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  • Qatar's Corveti Begins Naval Tests
    Qatar's Corveti Begins Naval Tests 21 November 2020
    Fincantieri's Al Zubarah (F 101) corvette, built for the Qatari Navy, began naval testing. The delivery schedule of the corvette, which Qatar plans to use effectively in air defence operations, had delay due to COVID-19. The platform, which was pulled into the dry pool in November 2018, has an displacement of 3,250 tons. Al Zubarah-class corvettes, which have a drive system consisting of four diesel engines, are said to be 107 meters long and about 15 meters wide. ...
  • Private Firms Begin Military Production in China
    Private Firms Begin Military Production in China 19 November 2020
    China carried out drills to test civilian mobilization and equipment demand during combat. Civilian factories were put into military production at the event. Private firms, which received demand for large platform trailers as part of the exercise in southwest China, initiated national defence mobilization protocols, putting together a large number of transport equipment and personnel. China's war-time industrial potential has been tested, analysts said. In addition, ci...
  • Anduril Introduces Its New Drone
    Anduril Introduces Its New Drone 16 November 2020
    U.S.-based firm Anduril has introduced the Ghost 4 UAV, capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). The vehicle uses machine learning to analyse imagery and identify targets, but it also relies on more conventional rules-based software for critical control and decision-making among swarm teammates. The drone, which is planned to be used in intelligence and reconnaissance operations, is described as a modular system. The platform can be installed by an operator in less...
  • Crypto Espionage, Known to Swiss Intelligence Service for 27 Years, Spoken in Parliament
    Crypto Espionage, Known to Swiss Intelligence Service for 27 Years, Spoken in Parliament 12 November 2020
    Earlier in February, the world read about years of espionage activity published by the Washington Post with the headline "The intelligence coup of the century."  It was revealed that US and German intelligence had been listening to countries since the Cold War, using crypto devices produced by Swiss-based firm Crypto AG. It was revealed by documents that nearly 120 countries, including Turkey, had purchased devices from Crypto AG. Two of the "biggest&qu...
  • ASELSAN Announces New Electro-Optical Systems Will Be Available Soon
    ASELSAN Announces New Electro-Optical Systems Will Be Available Soon 10 November 2020
    ASELSAN has been working since the 1990s in the field of Electro-Optical Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems, which are heavily used in residential areas such as the outpost, base area, checkpoint and critical facility, as well as border surveillance. There are more than 120 products developed by the company within this framework. ASELSAN production electro-optical solutions are used in approximately 40 countries. Electro-optical products were the subject of the 107th ...
  • BAE Systems' New Sensor
    BAE Systems' New Sensor 29 October 2020
    BAE Systems introduced Athena 1920, a high-resolution thermal sensor that combines infrared image clarity with wide angle. Described as compact, lightweight and low in power consumption, the sensor provides the situational awareness needed for the user to make critical decisions in aerial exploration and environmental safety operations. With the Athena 1920, the thermal camera offers 60 Hz clarity and high resolution. According to BAE Systems, the sensor offers a...
  • New Milestone at 5G
    New Milestone at 5G 25 October 2020
    Technology demonstration of TR713-7GHz radio link communication was performed in the End-to-End Domestic and National 5G Communication Network Project carried out under the coordination of HAVELSAN.   The screening attended by the Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank was held in Ostim Teknokent. 12 km on trial. 4 4K videos were successfully transmitted simultaneously with the 7GHz radio link in the distance.   Minister Varank hel...
  • Korea's Training Ship to Enter Service at The Beginning of the Year
    Korea's Training Ship to Enter Service at The Beginning of the Year 23 October 2020
    The Republic of Korea's first training ship, built with reduced radar visibility, was delivered to the navy. Delivered two years after its launch, the Hansando training vessel is 142 metres long and can reach more than 12,000 kilometres at a speed of 18 knots. The ship has a capacity of 400 crew, which will be used to training Navy students, and has spacious conference rooms and separate practice rooms. Hansando, where two navy helicopters can be deployed, could be dep...
  • End of 34 Years at USMC: Super Cobras Retired
    End of 34 Years at USMC: Super Cobras Retired 21 October 2020
    Bell AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters, which have served the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) for nearly 34 years, have been retired. The AH-1W, which made its final flight last week, was the backbone of the USMC's fleet of special attack helicopters. Super Cobras, who also participated in the 1991 Gulf War, participated in USCM's operations for more than 930,000 hours. The AH-1Ws, who served during the US interventions in Haiti, Yugoslavia and Libya, continued their combat-r...
