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  • 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...
  • Two New Corvettes to PLAN
    Two New Corvettes to PLAN January 23 2020
    Two more anti-submarine warfare (ASW)-capable Type 056A (Jiangdao)-class corvettes have entered service with China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The first, Lu'an (pennant number 611), was commissioned on 18 January, while Liaocheng (608) was commissioned the following day. The ships have a full load displacement of 1,500 tonnes. Lu'an was built at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai and entered the water on 21 December 2017.
  • Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea
    Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea January 22 2020
    Russia and Japan, which frequently coma face to face due to the Kuril Islands and coastal waters problems have come up with an astonishing attempt recently. The Russian Baltic Fleet ship RFNS Yaroslav Mudry and the Russian naval tanker Yelnya and the Viktor Konetsky tugboat, and the JS Harusame (DD 102) destroyer, carried out joint exercises in the Arabian Sea. Within the scope of the trainings, activities such as communication with the flashlight communication trainings&n...
  • Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk
    Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk January 21 2020
    The United States announced that the T-7A Red Hawk aircraft were chosen as the platform to replace the T-38 Talon advanced jet trainers in the last quarter of 2019. As a partner of Boeing in the program, Saab announced that the serial production phase has started for the aft fuselage section. Saab stated that the parts of the platforms that on their shares will be manufactured in the facilities located in Linköping in the first place. The company, which is respon...
  • Miller before Obama
    Miller before Obama January 19 2020
    The fourth Ford-class carrier will be named in honour of World War II icon Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black recipient of the Navy Cross for bravery, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The naming of CVN-81 is expected to be announced during a Monday ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former...
  • The ALACA Period at Sea
    The ALACA Period at Sea January 18 2020
    Meteksan Defence Company announced on the social media account that the Radar Cross-Sectional Measurement system, which is designed and developed for the Naval Forces Command, was delivered to the force. ALACA 35 GHz Radar Cross Section Measurement System was developed to increase the survivability of the platforms in inventory. The contract for the design, development and production of "Millimetre Wave Radar Cross-Sectional Measurement System" with entirely local faciliti...
  • Iskander-M Missile Flew Almost Twice More Landing in Kazakhstan
    Iskander-M Missile Flew Almost Twice More Landing in Kazakhstan January 14 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...
  • Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter
    Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter January 14 2020
    Following the announcement of the platform to replace the UH-1s in the Air Force inventory, the USA made its final decision in the process of AHTS (Advanced Helicopter Training System). The winner was Leonardo in the scope of the AHTS Program, which was launched for the replace the TH-57B / C Sea Ranger helicopters in the Navy inventory. Within the scope of deliveries planned to start in 2022, a total of 32 TH-73As will enter the American Navy inventory. The platforms, the...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland
    Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland January 14 2020
    Finland, which has announced procurement programs for the replacing of aging platforms in inventory, has started to looking for alternatives for the F/A-18 Hornets. In this context, the test phase has started in the HX Program, which is planned for the trial and evaluation process of the candidate aircraft. Within the scope of the HX Program, whose total cost is estimated to reach 10 billion Euros; invitation for tender letters have been sent for Lockhe...
  • World-First Electrical Technology from Rolls-Royce for Tempest Programme
    World-First Electrical Technology from Rolls-Royce for Tempest Programme January 9 2020
    British engine company Rolls-Royce released a press bulletin stating that they are developing world-first electrical technology for next-generation Tempest programme. To make the engine more electric, more intelligent and to harness more power, Rolls-Royce started to work to solve unprecedented levels of electrical power demand and thermal load; all need to be managed within the context of a stealthy aircraft. Rolls-Royce started to address the demands of the future in 2014. That ye...
  • Order Time for Iron Fist
    Order Time for Iron Fist January 9 2020
    Due to the increasing asymmetric threat, the use of active protection systems is becoming common. Elbit Systems has announced an order for the Iron Fist active protection system. A new step has come from Israel to increase the survivability of the new generation Eitan 8x8 wheeled vehicles. Elbit Systems has announced an agreement with the Israeli Defence Forces to procure Iron Fist active protection systems. The number of systems to be procured was not announced under the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight
    Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight January 5 2020
    The first images of the JF-17 Block 3 ‘4+ generation’ fighter were unveiled on December 28th, with a prototype shown taxiing on a factory runway in China before taking its first flight. The fighter represents the fourth variant of the JF-17, a fighter jointly developed by China and Pakistan from the early 2000s which saw its first flight in august 2003. The JF-17 was designed exclusively for export and does not serve in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, although over 100...
