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  • New Test Site for Drones
    New Test Site for Drones 26 June 2020
    TRtest Test and Evaluation Inc, which creates test infrastructure inventory, has announced its new service for drones and avionics.  With the work carried out in partnership with Teknopark Ankara, TRtest and Kalecik Municipality, the UAV Testing and Evaluation Center Project was implemented. Within this framework, 60 km from Ankara, the airspace allocated by the General Directorate of Civil Aviation has been opened to the service, where drones and avionics can be tested within the...
  • Alpagu Tactical Attack UAV will Soon be in Inventory
    Alpagu Tactical Attack UAV will Soon be in Inventory 25 June 2020
    Suicide Drones, developed by STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM), continue the process of being operational in the Turkish Armed Forces. The countdown has begun for the delivery of Alpagu, a Fixed-Wing Autonomous Tactical Attack UAV, to the forces. Alpagu, developed in line with the need in areas such as asymmetric warfare and anti-terror, stands out for its small size and functionality. Easily transportable UAV has the ability to intelligently...
  • New Deal for GÖKBEY Helicopter Engine
    New Deal for GÖKBEY Helicopter Engine 24 June 2020
    Under the auspices of the Presidency of Defence Industries, a new cooperation agreement was reached within the scope of the Turboshaft Engine Development Project carried out by TUSAS Engine Industries (TEI). A contract was signed between TEI and TEKFEN Engineering to establish test infrastructures within the scope of the project. The signatories are TEI, Chairman and General Manager Mahmut Faruk Akşit, and TEKFEN Engineering, President Fatih Can. The engine development pro...
  • Domestic Concrete Piercing Ammunition
    Domestic Concrete Piercing Ammunition 24 June 2020
    The SARB-83 Consecutive Penetrating Aircraft Bomb, designed as concrete piercing ammunition for use against underground and above targets, has been tested. THE SARB-83 developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE (Defence Industry Research and Development Institute) was tested against reinforced concrete. "For the first time in Turkey, live munitions with successive penetrating technology have been tested," Republic of Turkey, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank announced...
  • Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test
    Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test 17 June 2020
    The first operational Block III jet will be delivered to the Navy in early 2021 Boeing delivered the first two F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy for flight testing. One jet is a single-seat E model, and the other is a two-seat F model. “The aircraft will be used for carrier suitability and integration testing of all Block III mission system components,” said Steve Wade, Boeing vice president, F/A-18 & EA-18G programs. The Navy will u...
  • Second F125 Commissioned
    Second F125 Commissioned 17 June 2020
    Germany continues its procurement efforts as part of the modernization of the Navy and its reinforcement with new platforms. Berlin commissioned the second of the F125 class frigate developed in the context of the modern battlefield requirements of the German Navy (Deustche Marine) with an official ceremony. FGS Nordrhein-Westfalen (F223) has actually started to duty in the German Navy inventory with a small-scale ceremony held under virus measures. Built under t...
  • Super Hornets Tested with StormBreaker
    Super Hornets Tested with StormBreaker 17 June 2020
    Smart ammunition offers users the ability to destroy targets, including the worst weather conditions, as well as the moving target engagement capability. The developments in microelectronics, as well as the guidance technology, paves the way to customize smart ammunition in line with different requirements. The F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet family, the most modern combat jets of the U.S. Navy, began testing with the GBU-53/B StormBreaker. Within the tests, the first guided release was com...
  • Japan Postpones Ballistic Missile Defence System
    Japan Postpones Ballistic Missile Defence System 15 June 2020
    Japan is going to postpone it for its ballistic missile defence system. Japan, which wants to procure two Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence systems from the United States to deploy it on its shores last year, announced that the plan had been suspended. The country's Defence Minister Taro Kono said the defence systems to be purchased to detect and counter North Korean ballistic missiles have been suspended due to technical problems and lack of budget. Minister Kono said they...
  • U.S. Improved Helicopter Engine Program Interrupted by Virus
    U.S. Improved Helicopter Engine Program Interrupted by Virus 15 June 2020
    Coronavirus disrupted the U.S. improved helicopter engine program. The pandemic process caused delays in shipping key components of the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). The critical design review phase of the planned engine program in the second quarter of the current fiscal year will continue slower than expected.  ITEP program officials are scheduled to begin testing on the General Electric Aviation T901 turbine engine next year. ITEP, which is expected to significantl...
