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  • Farewell to Marine Tanks
    Farewell to Marine Tanks 6 August 2020
    While many countries acquire new tanks and even develop their domestic platforms, the U.S. Marine Corps (United States Marine Corps / USMC) disbanding tank troops. USMC, which decided to make serious changes to its combat doctrines and vehicle types in its inventory, ended the operations of another main battle tank unit last week. Subsequently, M1A1 Abrams tanks of the 2nd Tank Battalion left Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Other tank units, which decided to close, started...
  • Chinese LHD Started to Trials
    Chinese LHD Started to Trials 4 August 2020
    China, which has made significant investments in naval power in recent years and has reached an incredible construction speed, has begun counting down for the new platform that will multiply its amphibious capabilities. It was announced that the new Type 075 class LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy went through the sea testing phase. In the published photos of the platform, which set sail from the pier where the refitting activit...
  • NATO Receives Fourth RQ-4D Phoenix UAV
    NATO Receives Fourth RQ-4D Phoenix UAV 31 July 2020
    On Monday, the Headquarters Allied Air Command press release said that the fourth UAV of NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Force arrived at the Italian Air Force Base in Sigonella, Italy. “On July 26, 2020, the fourth remotely piloted aircraft of NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Force arrived at the Italian Air Force Base in Sigonella, Italy.  The aircraft took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California, USA, at 18:33 local time on July 25 ...
  • Pakistan Inducts First Yarmook Corvette
    Pakistan Inducts First Yarmook Corvette 15 July 2020
    Pakistan has commissioned the first of Yarmook-class corvettes built by Damen Shipyard Group based in the Netherlands. A contract was signed between Pakistan and Damen Shipyard in 2017 for the construction of two corvettes. In February 2020, the first corvette was delivered to Pakistan by the F-271 PNS Yarmook at a ceremony in Romania. Yarmook class platforms, designed based on OPV 1900 patrol ship, have 2,300 tons of displacement. The platform has a crew capacity of 138, ...
  • "The King" Completed First Sea Trials
    "The King" Completed First Sea Trials 9 July 2020
    The CH-53 Stallion helicopter family is the largest and heaviest heavy-lift cargo helicopter in use in the US and Western world inventory. Despite the problems detected during development and factory tests, the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter completed its first sea tests. The first trial, completed on the USS Wasp (LHD 1) amphibious assault helicopter, was conducted in the Atlantic Ocean and lasted about two weeks. In this context, activities such as take-off and landing in di...
  • Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion
    Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion 7 July 2020
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress late Monday of their approval of a possible Foreign Military Sale of MV-22 Ospreys to Indonesia. The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia of eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. <...
  • Aircraft Carrier Conversion of Japan Begins
    Aircraft Carrier Conversion of Japan Begins 3 July 2020
    Japan, which can have neither deep-strike capable armed forces nor an aircraft carrier due to law restrictions, has begun the upgrade of the Izumo-class helicopter destroyers. Japan has announced the start of the necessary upgrade works for the F-35B Lightning II operation of the Izumo class JS Izumo (DDH 183) and JS Kaga (DDH 184) helicopter destroyers. Tokyo will thus have ship-based fixed-wing air force for the first time since WWII. Platforms that are not specifie...
  • Trial Phase Started of TCG Anadolu
    Trial Phase Started of TCG Anadolu 3 July 2020
    TCG Anadolu (L 400), which will constitute an important multiplier for the power and capability of the Turkish Navy in the blue waters, is counting days to enter the inventory. Sedef Shipyard, which carries out the construction activities of TCG Anadolu, has announced that the port acceptance trials of landing helicopter dock platform have begun. In the post shared by the company's social media account, there is "The 94th Anniversary of the Maritime and Cabotage D...
  • Turkey's Unmanned "Mini Tank" Enters Mass Production
    Turkey's Unmanned "Mini Tank" Enters Mass Production 2 July 2020
      Katmerciler signed a serial production agreement with ASELSAN for the remote-controlled unmanned ground vehicle. Katmerciler developed the entire platform, including the remote control communication infrastructure of the armed unmanned ground vehicle. The vehicle can be used in reconnaissance, surveillance and target detection tasks. Weapons and all kinds of systems can be integrated into the turret. Thanks to satellite communication, it can be commanded remotely. T...
  • Turkey's Cargo UAV Period
    Turkey's Cargo UAV Period 29 June 2020
    An agreement has been reached for the purchase of rotary winged drones in turkey's inventory in accordance with the needs of the security forces. A contract was signed between the Presidency of Defence Industry and the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) Cargo UAV, which began its tender in 2018. The Cargo UAV system is expected to be mass-produced in 2021. It was announced that the drone will carry 50 kilograms of useful cargo and will ...
