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  • Submarine Moved on Land
    Submarine Moved on Land 8 July 2020
    Transportation of major combatant ship operation on land is also a method used during the 1453 Istanbul Siege. Although it has been used many times in history to transfer large military watercraft between two locations, it is not a common method today. Iran, which is often come to on the agenda of the defence industry with strange and sometimes reverse engineering steps, has seen in the social media with a very interesting move this time. A video on social media showed that one...
  • US Senator Proposed To Buy Russian S-400 From Turkey
    US Senator Proposed To Buy Russian S-400 From Turkey 29 June 2020
    A US senator has prepared a proposal to buy Russian-made S-400 air defence systems from Turkey. According to Defence News, Senate Majority Whip John Thune has proposed an amendment to the 2021 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) that would allow the purchase to be made using the US Army’s missile procurement account. The purchase has one condition however; Turkey will no longer buy systems that are not compatible with NATO. Russia announced in September 2017 that it had ...
  • Huge Tank Order of Egypt
    Huge Tank Order of Egypt 28 June 2020
    Egypt, which is one of the cornerstones of the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, continues to spend on armament non-stop. According to a report published in the Egyptian media yesterday, Cairo signed a major procurement agreement with the Russian Defence Export Agency Rosoboronexport. In this context, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence inked an agreement with UralVagonZavod, one of the subsidiaries of the institution, to manufacture 500 T-90MS main battle tanks unde...
  • National Power for Domestic Frigate
    National Power for Domestic Frigate 11 June 2020
    After four Ada Class corvettes built for the Turkish Navy, STM started cooperation agreements for Class I frigates. It is aimed to increase the rate of domestic components in Istanbul Frigate, which is the fifth vessel of the MILGEM Project and first-class I ship. STM was commissioned as the main contractor to cover the ship's design, weapon-electronic systems and main propulsion system responsibilities. In the project, where ASELSAN and HAVELSAN are the main business partn...
  • U.S. Hides Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia
    U.S. Hides Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia 28 May 2020
    A senior senator said the Trump administration is pursuing a new arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The news has sparked a backlash from multiple high-profile Senate Democrats. It came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday confirmed that he knew his department’s inspector general, Steve Linick, who the president fired this month, was investigating a massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia made last year. Senator Bob Menendez, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, spoke ...
  • LM will produce 18 -24 F-35 short
    LM will produce 18 -24 F-35 short 20 May 2020
    Lockheed Martin will produce less of F-35 in 2020. The company will have  18 to 24 jets short of the 141 scheduled for delivery this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for Lockheed’s supply chain to make components on time. The company is moving to an adjusted work schedule where production will slow over the next three months. Lockheed aims to accelerate production as soon as possible to fill the gap before 2020 ends. Beginning on ...
  • Turkey Produces First Prototype of Domestic MRI Device
    Turkey Produces First Prototype of Domestic MRI Device 17 May 2020
    ASELSAN and Bilkent National Magnetic Resonance Research Center prototype of the first domestic MRI device were produced. Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, Head of Defense Industry, examined the prototype produced.  "We have seen an area where joint work will be created in the health sector, both in the field of defence, in the field of our soldiers, security forces, and the electronic, data- image processing and programming techniques learned. Health can be considered as the beginning...
  • Two Major Contracts Soon
    Two Major Contracts Soon 3 May 2020
    The equipment and armament investments of the army are continued by adapting to suddenly changing conditions with the domestic ventures. Poland, which has an important defence industry infrastructure, continues to meet the equipment needs of the army with domestic facilities despite the COVID-19 conditions. According to the announcement from official Twitter account of the Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak, two important procurement agreements are close...
  • Three-Month Delay in Defence Acquisition Program
    Three-Month Delay in Defence Acquisition Program 22 April 2020
    The Pentagon said there could be a three-month slowdown in major procurement programs due to COVID-19. “Of 10,509 major prime contractors, 106 are currently closed and 68 have closed and already reopened. On the vendor side, out of 11,413 companies, 427 are closed, with another 147 having closed and reopened,” Ellen Lord, the Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment, said. Lord said that shutting down assembly lines to allow for social distancing, coping with a s...
  • Turkey Postpones Operation of S-400s
    Turkey Postpones Operation of S-400s 21 April 2020
    It is curious when the S-400 air defence system, which Turkey has obtained from Russia and the first part of it, reached Ankara in July 2019, will be operational. "We plan to put Russian systems into service in April 2020," Head of Presidency of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, said in November 2019. Speaking to the Reuters news agency, the senior Turkish official said, "The S-400s will be delayed due to the COVID-19 launch in April." The offi...
