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  • What Will S-400 Technology Transfer Be?
    What Will S-400 Technology Transfer Be? January 31 2020
    According to the news agency TASS, it was explained that there was no decision on the transfer of technology in the S-400 deal between Russia and Turkey. Speaking to Sputnik, The Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade Director Korotchenko said that providing information about air defence system technology can only come up in the context of future agreements. "This process requires time, preparation of Turkey industry, a process that requires trained team of engineers and techn...
  • Second Batch of S-400 Deliveries Completed
    Second Batch of S-400 Deliveries Completed January 28 2020
    The delivery process continues in the Chinese S-400s, whhich, experienced problems with the transportation of the first batch systems during transportation with ships. Second batch of S-400 systems reached to destination, which transported with ships. Beijing received all the necessary systems and equipment for the second S-400 regiment with delivery, including 120 launchers, generator sets and other subsystem equipment, as well as two launcher divisions, . China...
  • "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece
    "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece January 23 2020
    A remarkable article was published in Ptisi & Diastima Magazine, which publicates in the defence sector in Greece. Greek-Turkish relations, which increasing tension due to oil and natural gas deposits in Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey-Libya mutual exclusive economic zone were discussed in the article. Outlines of the offensive plan that could be implemented in a possible conflict were examined in the text. Turkey's radar and electronic support capabilities, as well as Greece...
  • Russia Denies S-400 Joint Production
    Russia Denies S-400 Joint Production January 21 2020
    Russia has supplied more than 120 surface-to-air missiles to Turkey as per a delivery and acceptance act signed by Turkey and Russia in December, Russian news agency Tass reported on Monday. Russia has also delivered auxiliary equipment, spare parts and tools, Tass quoted the unnamed source as saying, but the contract with Turkey did not include at all any “technology transfer, even partial.” Turkish Defence Industry Presidency İsmail Demir in January told repo...
  • The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force
    The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force January 17 2020
    The 116th "Lions of the South" squadron will join the 140th "Golden Eagle" unit to become the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) second official group of F-35I Adir stealth fighter jets. With the arrival of the first two F-35I aircraft for the 116th Fleet to Nevatim base in November 2019, the total number of F-35s in Israel reached 20. The government has currently received 20 of the 50 F-35I variants from Lockheed Martin required to bring both squadrons to capacity....
  • Turkey is Likely to Purchase Another Batch of S-400
    Turkey is Likely to Purchase Another Batch of S-400 December 29 2019
    Russia hopes that Turkey will purchase another batch of air defence systems S-400, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told the television news channel Rossiya-24 in an interview. "It is very likely they will use this option and keep working with us. We do hope for this," he said.  
  • Trump Admin Fights Bill Punishing Turkey
    Trump Admin Fights Bill Punishing Turkey December 24 2019
    According to The Daily Beast, The US State Department laid out the administration’s opposition to sanctions on Turkey in a seven-page memo sent to the Senate. In an exclusive report from the Daily, it is stated that the Trump administration sent a detailed memo to senators. The administration is fighting a bill that would punish Turkey for buying S-400 Russian air defence missiles. The administration claims that the legislation would drive the countries closer together. ...
  • Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey
    Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey December 21 2019
    US President Donald Trump signed off the sprawling 2020 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) earlier Friday, authorising a top-line budget of $738 billion that includes $635 billion for base Pentagon spending. Trump signed the bill at a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The bill includes the building of 100 new F-35 jets, 155 Army helicopters, 165 Abrams tanks, two new Virginia-class submarines, among others. The NDAA also renewed a decision to exclu...
  • US Considers Purchasing Turkish F-35A Fighter Jets
    US Considers Purchasing Turkish F-35A Fighter Jets December 11 2019
    U.S. lawmakers propose buying Turkish F-35A fighter jets by American Air Forces, due to Turkey's acquisition of Russian missile system. The National Defence Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2020, proposes the allocation of a $440 million fund for the Pentagon to purchase F-35 aircraft ordered by Turkey, as part of the modernisation of national defence. "The conferees support the removal of the Government of Turkey from the F-35 program due to its purchase of ...