  • Greek, Israeli and US Cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: Themistoklis
    Greek, Israeli and US Cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: Themistoklis 23 June 2020
    In February 2020 ONEX Neorion Shipyards and Israel Shipyards signed a contract for the co-production and co-development of vessels. The agreement was part of Greece’s cooperation and strategic relationship with Israel in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. An agreement for the co-production of the “Themistoklis” corvette is the result of this agreement. According to today’s announcement of the company that manages the shipyards of Neorio in Syros, the co...
  • 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...
  • No Gun Pod for F-35B Lightning II
    No Gun Pod for F-35B Lightning II 16 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II has three different variant that use conventional take-off (CTOL / Conventional Take-Off and Landing / F-35A), STOVL (Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing / F-35B) and CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off but Arrested Landing / F-35C) methods. Thus, platforms have some structural changes for these abilities. F-35B Lightning IIs of the Royal Air Force (RAF) will fly without a cannon. The UK Ministry of Defence said in a statement that there is currently no gun po...
  • State-of-the-Art Catapult Went Down
    State-of-the-Art Catapult Went Down 15 June 2020
    Despite their short decks, aircraft carriers can operate heavy aircraft with the CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-off but Arrested Landing) system. Traditional steam-powered catapults gave its place to electromagnetic EMALS (Electromagnetic Launch System) on the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carriers built for the US Navy. The system, which operates in a similar manner with the new generation electromagnetic weapons, brought many unknowns along with its advantages. USS Gerald R. ...
  • 400th V-22 Osprey delivered
    400th V-22 Osprey delivered 13 June 2020
    Bell Textron and Boeing announced they had delivered the 400th V-22 Osprey to the United States Department of Defence. The US Air Force Special Operations Command received the CV-22 on 2 June. The CV-22 is the Special Operations Forces (SOF) variant of the V-22 Osprey. The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft....
  • Domestic Engine for Turkey's Aircraft Arresting Systems Project
    Domestic Engine for Turkey's Aircraft Arresting Systems Project 5 June 2020
    In accordance with the needs of the Turkish Air Force Command, The Presidency of Defence Industries initiated the Aircraft Arresting System Project. Within the scope of the project, SDT Space and Defence Technologies will deliver Aircraft Arresting Systems. A procurement contract was signed between SDT and TÜMOSAN Motor and Tractor Industry for Rewind Engines to be integrated into the systems. TÜMOSAN will produce 40 engines. The project includes fixed hooks, net...
  • Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea
    Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea 29 May 2020
    The waters in the Black Sea have been experiencing their hottest days since the end of the Cold War. Sea and air movement of NATO affiliates is very high in the region. Two B-1B Lancer affiliated to the U.S. Air Force's 28th Bomber Wing performed a long-range Bomber Task Force mission. The platforms departing from Ellsworth Air Force Base stationed in South Dakota headed over the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea after they crossed the Atlantic Ocean. During the round trip; bombe...
  • Low Energy Catapult Test of F-35C
    Low Energy Catapult Test of F-35C 27 May 2020
    Processes are progressing in the F-35C Lightning II, the first fifth generation CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-off But Arrested Landing) aircraft. A video about the F-35C Lightning II tests was shared on social media. In the images, the platform sunk dangerously after being released from the catapult shuttle. However, the aircraft climbed up without risking flight safety. Video shared with "Something you don’t see everyday...low energy catapult launch! That sink is ...
  • Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed
    Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed 27 May 2020
    Russia's Tu-22M3M supersonic long-range strategic bomber, through the modernization process, was tested at supersonic speed. A source told the TASS news agency that the second prototype of the Tu-22M3M completed a total of five test flights. The platform reached supersonic speed during the fourth flight. "Preliminary trials are scheduled for completion in 2020," the source added. The second prototype of the Tu-22M3M bomber successfully carried out its first flight in March 2020....
  • Theodore Roosevelt Returns to Sea
    Theodore Roosevelt Returns to Sea 21 May 2020
    With the rapid spread of the coronavirus within the crew the US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) anchored at Guam Naval Base.  After nearly two months side-lined in Guam with a coronavirus outbreak, the USS Theodore Roosevelt has gone out to sea for training, in preparation to return to duty in the Pacific. At the end of the training, there are about 3,000 crew members expected to return to duty. More than 1,000 crew members were diagnosed with the virus. The sh...
  • 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...
