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  • Greece cornering itself with F-35
    Greece cornering itself with F-35 January 4 2020
    Greece’s one of most selling newspaper Ta Nea wrote Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ desire to acquire F-35 aircraft. "If the fiscal conditions allow, we will seriously consider buying the F-35 because it is the most up-to-date and up-to-date market." With this phrase at the established celebration lunch with reporters, Kyriakos Mitsotakis put officially on the table the issue of reinforcing Air Force with the 5th generation American fighter aircraft F-35. O...
  • Killmark on Belgian F-16
    Killmark on Belgian F-16 January 2 2020
    The killmark is a tradition in military aviation. These signs painted on the aircraft which won an air victory or successfully carried out combat bombing mission. This time, a killmark painted on F-16 with a little bit humour. On October 11, 2018, technical personnel who carried out maintenance work on an F-16AM Fighting Falcon of the Belgian Air Component at the Florennes Air Base stationed in Florennes, accidentally fired the aircraft's gun. As a result of this incid...
  • Upgrading of F-16 Begins
    Upgrading of F-16 Begins December 28 2019
    Greece says it has signed an agreement with U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin that will allow a major upgrade of its F-16 fighter jet fleet over the next seven years. The defence ministry procurement agency announced Friday that the deal was signed Tuesday finalising details of Lockheed's use of a Greek subcontractor. The defence minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class ...
  • Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet
    Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet December 28 2019
    Algeria has signed a contract for the acquisition of 14 Su-57 stealth fighters with Russia. According to Menadefense portal, the Algerian air force has also signed two other arrangements for 14 Su-34 bombers and 14 Su-35 air domination aircraft. An option for two additional squadrons of 14 aircraft for each type of aircraft was also signed to compensate for the natural withdrawal of aircraft from the Air Force fleet shortly. The contract should be completed by 2025, by this deadline...
  • Indonesia to Acquire Two Squadrons of New F-16s
    Indonesia to Acquire Two Squadrons of New F-16s December 27 2019
    Indonesian Air Force wants to acquire both US and Russian aircraft in the inventory. According to Indonesia’s next five-year strategic plan, running from 2020-2024, the country will pursue the goal of acquiring both F-16 Block 72 and Su-35. The chief of the Indonesian Air Force Air Marshal Yuyu Sutisna talked to state-owned national news agency Antara, about the southeast Asian nation plans to submit a request to buy two squadrons of Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 72 fighters...
  • Trump Admin Fights Bill Punishing Turkey
    Trump Admin Fights Bill Punishing Turkey December 24 2019
    According to The Daily Beast, The US State Department laid out the administration’s opposition to sanctions on Turkey in a seven-page memo sent to the Senate. In an exclusive report from the Daily, it is stated that the Trump administration sent a detailed memo to senators. The administration is fighting a bill that would punish Turkey for buying S-400 Russian air defence missiles. The administration claims that the legislation would drive the countries closer together. ...
  • Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters
    Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters December 23 2019
    The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine plans to buy McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to replace old Soviet helicopters of the Ukrainian army. This decision was made as a result of a defence review, which ended last week, and its results were transferred to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence believes that gaps in the capabilities of the Ukrainian army and the defence-industrial complex should be eliminated through the purchase of moder...
  • Romania to acquire five more F-16s from Portugal
    Romania to acquire five more F-16s from Portugal December 9 2019
    The Romanian government outlined the new procurement. Romanian new aircraft will have the same M.5.2R configuration as the Romanian Air Force’s existing inventory of 12 F-16s also sourced from Portugal. Eventually, all 17 fighters will be upgraded to a new standard called M.6.X. Romania procured its first batch of 12 F-16s from Portugal under a government-to-government deal inked on October the 11th, 2013. The 12 fighters underwent revamps and upgrading to the AM/BM standard b...
  • Bulgaria wants F-35
    Bulgaria wants F-35 November 27 2019
    US President Donald Trump met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov at the White House. Trump said Bulgaria intends to supply the F-35. " They’ve ordered some F-35s and some other things.  They buy a lot of military equipment from the United States — the best equipment in the world.  And I look forward to our meeting," Trump said before the bilateral meeting at the Oval Office. A joint press release after the Trump-Borisov meeting stre...
