldwide. Roselectrionika of the Russian-based company Rostec designed radar against small UAVs. The radar, which can detect a vehicle within a range of 7.5 kilometers. The radar was designed by Salyut of Roselectronika together with Fakel of Almaz-Antey. The prototypes were prepared and passed through field tests an...
  • Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey
    Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey October 12 2019
    The Netherlands suspends arms deal to Turkey, the Dutch foreign ministry said Friday. "The Netherlands decided to withhold all license applications for the export of military goods to Turkey," the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP. Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag said in the Dutch parliament Thursday that all military licence applications by Turkey would be turned down "unless there is clear proof that the goods are not being used in north-eastern Syria....
  • Range Increased
    Range Increased October 9 2019
    The 16th Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev continues on the second day. During the event, Ukrainian company Luchs introduced the RK-10 missile. The system, which could technically be described as a extended-range version of the Bar'er missile, was developed specifically for use with rotary wing aircraft. Bar'er missile was used as the basis of the project carried out with the company's own resources. While the amount of ammunitio's fuel was increased, th...
  • New Generation Artillery
    New Generation Artillery October 7 2019
    USA has signed a 48 million US Dollar agreement with BAE Systems. Under the agreement, the company will support the production of advanced versions of the M109A7 Paladin self-propelled howitzers and the M992A3 field artillery ammunition support vehicles. The work is planned to be completed in 31 January 2023 in York, Maine. Using the main weapon of the M109A6 platform, Paladin, unlike its predecessor, has a more advanced and modern hull.  It uses the existing main armament of t...
  • France Defence Budget: 37.5 billion Euros
    France Defence Budget: 37.5 billion Euros October 6 2019
    French draft defence budget for 2020 provides a global envelope of 37.5 billion euros. Modernisation of significant equipment, job creations and innovation are the main thrusts of the 2020 budget. The budget is presented on September 27 to the Council of Ministers by Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces. The draft budget is in line with the commitments of the 2019-2025 Military Planning Act. The act increases the budget by € 1.7 billion per year until 2022: th...
  • Ukraine Receives First Bars-8MMK
    Ukraine Receives First Bars-8MMK September 30 2019
    Ukrainian forces have received their first Bars-8MMK (mobile mortar complex) vehicles from Ukroboronservice, Ukroboronprom announced on its website on 25 September. The mortars are built using NATO-compatible components within the framework of Ukraine's 2017 state defence order, which aims to modernise the Ukrainian armed forces. The platform has a 120 mm smoothbore mortar supplied by Ukraine, and the Alakran mount enables it to be deployed and ready to fire within 35 ...
  • M984A4 Support Comes to the Army September 19 2019
    The U.S. Department of Defence reported that Oshkosh Defence, defence arm of Oshkosh Corp., has received a U.S. Army Contracting Command order for 8x8 M984A4 wrecker and self-recovery winch. The contract, announced by the Department of Defence, is worth more than $12,2 million. Also added that work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2021. The M984A4 Recovery Truck or Wrecker, equipped with a crane and winch-retrieval system and able...
  • US, Upgrades Little Bird
    US, Upgrades Little Bird August 22 2019
    Boeing is upgrading the fleet of helicopters that used for special operations in the United States Army under the Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB) program. The 47 machines currently in staffing must indeed remain operational until at least 2035.   The MELB program covers the upgrade of the main components of the A/MH-6 Little Bird helicopter to improve the safety margin, flight controls, and update cockpit. The improved helicopter received new rotor blades, longer ...
  • CLWS Against to UAV
    CLWS Against to UAV August 10 2019
    The new Compact Laser Weapon System (CLWS), developed by Boeing, has proved its ability to counter unmanned aerial system threats. The Boeing Company announced that in a recent test, the system hit 19 out of 19 moving targets. CLWS, is a portable laser system and can stand alone or pair with weapon platforms on vehicles or ships. According to AFCEA International, for ground-based applications, the weapon can be placed on a tripod and on top of its corresponding military container, w...
