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  • Will Turkey Buy European Missile System?
    Will Turkey Buy European Missile System? 25 September 2020
    According to Bloomberg Agency Turkey approached France to procure European-made air defence systems. The agency claimed that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a phone call and asked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to drop his opposition to co-production of Eurosam’s SAMP/T missile-defence systems. The agency stated that officials could not be named as the discussion was private. Macron responded by saying that Turkey must clarify its objectives in Syria before de...
  • Turkey Talks with France for Eurosam SAMP-T
    Turkey Talks with France for Eurosam SAMP-T 25 September 2020
    Earlier this week (September 21, 2020) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone about regional developments, mainly in Turkey-France and the Eastern Mediterranean. In a telephone conversation, according to foreign media reports, President Erdogan asked France to ren out of its opposition stance in the Eurosam SAMP-T agreement. In 2018, a joint French-Italian consortium, Eurosam, signed a cooperation agreement to work ...
  • Turkish SDB on its Way
    Turkish SDB on its Way 12 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. İsmail Demir announced on his social media account that the Turkish Small Diameter Bomb is in the test phase. Demir said, “4 bombs can be carried on an F-16 wing with the improved multi-transport area. "We aim to integrate the 145-kg Miniature Bomb, which will be two different warheads with penetrating and particle effect, into our UAVs." ASELSAN is carrying out the Miniature Bomb Development Project, which is the equivalent...
  • US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation
    US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation 10 September 2020
      Bell Textron has received a $13.5 million multi-year contract from US Army Contracting Command to conduct design studies, analysis, simulation, testing, integration and fabrication activities in connection with the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme. Operating within the FARA concept, the U.S. Army expected to replace the OH-58 Scout helicopter. The FARA competition seeks to test and acquire a next-generation attack reconnaissance aircraft to fil...
  • Su-30SM2 with new Engine to fly before end of 2020
    Su-30SM2 with new Engine to fly before end of 2020 10 September 2020
    The modernized Su-30SM2 fighter will make its first flight by the end of 2020. The aircraft will be powered up with Su-35s AL-41F1S engine "product 117S".  AL-41F-1S has all-aspect thrust vector control. The service life of the aircraft engine is two times higher than that of the Saturn AL-31FP, Su-30’s former power plant. The new Su-30SM2's onboard electronics, radar, optical location station will be improved, and the range of weapons wi...
  • 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...
  • New Norwegian Surveillance Satellite to Detect 'Invisible' Ships
    New Norwegian Surveillance Satellite to Detect 'Invisible' Ships 2 September 2020
      The Norwegian micro surveillance satellite Norsat-3, will be launched from French Guiana in South America this autumn. The satellite will provide key support to the Coast Guard and for crisis management, national broadcaster NRK reported. Norsat-3 doesn't depend on the reception of the ships' AIS signals to detect them. It relies on radar detection. The AIS is an automatic tracking system that uses transceivers on ships and is used by vessel traffi...
  • Russia Increases Number of Submarines in Its Inventory
    Russia Increases Number of Submarines in Its Inventory 26 August 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry has signed a contract for the construction of Project 636.3 and 677 submarines. Under the agreement, the Kilo class Project 636.3 and Lada class Project 677 submarines will be built at Admiralty shipyards. Kilo class platforms are known as one of the quietest conventional submarines in the world. Project about 75 meters long 636.3's have 3 thousand 76 tons of displacement. The Lada class project 677 is seen as the improved variant of Project 636. Fou...
  • Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate
    Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate 24 August 2020
    Chinese state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai held the launching ceremony for Pakistan Navy’s Type-054A/P frigate (NATO codename Jiangkai II). Type-054A/P is a development of the Type 054 frigate, using the same hull but with improved sensors and weapons. The Type 054A was first revealed while under construction at the Guangzhou-based Huangpu Shipyard in 2005. Pakistan signed a first contract for the delivery two Type 054 A/P frigates in 2017. An addi...
  • New Images of China's Nuclear Submarine
    New Images of China's Nuclear Submarine 24 August 2020
    New images of the Type 093 (NATO code: Shang) submarine, which recently entered service in the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), have been shared. Images of china's nuclear-driven submarine were released on the country's official television. The submarine, called type 093B, can be equipped with a YJ-18 (NATO Code eagle strike 18) supersonic ship fire missile. The Type 93 platforms, which first opened in 2006, are 110 meters long and 11 meters wide...
