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  • SOLOTÜRK Uses CN235 Again
    SOLOTÜRK Uses CN235 Again 1 October 2020
    SOLOTÜRK has started to re-use the CN235M-100 transport aircraft. Painted in SOLOTÜRK colours, the C-055 was photographed in Ankara Etimesgut on September 29, 2020. It is not known whether the CN235M has joined SOLOTÜRK as a replacement for the Lockheed C-130E Hercules platform or as a support transport aircraft. In 2016, the C-130 was replaced by the CN235 aircraft for the use of SOLOTÜRK. SOLOTÜRK continues its activities with its aircr...
  • Third Hercules Arrives Bangladesh
    Third Hercules Arrives Bangladesh 20 September 2020
      The Bangladesh Air Force’s(BAF) 3rd C-130J Super Hercules arrived Dhaka on 17 September 2020. The aircraft reached Dhaka, after conducting fuel stops in Cairo, Egypt, and Muscat, Oman. The C-130J aircraft is equipped with modern avionics and sophisticated technology which would be utilized for transportation of materials, personnel, humanitarian assistance both at home and abroad and to support United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. British company Marshall A...
  • Hercules of Uruguay Will Rejuvenate
    Hercules of Uruguay Will Rejuvenate 11 September 2020
    Uruguay signed an agreement with the Spanish Government to supply two C-130H Military Transport Aircraft in the Spanish Air Force (EDA) inventory. The contract, worth approximately 21 million Euros, includes the purchase of spare parts for two C-130H Transport Aircraft. Uruguayan Defence Minister Javier García disclosed the information on the contract at the Senate Defence budget meeting. The purchased aircraft will replace the high-cost maintenance C-130 Hercules aircraft in...
  • Patriot Missile Parts to be Produced in Poland
    Patriot Missile Parts to be Produced in Poland 8 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin and Poland’s Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 1 (WZL1/ Military Aviation Works 1 / a subsidiary of state-owned defence group PGZ) announced that they have signed a contract to build a production plant in eastern Poland for Patriot PAC-3 MSE (Patriot Advanced Capability-3, Missile Segment Enhancement) missiles, that will be used in the Polish Patriot surface-to-air missile systems. According to Lockheed Martin, the new plant in Dęblin is the implementation of indust...
  • 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...
  • Lockheed Martin to Ukraine
    Lockheed Martin to Ukraine 20 August 2020
    With the process of restructuring the army, Ukraine to turn its face to the West in terms of equipment and army standards. Kiev, which has recently supplied and even produced Western standard equipment, will experience a first at the Aviasvit (International Aviation and Space Hall) Aviation Fair to be held this year. Lockheed Martin, one of the leading defence and aerospace companies of the USA, announced that it will participate to the exhibition to be held this year. F-1...
  • New User for A400M
    New User for A400M 5 August 2020
    The production process of the A400M transport aircraft program continues at full speed. There has been good news for Belgium, which recently retired a C-130H Hercules transport aircraft. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, announced that the first A400M manufactured for the Belgian Air Force meets the sky. Within the scope of the activity, the platform numbered MSN106 performed its first flight on July 30 at the facilities in Seville, Spain, which also bas...
  • Retirement Time for C-130 Hercules
    Retirement Time for C-130 Hercules 26 July 2020
    The development of the C-130 Hercules, which has successfully served in the inventory of many countries since its introduction in 1956, continues. On the other hand, users retire platforms that have reached the end of their economic life in inventory. Belgium has announced that fourth of the C-130H Hercules transport aircraft that have been in its inventory for nearly 50 years has been phased out. Currently, seven of the platforms planned to be replaced by Airbus A400Ms continue to ...
  • 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...
  • Ares 85 Hercules Export
    Ares 85 Hercules Export 14 May 2020
    Fast patrol boats, offer countries an important control and fast response opportunity in coastal waters thanks to their operational capabilities. Ares Shipyard, which operates in facilities based in Antalya, has recently signed an agreement with the Oman Coast Guard Command for procurement of high-speed patrol boats. The first of the platforms built in this context was delivered at the beginning of 2020. The second and third Ares 85 Hercules to be delivered to Oman were launched on ...
