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  • Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean?
    Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean? February 3 2020
    Charles de Gaulle, France's aircraft carrier, turned its direction to the Eastern Mediterranean to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Paris, which wants to increase its military presence in the region, will deploy Charles De Gaulle at Limassol port in Greek Cypriot for several days next month. French Ambassador to Greek Cyprus Isabelle Dumont told the News Agency the aircraft carrier would arrive in the region in "just a few days" to take part in coalition operations against ISIS in ...
  • Production of the upgraded Su-34 will begin in 2020
    Production of the upgraded Su-34 will begin in 2020 January 25 2020
    According to a Russian newspaper, Izvestia, production of upgraded Su-34 bombers will begin in 2020. Upgraded aircraft will be able to carry new weapons while incorporating improved electronic warfare and reconnaissance systems. According to Izvestia, the upgrades are a result of Russia's lessons from Syria.
  • Modernisation Time for ACV-15s
    Modernisation Time for ACV-15s January 3 2020
    A modernization agreement was signed for the ACV-15s, which were developed in the late 1980s in line of needs of the Turkish Armed Forces. With the agreement signed on 31 December 2019, FNSS will also take part in the project as the subcontractor of ASELSAN. The survivability of the vehicles will be increased in line with the experience and feedback gained from the Turkish Army's operations in Syria. FNSS will carry out prototype production, qualification activities, integr...
  • 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...
  • New Air Base to Lease in Syria
    New Air Base to Lease in Syria November 7 2019
    Russia is reportedly planning to lease a new military airbase in Qamishli city, north-eastern Syria. Syrian Human Rights Observatory has published developments on lease negotiations between Moscow and Damascus. “Washington can deploy missiles on the territory of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and other countries in the region. The presence of air defence and missile-defence systems in Qamishli will allow Russia to intercept the US missiles long before they reach Russia's territory...
  • Radar and Border Security at Ankara November 1 2019
    The unstable environment of the countries in the region and the problem of refugees caused by the civil war in Syria is growing day by day. This situation makes it even more critical border security of Turkey, which fighting with terrorism for decades.   The 2nd Military Radar and Border Security Summit was held on October 2-3, 2019 in Ankara, where the most current solutions on military radar and border security produced in our country were exhibited.  Domestic ...
  • Modernised M60TM at Border
    Modernised M60TM at Border October 16 2019
    Upgraded M60TM main battle tanks (MBTs) fitted with Pulat active protection systems (APS) are deployed to the Syrian border according to social media reports. M60MT tanks are fitted with ASELSAN’s remote weapon station and laser-warning receivers. Some of the tanks also have Pulat hard-kill APS.  Some of the tanks showed M60s fitted with Aselsan's Telescopic Periscope System (TEPES). Tanks are hidden behind an obstacle but can see remote distance tanks to TEPES. TEPES...
  • 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....
  • Unannounced Military Drill Near Turkey Border
    Unannounced Military Drill Near Turkey Border October 10 2019
    Turkey, began operations against terrorist organizations in the north of Syria. At the same time with this operation, Iran, allied with Syria, started an unannounced military exercise near Turkey's northwest border. According to the news in the Iranian Students News Agency ISNA, the exercise carried out with the participation of Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi. The military drill held with the theme “One Target, One Shot”. The exercise is aimed at evaluating th...
  • Russian S-400 is Unable to Detect Israeli F-35s September 20 2019
    Russian S-300 and S-400 air defence systems failed to detect Israeli F-35s flying over Damascus according to Israeli television channel NZIV. NZIV, citing a number of military sources, published the flight route of the Israeli aircraft, which struck eastern Syria. It is claimed that İsraeli F-35s, Adir, entered the Syrian airspace and flew for almost several hundred kilometres over the area covered by Russian S-400 and Syrian S-300 air defence systems. NZIV claims that ano...
  • Russia Re-offers S-400 to Saudi Arabia September 19 2019
    Russian President Vlademir Putin who offered S-400 Air Defence Systems to Saudi Arabia. President Putin met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara to discuss Syria’s future. President Putin spoke at a joint news conference and he said, "In order to protect Saudi Arabia, we are ready to provide the corresponding aid to the country. Riyadh just needs to make a wise decision; like Iran’s S-300 buy & Turkey’s purch...
  • 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...
