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  • Two Major Contracts Soon
    Two Major Contracts Soon 3 May 2020
    The equipment and armament investments of the army are continued by adapting to suddenly changing conditions with the domestic ventures. Poland, which has an important defence industry infrastructure, continues to meet the equipment needs of the army with domestic facilities despite the COVID-19 conditions. According to the announcement from official Twitter account of the Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak, two important procurement agreements are close...
  • Küçükseyhan; "Force Majeure" should come to the agenda
    Küçükseyhan; "Force Majeure" should come to the agenda 28 April 2020
    Defence and Aviation Industry Manufacturers Association (SASAD) Deputy Secretary-General and TOBB Defence Industry Sector Assembly Chairman Yılmaz Küçükseyhan C4Defence Instagram was the guest of the live broadcast. He answered the questions of the participants who followed the broadcast. Expressing that the sector's problems will be raised at the ministerial level, Küçükseyhan demanded that the force majeure be written clearly in the tender contracts. &l...
  • F-15QA Aircraft Completes Its First Flight
    F-15QA Aircraft Completes Its First Flight 15 April 2020
    The F-15QA aircraft developed for the Qatar Emirate Air Force (QEAF) successfully performed its first flight. The platform is the version of the F-15 Advanced Eagle produced for Qatar. The plane took off from Lambert International Airport in St. Louis and remained in the air for 90 minutes. Boeing had signed contracts with Qatar in 2017 for 36 F-15QA's. Deliveries are planned to start in 2021. The company also signed another $ 500 million deal in 2019 for crew training and aircr...
  • Main Storage Battery Acquirement for Submarines
    Main Storage Battery Acquirement for Submarines 18 March 2020
    The new submarine project, which has problems in the management of processes, continues its progress. Suppliers are determined in the new generation submarine procurement program run by the Royal Australian Navy. In this context, contracts were signed with Sunlight and PMB Defence companies for the supply of main batteries, which will ensure the full operation of the platforms under water. Under the agreement, contractors will be responsible for the design, prototype manufacturing a...
  • US Will Produce Autonomous Submarine
    US Will Produce Autonomous Submarine 18 March 2020
    The cost-effective solution provided by UAVs and minimizing the human factor causes new developments. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded contracts to three companies that will help come up with a design for a long-duration unmanned underwater vehicle. Within the scope of the Manta Ray Program, autonomous platforms that require minimum logistic support and can remain operational for a long time will be produced. The contract was signed with Lockheed Martin High T...
  • Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing Will Compete for New Design
    Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing Will Compete for New Design 17 March 2020
    Bell and Sikorsky-Boeing will compete for the design planned to replace the UH-60 Black Hawk general-purpose helicopter, which has been operational since 1979. The US Army has awarded Bell and a Sikorsky-Boeing team Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction contracts for the next stage of its Future Long Range Air Assault (FLRAA) programme. Over the last several years, Bell and the Sikorsky-Boeing team designed, built and flew demonstrators for the service’s Joint Multi-Rol...
  • Layoffs to Start on Airbus
    Layoffs to Start on Airbus 20 February 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...
  • Asia-Pacific Attack from Israel
    Asia-Pacific Attack from Israel 19 February 2020
    Israel-based defence firm Elbit Systems, which has recently increased its market dominance in the Asia-Pacific region, won a contract worth some $670 million to supply defence products to an unnamed country in the Asia-Pacific region. The deal will be carried out over a 25-month period. “This significant contract award is a testament to the trust that customers place with our solutions and to the leading position we hold in the market,” Elbit CEO Bezhalel Machlis said in a stateme...
  • Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program
    Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program 15 February 2020
    Relations between the Australian Federal Government and the French company designing future submarines have hit a new low, with the Australian Defence Minister declaring she will hold the group to account on its local industry commitments. France-based Naval Group questioned the capability of local suppliers and suggested Australian businesses may not get half of the value of contracts under the $80 billion program. Naval Group Australia chief executive John Davis told The...
  • AGOSTA 90B Back to Sea 24 December 2019
    Pakistan Navy’s AGOSTA 90B class submarine (PNS / M Hamza (S-139), modernised by Turkish Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) was launched to sea. To upgrade the submarine, the Ministry of Defence of Pakistan launched a 1 + 2 (option) submarine modernisation tender in 2016. The French Naval Group shipyard (former DCNS Shipyard), which built the submarine, also participated in the bid. Pakistan chose STM and expanded the scope of the Submarine Modernization Project with ...
