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  • New Ally
    New Ally March 31 2020
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which was established at the very beginning of the Cold War against the Soviet threat, is expanding. In the past few weeks, the Spanish Parliament approved the NATO membership of North Macedonia and completed the last international step in this process. Following the completion of the necessary procedures, NATO raised the Flag of North Macedonia with a ceremony on 30 March in front of the headquarters and where the flags of the countrie...
  • NATO Ships Sailed Black Sea
    NATO Ships Sailed Black Sea March 29 2020
    The West does not remain silent to Russia's demonstrations in the Black Sea. NATO also conducts training in the Black Sea. The Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG-2), deployed by NATO in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, passed through the Çanakkale and İstanbul Straits to carry out training activities in the Black Sea. ITS Virginio Fasan (F 591), HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337), BGS Verni (42), ROS Regina Maria (F-222), TCG Fatih (F 242) and TCG Preveze (S 353); conduc...
  • S-400 Hits Hypersonic Targets
    S-400 Hits Hypersonic Targets March 29 2020
    Russia used its S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) against a hypersonic missile during the drills in Eastern Siberia.  “During the live-fire exercise, over a dozen targets simulated by Armavir target missiles and Favorit smart hypersonic [target] missiles were destroyed. All the targets were hit,” the press office said in a statement. S-400 Triumf is the latest long-and medium-range surface-to-air missile system that went into service in 200...
  • Buran’s Mriya Back On The Sky
    Buran’s Mriya Back On The Sky March 29 2020
    World’s biggest aeroplane An-225 “Mriya” (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-225 Мрія, lit. ‘dream’ NATO reporting name: Cossack) returned to sky according to the press service of the Antonov company. The Antonov company started to repair and modernization of aircraft An-225 “Mriya” in 2018. March 25 after an 18-month outage, the plane took off from the airfield near Kyiv and held in the air for about 2 hours. The aircraft was fitted with a new contr...
  • New Target of NATO
    New Target of NATO March 28 2020
    NATO, which was established for a common defence against an attack from any external force, is currently struggling with different targets. Armies are in alarm because of COVID-19, which affects most of the world. NATO continues to support its allies, albeit for a different goal in this process. 45 tons of medical supplies acquired by the Romanian State to combat the epidemic were transported from the Republic of Korea to Bucharest under NATO's Strategic Airlift Capabi...
  • Qatari Ejder on Exercise
    Qatari Ejder on Exercise March 27 2020
    Domestic production vehicles continue to achieve an export success. Platforms, which have successfully served in the inventory of different countries, also show up at international events. In the Impregnable Guard 2020 Exercise held in Qatar, in which more than 10 participants participated in different statuses, Turkish indigenous vehicles also seen. Delivered to Qatar within the scope of the exports announced in 2017, Ejder Yalçın was seen for the first t...
  • UK Responded to Russia's Increasing Activities at Sea
    UK Responded to Russia's Increasing Activities at Sea March 26 2020
    While the UK is struggling with coronavirus, it is observing Russia, which is increasing its activity in the seas. The Royal Navy increased its operability against the growing effectiveness of Russia in the English Channel and the North Sea. Type 23 frigates HMS Kent, HMS Sutherland, HMS Argyll and HMS Richmond joined Offshore Patrol Vessels HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey along with RFA Tideforce, RFA Tidespring and HMS Echo for the large-scale operation with support from NATO allies. The ...
  • JL-9 Solution
    JL-9 Solution March 23 2020
    Aircraft carrier power is increasing worldwide. Described as a separate capability in aviation, the ship-based aircraft operation also creates the need for special equipment. China, which tries to become one of the world's leading aircraft carrier powers, continues its works without interruption. Beijing, which has commissioned the first two ships and continues the construction of the third, takes measures to meet the increasing need for aircraft and pilots. In this context...
  • India Orders 16,479 IWI Negev 7.62x51mm Light Machine Guns
    India Orders 16,479 IWI Negev 7.62x51mm Light Machine Guns March 21 2020
    India has signed an agreement worth US$118 million for the purchase of 16,479 Negev 7.62x51mm light machine guns from Israeli arms manufacturer Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) according to Asia pacific defence journal. The decision to acquire more than 16,000 LMGs was decided in 2018, as the Indian government tries to reduce the requirement gap after several failures to acquire the needed small arms for the Indian Army’s 382 infantry battalions. The Indian Army is no ...
