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  • HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout
    HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout 25 September 2020
        US Navy, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 received their first MQ-8C Firescout on Sept. 15 aboard Naval Station Norfolk.  HSC-22 marks the first East Coast squadron to operate all three systems to include the MH-60S Knighthawk, MQ-8B Firescout, and MQ-8C Firescout. The newly added capability of the MQ-8C combines the capabilities of the MQ-8B with the MH-60S Knighthawk to improve the Navy’s ability to investigate and target hostile su...
  • Leopard 2E Tower Maintenance
    Leopard 2E Tower Maintenance 23 September 2020
    Spain will work with COHEMO for tower maintenance and repair of Leopard 2E (Leopard 2 A6E) platforms. Under the deal, worth about €6m, Spain-based firm COHEMO will work on the tower, such as firing direction, stabilisation system overhaul and repair. Spain's domestic production rate in Leopard 2Es reached 60%, and the vehicles were installed locally under Santa Bárbara Sistemas in Seville. The platform is using a Spanish-designed tank command and control system. ...
  • Images from Colombia's New Corvette
    Images from Colombia's New Corvette 22 September 2020
    New images have been shared from the Po Hang-class corvette donated by the Republic of Korea to Colombia. The corvette, called Almirante Tono, shows Leonardo twin 40L70 mm cannons being replaced with two M61A1 Sea Vulcans. Korea carried out adaptation, repair and maintenance work before delivering the platform to Colombia. The ship will move to Colombia at the end of this month (September 2020) and will be deployed to the Caribbean for maritime control and narcotics operations. ...
  • Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA
    Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA 16 September 2020
    The debate over the operational readiness levels of aircraft carriers in the United States continues. Pentagon officials argue that aircraft carriers are available, but the rhetoric between the Navy and the White House that the level of preparation for the platforms is both costly and long-lasting. Rear Admiral John Meier, commander of the US Atlantic Navy Air Force, described the operational presence of the ships as "the number one concern." Rear Admiral Meier said that s...
  • The Brazilian Army Completed the Modernization of The BTR M-113
    The Brazilian Army Completed the Modernization of The BTR M-113 15 September 2020
      According to information published on the Defensa Aerea, the 7th Motorized Infantry Battalion of the Brazilian Ground Forces received the last modernized tracked armoured personnel carrier M-113В. Begun in July 2010, the VBTP M113 modernization Project became a benchmark within the Brazilian Army with 386 vehicles. The Project proposed to put into operation the armoured marine sub-units of the large armoured and mechanised units Maintain high rate of vehic...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds
    F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds 13 September 2020
      The Pentagon’s five-year budget plan for the F-35 falls short by as much as $10 billion, the military’s independent cost analysis unit has concluded, a new indication that the complex fighter jet may be too costly to operate and maintain according to Bloomberg News. The Defence Department’s blueprint for the next five fiscal years calls for requesting $78 billion for research and development, jet procurement, operations and maintenance and military...
  • Hercules of Uruguay Will Rejuvenate
    Hercules of Uruguay Will Rejuvenate 11 September 2020
    Uruguay signed an agreement with the Spanish Government to supply two C-130H Military Transport Aircraft in the Spanish Air Force (EDA) inventory. The contract, worth approximately 21 million Euros, includes the purchase of spare parts for two C-130H Transport Aircraft. Uruguayan Defence Minister Javier García disclosed the information on the contract at the Senate Defence budget meeting. The purchased aircraft will replace the high-cost maintenance C-130 Hercules aircraft in...
  • Kurt Describes FNSS's Work
    Kurt Describes FNSS's Work 4 September 2020
      FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. which entered the top 100 in the list of the world's largest defence companies, was the guest of Bloomberg TV. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, explained the work of FNSS and the future of the defence industry.   Noting that FNSS was established 30 years ago with the partnership of Nurol Holding and BAE Systems USA to meet the needs of the Land Forces Command, Kurt said that FNSS was the first private compan...
  • AIM-120C-8 Plan
    AIM-120C-8 Plan 31 August 2020
    Working to improve its capabilities by restructuring its army, Japan will consolidate its air power with new systems. The US Department of Defence informed Congress about the export of new weapons. In this context, Washington will procure air-to-air missiles to Tokyo. In the statement made on August 26, the DoD announced that the sale of 32 AIM-120C-8 air-to-air missiles to Japan was approved. Japan had requested 32 units of AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Ai...
