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  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes November 11 2019
    Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has initiated works on building at least four corvettes for the country’s navy, the ministry’s official news agency ArmyInform reported on Sept. 18. The process will start with resuming the construction of the Volodymyr the Great corvette as the lead vessel of Project 58250 class of perspective warships. Navy initiated building back in 2011, but there is almost no progress since then. Turkey and the United States are ready to su...
  • Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built
    Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built November 4 2019
    China has begun work on a third, and fourth Type 054A frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy. A steel cutting ceremony was held for the third and fourth ship at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in China on November 1st. The contract signed between China Shipbuilding Trading Co. Ltd (CSTC) and the Pakistani government for procurement was announced in June 2018. According to Chinese sources, the deal includes four platforms. The class of ships built for Pakistan was named Type 054AP. Almost equal ...
  • Second Part of Electronic Warfare
    Second Part of Electronic Warfare November 2 2019
    Under terms of a recent contract, Lockheed Martin will provide the U.S. Army and foreign military customers additional electronic warfare systems that enable faster detection and identification of threats. The agreement, which is the continuation of the first party delivery agreement in February 2018, is worth 42.7 million US Dollars. The Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometer system identifies intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) emitters and allows the pi...
  • France Defence Budget: 37.5 billion Euros
    France Defence Budget: 37.5 billion Euros October 6 2019
    French draft defence budget for 2020 provides a global envelope of 37.5 billion euros. Modernisation of significant equipment, job creations and innovation are the main thrusts of the 2020 budget. The budget is presented on September 27 to the Council of Ministers by Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces. The draft budget is in line with the commitments of the 2019-2025 Military Planning Act. The act increases the budget by € 1.7 billion per year until 2022: th...
  • 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...
  • F-35 is Visible on Radar
    F-35 is Visible on Radar October 1 2019
    German radar-maker Hensoldt claims to have tracked two F-35s for 150 kilometres following the 2018 Berlin Air Show in Germany in late April of that year. The company claims its passive radar system, named TwInvis, to track the aircraft. Passive radar equipment computes an aerial picture by reading how civilian communications signals bounce off airborne objects.  Because there are no emitters, passive radar is covert, meaning pilots entering a monitored area are unaware they are...
  • Changing Balances: China’s New Defence Strategies September 10 2019
    “In the white paper published by the State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China on July 22, 2019, China's new defence strategies were discussed in detail. The document has many differences compared to its predecessors. China has made fundamental changes in the structure and the organization of the army and makes many evaluations about the international agenda. As the power of the Asian continent not only in economic terms but also in military terms with i...
  • ASELSAN Radios for Turkish Air Force
    ASELSAN Radios for Turkish Air Force August 29 2019
    ASELSAN products, which have a long history in the field of communication systems, reaching wide market domestic sales. The company started to integrate the new generation communication systems into the Turkish Air Force within the scope of TSK Multi-Band Digital Joint Radio Project. The 9681 V / UHF and 9681 HF radios developed indigenously were integrated for the first time in a Turkish Air Force aircraft. The use of the system installed on the CN235 transport aircraft is expected...
  • The Hellenic Navy Started Sea Trials
    The Hellenic Navy Started Sea Trials July 25 2019
    For the Hellenic Navy, 6th Roussen-Class fast attack missile boat (FACM) started sea trials. The platform, which was under construction went into the water in Elefsina Bay for a limited time. Final ship acceptance board checks of the No. 6 FACM are scheduled to be executed in the third quarter of this year. The Roussen-class FACM are based a stretched variant of the successful Vita design in used with the navies of Qatar and Oman. The Platform has a length of 62 meters, full load di...
  • The Netherlands to Acquire Eight or Nine Extra F-35 Fighter Jets
    The Netherlands to Acquire Eight or Nine Extra F-35 Fighter Jets July 20 2019
    The Netherlands buys new F35 fighter jets. It is probably eight or nine. They come on top of the 37 that the previous cabinet had already decided on. And with the next cabinet, the defence budget will have to rise again. We are also obliged to do so within NATO, "says Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld in an interview with Trouw . Within NATO we still dangle at the bottom in terms of spending. So we will have to take extra steps. Next year we will have a recalibration of the defenc...
  • New Support for A400M Program
    New Support for A400M Program July 2 2019
      Airbus and Organization for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR)signed A400M contract amendment to solve the cost, performance and delivery problems in the A400M military cargo aircraft program. After the negotiations started in 2017, the agreement is divided into four parts. The first step is new capabilities development plan. According to this plan, Airbus will aim to offer all agreed features and perform better operations. The second step, which aims to significantly reduce...
