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  • Japan Launches New Submarine Class
    Japan Launches New Submarine Class 15 October 2020
        Japan has launched the first of 3,000-ton Taigei class diesel-electric submarines, which will complete the U.S. ally’s planned expansion of its submarine fleet to 22 boats when it enters service. The new submarine was launched at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in the city of Kobe on Wednesday. It is the first of a successor class to Japan’s current Soryu-class boats. The Taigei is an attack submarine measuring 84 mete...
  • US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland
    US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland 12 October 2020
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and weapons and related equipment for an estimated cost of $14.7 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. Finland has requested to buy 50 F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft; eight F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft; 14 EA-18G Growler aircraft; 166 F414-GE-400 engines (144...
  • Two important Steps for TF-X
    Two important Steps for TF-X 10 October 2020
    Two important stages were passed in the Turkish Fighter Jet (TF-X) program, of which Turkish Aerospace Industry (TUSAS) is the main contractor. Strategic Cooperation agreements were signed with HAVELSAN and TR Motor, which designed the software and TF-X's serial production engine. TUSAŞ also decided to cooperate with Spain-based Artificial on flight control systems. A challenging schedule awaits TF-X aircraft. The plane will make its roll-out, make the maiden flight, and prepare...
  • Electric Scout for US Army
    Electric Scout for US Army 8 October 2020
    The US Army is looking for an off-road truck to scout ahead of airborne and light infantry units. This search could lead the Army’s move to electric motors. But electrifying heavy cargo trucks, let alone tanks, could take decades. Interested companies will be briefed on Oct. 20 on an electric-drive version. The service is working with a non-profit consortium of more than 200 companies and universities developing clean transportation technologies, CALSTART. There is no eco-frie...
  • F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer
    F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer 1 October 2020
     F-35 Costs Less than F-18 for Swiss Buyer The US State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Switzerland. Swiss government prepares a tender to buy 40 aircraft for its air force and the approval permits Lockheed Martin and Boeing to officially take part at the tender. Switzerland will either buy 40 Lockheed Martin’s F-35 or Boeing’s F-18 and related equipment. According to the approval 40, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and re...
  • Korea to Use Lithium-Ion Batteries in Submarines
    Korea to Use Lithium-Ion Batteries in Submarines 24 September 2020
    The Republic of Korea is in the process of developing a lithium-ion battery for the Jang Bogo-III Class electric submarine. Korea, which announced in October that work will begin on the lithium-ion battery prototype, aims to double the duration of the platforms' underwater stay. Korean submarines already use lead acid batteries. In the first half of 2021, the battery will be in production and Jang Bogo-III class submarines will be delivered in 2026, it said. The Jang Bogo-III Cl...
  • New Deal on T-700 Engines
    New Deal on T-700 Engines 16 September 2020
    A new agreement has been signed between the U.S. Army Contracting Command and General Electric as part of the T700 series engine program. The contract, worth USD 37 million, will include on-site service support. The agreement, which will be shaped by the demand from the forces in the working areas, will be completed on 31 December 2025. In November 2019, the agreement signed with General Electric for T700 engine delivery changed to USD 1.3 billion. According to the change ...
  • Cezeri at Maiden Flight
    Cezeri at Maiden Flight 16 September 2020
    The flying car CEZERI, developed by BAYKAR firm nationally and originally, completed its first flight tests. The pre-prototype of 230 kg, designed and manufactured by Turkish engineers, rose 10 meters from the ground in-flight tests.   Flight tests of the CEZERİ Flying Car started on Friday, September 11, 2020. In the first tests, CEZERİ  took off with the safety ropes and took off without a rope upon the successful progress of the night safety ropes connecting S...
  • China's New Transport Helicopter
    China's New Transport Helicopter 11 September 2020
    China has introduced its new Z-8L transport helicopter. The new helicopter produced by Chang-Aircraft Industries Corporation transported the 8×8 Bobcat vehicle from one place to another for testing purposes. Equipped with a new type of photoelectric device and defence systems, the Z-8L has a higher ability to hold than existing helicopters in the Chinese inventory.  Equipped with three WS-6 turboshaft engines, the helicopter is in its 15-ton class. The Z-8L is e...
  • STM Press Release
    STM Press Release 5 September 2020
    STM ThinkTech, Turkey's first technology-based think tank, is scheduled to export its products to NATO for the third time this coming December. The contract for this third project covers the new version of the NATO Resilience Decision Support Model developed by the company to assist NATO’s decision-making processes when faced with strategic shocks, such as pandemi, electricity blackout, cyber-attacks and big human movements. Within this project, which is expected to be completed in ...
