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  • 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 ...
  • Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets
    Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets 1 July 2020
    Republic of Ireland airspace has been frequently visited by Russian fighters recently. The Irish government wants to put an end to these visits. It also wants to be less dependent on British Royal Air fighters to defend its sovereignty. The Irish Air Corps has had no combat jet since 1998, when the Light Strike Squadron, operating on second-hand French Fouga CM170 Magister, was disbanded. The corps also lacks a national radar system.   To address the increasing threat...
  • Reducing Counter-Drone Diversity
    Reducing Counter-Drone Diversity 1 July 2020
    Counter-drone systems, ensuring unity and critical base security; plays an important role in defending against small and medium-sized threats. The US, which maintains its military presence in various parts of the world, has taken a new step due to the confusion in the drone systems. In this context, the number of defence systems used by the forces was reduced. With the decree published by the US Department of Defence, the type of anti-drone hardware in use has been reduced from...
  • Russian MiG-29 and Su-24 Combat Jets Caught In-Flight in Libya
    Russian MiG-29 and Su-24 Combat Jets Caught In-Flight in Libya 20 June 2020
    Russian MiG-29 Fulcrums and Su-24 Fencers are caught in the air at Al Jufrah Air Base in Libya. Russia sent at least 14 combat jets, in total, to support Khalifa Haftar. Images prove that the jets are now actively flying. U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) released two new images of Al Jufrah, which it said were taken on June 18, 2020, one of which showed a Su-24 Fencer taking off from the base. The other picture showed a MiG-29 parked in front of a hardened aircraft shelter, as well as ...
  • Unmanned Ground Vehicles to Hunt Ships
    Unmanned Ground Vehicles to Hunt Ships 19 May 2020
    Within the framework of the new combat structure and the vision of the Far East, the development of the area-control and area-denial capabilities of the US Marine Corps is on the agenda. The Marine Corps (USMC), which has a different command chain and structure than the other elements of the US Armed Forces, takes steps to increase its coastal defence capabilities within the framework of the new power concept. In this context, a project carried out with Oskosh Defence has ...
  • 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...
  • Armoured Vehicle Delivery to Airborne Corps
    Armoured Vehicle Delivery to Airborne Corps 13 May 2020
    China, which has surpassed the first wave COVID-19 process significantly, continues to acquisition of defence systems. Airborne Corps, which operates under the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), has received the first batch of CS / VN3 light armored wheeled vehicles. In the images published in China Central Television 13 (CCTV 13), it was determined that at least 14 platforms were delivered. The vehicles were put into service with a ceremony held in the milita...
  • First Ospreys Arrived After Solution
    First Ospreys Arrived After Solution 11 May 2020
    The V-22 Ospreys incorporate the features of the helicopter's vertical landing, take-off and maneuverability, and the speed and range of fixed-wing platforms. The first export agreement for vehicles, which is the only military system with these features, was signed in previous periods. Japan moved for the procurement of V-22 Ospreys in 2014 and signed an agreement with the US for the first four platforms in 2016. On the other hand, Tokyo had to postpone ...
  • Northern Protector for ACV
    Northern Protector for ACV 6 May 2020
    As the world begins to normalization process, the defence industry and military organizations continue their activities without slowing down. The US Marine Corps (USMC) preferred ACV (Amphibious Combat Vehicle) to replace the AAV7 platforms in its inventory. In this context, parallel to the development and production process studies on armament of vehicles continue. USMC has announced that it has chosen the Protector MCT-30 turret for platforms. Systems previously pre...
  • Unusual Training at Far East
    Unusual Training at Far East 5 May 2020
    In the Far East, where the waters are getting warmer every day, training activities continue at full speed as well as armament. The USA continues its training activities despite COVID-19. Within the framework of these activities, fixed-wing air elements affiliated to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) conducted anti-surface warfare trainings. F/A-18 Hornets of the Marines conducted exercises on simulated attack scenarios with AGM-84D Harpoon missiles. The trai...
  • "Stallion" Refuelling Tests
    "Stallion" Refuelling Tests 14 April 2020
    The latest member of the CH-53 Stallion family, the most powerful and heaviest military helicopter in the Western world, continues testing. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced that CH-53K King Stallion helicopter made aerial refuelling tests with the KC-130J Super Hercules. The flight characteristics of the helicopter were examined in a heavy turbulent environment in the activity, which lasted 4.5 hours. The helicopter, which entered the turbulenc...