  • ROKETSAN Full of Surprises
    ROKETSAN Full of Surprises April 30 2019
    ROKETSAN has announced one surprise after another during IDEF’19. The final tests of the surface-to-surface anti-ship missile Atmaca, which was designed and developed for the requirements of the naval forces, have been completed recently. Atmaca successfully hit a target at a range of roughly 200 km. Although it is similar to the Harpoon missile in terms of its place of use and shape, the autonomous missile with low radar signature offers many advantages including communication and spee...
  • Brazil May Modernise PHM Atlantico
    Brazil May Modernise PHM Atlantico March 20 2019
    The Brazilian Navy has started initial studies for the installation of new systems meant to improve its PHM Atlantico (A140) (formerly HMS Ocean) multipurpose helicopter carrier according to the Jane’s. Among the components being considered for replacement, installation, or modernisation are navigation and precision approach radar systems, a command-and-control system at the operational level for use by an embarked command force, and a new self-protection system to complement ...
  • F-15s to fill F-35 Capability Shortfall
    F-15s to fill F-35 Capability Shortfall March 18 2019
    US will add extra F-15s to its Air Force inventory. According to a source speaking to Air Force Magazine “the Pentagon’s decision to add new F-15EXs to its budget request for the Air Force, was based on a lack of capability and capacity of the current fleet and the presumptive cheaper cost of the Eagles”, the military’s top uniformed officer told lawmakers on Thursday. The Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget request includes about $1 billion for eight F-15EX ...
  • Historical Development of Air Vehicle Design Genetics (3) March 16 2019
    Thousands of aircraft and trained pilots, suspended from duty in the aftermath of the Second World War, found a place in civil aviation, thus paving the way to a the rapidly burgeoning commercial cargo and passenger transportation sector. The Cold War itself set the stage for the development of an unprecedented aircraft industry, offering employment for tens of millions of people from both ideological camps. It is thanks to a fight for survival, in which all resources were mobilised...
  • 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&...
  • MLU for Preveze
    MLU for Preveze February 8 2019
    Turkish Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik (STM) is to lead the programme for the Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) of the Turkish Naval Forces Command’s four Type 209/1400 Preveze-class submarines. Under the terms of the contract, signed with Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), STM will take on the role of lead partner in partnership with Havelsan, Aselsan and Asfat. The four Preveze-class boats were delivered between 1994 and 1999. STM says the four su...
  • Russia’s Return to Africa February 8 2019
    So far, Russia’s presence in Africa has been brief and limited as compared to heavy involvement of colonial Western powers. However, there are still enduring signs of impact...   In late December, the United States proclaimed its new strategy on Africa. The main argument was based on the urgency of protecting US interests in the Continent against the unlawful expansionism of China and Russia. For this purpose, the strategy calls for deepening economic, political...
  • A First in the Pyramids: EDEX 2018 January 10 2019
    It is always interesting taking part in the first edition of a defence exhibition, as it allows to get the feelings of the local market and industry. This was also the case with EDEX, Egypt Defence Expo, which took place at the Egypt International Exhibition Centre at the outskirts of Cairo on December 3-5, 2018. Inaugurated on Monday by the Egyptian President, Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, the event gathered some 350 exhibitors; behind Egypt, with over 50 exhibitors, came the United States ...
  • Cyber Developments in the USA January 10 2019
    On the eve of the 2019, it should be underlined that the last year witnessed major developments in the United States in terms of cyber security. Ever since the Department of Defence (DoD) officially recognised cyberspace as a warfighting domain in 2004, it is not possible to talk about cyber space as a prominent item in the US security agenda especially in 2018. A major development last year was Washington’s enthusiasm to rescind Barack Obama era’s cyber strategy by favo...
  • İŞBİR’s Priority is Indigenous Production November 6 2018
    As we are moving towards the last quarter of 2018, İŞBİR Elektrik Sanayii has allocated 80 percent of its current production portfolio to defence industry projects. Accordingly, realisation of these long-term projects are extended to years. İŞBİR General Manager Burhan Özgür conveyed the defence-related orders received by his company and the long period of cooperation in these words: “Looking at the delivery schedule of our current projects, some are to be delivered ...
