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  • U.S. Produces Autonomous Solutions on The Battlefield
    U.S. Produces Autonomous Solutions on The Battlefield 23 October 2020
    The U.S. Air Force has signed an agreement with BAE Systems for the Skyborg program, which will allow drones to act autonomously as needed. Seeking to increase air combat power, the United States is developing unmanned systems that will team up with manned aircraft.  In this context, BAE Systems will design a modular UAV with autonomous properties. Skyborg is said to be a "cost effective" programme. “This award will accelerate the development and deplo...
  • UK's First Drone and Helicopter Integration
    UK's First Drone and Helicopter Integration 22 October 2020
    The United Kingdom has integrated Callen-Lenz production semi-autonomous UAV into the mission system of the AW159 Wildcat helicopter. “In this instance, when a helicopter crew controls a UAV from the helicopter like it was an onboard sensor being controlled from the cockpit. By integrating control of the UAV into the Wildcat Mission System, Leonardo was able to minimise the pilots’ workload allowing them to focus more on the mission whilst simultaneously controlling the ...
  • Loyal Wingman Preparing for First Flight
    Loyal Wingman Preparing for First Flight 22 October 2020
    A prototype of the Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft, developed for the Airpower Teaming System (ATS) project in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Boeing, has completed the first taxi. The function and integration of the Loyal Wingman, including brake and engine controls, were checked. The unmanned aircraft, which is scheduled to make its first flight this year, was designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia. Loyal Wingman is seen as Boeing&#...
  • End of 34 Years at USMC: Super Cobras Retired
    End of 34 Years at USMC: Super Cobras Retired 21 October 2020
    Bell AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters, which have served the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) for nearly 34 years, have been retired. The AH-1W, which made its final flight last week, was the backbone of the USMC's fleet of special attack helicopters. Super Cobras, who also participated in the 1991 Gulf War, participated in USCM's operations for more than 930,000 hours. The AH-1Ws, who served during the US interventions in Haiti, Yugoslavia and Libya, continued their combat-r...
  • Modernization Plan for Pakistan Navy
    Modernization Plan for Pakistan Navy 20 October 2020
    Pakistan plans to modernize its navy against the threat of India.  Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Commander of the Pakistan Navy, said the Navy's priority was "ready for battle and high attack capability." During his speech, he assured that the priority of the Navy is "combat readiness and offensive capacity.” Accordingly, the number of warships in the Pakistani Navy will be increased to 50. Transfer of a Yuan-class submarine of Chinese origin destined t...
  • Ukraine and Turkey to cooperate in the military sector
    Ukraine and Turkey to cooperate in the military sector 18 October 2020
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Istanbul to sign military and defence cooperation agreement. A declaration of intent between the Ukrainian Defence Minister Andrii Taran and Turkey's Defence Industries President Prof. İsmail Demir is among the signed documents. A framework military agreement between the Ukrainian government and the government of the Republic of Turkey was also signed. " The memorand...
  • U.S. Set 2023 for Hypersonic Weapon
    U.S. Set 2023 for Hypersonic Weapon 17 October 2020
    U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said his country will be stationing the first hypersonic weapon by 2023. "Our opponents are firing long-range missiles to prevent our freedom of manoeuvre. We are increasing our hypersonic investments over the next five years," Esper said. In March, the Army and Navy reached an important milestone by jointly launching a successful test of a hypersonics glide body, he noted. The United States wants to integrate new technology into forces by...
  • Defiant Advances Towards Top Speed
    Defiant Advances Towards Top Speed 15 October 2020
    The Sikorsky-Boeing team continues to make progress as Defiant’s flight test program advances. Defiant’s speed, angle of bank and rate of climb continue to increase as more data is gathered. On October 12, with about two-thirds prop torque and engine power, DEFIANT achieved 211 knots (242.81 m/h; 390.7720km/h) straight and level and 232 knots in a descent. Defiant is expected to have a cruise speed of 250 knots (290 m/h / 460 km/h) The helicopter is partic...
  • Russia to Switch to Il-96-400M for Doomsday
    Russia to Switch to Il-96-400M for Doomsday 15 October 2020
    According to TASS agency, Russia’s new Airborne Command Post will be built on the basis of an Il-96-400M long-haul wide-body aircraft. Currently, an Il-80 plane is used for the purpose. Airborne Command Post aircraft is designed for use in the event of a nuclear war or a major disaster in case ground-based command infrastructure cannot be used. According to open-access sources, the Russian armed forces currently have four such planes in service.
