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  • 30FFM Launched
    30FFM Launched 19 November 2020
    Japan's Future Multi-Mission Frigates (30FFM) Kumano was launched. Built as part of a frigate project that began in 2018, Kumano is 132.5 meters long and 16.3 meters wide. The ship has an displacement of about 5,500 tons and can reach speeds of over 30 knots, it said. The 30FFMs, which will be built in total 22 units, are expected to replace the Asagiri and Abukuma-class destroyers in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) inventory. The frigates will be powe...
  • First RC-2 In Japan Inventory
    First RC-2 In Japan Inventory 3 October 2020
    Japan's first RC-2 modern reconnaissance aircraft developed through the C-2 transport aircraft has been accepted into inventory. After years of testing, the Japan Air Self-Defence Forces launched the first RC-2 reconnaissance aircraft developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). Designed for the execution of electronic intelligence (ELINT) and long-range, long-lasting reconnaissance missions, the aircraft made its first flight in 2018. The RC-2 will replace the YS-11EB turboprop ELINT ai...
  • 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...
  • New Seahawk Seen Leaving Hangar
    New Seahawk Seen Leaving Hangar 2 October 2020
    The new Seahawk XSH-60L helicopter developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has left the hangar. The platform was developed in accordance with the needs of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). New technologies used in the XSH-60L, described as the successor to the SH-60K, are currently unknown. The platform will be operated by the Purchasing, Technology and Logistics Agency of Japan's Ministry of Defence during the initial testing phase. The new platform is ex...
  • Japan's New Frigate
    Japan's New Frigate 22 September 2020
    Japan's Future Multi-Mission Frigates (30FFM) continues to take shape. Construction of the first two frigates is being carried out at the shipyards of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsui E&S as part of a frigate project launched by the Japanese Ministry of Defence in 2018. New images obtained by Xavier Vavasseur and Yoshihiro Inaba showed the deployment of its mast integrated into the platforms. A total of 22 frigates will be built in line with the needs of the Japa...
  • MAV Passes Capsize Tests
    MAV Passes Capsize Tests 17 September 2020
    An important step has been passed in the Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) project which is carried out by the Presidency of Defence Industries. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS Savunma Sistemleri, AŞ.  recently appeared on Bloomberg Television and explained the current workload of the company. Kurt announced that the MAV indigenously designed and developed by the company has successfully passed an important test. C4Defence has reached the details of that test. F...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • Hercules of Uruguay Will Rejuvenate
    Hercules of Uruguay Will Rejuvenate 11 September 2020
    Uruguay signed an agreement with the Spanish Government to supply two C-130H Military Transport Aircraft in the Spanish Air Force (EDA) inventory. The contract, worth approximately 21 million Euros, includes the purchase of spare parts for two C-130H Transport Aircraft. Uruguayan Defence Minister Javier García disclosed the information on the contract at the Senate Defence budget meeting. The purchased aircraft will replace the high-cost maintenance C-130 Hercules aircraft in...
  • Japan and Norway Reach Agreement on F-35 Munitions
    Japan and Norway Reach Agreement on F-35 Munitions 8 September 2020
    Tokyo will buy JSM missiles for F-35A Lightning II aircraft, according to Japanese Defence Ministry sources. It has been confirmed that a contract has been signed with Japan for JSM missiles produced by Norway-based KONGSBERG. The ammunition produced with composite materials that reduce its electromagnetic track, which is 4 meters long and weighs 400 kg, is scheduled to be delivered to the Japanese Self-Defence Forces by 2022. JSM, which began its development in 2008, can ...
  • 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....
  • Japan Boosts AMRAAM Stock
    Japan Boosts AMRAAM Stock 27 August 2020
    The U.S. government has approved possible Foreign Military Sales to Japan of the AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). The sale cost, which includes 32 AIM-120C-8 missiles in total, is estimated to be approximately $63 million. "It is vital for U.S. national interests to help Japan develop and maintain a strong and effective self-defence capability," the White House said of the procurement process, which includes technical and logistical support.
  • Turkish Armoured Vehicles Trust to Domestic Recovery Vehicle
    Turkish Armoured Vehicles Trust to Domestic Recovery Vehicle 10 August 2020
    Armoured recovery vehicles come to the fore as very critical platforms thanks to their ability to pull the destroyed/knocked-out or evacuated vehicles even under fire when necessary, and move them away to the safe zone. Deliveries of M4K (Mayına Karşı Kısmi Korumalı Kurtarıcı / Partially Mine-Protected Recovery), developed within the scope of the requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces, have been completed. The Presidency of Defence Industries announced the news from...
