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  • Russia Introduces New Mine Removal System
    Russia Introduces New Mine Removal System 22 September 2020
    Russia introduced its new self-propelled mine removal system during the Kavkaz-2020 exercise. Developed on the basis of the BMP-3 armoured combat vehicle chassis, the system is designed to provide forces with close-range mine removal capability. The mine removal tool features a platform ceiling-mounted launcher for line loads used to overcome and clear obstacles. This allows the destruction of mines with the pressure of rockets to be launched over minefields. The new syste...
  • Motor Sich to visit to Turkey
    Motor Sich to visit to Turkey 18 September 2020
    A high-level delegation from Motor Sich, one of the most strategic companies in Ukraine, will attend to Saha Istanbul event. Motor Sich, one of the companies with the largest product family in the world in terms of engines to be used in air platforms, has been having troubling days regarding ownership for a long time. China got in contact with the Ukrainian owner of the company, but the US demanded this trade be stopped, stating that China will transfer technology to its own country. After th...
  • Hyundai Rotem Develops Tank for Poland
    Hyundai Rotem Develops Tank for Poland 11 September 2020
    The Wilk (Wolf) K2PL main battle tank produced by the Republic of Korea will make an offer to replace soviet-era tanks in the Polish inventory. Hyundai Rotem unveiled the K2PL tank at the MSPO 2020 defence industry fair in Poland. "The official project tender is expected to be announced this year and we will be involved in the process," Korean officials said in a statement. If the K2PL, the Variant of the K2 Black Panther tank designed for Poland, wins the projec...
  • Su-30SM2 with new Engine to fly before end of 2020
    Su-30SM2 with new Engine to fly before end of 2020 10 September 2020
    The modernized Su-30SM2 fighter will make its first flight by the end of 2020. The aircraft will be powered up with Su-35s AL-41F1S engine "product 117S".  AL-41F-1S has all-aspect thrust vector control. The service life of the aircraft engine is two times higher than that of the Saturn AL-31FP, Su-30’s former power plant. The new Su-30SM2's onboard electronics, radar, optical location station will be improved, and the range of weapons wi...
  • Poloz Pistol
    Poloz Pistol 20 August 2020
    Russia, which has a deep-rooted defence industry infrastructure inherited from the Soviet Union, continues to studies on the development of modern systems. The Russian State subsidiary ROSTEC introduced the new pistol developed by the Russian Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering. The new weapon, called Poloz, uses 9x19 mm Parabellum ammunition. Designed for use of the Russian Police and Border Guards, the pistol was developed from Udav. The gun, which has a p...
  • Retired Missiles Return to Duty
    Retired Missiles Return to Duty 14 August 2020
    Ukraine, which is in conflict with Russia in the eastern part of the country, has decided to reactivate Cold War-era missiles. According to the statement made by the Ukrainian Air Force, the country started to re-taking the S-125 (NATO Code: SA-3 Goa) air defence missiles, which were manufactured in the facilities of the Soviet Union during the Cold War and were retired in the past years into inventory. The missiles, which were stated to have been phased out in 2013, also ...
  • SVP-24 Gefest for Navy Su-24
    SVP-24 Gefest for Navy Su-24 5 August 2020
    Russia, which has a large number of combat jets inherited from the Soviet Union in its inventory, continues the modernization activities of the platforms in line with its requirements. Su-24Ms (NATO Reporting Name: Fencer), which constitute an important ground attack force for the Russian Navy, are equipped with new navigation and targeting systems. It was announced that the integration of SVP-24 Gefests into the Navy Su-24Ms was started, which were tested many times in combat condi...
  • Western In, Russian Out
    Western In, Russian Out 4 August 2020
    The winds of change continue in Ukraine, which has an army and defence industry infrastructure inherited from the Soviet Union. Kyiv had started to work on its regeneration to meet the military's modern battlefield requirements. In this context, the process progressing which initiated for the replacing of the Soviet school infantry rifles in the inventory. New UAR-15 was delivered to the 10th Separate Rapid Response Detachment (Dozor) within the program. The ...
  • Ukraine Increases Modernization of Soviet-Era Platforms
    Ukraine Increases Modernization of Soviet-Era Platforms 2 August 2020
    Ukraine has modernized the Soviet-era MiG-29 (NATO code: Fulcrum) aircraft. As a result of the process carried out by the Lviv State Aircraft Repair Facility under Ukroboronprom, it was announced that a modernized MiG-29 jet had been delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force. The aircraft's engine and avionics were renewed. Ukroboronprom said the service life of the MİG-29, which is undergoing electronic equipment and maintenance, will be eight years, which could be extended by up to...
