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  • 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 ...
  • U.S. Senators Worried about Turkey's Role in F-35 Program
    U.S. Senators Worried about Turkey's Role in F-35 Program 9 July 2020
    Republican and Democratic Senators submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Defense, which included questions about the continuity of part delivery between the United States and Turkey under the F-35 program. The letter said Ankara did not act as a responsible actor in the programme and was moving away from the expected cooperation as a NATO ally. Republican senators James Lankford and Thom Tillis and Democratic senators Jeanne Shaheen and Chris Van Hollen said, " From huma...
  • All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions
    All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions 2 July 2020
    Tensions increasing between France and Turkey. The Paris Ambassador of Turkey Ismail Hakki Musa's statement about the incident that TCG Oruçreis (F 245) and French frigate FS Courbet (F 712) involved with the images with C4Defence difference. A few days ago France presented a letter to NATO claiming that Turkish frigate threatened French frigate by tracking with radar. Turkey, however, stated that French frigate, FS Courbet (F 712), approached to TCG Gö...
  • Satellite Company might be founded
    Satellite Company might be founded 28 June 2020
    President of Defence Industry Dr İsmail Demir signalled the foundation of new satellite company at the “Outbreak Process and Defence Industry” video conference he attended on June 26. Speaking on the Digital Gündem (Digital Agenda) publication, Demir mentioned the works carried out together with the informatics, telecom, satellite and cybersecurity sectors. Demir, shortly; TUSAŞ, TUBITAK and be established as a joint Turksat, Turkey gave signals of a new satellite company. Pr...
  • "S-400 Blocks Trade Deal with U.S."
    "S-400 Blocks Trade Deal with U.S." 25 June 2020
    Foreign Economic Relations Board (Dış Ekonomik İlişkiler Kurulu/ DEİK) Chairman Nail Olpak and Turkey-USA Business Council (Türkiye-ABD İş Konseyi/ TAİK) Chairman Mehmet Ali Yalcindag met with U.S. Republican Party Senator Lindsey Graham on a video conference call. During the meeting, Graham discussed what Turkey and the United States need for the economic integration process, and noted the importance of reaching a free trade agreement between the two countries. Graha...
  • Indigenous engine for FNSS Vehicles
    Indigenous engine for FNSS Vehicles 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 ÖMTTZA (Özel Maksatlı Taktik Tekerlekli Araçlar / Special Purpose Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicles) and indigenous engine / power pack integration. Stating the share of engines in production costs between 5% and 15%, Nail Kurt added that it should not only be considered in terms of engines. While it is stated that the domestic con...
  • FNSS Amphibious Assault Rig Hopeful for Korea
    FNSS Amphibious Assault Rig Hopeful for Korea 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 process of Otter Amphibious Assault Rig (AAR) in the Republic of Korea and the company activities already underway abroad. Stating that FNSS has some projects after 2020, Nail Kurt announced that there are projects that have been going on for 3-4 years but have not been finalized. It was emphasized that although there are minor delays in s...
  • Virus Didn't Affect FNSS
    Virus Didn't Affect FNSS 23 June 2020
    Nail Kurt, FNSS General Manager and CEO, met with the leading names of the defence media in a live stream. Kurt made statements about the COVID-19 process. Stating that the company focuses on increasing awareness, Kurt said that every issue is acted with the awareness that every problem can be solved. While underlining these steps were taken to increase communication and a committee was formed from different departments within the company, urgent and instant decisions were made abou...
  • First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation
    First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation 19 June 2020
    The "Industrial Cooperation Days in Defence and Aviation" organized for the fifth time this year will be held through virtual and face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICDDA event organized by the OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster (OSSA) every two years to meet the right people in the Defence, aviation and space sectors, will open its doors in Ankara on October 13-15. The event will have a hybrid structure, as both virtual and face-to-face bilateral busi...
  • Eastern Mediterranean Investment yo Hellenic Navy
    Eastern Mediterranean Investment yo Hellenic Navy 11 June 2020
    Despite economic problems, Greece continues its armament programs. Greek parliament approved several projects on May 2. Thus, Athens decided to add new ones to existing processes. Greece, which makes unilateral claims in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean and sometimes does not hesitate from dangerous convergence, continues its investments in weapon systems. At the parliamentary meeting held in Athens on 2 May, it was decided to expand the processes in question. In this c...
