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  • Competition Continues in Hürjet’s Engine
    Competition Continues in Hürjet’s Engine January 1 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) continues to search engine for single-engine jet training aircraft Hürjet. It was thought that TUSAS decided on this issue. Europe's Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft is powered by the Ej200 engine manufactured by Eurojet Consortium. TUSAŞ had begun to negotiate with the consortium at Le Bourget'de Paris Aeronautical Exhibition. This development was first written by C4Defence. The F404-GE-102 engine, which is a General Electric product wa...
  • Philippines Receives Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA
    Philippines Receives Offshore Patrol Vessel from OCEA December 29 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...
  • Quo Vadis at TAI
    Quo Vadis at TAI November 29 2019
    Top officials from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS / TAI) left post last week. General Manager and CEO of TAI, Temel Kotil is also affected by this fury. It was primarily speculated that Kotil was asked to resign. This claim was not confirmed, but C4Defence learned that on November 28, 2019, the Board of Directors convened extraordinarily during the day. Although the agenda item was not officially announced, the meeting continued until late at night and General Manager Koti...
  • Britain introduces Rocket Man
    Britain introduces Rocket Man November 22 2019
    Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning has flown off the aircraft carrier with a jet-powered suit. A video of the former reservist flying around HMS Queen Elizabeth was shared on a social media account of Gravity Industries, a British aeronautical innovation company founded by Mr Browning. HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently off the east coast of the United States as part of the Westlant 19 Carrier Strike Group deployment. Former Marine flew from aircraft carrier towards...
  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes November 11 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...
  • Akşit Term at TEI
    Akşit Term at TEI October 22 2019
    President and CEO of TEI Prof. Mahmut Faruk Akşit will serve as the Chairman of Board of Directors in addition to his current position at TEI. Established between Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS), General Electric, Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TSKGV) and Turkish Aeronautical Association (THK), the chairmanship of the Board of Directors was vacated since July 2019. C4Defence has learned that the Board of Directors met yesterday and appointed Akşit as new Chairman.
  • New Termal Eyes for Turkish Submarines
    New Termal Eyes for Turkish Submarines August 8 2019
    Turkey has signed an agreement, which is worth 45 million US Dollar, with Hensoldt. Under the agreement, the Turkish Navy will supply eight SERO 400 periscopes with thermal imaging capabilities. Periscopes will be integrated into Preveze Class (Type 209/1400) submarines. Preveze Class (Type 209/1400) submarines are named after the Type 209 steel, which is the construction material of the submarine, and weight of the submarine, which is 1400 tons. The platform, which has a displ...
  • HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation
    HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation July 25 2019
    French Shipyard CMN delivered the first two HSI32 Interceptors for the Royal Saudi Navy. In April 2018, Saudi company Zamil Offshore Services concluded an agreement worth 480 million dollars with CMN for the construction of 39 HSI32 interceptors for the Saudi Naval Forces. According to the agreement, 21 vessels are set to be built by CMN in Cherbourg, France, and the remaining 19 will be assembled at the facilities of Zamil Offshore Services in Saudi Arabia. The vessel has a range of 800 naut...
  • Indian First AH-64Es Reaches Home on Jul. 27
    Indian First AH-64Es Reaches Home on Jul. 27 July 21 2019
    The first batch of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) will reach Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad on Jul. 27. It is likely that there will be three to four helicopters in this consignment. But the deployment of Apache's first squadron in Pathankot will take another month. India has purchased 22 Apache helicopters from the United States. The first squadron of the Apaches will be stationed at Pathankot and the first Commanding Officer will be Grou...
  • New Term in TEI
    New Term in TEI July 6 2019
      A significant change took place in the Board of Directors of TUSAS Engine Industry (TEI) last week. Established between Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS), General Electric, Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TSKGV) and Turkish Aeronautical Association (THK), the chairmanship of the Board of Directors vacated quietly. TUSAŞ General Manager and CEO, who has been serving as the Chairman of TEI for a long time. Temel Kotil left his post. An assignment has not yet been made to th...
  • Missile Frigates to be Delivered Next Year
    Missile Frigates to be Delivered Next Year June 24 2019
    Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said the country's first missile frigates will be delivered in April and September of next year. The Department of National Defence signed a PHP18-billion contract for BRP Jose Rizal and BRP Antonio Luna, including weapons systems.  These ships fully equipped with surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, launchers and weapon systems and sensors for four-dimensional warfare. The s...
  • Human and Technological Preparedness Level For Aircraft June 3 2019
    The air force, which were established only in 1911, is an adventure that kicked off with an aircraft Vecihi Hürkuş built out of assembled aircraft parts. The Turkish Aeronautical Association which was founded in 1925 and Demirağ Aircraft Factory which was founded in 1936, Yavuz Kansu’s THK-13 flying wing project in 1947, TOMTAŞ, TAI. A very, very long process. Compared to countries that produce aircraft or make significant amounts of money from aviation and space technolo...
