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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Qatari Apache Production Completed
    Qatari Apache Production Completed 16 June 2020
    Qatar, which has recently signed important procurement agreements, is about to complete the attack helicopter acquisition process. Boeing, one of the leading defence and aviation companies of the USA, announced that the manufacturing process has been finished in Qatar AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Within the scope of the activities carried out at the company's facility in Mesa, Arizona, the test flights of the platforms were also completed. It is stated that all helicopters ...
  • FC-31 Could Be Deployed on Aircraft Carrier
    FC-31 Could Be Deployed on Aircraft Carrier 6 June 2020
    The pilot training program of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has been raised in the country. A video of plan for pilot training has been released on China Central Television 7 (CCTV 7). The Shenyang FC-31 fighter jet, which was shown as a counterpart to the F-35 Lightning II, was allegedly viewed in the PLAN video. A pilot who sat on the platform thought to be FC-31 and information about the application process was included in the video. In the early ...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • First F 39 Gripen Units Will Arrive Brazil Next Year
    First F 39 Gripen Units Will Arrive Brazil Next Year 14 March 2020
    The commander of Wing 2 (Air Base), aviation colonel Gustavo Pestana Garcez, confirmed the arrival schedule of the first F-39 Gripen fighters, manufactured by SAAB, from Sweden, for the Brazilian Air Force. The forecast is that the first four units, out of a total of 36 aircraft purchased by the Brazilian government, will arrive at the military unit between the months of September and October 2021. A little earlier, in April, Wing 2 will also receive modern simulators of flights. After the ar...
  • ZMA-15: Story of an IFV From Cyprus to Syria 10 March 2020
    Turkey used the right of guarantee in 1974, which was granted by international agreement for the Cyprus Peace Operation, faced with the fact of an embargo. Sanctions have revealed the lack of factories that have been closed in the past. The platform, which is the product of this breakthrough, has added a new one to its success in Syria. Turkish jets started warning flights on the island to protect the rights of the life of Turkish people in Cyprus. On top of that, the US President L...
  • Russian Airspace Opened Its Doors
    Russian Airspace Opened Its Doors 25 February 2020
    The USA, Canada and Norway will fly in the Russian airspace for the next four days. As part of the Treaty on Open Skies, which was signed in 1992 and entered into force in 2002, Swedish production Saab 340 aircraft will take off from Kubinka. The agreement, which has 34 member states, includes unarmed observation flights in the participating countries. Observation flights are made over the territories of the United States, Canada, European countries, and Russia.
  • Supersonic Jet Will Fly at The End of 2020
    Supersonic Jet Will Fly at The End of 2020 11 February 2020
    The X-59 Supersonic jet that NASA and Lockheed Martin are working on has just a little time to take off. While it is stated that the platform will take off at the end of 2020, it is aimed to start test flights in 2022. NASA seeks to develop it into an ultra-quiet craft that can travel faster than the speed of sound across the land. Further testing will follow the plane's completion this year to ensure that this is the case and that the aircraft not only functions and reaches the...
  • Dream Come True for 5th Generation with Remote Flight of Growler
    Dream Come True for 5th Generation with Remote Flight of Growler 5 February 2020
    Concept of teamed manned and unmanned aerial vehicles is one step closer. Within the scope of a series of tests carried out in 2019, two unmanned platforms' control and management were made by another aircraft. Two EA-18G Growler electronic warfare and SEAD (Surpression of Enemy Air Defence) platforms were controlled through a third EA-18G as part of the activities carried out in cooperation with the US Navy and Boeing. Four flight trials carried out in the program, wh...
  • First USMC F-35C is Operational
    First USMC F-35C is Operational 24 January 2020
    The USA left another important milestone behind the F-35C Lightning II aircraft. Five years after the delivery of first F-35C Lightning II (serial number 114), the first US Marine Corps operational unit received the F-35C Lightning II. The platform, which will be used for pilot training missions first, was assigned to VMFA 314 "Black Nights" (Marine Fighter Attack Squadron). The unit, which stopped flights with F/A-18 Hornet aircraft in June of last year, en...
  • Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea
    Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea 22 January 2020
    Russia and Japan, which frequently coma face to face due to the Kuril Islands and coastal waters problems have come up with an astonishing attempt recently. The Russian Baltic Fleet ship RFNS Yaroslav Mudry and the Russian naval tanker Yelnya and the Viktor Konetsky tugboat, and the JS Harusame (DD 102) destroyer, carried out joint exercises in the Arabian Sea. Within the scope of the trainings, activities such as communication with the flashlight communication trainings&n...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland
    Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland 14 January 2020
    Finland, which has announced procurement programs for the replacing of aging platforms in inventory, has started to looking for alternatives for the F/A-18 Hornets. In this context, the test phase has started in the HX Program, which is planned for the trial and evaluation process of the candidate aircraft. Within the scope of the HX Program, whose total cost is estimated to reach 10 billion Euros; invitation for tender letters have been sent for Lockhe...
  • U.S. Army Apaches being armed with Spike NLOS
    U.S. Army Apaches being armed with Spike NLOS 12 January 2020
    The U.S. Army is buying an unspecific number of Israeli-made, Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missiles for its Apache helicopters. An Army Requirements Oversight Council decision has authorised the service to acquire missiles current and future aviation. The service fired the Spike NLOS missile from AH-64E Apache attack helicopters both in Israel and at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, last year.  Defence News witnessed the demonstration flights; The AH-64 hid behind 1,60...
