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  • 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...
  • Anti-Satellite Missile Test
    Anti-Satellite Missile Test 17 April 2020
    Russia, which has carried out important studies in the air defence field and high altitude missile systems, continues its testing processes. Russia conducted an anti-satellite missile test on April 15. According to the statement from the United States Space Command, the trial was carried out with the Direct Ascent Anti-Satellite Missile (DA-ASAT). It was stated that the ability of Russia in question poses an important threat to the space systems owned by the USA and its allied count...
  • Chinese Sea Hawk
    Chinese Sea Hawk 6 April 2020
    In addition to the original product development, the images of China's new helicopter, which intensely carries out reverse engineering activities, have been published. In the past years, China developed the Z-20 helicopter with the reverse engineering method from the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters it had previously acquired from the USA. The naval variant of the Z-20, which was produced in line with the need for high-performance helicopters especially in high altitude areas s...
  • Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey
    Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey 14 March 2020
    Tunisia has ordered Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) according to Army recognition. This is TUSAŞ's first export order for the type. During the Tunisian International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition During (IADE 2020), which took place in Djerba the Tunisian MoD signed a $240 million contract with TUSAŞ for the supply of six ANKA-S UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and three control centres. The deal was signed including t...
  • Space Program of Iran 10 March 2020
    The fourth attempt of the rocket, which Iran tried to send into space in February, also failed. This situation signals that Iran will continue to try. It is also essential to understand that going out into space has consequences beyond what is visible. On 9 February 2020, Iran launched a Simurg-type rocket, carrying the satellite named Zafer-1 from the Imam Khomeini Space Centre, which located in the north of the country. The rocket, whose motors of the first two stages worked prope...
  • Hisar-A to Become Operational
    Hisar-A to Become Operational 3 March 2020
    President of Defence Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir visited Adana Incirlik 10th Tanker Base Command, where the UAVs operating in the Operation Spring Shield deployed. Demir, examined the MALE class armed Anka-S UAVs  which are capable of operating at a distance beyond the horizon by their satellite communication system (SATCOM) and high resistance against electronic warfare and and Bayraktar TB2 platforms of the and Baykar company with his delegation. ...
  • Satellite Capability to Akıncı
    Satellite Capability to Akıncı 2 March 2020
    Ku-Band Air Satellite Communication System tests developed by ASELSAN to meet the beyond line-of-sight requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces for aircraft were completed with laboratory and flight tests. The Ku-Band communication system can be integrated into manned and unmanned aerial vehicles thanks to its modular and compact design developed following military environmental conditions and electromagnetic interference and compatibility conditions. In this context, two ...
  • Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed
    Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed 23 February 2020
    One of the works carried out for the safe communication development works, which is vital in combat conditions is close to succesful end.  Ground tests of the laser based communication system developed by General Atomics have been completed. The so-called Airborne Laser Communication System (ALCoS) has managed to establish a connection with a geosynchronous orbiting satellite for the first time within the scope of the tests. The hardware planned to be used in MALE / (Mediu...
  • BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight
    BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight 21 February 2020
    Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35®) has the potential to stay airborne for a year. BAE Systems’ PHASA-35, a 35m wingspan solar-electric aircraft, has completed its maiden flight. The UAV opens a new gate to a yearlong flight endurance plugging the gap between aviation and satellite technology.    Sponsored by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), t...
  • Space Mining and Competition in Deep Space 15 February 2020
    It is possible to analyse roughly the relationship of humanity with space under two categories. The first of these is the orbital space that covers relatively close distances to the Earth. The Soviet's Sputnik satellite launched into space in 1957 has been followed by more than 8,000 satellites so far, and satellites in the orbit of the Earth have become an indispensable element and extension of modern life. The second category extends to the outer space beyond Earth's orbit and is id...
  • Iran Unveiled New Ballistic Missile
    Iran Unveiled New Ballistic Missile 13 February 2020
    Iran, which has frequently come to the fore with its nuclear studies and ballistic missile programs, unveiled a new ballistic missile. At the ceremony organized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Raad-500 surface-to-surface ballistic missile and new generation rocket engines were introduced. It was stated at the ceremony, which was also broadcasted on Iran State Television, that the new rocket engines were suitable for use with ballistic missile and satellite carrier rocket sys...
  • Iran Space Program Fails to Launch Satellite into Orbit
    Iran Space Program Fails to Launch Satellite into Orbit 10 February 2020
    Iran failed to launch the Zafar remote sensing satellite into orbit with the Simorgh on Sunday. The launch happened at 7:15 p.m. local time at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan province, some 230 kilometres (145 miles) southeast of Iran’s capital, Tehran. “Stage-1 and stage-2 motors of the carrier functioned properly, and the satellite was successfully detached from its carrier, but at the end of its path, it did not reach the required speed for being put in...
  • Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit
    Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit 29 January 2020
    Iran is preparing a site for launching a satellite, Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said. After the Zafar satellite is placed in orbit a timeline has been finalised to launch five more, the minister added. The United States fears long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit could also be used to launch nuclear warheads. Tehran denies the U.S. accusation Tensions have reached the highest level in decades between Ir...
  • Lockheed Martin Space Mesh Against Hypersonic Threats
    Lockheed Martin Space Mesh Against Hypersonic Threats 29 January 2020
    Upon increasing hypersonic speed ballistic threats, Lockheed Martin announced that a new low-orbit space mesh system for observation missions was developed and the first prototype was placed in orbit. Within the scope of the program called Pony Express 1, which reached the prototype phase in a short period of nine months, it was announced that the first system was placed in orbit in December 2019. The study, which is expected to attract the attention of the Pentagon, ...