  • Problems for F-35 in Turkey
    Problems for F-35 in Turkey July 17 2019
      S-400 air defence systems that Turkey had purchased from Russia, arrived in Turkey. Missiles, which form the strike force of the system, are expected to arrive by navy soon. With these developments, Turkey, is progressing step by step in the supply route maps previously announced. In other side, the US, that openly opposed to Turkey to acquire these systems, and announced the roadmap as precaution. In the US’ roadmap, priority is given to F-35 aircraft. At pre...
  • 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...
  • Confusion on F-35
    Confusion on F-35 June 26 2019
    The US has released the F-35 roadmap, which is planned to be implemented as of July 31st. Turkey is a Level 3 Partner of F-35 Lightning II Program and Turkey's unwinding is confusing in both industry and operational areas. The United States, the main contractor of the program according to the roadmap, will follow these steps. Pilot and Maintainer Training There are currently 42 students attending F-35 training in the U.S. at Luke Air For...
  • Modernisation for Mirage 2000 Aircraft
    Modernisation for Mirage 2000 Aircraft June 20 2019
    Mirage 2000 aircraft, one of the successful single-engine aircraft, also included in the Hellenic Air Force inventory, will be modernized. Within the scope of the works called MLU (Mid Life Upgrade / Half Life Modernization), a total of 60 aircraft are planned to be modernized. Engine and structural components will not be directly affected within the scope of the program weapons and avionics systems of platforms come to the fore. Only systems that will modernize the Mirage 2000...
  • Serdar Passed Tests
    Serdar Passed Tests June 8 2019
    Serdar remote-controlled weapon system (RCWS) has completed the tests held in Ukraine. Developed jointly by ASELSAN, Luch and SpetsTechnoExport, Serdar RCWS is ready for mass production. Developed for an unnamed foreign customer, ASELSAN provides the main integration works as well as the supply of components such as stabilization, fire control, target detection and tracking, monitoring systems. Luch is the supplier of guidance and control, and SpetsTechnoExport provides the Skif mis...
  • First Domestically Built Black Hawk Engine Delivered
    First Domestically Built Black Hawk Engine Delivered May 15 2019
    The process continues to progress in helicopters to be manufactured at TUSAŞ facilities under licence within scope of the T70 Utility Helicopter Program. In this context, TEI delivered the first T700-TEI-701D turboshaft engine produced under license. The delivery ceremony was held at TEI facilities based in Eskişehir. The ground laying ceremony for TR Engine, which will be the Turboshaft engine R & D center, was also held at the ceremony. President of Defense Industry Dr. Ismail...
  • Sarp Is Safer
    Sarp Is Safer May 2 2019
    ASELSAN's Sarp remote controlled weapon system (UKSS), will provide higher safety to the personnel. The new model, called Sarp Zafer, is on display at IDEF'19. Sarp can be integrated into many vehicles ranging from tactical wheeled armoured vehicles to heavier platforms. It has a widespread use within the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish law enforcement units. Its new model is displayed on ASELSAN stand. The device is equipped with a sniper detection syst...
  • New Frigate Agreement Inked
    New Frigate Agreement Inked April 26 2019
    The new frigate project was inked almost a month after the cabinet approval. Under the agreement, Navantia will build five frigates. The ceremony of the project, whose main contractor is Navantia, was held in the Ministry of Defence of Spain building. Spain will procure five frigates, with a total cost of € 4,317 billion. It is reported that 80% of the components required for the platform will be purchased from Spanish companies during the process, which will start in Ferrol fa...
  • Airbus’ First Helicopter FAL in China
    Airbus’ First Helicopter FAL in China April 19 2019
    Airbus on Wednesday officially opened its first Final Assembly Line (FAL) in China, which will deliver its first H135 twin-engine helicopters to Chinese customers during the second half of 2019.  The Airbus Qingdao H135 FAL is a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters and United General Aviation Company. It follows a cooperation agreement between Airbus Helicopters and China in 2016 for the purchase of 100 H135s.    It is the first time of Airbus has put final...
  • Pegasus Has Broken Wings
    Pegasus Has Broken Wings April 3 2019
    Boeing's doesn't get out of trouble in KC-46 Pegasus. The delivery of the aircraft was stopped once again due to the detection of foreign objects that could damage the structural components. The US Air Force has announced that it has halted the acceptance of the new KC-46 Pegasus. According to the statement, seven aircraft have been put into service, but in the tests conducted in closed areas that were reviewed for the first time, it was reported that items that could damage...
