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  • Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft Order
    Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft Order 21 May 2020
    Airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) are an important power multiplier for users due to their capability to keep an eye on friendly elements in the front line and to instantly transmit enemy movements. Saab, one of Sweden's leading companies, announced that the order for Saab 2000 Erieye AEW&C was received from an unnamed country. Deliveries will be made between 2020 and 2023, under the USD 160 million deal. Saab is currently recommending th...
  • India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase
    India prefers LCA to Overseas Purchase 16 May 2020
    One of world’s biggest arms importer India plans to abolish its $15 billion order to acquire foreign military aircraft bid. India plans to switch to locally-made fighter jets. India set up a tender to years ago and asked global companies to submit proposals to supply 114 combat aircraft. Indian air force is changing its plans to induct indigenously made Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas. Indian Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat said in an interview in New Delhi. It will ...
  • Patriots in Saudi Arabia Return to the U.S.
    Patriots in Saudi Arabia Return to the U.S. 9 May 2020
    The United States has decided to withdraw the MIM-104 Patriot air defence system it deployed to Saudi Arabia during tensions with Iran. It was also announced that about 300 U.S. troops would leave Saudi Arabia. The batteries are sent to the United States for maintenance before new deployment. In the United States, which took this decision at a time of tension over oil production with Saudi Arabia, Republicans accused Saudi Arabia of its steps in the oil market, which is struggling d...
  • Saudi Arabia Decides to Localize Drone Production
    Saudi Arabia Decides to Localize Drone Production 2 May 2020
    Saudi Arabia has reached an agreement with Intra Defence Technologies to domesticate drone production. Within this framework, approximately 50 drones will be developed in Saudi Arabia in the next five years. A total of USD 200 million is planned to be invested in the process, which will begin with the production of six platforms in 2021. Intra President Salman bin Nasser Al-Shathri said 60 per cent of the project’s operations will be handled by Saudi enterprises, and 60 per cent of its ...
  • Canada Lifts Freeze on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia
    Canada Lifts Freeze on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia 13 April 2020
    Canada is lifting a freeze on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia and has renegotiated a much-criticized $14 billion contract to sell General Dynamics Corp armoured vehicles to Riyadh, Ottawa said. The announcement marks a retreat by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said in December 2018 he was looking for a way out of the deal.   The gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the vehicle is quoting 28,100 kg. The LAV-FSV’s powerpack co...
  • Saudi Helos for Indian Navy
    Saudi Helos for Indian Navy 26 March 2020
    The naval helicopter market is expanding due to the balances in the oceans. In this context, the configurations of the platforms that the ordered by countries will receive are also determined. India announced that it will acquire 24 MH-60R naval helicopters last February. Within the scope of the agreement, which includes six AH-64 Apache and 24 MH-60 Romeo, and the total cost of which is announced as 2.12 billion USD. The model of the platforms that New Delhi will take delivery...
  • AC-130W Demonstration at Arabian Gulf
    AC-130W Demonstration at Arabian Gulf 16 March 2020
    Lockheed Martin held a demonstration on naval support role for AC-130W Stinger IIs. In the demonstration held in the Arabian Gulf on March 8-9, an AC-130W Stinger II aircraft affiliated to the US Special Forces Command Center launched an offensive on-sea target. The target was destroyed with live rounds. In the ongoing civil war in Yemen, Houthi militants carry out arms, human and drug trafficking activities using small boats and sailboats in the Gulf. The countr...
  • India postpones MILAN 2020 multilateral exercise due to coronavirus concerns 6 March 2020
    The Indian Navy’s multilateral exercise ‘MILAN 2020’, has been postponed owing to the spread of coronavirus that had claimed over 3,000 lives across the globe. The training was scheduled by the Indian Navy from March 18 to 28 in Visakhapatnam, The event has been postponed, to provide the safety of the 30 participant Navies.  (including the US, Russia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Republic of Korea, the UK, Australia, Vietnam, Myanmar...
  • Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots
    Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots 1 March 2020
    Raytheon's to upgrade the MIM-104 Patriot air defencee systems, which have been in the inventory of many countries for years. Under the USD 314 million deal signed between the US Army and Raytheon, the company will modernize the Patriots. With the agreement covering the systems of 17 user countries, the company will provide engineering services to users in the system, software and hardware development, integration, testing services, configuration management and logistics support...
  • Qatar Submarine in the Arabian Gulf
    Qatar Submarine in the Arabian Gulf 6 February 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...
  • "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece
    "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece 23 January 2020
    A remarkable article was published in Ptisi & Diastima Magazine, which publicates in the defence sector in Greece. Greek-Turkish relations, which increasing tension due to oil and natural gas deposits in Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey-Libya mutual exclusive economic zone were discussed in the article. Outlines of the offensive plan that could be implemented in a possible conflict were examined in the text. Turkey's radar and electronic support capabilities, as well as Greece...
  • Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea
    Russo-Japanese Drills at Arabian Sea 22 January 2020
    Russia and Japan, which frequently coma face to face due to the Kuril Islands and coastal waters problems have come up with an astonishing attempt recently. The Russian Baltic Fleet ship RFNS Yaroslav Mudry and the Russian naval tanker Yelnya and the Viktor Konetsky tugboat, and the JS Harusame (DD 102) destroyer, carried out joint exercises in the Arabian Sea. Within the scope of the trainings, activities such as communication with the flashlight communication trainings&n...
  • Greece Ships Patriot to Saudi Arabia
    Greece Ships Patriot to Saudi Arabia 16 January 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.
  • New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan
    New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan 30 December 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...
  • Syria Blames US
    Syria Blames US 26 December 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 23 December 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 9 December 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...
  • New Air Base to Lease in Syria
    New Air Base to Lease in Syria 7 November 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 19 September 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?.. 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...
  • Boeing to Train Qatari F-15QA Pilots
    Boeing to Train Qatari F-15QA Pilots 30 August 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...
  • New Systems for Aircraft 22 August 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 9 August 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 1 August 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 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...
  • HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation
    HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation 25 July 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 21 July 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 20 July 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 1 July 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...
  • France Wins €750M Order from Abu Dhabi
    France Wins €750M Order from Abu Dhabi 7 June 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 27 May 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 7 May 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. 
  • Saudi Arabia’s Trial with Palestine 26 April 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 12 April 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 2 April 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 2 April 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 29 March 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...
  • German Embargo to Saudi Kingdom May Undermine European Defence Industry
    German Embargo to Saudi Kingdom May Undermine European Defence Industry 7 March 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 24 February 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...
  • Additional Consultations for S-400
    Additional Consultations for S-400 18 February 2019
    Russia's S-400 procurement process is experiencing new developments. Alexander Mikheyev, CEO of Rosoboronexport, a military export company of the Russian State, made a statement on the subject. Speaking at the IDEX 2019 international defence fair in Abu Dhabi, Mikheyev made statements the Saudi Arabia's S-400 procurement process. According to the program, the parties agreed with Saudi Arabia, but the process of consultation on the contract continued.