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  • Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble?
    Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble? 27 June 2020
    British independent public spending watchdog, “The National Audit Office”, has published a report into the ability of the MOD to successfully deliver Carrier Strike capability successfully. The report, published today examines how the Department has managed the programme since 2017 and how it is addressing the risks towards achieving the full capabilities of a carrier strike group. In other words, the report states concern about transforming process from a &lsq...
  • Hürkuş Was In”Dog fight” Test
    Hürkuş Was In”Dog fight” Test 22 June 2020
    New information emerges about Turkish Aerospace’s (TUSAŞ) Hürkuş-B plane, that crashed at near Ankara Beypazarı is unveiled. According to information obtained by C4Defence, two Hürkuş-B aircraft were in the air before the accident took place. Two pilots Kerem Satıcı and Hüseyin Fazla flew on the aircraft that crashed. Pilot Murat Özpala was flying with another aircraft. The two planes were on the test for air combat, for a so-called dogfight. The two planes...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries
    Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries 24 May 2020
    The first of the platforms to be provided under the NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet (MFF) programme will be delivered next month. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency manages the program. NATO member states Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands were ordered to supply eight Airbus A330 MRTTSs as part of the program. The first platform will be deployed in June at the main operations base in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Besi...
  • 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...
  • Unmanned Air Defence System
    Unmanned Air Defence System 22 May 2020
    Advancing in control and imaging technologies enable unmanned vehicles to be customized for different tasks. Unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), which started to become widespread with tasks such as weapon carrier platform and supply transportation, came to the agenda with the anti-ship missions. This time UGVs made their voice heard from Belarus with an air defence role. Belarus-based New Technologies LLC announced the unmanned aerial defence system called Berserk. Developed against lo...
  • 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...
  • Problems do not end in F-35
    Problems do not end in F-35 26 April 2020
    The problems of the F-35 Lightning II planes created by the USA within the framework of the joint attack aircraft program do not stop. Restrictions on the F-35B and F-35C aircraft used by the U.S. Navy and Navy Infantry are expected to become permanent. According to three signed reports in the US-based Defence News Magazine, the B and C versions of the F-35 can fly for a short period. Otherwise, structural damage may occur on the outer cover of the aircraft, which prevents it from b...
  • 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...
  • US F-35A Airplane Flies Over Syrian Skies
    US F-35A Airplane Flies Over Syrian Skies 19 April 2020
    The F-35 Lightning II, Joint Program Office's (JPO) twitter account, said that the US Air Force F-35A fighter plane was flying within the responsibility area of ​​the US Central Forces Command (CENTCOM). While it was announced that the plane was flying in the Al-Tanf region of Syria, no further details were provided on the subject. Al-Tanf Region, also known as "Tanf At", is a military base in the Homs Governorate of Syria, 24 km west of the Al-Tanf border crossing in ...
  • Surplus Hornets
    Surplus Hornets 14 April 2020
    The F/A-18 A/B Hornets, which brought significant capabilities to the US Navy in the late periods of the Cold War, so that it can attract worldwide customers, are started to phase out. Civilian advisory aviation companies have been in demand in the last years for the platforms that have become excessive by completing their military duties. The platforms, which are in a flying state or under conditions that can become flying through repair and maintenance, are usually acquired by US-...
  • "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...
  • Domestic Anti-Dron System
    Domestic Anti-Dron System 7 April 2020
    The rapid increase and widespread use of mini UAVs in the battlefield, urges countries to take different measures. Turkey also maintains the necessary work in this area. Within the scope of the anti-drone system need of the Turkish Armed Forces, the delivery of "İHASAVAR" systems developed by ASELSAN continues to the armed forces. The Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), which is government agency of the defence industry of Turkey, announced that the system deliver...
  • 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...
  • F-35 to Fly with Cruise Missile
    F-35 to Fly with Cruise Missile 19 March 2020
    Although many sectors are disrupted by COVID-19, many processes in the defence continue to proceed as planned. F-35 Lightning aircraft, whose effectiveness is still causing controversy, will strengthen the stealt feature of itself with the cruise missile. Raytheon and Kongsberg, who are currently working on integration, announced that the F-35s will start flying with JSM in the last period of 2020. JSMs have low radar cross-section area like the carrier platform, will...
  • Russian Navy to Track Black Sea with Ka-31P
    Russian Navy to Track Black Sea with Ka-31P 15 March 2020
    Rich hydrocarbon deposits make the Eastern Mediterranean more valuable than ever since. Russia also reacts to the increasing movements in the ancient sea, and continues to provide new systems to the Black Sea Fleet, which responsible for the region. The Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet began to receive Ka-31P airborne early warning and control helicopters. The platforms assigned within the 318th Independent Composite Air Regiment and deployed in Crimea. Thanks to its powerful ...