  • FCAS: An Agreement On The Engines
    FCAS: An Agreement On The Engines 3 December 2019
    France and Germany have reached an agreement on the industrial organisation of engines at the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme. Safran will be the main contractor and MTU subcontractor. Subsequently, the industrialists will create a joint venture at parity to carry the contracts and the certification of the engine. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Defence and Space  Dirk Hoke spoke to French Daily La Tribune at Dubai Air Show. Hoke stated that the challenges of ...
  • Modernisation Period in UAE Fleet 22 November 2019
    Mirage 2000 aircraft developed by France-based Dassault Aviation will be modernised. The platforms, which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) first decided to include in its inventory in 1983, will go through a modernisation process worth the US $ 462 million at the request of the UAE. UAE has also awarded a $350 million contract to France’s MBDA for ammunitions maintenance of the Mirage 2000 fighter fleet. The Emirates has spent more than $4 billion on defence contracts in the fir...
  • UAVs to Gather Information 11 September 2019
    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) signed contracts, as part of the PAF UAV Systems Project with Israel for four Elbit Systems Hermes 450 mid-altitude long-endurance UAVs and nine Hermes 900 UAVs. The deal was worth about $ 163 million. The first batch of Hermes 450, was delivered to the PAF. The Elbit Systems Hermes 450 has a range of 300 kilometres and an endurance of up to 20 hours. It can carry sensor and surveillance payloads of up to 150 kilograms total.  According ...
  • Five KC-390 will be Procured
    Five KC-390 will be Procured 23 August 2019
    Portugal, the largest international partner of the KC-390 program has signed contracts for five Embraer KC-390 aircraft. The Portuguese Government and Embraer signed on August 22, at a ceremony held at Embraer's facility in Évora, a contract for the acquisition of five multi-mission airlifters Embraer KC-390.  Additionally, services and support and a flight simulator are included in the contract as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capabilities to support n...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Second City Class Type 26 Goes under Construction
    Second City Class Type 26 Goes under Construction 16 August 2019
    BAE Systems starts construction on Royal Navy’s 2nd City-Class Type 26 frigate (HMS Cardiff). The ceremony took place that the BAE Systems shipyard, attended by employees, representatives from the Royal Navy and Minister for Defence Procurement Anne-Marie Trevelyan. “These ships will clearly contribute to the UK and allied security, but also make a strong economic contribution to the country. With 64 sub-contracts already placed with UK-based businesses, there will be new export o...
  • Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets
    Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets 24 July 2019
    Bulgaria's president has vetoed the country's planned $1.26 billion acquisition of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters, citing a lack of agreement and clarity over the deal. Issuing the veto on 23 July, “The commitment of Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, for years to come, without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying,” Radev said in a statement. He says the "sharp contro...
  • First Patriot Received
    First Patriot Received 17 July 2019
    The Royal Netherlands Army received the first of four upgraded Patriot air defence systems. In 2018, the Netherlands requested the US to upgrade the Patriot air defence system and Netherlands had signed approximately $ 105 million in contracts covering four systems. All four Dutch Patriot systems are to be upgraded by 2022. The system has received a major overhaul and modifications and its lifetime has been extended to 2040. The first upgraded Patriot system will undergo integration...
  • New Support for Qatar Defence Capability 13 July 2019
    Qatar signed two contracts worth $ 2.2 billion with Raytheon Company for integrated air and missile defence capability. The contracts include the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, final certification of the AMRAAM-Extended Range missile, and an unspecified quantity of additional Patriot fire units. Qatar is the first country to procure AMRAAM-ER, the surface-to-air extended-range variant of the AMRAAM air-to-air-missile. Qatar also becomes the 11th country to procure NASAMS, a ...
  • Additional F-16 to be Procured 12 July 2019
      A day after Bulgaria’s Cabinet approved a deal with the US to buy eight F-16 fighter jets, the Bulgaria’s Ministry of Defence said that Bulgaria intended buying a further eight, paying in instalments. The deal approved by Bulgaria’s Cabinet on July 10 requires the approval of the National Assembly. If parliament's approval is received, four contracts covering the delivery of eight new aircraft and the training of pilots and ground staff will be signed. T...
  • Inventory Changes Coming
    Inventory Changes Coming 24 June 2019
    According to the Czech Ministry of Defence's statement on June 17, Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar has submitted three contracts totalling nearly CZK4 USD176.6 million to the government for two C295 transport aircraft, the upgrade of 33 T-72M tanks, and a flight planning system. “The Army of the Czech Republic [ACR] needs to increase its transport capacity and replace the obsolete Yak-40s,” Metnar said, adding that the new aircraft would “be more economical,...
