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  • T-14 Armata Exports Are on Russia's Agenda
    T-14 Armata Exports Are on Russia's Agenda 8 July 2020
    Russian officials said they had begun negotiating with foreign users for the export of the Main Battle tank of the T-14 Armata.  Speaking to Serbia's daily Glas javnosti, Russian officials said work was underway to export the MiG-35 aircraft, while the sale of the Armata tank was also on the agenda. Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov announced in April that exports of the main battle tank were on the agenda. The development of the T-14...
  • Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion
    Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion 7 July 2020
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress late Monday of their approval of a possible Foreign Military Sale of MV-22 Ospreys to Indonesia. The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia of eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. <...
  • Guided Artillery Rocket Order
    Guided Artillery Rocket Order 6 July 2020
    With the advancing electronic technology, the artillery rockets, which have gained the guidance ability, offer different solutions suitable for the mission type to the user thanks to the high precision strike capability. Germany, which actively uses M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) platforms under the name MARS II (Mittleres Artillerie Raketen System), will acquire guided artillery rockets. The German Army (Bundeswehr) announced on July 2 with a press release that the parli...
  • New Dimension of the Battlefield: Unmanned Armoured Combat Vehicles
    New Dimension of the Battlefield: Unmanned Armoured Combat Vehicles 5 July 2020
    Unmanned ground vehicles, started to duty on battlefield with destroying armoured vehicles, gain different dimensions with the developing technology. Estonian-based Milrem Robotics, which is currently working on 10 different concepts, has announced its new unmanned ground vehicle. The new platform introduced as Type-X was equipped with the CPWS II (Cockerill Protected Weapon Station Gen. II) turret, which developed by John Cockerill. Type-X, the first platform developed in line...
  • 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...
  • BTR-4E Delivery
    BTR-4E Delivery 3 July 2020
    Tactical wheeled armoured vehicles offer a wide range of capabilities to the user, thanks to their mobility in rough terrain and high-speed transport on highways. UkrOboronProm, the state defence agency of Ukraine, announced that the army has taken delivery of additional BTR-4E. With the delivery of platforms produced under by the main contractor Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau, which one of the subsidiaries of the company, the number of vehicles in Ukrainia...
  • Turkey's Unmanned "Mini Tank" Enters Mass Production
    Turkey's Unmanned "Mini Tank" Enters Mass Production 2 July 2020
      Katmerciler signed a serial production agreement with ASELSAN for the remote-controlled unmanned ground vehicle. Katmerciler developed the entire platform, including the remote control communication infrastructure of the armed unmanned ground vehicle. The vehicle can be used in reconnaissance, surveillance and target detection tasks. Weapons and all kinds of systems can be integrated into the turret. Thanks to satellite communication, it can be commanded remotely. T...
  • Multnational Tanker Delivery
    Multnational Tanker Delivery 30 June 2020
    Aerial refuelling aircraft are an important force multiplier for the forces as they extend the flight range and endurance of the fleets without the requirement for a base. Airbus announced that the first A330 MRTT (Multirole Tanker Transport) was officially delivered to the Multinational Tanker Transport Fleet created for the use of NATO countries. The program, which is carried out in cooperation with OCCAR and NSPA, includes NATO countries, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Germ...
  • Huge Tank Order of Egypt
    Huge Tank Order of Egypt 28 June 2020
    Egypt, which is one of the cornerstones of the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, continues to spend on armament non-stop. According to a report published in the Egyptian media yesterday, Cairo signed a major procurement agreement with the Russian Defence Export Agency Rosoboronexport. In this context, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence inked an agreement with UralVagonZavod, one of the subsidiaries of the institution, to manufacture 500 T-90MS main battle tanks unde...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • F-35 Can't Fly with Lightning
    F-35 Can't Fly with Lightning 25 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II, can not get rid of problems although equipped with the state-of-the-art components, can't fly with lightning. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) detected damage on lightning protection system in one of the platform's most common models, the F-35A Lightning II. The problem was detected during routine Depot Leve Maintenance performed at the Hill Air Force Base Ogden Logistics Complex. It was announced that the problem was damage in one of the gas cylin...
  • Israel Offered Spike NLOS for Tank Destroyer
    Israel Offered Spike NLOS for Tank Destroyer 25 June 2020
    Anti-tank vehicles have great importance for surprise assaults, as well as suppressing enemy armoured elements and securing flanks. Anti-tank vehicles, usually equipped with more than one missile, are able to eliminate their heavily armoured targets by engaging over long range. A step came from Israel for use on platforms to be developed under the Ottokar Brzoza Program launched by Poland. Rafael, announced in a press release, that it made proposal to PGZ (Polska Grupa Zbrojeni...
  • Weapon Configuration of STA is Tactical Requirement
    Weapon Configuration of STA is Tactical Requirement 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 the question of C4Defence on STA weapons configuration. Emphasizing that the vehicle capabilities were developed in line with the demands of the Turkish Armed Forces in the STA Project, Kurt pointed out that the usage concepts came to the fore at this point. Underlining that the vehicle's light weight and high mobility is more important than the weapon configu...
