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  • China Bids Again for Motor Sich Shares
    China Bids Again for Motor Sich Shares 24 November 2020
    China re-applied to the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) for Motor Sich shares. China-based Beijing Skyrizon Aviation made a bid for Motor Sich shares on September 23rd with the support of DCH Group, owned by Ukrainian businessman Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, the European Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) said in a report. Skyrizon's previous offers were rejected at AMCU, but CEPA reported that Ukraine is close to selling shares, taking into account China's new o...
  • Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget
    Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget 2 October 2020
    The Defence Ministry on Wednesday requested a record ¥5.49 trillion ($55 billion) budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2021, to expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.   The request is up 3.3 per cent from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2021, with defence spending expected to rise. Japan’s defence spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Shinzo Abe t...
  • Russia's New Military Equipment Approved
    Russia's New Military Equipment Approved 1 October 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry held a commission meeting on technologies developed for security forces. Equipment prototypes based on advanced technology and innovative research have passed the approval of the relevant military authorities.  Within the scope of the Commission: An easy-to-erect bunker designed to station and camouflage military equipment and personnel was introduced at temporary locations. Not only does it protect military equipment from...
  • China's "Largest" Patrol Ship
    China's "Largest" Patrol Ship 30 September 2020
    Haixun-09, described as China's largest outpost ship, has been submerged. The 165-metre vessel, which went down to the water at a shipyard in Guangzhou, will enter service in 2021, according to information on the official website of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China. Construction of the Haixun-09, which has 10,700 tons of displacement, began in May 2019. The outpost ship has a data centre that includes several satellite communications systems, including a heli...
  • First Target in Space 400 km Altitude
    First Target in Space 400 km Altitude 29 September 2020
    President of Defence Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, Roketsan Chairman of the Board Prof. Dr. Faruk Yigit and ROKETSAN General Manager Murat İkinci attended at a press conference. Demir, shared the images of Turkey's rockets that reached space. Stating that studies are continuing to achieve the capability of launching, testing, producing an iron satellite and establishing a base, he said, “Our first goal is to place a 100 kg satellite in orbit at the altitude of 400 km. W...
  • Second Deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    Second Deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection 25 September 2020
    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Özmen, was awarded a second $46,997,170 contract for two additional Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), bringing total MEA aircraft orders to four in 2020. SNC has been the prime systems engineer and integrator for the MEA fleet since 2009. The MEA aircraft is a fully certified, highly-missionized version of the King Air 350, equipped w...
  • Heron UAV Landed at International Airport
    Heron UAV Landed at International Airport 24 September 2020
    Israel’s Heron UAV landed at an international airport and integrate into the airspace alongside commercial flights by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Heron became the first UAV to land in an international airport alongside commercial flights occupying civilian air space. The entire take-off, flight, and landing were operated from the Ein Shemer control station. The landing demonstrates UAVs capability to take off and land automatically on long-haul routes using sa...
  • Israel and Italy Sign Mutual Purchase Agreement
    Israel and Italy Sign Mutual Purchase Agreement 23 September 2020
    Under the contract, Israel’s Defence Ministry will purchase a "training package" from Italian defence contractor Leonardo.The package includes a total of 12 AW119KX training helicopters and two simulators for the Air Force Flight School. Helicopters will replace the "Pagen" (Bell 206) platforms, which have been in service since the 1970s. The Italian Ministry of Defence will buy spike launchers and missiles from Rafael. The new agreement is a cont...
  • Northrop Grumman wins $298 Million Contract to Develop SATCOM Spacecraft
    Northrop Grumman wins $298 Million Contract to Develop SATCOM Spacecraft 22 September 2020
    According to Space Force budget documents, the Force plans to award as many as three competitive rapid-prototyping contracts for Evolved Strategic Satellite (ESS). The Space and Missile Systems Centre announced the contract award Sept. 16 for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program, known as Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS). The satellite is to be completed by May 2025. Northrop Grumman Corp. received a $298 million contract to develop an anti-jam military satellite to ...
  • China's Third Aircraft Carrier May Soon Land in Water
    China's Third Aircraft Carrier May Soon Land in Water 15 September 2020
    China's aircraft carrier construction is "smoothly", and the platform will be submerged at the end of this year or early 2021, ordnance Industry Science Technology said in a report. Chinese media have published photos of the ship taken in September 2020. Satellite images in May and June drew attention to some sections brought to Shanghai-based Jiangnan Shipyard. These sections are estimated to belong to China's third aircraft carrier and were brought in f...
