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  • Ukraine and Poland Develops Join Anti-Tank Missile
    Ukraine and Poland Develops Join Anti-Tank Missile February 24 2020
    Ukraine continues to cooperate with the foreign countries for the development of anti-tank missile and production capabilities. Poland is preparing to cooperate with Kiev for the production of Ukrainian-origin Pirat anti-tank missiles in the country. In this process, the main contractor company for production will be ZM Mesko. In 2004, the company signed a license agreement with Rafael for the production of Spike-LR missiles in the country, and the company will also add Pirat s...
  • Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed
    Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed February 23 2020
    One of the works carried out for the safe communication development works, which is vital in combat conditions is close to succesful end.  Ground tests of the laser based communication system developed by General Atomics have been completed. The so-called Airborne Laser Communication System (ALCoS) has managed to establish a connection with a geosynchronous orbiting satellite for the first time within the scope of the tests. The hardware planned to be used in MALE / (Mediu...
  • Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade
    Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade February 22 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has set out its procurement priorities for the upcoming decade; transport aircraft, combat search-and-rescue helicopters, and light attack aircraft are on the top of the list. RTAF’s long term plans include new fighters to replace the ageing fleet. RTAF plans to replace its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft fleet. The new aircraft will require to be compatible with Thailand’s Link T data link system. This is a process that...
  • Russia Draws Attention to Su-35’s First Flight that Took Place 12 Years Ago
    Russia Draws Attention to Su-35’s First Flight that Took Place 12 Years Ago February 22 2020
      Russian state-owned company Rustec made a presentation about its aircraft Su-35S on its social media account.  The presentation was in Russian and stated that this aircraft has long-range air-to-air missiles, the possibility of launching missiles at supersonic speeds, super manoeuvrability and powerful electronic warfare means. The first model of a combat vehicle was assembled in 2007 at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant, and already in 2011, the serial pro...
  • Pakistan Test-Launched Long Range Cruise Missile
    Pakistan Test-Launched Long Range Cruise Missile February 21 2020
    Pakistan continues to increase the strength of the army with domestic weapons systems as well as foreign procurements. In this context, Islamabad carried out a long-range missile test launch. The test launch of the cruise missile system named Ra'ad-II, which mock-up of missile exhibited for the first time in a military parade in 2017, was held last Tuesday. The system, whose range is almost doubled by its predecessor Ra'ad-I missile, can reach targets within 5...
  • BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight
    BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight February 21 2020
    Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35®) has the potential to stay airborne for a year. BAE Systems’ PHASA-35, a 35m wingspan solar-electric aircraft, has completed its maiden flight. The UAV opens a new gate to a yearlong flight endurance plugging the gap between aviation and satellite technology.    Sponsored by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), t...
  • US Completed U-2 Modernisation
    US Completed U-2 Modernisation February 21 2020
    Although manned aircraft leave their places to unmanned aerial vehicles in reconnaissance missions, manned reconnaissance missions are still crucial. That's why Dragon Lady, one of the most iconic platforms of the Cold War, continues to change to keep up with the age. The US Air Force (USAF) announced the completion of the SYERS (Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System) -2C modernisation activities for U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft, which carried out by in cooperation ...
  • Indigenous Guidance Kit Delivery to Turkey
    Indigenous Guidance Kit Delivery to Turkey February 20 2020
    Indigenous guidance kits, which are frequently using in counter-terrorism operations, continues to consolidate its position in the Turkish Armed Forces. The Turkish Armed Forces has taken delivery of indigenous guidance kits. Turkish defence acquisition agency, Presidency of Defence Industries made a statement about deliveries from official social media accounts with "The new deliveries of our Indigenous Guidance Kits have been completed. We will c...
  • Navy Tests Inert Trident II Missile
    Navy Tests Inert Trident II Missile February 19 2020
    The U.S. Navy on Sunday tested an unarmed Trident II missile from the USS Maine for the second time in a week. The tests was carried out from an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine that carries nuclear warheads. The US Navy conducted its tests on the Western Test Range off the coast of San Diego. Sunday’s launch marked 178 successful missile launches of the Trident II strategic weapon system, the Navy said. The 45-foot-long missiles have a range of 4,000...
  • Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches
    Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches February 17 2020
    Boeing has confirmed at the Singapore Air Show 2020 that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has expressed its interest to rebuild 12 of its 20 existing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters to the latest AH-64E Apache Guardian variant. The RSAF currently has 12 AH-64D Apache Longbows based in Singapore as part of the 120 Squadron, while eight aircraft are based in Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona and used for training as part of the Peace Vanguard detachme...