  • Joint Military Exercise from Three Countries
    Joint Military Exercise from Three Countries August 27 2019
    Egypt, Russia, Belarus start joint military exercise in Moscow. With the participation of military forces from Egypt, Russia and Belarus, the exercise was called “Protectors of Friendship 4”. The exercise is expected to continue until 29 August. “Egypt hopes the training will help to enhance the skills of its forces, unify combat concepts and teamwork” Egypt’s army spokesperson Tamer El Refa’ai said. Since the arrival of President Abdel Fattah Al-...
  • Better Self Defence for Il-76 August 13 2019
    The Russian Il-76 (NATO Code: Candid) transport aircraft began to be equipped with modern on-board countermeasure systems. Analyzing the problems experienced by the transport aircraft in Syria, the Aerospace Forces concluded that transport platforms such as Il-76 require a countermeasure system.    The new onboard defence system consists of a control system, sensors and ultraviolet radiation location and missile attack warning station plus a jammer, flare and cha...
  • Russia In Warm Waters
    Russia In Warm Waters August 11 2019
    "Warm Water Policy" policy, which is one of the common goals adopted by Russian Tsardom, the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and finally the Russian Federation since Tsar Petro I, was achieved. As part of the improvement and development of the Syrian economy, an agreement was signed between Damascus and Moscow administrations last April. According to this agreement, the operating activities of Tartus Port were transferred to Russian company Stroytransgaz for 49 years with...
  • UK Details Transition Plan
    UK Details Transition Plan August 5 2019
    Britain is planning to retire its General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems in 2024 as the Royal Air Force transitions to its new Protector platform. The UK currently has 10 MQ-9 Reapers that it purchased as an urgent operational requirement for operations in Afghanistan. Today, they operate over Iraq and Syria, but none are destined for use in UK airspace. The UK currently is planning to buy 16 Protectors, a derivative of General Atomics’ self-developed, SkyGuardian platfor...
  • Su-57 Serial Production Begins
    Su-57 Serial Production Begins July 30 2019
    The Sukhoi Aircraft Company has started to implement its contract for the delivery of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to the country’s Aerospace Force, the office of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told TASS on Monday. The state contract envisages the delivery of 76 Su-57 fighter jets to Russia’s Aerospace Force. The vice-premier’s office also confirmed the earlier-stated timeframe of delivering the first Su-57 plane to the Aerospace Force. "T...
  • Modernized Mi-28NM Unveiled July 1 2019
      Russia unveiled upgraded Mi-28NM 'night hunter' attack helicopter which has been modernized based on operational experience in Syria. In May, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that 100 modernized Mi-28NM should be delivered to the Russian armed forces by 2028. The platform is designed to search for and destroy low-speed air targets, tanks, armoured and non-armoured vehicles in all weather conditions. Equipped with the N025 radar station to perform reconn...
  • Raptor in Qatar
    Raptor in Qatar July 1 2019
      U.S. Air Force announced that the fifth-generation jet fighters have arrived in Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar for the first time on Jun. 27 to “defend American forces”. F-22 arrived in Qatar just over a week after the Iranians shot down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator drone, flying over the Gulf of Oman. Raptors have in the past been stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The fifth-generation fighter had been ...
  • RAF-UK to Replace Tornado GR-4 with Typhoon and F-35 in Cyprus
    RAF-UK to Replace Tornado GR-4 with Typhoon and F-35 in Cyprus February 7 2019
    The British Tornado fighter aircraft are decommissioned after 40 years of operation in UK air base in Cyprus Island. The last three Tornado that had stayed at the Cape base in Greek Cyprus departed yesterday for their final flight, returning to the UK and specifically to Marham Airbase in Norfolk. The other five Tornado in recent years in Greek Cyprus had returned to the same base on Monday. The Tornado was put into service by the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom in 1979 and ha...
  • Preparedness for a Naval War… November 6 2018
    Having strengthened the Navy, Sultan Abdülaziz was overthrown by a coup and then murdered. Today, the United States stares at us with its Navy in the vicinity of Cyprus. “We will deliver Kınalıada to our Naval Forces in 2020 at the latest. Recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean has reminded us that, besides other issues, our country should also get stronger in the seas. Every ship joining our fleet enhances our strength in the seas as well as our ...
  • Bulgarian Arms Export Grows
    Bulgarian Arms Export Grows November 2 2018
    Bulgaria has released its export reports for 2017. According to the report, Sofia’s arms exports continued to grow in 2017 as well. According to the official report issued by Bulgaria, exported arms amount 1,219 billion Euros in 2017. This amount was 1 billion Euro in 2016. One of the reasons for the 20% increase in exports is the conflicts in the Middle East. The main customers of Bulgaria were the United States, India, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Western Experts say that the weap...