  • China Changes Strategy
    China Changes Strategy November 26 2019
    China plans to export its J-10 (NATO Code: Firebird) fighter aircraft, which was developed using metal alloy and composite materials. China revealed the export variant of its J-10 fighter at the Dubai Airshow. Designated the FC-20E, the design is a near-parallel configuration of the J-10C. With the FC-20E, AVIC is taking direct aim at markets the Russians and Americans are looking to access the MiG-35 and F-16 Block-70/72, respectively. These markets are generally looking for modern, but cost...
  • Indonesia to Procure two F-16 Squadrons November 5 2019
    Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Yuyu Sutisna stated his government’s wish to set two new F-16 Block 72 squadrons in the next strategic plan 2020-2024. He noted that Indonesia currently relies on F-16.  In total, the country has 33 F-16 Fighting Falcons. The fighter jets are stationed at squadron 16 of the Roesmin Nurjadin Airbase in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, and squadron 3 of Iswahjudi Airbase in Madiun, East Java. Indonesian Air Force &nbs...
  • What is the Real Price of F-35?
    What is the Real Price of F-35? November 5 2019
    The news that the F-35A price tag will be lower than 80 million USD was a piece of sensational news. It meant that a government could decide to acquire either F-16 or F-35 as the price difference was almost less than 20 million USD per copy.  Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has a different perspective on the price tag. According to the nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes overpriced military spending Pentagon is trying to deceive by obscuring F100 Million...
  • France proposes Rafale fighter in Colombia
    France proposes Rafale fighter in Colombia November 4 2019
      Dassault Aviation offers its Rafale fighter jet in Colombia to upgrade its Colombian Air Force fleet. According to Infodefensa, representatives of the French company met with Colombian officials last week and presented the aircraft Rafale with its weapons that are not subject to US restrictions. France promotes the sale of fighters to Colombia for the second time. In 2015, France offered 18 Mirage 2000-5F. The current French offer includes 12 Raf...
  • F-35 Price Falls To $78 Million per Aircraft
    F-35 Price Falls To $78 Million per Aircraft October 30 2019
    The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have finalised a $34 billion deal for the next three lots of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, setting the price of an F-35A jet below $80 million. The agreement includes 478 F-35s for U.S. and international customers across lots 12, 13 and 14. On average, the price per aircraft will fall about 12.8 per cent across all variants from Lot 11 to Lot 14, according to the Pentagon. The new price tag has come a year earlier than expected. The F-35A con...
  • Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM
    Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM October 18 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Republic of Korea (ROK) of (120) AIM-120C-7/C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) with support for an estimated cost of $253 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. ROK has requested to buy 120 AMRAAM. Also included are containers; weapon support and support equipment; spare and repair parts; U.S. Government and co...
  • Plan F-35 Canceled
    Plan F-35 Canceled October 7 2019
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) will not purchase the F-35 fighter jets owing to its new policy of buying defence hardware only if allowed participation in the software development programme. According to the new "Concept of Project Requirements (COPR)" policy, the air force will purchase defence and strategic hardware only if it is allowed to take part in the development of the software used to operate the products. "We are implementing a 'pur­chase-and-develop' po...
  • What Do Russian Planes Take? October 4 2019
    The public seems convinced that procuring aircraft from Russia will be one of the best responses to the US. There are many reasons for this. The plane Turkey couldn’t get from the US even though the payment is already made, it is not the first unfair western sanction and probably won’t be the last. It is worth reminding to those who do not find our country's past experiences sufficient that the US demanded hangar parking fees for F-16s that they did not give to Pakis...
  • Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile
    Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile October 1 2019
    Up Media reports that Taiwan is seeking to improve the Tien Chien 1 short-range air-to-air missile by improving its off-boresight and kinematic capabilities with "backfire" attack capability with a large-angle off-axis flight. The performance is similar to the current strongest short-range air-to-air missile, AIM-9X Block II type Sidewinder missile. The new missile will also have lock-on after launch (LOAL) capability. In order to improve the airborne capabilitie...
  • Additional F-16 Procurement
    Additional F-16 Procurement August 26 2019
    Romania continues to work with Portugal. Romania, which previously procured 12 F-16 jets from Portugal, will add an additional five platforms to its inventory. The Portuguese Government has approved the sale of the five F-16 aircraft to Romania, the price being at least EUR 130 million.  Before the summer recess, the Romanian Parliament approved the purchase of 5 aircraft. Defence minister Gabriel Leş announced on July 3 that they will have the same configuration as the other t...
