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  • M4K Recovery Vehicle Passed Tests
    M4K Recovery Vehicle Passed Tests January 24 2020
    M4K (Partially Mine Protected Recovery Vehicle), which will perform a recovery mission for wheeled vehicles, has completed its qualification tests. The Presidency of Defence Industries made an announcement in its official accounts, "The qualification tests of thePartially Mine Protected Recovery Vehicle, which produced by MPG indigenously, has been completed qualification tests succesfully." A total of 29 M4K will put into Turkish armed forces inventory....
  • Boeing Drops Out Experimental Spaceplane Program
    Boeing Drops Out Experimental Spaceplane Program January 23 2020
    Hypersonic vehicles are becoming a high priority for weapons development due to their theoretical ability to evade air defences. China and Russia are developing hypersonic weapons, and the U.S. military is scrambling to keep pace. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the XS-1 program in 2013 as a way of supporting the development of responsive, reusable launch vehicles. DARPA selected Boeing in May 2017 for Phases 2 and 3 of what was initially called the XS-1 pro...
  • "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece
    "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece January 23 2020
    A remarkable article was published in Ptisi & Diastima Magazine, which publicates in the defence sector in Greece. Greek-Turkish relations, which increasing tension due to oil and natural gas deposits in Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey-Libya mutual exclusive economic zone were discussed in the article. Outlines of the offensive plan that could be implemented in a possible conflict were examined in the text. Turkey's radar and electronic support capabilities, as well as Greece...
  • First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India
    First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India January 23 2020
    The first squadron of Su-30MKI jet fighters, armed with an air-based version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles entered service in the Indian Air Force Monday, The Times of India reported. According to the article, the planes will enter service during a ceremony set to take place at Thanjavur Air Force Station in India’s Tamil Nadu. The Air Force Station houses the 222nd “Tigershark” squadron, the first to receive the Su-30MKIs, reconfigured for BrahMo...
  • US Returns Back FLAK Concept
    US Returns Back FLAK Concept January 22 2020
    Increasing high speed anti-ship threats and intensive use of UAVs urged the US to take new measures. In this context, it was announced that the American Navy could return to the airburst ammunition usage for air defence system. At a conference held in the USA, an engineer from Northrop Grumman explained that the company is working on an airburst ammunition that can be used on 30mm guns used on ships. It is aimed that the new projectiles, which are stated to have ...
  • HGK-83 Ready for Mass Production
    HGK-83 Ready for Mass Production January 22 2020
    The qualification tests of the Precision Guidance Kit -83 (HGK-83) developed by the Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (TÜBİTAK-SAGE) have been completed and ready for mass production. HGK-83 is a GPS/INS guidance kit that turns existing 1000 lb Mk-83 general purpose bombs into air to ground smart weapons which can be released multiple by using BRU 57 ejector rack. Developed as a cost-effective solution, the kit ensures fewer bombs are used in operations and reduces th...
  • Greece invites Turkey to Defence Exhibitions in Athens
    Greece invites Turkey to Defence Exhibitions in Athens January 22 2020
    After more than ten years absence, Greece returns to international defence exhibitions, by the organisation of DEFEA-Defence Exhibition Athens. The organisation got in contact with Greek Defence ministry for the official invitation of Turkey, C4Defence learned. DEFEA will take place in Athens, from 22 to 24 June 2020 at the Metropolitan Expo. It is organised by ROTA SA and the Union of Greek Manufacturers of Defence Material (SEKPY). It is under the auspices of the Ministry of Natio...
  • Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power
    Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power January 22 2020
    The Royal Netherlands Army has deployed Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Lithuania for the first time as part of the German-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) battlegroup, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on its website. The SPHs will spend half a year in Lithuania, mainly to exercise and exchange experience with the Lithuanian army, the ministry said. NATO has increased its presence in the east by forming an alliance group with EFP and Estonia, Lat...
  • New APFSDS to Russian Tanks
    New APFSDS to Russian Tanks January 21 2020
    Russia, which is carrying out new system procurement projects in addition to modernization activities to improve the capabilities of the army, does not neglect the ammunition area. The Russian Ministry of Defence announced that new armor-piercing ammunition was ordered for tanks using 125 mm barrels. According to a report published in the Russian media, the Russian Ground Forces will supply a new generation of armor-piercing ammunition. The new ammunition, described as 3BM44M &...
