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  • Technology's Share Increases in US Defence Budget
    Technology's Share Increases in US Defence Budget March 20 2020
    The technological superiority of the US armed forces is faced with the rapid development of potential adversaries. To get ahead in the race, the US Department of Defence is expected to spend approximately $ 481 billion between 2018 and 2024 for technological advances. Frost & Sullivan, which has been conducting market research for investors and corporate firms by examining the sector, has made a study in the defence policy of the USA that touches on technology instead. According...
  • New Method for Explosive Manufacturing
    New Method for Explosive Manufacturing March 19 2020
    New technologies also shape production techniques. The new methods find themselves one by one in different fields. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), one of the UK's defence technology bases, has launched a new study in explosive manufacturing. Within the scope of these studies, the Laboratory took action for the production of explosives with 3D printers. With the new production method, it is aimed to decrease the budget items such as production, storage...
  • Strategic Bombing Force is "Weak"
    Strategic Bombing Force is "Weak" March 17 2020
    With the end of the Cold War, the West is relaxed and reduced the force multipliers until the 2010s, and the military forces of NATO and its allies, especially the USA, have weakened more than ever. In a news article published in the USA, Retired General John Loh from the US Air Force (USAF) made some analysis on the country's air force. Loh stated that the USAF experienced the weakest period in its history, which is considered one of the indispensable elements of...
  • Sea 1000 Off Track
    Sea 1000 Off Track March 12 2020
    Australia, which failed to hit the targets and take the final steps in the submarine procurement, is allegedly off track. The Sea 1000 program, launched for the replacement of the Collins class submarines, near the end of their duties in the Royal Australian Navy, fell to the bottom. Planning to procure 12 French-made Scorpéne-class platforms at a cost of USD 80 billion, Australia is at risk of failing the project. In a report published in the country...
  • Private Security Officers Protect Military Quarters in Germany
    Private Security Officers Protect Military Quarters in Germany March 10 2020
    It was announced that Germany provided control and patrols in front of the military quarters through private security companies and this cost about 430 million Euros in the last five years. With the German Army (Bundeswehr) no longer keeping watch, the budget spent on this situation rose from 236.6 million in 2014 to 431.6 million in 2019. The Bundeswehr's seizure is both more expensive, and the number of people in the forces is not suitable for this. The German Defence Ministry...
  • US to Retire Strategic Bombers
    US to Retire Strategic Bombers March 1 2020
    The end of the road seems for the B-1B Lancers, which became one of the symbolic aircraft of the Western Block during the Cold War period. According to the statement made by the US Department of Defence, there will be a temporary decrease in the strategic bomber power of the US Air Force temporarily. For the platforms that have been in use for many years and whose sustainment costs have increased, the ministry has made a decision. The Air Force and the US plan to transfer the b...
  • Russian Arms: Black Hole
    Russian Arms: Black Hole February 28 2020
    The Russian Army's armament program may not be as bright as it may seem. Paul Goble from Eurasia Daily Monitor wrote an article on Moscow's procurement processes and readiness rates. In the article, it is written that although it was a dream of Russian President Vladimir Putin to develop the super weapons of the future, it was considered that the necessary infrastructure for this is not available. In his article, Goble emphasized that the Russian industry, facing diffic...
  • Pakistan May Prefer Chinese Helicopter Instead of T129 Atak and AH-1Z
    Pakistan May Prefer Chinese Helicopter Instead of T129 Atak and AH-1Z February 28 2020
    Pakistan may prefer Chinese Z-10ME attack helicopter instead of Turkish T129 Atak and US AH-1Z Viper choppers. Pakistani official gave the signal of some changes in the procurement process. According to a statement from a Pakistani high-rank officer, roadmap of country's attack helicopter acquisition process may change. Struggling with budget issues as well as lack of materials, Islamabad signaled that T129 Atak and AH-1Z Viper procurement could be abandoned. In case of fai...
  • Grey Wolf Begins Operational Testing
    Grey Wolf Begins Operational Testing February 24 2020
    The operational test phase has started in the new utility helicopter helicopter program. The operational testing phase of MH-139A Gray Wolf helicopters, will replace the UH-1 Iroquois, which has become one of the symbolic platforms of the Cold War thanks to its iconic sound and mission achievements, has begun. Trials to be carried out within the 413th Flight Test Squadron affiliated to the US Air Force (USAF) Material Command will also be the platform's first comp...
  • Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade
    Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade February 22 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has set out its procurement priorities for the upcoming decade; transport aircraft, combat search-and-rescue helicopters, and light attack aircraft are on the top of the list. RTAF’s long term plans include new fighters to replace the ageing fleet. RTAF plans to replace its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft fleet. The new aircraft will require to be compatible with Thailand’s Link T data link system. This is a process that...
  • Layoffs to Start on Airbus
    Layoffs to Start on Airbus February 20 2020
    France-based multinational Airbus has decided to save on budget in its subsidiary, Airbus Defence and Space. The company, which went to restructuring due to the failure to meet the financial targets and deferred contracts, is expected to lay off a total of two thousand 362 employees at the end of 2021. As a result, 829 people in Germany, 357 in the UK, 630 in Spain, 404 in France and 142 from other countries will be laid off. The need for restructuring was first announced in December 2...
  • New Fleet Replenishment to Royal Netherlands Navy
    New Fleet Replenishment to Royal Netherlands Navy February 20 2020
    The Netherlands will procure a new logistics support vessel to improve the offshore logistics support capability of the navy. A new construction agreement has been signed to improve the offshore logistics support and supply capability of the Royal Netherlands Navy. According to Damen's announcement, more than a hundred Dutch companies will take part in the agreement, which signed in Den Helder. Damen Shipyard was chosen as the main contractor within the scope of t...
  • Nuclear Capability to F-35
    Nuclear Capability to F-35 February 17 2020
    The USA took action for an important decision in the F-35 Lightning II program, which is struggling with problems. The US Armed Forces has moved to strengthen its tactical nuclear attack capability with ghost technology. In this context, an additional budget request was made from the Senate. The program, which is expected to reach a total budget of 110 million USD with an increase of 40 million compared to the previous year, is planned to continue for the next four years. As a ...
  • US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs
    US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs February 16 2020
    US Navy no longer wants to upgrade and repair the first four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) due to high cost.  The ships were built for experimenting and testing according to the Navy. They’re no longer worth a deeper financial investment, according to Rear Adm. Randy Crites, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for the budget. “They’re not configured like the other LCS in the fleet, and they need significant upgrades. Everything from combat [systems], to structural,...
  • Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall
    Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall February 14 2020
    The Pentagon is seeking to divert $3.8 billion, mainly from its fiscal 2020 weapons procurement budget, to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall. The plan, which came from the Department of Homeland Security in January, will be officially released by the Office of the Secretary of Defence. A list of talking points was sent across the Pentagon earlier today, noting that the money will go toward funding a 230-mile long wall. The biggest item on the list is a $650 million Ame...
  • US to Transfer 100 Soldiers into Space Force
    US to Transfer 100 Soldiers into Space Force February 12 2020
    The U.S. Army plans to transfer 100 soldiers into the U.S. Space Force beginning in 2021, according to service officials and budget documents. It’s the first time any service outside of the Air Force has identified members that will transfer into the Space Force, the new branch of the military within the Air Force created in December. The Navy has yet to say how many of its sailors it plans to transfer. The Air Force plans to shift some 6,000 airmen into the Space Force by yea...
  • Patria Cooperation for Armoured Vehicle
    Patria Cooperation for Armoured Vehicle January 31 2020
    Finland-based land vehicle manufacturer Patria has signed a cooperation agreement for a new armored vehicle development project. Finland and Lithuania set out to join forces for the platform, which is planned to be developed under the Lithuanian Army Mobility Development Program. Under the agreement signed with the ceremony attended by the defence ministers of the both countries, a joint wheeled armored vehicle development project will be carried out. In this way, besides a bud...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? January 30 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • Israel Approved Readiness Plan
    Israel Approved Readiness Plan January 28 2020
    The Ministry of Defence Ministry announced that the five-year "Momentum Plan" developed for the Israel Defence Forces has been approved. The study is aimed to increase the Israeli Army's mobility. Within the framework of the plan called "Tenufa" in Hebrew, Israeli troops and the necessary military equipment are aimed to be transferred to the required areas quickly. The plan, developed as a result of the work of the Israeli Chief of General Staff, General...
  • 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...