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  • Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China
    Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China 23 September 2020
    Taiwan has launched an air-to-ground attack cruise missile developed by local sources. Munitions developed by the National Chungshan Institute were also on display during Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Magong air force base on Penghu island. The missile, which can only be used on Taiwan Air Force jets, has a range of about 200 km. GPS-guided missiles are capable of hitting Chinese air bases, barracks and fortifications in Fujian and Guangdong pro...
  • Reuters: U.S. is Fast to agree on F-35 jets with UAE
    Reuters: U.S. is Fast to agree on F-35 jets with UAE 23 September 2020
    The United States and the United Arab Emirates hope to have an initial agreement on the sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Gulf state in place by December according to Reuters.  Sources close to the negotiations said the goal is to have a letter of agreement in place in time for UAE National Day celebrated on Dec. 2. Washington is studying to make the F-35 more visible to Israeli radar systems, two sources said. Reuters could not determine if this would be done ...
  • First Virtual Flight with HÜRJET at Teknofest
    First Virtual Flight with HÜRJET at Teknofest 23 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) is participating in the TEKNOFEST Aviation, Space and Technology Festival that will be held in Gaziantep Middle East Fair Center on September 24-27, 2020. TUSAŞ will install HÜRJET 270 simulator developed for HÜRJET, which will take part in jet training and light attack activities this year, for the first time in Gaziantep as part of the festival. TUSAŞ will offer participants the opportunity to experience piloting on a jet plane wit...
  • Uninterrupted Firing Power to the Infantry
    Uninterrupted Firing Power to the Infantry 23 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. İsmail Demir announced a new development on his personal twitter account. With STM's "Portable Ammunition System", the firing time of the submachine gun was increased, and the automatic firing process limited to magazine capacity was brought to a new dimension. It was ensured that the user fired uninterruptedly with as many bullets as he carried in his backpack instead of 20 or 30-round magazine. Demir announced this development with the wor...
  • Japan: New PM, Record Defence Budget
    Japan: New PM, Record Defence Budget 22 September 2020
      According to the Japan Times, the Defence Ministry will seek a budget of over ¥5.4 trillion for fiscal 2021 under new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga governance. Suga took office on Wednesday to succeed Shinzo Abe, who stepped down for health reasons, pledging to continue his policies including those on national security and diplomacy. Suga vowed to continue with his predecessor’s policy of bolstering Japan’s capabilities in new domains. The ...
  • “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program
    “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program 22 September 2020
    Britain plans to downsize its Boeing E-7 Wedgetail AEW aircraft order as price goes higher. The original price tag was $1.98 billion in March 2019, but in the past 16 months, the cost has increased to $2.68 billion. United Kingdom Defence Ministry has opened talks with Boeing to reduce its order for E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning aircraft, less than 18 months after signing a $1.98 billion contract to buy five of the aircraft. The original contract was a sole source b...
  • Philippines receives A-29B Super Tucano aircraft
    Philippines receives A-29B Super Tucano aircraft 21 September 2020
    Philippine Air Force (PAF) received four A-29B Super Tucano light attack aircraft on 19 September 2020 at Clark Air Base, Pampanga province. The PAF will receive two more aircraft. Brazilian aviation company Embraer produced the aircraft. The PAF is reported to have an option to order 18 more A-29B Super Tucano aircraft. The aircraft will be assigned with the PAF's 15th Strike Wing. Embraer's pilots flew from Brazil and transit stops were made in Cape Verde, Canary Islands, ...
  • EU Sanctions on Turkish Company
    EU Sanctions on Turkish Company 21 September 2020
    The European Union (EU) has decided to sanction three firms for allegedly violating an arms embargo for Libya. One of the three companies is from Turkey and the others from Kazakhstan and Jordan. New resolutions have been made for the arms embargo in force at the Libyan Conference in January 2020; a military mission was deployed to control the embargo. A travel ban is planned for sanctioned firms and a freeze on assets in the EU, as well as a ban on trading with European companies.<...
  • China "Shoots Down" U.S. Base
    China "Shoots Down" U.S. Base 21 September 2020
    People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) released a video of the US air base on the Pacific island of Guam being virtually targeted at a time of heightened regional tensions in Asia, based on actual images supported by animations. "H-6K war god goes on the offensive!" the video shared, simulated by nuclear-armed H-6 bombers attacking the U.S. Base in Guam. The island of Guam is seen as a base where the United States can respond shortly in any conflict in the Asia Pac...
  • Third Hercules Arrives Bangladesh
    Third Hercules Arrives Bangladesh 20 September 2020
      The Bangladesh Air Force’s(BAF) 3rd C-130J Super Hercules arrived Dhaka on 17 September 2020. The aircraft reached Dhaka, after conducting fuel stops in Cairo, Egypt, and Muscat, Oman. The C-130J aircraft is equipped with modern avionics and sophisticated technology which would be utilized for transportation of materials, personnel, humanitarian assistance both at home and abroad and to support United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. British company Marshall A...
