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  • COVID-19 Support from Turkey to the Balkans
    COVID-19 Support from Turkey to the Balkans April 8 2020
    Turkey's medical supplies in the COVID-19 fight continues. Last week, the Turkish Armed Forces' A400M transport plane carried a variety of medical equipment to Italy and Spain. The A400M carries health supplies to the Balkans to combat the virus, the Ministry of National Defence said today. Equipment departing from Ankara Etimesgut  Air Base will be delivered first to Serbia, followed by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia and Kosovo. 
  • Turkey Provides Health Assistance to NATO Allies
    Turkey Provides Health Assistance to NATO Allies April 1 2020
    Turkey has sent health equipment to Italy and Spain.  Health supplies have departed from Ankara’s Etimesgut Airport prepared for Spain and Italy which have been severely affected by COVID-19 and are currently battling against the virus. Protective face masks, protective eye masks, overalls and anti-bacterial fluids were sent to Italy and Spain via A400M aircraft belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces. The health supplies were delivered to the Spanish officials.
  • MBDA Stops Working Due To Coronavirus
    MBDA Stops Working Due To Coronavirus March 25 2020
    MBDA, which continues its operations in five European countries including France, UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, has stopped working due to coronavirus. The company announced that it has suspended all its activities in France between 18 March and 27 March to control the spread of the virus. It was not announced whether the production and assembly line would be affected by this decision.
  • Production of F-35 Will Be Stopped Due to Coronavirus
    Production of F-35 Will Be Stopped Due to Coronavirus March 7 2020
      Coronavirus measures around the world caused the cancellation of various fairs. The virus also caused production lines to be stopped. The number of virus cases in Japan surpassed a thousand people on March 4, according to reports from the World Health Organization and local media. Lockheed Martin and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plan to shut down production at the F-35’s Final Assembly and Check-Out facility in Nagoya, Japan the week of 9-13 March due to fears ...
  • Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program
    Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program February 9 2020
    Spain may join Italian and French new 3 000 ton corvette programme along with Greece. Italy and France want to win European Union funding for the construction of a new corvette. The program dubbed the European Patrol Corvette which is part of the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO. PESCO is one pan-European defence programs recommendations to bridge capability gaps collaboratively. The new naval, joint venture between Italy’s Fincantieri and France’s N...
  • Qatar Submarine in the Arabian Gulf
    Qatar Submarine in the Arabian Gulf February 6 2020
    Located on the world's third-largest natural gas and oil reserves, Qatar may operate the submarine. Doha has taken a new step that will be effective in changing the balances in the Gulf region. A new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Italian defence giant Fincantieri covers the "supply of cutting-edge naval vessels and submarines". The Qatari submarines may be part of a much larger 5 billion Euro deal with Italy which was agreed in 2017. Currently, Iran is the only submarin...
  • New FREMM to Egypt
    New FREMM to Egypt February 4 2020
    FREMM (Fregata Europea Multi-Missione) platforms built in Fincantieri Shipyard for the Italian Navy became the topic of the Italian-based press organizations where the platforms can be sold to Egypt. Last year, Italy offered B1 Centauro armoured combat vehicle to Brazil and two FREMMs of under construction. The problem was the price: the ships would together cost 1.5 billion Euros. Therefore, Brazil rejected the offer. In a related context, the Italian news agency Il Sole 24 ORE Rad...
  • Last Frigate Launched
    Last Frigate Launched January 30 2020
    Fincantieri Shipyard came to an end during the construction phase of the FREMM (Fregata Europea Multi-Missione) Program. ITS Emilio Bianchi (F 589), the last FREMM built for the Italian Navy (Marina Militare), was launched at Fincantieri's Riva Trigoso Shipyard. The ship, which is the 10th and last platform ordered by Italy, will arrive at Muggiano Shipyard located in La Spezia for refit process. Following the fitting and testing phase, which will be completed under the coo...
  • Qatar’s New Partner
    Qatar’s New Partner January 27 2020
    The Italy-based Fincantieri company, which is making new strides to strengthen its position in the Middle East, has reached a new agreement with Qatar. Fincantieri and the Ministry of Defence of Qatar through Barzan Holding, a company wholly owned by the Qatari Ministry of Defence and responsible for empowering the military capabilities of the national armed force in the state, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, aimed at strengthening their strategic partnership through the evaluation and ...
