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  • Approval to F-35B Lightning II Sale
    Approval to F-35B Lightning II Sale 10 July 2020
    Procurement processes for the F-35 Lightning II, which comes to the fore frequently due to the technical and infrastructure problems, continue. The USA continues to sell F-35 Lightning II. Washington has approved the sale of giant F-35 package, which requested by Japan requested. In this context, Tokyo will receive a total of 105 F-35 Lightning IIs. 63 of the platforms to be acquired by the country were announced as F-35A and 42 of them as F-35B. Announcing the 2020-2021 defenc...
  • Aircraft Carrier Conversion of Japan Begins
    Aircraft Carrier Conversion of Japan Begins 3 July 2020
    Japan, which can have neither deep-strike capable armed forces nor an aircraft carrier due to law restrictions, has begun the upgrade of the Izumo-class helicopter destroyers. Japan has announced the start of the necessary upgrade works for the F-35B Lightning II operation of the Izumo class JS Izumo (DDH 183) and JS Kaga (DDH 184) helicopter destroyers. Tokyo will thus have ship-based fixed-wing air force for the first time since WWII. Platforms that are not specifie...
  • Reform for Industry from Ukraine
    Reform for Industry from Ukraine 15 June 2020
    Ukraine is working on reforms in the defence sector. A new funding research and development system is planned to produce modern weapons, support exports and develop space technologies for the needs of the country's armed forces. The government's new action plan envisions the transformation of Ukroboronprom into a joint-stock company with a corporate governance model. Changes will be made to the export control system to reduce dependence on imported products and components in...
  • India and Australia Sign Logistics Support Agreement
    India and Australia Sign Logistics Support Agreement 5 June 2020
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison met at the virtual summit. With a new agreement signed at the event, India and Australia will be able to gain access to each other's military bases for logistical support. The Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA), signed by the leaders of the two countries, allows military ships and aircraft to refuel and access maintenance facilities at each other's bases. “Both sides agre...
  • China's Threat of Military Intervention in Taiwan
    China's Threat of Military Intervention in Taiwan 29 May 2020
    In Asia, the dose of political tensions between China and Taiwan is rising.  China will attack Taiwan if there is no other way of stopping it from becoming independent, one of the country’s most senior generals said. The 2005 law gives the country the legal basis for military action against Taiwan if it secedes or seems about to, making the narrow Taiwan Strait a potential military flashpoint. “If the possibility for peaceful reunification is lost, the People's ...
  • China's Defence Budget Reaches Lowest Level in 30 Years
    China's Defence Budget Reaches Lowest Level in 30 Years 25 May 2020
    China, which has the world's second-largest defence budget after the United States, has seen 6.6 percent growth in its defence budget for this year, its lowest rate of increase for almost three decades. The growth in China’s defence budget would see spending rise from $167 billion last year to $178.2 billion, an increase of about $11 billion. “We will deepen reforms in national defence and the military, increase our logistic and equipment support capacity, ...
  • How does Pars III Conduct Engineering Tasks?
    How does Pars III Conduct Engineering Tasks? 22 May 2020
    A serious engineering lies behind of Armoured Engineering Vehicles, one of the most complex systems of special purpose vehicle configurations. Systems that require precision analysis of all mission scenarios in detail has of strategic importance for combat elements. Engineering units, one of the first elements to enter the battlefield, are now equipped with modern equipment infrastructure. One of the latest and advanced examples of these systems is the FNSS Pars III 8x8 Armoured Eng...
  • MV-4 on Duty
    MV-4 on Duty 20 May 2020
    Unmanned mine clearing vehicles are becoming more and widespread due to highlighting personnel safety in risky areas. Unmanned mine clearance systems, which the Republic of Korea announced its plan in 2018 and procured 4.1 million USD budget, started its duty. First DOK ING MV-4s from Croatia delivered to country. The first platform of which was delivered in April 2020, started to duty in the demilitarized zone between the Republic of Korea and North Korea. During the training ...
  • GE has Trouble with Cash Flow Due to Virus
    GE has Trouble with Cash Flow Due to Virus 2 May 2020
    Covid-19's impact on the economy began to emerge day by day.  Boston-based General Electric Co (GE) said it was struggling with cash shortages in the first quarter due to pandemics. GE said on Wednesday the coronavirus pandemic dealt a $1 billion blow to cash flow at its industrial business in the first quarter, while total revenue fell almost 8%. Among many changes in response to the novel coronavirus, the conglomerate said it had cut 700 workers and 1,300 contractors at its power d...
