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  • Tail Rotor Problems at NH-90
    Tail Rotor Problems at NH-90 October 18 2019
    The industry recently pointed out that tail rotor problems can be encountered in the multi-purpose helicopter NH-90. The Bundeswehr and industry are working together to find a solution. The tail rotor blades on all NH-90 delivered before 2018 are being inspected. All affected helicopters will be checked. The material incident will limit the operational readiness of the NH-90 over the next few weeks. The NH-90 helicopters delivered after 2018 do not require inspec...
  • Hyundai to Design Next-Generation Large Transport Ship
    Hyundai to Design Next-Generation Large Transport Ship October 18 2019
      The Korean Navy awarded Hyundai Heavy Industries a contract for the conceptual design of a large ship, dubbed LPH II, capable of operating short take-off and landing fighters.  Hyundai Heavy Industries will work on the concept design of the next-generation large transport ship. Landing Platform Helicopter-II is intended to be able to perform multi-purpose missions, so some parts like the deck, which is a unique material for vertical take-off and landi...
  • Additive Manufacturing Technology and Safety Risk October 4 2019
    Additive Manufacturing Technology has radically changed the way of production that has existed since the Industrial Revolution, creating space for security risks that did not exist before. This technology-enabled uncontrolled production of defence products. In 2013, US President Barack Obama said ”it has the potential to revolutionize the way we produce almost everything” about the Additive Manufacturing method, which is regarded as one of the most remarkable development...
  • Kinetic Bombardment October 4 2019
    A kinetic bombardment is essentially a form of ground attack, firing off a solid, monolithic mass from orbit to the earth, the destructive effect of the kinetic energy it will access due to its speed and mass complete the mission. In almost all of the projects thought for this purpose, it is envisaged that a core produced from heavy metals, which is high in weight in comparison to its size, is thrown from an orbital launcher. In other words, kinetic bombardment can also be described...
  • Batch Production will Start
    Batch Production will Start September 9 2019
    Russian Helicopters and VEB.RF signed a 10-year cooperation agreement at the Eastern Economic Forum to support the production and promote Ka-62 helicopters. Russian Helicopters Holding plans to obtain the basic certificate for Ka-62 helicopter in 2020, but the batch production of the craft is scheduled to begin in 2019, the holding said. "The agreement brings us one step closer to the entry of Ka-62 to the market. The latest helicopter is in demand in many regions of our country and abro...
  • Bolt Problem on Tiger
    Bolt Problem on Tiger August 9 2019
    The Bundeswehr has grounded its fleet of Tiger attack helicopters following a safety warning issued by Airbus Helicopters. The manufacturer, Airbus Helicopters, warned that a titanium bolt of the Main Rotor Control may show unusual weakness and break during flights. Such failure could potentially lead to a crash. Thus, the Bundeswehr has decided to ground the fleet and inspect each aircraft.   The same problem was also identified on the German NH90 and EC135 helicopte...
  • New Termal Eyes for Turkish Submarines
    New Termal Eyes for Turkish Submarines August 8 2019
    Turkey has signed an agreement, which is worth 45 million US Dollar, with Hensoldt. Under the agreement, the Turkish Navy will supply eight SERO 400 periscopes with thermal imaging capabilities. Periscopes will be integrated into Preveze Class (Type 209/1400) submarines. Preveze Class (Type 209/1400) submarines are named after the Type 209 steel, which is the construction material of the submarine, and weight of the submarine, which is 1400 tons. The platform, which has a displ...
  • Autonomous Flight from Russia
    Autonomous Flight from Russia August 6 2019
    Russia’s Sukhoi Okhotnik (Hunter) autonomous heavy unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) has made the first flight, the Russian Defence Ministry told reporters. According to the ministry, the first flight lasted for over 20 minutes and the aerial vehicle has flown by the operator made several circles around the airfield at an altitude of 600 meters. UCAV has a low signature, a flying wing aerodynamic scheme, and a take-off weight of 20 tons. It is made of composite materials and a radar...
  • Aircraft Carrier’s Life Will Prolong
    Aircraft Carrier’s Life Will Prolong August 3 2019
    Huntington Ingalls Industries,  the U.S. Navy’s largest shipbuilder, has announced that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has received a $290 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue planning for the Refuelling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The initial year of planning was funded at a base value of $187.5 million. The contract, from U.S. Navy, funds the second and third years of planning, long-lead-ti...
