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  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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 ...
  • Avengers are Back
    Avengers are Back December 30 2019
    The United States of America continues to take precautions against increasing air threats in Europe. In this case, distribution of reactivated short range air defence systems continue. After considering the threat level, US decided to store AN/TWQ-1 Avenger short range air defence system (SHORAD). Last year, the US Army decided to reactivate and deploy Avengers to the combat units espacially based in Europe. Within this context, reactivating process of the Avengers which are stored ...
  • US Drill Near Russia
    US Drill Near Russia December 30 2019
    The United States has boosted its Navy's activity near the Chukotka Peninsula, building up its grouping and holding various drills. Chief of Staff of Russia's North-Eastern Joint Command Mikhail Bilichenko noted that the US Armed Forces displayed activity in that area before, but this was routine operational combat training. "The Chukotka operational area because the US Navy conducts its operations in that area," Bilichenko said, replying to a question about what the North-E...
  • Okinawa Base Transfer Costs More Than Expected
    Okinawa Base Transfer Costs More Than Expected December 28 2019
      The US Defence Ministry said Wednesday it now estimates the costs to relocate the Futenma Air Station to the coastal area of Henoko will more than double the current budget to $8.5 billion and the construction period needs to be extended to over nine years. Washington plans to push ahead with the relocation of a U.S. air base within Okinawa Prefecture despite the overwhelming public opposition expressed in a referendum on Sunday, recognising the outpost's strate...
  • 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...
  • Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters
    Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters December 23 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...
  • 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...
  • The U.S. Tested New Prototype Ballistic Missile
    The U.S. Tested New Prototype Ballistic Missile December 13 2019
    The United States has tested a prototype conventionally-configured ground-launched ballistic missile occurred at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 12.  The weapon is reported to have flown more than 500km. The press release says the launch took place within nine months of contract award. “The joint government-industry team began work after the U.S. suspended its Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty obligations in February 2019 and executed the launch within nine months of contr...
  • Bulgaria wants F-35
    Bulgaria wants F-35 November 27 2019
    US President Donald Trump met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov at the White House. Trump said Bulgaria intends to supply the F-35. " They’ve ordered some F-35s and some other things.  They buy a lot of military equipment from the United States — the best equipment in the world.  And I look forward to our meeting," Trump said before the bilateral meeting at the Oval Office. A joint press release after the Trump-Borisov meeting stre...
  • NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability
    NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability November 25 2019
      The first of five NATO RQ-4D Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) unmanned aircraft lands in Italy. The first of five NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft landed in Sigonella. AGS is being developed with significant contributions from 15 Allies - Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States. All Allies will have access to the data obtained by the AGS; The ...
  • Britain introduces Rocket Man
    Britain introduces Rocket Man November 22 2019
    Ex-Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning has flown off the aircraft carrier with a jet-powered suit. A video of the former reservist flying around HMS Queen Elizabeth was shared on a social media account of Gravity Industries, a British aeronautical innovation company founded by Mr Browning. HMS Queen Elizabeth is currently off the east coast of the United States as part of the Westlant 19 Carrier Strike Group deployment. Former Marine flew from aircraft carrier towards...
  • EU Force Generating
    EU Force Generating November 14 2019
    Europe is taking important steps to unite its strength in the defence industry. Collaboration on Permanent Structured Cooperation and defence is seen as the new step of the European Union (EU). ‘’When Europeans join forces, our impact is higher than we imagine’’ EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said PESCO helps EU Member States work closely in the field of security and defence. PESCO was established in December 2017 and aims to improve the defence capabilities...
  • HH-60W to be Tested
    HH-60W to be Tested November 12 2019
    New HH-60W helicopters of US landed at Eglin Nov. 6 to begin developmental testing. The second HH-60W general-purpose helicopter reached the test area the next day. The platform is based on the UH-60M helicopter in design. The aircraft is modified to perform missions locating and rescuing downed pilots in hostile territory, and United States Air Force (USAF)purchased 113 HH-60W helicopters equipped for search and rescue missions. HH-60W is significantly more capable and re...
  • Australia Hands Over Guardian-Class Patrol Boat
    Australia Hands Over Guardian-Class Patrol Boat November 12 2019
    Australia donated the Guardian class patrol boat to the Solomon Islands. The platform was delivered to the Solomon Islands government at a ceremony held in Henderson, Western Australia on November 8th. The vessel, which has been named RSIPV Gizo (pennant number 05), is one of the 21 boats of the class being given by Canberra to 12 Pacific Island Nations and Timor-Leste as part of Australia's Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (also known as Sea 3036) programme. The Guardian class has an over...
  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes November 11 2019
    Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has initiated works on building at least four corvettes for the country’s navy, the ministry’s official news agency ArmyInform reported on Sept. 18. The process will start with resuming the construction of the Volodymyr the Great corvette as the lead vessel of Project 58250 class of perspective warships. Navy initiated building back in 2011, but there is almost no progress since then. Turkey and the United States are ready to su...
