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  • Turkey to Compete for NATO
    Turkey to Compete for NATO 30 September 2020
    NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency announced the countries that will move on to the next phase of the 2020 NCI Agency Defence Innovation Challenge, which is being held for the fifth time this year. This year, the competition focuses on improving radar and data processing so that NATO can take advantage of existing technologies in the defence sector for its air operations. Canada, Czechia, Germany, Poland and Turkey will compete in the competition. The jury, w...
  • Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy
    Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy 22 September 2020
    Austria will buy a general-purpose helicopter from Italy. Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner says they plan to buy 18 AW169M helicopters from Italy for €300m. Italian company Leonardo was chosen from among the U.S. and German companies. The AW169Ms, the military variable of the AW169 helicopter, will replace the Alouette III helicopters, which have been in inventory for nearly 50 years. The helicopter with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210A engines is equippe...
  • Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France
    Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France 9 September 2020
    The French government had proposed two FREMM (FRégate Européenne Multi-Missions later FREgate Multi-Missions) to Greece in 2018. The proposal is again on the negotiation table according to Greek Media. France proposes Alsace (D656) and Lorraine (D657). The Dutch government has two modernized frigates to offer.  According to unconfirmed information, the annual rental cost of the two ships will be 150 million euros with the right to purchase once the lease is comple...
  • Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle Production
    Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle Production 10 August 2020
    Canada, which has a well-trained and advanced vehicle-equipment equipped armed forces, acquires new armoured vehicles. The production phase of ACSV (Armored Combat Support Vehicle) developed within the scope of Canada's new generation multi-purpose 8x8 armoured vehicle requirements has started. The platforms, which will be produced in General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada's facilities located in London, Ontario, will be produced in configurations such as personnel/cargo ...
  • Three Companies to Compete for Canada
    Three Companies to Compete for Canada 1 August 2020
    Three companies have submitted offers after Canada announced it was planning to buy fighter jets. Lockheed Martin participated with the F-35 Lightning II, while Boeing offered the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.  Swedish-based firm Saab offered Gripen E to Canada. Ottawa plans to buy a total of 88 jets and plans to retire its CF-18 fleet. “Our government committed to purchasing a full fleet of 88 aircraft to be able to meet our NORAD [North American Aerospace Defence Command] and...
  • Canada Welcomes First Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship
    Canada Welcomes First Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship 31 July 2020
    The Royal Canadian Navy will take over the first Arctic and offshore patrol ship HMCS Harry deWolf (AOPV 430). About four years after construction work began at Halifax Shipyard, the Harry deWolf class platform is scheduled to be delivered today. The HMCS Harry deWolf ship, which comes two years behind the calendar set for the project, was reportedly affected by technical glitches as well as covid-19. The Royal Canadian Navy aims to add six Arctic and offshore patrol ships...
  • Preliminary Report of CH-148 Accident Announced
    Preliminary Report of CH-148 Accident Announced 9 June 2020
    The CH-148 Cyclone helicopter belonging to the Canadian Armed Forces crashed into the Ionian Sea on April 29. The CH-148, which fell into the water near the stern side of the ship as it passed down, was determined to have returned from a routine reconnaissance mission at the time of the incident. Six personnel died as a result of the accident. HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337) the helicopter deployed to the frigate crashed at low altitude off the coast of Greece. The investigation is ...
  • New Sniper Rifle
    New Sniper Rifle 15 May 2020
    Sniper rifles are one of the most important weapons needed by every regular or irregular element with the possibility of precise shooting at long range. The Canadian Army took action to replace the C8 sniper rifles in the Army inventory. The new weapon was announced as the C20, according to a Canadian military official. The C20s designed by Colt Canada were developed in line with the needs of the Canadian Army. Weapon was selected within the scope of "Sniper...
  • Canada Lifts Freeze on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia
    Canada Lifts Freeze on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia 13 April 2020
    Canada is lifting a freeze on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia and has renegotiated a much-criticized $14 billion contract to sell General Dynamics Corp armoured vehicles to Riyadh, Ottawa said. The announcement marks a retreat by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said in December 2018 he was looking for a way out of the deal.   The gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the vehicle is quoting 28,100 kg. The LAV-FSV’s powerpack co...
  • Canada Cancels EX MAPLE RESOLVE Drill
    Canada Cancels EX MAPLE RESOLVE Drill 18 March 2020
    Measures taken due to coronavirus are increasing worldwide. Canada's biggest military exercise of the year, EX MAPLE RESOLVE, was cancelled as part of its efforts to keep troops healthy in case they are needed to provide assistance to the government because of the novel coronavirus. It was also stated that the travel permits of the military personnel abroad were cancelled. Around 4,000 soldiers were expected to take part in the exercise to hold in May. Last year Canadian Army so...
