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  • All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions
    All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions 2 July 2020
    Tensions increasing between France and Turkey. The Paris Ambassador of Turkey Ismail Hakki Musa's statement about the incident that TCG Oruçreis (F 245) and French frigate FS Courbet (F 712) involved with the images with C4Defence difference. A few days ago France presented a letter to NATO claiming that Turkish frigate threatened French frigate by tracking with radar. Turkey, however, stated that French frigate, FS Courbet (F 712), approached to TCG Gö...
  • Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble?
    Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble? 27 June 2020
    British independent public spending watchdog, “The National Audit Office”, has published a report into the ability of the MOD to successfully deliver Carrier Strike capability successfully. The report, published today examines how the Department has managed the programme since 2017 and how it is addressing the risks towards achieving the full capabilities of a carrier strike group. In other words, the report states concern about transforming process from a &lsq...
  • F-35 Can't Fly with Lightning
    F-35 Can't Fly with Lightning 25 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II, can not get rid of problems although equipped with the state-of-the-art components, can't fly with lightning. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) detected damage on lightning protection system in one of the platform's most common models, the F-35A Lightning II. The problem was detected during routine Depot Leve Maintenance performed at the Hill Air Force Base Ogden Logistics Complex. It was announced that the problem was damage in one of the gas cylin...
  • TCG İstanbul Waits for Preveza
    TCG İstanbul Waits for Preveza 21 June 2020
    The first dates of the Istanbul-class frigates are determined. Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) is the main contractor for the warship. According to the information shared from Turkey's Shipbuilding industrialists - (GİSBİR) milestone dates for TCG Istanbul are as follows: The launch date of TCG Istanbul is January 2021. Completion of port acceptance tests: May 2022. Completion of the cruise acceptance tests: January 2023. Admis...
  • State Trials of Hydrographic Vessel Completed
    State Trials of Hydrographic Vessel Completed 18 June 2020
    Hydrographic survey vessels are important for scanning the sea/ocean floor, seawater temperature, current measurement, bottom mapping and detecting the actual locations of the wrecks. According to the statement made by Russia, the state trials of RFNS Nikolai Skosyrev, built in Vympel Shipyard in Rybinsk, have been completed. The activities carried out under the responsibility of the Northern Fleet were carried out in the Kola Bay and the Barents Sea. In the trials th...
  • First Guided Missile Frigate Completed Delivery Voyage
    First Guided Missile Frigate Completed Delivery Voyage 18 June 2020
    The Philippines, which carries out activities for the establishment of the army again with a stronger infrastructure, is experiencing delivery exictement. BRP Joze Rizal (FF 150), the first guided-missile frigate ordered by the Philippines to the Republic of Korea, arrived in the country. Reaching the country in the last week of May, the platform was quarantined for two weeks due to the COVID-19 process. The Frigate was officially put into service with a ceremony attended by Ph...
  • Increase on Anti-Aircraft Carrier Capabilities
    Increase on Anti-Aircraft Carrier Capabilities 14 June 2020
    Aircraft carriers are one of the most strategic platforms in the navy for countries, thanks to the ability to operate a large aviation force in a possible war that will take place in the open seas and the large area control/denial capability. China, which has been studying to increase its effectiveness in the seas and launching a ship almost every month, continues its steps in the naval missile area. Crowning the sea power with aircraft carriers, Beijing is ...
  • TUBITAK SAGE Develops Attitude Control Thruster
    TUBITAK SAGE Develops Attitude Control Thruster 12 June 2020
    Missile Attitude Control Thruster is critical for missiles and rockets to perform sharp manoeuvres, especially at very high speeds. The equipment, which should provide instant thrust with high precision and seen as an important milestone in the missile manoeuvre control technologies field, is also used for directing missiles launched from vertical launchers towards the target direction. TÜBİTAK SAGE (Defence Industry Research and Development Institute) has added ...
  • Last ASW Frigate in Active Service
    Last ASW Frigate in Active Service 11 June 2020
    The frigates, which are far away from their definition in the Second World War in terms of equipment, size and displacement, constitute an important striking force thanks to their technological equipment. France continues its efforts to renew the navy and increase its capabilities. In this context, the French Navy announced that it was actively commissioning the FS Normandie (D 651) platform, the last anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigate built under the FREMM Program. The friga...
  • Russia to Procure New Su-34
    Russia to Procure New Su-34 3 June 2020
    The Russian air force is buying new Su-34 bombers. The Kremlin in late May cut a contract with United Aircraft Corporation’s (UAC) Sukhoi division to build 76 new Su-34. The two-seater, twin-engine warplanes which are expected to replace the Su-24 bombers, can carry 12 tons of ammunition, including air-to-air missiles, and hit targets 600 miles away.  The Su-34s are scheduled to replace Su-24 bombers. UAC General Manager Yuri Slyusar said the air force's combat capacity will do...
