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  • A400M Certified to Low Level Automatic Flight
    A400M Certified to Low Level Automatic Flight 1 June 2020
    Developing computer technologies reduce the need for aircraft for the pilot. New generation flight computers can automatically ensure the flight control and movement of the aircraft in the light of the data collected through sensors, especially in difficult conditions where visibility is limited. This is a factor that significantly increases flight safety. Airbus announced that the first phase of the certification process of the Automatic Low-Level Flight System of the A400M mi...
  • SpaceX and NASA Accomplish a First in Space
    SpaceX and NASA Accomplish a First in Space 30 May 2020
    SpaceX has managed to send National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit. The space mission, scheduled for Wednesday, was halted 16 minutes before the countdown was completed due to adverse weather conditions. For the first time, NASA has worked with a private company to send its astronauts into space. NASA has not sent astronauts to the International Space Station on its own means since 2011, when it retired Space Mekis an...
  • Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea
    Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea 29 May 2020
    The waters in the Black Sea have been experiencing their hottest days since the end of the Cold War. Sea and air movement of NATO affiliates is very high in the region. Two B-1B Lancer affiliated to the U.S. Air Force's 28th Bomber Wing performed a long-range Bomber Task Force mission. The platforms departing from Ellsworth Air Force Base stationed in South Dakota headed over the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea after they crossed the Atlantic Ocean. During the round trip; bombe...
  • China's Wind Tunnel Ready for New Jets
    China's Wind Tunnel Ready for New Jets 28 May 2020
    The wind tunnel, built by China for nearly eight years, successfully completed its first operation. The tunnel, called FL-62, was used for an unnamed jet that was under development.  With the data provided by the 17,000-cubic meter transonic wind tunnel, it is thought that the aerodynamic design of the aircraft will be optimized and the development process will be completed in less time. The operation, completed on Tuesday, is the first-time test data for aircraft has been collected. The...
  • Low Energy Catapult Test of F-35C
    Low Energy Catapult Test of F-35C 27 May 2020
    Processes are progressing in the F-35C Lightning II, the first fifth generation CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-off But Arrested Landing) aircraft. A video about the F-35C Lightning II tests was shared on social media. In the images, the platform sunk dangerously after being released from the catapult shuttle. However, the aircraft climbed up without risking flight safety. Video shared with "Something you don’t see everyday...low energy catapult launch! That sink is ...
  • China's New Helicopter to Use on The Indian Border
    China's New Helicopter to Use on The Indian Border 27 May 2020
    Designed for operations carried out at high altitude, the AR500C unmanned helicopter successfully completed its first flight. China's platform, which it plans to deploy along the border with India, has developed the China State Aviation Industry Corporation of China/AVIC. The AR500C will be used for high altitude reconnaissance, communication relay and electronic warfare. The maximum speed of the platform is 170 kilometres an hour, the maximum take-off weight is 500 kilograms.
  • Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed
    Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed 27 May 2020
    Russia's Tu-22M3M supersonic long-range strategic bomber, through the modernization process, was tested at supersonic speed. A source told the TASS news agency that the second prototype of the Tu-22M3M completed a total of five test flights. The platform reached supersonic speed during the fourth flight. "Preliminary trials are scheduled for completion in 2020," the source added. The second prototype of the Tu-22M3M bomber successfully carried out its first flight in March 2020....
  • Unmanned Su-57
    Unmanned Su-57 23 May 2020
    While the use of unmanned aerial vehicles has become widespread day by day, studies are being conducted on the unmanned flying capability of existing manned platforms. Optional unmanned use of new generation manned jets is also on the agenda. According to the report of the Russian Sputink News Agency, progress has been made on the unpiloted mission capability for Su-57 (NATO Code: Felon) aircraft. The T-50 Test Laboratory conducted a series of test-trial activities for the...
  • Theodore Roosevelt Returns to Sea
    Theodore Roosevelt Returns to Sea 21 May 2020
    With the rapid spread of the coronavirus within the crew the US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) anchored at Guam Naval Base.  After nearly two months side-lined in Guam with a coronavirus outbreak, the USS Theodore Roosevelt has gone out to sea for training, in preparation to return to duty in the Pacific. At the end of the training, there are about 3,000 crew members expected to return to duty. More than 1,000 crew members were diagnosed with the virus. The sh...
  • F-35 Down
    F-35 Down 20 May 2020
    Equipped with state-of-the-art components, the F-35 Lightning II, which is characterized as a future aircraft thanks to its network-centric warfare capability, crashed. An F-35A Lightning II of the US Air Force was crashed during a routine night training flight while returning to the Eglin Air Force Base. Reason of inciden is unknown according to the US statement, it was stated that the pilot had ejected safely with ejection seat. The incident was recorded as the...
  • 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...