  • US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs
    US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs February 16 2020
    US Navy no longer wants to upgrade and repair the first four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) due to high cost.  The ships were built for experimenting and testing according to the Navy. They’re no longer worth a deeper financial investment, according to Rear Adm. Randy Crites, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for the budget. “They’re not configured like the other LCS in the fleet, and they need significant upgrades. Everything from combat [systems], to structural,...
  • Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall
    Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall February 14 2020
    The Pentagon is seeking to divert $3.8 billion, mainly from its fiscal 2020 weapons procurement budget, to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall. The plan, which came from the Department of Homeland Security in January, will be officially released by the Office of the Secretary of Defence. A list of talking points was sent across the Pentagon earlier today, noting that the money will go toward funding a 230-mile long wall. The biggest item on the list is a $650 million Ame...
  • Iran Unveiled New Ballistic Missile
    Iran Unveiled New Ballistic Missile February 13 2020
    Iran, which has frequently come to the fore with its nuclear studies and ballistic missile programs, unveiled a new ballistic missile. At the ceremony organized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Raad-500 surface-to-surface ballistic missile and new generation rocket engines were introduced. It was stated at the ceremony, which was also broadcasted on Iran State Television, that the new rocket engines were suitable for use with ballistic missile and satellite carrier rocket sys...
  • China to Test New Rocket
    China to Test New Rocket February 12 2020
    China, been staring into space for a long time. In this context, Beijing will carry out a new test launch. As part of its manned space station program, China has developed a new carrier platform on the Long March 5 rocket. The new rocket, called Long March 5B, will carry the necessary parts into orbit as part of the space station installation work. Long March 5B, which counts days for the first launch, reached the launch area after 1 week of sea and rail transportation. The first tr...
  • US Approves US$990 Million Anti-Ship Missiles Sale for RAAF
    US Approves US$990 Million Anti-Ship Missiles Sale for RAAF February 12 2020
    The US State Department has approved a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of up to 200 AGM-158C, Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs) and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$990 million. The Commonwealth has requested to buy up to 200 AGM-158Cs and up to 11 ATM-158C LRASM Telemetry Variants (Inert). Also included are DATM-158C LRASM, Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM-158C LRASM), containers, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, pe...
  • Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program
    Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program February 9 2020
    Spain may join Italian and French new 3 000 ton corvette programme along with Greece. Italy and France want to win European Union funding for the construction of a new corvette. The program dubbed the European Patrol Corvette which is part of the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO. PESCO is one pan-European defence programs recommendations to bridge capability gaps collaboratively. The new naval, joint venture between Italy’s Fincantieri and France’s N...
  • Two Countries Threatening the US Navy: China and Russia
    Two Countries Threatening the US Navy: China and Russia February 6 2020
    Vice Admiral Andrew Woody Lewis made a statement that Russia and China are capable of targeting the US Navy. Lewis, who leads Joint Forces Command Norfolk and the Navy's newly reactivated 2nd Fleet, has been tasked with protecting the Atlantic from “great power” rivals such as Russia and China. The fleet, a mainstay of American defences during the Cold War, was mothballed in 2011 and then re-established in 2018 as the United States's relationship with Russia deteriorated. ...
  • Parliament Auditor Heavily Critiques German Army
    Parliament Auditor Heavily Critiques German Army February 5 2020
    Bloomberg wrote that Germany has no intention of keeping its 2 % GDP promise to NATO and not keeping its army operational. An article named “Germany Needs a Bigger, Stronger Army” is published at the Daily. The article starts by drawing a dramatic picture of German soldiers driving a Volkswagen minibus to imitate tanks as three in four of their tanks are at the repair shop. The writer quotes Hans-Peter Bartels, an ombudsman appointed by parliament to audit the country’s arme...
  • USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider
    USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider February 2 2020
    US Air Force shared new renderings of the B-21 Raider aircraft. Northrop Grumman’s stealth bomber B-21 will be the successor to the B-1B Lancer and also to the B-2 Spirit, the first bomber invisible to radars. Northrop Grumman won the competition in 2015 and will make a new flying wing that is expected to enter service in the middle of this decade. The jet is expected to fly in 2021, but the USAF does not reveal how many units will be ordered. In the image published ...
  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense January 31 2020
    The United Kingdom officially exits from the European Union with concerns about Scotland behind. Political aspirations have peculiar and unexpected results. British conservatives voted against the European Union with the fear that the Union would divide them. The result, however, brings the concern to reality. While the member of Kingdom leaves Union, Scotland wants to stay. The Kingdom self divides. Under the shadow of Britain exiting from EU, British defence journal ukde...