  • Demir: S-400 to be operated in Turkey without Russian personnel November 17 2019
    President of the Defence Industry, Ismail Demir said that no Russian personnel would operate the S-400 missile defence systems after they enter service in Turkey. Speaking at a television interview, Demir said, "Turkish specialists are continuing their training in Russia. We have reiterated more than once that there will be no Russian personnel [to operate the S-400]," he said adding that Turkey had no plans to put aside the S-400 missile defence systems having purchased them from R...
  • S-400 Procurement Stuck to Economic Problems
    S-400 Procurement Stuck to Economic Problems November 6 2019
    At the end of October, Russia and Serbia conducted a joint military exercise called Slavic Shield-2019; A battalion of S-400s and a Pantsir-S anti-aircraft system were deployed at Serbia's Batajnica air base for the drills. The president of Serbia denied having plans of buying S-400 air defence systems from Russia owing to cost issues, on Wednesday. "From what I saw, this is an impressive system. But we don't plan to purchase it because we don't have money to pay fo...
  • Russia Deployed S-400 to Serbia
    Russia Deployed S-400 to Serbia October 28 2019
    Russian Ministry of Defence announced that Russian Army S-400 and Pantsir-S air-defence systems are deployed to Serbia, to took part in the bilateral Slavic Shield 2019 air-defence exercises. As part of the exercise, the Russian S-400 division and the Pantsir-S battery will be deployed on the territory of a Serbian air base and will be part of the joint Russian-Serbian mixed group of air defence forces. Russian-Serbian air defence exercise "Slavic shield-2019" is...
  • 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...
  • Russia Re-offers S-400 to Saudi Arabia September 19 2019
    Russian President Vlademir Putin who offered S-400 Air Defence Systems to Saudi Arabia. President Putin met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara to discuss Syria’s future. President Putin spoke at a joint news conference and he said, "In order to protect Saudi Arabia, we are ready to provide the corresponding aid to the country. Riyadh just needs to make a wise decision; like Iran’s S-300 buy & Turkey’s purch...
  • S-500 Serial Production Begins
    S-500 Serial Production Begins September 18 2019
    The mass production of the S-500 air defence missile, which is shown as the successor of Russia's S-300 and S-400 systems, will soon begin. Sergey Chemezov, head of the Rostec Corporation, said in an interview to the local newspaper. "I think that the serial production will start in a year," Chemezov declared. According to Chemezov, in the next five years, Russia will not export this weapon system because "we must in the first place provide our armed forces with this weapon...
  • The second round of S-400
    The second round of S-400 August 26 2019
    The deliveries of the second battalion of Russian-made S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey will begin on August 27, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar announced on Monday. "The process of transporting and delivering the second battery of the S-400 to Turkey will begin tomorrow," the defence minister said in a live broadcast of Turkish NTV television channel. Missiles are expected to be delivered by ship. According to TASS News Agency, 120 ...
  • Bahrain Has Preferred the Patriot over the S-400
    Bahrain Has Preferred the Patriot over the S-400 August 15 2019
    The Kingdom of Bahrain signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon's Patriot air and missile defence system from the United States Army. This letter of offer and acceptance allows the US government to begin contract negotiations with Raytheon for production of an undisclosed quantity of systems and missiles. "Patriot missiles will provide Bahrain's anti-ballistic defence, its cruise missile defence and manned and unmanned aircraft," said Raytheon Integrated Defence Sy...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Problems for F-35 in Turkey
    Problems for F-35 in Turkey July 17 2019
      S-400 air defence systems that Turkey had purchased from Russia, arrived in Turkey. Missiles, which form the strike force of the system, are expected to arrive by navy soon. With these developments, Turkey, is progressing step by step in the supply route maps previously announced. In other side, the US, that openly opposed to Turkey to acquire these systems, and announced the roadmap as precaution. In the US’ roadmap, priority is given to F-35 aircraft. At pre...
  • 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...
  • Drill in the Tense Waters July 11 2019
    Turkey had a US weapons embargo experience after the peace operation and entered a new era in defense industry with especially ASELSAN. Turkey entered the same waters, while being under another embargo threat due to F-35/S-400 tension. Lieutenant Caner Gönyeli was commissioned under TCG Kocatepe with pennant number D-354 which has been sunk around Baf harbour. Kocatepe was sunk by Turkish jets due to lack of communication between Turkish Air Force and Turkish Naval Forces, and Gönye...
