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  • CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight
    CH-7 Made Its Maiden Flight 22 September 2020
    The latest half-year stock report by Chinese state-owned company China Rainbow Drone revealed that the CH-7 stealth unmanned air vehicle (UAV) has flown. The CH-7 was first unveiled at Airshow China 2018. This type of drone is China's first large-scale stealth long-endurance drone. The design is a tailless “flying wing” with a dorsally-mounted central turbofan housing and stealth or low observable profile similar to the Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAV. <...
  • Australia Launches 35kg Commercial Rocket into Atmosphere
    Australia Launches 35kg Commercial Rocket into Atmosphere 22 September 2020
    A small commercial rocket has been launched from Australia to the edge of space for the first time. First commercial space capable rocket is followed by a second rocket within two hours. At 10:09:47 am on 19 September, Southern Launch ignited Australia’s first commercial space-capable rocket at the Koonibba Test Range northwest of Ceduna in SA. And in a second first for Australia, only an hour and forty minutes later at 11:49:47 am a second space capable launch was s...
  • Guided-missile corvette "Grayvoron" first went to sea for sea trials
    Guided-missile corvette "Grayvoron" first went to sea for sea trials 20 September 2020
    Guided-missile corvette "Graivoron", built for the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, began its first launch to sea for the purpose of factory sea trials according to the statement released on Saturday by the press service of the fleet. It is specified that the tests are carried out by the regular crew together with the factory commissioning team in order to check the operation of power plants, steering gear, auxiliary mechanisms, communications, navigation and oth...
  • Stirling Solution for Hürjet
    Stirling Solution for Hürjet 19 September 2020
    British Expleo Company announced from its social media accounts that its company Stirling Dynamics has been awarded a new contract from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) to provide technical assistance for the Hürjet, a twin-seat, single-engine supersonic advanced trainer and light combat aircraft. The Stirling Dynamics signed New Loads and Aeroelastics Consultancy Contract. The company made a statement from its website and said; This contract builds on previous su...
  • GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine
    GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine 19 September 2020
    GE Aviation delivered the first of 19 engines that will power the initial eight models of Boeing’s F-15EX advanced Eagle, which will begin combined developmental and operational tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., early next year, the company said Sept. 16. In June, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCM) awarded GE Aviation a Lot 1 contract to produce 19 F110-GE-129 engines, including installs and spares and modernized engine monitoring system computers for the F-...
  • Some HMS Queen Elizabeth Crew COVID Test Positive
    Some HMS Queen Elizabeth Crew COVID Test Positive 19 September 2020
      A "small amount" of personnel onboard Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth have been diagnosed as positive for coronavirus during a second round of testing on the ship. The entire ship's company has been retested during the past week, following positive coronavirus cases found earlier this month while in Portsmouth. The Queen Elizabeth-class carrier's departure from the city's naval base was delayed by several days following the diag...
  • Research 4 Papa Alpha Flies for Final Data Collection Mission
    Research 4 Papa Alpha Flies for Final Data Collection Mission 18 September 2020
        MIT Lincoln Laboratory announced that the LL Flight Test Facility flew aircraft N404PA Boeing 707 will be retired. The laboratory said on its tweeter account, that the aircraft will fly for “its final data collection mission” The aircraft will enter into “disposition status” in preparation for final transfer to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. This aircraft is a Heavily Modified B707-321B carrying civil regist...
  • Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned
    Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned 18 September 2020
    According to Defence Review Asia, Indonesia may scale down its KF-X / IFX procurement from the Republic of Korea (ROK). The magazine claims that the government of Indonesia is looking to save money due to COVID-19 pandemic and the level of investment in the KF-X/IFX combat aircraft project is the one that the government has eyes on.  In 2010 the country signed up to pay 20% of the development costs of the twin-jet engine 4++ generation fighter but is now seeking to reduce that to 15%.&nb...
