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  • Quietly Burak Modernisation for Turkish Navy
    Quietly Burak Modernisation for Turkish Navy 13 July 2020
    The Turkish Navy, which wants increase its existence with higher efficiency in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, continues to studies. Upgrades appeared on the first platform were completed in the modernization of Burak class corvette, which has been on the agenda for some time. In the photos shared by @oeroguz on Twitter, significant changes were detected on the ship. Within the scope of the modernization work carried out, Modèle 68 main gun&...
  • M60TM Modernization Completed
    M60TM Modernization Completed 12 July 2020
    The Fırat Project, which was launched in line with the requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces, was completed. The upgrade process of M60T Sabra tanks to M60TM level was completed within the scope of the Fırat Project, which was initiated by the main contractor, ASELSAN. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir visited ASELSAN Facilities and inspected the platform, whose capabilities were improved with domestic facilities. Prof. Dr. Demir, rec...
  • Quiet Modernisation for Turkish Leopard 2 Tanks
    Quiet Modernisation for Turkish Leopard 2 Tanks 12 July 2020
    Tanks in the Turkish Armed Forces inventory are being modernized in line with the requirements of the modern battlefield. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir visited ASELSAN Facilities due to the completion of the M60T upgrade project under the Fırat Programme. He made an announcement about tank modernization activities with domestic facilities. Prof. Dr. Demir said, "In addition to the M60 tank, the modernization process of the Leopard tanks in the...
  • Approval to F-35B Lightning II Sale
    Approval to F-35B Lightning II Sale 10 July 2020
    Procurement processes for the F-35 Lightning II, which comes to the fore frequently due to the technical and infrastructure problems, continue. The USA continues to sell F-35 Lightning II. Washington has approved the sale of giant F-35 package, which requested by Japan requested. In this context, Tokyo will receive a total of 105 F-35 Lightning IIs. 63 of the platforms to be acquired by the country were announced as F-35A and 42 of them as F-35B. Announcing the 2020-2021 defenc...
  • Russia to get a second “Premiere”
    Russia to get a second “Premiere” 9 July 2020
    Russian Government plans to build a second “flying radar” A-100 “Premier” for their Aerospace Forces according to Izvestia. A-100 Premier is a Long Range Radar Detection Aircraft (AWACS). Russian sources claim that it will be almost impossible to “drown” the board by electronic warfare. The aircraft will be on the program until 2024. Serial production of aircraft should begin and their predecessors, the A-50 and the upgraded A-50U should be replac...
  • Aircraft Carrier Conversion of Japan Begins
    Aircraft Carrier Conversion of Japan Begins 3 July 2020
    Japan, which can have neither deep-strike capable armed forces nor an aircraft carrier due to law restrictions, has begun the upgrade of the Izumo-class helicopter destroyers. Japan has announced the start of the necessary upgrade works for the F-35B Lightning II operation of the Izumo class JS Izumo (DDH 183) and JS Kaga (DDH 184) helicopter destroyers. Tokyo will thus have ship-based fixed-wing air force for the first time since WWII. Platforms that are not specifie...
  • Russia integrates Helicopters and Drones
    Russia integrates Helicopters and Drones 3 July 2020
    According to Russian Izvestia Daily, the latest Kamov Ka-52M ((NATO Call Hokum-B) helicopter will be able to interact with drones due to special onboard communication equipment and controls. The new integration will allow pilots to see images through drones in real-time and control drone flight in future. According to daily, upgraded Ka-52M will have direct communications with a drone, defence industry and military sources said. The technical assignment for the new system has been f...
  • 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...
  • Awating Tank Modernization
    Awating Tank Modernization 14 June 2020
    The main battle tanks manufactured during the Cold War era needs modernization in line with the requirements of the modern battlefield. Serbia, which has a well-established defence industry infrastructure inherited from Yugoslavia, is also working to upgrade platforms in its inventory. Serbia took over a significant number of M-84 main battle tanks after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. For platforms that have been in use since 1985, Serbian armed forces launched a modernization progr...
