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  • Diesel ATV Procurement
    Diesel ATV Procurement 13 August 2020
    Netherlands-based Defenture announced that a procurement agreement was signed with the Netherlands. Under the agreement, the company will manufacture ATV motorcycles for military purposes, together with its partner W-tec, which operates in Neede. Vehicles to have high mobility and will be resistant to harsh conditions will be equipped with a diesel engine. It is envisaged that a total of 249 platforms will be delivered within the scope of the contract, which will be valid between 20...
  • Stryker Sustainment Agreement
    Stryker Sustainment Agreement 13 August 2020
    In the Cold War years, the USA, which wanted to be able to transport division-level power from the air to any point in the world within 96 hours, started to prıcure Stryker 8x8 platforms. The USA, which has hundreds of Stryker 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles of different variants in its inventory, signed a sustainment agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems, one of the country's leading defence companies. Under the contract of US  USD 428 million, the company will provid...
  • Alligator Prototype Completes First Flight
    Alligator Prototype Completes First Flight 11 August 2020
    Russia had begun a modernization study for the Ka-52M Alligator to improve the electrical generator and electrooptic systems. The helicopter prototype has completed its first flight. With modernization, the target detection and recognition range of the Ka-52M increased. The platform is equipped with active-phase radar and increased range guided missile. The helicopter can operate in all weather conditions, including arctic conditions. At the end of the preliminary acceptance tests, ...
  • Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery
    Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery 11 August 2020
    Intelligence aircraft, developed from business jets and fixed-wing light aircraft, offer cost-effective solutions to users. The French defence procurement agency DGA announced the delivery of the first light intelligence aircraft on July 31. Within the scope of ALSR (Avions Légers de Surveillance et de Reconnaissance / Light Reconnaissance and Surveillance Aircraft) Program, Sabena and Thales were selected as the main contractors for the two ordered platforms in Jun...
  • Russian MiG-31 Intercepten Norwegian Aircraft
    Russian MiG-31 Intercepten Norwegian Aircraft 10 August 2020
    Russia, which came to the fore with interception activities frequently in front of the Baltic, the Black Sea and Alaska, has recently intercepted a reconnaissance activity. A Falcon 20 electronic warfare aircraft belonging to the Royal Norwegian Air Force was subjected to interception activity by a Russian Aerospace Force MiG-31 (NATO Reporting Name: Foxhound) while flying in international airspace over the Barents Sea. "On August 4, 2020, the Russian airspa...
  • Farewell to Marine Tanks
    Farewell to Marine Tanks 6 August 2020
    While many countries acquire new tanks and even develop their domestic platforms, the U.S. Marine Corps (United States Marine Corps / USMC) disbanding tank troops. USMC, which decided to make serious changes to its combat doctrines and vehicle types in its inventory, ended the operations of another main battle tank unit last week. Subsequently, M1A1 Abrams tanks of the 2nd Tank Battalion left Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Other tank units, which decided to close, started...
  • More Powerful Armoured Vehicles to Paratroopers
    More Powerful Armoured Vehicles to Paratroopers 6 August 2020
    Russia, which has an airborne assault power that can organize an operation to any point in the world within hours, equips its arrowhead troops with more powerful vehicles. Russia, which has reinforcing the airborne elements with new and stronger platforms for a while, continues its studies. General Andrei Serdyukov, Commander of the Airborne Forces, announced that Typhoon-VDV will be delivered to special troops and reconnaissance elements in the coming months. General Serdyukov...
  • 40 mm Grenade Launcher Dimension of UAVs
    40 mm Grenade Launcher Dimension of UAVs 5 August 2020
    Advances in microelectronics technology are also minimizes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). SpearUAV, a company operating in Israel, introduced its new unmanned aerial vehicle system. The system, which is also called "Capsule UAV" or "Ninox", is thrown to the desired area with a capsule fired from 40 mm grenade launchers. In this way, Ninox, which provides the user with tactical field information within seconds, increases the situational awareness of the troops. D...