  • Nex Gen Flight from USAF 17 September 2020
    The US Air Force (USAF) has flown a digitally-engineered Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) advanced aircraft flight demonstrator for the first time, the service unveiled on 15 September at the Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) annual conference. The programme is classified and USAF leadership refused to provide details, including who developed the aircraft, any contract values, and when it might be fielded. But Will Roper, assistant secretary of the USAF for Acquisition...
  • Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up
    Loyal Wingman Engine Warming Up 17 September 2020
    Boeing Australia announced on 15 September that it has powered up the engine of the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype as part of ground testing and preparations for the first flight. The unmanned aircraft is one of three prototypes that are being developed as a part of the Loyal Wingman-Advanced Development Programme – also known as the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) – in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft, wh...
  • MAV Surprise from Demir
    MAV Surprise from Demir 17 September 2020
      President of Defence Industries Prof. İsmail Demir announced that the Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) prototype, which successfully passed the capsize tests, has completed the engineering tests and that the qualification tests will begin. Demir made a statement on his social media account about the latest point reached in the MAV project carried out under the responsibility of the Presidency of Defence Industries, and said, "MAV Continues its Way with Confident St...
  • MAV Passes Capsize Tests
    MAV Passes Capsize Tests 17 September 2020
    An important step has been passed in the Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) project which is carried out by the Presidency of Defence Industries. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS Savunma Sistemleri, AŞ.  recently appeared on Bloomberg Television and explained the current workload of the company. Kurt announced that the MAV indigenously designed and developed by the company has successfully passed an important test. C4Defence has reached the details of that test. F...
  • Commissioning in Spearfish Modernization Will Take Place Soon
    Commissioning in Spearfish Modernization Will Take Place Soon 16 September 2020
    The Spearfish torpedo, modernized by BAE Systems, is one last step away from the Royal Navy launch. Developed Spearfish will be launched in late 2020 following extensive trials in Scotland.The United Kingdom, which has been working on the modernisation of torpedoes for nearly six years, has invested £270m for ammunition. The Royal Navy's Spearfish modernization includes a new warhead, a safer fuel system, an advanced electronic command control centre and a fibre-optic rout...
  • Cezeri at Maiden Flight
    Cezeri at Maiden Flight 16 September 2020
    The flying car CEZERI, developed by BAYKAR firm nationally and originally, completed its first flight tests. The pre-prototype of 230 kg, designed and manufactured by Turkish engineers, rose 10 meters from the ground in-flight tests.   Flight tests of the CEZERİ Flying Car started on Friday, September 11, 2020. In the first tests, CEZERİ  took off with the safety ropes and took off without a rope upon the successful progress of the night safety ropes connecting S...
  • Swarm UAVs competing
    Swarm UAVs competing 16 September 2020
    The first phase of the competition organized by the Defence Industry Presidency within the scope of the Swarm UAV Technology Development and Demonstration Project with the participation of micro-scale companies and SMEs has been completed. Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir stated the following in his statement on the subject: “The Turkish defence industry has achieved significant success in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles in recent years. Today, national and ...
  • Brazil's First Gripen to Be Delivered
    Brazil's First Gripen to Be Delivered 16 September 2020
    The F-39E Gripen fighters purchased by the Brazilian Air Force from Swedish-based firm SAAB are on their way to the port city of Itajaí (Santa Catarina, Brazil). On August 20, 2020, the Brazilian Air Force test pilot aired the plane for Brazil for the first time. The platform, which remained in the air for 49 minutes, flew over the Baltic Sea. The fighter jet, which was loaded onto board from Sweden on August 29, 2020, will be delivered to Brazil on September 20, 2020. ...
