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  • Elektroland Defence Receives "NATO Secret" Certificate
    Elektroland Defence Receives "NATO Secret" Certificate 29 July 2020
    Providing robotic system solutions, Elektroland Defence received the "NATO Secret" facility security document. With this document, the company will be able to participate in tenders opened by both the Presidency of Defence Industries and within the scope of NATO. TMR-II Kutlu, TMR-II Çetin and TMR-I Dincer bomb disposal robots developed by Elektroland are operationally used in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Covid-19 also took part in the struggle, the co...
  • "3,720 Nuclear Warheads Operational in the World"
    "3,720 Nuclear Warheads Operational in the World" 13 July 2020
    The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Stockholm has published the 2020 Yearbook, which includes global defence analysis such as world military spending and international arms transfers. The image of Europe’s security thinking has been filled with irregular migration and terrorism in recent years, it said, and this framework is an important driving force in the European Union's (EU) relationship with Libya and Turkey. The Middle East and ...
  • Georgia Ready for Su-25 Production
    Georgia Ready for Su-25 Production 12 June 2020
    Georgia aspired to produce Su-25 (NATO Code: Frogfoot) aircraft developed as a result of the need for close air support from the Soviet Ground Forces. Georgia's Defence Minister, Iraqi Garibashvili, said they could produce su-25 ground attack aircraft. Speaking to a television station, he said they had technical knowledge and humanitarian resources to manufacture and market the platform. Minister Garibashvili said they could ensure the use of the aircraft for civilian ...
  • US F-35A Airplane Flies Over Syrian Skies
    US F-35A Airplane Flies Over Syrian Skies 19 April 2020
    The F-35 Lightning II, Joint Program Office's (JPO) twitter account, said that the US Air Force F-35A fighter plane was flying within the responsibility area of ​​the US Central Forces Command (CENTCOM). While it was announced that the plane was flying in the Al-Tanf region of Syria, no further details were provided on the subject. Al-Tanf Region, also known as "Tanf At", is a military base in the Homs Governorate of Syria, 24 km west of the Al-Tanf border crossing in ...
  • COVID-19 Knocks Out French Aircraft Carrier
    COVID-19 Knocks Out French Aircraft Carrier 9 April 2020
    French Carrier Charles De Gaulle to return home due to possible COVID-19 infections. The French Defence Ministry has reported that at least 40 sailors aboard an aircraft carrier have shown symptoms of the new coronavirus. France’s aircraft carrier will be brought home early from the deployment in the Atlantic after some crew members. The ministry said on 8th April, “As of today, a screening team with test means will be sent aboard the aircraft carrier to investigate the ...
  • Private Contractor Expanding for CAS
    Private Contractor Expanding for CAS 31 March 2020
    The share of private enterprises in the military operations market is increasing day by day. The fields of activity of private military companies that have been active in the field for many years are also expanding in the armed aircraft market. Blue Air Close Air Support, which operates in the USA and has customized its skills in the field of close air support, has announced that it will expand its inventory. The company, which currently has a large number of armed aircraft and heli...
  • Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance
    Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance 4 March 2020
    Israel launched the strategic plan to restructure its army. In line with the plan, it continues to acquire equipment to improve its operational capabilities. Tel Aviv, which announced that it has initiated CFT (Conformal Fuel Tank) development studies for the F-35I Adir aircraft in the previous periods, will also increase its aerial refueling capability. In this context, the USA has approved the possible sale of new platforms, which will replace the KC-707 Re'em aircraft that ar...
  • Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean?
    Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean? 3 February 2020
    Charles de Gaulle, France's aircraft carrier, turned its direction to the Eastern Mediterranean to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Paris, which wants to increase its military presence in the region, will deploy Charles De Gaulle at Limassol port in Greek Cypriot for several days next month. French Ambassador to Greek Cyprus Isabelle Dumont told the News Agency the aircraft carrier would arrive in the region in "just a few days" to take part in coalition operations against ISIS in ...
