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  • U.S. Approves Patriot Sale to Netherlands
    U.S. Approves Patriot Sale to Netherlands 26 September 2020
    The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the US State Department has decided to sell $241 million worth of Patriot PAC-3s to the Dutch Government. The Netherlands wants to buy 34 related missiles and equipment, repair and logistical support elements will be included in the agreement. “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve security of a NATO ally which is an important force for po...
  • Ukraine Accomplishes a First in KT-7.62 Rifle
    Ukraine Accomplishes a First in KT-7.62 Rifle 26 September 2020
    JSC Zavod Mayak, part of Ukroboronprom, periodically tested its KT-7.62 machine guns, which it developed with local sources. "For the first time in Ukraine, a machine gun from this family successfully completed 25,000 shots, confirming its characteristics with a periodic test," the firm said of the tests.  The machine gun, which fired 25,000 shots over 10 days, completed its capability. The machine gun also passed a climate test for 15 days. 1,285 representatives of the Militar...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise
    HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise 24 September 2020
    The UK Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth has embarked the largest number of warplanes ever onto the deck as it prepares to take its place at the heart of a UK-led NATO Carrier Strike Group. It also represents the largest air group of fifth-generation fighters at sea anywhere in the world. Two squadrons of F-35B stealth jets - the RAF’s 617 Squadron (The Dambusters) and the US Marine Corps VMFA-211 (The Wake Island Avengers) - have landed on the 65,000-tonne carrier as it sails ...
  • U.S. Warns Turkey Over China
    U.S. Warns Turkey Over China 24 September 2020
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned Turkey over China-based firms. Noticing the growing influence and investments of Chinese technology firms in Turkey, Pompeo said this could jeopardize military business between the White House and Ankara. Donald Trump's government has warned NATO allies that technology firms, which China claims are linked to intelligence agencies, could force American troops to withdraw from espionage operations. Pompeo's warning about t...
  • Russian Submarine Kazan Begins Naval Tests
    Russian Submarine Kazan Begins Naval Tests 23 September 2020
    Russia's modernized Project 855 Yasen class (NATO code: Severodvinsk) submarine Kazan (K-561) began sea tests in the White Sea. The nuclear submarine's underwater systems and mechanisms will be tested. After the completion of the trials, which will be attended by ships and submarines belonging to the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet, the platforms will return to their permanent base in Severodvinsk. Launched in 2017, Kazan has a low acoustic. Similar to nuclear ba...
  • Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet
    Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet 21 September 2020
    Switzerland will vote on the purchase of new fighter jets. Many oppose the idea, saying the country can neither afford nor need warplanes. "Who is our enemy? Who is attacking a small, neutral country surrounded by NATO?" Social Democratic MP Priska Seiler asked. Thomas Hurter, a Member of Parliament for the Swiss People's Party, said Switzerland should protect itself without relying on other countries. "If we don't replace the old planes, it means we don't...
  • Poland Sends Troops to Turkey
    Poland Sends Troops to Turkey 19 September 2020
    Polish President Andrzej Duda has approved sending troops to Turkey as part of the NATO mission. Paweł Soloch, head of the Polish National Security Bureau (BBN), said up to 80 Polish troops will be deployed in Turkey. "We are responding positively to Ankara's recent call to NATO allies regarding the deteriorating security situation on the Syrian-Turkish border," Soloch said. Underlining that this is not a combat mission, a non-combatant force will be sent for...
  • Greek Defence Minister Denies Arms Spending Will Cost 10 Billion Euros
    Greek Defence Minister Denies Arms Spending Will Cost 10 Billion Euros 16 September 2020
      Greece's defence minister on Wednesday dismissed reports that his country would spend 10 billion euros on an arms overhaul announced at the weekend. "It's not a 10-billion-euro spending spree, let me make that very clear," Yunanistan savunma bakanı ülkesinin hafta sonu açıklanan bir silah revizyonuna 10 milyar avro harcayacağı yönündeki haberleri yalanladı. told an Economist conference in Athens, responding to press reports ab...
