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  • France Retires First Stratotanker
    France Retires First Stratotanker 18 September 2020
        French Air Force and Space Command ( Armée de l'Air de l'Espace / AdlAdlE) retires the first C-135FR Stratotanker (Serial 475/93-CF).  AdlAdlE will cease aircraft from operations on 7 October 2020 The AdlAdlE started to use twelve Boeing C-135FRs from 1964 onwards. The dozen aircraft were assigned to the French Strategic Air Forces and mainly in use to support the nuclear-capable Mirage IVA. That nuclear deterrence mission was la...
  • Commissioning in Spearfish Modernization Will Take Place Soon
    Commissioning in Spearfish Modernization Will Take Place Soon 16 September 2020
    The Spearfish torpedo, modernized by BAE Systems, is one last step away from the Royal Navy launch. Developed Spearfish will be launched in late 2020 following extensive trials in Scotland.The United Kingdom, which has been working on the modernisation of torpedoes for nearly six years, has invested £270m for ammunition. The Royal Navy's Spearfish modernization includes a new warhead, a safer fuel system, an advanced electronic command control centre and a fibre-optic rout...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • $ 13.3 billion order for Nuclear Assurance
    $ 13.3 billion order for Nuclear Assurance 11 September 2020
    On Sept 08, 2020, the U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman the GBSD Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent competition to build the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation intercontinental ballistic missiles. The worth of the contract is approximately $ 13.3 billion.  Northrop Grumman Systems will develop the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) to replace the Minuteman III (MM III) Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Sys...
  • 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...
  • US Special Operations Command gets first brand-new Chinook variant
    US Special Operations Command gets first brand-new Chinook variant 2 September 2020
    U.S. Special Operations Command has taken receipt of its first MH-47G Block II Chinook from Boeing on time, according to a Sept. 1 company statement. A special operations Chinook weighs roughly 54,000 pounds while a conventional Chinook weighs 50,000 pounds. The upgrades in the Block II version include newly designed rotor blades, major changes to the drive system and other improvements like non-segmented fuel cells. Boeing produced three aircraft for flight test...
  • Dog Fight Analysis Over the Mediterranean
    Dog Fight Analysis Over the Mediterranean 28 August 2020
    Turkish Defense Ministry released videos of six Greek F-16s trying to violate the NAVTEX declared.  Turkish fighters carried out "dog fight" with Greek ones and Ministry released the video on social media. Greek F-16s left the region, according to the rules of "dog fight",  Eastern Mediterranean Exclusive Economic Zone dispute between Turkey and Greece, is becoming a tense issue. Turkey declared NAVTEX and Greek F-16s approached this regi...
  • Electric Technology for British Army Armoured Vehicles
    Electric Technology for British Army Armoured Vehicles 24 August 2020
    The British Army will test new hybrid technology on two types of its armoured vehicles, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has announced. The trials are part of a £3 million MOD investment and the technology offers "potential military advantages", such as reducing noise and increasing stealth capability. The Foxhound and Jackal 2 vehicles will test the electric-drive system which is being developed by defence firm NP Aerospace, along with General Dynamics UK, Su...
  • China Trains Army Helicopters on Civilian Semi-Submersible Vessel For Deck Landing
    China Trains Army Helicopters on Civilian Semi-Submersible Vessel For Deck Landing 23 August 2020
    PLA 71st Group Army organized multi-type helicopters to conduct deck-landing training, fuel and ammunition replenishment and emergency repair on a civilian semi-submersible vessel. According to the training scenario, after the multi-type helicopters flied to the target island, the transport helicopter selected a site for landing with the attack helicopter on alert overhead. Then the transport helicopter carried the mocked wounded soldiers to a civilian semi-submersible vessel for a ...
  • A400M Moves Firms Steps
    A400M Moves Firms Steps 20 August 2020
    A400M, which developed in cooperation with the European countries, increase its abilities in line of the "multirole platform" term. The French DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement / General Management of Armament) announced on 20 August that the A400M multi-role transport aircraft conducted wet contact with a helicopter for the first time. Thus, the platform will be certified another of its capabilities in the field. In the campaign to be carri...
