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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Strategic Cooperation Result: 382 Griffon and 60 Jaguar July 1 2019
      The intergovernmental strategic cooperation agreement between the Government of the France and Belgium on their cooperation in the field of land mobility, came into force on June 21. This contract calls for the delivery to the Belgian Army of 382 Griffon multi-role armoured vehicles and 60 Jaguar data-driven reconnaissance and combat vehicles between 2025 and 2030, both of which are developed by a consortium formed of Nexter, Thales and Arquus. These vehicles will b...
  • Belgium to Acquire MQ-9B SkyGuardian
    Belgium to Acquire MQ-9B SkyGuardian March 27 2019
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Belgium of MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $600 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 25, 2019. The Government of Belgium has requested to purchase four MQ-9B, RPA; two Fixed Certifiable Ground Control Stations; five AN/DAS-4 Multi-Spectral Targeti...
  • Issue 68 Sector News
    Issue 68 Sector News December 8 2018
    Ukraine’s 120mm Mortar Test Tilt-Rotor UAV by Academy Rheinmetall Commenced Deliveries Korea’s $557m Order Belgium Said “SkyGuardian” Atmaca Time in the Sea ASELSAN’s Albatross in Çanakkale STM in “Deep Quest” BMC Gets Altay TRMotor has Project  
  • 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...
  • Belgium Officially Selected F-35
    Belgium Officially Selected F-35 October 30 2018
    Belgium, eliminating Eurofighter option, has officially chosen the F-35 to replace its F-16 jet. Belgium became the 13th nation to join the F-35 program. Earlier in the year, the UK submitted its final Typhoon offer to Belgium. The proposal included 34 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. Lockheed Martin said in a statement: “Lockheed Martin is honoured by the Belgian government’s selection of the F-35A Lightning II for their future national securi...
  • Ukraine Launched Air Drills With NATO Countries October 12 2018
    Ukraine has opened a series of large-scale air-force exercises with the United States and seven other NATO countries, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry announced. The multinational air force exercise Clear Sky 2018 has begun in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko has said on Facebook. "Within 12 days, the tasks in the sky will be carried out by highly skilled pilots from Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the United States and Ukraine,&...
  • NATO Meets tomorrow
    NATO Meets tomorrow July 10 2018
    NATO Heads of State and Government meeting will be held on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 July 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. US President Donald Trump accuses NATO allies for their defence-spending quotas. European members have raised their expenditures as promised, Trump remains dissatisfied. At a recent speech in the state of Indiana Trump made clear his anger about Germany, in particular. He directly attacked Chancellor Angela Merkel, claiming that the United States pays for Germany's secur...
  • EU countries to form Intervention force
    EU countries to form Intervention force June 25 2018
    French Defence Minister Florence Parly has told the French daily “le Figaro” that France, Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, Spain and Portugal are to sign a letter of intent for the creation of a joint military intervention force on June 25. The proposed force, known as the European Intervention Initiative, is kept separated from other EU Defence cooperation programs. Britain, which has always resisted the idea of an “EU army,” wil...
  • Articles of the North Atlantic Treaty (1)
    Articles of the North Atlantic Treaty (1) May 11 2018
    At a time when Russia, thanks to its Cold War behaviour, drives the rest of the world towards anxiety and new strategies, NATO once again assumes importance as an old and friendly assembly. Born as a counterforce to the rising Soviet threat in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, what were the dynamics upon which NATO was built? Was this a timeless collective defence attempt without a shelf life; or was it programmed to last so long as the threat endured? NATO is based o...
  • €6,7 Billion for Dutch Navy
    €6,7 Billion for Dutch Navy May 7 2018
    The Dutch Navy will receive a total investment of 6,7 billion euros for the replacement of two M-frigates and six minehunters as well as the purchase of a second Combat Support Ship (CSS).  The current multipurpose frigates, the HNLMS Van Speijk (F828) and the HNLMS Van Amstel (F831) were commissioned into Navy service in 1991 and 1995. The new frigates to replace them are expected to enter service by 2024.  The CSS is one of the most urgent needs ...
