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  • Iran Hit Own Ship Accidentally
    Iran Hit Own Ship Accidentally 11 May 2020
    Iran, which frequently conducts exercises and live-fire trainings in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, hit its own platform during similar activities. During the live-fire exercise conducted in the Persian Gulf, a Noor anti-ship missile launched from Moudge class IS Jamaran (76) corvette hit the Hendijan class IS Konarak (A 1403) support vessel. In a statement made by Iranian officials, it was announced that the plaform located at a shorter range than the safe dis...
  • Ballistic Missile Trial
    Ballistic Missile Trial 4 May 2020
    New generation ballistic missile development and test studies are continuing both to replace the systems that end of their economic life and within the scope of new requirements. Lockheed Martin, one of the leading manufacturers of the United States, recently added a new one to its launch trial activities. As part of the US Army's Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) Program, the trial was conducted at the White Sands Missile Range based in New Mexico. It was stated that th...
  • Billion Dollars Patriot Agreement
    Billion Dollars Patriot Agreement 3 May 2020
    The virus epidemic, which is effective worldwide, also affects the defence industry badly. Although companies have to revise their income-expenditure expectations, orders are not cut. USA, one of the heavily affected countries in COVID-19, signed a new acquisition agreement with Lockheed Martin, one of the country's leading companies. As part of the USD 6.07 billion worth contract, the company will produce the MIM-104F Patriot PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability-3) MSE ...
  • GE has Trouble with Cash Flow Due to Virus
    GE has Trouble with Cash Flow Due to Virus 2 May 2020
    Covid-19's impact on the economy began to emerge day by day.  Boston-based General Electric Co (GE) said it was struggling with cash shortages in the first quarter due to pandemics. GE said on Wednesday the coronavirus pandemic dealt a $1 billion blow to cash flow at its industrial business in the first quarter, while total revenue fell almost 8%. Among many changes in response to the novel coronavirus, the conglomerate said it had cut 700 workers and 1,300 contractors at its power d...
  • Armoured Mortar Vehicle on Tests
    Armoured Mortar Vehicle on Tests 2 May 2020
    Countries continue their weapons and system tests despite COVID-19. According to images published on social media, Taiwan conducted an armoured mortar vehicle (AMV) test on April 26. Developed on the country's CM-32 8x8 platform (ZHA), the vehicle is equipped with the 120 mm M120 smoothbore mortar which derived from Soltam K6. The main weapon, which has 7.2 km effective range can fire fin-stabilized high explosive, smoke and illumination rounds in additi...
  • Tension between the U.S. and Iran Increases
    Tension between the U.S. and Iran Increases 24 April 2020
    Tensions between the United States and Iran continue to escalate after Iranian Revolutionary Guard Qassem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike in January. Earlier this month, the U.S. military said 11 vessels from the IRGCN came close to U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative.” On April 22, President Donald Trump posted on his official Twitter account that:" I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy...
  • Turkey Postpones Operation of S-400s
    Turkey Postpones Operation of S-400s 21 April 2020
    It is curious when the S-400 air defence system, which Turkey has obtained from Russia and the first part of it, reached Ankara in July 2019, will be operational. "We plan to put Russian systems into service in April 2020," Head of Presidency of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, said in November 2019. Speaking to the Reuters news agency, the senior Turkish official said, "The S-400s will be delayed due to the COVID-19 launch in April." The offi...
  • ASELSAN Sarp Export
    ASELSAN Sarp Export 20 April 2020
    Despite the worldwide epidemic and disruptions, ASELSAN continued its operations without slowing down and achieved a new export success. One of Turkey's leading company ASELSAN has added a new one to its export success. The company signed a procurement agreement with Kazakhstan for the SARP DUAL remote-controlled weapon system (RCWS). Achievement announced from company's official social media account with "The leading global technology company Poniard Trial
    Poniard Trial 14 April 2020
    The Republic of Korea is expanding the measures it takes against the Northern threat with modern systems. with its important technological infrastructure and advanced production capabilities. Operating in the Republic of Korea, LIG ​​Nex1 made a test launch on April 7. In the activity, the Poniard 2.75" missile system, locally called Bigung, was trialled. The missiles launched from the truck-mounted launch system also managed to hit 10 designated marked targets. The p...
  • Fire Breaks Out On China’s First LHD
    Fire Breaks Out On China’s First LHD 12 April 2020
    The first Chinese Type 075 Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) caught fire while in the dock at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai. Photos and video showing the ship billowing large clouds of black smoke hit Chinese social media earlier in the day. The Type 075 (NATO reporting name Yushen-class landing helicopter assault) is a new generation of Chinese amphibious assault vessel and larger than similar ships previously constructed for the PLA Navy and very similar to the U....
