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  • Evacuation of Staff Starts at Theodore Roosevelt
    Evacuation of Staff Starts at Theodore Roosevelt April 2 2020
    After the coronavirus was detected in more than 70 crews of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Captain Brett Crozier wrote to the Pacific Fleet on the issue and asked for the evacuation of the crew. US Defence Secretary Mark Esper's statements on the issue made a public impression. Esper stated that the situation is not serious enough to require the evacuation of the staff at the moment. Speaking at a press conference at the White House, Naval Operations Comman...
  • Turkey Provides Health Assistance to NATO Allies
    Turkey Provides Health Assistance to NATO Allies April 1 2020
    Turkey has sent health equipment to Italy and Spain.  Health supplies have departed from Ankara’s Etimesgut Airport prepared for Spain and Italy which have been severely affected by COVID-19 and are currently battling against the virus. Protective face masks, protective eye masks, overalls and anti-bacterial fluids were sent to Italy and Spain via A400M aircraft belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces. The health supplies were delivered to the Spanish officials.
  • Domestic Battery for ASELSAN Products
    Domestic Battery for ASELSAN Products March 26 2020
    The studies carried out for the transition to domestic sub-components from the foreign one, which used in domestic products continues. ASELSAN recently made an important announcement from its official social media account. "Our activities for the production of materials used in ASELSAN products domestically are continues. Finally, Li-Ion battery blocks acquired from foreign suppliers were localized through TSKGV affiliate ASPİLSAN." announcement made. Thus, elect...
  • Turkish Black Hawk on Trials
    Turkish Black Hawk on Trials March 25 2020
    The T70 Utility Helicopter Program, which was launched for the utility helicopter requirement of the Turkish Armed Forces and the fire fighting helicopter need of the General Directorate of Forestry, continues its progress. Presidency of Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı / SSB), which is the military acquirement corporation of Turkey, shared an information from its official social media accounts about the testing activities of the platform. In the statement, &...
  • Europe’s Biggest Air Show Cancelled
    Europe’s Biggest Air Show Cancelled March 22 2020
    Farnborough International Air Show is cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. The biennial Farnborough International Air Show has officially been cancelled for 2020. Organizers for the air show announced the cancellation but did not provide specific date about timing.
  • Domestic Armoured Vehicle to Turkish Armed Forces
    Domestic Armoured Vehicle to Turkish Armed Forces March 20 2020
    The Turkish Armed Forces continues to meet the need for armoured vehicles from domestic sources, as in other areas. Within the scope of the agreement signed with BMC in the past years, Vuran deliveries continue. The Presidency of Defence Industries has announced the delivery with the "#Vuran deliveries to our security forces within the scope of the "Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicles (Taktik Tekerlekli Zırhlı Araç / TTZA) Project, 🔹 Manufacturer: BMC". words fr...
  • UK Army to Receive Orders from Whatsapp
    UK Army to Receive Orders from Whatsapp March 19 2020
    The UK was isolated on government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus, which increased the degree of use of communication technologies. According to information shared on the Internet, the UK Army will be able to receive official orders through the WhatsApp app, as part of virus prevention. In the shared article, it was stated that orders placed on WhatsApp will be taken as seriously as the written instructions given by the regular chain of command.
  • 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. ...
  • Final Tejas, First Flight
    Final Tejas, First Flight March 18 2020
    Having an adventure full of problems and failures within the scope of the domestic aircraft production program, Tejas is on its way to be operational. LCA Tejas (Light Combat Aircraft), developed by indigenously, has left an important milestone behind. According to Indian officials, the platform is the SP-21 model, which is the Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard. There are some improvements in this model compared to the predecessor LCA prototypes. These improvements include ...
  • Will Indonesia Buy Su-35?
    Will Indonesia Buy Su-35? March 17 2020
    In the past few days, Bloomberg had quoted an unnamed official "familiar with the matter" on 12 March as saying that Jakarta had recently decided against moving ahead with the plan to procure the 11 fighter aircraft for about USD1.1 billion. The director of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS), said on 16 March, denying media reports that Jakarta, under US pressure, has dropped a deal to buy 11 of the Russian-made fighters. "There is no offici...