  • Demir announced first modernised ACV-15 is ready
    Demir announced first modernised ACV-15 is ready 14 October 2020
    The prototype of the Turkish modernised ACV-15 fighting vehicle showcased. Presidency of Defence Industries released video footage from the vehicle. President of Defence Industries said that the first prototype is completed. he stated that platform will be equipped with modern systems and there will be 133 vehicles to be modernised. Vehicles will be modernised with Nefer remote-controlled weapon station installed on the turret, which features 25 mm chain gun. The vehicle will have a...
  • US Senators ask Trump Administration precautions for Israel’s security
    US Senators ask Trump Administration precautions for Israel’s security 13 October 2020
      US Senators Bob Menendez and Senator Jack Reed called the Trump Administration to explain in detail how it will deal with specific national security risks inherent in the Administration’s proposed sale of the F-35 aircraft to the United Arab Emirates. Menendez is ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Reed is Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “There are numerous questions as to how the national securi...
  • Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China
    Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China 13 October 2020
    China continues to warn countries selling military systems to Taiwan. China has issued a warning to the United States after White House officials said the sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan was close to being edict. As the Oval Office increased pressure on China, foreign media reported in Early September (2020) that the United States was entering into an agreement with Taiwan as part of seven arms system exports.  "To ensure that it does not seriously harm cross-Strai...
  • Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki
    Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki 13 October 2020
    Japan Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Germany’s Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm developed unmanned and Unconventional helicopter “K-RACER-IV”. The helicopter is designed to improve on the speed capabilities of conventional helicopters. The conventional helicopter would require a tail rotor to counteract the torque generated by the main rotor. Alternatively, it would be without a tail rotor but would have a co-axial main rotor that creates counter torque. Kawasaki&rsq...
  • Indonesian Navy Chief Wants Ageing Vessels out of Inventory
    Indonesian Navy Chief Wants Ageing Vessels out of Inventory 13 October 2020
        The chief of Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL), Admiral Yudo Margono, has written a letter to the country’s defence minister Prabowo Subianto. Admiral stated that he wants to keep ageing vessels out of inventory. He explained why it will not be possible to keep naval vessels that have either retired, or are already in the process of being prepared for retirement. Minister Subianto requested admiral to e...
  • Norway Opens Base for U.S.
    Norway Opens Base for U.S. 12 October 2020
    In Norway, a Cold War-era nuclear submarine base opens 18 years later against the Russian threat. The Olavsvern base, located near the northern city of Tromso and closed in 2002, will be reopened for the United States. Senior American officers have been seen in Olavsvern in recent weeks. Norway's Defence Ministry then ratted an agreement that would allow the country's armed forces and the US military, as NATO allies, to use the base 350km from the Russian border. T...
  • Bell Presents  EGM the Outstanding Operational Readiness Award
    Bell Presents EGM the Outstanding Operational Readiness Award 12 October 2020
    Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced the Turkish National Police  (Emniyet Genel Müdürlüği /EGM) were presented an award for “Outstanding Operational Readiness.” The force operates 14 Bell 429s for its safety and security missions. The fleet’s operational readiness is above 95 per cent. “It is an honour to award the Turkish National Police this plaque for outstanding operational readiness,” said Clay Bridges, Reg...
  • US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland
    US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland 12 October 2020
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and weapons and related equipment for an estimated cost of $14.7 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. Finland has requested to buy 50 F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft; eight F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft; 14 EA-18G Growler aircraft; 166 F414-GE-400 engines (144...
  • Portuguese Navy Will Wait for Super Lynx
    Portuguese Navy Will Wait for Super Lynx 11 October 2020
      Portuguese Navy will wait for the delivery of the first out of five modernised Super Lynx Mk 95A helicopter until January 2021. Deliveries are planned to be completed in 2021. Leonardo was awarded a EUR69 million contract in July 2016 to modernise the Portuguese Navy’s five Super Lynx Mk 95 aircraft.  The first modernised helicopter completed its maiden flight on 14 February at Leonardo Helicopters' facility in Yeovil, United Kingdom. The modernisatio...
  • North Korea Unveils Two ICBMs
    North Korea Unveils Two ICBMs 11 October 2020
    North Korea held a military parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Workers Party. The ceremony, which turned into a show of strength in military terms, started in the morning and continued until the late hours of the night. The ceremony held in the capital Pyongyang was marked by the largest intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) North Korea has ever built. The ICBM was carried on an 11-axle transporter erector launcher (TEL). If the missile becomes...
  • Two important Steps for TF-X
    Two important Steps for TF-X 10 October 2020
    Two important stages were passed in the Turkish Fighter Jet (TF-X) program, of which Turkish Aerospace Industry (TUSAS) is the main contractor. Strategic Cooperation agreements were signed with HAVELSAN and TR Motor, which designed the software and TF-X's serial production engine. TUSAŞ also decided to cooperate with Spain-based Artificial on flight control systems. A challenging schedule awaits TF-X aircraft. The plane will make its roll-out, make the maiden flight, and prepare...
