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  • Turkey's Unmanned "Mini Tank" Enters Mass Production
    Turkey's Unmanned "Mini Tank" Enters Mass Production 2 July 2020
      Katmerciler signed a serial production agreement with ASELSAN for the remote-controlled unmanned ground vehicle. Katmerciler developed the entire platform, including the remote control communication infrastructure of the armed unmanned ground vehicle. The vehicle can be used in reconnaissance, surveillance and target detection tasks. Weapons and all kinds of systems can be integrated into the turret. Thanks to satellite communication, it can be commanded remotely. T...
  • Soydal New Değıty Genel Manager of STM
    Soydal New Değıty Genel Manager of STM 28 June 2020
    STM Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade. Inc. Bülent Soydal, who has been working as RF-Simulation Director since March 2019, has been appointed as STM Technology Deputy General Manager as of June 10. The institution announced today about the appointment. In his new role, Soydal; will be responsible for autonomous systems, cyber security and information, satellite and space, command control and radar systems. Bülent Soydal, who has more than 20 years of experience i...
  • "S-400 Blocks Trade Deal with U.S."
    "S-400 Blocks Trade Deal with U.S." 25 June 2020
    Foreign Economic Relations Board (Dış Ekonomik İlişkiler Kurulu/ DEİK) Chairman Nail Olpak and Turkey-USA Business Council (Türkiye-ABD İş Konseyi/ TAİK) Chairman Mehmet Ali Yalcindag met with U.S. Republican Party Senator Lindsey Graham on a video conference call. During the meeting, Graham discussed what Turkey and the United States need for the economic integration process, and noted the importance of reaching a free trade agreement between the two countries. Graha...
  • Prof. Dr. Görgün Re-Elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of ASELSAN
    Prof. Dr. Görgün Re-Elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of ASELSAN 20 June 2020
    After the Ordinary General Assembly meeting held by ASELSAN on June 19th, it was decided that Prof. Dr. Haluk Görgün should continue as chairman of the Board of Directors. Deputy Chairman of the Defence Industry Dr. Celal Sami Tüfekçi was elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of ASELSAN.  Dr. Tüfekçi has been a member of ASELSAN's Board of Directors for two years.  Mustafa Murat ŞEKER, Vice President of The Defence...
  • Özgür Güleryüz, STM Genel Manager
    Özgür Güleryüz, STM Genel Manager 20 June 2020
    Özgür Güleryüz  who was the Deputy General Manager at STM since 2019, will be the new general maneger of the company. Güleryüz started working at STM in 2007 and graduated from Bilkent University Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Güleryüz, who worked as a Research Assistant in the same department and received his master's degree in 1998, completed the Executive MBA program in Bilkent University, Faculty of Business Administr...
  • New Board of Directors of Turkish Aerospace
    New Board of Directors of Turkish Aerospace 10 June 2020
    Turkish Aerospace, which designed, developed and producing platforms such as T129 Atak, Anka, Anka-S and Hürkuş and carries out projects such as Aksungur, Gökbey, T629, Hürjet and TFX; held a general assembly meeting. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, the board of directors has been renewed. According to the first information, new Board of Directors of Turkish Aerospace is; Şuay Alpay (Deputy Minister of Ministry of National Defence), H&uum...
  • Rear Admiral Cihat Yaycı Resigned
    Rear Admiral Cihat Yaycı Resigned 18 May 2020
    Turkish Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Cihat Yaycı resigned from his duty. Yaycı was appointed to General Staff by the decree of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Yaycı is a prominent figure in Turkish navy for his vision in relations with Libya and Greece.
  • Korkut: “We continue recruitment activities.” 30 April 2020
    Ömer Korkut, who is an expert in the field of IT and Command and Control Applications and has approached his 30th year in the sector, including his career in the Turkish Armed Forces, 4.5 years Defence Technologies and Engineering Inc. He became the General Manager of Space and Defence Technologies (SDT) in March 2020, after his Deputy Chief Technology Officer at (STM). Korkut stated that the recruitment of qualified personnel would continue in this period when COVID-19 has damaged the s...
  • Küçükseyhan; "Force Majeure" should come to the agenda
    Küçükseyhan; "Force Majeure" should come to the agenda 28 April 2020
    Defence and Aviation Industry Manufacturers Association (SASAD) Deputy Secretary-General and TOBB Defence Industry Sector Assembly Chairman Yılmaz Küçükseyhan C4Defence Instagram was the guest of the live broadcast. He answered the questions of the participants who followed the broadcast. Expressing that the sector's problems will be raised at the ministerial level, Küçükseyhan demanded that the force majeure be written clearly in the tender contracts. &l...
