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  • Technology's Share Increases in US Defence Budget
    Technology's Share Increases in US Defence Budget March 20 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...
  • US Will Produce Autonomous Submarine
    US Will Produce Autonomous Submarine March 18 2020
    The cost-effective solution provided by UAVs and minimizing the human factor causes new developments. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded contracts to three companies that will help come up with a design for a long-duration unmanned underwater vehicle. Within the scope of the Manta Ray Program, autonomous platforms that require minimum logistic support and can remain operational for a long time will be produced. The contract was signed with Lockheed Martin High T...
  • Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey
    Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey March 14 2020
    Tunisia has ordered Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) according to Army recognition. This is TUSAŞ's first export order for the type. During the Tunisian International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition During (IADE 2020), which took place in Djerba the Tunisian MoD signed a $240 million contract with TUSAŞ for the supply of six ANKA-S UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and three control centres. The deal was signed including t...
  • Domestic Weapons of Turkey at Operation Spring Shield: Part-2 Unmanned Aerial Systems and Smart Munitions
    Domestic Weapons of Turkey at Operation Spring Shield: Part-2 Unmanned Aerial Systems and Smart Munitions March 12 2020
    Operation Spring Shield was a theatre for domestic unmanned aerial vehicles. In the operation that will be written not only for the Turkish Armed Forces but also in the world conflict history, many break grounds took place. In the operation; Anka, Anka-S, Bayraktar TB2, as well as MAM-L and MAM-C; was in the leading role. The Turkish Army used unmanned aerial vehicles imported from the USA, the UK and Israel for many years. Platforms used in areas such as counter-terrorism, bor...
  • Hisar-A to Become Operational
    Hisar-A to Become Operational March 3 2020
    President of Defence Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir visited Adana Incirlik 10th Tanker Base Command, where the UAVs operating in the Operation Spring Shield deployed. Demir, examined the MALE class armed Anka-S UAVs  which are capable of operating at a distance beyond the horizon by their satellite communication system (SATCOM) and high resistance against electronic warfare and and Bayraktar TB2 platforms of the and Baykar company with his delegation. ...
  • Satellite Capability to Akıncı
    Satellite Capability to Akıncı March 2 2020
    Ku-Band Air Satellite Communication System tests developed by ASELSAN to meet the beyond line-of-sight requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces for aircraft were completed with laboratory and flight tests. The Ku-Band communication system can be integrated into manned and unmanned aerial vehicles thanks to its modular and compact design developed following military environmental conditions and electromagnetic interference and compatibility conditions. In this context, two ...
  • Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed
    Ground Test of Laser Based Comms System Completed February 23 2020
    One of the works carried out for the safe communication development works, which is vital in combat conditions is close to succesful end.  Ground tests of the laser based communication system developed by General Atomics have been completed. The so-called Airborne Laser Communication System (ALCoS) has managed to establish a connection with a geosynchronous orbiting satellite for the first time within the scope of the tests. The hardware planned to be used in MALE / (Mediu...
  • 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...
  • New Corvette for Pakistan Navy
    New Corvette for Pakistan Navy February 17 2020
    Pakistan added the Yarmook class F-271 PNS Yarmook corvette to its inventory. The ship, called the PNS Yarmook (F-271) will be the first of its class, and is based on Damen’s Offshore Patrol Vessel OPV 1900 design. The ship was built in Damen’s shipyard in Galati, Romania. The Yarmook-class displaces at around 2,300 tons and were described as multirole platforms capable of performing a variety of maritime operations. They were ordered in June 2017. PNS Tabuk, the second ship of th...
  • Armed Drone Delivered to Turkey
    Armed Drone Delivered to Turkey February 3 2020
    Turkey continues studies on many different types of unmanned aerial vehicle projects and put a new one into inventory. Presidency of Defence Industries announced that the Songar armed drone system was delivered to the security forces. Instution announced the delivery with "Songar armed drone systems developed as part of our Armed Mini / Micro UAV Project were delivered to our security forces." expression from the official social media accounts. Developed to ...
  • Loitering Munition to Turkish Armed Forces
    Loitering Munition to Turkish Armed Forces January 31 2020
    The first batch of loitering munition delivery to the Turkish Armed Forces officially completed. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir announced the deliveries from official Twitter account with "We made the first Kamikaze Mini UAV KARGU-2 delivery to our security forces within the scope of the signed contract." words. The autonomy level of Kargu-2, which has features such as increased endurance and low noise level, is higher than its p...