  • Cyber-attack on U.S. Military Information
    Cyber-attack on U.S. Military Information 4 June 2020
    Westech International, a subcontractor for Northrup Grumman, said they were being cyber-attacked.  The hackers retrieved the files via Westech International, a US Air Force maintenance and engineering subcontractor of working on the LGM-30G Minuteman III land-based intercontinental ballistic missile. According to the news in Sky News, information is thought to have been stolen after Maze ransomware was infected into the computer network of Westech International. It is...
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) from A to Z 2 June 2020
    In the previous chapter, we started to study on basics of the unmanned aerial vehicle design and to produce by saying “If we design and produce unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), we need to create a dictionary of definitions and concepts standard that will enable us to do this methodologically and properly, in addition to the Turkish language and Turkish scientific-technological theories.”. In this issue, we consider the classification of these aircraft according to the same methodol...
  • Waiting for Turkey's Decision on Second Barth of S-400
    Waiting for Turkey's Decision on Second Barth of S-400 2 June 2020
    Turkey announced that it has reached an agreement with Russia to procure S-400, in line with the needs of the high-altitude air defence system in 2017. Then, the S-400 adventure of Turkish Armed Forces had begun. Delivery of systems under an agreement signed with Russia began with a Russian transport plane arrived to Murted Air Base at Ankara in July 2019. Delivery of the components was continued by air until the end of 2019 and the installation phase was started. The delivery ...
  • IM-SHORAD Race
    IM-SHORAD Race 28 May 2020
    The increasing effectiveness of Russia on the borders of Eastern Europe pushes the USA to take new steps and measures. The US Army is squeezing the calendar to deploy Stryker A1 8x8 armoured combat vehicles equipped against potential Russian air threats to Europe. Receiving five of the nine IM-SHORAD (Interim Manoeuvre Short-Range Air Defense) platforms currently ordered, the US is trying to solve the problems encountered in vehicles. According to an official from the IM-SHORAD Prog...
  • New Front in Defence Industry: Pandemi
    New Front in Defence Industry: Pandemi 20 May 2020
    STM Thinktech organized THINKTECHONLINE online panel to discuss COVİD-19 and its aftermath in Turkey and the worlds as the development of the defence industry. The panel was watched by almost 250 thousand people via STM ThinkTech social media accounts that it was broadcast live.   “Covid-19 process and after the Defence Industry in the World and Turkey,” Head of Defence Industry on the panel (SSB) Chairman Prof. Drİsmail Demir, Chairman and Gener...
  • New Assault Rifle
    New Assault Rifle 20 May 2020
    Japan, which has been arming rapidly in recent times due to the increasing threat factors in the region and the need for modernization of the army, introduced its new assault rifle. Developed to replace 5.56x45mm Type 89 rifles in the inventory, Type 20 uses the same caliber ammunition. Rifles are the first system that Japan will procure as standard infantry rifles in 31 years since 1989, when the Type 89's were put in inventory. New weapons are more resistant to water and ...
  • Nuclear Submarine at Sea Trials
    Nuclear Submarine at Sea Trials 18 May 2020
    Sea trials of Barracuda platforms, which are planned to replace Rubis class submarines that have reached the end of their life, have begun. The French Navy, started to test phase of FS Suffren (Q 284), the first platform built under the Barracuda-class submarine program, The submarine was recently subjected to vertical replenishment trials VERTREP for the first time with an NH90 NFH helicopter. This process has great importance in issues such as medical evacuation, goods a...
  • Rear Admiral Yaycı Appointed to The General Staff
    Rear Admiral Yaycı Appointed to The General Staff 16 May 2020
    According to the decision issued under the signature of the Turkish President, Rear Admiral Cihat Yaycı, Chief of Staff of the Naval Forces Command, was appointed to the command of the General Staff. The decision on the appointment was published in the Official Gazette. No information about Yaycı's place of duty was shared. Last month, Yaycı became the first combatant Admiral to take the title as an associate professor. Yaycı has books titled "The Concept of Exclu...
