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  • Fire on LHD
    Fire on LHD 13 July 2020
    The fire factor is perhaps one of the weak points of warships. This situation, which eats the platforms from inside, can lead to changes in the chemistry of the structural components, and great consequences such as shortening the service life of the platforms. The US Navy was shaken by a fire on the Wasp-class USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) amphibious assault ship moored at the San Diego Naval Base. It is stated that there was an explosion on the platform for an unknown reason at arou...
  • Approval to F-35B Lightning II Sale
    Approval to F-35B Lightning II Sale 10 July 2020
    Procurement processes for the F-35 Lightning II, which comes to the fore frequently due to the technical and infrastructure problems, continue. The USA continues to sell F-35 Lightning II. Washington has approved the sale of giant F-35 package, which requested by Japan requested. In this context, Tokyo will receive a total of 105 F-35 Lightning IIs. 63 of the platforms to be acquired by the country were announced as F-35A and 42 of them as F-35B. Announcing the 2020-2021 defenc...
  • First Phalanx to Prince of Wales
    First Phalanx to Prince of Wales 6 July 2020
    The Royal Navy's HMS Prince of Wales (R09) aircraft carrier is equipped with the Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS). According to a post on the Navy's official Twitter account, the Queen Elizabeth-class HMS Prince of Wales will be able to carry out its close air defence mission with General Dynamics production Phalanx. The platform, which is the Navy's second aircraft carrier, plans to deploy 40 F-35B Lightning II and Merlin helicopters. The platfo...
  • TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II
    TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II 5 July 2020
    The F-35C Lightning II, which is expected to reshape the aircraft carrier-based fixed-wing force dimensions with its fifth-generation capabilities, will also serve with the top aviators. The first group trainees selected among the pilots of the F-35C Lightning IIs in the US Navy inventory completed the TOPGUN course, the most extensive combat training process of the US Navy. Thus, volatile personnel affiliated with VFA-125 (Strike Fighter Squadron-125 "Rough Raiders") and ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • F-35 Can't Fly with Lightning
    F-35 Can't Fly with Lightning 25 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II, can not get rid of problems although equipped with the state-of-the-art components, can't fly with lightning. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) detected damage on lightning protection system in one of the platform's most common models, the F-35A Lightning II. The problem was detected during routine Depot Leve Maintenance performed at the Hill Air Force Base Ogden Logistics Complex. It was announced that the problem was damage in one of the gas cylin...
  • Turkish Production For F-35, Continues
    Turkish Production For F-35, Continues 23 June 2020
    Kale Group Vice President Osman Okyay has been a guest on live stream at C4Defence's official Instagram account. Okyay made statements about the manufacturing process of the F-35 Lightning II. Reminding that the orders are given in the aviation sector, Okyay explained that the production is still continuing. Manufacturing studies continue until the end of Lots 13-14, then the process will halt until the decision of the manufacturing process that foresees the procurement of ...
  • 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...
  • U.S. Senate Announces Decision for Turkey's F-35s
    U.S. Senate Announces Decision for Turkey's F-35s 11 June 2020
    Today's statement by the US Senate Armed Services Committee included a decision for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, which was sold to Turkey. Ankara and the White House's failure to agree on the S-400 air defence system supplied by Turkey from Russia resulted in the suspension of membership in the F-35 program, which Turkey is partnering with. The Committee has authorized the USAF to adapt six F-35s previously sold to Turkey to the United States Air Force (USAF) confi...
  • SEAD and DEAD Mission to F-35 Lightning II
    SEAD and DEAD Mission to F-35 Lightning II 10 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II aircraft, whose development activities continue but still contain many problems, will gain SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defence) and DEAD (Destruction of Enemy Air Defence). Thanks to its low radar cross-section area and advanced subsystems, the F-35 Lightning II family platforms, which can infiltrate into the enemy airspace without being detected, will become the nightmare of enemy air defence systems. In this framework, the US Department of Defense signed ...
  • 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 ...
  • Air-to-Ground Ammunition Selection of Fifth Generation
    Air-to-Ground Ammunition Selection of Fifth Generation 31 May 2020
    Today's technology has made it possible for fifth-generation aircraft that were almost impossible for the another country approximately 15-20 years ago in the US. The Republic of Korea, which acquired F-35 Lightning IIs from the USA in line with the country's modern battlefield requirements, launched the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) fifth-generation aircraft project in the same framework. In the process, which continued with the industrial partnership of Indo...
  • COVID-19 Also Impacted F-35 Program
    COVID-19 Also Impacted F-35 Program 29 May 2020
    Lockheed Martin, who has moved to a new working order due to the virus, announced that the supply process would be disrupted in the F-35 Lightning II program. On the Fort Worth production line in Texas, 2,500 employees last week began working shifts in three groups. At the end of two weeks, the work volume will decrease in the process of being put on leave of shift workers. In Italy, which agreed with the United States for a total of 90 F-35s, the purchase of planes was on the agend...
  • 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 ...