  • Thailand's Navy Backbone Will Come from China
    Thailand's Navy Backbone Will Come from China 16 September 2020
    Thailand will buy vn16 amphibious light tank from China for the Navy. The VN16, an export version of the ZTD-05 tank developed by China, is particularly capable of being an amphibious light tank used by marine corps. The tracked vehicle is left out of the landing ships and reaches the shore with its own means. A 105 mm laser guided anti-tank missile has been developed based on Russian 9M117 Bastion (NATO code: AT-10 Stabber) technology for the platform's main weapon. T...
  • the UK is not Retiring Battle Tanks
    the UK is not Retiring Battle Tanks 15 September 2020
    UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has dismissed earlier reports that the British Army is planning to retire its tanks. Last month, The Times’ reported that the British Army was planning to focus on evolving technologies such as cyber and space warfare. As a result of such efforts Main Battle Tanks like Challenger 2 (MBTs) Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) would be retired Denying the speculation, Wallace told BBC: “The idea that tanks won&rsquo...
  • ASELPOD Sharing from MSB
    ASELPOD Sharing from MSB 15 September 2020
    The Ministry of Defense shared information from its social media accounts. and visuals about the tests of the ASELPOD targeting and marking pod developed by ASELSAN. Turkish Air Force 401st Fleet carries out the acceptance test flights of mass production pods. In the published video, F-16 and F-4 planes were switched to flight. The images included a thermal image of the F-4E 2020 Terminator fighter aircraft. These images were taken from the ASELPOD integrated under the engine air in...
  • Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean
    Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean 14 September 2020
    In the past, the US has prevented the dispute between Turkey and Greece from escalating. Now the EU has to do it. This phrase belongs to German Daily Die Tageszeitung. The paper has a different approach to the recent conflict in the Mediterranean Sea. Talking about the unsolved problem for decades, the paper underlines that the lack of military clash until today is thanks to NATO and, in particular, to the hegemonic USA. This comment belongs to the foreign correspondent of daily, Jürgen ...
  • Greece-Turkey-NATO military level meeting in Brussels on Tuesday
    Greece-Turkey-NATO military level meeting in Brussels on Tuesday 14 September 2020
    According to unconfirmed news from Greek media, the military-level meeting between Greece, Turkey and NATO to continue a discussion on the NATO secretary general's proposals with the Greek side's observations will be held in Brussels on Tuesday, diplomatic sources said. As the news appeared first at the Greek side, the one-sided information indicates that only “Greek side's observations will be held” in Brussels.
  • Kraken Robotics to Deliver Mine Hunting Equipment to Denmark and Poland
    Kraken Robotics to Deliver Mine Hunting Equipment to Denmark and Poland 14 September 2020
    On September 8th, Kraken Robotics announced the signing of contracts for mine hunting equipment with the Danish Navy and with the Polish Navy. Kraken will deliver its KATFISH™ towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar, Tentacle® Winch and Autonomous Launch and Recovery System (ALARS) in the second half of 2021. Kraken’s equipment will be integrated on board the Polish Navy’s new KORMORAN II Mine CounterMeasure (MCMV) vessels in Gdansk, Poland. No information was expr...
  • Israel to Modernize Georgia Air Defence
    Israel to Modernize Georgia Air Defence 12 September 2020
    An agreement has been reached between the Georgian Ministry of Defence and Rafael, an Israeli-based firm. Under the agreement to strengthen and enhance Georgia's air defence capabilities, the country's air defence equipment will be fully modernised. They also spoke about the possibility of cooperation, including the training of staff, and future plans. Georgia also met with another Israeli-based company, Elbit Systems, on air defence development. Collaboration with...
  • Serbia Blames EU, Cancels Military Exercises
    Serbia Blames EU, Cancels Military Exercises 10 September 2020
    "Serbia will not take part in any military exercises or activities with NATO, Russia, the United States, China or the European Union (EU) in the next six months," the Serbian Defence Ministry said in a statement. The decision came after Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said Serbia was under "terrible and unfair pressure" of the EU. "We are not asked to participate in planned military exercises with Belarus to avoid losing our position in the EU," Vulin...