  • Indigenous Turret Solutions
    Indigenous Turret Solutions 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 the question of C4Defence on turret system studies. Stating that the company has an important infrastructure in the turret area, Nail Kurt pointed out that FNSS solutions are successfully used in second-party vehicles of Malaysia and all platforms of Oman. Stating that today's 25 mm turrets have serious differences with the first systems delivered to Oman, Kur...
  • FNSS: Kaplan MT Attracted More than Expectation
    FNSS: Kaplan MT Attracted More than Expectation 23 June 2020
    Nail Kurt, FNSS General Manager and CEO, met with the leading names of the defence media in a live stream. Kurt made statements about the latest status of the Kaplan MT (Harimau) medium tank and its procurement to third countries. Kurt mentioned that the requirements and demands changed in the medium weight class tank, which was in trend in the early 1990s but is now on the agenda, and that Indonesia has determined a requirement for a 30-ton class 105-mm turret; he stated that ...
  • Technology Transfer to Korea from FNSS
    Technology Transfer to Korea from 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 Amphibious Assault Rig process and its overseas work. Stating that two successful partnerships are currently continuing in Malaysia and Indonesia, Kurt explained that the process in Indonesia is expected to reach a higher level than Malaysia. Technology transfer to Hyundai Rotem, which gave technological support for Turkey&#...
  • Production of Altay Tank Begins
    Production of Altay Tank Begins 22 June 2020
    Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries, announced a new development in the Main Battle tank of Altay, which has experienced engine disruptions. Answering the questions of  M5 Magazine, Prof. Dr. Demir informed that Altay was starting production. Against the sensations that six Altai tanks were produced, Demir stated that "six units cannot be said to have been produced precisely because of the number of spare engines". At the end of...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Awating Tank Modernization
    Awating Tank Modernization 14 June 2020
    The main battle tanks manufactured during the Cold War era needs modernization in line with the requirements of the modern battlefield. Serbia, which has a well-established defence industry infrastructure inherited from Yugoslavia, is also working to upgrade platforms in its inventory. Serbia took over a significant number of M-84 main battle tanks after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. For platforms that have been in use since 1985, Serbian armed forces launched a modernization progr...
  • Nero: Priority is Civilian Market for Semiconductors
    Nero: Priority is Civilian Market for Semiconductors 12 June 2020
    Alican Ökçün, whı is Nero Industries Chairman of the Board, operating in different areas of the defence industry, especially fire extinguishing and explosion suppression systems, has been a guest of C4Defence live broadcast guest on the Instagram account. Making important statements about the company's activities, Ökçün gave information about processes such as semiconductor, silent generator, military power generation and distribution syste...
  • Hellenic Army Wants More Weapon Systems
    Hellenic Army Wants More Weapon Systems 12 June 2020
    Greece, which experienced an economic crisis caused by unplanned armament and some reasons, continues its procurements. Athens plans to acquire infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) and wheeled armoured vehicles from the US. The procurement of second-hand military platforms is among the first choices of countries with a limited defence budget due to low initial acquisition costs. Greece often prefers weapon systems and vehicles, which are determined as surplus equipment by the armed...
  • 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...
  • Greek Leonidas Modernisation Solution
    Greek Leonidas Modernisation Solution 9 June 2020
    Greece started production of 4K 7FA armored personnel carriers (APC) in 1982 as part of the need for tracked armoured personnel carriers. The platforms manufactured by the main contractor, Elbo. APCs have been using by the Hellenic Army for many years under the name of Leonidas. EODH Hellas, which continues its activities based in Greece, has developed a modernization kit for Leonidas 1 and 2 platforms to meet the modern battlefield requirements. Within the scope of the ac...
  • Additional Infantry Fighting Vehicle
    Additional Infantry Fighting Vehicle 2 June 2020
    India, which has border disputes with Pakistan and China, continues its arms procurement processes in different areas. The Indian Ministry of Defence has approved 156 additional procurement package for the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle produced under license in the country and serving as "Sarath" in the inventory. The total cost of the vehicles to be produced under the state-owned subsidiary of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) was announced as 148 million USD. BMP-...
  • Modernised Leopard 2 to Hussars
    Modernised Leopard 2 to Hussars 31 May 2020
    One of the iconic platforms of the Cold War, Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks are being modernized to meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. These activities are carried out with solutions developed for the demands of different users. One of the countries that has taken action to upgrade the Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks in its inventory is Poland. According to Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa's statement thursday, works on the first two Leopard 2A4s has been completed. The ...
  • Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea
    Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea 29 May 2020
    The waters in the Black Sea have been experiencing their hottest days since the end of the Cold War. Sea and air movement of NATO affiliates is very high in the region. Two B-1B Lancer affiliated to the U.S. Air Force's 28th Bomber Wing performed a long-range Bomber Task Force mission. The platforms departing from Ellsworth Air Force Base stationed in South Dakota headed over the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea after they crossed the Atlantic Ocean. During the round trip; bombe...
