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  • US Plans to Stay in Turkey at least Until 2028
    US Plans to Stay in Turkey at least Until 2028 27 August 2020
    A Pentagon contract awarded to a US company indicates US plans to remain on US bases established in Turkey until 2028. Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., Houston, Texas, has been awarded a $974,000,000 contract for U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) base operating support. This contract provides day-to-day base operations and maintenance services throughout locations within USAFE-AFAFRICA. Work will be performed at Mor&oacut...
  • Accidental Friendly Fire
    Accidental Friendly Fire 31 July 2020
    There is very strange news from the USA, which has military deployments all over the world and therefore tries to keep staff training activities at a high level. US tanks hit each other. In the incident on July 20, a US Army M1A2 Abrams main battle tank "accidentally" hit another M1A2 during training activities at Fort Bliss based in Texas. According to information in open sources, the victim was hit from 2,600 metres. In the incident, it is stated that a soldier was injur...
  • Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion
    Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion 7 July 2020
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress late Monday of their approval of a possible Foreign Military Sale of MV-22 Ospreys to Indonesia. The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia of eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. <...
  • COVID-19 Also Impacted F-35 Program
    COVID-19 Also Impacted F-35 Program 29 May 2020
    Lockheed Martin, who has moved to a new working order due to the virus, announced that the supply process would be disrupted in the F-35 Lightning II program. On the Fort Worth production line in Texas, 2,500 employees last week began working shifts in three groups. At the end of two weeks, the work volume will decrease in the process of being put on leave of shift workers. In Italy, which agreed with the United States for a total of 90 F-35s, the purchase of planes was on the agend...
  • LM will produce 18 -24 F-35 short
    LM will produce 18 -24 F-35 short 20 May 2020
    Lockheed Martin will produce less of F-35 in 2020. The company will have  18 to 24 jets short of the 141 scheduled for delivery this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for Lockheed’s supply chain to make components on time. The company is moving to an adjusted work schedule where production will slow over the next three months. Lockheed aims to accelerate production as soon as possible to fill the gap before 2020 ends. Beginning on ...
  • Miller before Obama
    Miller before Obama 19 January 2020
    The fourth Ford-class carrier will be named in honour of World War II icon Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black recipient of the Navy Cross for bravery, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The naming of CVN-81 is expected to be announced during a Monday ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former...
  • F-35 Pilot’s Helmet Costs $737,800
    F-35 Pilot’s Helmet Costs $737,800 24 September 2019
    US Department of Defence announced the new price of F-35 helmets. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co, is being awarded a $352,672,006 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This modification increases the ceiling and scope of the contract to include the procurement of Lot 12-14 Generation 3 helmet-mounted displays in support of the F-35 Lightning II program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is ex...
  • Poland Wants to Expand its Fleet
    Poland Wants to Expand its Fleet 11 September 2019
      Warsaw intends to expand its fleet of combat-proven C-130 transport aircraft to 10 within five years. Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced that his ministry “sent two letters of request today” to the United States regarding Poland’s plan to acquire C-130H Hercules transport aircraft and a batch of Javelin anti-tank missile systems. Under the request, Poland plans to buy five more C-130H in addition to its existing fleet of five Hercules aircra...
  • Huge Deal for Raytheon
    Huge Deal for Raytheon 27 August 2019
    The United States has signed an agreement worth 534 million US Dollars with Raytheon. Under the agreement, the company will undertake the production and engineering services of the Commander’s Independent Thermal Viewer, known as CITV, used in M1 Abrams tanks.  CITV helps M1 Abrams tank commanders to find and define targets by allowing commanders to monitor the environment around him in all weather conditions, which also increases situational awareness. Providing 360-degr...
  • Apaches Return to Skies 13 August 2019
      Recently, the European press announced that some AH-64 Apache helicopters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force were grounded. The first of these platforms started to test flights two days ago.  Helicopters grounded until a second order after technical personnel detected structural problems in the tail rotor during standard maintenance procedures last June. The Netherlands Armed Forces said in a statement, no problems detected at eight AH-64 which located at Fort ...
  • Texas to Become Test Center 12 August 2019
    A Texas university will be home to a 130 million US Dollar combat development complex used by Army Futures Command.    Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS campus in Bryan will be the new home to accelerator space, laboratories and offices for the four-star command. The announcement was made in a news release Thursday after the board of regents authorized the contract.   The building will cost Texas A&M System 50 million US ...
