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  • USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft
    USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft February 16 2020
    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) have been cleared for shipboard launch and recovery of all currently deployed naval aircraft types aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).  This means that CVN 78 completed Aircraft Compatibility Testing (ACT) following 16 days at sea. The aircraft carrier passed sea compatibility tests with EMALS and AAG. It can launch and r...
  • Iranian Defence Industry: Self Sufficient?
    Iranian Defence Industry: Self Sufficient? December 6 2019
    Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said the Islamic Republic had gained full self-sufficiency in the field of defence. Speaking at the exhibition of military products, Bageri stated that Iran achieved self-sufficiency in defence of the country. Bageri said, “Today, we can declare that we have achieved full self-sufficiency in defending the country, and these achievements have given the great Iranian nation effective might and deterrence, sec...
  • New Transport Aircraft from Russia
    New Transport Aircraft from Russia November 11 2019
    Russia has introduced a new platform, similar in design to the Antonov An-124 Ruslan (NATO code: Cock) transport aircraft. The aircraft, which can carry up to 180 tons of cargo in a long range, was named Slon. The Russian Central Aerodynamics Institute recently shared its first image from the transport aircraft. The model will be used in aerodynamic studies to test the design characteristics of a wind tunnel. At 1.63 meters long and 1.75-meter wingspan, the replica can be reconfigured to test...
  • The third type of Attack Helicopter from TUSAŞ: T629
    The third type of Attack Helicopter from TUSAŞ: T629 October 30 2019
    Turkish Aerospace’s General Manager and CEO, Temel Kotil, publicised that the company would develop a six-ton attack or armed helicopter – designated T629 – that will fill the gap between the five-ton T129 ATAK and the forthcoming 10-ton ATAK II Heavy Attack Helicopter. In an interview with GBP Aerospace and Defence magazine, Kotil stated, “The designs have been finalised, and we plan to carry out the first flight of this new helicopter in about a year.&rdquo...
  • US, Upgrades Little Bird
    US, Upgrades Little Bird August 22 2019
    Boeing is upgrading the fleet of helicopters that used for special operations in the United States Army under the Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB) program. The 47 machines currently in staffing must indeed remain operational until at least 2035.   The MELB program covers the upgrade of the main components of the A/MH-6 Little Bird helicopter to improve the safety margin, flight controls, and update cockpit. The improved helicopter received new rotor blades, longer ...
  • New Combat Outfit for Soldiers
    New Combat Outfit for Soldiers August 16 2019
    Russian soldiers will be protected with new combat outfit. About 2,000 servicemen of the Central Military District deployed in the Samara and Orenburg regions have received a new Ratnik combat gear. The Ratnik is part of a project designed to improve the capability of each individual soldier on the battlefield.   The Ratnik gear is a system of modern protective and communication devices, weapons and ammunition. It consists of a helmet, a body armour; a one-piece cover...
  • Turkey's First Electric Armoured Vehicle Began Testing
    Turkey's First Electric Armoured Vehicle Began Testing July 22 2019
    Turkey's first new-generation electric 4x4 armoured vehicle Akrep IIe began challenging road and off-road mobility test. Akrep II designed by Otokar as an armoured reconnaissance and weapon platform, the first vehicle of the armoured vehicle family, Akrep IIe. The platform can be equipped with alternative power plants (electric, diesel and hybrid). The AKREP IIe is a technology demonstrator, which is equipped with an innovative electric-based power and propulsion solution that consists of...
  • Problems for F-35 in Turkey
    Problems for F-35 in Turkey July 17 2019
      S-400 air defence systems that Turkey had purchased from Russia, arrived in Turkey. Missiles, which form the strike force of the system, are expected to arrive by navy soon. With these developments, Turkey, is progressing step by step in the supply route maps previously announced. In other side, the US, that openly opposed to Turkey to acquire these systems, and announced the roadmap as precaution. In the US’ roadmap, priority is given to F-35 aircraft. At pre...