  • Israel Approved Readiness Plan
    Israel Approved Readiness Plan January 28 2020
    The Ministry of Defence Ministry announced that the five-year "Momentum Plan" developed for the Israel Defence Forces has been approved. The study is aimed to increase the Israeli Army's mobility. Within the framework of the plan called "Tenufa" in Hebrew, Israeli troops and the necessary military equipment are aimed to be transferred to the required areas quickly. The plan, developed as a result of the work of the Israeli Chief of General Staff, General...
  • Missile Modernisation for Greek Cypriots
    Missile Modernisation for Greek Cypriots January 27 2020
    Due to the oil and gas deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean and the increased Turkish Navy existence in the region, Greek Cypriots have decided to increase its missile capability. According to veteranos.gr publishing in Greece, the Greek Cypriot  government decided to increase its air and coastal defence capability. Accordingly, the coastal MM40 Exocet surface-to-surface missiles on the island will be modernised. What kind of improvements will be made withi...
  • "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece
    "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece January 23 2020
    A remarkable article was published in Ptisi & Diastima Magazine, which publicates in the defence sector in Greece. Greek-Turkish relations, which increasing tension due to oil and natural gas deposits in Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey-Libya mutual exclusive economic zone were discussed in the article. Outlines of the offensive plan that could be implemented in a possible conflict were examined in the text. Turkey's radar and electronic support capabilities, as well as Greece...
  • US Returns Back FLAK Concept
    US Returns Back FLAK Concept January 22 2020
    Increasing high speed anti-ship threats and intensive use of UAVs urged the US to take new measures. In this context, it was announced that the American Navy could return to the airburst ammunition usage for air defence system. At a conference held in the USA, an engineer from Northrop Grumman explained that the company is working on an airburst ammunition that can be used on 30mm guns used on ships. It is aimed that the new projectiles, which are stated to have ...
  • Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight
    Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight January 20 2020
    Falco Xplorer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), unveiled by Leonardo at the Paris Air Show 2019, left behind an important milestone last week. In a statement made by Leonardo, it was announced that the UAV made its maiden flight on January 15. The test flight conducted at the Trapani Air Base stationed in Sicily, and lasted about 1 hour. Platfom returned to the same base and completed the flight without any problems. Falco Xplorer, is a MALE (Medium Altitude Long Enduran...
  • China tested a new heavy-duty drone with three engines
    China tested a new heavy-duty drone with three engines January 18 2020
    According to Chinese media, on January 16, 2020, a heavy three-engine unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Chinese company Tengoen Technology made its maiden flight at one of the airfields in southwest China. The Chinese company Tengoen Technology (also known as Tengdun) was founded in 2016. The new unmanned aerial vehicle is a three-engine UAV built on a two-fuselage scheme. Its wingspan is 20 m, length - 10, height - 3.3 m. The maximum take-off weight reaches 3200 kg, with a payloa...
  • Second Flight from Akıncı
    Second Flight from Akıncı January 12 2020
    Akinci UAV from Bayraktar company made its second flight in an about 1-month interval. According to the information shared by the company's social media accounts, the first flight of the UAV took place on 6 December 2019. The UAV took off for the second time on 10 January 2020. The second flight aimed at system verification purposes and lasted 1 hour and 6 minutes. This UAV flew at an altitude of 5 000 feet. The interval between the first and second flights gives a clue as to how many unk...
  • Reinforcement for Maritime Patrol
    Reinforcement for Maritime Patrol January 8 2020
    Pakistan is taking firm steps in system procurement processes. The Navy Public Relations Unit introduced ATR-72 aircraft adapted to the maritime patrol missions, which received recently. With the agreement signed with Rheinland Air Services in 2016, the process of adapting two ATR-72s to the maritime patrol requirements had began. Platforms, which equipped with Leonardo Seaspray 7300E AESA radar, Flir production SAFIRE III electro-optic and infrared sensor system and ...
  • Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV
    Indonesia Unveiled ’Black Eagle" UAV January 2 2020
    Indonesia's National aviation company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) introduced the prototype of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle produced within domestic facilities. A roll-out ceremony was held at the PTDI facilities in Bandung for the combatant UAV called the Black Eagle (Elang Hitam). The prototype did not include a weapon station, but the promotional brochure showed two generic weapons. Speaking at the ceremony, BPPT General Manager Hammam Riza ...
