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  • 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...
  • FNSS AACE for the Philippine Combat Engineers
    FNSS AACE for the Philippine Combat Engineers February 11 2020
    FNSS, added a new one to its export successes. FNSS, which has facilities located in Ankara, inked an agreement with Philippines and added new country to its export customers. AACE (Armoured Amphibious Combat Earthmover), which has been operating successfully in the Turkish Armed Forces inventory, will serve in the Philippines Army. FNSS General Manager and CEO Nail Kurt has given good news of export in the interview with Anadolu Agency. While Kurt did not specify how many vehicles ...
  • 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...
  • TCG Anadolu is back at sea
    TCG Anadolu is back at sea February 3 2020
      Turkey's first Landing Helicopter Dock / LHD TCG Anatolia met sea again. After the completion of the main hull, the ship was launched the sea for a while and then moved back to the dry dock to complete the integration of the main propulsion and propulsion system. After these operations, he was taken to the pocket dock. Here, the ship's further test preparations will be made. Istanbul Sedef Shipyard is the primary constructor of the ship. Thousand 4...
  • Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean?
    Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean? February 3 2020
    Charles de Gaulle, France's aircraft carrier, turned its direction to the Eastern Mediterranean to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Paris, which wants to increase its military presence in the region, will deploy Charles De Gaulle at Limassol port in Greek Cypriot for several days next month. French Ambassador to Greek Cyprus Isabelle Dumont told the News Agency the aircraft carrier would arrive in the region in "just a few days" to take part in coalition operations against ISIS in ...
  • Wet Contacts from C29
    Wet Contacts from C29 January 29 2020
    The Airbus C295 tactical airlifter has successfully achieved its first wet contacts during an air-to-air- refuelling (AAR) tanker flight test campaign. First dry contacts of this flight test took place in December 2019 and were achieved using a closed ramp configuration. The wet contacts, conducted out of Seville, Spain, took place in January 2020, between one Airbus C295 aircraft in tanker configuration and a Spanish Air Force C295 acting as receiver. In total, the aircraft fitted wit...
  • New Machine Gun is "Safe"
    New Machine Gun is "Safe" January 27 2020
    Sig Sauer left behind an important step in their work to fill the gap between machine guns using 7.62x51mm NATO and 12.7x99mm BMG ammunition. The new system, called the MG 338, completed safety certification tests and entered the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) inventory. "This safety certification was achieved after the extraordinary performance of the entire MG 338 system with the challenges of the comprehensive functionality, durability and safety tests laid out...
  • Britain Works on Full Situational Awareness
    Britain Works on Full Situational Awareness January 25 2020
    British Company BAE Systems Israeli firm Elbit Systems are cooperating to build a new main battle tank (MBT) offering 360-degree situational awareness, for British Army urban operations. Elbit’s IronVision electro-optical system will provide the vision to the crew to see through tank armour wall. The company, along with the British army, have reportedly been working on the system to be integrated on to the Streetfighter II since January 2019. It will give the tank the ability ...
  • HGK-83 Ready for Mass Production
    HGK-83 Ready for Mass Production January 22 2020
    The qualification tests of the Precision Guidance Kit -83 (HGK-83) developed by the Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (TÜBİTAK-SAGE) have been completed and ready for mass production. HGK-83 is a GPS/INS guidance kit that turns existing 1000 lb Mk-83 general purpose bombs into air to ground smart weapons which can be released multiple by using BRU 57 ejector rack. Developed as a cost-effective solution, the kit ensures fewer bombs are used in operations and reduces th...
  • Wind of Change for F-35 Lightning II
    Wind of Change for F-35 Lightning II January 22 2020
    Lockheed Martin said on Tuesday that a cloud-based network would replace the computer-based logistics system in all its F-35 fighter jets by 2022 end. The Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN) will replace the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), which was blamed for delaying aircraft maintenance, one of the very things it was meant to facilitate. The system was made to underpin the F-35 fleet’s daily operations, ranging from mission planning and flight scheduling to repa...