  • Armed Utility Helicopter on Trials
    Armed Utility Helicopter on Trials 24 July 2020
    Armed utility helicopters are game-changer as they provide air support to the unit they carry in air assault or special force operations. Russia, which has utility helicopters equipped with heavy weapons in its inventory for many years, announced that the tests of the new platform have been started. Mi-8 AMTSh-VN, which performs its first flight at the Mil and Kamov National Helicopter Center, where the facilities of Mil and Kamov Companies are located, will offer stronger air ...
  • German Barrel for British Tank
    German Barrel for British Tank 13 July 2020
    The main battle tanks developed in the late Cold War are being modernized to meet the requirements of modern battlefield requirements. A new modernization solution has been introduced to the UK, which has been studying for some time to extend the life and increase its effectiveness of the Challenger 2 main battle tanks in its inventory. With the package developed by RBSL (Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land), the platform's firepower, survivability, target acquisition and surveill...
  • Missile Protection to Presidential Aircraft
    Missile Protection to Presidential Aircraft 29 June 2020
    Missile protection systems are vital for the self-defence of large-body aircraft which has low manoeuvrability. Israel-based Bird Aerosystems has announced the delivery of an aircraft missile protection system to an African country. The systems that are stated to be integrated into the Boeing 737 aircraft used by the Presidency were announced as AeroShield and MACS. The AeroShield Pod was developed for use in wide-body aircraft. The equipment consists Missile Launch D...
  • M-20 Armoured Vehicle
    M-20 Armoured Vehicle 22 June 2020
    Serbia, which has recently step up in the defence industry, is announcing its new platforms in advance. Zastava TERVO, which is stationed in Kragujevac, introduced the new M-20 6x6 wheeled armoured vehicle. The Serbian Army's command staff attended the event, which was showcased during the visit of Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin. The platform, which has automotive subsystems similar to Lazar and Miloš, currently produced by Serbia, was developed on th...
  • Japan Acquired UH-X
    Japan Acquired UH-X 10 June 2020
    New helicopters are on the way to the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF). According to the Japanese Defence Ministry, signed a $131.6 million purchase agreement with Subaru. The procurement process, which includes six UH-X multipurpose helicopters, is scheduled to begin in 2022 and be completed in 2023.  Based on the 412EPX commercial helicopter developed by Subaru and Bell companies, UH-X will replace the UH-1J Huey platform in the JGSDF inventory. Uh-X's...
  • Tension between the U.S. and Iran Increases
    Tension between the U.S. and Iran Increases 24 April 2020
    Tensions between the United States and Iran continue to escalate after Iranian Revolutionary Guard Qassem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike in January. Earlier this month, the U.S. military said 11 vessels from the IRGCN came close to U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative.” On April 22, President Donald Trump posted on his official Twitter account that:" I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy...
  • NATO Council Meet Today Upon Turkey's Request for Article 4
    NATO Council Meet Today Upon Turkey's Request for Article 4 28 February 2020
    The North Atlantic Council, which includes the ambassadors of all 29 NATO Allies, will meet on Friday 28 February, following a request by Turkey to hold consultations under Article 4 of NATO’s founding Washington Treaty on the situation in Syria. Under article 4 of the Treaty, any Ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened. All NATO decisions are made by consensus, a...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? 30 January 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • Japanese interest in the Middle East
    Japanese interest in the Middle East 5 January 2020
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to deploy the Self-Defence Forces to the Middle East to ensure the safety of its ships.  “We plan to dispatch Self-Defence Forces to this region to strengthen information gathering and secure the safe passage of Japan-related ships,” Abe said, reiterating a plan unveiled last month ahead of the latest flare-up in tensions. The Japanese government announced late last month it will send a warship and patrol planes to ...
  • New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan
    New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan 30 December 2019
    Japan is being added to the Middle East chaos. After the tension between Washington and Tehran, the Tokyo Government decided to send the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) to the Middle East with an intelligence-gathering mission. The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) mission that will see several assets, including a helicopter-carrying destroyer, two maritime patrol aircraft, and 260 personnel being despatched to the Mid...
