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  • Germany's Heckler & Koch Pushes for New Tender
    Germany's Heckler & Koch Pushes for New Tender 10 October 2020
    German gun manufacturer Heckler & Koch (H&K) company that lost the major tender to provide the German military's new standard assault rifle pushes for a new tender. Heckler & Koch has recently failed to win the contract to make the German military's standard assault rifle. The company has been one of the German military's main suppliers since 1959 but most recent rifle G36's accuracy in high temperatures destroyed his legacy. German Defence Ministry decid...
  • Ukraine to Buy New Aircraft After Crash
    Ukraine to Buy New Aircraft After Crash 30 September 2020
    Ukraine plans to replace the AN-26 fleet it plans to retire with new AN-178 military transport planes. Ukraine's Defence Ministry has decided to buy three AN-178s from Antonov and drafted the contract, it said. Officials confirmed plans to replace the fleet of soviet-era transport aircraft that became old after the AN-26Sh crashed in the Kharkiv region. On September 25, 2020, an AN-26Sh from the Ukrainian Air Force crashed in the Kharkiv region during a training flight; Of the 20 students...
  • Korea Retires UH-1Hs, Philippines Wants to Transfer UH-1Hs
    Korea Retires UH-1Hs, Philippines Wants to Transfer UH-1Hs 26 September 2020
    The Philippines wants to inventory UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) general purpose helicopters that the Republic of Korea has taken out of service in July 2020. The Philippine Air Force (Philippine Air Force/PAF) has confirmed plans to meet with the Korean Defence Ministry for 21 Huey transfers. The PAF is expected to send a team to examine helicopters that have been in Korea for nearly 52 years. During the negotiation process with the Korean government, the White House is expected t...
  • the UK is not Retiring Battle Tanks
    the UK is not Retiring Battle Tanks 15 September 2020
    UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has dismissed earlier reports that the British Army is planning to retire its tanks. Last month, The Times’ reported that the British Army was planning to focus on evolving technologies such as cyber and space warfare. As a result of such efforts Main Battle Tanks like Challenger 2 (MBTs) Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) would be retired Denying the speculation, Wallace told BBC: “The idea that tanks won&rsquo...
  • Greece-Turkey-NATO military level meeting in Brussels on Tuesday
    Greece-Turkey-NATO military level meeting in Brussels on Tuesday 14 September 2020
    According to unconfirmed news from Greek media, the military-level meeting between Greece, Turkey and NATO to continue a discussion on the NATO secretary general's proposals with the Greek side's observations will be held in Brussels on Tuesday, diplomatic sources said. As the news appeared first at the Greek side, the one-sided information indicates that only “Greek side's observations will be held” in Brussels.
  • Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France
    Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France 9 September 2020
    The French government had proposed two FREMM (FRégate Européenne Multi-Missions later FREgate Multi-Missions) to Greece in 2018. The proposal is again on the negotiation table according to Greek Media. France proposes Alsace (D656) and Lorraine (D657). The Dutch government has two modernized frigates to offer.  According to unconfirmed information, the annual rental cost of the two ships will be 150 million euros with the right to purchase once the lease is comple...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth Waits due to Coronavirus
    HMS Queen Elizabeth Waits due to Coronavirus 8 September 2020
    British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was expected to sail from Portsmouth for training however the Royal Navy has now confirmed that this is being delayed due to personnel testing positive for COVID-19. It is learned that some crew from HMS Queen Elizabeth have tested positive for COVID during routine preparation for sailing. It is understood that the vessel is expected to sail once the status of the rest of the crew has been confirmed. The vessel was due to sail f...
  • Japan and Norway Reach Agreement on F-35 Munitions
    Japan and Norway Reach Agreement on F-35 Munitions 8 September 2020
    Tokyo will buy JSM missiles for F-35A Lightning II aircraft, according to Japanese Defence Ministry sources. It has been confirmed that a contract has been signed with Japan for JSM missiles produced by Norway-based KONGSBERG. The ammunition produced with composite materials that reduce its electromagnetic track, which is 4 meters long and weighs 400 kg, is scheduled to be delivered to the Japanese Self-Defence Forces by 2022. JSM, which began its development in 2008, can ...
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France
    Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France 1 September 2020
    France and Greece have reached an agreement for the latter to acquire 18 Rafale fighter jets of  which 10 will be sold and the remaining 8 will be given away as ‘donation.’ According to Greek local media reports, the contract between the French and Greek governments is at an advanced stage, which will see the Hellenic Air Force add a whole Rafale squadron to their existing fleet of Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcons, Dassault Mirage 2000s, and McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phan...
