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  • Stratotanker Fleet Retires
    Stratotanker Fleet Retires November 12 2019
    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) confirmed that they have retired its fleet of four Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker aerial refuelling and cargo aircraft last June 2019. The last flight was conducted on 26 June 2019.  RSAF purchased six of the A330 MRT tankers and transport aircraft, which were able to refuel with both the boom and hose-drouge method. In June 2019, three aircraft were delivered to the RSAF.   Singapore supplied the KC-135A Stratotanker platforms u...
  • 15-Year Development Process Concludes
    15-Year Development Process Concludes November 11 2019
    India’s first indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air missile Astra is now finally ready for duty after 15  years of development. Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India expecting the Indian Air Force to initially order at least 200 missiles for its Sukhoi-30MKI jets. DRDO is trying to increase the current range of the missile from 110 kilometers to 160 kilometers. With a weight of 154 kg and a length of 3.57 meters, the Astra flies more than four times the ...
  • Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes
    Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes November 8 2019
    France-based Airbus, revealed some basic details of a classified program that will feed into the endeavour to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon. The platform is similar in design to Northrop Grumman's X-47A Pegasus UAV. The super stealthy shape was arrived at in an effort to greatly reduce all relevant signatures – radar, infrared, visual and acoustic.  The tailless aircraft concept features concealed air intakes at the leading edges of the wing – and the engine outlet is f...
  • A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF
    A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF November 4 2019
    The Royal Air Force has taken delivery of its first submarine-hunting Boeing Poseidon MRA1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The UK's last dedicated MPAs flew out of RAF Kinloss from Lossiemouth, in 2010. However, a growing Russian submarine threat in the North Atlantic prompted the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to invest £3 billion in nine Poseidon aircraft to track maritime targets. The aircraft will eventually be based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. An RAF crew wil...
  • End of an Era
    End of an Era November 4 2019
    The MiG-27 bomber and ground attack aircraft, a variant of the MiG-23 (NATO code: Flogger) with variable arrow angled wings, has been modified for airborne missions, filling nearly 30 years of history in the Indian Air Force (IAF). Nicknamed Bahadur in India, the Soviet origin MiG-27 was inducted into the IAF in 1984. The airplanes will be out of service at the end of this year after making their last flight from Rajasthan to Jodhpur Air Base. This year, two crashes near Pokhran in February a...
  • China Successfully Separated Two-Stage Aerospace Craft in Wind Tunnel
    China Successfully Separated Two-Stage Aerospace Craft in Wind Tunnel October 24 2019
    Chinese Academy of Aerospace and Aerodynamics successfully conducted a wind tunnel experiment, in which the second-stage aircraft freely detached from the first-stage aircraft of a two-stage-to-orbit (TSTO) space plane according to Global Times: TSTO means the space plane consists of two aircraft, with the first stage carrying the second stage. The first stage will provide power to the space plane upon take-off, and when it reaches a certain height and speed, the second st...
  • 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,...
  • 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....
  • Russia's New Transport Aircraft to Continue Test Flights in 2020 October 10 2019
      New developments have taken place in the IL-112V program, designed by Russia after the Soviet Union from scratch. Ilyushin IL-112V, the light transport plane will replace the ageing Antonov An-26 and An-24 airlifters in the Russian military. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that work is underway to reduce the weight of the platform and that the flight tests are aimed to be resumed in the first quarter of 2020. Redesign work on the aircraft was ordered after the air...
  • India Receives First Rafale Fighter October 10 2019
    India received its first Dassault Rafale multi-role fighter. Indian Air Force (IAF) received the first Rafale plane in a ceremony held in France. India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh led the acceptance of the aircraft, which is the first of 36 ordered by the Indian government on September 2016 under a EUR7.9 billion (USD8.78 billion) contract. Minister Singh made a flight with Rafale. He flew a test pilot from Dassault. The first Rafale aircraft will arrive in India in 2020 after the ...
  • What Do Russian Planes Take? October 4 2019
    The public seems convinced that procuring aircraft from Russia will be one of the best responses to the US. There are many reasons for this. The plane Turkey couldn’t get from the US even though the payment is already made, it is not the first unfair western sanction and probably won’t be the last. It is worth reminding to those who do not find our country's past experiences sufficient that the US demanded hangar parking fees for F-16s that they did not give to Pakis...
  • F-35 is Visible on Radar
    F-35 is Visible on Radar October 1 2019
    German radar-maker Hensoldt claims to have tracked two F-35s for 150 kilometres following the 2018 Berlin Air Show in Germany in late April of that year. The company claims its passive radar system, named TwInvis, to track the aircraft. Passive radar equipment computes an aerial picture by reading how civilian communications signals bounce off airborne objects.  Because there are no emitters, passive radar is covert, meaning pilots entering a monitored area are unaware they are...
