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  • Work Begins for Turkey's First Supersonic Wind Tunnel
    Work Begins for Turkey's First Supersonic Wind Tunnel 25 November 2020
    TÜBİTAK President Prof. Hasan Mandal answered the questions of Burak Gayretli, Communications Manager of HAVELSAN. Work was ongoing between TÜBITAK BILGEM and HAVELSAN within the scope of the Real-Time Operating System (GİS) Cooperation Project. "Domestic and national Real-Time Operating System is preparing to be used in the field in many projects including our TF-X aircraft, Gökbey Helicopter, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems, Munitions, Weapons Systems, Electron...
  • Price of Rafale Planes, to Be Purchased by Greece, Rises
    Price of Rafale Planes, to Be Purchased by Greece, Rises 24 November 2020
    The price of Rafale fighter jets, which Greece plans to buy from France, has risen. French senator Cedric Perrin announced to reporters that France's possible revenue from the sale of second-hand Rafale platforms, scheduled to be delivered to Greece, would reach €530m. Earlier in October, the French newspaper La Tribune announced the estimated cost of 12 second-hand Rafales at €400m.  Athens wants to add a total of 18 Rafale aircraft to its inv...
  • Sitara to Start Spin Test Again After Four-Year Break
    Sitara to Start Spin Test Again After Four-Year Break 23 November 2020
    The Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) HJT-36 Sitara, developed for India under the main contractor of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), will be tested again four years later. In 2016, the HJT-36 Sitara had problems with spin tests in which the aircraft was removed from normal flight conditions, put into abnormal flight situations and determined exit techniques from these dangerous situations. Afterwards, the Sitara plane project was suspended. With help from the U.S. the t...
  • Tunisia Signs Contract for T-6C Texan
    Tunisia Signs Contract for T-6C Texan 20 November 2020
    Tunisian National Defence Minister Imed Hazgui says the government has approved the purchase of eight T-6C Texan jet training aircraft. The U.S. State Department approved the sale of 12 T-6C aircraft to Tunisia in October last year. The U.S. State Department had also approved the sale of four AT-6 Wolverine light assault aircraft to Tunisia. In the official announcement there was no mentioning on the confirmation of a contract for four AT-6C Wolverine light attack aircraft...
  • Rafales to Be Delivered to Greece with F3R Improvement
    Rafales to Be Delivered to Greece with F3R Improvement 17 November 2020
    Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets. France will send 12 aircraft to Greece to F3R standards. Athens is also planning to buy MICA NG and SCALP missiles. The F3R standard is the air-to-ground laser-guided version of BVRAAM and Sagem (Armement Air-Sol Modulaire/AASM), as well as the Thales TALIOS long-range air-to-air targeting wing; automatic land collision prevention system (Auto-GCAS); Thales RBE2 covers the AESA radar and spec...
  • New Contract Signed for EJ200 Engine
    New Contract Signed for EJ200 Engine 16 November 2020
    Eurojet will produce 56 EJ200 engines for the German Air Force. Last week, the German Parliament's Budget Committee approved the purchase of 38 new Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for the country's air force. The engine contract signed in Munich covers the EJ200s for the purchase of the new Eurofighter Typhoon, which has been passing through parliament. Engine modules will be produced by Rolls-Royce, MTU Aero Engines, ITP and Avio Aero under Eurojet's ma...
  • KAI Plans to Build Transport Aircraft
    KAI Plans to Build Transport Aircraft 13 November 2020
    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) wants to add military transport aircraft to its product range. According to a source who spoke to Defense News, KAI wants to get into the military transport plane business because it considers it more profitable. Transport planes require less technology than fighter jets. There are 60 transport planes in the Korean Armed Forces inventory. Platforms include 25-year-old aircraft. They need to be renovated, repaired and repaired. In ...