  • The Coast Guard Getting Stronger
    The Coast Guard Getting Stronger May 31 2019
      The Canadian government announced new coast guard shipbuilding plan. Within the scope of this plan, which includes the construction of 18 new vessels, The Coast Guard is set to receive two new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS), modified for Coast Guard missions. Irving Shipbuilding is already building a fleet of six AOPS for the Royal Canadian Navy. The 5,200-ton ships are 103.6 meters long and have an open-water speed of 17 knots and a range of 6,800 nautical miles. ...
  • Indonesia Commissions 4th Teluk Bintuni-Class LST
    Indonesia Commissions 4th Teluk Bintuni-Class LST April 2 2019
    The Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) recently commissioned the fourth ship of the Teluk Bintuni-class Landing Ship Tank (LST), the KRI Teluk Lada (pennant no: 521). The KRI Teluk Lada was built by Indonesian shipyard PT Daya Radar Utama based in Panjang, and was launched on 28 June 2018. The ship displaces at 2,350 tons, has a total length of 117 meters, a beam of 16.4 meters, and a depth of 7.8 meters. It has a maximum speed of 16 knots with a maximum range of 6,240 nautical mile...
  • $123 million Order to GA-ASI
    $123 million Order to GA-ASI March 25 2019
    The US has signed a $ 123 million procurement agreement with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. Four MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper ordered under the agreement will be procured to the Netherlands under the FMS. Amsterdam's UAV supply demand was approved in 2015, but the deal was announced in 2018 at the Farnborough Air Show. Last January, Dutch staff began training in the United States. Delivery of platforms with automatic take-off and landing capabilities is planned to be completed by ...
  • "Helge Ingstad" to Be Towed at Hanøytangen
    "Helge Ingstad" to Be Towed at Hanøytangen March 1 2019
    The sunken Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad was partially raised on Wednesday, but will have to be towed to calmer waters to be fully raised and subsequently transferred to the Haakonsvern Naval Base in Bergen. Due to high waves at the collision site, the frigate "Helge Ingstad" and the barges will be towed to Hanøytangen, approximately 15 nautical miles southeast of the current site. The distance from the collision site to Hanøytangen is approximate...
  • XQ-58A to Make Maiden Flight Next Week
    XQ-58A to Make Maiden Flight Next Week March 1 2019
    The XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned “loyal wingman” by Kratos Defence and Security Solutions Inc will be making its first flight, an executive from the company said in Australia. Rival Boeing Co on Wednesday unveiled a model of a larger drone developed in Australia that is designed for the same mission: flying alongside crewed aircraft in combat. Jeff Herro, Kratos’s senior vice president for business development, says his company’s solution is different f...
  • China Develops Armed USV
    China Develops Armed USV February 19 2019
      China invests significantly to support its fleet in large areas and is developing a new unmanned surface vessel (USV).   USV, called JARI USV, is 15 meters long and weighs 20 tons. The platform developed for anti-submarine warfare, surface and anti-air warfare will have equipment such as electro-optical sensors, phased-array radar, dipping sonar, a small vertical launch system with eight cells, a torpedo launcher and a stabilized weapon station. The s...
  • An ELINT Payload Tested On Reaper
    An ELINT Payload Tested On Reaper February 15 2019
      General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) and Raytheon Deutschland GmbH tested an electronic warfare payload on an MQ-9 Reaper. Integrated into a gondola that can be loaded under the MALE (Medium Altitude, Long Endurance) MQ-9 Reaper (Predator B) drone, the ARDS (Advanced Radar Detection System) payload can be used to detect and locate radar emissions. The ARDS is equipped with a totally digital radar emission tracking system. The system is already ope...
  • Historical Development of Air Vehicle Design Genetics (1) January 10 2019
    The historical process from the mythological Icarus to the Wright Brothers, is an adventurous demonstration of mankind’s anthropological enthusiasm and desire to fly… Although it seems that the mythological figure Icarus’ hubris culminated in his death, it might as well be the case that the narrator might have arbitrarily punished this inventor, who was involved in things beyond his capability. The mankind’s dream to fly was thus postponed until th...
  • Unmanned Tanker to Refuel Fighter Jets In Flight
    Unmanned Tanker to Refuel Fighter Jets In Flight December 21 2018
    Boeing has secured a $90.4 million contract to deliver the MQ-25A Stingray to the US Navy. Boeing Defence, Space & Security recently won a contract to design, develop, fabricate, test, deliver, and support four MQ-25A Stingray unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), integrating them into the aircraft carrier air wing.  “Once operational, the MQ-25A Stingray will be the world’s first carrier-based, unmanned aircraft, providing a robust organic refuelling capabili...
