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  • Robots Competing
    Robots Competing February 21 2020
    Turkey's first and most established organisation of robotic competitions 17th  International METU Robotics Days, taking place on 22-23 February in STM's primary sponsor. Middle East Technical University Robot Society set the completion for the first time in 2002 as Robot Days, and it became an international completion in 2008. The competion will be held at METU Culture and Congress Centre (KKM). METU Robot Days aim to popularise robotics in Turkey. There are s...
  • Pakistan Test-Launched Long Range Cruise Missile
    Pakistan Test-Launched Long Range Cruise Missile February 21 2020
    Pakistan continues to increase the strength of the army with domestic weapons systems as well as foreign procurements. In this context, Islamabad carried out a long-range missile test launch. The test launch of the cruise missile system named Ra'ad-II, which mock-up of missile exhibited for the first time in a military parade in 2017, was held last Tuesday. The system, whose range is almost doubled by its predecessor Ra'ad-I missile, can reach targets within 5...
  • BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight
    BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight February 21 2020
    Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35®) has the potential to stay airborne for a year. BAE Systems’ PHASA-35, a 35m wingspan solar-electric aircraft, has completed its maiden flight. The UAV opens a new gate to a yearlong flight endurance plugging the gap between aviation and satellite technology.    Sponsored by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), t...
  • Unidef's Tower Solution is Qualified
    Unidef's Tower Solution is Qualified February 20 2020
    Unidef company unveiled its protection solution for VIP convoys at IDEF 2019.  The answer is adapted to the van and provides effective defence for the security of convoy. A Remote Controlled Weapon Station ( RCWS) is mounted on the roof of the van. The basket is hidden inward under the two-piece hatch. The system is invisible from outside unless it is operational and it facilitates loading ammunition from the inside. If desired, 7.62 X 51mm calibre Profense M134 Minigun or 5.56 X 45mm Pr...
  • Asia-Pacific Attack from Israel
    Asia-Pacific Attack from Israel February 19 2020
    Israel-based defence firm Elbit Systems, which has recently increased its market dominance in the Asia-Pacific region, won a contract worth some $670 million to supply defence products to an unnamed country in the Asia-Pacific region. The deal will be carried out over a 25-month period. “This significant contract award is a testament to the trust that customers place with our solutions and to the leading position we hold in the market,” Elbit CEO Bezhalel Machlis said in a stateme...
  • Navy Tests Inert Trident II Missile
    Navy Tests Inert Trident II Missile February 19 2020
    The U.S. Navy on Sunday tested an unarmed Trident II missile from the USS Maine for the second time in a week. The tests was carried out from an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine that carries nuclear warheads. The US Navy conducted its tests on the Western Test Range off the coast of San Diego. Sunday’s launch marked 178 successful missile launches of the Trident II strategic weapon system, the Navy said. The 45-foot-long missiles have a range of 4,000...
  • Fighting Flares in Eastern Ukraine
    Fighting Flares in Eastern Ukraine February 18 2020
    The conflict between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine arose.  Heavy fighting erupted in eastern Ukraine, the country's military said, while separatists blamed Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he would convene a national security council meeting to discuss the latest flare-up in the country's Donbass region. "This is not just a cynical provocation... it is an attempt to disrupt the peace process in the Donb...
  • Russia’s Il-112 aircraft to perform 2nd flight in April
    Russia’s Il-112 aircraft to perform 2nd flight in April February 18 2020
    Russia’s latest Ilyushin il-112 military transport plane prototype will take to the skies for the second time in April, Head of the Ilyushin Aviation Company Yuri Grudinin said on Monday. "We are going to certify Il-76, Il-114-300 and Il-112 planes, the production of which is being planned. In April, we will fly the first Il-112 plane at the Voronezh enterprise and will organize the serial production of il-112s at the Voronezh factory," the chief executive said. ...
  • Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches
    Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches February 17 2020
    Boeing has confirmed at the Singapore Air Show 2020 that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has expressed its interest to rebuild 12 of its 20 existing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters to the latest AH-64E Apache Guardian variant. The RSAF currently has 12 AH-64D Apache Longbows based in Singapore as part of the 120 Squadron, while eight aircraft are based in Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona and used for training as part of the Peace Vanguard detachme...
  • US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs
    US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs February 16 2020
    US Navy no longer wants to upgrade and repair the first four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) due to high cost.  The ships were built for experimenting and testing according to the Navy. They’re no longer worth a deeper financial investment, according to Rear Adm. Randy Crites, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for the budget. “They’re not configured like the other LCS in the fleet, and they need significant upgrades. Everything from combat [systems], to structural,...
  • USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft
    USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS is Operational for All Aircraft February 16 2020
    General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced that the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) have been cleared for shipboard launch and recovery of all currently deployed naval aircraft types aboard USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78).  This means that CVN 78 completed Aircraft Compatibility Testing (ACT) following 16 days at sea. The aircraft carrier passed sea compatibility tests with EMALS and AAG. It can launch and r...
  • Singapore to Acquire F-35s
    Singapore to Acquire F-35s February 16 2020
    Singapore’s Air Force chief Maj. Gen. Kelvin Khong has given green light for F-35 fighter jet even though he acknowledged that logistics remain as a problem to be solved. In a written reply to questions by the media, Maj. Khong said that the first four F-35Bs that Singapore is looking to buy would be located in the continental United States for initial training and testing. Khong said that although most of the F-35’s developmental issues have been resolved in r...
  • First End-to-End Firing MBDA Marte-ER
    First End-to-End Firing MBDA Marte-ER February 14 2020
    MBDA, which continues to expand the air-to-surface missile family, recently conducted a test launch. The first end-to-end system launch was carried out by MARTE-ER, which can be defined as the third generation of MARTE missile family which are among the products of the company. Within the scope of the activity, which was stated to be the second test launch of the missile, there was also an integrated navigation system, proximity fly-over fuze, gun control and actuator systems. MARTE...
  • China to Test New Rocket
    China to Test New Rocket February 12 2020
    China, been staring into space for a long time. In this context, Beijing will carry out a new test launch. As part of its manned space station program, China has developed a new carrier platform on the Long March 5 rocket. The new rocket, called Long March 5B, will carry the necessary parts into orbit as part of the space station installation work. Long March 5B, which counts days for the first launch, reached the launch area after 1 week of sea and rail transportation. The first tr...
  • US Approves US$990 Million Anti-Ship Missiles Sale for RAAF
    US Approves US$990 Million Anti-Ship Missiles Sale for RAAF February 12 2020
    The US State Department has approved a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of up to 200 AGM-158C, Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs) and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$990 million. The Commonwealth has requested to buy up to 200 AGM-158Cs and up to 11 ATM-158C LRASM Telemetry Variants (Inert). Also included are DATM-158C LRASM, Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM-158C LRASM), containers, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, pe...
  • Boeing to change Super Hornets for India
    Boeing to change Super Hornets for India February 11 2020
    Boeing plans trials to confirm that it's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter can operate from an aircraft carrier equipped with a skip ramp rather than catapults. The US-based firm announced that it plans to test Hornet with a ramp. Competing with many companies for India, which declares that it will purchase 57 fighter jets, Boeing can make its place in the Indian Navy with the launch of the ramp. India in early 2020 operates just one carrier, Vikramaditya, a former Soviet vessel. T...
  • Supersonic Jet Will Fly at The End of 2020
    Supersonic Jet Will Fly at The End of 2020 February 11 2020
    The X-59 Supersonic jet that NASA and Lockheed Martin are working on has just a little time to take off. While it is stated that the platform will take off at the end of 2020, it is aimed to start test flights in 2022. NASA seeks to develop it into an ultra-quiet craft that can travel faster than the speed of sound across the land. Further testing will follow the plane's completion this year to ensure that this is the case and that the aircraft not only functions and reaches the...
  • Nuclear Submarine Will Be Inventory Within Two Months
    Nuclear Submarine Will Be Inventory Within Two Months February 11 2020
    The Borei-A Class Knyaz Vladimir submarine, developed under the Project 955A modernization program for the Russian Navy, has a short time to enter the inventory. Russian officials announced that the platform, which provides its energy from nuclear power, has successfully completed extensive tests. Knyaz Vladimir will be delivered to the Russian Navy in about a month and a half. It was floated out in November 2017. According to the data of Russia’s Defence Ministry, the sub Knyaz Vladimi...
  • FNSS Starts Mass Production of HARİMAU MT
    FNSS Starts Mass Production of HARİMAU MT February 6 2020
    FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. starts mass production of Medium Weight Class Tank HARİMAU MT. The tank, developed by FNSS in partnership with PT Pindad, an Indonesian State Industry organisation, had completed all the qualification tests of the Indonesian army and started to mass production. The joint production contract was signed at the IDEF in 2019, and it entered into force last December. The mass production work began at the FNSS facilities. Under the agreement, FNSS wi...