  • Malaysia Ordered Nexter's Artillery Systems
    Malaysia Ordered Nexter's Artillery Systems April 20 2018
    Malaysia ordered 18 units of 105LG1 artillery systems from Nexter under a contract signed at DSA fair. This 3-year contract will start by November 2019 with the first delivery of 6 light guns and the last delivery is due to take place in February 2020. The system has a maximum range of 17 kilometres and can be transported by air thanks to its light weight of approximately 1650 kg. Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Belgium, Canada and Colombia are also among customers of Nexter’s 105LG1.
  • Multinational Air Refuelling
    Multinational Air Refuelling April 10 2018
    The US participated for the first time in the European Air Transport Commands' (EATC) European Air Refuelling Training (EART) this year, which began on 8 April. EART 2018, taking place at Eindhoven Air Base, the Netherlands, is focused on multinational Air-to-Air Refuelling operations specializing in providing challenging training for air and maintenance crews from Allied nations. During this combined activity, fighters jets from nine NATO Allies, as well as NATO’s E-...
  • Belgium Selected MQ-9
    Belgium Selected MQ-9 April 3 2018
    General Atomics MQ-9 Predator B Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) has been selected for the Belgian Air Force's requirement for a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system. According to the Belgian Ministry of Defence's "Strategic Vision for 2030", two of four systems will be purchased between 2021-2025. Predator B's will replace the ageing B-Hunter UAVs. 
  • US to Spend $10 Billion on Modernization of B61s
    US to Spend $10 Billion on Modernization of B61s February 19 2018
    The US plans to spend more than $10 billion on the modernization of B61 nuclear bombs deployed throughout Turkey, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. According to a report by Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), 150 bombs are currently deployed in Turkey and some other European countries and one-third of the weapons are placed in Turkey's Incirlik Base. The NTI report said it “should be assumed that they are targets for terrorism and theft”.
  • Belgium's NH90s Operational in Mali
    Belgium's NH90s Operational in Mali February 19 2018
    The two NH90 Belgian helicopters arrived in Gao at Bamako airport early last week and became operational in two days. A special coating was applied to the blades of the helicopters before they left for Mali, to counter the climate conditions where a sandy terrain was dominant which creates large clouds of dust (created by the rotor downwash) reduces visibility to zero. To further protect the engines, additional sand filters and an anti-FOD (foreign object damage) grille ha...
  • Belgium Received Final Offers
    Belgium Received Final Offers February 16 2018
    Belgium received the Best and Final Offer (BAFO) for the replacement of its F-16 air combat capability.  Belgian Ministry of Defence announced they have received offers on 14 February from the UK Department of Defense's representative agencies Eurofighter Typhoon and the US Joint Program Office representing Lockheed-Martin F-35A which begins the evaluation phase of the procedure. The Ministry revealed the evaluation criteria and their relative impor...
  • Belgium Became Fifth Member in NATO Program
    Belgium Became Fifth Member in NATO Program February 15 2018
    Belgium signed an agreement to join A330 multirole air-to-air refuelling aircraft program at the NATO's defence ministerial conference held in Brussels. The agreement makes Belgium the fifth member of the program after Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and Norway. The first two aircraft were purchased by the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 2016. The number of platforms to be produced upon Belgium's participation in the program will rise to eight, with a sche...
  • €1,1 Billion Investment in Mine Hunting
    €1,1 Billion Investment in Mine Hunting February 1 2018
    Belgian Government has approved a €1,1 billion purchase of six new-build mine countermeasures vessels (MCMV) on 26 January. The order will be awarded together with the Dutch Navy, which is also purchasing six similar vessels. Belgium will lead the project.  These new vessels will make maximum use of unmanned systems on, under and above water to detect and destroy mines. With these unmanned systems, the search for mines can be carried out more safely and faster compare...
  • Radar Defect Will Cost Belgium 18 Months
    Radar Defect Will Cost Belgium 18 Months January 15 2018
    Belgium's four new NH-90 helicopters will be grounded from next week due to a radar defect. Acquired in 2015 to replace Sea Kings, the Belgian Air Force NH-90s will be out of operational use for up to a year and a half owing to their defective radar system. The staff operating the aircraft have said that the radar was automatically shutting off and must be repaired by the manufacturer. Belgium's Sea King helos are scheduled to retire in 2019 after 40 years of service.