  • The US is sending 1,000 troops to Poland to establish a permanent military base
    The US is sending 1,000 troops to Poland to establish a permanent military base 3 August 2020
    A permanent US military presence will be established in Poland, where an additional 1,000 troops will be deployed, Poland's Defence Ministry said Friday. Poland is set to grow its bilateral defence relationship with its NATO partner. On June 12 last year, U.S. President Donald Trump agreed, with Polish President Andrzej Duda, to send 1,000 more troops to his NATO ally. Poland currently hosts a rotating contingent of over 4,000 U.S. troops. A permanent presence, which t...
  • Drone Sell
    Drone Sell 3 August 2020
    Multicopters are expanding their usage areas day by day thanks to their mobility and manoeuvrability and payload capacities. Lockheed Martin, one of the leading defence companies of the USA, has signed a multicopter acquisition agreement with Switzerland. In this context, Armasuisse (Swiss Federal Defence Procurement Unit) will acquire Indago 3 Group 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the company for armed forces use. Lockheed Martin CDL Systems VCSi Touch smal...
  • Electric Motorbike Trials
    Electric Motorbike Trials 1 August 2020
    New Zealand, which has been on the agenda with the acquisition of new armoured vehicles and patrol platforms in the past weeks, continues its efforts to catch the technology of the future from this day. According to the statement made by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), the country started trials with electric motorcycles under the military requirements. The final decision will be determined after the trials for platforms where their suitability for military use is tested....
  • Delivery Time for Ares
    Delivery Time for Ares 28 July 2020
    It is time for retirement for the Scorpion Family (CVR (T) / Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked)) platforms, which are successfully operating in many countries around the world. The British Army started taking deliveries under the Ajax Tracked Armoured Vehicle Program, which was launched to meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. In this context, the first batch of Ares tracked armoured vehicles entered the household Cavalry Regiment based in Wiltshire in Bulf...
  • Seoul's Space Rockets to Monitor North Korea
    Seoul's Space Rockets to Monitor North Korea 28 July 2020
    The Republic of Korea will be able to develop a solid-fuel space rocket, according to a new revision with the United States. In addition to increasing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, Korea opened the door to space rocket production to the private sector and institutes. Therefore, South Korean companies, research institutes and even individuals are technically capable of "developing, producing and possessing" various types of space rock...
  • Joint UAV Development Programme
    Joint UAV Development Programme 24 July 2020
    Taking important steps to support the domestic defence industry with the Made in India Program, India will develop unmanned aerial vehicles. An Indian-based company and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories signed an agreement to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The U.S. Air Force, Indian Air Force, DRDO, and an Indian company are aimed at developing a platform for armed reconnaissance and surveillance. India requested MQ-9 Reaper but the USA did not ...
  • S-100 Trials on MEKO Frigates
    S-100 Trials on MEKO Frigates 20 July 2020
    Rotary wing unmanned aerial vehicles take their place on the warships, as they are cost-effective solutions as well as long-endurance reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities beyond the visual range. The Royal Australian Navy tested the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter unmanned aerial vehicles in Anzac-class frigates A series of testing activities will be carried out on the HMAS Ballarat (FFH 155) under the responsibility of the 822X Squadron. Within the NMP (Navy Mi...
  • Katmerciler's Armoured Combat Vehicle on the Way to Africa
    Katmerciler's Armoured Combat Vehicle on the Way to Africa 20 July 2020
    The delivery of the armoured combat vehicle Hızır, which is developed by The Katmerciler company, to Africa began. Last year, the first export agreement was signed with an unnamed African country. The first party vehicle was on its way as part of the $20.7 million deal. The company predicts export revenue of approximately $45 million at the end of the year. The Turkish Armed Forces are actively using Ateş as a base vehicle for the 4x4 Hızır platform in border sec...
