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  • Sitara to Start Spin Test Again After Four-Year Break
    Sitara to Start Spin Test Again After Four-Year Break 23 November 2020
    The Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) HJT-36 Sitara, developed for India under the main contractor of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), will be tested again four years later. In 2016, the HJT-36 Sitara had problems with spin tests in which the aircraft was removed from normal flight conditions, put into abnormal flight situations and determined exit techniques from these dangerous situations. Afterwards, the Sitara plane project was suspended. With help from the U.S. the t...
  • Tunisia Signs Contract for T-6C Texan
    Tunisia Signs Contract for T-6C Texan 20 November 2020
    Tunisian National Defence Minister Imed Hazgui says the government has approved the purchase of eight T-6C Texan jet training aircraft. The U.S. State Department approved the sale of 12 T-6C aircraft to Tunisia in October last year. The U.S. State Department had also approved the sale of four AT-6 Wolverine light assault aircraft to Tunisia. In the official announcement there was no mentioning on the confirmation of a contract for four AT-6C Wolverine light attack aircraft...
  • Taiwan to Build Submarines with Local Resources
    Taiwan to Build Submarines with Local Resources 20 November 2020
    Taiwan will begin building a new fleet of submarines next week. Seeking to increase China's military strength against the increasingly modernized Armed Forces, Taiwan announced that it will begin the first submarine operation next week, which will be developed with the country's resources. Taiwan inventory has conventional submarines of Zwaardvis, Type 041 and Tench class. China is estimated to be operationally using four different types of nuclear submarines and f...
  • Modernization Cooperation from NATO Allies
    Modernization Cooperation from NATO Allies 20 November 2020
    France, Germany, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom agreed on November 19, 2020, for the development of a new generation of general-purpose helicopters. A letter of intent was signed on this issue through the video conferencing method. The five countries will first work on modernization of existing fleets of rotor aircraft. The current general-purpose helicopters in the Allies' inventory expire in 2035-2040. Experts from the five countries will come up with a collaboration pla...
  • KC-390 Viewed on Assembly Line
    KC-390 Viewed on Assembly Line 11 November 2020
    The export of the KC-390 transport aircraft, developed under the main contractor of Brazil-based firm Embraer, continues. The first of the transport planes expected to replace the C-130H Hercules fleet of the Portuguese Air Force (Força Aerea Portuguesa/ FAP) was displayed on the assembly line. FAP has signed an agreement to supply five KC-390s in 2019. Portugal, which is in the development and production phases of the KC-390, will pay approximately US$930...
  • New Su-30SMs Delivered to Kazakhstan
    New Su-30SMs Delivered to Kazakhstan 9 November 2020
    Kazakhstan says it has received new Su-30SM multi-purpose combat aircraft. The jets were deployed at the air base in Karagan. Kazakhstan, which signed an agreement for platforms at the International Arms Systems and Military Equipment Fair KADEX-2018 in Astana, will add the new platforms to the Air Force's already in-service Su-30SM fleet.  The Su-30SMs, equipped with bars multifunctional fire control radar and air-to-air and air-to-ground precision guided missile...
  • Germany to Renew Eurofighter Fleet
    Germany to Renew Eurofighter Fleet 6 November 2020
    The Budget Committee of the German Parliament approved the purchase of 38 new Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for the country's air force. The new purchase, expected to be worth around €5.4m, is part of Germany's plan to buy 93 Eurofighter jets and 45 F-18s. The 38 confirmed jets are expected to replace the former Eurofighters in the German fleet. Decisions on the purchase of the remaining jets are scheduled to be approved after federal elections in Germany in 20...
  • Slovakia Plans to Buy Training Aircraft
    Slovakia Plans to Buy Training Aircraft 31 October 2020
    Slovakia's Defence Ministry wants to buy new training aircraft for the air force. Slovakia, which has purchased 14 F-16 Block 70 fighter jets in 2019, will send pilots to the United States for training in the first phase. Slovakia then aims to provide training to its pilots on the planes it buys. The Slovakian Air Force's fleet already has six L-39 Albatross training aircraft, with operational life expected to expire within the next six years. The Ministry of Defen...
  • End of 34 Years at USMC: Super Cobras Retired
    End of 34 Years at USMC: Super Cobras Retired 21 October 2020
    Bell AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters, which have served the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) for nearly 34 years, have been retired. The AH-1W, which made its final flight last week, was the backbone of the USMC's fleet of special attack helicopters. Super Cobras, who also participated in the 1991 Gulf War, participated in USCM's operations for more than 930,000 hours. The AH-1Ws, who served during the US interventions in Haiti, Yugoslavia and Libya, continued their combat-r...