  • Stealth Alliance
    Stealth Alliance March 18 2020
    The use of stealth aircraft is increasing day by day. These platforms, which were previously unique to the US, show up more frequently in international training as they enter the inventory of international users. The Norwegian F-35A Lightning II, which has intercepted Russian aircraft last week, carried out joint training with US bombers this week. In addition to the Norwegian F-35s stationed in Iceland as part of the NATO mission, the B-2 Spirit bombers of the US Air Forc...
  • NATO Approved New Member March 18 2020
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization / NATO continues to expand. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on the official Twitter account that NATO has opened its doors for a new ally. North Macedonia has recently become a member of NATO at last with the approval of the Spanish Senate. "All the allies have opened their doors to North Macedonia, which will soon become our 30th member. Congratulations to North Macedonia," Stoltenberg said in his statement. ...
  • Strategic Bombing Force is "Weak"
    Strategic Bombing Force is "Weak" March 17 2020
    With the end of the Cold War, the West is relaxed and reduced the force multipliers until the 2010s, and the military forces of NATO and its allies, especially the USA, have weakened more than ever. In a news article published in the USA, Retired General John Loh from the US Air Force (USAF) made some analysis on the country's air force. Loh stated that the USAF experienced the weakest period in its history, which is considered one of the indispensable elements of...
  • Burak-M Measure for Sonobuoy Net
    Burak-M Measure for Sonobuoy Net March 17 2020
    NATO and its allies, especially the USA, have stepped up their efforts to increase the measures taken against Russian submarine power. On the other hand, Russia is aimed to preserve the power of this weapon, whose greatest feature is stealthiness. According to the report of the Russian Izvestia, the Russian navy started the tests of Burak-M, which will make the submarines invisible. Burak-M is an electronic warfare system, stands out with its simple structure. Launche...
  • Modernised Bear on Trials After Overhaul
    Modernised Bear on Trials After Overhaul March 14 2020
    The Russian Armed Forces continues to modernize its systems. In this context, the strategic bomber power is also being renewed. Tu-95 (NATO Code: Bear), perhaps the most iconic aircraft of the Cold War, will remain in the sky for a long time. The Russian Aerospace Forces continuing to upgrade the aircraft that have been commissioned as missile carrier platform in recent years, in line with today's requirements. During the modernization works in Beriev Aircraft Pla...
  • Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey
    Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey March 14 2020
    Tunisia has ordered Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) according to Army recognition. This is TUSAŞ's first export order for the type. During the Tunisian International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition During (IADE 2020), which took place in Djerba the Tunisian MoD signed a $240 million contract with TUSAŞ for the supply of six ANKA-S UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and three control centres. The deal was signed including t...
  • Russian Maritime Patrol Exercise at Doors of Atlantic
    Russian Maritime Patrol Exercise at Doors of Atlantic March 10 2020
    Russia continues its long-range operations and training activities. In parallel with the increasing Western activity in the Arctic Region, Russian air elements also increased their activities in the region. In the past days, Russian maritime patrol aircraft conducted a series of training on the GIUK (Greenland, Iceland and the United Kingdom) Line, the door of the Russian Navy to the Atlantic. The Russian platforms performed flew further south than usual, the act...
  • Poland to Supply Javelin March 10 2020
    The Polish Government wants to purchase 180 Javelin missiles and 79 Javelin launch units from the US. It includes approximately $ 100 million worth of acquisition, Basic Skill Training, Missile Simulation Rounds, Battery Coolant Units , tool kits, modified 2-level maintenance parts, training, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, transportation and other related elements of logistics support. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the...
  • MKEK's 12.7 mm Gatling Gun Terminated the Tests
    MKEK's 12.7 mm Gatling Gun Terminated the Tests March 9 2020
    The 12.7 mm 3 barrel Gatling gun, which the Machinery and Chemical Industry Corporation (Makina ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu/MKEK) shared with the public at IDEF 19, passed all acceptance tests. The official name of Project is "Developing a Rotary Barrel Weapon System" (DNSSG), which aimed to design a weapon with three barrels capable of firing 12.7x99 mm NATO Cartridges. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) targeted about 1 200 bullets to be fired in a minute. &nbs...
  • Eagle Illuminated F-16 Fighting Falcon
    Eagle Illuminated F-16 Fighting Falcon March 2 2020
    An important procedure took place in Operation Spring Shield, which was launched after the attack by the Syrian Army in Idlib. The Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri / TSK) announced that all aircraft approaching the Turkish operation area will be intercepted within the framework of the engagement rules. In this context, yesterday, two Su-24 (NATO Code: Fencer) belonging to the Syrian Air Force which entered the region threatening the security of Turkish pe...