  • Modernization of Anti-Tank Missile System from Ukraine
    Modernization of Anti-Tank Missile System from Ukraine 31 July 2020
    Ukrainian State Enterprise Design Bureau Luch (Kiev) and State Company Artem have presented a prototype of the modernized GKKB Luch combat vehicle 9P149.  The original 9P149 also known as Shturm-S. The platform is upgraded and armed with RK-2V Barrier-V anti-tank missiles, which developed by the Luch State Design Bureau. For target detection and missile guidance, an optical-electronic system OPSN-I also integrated. The system is developed by the State Enterprise Izyum instrumen...
  • Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia
    Unexpected Aviation Step from Serbia 30 July 2020
    Serbia, which has close relations with Russia in the military aviation field, came up with an unexpected move. A senior official from the Serbian Ministry of Defence announced on July 25th that the country is interested in the US made T-7A Red Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft. In the speech, it was stated that the Serbian Air Force attracted attention with the price/performance ratio of the platforms that came to the fore with low initial acquisition and maintenance cost...
  • First Leopard 2A4 Delivery to New Customer
    First Leopard 2A4 Delivery to New Customer 21 July 2020
    The old Iron Curtain countries, which some of them are a part of NATO today, continue to acquire new defence systems within the scope of the army's orientation to new standards. Hungary, which has T-72s from the Cold War era in its inventory, signed an agreement with Germany for the acquisition of new main battle tanks in recent months. The first batch of Leopard 2A4 tanks procured under the contract reached the country via motorway on Hedyashalom Border after refurbis...
  • Egypt Failed to Launch Sub-Harpoon
    Egypt Failed to Launch Sub-Harpoon 12 July 2020
    Submarine-launched anti-ship missiles are an important power factor in terms of engagement to surface platforms without exposing the position from a long-range. Egypt conducted a failed attempt to launch anti-ship missile from a submarine during a drill. In the incident, the missile that was launched from a Type 033 (NATO Reporting Name: Romeo) class and stated to be UGM-84 Harpoon, was destroyed by being unable to surface. There is no detailed information as to ...
  • US to Acquire Soviet Ammunition
    US to Acquire Soviet Ammunition 7 July 2020
    The USA, which procures Eastern Block standard ammunition at different times for both training and different purposes, is in a new acquisition plan. According to the official statement released from the State Procurement channel, the US will acquire Soviet ammunition. As part of the procurement process called SAWS (Special Ammunition and Weapon Systems), there is no detailed information of the materials and systems to be purchased. There are many different types ...
  • New Address of U.S. Troops will be Former Soviet Bloc
    New Address of U.S. Troops will be Former Soviet Bloc 29 June 2020
    The new address of US troops stationed in Germany will soon be revealed. U.S. President Donald Trump announced in early June that 9,500 U.S. troops stationed in Germany would withdraw. The U.S. Department of Defence will present its plan for the troops to President Trump. Accordingly, the Pentagon is proposing to reduce the number of troops stationed in Germany to 25,000. Defence Minister Mark Esper's plan includes shifting troops to the Eastern European country. Some ...
  • Georgia Ready for Su-25 Production
    Georgia Ready for Su-25 Production 12 June 2020
    Georgia aspired to produce Su-25 (NATO Code: Frogfoot) aircraft developed as a result of the need for close air support from the Soviet Ground Forces. Georgia's Defence Minister, Iraqi Garibashvili, said they could produce su-25 ground attack aircraft. Speaking to a television station, he said they had technical knowledge and humanitarian resources to manufacture and market the platform. Minister Garibashvili said they could ensure the use of the aircraft for civilian ...
  • Knyaz Vladimir Delivered Officially
    Knyaz Vladimir Delivered Officially 2 June 2020
    Nuclear submarines are still one of the most strategic weapons, thanks to their ability to deploy submerged for weeks, and to bring a large number of warheads closer to distant lands, that give short reaction time to hostile elements. Russia continues the submarine tradition that it inherited from the Soviets, which had a large fleet of nuclear submarines, both in quantity and capability, during the Cold War. In this context, Project 955A, also known as Borei-A class with the delive...
  • Russia’s Strategic Missile Force to hold over 100 drills this year
    Russia’s Strategic Missile Force to hold over 100 drills this year 1 June 2020
    Russian Defence Ministry announced that Russia’s Strategic Missile Force would hold over 100 various drills during the summer training period that kicked off on June 1. Russia’s state-owned TASS news agency reported the announcement. “During the summer training period, the Strategic Missile Force will conduct over 30 tactical drills with missile regiments and more than 70 special tactical exercises with logistics and military security forces,” the m...
