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  • First Flight of Mi-8MTV5-1
    First Flight of Mi-8MTV5-1 23 September 2020
    Russia made the first training flight of the new Mi-8MTV5-1 utility helicopter, which was modernized at its military base in Tajikistan. Equipped with an advanced navigation system for aerial defence systems, the Cockpit of the Mi-8MTV5-1 used lighting equipment suitable for the use of night vision goggles. Thus, the helicopter's day and night operations were operationalized to fly at low altitude and to take off and land in unmarked areas. Launched in Tajikistan in early Septem...
  • Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China
    Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China 23 September 2020
    Taiwan has launched an air-to-ground attack cruise missile developed by local sources. Munitions developed by the National Chungshan Institute were also on display during Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Magong air force base on Penghu island. The missile, which can only be used on Taiwan Air Force jets, has a range of about 200 km. GPS-guided missiles are capable of hitting Chinese air bases, barracks and fortifications in Fujian and Guangdong pro...
  • Russian Submarine Kazan Begins Naval Tests
    Russian Submarine Kazan Begins Naval Tests 23 September 2020
    Russia's modernized Project 855 Yasen class (NATO code: Severodvinsk) submarine Kazan (K-561) began sea tests in the White Sea. The nuclear submarine's underwater systems and mechanisms will be tested. After the completion of the trials, which will be attended by ships and submarines belonging to the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet, the platforms will return to their permanent base in Severodvinsk. Launched in 2017, Kazan has a low acoustic. Similar to nuclear ba...
  • Russia Introduces New Mine Removal System
    Russia Introduces New Mine Removal System 22 September 2020
    Russia introduced its new self-propelled mine removal system during the Kavkaz-2020 exercise. Developed on the basis of the BMP-3 armoured combat vehicle chassis, the system is designed to provide forces with close-range mine removal capability. The mine removal tool features a platform ceiling-mounted launcher for line loads used to overcome and clear obstacles. This allows the destruction of mines with the pressure of rockets to be launched over minefields. The new syste...
  • CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight
    CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight 22 September 2020
    The latest half-year stock report by Chinese state-owned company China Rainbow Drone revealed that the CH-7 stealth unmanned air vehicle (UAV) has flown. The CH-7 was first unveiled at Airshow China 2018. This type of drone is China's first large-scale stealth long-endurance drone. The design is a tailless “flying wing” with a dorsally-mounted central turbofan housing and stealth or low observable profile similar to the Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAV. <...
  • Australia Launches 35kg Commercial Rocket into Atmosphere
    Australia Launches 35kg Commercial Rocket into Atmosphere 22 September 2020
    A small commercial rocket has been launched from Australia to the edge of space for the first time. First commercial space capable rocket is followed by a second rocket within two hours. At 10:09:47 am on 19 September, Southern Launch ignited Australia’s first commercial space-capable rocket at the Koonibba Test Range northwest of Ceduna in SA. And in a second first for Australia, only an hour and forty minutes later at 11:49:47 am a second space capable launch was s...
  • BAE to Deliver Archerfish Mine Neutralisers
    BAE to Deliver Archerfish Mine Neutralisers 21 September 2020
    BAE Systems will deliver Archerfish remote-controlled underwater mine neutraliser to US Navy. The Archerfish can be launched and operated from a surface ship, helicopter or an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). This is the fourth consecutive Archerfish contract awarded to BAE Systems since 2003. Archerfish is used by the US Navy’s MH-60S Helicopter squadrons (AN/ASQ-235) as part of the Airborne Mine Neutralisation capability, deployed from the Littoral Combat Ship.  It is...
  • Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet
    Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet 21 September 2020
    Switzerland will vote on the purchase of new fighter jets. Many oppose the idea, saying the country can neither afford nor need warplanes. "Who is our enemy? Who is attacking a small, neutral country surrounded by NATO?" Social Democratic MP Priska Seiler asked. Thomas Hurter, a Member of Parliament for the Swiss People's Party, said Switzerland should protect itself without relying on other countries. "If we don't replace the old planes, it means we don't...
  • Greece investigating Dutch Frigates "M"
    Greece investigating Dutch Frigates "M" 21 September 2020
    The Greek Navy has reportedly been involved in a process of official clarification of what is happening with the Dutch "M" (Karel Doorman-class) frigates. The two Dutch ships, which are the next generation of Greek "S",(Elli-class frigates)  are considered as an ideal "intermediate" solution to replace an equal number of non-modernized frigates of the type serving in the Greek Fleet. The Dutch navy has initially...
