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  • 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...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise
    HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise 24 September 2020
    The UK Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth has embarked the largest number of warplanes ever onto the deck as it prepares to take its place at the heart of a UK-led NATO Carrier Strike Group. It also represents the largest air group of fifth-generation fighters at sea anywhere in the world. Two squadrons of F-35B stealth jets - the RAF’s 617 Squadron (The Dambusters) and the US Marine Corps VMFA-211 (The Wake Island Avengers) - have landed on the 65,000-tonne carrier as it sails ...
  • British F-35B jets will be equipped with Meteor missiles by 2025
    British F-35B jets will be equipped with Meteor missiles by 2025 14 September 2020
    British F-35B jets will be equipped with Meteor missiles by the ‘middle of this decade’. Member of Parliament for North Durham Kevan Jones’ posed a question about the timeline about the use of Meteor missiles on UK’s F-35Bs,  Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin, responded; “Initial development work for Meteor integration has progressed well. The final contract award is currently under negotiation which, on current plans, would deliver the ...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth Waits due to Coronavirus
    HMS Queen Elizabeth Waits due to Coronavirus 8 September 2020
    British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was expected to sail from Portsmouth for training however the Royal Navy has now confirmed that this is being delayed due to personnel testing positive for COVID-19. It is learned that some crew from HMS Queen Elizabeth have tested positive for COVID during routine preparation for sailing. It is understood that the vessel is expected to sail once the status of the rest of the crew has been confirmed. The vessel was due to sail f...
  • Private Island for F-35 Lightning II
    Private Island for F-35 Lightning II 14 August 2020
    Japan, which changing its military structure and defence industry understanding due to the increasing Chinese threat in the West, is establishing a new military base. Having bought Mage Island from a private company in November 2019 150 million USD cost, Japan decided to establish a base in the region. The island, which is announced to have 150 to 200 Japanese military personnel, will serve twice a year for the training requirements of the US Navy air elements. It is also state...
  • Japan to Continue F-35 Manufacturing
    Japan to Continue F-35 Manufacturing 2 August 2020
    Japan, which has taken leaps forward in the defence field and aims to significantly increase its military capability, has decided to continue licensed production. Announcing that the production line of F-35 Lightning IIs will close after first phase Japanese aircraft manufacturing at the end of 2018, Japan has stepped back from its decision. Thus, the final assembly and control facility (FACO) located in Nagoya, Tokyo, decided to continue production of the F-35. An official fro...
  • UAV Doctrine for Aircraft Carrier
    UAV Doctrine for Aircraft Carrier 17 July 2020
    Aircraft carriers are strategic platforms in terms of being able to carry and use air power anywhere in the world seas at any time. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are developing day by day, are gradually taking their place in the seas. The Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Royal Navy began preparations for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles on Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. A senior official at the RAF recently made a statement about development at a conference. Withi...
  • Flying Information Node Mission for Aerial Refuelling Tanker
    Flying Information Node Mission for Aerial Refuelling Tanker 16 July 2020
    The multi-domain battle doctrine, although relatively new, is one of the building blocks of the warfare techniques of the future. The active and uninterrupted sustainability of the war of information, which guides the real combat, is the core of the doctrine. The Royal Air Force (RAF) has already started the study on the multi-domain battle doctrine it plans to implement with the F-35B Lightning IIs and the platforms it will add to its inventory in the future. In this context, RAF, ...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth to Confront China
    HMS Queen Elizabeth to Confront China 15 July 2020
    United Kingdom plans to counter China with HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier according to the Times. The 5.6 billion Dollar vessel is expected to visit the Far East, to conduct military exercises with the US and Japan during its maiden grand voyage next year. The carrier will be accompanied by two Type 45 destroyers, two Type 23 frigates and two replenishment tankers. It will also have two squadrons of F-35B Lightning II fighters on board. It is likely one of those squadrons will...
  • Fire on LHD
    Fire on LHD 13 July 2020
    The fire factor is perhaps one of the weak points of warships. This situation, which eats the platforms from inside, can lead to changes in the chemistry of the structural components, and great consequences such as shortening the service life of the platforms. The US Navy was shaken by a fire on the Wasp-class USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) amphibious assault ship moored at the San Diego Naval Base. It is stated that there was an explosion on the platform for an unknown reason at arou...