  • Romania Receives first PAC-3 MSE Patriot System
    Romania Receives first PAC-3 MSE Patriot System 20 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin announced from its tweeter account on September 18, 2020, that Romania has received its first US-made PAC-3 MSE Patriot air defence missile system. Romania became the first country in the Black Sea region to receive the Patriot missile system. Pentagon announced on May 25, 2018, the contract calls for Raytheon to build Romania's first brand-new Patriot air defence missile fire unit Configuration 3+. The first Patriot system was delivered to Romania on S...
  • New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone
    New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone 19 September 2020
    A new decision was made on the Eurodrone Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS programme, developed with a subsidiary of the German, French, Italian and Spanish Governments.  Meeting at Airbus' facilities in Germany, French Defence Minister Florance Parly and her German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called on member states to launch the next phase of the drone operation in 2021. Ministers said the financial problems in the programme will be resolved ...
  • 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-...
  • Tucano Transfer to Afghanistan Continues
    Tucano Transfer to Afghanistan Continues 18 September 2020
    The United States has delivered four A-29 Super Tucano light assault aircraft to Afghanistan. "The Air Force has the ability to strike light from the air anywhere in the country. Enemy bases will be destroyed with the help of A-29." Afghanistan announced. The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Embraer Defence & Security signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force to develop a $1.8 billion Tucano in October 2018 as part of the A-29 Afghanistan Program. In Apr...
  • Turkish Defence Industry to Host Three Countries
    Turkish Defence Industry to Host Three Countries 18 September 2020
    The date has been set for the Defence Port Turkey South Asia, which will be held for the 6th time this year. The exhibition, which will be held virtually for the first time due to COVID-19, will be organized by video conference between 26-28 October 2020. Military delegations from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will attend the event. "We chose the countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, where the Turkish defence industry is heavily active in the market, from So...
  • Greece Sends Warships Off Libya
    Greece Sends Warships Off Libya 17 September 2020
    The HS Limnos (F 451) frigate of the Greek Navy will join the MED IRINI operation, which the European Union (EU) has launched to support an arms embargo on Libya. In April 2020, the EU adopted the decision to launch operation MED IRINI of the EU Mediterranean Naval Force in the Mediterranean under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). As part of the operation, inspections are being carried out on ships suspected of carrying weapons, ammunition and military eq...
  • Operation Payloaded Record from Aksungur
    Operation Payloaded Record from Aksungur 17 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) announced the next stage AKSUNGUR UAV has reached with its announcement on its official Twitter account. In the statement, “Aksungur, the domestic and national product of our country, flew for the first time with 12 MAM-L with full ammunition at an altitude of 20,000 feet (approximately 6,000 meters) for 28 hours. His statement was included. Aksungur, previously carried MK-82 with a Teber guidance kit weighing about 250 kg. This t...
  • Turkey Repairs Bangladesh Corvette
    Turkey Repairs Bangladesh Corvette 17 September 2020
    Republic of Turkey Ministry of National Defence (Millî Savunma Bakanlığı/ MSB) announced the completion of the repair of the BNS BIJOY corvette belonging to the Bangladesh Navy damaged by the explosion in Beirut. For repair of the BNS Bijoy corvette belonging to the Bangladesh Navy, which was heavily damaged in a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4th, Turkey had commissioned the offshore tug to bring the A-590 TCG Inebolu to Aksaz by taking the pl...
  • 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 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...
  • Thailand's Navy Backbone Will Come from China
    Thailand's Navy Backbone Will Come from China 16 September 2020
    Thailand will buy vn16 amphibious light tank from China for the Navy. The VN16, an export version of the ZTD-05 tank developed by China, is particularly capable of being an amphibious light tank used by marine corps. The tracked vehicle is left out of the landing ships and reaches the shore with its own means. A 105 mm laser guided anti-tank missile has been developed based on Russian 9M117 Bastion (NATO code: AT-10 Stabber) technology for the platform's main weapon. T...
  • Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA
    Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA 16 September 2020
    The debate over the operational readiness levels of aircraft carriers in the United States continues. Pentagon officials argue that aircraft carriers are available, but the rhetoric between the Navy and the White House that the level of preparation for the platforms is both costly and long-lasting. Rear Admiral John Meier, commander of the US Atlantic Navy Air Force, described the operational presence of the ships as "the number one concern." Rear Admiral Meier said that s...
  • 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...
  • The Brazilian Army Completed the Modernization of The BTR M-113
    The Brazilian Army Completed the Modernization of The BTR M-113 15 September 2020
      According to information published on the Defensa Aerea, the 7th Motorized Infantry Battalion of the Brazilian Ground Forces received the last modernized tracked armoured personnel carrier M-113В. Begun in July 2010, the VBTP M113 modernization Project became a benchmark within the Brazilian Army with 386 vehicles. The Project proposed to put into operation the armoured marine sub-units of the large armoured and mechanised units Maintain high rate of vehic...