  • ASELPOD Sharing from MSB
    ASELPOD Sharing from MSB 15 September 2020
    The Ministry of Defense shared information from its social media accounts. and visuals about the tests of the ASELPOD targeting and marking pod developed by ASELSAN. Turkish Air Force 401st Fleet carries out the acceptance test flights of mass production pods. In the published video, F-16 and F-4 planes were switched to flight. The images included a thermal image of the F-4E 2020 Terminator fighter aircraft. These images were taken from the ASELPOD integrated under the engine air in...
  • Iran Deploys Submarine, Cruise Missile in Exercises
    Iran Deploys Submarine, Cruise Missile in Exercises 14 September 2020
    The Iranian navy on Friday deployed home-grown military equipment including a submarine and a cruise missile on the second day of exercises near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The submarine dubbed the Fateh -- Persian for "Conquerer" -- was seen in action for the first time and sailed up the Indian Ocean, the military said on its website. The near 600-tonne sub is equipped with torpedoes, mines and cruise missiles, and can stay underwater at a depth of more than 200 metres (650 fee...
  • Turkish SDB on its Way
    Turkish SDB on its Way 12 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. İsmail Demir announced on his social media account that the Turkish Small Diameter Bomb is in the test phase. Demir said, “4 bombs can be carried on an F-16 wing with the improved multi-transport area. "We aim to integrate the 145-kg Miniature Bomb, which will be two different warheads with penetrating and particle effect, into our UAVs." ASELSAN is carrying out the Miniature Bomb Development Project, which is the equivalent...
  • Akıncı Passed Another Test
    Akıncı Passed Another Test 11 September 2020
    Bayraktar AKINCI PT-2 has successfully completed a Medium Altitude System Identification Test. The prototype, which stayed in the air for about 2 hours, landed after passing the runway several times after the test, as previously planned. Baykar Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar stated in advance that the platform will perform touch and go action. Akıncı had performed a similar planned pass test in the previous test flight.
  • Russia to Develop Next-Generation Helicopter Engine In 2021
    Russia to Develop Next-Generation Helicopter Engine In 2021 11 September 2020
    Russia is planning to develop a new engine to power next-generation high-speed helicopter according to Aleksandr Vatagin, the executive director of St. Petersburg's JSC UEC-Klimov (part of the state United Engine Corporation). Aleksandr Vatagin, the executive director of St. Petersburg's JSC UEC-Klimov (part of the state United Engine Corporation), said on Tuesday. "Of course, we are engaged in this project, it is even eligible for the federal budget of the [Russian] Mi...
  • China's New Transport Helicopter
    China's New Transport Helicopter 11 September 2020
    China has introduced its new Z-8L transport helicopter. The new helicopter produced by Chang-Aircraft Industries Corporation transported the 8×8 Bobcat vehicle from one place to another for testing purposes. Equipped with a new type of photoelectric device and defence systems, the Z-8L has a higher ability to hold than existing helicopters in the Chinese inventory.  Equipped with three WS-6 turboshaft engines, the helicopter is in its 15-ton class. The Z-8L is e...
  • Critical Meeting from AKINCI TİHA
    Critical Meeting from AKINCI TİHA 10 September 2020
    Baykar company announced the completion of the Critical Design Review Meeting of BAYRAKTAR AKINCI TİHA (Attack Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) from its social media accounts.   Delegations and teams from the Ministry of Interior, General Staff, Defence Industry Presidency, Gendarmerie General Command, General Directorate of Security, Aselsan, Roketsan and TÜBİTAK SAGE attended the meeting, which took place on September 8-9.   Having made its fir...
  • Aksungur Carrying F-16’s Payload
    Aksungur Carrying F-16’s Payload 10 September 2020
      Aksungur UAV, manufactured by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ), has gained a new capability. The UAV  has flown for 49 hours (2 days and 1 hour), in the past days. Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir reported on his social media accounts that Aksungur UAV successfully tested MK-82 ammunition with Teber laser guidance kit. Thus, Aksungur used the MK-82 ammunition for the combat load of the F-16s. Since the ammunition includes the Teber smart guidance kit pro...
