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  • End of an Era
    End of an Era November 4 2019
    The MiG-27 bomber and ground attack aircraft, a variant of the MiG-23 (NATO code: Flogger) with variable arrow angled wings, has been modified for airborne missions, filling nearly 30 years of history in the Indian Air Force (IAF). Nicknamed Bahadur in India, the Soviet origin MiG-27 was inducted into the IAF in 1984. The airplanes will be out of service at the end of this year after making their last flight from Rajasthan to Jodhpur Air Base. This year, two crashes near Pokhran in February a...
  • F-35 is Visible on Radar
    F-35 is Visible on Radar October 1 2019
    German radar-maker Hensoldt claims to have tracked two F-35s for 150 kilometres following the 2018 Berlin Air Show in Germany in late April of that year. The company claims its passive radar system, named TwInvis, to track the aircraft. Passive radar equipment computes an aerial picture by reading how civilian communications signals bounce off airborne objects.  Because there are no emitters, passive radar is covert, meaning pilots entering a monitored area are unaware they are...
  • Passion of Making Your Own Aircraft September 10 2019
    Now that people think with TV series, let's be up to date and think about a movie scene. A large meeting room, screens, projectors, uniformed, heated presentations by many respected elderly, young, men and women, and a clearly evident smell of depression in the air. After the presentations, the person sitting at the desk looks in the eyes of everyone, gently pushes his chair back and looks at his notes, after a silent exchange of ideas with his advisers: Gentleman, as I understa...
  • J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’
    J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’ August 29 2019
    J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’ According to South China Morning Post, China’s military is likely to pick the country’s first active stealth fighter, the J-20, for its next-generation aircraft carriers, according to military sources and a recent report on state media. A military insider told the South China Morning Post that the Central Military Commission, the People’s Liberation Army’s top decision-making body, now f...
  • Joint Military Exercise from Three Countries
    Joint Military Exercise from Three Countries August 27 2019
    Egypt, Russia, Belarus start joint military exercise in Moscow. With the participation of military forces from Egypt, Russia and Belarus, the exercise was called “Protectors of Friendship 4”. The exercise is expected to continue until 29 August. “Egypt hopes the training will help to enhance the skills of its forces, unify combat concepts and teamwork” Egypt’s army spokesperson Tamer El Refa’ai said. Since the arrival of President Abdel Fattah Al-...
  • US, Upgrades Little Bird
    US, Upgrades Little Bird August 22 2019
    Boeing is upgrading the fleet of helicopters that used for special operations in the United States Army under the Mission Enhanced Little Bird (MELB) program. The 47 machines currently in staffing must indeed remain operational until at least 2035.   The MELB program covers the upgrade of the main components of the A/MH-6 Little Bird helicopter to improve the safety margin, flight controls, and update cockpit. The improved helicopter received new rotor blades, longer ...
  • US Air Force Prepares Kit for Unmanned Air Platform
    US Air Force Prepares Kit for Unmanned Air Platform August 20 2019
      The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies on 9 August performed a two-hour initial flight of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program (ROBOpilot), according to a 15 August AFRL statement. The ROBOpilot programme aimed the ability to rapidly and affordably convert a general aviation aircraft into an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), fly a mission autonomously and then return back to its piloted configuration. This conversion took place...
  • Camouflage to Satellite
    Camouflage to Satellite August 18 2019
    Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos claims that it has invented a unique air-bubble wrap that can reduce the visibility of any satellite that uses it while in space. This will make it difficult for telescopes on earth to observe them. Roscosmos plans to equip its satellites with stealth features, effectively making them hard to spot from Earth. A special air-bubble wrap may be the solution, they say. The method is said to reduce the satellite’s visibility by 10 times or mor...
  • Raiders About to Fly July 27 2019
    The new B-21 Raider stealth bomber is making good progress, USAF Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said. Speaking on deterrence and the need to modernize the nuclear command, control, and communications network, Wilson said he was at Northrop Grumman’s facilities in the last few weeks, “looking at the B-21,” and said the company is “moving out on that pretty fast’’. US Air Force is analysing the long-range strike capability of the platform, but they s...
  • New Procurement Agreement for F-35
    New Procurement Agreement for F-35 June 23 2019
    A new step has come from the US for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft, which has making agenda very busy recently and which procurement process is complicated. The Pentagon announced a new procurement agreement for aircraft.   The procurement process will continue for the F-35 Lightning II, where the United States has begun deploying to Europe and attracting foreign interest from the Paris Air Show 2019. In this context, the US signed a Lot 12 mass production agreement w...
  • DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons
    DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons May 7 2019
    Two hypersonic vehicle prototypes developed by US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Air Force are due to fly by the end of 2019, the agency’s director said May 1. DARPA Director Dr. Steven Walker met with press on 1 May Defence Writers' Group breakfast and answered questions about ongoing projects inside the Pentagon's research arm. "[They are] two very different concepts but when you're talking hypersonic [weapons], it is good to have what I ...
  • China’s Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ Debuts in Celebrations
    China’s Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ Debuts in Celebrations April 25 2019
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy celebrated its 70th anniversary Tuesday afternoon in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province by holding a grand maritime parade, which featured China's latest and most powerful destroyer, the Type 055, for the first time. Making its first public appearance at the PLA Navy’s 70th anniversary parade, the Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ displaces over 10,000 tonnes and carries 112 vertical launch cells for anti...
  • China Develops Anti-Stealth Radars
    China Develops Anti-Stealth Radars March 19 2019
    Chinese Global Times Daily claims that Chinese arms companies work on multiple terahertz radiation radar systems to notice stealth aircraft. China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) team has developed successfully a prototype terahertz radiation radar and a second-generation prototype is already in development, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Sunday, citing a statement released by CETC. The development of terahertz radiation radar is a global chall...
  • XQ-58A to Make Maiden Flight Next Week
    XQ-58A to Make Maiden Flight Next Week March 1 2019
    The XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned “loyal wingman” by Kratos Defence and Security Solutions Inc will be making its first flight, an executive from the company said in Australia. Rival Boeing Co on Wednesday unveiled a model of a larger drone developed in Australia that is designed for the same mission: flying alongside crewed aircraft in combat. Jeff Herro, Kratos’s senior vice president for business development, says his company’s solution is different f...
  • China and Russia Develop Space Weapons According To IDA
    China and Russia Develop Space Weapons According To IDA February 15 2019
    According to a report by the US Defence Intelligence Agency (IDA), both China and Russia would very actively develop weapon systems aimed at temporarily or permanently neutralizing enemy satellites. Chinese and Russian military doctrines indicate that they view space as important to modern warfare and view counter space capabilities as a means to reduce U.S. and allied military effectiveness. Both reorganized their militaries in 2015, emphasizing the importance of space operations.<...
  • 3D Printed Rocket Engine from Orbex
    3D Printed Rocket Engine from Orbex February 15 2019
    Orbex has publicly unveiled its “Prime” rocket at the opening of its new headquarters and rocket design facility in Forres in the Scottish Highlands. UK-based spaceflight company, Orbex, with subsidiaries and production facilities in Denmark and Germany, has received funding from the UK Space Agency (UKSA), two of Europe's largest venture capital funds, Sunstone Technology Ventures and the High-Tech Gründerfonds, as well as strategic investor Elecnor Deimos Spac...
  • Anti-satellite Missile Systems February 7 2019
    During the Cold War years, both superpowers developed their space-based capabilities or, in other words, enhanced their ability of making the most of space, which culminated in a new kind of challenge. Soon after the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) placed into orbit the Sputnik 1 satellite, both the USSR and the United States (USA) went to great lengths to develop satellites particularly for military purposes. Various satellites were built and put into orbit for military ...
  • Northrop Grumman Showcases APS for The US Army
    Northrop Grumman Showcases APS for The US Army January 30 2019
      Northrop Grumman Corporation demonstrated advanced Vehicle Active Protection System (APS) technologies against Anti-Tank Guided Munitions during the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Centre (TARDEC) sponsored Soft-kill Rodeo in Huntsville on Oct. 5-31 Using its Passive Infrared Cueing Sensors system, Northrop Grumman say the system successfully generated threat warning of inbound ATGMs and provided a cue for the soft kill countermeasure syst...
  • US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise
    US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise January 18 2019
    US Military Intelligence Organisation “Defence Intelligence Agency” (DIA) released “China Military Power, report. A product that examines the core capabilities of China’s military. The work provides details on China’s defence and military goals, strategy, plans, and intentions. US is expecting to face new Chinese another stealth fighter within next years. US intelligence is trying to solve Chinese official announcements and the unofficial revelatio...
  • Ukrainian Air Force Renewing
    Ukrainian Air Force Renewing January 8 2019
    During high military tension in 2018, Ukraine has continued to renew its army. Ukroboronprom announced the country's activities in 2018. Within the scope of the modernization works carried out in 2018, 50 aircraft were renewed and delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force. In addition to the Su-27, MiG-29, Su-25, Su-25 combat jets, the An-26 and Il-76 transport aircraft, L-39 jet trainer, Mi-24, Mi-14 and Mi-8 helicopters were modernized. Ukroboronprom is not only modernize...
