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  • First USMC F-35C is Operational
    First USMC F-35C is Operational January 24 2020
    The USA left another important milestone behind the F-35C Lightning II aircraft. Five years after the delivery of first F-35C Lightning II (serial number 114), the first US Marine Corps operational unit received the F-35C Lightning II. The platform, which will be used for pilot training missions first, was assigned to VMFA 314 "Black Nights" (Marine Fighter Attack Squadron). The unit, which stopped flights with F/A-18 Hornet aircraft in June of last year, en...
  • Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk
    Serial Production Time for T-7A Red Hawk January 21 2020
    The United States announced that the T-7A Red Hawk aircraft were chosen as the platform to replace the T-38 Talon advanced jet trainers in the last quarter of 2019. As a partner of Boeing in the program, Saab announced that the serial production phase has started for the aft fuselage section. Saab stated that the parts of the platforms that on their shares will be manufactured in the facilities located in Linköping in the first place. The company, which is respon...
  • Russia Denies S-400 Joint Production
    Russia Denies S-400 Joint Production January 21 2020
    Russia has supplied more than 120 surface-to-air missiles to Turkey as per a delivery and acceptance act signed by Turkey and Russia in December, Russian news agency Tass reported on Monday. Russia has also delivered auxiliary equipment, spare parts and tools, Tass quoted the unnamed source as saying, but the contract with Turkey did not include at all any “technology transfer, even partial.” Turkish Defence Industry Presidency İsmail Demir in January told repo...
  • The ALACA Period at Sea
    The ALACA Period at Sea January 18 2020
    Meteksan Defence Company announced on the social media account that the Radar Cross-Sectional Measurement system, which is designed and developed for the Naval Forces Command, was delivered to the force. ALACA 35 GHz Radar Cross Section Measurement System was developed to increase the survivability of the platforms in inventory. The contract for the design, development and production of "Millimetre Wave Radar Cross-Sectional Measurement System" with entirely local faciliti...
  • Cyber Period at Navy
    Cyber Period at Navy January 18 2020
    The Cyber Security Project contract was signed between Havelsan and the Naval Forces Command. The details of the project were not included in the announcement made by the company's social media account.
  • China tested a new heavy-duty drone with three engines
    China tested a new heavy-duty drone with three engines January 18 2020
    According to Chinese media, on January 16, 2020, a heavy three-engine unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Chinese company Tengoen Technology made its maiden flight at one of the airfields in southwest China. The Chinese company Tengoen Technology (also known as Tengdun) was founded in 2016. The new unmanned aerial vehicle is a three-engine UAV built on a two-fuselage scheme. Its wingspan is 20 m, length - 10, height - 3.3 m. The maximum take-off weight reaches 3200 kg, with a payloa...
  • The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force
    The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force January 17 2020
    The 116th "Lions of the South" squadron will join the 140th "Golden Eagle" unit to become the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) second official group of F-35I Adir stealth fighter jets. With the arrival of the first two F-35I aircraft for the 116th Fleet to Nevatim base in November 2019, the total number of F-35s in Israel reached 20. The government has currently received 20 of the 50 F-35I variants from Lockheed Martin required to bring both squadrons to capacity....
  • New Trucks for Bundeswehr
    New Trucks for Bundeswehr January 14 2020
    The German Army has recently announced a new procurement agreement, which has received budget approvals for new procurement and modernization programs. With the 382 million Euro agreement, the logistics infrastructure of the German Land Forces will be reinforced. With the agreement signed in the last days of 2019, new trucks will be entered in the inventory of the German Army (Bundeswehr). 1000 logistics trucks will be purchased in the scope of framework contract which sig...
  • Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets
    Rheinmetall and Thales to Guide Hydra Rockets January 10 2020
    Rheinmetall and Thales have signed an agreement to support together with the future developments, qualification and production of the 70mm (2.75”) guided and unguided rockets solutions for helicopters as well as potentially other new platforms in Germany. Two international groups will propose complementary capabilities for the Tiger MK3 program. The Thales 70mm (2.75”) rocket systems are currently operated on UHT Tiger and under certification on Airbus Helicopters H145M....
  • Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight
    Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight January 10 2020
    Kuwait's Eurofighter Typhoon adventure, which started in April 2016, lef behind an important milestone. Leonardo announced that the first platform that came out of the production line for Kuwait met with the sky. The first flight of the platform, which was named ISPA (Instrumented Series Production Aircraft) 6 configuration, made its maiden flight on 23 December 2019. In the experience of Leonardo's Flight Test Centre in Turin-Caselle, all components of the ISPA 6 ...
  • Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships
    Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships January 8 2020
    Egypt comes to the fore with the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, the training and exercise activities carried out with different countries in the region. The Cairo government, which acquire currency with its collaborations in the region, published new images from the navy. In the images published from the Egyptian Navy deploying different aircraft on the platform, it was determined that the country also deployed Russian-made aircraft on the ships. The Navy, which playe...
  • Reinforcement for Maritime Patrol
    Reinforcement for Maritime Patrol January 8 2020
    Pakistan is taking firm steps in system procurement processes. The Navy Public Relations Unit introduced ATR-72 aircraft adapted to the maritime patrol missions, which received recently. With the agreement signed with Rheinland Air Services in 2016, the process of adapting two ATR-72s to the maritime patrol requirements had began. Platforms, which equipped with Leonardo Seaspray 7300E AESA radar, Flir production SAFIRE III electro-optic and infrared sensor system and ...
  • MEHS for Turkish Navy
    MEHS for Turkish Navy January 7 2020
    Another program launched for the locally-built critical sub-components of the platforms operating in the Turkish Navy is finished. In this way, the electronic warfare capability of the Turkish Naval Forces has been increased. In the statement made by the Presidency of Defence Industries; ASELSAN's MEHS (Milli elektronik Harp Suiti / National Electronic Warfare Suite) integrated third and fourth Yavuz Class frigates and platforms delivered to the Navy. Under the co...
  • 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...
  • BMC’s MPAV goes to Tunisia
    BMC’s MPAV goes to Tunisia January 4 2020
    BMC, an Izmir-based company, won the "International Armoured Vehicle Tender" of the Tunisian Interior Ministry and signed a contract for the production of nine 4x4 Multi-Purpose Armoured Vehicles (MPAVs). Within the scope of the signed agreement, nine 4x4 Medium Class Multi-Purpose Armoured Vehicles which will be produced entirely for the requests of Tunisian Ministry of Interior will be provided with integrated logistics support solutions.
  • Enforcer Order
    Enforcer Order January 3 2020
    Bundeswehr, which received budget agreements from Bundestag for vehicle modernisation and new system procurement, ordered another new missile system.  According to a statement from the Germany's Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), office signed an agreement with the MBDA for Enforcer missile system procurement. Systems purchased within the scope of the Leichtes Wirkmittel 1800+ requirement of t...
  • Littoral Mission Ship from China to Malaysia
    Littoral Mission Ship from China to Malaysia January 3 2020
    The first of the four Keris class littoral mission ships ordered for the Malaysian Navy was delivered. The platform, built at China's Wuchang Shipyard, was given to the Malaysian government officials in Eastern China at a ceremony. The initial contract for the boats worth nearly $285 million was signed in March 2017. The four ships with a displacement of 780 tonnes are scheduled to be delivered by 2021. The initial plan stipulated that the first two units would be delivered from...
  • Modernisation Time for ACV-15s
    Modernisation Time for ACV-15s January 3 2020
    A modernization agreement was signed for the ACV-15s, which were developed in the late 1980s in line of needs of the Turkish Armed Forces. With the agreement signed on 31 December 2019, FNSS will also take part in the project as the subcontractor of ASELSAN. The survivability of the vehicles will be increased in line with the experience and feedback gained from the Turkish Army's operations in Syria. FNSS will carry out prototype production, qualification activities, integr...
  • Upgrading of F-16 Begins
    Upgrading of F-16 Begins December 28 2019
    Greece says it has signed an agreement with U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin that will allow a major upgrade of its F-16 fighter jet fleet over the next seven years. The defence ministry procurement agency announced Friday that the deal was signed Tuesday finalising details of Lockheed's use of a Greek subcontractor. The defence minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class ...
  • Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet
    Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet December 28 2019
    Algeria has signed a contract for the acquisition of 14 Su-57 stealth fighters with Russia. According to Menadefense portal, the Algerian air force has also signed two other arrangements for 14 Su-34 bombers and 14 Su-35 air domination aircraft. An option for two additional squadrons of 14 aircraft for each type of aircraft was also signed to compensate for the natural withdrawal of aircraft from the Air Force fleet shortly. The contract should be completed by 2025, by this deadline...
  • Ukraine and US signed new contract for Javelin missiles
    Ukraine and US signed new contract for Javelin missiles December 27 2019
    The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine signed a contract with the US Government to supply to Ukraine the second batch of  FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles. On October 3, the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Ukraine for one hundred fifty (150) Javelin missiles and related equipment and support for an estimated cost not to exceed $39.2 million. The Government of Ukraine has requested to buy 150 Javelin missiles and 10 Javelin C...
  • The Agreement that Will Hide TF-X from The Radar
    The Agreement that Will Hide TF-X from The Radar December 26 2019
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) and TÜBİTAK BİLGEM signed a contract for the near field test facility within the scope of the Turkish Fighter Programme (TF-X). The agreement will establish the cross-sectional radar area of the TF-X at TUSAŞ campus and test the aircraft.   The General Manager of TUSAŞ. Dr Temel Kotil and TÜBİTAK BİLGEM President Dr Hacı Ali Mantar signed the contract. With the agreement, TAI will have established an infrastructure capabl...
  • First Delivery for STA Project
    First Delivery for STA Project December 25 2019
    The Weapon Carrier Project (Silah Taşıyıcı Araçlar / STA), which started in 2014, has reached an important milestone. The first two vehicles delivered to Turkish Army today. Delivery ceremony of the STAs developed within the scope of the Turkish Armed Forces' requirements for an anti-tank platform was held at FNSS Gölbaşı Facilities today. Four systems; such as Pars 4x4, Kaplan, Kornet and OMTAS turret were developed within the scope of the project. A total of 2...
  • AGOSTA 90B Back to Sea December 24 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 ...
  • ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters
    ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters December 23 2019
      The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) to its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II at 17th Fighter Wing. The ROKAF has received 13 aircraft out of the 40 ordered under a KRW7.3 trillion (US$6.3 billion) deal signed in 2014. Reaching IOC level means that the aircraft are now operational but is limited to certain air operations including flying interdiction, essential close air support, and limited supp...
  • US Space Command Officially Formed
    US Space Command Officially Formed December 21 2019
    U.S. President Donald Trump signed off Friday the country's largest-ever defence budget allowing for the creation of a space force. The Space Force Command is officially established. Trump had signed the certificate to develop the Force in August 2019.
  • Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey
    Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey December 21 2019
    US President Donald Trump signed off the sprawling 2020 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) earlier Friday, authorising a top-line budget of $738 billion that includes $635 billion for base Pentagon spending. Trump signed the bill at a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The bill includes the building of 100 new F-35 jets, 155 Army helicopters, 165 Abrams tanks, two new Virginia-class submarines, among others. The NDAA also renewed a decision to exclu...
  • Indian Su-30 Air Launches BrahMos
    Indian Su-30 Air Launches BrahMos December 20 2019
    Indian Air Force successfully fired BrahMos 'air version' missile from the Su-30 MKI. The launch was smooth with the missile following the desired trajectory and achieving a 'direct hit' on a sea target off the Odisha coastline. BrahMos supersonic air to surface missile, with a range close to 300 km, has been designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd (BAPL). The firing off Odisha coast was undertaken with support from the Indian Navy. BrahMos is a 2.5 Ton S...
  • Elektroland Defence Prepares for Delivery
    Elektroland Defence Prepares for Delivery December 15 2019
    Elektroland Defence is preparing to deliver its bomb destroying barrels to Bangladesh. They are entirely designed and produced by Elektroland Defence. Delivery is expected on Wednesday. Established in 1996 as an electronic card repair and reverse engineering centre, the company produced products such as remote-controlled portable x-ray control system and remote-controlled robotic vehicles for TAF and EGM. The Company tested the barrel with 4 kg TNT on October 11th. 