  • China launches Gaofen-9 and Tiantuo satellites
    China launches Gaofen-9 and Tiantuo satellites 24 August 2020
    China launched its latest Gaofen-9 Earth observation satellite and two smaller payloads from the Jiuquan launch centre late Saturday. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) confirmed (Chinese) the launch, mission success and the payloads. The Gaofen-9 (05) optical remote sensing satellite follows the launch of the third Gaofen-9 satellite in June and the fourth earlier this month. Previous satellites were capable of providing sub-meter resolution imagery. The ...
  • U.S. Congressman: "I will not support arms sales to Turkey"
    U.S. Congressman: "I will not support arms sales to Turkey" 13 August 2020
    Four members of the U.S. Congress have signed agreements that have prevented arms sales to Turkey for nearly two years. U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Bob Menendez, House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee member Mike McCaul -- the United States has blocked arm...
  • Saab Prepares for GlobalEye AEW&C Proposal
    Saab Prepares for GlobalEye AEW&C Proposal 12 August 2020
    The Republic of Korea, which is constantly under the threat of the North and therefore has to have a capable army infrastructure, has recently announced its intention to acquire new airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C). Saab confirmed that it will bid the Republic of Korea, which launched for additional AEW&C acquisition. While the procurement of two platforms was foreseen in the first place, no information was given about whether the purchase w...
  • Stealth Black Hawk
    Stealth Black Hawk 12 August 2020
    Stealth aircraft is an issue that many states have been working on with serious resources since the Second World War. Osama Bin Laden, the ringleader of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda, was killed in May 2011 in an operation to his home in Bilal Town, Abbotabad City, Pakistan. In the operation carried out by SEAL (Sea, Air, Land), a special unit of the US Navy with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that had undergone special modifications also known as EH-60 shot down. The plat...
  • India's "Urgent" Demand for Purchase
    India's "Urgent" Demand for Purchase 16 July 2020
    India will buy light tanks in its inventory as a result of tensions with China. India has confirmed satellite images of china-owned camouflaged ZTQ105/ Type 15 light tanks being deployed near the border in Ladakh. New Delhi, which took action after this development, will add light tanks to the inventory, which is planned to be transported from the air as a solution with high manoeuvre and operational capability in the mountainous region to meet the needs of ground forces.<...
  • Quiet Modernisation for Turkish Leopard 2 Tanks
    Quiet Modernisation for Turkish Leopard 2 Tanks 12 July 2020
    Tanks in the Turkish Armed Forces inventory are being modernized in line with the requirements of the modern battlefield. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir visited ASELSAN Facilities due to the completion of the M60T upgrade project under the Fırat Programme. He made an announcement about tank modernization activities with domestic facilities. Prof. Dr. Demir said, "In addition to the M60 tank, the modernization process of the Leopard tanks in the...
  • Bangladesh, Philippines may acquire KT-1 Woongbi trainers
    Bangladesh, Philippines may acquire KT-1 Woongbi trainers 23 June 2020
    The diplomats of Bangladesh and the Philippines to Republic of Korea (ROK) confirmed that there are ongoing discussions with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) on potential sale of the company’s KT-1 Woongbi turboprop trainer aircraft. The announcement was coincidentally made at the day Turkish Aerospace Hürkus-B trainer crashed in Ankara Beypazari. In a report by Korea JoongAng Daily, Bangladesh Ambassador ROK Abida Islam confirmed her country is considering the ...
  • North Korea and The Republic of Korea Relations Clash
    North Korea and The Republic of Korea Relations Clash 16 June 2020
    North Korea has confirmed that it has detonated its joint liaison office in the Kaesong region on the border with the Republic of Korea in a controlled manner.  After the Korean War, the waters are not calmed along the demilitarized ceasefire line separating the two countries. Tensions between the two countries quickly escalated after activists in the Republic of Korea ballooned and sent leaflets to the North. North Korea announced on June 9 that it would cut all cross-bor...
  • Egypt's Frigate Agreement Not Finalized
    Egypt's Frigate Agreement Not Finalized 13 June 2020
    Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said the formal procedure process for two FREMM frigates planned to be sold to Egypt is still ongoing. An investigation has been launched into the death of Giulio Regeni, an Italian student who was said to have been killed in Egypt after being tortured in 2016. Egypt's Interior Ministry said the student had been killed by criminals. Italy, however, claims Regeni was killed under the supervision of security forces. Because of Egypt's pos...