  • Additional IFV to the Army
    Additional IFV to the Army 11 April 2020
    The arms procurement process continues throughout the world despite the virus disease. Ukraine recently announced that it has received additional infantry fighting vehicles from the Czech Republic. Within the scope of the process carried out under the responsibility of UkrSpetsExport, a subsidiary of the state-owned company UkrOboronProm, the acceptance of the first batch of 37 BVP-1s was completed by the Ukrainian Ground Forces on April 2. It was stated that the said...
  • Coronavirus Spreads Rapidly in the U.S. Navy
    Coronavirus Spreads Rapidly in the U.S. Navy 1 April 2020
    More than 70 crews of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt were detected to have coronavirus. A week ago the Pentagon confirmed three sailors on the Roosevelt had tested positive and that number had risen to 25 two days later. While the rapidly spreading virus is known to affect more than 70 personnel, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet refused to announce the full number. "We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to ...
  • Airbus Stopped Production in Spain
    Airbus Stopped Production in Spain 30 March 2020
    After the coronavirus, which influenced the world, Airbus started implementing new measures in Spain as of today. Spain has been particularly hard-hit among European countries. Airbus says it is to suspend the “majority of production” until 9 April, in the aftermath of new measures imposed by the Spanish government from 30 March. The measures restrict all non-essential activity across the country. Airbus says it will maintain some “essential” activities within its comm...
  • NATO Council Meet Today Upon Turkey's Request for Article 4
    NATO Council Meet Today Upon Turkey's Request for Article 4 28 February 2020
    The North Atlantic Council, which includes the ambassadors of all 29 NATO Allies, will meet on Friday 28 February, following a request by Turkey to hold consultations under Article 4 of NATO’s founding Washington Treaty on the situation in Syria. Under article 4 of the Treaty, any Ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened. All NATO decisions are made by consensus, a...
  • US Air Force hopes major KC-46 fix by March
    US Air Force hopes major KC-46 fix by March 21 February 2020
    The U.S. Air Force is hoping to get KC-46 tanker’s most critical technical problem to be fixed by the end of March. The Air Force and Boeing are going to sign off next month on a finalized design for the KC-46’s Remote Vision System(RVS) to steer the aircraft’s boom into a plane for aerial refuelling. RSV is composed of a series of cameras and sensors to detach boom from recipient aircraft. RVS is manufactured by Rockwell Collins. Under certain ...
  • Iran Unveiled New Ballistic Missile
    Iran Unveiled New Ballistic Missile 13 February 2020
    Iran, which has frequently come to the fore with its nuclear studies and ballistic missile programs, unveiled a new ballistic missile. At the ceremony organized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Raad-500 surface-to-surface ballistic missile and new generation rocket engines were introduced. It was stated at the ceremony, which was also broadcasted on Iran State Television, that the new rocket engines were suitable for use with ballistic missile and satellite carrier rocket sys...
  • Upgrading of F-16 Begins
    Upgrading of F-16 Begins 28 December 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 ...
  • German Court Overturns Export Ban on Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia
    German Court Overturns Export Ban on Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia 9 December 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...
  • Iranian Defence Industry: Self Sufficient?
    Iranian Defence Industry: Self Sufficient? 6 December 2019
    Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said the Islamic Republic had gained full self-sufficiency in the field of defence. Speaking at the exhibition of military products, Bageri stated that Iran achieved self-sufficiency in defence of the country. Bageri said, “Today, we can declare that we have achieved full self-sufficiency in defending the country, and these achievements have given the great Iranian nation effective might and deterrence, sec...
  • Unannounced Military Drill Near Turkey Border
    Unannounced Military Drill Near Turkey Border 10 October 2019
    Turkey, began operations against terrorist organizations in the north of Syria. At the same time with this operation, Iran, allied with Syria, started an unannounced military exercise near Turkey's northwest border. According to the news in the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA, the exercise carried out with the participation of Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi. The military drill held with the theme “One Target, One Shot”. The exercise is aimed at evaluating th...
  • Land Based Neptune OK
    Land Based Neptune OK 9 October 2019
    The test and development process for the Neptune Navy missile system, which was the first test launch in the last period, is ongoing. Deaigned as a land-based naval anti-ship missile system, Neptune's development process is progressing rapidly towards the second trial launch. A new trial was planned towards the end of 2019 and the test and evaluation phase will be completed. Next up is the test launch from the ship. The missile, which has a warhead of 145 kilograms, we...
