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  • Iskander-M Missile Flew Almost Twice More Landing in Kazakhstan
    Iskander-M Missile Flew Almost Twice More Landing in Kazakhstan January 14 2020
      During a planned live-firing exercise by Russia, one of its Iskander-M ballistic missiles flew beyond 600km and landed outside its designated target area. The missile is said to have been fired from Kapustin Yar for the Makat firing range in Kazakhstan. However, the missile ended up in the Bayganinsky district. The Makat is at the 480 km distance, but it flew more than 800 km. On January 9, 2020, during the planned exercises of the test centre of the Minis...
  • ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV
    ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV December 28 2019
    Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed that the Korean Air Force (ROKAF) received the first of four Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on 23 December 2019. The UAV arrived at Sacheon Air Base in South Gyeongsang Province. The three remaining platforms are expected to be delivered in the first half of 2020, although this could change depending on situations.
  • ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters
    ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters December 23 2019
      The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) to its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II at 17th Fighter Wing. The ROKAF has received 13 aircraft out of the 40 ordered under a KRW7.3 trillion (US$6.3 billion) deal signed in 2014. Reaching IOC level means that the aircraft are now operational but is limited to certain air operations including flying interdiction, essential close air support, and limited supp...
  • Turkish UAV lands on Turkish Cyprus
    Turkish UAV lands on Turkish Cyprus December 16 2019
    Baykar’s TB2 drone landed on Cyprus Island, while there is increasing tension in the eastern Mediterranean. TB2 has taken off from Dalaman Naval Air Base and flew for five hours. TB2 landed at a Geçitkale airport on Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on Monday. The breakaway Turkish Cypriot cabinet on Friday designated the Gecitkale airport on the island as a base for both unarmed and armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the request of the Turkish government.
  • Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters
    Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters December 14 2019
      The US Defence Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar met at the Pentagon to finalize the sale of eight UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters and four AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters on Dec. 12. The sale, which Esper said was a "historic moment," totals about $650 million and is the Czech Republic's largest military purchase from the U.S. The defence secretary said it is a step forward in the Czech Republic's replacement of ...
  • Iranian Defence Industry: Self Sufficient?
    Iranian Defence Industry: Self Sufficient? December 6 2019
    Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said the Islamic Republic had gained full self-sufficiency in the field of defence. Speaking at the exhibition of military products, Bageri stated that Iran achieved self-sufficiency in defence of the country. Bageri said, “Today, we can declare that we have achieved full self-sufficiency in defending the country, and these achievements have given the great Iranian nation effective might and deterrence, sec...
  • Current Situation Analysis from SSB
    Current Situation Analysis from SSB November 30 2019
    The report titled International Cooperation and Export in Defence and Aviation Industry dated October 2019 was shared at the Conference held in Antalya. The study aims to create a sectoral situation analysis in order to prepare the ground for strategy development in line with the 2023 export targets. The study was created with the information provided by 27 companies that realized 95 per cent of the sector's exports according to the data of the Defence and Aerospace In...
  • Meteor Missile to KF-X
    Meteor Missile to KF-X November 26 2019
      MBDA has been awarded a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile onto the KF-X future Korean fighter aircraft the contract includes integration support to KAI, transfer of know-how and manufacture of test equipment for the KF-X integration and trials campaign. Following a joint development agreement signed in 2015, some 168 units of KF-X aircraft are to be produced, with Republic of Korea...
  • NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability
    NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability November 25 2019
      The first of five NATO RQ-4D Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) unmanned aircraft lands in Italy. The first of five NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft landed in Sigonella. AGS is being developed with significant contributions from 15 Allies - Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States. All Allies will have access to the data obtained by the AGS; The ...
  • EU Force Generating
    EU Force Generating November 14 2019
    Europe is taking important steps to unite its strength in the defence industry. Collaboration on Permanent Structured Cooperation and defence is seen as the new step of the European Union (EU). ‘’When Europeans join forces, our impact is higher than we imagine’’ EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said PESCO helps EU Member States work closely in the field of security and defence. PESCO was established in December 2017 and aims to improve the defence capabilities...
  • 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...
