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  • Greece Ships Patriot to Saudi Arabia
    Greece Ships Patriot to Saudi Arabia January 16 2020
    According to Greece base internet publication Militaire News, Greece will send  Greek Patriot to Saudi Arabia. The demand is coming through the US who want to create a "multinational umbrella" in-country. The Greek Foreign Ministry has responded to that request. Greek Patriots will not engage in Saudi Arabia's conflicts with countries in the region. The Saudis will bear the financial cost of the shipment.
  • Replecement Time to Beretta 92 of France
    Replecement Time to Beretta 92 of France January 16 2020
    France continues the replacing process of firearms with pistols. In 2017, the Paris government began replacing FAMAS with HK416F infantry rifles and now, launched a procurement process for the armed force's pistols. Beretta 92FS pistols, which have been in service with the name PAMAS G1 for about 30 years, will be replaced by Glock 17 Gen 5s. The French Army will procure 74,559 Glock 17 in the first phase. The total cost of weapons which expected to be delive...
  • New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan
    New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan December 30 2019
    Japan is being added to the Middle East chaos. After the tension between Washington and Tehran, the Tokyo Government decided to send the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) to the Middle East with an intelligence-gathering mission. The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) mission that will see several assets, including a helicopter-carrying destroyer, two maritime patrol aircraft, and 260 personnel being despatched to the Mid...
  • Armoured Vehicle Reinforcement to Haftar Forces
    Armoured Vehicle Reinforcement to Haftar Forces December 27 2019
    Clashes continue between Libyan National Army forces under the command of Khalifa Haftar and the Government of National  Accord. Despite the UN's arms embargo on Libya, Haftar forces were reinforced with new armored vehicles. A news published in Jane's, it was seen that Libyan National Army forces equipped with Terrier LT-79 armoured vehicles. It was also attended that the vehicle is in new condition and despite harsh environmental conditions, exterior of the LT-79 was ...
  • Syria Blames US
    Syria Blames US December 26 2019
      As the conflict and migration continued within the country, an attack was organized on December 21, targeting the oil refinery and gas facilities in Homs. Syria has held the United States accountable for the December 21 drone strikes carried out at Homs oil refinery and al-Rayan Gas station. “The United States, using its illegal military base in Al-Tanf, sent unmanned aerial vehicles to Homs and carried out airstrikes on oil refining infrastructure," Syrian Foreign...
  • Saudi Arabia to Pay $2 Billion for the LCS Frigate
    Saudi Arabia to Pay $2 Billion for the LCS Frigate December 23 2019
    Saudi Navy will get four Multi-mission surface combatants frigate from Lockheed Martin, a derivation of the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) design. The U.S. Navy announced the $1.96 billion contract on Friday. The ships will be built at Fincantieri’s Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin. The contract was awarded as part of the U.S. Navy’s Foreign Military Sales program.
  • German Court Overturns Export Ban on Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia
    German Court Overturns Export Ban on Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia December 9 2019
    The Administrative Court in Frankfurt am Main ruled that the Federal Government’s freeze on armaments exports to Saudi Arabia was not legal according to the Handelsblatt daily newspaper. Rheinmetall Military Vehicles GmbH, sued Berlin because the bulk of a major contract with Saudi Arabia was ‘sabotaged’ by a poorly reasoned decision by the federal government. In November 2016, Rheinmetall announced a major order from a foreign customer. "The order i...
  • UAE Buys Locally Built Aircraft
    UAE Buys Locally Built Aircraft November 22 2019
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will acquire 24 light aircraft B-250s after signing the deal at Dubai Air Show 2019. The contract costs $ 260 million. It is the first time the UAE has purchased an aircraft that it manufactures domestically. The B-250 is being developed by Calidus, based in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with Brazilian Novaer and Rockwell Collins. Aircraft is reportedly designed by Joseph Kovács, designer of the Brazilian Tucano. The B-250 was ...
  • SU-57 Offer to UAE
    SU-57 Offer to UAE November 22 2019
    Russia Offering United Arab Emirates Joint Production of Su-57 Fighters for its Air Force Russia has reportedly offered to jointly manufacture Su-57 next-generation fighters with the United Arab Emirates during the Dubai Air Show. The UAE has shown interest in Russian Flanker fourth-generation fighters, including the Su-27 in the 1990s and Su-35 for which a purchase is currently being negotiated. The CEO of Russia’s state arms exporter Rostec, Sergey Chemez...
