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  • European Anti-Tank Program LynkEU Gets Ready for Trials
    European Anti-Tank Program LynkEU Gets Ready for Trials 11 July 2020
    The first test shots of the European anti-tank defence program LynkEU will take place soon. The program aims to create a common European anti-tank capability BLOS (Beyond Line Of Sight) (BLOS). In the tests, the missile, which will be the MBDA’s MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée), will be fired from an armoured vehicle battle tower with UAV targeting data. MBDA’s MMP missile was selected to fulfil the European Beyond-Line-Of-Sight battlefield engagement capability on th...
  • Next Generation Ammunition to Modernised Vehicles
    Next Generation Ammunition to Modernised Vehicles 11 July 2020
    The advances in the material, metallurgy and manufacturing caused an advancement in armour technology and hence the protection levels of the platforms. The firepower of platforms is also increasing against vehicles with increased armour protection and survivability. In this context, the USA integrated a 30 mm XM813 Bushmaster main weapon into some Stryker 8x8 tactical wheeled armoured vehicle in the Army inventory. Following the new weapon integration, the platforms can us...
  • Polaris MRZR Delivery
    Polaris MRZR Delivery 10 July 2020
    New Zealand continues to acquire special-purpose systems within the scope of army requirements, as well as the acquisition of new platforms, and replacing the vehicles that end of their economic life. Wellington has announced that it has received the first batch of the Polaris MRZRs. As part of the package, the New Zealand Army added six of these vehicles to their inventory. The useability of the platforms, which will be subjected to a two-year test-trial period by the Arm...
  • The US to Conduct Military Training with Cyprus
    The US to Conduct Military Training with Cyprus 10 July 2020
      The United States announced that it will conduct military training with the Greek Cypriot government that claims to represent the whole Island with the name of the Republic of Cyprus. The training will be for the first time. The United States announced the move Wednesday. The announcement came months after the US Congress late last year ended an arms embargo on the entire island, imposed in 1987 to prevent an arms race and encourage a peaceful settlement. ...
  • 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...
  • MRAPs to Replace Armoured Pinzgauer
    MRAPs to Replace Armoured Pinzgauer 10 July 2020
    Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles are one of the first choices of many countries thanks to their personnel safety and high terrain capabilities. New Zealand, which has a small but well-equipped army, replacing its old platforms that are at the end of their economic life. Wellington has announced that MRAP will be acquired to replace the armoured Pinzgauer LOV (Light Operational Vehicle) platforms. In this context, an agreement was inked with Thales Australia ...
  • Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035
    Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035 9 July 2020
    Japan has announced new dates in a next-generation fighter jet project to replace f-2 aircraft in its inventory.  The prototype will be produced in 2024 as part of the F-X program for the aircraft, which is intended to be developed with domestic resources.  According to local media reports, the first limited edition is set for 2030, with the new aircraft scheduled to take place in inventory by 2035. Tokyo will work with the United Kingdom in engine deve...
  • "The King" Completed First Sea Trials
    "The King" Completed First Sea Trials 9 July 2020
    The CH-53 Stallion helicopter family is the largest and heaviest heavy-lift cargo helicopter in use in the US and Western world inventory. Despite the problems detected during development and factory tests, the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter completed its first sea tests. The first trial, completed on the USS Wasp (LHD 1) amphibious assault helicopter, was conducted in the Atlantic Ocean and lasted about two weeks. In this context, activities such as take-off and landing in di...
  • Gripen Begins to Be Produced in Brazil
    Gripen Begins to Be Produced in Brazil 8 July 2020
    The Gripen aircraft developed by Sweden-based company Saab began production in Brazil. Gripen E/F developed by Saab for the Brazilian Air Force has begun to operate the first production facility outside Sweden. The facility, called Saab Aeronáutica Montagens (SAM), will send various parts of the plane to the final assembly line at the Embraer plant in Brazil and linköping, Sweden. Gripen's front and rear body, as well as parts such as aerodynamic brakes, ar...
  • China Could Deploy AR500C to Indian Border
    China Could Deploy AR500C to Indian Border 7 July 2020
    The AR500C rotary wing UAV developed by China to deploy on plateaus completed its first flight test. The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), has developed the AR500C with a maximum speed of 170 kilometres and a maximum take-off weight of 500 kilograms, according to the country's needs. The drone, which will be used for high-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance missions, successfully conducted its first flight test. According to local media reports, China...