  • Frigate Support to the Navy
    Frigate Support to the Navy November 12 2019
    The Republic of Korea launched a new, guided-missile frigate equipped with advanced sonar and propulsion systems. The platform, called Seoul, is 122 meters long. The 122-meter-long ship is equipped with guided missiles and guns and can carry a helicopter for marine operations. The warship boasts of advanced anti-submarine patrol and combat capabilities, as it employs an advanced sonar system as well as a hybrid propulsion system that reduces the level of noise the vessel makes underwater. Acc...
  • Modernization Process Ended
    Modernization Process Ended November 5 2019
    Within the scope of the CSR 1 Program of the Republic of Korea, Type 209 submarines developed by the German HDW Shipyard were put into service. South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) handed over Chang Bogo (Type 209/1200)-class submarine Lee Eok Gi to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) on 31 October after completing an upgrade The Korean Ministry of National Defence announced on November 1 that the 57-meter-long electric-diesel submarine...
  • Changing Balances: China’s New Defence Strategies Part 3: Defence Expenditure November 1 2019
    The tension between the US and China in recent years has started to show itself in every field. Not only economically but also with its military presence in the region, China is challenging the United States and taking various steps to free its domination from external factors. In this issue, we will evaluate the statements of the White Paper published by the People's Republic of China in July on defence expenditure. The general argument of the document is that when it...
  • Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H
    Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H October 30 2019
    The Republic of China Army retired its UH-1H fleet today and declared the UH-60M fleet fully operational. A ceremony was held at Tai Chung Lung Hsiang base to mark the event. The UH-1H utility helicopter was in service for military training or in the relief operations of mountain rescue and natural disasters. Army Aviation Special Operations Command held a "de-settlement ceremony" on the 30th of this month due to the absence of parts and shortage of spare parts. Its air tr...
  • 15 Exhibitions to Attend in 2020
    15 Exhibitions to Attend in 2020 October 30 2019
    Expos to be nationally attended for 2020 are announced. A total of 15 fairs will be attended in 2020. Two of these fairs are in Turkey and Germany. Remaining expos are in Qatar, Chile, Malaysia, France, United Kingdom, Azerbaijan, Republic of South Africa, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Defence Industry Presidency (SSB) will provide national participation to nine of the fairs. Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (SSI) will provide national participation t...
  • Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM
    Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM October 18 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Republic of Korea (ROK) of (120) AIM-120C-7/C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) with support for an estimated cost of $253 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. ROK has requested to buy 120 AMRAAM. Also included are containers; weapon support and support equipment; spare and repair parts; U.S. Government and co...
  • Korea re-runs for Nuclear-Powered Submarine
    Korea re-runs for Nuclear-Powered Submarine October 11 2019
    The Republic of Korea is considering to own nuclear-powered submarine. According to the Korea Herald, the Navy is running a task force on the potential construction of nuclear-powered submarines. ROK pushed to build such submarines in 2003 behind the scenes as part of its long-term military build-up program.  The project was suspended about a year later after it was disclosed in a media report. Then in 2017, the defence ministry researched the matter through private e...
  • Arms and Security Begins
    Arms and Security Begins October 7 2019
    Arms and Security 2019 defence expo in Kiev starts tomorrow. Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters' Association provides National Participation to the event, which is the media sponsorship of C4Defence magazine. During the fair, many Turkish Compaies such as Aselsan, Roketsan, STM have booth also. The event was attended by more than 300 companies based in Ukraine; 15 from the United States, 17 from Turkey, four from Denmark, 10 from Poland, one from Kazakhstan, four from Ital...
  • North Korea Continue Trials October 4 2019
    Ballistic missile tests carried out by North Korea which caused countries’ reaction; has been postponed for a while. The silence of the Pyongyang administration was broken by a new launch, a first among the long-running tests carried out recently. In trial attempt, a ballistic missile launched from the submarine which was scheduled to begin at a different level conversation between North Korean officials and the United States. The test was carried out from an offs...
  • China Unveils Dongfeng-41 Missiles
    China Unveils Dongfeng-41 Missiles October 1 2019
    China unveiled Dongfeng-41 intercontinental strategic nuclear missiles, in a National Day military parade in central Beijing Tuesday. A formation consisting of 16 new-type strategic nuclear missile launchers carrying Dongfeng-41 passed through Tian'anmen Square in celebration of the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China.
