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  • MQ-9B SkyGuardian to Be Sold to UAE
    MQ-9B SkyGuardian to Be Sold to UAE 7 November 2020
    The White House will sell the MQ-9B SkyGuardian drone to the UAE, Reuters reported. The sale, which is expected to be worth about US$2.9 billion, will cover 18 drones. The UAE has long shown an interest in the purchase of UAV from the United States and will be among the first customers to procure the platforms after Washington changed its export policy on drones. Platforms will be delivered to the UAE in 2024 if Congress approves the sale of the MQ-9B, which provides air s...
  • United Arab Emirates to Buy 50 F-35s
    United Arab Emirates to Buy 50 F-35s 30 October 2020
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) demand for the F-35A Lightning II is taking form. The UAE signed a 'normalization' agreement with Israel, after which it made a formal application to the United States for the purchase of F-35 fighter jets. There is an estimated amount compiled with US State Department reports on the details of the deal after the White House gave unofficial information to Congress about its plan to sell the F-35 fighter jet to the UAE. Accor...
  • Ukraine: "Together with Turkey, we will produce Corvette, Motor and UAV"
    Ukraine: "Together with Turkey, we will produce Corvette, Motor and UAV" 21 October 2020
    Between Ukraine and Turkey, the associated with the defence industry is increasing. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy, speaking in the Ukrainian Parliament, said that many countries are working to improve his country's armed forces. "The US Congress has approved $250m in military aid to Ukraine. We have signed a 1 billion 250 million Pound agreement with the United Kingdom to strengthen the Ukrainian Navy. We're going to get the Island-class patrol ships. Together with Turke...
  • Two NSM for Romania
    Two NSM for Romania 18 October 2020
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defence Systems (CDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $300 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.   The Government of Romania has requested to buy two CDS consisting of up to ten Link-16 Multifunctional Information ...
  • US Senators ask Trump Administration precautions for Israel’s security
    US Senators ask Trump Administration precautions for Israel’s security 13 October 2020
      US Senators Bob Menendez and Senator Jack Reed called the Trump Administration to explain in detail how it will deal with specific national security risks inherent in the Administration’s proposed sale of the F-35 aircraft to the United Arab Emirates. Menendez is ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Reed is Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “There are numerous questions as to how the national securi...
  • US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland
    US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland 12 October 2020
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and weapons and related equipment for an estimated cost of $14.7 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. Finland has requested to buy 50 F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft; eight F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft; 14 EA-18G Growler aircraft; 166 F414-GE-400 engines (144...
  • Qatar Applies for F-35
    Qatar Applies for F-35 8 October 2020
    Qatar has submitted a formal request to the United States to buy F-35 fighter jets according to Reuters' exclusive report. A U.S. State Department spokesman said, “As a matter of policy, the United States does not confirm or comment on proposed defence sales or transfers until they are formally notified to Congress.” The Qatari embassy in Washington, D.C. did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Establishing diplomatic relations with ...
  • Japan to Acquire Ram Block 2 Tactical Missiles
    Japan to Acquire Ram Block 2 Tactical Missiles 29 September 2020
      The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of RAM Block 2 Tactical Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $55.311 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to fifty-one (51) Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 Tactical Missiles, RIM-116C.  Also includ...
  • US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships
    US Navy Plans to invest on Unmanned Ships 18 September 2020
    A recent Congressional Research Service Report reveals that the US Navy may swap out traditional ships for crewless vessels. According to the report, the Navy is requesting about $580 million in research and development funding for the fiscal year 2021 for on developing and producing several types of large unmanned vehicles (UVs) their enabling technologies. “The Navy wants to acquire these large UVs as part of an effort to shift the Navy to a more distributed fleet ...
  • 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...
  • China's Third Aircraft Carrier May Soon Land in Water
    China's Third Aircraft Carrier May Soon Land in Water 15 September 2020
    China's aircraft carrier construction is "smoothly", and the platform will be submerged at the end of this year or early 2021, ordnance Industry Science Technology said in a report. Chinese media have published photos of the ship taken in September 2020. Satellite images in May and June drew attention to some sections brought to Shanghai-based Jiangnan Shipyard. These sections are estimated to belong to China's third aircraft carrier and were brought in f...
  • France gets Support for Hercules
    France gets Support for Hercules 4 September 2020
    The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France of four AE-2100D Turbo Prop engines and two Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade Two (MIDS-LVT BU2) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $350 million. Items will be integrated on C-130 Hercules. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of Franc...
  • Spain to acquire 100 AIM-120C AMRAAM
    Spain to acquire 100 AIM-120C AMRAAM 4 September 2020
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Spain of one hundred (100) AIM-120C-7/8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and one AMRAAM Guidance Section (spare) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $248.5 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.  
  • US DoD report China boasts world’s largest navy
    US DoD report China boasts world’s largest navy 3 September 2020
      According to the US Department of Defence (DoD) the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has the largest navy in the world, surpassing the US Navy. DOD has released its ‘2020 China Military Power Report’. The report is submitted to Congress annually. The Pentagon said: “The PRC has the largest navy in the world, with an overall battle force of approximately 350 ships and submarines including over 130 major surface combatants. “In ...