  • Modernisation Period in UAE Fleet November 22 2019
    Mirage 2000 aircraft developed by France-based Dassault Aviation will be modernised. The platforms, which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) first decided to include in its inventory in 1983, will go through a modernisation process worth the US $ 462 million at the request of the UAE. UAE has also awarded a $350 million contract to France’s MBDA for ammunitions maintenance of the Mirage 2000 fighter fleet. The Emirates has spent more than $4 billion on defence contracts in the fir...
  • 10 Chinook for UAE
    10 Chinook for UAE November 12 2019
    The U.S. State Department has cleared the United Arab Emirates to purchase 10 CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters, with an estimated price tag of $830.3 million. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the potential deal. In addition to the helicopters themselves, the proposed package would include 26 T55-GA-714A engines; 24 embedded global positioning systems with inertial navigation system; 20 M134D-H mini-guns; and 20 M240H machine guns, as well as various transmitters ...
  • New Air Base to Lease in Syria
    New Air Base to Lease in Syria November 7 2019
    Russia is reportedly planning to lease a new military airbase in Qamishli city, north-eastern Syria. Syrian Human Rights Observatory has published developments on lease negotiations between Moscow and Damascus. “Washington can deploy missiles on the territory of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and other countries in the region. The presence of air defence and missile-defence systems in Qamishli will allow Russia to intercept the US missiles long before they reach Russia's territory...
  • Russia Re-offers S-400 to Saudi Arabia September 19 2019
    Russian President Vlademir Putin who offered S-400 Air Defence Systems to Saudi Arabia. President Putin met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara to discuss Syria’s future. President Putin spoke at a joint news conference and he said, "In order to protect Saudi Arabia, we are ready to provide the corresponding aid to the country. Riyadh just needs to make a wise decision; like Iran’s S-300 buy & Turkey’s purch...
  • Can we Fix Iraq and Syria?.. September 10 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...
  • Boeing to Train Qatari F-15QA Pilots
    Boeing to Train Qatari F-15QA Pilots August 30 2019
    Pentagon has awarded Boeing USD500 million to begin air and ground training of Qatari personnel on the F-15QA combat aircraft. The award announced on 28 August, will see Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) pilots and maintainers trained on the F-15QA in St Louis, Missouri, through to 2021, after which training will relocate to Qatar and run through to August 2026. Boeing expects to begin delivering the QEAF's 36 F-15QAs from early 2020 through to early 2023. Qatar has options...
  • Largest LHD of the Navy will Enter the Inventory
    Largest LHD of the Navy will Enter the Inventory August 26 2019
    Since 2012, China has been working to improve the amphibious capabilities of amphibious assault ships. Accordingly, recent photos reveal the construction of China’s largest amphibious assault ship is progressing. Photos taken from surrounding buildings and within China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard. Given the pace of construction, the ship is expected to launch this year. It’s unknown how many Type 075s China plans to eventually operate, although ...
  • Mete Project Moving Ahead
    Mete Project Moving Ahead August 22 2019
    The indigenous move in the Turkish defence industry continues to grow. Deliveries are continuing which in the projects carried out in the light arms section by the Presidency of Defence Industries. Presidency of Defence Industries made an announcement on its official social media accounts about the ongoing delivery process of the Indigenous Pistol Project. Design, development, qualification, production, maintenance and maintenance of a pistol with local facilities are targeted for t...
  • New Systems for Aircraft August 22 2019
    BAE Systems will provide electronic warfare systems to Saudi Arabia. BAE Systems has been awarded $19.2 million for sustainment services associated with the AN/ALQ-239 Digital Electronics Warfare Systems (DEWS) and AN/AAR-57A(V) Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) hardware/software. Work is expected to be completed by Aug. 13, 2022. This contract provides for the repair and return indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity in support of DEWS/CMWS line replaceable units and line replac...
  • Sector News Issue 76 August 9 2019
    The first British P-8 Poseidon Flies Desert Warrior’s New Name Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation Navy to Work with Northrop Grumman Robots on the Field First Griffon Delivered ACAR-K Radar is in the Inventory of Argentine Armed Forces Turkey's First Electric Armoured Vehicle Began Testing 53 percent Growth from STM Hürjet Counting Down Days ...
