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  • Indonesian Navy Chief Wants Ageing Vessels out of Inventory
    Indonesian Navy Chief Wants Ageing Vessels out of Inventory 13 October 2020
        The chief of Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL), Admiral Yudo Margono, has written a letter to the country’s defence minister Prabowo Subianto. Admiral stated that he wants to keep ageing vessels out of inventory. He explained why it will not be possible to keep naval vessels that have either retired, or are already in the process of being prepared for retirement. Minister Subianto requested admiral to e...
  • NATO Orders New Tanker
    NATO Orders New Tanker 28 September 2020
    The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has ordered a new Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft for NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Following Luxembourg's decision to maximise its participation in the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet programme (MMF), OCCAR decided to purchase the new aircraft. With this decision, NATO's MMF fleet will have a total of nine aircraft; air-to-air refuelling, strategic transport and medical evacuation needs. The...
  • France Retires First Stratotanker
    France Retires First Stratotanker 18 September 2020
        French Air Force and Space Command ( Armée de l'Air de l'Espace / AdlAdlE) retires the first C-135FR Stratotanker (Serial 475/93-CF).  AdlAdlE will cease aircraft from operations on 7 October 2020 The AdlAdlE started to use twelve Boeing C-135FRs from 1964 onwards. The dozen aircraft were assigned to the French Strategic Air Forces and mainly in use to support the nuclear-capable Mirage IVA. That nuclear deterrence mission was la...
  • Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut
    Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut 7 August 2020
    Aviation was one of the heaviest sectors affected by COVID-19, shaked the world and give negatice effect on many sectors. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, faced important order cancellations due to the virus. For this reason, the company, which announced that a significant amount of personnel will be dismissed, supported by Spain. Madrid reached an agreement with the company for acquisition of substantial aircraft in exchange for les...
  • Farewell to Marine Tanks
    Farewell to Marine Tanks 6 August 2020
    While many countries acquire new tanks and even develop their domestic platforms, the U.S. Marine Corps (United States Marine Corps / USMC) disbanding tank troops. USMC, which decided to make serious changes to its combat doctrines and vehicle types in its inventory, ended the operations of another main battle tank unit last week. Subsequently, M1A1 Abrams tanks of the 2nd Tank Battalion left Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Other tank units, which decided to close, started...
  • New Replenishment Tanker Started Sea Trials
    New Replenishment Tanker Started Sea Trials 6 August 2020
    Fleet replenishment tankers are a strategic power multiplier in terms of their command and control capabilities and extending the task endurance of fleets by eliminating the requirement for return to the port. NUSHIP Supply (A 195), whose construction and refitting activities have been completed in Ferrol Shipyard by the main contractor of Spanish Navantia, has started sea trials. Built for the Royal Australian Navy (Royal Australian Navy / RAN), the platform will be ...
  • Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training
    Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training 21 July 2020
    Finding a multinational solution for the aerial refuelling requirement, NATO countries recently received the first aircraft. The Dutch Military Aviation Authority, cleared the way for the training activities for MMF1 airworthy approval which was delivered to the customer within the scope of MMU Programme under the management of OCCAR (Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation / Joint Armaments Cooperation Organization) and support of NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Ag...
  • Flying Information Node Mission for Aerial Refuelling Tanker
    Flying Information Node Mission for Aerial Refuelling Tanker 16 July 2020
    The multi-domain battle doctrine, although relatively new, is one of the building blocks of the warfare techniques of the future. The active and uninterrupted sustainability of the war of information, which guides the real combat, is the core of the doctrine. The Royal Air Force (RAF) has already started the study on the multi-domain battle doctrine it plans to implement with the F-35B Lightning IIs and the platforms it will add to its inventory in the future. In this context, RAF, ...
  • Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender
    Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender 16 July 2020
    The aerial refuelling procedure is a matter that takes aircraft endurance and range beyond limits. For this reason, the refuelling aircraft, which are serving as "flying gas stations", are important power multipliers for the air forces. Retirement time came for the KC-10 Extender refuelling tankers, who have been in the US Air Force inventory for 39 years. The first platform, which will be replaced by the KC-46A Pegasus, which has come to the fore with frequent problems, w...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth to Confront China
    HMS Queen Elizabeth to Confront China 15 July 2020
    United Kingdom plans to counter China with HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier according to the Times. The 5.6 billion Dollar vessel is expected to visit the Far East, to conduct military exercises with the US and Japan during its maiden grand voyage next year. The carrier will be accompanied by two Type 45 destroyers, two Type 23 frigates and two replenishment tankers. It will also have two squadrons of F-35B Lightning II fighters on board. It is likely one of those squadrons will...
  • 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. <...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • New Era for Refuelling Aircraft
    New Era for Refuelling Aircraft 21 April 2020
    Aerial refuelling is undoubtedly a strategically important element that directly affects the flight profile of the aircraft and the payload they carry, hence the structure of the operation. Airbus Defence and Space has come to an end in his work that will bring a new dimension to aerial refuelling. On April 17, the company announced that the A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport / Multi-Purpose Tanker Transport) aircraft was performing fully autonomous refuelling with another platf...