  • Japanese Company Unveils Preliminary LHD Design
    Japanese Company Unveils Preliminary LHD Design 21 November 2019
    Japanese shipbuilding company Japan Marine United (JMU) Corporation unveiled the preliminary design of a landing helicopter dock (LHD) for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF). JMU's Future Landing Helicopter Dock will have five helicopters in two aircraft hangars located beneath the flight deck. The LHD will be capable of embarking up to two Landing Craft Air Cushion-like vessels in its well deck and more than 20 amphibious assault vehicles. The LHD, will be ...
  • Redesign for F-35B
    Redesign for F-35B 27 August 2019
    Japan recently announced plans to convert helicopter carrier JDS Izumo (DDH-183) and her sister JDS Kaga (DDH-184), of the Izumo ‘helicopter destroyer’ class, into light aircraft carriers capable of operating F-35B jets. Japan is completing modifications necessary to support F-35B flight operations from the helicopter carrier, local media have reported. The government has also approved a plan to purchase U.S.-made F-35B fighter jets which have short take-off and vertical landing c...
  • Aircraft Carrier in the Philippines
    Aircraft Carrier in the Philippines 10 August 2019
    The U.S. Navy announced that the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group arrived in the Philippines, Manila, August 7. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group includes Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Antietam (CG 54).   “This visit is a great representation of our strong friendship, partnership and alliance with the Philippines, as well as a testament to our...
  • P1 to Patrol Japanese Sea
    P1 to Patrol Japanese Sea 3 August 2019
    Japan Ministry of Self Defence has begun deploying the P1 patrol aircraft nationwide to monitor waters around Japan in response to incursions by China and other nations. P1s have been so far only been operating at the Maritime Self-Defence Force's Atsugi base in Kanagawa Prefecture. But from July 26, they began being deployed at the MSDF’s Kanoya base in Kagoshima Prefecture. The P1 aircraft is produced domestically in Japan by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, and is the successor air...
  • Second Maya-Class Received
    Second Maya-Class Received 18 July 2019
      Japan Marine United Corporation launched the second Maya-class guided missile destroyer for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force on 17 July. Named Haguro, the 170 m-long vessels will use the Aegis Baseline J7 supported by the Lockheed Martin/Raytheon AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar. The ship, which cost about USD1.6 billion to build, is expected to be commissioned in March 2021. The first-of-class Maya, which was launched on 30 July 2018. The maritime tests of the ...
  • ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ
    ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ 30 April 2019
    The GÖKDENİZ Close Air Defence System for Marine Platforms (YHSS), which was developed as a result of the adaptation of KORKUT Self-Propelled Gun Barrelled Low-Altitude Air Defence Weapon System to marine platforms under the scope of the contract executed by the Presidency for Defence Industries, was introduced at IDEF’19 at ASELSAN’s stand with the participation of the President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of A...
  • Japan's F-35As had had 7 Emergency Landings Prior Crash
    Japan's F-35As had had 7 Emergency Landings Prior Crash 18 April 2019
      Japanese Ministry of Defence stated that Japanese F-35A fighters suffered seven emergency landings since entering service, before one crashed in the Pacific Ocean on April 9. Japan has 13 F-35 in its fleet. The emergency landings took place between June 2017 and January 2019 during flight tests and drills, Japanese daily Mainichi reported on Wednesday. Mainichi states that, of the 13 aircraft in service with the Japan Air Self-Defence Force, five have been...
  • Crashed F-35A Had 2 Emergency Landings
    Crashed F-35A Had 2 Emergency Landings 14 April 2019
    Japan's Defence Ministry stated that F-35A fighter jet that crashed into the sea off northern Japan on Tuesday had made two emergency landings in the last two years. Speaking at a Lower House committee meeting on Thursday, State Minister of Defence Kenji Harada said aircraft had two emergency landings. The Air Self-Defence Force began deploying F35A jets at its Misawa base in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, in January last year.
  • Japan Confirms F-35A Fighter Jet Crashed
    Japan Confirms F-35A Fighter Jet Crashed 10 April 2019
    The Japan Air Self-Defence Force confirmed Wednesday morning local time that a missing F-35A has crashed. The pilot remains missing. The crashed aircraft, which the JASDF identified as serial number 79-8705, was the first of 13 Japanese F-35As assembled so far by Mitsubishi’s final assembly and check out facility in Nagoya. Japan had only stood up its first F-35A squadron at the end of last month, with the 302nd Hikotai established in Misawa with 13 F-35As following its transfer from Hy...