  • AIM-120C-8 Plan
    AIM-120C-8 Plan 31 August 2020
    Working to improve its capabilities by restructuring its army, Japan will consolidate its air power with new systems. The US Department of Defence informed Congress about the export of new weapons. In this context, Washington will procure air-to-air missiles to Tokyo. In the statement made on August 26, the DoD announced that the sale of 32 AIM-120C-8 air-to-air missiles to Japan was approved. Japan had requested 32 units of AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Ai...
  • U.S. Congressman: "I will not support arms sales to Turkey"
    U.S. Congressman: "I will not support arms sales to Turkey" 13 August 2020
    Four members of the U.S. Congress have signed agreements that have prevented arms sales to Turkey for nearly two years. U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Bob Menendez, House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee member Mike McCaul -- the United States has blocked arm...
  • Netherlands Requests to Acquire 16 AIM-120C-8
    Netherlands Requests to Acquire 16 AIM-120C-8 28 July 2020
    The State Department has decided a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Netherlands of 16 AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $39 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of the Netherlands has also requested to buy containers, weapon systems support and support equipment, spare and rep...
  • The US to Conduct Military Training with Cyprus
    The US to Conduct Military Training with Cyprus 10 July 2020
      The United States announced that it will conduct military training with the Greek Cypriot government that claims to represent the whole Island with the name of the Republic of Cyprus. The training will be for the first time. The United States announced the move Wednesday. The announcement came months after the US Congress late last year ended an arms embargo on the entire island, imposed in 1987 to prevent an arms race and encourage a peaceful settlement. ...
  • U.S. Senators Worried about Turkey's Role in F-35 Program
    U.S. Senators Worried about Turkey's Role in F-35 Program 9 July 2020
    Republican and Democratic Senators submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Defense, which included questions about the continuity of part delivery between the United States and Turkey under the F-35 program. The letter said Ankara did not act as a responsible actor in the programme and was moving away from the expected cooperation as a NATO ally. Republican senators James Lankford and Thom Tillis and Democratic senators Jeanne Shaheen and Chris Van Hollen said, " From huma...
  • Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion
    Indonesia to Acquire 8 MV-22 Osprey For $2 Billion 7 July 2020
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress late Monday of their approval of a possible Foreign Military Sale of MV-22 Ospreys to Indonesia. The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia of eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. <...
  • "S-400 Blocks Trade Deal with U.S."
    "S-400 Blocks Trade Deal with U.S." 25 June 2020
    Foreign Economic Relations Board (Dış Ekonomik İlişkiler Kurulu/ DEİK) Chairman Nail Olpak and Turkey-USA Business Council (Türkiye-ABD İş Konseyi/ TAİK) Chairman Mehmet Ali Yalcindag met with U.S. Republican Party Senator Lindsey Graham on a video conference call. During the meeting, Graham discussed what Turkey and the United States need for the economic integration process, and noted the importance of reaching a free trade agreement between the two countries. Graha...
  • US’ Mark VI Patrol Boats at Black Sea
    US’ Mark VI Patrol Boats at Black Sea 17 June 2020
    US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Ukraine of up to 16 Mark VI Patrol Boats and related equipment for an estimated cost of $600 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Mark VI is a class of patrol boat in service with the United States Navy, designed to patrol riverine and littoral waters.  ...
  • F-35 in need of Turkey 2 June 2020
    According to a report presented to the US Congress, F-35 is experiencing problems in the production process by excluding Turkey from the program. According to the report of the US Government Accountability Office / GAO, while the mass production process is speeding up, the failure to supply the parts both slows down the process and increases the cost. According to the report, in July 2018, 875 pieces were missing a month. This amount reached 8 thousand in July 2019. The same 20 sub-supply com...
  • Taiwan Announces Readiness for China's Military Intervention
    Taiwan Announces Readiness for China's Military Intervention 30 May 2020
    China's refusal to formally accept Taiwan and increase its political stance against the country's independence. At a meeting of china's National People's Congress in 2005, a bill against Taiwan's independence was unanimously adopted. On the anniversary of the Separatist Law on Friday, a senior Chinese general threatened that "Taiwan will intervene to block independence" if Beijing has no choice. Taiwan's National Defence Minister Yen Teh-f...
  • U.S. Hides Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia
    U.S. Hides Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia 28 May 2020
    A senior senator said the Trump administration is pursuing a new arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The news has sparked a backlash from multiple high-profile Senate Democrats. It came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday confirmed that he knew his department’s inspector general, Steve Linick, who the president fired this month, was investigating a massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia made last year. Senator Bob Menendez, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, spoke ...
  • Griffin III Candidate to Optionally Manned Vehicle
    Griffin III Candidate to Optionally Manned Vehicle 17 May 2020
    New generation land vehicles designed with next generation technology components are developed with the optionally unmanned use capability. The United States Congressional Research Service released a report on the OMFV (Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle) Program launched in line with the needs of the US Army. In the document, product of General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) Griffin III was nominated for the process. The OMFV Program was launched for the...