  • Poniard Trial
    Poniard Trial 14 April 2020
    The Republic of Korea is expanding the measures it takes against the Northern threat with modern systems. with its important technological infrastructure and advanced production capabilities. Operating in the Republic of Korea, LIG ​​Nex1 made a test launch on April 7. In the activity, the Poniard 2.75" missile system, locally called Bigung, was trialled. The missiles launched from the truck-mounted launch system also managed to hit 10 designated marked targets. The p...
  • Marines Ordered UGV
    Marines Ordered UGV 12 April 2020
    The use of unmanned systems become wider. In this context, a new system acquisition was announced. The US Marine Corps (USMC) procured the unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) from FLIR Systems. In the announcement made on April 3, more than 140 system orders were placed in the purchase made within the scope of the Man Portable Robotic System Increment II (MTRS Inc II) Program. Acquisition costs 18.6 million USD. Centaur robots ordered by USMC weighs 74 kg. The systems,...
  • 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 ...
  • Do Marines Abandon Tanks?
    Do Marines Abandon Tanks? 26 March 2020
    The developing technology brings transformation in war doctrine. Advances in guidance and fire control systems increase fire precision while reducing unwanted side effects. The US Marine Corps also signalled that warfare doctrines could be changed by taking advantage in parallel to requirements of modern battlefield. In a statement made on March 23 from the Corps; It was underlined that the change will continue in line with the needs of the age without getting ti...
  • Canada Cancels EX MAPLE RESOLVE Drill
    Canada Cancels EX MAPLE RESOLVE Drill 18 March 2020
    Measures taken due to coronavirus are increasing worldwide. Canada's biggest military exercise of the year, EX MAPLE RESOLVE, was cancelled as part of its efforts to keep troops healthy in case they are needed to provide assistance to the government because of the novel coronavirus. It was also stated that the travel permits of the military personnel abroad were cancelled. Around 4,000 soldiers were expected to take part in the exercise to hold in May. Last year Canadian Army so...
  • Threat May Accelerate Anti-Ship Missile Deliveries
    Threat May Accelerate Anti-Ship Missile Deliveries 18 March 2020
    The waters are warmer than ever in the lands where the sun rises. The West has tightened its steps to balance China's increasing force in the region, which has become a complete production giant and launching many ships it has built. Unable to respond to China's increasing surface threat at the pace it wishes, the USA takes measures not to lose the initiative. In this context, the US Marine Corps (United States Marine Corps / USMC) can take anti-ship missile s...
  • Sector News Issue 83 10 March 2020
    IAI to Manufacture Wings for T-38 Jet Trainers Damen Holds Keel-Laying Ceremony for Nigerian Navy Landing Craft Surveillance-Ready King Air 350ers Start Maritime Patrol Duties Following Delivery by Leonardo Iveco to deliver an additional 26 amphibious platforms to the U.S. Marine Corps GA-ASI Tests Air-To-Space Laser Communication System FNSS Starts Serial Production of HARIMAU Tank ASELSAN’S KALKAN-II Delivered TCG A...
  • New LHD Delivered to US Navy
    New LHD Delivered to US Navy 1 March 2020
    US Navy, which continues to studies at full capacity to maintain and modernize amphibious assault capability, the received its new LHD. The acceptance of the new platform, which was built by the main contractor, Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipyard, was completed after the navy acceptance trials. The ship, which is expected to significantly increase the force transport capability of the US Marine Corps, stands out with its features such as expanded hangar ...
  • Additional Amphibious Vehicle to Marines
    Additional Amphibious Vehicle to Marines 27 February 2020
    The works carried out within the scope of the replce and modernisation of the armoured vehicle capability of the Marine force are ongoing. BAE Systems made statements about the process. A new procurement was announced in the ACV Program, which was launched for the replace aging AAV7s in the US Marine Corps inventory. In this context, the Marines will receive 26 additional ACVs (Amphibious Combat Vehicle). While the number of vehicles to be supplied within the scope of...
  • Oshkosh Receives $407.3 Million Order for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles
    Oshkosh Receives $407.3 Million Order for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles 18 February 2020
    Oshkosh Defence, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, announced that the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Detroit Arsenal had placed an order for 1,240 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) and associated kits. This order includes JLTVs for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), Slovenia and Lithuania and kits for the U.S. Army, USMC, Slovenia and Lithuania.