  • Turkish Suppliers to be Evaded from F-35 program in 2020
    Turkish Suppliers to be Evaded from F-35 program in 2020 8 June 2019
        The Pentagon is preparing to transfer Turkey’s industrial participation in the F-35 to other countries unless Ankara reverses course on its plans to buy the Russian S-400 air defence system according to US based “Defence News”. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defence for acquisition and sustainment, noted that Turkish participation in the program would be allowed to continue if it drops its plan to buy the Russian air defence system....
  • Airbus May Sue German Government
    Airbus May Sue German Government 7 May 2019
    Germany’s blockage over arms exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia goes into the next round. Airbus wants to take the Federal Government to court to reach export licenses, Der Spiegel reported May 4.  Berlin is preventing Airbus from delivering helicopters and a border security system to Saudi Arabia by withholding export licenses. “Airbus reserves all legal options in the dispute,” Dirk Hoke, head of Airbus Defence and Space, told Der Spiegel. 
  • Russia Cancels Azerbaijan Sale
    Russia Cancels Azerbaijan Sale 10 December 2018
    Russian newspaper Kommersant announced cancellation of Russia's arms trade with Azerbaijan. Russia has stepped-back from sale of anti-ship systems to be procured to Azerbaijan. Decision for the sale of Bal-E and 3M24s, which the Baku administration decided to procure in a small amount, is cancelled. Systems that have not yet signed contracts for their procurement are used in anti-ship missions. It is stated that Russia took the decision because it could be a threat to the Russia...
  • Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS
    Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS 8 December 2018
    Organised in Karachi, the capital of Pakistan’s Sindh state, IDEAS Defence Exhibition witnessed a veiled competition between Turkey featuring the largest participation in scope and China, which sought benefits from time-honoured relations based on infrastructure.   Suppliers from the two countries not only competed for exhibition area or number of visitors; they also made huge efforts to develop relations. While contracts signed between China Shipbuilding Indust...
  • Ukraine and Turkey Expand Cooperation On Maritime Platforms
    Ukraine and Turkey Expand Cooperation On Maritime Platforms 24 November 2018
    Ukraine and Turkey have extended bilateral cooperation in the defence industry complex and are considering the prospects for cooperation in setting up joint ventures in the field of construction of land-based, aviation and Maritime platforms. This was reported by the press service of the National Security and Defence Council  (NSDC) of Ukraine. Ukrainian First Deputy Secretary of the NSDC Oleg Hladkovskiy met with President of the Defence Industry of Turkey Professor ...
  • Belbas: We Look for Cooperation 6 November 2018
    Acting Director of SpetsTechnoExport (STE) Vladyslav Belbas met with Turkish journalists during the Arms and Security Expo held in Kiev. STE currently develops business among Turkish and Ukrainian companies. Belbas underlined that government-to-government relations are very good and both sides are determined to deepen relations even more. Comparing Ukraine with China in terms of production costs, Belbas invites Turkish companies to invest in Ukraine. During our interview, we had the opportuni...
  • Indian Training Jets fitted with Inferior Engines
    Indian Training Jets fitted with Inferior Engines 4 November 2018
    Pilots training to join the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy are flying jets fitted with inferior engines and “Category B” or “second-hand components” that seriously affect the “quality of the aircraft”, a recent audit by the Comptroller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) according to Hindustan Times. India bought 123 Hawk - 106 for IAF and 17 for the Navy from British company BAES in 2004. 28 of these 123 jets were to be bought in flyaw...
  • Australian $50 Billion Submarine Contract Deadlocked
    Australian $50 Billion Submarine Contract Deadlocked 29 September 2018
    According to Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) the Defence Minister Christopher Pyne refused to meet top French officials visiting the country this week.  Naval Group was selected in 2016 to build 12 submarines for the Australian Navy, in the country's largest-ever defence contract worth $50 billion.  ABC claaims that Minister  Pyne will only meet the chief executive of the majority French state-owned company once a crucial document, the strategic part...
  • Spain Sends Bombs After Saudi Financial Threat
    Spain Sends Bombs After Saudi Financial Threat 15 September 2018
    Spain appears to have given up against financial pressure to deliver 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, reversing a recent decision to put the deal on hold. The Socialist administration, which came to power in June, decided last week to halt the shipment, which was part of a €141.7 million arms deal signed in 2015 by the previous conservative government. Current government stated their fears that the weapons could be used against civilians in Yemen. The Spanish f...
