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  • Tempest Program to Catch Industry 4.0
    Tempest Program to Catch Industry 4.0 13 July 2020
    The "smart factory" built for the Tempest programme, the next generation fighter jet operated by the UK with bae systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo subsidiary, has been announced. The new factory, which will be located at BAE Systems' plant in Lancashire, aims to include virtual and increased reality in production. In addition to achieving a cost-effective solution with the new structure, the company says it will facilitate the production of coercive military airc...
  • Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035
    Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035 9 July 2020
    Japan has announced new dates in a next-generation fighter jet project to replace f-2 aircraft in its inventory.  The prototype will be produced in 2024 as part of the F-X program for the aircraft, which is intended to be developed with domestic resources.  According to local media reports, the first limited edition is set for 2030, with the new aircraft scheduled to take place in inventory by 2035. Tokyo will work with the United Kingdom in engine deve...
  • 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...
  • Additional Su-30MKI Procurement
    Additional Su-30MKI Procurement 2 July 2020
    In addition to the serious problems experienced in the combat readiness, India, which is in border disputes with China on the Himalayas, has approved the acquisition of additional aircraft. The Indian Ministry of Defence has approved the $ 2.43 billion budget required to procurement of 33 additional combat jets. In this context, New Delhi, which requested additional aircraft from Russia, will acquire 21 second-hand MiG-29 (NATO Code: Fulcrum) from Russia. In addi...
  • Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets
    Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets 1 July 2020
    Republic of Ireland airspace has been frequently visited by Russian fighters recently. The Irish government wants to put an end to these visits. It also wants to be less dependent on British Royal Air fighters to defend its sovereignty. The Irish Air Corps has had no combat jet since 1998, when the Light Strike Squadron, operating on second-hand French Fouga CM170 Magister, was disbanded. The corps also lacks a national radar system.   To address the increasing threat...
  • Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble?
    Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble? 27 June 2020
    British independent public spending watchdog, “The National Audit Office”, has published a report into the ability of the MOD to successfully deliver Carrier Strike capability successfully. The report, published today examines how the Department has managed the programme since 2017 and how it is addressing the risks towards achieving the full capabilities of a carrier strike group. In other words, the report states concern about transforming process from a &lsq...
  • Date Set for Turkey's Unmanned Fighter Jet
    Date Set for Turkey's Unmanned Fighter Jet 26 June 2020
    Baykar Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar took part in an event organized by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of National Education. Bayraktar, who collected his company's work in the presentation, made statements about the uav and armed unmanned aerial vehicle systems.   Baykar production Bayraktar TB2 took part in many operations. Finally, the TB2 used in Operation Spring Shield successfully completed more than 80 percent of the tasks, Selcuk Bayraktar said. The com...
  • Engine Shortage on Fifth Generation
    Engine Shortage on Fifth Generation 26 June 2020
    Fifth-generation fighter jets are capable of turning the balances with their technological infrastructures and capabilities in the battlefield of today and tomorrow. The F-22 Raptor, the first fifth-generation fighter jet that goes into active use, is in trouble again. On the platform, which came to the agenda with problems experienced in different components from time to time, engine shortage arose this time. It has been announced that the number of spare engine...
  • ASELPOD Delivery Continues
    ASELPOD Delivery Continues 24 June 2020
    In accordance with the needs of the Turkish Air Force, the deliveries of the ASELPOD targeting pods developed by ASELSAN are continuing. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir announced that a new ASELPOD has been added to inventory. ASELPOD, which previously replaced systems purchased from abroad, is used for targeting, exploration and observation. The system, designed for fighter jets, allows the target to be identified at a distance. ASELPOD's export process, ...
  • "Urgent" Procurement Request from India
    "Urgent" Procurement Request from India 22 June 2020
    India wants to add 33 new fighter jets to its inventory. According to the Mumbai-based The Economic Times, India wants to procure new platforms "urgently." New Delhi wants to procure 21 MiG-29 (NATO Code: Fulcrum) aircraft and 12 Su-30MKI from Russia. If an agreement is reached, the delivery of the platforms will be provided within two years following the signing of the contract.  The modernized version of the Su-30Ks for the foreign market of the Su-30, whi...
  • Turkish Fuselage to Korean Helicopter
    Turkish Fuselage to Korean Helicopter 21 June 2020
    The visit of the Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank to Eskişehir drew attention to the company Coşkunöz operating here. TUSAŞ Motor (TEI) participated in the test of TJ-300 turbojet engine at its facilities. Minister Varank then visited the aviation and defence departments of Coşkunöz. The main fuselage is produced for TAI KUH-1 Surion helicopter.  KAI develops offshore, search and rescue, assault versions of KUH-1. The minister, A total of 6...
