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  • European Anti-Tank Program LynkEU Gets Ready for Trials
    European Anti-Tank Program LynkEU Gets Ready for Trials 11 July 2020
    The first test shots of the European anti-tank defence program LynkEU will take place soon. The program aims to create a common European anti-tank capability BLOS (Beyond Line Of Sight) (BLOS). In the tests, the missile, which will be the MBDA’s MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée), will be fired from an armoured vehicle battle tower with UAV targeting data. MBDA’s MMP missile was selected to fulfil the European Beyond-Line-Of-Sight battlefield engagement capability on th...
  • Next Generation Ammunition to Modernised Vehicles
    Next Generation Ammunition to Modernised Vehicles 11 July 2020
    The advances in the material, metallurgy and manufacturing caused an advancement in armour technology and hence the protection levels of the platforms. The firepower of platforms is also increasing against vehicles with increased armour protection and survivability. In this context, the USA integrated a 30 mm XM813 Bushmaster main weapon into some Stryker 8x8 tactical wheeled armoured vehicle in the Army inventory. Following the new weapon integration, the platforms can us...
  • 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...
  • "The King" Completed First Sea Trials
    "The King" Completed First Sea Trials 9 July 2020
    The CH-53 Stallion helicopter family is the largest and heaviest heavy-lift cargo helicopter in use in the US and Western world inventory. Despite the problems detected during development and factory tests, the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter completed its first sea tests. The first trial, completed on the USS Wasp (LHD 1) amphibious assault helicopter, was conducted in the Atlantic Ocean and lasted about two weeks. In this context, activities such as take-off and landing in di...
  • Additional MiG-31 to Pacific Fleet
    Additional MiG-31 to Pacific Fleet 8 July 2020
    Russia is increasing its military concentration in the Far East. The Moscow government decided to deploy an additional interceptor aircraft to the region. According to reports in the Russian media, the air-to-air interception capabilities of the Pacific Fleet will be increased. In this context, Russia will shift additional MiG-31 (NATO Code: Foxhound) interceptor aircraft to the 317th Composite Air Regiment stationed at Yelizovo Air Base. The platforms will be transferred to new pos...
  • China Could Deploy AR500C to Indian Border
    China Could Deploy AR500C to Indian Border 7 July 2020
    The AR500C rotary wing UAV developed by China to deploy on plateaus completed its first flight test. The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), has developed the AR500C with a maximum speed of 170 kilometres and a maximum take-off weight of 500 kilograms, according to the country's needs. The drone, which will be used for high-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance missions, successfully conducted its first flight test. According to local media reports, China...
  • TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II
    TOPGUN Title to F-35C Lightning II 5 July 2020
    The F-35C Lightning II, which is expected to reshape the aircraft carrier-based fixed-wing force dimensions with its fifth-generation capabilities, will also serve with the top aviators. The first group trainees selected among the pilots of the F-35C Lightning IIs in the US Navy inventory completed the TOPGUN course, the most extensive combat training process of the US Navy. Thus, volatile personnel affiliated with VFA-125 (Strike Fighter Squadron-125 "Rough Raiders") and ...
  • Atmaca Anti-Ship Missile Hit from Long Distance
    Atmaca Anti-Ship Missile Hit from Long Distance 4 July 2020
    The anti-ship missiles offer important opportunities for the user to eliminate surface targets from long ranges. Turkey is improving its anti-ship missile capability with indigenous system studies. The Presidency of Defence Industries announced that test launch was carried out with the Roketsan Atmaca anti-ship missile developed with local facilities. In the images that shared the official social media account of the Presidency includes "ATMACA; our ATMACA flew long t...
  • 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...
  • Approval to Cargo Aircraft Procurement
    Approval to Cargo Aircraft Procurement 3 July 2020
    Cargo aircraft are a key solution for the transportation and supply of armed forces power over long distances in a short time. Upon the request, USA has approved the possible sale of C-130H Hercules transport aircraft to Tunisia and Morocco under FMS (Foreign Military Sales). In this context, two C-130H aircraft will be transferred to Morocco, which made a request in July of last year. In addition to the platforms, the amount to be paid to the USA by Morocco, which wi...
  • All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions
    All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions 2 July 2020
    Tensions increasing between France and Turkey. The Paris Ambassador of Turkey Ismail Hakki Musa's statement about the incident that TCG Oruçreis (F 245) and French frigate FS Courbet (F 712) involved with the images with C4Defence difference. A few days ago France presented a letter to NATO claiming that Turkish frigate threatened French frigate by tracking with radar. Turkey, however, stated that French frigate, FS Courbet (F 712), approached to TCG Gö...
