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  • 15-Year Development Process Concludes
    15-Year Development Process Concludes November 11 2019
    India’s first indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air missile Astra is now finally ready for duty after 15  years of development. Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India expecting the Indian Air Force to initially order at least 200 missiles for its Sukhoi-30MKI jets. DRDO is trying to increase the current range of the missile from 110 kilometers to 160 kilometers. With a weight of 154 kg and a length of 3.57 meters, the Astra flies more than four times the ...
  • Intensive Agenda In The Sector
    Intensive Agenda In The Sector October 31 2019
    In the defence industry sector, Ankara will have an intensive agenda today. The 5th Capture The Flag (CTF) competition organised by Defence Technologies Engineering Company (STM) will start early in the morning and end at around 18 in the evening. In the race, hacker teams will compete with each other to win the grand prize. On the other hand, defence companies will come together with different sectors at the Efficiency Summit to open a stand. The Australian / Asian Rotorcraft Forum will be h...
  • Fifth Ship Works Started at MİLGEM
    Fifth Ship Works Started at MİLGEM October 15 2019
    Signatures were signed for the fifth ship of the MİLGEM program of the Turkish Naval Forces and the first ship of class I. The fourth ship of the ADA class submarine defence warfare corvettes was signed on September 29th with the delivery ceremony of TCG Kınalıada. In the design of the fifth ship class, I air defence frigate, Defence Technologies Engineering Inc. (STM) will serve. The company had previously installed the design of four Ada classes. The ships were built under the command of th...
  • Izmir Aviation Conference Started
    Izmir Aviation Conference Started October 10 2019
    The Izmir Aviation Conference held in Izmir started today. The conference which held with the support of the Presidency of Defence Inddustries and organized in collaboration by Aviation and Space Cluster and Aegean Free Zone Founder and Operator Inc. will end tomorrow. At the conference, which Vestel Defence is the Technology Sponsor, Vestel Defence and AYESAŞ General Manager Öner Tekin took part as the moderator in the session titled "Importance o...
  • HAVELSAN Became “Regional Player” October 4 2019
    Months before we enter the new year, defence companies continue their efforts to increase their endorsement in the last quarter of 2019. We talked with Ahmet Hamdi Atalay, General Manager of HAVELSAN, the information and defence company that has turned its direction to digital transformation, about the company's plans in the last quarter, its future targets and the Turkish defence industry. HAVELSAN, which develops software-intensive systems, is in the process of transitioning t...
  • Are the Feet Cut Off of the Floor? October 4 2019
    TEKNOFEST, which uses the motto of “festival that doesn't stand on the ground”, raises the question “Is it a festival that doesn't stand on the ground?” after the IDEF, even though the goals of the two are different. Did a lot of young-kids buried in their phones really get what this festival wanted to give? Out with the "National Technology Drive" slogan, led by the Ministry of Industry and Technology, and Turkey Team Foundation Technologie...
  • Global Defence Industry is Changing Direction: DSEI 2019 October 4 2019
    The world is changing. Therefore, as in all sectors, the trade dynamics of the defence sector are trying to adapt to this change. Western arms dealers can no longer sell their doctrines, concepts, platforms and all their connected services in one item? What about the alternative? In the fairs visited in recent years, there was a significant decrease in terms of new technologies and innovative platforms due to the global financial problems, the increasing trend of nationalist current...
  • Return of Comanche October 4 2019
    Bell has announced it will bid for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program with its company-developed 360 Invictus. The system is based on Bell’s 525 Relentless rotor system and resembles the formerly cancelled RAH-66 Comanche. Bell Textron Inc. has announced a new rotorcraft, Bell 360 Invictus. This program will be the company’s entrant for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype pr...
  • International Radar and Border Security Summit Held for the Second Time
    International Radar and Border Security Summit Held for the Second Time October 2 2019
    International Radar and Border Security Summit Held for the Second Time Organized by the Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MÜSİAD) for the second time, Military Radar + Border Security Turkey Summit started today with the participation of Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, National Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and a number of state officials. Interior Minister Soylu, drew attention to Turkey's security measures need to reduce dependence ...
  • MSD: Defence is an Art September 10 2019
    Gazi University Modern Defence Technologies Society (Modern Savunma Teknolojileri Topluluğu/MST) has members from different departments. By placing information at its core focus, the community aims to work together for the homeland. C4Defence: When was the Gazi Modern Defence Technologies Community founded and what is its scope? MST: Gazi University Modern Defence Technologies Society adventure started on 12 December 2017. For...
  • Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat
    Unmanned Combat Ship Ready for Combat August 26 2019
    In February, China's unmanned combat ship, which was exhibited at the 14th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (International Defence Exhibition/ IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, has launched. Jointly developed by No. 716 and No. 702 research institutes under the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), the JARI multi-purpose unmanned combat vessel held its launch ceremony. The launch indicates the world-leading combat drone ship has gained initial combat capability, the...
  • Ukraine and Turkey Co-Produce Akıncı UAV
    Ukraine and Turkey Co-Produce Akıncı UAV August 20 2019
    Ukrainian State Concern UkrOboronProm made a written statement from its internet page. The declaration was only available in Ukrainian. Unofficial translation of declaration states that the new-generation Akıncı (unmanned aerial cavalry) unmanned aerial vehicle will become one of the first projects of a joint venture created by Ukrspetseksport, a member of UkrOboronProm, and the Turkish company Baykar Defence. "The next generation Akıncı Impact UAV is designed to meet the requi...
  • US Air Force Prepares Kit for Unmanned Air Platform
    US Air Force Prepares Kit for Unmanned Air Platform August 20 2019
      The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies on 9 August performed a two-hour initial flight of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program (ROBOpilot), according to a 15 August AFRL statement. The ROBOpilot programme aimed the ability to rapidly and affordably convert a general aviation aircraft into an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), fly a mission autonomously and then return back to its piloted configuration. This conversion took place...
  • The incentive for Submarine Program
    The incentive for Submarine Program August 19 2019
    Lockheed Martin Australia has announced that it will finance research and development (R & D) solutions for Attack Class Submarines. Lockheed Martin officials said that each of the projects expected to include new methods and technologies for Australia's Assault Class Submarine. Successful applicants will receive seed grants of $75,000 each. Participants can apply in a total of eight separate areas. The first round of R&D grants saw more than $900,000 allocated to industry and aca...
  • The UK Receives the Last Batch of Trucks August 2 2019
    Last batch of 8x8 SX45 (L) vehicles, which are produced by Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles and MAN Truck & Bus UK, are delivered to the British army. The vehicles are used by the British Army as mobile platforms to deploy radar equipment. British Army ordered over 7000 of MAN SX and HX series of platforms to replace ageing Bedford, Leyland DAF and Foden vehicles. The MAN SX series high mobility truck shares some technologies with the MAN HX, FX and LX families. It has a stiffe...
  • First Chetak Received July 25 2019
    HAL delivered a Chetak helicopter ahead of schedule to Indian Navy. HAL entered into a contract with the Indian Navy in August 2017 for supply of eight Chetak helicopters with the delivery schedule of first two in August 2019 and balance in August 2020.  These helicopters are fitted with communication and navigation systems developed by HAL. HAL is producing the Chetak Helicopters for last five decades under license from Airbus Helicopters. These helicopters are used by Navy for ...
  • BMC entered the Top 100
    BMC entered the Top 100 July 24 2019
    BMC, the Izmir-based vehicle manufacturer, ranked fifth in the Defence News Top 100 list as the fifth Turkish company. Defence News magazine's revision of the previous year's defence turnover was revised for BMC. When Defence News was published for the first time yesterday, it was stated that BMC's data were not listed in error; “Due to editorial oversight, BMC was not included in the original Top 100 ranking released July 22, despite submitting the company’s...
  • Rolls-Royce to Develop Hypersonic Technology
    Rolls-Royce to Develop Hypersonic Technology July 18 2019
    Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to develop hypersonic propulsion systems for increased aircraft performance and capability. Typhoon’s engine EJ-200 will provide base for further works. Britain’s defence ministry is stepping up its interest in hypersonics with a $12 million contract to Rolls-Royce and its industrial partners to develop high-Mach aircraft propulsion systems. The contract will be with Rolls-Royce Plc, (RR) and its technology partners, BAE Systems an...
  • Hawks Set Example for Drone Capture
    Hawks Set Example for Drone Capture July 12 2019
      Oxford University, Flight Group researchers are studying the way Hawks catch prey to help develop the guidance systems for an air vehicle that will catch rogue drones. Research is focused on the behaviour of Hawks to understand flight dynamics, controls and guidance systems. Various methods and technologies are being developed that use projectiles, the jamming of radio communications, other drones and birds of prey. The researchers used high speed cameras ...
  • Raytheon and UTC Merge
    Raytheon and UTC Merge June 10 2019
    Raytheon and United Technologies Cooperation (UTC) will officially merge into a new entity called Raytheon Technologies Corporation, with the deal taking place in first half of 2020. While being billed as a “merger of equals,” UTC shareowners will own approximately 57 percent and Raytheon shareowners will own approximately 43 percent of the combined company. Per a news release, the new company will have approximately $74 billion in pro forma 2019 sales. The rel...
