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  • COVID-19 Delay on Alpha Rocket
    COVID-19 Delay on Alpha Rocket 13 August 2020
    Firefly Aerospace's Alpha rocket launch date, developed in the United States and Ukraine, has been postponed. The company, which planned to make its rocket's first flight in the first quarter of 2020, went on to postpone the COVID-19 due to the delay. Firefly officials also said that processes such as certification of the launch plant during the rocket development process, obtaining the necessary flight permits, are taking longer than expected. The launch date, which is post...
  • Domestic Carriage Rack for Domestic Miniature Bombs
    Domestic Carriage Rack for Domestic Miniature Bombs 13 August 2020
    Turkey, which has significant experience and knowledge about the air-to-surface ammunition continues to studies on domestic systems. The Ministry of National Defence released a video and announcement about domestic ammunition testing activities on its official social media account. In the post, "Integration and testing activities of ammunition developed and produced domestically and indigenously are continuing at the 401st Test Fleet Command." description placed. In t...
  • China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets
    China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets 12 August 2020
    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China conducted air defence system tests in the Gobi Desert in north-western China. The PLA has chosen the week when Dassault Rafale hunting/bombers will reach India as a date for tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile firing tests.  Pla, which builds similar conditions on the Indian-Chinese border in the high-altitude Tibetan region, is conducting platform and equipment testing in Gobi. Capable of destroying multiple air targets at the same time...
  • Ban Lifted For NH90 Helicopters
    Ban Lifted For NH90 Helicopters 12 August 2020
    The flight ban was lifted for NH90s, which could not achieve combat readiness due to high maintenance costs and frequent and long maintenance requirements. The Royal Netherlands Air Force announced that the wreck of the NH90 helicopter, which was crashed on July 19, was found. Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten stated that the preliminary investigation studies on the platform, which was crashed into the Carribean Sea during a routine flight, were completed, and that there ...
  • Saab Prepares for GlobalEye AEW&C Proposal
    Saab Prepares for GlobalEye AEW&C Proposal 12 August 2020
    The Republic of Korea, which is constantly under the threat of the North and therefore has to have a capable army infrastructure, has recently announced its intention to acquire new airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C). Saab confirmed that it will bid the Republic of Korea, which launched for additional AEW&C acquisition. While the procurement of two platforms was foreseen in the first place, no information was given about whether the purchase w...
  • Turkish Navy to Provide Security for Seismic Surveys
    Turkish Navy to Provide Security for Seismic Surveys 11 August 2020
    Turkish Navy, which has a powerful rooted tradition, provides the security of the seismic survey activities carried out by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ankara had declared Navtex in the Eastern Mediterranean for seismic research activities. MTA Oruç Reis, who anchored in the scope of the works, started to deployment in the region with the accompanying Turkish Navy vessels. As the relevant share his from the Ministry of Defence's official social medi...
  • Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery
    Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery 11 August 2020
    Intelligence aircraft, developed from business jets and fixed-wing light aircraft, offer cost-effective solutions to users. The French defence procurement agency DGA announced the delivery of the first light intelligence aircraft on July 31. Within the scope of ALSR (Avions Légers de Surveillance et de Reconnaissance / Light Reconnaissance and Surveillance Aircraft) Program, Sabena and Thales were selected as the main contractors for the two ordered platforms in Jun...
  • S&P Revised Boeing’s. Outlook to Negative from Stable
    S&P Revised Boeing’s. Outlook to Negative from Stable 10 August 2020
    Credit rating company Standard and Poor (S&P) revised aviation giant Boeing’s rating to negative from stable. The outlook for the recovery in global air travel and therefore aircraft demand continues to weaken. This situation lowers Boeing earnings and cash flow. S&P states that the company has sufficient liquidity to cover large cash outflows over the next 6-12 months and free cash flow is likely to turn positive in 2021. Therefore, S&P affirms its ratings, includ...
  • Sunken AAV7 Located
    Sunken AAV7 Located 10 August 2020
    AAV7 amphibious assault vehicles have been successfully operating for years. On July 30, 2020, an AAV7 belonging to the US Marine Corps was sunk near San Clemente Island in Southern California. The exact location of the platform that took water for an unknown reason and was buried in the ocean was determined. The platform, which is detected about 117 meters deep off the San Clemente Island, is planned to be rescued in the coming days. The US Navy HOS Dominator ship is carrying ...
  • Russian MiG-31 Intercepten Norwegian Aircraft
    Russian MiG-31 Intercepten Norwegian Aircraft 10 August 2020
    Russia, which came to the fore with interception activities frequently in front of the Baltic, the Black Sea and Alaska, has recently intercepted a reconnaissance activity. A Falcon 20 electronic warfare aircraft belonging to the Royal Norwegian Air Force was subjected to interception activity by a Russian Aerospace Force MiG-31 (NATO Reporting Name: Foxhound) while flying in international airspace over the Barents Sea. "On August 4, 2020, the Russian airspa...
  • Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle Production
    Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle Production 10 August 2020
    Canada, which has a well-trained and advanced vehicle-equipment equipped armed forces, acquires new armoured vehicles. The production phase of ACSV (Armored Combat Support Vehicle) developed within the scope of Canada's new generation multi-purpose 8x8 armoured vehicle requirements has started. The platforms, which will be produced in General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada's facilities located in London, Ontario, will be produced in configurations such as personnel/cargo ...
  • Greece, Egypt and Turkey Tensions in the Mediterranean
    Greece, Egypt and Turkey Tensions in the Mediterranean 7 August 2020
    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, who are based in Cairo, met in Cairo. In a joint press release, the ministers announced that Greece and Egypt have signed an exclusive economic zone (Münhasır Ekonomik Bölge/ MEB) agreement. Minister Shoukry said the agreement would allow the two countries, particularly oil and gas reserves, to maximise existing resources in the exclusive economic zone. Greek Foreign Minister Dendias said the ...
  • Maritime Exercise of Army Elements
    Maritime Exercise of Army Elements 7 August 2020
    China, which has been focusing on areas such as shipbuilding as well as equipment and personnel training for a while to increase its amphibious capabilities, has performed an important exercise. In the activity carried out off the Fujian District in the southern part of the East China Sea, Chinese Army Aviation elements took off from the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ship and performed sea crossing exercise. The Z-9 and Mi-171 utility helicopters, as well as the...
  • Armed Patrol Record
    Armed Patrol Record 7 August 2020
    China, which has made great strides especially on sea power recently, has achieved a record recently. A Su-30 (NATO Code: Flanker-C) affiliated to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theatre Command Naval Air Regiment broke an armed patrol record. The patrol flight over the islands and reefs farthermost from the mainland in the South China Sea lasted 10 hours. Successful completion of a challenging mission for both challenging for pilots and aircraft is said to be an...
  • 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...
  • New Replenishment Tanker Started Sea Trials
    New Replenishment Tanker Started Sea Trials 6 August 2020
    Fleet replenishment tankers are a strategic power multiplier in terms of their command and control capabilities and extending the task endurance of fleets by eliminating the requirement for return to the port. NUSHIP Supply (A 195), whose construction and refitting activities have been completed in Ferrol Shipyard by the main contractor of Spanish Navantia, has started sea trials. Built for the Royal Australian Navy (Royal Australian Navy / RAN), the platform will be ...
  • Additional Troops to Russia Border
    Additional Troops to Russia Border 5 August 2020
    Preparing to the general elections next Sunday, Belarus took precautions at the Russian border. In the news in the Belarusian press, it was seen that military military trucks and armoured vehicles belonging to the army were transferred to the Eastern border. According to the public opinion conducted in the country, it is said that Aleksandr Lukashenko, who is currently the president, may not be elected again. In the event that the president, who has close relations with Russia, may ...
  • BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020.
    BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020. 2 August 2020
    The British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company release its 2020 half-year results. It warned the Group is subject to geopolitical uncertainties and there remains considerable uncertainty in respect of COVID-19. The company says that, including the two acquisitions, it expects the Group’s sales to increase by a low-single-digit percentage compared to last year, as there are increased volumes in F-35, Combat Vehicles and growth in the electronic defence portf...
  • Heavy Bomber Training at South China Sea
    Heavy Bomber Training at South China Sea 31 July 2020
    China, which is working hard to globalize its military power, is improving its capabilities day by day. China, which claims rights on islands with controversy about the surrounding seas and occasionally makes military reinforcements in the region, increases its overseas capability. Beijing, which has developed its concepts and doctrines especially on a power transfer from air, deep strike and long-range attack scenarios, held a new exercise recently. H-6Js, one of China's n...
  • Canada Welcomes First Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship
    Canada Welcomes First Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship 31 July 2020
    The Royal Canadian Navy will take over the first Arctic and offshore patrol ship HMCS Harry deWolf (AOPV 430). About four years after construction work began at Halifax Shipyard, the Harry deWolf class platform is scheduled to be delivered today. The HMCS Harry deWolf ship, which comes two years behind the calendar set for the project, was reportedly affected by technical glitches as well as covid-19. The Royal Canadian Navy aims to add six Arctic and offshore patrol ships...
  • "5,426 People In The Brazilian Armed Forces Are Committing Military Crimes"
    "5,426 People In The Brazilian Armed Forces Are Committing Military Crimes" 30 July 2020
    Brazil-based news site Metrópoles revealed that the state had made a deal with companies belonging to active-duty soldiers. Soldiers who continue to work operationally in the armed forces are not allowed to work as managers in a company under the country's military charter. At least 14 companies that are the managers of the soldiers on duty have signed a contract for the purchase. In some of the deals, which amounts to about half a million U.S. dollars, the comp...
