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  • Philippines receives A-29B Super Tucano aircraft
    Philippines receives A-29B Super Tucano aircraft 21 September 2020
    Philippine Air Force (PAF) received four A-29B Super Tucano light attack aircraft on 19 September 2020 at Clark Air Base, Pampanga province. The PAF will receive two more aircraft. Brazilian aviation company Embraer produced the aircraft. The PAF is reported to have an option to order 18 more A-29B Super Tucano aircraft. The aircraft will be assigned with the PAF's 15th Strike Wing. Embraer's pilots flew from Brazil and transit stops were made in Cape Verde, Canary Islands, ...
  • Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet
    Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet 21 September 2020
    Switzerland will vote on the purchase of new fighter jets. Many oppose the idea, saying the country can neither afford nor need warplanes. "Who is our enemy? Who is attacking a small, neutral country surrounded by NATO?" Social Democratic MP Priska Seiler asked. Thomas Hurter, a Member of Parliament for the Swiss People's Party, said Switzerland should protect itself without relying on other countries. "If we don't replace the old planes, it means we don't...
  • Third Hercules Arrives Bangladesh
    Third Hercules Arrives Bangladesh 20 September 2020
      The Bangladesh Air Force’s(BAF) 3rd C-130J Super Hercules arrived Dhaka on 17 September 2020. The aircraft reached Dhaka, after conducting fuel stops in Cairo, Egypt, and Muscat, Oman. The C-130J aircraft is equipped with modern avionics and sophisticated technology which would be utilized for transportation of materials, personnel, humanitarian assistance both at home and abroad and to support United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. British company Marshall A...
  • Stirling Solution for Hürjet
    Stirling Solution for Hürjet 19 September 2020
    British Expleo Company announced from its social media accounts that its company Stirling Dynamics has been awarded a new contract from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) to provide technical assistance for the Hürjet, a twin-seat, single-engine supersonic advanced trainer and light combat aircraft. The Stirling Dynamics signed New Loads and Aeroelastics Consultancy Contract. The company made a statement from its website and said; This contract builds on previous su...
  • Tucano Transfer to Afghanistan Continues
    Tucano Transfer to Afghanistan Continues 18 September 2020
    The United States has delivered four A-29 Super Tucano light assault aircraft to Afghanistan. "The Air Force has the ability to strike light from the air anywhere in the country. Enemy bases will be destroyed with the help of A-29." Afghanistan announced. The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defence & Security signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force to develop a $1.8 billion Tucano in October 2018 as part of the A-29 Afghanistan Program. In Apr...
  • MAV Passes Capsize Tests
    MAV Passes Capsize Tests 17 September 2020
    An important step has been passed in the Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) project which is carried out by the Presidency of Defence Industries. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS Savunma Sistemleri, AŞ.  recently appeared on Bloomberg Television and explained the current workload of the company. Kurt announced that the MAV indigenously designed and developed by the company has successfully passed an important test. C4Defence has reached the details of that test. F...
  • F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds
    F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds 13 September 2020
      The Pentagon’s five-year budget plan for the F-35 falls short by as much as $10 billion, the military’s independent cost analysis unit has concluded, a new indication that the complex fighter jet may be too costly to operate and maintain according to Bloomberg News. The Defence Department’s blueprint for the next five fiscal years calls for requesting $78 billion for research and development, jet procurement, operations and maintenance and military...
  • US Navy Awards L3Harris Technologies $104 Million Contract for F/A-18 Electronic Warfare System
    US Navy Awards L3Harris Technologies $104 Million Contract for F/A-18 Electronic Warfare System 13 September 2020
    The U.S. Navy has awarded L3Harris Technologies a $104 million follow-on contract to supply the next production lot of the electronic warfare (EW) system that protects F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft against electronic threats. The announcement was made in conjunction with vHook’20 being held virtually, September 10-12. L3Harris will manufacture and deliver Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) jammer systems for the F/A-18C/D/E/F variants, with deliv...
  • Ukraine Gets Closer to Acquire Embraer’s Super Tucano
    Ukraine Gets Closer to Acquire Embraer’s Super Tucano 8 September 2020
      Ukraine that started investigating Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano shows more interest. The company is expected to attend at Arms and Security Expo in October for the first time. Current Albatros aircraft lacks training capabilities for future pilots. Super Tucano however is a jet trainer and light attack aircraft. However, the latter option would require acquisition of a more advanced version of the aircraft, which would significantly boost procurement costs.
