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  • US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs
    US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs February 16 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 February 12 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 February 3 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 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.  
  • S-500 Tests to Begin in 2020
    S-500 Tests to Begin in 2020 December 28 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 December 18 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 December 9 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 November 22 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 November 9 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 October 15 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 September 26 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 September 22 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 September 4 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 August 21 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 July 30 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 May 31 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 May 30 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 May 23 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 April 26 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 March 22 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 March 15 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 March 4 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 January 29 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 January 15 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 November 24 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 November 13 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 November 6 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 ...
  • Kiev: Field Experience Exposed November 6 2018
    Ongoing for about four years, the armed confrontation between Ukraine and Russia did not dominate the general atmosphere of the Expo. However, its impact was visible in terms of participant profile. Although Ukrainian products are now combat-proven, low production capacity and economic deficiencies negatively influence supply and export targets. The Expo is nevertheless an opportunity to acquire new capability for those with a project at hand. Attended by participants from a total o...
  • F-35B Shoots with HIMARS
    F-35B Shoots with HIMARS October 7 2018
    The U.S. Marine Corps were able to link the F-35B to a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and help the HIMARS achieve a rocket shot by sharing of data. Lt. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, deputy commandant for aviation, told the audience at the Centre for Strategic & International Studies on Oct. 5. The shot was all done through data link, according to Rudder. The F-35 used sensors and pushed data about the location of the target that was then fed to a HIMARS s...
  • Fincantieri Begins Work on the First “Doha” Class Corvette for Qatar
    Fincantieri Begins Work on the First “Doha” Class Corvette for Qatar August 4 2018
    The steel cutting ceremony of the first “Doha” class corvette ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition programme, took place today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) yard. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State of Qatar for Defence Affairs, and the Italian Minister of Defence attended to the ceremony. The contract, amounting for Fincantieri to approx. 4 billion euros, envisages the supply of seven surface vessels, of wh...
  • Russia Stated Wepon Deliveries
    Russia Stated Wepon Deliveries July 26 2018
    Russian Deputy Defence Alexey Krivoruchko has made a statement about the Russian Armed Forces. In the explanation,some information given about Russian Armed Forces' weapon acceptences in the secon quarter of 2018. According to the explanation, Russia received 62 new and 70 overhauled main battle tanks and armored fighting vehicles during the period mentioned. 537 new and 214 overhauled automotive vehicles, 937 communications systems, 218 surface air missiles and over 3...
  • Russian Navy took delivery of 49 Kalibr cruise missiles
    Russian Navy took delivery of 49 Kalibr cruise missiles July 22 2018
    Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivoruchko disclosed on Jul. 20 that the navy has taken delivery of 49 Sea Launched Strategic and Tactical Land-Attack Cruise Missile SS-N-30 (3M-14 Kalibr) cruise missiles in the first half of the year. The missile has 1,500-2,500 km range and 450 kg conventional warhead. The missile is believed to fly 64 ft above the sea and 164 ft above the ground at speeds up to 965 km/hour. It is believed to be guided, using GPS and terminal-phase active rad...
  • Bulgaria Seeks for New Jet Fighter Again
    Bulgaria Seeks for New Jet Fighter Again July 20 2018
    Bulgaria has released the Request for Proposal (RfP) for its new jet fighter again. Bulgaria's Deputy Defence Minister Anatoliy Metodiev Velichkov announced that proposals from potential suppliers will coma on 1 October. Bulgaria plans to replace the its aging MiG-29s in its inventory with aircraft to be procured as a result of this tender. The MiG-29 aircraft, which made its first flight in 1977, serves on the inventories of many countries. MiG-29s, which have considerably...
  • New Assignment to ASELSAN
    New Assignment to ASELSAN July 18 2018
    Prof. Dr. Sezai Elagöz was asigned to ASELSAN Microelectronics, Guidance and Electro-Optics (MGEO) Sector Presidency and Deputy General Manager. The statement made by ASELSAN to the KAP (Public Disclosure Platform) stated that "Our Company's Board of Directors, decided to assign Prof.Dr. Sezai Elagöz." explanation was given.
  • Akar appointed Defence Minister
    Akar appointed Defence Minister July 9 2018
      President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced Commander of Turkish Armed Forces General Hulusi Akar as first Defence Minister at new political system.   General Hulusi AKAR, the 29th Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces, was commissioned as an infantry officer after graduating from the Military Academy in 1972.   Upon completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course in 1973, General AKAR served at different levels between 1973 and 198...
  • New Appointment At ASELSAN
    New Appointment At ASELSAN July 2 2018
    ASELSAN acknowledged Public Disclosure Platform (Kamu Aydınlatma Platformu/ KAP) that Dr. Hakan Karataş has been appointed as Deputy General Manager on corporate governance. Karataş, born in 1967, graduated from Yıldız Technical University. Under Karataş administration Human Resources administration will merge with corporate governance.
  • B61-12 nükleer bomba, B-2 Spirit
    B61-12 nükleer bomba, B-2 Spirit July 2 2018
    The US Air Force, together with the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), earlier this month tested a B61-12 non-nuclear bomb, NNSA announced. "These qualification flight tests demonstrate the B61-12 design meets system requirements and illustrate the continued progress of the B61-12 life extension program to meet national security requirements," said Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, NNSA's principal assistant deputy administrator for mi...
  • Su-57 Ordered
    Su-57 Ordered June 30 2018
    The Russian Defence Ministry signed a supply agreement with JSC Sukhoi Company. The agreement is signed for procurement of 12 Su-57s. Deputy Minister of Defence Aleksey Krivoruchko, reported that "The order for the first 12 aircraft has been approved and deliveries will begin shortly." in his statement. The Su-57, which will be produced at the company's Komsomolsk-na-Amur (KNAAPO) plant, made its maiden flight in 2010. Aircraft's first prototype is&n...
  • CBRN Step
    CBRN Step June 27 2018
    Turkish Ministry of National Defence established a CBRN Defence Group. Yunus Emre Karaosmanoğlu, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Defence, announced  the CBRN Defence Department was established within the Ministry of National Defence during 9th Defence Technologies Congress held in Middle East Technical University in Ankara and some explanations were made. In the speech, the CBRN Defense Group made a study in Turkey conducted withi...
  • Kazakhstan to acquire four mi-35s
    Kazakhstan to acquire four mi-35s May 29 2018
    Russia has signed a new contract with Kazakhstan on the delivery of four Mil Mi-35 (Hind-E) transport and attack helicopters, according to Deputy Head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Vladimir Drozhzhov. In 2016, Russia also signed a delivery contract with Kazakhstan on four Mi-35 helicopters. Overall, Kazakhstan is to get eight Mi-35 helicopters from Russia, according to the latest data. Mi-35M transport and attack helicopters ...