  • Did French Warship Hack S-400 in Crimea
    Did French Warship Hack S-400 in Crimea 8 September 2020
    According to Avia.pro web site, French intelligence ship Dupuy de Lome (A759) has blocked the operation of Russian S-400 air defence systems in occupied Crimea. This was made possible by interference at certain frequencies and interception of radio frequencies emitted by S-400 radar systems. The ship designed for the collection of signals and communications beyond enemy lines. The Thales Naval France designed the electromagnetic intelligence part of the vessel. On 21 June ...
  • Antonov Winking at Turkey
    Antonov Winking at Turkey 7 September 2020
    Oleksandr Los, Senior Manager of the Ukrainian aircraft company Antonov, invited the Turkish aviation industry to take part in the production process of the AN-178 aircraft. According to the Anatolia News Agency reported on special Antonov's top manager Oleksandr Los found in the assessment of the past week on a visit to Turkey. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Strategic Industrial Responsible Minister Oleg Uruskiy headed a delegation Los coming to Turkey, the missi...
  • US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets
    US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets 6 September 2020
    Following a recent spike in airborne confrontations between the U.S. and Russian militaries, three B-52 Stratofortress bombers joined Ukrainian fighter jets for training Friday. The bombers, from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, "conducted vital integration training with Ukrainian fighters inside Ukraine's airspace," European Command said in a press release. Officials said the bomber mission, part of a long-planned deployment of six B-52s to RAF F...
  • STM Press Release
    STM Press Release 5 September 2020
    STM ThinkTech, Turkey's first technology-based think tank, is scheduled to export its products to NATO for the third time this coming December. The contract for this third project covers the new version of the NATO Resilience Decision Support Model developed by the company to assist NATO’s decision-making processes when faced with strategic shocks, such as pandemi, electricity blackout, cyber-attacks and big human movements. Within this project, which is expected to be completed in ...
  • NATO chief Turkey, Greece agree to start technical talks
    NATO chief Turkey, Greece agree to start technical talks 4 September 2020
      Turkey, Greece agree to start technical talks on E.Med: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says he is 'in close touch with all concerned Allies to find a solution to tensions in the spirit of NATO solidarity' Turkey and Greece agreed to enter into technical talks at NATO to reduce the risk of incidents and accidents in the Eastern Mediterranean, the alliance chief said on Thursday. "Greece and Turkey are valued Allies, and NATO is an important platfo...
  • Yıldırım: Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory to be opened next year
    Yıldırım: Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory to be opened next year 1 September 2020
    Turkey Space Agency President Serdar Yildirim said Turkey Eastern Anatolia Space Agency's Space Observatory will be opened next year. Yildirim said, "Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory will have a primary mirror active 4 m in diameter and will be equipped with the adaptive optics technology. This will be Space Agency's first work. We look forward to that.". Capital Exhibition by Turksat, Turkey Space Agency, EMEA Aerospace Operators is conducted online wi...
  • Russia Presents Su-57 Jet For Export
    Russia Presents Su-57 Jet For Export 1 September 2020
    Anatoly Serdyukov, Industry Director of Rostec aviation firm, said that Russia has presented the fifth generation Su-57 jet fighter for export and that foreign demand will likely increase after the order of the Russian Armed Forces is completed.   "Until we have enough planes shipped in our army, it is unlikely that there will be substantial demand. […] Therefore, our number one goal is to send the aircraft to the Russian Armed Forces. Meanwhile, we presen...
  • Support to Energy Investing Companies from TAFF
    Support to Energy Investing Companies from TAFF 28 August 2020
    Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TAFF)supports its subsidiary ASPİLSAN energy and İŞBRİ to accelerate its investments to Turkey in order to gain new abilities. Turkey's first generator factory, İŞBİR is continuing its activities in the production of generators and alternators.  It is investing to ensure sustainable growth. ISBİR 182 million TL. worth investment and  TAFF has allocated 76 million TL of resources to be used in the investment. Civil and military...