  • Goksungur Waits 2020
    Goksungur Waits 2020 December 31 2019
    Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ) General Manager Professor Temel Kotil announced that Turkey’s first supersonic UAV Göksungur will perform its maiden flight in 2020. Kotil made an exclusive statement to C4Defence. Kotil expressed the latest developments about Aksungur and Göksungur UAVs. Kotil reminded that they were interested in Aksungur during 2019, that Aksungur was produced in a short period such as 18 months and that the time gained was shortened every time. &nb...
  • Albatross took off
    Albatross took off December 29 2019
    ALBATROS, the high capacity Cargo UAV developed by ALTINAY Aviation, made its maiden flight.  The UAV is standing out with its modular structure and the ability to carry various useful loads at the same time. Albatross was exhibited for the first time at TEKNOFEST. The UAV can stay in the air for one hour with a payload of 75 kg.
  • ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV
    ROKAF receives first Global Hawk UAV December 28 2019
    Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed that the Korean Air Force (ROKAF) received the first of four Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Block 30 Global Hawk high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on 23 December 2019. The UAV arrived at Sacheon Air Base in South Gyeongsang Province. The three remaining platforms are expected to be delivered in the first half of 2020, although this could change depending on situations.
  • Indigenous Armed Drone Era
    Indigenous Armed Drone Era December 23 2019
      ASİS Inc’s SONGAR Armed Drone System enters into inventory. Defence Industry Presidency made a written statement and said, “We have armed drone support in the fight against terrorism. 8 SONGAR armed drone systems from Asis Inc within the Armed Mini / Micro UAV Project will be delivered. SONGAR will have a 5.56 calibre machine gun and a capacity to carry 200 rounds. ” SONGAR became public in IDEF 2019.
  • Turkish UAV lands on Turkish Cyprus
    Turkish UAV lands on Turkish Cyprus December 16 2019
    Baykar’s TB2 drone landed on Cyprus Island, while there is increasing tension in the eastern Mediterranean. TB2 has taken off from Dalaman Naval Air Base and flew for five hours. TB2 landed at a Geçitkale airport on Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on Monday. The breakaway Turkish Cypriot cabinet on Friday designated the Gecitkale airport on the island as a base for both unarmed and armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the request of the Turkish government.
  • Kargu-2 Coming
    Kargu-2 Coming December 15 2019
    Professor İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industry, announced the latest developments regarding Kamikaze Mini IHAs procured from STM. Demir announced on his personal twitter account, said: “We are developing the Kamikaze Mini UAV, an important element of the fight against terrorism. According to the contract we signed with @STMDefence, it delivers 356 Kargu-2 with increased duty time, altitude and autonomy, low noise level, new targeting algorithm.”
  • Maiden Flight from Baykar's “paluk”
    Maiden Flight from Baykar's “paluk” December 6 2019
    Baykar Defence’s AKINCI UAV made its first flight. Baykar Defence Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar shared the information about the plane. Bayraktar AKINCI Attack -Unmanned Aerial Vehicle developed by Baykar took off for the first flight test at Çorlu Airport Command on Friday, December 6, 2019. AKINCI completed the first flight test. Bayraktar AKINCI TIHA performed its first engine test on 1 September 2019. Before the first flight test, Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA c...
  • Kongsberg to Deliver Counter (C-UAS) to Germany
    Kongsberg to Deliver Counter (C-UAS) to Germany December 5 2019
    Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (Kongsberg) is integrating the Hensoldt Spexer radar for UAS detection and tracking into its Counter-UAV system for Germany. Kongsberg has entered into a contract with Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw) to deliver a Counter Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) based on the Protector Remote Weapon Station. The contract worth 250 MNOK was won in an international bidding process. Germany is the first country to acquire a ...
  • 2023 Targets Revised:
    2023 Targets Revised: November 30 2019
    Defence Industry President Professor Ismail Demir announced that the defence industry export targets of $ 25 billion for 2023, previously announced, were revised to 10.2 billion. The Global Strategies Conference in Defence and Aviation Industry was held in Antalya. Speaking at the opening of the conference Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Assocıatıon (SSI) Chairman Latif Aral Aliş said they had to increase exports, the rate of export growth between 2012-2018 is 6...
  • New Measures from Iran November 22 2019
    The defence industry continues to keep pace with developing and changing technologies. Recently, the use of unmanned systems has increased and the UAV system, which is a cost-effective solution, has become a danger for the countries' airspace. Iranian Deputy Defence Minister Brigadier General Ghasem Taghizadeh said that Iran is now mass producing laser weapons to defend its air from drones.  “The research and experimental phase for this weapon has finished and it is now in the ...
