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  • Layoffs to Start on Airbus
    Layoffs to Start on Airbus February 20 2020
    France-based multinational Airbus has decided to save on budget in its subsidiary, Airbus Defence and Space. The company, which went to restructuring due to the failure to meet the financial targets and deferred contracts, is expected to lay off a total of two thousand 362 employees at the end of 2021. As a result, 829 people in Germany, 357 in the UK, 630 in Spain, 404 in France and 142 from other countries will be laid off. The need for restructuring was first announced in December 2...
  • Asia-Pacific Attack from Israel
    Asia-Pacific Attack from Israel February 19 2020
    Israel-based defence firm Elbit Systems, which has recently increased its market dominance in the Asia-Pacific region, won a contract worth some $670 million to supply defence products to an unnamed country in the Asia-Pacific region. The deal will be carried out over a 25-month period. “This significant contract award is a testament to the trust that customers place with our solutions and to the leading position we hold in the market,” Elbit CEO Bezhalel Machlis said in a stateme...
  • New Corvette for Pakistan Navy
    New Corvette for Pakistan Navy February 17 2020
    Pakistan added the Yarmook class F-271 PNS Yarmook corvette to its inventory. The ship, called the PNS Yarmook (F-271) will be the first of its class, and is based on Damen’s Offshore Patrol Vessel OPV 1900 design. The ship was built in Damen’s shipyard in Galati, Romania. The Yarmook-class displaces at around 2,300 tons and were described as multirole platforms capable of performing a variety of maritime operations. They were ordered in June 2017. PNS Tabuk, the second ship of th...
  • Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches
    Singapore Show Interests in AH-64E Apaches February 17 2020
    Boeing has confirmed at the Singapore Air Show 2020 that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has expressed its interest to rebuild 12 of its 20 existing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters to the latest AH-64E Apache Guardian variant. The RSAF currently has 12 AH-64D Apache Longbows based in Singapore as part of the 120 Squadron, while eight aircraft are based in Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, Arizona and used for training as part of the Peace Vanguard detachme...
  • Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program
    Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program February 15 2020
    Relations between the Australian Federal Government and the French company designing future submarines have hit a new low, with the Australian Defence Minister declaring she will hold the group to account on its local industry commitments. France-based Naval Group questioned the capability of local suppliers and suggested Australian businesses may not get half of the value of contracts under the $80 billion program. Naval Group Australia chief executive John Davis told The...
  • Russia Develops Small-Size Munitions for Drones
    Russia Develops Small-Size Munitions for Drones February 15 2020
    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation develops small-size munitions for unmanned aerial vehicles with Kronshtadt hi-tech. " The items in the weight category of 50 kg to 100 kg will enjoy strong demand," the chief executive said at a news briefing on the results of the corporation’s performance in 2019“ corporation Chief Boris Obnosov said on Friday. The Tactical Missiles Corporation is one of Russia’s largest defence holding companies wit...
  • Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall
    Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall February 14 2020
    The Pentagon is seeking to divert $3.8 billion, mainly from its fiscal 2020 weapons procurement budget, to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall. The plan, which came from the Department of Homeland Security in January, will be officially released by the Office of the Secretary of Defence. A list of talking points was sent across the Pentagon earlier today, noting that the money will go toward funding a 230-mile long wall. The biggest item on the list is a $650 million Ame...
  • Boeing to change Super Hornets for India
    Boeing to change Super Hornets for India February 11 2020
    Boeing plans trials to confirm that it's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter can operate from an aircraft carrier equipped with a skip ramp rather than catapults. The US-based firm announced that it plans to test Hornet with a ramp. Competing with many companies for India, which declares that it will purchase 57 fighter jets, Boeing can make its place in the Indian Navy with the launch of the ramp. India in early 2020 operates just one carrier, Vikramaditya, a former Soviet vessel. T...