  • NATO Standard Kalashnikov
    NATO Standard Kalashnikov 20 August 2020
    A new member firing NATO-standard cartridges joined the AK series rifle family, one of the most iconic weapons of the Cold War. Kalashnikov Group introduced a new variant of the AK-12 rifle firing NATO standard cartridges. The new weapon, called AK-19, chambered for 5.56x45 mm NATO ammunition. The AK-19, which is stated to be under development, has some differences from its predecessor. In the statement made, these differences were stated as the design improved stock, lower profile ...
  • Russia Improves Nuclear Submarine Power
    Russia Improves Nuclear Submarine Power 18 July 2020
    The first serial Project 955A (Borei-A) strategic nuclear-powered missile-carrying submarine Knyaz Oleg was floated out. The platform, which took its power from the nuclear reactor, was launched at a ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk. Knyaz Oleg, which will be equipped with strategic munitions such as the Bulava ballistic missile, will be deployed in the Pacific Fleet. The Borei-A Class Knyaz Vladimir submarine, developed as part of the project 955A moderniz...
  • China's Improved 5th Generation Variant Will Take on Serial Production 17 July 2020
    According to military sources, China will begin mass production for the improved variant of the 5th generation J-20 aircraft. The new variant, called j-20B, says Russian-made Saturn AL-31 jet engines are used because the development of the WS-15 engine designed by China with local sources is not completed. The WS-15 engine, which is expected to complete the development phase in about two years, is also one of the descriptions of military sources that it cannot meet the req...
  • PLA's upgraded Type 052D destroyer makes training debut in the East China Sea
    PLA's upgraded Type 052D destroyer makes training debut in the East China Sea 16 July 2020
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently held drills in the East China Sea making its first public appearance of the latest version of the Type 052D destroyer. The destroyer is more powerful with its anti-stealth aircraft-capable. In early July, a destroyer flotilla affiliated with the PLA Eastern Theatre Command Navy conducted training exercises at an undisclosed location in the East China Sea. The training subjects included air and missile defences, attacks on ...
  • M60TM Modernization Completed
    M60TM Modernization Completed 12 July 2020
    The Fırat Project, which was launched in line with the requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces, was completed. The upgrade process of M60T Sabra tanks to M60TM level was completed within the scope of the Fırat Project, which was initiated by the main contractor, ASELSAN. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir visited ASELSAN Facilities and inspected the platform, whose capabilities were improved with domestic facilities. Prof. Dr. Demir, rec...
  • Huge Tank Order of Egypt
    Huge Tank Order of Egypt 28 June 2020
    Egypt, which is one of the cornerstones of the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, continues to spend on armament non-stop. According to a report published in the Egyptian media yesterday, Cairo signed a major procurement agreement with the Russian Defence Export Agency Rosoboronexport. In this context, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence inked an agreement with UralVagonZavod, one of the subsidiaries of the institution, to manufacture 500 T-90MS main battle tanks unde...
  • Alpagu Tactical Attack UAV will Soon be in Inventory
    Alpagu Tactical Attack UAV will Soon be in Inventory 25 June 2020
    Suicide Drones, developed by STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM), continue the process of being operational in the Turkish Armed Forces. The countdown has begun for the delivery of Alpagu, a Fixed-Wing Autonomous Tactical Attack UAV, to the forces. Alpagu, developed in line with the need in areas such as asymmetric warfare and anti-terror, stands out for its small size and functionality. Easily transportable UAV has the ability to intelligently...
  • ACV-15s Return to Home
    ACV-15s Return to Home 23 June 2020
    Nail Kurt, FNSS General Manager and CEO, met with the leading names of the defence media in a live stream. Kurt answered questions about the ZMA-15 modernization. Stating that there are emotional connections between FNSS and ZMAs, Kurt stated that the platforms had electricity-infrastructure of 30 years ago. It was also underlined that the ballistic protection level of the vehicles, mobility and electrical infrastructure will be improved and thus, they will gain a lifetime again. St...
  • U.S. Improved Helicopter Engine Program Interrupted by Virus
    U.S. Improved Helicopter Engine Program Interrupted by Virus 15 June 2020
    Coronavirus disrupted the U.S. improved helicopter engine program. The pandemic process caused delays in shipping key components of the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). The critical design review phase of the planned engine program in the second quarter of the current fiscal year will continue slower than expected.  ITEP program officials are scheduled to begin testing on the General Electric Aviation T901 turbine engine next year. ITEP, which is expected to significantl...