  • First Blok III Rolled-Out
    First Blok III Rolled-Out 10 May 2020
    The USA, one of the countries with the greatest severity of the virus epidemic, does not slow down in defence production. Boeing, one of the largest aerospace and defence companies of the United States, has announced that it has terminated the production activities of the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block II platforms in recent weeks. The company announced that it will focus on the production of Block III Super Hornet for the US Navy in the future, and that the first prototype wil...
  • AKINCI UAV's Second Prototype Completed
    AKINCI UAV's Second Prototype Completed 8 May 2020
    Bayraktar AKINCI UAV, developed by Baykar Defence, completed the second prototype. Baykar Defence Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar announced the second prototype from his official Twitter account. The first prototype of the platform performed its first flight test in Çorlu Airfield Command in December 2019. The payload capacity of AKINCI, which can stay in the air for 24 hours, is 1,350 kilograms. The platform, which has a maximum takeoff of five and a half tons...
  • Greece to Upgrade Coast Guard Air Platforms
    Greece to Upgrade Coast Guard Air Platforms 4 May 2020
    The Greek Marine and Island Policy Ministry have announced an international tender for the upgrade/replacement of three Reims-406 aircraft surveillance equipment and three AS365 N3 Dauphin of the six helicopters. This time the process leads to a contract, the surveillance capabilities of air forces of the Hellenic Coast Guard (LS-EL.AKT.) The budget of the program amounts to € 12,000,000  and is co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The terms o...
  • Ballistic Missile Trial
    Ballistic Missile Trial 4 May 2020
    New generation ballistic missile development and test studies are continuing both to replace the systems that end of their economic life and within the scope of new requirements. Lockheed Martin, one of the leading manufacturers of the United States, recently added a new one to its launch trial activities. As part of the US Army's Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) Program, the trial was conducted at the White Sands Missile Range based in New Mexico. It was stated that th...
  • GlobalEye Delivery
    GlobalEye Delivery 30 April 2020
    Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft stand out as platforms that strategically contribute to the capabilities of the air force. The United Arab Emirates signed an agreement with Saab in 2015 for the acquisition of GlobalEye. Announcing the procurement of two additional platforms in addition to the previous contract in November 2019, Abu Dhabi received its first platform yesterday. With the delivery in question, which constitutes an important milestone for the progra...
  • Anti-Ship Missile Tests Continues
    Anti-Ship Missile Tests Continues 28 April 2020
    Faced with Russian pressure in the eastern part of the country and in the Black Sea, Ukraine continues its missile tests despite the epidemic conditions. Kyiv carried out a new launch test as part of its steadily progressing precision-guided missile program. The trial, held on April 27, conducted at the Alibey Proving Ground, based in the southern part of the country. During the activity in which the Neptune coastal defence system was tested, the radio frequency communication module...
  • UFO Surprise from the Pentagon
    UFO Surprise from the Pentagon 28 April 2020
    The U.S. Department of Defence (Pentagon) has officially released a video Unidentified Flying Object ( UFO). The Pentagon calls these images the Unexplained Weather Phenomena ( UAP). The three videos the Pentagon shared without comments include objects recorded by U.S. Navy pilots on mission flights between 2004 and 2015. In the Pentagon's written statement on the subject, it was expressed that the publication of the videos in question did not contain sensitive informa...
  • 500th Apache Guardian Delivery
    500th Apache Guardian Delivery 24 April 2020
    The AH-64 Apache helicopter, which has been on the battlefield since 1975 when it made its first flight under the name YAH-64, left an important milestone behind. Boeing, one of the leading aviation companies of the USA, announced that the 500th AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter was delivered to the US Army. Platforms that offer important features such as joint digital interoperability, advanced situational awareness, digital avionics as well as lower maintenance costs compared...
  • Hürkuş took off for April 23
    Hürkuş took off for April 23 23 April 2020
    Turkish Aviation and Space Industry (TUSAŞ) celebrated April 23, National Sovereignty and Children's Day with a special live broadcast. In the live broadcast on the company's Instagram account, test pilot Murat Özpala first answered the questions of the children. Then, with Özpala and Barbaros Demirbaş flying Hürkuş, the viewers instantly had the chance to follow the flight from the cockpit. Approximately five thousand people watched the flight of the aircraft...
  • Kotil: TF-X and Akıncı can be integrated
    Kotil: TF-X and Akıncı can be integrated 22 April 2020
    Turkish Aerospace (TUSAŞ) CEO Dr Temel Kotil was Instagram live guest of C4Defence on April 21. Kotil made statements that would change the schedule about the Turkish Fighter Jet (TF-X) and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) integration.   Kotil stated that TUSAŞ is working with full capacity to develop systems that meet all the requirements of the modern battlefield. A question about the TF-X  and a UAV integration was posed. Kotil noted that TF-X was designed in lin...