  • The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan
    The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan August 17 2019
    Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force (RoCAF) has confirmed it will be getting new F-16s. An infographic put out by the RoCAF has confirmed that it will be getting new F-16s. The RoCAF says it will stand up a new tactical fighter wing for these new jets. It should be made up of three squadrons. The jets will also come with conformal fuel tanks and uprated engines – which could mean the GE F110. Earlier, the Washington Post said the Trump administration has put up the $8 billion...
  • Slovakia in Search of Training Aircraft
    Slovakia in Search of Training Aircraft August 15 2019
    The Slovak aviation is looking for a new advanced training aircraft in view of the receipt of its 14 F-16 Block 70 fighter jets, which will be delivered in 2023.Slovak Air Force will begin its biggest transformation process throughout its aviation history. It will leave its aging Soviet Era aircraft and will fly with F-16s. This transformation however cause a gap in air force as there is no F-16 trained pilot. Under the purchase agreement, 22 Slovak pilots will be trained in F-16 Block 52 fig...
  • Approval for Lockheed Martin August 15 2019
    U.S. Department of Defence said that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $99 million contract for AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) foreign military sales production support. The contract, which involves foreign military sales to Finland, Poland and Australia, will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support.   Weighing approximate...
  • F-35 Lowers Readiness Rates August 11 2019
    US Air Force suffers from low readiness rates; the newer aircraft is, the lower readiness is. The US renews its fleets to sustain high readiness rate but on the contrary, it decreases the Air Force Times report indicates. Lockheed Martin is waiting for the green light to start at serial production but it needs first Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) approval. Under federal law, a major defence acquisition program cannot legally proceed to full-rate production unt...
  • HGK-82 Became Operational
    HGK-82 Became Operational August 11 2019
    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Defence Industry Research and Development Institute (SAGE), has said HGK-82 (Precision Guidance Kit-82) has become operational. TUBITAK SAGE, announced from the official Twitter account that it is used four times. Kit developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE gives precision and range to classical bomb. The kits are installed on MKEK production of 500 lbs class Mk-82 type general-purpose bombs. This increases the operating r...
  • Eagles got the Situation Under Control in Anatolia August 9 2019
    The Turkish Air Force, which suffered the most losses during the July 15 process and therefore underwent a rapid recovery with the support of its former members, continues to establish its deterrence by increasing the level of preparation for the war. One of the most important trainings for this purpose, the Anatolian Eagle Exercise, was carried out successfully between 17-28 June 2019 in its usual home in Konya. The Anatolian Eagle Exercise performed at Konya 3rd Main Jet Base...
  • Aim is 2023 for HÜRJET August 9 2019
    In the first part of the Hürjet interview published on the 75th issue of our magazine, we discussed the general expectations about the aircraft. In this issue, we discussed the differences of Hürjet from its competitors in the market. What features will be available on a jet trainer aims to train pilots for fifth generation multi-role fighter? We will find the answer to this question in this interview. C4Defence: Will the Özgür Program, whic...
  • Incentive Contract for F-16 August 5 2019
      Lockheed Martin has been awarded an incentive contract for F-16 aircraft production for Slovak Air Force. The contract valued approximately $800 million to build a batch of 14 F-16 Block 70 aircraft jets, 12 single-seat and 2 two-seat models. Work will be performed at Greenville, South Carolina, and the first four jets are scheduled to be delivered by 2022, work is expected to be completed by 2024.  In December 2018, Slovakia signed a procure agreement worth US...
  • Veto by-passed
    Veto by-passed August 1 2019
    There has been a significant development in the Air Force’s long-standing aircraft debate. Answering the request of the Air Force, Bulgaria signed an agreement with the US to supply eight F-16s. Under the 1.2 billion $ deal, the US will supply ammunition, logistical support and maintenance equipment as well as aircraft. The agreement was previously vetoed by Bulgarian President Rumen Radev for financial reasons. According to the obtained information, four of aircraft will be delivered i...
  • Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets
    Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets July 24 2019
    Bulgaria's president has vetoed the country's planned $1.26 billion acquisition of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters, citing a lack of agreement and clarity over the deal. Issuing the veto on 23 July, “The commitment of Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, for years to come, without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying,” Radev said in a statement. He says the "sharp contro...
  • Argentina will Procure FA-50 Platform
    Argentina will Procure FA-50 Platform July 22 2019
    Argentina has been approved to supply supersonic FA-50 light attack aircraft from the Korean Aerospace Industry (KAI). According to the news services in the Republic of Korea, KAI will deliver a total of 10 platforms, two in 2020 and eight in 2021. The contract will hold a total of US $ 200 million, including one simulator, and payment is scheduled for ten years. FA-50 Platform is derived from the Lockheed Martin’s F-16 aircraft and it has supersonic capability. Aircraft is combat ...
