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  • Invitation to Turkey for The Construction of Patrol Boat
    Invitation to Turkey for The Construction of Patrol Boat 27 October 2020
    The 6th Defence Port Turkey South Asia fair has started. The event, which was attended by delegations from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka was held virtually for the first time. Naval systems were the main agenda item at the webinar, which was divided into ground forces theme on the first day. C4Defence Editor-in-Chief Özgür Ekşi moderated the Bangladesh navy commander, Admiral Mahbub-ul Islam, addressed the country's work on marine systems at the event...
  • U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece
    U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece 20 October 2020
    Geoffrey Pyatt, US Ambassador to Greece, said the White House would offer to sell four frigates to Greece. Pyatt noted that they proposed that the three frigates be produced jointly at the Onex Shipyards on the Greek island of Syros. Greece announced in early September that it would strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis announced that they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four ...
  • Greece Privatizes its Biggest Shipyard
    Greece Privatizes its Biggest Shipyard 10 October 2020
    The Greek finance ministry on Friday launched an international tender for the privatization of Skaramangas Shipyards, the biggest shipyard in the country. In the announcement, the ministry said that "the New Democracy government, steadily focused on its reform work, restructures and reactivates significant enterprises facing chronic problems to achieve high and sustainable growth and the creation of new job positions". According to Greek media reports, the sale i...
  • Made in UK Policy for Support Ships
    Made in UK Policy for Support Ships 27 September 2020
      British government altered the status of support ships. They will be considered as a warship. Previously the Government had argued that the new Fleet Solid Support Ships were not warships and as such, were eligible for international tendering rather than being restricted to British shipyards. The £1.5bn competition to build up to three Fleet Solid Support Ships was suspended last year and an update was due this autumn. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace t...
  • 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...
  • Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA
    Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA 16 September 2020
    The debate over the operational readiness levels of aircraft carriers in the United States continues. Pentagon officials argue that aircraft carriers are available, but the rhetoric between the Navy and the White House that the level of preparation for the platforms is both costly and long-lasting. Rear Admiral John Meier, commander of the US Atlantic Navy Air Force, described the operational presence of the ships as "the number one concern." Rear Admiral Meier said that s...
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • Desan Demands to Become the Main Contractor on the Aircraft Carrier
    Desan Demands to Become the Main Contractor on the Aircraft Carrier 29 August 2020
      President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s second call for aircraft carrier received a response from the industry. Kaptanoğlu- Desan Shipyard Chairman Cenk İsmail Kaptanoğlu pointed out that the project could be implemented with a strong consortium and said, “The cooperation model to be established between the Defence Industry Presidency, universities, private and military shipyards as well as public institutions and private companies operating in the defence industry and o...
  • Russia Increases Number of Submarines in Its Inventory
    Russia Increases Number of Submarines in Its Inventory 26 August 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry has signed a contract for the construction of Project 636.3 and 677 submarines. Under the agreement, the Kilo class Project 636.3 and Lada class Project 677 submarines will be built at Admiralty shipyards. Kilo class platforms are known as one of the quietest conventional submarines in the world. Project about 75 meters long 636.3's have 3 thousand 76 tons of displacement. The Lada class project 677 is seen as the improved variant of Project 636. Fou...
  • Greek, Israeli and US Cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: Themistoklis
    Greek, Israeli and US Cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: Themistoklis 23 June 2020
    In February 2020 ONEX Neorion Shipyards and Israel Shipyards signed a contract for the co-production and co-development of vessels. The agreement was part of Greece’s cooperation and strategic relationship with Israel in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. An agreement for the co-production of the “Themistoklis” corvette is the result of this agreement. According to today’s announcement of the company that manages the shipyards of Neorio in Syros, the co...
  • First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation
    First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation 19 June 2020
    The "Industrial Cooperation Days in Defence and Aviation" organized for the fifth time this year will be held through virtual and face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICDDA event organized by the OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster (OSSA) every two years to meet the right people in the Defence, aviation and space sectors, will open its doors in Ankara on October 13-15. The event will have a hybrid structure, as both virtual and face-to-face bilateral busi...
  • İkinci: Class I Frigate Will be Launched at the End of 2020
    İkinci: Class I Frigate Will be Launched at the End of 2020 20 May 2020
    Speaking at the online panel organized by STM ThinkTech, STM General Manager Murat İkinci stated that they plan to keep the remote working method valid for some personnel at the end of the COVID-19 process.   "We have partners in many parts of the world, it is much easier for us to get together in the digital environment," said İkinci, stating that they are now holding project meetings in digital media, thus reducing the time spent on getting together. ...