  • NATO Council Meet Today Upon Turkey's Request for Article 4
    NATO Council Meet Today Upon Turkey's Request for Article 4 February 28 2020
    The North Atlantic Council, which includes the ambassadors of all 29 NATO Allies, will meet on Friday 28 February, following a request by Turkey to hold consultations under Article 4 of NATO’s founding Washington Treaty on the situation in Syria. Under article 4 of the Treaty, any Ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened. All NATO decisions are made by consensus, a...
  • NATO Celebration for Turkey
    NATO Celebration for Turkey February 21 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...
  • Indigenous Guidance Kit Delivery to Turkey
    Indigenous Guidance Kit Delivery to Turkey February 20 2020
    Indigenous guidance kits, which are frequently using in counter-terrorism operations, continues to consolidate its position in the Turkish Armed Forces. The Turkish Armed Forces has taken delivery of indigenous guidance kits. Turkish defence acquisition agency, Presidency of Defence Industries made a statement about deliveries from official social media accounts with "The new deliveries of our Indigenous Guidance Kits have been completed. We will c...
  • Fighting Flares in Eastern Ukraine
    Fighting Flares in Eastern Ukraine February 18 2020
    The conflict between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine arose.  Heavy fighting erupted in eastern Ukraine, the country's military said, while separatists blamed Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he would convene a national security council meeting to discuss the latest flare-up in the country's Donbass region. "This is not just a cynical provocation... it is an attempt to disrupt the peace process in the Donb...
  • Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program
    Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program February 15 2020
    Relations between the Australian Federal Government and the French company designing future submarines have hit a new low, with the Australian Defence Minister declaring she will hold the group to account on its local industry commitments. France-based Naval Group questioned the capability of local suppliers and suggested Australian businesses may not get half of the value of contracts under the $80 billion program. Naval Group Australia chief executive John Davis told The...
  • Logistics Problem of the Polish Air Force
    Logistics Problem of the Polish Air Force February 6 2020
    With the transition from the Warsaw Pact to the NATO Pact, Poland is facing great difficulties in terms of logistics. It is stated that the Polish Air Force has a problem with the operationalities of the F-16 and Mig-29 fleets. It is stated that only 30-40 per cent of the fleet is in service with the difficulties in bringing the platforms into operation. The Onet news website, which researches the subject, spoke about the complexity with the Polish Parliament MP Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska. Kluz...
  • Turkish Armed Forces Modern Ammunition Disposal Plant
    Turkish Armed Forces Modern Ammunition Disposal Plant February 6 2020
    The new facility, built within the scope of the Turkish Armed Forces' need for modern ammunition disposal facility, was commissioned with a ceremony. The Ammunition Separation and Annihilation Facility (MAAT), which was commissioned in Yahşihan, Kırıkkale with a high level participation, was built for the safe disposal of various types and sizes of ammunition that has completed its shelf life in the Turkish Armed Inventory. The facility, which has an environmentally fr...
  • Parliament Auditor Heavily Critiques German Army
    Parliament Auditor Heavily Critiques German Army February 5 2020
    Bloomberg wrote that Germany has no intention of keeping its 2 % GDP promise to NATO and not keeping its army operational. An article named “Germany Needs a Bigger, Stronger Army” is published at the Daily. The article starts by drawing a dramatic picture of German soldiers driving a Volkswagen minibus to imitate tanks as three in four of their tanks are at the repair shop. The writer quotes Hans-Peter Bartels, an ombudsman appointed by parliament to audit the country’s arme...
  • Sarmat Will Enter Inventory In 2021
    Sarmat Will Enter Inventory In 2021 February 3 2020
    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Aleksey Krivoruchko made a statement on the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles. Sarmat will be added to the Russian armed forces' arsenal in 2021, Krivoruchko said. "First serial [Sarmat intercontinental ballistic] missiles will join armed forces in 2021", Krivoruchko said. The Sarmat will replace the Voevoda (РС-20В Satan) RS-28 Sarmat, is a liquid-fueled intermittent ballistic missile, was developed to replace the R-36M2 Voevod...