  • Confusion on F-35
    Confusion on F-35 June 26 2019
    The US has released the F-35 roadmap, which is planned to be implemented as of July 31st. Turkey is a Level 3 Partner of F-35 Lightning II Program and Turkey's unwinding is confusing in both industry and operational areas. The United States, the main contractor of the program according to the roadmap, will follow these steps. Pilot and Maintainer Training There are currently 42 students attending F-35 training in the U.S. at Luke Air For...
  • 40 Percent Light Plate Coming
    40 Percent Light Plate Coming June 24 2019
    The Corps is gearing up to field its new lightweight body armor plates, designed to be worn in the low intensity or counterinsurgency style conflicts. Nearly 40 percent lighter body armor coming to Marines in 2020. On Friday the Defence Department announced the Navy awarded a nearly $216 million contract to Point Blank Enterprises for the purchase of the new lightweight plates. Maj. Ken Kunze, a spokesman for Marine Corps Systems Command, told Marine Corps Times that the Corps expects ...
  • Airbus’ First Helicopter FAL in China
    Airbus’ First Helicopter FAL in China April 19 2019
    Airbus on Wednesday officially opened its first Final Assembly Line (FAL) in China, which will deliver its first H135 twin-engine helicopters to Chinese customers during the second half of 2019.  The Airbus Qingdao H135 FAL is a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters and United General Aviation Company. It follows a cooperation agreement between Airbus Helicopters and China in 2016 for the purchase of 100 H135s.    It is the first time of Airbus has put final...
  • One More Step in AAG
    One More Step in AAG April 2 2019
    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) made a new announcement about the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) tests. The statement, about the system which will be used on board the United States' new generation Gerald R. Ford class aircraft to be used; said that another test phase has left behind. In the tests carried out with the E-2C + Hawkeye, which weighs approximately 21,000 kilograms, the system was attempted to stop by the barrier. In the trials conducted in Lakehurst,...
  • Russia Prepares Higher and Heavier Jump for Paratroopers
    Russia Prepares Higher and Heavier Jump for Paratroopers February 22 2019
    Russia prepares new special-purpose parachute systems with oxygen equipment for Airborne Force high-altitude jumps. Airborne Force Commander Andrei Serdyukov made public information about oxygen gear. "As part of the experimental design work that has been carried out, new special-purpose ‘wing-type’ parachutes with oxygen gear have been developed for landing from high altitudes," the general said. Since 2018, Russia has also been developing a parachut...
  • S-70i to Turkish Gendarmerie
    S-70i to Turkish Gendarmerie October 30 2018
    The first S-70i Black Hawk helicopter produced at the PZL-Mielec plant for the Gendarmerie General Command was displayed. In the news published by Scramble Magazine, the image of the J-3943 tail number seen on the platform. Helicopter is painted with white, red and dark blue colour of the gendarmerie. The newest and advanced model of the UH-60 Black Hawk platforms, the S-70i helicopters, are equipped with modern avionics such as a fully integrated digital cockpit. Powered by two T70...
  • Bloomberg Underlines Turkey’s Role in F-35:  "Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem"
    Bloomberg Underlines Turkey’s Role in F-35:  "Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem" October 5 2018
    US Based Economy Magazine Bloomberg Businessweek published an article that underlines Turkey’s role in F35 Program. The article has “Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem” headline. Magazine states US Congress’ decision to block the sale of F-35s to Turkey because of an agreement the Turks have to buy a Russian S-400 air defence system. Magazine states, “That’s creating problems. Turkey is a global leader in aerospace manufacturing, and 10 Tu...
  • Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received
    Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received August 22 2018
    Leonardo announces that it has made effective the contract, signed on March 14, 2018, for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defence of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in its backlog and received the advance payment relating to the contract. The order covers 16 TTHs tactical transports and 12 NFHs naval helicopters. Leonardo acts as overall prime contractor with responsibility for the management of the entire programme...