  • 8x8 Wheeled Vehicle Intention
    8x8 Wheeled Vehicle Intention 11 May 2020
    Thanks to their fast and agile movement capabilities, the use of 8x8 wheeled vehicles, which is characterized as rapid reaction missions and flat geography, is becoming widespread. Poland, which has been working on replacing the Soviet era platforms with new generation domestic vehicles in its inventory, has announced a new procurement intention. Polish Minister of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak announced the intention with "We plan to purchase 60 Rosomak-S wheel...
  • Additional IFV to the Army
    Additional IFV to the Army 11 April 2020
    The arms procurement process continues throughout the world despite the virus disease. Ukraine recently announced that it has received additional infantry fighting vehicles from the Czech Republic. Within the scope of the process carried out under the responsibility of UkrSpetsExport, a subsidiary of the state-owned company UkrOboronProm, the acceptance of the first batch of 37 BVP-1s was completed by the Ukrainian Ground Forces on April 2. It was stated that the said...
  • Nuclear Howitzer Moderdinsed
    Nuclear Howitzer Moderdinsed 9 April 2020
    Self-propelled howitzers, which are capable of firing nuclear artillery projectiles, was developed to destroy large enemy units that would be encountered in a possible Third World War. Although nuclear rounds have been phased out of service today, the systems that use them are still in operation. Russia is modernizing its 2S7M Malka self propelled howitzers in its inventory. The platform, which has been upgraded in this context, has been tested recently. In ...
  • More Russian Submarine to the North
    More Russian Submarine to the North 5 April 2020
    Russia continues to its studies for increasing its effectiveness in all seas it can reach. The Russian Navy continues to work to achieve its mighty Soviet days. The statement made to the Izvestia Newspaper from the Ministry of Defence of Russia included information on the navy's submarine plans. In line with the new formation, the Russian Navy will deploy five Project 885 (NATO Code: Yasen) class submarines to the north. It was stated that RFNS Severodvinsk is currently in ...
  • New Ally
    New Ally 31 March 2020
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which was established at the very beginning of the Cold War against the Soviet threat, is expanding. In the past few weeks, the Spanish Parliament approved the NATO membership of North Macedonia and completed the last international step in this process. Following the completion of the necessary procedures, NATO raised the Flag of North Macedonia with a ceremony on 30 March in front of the headquarters and where the flags of the countrie...
  • Buran’s Mriya Back On The Sky
    Buran’s Mriya Back On The Sky 29 March 2020
    World’s biggest aeroplane An-225 “Mriya” (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-225 Мрія, lit. ‘dream’ NATO reporting name: Cossack) returned to sky according to the press service of the Antonov company. The Antonov company started to repair and modernization of aircraft An-225 “Mriya” in 2018. March 25 after an 18-month outage, the plane took off from the airfield near Kyiv and held in the air for about 2 hours. The aircraft was fitted with a new contr...
  • Russian Submarine Couldn't Detected
    Russian Submarine Couldn't Detected 28 March 2020
    Submarines are one of the most strategic weapons of the sea due to their stealth feature, which is their greatest weapon. Although the Russian Navy is far from its glory in the Soviet days, it continues to use these strategic platforms almost with the same activity. According to the news of the Russian TASS Agency, the USA could not detect the Russian submarine. The incident occurred during RFNS Alexander Nevsky's transfer from the Northern Fleet to the Pacific Fleet i...
  • USA's New Ally: Indonesia
    USA's New Ally: Indonesia 20 March 2020
    Indonesia, which had close relations with the former Soviet Union in the early periods of the Cold War, converged to the USA in the 1960s with the anti-communist policies of the country's President Suharto. It is unclear how Indonesia will take the supply of Su-35 nowadays in order not to be in conflict with the USA. Jakarta, which has been negotiating with Russia for the platform since 2017, will cancel its supply due to the pressure of the White House and sanctions planned aft...
  • Russian Maritime Patrol Exercise at Doors of Atlantic
    Russian Maritime Patrol Exercise at Doors of Atlantic 10 March 2020
    Russia continues its long-range operations and training activities. In parallel with the increasing Western activity in the Arctic Region, Russian air elements also increased their activities in the region. In the past days, Russian maritime patrol aircraft conducted a series of training on the GIUK (Greenland, Iceland and the United Kingdom) Line, the door of the Russian Navy to the Atlantic. The Russian platforms performed flew further south than usual, the act...
  • The expansionist policy of Russia brings conflict… 10 March 2020
    The movement started in 1996 by Yevgeny Primakov, who laid the foundation of today’s Russian foreign policy, had a “dreamy and never reaching outcome” identity under the conditions of that day.   What happened in the “Soviet Union demolition process” that started with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 showed that the succession of the Russian Federation in those days, this strategy with the identity of “re-global power and the sta...