  • Additional Investment to ASW Capability
    Additional Investment to ASW Capability January 31 2020
    The Philippines, which has carrying out the process of restructuring its armed forces, is increasing investments in naval power. Philippine Navy Commander Rear Admiral Robert Empedrad made a statement about the investments to be made for the navy at the retirement ceremony of the phased out ships. "We will acquire two additional anti submarine warfare helicopters to provide long-range patrol-patrol capability for the two corvettes we will procure in the futu...
  • F-35 Couldn't Hit the Target
    F-35 Couldn't Hit the Target January 31 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 Fast Patrol Boat for Hellenic Coast Guard
    New Fast Patrol Boat for Hellenic Coast Guard January 30 2020
    Greece made its final decision in the tender launched by the Coast Guard to improve its capabilities and advance its fast response ability. within the scope of the program funded by the European Union, the FB60'SF boat, designed by Fabio Buzzi, was selected. The boats, which Greece plans to acquire 13 + 5 pieces at a cost of 33,780 million Euros, have a composite hull structure. Bridge section of the platforms stated to have STANAG 4569 Level 2 protection. Boats w...
  • Last Frigate Launched
    Last Frigate Launched January 30 2020
    Fincantieri Shipyard came to an end during the construction phase of the FREMM (Fregata Europea Multi-Missione) Program. ITS Emilio Bianchi (F 589), the last FREMM built for the Italian Navy (Marina Militare), was launched at Fincantieri's Riva Trigoso Shipyard. The ship, which is the 10th and last platform ordered by Italy, will arrive at Muggiano Shipyard located in La Spezia for refit process. Following the fitting and testing phase, which will be completed under the coo...
  • Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit
    Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit January 29 2020
    Iran is preparing a site for launching a satellite, Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said. After the Zafar satellite is placed in orbit a timeline has been finalised to launch five more, the minister added. The United States fears long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit could also be used to launch nuclear warheads. Tehran denies the U.S. accusation Tensions have reached the highest level in decades between Ir...
  • Triton Eye on Pacific
    Triton Eye on Pacific January 29 2020
    Because of the increasing China, North Korea and Russian movements in the region, the USA added a new one to the measures taken in order to compete in the intelligence race in the Pacific. The US Pacific Fleet announced deployment of two MQ-4C Tritons to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam as part of early operational capability. With the Tritons, the maritime patrol variant of RQ-4 Global Hawks, the US Navy will perform training activities. In this context...
  • The Last Tiger of the Spanish Army
    The Last Tiger of the Spanish Army January 29 2020
    Airbus Helicopters has announced that an important milestone has been left behind for Tiger attack helicopters. The delivery phase of Spain's Tiger attack helicopter story, which started in 2003, was completed. The Spanish Army (Ejército de Tierra) received the 18th and last Tiger HAD helicopter after a long delivery phase. Last platform is announced as Tiger HAD (Helicoptero de Apoyo y Destrucción / Support and Destruction Helicopter) H2 varian...
  • New Ballistic Missile from India
    New Ballistic Missile from India January 28 2020
    India has successfully tested its new nuclear-equipped ballistic missile K-4 in the Bay of Bengal. The new indigenously-built K-4 intermediate-range submarine-launched ballistic missile has a maximum range of 3,500 kilometres. Indian officials believe that the K-4’s accuracy is far better than any Chinese ballistic missile. India’s Defence Research and Development Organization is said to proceed next to develop a longer-ranged SLBM with a maximum range, using knowledge and experie...
  • Britain Works on Full Situational Awareness
    Britain Works on Full Situational Awareness January 25 2020
    British Company BAE Systems Israeli firm Elbit Systems are cooperating to build a new main battle tank (MBT) offering 360-degree situational awareness, for British Army urban operations. Elbit’s IronVision electro-optical system will provide the vision to the crew to see through tank armour wall. The company, along with the British army, have reportedly been working on the system to be integrated on to the Streetfighter II since January 2019. It will give the tank the ability ...
  • US Navy Retires Nuclear Submarine
    US Navy Retires Nuclear Submarine January 23 2020
    Continuing to put Virginia class submarines into service, the American Navy is also retiring platforms that are at the end of their economic life. Los Angeles class submarines, which were work horse of the US Navy during the Cold War, are slowly phasing out. The USA officially initiated the inactivation process of USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) at a ceremony held at the Naval Underwater Museum located in Keyport, Washington. The submarine, which has been in naval service fo...
