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  • Alparslan: We Will Succeed Together
    Alparslan: We Will Succeed Together April 5 2020
    Meteksan Defence General Manager Selçuk Kerem Alparslan explained that they do not consider any options such as layoffs and sending unpaid leave because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Publishing a press release, Alparslan said, “Business life and economic life are inevitably affected negatively. However, this is a time when we all have to show solidarity. While we, as a company, apply methods that will increase social distance such as leave, work from home, work in rotation,...
  • Bulgarian Jet Problem Solved
    Bulgarian Jet Problem Solved April 3 2020
    The final decision was made in the Bulgarian jet tender, which turned into a complete puzzle and many candidates shown. Bulgaria made its choice in the endless jet procurement process. Sofia signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin for the procurement of F-16V Block 70, costs 512 million USD. Within the scope of Foreign Military Sales (FMS), Sofia will receive a total of eight aircraft. All platforms that will enter Bulgarian inventory at the time when the engine selection...
  • Qatari Ejder on Exercise
    Qatari Ejder on Exercise March 27 2020
    Domestic production vehicles continue to achieve an export success. Platforms, which have successfully served in the inventory of different countries, also show up at international events. In the Impregnable Guard 2020 Exercise held in Qatar, in which more than 10 participants participated in different statuses, Turkish indigenous vehicles also seen. Delivered to Qatar within the scope of the exports announced in 2017, Ejder Yalçın was seen for the first t...
  • Three Combat Jets for Replacement
    Three Combat Jets for Replacement March 27 2020
    In the Cold War period, the workhorse combat aircraft of the countries are at the end of their useful life. The processes initiated for the acquirement of new platforms partially continues. Germany isseeking for the platform that will replace Tornado aircraft that are planned to be retired in the near future. This equation consists many unknowns, which has become a problem for Germany, is close to the solution. A report published in German press stated that the c...
  • Taiwan and Japan Intercept Chinese KJ-500 Aircraft
    Taiwan and Japan Intercept Chinese KJ-500 Aircraft March 26 2020
    Taiwan and Japan intercepted China's KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft. The Japan Defence Ministry announced that the Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) was carrying out operations to intercept one Shaanxi KJ-500 aircraft on the East China Sea. On the map, it was shared that the KJ-500 was intercepted in the north of the Ishigaki Islands of Japan and in the west of Okinawa, where JASDF came. The JASDF has two regiments of Mitsubishi F-15J/DJ Eagle interceptors based at Naha in ...
  • China Flew the J-15 from the Aircraft Carrier March 25 2020
    Pilots of the J-15 fighter jet conducted multiple take-off and landing exercises on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning . “An aircraft carrier is a large platform that can make many people gathering in their cabinets vulnerable to infectious diseases. Being able to successfully execute related tasks showed that Liaoning did a great job in controlling COVID-19. ” naval expert Li Jie told the Global Times.
  • Low Cost Turbojet on Tests
    Low Cost Turbojet on Tests March 25 2020
    The loitering munitions, systems that enter our literature as kamikaze ammunition, especially increase their effectiveness in high numbers. When the products in question are shown as the concept of the future, when used in high numbers, destruction becomes inevitable for hostile elements. This brings along the need for cost-effective components. The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) began testing the Gray Wolf missile and turbojet engine, developed as loitering munition. ...
  • Additional Jet Trainer
    Additional Jet Trainer March 23 2020
    The advanced jet trainers approaching the end of their economic life. So they will leave their places to new ones. The US Air Force also chose the T-7A Red Hawks in the past months to replace the T-38 Talons in its inventory. For the transition to new platforms, the USA launched the Reforge Proof of Concept (RFX) process to provide advanced training in specific areas with modern training aircraft. In this process, a limited amount of aircraft procurement is planned.
  • Europe’s Biggest Air Show Cancelled
    Europe’s Biggest Air Show Cancelled March 22 2020
    Farnborough International Air Show is cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic. The biennial Farnborough International Air Show has officially been cancelled for 2020. Organizers for the air show announced the cancellation but did not provide specific date about timing.
  • Stealth Alliance
    Stealth Alliance March 18 2020
    The use of stealth aircraft is increasing day by day. These platforms, which were previously unique to the US, show up more frequently in international training as they enter the inventory of international users. The Norwegian F-35A Lightning II, which has intercepted Russian aircraft last week, carried out joint training with US bombers this week. In addition to the Norwegian F-35s stationed in Iceland as part of the NATO mission, the B-2 Spirit bombers of the US Air Forc...
