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  • European Anti-Tank Program LynkEU Gets Ready for Trials
    European Anti-Tank Program LynkEU Gets Ready for Trials 11 July 2020
    The first test shots of the European anti-tank defence program LynkEU will take place soon. The program aims to create a common European anti-tank capability BLOS (Beyond Line Of Sight) (BLOS). In the tests, the missile, which will be the MBDA’s MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée), will be fired from an armoured vehicle battle tower with UAV targeting data. MBDA’s MMP missile was selected to fulfil the European Beyond-Line-Of-Sight battlefield engagement capability on th...
  • Approval to F-35B Lightning II Sale
    Approval to F-35B Lightning II Sale 10 July 2020
    Procurement processes for the F-35 Lightning II, which comes to the fore frequently due to the technical and infrastructure problems, continue. The USA continues to sell F-35 Lightning II. Washington has approved the sale of giant F-35 package, which requested by Japan requested. In this context, Tokyo will receive a total of 105 F-35 Lightning IIs. 63 of the platforms to be acquired by the country were announced as F-35A and 42 of them as F-35B. Announcing the 2020-2021 defenc...
  • Long Range Strike Capability to Greek Apaches
    Long Range Strike Capability to Greek Apaches 10 July 2020
    Despite the economic problems, Greece continues to invest in arms and defence spending. Greece plans to modernize AH-64 Apache helicopters with the acquisition of surplus spare parts from the United Arab Emirates, which modernized its AH-64 Apache helicopters. Modernization of 19 helicopters is foreseen within the scope of the process, the total cost of which is thought to be 35 million USD. In this context, it is planned to replace the TADS/PNVS hardware of the platforms with ...
  • Huge Armoured Enginering Vehicle Order
    Huge Armoured Enginering Vehicle Order 9 July 2020
    Armoured engineering vehicles can perform tasks such as opening and maintaining battlefield and removing obstacles under fire and forming military fortifications thanks to their armour protection. These aspects make the platforms one of the most important components of the battlefield. In addition to permanent and temporary deployments, the USA, which often appears in the battlefield, acquires additional armoured engineering vehicles. Under the comprehensive agre...
  • Black Hawk sales from the USA
    Black Hawk sales from the USA 8 July 2020
    The U.S. Department of State approved a total of seven UH-60M sales to the Kingdom of Jordan and Lithuania. According to the US Defence and Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), one of these helicopters is for Jordan and the remaining six are for Lithuania. Jordan will pay $ 23 million for a single helicopter, and Lithuania will pay a total of $ 380 million for six helicopters. If Lithuania's helicopters were in the same configuration of Jordan, they would have cost $ 138 million instead of...
  • Light Mortar Procurement
    Light Mortar Procurement 8 July 2020
    Commando mortars are still preserving their importance, thanks to their indirect firing ability and the carrying firepower wherever infantry can reach. Hirterberger Defence, which has a 160-year long history in the field of defence, will equip the French Army with 60 mm of commando mortar. An agreement was signed with Austria-based Hirtenberger Defense Europe GmbH as part of the program launched by the state defence procurement agency DGA (Direction générale de l&rsquo...
  • France to Improve Navy AEW&C Capability
    France to Improve Navy AEW&C Capability 8 July 2020
    Ship-based airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft are eyes of the carrier task force in front lines, especially in open seas. Being the only user of nuclear aircraft carrier expect the USA, France is on the way to improve its ship-based AEW&C capability. In this context, Washington approved the possible sale of three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye under the FMS (Foreign Military Sales) to Paris. The total cost of the platforms and the necessary equipment was es...
  • Approval to Stryker Sale
    Approval to Stryker Sale 7 July 2020
    Stryker family armoured vehicles, developed by the USA for fast deployment missions during the Cold War, continue their duties in different countries. The U.S. Department of Defence Pentagon approved the sale of 27 M1126 Stryker armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to Argentina under FMS (Foreign Military Sales). Buenos Aires had requested 27 M1126 Stryker and .50 cal mm M2 machine guns from the US in the past months. It was announced that the total cost of the platforms would be...
  • 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. <...
  • Guided Artillery Rocket Order
    Guided Artillery Rocket Order 6 July 2020
    With the advancing electronic technology, the artillery rockets, which have gained the guidance ability, offer different solutions suitable for the mission type to the user thanks to the high precision strike capability. Germany, which actively uses M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) platforms under the name MARS II (Mittleres Artillerie Raketen System), will acquire guided artillery rockets. The German Army (Bundeswehr) announced on July 2 with a press release that the parli...
  • UCAV Fleet Expands
    UCAV Fleet Expands 6 July 2020
    Unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) are an important power multiplier both by their endurance and offering attack opportunities to opportunity targets. In addition, the new generation of light smart ammunition creates a significant air force pressure on the enemy. Serbia is continuing its work on modernization and military system procurement to improve army facilities and meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. In this context, introducing the platforms that ha...
  • New Dimension of the Battlefield: Unmanned Armoured Combat Vehicles
    New Dimension of the Battlefield: Unmanned Armoured Combat Vehicles 5 July 2020
    Unmanned ground vehicles, started to duty on battlefield with destroying armoured vehicles, gain different dimensions with the developing technology. Estonian-based Milrem Robotics, which is currently working on 10 different concepts, has announced its new unmanned ground vehicle. The new platform introduced as Type-X was equipped with the CPWS II (Cockerill Protected Weapon Station Gen. II) turret, which developed by John Cockerill. Type-X, the first platform developed in line...
  • Approval to Cargo Aircraft Procurement
    Approval to Cargo Aircraft Procurement 3 July 2020
    Cargo aircraft are a key solution for the transportation and supply of armed forces power over long distances in a short time. