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  • Slovakia Plans to Buy Training Aircraft
    Slovakia Plans to Buy Training Aircraft 31 October 2020
    Slovakia's Defence Ministry wants to buy new training aircraft for the air force. Slovakia, which has purchased 14 F-16 Block 70 fighter jets in 2019, will send pilots to the United States for training in the first phase. Slovakia then aims to provide training to its pilots on the planes it buys. The Slovakian Air Force's fleet already has six L-39 Albatross training aircraft, with operational life expected to expire within the next six years. The Ministry of Defen...
  • South America's First Cobra Delivered
    South America's First Cobra Delivered 28 October 2020
    The Ecuadorian Air Force has received the first two Airbus H145 general purpose helicopters.  Ecuador is H145's first military client in South America. In 2021, a total of six Airbus H145 general purpose helicopters will join the Ecuadorian Air Force inventory.  Ecuador plans to use helicopters as part of national security-related missions such as border surveillance and the fight against drug trafficking, as well as the need for medical evacuations and natural disaste...
  • Denmark's First F-35 on Assembly Line
    Denmark's First F-35 on Assembly Line 24 October 2020
    Denmark's first F-35 Lightning II aircraft was pictured on the assembly line. Denmark, which participated in the F-35 Joint Assault Aircraft program in 2002, announced that it would buy 27 F-35A Lightning II in 2016. The platform is expected to leave the plant in early 2021. Danish pilots will then train at Luke Air Force Base (Luke Air Force Base9) in Arizona, part of the F-35 program. Acceptance of platforms by the Royal Danish Air Force will be completed within a si...
  • UK's First Drone and Helicopter Integration
    UK's First Drone and Helicopter Integration 22 October 2020
    The United Kingdom has integrated Callen-Lenz production semi-autonomous UAV into the mission system of the AW159 Wildcat helicopter. “In this instance, when a helicopter crew controls a UAV from the helicopter like it was an onboard sensor being controlled from the cockpit. By integrating control of the UAV into the Wildcat Mission System, Leonardo was able to minimise the pilots’ workload allowing them to focus more on the mission whilst simultaneously controlling the ...
  • New Images from Kuwait's Helicopter
    New Images from Kuwait's Helicopter 19 October 2020
    New images of the H225M (EC725 Caracal) general-purpose helicopter, which Kuwait bought from Airbus in 2016, have been shared. The platform's flight-testing program began in October 2019. In February 2020, Kuwait’s Armed Forces set up a committee to examine the details after technical problems with the engines of the first two Caracals received. The delivery of helicopters was suspended due to technical failures. The platform stands out for its low operating cost...
  • SOLOTÜRK Uses CN235 Again
    SOLOTÜRK Uses CN235 Again 1 October 2020
    SOLOTÜRK has started to re-use the CN235M-100 transport aircraft. Painted in SOLOTÜRK colours, the C-055 was photographed in Ankara Etimesgut on September 29, 2020. It is not known whether the CN235M has joined SOLOTÜRK as a replacement for the Lockheed C-130E Hercules platform or as a support transport aircraft. In 2016, the C-130 was replaced by the CN235 aircraft for the use of SOLOTÜRK. SOLOTÜRK continues its activities with its aircr...
  • ROBOPilot flies manned aircraft
    ROBOPilot flies manned aircraft 30 September 2020
    Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) gave a second chance to ROBOpilot. The pilot that can fly an aircraft took skies at Dugway Proving Ground. In order to turn a manned aircraft into an unmanned one, AFRL replaced the human pilot with a robot who interacts with the aircraft controls the same way a human would. ROBOpilot requires no permanent modifications. All operators need to do is remove the pilots' seats and replace them with ROBOpilot. And if users determine that...
  • India Unveils New High-Speed Target Drone
    India Unveils New High-Speed Target Drone 28 September 2020
    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test flown High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT), drone on 22 September. The indigenously designed drone is called Abhyas. It is the work of DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE). The test, which involved two of ABHYAS demonstrator vehicles, was conducted from the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha. The target drone met the user’s performance req...
  • Philippines receives A-29B Super Tucano aircraft
    Philippines receives A-29B Super Tucano aircraft 21 September 2020
    Philippine Air Force (PAF) received four A-29B Super Tucano light attack aircraft on 19 September 2020 at Clark Air Base, Pampanga province. The PAF will receive two more aircraft. Brazilian aviation company Embraer produced the aircraft. The PAF is reported to have an option to order 18 more A-29B Super Tucano aircraft. The aircraft will be assigned with the PAF's 15th Strike Wing. Embraer's pilots flew from Brazil and transit stops were made in Cape Verde, Canary Islands, ...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • Ukraine Gets Closer to Acquire Embraer’s Super Tucano
    Ukraine Gets Closer to Acquire Embraer’s Super Tucano 8 September 2020
      Ukraine that started investigating Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano shows more interest. The company is expected to attend at Arms and Security Expo in October for the first time. Current Albatros aircraft lacks training capabilities for future pilots. Super Tucano however is a jet trainer and light attack aircraft. However, the latter option would require acquisition of a more advanced version of the aircraft, which would significantly boost procurement costs.