  • 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...
  • First Phalanx to Prince of Wales
    First Phalanx to Prince of Wales 6 July 2020
    The Royal Navy's HMS Prince of Wales (R09) aircraft carrier is equipped with the Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS). According to a post on the Navy's official Twitter account, the Queen Elizabeth-class HMS Prince of Wales will be able to carry out its close air defence mission with General Dynamics production Phalanx. The platform, which is the Navy's second aircraft carrier, plans to deploy 40 F-35B Lightning II and Merlin helicopters. The platfo...
  • 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...
  • F-35 Can't Fly with Lightning
    F-35 Can't Fly with Lightning 25 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II, can not get rid of problems although equipped with the state-of-the-art components, can't fly with lightning. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) detected damage on lightning protection system in one of the platform's most common models, the F-35A Lightning II. The problem was detected during routine Depot Leve Maintenance performed at the Hill Air Force Base Ogden Logistics Complex. It was announced that the problem was damage in one of the gas cylin...
  • No Gun Pod for F-35B Lightning II
    No Gun Pod for F-35B Lightning II 16 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II has three different variant that use conventional take-off (CTOL / Conventional Take-Off and Landing / F-35A), STOVL (Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing / F-35B) and CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off but Arrested Landing / F-35C) methods. Thus, platforms have some structural changes for these abilities. F-35B Lightning IIs of the Royal Air Force (RAF) will fly without a cannon. The UK Ministry of Defence said in a statement that there is currently no gun po...
  • Jet UAV Alternative for F-35B Lightning II
    Jet UAV Alternative for F-35B Lightning II 8 June 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir has been a live broadcast guest on NTV. Answering the questions on the Turkish defence sector, Professor. Dr. Demir made important statements about TCG Anadolu and UAVs. UAV use for the TCG Anadolu (L 400), which was built within the scope of the amphibious platform requirements of the Turkish Navy, came back to the agenda. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Demir stated that the use of UAVs in various classes is on ...
  • COVID-19 Also Impacted F-35 Program
    COVID-19 Also Impacted F-35 Program 29 May 2020
    Lockheed Martin, who has moved to a new working order due to the virus, announced that the supply process would be disrupted in the F-35 Lightning II program. On the Fort Worth production line in Texas, 2,500 employees last week began working shifts in three groups. At the end of two weeks, the work volume will decrease in the process of being put on leave of shift workers. In Italy, which agreed with the United States for a total of 90 F-35s, the purchase of planes was on the agend...
  • Italian Aircraft Carrier Ready for F-35B Integration
    Italian Aircraft Carrier Ready for F-35B Integration 11 May 2020
    The Italian Navy's ITS Cavour (550) aircraft carrier has been undergoing through the modernization process since 2018. The platform, which recently completed the process, has been ready for integration tests for the F-35B (STOVL) aircraft. The F-35 will replace AV-8B Harrier II on the aircraft carrier, which has been drawn to the Edgardo Ferrati dry pool for about two years for the necessary maintenance and modernization process. The upgrades included a reinforced flight de...
  • Problems do not end in F-35
    Problems do not end in F-35 26 April 2020
    The problems of the F-35 Lightning II planes created by the USA within the framework of the joint attack aircraft program do not stop. Restrictions on the F-35B and F-35C aircraft used by the U.S. Navy and Navy Infantry are expected to become permanent. According to three signed reports in the US-based Defence News Magazine, the B and C versions of the F-35 can fly for a short period. Otherwise, structural damage may occur on the outer cover of the aircraft, which prevents it from b...
  • US F-35A Airplane Flies Over Syrian Skies
    US F-35A Airplane Flies Over Syrian Skies 19 April 2020
    The F-35 Lightning II, Joint Program Office's (JPO) twitter account, said that the US Air Force F-35A fighter plane was flying within the responsibility area of ​​the US Central Forces Command (CENTCOM). While it was announced that the plane was flying in the Al-Tanf region of Syria, no further details were provided on the subject. Al-Tanf Region, also known as "Tanf At", is a military base in the Homs Governorate of Syria, 24 km west of the Al-Tanf border crossing in ...