  • Anadolu Shipyard Launches “Al Doha” for Qatar
    Anadolu Shipyard Launches “Al Doha” for Qatar 8 October 2020
    Turkey’s Anadolu Shipyard launched Al Doha, the first of two Cadet Training Ships (CTS) for the Qatari Navy today. Al Doha will be used to train 72 naval cadets. The ship is 90 meters long, has 1.950 tonnes of full load displacement and a maximum speed of 22 knots at full load. The vessel is armed by 30mm Stabilized Gun and 2 12.7mm Machine Guns. Anadolu Shipyard was awarded a contract by the Qatar Armed Forces “QAF” to build two CTS at DIMDEX 2018 on 13th March 20...
  • GE Signs Contract to Provide STM with LM2500 Gas Turbines to Power Pakistan Navy’s New MILGEM Corvettes
    GE Signs Contract to Provide STM with LM2500 Gas Turbines to Power Pakistan Navy’s New MILGEM Corvettes 8 October 2020
      GE Marine announced it has signed a contract with STM (Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik Ve Ticaret A.Ş.), Ankara, Turkey, to provide LM2500 marine gas turbines to power the Pakistan Navy’s new MILGEM multipurpose corvettes. Pakistan Navy contracted for four MILGEM corvettes with ASFAT (Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme Anonim Şirketi) two of them to be built in Turkey and the other two in Pakistan. The propulsion system for all the MILGEM ships...
  • $1.2 Billion for Stryker IM-SHORAD Vehicles
    $1.2 Billion for Stryker IM-SHORAD Vehicles 8 October 2020
      General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), a business unit of General Dynamics was awarded a $1.219 billion contract to produce, test and deliver Interim Manoeuvre Short-Range Air Defence (IM-SHORAD) systems to the U.S. Army. The Army’s initial order on the contract calls for 28 Stryker IM-SHORAD vehicles for $230 million. The IM-SHORAD is designed to counter threats from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and a multitude of other Rotary and Fixed Wing aircraft and prov...
  • TUSAŞ writes Software
    TUSAŞ writes Software 7 October 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industry (TUSAŞ) announced a new study from its official social media accounts. TUSAŞ reported that the firm's engineers developed software called IMODE. Thanks to IMODE, the design of aircraft cockpit systems will now be created with local and national source codes. IMODE will be used first at the design of Hürjet aircraft.
  • Hypersonic Shaurya Missile Enter Service Soon
    Hypersonic Shaurya Missile Enter Service Soon 4 October 2020
          New Delhi has performed tests on hypersonic missile Shaurya. The Shaurya missile is a canister launched surface-to-surface tactical missile developed by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile will enter to the service on Indian Armed Forces. It has a range of 700 to 1,900 km (430 to 1,180 mi) and is capable of carrying a payload of 200kg to 1 ton conventional or nuclear warhead. The Shaurya miss...
  • U.S. to Support Egyptian Maritime Protection
    U.S. to Support Egyptian Maritime Protection 3 October 2020
    The U.S. State Department said it has approved the sale of maritime domain awareness (MDA) and related equipment to the Egyptian government. Egypt plans to use the MDA to provide "real-time situational awareness of maritime observation capability" in the defence of the maritime border, natural resources and ports. Equipment with approximately $417 million in sales: 34 integrated fixed towers with supporting equipment; 28 communication towers with suppor...
  • Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget
    Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget 2 October 2020
    The Defence Ministry on Wednesday requested a record ¥5.49 trillion ($55 billion) budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2021, to expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.   The request is up 3.3 per cent from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2021, with defence spending expected to rise. Japan’s defence spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Shinzo Abe t...
  • TDU Defence Exports Balloon
    TDU Defence Exports Balloon 1 October 2020
    TDU Defence Systems Inc. produced two Reconnaissance and Surveillance Balloons for a foreign country's armed forces. The order is expected to continue. The balloon, which has a diameter of six meters and a payload capacity of 50 kg, operates at an altitude of 500 meters. With the target identification and recognition system it carries, it can make real-time surveillance and recording in day and night conditions. It was learned that the balloon is suitable for early warning duties in comba...
  • UkrOboronProm Accuses Former Administration of Robbery
    UkrOboronProm Accuses Former Administration of Robbery 1 October 2020
      Ukrainian Defence companies’ administration UkrOboronProm has a complaint and accusation about former administrations. Konstantin Bushuyev Deputy General Director for Security of UkrOboronProm wrote an article about former administrations and UkrOboronProm announced the article from its official social media accounts. The article is in Ukrainian. According to unofficial translation, Mr Bushuyev claims that “state defence companies were robbed” and explains &...