  • Production Rate Doubled
    Production Rate Doubled 24 April 2020
    COVID-19, which makes its impact felt all over the world, seems to be missed some processes, although it affects studies in the defence industry. Thales, which has delivered its first batch of Hawkei vehicles to Australia in the past few weeks, announced that it has increased its production speed. Company increased production rate twice at Bendigo Facilities, where the Hawkei production line based, and stated that the decision was made in order to meet the orders of Canberra go...
  • "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...
  • Morocco seeking combat recovery vehicles from the US in $240 million sale
    Morocco seeking combat recovery vehicles from the US in $240 million sale 5 March 2020
    Morocco has requested the purchase of 25 M88A2 combat recovery vehicles at $239.35 million, with the US State Department approving the possible military sale. The State Department on 3 March announced that Morocco’s request covers 25 M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift and Evacuation System (HERCULES) vehicles and/or refurbished M88A1 HERCULES vehicles and related equipment, which includes 25 M2 12.7 mm machineguns, 25 SINCGARS air and ground radios, 25 GPS syst...
  • Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade
    Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade 22 February 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has set out its procurement priorities for the upcoming decade; transport aircraft, combat search-and-rescue helicopters, and light attack aircraft are on the top of the list. RTAF’s long term plans include new fighters to replace the ageing fleet. RTAF plans to replace its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft fleet. The new aircraft will require to be compatible with Thailand’s Link T data link system. This is a process that...
  • Second Tanker Arrived To France
    Second Tanker Arrived To France 14 February 2020
    The second delivery of the tankers ordered to replace the existing aerial refueling aircraft that have reached the end of their economic life has been completed. Lockheed Martin completed the delivery of four C-130J Super Hercules ordered in 2016 by France. The company announced that the delivery process with two KC-130J Super Hercules.  The French Air Force (Armée de l'air / ALA), which accepted the first platforms in 2017 and 2018, received the KC-13...
  • France Received Hercules
    France Received Hercules 20 September 2019
    Under the contract signed between France and the US government through Foreign Military Sales, France purchased two C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft and two KC-130J tanker aircraft. The French Air Force has received the first of two US-made KC-130J Hercules tanker aircraft. The two C-130J-30 airlifters were delivered in 2017 and 2018, and a second KC-130J will deliver in 2020. “In choosing to operate both the C-130J-30 and the KC-130J, France has built a diverse air...
  • Poland Wants to Expand its Fleet
    Poland Wants to Expand its Fleet 11 September 2019
      Warsaw intends to expand its fleet of combat-proven C-130 transport aircraft to 10 within five years. Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced that his ministry “sent two letters of request today” to the United States regarding Poland’s plan to acquire C-130H Hercules transport aircraft and a batch of Javelin anti-tank missile systems. Under the request, Poland plans to buy five more C-130H in addition to its existing fleet of five Hercules aircra...
  • Bangladesh Received C-130J
    Bangladesh Received C-130J 2 September 2019
    The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) received the first of five Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules it purchased from the UK Royal Air Force (RAF). Britain replaces Hercules with A400Ms. The aircraft arrived in Dhaka on 25 August 2019 and represents the most capable airlifter of the BAF. The four other aircraft purchased by the BAF are arriving before yearend.
  • First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4
    First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4 20 August 2019
    The first KC-390 is due to be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force on September 4, according to an Airway source. Manufactured by Embraer, the multi-purpose cargo jet is the largest aircraft ever built in Brazil. If all goes as planned, the ceremony will be held at Anapolis Air Base where Wing 2 is located, which will be responsible for operating the new aircraft. The first KC-390 from Brazil’s 28-unit order was completed late last year and made its first flight in October. Em...
  • Cracks of the Hercules 12 August 2019
      Cracks were found in one of the US Air Force C-130H Hercules. As a result, a total of 123 Hercules transport aircraft are now temporarily grounded. Air Force has spotted cracks on the lower center wing joint during scheduled depot maintenance.   The aircraft that are grounded have not received the extended service life center wing box and have more than 15 thousand hours of flight. Maintenance and engineering experts are ordered to inspect the aircraf...
  • Eagles got the Situation Under Control in Anatolia 9 August 2019
    The Turkish Air Force, which suffered the most losses during the July 15 process and therefore underwent a rapid recovery with the support of its former members, continues to establish its deterrence by increasing the level of preparation for the war. One of the most important trainings for this purpose, the Anatolian Eagle Exercise, was carried out successfully between 17-28 June 2019 in its usual home in Konya. The Anatolian Eagle Exercise performed at Konya 3rd Main Jet Base...