  • Can we Fix Iraq and Syria?.. 10 September 2019
    We need to accept a fact before we move on. Syria and Iraq will never be the same after bloody scenarios that happened. Preserving the territorial integrity of these countries and reuniting them under the control of a central authority seems a distant possibility. The goal of the global powers was to dismantle these two states with stable political-military structures that directly threatened Israel, and the process that began in 1991, unfortunately, seems to be definite towards 202...
  • Rising Tension in the Persian Gulf 9 August 2019
    Nowadays the tensions in the Persian Gulf are rising. The similarity between the rhetoric used by the Trump administration to re-securitize Iran and those used by the Bush administration to securitize the Saddam Hussein regime before the 2003 Iraq war is drawing attention. Within these discourses, the concept of terrorism, ties with terrorist organizations and weapons of mass destruction are at the forefront. The tensions between the United States (US) and Iran have increased in the...
  • UK Details Transition Plan
    UK Details Transition Plan 5 August 2019
    Britain is planning to retire its General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems in 2024 as the Royal Air Force transitions to its new Protector platform. The UK currently has 10 MQ-9 Reapers that it purchased as an urgent operational requirement for operations in Afghanistan. Today, they operate over Iraq and Syria, but none are destined for use in UK airspace. The UK currently is planning to buy 16 Protectors, a derivative of General Atomics’ self-developed, SkyGuardian platfor...
  • New Base for the Arabian Peninsula
    New Base for the Arabian Peninsula 30 July 2019
    Iraq will build a new naval base on the Al-Faw Peninsula. The new base will be built as part of the Al-Faw Grand Port opposite the new port Kuwait is building on Bubiyan Island on the other side of the estuary. The base would be larger than the Iraqi Navy's current base at Umm Qasr. Also released a video showing Shammari viewing plans for the new naval facility. The base would be responsible for securing Iraq's territorial waters and protecting its southern maritime port and will help...
  • Desert Warrior’s New Name
    Desert Warrior’s New Name 28 July 2019
     US Army decided a new name for it’s M1A2 main battle tanks. The participation of tank units to “Operation Iraqi Freedom” brought many lessons concerning what was to be done to improve the M1A2. Platform gets a new machine gun for the tank commander, improved fire control,  with the crew being able to set the distance it wants a shell to explode, better infrared sights, and a new power unit that allows the tank to power communications and sensors without running it...
  • Raptor in Qatar
    Raptor in Qatar 1 July 2019
      U.S. Air Force announced that the fifth-generation jet fighters have arrived in Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar for the first time on Jun. 27 to “defend American forces”. F-22 arrived in Qatar just over a week after the Iranians shot down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator drone, flying over the Gulf of Oman. Raptors have in the past been stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The fifth-generation fighter had been ...
  • Lego Brick for Engineers 17 June 2019
      Engineer troops reduce building time with modular blocks. Soldiers of NC0 11 Infantry school made a training activities on engineering duties. With the training program held with assistance of Australia and New Zealand, Iraqi personnel held building activities.   A special hardened plastic bricks used in the training activities. These blocks are made of hardened plastic. These bricks have a shape similar to lego. With this, no adhesive needed during b...
  • Ammunition for Iraqi Abrams
    Ammunition for Iraqi Abrams 17 May 2019
    Iraq's is in shortage HE ammunition, which uses M1 Abrams tanks procured from the United States in its fight against terrorist organizations. Iraq has acted for high explosive munitions, which are effective against soft targets and often preferred for anti-personnel fires. In this context, Baghdad will provide 120 mm IM HE-T (Insensitive Munition High Explosive - Tracer) from the United States. Obligations in the contract will be completed in 2022 for the supply of 92.4 million ...
