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  • IADWS for India
    IADWS for India February 15 2020
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of an Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) for an estimated cost of $1.867 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on February 7, 2020. The Government of India has requested to buy an Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) comprised of five AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems; 118 AMRAAM AIM...
  • Iran Unveiled New Ballistic Missile
    Iran Unveiled New Ballistic Missile February 13 2020
    Iran, which has frequently come to the fore with its nuclear studies and ballistic missile programs, unveiled a new ballistic missile. At the ceremony organized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Raad-500 surface-to-surface ballistic missile and new generation rocket engines were introduced. It was stated at the ceremony, which was also broadcasted on Iran State Television, that the new rocket engines were suitable for use with ballistic missile and satellite carrier rocket sys...
  • China to Test New Rocket
    China to Test New Rocket February 12 2020
    China, been staring into space for a long time. In this context, Beijing will carry out a new test launch. As part of its manned space station program, China has developed a new carrier platform on the Long March 5 rocket. The new rocket, called Long March 5B, will carry the necessary parts into orbit as part of the space station installation work. Long March 5B, which counts days for the first launch, reached the launch area after 1 week of sea and rail transportation. The first tr...
  • US to Transfer 100 Soldiers into Space Force
    US to Transfer 100 Soldiers into Space Force February 12 2020
    The U.S. Army plans to transfer 100 soldiers into the U.S. Space Force beginning in 2021, according to service officials and budget documents. It’s the first time any service outside of the Air Force has identified members that will transfer into the Space Force, the new branch of the military within the Air Force created in December. The Navy has yet to say how many of its sailors it plans to transfer. The Air Force plans to shift some 6,000 airmen into the Space Force by yea...
  • Iran Space Program Fails to Launch Satellite into Orbit
    Iran Space Program Fails to Launch Satellite into Orbit February 10 2020
    Iran failed to launch the Zafar remote sensing satellite into orbit with the Simorgh on Sunday. The launch happened at 7:15 p.m. local time at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan province, some 230 kilometres (145 miles) southeast of Iran’s capital, Tehran. “Stage-1 and stage-2 motors of the carrier functioned properly, and the satellite was successfully detached from its carrier, but at the end of its path, it did not reach the required speed for being put in...
  • US Space Radar Become Operational
    US Space Radar Become Operational February 7 2020
    The USA continues its attempts to increase its space capability. In addition to the investments made in space based observation and navigation systems, studies initiated for the observation of space are also close to conclusion. According to a senior official from the US Department of Defense, Air Force is very close to activating the radar that it will use in its mission to observe objects in orbit. The Combined Space Operations Center, which is planned to reach operational capabil...
  • Lightning Protection for TF-X
    Lightning Protection for TF-X February 6 2020
    A signature ceremony was held for the "Lightning Test Facility" of the Turkish Fighter Programme Project (TF-X) between the Turkish Aviation and Space Industry and Hizal companies. The facility will be used to test the effects of possible lightning currents during the development phase of the MMU.   Direct and indirect effects of lightning will be tested during the development of TF-X at the Lightning Test Facility. The infrastructure of the facility will be...
  • Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight
    Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight February 2 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 ...
  • Lockheed Martin Space Mesh Against Hypersonic Threats
    Lockheed Martin Space Mesh Against Hypersonic Threats January 29 2020
    Upon increasing hypersonic speed ballistic threats, Lockheed Martin announced that a new low-orbit space mesh system for observation missions was developed and the first prototype was placed in orbit. Within the scope of the program called Pony Express 1, which reached the prototype phase in a short period of nine months, it was announced that the first system was placed in orbit in December 2019. The study, which is expected to attract the attention of the Pentagon, ...
  • Boeing Drops Out Experimental Spaceplane Program
    Boeing Drops Out Experimental Spaceplane Program January 23 2020
    Hypersonic vehicles are becoming a high priority for weapons development due to their theoretical ability to evade air defences. China and Russia are developing hypersonic weapons, and the U.S. military is scrambling to keep pace. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the XS-1 program in 2013 as a way of supporting the development of responsive, reusable launch vehicles. DARPA selected Boeing in May 2017 for Phases 2 and 3 of what was initially called the XS-1 pro...
  • Turkish Greek Exercise at Mediterranean
    Turkish Greek Exercise at Mediterranean January 22 2020
    Turkey and Greece, which are experiencing high tensions in the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean, met in the eastern Mediterranean. In addition to the Aegean sea and airspace disputes, Turkey and Greece experiencing high tensions between them due to natural gas parcels in the Mediterranean. Although high tensions, both countires performed joint exercises in the eastern Mediterranean. Two Passing Exercise (PASSEX) were held on January 19th and 20th in order to increase situa...