  • Putin Announces Russian Navy to Deploy Zircon Missiles by Year’s End
    Putin Announces Russian Navy to Deploy Zircon Missiles by Year’s End November 4 2019
    Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the Russian Navy is set to deploy the world’s first-class of the hypersonic cruise missile, the Zircon, by the end of 2019. Putin declared the development during an inspection of the new corvette Gremyashchiy at a shipyard in the Kaliningrad region. The warship is expected to enter service in December 2019. President Putin stated regarding the launch of the new ship: “the Zircons will certainly be there.” The missile is expected t...
  • F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter
    F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter November 4 2019
    An incredible blunder was made by the Dutch to 'unveil' their first F-35 multi-role F-35 multi-role operational stealth fighter jet. The Royal Netherlands Air Force celebrated with an event the launch of its first stealth F-35 fighter aircraft, but an unexpected blunder spoiled the event, with many staying awake. In particular, the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) was coated with fire-retardant foam instead of water, ...
  • Pacific Transformation in the US Army: AUSA 2019 November 1 2019
    The American Association of Unites States Army (AUSA) conference in Washington on 14-16 October this year was clear: High level of readiness and mobility in line with new threat perceptions, modernised ground forces and Military new type combat systems. The United States is about to replace its ongoing agenda in the Middle East and NATO spheres with a new one in which hegemony in the Pacific Ocean is questioned. Russia's “Soviet” modernisation and aggression also req...
  • The Middle East is the Defence Land… November 1 2019
    The Middle East policy of the United States of America is bipedal, do not look for the third distemperately; there is no trivet. All the elements other than these two concepts are unimportant details for Washington. In order to establish this strategic paradigm, an alliance with the PKK can be made if necessary, and that organization can be abandoned to its fate at a breaking point in history, or a bloody organisation named DAESH / ISIS have been involved the game even Tur...
  • Changing Balances: China’s New Defence Strategies Part 3: Defence Expenditure November 1 2019
    The tension between the US and China in recent years has started to show itself in every field. Not only economically but also with its military presence in the region, China is challenging the United States and taking various steps to free its domination from external factors. In this issue, we will evaluate the statements of the White Paper published by the People's Republic of China in July on defence expenditure. The general argument of the document is that when it...
  • Flight Training from Private Ventures
    Flight Training from Private Ventures October 22 2019
    The United States turned to the private sector in order to carry out its pilot trainings in the most realistic manner. Preparatory work, which has been carried out in this context for a while, has recently been finalized with an agreement. The Washington administration signed agreements with seven companies totaling $ 6.4 billion. US-based private aviation companies have been procuring retired aircraft for some time to train pilots to best suit combat conditions. The platforms,...
  • The Naval Period of Turkey
    The Naval Period of Turkey October 21 2019
    The Naval Security Centre of Excellence, established by the Turkish Naval Forces in 2012, has won a multinational structure. The centre became NATO's authority training agency on maritime safety. Navy Command shared the last-minute development from his social media accounts and featured on the corporate website. The signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding for Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence was signed in Norfolk, the USA with the participation of represent...
  • GLSDB from Norway
    GLSDB from Norway October 19 2019
      Saab and Boeing announced that they successfully test-fired the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) in Norway. The test-firing took place at the Andøya Test Centre in Andenes, Norway, September 26, 2019. The objective of the test firing was to hit a predetermined target in the sea, 130 km away from the launcher. The launcher used in the test firing was a custom made, fully autonomous, 20-foot container. The GLSDB is essentially a GBU-39 Small Diameter...
  • AeroVironment Unveils Puma LE
    AeroVironment Unveils Puma LE October 16 2019
    US Company AeroVironment unveiled its new Puma LE unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference. Wahid Nawabi, company president and CEO, said The Puma LE prototype, has already flown multiple times. The aircraft weighs 10.2 kg and can be launched by hand or bungee. It is capable of performing two 5.5 hour missions enabled by a five-minute battery swap at the end of the first mission. The drone has 2.5 kg of total payload capa...
  • AUSA 2019 Started
    AUSA 2019 Started October 14 2019
    The 2019 Meeting of the Association of The United States Army (AUSA) began in Washington, D.C. The three-day event, which mostly includes land platforms, is expected to host more than 30,000 participants. “America’s Army: Ready Now, Investing in the Future” is the theme of this year’s meeting. The AUSA, featuring more than 650 exhibits spread over more than 300,000 square feet of space. The event will end on October 16
  • Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey
    Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey October 12 2019
    The Netherlands suspends arms deal to Turkey, the Dutch foreign ministry said Friday. "The Netherlands decided to withhold all license applications for the export of military goods to Turkey," the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP. Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag said in the Dutch parliament Thursday that all military licence applications by Turkey would be turned down "unless there is clear proof that the goods are not being used in north-eastern Syria....