  • SERHAT II in Inventory
    SERHAT II in Inventory January 2 2019
    ASELSAN's SERHAT II mortar detection radars produced within the framework of Mobile Mortar Detection Radar System have entered TSK inventory. According to the news published in ASELSAN's monthly A Bulletin, acceptance tests of the first delivery party SERHAT radars were successfully completed under the contract signed between the Ministry of National Defense and ASELSAN on June 28, 2018. The radar was delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces. The current SERHAT Radars, which ASELSAN...
  • US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey
    US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey December 19 2018
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of 80 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles, 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. Turkey has requested the possible sale of 4 AN/MPQ-65 Radar Sets, 4 Engagement Control Stations, 10 Antenna Mast G...
  • Australia Selected General Atomics’ Reaper
    Australia Selected General Atomics’ Reaper November 18 2018
    Australia’s Minister for Defence Hon Christopher Pyne, announced the selection of the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper variant as Australia’s first armed remotely piloted aircraft system. Minister Pyne said the medium altitude long endurance aircraft can be integrated within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and would be fully interoperable with allies. The Government will now request pricing and availability data from the United States on Reaper variants to suppor...
  • One Third Of German Vehicles Ready For Combat
    One Third Of German Vehicles Ready For Combat November 1 2018
    Just over a third of the new military equipment delivered to the Bundeswehr by manufacturers in 2017 is fit for service according to a report revealed for the German defence ministry According to the report, of the 71 Puma infantry fighting vehicles delivered, 27 are combat ready. Of the eight new Airbus A400M Atlas military transports, half are fully operational. Just two of the seven Eurocopter Tiger combat helicopters and four of seven NH Industries' NH90 transport helicopter...
  • ROKETSAN: First TAF, then Export October 7 2018
    Established for the purpose of meeting the Turkish Armed Forces requirements, ROKETSAN keeps an eye on this vision while simultaneously making efforts to increase its export volume. Hüdai Özdamar, Market Development and PR Director at ROKETSAN shared with C4Defence the state of progress in these activities. Reminding that ROKETSAN delivered a variety of products to the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) in 2017, Özdamar underlined that “2017 has been a year, in which RO...
  • Hard Times for Istanbul Airshow October 7 2018
    Taking place in the last four days of September, Istanbul Airshow or former Airex, was perhaps the only exhibition to close the year without any enthusiasm. Organised for the 12th time in 22 years particularly in the area of commercial aviation, the event received an initial blow with Eurasia Airshow organised in May. The event was doomed to lose much of its lustre from the start as Boeing, which has recently realised one of the largest commercial sales to Turkey, had preferred Eura...
  • Making Ammunition Lighter for Small Arms September 15 2018
    Studies on reducing the weight of all equipment and systems, as well as increasing their portability and ergonomics, have been initiated within the scope of modern infantry/military projects. The ammunition for light weapons were also included in this scope. The rapid advancement of technology has brought about an increase in the number and variety of devices and systems used by security forces to improve conflict efficiency. Considering that a soldier can only carry a limited numbe...
  • Paris To Cut US Parts in Its Weapons To Boost Sales
    Paris To Cut US Parts in Its Weapons To Boost Sales September 7 2018
    France decided to cut its dependence on US components in its weapons systems to minimise Washington's ability to block its arms exports. French Defence Minister Florence Parly said reducing dependence on US-made components was necessary so as not to hinder the export of French military products. Without giving specific examples, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said France needed to "gradually wean ourselves off our reliance on a certain number of American parts.”<...
  • Rostec Unveils Chameleon Camouflage
    Rostec Unveils Chameleon Camouflage August 25 2018
    Russian state corporation Rostec unveiled its chameleon camouflage innovation to be applied to combat vehicles and uniforms. Camouflage was originally developed for combat vehicles with intention of changing colour depending on the environment. It can be now used in the textile industry, too, making field uniforms adaptive to environment according to the state corporation’s press release. Electrically controlled material covering a soldier’s helmet is capable of changing...
  • Hyundai Starts Building New Zealand’s Naval Fleet Tanker
    Hyundai Starts Building New Zealand’s Naval Fleet Tanker August 16 2018
    Korean Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has laid down a 173 m the fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) on 13 August at HHI’s facilities in Ulsan. New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) announced the ceremony from official social publishing platform. The tanker was acquired under a USD323 million contract announced in 2016. Aotearoa will displace 24,000 tonnes with an overall length of 166 m, an overall beam of 24.5 m, and a design draught of 8.5 m &n...