  • Russia Denies S-400 Joint Production
    Russia Denies S-400 Joint Production January 21 2020
    Russia has supplied more than 120 surface-to-air missiles to Turkey as per a delivery and acceptance act signed by Turkey and Russia in December, Russian news agency Tass reported on Monday. Russia has also delivered auxiliary equipment, spare parts and tools, Tass quoted the unnamed source as saying, but the contract with Turkey did not include at all any “technology transfer, even partial.” Turkish Defence Industry Presidency İsmail Demir in January told repo...
  • 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...
  • Landlocked Navy
    Landlocked Navy January 21 2020
    Ethiopia, which is trying to improve the country's well-being and prosperity with new reforms and breakthroughs near the internal conflicts and civil wars, announced that a surprising decision. Ethiopia, which lost its access to the sea after Eritrea gained independence in 1991 as a result of the clashes that lasted 30 years, announced that it had established a navy. The country's Defence Minister, Lema Megersa announced this step but didn't say anything about where the ...
  • Serbia Continues Arming
    Serbia Continues Arming January 20 2020
    Serbia, which has improved its air power in cooperation with Russia, has taken new action for air defence systems. Belgrade announced the new acquisition agreement in this context. Serbia, which examined the Pantsir air defense systems during the Slavic Shield-2019 Air Defence Exercise, which was held in Serbia jointly with Russia last October, announced the procurement of the mentioned system from Russia. During the exercise, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić f...
  • Brasil Released Strategic Plan
    Brasil Released Strategic Plan January 20 2020
    Brazil, which has been carrying studies for a long time to improve the defence industry infrastructure of the country, has published its strategic plan in this field. The document, which covers the plans and objectives of the country's defense and industry, especially the Brazilian Armed Forces, consists of 34 measures in 15 main actions. In these sections, acquisition of howitzer, personnel equipment, unmanned ground and air vehicles, armoured boats, transport and att...
  • The ALACA Period at Sea
    The ALACA Period at Sea January 18 2020
    Meteksan Defence Company announced on the social media account that the Radar Cross-Sectional Measurement system, which is designed and developed for the Naval Forces Command, was delivered to the force. ALACA 35 GHz Radar Cross Section Measurement System was developed to increase the survivability of the platforms in inventory. The contract for the design, development and production of "Millimetre Wave Radar Cross-Sectional Measurement System" with entirely local faciliti...
  • The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force
    The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force January 17 2020
    The 116th "Lions of the South" squadron will join the 140th "Golden Eagle" unit to become the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) second official group of F-35I Adir stealth fighter jets. With the arrival of the first two F-35I aircraft for the 116th Fleet to Nevatim base in November 2019, the total number of F-35s in Israel reached 20. The government has currently received 20 of the 50 F-35I variants from Lockheed Martin required to bring both squadrons to capacity....
  • Iskander-M Missile Flew Almost Twice More Landing in Kazakhstan
    Iskander-M Missile Flew Almost Twice More Landing in Kazakhstan January 14 2020
      During a planned live-firing exercise by Russia, one of its Iskander-M ballistic missiles flew beyond 600km and landed outside its designated target area. The missile is said to have been fired from Kapustin Yar for the Makat firing range in Kazakhstan. However, the missile ended up in the Bayganinsky district. The Makat is at the 480 km distance, but it flew more than 800 km. On January 9, 2020, during the planned exercises of the test centre of the Minis...
  • U.S. Army Apaches being armed with Spike NLOS
    U.S. Army Apaches being armed with Spike NLOS January 12 2020
    The U.S. Army is buying an unspecific number of Israeli-made, Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missiles for its Apache helicopters. An Army Requirements Oversight Council decision has authorised the service to acquire missiles current and future aviation. The service fired the Spike NLOS missile from AH-64E Apache attack helicopters both in Israel and at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, last year.  Defence News witnessed the demonstration flights; The AH-64 hid behind 1,60...