  • Guided-missile corvette "Grayvoron" first went to sea for sea trials
    Guided-missile corvette "Grayvoron" first went to sea for sea trials 20 September 2020
    Guided-missile corvette "Graivoron", built for the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, began its first launch to sea for the purpose of factory sea trials according to the statement released on Saturday by the press service of the fleet. It is specified that the tests are carried out by the regular crew together with the factory commissioning team in order to check the operation of power plants, steering gear, auxiliary mechanisms, communications, navigation and oth...
  • Stirling Solution for Hürjet
    Stirling Solution for Hürjet 19 September 2020
    British Expleo Company announced from its social media accounts that its company Stirling Dynamics has been awarded a new contract from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) to provide technical assistance for the Hürjet, a twin-seat, single-engine supersonic advanced trainer and light combat aircraft. The Stirling Dynamics signed New Loads and Aeroelastics Consultancy Contract. The company made a statement from its website and said; This contract builds on previous su...
  • GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine
    GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine 19 September 2020
    GE Aviation delivered the first of 19 engines that will power the initial eight models of Boeing’s F-15EX advanced Eagle, which will begin combined developmental and operational tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., early next year, the company said Sept. 16. In June, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCM) awarded GE Aviation a Lot 1 contract to produce 19 F110-GE-129 engines, including installs and spares and modernized engine monitoring system computers for the F-...
  • Some HMS Queen Elizabeth Crew COVID Test Positive
    Some HMS Queen Elizabeth Crew COVID Test Positive 19 September 2020
      A "small amount" of personnel onboard Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth have been diagnosed as positive for coronavirus during a second round of testing on the ship. The entire ship's company has been retested during the past week, following positive coronavirus cases found earlier this month while in Portsmouth. The Queen Elizabeth-class carrier's departure from the city's naval base was delayed by several days following the diag...
  • Tucano Transfer to Afghanistan Continues
    Tucano Transfer to Afghanistan Continues 18 September 2020
    The United States has delivered four A-29 Super Tucano light assault aircraft to Afghanistan. "The Air Force has the ability to strike light from the air anywhere in the country. Enemy bases will be destroyed with the help of A-29." Afghanistan announced. The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defence & Security signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force to develop a $1.8 billion Tucano in October 2018 as part of the A-29 Afghanistan Program. In Apr...
  • Motor Sich to visit to Turkey
    Motor Sich to visit to Turkey 18 September 2020
    A high-level delegation from Motor Sich, one of the most strategic companies in Ukraine, will attend to Saha Istanbul event. Motor Sich, one of the companies with the largest product family in the world in terms of engines to be used in air platforms, has been having troubling days regarding ownership for a long time. China got in contact with the Ukrainian owner of the company, but the US demanded this trade be stopped, stating that China will transfer technology to its own country. After th...
  • Lazer for F-16s
    Lazer for F-16s 18 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin is working to develop mature and producible tactical airborne LWS solutions that complement existing kinetic defences to protect warfighters in the air, at sea and on the ground. The systems the company is developing under contract today can defeat small rockets, unmanned aerial vehicles, small attack boats, and lightweight ground vehicles. Under the Department of Defence’s first laser weapon program of record, the company is integrating the High Ener...
  • IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs
    IAI Introduces “MultiFlyer” A Fleet of Small Helicopter UAVs 17 September 2020
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has introduced MultiFlyer, a UAV squadron of small unmanned helicopters that can fulfil a large range of non-military tasks. MultiFlyer provides advanced monitoring capabilities for large areas and is based on commercial, off-the-shelf helicopter UAVs from Alpha Unmanned Systems integrated with components from IAI and several Israeli start-up companies. The command and control system was designed by Simplex and the area scanning technologies are powered by Si...
  • Nex Gen Flight from USAF 17 September 2020
    The US Air Force (USAF) has flown a digitally-engineered Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) advanced aircraft flight demonstrator for the first time, the service unveiled on 15 September at the Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) annual conference. The programme is classified and USAF leadership refused to provide details, including who developed the aircraft, any contract values, and when it might be fielded. But Will Roper, assistant secretary of the USAF for Acquisition...
  • Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up
    Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up 17 September 2020
    Boeing Australia announced on 15 September that it has powered up the engine of the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype as part of ground testing and preparations for the first flight. The unmanned aircraft is one of three prototypes that are being developed as a part of the Loyal Wingman-Advanced Development Programme – also known as the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) – in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft, wh...
  • MAV Passes Capsize Tests
    MAV Passes Capsize Tests 17 September 2020
    An important step has been passed in the Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) project which is carried out by the Presidency of Defence Industries. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS Savunma Sistemleri, AŞ.  recently appeared on Bloomberg Television and explained the current workload of the company. Kurt announced that the MAV indigenously designed and developed by the company has successfully passed an important test. C4Defence has reached the details of that test. F...
