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  • US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships
    US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships 18 September 2020
    A recent Congressional Research Service Report reveals that the US Navy may swap out traditional ships for crewless vessels. According to the report, the Navy is requesting about $580 million in research and development funding for the fiscal year 2021 for on developing and producing several types of large unmanned vehicles (UVs) their enabling technologies. “The Navy wants to acquire these large UVs as part of an effort to shift the Navy to a more distributed fleet ...
  • 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...
  • Nex Gen Flight from USAF 17 September 2020
    The US Air Force (USAF) has flown a digitally-engineered Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) advanced aircraft flight demonstrator for the first time, the service unveiled on 15 September at the Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) annual conference. The programme is classified and USAF leadership refused to provide details, including who developed the aircraft, any contract values, and when it might be fielded. But Will Roper, assistant secretary of the USAF for Acquisition...
  • 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...
  • Greek Defence Minister Denies Arms Spending Will Cost 10 Billion Euros
    Greek Defence Minister Denies Arms Spending Will Cost 10 Billion Euros 16 September 2020
      Greece's defence minister on Wednesday dismissed reports that his country would spend 10 billion euros on an arms overhaul announced at the weekend. "It's not a 10-billion-euro spending spree, let me make that very clear," Yunanistan savunma bakanı ülkesinin hafta sonu açıklanan bir silah revizyonuna 10 milyar avro harcayacağı yönündeki haberleri yalanladı. told an Economist conference in Athens, responding to press reports ab...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean
    Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean 14 September 2020
    In the past, the US has prevented the dispute between Turkey and Greece from escalating. Now the EU has to do it. This phrase belongs to German Daily Die Tageszeitung. The paper has a different approach to the recent conflict in the Mediterranean Sea. Talking about the unsolved problem for decades, the paper underlines that the lack of military clash until today is thanks to NATO and, in particular, to the hegemonic USA. This comment belongs to the foreign correspondent of daily, Jürgen ...
  • New acquisition from Greece
    New acquisition from Greece 14 September 2020
    Greece has announced it will strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four frigates and four helicopters for the navy. "The time has come to reinforce the armed forces... these initiatives constitute a robust programme that will become a national shield," Mitsotakis said. The armament program will include new anti-tank weapo...
  • 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...
  • $ 13.3 billion order for Nuclear Assurance
    $ 13.3 billion order for Nuclear Assurance 11 September 2020
    On Sept 08, 2020, the U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman the GBSD Engineering and Manufacturing Development contract for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent competition to build the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation intercontinental ballistic missiles. The worth of the contract is approximately $ 13.3 billion.  Northrop Grumman Systems will develop the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) to replace the Minuteman III (MM III) Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Sys...
  • 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...
  • Turkey's Simulators to Be Used in the Far East
    Turkey's Simulators to Be Used in the Far East 8 September 2020
    Turkey-based Simsoft, which has been working on simulation systems, military software, marine systems, avionics system, embedded system, testing software since 2006, has announced its new export. The company, which has reached an agreement to develop an air defence weapons system simulator with an unnamed Far Eastern country, is aiming for the first quarter of 2021 to complete the export process. İsmail Bıkmaz, the company's Deputy General Manager, said Simsoft has bee...
  • US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets
    US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets 6 September 2020
    Following a recent spike in airborne confrontations between the U.S. and Russian militaries, three B-52 Stratofortress bombers joined Ukrainian fighter jets for training Friday. The bombers, from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, "conducted vital integration training with Ukrainian fighters inside Ukraine's airspace," European Command said in a press release. Officials said the bomber mission, part of a long-planned deployment of six B-52s to RAF F...
  • Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon
    Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon 4 September 2020
    Britain’s Royal Air Force is on course to get its own multi-functional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, by the middle of the decade to equip Typhoon combat jets. A U.S. $420 million contract to develop the next generation of radar for Royal Air Force Typhoon jets has been awarded to BAE Systems and Leonardo. British Ministry of Defence and industry announced the deal on Sept 3rd. BAE Systems and Leonardo have signed up to deliver what is known as the European ...