  • Greece invites Turkey to Defence Exhibitions in Athens
    Greece invites Turkey to Defence Exhibitions in Athens January 22 2020
    After more than ten years absence, Greece returns to international defence exhibitions, by the organisation of DEFEA-Defence Exhibition Athens. The organisation got in contact with Greek Defence ministry for the official invitation of Turkey, C4Defence learned. DEFEA will take place in Athens, from 22 to 24 June 2020 at the Metropolitan Expo. It is organised by ROTA SA and the Union of Greek Manufacturers of Defence Material (SEKPY). It is under the auspices of the Ministry of Natio...
  • Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles
    Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles December 25 2019
    Leonardo has demonstrated its new M-40 target drone against MBDA-made Mistral surface-to-air missile, in Italy. Leonardo has concluded a series of flights with its M-40 target drone as part of a trials campaign in Italy. This saw the drones simulating modern airborne threats, allowing for the realistic demonstration of MBDA’s latest surface-to-air Mistral missile. The missile intercepted the target, proving its capabilities and allowing MBDA to collect valuable dat...
  • Italian Parliament Approves Funding for CAMM-ER Missile Program
    Italian Parliament Approves Funding for CAMM-ER Missile Program December 5 2019
      The Italian Parliament’s defence committee has approved funding for the procurement of MBDA’s Common Anti-air Modular Missile - Extended Range (CAMM-ER). The defence committee’s Nov. 14 decision approves funding of €95 million to complete development of the CAMM-ER, a joint program between MBDA Italy and MBDA UK, and its subsequent integration into the Italian services’ short- to medium-range air-defence systems. CAMM was the f...
  • Current Situation Analysis from SSB
    Current Situation Analysis from SSB November 30 2019
    The report titled International Cooperation and Export in Defence and Aviation Industry dated October 2019 was shared at the Conference held in Antalya. The study aims to create a sectoral situation analysis in order to prepare the ground for strategy development in line with the 2023 export targets. The study was created with the information provided by 27 companies that realized 95 per cent of the sector's exports according to the data of the Defence and Aerospace In...
  • Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS
    Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS November 26 2019
    The new chief executive of Airbus Guillaume Faury has called for a single European fighter jet programme and warned that the continent needs to bolster its defence industry. Faury spoke to British “The Times” Sunday edition, Sunday Times. Faury, previously boss of Airbus’s commercial aircraft and helicopter divisions, said it would make sense to combine Europe’s two next-generation combat aircraft programmes — Tempest, which involves the UK, I...
  • NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability
    NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability November 25 2019
      The first of five NATO RQ-4D Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) unmanned aircraft lands in Italy. The first of five NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft landed in Sigonella. AGS is being developed with significant contributions from 15 Allies - Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States. All Allies will have access to the data obtained by the AGS; The ...
  • Reaper UAV Fell in Libya
    Reaper UAV Fell in Libya November 22 2019
    Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana / AMI), MQ-9 Reaper UAV crashed in Libya. Libyan National Army, said they shot UAV. Italy used the MQ-9 Reaper platform to support the Sic Mare Sicuro operasyon (Safe Sea) operation. Libyan National Army, UAV debris showed on social media.
  • EU Force Generating
    EU Force Generating November 14 2019
    Europe is taking important steps to unite its strength in the defence industry. Collaboration on Permanent Structured Cooperation and defence is seen as the new step of the European Union (EU). ‘’When Europeans join forces, our impact is higher than we imagine’’ EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said PESCO helps EU Member States work closely in the field of security and defence. PESCO was established in December 2017 and aims to improve the defence capabilities...
  • Arms and Security Begins
    Arms and Security Begins October 7 2019
    Arms and Security 2019 defence expo in Kiev starts tomorrow. Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters' Association provides National Participation to the event, which is the media sponsorship of C4Defence magazine. During the fair, many Turkish Compaies such as Aselsan, Roketsan, STM have booth also. The event was attended by more than 300 companies based in Ukraine; 15 from the United States, 17 from Turkey, four from Denmark, 10 from Poland, one from Kazakhstan, four from Ital...
  • Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission
    Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission September 27 2019
      NATO Allied Air Command stated that one of six Italian Air Force F-35s will perform the type’s first NATO air surveillance and air policing mission. F-35s are deployed to Iceland on 26 September. The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland. AMI Boeing KC-767 tan...
  • Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing
    Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing September 12 2019
    Italy has agreed to partner with UK defence firms to work on the Tempest, the UK-initiated next-generation combat air system. Tempest is a collaboration between the British Government and industrial partners BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo. Sweden officially joined the program in July 2019, thus Italy is the third nation to partner on the programme. Gen. Nicolò Falsaperna, Italy’s Secretary General of Defence, and Sir Simon Bollom, CEO of Defence Equipment &...