  • New Frigate Set Sail for Delivery
    New Frigate Set Sail for Delivery 21 May 2020
    Philippines, which has prepared a stronger naval infrastructure within the scope of the restructuring of the armed forces, is close to receiving its first guided missile frigate. BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), the first platform of the Jose Rizal class frigates ordered by the Philippines to the Republic of Korea, set sail from the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard following the completion of its construction and testing activities. The ship, which sails to the Philippines for the commissi...
  • Third Submarine Arrived
    Third Submarine Arrived 12 May 2020
    Egypt, which strengthened its navy significantly with the platforms it procured from Europe, took delivery of the third submarine from Germany. Egypt continues its investments that will change the balances in the Mediterranean. In this context, Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of the third of the four Type 209/1400 submarines ordered from Germany. Departing from Germany, ENS S43 (867) completed its maiden voyage by reaching Ras el-Tin Base on May 5. The 1400-ton model...
  • Frigate Selection Announced
    Frigate Selection Announced 1 May 2020
    After the retirement of Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates, which are also using in the Turkish Navy inventory, the US was looking for a new platform. In the process named FFG(X) Frigate Program, Fincantieri joined with FREMM, Austal shown its Independence LCS as candidate, Navantia partnered Bath Iron Works joined with Spanish F100 design and Bath Iron Works joined with unknown design. The program, which started with the Request for Proposals File on June 20, 2019, w...
  • GlobalEye Delivery
    GlobalEye Delivery 30 April 2020
    Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft stand out as platforms that strategically contribute to the capabilities of the air force. The United Arab Emirates signed an agreement with Saab in 2015 for the acquisition of GlobalEye. Announcing the procurement of two additional platforms in addition to the previous contract in November 2019, Abu Dhabi received its first platform yesterday. With the delivery in question, which constitutes an important milestone for the progra...
  • Future Ship Delivered
    Future Ship Delivered 28 April 2020
    Launched as the ship of the future, the Zumwalt class destroyers left an important milestone behind. A team of engineers commissioned by Raytheon, ship crew and naval staff, took part in the platform's testing and combat system activation activities. USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the first of the Zumwalt class platforms with advanced sensors, weapon systems and two 155 mm main guns with a structure that reduces the radar cross-sectional area, was delivered to the US Navy. The Navy, wh...
  • 500th Apache Guardian Delivery
    500th Apache Guardian Delivery 24 April 2020
    The AH-64 Apache helicopter, which has been on the battlefield since 1975 when it made its first flight under the name YAH-64, left an important milestone behind. Boeing, one of the leading aviation companies of the USA, announced that the 500th AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopter was delivered to the US Army. Platforms that offer important features such as joint digital interoperability, advanced situational awareness, digital avionics as well as lower maintenance costs compared...
  • A Robotic Spacecraft Caught an Old Satellite And Extended Its Life
    A Robotic Spacecraft Caught an Old Satellite And Extended Its Life 18 April 2020
    Northrop Grumman Corporation and the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics LLC, have completed the first docking of the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) to the Intelsat 901 (IS-901) spacecraft to provide life-extension services. This historic accomplishment marks the first time two commercial satellites have docked in orbit and the first time that mission extension services will be offered to a satellite in geosynchronous orbit. Intelsat’s IS-901 satellite...
  • Climate Tests Succesful
    Climate Tests Succesful 16 April 2020
    An important milestone has been left behind in the new combat search and rescue helicopter program. Test activities continue in the HH-60W Jolly Green II program, which was launched within the scope of the new search and rescue helicopter requirement of the the US Air Force (USAF). The platform completed the extreme weather tests on April 2. Jolly Green II has passed tests at the McKinley Climate Laboratory the in the Eglin Air Force Base, located in Florida. In the l...
  • Special Ops Boat to Hellenic Navy
    Special Ops Boat to Hellenic Navy 9 April 2020
    Neither the economic crisis it is in nor the disease can stop the arms imports of Greece. Greece continues to be armed with imported systems. Struggling with the economic crisis on the one hand, and COVID-19 on the other, Athens received a special operations boat from the USA. Four Mark V boats acquired for the Hellenic Navy arrived in the country recently. Negotiations between the two countries began two years ago for the platforms used by the SEAL (SEa, Air, Land) u...
  • Domestic Battery for ASELSAN Products
    Domestic Battery for ASELSAN Products 26 March 2020
    The studies carried out for the transition to domestic sub-components from the foreign one, which used in domestic products continues. ASELSAN recently made an important announcement from its official social media account. "Our activities for the production of materials used in ASELSAN products domestically are continues. Finally, Li-Ion battery blocks acquired from foreign suppliers were localized through TSKGV affiliate ASPİLSAN." announcement made. Thus, elect...