  • New Su-30SMs Delivered to Kazakhstan
    New Su-30SMs Delivered to Kazakhstan 9 November 2020
    Kazakhstan says it has received new Su-30SM multi-purpose combat aircraft. The jets were deployed at the air base in Karagan. Kazakhstan, which signed an agreement for platforms at the International Arms Systems and Military Equipment Fair KADEX-2018 in Astana, will add the new platforms to the Air Force's already in-service Su-30SM fleet.  The Su-30SMs, equipped with bars multifunctional fire control radar and air-to-air and air-to-ground precision guided missile...
  • Germany to Renew Eurofighter Fleet
    Germany to Renew Eurofighter Fleet 6 November 2020
    The Budget Committee of the German Parliament approved the purchase of 38 new Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for the country's air force. The new purchase, expected to be worth around €5.4m, is part of Germany's plan to buy 93 Eurofighter jets and 45 F-18s. The 38 confirmed jets are expected to replace the former Eurofighters in the German fleet. Decisions on the purchase of the remaining jets are scheduled to be approved after federal elections in Germany in 20...
  • Yak-130 with Vietnamese Flag
    Yak-130 with Vietnamese Flag 2 November 2020
    The first Yak-130 (NATO code: Mitten) advanced jet training aircraft produced for Vietnam was displayed on the production line. The plane, which was displayed on the Irkutsk Aviation Factory production line, was painted in colours on the Vietnamese flag. No information was given about the plane's delivery schedule to Vietnam. The agreement between Russia and Vietnam for at least two aircraft is estimated to be around US$350 million. The Yak-130s are scheduled...
  • Slovakia Plans to Buy Training Aircraft
    Slovakia Plans to Buy Training Aircraft 31 October 2020
    Slovakia's Defence Ministry wants to buy new training aircraft for the air force. Slovakia, which has purchased 14 F-16 Block 70 fighter jets in 2019, will send pilots to the United States for training in the first phase. Slovakia then aims to provide training to its pilots on the planes it buys. The Slovakian Air Force's fleet already has six L-39 Albatross training aircraft, with operational life expected to expire within the next six years. The Ministry of Defen...
  • United Arab Emirates to Buy 50 F-35s
    United Arab Emirates to Buy 50 F-35s 30 October 2020
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) demand for the F-35A Lightning II is taking form. The UAE signed a 'normalization' agreement with Israel, after which it made a formal application to the United States for the purchase of F-35 fighter jets. There is an estimated amount compiled with US State Department reports on the details of the deal after the White House gave unofficial information to Congress about its plan to sell the F-35 fighter jet to the UAE. Accor...
  • Algeria's First MiG-29M/ M2s Delivered
    Algeria's First MiG-29M/ M2s Delivered 27 October 2020
    The first MiG-29M/M2 fighter jets were delivered to the Algerian Air Force. According to the information given, the planes delivered were given unassembled. It is not known how many planes were involved in the delivery, but said the platforms were preparing for their first flight at an air base near Oran. Algeria signed a contract with Russia at the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Fair in Moscow for the platforms. Under the agreement, 14 aircraft were purchased. Algeria a...
  • Israel Wants F-22A Raptor from U.S.
    Israel Wants F-22A Raptor from U.S. 27 October 2020
    Against the sale of F-35 Lightning II aircraft to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Israel has asked the United States for the F-22A Raptor aircraft. After a meeting between Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz and US Defence Secretary Mark Esper, the parties approved the sale of the F-35 to the UAE. Israeli media reported that raptor planes were requested from the United States in response to the "concession". Raptors, which are not currently in production, are of...
  • Green Light from Israel to F-35
    Green Light from Israel to F-35 25 October 2020
      Israel declared that it is not against the purchase of the F-35 Lightning II by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with whom it has established diplomatic relations. After BA officially established relations with Israel, it announced that it wanted to procure F-35 from the USA. The first response to this UAE announcement contained negative messages. It was stated that Prime Minister Israel Benjamin Netanyahu Israel was against this sale. The UAE gained its ind...
