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  • Delivery Date for Okhotnik Is Forwarded
    Delivery Date for Okhotnik Is Forwarded 5 August 2020
    Russia's jet-powered drone Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik will be operational before the scheduled service date. It was stated that the drone will begin armed trial flights for offensive missions in 2023 and will enter inventory in 2025. The Ministry of Defence has ordered the speed of the program for drones. United Aircraft Corporation General Manager Yury Slyusar later announced that the drone will begin being delivered to the Russian Armed Forces in 2024. Okhotnik, who made h...
  • New Helmet Mounted Display for F-16
    New Helmet Mounted Display for F-16 5 August 2020
    F-16 Fighting Falcon, which is one of the most successful fighters in the world, continues its development. The platform, which made its first flight more than 40 years ago, is getting stronger every day in order to meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the platforms, recently announced that a new helmet-mounted cueing system has been flight-tested for the "V" model of the F-16s. It is stated that the new system is Elbit prod...
  • New User for A400M
    New User for A400M 5 August 2020
    The production process of the A400M transport aircraft program continues at full speed. There has been good news for Belgium, which recently retired a C-130H Hercules transport aircraft. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, announced that the first A400M manufactured for the Belgian Air Force meets the sky. Within the scope of the activity, the platform numbered MSN106 performed its first flight on July 30 at the facilities in Seville, Spain, which also bas...
  • Domestic Production Device from ASELSAN for Air Defence
    Domestic Production Device from ASELSAN for Air Defence 4 August 2020
    New integration work was carried out on the Pedestal Mounted Stinger (KMS) systems developed as the main contractor of ASELSAN. National IFF Short / Medium Range Interrogator Devices were integrated into KMS, which has two separate configurations, ATILGAN and ZIPKIN. Ground tests of the study carried out within the scope of the Friendly Enemy Recognition Identification Systems (IFF MOD-5) Project were conducted on 1-3 July. In the ground tests, using the National IFF Inter...
  • First Egyptian Su-35s Spotted
    First Egyptian Su-35s Spotted 3 August 2020
    The first three Su-35 fighter jets that Russia is producing for Egypt’s air force have been seen flying in Russia. The production had started at the Gagarin Aircraft Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Five aircraft were spotted in flight at Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport in central Russia with serials 9210, 9212 and 9214 visible. They were en route from the factory 3 600 km away. In early May, satellite imagery appeared to show four of the aircraft on the ground at the Komsomolsk-on...
  • BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020.
    BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020. 2 August 2020
    The British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company release its 2020 half-year results. It warned the Group is subject to geopolitical uncertainties and there remains considerable uncertainty in respect of COVID-19. The company says that, including the two acquisitions, it expects the Group’s sales to increase by a low-single-digit percentage compared to last year, as there are increased volumes in F-35, Combat Vehicles and growth in the electronic defence portf...
  • Moody's downgrades Rolls-Royce to Ba2 from Baa3
    Moody's downgrades Rolls-Royce to Ba2 from Baa3 30 July 2020
    Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the long-term senior unsecured rating of Rolls-Royce plc to Ba2 from Baa3. Concurrently Moody's has assigned a corporate family rating of Ba2 and Ba2-PD probability of default rating to the company. The outlook remains negative. Today's rating action reflects: • Moody's expectations of substantial cash outflows in 2020 and 2021 resulting in materially increased leverage, more than Moody's previous expectations ...
  • Japan to Decide Next Fighter Maker
    Japan to Decide Next Fighter Maker 29 July 2020
    Japan's Ministry of Defence will partner with only one Japanese company to lead the development of next-generation fighter planes, according to Nikkei Daily. Previous fighters were imported from the U.S. or manufactured by Japanese companies under US license. The selected company will develop and manufacture a replacement for the current F-2 jets as they will be decommissioned around 2035. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Subaru and IHI will be c...
  • First Autonomous Flight from French Drone
    First Autonomous Flight from French Drone 29 July 2020
    The VSR700 VTOL rotary wing UAV prototype developed by Airbus Helicopters completed its first autonomous flight. The VSR700, which took off as part of a risk-free effort by Airbus Helicopters and Naval Group, operated a 10-minute flight in the south of France. The rotary wing UAV, which is expected to begin sea tests next year, has a maximum take-off weight of between 500 and 1,000 kg. The platform, which can be equipped with a large number of sea sensors, will be deployed...
