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  • 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...
  • Domestic Concrete Piercing Ammunition
    Domestic Concrete Piercing Ammunition 24 June 2020
    The SARB-83 Consecutive Penetrating Aircraft Bomb, designed as concrete piercing ammunition for use against underground and above targets, has been tested. THE SARB-83 developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE (Defence Industry Research and Development Institute) was tested against reinforced concrete. "For the first time in Turkey, live munitions with successive penetrating technology have been tested," Republic of Turkey, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank announced...
  • Baykar's Armed UAV TB2 Flew 200 thousand Hours
    Baykar's Armed UAV TB2 Flew 200 thousand Hours 10 June 2020
    Bayraktar Tactical Armed/ UAV System TB2 developed by Baykar Defence for use in the execution of reconnaissance and intelligence missions reached 200,000 flight hours. The system, armed for Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri/ TSK) provides reconnaissance, aerial observation, target detection and destruction. According to the company, the TB2 flew 200,000 hours, making it the first national aircraft to serve in the sky for the longest time. It can carry four MAM-L and...
  • Russia’s Strategic Missile Force to hold over 100 drills this year
    Russia’s Strategic Missile Force to hold over 100 drills this year 1 June 2020
    Russian Defence Ministry announced that Russia’s Strategic Missile Force would hold over 100 various drills during the summer training period that kicked off on June 1. Russia’s state-owned TASS news agency reported the announcement. “During the summer training period, the Strategic Missile Force will conduct over 30 tactical drills with missile regiments and more than 70 special tactical exercises with logistics and military security forces,” the m...
  • S-400 Hits Hypersonic Targets
    S-400 Hits Hypersonic Targets 29 March 2020
    Russia used its S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) against a hypersonic missile during the drills in Eastern Siberia.  “During the live-fire exercise, over a dozen targets simulated by Armavir target missiles and Favorit smart hypersonic [target] missiles were destroyed. All the targets were hit,” the press office said in a statement. S-400 Triumf is the latest long-and medium-range surface-to-air missile system that went into service in 200...
  • Taiwan Flew Its Aircraft Against China During Exercise
    Taiwan Flew Its Aircraft Against China During Exercise 26 March 2020
    Taiwan conducted a tri-services military drill to simulate a response to an air attack by Beijing. Simulating the airstrike from China, Taiwan aired eight F-16s during the exercise. Taiwan's Ministry of Defence has announced that they are conducting drills as an indicator of what they will do to protect the sovereignty and national security. Beijing's J-11 and KJ-500 airborne early warning planes dangerously approached Taiwan's airspace on March 16, and Taiwan's F-16...
  • Canada Cancels EX MAPLE RESOLVE Drill
    Canada Cancels EX MAPLE RESOLVE Drill 18 March 2020
    Measures taken due to coronavirus are increasing worldwide. Canada's biggest military exercise of the year, EX MAPLE RESOLVE, was cancelled as part of its efforts to keep troops healthy in case they are needed to provide assistance to the government because of the novel coronavirus. It was also stated that the travel permits of the military personnel abroad were cancelled. Around 4,000 soldiers were expected to take part in the exercise to hold in May. Last year Canadian Army so...
  • Defence Ministry: “We Carry Out Educational Activities In Libya”
    Defence Ministry: “We Carry Out Educational Activities In Libya” 13 March 2020
    The Ministry of National Defence made a press release covering Syria, Libya, the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean. As part of the agreement signed with Russia, it was stated that both parties continue preparations for joint patrol on March 15. While it was announced that the Turkish Armed Forces performed military training and consultancy activities in Libya with the decree adopted on January 2, it was underlined that the mentioned training and consultancy activities were carried out with...
  • 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...
  • US Drill Near Russia
    US Drill Near Russia 30 December 2019
    The United States has boosted its Navy's activity near the Chukotka Peninsula, building up its grouping and holding various drills. Chief of Staff of Russia's North-Eastern Joint Command Mikhail Bilichenko noted that the US Armed Forces displayed activity in that area before, but this was routine operational combat training. "The Chukotka operational area because the US Navy conducts its operations in that area," Bilichenko said, replying to a question about what the North-E...
  • 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...
  • S-400 Procurement Stuck to Economic Problems
    S-400 Procurement Stuck to Economic Problems 6 November 2019
    At the end of October, Russia and Serbia conducted a joint military exercise called Slavic Shield-2019; A battalion of S-400s and a Pantsir-S anti-aircraft system were deployed at Serbia's Batajnica air base for the drills. The president of Serbia denied having plans of buying S-400 air defence systems from Russia owing to cost issues, on Wednesday. "From what I saw, this is an impressive system. But we don't plan to purchase it because we don't have money to pay fo...