  • S-400 to be Delivered in 2020
    S-400 to be Delivered in 2020 June 28 2019
    Russia's S-400 Triumf missile defence systems will be delivered to India after 2020, the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said. Russia and India earlier signed a contract on delivering S-400 Triumf missile defence systems worth $5.43 bln. The United States threatened India with sanctions over purchasing Russian military equipment. "The deliveries of S-400 Triumf missile systems to India are planned to start after 2020, in accordance with the agreement with our partn...
  • Turkish Suppliers to be Evaded from F-35 program in 2020
    Turkish Suppliers to be Evaded from F-35 program in 2020 June 8 2019
        The Pentagon is preparing to transfer Turkey’s industrial participation in the F-35 to other countries unless Ankara reverses course on its plans to buy the Russian S-400 air defence system according to US based “Defence News”. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defence for acquisition and sustainment, noted that Turkish participation in the program would be allowed to continue if it drops its plan to buy the Russian air defence system....
  • U.S. Will Not Accept More Turkish F-35 Pilots Over Russia
    U.S. Will Not Accept More Turkish F-35 Pilots Over Russia June 7 2019
      According to an exclusive report from Reuters, The United States has decided to stop accepting any additional Turkish pilots who planned to come to the United States to train on F-35 fighter jets. Turkey has ordered Russia’s S-400 air defence system, which Washington says it poses a threat to the Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealthy fighters, which Turkey also plans to buy. The United States says Turkey cannot have both. The two U.S. offic...
  • S-400 Missiles to be Tested
    S-400 Missiles to be Tested June 5 2019
      TASS reports that China will test-fire its S-400 air defence missile system in the first ten days of this month. Two missiles are to be fired, against ballistic and flying targets. China became the first foreign buyer of Russia’s S-400 ‘Triumf’ surface-to-air missile systems.    Russia dispatched the first regiment set of S-400 air defence missile systems to China in late December 2017 aboard three ships; one of the ships was hi...
  • F-35 or S-400: Who is the winner? April 26 2019
    It looks like the F-35/S-400 “arm wrestling” between the US and Turkey has come to a point where alliance and friendship are being tested over NATO. The US benefits from being the driving force behind NATO while Turkey has the advantage of being the only power on Russia’s route to the Mediterranean. While the tension between the two countries are building up, the US is threatening Turkey in both military and trade. Articles suggesting that Turkey might prefer the S...
  • S-400 is not the Only Issue; Still Don’t Get It? April 26 2019
    The crisis caused by the supply of advanced S-400 air defence system from Russia is a reflection of concerns beyond borders, with respect to Turkey’s pursuit of national technology. For a child to have born in Turkey in mid-1950s, the country represented a magical identity in 1960s…   It was then, we first learned about an island called CYPRUS, as our parents showed us its location on the maps appearing in the front pages of dailies. For a generation at t...
  • S-500 Almost Ready
    S-500 Almost Ready April 15 2019
    A senior executive at the Russian Aerospace Forces made statements on the S-500. As a successor of  S-300 and S-400 systems; development phase of the S-500s shown in the final stage of the development phase. In addition, it is announced that Russian Army will begin take delivery of S-350 Vityaz systems soon. The S-350 and S-500 platforms are equipped with new generation radars with high mobility and thus the systems are able to take a position in unprepared areas. Although the ...
  • Turkish F-35 Pilots' Flights are Suspended
    Turkish F-35 Pilots' Flights are Suspended April 2 2019
      US suspends the training of Turkish pilots and instructors that would use F-35 warplanes, according to Senator James Inhofe, Anatolia News Agency correspondent at DC, Kasım İleri wrote at his personal twitter account. Pentagon announced yesterday that it suspended F-35 activities and equipment deliveries to Turkey due to Ankara’s decision to buy S-400s.
  • U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Transfer Of F-35 Fighters To Turkey
    U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Transfer Of F-35 Fighters To Turkey March 29 2019
    Four U.S. senators on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey until the U.S. government certifies that Ankara will not take delivery of a Russian S-400 air defence system, a statement on the move said. U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), James Lankford (R-OK), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today introduced a bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey until our government c...
