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  • European Anti-Tank Program LynkEU Gets Ready for Trials
    European Anti-Tank Program LynkEU Gets Ready for Trials 11 July 2020
    The first test shots of the European anti-tank defence program LynkEU will take place soon. The program aims to create a common European anti-tank capability BLOS (Beyond Line Of Sight) (BLOS). In the tests, the missile, which will be the MBDA’s MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée), will be fired from an armoured vehicle battle tower with UAV targeting data. MBDA’s MMP missile was selected to fulfil the European Beyond-Line-Of-Sight battlefield engagement capability on th...
  • Next Generation Ammunition to Modernised Vehicles
    Next Generation Ammunition to Modernised Vehicles 11 July 2020
    The advances in the material, metallurgy and manufacturing caused an advancement in armour technology and hence the protection levels of the platforms. The firepower of platforms is also increasing against vehicles with increased armour protection and survivability. In this context, the USA integrated a 30 mm XM813 Bushmaster main weapon into some Stryker 8x8 tactical wheeled armoured vehicle in the Army inventory. Following the new weapon integration, the platforms can us...
  • The US to Conduct Military Training with Cyprus
    The US to Conduct Military Training with Cyprus 10 July 2020
      The United States announced that it will conduct military training with the Greek Cypriot government that claims to represent the whole Island with the name of the Republic of Cyprus. The training will be for the first time. The United States announced the move Wednesday. The announcement came months after the US Congress late last year ended an arms embargo on the entire island, imposed in 1987 to prevent an arms race and encourage a peaceful settlement. ...
  • U.S. Senators Worried about Turkey's Role in F-35 Program
    U.S. Senators Worried about Turkey's Role in F-35 Program 9 July 2020
    Republican and Democratic Senators submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Defense, which included questions about the continuity of part delivery between the United States and Turkey under the F-35 program. The letter said Ankara did not act as a responsible actor in the programme and was moving away from the expected cooperation as a NATO ally. Republican senators James Lankford and Thom Tillis and Democratic senators Jeanne Shaheen and Chris Van Hollen said, " From huma...
  • Huge Armoured Enginering Vehicle Order
    Huge Armoured Enginering Vehicle Order 9 July 2020
    Armoured engineering vehicles can perform tasks such as opening and maintaining battlefield and removing obstacles under fire and forming military fortifications thanks to their armour protection. These aspects make the platforms one of the most important components of the battlefield. In addition to permanent and temporary deployments, the USA, which often appears in the battlefield, acquires additional armoured engineering vehicles. Under the comprehensive agre...
  • 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 ...
  • Russia integrates Helicopters and Drones
    Russia integrates Helicopters and Drones 3 July 2020
    According to Russian Izvestia Daily, the latest Kamov Ka-52M ((NATO Call Hokum-B) helicopter will be able to interact with drones due to special onboard communication equipment and controls. The new integration will allow pilots to see images through drones in real-time and control drone flight in future. According to daily, upgraded Ka-52M will have direct communications with a drone, defence industry and military sources said. The technical assignment for the new system has been f...
  • Did Philippines Gave Up with T129 Atak?
    Did Philippines Gave Up with T129 Atak? 1 July 2020
    The bad news came from the Philippines, which started a comprehensive armament program to improve army capabilities. According to the Philippines media and open sources, the country gave up the procurement of T129 Atak. AS a result of the news; the problems experienced in the export license of LHTEC CTS800 engines that power Atak helicopters shown. In addition, it was mentioned that some imported components used in the platform's avionics are one of the reasons that halted ...
  • Additional Measures for Houthi Missiles
    Additional Measures for Houthi Missiles 30 June 2020
    Saudi Arabia, which has been attacked with different missiles from time to time by Houthis, is increasing the measures against missiles. Raytheon, one of the leading defence companies in the USA, will procure AN / TPY-2 radar to Saudi Arabia within the scope of FMS (Foreign Military Sales). In addition to Saudi Arabia's two radars, a total of 12 AN/TPY-2s will be delivered to the United States, seven of which are to be used together with THAAD and five with for a forward-ba...
  • 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 ...
  • Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble?
    Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble? 27 June 2020
    British independent public spending watchdog, “The National Audit Office”, has published a report into the ability of the MOD to successfully deliver Carrier Strike capability successfully. The report, published today examines how the Department has managed the programme since 2017 and how it is addressing the risks towards achieving the full capabilities of a carrier strike group. In other words, the report states concern about transforming process from a &lsq...
