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  • New Munitions Image from Turkey
    New Munitions Image from Turkey 24 September 2020
    Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar and Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank visited TÜBİTAK Defence Industries Research and Development Instute (Savunma Sanayii Araştırma ve Geliştirme Enstitüsü/ SAGE) today. The video, which was shared during the ministers' visit, also showed new images of Kuzgun ammunition. The Kuzgun Project, initiated by TUBITAK SAGE as an internal project at the initiative of the institution, was first introduced...
  • Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China
    Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China 23 September 2020
    Taiwan has launched an air-to-ground attack cruise missile developed by local sources. Munitions developed by the National Chungshan Institute were also on display during Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Magong air force base on Penghu island. The missile, which can only be used on Taiwan Air Force jets, has a range of about 200 km. GPS-guided missiles are capable of hitting Chinese air bases, barracks and fortifications in Fujian and Guangdong pro...
  • Commissioning in Spearfish Modernization Will Take Place Soon
    Commissioning in Spearfish Modernization Will Take Place Soon 16 September 2020
    The Spearfish torpedo, modernized by BAE Systems, is one last step away from the Royal Navy launch. Developed Spearfish will be launched in late 2020 following extensive trials in Scotland.The United Kingdom, which has been working on the modernisation of torpedoes for nearly six years, has invested £270m for ammunition. The Royal Navy's Spearfish modernization includes a new warhead, a safer fuel system, an advanced electronic command control centre and a fibre-optic rout...
  • Australia buying K9 Thunder
    Australia buying K9 Thunder 9 September 2020
    On 3 September the Australian Department of Defence announced that Hanwha Defence Australia (HDA) under its Protected Mobile Fires Project will provide 30 K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers and 15 K10 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles.   With this Government announcement, work will commence immediately to implement a plan for the building of facilities and skilling of the local Geelong based workforce. For the Land 8116 program, Hanwha has developed the...
  • Japan and Norway Reach Agreement on F-35 Munitions
    Japan and Norway Reach Agreement on F-35 Munitions 8 September 2020
    Tokyo will buy JSM missiles for F-35A Lightning II aircraft, according to Japanese Defence Ministry sources. It has been confirmed that a contract has been signed with Japan for JSM missiles produced by Norway-based KONGSBERG. The ammunition produced with composite materials that reduce its electromagnetic track, which is 4 meters long and weighs 400 kg, is scheduled to be delivered to the Japanese Self-Defence Forces by 2022. JSM, which began its development in 2008, can ...
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • A new Fragmenting Alternative to Cluster Bombs
    A new Fragmenting Alternative to Cluster Bombs 7 September 2020
    According to Business Insider, the U.S. Air Force recently conducted operational tests of the new BLU-136 Next-Generation Area Attack Weapon, a fragmenting bomb intended to leave behind less unexploded ordnance. The 2,000-pound bomb, part of a family of warheads that also includes the 500-pound BLU-134, releases deadly metal fragments instead of the "bomblets" released by the CBU-87 and CBU-103 cluster munitions. "The fragmentation of the BLU-136 is non-expl...
  • Ukraine Continues to Buy Weapons from Europe and United States
    Ukraine Continues to Buy Weapons from Europe and United States 29 August 2020
    Ukraine's Ambassador to the United Kingdom Vadym Prystaiko recently announced that an agreement will be signed between the two countries for the purchase of weapons. Prystaiko said that the contract will not only include the purchase, but also the production of such systems in Ukraine will be covered by the agreement. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the United States approved the sale of 16 Mark VI patrol boats and related equipment. The Ukrainian Navy is continuin...
  • Russia Goes for Armed UAV
    Russia Goes for Armed UAV 26 August 2020
    Russian Ministry of Defence and Kronshtadt have signed a deal to start delivery of Russia’s first armed medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) drone. The UAV will be an upgraded variant of “Orion”, capable of carrying air-to-ground munitions. The delivery of the first heavy “Orion” drone for the Air Force is scheduled before the end of 2020. According to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, the deal was announced by Kronshtadt chief engineer Nikolai Dolzhenkov. ...
  • China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets
    China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets 12 August 2020
    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China conducted air defence system tests in the Gobi Desert in north-western China. The PLA has chosen the week when Dassault Rafale hunting/bombers will reach India as a date for tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile firing tests.  Pla, which builds similar conditions on the Indian-Chinese border in the high-altitude Tibetan region, is conducting platform and equipment testing in Gobi. Capable of destroying multiple air targets at the same time...