  • 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 meters (275 feet, 7 inches) long. The ...
  • Rafale Offer from France to Croatia
    Rafale Offer from France to Croatia 15 October 2020
    Options for Croatia, which wants to change the MiG-21 jet fleet, are increasing. Zagreb's plans to buy second-hand F-16 Netz from Israel was caught in the US barrier. Sweden then proposed 12 new Gripen C/D fighter jets to Croatia. France has also announced an offer to Croatia. Paris has proposed 12 Rafale aircraft serving in the Air and Space Forces (Armée de 'Air et de l'Espace) to Croatia. Greece is also known to want to supply a total of 18 Rafale, 12 of w...
  • First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison
    First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison 15 October 2020
    NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker) have delivered the first NH90 to the Spanish Air Force that will boost their search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission capabilities. The Spanish Air Force will receive 12 NH90s intended to replace its ageing fleet of AS332 Super Pumas and will be based in Cuatro Vientos, near Madrid. Spain has ordered a total of 45 NH90s in the tactical transport version, to be operated by...
  • Black Hawks Pass Through Taiwan Streets and Reach Airport
    Black Hawks Pass Through Taiwan Streets and Reach Airport 14 October 2020
    Taiwan's government purchased a total of 60 UH-60M Black Hawk general purpose helicopters in 2009. With the arrival of six new UH-60M Black Hawks on the cargo ship at Kaohsiung port in the first week of October, the delivery of the country's purchased platforms has been completed. The footage reflected the transport of helicopters leaving the port to the airport on the streets of Kaohsiung. Six new helicopters will be deployed at Songshan and Kaohsiung airports. Ta...
  • Bell Presents  EGM the Outstanding Operational Readiness Award
    Bell Presents EGM the Outstanding Operational Readiness Award 12 October 2020
    Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced the Turkish National Police  (Emniyet Genel Müdürlüği /EGM) were presented an award for “Outstanding Operational Readiness.” The force operates 14 Bell 429s for its safety and security missions. The fleet’s operational readiness is above 95 per cent. “It is an honour to award the Turkish National Police this plaque for outstanding operational readiness,” said Clay Bridges, Reg...
  • U.S. Approves F-35 Sale
    U.S. Approves F-35 Sale 1 October 2020
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved the possible sale of the F-35 Lightning II and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft to Switzerland. The DSCA said the possible sale would increase Switzerland's capacity to meet current and future threats. Accordingly, the possible sale of 40 F-35s and 40 Super Hornet aircraft worth $6.58 billion to Switzerland has become possible. The Swiss people, who voted Sunday (September 27th) to purchase new fighter jets, agreed to the gov...
  • Ukraine to Buy New Aircraft After Crash
    Ukraine to Buy New Aircraft After Crash 30 September 2020
    Ukraine plans to replace the AN-26 fleet it plans to retire with new AN-178 military transport planes. Ukraine's Defence Ministry has decided to buy three AN-178s from Antonov and drafted the contract, it said. Officials confirmed plans to replace the fleet of soviet-era transport aircraft that became old after the AN-26Sh crashed in the Kharkiv region. On September 25, 2020, an AN-26Sh from the Ukrainian Air Force crashed in the Kharkiv region during a training flight; Of the 20 students...
  • Germany to Continue with CH-53G
    Germany to Continue with CH-53G 29 September 2020
    Germany has postponed plans to award a contract to replace its heavy-lift helicopters because the bids on the table are uneconomical, the defence ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry announced that offers from American firms Boeing and Lockheed Martin for the Chinook and the King Stallion, respectively, too expensive. Germany decided to replace its ageing fleet of CH-53G transport helicopters in 2017 and launched a tender process in June 2019. Boeing and Lockheed Martin had submit...
  • NATO Orders New Tanker
    NATO Orders New Tanker 28 September 2020
    The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has ordered a new Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft for NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Following Luxembourg's decision to maximise its participation in the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet programme (MMF), OCCAR decided to purchase the new aircraft. With this decision, NATO's MMF fleet will have a total of nine aircraft; air-to-air refuelling, strategic transport and medical evacuation needs. The...
  • Made in UK Policy for Support Ships
    Made in UK Policy for Support Ships 27 September 2020
      British government altered the status of support ships. They will be considered as a warship. Previously the Government had argued that the new Fleet Solid Support Ships were not warships and as such, were eligible for international tendering rather than being restricted to British shipyards. The £1.5bn competition to build up to three Fleet Solid Support Ships was suspended last year and an update was due this autumn. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace t...
