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  • Germany, France to Spend €200M on New Tanks
    Germany, France to Spend €200M on New Tanks 17 October 2020
    €200m will be spent on funds for the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS), developed in partnership with Germany and France. The German-led programme has a 50% share of both countries financially. Berlin and Paris reached an agreement in 2012 to design and develop MGCS to replace the tanks in their inventory.  Following the transfer of €200m to the funds, Nexter, KMW and Rheinmetall will begin work for MGCS. The first prototype is to be revealed by 2028 and the ...
  • Russian Armata Reference from North Korea
    Russian Armata Reference from North Korea 11 October 2020
    The Korean Workers' Party's 75-year rule in North Korea was celebrated with a military parade on October 10th. North Korea, which has paraded a range of new weapons systems, from intercontinental ballistic missiles to mobile radar systems designed for air defence, has also introduced its main battle tank with new turrets and active protection systems. The new modification of the main battle tanks, developed with local resources shown to the public for the first tim...
  • Partnership of Three Countries: Serbia-China-Russia
    Partnership of Three Countries: Serbia-China-Russia 11 October 2020
    Serbia tested Chinese drones and Russian-made jets during a training exercise called the 2020 Cooperation. About 150 vehicles and about 2,800 troops, including more than 40 aircraft, tanks and armoured personnel carriers, were deployed during the exercise at the Pester training ground.  In addition, the CH-92A drones that Belgrade purchased from China in July 2020 were tested in the exercise. Belgrade had purchased six CH-92A Drones from China, the first country in Eu...
  • Electric Scout for US Army
    Electric Scout for US Army 8 October 2020
    The US Army is looking for an off-road truck to scout ahead of airborne and light infantry units. This search could lead the Army’s move to electric motors. But electrifying heavy cargo trucks, let alone tanks, could take decades. Interested companies will be briefed on Oct. 20 on an electric-drive version. The service is working with a non-profit consortium of more than 200 companies and universities developing clean transportation technologies, CALSTART. There is no eco-frie...
  • Demir: Altay Production to Start in Mid 2021
    Demir: Altay Production to Start in Mid 2021 29 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr İsmail Demir answered a question regarding the engine and mass production schedule of the Altay Main Battle Tank (BMT) at the press conference held at Roketsan's facilities in Lalahan. Reminding the process of bringing together a small number of engines used in prototype studies, Demir said, “We have a temporal roadmap about its timing, not leaving a huge gap between the alternative engine being found, brought and entering the syste...
  • France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles
    France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles 25 September 2020
    French General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) ordered 313 armoured vehicles as part of Scorpion army modernisation program. The order includes 42 Jaguar combat vehicles and 271 Griffon multirole armoured vehicles. Nexter, Arquus and Thales are part of the program. The 2019-2025 Military Programming Law (LPM) provides for both an increase in the numbers of the SCORPION program and an acceleration of deliveries. The target in 2030 was thus raised to 1,872 Griffon and 300 Jaguar vehicl...
  • the UK is not Retiring Battle Tanks
    the UK is not Retiring Battle Tanks 15 September 2020
    UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has dismissed earlier reports that the British Army is planning to retire its tanks. Last month, The Times’ reported that the British Army was planning to focus on evolving technologies such as cyber and space warfare. As a result of such efforts Main Battle Tanks like Challenger 2 (MBTs) Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) would be retired Denying the speculation, Wallace told BBC: “The idea that tanks won&rsquo...
  • T-72 Modernization Can Be Completed in A Short Time
    T-72 Modernization Can Be Completed in A Short Time 14 September 2020
    For the T-72 developed via T-64 for the modern tank needs, it is thought that Russia will complete the modernization process in a short time. General Sergei Maev, former head of the Main Armoured Platform Directorate of the Russian Ministry of Defence, said the modernization of the T-72 tanks would strengthen the army. "Of course, the modernization of T-72 tanks will strengthen the army. How long it will take depends on many factors, primarily on how much funding will be allocated f...
  • Hyundai Rotem Develops Tank for Poland
    Hyundai Rotem Develops Tank for Poland 11 September 2020
    The Wilk (Wolf) K2PL main battle tank produced by the Republic of Korea will make an offer to replace soviet-era tanks in the Polish inventory. Hyundai Rotem unveiled the K2PL tank at the MSPO 2020 defence industry fair in Poland. "The official project tender is expected to be announced this year and we will be involved in the process," Korean officials said in a statement. If the K2PL, the Variant of the K2 Black Panther tank designed for Poland, wins the projec...
  • Leopard 2A4 Again with Roketsan
    Leopard 2A4 Again with Roketsan 6 September 2020
    Combining high survivability and mobility in Germany's arrowhead logic, Leopard 2A4 tanks were reborn with the touch of Roketsan. The armour solution package developed by Roketsan was unveiled during August 30th ceremony, last week without any additional information. This armour solution package was named T1. A week after this ceremony, the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) shared information and images about the tank on social media today. According to the information provided by th...