  • T-X Starts EMD Flight Trial 3 July 2019
      Boeing has begun Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) flight trials of the T-X trainer aircraft it has developed with partner Saab for the US Air Force.  The first EMD sortie, which was announced by the company on 1 July, involved Boeing T-X aircraft N381TX flying out of the company's St Louis facility in Missouri. With two EMD aircraft so far built, 71 test flights were flown between December 2016 and December 2018. Since then, Boeing and Saab h...
  • B-21 Stealth Bombers Can Be Located On Ellsworth
    B-21 Stealth Bombers Can Be Located On Ellsworth 1 April 2019
    The US Air Force selected Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota as the preferred location to base the first operational Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider bomber and the stealth aircraft’s formal training unit. B-21s will be located on Whiteman AFB in Missouri and Dyess AFB in Texas once they become available. The USAF says it selected bases using criteria meant to minimise mission impact while transitioning from older bombers, maximise facility reuse, minimise cost and reduce ov...
  • Name of the New LCS
    Name of the New LCS 6 February 2019
    US Navy announced the name of its new platform. The new Independence class littoral combat ship will be named as USS Kingsville (LCS 36). The new platform was named after the city of Kingsville, Texas, USA. The decision made because of contributions of Kingsville to the US Navy and Marine Corps. Platform will be built at Austal Shipyard in the city of Mobile. USA has already announced that 11 coastal combat ships are under construction, seven platforms are in pre-construction phase ...
  • Y-12 Produces First Production Unit for B61-12
    Y-12 Produces First Production Unit for B61-12 23 January 2019
    The Y-12 National Security Complex announced that the first production unit for the B61-12 nuclear bomb was certified on Dec. 6, 2018. This refurbishment will extend the life of this strategic weapon for 20 years. The Y-12 National Security Complex completed a major milestone in efforts to refurbish components for a strategic nuclear weapons system that is vital to the U.S..  This work is part of the B61 Life Extension Program (LEP). The B61 is a nuclear bomb that can...
  • Greece to Modernise 84 F-16
    Greece to Modernise 84 F-16 22 December 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp., a $996,775,000 firm-fixed-price contract for F-16 upgrades. This contract provides for the upgrade of 84 Greek F-16 aircraft to the V-configuration. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Athens, Greece, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2027. This contract involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the government of Greece. The Viper integrates advanced capabilities as pa...
  • Netherlands To Upgrade 28 AH-64Ds With $1 Billion Price Tag 18 September 2018
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced on Sept. 14 that its Principal Director for Security Assistance and State Secretary of Defence, for the Netherlands, have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the modernization of 28 AH-64Ds to the E variant. Netherlands was cleared by the U.S. government to remanufacture these helicopters back in February. The package includes upgrading 51 T700-GE-701C engines to T700-GE-701D standard. The LOA is valued at more than $1 billi...
  • Turkish Pilot Carries Out First F-35 Jet Flight In US
    Turkish Pilot Carries Out First F-35 Jet Flight In US 28 August 2018
    A Turkish fighter pilot has carried out the first flight of the F-35 jet in the U.S. as part of ongoing training, the Turkish General Staff said on Tuesday.  Late June, Turkey took delivery of its first F-35 fighter jet at a ceremony in Forth Worth, Texas.  Early July, the Pentagon said Turkish pilots and maintenance personnel were being trained on the F-35 fighter jet in the state of Arizona.  Turkey plans to get 100 F-35 fighter jets in upcoming years. ...
  • Bell Is Awarded $ 510 Million Contract
    Bell Is Awarded $ 510 Million Contract 26 August 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence issued a contract announcement with Bell for 29 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., is awarded $509,750,754 for the manufacture and delivery of 29 Lot 15 production AH-1Z New-Build aircraft in support of the Marine Corps H-1 upgrade program. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); and Amarillo, Texas (40 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2021.
  • SNC Submits Final Bid To Replace USAF UH-1N Huey Fleet
    SNC Submits Final Bid To Replace USAF UH-1N Huey Fleet 25 July 2018
    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has submitted its Sierra Force helicopter in its final bid and proposal to replace the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) UH-1N Huey fleet. SNC will purchase divested UH-60A helicopters from the US Army. Then, it will convert the aircraft’s exterior and interior, upgrade it to an UH-60L model. This allows for a modern, cost-effective helicopter, the company said in a statement Monday. The A model has a lower price-per-unit to purchase, but once the c...