  • Italian Aircraft Carrier Ready for F-35B Integration
    Italian Aircraft Carrier Ready for F-35B Integration 11 May 2020
    The Italian Navy's ITS Cavour (550) aircraft carrier has been undergoing through the modernization process since 2018. The platform, which recently completed the process, has been ready for integration tests for the F-35B (STOVL) aircraft. The F-35 will replace AV-8B Harrier II on the aircraft carrier, which has been drawn to the Edgardo Ferrati dry pool for about two years for the necessary maintenance and modernization process. The upgrades included a reinforced flight de...
  • First Ospreys Arrived After Solution
    First Ospreys Arrived After Solution 11 May 2020
    The V-22 Ospreys incorporate the features of the helicopter's vertical landing, take-off and maneuverability, and the speed and range of fixed-wing platforms. The first export agreement for vehicles, which is the only military system with these features, was signed in previous periods. Japan moved for the procurement of V-22 Ospreys in 2014 and signed an agreement with the US for the first four platforms in 2016. On the other hand, Tokyo had to postpone ...
  • Three TB2 UAV Enters Gendermarie’s Inventory
    Three TB2 UAV Enters Gendermarie’s Inventory 8 May 2020
    Bayraktar TB2 armed UAV, developed by Baykar Defence, continues to enter inventory in Turkey. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr Ismail Demir announced on his official Twitter account that three Bayraktar TB2 had been delivered to Gendarmerie General Command. The total number of UAV/ Armed UAVs in inventory has reached 107. The platform has been actively working in the Turkish Armed Forces, Gendarmerie and Police Department since 2014. Bayraktar TB2 has three redundant avionic...
  • Turkish Navy Ready for Operation
    Turkish Navy Ready for Operation 2 May 2020
    The Turkish Army is in charge of their duties regardless of conditions. Naval Forces Command continues its training activities despite COVID-19. The Turkish Armed Forces continues its training activities without interrupting with COVID-19 measures. The Amphibious Task Group Command affiliated to the Naval Forces Command conducted "Combat Readiness Training" in the Aegean Sea on April 27-28. According to the statement made by the force, 18 warships and UAVs, as we...
  • 500th Apache Guardian Delivery
    500th Apache Guardian Delivery 24 April 2020
    The AH-64 Apache helicopter, which has been on the battlefield since 1975 when it made its first flight under the name YAH-64, left an important milestone behind. Boeing, one of the leading aviation companies of the USA, announced that the 500th AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter was delivered to the US Army. Platforms that offer important features such as joint digital interoperability, advanced situational awareness, digital avionics as well as lower maintenance costs compared...
  • Fire Breaks Out On China’s First LHD
    Fire Breaks Out On China’s First LHD 12 April 2020
    The first Chinese Type 075 Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) caught fire while in the dock at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai. Photos and video showing the ship billowing large clouds of black smoke hit Chinese social media earlier in the day. The Type 075 (NATO reporting name Yushen-class landing helicopter assault) is a new generation of Chinese amphibious assault vessel and larger than similar ships previously constructed for the PLA Navy and very similar to the U....
  • Chinese Sea Hawk
    Chinese Sea Hawk 6 April 2020
    In addition to the original product development, the images of China's new helicopter, which intensely carries out reverse engineering activities, have been published. In the past years, China developed the Z-20 helicopter with the reverse engineering method from the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters it had previously acquired from the USA. The naval variant of the Z-20, which was produced in line with the need for high-performance helicopters especially in high altitude areas s...
  • China Flew the J-15 from the Aircraft Carrier 25 March 2020
    Pilots of the J-15 fighter jet conducted multiple take-off and landing exercises on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning . “An aircraft carrier is a large platform that can make many people gathering in their cabinets vulnerable to infectious diseases. Being able to successfully execute related tasks showed that Liaoning did a great job in controlling COVID-19. ” naval expert Li Jie told the Global Times.
  • JL-9 Solution
    JL-9 Solution 23 March 2020
    Aircraft carrier power is increasing worldwide. Described as a separate capability in aviation, the ship-based aircraft operation also creates the need for special equipment. China, which tries to become one of the world's leading aircraft carrier powers, continues its works without interruption. Beijing, which has commissioned the first two ships and continues the construction of the third, takes measures to meet the increasing need for aircraft and pilots. In this context...