  • Eastern Mediterranean Investment yo Hellenic Navy
    Eastern Mediterranean Investment yo Hellenic Navy 11 June 2020
    Despite economic problems, Greece continues its armament programs. Greek parliament approved several projects on May 2. Thus, Athens decided to add new ones to existing processes. Greece, which makes unilateral claims in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean and sometimes does not hesitate from dangerous convergence, continues its investments in weapon systems. At the parliamentary meeting held in Athens on 2 May, it was decided to expand the processes in question. In this c...
  • UAV Upgrade for Russian Pantsir-S1
    UAV Upgrade for Russian Pantsir-S1 9 June 2020
    The Operation Spring Shield (Turkish: Bahar Kalkanı Harekâtı), conducted by the Turkish Armed Forces in Northern Syria, went down in history as the first hybrid warfare experience in which unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were used intensely on regular army elements. During the operation; Anka, Anka-S and Bayraktar TB2 in the Turkish Armed Forces inventory had succeeded in eliminating a large number of armoured vehicles and air defence systems with MAM-L releases. One of t...
  • Modernised Leopard 2 to Hussars
    Modernised Leopard 2 to Hussars 31 May 2020
    One of the iconic platforms of the Cold War, Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks are being modernized to meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. These activities are carried out with solutions developed for the demands of different users. One of the countries that has taken action to upgrade the Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks in its inventory is Poland. According to Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa's statement thursday, works on the first two Leopard 2A4s has been completed. The ...
  • Russia's Transport Aircraft to Enter Final Assembly Line Soon
    Russia's Transport Aircraft to Enter Final Assembly Line Soon 28 May 2020
    In 2012, Russia signed an agreement with United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) for 39 Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft. It was announced that the platform had successfully completed the leak test. The cargo aircraft, which is tested under a certain air pressure, will be transferred to the final assembly line after checking the water penetration resistance. A contract worth 2.1 billion USD was signed for the planes that would be in the inventory of the Russian Armed Forces. The Il-76MD-90A...
  • Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed
    Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed 27 May 2020
    Russia's Tu-22M3M supersonic long-range strategic bomber, through the modernization process, was tested at supersonic speed. A source told the TASS news agency that the second prototype of the Tu-22M3M completed a total of five test flights. The platform reached supersonic speed during the fourth flight. "Preliminary trials are scheduled for completion in 2020," the source added. The second prototype of the Tu-22M3M bomber successfully carried out its first flight in March 2020....
  • 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...
  • Italian Aircraft Carrier Ready for F-35B Integration
    Italian Aircraft Carrier Ready for F-35B Integration 11 May 2020
    The Italian Navy's ITS Cavour (550) aircraft carrier has been undergoing through the modernization process since 2018. The platform, which recently completed the process, has been ready for integration tests for the F-35B (STOVL) aircraft. The F-35 will replace AV-8B Harrier II on the aircraft carrier, which has been drawn to the Edgardo Ferrati dry pool for about two years for the necessary maintenance and modernization process. The upgrades included a reinforced flight de...
  • Greece to Upgrade Coast Guard Air Platforms
    Greece to Upgrade Coast Guard Air Platforms 4 May 2020
    The Greek Marine and Island Policy Ministry have announced an international tender for the upgrade/replacement of three Reims-406 aircraft surveillance equipment and three AS365 N3 Dauphin of the six helicopters. This time the process leads to a contract, the surveillance capabilities of air forces of the Hellenic Coast Guard (LS-EL.AKT.) The budget of the program amounts to € 12,000,000  and is co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The terms o...
  • 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 Face of Modernised F-16
    New Face of Modernised F-16 20 April 2020
    Indonesia, which performed the flight of the first modernised platform of the F-16 Fighting Falcon upgrade programme in the past months, introduced the aircraft with its new face. Indonesia, which started to modernize the F-16 A/B Block 15 aircraft in its inventory, shared the final livery the platform. Structural components of the aircraft have been improved as part of the Falcon STAR (Structural Augmentation Roadmap) and EMLU (Enhanced Mid-Life Upgrade) programs. In this way,...
  • Nuclear Howitzer Moderdinsed
    Nuclear Howitzer Moderdinsed 9 April 2020
    Self-propelled howitzers, which are capable of firing nuclear artillery projectiles, was developed to destroy large enemy units that would be encountered in a possible Third World War. Although nuclear rounds have been phased out of service today, the systems that use them are still in operation. Russia is modernizing its 2S7M Malka self propelled howitzers in its inventory. The platform, which has been upgraded in this context, has been tested recently. In ...