  • Eurasia is postponed due to Virus
    Eurasia is postponed due to Virus March 14 2020
    The COVID-19 virus also affected the Eurasia Aviation Fair. All national and international trade fairs in Turkey between March 16-April 30 are postponed to a later date. Due to this situation, the Eurasia Airshow has been postponed. The organizing committee released a statement from the websites: Dear Eurasia Airshow Family; Eurasia Airshow 2020 has been postponed to 24-28 June 2020 as a result of the measures taken by our government officials after 2 cases detected with C...
  • Indonesia cancels deal with Russia
    Indonesia cancels deal with Russia March 14 2020
    Bloomberg is reporting that Indonesia has walked away from the purchase of 11 Su-35 fighters after pressure from the United States. The deal between Indonesia and Russia has been in negotiations since 2017, and a contract was signed in February 2018 for the sale of 11 Sukhoi Su-35 fighters for the Indonesian Air Force. An anonymous Indonesian official told Bloomberg that Washington had warned Jakarta that buying the Russian fighters will risk the South East Asian country being penalize...
  • The withdrawal of US Forces from Afghanistan Begins
    The withdrawal of US Forces from Afghanistan Begins March 10 2020
    The US military announced today that it has started withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, part of a peace deal signed with the Taliban, to reduce its personnel to 8,600 troops within 135 days. Earlier today, five official sources indicated that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani would issue a decree with releasing at least 1,000 Taliban detainees later this week, clearing the way for direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The Taliban want the Afghan pres...
  • 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...
  • Production of F-35 Will Be Stopped Due to Coronavirus
    Production of F-35 Will Be Stopped Due to Coronavirus March 7 2020
      Coronavirus measures around the world caused the cancellation of various fairs. The virus also caused production lines to be stopped. The number of virus cases in Japan surpassed a thousand people on March 4, according to reports from the World Health Organization and local media. Lockheed Martin and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plan to shut down production at the F-35’s Final Assembly and Check-Out facility in Nagoya, Japan the week of 9-13 March due to fears ...
  • DIMDEX 2020 Cancelled due to Corona Virus
    DIMDEX 2020 Cancelled due to Corona Virus March 3 2020
      Following the cancellation of a number of global events including the Mobile World Conference in Spain, ITB in Germany and the Geneva International Auto Show, the DIMDEX 2020 organising committee has been consulting with public health officials and the Government of the State of Qatar regarding the status of the event. After extensive consideration, the organising committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the event. Though the risk to the general...
  • Last Hobart Received by Australia
    Last Hobart Received by Australia March 2 2020
    Australia, which phased out the Adelaide-class frigates that have reached end of their economic life, continues to commission new platforms. As part of the program launched by the Royal Australian Navy received the third and last Hobart class destroyer. At the ceremony held in Adelaide, the ship transferred from Osborne Shipyard to the navy will serve with the name of HMAS Sydney (42). The ship, which is officially scheduled to commission on M...
  • 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...
  • Pakistan May Prefer Chinese Helicopter Instead of T129 Atak and AH-1Z
    Pakistan May Prefer Chinese Helicopter Instead of T129 Atak and AH-1Z February 28 2020
    Pakistan may prefer Chinese Z-10ME attack helicopter instead of Turkish T129 Atak and US AH-1Z Viper choppers. Pakistani official gave the signal of some changes in the procurement process. According to a statement from a Pakistani high-rank officer, roadmap of country's attack helicopter acquisition process may change. Struggling with budget issues as well as lack of materials, Islamabad signaled that T129 Atak and AH-1Z Viper procurement could be abandoned. In case of fai...