  • Problems for F-35 in Turkey
    Problems for F-35 in Turkey July 17 2019
      S-400 air defence systems that Turkey had purchased from Russia, arrived in Turkey. Missiles, which form the strike force of the system, are expected to arrive by navy soon. With these developments, Turkey, is progressing step by step in the supply route maps previously announced. In other side, the US, that openly opposed to Turkey to acquire these systems, and announced the roadmap as precaution. In the US’ roadmap, priority is given to F-35 aircraft. At pre...
  • Additional F-16 to be Procured July 12 2019
      A day after Bulgaria’s Cabinet approved a deal with the US to buy eight F-16 fighter jets, the Bulgaria’s Ministry of Defence said that Bulgaria intended buying a further eight, paying in instalments. The deal approved by Bulgaria’s Cabinet on July 10 requires the approval of the National Assembly. If parliament's approval is received, four contracts covering the delivery of eight new aircraft and the training of pilots and ground staff will be signed. T...
  • Bulgaria Buys Eight F-16V Fighters from US
    Bulgaria Buys Eight F-16V Fighters from US July 10 2019
      Bulgaria announced today that it has reached an agreement to buy eight new-build Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets for its air force, Reuters reported from Sofia. The aircraft will cost $1.256 billion, and constitute Bulgaria’s biggest military acquisition since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. The new F-16s will replace the obsolete MiG-29 fighters currently operated by the Bulgarian air force. The Defence Secu...
  • First F-16 Block 50 Hit 10,000th Hour
    First F-16 Block 50 Hit 10,000th Hour June 23 2019
    F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 50 aircraft in the US Air Force inventory left behind an important milestone.   90-808 serial number F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 14th Fighter Squadron of the 35th Fighter Wing stationed in Misawa, Japan, hit the 10,000th flight hour. The platform, which has been in operation for 29 years, became the first Block 50 platform to reach 10,000 hours in the US inventory.
  • US to Sell F-16 to Bulgaria
    US to Sell F-16 to Bulgaria June 4 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bulgaria of F-16C/D Block 70/72 aircraft with support for an estimated cost of $1.673 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 30, 2019. The Government of Bulgaria has requested to buy eight F-16 C/D Block 70/72 aircraft; ten F110 General Electric engines; ten Link-16 Multi-Functional Information Distri...
  • Özgür Program with Digital Camouflage
    Özgür Program with Digital Camouflage June 3 2019
    A Turkish F-16C Block 30 of the Squadron 132 has recently appeared with a new "fractile" (digital) variant, consisting of a mix of pixels in the shades of the classic variation. “Özgür Program” means end of dependency on avionics computers. The digital version has been implemented by Turkish Aerospace (TUSAŞ) to Hurkuş training aircraft.
  • Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase
    Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase May 24 2019
      After failing to secure second-hand F-16s from Israel, Croatia has approached Sweden and United States to buy new fighters, Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic said. Zagreb was close to striking a deal on buying a squadron of used and refitted F-16 fighter jets from Israel, but eventually Israel informed Croatia it could not sell the planes as it could not secure an approval from the United States. Israel’s F-16s are equipped with advanced systems that US allows...
  • 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...
  • Bulgaria Desperate
    Bulgaria Desperate May 16 2019
    Bulgaria, which is in the process of choosing the new combat jet platform, could not agree with the US for the supply of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which the country's top management units have shown as a favorite.   The parties could not agree on price and budgeting. At this point, Bulgaria holds the new MiG-29 or the JAS-39 Gripen procurement card. The prices suggested by the US for the F-16 Fighting Falcons are not satisfactory for the Bulgarian side, but negoti...
  • Time to Modernization of Portugal Inventory
    Time to Modernization of Portugal Inventory May 15 2019
    The Força Aérea Portuguesa (Portuguese Air Force, FAP) received the first of three upgraded F-16s on 9 May.  Two single-seat F-16A Block 15s and a single twin-seat F-16B Block 15 jet were supplied by the USA, FAB inventory will have all the modernization aircraft end of the 2019. The aircraft was the first of two single-seat F-16AMs, the second of which is scheduled for delivery in late July, to be followed by a twin-seat F-16BM in late 2019. They w...