  • Israel Launches New Spy Satellite: Ofek 16
    Israel Launches New Spy Satellite: Ofek 16 6 July 2020
    Israel has launched a new spy satellite that it said would provide high-quality surveillance for its military intelligence. In a statement on social media on Monday, Israel's Ministry of Defence said "Ofek 16" was shot into space at 4 am local time [01:00 GMT]. The electro-optical reconnaissance satellite will “will undergo a series of tests to determine its propriety and performance level.," it added. The first images are expected in abo...
  • 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...
  • UCAV Fleet Expands
    UCAV Fleet Expands 6 July 2020
    Unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) are an important power multiplier both by their endurance and offering attack opportunities to opportunity targets. In addition, the new generation of light smart ammunition creates a significant air force pressure on the enemy. Serbia is continuing its work on modernization and military system procurement to improve army facilities and meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. In this context, introducing the platforms that ha...
  • Electronic Warfare MRAP
    Electronic Warfare MRAP 5 July 2020
    Land vehicle-based electronic warfare (EW) systems offer appropriate solutions for missions such as providing convoy security and tactical field security, signal intelligence and information gathering. The Netherlands, which has different EW equipment in its inventory, received delivery of the Bushmaster 4x4 MRAP (Mine Resistant Armor Protected) based electronic warfare system. According to the statement made by the defence ministry of the country, the first platform will enter serv...
  • TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II
    TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II 5 July 2020
    The F-35C Lightning II, which is expected to reshape the aircraft carrier-based fixed-wing force dimensions with its fifth-generation capabilities, will also serve with the top aviators. The first group trainees selected among the pilots of the F-35C Lightning IIs in the US Navy inventory completed the TOPGUN course, the most extensive combat training process of the US Navy. Thus, volatile personnel affiliated with VFA-125 (Strike Fighter Squadron-125 "Rough Raiders") and ...
  • New Dimension of the Battlefield: Unmanned Armoured Combat Vehicles
    New Dimension of the Battlefield: Unmanned Armoured Combat Vehicles 5 July 2020
    Unmanned ground vehicles, started to duty on battlefield with destroying armoured vehicles, gain different dimensions with the developing technology. Estonian-based Milrem Robotics, which is currently working on 10 different concepts, has announced its new unmanned ground vehicle. The new platform introduced as Type-X was equipped with the CPWS II (Cockerill Protected Weapon Station Gen. II) turret, which developed by John Cockerill. Type-X, the first platform developed in line...
  • Russia Develops Radar to Detect Hypersonic Targets
    Russia Develops Radar to Detect Hypersonic Targets 4 July 2020
    Russian State-run news agency TASS announced that a new radar to detect hypersonic targets at long ranges is on the way. The radar will be established at Nioby. Russia’s Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Colonel General Sergei Surovikin spoke to the Defense Ministry’s Krasnaya Zvezda Newspaper. “The radar system’s technical characteristics will surpass the capabilities of the operational Nebo-M radar by the range of detecting various types of aircraft, inclu...
  • 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...
  • Approval to Cargo Aircraft Procurement
    Approval to Cargo Aircraft Procurement 3 July 2020
    Cargo aircraft are a key solution for the transportation and supply of armed forces power over long distances in a short time. Upon the request, USA has approved the possible sale of C-130H Hercules transport aircraft to Tunisia and Morocco under FMS (Foreign Military Sales). In this context, two C-130H aircraft will be transferred to Morocco, which made a request in July of last year. In addition to the platforms, the amount to be paid to the USA by Morocco, which wi...
  • All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions
    All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions 2 July 2020
    Tensions increasing between France and Turkey. The Paris Ambassador of Turkey Ismail Hakki Musa's statement about the incident that TCG Oruçreis (F 245) and French frigate FS Courbet (F 712) involved with the images with C4Defence difference. A few days ago France presented a letter to NATO claiming that Turkish frigate threatened French frigate by tracking with radar. Turkey, however, stated that French frigate, FS Courbet (F 712), approached to TCG Gö...
  • 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...