  • EO/IR Targeting Pod Step of ASELSAN
    EO/IR Targeting Pod Step of ASELSAN February 26 2020
    ASELSAN adds new one to its efforts to develop new technologies with Turkish defence acquisition instute, Presidency of Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı /SSB). Workshop on Development of New Generation EO / IR Targeting Pod for the use of Turkish Security Forces was organized in collaboration with ASELSAN and SSB. Presidency of Defence Industries announced the workshop form its official social media accounts with "The Workshop on Development of a New Generati...
  • Azerbaijani Advanced Jet Trainer Acquisition
    Azerbaijani Advanced Jet Trainer Acquisition February 25 2020
    Carrying out studies on replace its Soviet-style vehicles with Western systems, Azerbaijan has announced a new platform to replace the advanced jet traininer in its inventory. Baku will replace the L-39 Albatros advanced jet trainer, which have been in service for many years, with Leonardo M-346s. Within the scope of the procurement process announced by President Heydar Aliyev, number of M-346s to acquire, supply schedule and costs were not specified. In May...
  • 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...
  • US Seeks to Produce Javelin Missile in India
    US Seeks to Produce Javelin Missile in India February 14 2020
    The USA continues its efforts to expand its production line investments to overseas factories. In this context, a feasibility study was conducted with India. Within the scope of the "Made in India" Program, India, which cooperates with domestic and foreign investors and carries out efforts to strengthen its defense infrastructure, has aimed FGM-142 Javelin missiles. Raytheon and Lockheed Martin subsidiary carried out feasibility studies for possible cooperation with Bharat...
  • Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall
    Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall February 14 2020
    The Pentagon is seeking to divert $3.8 billion, mainly from its fiscal 2020 weapons procurement budget, to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall. The plan, which came from the Department of Homeland Security in January, will be officially released by the Office of the Secretary of Defence. A list of talking points was sent across the Pentagon earlier today, noting that the money will go toward funding a 230-mile long wall. The biggest item on the list is a $650 million Ame...
  • ASELSAN March
    ASELSAN March February 13 2020
    Turkish defence company ASELSAN, which has frequently announcing with its investments and innovative steps as well as R&D and product studies, shared different images from usual this time from its social media accounts. ASELSAN Anthem composed for the company was shared on ASELSAN's official social media accounts. The video, accompanied by images captured in different parts of the company, aroused great interest.
  • US to Transfer 100 Soldiers into Space Force
    US to Transfer 100 Soldiers into Space Force February 12 2020
    The U.S. Army plans to transfer 100 soldiers into the U.S. Space Force beginning in 2021, according to service officials and budget documents. It’s the first time any service outside of the Air Force has identified members that will transfer into the Space Force, the new branch of the military within the Air Force created in December. The Navy has yet to say how many of its sailors it plans to transfer. The Air Force plans to shift some 6,000 airmen into the Space Force by yea...
  • Nuclear Submarine Will Be Inventory Within Two Months
    Nuclear Submarine Will Be Inventory Within Two Months February 11 2020
    The Borei-A Class Knyaz Vladimir submarine, developed under the Project 955A modernization program for the Russian Navy, has a short time to enter the inventory. Russian officials announced that the platform, which provides its energy from nuclear power, has successfully completed extensive tests. Knyaz Vladimir will be delivered to the Russian Navy in about a month and a half. It was floated out in November 2017. According to the data of Russia’s Defence Ministry, the sub Knyaz Vladimi...
  • FNSS MAV on Sea Trials
    FNSS MAV on Sea Trials February 10 2020
    ZAHA (Zırhlı Amfibi Hücum Aracı / Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle), developed by FNSS with domestic capabilities, is stepping towards its mission in TCG Anadolu. FNSS company shared images of ZAHA's sea trials on its official social media account. In the first image, the movement of the platform on the soft ground on the shore, while in the second photo, ZAHA was seen during swimming. At the 8th Marine Systems Seminar held last October, C4Defence has released i...
  • US Space Radar Become Operational
    US Space Radar Become Operational February 7 2020
    The USA continues its attempts to increase its space capability. In addition to the investments made in space based observation and navigation systems, studies initiated for the observation of space are also close to conclusion. According to a senior official from the US Department of Defense, Air Force is very close to activating the radar that it will use in its mission to observe objects in orbit. The Combined Space Operations Center, which is planned to reach operational capabil...