  • Singapore gets the green light to buy F-35s
    Singapore gets the green light to buy F-35s January 10 2020
    The U.S. government on Thursday formally approved Singapore to become the next customer of the F-35 joint strike fighter. Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced that the country would submit a letter of request to the U.S. government to purchase four F-35B, with the intention of a total of 12 B models with at an estimated cost of $2.75 billion, according to the Defence Security Cooperation Agency. Singapore typically buys its fighter aircraft in small batches.
  • $ 1worth laser sword for Israeli air defence
    $ 1worth laser sword for Israeli air defence January 10 2020
    Israel Defence Ministry announced that they had developed a new laser system missile. According to the statement of the Ministry, a recent technological development made this system possible. The futuristic defence system is still under development and will be tested throughout the year and will not be operational in the short term. Just like the Iron Dome, the development of a laser defence system to complement it cost hundreds of millions of dollars, but the latter will ...
  • Order Time for Iron Fist
    Order Time for Iron Fist January 9 2020
    Due to the increasing asymmetric threat, the use of active protection systems is becoming common. Elbit Systems has announced an order for the Iron Fist active protection system. A new step has come from Israel to increase the survivability of the new generation Eitan 8x8 wheeled vehicles. Elbit Systems has announced an agreement with the Israeli Defence Forces to procure Iron Fist active protection systems. The number of systems to be procured was not announced under the ...
  • CV90 is More Lethal with Spike
    CV90 is More Lethal with Spike January 8 2020
    CV90’s firepower which more than 1200 platforms in use in different countries, has increased. BAE Systems made a statement about the development studies to increase the firepower of vehicles to a longer range. Standing out with its survivability, firepower and high mobility, the CV90 met long-range precision strike capability. BAE Systems made statements about the integration of Spike missiles into the platform. The company said a Spike LR missile was launched in the northern ...
  • 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...
  • Japanese interest in the Middle East
    Japanese interest in the Middle East January 5 2020
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to deploy the Self-Defence Forces to the Middle East to ensure the safety of its ships.  “We plan to dispatch Self-Defence Forces to this region to strengthen information gathering and secure the safe passage of Japan-related ships,” Abe said, reiterating a plan unveiled last month ahead of the latest flare-up in tensions. The Japanese government announced late last month it will send a warship and patrol planes to ...
  • Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration
    Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration January 3 2020
    During recent budget negotiations, the Pentagon again tried to retire the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) 25 years early, Defence News reported. According to the magazine, this time the plan was withdrawn from the White House. The White House's Office of Management and Budget told the Pentagon that the Navy's budget submission did not include refuelling the Truman or maintaining its air wing and directed it to come back with a budget that restored funding to bo...
  • New Appointment to Military Factories
    New Appointment to Military Factories January 3 2020
    Veysel Unverdi is appointed as General Manager of Military Factories of the Ministry of National Defence according to the decision dated January 3, 2020 and published in the Official Gazette no. 30997, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appointed Veysel Ünverdi to the General Directorate of Military Factories of the Ministry of National Defence, which was available position.
  • 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...
  • Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV
    Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV January 2 2020
    Indonesia's National aviation company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) introduced the prototype of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle produced within domestic facilities. A roll-out ceremony was held at the PTDI facilities in Bandung for the combatant UAV called the Black Eagle (Elang Hitam). The prototype did not include a weapon station, but the promotional brochure showed two generic weapons. Speaking at the ceremony, BPPT General Manager Hammam Riza ...
  • Last Product of 2019 56th Atak Helicopter
    Last Product of 2019 56th Atak Helicopter January 2 2020
    The Defence Industry Presidency (SSB) announced that the 56th T-129 ATAK attack helicopter manufactured by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) was delivered to the security forces. SSB shared from its official twitter account that the 56th ATAK helicopter was delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces. According to the announcement, the last delivery of 2019 was realised. The statement said;  "56th of our T129 ATAK Helicopter was delivered to the Turkish Land Forces Command.&q...
  • 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...