  • Spain to boost its defence budget
    Spain to boost its defence budget December 30 2017
    According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Spain will increase its military spending by more than 80 percent over the next six years. Spain has spent 0.92% for its defence budget in 2017. According to article Spain will spend 18 billion euros for its defence budget, accounting for between 1.5 and 1.6 percent of its GDP. Spain’s defence spending is one of the lowest in NATO alliance, alongside Belgium and Luxembourg.
  • Two New Offers To Belgian Fighter Contest
    Two New Offers To Belgian Fighter Contest October 9 2017
    Belgium's Defence Minister Steven Vandeput said on Wednesday the country has received proposals from the UK and the US to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets, while a French proposal that was not part of the tender process will be looked at separately.  Belgium wants to replace its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 planes with 34 new fighters and sent invitations for government-led proposals in March in this context. The US offers Lockheed F-35 Ligh...
  • 5th A400M Accepted
    5th A400M Accepted July 14 2017
    Turkish Undersecreteriat for Defence Industries (SSM) announced on official Twitter account today the acceptance of the 5th A400M Strategic Transport Aircraft. The first A400M Atlas, manufactured under a joint project involving Germany, Belgium, France, England, Spain and Turkey has been delivered to Turkish Air Force on 12 May 2014, and the fourth on April 10. Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) undertook the production of centre fuselage and components. The maximum t...
  • Sweden Closed The Doors
    Sweden Closed The Doors July 12 2017
    Sweden decided not to submit an offer for Belgium's Request for Government Proposal of a new fighter aircraft.  The Belgian Ministry of Defence published a statement on 10 July saying that the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration FMV would not submit an offer for this competition for the replacement of the F-16 air combat capability. However, there are still three candidates for Belgium's new programme; France with Rafale fighter je...
  • Raytheon Received $82M 'Sidewinder' Contract
    Raytheon Received $82M 'Sidewinder' Contract June 15 2017
    Raytheon has been awarded a more than $82-million contract to produce AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to be delivered the US Navy and Air Force as well as the governments of Poland, Romania, Belgium and Indonesia. The contract also covers support equipment including guidance units and spare parts.  AIM-9X Sidewinder is a short-range infrared air-to-air missile has a length of 3m, diameter of 12,7cm and weighs approximately 85 kg. AIM-9X ...
  • The Cost of North Atlantic Security
    The Cost of North Atlantic Security April 18 2017
    Describing NATO as “out-fashioned” during his election campaign, Donald Trump immediately took action once elected the President of the United States. Following German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the White House, Trump used social media to announce that Germany was highly indebted to NATO and the USA for its defence requirements. According to hearsay, he will make his first official visit abroad to Belgium, in the framework of the NATO Summit to take place in Brussel...
  • Madrid invites Airbus CEO to debrief on military plane woes
    Madrid invites Airbus CEO to debrief on military plane woes February 25 2017
    Spain has invited the head of Airbus to travel to Madrid next month to brief defence officials about its troubled A400M military transport plane, the defence ministry said Friday. The A400M was commissioned jointly in 2003 by the governments of Germany, Belgium, France, Britain, Luxembourg, Spain and Turkey, but since its delayed launch in 2013 it has run into difficulty, with delays in delivery of the plane. A spokesman for the ministry Airbus CEO Tom Enders had asked to ...
  • NATO buys Precision Guided Munitions for its 8 member countries
    NATO buys Precision Guided Munitions for its 8 member countries December 17 2016
    NATO Support and Procurement Agency signed an agreement with the United States to acquire Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) on behalf of a multinational cooperation framework that brings together eight NATO Allies - Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Spain. Under the agreement, the participating Allies will obtain an initial batch of PGMs intended for delivery between 2017 and 2019. The underlying cooperation framework, which was c...