  • Budget Delay to Submarine
    Budget Delay to Submarine November 8 2018
    Indonesia's mini-submarine project hit the budget delay. Fate of the project is not determined yet.   An explanation came from the Indonesian PT Palindo Shipyard. According to the statement, the 22-meter mini-submarine project to be built with local facilities may be disrupted. The negotiations that have been going on since 2017 have been positive, but no contract has been signed yet. The reason for this is the failure to fund the project. PT Palindo planned to st...
  • Aircraft Carrier to Become Museum
    Aircraft Carrier to Become Museum November 8 2018
    India decided the fate of its retired aircraft carrier INS Viraat (R 22). According to the recently approved plan, it will serve as a museum ship and adventure centre. The platform will be grounded on the Nivati Rocks which placed 7 nautical miles off the coast of Mumbai and then sealed into concrete.   The platform, which was commissioned by the Royal Navy in 1959 under the name of HMS Hermes (R 12), was sold to India in 1986. The following year, she entered the new ...
  • New Surface Combatant of Canada
    New Surface Combatant of Canada October 31 2018
    Canada has made its decision for the new surface combatant. After the decision, the preferred candidate was announced. According to a statement from BAE Systems, it was reported that the selection was in favour of the Type 26 frigate.   Following the selection of Type 26 of Australia, the company emphasized Canada's most accurate choice. Type 26 ships, developed to replace Type 23 class platforms already serving in the Royal Navy, are intended to be important for ...
  • First Foreign Customer to Fire Scout
    First Foreign Customer to Fire Scout October 15 2018
    Taiwan media announced new military procurement. It is reported that the Pentagon has approved the sale of MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter systems to Taipei. This makes Taiwan the first export customer of the MQ-8B Fire Scout platform. Taiwan was planning to replace the aging MD 500 helicopters with MH-60R Romeo helicopters. However, as most of the budget of Republic of China Navy allocated to the programs with high priority such as the indigenious submarine project, Because of ...
  • Kazakhstan signed an agreement with Russia
    Kazakhstan signed an agreement with Russia October 1 2018
    Under the agreement, the Astana administration gained to military access to Russia's navigational system GLONASS. Kazkosmos, the aeronautical and space committee of Kazakhstan, will be presented as a source for the use of the system. Armed forces and military topographers will be primart users of system. GLONASS, which includes altitude, coordinate and position calculation as well as programming of guidance systems as application areas, has high precision. Kazakhstan, India and Algeria ar...
  • Drones Prepare For Dog Fight September 20 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) scored the first air-to-air kill for the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during trials late last year, the service disclosed on 19 September. The successful test late last year showed the U.S. Air Force that an unmanned vehicle like the MQ-9 has the ability to conduct air-to-air combat, much like its manned fighter brethren such as an F-15 Eagle or F-22 Raptor, according to Col. Julian Cheater, comma...
  • India's Tejas Clears In-Flight Refuelling Barrier September 7 2018
    Indian Tejas aircraft has successfully demonstrated the ability of air to air refuelling MK aircraft with an Ilyushin Il-78MKI tanker. Despite the recent milestone, the Aeronautical Development Agency's Tejas programme is still running behind schedule. As of 31 August, some 4,139 test flights had been completed since the single- engined type's debut in 2001. Aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has so far delivered only nine Tejas Mk1s under a Mar...
  • US Navy Selects Builder For New MQ-25 Stingray Aerial Refueling Drone
    US Navy Selects Builder For New MQ-25 Stingray Aerial Refueling Drone September 3 2018
    The US Navy has awarded Boeing Defence an $805.3 million contract to develop four MQ-25A Stingray carrier-based unmanned refuelling aircraft. Boeing will design, develop, produce, test, deliver and support the MQ-25A unmanned air vehicles, including integrate into the carrier air wing for an initial operational capability by 2024. Besides Boeing, Lockheed Martin and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems were competing. Boeing manufactured a full-scale and functional aircraf...
  • China has Taken Delivery of New Aircraft
    China has Taken Delivery of New Aircraft August 6 2018
    The People's Liberation Army Navy has taken new aircraft. 12 JL-10H advanced jet trainer pack launched at the ceremony which held in Naval Aeronautical University will take part in the training of pilots who will serve in the Chinese Navy. The Chinese Navy has gone through new steps in pilot training programs. In this context, PLAN transferred pilot training to Naval Aeronautical University and dropped the training process to two stages after the university. ...