  • NATO's Space Centre in Germany
    NATO's Space Centre in Germany 20 October 2020
    The US-owned Ramstein Air Base, in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate state, will host the new NATO space centre, German media reported. The establishment of the centre, which is scheduled to be on the agenda of the alliance's defence ministers' meeting on October 22nd, has emerged due to the dissolution of space capabilities among global powers. The United States, Russia and China have invested he greatly in space technology in recent years, but most do not share ...
  • Armelsan's Kâşif The New Robot of Ships
    Armelsan's Kâşif The New Robot of Ships 20 October 2020
    Armelsan Defense Technologies, which produces solutions in the field of underwater acoustic systems, has integrated the remotely commendable underwater robot Kâşif into the Fatih drilling vessel. The robot, which carried out mechanical operations in drilling activities up to 3,000 meters depth, was the result of the work of 35 engineers. The Kâşif conveys images underwater in real-time and is able to perform activities such as cleaning the head of the drilling ...
  • Serbia Considers Buying Turkish Armed UAVs
    Serbia Considers Buying Turkish Armed UAVs 7 October 2020
    Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told media on Monday evening that his country is interested in buying Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). President Vucic praised Bayraktar combat drones, noting that Serbia is very interested in drone systems and will certainly buy more of them in the future. "We will see whether we will reach an agreement with the Turkish side. In any case, these are very good drones. I have to give the Turkish manufacturers their due,&qu...
  • U.S. to Support Egyptian Maritime Protection
    U.S. to Support Egyptian Maritime Protection 3 October 2020
    The U.S. State Department said it has approved the sale of maritime domain awareness (MDA) and related equipment to the Egyptian government. Egypt plans to use the MDA to provide "real-time situational awareness of maritime observation capability" in the defence of the maritime border, natural resources and ports. Equipment with approximately $417 million in sales: 34 integrated fixed towers with supporting equipment; 28 communication towers with suppor...
  • Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget
    Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget 2 October 2020
    The Defence Ministry on Wednesday requested a record ¥5.49 trillion ($55 billion) budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2021, to expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.   The request is up 3.3 per cent from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2021, with defence spending expected to rise. Japan’s defence spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Shinzo Abe t...
  • Turkey to Compete for NATO
    Turkey to Compete for NATO 30 September 2020
    NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency announced the countries that will move on to the next phase of the 2020 NCI Agency Defence Innovation Challenge, which is being held for the fifth time this year. This year, the competition focuses on improving radar and data processing so that NATO can take advantage of existing technologies in the defence sector for its air operations. Canada, Czechia, Germany, Poland and Turkey will compete in the competition. The jury, w...
  • GA-ASI Conducts Sparrowhawk sUAS Flight Tests
    GA-ASI Conducts Sparrowhawk sUAS Flight Tests 27 September 2020
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced with a press release that the company conducted captive carry Sparrowhawk Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) flight demonstrations on September 16-17, 2020. The Sparrowhawk aircraft is designed as an airborne launch and recovery demonstrator aircraft tailored to fit GA-ASI platforms and is focused on Advanced Battle Management System’s attritableONE technologies. Sparrowhawk iterates on the DARPA Gremlins Program to further airborne rec...
  • Israel Wants Osprey
    Israel Wants Osprey 26 September 2020
    Israel is in the process of renegotiation with the United States to buy the V-22 Osprey. Israel, which has been seeking to buy the Bell-Boeing co-production air platform since 2012, suspended its Osprey purchase in February 2020 due to budget concerns. Israel wants to begin the new negotiation process by purchasing 12 V-22 Ospreys, an additional AE 1107C Rolls Royce Engine and AN/AAQ-27 infrared radar.  The platform, which has the capabilities of landing and hanging i...
  • HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout
    HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout 25 September 2020
        US Navy, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 received their first MQ-8C Firescout on Sept. 15 aboard Naval Station Norfolk.  HSC-22 marks the first East Coast squadron to operate all three systems to include the MH-60S Knighthawk, MQ-8B Firescout, and MQ-8C Firescout. The newly added capability of the MQ-8C combines the capabilities of the MQ-8B with the MH-60S Knighthawk to improve the Navy’s ability to investigate and target hostile su...
  • China's New Drone
    China's New Drone 24 September 2020
    China introduces the new variant of the Z-5 rotary wing UAV at the 6th Military Technology Fair. Nanjing Research Institute on Simulation Technique (NRIST), a manufacturer for the unmanned helicopter named Z-5 B/H, explained that "it performs many functions such as three-dimensional control, automatic take-off and landing, online mission plan". The Z-5 rotary wing drone was first introduced in September 2011, but no definitive information about the platform was available i...
  • 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...
  • First Flight of Mi-8MTV5-1
    First Flight of Mi-8MTV5-1 23 September 2020
    Russia made the first training flight of the new Mi-8MTV5-1 utility helicopter, which was modernized at its military base in Tajikistan. Equipped with an advanced navigation system for aerial defence systems, the Cockpit of the Mi-8MTV5-1 used lighting equipment suitable for the use of night vision goggles. Thus, the helicopter's day and night operations were operationalized to fly at low altitude and to take off and land in unmarked areas. Launched in Tajikistan in early Septem...