  • Russian S-400 is Unable to Detect Israeli F-35s September 20 2019
    Russian S-300 and S-400 air defence systems failed to detect Israeli F-35s flying over Damascus according to Israeli television channel NZIV. NZIV, citing a number of military sources, published the flight route of the Israeli aircraft, which struck eastern Syria. It is claimed that İsraeli F-35s, Adir, entered the Syrian airspace and flew for almost several hundred kilometres over the area covered by Russian S-400 and Syrian S-300 air defence systems. NZIV claims that ano...
  • Three New Fighters to Norway
    Three New Fighters to Norway September 15 2019
    The Royal Norwegian Air Force on Thursday took delivery of three additional F-35A fighters ( AM20, AM21 and AM22), ferried to Norway’s Orland air base by USAF pilots. They increase Norway’s F-35 fleet to 22 aircraft, 15 of them in-country and seven in the US. The Armed Forces now have a total of 15 aircraft in Norway and seven aircraft in the United States.  Norway has sufficient numbers of aircraft to declare the F-35 system has attained Initial Operation Capabilit...
  • Poland Wants to Expand its Fleet
    Poland Wants to Expand its Fleet September 11 2019
      Warsaw intends to expand its fleet of combat-proven C-130 transport aircraft to 10 within five years. Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced that his ministry “sent two letters of request today” to the United States regarding Poland’s plan to acquire C-130H Hercules transport aircraft and a batch of Javelin anti-tank missile systems. Under the request, Poland plans to buy five more C-130H in addition to its existing fleet of five Hercules aircra...
  • Star Wars Project of USA September 10 2019
    At the heart of the Cold War, there was the nuclear rivalry between the US and the USSR, and the balance of power, also known as Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). The main variable of this nuclear equation was the nuclear warheads, and hence the means and systems to deliver them to their targets. The tactical nuclear warheads to be used on the battlefield were delivered to the targets by tactical ballistic missiles, which were based on the German V-2 missiles in World War II....
  • H-6K with  Hypersonic Weapon
    H-6K with Hypersonic Weapon August 19 2019
    China has begun to develop hypersonic weapons in recent years and now plans to equip the bomber H-6K aircraft with hypersonic weapons. The main mission objective of China's H-6K bomber is to strike key strategic points deep within enemy territories, the state broadcaster revealed, leading experts to predict that the warplane could eventually be armed with hypersonic weapons that can destroy hostile military hubs 3,000 kilometres away within minutes. "In a war, our main objective is t...
  • New Generation Aircraft from Russia
    New Generation Aircraft from Russia August 16 2019
    Russia plans to complete the MiG-41 project in 2019. Russia has been working on a new platform project since 2018. "Our future MiG-41 fighter will be able to fly into space,” said Ilia Tarassenko, CEO of the Russian aircraft manufacturer Mikoyan-Gourevitch. Tarasenko has revealed that the project is due to be completed by 2019 and he also stated that “the aircraft will use new types of weapons and can carry a large volume of weapons.” The device would reach a ...
  • New Wing for CAS
    New Wing for CAS August 16 2019
    U.S. Air Force finishes wing replacements on A-10 Thunderbolts. The last pair of new wings for 173 A-10 Thunderbolt planes was successfully installed. The $2 billion projects to remove and replace the wings on the planes, some of which have been flying for nearly 40 years, began in 2011. The new wings are expected to last for up to 10,000 equivalent flight hours without a depot inspection.   The Cold War-era plane entered service in 1976, Although superseded by a vari...
  • Counterstep from Iran August 12 2019
      Iran continues to strengthen its defence capabilities. A newly-overhauled advanced radar system was unveiled by Iran on Saturday, August 10 and delivered to the Iranian Army's Air Defence Unit.  The Falagh radar which is based on Gamma radar procured from Russia, is capable of detecting various cruise and ballistic missiles as well as stealth aircraft in a range of 400 kilometres. The overhauling operations of Falaq took 2,300 man/hours of work.   ...
  • Surprise Solution in the F-35B Question
    Surprise Solution in the F-35B Question August 9 2019
    Turkish- US struggle on S-400 air defence system/ F-35 aircraft resulted as the US claimed. Despite being one of the partners, Turkey’s contribution program was suspended as a result of a unilateral decision of the United States.  The process brought to mind the question of aircraft to be used instead of the conventional F-35 aircraft in Turkey. Russia's Su-57 and SU-35 aircraft were brought to the discussion table. At this stage, European products might be an alternative ...