  • RAF-UK to Replace Tornado GR-4 with Typhoon and F-35 in Cyprus
    RAF-UK to Replace Tornado GR-4 with Typhoon and F-35 in Cyprus 7 February 2019
    The British Tornado fighter aircraft are decommissioned after 40 years of operation in UK air base in Cyprus Island. The last three Tornado that had stayed at the Cape base in Greek Cyprus departed yesterday for their final flight, returning to the UK and specifically to Marham Airbase in Norfolk. The other five Tornado in recent years in Greek Cyprus had returned to the same base on Monday. The Tornado was put into service by the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom in 1979 and ha...
  • Bulgarian Arms Export Grows
    Bulgarian Arms Export Grows 2 November 2018
    Bulgaria has released its export reports for 2017. According to the report, Sofia’s arms exports continued to grow in 2017 as well. According to the official report issued by Bulgaria, exported arms amount 1,219 billion Euros in 2017. This amount was 1 billion Euro in 2016. One of the reasons for the 20% increase in exports is the conflicts in the Middle East. The main customers of Bulgaria were the United States, India, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Western Experts say that the weap...
  • Deliveries to Iraq in Progress
    Deliveries to Iraq in Progress 31 October 2018
    Iraq received the new party T-50. The Iraqi Ministry of Defence said the new T-50 package was received and new party delivery is expected at the beginning of next year. With the expected delivery, the number of T-50 in the inventory will reach to 24.   Iraq uses the T-50s in combat missions with F-16 Fighting Falcons and training. The platform originating from the Republic of Korea has a maximum take-off weight of 13,500 kilograms. T-50 can carry approximately 3600 ki...
  • Iraqi BMP-3s on the Line
    Iraqi BMP-3s on the Line 31 July 2018
    The BMP-3s which are producing for for Iraq were seen at Kurganmashzavod, located at the JSC Military Industrial Complex in Kurgan, Russia. Sand-colored camouflage-painted vehicles were seen during a Russian delegation's visit to Kurganmashzavod. In the statement made to the authorities, it is stated that the vehicles are producing for Iraq. It is also among the issues in the defense cabinets that Iraq will take delivery of BMP-3, which has app...
  • Fire Scout shows off its anti-submarine capabilities
    Fire Scout shows off its anti-submarine capabilities 16 July 2018
    Northrop Grumman displayed MQ-8C Fire Scout with new mission capability at the Royal International Air Tattoo . New mission version has Ultra Electronics sonobuoy mission pod and it has just completed initial operational test and evaluation on board the USS Coronado. The MQ-8C “Endurance Upgrade Fire Scout” is based on Bell Helicopter’s 3-ton 407 model, which serves as the base for the Iraqi Air Force’s manned IA-407-armed scout helicopters. UK-base...
  • Additional Bushmasters in the Far East
    Additional Bushmasters in the Far East 21 May 2018
    Japan has received four additional Bushmaster MRAP vehicles. Thales Australia's vehicles have proven effective in Afghanistan and Iraq. Japan, which ordered the first four packs in April 2014, signaled that there might be additional Bushmaster supplies in January 2018. Developed in the mid-1990s, Bushmaster has a monocoque body. It can resist 7.62-millimeter ammunition and 9.5 kilograms of TNT and sold more than 1000 units.
  • Preparing for the “Great Chaos”…
    Preparing for the “Great Chaos”… 11 May 2018
    This situation is unlike the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 or 1973. The chain of escalating conflicts herald for the first time in the region’s history a great confrontation in many fronts. The Middle East is getting prepared for the greatest chaos in its recent history. Looking at the subject from Israel’s point of view, we observe that this country is proceeding towards the most uncertain days in its 70 years of history.  For Israel, there is no longer a collective th...
  • T-50 Delivery to Iraq
    T-50 Delivery to Iraq 9 March 2018
    Iraq received a batch of two T-50 aircraft from the Republic of Korea on Wednesday as part of an agreement signed by Baghdad and Seoul in 2013. The $1,1 billion agreement covers 24 T-50 Golden Eagle fighter jets.  Iraqi Defense Ministry announced that the two-jet batch arrived at Martyr Mohammed Alaa airbase in Baghdad. The Ministry added that  “a team of Iraqi pilots received training in South Korea and they are ready now to operate the T-50...