  • Range Increased BrahMos To Begin Tests
    Range Increased BrahMos To Begin Tests 25 August 2020
    New tests are on the agenda for the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile developed with a joint subsidiary of India and Russia. The range of the cruise missile will undergo various modification tests by 2020.  BrahMos-A, equipped with aircraft, was successfully fired from the Su-30 MKI aircraft in 2019. At the beginning of June (2020), the air variant of the cruise missile successfully completed certification tests in India. New Delhi aims to increase its effectiveness in the Indi...
  • Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate
    Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate 24 August 2020
    Chinese state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai held the launching ceremony for Pakistan Navy’s Type-054A/P frigate (NATO codename Jiangkai II). Type-054A/P is a development of the Type 054 frigate, using the same hull but with improved sensors and weapons. The Type 054A was first revealed while under construction at the Guangzhou-based Huangpu Shipyard in 2005. Pakistan signed a first contract for the delivery two Type 054 A/P frigates in 2017. An addi...
  • New Images of China's Nuclear Submarine
    New Images of China's Nuclear Submarine 24 August 2020
    New images of the Type 093 (NATO code: Shang) submarine, which recently entered service in the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), have been shared. Images of china's nuclear-driven submarine were released on the country's official television. The submarine, called type 093B, can be equipped with a YJ-18 (NATO Code eagle strike 18) supersonic ship fire missile. The Type 93 platforms, which first opened in 2006, are 110 meters long and 11 meters wide...
  • Diver’s Training and Rescue Boats Delivered to Navy
    Diver’s Training and Rescue Boats Delivered to Navy 23 August 2020
      President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke at the New Naval Systems Delivery Ceremony held at the Desan Shipyard in Tuzla. Erdogan said that an aircraft carrier should be built to act as a deterrent. President Erdogan said, "Our goal is to build a defence industry development and production infrastructure that will not be needed from outside in any critical area." President Erdogan made a historic call for the aircraft carrier and said the following wo...
  • First Periscope and Sight Delivery from Aselsan
    First Periscope and Sight Delivery from Aselsan 23 August 2020
      ASELSAN Sivas’ armoured Vehicle Periscope and Pistol Reflex Sight are delivered first time. The periscope is produced for FNSS and pistol sights are produced for Samsun Yurt Savunma. The Defence Industry President Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir announced the delivery on his social media account. Demir said, “Good luck with Armoured Vehicle Periscope and Pistol Reflex Sight produced by Sivas ASELSAN. I congratulate everyone who has passed the test. We are expandi...
  • NATO Standard Kalashnikov
    NATO Standard Kalashnikov 20 August 2020
    A new member firing NATO-standard cartridges joined the AK series rifle family, one of the most iconic weapons of the Cold War. Kalashnikov Group introduced a new variant of the AK-12 rifle firing NATO standard cartridges. The new weapon, called AK-19, chambered for 5.56x45 mm NATO ammunition. The AK-19, which is stated to be under development, has some differences from its predecessor. In the statement made, these differences were stated as the design improved stock, lower profile ...
  • MINIMI Mk3 Delivery
    MINIMI Mk3 Delivery 19 August 2020
    With their widespread use, machine guns, which stuck all the plans into the trenches on the Western Front of the Great War, continue to develop. The Portuguese Army received the first batch of 200 MINIMI Mk3 machine guns from FN Herstal. Within the scope of the agreement signed with NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Agency) last year, the delivery of a total of 830 weapons is envisaged. MINIMI Mk3, the third generation member of the MINIMI (Mini Mitrailleuse / M...
  • New Dimension in Armament
    New Dimension in Armament 19 August 2020
    Some of the Iron Curtain Countries of the Cold War era now NATO allies. Relatively new members of the pact are continuing their armament efforts at full speed in line with the new standards. Hungary signed an important main battle tank acquisition contract with Germany last year. In this context, the first Leopard 2A4s were delivered to Hungary in the past weeks. Wanting to take its investments in the field of defence one step further, Budapest turned to licensed production. KF41 Ly...