  • Supersonic Jet Will Fly at The End of 2020
    Supersonic Jet Will Fly at The End of 2020 February 11 2020
    The X-59 Supersonic jet that NASA and Lockheed Martin are working on has just a little time to take off. While it is stated that the platform will take off at the end of 2020, it is aimed to start test flights in 2022. NASA seeks to develop it into an ultra-quiet craft that can travel faster than the speed of sound across the land. Further testing will follow the plane's completion this year to ensure that this is the case and that the aircraft not only functions and reaches the...
  • US Space Radar Become Operational
    US Space Radar Become Operational February 7 2020
    The USA continues its attempts to increase its space capability. In addition to the investments made in space based observation and navigation systems, studies initiated for the observation of space are also close to conclusion. According to a senior official from the US Department of Defense, Air Force is very close to activating the radar that it will use in its mission to observe objects in orbit. The Combined Space Operations Center, which is planned to reach operational capabil...
  • First Poseidon Arrived to Scotland
    First Poseidon Arrived to Scotland February 5 2020
    The UK is rapidly approaching operational capability in the P-8 Poseidon process. The country's first P-8 Poseidon has arrived its home. The first P-8 Poseidon, which has completed its training and pre-acceptance activities in the USA, has landed its base. The platform, which is stated to be deployed at the Kinloss Barracks of the RAF Lossiemouth stationed at Moray Coasts, is the first maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) landed 10 years after the last Nimrod MPA decommisioned by...
  • 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...
  • Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean?
    Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean? February 3 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 ...
  • Third Round on Jet Tender
    Third Round on Jet Tender February 3 2020
    Saab announced that the testing and evaluation phase for Gripen E / F and GlobalEye AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Command) aircraft has started under the third step of the jet fighter tender. As part of Finland's HX Program, Saab Gripen E/F's turn has started. The first serial production standard test aircraft, the 39-10, arrived at Tampere-Pirkkala Air Base located in the north of Helsinki on January 30. Twin seater Gripen NG 39-7, which is sensor t...
  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense January 31 2020
    The United Kingdom officially exits from the European Union with concerns about Scotland behind. Political aspirations have peculiar and unexpected results. British conservatives voted against the European Union with the fear that the Union would divide them. The result, however, brings the concern to reality. While the member of Kingdom leaves Union, Scotland wants to stay. The Kingdom self divides. Under the shadow of Britain exiting from EU, British defence journal ukde...
  • Patria Cooperation for Armoured Vehicle
    Patria Cooperation for Armoured Vehicle January 31 2020
    Finland-based land vehicle manufacturer Patria has signed a cooperation agreement for a new armored vehicle development project. Finland and Lithuania set out to join forces for the platform, which is planned to be developed under the Lithuanian Army Mobility Development Program. Under the agreement signed with the ceremony attended by the defence ministers of the both countries, a joint wheeled armored vehicle development project will be carried out. In this way, besides a bud...
  • The USA Chooses Greece's Side in the Mediterranean
    The USA Chooses Greece's Side in the Mediterranean January 31 2020
    Greece's parliament approved an updated Mutual Defence Cooperation Agreement, with the U.S. The updated deal was initially signed in October during a visit by Mike Pompeo. Speaking before the vote in the Greek parliament, Yannis Lambropulos, a member of the conservative New Democracy Party, said, "We are appealing to the support of our allies at a time when we are exposed to threats to our sovereignty." The U.S. is also granted priority status for "unimpeded acces...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? January 30 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • Retirement Season in Navy
    Retirement Season in Navy January 30 2020
    Philippine Navy entered a period of change and innovation. The Philippine Navy formally decommissioned two naval combat assets during ceremonies held on 29 January 2020 at its naval base in Cavite City. During the ceremonies, PN chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad said that the PN needed to retire these ships as they have become more difficult to maintain. The Rizal-class patrol vessel BRP Rizal (PS-74) has been decommissioned after serving the PN for more than 54 years. The former US Nav...
  • Lockheed Martin Space Mesh Against Hypersonic Threats
    Lockheed Martin Space Mesh Against Hypersonic Threats January 29 2020
    Upon increasing hypersonic speed ballistic threats, Lockheed Martin announced that a new low-orbit space mesh system for observation missions was developed and the first prototype was placed in orbit. Within the scope of the program called Pony Express 1, which reached the prototype phase in a short period of nine months, it was announced that the first system was placed in orbit in December 2019. The study, which is expected to attract the attention of the Pentagon, ...