  • U.S. Hides Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia
    U.S. Hides Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia 28 May 2020
    A senior senator said the Trump administration is pursuing a new arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The news has sparked a backlash from multiple high-profile Senate Democrats. It came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday confirmed that he knew his department’s inspector general, Steve Linick, who the president fired this month, was investigating a massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia made last year. Senator Bob Menendez, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, spoke ...
  • Missile Trial of South
    Missile Trial of South 13 May 2020
    The roles have changed this time in the Korean Peninsula, which has come to the fore with ballistic missile test launches. The Republic of Korea announced that it had conducted a ballistic missile test last April. The system, called Hyunmoo-4 and under development, has the longer range and heavier warhead capabilities than its predecessors. Test launch activity was carried out in the Anheung Test Area located on the western coast of the country affiliated to the Defen...
  • Iran Hit Own Ship Accidentally
    Iran Hit Own Ship Accidentally 11 May 2020
    Iran, which frequently conducts exercises and live-fire trainings in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, hit its own platform during similar activities. During the live-fire exercise conducted in the Persian Gulf, a Noor anti-ship missile launched from Moudge class IS Jamaran (76) corvette hit the Hendijan class IS Konarak (A 1403) support vessel. In a statement made by Iranian officials, it was announced that the plaform located at a shorter range than the safe dis...
  • Truck Mounted Howitzer Market Increases
    Truck Mounted Howitzer Market Increases 6 May 2020
    Demand for truck-mounted howitzer is increasing day by day thanks to its ease of use as well as low acquisition and operating costs. The Philippines, which has accelerated the procurement process for the reconstruction and armament of the army, announced a new procurement plan. A statement from the Philippines Department of National Defence said the country has acquired new artillery systems. According to official information confirmed by Manila, 155 mm 52 calibre ATMOS self-propell...
  • Increasing Number of Viruses in The Armed Forces
    Increasing Number of Viruses in The Armed Forces 4 May 2020
    The pandemic that affected the world began to have an impact on the armed forces. The Russian Defence Ministry said COVID-19 had been identified in 1,254 troops between March 3 and May 3. The total number of cases across the country is 145,268. In the United States, which is leading by far as the number of cases of coronavirus, 4,541 force personnel were diagnosed with the virus. There are 1,158,341 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in the country. Ukraine's Defence Minis...
  • Russian Vehicles Stucked into Mud
    Russian Vehicles Stucked into Mud 3 April 2020
    The Russians got stuck in mud in Syria. On Monday (March 30th), US troops experienced some problems Russian soldiers. According to unconfirmed claims, Russian soldiers wanted to cross the borderline they set with US and perform patrols in oil fields under the control of the separatist terrorist organization in the northeastern part of the country. The USA then blocked the road used by Russian troops in patrol missions and did not allow passage through the region. In the im...
  • Coronavirus Spreads Rapidly in the U.S. Navy
    Coronavirus Spreads Rapidly in the U.S. Navy 1 April 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 ...
  • Three Combat Jets for Replacement
    Three Combat Jets for Replacement 27 March 2020
    In the Cold War period, the workhorse combat aircraft of the countries are at the end of their useful life. The processes initiated for the acquirement of new platforms partially continues. Germany isseeking for the platform that will replace Tornado aircraft that are planned to be retired in the near future. This equation consists many unknowns, which has become a problem for Germany, is close to the solution. A report published in German press stated that the c...
  • Second Upgraded Tupolev-22M3M Makes First Flight
    Second Upgraded Tupolev-22M3M Makes First Flight 21 March 2020
    Russia’s State Agency Tass reported that country’s second overhauled and fundamentally upgraded strategic bomber Tupolev-22M3M has performed its first flight. The plane took off from and landed at the airdrome of the Kazan aircraft-building plant. The upgraded bomber is claimed to be capable of carrying cruise missiles X-32 and hypersonic missiles. The press service of Tupolev (an affiliate of Russian state corporation Rostec) has confirmed the flight, adding that the pu...
  • First F 39 Gripen Units Will Arrive Brazil Next Year
    First F 39 Gripen Units Will Arrive Brazil Next Year 14 March 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...
