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  • New Trucks for Bundeswehr
    New Trucks for Bundeswehr January 14 2020
    The German Army has recently announced a new procurement agreement, which has received budget approvals for new procurement and modernization programs. With the 382 million Euro agreement, the logistics infrastructure of the German Land Forces will be reinforced. With the agreement signed in the last days of 2019, new trucks will be entered in the inventory of the German Army (Bundeswehr). 1000 logistics trucks will be purchased in the scope of framework contract which sig...
  • Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration
    Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration January 3 2020
    During recent budget negotiations, the Pentagon again tried to retire the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) 25 years early, Defence News reported. According to the magazine, this time the plan was withdrawn from the White House. The White House's Office of Management and Budget told the Pentagon that the Navy's budget submission did not include refuelling the Truman or maintaining its air wing and directed it to come back with a budget that restored funding to bo...
  • Enforcer Order
    Enforcer Order January 3 2020
    Bundeswehr, which received budget agreements from Bundestag for vehicle modernisation and new system procurement, ordered another new missile system.  According to a statement from the Germany's Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), office signed an agreement with the MBDA for Enforcer missile system procurement. Systems purchased within the scope of the Leichtes Wirkmittel 1800+ requirement of t...
  • Okinawa Base Transfer Costs More Than Expected
    Okinawa Base Transfer Costs More Than Expected December 28 2019
      The US Defence Ministry said Wednesday it now estimates the costs to relocate the Futenma Air Station to the coastal area of Henoko will more than double the current budget to $8.5 billion and the construction period needs to be extended to over nine years. Washington plans to push ahead with the relocation of a U.S. air base within Okinawa Prefecture despite the overwhelming public opposition expressed in a referendum on Sunday, recognising the outpost's strate...
  • Indonesia to Acquire Two Squadrons of New F-16s
    Indonesia to Acquire Two Squadrons of New F-16s December 27 2019
    Indonesian Air Force wants to acquire both US and Russian aircraft in the inventory. According to Indonesia’s next five-year strategic plan, running from 2020-2024, the country will pursue the goal of acquiring both F-16 Block 72 and Su-35. The chief of the Indonesian Air Force Air Marshal Yuyu Sutisna talked to state-owned national news agency Antara, about the southeast Asian nation plans to submit a request to buy two squadrons of Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 72 fighters...
  • Tor's Hammer Arrived to Armenia
    Tor's Hammer Arrived to Armenia December 26 2019
    Armenia focused a new procurement on its limited defense budget in 2019. Country has announced another procurement. In a statement from Yerevan, it is announced that the country received the new party of air defence systems ordered from Russia. Announcing the procurement agreement of Su-30 in 2019, the Yerevan administration recently received another party from Tor-M2KM air defence systems, which it procured from Russia. 2019 production delivery package includes autonomous...
  • US Space Command Officially Formed
    US Space Command Officially Formed December 21 2019
    U.S. President Donald Trump signed off Friday the country's largest-ever defence budget allowing for the creation of a space force. The Space Force Command is officially established. Trump had signed the certificate to develop the Force in August 2019.
  • Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey
    Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey December 21 2019
    US President Donald Trump signed off the sprawling 2020 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) earlier Friday, authorising a top-line budget of $738 billion that includes $635 billion for base Pentagon spending. Trump signed the bill at a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The bill includes the building of 100 new F-35 jets, 155 Army helicopters, 165 Abrams tanks, two new Virginia-class submarines, among others. The NDAA also renewed a decision to exclu...
  • US Wants to re-Buy F-5E Swiss Fighters
    US Wants to re-Buy F-5E Swiss Fighters December 16 2019
    United States is reportedly ready to re-purchase Northrop 22 fighter aircraft F-5E Tiger II belonging to the Swiss Air Force that had been used 41 years since 1978. According to airspacereview portal, US Navy and the Swiss Defence Procurement Agency (Armasuisse) have been in talks related to the sale of F-5 in July. The budget for the purchase of F-5 from Switzerland is 39.7 million dollars.  The US is still using the F-5 as simulated enemy air to air combat exercise. Switzerla...
  • US Considers Purchasing Turkish F-35A Fighter Jets
    US Considers Purchasing Turkish F-35A Fighter Jets December 11 2019
    U.S. lawmakers propose buying Turkish F-35A fighter jets by American Air Forces, due to Turkey's acquisition of Russian missile system. The National Defence Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2020, proposes the allocation of a $440 million fund for the Pentagon to purchase F-35 aircraft ordered by Turkey, as part of the modernisation of national defence. "The conferees support the removal of the Government of Turkey from the F-35 program due to its purchase of ...