  • Italy on Delay for F-35 Order
    Italy on Delay for F-35 Order September 7 2019
    Italy’s new government has to decide whether to confirm Italy’s long-delayed order for F-35 fighters. New defence minister, Lorenzo Guerini has to decide him on whether to order additional F-35 fighters. According to Italian press reports, Italy must officially award the Pentagon by the end of September, in order to keep Italy’s delivery slots. The decision has to be taken within three weeks bur new minister has to prepare the draft defence budget for 2020. ...
  • Eagles got the Situation Under Control in Anatolia August 9 2019
    The Turkish Air Force, which suffered the most losses during the July 15 process and therefore underwent a rapid recovery with the support of its former members, continues to establish its deterrence by increasing the level of preparation for the war. One of the most important trainings for this purpose, the Anatolian Eagle Exercise, was carried out successfully between 17-28 June 2019 in its usual home in Konya. The Anatolian Eagle Exercise performed at Konya 3rd Main Jet Base...
  • Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets
    Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets July 24 2019
    Bulgaria's president has vetoed the country's planned $1.26 billion acquisition of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters, citing a lack of agreement and clarity over the deal. Issuing the veto on 23 July, “The commitment of Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, for years to come, without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying,” Radev said in a statement. He says the "sharp contro...
  • Paris Air Show Missing the Past July 11 2019
    53th of the event has happened this year in Le Bourget Airport, first one happened at 1909. 2453 companies joined the event which are 1185 France based. The event has happened in a 324 thousand meter square area. 150 of those participants were start-up companies. 26 pavilions and 335 chalets were in the Paris Air Show 2019. Most participation were from USA, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and Belgium respectively. 290 delegates from 98 countries has joined the event, followed by 3450 journalis...
  • More Jet Trainers to the Mediterranean
    More Jet Trainers to the Mediterranean June 21 2019
      Recently, Italy, one of the countries on the Mediterranean coast where tensions are at an extreme stage, ordered a jet trainer.  Under the agreement signed with Leonardo for the Italian Air Force, 13 M345HET (High Efficiency Trainer) will be procured. With the agreement signed for aircraft that will replace the old MB339s, the company will provide logistical support for five years, as well as ground-based training systems. Planes to be delivered in 20...
  • Eurosam: We Offer the Best June 3 2019
    As negotiations with the Chinese company had been continuing in the Long Range Air Defence System Tender of Turkey (T-Loramids), another set of negotiations was initiated with Eurosam. While the negotiations with China have not led anywhere, the negotiations with Eurosam have led to a different point than planned. Eurosam Commercial Manager Philippe de Masfrand shared the process and the current status with C4Defence.   The company predicts that the negotiations with ...
  • Italy’s LHD “Trieste” is Launched
    Italy’s LHD “Trieste” is Launched May 27 2019
    The launching ceremony of Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) “Trieste” took place at the Fincantieri shipyard in Castellammare di Stabia. This multirole and multipurpose amphibious is capable of deploying aircraft and amphibious vehicles and equipment, relying on a flight deck and a floodable basin located on the stern of the ship. The new unit will be delivered in 2022 and falls within the naval program of the maritime capability of Defence, approved by the Italian...
  • F-35B Signal from Naval Forces
    F-35B Signal from Naval Forces May 1 2019
    As the Naval Command's Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) is on its way, it was revealed that the Navy is in need of trained jet pilots. At IDEF'19 held in Istanbul, Italian company Leonardo and the Italian Air Force held a joint presentation at IDEF. The presentation gave information about the International Flight Training School (IFTS), which provides many types of flight training in the south of Italy. According to the statement, the cooperation of the duo, military pilot...
  • Egypt Prefers Italy Over France
    Egypt Prefers Italy Over France April 26 2019
    According to unconfirmed reports in the press, the Egyptian Navy will procure 20 AW149 helicopters produced by the Italian company Leonardo. The production contract, which has not been announced officially, was first published by La Tribune, a French news website. Leonardo has not made a statement yet. Egypt last week announced that it was not going to purchase the NH90 helicopters of the French company NH Industries because of the cost and instead was going to award Leonardo. Egypt...
  • Italian Rifle Production in Romania
    Italian Rifle Production in Romania April 3 2019
      Italy-based arms manufacturer Beretta signed an arms production agreement with the Romanian company's Plopeni Mechanic Plant (Societatea Uzina Mecanica Plopeni), a subsidiary of Romanian state defence association Romarm. Thus, Romania has gained the ability to produce ARX-160 infantry rifles. According to Romanian Economy Minister Niculae Badalau, the ARX-160 and another rifle will be produced in Romania. The minister, who announced that a joint subsidiary will ...