  • Greece cornering itself with F-35
    Greece cornering itself with F-35 January 4 2020
    Greece’s one of most selling newspaper Ta Nea wrote Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ desire to acquire F-35 aircraft. "If the fiscal conditions allow, we will seriously consider buying the F-35 because it is the most up-to-date and up-to-date market." With this phrase at the established celebration lunch with reporters, Kyriakos Mitsotakis put officially on the table the issue of reinforcing Air Force with the 5th generation American fighter aircraft F-35. O...
  • Enforcer Order
    Enforcer Order January 3 2020
    Bundeswehr, which received budget agreements from Bundestag for vehicle modernisation and new system procurement, ordered another new missile system.  According to a statement from the Germany's Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), office signed an agreement with the MBDA for Enforcer missile system procurement. Systems purchased within the scope of the Leichtes Wirkmittel 1800+ requirement of t...
  • $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air
    $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air January 3 2020
    Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin a five-year contract worth $7 billion for maintenance of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. This additional five-year contract will extend the service’s contract work with Lockheed Martin through 31 December 2032. Work will be performed at a variety of operational bases, wherever the F-22 is deployed, according to the Pentagon. Lockheed Martin produced 195 examples of the F-22, with the last stealth fighter rolling off its production li...
  • Agressor Ban to LRIP F-35A Aircraft
    Agressor Ban to LRIP F-35A Aircraft January 2 2020
    The US Senate halted plans temporarily LRIP F-35A Lightning aircraft using as Aggressor. With the modern aircraft development projects in Russia and China with low radar cross-sectional area, the US Air Force began preparations to take measures against the fifth generation threats coming from the east. In this context, the plan of using LRIP F-35A Lightning IIs as "Aggressor" missions has been temporarily suspended. The decision of the F-35As, which was postponed to a late...
  • Dangerous Interaction at Black Sea
    Dangerous Interaction at Black Sea December 31 2019
    Russia continues dangerous contacts with the units it considers as risk in the seas. Russian forces, which came to the agenda frequently with their activities in the international waters, conducted mock attacks on the destroyer of the US Navy cruising at the Black Sea. In a statement issued by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Su-27 and / or Su-30 escorted two Su-24s of the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted dangerous training scenarios on Black Sea. Within the scope of th...
  • First Piece at TF-X
    First Piece at TF-X December 30 2019
    Professor Temel Kotil, the General Manager of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS), informed C4Defence about new developments in the Turkish Fighter Programme (TF-X). Kotil stated that TUSAŞ and TUBITAK BILGEM have started to work on the reflection of radar waves from aircraft. Kotil said, “We started cutting the air inlets, we make the first air inlets. We began to work on their electromagnetic reflections with TÜBİTAK BİLGEM. The first air intake is now at TÜBİTAK. We want t...
  • Philippines Receives Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA
    Philippines Receives Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA December 29 2019
    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) received on 18 December 2019, an offshore patrol vessel BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) from French shipbuilder OCEA. The ship will arrive in the Philippines by February 2020. The ship is based from OCEA's OPV-270 design and with a length of almost 84 meters, the largest monohull patrol boat in the world made of aluminium, and is expected to be the PCG's newest flagship and largest patrol vessel. The ship will host 40 offic...
  • Upgrading of F-16 Begins
    Upgrading of F-16 Begins December 28 2019
    Greece says it has signed an agreement with U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin that will allow a major upgrade of its F-16 fighter jet fleet over the next seven years. The defence ministry procurement agency announced Friday that the deal was signed Tuesday finalising details of Lockheed's use of a Greek subcontractor. The defence minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class ...
  • Restriction of KC-46 Lifted
    Restriction of KC-46 Lifted December 25 2019
    Cargo ban of the KC-46, which was struggling with problems in the development process and in the post-delivery, has been lifted. About three months ago, it was found that the floor cargo locking components on the floor suffered mechanical problems. After the first inspection, the transportation of personnel and cargo was banned in KC-46A Pegasus for detailed research. In the inspections, it was found that the mechanisms that had to be locked automatically were not locked d...
  • Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles
    Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles December 25 2019
    Leonardo has demonstrated its new M-40 target drone against MBDA-made Mistral surface-to-air missile, in Italy. Leonardo has concluded a series of flights with its M-40 target drone as part of a trials campaign in Italy. This saw the drones simulating modern airborne threats, allowing for the realistic demonstration of MBDA’s latest surface-to-air Mistral missile. The missile intercepted the target, proving its capabilities and allowing MBDA to collect valuable dat...
  • US Space Command Officially Formed
    US Space Command Officially Formed December 21 2019
    U.S. President Donald Trump signed off Friday the country's largest-ever defence budget allowing for the creation of a space force. The Space Force Command is officially established. Trump had signed the certificate to develop the Force in August 2019.
  • Indian Su-30 Air Launches BrahMos
    Indian Su-30 Air Launches BrahMos December 20 2019
    Indian Air Force successfully fired BrahMos 'air version' missile from the Su-30 MKI. The launch was smooth with the missile following the desired trajectory and achieving a 'direct hit' on a sea target off the Odisha coastline. BrahMos supersonic air to surface missile, with a range close to 300 km, has been designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd (BAPL). The firing off Odisha coast was undertaken with support from the Indian Navy. BrahMos is a 2.5 Ton S...
  • Khan, Exported to Bangladesh
    Khan, Exported to Bangladesh December 18 2019
    Electroland Defence company developed and produced Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Robot especially for Bangladesh armed forces. Robots were tested under the supervision of military commission from Bangladesh. Robots passed the tests successfully, and acceptance tests are completed. Thus, the KHAN EOD Robot is exported for the first time. Bangladesh is the first recipient of five robots. Following the tests, the Water Jet Disrupter, which can be optionally mounted on the robot, wa...
  • DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry
    DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry December 18 2019
    Steven Walker, the director of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, announced his resignation Dec. 17, a DARPA spokesman said. Walker’s resignation is effective January 10, 2020. Walker succeeded Arati Prabhakar, who left the agency in January 2017. Walker will move on to a position in the industry, though a DARPA spokesman did not reveal where. DARPA Deputy Director Peter Highnam, a former director of research at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency...
  • USAF Has Developed a Drone That Flew For 2 1/2-Day
    USAF Has Developed a Drone That Flew For 2 1/2-Day December 16 2019
    The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Centre for Rapid Innovation has developed an unmanned platform that flew a two 1/2-day continuous flight demonstration from Dec. 9 to Dec 11 at Dugway Proving Ground. The Ultra Long Endurance Aircraft Platform, or Ultra LEAP, consists of a high-performance, cost-effective, sport-class commercial airframe converted to a fully automated system with autonomous take-off and landing capabilities, the service says in a press release. <...
  • US Space Fence Getting Closer
    US Space Fence Getting Closer December 16 2019
    US Air Forces Space Fence Project is getting an important milestone. The Space Fence facility located on Kwajalein Atoll is getting prepared to function. The radar will provide advanced space situational awareness for the Air Force. The primary mission of ground-based radar is to detect and track tens of thousands of objects in space. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Centre announced Dec. 10 that the radar system had entered a trial period. The move puts the system one step ...
  • Kargu-2 Coming
    Kargu-2 Coming December 15 2019
    Professor İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industry, announced the latest developments regarding Kamikaze Mini IHAs procured from STM. Demir announced on his personal twitter account, said: “We are developing the Kamikaze Mini UAV, an important element of the fight against terrorism. According to the contract we signed with @STMDefence, it delivers 356 Kargu-2 with increased duty time, altitude and autonomy, low noise level, new targeting algorithm.”
  • The U.S. Tested New Prototype Ballistic Missile
    The U.S. Tested New Prototype Ballistic Missile December 13 2019
    The United States has tested a prototype conventionally-configured ground-launched ballistic missile occurred at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 12.  The weapon is reported to have flown more than 500km. The press release says the launch took place within nine months of contract award. “The joint government-industry team began work after the U.S. suspended its Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty obligations in February 2019 and executed the launch within nine months of contr...
