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  • Russia's New Military Base to Be Built in Sudan
    Russia's New Military Base to Be Built in Sudan 16 November 2020
    Russia will build a maritime logistics and repair centre in Sudan. The Sudanese government will provide Russia with the necessary port infrastructure and space for the base free of charge. Under the agreement signed by the two countries, Russia was allowed to transfer "all kinds of military equipment, ammunition or supplies" needed for the centre from Sudanese ports. Documents released by the German Foreign Ministry in August 2020 reported that Russia w...
  • VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200
    VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200 20 September 2020
    According to French Daily La Tribune, the European MBDA signed a contract with Egypt for the supply of VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles, for the equipment of the MEKO frigate under construction. Egypt had originally selected the South African Umkhonto missiles (128 missiles), but the program did not go ahead due to Denel's financial problems. In January 2019 Egypt and Germany agreed to build a MEKO-A200 frigate, with a total cost of € 500 million with 1 more option. In April ...
  • New Exports from Turkey
    New Exports from Turkey 18 September 2020
    Katmerciler, one of Turkey's armoured vehicle manufacturers, received an order of 3 million 250 thousand dollars’ worth of security vehicles from an unnamed country. The company, which will start delivering later this year, aims to complete delivery next year. Last year, the Katmerciler signed a contract with an African country for the export of The Speedy 4x4 Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle, making its first delivery in July this year. "2020 will be one o...
  • Mig-29 Shot Down on Libya
    Mig-29 Shot Down on Libya 9 September 2020
    It is said that a Mig-29 supporting Libyan National Army was shot down over Libya on September 8th. Russian-speaking pilot filmed himself on the ground, waiting for rescue operators. The Fighterbomber channel posted a video on YouTube. The incident took place near the coastal city of Sirte, which is controlled by the so-called Libyan National Army of Khalifa Haftar. The footage shows an unfolded orange parachute, the pilot’s voiceover sounds that he was hit, but...
  • US Plans to Stay in Turkey at least Until 2028
    US Plans to Stay in Turkey at least Until 2028 27 August 2020
    A Pentagon contract awarded to a US company indicates US plans to remain on US bases established in Turkey until 2028. Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., Houston, Texas, has been awarded a $974,000,000 contract for U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) base operating support. This contract provides day-to-day base operations and maintenance services throughout locations within USAFE-AFAFRICA. Work will be performed at Mor&oacut...
  • Paramount Maritime Launches first Survey Motor Boat (SMB) for South African Navy
    Paramount Maritime Launches first Survey Motor Boat (SMB) for South African Navy 26 August 2020
    Paramount Maritime, a Paramount Group company, has successfully launched the first of three next-generation Survey Motor Boats (SMBs) to the South African Navy. The boats will be used the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO). SANHO will also receive a Hydrographic Survey Vessel and a Sea Boat as well as a third, fully operational inshore Survey Motor Boat, to remain ashore and in reserve. Veecraft Marine, a subsidiary of Paramount Maritime, had been tasked with t...
  • Russia Wants to Establish Military Base in Six African Countries
    Russia Wants to Establish Military Base in Six African Countries 5 August 2020
    Russia wants to establish a military base in six African countries: Egypt, the Central African Republic, Eritrea, Madagascar, Mozambique and Sudan, German newspaper Bild reported.  Documents released by the German Foreign Ministry showed that Russia has reached a military cooperation agreement with 21 African countries since 2015. The documents said Russia sometimes trains the security forces of countries where it makes formal and sometimes secret agreements. It was also...
  • New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya
    New Pics from Russian Presence in Libya 27 July 2020
    The US Army Command in Africa (Africom) released new satellite images on Friday (July 24th) regarding the Russian presence in Libya. "Russia continues to play an unhelpful role in Libya by delivering supplies and equipment to the Wagner group," said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Bradford Gering, AFRICOM director of operations. "Imagery continues to unmask their consistent denials." According to Africom, these satellite images prove the presence of the Rus...
  • Katmerciler's Armoured Combat Vehicle on the Way to Africa
    Katmerciler's Armoured Combat Vehicle on the Way to Africa 20 July 2020
    The delivery of the armoured combat vehicle Hızır, which is developed by The Katmerciler company, to Africa began. Last year, the first export agreement was signed with an unnamed African country. The first party vehicle was on its way as part of the $20.7 million deal. The company predicts export revenue of approximately $45 million at the end of the year. The Turkish Armed Forces are actively using Ateş as a base vehicle for the 4x4 Hızır platform in border sec...
  • "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 ...