  • US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation
    US Army Picks Bell Textron for FARA Risk Mitigation 10 September 2020
      Bell Textron has received a $13.5 million multi-year contract from US Army Contracting Command to conduct design studies, analysis, simulation, testing, integration and fabrication activities in connection with the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme. Operating within the FARA concept, the U.S. Army expected to replace the OH-58 Scout helicopter. The FARA competition seeks to test and acquire a next-generation attack reconnaissance aircraft to fil...
  • Su-30SM2 with new Engine to fly before end of 2020
    Su-30SM2 with new Engine to fly before end of 2020 10 September 2020
    The modernized Su-30SM2 fighter will make its first flight by the end of 2020. The aircraft will be powered up with Su-35s AL-41F1S engine "product 117S".  AL-41F-1S has all-aspect thrust vector control. The service life of the aircraft engine is two times higher than that of the Saturn AL-31FP, Su-30’s former power plant. The new Su-30SM2's onboard electronics, radar, optical location station will be improved, and the range of weapons wi...
  • New Mysterious Platform from China
    New Mysterious Platform from China 9 September 2020
    According to military sources, China's experimental spacecraft could be part of the Shenlong Space Plane Project. While details of the mission were not disclosed, it was announced that the developed spacecraft had completed its first flight test. After two days in orbit, the country's state-affiliated news agency Xinhua announced the platform as a "significant breakthrough. "The spacecraft was launched from the Jiuquan satellite centre by a Long March-2F rocket.
  • Demir: Hisar A+ Coming
    Demir: Hisar A+ Coming 9 September 2020
    Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir shared information about the latest situation regarding HİSAR air Defence missile systems. Demir visited the test range to follow the rocket competitions organized under the sponsorship of Roketsan and Tübitak SAGE within the scope of Teknofest and answered the questions of a television channel. Regarding Hisar-A, Demir said, “We shot a wide variety of shots in this area, there was one shot around 28-29 as I know it. Our Hisar...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth Waits due to Coronavirus
    HMS Queen Elizabeth Waits due to Coronavirus 8 September 2020
    British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth was expected to sail from Portsmouth for training however the Royal Navy has now confirmed that this is being delayed due to personnel testing positive for COVID-19. It is learned that some crew from HMS Queen Elizabeth have tested positive for COVID during routine preparation for sailing. It is understood that the vessel is expected to sail once the status of the rest of the crew has been confirmed. The vessel was due to sail f...
  • Turkey's Simulators to Be Used in the Far East
    Turkey's Simulators to Be Used in the Far East 8 September 2020
    Turkey-based Simsoft, which has been working on simulation systems, military software, marine systems, avionics system, embedded system, testing software since 2006, has announced its new export. The company, which has reached an agreement to develop an air defence weapons system simulator with an unnamed Far Eastern country, is aiming for the first quarter of 2021 to complete the export process. İsmail Bıkmaz, the company's Deputy General Manager, said Simsoft has bee...
  • A new Fragmenting Alternative to Cluster Bombs
    A new Fragmenting Alternative to Cluster Bombs 7 September 2020
    According to Business Insider, the U.S. Air Force recently conducted operational tests of the new BLU-136 Next-Generation Area Attack Weapon, a fragmenting bomb intended to leave behind less unexploded ordnance. The 2,000-pound bomb, part of a family of warheads that also includes the 500-pound BLU-134, releases deadly metal fragments instead of the "bomblets" released by the CBU-87 and CBU-103 cluster munitions. "The fragmentation of the BLU-136 is non-expl...
  • Hürjet's First Simulator Is Ready
    Hürjet's First Simulator Is Ready 7 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace and Space Industry (TUSAŞ) announced that a new engineering simulator has been developed for Hürjet's testing and evaluation activities by broadcasting from its social media account. Artificial intelligence, which comes into play with the plane taking off the ground, performs the tasks of preparing the pilot for the air fight with possible threat scenarios in the air. The simulator, which was developed by benefiting from the studies that were previously initiat...
