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  • Indigenous SATCOM for Anka MALE
    Indigenous SATCOM for Anka MALE 26 July 2020
    Satellite Communication (SATCOM) systems are one of the most important components for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to work at a distance beyond the horizon. Istanbul based CTech company, has developed portable satellite communication systems with domestic facilities. The system was first integrated into TUSAŞ (Turkish Aerospace) production Anka-S UAVs. Called CTech Mobil (DEV-Ku-18 Terminal), the air and ground terminals of the system, as well as ground stations and all other subc...
  • Joint UAV Development Programme
    Joint UAV Development Programme 24 July 2020
    Taking important steps to support the domestic defence industry with the Made in India Program, India will develop unmanned aerial vehicles. An Indian-based company and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories signed an agreement to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The U.S. Air Force, Indian Air Force, DRDO, and an Indian company are aimed at developing a platform for armed reconnaissance and surveillance. India requested MQ-9 Reaper but the USA did not ...
  • German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1
    German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1 20 July 2020
    Airbus Defence and Space and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed a renewed service contract agreement for Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation in Afghanistan and Mali. In Afghanistan, Heron 1 Services has been extended in March 2020, for the period June 2020 / May 2021. Comparably in Mali, Heron 1 services have also been extended for the period August 2020 /July 2021 (with an option f...
  • Procurement Agreement for "Protector"
    Procurement Agreement for "Protector" 19 July 2020
    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are important power factors for the armed forces, as they can operate in high enemy environments and attacking opportunity targets when necessary. The first acquisition agreement was signed for Protector RG1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed in line with the requirements and demands of the UK. The platforms that are specified to enter the Royal Air Force inventory are classified as MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance). London, s...
  • TUSAS's Şimşek UAV to Be Used in Azerbaijan
    TUSAS's Şimşek UAV to Be Used in Azerbaijan 13 July 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) tested the Şimşek High Speed Target Drone System in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani media reported. The report said Şimşek was selected for use in the shooting tests carried out by the Azerbaijan Air Force to test the effectiveness of air defence systems. A total of six flights have been completed in three days near Baku. It is stated that Şimşek is integrated into Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Anka UAV. It can be used in radar tracking...
  • Philippine Expects Delivery of Final Six Hermes 900 UAVs This Year
    Philippine Expects Delivery of Final Six Hermes 900 UAVs This Year 29 June 2020
      The Philippine Air Force (PAF) published its latest ‘Lead One Today’ quarterly e-newsletter. The Air Force is expecting delivery this year of the final six of nine Hermes 900 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it ordered from Israel’s Elbit Systems. The system will be used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR] purposes. The e-letter reads; “the PAF is expecting the final delivery of two u...
  • Presidency of Defence Industries: Turkish Aerospace Industry Elevates
    Presidency of Defence Industries: Turkish Aerospace Industry Elevates 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Turkish defence sector's post-COVID-19 period plans in addition to aviation programs. Professor Dr. Demir made importand announements about F-35. It was announced that every supply line will be shut down after the March 20...
  • Jet Engine UAV on the Table
    Jet Engine UAV on the Table 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the jet engine UAV studies. Stating that UAVs are an important requirement of the modern battlefield. Prof. Dr. Demir said that Turkey continues work with all his strength to lead this trend. While it has been announced that ...
  • FNSS Celebrates Women’s Day
    FNSS Celebrates Women’s Day 6 March 2020
    FNSS celebrated 8 March Women's Day with a video. The company shared a video from social media accounts; the idea of #defendequality was expressed to emphasize the equality of women and men. The expression “like a girl” was used in response to the “like a man” discourse. An armoured vehicle from the latest products of FNSS was used in the image. FNSS's 8X8 Pars armoured vehicle is driven by a woman and the car travelled mountain. Along with the images, male-dom...
  • Hisar-A to Become Operational
    Hisar-A to Become Operational 3 March 2020
    President of Defence Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir visited Adana Incirlik 10th Tanker Base Command, where the UAVs operating in the Operation Spring Shield deployed. Demir, examined the MALE class armed Anka-S UAVs  which are capable of operating at a distance beyond the horizon by their satellite communication system (SATCOM) and high resistance against electronic warfare and and Bayraktar TB2 platforms of the and Baykar company with his delegation. ...
  • Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed
    Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed 23 February 2020
    One of the works carried out for the safe communication development works, which is vital in combat conditions is close to succesful end.  Ground tests of the laser based communication system developed by General Atomics have been completed. The so-called Airborne Laser Communication System (ALCoS) has managed to establish a connection with a geosynchronous orbiting satellite for the first time within the scope of the tests. The hardware planned to be used in MALE / (Mediu...
  • NATO Celebration for Turkey
    NATO Celebration for Turkey 21 February 2020
    NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), has celebrated the 68th anniversary of joining of Turkey's to the alliance with a video published by the official social media accounts. Video includes some images from Turkey as well as Turkish Armed Forces elements. Colonel Leman Bozkurt Altınçekiç (Ret) who is the first female pilot of the Turkish Air Force and NATO also referred. Lieutenant Colonel Esra Özatay, who is jet pilot duty in Turk...
  • Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight
    Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight 20 January 2020
    Falco Xplorer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), unveiled by Leonardo at the Paris Air Show 2019, left behind an important milestone last week. In a statement made by Leonardo, it was announced that the UAV made its maiden flight on January 15. The test flight conducted at the Trapani Air Base stationed in Sicily, and lasted about 1 hour. Platfom returned to the same base and completed the flight without any problems. Falco Xplorer, is a MALE (Medium Altitude Long Enduran...
  • Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV
    Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV 2 January 2020
    Indonesia's National aviation company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) introduced the prototype of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle produced within domestic facilities. A roll-out ceremony was held at the PTDI facilities in Bandung for the combatant UAV called the Black Eagle (Elang Hitam). The prototype did not include a weapon station, but the promotional brochure showed two generic weapons. Speaking at the ceremony, BPPT General Manager Hammam Riza ...
  • ANKA's New Record
    ANKA's New Record 7 November 2019
    The ANKA platform developed by Turkish Aerospace within the scope of the Medium-Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV program flew more than a day. The company announced on its official twitter account” Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ANKA flew 26 hours and 30 minutes. ANKA has set a new record by flying more than a day. " ANKA, advanced MALE class Unmanned Aerial System, performs day and night, all-weather reconnaissance, target detection / identification and intelligence missions....
  • Delivery of Bayraktar UAVs Completed
    Delivery of Bayraktar UAVs Completed 22 October 2019
    Bayraktar TB2 UAVs were delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force. Between Ukraine and Turkey, have signed a contract covering the supply of Bayraktar TB2 six UAVs, three ground control station systems and equipment. After the completion of the second-party delivery, acceptance tests at Starokostiantyniv Airbase evaluated the performance of aircraft and components. Delivery vehicles carried out, to be used by military personnel have completed their training in Turkey. Bayraktar TB2, whic...
  • 5th Generation of Pakistan: Azm
    5th Generation of Pakistan: Azm 16 October 2019
    Project Azm, which includes the production of Pakistan's own fifth-generation aircraft, is accelerating. The first of the four conceptual design phases are completed. Pakistan Air Force formally initiated Project Azm in July 2017 with the objective of developing an FGFA (Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft), a medium-altitude and long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), new munitions, and other projects. The Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) outlines t...
  • SLN has Commissioned an Ex- PLAN Frigate
    SLN has Commissioned an Ex- PLAN Frigate 26 August 2019
    Sri Lanka commissions ex-Chinese navy frigate. In 2015, Jiangwei I Type 053 H2G class frigate Tongling (542), who served in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), was transferred to the Sri Lanka Navy in September 2018. The vessel, which has been renamed SLNS Parakramabahu (P625), was commissioned on 22 August in Colombo in the presence of the Sri Lankan and Chinese governments and military leaders. The ship will boost the country’s maritime security and conduct search an...
  • Taiwan Unveils New  UAV Development
    Taiwan Unveils New UAV Development 18 August 2019
    Taiwan’s National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST )is pursuing a new medium-altitude long-endurance UAV development. The agency has unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE).   Two Teng Yun prototypes - which have been marked MU-1611 and MU-1612 - possess an operating range in excess of 1,000 km, flight endu...
  • TUSAS Press Release
    TUSAS Press Release 25 March 2019
    Turkish Aerospace will participate in LIMA (Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition) 2019, which will be held in Langkawi, Malaysia from March 26 to 30, 2019. First time in its history, the combat proven ANKA MALE Class UAV System, which is used for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance missions will be in Langkawi on the static display (No: OD07) during the LIMA 2019.  