  • F-35 Officially Handover to Turkish Air Force
    F-35 Officially Handover to Turkish Air Force 21 June 2018
    The F-35 Lightning II was delivered to the Turkish Air Force at a ceremony held in Texas. You can closely follow the ceremony with the images that our official C4Defence officer shared with you via the C4Defence official Twitter account. The display of the F-35 with Turkish ammunition at the delivery ceremony signaled that these systems would be integrated into this aircraft in the future. C4Defence Official Twitter Account: twitter.com/c4defence
  • Lockheed Martin to deliver first F-35A to Turkey next Thursday
    Lockheed Martin to deliver first F-35A to Turkey next Thursday 16 June 2018
    Lockheed Martin plans to formally deliver an F-35A Lighting II to Turkey in a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas on 21 June. The F-35A will remain in the USA until Turkish pilots are trained to operate the aircraft, upon which time it will be flown to Turkey. “The F-35 program traditionally hosts a ceremony to recognise every US and international customers’ first aircraft,” said Lockheed. “The roll out ceremony for Turkey’s first F-35 aircraft is scheduled f...
  • All US B-1B Bombers Grounded After ejection seat failure
    All US B-1B Bombers Grounded After ejection seat failure 10 June 2018
        The US Air Force’s Global Strike Command (AFGSC), tasked with overseeing every bomber fleet in the Air Force, ordered a stand-down for all its B-1B Lancers Thursday amid safety concerns with a component of their ejection seats. The safety issue came mid-flight after a B-1B nicknamed "Bone" took off from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas. Airplane made an emergency landing. "During the safety investigation process following an emerge...
  • Turkish F-35 Made First Flight
    Turkish F-35 Made First Flight 11 May 2018
    The first F-35A aircraft to be delivered to the Turkish Air Force conducted its first flight on 10 May at Lockheed Martin facilities in Fort Worth, Texas. The aircraft with the tail number 18-001, which was flown by the test pilot Tony Wilson, is scheduled to be delivered to the Turkish Air Force on June 21st after the test acceptance procedures. F-16 aircraft belonging to Lockheed Martin accompanied the Turkish F-35A flying with Turkish Air Force roundel. As announce...
  • C-17 Contract for India
    C-17 Contract for India 4 April 2018
    Boeing has been awarded a $262 million contract for the supply of one C-17 aircraft to India via Foreign Military Sales. The aircraft's configuration will be unique to Indian requirements. Work will be performed in San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be complete by 22 August 2019. 
  • First ROKAF F-35A Rolled-out
    First ROKAF F-35A Rolled-out 30 March 2018
    Lockheed Martin announced the roll-out of the first Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) F-35A Lightning II at the company's Fort Worth production facility on 28 March.  The Republic of Korea's F-35 program of record calls for 40 F-35A aircraft acquired through the U.S. government's Foreign Military Sales program and to be built at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. The first aircraft will be delivered to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where ROKAF pilots and m...
  • Retrofit Contract For Delivered F-35s
    Retrofit Contract For Delivered F-35s 1 March 2018
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $158 million contract for modification and retrofit activities for delivered air systems for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participant, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in February 2019. 
  • PAC-3 Contract to Lockheed
    PAC-3 Contract to Lockheed 7 February 2018
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $523 million contract for the supply of PATRIOT advanced capability-3 (PAC-3) missile segment enhancement missiles, cost reduction initiative missiles and associate ground support equipment to the US Army as well as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Romania.  Lockheed will perform work under the modification at various locations in Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Massachusetts and Florida with an estimated completion date of 31 January, 202...
  • V-280 Valor Makes First Flight
    V-280 Valor Makes First Flight 20 December 2017
    Bell Helicopter announced that its new generation tiltrotor V-280 Valor has achieved first flight on 18 December at the company's facility in Amarillo, Texas.  Being developed for the US Army's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program, V-280 Valor has advanced-electronic warfare capabilities, including radar jamming. Tiltrotor is equipped with infrared heat-suppressing mechanisms and features a fuselage designed to reduce radar signature. Be...
  • 'Markut' Looking for Sponsors
    'Markut' Looking for Sponsors 15 December 2017
    Unmanned aerial vehicle design team 'Markut' founded by students of University of Turkish Aeronautical Association will compete in the USA. Approximately 30 people are a part of the team, which consists mostly of students of the aeronautical engineering department. Markut has been participating in the Design Build Fly (DBF) and CanSat competitions held in the United States for the last two years. The DBF, which has been organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics an...
