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  • Russia’s Tu-160 Carriers Break Non-Stop Flight Record
    Russia’s Tu-160 Carriers Break Non-Stop Flight Record 20 September 2020
    Two Russian Tu-160 strategic missile carriers have broken their own world record for non-stop flight in their class, spending more than 25 hours continuously in the air. The Russian Aerospace Forces’ commander of long-range aviation Lt. Gen. Sergey Kobylash told World record to reporters on Saturday. Strategic bombers flew more than 20,000 kilometres [12,400 miles]. During the flight, which took place over neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, as ...
  • Greece Sends Warships Off Libya
    Greece Sends Warships Off Libya 17 September 2020
    The HS Limnos (F 451) frigate of the Greek Navy will join the MED IRINI operation, which the European Union (EU) has launched to support an arms embargo on Libya. In April 2020, the EU adopted the decision to launch operation MED IRINI of the EU Mediterranean Naval Force in the Mediterranean under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). As part of the operation, inspections are being carried out on ships suspected of carrying weapons, ammunition and military eq...
  • Çavuşoğlu: S-400 is not in Use
    Çavuşoğlu: S-400 is not in Use 17 September 2020
    Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, stated that Turkey's long-range air defence system acquired from Russia, S-400 is not yet active. Çavuşoğlu, who was a guest of a CNN Türk program, said, “S-400s are not active yet, there are studies but not active. Our soldiers know and explain what will be done to activate the S-400. We bought this system because of our urgent need. " 
  • New Deal on T-700 Engines
    New Deal on T-700 Engines 16 September 2020
    A new agreement has been signed between the U.S. Army Contracting Command and General Electric as part of the T700 series engine program. The contract, worth USD 37 million, will include on-site service support. The agreement, which will be shaped by the demand from the forces in the working areas, will be completed on 31 December 2025. In November 2019, the agreement signed with General Electric for T700 engine delivery changed to USD 1.3 billion. According to the change ...
  • Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean
    Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean 14 September 2020
    In the past, the US has prevented the dispute between Turkey and Greece from escalating. Now the EU has to do it. This phrase belongs to German Daily Die Tageszeitung. The paper has a different approach to the recent conflict in the Mediterranean Sea. Talking about the unsolved problem for decades, the paper underlines that the lack of military clash until today is thanks to NATO and, in particular, to the hegemonic USA. This comment belongs to the foreign correspondent of daily, Jürgen ...
  • Cooperation Against China Increases in Indo-Pacific Region
    Cooperation Against China Increases in Indo-Pacific Region 10 September 2020
    India and Japan have signed an agreement between the two countries' armed forces to provide reciprocal materials and services as a move against increased activity in China's Indo-Pacific region. Following a phone call between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that "It is agreed that the agreement will further increase the depth of defence cooperation between the two countries and c...
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • Antonov Winking at Turkey
    Antonov Winking at Turkey 7 September 2020
    Oleksandr Los, Senior Manager of the Ukrainian aircraft company Antonov, invited the Turkish aviation industry to take part in the production process of the AN-178 aircraft. According to the Anatolia News Agency reported on special Antonov's top manager Oleksandr Los found in the assessment of the past week on a visit to Turkey. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Strategic Industrial Responsible Minister Oleg Uruskiy headed a delegation Los coming to Turkey, the missi...
  • France gets Support for Hercules
    France gets Support for Hercules 4 September 2020
    The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France of four AE-2100D Turbo Prop engines and two Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade Two (MIDS-LVT BU2) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $350 million. Items will be integrated on C-130 Hercules. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of Franc...
  • Spain to acquire 100 AIM-120C AMRAAM
    Spain to acquire 100 AIM-120C AMRAAM 4 September 2020
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Spain of one hundred (100) AIM-120C-7/8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and one AMRAAM Guidance Section (spare) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $248.5 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.  
  • Pardus to Become Compatible with Foreign Products
    Pardus to Become Compatible with Foreign Products 3 September 2020
    HAVELSAN has shared information about Turkey's national software from the official Twitter account Pardus. HAVELSAN General Manager Dr. Mehmet Akif Nacar gave information about Pardus operating system at the e-Safe event. Nacar stated that Pardus continues its compatibility studies with foreign products as well as with domestic products.