  • FNSS Completes Delivery
    FNSS Completes Delivery 28 August 2020
    According to the Times of Oman, the export of 172 armoured vehicles to this country by FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. has been completed. FNSS sent Oman from 13 different configurations of Pars III 8x8 and Pars III 6x6s. FNSS signed the contract for vehicles needed by the Royal Land Forces of Oman on 20 September 2015, and the first vehicle delivered in July 2017 as an 8x8 configuration. Finally, FNSS, which delivered four armoured vehicle rescuers, will also provide logistical suppor...
  • US Plans to Stay in Turkey at least Until 2028
    US Plans to Stay in Turkey at least Until 2028 27 August 2020
    A Pentagon contract awarded to a US company indicates US plans to remain on US bases established in Turkey until 2028. Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., Houston, Texas, has been awarded a $974,000,000 contract for U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) base operating support. This contract provides day-to-day base operations and maintenance services throughout locations within USAFE-AFAFRICA. Work will be performed at Mor&oacut...
  • 2.06 billion USD worth contract  for 348 8×8 combat vehicles
    2.06 billion USD worth contract  for 348 8×8 combat vehicles 26 August 2020
      The Spanish Ministry of Defence today awarded a 2.06 billion USD contract to a joint venture of General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) and three other companies to deliver 348 8×8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles (VCR), their maintenance and life cycle support, as well as support their international commercialization. The program is expected to grow to a total of approximately 1,000 vehicles. The vehicle, named &ldquo...
  • Lockheed Martin to Ukraine
    Lockheed Martin to Ukraine 20 August 2020
    With the process of restructuring the army, Ukraine to turn its face to the West in terms of equipment and army standards. Kiev, which has recently supplied and even produced Western standard equipment, will experience a first at the Aviasvit (International Aviation and Space Hall) Aviation Fair to be held this year. Lockheed Martin, one of the leading defence and aerospace companies of the USA, announced that it will participate to the exhibition to be held this year. F-1...
  • Israel F-35I Announcement
    Israel F-35I Announcement 17 August 2020
    Stating that supporting Greece, which experiencing tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean; Israel, announced a significant statement about F-35I Adirs Israel, which is the only country that has the right to use the F-35 customized in line with the requirements of the country except USA, has left another important milestone in the F-35I Adir process. The Israeli Air Force announced that another F-35I Squadron is fully operational. Thus, the 116th "Lions of the South&q...
  • Stryker Sustainment Agreement
    Stryker Sustainment Agreement 16 August 2020
    In the Cold War years, the USA, which wanted to be able to transport division-level power from the air to any point in the world within 96 hours, started to prıcure Stryker 8x8 platforms. The USA, which has hundreds of Stryker 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles of different variants in its inventory, signed a sustainment agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems, one of the country's leading defence companies. Under the contract of US  USD 428 million, the company will provid...
  • 48 Million Dollar UGV Agreement
    48 Million Dollar UGV Agreement 16 August 2020
    The USA, which gives importance to unmanned ground vehicles, whose use is increasing day by day in different mission configurations and sizes, signed a logistic support agreement. The US Department of Defence announced on Monday that an agreement was signed with Remotec company. The company, which is a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman will provide sustainment support to the Remotec family robots, which are in the inventory of the US Army, in areas such as maintenance, repair...
  • 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 ...
  • Ukraine Increases Modernization of Soviet-Era Platforms
    Ukraine Increases Modernization of Soviet-Era Platforms 2 August 2020
    Ukraine has modernized the Soviet-era MiG-29 (NATO code: Fulcrum) aircraft. As a result of the process carried out by the Lviv State Aircraft Repair Facility under Ukroboronprom, it was announced that a modernized MiG-29 jet had been delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force. The aircraft's engine and avionics were renewed. Ukroboronprom said the service life of the MİG-29, which is undergoing electronic equipment and maintenance, will be eight years, which could be extended by up to...
  • Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia
    Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia 30 July 2020
    Serbia, which has close relations with Russia in the military aviation field, came up with an unexpected move. A senior official from the Serbian Ministry of Defence announced on July 25th that the country is interested in the US made T-7A Red Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft. In the speech, it was stated that the Serbian Air Force attracted attention with the price/performance ratio of the platforms that came to the fore with low initial acquisition and maintenance cost...
  • 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 ...