  • Lockheed Counterattacks COVID-19
    Lockheed Counterattacks COVID-19 27 June 2020
    The Lockheed Martin company says it hired 8,300 since coronavirus hit and made $1.1 billion worth payments to keep suppliers afloat. The world’s largest defence contractor, says it has hired more than 8,300 employees since March, when coronavirus began shutting down businesses across the United States. Lockheed, in a statement Friday, said it plans to hire a total of 12,000 employees this year. “In this volatile environment, it is more important than ever befor...
  • Increase in Defence Budget
    Increase in Defence Budget 25 June 2020
    COVID-19, which has been influencing the world for months, caused many countries to take economic measures. As one of the measure items, some states announced that the cut in defence budgets. While many countries are on their way to reducing their military spending in the context of epidemic measures, there was opposite news from Indonesia. If the budget proposal submitted to the Indonesian Parliament is approved, the Jakarta administration will have a USD 10.6 billion def...
  • "S-400 Blocks Trade Deal with U.S."
    "S-400 Blocks Trade Deal with U.S." 25 June 2020
    Foreign Economic Relations Board (Dış Ekonomik İlişkiler Kurulu/ DEİK) Chairman Nail Olpak and Turkey-USA Business Council (Türkiye-ABD İş Konseyi/ TAİK) Chairman Mehmet Ali Yalcindag met with U.S. Republican Party Senator Lindsey Graham on a video conference call. During the meeting, Graham discussed what Turkey and the United States need for the economic integration process, and noted the importance of reaching a free trade agreement between the two countries. Graha...
  • US and Ukrainian Alliance Continues Despite COVID-19
    US and Ukrainian Alliance Continues Despite COVID-19 18 June 2020
    Military equipment worth approximately 60 million U.S. dollars reached Ukraine, according to the US Embassy in Ukraine. A large number of radios and munitions, including Javelin anti-tank missiles, have arrived in Ukraine. The embassy's official Twitter account emphasized that cooperation between the two countries continues despite the COVID-19 process. " The United States stands strongly with Ukraine in support of its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the ...
  • US’ Mark VI Patrol Boats at Black Sea
    US’ Mark VI Patrol Boats at Black Sea 17 June 2020
    US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Ukraine of up to 16 Mark VI Patrol Boats and related equipment for an estimated cost of $600 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Mark VI is a class of patrol boat in service with the United States Navy, designed to patrol riverine and littoral waters.  ...
  • Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Test
    Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Test 16 June 2020
    Submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) can be launched from anywhere in the world, regardless of the territory of the carrier platform. This gives user states hit any point in the world capability. France, which has been conducting studies on modernizing the nuclear submarine fleet and strengthening it with new platforms, conducted ballistic missile test launch in the Atlantic on June 12. During the activity carried out off the coast of Finistère, Audiern...
  • Qatari Apache Production Completed
    Qatari Apache Production Completed 16 June 2020
    Qatar, which has recently signed important procurement agreements, is about to complete the attack helicopter acquisition process. Boeing, one of the leading defence and aviation companies of the USA, announced that the manufacturing process has been finished in Qatar AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Within the scope of the activities carried out at the company's facility in Mesa, Arizona, the test flights of the platforms were also completed. It is stated that all helicopters ...
  • Putin's Statement on Hypersonic Weapons
    Putin's Statement on Hypersonic Weapons 16 June 2020
    Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about his country's capabilities against hypersonic weapons. In a statement, Putin said Russia would soon be in a position to counter the hypersonic weapons deployed by other countries. He added that Moscow is ahead of the United States in developing new types of weapons. Last year, Russia deployed its first hypersonic nuclear capability missile. The Pentagon will only have hypersonic capabilities in the early 2020s.
  • Japan Postpones Ballistic Missile Defence System
    Japan Postpones Ballistic Missile Defence System 15 June 2020
    Japan is going to postpone it for its ballistic missile defence system. Japan, which wants to procure two Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence systems from the United States to deploy it on its shores last year, announced that the plan had been suspended. The country's Defence Minister Taro Kono said the defence systems to be purchased to detect and counter North Korean ballistic missiles have been suspended due to technical problems and lack of budget. Minister Kono said they...
  • 400th V-22 Osprey delivered
    400th V-22 Osprey delivered 13 June 2020
    Bell Textron and Boeing announced they had delivered the 400th V-22 Osprey to the United States Department of Defence. The US Air Force Special Operations Command received the CV-22 on 2 June. The CV-22 is the Special Operations Forces (SOF) variant of the V-22 Osprey. The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft....
