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  • 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...
  • Bahrain  to get Refurbished Oliver Hazard Perry Class Ship
    Bahrain  to get Refurbished Oliver Hazard Perry Class Ship 24 October 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain to refurbish the Oliver Hazard Perry Class ship, ex ROBERT G. BRADLEY (FFG 49) with support for an estimated cost of $150 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 22, 2019. The Government of Bahrain has requested refurbishment of the Oliver Hazard Perry Class ship, ex ROBERT G. BRADLEY (FFG 49),...
  • U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km
    U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km 20 October 2019
      The U.S. Army is developing a new weapon capable of reaching 1,850 km. The U.S. Army released Directive 2017-33, which led to the establishment of the Army Futures Command Task Force and the outlining of six modernisation priorities. One of the concepts unveiled by the Army Futures Command, known as the "Strategic Long-Range Cannon" (SLRC) is based on scaling up existing howitzers and rocket-boosted artillery shells to a much bigger size and range capability. Army b...
  • Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM
    Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM 18 October 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Republic of Korea (ROK) of (120) AIM-120C-7/C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) with support for an estimated cost of $253 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. ROK has requested to buy 120 AMRAAM. Also included are containers; weapon support and support equipment; spare and repair parts; U.S. Government and co...
  • Morocco to Acquire $985 Million Worth Weapon
    Morocco to Acquire $985 Million Worth Weapon 14 September 2019
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of various TOW-2A missiles and weapons for an estimated cost of $985 million. The proposed sale includes sale of 2,401 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF); and 28 TOW 2A, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71-4B-RF). The estimated cost is $776 million. Morocco government has also requested the sale of 5,810 MK82-1 Bombs (Tritonal); 300 MK84-4 Bombs (Tritonal); 105 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM...
  • Torpedoes for Korea
    Torpedoes for Korea 28 August 2019
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea (ROK) of 31 MK 54 All Up Round lightweight torpedoes with support for an estimated cost of $72 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019. ROK has also requested torpedo containers, Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers, Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks...
  • Japan to acquire SM-3 Block IIA Missiles
    Japan to acquire SM-3 Block IIA Missiles 28 August 2019
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of up to 73 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA with support for an estimated cost of $3.295 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to 73 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles. Also included are MK 29 Canisters with packing, handl...
  • The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan
    The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan 17 August 2019
    Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force (RoCAF) has confirmed it will be getting new F-16s. An infographic put out by the RoCAF has confirmed that it will be getting new F-16s. The RoCAF says it will stand up a new tactical fighter wing for these new jets. It should be made up of three squadrons. The jets will also come with conformal fuel tanks and uprated engines – which could mean the GE F110. Earlier, the Washington Post said the Trump administration has put up the $8 billion...
  • F-35 Lowers Readiness Rates 11 August 2019
    US Air Force suffers from low readiness rates; the newer aircraft is, the lower readiness is. The US renews its fleets to sustain high readiness rate but on the contrary, it decreases the Air Force Times report indicates. Lockheed Martin is waiting for the green light to start at serial production but it needs first Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) approval. Under federal law, a major defence acquisition program cannot legally proceed to full-rate production unt...
  • USA has Green Signalled
    USA has Green Signalled 31 July 2019
    The United States has green signalled Republic of Korea’s request to provide Contractor Logistics Support for four RQ-4 Block 30 Remotely Hawk high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles. Seoul had requested to purchase contractor logistics support, programme management, depot and organisational level maintenance, technical and logistics services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support, adding that the total estimated programme cost i...
  • House Blocks Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE
    House Blocks Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE 20 July 2019
    The House of Representatives passed three resolutions Wednesday to block the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.   U.S. President Donald Trump had invoked an emergency provision to allow him to circumvent Congress to push the $8.1 billion arms sales through- including precision-guided munitions — to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Lawmakers expressed outrage over Trump’s tactics.   Trump...
  • Greece to get Romeo
    Greece to get Romeo 13 July 2019
        The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with support for an estimated cost of $600 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 12, 2019. The Government of Greece has requested to buy up to seven MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters equipped with 10 APS-l 53(V) Multi-Mode R...
  • Bulgaria Buys Eight F-16V Fighters from US
    Bulgaria Buys Eight F-16V Fighters from US 10 July 2019
      Bulgaria announced today that it has reached an agreement to buy eight new-build Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets for its air force, Reuters reported from Sofia. The aircraft will cost $1.256 billion, and constitute Bulgaria’s biggest military acquisition since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. The new F-16s will replace the obsolete MiG-29 fighters currently operated by the Bulgarian air force. The Defence Secu...
  • Modernisation to Nuclear Force
    Modernisation to Nuclear Force 28 June 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...
  • US to Sell F-16 to Bulgaria
    US to Sell F-16 to Bulgaria 4 June 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Bulgaria of F-16C/D Block 70/72 aircraft with support for an estimated cost of $1.673 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 30, 2019. The Government of Bulgaria has requested to buy eight F-16 C/D Block 70/72 aircraft; ten F110 General Electric engines; ten Link-16 Multi-Functional Information Distri...
  • $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries
    $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries 27 May 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 ...
  • 3 Billion for 24 AH-64E Apache Helicopters
    3 Billion for 24 AH-64E Apache Helicopters 10 May 2019
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of 24 AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.0 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Qatar has requested to buy 24 AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters; 52 T700-GE-701D engines; 2,500 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles; also included are 28 M230 30mm autom...
  • F-35 to Be Costlier according to Pentagon
    F-35 to Be Costlier according to Pentagon 24 April 2019
    The estimated total price for research and procurement has increased by $22 billion in current dollars adjusted for inflation, according to the Pentagon’s latest annual cost assessment of major projects. Defence Department’s latest Selected Acquisition Report sent to Congress last week underlines an increase to $428.4 billion from $406.2 billion in acquisition costs, about a 5.5 percent increase. The Report states that the increase isn’t due to poor perfo...
  • Japan to Acquire Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB
    Japan to Acquire Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB 10 April 2019
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of up to 56 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB missiles for an estimated cost of $1.150 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan has also requested missile canisters. The SM-3® interceptor is a defensive weapon the U.S. Navy uses to destroy short- to interm...

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