  • ANKA Pushes for Export 16 March 2019
    ANKA, produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ) as a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) class UAV, has entered the inventories of the Naval and Air Forces and the General Command of the Gendarmerie. ANKA, entering into service with the Naval Forces and the Gendarmerie Command operates on the 200+ km “Line of Sight” communication systems; while the ANKA-S of the Air Forces is free of range constraints thanks to SATCOM satellite control feature. We talked with TUSAŞ G...
  • An ELINT Payload Tested On Reaper
    An ELINT Payload Tested On Reaper 15 February 2019
      General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) and Raytheon Deutschland GmbH tested an electronic warfare payload on an MQ-9 Reaper. Integrated into a gondola that can be loaded under the MALE (Medium Altitude, Long Endurance) MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B) drone, the ARDS (Advanced Radar Detection System) payload can be used to detect and locate radar emissions. The ARDS is equipped with a totally digital radar emission tracking system. The system is already ope...
  • US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise
    US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise 18 January 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...
  • Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS
    Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS 8 December 2018
    Organised in Karachi, the capital of Pakistan’s Sindh state, IDEAS Defence Exhibition witnessed a veiled competition between Turkey featuring the largest participation in scope and China, which sought benefits from time-honoured relations based on infrastructure.   Suppliers from the two countries not only competed for exhibition area or number of visitors; they also made huge efforts to develop relations. While contracts signed between China Shipbuilding Indust...
  • OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project
    OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project 11 November 2018
    The European Agency for the procurement of arms, or OCCAR, officially invited the aircraft manufacturer Airbus to participate into tender as the prime contractor for the European MALE RPAS Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) The European MALE RPAS, is also known as the EuroMALE. The UAV will be operated worldwide to especially support ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) missions. The Agency announced on 8 November...
  • Tinder Spy After F-35 Secrets
    Tinder Spy After F-35 Secrets 6 August 2018
    An unknown person hacked a female RAF staffer's Tinder profile, using her online presence to sweet-talk a male Royal Air Force employee and stealing secret information about the US fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter just weeks after the first four jets entered service, according to a report by Mail Online. Information about espionage attempt appeared first at British tabloid and the UK military confirmed news. Someone hacked the Tinder profile of a female RAF s...
  • New COMINT System from the UK
    New COMINT System from the UK 21 July 2018
    Leonardo introduced its newly developed COMINT (Communications Intelligence) system. A new system called SPIDER was developed in the UK. The SPIDER, which can operate on the between 20 MHz and 6 GHz, can detect and identify the signals and then analyze and determine the position of the signal source. System is design to be suitable King Air 350, MALE UAVs. COMINT system  consists of an integrated antenna interface with a baseplate of ​​1.4 x 4 m. SPIDER can be in...
  • TAI PRESS RELEASE
    TAI PRESS RELEASE 14 July 2018
    Between July 16-22, 2018 Turkish Aerospace will participate at Farnborough International Air Show (FIA), one of the world’s most important air shows. The company’s new logo will be launched at the largest air show of the world. MALE Class Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ANKA will be exhibited at Turkish Aerospace’s static area. Besides, T-625 utility helicopter which is designed and developed at Turkish Aerospace’s facilities, and is scheduled to make its first flight in Septe...
  • Skyguardian is First Male to complete Transatlantic Flight
    Skyguardian is First Male to complete Transatlantic Flight 12 July 2018
    A Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) crossed Atlantic Ocean and landed at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford, U.K., July 11 . At the end of journey UAV became the first MALE RPA to successfully complete a transatlantic flight. The GA-ASI-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian took off from Grand Forks, North Dakota, July 10. The flight covered 3,760 nautical miles in 24 hours 2 minutes.
  • Yaoying-2 Completes Maiden Flight
    Yaoying-2 Completes Maiden Flight 9 July 2018
    Chinese state-owned aviation company Aviation Industry Corporation of China AVIC has developed and flight-tested the Yaoying-2, a medium-altitude, low-speed, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft. Yaoying-2, has successfully completed its maiden flight, according to AVIC. UAV is built for reconnaissance and strike missions. According to Xinhua news agency, the new drone can conduct photoelectric image reconnaissance and surveillance, radar image reconnaissance, and communication s...