  • First USMC F-35C is Operational
    First USMC F-35C is Operational 24 January 2020
    The USA left another important milestone behind the F-35C Lightning II aircraft. Five years after the delivery of first F-35C Lightning II (serial number 114), the first US Marine Corps operational unit received the F-35C Lightning II. The platform, which will be used for pilot training missions first, was assigned to VMFA 314 "Black Nights" (Marine Fighter Attack Squadron). The unit, which stopped flights with F/A-18 Hornet aircraft in June of last year, en...
  • Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter
    Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter 14 January 2020
    Following the announcement of the platform to replace the UH-1s in the Air Force inventory, the USA made its final decision in the process of AHTS (Advanced Helicopter Training System). The winner was Leonardo in the scope of the AHTS Program, which was launched for the replace the TH-57B / C Sea Ranger helicopters in the Navy inventory. Within the scope of deliveries planned to start in 2022, a total of 32 TH-73As will enter the American Navy inventory. The platforms, the...
  • Okinawa Base Transfer Costs More Than Expected
    Okinawa Base Transfer Costs More Than Expected 28 December 2019
      The US Defence Ministry said Wednesday it now estimates the costs to relocate the Futenma Air Station to the coastal area of Henoko will more than double the current budget to $8.5 billion and the construction period needs to be extended to over nine years. Washington plans to push ahead with the relocation of a U.S. air base within Okinawa Prefecture despite the overwhelming public opposition expressed in a referendum on Sunday, recognising the outpost's strate...
  • Rafael and Leonardo Delivery
    Rafael and Leonardo Delivery 22 October 2019
    Leonardo and RAFAEL announced that the partners have delivered on time the first Trophy Active Protection Systems to defend the US Army’s M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks against a variety of anti-armour threats. This delivery marks the first of several that will ultimately outfit four brigades of tanks. The deliveries are the culmination of a multi-year qualification process. A joint team of government and industry from both the U.S. and Israel worked together to adapt and integ...
  • Inventory is Growing 24 September 2019
    The Philippine Navy (PN) will launch new platforms. PN is scheduled to commission three new Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) Mk.3 fast boats and four KAAV-7A1 amphibious assault vehicles. The MPAC Mk.3 was made by the joint venture of Taiwan’s Lung the Shipbuilding, and Filipino marine company Propmech Corporation, and will be the 4th batch acquired by the PN from the joint venture. It would be armed with the Rafael Spike-ER missiles fired from the Rafael Typhoon MLS-ER missi...
  • Russian Helicopters will Retire
    Russian Helicopters will Retire 23 August 2019
    The Czech Republic decided to retire the Russian-made helicopters in its inventory. The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from US maker Bell a deal priced at $622 million, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on August 22. The deal includes the utility Venom aircraft and the attack Viper aircraft, which share most of their parts. “It will be eight Venoms and four Vipers,” Metnar told reporters. The contract expected to sign by the end of the year with delivery starti...
  • New Contract for CH-53K
    New Contract for CH-53K 16 August 2019
    Sikorsky nets $107M contract for parts on six King Stallion helicopters. The contract covers long-lead items for six low-rate initial production lot 4 helicopters, with work expected to be completed by August 2020. Sikorsky will conduct work on the lot 4 helicopters entirely at its Stratford, Conn. facility. Due to the series of failures that started with the problem of exhaust gas ingestion before, the Marine Corps reduced nine orders for its 2020 fiscal budget to six. The overall ...
  • JLTV is Ready for Mission
    JLTV is Ready for Mission 15 August 2019
    The U.S. Marine Corps Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is officially ready to deploy and support missions of the naval expeditionary force-in-readiness worldwide. Developed to replace HMMWV vehicles in the US Army and Marine Corps inventory, JLTV offers superior protection and terrain capability compared to its predecessor. The JLTV, a program led by the U.S. Army, family of vehicles comes in different variants with multiple mission package configurations, all providing protected...
  • Final Supply Completed
    Final Supply Completed 27 June 2019
      The final unit of RQ-21A Blackjack, replaces the RQ-7B Shadow, was delivered by the US Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS Program Office (PMA-263) at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina. RQ-21A Blackjack increased capability will include work on command and control, communication systems, avionics, optics, laser designation, and payloads. Blackjack remains a critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability that’s relevant...