  • Solving Agreement for Refueling Tanker
    Solving Agreement for Refueling Tanker 9 April 2020
    KC-46A Pegasus's full of problems career continues. The USA continues its efforts to solve the problems detected on the aircraft. Boeing and the USA signed a new agreement on April 2. Under the contract, the RVS (Remote Vision System) problems experienced in the KC-46A Pegasus will be solved. The system allows the operator to safely handle the boom system in refuelling missions. However, in some ambient conditions, depth of field problems caused by cameras prevented the saf...
  • KC-46 and P-8 Delivery on Hold Due to COVID-19
    KC-46 and P-8 Delivery on Hold Due to COVID-19 24 March 2020
    Pegasus and Poseidon production stops as Boeing Temporarily Shuts Down Facilities Production of the Air Force’s KC-46 refuelling tanker(Pegasus)  and the Navy’s P-8 maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare plane (Poseidon) will stop as Boeing shuts down all facilities due to coronavirus pandemic. “Boeing plans to begin reducing production activity today and projects the suspension of such operations to begin on Wednesday, March 25, at sites a...
  • Hisar-A to Become Operational
    Hisar-A to Become Operational 3 March 2020
    President of Defence Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir visited Adana Incirlik 10th Tanker Base Command, where the UAVs operating in the Operation Spring Shield deployed. Demir, examined the MALE class armed Anka-S UAVs  which are capable of operating at a distance beyond the horizon by their satellite communication system (SATCOM) and high resistance against electronic warfare and and Bayraktar TB2 platforms of the and Baykar company with his delegation. ...
  • US Air Force hopes major KC-46 fix by March
    US Air Force hopes major KC-46 fix by March 21 February 2020
    The U.S. Air Force is hoping to get KC-46 tanker’s most critical technical problem to be fixed by the end of March. The Air Force and Boeing are going to sign off next month on a finalized design for the KC-46’s Remote Vision System(RVS) to steer the aircraft’s boom into a plane for aerial refuelling. RSV is composed of a series of cameras and sensors to detach boom from recipient aircraft. RVS is manufactured by Rockwell Collins. Under certain ...
  • Second Tanker Arrived To France
    Second Tanker Arrived To France 14 February 2020
    The second delivery of the tankers ordered to replace the existing aerial refueling aircraft that have reached the end of their economic life has been completed. Lockheed Martin completed the delivery of four C-130J Super Hercules ordered in 2016 by France. The company announced that the delivery process with two KC-130J Super Hercules.  The French Air Force (Armée de l'air / ALA), which accepted the first platforms in 2017 and 2018, received the KC-13...
  • Wet Contacts from C29
    Wet Contacts from C29 29 January 2020
    The Airbus C295 tactical airlifter has successfully achieved its first wet contacts during an air-to-air- refuelling (AAR) tanker flight test campaign. First dry contacts of this flight test took place in December 2019 and were achieved using a closed ramp configuration. The wet contacts, conducted out of Seville, Spain, took place in January 2020, between one Airbus C295 aircraft in tanker configuration and a Spanish Air Force C295 acting as receiver. In total, the aircraft fitted wit...
  • Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea
    Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea 22 January 2020
    Russia and Japan, which frequently coma face to face due to the Kuril Islands and coastal waters problems have come up with an astonishing attempt recently. The Russian Baltic Fleet ship RFNS Yaroslav Mudry and the Russian naval tanker Yelnya and the Viktor Konetsky tugboat, and the JS Harusame (DD 102) destroyer, carried out joint exercises in the Arabian Sea. Within the scope of the trainings, activities such as communication with the flashlight communication trainings&n...
  • Korean Ship to Hormuz
    Korean Ship to Hormuz 21 January 2020
    A new one has been added to the safety measures taken in the Strait of Hormuz which is established under the leadership of the USA. Korea was added to the countries that deployed ships independently from the U.S. task force, especially as a result of actions against UK tankers. The Republic of Korea has decided to deploy a unit to the Strait of Hormuz for anti-piracy operations. In this context, Cheonghae Anti-Piracy Unit will be shifted to the region. The unit, which...
  • Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service
    Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service 17 January 2020
    Russia’s new sea tanker Academician Pashin will join the Northern Fleet’s logistics and rear support forces in late January, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. "On January 21, a solemn ceremony of hoisting the flag of the Navy’s auxiliary fleet will take place aboard the new sea tanker Academician Pashin at the Northern Fleet’s main base of Severomorsk. This day will become the date of officially accepting the vessel for servic...
  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers 7 January 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait
    TAIS Has Five Solutions to Present at Kuwait 10 December 2019
    TAIS, established by the owners of four leading shipyards of Turkey, attends to Kuwait defence and aviation exhibition GDA. The company is established to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding for demanding customers all over the world. The group has completed a series of projects for the Turkish Ministry of Defence for Turkish Navy which has achieved a contemporary, powerful and modern force structure. Besides shipbuilding TAIS offers a total solution...