  • Second Phase of ASELSAN "ATOM" Completed
    Second Phase of ASELSAN "ATOM" Completed February 5 2020
    ASELSAN continues to delivery process of the indigenous products as well as R&D activities and sales. Within the scope of the delivery process of ATOM 35 mm Particle Ammunition, the second batch product was taken to the Turkish Armed Forces inventory at the Karapınar Test and Evaluation Group Command of the Ministry of National Defence. Presidency of Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı / SSB), which responsible for acquisition and r&D processes of a...
  • Armed Drone Delivered to Turkey
    Armed Drone Delivered to Turkey February 3 2020
    Turkey continues studies on many different types of unmanned aerial vehicle projects and put a new one into inventory. Presidency of Defence Industries announced that the Songar armed drone system was delivered to the security forces. Instution announced the delivery with "Songar armed drone systems developed as part of our Armed Mini / Micro UAV Project were delivered to our security forces." expression from the official social media accounts. Developed to ...
  • Poland Signs $4.6B F-35 Deal
    Poland Signs $4.6B F-35 Deal February 1 2020
    Poland officially signed a Foreign Military Sales Agreement to buy 32 F-35A. worth $4.6 billion. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the price tag. The original State Department approval allowed for a price as high as $6.5 billion. Delivery is scheduled to being in 2024. Low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot 13 F-35As are already priced below $80 million a copy (including engines) for the so-called flyaway cost. FMS deals include logistics, training and other support...
  • Loitering Munition to Turkish Armed Forces
    Loitering Munition to Turkish Armed Forces January 31 2020
    The first batch of loitering munition delivery to the Turkish Armed Forces officially completed. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir announced the deliveries from official Twitter account with "We made the first Kamikaze Mini UAV KARGU-2 delivery to our security forces within the scope of the signed contract." words. The autonomy level of Kargu-2, which has features such as increased endurance and low noise level, is higher than its p...
  • 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...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? January 30 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • New Ballistic Missile from India
    New Ballistic Missile from India January 28 2020
    India has successfully tested its new nuclear-equipped ballistic missile K-4 in the Bay of Bengal. The new indigenously-built K-4 intermediate-range submarine-launched ballistic missile has a maximum range of 3,500 kilometres. Indian officials believe that the K-4’s accuracy is far better than any Chinese ballistic missile. India’s Defence Research and Development Organization is said to proceed next to develop a longer-ranged SLBM with a maximum range, using knowledge and experie...
  • Modernised T-72 for Ukraine
    Modernised T-72 for Ukraine January 28 2020
    In order to modernize the army and improve its capabilities, Ukraine continues its modernization and procurement activities. In this context, the Armed Forces of Ukraine received additional modernised main battle tanks. In the official social media account of the Ukranya Logistics Command, it was announced that the army received 15 T-72 tanks, which were modernized and upgraded to T-72AMT level. The Kiev government plans to receive 10 additional tanks by the end of January. Wit...
  • M4K Recovery Vehicle Passed Tests
    M4K Recovery Vehicle Passed Tests January 24 2020
    M4K (Partially Mine Protected Recovery Vehicle), which will perform a recovery mission for wheeled vehicles, has completed its qualification tests. The Presidency of Defence Industries made an announcement in its official accounts, "The qualification tests of thePartially Mine Protected Recovery Vehicle, which produced by MPG indigenously, has been completed qualification tests succesfully." A total of 29 M4K will put into Turkish armed forces inventory....
  • US Navy Retires Nuclear Submarine
    US Navy Retires Nuclear Submarine January 23 2020
    Continuing to put Virginia class submarines into service, the American Navy is also retiring platforms that are at the end of their economic life. Los Angeles class submarines, which were work horse of the US Navy during the Cold War, are slowly phasing out. The USA officially initiated the inactivation process of USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) at a ceremony held at the Naval Underwater Museum located in Keyport, Washington. The submarine, which has been in naval service fo...