AFP
  • Germany, France to Spend €200M on New Tanks
    Germany, France to Spend €200M on New Tanks 17 October 2020
    €200m will be spent on funds for the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS), developed in partnership with Germany and France. The German-led programme has a 50% share of both countries financially. Berlin and Paris reached an agreement in 2012 to design and develop MGCS to replace the tanks in their inventory.  Following the transfer of €200m to the funds, Nexter, KMW and Rheinmetall will begin work for MGCS. The first prototype is to be revealed by 2028 and the ...
  • Germany Calls On Greece to Demilitarise Islands Near Turkey
    Germany Calls On Greece to Demilitarise Islands Near Turkey 23 September 2020
      ESTIA, the oldest newspaper in Greece still in circulation, had a headline claiming that Germany wants Greece to demilitarise its islands close to Turkey. The call later appeared at middleeastmonitor and became internationally known. Speaking about the visit of the German Ambassador Ernst Reichel to the Greek parliament on Thursday, the newspap...
  • VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200
    VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200 20 September 2020
    According to French Daily La Tribune, the European MBDA signed a contract with Egypt for the supply of VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles, for the equipment of the MEKO frigate under construction. Egypt had originally selected the South African Umkhonto missiles (128 missiles), but the program did not go ahead due to Denel's financial problems. In January 2019 Egypt and Germany agreed to build a MEKO-A200 frigate, with a total cost of € 500 million with 1 more option. In April ...
  • Greece Sends Warships Off Libya
    Greece Sends Warships Off Libya 17 September 2020
    The HS Limnos (F 451) frigate of the Greek Navy will join the MED IRINI operation, which the European Union (EU) has launched to support an arms embargo on Libya. In April 2020, the EU adopted the decision to launch operation MED IRINI of the EU Mediterranean Naval Force in the Mediterranean under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). As part of the operation, inspections are being carried out on ships suspected of carrying weapons, ammunition and military eq...
  • Yayci at Maritime and Global Strategy Centre
    Yayci at Maritime and Global Strategy Centre 22 July 2020
    Turkish Navy’s retired Rear Admiral Cihad Yayci became the head of Maritime and Global Strategy Centre. A ceremony was held today with the participation of Yaycı. Yaycı attracted attention with its strategy to increase Turkey’s dominance in the sea, He is the architect of Exclusive Economic Zone agreement with Libya Yaycı resigned from his position from the Naval Forces Command and retired in early summer, He is starting his new career at Bahçeşehir University (BA...
  • German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1
    German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1 20 July 2020
    Airbus Defence and Space and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed a renewed service contract agreement for Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation in Afghanistan and Mali. In Afghanistan, Heron 1 Services has been extended in March 2020, for the period June 2020 / May 2021. Comparably in Mali, Heron 1 services have also been extended for the period August 2020 /July 2021 (with an option f...
  • Germany Halted Korean Howitzer Export
    Germany Halted Korean Howitzer Export 10 July 2020
    Germany stopped one of the export activities of the Republic of Korea, which has a strong defence industry infrastructure. According to the statement of the Republic of Korea, K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer export was caught in one of Germany's defence embargoes. The country's current procurement negotiations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been hampered by Berlin's restriction on defence systems in Abu Dhabi. Within the scope of the agreement between H...
  • Second F125 Commissioned
    Second F125 Commissioned 17 June 2020
    Germany continues its procurement efforts as part of the modernization of the Navy and its reinforcement with new platforms. Berlin commissioned the second of the F125 class frigate developed in the context of the modern battlefield requirements of the German Navy (Deustche Marine) with an official ceremony. FGS Nordrhein-Westfalen (F223) has actually started to duty in the German Navy inventory with a small-scale ceremony held under virus measures. Built under t...
  • NATO's New Opportunities Partner
    NATO's New Opportunities Partner 13 June 2020
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has accepted Ukraine as an Enhanced Opportunities Partner. It is aimed to maintain cooperation between the allied countries and its partners who contribute to NATO-led operations and missions. As a partner of the organisation, Ukraine has sent troops to allied operations and NATO-led exercises. As a Partner of Enhanced Opportunities, Ukraine will be able to take advantage of privileges such as special exercises and information ...