  • F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer
    F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer 1 October 2020
     F-35 Costs Less than F-18 for Swiss Buyer The US State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Switzerland. Swiss government prepares a tender to buy 40 aircraft for its air force and the approval permits Lockheed Martin and Boeing to officially take part at the tender. Switzerland will either buy 40 Lockheed Martin’s F-35 or Boeing’s F-18 and related equipment. According to the approval 40, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and re...
  • Germany to Continue with CH-53G
    Germany to Continue with CH-53G 29 September 2020
    Germany has postponed plans to award a contract to replace its heavy-lift helicopters because the bids on the table are uneconomical, the defence ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry announced that offers from American firms Boeing and Lockheed Martin for the Chinook and the King Stallion, respectively, too expensive. Germany decided to replace its ageing fleet of CH-53G transport helicopters in 2017 and launched a tender process in June 2019. Boeing and Lockheed Martin had submit...
  • Demir: Joint Development of Target SAMP / T, Our Door Is Not Closed
    Demir: Joint Development of Target SAMP / T, Our Door Is Not Closed 29 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Professor İsmail Demir attended to a press conference at ROKETSAN's Lalahan facilities. There are some allegations on the foreign press about Turkey to acquire from France SAMP / T system. C4Defence asked the details of these allegations to President Demir. Demir gave the following answer to these allegations; There are no new developments regarding SAMP / T. It is always seen as a new development, but there is no improvement at the point we look ...
  • Demir: Altay Production to Start in Mid 2021
    Demir: Altay Production to Start in Mid 2021 29 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr İsmail Demir answered a question regarding the engine and mass production schedule of the Altay Main Battle Tank (BMT) at the press conference held at Roketsan's facilities in Lalahan. Reminding the process of bringing together a small number of engines used in prototype studies, Demir said, “We have a temporal roadmap about its timing, not leaving a huge gap between the alternative engine being found, brought and entering the syste...
  • Iran Unveils 700-Km New Naval Ballistic Missile
    Iran Unveils 700-Km New Naval Ballistic Missile 28 September 2020
    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) presented on Sunday a new naval ballistic missile with a range of more than 700 kilometres. The new IRGC ballistic missile, "Zolfaqar Basir", was displayed at the Permanent Exhibition of Achievements and Capabilities of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division in Tehran which opened on Sunday morning according to the Iranian news agency Tasmin.   Known as the latest version of a new generation of ‘Persi...
  • TCG Anadolu will be Delayed
    TCG Anadolu will be Delayed 28 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr İsmail Demir announced that the TCG ANADOLU Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) will enter into the inventory with a delay. Participating in a television program, Demir said, “The launch of the ANADOLU ship has slowed down a little during this epidemic process. We've been waiting for the end of this year, it may wait until the middle of next year. Depending on the course of the epidemic, we want to put it into service as so...
  • Made in UK Policy for Support Ships
    Made in UK Policy for Support Ships 27 September 2020
      British government altered the status of support ships. They will be considered as a warship. Previously the Government had argued that the new Fleet Solid Support Ships were not warships and as such, were eligible for international tendering rather than being restricted to British shipyards. The £1.5bn competition to build up to three Fleet Solid Support Ships was suspended last year and an update was due this autumn. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace t...
  • UAS fast forwarding for F-35
    UAS fast forwarding for F-35 27 September 2020
  • GA-ASI Conducts Sparrowhawk sUAS Flight Tests
    GA-ASI Conducts Sparrowhawk sUAS Flight Tests 27 September 2020
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced with a press release that the company conducted captive carry Sparrowhawk Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) flight demonstrations on September 16-17, 2020. The Sparrowhawk aircraft is designed as an airborne launch and recovery demonstrator aircraft tailored to fit GA-ASI platforms and is focused on Advanced Battle Management System’s attritableONE technologies. Sparrowhawk iterates on the DARPA Gremlins Program to further airborne rec...
  • U.S. Approves Patriot Sale to Netherlands
    U.S. Approves Patriot Sale to Netherlands 26 September 2020
    The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the US State Department has decided to sell $241 million worth of Patriot PAC-3s to the Dutch Government. The Netherlands wants to buy 34 related missiles and equipment, repair and logistical support elements will be included in the agreement. “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve security of a NATO ally which is an important force for po...
  • U.S. and Norway Begin Military Negotiations
    U.S. and Norway Begin Military Negotiations 25 September 2020
    Norway and the United States began negotiations to update the Mutual Defence Assistance Agreement signed in the 1950s. Norway received 300 fighter jets and 8,000 military vehicles from the United States for free during the Cold War. Total U.S. aid to Norway from the 1950s to 1996 was around $8.7 billion. Red Party leader Bjørnar Moxnes said the renewed military agreement would lead to changes that would clash with Norway's security policy and interests, and criticised the...