  • Additional Self Propelled Howitzer Delivery
    Additional Self Propelled Howitzer Delivery 14 June 2020
    Self-propelled howitzer is one of the important force multipliers of the battlefield, thanks to its ability to carry firepower to front lines under armour protection. Countries that want to have a good mechanized power continue their investments in these systems. The 2'nd Battalion of 82'nd Field Artillery Regiment affiliated to the US Army received additional M109A7 Paladin self-propelled howitzer. Within the framework of the increasing combat capability and firepower ...
  • Awating Tank Modernization
    Awating Tank Modernization 14 June 2020
    The main battle tanks manufactured during the Cold War era needs modernization in line with the requirements of the modern battlefield. Serbia, which has a well-established defence industry infrastructure inherited from Yugoslavia, is also working to upgrade platforms in its inventory. Serbia took over a significant number of M-84 main battle tanks after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. For platforms that have been in use since 1985, Serbian armed forces launched a modernization progr...
  • Philippine Navy Plans to Acquire BrahMos Coastal Defence System
    Philippine Navy Plans to Acquire BrahMos Coastal Defence System 11 June 2020
    The Philippine Navy (PN) is interested in having their own shore-based anti-ship missile systems and is eyeing the Indian BrahMos coastal defence system for the requirement. MaxDefense from the Philippines reported that the PN is planning to acquire three batteries to enable an area defence/area denial (A2/AD) capability to protect the country’s territories. The Philippine Army (PA) has earlier announced its intentions to acquire two batteries of the BrahMos land-based missile...
  • Air Defence System Trial
    Air Defence System Trial 29 May 2020
    Studies on air defence systems progressing in different dimensions within the framework of changing threats. Serbia, which has a well established defence industry which is legacy of Yugoslavia, continues its domestic production system studies. In this context, test launch activity was carried out with modernised RLN-IC / 170 missiles, which produced under Russian license. In the trials carried out in the Pasuljanske Livade Training Area, missiles mounted on PASARS FM-1 veh...
  • Production Time for Altay Main Battle Tank
    Production Time for Altay Main Battle Tank 29 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir was the guest of SETA (Political, Economic and Social Research Foundation) joint live broadcast with SSB. Professor Dr. Demir made important statements regarding the mass production phase of the Altay main battle tank. An alternative intermediate solution will be made on the platforms, which are currently experiencing manufacturing problems due to the engine and power pack. In this framework, production will start usin...
  • F Variant Javelin on Serial Production
    F Variant Javelin on Serial Production 26 May 2020
    The production process of FGM-148 Javelin missiles, which is a successful system with ease of use, low weight and compact structure, but also has the title of being one of the most expensive anti-tank missiles, continues. The joint venture of Raytheon Missiles and Defence and Lockheed Martin companies, Javelin partnership, announced that the F model of FGM-148 Javelin missiles entered mass production. The systems, which are stated to replace the FGM-148E Block 1 variant, will be del...
  • Modernised Submarine Delivered
    Modernised Submarine Delivered 25 May 2020
    Submarines, whose biggest weapon is silence and undetectability,  pose a great threat to all the hostile elements in their region. Submarines, each a strategic weapon, are equipped with modern technologies. The Royal Swedish Navy launched a modernization project in recent years to keep this weapon sharp. In this context, Saab Kockums, was delivered to Sweden HSwMS Gotland submarine, whose capabilities were improved. Within the scope of modernizatio...
  • Japan to Work with US for Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft
    Japan to Work with US for Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft 21 April 2020
    Following the success of the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, the United States developed the F-16 Agile Falcon variant with advanced avionics, larger wing area and more powerful engine. The platform failed to achieve the expected sales success, and at that time it was Japan's choice in search of a similar platform. Tokyo improved the platform and F-2 developed the base on F-16 Agile Falcon. Tokyo, which wants to produce domestic fighter jets to replace the F-2, has r...
  • New Face of Modernised F-16
    New Face of Modernised F-16 20 April 2020
    Indonesia, which performed the flight of the first modernised platform of the F-16 Fighting Falcon upgrade programme in the past months, introduced the aircraft with its new face. Indonesia, which started to modernize the F-16 A/B Block 15 aircraft in its inventory, shared the final livery the platform. Structural components of the aircraft have been improved as part of the Falcon STAR (Structural Augmentation Roadmap) and EMLU (Enhanced Mid-Life Upgrade) programs. In this way,...
