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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...
  • Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble?
    Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble? 27 June 2020
    British independent public spending watchdog, “The National Audit Office”, has published a report into the ability of the MOD to successfully deliver Carrier Strike capability successfully. The report, published today examines how the Department has managed the programme since 2017 and how it is addressing the risks towards achieving the full capabilities of a carrier strike group. In other words, the report states concern about transforming process from a &lsq...
  • Date Set for Turkey's Unmanned Fighter Jet
    Date Set for Turkey's Unmanned Fighter Jet 26 June 2020
    Baykar Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar took part in an event organized by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of National Education. Bayraktar, who collected his company's work in the presentation, made statements about the uav and armed unmanned aerial vehicle systems.   Baykar production Bayraktar TB2 took part in many operations. Finally, the TB2 used in Operation Spring Shield successfully completed more than 80 percent of the tasks, Selcuk Bayraktar said. The com...
  • Hypersonic Weapons Push to Navy
    Hypersonic Weapons Push to Navy 26 June 2020
    Hypersonic weapons are a difficult threat to today's defence systems due to their high speed. The US House Armed Services Committee, a permanent member of the US House of Representatives, is increasing hypersonic pressure. The committee has increased pressure on the US Navy for hypersonic weapon integration for Zumwalt-class destroyers, while the Navy has not yet made this process a budget priority. In the past period, the US Navy was authorized with the development of a common ...
  • Israel Offered Spike NLOS for Tank Destroyer
    Israel Offered Spike NLOS for Tank Destroyer 25 June 2020
    Anti-tank vehicles have great importance for surprise assaults, as well as suppressing enemy armoured elements and securing flanks. Anti-tank vehicles, usually equipped with more than one missile, are able to eliminate their heavily armoured targets by engaging over long range. A step came from Israel for use on platforms to be developed under the Ottokar Brzoza Program launched by Poland. Rafael, announced in a press release, that it made proposal to PGZ (Polska Grupa Zbrojeni...
  • Super Hornets Tested with StormBreaker
    Super Hornets Tested with StormBreaker 17 June 2020
    Smart ammunition offers users the ability to destroy targets, including the worst weather conditions, as well as the moving target engagement capability. The developments in microelectronics, as well as the guidance technology, paves the way to customize smart ammunition in line with different requirements. The F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet family, the most modern combat jets of the U.S. Navy, began testing with the GBU-53/B StormBreaker. Within the tests, the first guided release was com...
  • Increase on Anti-Aircraft Carrier Capabilities
    Increase on Anti-Aircraft Carrier Capabilities 14 June 2020
    Aircraft carriers are one of the most strategic platforms in the navy for countries, thanks to the ability to operate a large aviation force in a possible war that will take place in the open seas and the large area control/denial capability. China, which has been studying to increase its effectiveness in the seas and launching a ship almost every month, continues its steps in the naval missile area. Crowning the sea power with aircraft carriers, Beijing is ...
  • Last Air Warfare Destroyer Commissioned
    Last Air Warfare Destroyer Commissioned 24 May 2020
    The Hobart-class anti-air warfare destroyers, built to replace the Adelaide-class frigates that have reached the end of their useful life, have come to an end. The Royal Australian Navy commissioned HMAS Sydney (DDG 42), the third and final Hobart Class anti-air warfare destroyer. The fifth platform with the same name, the ship will be integrated into the fleet after the test and evaluation process. The Hobart-class anti-air warfare destroyer was developed from the Navanti...
  • Tank Destroyers Increasing
    Tank Destroyers Increasing 19 May 2020
    The wheeled fire support vehicles offer important advantages to the user thanks to their rapid reaction capabilities, off-road performances and high firepower. The fire support vehicles, which are prominent with their advanced capabilities and fast movement on the highway infrastructures, as well as operational possibilities in the field conditions, can be engaged to tanks thanks to the weapons they are equipped with. In this way, the use of platforms, which have...