  • Turkey Has New Orders in Thermal Battery Exports
    Turkey Has New Orders in Thermal Battery Exports 4 August 2020
    The export of electrochemical power source thermal batteries produced by TÜBİTAK SAGE to an unnamed EU country is on the agenda.  91 million dollars remained in Turkey thanks to the production of thermal batteries with national facilities Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank announced. "After Germany, we received another pre-order from an EU country. We are in the process of signing an important contract," he said. TÜBİTAK S...
  • U.S. To Send Ammunition to Kuwait
    U.S. To Send Ammunition to Kuwait 31 July 2020
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that it has approved the possible sale of various M1A2K training ammunition and related equipment delivery to Kuwait. "The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," the DSCA's announcement said. The Government of...
  • Singapore and Israel Work on New Missile
    Singapore and Israel Work on New Missile 29 July 2020
    Proteus Advanced Systems was established with a partnership of Singapore-based company ST Engineering and Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI). ST Engineering and IAI, which meet the growing demand for guided munitions, will conduct the marketing of naval munitions systems, including a next-generation anti-ship missile. According to ST Engineering's Defence News, the company has been working with IAI for several years for an anti-ship missile called Blue Spear.
  • Russia Improves Nuclear Submarine Power
    Russia Improves Nuclear Submarine Power 18 July 2020
    The first serial Project 955A (Borei-A) strategic nuclear-powered missile-carrying submarine Knyaz Oleg was floated out. The platform, which took its power from the nuclear reactor, was launched at a ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk. Knyaz Oleg, which will be equipped with strategic munitions such as the Bulava ballistic missile, will be deployed in the Pacific Fleet. The Borei-A Class Knyaz Vladimir submarine, developed as part of the project 955A moderniz...
  • Azerbaijan and Turkey Partnership in Defence Industry
    Azerbaijan and Turkey Partnership in Defence Industry 17 July 2020
    Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries, hosted Kerem Mustafayev, Army Commander of Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic, and Ramiz Tahirov, Deputy Minister of Defence and Commander of the Air Force of Azerbaijan. "Our defence industry is always at the disposal of Azerbaijan with all its experience, technology and capabilities, from our armed drones to our munitions and missiles, electronic warfare systems," Prof. Dr. Demir said of the meeting, in which cooperat...
  • Japan's Supersonic Missile Variant Viewed for The First Time
    Japan's Supersonic Missile Variant Viewed for The First Time 16 July 2020
    Developed variant of Japan's ASM-3 supersonic anti-ship missile produced by local sources was shared for the first time. The ammunition was captured during A Visit to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries by Japanese Deputy Defence Minister Tomohiro Yamamoto. Changes are thought to have been made to the body and size of the new variant, which has been subject to changes in accordance with the needs of the air force. The development of the supersonic missile designed fo...
  • Eco-Friendly Munitions from Turaç
    Eco-Friendly Munitions from Turaç 13 July 2020
    Turaç company, which produces light weapons ammunition in the field of hunting and shooting as well as the defence industry, started producing 9 mm Parabellum Total Full Metal Jacket (TFMJ) and non-environmentally damaging ammunition. The core of the ammunition, called "Green flares", is covered in copper and nickel. With this feature, the lead that falls into the soil in polygons or nature does not interfere with the soil thanks to the core, copper and nickel coati...
  • Domestic Concrete Piercing Ammunition
    Domestic Concrete Piercing Ammunition 24 June 2020
    The SARB-83 Consecutive Penetrating Aircraft Bomb, designed as concrete piercing ammunition for use against underground and above targets, has been tested. THE SARB-83 developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE (Defence Industry Research and Development Institute) was tested against reinforced concrete. "For the first time in Turkey, live munitions with successive penetrating technology have been tested," Republic of Turkey, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank announced...
  • ASELPOD Delivery Continues
    ASELPOD Delivery Continues 24 June 2020
    In accordance with the needs of the Turkish Air Force, the deliveries of the ASELPOD targeting pods developed by ASELSAN are continuing. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir announced that a new ASELPOD has been added to inventory. ASELPOD, which previously replaced systems purchased from abroad, is used for targeting, exploration and observation. The system, designed for fighter jets, allows the target to be identified at a distance. ASELPOD's export process, ...