  • Commissioning in Spearfish Modernization Will Take Place Soon
    Commissioning in Spearfish Modernization Will Take Place Soon 16 September 2020
    The Spearfish torpedo, modernized by BAE Systems, is one last step away from the Royal Navy launch. Developed Spearfish will be launched in late 2020 following extensive trials in Scotland.The United Kingdom, which has been working on the modernisation of torpedoes for nearly six years, has invested £270m for ammunition. The Royal Navy's Spearfish modernization includes a new warhead, a safer fuel system, an advanced electronic command control centre and a fibre-optic rout...
  • Cezeri at Maiden Flight
    Cezeri at Maiden Flight 16 September 2020
    The flying car CEZERI, developed by BAYKAR firm nationally and originally, completed its first flight tests. The pre-prototype of 230 kg, designed and manufactured by Turkish engineers, rose 10 meters from the ground in-flight tests.   Flight tests of the CEZERİ Flying Car started on Friday, September 11, 2020. In the first tests, CEZERİ  took off with the safety ropes and took off without a rope upon the successful progress of the night safety ropes connecting S...
  • Swarm UAVs competing
    Swarm UAVs competing 16 September 2020
    The first phase of the competition organized by the Defence Industry Presidency within the scope of the Swarm UAV Technology Development and Demonstration Project with the participation of micro-scale companies and SMEs has been completed. Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir stated the following in his statement on the subject: “The Turkish defence industry has achieved significant success in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles in recent years. Today, national and ...
  • Agreement with Israel for F-35 Composites
    Agreement with Israel for F-35 Composites 16 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin signed with Elbit Systems for the F-35 Lightning II composites. The contract includes Elbit Systems providing composite material and assembly work for F-35 variants for four years.The Israeli-based firm is scheduled to deliver more than 1,400 parts to Lockheed Martin during the course of the study. Lockheed Martin does not allow countries that purchase the F-35 to make systemic changes, but there was an exception for Israel. After Israeli modifications, the platform ...
  • Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean
    Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean 14 September 2020
    In the past, the US has prevented the dispute between Turkey and Greece from escalating. Now the EU has to do it. This phrase belongs to German Daily Die Tageszeitung. The paper has a different approach to the recent conflict in the Mediterranean Sea. Talking about the unsolved problem for decades, the paper underlines that the lack of military clash until today is thanks to NATO and, in particular, to the hegemonic USA. This comment belongs to the foreign correspondent of daily, Jürgen ...
  • Hungary to Acquire Rheinmetall’s New Lynx Fighting Vehicle
    Hungary to Acquire Rheinmetall’s New Lynx Fighting Vehicle 14 September 2020
    Hungary will become the first customer of Rheinmetall’s new Lynx infantry fighting vehicle. Hungary will buy 218 Lynx KF41 vehicles and pay more than $2 billion. Rheinmetall’s U.S. $2.4 billion contract with the Hungarian government, signed in Budapest, is for 218 Lynx KF41 vehicles, nine Buffalo armoured recovery vehicles, as well as spares and simulators, the company wrote in a statement. The Lynx vehicles will be equipped with Rheinmetall’s manned Lance 30mm tur...
  • New acquisition from Greece
    New acquisition from Greece 14 September 2020
    Greece has announced it will strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four frigates and four helicopters for the navy. "The time has come to reinforce the armed forces... these initiatives constitute a robust programme that will become a national shield," Mitsotakis said. The armament program will include new anti-tank weapo...
  • US Navy Awards L3Harris Technologies $104 Million Contract for F/A-18 Electronic Warfare System
    US Navy Awards L3Harris Technologies $104 Million Contract for F/A-18 Electronic Warfare System 13 September 2020
    The U.S. Navy has awarded L3Harris Technologies a $104 million follow-on contract to supply the next production lot of the electronic warfare (EW) system that protects F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft against electronic threats. The announcement was made in conjunction with vHook’20 being held virtually, September 10-12. L3Harris will manufacture and deliver Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) jammer systems for the F/A-18C/D/E/F variants, with deliv...
  • Modernization Time for Skjold Class
    Modernization Time for Skjold Class 12 September 2020
    The Royal Norwegian Navy has announced that Skjold-class coastal corvettes will be modernized. KONGSBERG and UMOE Mandal AS signed an agreement to modernize the platform with body design, which can be described as a hybrid of catamaran boats with airbags. Modern technologies and cost-effective solutions will be developed to make the ship more sustainable, it said. Thanks to its body structure, the Skjold class has a SENIT 2000 combat data system with high mobility in shallow waters....