  • Tension between the U.S. and Iran Increases
    Tension between the U.S. and Iran Increases 24 April 2020
    Tensions between the United States and Iran continue to escalate after Iranian Revolutionary Guard Qassem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike in January. Earlier this month, the U.S. military said 11 vessels from the IRGCN came close to U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative.” On April 22, President Donald Trump posted on his official Twitter account that:" I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy...
  • The first COVID victim in Roosevelt
    The first COVID victim in Roosevelt 13 April 2020
    The damage caused by COVID-19 to navies continues to increase. The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier gave the first victim since the outbreak of pandemic in the open seas. The issue became more concrete when USS Theodore Roosevelt's captain Brett Crozier anchored the ship to the Guam Naval Base. Thomas Modly, Deputy Secretary of the US Navy, dismissed the captain who said "we are not at war, there is no need to die," and then had to resign. Following these develop...
  • Russia to Continue Procurement Process Despite Virus
    Russia to Continue Procurement Process Despite Virus 11 April 2020
    COVID-19 pandemic, which has reached a global crisis situation, also affects the defence sector from different angles. World giants such as Airbus and Boeing stopped production due to the virus in various facilities due to the virus. In the US Navy, several crew members were diagnosed with coronavirus. According to Russia, no cases of viruses have been detected in military forces at this time. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov announced that the processes related to de...
  • Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned
    Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned 8 April 2020
    Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday after drawing condemnation for insulting the commanding officer of an aircraft carrier who was fired for writing a letter of concern about the service’s handling of a coronavirus outbreak aboard his vessel. U.S. Deputy Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's speech to the ship's crew was leaked to the press. Modly's remarks revealed that he used the phrase "naïve" and "stupid" for Crozier.  Hou...
  • 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,...
  • US to Transfer 100 Soldiers into Space Force
    US to Transfer 100 Soldiers into Space Force 12 February 2020
    The U.S. Army plans to transfer 100 soldiers into the U.S. Space Force beginning in 2021, according to service officials and budget documents. It’s the first time any service outside of the Air Force has identified members that will transfer into the Space Force, the new branch of the military within the Air Force created in December. The Navy has yet to say how many of its sailors it plans to transfer. The Air Force plans to shift some 6,000 airmen into the Space Force by yea...
  • Sarmat Will Enter Inventory In 2021
    Sarmat Will Enter Inventory In 2021 3 February 2020
    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Aleksey Krivoruchko made a statement on the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles. Sarmat will be added to the Russian armed forces' arsenal in 2021, Krivoruchko said. "First serial [Sarmat intercontinental ballistic] missiles will join armed forces in 2021", Krivoruchko said. The Sarmat will replace the Voevoda (РС-20В Satan) RS-28 Sarmat, is a liquid-fueled intermittent ballistic missile, was developed to replace the R-36M2 Voevod...
  • Turkey is Likely to Purchase Another Batch of S-400
    Turkey is Likely to Purchase Another Batch of S-400 29 December 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.  
  • S-500 Tests to Begin in 2020
    S-500 Tests to Begin in 2020 28 December 2019
    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said that preliminary tests of the S-500 air defence system would begin in 2020, and deliveries are planned to commence from 2025. "Next year, it is planned to begin preliminary tests of the S-500 anti-aircraft missile system, the first production model of which is scheduled for delivery in 2025," he said. The S-500’s technical specifications remain unknown. It is speculated that the system will be capable ...
  • DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry
    DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry 18 December 2019
    Steven Walker, the director of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, announced his resignation Dec. 17, a DARPA spokesman said. Walker’s resignation is effective January 10, 2020. Walker succeeded Arati Prabhakar, who left the agency in January 2017. Walker will move on to a position in the industry, though a DARPA spokesman did not reveal where. DARPA Deputy Director Peter Highnam, a former director of research at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency...
  • A surprise visit from Ukrainian Navy Commander
    A surprise visit from Ukrainian Navy Commander 9 December 2019
    Admiral Igor Voronchenko, Commander of the Navy of Ukraine, celebrated Ukrainian Armed Forces Day in Ankara. Admiral Adnan Özbal, the Commander of the Turkish Navy, was accompanied by the commander. Deputy Minister of National Defence Şuay Alpay also attended the ceremony. Voronchenko made a speech at the ceremony and said, “ Ukraine and Georgia were not invited to NATO, which led Russia to attack Georgia first and then Ukraine. For this reason, Ukraine is moving towards full membe...