  • Australia to Sell Hornets to US Training Firm
    Australia to Sell Hornets to US Training Firm 5 March 2020
    Australia plans to sell 46 Boeing F/A-18 A/B “Classic” Hornets to Air USA for training purposes. Air USA provides tactical airpower training services to the US military and international customers. The aircraft are being retired as Canberra takes delivery of up to 72 Lockheed Martin F-35As, which are replacing the Hornet in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) service. No details about the pricing are known. The announcement follows a previous 2019 deal ...
  • Russian Airspace Opened Its Doors
    Russian Airspace Opened Its Doors 25 February 2020
    The USA, Canada and Norway will fly in the Russian airspace for the next four days. As part of the Treaty on Open Skies, which was signed in 1992 and entered into force in 2002, Swedish production Saab 340 aircraft will take off from Kubinka. The agreement, which has 34 member states, includes unarmed observation flights in the participating countries. Observation flights are made over the territories of the United States, Canada, European countries, and Russia.
  • Canadian Armed Forces get New Machine Guns
    Canadian Armed Forces get New Machine Guns 26 January 2020
    The Canadian Government purchased 3,626 new C6A1 FLEX General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG) from Colt Canada. The Department of National Defence procured As the current C6 machine guns were over 30 years ago, and it needs to replace those removed from service due to wear and tear and others that are reaching the end of their service life. This acquisition supplements the 1,148 machine guns that were acquired in 2017, which featured a durable polymer buttstock instead of the ...
  • Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power
    Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power 22 January 2020
    The Royal Netherlands Army has deployed Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Lithuania for the first time as part of the German-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) battlegroup, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on its website. The SPHs will spend half a year in Lithuania, mainly to exercise and exchange experience with the Lithuanian army, the ministry said. NATO has increased its presence in the east by forming an alliance group with EFP and Estonia, Lat...
  • Russia and Canada Become Partners
    Russia and Canada Become Partners 18 November 2019
    Russian Helicopters selected Pratt & Whitney's PW207V gas-turbine engines to power its VRT500 light helicopters at the Dubai Airshow. The PW207V from the PW200 engine family has been modernized for light helicopters; the engine has a maximum capacity of 700 HP. “Russian Helicopters have a successful experience of cooperation with Pratt & Whitney Canada and I am sure that VRT500 project shall strengthen the partnership between the companies,” noted Andrey Bogi...
  • Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission
    Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission 27 September 2019
      NATO Allied Air Command stated that one of six Italian Air Force F-35s will perform the type’s first NATO air surveillance and air policing mission. F-35s are deployed to Iceland on 26 September. The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland. AMI Boeing KC-767 tan...
  • New Connection System to Navy
    New Connection System to Navy 9 September 2019
    Canada will acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems. The National Defence Department of Canada has released a statement on its official website to announce a contract of approximately $12 million to acquire five ship-to-shore connector systems that will support such missions. These systems will be built in Canada by Navamar Inc. These ship-to-shore connector systems, vessels such as Joint Support Ships of the Canadian Navy will have an enhanced and robust capability to transfer cargo and...
  • Eurofighter Drops Out of Canadian Fighter Jet Program 3 September 2019
    The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) and Airbus Defence and Space today informed the Government of Canada of their decision to withdraw from Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP).  The decision is the result of a detailed review of the Request for Proposal (RFP), following its release on 23 July 2019. The $19 billion competition has been dogged by allegations it is designed to favour Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter. With the dec...
  • Bofors Gun System for Attack Vessel
    Bofors Gun System for Attack Vessel 22 August 2019
    Indonesia will work with BAE Systems. The Indonesian Navy has selected BAE Systems’ Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system for the country’s KCR-60 fast-attack vessel program. The initial contracts with government-owned shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia include four 57 Mk3 gun systems. Two of the new 57 Mk3 systems will be for two KCR-60 vessels currently under construction, while the remaining two guns will be integrated onto two existing KCR-60 ships. The Bofors 57mm naval gun is d...
  • Ukraine may Buy Super Tucano
    Ukraine may Buy Super Tucano 21 August 2019
      A Ukrainian Air Force Delegation visited Brazil to study the possible purchase of the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano according to Brazil-based infodefensa.com. The Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano, also named A-29, is a Brazilian turboprop light attack aircraft designed and built by Embraer as a development of the Embraer EMB 312 Tucano. The Super Tucano can be used for both the trainer role and as a light attack aircraft. The aircraft is powered by a 1,200 kW (...