  • US and Ukrainian Alliance Continues Despite COVID-19
    US and Ukrainian Alliance Continues Despite COVID-19 18 June 2020
    Military equipment worth approximately 60 million U.S. dollars reached Ukraine, according to the US Embassy in Ukraine. A large number of radios and munitions, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, have arrived in Ukraine. The embassy's official Twitter account emphasized that cooperation between the two countries continues despite the COVID-19 process. " The United States stands strongly with Ukraine in support of its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the ...
  • Baykar's Armed UAV TB2 Flew 200 thousand Hours
    Baykar's Armed UAV TB2 Flew 200 thousand Hours 10 June 2020
    Bayraktar Tactical Armed/ UAV System TB2 developed by Baykar Defence for use in the execution of reconnaissance and intelligence missions reached 200,000 flight hours. The system, armed for Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri/ TSK) provides reconnaissance, aerial observation, target detection and destruction. According to the company, the TB2 flew 200,000 hours, making it the first national aircraft to serve in the sky for the longest time. It can carry four MAM-L and...
  • Air-to-Ground Ammunition Selection of Fifth Generation
    Air-to-Ground Ammunition Selection of Fifth Generation 31 May 2020
    Today's technology has made it possible for fifth-generation aircraft that were almost impossible for the another country approximately 15-20 years ago in the US. The Republic of Korea, which acquired F-35 Lightning IIs from the USA in line with the country's modern battlefield requirements, launched the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) fifth-generation aircraft project in the same framework. In the process, which continued with the industrial partnership of Indo...
  • Cartridge to Increase Ammunition Capacity from Turaç
    Cartridge to Increase Ammunition Capacity from Turaç 23 May 2020
    Turaç, which produces light weapons ammunition, offers a new weight-oriented cartridge solution. The new 12-caliber 50 millimetre single-shot Mini Slug in the company's Tactical Series allows for the use of more ammunition.  “We produced a high cost but completely weight-oriented product in Mini Slug compared to the standard 12 millimetres.” Turaç Chairman Fatih Altunbaş said.  Weighing 28 grams, the munition has an effective range of 150 mete...
  • Russia Tests New Hypersonic Missile
    Russia Tests New Hypersonic Missile 11 May 2020
    Russia has tested a new hypersonic missile designed for the Tu-22M3M strategic bomber. In an interview with Russia-based news agency TASS, a source said the new missile was being developed for a modernized variant of the Russian Air Force's Tu-22M3M aircraft.  The source said the new missile operations began several years ago and the munitions developed did not belong to the X-32 missile line. There was no official statement from an official source about...
  • AKINCI UAV's Second Prototype Completed
    AKINCI UAV's Second Prototype Completed 8 May 2020
    Bayraktar AKINCI UAV, developed by Baykar Defence, completed the second prototype. Baykar Defence Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar announced the second prototype from his official Twitter account. The first prototype of the platform performed its first flight test in Çorlu Airfield Command in December 2019. The payload capacity of AKINCI, which can stay in the air for 24 hours, is 1,350 kilograms. The platform, which has a maximum takeoff of five and a half tons...
  • 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...
  • Low Cost Turbojet on Tests
    Low Cost Turbojet on Tests 25 March 2020
    The loitering munitions, systems that enter our literature as kamikaze ammunition, especially increase their effectiveness in high numbers. When the products in question are shown as the concept of the future, when used in high numbers, destruction becomes inevitable for hostile elements. This brings along the need for cost-effective components. The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) began testing the Gray Wolf missile and turbojet engine, developed as loitering munition. ...
  • Cost-Effective Solution for PLA: Suicide Drones
    Cost-Effective Solution for PLA: Suicide Drones 14 March 2020
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will add two different loitering munitions, also known as suicide drones, to its inventory, which will offer various capabilities to troops. No further details were given about the procurement, including the specifics on the weapons' performance or number to be purchased, as the procurement is listed as confidential. After taking off, suicide drones can remain in the air for an extended period of time for battlefield reconnaissance ...
  • Domestic Weapons of Turkey at Operation Spring Shield: Part-2 Unmanned Aerial Systems and Smart Munitions
    Domestic Weapons of Turkey at Operation Spring Shield: Part-2 Unmanned Aerial Systems and Smart Munitions 12 March 2020
    Operation Spring Shield was a theatre for domestic unmanned aerial vehicles. In the operation that will be written not only for the Turkish Armed Forces but also in the world conflict history, many break grounds took place. In the operation; Anka, Anka-S, Bayraktar TB2, as well as MAM-L and MAM-C; was in the leading role. The Turkish Army used unmanned aerial vehicles imported from the USA, the UK and Israel for many years. Platforms used in areas such as counter-terrorism, bor...