  • Guidance Kit of Ground Trials
    Guidance Kit of Ground Trials 8 June 2020
    Guidance kits developed for a different type of ammunition are important in that they can quickly convert conventional systems into smart weapon systems and offer cost-effective solutions. BAE Systems, which operates in the USA, continues testing activities for APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System) guidance kits, which developed for 2.75 inch (70 mm) rockets. The system, which is currently successfully using from different air platforms, will become surface-launched. In...
  • Turkey to Send First Ground Observation Satellite İmece into Space in 2021
    Turkey to Send First Ground Observation Satellite İmece into Space in 2021 4 June 2020
    In accordance with the needs of the Ministry of National Defence, the final installation of the first high-resolution ground observation satellite, İmece, developed with domestic facilities under the leadership of TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute, has been completed. First, the satellite will be tested for thermal conditions in the vacuum environment, then will be subjected to vibration testing on the spacecraft. Thermal structural tests of the satellite ...
  • Taiwan's Advanced Jet Training Plane Completes First Taxi Test
    Taiwan's Advanced Jet Training Plane Completes First Taxi Test 4 June 2020
    Taiwan's first locally developed advanced jet training aircraft, the AIDC T-5 Brave Eagle, successfully completed the taxi test. The platform produced by Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (AIDC) conducted its first pre-flight test at Ching Chuan Kang Air Base. Covid-19 did not affect the testing process, company officials said, before the first flight, two or three more times before the platform will undergo taxi tests.  AIDC plans to deliver 66 AT-5s to the air force b...
  • China's Wind Tunnel Ready for New Jets
    China's Wind Tunnel Ready for New Jets 28 May 2020
    The wind tunnel, built by China for nearly eight years, successfully completed its first operation. The tunnel, called FL-62, was used for an unnamed jet that was under development.  With the data provided by the 17,000-cubic meter transonic wind tunnel, it is thought that the aerodynamic design of the aircraft will be optimized and the development process will be completed in less time. The operation, completed on Tuesday, is the first-time test data for aircraft has been collected. The...
  • New Frigate Set Sail for Delivery
    New Frigate Set Sail for Delivery 21 May 2020
    Philippines, which has prepared a stronger naval infrastructure within the scope of the restructuring of the armed forces, is close to receiving its first guided missile frigate. BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), the first platform of the Jose Rizal class frigates ordered by the Philippines to the Republic of Korea, set sail from the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard following the completion of its construction and testing activities. The ship, which sails to the Philippines for the commissi...
  • Wind Tunnel Infrastructure Increases
    Wind Tunnel Infrastructure Increases 15 May 2020
    Gürcan Okumuş, who is the TÜBİTAK SAGE (Savunma Sanayii Araştırma ve Geliştirme Enstitüsü / Defence Industries Research and Development Instute) Institute Director, was a guest on live stream at C4Defence's Instagram account. Okumuş made important statements about Ankara Wind Tunnel. Good news is close to wind tunnel studies, which plays a critical role in the development of air systems and ammunition. Stating that the Ankara Wind Tunnel, which is currently a...
  • F-35 Needs Turkish Contribution
    F-35 Needs Turkish Contribution 13 May 2020
    According to a report presented to the US Congress F-35 production programme is experiencing supply problems. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on May 12 and stated the situation. GAO explained the problems caused by the inability to supply parts while the mass production process is accelerating. The report says in sum; The F-35 program is at risk of missing its test schedule and not meeting manufacturing leading practices. In 2019, the F-35 prog...
  • First Blok III Rolled-Out
    First Blok III Rolled-Out 10 May 2020
    The USA, one of the countries with the greatest severity of the virus epidemic, does not slow down in defence production. Boeing, one of the largest aerospace and defence companies of the United States, has announced that it has terminated the production activities of the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block II platforms in recent weeks. The company announced that it will focus on the production of Block III Super Hornet for the US Navy in the future, and that the first prototype wil...
  • Domestic Air Defence Systems
    Domestic Air Defence Systems 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Turkish defence sector's post-COVID-19 period plans in addition to domestic air defence missile systems. Indicating that recent experiences have re-emphasized the importance of air defence systems, Demir announced that His...
  • Hisar-O in the Field
    Hisar-O in the Field 7 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir answered questions of Turkey's leading defence magazines via domestic video conferencing system. Answering the questions of C4Defence, Demir made important statements about the Hisar-O anti-aircraft missile system. Indicating that recent experiences have re-emphasized the importance of air defence systems, Demir announced that Hisar-O deliveries have started. Underlining that Hisar is a specific system, i...
