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  • Israel Wants to Work with U.S. for Defence Cooperation
    Israel Wants to Work with U.S. for Defence Cooperation 13 October 2020
    Israel is considering cooperating with the Pentagon to improve the defence use of directed energy capabilities. “We need to overcome some classification issues, some policy issues, and hopefully we can enlarge those capabilities together as well,” the officials said. There are many defence projects being carried out between the United States and Israel. Rafael and Raytheon are cooperating. Israeli Aerospace Industries and Boeing are also continuing their collaborations.<...
  • Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget
    Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget 2 October 2020
    The Defence Ministry on Wednesday requested a record ¥5.49 trillion ($55 billion) budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2021, to expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.   The request is up 3.3 per cent from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2021, with defence spending expected to rise. Japan’s defence spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Shinzo Abe t...
  • New Tent for Cybersecurity
    New Tent for Cybersecurity 30 September 2020
      US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Centre, (CCDC SC), is working on a new tent to keep cold outside and electromagnetic signals inside. CCDC SC cooperates with industry to develop a new shelter fabric that will increase durability in sub-zero conditions and provide electromagnetic, (EM) shielding. The EM shielding will prevent the detection of EM emissions that are generated within a Command Post shelter and provide cybersecurity to Command Post wireless ...
  • Guided-missile corvette "Grayvoron" first went to sea for sea trials
    Guided-missile corvette "Grayvoron" first went to sea for sea trials 20 September 2020
    Guided-missile corvette "Graivoron", built for the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, began its first launch to sea for the purpose of factory sea trials according to the statement released on Saturday by the press service of the fleet. It is specified that the tests are carried out by the regular crew together with the factory commissioning team in order to check the operation of power plants, steering gear, auxiliary mechanisms, communications, navigation and oth...
  • Did French Warship Hack S-400 in Crimea
    Did French Warship Hack S-400 in Crimea 8 September 2020
    According to Avia.pro web site, French intelligence ship Dupuy de Lome (A759) has blocked the operation of Russian S-400 air defence systems in occupied Crimea. This was made possible by interference at certain frequencies and interception of radio frequencies emitted by S-400 radar systems. The ship designed for the collection of signals and communications beyond enemy lines. The Thales Naval France designed the electromagnetic intelligence part of the vessel. On 21 June ...
  • Japan and Norway Reach Agreement on F-35 Munitions
    Japan and Norway Reach Agreement on F-35 Munitions 8 September 2020
    Tokyo will buy JSM missiles for F-35A Lightning II aircraft, according to Japanese Defence Ministry sources. It has been confirmed that a contract has been signed with Japan for JSM missiles produced by Norway-based KONGSBERG. The ammunition produced with composite materials that reduce its electromagnetic track, which is 4 meters long and weighs 400 kg, is scheduled to be delivered to the Japanese Self-Defence Forces by 2022. JSM, which began its development in 2008, can ...
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • Chinese LHD Started to Trials
    Chinese LHD Started to Trials 4 August 2020
    China, which has made significant investments in naval power in recent years and has reached an incredible construction speed, has begun counting down for the new platform that will multiply its amphibious capabilities. It was announced that the new Type 075 class LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy went through the sea testing phase. In the published photos of the platform, which set sail from the pier where the refitting activit...
  • Truck Mounted Countermeasure
    Truck Mounted Countermeasure 16 July 2020
    The countermeasure systems, which are basically divided into two as electronic and physical, are used for tasks such as intercepting / restricting the execution of electronic, electromagnetic or optic-based activities in the environment, depending on the task. In the images broadcast on CCTV-7, one of China's local televisions, a new counter-measure system developed for the People's Liberation Army was introduced. The system, consisting of a 2x36 launcher tube moun...
  • Gray Wolf Ready to Take Off
    Gray Wolf Ready to Take Off 16 July 2020
    The 416th Flight Test Squadron recently completed a round of tests of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s “Gray Wolf” prototype cruise missile at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Gray Wolf is a DoD-directed prototype production and demonstration of low-cost, subsonic and networked collaborative cruise missiles. The missiles are designed to launch in a swarm to target enemy integrated air defence threats. The missiles offer a stand-off solution for the ...
  • State-of-the-Art Catapult Went Down
    State-of-the-Art Catapult Went Down 15 June 2020
    Despite their short decks, aircraft carriers can operate heavy aircraft with the CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-off but Arrested Landing) system. Traditional steam-powered catapults gave its place to electromagnetic EMALS (Electromagnetic Launch System) on the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carriers built for the US Navy. The system, which operates in a similar manner with the new generation electromagnetic weapons, brought many unknowns along with its advantages. USS Gerald R. ...