  • Trump Withdraws American Troops in Germany
    Trump Withdraws American Troops in Germany 6 June 2020
    US President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of 9,500 US troops stationed in Germany. The Wall Street Journal previously reported that the United States would withdraw troops, and Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien recently signed a circular in this direction. It has long been known that Trump has put pressure on Germany to increase defence spending. A government official said some of the troops would be sent to Poland and other allied countri...
  • Robotic Mine Detection Vehicle Procurement
    Robotic Mine Detection Vehicle Procurement 6 May 2020
    Advanced unmanned vehicle technology offers important opportunities to minimize the human factor in high-risk tasks such as mine and IED detection. Germany transfers its mine detection tasks to robotic systems. In this context, Berlin, which has made acquisition in the past years, announced its new procurement decision. Berlin signed an agreement with the Rheinmetall for the platform called Route Clearance System (RCSys), which is said to have a budget of less than 10 mill...
  • Weapon Export Increases
    Weapon Export Increases 12 April 2020
    Conflicts and increased tension around the world show their impact on arms sales. Germany announced its export balance sheet in the first quarter of 2020. According to the announcement made by the Ministry of Economy, Berlin sold arms amounting to 1.16 billion Euros, with an increase of 43.5 million Euros compared to the same period of the previous year. It is noticed that there are parties involved in the Civil War in Yemen, among the countries that import arms systems in...
  • The expansionist policy of Russia brings conflict… 10 March 2020
    The movement started in 1996 by Yevgeny Primakov, who laid the foundation of today’s Russian foreign policy, had a “dreamy and never reaching outcome” identity under the conditions of that day.   What happened in the “Soviet Union demolition process” that started with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 showed that the succession of the Russian Federation in those days, this strategy with the identity of “re-global power and the sta...
  • Syrian War as an example of “GENOCIDE”… 15 February 2020
    History of humankind witnessed the “population meltdown” operations throughout human history due to ethnic-religious or political identity, especially after the industrial revolution. A typical example is the “Final Solution” strategy, planned and executed by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and his staff. On January 20, 1942, SS leaders, who came together as a vibrant district of Berlin in a villa by Wansee on the lake, decided to transform the “Jewi...
  • Parliament Auditor Heavily Critiques German Army
    Parliament Auditor Heavily Critiques German Army 5 February 2020
    Bloomberg wrote that Germany has no intention of keeping its 2 % GDP promise to NATO and not keeping its army operational. An article named “Germany Needs a Bigger, Stronger Army” is published at the Daily. The article starts by drawing a dramatic picture of German soldiers driving a Volkswagen minibus to imitate tanks as three in four of their tanks are at the repair shop. The writer quotes Hans-Peter Bartels, an ombudsman appointed by parliament to audit the country’s arme...
  • 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...
  • FCAS: An Agreement On The Engines
    FCAS: An Agreement On The Engines 3 December 2019
    France and Germany have reached an agreement on the industrial organisation of engines at the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme. Safran will be the main contractor and MTU subcontractor. Subsequently, the industrialists will create a joint venture at parity to carry the contracts and the certification of the engine. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Defence and Space  Dirk Hoke spoke to French Daily La Tribune at Dubai Air Show. Hoke stated that the challenges of ...
  • Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS
    Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS 26 November 2019
    The new chief executive of Airbus Guillaume Faury has called for a single European fighter jet programme and warned that the continent needs to bolster its defence industry. Faury spoke to British “The Times” Sunday edition, Sunday Times. Faury, previously boss of Airbus’s commercial aircraft and helicopter divisions, said it would make sense to combine Europe’s two next-generation combat aircraft programmes — Tempest, which involves the UK, I...