  • Spain's New Training Aircraft
    Spain's New Training Aircraft 21 October 2020
    The first PC-21 training aircraft purchased by Spain from Pilate was displayed on the assembly line. The first PC-21 displayed at the Swiss-based Pilate company's factory was painted in the colours of the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire/ EdA) training unit Escuela Elemental. The agreement worth approximately US$205 million was signed in 2019, including an integrated training system for 24 PC-21s to replace Casa C101EB Aviojet aircraft. Aviojets will retire ...
  • U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece
    U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece 20 October 2020
    Geoffrey Pyatt, US Ambassador to Greece, said the White House would offer to sell four frigates to Greece. Pyatt noted that they proposed that the three frigates be produced jointly at the Onex Shipyards on the Greek island of Syros. Greece announced in early September that it would strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis announced that they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four ...
  • New Training and Combat Aircraft Concept from Spain
    New Training and Combat Aircraft Concept from Spain 19 October 2020
    Airbus introduces the concept of future training and light combat aircraft. The design, dubbed the Airbus Future Jet Trainer (AFJT), was presented with the introduction of the company's Spanish team. “The AFJT is a program designed by and for Spain, which is positioned as the operational, industrial and technological development solution that would allow the country to continue with its position as a leading player in the aerospace and defence sector,” the statement ...
  • Rafale Offer from France to Croatia
    Rafale Offer from France to Croatia 15 October 2020
    Options for Croatia, which wants to change the MiG-21 jet fleet, are increasing. Zagreb's plans to buy second-hand F-16 Netz from Israel was caught in the US barrier. Sweden then proposed 12 new Gripen C/D fighter jets to Croatia. France has also announced an offer to Croatia. Paris has proposed 12 Rafale aircraft serving in the Air and Space Forces (Armée de 'Air et de l'Espace) to Croatia. Greece is also known to want to supply a total of 18 Rafale, 12 of w...
  • Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced
    Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced 15 October 2020
    BAE Systems has released data based on the potential economic contribution of Tempest, the UK's 6th generation fighter jet programme, over the next 30 years. About 20,000 businesses are expected to be supported along with the programme. Together with Tempest, the UK economy is expected to earn £25.3bn by 2050. Bae Systems will soon present a business plan to the government on the program, after which funding will be allocated for the next phase. Production of air...
  • Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China
    Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China 13 October 2020
    China continues to warn countries selling military systems to Taiwan. China has issued a warning to the United States after White House officials said the sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan was close to being edict. As the Oval Office increased pressure on China, foreign media reported in Early September (2020) that the United States was entering into an agreement with Taiwan as part of seven arms system exports.  "To ensure that it does not seriously harm cross-Strai...
  • Israel opposes F-35 sale in Middle East
    Israel opposes F-35 sale in Middle East 12 October 2020
    Qatar officially applied to the United States in early October to buy a fifth-generation fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, it was announced. Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said his country must continue its military superiority in the region, adding that they do not want the F-35 sold to Qatar. “Our security and military superiority in the region are the most significant things for us. Our region has still not turned into Switzerland,” he said. Qatar's dem...
  • Partnership of Three Countries: Serbia-China-Russia
    Partnership of Three Countries: Serbia-China-Russia 11 October 2020
    Serbia tested Chinese drones and Russian-made jets during a training exercise called the 2020 Cooperation. About 150 vehicles and about 2,800 troops, including more than 40 aircraft, tanks and armoured personnel carriers, were deployed during the exercise at the Pester training ground.  In addition, the CH-92A drones that Belgrade purchased from China in July 2020 were tested in the exercise. Belgrade had purchased six CH-92A Drones from China, the first country in Eu...