  • Dog Fight Analysis Over the Mediterranean
    Dog Fight Analysis Over the Mediterranean 28 August 2020
    Turkish Defense Ministry released videos of six Greek F-16s trying to violate the NAVTEX declared.  Turkish fighters carried out "dog fight" with Greek ones and Ministry released the video on social media. Greek F-16s left the region, according to the rules of "dog fight",  Eastern Mediterranean Exclusive Economic Zone dispute between Turkey and Greece, is becoming a tense issue. Turkey declared NAVTEX and Greek F-16s approached this regi...
  • New Tanks After Armata's Retirement
    New Tanks After Armata's Retirement 25 August 2020
    Russia unveiled the "future tank" project, which will replace Armata tanks after 2040, at the 2020 International Military and Technical Forum. In the future, the long-term tank project, which will be shaped according to the needs of the security forces, was shared as two modules. The first module is planned to be developed in capsules equipped with highly sheltered armour, with three crew members on duty. Among the shared information that the tank will be equipped with an ...
  • Studies Started for Unmanned Tank and Howitzer
    Studies Started for Unmanned Tank and Howitzer 15 August 2020
    Advances in electronics and software reduce the requirement for crews in existing military vehicles. The Republic of Korea, which has a strong army and defence infrastructure due to the northern threat, is starting a study for the unmanned use of K1 main battle tanks and K9 self-propelled howitzers. The final product is planned to be delivered in November 2024, within the scope of the process where the first steps will be taken in next December. In addition to the rem...
  • Stealth Black Hawk
    Stealth Black Hawk 12 August 2020
    Stealth aircraft is an issue that many states have been working on with serious resources since the Second World War. Osama Bin Laden, the ringleader of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda, was killed in May 2011 in an operation to his home in Bilal Town, Abbotabad City, Pakistan. In the operation carried out by SEAL (Sea, Air, Land), a special unit of the US Navy with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that had undergone special modifications also known as EH-60 shot down. The plat...
  • Russian MiG-31 Intercepten Norwegian Aircraft
    Russian MiG-31 Intercepten Norwegian Aircraft 10 August 2020
    Russia, which came to the fore with interception activities frequently in front of the Baltic, the Black Sea and Alaska, has recently intercepted a reconnaissance activity. A Falcon 20 electronic warfare aircraft belonging to the Royal Norwegian Air Force was subjected to interception activity by a Russian Aerospace Force MiG-31 (NATO Reporting Name: Foxhound) while flying in international airspace over the Barents Sea. "On August 4, 2020, the Russian airspa...
  • 130 mm Tank Main Gun
    130 mm Tank Main Gun 8 August 2020
    The main battle tanks are one of the most important parts of the modern battlefield so they incorporates elements such as mobility, survivability and firepower. Rheinmetall, one of the leading defence companies in Germany, introduced the new tank gun with a video that it published. The 130mm smoothbore gun was shown on a Challenger 2 main battle tank. It is stated that the platform, which is equipped with a state of the art automatic loading system, has the most advanced main b...
  • Russia Deploy Tanks to Belarus Border
    Russia Deploy Tanks to Belarus Border 7 August 2020
    Belarus, which will conduct general elections in the next Sunday, has taken action against Russian occupation. Public opinion polls revealed that State Aleksandr Lukashenko could not be re-elected. If the president, who has close relations with Russia, fails to take the seat again, Russia is afraid to apply the Ukraine scenario on the country. Following the arrest of 32 mercenaries affiliated to the Russian company Wagner in the past week in Minsk, Minsk decided to mobilize the army...
  • "NATO Can Deploy Missiles to Ukraine"
    "NATO Can Deploy Missiles to Ukraine" 7 August 2020
    Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko made statements concerning Russia, the United States and Ukraine in an interview. NATO could deploy medium-range ballistic missiles in Ukraine, President Lukashenko said. Russia's aggression has accelerated Ukraine's quest for rapprochement with NATO, he said. "It was a present for Americans. When Mike Pompeo was here, I asked him directly: "Mike, didn't Putin and I give you Ukraine as a present?" He laug...
  • 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...
  • Pakistan Taken Delivery of Additional Tanks
    Pakistan Taken Delivery of Additional Tanks 6 August 2020
    Pakistan, which has significant disputes with India at the borderline and sometimes enters the shooting duel, continues to taking delivery of tanks. Pakistan Army took delivery of new Al Khalid-I main battle tanks. The tank, which has a new fire control system that is more advanced than its predecessor, has reached 7 kilometers identification range. The platforms, which engagement distance was increased to 3.5 kilometers, were equipped with components such as a new generation d...
  • Russian Tank Armata's Technical Problems Solved
    Russian Tank Armata's Technical Problems Solved 3 August 2020
    Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said technical disruptions to the T-14 Armata main combat tank have been resolved. The T-14, which has tried many subsystems and concepts, was developed in 2011. 2018 was set as the deadline for the first party of the platform, equipped with a remotely commanded unmanned tower. Russian authorities last announced the delivery date as 2020 due to disruptions in the tank's engine and thermal cameras, but another postpo...