  • “Reactionary Diplomacy” Is Not Sustainable… 4 October 2019
    We owe to (R.) Major General İlhan Atabaş for the extraordinary memory, Whose name appears is in the centre of that secret Turkish history, and for the memory that shows us what kind of place is Turkey seated in NATO. The real owner of the extraordinary moment is (R) Lieutenant General Atıf Erçıkan. Firstly, it is best to learn who is Atıf Erçıkan: 10 years of the Cold War years, a civic forced to spend the emergence of a shock and a blow to the junta in Turkey while a...
  • TAFF Celebrates Its 32nd Anniversary
    TAFF Celebrates Its 32nd Anniversary 26 September 2019
    It has been 32 years since the establishment of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TAFF) on September 26 1987. Speaking at the press briefing, TAFF Deputy General Director Retired Major General Sadık Piyade stated that the foundation is based on "trust and sincerity". Piyade, thanked the members of the press, adding that the news in the media helped make the foundation better known. TAFF, which has a total of 83,550 donors, has active promotional activities. The foundation has a t...
  • Saab Support for Pohjanmaa 20 September 2019
    In accordance with Finland’s Ministry of Defence’s proposition, the Government of Finland has selected Saab as the combat system provider and integrator for the Finnish Navy’s four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes. The Pohjanmaa-class corvette is a class of general-purpose surface combatants currently under development for the Finnish Navy as part of the Squadron 2020 (Laivue 2020) project.  Finland’s Ministry of Defence has stated that the contract is sche...
  • Russia Re-offers S-400 to Saudi Arabia 19 September 2019
    Russian President Vlademir Putin who offered S-400 Air Defence Systems to Saudi Arabia. President Putin met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara to discuss Syria’s future. President Putin spoke at a joint news conference and he said, "In order to protect Saudi Arabia, we are ready to provide the corresponding aid to the country. Riyadh just needs to make a wise decision; like Iran’s S-300 buy & Turkey’s purch...
  • Modernization from India and Russia
    Modernization from India and Russia 13 September 2019
      Delhi-class destroyers getting new radar and missile systems. India is to upgrade the radar and missile systems of its Delhi-class destroyers with help from Russia. Under the agreement, the MR-755 Fregat-MAE E-band air and surface search radar will be modernized.  An Air Defence Complex Kashmir will be installed as well. The modernisation of Radar and Missile systems would substantially enhance the Air Defence capability of the P-15 Ships. As part of the scope ...
  • First Brazilian Gripen E Completes its First Flight
    First Brazilian Gripen E Completes its First Flight 28 August 2019
    Saab completed a successful first flight with the first Brazilian Gripen E fighter aircraft, 39-6001. At 2.41 pm CET on August 26, the Gripen E aircraft took off on its maiden flight flown by Saab test pilot Richard Ljungberg. The aircraft operated from Saab´s airfield in Linköping, Sweden.  The duration of the flight was 65 minutes and included test points to verify basic handling and flying qualities at different altitudes and speeds. The main purpose was to verify...
  • NATO Movement Against to Russia
    NATO Movement Against to Russia 11 August 2019
    NATO has completed a scheduled upgrade of a land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system in Romania. The update is part of the United States European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defence, which was announced on September 2009. The Aegis Ashore station will detect and track potential threats outside of the bloc. A US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system was deployed to the Deveselu base for the time of the upgrade.   In response to th...
  • F-35 Lowers Readiness Rates 11 August 2019
    US Air Force suffers from low readiness rates; the newer aircraft is, the lower readiness is. The US renews its fleets to sustain high readiness rate but on the contrary, it decreases the Air Force Times report indicates. Lockheed Martin is waiting for the green light to start at serial production but it needs first Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) approval. Under federal law, a major defence acquisition program cannot legally proceed to full-rate production unt...
  • Problems for F-35 in Turkey
    Problems for F-35 in Turkey 17 July 2019
      S-400 air defence systems that Turkey had purchased from Russia, arrived in Turkey. Missiles, which form the strike force of the system, are expected to arrive by navy soon. With these developments, Turkey, is progressing step by step in the supply route maps previously announced. In other side, the US, that openly opposed to Turkey to acquire these systems, and announced the roadmap as precaution. In the US’ roadmap, priority is given to F-35 aircraft. At pre...