  • New Mysterious Platform from China
    New Mysterious Platform from China 9 September 2020
    According to military sources, China's experimental spacecraft could be part of the Shenlong Space Plane Project. While details of the mission were not disclosed, it was announced that the developed spacecraft had completed its first flight test. After two days in orbit, the country's state-affiliated news agency Xinhua announced the platform as a "significant breakthrough. "The spacecraft was launched from the Jiuquan satellite centre by a Long March-2F rocket.
  • North Korea Might be Preparing Launch of Submarine Missile
    North Korea Might be Preparing Launch of Submarine Missile 6 September 2020
    Satellite imagery of a North Korean shipyard on Friday shows activity suggestive of preparations for a test of a medium-range submarine-launched ballistic missile, The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) reported on Friday. The US think-tank said the images it published on its website of North Korea's Sinpo shipyard showed several vessels within a secure boat basin, one of which resembled vessels previously used to tow a submersible test stand barge out to sea....
  • New Norwegian Surveillance Satellite to Detect 'Invisible' Ships
    New Norwegian Surveillance Satellite to Detect 'Invisible' Ships 2 September 2020
      The Norwegian micro surveillance satellite Norsat-3, will be launched from French Guiana in South America this autumn. The satellite will provide key support to the Coast Guard and for crisis management, national broadcaster NRK reported. Norsat-3 doesn't depend on the reception of the ships' AIS signals to detect them. It relies on radar detection. The AIS is an automatic tracking system that uses transceivers on ships and is used by vessel traffi...
  • Yıldırım: Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory to be opened next year
    Yıldırım: Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory to be opened next year 1 September 2020
    Turkey Space Agency President Serdar Yildirim said Turkey Eastern Anatolia Space Agency's Space Observatory will be opened next year. Yildirim said, "Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory will have a primary mirror active 4 m in diameter and will be equipped with the adaptive optics technology. This will be Space Agency's first work. We look forward to that.". Capital Exhibition by Turksat, Turkey Space Agency, EMEA Aerospace Operators is conducted online wi...
  • Victory Day surprise from Roketsan
    Victory Day surprise from Roketsan 28 August 2020
    On the 98th anniversary of August 30 Victory Day, Space Technologies and Advanced Technologies Research Centre will be opened at Roketsan's Lalahan facilities with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The Raw Material Production Facility at Elmadağ facilities will be opened and the opening ceremony will be watched with live broadcasting. At the Space Technologies and Advanced Technologies Research Centre, studies are carried out on various space projects, especia...
  • Airbus to build BADR-8 satellite for Arabsat.
    Airbus to build BADR-8 satellite for Arabsat. 26 August 2020
    Airbus has been contracted by Arabsat, one of the world’s top satellite operators, to build BADR-8, their new generation telecommunications satellite. BADR8 will replace and increase Arabsat’s capacity and augment its core business at the BADR hotspot 26°E. The BADR-8 satellite will be based on the-state-of-the-art Airbus Eurostar Neo electric orbit raising platform giving access to a wide range of launchers. BADR-8 will also include the innovative Airbus developed T...
  • TÜBİTAK UME and Turkey Space Agency Will Work Together
    TÜBİTAK UME and Turkey Space Agency Will Work Together 26 August 2020
    The Turkish Space Agency will support the work of TÜBİTAK National Metrology Institute (Ulusal Metroloji Enstitü/ UME). The agency will carry out work to make the classic RB atomic clock designed by TÜBİTAK UME suitable for use in space. Atomic clocks are used to prevent time deviation in areas where gravity is low. As a useful load to the small-sized CUBESAT satellite equipped with nanotechnology, it was decided that TÜBİTAK UME would make a miniature RB atomic ...
  • China launches Gaofen-9 and Tiantuo satellites
    China launches Gaofen-9 and Tiantuo satellites 24 August 2020
    China launched its latest Gaofen-9 Earth observation satellite and two smaller payloads from the Jiuquan launch centre late Saturday. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) confirmed (Chinese) the launch, mission success and the payloads. The Gaofen-9 (05) optical remote sensing satellite follows the launch of the third Gaofen-9 satellite in June and the fourth earlier this month. Previous satellites were capable of providing sub-meter resolution imagery. The ...