  • The Stone Age Weapon of the Future; EMP 2 June 2020
    Weapons are mostly visible over a long period of history that it was concrete enough to see. When entering the 20th century, electricity then electromagnetic waves entered our lives. With this development, recent nuclear, chemical, biological weapons came into use. Jamming is used against electronic systems, EMP, a novelty of warfare techniques such as suppression, with the atomic age. Although it appeared together, it waited to develop as the weapon of the future.
  • Low Energy Catapult Test of F-35C
    Low Energy Catapult Test of F-35C 27 May 2020
    Processes are progressing in the F-35C Lightning II, the first fifth generation CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-off But Arrested Landing) aircraft. A video about the F-35C Lightning II tests was shared on social media. In the images, the platform sunk dangerously after being released from the catapult shuttle. However, the aircraft climbed up without risking flight safety. Video shared with "Something you don’t see everyday...low energy catapult launch! That sink is ...
  • Non Kinetic Joint Solutions Against Drones
    Non Kinetic Joint Solutions Against Drones 7 April 2020
    As a cost-effective solution, the use of UAVs in the military is becoming widespread day by day. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base-based Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) stated that they developed the first high-energy laser weapon of the Air Force against UAVs. The laser will be tested with the Tactical High Power Operational Responder (THOR). The systems, which are planned to be operational overseas for 12 months, are expected to be effective in small-scale UAVs.  &ldqu...
  • Satellite Capability to Akıncı
    Satellite Capability to Akıncı 2 March 2020
    Ku-Band Air Satellite Communication System tests developed by ASELSAN to meet the beyond line-of-sight requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces for aircraft were completed with laboratory and flight tests. The Ku-Band communication system can be integrated into manned and unmanned aerial vehicles thanks to its modular and compact design developed following military environmental conditions and electromagnetic interference and compatibility conditions. In this context, two ...
  • USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft
    USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft 16 February 2020
    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) have been cleared for shipboard launch and recovery of all currently deployed naval aircraft types aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).  This means that CVN 78 completed Aircraft Compatibility Testing (ACT) following 16 days at sea. The aircraft carrier passed sea compatibility tests with EMALS and AAG. It can launch and r...
  • Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane
    Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane 24 January 2020
    The French Defence procurement agency, Direction Générale De L’armement (DGA) has awarded the Archange (formerly known as Epicure ) airborne strategic intelligence program to Dassault Aviation and Thales. The total value of the contract is unknown. This program will see three Dassault Falcon 8X being fitted with Thales electronic intelligence technologies.  Falcon Archange will detect electromagnetic signals emitted on the battlefield, allowing the French ar...
  • First Piece at TF-X
    First Piece at TF-X 30 December 2019
    Professor Temel Kotil, the General Manager of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS), informed C4Defence about new developments in the Turkish Fighter Programme (TF-X). Kotil stated that TUSAŞ and TUBITAK BILGEM have started to work on the reflection of radar waves from aircraft. Kotil said, “We started cutting the air inlets, we make the first air inlets. We began to work on their electromagnetic reflections with TÜBİTAK BİLGEM. The first air intake is now at TÜBİTAK. We want t...
  • US’ Second Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to Enter the Water
    US’ Second Ford-Class Aircraft Carrier to Enter the Water 30 October 2019
    The US Navy’s second Ford-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, John F Kennedy (CVN 79), is set to enter the water for the first time. The dry dock where the vessel’s keel was laid in 2015 is currently being flooded in phases with over 100 million gallons of water. Several tests will be carried out during the flooding process. CVN 79 will be put through more tests in November. The vessel will be named in a ceremony on 7 December. The Geral...
  • U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km
    U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km 20 October 2019
      The U.S. Army is developing a new weapon capable of reaching 1,850 km. The U.S. Army released Directive 2017-33, which led to the establishment of the Army Futures Command Task Force and the outlining of six modernisation priorities. One of the concepts unveiled by the Army Futures Command, known as the "Strategic Long-Range Cannon" (SLRC) is based on scaling up existing howitzers and rocket-boosted artillery shells to a much bigger size and range capability. Army b...