  • Singapore's First Invincible Class Submarine Begins Tests
    Singapore's First Invincible Class Submarine Begins Tests 7 September 2020
    Singapore's first Invincible-class submarine has begun naval testing. Singapore bought two Invincible class "Type 218SG" submarines in 2014 for use in ocean patrol missions. The platforms, built under the main contractor of Germany-based ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, were developed based on the Type 214 submarine in line with the needs set by the Singapore Navy. Equipped with an air-independent drive system, the submarine will be called the RSS Invincible. The...
  • Akıncı at Speed Tests
    Akıncı at Speed Tests 7 September 2020
    Baykar's UCAS works continue uninterruptedly. Akıncı PT-2 prototype UAV, which took off on September 5, performed high altitude and speed tests. After the test, Baykar Defence Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar  gave information about the flight while returning to the square where the UAV took off. Bayraktar said that the altitude of 30 thousand feet was climbed and that the performance at high speeds was tested at this altitude. According to the information obtained...
  • Hypersonic Bullet Shoots Down a Mock Cruise Missile
    Hypersonic Bullet Shoots Down a Mock Cruise Missile 6 September 2020
      According to US based Breaking Defence the US Air Force recently used the hypervelocity projectile (HVP) — a low-drag, guided projectile capable of reaching speeds up to Mach 5 — to down a BQM-167 target drone over the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The BQM-167 drone "served as surrogates for Russian cruise missiles" during the test. The HVP was fired from an Army M109 Paladin-based 155mm howitzer and a Navy deck gun during ...
  • North Korea Might be Preparing Launch of Submarine Missile
    North Korea Might be Preparing Launch of Submarine Missile 6 September 2020
    Satellite imagery of a North Korean shipyard on Friday shows activity suggestive of preparations for a test of a medium-range submarine-launched ballistic missile, The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) reported on Friday. The US think-tank said the images it published on its website of North Korea's Sinpo shipyard showed several vessels within a secure boat basin, one of which resembled vessels previously used to tow a submersible test stand barge out to sea....
  • Rocket Competition Continues
    Rocket Competition Continues 5 September 2020
    The Rocket Competition, organized with the support of Roketsan, continues. On the 4th day of the contest, sponsored by Roketsan with the joint work of Tübitak SAGE within the scope of TEKNOFEST, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank T3 Board of Trustees Chairman Selçuk Bayraktar and Roketsan General Manager Murat İkinci watched the races and chatted with the youth.   Roketsan, which is among the top 100 companies in the defence industry in the...
  • Kurt Describes FNSS's Work
    Kurt Describes FNSS's Work 4 September 2020
      FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. which entered the top 100 in the list of the world's largest defence companies, was the guest of Bloomberg TV. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, explained the work of FNSS and the future of the defence industry.   Noting that FNSS was established 30 years ago with the partnership of Nurol Holding and BAE Systems USA to meet the needs of the Land Forces Command, Kurt said that FNSS was the first private compan...
  • Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon
    Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon 4 September 2020
    Britain’s Royal Air Force is on course to get its own multi-functional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, by the middle of the decade to equip Typhoon combat jets. A U.S. $420 million contract to develop the next generation of radar for Royal Air Force Typhoon jets has been awarded to BAE Systems and Leonardo. British Ministry of Defence and industry announced the deal on Sept 3rd. BAE Systems and Leonardo have signed up to deliver what is known as the European ...
  • KAI’S Final assembly of prototype unveiled, 3 September 2020
      Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) fighter (KF-X) prototype at the final assembly line presented to the press. Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) announced on the 3rd that it will begin final assembly of the Korean fighter (KF-X) prototype at its Sacheon plant in Gyeongnam. According to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the real Korean fighter aircraft will be visible in the first half of next year. When the prototype is completed, it will be dep...