  • Pars Mine Protected Vehicle
    Pars Mine Protected Vehicle 20 July 2020
    With the shifting of threatening elements to an asymmetric dimension, demands for mine-resistant armoured land vehicles increased. In this context, countries carry out different studies. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir made the first assembly of Pars 6x6 MPV (Mine Protection Vehicle) with a ceremony held in Gölbaşı Facilities of FNSS. FNSS General Manager and CEO Nail Kurt, company and SSB officials also participated in the ceremony, which was c...
  • Flying Information Node Mission for Aerial Refuelling Tanker
    Flying Information Node Mission for Aerial Refuelling Tanker 16 July 2020
    The multi-domain battle doctrine, although relatively new, is one of the building blocks of the warfare techniques of the future. The active and uninterrupted sustainability of the war of information, which guides the real combat, is the core of the doctrine. The Royal Air Force (RAF) has already started the study on the multi-domain battle doctrine it plans to implement with the F-35B Lightning IIs and the platforms it will add to its inventory in the future. In this context, RAF, ...
  • Truck Mounted Countermeasure
    Truck Mounted Countermeasure 16 July 2020
    The countermeasure systems, which are basically divided into two as electronic and physical, are used for tasks such as intercepting / restricting the execution of electronic, electromagnetic or optic-based activities in the environment, depending on the task. In the images broadcast on CCTV-7, one of China's local televisions, a new counter-measure system developed for the People's Liberation Army was introduced. The system, consisting of a 2x36 launcher tube moun...
  • Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies select UAV SKELDAR V-200
    Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies select UAV SKELDAR V-200 12 July 2020
    The Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies awarded SKELDAR to supply the UAV SKELDAR V-200 as part of the naval mine countermeasures capability replacement. This program aims to provide twelve mine hunters equipped with drone systems to the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies. The SKELDAR V-200 provides navies with an embedded, “eye in the sky” intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability to enhance its capacity to perform primary and secondary missions....
  • ARES will Produce 17 Fast Patrol Boat for General Directorate of Police
    ARES will Produce 17 Fast Patrol Boat for General Directorate of Police 10 July 2020
    Designed within the scope of the Turkish Coast Guard Command, Gendarmerie General Command and the General Directorate of Security, ARES 35 has added new activities to the Turkish Type Boat (Fast Patrol Boat ). The negotiations that have been continuing for a long time with the General Directorate of Police (EGM) have been completed. EGM orders 17 boats for its own needs, while the manufacturer aims to provide uninterrupted products despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Keres Kalafatoğlu, C...
  • China Could Deploy AR500C to Indian Border
    China Could Deploy AR500C to Indian Border 7 July 2020
    The AR500C rotary wing UAV developed by China to deploy on plateaus completed its first flight test. The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), has developed the AR500C with a maximum speed of 170 kilometres and a maximum take-off weight of 500 kilograms, according to the country's needs. The drone, which will be used for high-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance missions, successfully conducted its first flight test. According to local media reports, China...
  • Israel Launches New Spy Satellite: Ofek 16
    Israel Launches New Spy Satellite: Ofek 16 6 July 2020
    Israel has launched a new spy satellite that it said would provide high-quality surveillance for its military intelligence. In a statement on social media on Monday, Israel's Ministry of Defence said "Ofek 16" was shot into space at 4 am local time [01:00 GMT]. The electro-optical reconnaissance satellite will “will undergo a series of tests to determine its propriety and performance level.," it added. The first images are expected in abo...
  • UCAV Fleet Expands
    UCAV Fleet Expands 6 July 2020
    Unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) are an important power multiplier both by their endurance and offering attack opportunities to opportunity targets. In addition, the new generation of light smart ammunition creates a significant air force pressure on the enemy. Serbia is continuing its work on modernization and military system procurement to improve army facilities and meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. In this context, introducing the platforms that ha...