  • Israel Missile Test
    Israel Missile Test 18 August 2020
    Israel, which has a highly developed infrastructure and knowledge, especially in the field of air defence systems, continues its studies. Israel has tested one of its advanced air defence systems. In a recent trial, the Arrow-2 air defence missile successfully destroyed the target simulating a medium-range ballistic missile. The activity, carried out in cooperation with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), was carried out in California. Sparrow target system was also used in the exp...
  • Retired Missiles Return to Duty
    Retired Missiles Return to Duty 14 August 2020
    Ukraine, which is in conflict with Russia in the eastern part of the country, has decided to reactivate Cold War-era missiles. According to the statement made by the Ukrainian Air Force, the country started to re-taking the S-125 (NATO Code: SA-3 Goa) air defence missiles, which were manufactured in the facilities of the Soviet Union during the Cold War and were retired in the past years into inventory. The missiles, which were stated to have been phased out in 2013, also ...
  • Private Island for F-35 Lightning II
    Private Island for F-35 Lightning II 14 August 2020
    Japan, which changing its military structure and defence industry understanding due to the increasing Chinese threat in the West, is establishing a new military base. Having bought Mage Island from a private company in November 2019 150 million USD cost, Japan decided to establish a base in the region. The island, which is announced to have 150 to 200 Japanese military personnel, will serve twice a year for the training requirements of the US Navy air elements. It is also state...
  • Stealth Black Hawk
    Stealth Black Hawk 12 August 2020
    Stealth aircraft is an issue that many states have been working on with serious resources since the Second World War. Osama Bin Laden, the ringleader of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda, was killed in May 2011 in an operation to his home in Bilal Town, Abbotabad City, Pakistan. In the operation carried out by SEAL (Sea, Air, Land), a special unit of the US Navy with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that had undergone special modifications also known as EH-60 shot down. The plat...
  • Icarus Will Fly
    Icarus Will Fly 11 August 2020
    Canadian-based company Icarus Aerospace introduced the tactical aircraft. With its network-centric capability and innovative avionics configuration, the aircraft stands out with its two crew members, offering remote command and fully autonomous flight features. The tactical aircraft, which can stay in the air for about six hours without refuelling, can be deployed with the crew, remotely controlled or as a fully autonomous system to meet a wide range of mission requirement...
  • US Test Launched Minuteman III
    US Test Launched Minuteman III 11 August 2020
    Although the crises and threats in the Cold War era are left behind, intercontinental ballistic missiles are still a major force factor. The USA, one of the few nuclear superpowers in the world, has added another to its ballistic missile test launches. In a trial conducted last Tuesday, an LGM-30 Minuteman III ballistic missile was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base. The system fell into the ocean after a flight of about 7 thousand 400 kilometres. The USA announced tha...
  • Russian MiG-31 Intercepten Norwegian Aircraft
    Russian MiG-31 Intercepten Norwegian Aircraft 10 August 2020
    Russia, which came to the fore with interception activities frequently in front of the Baltic, the Black Sea and Alaska, has recently intercepted a reconnaissance activity. A Falcon 20 electronic warfare aircraft belonging to the Royal Norwegian Air Force was subjected to interception activity by a Russian Aerospace Force MiG-31 (NATO Reporting Name: Foxhound) while flying in international airspace over the Barents Sea. "On August 4, 2020, the Russian airspa...
  • Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut
    Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut 7 August 2020
    Aviation was one of the heaviest sectors affected by COVID-19, shaked the world and give negatice effect on many sectors. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, faced important order cancellations due to the virus. For this reason, the company, which announced that a significant amount of personnel will be dismissed, supported by Spain. Madrid reached an agreement with the company for acquisition of substantial aircraft in exchange for les...
  • Armed Patrol Record
    Armed Patrol Record 7 August 2020
    China, which has made great strides especially on sea power recently, has achieved a record recently. A Su-30 (NATO Code: Flanker-C) affiliated to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theatre Command Naval Air Regiment broke an armed patrol record. The patrol flight over the islands and reefs farthermost from the mainland in the South China Sea lasted 10 hours. Successful completion of a challenging mission for both challenging for pilots and aircraft is said to be an...