  • Göktuğ Continues Test Flights
    Göktuğ Continues Test Flights 27 September 2020
      The Ministry of National Defence announced Turkey's first air-to-air missile project Göktuğ the test flight continues. The ministry's statement on social media accounts is, "GÖKTUĞ Air-Air Missile Test Flights continue to be carried out by the 401st Test Fleet Command with the support of the 101st Air-Refueling Fleet Command." TUBITAK SAGE developed Turkey's first air-to-air Göktuğ Project. Infrared Image seeker head (IIR) 25 k...
  • Second Deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    Second Deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection 25 September 2020
    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Özmen, was awarded a second $46,997,170 contract for two additional Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), bringing total MEA aircraft orders to four in 2020. SNC has been the prime systems engineer and integrator for the MEA fleet since 2009. The MEA aircraft is a fully certified, highly-missionized version of the King Air 350, equipped w...
  • Russian Submarine Kazan Begins Naval Tests
    Russian Submarine Kazan Begins Naval Tests 23 September 2020
    Russia's modernized Project 855 Yasen class (NATO code: Severodvinsk) submarine Kazan (K-561) began sea tests in the White Sea. The nuclear submarine's underwater systems and mechanisms will be tested. After the completion of the trials, which will be attended by ships and submarines belonging to the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet, the platforms will return to their permanent base in Severodvinsk. Launched in 2017, Kazan has a low acoustic. Similar to nuclear ba...
  • “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program
    “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program 22 September 2020
    Britain plans to downsize its Boeing E-7 Wedgetail AEW aircraft order as price goes higher. The original price tag was $1.98 billion in March 2019, but in the past 16 months, the cost has increased to $2.68 billion. United Kingdom Defence Ministry has opened talks with Boeing to reduce its order for E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning aircraft, less than 18 months after signing a $1.98 billion contract to buy five of the aircraft. The original contract was a sole source b...
  • Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet
    Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet 21 September 2020
    Switzerland will vote on the purchase of new fighter jets. Many oppose the idea, saying the country can neither afford nor need warplanes. "Who is our enemy? Who is attacking a small, neutral country surrounded by NATO?" Social Democratic MP Priska Seiler asked. Thomas Hurter, a Member of Parliament for the Swiss People's Party, said Switzerland should protect itself without relying on other countries. "If we don't replace the old planes, it means we don't...
  • Greece investigating Dutch Frigates "M"
    Greece investigating Dutch Frigates "M" 21 September 2020
    The Greek Navy has reportedly been involved in a process of official clarification of what is happening with the Dutch "M" (Karel Doorman-class) frigates. The two Dutch ships, which are the next generation of Greek "S",(Elli-class frigates)  are considered as an ideal "intermediate" solution to replace an equal number of non-modernized frigates of the type serving in the Greek Fleet. The Dutch navy has initially...
  • 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...
  • GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine
    GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine 19 September 2020
    GE Aviation delivered the first of 19 engines that will power the initial eight models of Boeing’s F-15EX advanced Eagle, which will begin combined developmental and operational tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., early next year, the company said Sept. 16. In June, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCM) awarded GE Aviation a Lot 1 contract to produce 19 F110-GE-129 engines, including installs and spares and modernized engine monitoring system computers for the F-...
  • France Retires First Stratotanker
    France Retires First Stratotanker 18 September 2020
        French Air Force and Space Command ( Armée de l'Air de l'Espace / AdlAdlE) retires the first C-135FR Stratotanker (Serial 475/93-CF).  AdlAdlE will cease aircraft from operations on 7 October 2020 The AdlAdlE started to use twelve Boeing C-135FRs from 1964 onwards. The dozen aircraft were assigned to the French Strategic Air Forces and mainly in use to support the nuclear-capable Mirage IVA. That nuclear deterrence mission was la...
  • US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships
    US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships 18 September 2020
    A recent Congressional Research Service Report reveals that the US Navy may swap out traditional ships for crewless vessels. According to the report, the Navy is requesting about $580 million in research and development funding for the fiscal year 2021 for on developing and producing several types of large unmanned vehicles (UVs) their enabling technologies. “The Navy wants to acquire these large UVs as part of an effort to shift the Navy to a more distributed fleet ...
  • IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs
    IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs 17 September 2020
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has introduced MultiFlyer, a UAV squadron of small unmanned helicopters that can fulfil a large range of non-military tasks. MultiFlyer provides advanced monitoring capabilities for large areas and is based on commercial, off-the-shelf helicopter UAVs from Alpha Unmanned Systems integrated with components from IAI and several Israeli start-up companies. The command and control system was designed by Simplex and the area scanning technologies are powered by Si...
  • Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA
    Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA 16 September 2020
    The debate over the operational readiness levels of aircraft carriers in the United States continues. Pentagon officials argue that aircraft carriers are available, but the rhetoric between the Navy and the White House that the level of preparation for the platforms is both costly and long-lasting. Rear Admiral John Meier, commander of the US Atlantic Navy Air Force, described the operational presence of the ships as "the number one concern." Rear Admiral Meier said that s...
  • the UK is not Retiring Battle Tanks
    the UK is not Retiring Battle Tanks 15 September 2020
    UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has dismissed earlier reports that the British Army is planning to retire its tanks. Last month, The Times’ reported that the British Army was planning to focus on evolving technologies such as cyber and space warfare. As a result of such efforts Main Battle Tanks like Challenger 2 (MBTs) Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) would be retired Denying the speculation, Wallace told BBC: “The idea that tanks won&rsquo...
  • ASELPOD Sharing from MSB
    ASELPOD Sharing from MSB 15 September 2020
    The Ministry of Defense shared information from its social media accounts. and visuals about the tests of the ASELPOD targeting and marking pod developed by ASELSAN. Turkish Air Force 401st Fleet carries out the acceptance test flights of mass production pods. In the published video, F-16 and F-4 planes were switched to flight. The images included a thermal image of the F-4E 2020 Terminator fighter aircraft. These images were taken from the ASELPOD integrated under the engine air in...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • Sivrihisar took Off
    Sivrihisar took Off 13 September 2020
        Sivrihisar Aviation Shows are held this year without an audience due to the coronavirus outbreak. The shows are broadcast live on television, YouTube and Facebook. Gendarmerie Steel Wings Acrobatic Team, Ali İsmet Öztürk and Mor Menekşe and 201st Ak Fleet also participate in the demonstrations attended by Solotürk, one of the aerobatic teams of the Turkish Air Force. The event also includes many historical and valuable aircr...
  • Turkish SDB on its Way
    Turkish SDB on its Way 12 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. İsmail Demir announced on his social media account that the Turkish Small Diameter Bomb is in the test phase. Demir said, “4 bombs can be carried on an F-16 wing with the improved multi-transport area. "We aim to integrate the 145-kg Miniature Bomb, which will be two different warheads with penetrating and particle effect, into our UAVs." ASELSAN is carrying out the Miniature Bomb Development Project, which is the equivalent...
  • 5th British P-8 Poseidon ‘Fulmar’ Rolls Off Production Line
    5th British P-8 Poseidon ‘Fulmar’ Rolls Off Production Line 10 September 2020
    The 5th British P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft has rolled out of final assembly. The aircraft is named ‘Fulmar’ after a type of seabird. This comes not long after news that the P-8 Poseidon aircraft three and four are soon to be delivered to the UK, bringing the fleet up to 4 aircraft. “Very excited to see our next 2 Poseidon in the final stages of build. Thanks Boeing, keep up the great work.” The British Poseidon MRA Mk1 fleet cur...
  • US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation
    US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation 10 September 2020
      Bell Textron has received a $13.5 million multi-year contract from US Army Contracting Command to conduct design studies, analysis, simulation, testing, integration and fabrication activities in connection with the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme. Operating within the FARA concept, the U.S. Army expected to replace the OH-58 Scout helicopter. The FARA competition seeks to test and acquire a next-generation attack reconnaissance aircraft to fil...
  • Su-30SM2 with new Engine to fly before end of 2020
    Su-30SM2 with new Engine to fly before end of 2020 10 September 2020
    The modernized Su-30SM2 fighter will make its first flight by the end of 2020. The aircraft will be powered up with Su-35s AL-41F1S engine "product 117S".  AL-41F-1S has all-aspect thrust vector control. The service life of the aircraft engine is two times higher than that of the Saturn AL-31FP, Su-30’s former power plant. The new Su-30SM2's onboard electronics, radar, optical location station will be improved, and the range of weapons wi...
  • Demir: Hisar A+ Coming
    Demir: Hisar A+ Coming 9 September 2020
    Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir shared information about the latest situation regarding HİSAR air Defence missile systems. Demir visited the test range to follow the rocket competitions organized under the sponsorship of Roketsan and Tübitak SAGE within the scope of Teknofest and answered the questions of a television channel. Regarding Hisar-A, Demir said, “We shot a wide variety of shots in this area, there was one shot around 28-29 as I know it. Our Hisar...

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