  • Boeing Stopped Production Line in Philadelphia
    Boeing Stopped Production Line in Philadelphia 6 April 2020
    Boeing has stopped production at its factories around Seattle, where more than 12 employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19 The firm also temporarily stopped operations on its production line in Philadelphia. “This action is intended to ensure the well-being of employees, their families and local communities, and will include an orderly shutdown consistent with requirements of U.S. and global defence customers,” Boeing said. “We have had positive test r...
  • Modernised Tomahawk
    Modernised Tomahawk 2 April 2020
    Increasing tension around the world leads countries to increase their systems in terms of quality and quantity. The US continues to sharpen the war axes. Under the $ 493 million deal signed with Raytheon, Tomahawk (Battle Axe) Block IV missiles will be modernized and upgraded to Block V. In this context, new generation navigation systems and data link equipment will be integrated into the projectiles. The status of the Tomahawks to be recertified will also be monitored and syst...
  • Modernised Tanks Arrived to Pakistan
    Modernised Tanks Arrived to Pakistan 1 April 2020
    Pakistan continues to reinforce its army despite financial problems. The first batch of 282 tanks that Islamabad bought from Serbia in 2015 was delivered recently. Before being delivered to the end user, T-55 tanks were modernised. Upgrade works, which completed at Yugoimport facilities; affected engine, vision and electronics systems. Considerable improvements have also been made to the survivability of the platforms. The tanks, which the Pakistan Army plans to deploy in the W...
  • Second Upgraded Tupolev-22M3M Makes First Flight
    Second Upgraded Tupolev-22M3M Makes First Flight 21 March 2020
    Russia’s State Agency Tass reported that country’s second overhauled and fundamentally upgraded strategic bomber Tupolev-22M3M has performed its first flight. The plane took off from and landed at the airdrome of the Kazan aircraft-building plant. The upgraded bomber is claimed to be capable of carrying cruise missiles X-32 and hypersonic missiles. The press service of Tupolev (an affiliate of Russian state corporation Rostec) has confirmed the flight, adding that the pu...
  • Strategic Bombing Force is "Weak"
    Strategic Bombing Force is "Weak" 17 March 2020
    With the end of the Cold War, the West is relaxed and reduced the force multipliers until the 2010s, and the military forces of NATO and its allies, especially the USA, have weakened more than ever. In a news article published in the USA, Retired General John Loh from the US Air Force (USAF) made some analysis on the country's air force. Loh stated that the USAF experienced the weakest period in its history, which is considered one of the indispensable elements of...
  • Modernised Bear on Trials After Overhaul
    Modernised Bear on Trials After Overhaul 14 March 2020
    The Russian Armed Forces continues to modernize its systems. In this context, the strategic bomber power is also being renewed. Tu-95 (NATO Code: Bear), perhaps the most iconic aircraft of the Cold War, will remain in the sky for a long time. The Russian Aerospace Forces continuing to upgrade the aircraft that have been commissioned as missile carrier platform in recent years, in line with today's requirements. During the modernization works in Beriev Aircraft Pla...
  • Second Delivery for Modernised Tanks
    Second Delivery for Modernised Tanks 5 March 2020
    Ukraine which continues to clashes on the eastern border and the war, resumes modernisation of army. The Ukrainian Armed Forces received the second batch of upgraded T-72 tanks, which was completed as part of the modernization of the army. The survivability of the tanks, which modernized within the Kyiv Armored Plant (Київський бронетанковий завод) has been increased. In this context, in addition to explosive reactive armour bricks, tanks equipped with slat armour. Fi...
  • Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance
    Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance 4 March 2020
    Israel launched the strategic plan to restructure its army. In line with the plan, it continues to acquire equipment to improve its operational capabilities. Tel Aviv, which announced that it has initiated CFT (Conformal Fuel Tank) development studies for the F-35I Adir aircraft in the previous periods, will also increase its aerial refueling capability. In this context, the USA has approved the possible sale of new platforms, which will replace the KC-707 Re'em aircraft that ar...