  • Defence and Security Industry Met at SEDEC August 16 2018
    The event, composed of an exhibition, conference and B2B organisation, took place for the first time in July 3-5, 2018 in Ankara, where issues like homeland and border security, domestic security and defence systems were debated. Organised under the auspices of the then Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) (now, Presidency of Defence Industries/ SSB) with the support of Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (Savunma Sanayii İhracatçı Birliği/ SS...
  • China Claims Success in Test of Its First Hypersonic Glider
    China Claims Success in Test of Its First Hypersonic Glider August 6 2018
    China has reportedly conducted the maiden flight of a new hypersonic test vehicle, achieving speeds of Mach 5.5 for over six minutes, and reaching Mach 6, the newspaper Global Times reported, citing a statement released by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics. The Xingkong-2, 2, waverider flies in the atmosphere and uses shockwaves generated after it breaks the sound barrier to glide at hypersonic speeds. Launched in a rocket at a target range in north western China...
  • DARPA to Automate Battle Modelling
    DARPA to Automate Battle Modelling July 10 2018
    Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) develops new algorithms for advanced battle modelings. At this point, the operation area will be modeled in more detail and the decision-making process of the military planners will be accelerated in the light of the information about the field and the battle. Even though the problems encountered in the field of combat and battle in a systematic way with the automation support of the battlefield developments have been resolved in rec...
  • Russia Sets Up Radar Network to counter UAVs
    Russia Sets Up Radar Network to counter UAVs June 25 2018
    Russia is setting up radar shields to counter the threats flying at low altitudes such as drones to the big cities. Russian General told that in the statement made the radar infrastructure to be installed, air and air defense units were equipped with advanced control equipment and the main objective is making air control autonomous. As this goal was reached in the Moscow region, the Russian general said that the radar control network was also a priority for the establishment of the Russian Ar...
  • TEI’s Surprises at Full Throttle
    TEI’s Surprises at Full Throttle June 11 2018
    A common theme for each platform in the development of defence industry is the engine. Turkey adopted this issue as priority item on the agenda. We discussed with Faruk Mahmut Akşit, General Director of TUSAŞ Engine Industries, Inc. (TEI) based in Eskişehir, about their activities on the subject and the Company’s vision. Akşit summarised their efforts, heralding that they had other surprises besides the proposal for the National Fighter. C4Defence: TEI surpris...
  • India goes for Local Infrared Tracking System for Su-30MKI
    India goes for Local Infrared Tracking System for Su-30MKI May 29 2018
    India has decided to design and develop a long-range dual-band infrared imaging search and track system (IRST) for Su-30MKIs. IRST will strengthen the capabilities of the aircraft in detecting ultra-stealthy aircraft like the F-22 and Chengdu J-20. The system will be able to operate in day and night conditions and will substantially enhance the capabilities of the aircraft. The Indian defence ministry wants at least 40% domestically-produced content in the system which will be manuf...
  • Commando Merlin Mk4 In Service
    Commando Merlin Mk4 In Service May 27 2018
    The Royal Navy put into service the first Commando Merlin Mk4 helicopter. With the statement made by United Kingdom Defense Minister Guto Bebb, the entry of the helicopter into the Royal Navy service has become official. The Commando Merlin Mk4 has been specially developed for Royal Marine's airborne operations of Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers. The helicopter called Commando Merlin Mk4 is faster than its predecessor. Platform has foldable rotor and ...
  • Articles of the North Atlantic Treaty (1)
    Articles of the North Atlantic Treaty (1) May 11 2018
    At a time when Russia, thanks to its Cold War behaviour, drives the rest of the world towards anxiety and new strategies, NATO once again assumes importance as an old and friendly assembly. Born as a counterforce to the rising Soviet threat in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, what were the dynamics upon which NATO was built? Was this a timeless collective defence attempt without a shelf life; or was it programmed to last so long as the threat endured? NATO is based o...
  • HII Boosts 3-D Printing
    HII Boosts 3-D Printing May 11 2018
    Huntington Ingalls Industries announced on 10 May that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has partnered with 3D Systems to develop additive manufacturing technologies expected to accelerate the adoption of metal 3-D printing in the naval shipbuilding industry. The joint effort, which is also part of a technological transformation underway at Newport News called integrated Digital Shipbuilding (iDS), is expected to support future qualification and certification programs nece...
  • Senator APC In Serial Production
    Senator APC In Serial Production April 20 2018
    Canada’s Roshel Defence Solutions has started serial production of its recently developed and tested multi-purpose Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), Senator. According to the company, Roshel Senator features a high level of maneuverability as well as advanced off-road capabilities, making it efficient in accomplishing its missions in urban and cross-country terrain. The vehicle can be reconfigured depending on necessity to conduct Medical Evacuation, Anti-riot, Command & Control Cen...