  • Multnational Tanker Delivery
    Multnational Tanker Delivery 30 June 2020
    Aerial refuelling aircraft are an important force multiplier for the forces as they extend the flight range and endurance of the fleets without the requirement for a base. Airbus announced that the first A330 MRTT (Multirole Tanker Transport) was officially delivered to the Multinational Tanker Transport Fleet created for the use of NATO countries. The program, which is carried out in cooperation with OCCAR and NSPA, includes NATO countries, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Germ...
  • US Senator Proposed To Buy Russian S-400 From Turkey
    US Senator Proposed To Buy Russian S-400 From Turkey 29 June 2020
    A US senator has prepared a proposal to buy Russian-made S-400 air defence systems from Turkey. According to Defence News, Senate Majority Whip John Thune has proposed an amendment to the 2021 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) that would allow the purchase to be made using the US Army’s missile procurement account. The purchase has one condition however; Turkey will no longer buy systems that are not compatible with NATO. Russia announced in September 2017 that it had ...
  • Philippine Expects Delivery of Final Six Hermes 900 UAVs This Year
    Philippine Expects Delivery of Final Six Hermes 900 UAVs This Year 29 June 2020
      The Philippine Air Force (PAF) published its latest ‘Lead One Today’ quarterly e-newsletter. The Air Force is expecting delivery this year of the final six of nine Hermes 900 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it ordered from Israel’s Elbit Systems. The system will be used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR] purposes. The e-letter reads; “the PAF is expecting the final delivery of two u...
  • Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble?
    Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble? 27 June 2020
    British independent public spending watchdog, “The National Audit Office”, has published a report into the ability of the MOD to successfully deliver Carrier Strike capability successfully. The report, published today examines how the Department has managed the programme since 2017 and how it is addressing the risks towards achieving the full capabilities of a carrier strike group. In other words, the report states concern about transforming process from a &lsq...
  • Engine Shortage on Fifth Generation
    Engine Shortage on Fifth Generation 26 June 2020
    Fifth-generation fighter jets are capable of turning the balances with their technological infrastructures and capabilities in the battlefield of today and tomorrow. The F-22 Raptor, the first fifth-generation fighter jet that goes into active use, is in trouble again. On the platform, which came to the agenda with problems experienced in different components from time to time, engine shortage arose this time. It has been announced that the number of spare engine...
  • ASPİLSAN Started Working for Domestic Cars
    ASPİLSAN Started Working for Domestic Cars 26 June 2020
    Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu visited ASPİLSAN Energy. The company's General Manager Ferhat Özsoy announced that they are continuing their work on projects such as wearable military battery, new special smart battery project, kangaroo smart battery storage and charging cabinet. The company, which produces military and commercial batteries, a...
  • Navigation Infrastructure Completed
    Navigation Infrastructure Completed 25 June 2020
    Navigation systems are vital for military platforms, especially long-range missiles. Navigation systems are one of the most necessary infrastructures today in order to reach the right target and to direct the operations properly. China had taken action in recent years to set up its own satellite system, as countries did not allow their own infrastructure to be used by other countries, or because they were vulnerable to sabotage in the event of a war. In this context, Beijing recentl...
  • SARB-83 to Penetrate Enemy Fortifications
    SARB-83 to Penetrate Enemy Fortifications 25 June 2020
    Penetrator bombs are tailor-made for the missions such as destruction of enemy ammunition storages, bunkers, reinforced-concrete hangars. TÜBİTAK SAGE (Defence Industry Research and Development Institute) continues its activities in this area. A penetrator bomb, which was developed domestically against ammunition storage areas, shelters and hangars, where the tactical and strategically valuable assets were stored, passed the test. Developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE (...
  • New Deal for GÖKBEY Helicopter Engine
    New Deal for GÖKBEY Helicopter Engine 24 June 2020
    Under the auspices of the Presidency of Defence Industries, a new cooperation agreement was reached within the scope of the Turboshaft Engine Development Project carried out by TUSAS Engine Industries (TEI). A contract was signed between TEI and TEKFEN Engineering to establish test infrastructures within the scope of the project. The signatories are TEI, Chairman and General Manager Mahmut Faruk Akşit, and TEKFEN Engineering, President Fatih Can. The engine development pro...
  • 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...