  • Hypersonic Missile to Go Submerged
    Hypersonic Missile to Go Submerged 11 March 2020
    Usage of the hypersonic missiles becoming common. So, the different models for different requirements began to be derived. Russia, the country that carries out the most comprehensive studies on hypersonic velocity, will submerge the systems. In the trial conducted in January, the 3M2 Zircon launched from the RFNS Admiral Gorshkov frigate. Another trial will be conducted with the RFNS Severodvinsk (K-560) submarine in the coming days. No exact date was specified f...
  • Boeing partners with Israeli Tactical Robotics Company
    Boeing partners with Israeli Tactical Robotics Company 8 March 2020
    An Israeli based company has recently signed an agreement to partner up with Boeing. The Israeli company, Tactical Robotics, has signed a partnership agreement with Boeing to study the development of ducted fan propulsion technology to be implemented in piloted and autonomous Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. As part of the partnership, the two companies will explore and determine what the opportunities that may come with developing, producing are, and marketi...
  • Engine Shut Down in T-7A
    Engine Shut Down in T-7A 29 February 2020
    T-7A Red Hawk tests, developed to replace the T-38 Talon advanced jet training aircraft, are ongoing. The U.S. Air Force chose Boeing as the main contractor for the platform. The T-7A’s only engine, GE 404, was turned off for 48 seconds when the aircraft was flying at an altitude of 20,000 feet, Boeing said in a statement. “It’s a test of all the subsystems built for backup in the event a pilot would have to shut the engine down in an emergency and power it back up again,&rd...
  • US Completed U-2 Modernisation
    US Completed U-2 Modernisation 21 February 2020
    Although manned aircraft leave their places to unmanned aerial vehicles in reconnaissance missions, manned reconnaissance missions are still crucial. That's why Dragon Lady, one of the most iconic platforms of the Cold War, continues to change to keep up with the age. The US Air Force (USAF) announced the completion of the SYERS (Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System) -2C modernisation activities for U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft, which carried out by in cooperation ...
  • 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...
  • USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider
    USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider 2 February 2020
    US Air Force shared new renderings of the B-21 Raider aircraft. Northrop Grumman’s stealth bomber B-21 will be the successor to the B-1B Lancer and also to the B-2 Spirit, the first bomber invisible to radars. Northrop Grumman won the competition in 2015 and will make a new flying wing that is expected to enter service in the middle of this decade. The jet is expected to fly in 2021, but the USAF does not reveal how many units will be ordered. In the image published ...
  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers 7 January 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight
    Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight 5 January 2020
    The first images of the JF-17 Block 3 ‘4+ generation’ fighter were unveiled on December 28th, with a prototype shown taxiing on a factory runway in China before taking its first flight. The fighter represents the fourth variant of the JF-17, a fighter jointly developed by China and Pakistan from the early 2000s which saw its first flight in august 2003. The JF-17 was designed exclusively for export and does not serve in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, although over 100...
  • Agressor Ban to LRIP F-35A Aircraft
    Agressor Ban to LRIP F-35A Aircraft 2 January 2020
    The US Senate halted plans temporarily LRIP F-35A Lightning aircraft using as Aggressor. With the modern aircraft development projects in Russia and China with low radar cross-sectional area, the US Air Force began preparations to take measures against the fifth generation threats coming from the east. In this context, the plan of using LRIP F-35A Lightning IIs as "Aggressor" missions has been temporarily suspended. The decision of the F-35As, which was postponed to a late...
  • Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV
    Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV 2 January 2020
    Indonesia's National aviation company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) introduced the prototype of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle produced within domestic facilities. A roll-out ceremony was held at the PTDI facilities in Bandung for the combatant UAV called the Black Eagle (Elang Hitam). The prototype did not include a weapon station, but the promotional brochure showed two generic weapons. Speaking at the ceremony, BPPT General Manager Hammam Riza ...
  • Avengers are Back
    Avengers are Back 30 December 2019
    The United States of America continues to take precautions against increasing air threats in Europe. In this case, distribution of reactivated short range air defence systems continue. After considering the threat level, US decided to store AN/TWQ-1 Avenger short range air defence system (SHORAD). Last year, the US Army decided to reactivate and deploy Avengers to the combat units espacially based in Europe. Within this context, reactivating process of the Avengers which are stored ...
  • ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters
    ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters 23 December 2019
      The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) to its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II at 17th Fighter Wing. The ROKAF has received 13 aircraft out of the 40 ordered under a KRW7.3 trillion (US$6.3 billion) deal signed in 2014. Reaching IOC level means that the aircraft are now operational but is limited to certain air operations including flying interdiction, essential close air support, and limited supp...
  • Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone
    Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone 14 December 2019
    Swiss Air Force revealed its first Hermes 900 HFE reconnaissance drone on Emmen military airfield on Monday, December 9, 2019. Switzerland acquires drones from Elbit, Israel. Six of drones were purchased as part of the 2015 weapons program. The ADS 15 is the successor system for the ADS 95, which was decommissioned at the end of November 2019. But it is not yet flying as certification of drones by the Israeli civil aviation authorities has not been issued.  The Hermes...
  • Britain introduces Rocket Man
    Britain introduces Rocket Man 22 November 2019
    Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning has flown off the aircraft carrier with a jet-powered suit. A video of the former reservist flying around HMS Queen Elizabeth was shared on a social media account of Gravity Industries, a British aeronautical innovation company founded by Mr Browning. HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently off the east coast of the United States as part of the Westlant 19 Carrier Strike Group deployment. Former Marine flew from aircraft carrier towards...
  • Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes
    Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes 8 November 2019
    France-based Airbus, revealed some basic details of a classified program that will feed into the endeavour to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon. The platform is similar in design to Northrop Grumman's X-47A Pegasus UAV. The super stealthy shape was arrived at in an effort to greatly reduce all relevant signatures – radar, infrared, visual and acoustic.  The tailless aircraft concept features concealed air intakes at the leading edges of the wing – and the engine outlet is f...
  • ANKA's New Record
    ANKA's New Record 7 November 2019
    The ANKA platform developed by Turkish Aerospace within the scope of the Medium-Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV program flew more than a day. The company announced on its official twitter account” Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ANKA flew 26 hours and 30 minutes. ANKA has set a new record by flying more than a day. " ANKA, advanced MALE class Unmanned Aerial System, performs day and night, all-weather reconnaissance, target detection / identification and intelligence missions....
  • Flight Training from Private Ventures
    Flight Training from Private Ventures 22 October 2019
    The United States turned to the private sector in order to carry out its pilot trainings in the most realistic manner. Preparatory work, which has been carried out in this context for a while, has recently been finalized with an agreement. The Washington administration signed agreements with seven companies totaling $ 6.4 billion. US-based private aviation companies have been procuring retired aircraft for some time to train pilots to best suit combat conditions. The platforms,...
  • Greece Searching for Radar: Telemachus
    Greece Searching for Radar: Telemachus 20 October 2019
    Greek internet website “Militaire” broadcasted news a need for radar against Turkey. Turkish Unmanned Aerial Vehicles continually flying in the Aegean Sea Militaire explained and underlined the discomfort for Greek Navy at Parmenion exercise. It was written that Turkish UAVs were constantly observing the movements of the Greek Navy, and stated the need for radar to detect drones was very clear. The publication highlighted the Telemachus / Telemaxhus radar on which the Hellenic Aer...
  • ASELSAN Touch on Albatros
    ASELSAN Touch on Albatros 8 October 2019
    Ukraine has modernized 16 of the L-39 Albatros aircraft in its inventory. ASELSAN took part in the program which was carried out within the scope of upgrade of advanced jet trainer with a work share of 8%. Following the modernization, AI-25 engines of L-39M1 Albatross were modified and upgraded to AI-25TLSH. The acceleration and climbing speed capabilities of the Albatros have been improved thanks to the increased thrust of engines. Three of the platforms which all of them integrate...
  • Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile
    Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile 1 October 2019
    Up Media reports that Taiwan is seeking to improve the Tien Chien 1 short-range air-to-air missile by improving its off-boresight and kinematic capabilities with "backfire" attack capability with a large-angle off-axis flight. The performance is similar to the current strongest short-range air-to-air missile, AIM-9X Block II type Sidewinder missile. The new missile will also have lock-on after launch (LOAL) capability. In order to improve the airborne capabilitie...
  • New Test from Atmaca
    New Test from Atmaca 25 September 2019
    The Defence Industry Presidency announced that the new test firing of the anti-ship cruise missile ATMACA was successfully carried out on official twitter and Instagram accounts. The Presidency said, “ We successfully fired the new test shot of our ATMACA missile. ATMACA cruise missiles are produced locally by Roketsan and fire control systems and other equipments are produced by Aselsan. ATMACAs will be integrated into MİLGEMs and will increase our deterrence in the sea even ...
  • Russian S-400 is Unable to Detect Israeli F-35s 20 September 2019
    Russian S-300 and S-400 air defence systems failed to detect Israeli F-35s flying over Damascus according to Israeli television channel NZIV. NZIV, citing a number of military sources, published the flight route of the Israeli aircraft, which struck eastern Syria. It is claimed that İsraeli F-35s, Adir, entered the Syrian airspace and flew for almost several hundred kilometres over the area covered by Russian S-400 and Syrian S-300 air defence systems. NZIV claims that ano...