  • F-35 Down
    F-35 Down 20 May 2020
    Equipped with state-of-the-art components, the F-35 Lightning II, which is characterized as a future aircraft thanks to its network-centric warfare capability, crashed. An F-35A Lightning II of the US Air Force was crashed during a routine night training flight while returning to the Eglin Air Force Base. Reason of inciden is unknown according to the US statement, it was stated that the pilot had ejected safely with ejection seat. The incident was recorded as the...
  • 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...
  • F-35 JSF Experience will be Used for TFX Project
    F-35 JSF Experience will be Used for TFX Project 23 April 2020
    AYESAS General Manager Öner Tekin, which is the one of Turkey's leading defence industry suppliers was guest of a live broadcast in C4Defence's official social media account. Tekin made important statements regarding the company's aviation operations. Company is a subcontractor in the hardware and software field of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) project. Being the sole supplier in some of the sub-components used on the platform,...
  • S-400 Solution for F-35
    S-400 Solution for F-35 20 April 2020
    Turkey procured S-400 Triumf (NATO code: SA-21 Growler) air defence system from Russia and then, the future of F-35 Lightning II has become a conundrum future for the Turkish Air Force. Turkish Armed Forces acquired an S-400 system in line of the requirement for the high altitude air defence system. Then, the Washington administration stopped the F-35 deliveries and suspended the presence of Turkey in the program with these missile systems pose a threat to critical te...
  • 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 ...
  • Russia Detects 22 Foreign Jets in Its Airspace
    Russia Detects 22 Foreign Jets in Its Airspace 10 April 2020
    The Russian Armed Forces last week identified 22 jets in violation of Russian airspace. The platforms were reported to have been involved in reconnaissance activities near the airspace. The military's official newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, published an infographic on airspace violations. A weekly infographic published by the outlet showed that Russian fighter jets had been scrambled twice to intercept foreign aircraft. Russia has also detected five drones for reconnaissance and ob...
  • F-35 Seeks for Measure Against 5G
    F-35 Seeks for Measure Against 5G 3 April 2020
    5G communication technology is counting days to take its place in daily life. The widespread use of the frequency spectrum used in the said infrastructure has created a risk for reduced radar cross-section area aircraft. According to the statement of the US National Spectrum Consortium on April 1, the USA will test the F-35 Lightning IIs on the 5G communication network. However, these trials will not be in the field of data transfer or communication. The F-35s connected to...
  • UK Responded to Russia's Increasing Activities at Sea
    UK Responded to Russia's Increasing Activities at Sea 26 March 2020
    While the UK is struggling with coronavirus, it is observing Russia, which is increasing its activity in the seas. The Royal Navy increased its operability against the growing effectiveness of Russia in the English Channel and the North Sea. Type 23 frigates HMS Kent, HMS Sutherland, HMS Argyll and HMS Richmond joined Offshore Patrol Vessels HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey along with RFA Tideforce, RFA Tidespring and HMS Echo for the large-scale operation with support from NATO allies. The ...
  • USA's New Ally: Indonesia
    USA's New Ally: Indonesia 20 March 2020
    Indonesia, which had close relations with the former Soviet Union in the early periods of the Cold War, converged to the USA in the 1960s with the anti-communist policies of the country's President Suharto. It is unclear how Indonesia will take the supply of Su-35 nowadays in order not to be in conflict with the USA. Jakarta, which has been negotiating with Russia for the platform since 2017, will cancel its supply due to the pressure of the White House and sanctions planned aft...
  • F-35 to Fly with Cruise Missile
    F-35 to Fly with Cruise Missile 19 March 2020
    Although many sectors are disrupted by COVID-19, many processes in the defence continue to proceed as planned. F-35 Lightning aircraft, whose effectiveness is still causing controversy, will strengthen the stealt feature of itself with the cruise missile. Raytheon and Kongsberg, who are currently working on integration, announced that the F-35s will start flying with JSM in the last period of 2020. JSMs have low radar cross-section area like the carrier platform, will...
  • Stealth Alliance
    Stealth Alliance 18 March 2020
    The use of stealth aircraft is increasing day by day. These platforms, which were previously unique to the US, show up more frequently in international training as they enter the inventory of international users. The Norwegian F-35A Lightning II, which has intercepted Russian aircraft last week, carried out joint training with US bombers this week. In addition to the Norwegian F-35s stationed in Iceland as part of the NATO mission, the B-2 Spirit bombers of the US Air Forc...
  • Indonesia cancels deal with Russia
    Indonesia cancels deal with Russia 14 March 2020
    Bloomberg is reporting that Indonesia has walked away from the purchase of 11 Su-35 fighters after pressure from the United States. The deal between Indonesia and Russia has been in negotiations since 2017, and a contract was signed in February 2018 for the sale of 11 Sukhoi Su-35 fighters for the Indonesian Air Force. An anonymous Indonesian official told Bloomberg that Washington had warned Jakarta that buying the Russian fighters will risk the South East Asian country being penalize...