  • Romania to acquire five more F-16s from Portugal
    Romania to acquire five more F-16s from Portugal December 9 2019
    The Romanian government outlined the new procurement. Romanian new aircraft will have the same M.5.2R configuration as the Romanian Air Force’s existing inventory of 12 F-16s also sourced from Portugal. Eventually, all 17 fighters will be upgraded to a new standard called M.6.X. Romania procured its first batch of 12 F-16s from Portugal under a government-to-government deal inked on October the 11th, 2013. The 12 fighters underwent revamps and upgrading to the AM/BM standard b...
  • German Court Overturns Export Ban on Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia
    German Court Overturns Export Ban on Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia December 9 2019
    The Administrative Court in Frankfurt am Main ruled that the Federal Government’s freeze on armaments exports to Saudi Arabia was not legal according to the Handelsblatt daily newspaper. Rheinmetall Military Vehicles GmbH, sued Berlin because the bulk of a major contract with Saudi Arabia was ‘sabotaged’ by a poorly reasoned decision by the federal government. In November 2016, Rheinmetall announced a major order from a foreign customer. "The order i...
  • Spain allows Navantia to Develop F110 Frigates
    Spain allows Navantia to Develop F110 Frigates December 4 2019
    Spanish Government, the Council of Ministers has authorised the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism to sign an agreement with the entity Navantia S.A., for the development program of the F110 Frigates. The program will cost a maximum of 1,638 million euros over seven years (from 2019 to 2025). The F110 frigates project will allow Navantia to be digitised through the Shipyard 4.0 program. With the agreement, Navantia secures the sale of five F110 frigates. ...
  • Current Situation Analysis from SSB
    Current Situation Analysis from SSB November 30 2019
    The report titled International Cooperation and Export in Defence and Aviation Industry dated October 2019 was shared at the Conference held in Antalya. The study aims to create a sectoral situation analysis in order to prepare the ground for strategy development in line with the 2023 export targets. The study was created with the information provided by 27 companies that realized 95 per cent of the sector's exports according to the data of the Defence and Aerospace In...
  • Spain to Buy 24 Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop Trainers for €205M
    Spain to Buy 24 Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop Trainers for €205M November 29 2019
    Spain will acquire 24 Pilatus PC-21 turboprop training aircraft to replace its Casa Aviojet C-101 jet trainers. Spain’s decision was announced on Nov. 26 on the government’s procurement platform, Plataforma de Contratacion del Sector Publico (PCSP). The first six PC-21s and one simulator are to be delivered by March 2020 to allow training of the first eight instructors. The PC-21 will be known as E.27 in Spanish service. According to PCSP, Pilatus will supply 2...
  • Meteor Missile to KF-X
    Meteor Missile to KF-X November 26 2019
      MBDA has been awarded a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile onto the KF-X future Korean fighter aircraft the contract includes integration support to KAI, transfer of know-how and manufacture of test equipment for the KF-X integration and trials campaign. Following a joint development agreement signed in 2015, some 168 units of KF-X aircraft are to be produced, with Republic of Korea...
  • Moving STA Hit Target
    Moving STA Hit Target November 25 2019
    The test process of Pars 4x4 and Kaplan vehicles developed by FNSS as a main contractor  of STA (Gun Carrier Vehicles) Project continues consistently. The Presidency of Defence Industries made new statements about trials from its official social media accounts. Within the scope of the project, which was initiated in 2016 and carried out with domestic resources, two separate platforms, were developed by FNSS. Turret systems, which are used on platforms e...
  • Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait
    Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait November 22 2019
    China is working to increase its fleet capability for open seas. On the other hand, Chinese government continues its military and political steps. Beijing administration, which often experiences tensions with neighboring countries due to continental shelf, undisputed islands, is far from relieving tensions with Taiwan. People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships, visited many African, Baltic and European countries including Turkey in recent years. Thus, PLAN s...
  • Britain introduces Rocket Man
    Britain introduces Rocket Man November 22 2019
    Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning has flown off the aircraft carrier with a jet-powered suit. A video of the former reservist flying around HMS Queen Elizabeth was shared on a social media account of Gravity Industries, a British aeronautical innovation company founded by Mr Browning. HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently off the east coast of the United States as part of the Westlant 19 Carrier Strike Group deployment. Former Marine flew from aircraft carrier towards...