  • Domestic Engine for Atak-2
    Domestic Engine for Atak-2 21 April 2020
    TUSAŞ General Manager Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil has been a guest on C4Defence's Instagram account. Kotil made important statements about the Heavy Attack Helicopter Project. In the Heavy Attack Helicopter, the process is proceeding at full speed. Stating that a full-scale model (mock-up) was produced within the scope of the project, Kotil announced that the studies for developing a more original system for verification flights are also progressing rapidly. It was stated that At...
  • TFX will be Tested with F110 Engine
    TFX will be Tested with F110 Engine 21 April 2020
    TUSAŞ General Manager Dr. Temel Kotil has been a guest on C4Defence's Instagram account. Kotil made important statements about the Turkish Fighter X (TFX / Milli Muharip Uçak-MMU) Project. Professor Dr. Temel Kotil informed that MMU's first flight and tests will be carried out with General Electric production F110 engines also used in F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. Stating that the date of 2023, which President Erdogan announced earlier, was preserved as the date of r...
  • New Era for Refuelling Aircraft
    New Era for Refuelling Aircraft 21 April 2020
    Aerial refuelling is undoubtedly a strategically important element that directly affects the flight profile of the aircraft and the payload they carry, hence the structure of the operation. Airbus Defence and Space has come to an end in his work that will bring a new dimension to aerial refuelling. On April 17, the company announced that the A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport / Multi-Purpose Tanker Transport) aircraft was performing fully autonomous refuelling with another platf...
  • S-400 Solution for F-35
    S-400 Solution for F-35 20 April 2020
    Turkey procured S-400 Triumf (NATO code: SA-21 Growler) air defence system from Russia and then, the future of F-35 Lightning II has become a conundrum future for the Turkish Air Force. Turkish Armed Forces acquired an S-400 system in line of the requirement for the high altitude air defence system. Then, the Washington administration stopped the F-35 deliveries and suspended the presence of Turkey in the program with these missile systems pose a threat to critical te...
  • New Face of Modernised F-16
    New Face of Modernised F-16 20 April 2020
    Indonesia, which performed the flight of the first modernised platform of the F-16 Fighting Falcon upgrade programme in the past months, introduced the aircraft with its new face. Indonesia, which started to modernize the F-16 A/B Block 15 aircraft in its inventory, shared the final livery the platform. Structural components of the aircraft have been improved as part of the Falcon STAR (Structural Augmentation Roadmap) and EMLU (Enhanced Mid-Life Upgrade) programs. In this way,...
  • Luxembourg A400M in Skies
    Luxembourg A400M in Skies 15 April 2020
    A400M production and delivery continues despite the worldwide epidemic. Airbus continues its efforts to avoid any disruption in A400M processes. In this context, the first A400M produced for Luxembourg made its first flight on April 13. After the trials conducted at the facilities located in Seville, Spain, the platform returned to the base after five hours flight safely. MSN104 that Belgium and Luxembourg will use jointly will be assigned to the 15th Air Transport Wing of...
  • F-15QA Aircraft Completes Its First Flight
    F-15QA Aircraft Completes Its First Flight 15 April 2020
    The F-15QA aircraft developed for the Qatar Emirate Air Force (QEAF) successfully performed its first flight. The platform is the version of the F-15 Advanced Eagle produced for Qatar. The plane took off from Lambert International Airport in St. Louis and remained in the air for 90 minutes. Boeing had signed contracts with Qatar in 2017 for 36 F-15QA's. Deliveries are planned to start in 2021. The company also signed another $ 500 million deal in 2019 for crew training and aircr...
  • Weird Incident
    Weird Incident 14 April 2020
    Rafale, one of the most advanced combat aircraft, witnessed a strange event last year. The French military air accident investigation agency released details of an incident that occurred in March 2019. In the incident involving a Rafale B stationed at Saint Dizier / Robinson, a 64-year-old man ejected himself "by mistake" from the aircraft. The employees of the aircraft manufacturer company have arranged a flight in the back seat of the platform to give the perso...
  • "Stallion" Refuelling Tests
    "Stallion" Refuelling Tests 14 April 2020
    The latest member of the CH-53 Stallion family, the most powerful and heaviest military helicopter in the Western world, continues testing. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced that CH-53K King Stallion helicopter made aerial refuelling tests with the KC-130J Super Hercules. The flight characteristics of the helicopter were examined in a heavy turbulent environment in the activity, which lasted 4.5 hours. The helicopter, which entered the turbulenc...
  • Intercept Trainings over Arctic
    Intercept Trainings over Arctic 10 April 2020
    The temperature in the Arctic Region is increasing day by day. In addition to the Russian bombers that warmed the cold climate of the geography and the western aircraft that took off to intercept them, the Russians also started high-altitude trainings. Aircraft assigned to the Russian Northern Fleet launched stratospheric altitude training on the Arctic. In the statement made by the command, 10 Su-24 (NATO Code: Fencer) and five MiG-31 (Foxhound) conducted day and night trainin...