  • Eurasia is postponed due to Virus
    Eurasia is postponed due to Virus March 14 2020
    The COVID-19 virus also affected the Eurasia Aviation Fair. All national and international trade fairs in Turkey between March 16-April 30 are postponed to a later date. Due to this situation, the Eurasia Airshow has been postponed. The organizing committee released a statement from the websites: Dear Eurasia Airshow Family; Eurasia Airshow 2020 has been postponed to 24-28 June 2020 as a result of the measures taken by our government officials after 2 cases detected with C...
  • Domestic Weapons of Turkey at Operation Spring Shield: Part-2 Unmanned Aerial Systems and Smart Munitions
    Domestic Weapons of Turkey at Operation Spring Shield: Part-2 Unmanned Aerial Systems and Smart Munitions March 12 2020
    Operation Spring Shield was a theatre for domestic unmanned aerial vehicles. In the operation that will be written not only for the Turkish Armed Forces but also in the world conflict history, many break grounds took place. In the operation; Anka, Anka-S, Bayraktar TB2, as well as MAM-L and MAM-C; was in the leading role. The Turkish Army used unmanned aerial vehicles imported from the USA, the UK and Israel for many years. Platforms used in areas such as counter-terrorism, bor...
  • Private Security Officers Protect Military Quarters in Germany
    Private Security Officers Protect Military Quarters in Germany March 10 2020
    It was announced that Germany provided control and patrols in front of the military quarters through private security companies and this cost about 430 million Euros in the last five years. With the German Army (Bundeswehr) no longer keeping watch, the budget spent on this situation rose from 236.6 million in 2014 to 431.6 million in 2019. The Bundeswehr's seizure is both more expensive, and the number of people in the forces is not suitable for this. The German Defence Ministry...
  • Modernised SVD Unveiled
    Modernised SVD Unveiled March 8 2020
    SVD (Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova / Dragunov Sniper Rifle), which was first produced by the Soviet Union first, showed its new face. SVDs, commonly known as "Kanas" in the Turkish Armed Forces and used by irregular elements as well as many regular armies, have been modernised. The face of the rifle changed with the study initiated by Kalashnikov, which is a subsidiary of Rostec. The flash hider of the gun, which was equipped with a heavier barrel than its...
  • Domestic Weapons of Turkey at Operation Spring Shield: Part-1 Small Arms
    Domestic Weapons of Turkey at Operation Spring Shield: Part-1 Small Arms March 5 2020
    The use of domestic weapons in Operation Spring Shield is a success story for the Turkish defence industry. However, this situation has a different meaning. Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri / TSK) used foreign weapons for many years in the Internal Security Operation. Turkey, which provided feedback about materials to manufacturers and has played an important role in the product development process with continuous feedback. For this reason, the fact that ...
  • New Candidate for US FARA Program
    New Candidate for US FARA Program March 5 2020
    Candidates for the future reconnaissance helicopter program are coming out. Within the scope of the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA), the USA sent an invitation letter to the companies in the past. After that, companies started to reveal the concept studies of the new generation high speed rotary wing platforms and began studies on the designs of the future. The latest concept work came from Boeing. The name of the platform on which the company publis...
  • Homemade Engine for China's J-10C fighter jet
    Homemade Engine for China's J-10C fighter jet March 4 2020
    China’s newly built J-10C fighter jet is reportedly equipped with a domestically developed WS-10 Taihang engine and it ready to join military service.  Previous J-10s were installed with Russian-made AL-31 engine. China will no longer rely on foreign fighter jet engines and the more advanced J-20 fighter jet could also start to use homemade engines soon. The WS-10 Taihang is China's first high-performance, high-thrust turbofan engine with intellectual proper...
  • DIMDEX 2020 Cancelled due to Corona Virus
    DIMDEX 2020 Cancelled due to Corona Virus March 3 2020
      Following the cancellation of a number of global events including the Mobile World Conference in Spain, ITB in Germany and the Geneva International Auto Show, the DIMDEX 2020 organising committee has been consulting with public health officials and the Government of the State of Qatar regarding the status of the event. After extensive consideration, the organising committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the event. Though the risk to the general...
  • Rafale Sales Boost Dassault Income
    Rafale Sales Boost Dassault Income March 2 2020
    One of the leading aircraft manufacturers,Dassault increased its revenues in 2019 compared to the previous year. Dassult, stationed in France, doubled its profits. According to the statement made by the company, net sales increased by 44.4% and reached 7.3 billion Euros. Rafale deliveries were shown as the most important reason for the increase. Defense revenues of Dassault rose by 24.9% last year to 3.4 billion euros. Logistics support and modernization activities, especi...