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • Air Force “Mach” One
    Air Force “Mach” One 7 September 2020
    The US Air Force awarded a contract to develop a supersonic passenger plane for US President’s use. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre announced on August 31st from official social media account that the service's Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate has awarded a contract to California-based start-up Exosonic to develop a "low-boom supersonic executive transport aircraft." The platform will be used by "key decision-makers and teams."<...
  • Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France
    Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France 1 September 2020
    France and Greece have reached an agreement for the latter to acquire 18 Rafale fighter jets of  which 10 will be sold and the remaining 8 will be given away as ‘donation.’ According to Greek local media reports, the contract between the French and Greek governments is at an advanced stage, which will see the Hellenic Air Force add a whole Rafale squadron to their existing fleet of Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcons, Dassault Mirage 2000s, and McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phan...
  • Russia Presents Su-57 Jet For Export
    Russia Presents Su-57 Jet For Export 1 September 2020
    Anatoly Serdyukov, Industry Director of Rostec aviation firm, said that Russia has presented the fifth generation Su-57 jet fighter for export and that foreign demand will likely increase after the order of the Russian Armed Forces is completed.   "Until we have enough planes shipped in our army, it is unlikely that there will be substantial demand. […] Therefore, our number one goal is to send the aircraft to the Russian Armed Forces. Meanwhile, we presen...
  • Blue Homeland Shot from ATMACA
    Blue Homeland Shot from ATMACA 30 August 2020
    Opening and shooting ceremonies were held at ROKETSAN's Lalahan facilities with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Chief of General Staff, Force Commanders, and ambassadors of friendly and allied countries such as Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In the opening, a shot of ATMACA, one of ROKETSAN's original products which was exhibited for the first time at IDEF 2019, was displayed. Relations between Turkey and Greece gets tense and the shot is also an i...
  • Range Increased BrahMos To Begin Tests
    Range Increased BrahMos To Begin Tests 25 August 2020
    New tests are on the agenda for the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile developed with a joint subsidiary of India and Russia. The range of the cruise missile will undergo various modification tests by 2020.  BrahMos-A, equipped with aircraft, was successfully fired from the Su-30 MKI aircraft in 2019. At the beginning of June (2020), the air variant of the cruise missile successfully completed certification tests in India. New Delhi aims to increase its effectiveness in the Indi...
  • New Images of China's Nuclear Submarine
    New Images of China's Nuclear Submarine 24 August 2020
    New images of the Type 093 (NATO code: Shang) submarine, which recently entered service in the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), have been shared. Images of china's nuclear-driven submarine were released on the country's official television. The submarine, called type 093B, can be equipped with a YJ-18 (NATO Code eagle strike 18) supersonic ship fire missile. The Type 93 platforms, which first opened in 2006, are 110 meters long and 11 meters wide...
  • Super Tucano Replacement for L-39
    Super Tucano Replacement for L-39 17 August 2020
    Ukraine, which reshaping and modernizing armed forces to increase capabilities, is planning to replace its jet trainers. The Ukrainian Air Force announced that it is evaluating the future of L-39 aircraft. The Kiev government, which has been searching for a platform that will replace the platforms that have served the country for many years, visited Brazil last year and had the opportunity to examine EMB-314 Super Tucano there. Platforms, which can perform both combat and ...
  • Nuclear Su-30
    Nuclear Su-30 17 August 2020
    A new step has come from Russia, which has a very large nuclear arsenal and is working to integrate it with its deep strike capability. Moscow has been conducting a number of studies for a while to develop new cruise missiles and to improve the capabilities of existing systems. With the new move in this area, the Su-30 (NATO Reporting Name: Flanker) aircraft may gain nuclear deep strike capability. Russia has announced that it plans to integrate Kh-32 cruise missiles on some platfor...
  • US Test Launched Minuteman III
    US Test Launched Minuteman III 11 August 2020
    Although the crises and threats in the Cold War era are left behind, intercontinental ballistic missiles are still a major force factor. The USA, one of the few nuclear superpowers in the world, has added another to its ballistic missile test launches. In a trial conducted last Tuesday, an LGM-30 Minuteman III ballistic missile was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base. The system fell into the ocean after a flight of about 7 thousand 400 kilometres. The USA announced tha...
  • Turkish Armoured Vehicles Trust to Domestic Recovery Vehicle
    Turkish Armoured Vehicles Trust to Domestic Recovery Vehicle 10 August 2020
    Armoured recovery vehicles come to the fore as very critical platforms thanks to their ability to pull the destroyed/knocked-out or evacuated vehicles even under fire when necessary, and move them away to the safe zone. Deliveries of M4K (Mayına Karşı Kısmi Korumalı Kurtarıcı / Partially Mine-Protected Recovery), developed within the scope of the requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces, have been completed. The Presidency of Defence Industries announced the news from...