  • Centauro II on the Way
    Centauro II on the Way July 25 2018
    Italy has decided to procure Centauro II. Italian Army, ordered 10 Centauro II from Iveco Defence Systems and the Oto Melara Consortium (CIO). Italian Army plans to procure a total of 136 Centauro II. Nuova Blindo Centauro is the name of first tranche of the platform, which is a more advanced version of Centauro I. Vehicles will take place of their predecessors. The Centauro II, which has been developed as a tank destroyer, is equipped with a 120 mm 45 caliber smoothbore g...
  • Honeywell Gears Up for Indigenous Projects
    Honeywell Gears Up for Indigenous Projects July 9 2018
    Concomitant with the increasing number of Turkey’s national and indigenous projects, sub-system types required for these projects also increase in variety. We discussed with Honeywell, engaged in activities in Turkey for an extended period of time, about their work on these new kinds of defence requirements. 
  • VECTOR Made Debut
    VECTOR Made Debut July 2 2018
    The VECTOR (Versatile Expeditionary, Commando Tactical Off Road) 4x4 vehicles, recently received by the Special Forces of the Netherlands, has seen for the first time at the parade, which was held for Veterans Day. The Nehterlands-based Defenture company has developed its vehicles with the name AATV (Air Transportable Combat Vehicle), keeping the lightness and cross country capability in the forefront. VECTOR, is a specialized version of the AATV for the Net...
  • Patria 6x6 Unveiled
    Patria 6x6 Unveiled June 13 2018
    Patria, based in Finland, has introduced the new armored personnel carrier (APC) called Patria 6x6 in Eurosatory 2018. The vehicle weighs 24 tons. Patria 6x6 can carry up to 8,5 tons payoad. According to the statement made by the company, vehicle can be equipped with a wide range of weapons, including the AMOS 120 millimeter mortar system, which is already in is use Finnish Army mounted on the AMV vehicles. In the version of Patria 6x6 introduced in the Eurosator...
  • KAPLAN STA One Step Closer to Serial Production
    KAPLAN STA One Step Closer to Serial Production April 26 2018
    FNSS announced that the first prototype of the KAPLAN-STA Weapons Carrier (Silah Taşıyıcı Araç/STA), a tracked anti-tank vehicle, is now undergoing verification process and the serial production will begin after the qualification tests to be started soon. The production of the first prototype was completed in January. KAPLAN-STA, developed under Weapons Carrier Vehicle (STA) Project contract signed in June 2016 between Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) and...
  • Engines for Two Black Hawks To Be Delivered This Year
    Engines for Two Black Hawks To Be Delivered This Year March 26 2018
    TAI Engine Industries (TEI) General Manager Faruk Aksit announced that they will deliver the first four T700-GE-701D engines, which will be produced under the GE license for the Turkish General Purpose Helicopter Project, to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) within this year. Akşit stated that 60 percent of the T700-GE-701D engine to be used on the 109 T70 General Purpose Helicopters will be indigenous. The helicopters will be developed based on the S70i Helicopter of Lockheed Mart...
  • Canadian Navy Stepped Up Gear on Modernization
    Canadian Navy Stepped Up Gear on Modernization February 22 2018
    Raytheon will overhaul the Royal Canadian Navy's Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems, the company announced on 20 February.  Under the $300 million contract by Public Services and Procurement Canada, RCL, working with Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services, will provide maintenance, fleet technical support, repair and overhaul services on the Phalanx mounts which will ensure the systems are ready to address current and emerging threats.  ...
  • General Atomics To Collaborate With Boeing on MQ-25
    General Atomics To Collaborate With Boeing on MQ-25 February 14 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) will collaborate with Boeing on US Navy's MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System (UCAAS) competition along with BAE Systems, United Technologies Corp, Pratt & Whitney, L3 Technologies, Rockwell Collins and GKN Aerospace’s Fokker. Pratt & Whitney will be providing the PW815 engine, while UTC provides landing gear for the UAS. GA-ASI’s platform will use L3 Technologies communication systems, B...