  • Lightning Protection for TF-X
    Lightning Protection for TF-X February 6 2020
    A signature ceremony was held for the "Lightning Test Facility" of the Turkish Fighter Programme Project (TF-X) between the Turkish Aviation and Space Industry and Hizal companies. The facility will be used to test the effects of possible lightning currents during the development phase of the MMU.   Direct and indirect effects of lightning will be tested during the development of TF-X at the Lightning Test Facility. The infrastructure of the facility will be...
  • Dream Come True for 5th Generation with Remote Flight of Growler
    Dream Come True for 5th Generation with Remote Flight of Growler February 5 2020
    Concept of teamed manned and unmanned aerial vehicles is one step closer. Within the scope of a series of tests carried out in 2019, two unmanned platforms' control and management were made by another aircraft. Two EA-18G Growler electronic warfare and SEAD (Surpression of Enemy Air Defence) platforms were controlled through a third EA-18G as part of the activities carried out in cooperation with the US Navy and Boeing. Four flight trials carried out in the program, wh...
  • Second Phase of ASELSAN "ATOM" Completed
    Second Phase of ASELSAN "ATOM" Completed February 5 2020
    ASELSAN continues to delivery process of the indigenous products as well as R&D activities and sales. Within the scope of the delivery process of ATOM 35 mm Particle Ammunition, the second batch product was taken to the Turkish Armed Forces inventory at the Karapınar Test and Evaluation Group Command of the Ministry of National Defence. Presidency of Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı / SSB), which responsible for acquisition and r&D processes of a...
  • Belarussian Flute
    Belarussian Flute February 4 2020
    State Military-Industrial Committee of Belarus held the meeting. The new tactical CNRA (Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher) system was introduced at the event held in the capital Minsk. According to the news published in the country media, the launching tests of the system, which was unveiled during exhibition, continue. The platform consisting of SHTS (Silach) 4x4 armored tactical vehicle mounted 80 mm rocket launcher system developed over the GAZ-3308 Sadko chassis is called "...
  • USS Fitzgerald Ready for Tests
    USS Fitzgerald Ready for Tests February 4 2020
    About three years ago, the US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), collided with the shipping ship MV ACX Crystal, and seven people died in an accident. The platform, which has undergone maintenance and repair after the incident, will soon start sea tests. In these tests. The ship will test its navigation, damage control, mechanical and electrical systems, combat systems, as well as communications and propulsion equipment.
  • TCG Anadolu is back at sea
    TCG Anadolu is back at sea February 3 2020
      Turkey's first Landing Helicopter Dock / LHD TCG Anatolia met sea again. After the completion of the main hull, the ship was launched the sea for a while and then moved back to the dry dock to complete the integration of the main propulsion and propulsion system. After these operations, he was taken to the pocket dock. Here, the ship's further test preparations will be made. Istanbul Sedef Shipyard is the primary constructor of the ship. Thousand 4...
  • Third Round on Jet Tender
    Third Round on Jet Tender February 3 2020
    Saab announced that the testing and evaluation phase for Gripen E / F and GlobalEye AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Command) aircraft has started under the third step of the jet fighter tender. As part of Finland's HX Program, Saab Gripen E/F's turn has started. The first serial production standard test aircraft, the 39-10, arrived at Tampere-Pirkkala Air Base located in the north of Helsinki on January 30. Twin seater Gripen NG 39-7, which is sensor t...
  • Greek Kiowa Warriors' First Live Fire
    Greek Kiowa Warriors' First Live Fire January 31 2020
    An important phase was left behind in the operational process of OH-58D armed reconnaissance helicopters of Hellenic Army, which were procured from the USA by donating. With the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, which are expected to increase significantly to the armed reconnaissance and observation capabilities of the Hellenic Army, the first live fire training of Greek personnel was carried out on January 29. The live fire activities of the platforms assigned to the 1st Army ...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? January 30 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • Last Frigate Launched
    Last Frigate Launched January 30 2020
    Fincantieri Shipyard came to an end during the construction phase of the FREMM (Fregata Europea Multi-Missione) Program. ITS Emilio Bianchi (F 589), the last FREMM built for the Italian Navy (Marina Militare), was launched at Fincantieri's Riva Trigoso Shipyard. The ship, which is the 10th and last platform ordered by Italy, will arrive at Muggiano Shipyard located in La Spezia for refit process. Following the fitting and testing phase, which will be completed under the coo...
  • ASELSAN Sign on Radar Absorbent Material
    ASELSAN Sign on Radar Absorbent Material January 29 2020
    ASELSAN, which carries out the development activities of high importance systems under the New Type Submarine Project, has completed factory acceptance tests of a critical product. Thanks to the component that the company designed and developed with its own capabilities, the detection of Reis Class (Type 214) submarines will become more difficult. According to the news published by Anadolu Agency, factory acceptance tests of composite radar absorbent material pro...