  • Russia Presents Su-57 Jet For Export
    Russia Presents Su-57 Jet For Export 1 September 2020
    Anatoly Serdyukov, Industry Director of Rostec aviation firm, said that Russia has presented the fifth generation Su-57 jet fighter for export and that foreign demand will likely increase after the order of the Russian Armed Forces is completed.   "Until we have enough planes shipped in our army, it is unlikely that there will be substantial demand. […] Therefore, our number one goal is to send the aircraft to the Russian Armed Forces. Meanwhile, we presen...
  • ROKETSAN to Produce Warhead Material
    ROKETSAN to Produce Warhead Material 30 August 2020
    The ROKETSAN, which was established to bring an end to dependence of Turkish defence abroad, will produce warhead. ROKETSAN carried out the necessary studies for the production of RDX and HMX materials, which are the main components of warhead explosive production, with domestic and national resources. ROKETSAN carried out process development studies at various scales until the pilot plant reached its capacity. The production of critical raw materials in the amount required for proc...
  • Ukraine Continues to Buy Weapons from Europe and United States
    Ukraine Continues to Buy Weapons from Europe and United States 29 August 2020
    Ukraine's Ambassador to the United Kingdom Vadym Prystaiko recently announced that an agreement will be signed between the two countries for the purchase of weapons. Prystaiko said that the contract will not only include the purchase, but also the production of such systems in Ukraine will be covered by the agreement. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the United States approved the sale of 16 Mark VI patrol boats and related equipment. The Ukrainian Navy is continuin...
  • Havelsan Introduced "ileti"
    Havelsan Introduced "ileti" 28 August 2020
    HAVELSAN company introduced its product called "ileti", developed to provide secure communication. Security white box cryptography is applied in the message, which is aimed to safely meet the communication needs of official institutions. The message provides instant messaging. With the message product, the personnel of the institutions will be able to communicate among themselves. Within this framework, they will be able to send and receive messages, make secure audio and ...
  • Japan invites Foreigners to work on F-X Fighter Project
    Japan invites Foreigners to work on F-X Fighter Project 27 August 2020
      Japan’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published a notice on August 25th, inviting foreign companies to engage with its project to develop next-generation fighter aircraft.  The notice invites firms to be involved in the development phase of the F-X project and the integration of related technologies and capabilities. It states that the invite supports the MoD’s “procedures for collecting information” about next-generation fighter aircraft. The not...
  • Japan Boosts AMRAAM Stock
    Japan Boosts AMRAAM Stock 27 August 2020
    The U.S. government has approved possible Foreign Military Sales to Japan of the AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). The sale cost, which includes 32 AIM-120C-8 missiles in total, is estimated to be approximately $63 million. "It is vital for U.S. national interests to help Japan develop and maintain a strong and effective self-defence capability," the White House said of the procurement process, which includes technical and logistical support.
  • Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Russian Ministry of Defence
    Russian Helicopters to supply two Mi-38 helicopters to the Russian Ministry of Defence 26 August 2020
        Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence for supplying two Mi-38 helicopters. A ceremony to mark that was held as part of the International Military-Technical Forum “ARMY-2020”. The Russian Ministry of Defence has already received two Mi-38T transport and troop landing helicopters, which are undergoing test operation in the armed forces. The first seri...
  • Greece Attacks Two-Way
    Greece Attacks Two-Way 26 August 2020
    Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis announced that they increased Greek territorial waters to 12 miles in the Ionian Sea. Miçotakis argued that they reserved their "right" to do the same in other seas. “We reserve the right for other sea areas,” said. Miçotakis reiterated the claim that the islands also have an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Prime Minister stated that the Italian and Albanian Foreign Ministers were informed of the situation.<...
  • European UAV Fleet Expands
    European UAV Fleet Expands 22 August 2020
    MALE class unmanned aerial vehicles offer significant advantages to the user thanks to their long endurance and payload capabilities. US Department of Defence, announced new agreement signed with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI). Under the contract, which worths USD 188,866 million, four MQ-9B SkyGuardians will be produced and delivered to Belgium. In addition to the platforms, two ground control stations, spare parts and support equipment will be deliver...