  • Missile Protection to Presidential Aircraft
    Missile Protection to Presidential Aircraft 29 June 2020
    Missile protection systems are vital for the self-defence of large-body aircraft which has low manoeuvrability. Israel-based Bird Aerosystems has announced the delivery of an aircraft missile protection system to an African country. The systems that are stated to be integrated into the Boeing 737 aircraft used by the Presidency were announced as AeroShield and MACS. The AeroShield Pod was developed for use in wide-body aircraft. The equipment consists Missile Launch D...
  • "S-400 Blocks Trade Deal with U.S."
    "S-400 Blocks Trade Deal with U.S." 25 June 2020
    Foreign Economic Relations Board (Dış Ekonomik İlişkiler Kurulu/ DEİK) Chairman Nail Olpak and Turkey-USA Business Council (Türkiye-ABD İş Konseyi/ TAİK) Chairman Mehmet Ali Yalcindag met with U.S. Republican Party Senator Lindsey Graham on a video conference call. During the meeting, Graham discussed what Turkey and the United States need for the economic integration process, and noted the importance of reaching a free trade agreement between the two countries. Graha...
  • First Hybrid Event Ever from OSSA
    First Hybrid Event Ever from OSSA 23 June 2020
    OSSA (OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster) Chairman Mithat Ertuğ has been a guest of live streamast on C4Defence's official Instagram account. Ertuğ made important statements about ICDDA (International Cooperation Days in Defence & Aerospace). The event, the first of which was held in 2013, will open its doors to the participants for the fifth time this year. Mithat Ertuğ stated that in the event, which was attended by 260 companies and 6000 participants from 60 countrie...
  • Russian MiG-29 and Su-24 Combat Jets Caught In-Flight in Libya
    Russian MiG-29 and Su-24 Combat Jets Caught In-Flight in Libya 20 June 2020
    Russian MiG-29 Fulcrums and Su-24 Fencers are caught in the air at Al Jufrah Air Base in Libya. Russia sent at least 14 combat jets, in total, to support Khalifa Haftar. Images prove that the jets are now actively flying. U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) released two new images of Al Jufrah, which it said were taken on June 18, 2020, one of which showed a Su-24 Fencer taking off from the base. The other picture showed a MiG-29 parked in front of a hardened aircraft shelter, as well as ...
  • 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 ...
  • Loan for Air Defence System
    Loan for Air Defence System 28 May 2020
    The arms race continues at full speed in North Africa, as in many parts of the world. Morocco continues its steps to consolidate the armed forces and modernize its capabilities. In this context, Rabat government, which is estimated to acquire VL MICA air defence system from France, has signed a loan agreement with BNP Paribas of France worths to 192.1 million Euros. The procurement is expected to be part of the comprehensive agreement signed with a 400 million Euro budget....
  • FNSS Wins International Occupational Safety Award
    FNSS Wins International Occupational Safety Award 21 April 2020
    FNSS was awarded the International Safety Award by the British Safety Council. The award is given to companies that care about occupational health and safety, regardless of their size or the sector in which they operate. FNSS applied for the award for the first time this year. The ceremony, scheduled for 29 May at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, was postponed to a later date due to a ceremony pandemic, which will be a motivator for companies struggling with COVID-19.<...
  • Arms Export to Africa
    Arms Export to Africa 13 April 2020
    African countries are arming to improve army capabilities. China is increasing its presence in the world defence market. Beijing, has recently exporting more to the African market, has delivered new defence systems to Nigeria. The delivery batch includes 17-vehicles. These are VT4 main battle tanks, SH5 105mm self-propelled howitzers and again 105mm ST1 tank destroyers. In addition, Nigeria received 15 40-foot containers spare parts and consumables. Chi...
  • Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey
    Tunisia orders Anka-S UAVs from Turkey 14 March 2020
    Tunisia has ordered Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) according to Army recognition. This is TUSAŞ's first export order for the type. During the Tunisian International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition During (IADE 2020), which took place in Djerba the Tunisian MoD signed a $240 million contract with TUSAŞ for the supply of six ANKA-S UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and three control centres. The deal was signed including t...
  • Miller before Obama
    Miller before Obama 19 January 2020
    The fourth Ford-class carrier will be named in honour of World War II icon Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black recipient of the Navy Cross for bravery, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The naming of CVN-81 is expected to be announced during a Monday ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former...
  • Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait
    Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait 22 November 2019
    China is working to increase its fleet capability for open seas. On the other hand, Chinese government continues its military and political steps. Beijing administration, which often experiences tensions with neighboring countries due to continental shelf, undisputed islands, is far from relieving tensions with Taiwan. People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships, visited many African, Baltic and European countries including Turkey in recent years. Thus, PLAN s...