  • Russian MiG-29 and Su-24 Combat Jets Caught In-Flight in Libya
    Russian MiG-29 and Su-24 Combat Jets Caught In-Flight in Libya 20 June 2020
    Russian MiG-29 Fulcrums and Su-24 Fencers are caught in the air at Al Jufrah Air Base in Libya. Russia sent at least 14 combat jets, in total, to support Khalifa Haftar. Images prove that the jets are now actively flying. U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) released two new images of Al Jufrah, which it said were taken on June 18, 2020, one of which showed a Su-24 Fencer taking off from the base. The other picture showed a MiG-29 parked in front of a hardened aircraft shelter, as well as ...
  • Turkey's First Medium-Range Domestic Cruise Missile Engine Tested
    Turkey's First Medium-Range Domestic Cruise Missile Engine Tested 19 June 2020
    The prototype test of the TJ300, the Medium-Range Domestic Missile Engine developed by TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI) for ROKETSAN, was successfully carried out. The engine will power the medium-range anti-ship missile. It will produce 1,300 Newtonian torque thrusts. TEI President and General Manager Professor Dr Mahmut Akşit said that TJ300 has a narrower scale compared to similar engines that produce similar thrust. The indigenous missile engine project was launched two years ago. ...
  • Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test
    Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test 17 June 2020
    The first operational Block III jet will be delivered to the Navy in early 2021 Boeing delivered the first two F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy for flight testing. One jet is a single-seat E model, and the other is a two-seat F model. “The aircraft will be used for carrier suitability and integration testing of all Block III mission system components,” said Steve Wade, Boeing vice president, F/A-18 & EA-18G programs. The Navy will u...
  • Super Hornets Tested with StormBreaker
    Super Hornets Tested with StormBreaker 17 June 2020
    Smart ammunition offers users the ability to destroy targets, including the worst weather conditions, as well as the moving target engagement capability. The developments in microelectronics, as well as the guidance technology, paves the way to customize smart ammunition in line with different requirements. The F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet family, the most modern combat jets of the U.S. Navy, began testing with the GBU-53/B StormBreaker. Within the tests, the first guided release was com...
  • Special Mission Aircraft Order to Israel
    Special Mission Aircraft Order to Israel 15 June 2020
    Special mission aircraft, which are considered as the intelligence eye of the armed forces in the air, constitute an important power factor in combat thanks to their reconnaissance, surveillance and command-control capabilities. Israel's leading aviation company IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) has announced that a 350 million USD agreement has been signed with a European country for the procurement of a Special Mission Aircraft. The agreement will be executed by ELTA Syst...
  • T-5 Brave Eagle Conducts First Flight
    T-5 Brave Eagle Conducts First Flight 12 June 2020
    Taiwan's advanced jet training aircraft, the AIDC T-5 Brave Eagle, developed with equity, began taxi tests last week. The prototype of the jet developed by AIDC (Aerospace Industrial Development Corp.) under a joint program flew for the first time on June 10. The flight at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base lasted about 20 minutes. The platform's official flight will take place on June 22nd. Taiwan, which first wanted to supply the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master training air...
  • New Board of Directors of Turkish Aerospace
    New Board of Directors of Turkish Aerospace 10 June 2020
    Turkish Aerospace, which designed, developed and producing platforms such as T129 Atak, Anka, Anka-S and Hürkuş and carries out projects such as Aksungur, Gökbey, T629, Hürjet and TFX; held a general assembly meeting. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, the board of directors has been renewed. According to the first information, new Board of Directors of Turkish Aerospace is; Şuay Alpay (Deputy Minister of Ministry of National Defence), H&uum...
  • Dog-Cheap Jet UAV
    Dog-Cheap Jet UAV 9 June 2020
    For jet-engined unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are regarded as the striking power of the future, both in terms of their payload capacity and their high speed, long-range capabilities. Different countries are working on jet-engined unmanned aerial vehicles, which are considered as the state of the art platforms. One of these sides is Russia with S-70 Okhotnik. The platform, which made its maiden flight in August 2019, came to the agenda with its very low cost. In a news article publi...
  • New Radar Hunter for Super Hornets
    New Radar Hunter for Super Hornets 9 June 2020
    Anti-radar missiles are the best solution for SEAD (Surpression of Enemy Air Defence) missions. Missiles homing specific signals prevents effective use by blinding enemy air defence elements by eliminating hostile radar systems. The U.S. Navy announced that the F/A-18 Super Hornet platforms were in the flight test phase during the integration of AGM-88G AARGM-ER (Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range) ammunition. In the process that started in early Ju...