  • Canada to get New LAV 20 August 2019
    The Canadian Government has unveiled plans to award a sole-source contract for hundreds of light armoured vehicles to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. The Deal, which is worth 3 billion US Dollars for 360 LAV light armoured wheeled vehicle, was announced by the Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on Friday. The deal aims to replace the already ageing LAV fleets. The Canadian Armed Forces use the LAV 6.0, which is the enhanced version of the LAV III. LAV 6.0’s are equipped with...
  • Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance
    Halifax Class Frigates Going To Maintenance 19 August 2019
    The Government of Canada is investing more than $7.5 billion in the Royal Canadian Navy's 12 Halifax-class frigates to provide necessary ongoing maintenance until they are retired in the early 2040s. Under the scope of maintenance, The Government of Canada has awarded a $500-million contract to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to carry out maintenance work on the Halifax-class frigates. This contract guarantees a minimum of three frigates for the shipyard, with work planned to begin in the early ...
  • Canada Seeking New Wings
    Canada Seeking New Wings 29 July 2019
    For the replacement of CF188 aircraft in service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to suppliers. Suppliers have until the spring of 2020 to submit their first offers to Canada. The government, which plans the first deliveries by 2025, foresees that the selection process for the supplier company will continue until the second quarter of 2022. The platforms that are issued with RfP are; SAAB Jas39 Gripen/Sweden, Airbus Eurofighter T...
  • Is the Correct Path Followed to Build a Plane? 11 July 2019
    The planners’ decisions about the use of human resources in our country, doesn’t fit the Turkey’s aims in the aerospace thus defence industry. Universities and postgraduate institutions are unfortunately not sufficient to train required people. Our point in this article is not to criticize the existing situation, but to create a suitable atmosphere in our country to create and develop space, aviation and defence industries. Otherwise the aerospace industries won’t go f...
  • First Aid Support with Airborne
    First Aid Support with Airborne 21 June 2019
    The Indonesian Ministry of Defence signed a contract to supply six new Viking Canadair CL-515 and one upgraded Canadair CL-415EAF amphibious aircraft from Canadian-based Viking Air. Four of the CL-515 twin-turboprop aircraft will be delivered in "first responder" multi-mission configuration, while the remaining two will be handed over "in optimised aerial firefighter configuration", said the company in a statement. It also pointed out that, due to its flexible ar...
  • US Exports $ 1 Billion Worth Missile
    US Exports $ 1 Billion Worth Missile 21 May 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve possible Foreign Military Sales to Republic of Korea (ROC),  Japan and Canada. SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles for ROC, AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for Japan and MK 54 lightweight torpedoes for Canada are at stake. SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles costs $313.9 million, AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) costs $317 million, MK 54 lightweight costs $387 million. Total expor...
  • Vard Signs MOU with ASFAT
    Vard Signs MOU with ASFAT 7 May 2019
    Vard Marine Inc. announced that an MoU has been signed with Military Factory and Shipyard Management Inc. (Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme A.Ş. /ASFAT) in Turkey to promote a strategic partnership where Vard Marine provides the design of a wide range of paramilitary vessels and ASFAT coordinates construction of select projects at their approved naval shipyards in Turkey. The MoU provides an opportunity for Vard Marine to expand operations in the region and to collaborate with othe...
  • 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 ...
  • Australian F/A-18s delivered to  Canada
    Australian F/A-18s delivered to Canada 18 February 2019
    The first two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 AB Hornet aircraft to be sold to the Royal Canadian Air Force have been delivered to Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake in Alberta, Canada, following their participation in Exercise Red Flag 2019. Under a deal between the Australian and Canadian Governments, the two Hornets are the first of up to 25 aircraft that will be sold to Canada along with spares and support equipment.  
  • Griffon Modernization
    Griffon Modernization 30 January 2019
    Canada has announced modernization of CH-146 Griffon helicopters. With modernization, life of the platforms will be extended and will remain in the inventory until 2031. Total of USD 68 million agreement signed with Bell Helicopter Textron Canada for a modernization of 85 platforms. Within the scope of the program, the structural components of the platforms and avionics will be improved.Canada uses the Bell 412EP helicopters under the name CH-146 Griffon. The modernization agreement...
  • Submarine Modernization
    Submarine Modernization 24 January 2019
    Canada's made its decision to modernize its aging submarine fleet. Canada's Department of National Defence has taken action for its modernization program. The modernization decision came at a time when the underwater market was quite active. In Canada, four platforms are serving as Victoria Class. These submarines have troubles in their history. Platforms procured from the United Kingdom in 1998 and Canada spent millions of Dollars for their repair and upgrade studies of sub...