  • Belbas: We Look for Cooperation November 6 2018
    Acting Director of SpetsTechnoExport (STE) Vladyslav Belbas met with Turkish journalists during the Arms and Security Expo held in Kiev. STE currently develops business among Turkish and Ukrainian companies. Belbas underlined that government-to-government relations are very good and both sides are determined to deepen relations even more. Comparing Ukraine with China in terms of production costs, Belbas invites Turkish companies to invest in Ukraine. During our interview, we had the opportuni...
  • Kiev: Field Experience Exposed November 6 2018
    Ongoing for about four years, the armed confrontation between Ukraine and Russia did not dominate the general atmosphere of the Expo. However, its impact was visible in terms of participant profile. Although Ukrainian products are now combat-proven, low production capacity and economic deficiencies negatively influence supply and export targets. The Expo is nevertheless an opportunity to acquire new capability for those with a project at hand. Attended by participants from a total o...
  • China Continues Strategic Investment
    China Continues Strategic Investment November 2 2018
    China has taken action to increase the construction of nuclear-capable submarines. The Beijing administration wants to be one step ahead of the US and other countries in nuclear terms. China wants to turn the submarine's surprise attack ability into an advantage, says more nuclear warheads will not be produced. The Chinese People's Liberation Army chose to use the warheads in its inventory underwater. According to the nuclear doctrine, China has chosen not to be the first to use the n...
  • Analysing Mudros Armistice on its Centenary October 7 2018
    Signed on October 30, 1918, Mudros Armistice was signed between the Ottoman Empire and the Entente Powers to conclude fighting. However, it paved the way to the establishment of the Turkish Republic owing to its disregard of equality and sovereignty in terms of content and practice. The international system, rooted in the Westphalian Peace of 1648, has witnessed only a few conflicts, which ended up in the disappearance of actors taking part in them. In other words, generally speakin...
  • Union Makes Strength! Swarm Technology October 7 2018
    Inspiration by nature is one of the most substantial elements in throughout the history of mankind for human progress. Although the system imitated was intended to serves the best interests of man, it has occasionally been the subject of conflicts. Today, the machines are to proceed in the absence of humans. “Swarming” concept is the highest stage that this autonomous structure has reached. The system can be associated with such terms as giving birth, proliferation and c...
  • Siberian Weather in the midst of Summer: NATO Leaders’ Summit in Brussels August 16 2018
    “NATO is a defensive Alliance. NATO’s greatest responsibility is to protect and defend our territory and our populations against attack. Any attack against one Ally will be regarded as an attack against us all, as set out in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. We will continue to stand together and act together, on the basis of solidarity, shared purpose, and fair burden-sharing.” Thus concurred the NATO’s leaders of 29 allied countries in the very first arti...
  • Defence and Security Industry Met at SEDEC August 16 2018
    The event, composed of an exhibition, conference and B2B organisation, took place for the first time in July 3-5, 2018 in Ankara, where issues like homeland and border security, domestic security and defence systems were debated. Organised under the auspices of the then Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) (now, Presidency of Defence Industries/ SSB) with the support of Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (Savunma Sanayii İhracatçı Birliği/ SS...
  • SATEK ARGE's Target: Indigenous Design August 16 2018
    With a mission to develop indigenous and national products, SATEK ARGE is a recently founded yet widely acknowledged company of outstanding designs. Attaching primary importance to meeting the requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces in terms of design and product, the Company seeks to carve out a space for itself in the sector, with its rotating-barrel Gatling weapon system. General Manager Şenel Canik briefly summarised the Company’s strategy. SATEK ARGE is a new entrant; ho...
  • US $ 195 Million Military Aid To Egypt
    US $ 195 Million Military Aid To Egypt July 27 2018
    US President Donald Trump has decided to release $ 195 million military aid to Egypt, which last year had decided to freeze because of concerns about human rights. "Recognizing the measures taken by Egypt over the past year, in response to the US's comparable concerns, and in the context of our efforts to further strengthen this partnership, the (American) government decided to allow Egypt to make use of the $ 195 million "remaining from the October 2016-September 2017...
  • Turkish Bases in Africa: Cost-Benefit Analysis
    Turkish Bases in Africa: Cost-Benefit Analysis July 9 2018
    It has been underscored that the so-called “bases” established in the former Ottoman territories of Somalia and Sudan would serve the best interests of Turkey in terms of image, regional security and export of “indigenous and national” defence products. However, it should be calculated that this development might further help deteriorate Turkish-Gulf relations, trigger terror attacks against the Turkish personnel and cripple Turkish agriculture and animal husbandry eve...