  • Nuclear Su-30
    Nuclear Su-30 17 August 2020
    A new step has come from Russia, which has a very large nuclear arsenal and is working to integrate it with its deep strike capability. Moscow has been conducting a number of studies for a while to develop new cruise missiles and to improve the capabilities of existing systems. With the new move in this area, the Su-30 (NATO Reporting Name: Flanker) aircraft may gain nuclear deep strike capability. Russia has announced that it plans to integrate Kh-32 cruise missiles on some platfor...
  • Domestic 25 mm Gun Step
    Domestic 25 mm Gun Step 17 August 2020
    25 mm cannons, which constitute the main firepower of many armoured combat vehicles, will now be produced domestically. The action was taken to locally manufacture the weapons used in armoured combat vehicles in the Turkish Army inventory. The Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB / Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı) made a statement from official social media account with "For the development of 25 mm cannon, contract negotiations have been initiated with TR Mechatronics Sy...
  • New Images from Su-57
    New Images from Su-57 15 August 2020
    New images of the Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO Code: Felon) on the production line have emerged. During the visit of Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu, the fifth-generation hunting bomber Su-57, was pictured. The images show the Su-57’s 101KS-V infrared search-and-track (IRST) targeting system installed in the nose. The platform, which has a body mainly produced using titanium alloy and composite materials, is coated with paint that absorbs radar signals. The plane's ammunition...
  • Retired Missiles Return to Duty
    Retired Missiles Return to Duty 14 August 2020
    Ukraine, which is in conflict with Russia in the eastern part of the country, has decided to reactivate Cold War-era missiles. According to the statement made by the Ukrainian Air Force, the country started to re-taking the S-125 (NATO Code: SA-3 Goa) air defence missiles, which were manufactured in the facilities of the Soviet Union during the Cold War and were retired in the past years into inventory. The missiles, which were stated to have been phased out in 2013, also ...
  • U.S. Congressman: "I will not support arms sales to Turkey"
    U.S. Congressman: "I will not support arms sales to Turkey" 13 August 2020
    Four members of the U.S. Congress have signed agreements that have prevented arms sales to Turkey for nearly two years. U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Bob Menendez, House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee member Mike McCaul -- the United States has blocked arm...
  • "Requesting Sanctions of Greece to Turkey is Violation of Law"
    "Requesting Sanctions of Greece to Turkey is Violation of Law" 12 August 2020
    Turkey directed the MTA Oruc Reis seismic research vessel to conduct surveys off the coast of Kastelorizo Island. Following the development that increased tension, Greece announced that the Foreign Minister had requested an urgent meeting from the EU Foreign Relations Council. In addition, Prime Minister Mitsotakis held talks with the command staff of the armed forces, as well as with the President of the European Council Charles Michel and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. ...
  • ASELSAN Trains Young People for Defence Industry
    ASELSAN Trains Young People for Defence Industry 10 August 2020
    ASELSAN Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School (Mesleki ve Teknik Anadolu Lisesi/ MTAL)  was established to train qualified personnel in the defence industry. MTAL, which began training in September 2019 under the protocol signed on January 3, 2019, offers five years of training in two branches: "Defence Electronic Systems" and "Defence Mechanical Systems". Some of the field and branch courses are intended to be given by instructors fr...
  • Sunken AAV7 Located
    Sunken AAV7 Located 10 August 2020
    AAV7 amphibious assault vehicles have been successfully operating for years. On July 30, 2020, an AAV7 belonging to the US Marine Corps was sunk near San Clemente Island in Southern California. The exact location of the platform that took water for an unknown reason and was buried in the ocean was determined. The platform, which is detected about 117 meters deep off the San Clemente Island, is planned to be rescued in the coming days. The US Navy HOS Dominator ship is carrying ...