  • Russian Maritime Patrol Exercise at Doors of Atlantic
    Russian Maritime Patrol Exercise at Doors of Atlantic 10 March 2020
    Russia continues its long-range operations and training activities. In parallel with the increasing Western activity in the Arctic Region, Russian air elements also increased their activities in the region. In the past days, Russian maritime patrol aircraft conducted a series of training on the GIUK (Greenland, Iceland and the United Kingdom) Line, the door of the Russian Navy to the Atlantic. The Russian platforms performed flew further south than usual, the act...
  • F-35I Adir Become Testbed
    F-35I Adir Become Testbed 10 March 2020
    F-35 Lightning II, the fifth generation fighter-bomber aircraft can not be configured in line with user requirements due to restrictions. However, there are some exceptions in this case. The F-35I Adirs, the only customized F-35 according to the user country requirements, will be used as test aircraft. In an image released recently, it was seen that the first platform configured as a testbed meets the sky. The platform with telemetry markings on it will be used by the Israeli A...
  • Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance
    Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance 4 March 2020
    Israel launched the strategic plan to restructure its army. In line with the plan, it continues to acquire equipment to improve its operational capabilities. Tel Aviv, which announced that it has initiated CFT (Conformal Fuel Tank) development studies for the F-35I Adir aircraft in the previous periods, will also increase its aerial refueling capability. In this context, the USA has approved the possible sale of new platforms, which will replace the KC-707 Re'em aircraft that ar...
  • New LHD Delivered to US Navy
    New LHD Delivered to US Navy 1 March 2020
    US Navy, which continues to studies at full capacity to maintain and modernize amphibious assault capability, the received its new LHD. The acceptance of the new platform, which was built by the main contractor, Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipyard, was completed after the navy acceptance trials. The ship, which is expected to significantly increase the force transport capability of the US Marine Corps, stands out with its features such as expanded hangar ...
  • Nuclear Capability to F-35
    Nuclear Capability to F-35 17 February 2020
    The USA took action for an important decision in the F-35 Lightning II program, which is struggling with problems. The US Armed Forces has moved to strengthen its tactical nuclear attack capability with ghost technology. In this context, an additional budget request was made from the Senate. The program, which is expected to reach a total budget of 110 million USD with an increase of 40 million compared to the previous year, is planned to continue for the next four years. As a ...
  • Lightning Protection for TF-X
    Lightning Protection for TF-X 6 February 2020
    A signature ceremony was held for the "Lightning Test Facility" of the Turkish Fighter Programme Project (TF-X) between the Turkish Aviation and Space Industry and Hizal companies. The facility will be used to test the effects of possible lightning currents during the development phase of the MMU.   Direct and indirect effects of lightning will be tested during the development of TF-X at the Lightning Test Facility. The infrastructure of the facility will be...
  • Third Round on Jet Tender
    Third Round on Jet Tender 3 February 2020
    Saab announced that the testing and evaluation phase for Gripen E / F and GlobalEye AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Command) aircraft has started under the third step of the jet fighter tender. As part of Finland's HX Program, Saab Gripen E/F's turn has started. The first serial production standard test aircraft, the 39-10, arrived at Tampere-Pirkkala Air Base located in the north of Helsinki on January 30. Twin seater Gripen NG 39-7, which is sensor t...
  • F-35 Couldn't Hit the Target
    F-35 Couldn't Hit the Target 31 January 2020
    A new problem has emerged, described as critical level, in the F-35 Lightning II, which was facing many troubles since the program started. In the statement made by the Pentagon, it was stated that the GAU-12 Equalizer guns of the F-35A Lightning IIs have accuracy problems in ground attack missions. Software errors were noted as the cause of the hit problem. It was also revealed that the strong recoil of the 25mm diameter gun caused cracks in the gun housing. For these reasons, it w...
  • New Test Phase for F-35 Engines
    New Test Phase for F-35 Engines 28 January 2020
    The testing process has begun on F135 engines that power the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. As part of the process, which has been ongoing since June 2019, significant improvements will be made to the engine. According to the statement made by Pratt & Whitney, the process was carried out in the Arnold Engineering Development Center of the US Air Force. Within the scope of the studies, a new fan rotor was added to the F135 engines to increase efficiency and a trial phase was started...
  • First USMC F-35C is Operational
    First USMC F-35C is Operational 24 January 2020
    The USA left another important milestone behind the F-35C Lightning II aircraft. Five years after the delivery of first F-35C Lightning II (serial number 114), the first US Marine Corps operational unit received the F-35C Lightning II. The platform, which will be used for pilot training missions first, was assigned to VMFA 314 "Black Nights" (Marine Fighter Attack Squadron). The unit, which stopped flights with F/A-18 Hornet aircraft in June of last year, en...
  • Newest V-22 in Skies
    Newest V-22 in Skies 24 January 2020
    The newest variant of the V-22 Osprey, which will replace the C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft in the past years, made maiden flight. The new model, developed in partnership with Boeing and Bell Textron, was named as CMV-22B Osprey. With the activity at Bell's Amarillo Assembly Center, an important milestone has been left behind in the C-2 Greyhound replacement program. CMV-22, which will replace C-2 Greyhound aircraft will serve for transporti...