  • 40 Percent Light Plate Coming
    40 Percent Light Plate Coming 24 June 2019
    The Corps is gearing up to field its new lightweight body armor plates, designed to be worn in the low intensity or counterinsurgency style conflicts. Nearly 40 percent lighter body armor coming to Marines in 2020. On Friday the Defence Department announced the Navy awarded a nearly $216 million contract to Point Blank Enterprises for the purchase of the new lightweight plates. Maj. Ken Kunze, a spokesman for Marine Corps Systems Command, told Marine Corps Times that the Corps expects ...
  • New Agreement for F-35 Lightning II
    New Agreement for F-35 Lightning II 11 June 2019
    Recently, a new statement came from the US for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft, which has been frequently featured on the defense agenda. The US announced the signing of a new technology agreement for platforms. With the agreement signed with Lockheed Martin, the effectiveness of the aircraft will increase. The US $ 1.8 billion agreement includes design and maturation works for the Block 4capabilities of the platforms under Phase 2.3. The improvements will also apply to models A, B a...
  • First V-22 Osprey in the Museum
    First V-22 Osprey in the Museum 10 June 2019
    One of the latest developed platforms the US inventory, the V-22 Osprey, will be displayed in the museum. The US announced the first time a V-22 Osprey was given to the museum.   The platform, which was announced to be exhibited at the Pax River Naval Aviation Museum, had been stored at Patuxtent Naval Airbase Facilities for some time. The platform, which was announced to be an MV-22B, which made its first flight on 23 August 1997 and served in the Marine Corps, was d...
  • Approval from Marine Corps
    Approval from Marine Corps 10 June 2019
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has announced that the approval of mass production has given for new radar system. The mass production phase of the AN / TPS-80 system, also known as G / ATOR (Ground / Air Task-Oriented Radar System) is a significant milestone is for the program. G / ATOR, which will provide instant data transfer to Common Aviation Command and Control System, Composite Tracking Network, and Advanced Field Artillery Data System, incorporates a common software-based operati...
  • $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries
    $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries 27 May 2019
      United States will sell up to $ 3.9 billion arms to two Middle East Countries United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The State Department approved two countries requests. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019. UAE wants to acquire RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air Vehicles with support for an estimated cost of $80 million.  The Government of the UAE has ...
  • CH-53K Deliveries Postponed
    CH-53K Deliveries Postponed 8 April 2019
    The US cannot get rid of delays in aviation programs. After the delays in the KC-46 Pegasus, the CH-53K King Stallion helicopters will be delayed too. CH-53K King Stallion helicopters with a total program cost of US $ 31 billion and developed in accordance with the demands of the US Marine Corps will be delivered with a delay of at least 19 months. The problems identified during the development tests were shown to cause disruption in the program. 106 technical problems identified in...
  • Pentagon Cuts Some of its F-35 Orders
    Pentagon Cuts Some of its F-35 Orders 5 March 2019
    The Pentagon will request 78 F-35 jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp., six fewer than previously planned, in the budget expected to be sent to Congress next week, according to defence officials. The cutback from the 84 fighters projected a year ago for fiscal 2020 is a setback for Lockheed Martin. The Air Force still plans to buy all 48 jets in fiscal 2020 that it had originally sought. That means the quantity sought by the Navy or Marine Corps was cut.
  • US Declares F-35C IOC
    US Declares F-35C IOC 4 March 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, ...
  • Name of the New LCS
    Name of the New LCS 6 February 2019
    US Navy announced the name of its new platform. The new Independence class littoral combat ship will be named as USS Kingsville (LCS 36). The new platform was named after the city of Kingsville, Texas, USA. The decision made because of contributions of Kingsville to the US Navy and Marine Corps. Platform will be built at Austal Shipyard in the city of Mobile. USA has already announced that 11 coastal combat ships are under construction, seven platforms are in pre-construction phase ...
  • Iveco Prefers Allison
    Iveco Prefers Allison 4 February 2019
    Iveco Defence Vehicles will support BAE Systems in the frame of their recently-awarded contract to produce the next generation of Amphibious Combat Vehicles. Allison has recently shared a press bulletin to announce that Allison Specialty Series™ transmissions will equip the new generation of Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACV 1.1) for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).   According to bulleting the vehicles are being produced under a four-year, $400 million contract won ...