  • Eyes of India on US F-35s 3 September 2020
    According to Eurasian Times, India may prefer the US's F-35 to the French Rafael. This controversy started to arise in India when the US started considering selling the F-35 to the UAE. India may want to see fifth-generation fighter jets amid ongoing tension with China. 4.5 generation French Rafale warplanes are known as a powerful aircraft. The twin-engine, canard-delta-wing aircraft is equipped with a wide variety of weapons and has the firepower to perform multi-role air-to-a...
  • US DoD report China boasts world’s largest navy
    US DoD report China boasts world’s largest navy 3 September 2020
      According to the US Department of Defence (DoD) the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has the largest navy in the world, surpassing the US Navy. DOD has released its ‘2020 China Military Power Report’. The report is submitted to Congress annually. The Pentagon said: “The PRC has the largest navy in the world, with an overall battle force of approximately 350 ships and submarines including over 130 major surface combatants. “In ...
  • AKSUNGUR Breaks its flying record:49 hours
    AKSUNGUR Breaks its flying record:49 hours 2 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industry's High Payload Capacity UAV AKSUNGUR increased non-stop flight time in its class by staying in the air for 49 hours. AKSUNGUR completed its 59th test flight with this flight. During this flight, the IHA drew the starry crescent flag to the sky at an altitude of 20 thousand feet. AKSUNGUR was designed for Multi-Role Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Assault Missions. Performing day / night Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Assa...
  • Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France
    Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France 1 September 2020
    France and Greece have reached an agreement for the latter to acquire 18 Rafale fighter jets of  which 10 will be sold and the remaining 8 will be given away as ‘donation.’ According to Greek local media reports, the contract between the French and Greek governments is at an advanced stage, which will see the Hellenic Air Force add a whole Rafale squadron to their existing fleet of Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcons, Dassault Mirage 2000s, and McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phan...
  • AIM-120C-8 Plan
    AIM-120C-8 Plan 31 August 2020
    Working to improve its capabilities by restructuring its army, Japan will consolidate its air power with new systems. The US Department of Defence informed Congress about the export of new weapons. In this context, Washington will procure air-to-air missiles to Tokyo. In the statement made on August 26, the DoD announced that the sale of 32 AIM-120C-8 air-to-air missiles to Japan was approved. Japan had requested 32 units of AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Ai...
  • Ukraine Continues to Buy Weapons from Europe and United States
    Ukraine Continues to Buy Weapons from Europe and United States 29 August 2020
    Ukraine's Ambassador to the United Kingdom Vadym Prystaiko recently announced that an agreement will be signed between the two countries for the purchase of weapons. Prystaiko said that the contract will not only include the purchase, but also the production of such systems in Ukraine will be covered by the agreement. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the United States approved the sale of 16 Mark VI patrol boats and related equipment. The Ukrainian Navy is continuin...
  • S-500's Acceptance Tests Begin
    S-500's Acceptance Tests Begin 28 August 2020
    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov announced that the next-generation missile system, the S-500 Prometey (Prometheus), has entered the acceptance test phase. Borisov added that they are continuing to purchase parts for mass production of the system. Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu said the delivery of the S-500 missile system to troops would begin in 2020. The Military Aviation Academy in Tver has been training experts to use the new system since 2017. ...
  • Greece Develops 4X4 Armored Vehicles
    Greece Develops 4X4 Armored Vehicles 24 August 2020
    Greece-based company EODH has developed a new armored vehicle in line with the needs of security forces. EODH, which has been working since 2003 on the active protection of armored vehicles and system integration, introduced the modular 4x4 Hoplite.  Hoplite's design, high reliability and operational preparation is brought to the fore, the company said that the vehicle is resistant to explosions.  The vehicle, equipped with a 12.2 mm M2 machine gun, can be in...
  • Russia to Introduce 50 New Weapon Systems to Market
    Russia to Introduce 50 New Weapon Systems to Market 24 August 2020
    Alexander Mikheyev, CEO of the Russian Defence Export Authority Rosoboronexport, made the remarks ahead of the 2020 International Military and Technical Forum event. Mikheyev said they plan to introduce nearly 50 new weapons systems to the world market. "In the next five or six years, Rosoboronexport plans to deliver almost 50 new weapon systems to the international arms market. These are final products involving air defence systems, combat and military transport aircraft, and ...
  • Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate
    Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate 24 August 2020
    Chinese state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai held the launching ceremony for Pakistan Navy’s Type-054A/P frigate (NATO codename Jiangkai II). Type-054A/P is a development of the Type 054 frigate, using the same hull but with improved sensors and weapons. The Type 054A was first revealed while under construction at the Guangzhou-based Huangpu Shipyard in 2005. Pakistan signed a first contract for the delivery two Type 054 A/P frigates in 2017. An addi...
  • Diver’s Training and Rescue Boats Delivered to Navy
    Diver’s Training and Rescue Boats Delivered to Navy 23 August 2020
      President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke at the New Naval Systems Delivery Ceremony held at the Desan Shipyard in Tuzla. Erdogan said that an aircraft carrier should be built to act as a deterrent. President Erdogan said, "Our goal is to build a defence industry development and production infrastructure that will not be needed from outside in any critical area." President Erdogan made a historic call for the aircraft carrier and said the following wo...
  • US Warns India Against Russia
    US Warns India Against Russia 22 August 2020
    The United States warns India against purchasing Russian weapons like advanced anti-aircraft systems or fighter jets, US Assistant Secretary of State Clarke Cooper told reporters on Thursday.   “The key point that has been shared with Indian counterparts… is: ‘Don’t put at risk future opportunities that may be impeded by significant Russian defence articles’”, Cooper said during an online briefing. “It’s not everything,...
  • NATO Standard Kalashnikov
    NATO Standard Kalashnikov 20 August 2020
    A new member firing NATO-standard cartridges joined the AK series rifle family, one of the most iconic weapons of the Cold War. Kalashnikov Group introduced a new variant of the AK-12 rifle firing NATO standard cartridges. The new weapon, called AK-19, chambered for 5.56x45 mm NATO ammunition. The AK-19, which is stated to be under development, has some differences from its predecessor. In the statement made, these differences were stated as the design improved stock, lower profile ...
  • MINIMI Mk3 Delivery
    MINIMI Mk3 Delivery 19 August 2020
    With their widespread use, machine guns, which stuck all the plans into the trenches on the Western Front of the Great War, continue to develop. The Portuguese Army received the first batch of 200 MINIMI Mk3 machine guns from FN Herstal. Within the scope of the agreement signed with NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Agency) last year, the delivery of a total of 830 weapons is envisaged. MINIMI Mk3, the third generation member of the MINIMI (Mini Mitrailleuse / M...
  • Domestic 25 mm Gun Step
    Domestic 25 mm Gun Step 17 August 2020
    25 mm cannons, which constitute the main firepower of many armoured combat vehicles, will now be produced domestically. The action was taken to locally manufacture the weapons used in armoured combat vehicles in the Turkish Army inventory. The Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB / Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı) made a statement from official social media account with "For the development of 25 mm cannon, contract negotiations have been initiated with TR Mechatronics Sy...
  • New Images from Su-57
    New Images from Su-57 15 August 2020
    New images of the Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO Code: Felon) on the production line have emerged. During the visit of Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu, the fifth-generation hunting bomber Su-57, was pictured. The images show the Su-57’s 101KS-V infrared search-and-track (IRST) targeting system installed in the nose. The platform, which has a body mainly produced using titanium alloy and composite materials, is coated with paint that absorbs radar signals. The plane's ammunition...
  • U.S. Congressman: "I will not support arms sales to Turkey"
    U.S. Congressman: "I will not support arms sales to Turkey" 13 August 2020
    Four members of the U.S. Congress have signed agreements that have prevented arms sales to Turkey for nearly two years. U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Bob Menendez, House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee member Mike McCaul -- the United States has blocked arm...
  • Russia: Us Avoids Extending New START
    Russia: Us Avoids Extending New START 8 August 2020
    The termination of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) was on Russia's agenda. START, the last current agreement between the United States and Russia on nuclear weapons control, expires on February 5, 2021. Russia, which announced that the White House has refrained from extending the contract, published an article on the issue. "If the New START Treaty is terminated, the military-political situation will become significantly more complicated, since, in the a...