  • First Flight from Heron TP UAV to Be Delivered to Germany
    First Flight from Heron TP UAV to Be Delivered to Germany 29 July 2020
    The Heron TP UAV, which will be delivered to Germany, has completed its first flight in Israel. An agreement was reached with the German Ministry of Defence in 2018 for the platform produced by Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI). Under the agreement, which includes maintenance and training services, German Air Force personnel are training at an IAF base with their Israeli counterparts. The drone has undergone design changes in accordance with Germany's needs....
  • New Tank Delivery Started
    New Tank Delivery Started 24 July 2020
    The M1 Abrams main battle tanks, which have proved themselves in the battlefield with their electronic equipment and efficiency continue their development. Deliveries of M1A2C (SEP v3), the most modern version of the M1 Abrams, which have been continuously updated in line with the requirements of the combat conditions, have started since the inventory entered. 1st Cavalry Division 3rd Armored Brigade 8th Cavalry Regiment 3rd Battalion Combat Team became the first user of the pl...
  • First Leopard 2A4 Delivery to New Customer
    First Leopard 2A4 Delivery to New Customer 21 July 2020
    The old Iron Curtain countries, which some of them are a part of NATO today, continue to acquire new defence systems within the scope of the army's orientation to new standards. Hungary, which has T-72s from the Cold War era in its inventory, signed an agreement with Germany for the acquisition of new main battle tanks in recent months. The first batch of Leopard 2A4 tanks procured under the contract reached the country via motorway on Hedyashalom Border after refurbis...
  • 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...
  • Azerbaijan and Turkey Partnership in Defence Industry
    Azerbaijan and Turkey Partnership in Defence Industry 17 July 2020
    Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries, hosted Kerem Mustafayev, Army Commander of Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic, and Ramiz Tahirov, Deputy Minister of Defence and Commander of the Air Force of Azerbaijan. "Our defence industry is always at the disposal of Azerbaijan with all its experience, technology and capabilities, from our armed drones to our munitions and missiles, electronic warfare systems," Prof. Dr. Demir said of the meeting, in which cooperat...
  • Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender
    Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender 16 July 2020
    The aerial refuelling procedure is a matter that takes aircraft endurance and range beyond limits. For this reason, the refuelling aircraft, which are serving as "flying gas stations", are important power multipliers for the air forces. Retirement time came for the KC-10 Extender refuelling tankers, who have been in the US Air Force inventory for 39 years. The first platform, which will be replaced by the KC-46A Pegasus, which has come to the fore with frequent problems, w...
  • Portugal Sent a Frigate To The Netherlands For Modernization
    Portugal Sent a Frigate To The Netherlands For Modernization 15 July 2020
      The Portuguese frigate NRP Dom Fransisco de Almeida is in the Netherlands to continue the modernization program. The Karel Doorman-class ship left Portugal last Wednesday and was expected to arrive in the Netherlands on Monday. The modernization mainly concerns weapons systems, sensors and communication systems, ensuring that the frigate will remain combat-ready until 2035, on missions of the Portuguese Navy, NATO and the European Union.  
  • Quiet Modernisation for Turkish Leopard 2 Tanks
    Quiet Modernisation for Turkish Leopard 2 Tanks 12 July 2020
    Tanks in the Turkish Armed Forces inventory are being modernized in line with the requirements of the modern battlefield. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir visited ASELSAN Facilities due to the completion of the M60T upgrade project under the Fırat Programme. He made an announcement about tank modernization activities with domestic facilities. Prof. Dr. Demir said, "In addition to the M60 tank, the modernization process of the Leopard tanks in the...
  • Korea to Continue With Meteksan
    Korea to Continue With Meteksan 6 July 2020
    Meteksan Defence will provide design and consultancy support for the new Republic of Korea Damage Control Simulator (DCSIM) Meteksan Defence, which offers a DCSIM solution developed for the needs of the navy, will continue to work with the Republic of Korea. Meteksan Defence, which signed a contract with the Republic of Korea in 2017 and worked with a company located here, made its delivery in 2019. Within the scope of the need of the Republic of Korea Navy Command, the second DCSIM...
  • Trial Phase Started of TCG Anadolu
    Trial Phase Started of TCG Anadolu 3 July 2020
    TCG Anadolu (L 400), which will constitute an important multiplier for the power and capability of the Turkish Navy in the blue waters, is counting days to enter the inventory. Sedef Shipyard, which carries out the construction activities of TCG Anadolu, has announced that the port acceptance trials of landing helicopter dock platform have begun. In the post shared by the company's social media account, there is "The 94th Anniversary of the Maritime and Cabotage D...