  • Modernised SVD Unveiled
    Modernised SVD Unveiled 8 March 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...
  • Azerbaijani Advanced Jet Trainer Acquisition
    Azerbaijani Advanced Jet Trainer Acquisition 25 February 2020
    Carrying out studies on replace its Soviet-style vehicles with Western systems, Azerbaijan has announced a new platform to replace the advanced jet traininer in its inventory. Baku will replace the L-39 Albatros advanced jet trainer, which have been in service for many years, with Leonardo M-346s. Within the scope of the procurement process announced by President Heydar Aliyev, number of M-346s to acquire, supply schedule and costs were not specified. In May...
  • Russia’s Il-112 aircraft to perform 2nd flight in April
    Russia’s Il-112 aircraft to perform 2nd flight in April 18 February 2020
    Russia’s latest Ilyushin il-112 military transport plane prototype will take to the skies for the second time in April, Head of the Ilyushin Aviation Company Yuri Grudinin said on Monday. "We are going to certify Il-76, Il-114-300 and Il-112 planes, the production of which is being planned. In April, we will fly the first Il-112 plane at the Voronezh enterprise and will organize the serial production of il-112s at the Voronezh factory," the chief executive said. ...
  • Russia’s Footprints in Ukraine 15 February 2020
    Turkey, neighbouring through the Black Sea, to two countries is trying to develop its military ties with Ukraine and Russia. The two countries are experiencing a tacit struggle over Crimea. As C4Defence, we discovered the traces of one of the pioneers of proxy wars. Ukraine is a country that was founded with the collapse of the Soviet Union but had a long history. Although it is not mentioned as Ukrainian as Russians who study the history of the Ottoman Empire, it can reach many eve...
  • 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...
  • Boeing to change Super Hornets for India
    Boeing to change Super Hornets for India 11 February 2020
    Boeing plans trials to confirm that it's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter can operate from an aircraft carrier equipped with a skip ramp rather than catapults. The US-based firm announced that it plans to test Hornet with a ramp. Competing with many companies for India, which declares that it will purchase 57 fighter jets, Boeing can make its place in the Indian Navy with the launch of the ramp. India in early 2020 operates just one carrier, Vikramaditya, a former Soviet vessel. T...
  • Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight
    Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight 2 February 2020
    Russia’s new upgraded Tu-160M supersonic strategic bomber performed its first flight on Feb. 2, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced. The first flight was conducted from the S.P.Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Factory runway. The flight took place at an altitude of 1,500 meters and lasted 34 minutes. Tupolev Tu-160 Beliy Lebed (“White Swan”), also known with its NATO reporting name Blackjack, is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber ...
  • Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters
    Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters 23 December 2019
    The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine plans to buy McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to replace old Soviet helicopters of the Ukrainian army. This decision was made as a result of a defence review, which ended last week, and its results were transferred to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence believes that gaps in the capabilities of the Ukrainian army and the defence-industrial complex should be eliminated through the purchase of moder...
  • “Symbol of China's Status”
    “Symbol of China's Status” 18 December 2019
    China's second aircraft carrier was commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on 17 December in a ceremony held at the Sanya-Yulin naval base and was given the name Shandong. The carrier's base-port of Sanya-Yulin is on the northern shores of the South China Sea, which gives a pointer to where the carrier is likely to operate in the immediate future. Shandong was built by Dalian Shipbuilding International Corporation (DSIC) and was launched on 26 April 2...
  • Russia Deployed S-300
    Russia Deployed S-300 4 December 2019
    The Soviet Union began working on the S-300 semi-mobile system in 1967 to replace the S-25 Berkut (NATO code: SA-1 Guild) air defence missiles. The modernized variant of the system S-300PM2, which is currently in the inventory of countries such as China, Greece and India, has gone on combat alert in the Voronezh Region in Russia’s southwest. Under Russia’s program of rearmament with upgraded types of military hardware, the air defence missile regiment received S-300PM2. ...
  • First Modernized Tu-160M Enters Trials
    First Modernized Tu-160M Enters Trials 30 November 2019
    The modernized variant of the strategic bomber Tu-160 (Blackjack) in Russia's production, with a variable arrow angle wing structure, has been tested. Tu-160M was transferred to Kazan Aviation for ground and flight testing. The platform, which was put into service in 1987, was stopped due to financial reasons due to the collapse of the Soviet Union. After strained relations with the West, the production line of Tu-160 reopened. After the ground tests are over, the Tu-160M will ent...
  • Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait
    Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait 22 November 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...