  • Accidental Friendly Fire
    Accidental Friendly Fire 31 July 2020
    There is very strange news from the USA, which has military deployments all over the world and therefore tries to keep staff training activities at a high level. US tanks hit each other. In the incident on July 20, a US Army M1A2 Abrams main battle tank "accidentally" hit another M1A2 during training activities at Fort Bliss based in Texas. According to information in open sources, the victim was hit from 2,600 metres. In the incident, it is stated that a soldier was injur...
  • T-64 Modernization
    T-64 Modernization 30 July 2020
    The main battle tanks that were produced during the Cold War years have reached the end of their economic life. User countries are launching programs one after the other to upgrade the systems in question in line with their requirements. Uzbekistan, which has some T-64 main battle tanks in its inventory, has taken action for the modernization of the platforms. State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the Defence Industry announced that the army trials of the first prototype...
  • Giant exposition at Army-2020 forum
    Giant exposition at Army-2020 forum 29 July 2020
    Over 1,500 companies will put on display more than 28,000 pieces of weaponry and military hardware during the Army-2020 forum. The forum will be held in Russia next month. According to Col. Oleg Kulakovsky, the head of the exhibitions department at the Russian Defence Ministry, the ministry will showcase more than 370 pieces of serially produced weaponry, military and special equipment during Army-2020. "Overall, we expect more than 1,500 companies to participate in t...
  • New Tank Delivery Started
    New Tank Delivery Started 24 July 2020
    The M1 Abrams main battle tanks, which have proved themselves in the battlefield with their electronic equipment and efficiency continue their development. Deliveries of M1A2C (SEP v3), the most modern version of the M1 Abrams, which have been continuously updated in line with the requirements of the combat conditions, have started since the inventory entered. 1st Cavalry Division 3rd Armored Brigade 8th Cavalry Regiment 3rd Battalion Combat Team became the first user of the pl...
  • First Leopard 2A4 Delivery to New Customer
    First Leopard 2A4 Delivery to New Customer 21 July 2020
    The old Iron Curtain countries, which some of them are a part of NATO today, continue to acquire new defence systems within the scope of the army's orientation to new standards. Hungary, which has T-72s from the Cold War era in its inventory, signed an agreement with Germany for the acquisition of new main battle tanks in recent months. The first batch of Leopard 2A4 tanks procured under the contract reached the country via motorway on Hedyashalom Border after refurbis...
  • India's "Urgent" Demand for Purchase
    India's "Urgent" Demand for Purchase 16 July 2020
    India will buy light tanks in its inventory as a result of tensions with China. India has confirmed satellite images of china-owned camouflaged ZTQ105/ Type 15 light tanks being deployed near the border in Ladakh. New Delhi, which took action after this development, will add light tanks to the inventory, which is planned to be transported from the air as a solution with high manoeuvre and operational capability in the mountainous region to meet the needs of ground forces.<...
  • LHD May be Decommissioned
    LHD May be Decommissioned 14 July 2020
    Firefighting continues in USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), who flames occured for an unknown reason. An alleged explosion took place in the ship while it was docked at the pier in San Diego Naval Base. The fire that started subsequently spread rapidly to other compartments of the ship. While the flames could not be taken under control on the ship, which also contained fuel and ammo stocks in its depots, helicopters affiliated to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 and ...
  • German Barrel for British Tank
    German Barrel for British Tank 13 July 2020
    The main battle tanks developed in the late Cold War are being modernized to meet the requirements of modern battlefield requirements. A new modernization solution has been introduced to the UK, which has been studying for some time to extend the life and increase its effectiveness of the Challenger 2 main battle tanks in its inventory. With the package developed by RBSL (Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land), the platform's firepower, survivability, target acquisition and surveill...
  • M60TM Modernization Completed
    M60TM Modernization Completed 12 July 2020
    The Fırat Project, which was launched in line with the requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces, was completed. The upgrade process of M60T Sabra tanks to M60TM level was completed within the scope of the Fırat Project, which was initiated by the main contractor, ASELSAN. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir visited ASELSAN Facilities and inspected the platform, whose capabilities were improved with domestic facilities. Prof. Dr. Demir, rec...
  • Quiet Modernisation for Turkish Leopard 2 Tanks
    Quiet Modernisation for Turkish Leopard 2 Tanks 12 July 2020
    Tanks in the Turkish Armed Forces inventory are being modernized in line with the requirements of the modern battlefield. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir visited ASELSAN Facilities due to the completion of the M60T upgrade project under the Fırat Programme. He made an announcement about tank modernization activities with domestic facilities. Prof. Dr. Demir said, "In addition to the M60 tank, the modernization process of the Leopard tanks in the...
  • Hellenic Navy Improve Logistics Capability
    Hellenic Navy Improve Logistics Capability 12 July 2020
    Greece, which wants to increase its effectiveness in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, is expanding the steps taken in the navy area. The Hellenic Navy continues to add ships in its inventory from different ways. In this context, another platform donated by Aikateri Laskaris Foundation to the Hellenic Naval Forces. HS Iraklis (A 472) commissioned with a ceremony held at the Salamis Naval Base as the logistic support vessel. Founded under the leadership of form...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...