  • Online Fair for Military Medical Sector
    Online Fair for Military Medical Sector 13 May 2020
    Along with the virus, business development methods are finding new solutions. Military Medical Webex is one of these solutions. Military Medical Webex will receive the title of the world's first international online fair and conference. Leaders of the military medical industry will meet online on June 9-10, 2020 with military procurement offices across the global scale. With Military Medical Webex; armoured medical vehicles, air health and services, cleanroom technology, he...
  • Domestic Air Defence Systems
    Domestic Air Defence Systems 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Turkish defence sector's post-COVID-19 period plans in addition to domestic air defence missile systems. Indicating that recent experiences have re-emphasized the importance of air defence systems, Demir announced that His...
  • Domestic Touch to S-400
    Domestic Touch to S-400 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the S-400 air defence system. Although the S-400 procurement agreement includes items such as training, maintenance and technical support, Russian personnel will not be able to access the S-400 batteries as they wish. Stating that...
  • Turkey Continues with Eurosam
    Turkey Continues with Eurosam 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Turkish defence sector's agenda. Work on a SAMP-T-based but more comprehensive system with Eurosam was launched in recent years. Professor Dr. Demir announced that the identification work has been completed in the common proces...
  • Frigate Selection Announced
    Frigate Selection Announced 1 May 2020
    After the retirement of Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates, which are also using in the Turkish Navy inventory, the US was looking for a new platform. In the process named FFG(X) Frigate Program, Fincantieri joined with FREMM, Austal shown its Independence LCS as candidate, Navantia partnered Bath Iron Works joined with Spanish F100 design and Bath Iron Works joined with unknown design. The program, which started with the Request for Proposals File on June 20, 2019, w...
  • Hezarfen’s Eye looking at High 30 April 2020
    We knew Eskişehir Osmangazi University Hezarfen Aviation and Space Club before in our 80th issue. The priority project of the club, which tries to open its path with more than one project, is the “Altitude Rocket Project” that it sets its sights on. C4Defence: Which projects does Eskişehir Osmangazi University Hezarfen Aviation and Space Club (HHUK) deal with? HHUK: We are interested in many projects that increase the awareness...
  • Problems do not end in F-35
    Problems do not end in F-35 26 April 2020
    The problems of the F-35 Lightning II planes created by the USA within the framework of the joint attack aircraft program do not stop. Restrictions on the F-35B and F-35C aircraft used by the U.S. Navy and Navy Infantry are expected to become permanent. According to three signed reports in the US-based Defence News Magazine, the B and C versions of the F-35 can fly for a short period. Otherwise, structural damage may occur on the outer cover of the aircraft, which prevents it from b...
  • 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...
  • US F-35A Airplane Flies Over Syrian Skies
    US F-35A Airplane Flies Over Syrian Skies 19 April 2020
    The F-35 Lightning II, Joint Program Office's (JPO) twitter account, said that the US Air Force F-35A fighter plane was flying within the responsibility area of ​​the US Central Forces Command (CENTCOM). While it was announced that the plane was flying in the Al-Tanf region of Syria, no further details were provided on the subject. Al-Tanf Region, also known as "Tanf At", is a military base in the Homs Governorate of Syria, 24 km west of the Al-Tanf border crossing in ...
  • Defence Budgets Reduced by Virus
    Defence Budgets Reduced by Virus 17 April 2020
    The Republic of Korea issued a similar statement after Thailand announced last week that it would go to a 10 per cent reduction in its defence budget. The South Korean Finance Ministry has announced plans to direct $733 million from this year’s $40.94 billion defence budget to fund expenses caused by the COVID-19 crisis. "No delay in introduction or deployment of any equipment is expected due to the budget cut," Kim Il-dong, the director-general of the mini...
  • The first COVID victim in Roosevelt
    The first COVID victim in Roosevelt 13 April 2020
    The damage caused by COVID-19 to navies continues to increase. The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier gave the first victim since the outbreak of pandemic in the open seas. The issue became more concrete when USS Theodore Roosevelt's captain Brett Crozier anchored the ship to the Guam Naval Base. Thomas Modly, Deputy Secretary of the US Navy, dismissed the captain who said "we are not at war, there is no need to die," and then had to resign. Following these develop...
  • 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...
  • New Ally
    New Ally 31 March 2020
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which was established at the very beginning of the Cold War against the Soviet threat, is expanding. In the past few weeks, the Spanish Parliament approved the NATO membership of North Macedonia and completed the last international step in this process. Following the completion of the necessary procedures, NATO raised the Flag of North Macedonia with a ceremony on 30 March in front of the headquarters and where the flags of the countrie...