  • The Countdown has Begun
    The Countdown has Begun January 21 2020
    With the developing and changing technology, countries continue to embark on a space hegemony adventure. While countries such as Russia, USA, China and India are on the way for a space competition. They also gain a strategic advantage in this race. Japan will launch its eighth Intelligence Gathering System (IGS) reconnaissance satellite into space on Jan. 27. Japanese satellite and space industry giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced that an MHI H-IIA satel...
  • Russia Might Be Tracking F-35s
    Russia Might Be Tracking F-35s January 18 2020
    Acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that there is unverified information that at least six American F-35 jets were “in the Iranian border area” at the time when Iran accidentally downed Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 last week. “This information has yet to be verified, but I’d like to underline the edginess that always accompanies such situations,” he said on Friday. Lavrov said these words to understand the context...
  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers January 7 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • 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 ...
  • Last Product of 2019 56th Atak Helicopter
    Last Product of 2019 56th Atak Helicopter January 2 2020
    The Defence Industry Presidency (SSB) announced that the 56th T-129 ATAK attack helicopter manufactured by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) was delivered to the security forces. SSB shared from its official twitter account that the 56th ATAK helicopter was delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces. According to the announcement, the last delivery of 2019 was realised. The statement said;  "56th of our T129 ATAK Helicopter was delivered to the Turkish Land Forces Command.&q...
  • Competition Continues in Hürjet’s Engine
    Competition Continues in Hürjet’s Engine January 1 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) continues to search engine for single-engine jet training aircraft Hürjet. It was thought that TUSAS decided on this issue. Europe's Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft is powered by the Ej200 engine manufactured by Eurojet Consortium. TUSAŞ had begun to negotiate with the consortium at Le Bourget'de Paris Aeronautical Exhibition. This development was first written by C4Defence. The F404-GE-102 engine, which is a General Electric product wa...
  • Goksungur Waits 2020
    Goksungur Waits 2020 December 31 2019
    Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ) General Manager Professor Temel Kotil announced that Turkey’s first supersonic UAV Göksungur will perform its maiden flight in 2020. Kotil made an exclusive statement to C4Defence. Kotil expressed the latest developments about Aksungur and Göksungur UAVs. Kotil reminded that they were interested in Aksungur during 2019, that Aksungur was produced in a short period such as 18 months and that the time gained was shortened every time. &nb...
  • Dangerous Interaction at Black Sea
    Dangerous Interaction at Black Sea December 31 2019
    Russia continues dangerous contacts with the units it considers as risk in the seas. Russian forces, which came to the agenda frequently with their activities in the international waters, conducted mock attacks on the destroyer of the US Navy cruising at the Black Sea. In a statement issued by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Su-27 and / or Su-30 escorted two Su-24s of the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted dangerous training scenarios on Black Sea. Within the scope of th...
  • First Piece at TF-X
    First Piece at TF-X December 30 2019
    Professor Temel Kotil, the General Manager of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS), informed C4Defence about new developments in the Turkish Fighter Programme (TF-X). Kotil stated that TUSAŞ and TUBITAK BILGEM have started to work on the reflection of radar waves from aircraft. Kotil said, “We started cutting the air inlets, we make the first air inlets. We began to work on their electromagnetic reflections with TÜBİTAK BİLGEM. The first air intake is now at TÜBİTAK. We want t...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry
    DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry December 18 2019
    Steven Walker, the director of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, announced his resignation Dec. 17, a DARPA spokesman said. Walker’s resignation is effective January 10, 2020. Walker succeeded Arati Prabhakar, who left the agency in January 2017. Walker will move on to a position in the industry, though a DARPA spokesman did not reveal where. DARPA Deputy Director Peter Highnam, a former director of research at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency...
  • US Wants to re-Buy F-5E Swiss Fighters
    US Wants to re-Buy F-5E Swiss Fighters December 16 2019
    United States is reportedly ready to re-purchase Northrop 22 fighter aircraft F-5E Tiger II belonging to the Swiss Air Force that had been used 41 years since 1978. According to airspacereview portal, US Navy and the Swiss Defence Procurement Agency (Armasuisse) have been in talks related to the sale of F-5 in July. The budget for the purchase of F-5 from Switzerland is 39.7 million dollars.  The US is still using the F-5 as simulated enemy air to air combat exercise. Switzerla...
  • US Space Fence Getting Closer
    US Space Fence Getting Closer December 16 2019
    US Air Forces Space Fence Project is getting an important milestone. The Space Fence facility located on Kwajalein Atoll is getting prepared to function. The radar will provide advanced space situational awareness for the Air Force. The primary mission of ground-based radar is to detect and track tens of thousands of objects in space. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Centre announced Dec. 10 that the radar system had entered a trial period. The move puts the system one step ...