  • Patriot Sale to Seven U.S. Ally States
    Patriot Sale to Seven U.S. Ally States 13 June 2020
    The U.S. Department of Defence signed a contract with The Pentagon Lockheed Martin to supply MIM-104F Patriot PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability-3) to allied countries. The deal, worth about 1 billion US dollars, will send air defence systems to Bahrain, Germany, Poland, Qatar, Romania, the Republic of Korea and the United Arab Emirates. In April, the Pentagon signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to supply MIM-104F Patriot PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability-3) MSE (Missile Segment...
  • U.S. Senate Announces Decision for Turkey's F-35s
    U.S. Senate Announces Decision for Turkey's F-35s 11 June 2020
    Today's statement by the US Senate Armed Services Committee included a decision for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, which was sold to Turkey. Ankara and the White House's failure to agree on the S-400 air defence system supplied by Turkey from Russia resulted in the suspension of membership in the F-35 program, which Turkey is partnering with. The Committee has authorized the USAF to adapt six F-35s previously sold to Turkey to the United States Air Force (USAF) confi...
  • Online Fair for Military Medical
    Online Fair for Military Medical 10 June 2020
    After the cancellation of fairs and organizations due to COVID-19, the defence sector components began to come together through technology. Aiming to bring the military medical sector together, the Military Medical Web Exhibition brought together military procurement offices on a global scale. The online fair, which starts on June 9th, provides the opportunity to participate in different meeting rooms over the internet for those who want to promote their products. The numb...
  • Trump Withdraws American Troops in Germany
    Trump Withdraws American Troops in Germany 6 June 2020
    US President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of 9,500 US troops stationed in Germany. The Wall Street Journal previously reported that the United States would withdraw troops, and Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien recently signed a circular in this direction. It has long been known that Trump has put pressure on Germany to increase defence spending. A government official said some of the troops would be sent to Poland and other allied countri...
  • Israeli Anti-Ship Missile Test
    Israeli Anti-Ship Missile Test 3 June 2020
    The hydrocarbon deposits and the importance of maritime trade are the two most important elements that increasing tension on the continental shelf debates today. For this reason, the states that have coast and have political/strategic interests are going through different measures. Israel, one of the most important players in the Eastern Mediterranean, announced a long-range anti-ship missile was tested last month. In the published images, it was recorded that the missile ...
  • Domestic Weapons in Operation Spring Shield-II 2 June 2020
    Operation Spring Shield witnessed significant experiences in terms of the Turkish Armed Forces and War History. Domestic production artillery systems and land vehicles also played essential roles in the operation. With the end of the Cold War, the Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri / TSK) decided to restructure. In this context, instead assigned roles that the United States gave within NATO, Turkey decided to restructure its military infrastructure that can stand on ...
  • COVID-19 Also Impacted F-35 Program
    COVID-19 Also Impacted F-35 Program 29 May 2020
    Lockheed Martin, who has moved to a new working order due to the virus, announced that the supply process would be disrupted in the F-35 Lightning II program. On the Fort Worth production line in Texas, 2,500 employees last week began working shifts in three groups. At the end of two weeks, the work volume will decrease in the process of being put on leave of shift workers. In Italy, which agreed with the United States for a total of 90 F-35s, the purchase of planes was on the agend...
  • China's Defence Budget Reaches Lowest Level in 30 Years
    China's Defence Budget Reaches Lowest Level in 30 Years 25 May 2020
    China, which has the world's second-largest defence budget after the United States, has seen 6.6 percent growth in its defence budget for this year, its lowest rate of increase for almost three decades. The growth in China’s defence budget would see spending rise from $167 billion last year to $178.2 billion, an increase of about $11 billion. “We will deepen reforms in national defence and the military, increase our logistic and equipment support capacity, ...
  • North Korea to Increase Nuclear War Deterrence
    North Korea to Increase Nuclear War Deterrence 25 May 2020
    New steps are coming from North Korea and the United States in the race for nuclear armaments. During the Central Military Commission talks, North Korea focused on new strategies for the construction and development of its armed forces. The commission, chaired by Kim Jong Un, discussed new policies to increase nuclear war deterrence, KCNA news agency reported. Discussions at the Central Military Commission meeting also centred on "putting the strategic armed forces on a high al...
  • Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries
    Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries 24 May 2020
    The first of the platforms to be provided under the NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet (MFF) programme will be delivered next month. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency manages the program. NATO member states Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands were ordered to supply eight Airbus A330 MRTTSs as part of the program. The first platform will be deployed in June at the main operations base in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Besi...