  • Russia Develops Small-Size Munitions for Drones
    Russia Develops Small-Size Munitions for Drones 15 February 2020
    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation develops small-size munitions for unmanned aerial vehicles with Kronshtadt hi-tech. " The items in the weight category of 50 kg to 100 kg will enjoy strong demand," the chief executive said at a news briefing on the results of the corporation’s performance in 2019“ corporation Chief Boris Obnosov said on Friday. The Tactical Missiles Corporation is one of Russia’s largest defence holding companies wit...
  • "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece
    "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece 23 January 2020
    A remarkable article was published in Ptisi & Diastima Magazine, which publicates in the defence sector in Greece. Greek-Turkish relations, which increasing tension due to oil and natural gas deposits in Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey-Libya mutual exclusive economic zone were discussed in the article. Outlines of the offensive plan that could be implemented in a possible conflict were examined in the text. Turkey's radar and electronic support capabilities, as well as Greece...
  • 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 ...
  • The AGM-86C is Bowing out of Service
    The AGM-86C is Bowing out of Service 27 November 2019
    The missile that started Operation Desert Storm is being retired. The AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM), the non-nuclear sibling of the AGB-86B that remains in service, is being put rest after decades of service. Pentagon’s Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) marked the birth of GPS-guided munitions. The technology that birthed the modern guided munition retired. The retirement marks end of an era as the munition is used at every...
  • Modernisation Period in UAE Fleet 22 November 2019
    Mirage 2000 aircraft developed by France-based Dassault Aviation will be modernised. The platforms, which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) first decided to include in its inventory in 1983, will go through a modernisation process worth the US $ 462 million at the request of the UAE. UAE has also awarded a $350 million contract to France’s MBDA for ammunitions maintenance of the Mirage 2000 fighter fleet. The Emirates has spent more than $4 billion on defence contracts in the fir...
  • 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...
  • Morocco to Acquire $985 Million Worth Weapon
    Morocco to Acquire $985 Million Worth Weapon 14 September 2019
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of various TOW-2A missiles and weapons for an estimated cost of $985 million. The proposed sale includes sale of 2,401 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF); and 28 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF). The estimated cost is $776 million. Morocco government has also requested the sale of 5,810 MK82-1 Bombs (Tritonal); 300 MK84-4 Bombs (Tritonal); 105 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM...
  • Iran, Strengthens Against US
    Iran, Strengthens Against US 4 September 2019
    The tension between Iran and the US has been increasing since last year when US President Donald Trump withdrew unilaterally from the nuclear agreement signed in 2015. Looking for new defence solutions in the light of this tension, Iran introduced its new UCAV.   Kian, new generation of homegrown jet-powered drone, was unveiled in a ceremony with Commander of Army Air Defense Force Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard in attendance. Kian, a new high-precision drone that can loc...
  • CBRN Drill in Russia 11 August 2019
    Russia's Eastern Military District (VVO) is participating in full-scale CBRN drills. About 2,000 experts and more than 500 units of military hardware have advanced to the concentration areas. The drills will take place at Tsugol range in the Trans-Baikal Territory; Turgenevskiy range in the Primorye Territory and Uspenskiy range in the Sakhalin region, VVO said.   During the drills, the servicemen will cover the troops from chemical and biological attacks of the c...
  • House Blocks Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE
    House Blocks Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE 20 July 2019
    The House of Representatives passed three resolutions Wednesday to block the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.   U.S. President Donald Trump had invoked an emergency provision to allow him to circumvent Congress to push the $8.1 billion arms sales through- including precision-guided munitions — to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Lawmakers expressed outrage over Trump’s tactics.   Trump...
  • UVision: The Israeli Loitering Munitions Specialist 11 July 2019
    Present at Le Bourget in 2015, UVision from Israel was back four years later to unveil a series of new systems. Probably the only company specialised in a single category of weapon systems, loitering munitions, UVision introduced a new version of its HERO-120 as well as a multiple launcher for its HERO-400RC. The HERO-120 is the second in size within UVision’s portfolio, the lighter system being the HERO-30 that is in service with various customers, mostly Special Forces units...