  • Anglo-French FC/ASW Missile Programme Successfully Passes its Key Review
    Anglo-French FC/ASW Missile Programme Successfully Passes its Key Review March 21 2019
    MBDA announced its “Key Review”, jointly conducted with Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the British and French armament procurement agencies. The conclusion of this Key Review makes it possible to select the missile concepts in order to meet the requirements expressed by both nations’ armed forces. More in-depth studies will now be conducted on these concepts with the aim of identifying th...
  • Brazil May Modernise PHM Atlantico
    Brazil May Modernise PHM Atlantico March 20 2019
    The Brazilian Navy has started initial studies for the installation of new systems meant to improve its PHM Atlantico (A140) (formerly HMS Ocean) multipurpose helicopter carrier according to the Jane’s. Among the components being considered for replacement, installation, or modernisation are navigation and precision approach radar systems, a command-and-control system at the operational level for use by an embarked command force, and a new self-protection system to complement ...
  • German Ban to Saudi Kingdom Hit UK
    German Ban to Saudi Kingdom Hit UK February 24 2019
    Germany has said it would hold firm on its decision to halt weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, ignoring British requests. “The stance of the government is that we won’t deliver weapons to Saudi Arabia at the moment,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after talks with his British counterpart about the decision taken in October over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Both the Eurofighter and Tornado jets contain German components. An export ban has ther...
  • KNT-76 is More Ergonomic
    KNT-76 is More Ergonomic February 22 2019
    An exhibition area was established in Kars in the scope of Winter 2019 Exercise. Exhibitors have had the opportunity to exhibit local products in this field. MKEK exhibited KNT-76 with its new stock in the exhibition stand. KNT-76 is a DMR version of MPT 76 and designed to share many sub-parts with the MPT-76 in order to reduce costs and provide logistical advantages. One of these components, telescopic buttocks, was changed according to the feedback received from the Turkish Armed ...
  • Mbombe 4 at IDEX
    Mbombe 4 at IDEX February 18 2019
    South Africa-based Paramount Group,introduced a new vehicle during IDEX-2019'da. The platform, called Mbombe 4, has been designed in order to be able to be produced in domestic countries by customer.   As a new member of the successful Mbombe family, the Mbombe 4 has the flexibility needed for asymmetric warfare and anti-terror and peacekeeping operations in parallel with the need for increased protection. The platform, which has 70% common components with other members...
  • Countdown for Gripen E
    Countdown for Gripen E February 12 2019
    The countdown for Brazil's first Gripen E is moving. Sweden made a statement about the final assembly process of the platform. The second phase of the final platform was started. In the second phase, components such as auxiliary power unit, engine, radar, canopy and windshield components will be assemblied. The work going on in Linköping will follow the third and final installation phase. At this stage, the software infrastructure of the platform will be installed and simul...
  • Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia
    Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia February 7 2019
        The German government has blocked the sale of Meteor air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia. The Meteor, developed and produced by Paris-based MBDA but with German components, is not the target of a specific German veto, but rather its export to Saudi Arabia is being blocked by the German government’s embargo on all arms sales to the Saudi kingdom, decided in late November. In particular, Germany once again decided to apply an embargo o...
  • Griffon Modernization
    Griffon Modernization January 30 2019
    Canada has announced modernization of CH-146 Griffon helicopters. With modernization, life of the platforms will be extended and will remain in the inventory until 2031. Total of USD 68 million agreement signed with Bell Helicopter Textron Canada for a modernization of 85 platforms. Within the scope of the program, the structural components of the platforms and avionics will be improved.Canada uses the Bell 412EP helicopters under the name CH-146 Griffon. The modernization agreement...
  • Y-12 Produces First Production Unit for B61-12
    Y-12 Produces First Production Unit for B61-12 January 23 2019
    The Y-12 National Security Complex announced that the first production unit for the B61-12 nuclear bomb was certified on Dec. 6, 2018. This refurbishment will extend the life of this strategic weapon for 20 years. The Y-12 National Security Complex completed a major milestone in efforts to refurbish components for a strategic nuclear weapons system that is vital to the U.S..  This work is part of the B61 Life Extension Program (LEP). The B61 is a nuclear bomb that can...