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  • Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies select UAV SKELDAR V-200
    Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies select UAV SKELDAR V-200 12 July 2020
    The Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies awarded SKELDAR to supply the UAV SKELDAR V-200 as part of the naval mine countermeasures capability replacement. This program aims to provide twelve mine hunters equipped with drone systems to the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies. The SKELDAR V-200 provides navies with an embedded, “eye in the sky” intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability to enhance its capacity to perform primary and secondary missions....
  • Approval to Cargo Aircraft Procurement
    Approval to Cargo Aircraft Procurement 3 July 2020
    Cargo aircraft are a key solution for the transportation and supply of armed forces power over long distances in a short time. Upon the request, USA has approved the possible sale of C-130H Hercules transport aircraft to Tunisia and Morocco under FMS (Foreign Military Sales). In this context, two C-130H aircraft will be transferred to Morocco, which made a request in July of last year. In addition to the platforms, the amount to be paid to the USA by Morocco, which wi...
  • Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets
    Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets 1 July 2020
    Republic of Ireland airspace has been frequently visited by Russian fighters recently. The Irish government wants to put an end to these visits. It also wants to be less dependent on British Royal Air fighters to defend its sovereignty. The Irish Air Corps has had no combat jet since 1998, when the Light Strike Squadron, operating on second-hand French Fouga CM170 Magister, was disbanded. The corps also lacks a national radar system.   To address the increasing threat...
  • New Replenishment Tanker Arrived Home
    New Replenishment Tanker Arrived Home 28 June 2020
    Modern fleet replenishment vessels are an important power factor for today's navies, thanks to both material and fuel transport during the cruise and advanced command-control capabilities. The new replenishment vessel HMNZS Aotearoa (A 11), built as part of the Royal New Zealand Navy requirements, arrived at Auckland Harbour last Friday. The journey, which she set sail from the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard located in Ulsan, took 15 days. The acceptance of the ship, whi...
  • 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...
  • No Delay for FNSS
    No Delay for FNSS 23 June 2020
    Nail Kurt, FNSS General Manager and CEO, met with the leading names of the defence media in a live stream. Kurt answered C4Defence's question about the virus process. Stating that there are no serious disruptions in the supply chain of the company on the basis of domestic producers, but that foreign suppliers are affected by the process, Kurt added that there are partial problems in domestic producers acquire from the foreign manufacturer, but these are also about to be overcome...
  • First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation
    First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation 19 June 2020
    The "Industrial Cooperation Days in Defence and Aviation" organized for the fifth time this year will be held through virtual and face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICDDA event organized by the OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster (OSSA) every two years to meet the right people in the Defence, aviation and space sectors, will open its doors in Ankara on October 13-15. The event will have a hybrid structure, as both virtual and face-to-face bilateral busi...
  • 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...
  • T-5 Brave Eagle Conducts First Flight
    T-5 Brave Eagle Conducts First Flight 12 June 2020
    Taiwan's advanced jet training aircraft, the AIDC T-5 Brave Eagle, developed with equity, began taxi tests last week. The prototype of the jet developed by AIDC (Aerospace Industrial Development Corp.) under a joint program flew for the first time on June 10. The flight at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base lasted about 20 minutes. The platform's official flight will take place on June 22nd. Taiwan, which first wanted to supply the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master training air...
  • 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...
  • KF-X's Last Assembly Can Be Completed This Year
    KF-X's Last Assembly Can Be Completed This Year 11 June 2020
    The final assembly date has been given for the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) project, where The Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) is the main contractor. Last week, General Electric (GE) Aviation announced that it had delivered the program's first F414-GE-400K engine in May. An official at KAI said work was underway to complete the final installation of the combat aircraft at the end of this year. The company official said the upper, middle and lower parts of the platform&#...
  • Russia to Procure 20 Su-34s in Three Years
    Russia to Procure 20 Su-34s in Three Years 9 June 2020
    Russia is going to support its air operations force. "Last week, a contract was signed between the Defence Ministry and the Sukhoi Aircraft Company on building about 20 Sukhoi Su-34 bombers," a source said to TASS. The deal covers a nearly three-year period. The source added that the signing of the procure contract for the Su-34M platform, which has modernised systems, is on the agenda in 2021. The Su-34, which has a maximum take-off weight of 45,100 kilograms, can be equi...
  • First Night Replenishment for Aircraft Carrier
    First Night Replenishment for Aircraft Carrier 8 June 2020
    Replenishment at sea has strategic importance not only for ships but also for the fleet's deficiencies in fuel, ammunition and equipment during the mission. In this way, the navy elements can perform their duties in a long time without returning to the port. HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), ​​one of the two aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy, performed replenishment at sea operations for the first time in the night conditions last week. Receiving fuel and material transfer ...
  • Turkey Lays Keel of Pakistan’s First MILGEM
    Turkey Lays Keel of Pakistan’s First MILGEM 5 June 2020
    In accordance with the needs of the Pakistani Navy, an agreement was signed between Turkey and Islamabad for the supply of four MİLGEM- class vessels. Under the contract, it was decided that two of the platforms would be built at Istanbul Shipyard Command and the remaining two ships in Karachi. The keel laying ceremony of the first MİLGEM type corvette for Pakistan Navy was held on June 4 at Istanbul Shipyard Command. Pakistani media reported that these vessels would contr...