  • Wet Contacts from C29
    Wet Contacts from C29 January 29 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...
  • New Ballistic Missile from India
    New Ballistic Missile from India January 28 2020
    India has successfully tested its new nuclear-equipped ballistic missile K-4 in the Bay of Bengal. The new indigenously-built K-4 intermediate-range submarine-launched ballistic missile has a maximum range of 3,500 kilometres. Indian officials believe that the K-4’s accuracy is far better than any Chinese ballistic missile. India’s Defence Research and Development Organization is said to proceed next to develop a longer-ranged SLBM with a maximum range, using knowledge and experie...
  • New Test Phase for F-35 Engines
    New Test Phase for F-35 Engines January 28 2020
    The testing process has begun on F135 engines that power the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. As part of the process, which has been ongoing since June 2019, significant improvements will be made to the engine. According to the statement made by Pratt & Whitney, the process was carried out in the Arnold Engineering Development Center of the US Air Force. Within the scope of the studies, a new fan rotor was added to the F135 engines to increase efficiency and a trial phase was started...
  • Guided Rocked Solution Against Cruise Missiles
    Guided Rocked Solution Against Cruise Missiles January 28 2020
    The search for solutions against the increasing cruise missile threats is also expanding. As part of these efforts, the US Air Force carried out a new weapon test. In testing activities conducted in December 2019, an F-16C Fighting Falcon of the USn Air Force intercepted a high-speed target drone simulating cruise missile. AN/AAQ-33 Sniper targeting pod was used in tests with the laser-guided AGR-20A APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill System). It is unclear whether any changes...
  • New Machine Gun is "Safe"
    New Machine Gun is "Safe" January 27 2020
    Sig Sauer left behind an important step in their work to fill the gap between machine guns using 7.62x51mm NATO and 12.7x99mm BMG ammunition. The new system, called the MG 338, completed safety certification tests and entered the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) inventory. "This safety certification was achieved after the extraordinary performance of the entire MG 338 system with the challenges of the comprehensive functionality, durability and safety tests laid out...
  • New Missile Trial of North Korea
    New Missile Trial of North Korea January 27 2020
    Despite increasing tensions and coming face to face with the world, especially the USA, Japan and the Republic of Korea due to missile trials and nuclear studies, the North Korea added a new one to the test launchs. A statement from the Republic of Korea announced that the Pyongyang administration launched two short-range projectile. Missiles launched from the Hamyong Region towards the eastern waters of the country reached to about 97 thousand metres altitude 38...
  • HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials
    HMS Queen Elisabeth at F-35B Trials January 25 2020
    HMS Queen Elizabeth gets Closer to Becoming Operational as Carrier Leaves For Trials The Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth has left Portsmouth for her first flight trials with British F-35B fighter jets in UK waters. During the flight trials, it is expected British F-35Bs will make their first landings on Queen Elizabeth in UK waters. Six pilots, from the Navy and RAF, will carry out their aircraft carrier qualification during that time. Last year, HMS Queen Elizabeth spent a few...
  • National Server Computer Ready for Work
    National Server Computer Ready for Work January 24 2020
    Design, prototype production and performance tests of GÖREVSAYAR 40S, National Server Computer developed within the scope of Electronic Warfare Command, Control and Coordination System (WWCCCS) and Network Enabled Capability (NEC) were completed. It is foreseen that national server computer, which is developed to be utilised in Command Control Systems, Signal Processing Systems, Data Centres, Tactic Cloud Structures and High-Performance Storage Systems, will also be used intensely in fut...
  • M4K Recovery Vehicle Passed Tests
    M4K Recovery Vehicle Passed Tests January 24 2020
    M4K (Partially Mine Protected Recovery Vehicle), which will perform a recovery mission for wheeled vehicles, has completed its qualification tests. The Presidency of Defence Industries made an announcement in its official accounts, "The qualification tests of thePartially Mine Protected Recovery Vehicle, which produced by MPG indigenously, has been completed qualification tests succesfully." A total of 29 M4K will put into Turkish armed forces inventory....
  • Newest V-22 in Skies
    Newest V-22 in Skies January 24 2020
    The newest variant of the V-22 Osprey, which will replace the C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery aircraft in the past years, made maiden flight. The new model, developed in partnership with Boeing and Bell Textron, was named as CMV-22B Osprey. With the activity at Bell's Amarillo Assembly Center, an important milestone has been left behind in the C-2 Greyhound replacement program. CMV-22, which will replace C-2 Greyhound aircraft will serve for transporti...