  • MALE UAV to cross Atlantic Ocean
    MALE UAV to cross Atlantic Ocean 27 June 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. plans to make the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight of a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). GA-ASI’s company-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA is due to take off from its base in North Dakota and embark on nearly 6,500 km journey to RAF Fairford piloted by an operator located at the aerospace company's Flight Test and Training Centre in Grand Forks. It has a wingspan of 79ft and can fly non-stop for in excess o...
  • Airbus Signs Contract for HERON TP Drones with the German Armed Forces
    Airbus Signs Contract for HERON TP Drones with the German Armed Forces 14 June 2018
    Germany has signed a leasing agreement for the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that had been delayed by an industry protest. The contract includes both the provision of Heron TP UAS as well as all operational services required for the system. In accordance with German budget law, the contract will become effective upon publication of the federal budget. Heron 1 drones, which are currently deploy...
  • Germany may acquire Israel’s armed Heron TP
    Germany may acquire Israel’s armed Heron TP 4 June 2018
      German army (Bundeswehr) could acquire soon medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) armed  unmanned air vehicle (UAV) Heron TP (nicknamed Eitan MALE). Heron TP is able to carry air-to-surface missiles. This is the first time that Bundeswehr requests the use of drones that that can be weaponized. Bundeswehr has requested around €900 million to lease five Heron TP UAVs from Israel over the next nine years. Germany plans  to use that type of drones i...
  • European MALE RPAS On Display at ILA
    European MALE RPAS On Display at ILA 27 April 2018
    The first full-scale model of the European Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft (MALE RPAS) was unveiled on 26 April during a ceremony held at the 2018 ILA Berlin Air Show. The unveiling of the full-scale model comes after a nearly two-year definition study launched in September 2016 by the four participating nations Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The declaration of Intent to work together on a fully European MALE unmanned aerial system was signed by the ...
  • Eurasia Airshow, Opens its Doors
    Eurasia Airshow, Opens its Doors 7 April 2018
    Seeking to establish a bridge between Europe and Asia in the area of aviation, Eurasia Airshow will take place for the first time in April 25-29, 2018.  To be organised at Antalya International Airport, the Airshow has the objective to create a new market in the area of military and civilian aviation. The event also plans to make the most of the advantage provided by its geostrategic location, which requires only three hours&rs...
  • Belgium Selected MQ-9
    Belgium Selected MQ-9 3 April 2018
    General Atomics MQ-9 Predator B Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) has been selected for the Belgian Air Force's requirement for a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system. According to the Belgian Ministry of Defence's "Strategic Vision for 2030", two of four systems will be purchased between 2021-2025. Predator B's will replace the ageing B-Hunter UAVs. 
  • First Export Contract Signed for Bayraktar TB2
    First Export Contract Signed for Bayraktar TB2 14 March 2018
    Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) System, developed by Turkish Baykar Makina and in operational use with the Turkish Armed Forces especially in counterterrorism missions, received its first export success in Qatar. Within the scope of the contract signed between Baykar and Qatar Armed Forces at DIMDEX 2018, 6 armed Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Air Vehicles, 3 ground control station systems and equipment along with UAV training simulator will be delivered within a year.
  • Saudi Women Allowed To Join The Army
    Saudi Women Allowed To Join The Army 28 February 2018

    Saudi Arabia decided to recruit female soldiers into its military service.

    The Saudi Arabian Army has invited women to apply for soldiers' jobs listing without specifying whether the jobs would be in combat or non-combat positions. According to the announcement, The applicants must be of Saudi-origin and must be aged between 25 and 35, in addition to passing a mandatory medical check-up and go through personal interviews to ensure good conduct.
  • New Engine for Rustom 2 UAV
    New Engine for Rustom 2 UAV 28 February 2018
    India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully carried out a test flight of indigenous Rustom 2 UAV in user configuration equipped with a higher power engine. Indian Ministry of Defence announced that the test flight was conducted on 25 February and all parameters were normal.  Rustom 2's maiden flight was carried out in November 2016. Medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV has a range of 250 kilometres and an endurance of up ...
  • ANKA Received Indigenous Engine
    ANKA Received Indigenous Engine 20 February 2018
    Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ANKA, designed and produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), has now got an indigenous engine. Two PD-170 engines developed by TAI Motor Company (TEI) in Eskişehir were brought to TAI facilities to be tested on ANKA. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, ground tests are being conducted of ANKA, where a stronger indigenous engine is installed. Indigenous engine equipped ANKA's first flight is expected by the end of February. The platform wi...