  • Nuclear Howitzer Moderdinsed
    Nuclear Howitzer Moderdinsed 9 April 2020
    Self-propelled howitzers, which are capable of firing nuclear artillery projectiles, was developed to destroy large enemy units that would be encountered in a possible Third World War. Although nuclear rounds have been phased out of service today, the systems that use them are still in operation. Russia is modernizing its 2S7M Malka self propelled howitzers in its inventory. The platform, which has been upgraded in this context, has been tested recently. In ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey
    Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey 14 March 2020
    Tunisia has ordered Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) according to Army recognition. This is TUSAŞ's first export order for the type. During the Tunisian International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition During (IADE 2020), which took place in Djerba the Tunisian MoD signed a $240 million contract with TUSAŞ for the supply of six ANKA-S UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and three control centres. The deal was signed including t...
  • Radar from Japan for Philippine Air Force
    Radar from Japan for Philippine Air Force 12 March 2020
    The modernization process continues in the Philippine Air Force. In this context, the Philippine National Defence Ministry has reached an agreement with Japan-based Mitsubishi Electric Corporation for four long-range air defence radars. According to MaxDefence Philippines, the radars included in the deal are the J/FPS-3ME 3D Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) advanced long-range fixed radar system, and the J/TPS-P14ME truck-mounted long-range mobile radar system. The J/FPS-3ME i...
  • 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...
  • Indonesia to Modernise Frigate
    Indonesia to Modernise Frigate 11 March 2020
    Indonesia, which is founded on islands, has taken action to improve its naval capabilities due to increase of international naval movements in the region, . The Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) took a new step to modernize the Bung-Tomo class corvettes. In this context, the mission systems of KRI Usman-Harun (359) corvette will be improved. In line with the activities to be carried out in partnership with the state-owned company PT-LEN Industri, Thales TACTICOS combat ma...
  • Pakistan Test-Launched Long Range Cruise Missile
    Pakistan Test-Launched Long Range Cruise Missile 21 February 2020
    Pakistan continues to increase the strength of the army with domestic weapons systems as well as foreign procurements. In this context, Islamabad carried out a long-range missile test launch. The test launch of the cruise missile system named Ra'ad-II, which mock-up of missile exhibited for the first time in a military parade in 2017, was held last Tuesday. The system, whose range is almost doubled by its predecessor Ra'ad-I missile, can reach targets within 5...
  • Modernised Indonesian F-16 Made First Flight
    Modernised Indonesian F-16 Made First Flight 20 February 2020
    Indonesia, which has accelerated its armament and replacing/modernisation activities in parallel with the increasing tension in the region, has left behind an important phase in the F-16 modernization process. The first Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara / TNI-AU) F-16A Fighting Falcon, serial number TS-1610, completing its modernization activities, and made first flight. Under the Falcon STAR (Structural Augmentation Roadmap) program, the In...
  • Nuclear Submarine Will Be Inventory Within Two Months
    Nuclear Submarine Will Be Inventory Within Two Months 11 February 2020
    The Borei-A Class Knyaz Vladimir submarine, developed under the Project 955A modernization program for the Russian Navy, has a short time to enter the inventory. Russian officials announced that the platform, which provides its energy from nuclear power, has successfully completed extensive tests. Knyaz Vladimir will be delivered to the Russian Navy in about a month and a half. It was floated out in November 2017. According to the data of Russia’s Defence Ministry, the sub Knyaz Vladimi...
  • First Su-35 Made Maiden Flight
    First Su-35 Made Maiden Flight 4 February 2020
    Russia continues its efforts to increase the efficiency of the platforms with its modernization and improvement activities. According to a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense, the first Su-35S made its first flight in the past days. It was announced that the platform, which meets the sky within the scope of the activity carried out on January 29, was manufactured as part of the first batch of 60 aircraft packages to be delivered to the Western Military District.
  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense 31 January 2020
    The United Kingdom officially exits from the European Union with concerns about Scotland behind. Political aspirations have peculiar and unexpected results. British conservatives voted against the European Union with the fear that the Union would divide them. The result, however, brings the concern to reality. While the member of Kingdom leaves Union, Scotland wants to stay. The Kingdom self divides. Under the shadow of Britain exiting from EU, British defence journal ukde...