  • Alp Aviation, On its Way to Indigenous Programs
    Alp Aviation, On its Way to Indigenous Programs February 9 2018
    An important centre featuring the technology and capabilities Turkey has acquired in air platforms, is located in Eskişehir. In this regard, Alp Aviation not only contributes to Turkey with investments in aviation but also serves as an export gate. We discussed with Mustafa Kemal Erçelik, Alp Aviation Member of Board of Directors, about the company’s activities and strategy.   C4Defence: Alp Aviation has shared with the public a major inv...
  • AK-12 Goes Into Serial Production
    AK-12 Goes Into Serial Production February 5 2018
    Russian Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifles are to go into serial production with the first batch scheduled for delivery to the Russian troops before the end of this year.  Head of Rostec hi-tech corporation Sergey Chemezov said on Thursday that all the trials have already been held and the serial production phase would begin soon. Expected to become operational in the Russian Army as the basic long-barrel firearm, the AK-12 will be a part of Ratnik c...
  • Black Hawks Increasing
    Black Hawks Increasing January 30 2018
    Afghan Air Force received four additional Sikorsky UH-60A + Black Hawk helicopters. First batch of UH-60A + was delivered in September, 2017. According to the plan of USA and Afghanistan, the old Mi-17 fleet of Afghan Air Force will be regenerated. In the process that will continue until 2020, Afghanistan will receive a total of 159 Black Hawks. UH-60A + model is a standard UH-60A helicopter with the T700-GE-701C engine of the UH-60L helicopter. The platform, which also ha...
  • LCH Met Expectations, IAF Wants More
    LCH Met Expectations, IAF Wants More January 4 2018
    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has received a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 15 Limited Series Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) from the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Army on 22 December.  LCH is a 5.5-ton class combat helicopter with a narrow fuselage, tri-cycle crashworthy landing gear, crashworthy and self-sealing fuel tanks, armour protection and low visibility features. The LCH is fitted with Self Protection Suite consisting of Radar/ Laser Missil...
  • 32-bit F-CK-1
    32-bit F-CK-1 December 21 2017
    F-CK-1 aircraft of Republic of China Air Force have modernized. Upgraded final two aircraft have delivered. According to a statement made by Taiwanese authorities, 56 aircraft were upgraded to F-CK-1C / D standard within the second phase of the modernization program. 71 aircraft were upgraded under Phase-1, which is started in 2009. In the context of modernization, a 32-bit flight control computer and advanced electronic warfare capabilities were integrated into F-CK-1 air...
  • Alp Aviation Hit a Major Milestone in Helicopter
    Alp Aviation Hit a Major Milestone in Helicopter November 7 2017
    Alp Aviation facilities in Eskişehir bring in significant gains for Turkey with the technology to produce the most critical parts of helicopters, namely gears, gearboxes and powertrains. The company, which will work on behalf of the Sikorsky Aircraft in the framework of Turkish Utility Helicopter Project (TUHP), has made an approximately $90m investment for gear and gearbox, rotating component, rotor assembly, flight command system and landing gear production. Thanks to this pioneer...
  • Here Are The New Helos
    Here Are The New Helos October 31 2017
    The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) shared the images of two new projects on its website. Atak helicopters was introduced with the following words: ATAK 2 ATTACK HELICOPTER PROJECT. The "ATAK 2 Attack Helicopter Project", which will be designed with fully indigenously at local facilities and with national capabilities, has been launched in the context of technological know-how and operational experience gained in T129 ATAK Helicopter. In this direction, the subsyst...
  • $90 Million Investment In Helos
    $90 Million Investment In Helos October 2 2017
    Turkish aviation company Alp Aviation will open a new helicopter facility this week. Alp Aviation Helicopter Business Center, which will be carrying out a series of critical productions for Sikorsky helicopters within the scope of the Turkish General Purpose Helicopter Project (TGMHP), will be opened during a ceremony on 3 October. The company invested $90 million for the new facility.  11 thousand square meters plant in Eskişehir will produce gear and gearboxes, comp...