  • Cruise Missile Test in the East
    Cruise Missile Test in the East 30 April 2020
    Taiwan, which having faced sovereignty disputes with China on the islands in the bay and in the region, has carried out a number of important missile tests. The National Chung-Shan Instute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has recently announced that it has performed a series of missile tests. In this context, the latest cruise missile developed by the country, Hsiung Feng III and Yun Feng, were also tested. The test launch of the system, which was developed to eliminate the T...
  • SSB Got Down Deepest
    SSB Got Down Deepest 7 March 2020
    The Defence Industry Presidency (SSB) handled graphene and two-dimensional material technology, which is considered to be the future of the electronic subcomponent world and is considered the most critical component technology. Focus Technology Networks (Odak Teknoloji Ağları/ OTAĞ) is established under the leadership of the Defence Industry Presidency within the scope of the goal of developing unique systems, subsystems and products, by investing in future technologies. This work w...
  • Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance
    Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance 4 March 2020
    Israel launched the strategic plan to restructure its army. In line with the plan, it continues to acquire equipment to improve its operational capabilities. Tel Aviv, which announced that it has initiated CFT (Conformal Fuel Tank) development studies for the F-35I Adir aircraft in the previous periods, will also increase its aerial refueling capability. In this context, the USA has approved the possible sale of new platforms, which will replace the KC-707 Re'em aircraft that ar...
  • US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs
    US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs 16 February 2020
    US Navy no longer wants to upgrade and repair the first four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) due to high cost.  The ships were built for experimenting and testing according to the Navy. They’re no longer worth a deeper financial investment, according to Rear Adm. Randy Crites, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for the budget. “They’re not configured like the other LCS in the fleet, and they need significant upgrades. Everything from combat [systems], to structural,...
  • Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program
    Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program 15 February 2020
    Relations between the Australian Federal Government and the French company designing future submarines have hit a new low, with the Australian Defence Minister declaring she will hold the group to account on its local industry commitments. France-based Naval Group questioned the capability of local suppliers and suggested Australian businesses may not get half of the value of contracts under the $80 billion program. Naval Group Australia chief executive John Davis told The...
  • Space Mining and Competition in Deep Space 15 February 2020
    It is possible to analyse roughly the relationship of humanity with space under two categories. The first of these is the orbital space that covers relatively close distances to the Earth. The Soviet's Sputnik satellite launched into space in 1957 has been followed by more than 8,000 satellites so far, and satellites in the orbit of the Earth have become an indispensable element and extension of modern life. The second category extends to the outer space beyond Earth's orbit and is id...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? 30 January 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...
  • TAI at Pakistan
    TAI at Pakistan 25 December 2019
    TUSAS increasing its industrial investments at Pakistan. The company established an office in the National Science & Technology Park, which aims to make significant contributions to the country's technological development. National Science & Technology Park is the the first technopark in Pakistan. Country aims to increase its investments in domestic technology as well as to strengthen its qualified personnel infrastructure. TUSAS aims to deepen i...
  • China, Pakistan to Hold Joint Maritime Drill
    China, Pakistan to Hold Joint Maritime Drill 3 December 2019
    China and Pakistan will phase a joint maritime exercise in Pakistan in January 2020. China's Ministry of National Defence stated that the drill was scheduled for the annual exchange plan between the two militaries. China will join in drilling with destroyers, frigates, supply ships and submarine rescue ships. "The exercise is conducive to deepening security cooperation between the two militaries, consolidating and developing the China-Pakistan all-weather strategi...
  • Bulgaria wants F-35
    Bulgaria wants F-35 27 November 2019
    US President Donald Trump met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov at the White House. Trump said Bulgaria intends to supply the F-35. " They’ve ordered some F-35s and some other things.  They buy a lot of military equipment from the United States — the best equipment in the world.  And I look forward to our meeting," Trump said before the bilateral meeting at the Oval Office. A joint press release after the Trump-Borisov meeting stre...
  • Moving STA Hit Target
    Moving STA Hit Target 25 November 2019
    The test process of Pars 4x4 and Kaplan vehicles developed by FNSS as a main contractor  of STA (Gun Carrier Vehicles) Project continues consistently. The Presidency of Defence Industries made new statements about trials from its official social media accounts. Within the scope of the project, which was initiated in 2016 and carried out with domestic resources, two separate platforms, were developed by FNSS. Turret systems, which are used on platforms e...