  • New LHD Delivered to US Navy
    New LHD Delivered to US Navy 1 March 2020
    US Navy, which continues to studies at full capacity to maintain and modernize amphibious assault capability, the received its new LHD. The acceptance of the new platform, which was built by the main contractor, Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipyard, was completed after the navy acceptance trials. The ship, which is expected to significantly increase the force transport capability of the US Marine Corps, stands out with its features such as expanded hangar ...
  • Singapore to Acquire F-35s
    Singapore to Acquire F-35s 16 February 2020
    Singapore’s Air Force chief Maj. Gen. Kelvin Khong has given green light for F-35 fighter jet even though he acknowledged that logistics remain as a problem to be solved. In a written reply to questions by the media, Maj. Khong said that the first four F-35Bs that Singapore is looking to buy would be located in the continental United States for initial training and testing. Khong said that although most of the F-35’s developmental issues have been resolved in r...
  • Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall
    Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall 14 February 2020
    The Pentagon is seeking to divert $3.8 billion, mainly from its fiscal 2020 weapons procurement budget, to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall. The plan, which came from the Department of Homeland Security in January, will be officially released by the Office of the Secretary of Defence. A list of talking points was sent across the Pentagon earlier today, noting that the money will go toward funding a 230-mile long wall. The biggest item on the list is a $650 million Ame...
  • HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials
    HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials 25 January 2020
    HMS Queen Elizabeth gets Closer to Becoming Operational as Carrier Leaves For Trials The Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth has left Portsmouth for her first flight trials with British F-35B fighter jets in UK waters. During the flight trials, it is expected British F-35Bs will make their first landings on Queen Elizabeth in UK waters. Six pilots, from the Navy and RAF, will carry out their aircraft carrier qualification during that time. Last year, HMS Queen Elizabeth spent a few...
  • Singapore gets the green light to buy F-35s
    Singapore gets the green light to buy F-35s 10 January 2020
    The U.S. government on Thursday formally approved Singapore to become the next customer of the F-35 joint strike fighter. Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced that the country would submit a letter of request to the U.S. government to purchase four F-35B, with the intention of a total of 12 B models with at an estimated cost of $2.75 billion, according to the Defence Security Cooperation Agency. Singapore typically buys its fighter aircraft in small batches.
  • What is the Real Price of F-35?
    What is the Real Price of F-35? 5 November 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Surprise Solution in the F-35B Question
    Surprise Solution in the F-35B Question 9 August 2019
    Turkish- US struggle on S-400 air defence system/ F-35 aircraft resulted as the US claimed. Despite being one of the partners, Turkey’s contribution program was suspended as a result of a unilateral decision of the United States.  The process brought to mind the question of aircraft to be used instead of the conventional F-35 aircraft in Turkey. Russia's Su-57 and SU-35 aircraft were brought to the discussion table. At this stage, European products might be an alternative ...
  • F-35B Signal from Naval Forces
    F-35B Signal from Naval Forces 1 May 2019
    As the Naval Command's Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) is on its way, it was revealed that the Navy is in need of trained jet pilots. At IDEF'19 held in Istanbul, Italian company Leonardo and the Italian Air Force held a joint presentation at IDEF. The presentation gave information about the International Flight Training School (IFTS), which provides many types of flight training in the south of Italy. According to the statement, the cooperation of the duo, military pilot...
  • Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile
    Rafale: First Experimental Shots of the Meteor Missile 15 February 2019
      Two Rafale, from the French Air Force and the French Navy, carried out the first two test shots of the Meteor long-range air-to-air missile on 13 February 2019. The French defence ministry ministry announced that two Rafale participated on February 13, 2019 in the first two experimental shots of the missile Meteor. It was a Rafale piloted by personnel from the Air Force, Center of Expertise (CEAM) and a Rafale Marine with a pilot from the Center for Practical Experi...