  • ESM to Aksungur
    ESM to Aksungur 24 June 2019
    In Paris Air Show 2019, which is one of the most important events of the aviation sector which held at Le Bourget Airport, TUSAŞ exhibited models of some of its products. Models of products such as 10 Tons Class Utility Helicopter, Hürkuş, Hürkuş-C were exhibited at the company booth in the static display area. Among these models, a remarkable change has seen on Aksungur model. Photographs and conceptual images of Aksungur which were exhibited for the first time at IDEF 20...
  • One More Step in AAG
    One More Step in AAG 2 April 2019
    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) made a new announcement about the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) tests. The statement, about the system which will be used on board the United States' new generation Gerald R. Ford class aircraft to be used; said that another test phase has left behind. In the tests carried out with the E-2C + Hawkeye, which weighs approximately 21,000 kilograms, the system was attempted to stop by the barrier. In the trials conducted in Lakehurst,...
  • Japan Chose Norwegian JSM for F-35A
    Japan Chose Norwegian JSM for F-35A 12 March 2019
    Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) was selected by Japan to equip F-35 fighter jets with Joint Strike Missile JSM. The JSM development started in 2008 and was completed in mid-2018 after successful certification trials. The JSM missile is one of the two anti-ship missiles to be equipped with the US F-35 fighter, the other being the SOM-J Turkish rocket. The JSM missile is made of composite materials that reduce its electromagnetic trace, its design incorporat...
  • Reinforcement to the Indian Navy
    Reinforcement to the Indian Navy 1 February 2019
          India continues to strengthen its fleet. Over the past few weeks, the government of Delhi has signed an agreement on the procurement of frigates from Russia, and now ordered additional frigates.   In the scope of the order containing two Project 1135.6 class frigates, the options included in the agreement signed on 15 October 2016 were finalized. It was announced that the platforms planned to be built in Goa Shipyard ...
  • The DGA Orders MICA NG Air-to-Air Missiles
    The DGA Orders MICA NG Air-to-Air Missiles 12 November 2018
    The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on November 6 awarded MBDA a contract for the acquisition of 567 MICA NG missiles and the pyrotechnic modernization of 300 MICA* already in service. DGA pland to equip the Rafale with MICA NG by replacing the MICA air-to-air missiles in service since the early 2000s. The missile is developed in two versions - infrared (IR) and electromagnetic (EM). The MICA NG will be carried byall Rafale. Th...
  • European Candidate for EMALS
    European Candidate for EMALS 23 October 2018
    EMALS (Electromagnetic Launch System) developed for US for Gerald R. Ford class aircraft has been demanded from Europe. France has announced that it is conducting negotiations with the United States to integrate EMALS into the new vessel to be constructed under the PA NG (Porte-avions de nouvelle generation) project. France, which is currently working on which technologies to use on the platform, is trying to get an idea about components can be used with these studies. Within the sc...
  • Railgun Step at Far-East
    Railgun Step at Far-East 6 August 2018
    ATLA (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency), has published a press release. The report was informed that Japan has developed a new electromagnetic railgun. This is also the first time the images of working prototypes have been featured. ATLA's statement was the first official statement on Japan's railgun. Detailed information about the program was not provided. The new weapon is expected to be used in the next generation Type 27DD destroyers which will en...
  • France Wants Enhanced Missiles
    France Wants Enhanced Missiles 27 July 2018
    France has decided to modernize the MICAair-to-air missile system. Following the Ministerial Investment Committee, which was attended by the Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly, information on the modernization program was provided. Under the program called MICA New Generation (MICA NG), missiles will gain enhanced capabilities. It is is expected that MICA NG to offer higher performance than its predecessors, while keeping initial acquisition and maintenance costs low. ...
  • Electromagnetic Gun Agreement
    Electromagnetic Gun Agreement 25 May 2018
    Undersecretariat of Defense Industry (SSM) announced a new development with a press release today. SSM and Anadolu Yönlendirmiş Enerji Teknolojileri A.Ş. signed the "Electromagnetic Gun System Field Prototype Procurement Project Contract" signed by the Undersecretariat of Defense Industry. Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, OSTİM Chairman Orhan Aydın, OSTİM Savunma ve Havacılık Kümelenmesi (OSSA) officials and sector representatives attended. Undersecretary D...
  • SSM Press Release
    SSM Press Release 25 May 2018
    You can read the "Electromagnetic Launch System Signature Ceremony Press Release" which is published by the Undersecretariat of Defense Industry.
