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  • Japan: New PM, Record Defence Budget
    Japan: New PM, Record Defence Budget 22 September 2020
      According to the Japan Times, the Defence Ministry will seek a budget of over ¥5.4 trillion for fiscal 2021 under new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga governance. Suga took office on Wednesday to succeed Shinzo Abe, who stepped down for health reasons, pledging to continue his policies including those on national security and diplomacy. Suga vowed to continue with his predecessor’s policy of bolstering Japan’s capabilities in new domains. The ...
  • Northrop Grumman wins $298 Million Contract to Develop SATCOM Spacecraft
    Northrop Grumman wins $298 Million Contract to Develop SATCOM Spacecraft 22 September 2020
    According to Space Force budget documents, the Force plans to award as many as three competitive rapid-prototyping contracts for Evolved Strategic Satellite (ESS). The Space and Missile Systems Centre announced the contract award Sept. 16 for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program, known as Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS). The satellite is to be completed by May 2025. Northrop Grumman Corp. received a $298 million contract to develop an anti-jam military satellite to ...
  • Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet
    Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet 21 September 2020
    Switzerland will vote on the purchase of new fighter jets. Many oppose the idea, saying the country can neither afford nor need warplanes. "Who is our enemy? Who is attacking a small, neutral country surrounded by NATO?" Social Democratic MP Priska Seiler asked. Thomas Hurter, a Member of Parliament for the Swiss People's Party, said Switzerland should protect itself without relying on other countries. "If we don't replace the old planes, it means we don't...
  • New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone
    New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone 19 September 2020
    A new decision was made on the Eurodrone Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS programme, developed with a subsidiary of the German, French, Italian and Spanish Governments.  Meeting at Airbus' facilities in Germany, French Defence Minister Florance Parly and her German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called on member states to launch the next phase of the drone operation in 2021. Ministers said the financial problems in the programme will be resolved ...
  • Nex Gen Flight from USAF 17 September 2020
    The US Air Force (USAF) has flown a digitally-engineered Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) advanced aircraft flight demonstrator for the first time, the service unveiled on 15 September at the Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) annual conference. The programme is classified and USAF leadership refused to provide details, including who developed the aircraft, any contract values, and when it might be fielded. But Will Roper, assistant secretary of the USAF for Acquisition...
  • Taiwan Seeks New Radar
    Taiwan Seeks New Radar 17 September 2020
    Taiwan has sent information request documents to Thales and Raytheon for phased-out array radars from ship. The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology was developing the local Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) for the frigate the country would build with its own resources. After the studies, it became clear that the system produced by the institute was heavy for the ship. Taiwan has identified Thales and Raytheon as potential suppliers for the ship-induced ...
  • Thailand's Navy Backbone Will Come from China
    Thailand's Navy Backbone Will Come from China 16 September 2020
    Thailand will buy vn16 amphibious light tank from China for the Navy. The VN16, an export version of the ZTD-05 tank developed by China, is particularly capable of being an amphibious light tank used by marine corps. The tracked vehicle is left out of the landing ships and reaches the shore with its own means. A 105 mm laser guided anti-tank missile has been developed based on Russian 9M117 Bastion (NATO code: AT-10 Stabber) technology for the platform's main weapon. T...
  • Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA
    Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA 16 September 2020
    The debate over the operational readiness levels of aircraft carriers in the United States continues. Pentagon officials argue that aircraft carriers are available, but the rhetoric between the Navy and the White House that the level of preparation for the platforms is both costly and long-lasting. Rear Admiral John Meier, commander of the US Atlantic Navy Air Force, described the operational presence of the ships as "the number one concern." Rear Admiral Meier said that s...
  • F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds
    F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds 13 September 2020
      The Pentagon’s five-year budget plan for the F-35 falls short by as much as $10 billion, the military’s independent cost analysis unit has concluded, a new indication that the complex fighter jet may be too costly to operate and maintain according to Bloomberg News. The Defence Department’s blueprint for the next five fiscal years calls for requesting $78 billion for research and development, jet procurement, operations and maintenance and military...
  • Hercules of Uruguay Will Rejuvenate
    Hercules of Uruguay Will Rejuvenate 11 September 2020
    Uruguay signed an agreement with the Spanish Government to supply two C-130H Military Transport Aircraft in the Spanish Air Force (EDA) inventory. The contract, worth approximately 21 million Euros, includes the purchase of spare parts for two C-130H Transport Aircraft. Uruguayan Defence Minister Javier García disclosed the information on the contract at the Senate Defence budget meeting. The purchased aircraft will replace the high-cost maintenance C-130 Hercules aircraft in...