  • New Measures from Iran 22 November 2019
    The defence industry continues to keep pace with developing and changing technologies. Recently, the use of unmanned systems has increased and the UAV system, which is a cost-effective solution, has become a danger for the countries' airspace. Iranian Deputy Defence Minister Brigadier General Ghasem Taghizadeh said that Iran is now mass producing laser weapons to defend its air from drones.  “The research and experimental phase for this weapon has finished and it is now in the ...
  • Russia to Receive First Serial-Produced “Felon” before 2020 9 November 2019
    The Russian Air Force is expected to receive the first serial-produced Su-57 fighter aircraft by the end of 2019. Deputy Defence Minister, Alexei Krivoruchko, told that The Su-57 is “almost ready” to be handed over to the air force on November 8 by news agency RIA Novosti. Su-57 is recently named the “Felon” by NATO. The service was expected to take delivery of two Su-57s in 2019 and two more in 2020. The Russian government announced in late July th...
  • Indigenous Submarine Project Started
    Indigenous Submarine Project Started 15 October 2019
    The Indigenous Submarine (MİLDEN) project, which constitutes the second stage of the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) submarines of the Turkish Navy, has officially started. Speaking at the Ninth Naval Systems Seminar, Deputy General Director of Shipyards of the Ministry of National Defence, Rear Admiral Mehmet Sarı, made a presentation about the MİLDEN Project. According to Sarı's statement, the first cadres were appointed, and the first appointments were made. Aft...
  • TAFF Celebrates Its 32nd Anniversary
    TAFF Celebrates Its 32nd Anniversary 26 September 2019
    It has been 32 years since the establishment of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TAFF) on September 26 1987. Speaking at the press briefing, TAFF Deputy General Director Retired Major General Sadık Piyade stated that the foundation is based on "trust and sincerity". Piyade, thanked the members of the press, adding that the news in the media helped make the foundation better known. TAFF, which has a total of 83,550 donors, has active promotional activities. The foundation has a t...
  • General Manager Appointed to MKEK
    General Manager Appointed to MKEK 22 September 2019
    According to the decree published in the Official Gazette today, Yasin Akdere was appointed as the General Manager and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mechanical and Chemical Industry Institution (MKEK). Deputy General Manager Mehmet Ünal was in charge as acting General Manager since 2018. Akdere was in Bosch Turkey director of government and external relations in charge of the Middle East and Turkey between 2015 -2018 Akdere, finally was German -Turkish Com...
  • New News from T-90
    New News from T-90 4 September 2019
    Modernized Sodema sights can be used on T-90 tanks. Sodema developed for BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles and other types of armoured vehicles. "We are planning to use Sodema sight for the modernization of T-90 tanks." Sergey Popov, first deputy director-general of the Schwabe holding company and deputy director for R&D and innovative development, said.  Popov added that apart from BMP-3 the Sodema sight would be installed on the Russian-made light armour vehicles...
  • Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests
    Russia’s "Black Hole" at Tests 21 August 2019
    Russian newest diesel-electric submarine Project 636.3 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Kilo-class submarine B-274) arrived at Baltic Sea for Trials. Built for Russia's Pacific Fleet, the submarine began sea tests.  “During the shipbuilders’ sea trials, some of the submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky’s shipboard systems will be checked, including communications and hydro-acoustics,” Navy Spokesman said. Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivor...
  • Su-57 Serial Production Begins
    Su-57 Serial Production Begins 30 July 2019
    The Sukhoi Aircraft Company has started to implement its contract for the delivery of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to the country’s Aerospace Force, the office of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told TASS on Monday. The state contract envisages the delivery of 76 Su-57 fighter jets to Russia’s Aerospace Force. The vice-premier’s office also confirmed the earlier-stated timeframe of delivering the first Su-57 plane to the Aerospace Force. "T...
  • TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy
    TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy 31 May 2019
    TAIS, founded by the owners of the five shipyards of Turkey to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding, has received a $2.3-billion tender to build five ships for the Indian Navy. According to information released to the press, TAIS has won a cooperation tender that involves the production of five fleet support tankers of 45,000 tons. As part of its tasks in the project, TAIS will be responsible for the modernization of the shipyard, the design of the s...