  • New Base for Gas Fields
    New Base for Gas Fields 19 July 2019
    Qatar held the opening ceremony of the new Al Daayen Naval Base on 14 July. The new base is located in Al-Daayen, about 30 kilometres North of Doha on Qatar’s eastern coast, is scheduled to secure new gas fields in the north. Built on a total area of 639,800 square meters, Al Daayen Naval Base includes all the advanced requirements for marine security, which will contribute to securing the maritime borders and tightening the security control and protection of all its coasts by conductin...
  • 2.223 Billion $ Worth Sale to Taiwan
    2.223 Billion $ Worth Sale to Taiwan 10 July 2019
      US decided to export 2.223 Billion to Taiwan, a country that it does not officially recognise.  “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) the statements read”.  US will sell M1A2T Abrams Tanks and related equipment and support for an estimated cost of $2 billion and Stinger missiles and related equipment and support for an es...
  • Royal Hercules to South Asia
    Royal Hercules to South Asia 24 June 2019
      The Royal Air Force continues to sell of surplus equipment. In this context, it was announced that an additional procurement made to a South Asian country. According to a statement from Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group, the Bangladesh Air Force has procured additional C-130J Super Hercules from the Royal Air Force. Number of platforms which are serving in United Kingdom with the name of Hercules C5 is undisclosed. It was reported that the aircraft were...
  • Yavuz Gets Lighter
    Yavuz Gets Lighter 30 April 2019
    Yavuz truck-mounted howitzer, which was developed by Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company with its own sources, got lighter. The cabin height of the platform, which was displayed during IDEF'19 in Istanbul, was reduced in line with user demands. In addition, the weight of the vehicle was reduced thanks to modifications without compromising armour and CBRN protection. It was also fitted with a semi-automatic loader once again in line with user demands. In this way, the vehicl...
  • Large Aircraft Countermeasure Order
    Large Aircraft Countermeasure Order 7 January 2019
      Northrop Grumman signed a procurement agreement with the US, amount of USD 3.6 billion. Under the agreement, the company will supply a Directional Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) to the US Air Force (USAF). The products to be delivered within the scope of the LAIRCM (Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure) procurement program will be integrated into large aircraft operating within the USAF. How many systems will be procured is not disclosed. DIRCM, first i...
  • ARES Exports 85 HERCULES Fast Patrol Vessels to ROP
    ARES Exports 85 HERCULES Fast Patrol Vessels to ROP 16 November 2018
    ARES Shipyard announced a new contract to supply 14-off ARES 85 HERCULES Fast Patrol Vessels to Royal Oman Police (ROP). The contract, signed by the Inspector General of Royal Oman Police and General Manager of ARES covers 14 (fourteen) cutting edge technology vessels to be built and delivered within a four-year acquisition program. ARES Chairman & Executive Director, Mr. Kerim Kalatafoğlu said “ I’d like to highlight with pride that this is the first ever ...
  • Ukraine Launched Air Drills With NATO Countries 12 October 2018
    Ukraine has opened a series of large-scale air-force exercises with the United States and seven other NATO countries, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry announced. The multinational air force exercise Clear Sky 2018 has begun in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko has said on Facebook. "Within 12 days, the tasks in the sky will be carried out by highly skilled pilots from Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the United States and Ukraine,&...
  • Five Hercules for Indonesia
    Five Hercules for Indonesia 20 September 2018
    Indonesia's Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu announced that Indonesia intends to procure new tactical airlifters and heavy-lift helicopters from the U.S. The acquisitions planned involve five Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft and an unspecified amount of Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters. 
  • Indonesia Confirms Plan to Buy C-130 Planes
    Indonesia Confirms Plan to Buy C-130 Planes 31 August 2018
    Indonesia has confirmed a plan to buy Hercules C-130 planes and other transport planes from the United States to support the development of its defence architecture. "In future, Indonesia plans to buy several primary weaponry systems, including Hercules C-130 planes, and other heavy-duty transport planes from the US," Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said. The former army chief of staff added that Indonesia aimed to not only be able to meet its prima...