  • "Synthetic Production in Multiple Media"
    "Synthetic Production in Multiple Media" 19 November 2019
    Nowadays, when it is possible to enter it on the Internet, with the infiltration of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity is now essential for companies and governments. The cybersecurity firm Zemana set up in 2007 to protect against identity theft, financial and spyware. Three years ago, the company entered the market in Turkey. Orhan Akyürek, General Manager of the company, said that they are currently exporting products to 135 countries; At the press conference, he said they aim to s...
  • Russia Looking for New Blood
    Russia Looking for New Blood 29 August 2019
    Russia is looking for new anti-submarine aircraft. The Russian Ministry of Defence has initiated a search for a new anti-submarine aircraft to replace the Il-38 and Tu-142. "The Ministry of Defence recently set the task for developers to prepare proposals for the creation of a new patrol aircraft based on existing models. This year, I believe, a fundamental choice will be made," Denis Manturov, the head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, told Interfax. He noted that...
  • H-6K with  Hypersonic Weapon
    H-6K with Hypersonic Weapon 19 August 2019
    China has begun to develop hypersonic weapons in recent years and now plans to equip the bomber H-6K aircraft with hypersonic weapons. The main mission objective of China's H-6K bomber is to strike key strategic points deep within enemy territories, the state broadcaster revealed, leading experts to predict that the warplane could eventually be armed with hypersonic weapons that can destroy hostile military hubs 3,000 kilometres away within minutes. "In a war, our main objective is t...
  • Modernization of the Polish Army
    Modernization of the Polish Army 24 July 2019
    T-72 main battle tanks in the Polish Army's inventory will undergo modernization and refit. “We modernize and modify this equipment, which is available in the Polish Army. Thanks to this upgrade, the tanks will be equipped with modern sights, navigation and observation devices as well as modern digital communications. Deep repairs of these tanks will also be carried out,” said the head of the Defence Ministry, Mariusz Błaszczak. Modernization is scheduled between 2019-2025.
  • Sweden Joins Forces with UK
    Sweden Joins Forces with UK 20 July 2019
    Sweden and United Kingdom signed agreement on development of future combat aircraft capabilities. Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist and his UK counterpart Penny Mordaunt signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to “examine the possibilities for joint development of future combat aircraft”. According to MoU both sides will examine the possibilities for joint development of future combat aircraft capabilities and combat aircraft systems. The MoU will be the starti...
  • Australia is Looking for a New Platform
    Australia is Looking for a New Platform 15 July 2019
    The Australian government has begun its search for a new armed attack helicopter to replace the Tiger fleet. Under the Land 4503 programme, the Australian Government is seeking information to acquire a total of 29 airframes. Of these 29, 24 are to be based at a single location, with a further five to be used for training operations. The timelines for the programme anticipate an initial operating capability of a squadron of 12 aircraft by 2026, with full operational capability from 2028. The p...
  • XLW 2040I: New Solution for Airborne Vehicles 27 June 2019
    The XLW 2040I, a new domestically-developed, 4x4 vehicle specially designed for airdrop missions made its public debut at the opening of the China Cross-Straits Technology and Projects Fair in Fuzhou. The vehicle's main mission is to intercept and destroy enemy weapons including low altitude jets and cruise missiles. The XLW 2040I is capable of traversing obstacles just over 50cm, passing ditches 75 cm deep and climbing 45-degree slopes. The top speed of the vehicle is 135 km/h....
  • Russia Gets 2 Upgraded Tu-95MS Strategic Bombers
    Russia Gets 2 Upgraded Tu-95MS Strategic Bombers 16 April 2019
    Beriev Aircraft Company (part of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation) has delivered two upgraded Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic missile-carrying bombers to Russia’s Aerospace Force, the Company’s press office said on Monday. The Tu-95MS strategic missile-carrying bomber is designated to accomplish the tasks of striking vital targets in remote military-geographical areas and deep in the rear of continental theatres of military operations, employing nuclear missile weapo...
  • Anglo-French FC/ASW Missile Programme Successfully Passes its Key Review
    Anglo-French FC/ASW Missile Programme Successfully Passes its Key Review 21 March 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...
  • Russia’s Return to Africa 8 February 2019
    So far, Russia’s presence in Africa has been brief and limited as compared to heavy involvement of colonial Western powers. However, there are still enduring signs of impact...   In late December, the United States proclaimed its new strategy on Africa. The main argument was based on the urgency of protecting US interests in the Continent against the unlawful expansionism of China and Russia. For this purpose, the strategy calls for deepening economic, political...