  • Navy Integrate Laser Weapon to Destroyers
    Navy Integrate Laser Weapon to Destroyers 3 March 2020
    An issue that unmanned aerial vehicles are a threat to surface elements due to ease of production, low costs and technologies such as artificial intelligence, and this issue will often become more and more complicated in the future, which will keep the defence lobbyists busy. The widespread use of systems prompts the navies to take technological measures such as laser weapons. In the face of the rising threat multiplier of drones, the United States announced that the ODIN (Opti...
  • 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...
  • Cruiser Step Came From Russia
    Cruiser Step Came From Russia 26 February 2020
    Although it is one of the most magnificent platforms of the Cold War, Project 1164 Atlant or its known name Slava Class cruisers, which experienced problems on construction and sustainment, will e modernised. RFNS Moskva (121), who is currently based in the Russian Black Sea Fleet, will be modernised. During the upgrade program, life cycle of ship, which is a floating fortress of the Russian Navy in terms of weapons and electronic equipment, will be extended by 10 years. Modern...
  • Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade
    Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade 22 February 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has set out its procurement priorities for the upcoming decade; transport aircraft, combat search-and-rescue helicopters, and light attack aircraft are on the top of the list. RTAF’s long term plans include new fighters to replace the ageing fleet. RTAF plans to replace its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft fleet. The new aircraft will require to be compatible with Thailand’s Link T data link system. This is a process that...
  • US Completed U-2 Modernisation
    US Completed U-2 Modernisation 21 February 2020
    Although manned aircraft leave their places to unmanned aerial vehicles in reconnaissance missions, manned reconnaissance missions are still crucial. That's why Dragon Lady, one of the most iconic platforms of the Cold War, continues to change to keep up with the age. The US Air Force (USAF) announced the completion of the SYERS (Senior Year Electro-Optical Reconnaissance System) -2C modernisation activities for U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft, which carried out by in cooperation ...
  • Modernised Indonesian F-16 Made First Flight
    Modernised Indonesian F-16 Made First Flight 20 February 2020
    Indonesia, which has accelerated its armament and replacing/modernisation activities in parallel with the increasing tension in the region, has left behind an important phase in the F-16 modernization process. The first Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Udara / TNI-AU) F-16A Fighting Falcon, serial number TS-1610, completing its modernization activities, and made first flight. Under the Falcon STAR (Structural Augmentation Roadmap) program, the In...
  • Australia to Upgrade Malaysian F/A-18D Hornet fleet
    Australia to Upgrade Malaysian F/A-18D Hornet fleet 19 February 2020
    Australia will upgrade Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) eight Boeing F/A-18D Hornet multirole fighters. The works will be undertaken by Boeing Australia. The aircraft will also undergo improvements in the cockpit displays, installing a new tactical data link, and improvements on its existing hardware. The works would be undertaken in batches of 2 aircraft and will start this year and complete the works on all 8 aircraft by 2024. Upon completion, the RMAF F/A-18Ds...
  • 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,...
  • Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight
    Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight 2 February 2020
    Russia’s new upgraded Tu-160M supersonic strategic bomber performed its first flight on Feb. 2, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced. The first flight was conducted from the S.P.Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Factory runway. The flight took place at an altitude of 1,500 meters and lasted 34 minutes. Tupolev Tu-160 Beliy Lebed (“White Swan”), also known with its NATO reporting name Blackjack, is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber ...
  • The USA Chooses Greece's Side in the Mediterranean
    The USA Chooses Greece's Side in the Mediterranean 31 January 2020
    Greece's parliament approved an updated Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement, with the U.S. The updated deal was initially signed in October during a visit by Mike Pompeo. Speaking before the vote in the Greek parliament, Yannis Lambropulos, a member of the conservative New Democracy Party, said, "We are appealing to the support of our allies at a time when we are exposed to threats to our sovereignty." The U.S. is also granted priority status for "unimpeded acces...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? 30 January 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • The Last Tiger of the Spanish Army
    The Last Tiger of the Spanish Army 29 January 2020
    Airbus Helicopters has announced that an important milestone has been left behind for Tiger attack helicopters. The delivery phase of Spain's Tiger attack helicopter story, which started in 2003, was completed. The Spanish Army (Ejército de Tierra) received the 18th and last Tiger HAD helicopter after a long delivery phase. Last platform is announced as Tiger HAD (Helicoptero de Apoyo y Destrucción / Support and Destruction Helicopter) H2 varian...