  • Russia to Develop Next-Generation Helicopter Engine In 2021
    Russia to Develop Next-Generation Helicopter Engine In 2021 11 September 2020
    Russia is planning to develop a new engine to power next-generation high-speed helicopter according to Aleksandr Vatagin, the executive director of St. Petersburg's JSC UEC-Klimov (part of the state United Engine Corporation). Aleksandr Vatagin, the executive director of St. Petersburg's JSC UEC-Klimov (part of the state United Engine Corporation), said on Tuesday. "Of course, we are engaged in this project, it is even eligible for the federal budget of the [Russian] Mi...
  • 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...
  • US Special Operations Command gets first brand-new Chinook variant
    US Special Operations Command gets first brand-new Chinook variant 2 September 2020
    U.S. Special Operations Command has taken receipt of its first MH-47G Block II Chinook from Boeing on time, according to a Sept. 1 company statement. A special operations Chinook weighs roughly 54,000 pounds while a conventional Chinook weighs 50,000 pounds. The upgrades in the Block II version include newly designed rotor blades, major changes to the drive system and other improvements like non-segmented fuel cells. Boeing produced three aircraft for flight test...
  • Japan Seeks Solution for Aegis
    Japan Seeks Solution for Aegis 27 August 2020
    Japan's National Security Council has submitted proposals for solutions that could be an alternative to the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence system. The council, which has put forward three alternatives to the missile defence system, first proposed a system stationed on a floating platform. Separating the anti-missile system from radar is the second option; Using spy-7 radar with existing warships equipped with Aegis systems was the latest proposal of the National Security...
  • Thailand to Buy New Training and Attack Aircraft
    Thailand to Buy New Training and Attack Aircraft 27 August 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is changing its inventory of training aircraft. The government announced that it had set up a budget for training and the supply of light attack aircraft. At-6E Wolverine and T-6C Texan II will be procured for RTAF, defence sources said. A total of 24 will be delivered from the platforms specified to be configured in accordance with the needs of the country. The procurement agreement will include air-to-air missile integration and the produc...
  • London in Economic Impasse for F-35 Lightning II
    London in Economic Impasse for F-35 Lightning II 27 August 2020
    The United Kingdom could change its plan to buy the F-35 Lightning II. London, which says it will add 138 fighter jets to its inventory in total, is said to be able to buy 70 platforms in total. Sources close to the government said the report in the Times. Sources said London could only allocate enough budgets to carry out half of its purchase plan. There is not enough funding for the purchase of the F-35, according to a recent report by the UK National Inspection Office. ...
  • Taiwan Strengthens Its Army amid China Concern
    Taiwan Strengthens Its Army amid China Concern 14 August 2020
    Taiwan plans to increase its defence budget against China's growing effectiveness in the region. Taiwan wants to increase its defence budget by $1.4 billion in 2021, and wants to secure its national security. Taiwan, which wants to focus on asymmetric capabilities, is on the agenda to buy sea mines and cruise missiles for coastal defence spurts used against amphibious platforms to respond to a possible Chinese attack. The U.S. and Taiwan had previously agreed on the recertificat...
  • Additional FGM-148 Javelin
    Additional FGM-148 Javelin 9 August 2020
    Despite its fairly high cost, the FGM-148 Javelin is one of the most successful anti-tank missiles in terms of accuracy and ability to hit moving targets. The USA had delivered FGM-148 Javelin to many users this year. Lithuania, one of the new users, also acquired missiles worth 31 million USD from the USA. The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence has announced that it is planned to procure more FGM-148 worth USD 104 million over the next 10 years to the army. Although the process is stil...
  • Japan to Decide Next Fighter Maker
    Japan to Decide Next Fighter Maker 29 July 2020
    Japan's Ministry of Defence will partner with only one Japanese company to lead the development of next-generation fighter planes, according to Nikkei Daily. Previous fighters were imported from the U.S. or manufactured by Japanese companies under US license. The selected company will develop and manufacture a replacement for the current F-2 jets as they will be decommissioned around 2035. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Subaru and IHI will be c...
  • Fast Patrol Boat Agreement
    Fast Patrol Boat Agreement 24 July 2020
    Accelerating defence investments after the frictions with Russia, Ukraine continues to acquire new platforms. The Ukrainian State Border Guard Service signed a procurement agreement with the French OCEA. In this context, Kyiv will acquire 20 fast patrol boats within the framework of the defence cooperation agreement between the two countries. The first platform will be put into service in 2021 during the process, which was formalized with a ceremony attended by Ukrainian Minister of...