  • Fast Attack Craft Delivery to Hellenic Navy
    Fast Attack Craft Delivery to Hellenic Navy 30 July 2020
    Greece, which continues to acquire defence systems despite economic problems, has received a new fast attack craft. The Hellenic Navy added a new fast attack craft to its inventory. Athens announced that the Super Vita class platform was named as HS Karathanasis (P 78). The vessel, which is stated to be commissioned in the Fast Attack Command, is the sixth ship of its class. Super Vita fast attack crafts that have serving in the Greek Navy inventory sin...
  • North Korea's "No More War" Statement and Missile Test
    North Korea's "No More War" Statement and Missile Test 30 July 2020
    North Korea conducted its first missile test in three months, according to media reports. In July, Pyongyang tested a cruise missile near the Sea of Japan, according to the Republic of Korea. The exact name of the ammunition was not disclosed, but it was said to have fallen to a distance of about 100 kilometres. According to a US source, the test was carried out to improve the missile's performance. North Korea had last conducted a firing test around the Sea of Japan in April. A...
  • Moody's downgrades Rolls-Royce to Ba2 from Baa3
    Moody's downgrades Rolls-Royce to Ba2 from Baa3 30 July 2020
    Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the long-term senior unsecured rating of Rolls-Royce plc to Ba2 from Baa3. Concurrently Moody's has assigned a corporate family rating of Ba2 and Ba2-PD probability of default rating to the company. The outlook remains negative. Today's rating action reflects: • Moody's expectations of substantial cash outflows in 2020 and 2021 resulting in materially increased leverage, more than Moody's previous expectations ...
  • French Nuclear Submarine in the Mediterranean
    French Nuclear Submarine in the Mediterranean 28 July 2020
    The French Navy's nuclear submarine has turned its direction to the Mediterranean to take the new phase of naval tests. FS Suffren (Q 284), the first platform built under the Barracuda-class submarine program, began sea testing in the Atlantic Ocean in May. The submarine, which was subjected to acceptance tests before it was commissioned in 2020, will arrive at Toulon Naval Base tomorrow (July 29th) and begin the Mediterranean stage of the tests. The 65 crew members in...
  • Trump Admin Officially Weakened Military Drones Export Regime
    Trump Admin Officially Weakened Military Drones Export Regime 27 July 2020
      The US applies new rules to make it easier to export drones.  Under a new policy announced Friday, unmanned aerial systems that fly at speeds below 800 k/h will no longer be subject to the “presumption of denial”. This decision will affect most blocked international sales of drones such as the MQ-9 Reaper and the RQ-4 Global Hawk. This change will have effects how the United States interprets the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) The U.S. gov...
  • Approval to F-16 Modernization Kits Sale
    Approval to F-16 Modernization Kits Sale 26 July 2020
    F-16 Fighting Falcons, one of the most successful fighters in the world, have been working in many countries' inventory for long years. User countries are taking action to modernize the platforms to which they are highly satisfied with their performance. Chile, one of the many F-16 Fighting Falcon users, has requested for the necessary components and systems from the US in the past months to modernize its aircraft. Washington has approved the sale of the material reque...
  • Fast Patrol Boat Agreement
    Fast Patrol Boat Agreement 24 July 2020
    Accelerating defence investments after the frictions with Russia, Ukraine continues to acquire new platforms. The Ukrainian State Border Guard Service signed a procurement agreement with the French OCEA. In this context, Kyiv will acquire 20 fast patrol boats within the framework of the defence cooperation agreement between the two countries. The first platform will be put into service in 2021 during the process, which was formalized with a ceremony attended by Ukrainian Minister of...
  • Joint UAV Development Programme
    Joint UAV Development Programme 24 July 2020
    Taking important steps to support the domestic defence industry with the Made in India Program, India will develop unmanned aerial vehicles. An Indian-based company and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories signed an agreement to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The U.S. Air Force, Indian Air Force, DRDO, and an Indian company are aimed at developing a platform for armed reconnaissance and surveillance. India requested MQ-9 Reaper but the USA did not ...
  • New Artillery Shell for New Howitzer
    New Artillery Shell for New Howitzer 24 July 2020
    The development of the elements that will infiltrate behind the front and hunt the field artillery and the increase in air support costs encourage countries to develop longer-range artillery systems. The U.S. made a $ 33 million deal with BAE Systems for the new long-range artillery system. In this context, the company will manufacture LR-PGK (Long Range Precision Guidance Kit) for 155 mm artillery rounds. The system, which is stated to be critical for the Army's long-range arti...