  • Modification in Contract
    Modification in Contract August 1 2019
    Boeing has been awarded a 25 million US dollar contract modification for Stand-off Land Attack Missile – Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) production for Saudi Arabia. This modification provides for the redesign of obsolete parts to replace obsolete, nearly obsolete or uneconomical parts to support SLAM-ER weapon system production and improve future sustainment. SLAM-ER, a derivative of Harpoon, is an air-dropped surgical strike weapon against land targets or ships at sea. Accurate ...
  • New Base for the Arabian Peninsula
    New Base for the Arabian Peninsula July 30 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...
  • HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation
    HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation July 25 2019
    French Shipyard CMN delivered the first two HSI32 Interceptors for the Royal Saudi Navy. In April 2018, Saudi company Zamil Offshore Services concluded an agreement worth 480 million dollars with CMN for the construction of 39 HSI32 interceptors for the Saudi Naval Forces. According to the agreement, 21 vessels are set to be built by CMN in Cherbourg, France, and the remaining 19 will be assembled at the facilities of Zamil Offshore Services in Saudi Arabia. The vessel has a range of 800 naut...
  • U.S. İnitiates Operation Sentinel July 21 2019
    The United States Friday announced the US Central Command is developing a multi-national maritime effort to increase surveillance of and security in key waterways in the Middle East. The effort, labelled as Operation Sentinel, comes a day after the US said it destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it came within threatening range. The goal of Operation Sentinel is declared as promoting maritime stability, ensuring safe passage, and de-escalating tensions in interna...
  • House Blocks Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE
    House Blocks Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE July 20 2019
    The House of Representatives passed three resolutions Wednesday to block the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.   U.S. President Donald Trump had invoked an emergency provision to allow him to circumvent Congress to push the $8.1 billion arms sales through- including precision-guided munitions — to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Lawmakers expressed outrage over Trump’s tactics.   Trump...
  • New Control Unit for the M1 Abrams July 1 2019
      Honeywell signed a contract worth US $ 16.5 million to procurement J7 Digital Electronic Control Units to the Abrams family, the third generation main battle tank of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The process is expected to end on 28 June 2024. The M1 Abrams is designed for modern armoured ground warfare. It has a 1500 hp AGT1500 multifuel turbine engine, sophisticated Chobham composite armour, a computer fire control system and separate ammunition storage in a blow-out c...
  • Raptor in Qatar
    Raptor in Qatar July 1 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 ...
  • France Wins €750M Order from Abu Dhabi
    France Wins €750M Order from Abu Dhabi June 7 2019
    Abu Dhabi has ordered two Gowind corvettes worth €750 million from Naval Group, La Tribune reported quoting unidentified sources who confirm an initial report in the ‘Intelligence Online’ newsletter. The contract, reportedly signed on March 25, may however be blocked by Germany which has decreed an embargo on weapon deliveries to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as the two ships are to be powered by diesel engines produced by Germany’s MTU.
  • $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries
    $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries May 27 2019
      United States will sell up to $ 3.9 billion arms to two Middle East Countries United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The State Department approved two countries requests. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019. UAE wants to acquire RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air Vehicles with support for an estimated cost of $80 million.  The Government of the UAE has ...
  • Airbus May Sue German Government
    Airbus May Sue German Government May 7 2019
    Germany’s blockage over arms exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia goes into the next round. Airbus wants to take the Federal Government to court to reach export licenses, Der Spiegel reported May 4.  Berlin is preventing Airbus from delivering helicopters and a border security system to Saudi Arabia by withholding export licenses. “Airbus reserves all legal options in the dispute,” Dirk Hoke, head of Airbus Defence and Space, told Der Spiegel. 
  • $6 961 Billion Worth Export
    $6 961 Billion Worth Export May 7 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to three countries for five different defence items. Two for Bahrain, two for Czech Republic and one for United Arab Emirates. Total cost for Bahrain is $ 3. 228 billion. Total tag price for Czech Republic is 1. 085 billion and UAE will pay $2.728 billion. Total export value is $6 961 billion. Bahrain will acquire various Patriot missile systems and related support and equipment for an...