  • Korkut at Libya
    Korkut at Libya 18 August 2020
    Domestic systems, which developed in line with the requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces, take their place in the battlefield. The Korkut self-propelled anti-aircraft gun system is spotted at Libya in the satellite images published on social media recently. Open source photos also featured Hawk launcher units and a camouflaged system thought to be radar. It did not go unnoticed that the coordinates given with the published images belong to Al-Watiya airbase. T...
  • Sentinel-1C radar antenna has spread its wings for the first time
    Sentinel-1C radar antenna has spread its wings for the first time 12 August 2020
    Fixed to a special device, simulating zero gravity conditions, the 12.3 metres wide and 860 kg SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) radar antenna of the Copernicus Sentinel-1C satellite has successfully spread its wings at the Airbus Integrated Technology Centre in Friedrichshafen (Germany) for the first time. Sentinel-1C is the third of the Sentinel-1 radar satellite series and will ensure data continuity for the many services offered by the EU’s Copernicus programme. The Sentinel-1C satelli...
  • First Egyptian Su-35s Spotted
    First Egyptian Su-35s Spotted 3 August 2020
    The first three Su-35 fighter jets that Russia is producing for Egypt’s air force have been seen flying in Russia. The production had started at the Gagarin Aircraft Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Five aircraft were spotted in flight at Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport in central Russia with serials 9210, 9212 and 9214 visible. They were en route from the factory 3 600 km away. In early May, satellite imagery appeared to show four of the aircraft on the ground at the Komsomolsk-on...
  • 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...
  • New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya
    New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya 27 July 2020
    The US Army Command in Africa (Africom) released new satellite images on Friday (July 24th) regarding the Russian presence in Libya. "Russia continues to play an unhelpful role in Libya by delivering supplies and equipment to the Wagner group," said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Bradford Gering, AFRICOM director of operations. "Imagery continues to unmask their consistent denials." According to Africom, these satellite images prove the presence of the Rus...
  • Indigenous SATCOM for Anka MALE
    Indigenous SATCOM for Anka MALE 26 July 2020
    Satellite Communication (SATCOM) systems are one of the most important components for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to work at a distance beyond the horizon. Istanbul based CTech company, has developed portable satellite communication systems with domestic facilities. The system was first integrated into TUSAŞ (Turkish Aerospace) production Anka-S UAVs. Called CTech Mobil (DEV-Ku-18 Terminal), the air and ground terminals of the system, as well as ground stations and all other subc...
  • The UK's New Communications Satellite
    The UK's New Communications Satellite 21 July 2020
    An agreement has been signed between Airbus and the United Kingdom for the Skynet 6A satellite. Seeking to increase its communications and satellite capabilities, the United Kingdom will have Skynet 6A satellites with a deal worth approximately USD 630 million. “To safeguard our military on operations around the world we need to ensure that we protect their communications on land, sea or in air,” Defence Minister Ben Wallace said. Airbus will be the m...
  • India's "Urgent" Demand for Purchase
    India's "Urgent" Demand for Purchase 16 July 2020
    India will buy light tanks in its inventory as a result of tensions with China. India has confirmed satellite images of china-owned camouflaged ZTQ105/ Type 15 light tanks being deployed near the border in Ladakh. New Delhi, which took action after this development, will add light tanks to the inventory, which is planned to be transported from the air as a solution with high manoeuvre and operational capability in the mountainous region to meet the needs of ground forces.<...
  • 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...
  • Russia to Test-Angara Light Carrier Rocket
    Russia to Test-Angara Light Carrier Rocket 4 July 2020
    Russia will carry out final flight tests of the latest Angara-1.2 light carrier rocket. Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Sergei Surovikin said that Angara-1.2 light carrier rocket would require three test-launches on Friday. “As part of the experimental design work, the flight tests of the Angara space rocket are taking place. They envisage six launches of the Angara-A5 heavy rocket and three launches of the Angara-1.2 light carrier,” Surovikin said in an interview wit...
  • 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...
  • Satellite Company might be founded
    Satellite Company might be founded 28 June 2020
    President of Defence Industry Dr İsmail Demir signalled the foundation of new satellite company at the “Outbreak Process and Defence Industry” video conference he attended on June 26. Speaking on the Digital Gündem (Digital Agenda) publication, Demir mentioned the works carried out together with the informatics, telecom, satellite and cybersecurity sectors. Demir, shortly; TUSAŞ, TUBITAK and be established as a joint Turksat, Turkey gave signals of a new satellite company. Pr...