  • Armoured Vehicle Delivery to Iraq
    Armoured Vehicle Delivery to Iraq 21 February 2018
    Iraq has taken delivery of the first batch of T-90 main battle tanks from Russia late last week. Although the number of tanks delivered has not been revealed, images released from the port on 15 February confirmed the delivery.  According to the annual report by the manufacturer of the tanks, UralVagonZavod, suggests that over 70 T-90s would be supplied to Iraq in 2017.  'Mena Defense' reported that "The Iraqi army has recently received a b...
  • T-90 Tanks at Baghdad 2 February 2018
    Iraq began receiving T-90S and T-90SK tanks, which it ordered in 2014. Under the deal, a total of 73 T-90S and SK will be delivered to Iraq. Together with the tanks, it is stated that logistics vehicles are being delivered under the agreement. T-90S and SK has increased survivability compared to the T-72B3 tanks currently in use in the Iraqi Army. The T-90S is the most advanced tank of the T series tanks which currently in active service. There is a laser warning system in...
  • Hawkeis in Iraq
    Hawkeis in Iraq 29 January 2018
    Thales production Hawkei 4x4 wheeled armored vehicle deployed in Iraq. It was stated that the Australian Defense Department, vehicles was being deployed under the LAND 121 Project. Two Hawkeis, one with a four-door configuration and one with a two-door configuration, were deployed in Iraq for testing under battle conditions. Vehicles were deployed at the Taji Military Training Base, where Australia and New Zealand are partners. The performance of the vehicle will be measured in the tasks sche...
  • Tiny Little Men Fitting into Devices: Artificial Intelligence
    Tiny Little Men Fitting into Devices: Artificial Intelligence 11 December 2017
    Many things considered ordinary in the eyes of today’s tablet children, astonish some of us. This group of people once believed in their childhood that there were tiny little men in radios and that it was their conversation heard from outside.  Let us focus on modern times… Year, 2003; place, Iraq. The US Army invaded the country; however, the US Commanders found it increasingly hard to make decisions owing to heavy bombardment of data coming from all fronts. Faili...
  • Towards a Great Chaos…
    Towards a Great Chaos… 11 December 2017
    The US President Donald Trump’s plan to relocate the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to acknowledge this city, considered holy by the three Abrahamic religions, as the official capital of Israel in near future, is the stepping stone to an unavoidable bloody chaos of great proportions in the 21st century.  In fact, all is played out in the open in the Middle East; the region is gradually drawn into a great settlement and concomitant dissolution in accordance to a s...
  • The Last F-16 Produced in Fort Worth
    The Last F-16 Produced in Fort Worth 28 November 2017
    To make way for growing production of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter, Lockheed Martin is moving the F-16’s assembly line to Greenville, South Carolina. The last F-16 to be produced at the company's Fort Worth facility was for Iraqi Air Force.  Until now Lockheed has delivered 4,588 F-16s, including 3,620 built in Fort Worth. 
  • Barzani and Poster of Öcalan Raised at Raqqa…
    Barzani and Poster of Öcalan Raised at Raqqa… 7 November 2017
    The Middle East once again witnesses a series of conspiracy-laden events, which would definitely “make the devil run away at full gallop.” The latest example for this are the developments in Kurdish cultural sphere, which rise to prominence against the background of deep instability experienced along the Syrian-Iraqi line as of 2003…  “Pandora’s Box”, which was opened during the invasion of Iraq with the Anglo-American slogan of “toppl...
  • The Person behind Iraq’s Fragmentation: Not Barzani, but Nouri al-Maliki...
    The Person behind Iraq’s Fragmentation: Not Barzani, but Nouri al-Maliki... 2 October 2017
    Nouri al-Maliki is the statesman, deciding the fate of Iraq between 2006 and 2014. His policies stand before us as the main reason behind the deep instability faced by the country. He was born in 1950 as the son of a middle class family in Hindiyah, southern Baghdad. His grandfather Muhammad Hasan Abi al-Mahasin, was a poet, cleric and activist, who fought against the British in the Iraqi revolution of 1920. Under his influence, he entered politics at a very early age. By the end of...
  • Hard Times: “Fragmentation” Endures…
    Hard Times: “Fragmentation” Endures… 29 August 2017
    When it comes to Iraq and Syria, we can talk about territorial integrity only in a “literal sense.” There is no way out other than facing the facts.  The fact before us is that we are witnessing a period proceeding in the same path once drawn by the George W. Bush Administration’s Vice President Dick Cheney and the then-US Deputy Secretary of Defence, Paul Wolfowitz. We are talking about an unchanging plan followed by the seemingly different Obama and Trump Ad...
  • Scud Claim by Israel
    Scud Claim by Israel 18 August 2017
    Israeli local media claims that Iran is building a Scud missile factory in Syria. Satellite images taken by Israel’s Eros B were broadcast on Channel 2, and reports likened the facility to a similar structure located near the Iranian capital, Tehran. Iraq launched these missiles to Syria in response to the US attack in the Gulf War. US news reports have said that Israeli intelligence officials will discuss the situation in Syria and Lebanon with US counterparts in Washington this w...
  • Half A Billion Via Two Contracts
    Half A Billion Via Two Contracts 2 June 2017
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $414 million contract by the US Air Force on 1 June for AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) missiles. Lockheed Martin will provide 360 missiles to the service, completing delivery by 31 August 2020. Lockheed will also provide Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) to USAF in a seperate contract worth $200 million. The contract consists of only foreign military sales to various countries includin...
  • Turkey’s International Show of Strength: IDEF 2017
    Turkey’s International Show of Strength: IDEF 2017 1 June 2017
    Organised this year under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, IDEF 2017 13th International Defence Industry Fair conveyed a message to the international public opinion from Turkey, which has been struggling with problems inside and beyond its borders for a year and whose security forces’ reliability is under question: “We are standing still, stronger than ever!” Turkish Armed Forces, which has recently worked overtime and become worn out again...
  • NATO: Problematic Alliance...
    NATO: Problematic Alliance... 1 June 2017
    The US Administration has recently announced that “Cooperation with PYD-YPG in Syria, particularly during the Raqqa Operation is a tactical move; it does not bear any strategic quality or continuity.” To what extent, is this explanation satisfying?  Back in the First and the Second Gulf Wars, they similarly argued that the partnership established with Barzani and Talabani was at the “tactical” level. Nevertheless, the Kurdish Autonomous Administration in...
  • USAF To Replace EW Aircraft
    USAF To Replace EW Aircraft 5 May 2017
    The US Air Force is to replace its Vietnam-era electronic warfare aircraft, EC-130H Compass Call. USAF is planning to transfer the systems on 10 Compass Call aircraft to the new airframe, dubbed the EC-X, buying an existing commercial airframe to replace the aging C-130 frames. The EC-130H program was launched in 1983 and have since served in many operations, such as Libya, Iraq, Serbia and Afghanistan. L3 Communications, the current contracto...
  • Counter-terrorism Support by NATO
    Counter-terrorism Support by NATO 4 April 2017
    NATO delivered 160 sets of counter-improvised explosive device (IED) equipment to Iraq’s Ministry of Interior on 26 March. NATO made a desicion to provide defence capacity building support to Iraq in 2015, as a contribution to Iraq’s efforts to fight terrorism and protect civilians, including countering improvised explosive devices, explosive ordnance disposal and demining, security sector reform, military medicine and civil military planning. 
  • After 15 Years, Afresh
    After 15 Years, Afresh 3 April 2017
    Czech Aero Vodochody company has upgraded its Aero L-159 ALCA light attack aircraft and unveiled the new version at the LIMA-2017 aerospace exhibition in Malaysia. The production of L-159 had been halted 15 years ago and the upgraded version is expected to give the plane 'a new future'. According to Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, negotiations with at least three potential customers commenced already, one of them being Iraq.