  • Stratotanker Fleet Retires
    Stratotanker Fleet Retires 12 November 2019
    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) confirmed that they have retired its fleet of four Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker aerial refuelling and cargo aircraft last June 2019. The last flight was conducted on 26 June 2019.  RSAF purchased six of the A330 MRT tankers and transport aircraft, which were able to refuel with both the boom and hose-drouge method. In June 2019, three aircraft were delivered to the RSAF.   Singapore supplied the KC-135A Stratotanker platforms u...
  • British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time
    British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time 20 October 2019
    British F-35B Lightning II jets of Number 617 Squadron a joint squadron composed of personnel from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the very first time. The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence announced that British F-35B Lightnings landed for the first time on the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is currently sailing off the US East Coast for the "Westlant 19" Carrier Strike Group deplo...
  • Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission
    Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission 27 September 2019
      NATO Allied Air Command stated that one of six Italian Air Force F-35s will perform the type’s first NATO air surveillance and air policing mission. F-35s are deployed to Iceland on 26 September. The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland. AMI Boeing KC-767 tan...
  • A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts
    A400M Performs First Helicopter air-to-air Dry Contacts 24 September 2019
    The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully achieved its first helicopter air-to-air refuelling contacts with an H225M. Over the course of four flights, operated in day conditions over the south of France, the A400M performed 51 dry contacts marking a decisive milestone towards its full capability as a tanker. These tests were performed under the coordination of the French “DGA Essais en vol” flight test centre. The tests, involving no fuel and performed b...
  • France Received Hercules
    France Received Hercules 20 September 2019
    Under the contract signed between France and the US government through Foreign Military Sales, France purchased two C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft and two KC-130J tanker aircraft. The French Air Force has received the first of two US-made KC-130J Hercules tanker aircraft. The two C-130J-30 airlifters were delivered in 2017 and 2018, and a second KC-130J will deliver in 2020. “In choosing to operate both the C-130J-30 and the KC-130J, France has built a diverse air...
  • KC-135s are Retiring
    KC-135s are Retiring 11 September 2019
    U.S. Air National Guard unit has received Boeing KC-46 Pegasus air-refuelling tanker. The KC-46 is a military aerial refuelling and transport aircraft designed to replace the current KC-135 Stratotanker. The aircraft is capable of carrying approximately 73,000 kg of fuel and 35,000 kg of cargo.  Boeing 767-200LRF commercial aircraft-based KC-46, made its first flight in 2015. The first two KC-46s were delivered to the 157th Air Refuelling Wing at Pease Air National Guard B...
  • Navantia launches Australia’s second replenishment vessel
    Navantia launches Australia’s second replenishment vessel 3 September 2019
    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has launched the second auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessel on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the launch of the second Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessel marked an important milestone in Australia’s $90 billion investment in the largest regeneration of Navy since WW2. “The delivery into service of the Supply class replenishment vessels from next year will provide...
  • H-6K with  Hypersonic Weapon
    H-6K with Hypersonic Weapon 19 August 2019
    China has begun to develop hypersonic weapons in recent years and now plans to equip the bomber H-6K aircraft with hypersonic weapons. The main mission objective of China's H-6K bomber is to strike key strategic points deep within enemy territories, the state broadcaster revealed, leading experts to predict that the warplane could eventually be armed with hypersonic weapons that can destroy hostile military hubs 3,000 kilometres away within minutes. "In a war, our main objective is t...
  • Tideforce to Help to NATO and Allies
    Tideforce to Help to NATO and Allies 1 August 2019
    The fourth of the Tide-class fast fleet tanker entered service in Portland for the Royal Navy. The approximately 37,000 tons ship will provide fuel, food, freshwater, ammunition and other supplies to Royal Navy vessels around the world. Each of the Tidespring, Tiderace, Tidesurge ve Tideforce vessels can deliver more than 1,500 cubic metres of fuel every hour. The vessels can also undertake a wide range of independent operations, such as patrols policing shipping lanes and humanitarian relief...
  • A400M Acts as Tanker
    A400M Acts as Tanker 9 July 2019
      The German Air Force Luftwaffe cleared the A400M for air-to-air refuelling, and has also deployed an A400M to Jordan on its first operational air tanker mission. The A400M is now being tested abroad as a tanker aircraft as part of Operation Counter ISIS, it refuels German and Allied aircraft in the air. Since August 2018, the certification of the A400M as refuelling aircraft in the AAR (Air-to-Air-Refuelling) version has been in progress. Air transport squ...
  • TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy
    TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy 31 May 2019
    TAIS, founded by the owners of the five shipyards of Turkey to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding, has received a $2.3-billion tender to build five ships for the Indian Navy. According to information released to the press, TAIS has won a cooperation tender that involves the production of five fleet support tankers of 45,000 tons. As part of its tasks in the project, TAIS will be responsible for the modernization of the shipyard, the design of the s...
  • RoKAF Receives Its Second KC-330 Cygnus
    RoKAF Receives Its Second KC-330 Cygnus 1 April 2019
    Republic of Korea’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 28 March that the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) had received the second of four A330-200 MRTTs, which are known as KC-330 Cygnus in RoKAF service. This is the second of four Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft ordered in 2015, the in Seoul announced on 28 March. The aircraft will undergo further checks and is expected to be operational by April or ...