AUGUST 2023 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Chinese Air Force YU-20 tanker and Chinese Navy J-15 carrier-based fighter achieve first air refueling

In a significant milestone, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force and the PLA Navy recently conducted their inaugural in-flight refueling exercise. According to a report by Liu Xuanzun in Global Times, the exercise featured a YU-20 tanker aircraft from the PLA Air Force and a J-15 carrier-based fighter jet from the PLA Navy. This event, which was showcased in a documentary program produced jointly by the Political Work Department of the Central Military Commission, China Media Group, and the Office of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, was revealed to the public for the first time. The program was aired on August 2, coinciding with China's Army Day celebrations.

Nigeria possibly interested in Russian Su-75 Checkmate fighter

Russia moving closer to some countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. According to, contacts with African states have recently become especially frequent. Nigeria is thinking about acquiring a new Russian Sukhoi Su-75 fighter, as reported by RIA Novosti, referring to the director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) Dmitry Shugaev.

First Participation of MQ-9 in US Marines Service Level Training Exercise in US

On July 25, 2023, in California, a historic event took place as the MQ-9 Reaper of the US Air Force, belonging to the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing, participated for the first time in the Marine Corps Service Level Training Exercise (SLTE) 5-23, which also integrated an Agile Combat Employment (ACE) exercise. The SLTE 5-23 exercise plays a crucial role in enhancing joint capabilities for the United States.

North Korea unveils copies of US MQ-9 Reaper and RQ-4 Global Hawk drones

On July 27, 2023, despite facing sanctions from the United Nations Security Council, North Korea continues to enhance its military capabilities. On the conventional military front, North Korea appears to have drawn complete inspiration from American drone models. Previous attempts to convert US MQM-107D target drones into combat drones were unsuccessful, but the latest effort indicates promising results.

Ukraine and Baykar team up for Bayraktar drone repair center amid escalating drone warfare

According to an article published by Al Arabiya on July 31, 2023, Ukraine's Ministry of Defense signed an agreement on the same day with Baykar Makina, a Turkish defense company, to establish a service center for the repair and maintenance of drones within Ukrainian territory.

Turkish Aerospace Industries to supply Anka UCAV Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles to Indonesia

Indonesia on August 2 announced the purchase of 12 new Turkish-made combat drones, becoming the first Asian country to purchase Türkiye's UAVs, reports.

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