  • Turkey's Unmanned "Mini Tank" Enters Mass Production
    Turkey's Unmanned "Mini Tank" Enters Mass Production 2 July 2020
      Katmerciler signed a serial production agreement with ASELSAN for the remote-controlled unmanned ground vehicle. Katmerciler developed the entire platform, including the remote control communication infrastructure of the armed unmanned ground vehicle. The vehicle can be used in reconnaissance, surveillance and target detection tasks. Weapons and all kinds of systems can be integrated into the turret. Thanks to satellite communication, it can be commanded remotely. T...
  • Wheeled Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun Enters Mass Production
    Wheeled Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun Enters Mass Production 30 June 2020
    Self-propelled anti-aircraft guns have maintained their importance for years against rotary or fixed-wing manned air elements, with missiles and drones approaching close range from low altitude. DAPA (Defence Acquisition Program Administration), the defence procurement instution of the Republic of Korea, announced that an agreement has been signed with Hanwha Defense for the new wheeled self-propelled anti-aircraft gun system. Under the agreement of $ 207.66 million, the p...
  • Multnational Tanker Delivery
    Multnational Tanker Delivery 30 June 2020
    Aerial refuelling aircraft are an important force multiplier for the forces as they extend the flight range and endurance of the fleets without the requirement for a base. Airbus announced that the first A330 MRTT (Multirole Tanker Transport) was officially delivered to the Multinational Tanker Transport Fleet created for the use of NATO countries. The program, which is carried out in cooperation with OCCAR and NSPA, includes NATO countries, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Germ...
  • Third KC-390 Millennium Aircraft Joins the FAB Fleet
    Third KC-390 Millennium Aircraft Joins the FAB Fleet 30 June 2020
    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) took delivery, on Saturday June 27, the third KC-390 Millennium multi-mission aircraft. The aircraft, registered FAB 2855, landed at 4:35 pm at Wing 2 - Anápolis Air Base (GO). The Commander of Preparation, Lt-Brigadier Luiz Fernando de Aguiar, commented on the arrival of the third aircraft. “In view of the recent commemoration of Transport Aviation Day, on June 12, it is a great honour for Preparation Command to receive the third KC-390 Mi...
  • Loitering Munition Intend
    Loitering Munition Intend 29 June 2020
    Loitering munition continue to find new users. The US Special Forces Command (US SOCOM) intends to receive loitering munition to deploy on JLTV platforms. The strongest candidate for the process is the Hero-30 platform of Israel-based Uvision company. The force will announce its selection following the publication of the Request for Information Document, following the demonstrations in 2021. Weighing 3 kilograms, the Hero-30 equipped with 500-gram warhead. UAV, which can r...
  • Turkey's Cargo UAV Period
    Turkey's Cargo UAV Period 29 June 2020
    An agreement has been reached for the purchase of rotary winged drones in turkey's inventory in accordance with the needs of the security forces. A contract was signed between the Presidency of Defence Industry and the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) Cargo UAV, which began its tender in 2018. The Cargo UAV system is expected to be mass-produced in 2021. It was announced that the drone will carry 50 kilograms of useful cargo and will ...
  • Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble?
    Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble? 27 June 2020
    British independent public spending watchdog, “The National Audit Office”, has published a report into the ability of the MOD to successfully deliver Carrier Strike capability successfully. The report, published today examines how the Department has managed the programme since 2017 and how it is addressing the risks towards achieving the full capabilities of a carrier strike group. In other words, the report states concern about transforming process from a &lsq...
  • Alpagu Tactical Attack UAV will Soon be in Inventory
    Alpagu Tactical Attack UAV will Soon be in Inventory 25 June 2020
    Suicide Drones, developed by STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM), continue the process of being operational in the Turkish Armed Forces. The countdown has begun for the delivery of Alpagu, a Fixed-Wing Autonomous Tactical Attack UAV, to the forces. Alpagu, developed in line with the need in areas such as asymmetric warfare and anti-terror, stands out for its small size and functionality. Easily transportable UAV has the ability to intelligently...
  • 57th T-129 Inventory
    57th T-129 Inventory 25 June 2020
    Defence Industry President (SSB) Professor İsmail Demir announced from his personal social media account that 57th T-129 Atak helicopter entered inventory the Land Forces Command. Demir's statement also revealed its impact on the COVID-19 pandemic defence industry sector. The 56th T-129 Helicopter produced by the Turkish Aviation and Space Industry (TUSAŞ) entered the inventory in December 2019. Some parts and systems are waiting for the production of the TUSAŞ helicopter not on...