  • Technology News Issue 70 7 February 2019
    The Night Turns to Day Autonomous Systems in the Deep New Tricks to Old Dogs AI Reinforcement to Weapons Traditional Counter-measures against Electro-optics Fifth-gen 3D Tech in Service Relief for Pilots in the Air Grafen will Help Explode  
  • Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand”
    Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand” 22 January 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...
  • New Horizons in Turkish Defence Industry 10 January 2019
    Acting as a bridge for the development of critical technologies and supply of requirements of military and police forces as users, the SSB must set a goal to develop at the maximum level national, indigenous and advanced technologies. Organised for the first time in December, the Turkish Defence Industry Summit was a pioneering event to bring together our statesmen, valuable industrialists, thinkers and scientists to discuss a roadmap for strategy. During the Summit, the President o...
  • Ukrainian Air Force Renewing
    Ukrainian Air Force Renewing 8 January 2019
    During high military tension in 2018, Ukraine has continued to renew its army. Ukroboronprom announced the country's activities in 2018. Within the scope of the modernization works carried out in 2018, 50 aircraft were renewed and delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force. In addition to the Su-27, MiG-29, Su-25, Su-25 combat jets, the An-26 and Il-76 transport aircraft, L-39 jet trainer, Mi-24, Mi-14 and Mi-8 helicopters were modernized. Ukroboronprom is not only modernize...
  • Review Time for B-21
    Review Time for B-21 17 December 2018
    United States Air Force (USAF) has left a significant phase in the future bomber project. In the last days of November, B-21 weapon system design parameters were reviewed. While assessing the capabilities of the aircraft during the evaluation activities, USAF studied to determine possible risk factors. As a result of multidisciplinary technical evaluation studies, it was decided that the B-21 program would mature enough at the expected level and the program could resume. B-21 Raider, whose de...
  • Ukraine Tests New or Modernized Missiles
    Ukraine Tests New or Modernized Missiles 9 December 2018
    Ukraine has successfully tested a new anti-ship cruise missile, ‘Neptune’ and a modernized S-125 surface-to-air missile system, at a firing range in the Odesa Oblast Wednesday. Olexandr Turchynov, the chairman of Ukraine’s Defence and Security Council was quoted as saying during a press briefing after the tests by Kyivpost Thursday. “The task put today before cruise missiles was to check the range and accuracy of hitting surface targets”, adding that th...
  • Issue 68 Sector News
    Issue 68 Sector News 8 December 2018
    Ukraine’s 120mm Mortar Test Tilt-Rotor UAV by Academy Rheinmetall Commenced Deliveries Korea’s $557m Order Belgium Said “SkyGuardian” Atmaca Time in the Sea ASELSAN’s Albatross in Çanakkale STM in “Deep Quest” BMC Gets Altay TRMotor has Project  
  • Belbas: We Look for Cooperation 6 November 2018
    Acting Director of SpetsTechnoExport (STE) Vladyslav Belbas met with Turkish journalists during the Arms and Security Expo held in Kiev. STE currently develops business among Turkish and Ukrainian companies. Belbas underlined that government-to-government relations are very good and both sides are determined to deepen relations even more. Comparing Ukraine with China in terms of production costs, Belbas invites Turkish companies to invest in Ukraine. During our interview, we had the opportuni...
  • Soyuz-5 On The Way
    Soyuz-5 On The Way 5 November 2018
    Russia has started to work for Soyuz-5 rocket. In a news released in the Russian press, Roscosmos began the work for the medium class launch vehicle Soyuz-5 is announced. The system was mentioned as a project to re-activate and upgrade the entire missile industry. The project, which was planned as the first launch of the year 2022, will hold 61 billion Rubles. Soyuz-5 has been developed in a structure suitable for manned launch and has been developed for the international launch-ser...
  • Russian Divers Descend 416 Meters, Setting Naval Diving Record
    Russian Divers Descend 416 Meters, Setting Naval Diving Record 31 October 2018
    Russian military divers successfully carried out a dive to a depth of 416 meters Pacific Fleet spokesman Capt. 2nd Rank Nikolai Voskresensky reported Tuesday. The deep-water dive set a record for the Russian Navy. The divers were able to descend to the incredible depth, the pressure of which would normally crush an unprepared human body, by using a special Navy pressure chamber, part of the GvK-450 deep-water diving rescue system, designed to allow divers to conquer depths of up to ...