  • Milsoft Presents Link-M at GDA
    Milsoft Presents Link-M at GDA December 10 2019
    Milsoft attends with its Link-M product to the Gulf Defence & Aerospace Exhibition (GDA) held in Kuwait. Link-M is an Indigenous Tactical Data Link System which enables tactical data exchange amongst land, naval and air platforms using existing or new HF and V/UHF Radios. It makes it possible to use the most advanced tactical data elements employed for tactical operations available today. It means Link-11 and Link-16 communication systems can be used at the same environment. It ...
  • Zigana to Pass by Kuwait
    Zigana to Pass by Kuwait December 10 2019
    Trabzon Silah Sanayii (TİSAŞ) products are exhibited at The Gulf Defence & Aerospace Exhibition (GDA) held in Kuwait. TİSAŞ officials who opened a stand in GDA pointed out that the company has achieved many firsts in the sector with its technical infrastructure and quarter-century experience. Underlining that they have exported to more than 50 countries, TİSAŞ aims to increase its market share in the developing defence industry and to become a brand in the world with its quality. The comp...
  • 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...
  • Kongsberg to Deliver Counter (C-UAS) to Germany
    Kongsberg to Deliver Counter (C-UAS) to Germany December 5 2019
    Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (Kongsberg) is integrating the Hensoldt Spexer radar for UAS detection and tracking into its Counter-UAV system for Germany. Kongsberg has entered into a contract with Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw) to deliver a Counter Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) based on the Protector Remote Weapon Station. The contract worth 250 MNOK was won in an international bidding process. Germany is the first country to acquire a ...
  • 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 ...
  • Current Situation Analysis from SSB
    Current Situation Analysis from SSB November 30 2019
    The report titled International Cooperation and Export in Defence and Aviation Industry dated October 2019 was shared at the Conference held in Antalya. The study aims to create a sectoral situation analysis in order to prepare the ground for strategy development in line with the 2023 export targets. The study was created with the information provided by 27 companies that realized 95 per cent of the sector's exports according to the data of the Defence and Aerospace In...
  • 2023 Targets Revised:
    2023 Targets Revised: November 30 2019
    Defence Industry President Professor Ismail Demir announced that the defence industry export targets of $ 25 billion for 2023, previously announced, were revised to 10.2 billion. The Global Strategies Conference in Defence and Aviation Industry was held in Antalya. Speaking at the opening of the conference Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Assocıatıon (SSI) Chairman Latif Aral Aliş said they had to increase exports, the rate of export growth between 2012-2018 is 6...
  • Akşit Replaces Kotil at TAI
    Akşit Replaces Kotil at TAI November 29 2019
    Top officials from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS / TAI) left their post last week. General Manager and CEO of TAI, Temel Kotil is also affected by this fury. It was primarily speculated that Kotil was asked to resign. This claim was not confirmed, but C4Defence learned that on November 28, 2019, the Board of Directors convened extraordinarily during the day. Although the agenda item was not officially announced, the meeting continued until late at night and General Manager Kot...
  • Quo Vadis at TAI
    Quo Vadis at TAI November 29 2019
    Top officials from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS / TAI) left post last week. General Manager and CEO of TAI, Temel Kotil is also affected by this fury. It was primarily speculated that Kotil was asked to resign. This claim was not confirmed, but C4Defence learned that on November 28, 2019, the Board of Directors convened extraordinarily during the day. Although the agenda item was not officially announced, the meeting continued until late at night and General Manager Koti...
  • 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...
  • Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS
    Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS November 26 2019
    The new chief executive of Airbus Guillaume Faury has called for a single European fighter jet programme and warned that the continent needs to bolster its defence industry. Faury spoke to British “The Times” Sunday edition, Sunday Times. Faury, previously boss of Airbus’s commercial aircraft and helicopter divisions, said it would make sense to combine Europe’s two next-generation combat aircraft programmes — Tempest, which involves the UK, I...
  • New Measures from Iran November 22 2019
    The defence industry continues to keep pace with developing and changing technologies. Recently, the use of unmanned systems has increased and the UAV system, which is a cost-effective solution, has become a danger for the countries' airspace. Iranian Deputy Defence Minister Brigadier General Ghasem Taghizadeh said that Iran is now mass producing laser weapons to defend its air from drones.  “The research and experimental phase for this weapon has finished and it is now in the ...
  • Turkish Firms in Milipol
    Turkish Firms in Milipol November 22 2019
    Turkish companies take part with their products at Milipol 2019 Homeland Security and Safety Fair held in Paris. CES from Turkey Advanced Composites and Defence, Garanti Composite, Transvaro, Öztek Textile, Ata Arms, Yakupoğlu (YDS), Turac Foreign Trade, Safe Life and Epsilon Agency for Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters' Association Ranks SSI. Milipol Paris 2019 Exhibition ends today.