  • TCG Anadolu is back at sea
    TCG Anadolu is back at sea February 3 2020
      Turkey's first Landing Helicopter Dock / LHD TCG Anatolia met sea again. After the completion of the main hull, the ship was launched the sea for a while and then moved back to the dry dock to complete the integration of the main propulsion and propulsion system. After these operations, he was taken to the pocket dock. Here, the ship's further test preparations will be made. Istanbul Sedef Shipyard is the primary constructor of the ship. Thousand 4...
  • Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight
    Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight February 2 2020
    Russia’s new upgraded Tu-160M supersonic strategic bomber performed its first flight on Feb. 2, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced. The first flight was conducted from the S.P.Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Factory runway. The flight took place at an altitude of 1,500 meters and lasted 34 minutes. Tupolev Tu-160 Beliy Lebed (“White Swan”), also known with its NATO reporting name Blackjack, is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber ...
  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense January 31 2020
    The United Kingdom officially exits from the European Union with concerns about Scotland behind. Political aspirations have peculiar and unexpected results. British conservatives voted against the European Union with the fear that the Union would divide them. The result, however, brings the concern to reality. While the member of Kingdom leaves Union, Scotland wants to stay. The Kingdom self divides. Under the shadow of Britain exiting from EU, British defence journal ukde...
  • The USA Chooses Greece's Side in the Mediterranean
    The USA Chooses Greece's Side in the Mediterranean January 31 2020
    Greece's parliament approved an updated Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement, with the U.S. The updated deal was initially signed in October during a visit by Mike Pompeo. Speaking before the vote in the Greek parliament, Yannis Lambropulos, a member of the conservative New Democracy Party, said, "We are appealing to the support of our allies at a time when we are exposed to threats to our sovereignty." The U.S. is also granted priority status for "unimpeded acces...
  • New Machine Gun is "Safe"
    New Machine Gun is "Safe" January 27 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...
  • "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece
    "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece January 23 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...
  • Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power
    Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power January 22 2020
    The Royal Netherlands Army has deployed Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Lithuania for the first time as part of the German-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) battlegroup, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on its website. The SPHs will spend half a year in Lithuania, mainly to exercise and exchange experience with the Lithuanian army, the ministry said. NATO has increased its presence in the east by forming an alliance group with EFP and Estonia, Lat...
  • Turkish Greek Exercise at Mediterranean
    Turkish Greek Exercise at Mediterranean January 22 2020
    Turkey and Greece, which are experiencing high tensions in the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean, met in the eastern Mediterranean. In addition to the Aegean sea and airspace disputes, Turkey and Greece experiencing high tensions between them due to natural gas parcels in the Mediterranean. Although high tensions, both countires performed joint exercises in the eastern Mediterranean. Two Passing Exercise (PASSEX) were held on January 19th and 20th in order to increase situa...
  • Mi-35s Arrived Uzbekistan
    Mi-35s Arrived Uzbekistan January 16 2020
    Russia continues to deliveries in parallel with arms sales. Two Mi-35 helicopters were delivered to the end user. Mi-35M (NATO Code: Hind-E) helicopters continue to arrive new users. In this context, the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan received four platforms ordered from Russia. The delivery news was recently aired on a local television station. According to the sales announcement announced in March 2018, Uzbekistan will receive a total of 12 Mi-35M deliveries.
  • Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships
    Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships January 8 2020
    Egypt comes to the fore with the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, the training and exercise activities carried out with different countries in the region. The Cairo government, which acquire currency with its collaborations in the region, published new images from the navy. In the images published from the Egyptian Navy deploying different aircraft on the platform, it was determined that the country also deployed Russian-made aircraft on the ships. The Navy, which playe...
  • Brexit Aftermath NATO: Status of Scotland
    Brexit Aftermath NATO: Status of Scotland January 2 2020
    Even though the Brexit referendum was about the European Union, the negative result has new scenarios on the agenda. The poll in the United Kingdom shows that England wants to leave the Union while other member Scotland wants to stay. Scotland may pursue an independent path to remain in Union but it has to declare independence. In that case, Scotland will not be a member of NATO either. NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg has confirmed that an independent Scotland would have to ...
  • Bahadur Era Ended
    Bahadur Era Ended December 27 2019
    Another era of the Indian Air Force / IAF inventory has come to an end. Bahadur period was closed in the IAF, which was frequently brought up by accident / incident events. The Indian MiG-27ML (NATO Code: Flogger), which has been in service since 1985, recently retired with a ceremony. The last unit using this aircraft in force was the No. 29 Scorpion Squadron located in the west part of the country. The MiG-27s, which made its maiden flight at August 20, 1970 have a varia...