  • Korean Ship to Hormuz
    Korean Ship to Hormuz January 21 2020
    A new one has been added to the safety measures taken in the Strait of Hormuz which is established under the leadership of the USA. Korea was added to the countries that deployed ships independently from the U.S. task force, especially as a result of actions against UK tankers. The Republic of Korea has decided to deploy a unit to the Strait of Hormuz for anti-piracy operations. In this context, Cheonghae Anti-Piracy Unit will be shifted to the region. The unit, which...
  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers January 7 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • MEHS for Turkish Navy
    MEHS for Turkish Navy January 7 2020
    Another program launched for the locally-built critical sub-components of the platforms operating in the Turkish Navy is finished. In this way, the electronic warfare capability of the Turkish Naval Forces has been increased. In the statement made by the Presidency of Defence Industries; ASELSAN's MEHS (Milli elektronik Harp Suiti / National Electronic Warfare Suite) integrated third and fourth Yavuz Class frigates and platforms delivered to the Navy. Under the co...
  • Modernisation Time for ACV-15s
    Modernisation Time for ACV-15s January 3 2020
    A modernization agreement was signed for the ACV-15s, which were developed in the late 1980s in line of needs of the Turkish Armed Forces. With the agreement signed on 31 December 2019, FNSS will also take part in the project as the subcontractor of ASELSAN. The survivability of the vehicles will be increased in line with the experience and feedback gained from the Turkish Army's operations in Syria. FNSS will carry out prototype production, qualification activities, integr...
  • New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan
    New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan December 30 2019
    Japan is being added to the Middle East chaos. After the tension between Washington and Tehran, the Tokyo Government decided to send the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) to the Middle East with an intelligence-gathering mission. The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) mission that will see several assets, including a helicopter-carrying destroyer, two maritime patrol aircraft, and 260 personnel being despatched to the Mid...
  • US Drill Near Russia
    US Drill Near Russia December 30 2019
    The United States has boosted its Navy's activity near the Chukotka Peninsula, building up its grouping and holding various drills. Chief of Staff of Russia's North-Eastern Joint Command Mikhail Bilichenko noted that the US Armed Forces displayed activity in that area before, but this was routine operational combat training. "The Chukotka operational area because the US Navy conducts its operations in that area," Bilichenko said, replying to a question about what the North-E...
  • Upgrading of F-16 Begins
    Upgrading of F-16 Begins December 28 2019
    Greece says it has signed an agreement with U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin that will allow a major upgrade of its F-16 fighter jet fleet over the next seven years. The defence ministry procurement agency announced Friday that the deal was signed Tuesday finalising details of Lockheed's use of a Greek subcontractor. The defence minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class ...
  • ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters
    ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters December 23 2019
      The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) to its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II at 17th Fighter Wing. The ROKAF has received 13 aircraft out of the 40 ordered under a KRW7.3 trillion (US$6.3 billion) deal signed in 2014. Reaching IOC level means that the aircraft are now operational but is limited to certain air operations including flying interdiction, essential close air support, and limited supp...
  • Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone
    Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone December 14 2019
    Swiss Air Force revealed its first Hermes 900 HFE reconnaissance drone on Emmen military airfield on Monday, December 9, 2019. Switzerland acquires drones from Elbit, Israel. Six of drones were purchased as part of the 2015 weapons program. The ADS 15 is the successor system for the ADS 95, which was decommissioned at the end of November 2019. But it is not yet flying as certification of drones by the Israeli civil aviation authorities has not been issued.  The Hermes...
  • Wind of Cooperation in the Mediterranean Sea December 12 2019
    US Navy mission group and Turkish Navy conducted training. Turkish Navy Gabya class (former Oliver H. Perry) TCG Gediz F495 and TCG Gaziantep f490 frigates participated in the training. The Nimitz Class Aircraft carrier from the US Navy to the 6th fleet USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) took part at training. The Turkish Ministry of Defence announced its Twitter account;  Turkish Naval Forces conduct Operation Mediterranean Shield (OMS) continuously and effectively to...
  • TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait
    TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait December 10 2019
    TAIS, established by the owners of four leading shipyards of Turkey, attends to Kuwait defence and aviation exhibition GDA. The company is established to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding for demanding customers all over the world. The group has completed a series of projects for the Turkish Ministry of Defence for Turkish Navy which has achieved a contemporary, powerful and modern force structure. Besides shipbuilding TAIS offers a total solution...