  • New Teeth for Alligator
    New Teeth for Alligator 30 May 2019
    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said that Russia planned to sign a contract in 2020 on purchasing 114 upgraded Ka-52M (Alligator) attack helicopters. The upgraded version of the Ka-52 attack helicopter, the Ka-52M, would be created by 2022. The upgraded Ka-52M combat helicopter will get more capabilities for using weapons against targets in the air and on the ground. “In cooperation with other enterprises, we are working on the issue of increasing the helicopter&rsquo...
  • Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft 23 May 2019
      Greece received first modernized P-3 Orion Maritime patrol aircraft. Senior officials from the Greek Ministry of National Defence, the Hellenic Air Force, Navy and Army, Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industries participated in a ceremony for the delivery of the first modernized P-3b Orion. Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) hosted a ceremony at HAI’s facility near Athens, Greece, for the delivery of the first P-3B maritime patrol aircraft (interim solu...
  • IDEF’19 Runs to Record 26 April 2019
    Organised by the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TSKGV), IDEF’19 has set eyes on a hard-to-break record this year. Incorporating most of the major defence companies, the Foundation also follows closely the latest developments in this sector. We asked Deputy General Manager Sadık Piyade to share details about the Foundation’s activities and evolution as well as his opinions on the sector’s growth and development of the fair. C4Defence: Can you briefly descr...
  • Additional Armour for Turkish Leopard 2A4s
    Additional Armour for Turkish Leopard 2A4s 22 March 2019
    Developments in Leopard 2A4 tanks are on the agenda in order to increase the survivability of the platforms in the light of Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations experiences. Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler, Land Forces Commander General Ümit Dündar, Commander of the Navy Admiral Adnan Özbal, Defence Industry President İsmail Demir and Deputy Minister Muhsin Dere audited the 2nd Main Maintenance Factory in ...
  • Qatar Received First AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters
    Qatar Received First AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters 15 March 2019
    Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) received first AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters ordered from the U.S. Qatar deputy PM who is Minister of State for Defence Affaires attended the ceremony of the first delivery of AH-64E Guardian helicopters to QWEAF. The deliveries of the helicopters will be completed by the end of May 2020. The new helicopters will allow the Qatari Armed Forces (QAF) to replace its aging airframes (SA342 Gazelle scout helicopter) with multi-...
  • 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, ...
  • Mass Production of Armata is Remote
    Mass Production of Armata is Remote 29 January 2019
    The mass production of the Armata tank has been one of the questions talking in defence lobbies. Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Yuri Borisov made statements on the issue Borisov announced in hhe statement, mass production of T-14 Armata platforms for a large-scale is not planned currently. In the process of rearming of the Russian Army, priority was given to modernizing existing equipment. The statement said that the T-14, T-15 and Kurganets-25 systems are the vehicles of the futur...
  • Israel and Croatia Dropped-Off F-16 Sale
    Israel and Croatia Dropped-Off F-16 Sale 15 January 2019
    An Israeli Delegation, headed by the Director General of the Defence Ministry Udi Adam, visited Croatia on 10 January 2019. The official talks addressed the multi-role combat aircraft procurement project and the bilateral defence co-operation between the Croatia and Israel. Israel was responsible to obtain approval from the United States of America to deliver the aircraft to the Croatia in the ordered configuration.  The Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Damir Krstičev...
  • Ukraine and Turkey Expand Cooperation On Maritime Platforms
    Ukraine and Turkey Expand Cooperation On Maritime Platforms 24 November 2018
    Ukraine and Turkey have extended bilateral cooperation in the defence industry complex and are considering the prospects for cooperation in setting up joint ventures in the field of construction of land-based, aviation and Maritime platforms. This was reported by the press service of the National Security and Defence Council  (NSDC) of Ukraine. Ukrainian First Deputy Secretary of the NSDC Oleg Hladkovskiy met with President of the Defence Industry of Turkey Professor ...
  • China to Update Air Force
    China to Update Air Force 13 November 2018
    The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) announced its three-step plan to take on a stronger structure. Chinese Air Force Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Xu Anxiang held a press conference to mark the 69th anniversary of the founding of the Force. In this meeting, it was announced that the PLAAF will go into a new structure to become a stronger.   China will form a strategic power by integrating air and space power in 2020. In this step, assa...
  • STM Exports “Moavin” to Pakistan 6 November 2018
    Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM) had launched three naval projects with Pakistan. Two of these projects were related with ship export while the third involved submarine modernisation. In October, STM delivered to the Pakistan Naval Forces the first of these projects, namely the indigenously-designed Offshore Supply Ship. Naming the ship as “PNS MOAWIN”, the Pakistan Naval Forces organised a delivery ceremony at the Karachi Shipyard attended by the ...