  • Images from Colombia's New Corvette
    Images from Colombia's New Corvette 22 September 2020
    New images have been shared from the Po Hang-class corvette donated by the Republic of Korea to Colombia. The corvette, called Almirante Tono, shows Leonardo twin 40L70 mm cannons being replaced with two M61A1 Sea Vulcans. Korea carried out adaptation, repair and maintenance work before delivering the platform to Colombia. The ship will move to Colombia at the end of this month (September 2020) and will be deployed to the Caribbean for maritime control and narcotics operations. ...
  • Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy
    Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy 22 September 2020
    Austria will buy a general-purpose helicopter from Italy. Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner says they plan to buy 18 AW169M helicopters from Italy for €300m. Italian company Leonardo was chosen from among the U.S. and German companies. The AW169Ms, the military variable of the AW169 helicopter, will replace the Alouette III helicopters, which have been in inventory for nearly 50 years. The helicopter with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210A engines is equippe...
  • Northrop Grumman wins $298 Million Contract to Develop SATCOM Spacecraft
    Northrop Grumman wins $298 Million Contract to Develop SATCOM Spacecraft 22 September 2020
    According to Space Force budget documents, the Force plans to award as many as three competitive rapid-prototyping contracts for Evolved Strategic Satellite (ESS). The Space and Missile Systems Centre announced the contract award Sept. 16 for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program, known as Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS). The satellite is to be completed by May 2025. Northrop Grumman Corp. received a $298 million contract to develop an anti-jam military satellite to ...
  • BAE to Deliver Archerfish Mine Neutralisers
    BAE to Deliver Archerfish Mine Neutralisers 21 September 2020
    BAE Systems will deliver Archerfish remote-controlled underwater mine neutraliser to US Navy. The Archerfish can be launched and operated from a surface ship, helicopter or an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). This is the fourth consecutive Archerfish contract awarded to BAE Systems since 2003. Archerfish is used by the US Navy’s MH-60S Helicopter squadrons (AN/ASQ-235) as part of the Airborne Mine Neutralisation capability, deployed from the Littoral Combat Ship.  It is...
  • Third Hercules Arrives Bangladesh
    Third Hercules Arrives Bangladesh 20 September 2020
      The Bangladesh Air Force’s(BAF) 3rd C-130J Super Hercules arrived Dhaka on 17 September 2020. The aircraft reached Dhaka, after conducting fuel stops in Cairo, Egypt, and Muscat, Oman. The C-130J aircraft is equipped with modern avionics and sophisticated technology which would be utilized for transportation of materials, personnel, humanitarian assistance both at home and abroad and to support United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. British company Marshall A...
  • Russia’s Tu-160 Carriers Break Non-Stop Flight Record
    Russia’s Tu-160 Carriers Break Non-Stop Flight Record 20 September 2020
    Two Russian Tu-160 strategic missile carriers have broken their own world record for non-stop flight in their class, spending more than 25 hours continuously in the air. The Russian Aerospace Forces’ commander of long-range aviation Lt. Gen. Sergey Kobylash told World record to reporters on Saturday. Strategic bombers flew more than 20,000 kilometres [12,400 miles]. During the flight, which took place over neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, as ...
  • Guided-missile corvette "Grayvoron" first went to sea for sea trials
    Guided-missile corvette "Grayvoron" first went to sea for sea trials 20 September 2020
    Guided-missile corvette "Graivoron", built for the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, began its first launch to sea for the purpose of factory sea trials according to the statement released on Saturday by the press service of the fleet. It is specified that the tests are carried out by the regular crew together with the factory commissioning team in order to check the operation of power plants, steering gear, auxiliary mechanisms, communications, navigation and oth...
  • France Retires First Stratotanker
    France Retires First Stratotanker 18 September 2020
        French Air Force and Space Command ( Armée de l'Air de l'Espace / AdlAdlE) retires the first C-135FR Stratotanker (Serial 475/93-CF).  AdlAdlE will cease aircraft from operations on 7 October 2020 The AdlAdlE started to use twelve Boeing C-135FRs from 1964 onwards. The dozen aircraft were assigned to the French Strategic Air Forces and mainly in use to support the nuclear-capable Mirage IVA. That nuclear deterrence mission was la...