  • Israel Keep an Eye On Syria
    Israel Keep an Eye On Syria October 27 2018
      Russia recently announced the completion of the delivery of S-300 air defence systems to Syria. Shortly after this statement, the Israeli-based iSi company published photographs of the areas where the first S-300 units were deployed.   According to the company, the system is located in previously operating air-defence base at the northwest of the town of Masyaf that. On October 22, there are large vehicles hidden under camouflage nets at captured imag...
  • Robotic Sniper Rifle from Syrian Engineer October 14 2018
    Syrian Engineer Hamzah Salam, from the village of Shreihi in Suwayda, southern Syria, has built a custom automatic rifle which he has dubbed as an ‘electronic sniper.’ Sputnik wrote, the sniper uses a Kalashnikov AK-47 rifle as the weapon but it can use any small-arms weapon, from a machine gun to a sniper rifle. “The automated system monitors the situation and, if necessary, opens fire. My ‘electronic sniper’ is very convenient; it can be controlled re...
  • Russia’s Uran-9 to be upgraded September 24 2018
    Russia is upgrading the Uran-9 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV).  The baseline Uran-9 UGV was unveiled in December 2015 and it will be updated based on operational experience in Syria. Speaking to the Jane’s, “The [vehicle] has been tested in Syria and demonstrated high performance in an operational environment, an industry source said.” The source claimed, noting that industry is now working to increase the Uran-9’s range, response time, and data band...
  • US Considering Boosting Military Presence in Greece September 6 2018
    The US is exploring the possibility of increasing the numbers of drills and troops in Greece, which could lead to enhanced intelligence efforts in nearby hotspots according to Russian Sputnik. Greek officials are considering expanding US access to additional bases, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters in Athens on Tuesday. Quoting Pentagon's internal news service, Stars and Stripes, the US military has already "taken advantage&q...
  • First Operational Use Of Israel's David's Sling System
    First Operational Use Of Israel's David's Sling System July 24 2018
    Israel’s David’s Sling anti-ballistic missile system made its combat debut on Jul. 23 when two interceptors were fired when a pair of Syrian OTR-21 (NATO: SS-21) ballistic missiles were detected approaching Israel’s border. Israel has used its David's Sling missile-defence system for the first time in battle, firing at two Syrian surface-to-surface missiles Monday morning, the military said. One of the interceptor was ordered to self-destruct after it...
  • UAE military Reported to Visit Israel to See F-35
    UAE military Reported to Visit Israel to See F-35 July 7 2018
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) military delegation is reported to have made a visit to Israel to see the US-made F-35 stealth fighter jets. A military delegation from the UAE wanted to see the “performance” of F-35s. Citing an unnamed official source, Israeli i24 news channel said that an American delegation was also present at the time of the UAE visit, without giving any date. In the same report, UAE is reportedly keen to get the US-made F-35 fighter jet....
  • All US B-1B Bombers Grounded After ejection seat failure
    All US B-1B Bombers Grounded After ejection seat failure June 10 2018
        The US Air Force’s Global Strike Command (AFGSC), tasked with overseeing every bomber fleet in the Air Force, ordered a stand-down for all its B-1B Lancers Thursday amid safety concerns with a component of their ejection seats. The safety issue came mid-flight after a B-1B nicknamed "Bone" took off from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas. Airplane made an emergency landing. "During the safety investigation process following an emerge...
  • Su-57s are tested in Syria
    Su-57s are tested in Syria May 27 2018
    Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu stated that Su-57 aircraft were tested in Syria with new cutting edge cruise missiles. "Operational test launches of advanced operational-tactical cruise missiles have been conducted from the fifth generation [fighter jet] Su-57 in February this year in order to evaluate under battle conditions the stated specifications of the developed military vehicles," Shoigu said. Earlier, President of the United Aircraft Corporation Yu...
  • Golan-1000 in Field
    Golan-1000 in Field May 21 2018
    Syria's new multiple launch rocket system is unveiled. System was first seen during the attacks on the southern part of Damascus, consists of a three-barrel rocket launcher which is integrated on T-72 tank locally. It is reported that the system fires 500-millimeter rockets via a remote control, but there is no explanation as to how many pieces are produced with the range of the platform.