  • Tank Destroyer Request
    Tank Destroyer Request 5 May 2020
    Neither economic restrictions nor the virus epidemic is able to ensure the reduction of tension in the Far East. The countries in the region, especially in China and Japan, which cannot have a strong army as per their laws, continue to be armed. While modernizing the army on the one hand, and working on improving its capabilities on the other, Japan adds new defence systems to its inventory. In this context, the Japan Ground Self Defense Force requested 33 additional Type ...
  • The USA in Russia's "Backyard" After 40 Years
    The USA in Russia's "Backyard" After 40 Years 5 May 2020
    Ships belonging to the US and UK navy carried out exercises in the Barents Sea, where Russia's Northern Fleet is located. The United States, which has not been in the Barents Sea since the 1980s, entered Russia's "backyard" today for maritime security activities for the first time in nearly 40 years. Three Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Porter (DDG 78), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) are supported by fast combat support ship USNS Supply ...
  • ROK Approves New Plan for 'Mini-Aegis' Destroyers
    ROK Approves New Plan for 'Mini-Aegis' Destroyers 29 April 2020
    According to Korea Herald, Republic of Korea (ROK) on Monday approved a $546 million plan to develop a combat system to be equipped on the country's next-generation destroyers, the arms procurement agency Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. The Defence Project Promotion Committee decided during a videoconference session held earlier in the day to sign a contract for the Korea Destroyer Next Generation project in the fourth quarter of this year with a plan to ...
  • Future Ship Delivered
    Future Ship Delivered 28 April 2020
    Launched as the ship of the future, the Zumwalt class destroyers left an important milestone behind. A team of engineers commissioned by Raytheon, ship crew and naval staff, took part in the platform's testing and combat system activation activities. USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the first of the Zumwalt class platforms with advanced sensors, weapon systems and two 155 mm main guns with a structure that reduces the radar cross-sectional area, was delivered to the US Navy. The Navy, wh...
  • Arms Export to Africa
    Arms Export to Africa 13 April 2020
    African countries are arming to improve army capabilities. China is increasing its presence in the world defence market. Beijing, has recently exporting more to the African market, has delivered new defence systems to Nigeria. The delivery batch includes 17-vehicles. These are VT4 main battle tanks, SH5 105mm self-propelled howitzers and again 105mm ST1 tank destroyers. In addition, Nigeria received 15 40-foot containers spare parts and consumables. Chi...
  • US Concentration Increasing in Europe
    US Concentration Increasing in Europe 7 April 2020
    The military intensity in the Cold War days makes itself felt again. East and West are increasing the concentration on Europe day by day. The USA is determined to increase the military intensity it has lowered in Europe after the end of the Cold War. The U.S. European Command (EUCOM), which had been requesting additional ships for a long time, requested to the deployment of two additional destroyers from Congress in early March. EUCOM Commander General Tod Wolters said in ...
  • Iran to Build New Ship
    Iran to Build New Ship 6 April 2020
    Iran is planning to start building six-ton, multi-hull destroyer ships this year. The new platform will increase the capability of the Iranian Navy, according to the statement of the country's head of the Ministry of Defence Marine Industries Organization, Amir Rastegari. The ship can “conduct operations for at least two months without docking for supplies”, he added. Rastegari said Iran has the capability to produce nuclear submarines.   * Photo is re...
  • HELIOS Step Towards Ships
    HELIOS Step Towards Ships 17 March 2020
    The increase in asymmetric threats on the sea surface forces the navies to take precautions. One of these studies is laser guns. And they are at the top of the list because their cost-effective solution offer and they can be used almost unlimitedly. The HELIOS (High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance) laser system, developed in cooperation with Lockheed Martin and the US Navy, is taking firm steps towards the operational usage ...
  • Navy Integrate Laser Weapon to Destroyers
    Navy Integrate Laser Weapon to Destroyers 3 March 2020
    An issue that unmanned aerial vehicles are a threat to surface elements due to ease of production, low costs and technologies such as artificial intelligence, and this issue will often become more and more complicated in the future, which will keep the defence lobbyists busy. The widespread use of systems prompts the navies to take technological measures such as laser weapons. In the face of the rising threat multiplier of drones, the United States announced that the ODIN (Opti...