  • Turkey Repairs Bangladesh Corvette
    Turkey Repairs Bangladesh Corvette 17 September 2020
    Republic of Turkey Ministry of National Defence (Millî Savunma Bakanlığı/ MSB) announced the completion of the repair of the BNS BIJOY corvette belonging to the Bangladesh Navy damaged by the explosion in Beirut. For repair of the BNS Bijoy corvette belonging to the Bangladesh Navy, which was heavily damaged in a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4th, Turkey had commissioned the offshore tug to bring the A-590 TCG Inebolu to Aksaz by taking the pl...
  • India to modernize BMP-2 / 2K infantry fighting vehicles
    India to modernize BMP-2 / 2K infantry fighting vehicles 15 September 2020
    The Indian Army has sent a RfP to national companies to take part in the planned modernization of 811 BMP-2 / 2K Sarath BMP-2 / 2K assembled under license. According to the Hindustan Times, interested companies must submit their proposals within six weeks. On September 4, the Indian Army Command announced that potential suppliers are required to develop a prototype BMP-2 / 2K equipped with a gunner's thermal imaging sight and a third-generation panoramic commander's sight, a...
  • F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds
    F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds 13 September 2020
      The Pentagon’s five-year budget plan for the F-35 falls short by as much as $10 billion, the military’s independent cost analysis unit has concluded, a new indication that the complex fighter jet may be too costly to operate and maintain according to Bloomberg News. The Defence Department’s blueprint for the next five fiscal years calls for requesting $78 billion for research and development, jet procurement, operations and maintenance and military...
  • New Wheeled Amphibious Self-Propelled Gate Bridge from China
    New Wheeled Amphibious Self-Propelled Gate Bridge from China 11 September 2020
    According to People's Liberation Army Daily News report, unit of the 78th Army completed the first launch of a new 4X4 wheeled amphibious self-propelled gate bridge Load training. The training has started at mid-August. According to the leaders of the brigade, after two wheels enters the water, the bridge section on the vehicle can be opened to become a catwalk bridge. The door bridge of equipment and vehicles can be connected by multiple vehicles to form a floating bridge. Its ...
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • Firebird's Demo Video Shared
    Firebird's Demo Video Shared 7 September 2020
    Northrop Grumman released a video about the demo version of Firebird, developed in manned, autonomous and optional pilot configurations. Firebird, which will be used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance/ ISR missions, is designed to provide flexibility with open architecture and useful load integration. The Firebird product family is equipped with an autonomous mission-capable aircraft body; the time required for load integration has been reduced by the rapid...
  • Eyes of India on US F-35s 3 September 2020
    According to Eurasian Times, India may prefer the US's F-35 to the French Rafael. This controversy started to arise in India when the US started considering selling the F-35 to the UAE. India may want to see fifth-generation fighter jets amid ongoing tension with China. 4.5 generation French Rafale warplanes are known as a powerful aircraft. The twin-engine, canard-delta-wing aircraft is equipped with a wide variety of weapons and has the firepower to perform multi-role air-to-a...
  • AKSUNGUR Breaks its flying record:49 hours
    AKSUNGUR Breaks its flying record:49 hours 2 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industry's High Payload Capacity UAV AKSUNGUR increased non-stop flight time in its class by staying in the air for 49 hours. AKSUNGUR completed its 59th test flight with this flight. During this flight, the IHA drew the starry crescent flag to the sky at an altitude of 20 thousand feet. AKSUNGUR was designed for Multi-Role Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Assault Missions. Performing day / night Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Assa...
  • US Special Operations Command gets first brand-new Chinook variant
    US Special Operations Command gets first brand-new Chinook variant 2 September 2020
    U.S. Special Operations Command has taken receipt of its first MH-47G Block II Chinook from Boeing on time, according to a Sept. 1 company statement. A special operations Chinook weighs roughly 54,000 pounds while a conventional Chinook weighs 50,000 pounds. The upgrades in the Block II version include newly designed rotor blades, major changes to the drive system and other improvements like non-segmented fuel cells. Boeing produced three aircraft for flight test...
  • TB2 to Illuminate 230 Missile to Shoot
    TB2 to Illuminate 230 Missile to Shoot 30 August 2020
      ROKETSAN unveiled a new system 230 mm laser-guided artillery missile system to provide firepower to land forces. As a result of military operations carried out across the border, Turkey realised the need for a newborn. The design of the Laser Guided 230 mm Artillery Missile System, whose requirements are determined by taking into account the urgent needs in the field, started in April 2020 during the Pandemic process. Sub-system verification studies were com...
  • US Plans to Stay in Turkey at least Until 2028
    US Plans to Stay in Turkey at least Until 2028 27 August 2020
    A Pentagon contract awarded to a US company indicates US plans to remain on US bases established in Turkey until 2028. Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., Houston, Texas, has been awarded a $974,000,000 contract for U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) base operating support. This contract provides day-to-day base operations and maintenance services throughout locations within USAFE-AFAFRICA. Work will be performed at Mor&oacut...