  • FNSS Press Release
    FNSS Press Release May 1 2019
    Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) Makes First Appearance at IDEF’19 IDEF’19 will witness the unveiling of the MAV Marine Assault Vehicle, which has been greatly anticipated by the sector due to limited number of comparable vehicles in the same class, principally because of the challenging requirements and highly specialised mission definition associated with these vehicles. Visitors to the FNSS stand will have opportunity to see the first prototype MAV, wh...
  • Saudi Arabia’s Trial with Palestine April 26 2019
    The rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia on the basis of the common threat of Iran, is not a new phenomenon. However, the current state of affairs should be examined closely, as it brings into question the future of the Palestinian issue. For Saudi Arabia and Israel, hostility towards Iran is not the only common denominator. In both countries, religion enjoys a predominance in state mechanisms. Pragmatism in foreign relations is another structural similarity.
  • TOS-1 in the Arabian Peninsula
    TOS-1 in the Arabian Peninsula April 12 2019
    Saudi Arabia, which procures weapons from both the West and the East, added another one to its purchases. In an image published on social media, it was seen that TOS-1A MBRL systems were delivered to the country. During visit of Moscow of King Selman bin Abdulaziz in 2017, two countries inked an agreement for procurement Russian made weapons. In addition to TOS-1A’s AGS-30 grenade launchers and Kornet EM missiles might be included in the agreement. In addition, the Riyadh admi...
  • First Saudi Hawk Rolled Out
    First Saudi Hawk Rolled Out April 2 2019
    Saudi Arabia, rolled out the the country's first Hawk Mk 165 advanced jet trainer aircraft manufactured under license, with a ceremony. The ceremony was held at the King Abdulaziz Air Base, and the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was also attended. Prince told that during ceremony the program is an important milestone in the country's Vision 2030 Program. The Saudi Royal Air Force, which already has Mk 65 and Mk65A models in its inventory, ordered the first Mk165 AJT pack...
  • LM to Manufacture THAAD Interceptors for Saudi Arabia
    LM to Manufacture THAAD Interceptors for Saudi Arabia April 2 2019
    The Pentagon has given $2.4 billion to Lockheed Martin for the production of A Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) interceptors, some of these missiles are destined for Saudi Arabia. The Gulf State signed a letter of acceptance to buy the air defence missile system in November last year. The $15 billion deal was seen as paving the way for the sale of 44 THAAD launchers, missiles and equipment.
  • Germany Adds Six Months to Saudi Arms Export Ban
    Germany Adds Six Months to Saudi Arms Export Ban March 29 2019
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government has extended by six months an embargo on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia. The ban has faced opposition from within the German government and the EU, but has the support of rights groups. “The order to halt authorized weapons exports to Saudi Arabia is extended by six months from March 31 to September 30, 2019,” government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said in a Thursday, March 29 statement. “Over...
  • An Ore in the Cradle of Civilisations: KAR-SAV March 16 2019
    Our series of interviews introducing defence clubs established by university students, hosts in this issue KAR-SAV (Karabük University Defence Technologies Club) at Karabük University. Being the cradle of many civilisations in history, Karabük also stands out with its brilliant engineering candidates, with their hearts set on defence industry. C4Defence: When was KAR-SAV established and what is its scope of ac...
  • IDEX/NAVDEX and the Advancing Battlefield March 16 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...
  • German Embargo to Saudi Kingdom May Undermine European Defence Industry
    German Embargo to Saudi Kingdom May Undermine European Defence Industry March 7 2019
    German reaction to Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi murder undermines European defence industry. German government that had issued embargo to Saudi Arabia until March 9th, has decided to extent it. The decision risks escalation of a growing dispute with France and the United Kingdom over sales of jointly produced weapons. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas made the announcement during a news conference with his Danish counterpart, Anders Samuelsen, in Berlin on Wednesday. German...
  • German Ban to Saudi Kingdom Hit UK
    German Ban to Saudi Kingdom Hit UK February 24 2019
    Germany has said it would hold firm on its decision to halt weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, ignoring British requests. “The stance of the government is that we won’t deliver weapons to Saudi Arabia at the moment,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after talks with his British counterpart about the decision taken in October over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Both the Eurofighter and Tornado jets contain German components. An export ban has ther...