  • Kale Aims to Top on Weapons Market With Indigenous Products
    Kale Aims to Top on Weapons Market With Indigenous Products 23 June 2020
    Kale Group Vice President Osman Okyay has been a guest on live stream at C4Defence's official Instagram account. Okyay made statements about the company's weapons product range. Kale, trying to be a preferred company in the Turkey and the world. Stating that the company exhibited a serious product range in IDEF 2019, Okyay stated that the main goal is to take place in a class that can be qualified as the first league such as Heckler & Koch, FN Herstal, Beretta. Expl...
  • Weapon Configuration of STA is Tactical Requirement
    Weapon Configuration of STA is Tactical Requirement 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 the question of C4Defence on STA weapons configuration. Emphasizing that the vehicle capabilities were developed in line with the demands of the Turkish Armed Forces in the STA Project, Kurt pointed out that the usage concepts came to the fore at this point. Underlining that the vehicle's light weight and high mobility is more important than the weapon configu...
  • Indigenous Turret Solutions
    Indigenous Turret Solutions 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 the question of C4Defence on turret system studies. Stating that the company has an important infrastructure in the turret area, Nail Kurt pointed out that FNSS solutions are successfully used in second-party vehicles of Malaysia and all platforms of Oman. Stating that today's 25 mm turrets have serious differences with the first systems delivered to Oman, Kur...
  • Indigenous engine for FNSS Vehicles
    Indigenous engine for FNSS Vehicles 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 ÖMTTZA (Özel Maksatlı Taktik Tekerlekli Araçlar / Special Purpose Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicles) and indigenous engine / power pack integration. Stating the share of engines in production costs between 5% and 15%, Nail Kurt added that it should not only be considered in terms of engines. While it is stated that the domestic con...
  • First Hybrid Event Ever from OSSA
    First Hybrid Event Ever from OSSA 23 June 2020
    OSSA (OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster) Chairman Mithat Ertuğ has been a guest of live streamast on C4Defence's official Instagram account. Ertuğ made important statements about ICDDA (International Cooperation Days in Defence & Aerospace). The event, the first of which was held in 2013, will open its doors to the participants for the fifth time this year. Mithat Ertuğ stated that in the event, which was attended by 260 companies and 6000 participants from 60 countrie...
  • TCG İstanbul Waits for Preveza
    TCG İstanbul Waits for Preveza 21 June 2020
    The first dates of the Istanbul-class frigates are determined. Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) is the main contractor for the warship. According to the information shared from Turkey's Shipbuilding industrialists - (GİSBİR) milestone dates for TCG Istanbul are as follows: The launch date of TCG Istanbul is January 2021. Completion of port acceptance tests: May 2022. Completion of the cruise acceptance tests: January 2023. Admis...
  • Armoured Truck Order
    Armoured Truck Order 21 June 2020
    The shifting of the battlefield scales to asymmetric elements increased the need for armoured carrier elements in logistics infrastructure. Considering the changing battlefield conditions and seeking to immerse its logistics infrastructure with modern systems, Germany took action for truck procurement. In this context, BAAINBw (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr / Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support...
  • STM will Deliver the Main Propulsion Systems of PN MİLGEM Corvettes
    STM will Deliver the Main Propulsion Systems of PN MİLGEM Corvettes 20 June 2020
    Within the scope of PN MILGEM project, there has been a new development for the corvettes to be exported to Pakistan. STM will procure the main drive systems of the platforms to be produced within the scope of the project. A total of four corvettes will be delivered to Pakistan during the PN MİLGEM process run by Military Factory and Shipyard Management Inc (Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme A.Ş/ ASFAT). According to a statement released on June 19th from ASFAT's offic...
  • New Air-to-Surface Anti-Ship Missile of Roketsan
    New Air-to-Surface Anti-Ship Missile of Roketsan 19 June 2020
    TEI (TUSAŞ Engine Industries) developed TJ-300 medium-range missile engine with the TUBITAK TEYDEB support and conducted the First Start and Presentation Ceremony in its facilities located in Eskişehir. TEI General Manager Prof. Dr. Mahmut Akşit; announced that the TJ-300 was developed for a solution of Roketsan during the event. While giving information about the starting process of the engine, Prof. Dr. Akşit's words: "... we will start with your start...