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  • Japan Deadlocked on Aegis System
    Japan Deadlocked on Aegis System 25 November 2020
    Japan is deadlocked over Aegis Ashore, the ballistic missile defence system it wants to deploy in the north-eastern and western regions. The government rejected the US solution earlier this year due to technical problems and rising costs, but the system, planned to be developed with local resources, could cost much more. Sources said Japan’s option to build two advanced Aegis destroyers to protect north Korea from the missile threat would be worth $US4.8 billion....
  • Russia Offers Aircraft Maintenance Centre to Argentina
    Russia Offers Aircraft Maintenance Centre to Argentina 23 November 2020
    The Argentine Air Force wants to buy a total of 20 assault helicopters. Considering the options offered by different companies, Argentina wants the construction of a local logistics centre for the maintenance and repair of helicopters to be commissioned and the transfer of know how.  According to Argentine media reports, Russia has proposed the sale of 20 Mi-171Sh helicopters to the Argentine Defence Ministry and the opening of a maintenance centre, where different logistical o...
  • KC-390 Viewed on Assembly Line
    KC-390 Viewed on Assembly Line 11 November 2020
    The export of the KC-390 transport aircraft, developed under the main contractor of Brazil-based firm Embraer, continues. The first of the transport planes expected to replace the C-130H Hercules fleet of the Portuguese Air Force (Força Aerea Portuguesa/ FAP) was displayed on the assembly line. FAP has signed an agreement to supply five KC-390s in 2019. Portugal, which is in the development and production phases of the KC-390, will pay approximately US$930...
  • Bulgaria's Su-25s Complete Maintenance
    Bulgaria's Su-25s Complete Maintenance 26 October 2020
    Bulgaria's third Su-25 (Frogfoot) aircraft, which has undergone maintenance, has been delivered. In November 2018, a contract worth USD 85.5 million was signed for the Bulgarian Air Force's existing 14 Su-25 close air support aircraft to enter factory-level maintenance at the 558th Aircraft Repair Facility in Belarus. After that, however, the number of planes was reduced to eight. The first maintenance platform was delivered on September 21st, while the second airc...
  • Two NSM for Romania
    Two NSM for Romania 18 October 2020
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defence Systems (CDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $300 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.   The Government of Romania has requested to buy two CDS consisting of up to ten Link-16 Multifunctional Information ...
  • New HMMWV at MRAP Level
    New HMMWV at MRAP Level 15 October 2020
    The new version of NXT 360 is unveiled in AUSA. AM General introduced the new variants of the Humvee/HMMWV light armoured wheeled vehicle. The vehicles called the NXT 360 and provide MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) level protection.  The NXT 360 is described as the next-generation Humvee lightweight tactical vehicle configuration with simplified maintenance and aerodynamics. The NXT 360 has a gross vehicle weight of 6,400 kg and is powered by a 205 hp 6.5V V8 t...
  • Bell Presents  EGM the Outstanding Operational Readiness Award
    Bell Presents EGM the Outstanding Operational Readiness Award 12 October 2020
    Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced the Turkish National Police  (Emniyet Genel Müdürlüği /EGM) were presented an award for “Outstanding Operational Readiness.” The force operates 14 Bell 429s for its safety and security missions. The fleet’s operational readiness is above 95 per cent. “It is an honour to award the Turkish National Police this plaque for outstanding operational readiness,” said Clay Bridges, Reg...
  • Two important Steps for TF-X
    Two important Steps for TF-X 10 October 2020
    Two important stages were passed in the Turkish Fighter Jet (TF-X) program, of which Turkish Aerospace Industry (TUSAS) is the main contractor. Strategic Cooperation agreements were signed with HAVELSAN and TR Motor, which designed the software and TF-X's serial production engine. TUSAŞ also decided to cooperate with Spain-based Artificial on flight control systems. A challenging schedule awaits TF-X aircraft. The plane will make its roll-out, make the maiden flight, and prepare...
  • Taiwan to Emphasis on Maritime Protection
    Taiwan to Emphasis on Maritime Protection 5 October 2020
    Taiwan‘s F-16 aircraft as normally on air patrol missions. They will be carrying AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles. Taiwan operates 142 F-16 with another 66 due for shipment by 2026. Taiwan also has a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre for F-16 fighter jets. China’s People’s Liberation Army is reportedly planning a simulated invasion of the Dongsha Islands – also known as the Pratas Islands – which are administered by Taiwan.
  • SOLOTÜRK Uses CN235 Again
    SOLOTÜRK Uses CN235 Again 1 October 2020
    SOLOTÜRK has started to re-use the CN235M-100 transport aircraft. Painted in SOLOTÜRK colours, the C-055 was photographed in Ankara Etimesgut on September 29, 2020. It is not known whether the CN235M has joined SOLOTÜRK as a replacement for the Lockheed C-130E Hercules platform or as a support transport aircraft. In 2016, the C-130 was replaced by the CN235 aircraft for the use of SOLOTÜRK. SOLOTÜRK continues its activities with its aircr...
  • Thailand Buys Training Aircraft from U.S.
    Thailand Buys Training Aircraft from U.S. 30 September 2020
    Thailand has purchased 12 T-6C Texan II for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) with US-based Textron Aviation Defence worth USD 162 million. Under the contract, Textron will provide RTAF with the Integrated Training System, which includes a ground-based training system for maintenance teams, ground support equipment spare parts and other key elements. The Thailand-specified aircraft are to be called T-6TH, and may include certain features that may be different to other T-6 va...
  • 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...