  • Second Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier To Be Delivered in 2022
    Second Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier To Be Delivered in 2022 2 May 2018
    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced on 30 April that the United States Navy’s (USN's) nuclear-powered aircraft carrier future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) is 75 percent structurally complete and might be launched three months earlier than scheduled. The keel of the ship was laid in August 2015. USS John F. Kennedy is the second vessel of Gerald R. Ford class carrier being built for the USN. A third key milestone also was achieved recently when the ...
  • MBDA to Continue DEW Research
    MBDA to Continue DEW Research 9 April 2018
    The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has signed a Project Phase 2 contract with MBDA to continue research into Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons (RF DEW) technology. $4,5 million contract, awarded on 26 February, covers an initial six-month period with an option to extend an additional 12 months. Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons (RF DEW) have the potential to disrupt the operation of, or cause the failure of, a broad range ...
  • 'WATTOZZ' Waits For Summer
    'WATTOZZ' Waits For Summer 6 April 2018
    Turkish Albayraklar Defence has developed a new armed unmanned underwater vehicle in the form and size of a stingray, dubbed WATTOZZ, which is controlled by cryptographic acoustic sound waves similar to that of animals such as whales and dolphins under water. Developed completely with national sources, WATTOZZ has almost the same appearance, size and movement ability with a live stingray fish; with its silicone-coated outer surface, as well as the ability to stand still on...
  • China to start Sea Tests of Electromagnetic Railguns
    China to start Sea Tests of Electromagnetic Railguns 19 March 2018
    According to Chinese official media reports, Chinese navy is at the stage of testing electromagnetic railguns, at ships. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy indirectly confirmed tests of electromagnetic railguns on a warship.  The weapon was spotted on a Chinese Navy Yuting I Class landing craft and images of it have quickly spread across the Internet. However, no official information regarding the photo has been released so far. 
  • France Launches New EW Programme
    France Launches New EW Programme 2 March 2018
    The French Ministry of the Armed Forces announced its decision to launch the Strategic Intelligence Aircraft Program "Universal Electronic Warfare Capacity" (CUGE) on 28 February. This new program will see Thales' new sensor to be integrated on a Falcon business aircraft built by Dassault Aviation.  The three CUGE strategic intelligence aircraft will replace the two Transall C-160 Gabriel currently in service from 2025 and will s...
  • USN Chose GA-EMS LDUUV Programme
    USN Chose GA-EMS LDUUV Programme 3 January 2018
    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems has been awarded a contract to develop and produce an advanced permanent-magnet propulsion motor for the US Navy's Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV) programme.  The LDUUV is planned be launched from a Virginia-class attack submarine or from surface ships and will be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions as well as electronic warfare, mine warfare, mine counter...
  • China Wants To Surprise
    China Wants To Surprise 7 December 2017
    J-20 and J-31 fifth-generation fighters will be deployed on China's new aircraft carrier. China's nationally developed vessel will soon begin sea trials. The aircraft will be launched with an electromagnetic catapult from the vessel's ski-jump. J-15 will be the first aircraft to use this system. The J-15s have been in trials since 2012. According to senior researcher Yin Zhuo, who spoke to the Military Time magazine published in China, the J-20 and J-31 will be depl...
  • US' Railgun Project Collapsed?
    US' Railgun Project Collapsed? 6 December 2017
    The electromagnetic "Railgun" project that the US Navy has been working on for 10 years collapsed? For the project, on which nearly $500 million has spent to date, the Task & Purpose magazine published an article referring the dark clouds over the Railgun project. The writer of the article, Jared Keller, discussed a possible cancellation of the project before the railgun touches down the battlefield. The US Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) has worked on the operational c...
  • Engineer Quest for National Combat Aircraft
    Engineer Quest for National Combat Aircraft 5 November 2017
    Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) began the search for engineers for the National Combat Aircraft Project (TF-X). TAI said "The national combat aircraft will be the future of Turkey" in its announcement on the company's official Twitter account and called for the applicants by saying "The National Combat Aircraft, which is being developed indigenously by Turkish engineers with dedication, will be the 100th anniversary present for Turkey. There are open ...
  • Steel Cut For Third Ford-class Carrier
    Steel Cut For Third Ford-class Carrier 28 August 2017
    The steel cutting ceremony for the US Navy new aircraft carrier, the future USS Enterprise (CVN 80) at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipyard on 24 August. CVN 80 will be the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, the lead ship of which is USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) commissioned on 22 July.  The Gerald R. Ford class incorporates advances in technology such as a new reactor plant, propulsion system, electric plant, Elec...