  • Defined the Amount of Money to be Allocated to The Defence
    Defined the Amount of Money to be Allocated to The Defence November 11 2019
    In these days when there is little time left for us to enter the new year, countries are starting to determine the amounts to be set for defence budgets. Ukraine will spend 3% of GDP on defence in 2020, totalling UAH USD 5.5 billion, Defence Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk said. He informed that the draft Law of Ukraine “On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2020” provides UAH 245.8 billion (USD 10 billion) for national security and defence expenditures which is 5.45% of GDP and meets th...
  • PAC-3 Protection for Olympic Games
    PAC-3 Protection for Olympic Games November 6 2019
    According to Japanese media reports, Japan may deploy an upgraded version of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air defence systems in the Tokyo metropolitan area before the Olympic Games in July 2020. Patriot batteries will be deployed in Tokyo between April and July before the other regions; The ministry wants to equip the 1st Air Defence Missile Group with PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement interceptors to defend against possible threats such as ballistic missiles, drones and u...
  • Three Years of Critical Upgrades to the B-2A Spirit
    Three Years of Critical Upgrades to the B-2A Spirit November 5 2019
    Upgrades to help US Air Force’s ageing B-2 bomber fleet detect and evade the improving air defences of rivals China, Russia and Iran are running almost three years late and over budget. The project was launched in 2016. The service now estimates it will take until at least until September 2024 before eight of the U.S.’s 20 stealth bombers are upgraded to have an initial combat capability, according to an Air Force statement. That’s 33 months later than th...
  • What is the Real Price of F-35?
    What is the Real Price of F-35? November 5 2019
    The news that the F-35A price tag will be lower than 80 million USD was a piece of sensational news. It meant that a government could decide to acquire either F-16 or F-35 as the price difference was almost less than 20 million USD per copy.  Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has a different perspective on the price tag. According to the nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes overpriced military spending Pentagon is trying to deceive by obscuring F100 Million...
  • Changing Balances: China’s New Defence Strategies Part 3: Defence Expenditure November 1 2019
    The tension between the US and China in recent years has started to show itself in every field. Not only economically but also with its military presence in the region, China is challenging the United States and taking various steps to free its domination from external factors. In this issue, we will evaluate the statements of the White Paper published by the People's Republic of China in July on defence expenditure. The general argument of the document is that when it...
  • Flight Training from Private Ventures
    Flight Training from Private Ventures October 22 2019
    The United States turned to the private sector in order to carry out its pilot trainings in the most realistic manner. Preparatory work, which has been carried out in this context for a while, has recently been finalized with an agreement. The Washington administration signed agreements with seven companies totaling $ 6.4 billion. US-based private aviation companies have been procuring retired aircraft for some time to train pilots to best suit combat conditions. The platforms,...
  • France Defence Budget: 37.5 billion Euros
    France Defence Budget: 37.5 billion Euros October 6 2019
    French draft defence budget for 2020 provides a global envelope of 37.5 billion euros. Modernisation of significant equipment, job creations and innovation are the main thrusts of the 2020 budget. The budget is presented on September 27 to the Council of Ministers by Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces. The draft budget is in line with the commitments of the 2019-2025 Military Planning Act. The act increases the budget by € 1.7 billion per year until 2022: th...
  • Italy on Delay for F-35 Order
    Italy on Delay for F-35 Order September 7 2019
    Italy’s new government has to decide whether to confirm Italy’s long-delayed order for F-35 fighters. New defence minister, Lorenzo Guerini has to decide him on whether to order additional F-35 fighters. According to Italian press reports, Italy must officially award the Pentagon by the end of September, in order to keep Italy’s delivery slots. The decision has to be taken within three weeks bur new minister has to prepare the draft defence budget for 2020. ...
  • New Contract for CH-53K
    New Contract for CH-53K August 16 2019
    Sikorsky nets $107M contract for parts on six King Stallion helicopters. The contract covers long-lead items for six low-rate initial production lot 4 helicopters, with work expected to be completed by August 2020. Sikorsky will conduct work on the lot 4 helicopters entirely at its Stratford, Conn. facility. Due to the series of failures that started with the problem of exhaust gas ingestion before, the Marine Corps reduced nine orders for its 2020 fiscal budget to six. The overall ...
  • The US Threats Germany: to Move Troops to Poland
    The US Threats Germany: to Move Troops to Poland August 16 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...
  • New Delivery from the USA July 31 2019
    Turkish Land Forces received four more Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from the United States. The American Embassy's Twitter account announced that the platforms were delivered to the Turkish Land Forces Command at the Izmir Port. Turkish Land Forces, which received the first heavy transport helicopters in 2016, has a total of 11 platforms in its inventory with the new delivery. Boeing CH-47F Chinook is a multitasking helicopter with a maximum gross weight of 22,68...