  • Steel Cut For Third Ford-class Carrier
    Steel Cut For Third Ford-class Carrier August 28 2017
    The steel cutting ceremony for the US Navy new aircraft carrier, the future USS Enterprise (CVN 80) at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipyard on 24 August. CVN 80 will be the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, the lead ship of which is USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) commissioned on 22 July.  The Gerald R. Ford class incorporates advances in technology such as a new reactor plant, propulsion system, electric plant, Elec...
  • Electromagnetic Revolution August 2 2017
    US Navy’s new generation aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN78) new air operation and flight deck systems have tested last friday. During the trials, ships next generation electromagnetic launch system (EMALS), advanced arresting gear (AAG) and other flight deck systems have been tested. A fixed-wing aircraft has landed and launched during tests at offshore coasts of Norfolk Naval Station. The success of the next generation electromagnetic catapult and arrest syst...
  • Newest US Carrier To Be Commissioned
    Newest US Carrier To Be Commissioned July 21 2017
    The US Navy will officially commission its newest aircraft carrier, the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), during a ceremony on 22 July at Naval Station Norfolk, according to US Department of Defence news release.  USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is the lead ship of the new Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carrier and will begin the phased replacement of Nimitz-class carriers when the ship is commissioned. The Navy plans to spend $43 billion developing and buil...
  • First FNSS Delivery To Oman
    First FNSS Delivery To Oman July 12 2017
    Turkish FNSS company has held a ceremony for the very first armored vehicle export to Oman. The company will produce a total of 172 6x6 and 8x8 armored vehicles in Oman Pars III version for the Royal Army of Oman. Pars 8x8 accomodates 12 personnel. with its 550 hp engine and 7 gears, it can reach a maximum speed of 100 km/h and has a range of 700 km. The vehicle has a 25 mm gun on its turret. Pars 6x6 variant can accomodate 7 personnel and features a 483 hp engine with the same maxi...
  • New Rifle for Russian Army
    New Rifle for Russian Army June 21 2017
    Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov told TASS on 20 June that newest AK-12 assault rifle produced for the Ratnik ‘soldier of the future’ combat gear has passed all the stages of its operational evaluation. Expected to become operational in the Russian Army as the basic long-barrel firearm, the AK-12 will be a part of Ratnik combat gear which also includes advanced protective and communication equipment as well as life support elements....
  • Gripen E On Its Maiden Flight
    Gripen E On Its Maiden Flight June 16 2017
    The Swedish aerospace and defence company Saab has announced the maiden flight of Gripen E prototype. The flight has been carried out on 15 June and lasted 40 minutes. During the flight, Saab's test pilot carried out a number of actions to demonstrate various test criteria including the retracting and extending of the landing gear.  Gripen E offers high survivability and performance, advanced avionics, sensors and communication systems, as well as extended range. The a...
  • Alpteknik Became Sales Rep for Sikorsky
    Alpteknik Became Sales Rep for Sikorsky May 12 2017
    An agreement has been signed at IDEF17 between Alpteknik Aviation and Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems making Alpteknik Non-exclusive Sales Representative for the Commercial Aircraft Sales of Sikorsky S-76, S-92, S-61 & M28 in Turkey and Central Asia. Another agreement has also been signed between Alp Aviation and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation making Alp an additional source for H-60 and S-70i Landing Gear Assemblies.
  • Russia offers full-fledged military and technical cooperation
    Russia offers full-fledged military and technical cooperation March 16 2017
    Russian Defence Export Company offered full-fledged military and technical cooperation with Turkey. On press release issued today, Rosoboronexport expressed its desire to renew full-fledged military and technical cooperation with Turkey. The first practical step towards strengthening bilateral ties in the area is to become Rosoboronexport’s participation in IDEF’17, an International Defence Industry Fair to take place in Istanbul on May 9-12. “Turkey i...

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