  • Ares to Build 122 Patrol Boats for Turkish Coast Guard
    Ares to Build 122 Patrol Boats for Turkish Coast Guard 21 March 2020
    Ares Shipyard is providing 122 fast patrol boats (FPB) to the Turkish Coast Guard as part of a programme according to shepherd media. The program is nearing the end of design validation, with planned production expected in second quarter of 2020. The Ares 35 FPB is a new design with a maximum speed of 35kt and a range of 160 nautical miles. It will be manufactured using carbon-reinforced advanced composites with two inboard diesel engines and water jets. Utku Alanc, CEO of...
  • Final Tejas, First Flight
    Final Tejas, First Flight 18 March 2020
    Having an adventure full of problems and failures within the scope of the domestic aircraft production program, Tejas is on its way to be operational. LCA Tejas (Light Combat Aircraft), developed by indigenously, has left an important milestone behind. According to Indian officials, the platform is the SP-21 model, which is the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard. There are some improvements in this model compared to the predecessor LCA prototypes. These improvements include ...
  • Sea Venom at First Qualification Trial
    Sea Venom at First Qualification Trial 8 March 2020
      The Sea Venom missile has successfully completed its first qualification firing trial. The missile is jointly developed by France and the United Kingdom under the 2010 Lancaster House treaties The trial took place at the French DGA procurement agency's test site at Ile du Levant on Feb. 20, but was only announced Friday. The missile, measuring 240 pounds and 8.2 feet long, carries a 66-pound warhead, which it can deliver at high subsonic speed to an es...
  • Navy Tests Inert Trident II Missile
    Navy Tests Inert Trident II Missile 19 February 2020
    The U.S. Navy on Sunday tested an unarmed Trident II missile from the USS Maine for the second time in a week. The tests was carried out from an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine that carries nuclear warheads. The US Navy conducted its tests on the Western Test Range off the coast of San Diego. Sunday’s launch marked 178 successful missile launches of the Trident II strategic weapon system, the Navy said. The 45-foot-long missiles have a range of 4,000...
  • Iran Space Program Fails to Launch Satellite into Orbit
    Iran Space Program Fails to Launch Satellite into Orbit 10 February 2020
    Iran failed to launch the Zafar remote sensing satellite into orbit with the Simorgh on Sunday. The launch happened at 7:15 p.m. local time at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan province, some 230 kilometres (145 miles) southeast of Iran’s capital, Tehran. “Stage-1 and stage-2 motors of the carrier functioned properly, and the satellite was successfully detached from its carrier, but at the end of its path, it did not reach the required speed for being put in...
  • Last Frigate Launched
    Last Frigate Launched 30 January 2020
    Fincantieri Shipyard came to an end during the construction phase of the FREMM (Fregata Europea Multi-Missione) Program. ITS Emilio Bianchi (F 589), the last FREMM built for the Italian Navy (Marina Militare), was launched at Fincantieri's Riva Trigoso Shipyard. The ship, which is the 10th and last platform ordered by Italy, will arrive at Muggiano Shipyard located in La Spezia for refit process. Following the fitting and testing phase, which will be completed under the coo...
  • The Last Tiger of the Spanish Army
    The Last Tiger of the Spanish Army 29 January 2020
    Airbus Helicopters has announced that an important milestone has been left behind for Tiger attack helicopters. The delivery phase of Spain's Tiger attack helicopter story, which started in 2003, was completed. The Spanish Army (Ejército de Tierra) received the 18th and last Tiger HAD helicopter after a long delivery phase. Last platform is announced as Tiger HAD (Helicoptero de Apoyo y Destrucción / Support and Destruction Helicopter) H2 varian...
  • New Machine Gun is "Safe"
    New Machine Gun is "Safe" 27 January 2020
    Sig Sauer left behind an important step in their work to fill the gap between machine guns using 7.62x51mm NATO and 12.7x99mm BMG ammunition. The new system, called the MG 338, completed safety certification tests and entered the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) inventory. "This safety certification was achieved after the extraordinary performance of the entire MG 338 system with the challenges of the comprehensive functionality, durability and safety tests laid out...
  • First USMC F-35C is Operational
    First USMC F-35C is Operational 24 January 2020
    The USA left another important milestone behind the F-35C Lightning II aircraft. Five years after the delivery of first F-35C Lightning II (serial number 114), the first US Marine Corps operational unit received the F-35C Lightning II. The platform, which will be used for pilot training missions first, was assigned to VMFA 314 "Black Nights" (Marine Fighter Attack Squadron). The unit, which stopped flights with F/A-18 Hornet aircraft in June of last year, en...