  • Kargu-2 Coming
    Kargu-2 Coming December 15 2019
    Professor İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industry, announced the latest developments regarding Kamikaze Mini IHAs procured from STM. Demir announced on his personal twitter account, said: “We are developing the Kamikaze Mini UAV, an important element of the fight against terrorism. According to the contract we signed with @STMDefence, it delivers 356 Kargu-2 with increased duty time, altitude and autonomy, low noise level, new targeting algorithm.”
  • Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone
    Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone December 14 2019
    Swiss Air Force revealed its first Hermes 900 HFE reconnaissance drone on Emmen military airfield on Monday, December 9, 2019. Switzerland acquires drones from Elbit, Israel. Six of drones were purchased as part of the 2015 weapons program. The ADS 15 is the successor system for the ADS 95, which was decommissioned at the end of November 2019. But it is not yet flying as certification of drones by the Israeli civil aviation authorities has not been issued.  The Hermes...
  • US Considers Purchasing Turkish F-35A Fighter Jets
    US Considers Purchasing Turkish F-35A Fighter Jets December 11 2019
    U.S. lawmakers propose buying Turkish F-35A fighter jets by American Air Forces, due to Turkey's acquisition of Russian missile system. The National Defence Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2020, proposes the allocation of a $440 million fund for the Pentagon to purchase F-35 aircraft ordered by Turkey, as part of the modernisation of national defence. "The conferees support the removal of the Government of Turkey from the F-35 program due to its purchase of ...
  • TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait
    TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait December 10 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...
  • Otokar exhibits ARMA and COBRA II vehicles
    Otokar exhibits ARMA and COBRA II vehicles December 10 2019
    Otokar, participates in Gulf Defence & Aerospace (GDA) 2019, on December 10-12, 2019 in Kuwait. During the exhibition, Otokar’s ARMA 6x6 with BOZOK turret and COBRA II with KESKIN turret will be displayed at its stand. Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç stated that Otokar is a company on a global scale. , "Designed in Turkey and our vehicles manufactured in Turkey, we have the honour to represent the Turkish defence industry in the world successfull...
  • Saab Delivers Deployable Maintenance Facility to Hungary
    Saab Delivers Deployable Maintenance Facility to Hungary December 10 2019
    Swedish Saab has announced that it has delivered the DAM (Deployable Aircraft Maintenance ) facility mobile fighter support unit to the Hungarian Air Force. The DAM Collection is a complete fighter aircraft support solution that can be deployed quickly to any terrain with minimal ground-level preparation. The delivery stems from a contract signed between Saab and the Hungarian Ministry of Defence in December 2018. DAM provides capability equivalent to stationary maintenance infrastr...
  • Nuclear Submarine Test Started
    Nuclear Submarine Test Started December 6 2019
    Designed by the Russian-based Malakhit Marine Engineering Bureau, the latest Project Yasen-M multirole nuclear-powered submarine Kazan, test-fired torpedo weapons from its submerged position in the White Sea. According to the Russian Northern Fleet, the torpedo test-fire passed successfully. Tested in the White Sea, torpedoes successfully destroyed the underwater target. The fleet also announced that they would continue to test Kazan in the White Sea in the coming days. It was laid ou...
  • Atak Goes to the Philippines November 30 2019
    The Philippines chose Turkey in an attack helicopter procurement program. It is learned that the Philippines decided to acquire six T-129 Attack Helicopter from Turkey. The Philippines will acquire them as direct procurement from one source without any tender. The agreement will be signed soon.
  • Pakistan Increases Naval Capabilities
    Pakistan Increases Naval Capabilities November 28 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...
  • The AGM-86C is Bowing out of Service
    The AGM-86C is Bowing out of Service November 27 2019
    The missile that started Operation Desert Storm is being retired. The AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM), the non-nuclear sibling of the AGB-86B that remains in service, is being put rest after decades of service. Pentagon’s Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) marked the birth of GPS-guided munitions. The technology that birthed the modern guided munition retired. The retirement marks end of an era as the munition is used at every...
  • Meteor Missile to KF-X
    Meteor Missile to KF-X November 26 2019
      MBDA has been awarded a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile onto the KF-X future Korean fighter aircraft the contract includes integration support to KAI, transfer of know-how and manufacture of test equipment for the KF-X integration and trials campaign. Following a joint development agreement signed in 2015, some 168 units of KF-X aircraft are to be produced, with Republic of Korea...