  • Greek Cyprus Shows Serbian NORA B-52
    Greek Cyprus Shows Serbian NORA B-52 September 30 2019
    Greek Cyprus will show off its new acquisition the Serbian NORA B-52 Self Propelled Gun-Howitzer. Greek Cypriot administration will celebrate “the 59th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Cyprus” in accordance with the “anniversary”, National Guard will show off its new acquisition Serbian NORA B-52 cannons.  Serbian Foreign Minister Alexander Vulin will attend the ceremony.
  • Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission
    Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission September 27 2019
      NATO Allied Air Command stated that one of six Italian Air Force F-35s will perform the type’s first NATO air surveillance and air policing mission. F-35s are deployed to Iceland on 26 September. The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland. AMI Boeing KC-767 tan...
  • Design Process Completed
    Design Process Completed September 26 2019
    The design process of the combat aircraft developed jointly by the Republic of Korea and Indonesia has been completed. The cost of the development project, fixed at $7.3 billion was initiated in January 2016. Prototype to be built by 2021. The 4.5 generation, semi-stealth aircraft will have advanced avionics and aerial refuelling capability. In all, about 168 jets will be made. According to the Republic of Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the project progressed...
  • Inventory is Growing September 24 2019
    The Philippine Navy (PN) will launch new platforms. PN is scheduled to commission three new Multi-Purpose Attack Craft (MPAC) Mk.3 fast boats and four KAAV-7A1 amphibious assault vehicles. The MPAC Mk.3 was made by the joint venture of Taiwan’s Lung the Shipbuilding, and Filipino marine company Propmech Corporation, and will be the 4th batch acquired by the PN from the joint venture. It would be armed with the Rafael Spike-ER missiles fired from the Rafael Typhoon MLS-ER missi...
  • Korea Will Destroy UAVs
    Korea Will Destroy UAVs September 18 2019
    The Republic of Korea has announced a project to develop laser weapons system to take down small aerial targets such as drones or missiles, the Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. The project is worth approximately US $74 million, the DAPA seeks to complete the development of the system named Block-I, capable of shooting laser beams against small unmanned aerial vehicles by 2023 for operational deployment. "After the development of the system aimed at small ...
  • Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil
    Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil September 16 2019
    Swedish manufacturer Saab has presented the first Brazilian Gripen E fighter aircraft during a ceremony in Linköping, Sweden, to begin the flight test program. The ceremony was attended by representatives from Brazilian Air Force, Swedish Air Force, Saab, and defence ministers of the two countries. Initially, flight tests will be performed in Sweden and by the end of 2020, the aircraft will move to Brazil to continue the flight test campaign in the country. In 2021, deliveries ...
  • Changing Balances: China’s New Defence Strategies September 10 2019
    “In the white paper published by the State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China on July 22, 2019, China's new defence strategies were discussed in detail. The document has many differences compared to its predecessors. China has made fundamental changes in the structure and the organization of the army and makes many evaluations about the international agenda. As the power of the Asian continent not only in economic terms but also in military terms with i...
  • Russia to Develop Previously Banned Missiles
    Russia to Develop Previously Banned Missiles September 7 2019
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would develop missiles banned under the now-defunct Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in response US. The state-run TASS news agency reported that Putin said, "We will make such missiles, of course, but we will not deploy them in the regions where no ground-based missile systems of this class of US manufacture have emerged”. Last month, the US and Russia formally withdrew from the key Cold War-era tr...
  • Torpedoes for Korea
    Torpedoes for Korea August 28 2019
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea (ROK) of 31 MK 54 All Up Round lightweight torpedoes with support for an estimated cost of $72 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019. ROK has also requested torpedo containers, Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers, Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks...
  • Russian Helicopters will Retire
    Russian Helicopters will Retire August 23 2019
    The Czech Republic decided to retire the Russian-made helicopters in its inventory. The Czech Republic will buy 12 military helicopters from US maker Bell a deal priced at $622 million, Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar said on August 22. The deal includes the utility Venom aircraft and the attack Viper aircraft, which share most of their parts. “It will be eight Venoms and four Vipers,” Metnar told reporters. The contract expected to sign by the end of the year with delivery starti...