  • Aim is 2023 for HÜRJET August 9 2019
    In the first part of the Hürjet interview published on the 75th issue of our magazine, we discussed the general expectations about the aircraft. In this issue, we discussed the differences of Hürjet from its competitors in the market. What features will be available on a jet trainer aims to train pilots for fifth generation multi-role fighter? We will find the answer to this question in this interview. C4Defence: Will the Özgür Program, whic...
  • Japan to Procure New UAV
    Japan to Procure New UAV July 31 2019
    The Japanese government intends to acquire around 20 unmanned helicopters for its Maritime Self Defence Forces (JMSDF), local media reports have said. Unmanned helicopter fleet would be in response to China’s growing maritime assertiveness in the region. The helicopter model is expected to be selected in fiscal 2022, with the procurement starting in fiscal 2023, the sources said. Early warning and surveillance activities in the East China Sea are currently conducted using MSDF vessels, ...
  • Su-57 Serial Production Begins
    Su-57 Serial Production Begins July 30 2019
    The Sukhoi Aircraft Company has started to implement its contract for the delivery of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to the country’s Aerospace Force, the office of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told TASS on Monday. The state contract envisages the delivery of 76 Su-57 fighter jets to Russia’s Aerospace Force. The vice-premier’s office also confirmed the earlier-stated timeframe of delivering the first Su-57 plane to the Aerospace Force. "T...
  • S-400 Arrived in Turkey
    S-400 Arrived in Turkey July 12 2019
      The first part of the Russian S-400 Air Defence System that Turkey acquires from Russia, has landed today in Ankara. In the statement of the Presidency of the Defence Industry, the subject was stated as follows: “The S-400 system, in accordance with the Long Range Regional Air and Missile Defence System Project which was planned and established between our Presidency and Rosoboronexport / Russian Federation has  begun with the first plane landed in Ankara...
  • Is the Correct Path Followed to Build a Plane? July 11 2019
    The planners’ decisions about the use of human resources in our country, doesn’t fit the Turkey’s aims in the aerospace thus defence industry. Universities and postgraduate institutions are unfortunately not sufficient to train required people. Our point in this article is not to criticize the existing situation, but to create a suitable atmosphere in our country to create and develop space, aviation and defence industries. Otherwise the aerospace industries won’t go f...
  • CF-18 Lifespan Increases
    CF-18 Lifespan Increases June 28 2019
    Two-stage modernization will be carried out by 2032 for 76 CF-18 combat aircraft in the Royal Canadian Air Force inventory. The first phase of the development of the CF-18 platform, which has not been modernized since 2008, is scheduled to begin summer 2019. Phase 1 of the project is expected to begin in summer 2019, with upgrades completed by 2025.Phase 1 will provide upgrades to address CF-18 interoperability and regulatory deficiencies to address new and changing standards. Phase 2 will ai...
  • More Jet Trainers to the Mediterranean
    More Jet Trainers to the Mediterranean June 21 2019
      Recently, Italy, one of the countries on the Mediterranean coast where tensions are at an extreme stage, ordered a jet trainer.  Under the agreement signed with Leonardo for the Italian Air Force, 13 M345HET (High Efficiency Trainer) will be procured. With the agreement signed for aircraft that will replace the old MB339s, the company will provide logistical support for five years, as well as ground-based training systems. Planes to be delivered in 20...
  • “Vertigo” Caused F-35 Crash
    “Vertigo” Caused F-35 Crash June 10 2019
    Cause of the Japan's F-35A Lightning II accident accident is announced. According to a statement from Japan, aircraft crashed into the ocean because of the vertigo. 28 minutes after taking off from Misawa in the Aomori Region, aircraft disappeared from the radar and crashed in the Pacific Ocean at 1100 km / h. Japanese officials said the pilot probably suffered vertigo, so he lost the spatial orientation. Aircraft's pilot which costed $ 126 million per unit has a flight time...
  • First Rafale Squadron Arrives in Qatar
    First Rafale Squadron Arrives in Qatar June 7 2019
      Qatar Receives first Rafale Squadron. Qatar Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attended a reception ceremony to welcome the first squadron of Rafale fighter jets of the Qatari Amiri Air Force from France. The deal for the Rafale fighter jets was concluded in May 2015 with French company Dassault Aviation SA. France’s delivery comprised five Rafales, out of the first batch of 24 that Qatar ordered in 2015; a s...