  • More Powerful Armoured Vehicles to Paratroopers
    More Powerful Armoured Vehicles to Paratroopers 6 August 2020
    Russia, which has an airborne assault power that can organize an operation to any point in the world within hours, equips its arrowhead troops with more powerful vehicles. Russia, which has reinforcing the airborne elements with new and stronger platforms for a while, continues its studies. General Andrei Serdyukov, Commander of the Airborne Forces, announced that Typhoon-VDV will be delivered to special troops and reconnaissance elements in the coming months. General Serdyukov...
  • New Replenishment Tanker Started Sea Trials
    New Replenishment Tanker Started Sea Trials 6 August 2020
    Fleet replenishment tankers are a strategic power multiplier in terms of their command and control capabilities and extending the task endurance of fleets by eliminating the requirement for return to the port. NUSHIP Supply (A 195), whose construction and refitting activities have been completed in Ferrol Shipyard by the main contractor of Spanish Navantia, has started sea trials. Built for the Royal Australian Navy (Royal Australian Navy / RAN), the platform will be ...
  • U.S. Support for Fuel Reserves
    U.S. Support for Fuel Reserves 30 July 2020
    An agreement has been reached between Australia and the United States for military fuel reserves. The decision, which was taken at a time when relations with China were strained by both countries, will build a US-backed reserve in Australia. The project, which is scheduled to take place in Darwin, the capital of Australia's Northern Territory province, is expected to strengthen defence between allies. Experts see the stocking of equipment and fuel reserves in Darwin as an alternative to U...
  • French Nuclear Submarine in the Mediterranean
    French Nuclear Submarine in the Mediterranean 28 July 2020
    The French Navy's nuclear submarine has turned its direction to the Mediterranean to take the new phase of naval tests. FS Suffren (Q 284), the first platform built under the Barracuda-class submarine program, began sea testing in the Atlantic Ocean in May. The submarine, which was subjected to acceptance tests before it was commissioned in 2020, will arrive at Toulon Naval Base tomorrow (July 29th) and begin the Mediterranean stage of the tests. The 65 crew members in...
  • Seoul's Space Rockets to Monitor North Korea
    Seoul's Space Rockets to Monitor North Korea 28 July 2020
    The Republic of Korea will be able to develop a solid-fuel space rocket, according to a new revision with the United States. In addition to increasing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, Korea opened the door to space rocket production to the private sector and institutes. Therefore, South Korean companies, research institutes and even individuals are technically capable of "developing, producing and possessing" various types of space rock...
  • 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...
  • S-100 Trials on MEKO Frigates
    S-100 Trials on MEKO Frigates 20 July 2020
    Rotary wing unmanned aerial vehicles take their place on the warships, as they are cost-effective solutions as well as long-endurance reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities beyond the visual range. The Royal Australian Navy tested the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter unmanned aerial vehicles in Anzac-class frigates A series of testing activities will be carried out on the HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) under the responsibility of the 822X Squadron. Within the NMP (Navy Mi...
  • Flying Information Node Mission for Aerial Refuelling Tanker
    Flying Information Node Mission for Aerial Refuelling Tanker 16 July 2020
    The multi-domain battle doctrine, although relatively new, is one of the building blocks of the warfare techniques of the future. The active and uninterrupted sustainability of the war of information, which guides the real combat, is the core of the doctrine. The Royal Air Force (RAF) has already started the study on the multi-domain battle doctrine it plans to implement with the F-35B Lightning IIs and the platforms it will add to its inventory in the future. In this context, RAF, ...
  • 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...
  • LHD May be Decommissioned
    LHD May be Decommissioned 14 July 2020
    Firefighting continues in USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), who flames occured for an unknown reason. An alleged explosion took place in the ship while it was docked at the pier in San Diego Naval Base. The fire that started subsequently spread rapidly to other compartments of the ship. While the flames could not be taken under control on the ship, which also contained fuel and ammo stocks in its depots, helicopters affiliated to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 and ...