  • Delivery of Kargu-2 UAVs Continues
    Delivery of Kargu-2 UAVs Continues 4 April 2020
    Deliveries of Kamikaze Drones, developed by STM, to the security forces continue. "The new deliveries of Kargu-2, which is one of the important elements of the fight against terrorism, were made to our security forces" Presidency of Defence Industries announced. Along with the original national embedded hardware and software, UAV, which has the autonomous precision hit with minimal collateral damage, has an improved target detection algorithm.
  • Modernised Tomahawk
    Modernised Tomahawk 2 April 2020
    Increasing tension around the world leads countries to increase their systems in terms of quality and quantity. The US continues to sharpen the war axes. Under the $ 493 million deal signed with Raytheon, Tomahawk (Battle Axe) Block IV missiles will be modernized and upgraded to Block V. In this context, new generation navigation systems and data link equipment will be integrated into the projectiles. The status of the Tomahawks to be recertified will also be monitored and syst...
  • Evacuation of Staff Starts at Theodore Roosevelt
    Evacuation of Staff Starts at Theodore Roosevelt 2 April 2020
    After the coronavirus was detected in more than 70 crews of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Captain Brett Crozier wrote to the Pacific Fleet on the issue and asked for the evacuation of the crew. US Defence Secretary Mark Esper's statements on the issue made a public impression. Esper stated that the situation is not serious enough to require the evacuation of the staff at the moment. Speaking at a press conference at the White House, Naval Operations Comman...
  • Airbus Stopped Production in Spain
    Airbus Stopped Production in Spain 30 March 2020
    After the coronavirus, which influenced the world, Airbus started implementing new measures in Spain as of today. Spain has been particularly hard-hit among European countries. Airbus says it is to suspend the “majority of production” until 9 April, in the aftermath of new measures imposed by the Spanish government from 30 March. The measures restrict all non-essential activity across the country. Airbus says it will maintain some “essential” activities within its comm...
  • S-400 Hits Hypersonic Targets
    S-400 Hits Hypersonic Targets 29 March 2020
    Russia used its S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) against a hypersonic missile during the drills in Eastern Siberia.  “During the live-fire exercise, over a dozen targets simulated by Armavir target missiles and Favorit smart hypersonic [target] missiles were destroyed. All the targets were hit,” the press office said in a statement. S-400 Triumf is the latest long-and medium-range surface-to-air missile system that went into service in 200...
  • USA's New Ally: Indonesia
    USA's New Ally: Indonesia 20 March 2020
    Indonesia, which had close relations with the former Soviet Union in the early periods of the Cold War, converged to the USA in the 1960s with the anti-communist policies of the country's President Suharto. It is unclear how Indonesia will take the supply of Su-35 nowadays in order not to be in conflict with the USA. Jakarta, which has been negotiating with Russia for the platform since 2017, will cancel its supply due to the pressure of the White House and sanctions planned aft...
  • Will Production Stop in the Sector Due to Virus in Defence?
    Will Production Stop in the Sector Due to Virus in Defence? 19 March 2020
    The economic balance that will emerge after the coronavirus remains uncertain. The defence industry is among the sectors that the virus can affect. Following the announcement of a pandemic, the US-based news site Defense News wrote the policies followed by the firms in the defence sector, despite the governments' warnings of "don't leave your home". BAE Systems, which produces aviation-based production, has regularly improved its business plans according to the dev...
  • New Infographic for UMTAS
    New Infographic for UMTAS 19 March 2020
    Following the delivery of the long-range anti-tank missile system UMTAS to the Turkish Armed Forces in the past days, the Presidency of Defence Industries shared an infographic about the missile system. UMTAS has been developed for use primarily on attack helicopters. UMTAS can be integrated onto naval platforms with stabilized weapon systems, as well as armoured vehicles and fixed/towed land platforms. The missile can be used in fire-and-forget or fire-and-update mode with lock-on ...
  • New Planes for Light Attack
    New Planes for Light Attack 18 March 2020
    The US Air Force (USAF) has purchased two AT-6 Wolverine platforms for use in ongoing light attack tests. The aircraft will be built in Wichita, Kansas. USAF has purchased for $70.2 million two Textron Aviation Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine aircraft for its continued light attack experiment. The light attack experiment has evolved and diminished in scope over several years. Originally, the USAF intended to find a cheap-to-fly ground-attack aircraft. It intended to buy dozens of light at...
