Turkish Airlines CEO Dr Temel Kotil has resigned to take up a new role heading TAI – the national aerospace and technology company with a vast defence portfolio.
JON LAKE looks at the make up of the Turkish Air Force, the largest and most important of the seven military and parapublic air arms in Turkey.
Have Egypt and Sudan been re-equipping the Libyan Air Force in violation of a UN Security Council arms embargo? Jon Lake investigates.
With deliveries of all three new trainer types ordered after a major revamp of its flying training system now under way, the Royal Saudi Air Force is entering a new era in which its student pilots will experience an advanced, all-digital cockpit
Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the maiden flight of the first new standard A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport.
The White House has finally approved the long drawn out requests by Kuwait and Qatar to buy up to 76 Boeing F-15 and F/A- 18E/F Super Hornet aircraft worth approximately $7 billion as well as clearing the sale of 17 Lockheed
The world's newest, lower-tier air and missile defence radar just completed a critical milestone, moving it one step closer to testing in an operational environment.
The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) F-16 pilots have been given a boost with a a new simulation-based F-16 training environment being developed for Amman by manufacturer Lockheed Martin.
Raytheon Company has appointed Kurt E. Amend as President, Raytheon International (RII) in Saudi Arabia.
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Hürkuş tandem two-seat trainer has completed all flight testing and obtained Type Certificate (TC) from the Turkish Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) with its validation
Despite fiscal concerns and a lower oil price, defence budgets in the Middle East are forecast to reach the spending highs of 2014 by 2019 at the latest, according to new analysis released today by IHS Markit.
Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Kuwait Ministry of Defence for the purchase of 30 H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters as well as an associated support and services package.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) has delivered two of its Sukhoi Business Jets (SBJ) to the Royal Thai Air Force, in a roll-out ceremony held at Sukhoi's base in Venice.
Global aftermarket solutions company AAR has been awarded an additional rotary wing airlift services in Afghanistan from the US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM). The award to AAR's Airlift division is part of an existing services contract to support
Airbus Defence and Space has authorised the Turkish Air Force's 2nd Air Supply and Maintenance Centre (2nd ASMC) in Kayseri as a regional support and maintenance centre for Airbus CN235 aircraft following a detailed
Airbus Defence and Space and Roketsan Missiles Industries of Turkey have signed an MoU to integrate a range of weapon systems on the Airbus C295W surveillance and transport aircraft.
Roketsan Missiles Industries of Turkey and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have signed an MoU at Farnborough International Airshow to explore broad areas of cooperation in air and space.
Lockheed Martin and Roketsan of Turkey have signed a follow-on contract to finalise development of the Stand Off Missile-Joint Strike Fighter (SOM-J) cruise missile for the Turkish F-35 programme.
AAR has announced US Transportation Command has awarded its Airlift division a task order for additional rotary wing airlift services in Afghanistan, as part of an existing services contract to support US Central
Esterline CMC Electronics has been awarded a contract by Pilatus for the Royal Jordanian Air Force.
CAE has been awarded a contract to provide the UAE Joint Aviation Command (JAC) with a suite of helicopter simulators and training devices for the NorthStar Aviation 407 Multi-Role Helicopter (407MRH) as well as the Sikorsky UH-60M
The Iraq Air Force has been in talks with American firms Flight Safety International and Orbital ATK to ensure that the Iraqi squadron utilizing the military version of the Cessna Caravan can become self sufficient
CAE has been awarded contracts by the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces, including one to design and develop a comprehensive purpose-built Naval Training Centre (NTC) for the UAE Navy, featuring integrated ship
Qatar has confirmed it has signed a contract with Boeing for the purchase of 24 AH-64E Apache helicopters.
French manufacturer Dassault achieved an air show world first today when its nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator was presented in flight today at an air meet at Istres organized by the French Air Force making it the first
Roketsan and MBDA Deutschland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Northop Grumman's navigation system will soon be offered on Beechcraft King Air special mission aircraft.
Diamond Aircraft has announced the completion of its improved and redesigned DA42 MPP Special Mission Aircraft.
The Diamond Aircraft DART-450 (Diamond Aircraft Reconnaissance Trainer) took its first flight last week.
DSEI, the integrated defence and security exhibition, is set to be the key date in the diary for Middle Eastern defence companies.
Saudi Arabia has overtaken Russia to become the third largest spender on military equipment.
The Kuwait Ministry of Defence and Finmeccanica, which leads commercial activities in Kuwait on behalf of the Eurofighter consortium, today signed a contract for the supply of 28 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft,
In partnership with the Tunisian Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA), the USAID-financed Business Reform & Competitiveness Project (BRCP) sponsored a pioneering webinar to bring together Supplier
Qatar has finally completed the deal for 24 Dassault Rafale fighter jets at the opening day of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX).