  • Soydal New Değıty Genel Manager of STM
    Soydal New Değıty Genel Manager of STM 28 June 2020
    STM Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade. Inc. Bülent Soydal, who has been working as RF-Simulation Director since March 2019, has been appointed as STM Technology Deputy General Manager as of June 10. The institution announced today about the appointment. In his new role, Soydal; will be responsible for autonomous systems, cyber security and information, satellite and space, command control and radar systems. Bülent Soydal, who has more than 20 years of experience i...
  • Navigation Infrastructure Completed
    Navigation Infrastructure Completed 25 June 2020
    Navigation systems are vital for military platforms, especially long-range missiles. Navigation systems are one of the most necessary infrastructures today in order to reach the right target and to direct the operations properly. China had taken action in recent years to set up its own satellite system, as countries did not allow their own infrastructure to be used by other countries, or because they were vulnerable to sabotage in the event of a war. In this context, Beijing recentl...
  • 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 ...
  • Domestic Guards to TCG Anadolu Task Force
    Domestic Guards to TCG Anadolu Task Force 29 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir was the guest of SETA (Political, Economic and Social Research Foundation) joint live broadcast with SSB. Prof. Dr. Demir answered the questions about the future of the TCG Anadolu (L 400) amphibious assault ship and the task force ships. He underlined that such platforms will not be assigned alone. While it was pointed out that there are many platforms currently under construction or R&D processes, it was emphasiz...
  • Tank Destroyers Increasing
    Tank Destroyers Increasing 19 May 2020
    The wheeled fire support vehicles offer important advantages to the user thanks to their rapid reaction capabilities, off-road performances and high firepower. The fire support vehicles, which are prominent with their advanced capabilities and fast movement on the highway infrastructures, as well as operational possibilities in the field conditions, can be engaged to tanks thanks to the weapons they are equipped with. In this way, the use of platforms, which have...
  • First Blok III Rolled-Out
    First Blok III Rolled-Out 10 May 2020
    The USA, one of the countries with the greatest severity of the virus epidemic, does not slow down in defence production. Boeing, one of the largest aerospace and defence companies of the United States, has announced that it has terminated the production activities of the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block II platforms in recent weeks. The company announced that it will focus on the production of Block III Super Hornet for the US Navy in the future, and that the first prototype wil...
  • Israel Solution of Greece for Aegean
    Israel Solution of Greece for Aegean 8 May 2020
    Greece, which could not respond to the increasing Turkish UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) activity in the Aegean Sea and expressed this situation in its reports, found the solution in Israel. The waters in the Mediterranean and Aegean are getting warmer despite COVID-19. Athens signed a Heron UAV lease agreement with Israel, according to a statement from the Israeli Ministry of Defense's official social media account. Greece has the option to procure platforms under...
  • Satellıte Wars In Space: Antı-Satellıte System From Russıa 30 April 2020
    The US Space Command reported on April 15 that Russia was conducted a trial with a missile system developed to hit orbiting satellites. It is stated that it is not clear whether the launched missile has hit any target; The US and its allies have been assessed that the threats to space elements are real, serious and growing.   Although the announcement of US Space Command dated April 15, 2020 does not include information about the type of the missile system being teste...
  • Meteksan Developed Anti-Jamming GNSS
    Meteksan Developed Anti-Jamming GNSS 22 April 2020
    Meteksan Defence, which operates in six main areas such as radar, environmental surveillance, laser and electro-optical and communication systems, has developed a product for mixing threats to global positioning systems. Global positioning system, which follows a long road until it reaches the receiver, can lose its power due to atmospheric effects. This affects the survival of military platforms, which causes the receiver to follow the signal. Against the stirring threats that may ...
  • A Robotic Spacecraft Caught an Old Satellite And Extended Its Life
    A Robotic Spacecraft Caught an Old Satellite And Extended Its Life 18 April 2020
    Northrop Grumman Corporation and the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics LLC, have completed the first docking of the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) to the Intelsat 901 (IS-901) spacecraft to provide life-extension services. This historic accomplishment marks the first time two commercial satellites have docked in orbit and the first time that mission extension services will be offered to a satellite in geosynchronous orbit. Intelsat’s IS-901 satellite...