  • Pentagon’s Hypersonic Glide Body Flight Test Deemed Success
    Pentagon’s Hypersonic Glide Body Flight Test Deemed Success 21 March 2020
    The U.S. Defence Department tested a hypersonic glide body in a flight experiment conducted from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on March 19, 2020. The Navy and Army jointly executed the launch. The test was deemed a success. The Common-Hypersonic Glide Body, or C-HGB, launched and flew at hypersonic speed to “a designated impact point,” according to a statement issued March 20 by the Department of Defence. The test was a joint effort betwe...
  • Will Indonesia Buy Su-35?
    Will Indonesia Buy Su-35? 17 March 2020
    In the past few days, Bloomberg had quoted an unnamed official "familiar with the matter" on 12 March as saying that Jakarta had recently decided against moving ahead with the plan to procure the 11 fighter aircraft for about USD1.1 billion. The director of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS), said on 16 March, denying media reports that Jakarta, under US pressure, has dropped a deal to buy 11 of the Russian-made fighters. "There is no offici...
  • Coronavirus Panic in the U.S. Navy
    Coronavirus Panic in the U.S. Navy 16 March 2020
    Under the influence of the world, the coronavirus infiltrated the US Navy. The entire team was quarantined after a positive test on the virus in a crew working on the USS Boxer (LHD-4) amphibious assault ship. On Sunday, the Navy announced that the sailor assigned to the warship tested “presumptive positive,” meaning, the patient tested positive by a local public health laboratory but results are still pending confirmation at a Center for Disease Control (CDC) lab. Earlier ...
  • Corona Epidemic at Navy
    Corona Epidemic at Navy 13 March 2020
    COVID-19, which is rapidly influencing the world, continues to increase its area of ​​effect. The virus can easily spreads especially confined spaces so ships are suitable environments for the transformation of cases into epidemics. Recently, the Hellenic Navy MEKO 200HN class HS Hydra (F 454) frigate was quarantined due to the COVID-19 virus. Today, an outbreak alarm has been issued for the Italian Navy, the San Giorgio-class amphibious assault ship ITS San...
  • The withdrawal of US Forces from Afghanistan Begins
    The withdrawal of US Forces from Afghanistan Begins 10 March 2020
    The US military announced today that it has started withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, part of a peace deal signed with the Taliban, to reduce its personnel to 8,600 troops within 135 days. Earlier today, five official sources indicated that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani would issue a decree with releasing at least 1,000 Taliban detainees later this week, clearing the way for direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The Taliban want the Afghan pres...
  • Navy Integrate Laser Weapon to Destroyers
    Navy Integrate Laser Weapon to Destroyers 3 March 2020
    An issue that unmanned aerial vehicles are a threat to surface elements due to ease of production, low costs and technologies such as artificial intelligence, and this issue will often become more and more complicated in the future, which will keep the defence lobbyists busy. The widespread use of systems prompts the navies to take technological measures such as laser weapons. In the face of the rising threat multiplier of drones, the United States announced that the ODIN (Opti...
  • NATO Council Meet Today Upon Turkey's Request for Article 4
    NATO Council Meet Today Upon Turkey's Request for Article 4 28 February 2020
    The North Atlantic Council, which includes the ambassadors of all 29 NATO Allies, will meet on Friday 28 February, following a request by Turkey to hold consultations under Article 4 of NATO’s founding Washington Treaty on the situation in Syria. Under article 4 of the Treaty, any Ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened. All NATO decisions are made by consensus, a...
  • Pakistan May Prefer Chinese Helicopter Instead of T129 Atak and AH-1Z
    Pakistan May Prefer Chinese Helicopter Instead of T129 Atak and AH-1Z 28 February 2020
    Pakistan may prefer Chinese Z-10ME attack helicopter instead of Turkish T129 Atak and US AH-1Z Viper choppers. Pakistani official gave the signal of some changes in the procurement process. According to a statement from a Pakistani high-rank officer, roadmap of country's attack helicopter acquisition process may change. Struggling with budget issues as well as lack of materials, Islamabad signaled that T129 Atak and AH-1Z Viper procurement could be abandoned. In case of fai...
  • 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...