  • Production Time for Altay Main Battle Tank
    Production Time for Altay Main Battle Tank 29 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir was the guest of SETA (Political, Economic and Social Research Foundation) joint live broadcast with SSB. Professor Dr. Demir made important statements regarding the mass production phase of the Altay main battle tank. An alternative intermediate solution will be made on the platforms, which are currently experiencing manufacturing problems due to the engine and power pack. In this framework, production will start usin...
  • Ejder Yalcin Delivery to Qatar
    Ejder Yalcin Delivery to Qatar 27 May 2020
    The Turkish defence industry continues its exports and deliveries, even during COVID-19 process. Operating in Ankara, Nurol Makina continues to deliver armoured vehicles to Qatar. In addition to Turkey, production and deliveries are continuing of the platform used in many different countries. In this context, it was reflected in the media that the company delivered additional Ejder Yalcin within the framework of the current agreement, and that some of these vehicles a...
  • F Variant Javelin on Serial Production
    F Variant Javelin on Serial Production 26 May 2020
    The production process of FGM-148 Javelin missiles, which is a successful system with ease of use, low weight and compact structure, but also has the title of being one of the most expensive anti-tank missiles, continues. The joint venture of Raytheon Missiles and Defence and Lockheed Martin companies, Javelin partnership, announced that the F model of FGM-148 Javelin missiles entered mass production. The systems, which are stated to replace the FGM-148E Block 1 variant, will be del...
  • Steel Cut for New Replenishment Tanker
    Steel Cut for New Replenishment Tanker 24 May 2020
    Replenishment ships are a strategic element that extends the range and mission endurance of naval platforms without returning to the port. The French Navy cut the first steel under the Bâtiments Ravitailleurs de Force (BRF) Project for ships to replace the Durance-class platforms that have reached the end of their economic life. With the ceremony attended by French Defence Minister Florence Parly, the process of building new ships began. In the process to be car...
  • 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...
  • MV-4 on Duty
    MV-4 on Duty 20 May 2020
    Unmanned mine clearing vehicles are becoming more and widespread due to highlighting personnel safety in risky areas. Unmanned mine clearance systems, which the Republic of Korea announced its plan in 2018 and procured 4.1 million USD budget, started its duty. First DOK ING MV-4s from Croatia delivered to country. The first platform of which was delivered in April 2020, started to duty in the demilitarized zone between the Republic of Korea and North Korea. During the training ...
  • Tank Destroyers Increasing
    Tank Destroyers Increasing 19 May 2020
    The wheeled fire support vehicles offer important advantages to the user thanks to their rapid reaction capabilities, off-road performances and high firepower. The fire support vehicles, which are prominent with their advanced capabilities and fast movement on the highway infrastructures, as well as operational possibilities in the field conditions, can be engaged to tanks thanks to the weapons they are equipped with. In this way, the use of platforms, which have...
  • Red-Eye Protection for Imported Tanks
    Red-Eye Protection for Imported Tanks 15 May 2020
    Tank active protection systems ensure to eliminate missile threat by both hard-kill and soft-kill methods. Vietnam received 64 T-90S and SK main battle tanks from Russia in December 2018. The platforms, which constitute the most modern tank power of Vietnam, made demonstration to the delegation during a visit of the Vietnamese authorities to the 201st Tank Brigade. In the photos shared on social media, it was seen that the imported T-90s were equipped with the Shtora-1 active p...
  • THeMIS Power Demonstration
    THeMIS Power Demonstration 14 May 2020
    The use of unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), which seen in the operations theatre for anti-tank missions, is becoming widespread with different mission configurations and concepts. In this process, platforms also getting more powerful while getting smarter.  Estonian Milrem Robotics has shared a footage of THeMIS UGV from the official Twitter account with "The platoon (Estpla-32) successfully tested … towing a 22-ton Sisu APC and a 32-ton (!) VBCI infan...
  • Armament Race Escalates
    Armament Race Escalates 13 May 2020
    Japan continues to studies for replacing the systems in its inventory and to have a stronger army structure. Tokyo will acquire 12 additional Type 10 main battle tanks to replace the Type 74s that are at the end of their economic life. The procurement list announced with the new budget plan, which is published, also includes a Type 19 155 mm truck-mounted howitzers. The Ministry of Defence plans to acquire seven Type 19 in 2020 with 44 million USD budget.
  • 8x8 Wheeled Vehicle Intention
    8x8 Wheeled Vehicle Intention 11 May 2020
    Thanks to their fast and agile movement capabilities, the use of 8x8 wheeled vehicles, which is characterized as rapid reaction missions and flat geography, is becoming widespread. Poland, which has been working on replacing the Soviet era platforms with new generation domestic vehicles in its inventory, has announced a new procurement intention. Polish Minister of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak announced the intention with "We plan to purchase 60 Rosomak-S wheel...