  • MILGEM Record in Exports
    MILGEM Record in Exports July 5 2018
    Minister of National Defence Nurettin Canikli gave a good news of the MILGEM's in a press release. MILGEM Class corvettes were exported to Pakistan. Under the agreement inked today, Pakistan will supply four ships. Two of the vessels will be built at the Istanbul Shipyard Command, and two will be built in Karachi, Pakistan. All responsibility for construction work will be in the hand of Turkish Ministry of National Defence. The amount of the deal has not been announced, but it is said tha...
  • ZAHA Shows It's Face
    ZAHA Shows It's Face June 28 2018
    During the session held during 9th Defence Technologies Congress at METU, ZAHA's last version has presented for the first time. Burak Sağ, who made a presentation on behalf of the FNSS within the scope of the session, shared an image of ZAHA, one of the projects of the company, unveiled the lasets pictures of platform. The Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicles (Zırhlı Amfibi Hücum Araçları / ZAHA) Project, which has been supplied by the Undersecretariat of Defence...
  • Airbus Signs Contract for HERON TP Drones with the German Armed Forces
    Airbus Signs Contract for HERON TP Drones with the German Armed Forces June 14 2018
    Germany has signed a leasing agreement for the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that had been delayed by an industry protest. The contract includes both the provision of Heron TP UAS as well as all operational services required for the system. In accordance with German budget law, the contract will become effective upon publication of the federal budget. Heron 1 drones, which are currently deploy...
  • Tough Conditions, yet Robust Exhibition: KADEX 2018
    Tough Conditions, yet Robust Exhibition: KADEX 2018 June 11 2018
    Comprising a geographical area of one third of the United States and almost four times that of Turkey, Kazakhstan is the world’s 10th largest state and takes pains to maintain security. Devoid of any access to open seas, Kazakhstan does not live a single day in peace in the Caspian Sea, constituting the only water resource for this country. On the other hand, two of the five neighbours encircling this giant country are Russia and China. Land borders amount to 13364 km. This va...
  • Wilson; S-400 is not a Problem for NATO
    Wilson; S-400 is not a Problem for NATO May 30 2018
    US Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, said that procurement of S-400 missiles of Turkey is not constitute a problem in terms of NATO alliance. Washington-based Atlantic Council held "Strengthening the Alliance US: Conversation with the Secretary of the US Air Force" (Strengthening US Alliances: the Secretary of the Air Force) Republican politician speaking at a panel titled and US Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, ansewered a question about Turkey's procur...
  • TCG Trakya, On The Way
    TCG Trakya, On The Way May 22 2018
    As Turkey counts down for delivery of the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft, another development came into light of the Turkish Navy front. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, the service plans to supply a total of 32 short-takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft. Today, there are two aircraft models with this feature and one is to retire. For this reason, the service is considering Lockheed Martin's F-35B aircraft program. According to t...
  • TAI Works On Indigenization
    TAI Works On Indigenization May 18 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), who conducts a series of indigenous projects in the defence and aerospace industry, carried out a comprehensive indigenization work to reduce Turkey's dependence on foreign products and components. In this context, the company prepared a report on which products should be prioritized in terms of indigenization, that are being used in the companies indigenous projects. TAI, which determined the priority products, systems, subsystems, compo...
  • Has F-35 Entered the Fog?
    Has F-35 Entered the Fog? May 11 2018
    Although Turkey-US military relations encounter tough challenges at times, these have been resolved so far under the premises of NATO. Does the current proposal for the F-35 stand for another challenge or is it a minor subject thrusted upon the agenda by political conjuncture? Turkey’s status in the F-35 Program differs much from a position in an ordinary procurement program. As of 1999, Turkey adopted a visionary approach to participate in this strategic program in terms of i...
  • Who is Awake? “Sleeping Beauty” or “Sleeping Giant”?
    Who is Awake? “Sleeping Beauty” or “Sleeping Giant”? May 11 2018
    Rooted in the European Coal and Steel Community of 1952, the United Europe paved the way to long-term peace by regulating the production and distribution of these two major elements of war industry. However, can the partnership deal concluded between the European Investment Bank and European Defence Agency on February 28, 2018 reverse the tide? Owned by and representing the interests of the European Union member states, the European Investment Bank (EIB) provides finance and experti...