  • Second Upgraded Tupolev-22M3M Makes First Flight
    Second Upgraded Tupolev-22M3M Makes First Flight 21 March 2020
    Russia’s State Agency Tass reported that country’s second overhauled and fundamentally upgraded strategic bomber Tupolev-22M3M has performed its first flight. The plane took off from and landed at the airdrome of the Kazan aircraft-building plant. The upgraded bomber is claimed to be capable of carrying cruise missiles X-32 and hypersonic missiles. The press service of Tupolev (an affiliate of Russian state corporation Rostec) has confirmed the flight, adding that the pu...
  • New Hovercraft Accepted
    New Hovercraft Accepted 11 March 2020
    The new hovercraft developed for use in amphibious operations, including landing helicopter dock, has completed acceptance tests. Textron Systems, which continues its activities in the USA, announced that completion of the acceptance tests of the Next Generation Ship to Shore Connector. Craft 100 used in testing activities was subjected to extensive trials. The platform, which successfully demonstrated its wire control system, electrical and propulsion system capabilities, met ...
  • Sector News Issue 83 10 March 2020
    IAI to Manufacture Wings for T-38 Jet Trainers Damen Holds Keel-Laying Ceremony for Nigerian Navy Landing Craft Surveillance-Ready King Air 350ers Start Maritime Patrol Duties Following Delivery by Leonardo Iveco to deliver an additional 26 amphibious platforms to the U.S. Marine Corps GA-ASI Tests Air-To-Space Laser Communication System FNSS Starts Serial Production of HARIMAU Tank ASELSAN’S KALKAN-II Delivered TCG A...
  • Boeing partners with Israeli Tactical Robotics Company
    Boeing partners with Israeli Tactical Robotics Company 8 March 2020
    An Israeli based company has recently signed an agreement to partner up with Boeing. The Israeli company, Tactical Robotics, has signed a partnership agreement with Boeing to study the development of ducted fan propulsion technology to be implemented in piloted and autonomous Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. As part of the partnership, the two companies will explore and determine what the opportunities that may come with developing, producing are, and marketi...
  • New Candidate for US FARA Program
    New Candidate for US FARA Program 5 March 2020
    Candidates for the future reconnaissance helicopter program are coming out. Within the scope of the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA), the USA sent an invitation letter to the companies in the past. After that, companies started to reveal the concept studies of the new generation high speed rotary wing platforms and began studies on the designs of the future. The latest concept work came from Boeing. The name of the platform on which the company publis...
  • USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft
    USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft 16 February 2020
    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) have been cleared for shipboard launch and recovery of all currently deployed naval aircraft types aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).  This means that CVN 78 completed Aircraft Compatibility Testing (ACT) following 16 days at sea. The aircraft carrier passed sea compatibility tests with EMALS and AAG. It can launch and r...
  • TCG Anadolu is back at sea
    TCG Anadolu is back at sea 3 February 2020
      Turkey's first Landing Helicopter Dock / LHD TCG Anatolia met sea again. After the completion of the main hull, the ship was launched the sea for a while and then moved back to the dry dock to complete the integration of the main propulsion and propulsion system. After these operations, he was taken to the pocket dock. Here, the ship's further test preparations will be made. Istanbul Sedef Shipyard is the primary constructor of the ship. Thousand 4...
  • HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials
    HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials 25 January 2020
    HMS Queen Elizabeth gets Closer to Becoming Operational as Carrier Leaves For Trials The Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth has left Portsmouth for her first flight trials with British F-35B fighter jets in UK waters. During the flight trials, it is expected British F-35Bs will make their first landings on Queen Elizabeth in UK waters. Six pilots, from the Navy and RAF, will carry out their aircraft carrier qualification during that time. Last year, HMS Queen Elizabeth spent a few...
  • Iskander-M Missile Flew Almost Twice More Landing in Kazakhstan
    Iskander-M Missile Flew Almost Twice More Landing in Kazakhstan 14 January 2020
      During a planned live-firing exercise by Russia, one of its Iskander-M ballistic missiles flew beyond 600km and landed outside its designated target area. The missile is said to have been fired from Kapustin Yar for the Makat firing range in Kazakhstan. However, the missile ended up in the Bayganinsky district. The Makat is at the 480 km distance, but it flew more than 800 km. On January 9, 2020, during the planned exercises of the test centre of the Minis...
  • ADVENT Integration Starts to TCG Anadolu
    ADVENT Integration Starts to TCG Anadolu 2 January 2020
    TCG Anadolu, which has been launched in last weeks and will constitute an important power multiplier when it is started to use continues its integration activities. TCG Anadolu, which will be the largest ship of the Turkish Navy when it put in inventory, will not only be largest in size. The platform will be able to carry 1 amphibious battalion for the operation in open seas without the main base support, with the necessary combat and support vehicles, to perform...