  • Demir: Journey of the Engine Started July 30 2019
    TUSAŞ Motor Industry based in Eskişehir Inc. (TEI) opened  Materials Testing and the Research Laboratory with a ceremony where President of Defence Industry Prof. İsmail Demir attended. Demir said, "Turkey has begun the motor trip. We will be able successfully reach our destiny in this journey.”   The Laboratory  is NADCAP accredited. Speaking at the opening ceremony Demir said Turkey started working on the engine 20 years ago, but he said that th...
  • Problems for F-35 in Turkey
    Problems for F-35 in Turkey July 17 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...
  • Serbia Prefers French Missiles
    Serbia Prefers French Missiles July 17 2019
    Serbia signs for the acquisition of Mistral 3 short-range air defence systems with MBDA. During  French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Serbia, MBDA announces the signing of a contract for Mistral 3 short-range air defence systems . Serbia becomes the 32nd customer country for the Mistral missile. This will allow Serbia to benefit from the shared user experiences from the many forces operating and to contribute to the definition of the future developments of the weapon systems...
  • Confusion on F-35
    Confusion on F-35 June 26 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...
  • TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy
    TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy May 31 2019
    TAIS, founded by the owners of the five shipyards of Turkey to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding, has received a $2.3-billion tender to build five ships for the Indian Navy. According to information released to the press, TAIS has won a cooperation tender that involves the production of five fleet support tankers of 45,000 tons. As part of its tasks in the project, TAIS will be responsible for the modernization of the shipyard, the design of the s...
  • Norway Gives up From Sunken Frigate
    Norway Gives up From Sunken Frigate May 17 2019
    Repairing the frigate “KNM Helge Ingstad“, built by the Navantia shipyards would be more expensive than ordering a new one, concludes a report presented on Wednesday by the Agencia de Material de Norwegian defence. The study estimates that the cost of repairs will be between 12,000 and 14,000 million Norwegian crowns (1,223 and 1,427 million euros), while that of acquiring a new one would be 11,000 to 13,000 million (from 1,121 to 1,325 million euros).  Th...
  • 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 ...
  • Saudi Arabia’s Trial with Palestine April 26 2019
    The rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia on the basis of the common threat of Iran, is not a new phenomenon. However, the current state of affairs should be examined closely, as it brings into question the future of the Palestinian issue. For Saudi Arabia and Israel, hostility towards Iran is not the only common denominator. In both countries, religion enjoys a predominance in state mechanisms. Pragmatism in foreign relations is another structural similarity.
  • F-35 to Be Costlier according to Pentagon
    F-35 to Be Costlier according to Pentagon April 24 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...
  • Japan Chose Norwegian JSM for F-35A
    Japan Chose Norwegian JSM for F-35A March 12 2019
    Norwegian Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) was selected by Japan to equip F-35 fighter jets with Joint Strike Missile JSM. The JSM development started in 2008 and was completed in mid-2018 after successful certification trials. The JSM missile is one of the two anti-ship missiles to be equipped with the US F-35 fighter, the other being the SOM-J Turkish rocket. The JSM missile is made of composite materials that reduce its electromagnetic trace, its design incorporat...
  • Carrier Capable Unmanned Wingman
    Carrier Capable Unmanned Wingman February 18 2019
    The United Kingdom has announced that a new study has been launched under the Tempest project. In this direction, an unmanned wingman will be developed for Tempest. The new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is expected to be the loyal supporter of the platform, is planned to be the aircraft carrier capable.   The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence said the Tempest was developed to be compatible with the Queen Elizabeth class of the United Kingdom. Although the airc...
  • Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar
    Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar February 15 2019
    Thales has developed, in collaboration with the Dutch Army, a multi-mission radar system to enhance air defence capabilities. Thales announced on February 12 that it has developed a radar system in collaboration with the land forces of the Netherlands. This multi-mission MMR radar helps strengthen air defence by monitoring airspace and detecting and tracking aircraft, missiles and other air targets that may be present. "The MMR radar is able to track and record in real time any type of t...
  • Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia
    Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia February 7 2019
        The German government has blocked the sale of Meteor air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia. The Meteor, developed and produced by Paris-based MBDA but with German components, is not the target of a specific German veto, but rather its export to Saudi Arabia is being blocked by the German government’s embargo on all arms sales to the Saudi kingdom, decided in late November. In particular, Germany once again decided to apply an embargo o...
  • Russia receives Uran-6 UGVs
    Russia receives Uran-6 UGVs February 6 2019
    Russia is set to receive 12 Uran-6 demining unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) this year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced. The updated Uran-6 - which is developed by the 766th UPTK subsidiary of Rostec's Kalashnikov Group - maintains the physical dimension of the original model at 4,565 mm long, 2,015 mm wide, and 1,470 mm tall. The vehicle weighs 6 tonnes without its mine clearance subsystems. The updated vehicle can clear mines or explosive objects with a charge...
  • Chinese Z-8L on Air
    Chinese Z-8L on Air January 16 2019
    Photo of China's new Z-8L transport helicopter Chang-Aircraft Industries Corporation (CAIC) was recently published in Scramble magazine. The photo leaked into a Chinese military forum and, according to military analysts, it is a large- helicopter based on the Z-8 helicopter and encoded as Z-8L. The new helicopter seems to share several similarities to the American S-92 including two additional internal tanks mounted on both sides of the shaft. In addition, the int...
  • Atmaca goes into Serial Production November 2 2018
    The Atmaca missile, which was developed to increase the deterrence of the Turkish Navy, goes into mass production. Presidency of Defence Industries and Roketsan signed a serial production agreement for the Atmaca cruise missile, which was developed indigeniously.   The Atmaca missile, developed under the Surface-to-Surface Missile Procurement (ATMACA) Project, has 350 mm diameter. The system has a wingspan of 1.4 meters and weighs approximately 800 kilograms and has 2...
  • US Navy Approves Testing 3D Printed Metal Part At Sea
    US Navy Approves Testing 3D Printed Metal Part At Sea October 12 2018
    US Navy stated that a prototype drain strainer orifice assembly will be installed on USS Harry S. Truman for a one-year long test and evaluation trial. The test articles passed functional and environmental testing, which included material, welding, shock, vibration, hydrostatic and operational steam, and will continue to be evaluated while installed within a low temperature and low pressure saturated steam system. After the test and evaluation period, the prototype assembly will be ...
  • 3D Printers Print by Learning
    3D Printers Print by Learning October 4 2018
    The US Navy signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin for an R & D project. The project aims to take a new step in additive production technology for complex metals. The $ 5.8 million contract covers a two-year period. It is aimed to gain learning ability to the printers used in layered product technology that provides significant material savings and more sensitive products than current methods. With the sensors to be added to the printers and the laser measuring devices, the ro...
  • US Sells $330 Million Worth Spare Aviation Parts to Taiwan
    US Sells $330 Million Worth Spare Aviation Parts to Taiwan September 25 2018
    US Government, threatening China with sanctions, has decided to sell $330 Million Worth Spare Aviation Parts to Taiwan. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the sale with Taiwan’s official name “Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States. All material will be transferred with Foreign Military Sales Order (FMSO) II Case. The State Department has decided approving a possible Foreign Military Sales Order (FM...
  • 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...
  • The Voice that Atatürk Awaited: Alemdar Gazi September 15 2018
    Although the War of Independence took place mainly in Anatolian territory, the Black Sea nevertheless played a great role in this struggle. When Mustafa Kemal set sail from Istanbul to the Black Sea in the hopes of rescuing the country from enemy, he arrived in Samsun. Hundreds of old and weak boats like the Bandırma bringing the great leader to Anatolia, later contributed logistic support. During the course of the War of Independence, there were only 28 vessels in the Black Sea fea...
  • 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...
  • Laser Studies Increasing
    Laser Studies Increasing August 14 2018
    USA, has signed an agreement with UES Inc. amount USD 49 million. Under the agreement, the company will continue to FLAPS (Flash and Laser Airborne Protection Systems) Program. The six-year contract covers development of new materials, production methods, R & D work on advanced materials and protective material technologies against photon energy. UES will also work against flash blindness with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). In this respect, it is aimed to pr...