  • ICBM Drill From Russia
    ICBM Drill From Russia 18 October 2019
    The Russian nuclear forces have terminated their annual readiness exercise, dubbed “Grom [Thunder] 2019,” which will involve 12,000 troops, 213 intercontinental-range ballistic missile launchers, up to 105 aircraft and around 20 warships, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD). Two RSM-50 [NATO reporting name: SS-N-18 Stingray] ballistic missiles were launched towards the Chizha firing range. The exercise took place from October 15 to 17 in all...
  • Unannounced Military Drill Near Turkey Border
    Unannounced Military Drill Near Turkey Border 10 October 2019
    Turkey, began operations against terrorist organizations in the north of Syria. At the same time with this operation, Iran, allied with Syria, started an unannounced military exercise near Turkey's northwest border. According to the news in the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA, the exercise carried out with the participation of Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi. The military drill held with the theme “One Target, One Shot”. The exercise is aimed at evaluating th...
  • Deadly Gases to be Used in Drill 18 September 2019
    In a first, Finland’s chemical warfare drills to have real lethal gases. Previously, the Finnish Defence Forces only used simulants instead of authentic chemical agents that fall under the UN Chemical Weapons Convention. Chemical warfare drills in Finland will, for the first time include genuine, lethal chemicals including mustard gas and Sarin, that have the ability to kill human beings even in low concentrations. The Pori Brigade unit of the Finnish Army will take part in the defence ...
  • CBRN Drill in Russia 11 August 2019
    Russia's Eastern Military District (VVO) is participating in full-scale CBRN drills. About 2,000 experts and more than 500 units of military hardware have advanced to the concentration areas. The drills will take place at Tsugol range in the Trans-Baikal Territory; Turgenevskiy range in the Primorye Territory and Uspenskiy range in the Sakhalin region, VVO said.   During the drills, the servicemen will cover the troops from chemical and biological attacks of the c...
  • The Ocean Shield from Russia
    The Ocean Shield from Russia 1 August 2019
    Russia's Ocean Shield 2019 drill in the Baltic Sea will be held between 1-9 August. Around 49 warships and combat craft, 20 logistic support vessels, 58 aircraft of the Navy and the Aerospace Force and 10,634 personnel of the Russian Armed Forces will be involved in the drill, which will be commanded by Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov. The drills will practice the deployment of the Navy’s inter-fleet grouping and the skills of commanding the fleet’s fo...
  • Brutus at Fire Range
    Brutus at Fire Range 31 July 2019
    US is continuing to develop its Brutus howitzer, as a reminder of France's CAESER howitzer. US Army fired the 155 mm Brutus self-propelled howitzer in Northern Strike 2019 drill, Michigan. In February 2018, the U.S. Army announced it was interested in exploring available options for a new howitzer to replace its existing 105mm and 155mm towed types. The Brutus 155mm self-propelled mobile gun is jointly developed by the AM General and The Mandus Group companies. The Brutus mounts the same ...
  • Drill in the Tense Waters 11 July 2019
    Turkey had a US weapons embargo experience after the peace operation and entered a new era in defense industry with especially ASELSAN. Turkey entered the same waters, while being under another embargo threat due to F-35/S-400 tension. Lieutenant Caner Gönyeli was commissioned under TCG Kocatepe with pennant number D-354 which has been sunk around Baf harbour. Kocatepe was sunk by Turkish jets due to lack of communication between Turkish Air Force and Turkish Naval Forces, and Gönye...
  • F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea
    F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea 2 July 2019
      The "Tri-Lightning" 2019 international aerial exercise was held over the Mediterranean Sea with the participation of the F-35I Adir fighter jet. The IAF's 140th ("Golden Eagle") Squadron participated in the USAF-led exercise alongside aircraft from the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force. This was the first time that the IAF's "Adir" Division participated in an exercise alongside international aircraft of the same model. In th...
  • Anatolian Eagle on Konya
    Anatolian Eagle on Konya 26 June 2019
    The Anatolian Eagle Drill, which is performed regularly every year, is also held in Konya this year. The activity, which started on June 17th, proceeds in a scenario. In the ongoing exercise within the scope of the scenario; strategic mission trainings are carried out between the Red Countries, which consist entirely of Turkish aircraft and the Blue Countries, which consist of Turkish and foreign countries' aircraft.  More than 600 Turkish and over 450 foreign per...
  • Russia’s Newest Frigate with Kalibr Missile Takes Part In IMDS
    Russia’s Newest Frigate with Kalibr Missile Takes Part In IMDS 1 June 2019
      Russian Project 22350 frigate, Admiral Kasatonov will take part in the International Maritime Defence Show Russian Tass Agency reported. During the next stage of the ship’s trials in the Baltic Sea, "the crew of the frigate Fleet Admiral Kasatonov and the Severnaya Shipyard’s delivery team checked its main power unit at various speed modes, the operation of the steering and anchor handling systems, the ship stabilizer, the ventilation and air condit...