  • Domestic 25 mm Gun Step
    Domestic 25 mm Gun Step 17 August 2020
    25 mm cannons, which constitute the main firepower of many armoured combat vehicles, will now be produced domestically. The action was taken to locally manufacture the weapons used in armoured combat vehicles in the Turkish Army inventory. The Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB / Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı) made a statement from official social media account with "For the development of 25 mm cannon, contract negotiations have been initiated with TR Mechatronics Sy...
  • U.S. Congressman: "I will not support arms sales to Turkey"
    U.S. Congressman: "I will not support arms sales to Turkey" 13 August 2020
    Four members of the U.S. Congress have signed agreements that have prevented arms sales to Turkey for nearly two years. U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Bob Menendez, House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee member Mike McCaul -- the United States has blocked arm...
  • "Requesting Sanctions of Greece to Turkey is Violation of Law"
    "Requesting Sanctions of Greece to Turkey is Violation of Law" 12 August 2020
    Turkey directed the MTA Oruc Reis seismic research vessel to conduct surveys off the coast of Kastelorizo Island. Following the development that increased tension, Greece announced that the Foreign Minister had requested an urgent meeting from the EU Foreign Relations Council. In addition, Prime Minister Mitsotakis held talks with the command staff of the armed forces, as well as with the President of the European Council Charles Michel and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. ...
  • China Opposes Selling Drones to Taiwan
    China Opposes Selling Drones to Taiwan 8 August 2020
    The U.S. plan to deliver four drones to Taiwan has angered China. General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper's sea variant is scheduled to enter Taiwan inventory, while China has announced its opposition to the sale of drones to Taiwan.  The MQ-9 Reaper, which patrols the air and provides air support when urgent, has the appropriate range for China to monitor. Under Trump, the U.S. had gone to facilitate the export regime of drones. The deal with Taiwan could be the first sales agreement ...
  • Greece, Egypt and Turkey Tensions in the Mediterranean
    Greece, Egypt and Turkey Tensions in the Mediterranean 7 August 2020
    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, who are based in Cairo, met in Cairo. In a joint press release, the ministers announced that Greece and Egypt have signed an exclusive economic zone (Münhasır Ekonomik Bölge/ MEB) agreement. Minister Shoukry said the agreement would allow the two countries, particularly oil and gas reserves, to maximise existing resources in the exclusive economic zone. Greek Foreign Minister Dendias said the ...
  • "NATO Can Deploy Missiles to Ukraine"
    "NATO Can Deploy Missiles to Ukraine" 7 August 2020
    Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko made statements concerning Russia, the United States and Ukraine in an interview. NATO could deploy medium-range ballistic missiles in Ukraine, President Lukashenko said. Russia's aggression has accelerated Ukraine's quest for rapprochement with NATO, he said. "It was a present for Americans. When Mike Pompeo was here, I asked him directly: "Mike, didn't Putin and I give you Ukraine as a present?" He laug...
  • Russia Wants to Establish Military Base in Six African Countries
    Russia Wants to Establish Military Base in Six African Countries 5 August 2020
    Russia wants to establish a military base in six African countries: Egypt, the Central African Republic, Eritrea, Madagascar, Mozambique and Sudan, German newspaper Bild reported.  Documents released by the German Foreign Ministry showed that Russia has reached a military cooperation agreement with 21 African countries since 2015. The documents said Russia sometimes trains the security forces of countries where it makes formal and sometimes secret agreements. It was also...
  • Japan to Continue F-35 Manufacturing
    Japan to Continue F-35 Manufacturing 2 August 2020
    Japan, which has taken leaps forward in the defence field and aims to significantly increase its military capability, has decided to continue licensed production. Announcing that the production line of F-35 Lightning IIs will close after first phase Japanese aircraft manufacturing at the end of 2018, Japan has stepped back from its decision. Thus, the final assembly and control facility (FACO) located in Nagoya, Tokyo, decided to continue production of the F-35. An official fro...
  • 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...
  • DASAL Started to Operate
    DASAL Started to Operate 1 August 2020
    DASAL Havacılık Teknolojileri A.Ş., where ASELSAN and Altınay companies will join their forces in the field of UAV. company started its activities. Altınay has 60 per cent and ASELSAN has 40 per cent share in the company. DASAL was established to develop a joint project in the field of UAV, take part in domestic tenders and compete in foreign markets. A workshop was held for this purpose. ASELSAN Chairman of the Board and General Manager Professor Haluk Görgün, DASAL Chair...
