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  • NATO Orders New Tanker
    NATO Orders New Tanker 28 September 2020
    The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has ordered a new Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft for NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Following Luxembourg's decision to maximise its participation in the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet programme (MMF), OCCAR decided to purchase the new aircraft. With this decision, NATO's MMF fleet will have a total of nine aircraft; air-to-air refuelling, strategic transport and medical evacuation needs. The...
  • Uninterrupted Firing Power to the Infantry
    Uninterrupted Firing Power to the Infantry 23 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. İsmail Demir announced a new development on his personal twitter account. With STM's "Portable Ammunition System", the firing time of the submachine gun was increased, and the automatic firing process limited to magazine capacity was brought to a new dimension. It was ensured that the user fired uninterruptedly with as many bullets as he carried in his backpack instead of 20 or 30-round magazine. Demir announced this development with the wor...
  • Taiwan Considers Reform Against China Threat
    Taiwan Considers Reform Against China Threat 10 September 2020
    Taiwan will restructure its reserve military power, which is created for use if needed. Taiwan's government, which wants to know about the practices in the world, will send military delegations to many countries for this purpose. Military experts in the country will make a week's visit to Israel between July and September next year. A delegation will also be sent to Germany and Belgium next year as part of an eight-day "international security cooperation and research&qu...
  • Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France
    Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France 9 September 2020
    The French government had proposed two FREMM (FRégate Européenne Multi-Missions later FREgate Multi-Missions) to Greece in 2018. The proposal is again on the negotiation table according to Greek Media. France proposes Alsace (D656) and Lorraine (D657). The Dutch government has two modernized frigates to offer.  According to unconfirmed information, the annual rental cost of the two ships will be 150 million euros with the right to purchase once the lease is comple...
  • European UAV Fleet Expands
    European UAV Fleet Expands 22 August 2020
    MALE class unmanned aerial vehicles offer significant advantages to the user thanks to their long endurance and payload capabilities. US Department of Defence, announced new agreement signed with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI). Under the contract, which worths USD 188,866 million, four MQ-9B SkyGuardians will be produced and delivered to Belgium. In addition to the platforms, two ground control stations, spare parts and support equipment will be deliver...
  • New User for A400M
    New User for A400M 5 August 2020
    The production process of the A400M transport aircraft program continues at full speed. There has been good news for Belgium, which recently retired a C-130H Hercules transport aircraft. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, announced that the first A400M manufactured for the Belgian Air Force meets the sky. Within the scope of the activity, the platform numbered MSN106 performed its first flight on July 30 at the facilities in Seville, Spain, which also bas...
  • Retirement Time for C-130 Hercules
    Retirement Time for C-130 Hercules 26 July 2020
    The development of the C-130 Hercules, which has successfully served in the inventory of many countries since its introduction in 1956, continues. On the other hand, users retire platforms that have reached the end of their economic life in inventory. Belgium has announced that fourth of the C-130H Hercules transport aircraft that have been in its inventory for nearly 50 years has been phased out. Currently, seven of the platforms planned to be replaced by Airbus A400Ms continue to ...
  • Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training
    Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training 21 July 2020
    Finding a multinational solution for the aerial refuelling requirement, NATO countries recently received the first aircraft. The Dutch Military Aviation Authority, cleared the way for the training activities for MMF1 airworthy approval which was delivered to the customer within the scope of MMU Programme under the management of OCCAR (Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation / Joint Armaments Cooperation Organization) and support of NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Ag...
  • "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 ...
  • European Anti-Tank Program LynkEU Gets Ready for Trials
    European Anti-Tank Program LynkEU Gets Ready for Trials 11 July 2020
    The first test shots of the European anti-tank defence program LynkEU will take place soon. The program aims to create a common European anti-tank capability BLOS (Beyond Line Of Sight) (BLOS). In the tests, the missile, which will be the MBDA’s MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée), will be fired from an armoured vehicle battle tower with UAV targeting data. MBDA’s MMP missile was selected to fulfil the European Beyond-Line-Of-Sight battlefield engagement capability on th...
  • Multnational Tanker Delivery
    Multnational Tanker Delivery 30 June 2020
    Aerial refuelling aircraft are an important force multiplier for the forces as they extend the flight range and endurance of the fleets without the requirement for a base. Airbus announced that the first A330 MRTT (Multirole Tanker Transport) was officially delivered to the Multinational Tanker Transport Fleet created for the use of NATO countries. The program, which is carried out in cooperation with OCCAR and NSPA, includes NATO countries, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Germ...
  • Problematic Helicopter
    Problematic Helicopter 29 June 2020
    NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) helicopters are one of the platforms that users frequently complain due to the high maintenance costs in addition to their high operating costs. Belgium announced that the mission plans will be reduced due to the high operating costs of NH90 TTH helicopters. In addition to the high operating costs, the decision taken due to frequent maintenance requirements, high failure rate and lack of personnel. Currently, there are eight platfor...
  • Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries
    Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries 24 May 2020
    The first of the platforms to be provided under the NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet (MFF) programme will be delivered next month. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency manages the program. NATO member states Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands were ordered to supply eight Airbus A330 MRTTSs as part of the program. The first platform will be deployed in June at the main operations base in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Besi...
  • Luxembourg A400M in Skies
    Luxembourg A400M in Skies 15 April 2020
    A400M production and delivery continues despite the worldwide epidemic. Airbus continues its efforts to avoid any disruption in A400M processes. In this context, the first A400M produced for Luxembourg made its first flight on April 13. After the trials conducted at the facilities located in Seville, Spain, the platform returned to the base after five hours flight safely. MSN104 that Belgium and Luxembourg will use jointly will be assigned to the 15th Air Transport Wing of...
  • Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders
    Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders 22 March 2020
    The Pentagon has awarded Raytheon a $392.4 million modification contract to supply tactical missiles to the US military, Turkey, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other countries. The deal modifies an earlier contract, awarded in September 2018, for the repair of Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-9X Tactical and Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs). The governments of Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Morocco, the Ne...
  • EU Force Generating
    EU Force Generating 14 November 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 11 July 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 1 July 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 27 March 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 8 December 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 11 November 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 30 October 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 12 October 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 10 July 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 25 June 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) 11 May 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 7 May 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 20 April 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 10 April 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 3 April 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 19 February 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 19 February 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 16 February 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 15 February 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 1 February 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 15 January 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 30 December 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 9 October 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 14 July 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 12 July 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...