  • Thailand keeps Chinese submarines on hold
    Thailand keeps Chinese submarines on hold 3 September 2020
    The Thai government has announced that it is the second and third attack submarines’ acquisition will be delayed.  Thailand originally planned to acquire two submarines worth US$720 million from China, with the 7-year funding program.   In the original plan, the Thai government was supposed to allocate more than US$100 million to the project under the fiscal year 2021 as initial payment. The Thai government said that it will re-negotiat...
  • Yıldırım: Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory to be opened next year
    Yıldırım: Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory to be opened next year 1 September 2020
    Turkey Space Agency President Serdar Yildirim said Turkey Eastern Anatolia Space Agency's Space Observatory will be opened next year. Yildirim said, "Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory will have a primary mirror active 4 m in diameter and will be equipped with the adaptive optics technology. This will be Space Agency's first work. We look forward to that.". Capital Exhibition by Turksat, Turkey Space Agency, EMEA Aerospace Operators is conducted online wi...
  • TUSAŞ Started to Collect Applications in the Engineer Trainee Program
    TUSAŞ Started to Collect Applications in the Engineer Trainee Program 27 August 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) started to collect applications within the scope of the SKY trainee engineer program, which attracts young people every year. The program, in which 3rd and 4th grade students studying in related engineering branches from universities that have a protocol with TUSAŞ will be included, will start in November 2020. The program, in which the students accepted to the program will be guided according to their fields of expertise, will continue until May 2021....
  • Russia Increases Number of Submarines in Its Inventory
    Russia Increases Number of Submarines in Its Inventory 26 August 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry has signed a contract for the construction of Project 636.3 and 677 submarines. Under the agreement, the Kilo class Project 636.3 and Lada class Project 677 submarines will be built at Admiralty shipyards. Kilo class platforms are known as one of the quietest conventional submarines in the world. Project about 75 meters long 636.3's have 3 thousand 76 tons of displacement. The Lada class project 677 is seen as the improved variant of Project 636. Fou...
  • Airbus to build BADR-8 satellite for Arabsat.
    Airbus to build BADR-8 satellite for Arabsat. 26 August 2020
    Airbus has been contracted by Arabsat, one of the world’s top satellite operators, to build BADR-8, their new generation telecommunications satellite. BADR8 will replace and increase Arabsat’s capacity and augment its core business at the BADR hotspot 26°E. The BADR-8 satellite will be based on the-state-of-the-art Airbus Eurostar Neo electric orbit raising platform giving access to a wide range of launchers. BADR-8 will also include the innovative Airbus developed T...
  • ASELSAN Brought Domestic Solution in Solar Energy
    ASELSAN Brought Domestic Solution in Solar Energy 25 August 2020
      ASELSAN has come to an end in locally producing photovoltaic cells that convert the light (photon) coming to the solar panel into electrical energy. Turkey established 7 thousand solar power plant. The installed solar power capacity has reached 6 thousand 232 megawatts. Energy sector in Turkey is one of the first three fast growing sectors. On the other hand, solar energy emerged as an alternative energy source in military facilities where energy delivery is difficu...
  • Electric Technology for British Army Armoured Vehicles
    Electric Technology for British Army Armoured Vehicles 24 August 2020
    The British Army will test new hybrid technology on two types of its armoured vehicles, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced. The trials are part of a £3 million MOD investment and the technology offers "potential military advantages", such as reducing noise and increasing stealth capability. The Foxhound and Jackal 2 vehicles will test the electric-drive system which is being developed by defence firm NP Aerospace, along with General Dynamics UK, Su...
  • Electric Driven MRAP
    Electric Driven MRAP 21 August 2020
    Electric / hybrid propulsion systems, whose reliability has increased with the developing technology, are being evaluated extensively for use on military platforms. General Dynamics Land Systems-UK, operating in the UK, signed an agreement with NP Aerospace. In this context, it will exhibit the capability of Foxhound LPPV platforms with an electric drive system under the PMFV (Protected Mobility Fleet Vehicle) initiated by the UK Ministry of Defense. The platforms offer the user the...
  • A400M Moves Firms Steps
    A400M Moves Firms Steps 20 August 2020
    A400M, which developed in cooperation with the European countries, increase its abilities in line of the "multirole platform" term. The French DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement / General Management of Armament) announced on 20 August that the A400M multi-role transport aircraft conducted wet contact with a helicopter for the first time. Thus, the platform will be certified another of its capabilities in the field. In the campaign to be carri...