  • Warrior Completed 59 Battlefield Missions
    Warrior Completed 59 Battlefield Missions 8 August 2020
    Working to strengthen the Army with platforms that will meet the requirements of the modern battlefield, the United Kingdom left behind an important milestone in the Warrior modernization program. Lockheed Martin UK, which is subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, one of the world's leading defence companies, announced important news on its official Twitter account. The post included information that the Warrior MCV-80 tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has completed 59 c...
  • "NATO Can Deploy Missiles to Ukraine"
    "NATO Can Deploy Missiles to Ukraine" 7 August 2020
    Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko made statements concerning Russia, the United States and Ukraine in an interview. NATO could deploy medium-range ballistic missiles in Ukraine, President Lukashenko said. Russia's aggression has accelerated Ukraine's quest for rapprochement with NATO, he said. "It was a present for Americans. When Mike Pompeo was here, I asked him directly: "Mike, didn't Putin and I give you Ukraine as a present?" He laug...
  • Western In, Russian Out
    Western In, Russian Out 4 August 2020
    The winds of change continue in Ukraine, which has an army and defence industry infrastructure inherited from the Soviet Union. Kyiv had started to work on its regeneration to meet the military's modern battlefield requirements. In this context, the process progressing which initiated for the replacing of the Soviet school infantry rifles in the inventory. New UAR-15 was delivered to the 10th Separate Rapid Response Detachment (Dozor) within the program. The ...
  • ROKETSAN Delivers Teber-82 Guidance Kits
    ROKETSAN Delivers Teber-82 Guidance Kits 4 August 2020
    Defence Industry President Professor İsmail Demir stated from his social media account that TEBER-82 Guidance Kits developed by ROKETSAN made new deliveries. TEBER is a laser guidance kit for use on MK- 81 and MK-82 general purpose bombs. TEBER converts these bombs into precision smart weapons using Inertial Navigation System (INS), Global Positioning System (GPS) and Semi-Active Laser (SAL) Seeker. An add-on SAL Seeker, mounted on the front section, provides a precise hit...
  • India Aims Building Hypersonic Cruise Missile by 2050
    India Aims Building Hypersonic Cruise Missile by 2050 4 August 2020
    India is aiming to make a new step on missile technology. Following its success on BrahMos anti-ship missile with Russia, India will make Air-breathing Hypersonic Glide Vehicles (HGV) by 2050. A one-day workshop on “Challenges in Air-breathing Hypersonic Technologies” was held in the country. It is stated that there are many challenges to overcome such as financing the cost and finding the materials that withstand at nearly 1,800-degree Celsius temperature. Hyp...
  • Boxer on Tests
    Boxer on Tests 30 July 2020
    The Boxer 8x8 wheeled vehicle program, which the UK has decided to continue, is progressing for the country. Rheinmetall, announced that the trial phase for UK Boxers started at the Rheinmetall Defence Netherlands Facilities from its social media account. In this context, the ergonomics and stowage capabilities of the platforms will be tested. In addition to the sustainment equipment of the crew, such as rucksacks and life support equipment; combat gear such as weapons, co...
  • Russia Completed Hypersonic Weapons Tests
    Russia Completed Hypersonic Weapons Tests 27 July 2020
    Russia’s president Vlademir Putin stated that the tests of Tsirkon hypersonic naval missile are completed. He stated this at the main naval parade in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Interfax reports. According to Defpost.com, the weapon was fired from warship Admiral Gorshkov. 3M22 Tsirkon/3M22 Zircon missile (NATO reporting name: SS-N-33)  have been in development for over 20 years. The weapon reportedly has a maximum flight speed of Mach 9 and a range of over 1,000 ...
  • Joint UAV Development Programme
    Joint UAV Development Programme 24 July 2020
    Taking important steps to support the domestic defence industry with the Made in India Program, India will develop unmanned aerial vehicles. An Indian-based company and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratories signed an agreement to develop an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The U.S. Air Force, Indian Air Force, DRDO, and an Indian company are aimed at developing a platform for armed reconnaissance and surveillance. India requested MQ-9 Reaper but the USA did not ...