  • Upgrade for Germany
    Upgrade for Germany July 31 2019
    The US-based company Raytheon will upgrade Germany's Patriots air defence systems to the improved PAC-3 MSE standard. Shortly after the German Defence and Budget Committees approved the upgrade, the US $ 105.5 million contract aims to bring Germany's air defence system in line with other EU and NATO countries using Patriot. The German army's inventory includes Patriot PAC-3 air defence systems delivered by the United States between 2008 and 2010. The improved version of ...
  • The Netherlands to Acquire Eight or Nine Extra F-35 Fighter Jets
    The Netherlands to Acquire Eight or Nine Extra F-35 Fighter Jets July 20 2019
    The Netherlands buys new F35 fighter jets. It is probably eight or nine. They come on top of the 37 that the previous cabinet had already decided on. And with the next cabinet, the defence budget will have to rise again. We are also obliged to do so within NATO, "says Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld in an interview with Trouw . Within NATO we still dangle at the bottom in terms of spending. So we will have to take extra steps. Next year we will have a recalibration of the defenc...
  • NASA Needs Rifles
    NASA Needs Rifles July 1 2019
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) decided to buy magazine fed, semi-automatic light assault rifle. The procurement specifications was published in the US government’s Federal Business Opportunities website last day. Required specificaions have announced. According to this; the rifle is compatible and reliable for different tasks, as well as the different features requested. Accordingly, the weapons to be procured are required to chambered 5.56x45mm NATO ...
  • Modernisation to Nuclear Force
    Modernisation to Nuclear Force June 28 2019
    “When asked whether we still require all three of these legs of the triad, I answer, ‘we do’,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein offered a comprehensive rationale June 26 for modernizing the nation’s three-legged nuclear capability said in remarks at a Mitchell Institute breakfast on Capitol Hill attended by influential members of Congress and staff as well as defence analysts, industry officials and media. “And this position has been backed u...
  • New Agreement for F-35 Lightning II
    New Agreement for F-35 Lightning II June 11 2019
    Recently, a new statement came from the US for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft, which has been frequently featured on the defense agenda. The US announced the signing of a new technology agreement for platforms. With the agreement signed with Lockheed Martin, the effectiveness of the aircraft will increase. The US $ 1.8 billion agreement includes design and maturation works for the Block 4capabilities of the platforms under Phase 2.3. The improvements will also apply to models A, B a...
  • “Ocean” Drains Budgets
    “Ocean” Drains Budgets June 11 2019
    The Brazilian Navy is having hard times on a budget. At the beginning of 2018, Brazil procured the HMS Ocean from the UK and it is talking that the navy having difficulty in paying the maintenance and repair costs of its platforms. Following the HMS Ocean, which costs £ 84 million, Brazil has budgetary problems. In this context, it has been announced that the frigate Niterói (F40), who has been moored to pier for a long time and awaiting its fate, will not be modernized...
  • France Christens Future Lightweight Joint Helicopter
    France Christens Future Lightweight Joint Helicopter May 28 2019
    A mock-up of the French H160M armed helicopter, now christened Guépard (Cheetah), was unveiled today by Airbus Helicopters. Its development launch has been brought forward to 2021, allowing production deliveries to follow in 2026. (Airbus photo) The French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, has announced that the launch of the Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger; HIL) programme has been brought forward to 2021. HIL will...
  • $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries
    $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries May 27 2019
      United States will sell up to $ 3.9 billion arms to two Middle East Countries United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The State Department approved two countries requests. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019. UAE wants to acquire RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air Vehicles with support for an estimated cost of $80 million.  The Government of the UAE has ...
  • Logistics Need More Finance
    Logistics Need More Finance May 18 2019
    The Centre for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment (CSBA) conducted a study on the current and planned logistical power of the US Navy’s naval platforms. The study noted that the Navy’s current and planned maritime logistical force “is inadequate” to support the new National Defence Strategy and major military operations against China or Russia, and failure to correct that deficiency “could cause the United States to lose a war.” The 120-page CSBA ...
  • Bulgaria Desperate
    Bulgaria Desperate May 16 2019
    Bulgaria, which is in the process of choosing the new combat jet platform, could not agree with the US for the supply of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which the country's top management units have shown as a favorite.   The parties could not agree on price and budgeting. At this point, Bulgaria holds the new MiG-29 or the JAS-39 Gripen procurement card. The prices suggested by the US for the F-16 Fighting Falcons are not satisfactory for the Bulgarian side, but negoti...