  • Turkey's Unmanned "Mini Tank" Enters Mass Production
    Turkey's Unmanned "Mini Tank" Enters Mass Production 2 July 2020
      Katmerciler signed a serial production agreement with ASELSAN for the remote-controlled unmanned ground vehicle. Katmerciler developed the entire platform, including the remote control communication infrastructure of the armed unmanned ground vehicle. The vehicle can be used in reconnaissance, surveillance and target detection tasks. Weapons and all kinds of systems can be integrated into the turret. Thanks to satellite communication, it can be commanded remotely. T...
  • Drone Launched Drone
    Drone Launched Drone 1 July 2020
    Unmanned aerial vehicles, which are expanding day by day, are gaining new abilities for different mission types. Being the largest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the USArmy inventory, MQ-1C Gray Eagle will use ALTIUS (Air-Launched, Tube Integrated, Unmanned System)-600. Developed for special missions such as intelligence, observation and reconnaissance, the system will be used in environments, where contains high enemy threat. Described as air-launched eff...
  • Philippine Expects Delivery of Final Six Hermes 900 UAVs This Year
    Philippine Expects Delivery of Final Six Hermes 900 UAVs This Year 29 June 2020
      The Philippine Air Force (PAF) published its latest ‘Lead One Today’ quarterly e-newsletter. The Air Force is expecting delivery this year of the final six of nine Hermes 900 medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it ordered from Israel’s Elbit Systems. The system will be used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR] purposes. The e-letter reads; “the PAF is expecting the final delivery of two u...
  • Special Mission Aircraft Order to Israel
    Special Mission Aircraft Order to Israel 15 June 2020
    Special mission aircraft, which are considered as the intelligence eye of the armed forces in the air, constitute an important power factor in combat thanks to their reconnaissance, surveillance and command-control capabilities. Israel's leading aviation company IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) has announced that a 350 million USD agreement has been signed with a European country for the procurement of a Special Mission Aircraft. The agreement will be executed by ELTA Syst...
  • U.S. Improved Helicopter Engine Program Interrupted by Virus
    U.S. Improved Helicopter Engine Program Interrupted by Virus 15 June 2020
    Coronavirus disrupted the U.S. improved helicopter engine program. The pandemic process caused delays in shipping key components of the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). The critical design review phase of the planned engine program in the second quarter of the current fiscal year will continue slower than expected.  ITEP program officials are scheduled to begin testing on the General Electric Aviation T901 turbine engine next year. ITEP, which is expected to significantl...
  • Baykar's Armed UAV TB2 Flew 200 thousand Hours
    Baykar's Armed UAV TB2 Flew 200 thousand Hours 10 June 2020
    Bayraktar Tactical Armed/ UAV System TB2 developed by Baykar Defence for use in the execution of reconnaissance and intelligence missions reached 200,000 flight hours. The system, armed for Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri/ TSK) provides reconnaissance, aerial observation, target detection and destruction. According to the company, the TB2 flew 200,000 hours, making it the first national aircraft to serve in the sky for the longest time. It can carry four MAM-L and...
  • SEAD and DEAD Mission to F-35 Lightning II
    SEAD and DEAD Mission to F-35 Lightning II 10 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II aircraft, whose development activities continue but still contain many problems, will gain SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defence) and DEAD (Destruction of Enemy Air Defence). Thanks to its low radar cross-section area and advanced subsystems, the F-35 Lightning II family platforms, which can infiltrate into the enemy airspace without being detected, will become the nightmare of enemy air defence systems. In this framework, the US Department of Defense signed ...
  • Preliminary Report of CH-148 Accident Announced
    Preliminary Report of CH-148 Accident Announced 9 June 2020
    The CH-148 Cyclone helicopter belonging to the Canadian Armed Forces crashed into the Ionian Sea on April 29. The CH-148, which fell into the water near the stern side of the ship as it passed down, was determined to have returned from a routine reconnaissance mission at the time of the incident. Six personnel died as a result of the accident. HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337) the helicopter deployed to the frigate crashed at low altitude off the coast of Greece. The investigation is ...