  • Sakarya At Sea
    Sakarya At Sea 30 May 2019
    Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher Systems (MBRL) used by Turkish Land Forces Command were moved to the sea at Deniz Kurdu Naval Drill  2019. ROKETSAN is producing the MBRL  system which is fired from a navy LST platform. 107 and 122 mm rockets and 122 mm missiles are used in the new generation models. The MPRC system generates fire support missions on the target up to a range of 40 km from the nearest battlefield. The Turkish Land Forces Command uses the 122mm system in long-range artill...
  • Denizkurdu Spreads to Three Seas
    Denizkurdu Spreads to Three Seas 13 May 2019
    One of the biggest exercises of Turkish Naval Forces Command, DENİZKURDU-2019 started simultaneously in the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The aim of the exercise, which will be performed live fire drills, is increasing the level of readiness of the operation of the amphibious, maritime and naval air units operating under the Naval Forces Command. 110 ships, maritime patrol aircraft, naval helicopters, UAV, marines, SAT and SAS elements are participating in the exe...
  • Japan's F-35As had had 7 Emergency Landings Prior Crash
    Japan's F-35As had had 7 Emergency Landings Prior Crash 18 April 2019
      Japanese Ministry of Defence stated that Japanese F-35A fighters suffered seven emergency landings since entering service, before one crashed in the Pacific Ocean on April 9. Japan has 13 F-35 in its fleet. The emergency landings took place between June 2017 and January 2019 during flight tests and drills, Japanese daily Mainichi reported on Wednesday. Mainichi states that, of the 13 aircraft in service with the Japan Air Self-Defence Force, five have been...
  • Italian F-35 Visits Greece for Iniochos Exercise
    Italian F-35 Visits Greece for Iniochos Exercise 30 March 2019
    The Greek Air Force has shared information and image from its official web site, about Iniochos 2019 (Unique 2019) Exercise. In one of the published images, the F-35A fighter from the Italian Air Force landed at Andravida Air Base in Greece to take part in the Iniochos 2019 exercise. Italy has announced that it will send six F-35s to the drill. Israel, Jordan, the US Air Force and the South Cyprus Greek Administration will participate in the exercise. Unique 2019  will begin on April 1 a...
  • Italian F-35A to Participate At “ΗΝΙΟΧΟΣ/ UNIQUE 2019" Exercise
    Italian F-35A to Participate At “ΗΝΙΟΧΟΣ/ UNIQUE 2019" Exercise 13 March 2019
    The F-35A Lightning II fighter jets of the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) will participate in the UNIQUE 2019 air force drill, which will begin on 1 April 2019. Italy will send its all six F-35A fighters to join the drill and they will carry Luneburg radar reflectors during their transition to and from the Andravida Airbase as well as throughout their participation in the exercise. The Luneberg radar reflector increases radar cross section (RCS) of aircraft. This precautio...
  • Turkey and Russia Joint Drill at Blacksea
    Turkey and Russia Joint Drill at Blacksea 8 March 2019
    The Russian Black Sea Fleet’s naval ships together with the vessels of the Turkish Naval Forces have conducted a passing exercise to improve interoperability in possible mine danger areas, Black Sea Fleet spokesman Capt. 2nd Rank Alexei Rulyov said on Friday. "During the drills, the patrol ship Vasily Bykov, the sea-going minesweeper Valentin Pikul of the Novorossiysk naval base held joint Russian-Turkish drills with the foreign corvette Burgazada and the minesweeper Akcay," t...
  • THAAD Deployed to Israel For The First Time
    THAAD Deployed to Israel For The First Time 5 March 2019
    The US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system has been deployed over the past few days in Israel for the first time. As part of a joint drill in which more than 200 Israeli and American troops took part, the system has been deployed in the Nevatim Airbase in the south. The exercise builds readiness and interoperability in the region, demonstrates the U.S. capability to rapidly deploy air defence assets globally, and demonstrates U.S. Army Europe’s mission to deter potential ...
  • Russia Held Training in Mediterranean
    Russia Held Training in Mediterranean 19 November 2018
    In the last months, waters get hotter in the Mediterranean where there are more war ships than ever before. Russia organized a drill in the Mediterranean. Project 11356 class RFNS Admiral Makarov (799) and RFNS Essen (490) frigates joined the drills which are part of Russian Black Sea Fleet. Within the scope of the exercises where some training activities were organized, the crew of the ship organized submarine detection, tracking and rescue trainings with deck-based rotary wing pla...