  • Support from France for Pilot Training
    Support from France for Pilot Training May 27 2019
    France has donated two Tb30 Epsilon aircraft to Senegal to help train pilots at its Air Force School located in Thies. Both aircrafts delivered on Thursday are part of a program to transfer military planes from France to the Senegalese Air Force School. The Minister of the Armed Forces Sidiki Kaba mentioned about the program, “The first transfer concerned four Tb30 Epsilon aircraft, which made it possible to train about 15 pilots between 2014 and 2019”
  • Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase
    Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase May 24 2019
      After failing to secure second-hand F-16s from Israel, Croatia has approached Sweden and United States to buy new fighters, Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic said. Zagreb was close to striking a deal on buying a squadron of used and refitted F-16 fighter jets from Israel, but eventually Israel informed Croatia it could not sell the planes as it could not secure an approval from the United States. Israel’s F-16s are equipped with advanced systems that US allows...
  • Yak-130 Fleet Growing
    Yak-130 Fleet Growing May 15 2019
    The Belarusian Air and Air Defence Force continues to expand its fleet with new aircraft and modernization activities. In this context, the Minsk administration announced that it received four Yak-130 deliveries from Russia. According to the agreement signed between Belarus and JSC Irkut, operating in Russia, four Yak-130s were delivered. The aircraft were deployed in the Military Unit No 19764 (206th Flight Training Center). With this delivery, the Yak-130 number in the Belarusian ...
  • Denizkurdu Spreads to Three Seas
    Denizkurdu Spreads to Three Seas May 13 2019
    One of the biggest exercises of Turkish Naval Forces Command, DENİZKURDU-2019 started simultaneously in the Black Sea, Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The aim of the exercise, which will be performed live fire drills, is increasing the level of readiness of the operation of the amphibious, maritime and naval air units operating under the Naval Forces Command. 110 ships, maritime patrol aircraft, naval helicopters, UAV, marines, SAT and SAS elements are participating in the exe...
  • Yavuz Gets Lighter
    Yavuz Gets Lighter April 30 2019
    Yavuz truck-mounted howitzer, which was developed by Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company with its own sources, got lighter. The cabin height of the platform, which was displayed during IDEF'19 in Istanbul, was reduced in line with user demands. In addition, the weight of the vehicle was reduced thanks to modifications without compromising armour and CBRN protection. It was also fitted with a semi-automatic loader once again in line with user demands. In this way, the vehicl...
  • F35 Reinforce to the Republic of Korea
    F35 Reinforce to the Republic of Korea April 24 2019
    Two F-35A stealth fighters arrived in the Republic of Korea for the first time. According to The Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), F-35As arrived at the airbase in Cheongju and an official deployment ceremony will take place in the next two months. The two planes will undergo domestic processes to be combat-deployed to the Air Force, DAPA said. In 2014, the Republic of Korea decided to purchase 40 F-35As for deployment with about $6.8 billion, the biggest amount for...
  • Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army
    Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army April 17 2019
      AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies companies introduced Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army. The helicopter has a single-engine, coaxial rotor, a wing and two ducted pusher propellers on its aft fuselage. The wing provides to 50% of the rotorcraft’s lift during high-speed flight. Co-axial design of the prototype has similarities to Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider. AVX Aircraft chief operating officer Kendall Goodman says that their design was more of ...
  • Russia Gets 2 Upgraded Tu-95MS Strategic Bombers
    Russia Gets 2 Upgraded Tu-95MS Strategic Bombers April 16 2019
    Beriev Aircraft Company (part of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation) has delivered two upgraded Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic missile-carrying bombers to Russia’s Aerospace Force, the Company’s press office said on Monday. The Tu-95MS strategic missile-carrying bomber is designated to accomplish the tasks of striking vital targets in remote military-geographical areas and deep in the rear of continental theatres of military operations, employing nuclear missile weapo...
  • Contradicting India's Claim: US Count Found No Pak F-16s Missing
    Contradicting India's Claim: US Count Found No Pak F-16s Missing April 5 2019
    The Indian government had said that a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet was shot down by the Indian Air Force in a dogfight on February 27. US. Foreign Policy Magazine has claimed that claim may not be true; “Did India Shoot Down a Pakistani Jet? U.S. Count Says No.” In a report quoting unnamed US defence officials. "Two senior US defence officials with direct knowledge of the situation told Foreign Policy that U.S. personnel recently counted Islamabad's F-16s and foun...
  • Pegasus Has Broken Wings
    Pegasus Has Broken Wings April 3 2019
    Boeing's doesn't get out of trouble in KC-46 Pegasus. The delivery of the aircraft was stopped once again due to the detection of foreign objects that could damage the structural components. The US Air Force has announced that it has halted the acceptance of the new KC-46 Pegasus. According to the statement, seven aircraft have been put into service, but in the tests conducted in closed areas that were reviewed for the first time, it was reported that items that could damage...