  • AG600 Takeoff From Sea
    AG600 Takeoff From Sea 29 July 2020
    Amphibious aircraft are particularly important for the supply of areas that are not suitable for runway construction. China has announced that the AG600 amphibious aircraft makes its first flight from the sea. In the test flight conducted on July 26, the platform was took off from the Qingdao coast in Shandong District. The AG600 landed at Rizhao Shanzihe Airport after testing its manoeuvrability on a 31-minute trial flight. The platform had its first take off from the water on Octo...
  • First Flight from Heron TP UAV to Be Delivered to Germany
    First Flight from Heron TP UAV to Be Delivered to Germany 29 July 2020
    The Heron TP UAV, which will be delivered to Germany, has completed its first flight in Israel. An agreement was reached with the German Ministry of Defence in 2018 for the platform produced by Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI). Under the agreement, which includes maintenance and training services, German Air Force personnel are training at an IAF base with their Israeli counterparts. The drone has undergone design changes in accordance with Germany's needs....
  • Russia Completed Hypersonic Weapons Tests
    Russia Completed Hypersonic Weapons Tests 27 July 2020
    Russia’s president Vlademir Putin stated that the tests of Tsirkon hypersonic naval missile are completed. He stated this at the main naval parade in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Interfax reports. According to Defpost.com, the weapon was fired from warship Admiral Gorshkov. 3M22 Tsirkon/3M22 Zircon missile (NATO reporting name: SS-N-33)  have been in development for over 20 years. The weapon reportedly has a maximum flight speed of Mach 9 and a range of over 1,000 ...
  • Retirement Time for C-130 Hercules
    Retirement Time for C-130 Hercules 26 July 2020
    The development of the C-130 Hercules, which has successfully served in the inventory of many countries since its introduction in 1956, continues. On the other hand, users retire platforms that have reached the end of their economic life in inventory. Belgium has announced that fourth of the C-130H Hercules transport aircraft that have been in its inventory for nearly 50 years has been phased out. Currently, seven of the platforms planned to be replaced by Airbus A400Ms continue to ...
  • Virtual Aviation Fair from Eurasia 24 July 2020
    The second of Eurasia Airshow will be the first stage of this year. The fair, which was first held in Antalya in 2018, will be moved to the virtual environment this year. Aircraft will fly, participants will watch from the computer. Eurasia senior manager Hakan Kurt shared information about the future of the fair at the press conference that he held today. The fair was originally planned to take place in April 2020 but was postponed to a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ...
  • Armed Utility Helicopter on Trials
    Armed Utility Helicopter on Trials 24 July 2020
    Armed utility helicopters are game-changer as they provide air support to the unit they carry in air assault or special force operations. Russia, which has utility helicopters equipped with heavy weapons in its inventory for many years, announced that the tests of the new platform have been started. Mi-8 AMTSh-VN, which performs its first flight at the Mil and Kamov National Helicopter Center, where the facilities of Mil and Kamov Companies are located, will offer stronger air ...
  • New Artillery Shell for New Howitzer
    New Artillery Shell for New Howitzer 24 July 2020
    The development of the elements that will infiltrate behind the front and hunt the field artillery and the increase in air support costs encourage countries to develop longer-range artillery systems. The U.S. made a $ 33 million deal with BAE Systems for the new long-range artillery system. In this context, the company will manufacture LR-PGK (Long Range Precision Guidance Kit) for 155 mm artillery rounds. The system, which is stated to be critical for the Army's long-range arti...
  • Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training
    Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training 21 July 2020
    Finding a multinational solution for the aerial refuelling requirement, NATO countries recently received the first aircraft. The Dutch Military Aviation Authority, cleared the way for the training activities for MMF1 airworthy approval which was delivered to the customer within the scope of MMU Programme under the management of OCCAR (Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation / Joint Armaments Cooperation Organization) and support of NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Ag...