  • Solving Agreement for Refueling Tanker
    Solving Agreement for Refueling Tanker 9 April 2020
    KC-46A Pegasus's full of problems career continues. The USA continues its efforts to solve the problems detected on the aircraft. Boeing and the USA signed a new agreement on April 2. Under the contract, the RVS (Remote Vision System) problems experienced in the KC-46A Pegasus will be solved. The system allows the operator to safely handle the boom system in refuelling missions. However, in some ambient conditions, depth of field problems caused by cameras prevented the saf...
  • AG600 Prepares for First Sea-Based Test Flight
    AG600 Prepares for First Sea-Based Test Flight 8 April 2020
    The AG600, China's large amphibious aeroplane, is preparing in Hubei Province to conduct its first maritime test flight this year. The aircraft has flown before. The AG600 conducted its land-based maiden flight in Zhuhai, in December 2017 and its first water-based test flight over a reservoir in Jingmen in October 2018. All previous flights took place from a controlled area like land and lake, unlike sea where conditions may vary. The amphibious air...
  • Buran’s Mriya Back On The Sky
    Buran’s Mriya Back On The Sky 29 March 2020
    World’s biggest aeroplane An-225 “Mriya” (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-225 Мрія, lit. ‘dream’ NATO reporting name: Cossack) returned to sky according to the press service of the Antonov company. The Antonov company started to repair and modernization of aircraft An-225 “Mriya” in 2018. March 25 after an 18-month outage, the plane took off from the airfield near Kyiv and held in the air for about 2 hours. The aircraft was fitted with a new contr...
  • Low Cost Turbojet on Tests
    Low Cost Turbojet on Tests 25 March 2020
    The loitering munitions, systems that enter our literature as kamikaze ammunition, especially increase their effectiveness in high numbers. When the products in question are shown as the concept of the future, when used in high numbers, destruction becomes inevitable for hostile elements. This brings along the need for cost-effective components. The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) began testing the Gray Wolf missile and turbojet engine, developed as loitering munition. ...
  • A400M Commisioned for COVID-19 Mission
    A400M Commisioned for COVID-19 Mission 24 March 2020
    Due to the epidemic caused by the Coronavirus, state authorities went to alarm. Airbus also supports fighting with COVID-19 with the platforms it uses as a test aircraft. The F-WTTO registered A330 NEO test aircraft in the Airbus company fleet recently took off from China and landed in Touluse with a load of medical equipment, devices and about 2 million masks from China. Yesterday, again, the company's EC-400 registered A400M created an air bridge between Touluse and Madrid. In...
  • JL-9 Solution
    JL-9 Solution 23 March 2020
    Aircraft carrier power is increasing worldwide. Described as a separate capability in aviation, the ship-based aircraft operation also creates the need for special equipment. China, which tries to become one of the world's leading aircraft carrier powers, continues its works without interruption. Beijing, which has commissioned the first two ships and continues the construction of the third, takes measures to meet the increasing need for aircraft and pilots. In this context...
  • Additional Jet Trainer
    Additional Jet Trainer 23 March 2020
    The advanced jet trainers approaching the end of their economic life. So they will leave their places to new ones. The US Air Force also chose the T-7A Red Hawks in the past months to replace the T-38 Talons in its inventory. For the transition to new platforms, the USA launched the Reforge Proof of Concept (RFX) process to provide advanced training in specific areas with modern training aircraft. In this process, a limited amount of aircraft procurement is planned.
  • Turkey Imported from Ukraine
    Turkey Imported from Ukraine 23 March 2020
    Turkey, which focuses on using domestic products, referring to the imported products in line with the needs time to time. Ukrainian state-owned Ukrspetsexport subsidiary, announced delivery of the radar system to Turkey. According to a report published in Ukraine, the company exported NPE Aerotechnics-MLT radar systems product two Ural and KrAZ chassis MARS-L radar system and KrAZ chassis mounted P-180U. The total cost of the delivery was announced as 11,144 mill...
  • Second Upgraded Tupolev-22M3M Makes First Flight
    Second Upgraded Tupolev-22M3M Makes First Flight 21 March 2020
    Russia’s State Agency Tass reported that country’s second overhauled and fundamentally upgraded strategic bomber Tupolev-22M3M has performed its first flight. The plane took off from and landed at the airdrome of the Kazan aircraft-building plant. The upgraded bomber is claimed to be capable of carrying cruise missiles X-32 and hypersonic missiles. The press service of Tupolev (an affiliate of Russian state corporation Rostec) has confirmed the flight, adding that the pu...