  • ASELSAN Communication Suites for Modernised Tanks
    ASELSAN Communication Suites for Modernised Tanks 29 January 2020
    ASELSAN product communication suites, which procures digital radio equipments many countries including Turkey, began to be used in the modernized T-72 tanks. ASELSAN, which has been exporting digital communication systems to Ukraine since 2017, reaching wider use in the Ukrainian Army. Kiev Management preferred ASELSAN-produced digital communication systems as well as Ukraine-based Lybid K2 radio stations for the communication systems of modernised T-72AMT tanks, which wer...
  • The Countdown has Begun
    The Countdown has Begun 21 January 2020
    With the developing and changing technology, countries continue to embark on a space hegemony adventure. While countries such as Russia, USA, China and India are on the way for a space competition. They also gain a strategic advantage in this race. Japan will launch its eighth Intelligence Gathering System (IGS) reconnaissance satellite into space on Jan. 27. Japanese satellite and space industry giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced that an MHI H-IIA satel...
  • Syria Blames US
    Syria Blames US 26 December 2019
      As the conflict and migration continued within the country, an attack was organized on December 21, targeting the oil refinery and gas facilities in Homs. Syria has held the United States accountable for the December 21 drone strikes carried out at Homs oil refinery and al-Rayan Gas station. “The United States, using its illegal military base in Al-Tanf, sent unmanned aerial vehicles to Homs and carried out airstrikes on oil refining infrastructure," Syrian Foreign...
  • DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry
    DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry 18 December 2019
    Steven Walker, the director of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, announced his resignation Dec. 17, a DARPA spokesman said. Walker’s resignation is effective January 10, 2020. Walker succeeded Arati Prabhakar, who left the agency in January 2017. Walker will move on to a position in the industry, though a DARPA spokesman did not reveal where. DARPA Deputy Director Peter Highnam, a former director of research at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency...
  • US Space Fence Getting Closer
    US Space Fence Getting Closer 16 December 2019
    US Air Forces Space Fence Project is getting an important milestone. The Space Fence facility located on Kwajalein Atoll is getting prepared to function. The radar will provide advanced space situational awareness for the Air Force. The primary mission of ground-based radar is to detect and track tens of thousands of objects in space. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Centre announced Dec. 10 that the radar system had entered a trial period. The move puts the system one step ...
  • GLSDB from Norway
    GLSDB from Norway 19 October 2019
      Saab and Boeing announced that they successfully test-fired the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) in Norway. The test-firing took place at the Andøya Test Centre in Andenes, Norway, September 26, 2019. The objective of the test firing was to hit a predetermined target in the sea, 130 km away from the launcher. The launcher used in the test firing was a custom made, fully autonomous, 20-foot container. The GLSDB is essentially a GBU-39 Small Diameter...
  • Roketsan Navigates
    Roketsan Navigates 8 October 2019
    Arms and Security 2019 defence expo in Ukraine 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. Roketsan, who recently participated in the fair by highlighting Satellite Launch Systems in 2017, expanded its product range this year. In addition to UMTAS, UMTAS-L, Cirit, MAM-...
  • RST at Kiev with Indigenous Solutions
    RST at Kiev with Indigenous Solutions 7 October 2019
    Arms and Security 2019 defence expo in Ukraine 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 hve booth also. In close cooperation with TÜBİTAK BİLGEM, RST is working on remote sensing technology named after the company. The company has developed a portable meteorological radar which...
  • Defence Assistance from Russia 7 October 2019
    Moscow is aiding China build a system that comprises a network of ground-based radars and satellite arrays in earth’s orbit to detect ballistic missile launches, calculate trajectories of the projectiles and kick-start an apt response. " We’re now helping our Chinese partners to create a missile-attack warning system. It’s a very serious thing that will drastically increase the defensive capabilities of China” Vladimir Putin, president of Russia said at an interna...
  • France Defence Budget: 37.5 billion Euros
    France Defence Budget: 37.5 billion Euros 6 October 2019
    French draft defence budget for 2020 provides a global envelope of 37.5 billion euros. Modernisation of significant equipment, job creations and innovation are the main thrusts of the 2020 budget. The budget is presented on September 27 to the Council of Ministers by Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces. The draft budget is in line with the commitments of the 2019-2025 Military Planning Act. The act increases the budget by € 1.7 billion per year until 2022: th...
  • Korea Will Destroy UAVs
    Korea Will Destroy UAVs 18 September 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 ...
  • Bunker Buster Delivered
    Bunker Buster Delivered 16 September 2019
    Israel has completed the delivery of the first batch of a new version of Spice-2000 bunker-buster bombs to the Indian Air Force (IAF). “Israel has started the delivery of the Spice-2000 bombs to India and the first batch of these bombs was received recently,” IAF sources said. The Israeli-based Rafael company developed the bombs, which will be supplied under the emergency procurement contract, worth approximately $ 44 million. The bombs will be delivered along with Mark 84 warhead...
  • Sector News Issue 77 10 September 2019
    Virtual Staff Officer to Typhoon Cost Efficient Solution Unmanned Helicopter from Korea Unmanned Ground Systems from Europe Partnership from Rheinmetall and MBDA ESSM for Navy Satellite Observation at Agricultural Areas TUSAŞ Agreed with NLR Fifth Boat for DZKK THK to Communicate with ASELSAN Songar, TAF Passenger Akıncı is Coming with the Cooperatio...