  • F-35 in need of Turkey 2 June 2020
    According to a report presented to the US Congress, F-35 is experiencing problems in the production process by excluding Turkey from the program. According to the report of the US Government Accountability Office / GAO, while the mass production process is speeding up, the failure to supply the parts both slows down the process and increases the cost. According to the report, in July 2018, 875 pieces were missing a month. This amount reached 8 thousand in July 2019. The same 20 sub-supply com...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Turkey Continues to Nationalize Products in Defence Industry
    Turkey Continues to Nationalize Products in Defence Industry 23 May 2020
    ASELSAN's efforts to reduce dependence on the outside are continuing. The company that established a platform Gücümüz Bir (Unifed Platform) for nationalization work is developing the supplier ecosystem. Shock dampeners subject to export licenses were nationalized through Bursa Kalıp Merkezi (Bursa Moulding Center/ BKM). BKM company based in Bursa operates in the field of precision parts manufacturing and shock dampening systems. ASELSAN aims to contribute to the sust...
  • Unmanned Air Defence System
    Unmanned Air Defence System 22 May 2020
    Advancing in control and imaging technologies enable unmanned vehicles to be customized for different tasks. Unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), which started to become widespread with tasks such as weapon carrier platform and supply transportation, came to the agenda with the anti-ship missions. This time UGVs made their voice heard from Belarus with an air defence role. Belarus-based New Technologies LLC announced the unmanned aerial defence system called Berserk. Developed against lo...
  • LM will produce 18 -24 F-35 short
    LM will produce 18 -24 F-35 short 20 May 2020
    Lockheed Martin will produce less of F-35 in 2020. The company will have  18 to 24 jets short of the 141 scheduled for delivery this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for Lockheed’s supply chain to make components on time. The company is moving to an adjusted work schedule where production will slow over the next three months. Lockheed aims to accelerate production as soon as possible to fill the gap before 2020 ends. Beginning on ...
  • Nuclear Submarine at Sea Trials
    Nuclear Submarine at Sea Trials 18 May 2020
    Sea trials of Barracuda platforms, which are planned to replace Rubis class submarines that have reached the end of their life, have begun. The French Navy, started to test phase of FS Suffren (Q 284), the first platform built under the Barracuda-class submarine program, The submarine was recently subjected to vertical replenishment trials VERTREP for the first time with an NH90 NFH helicopter. This process has great importance in issues such as medical evacuation, goods a...
  • India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase
    India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase 16 May 2020
    One of world’s biggest arms importer India plans to abolish its $15 billion order to acquire foreign military aircraft bid. India plans to switch to locally-made fighter jets. India set up a tender to years ago and asked global companies to submit proposals to supply 114 combat aircraft. Indian air force is changing its plans to induct indigenously made Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas. Indian Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat said in an interview in New Delhi. It will ...
  • Spain Signs Memorandum for New 8x8 VCRs
    Spain Signs Memorandum for New 8x8 VCRs 15 May 2020
    A new tender period has begun for the 8x8 Dragón Vehiculo de Combate sobre Ruedas (VCR) or Combat Vehicle on Wheels to be supplied under Spain’s New Plan of the Armed Forces, which Spain decided in 2007. The armoured vehicle supply program was postponed twice due to lack of funding. Spanish Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, has signed a new commitment allowing the incorporation of a limited company made up of four other national defence industry leaders. ...
  • Online Fair for Military Medical Sector
    Online Fair for Military Medical Sector 13 May 2020
    Along with the virus, business development methods are finding new solutions. Military Medical Webex is one of these solutions. Military Medical Webex will receive the title of the world's first international online fair and conference. Leaders of the military medical industry will meet online on June 9-10, 2020 with military procurement offices across the global scale. With Military Medical Webex; armoured medical vehicles, air health and services, cleanroom technology, he...
  • F-35 Needs Turkish Contribution
    F-35 Needs Turkish Contribution 13 May 2020
    According to a report presented to the US Congress F-35 production programme is experiencing supply problems. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on May 12 and stated the situation. GAO explained the problems caused by the inability to supply parts while the mass production process is accelerating. The report says in sum; The F-35 program is at risk of missing its test schedule and not meeting manufacturing leading practices. In 2019, the F-35 prog...
  • Differnet Calibre TP9s
    Differnet Calibre TP9s 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 different calibre TP9s. Canik, which is the eighth largest semi-automatic pistol manufacturer in the world, announced that there are studies for pistols firing .40 and .380 ACP ammunition caliber for the TP9 family. The International Trade Manager of the company, Aral...