  • "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece
    "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece January 23 2020
    A remarkable article was published in Ptisi & Diastima Magazine, which publicates in the defence sector in Greece. Greek-Turkish relations, which increasing tension due to oil and natural gas deposits in Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey-Libya mutual exclusive economic zone were discussed in the article. Outlines of the offensive plan that could be implemented in a possible conflict were examined in the text. Turkey's radar and electronic support capabilities, as well as Greece...
  • First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India
    First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India January 23 2020
    The first squadron of Su-30MKI jet fighters, armed with an air-based version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles entered service in the Indian Air Force Monday, The Times of India reported. According to the article, the planes will enter service during a ceremony set to take place at Thanjavur Air Force Station in India’s Tamil Nadu. The Air Force Station houses the 222nd “Tigershark” squadron, the first to receive the Su-30MKIs, reconfigured for BrahMo...
  • The Countdown has Begun
    The Countdown has Begun January 21 2020
    With the developing and changing technology, countries continue to embark on a space hegemony adventure. While countries such as Russia, USA, China and India are on the way for a space competition. They also gain a strategic advantage in this race. Japan will launch its eighth Intelligence Gathering System (IGS) reconnaissance satellite into space on Jan. 27. Japanese satellite and space industry giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced that an MHI H-IIA satel...
  • Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight
    Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight January 20 2020
    Falco Xplorer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), unveiled by Leonardo at the Paris Air Show 2019, left behind an important milestone last week. In a statement made by Leonardo, it was announced that the UAV made its maiden flight on January 15. The test flight conducted at the Trapani Air Base stationed in Sicily, and lasted about 1 hour. Platfom returned to the same base and completed the flight without any problems. Falco Xplorer, is a MALE (Medium Altitude Long Enduran...
  • Brasil Released Strategic Plan
    Brasil Released Strategic Plan January 20 2020
    Brazil, which has been carrying studies for a long time to improve the defence industry infrastructure of the country, has published its strategic plan in this field. The document, which covers the plans and objectives of the country's defense and industry, especially the Brazilian Armed Forces, consists of 34 measures in 15 main actions. In these sections, acquisition of howitzer, personnel equipment, unmanned ground and air vehicles, armoured boats, transport and att...
  • China tested a new heavy-duty drone with three engines
    China tested a new heavy-duty drone with three engines January 18 2020
    According to Chinese media, on January 16, 2020, a heavy three-engine unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Chinese company Tengoen Technology made its maiden flight at one of the airfields in southwest China. The Chinese company Tengoen Technology (also known as Tengdun) was founded in 2016. The new unmanned aerial vehicle is a three-engine UAV built on a two-fuselage scheme. Its wingspan is 20 m, length - 10, height - 3.3 m. The maximum take-off weight reaches 3200 kg, with a payloa...
  • Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service
    Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service January 17 2020
    Russia’s new sea tanker Academician Pashin will join the Northern Fleet’s logistics and rear support forces in late January, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. "On January 21, a solemn ceremony of hoisting the flag of the Navy’s auxiliary fleet will take place aboard the new sea tanker Academician Pashin at the Northern Fleet’s main base of Severomorsk. This day will become the date of officially accepting the vessel for servic...
  • Second Flight from Akıncı
    Second Flight from Akıncı January 12 2020
    Akinci UAV from Bayraktar company made its second flight in an about 1-month interval. According to the information shared by the company's social media accounts, the first flight of the UAV took place on 6 December 2019. The UAV took off for the second time on 10 January 2020. The second flight aimed at system verification purposes and lasted 1 hour and 6 minutes. This UAV flew at an altitude of 5 000 feet. The interval between the first and second flights gives a clue as to how many unk...
  • CV90 is More Lethal with Spike
    CV90 is More Lethal with Spike January 8 2020
    CV90’s firepower which more than 1200 platforms in use in different countries, has increased. BAE Systems made a statement about the development studies to increase the firepower of vehicles to a longer range. Standing out with its survivability, firepower and high mobility, the CV90 met long-range precision strike capability. BAE Systems made statements about the integration of Spike missiles into the platform. The company said a Spike LR missile was launched in the northern ...
  • Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration
    Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration January 3 2020
    During recent budget negotiations, the Pentagon again tried to retire the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) 25 years early, Defence News reported. According to the magazine, this time the plan was withdrawn from the White House. The White House's Office of Management and Budget told the Pentagon that the Navy's budget submission did not include refuelling the Truman or maintaining its air wing and directed it to come back with a budget that restored funding to bo...