  • The USA in Russia's "Backyard" After 40 Years
    The USA in Russia's "Backyard" After 40 Years 5 May 2020
    Ships belonging to the US and UK navy carried out exercises in the Barents Sea, where Russia's Northern Fleet is located. The United States, which has not been in the Barents Sea since the 1980s, entered Russia's "backyard" today for maritime security activities for the first time in nearly 40 years. Three Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Porter (DDG 78), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) are supported by fast combat support ship USNS Supply ...
  • Future Ship Delivered
    Future Ship Delivered 28 April 2020
    Launched as the ship of the future, the Zumwalt class destroyers left an important milestone behind. A team of engineers commissioned by Raytheon, ship crew and naval staff, took part in the platform's testing and combat system activation activities. USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the first of the Zumwalt class platforms with advanced sensors, weapon systems and two 155 mm main guns with a structure that reduces the radar cross-sectional area, was delivered to the US Navy. The Navy, wh...
  • Last Block 2 Delivered
    Last Block 2 Delivered 26 April 2020
    Boeing, one of the largest manufacturers in the United States, has announced the completion of an important phase in the F/A-18 Super Hornet program. According to the company statement, the last F/A-18 Super Hornet Block 2 was delivered to the US Navy on April 17. A total of 608 platforms were delivered in Block 2 phase. It was stated that some of which were upgraded to Block 2 within the scope of production and the other part is new manufacture, 322 of aircraft that ...
  • New Era for Refuelling Aircraft
    New Era for Refuelling Aircraft 21 April 2020
    Aerial refuelling is undoubtedly a strategically important element that directly affects the flight profile of the aircraft and the payload they carry, hence the structure of the operation. Airbus Defence and Space has come to an end in his work that will bring a new dimension to aerial refuelling. On April 17, the company announced that the A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport / Multi-Purpose Tanker Transport) aircraft was performing fully autonomous refuelling with another platf...
  • Anti-Satellite Missile Test
    Anti-Satellite Missile Test 17 April 2020
    Russia, which has carried out important studies in the air defence field and high altitude missile systems, continues its testing processes. Russia conducted an anti-satellite missile test on April 15. According to the statement from the United States Space Command, the trial was carried out with the Direct Ascent Anti-Satellite Missile (DA-ASAT). It was stated that the ability of Russia in question poses an important threat to the space systems owned by the USA and its allied count...
  • "Stallion" Refuelling Tests
    "Stallion" Refuelling Tests 14 April 2020
    The latest member of the CH-53 Stallion family, the most powerful and heaviest military helicopter in the Western world, continues testing. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced that CH-53K King Stallion helicopter made aerial refuelling tests with the KC-130J Super Hercules. The flight characteristics of the helicopter were examined in a heavy turbulent environment in the activity, which lasted 4.5 hours. The helicopter, which entered the turbulenc...
  • MBDA Started Production Step by Step in France
    MBDA Started Production Step by Step in France 10 April 2020
    MBDA announced that it had suspended all its activities in France from March 18 to March 27 to control the spread of the coronavirus. The company has resumed partial operations involving production and testing and will continue to work gradually, prioritizing the urgent needs of the armed forces.  “Employees who could not work from home have returned to our office in France. Particular care has been taken to ensure their safety.” MBDA said.
  • S-500 System Close to Completing the Final Phase
    S-500 System Close to Completing the Final Phase 27 March 2020
    Russia's new generation missile system S-500 has reached the final stage of testing. Vladimir Dolbenkov, CEO of the Design Bureau of Special Machine-Building, announced that important parts of the missile system are about to finish the testing phase. "They have developed and are completing the trials of units for the surface-to-air missile system: the launcher, the elements of the multi-functional locator and the missile defence locator, the equipped chassis for the combat control po...
  • Turkish Black Hawk on Trials
    Turkish Black Hawk on Trials 25 March 2020
    The T70 Utility Helicopter Program, which was launched for the utility helicopter requirement of the Turkish Armed Forces and the fire fighting helicopter need of the General Directorate of Forestry, continues its progress. Presidency of Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı / SSB), which is the military acquirement corporation of Turkey, shared an information from its official social media accounts about the testing activities of the platform. In the statement, &...