  • Triton Eye on Pacific
    Triton Eye on Pacific January 29 2020
    Because of the increasing China, North Korea and Russian movements in the region, the USA added a new one to the measures taken in order to compete in the intelligence race in the Pacific. The US Pacific Fleet announced deployment of two MQ-4C Tritons to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam as part of early operational capability. With the Tritons, the maritime patrol variant of RQ-4 Global Hawks, the US Navy will perform training activities. In this context...
  • ASELSAN Communication Suites for Modernised Tanks
    ASELSAN Communication Suites for Modernised Tanks January 29 2020
    ASELSAN product communication suites, which procures digital radio equipments many countries including Turkey, began to be used in the modernized T-72 tanks. ASELSAN, which has been exporting digital communication systems to Ukraine since 2017, reaching wider use in the Ukrainian Army. Kiev Management preferred ASELSAN-produced digital communication systems as well as Ukraine-based Lybid K2 radio stations for the communication systems of modernised T-72AMT tanks, which wer...
  • Short List on MANPADS Tender
    Short List on MANPADS Tender January 27 2020
    The Philippines, which has reducing its soldier number and equipments until 2014, when the radical religionist terrorist organization ISIS began to grow stronger in the region, continues its re-armament process. A short list was announced in the tender for the short-range air defence system (MANPADS / Man Portable Air Defence System), which is one of the procurement projects launched for the reconstruction and equipment of the armed forces. French MBDA and Korean LIG Nex1 ...
  • 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 ...
  • "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece
    "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece January 23 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...
  • First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India
    First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India January 23 2020
    The first squadron of Su-30MKI jet fighters, armed with an air-based version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles entered service in the Indian Air Force Monday, The Times of India reported. According to the article, the planes will enter service during a ceremony set to take place at Thanjavur Air Force Station in India’s Tamil Nadu. The Air Force Station houses the 222nd “Tigershark” squadron, the first to receive the Su-30MKIs, reconfigured for BrahMo...
  • Wind of Change for F-35 Lightning II
    Wind of Change for F-35 Lightning II January 22 2020
    Lockheed Martin said on Tuesday that a cloud-based network would replace the computer-based logistics system in all its F-35 fighter jets by 2022 end. The Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN) will replace the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), which was blamed for delaying aircraft maintenance, one of the very things it was meant to facilitate. The system was made to underpin the F-35 fleet’s daily operations, ranging from mission planning and flight scheduling to repa...
  • Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power
    Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power January 22 2020
    The Royal Netherlands Army has deployed Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Lithuania for the first time as part of the German-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) battlegroup, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on its website. The SPHs will spend half a year in Lithuania, mainly to exercise and exchange experience with the Lithuanian army, the ministry said. NATO has increased its presence in the east by forming an alliance group with EFP and Estonia, Lat...
  • Korean Ship to Hormuz
    Korean Ship to Hormuz January 21 2020
    A new one has been added to the safety measures taken in the Strait of Hormuz which is established under the leadership of the USA. Korea was added to the countries that deployed ships independently from the U.S. task force, especially as a result of actions against UK tankers. The Republic of Korea has decided to deploy a unit to the Strait of Hormuz for anti-piracy operations. In this context, Cheonghae Anti-Piracy Unit will be shifted to the region. The unit, which...
  • Landlocked Navy
    Landlocked Navy January 21 2020
    Ethiopia, which is trying to improve the country's well-being and prosperity with new reforms and breakthroughs near the internal conflicts and civil wars, announced that a surprising decision. Ethiopia, which lost its access to the sea after Eritrea gained independence in 1991 as a result of the clashes that lasted 30 years, announced that it had established a navy. The country's Defence Minister, Lema Megersa announced this step but didn't say anything about where the ...
  • Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight
    Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight January 20 2020
    Falco Xplorer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), unveiled by Leonardo at the Paris Air Show 2019, left behind an important milestone last week. In a statement made by Leonardo, it was announced that the UAV made its maiden flight on January 15. The test flight conducted at the Trapani Air Base stationed in Sicily, and lasted about 1 hour. Platfom returned to the same base and completed the flight without any problems. Falco Xplorer, is a MALE (Medium Altitude Long Enduran...
  • Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service
    Russia’s New Sea Tanker to Enter Service January 17 2020
    Russia’s new sea tanker Academician Pashin will join the Northern Fleet’s logistics and rear support forces in late January, the Northern Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday. "On January 21, a solemn ceremony of hoisting the flag of the Navy’s auxiliary fleet will take place aboard the new sea tanker Academician Pashin at the Northern Fleet’s main base of Severomorsk. This day will become the date of officially accepting the vessel for servic...
  • The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force
    The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force January 17 2020
    The 116th "Lions of the South" squadron will join the 140th "Golden Eagle" unit to become the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) second official group of F-35I Adir stealth fighter jets. With the arrival of the first two F-35I aircraft for the 116th Fleet to Nevatim base in November 2019, the total number of F-35s in Israel reached 20. The government has currently received 20 of the 50 F-35I variants from Lockheed Martin required to bring both squadrons to capacity....
  • 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.
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland
    Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland January 14 2020
    Finland, which has announced procurement programs for the replacing of aging platforms in inventory, has started to looking for alternatives for the F/A-18 Hornets. In this context, the test phase has started in the HX Program, which is planned for the trial and evaluation process of the candidate aircraft. Within the scope of the HX Program, whose total cost is estimated to reach 10 billion Euros; invitation for tender letters have been sent for Lockhe...
  • CV90 is More Lethal with Spike
    CV90 is More Lethal with Spike January 8 2020
    CV90’s firepower which more than 1200 platforms in use in different countries, has increased. BAE Systems made a statement about the development studies to increase the firepower of vehicles to a longer range. Standing out with its survivability, firepower and high mobility, the CV90 met long-range precision strike capability. BAE Systems made statements about the integration of Spike missiles into the platform. The company said a Spike LR missile was launched in the northern ...
  • MEHS for Turkish Navy
    MEHS for Turkish Navy January 7 2020
    Another program launched for the locally-built critical sub-components of the platforms operating in the Turkish Navy is finished. In this way, the electronic warfare capability of the Turkish Naval Forces has been increased. In the statement made by the Presidency of Defence Industries; ASELSAN's MEHS (Milli elektronik Harp Suiti / National Electronic Warfare Suite) integrated third and fourth Yavuz Class frigates and platforms delivered to the Navy. Under the co...
  • BMC’s MPAV goes to Tunisia
    BMC’s MPAV goes to Tunisia January 4 2020
    BMC, an Izmir-based company, won the "International Armoured Vehicle Tender" of the Tunisian Interior Ministry and signed a contract for the production of nine 4x4 Multi-Purpose Armoured Vehicles (MPAVs). Within the scope of the signed agreement, nine 4x4 Medium Class Multi-Purpose Armoured Vehicles which will be produced entirely for the requests of Tunisian Ministry of Interior will be provided with integrated logistics support solutions.
  • $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air
    $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air January 3 2020
    Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin a five-year contract worth $7 billion for maintenance of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. This additional five-year contract will extend the service’s contract work with Lockheed Martin through 31 December 2032. Work will be performed at a variety of operational bases, wherever the F-22 is deployed, according to the Pentagon. Lockheed Martin produced 195 examples of the F-22, with the last stealth fighter rolling off its production li...
  • ADVENT Integration Starts to TCG Anadolu
    ADVENT Integration Starts to TCG Anadolu January 2 2020
    TCG Anadolu, which has been launched in last weeks and will constitute an important power multiplier when it is started to use continues its integration activities. TCG Anadolu, which will be the largest ship of the Turkish Navy when it put in inventory, will not only be largest in size. The platform will be able to carry 1 amphibious battalion for the operation in open seas without the main base support, with the necessary combat and support vehicles, to perform...