  • Hürjet's First Simulator Is Ready
    Hürjet's First Simulator Is Ready 7 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace and Space Industry (TUSAŞ) announced that a new engineering simulator has been developed for Hürjet's testing and evaluation activities by broadcasting from its social media account. Artificial intelligence, which comes into play with the plane taking off the ground, performs the tasks of preparing the pilot for the air fight with possible threat scenarios in the air. The simulator, which was developed by benefiting from the studies that were previously initiat...
  • Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon
    Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon 4 September 2020
    Britain’s Royal Air Force is on course to get its own multi-functional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, by the middle of the decade to equip Typhoon combat jets. A U.S. $420 million contract to develop the next generation of radar for Royal Air Force Typhoon jets has been awarded to BAE Systems and Leonardo. British Ministry of Defence and industry announced the deal on Sept 3rd. BAE Systems and Leonardo have signed up to deliver what is known as the European ...
  • Dog Fight Analysis Over the Mediterranean
    Dog Fight Analysis Over the Mediterranean 28 August 2020
    Turkish Defense Ministry released videos of six Greek F-16s trying to violate the NAVTEX declared.  Turkish fighters carried out "dog fight" with Greek ones and Ministry released the video on social media. Greek F-16s left the region, according to the rules of "dog fight",  Eastern Mediterranean Exclusive Economic Zone dispute between Turkey and Greece, is becoming a tense issue. Turkey declared NAVTEX and Greek F-16s approached this regi...
  • Bell Develops "Stealth" Helicopters
    Bell Develops "Stealth" Helicopters 24 August 2020
    The Bell helicopter company is working on “stealth” technology to add to its helicopters to make the new aircraft less detectable by enemies, it still can’t be put into the category of “stealth” aircraft yet. Speaking to Scout Warrior, Vince Tobin, vice president of advanced tiltrotor systems, Bell Helicopter said, “We will definitely employ some passive measures in terms of how we shape the aircraft, to make it invisible. The key is not to be abl...
  • Artificial Intelligence Beats Human Fighter Pilot
    Artificial Intelligence Beats Human Fighter Pilot 21 August 2020
    US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has gone under artificial intelligence (AI) trial. The artificial intelligence algorithm, developed by Heron Systems was in a dog fight with human F-16 pilot “banger” in a simulation. Artificial intelligence has beaten 5-0 in the DARPA’s AlphaDogfight Trials on Aug. 20. The pilot who was on dog fight simulation is an operational fighter pilot with more than 2,000 hours in the F-16. Banger and AI fought in five di...
  • Armed Patrol Record
    Armed Patrol Record 7 August 2020
    China, which has made great strides especially on sea power recently, has achieved a record recently. A Su-30 (NATO Code: Flanker-C) affiliated to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theatre Command Naval Air Regiment broke an armed patrol record. The patrol flight over the islands and reefs farthermost from the mainland in the South China Sea lasted 10 hours. Successful completion of a challenging mission for both challenging for pilots and aircraft is said to be an...
  • Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia
    Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia 30 July 2020
    Serbia, which has close relations with Russia in the military aviation field, came up with an unexpected move. A senior official from the Serbian Ministry of Defence announced on July 25th that the country is interested in the US made T-7A Red Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft. In the speech, it was stated that the Serbian Air Force attracted attention with the price/performance ratio of the platforms that came to the fore with low initial acquisition and maintenance cost...
  • Armed Utility Helicopter on Trials
    Armed Utility Helicopter on Trials 24 July 2020
    Armed utility helicopters are game-changer as they provide air support to the unit they carry in air assault or special force operations. Russia, which has utility helicopters equipped with heavy weapons in its inventory for many years, announced that the tests of the new platform have been started. Mi-8 AMTSh-VN, which performs its first flight at the Mil and Kamov National Helicopter Center, where the facilities of Mil and Kamov Companies are located, will offer stronger air ...
  • TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II
    TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II 5 July 2020
    The F-35C Lightning II, which is expected to reshape the aircraft carrier-based fixed-wing force dimensions with its fifth-generation capabilities, will also serve with the top aviators. The first group trainees selected among the pilots of the F-35C Lightning IIs in the US Navy inventory completed the TOPGUN course, the most extensive combat training process of the US Navy. Thus, volatile personnel affiliated with VFA-125 (Strike Fighter Squadron-125 "Rough Raiders") and ...