  • German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1
    German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1 20 July 2020
    Airbus Defence and Space and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed a renewed service contract agreement for Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation in Afghanistan and Mali. In Afghanistan, Heron 1 Services has been extended in March 2020, for the period June 2020 / May 2021. Comparably in Mali, Heron 1 services have also been extended for the period August 2020 /July 2021 (with an option f...
  • China Will Have A New Eye in the Ocean
    China Will Have A New Eye in the Ocean 18 July 2020
    The sea variant of the CH-5 UAV developed by China has completed its first flight.  Developed to carry out surveillance missions at sea, the drone has a radar system for extensive scanning. Compared to the standard CH-5 UAV, the components of the new platform have been replaced with titanium to be compatible with the marine environment.  The maximum take-off weight of the CH-5 Drones with a wingspan of 21 meters is 3,300 kilograms. Platforms can stay in the air for 35 ...
  • Azerbaijan and Turkey Partnership in Defence Industry
    Azerbaijan and Turkey Partnership in Defence Industry 17 July 2020
    Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries, hosted Kerem Mustafayev, Army Commander of Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic, and Ramiz Tahirov, Deputy Minister of Defence and Commander of the Air Force of Azerbaijan. "Our defence industry is always at the disposal of Azerbaijan with all its experience, technology and capabilities, from our armed drones to our munitions and missiles, electronic warfare systems," Prof. Dr. Demir said of the meeting, in which cooperat...
  • Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender
    Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender 16 July 2020
    The aerial refuelling procedure is a matter that takes aircraft endurance and range beyond limits. For this reason, the refuelling aircraft, which are serving as "flying gas stations", are important power multipliers for the air forces. Retirement time came for the KC-10 Extender refuelling tankers, who have been in the US Air Force inventory for 39 years. The first platform, which will be replaced by the KC-46A Pegasus, which has come to the fore with frequent problems, w...
  • Gray Wolf Ready to Take Off
    Gray Wolf Ready to Take Off 16 July 2020
    The 416th Flight Test Squadron recently completed a round of tests of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s “Gray Wolf” prototype cruise missile at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Gray Wolf is a DoD-directed prototype production and demonstration of low-cost, subsonic and networked collaborative cruise missiles. The missiles are designed to launch in a swarm to target enemy integrated air defence threats. The missiles offer a stand-off solution for the ...
  • TUSAS's Şimşek UAV to Be Used in Azerbaijan
    TUSAS's Şimşek UAV to Be Used in Azerbaijan 13 July 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) tested the Şimşek High Speed Target Drone System in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani media reported. The report said Şimşek was selected for use in the shooting tests carried out by the Azerbaijan Air Force to test the effectiveness of air defence systems. A total of six flights have been completed in three days near Baku. It is stated that Şimşek is integrated into Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Anka UAV. It can be used in radar tracking...
  • 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...
  • Russia to Test-Angara Light Carrier Rocket
    Russia to Test-Angara Light Carrier Rocket 4 July 2020
    Russia will carry out final flight tests of the latest Angara-1.2 light carrier rocket. Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Sergei Surovikin said that Angara-1.2 light carrier rocket would require three test-launches on Friday. “As part of the experimental design work, the flight tests of the Angara space rocket are taking place. They envisage six launches of the Angara-A5 heavy rocket and three launches of the Angara-1.2 light carrier,” Surovikin said in an interview wit...
  • 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...
  • Russia integrates Helicopters and Drones
    Russia integrates Helicopters and Drones 3 July 2020
    According to Russian Izvestia Daily, the latest Kamov Ka-52M ((NATO Call Hokum-B) helicopter will be able to interact with drones due to special onboard communication equipment and controls. The new integration will allow pilots to see images through drones in real-time and control drone flight in future. According to daily, upgraded Ka-52M will have direct communications with a drone, defence industry and military sources said. The technical assignment for the new system has been f...
  • New Apache Order
    New Apache Order 2 July 2020
    AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, which have made their maiden flight in 1975 and have been in production since 1983, do not lose their popularity. Morocco, which has entered a remarkable arms race with the countries in the region, has ordered the AH-64E Apache to the USA. The country will receive a total of 24 platforms within the scope of procurement, the total cost of which is estimated at 440 million USD. According to the statement from Boeing, deliveries that will start in 2024 ...