  • Malaysia's Howitzer will be Inventory Soon
    Malaysia's Howitzer will be Inventory Soon 10 March 2020
    Malaysia's Ministry of Defence had bought 18 LG1 Mk towed howitzer from France in April 2018. All 18 howitzers were originally scheduled for delivery by February 2020, although Nexter confirmed that they would be able to deliver all 18 howitzers within 2020. The contract includes the 18 fully digitizer LG1 Mk. III light guns, the BACARA compact portable ballistic computer for battery unit level, and an unspecified quantity of high explosive base-bleed extended range G3 ammunition. ...
  • Domestic Weapons of Turkey at Operation Spring Shield: Part-1 Small Arms
    Domestic Weapons of Turkey at Operation Spring Shield: Part-1 Small Arms 5 March 2020
    The use of domestic weapons in Operation Spring Shield is a success story for the Turkish defence industry. However, this situation has a different meaning. Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri / TSK) used foreign weapons for many years in the Internal Security Operation. Turkey, which provided feedback about materials to manufacturers and has played an important role in the product development process with continuous feedback. For this reason, the fact that ...
  • Eagle Illuminated F-16 Fighting Falcon
    Eagle Illuminated F-16 Fighting Falcon 2 March 2020
    An important procedure took place in Operation Spring Shield, which was launched after the attack by the Syrian Army in Idlib. The Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri / TSK) announced that all aircraft approaching the Turkish operation area will be intercepted within the framework of the engagement rules. In this context, yesterday, two Su-24 (NATO Code: Fencer) belonging to the Syrian Air Force which entered the region threatening the security of Turkish pe...
  • Japan Tests New Anti-Ship Missile
    Japan Tests New Anti-Ship Missile 1 March 2020
    In parallel with the increasing numbers of high tonnage sea platforms rapidly in the region, Japan continues its efforts to diversify the precautions. Against the growing Russian and Chinese movements in the Pacific and the Sea of Japan, Japan has started to studies for increasing its long range guided projectile capability. ATLA, the acquisition, technology and logistics agency of the Ministry of Defence, confirmed its studies. It was stated ...
  • Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches
    Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches 17 February 2020
    Boeing has confirmed at the Singapore Air Show 2020 that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has expressed its interest to rebuild 12 of its 20 existing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters to the latest AH-64E Apache Guardian variant. The RSAF currently has 12 AH-64D Apache Longbows based in Singapore as part of the 120 Squadron, while eight aircraft are based in Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona and used for training as part of the Peace Vanguard detachme...
  • Change of Duty on CN-235
    Change of Duty on CN-235 4 February 2020
    Malaysia will change the duty capabilities of CN-235 transport aircraft in its inventory. The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) confirmed that they intend to convert two of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) PT Dirgantara Indonesia CN-235 transport aircraft into Maritime Patrol Aircraft. General Affendi Buang, chief of The Malaysian Armed Force (MAF), stated that the mission systems to be used for the conversion will come from the US government under the Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiati...
  • USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider
    USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider 2 February 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 ...
  • Brexit Aftermath NATO: Status of Scotland
    Brexit Aftermath NATO: Status of Scotland 2 January 2020
    Even though the Brexit referendum was about the European Union, the negative result has new scenarios on the agenda. The poll in the United Kingdom shows that England wants to leave the Union while other member Scotland wants to stay. Scotland may pursue an independent path to remain in Union but it has to declare independence. In that case, Scotland will not be a member of NATO either. NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg has confirmed that an independent Scotland would have to ...
  • ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV
    ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV 28 December 2019
    Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed that the Korean Air Force (ROKAF) received the first of four Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on 23 December 2019. The UAV arrived at Sacheon Air Base in South Gyeongsang Province. The three remaining platforms are expected to be delivered in the first half of 2020, although this could change depending on situations.
  • Su-57 Crashed During Test Flight
    Su-57 Crashed During Test Flight 24 December 2019
    A Su-57 fifth-generation multirole fighter jet crashed in a forest area in Russia’s Far Eastern Khabarovsk Territory on Tuesday, Komsomolsk-on-Amur city administration source told TASS. The pilot was not injured in the accident. The corporation confirmed that a Su-57 fighter jet had crashed today in Komsomolsk-on-Amur during a test flight 111 km away from the base airfield. A special commission has been established to investigate the causes of the Su-57 fighter jet c...
  • China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles
    China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles 24 December 2019
    Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy equips the Type 055 class guided-missile destroyer Nanchang with long-range land-attack cruise missiles. The PLA Navy said on China's Twitter-like social platform Sina Weibo that the service operates not only vessels but also submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles with strategic missile submarines and long-range land-attack cruise missiles with 10,000 ton-class guided-missile destroyer. China displayed its...