  • Low Cost Turbojet on Tests
    Low Cost Turbojet on Tests 25 March 2020
    The loitering munitions, systems that enter our literature as kamikaze ammunition, especially increase their effectiveness in high numbers. When the products in question are shown as the concept of the future, when used in high numbers, destruction becomes inevitable for hostile elements. This brings along the need for cost-effective components. The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) began testing the Gray Wolf missile and turbojet engine, developed as loitering munition. ...
  • Technology's Share Increases in US Defence Budget
    Technology's Share Increases in US Defence Budget 20 March 2020
    The technological superiority of the US armed forces is faced with the rapid development of potential adversaries. To get ahead in the race, the US Department of Defence is expected to spend approximately $ 481 billion between 2018 and 2024 for technological advances. Frost & Sullivan, which has been conducting market research for investors and corporate firms by examining the sector, has made a study in the defence policy of the USA that touches on technology instead. According...
  • Raytheon Completes First Tests of Radar For Anti-Hypersonic Sensor
    Raytheon Completes First Tests of Radar For Anti-Hypersonic Sensor 20 March 2020
    Raytheon said Tuesday it had completed the first round of testing of the radar antenna array for the U.S. Army’s Lower Tier and Missile Defence Sensor, a next-generation radar intended to counter hypersonic weapons. The first round of testing was indoors, in a climate-controlled test range with performance evaluation based on simulated targets. The next testing round will be at an outdoor range against real-world targets. Now that the first round is complete, the ant...
  • Colombia May Acquire Gripen Fighters Produced in Brazil
    Colombia May Acquire Gripen Fighters Produced in Brazil 16 March 2020
    Colombian Air Force is considering ordering 15 units of aircraft to replace its Israeli Kfir If Colombia decides to purchase Saab Gripen fighters, aircraft production may take place in neighbouring Brazil. That’s what the Swedish manufacturer’s new CEO, Micael Johansson, told a Brazilian newspaper. Johansson said that the pool of Brazilian companies that today is responsible for part of the supply of fighter jets to the Brazilian Air Force could be used as a pl...
  • New Hovercraft Accepted
    New Hovercraft Accepted 11 March 2020
    The new hovercraft developed for use in amphibious operations, including landing helicopter dock, has completed acceptance tests. Textron Systems, which continues its activities in the USA, announced that completion of the acceptance tests of the Next Generation Ship to Shore Connector. Craft 100 used in testing activities was subjected to extensive trials. The platform, which successfully demonstrated its wire control system, electrical and propulsion system capabilities, met ...
  • Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots
    Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots 1 March 2020
    Raytheon's to upgrade the MIM-104 Patriot air defencee systems, which have been in the inventory of many countries for years. Under the USD 314 million deal signed between the US Army and Raytheon, the company will modernize the Patriots. With the agreement covering the systems of 17 user countries, the company will provide engineering services to users in the system, software and hardware development, integration, testing services, configuration management and logistics support...
  • Delay on Leopard 2A4 Modernisation
    Delay on Leopard 2A4 Modernisation 26 February 2020
    Although designed beyond its era, the Leopard 2A4 tanks are getting insufficient to meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. Therefore, user countries are launching a modernization program for these platforms. Test process are not going well for Poland, which has launched a modernization program in cooperation with the PGZ (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa)  and the Polish Armament Inspectorate for the Leopard 2A4 tanks. Displaying the technology demonstration prototype in...
  • Grey Wolf Begins Operational Testing
    Grey Wolf Begins Operational Testing 24 February 2020
    The operational test phase has started in the new utility helicopter helicopter program. The operational testing phase of MH-139A Gray Wolf helicopters, will replace the UH-1 Iroquois, which has become one of the symbolic platforms of the Cold War thanks to its iconic sound and mission achievements, has begun. Trials to be carried out within the 413th Flight Test Squadron affiliated to the US Air Force (USAF) Material Command will also be the platform's first comp...
  • US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs
    US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs 16 February 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 16 February 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 16 February 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...
  • Sectorel News Issue 82 15 February 2020
    Network-Centric Mortar from Thales F-135s Retesting Sig Sauer Machine Gun to Special Forces V-22 for Carrier-borne Delivery BAAINBw Preferred Enforcer ODIN instead of ALIS in F-35 Last Tiger to Spain Dassault and Thales Partnership to France SIGINT Aircraft Iron Fist for Eitan Mass Production Period for National Engine of Anka Ships are Safer with ALACA Ukrainian Tanks Communicate wit...