  • Heckler & Koch’s Ownership is Changed
    Heckler & Koch’s Ownership is Changed 23 July 2020
    A Luxembourg-based financial holding company, Compagnie de Développement de l’Eau (CDE), has taken over a majority stake in the company. HK made an announcement in German: The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has given the Compagnie de Développement de l’Eau (CDE) approval to acquire a majority stake in H&K AG. New majority shareholder supports economic recovery and thus guarantees long-term stability. CDE stands by locations and the &ld...
  • Cruiser Firing Exercise at North
    Cruiser Firing Exercise at North 23 July 2020
      Live fire training is undoubtedly one of the most important activities for an armed forces to achieve significant combat readiness and control the systems it uses. The Russian Navy recently conducted a live fire with cruisers, one of the largest surface platforms in its inventory. Project 1144.2 (NATO Code: Orlan) "Kirov" class RFNS Pyotr Velikiy (099) and Project 1164 (NATO Code: Atlant) class RFNS Marshal Ustinov (055) guided missile cruisers also participated in ...
  • TCG Ufuk Started to Sea Trials
    TCG Ufuk Started to Sea Trials 22 July 2020
    The Turkish Navy continues to acquire new systems with domestic facilities in line with the requirements and future plans of the modern battlefield. TCG Ufuk (A 591), built under the Test and Training Ship (Test ve Eğitim Gemisi / TVEG) Project, started sea trials. The ship and mission systems of the platform, which has a similar hull and superstructure with Ada-class corvettes, were developed under the responsibility of ASELSAN. Built by Istanbul Shipyard under the main contra...
  • German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1
    German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1 20 July 2020
    Airbus Defence and Space and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed a renewed service contract agreement for Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation in Afghanistan and Mali. In Afghanistan, Heron 1 Services has been extended in March 2020, for the period June 2020 / May 2021. Comparably in Mali, Heron 1 services have also been extended for the period August 2020 /July 2021 (with an option f...
  • S-100 Trials on MEKO Frigates
    S-100 Trials on MEKO Frigates 20 July 2020
    Rotary wing unmanned aerial vehicles take their place on the warships, as they are cost-effective solutions as well as long-endurance reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities beyond the visual range. The Royal Australian Navy tested the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter unmanned aerial vehicles in Anzac-class frigates A series of testing activities will be carried out on the HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) under the responsibility of the 822X Squadron. Within the NMP (Navy Mi...
  • Procurement Agreement for "Protector"
    Procurement Agreement for "Protector" 19 July 2020
    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are important power factors for the armed forces, as they can operate in high enemy environments and attacking opportunity targets when necessary. The first acquisition agreement was signed for Protector RG1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed in line with the requirements and demands of the UK. The platforms that are specified to enter the Royal Air Force inventory are classified as MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance). London, s...
  • Indigenous Aerostat on Duty at Idlib
    Indigenous Aerostat on Duty at Idlib 19 July 2020
    Surveillance aerostats provide a key solution for continuous surveillance from the air, critical facility security and regional communication requirements. Karagöz Aerostat Surveillance System, which was developed by ASELSAN domestically, started to task at Idlib. The platform, which was detected while on observation duty in the De-Escalation zone, is estimated to be deployed to detect possible violations in the region. The aerostat system, which provides the personne...
  • V-22 Enters To The Japanese Inventory
    V-22 Enters To The Japanese Inventory 16 July 2020
    The United States government has delivered the first Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu on July 10. The Japan Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) became the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S. military. V-22 was already in use in Japan but US was the operator. The V-22 can conduct multiple missions which are not possible with traditional rotorcraft or fixed-wing aircraft alone. The marine version resists corrosion and reduces the cost of long-term sustainabi...
  • PLA's upgraded Type 052D destroyer makes training debut in the East China Sea
    PLA's upgraded Type 052D destroyer makes training debut in the East China Sea 16 July 2020
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently held drills in the East China Sea making its first public appearance of the latest version of the Type 052D destroyer. The destroyer is more powerful with its anti-stealth aircraft-capable. In early July, a destroyer flotilla affiliated with the PLA Eastern Theatre Command Navy conducted training exercises at an undisclosed location in the East China Sea. The training subjects included air and missile defences, attacks on ...
  • Japan's Supersonic Missile Variant Viewed for The First Time
    Japan's Supersonic Missile Variant Viewed for The First Time 16 July 2020
    Developed variant of Japan's ASM-3 supersonic anti-ship missile produced by local sources was shared for the first time. The ammunition was captured during A Visit to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries by Japanese Deputy Defence Minister Tomohiro Yamamoto. Changes are thought to have been made to the body and size of the new variant, which has been subject to changes in accordance with the needs of the air force. The development of the supersonic missile designed fo...