  • Last Hobart Received by Australia
    Last Hobart Received by Australia 2 March 2020
    Australia, which phased out the Adelaide-class frigates that have reached end of their economic life, continues to commission new platforms. As part of the program launched by the Royal Australian Navy received the third and last Hobart class destroyer. At the ceremony held in Adelaide, the ship transferred from Osborne Shipyard to the navy will serve with the name of HMAS Sydney (42). The ship, which is officially scheduled to commission on M...
  • The Deadline for the T-90S is set at 2028
    The Deadline for the T-90S is set at 2028 4 February 2020
    The licensed production process of the T-90S platforms, developed as a variant of the T-90 main battle tank, has been extended. Russia and India signed a deal extending the licensed manufacturing of T-90S Bhishma (local name) tanks until 2028. "In 2019, a deal was signed with India to extend the licensed manufacturing of T-90S tanks until 2028, and as we know, the Defence Acquisition Council approved the production of 464 tanks of this type," Denis Manturov, the Russian minister of ...
  • USS Fitzgerald Ready for Tests
    USS Fitzgerald Ready for Tests 4 February 2020
    About three years ago, the US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), collided with the shipping ship MV ACX Crystal, and seven people died in an accident. The platform, which has undergone maintenance and repair after the incident, will soon start sea tests. In these tests. The ship will test its navigation, damage control, mechanical and electrical systems, combat systems, as well as communications and propulsion equipment.
  • Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea
    Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea 22 January 2020
    Russia and Japan, which frequently coma face to face due to the Kuril Islands and coastal waters problems have come up with an astonishing attempt recently. The Russian Baltic Fleet ship RFNS Yaroslav Mudry and the Russian naval tanker Yelnya and the Viktor Konetsky tugboat, and the JS Harusame (DD 102) destroyer, carried out joint exercises in the Arabian Sea. Within the scope of the trainings, activities such as communication with the flashlight communication trainings&n...
  • Korean Ship to Hormuz
    Korean Ship to Hormuz 21 January 2020
    A new one has been added to the safety measures taken in the Strait of Hormuz which is established under the leadership of the USA. Korea was added to the countries that deployed ships independently from the U.S. task force, especially as a result of actions against UK tankers. The Republic of Korea has decided to deploy a unit to the Strait of Hormuz for anti-piracy operations. In this context, Cheonghae Anti-Piracy Unit will be shifted to the region. The unit, which...
  • Miller before Obama
    Miller before Obama 19 January 2020
    The fourth Ford-class carrier will be named in honour of World War II icon Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black recipient of the Navy Cross for bravery, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The naming of CVN-81 is expected to be announced during a Monday ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former...
  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers 7 January 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • Dangerous Interaction at Black Sea
    Dangerous Interaction at Black Sea 31 December 2019
    Russia continues dangerous contacts with the units it considers as risk in the seas. Russian forces, which came to the agenda frequently with their activities in the international waters, conducted mock attacks on the destroyer of the US Navy cruising at the Black Sea. In a statement issued by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Su-27 and / or Su-30 escorted two Su-24s of the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted dangerous training scenarios on Black Sea. Within the scope of th...
  • New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan
    New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan 30 December 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...
  • China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles
    China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles 24 December 2019
    Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy equips the Type 055 class guided-missile destroyer Nanchang with long-range land-attack cruise missiles. The PLA Navy said on China's Twitter-like social platform Sina Weibo that the service operates not only vessels but also submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles with strategic missile submarines and long-range land-attack cruise missiles with 10,000 ton-class guided-missile destroyer. China displayed its...
  • Wind of Cooperation in the Mediterranean Sea 12 December 2019
    US Navy mission group and Turkish Navy conducted training. Turkish Navy Gabya class (former Oliver H. Perry) TCG Gediz F495 and TCG Gaziantep f490 frigates participated in the training. The Nimitz Class Aircraft carrier from the US Navy to the 6th fleet USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) took part at training. The Turkish Ministry of Defence announced its Twitter account;  Turkish Naval Forces conduct Operation Mediterranean Shield (OMS) continuously and effectively to...
  • 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...