  • Pompeo: U.S. Evaluating Response to Turkey's Purchase Of S-400 system
    Pompeo: U.S. Evaluating Response to Turkey's Purchase Of S-400 system 31 July 2020
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the United States was continuing to evaluate how it would respond to Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defence systems. “We continue to evaluate how to apply sanctions in order to achieve our end objective,” Pompeo said under questioning from Democratic Senator Bob Menendez at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. Turkey’s decision to acquire the Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air ...
  • U.S. To Send Ammunition to Kuwait
    U.S. To Send Ammunition to Kuwait 31 July 2020
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that it has approved the possible sale of various M1A2K training ammunition and related equipment delivery to Kuwait. "The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," the DSCA's announcement said. The Government of...
  • Netherlands Requests to Acquire 16 AIM-120C-8
    Netherlands Requests to Acquire 16 AIM-120C-8 28 July 2020
    The State Department has decided a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Netherlands of 16 AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $39 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of the Netherlands has also requested to buy containers, weapon systems support and support equipment, spare and rep...
  • Approval to F-16 Modernization Kits Sale
    Approval to F-16 Modernization Kits Sale 26 July 2020
    F-16 Fighting Falcons, one of the most successful fighters in the world, have been working in many countries' inventory for long years. User countries are taking action to modernize the platforms to which they are highly satisfied with their performance. Chile, one of the many F-16 Fighting Falcon users, has requested for the necessary components and systems from the US in the past months to modernize its aircraft. Washington has approved the sale of the material reque...
  • Lockheed Martin Could Be Sanctioned by China
    Lockheed Martin Could Be Sanctioned by China 15 July 2020
    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a press conference on Tuesday that they had decided to impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin. As a result of sanctions against countries selling arms to Taiwan, China will go to restrict to supplier countries.  Chinese media reports said US-based Lockheed Martin would also be under sanctions. Although the company does not have a direct agreement with China, spare parts and rare earth elements are procured from Beijing.&nb...
  • Additional Black Hawk Acquisition
    Additional Black Hawk Acquisition 10 July 2020
    Jordan, which has a well-established military tradition and well-equipped armed forces infrastructure despite being a small country, acquiring additional helicopter. The U.S. recently approved the sale of 1 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter to Jordan. Within the scope of FMS (Foreign Military Sales), two T700-GE-701D turboshaft engines and other subcomponents will be delivered with the helicopter. Currently, there are more than 20 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in Jordan...
  • The US to Conduct Military Training with Cyprus
    The US to Conduct Military Training with Cyprus 10 July 2020
      The United States announced that it will conduct military training with the Greek Cypriot government that claims to represent the whole Island with the name of the Republic of Cyprus. The training will be for the first time. The United States announced the move Wednesday. The announcement came months after the US Congress late last year ended an arms embargo on the entire island, imposed in 1987 to prevent an arms race and encourage a peaceful settlement. ...
  • Targeting Pod Order
    Targeting Pod Order 9 July 2020
    Targeting pods are important equipment for target detection and recognition of aircraft that carrying out the ground attack task and especially for guided ammunition to be targeted with high precision. Having one of the most advanced combat aircraft fleets in the world, the US gets additional targeting pods. Northrop Grumman production AN/AAQ-28 (V) LITENING advanced targeting pod will be acquired within the order placed for US Air Force requirements. L...
  • T-14 Armata Exports Are on Russia's Agenda
    T-14 Armata Exports Are on Russia's Agenda 8 July 2020
    Russian officials said they had begun negotiating with foreign users for the export of the Main Battle tank of the T-14 Armata.  Speaking to Serbia's daily Glas javnosti, Russian officials said work was underway to export the MiG-35 aircraft, while the sale of the Armata tank was also on the agenda. Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov announced in April that exports of the main battle tank were on the agenda. The development of the T-14...
  • France to Improve Navy AEW&C Capability
    France to Improve Navy AEW&C Capability 8 July 2020
    Ship-based airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft are eyes of the carrier task force in front lines, especially in open seas. Being the only user of nuclear aircraft carrier expect the USA, France is on the way to improve its ship-based AEW&C capability. In this context, Washington approved the possible sale of three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye under the FMS (Foreign Military Sales) to Paris. The total cost of the platforms and the necessary equipment was es...