Saudi Arabia has become the 16th country to operate the C-130J Super Hercules to meet its refueling and airlift needs as it took delivery of two KC-130J Super Hercules aerial refuelers.
Reuters has reported that the German government has approved several arms export deals with countries in the Middle East, including delivery of 23 Airbus helicopters to Saudi Arabia,
The foundation stone for the new King Saud air base in Hafr Al Batin province, has been laid by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Commander of King Saud Air Base in the Eastern Sector, Major General Ahmed bin Ali Al-Asiri, said the base will be a
The General Headquarters of the United Arab Emirates Armed Force (GHQ) has signed a contract with Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments (ADASI) for the acquisition of eight P.1HH HammerHead aircraft, multipurpose Unmanned
India's multinational conglomerate the Mahindra Group is eagerly eyeing aerospace and defence partnership projects in the UAE with a particular focus on Abu Dhabi.
The Saudi Rotorcraft Support Center (SRSC), Saudi Arabia's only private company providing comprehensive, in-country maintenance repair and overhaul support for the Kingdom's diverse civil and military rotorcraft
Sikorsky today signed an agreement with Taqnia Aeronautics to jointly explore helicopter production opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
BAE Systems has started final assembly of the first Typhoon jet destined for delivery to the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) at its final assembly facility in Warton, Lancashire, UK.
Iran and Russia are stepping up their military cooperation following meetings this week between the two countries defence chiefs.
Defence and security company Saab has introduced its GlobalEye multi-role airborne surveillance system.
The inaugural two-day International Electronic Warfare & Radar conference and exhibition hosted by Aselsan has announced that several influential figures from the Turkish Government and defence industry have
Iran is stepping up its defence radar systems according to the commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base, Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli.
Qatar's former foreign minister Khalid al-Attiyah has been named as the new state minister for defence affairs in a cabinet reshuffle yesterday.
The contract for Eurofighter Typhoons from the Kuwait Air Force has still not been signed revealed the commander of the KAF at the Manama Air Power Symposium (MAPS) which took place in Bahrain yesterday.
Iraq has requested a potential purchase from the US of 5,000 AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire missiles; Ten 114K M36E9 Captive Air Training Missiles; associated equipment; and defense services at a value of around $800 million.
A Bahraini pilot flying for a Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen survived a jet crash earlier today along the kingdom's southern border, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.
Eastern Europe has replaced the Middle East as the region with the fastest growing defence budgets, with double-digit increases in response to the Ukraine crisis according to the IHS Jane's Defence Budgets annual report.
Russian Helicopters has been pushing its credentials at the Russian national exhibition Trade and Industrial Dialogue: Russia-Iran 2015 in Tehran this week where it also debuted the new multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter..
Qatar Airways Cargo has announced it will launch a new freighter route to Dallas/Fort Worth commencing operations on January 19, 2016, increasing its network to six freighter destinations in the Americas. A Qatar Airways Cargo
The contract for the purchase of 24 Rafale aircraft by Qatar from Dassault Aviation came into force today.
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company - a 50-50 partnership between Honeywell International Inc. and Rolls-Royce - have signed an agreement to supply CTS800 turboshaft engines for the Turkish
Inmarsat and Turksat have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore opportunities through the formation of a strategic partnership, initially focused on the defence and aviation sectors.
Boeing delivers the final Peace Eagle AEW&C aircraft to Turkey while the Turkish fleet reaches full strength with four aircraft and ground support systems.
An Airbus C295W aircraft owned by the Mexican Navy has made the first ever flight to the Antarctica.
STTS, a specialist in painting & sealing of airline, military and VIP aircraft, belonging to the French group Finaero, has launched a purpose built paint hangar at Dubai South.
Global Aerospace Logistics, LLC (GAL) and Airbus Helicopters have announced the renewal of their customer support services distribution agreement.
GE Aviation has successfully completed its first transfer of avionics manufacture and support capability to the Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) in Saudi Arabia for the T-165 Hawk.
Abu Dhabi-based Royal Jet has signed a contract with the UAE GHQ Armed Forces to provide a wide spectrum of technical and operational training to Air Force staff.
The partnership between Ukraine and Saudi Arabia was boosted at the final day of the Dubai Airshow by the signing of MOUs for ten Anotonv aircraft that are being developed in the Kingdom
High security fencing manufacturer Zaun has installed a first of its kind electric fence in the United Arab Emirates.
The Iomax Archangel, a light attack and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft now being delivered to the UAE Armed Forces for special forces support, is making its debut at the Dubai Airshow this week.
The UAE Armed Forces' new Bell Model 407MRH (multi-role helicopter) has made its Dubai debut at this years air show.