  • Additional F-35 Procure Request October 9 2019
    The Netherlands on Tuesday announced its plan to procure nine additional F-35 Lightning II fighters from the United States for an estimated $1.1 billion. The agreement will include the supply of spare parts, training, simulators and related support. The stealth jets will bring the total number of F-35s with the Netherlands to 46. The additional aircraft are expected to contribute to the air force's objective of having four jets available for NATO missions while also performing h...
  • Arms and Security Begins
    Arms and Security Begins October 7 2019
    Arms and Security 2019 defence expo in Kiev starts tomorrow. Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters' Association provides National Participation to the event, which is the media sponsorship of C4Defence magazine. During the fair, many Turkish Compaies such as Aselsan, Roketsan, STM have booth also. The event was attended by more than 300 companies based in Ukraine; 15 from the United States, 17 from Turkey, four from Denmark, 10 from Poland, one from Kazakhstan, four from Ital...
  • Defence Assistance from Russia October 7 2019
    Moscow is aiding China build a system that comprises a network of ground-based radars and satellite arrays in earth’s orbit to detect ballistic missile launches, calculate trajectories of the projectiles and kick-start an apt response. " We’re now helping our Chinese partners to create a missile-attack warning system. It’s a very serious thing that will drastically increase the defensive capabilities of China” Vladimir Putin, president of Russia said at an interna...
  • North Korea Continue Trials October 4 2019
    Ballistic missile tests carried out by North Korea which caused countries’ reaction; has been postponed for a while. The silence of the Pyongyang administration was broken by a new launch, a first among the long-running tests carried out recently. In trial attempt, a ballistic missile launched from the submarine which was scheduled to begin at a different level conversation between North Korean officials and the United States. The test was carried out from an offs...
  • Global Defence Industry is Changing Direction: DSEI 2019 October 4 2019
    The world is changing. Therefore, as in all sectors, the trade dynamics of the defence sector are trying to adapt to this change. Western arms dealers can no longer sell their doctrines, concepts, platforms and all their connected services in one item? What about the alternative? In the fairs visited in recent years, there was a significant decrease in terms of new technologies and innovative platforms due to the global financial problems, the increasing trend of nationalist current...
  • Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission
    Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission September 27 2019
      NATO Allied Air Command stated that one of six Italian Air Force F-35s will perform the type’s first NATO air surveillance and air policing mission. F-35s are deployed to Iceland on 26 September. The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland. AMI Boeing KC-767 tan...
  • The US Gives Approval for Boeing AH-6i
    The US Gives Approval for Boeing AH-6i September 26 2019
    The Thai government has announced its intention to purchase eight Boeing AH-6i light attack reconnaissance helicopters and related equipment from the US. The United States has approved Thailand’s request to acquire eight Boeing AH-6i light attack reconnaissance helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $400 million. “The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of eight AH-6i helicopters and related equipment,” Def...
  • Three New Fighters to Norway
    Three New Fighters to Norway September 15 2019
    The Royal Norwegian Air Force on Thursday took delivery of three additional F-35A fighters ( AM20, AM21 and AM22), ferried to Norway’s Orland air base by USAF pilots. They increase Norway’s F-35 fleet to 22 aircraft, 15 of them in-country and seven in the US. The Armed Forces now have a total of 15 aircraft in Norway and seven aircraft in the United States.  Norway has sufficient numbers of aircraft to declare the F-35 system has attained Initial Operation Capabilit...
  • US to Fund Ukrainian Military
    US to Fund Ukrainian Military September 14 2019
       According to Voice of America News, the United States is moving ahead with millions of dollars in aid for Ukraine's military. White House officials Thursday confirmed the release of $250 million in funding from the Pentagon and another $141 million in financial assistance from the State Department. Some administration officials had said the White House was reluctant to release the money due to high levels of corruption in Ukraine. Since...
  • Poland Wants to Expand its Fleet
    Poland Wants to Expand its Fleet September 11 2019
      Warsaw intends to expand its fleet of combat-proven C-130 transport aircraft to 10 within five years. Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced that his ministry “sent two letters of request today” to the United States regarding Poland’s plan to acquire C-130H Hercules transport aircraft and a batch of Javelin anti-tank missile systems. Under the request, Poland plans to buy five more C-130H in addition to its existing fleet of five Hercules aircra...
  • Changing Balances: China’s New Defence Strategies September 10 2019
    “In the white paper published by the State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China on July 22, 2019, China's new defence strategies were discussed in detail. The document has many differences compared to its predecessors. China has made fundamental changes in the structure and the organization of the army and makes many evaluations about the international agenda. As the power of the Asian continent not only in economic terms but also in military terms with i...
  • Can we Fix Iraq and Syria?.. September 10 2019
    We need to accept a fact before we move on. Syria and Iraq will never be the same after bloody scenarios that happened. Preserving the territorial integrity of these countries and reuniting them under the control of a central authority seems a distant possibility. The goal of the global powers was to dismantle these two states with stable political-military structures that directly threatened Israel, and the process that began in 1991, unfortunately, seems to be definite towards 202...