  • Turkish Domestic Naval Projects Full Ahead
    Turkish Domestic Naval Projects Full Ahead 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Turkish defence sector's post-COVID-19 period plans in addition to naval systems projects. Stating that the naval projects and TF-2000 process is continue, Prof. Dr. Demir stated that TF-2000 continued to maturation process&nbs...
  • Domestic Weapons to I Class Frigate
    Domestic Weapons to I Class Frigate 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the I-class frigate and naval projects. The first ship of the class, TCG Istanbul is under construction. It is on the agenda that domestic weapons are preferred for next three other platforms. Stating that the ship-based missile work a...
  • Turkish Ship to Indian Navy
    Turkish Ship to Indian Navy 24 March 2020
    According to allegations published in the Economic Times problems between Turkey and India on vessel procurement, exceeded. TAIS, a joint subsidiary of Sedef, Sefine and Anadolu Shipyards, is preparing to procure Logistic Support Vessel (LSV) to the Indian Navy. TAIS won the tender with 2,3 billion US Dollar package of India to provide technological support for five platforms New Delhi gave hold to the process due to Turkey's close relations with Pa...
  • AGOSTA 90B Back to Sea 24 December 2019
    Pakistan Navy’s AGOSTA 90B class submarine (PNS / M Hamza (S-139), modernised by Turkish Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) was launched to sea. To upgrade the submarine, the Ministry of Defence of Pakistan launched a 1 + 2 (option) submarine modernisation tender in 2016. The French Naval Group shipyard (former DCNS Shipyard), which built the submarine, also participated in the bid. Pakistan chose STM and expanded the scope of the Submarine Modernization Project with ...
  • Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards
    Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards 20 December 2019
    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the US, and he is expected to discuss building US Ships in Greek shipyards. Navy is in discussions with the US on its frigates cogeneration, on the platform of American frigates LCS (Freedom-class littoral combat ship) The proposal seems to meet the requirements set by the Navy for the development of a new vessel, based on the US LCS platform, but with Greek demands being met and at a more economical price than the French...
  • TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait
    TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait 10 December 2019
    TAIS, established by the owners of four leading shipyards of Turkey, attends to Kuwait defence and aviation exhibition GDA. The company is established to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding for demanding customers all over the world. The group has completed a series of projects for the Turkish Ministry of Defence for Turkish Navy which has achieved a contemporary, powerful and modern force structure. Besides shipbuilding TAIS offers a total solution...
  • China Unveils World’s Largest Shipbuilding Group 28 November 2019
    China State Shipbuilding Corporation officially debuted in Beijing on Tuesday, as a result of the merger between China’s two leading shipbuilding companies China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC) and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). CSC said that it operates 147 subsidiaries - including shipyards, research institutes, and listed companies. The merger of CSSC and CSIC will create the world’s largest shipbuilding group. Combining the 2018 sales of CSIC and CSSC, the n...
  • Pakistan Increases Naval Capabilities
    Pakistan Increases Naval Capabilities 28 November 2019
    Pakistan recently added the navy to the Chinese-made Behr Masah research vessel. Islamabat, seeking for new capabilities, received a locally-directed guided projectile assault (Fast Attack Craft Missile / FACM) this week. The boat at the Karachi Military Shipyard has a boat-to-boat structure and a steel body. With a displacement of more than 560 tons, the platform is 63 meters long and can reach a maximum speed of 30 knots per hour. The assault rifle with four shafts and fixed-angle props was...
  • İkinci: “STM's goal: to provide cost-effective solutions more intelligently 1 November 2019
    At the “Arms and Security” Fair held in Ukraine, we heard from STM General Manager Murat İkinci about his goals for Ukraine and his vision for 2020. The latter sees the future of STM's agile, small, cost-effective solutions together with smarter use technologies while delivering its experience in marine platforms to Ukraine. C4Defence: STM is coming to Ukraine for the first time. We see marine platforms in the foreground at the STM stand. What is you...
  • Indigenous Submarine Project Started
    Indigenous Submarine Project Started 15 October 2019
    The Indigenous Submarine (MİLDEN) project, which constitutes the second stage of the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) submarines of the Turkish Navy, has officially started. Speaking at the Ninth Naval Systems Seminar, Deputy General Director of Shipyards of the Ministry of National Defence, Rear Admiral Mehmet Sarı, made a presentation about the MİLDEN Project. According to Sarı's statement, the first cadres were appointed, and the first appointments were made. Aft...
  • Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance
    Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance 19 August 2019
    The Government of Canada is investing more than $7.5 billion in the Royal Canadian Navy's 12 Halifax-class frigates to provide necessary ongoing maintenance until they are retired in the early 2040s. Under the scope of maintenance, The Government of Canada has awarded a $500-million contract to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to carry out maintenance work on the Halifax-class frigates. This contract guarantees a minimum of three frigates for the shipyard, with work planned to begin in the early ...
  • Amphibious Ship Building Speed Increases
    Amphibious Ship Building Speed Increases 11 June 2019
    China, which continues shipbuilding activities at very fast, will increase the speed of construction of amphibious ships after the destroyers. The Chinese Shipyards, which recently launched the eighth of the Type 071 (Yuzhao) amphibious assault ship, are continuing their construction activities. The platform, which meets the sea at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, is the fourth 20,000-ton LPD launched since June 2017. The seventh of the ships, which underwent a very rapid c...
  • TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy
    TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy 31 May 2019
    TAIS, founded by the owners of the five shipyards of Turkey to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding, has received a $2.3-billion tender to build five ships for the Indian Navy. According to information released to the press, TAIS has won a cooperation tender that involves the production of five fleet support tankers of 45,000 tons. As part of its tasks in the project, TAIS will be responsible for the modernization of the shipyard, the design of the s...
  • The Coast Guard Getting Stronger
    The Coast Guard Getting Stronger 31 May 2019
      The Canadian government announced new coast guard shipbuilding plan. Within the scope of this plan, which includes the construction of 18 new vessels, The Coast Guard is set to receive two new Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS), modified for Coast Guard missions. Irving Shipbuilding is already building a fleet of six AOPS for the Royal Canadian Navy. The 5,200-ton ships are 103.6 meters long and have an open-water speed of 17 knots and a range of 6,800 nautical miles. ...
  • Norway Gives up From Sunken Frigate
    Norway Gives up From Sunken Frigate 17 May 2019
    Repairing the frigate “KNM Helge Ingstad“, built by the Navantia shipyards would be more expensive than ordering a new one, concludes a report presented on Wednesday by the Agencia de Material de Norwegian defence. The study estimates that the cost of repairs will be between 12,000 and 14,000 million Norwegian crowns (1,223 and 1,427 million euros), while that of acquiring a new one would be 11,000 to 13,000 million (from 1,121 to 1,325 million euros).  Th...
  • Chinese Shipyards Full Speed Ahead
    Chinese Shipyards Full Speed Ahead 14 May 2019
    Chinese shipyards, which increase the speed of construction day by day, continue to launch new platforms to the water without stopping. China has announced that two new Type 052D (Luyang III) guided missile destroyers and 1 Type 056 corvette were launched at Dalian Shipyard in Liaoning District. The ships are fourth and fifth built in Dalian and the 19th and 20th platform built in total. It is stated that the ships were launched with the help of tugboats. Ships will be put in servic...
  • Vard Signs MOU with ASFAT
    Vard Signs MOU with ASFAT 7 May 2019
    Vard Marine Inc. announced that an MoU has been signed with Military Factory and Shipyard Management Inc. (Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme A.Ş. /ASFAT) in Turkey to promote a strategic partnership where Vard Marine provides the design of a wide range of paramilitary vessels and ASFAT coordinates construction of select projects at their approved naval shipyards in Turkey. The MoU provides an opportunity for Vard Marine to expand operations in the region and to collaborate with othe...
  • US Navy Needs More Dry Docks for Repairs, Calls for More Dry Docks
    US Navy Needs More Dry Docks for Repairs, Calls for More Dry Docks 25 March 2019
    The Navy on Wednesday released its first-ever long-range naval ship maintenance and modernization plan, in dealing with chronic mismatches between maintenance requirements and yards’ capacity. The report underlined the need for more dry docks. The report, Report to Congress on the Long-Range Plan for Maintenance and Modernization of Naval Vessels for Fiscal Year 2020, highlights a shortage of dry docks for surface ship maintenance and the need to improve existing infrastructur...
  • Spain's Frigate Decision is Close
    Spain's Frigate Decision is Close 7 December 2018
    Ministry of Defence of Spain has announced that the ongoing procurement process for the F-110 frigates is coming to an end. A total of five frigates were to be procured. The final draft of agreement for the platforms was examined and the signatures were expected to be inked in the coming days. The total cost of the agreement is expected to be 4.3 billion Euros. Upon completion of the draft work, text of the agreement will be submitted for the approval of the cabinet. According to th...