  • Reference Cooperation in Europe
    Reference Cooperation in Europe December 2 2016
    Netherlands and Belgium signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 1 December in Brussels regarding the replacement of their frigates and minehunters. Under the contract, both countries agreed to jointly purchase new M-class frigates and minesweepers, strenghtening their maritime cooperation and operational efficiency. Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert stated that the ultimate aim was to increase power of Europe and inspire further military cooperations with neighboring countries...
  • A First by Georgia
    A First by Georgia November 10 2016
    The first joint military drill of Georgia and NATO began today at the Joint Training and Evaluation Center, Georgia. The participant countries include Turkey, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium, Slovenia, UK, US, Ukraine and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The main goal of this exercise is to train troops to plan NATO operations and improve interoperability between participant countries. The multinational drill will end on 20 November.
  • European Support for Baltic States
    European Support for Baltic States November 2 2016
    Germany is to send Leopard 2 tanks to Lithuania in 2017 to support the Baltic states under NATO plans. Additionally, a rotational NATO unit consisting of a thousand troops from Germany, France, Belgium and Croatia will be stationed in the region starting in June next year. The unit will be equipped with armored vehicles, tanks and snipers. 
  • Netherlands, Luxembourg agree joint A330 MRTT buy
    Netherlands, Luxembourg agree joint A330 MRTT buy July 30 2016
    A deal to equip NATO with a fleet of A330 MRTT air-to-air refuelling aircraft has been signed by Airbus and OCCAR, the European organization that manages cooperative weapons programs. The aircraft will be NATO property, and will be stationed at Dutch Eindhoven Air Base for pooling and sharing. Belgium, Germany, Norway and Poland intend to join the agreement at a later date. MRTT aircraft can also be used for carrying out medical evacuations.   The European D...
  • Ukraine launches joint military drills with NATO June 28 2016
    The large-scale Ukrainian-NATO military exercises codenamed “Rapid Trident 2016” have begun at the Yavoriv range in Ukraine’s Lvov region on Monday, the press service of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry reported, adding that the manoeuvers, which will last until July 8, involve more than 1 thousand 800 troops from 14 countries: Ukraine, the United States, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, the UK, Moldova, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Turkey. A spo...
  • US is only participant at Annual Jordan War Games May 17 2016
    Only Jordan and the United States are going to take part in this year’s Eager Lion military exercise. Last year 18 nations (besides USA and Jordan- United Kingdom, France, Italy, Pakistan, Canada, Belgium, Poland and Australia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Lebanon and Iraq) participated. A total of 6,000 troops will carry out 10 days of manoeuvres in the kingdom — 3,000 from each country and including special forces as well as air, ground and na...
  • BNS Louise Marie completes modernization program April 29 2016
    Belgian Navy’s multi-purpose frigate Louise Marie F931 has returned to its homeport in Zeebrugge, Belgium, after undergoing two year-long modernization in Den Helder, the Netherlands where she was fitted with new weapons and communications. BNS Louise Marie will now be performing operational and readiness tests. Her sister ship BNS Leopold completed this modernization program during 2012 and 2013, while BNS Louise Marie entered the Den Helder naval base in March 2014. Belgium and the N...
  • Replacing F-16s Will Cost 15 Billion Euros to Belgium February 25 2016
    According to an article published in Belga news agency, in French, The Belgian government’s decision to buy 34 fighter-bombers are estimated to cost 15 billion euros (initial purchase and operation over forty years). Aircrafts will enable Belgium to defend its airspace and to deploy at least six aircraft on operations abroad. The government, in approving Minister of Defence, Steven Vandeput’s "Strategic Plan 2016-2030" earmarked an amount of 3.573 billion euros for the purchase of 34...
  • Belgium to upgrade aging F-16 fleet January 16 2016
    The Belgian government has approved a plan to modernize Belgische Luchtmacht / Force Aerienne Belge (Belgian Air Force) aging F-16 fleet by 2030, but at a cost of a reduction in personnel. Cost of upgrade will be $10 billion however there will be a decrease in the military and civilian workforce from 32,000 to 25,000. The Belgian Air Force was one of the first four international customers for the F-16 Fighting Falcon. These aircrafts are block 15 standards.