  • The Looping Hercules
    The Looping Hercules 19 July 2018
    The LM-100J didloop maneuver. During the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, aircraft made a demonstration flight and did a "Loop" maneuver despite its big fuselage and turboprop engines.  "Loop" maneuvering was followed with interest. The civilian version of the C-130J-30 military transport aircraft, the LM-100J, was developed considering the needs of the civilian market. The aircraft, which made its first flight in May 2017 and equipped with ...
  • ARES Liked Being the First
    ARES Liked Being the First 10 June 2018
    Scoring major successes in building and exporting patrol vessels each year, Chairman of the Antalya-based ARES Shipyard explained the background of their accomplishments. ARES, completed and delivered the building of 11 vessels in 2017 and ranked the first in the history of the Turkish Republic by realising $126m military vessel exports. Conveying that the year 2017 has been a year filled with numerous vessel deliveries, records, awards and successes, ARES Chairman Kerim Kalafatoğlu...
  • End of P4 Era
    End of P4 Era 22 May 2018
    The French Army has selected the vehicle for the take place as part of an armored vehicle procurement program of Peugeot P4. The P4 will be replaced by the ACMAT Light Tactical Station Wagon (ALTV SW). Under the three-year delivery program, France will receive 3700 units of ALTV SW. The total amount of vehicles is 500 million Euros. ALTV SW is a military SUV which can carry loads up to 1 ton. Range of the vehicle is 1000 kilometers. The platform can be transporte...
  • Second-hand C-130J to Bangladesh
    Second-hand C-130J to Bangladesh 17 May 2018
    Bangladesh's purchase of two UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft has been confirmed by a support contract announced by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group on 10 May.  In accordance with a government-to-government agreement for the sale of former Royal Air Force C-130J aircraft, Marshall Aerospace and Defence signed a support contract with the Bangladesh Air Force covering aircraft maintenance, logistics support including the pr...
  • Germany to buy Hercules
    Germany to buy Hercules 5 May 2018
    The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Germany of three C-130J-30 aircraft and three KC-130J aircraft for an estimated cost of $1.40 billion. The Hercules will be protected by AN/ALE 47 Electronic Countermeasure Dispensers; AN/AAR-47A(V)2 Missile Warning Systems; and AN/ALR-56M Radar Warning Receivers.
  • German Minister Wants Additional €12 Billion Budget
    German Minister Wants Additional €12 Billion Budget 2 May 2018
    German Minister of Defense Ursula van der Leyen wants €12 billion in additional funding over the current term of parliament to fix the armed forces’ most urgent capability gaps. Reportedly, German minister also wants to award 18 armaments contracts this year, each worth over 25 million.  This demand created opposition between Defence and Finance Ministries, as Finance Minister Olaf Scholz's financial plan for the next five years foresees an increase in ...
  • Lockheed Delivered 400th Super Hercules
    Lockheed Delivered 400th Super Hercules 13 February 2018
    Lockheed Martin has realized the delivery of its 400th C-130J Super Hercules aircraft on 9 February. This Super Hercules is an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations aircraft that is assigned to the U.S. Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The C-130J supports 17 different mission configurations to include transport (military and commercial), firefighting, search and rescue, Special Operations, weather reconnaissance, and aerial refueling. <...
  • The first C-130J Super Hercules arrived in France
    The first C-130J Super Hercules arrived in France 30 December 2017
    The French defence ministry confirmed that it took over the first C-130J-30 Super Hercules on 22 December 2017, which landed on Orléans-Bricy Air Base. US Congress allowed France to purchase under the foreign Military Sales (FMS) program two C-130J-30 cargo and two Super Hercules KC-130J air filling configurations. The $ 650 million business included logistical support and ground-handling equipment. The C-130J will be used for transport and to support the French soldiers...
  • First Refuelling of Hawkeye AWACS
    First Refuelling of Hawkeye AWACS 2 November 2017
    Northrop Grumman announced the successful first refuelling of its E-2D Hawkeye early warning aircraft on 31 October. The first in-flight fuel transfer was made on 14 July from a US Navy KC-130 Hercules. The US Navy awarded Northrop Grumman the aerial refuelling contract in 2013. This capability gives the U.S. Navy the flexibility to conduct missions of more than seven hours.