  • USAF Cancels ‘Bunker-Buster’ Contract Due to Foreign-Owned Recipient 7 September 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) has cancelled one of two contracts recently awarded to manufacture BLU-137/B penetrator warheads because the recipient is foreign-owned and so unqualified according to the Jane’s. Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) protocol bars US from completing the award. The USAF has therefore withdrawn a USD419.6 million deal for 300 BLU-137/B ‘bunker buster’ bodies awarded to Finkl & Sons Company on 27 June. The Jane’s ...
  • MK- Bombs for Kuwaiti Hornets
    MK- Bombs for Kuwaiti Hornets 3 August 2018
    US State Department has decided approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of various Mk- series munitions for an estimated cost of $40.4 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Kuwait has requested to buy 1 020 Mk-82 500 lb. bombs, 1002 Mk-83 1000 lb. bombs and 600 Mk-84 2000 lb. bombs.  Also included in the sale are general purpose bomb components an...
  • Italy will stop buying more F-35 fighter jets
    Italy will stop buying more F-35 fighter jets 7 July 2018
    Italy will not buy more Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets and is considering whether to stick to the order to which it is already committed, Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said on Friday. According to the official U.S. government program of record, Italy’s intention was to procure a total of 90 F-35s. Under the current plan, Aeronautica Militare is programmed to receive 60 F-35A CTOLs and 15 F-35B STOVLs, while Marina Militare is programmed to acquire 15 F-35B STOVLs....
  • Kenya Orders C-27Js and AW139s from Leonardo
    Kenya Orders C-27Js and AW139s from Leonardo 4 July 2018
    Italy’s Leonardo has signed contracts to deliver three Alenia C-27J Spartan and un undisclosed number of AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters to Kenya. Kenyan Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich told the Kenyan Parliament’s Public Accounts committee on June 26 that the government had taken two loans to pay for the new aircraft: one for $198,5 million to pay for the C-27Js, and a second one further €51.8 million to pay for the helicopters. Both loans were extended ...
  • Turkey exports weapon to USA
    Turkey exports weapon to USA 18 June 2018
    US Army has bought weapon from Turkey. Zenith Firearms will submit 30 submachine guns to army until August 1st that will be acquired from Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company (Makina ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu / MKEK). The Army service has not purchased a new submachine gun for more than seventy years and is reportedly considering them for units tasked with protecting senior Army leaders under the Sub Compact Weapon (SCW) program. The service posted a Request for Information (RFI) in...
  • US Navy Selects Naval Strike Missile for LCS Over-the-Horizon Missile
    US Navy Selects Naval Strike Missile for LCS Over-the-Horizon Missile 3 June 2018
    US Navy has selected The Norwegian-designed Naval Strike Missile for the fleet’s littoral combat ships (LCSs) and the future guided-missile frigates. The 'Naval Strike Missile' (NSM) was submitted for consideration to the US Navy by Norwegian defence firm Kongsberg Defence Systems jointly with US defence contractor Raytheon, beating out offerings from Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The $14.8 million contract awarded to Raytheon will purchase the first round of m...
  • German Minister Wants Additional €12 Billion Budget
    German Minister Wants Additional €12 Billion Budget 2 May 2018
    German Minister of Defense Ursula van der Leyen wants €12 billion in additional funding over the current term of parliament to fix the armed forces’ most urgent capability gaps. Reportedly, German minister also wants to award 18 armaments contracts this year, each worth over 25 million.  This demand created opposition between Defence and Finance Ministries, as Finance Minister Olaf Scholz's financial plan for the next five years foresees an increase in ...
  • Turkey Signed Export Contracts at DIMDEX
    Turkey Signed Export Contracts at DIMDEX 13 March 2018
    On the 2nd day of the DIMDEX 2018 fair, significant agreements were signed between Turkish firms and the State of Qatar. At the International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2018) held in Doha, Turkey has signed new export contracts. Under a contract, BMC will produce 50 Kirpi MRAP and 35 Amazon armored vehicles for the needs of the Qatari army. After two years of negotiations, a final agreement was signed between ADIK Shipyard and Qatari Navy for the supply of two tra...
  • Thales Boost to Tiger Fleets
    Thales Boost to Tiger Fleets 15 February 2018
    Thales has been awarded two contracts by Spanish Army Aviation and German Armed Forces for its 70mm/2.75” rockets, the company announced on 13 February. Spain has ordered 1000 70mm/2.75 rockets, while Germany has ordered 10,000. Both countries will equip their Tiger helicopter fleets with Thales' rocket systems. The German rockets will feature a modified rocket motor FZ90 Mod4 with reduced debris.