  • Domestic Solution Deal
    Domestic Solution Deal 13 August 2020
    India, which initiated the Made in India Program to strengthen the defence sector and contribute to the industrial infrastructure, is turning to systems developed with domestic resources. India continues to equip its armed forces with indigenous products. According to the statement made by the state's Press Information Bureau on August 11, New Delhi approved the procurement of the new system which costs USD 1.17 billion. In this context, 70 HTT-40 (Hindustan ...
  • Change of Flag in Asisguard
    Change of Flag in Asisguard 11 August 2020
    Mustafa Barış Düzgün was appointed as the General Manager of Asisguard company. The company develops systems, subsystems, hardware and software in the fields of military land vehicles electronics, autonomous micro, mini class UAVs, electro-optics, border security, artificial intelligence and big data. Düzgün, previously served as Deputy General Manager at Asisguard. He is a graduate of Middle East Technical University (METU) Electrical and Electronics Engineering...
  • Alligator Prototype Completes First Flight
    Alligator Prototype Completes First Flight 11 August 2020
    Russia had begun a modernization study for the Ka-52M Alligator to improve the electrical generator and electrooptic systems. The helicopter prototype has completed its first flight. With modernization, the target detection and recognition range of the Ka-52M increased. The platform is equipped with active-phase radar and increased range guided missile. The helicopter can operate in all weather conditions, including arctic conditions. At the end of the preliminary acceptance tests, ...
  • BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020.
    BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020. 2 August 2020
    The British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company release its 2020 half-year results. It warned the Group is subject to geopolitical uncertainties and there remains considerable uncertainty in respect of COVID-19. The company says that, including the two acquisitions, it expects the Group’s sales to increase by a low-single-digit percentage compared to last year, as there are increased volumes in F-35, Combat Vehicles and growth in the electronic defence portf...
  • Korea's Hybrid Drone to Be Tested in The Military
    Korea's Hybrid Drone to Be Tested in The Military 1 August 2020
    Korean Air will deliver a hybrid drone prototype for the Armed Forces of the Republic of Korea. The UAV, which has internal burn and electric motors, stays in the air for about two hours more than its counterparts, according to the firm's statement. The battery of the platform also functions as a secondary power supply in case the engine malfunctions. Korean Air, which began working for the drone in 2016, did not specify how many platforms it will deliver to the Armed Forces. Th...
  • Electric Motorbike Trials
    Electric Motorbike Trials 1 August 2020
    New Zealand, which has been on the agenda with the acquisition of new armoured vehicles and patrol platforms in the past weeks, continues its efforts to catch the technology of the future from this day. According to the statement made by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), the country started trials with electric motorcycles under the military requirements. The final decision will be determined after the trials for platforms where their suitability for military use is tested....
  • Unmanned "Camel" in Trial
    Unmanned "Camel" in Trial 22 July 2020
    In the light of changing combat doctrines and concepts, interest to unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) is also increasing. Ukraine continues to studies on manned and unmanned ground vehicles of different types and sizes. Last week, the Central Research Institute of Armaments and Military Equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that tests for the new unmanned ground vehicle called "Camel" were started. Equipped with a remote-controlled weapon system, the platfor...
  • Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender
    Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender 16 July 2020
    The aerial refuelling procedure is a matter that takes aircraft endurance and range beyond limits. For this reason, the refuelling aircraft, which are serving as "flying gas stations", are important power multipliers for the air forces. Retirement time came for the KC-10 Extender refuelling tankers, who have been in the US Air Force inventory for 39 years. The first platform, which will be replaced by the KC-46A Pegasus, which has come to the fore with frequent problems, w...
  • Japan May Share Radar Information with Philippines to Control China
    Japan May Share Radar Information with Philippines to Control China 15 July 2020
    The Philippines, whose purchase of a long-range air defence system has been postponed due to the COVID-19, is scheduled to sign a contract with Japan-based Mitsubishi Electric within the next month. According to Japanese media reports, Tokyo is considering sharing its air defense radar information with the Philippines to track Chinese aircraft. Japan sees the solution in the Philippines, stating that Chinese platforms can be tracked through the Miyako Strait but cannot acc...
  • Quietly Burak Modernisation for Turkish Navy
    Quietly Burak Modernisation for Turkish Navy 13 July 2020
    The Turkish Navy, which wants increase its existence with higher efficiency in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, continues to studies. Upgrades appeared on the first platform were completed in the modernization of Burak class corvette, which has been on the agenda for some time. In the photos shared by @oeroguz on Twitter, significant changes were detected on the ship. Within the scope of the modernization work carried out, Modèle 68 main gun&...