  • Jet UAV Alternative for F-35B Lightning II
    Jet UAV Alternative for F-35B Lightning II 8 June 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir has been a live broadcast guest on NTV. Answering the questions on the Turkish defence sector, Professor. Dr. Demir made important statements about TCG Anadolu and UAVs. UAV use for the TCG Anadolu (L 400), which was built within the scope of the amphibious platform requirements of the Turkish Navy, came back to the agenda. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Demir stated that the use of UAVs in various classes is on ...
  • FC-31 Could Be Deployed on Aircraft Carrier
    FC-31 Could Be Deployed on Aircraft Carrier 6 June 2020
    The pilot training program of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has been raised in the country. A video of plan for pilot training has been released on China Central Television 7 (CCTV 7). The Shenyang FC-31 fighter jet, which was shown as a counterpart to the F-35 Lightning II, was allegedly viewed in the PLAN video. A pilot who sat on the platform thought to be FC-31 and information about the application process was included in the video. In the early ...
  • Taiwan's Advanced Jet Training Plane Completes First Taxi Test
    Taiwan's Advanced Jet Training Plane Completes First Taxi Test 4 June 2020
    Taiwan's first locally developed advanced jet training aircraft, the AIDC T-5 Brave Eagle, successfully completed the taxi test. The platform produced by Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (AIDC) conducted its first pre-flight test at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base. Covid-19 did not affect the testing process, company officials said, before the first flight, two or three more times before the platform will undergo taxi tests.  AIDC plans to deliver 66 AT-5s to the air force b...
  • Russia to Procure New Su-34
    Russia to Procure New Su-34 3 June 2020
    The Russian air force is buying new Su-34 bombers. The Kremlin in late May cut a contract with United Aircraft Corporation’s (UAC) Sukhoi division to build 76 new Su-34. The two-seater, twin-engine warplanes which are expected to replace the Su-24 bombers, can carry 12 tons of ammunition, including air-to-air missiles, and hit targets 600 miles away.  The Su-34s are scheduled to replace Su-24 bombers. UAC General Manager Yuri Slyusar said the air force's combat capacity will do...
  • TÜBİTAK SAGE, Fights with International Dependency 2 June 2020
    Gürcan Okumuş, TÜBİTAK SAGE Institute Director, was the guest of the live broadcast of C4Defence's official Instagram account. Having shared the institution's updates on many projects, including ammunition and engine work, Okumuş announced that its biggest dream was the development of a ramjet / scramjet-fired hypersonic missile.
  • China's Threat of Military Intervention in Taiwan
    China's Threat of Military Intervention in Taiwan 29 May 2020
    In Asia, the dose of political tensions between China and Taiwan is rising.  China will attack Taiwan if there is no other way of stopping it from becoming independent, one of the country’s most senior generals said. The 2005 law gives the country the legal basis for military action against Taiwan if it secedes or seems about to, making the narrow Taiwan Strait a potential military flashpoint. “If the possibility for peaceful reunification is lost, the People's ...
  • China's Wind Tunnel Ready for New Jets
    China's Wind Tunnel Ready for New Jets 28 May 2020
    The wind tunnel, built by China for nearly eight years, successfully completed its first operation. The tunnel, called FL-62, was used for an unnamed jet that was under development.  With the data provided by the 17,000-cubic meter transonic wind tunnel, it is thought that the aerodynamic design of the aircraft will be optimized and the development process will be completed in less time. The operation, completed on Tuesday, is the first-time test data for aircraft has been collected. The...
  • Vietnamese Anti-Ship Missile
    Vietnamese Anti-Ship Missile 27 May 2020
    Having conflicts on border disputes and territorial waters with China, Vietnam continues to invest in the domestic defence industry. Vietnam continues its product studies with the domestic defence sector, which it mostly forms with the licensed production method. The images of the VCM-01 developed at the end of the two-year R&D process from the KCT-15s, which the country designed on the basis of the Russian-based Kh-35E anti-ship missile, which it also has a production license, ...
  • Ramjet Artillery Projectile
    Ramjet Artillery Projectile 27 May 2020
    Technological advances provide armies long range precision strike capability from portable weapons. This increases the need for long-range artillery systems. Raytheon Missiles and Defence continues its work on the US Army's XM1155 Extended-Range Artillery Projectile (ERAP) project. As part of the process initiated by the force's ERCA (Extended Range Cannon Artillery) Program, the company will develop a ramjet powered artillery round. Having signed a similar agreement wi...
  • Jet Tender at Black Sea
    Jet Tender at Black Sea 25 May 2020
    Ukraine, which is in a state of war with Russia, and therefore, has reconstructed its army by rebuilding, announced that it will go on a combat jet tender. The Ukrainian Air Force Military Council decided to launch a new jet procurement process under the Air Force Vision 2035 Program. Within the scope of the decree signed on May 15, new platforms will be provided with the need to protection against enemy air raids, provide air defence in coordination with ground eleme...
  • Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries
    Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries 24 May 2020
    The first of the platforms to be provided under the NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet (MFF) programme will be delivered next month. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency manages the program. NATO member states Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands were ordered to supply eight Airbus A330 MRTTSs as part of the program. The first platform will be deployed in June at the main operations base in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Besi...
  • Rafales Deployed to Middile East for Reconnaissance
    Rafales Deployed to Middile East for Reconnaissance 23 May 2020
    Unmanned platforms are becoming widespread in reconnaissance missions. Despite this, manned recon still remains important. Combat jets can easily be turned into reconnaissance aircraft thanks to plug-and-play reconnaissance pods. According to the statement made by the French Ministry of Defence, Rafales were deployed for reconnaissance tasks in the Middle East geography within the scope of the fight against ISIS. The platforms are equipped with RECO-NG discovery-observation pod...
  • Unmanned Su-57
    Unmanned Su-57 23 May 2020
    While the use of unmanned aerial vehicles has become widespread day by day, studies are being conducted on the unmanned flying capability of existing manned platforms. Optional unmanned use of new generation manned jets is also on the agenda. According to the report of the Russian Sputink News Agency, progress has been made on the unpiloted mission capability for Su-57 (NATO Code: Felon) aircraft. The T-50 Test Laboratory conducted a series of test-trial activities for the...
  • Su-35 Production Starts
    Su-35 Production Starts 21 May 2020
    Su-35, one of the most advanced combat jets of Russia, continues to find new users. The news that Russia, after the first export user China, signed an agreement on the procurement of Su-35 with Egypt in 2019, was in the media. Despite the intense pressure and lobbying applied for Cairo not to acquire these platforms, it has come to the agenda that procurement of platforms has not been cancelled. According to information obtained from TASS News Agency, the production of the Su-35 at ...
  • LM will produce 18 -24 F-35 short
    LM will produce 18 -24 F-35 short 20 May 2020
    Lockheed Martin will produce less of F-35 in 2020. The company will have  18 to 24 jets short of the 141 scheduled for delivery this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for Lockheed’s supply chain to make components on time. The company is moving to an adjusted work schedule where production will slow over the next three months. Lockheed aims to accelerate production as soon as possible to fill the gap before 2020 ends. Beginning on ...
  • Tank Destroyers Increasing
    Tank Destroyers Increasing 19 May 2020
    The wheeled fire support vehicles offer important advantages to the user thanks to their rapid reaction capabilities, off-road performances and high firepower. The fire support vehicles, which are prominent with their advanced capabilities and fast movement on the highway infrastructures, as well as operational possibilities in the field conditions, can be engaged to tanks thanks to the weapons they are equipped with. In this way, the use of platforms, which have...
  • Search for Navy Jet Trainer
    Search for Navy Jet Trainer 19 May 2020
    Countries with aircraft carriers using the CATOBAR system need advanced jet trainers suitable for the system in question during the training of navy pilots. The US, the world's largest aircraft carrier user, has taken action for new advanced jet trainer planned to be procured to the Navy. In this context, Washington published an Request for Information Document on May 14. According to the document, the new platform, which will be used for FCLP (Field Carrier Landing Practice) do...
  • India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase
    India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase 16 May 2020
    One of world’s biggest arms importer India plans to abolish its $15 billion order to acquire foreign military aircraft bid. India plans to switch to locally-made fighter jets. India set up a tender to years ago and asked global companies to submit proposals to supply 114 combat aircraft. Indian air force is changing its plans to induct indigenously made Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas. Indian Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat said in an interview in New Delhi. It will ...
  • My Biggest Dream: Hypersonic Missile
    My Biggest Dream: Hypersonic Missile 15 May 2020
    Gürcan Okumuş, who is the TÜBİTAK SAGE (Savunma Sanayii Araştırma ve Geliştirme Enstitüsü / Defence Industries Research and Development Instute) Institute Director, was a guest on live stream at C4Defence's Instagram account. Okumuş made statements about his biggest dream. Answering the questions of C4Defence in the live stream and making important statements about the local system projects carried out by TÜBİTAK SAGE, Okumuş announced the his biggest dr...
  • KTJ-3200 Close to Becoming Operational
    KTJ-3200 Close to Becoming Operational 15 May 2020
    Gürcan Okumuş, who is the TÜBİTAK SAGE (Savunma Sanayii Araştırma ve Geliştirme Enstitüsü / Defence Industries Research and Development Instute) Institute Director, was a guest on live stream at C4Defence's Instagram account. Okumuş made important statements about KTJ-3200 engines. The Presidency of Defence Industries had started a project to replace the French Safran production TR40 turbjet engines used in the SOM missile family with their local co...