  • Milsoft Presents Link-M at GDA
    Milsoft Presents Link-M at GDA December 10 2019
    Milsoft attends with its Link-M product to the Gulf Defence & Aerospace Exhibition (GDA) held in Kuwait. Link-M is an Indigenous Tactical Data Link System which enables tactical data exchange amongst land, naval and air platforms using existing or new HF and V/UHF Radios. It makes it possible to use the most advanced tactical data elements employed for tactical operations available today. It means Link-11 and Link-16 communication systems can be used at the same environment. It ...
  • Saab Delivers Deployable Maintenance Facility to Hungary
    Saab Delivers Deployable Maintenance Facility to Hungary December 10 2019
    Swedish Saab has announced that it has delivered the DAM (Deployable Aircraft Maintenance ) facility mobile fighter support unit to the Hungarian Air Force. The DAM Collection is a complete fighter aircraft support solution that can be deployed quickly to any terrain with minimal ground-level preparation. The delivery stems from a contract signed between Saab and the Hungarian Ministry of Defence in December 2018. DAM provides capability equivalent to stationary maintenance infrastr...
  • Moving STA Hit Target
    Moving STA Hit Target November 25 2019
    The test process of Pars 4x4 and Kaplan vehicles developed by FNSS as a main contractor  of STA (Gun Carrier Vehicles) Project continues consistently. The Presidency of Defence Industries made new statements about trials from its official social media accounts. Within the scope of the project, which was initiated in 2016 and carried out with domestic resources, two separate platforms, were developed by FNSS. Turret systems, which are used on platforms e...
  • NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability
    NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability November 25 2019
      The first of five NATO RQ-4D Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) unmanned aircraft lands in Italy. The first of five NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft landed in Sigonella. AGS is being developed with significant contributions from 15 Allies - Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States. All Allies will have access to the data obtained by the AGS; The ...
  • 10 Chinook for UAE
    10 Chinook for UAE November 12 2019
    The U.S. State Department has cleared the United Arab Emirates to purchase 10 CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters, with an estimated price tag of $830.3 million. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the potential deal. In addition to the helicopters themselves, the proposed package would include 26 T55-GA-714A engines; 24 embedded global positioning systems with inertial navigation system; 20 M134D-H mini-guns; and 20 M240H machine guns, as well as various transmitters ...
  • Frigate Support to the Navy
    Frigate Support to the Navy November 12 2019
    The Republic of Korea launched a new, guided-missile frigate equipped with advanced sonar and propulsion systems. The platform, called Seoul, is 122 meters long. The 122-meter-long ship is equipped with guided missiles and guns and can carry a helicopter for marine operations. The warship boasts of advanced anti-submarine patrol and combat capabilities, as it employs an advanced sonar system as well as a hybrid propulsion system that reduces the level of noise the vessel makes underwater. Acc...
  • Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H
    Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H October 30 2019
    The Republic of China Army retired its UH-1H fleet today and declared the UH-60M fleet fully operational. A ceremony was held at Tai Chung Lung Hsiang base to mark the event. The UH-1H utility helicopter was in service for military training or in the relief operations of mountain rescue and natural disasters. Army Aviation Special Operations Command held a "de-settlement ceremony" on the 30th of this month due to the absence of parts and shortage of spare parts. Its air tr...
  • Flight Training from Private Ventures
    Flight Training from Private Ventures October 22 2019
    The United States turned to the private sector in order to carry out its pilot trainings in the most realistic manner. Preparatory work, which has been carried out in this context for a while, has recently been finalized with an agreement. The Washington administration signed agreements with seven companies totaling $ 6.4 billion. US-based private aviation companies have been procuring retired aircraft for some time to train pilots to best suit combat conditions. The platforms,...
  • The Search for a Solution Against UAV Threat, Continues
    The Search for a Solution Against UAV Threat, Continues October 17 2019
    Against the UAVs that have become widely used as cost-effective solutions in operations such as reconnaissance and surveillance missions, different solutions are being developed worldwide. Roselectrionika of the Russian-based company Rostec designed radar against small UAVs. The radar, which can detect a vehicle within a range of 7.5 kilometers. The radar was designed by Salyut of Roselectronika together with Fakel of Almaz-Antey. The prototypes were prepared and passed through field tests an...
  • Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey
    Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey October 12 2019
    The Netherlands suspends arms deal to Turkey, the Dutch foreign ministry said Friday. "The Netherlands decided to withhold all license applications for the export of military goods to Turkey," the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP. Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag said in the Dutch parliament Thursday that all military licence applications by Turkey would be turned down "unless there is clear proof that the goods are not being used in north-eastern Syria....
  • Unannounced Military Drill Near Turkey Border
    Unannounced Military Drill Near Turkey Border October 10 2019
    Turkey, began operations against terrorist organizations in the north of Syria. At the same time with this operation, Iran, allied with Syria, started an unannounced military exercise near Turkey's northwest border. According to the news in the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA, the exercise carried out with the participation of Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi. The military drill held with the theme “One Target, One Shot”. The exercise is aimed at evaluating th...
  • Additional F-35 Procure Request October 9 2019
    The Netherlands on Tuesday announced its plan to procure nine additional F-35 Lightning II fighters from the United States for an estimated $1.1 billion. The agreement will include the supply of spare parts, training, simulators and related support. The stealth jets will bring the total number of F-35s with the Netherlands to 46. The additional aircraft are expected to contribute to the air force's objective of having four jets available for NATO missions while also performing h...
  • Multi-Purpose, Cost-Effective Solution
    Multi-Purpose, Cost-Effective Solution September 27 2019
    Norwegian-based Kongsberg shared the design of the new naval vessel Vanguard. The boat can be used for both military and civilian operations, such as search & rescue, anti-submarine warfare. Vanguard is designed with a multi-role hangar for air, surface and sub-surface assets. Interchangeable mission modules and extensive use of unmanned vehicles enable quick change of operational roles. Designed as a cost-effective option, the platform's based on civil and commercial ship design with...
  • Production Approval for HH-60W
    Production Approval for HH-60W September 26 2019
    Lockheed Martin announced that the Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, the M-level UH-60 Black Hawk general-purpose helicopter, has received Milestone C initial production approval. The Combat Rescue Helicopter will perform combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all U.S. military services. The joint Sikorsky and USAF flight test team have executed over 70 hours of envelope expansion flights. A much-improved version of the 1970s UH-60 Black Hawk design, ...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts September 24 2019
    The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refuelling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of four flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed b...
  • Boeing MQ-25 Unmanned Aerial Refueller Completes First Test Flight September 21 2019
    Boeing and the U.S. Navy on Sept. 19 successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueller, according to a company release. The MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, completed the autonomous two-hour flight under the direction of Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station. The aircraft completed an autonomous taxi and take-off and then flew a pre-determined route to validate the aircraft’s basic flight functions and operations w...
  • H135 is Preferred for Emergency Medical Services
    H135 is Preferred for Emergency Medical Services September 19 2019
      Romanian Ministry of Interior orders three Airbus H135s for air medical services and related support. The contract includes providing services for air medical services and search and rescue (SAR) missions in the country. A four-year framework agreement for the contract was signed at the end of July 2019 that foresees the procurement of up to ten H135s, the company said in a statement Thursday. “Airbus has been an active player in Romania for almost 50 years an...
  • Navy's Second LPD Coming
    Navy's Second LPD Coming September 12 2019
    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) will procure second Landing Platform Dock (LPD) to its inventory. RTN has signed a contract of procurement Chinese Type 071E (Yuzhao)-class LPD. The deal worths USD130 million. The new helicopter-capable LPD is expected to be delivered in the early 2020s and will be operated by the RTN as a multirole vessel involved in operations including territorial surveillance and patrol, training, logistics and troop-carrying, and disaster relief. The HTMS Angthong (LPD-791) is ...
  • New Connection System to Navy
    New Connection System to Navy September 9 2019
    Canada will acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems. The National Defence Department of Canada has released a statement on its official website to announce a contract of approximately $12 million to acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems that will support such missions. These systems will be built in Canada by Navamar Inc. These ship-to-shore connector systems, vessels such as Joint Support Ships of the Canadian Navy will have an enhanced and robust capability to transfer cargo and...