  • Goksungur Waits 2020
    Goksungur Waits 2020 December 31 2019
    Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ) General Manager Professor Temel Kotil announced that Turkey’s first supersonic UAV Göksungur will perform its maiden flight in 2020. Kotil made an exclusive statement to C4Defence. Kotil expressed the latest developments about Aksungur and Göksungur UAVs. Kotil reminded that they were interested in Aksungur during 2019, that Aksungur was produced in a short period such as 18 months and that the time gained was shortened every time. &nb...
  • ASELSAN Closes 2019 with Record
    ASELSAN Closes 2019 with Record December 31 2019
    ASELSAN increased its turnover in both Turkish Lira and USD in 2019 thanks to indigenous products in the defence industry. With an export value of 50 per cent, the company surpassed the US $ 327 million and continued to receive new orders for the coming years in the last quarter of the year. These orders reached approximately USD 700 million in the last three months of 2019.   Turkey's top R & D spending, one of the firms in ASELSAN, R & D spending by the ...
  • Avengers are Back
    Avengers are Back December 30 2019
    The United States of America continues to take precautions against increasing air threats in Europe. In this case, distribution of reactivated short range air defence systems continue. After considering the threat level, US decided to store AN/TWQ-1 Avenger short range air defence system (SHORAD). Last year, the US Army decided to reactivate and deploy Avengers to the combat units espacially based in Europe. Within this context, reactivating process of the Avengers which are stored ...
  • New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan
    New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan December 30 2019
    Japan is being added to the Middle East chaos. After the tension between Washington and Tehran, the Tokyo Government decided to send the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) to the Middle East with an intelligence-gathering mission. The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) mission that will see several assets, including a helicopter-carrying destroyer, two maritime patrol aircraft, and 260 personnel being despatched to the Mid...
  • First Piece at TF-X
    First Piece at TF-X December 30 2019
    Professor Temel Kotil, the General Manager of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS), informed C4Defence about new developments in the Turkish Fighter Programme (TF-X). Kotil stated that TUSAŞ and TUBITAK BILGEM have started to work on the reflection of radar waves from aircraft. Kotil said, “We started cutting the air inlets, we make the first air inlets. We began to work on their electromagnetic reflections with TÜBİTAK BİLGEM. The first air intake is now at TÜBİTAK. We want t...
  • Russian Su-57 to Get New Weapons
    Russian Su-57 to Get New Weapons December 30 2019
    The head of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has revealed that they are developing new, advanced weapons for Su-57 stealth fighter jet. Yury Slyusar, the director-general of UAC, was quoted as saying by Sputnik on Monday; “The Su-57 will be able to use many new means of destruction - some of them have already been created, others are being developed. Tests will continue consistent with the new functions and new goals.” Earlier this month, a senior official fro...
  • UK Sets its own “DARPA”
    UK Sets its own “DARPA” December 30 2019
    British PM Boris Johnson will spend £18 billion within five years in research and development, to promote a “new wave of economic growth” after Brexit. According to The Times, British PM will spend £800m for defence agency, a scientific research body modelled on US’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The “advanced research projects agency” will be based outside the golden triangle of London, Oxford and Cambridge. It also wants to set ...
  • Turkey is Likely to Purchase Another Batch of S-400
    Turkey is Likely to Purchase Another Batch of S-400 December 29 2019
    Russia hopes that Turkey will purchase another batch of air defence systems S-400, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told the television news channel Rossiya-24 in an interview. "It is very likely they will use this option and keep working with us. We do hope for this," he said.  
  • Russia claims its new hypersonic weapon “Avangard” is in inventory
    Russia claims its new hypersonic weapon “Avangard” is in inventory December 29 2019
    Russia’s defence minister Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday declared a new hypersonic weapon is in inventory. Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces chief, Gen. Sergei Karakayev, added that Avangard was put on duty with a unit in the Orenburg region in the southern Ural Mountains. Avangard can travel at least five times the speed of sound, or about one mile per second. Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled Avangard in March 2018 and clai...
  • Upgrading of F-16 Begins
    Upgrading of F-16 Begins December 28 2019
    Greece says it has signed an agreement with U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin that will allow a major upgrade of its F-16 fighter jet fleet over the next seven years. The defence ministry procurement agency announced Friday that the deal was signed Tuesday finalising details of Lockheed's use of a Greek subcontractor. The defence minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class ...