  • Japan’s F-35 Disappears
    Japan’s F-35 Disappears 9 April 2019
    Japanese Defence Ministry sources say an Air Self-Defence Force F35A fighter jet disappeared from radar at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Japan time.  
  • Taiwan to Develop 5th-Gen Fighter Jets 9 March 2019
    Taiwan is building its own next-generation fighter jets while seeking to acquire the latest fighters from the United States, Taiwanese Defence Ministry said on Thursday. Wu Pao-kun, director of the ministry's Department of Strategic Planning, told a press conference that the next-generation aircraft must possess stealth characteristics and be capable of short take-offs, without elaborating. Maj. Gen. Tang Hung-an, head of the air force command's planning division, ...
  • Japan’s Ninja Helicopters Back on the Air
    Japan’s Ninja Helicopters Back on the Air 8 March 2019
    Japan Ground Self-Defence Force’s (JGSDF) OH-1 Ninja light observation helicopter fleet resumed on March 1, 2019, after a gap of nearly four years. The helicopter fleet was grounded following a crash in February 2015. The crash was attributed to faulty engine parts, according to Scramble Magazine. The OH-1 is manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries for the JGSDF. The helicopter is a successor to the OH-6D helicopter of the JGSDF.
  • Japan Commissions Second Asahi-Class Guided-Missile Destroyer
    Japan Commissions Second Asahi-Class Guided-Missile Destroyer 6 March 2019
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) commissioned its second Asahi-class guided-missile destroyer on 27 February in Nagasaki Prefecture. Shiranui , which is the first JMSDF ship to feature a periscope-detection radar, was launched in October 2017 and began sea trials in July 2018. The first vessel of the class, JS Asahi (pennant number 119), was commissioned in March 2018. The class has a top speed of 30 kt and a crew complement of 220, according to the JMSDF. Eac...
  • New UGV from MBDA
    New UGV from MBDA 19 February 2019
    MBDA and Milrem Robotics exhibited their new UGV systems at IDEX 2019. MBDA, has announced feasibility works for system has started eight months ago. The system is a combination of the THeMIS UGV system by Milrem Robotics and the MBDA production IMPACT (Integrated MMP Precision Attack Combat Turret) s equipped with a machine gun for self-defence. The system with low heat and acoustic signals stands out with its low detectability.
  • Electronic Warfare Tension in Far East Will Increase
    Electronic Warfare Tension in Far East Will Increase 17 January 2019
    Japan, took action in electronic warfare area after its largest rival China in their region. Tokyo administration, which has recently gone through radical changes in the military and has allocated significant budgets for investments, will increase its electronic warfare capabilities. According to Japanese media, there are different options in front of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces in this area. The first is the development of the electronic warfare model (EW) of the C-2...
  • RAND: Japan Insufficient
    RAND: Japan Insufficient 3 January 2019
    The Chinese-Japanese competition, which has increased in recent years, makes the waters of the region increasingly hot. The rivalry between the two major powers of Asia continues to increase in the military field, apart from political and economic areas.   The US-based think thank RAND has recently published a study on the Chinese-Japanese competition on the Chinese Sea. In the study, it was concluded that the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force was insufficient against t...
  • Japan Returns to the Past
    Japan Returns to the Past 19 December 2018
    A new defence breakthrough came from the Far East, where stressing winds never rested. Japan has approved the five-year giant defence budget. As part of the budget approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan plans to invest US $ 242 billion in defence. It is aimed to improve the ballistic missile defence system within the scope of the five-year period. In addition, 100 F-35 Lightning II procurement is planned from this budget. The main point of the decision is the Izumo class LHD platforms. ...
  • Japan to Acquire Second KC-46A Tanker
    Japan to Acquire Second KC-46A Tanker 10 December 2018
    apan has signed for the second of four Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft it plans to field from 2020. A Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract for a single aircraft for Japan was announced by the US Department of Defence (DoD) on 6 December, following the award of the first aircraft in December 2017. While that first award included support and was valued at USD279 million, this latest contract is for the aircraft only and is valued at USD159 million. The first KC-46A is ...