  • Greek Cyprus Issued NAVTEX for Plot 10
    Greek Cyprus Issued NAVTEX for Plot 10 4 November 2018
    Greek Cyprus issued NAVTEX,  for the area of ​​Plot 10 for drilling by EXXON MOBIL and Qatar Petroleum. According to NAVTEX 364/18, the Greek Cypriot administration has announced Navtex for the period from 10 November 2018 to 25 February 2019 for the drilling of the Stena IceMax floating drill that is currently on its way to Cyprus Island from the Canary Islands. The Stena IceMax floating drill is expected to arrive on November 12th, and preparations for drilling will...
  • Ukraine Launched Air Drills With NATO Countries 12 October 2018
    Ukraine has opened a series of large-scale air-force exercises with the United States and seven other NATO countries, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry announced. The multinational air force exercise Clear Sky 2018 has begun in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko has said on Facebook. "Within 12 days, the tasks in the sky will be carried out by highly skilled pilots from Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the United States and Ukraine,&...
  • China Sent Uninvited Spy Ship to Vostok 2018 : USNI News 19 September 2018
    U.S. Naval Institute’s online news and analysis portal USNI News claims that China sent uninvited spy ship to Russia’s Vostok 2018 military drill. Publication says, “At Moscow’s invitation, Beijing sent People’s Liberation Army soldiers, helicopters, tanks – and one uninvited Chinese surveillance ship.” A PLA Navy Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence (AGI) shadowed Russian Navy assets for the length of the at-sea portion of the exer...
  • Russia To Hold Vostok Like Military Exercise Every Five Years
    Russia To Hold Vostok Like Military Exercise Every Five Years 16 September 2018
    Russia will hold a large-scale military exercise similar to the Vostok 2018 trainings every five years, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said. "Naturally, we had been planning these drills, we intend to hold them further, every five years," Shoigu said in an interview aired on Rossiya-1 television in the Far East on Sunday. This week Russia held the Vostok 2018 manoeuvres which involved nearly one-third of its army.
  • Vostok 2018 Drills Begins In Russia 11 September 2018
    Russia’s largest ever military drill the Vostok 2018 exercise, which involves 300 thousand troops, got underway in the Eastern Military District on Tuesday, the press service of the Russian Defence Ministry told reporters. "The Vostok 2018 troop exercises have begun in Russia’s Far East," the ministry said. Taking part in the drills are about 300,000 Russian troops, over thousand aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, up to 36 thousand tanks, armou...
  • US Considering Boosting Military Presence in Greece 6 September 2018
    The US is exploring the possibility of increasing the numbers of drills and troops in Greece, which could lead to enhanced intelligence efforts in nearby hotspots according to Russian Sputnik. Greek officials are considering expanding US access to additional bases, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters in Athens on Tuesday. Quoting Pentagon's internal news service, Stars and Stripes, the US military has already "taken advantage&q...
  • China holds air defence penetration training
    China holds air defence penetration training 4 June 2018
    China's People's Liberation Army Air Force recently conducted combat training involving three types of its fighter jets, carrying air-to-air missiles. China's stealth fighter jet, J-20, conducted joint training with multi-role strike fighter J-16 and multi-role fighter jet J-10C, engaging in air defence penetration drills, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Thursday. The fighter jets used domestically developed mid-range air-to-air missile PL-15 and short-range air-to-air...
  • Bayraktar TB2 in 'Ephesus 2018' Drill
    Bayraktar TB2 in 'Ephesus 2018' Drill 4 May 2018
    Bayraktar TB2, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system indigenously developed by Turkish Baykar Makina, will carry out live-firing exercise in Ephesus 2018 drill for the first time this year. The company announced on its official Twitter account that live video transmission of flights will be released during the exercise. A total of 23 armed Bayraktar TB2 UAVs are currently in the inventory of Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The Bayraktar TB2 has an operational flight alt...
  • Russian Nuclear Sub Tests US Borders
    Russian Nuclear Sub Tests US Borders 19 March 2018
    It was announced that a Russian submarine performed a military exercise near a US Naval base. No information was given about the location and timing of the classified drill. According to the statement of a Russian commander who spoke to the Russian Defense Ministry's official television Zvezda (Star), the Russian nuclear-powered submarine carried out a military exercise near a US naval base. The submarine fleet Commander Sergey Starshinov, speaking on a ...
  • FNSS Vehicles Showed Capability
    FNSS Vehicles Showed Capability 15 February 2018
    Turkish FNSS company's armoured vehicles showed capability during a military drill called "Transition from Stagnant Waters" held by 55th Mechanized Infantry Brigade Bridge Battalion Command in Thrace region. KUNDUZ Amphibious Armored Combat Earthmover, Armored Combat Vehicles, Advanced Armored Personnel Carriers (GZPT) and SAMUR Armored Amphibious Assault Bridges, all designed and produced by FNSS, participated the exercise.