  • Italian F-35 Visits Greece for Iniochos Exercise
    Italian F-35 Visits Greece for Iniochos Exercise March 30 2019
    The Greek Air Force has shared information and image from its official web site, about Iniochos 2019 (Unique 2019) Exercise. In one of the published images, the F-35A fighter from the Italian Air Force landed at Andravida Air Base in Greece to take part in the Iniochos 2019 exercise. Italy has announced that it will send six F-35s to the drill. Israel, Jordan, the US Air Force and the South Cyprus Greek Administration will participate in the exercise. Unique 2019  will begin on April 1 a...
  • Italian F-35A to Participate At “ΗΝΙΟΧΟΣ/ UNIQUE 2019" Exercise
    Italian F-35A to Participate At “ΗΝΙΟΧΟΣ/ UNIQUE 2019" Exercise March 13 2019
    The F-35A Lightning II fighter jets of the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) will participate in the UNIQUE 2019 air force drill, which will begin on 1 April 2019. Italy will send its all six F-35A fighters to join the drill and they will carry Luneburg radar reflectors during their transition to and from the Andravida Airbase as well as throughout their participation in the exercise. The Luneberg radar reflector increases radar cross section (RCS) of aircraft. This precautio...
  • 30 Rafale Aboard the Charles De Gaulle
    30 Rafale Aboard the Charles De Gaulle February 14 2019
      The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is deployed in the Mediterranean with its carrier group for the exercise Fanal 2019. 30 Rafale M fighter jets , two Hawkeye E- 2C command and control aircraft , one Dauphin helicopter and one NH90 helicopter. It is the major air group deployed on the deck of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and can be identified on a photo published by the Navy. The air group more generally includes about 20 Rafale be the equiva...
  • Fate of Tornadoes Ambiguous
    Fate of Tornadoes Ambiguous January 18 2019
    Germany has yet to make a final decision on the fate of the Tornadoes. In the past, the German Ministry of Defence had announced that it will announce the Tornado decision before the end of 2018. Tornadoes jointly developed by Italy, the United Kingdom and West Germany. In 1998, the production line of aircrafts closed. It is on the agenda that the planes used in the 1980s will remain in Germany until 2025. The fact that the closed production line makes the maintenance of the aircraf...
  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70
    Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 January 16 2019
    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO. Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84 deputies were against it, accusing the cabinet of breaching the tender rules. The deal fo...
  • Bulgaria’s PM Favours Buying the F-16
    Bulgaria’s PM Favours Buying the F-16 December 16 2018
    Bulgarian premier Boyko Borisov disclosed on Dec. 14 that he favours buying the F-16 to replace the country’s MiG-29s. Borisov was quoted as saying that he “heard from the pilots, a new F-16 is a significantly better aircraft than all the rest that are on offer.” Borisov spoke on December 14 before the second day of an EU summit in Sofia. Bulgaria has budgeted 900 million euros ($1 billion) for the purchase of at least eight fighter jets. ...
  • Upgraded C-27J Makes First Flight
    Upgraded C-27J Makes First Flight December 13 2018
    Leonardo's aircraft division has performed the first flight of its C-27J transport in a new baseline configuration. The sortie took place on 3 December from the manufacturer's plant in Turin, northern Italy. Featuring a number of avionics and cockpit upgrades, the new configuration is designed to make the aircraft compliant with next-generation air traffic management requirements and reduce military obsolescence issues.  The upgrades will also be available as a retrofit...
  • RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time
    RAF Flies Meteor BVRAAM On Typhoon for First Time December 11 2018
    Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons launched from RAF Lossiemouth for the first time with the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile(BVRAAM) during a Quick Reaction Alert exercise for airspace defence. Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December that The MBDA Meteor is now operational aboard RAF  Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland (QRA North) to interce...
  • Eighth FREMM Completed Trials
    Eighth FREMM Completed Trials November 30 2018
    Italy's eighth FREMM class frigate, ITS Marceglia (F597) has completed the sea tests.   The platform, which opened to sea in June, completed all sea trial activities in five months thanks to the tight coordination of the program participants. During the experiments, 13 different test phases were carried out.   Platform is the eighth FREMM class ship in Italy and the fourth FREMM built in the general-purpose configuration of the Italian Nav...
  • OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project
    OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project November 11 2018
    The European Agency for the procurement of arms, or OCCAR, officially invited the aircraft manufacturer Airbus to participate into tender as the prime contractor for the European MALE RPAS Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) The European MALE RPAS, is also known as the EuroMALE. The UAV will be operated worldwide to especially support ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) missions. The Agency announced on 8 November...