  • Second Flight from Akıncı
    Second Flight from Akıncı 12 January 2020
    Akinci UAV from Bayraktar company made its second flight in an about 1-month interval. According to the information shared by the company's social media accounts, the first flight of the UAV took place on 6 December 2019. The UAV took off for the second time on 10 January 2020. The second flight aimed at system verification purposes and lasted 1 hour and 6 minutes. This UAV flew at an altitude of 5 000 feet. The interval between the first and second flights gives a clue as to how many unk...
  • Russian Su-57 to Get New Weapons
    Russian Su-57 to Get New Weapons 30 December 2019
    The head of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) has revealed that they are developing new, advanced weapons for Su-57 stealth fighter jet. Yury Slyusar, the director-general of UAC, was quoted as saying by Sputnik on Monday; “The Su-57 will be able to use many new means of destruction - some of them have already been created, others are being developed. Tests will continue consistent with the new functions and new goals.” Earlier this month, a senior official fro...
  • Restriction of KC-46 Lifted
    Restriction of KC-46 Lifted 25 December 2019
    Cargo ban of the KC-46, which was struggling with problems in the development process and in the post-delivery, has been lifted. About three months ago, it was found that the floor cargo locking components on the floor suffered mechanical problems. After the first inspection, the transportation of personnel and cargo was banned in KC-46A Pegasus for detailed research. In the inspections, it was found that the mechanisms that had to be locked automatically were not locked d...
  • Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles
    Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles 25 December 2019
    Leonardo has demonstrated its new M-40 target drone against MBDA-made Mistral surface-to-air missile, in Italy. Leonardo has concluded a series of flights with its M-40 target drone as part of a trials campaign in Italy. This saw the drones simulating modern airborne threats, allowing for the realistic demonstration of MBDA’s latest surface-to-air Mistral missile. The missile intercepted the target, proving its capabilities and allowing MBDA to collect valuable dat...
  • 6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force
    6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force 24 December 2019
    The Swiss parliament on Friday approved the purchase of new fighter jets for around $6 billion, but the Socialist Party immediately demanded the question be put to a referendum. Switzerland began seeking replacements for its ageing fleet of fighter jets more than a decade ago. In 2014, the country looked set to purchase 22 Gripen E fighter jets from Swedish group Saab. But Bern has not given up on its quest to boost its fleet, with the government warning that the country's F/A-18s will re...
  • F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter
    F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter 4 November 2019
    An incredible blunder was made by the Dutch to 'unveil' their first F-35 multi-role F-35 multi-role operational stealth fighter jet. The Royal Netherlands Air Force celebrated with an event the launch of its first stealth F-35 fighter aircraft, but an unexpected blunder spoiled the event, with many staying awake. In particular, the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) was coated with fire-retardant foam instead of water, ...
  • Second Altimeter Export from METEKSAN
    Second Altimeter Export from METEKSAN 17 October 2019
    Meteksan Defence exported its radar altimeter developed for aerial platforms to an Asian country. The company announced its contract that took place in September with a press release. The radar altimeters are designed, developed and produced by Meteksan Defence in accordance with military standards. They are operated at aircraft, helicopters, UAVs and guided projectiles, for as low altitude, high-speed flights. Altimeters require low input power, operate in a wide frequency band and...
  • Russia's New Transport Aircraft to Continue Test Flights in 2020 10 October 2019
      New developments have taken place in the IL-112V program, designed by Russia after the Soviet Union from scratch. Ilyushin IL-112V, the light transport plane will replace the ageing Antonov An-26 and An-24 airlifters in the Russian military. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that work is underway to reduce the weight of the platform and that the flight tests are aimed to be resumed in the first quarter of 2020. Redesign work on the aircraft was ordered after the air...
  • Production Approval for HH-60W
    Production Approval for HH-60W 26 September 2019
    Lockheed Martin announced that the Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, the M-level UH-60 Black Hawk general-purpose helicopter, has received Milestone C initial production approval. The Combat Rescue Helicopter will perform combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all U.S. military services. The joint Sikorsky and USAF flight test team have executed over 70 hours of envelope expansion flights. A much-improved version of the 1970s UH-60 Black Hawk design, ...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts 24 September 2019
    The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refuelling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of four flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed b...
  • Japan to acquire SM-3 Block IIA Missiles
    Japan to acquire SM-3 Block IIA Missiles 28 August 2019
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of up to 73 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA with support for an estimated cost of $3.295 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to 73 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles. Also included are MK 29 Canisters with packing, handl...
  • Apaches Return to Skies 13 August 2019
      Recently, the European press announced that some AH-64 Apache helicopters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force were grounded. The first of these platforms started to test flights two days ago.  Helicopters grounded until a second order after technical personnel detected structural problems in the tail rotor during standard maintenance procedures last June. The Netherlands Armed Forces said in a statement, no problems detected at eight AH-64 which located at Fort ...
  • Bolt Problem on Tiger
    Bolt Problem on Tiger 9 August 2019
    The Bundeswehr has grounded its fleet of Tiger attack helicopters following a safety warning issued by Airbus Helicopters. The manufacturer, Airbus Helicopters, warned that a titanium bolt of the Main Rotor Control may show unusual weakness and break during flights. Such failure could potentially lead to a crash. Thus, the Bundeswehr has decided to ground the fleet and inspect each aircraft.   The same problem was also identified on the German NH90 and EC135 helicopte...
  • Marine Patrol Mission to be Provided with CAMCOPTER S-100
    Marine Patrol Mission to be Provided with CAMCOPTER S-100 25 July 2019
      Croatia to deploy CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS, produced by Schiebel, for maritime surveillance missions. Croatia issued request to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for CAMCOPTER S-100 maritime surveillance services. Starting in the summer of 2019, the service provision for Croatia will assist in maritime Coast Guard functions such as search and rescue, monitoring and surveillance, ship and port security. For these purposes, the CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System  will...