  • Indonesia Announces Export Data
    Indonesia Announces Export Data 26 November 2018
    Indonesian Ministry of Defence announced military export revenues. According to official data announced by an official from the Ministry of Defence, Jakarta exported a total of 284.1 million USD between 2015 and 2018. PT Dirgantara Indonesia, PT PAL and PT Lundin Shipyards and PT Pindad companies realized a large portion of sales. In this process, only PTDI sales amounted to US $ 161 million. The company earned most of its revenue from CN 235-220 and NC212. Sales were made to Senega...
  • Navy Spent $1.5 Billion into Submarine That Don’t Dive
    Navy Spent $1.5 Billion into Submarine That Don’t Dive 24 November 2018
    In a new report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) calculates that the U.S. Navy has spent $1.5 billion over the past decade supporting submarines that it could not deploy.  According to GAO, the Navy has been unable to begin or complete the vast majority of its attack submarine maintenance periods on time.  GAO report examples Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine the USS Boise (SSN 764) , that was scheduled to enter a shipyard for an extensive period of repair...
  • India Approved OPV Acquisition
    India Approved OPV Acquisition 14 August 2018
    The Indian Defence Acquisition Council was convened yesterday under the chairmanship of Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. At the meeting, India's six new generation offshore patrol platforms (Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel / NGOPV) procurement was approved. In this context, India-based shipyards will be suppliers. The project is planned to cost approximately US $ 706 million. India plans to use these vessels for operations such as marine interception&nb...
  • Bundesmarine to Procure UAV
    Bundesmarine to Procure UAV 14 August 2018
    Germany's Federal Armed Forces Equipment Information Technologies and Service Support Office (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr / BAAINBw) have signed an agreement with Electronic Systems und Logistik GmbH (ESG). Germany will procure the Skeldar V-200 rotary wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) use in K130 Class corvettes under the agreement. In addition, UMS Skeldar and Lürssen shipyards have recently signed an agreement for K...
  • Fincantieri Begins Work on the First “Doha” Class Corvette for Qatar
    Fincantieri Begins Work on the First “Doha” Class Corvette for Qatar 4 August 2018
    The steel cutting ceremony of the first “Doha” class corvette ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition programme, took place today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) yard. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State of Qatar for Defence Affairs, and the Italian Minister of Defence attended to the ceremony. The contract, amounting for Fincantieri to approx. 4 billion euros, envisages the supply of seven surface vessels, of wh...
  • Saudi Arabia Awards Navantia Shipyards a €1.8 contact
    Saudi Arabia Awards Navantia Shipyards a €1.8 contact 16 July 2018
    Spain’s Navantia has been awarded a €1.8 billion contract to deliver five corvettes to the Saudi Navy. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has signed a contract for the construction of five corvettes, an operation that amounts to 1,800 million euros and represents the largest order in the history of Spanish public shipyards from a foreign client. The program will start at the end of 2018 and the last vessel will be delivered in 2022. In addition, Navantia will be respon...
  • New Breath in Maritime Affairs: TAIS
    New Breath in Maritime Affairs: TAIS 9 July 2018
    Turkish shipyards accomplishments have pushed export doors to open. Efforts of five shipyards in Turkey to “achieve strength in unity” resulted in the creation of TAIS. TAIS General Manager Doğan Beşcan shared with C4Defence readers the Company’s objectives and plans.
  • Vulcano Launched
    Vulcano Launched 5 July 2018
    The Fincantieri Shipyard launched the new logistic support ship of the Italian Navy. The ship named Vulcano (A 5335) floated at the Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia. The European defense procurement organization, OCCAR, ordered the May 2015 in the name of Italian Ministry of Defence, and the hull parts of the platform were built at different shipyards and consolidated at Muggiano. The system integration efforts of the ship will continue until December, and Vulcano will begin...
  • STM competes for Brazilian CCT
    STM competes for Brazilian CCT 25 June 2018
    STM announced from its twitter account that the company has signed an MoU with Brasfels Shipyard, Brazil to bid on the Brazilian Navy's Tamandaré-class Corvette (CCT) Project. STM and Brasfels Shipyard will be competing against nine contenders. CCT for Brasil is a variant of the MILGEM Ada Class Corvette. The Navy received on June 18th, nine commercial proposals from companies interested in building the CCT project. According to the Brazilian naval force, the proposals wi...