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  • Russia’s Il-112 aircraft to perform 2nd flight in April
    Russia’s Il-112 aircraft to perform 2nd flight in April February 18 2020
    Russia’s latest Ilyushin il-112 military transport plane prototype will take to the skies for the second time in April, Head of the Ilyushin Aviation Company Yuri Grudinin said on Monday. "We are going to certify Il-76, Il-114-300 and Il-112 planes, the production of which is being planned. In April, we will fly the first Il-112 plane at the Voronezh enterprise and will organize the serial production of il-112s at the Voronezh factory," the chief executive said. ...
  • 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...
  • Second Tanker Arrived To France
    Second Tanker Arrived To France February 14 2020
    The second delivery of the tankers ordered to replace the existing aerial refueling aircraft that have reached the end of their economic life has been completed. Lockheed Martin completed the delivery of four C-130J Super Hercules ordered in 2016 by France. The company announced that the delivery process with two KC-130J Super Hercules.  The French Air Force (Armée de l'air / ALA), which accepted the first platforms in 2017 and 2018, received the KC-13...
  • Boeing to change Super Hornets for India
    Boeing to change Super Hornets for India February 11 2020
    Boeing plans trials to confirm that it's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter can operate from an aircraft carrier equipped with a skip ramp rather than catapults. The US-based firm announced that it plans to test Hornet with a ramp. Competing with many companies for India, which declares that it will purchase 57 fighter jets, Boeing can make its place in the Indian Navy with the launch of the ramp. India in early 2020 operates just one carrier, Vikramaditya, a former Soviet vessel. T...
  • USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider
    USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider February 2 2020
    US Air Force shared new renderings of the B-21 Raider aircraft. Northrop Grumman’s stealth bomber B-21 will be the successor to the B-1B Lancer and also to the B-2 Spirit, the first bomber invisible to radars. Northrop Grumman won the competition in 2015 and will make a new flying wing that is expected to enter service in the middle of this decade. The jet is expected to fly in 2021, but the USAF does not reveal how many units will be ordered. In the image published ...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? January 30 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India
    First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India January 23 2020
    The first squadron of Su-30MKI jet fighters, armed with an air-based version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles entered service in the Indian Air Force Monday, The Times of India reported. According to the article, the planes will enter service during a ceremony set to take place at Thanjavur Air Force Station in India’s Tamil Nadu. The Air Force Station houses the 222nd “Tigershark” squadron, the first to receive the Su-30MKIs, reconfigured for BrahMo...
  • Miller before Obama
    Miller before Obama January 19 2020
    The fourth Ford-class carrier will be named in honour of World War II icon Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black recipient of the Navy Cross for bravery, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The naming of CVN-81 is expected to be announced during a Monday ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland
    Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland January 14 2020
    Finland, which has announced procurement programs for the replacing of aging platforms in inventory, has started to looking for alternatives for the F/A-18 Hornets. In this context, the test phase has started in the HX Program, which is planned for the trial and evaluation process of the candidate aircraft. Within the scope of the HX Program, whose total cost is estimated to reach 10 billion Euros; invitation for tender letters have been sent for Lockhe...
  • 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...
  • Japanese interest in the Middle East
    Japanese interest in the Middle East January 5 2020
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to deploy the Self-Defence Forces to the Middle East to ensure the safety of its ships.  “We plan to dispatch Self-Defence Forces to this region to strengthen information gathering and secure the safe passage of Japan-related ships,” Abe said, reiterating a plan unveiled last month ahead of the latest flare-up in tensions. The Japanese government announced late last month it will send a warship and patrol planes to ...
  • Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration
    Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration January 3 2020
    During recent budget negotiations, the Pentagon again tried to retire the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) 25 years early, Defence News reported. According to the magazine, this time the plan was withdrawn from the White House. The White House's Office of Management and Budget told the Pentagon that the Navy's budget submission did not include refuelling the Truman or maintaining its air wing and directed it to come back with a budget that restored funding to bo...
  • Russia Establishes Consultative Group for Intellectual Property Rights
    Russia Establishes Consultative Group for Intellectual Property Rights December 16 2019
    More than 500 cases of unauthorised copying of Russian weapons and military hardware have been exposed over the past 17 years, the chief of intellectual property projects at the Rostech corporation, Yevgeny Livadny, has said. In October, Rosoborontexport declared the creation of a consultative group for the protection of intellectual property rights within the framework of military-technical cooperation with other countries. Livadny said that groups of Russian specialists working abroad often...
  • 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...
  • Space Planes and Space Shuttles November 1 2019
    As it is essential to return from space, the next move on this issue was to carry out many studies on overcoming both technical and financial problems. The most well-known of these is the US space shuttle program, but it has had many competitors both at home and internationally. A spacecraft is the generic name of an aircraft operating in Earth orbit that can serve more than once and can safely return to earth. In essence, this definition embodies the challenges of spacecraft design...
  • 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....
  • 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....
  • 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.   ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...