  • 15 Exhibitions to Attend in 2020
    15 Exhibitions to Attend in 2020 30 October 2019
    Expos to be nationally attended for 2020 are announced. A total of 15 fairs will be attended in 2020. Two of these fairs are in Turkey and Germany. Remaining expos are in Qatar, Chile, Malaysia, France, United Kingdom, Azerbaijan, Republic of South Africa, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Defence Industry Presidency (SSB) will provide national participation to nine of the fairs. Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (SSI) will provide national participation t...
  • BMP-1P is More Powerful
    BMP-1P is More Powerful 9 October 2019
    TechImpex touched the BMP-1, which was used extensively by the Communist Iron Curtain and African countries of the Cold War. The company has modernized a BMP-1 in Ukrainian inventory with its own resources.  Improvement made mainly on the firepower of the vehicle. The turret which has a 73 mm 2A28 Grom recoilles rifle main gun was replaced with new one-man turret which armed with 30 mm 2A72 auto cannon, a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun and a 30 mm KBA-17 grenade launcher. Vehicle'...
  • Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil
    Saab Presents First Gripen E to Brazil 16 September 2019
    Swedish manufacturer Saab has presented the first Brazilian Gripen E fighter aircraft during a ceremony in Linköping, Sweden, to begin the flight test program. The ceremony was attended by representatives from Brazilian Air Force, Swedish Air Force, Saab, and defence ministers of the two countries. Initially, flight tests will be performed in Sweden and by the end of 2020, the aircraft will move to Brazil to continue the flight test campaign in the country. In 2021, deliveries ...
  • UN’s Russian Birds get Safe
    UN’s Russian Birds get Safe 8 August 2019
    BIRD Aerosystems, the developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO), has received an order for additional AMPS systems from the UN Air Operations. Under the contract, BIRD will provide its AMPS solution, which includes the MACS sensor, and install it on the UN Mil Mi-17 (Nato code: Hip) helicopters operating in Africa. The UN is already using BIRD's AMPS systems, and this is a follow-on order that will allow the UN to install the sys...
  • Hızır’s First Export
    Hızır’s First Export 30 July 2019
      İzmir based Katmerciler announced from its official twitter account that  it had received a USD20.7 million order from an undisclosed African country. This is Katmerciler’s first export order for the Hizir 4x4 armored vehicle, which will be delivered between 2019 and 2020. The Hizir vehicle recently entered service with the Turkish army. It has been designed and optimized for high performance under extreme operational conditions in rural and urban areas for nine pe...
  • Germany has Donated Casspir 22 July 2019
    Germany has donated 29 Casspir 4x4 armoured vehicle personnel carrier to Mali Armed Forces. Since 40 years, the German government supports the armed forces of Mali, with the delivery of military equipment to the Malian armed forces. Germany has deployed thousands of soldiers and police in Mali, who are part of the UN-led MINUSMA (Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission). The Casspir is a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle that has been in use in South Africa for over 30 years. ...
  • Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Hellenic Navy Receives First Modernized P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft 23 May 2019
      Greece received first modernized P-3 Orion Maritime patrol aircraft. Senior officials from the Greek Ministry of National Defence, the Hellenic Air Force, Navy and Army, Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industries participated in a ceremony for the delivery of the first modernized P-3b Orion. Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) hosted a ceremony at HAI’s facility near Athens, Greece, for the delivery of the first P-3B maritime patrol aircraft (interim solu...
  • Ammunition Capability Demo 2019 26 April 2019
    The Ammunition Capability Demonstration organised by Rheinmetall Denel Munition at the Dunes Overberg Test Range, close to Arniston in the Cape Town area, included some 800 participants and two half days of firing with ammunition ranging from small arms to artillery and aircraft bombs. It was the third time the joint venture between the German defence champion Rheinmetall and Denel of South Africa, established on September 1, 2008, organised such an event. The ACD takes place every ...
  • Germany Approved Sale to Egypt
    Germany Approved Sale to Egypt 5 April 2019
    The German Bundestag Budget Committee has approved Egyptian sales of 2.3 billion euros. The sale was made with the export credit guarantee to secure the financial aspect of the agreement. Under the agreement, which was announced as € 2.3 billion in total, six warships will be supplied for the Egyptian Navy. Three of the platforms will be the MEKO A200 class like used in the South African Navy. Approximately 120 meters long MEKO A200 ships with a displacement of 2500 tons. Thank...