  • Missile Trial of USA
    Missile Trial of USA 12 March 2020
    The USA continues test launchs of new systems in parallel with the trials of the current missiles. The test launch activity was carried out within the scope of the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) program by contractor, Lockheed Martin for the US Army. In the test launch made from the M142 HIMARS launcher, which was preferred by many users, especially the US Army, the projectile followed the planned trajectory, reached 180 kilometers and succeeded to destroy its target...
  • Sea 1000 Off Track
    Sea 1000 Off Track 12 March 2020
    Australia, which failed to hit the targets and take the final steps in the submarine procurement, is allegedly off track. The Sea 1000 program, launched for the replacement of the Collins class submarines, near the end of their duties in the Royal Australian Navy, fell to the bottom. Planning to procure 12 French-made Scorpéne-class platforms at a cost of USD 80 billion, Australia is at risk of failing the project. In a report published in the country...
  • Turkish Company to Procure Aircraft to US
    Turkish Company to Procure Aircraft to US 11 March 2020
    Sierra Nevada Corporation, which operating in the USA, will procure aircraft to the US Air Force. US Air Force has outperformed its decision phase in the ground attack aircraft procurement program. The long and tiring decision process of an aircraft has been winned by the A-29 Super Tucano, the platform proposed by the Sierra Nevada Corporation owned by the Özmen couple. Super Tucanos, which is in inventory of 14 countries, are powered by a Pratt & ...
  • F-35I Adir Become Testbed
    F-35I Adir Become Testbed 10 March 2020
    F-35 Lightning II, the fifth generation fighter-bomber aircraft can not be configured in line with user requirements due to restrictions. However, there are some exceptions in this case. The F-35I Adirs, the only customized F-35 according to the user country requirements, will be used as test aircraft. In an image released recently, it was seen that the first platform configured as a testbed meets the sky. The platform with telemetry markings on it will be used by the Israeli A...
  • Artillery Hit from 65 Kilometres Distance
    Artillery Hit from 65 Kilometres Distance 9 March 2020
    Pyrotechnic technology continues to evolve while microelectronics shrinking to a size that can fit inside the artillery shell. So the gunner gained the ability to make ultra-precise shots. With cooperation of these two important areas, artillery troops will be effective at a longer range in the future. Yuma Proving Ground hosted an important test launch. The US Army performed four ammunition test firings on March 6 as part of the Extended Range Cannon Artillery (...
  • COVID-19 Hits Defence Expos
    COVID-19 Hits Defence Expos 9 March 2020
    The effect of Corona COVID-19 virus from China continues to spread. The next stops of the virus are Jordan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The SOFEX Defence fair to be held in Jordan is postponed without sharing any information. In the announcement on the subject, the e-mail address was shared for further details. Homeland Security Fair ISNR held in the United Arab Emirates is alsı postponed. The statement made on the main page of the fair shared the information that this decision was tak...
  • EO/IR Targeting Pod Step of ASELSAN
    EO/IR Targeting Pod Step of ASELSAN 26 February 2020
    ASELSAN adds new one to its efforts to develop new technologies with Turkish defence acquisition instute, Presidency of Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı /SSB). Workshop on Development of New Generation EO / IR Targeting Pod for the use of Turkish Security Forces was organized in collaboration with ASELSAN and SSB. Presidency of Defence Industries announced the workshop form its official social media accounts with "The Workshop on Development of a New Generati...
  • Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program
    Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program 15 February 2020
    Relations between the Australian Federal Government and the French company designing future submarines have hit a new low, with the Australian Defence Minister declaring she will hold the group to account on its local industry commitments. France-based Naval Group questioned the capability of local suppliers and suggested Australian businesses may not get half of the value of contracts under the $80 billion program. Naval Group Australia chief executive John Davis told The...
  • Syrian War as an example of “GENOCIDE”… 15 February 2020
    History of humankind witnessed the “population meltdown” operations throughout human history due to ethnic-religious or political identity, especially after the industrial revolution. A typical example is the “Final Solution” strategy, planned and executed by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and his staff. On January 20, 1942, SS leaders, who came together as a vibrant district of Berlin in a villa by Wansee on the lake, decided to transform the “Jewi...
  • First End-to-End Firing MBDA Marte-ER
    First End-to-End Firing MBDA Marte-ER 14 February 2020
    MBDA, which continues to expand the air-to-surface missile family, recently conducted a test launch. The first end-to-end system launch was carried out by MARTE-ER, which can be defined as the third generation of MARTE missile family which are among the products of the company. Within the scope of the activity, which was stated to be the second test launch of the missile, there was also an integrated navigation system, proximity fly-over fuze, gun control and actuator systems. MARTE...
  • Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight
    Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight 2 February 2020
    Russia’s new upgraded Tu-160M supersonic strategic bomber performed its first flight on Feb. 2, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced. The first flight was conducted from the S.P.Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Factory runway. The flight took place at an altitude of 1,500 meters and lasted 34 minutes. Tupolev Tu-160 Beliy Lebed (“White Swan”), also known with its NATO reporting name Blackjack, is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber ...
  • 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 ...
  • F-35 Couldn't Hit the Target
    F-35 Couldn't Hit the Target 31 January 2020
    A new problem has emerged, described as critical level, in the F-35 Lightning II, which was facing many troubles since the program started. In the statement made by the Pentagon, it was stated that the GAU-12 Equalizer guns of the F-35A Lightning IIs have accuracy problems in ground attack missions. Software errors were noted as the cause of the hit problem. It was also revealed that the strong recoil of the 25mm diameter gun caused cracks in the gun housing. For these reasons, it w...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? 30 January 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • Missile Shadow on Taiwan
    Missile Shadow on Taiwan 30 January 2020
    Considering the relations with Taiwan and the tensions on the Taiwan Strait, China increases the number of weapons in the region. Beijing Government, which claims rights over Taiwan and considers the country as a part of its mainland, increases the weapon capability of the Eastern Theatre. The Chinese People's Liberation Army deployed the PCL191 Regiment to the 72nd Group located in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, according to a statement by one of the officers serving...
  • ASELSAN Communication Suites for Modernised Tanks
    ASELSAN Communication Suites for Modernised Tanks 29 January 2020
    ASELSAN product communication suites, which procures digital radio equipments many countries including Turkey, began to be used in the modernized T-72 tanks. ASELSAN, which has been exporting digital communication systems to Ukraine since 2017, reaching wider use in the Ukrainian Army. Kiev Management preferred ASELSAN-produced digital communication systems as well as Ukraine-based Lybid K2 radio stations for the communication systems of modernised T-72AMT tanks, which wer...
  • New Test Phase for F-35 Engines
    New Test Phase for F-35 Engines 28 January 2020
    The testing process has begun on F135 engines that power the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. As part of the process, which has been ongoing since June 2019, significant improvements will be made to the engine. According to the statement made by Pratt & Whitney, the process was carried out in the Arnold Engineering Development Center of the US Air Force. Within the scope of the studies, a new fan rotor was added to the F135 engines to increase efficiency and a trial phase was started...
  • Power Boost for the Russian Navy
    Power Boost for the Russian Navy 21 January 2020
    Russia’s Project 20385 “Gremyashchiy” armed with Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles has completed state trials in the Barents Sea. The ship has completed its program of trials at Northern Fleet ranges. In the White Sea, the vessel delivered fire with Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles against a coastal and a naval target. Project 20385 envisages a hangar for a Ka-27 helicopter. The corvettes displace 2,200 tonnes and their sea endurance is 15 days. They are armed with Kalibr-NK ...
  • Iskander-M Missile Flew Almost Twice More Landing in Kazakhstan
    Iskander-M Missile Flew Almost Twice More Landing in Kazakhstan 14 January 2020
      During a planned live-firing exercise by Russia, one of its Iskander-M ballistic missiles flew beyond 600km and landed outside its designated target area. The missile is said to have been fired from Kapustin Yar for the Makat firing range in Kazakhstan. However, the missile ended up in the Bayganinsky district. The Makat is at the 480 km distance, but it flew more than 800 km. On January 9, 2020, during the planned exercises of the test centre of the Minis...
  • U.S. Army Apaches being armed with Spike NLOS
    U.S. Army Apaches being armed with Spike NLOS 12 January 2020
    The U.S. Army is buying an unspecific number of Israeli-made, Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missiles for its Apache helicopters. An Army Requirements Oversight Council decision has authorised the service to acquire missiles current and future aviation. The service fired the Spike NLOS missile from AH-64E Apache attack helicopters both in Israel and at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, last year.  Defence News witnessed the demonstration flights; The AH-64 hid behind 1,60...
  • CV90 is More Lethal with Spike
    CV90 is More Lethal with Spike 8 January 2020
    CV90’s firepower which more than 1200 platforms in use in different countries, has increased. BAE Systems made a statement about the development studies to increase the firepower of vehicles to a longer range. Standing out with its survivability, firepower and high mobility, the CV90 met long-range precision strike capability. BAE Systems made statements about the integration of Spike missiles into the platform. The company said a Spike LR missile was launched in the northern ...