  • Newest V-22 in Skies
    Newest V-22 in Skies 24 January 2020
    The newest variant of the V-22 Osprey, which will replace the C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft in the past years, made maiden flight. The new model, developed in partnership with Boeing and Bell Textron, was named as CMV-22B Osprey. With the activity at Bell's Amarillo Assembly Center, an important milestone has been left behind in the C-2 Greyhound replacement program. CMV-22, which will replace C-2 Greyhound aircraft will serve for transporti...
  • 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...
  • ACRB Flied First Time
    ACRB Flied First Time 20 January 2020
    Boeing passed an important milestone in the ACRB (Advanced Chinook Rotor Blade) Program, which was launched to increase the carrying capabilities of CH-47 Chinook helicopters, which have become the legend of battlefield. In the statement made by the company, it was announced that the first flight of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter equipped with ACRB was carried out on January 16. The new rotor blades provided 771 kilograms of additional lifting force to the platform. Flight was perform...
  • Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight
    Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight 10 January 2020
    Kuwait's Eurofighter Typhoon adventure, which started in April 2016, lef behind an important milestone. Leonardo announced that the first platform that came out of the production line for Kuwait met with the sky. The first flight of the platform, which was named ISPA (Instrumented Series Production Aircraft) 6 configuration, made its maiden flight on 23 December 2019. In the experience of Leonardo's Flight Test Centre in Turin-Caselle, all components of the ISPA 6 ...
  • Modernised M80AB1 Unveiled
    Modernised M80AB1 Unveiled 9 January 2020
    Important milestone passed for modernisation project of BVP M80 platforms, whixh are developed during the Cold War and active since the late 1970s. Serbia introduced the first modernised prototype. The firepower of the platform, which renamed as M80AB1 after modernisation studies, was increased by a one-man turret. System is equipped with a 30 mm main weapon. It was seen that the platforms which increased the situational awareness with the new generation electro-optics were equ...
  • Philippines Receives Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA
    Philippines Receives Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA 29 December 2019
    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) received on 18 December 2019, an offshore patrol vessel BRP Gabriela Silang (OPV-8301) from French shipbuilder OCEA. The ship will arrive in the Philippines by February 2020. The ship is based from OCEA's OPV-270 design and with a length of almost 84 meters, the largest monohull patrol boat in the world made of aluminium, and is expected to be the PCG's newest flagship and largest patrol vessel. The ship will host 40 offic...
  • First Delivery for STA Project
    First Delivery for STA Project 25 December 2019
    The Weapon Carrier Project (Silah Taşıyıcı Araçlar / STA), which started in 2014, has reached an important milestone. The first two vehicles delivered to Turkish Army today. Delivery ceremony of the STAs developed within the scope of the Turkish Armed Forces' requirements for an anti-tank platform was held at FNSS Gölbaşı Facilities today. Four systems; such as Pars 4x4, Kaplan, Kornet and OMTAS turret were developed within the scope of the project. A total of 2...
  • US Space Fence Getting Closer
    US Space Fence Getting Closer 16 December 2019
    US Air Forces Space Fence Project is getting an important milestone. The Space Fence facility located on Kwajalein Atoll is getting prepared to function. The radar will provide advanced space situational awareness for the Air Force. The primary mission of ground-based radar is to detect and track tens of thousands of objects in space. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Centre announced Dec. 10 that the radar system had entered a trial period. The move puts the system one step ...
  • Russia Tests Hypersonic Missile In Arctic
    Russia Tests Hypersonic Missile In Arctic 1 December 2019
    The MiG-31K interceptor took off from the Olenegorsk airfield in the northern Murmansk region and fired the missile against a ground target at the Pemboi training ground in Russia’s Arctic Komi region, earlier this month TASS reported. It did not provide any further detail. Russia's MiG-31K interceptor jet carried out a test of the Kinjal (Dagger) hypersonic missile in Russia's part of Arctic earlier this month, TASS news agency reported on Saturday, citing two militar...
  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes 11 November 2019
    Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has initiated works on building at least four corvettes for the country’s navy, the ministry’s official news agency ArmyInform reported on Sept. 18. The process will start with resuming the construction of the Volodymyr the Great corvette as the lead vessel of Project 58250 class of perspective warships. Navy initiated building back in 2011, but there is almost no progress since then. Turkey and the United States are ready to su...
  • Saab Flies new EAJP Pod on Gripen for First Time
    Saab Flies new EAJP Pod on Gripen for First Time 7 November 2019
      Saab flew its Electronic Attack Jammer Pod (EAJP) on the Gripen combat aircraft for the first time on 4 November, the company announced. The purpose of Saab's new EAJP pod is to protect aircraft against radars by sophisticated jamming functions, thereby blocking the opponent's ability to attack them. The EAJP is part of Saab's Arexis family of electronic warfare (EW) systems, and the test marked the latest milestone since the system was first b...