  • USAF to Add A Large Number of F-15EX aircraft to Its Inventory
    USAF to Add A Large Number of F-15EX aircraft to Its Inventory 14 July 2020
    The U.S. Department of Defence has reached an agreement with Boeing for the F-15EX program worth about $23 billion. Boeing announced that the first two jets have begun work under the deal. Delivery of F-15EX, which is expected to replace the F-15C/Ds operational in the United States Air Force (USAF) inventory, will begin next year. This year's fiscal budget includes delivery of eight platforms. A total of 76 F-15EX are scheduled to be in inventory during the five-year ...
  • 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...
  • Approval to F-35B Lightning II Sale
    Approval to F-35B Lightning II Sale 10 July 2020
    Procurement processes for the F-35 Lightning II, which comes to the fore frequently due to the technical and infrastructure problems, continue. The USA continues to sell F-35 Lightning II. Washington has approved the sale of giant F-35 package, which requested by Japan requested. In this context, Tokyo will receive a total of 105 F-35 Lightning IIs. 63 of the platforms to be acquired by the country were announced as F-35A and 42 of them as F-35B. Announcing the 2020-2021 defenc...
  • Additional Su-30MKI Procurement
    Additional Su-30MKI Procurement 2 July 2020
    In addition to the serious problems experienced in the combat readiness, India, which is in border disputes with China on the Himalayas, has approved the acquisition of additional aircraft. The Indian Ministry of Defence has approved the $ 2.43 billion budget required to procurement of 33 additional combat jets. In this context, New Delhi, which requested additional aircraft from Russia, will acquire 21 second-hand MiG-29 (NATO Code: Fulcrum) from Russia. In addi...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Become Expensive for Kuwait
    Eurofighter Typhoon Become Expensive for Kuwait 2 July 2020
    The new address of the Eurofighter Typhoons, which currently serve in the inventory of many countries, was Kuwait. In the past days, the procurement process of the aircraft has been brought up again in the country. The Kuwait parliament opened an investigation for Eurofighter Typhoons, which procurement process dating back to September 2015. Although the investigation process that started due to the high cost is already at a deadlock due to COVID-19, the repercussions of the budgets...
  • Additional AEW&C Procurement
    Additional AEW&C Procurement 30 June 2020
    Air early warning and control aircraft are one of the most suitable solutions for radar gaps occurring in mountainous areas and for aerial command and control of fleets. Having to keep an army capable and well equipped against the northern threat, the Republic of Korea has acted to acquire additional Airborne Early Warning and Control (Airborne Early Warning & Control) aircraft. The country's Defence Project Promotion Committee gave the necessary approval for the p...
  • Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble?
    Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble? 27 June 2020
    British independent public spending watchdog, “The National Audit Office”, has published a report into the ability of the MOD to successfully deliver Carrier Strike capability successfully. The report, published today examines how the Department has managed the programme since 2017 and how it is addressing the risks towards achieving the full capabilities of a carrier strike group. In other words, the report states concern about transforming process from a &lsq...
  • Hypersonic Weapons Push to Navy
    Hypersonic Weapons Push to Navy 26 June 2020
    Hypersonic weapons are a difficult threat to today's defence systems due to their high speed. The US House Armed Services Committee, a permanent member of the US House of Representatives, is increasing hypersonic pressure. The committee has increased pressure on the US Navy for hypersonic weapon integration for Zumwalt-class destroyers, while the Navy has not yet made this process a budget priority. In the past period, the US Navy was authorized with the development of a common ...
  • Increase in Defence Budget
    Increase in Defence Budget 25 June 2020
    COVID-19, which has been influencing the world for months, caused many countries to take economic measures. As one of the measure items, some states announced that the cut in defence budgets. While many countries are on their way to reducing their military spending in the context of epidemic measures, there was opposite news from Indonesia. If the budget proposal submitted to the Indonesian Parliament is approved, the Jakarta administration will have a USD 10.6 billion def...
  • AESA Modernization to Eurofighter Typhoon
    AESA Modernization to Eurofighter Typhoon 21 June 2020
    Germany continues to take steps to improve the capabilities of its armed forces and to increase the combat readiness, which Bundeswehr suffers for a long time. The German Federal Assembly Bundestag announced that the Budget Committee approved the Eurofighter Typhoon modernization project. In the statement made on June 17, Hensoldt was determined as the main contractor. The company will modernize 79 Tranche 2 and 31 Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3A aircraft of the German Air Force (Luf...