  • Boxer to Deploy Bridge
    Boxer to Deploy Bridge 9 August 2020
    Superior armour protection and mobility are not sufficient features for today's vehicles. In addition, users demand the modular structure of the platforms and the ability to quickly adapt to the desired tasks. Thanks to its modular structure, Boxer 8x8, which can switch between different configurations with the change of mission module, now plays the role of a bridge. German defence manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann announced that a bridge module was developed for platform...
  • Three Companies to Compete for Canada
    Three Companies to Compete for Canada 1 August 2020
    Three companies have submitted offers after Canada announced it was planning to buy fighter jets. Lockheed Martin participated with the F-35 Lightning II, while Boeing offered the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.  Swedish-based firm Saab offered Gripen E to Canada. Ottawa plans to buy a total of 88 jets and plans to retire its CF-18 fleet. “Our government committed to purchasing a full fleet of 88 aircraft to be able to meet our NORAD [North American Aerospace Defence Command] and...
  • 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...
  • Fast Attack Craft Delivery to Hellenic Navy
    Fast Attack Craft Delivery to Hellenic Navy 30 July 2020
    Greece, which continues to acquire defence systems despite economic problems, has received a new fast attack craft. The Hellenic Navy added a new fast attack craft to its inventory. Athens announced that the Super Vita class platform was named as HS Karathanasis (P 78). The vessel, which is stated to be commissioned in the Fast Attack Command, is the sixth ship of its class. Super Vita fast attack crafts that have serving in the Greek Navy inventory sin...
  • Assault Rifle Delivery
    Assault Rifle Delivery 23 July 2020
    Infantry rifles, which provided an absolute superiority to the armies when they were first used, and whose main explosion was accompanied by the Industrial Revolution, continue to develop with advancing technology. Estonia, one of the smallest members of NATO, continues its defence system procurement projects. In the process, which was started in order to renew the army of the country and to meet the requirements of the modern battlefield, the first batch of 1,500 assault rifles&nbs...
  • TCG Ufuk Started to Sea Trials
    TCG Ufuk Started to Sea Trials 22 July 2020
    The Turkish Navy continues to acquire new systems with domestic facilities in line with the requirements and future plans of the modern battlefield. TCG Ufuk (A 591), built under the Test and Training Ship (Test ve Eğitim Gemisi / TVEG) Project, started sea trials. The ship and mission systems of the platform, which has a similar hull and superstructure with Ada-class corvettes, were developed under the responsibility of ASELSAN. Built by Istanbul Shipyard under the main contra...
  • Japan's Supersonic Missile Variant Viewed for The First Time
    Japan's Supersonic Missile Variant Viewed for The First Time 16 July 2020
    Developed variant of Japan's ASM-3 supersonic anti-ship missile produced by local sources was shared for the first time. The ammunition was captured during A Visit to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries by Japanese Deputy Defence Minister Tomohiro Yamamoto. Changes are thought to have been made to the body and size of the new variant, which has been subject to changes in accordance with the needs of the air force. The development of the supersonic missile designed fo...
  • Indigenous Sungur Air Defence Missile
    Indigenous Sungur Air Defence Missile 1 July 2020
    Presidency of Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı /SSB) started July with a surprise by announcing the domestic Sungur missile. Developed by the studies of Roketsan and local subcontractors, Sungur is a low altitude air defence missile. In the announcement of the SSB, the system, which is stated to be successful in live-fire trials and ready to enter inventory, can be launched from moving vehicles. In addition to these, Sungur can be used in all kinds of ambient cond...
  • Engine Shortage on Fifth Generation
    Engine Shortage on Fifth Generation 26 June 2020
    Fifth-generation fighter jets are capable of turning the balances with their technological infrastructures and capabilities in the battlefield of today and tomorrow. The F-22 Raptor, the first fifth-generation fighter jet that goes into active use, is in trouble again. On the platform, which came to the agenda with problems experienced in different components from time to time, engine shortage arose this time. It has been announced that the number of spare engine...
  • New Deal for GÖKBEY Helicopter Engine
    New Deal for GÖKBEY Helicopter Engine 24 June 2020
    Under the auspices of the Presidency of Defence Industries, a new cooperation agreement was reached within the scope of the Turboshaft Engine Development Project carried out by TUSAS Engine Industries (TEI). A contract was signed between TEI and TEKFEN Engineering to establish test infrastructures within the scope of the project. The signatories are TEI, Chairman and General Manager Mahmut Faruk Akşit, and TEKFEN Engineering, President Fatih Can. The engine development pro...
  • Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test
    Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test 17 June 2020
    The first operational Block III jet will be delivered to the Navy in early 2021 Boeing delivered the first two F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy for flight testing. One jet is a single-seat E model, and the other is a two-seat F model. “The aircraft will be used for carrier suitability and integration testing of all Block III mission system components,” said Steve Wade, Boeing vice president, F/A-18 & EA-18G programs. The Navy will u...
  • Super Hornets Tested with StormBreaker
    Super Hornets Tested with StormBreaker 17 June 2020
    Smart ammunition offers users the ability to destroy targets, including the worst weather conditions, as well as the moving target engagement capability. The developments in microelectronics, as well as the guidance technology, paves the way to customize smart ammunition in line with different requirements. The F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet family, the most modern combat jets of the U.S. Navy, began testing with the GBU-53/B StormBreaker. Within the tests, the first guided release was com...
  • Egypt's Frigate Agreement Not Finalized
    Egypt's Frigate Agreement Not Finalized 13 June 2020
    Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said the formal procedure process for two FREMM frigates planned to be sold to Egypt is still ongoing. An investigation has been launched into the death of Giulio Regeni, an Italian student who was said to have been killed in Egypt after being tortured in 2016. Egypt's Interior Ministry said the student had been killed by criminals. Italy, however, claims Regeni was killed under the supervision of security forces. Because of Egypt's pos...
  • Eastern Mediterranean Investment yo Hellenic Navy
    Eastern Mediterranean Investment yo Hellenic Navy 11 June 2020
    Despite economic problems, Greece continues its armament programs. Greek parliament approved several projects on May 2. Thus, Athens decided to add new ones to existing processes. Greece, which makes unilateral claims in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean and sometimes does not hesitate from dangerous convergence, continues its investments in weapon systems. At the parliamentary meeting held in Athens on 2 May, it was decided to expand the processes in question. In this c...
  • New Radar Hunter for Super Hornets
    New Radar Hunter for Super Hornets 9 June 2020
    Anti-radar missiles are the best solution for SEAD (Surpression of Enemy Air Defence) missions. Missiles homing specific signals prevents effective use by blinding enemy air defence elements by eliminating hostile radar systems. The U.S. Navy announced that the F/A-18 Super Hornet platforms were in the flight test phase during the integration of AGM-88G AARGM-ER (Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range) ammunition. In the process that started in early Ju...
  • Domestic Holografic Sight and Flip-Up Magnifier to Domestic Rifle
    Domestic Holografic Sight and Flip-Up Magnifier to Domestic Rifle 31 May 2020
    The Turkish Armed Forces continues its efforts for a more modern and capable structure by modernizing its inventory of domestic weapons and equipment. As part of the efforts to equip the armed forces with domestic and modern equipment, Fotoniks delivered holographic sight and 3x flip-up magnifier to the PResidency of Defence Industries. The Presidency announced the news from its official social media accounts with "The deliveries of holographic sight and 3x magnifier&...
  • China's Wind Tunnel Ready for New Jets
    China's Wind Tunnel Ready for New Jets 28 May 2020
    The wind tunnel, built by China for nearly eight years, successfully completed its first operation. The tunnel, called FL-62, was used for an unnamed jet that was under development.  With the data provided by the 17,000-cubic meter transonic wind tunnel, it is thought that the aerodynamic design of the aircraft will be optimized and the development process will be completed in less time. The operation, completed on Tuesday, is the first-time test data for aircraft has been collected. The...
  • Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed
    Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed 27 May 2020
    Russia's Tu-22M3M supersonic long-range strategic bomber, through the modernization process, was tested at supersonic speed. A source told the TASS news agency that the second prototype of the Tu-22M3M completed a total of five test flights. The platform reached supersonic speed during the fourth flight. "Preliminary trials are scheduled for completion in 2020," the source added. The second prototype of the Tu-22M3M bomber successfully carried out its first flight in March 2020....
  • Su-35 Production Starts
    Su-35 Production Starts 21 May 2020
    Su-35, one of the most advanced combat jets of Russia, continues to find new users. The news that Russia, after the first export user China, signed an agreement on the procurement of Su-35 with Egypt in 2019, was in the media. Despite the intense pressure and lobbying applied for Cairo not to acquire these platforms, it has come to the agenda that procurement of platforms has not been cancelled. According to information obtained from TASS News Agency, the production of the Su-35 at ...
  • 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...