  • Human and Technological Preparedness Level For Aircraft June 3 2019
    The air force, which were established only in 1911, is an adventure that kicked off with an aircraft Vecihi Hürkuş built out of assembled aircraft parts. The Turkish Aeronautical Association which was founded in 1925 and Demirağ Aircraft Factory which was founded in 1936, Yavuz Kansu’s THK-13 flying wing project in 1947, TOMTAŞ, TAI. A very, very long process. Compared to countries that produce aircraft or make significant amounts of money from aviation and space technolo...
  • Satellite Positioning and Navigation Systems June 3 2019
    One of the most important requirements throughout history for trade and wars is the ability to determine one’s position and destination. A number of techniques and tools have been developed to know the position and the direction headed in caravans travelling in far away regions and ships in the open seas. Developments in electronic and space technologies in the 20th century proved to be significant breakthroughs in this field. Using the position of stars, sextant and similar t...
  • Public Security Agreement between ASİSGUARD and DAHUA TECHNOLOGY
    Public Security Agreement between ASİSGUARD and DAHUA TECHNOLOGY May 1 2019
    ASISGUARD, Asis' new defence brand, has signed a technology transfer agreement with Dahua, one of the world's leading companies in the security technologies sector. ASISGUARD, which was founded by Asis Electronics and Information Systems with the vision of developing national system solutions for the defence industry, has signed an important agreement with Dahua Technology to work together especially in public security solutions. With the agreement signed at IDEF'19...
  • STM and ASELSAN Cooperation at Sea
    STM and ASELSAN Cooperation at Sea April 30 2019
    Under the leadership of the Presidency for Defence Industries, STM has signed a protocol on the "Development of Electric Propulsion System in Speed ​​Boats“ with ASELSAN at IDEF'19. The protocol of STM was signed with ASELSAN on 30 April at the 14th International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF). The signing ceremony was attended by STM Chairman of Board of Directors Celal Sami Tüfekçi, STM General Manager Murat İkinci, ASELSAN Chairman of Board of Directors and CEO Hal...
  • IDEF'19 Kicks Off
    IDEF'19 Kicks Off April 30 2019
    IDEF'19 International Defence Industry Fair has kicked off in Istanbul. The President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar and the President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir also attended the fair and gave speeches. In addition to the developments in the Turkish Defence Industry, the importance of indigenously developed technologies and systems was once again emphasised. In addition, Erdoğan stated, "An F-35 programme without Turkey is destin...
  • Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army
    Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army April 17 2019
      AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies companies introduced Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft for US Army. The helicopter has a single-engine, coaxial rotor, a wing and two ducted pusher propellers on its aft fuselage. The wing provides to 50% of the rotorcraft’s lift during high-speed flight. Co-axial design of the prototype has similarities to Sikorsky’s S-97 Raider. AVX Aircraft chief operating officer Kendall Goodman says that their design was more of ...
  • Anglo-French FC/ASW Missile Programme Successfully Passes its Key Review
    Anglo-French FC/ASW Missile Programme Successfully Passes its Key Review March 21 2019
    MBDA announced its “Key Review”, jointly conducted with Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) and the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the British and French armament procurement agencies. The conclusion of this Key Review makes it possible to select the missile concepts in order to meet the requirements expressed by both nations’ armed forces. More in-depth studies will now be conducted on these concepts with the aim of identifying th...
  • China Develops Anti-Stealth Radars
    China Develops Anti-Stealth Radars March 19 2019
    Chinese Global Times Daily claims that Chinese arms companies work on multiple terahertz radiation radar systems to notice stealth aircraft. China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) team has developed successfully a prototype terahertz radiation radar and a second-generation prototype is already in development, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Sunday, citing a statement released by CETC. The development of terahertz radiation radar is a global chall...
  • Acoustic Target: Indigeneity March 16 2019
    Koç Information and Defence Technologies Inc. proceeds according to a vision of national and indigenous product development based on R&D. With a particular focus on underwater acoustics, the Company yields unique outputs in this area. We came together with the Director of Koç Information and Defence Technologies Inc., Dr. Hakan Başaran and Engineering Manager Mehmet Hakan Öktem to elaborate on the Company’s products as well as vision. C4Defence: ...
  • An Ore in the Cradle of Civilisations: KAR-SAV March 16 2019
    Our series of interviews introducing defence clubs established by university students, hosts in this issue KAR-SAV (Karabük University Defence Technologies Club) at Karabük University. Being the cradle of many civilisations in history, Karabük also stands out with its brilliant engineering candidates, with their hearts set on defence industry. C4Defence: When was KAR-SAV established and what is its scope of ac...
  • X-60A Completes Critical Design Review
    X-60A Completes Critical Design Review March 7 2019
    The X-60A, an air-dropped liquid rocket for hypersonic flight research, has completed its critical design review. The first flight is scheduled in about a year, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) says. AFRL, Aerospace Systems Directorate, High Speed Systems Division, in partnership with Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc., is developing the X-60A vehicle. It is an air-dropped liquid rocket specifically designed for hypersonic flight research. AFRL&r...
  • Marker Armed Testbed UGV from Russia
    Marker Armed Testbed UGV from Russia March 7 2019
    Russian Foundation for Advanced Studies (FPI), Russia's equivalent to the US DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) in conjunction with the Android Technology' has started a joint Project called the Marker UGV. The Marker UGV is designed to be a testbed for new technologies that will interact with special forces to test and mature emerging technologies and concepts of operation. The vehicle is equipped with a Remote Weapon Station (RWS) and is armed with...
  • Spain Officially Joins FCAS Fighter Programme
    Spain Officially Joins FCAS Fighter Programme February 15 2019
    The French, German and Spanish defence ministers signed a letter of intent for the FCAS fighter programme. Spain has joined the existing Franco-German effort to develop a future combat air system (FCAS), which is scheduled to enter service by 2040. During a NATO meeting in Brussels on 14 February, Spain's minister of defence, Margarita Robles, signed a letter of intent with her respective French and German counterparts, Florence Parly and Ursula von der Leyen, formalizing Spain&...
  • Technology Harvest in Çukurova February 7 2019
    Our series of interviews introducing defence clubs established by students in universities, hosts this month SAYTEK (Defence and High Technologies Club) at Çukurova University. Listed among the most fertile territories of Turkey, Çukurova seeks to add value to the defence industry by young engineer candidates.   C4Defence: When was SAYTEK established and what is its scope of activities? SAYTEK: Çukurova University Defence and High Te...
  • Northrop Grumman Showcases APS for The US Army
    Northrop Grumman Showcases APS for The US Army January 30 2019
      Northrop Grumman Corporation demonstrated advanced Vehicle Active Protection System (APS) technologies against Anti-Tank Guided Munitions during the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Centre (TARDEC) sponsored Soft-kill Rodeo in Huntsville on Oct. 5-31 Using its Passive Infrared Cueing Sensors system, Northrop Grumman say the system successfully generated threat warning of inbound ATGMs and provided a cue for the soft kill countermeasure syst...
  • Lockheed Martin Is Awarded US$172m Contract For LRASM
    Lockheed Martin Is Awarded US$172m Contract For LRASM January 18 2019
    The US Navy and US Air Force have awarded Lockheed Martin a US$172 million contract to produce the second lot of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM). LRASM is a long range, precision-guided anti-ship missile leveraging off its Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range (JASSM-ER) heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of US Navy and Air Force Aircraft. Armed with a penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, LRASM employs precision routing and guidanc...
  • Ukraine Procures Bayraktar TB2
    Ukraine Procures Bayraktar TB2 January 15 2019
    Ukrspetsexport, a subsidiary of the Ukraine-based Ukroboronprom, announced a new procurement agreement. Ukraine renewing its army with modernization, external procurement and new production. In this way, Ukraine procured UAV from Turkey. Ukraine announced the purchase of the country's Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle. No information was provided about the number of vehicles procured. Models to be delivered have the ability to carry weapons. Ukraine will procured ammunition ...
  • V-2 Missile and the Start of Space Race January 10 2019
    The Second World War set the stage for major revolutions in every area of military technology. Combatants from each side pushed the limits of their respective scientific and technological capacities. One of the most telling examples of these efforts revealed itself in developments in the area of rocket and missile. Used heavily by the Germans in the last stage of the war, the V-1 and V-2 type rockets heralded a new era in the conduct of war and military technologies. The impact of t...
  • Turkey’s Deterrence Power: Turkish Youth January 10 2019
    Defining its mission for 2019 as “developing a vision for the youth for innovation and the future of defence industry”, C4Defence will allocate space for defence clubs established in Turkish universities, as of its 69th issue. Our first interview was with Istanbul Technical University Defence Technologies Club (İTÜ SAVTEK), regarded as one of the earliest student clubs in the area of defence. These clubs, founded exclusively by the modest efforts of undergraduate an...
  • STM Set Goals: Achieving New Technologies January 10 2019
    Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM) General Manager Murat İkinci came together with national and sectoral press representatives for the first time at the STM Vision 2023 Press Meeting organised on December 5. During the speech he made on that occasion, İkinci specified the main goal of STM as achieving new technologies for Turkey. Also attending the meeting was the Head of Business Development, Onur Ateş. Following Ateş’s presentation on STM’s ac...