  • Turkey to Send First Ground Observation Satellite İmece into Space in 2021
    Turkey to Send First Ground Observation Satellite İmece into Space in 2021 4 June 2020
    In accordance with the needs of the Ministry of National Defence, the final installation of the first high-resolution ground observation satellite, İmece, developed with domestic facilities under the leadership of TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute, has been completed. First, the satellite will be tested for thermal conditions in the vacuum environment, then will be subjected to vibration testing on the spacecraft. Thermal structural tests of the satellite ...
  • China's New Helicopter to Use on The Indian Border
    China's New Helicopter to Use on The Indian Border 27 May 2020
    Designed for operations carried out at high altitude, the AR500C unmanned helicopter successfully completed its first flight. China's platform, which it plans to deploy along the border with India, has developed the China State Aviation Industry Corporation of China/AVIC. The AR500C will be used for high altitude reconnaissance, communication relay and electronic warfare. The maximum speed of the platform is 170 kilometres an hour, the maximum take-off weight is 500 kilograms.
  • Rafales Deployed to Middile East for Reconnaissance
    Rafales Deployed to Middile East for Reconnaissance 23 May 2020
    Unmanned platforms are becoming widespread in reconnaissance missions. Despite this, manned recon still remains important. Combat jets can easily be turned into reconnaissance aircraft thanks to plug-and-play reconnaissance pods. According to the statement made by the French Ministry of Defence, Rafales were deployed for reconnaissance tasks in the Middle East geography within the scope of the fight against ISIS. The platforms are equipped with RECO-NG discovery-observation pod...
  • Tank Destroyer Request
    Tank Destroyer Request 5 May 2020
    Neither economic restrictions nor the virus epidemic is able to ensure the reduction of tension in the Far East. The countries in the region, especially in China and Japan, which cannot have a strong army as per their laws, continue to be armed. While modernizing the army on the one hand, and working on improving its capabilities on the other, Japan adds new defence systems to its inventory. In this context, the Japan Ground Self Defense Force requested 33 additional Type ...
  • Ateş Eye for Greece-Bulgaria Border
    Ateş Eye for Greece-Bulgaria Border 29 April 2020
    The Turkish defence industry continues its activities with firm steps, despite the COVID-19, which makes its impact felt in Turkey as well as all over the world. The land vehicles phase of the EU funded project, which started against irregular migration and increasing security at the Turkish western border has been completed. According to the news of Anadolu Agency, the last batch of Katmerciler Ateş Armoured Border Security System, was delivered t...
  • Russia Detects 22 Foreign Jets in Its Airspace
    Russia Detects 22 Foreign Jets in Its Airspace 10 April 2020
    The Russian Armed Forces last week identified 22 jets in violation of Russian airspace. The platforms were reported to have been involved in reconnaissance activities near the airspace. The military's official newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, published an infographic on airspace violations. A weekly infographic published by the outlet showed that Russian fighter jets had been scrambled twice to intercept foreign aircraft. Russia has also detected five drones for reconnaissance and ob...
  • Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter
    Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter 30 March 2020
    Technological developments come with new aircraft concepts. The armies, who do not want to stay behind the future, continue their work in this parallel. The US Army selected the first contractors for the future helicopter. Under the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Program (FARA), the U.S. signed an agreement with Sikorsky and Bell. In the period when the first prototypes will fly in 2023, it is aimed to fill an important capability gap after the retirement of the OH-58D Kiowa ...
  • Cost-Effective Solution for PLA: Suicide Drones
    Cost-Effective Solution for PLA: Suicide Drones 14 March 2020
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will add two different loitering munitions, also known as suicide drones, to its inventory, which will offer various capabilities to troops. No further details were given about the procurement, including the specifics on the weapons' performance or number to be purchased, as the procurement is listed as confidential. After taking off, suicide drones can remain in the air for an extended period of time for battlefield reconnaissance ...