  • Russian Arms: Black Hole
    Russian Arms: Black Hole February 28 2020
    The Russian Army's armament program may not be as bright as it may seem. Paul Goble from Eurasia Daily Monitor wrote an article on Moscow's procurement processes and readiness rates. In the article, it is written that although it was a dream of Russian President Vladimir Putin to develop the super weapons of the future, it was considered that the necessary infrastructure for this is not available. In his article, Goble emphasized that the Russian industry, facing diffic...
  • Awarding Ceremony for METU Robotics Competitions
    Awarding Ceremony for METU Robotics Competitions February 25 2020
    The 17th METU International Robot Days, sponsored by STM, ended with an award ceremony. In the event, where hundreds of young people interested in the robot world came together, 2,500 people participated in the competitions held for two days. To popularize robotics in Turkey on 22-23 February to promote activities held at the METU Culture and Congress Center from different provinces of Turkey showed their talent in high school and college students. METU Robot Days, where f...
  • Russia Draws Attention to Su-35’s First Flight that Took Place 12 Years Ago
    Russia Draws Attention to Su-35’s First Flight that Took Place 12 Years Ago February 22 2020
      Russian state-owned company Rustec made a presentation about its aircraft Su-35S on its social media account.  The presentation was in Russian and stated that this aircraft has long-range air-to-air missiles, the possibility of launching missiles at supersonic speeds, super manoeuvrability and powerful electronic warfare means. The first model of a combat vehicle was assembled in 2007 at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant, and already in 2011, the serial pro...
  • Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches
    Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches February 17 2020
    Boeing has confirmed at the Singapore Air Show 2020 that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has expressed its interest to rebuild 12 of its 20 existing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters to the latest AH-64E Apache Guardian variant. The RSAF currently has 12 AH-64D Apache Longbows based in Singapore as part of the 120 Squadron, while eight aircraft are based in Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona and used for training as part of the Peace Vanguard detachme...
  • Eurasia Airshow Wants to be “The Best” in The Region February 15 2020
    Eurasia Airshow, which was held in 2018 for the first time, will be held again. The space theme will be added to its content. Before the fair to be held in April, we talked to Capital Exhibition Board Chairman Hakan Kurt about the point, goals and projects from 2018 to today. C4Defence: You aim to beat the performance of Dubai Airshow. Performance targets can be determined in many aspects of fairs. What is the performance criterion you use when compared with Dubai?<...
  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense January 31 2020
    The United Kingdom officially exits from the European Union with concerns about Scotland behind. Political aspirations have peculiar and unexpected results. British conservatives voted against the European Union with the fear that the Union would divide them. The result, however, brings the concern to reality. While the member of Kingdom leaves Union, Scotland wants to stay. The Kingdom self divides. Under the shadow of Britain exiting from EU, British defence journal ukde...
  • Russian Day at Eurasia Airshow
    Russian Day at Eurasia Airshow January 30 2020
    Aiming to build the Eurasian market within the framework of Turkey, Eurasia Airshow will be held in Antalya this year. Hakan Kurt, Eurasia Airshow Senior Manager, said that Russia is the biggest participant of this year's fair and added, “We will make the third day of our fair ‘Russian Day’”. Kurt announces that the request came from Russian authorities. Kurt also said that Pakistan, which was not a participant last year, will be at the forefront by taking its plac...
  • Missile Modernisation for Greek Cypriots
    Missile Modernisation for Greek Cypriots January 27 2020
    Due to the oil and gas deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean and the increased Turkish Navy existence in the region, Greek Cypriots have decided to increase its missile capability. According to veteranos.gr publishing in Greece, the Greek Cypriot  government decided to increase its air and coastal defence capability. Accordingly, the coastal MM40 Exocet surface-to-surface missiles on the island will be modernised. What kind of improvements will be made withi...
  • Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight
    Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight January 20 2020
    Falco Xplorer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), unveiled by Leonardo at the Paris Air Show 2019, left behind an important milestone last week. In a statement made by Leonardo, it was announced that the UAV made its maiden flight on January 15. The test flight conducted at the Trapani Air Base stationed in Sicily, and lasted about 1 hour. Platfom returned to the same base and completed the flight without any problems. Falco Xplorer, is a MALE (Medium Altitude Long Enduran...
  • World-First Electrical Technology from Rolls-Royce for Tempest Programme
    World-First Electrical Technology from Rolls-Royce for Tempest Programme January 9 2020
    British engine company Rolls-Royce released a press bulletin stating that they are developing world-first electrical technology for next-generation Tempest programme. To make the engine more electric, more intelligent and to harness more power, Rolls-Royce started to work to solve unprecedented levels of electrical power demand and thermal load; all need to be managed within the context of a stealthy aircraft. Rolls-Royce started to address the demands of the future in 2014. That ye...
  • Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight
    Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight January 5 2020
    The first images of the JF-17 Block 3 ‘4+ generation’ fighter were unveiled on December 28th, with a prototype shown taxiing on a factory runway in China before taking its first flight. The fighter represents the fourth variant of the JF-17, a fighter jointly developed by China and Pakistan from the early 2000s which saw its first flight in august 2003. The JF-17 was designed exclusively for export and does not serve in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, although over 100...
  • Brexit Aftermath NATO: Status of Scotland
    Brexit Aftermath NATO: Status of Scotland January 2 2020
    Even though the Brexit referendum was about the European Union, the negative result has new scenarios on the agenda. The poll in the United Kingdom shows that England wants to leave the Union while other member Scotland wants to stay. Scotland may pursue an independent path to remain in Union but it has to declare independence. In that case, Scotland will not be a member of NATO either. NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg has confirmed that an independent Scotland would have to ...
  • Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV
    Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV January 2 2020
    Indonesia's National aviation company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) introduced the prototype of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle produced within domestic facilities. A roll-out ceremony was held at the PTDI facilities in Bandung for the combatant UAV called the Black Eagle (Elang Hitam). The prototype did not include a weapon station, but the promotional brochure showed two generic weapons. Speaking at the ceremony, BPPT General Manager Hammam Riza ...
  • Armoured Vehicle Reinforcement to Haftar Forces
    Armoured Vehicle Reinforcement to Haftar Forces December 27 2019
    Clashes continue between Libyan National Army forces under the command of Khalifa Haftar and the Government of National  Accord. Despite the UN's arms embargo on Libya, Haftar forces were reinforced with new armored vehicles. A news published in Jane's, it was seen that Libyan National Army forces equipped with Terrier LT-79 armoured vehicles. It was also attended that the vehicle is in new condition and despite harsh environmental conditions, exterior of the LT-79 was ...
  • Syria Blames US
    Syria Blames US December 26 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...
  • FCAS: An Agreement On The Engines
    FCAS: An Agreement On The Engines December 3 2019
    France and Germany have reached an agreement on the industrial organisation of engines at the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme. Safran will be the main contractor and MTU subcontractor. Subsequently, the industrialists will create a joint venture at parity to carry the contracts and the certification of the engine. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Defence and Space  Dirk Hoke spoke to French Daily La Tribune at Dubai Air Show. Hoke stated that the challenges of ...
  • China Changes Strategy
    China Changes Strategy November 26 2019
    China plans to export its J-10 (NATO Code: Firebird) fighter aircraft, which was developed using metal alloy and composite materials. China revealed the export variant of its J-10 fighter at the Dubai Airshow. Designated the FC-20E, the design is a near-parallel configuration of the J-10C. With the FC-20E, AVIC is taking direct aim at markets the Russians and Americans are looking to access the MiG-35 and F-16 Block-70/72, respectively. These markets are generally looking for modern, but cost...
  • UAE Buys Locally Built Aircraft
    UAE Buys Locally Built Aircraft November 22 2019
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will acquire 24 light aircraft B-250s after signing the deal at Dubai Air Show 2019. The contract costs $ 260 million. It is the first time the UAE has purchased an aircraft that it manufactures domestically. The B-250 is being developed by Calidus, based in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Brazilian Novaer and Rockwell Collins. Aircraft is reportedly designed by Joseph Kovács, designer of the Brazilian Tucano. The B-250 was ...
  • SU-57 Offer to UAE
    SU-57 Offer to UAE November 22 2019
    Russia Offering United Arab Emirates Joint Production of Su-57 Fighters for its Air Force Russia has reportedly offered to jointly manufacture Su-57 next-generation fighters with the United Arab Emirates during the Dubai Air Show. The UAE has shown interest in Russian Flanker fourth-generation fighters, including the Su-27 in the 1990s and Su-35 for which a purchase is currently being negotiated. The CEO of Russia’s state arms exporter Rostec, Sergey Chemez...
  • Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait
    Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait November 22 2019
    China is working to increase its fleet capability for open seas. On the other hand, Chinese government continues its military and political steps. Beijing administration, which often experiences tensions with neighboring countries due to continental shelf, undisputed islands, is far from relieving tensions with Taiwan. People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships, visited many African, Baltic and European countries including Turkey in recent years. Thus, PLAN s...
  • Modernisation Period in UAE Fleet November 22 2019
    Mirage 2000 aircraft developed by France-based Dassault Aviation will be modernised. The platforms, which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) first decided to include in its inventory in 1983, will go through a modernisation process worth the US $ 462 million at the request of the UAE. UAE has also awarded a $350 million contract to France’s MBDA for ammunitions maintenance of the Mirage 2000 fighter fleet. The Emirates has spent more than $4 billion on defence contracts in the fir...