  • First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4
    First KC-390 to be Delivered to Brazilian Air Force on September 4 August 20 2019
    The first KC-390 is due to be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force on September 4, according to an Airway source. Manufactured by Embraer, the multi-purpose cargo jet is the largest aircraft ever built in Brazil. If all goes as planned, the ceremony will be held at Anapolis Air Base where Wing 2 is located, which will be responsible for operating the new aircraft. The first KC-390 from Brazil’s 28-unit order was completed late last year and made its first flight in October. Em...
  • The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan
    The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan August 17 2019
    Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force (RoCAF) has confirmed it will be getting new F-16s. An infographic put out by the RoCAF has confirmed that it will be getting new F-16s. The RoCAF says it will stand up a new tactical fighter wing for these new jets. It should be made up of three squadrons. The jets will also come with conformal fuel tanks and uprated engines – which could mean the GE F110. Earlier, the Washington Post said the Trump administration has put up the $8 billion...
  • Russia In Warm Waters
    Russia In Warm Waters August 11 2019
    "Warm Water Policy" policy, which is one of the common goals adopted by Russian Tsardom, the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and finally the Russian Federation since Tsar Petro I, was achieved. As part of the improvement and development of the Syrian economy, an agreement was signed between Damascus and Moscow administrations last April. According to this agreement, the operating activities of Tartus Port were transferred to Russian company Stroytransgaz for 49 years with...
  • US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger
    US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger August 10 2019
    The Republic of Korea adds a new one to the defence expenditures it has recently increased. New military platforms to put in the inventory of the Republic of Korea navy. According to the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency, Korea will procure 12 MH-60R Seahawk from the US under the approved request. Cost of procurement is approximately 800 million US Dollars. And will be made under the scope of the FMS. Seoul will provide helicopters, as well as hell-borne surface sca...
  • VT5 Becoming Safer
    VT5 Becoming Safer August 9 2019
    The VT5, Republic of China's made-for-export light tank, is expected to be equipped with an active protection system which will enable the thin-armoured tank to expand its defence capability. An active protection system could detect incoming hostile projectiles before firing interception rockets to detonate them before they hit the tank. The VT5, also named Type 15 or ZTQ-15 has a weight from 33 to 36 tons depending on the armour fitted to the tank. With this weight, the tank of...
  • USA has Green Signalled
    USA has Green Signalled July 31 2019
    The United States has green signalled Republic of Korea’s request to provide Contractor Logistics Support for four RQ-4 Block 30 Remotely Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles. Seoul had requested to purchase contractor logistics support, programme management, depot and organisational level maintenance, technical and logistics services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support, adding that the total estimated programme cost i...
  • Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets
    Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets July 24 2019
    Bulgaria's president has vetoed the country's planned $1.26 billion acquisition of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters, citing a lack of agreement and clarity over the deal. Issuing the veto on 23 July, “The commitment of Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, for years to come, without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying,” Radev said in a statement. He says the "sharp contro...
  • Argentina will Procure FA-50 Platform
    Argentina will Procure FA-50 Platform July 22 2019
    Argentina has been approved to supply supersonic FA-50 light attack aircraft from the Korean Aerospace Industry (KAI). According to the news services in the Republic of Korea, KAI will deliver a total of 10 platforms, two in 2020 and eight in 2021. The contract will hold a total of US $ 200 million, including one simulator, and payment is scheduled for ten years. FA-50 Platform is derived from the Lockheed Martin’s F-16 aircraft and it has supersonic capability. Aircraft is combat ...
  • White House Sets Up Potential Sanctions Meeting Against Turkey July 21 2019
    The White House has invited all Republican senators to a meeting next week to discuss potential sanctions on Turkey after President Trump said the United States will cancel the purchase of F-35 fighter jets according to Washington Post Daily. The meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m, will be held in the State Dining Room of the White House and is limited to the senators only. Trump announced the cancellation of the purchase Tuesday, saying it was “not a fair situa...