  • Turkish SDB on its Way
    Turkish SDB on its Way 12 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. İsmail Demir announced on his social media account that the Turkish Small Diameter Bomb is in the test phase. Demir said, “4 bombs can be carried on an F-16 wing with the improved multi-transport area. "We aim to integrate the 145-kg Miniature Bomb, which will be two different warheads with penetrating and particle effect, into our UAVs." ASELSAN is carrying out the Miniature Bomb Development Project, which is the equivalent...
  • AIM-9M Sidewinder Engine for Egypt and Jordan 11 September 2020
    Northrop Grumman will deliver AIM-9M Sidewinder rocket engine to Egypt and Jordan. The $21 million deal covers 788 engines for Egypt and 43 engines for Jordan, according to the US Department of Defence. It features a short-range air-to-air Sidewinder missile, infrared guidance system and a high-blown track warhead. With improvements in AIM-9, which has the highest level of infrared spectrum precision, the missile's operationality has been taken out of the bombers. Egyp...
  • Cooperation Against China Increases in Indo-Pacific Region
    Cooperation Against China Increases in Indo-Pacific Region 10 September 2020
    India and Japan have signed an agreement between the two countries' armed forces to provide reciprocal materials and services as a move against increased activity in China's Indo-Pacific region. Following a phone call between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that "It is agreed that the agreement will further increase the depth of defence cooperation between the two countries and c...
  • Aksungur Carrying F-16’s Payload
    Aksungur Carrying F-16’s Payload 10 September 2020
      Aksungur UAV, manufactured by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ), has gained a new capability. The UAV  has flown for 49 hours (2 days and 1 hour), in the past days. Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir reported on his social media accounts that Aksungur UAV successfully tested MK-82 ammunition with Teber laser guidance kit. Thus, Aksungur used the MK-82 ammunition for the combat load of the F-16s. Since the ammunition includes the Teber smart guidance kit pro...
  • Kushner: Saudi Arabia Opens Its Airspace Flights from Israel
    Kushner: Saudi Arabia Opens Its Airspace Flights from Israel 10 September 2020
      Saudi Arabia agreed to open its airspace, not just to flights between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, but to all eastward travel, US President Donald Trump’s adviser says Jared Kushner. Kushner briefed the press on Wednesday ahead of the September 15 signing ceremony between Israel and the UAE. Addressing the decision of Saudi Arabia to open its airspace, Kushner said: “That will save people a lot of time and knock down a barrier that’s been up for 72 y...
  • Australia buying K9 Thunder
    Australia buying K9 Thunder 9 September 2020
    On 3 September the Australian Department of Defence announced that Hanwha Defence Australia (HDA) under its Protected Mobile Fires Project will provide 30 K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers and 15 K10 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles.   With this Government announcement, work will commence immediately to implement a plan for the building of facilities and skilling of the local Geelong based workforce. For the Land 8116 program, Hanwha has developed the...
  • Demir: Hisar A+ Coming
    Demir: Hisar A+ Coming 9 September 2020
    Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir shared information about the latest situation regarding HİSAR air Defence missile systems. Demir visited the test range to follow the rocket competitions organized under the sponsorship of Roketsan and Tübitak SAGE within the scope of Teknofest and answered the questions of a television channel. Regarding Hisar-A, Demir said, “We shot a wide variety of shots in this area, there was one shot around 28-29 as I know it. Our Hisar...
  • AGM-84 Harpoon or Exocet a Delayed Discussion
    AGM-84 Harpoon or Exocet a Delayed Discussion 9 September 2020
    Greek publication defence-point.gr discuss how Hellenic Air Force lost a probable operational advantage in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Libyan Sea against Turkey. The publication discusses probable outcomes if wrong decisions had not been taken many years ago. In April 1993, Greece signed the Peace Xenia II contract for the purchase of 40 new F-16C / D Block 50 fighters, deliveries of which began in January 1997. The aircraft could use air-launched AGM-84F Harpoon Block 1D anti...
  • Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France
    Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France 9 September 2020
    The French government had proposed two FREMM (FRégate Européenne Multi-Missions later FREgate Multi-Missions) to Greece in 2018. The proposal is again on the negotiation table according to Greek Media. France proposes Alsace (D656) and Lorraine (D657). The Dutch government has two modernized frigates to offer.  According to unconfirmed information, the annual rental cost of the two ships will be 150 million euros with the right to purchase once the lease is comple...
  • Did French Warship Hack S-400 in Crimea
    Did French Warship Hack S-400 in Crimea 8 September 2020
    According to Avia.pro web site, French intelligence ship Dupuy de Lome (A759) has blocked the operation of Russian S-400 air defence systems in occupied Crimea. This was made possible by interference at certain frequencies and interception of radio frequencies emitted by S-400 radar systems. The ship designed for the collection of signals and communications beyond enemy lines. The Thales Naval France designed the electromagnetic intelligence part of the vessel. On 21 June ...
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...

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