  • Russia integrates Helicopters and Drones
    Russia integrates Helicopters and Drones 3 July 2020
    According to Russian Izvestia Daily, the latest Kamov Ka-52M ((NATO Call Hokum-B) helicopter will be able to interact with drones due to special onboard communication equipment and controls. The new integration will allow pilots to see images through drones in real-time and control drone flight in future. According to daily, upgraded Ka-52M will have direct communications with a drone, defence industry and military sources said. The technical assignment for the new system has been f...
  • Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets
    Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets 1 July 2020
    Republic of Ireland airspace has been frequently visited by Russian fighters recently. The Irish government wants to put an end to these visits. It also wants to be less dependent on British Royal Air fighters to defend its sovereignty. The Irish Air Corps has had no combat jet since 1998, when the Light Strike Squadron, operating on second-hand French Fouga CM170 Magister, was disbanded. The corps also lacks a national radar system.   To address the increasing threat...
  • Hürkuş Was In”Dog fight” Test
    Hürkuş Was In”Dog fight” Test 22 June 2020
    New information emerges about Turkish Aerospace’s (TUSAŞ) Hürkuş-B plane, that crashed at near Ankara Beypazarı is unveiled. According to information obtained by C4Defence, two Hürkuş-B aircraft were in the air before the accident took place. Two pilots Kerem Satıcı and Hüseyin Fazla flew on the aircraft that crashed. Pilot Murat Özpala was flying with another aircraft. The two planes were on the test for air combat, for a so-called dogfight. The two planes...
  • Hürkuş Crashed
    Hürkuş Crashed 22 June 2020
    Turkish Aerospace (TUSAŞ) Hürkuş-B has crashed according to the company's official announcement. The accident took place around 12:30 today near Ankara Beypazarı region. An investigation process about the accident is started. Two pilots jumped from the plane with the ejection seats. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, the pilots are taken under medical consideration at Gülhane Training and Research Hospital. The health conditions of the pilots are right, acc...
  • Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test
    Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test 17 June 2020
    The first operational Block III jet will be delivered to the Navy in early 2021 Boeing delivered the first two F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy for flight testing. One jet is a single-seat E model, and the other is a two-seat F model. “The aircraft will be used for carrier suitability and integration testing of all Block III mission system components,” said Steve Wade, Boeing vice president, F/A-18 & EA-18G programs. The Navy will u...
  • Moroccan Pilots will Talk Through Onur
    Moroccan Pilots will Talk Through Onur 7 June 2020
    Onur announced from its social accounts that it has signed a contract to deliver 5 VCS (OCS-NG4000) and VRS systems (ORS-IP2000) for ONDA (Moroccan Airports Authority). The Voice Communication System and Voice Recording Systems are used in air traffic management.
  • Search for Navy Jet Trainer
    Search for Navy Jet Trainer 19 May 2020
    Countries with aircraft carriers using the CATOBAR system need advanced jet trainers suitable for the system in question during the training of navy pilots. The US, the world's largest aircraft carrier user, has taken action for new advanced jet trainer planned to be procured to the Navy. In this context, Washington published an Request for Information Document on May 14. According to the document, the new platform, which will be used for FCLP (Field Carrier Landing Practice) do...
  • UFO Surprise from the Pentagon
    UFO Surprise from the Pentagon 28 April 2020
    The U.S. Department of Defence (Pentagon) has officially released a video Unidentified Flying Object ( UFO). The Pentagon calls these images the Unexplained Weather Phenomena ( UAP). The three videos the Pentagon shared without comments include objects recorded by U.S. Navy pilots on mission flights between 2004 and 2015. In the Pentagon's written statement on the subject, it was expressed that the publication of the videos in question did not contain sensitive informa...
  • Climate Tests Succesful
    Climate Tests Succesful 16 April 2020
    An important milestone has been left behind in the new combat search and rescue helicopter program. Test activities continue in the HH-60W Jolly Green II program, which was launched within the scope of the new search and rescue helicopter requirement of the the US Air Force (USAF). The platform completed the extreme weather tests on April 2. Jolly Green II has passed tests at the McKinley Climate Laboratory the in the Eglin Air Force Base, located in Florida. In the l...
  • China Flew the J-15 from the Aircraft Carrier 25 March 2020
    Pilots of the J-15 fighter jet conducted multiple take-off and landing exercises on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning . “An aircraft carrier is a large platform that can make many people gathering in their cabinets vulnerable to infectious diseases. Being able to successfully execute related tasks showed that Liaoning did a great job in controlling COVID-19. ” naval expert Li Jie told the Global Times.