  • F-35 Needs Turkish Contribution
    F-35 Needs Turkish Contribution 13 May 2020
    According to a report presented to the US Congress F-35 production programme is experiencing supply problems. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on May 12 and stated the situation. GAO explained the problems caused by the inability to supply parts while the mass production process is accelerating. The report says in sum; The F-35 program is at risk of missing its test schedule and not meeting manufacturing leading practices. In 2019, the F-35 prog...
  • Unusual Training at Far East
    Unusual Training at Far East 5 May 2020
    In the Far East, where the waters are getting warmer every day, training activities continue at full speed as well as armament. The USA continues its training activities despite COVID-19. Within the framework of these activities, fixed-wing air elements affiliated to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) conducted anti-surface warfare trainings. F/A-18 Hornets of the Marines conducted exercises on simulated attack scenarios with AGM-84D Harpoon missiles. The trai...
  • US Concentration Increasing in Europe
    US Concentration Increasing in Europe 7 April 2020
    The military intensity in the Cold War days makes itself felt again. East and West are increasing the concentration on Europe day by day. The USA is determined to increase the military intensity it has lowered in Europe after the end of the Cold War. The U.S. European Command (EUCOM), which had been requesting additional ships for a long time, requested to the deployment of two additional destroyers from Congress in early March. EUCOM Commander General Tod Wolters said in ...
  • Threat May Accelerate Anti-Ship Missile Deliveries
    Threat May Accelerate Anti-Ship Missile Deliveries 18 March 2020
    The waters are warmer than ever in the lands where the sun rises. The West has tightened its steps to balance China's increasing force in the region, which has become a complete production giant and launching many ships it has built. Unable to respond to China's increasing surface threat at the pace it wishes, the USA takes measures not to lose the initiative. In this context, the US Marine Corps (United States Marine Corps / USMC) can take anti-ship missile s...
  • Awarding Ceremony for METU Robotics Competitions
    Awarding Ceremony for METU Robotics Competitions 25 February 2020
    The 17th METU International Robot Days, sponsored by STM, ended with an award ceremony. In the event, where hundreds of young people interested in the robot world came together, 2,500 people participated in the competitions held for two days. To popularize robotics in Turkey on 22-23 February to promote activities held at the METU Culture and Congress Center from different provinces of Turkey showed their talent in high school and college students. METU Robot Days, where f...
  • Robots Competing
    Robots Competing 21 February 2020
    Turkey's first and most established organisation of robotic competitions 17th  International METU Robotics Days, taking place on 22-23 February in STM's primary sponsor. Middle East Technical University Robot Society set the completion for the first time in 2002 as Robot Days, and it became an international completion in 2008. The competion will be held at METU Culture and Congress Centre (KKM). METU Robot Days aim to popularise robotics in Turkey. There are s...
  • IADWS for India
    IADWS for India 15 February 2020
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of an Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) for an estimated cost of $1.867 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on February 7, 2020. The Government of India has requested to buy an Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) comprised of five AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems; 118 AMRAAM AIM...
  • Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall
    Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall 14 February 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...
  • Miller before Obama
    Miller before Obama 19 January 2020
    The fourth Ford-class carrier will be named in honour of World War II icon Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black recipient of the Navy Cross for bravery, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The naming of CVN-81 is expected to be announced during a Monday ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former...
  • Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration
    Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration 3 January 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...
  • Agressor Ban to LRIP F-35A Aircraft
    Agressor Ban to LRIP F-35A Aircraft 2 January 2020
    The US Senate halted plans temporarily LRIP F-35A Lightning aircraft using as Aggressor. With the modern aircraft development projects in Russia and China with low radar cross-sectional area, the US Air Force began preparations to take measures against the fifth generation threats coming from the east. In this context, the plan of using LRIP F-35A Lightning IIs as "Aggressor" missions has been temporarily suspended. The decision of the F-35As, which was postponed to a late...
  • Trump Admin Fights Bill Punishing Turkey
    Trump Admin Fights Bill Punishing Turkey 24 December 2019
    According to The Daily Beast, The US State Department laid out the administration’s opposition to sanctions on Turkey in a seven-page memo sent to the Senate. In an exclusive report from the Daily, it is stated that the Trump administration sent a detailed memo to senators. The administration is fighting a bill that would punish Turkey for buying S-400 Russian air defence missiles. The administration claims that the legislation would drive the countries closer together. ...
  • New Zealand to Acquire C-130J Aircraft
    New Zealand to Acquire C-130J Aircraft 26 November 2019
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to New Zealand of five C-130J aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.4 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of New Zealand has requested to buy five C-130J aircraft; 24 Rolls Royce AE-2100D3 turboprop engines (20 installed, four spares).  
  • Morocco to buy 36 Apache
    Morocco to buy 36 Apache 21 November 2019
    Morocco has been cleared to buy up to 36 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for an estimated value of USD 4.25 billion. US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of 36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 19, 2019. The Government of M...