  • Drone Launched Drone
    Drone Launched Drone 1 July 2020
    Unmanned aerial vehicles, which are expanding day by day, are gaining new abilities for different mission types. Being the largest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the USArmy inventory, MQ-1C Gray Eagle will use ALTIUS (Air-Launched, Tube Integrated, Unmanned System)-600. Developed for special missions such as intelligence, observation and reconnaissance, the system will be used in environments, where contains high enemy threat. Described as air-launched eff...
  • 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...
  • Problematic Helicopter
    Problematic Helicopter 29 June 2020
    NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) helicopters are one of the platforms that users frequently complain due to the high maintenance costs in addition to their high operating costs. Belgium announced that the mission plans will be reduced due to the high operating costs of NH90 TTH helicopters. In addition to the high operating costs, the decision taken due to frequent maintenance requirements, high failure rate and lack of personnel. Currently, there are eight platfor...
  • Turkey's Cargo UAV Period
    Turkey's Cargo UAV Period 29 June 2020
    An agreement has been reached for the purchase of rotary winged drones in turkey's inventory in accordance with the needs of the security forces. A contract was signed between the Presidency of Defence Industry and the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) Cargo UAV, which began its tender in 2018. The Cargo UAV system is expected to be mass-produced in 2021. It was announced that the drone will carry 50 kilograms of useful cargo and will ...
  • Date Set for Turkey's Unmanned Fighter Jet
    Date Set for Turkey's Unmanned Fighter Jet 26 June 2020
    Baykar Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar took part in an event organized by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of National Education. Bayraktar, who collected his company's work in the presentation, made statements about the uav and armed unmanned aerial vehicle systems.   Baykar production Bayraktar TB2 took part in many operations. Finally, the TB2 used in Operation Spring Shield successfully completed more than 80 percent of the tasks, Selcuk Bayraktar said. The com...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Alpagu Tactical Attack UAV will Soon be in Inventory
    Alpagu Tactical Attack UAV will Soon be in Inventory 25 June 2020
    Suicide Drones, developed by STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM), continue the process of being operational in the Turkish Armed Forces. The countdown has begun for the delivery of Alpagu, a Fixed-Wing Autonomous Tactical Attack UAV, to the forces. Alpagu, developed in line with the need in areas such as asymmetric warfare and anti-terror, stands out for its small size and functionality. Easily transportable UAV has the ability to intelligently...
  • Greek, Israeli and US Cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: Themistoklis
    Greek, Israeli and US Cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: Themistoklis 23 June 2020
    In February 2020 ONEX Neorion Shipyards and Israel Shipyards signed a contract for the co-production and co-development of vessels. The agreement was part of Greece’s cooperation and strategic relationship with Israel in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. An agreement for the co-production of the “Themistoklis” corvette is the result of this agreement. According to today’s announcement of the company that manages the shipyards of Neorio in Syros, the co...
  • Russian MiG-29 and Su-24 Combat Jets Caught In-Flight in Libya
    Russian MiG-29 and Su-24 Combat Jets Caught In-Flight in Libya 20 June 2020
    Russian MiG-29 Fulcrums and Su-24 Fencers are caught in the air at Al Jufrah Air Base in Libya. Russia sent at least 14 combat jets, in total, to support Khalifa Haftar. Images prove that the jets are now actively flying. U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) released two new images of Al Jufrah, which it said were taken on June 18, 2020, one of which showed a Su-24 Fencer taking off from the base. The other picture showed a MiG-29 parked in front of a hardened aircraft shelter, as well as ...
  • First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation
    First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation 19 June 2020
    The "Industrial Cooperation Days in Defence and Aviation" organized for the fifth time this year will be held through virtual and face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICDDA event organized by the OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster (OSSA) every two years to meet the right people in the Defence, aviation and space sectors, will open its doors in Ankara on October 13-15. The event will have a hybrid structure, as both virtual and face-to-face bilateral busi...