  • Two important Steps for TF-X
    Two important Steps for TF-X 10 October 2020
    Two important stages were passed in the Turkish Fighter Jet (TF-X) program, of which Turkish Aerospace Industry (TUSAS) is the main contractor. Strategic Cooperation agreements were signed with HAVELSAN and TR Motor, which designed the software and TF-X's serial production engine. TUSAŞ also decided to cooperate with Spain-based Artificial on flight control systems. A challenging schedule awaits TF-X aircraft. The plane will make its roll-out, make the maiden flight, and prepare...
  • Qatar Applies for F-35
    Qatar Applies for F-35 8 October 2020
    Qatar has submitted a formal request to the United States to buy F-35 fighter jets according to Reuters' exclusive report. A U.S. State Department spokesman said, “As a matter of policy, the United States does not confirm or comment on proposed defence sales or transfers until they are formally notified to Congress.” The Qatari embassy in Washington, D.C. did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Establishing diplomatic relations with ...
  • TUSAŞ writes Software
    TUSAŞ writes Software 7 October 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industry (TUSAŞ) announced a new study from its official social media accounts. TUSAŞ reported that the firm's engineers developed software called IMODE. Thanks to IMODE, the design of aircraft cockpit systems will now be created with local and national source codes. IMODE will be used first at the design of Hürjet aircraft.
  • Russia Integrated R-77 to Su-57
    Russia Integrated R-77 to Su-57 6 October 2020
    Russian television published a Su-57 Felon advanced combat jet carrying new variants of the R-77 medium-range air-to-air missile. In a documentary about 100th year anniversary of the founding of the 929th Chkalov State Flight-Test Centre at Akhtubinsk footage of four Su-57 took place.  One of the jets is carrying external weapons, including what may be two new versions of the medium-range R-77, which has the NATO reporting name AA-12 Adder. The second aircraft in the formation ...
  • Ivchenko-Progress to power up the Turkish Cruise missile
    Ivchenko-Progress to power up the Turkish Cruise missile 5 October 2020
    Ukraine based defence magazine “Defence Express,” wrote that the company purchased components for the production of 12 new AI-35 engines. Quoting the ProZorro public procurement platform, reported that SE Ivchenko-Progress signed a number of contracts for the purchase of cutting-edge aircraft engine components for the new AI-35 turbojet engines that will equip new Turkish cruise missiles. The new cruise missile will have the deep-strike capability. SE Ivchenko-Progress d...
  • Taiwan to Emphasis on Maritime Protection
    Taiwan to Emphasis on Maritime Protection 5 October 2020
    Taiwan‘s F-16 aircraft as normally on air patrol missions. They will be carrying AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles. Taiwan operates 142 F-16 with another 66 due for shipment by 2026. Taiwan also has a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre for F-16 fighter jets. China’s People’s Liberation Army is reportedly planning a simulated invasion of the Dongsha Islands – also known as the Pratas Islands – which are administered by Taiwan.
  • TEBER at Final Acceptance Tests
    TEBER at Final Acceptance Tests 4 October 2020
    The Ministry of Defence announced that the 1st Main Jet Base Command carried out a firing mission with two F-16 aircraft as part of the TEBER Acceptance Test activity. According to a statement published on social media account, the Ministry said, "Our 1st Main Jet Base Command carried out a firing mission with two F-16 aircraft as part of the TEBER Acceptance Test activity. General-purpose bombs integrated with the Roketsan TEBER Laser Guidance Kit hit targets."
  • Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget
    Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget 2 October 2020
    The Defence Ministry on Wednesday requested a record ¥5.49 trillion ($55 billion) budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2021, to expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.   The request is up 3.3 per cent from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2021, with defence spending expected to rise. Japan’s defence spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Shinzo Abe t...
  • U.S. Approves F-35 Sale
    U.S. Approves F-35 Sale 1 October 2020
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved the possible sale of the F-35 Lightning II and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft to Switzerland. The DSCA said the possible sale would increase Switzerland's capacity to meet current and future threats. Accordingly, the possible sale of 40 F-35s and 40 Super Hornet aircraft worth $6.58 billion to Switzerland has become possible. The Swiss people, who voted Sunday (September 27th) to purchase new fighter jets, agreed to the gov...