  • Egypt Failed to Launch Sub-Harpoon
    Egypt Failed to Launch Sub-Harpoon 12 July 2020
    Submarine-launched anti-ship missiles are an important power factor in terms of engagement to surface platforms without exposing the position from a long-range. Egypt conducted a failed attempt to launch anti-ship missile from a submarine during a drill. In the incident, the missile that was launched from a Type 033 (NATO Reporting Name: Romeo) class and stated to be UGM-84 Harpoon, was destroyed by being unable to surface. There is no detailed information as to ...
  • Submarine Moved on Land
    Submarine Moved on Land 8 July 2020
    Transportation of major combatant ship operation on land is also a method used during the 1453 Istanbul Siege. Although it has been used many times in history to transfer large military watercraft between two locations, it is not a common method today. Iran, which is often come to on the agenda of the defence industry with strange and sometimes reverse engineering steps, has seen in the social media with a very interesting move this time. A video on social media showed that one...
  • 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...
  • Loitering Munition Intend
    Loitering Munition Intend 29 June 2020
    Loitering munition continue to find new users. The US Special Forces Command (US SOCOM) intends to receive loitering munition to deploy on JLTV platforms. The strongest candidate for the process is the Hero-30 platform of Israel-based Uvision company. The force will announce its selection following the publication of the Request for Information Document, following the demonstrations in 2021. Weighing 3 kilograms, the Hero-30 equipped with 500-gram warhead. UAV, which can r...
  • New Agreement Between GE Marine and Turkey
    New Agreement Between GE Marine and Turkey 26 June 2020
    General Electric (GE) contract was signed for Fleet Replenishment Ship (Denizde İkmal Muharebe Destek Gemisi/ DiMDEG) Project, which emerged in accordance with the needs of the Turkish Navy. Ge Marine, the company's naval arm, will procure two LM2500 gas turbines to DİMDEG, which will be built by Sefine Shipyard. “The LM2500 is GE’s most popular marine gas turbine and we are excited it was selected for the DIMDEG project,” said Kris Shepherd, Vice President, Ge...
  • ACV-15s Return to Home
    ACV-15s Return to Home 23 June 2020
    Nail Kurt, FNSS General Manager and CEO, met with the leading names of the defence media in a live stream. Kurt answered questions about the ZMA-15 modernization. Stating that there are emotional connections between FNSS and ZMAs, Kurt stated that the platforms had electricity-infrastructure of 30 years ago. It was also underlined that the ballistic protection level of the vehicles, mobility and electrical infrastructure will be improved and thus, they will gain a lifetime again. St...
  • 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...
  • Flood-Damaged F-16s Returned
    Flood-Damaged F-16s Returned 18 June 2020
    F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, which is one of the most successful fighters in history, continue their duties in the inventory of many countries. The Israeli Air Force (Heyl Ha'Avir) had a flood disaster last January at the Hatzor Air Base. Eight F-16 C/D Block 40 Baraks of the 101st "First Fighter Squadron" and 105th "Scorpion Squadron" based in the air force base were reported to have been heavily damaged in the incident. In the published images, ...
  • U.S. Improved Helicopter Engine Program Interrupted by Virus
    U.S. Improved Helicopter Engine Program Interrupted by Virus 15 June 2020
    Coronavirus disrupted the U.S. improved helicopter engine program. The pandemic process caused delays in shipping key components of the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). The critical design review phase of the planned engine program in the second quarter of the current fiscal year will continue slower than expected.  ITEP program officials are scheduled to begin testing on the General Electric Aviation T901 turbine engine next year. ITEP, which is expected to significantl...
  • KF-X's Last Assembly Can Be Completed This Year
    KF-X's Last Assembly Can Be Completed This Year 11 June 2020
    The final assembly date has been given for the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) project, where The Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) is the main contractor. Last week, General Electric (GE) Aviation announced that it had delivered the program's first F414-GE-400K engine in May. An official at KAI said work was underway to complete the final installation of the combat aircraft at the end of this year. The company official said the upper, middle and lower parts of the platform&#...
  • National Power for Domestic Frigate
    National Power for Domestic Frigate 11 June 2020
    After four Ada Class corvettes built for the Turkish Navy, STM started cooperation agreements for Class I frigates. It is aimed to increase the rate of domestic components in Istanbul Frigate, which is the fifth vessel of the MILGEM Project and first-class I ship. STM was commissioned as the main contractor to cover the ship's design, weapon-electronic systems and main propulsion system responsibilities. In the project, where ASELSAN and HAVELSAN are the main business partn...