  • India Signs Over $3 Billion Deal with Russia for Nuclear Submarine
    India Signs Over $3 Billion Deal with Russia for Nuclear Submarine March 9 2019
    India has for the third time signed an agreement to lease a Russian Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine according to Times of India. New nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), will be available by 2025, after a comprehensive refurbishment at a Russian shipyard. The agreement will be realised despite the threat of US financial sanctions looming over the earlier $5.4 billion contract inked for Russian S-400 Triumf missile systems in October last year. This submarine will rep...
  • Russia to Renew Damaged S-400 Missiles
    Russia to Renew Damaged S-400 Missiles February 19 2019
    Russia will supply to China a replacement for the S-400 air defence system missiles instead of those damaged during a storm in the English Channel a year ago, "The contract had been signed a long time ago. The shipment would’ve been carried by now, but regrettably the ship that was carrying the missiles was hit by a storm. We were forced to eliminate all those missiles to make new ones instead," Rostec corporation chief Sergei Chemezov told the media at the IDEX-2019 exhibitio...
  • Additional Consultations for S-400
    Additional Consultations for S-400 February 18 2019
    Russia's S-400 procurement process is experiencing new developments. Alexander Mikheyev, CEO of Rosoboronexport, a military export company of the Russian State, made a statement on the subject. Speaking at the IDEX 2019 international defence fair in Abu Dhabi, Mikheyev made statements the Saudi Arabia's S-400 procurement process. According to the program, the parties agreed with Saudi Arabia, but the process of consultation on the contract continued.
  • S-400s Accepted
    S-400s Accepted January 11 2019
    S-400, which has been at the top of the agenda between East and West, completed the acceptance tests of the first export customer. China, made second successful launch with the S-400 system during acceptance tests. With this launch, China completed acceptance tests. The test, which took place in December last year, was held in the in China. 48N6E missile launched and destroyed an air target simulating the enemy plane at a distance of 250 kilometers. It was announced that China's...
  • Russia to fulfil S-400 sale to Turkey despite Patriot deal
    Russia to fulfil S-400 sale to Turkey despite Patriot deal December 19 2018
    Kremlin believes that Turkey's possible purchase of US Patriot Missile System and of Russian S-400 Triumph air defence systems are not connected, and that Russia-Turkey contract on S-400 purchase will be continued, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Peskov's remarks came a day after the Pentagon announced that the US State Department had approved a possible $3.5 billion sale of Patriot missile systems to its NATO-ally Turkey, after notifying Congress of the certification. Peskov fu...
  • Pantsir-S Missile Battalion Enters Service in Crimea
    Pantsir-S Missile Battalion Enters Service in Crimea December 1 2018
    The deployment comes after three Ukrainian ships enters Russia controlled waters as they sailed toward the Kerch Strait last Sunday. Russia has deployed a Pantsir-S missile and anti-aircraft artillery battalion to Crimea, according to the press service of the Russian Southern Military District. "The newest [Pantsir-S] air defence systems have entered service among the anti-aircraft missile units of the Southern Military District deployed in Crimea […] as part of the prog...
  • Pentagon's F-35 Report: It Favours Better Relations with Turkey
    Pentagon's F-35 Report: It Favours Better Relations with Turkey November 28 2018
    US Daily Washington Post wrote about Pentagon reports about Turkey. Daily says, ”Defence Secretary Jim Mattis repeated his objection to the threat. Cutting off Turkey, whose defence industry produces significant F-35 components, Mattis said, would cause major delays in overall production of the new generation combat plane, according to congressional officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the sensitive issue.” US opposes Turkey’s decision to acquire...
  • Pentagon Delivered its Report on Turkey's F-35 program
    Pentagon Delivered its Report on Turkey's F-35 program November 16 2018
    The U.S. Defence Department has delivered a report to Congress detailing implications of Turkey receiving 100 F-35 fighter jets according to Reuters. Turkey plans to acquire Russian S-400 air missile defence system and this decision has raised concerns in US. Turkey last month said it was moving ahead with the controversial S-400 procurement and expected to begin installing the surface-to-air missile systems in October 2019. Turkey is due to receive its third and...
  • S-400s to Arrive in Two Years
    S-400s to Arrive in Two Years October 22 2018
    Recently, a new statement came from Russia, which signed an agreement with India to supply an S-400 air defense system which costs 5.2 billion USD. According to the statement, the first S-400 systems will be delivered to India within two years. The statement came from Dmitry Shugaev, who head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation.   The deal, which was recently signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to India, is one ...