  • Dassault Shock to Canada
    Dassault Shock to Canada 9 November 2018
    An unexpected news came from Canada's ongoing fighter jet tender. Dassault who joined the competition with Rafale fighter jet, announced its withdrawal from the competition. Canada plans to procure a total of 88 fighter in the ongoing tender. The tender, which is expected to cost US $ 12.2 billion, has not yet come up with an official announcement. However, the reasons for the decision talks in the back stages are that interoperability and intelligence sharing requirements canno...
  • New Surface Combatant of Canada
    New Surface Combatant of Canada 31 October 2018
    Canada has made its decision for the new surface combatant. After the decision, the preferred candidate was announced. According to a statement from BAE Systems, it was reported that the selection was in favour of the Type 26 frigate.   Following the selection of Type 26 of Australia, the company emphasized Canada's most accurate choice. Type 26 ships, developed to replace Type 23 class platforms already serving in the Royal Navy, are intended to be important for ...
  • The Quantum Step from Boeing
    The Quantum Step from Boeing 22 October 2018
    Boeing has added a new one to its future investments. An organization on quantum and neuromorphic technologies for computer and communication technologies, which are expected to be needed by the military and civilian units in the future. With this step, the company aims to carry out important studies on quantum communication and computer systems, neuromorphic processing and advanced sensing technologies. Charles Toups, who is former vice president and general manager of Boeing's Research ...
  • Second Hand Hornet to Canada
    Second Hand Hornet to Canada 28 September 2018
    The US has approved the potential sale of the second-hand F/A-18 Hornet to Canada. After this, Canada announced that negotiations started for 25 jets with Australia. In the statement, if the negotiations and the approval process move as planned the first aircraft in 2019 was delivered to Canada. According to a report in the Australian Press, Canada will receive 18 jets, and seven jets can be supplied for use in tests and spare parts. The total amount for procurement is expected to reach US $ ...
  • Germany Plans to Sell Euro Hawk to Canada
    Germany Plans to Sell Euro Hawk to Canada 26 September 2018
    In a statement Monday, Germany's defence ministry confirmed talks with Canada were planned. No price tag or date was speculated but UAV cost $823 million to Germany. The German defence ministry has decided to “begin concrete negotiations with Canada for the sale of Euro Hawk aircraft, two ground stations and possibly certain spare parts,” Associated Press reported Monday. Last year, the government acknowledged that the development and procurement of the pro...
  • Canada retiring the CH-124 Sea King Helicopter
    Canada retiring the CH-124 Sea King Helicopter 22 September 2018
    The Royal Canadian Air Force is retiring the CH-124 Sea King on Dec. 1. The service has planned a series of events to mark the occasion.  This versatile ship-borne maritime helicopter has been in operation serving Canada since 1963 In honour of this historic finale, the Royal Canadian Air Force is inviting current and former military members, their families, and government dignitaries to join them in Victoria, BC, for a two-day retirement event. Canadian Air Force is ...
  • New Zealand to Procure Simulator
    New Zealand to Procure Simulator 10 August 2018
    New Zealand Government has approved the purchase of the NH90 simulator from Canada-based CAE. The simulators will be used for pilot training of NH90 utility helicopters in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) inventory. For the simulator planned to be deployed at RNZAF Ohakeha Base, New Zealand will pay 28.42 million US Dollars. A new building is required for the installation of the 10 meter high training device. Simulator device will be constructed in Montreal, Canada....
  • Rheinmetall Will Continue to Protect Halifax
    Rheinmetall Will Continue to Protect Halifax 20 June 2018
    Rheinmetall will upgrade Halifax Class frigates' softkill systems. Under the deal of US $ 15 million, MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) systems will be upgraded which is integrated to the Halifax Class frigates. Upgradingt work will be carried out between 2018-2022. MASS, the decoy system, was integrated into the Halifax Class frigates in 2009. In the scope of the work, dual launchers will replace with triple launchers. The project will be run by Rheinmetall...
  • Canada Indecisive in Search and Rescue
    Canada Indecisive in Search and Rescue 22 May 2018
    Sikorsky plans to offer Canada its S-92 civilian helicopter for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s search and rescue operations. The service operates a fleet of 14 Leonardo Cormorants, a variant of the EH-101, for search and rescue and is now working on a project to modernize its search and rescue fleet. Canada is yet to decide whether to buy new aircraft or upgrade the Cormorants. Sikorsky's offer would focus on providing a solution that is more affor...