  • New Front in Defence Industry: Pandemi
    New Front in Defence Industry: Pandemi 20 May 2020
    STM Thinktech organized THINKTECHONLINE online panel to discuss COVİD-19 and its aftermath in Turkey and the worlds as the development of the defence industry. The panel was watched by almost 250 thousand people via STM ThinkTech social media accounts that it was broadcast live.   “Covid-19 process and after the Defence Industry in the World and Turkey,” Head of Defence Industry on the panel (SSB) Chairman Prof. Drİsmail Demir, Chairman and Gener...
  • Griffin III Candidate to Optionally Manned Vehicle
    Griffin III Candidate to Optionally Manned Vehicle 17 May 2020
    New generation land vehicles designed with next generation technology components are developed with the optionally unmanned use capability. The United States Congressional Research Service released a report on the OMFV (Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle) Program launched in line with the needs of the US Army. In the document, product of General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) Griffin III was nominated for the process. The OMFV Program was launched for the...
  • Philippines to Continue with Turkey for Attack Helicopter Procurement Program
    Philippines to Continue with Turkey for Attack Helicopter Procurement Program 14 May 2020
    The decision was announced in November 2019 that the Philippines would procure six T129 Atak Attack helicopters from Turkey. While no agreement has yet been signed for procuring, the United States has proposed the AH-1Z Viper for the Philippines attack helicopter procurement program. The T129 Atak helicopter is a cost-effective solution than the AH-1Z Viper, Philippine Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana said, adding that they have allocated a budget of USD 258 million for the pr...
  • Weapons Exports Increased to USA
    Weapons Exports Increased to USA 12 May 2020
    International Trade Manager of Canik (Samsun Yurt Savunma) Didem Aral, which the manufacturer of TP9 family pistols, has been a guest on C4Defence's social media account. Aral answered questions about the effect of COVID-19 on the company and exports. Stating that the necessary precautions were taken with the outbreak and the necessary procedures were formed within the company, Aral announced that there is significant increase in the export figures of the company....
  • First Blok III Rolled-Out
    First Blok III Rolled-Out 10 May 2020
    The USA, one of the countries with the greatest severity of the virus epidemic, does not slow down in defence production. Boeing, one of the largest aerospace and defence companies of the United States, has announced that it has terminated the production activities of the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block II platforms in recent weeks. The company announced that it will focus on the production of Block III Super Hornet for the US Navy in the future, and that the first prototype wil...
  • Egypt to Refurbish Apache Capability
    Egypt to Refurbish Apache Capability 10 May 2020
    Egypt, which has modernized its army with many weapons purchases from various countries and has become an important power in the Eastern Mediterranean, is improving its attack helicopter capability. The United States has approved the possible sale of materials requested by Cairo in line with the requirements of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Egypt requested many subcomponents for refurbishment requirement of platforms such as 88 T700-GE-701D turboshaft engines, which 86...
  • Patriots in Saudi Arabia Return to the U.S.
    Patriots in Saudi Arabia Return to the U.S. 9 May 2020
    The United States has decided to withdraw the MIM-104 Patriot air defence system it deployed to Saudi Arabia during tensions with Iran. It was also announced that about 300 U.S. troops would leave Saudi Arabia. The batteries are sent to the United States for maintenance before new deployment. In the United States, which took this decision at a time of tension over oil production with Saudi Arabia, Republicans accused Saudi Arabia of its steps in the oil market, which is struggling d...
  • ASELSAN Will Distribute KOUSTECH's Power
    ASELSAN Will Distribute KOUSTECH's Power 8 May 2020
      ASELSAN's Power Distribution System will serve in the autonomous aircraft developed by Kocaeli University Autonomous Systems Technologies Team (KOUSTECH). Anatolia News agency reported that two years, KOUSTECH  is working on such systems for two years and will be representing Turkey in Unmanned Aerial Systems International Competition held in the United States. The team has developed four different fixed-wing autonomous aircraft, two different rot...
  • Huge MRAP Request Approved
    Huge MRAP Request Approved 8 May 2020
    Asymmetric Warfare makes MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected / Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle) more important than ever. Thanks to their special structures, these platforms minimize loss by emphasizing personal security, especially against IED (Improvised Explosive Device) and land mine traps. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), known for its involvement in the ongoing civil war in Libya and Yemen, has requested the surplus MRAPs from the United States. In this cont...