  • First Patriot Received
    First Patriot Received 17 July 2019
    The Royal Netherlands Army received the first of four upgraded Patriot air defence systems. In 2018, the Netherlands requested the US to upgrade the Patriot air defence system and Netherlands had signed approximately $ 105 million in contracts covering four systems. All four Dutch Patriot systems are to be upgraded by 2022. The system has received a major overhaul and modifications and its lifetime has been extended to 2040. The first upgraded Patriot system will undergo integration...
  • Leakage Occurred on HMS Queen Elizabeth
    Leakage Occurred on HMS Queen Elizabeth 12 July 2019
      The HMS Queen Elizabeth, the biggest and most powerful warship in the United Kingdom, has suffered a major leak. HMS Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth Naval Base last month to embark on five weeks of sea trials. Warship has returned to Portsmouth early after a major leak on board.  A source has told Forces News that a high-pressure salt water pipe burst, letting more than 200 tonnes of water into the ship. That caused flooding on several decks, which our source says put th...
  • Confusion on F-35
    Confusion on F-35 26 June 2019
    The US has released the F-35 roadmap, which is planned to be implemented as of July 31st. Turkey is a Level 3 Partner of F-35 Lightning II Program and Turkey's unwinding is confusing in both industry and operational areas. The United States, the main contractor of the program according to the roadmap, will follow these steps. Pilot and Maintainer Training There are currently 42 students attending F-35 training in the U.S. at Luke Air For...
  • Raytheon and UTC Merge
    Raytheon and UTC Merge 10 June 2019
    Raytheon and United Technologies Cooperation (UTC) will officially merge into a new entity called Raytheon Technologies Corporation, with the deal taking place in first half of 2020. While being billed as a “merger of equals,” UTC shareowners will own approximately 57 percent and Raytheon shareowners will own approximately 43 percent of the combined company. Per a news release, the new company will have approximately $74 billion in pro forma 2019 sales. The rel...
  • IDEF’19: Pursuing the Future 3 June 2019
    The International Defence Industry Fair IDEF’19, the 14th of which was organised this year, marks an important change for Turkey. At the first ever IDEF’19 organised approximately 28 years ago, the majority consisted of foreign defence companies while local defence companies were mostly at a representation level. Those who visited the fair were the officers and non-commissioned officers working in the logistics of the Turkish Armed Forces.  Turkey was the representa...
  • Boeing: the Chinook looks at the future 3 June 2019
    The recent investment of 133 million on the H-47 Chinook assembly line, followed some major investments early in the decade. It transformed the work in Building 3-61.1 in the Philadelphia facility, where the twin rotor helicopter is produced, the lean manufacturing process having been now fully implemented. Depending on the version, three different lines are available: the main line is, for the time being, dedicated to US Army CH-47F assembly as well as to those FMS clients which re...
  • Logistics Need More Finance
    Logistics Need More Finance 18 May 2019
    The Centre for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment (CSBA) conducted a study on the current and planned logistical power of the US Navy’s naval platforms. The study noted that the Navy’s current and planned maritime logistical force “is inadequate” to support the new National Defence Strategy and major military operations against China or Russia, and failure to correct that deficiency “could cause the United States to lose a war.” The 120-page CSBA ...
  • Vard Signs MOU with ASFAT
    Vard Signs MOU with ASFAT 7 May 2019
    Vard Marine Inc. announced that an MoU has been signed with Military Factory and Shipyard Management Inc. (Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme A.Ş. /ASFAT) in Turkey to promote a strategic partnership where Vard Marine provides the design of a wide range of paramilitary vessels and ASFAT coordinates construction of select projects at their approved naval shipyards in Turkey. The MoU provides an opportunity for Vard Marine to expand operations in the region and to collaborate with othe...
  • IDEF’19 Runs to Record 26 April 2019
    Organised by the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TSKGV), IDEF’19 has set eyes on a hard-to-break record this year. Incorporating most of the major defence companies, the Foundation also follows closely the latest developments in this sector. We asked Deputy General Manager Sadık Piyade to share details about the Foundation’s activities and evolution as well as his opinions on the sector’s growth and development of the fair. C4Defence: Can you briefly descr...
  • F-35 to Be Costlier according to Pentagon
    F-35 to Be Costlier according to Pentagon 24 April 2019
    The estimated total price for research and procurement has increased by $22 billion in current dollars adjusted for inflation, according to the Pentagon’s latest annual cost assessment of major projects. Defence Department’s latest Selected Acquisition Report sent to Congress last week underlines an increase to $428.4 billion from $406.2 billion in acquisition costs, about a 5.5 percent increase. The Report states that the increase isn’t due to poor perfo...