  • Rheinmetall Go Well
    Rheinmetall Go Well May 13 2019
    Rheinmetall AG, based in Germany, announced its balance sheet for the first quarter of 2019. According to the company's data released on May 9, Rheinmetall recorded growth. The company's budget grew 6.6% in the first quarter. In the budget, which reached 1,343 billion Euros, the profit rate also increased by 15% to € 54 million. In addition to the defence, the company, which operates in the automotive sector, comapny sales reduced 4.9% and earnings decreased b...
  • JAGM Series Production
    JAGM Series Production April 10 2019
    US announced that serial production phase is near for JAGM missile. In the statement made by the Army, it was announced that in the first place a total of 3000 JAGMs will be supplied, 1500 for the 2020 Budget and 1500 for the 2021 budget. Full rate production agreement was not signed and when will be signed is not announced.   JAGM, which has a tri-mode scanner includes semi-active laser, infrared imaging and millimeter wave, is planned to replace AGM-114 Hellfire, AG...
  • CH-53K Deliveries Postponed
    CH-53K Deliveries Postponed April 8 2019
    The US cannot get rid of delays in aviation programs. After the delays in the KC-46 Pegasus, the CH-53K King Stallion helicopters will be delayed too. CH-53K King Stallion helicopters with a total program cost of US $ 31 billion and developed in accordance with the demands of the US Marine Corps will be delivered with a delay of at least 19 months. The problems identified during the development tests were shown to cause disruption in the program. 106 technical problems identified in...
  • US Presents Greece, Romania, Spain and PolandaAs Potential New Operators Of the F-35
    US Presents Greece, Romania, Spain and PolandaAs Potential New Operators Of the F-35 April 5 2019
    Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Vice Admiral Mathias W. “Mat” Winter, told U.S. lawmakers that “future potential Foreign Military Sales customers (for the F-35) include Singapore, Greece, Romania, Spain and Poland.” Confronting with Turkey, for S400 Air Defence System, The United States is considering expanding sales of LM’s F-35 fighter jets to five new nations including Romania, Greece and Poland as European allies bulk up their defences in th...
  • Germany Approved Sale to Egypt
    Germany Approved Sale to Egypt April 5 2019
    The German Bundestag Budget Committee has approved Egyptian sales of 2.3 billion euros. The sale was made with the export credit guarantee to secure the financial aspect of the agreement. Under the agreement, which was announced as € 2.3 billion in total, six warships will be supplied for the Egyptian Navy. Three of the platforms will be the MEKO A200 class like used in the South African Navy. Approximately 120 meters long MEKO A200 ships with a displacement of 2500 tons. Thank...
  • Giant Step from Spain
    Giant Step from Spain April 2 2019
    A new step has come from Spain which which has taken action to strengthen and renew its army. The Spanish Council of Ministers approved the construction of five F-110 class frigates.   Spain will procure five F-110s as part of the project, with a total cost of EUR 4,317 billion. The ships to be built in the activities to be carried out in the main contractor of the Navantia Company will replace the F-80 class platforms. The project will offer significant opportunities...
  • It is Expensive to Operate F-35 for USA
    It is Expensive to Operate F-35 for USA March 27 2019
    US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford attended on Pentagon's 2020 Budget at the House Armed Services Committee. General Dunford stated that F-35 is costlier than they had predicted and therefore they had to acquire more F-15 to balance the need and expenses. Dunford said, “If you could buy all f-35s, you might do that. But there's a 50% difference in the operations and sustainment costs between the F-15 and F-35. The F-15 has a significant shelf life available as well....
  • “Ghost Fleet”  for US Navy
    “Ghost Fleet”  for US Navy March 20 2019
    The US Navy has set aside $400m to research and develop two of the proposed ‘Ghost Fleet’ large unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), in its Fiscal Year 2020 defence budget. The Navy wants to field a new breed of armed surface combatants for use alongside manned operations. US Navy currently deploys some small size USVs for some activities but this time it is looking to buy ten corvette-sized unmanned ships to implement different types of sensors and, a new vertica...
  • Israel, Greece Constructing New Radar System on Crete
    Israel, Greece Constructing New Radar System on Crete March 20 2019
    Israel and Greece are building a new marine radar system in eastern Crete, according to a recent report in the Greek daily Kathimerini. The paper said the new surface radar will be able to track at long range, beyond the horizon, and both Israel and Greece will have access to its enhanced coverage. At the top is the Long Horizon radar, which will be built in eastern Crete and will provide the opportunity to watch all that is happening in the Eastern Mediterranean, both in Greece and Israel. A...