  • Chinook is More Efficient
    Chinook is More Efficient July 26 2018
    Boeing has developed a new rotor blades for Chinook Block 2. With the help of advanced manufacturing technologies and material technology, new composite rotor blades of Chinook Block 2  to provide an additional lifting capacity of 680 kilograms. According to Chuck Dabundo's statement who is Boeing Cargo Helicopters and H-47 Program Manager, Block 2 blades consists of a combination of three separate airfoils, rather than a single airfoil, as opposed to Bl...
  • SNC Submits Final Bid To Replace USAF UH-1N Huey Fleet
    SNC Submits Final Bid To Replace USAF UH-1N Huey Fleet July 25 2018
    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has submitted its Sierra Force helicopter in its final bid and proposal to replace the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) UH-1N Huey fleet. SNC will purchase divested UH-60A helicopters from the US Army. Then, it will convert the aircraft’s exterior and interior, upgrade it to an UH-60L model. This allows for a modern, cost-effective helicopter, the company said in a statement Monday. The A model has a lower price-per-unit to purchase, but once the c...
  • Amphibious Power Increases in the Far East
    Amphibious Power Increases in the Far East June 27 2018
    Taiwan has signed an agreement with BAE Systems amount of US $ 83.6 million. Under the agreement announced by the US Department of Defense, 30 AAVP7A1 amphibious assault vehicles, four AAVC7A1 command control vehicles and two AAVR7A1 armored recovery vehicles will be supplied. Taiwan will also receive the necessary technical support, training, materials and engineering support from BAE as well as vehicles. All of the vehicles will be delivered in July 2020. These vehicles,...
  • FNSS Launches PARS 4x4 Anti-Tank Vehicle Eurosatory 2018
    FNSS Launches PARS 4x4 Anti-Tank Vehicle Eurosatory 2018 June 11 2018
    Developed by FNSS to meet the needs of Turkish Land Forces Command, the PARS 4x4 Anti-Tank Vehicle (ATV) makes its first world appearance at Eurosatory 2018, where one of the two prototypes of the vehicle produced for qualification tests is being displayed at the FNSS stand, giving visitors to the event the opportunity to inspect up close a fully mission-equipped vehicle. The two prototypes, produced as part of the ATV project, will spend the coming months undergoing qualification tests once ...
  • Chinese hackers steal 614 gigabytes of sensitive Navy program data
    Chinese hackers steal 614 gigabytes of sensitive Navy program data June 9 2018
    Chinese government hackers stole crucial data from an US contractor on a top submarine development program according to the Washington Post. Daily claims that cyberattacks sponsored by the Chinese government infiltrated U.S. Navy contractor’s computers, allowing digital thieves to access sensitive data related to secret Navy projects on a submarine anti-ship missile. The contractor whose systems were breached has yet to be disclosed, the Washington Post reports, thou...
  • New Kamikaze to Battlefield
    New Kamikaze to Battlefield May 27 2018
    Slovakian Incoff Aerospace and Compel Industries introduce their newly developed lightweight loitering munition. The ammunition, called the Predator AX-1, was developed upon the request of the Slovak Defense Ministry. The Predator AX-1, made from carbon fiber material. It's foldable mid-wings mechanically opens after launching. Two electric motor driven system can use RPG-7's PG-7VM high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) or TB-7V thermobaric warhead. The sy...
  • TAI Works On Indigenization
    TAI Works On Indigenization May 18 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), who conducts a series of indigenous projects in the defence and aerospace industry, carried out a comprehensive indigenization work to reduce Turkey's dependence on foreign products and components. In this context, the company prepared a report on which products should be prioritized in terms of indigenization, that are being used in the companies indigenous projects. TAI, which determined the priority products, systems, subsystems, compo...
  • Deal Inked for 7th Astute Class Sub
    Deal Inked for 7th Astute Class Sub May 16 2018
    The UK Ministry of Defence has signed a £1,5 billion contract with BAE Systems to build a seventh and final Astute Class submarine for the Royal Navy. The submarine will be called Agincourt and will become the sixth vessel in the Royal Navy to be named after the Battle of Agincourt of 1415.  The first three submarines in the Astute class, HMS Astute, HMS Ambush and HMS Artful, are already in service with the Royal Navy. The fourth, fifth and sixth submarine...