  • Multnational Tanker Delivery
    Multnational Tanker Delivery 30 June 2020
    Aerial refuelling aircraft are an important force multiplier for the forces as they extend the flight range and endurance of the fleets without the requirement for a base. Airbus announced that the first A330 MRTT (Multirole Tanker Transport) was officially delivered to the Multinational Tanker Transport Fleet created for the use of NATO countries. The program, which is carried out in cooperation with OCCAR and NSPA, includes NATO countries, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Germ...
  • Problematic Helicopter
    Problematic Helicopter 29 June 2020
    NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) helicopters are one of the platforms that users frequently complain due to the high maintenance costs in addition to their high operating costs. Belgium announced that the mission plans will be reduced due to the high operating costs of NH90 TTH helicopters. In addition to the high operating costs, the decision taken due to frequent maintenance requirements, high failure rate and lack of personnel. Currently, there are eight platfor...
  • Engine Shortage on Fifth Generation
    Engine Shortage on Fifth Generation 26 June 2020
    Fifth-generation fighter jets are capable of turning the balances with their technological infrastructures and capabilities in the battlefield of today and tomorrow. The F-22 Raptor, the first fifth-generation fighter jet that goes into active use, is in trouble again. On the platform, which came to the agenda with problems experienced in different components from time to time, engine shortage arose this time. It has been announced that the number of spare engine...
  • F-35 Can't Fly with Lightning
    F-35 Can't Fly with Lightning 25 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II, can not get rid of problems although equipped with the state-of-the-art components, can't fly with lightning. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) detected damage on lightning protection system in one of the platform's most common models, the F-35A Lightning II. The problem was detected during routine Depot Leve Maintenance performed at the Hill Air Force Base Ogden Logistics Complex. It was announced that the problem was damage in one of the gas cylin...
  • New General Manager to SSTEK
    New General Manager to SSTEK 20 June 2020
    Ahmet Çağrı Özer was appointed as chief executive of Defence Industry Technologies (Savunma Sanayi Teknolojileri/ SSTEK), established in 2016 as a subsidiary of Presidency of Defence Industries. Özer worked as a project manager at Turkish Airline’s (Türk Hava Yolları/ THY) maintenance, repair and modification centre Turkish Technic. Özer worked as CEO of TCI In-Cabin Systems, which was established with the joint venture of THY, Turkish Technic and Tu...
  • Flood-Damaged F-16s Returned
    Flood-Damaged F-16s Returned 18 June 2020
    F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft, which is one of the most successful fighters in history, continue their duties in the inventory of many countries. The Israeli Air Force (Heyl Ha'Avir) had a flood disaster last January at the Hatzor Air Base. Eight F-16 C/D Block 40 Baraks of the 101st "First Fighter Squadron" and 105th "Scorpion Squadron" based in the air force base were reported to have been heavily damaged in the incident. In the published images, ...
  • Turkish Partner in F-15QA's New Agreement
    Turkish Partner in F-15QA's New Agreement 17 June 2020
    A new agreement has been reached for the F-15QA aircraft developed for Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF). A new complex will be built at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $524 million contract to a joint venture between Bahadir Construction Engineering Contracting and Trading Company & Impresa Costruzioni Giuseppe Maltauro, which includes training, maintenance and procurement for the F-15QA. Under the deal, which is worth about $524 million, 35 buildings wi...
  • Fire on a Nuclear Submarine
    Fire on a Nuclear Submarine 12 June 2020
    A fire broke out at The Perle SSN (S606), France's Rubis-class nuclear submarine. Maintenance and repair work was carried out on the platform, which was located in the Port of Toulon. Therefore, the submarine's nuclear reactor and ammunition were removed from the ship five months ago. It was also stated that the smoke coming out of the platform was not radioactive. The worker and crew working in Perle were safely evacuated.
  • India and Australia Sign Logistics Support Agreement
    India and Australia Sign Logistics Support Agreement 5 June 2020
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison met at the virtual summit. With a new agreement signed at the event, India and Australia will be able to gain access to each other's military bases for logistical support. The Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA), signed by the leaders of the two countries, allows military ships and aircraft to refuel and access maintenance facilities at each other's bases. “Both sides agre...