  • Domestic Antenna from Satelcom and ASELSAN
    Domestic Antenna from Satelcom and ASELSAN 11 May 2020
    With Satelcom Telecommunications Information and Communication Technologies, ASELSAN started to produce a product of domestic military communication in Turkey. Another project was made to reduce dependence on exports by nationalizing "HF Broadband Dipole Antenna" subject to export license. Offering a cost-effective solution, the antenna is small and can easily adapt anywhere. The HF Broadband Dipole Antenna with 1 KW power-use capacity is available in many different config...
  • AK-47 Step of Turkish MKEK
    AK-47 Step of Turkish MKEK 10 May 2020
    Supply and demand equilibrium in the defense sector changes day by day in line with the shifting of different requirements. Changing requirements in the local market encourage the manufacturer to make new investments. In this framework, the Makina ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu (MKEK / Machinery and Chemical Industry Instution) establish the new production line at the Gazi Cartridge Factory. According to the news of Anadolu Agency, the new line was created with ...
  • Presidency of Defence Industries: Turkish Aerospace Industry Elevates
    Presidency of Defence Industries: Turkish Aerospace Industry Elevates 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Turkish defence sector's post-COVID-19 period plans in addition to aviation programs. Professor Dr. Demir made importand announements about F-35. It was announced that every supply line will be shut down after the March 20...
  • Turkey Continues Production Process in F-35
    Turkey Continues Production Process in F-35 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Turkish defence sector's agenda. Professor Dr. Demir made importand announements about F-35. It was announced that every supply line will be shut down after the March 2020 but there is no steps in line of that from the main ...
  • The USA in Russia's "Backyard" After 40 Years
    The USA in Russia's "Backyard" After 40 Years 5 May 2020
    Ships belonging to the US and UK navy carried out exercises in the Barents Sea, where Russia's Northern Fleet is located. The United States, which has not been in the Barents Sea since the 1980s, entered Russia's "backyard" today for maritime security activities for the first time in nearly 40 years. Three Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Porter (DDG 78), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) are supported by fast combat support ship USNS Supply ...
  • Greece to Upgrade Coast Guard Air Platforms
    Greece to Upgrade Coast Guard Air Platforms 4 May 2020
    The Greek Marine and Island Policy Ministry have announced an international tender for the upgrade/replacement of three Reims-406 aircraft surveillance equipment and three AS365 N3 Dauphin of the six helicopters. This time the process leads to a contract, the surveillance capabilities of air forces of the Hellenic Coast Guard (LS-EL.AKT.) The budget of the program amounts to € 12,000,000  and is co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The terms o...
  • Cruise Missile Test in the East
    Cruise Missile Test in the East 30 April 2020
    Taiwan, which having faced sovereignty disputes with China on the islands in the bay and in the region, has carried out a number of important missile tests. The National Chung-Shan Instute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has recently announced that it has performed a series of missile tests. In this context, the latest cruise missile developed by the country, Hsiung Feng III and Yun Feng, were also tested. The test launch of the system, which was developed to eliminate the T...
  • Menatek Establishes Menamed to Fight Covid-19
    Menatek Establishes Menamed to Fight Covid-19 25 April 2020
    Menatek founded MENAMED Company to supply high-quality medical products in the context of combating Covid-19. Menamed Medical Supply Company will provide products for health institutions and organizations that have difficulty in finding adequate medical products in terms of quality standards. In a written statement from Menatek said, “we developed strong medical supplier allies that produce high quality and certified health products for Covid-19. After tiring 2 weeks of on-field audits;...
  • Metatek Press Release 25 April 2020
    Dear valued clients, business partners and colleagues, Recent global developments around the COVID-19, As Menatek Defense Technologies, we have an important medical support plan to fight against Covid-19 and the supply of the right quality medical products that we would like to illuminate all public.
  • Three-Month Delay in Defence Acquisition Program
    Three-Month Delay in Defence Acquisition Program 22 April 2020
    The Pentagon said there could be a three-month slowdown in major procurement programs due to COVID-19. “Of 10,509 major prime contractors, 106 are currently closed and 68 have closed and already reopened. On the vendor side, out of 11,413 companies, 427 are closed, with another 147 having closed and reopened,” Ellen Lord, the Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment, said. Lord said that shutting down assembly lines to allow for social distancing, coping with a s...
  • Kotil: TF-X and Akıncı can be integrated
    Kotil: TF-X and Akıncı can be integrated 22 April 2020
    Turkish Aerospace (TUSAŞ) CEO Dr Temel Kotil was Instagram live guest of C4Defence on April 21. Kotil made statements that would change the schedule about the Turkish Fighter Jet (TF-X) and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) integration.   Kotil stated that TUSAŞ is working with full capacity to develop systems that meet all the requirements of the modern battlefield. A question about the TF-X  and a UAV integration was posed. Kotil noted that TF-X was designed in lin...
  • Turkey Postpones Operation of S-400s
    Turkey Postpones Operation of S-400s 21 April 2020
    It is curious when the S-400 air defence system, which Turkey has obtained from Russia and the first part of it, reached Ankara in July 2019, will be operational. "We plan to put Russian systems into service in April 2020," Head of Presidency of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, said in November 2019. Speaking to the Reuters news agency, the senior Turkish official said, "The S-400s will be delayed due to the COVID-19 launch in April." The offi...