  • FNSS: Kaplan MT Attracted More than Expectation
    FNSS: Kaplan MT Attracted More than Expectation 23 June 2020
    Nail Kurt, FNSS General Manager and CEO, met with the leading names of the defence media in a live stream. Kurt made statements about the latest status of the Kaplan MT (Harimau) medium tank and its procurement to third countries. Kurt mentioned that the requirements and demands changed in the medium weight class tank, which was in trend in the early 1990s but is now on the agenda, and that Indonesia has determined a requirement for a 30-ton class 105-mm turret; he stated that ...
  • "Urgent" Procurement Request from India
    "Urgent" Procurement Request from India 22 June 2020
    India wants to add 33 new fighter jets to its inventory. According to the Mumbai-based The Economic Times, India wants to procure new platforms "urgently." New Delhi wants to procure 21 MiG-29 (NATO Code: Fulcrum) aircraft and 12 Su-30MKI from Russia. If an agreement is reached, the delivery of the platforms will be provided within two years following the signing of the contract.  The modernized version of the Su-30Ks for the foreign market of the Su-30, whi...
  • Demir: Hisar-O is deployed in Syria
    Demir: Hisar-O is deployed in Syria 21 June 2020
    President of Defence Industry Dr İsmail Demir announced that Hisar-O Medium Altitude Air Defence Missile System is deployed in Syria. Demir speaking to M5 Magazine said, “ We are deploying it in Syria because we have the opinion that HİSAR-O will be more effective due to the range.”. Demir shared detailed information about the process in the live broadcast of C4Defence in early May. In summary, the deliveries of Hisar-O, which is developed to defeat the medium-...
  • Turkish Fuselage to Korean Helicopter
    Turkish Fuselage to Korean Helicopter 21 June 2020
    The visit of the Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank to Eskişehir drew attention to the company Coşkunöz operating here. TUSAŞ Motor (TEI) participated in the test of TJ-300 turbojet engine at its facilities. Minister Varank then visited the aviation and defence departments of Coşkunöz. The main fuselage is produced for TAI KUH-1 Surion helicopter.  KAI develops offshore, search and rescue, assault versions of KUH-1. The minister, A total of 6...
  • Super Hornets Tested with StormBreaker
    Super Hornets Tested with StormBreaker 17 June 2020
    Smart ammunition offers users the ability to destroy targets, including the worst weather conditions, as well as the moving target engagement capability. The developments in microelectronics, as well as the guidance technology, paves the way to customize smart ammunition in line with different requirements. The F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet family, the most modern combat jets of the U.S. Navy, began testing with the GBU-53/B StormBreaker. Within the tests, the first guided release was com...
  • Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Test
    Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Test 16 June 2020
    Submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) can be launched from anywhere in the world, regardless of the territory of the carrier platform. This gives user states hit any point in the world capability. France, which has been conducting studies on modernizing the nuclear submarine fleet and strengthening it with new platforms, conducted ballistic missile test launch in the Atlantic on June 12. During the activity carried out off the coast of Finistère, Audiern...
  • No Gun Pod for F-35B Lightning II
    No Gun Pod for F-35B Lightning II 16 June 2020
    F-35 Lightning II has three different variant that use conventional take-off (CTOL / Conventional Take-Off and Landing / F-35A), STOVL (Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing / F-35B) and CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-Off but Arrested Landing / F-35C) methods. Thus, platforms have some structural changes for these abilities. F-35B Lightning IIs of the Royal Air Force (RAF) will fly without a cannon. The UK Ministry of Defence said in a statement that there is currently no gun po...
  • State-of-the-Art Catapult Went Down
    State-of-the-Art Catapult Went Down 15 June 2020
    Despite their short decks, aircraft carriers can operate heavy aircraft with the CATOBAR (Catapult Assisted Take-off but Arrested Landing) system. Traditional steam-powered catapults gave its place to electromagnetic EMALS (Electromagnetic Launch System) on the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carriers built for the US Navy. The system, which operates in a similar manner with the new generation electromagnetic weapons, brought many unknowns along with its advantages. USS Gerald R. ...
  • Increase on Anti-Aircraft Carrier Capabilities
    Increase on Anti-Aircraft Carrier Capabilities 14 June 2020
    Aircraft carriers are one of the most strategic platforms in the navy for countries, thanks to the ability to operate a large aviation force in a possible war that will take place in the open seas and the large area control/denial capability. China, which has been studying to increase its effectiveness in the seas and launching a ship almost every month, continues its steps in the naval missile area. Crowning the sea power with aircraft carriers, Beijing is ...