  • U.S. and Norway Begin Military Negotiations
    U.S. and Norway Begin Military Negotiations 25 September 2020
    Norway and the United States began negotiations to update the Mutual Defence Assistance Agreement signed in the 1950s. Norway received 300 fighter jets and 8,000 military vehicles from the United States for free during the Cold War. Total U.S. aid to Norway from the 1950s to 1996 was around $8.7 billion. Red Party leader Bjørnar Moxnes said the renewed military agreement would lead to changes that would clash with Norway's security policy and interests, and criticised the...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise
    HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise 24 September 2020
    The UK Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth has embarked the largest number of warplanes ever onto the deck as it prepares to take its place at the heart of a UK-led NATO Carrier Strike Group. It also represents the largest air group of fifth-generation fighters at sea anywhere in the world. Two squadrons of F-35B stealth jets - the RAF’s 617 Squadron (The Dambusters) and the US Marine Corps VMFA-211 (The Wake Island Avengers) - have landed on the 65,000-tonne carrier as it sails ...
  • Philippines Receives Command and Control Aircraft 24 September 2020
    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) officially received a new Gulfstream G280 jet aircraft which will be used as a command and control aircraft. The new aircraft is expected to complement the service’s Fokker F28 Fellowship transport aircraft. The aircraft was acquired from the United States through US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program and was funded through the AFP Modernization Program’s Horizon 2 phase covering years 2018 to 2022. The aircraft will be joining ...
  • Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China
    Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China 23 September 2020
    Taiwan has launched an air-to-ground attack cruise missile developed by local sources. Munitions developed by the National Chungshan Institute were also on display during Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Magong air force base on Penghu island. The missile, which can only be used on Taiwan Air Force jets, has a range of about 200 km. GPS-guided missiles are capable of hitting Chinese air bases, barracks and fortifications in Fujian and Guangdong pro...
  • Reuters: U.S. is Fast to agree on F-35 jets with UAE
    Reuters: U.S. is Fast to agree on F-35 jets with UAE 23 September 2020
    The United States and the United Arab Emirates hope to have an initial agreement on the sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Gulf state in place by December according to Reuters.  Sources close to the negotiations said the goal is to have a letter of agreement in place in time for UAE National Day celebrated on Dec. 2. Washington is studying to make the F-35 more visible to Israeli radar systems, two sources said. Reuters could not determine if this would be done ...
  • First Virtual Flight with HÜRJET at Teknofest
    First Virtual Flight with HÜRJET at Teknofest 23 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) is participating in the TEKNOFEST Aviation, Space and Technology Festival that will be held in Gaziantep Middle East Fair Center on September 24-27, 2020. TUSAŞ will install HÜRJET 270 simulator developed for HÜRJET, which will take part in jet training and light attack activities this year, for the first time in Gaziantep as part of the festival. TUSAŞ will offer participants the opportunity to experience piloting on a jet plane wit...
  • Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet
    Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet 21 September 2020
    Switzerland will vote on the purchase of new fighter jets. Many oppose the idea, saying the country can neither afford nor need warplanes. "Who is our enemy? Who is attacking a small, neutral country surrounded by NATO?" Social Democratic MP Priska Seiler asked. Thomas Hurter, a Member of Parliament for the Swiss People's Party, said Switzerland should protect itself without relying on other countries. "If we don't replace the old planes, it means we don't...
  • Stirling Solution for Hürjet
    Stirling Solution for Hürjet 19 September 2020
    British Expleo Company announced from its social media accounts that its company Stirling Dynamics has been awarded a new contract from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) to provide technical assistance for the Hürjet, a twin-seat, single-engine supersonic advanced trainer and light combat aircraft. The Stirling Dynamics signed New Loads and Aeroelastics Consultancy Contract. The company made a statement from its website and said; This contract builds on previous su...