  • JL-9 Solution
    JL-9 Solution 23 March 2020
    Aircraft carrier power is increasing worldwide. Described as a separate capability in aviation, the ship-based aircraft operation also creates the need for special equipment. China, which tries to become one of the world's leading aircraft carrier powers, continues its works without interruption. Beijing, which has commissioned the first two ships and continues the construction of the third, takes measures to meet the increasing need for aircraft and pilots. In this context...
  • Collaboration of Rolls-Royce and Purdue University
    Collaboration of Rolls-Royce and Purdue University 14 March 2020
    With the new motor control capability (FADEC) developed by Rolls-Royce in partnership with Purdue University, it will be able to test electronic engine controllers (EEC). Tom Bell, CEO of Rolls-Royce North America, said, “Rolls-Royce has partnered with Purdue University for decades and we are excited to launch our new controls capability on campus to assemble and test these high-tech engine components. Whether for the Rolls-Royce AE family of engines or for our competitive F130 engine f...
  • Grey Wolf Begins Operational Testing
    Grey Wolf Begins Operational Testing 24 February 2020
    The operational test phase has started in the new utility helicopter helicopter program. The operational testing phase of MH-139A Gray Wolf helicopters, will replace the UH-1 Iroquois, which has become one of the symbolic platforms of the Cold War thanks to its iconic sound and mission achievements, has begun. Trials to be carried out within the 413th Flight Test Squadron affiliated to the US Air Force (USAF) Material Command will also be the platform's first comp...
  • Logistics Problem of the Polish Air Force
    Logistics Problem of the Polish Air Force 6 February 2020
    With the transition from the Warsaw Pact to the NATO Pact, Poland is facing great difficulties in terms of logistics. It is stated that the Polish Air Force has a problem with the operationalities of the F-16 and Mig-29 fleets. It is stated that only 30-40 per cent of the fleet is in service with the difficulties in bringing the platforms into operation. The Onet news website, which researches the subject, spoke about the complexity with the Polish Parliament MP Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska. Kluz...
  • HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials
    HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials 25 January 2020
    HMS Queen Elizabeth gets Closer to Becoming Operational as Carrier Leaves For Trials The Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth has left Portsmouth for her first flight trials with British F-35B fighter jets in UK waters. During the flight trials, it is expected British F-35Bs will make their first landings on Queen Elizabeth in UK waters. Six pilots, from the Navy and RAF, will carry out their aircraft carrier qualification during that time. Last year, HMS Queen Elizabeth spent a few...
  • Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk
    Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk 21 January 2020
    The United States announced that the T-7A Red Hawk aircraft were chosen as the platform to replace the T-38 Talon advanced jet trainers in the last quarter of 2019. As a partner of Boeing in the program, Saab announced that the serial production phase has started for the aft fuselage section. Saab stated that the parts of the platforms that on their shares will be manufactured in the facilities located in Linköping in the first place. The company, which is respon...
  • Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter
    Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter 14 January 2020
    Following the announcement of the platform to replace the UH-1s in the Air Force inventory, the USA made its final decision in the process of AHTS (Advanced Helicopter Training System). The winner was Leonardo in the scope of the AHTS Program, which was launched for the replace the TH-57B / C Sea Ranger helicopters in the Navy inventory. Within the scope of deliveries planned to start in 2022, a total of 32 TH-73As will enter the American Navy inventory. The platforms, the...
  • Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight
    Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight 5 January 2020
    The first images of the JF-17 Block 3 ‘4+ generation’ fighter were unveiled on December 28th, with a prototype shown taxiing on a factory runway in China before taking its first flight. The fighter represents the fourth variant of the JF-17, a fighter jointly developed by China and Pakistan from the early 2000s which saw its first flight in august 2003. The JF-17 was designed exclusively for export and does not serve in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, although over 100...
  • Agressor Ban to LRIP F-35A Aircraft
    Agressor Ban to LRIP F-35A Aircraft 2 January 2020
    The US Senate halted plans temporarily LRIP F-35A Lightning aircraft using as Aggressor. With the modern aircraft development projects in Russia and China with low radar cross-sectional area, the US Air Force began preparations to take measures against the fifth generation threats coming from the east. In this context, the plan of using LRIP F-35A Lightning IIs as "Aggressor" missions has been temporarily suspended. The decision of the F-35As, which was postponed to a late...
  • Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet
    Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet 28 December 2019
    Algeria has signed a contract for the acquisition of 14 Su-57 stealth fighters with Russia. According to Menadefense portal, the Algerian air force has also signed two other arrangements for 14 Su-34 bombers and 14 Su-35 air domination aircraft. An option for two additional squadrons of 14 aircraft for each type of aircraft was also signed to compensate for the natural withdrawal of aircraft from the Air Force fleet shortly. The contract should be completed by 2025, by this deadline...