  • Nigeria Receives Paramount Marauders
    Nigeria Receives Paramount Marauders 30 March 2019
    The Nigerian Air Force has acquired an undisclosed number of Paramount Group’s Marauder Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicles from South Africa's Paramount Group. The acquisition was confirmed by the South African company on 28 March. Each NAF vehicle is equipped with a King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) Snake Head protected weapons station, fitted with a 7.62 mm machine gun. The Marauder can carry a crew of two and eight dismounts. The vehicle has a bl...
  • IDEX/NAVDEX and the Advancing Battlefield 16 March 2019
    Organised biannually, the IDEX/NAVDEX Exhibition in February became the first meeting point of the world’s prominent defence companies in 2019. For its part, IDEX hosted over 1,300 companies as an outstanding event in the Middle East and Africa.   It should be remembered that a large part of global defence expenditures is concentrated in this region on account of security threats and active conflicts. Many countries in the region, particularly the United Arab Emirates (UA...
  • Mbombe 4 at IDEX
    Mbombe 4 at IDEX 18 February 2019
    South Africa-based Paramount Group,introduced a new vehicle during IDEX-2019'da. The platform, called Mbombe 4, has been designed in order to be able to be produced in domestic countries by customer.   As a new member of the successful Mbombe family, the Mbombe 4 has the flexibility needed for asymmetric warfare and anti-terror and peacekeeping operations in parallel with the need for increased protection. The platform, which has 70% common components with other members...
  • Fastest Cruise Missile BrahMos at IDEX
    Fastest Cruise Missile BrahMos at IDEX 17 February 2019
    One of fastest cruise missile Indian and Russian missile BrahMos, is displayed at IDEX 2019.  BrahMos was first launched in 2001 and can be installed on ships, submarines and on aircraft. In November 2017, a BrahMos flight test on an Indian SU-30 MKI employed the missile against a ship target. The current range of the missile is nearly 300 kilometres, the representative said. It is claimed that the governments of Russia and India plan doubling the range of the missile to 600 km.  Br...
  • Russia’s Return to Africa 8 February 2019
    So far, Russia’s presence in Africa has been brief and limited as compared to heavy involvement of colonial Western powers. However, there are still enduring signs of impact...   In late December, the United States proclaimed its new strategy on Africa. The main argument was based on the urgency of protecting US interests in the Continent against the unlawful expansionism of China and Russia. For this purpose, the strategy calls for deepening economic, political...
  • The South of Asia-Pacific is on the Move: INDODEFENCE 2018
    The South of Asia-Pacific is on the Move: INDODEFENCE 2018 8 December 2018
    Organised in the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta on 7-10 November, IndoDefence 2018 was significant for demonstrating not only local defence requirements but also consequences of Chinese-centred mobility observed recently in the Asia-Pacific region.   Composed of a thousands of islands scattered along the intersection point of the Pacific and the Indian oceans, the highly-populated Indonesia suffers mainly from marine-based security problems just like the neig...
  • The Star of Africa: Hans-Joachim Marseille 8 December 2018
    The great war, which initially grabbed Europe in its claws, gradually engulfed the whole world starting with Africa. This ring of fire to be called the Second World War once again pitted countries against each other, while bringing forth legendary vehicles, important doctrines and new heroes.  One of such heroes was Hans-Joachim Marseille, dubbed Der Ster von Afrika (The Star of Africa), who scored 158 air victories in his short history of service but defeated by his own aircraft. ...
  • Procurement from Indonesia to Africa
    Procurement from Indonesia to Africa 14 November 2018
    Indonesia-based PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has signed an agreement with Senegal and Ivory Coast. Under the agreement, the company will export to Africa.   Within the scope of the agreement, which has a total amount of US $ 150 million, the company will export two CN 235. It is announced that the platforms will be CN 235-220 and will be used as passenger aircraft or maritime patrol missions. Aircraft will deliver within 24 to 28 months after the agreement date....
  • New Product from Milkor
    New Product from Milkor 27 October 2018
    Milkor, which based in South Africa, introduced its new product. The platform, which is an armoured vehicle in a 4x4 configuration, was announced as Milkor 4x4. Development activities started in 2017, and the first prototype rolled out from the production line in August 2018.  Milkor 4x4 is based on Iveco Trakker chassis. Platform has an all-welded steel body. Engine is placed in an armour-protected compartment at the front of the vehicle. The vehicle that provides protection a...
  • T129 to Open to Africa
    T129 to Open to Africa 22 October 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) will participate in Marrakech Airshow to be held in Morocco on October 24-27, 2018. TUSAS will perform a flight demonstration with the T129 ATAK helicopter as part of the campaign for Africa. Morroco King 6th Mohammed’s participation is expected to Morocco Airshow. TUSAS is looking to introducing its ATAK helicopter along with all the indigenous products designed by TUSAS.