  • India to modernize BMP-2 / 2K infantry fighting vehicles
    India to modernize BMP-2 / 2K infantry fighting vehicles 15 September 2020
    The Indian Army has sent a RfP to national companies to take part in the planned modernization of 811 BMP-2 / 2K Sarath BMP-2 / 2K assembled under license. According to the Hindustan Times, interested companies must submit their proposals within six weeks. On September 4, the Indian Army Command announced that potential suppliers are required to develop a prototype BMP-2 / 2K equipped with a gunner's thermal imaging sight and a third-generation panoramic commander's sight, a...
  • New Loitering Ammunition "StingFly" Presented in Kielce
    New Loitering Ammunition "StingFly" Presented in Kielce 15 September 2020
    In the framework of the MSPO-2020 exhibition held on September 8-10 in Kielce (Poland), the Military Technical Institute of Armaments (Wojskowy Instytut Techniczny Uzbrojenia - WITU) presented new loitering ammunition "StingFly", carrying a GX-1 warhead. Official information at the show indicates it has an endurance of some 30min, a maximum take-off weight of 6kg and an operational ceiling of 300m – through its maximum operating altitude is up to 2,000m. The range is 5-15km an...
  • Sivrihisar took Off
    Sivrihisar took Off 13 September 2020
        Sivrihisar Aviation Shows are held this year without an audience due to the coronavirus outbreak. The shows are broadcast live on television, YouTube and Facebook. Gendarmerie Steel Wings Acrobatic Team, Ali İsmet Öztürk and Mor Menekşe and 201st Ak Fleet also participate in the demonstrations attended by Solotürk, one of the aerobatic teams of the Turkish Air Force. The event also includes many historical and valuable aircr...
  • F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds
    F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds 13 September 2020
      The Pentagon’s five-year budget plan for the F-35 falls short by as much as $10 billion, the military’s independent cost analysis unit has concluded, a new indication that the complex fighter jet may be too costly to operate and maintain according to Bloomberg News. The Defence Department’s blueprint for the next five fiscal years calls for requesting $78 billion for research and development, jet procurement, operations and maintenance and military...
  • 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...
  • New Wheeled Amphibious Self-Propelled Gate Bridge from China
    New Wheeled Amphibious Self-Propelled Gate Bridge from China 11 September 2020
    According to People's Liberation Army Daily News report, unit of the 78th Army completed the first launch of a new 4X4 wheeled amphibious self-propelled gate bridge Load training. The training has started at mid-August. According to the leaders of the brigade, after two wheels enters the water, the bridge section on the vehicle can be opened to become a catwalk bridge. The door bridge of equipment and vehicles can be connected by multiple vehicles to form a floating bridge. Its ...
  • 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...
  • F-35 Partnership Between Poland and The United States
    F-35 Partnership Between Poland and The United States 11 September 2020
    Poland is preparing to buy 32 F-35A Lightning II fighter jets under an agreement signed in January 2020, while aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin plans to give the country long-range unmanned aerial vehicles to increase the operational capacity of the F-35. Speaking at the MSPO international defence industry fair in Kielce, Poland, the company said: "The United States and Poland are interested in the use of the next generation of long-range unmanned aerial vehicles in conjun...
  • 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...
  • TUSAS Press Release 10 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace won 3 awards with 2 projects. Company was named the winner of a  Silver Stevie® Award in the Communications or PR Campaign of the Year, in Internal Communications segment and Bronze Stevie® Award in the Communications or PR Campaign of the Year, in Community Engagement segment at Young Woman Empowerment Mentoring Program and the winner of a  Bronze Stevie® Award in the  
  • 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...
  • Serbia Blames EU, Cancels Military Exercises
    Serbia Blames EU, Cancels Military Exercises 10 September 2020
    "Serbia will not take part in any military exercises or activities with NATO, Russia, the United States, China or the European Union (EU) in the next six months," the Serbian Defence Ministry said in a statement. The decision came after Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said Serbia was under "terrible and unfair pressure" of the EU. "We are not asked to participate in planned military exercises with Belarus to avoid losing our position in the EU," Vulin...
  • Kushner: Saudi Arabia Opens Its Airspace Flights from Israel
    Kushner: Saudi Arabia Opens Its Airspace Flights from Israel 10 September 2020
      Saudi Arabia agreed to open its airspace, not just to flights between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, but to all eastward travel, US President Donald Trump’s adviser says Jared Kushner. Kushner briefed the press on Wednesday ahead of the September 15 signing ceremony between Israel and the UAE. Addressing the decision of Saudi Arabia to open its airspace, Kushner said: “That will save people a lot of time and knock down a barrier that’s been up for 72 y...
  • 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...