  • Additional F-35 Lightning II
    Additional F-35 Lightning II 20 December 2018
    Japan will be the largest foreign F-35 Lightning II user, after confirming the giant defence budget.   In the investment to be made to the Japanese Self Defence Force, it is foreseen that the Izumo class amphibious assault ships will have the necessary infrastructure for the use of F-35B Lightning II. A ramp called a ski-jump will be integrated on the bow sections of the platforms and the runway coatings will be made resistible to the hot exhaust gas of the F-35B. Aft...
  • Japan Returns to the Past
    Japan Returns to the Past 19 December 2018
    A new defence breakthrough came from the Far East, where stressing winds never rested. Japan has approved the five-year giant defence budget. As part of the budget approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan plans to invest US $ 242 billion in defence. It is aimed to improve the ballistic missile defence system within the scope of the five-year period. In addition, 100 F-35 Lightning II procurement is planned from this budget. The main point of the decision is the Izumo class LHD platforms. ...
  • Japan Wants More F-35s and Aircraft Carrier Ship
    Japan Wants More F-35s and Aircraft Carrier Ship 30 November 2018
    Japan is considering buying up to 100 F-35 stealth fighters from the US for more than USD 8.8 billion as it seeks to counter China's growing military presence in the region, The Japanese Nikkei business newspaper reported that the Japanese government is preparing to order another 100 F-35 jets in order to replace some of aging F-15s. In addition, the country is once more considering converting a helicopter carrier to aircraft carrier one that can accommodate ‘multi purpose airc...
  • Queen has Completed F-35B Tests
    Queen has Completed F-35B Tests 28 November 2018
    Royal Navy announced the completion of the F-35B Lightning II trials on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08). With the completion of the trials, an important milestone was left behind for the B model F-35 aircraft and the Royal Navy. In the development testing-2 (DT-2) phase, pilots, ship-based maintenance personnel and ground support personnel gained significant experience about the fifth-generation aircraft operation. 85 sorties were conducted during the tests. In this process, aircra...
  • UK to double F-35 fleet: British Defence Secretary
    UK to double F-35 fleet: British Defence Secretary 20 November 2018
    The multi-million-pound contract signed will see the UK own 35 stealth jets by end of 2022 with Britain manufacturing 15% of the overall global order for 255 aircraft. The UK is set to double its number of world-beating F-35 stealth jets after ordering 17 more aircraft, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. The 17 new F-35B aircraft will be delivered between 2020 and 2022 and will complement the 16 British aircraft currently based at RAF Marham and in t...
  • 138 F-35 for UK
    138 F-35 for UK 17 November 2018
      UK will get minimum 48 F-35B to generate two front-line squadrons of F-35B Lightning’s by 2023.   British Ministry of Defence revealed its F-35B acquisition plans. Ministry answered Lord West of Spithead’s question about the minimum buy of F-35B aircraft to ensure the ability to deploy two carriers with the planned 35 jets on each carrier in a national emergency.   Lord’s question referred F-35Bs as “Se...
  • Turkish Navy Aims F-35B
    Turkish Navy Aims F-35B 9 November 2018
    Turkish Navy wants to deploy the F-35B Lightning II on board the TCG Anadolu which is under construction. The efficiency of the ship, which will be an important multiplier for the Turkish Navy's amphibious assault force, will be increased with the F-35B Lightning II aircraft. In this direction, some studies are being carried out in the headquarters. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, the necessary infrastructure and preliminary works are in progress before the f...
  • Sector News Issue 67 6 November 2018
    New Tasks for F-35B Catamaran Type Aircraft Carrier Long-Range SAM for FREMM Japanese Battery Extends Range Meteksan Throws a “Lasso” at Missile TUSAŞ’s ATAK Move TB2 Features TEI Engine ASELSAN Launches NAR SOM was Inked FNSS STAs in Serial Production  
  • Second Phase in F-35B Tests
    Second Phase in F-35B Tests 6 November 2018
    HMS Queen Elizabeth (R 08) began the second testing phase with F-35B Lightning II aircraft. In the second phase, more challenging conditions will be experienced. At this stage, aircrafts will be able to experience landing and take-off in harder wind conditions. In addition, ship and aircraft handling and weapons loading tests will be performed with ship facilities. Aircrafts and crew will perform external storage tests, minimum performance short take-off and SRVL (Shipborne Rolling ...