  • Preparing for the “Great Chaos”…
    Preparing for the “Great Chaos”… May 11 2018
    This situation is unlike the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 or 1973. The chain of escalating conflicts herald for the first time in the region’s history a great confrontation in many fronts. The Middle East is getting prepared for the greatest chaos in its recent history. Looking at the subject from Israel’s point of view, we observe that this country is proceeding towards the most uncertain days in its 70 years of history.  For Israel, there is no longer a collective th...
  • JASSM-ER Made Combat Debut
    JASSM-ER Made Combat Debut May 2 2018
    Lockheed Martin's AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended-Range (JASSM-ER) has made its combat debut on 13 April in Syria. After taking off from a base in Qatar, two Boeing B-1B bombers released 19 JASSM-ER weapons. JASSM-ER has been introduced into service with the US Air Force in 2014.
  • Is Turkey’s Strategy Heading Toward “NATO-exit”?
    Is Turkey’s Strategy Heading Toward “NATO-exit”? April 7 2018
    The first answer to this question is: No!.. Turkish behaviour is based on the acknowledgement that NATO membership creates an ample room for manoeuvre in transatlantic relations.  An explicit indicator of this decisiveness is Turkey’s being an important partner in the coalition against IS...
  • TAF Ruled Out “Hybrid War”!..
    TAF Ruled Out “Hybrid War”!.. March 18 2018
    TAF demonstrated that a regular army shall always prevail over hybrid war components, if technological superiority is combined with the high capabilities of personnel deployed in the field.  Experts acknowledge that the conflict in Ukraine stands out as a spectacular example for “hybrid war.” Nevertheless, we had clearly witnessed a much earlier example back in the Lebanon War of 2006. Resisting the Israel’s military intervention in south Lebanon, Hezbo...
  • Su-57s in Syria
    Su-57s in Syria February 26 2018
    According to Voice of America, Moscow has deployed two of its fifth generation Su-57 stealth fighter aircraft to Syria. The deployment was confirmed via satellite imagery circulated two Su-57s on the apron at Hmeymim Air Base in Syria.  The U.S. Defence Department on Thursday declined to confirm the deployment of Russia's newest stealth jets to Syria, however, Russia did not deny the allegations and has yet to confirm the information. Russian news outlet Kommersant quo...
  • Towards a Great Chaos…
    Towards a Great Chaos… December 11 2017
    The US President Donald Trump’s plan to relocate the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to acknowledge this city, considered holy by the three Abrahamic religions, as the official capital of Israel in near future, is the stepping stone to an unavoidable bloody chaos of great proportions in the 21st century.  In fact, all is played out in the open in the Middle East; the region is gradually drawn into a great settlement and concomitant dissolution in accordance to a s...
  • New Armament To Be Tested in Syria
    New Armament To Be Tested in Syria December 8 2017
    Russia’s Mikoyan MiG-29SMT fighter jets successfully fighting terrorists in Syria will test new and promising aircraft weapons, Chief Designer of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Sergei Korotkov said on Thursday.  A batch of MiG-29SMT aircraft was sent to Hmeymim Air Base in Syria in September for testing. "The experience gained in Syria will be taken into account during the operation of these aircraft, and will also be introduced as part of the work to develop ...
  • Barzani and Poster of Öcalan Raised at Raqqa…
    Barzani and Poster of Öcalan Raised at Raqqa… November 7 2017
    The Middle East once again witnesses a series of conspiracy-laden events, which would definitely “make the devil run away at full gallop.” The latest example for this are the developments in Kurdish cultural sphere, which rise to prominence against the background of deep instability experienced along the Syrian-Iraqi line as of 2003…  “Pandora’s Box”, which was opened during the invasion of Iraq with the Anglo-American slogan of “toppl...
  • The Person behind Iraq’s Fragmentation: Not Barzani, but Nouri al-Maliki...
    The Person behind Iraq’s Fragmentation: Not Barzani, but Nouri al-Maliki... October 2 2017
    Nouri al-Maliki is the statesman, deciding the fate of Iraq between 2006 and 2014. His policies stand before us as the main reason behind the deep instability faced by the country. He was born in 1950 as the son of a middle class family in Hindiyah, southern Baghdad. His grandfather Muhammad Hasan Abi al-Mahasin, was a poet, cleric and activist, who fought against the British in the Iraqi revolution of 1920. Under his influence, he entered politics at a very early age. By the end of...