  • First F-35 Delivery To Norway
    First F-35 Delivery To Norway 7 November 2017
    Norway has received the first three F-35 Lightning IIs for the Royal Norwegian Air Force on 3 November. The aircraft flew from Fort Worth, Texas and landed at Ørland Air Base. Program Director for the F-35 program in Norway's Ministry of Defence, Major General Morten Klever, said a "First Aircraft Arrival of the first F-35s" celebration will be held on 10 November. He added that the program delivered on all key criteria: time, cost and performance...
  • The US Began P320 Testing
    The US Began P320 Testing 11 September 2017
    The U.S. Army Operational Test Command at Fort Hood, Texas will start testing the new modular handgun system, the Sig Sauer P320 over the next few weeks. Testing will also be conducted by sailors, airmen and marines. Sig Sauer announced in January this year that M9 handguns, which are currently in service with the US Land Forces, will be replaced by P320 pistols. The Glock company objected to the US Army's choice of new handgun which resulted in a decisi...
  • Mobile Scrubber System For Chemical Warfare Agents
    Mobile Scrubber System For Chemical Warfare Agents 20 April 2017
    The Texas-based Southwest Research Institute has announced a mobile treatment system that destroys chemical warfare agents without producing hazardous waste. The system comes in two different configurations, one wet and one dry. The dry pollution control process, suited for arid or remote regions, uses a Dedicated EGR engine thermal destruction device developed by Southwest Research Institute while the wet pollution system has a stand-alone plasma torch treatment...
  • 'Viper' Support to USMC
    'Viper' Support to USMC 9 February 2017
    Bell, based in Fort Worth, Texas, announced on Tuesday that it would produce 27 new AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters for the US Marine Corps (USMC). The $49.1 million contract signed with the US Navy is considered part of the H-1 upgrade program. The H-1 upgrade program is aimed at obtaining new helicopters as well as AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters transform into AH-1Z and UH-1N Twin Huey service helicopters transform into UH-1Y in inventory. The AH-1Z will be an advanced AH-1W S...
  • 200th F-35 by Lockheed Martin
    200th F-35 by Lockheed Martin 14 January 2017
    Lockheed Martin rolled out the 200th F-35 fighter aircraft at its facility in, Fort Worth, Texas. The company, who rolled out the first F-35 in May, 2011, hereby reached an important milestone.
  • F-35 Banzai
    F-35 Banzai 1 December 2016
    The first F-35 of Japan has been delivered to the Japanese Air Force during a ceremony held at Luke Air Force Base on 28 November. Having made its first flight this summer at Lockheed Martin’s facility at Fort Worth, Texas, F-35s’ pilotage training has henceforth begun. Japan will take the delivery of first four F-35s by the end of this year. The next 38 aircraft will be assembled by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagoya, Japan.
  • Quarter-Billion Support for V-22
    Quarter-Billion Support for V-22 24 November 2016
    Bell-Boeing was awarded a $267 million contract modification for additional joint performance-based logistics support for V-22 aircraft. US Department of Defence announced the agreement on 22 November. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas and is expected to be completed in November 2018. 
  • Korean F-16s to be Overhauled
    Korean F-16s to be Overhauled 21 November 2016
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract with a contract value of $1,2 billion to upgrade F-16 aircraft for the Republic of Korea. The work will be performed at Lockheed’s facility at Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be complete by November 15, 2025.
  • Israel speeds up the introduction of F-35I Adir
    Israel speeds up the introduction of F-35I Adir 2 November 2016
    The Israeli air force wants to achieve full operational status of its Lockheed Martin F-35I “Adir” at once. The first two F-35s for the Israeli air force are scheduled to land in Israel on 12 December. Another six will be delivered in 2017, with the remaining 25 contracted examples to be delivered in the coming years. There is no concrete date for Israeli Air Force declared in terms of early operational status. Air force technicians from the Nevatim Air Base ar...
  • Japan's First F-35A on Display
    Japan's First F-35A on Display 28 September 2016
    Lockheed Martin rolled out the first Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A Lightning II on 23 September at the company’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Japan’s State Minister of Defense referred the F-35 in his speech as the most advanced air system with cutting-edge capability as a multi-role fighter. Japan signed an agreement for 42 F-35As with Lockheed Martin in June 2012 to replace aging F-4 “Kai” Phantom fleet, enhancing the Japan-US alliance in military by t...