  • Japan Postpones Ballistic Missile Defence System
    Japan Postpones Ballistic Missile Defence System 15 June 2020
    Japan is going to postpone it for its ballistic missile defence system. Japan, which wants to procure two Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence systems from the United States to deploy it on its shores last year, announced that the plan had been suspended. The country's Defence Minister Taro Kono said the defence systems to be purchased to detect and counter North Korean ballistic missiles have been suspended due to technical problems and lack of budget. Minister Kono said they...
  • Hellenic Army Wants More Weapon Systems
    Hellenic Army Wants More Weapon Systems 12 June 2020
    Greece, which experienced an economic crisis caused by unplanned armament and some reasons, continues its procurements. Athens plans to acquire infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) and wheeled armoured vehicles from the US. The procurement of second-hand military platforms is among the first choices of countries with a limited defence budget due to low initial acquisition costs. Greece often prefers weapon systems and vehicles, which are determined as surplus equipment by the armed...
  • National Power for Domestic Frigate
    National Power for Domestic Frigate 11 June 2020
    After four Ada Class corvettes built for the Turkish Navy, STM started cooperation agreements for Class I frigates. It is aimed to increase the rate of domestic components in Istanbul Frigate, which is the fifth vessel of the MILGEM Project and first-class I ship. STM was commissioned as the main contractor to cover the ship's design, weapon-electronic systems and main propulsion system responsibilities. In the project, where ASELSAN and HAVELSAN are the main business partn...
  • 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...
  • KF-X's First Engine Delivered
    KF-X's First Engine Delivered 5 June 2020
    The first engine was delivered in the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) fifth-generation aircraft project developed with a joint subsidiary of the Republic of Korea and Indonesia. General Electric (GE) Aviation announced that the program has delivered its first F414-GE-400K engine. Ge Aviation is scheduled to deliver 15 engines by 2021 in the KF-X project, which is the main contractor of the Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI). A total of 168 aircraft will be produced, 48 o...
  • SpaceX and NASA Accomplish a First in Space
    SpaceX and NASA Accomplish a First in Space 30 May 2020
    SpaceX has managed to send National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into orbit. The space mission, scheduled for Wednesday, was halted 16 minutes before the countdown was completed due to adverse weather conditions. For the first time, NASA has worked with a private company to send its astronauts into space. NASA has not sent astronauts to the International Space Station on its own means since 2011, when it retired Space Mekis an...
  • COVID-19 Also Impacted F-35 Program
    COVID-19 Also Impacted F-35 Program 29 May 2020
    Lockheed Martin, who has moved to a new working order due to the virus, announced that the supply process would be disrupted in the F-35 Lightning II program. On the Fort Worth production line in Texas, 2,500 employees last week began working shifts in three groups. At the end of two weeks, the work volume will decrease in the process of being put on leave of shift workers. In Italy, which agreed with the United States for a total of 90 F-35s, the purchase of planes was on the agend...
  • Loan for Air Defence System
    Loan for Air Defence System 28 May 2020
    The arms race continues at full speed in North Africa, as in many parts of the world. Morocco continues its steps to consolidate the armed forces and modernize its capabilities. In this context, Rabat government, which is estimated to acquire VL MICA air defence system from France, has signed a loan agreement with BNP Paribas of France worths to 192.1 million Euros. The procurement is expected to be part of the comprehensive agreement signed with a 400 million Euro budget....
  • China's Defence Budget Reaches Lowest Level in 30 Years
    China's Defence Budget Reaches Lowest Level in 30 Years 25 May 2020
    China, which has the world's second-largest defence budget after the United States, has seen 6.6 percent growth in its defence budget for this year, its lowest rate of increase for almost three decades. The growth in China’s defence budget would see spending rise from $167 billion last year to $178.2 billion, an increase of about $11 billion. “We will deepen reforms in national defence and the military, increase our logistic and equipment support capacity, ...
  • India Won't Import Weapons
    India Won't Import Weapons 21 May 2020
    India is continuing its budget work to resolve the economic stagnation. New Delhi has introduced new terms and obligations for the defence sector. Global firms will now be able to invest 74 percent in the country's defence sector without the need for government approval. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the new policy aims to attract the attention of global companies to participate in production activities in India. On the other hand, India will stop importing weapons that can be ...