  • New FREMM in Inventory
    New FREMM in Inventory July 27 2018
    France received the new FREMM. Ship christened as FS Bretagne and her pennant number is D655. She is the fifth FREMM to join the French Navy. FS Bretagne was built in a anti-submarine warfare configuration. FREMMs, the only frigates capable of launching naval cruise missile platforms which designed and developed in Europe, can be configured according to different task types. According to its configuration, the platform, which can reach 6000 tons of displacem...
  • GA-ASI Completes Testing of Arresting Hook and HDD for MQ-25
    GA-ASI Completes Testing of Arresting Hook and HDD for MQ-25 July 25 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) concluded performance testing of the arresting hook Hold Down Damper (HDD) for its proposed MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial refuelling aircraft for the U.S. Navy, company announced from its web page. GA-ASI worked in collaboration with a team from GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit in Helmond, Netherlands. Fokker is slated to supply the arresting hook for the GA-ASI bid. The test simulated dynamic conditions providing perfor...
  • Vikrant on the Sea at 2020
    Vikrant on the Sea at 2020 July 25 2018
    The Indian Navy made a statement about the INS Vikrant. In the statement, Vikrant will start the sea tests in 2020. Completion of the integration propulsion, power generation, deck machinery and auxillary equipments also announced. Currently, the ship's aircraft, navigation, communications, sensor and weapon integration studies are ongoing.  Directorate of Naval Design of Indian Navy designed the ship with the aid of Fincantieri and Russian Navy Design Bureau. Pla...
  • US offers India armed Guardian UAV variant
    US offers India armed Guardian UAV variant July 24 2018
    Reuters claimed that, India received an amendment to its purchase of several General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian UAVs from the United States. US had already offered to sell India unarmed surveillance platforms for the Indian Navy (IN) now it is changed to weaponized version of UAVs.  Based on the MQ-9 Reaper, the Guardian can be equipped with air-to-land missiles, anti-ship missiles and laser guided bombs. The proposed deal has a value of $2-3 billion. If the purch...
  • Skyguardian is First Male to complete Transatlantic Flight
    Skyguardian is First Male to complete Transatlantic Flight July 12 2018
    A Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) crossed Atlantic Ocean and landed at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford, U.K., July 11 . At the end of journey UAV became the first MALE RPA to successfully complete a transatlantic flight. The GA-ASI-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian took off from Grand Forks, North Dakota, July 10. The flight covered 3,760 nautical miles in 24 hours 2 minutes.
  • ZAHA Shows It's Face
    ZAHA Shows It's Face June 28 2018
    During the session held during 9th Defence Technologies Congress at METU, ZAHA's last version has presented for the first time. Burak Sağ, who made a presentation on behalf of the FNSS within the scope of the session, shared an image of ZAHA, one of the projects of the company, unveiled the lasets pictures of platform. The Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicles (Zırhlı Amfibi Hücum Araçları / ZAHA) Project, which has been supplied by the Undersecretariat of Defence...
  • MALE UAV to cross Atlantic Ocean
    MALE UAV to cross Atlantic Ocean June 27 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. plans to make the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight of a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). GA-ASI’s company-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA is due to take off from its base in North Dakota and embark on nearly 6,500 km journey to RAF Fairford piloted by an operator located at the aerospace company's Flight Test and Training Centre in Grand Forks. It has a wingspan of 79ft and can fly non-stop for in excess o...
  • The Last Hobart Launched
    The Last Hobart Launched May 19 2018
    The Royal Australian Navy's latest ship was launched. With hhe ceremony held at the Osborne Naval Shipyard, a Hobart Class air defense destroyer HMAS Sydney (D42), launched. Fitting works of the ship will continue until 2019. Hobart Class destroyers, which are developed on Navantia's F100 design, are 140 meters long. Ships of the class can reach 28-knot speed and 5000 nautical miles range. Ships built under the 9 billion Australian Dolar program integrated into American Aegis missile ...
  • MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range
    MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range May 18 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $206 million contract to retrofit 122 MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft, the US Department of Defence announced on 16 May. Work is expected to be complete by 20 June 2024.  General Atomics will retrofit the MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper drones with extended-range, beyond-line-of-sight, and Barrett asymmetrical digital datalink computer (BADDC) router modification kits. These upgrades will enable the ...
  • Contested Deployment by China
    Contested Deployment by China May 4 2018
    Beijing has installed anti-ship cruise and surface-to-air missiles in the Spratly islands west of the Philippines, the Chinese foreign ministry has confirmed. Intelligence assessments say the missile platforms were moved to the outposts in the strategic Spratly Islands within the past 30 days. The land-based anti-ship cruise missiles, designated as YJ-12B, allow China to strike surface vessels within 295 nautical miles while the long-range surface-to-air missiles designate...