On Saturday 10th October 2015, Iraqi Defence Minister Mr Khaled al-Obeidi Khalid al-Obaidi arrived at Kut Airbase to observe the successful launching of the CH-4B combat drone which Iraq has bought from China.
Sagem has joined with AOI-Aircraft Factory to offer its Patroller unmanned vehicle to the Egyptian armed forces.
BAE Systems has named Martin Bennett as its new managing director, for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. He will based in Abu Dhabi.
Boeing's new military tanker developed alongside the U.S. Air Force has successfully completed its first flight. of The KC-46A tanker aircraft took off from Paine Field at 1:24 p.m. (PST) in Seattle and landed four hours later at the nearby
The first flight of a new-generation Hawk advanced jet trainer set for Saudi Arabia has made its maiden flight with manufacturer BAE Systems in the UK
The State of Kuwait has become the newest member of the Eurofighter Typhoon community, signing an MoU for 28 of the fighters, worth up to €8bn.
Lockheed Martin and Turkish company Roketsan have signed a contract to cooperatively develop the SOM-J missile for integration into the F-35 internal weapons bay. SOM-J is a new generation air-to-surface standoff cruise missile.
Mubadala has become the 100% owner of Piaggio Aerospace, the maker of the Avanti turboprop and more recently the unmanned P1 HammerHead (P1HH) reconnaissance platform.
Green Hills Software announced today that ASELSAN has successfully integrated the INTEGRITY-178 tuMP (time-variant unified multiprocessing) operating system into its new advanced Multifunctional Display and
Turkey's Rokestan has signed a memorandum of understanding with Poland's WZL1 which covers the future cooperation on numerous defence industry activities.
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) have signed agreements with WCBKT, WZL1, ITWL and MESKO at MSPO Kielce on 1st September.
Iomax delivered the first of 24 new Archangel aircraft to the UAE Air Force and Air Defence in June 2015. Jon Lake looks at the programme and the aircraft.
Ukrainian manufacturer Antonov has formally announced the launch of its new Antonov An-132 military freighter. The aircraft, which is a derivative of the existing An-32 Cline, will be produced jointly by Ukraine and Saudi Arabia for both
Saudi Arabia's Alsalam Aircraft Company and Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) have signed an agreement with Boeing to create the Saudi Rotorcraft Support Center in the Kingdom.
Deliveries of the first Boeing F-15SA Eagles to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) are now imminent following the solution of an unspecified problem with the aircraft's all-new digital fly-by-wire (FBW) flight control system. Jon Lake reports.
Turkish Aerospace Industries' T129 ATAK Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter completed its first ever demonstration flights in Poland on 22-23 August 2015 during the Radom Air Show.
Major General Abdullah Al Hashmi, executive director of strategic analysis at the UAE's Ministry of Defence (MoD) today hosted an industry reception at the Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel to launch the 7th Dubai International
Turkish Aerospace Industries, (TAI) has completed the delivery of the first fleet of T129 ATAK Multirole Combat Helicopter to the Turkish army.
Turkish Aerospace Industries has announced the launch of its “T129 ATAK Poland Roadshow” between August 22 – September 4, 2015.
The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has selected the Pilatus PC-9 M to train its pilots.
The UAE's Amiri flight has been given the go-ahead by the US State department to purchase military infrared-missile countermeasure systems to protect its Boeing VVIP aircraft.
Jordan is operating Cobra helicopter gunships in its fight against Daesh (ISIS) that were supplied under a secret deal from Israel according to Reuters.
Egypt has received his first three Dassault Rafale fighter jets.
Cranfield Aerospace Ltd (CAe) and its partner ECA Programs plc, are to create the world's first supersonic Unmanned Dynamic Air Vehicle (UDAV) for 'Red Force Emulation' opportunities.
A FLYHT Aerospace Solutions customer of seven years, a Middle Eastern military organisation, has extended its contract for the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS).
The latest tablet technology is now being used to help maintain fast jet Typhoon aircrafts.
A pioneering partnership between BAE Systems and Al-Salam Aircraft Company has succeeded in advancing local repair and maintenance capability on Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) Typhoons.
AAR, a provider of aviation services has been awarded a five-year, approximately $72 million Complete Logistics Support (CLS) Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to sustain a fleet of C-130H aircraft on behalf of the Afghan Air Force.
Arabian Aerospace defence editor Jon Lake reports that there is mystery surrounding the death of the Saudi Arabian Chief of Air Staff, Lt. General Mohammad Bin Ahmad Al-Shaalan, the Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).
Roketsan has been announced as the third successful company in defence industry and aerospace sector in Turkey with reference to 2014 export activities.
Thales and Textron AirLand have successfully jointly integrated Thales' I-Master radar on to Textron AirLand's Scorpion Jet, the two companies said at the Paris Air Show today.