  • F-35 is Visible on Radar
    F-35 is Visible on Radar 1 October 2019
    German radar-maker Hensoldt claims to have tracked two F-35s for 150 kilometres following the 2018 Berlin Air Show in Germany in late April of that year. The company claims its passive radar system, named TwInvis, to track the aircraft. Passive radar equipment computes an aerial picture by reading how civilian communications signals bounce off airborne objects.  Because there are no emitters, passive radar is covert, meaning pilots entering a monitored area are unaware they are...
  • The US Threats Germany: to Move Troops to Poland
    The US Threats Germany: to Move Troops to Poland 16 August 2019
    An envoy of U.S. President Donald Trump, Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Berlin, suggested on Friday that Chancellor Angela Merkel's unwillingness to boost defence spending might give the United States no choice but to move American troops stationed in Germany to Poland. Ambassador Grenell, signalled Trump's impatience with Merkel's failure to raise defence spending to 2% of economic output as mandated by the NATO military alliance. "It is offensiv...
  • AGM-88 Supply Request from Germany
    AGM-88 Supply Request from Germany 4 July 2019
      The U.S. State Department said it has approved a possible sale to Germany of $122.8M AGM-88 high-speed anti-radiation missiles on Friday. Berlin had requested through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, up to 91 AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile and up to 8 AGM-88E AARGM Captive Air Training Missiles. “Also included flight termination systems, Flight Data Recorders, technical and logistics support services and other related elements of progra...
  • 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. 
  • War of Independence and Atatürk from the British Perspective 26 April 2019
    Renowned for his research on the history of the Turkish Republic, one of the most striking work by German historian Gotthard Jaeschke bears the title “Kurtuluş Savaşı ile ilgili İngiliz Belgeleri” (British Documents Related to the War of Independence) At the time of its publication in 1970s, it was a single-volume book. Two follow-up volumes were written afterwards. The primary reason why Jaeschke was so much enthusiastic about the decline of the Ottoman Empire and the b...
  • 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...
  • Canada Submits Formal Bid to Buy Eurohawk
    Canada Submits Formal Bid to Buy Eurohawk 21 February 2019
    Canada has submitted a formal bid to buy the Eurohawk from Germany, Reuters reports. It said earlier that Transport Canada wishes to purchase the aircraft in order to monitor oil spills and the Arctic Region. Canada has submitted a formal bid for the prototype aircraft, which was stripped of key equipment and demilitarized by the United States in 2017. The German Defence Ministry is evaluating the request from Canada to buy a high-altitude surveillance drone that has been ...
  • Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project
    Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project 7 February 2019
      Ending 33 years of direct competition between Eurofighter and Rafale, and renewing a lapsed defence industrial alliance between their two countries, the French and German defence ministers in Berlin signed agreements launching three major defence programs. Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS), agreement commits both countries to bilateral development and production of common manned and unmanned aircraft, binding them together for several decades to come. The F...
  • Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia
    Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia 7 February 2019
        The German government has blocked the sale of Meteor air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia. The Meteor, developed and produced by Paris-based MBDA but with German components, is not the target of a specific German veto, but rather its export to Saudi Arabia is being blocked by the German government’s embargo on all arms sales to the Saudi kingdom, decided in late November. In particular, Germany once again decided to apply an embargo o...
  • German parliamentary report Military Lacks Equipment and Recruits
    German parliamentary report Military Lacks Equipment and Recruits 3 February 2019
      According to German Radio Deutsche Welle, quoting a new parliamentary report, the German Bundeswehr is still underequipped, understaffed and overly bureaucratic. The report states that German soldiers have to rely on civilian helicopters to transport them around in Afghanistan. Soldiers have to borrow body armour.   Bundestag military commissioner Hans-Peter Bartels, presented the document at a press conference in Berlin. "I'd like ...
  • Rheinmetall May Sue Germany Over Saudi Arms Embargo: Spiegel
    Rheinmetall May Sue Germany Over Saudi Arms Embargo: Spiegel 22 January 2019
    Rheinmetall plans to sue the German government over its decision to stop all arms exports to Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Spiegel Online. Berlin suspended approval of future export licenses to Saudi Arabia in October and in November said it had worked with industry to halt shipments of arms sales that were already approved. Citing a letter to the Economy Ministry, Spiegel said Rheinmetall intends to sue the German government fo...