  • Hellenic Navy Improve Logistics Capability
    Hellenic Navy Improve Logistics Capability 12 July 2020
    Greece, which wants to increase its effectiveness in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, is expanding the steps taken in the navy area. The Hellenic Navy continues to add ships in its inventory from different ways. In this context, another platform donated by Aikateri Laskaris Foundation to the Hellenic Naval Forces. HS Iraklis (A 472) commissioned with a ceremony held at the Salamis Naval Base as the logistic support vessel. Founded under the leadership of form...
  • "The King" Completed First Sea Trials
    "The King" Completed First Sea Trials 9 July 2020
    The CH-53 Stallion helicopter family is the largest and heaviest heavy-lift cargo helicopter in use in the US and Western world inventory. Despite the problems detected during development and factory tests, the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter completed its first sea tests. The first trial, completed on the USS Wasp (LHD 1) amphibious assault helicopter, was conducted in the Atlantic Ocean and lasted about two weeks. In this context, activities such as take-off and landing in di...
  • Huge Armoured Enginering Vehicle Order
    Huge Armoured Enginering Vehicle Order 9 July 2020
    Armoured engineering vehicles can perform tasks such as opening and maintaining battlefield and removing obstacles under fire and forming military fortifications thanks to their armour protection. These aspects make the platforms one of the most important components of the battlefield. In addition to permanent and temporary deployments, the USA, which often appears in the battlefield, acquires additional armoured engineering vehicles. Under the comprehensive agre...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • New Replenishment Tanker Arrived Home
    New Replenishment Tanker Arrived Home 28 June 2020
    Modern fleet replenishment vessels are an important power factor for today's navies, thanks to both material and fuel transport during the cruise and advanced command-control capabilities. The new replenishment vessel HMNZS Aotearoa (A 11), built as part of the Royal New Zealand Navy requirements, arrived at Auckland Harbour last Friday. The journey, which she set sail from the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard located in Ulsan, took 15 days. The acceptance of the ship, whi...
  • 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...
  • Indigenous Engine Close to SOM and Atmaca
    Indigenous Engine Close to SOM and Atmaca 23 June 2020
    Kale Group Vice President Osman Okyay has been a guest on live stream at C4Defence's official Instagram account. Okyay made statements about the KTJ-3200 engine process. Stating that the test infrastructure was acquired as well as the ability to develop engines in the KTJ-3200 process, Okyay emphasized that the KTJ-3200 is a engine that will meet the requirements of SOM and Atmaca 100%. Underlining that the system, which was developed with completely local facilities, is an...
  • Turkish Fuselage to Korean Helicopter
    Turkish Fuselage to Korean Helicopter 21 June 2020
    The visit of the Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank to Eskişehir drew attention to the company Coşkunöz operating here. TUSAŞ Motor (TEI) participated in the test of TJ-300 turbojet engine at its facilities. Minister Varank then visited the aviation and defence departments of Coşkunöz. The main fuselage is produced for TAI KUH-1 Surion helicopter.  KAI develops offshore, search and rescue, assault versions of KUH-1. The minister, A total of 6...
  • Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test
    Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test 17 June 2020
    The first operational Block III jet will be delivered to the Navy in early 2021 Boeing delivered the first two F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy for flight testing. One jet is a single-seat E model, and the other is a two-seat F model. “The aircraft will be used for carrier suitability and integration testing of all Block III mission system components,” said Steve Wade, Boeing vice president, F/A-18 & EA-18G programs. The Navy will u...
  • Investment to Nuclear Submarines Continues
    Investment to Nuclear Submarines Continues 17 June 2020
    Nuclear submarines can carry nuclear power undetected to hostile borders thanks to their greatest weapon; being stealth. This provides an opportunity to attack the enemy without giving reaction time. China, whose nuclear submarine studies dates back to the 1960s, continues to invest in these platforms. It was announced that two new Type 094A (Jin) class submarines were put into service as part of the 71st anniversary of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Ac...