  • British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time
    British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time 20 October 2019
    British F-35B Lightning II jets of Number 617 Squadron a joint squadron composed of personnel from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the very first time. The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence announced that British F-35B Lightnings landed for the first time on the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is currently sailing off the US East Coast for the "Westlant 19" Carrier Strike Group deplo...
  • Japanese Radars Failed to Track North Korean Missiles
    Japanese Radars Failed to Track North Korean Missiles 25 September 2019
      Japan has failed to track the trajectory of some of North Korea’s new types of short-range missiles according to the Japan Times. The missiles, including some capable of reaching Japan, apparently escaped detection due to their low altitudes and irregular trajectories. Tokyo is said to believe that North Korea is attempting to break through Japan’s existing missile defence network. Japan is considering operating two or more Aegis-equipped destr...
  • Russia Doesn’t Forget its “Heroes” 13 September 2019
    Russian Navy’s 9th Project 20380 (Steregushchy) class corvette, designed to replace Project 1124s, launched. Russian shipbuilder Amur Shipbuilding has launched the country’s ninth Project 20380 corvette (Steregushchy) class, four years after construction start. The corvette is the third in its class to be built by Amur Shipbuilding and the third to join Russia’s Pacific Fleet. The ship is expected to enter service in 2020, according to the Russian defence ministry.
  • Modernization from India and Russia
    Modernization from India and Russia 13 September 2019
      Delhi-class destroyers getting new radar and missile systems. India is to upgrade the radar and missile systems of its Delhi-class destroyers with help from Russia. Under the agreement, the MR-755 Fregat-MAE E-band air and surface search radar will be modernized.  An Air Defence Complex Kashmir will be installed as well. The modernisation of Radar and Missile systems would substantially enhance the Air Defence capability of the P-15 Ships. As part of the scope ...
  • ATMACA to Be Test-Fired At Sea In November
    ATMACA to Be Test-Fired At Sea In November 11 September 2019
    Roketsan’s Atmaca anti-ship missile will be test-fired from an Ada-class corvette TCG Kınalıada in November this year. The event will mark the first time that the Atmaca is tested at sea. Atmaca was unveiled for the first time by Roketsan during IDEF 19 defence exhibition. The serial production contract of Atmaca anti-ship missile was signed between the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and Roketsan on November 2nd, 2018. According to Roketsan, Atmaca is a subso...
  • New Hunters of Poland
    New Hunters of Poland 6 September 2019
      PGZ has unveiled two new missile carrier vehicle concepts with four different possible base platforms for the Polish Ottokar Brzoza tank destroyer programme at the 2019 International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO being held in Kielce, Poland, from 3 to 6 September. The two missile launcher types on display are a box-shaped missile turret housing 12 missiles developed by Wojskowe Zaklady Motoryzacyjne (WZM) and two individually elevating launch stations with four ...
  • Redesign for F-35B
    Redesign for F-35B 27 August 2019
    Japan recently announced plans to convert helicopter carrier JDS Izumo (DDH-183) and her sister JDS Kaga (DDH-184), of the Izumo ‘helicopter destroyer’ class, into light aircraft carriers capable of operating F-35B jets. Japan is completing modifications necessary to support F-35B flight operations from the helicopter carrier, local media have reported. The government has also approved a plan to purchase U.S.-made F-35B fighter jets which have short take-off and vertical landing c...
  • Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat
    Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat 26 August 2019
    In February, China's unmanned combat ship, which was exhibited at the 14th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (International Defence Exhibition/ IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, has launched. Jointly developed by No. 716 and No. 702 research institutes under the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the JARI multi-purpose unmanned combat vessel held its launch ceremony. The launch indicates the world-leading combat drone ship has gained initial combat capability, the...
  • Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance
    Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance 19 August 2019
    The Government of Canada is investing more than $7.5 billion in the Royal Canadian Navy's 12 Halifax-class frigates to provide necessary ongoing maintenance until they are retired in the early 2040s. Under the scope of maintenance, The Government of Canada has awarded a $500-million contract to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to carry out maintenance work on the Halifax-class frigates. This contract guarantees a minimum of three frigates for the shipyard, with work planned to begin in the early ...