  • Reaper UAV Fell in Libya
    Reaper UAV Fell in Libya November 22 2019
    Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana / AMI), MQ-9 Reaper UAV crashed in Libya. Libyan National Army, said they shot UAV. Italy used the MQ-9 Reaper platform to support the Sic Mare Sicuro operasyon (Safe Sea) operation. Libyan National Army, UAV debris showed on social media.
  • Morocco to buy 36 Apache
    Morocco to buy 36 Apache November 21 2019
    Morocco has been cleared to buy up to 36 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for an estimated value of USD 4.25 billion. US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of 36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 19, 2019. The Government of M...
  • Karayel Surprise from Vestel
    Karayel Surprise from Vestel November 16 2019
    Vestel Defence's Karayel UAV is on display at Dubai Airshow on Saudi stand. Aviation Week editor Tony Osborne shared information about Karayel from his social media account. Osborn wrote, “Interesting to see the Turkish Vestel #Karayel Tactical UAV/IHA on display on a #Saudi defense industry stand here at #Dubai.” Dubai Airshow will be open until 21 November. Photo belongs to Osborn’s Twitter account.  
  • 15-Year Development Process Concludes
    15-Year Development Process Concludes November 11 2019
    India’s first indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air missile Astra is now finally ready for duty after 15  years of development. Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India expecting the Indian Air Force to initially order at least 200 missiles for its Sukhoi-30MKI jets. DRDO is trying to increase the current range of the missile from 110 kilometers to 160 kilometers. With a weight of 154 kg and a length of 3.57 meters, the Astra flies more than four times the ...
  • Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes
    Sixth Generation Concept in Combat Planes November 8 2019
    France-based Airbus, revealed some basic details of a classified program that will feed into the endeavour to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon. The platform is similar in design to Northrop Grumman's X-47A Pegasus UAV. The super stealthy shape was arrived at in an effort to greatly reduce all relevant signatures – radar, infrared, visual and acoustic.  The tailless aircraft concept features concealed air intakes at the leading edges of the wing – and the engine outlet is f...
  • ANKA's New Record
    ANKA's New Record November 7 2019
    The ANKA platform developed by Turkish Aerospace within the scope of the Medium-Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV program flew more than a day. The company announced on its official twitter account” Unmanned Aerial Vehicle ANKA flew 26 hours and 30 minutes. ANKA has set a new record by flying more than a day. " ANKA, advanced MALE class Unmanned Aerial System, performs day and night, all-weather reconnaissance, target detection / identification and intelligence missions....
  • France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates
    France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates October 28 2019
    The steel-cutting ceremony of the first defence and intervention frigate (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention /FDI) took place on the Naval Group site of Lorient. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Head of the French Armament Directorate (DGA) Délégué Général pour l’Armement, Joël Barre, the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Christophe Prazuck, the Chief of the Hellenic Na...
  • Delivery of Bayraktar UAVs Completed
    Delivery of Bayraktar UAVs Completed October 22 2019
    Bayraktar TB2 UAVs were delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force. Between Ukraine and Turkey, have signed a contract covering the supply of Bayraktar TB2 six UAVs, three ground control station systems and equipment. After the completion of the second-party delivery, acceptance tests at Starokostiantyniv Airbase evaluated the performance of aircraft and components. Delivery vehicles carried out, to be used by military personnel have completed their training in Turkey. Bayraktar TB2, whic...
  • Greece Searching for Radar: Telemachus
    Greece Searching for Radar: Telemachus October 20 2019
    Greek internet website “Militaire” broadcasted news a need for radar against Turkey. Turkish Unmanned Aerial Vehicles continually flying in the Aegean Sea Militaire explained and underlined the discomfort for Greek Navy at Parmenion exercise. It was written that Turkish UAVs were constantly observing the movements of the Greek Navy, and stated the need for radar to detect drones was very clear. The publication highlighted the Telemachus / Telemaxhus radar on which the Hellenic Aer...
  • Second Altimeter Export from METEKSAN
    Second Altimeter Export from METEKSAN October 17 2019
    Meteksan Defence exported its radar altimeter developed for aerial platforms to an Asian country. The company announced its contract that took place in September with a press release. The radar altimeters are designed, developed and produced by Meteksan Defence in accordance with military standards. They are operated at aircraft, helicopters, UAVs and guided projectiles, for as low altitude, high-speed flights. Altimeters require low input power, operate in a wide frequency band and...