  • Germany to Track without Detected
    Germany to Track without Detected 5 November 2018
    The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) and Hensoldt made a new radar test. In the experiments made at the south of Germany, trials of the TwInvis passive radar system was realized.   The system was first introduced at the Berlin Air Show last April. It is also reported that the system can be effective against low radar cross-sectional area aircrafts.   It is very difficult to detect the passive radar systems that search for the distortions in the si...
  • One Third Of German Vehicles Ready For Combat
    One Third Of German Vehicles Ready For Combat 1 November 2018
    Just over a third of the new military equipment delivered to the Bundeswehr by manufacturers in 2017 is fit for service according to a report revealed for the German defence ministry According to the report, of the 71 Puma infantry fighting vehicles delivered, 27 are combat ready. Of the eight new Airbus A400M Atlas military transports, half are fully operational. Just two of the seven Eurocopter Tiger combat helicopters and four of seven NH Industries' NH90 transport helicopter...
  • Airbus calls for pan-European solution
    Airbus calls for pan-European solution 9 July 2018
    Airbus Defence & Space calls Europe to work together on a future combat air system. Speaking at a pre-Farnborough air show media briefing, Dirk Hoke, chief executive of the division warned that the bloc cannot support the development of several competing platforms. Hoke, said any programme for a sixth-generation fighter "had to be a full European solution". Hoke pointed out that there are currently three platforms – the Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, and S...
  • 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...
  • Eurasia Airshow: OK or Over?
    Eurasia Airshow: OK or Over? 11 May 2018
    In an environment, where many participating companies and people wondered about the future of this exhibition, we set our prority to clarify the issue. The success of an exhibition is calculated with the opportunities of cooperation offered to its participants. Questions referring to the names and numbers of companies opening stands and pavilions and to the details of high level participants, provide a general picture. Past performance of the event as well as the level of organisati...
  • IAI Opened New Office in Berlin
    IAI Opened New Office in Berlin 2 May 2018
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has opened a new office in Berlin, Germany to expand its presence both in the country and in Europe. The company will also seek new collaboration opportunities for joint development of advanced defence and aerospace technologies.
  • European MALE RPAS On Display at ILA
    European MALE RPAS On Display at ILA 27 April 2018
    The first full-scale model of the European Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft (MALE RPAS) was unveiled on 26 April during a ceremony held at the 2018 ILA Berlin Air Show. The unveiling of the full-scale model comes after a nearly two-year definition study launched in September 2016 by the four participating nations Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The declaration of Intent to work together on a fully European MALE unmanned aerial system was signed by the ...
  • Aero Vodochody, IAI To Collaborate on 'L-159'
    Aero Vodochody, IAI To Collaborate on 'L-159' 26 April 2018
    Czech Aero Vodochody and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will collaborate on the Aero L-159 light combat and trainer aircraft and Aero L-39NG training system, the companies announced on 24 April at ILA Berlin. Under the agreement, IAI's avionics will be integrated onto the L-159. The companies are also to collaborate on the virtual training system that comes with the overall L-39NG pilot training system. L-159 is already equipped with an IAI Elta radar. 
  • Dassault, Airbus Joined Forces
    Dassault, Airbus Joined Forces 26 April 2018
    Dassault Aviation and Airbus have decided to join forces for the development and production of Europe’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS) during ILA Berlin. The FCAS will be developed to replace current generation of Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft between 2035 and 2040. FCAS defines a system of systems combining a wide range of elements connected and operating together, including a next generation fighter aircraft together with Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Unmanned Ae...
  • TAI Shows Off at ILA Berlin
    TAI Shows Off at ILA Berlin 25 April 2018
     Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) participates ILA Berlin with its whole range of products. At ILA Berlin, being held between 25-29 April, TAI will welcome Airbus and Boeing officials to discuss potential cooperation areas.