  • National Power for Domestic Frigate
    National Power for Domestic Frigate 11 June 2020
    After four Ada Class corvettes built for the Turkish Navy, STM started cooperation agreements for Class I frigates. It is aimed to increase the rate of domestic components in Istanbul Frigate, which is the fifth vessel of the MILGEM Project and first-class I ship. STM was commissioned as the main contractor to cover the ship's design, weapon-electronic systems and main propulsion system responsibilities. In the project, where ASELSAN and HAVELSAN are the main business partn...
  • Baykar's Armed UAV TB2 Flew 200 thousand Hours
    Baykar's Armed UAV TB2 Flew 200 thousand Hours 10 June 2020
    Bayraktar Tactical Armed/ UAV System TB2 developed by Baykar Defence for use in the execution of reconnaissance and intelligence missions reached 200,000 flight hours. The system, armed for Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri/ TSK) provides reconnaissance, aerial observation, target detection and destruction. According to the company, the TB2 flew 200,000 hours, making it the first national aircraft to serve in the sky for the longest time. It can carry four MAM-L and...
  • 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...
  • Jet UAV Alternative for F-35B Lightning II
    Jet UAV Alternative for F-35B Lightning II 8 June 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir has been a live broadcast guest on NTV. Answering the questions on the Turkish defence sector, Professor. Dr. Demir made important statements about TCG Anadolu and UAVs. UAV use for the TCG Anadolu (L 400), which was built within the scope of the amphibious platform requirements of the Turkish Navy, came back to the agenda. President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. Demir stated that the use of UAVs in various classes is on ...
  • Domestic Engine for Turkey's Aircraft Arresting Systems Project
    Domestic Engine for Turkey's Aircraft Arresting Systems Project 5 June 2020
    In accordance with the needs of the Turkish Air Force Command, The Presidency of Defence Industries initiated the Aircraft Arresting System Project. Within the scope of the project, SDT Space and Defence Technologies will deliver Aircraft Arresting Systems. A procurement contract was signed between SDT and TÜMOSAN Motor and Tractor Industry for Rewind Engines to be integrated into the systems. TÜMOSAN will produce 40 engines. The project includes fixed hooks, net...
  • North Africa Becomes Global Arm Wrestling Area… 2 June 2020
    Following NATO Commander Gen. Tod Wolters, Commander of CENTCOM Gen. Military after Kenneth McKenzie, a new American general is entering our relationships network; AFRICOM Commander Gen. Stephen J. Towsend. I mentioned the first two commanders, to be connected due to Turkey’s geo-strategic location and names that appear healthy. As a NATO member country, Gen. Having a regular relationship with Wolters is routine. The authority of the American army in Brussels is recognized as ...
  • Thousands of Hydra Rocket
    Thousands of Hydra Rocket 2 June 2020
    Air-to-surface unguided rockets have an important place for the ground attack capability of many air platforms, especially attack helicopters. Air-to surface rockets, which are one of the best choices for target-rich environments with salvo launching capability is commonly using despite developing technology. The USA has signed a new procurement agreement for the Hydra Rockets, which are widely used in the West, especially for attack helicopters. Under the $ 3.4 billion co...
  • 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 ...
  • Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea
    Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea 29 May 2020
    The waters in the Black Sea have been experiencing their hottest days since the end of the Cold War. Sea and air movement of NATO affiliates is very high in the region. Two B-1B Lancer affiliated to the U.S. Air Force's 28th Bomber Wing performed a long-range Bomber Task Force mission. The platforms departing from Ellsworth Air Force Base stationed in South Dakota headed over the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea after they crossed the Atlantic Ocean. During the round trip; bombe...
  • Martlet Firing Trials
    Martlet Firing Trials 28 May 2020
    Ship-based rotary-wing aircraft launched air-to-surface missiles are critical for missions such as helicopter attacks on hostile platforms and elimination of asymmetrical elements. The UK Ministry of Defence announced that a missile test launch was carried out in the Aberporth Range located on the West Coast of Wales as part of the FASGW (Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon) program. This trial was carried out under the program of integration of Martlet guided projectil...
  • ACV-15 of FNSS Become Unmanned
    ACV-15 of FNSS Become Unmanned 27 May 2020
    FNSS production ZMA-15 (Armoured Combat Vehicle-15), which constitutes the backbone of the Turkish mechanised armoured vehicle power, will become unmanned. ZMA-15 Modernization Agreement was signed between ASELSAN and the PResidency of Defence Industries on December 31, 2019, with 900 million Turkish Liras cost. In the following process, the main contractor company signed a Subcontracting Agreement with FNSS. In this context, it has been announced that platforms will be eq...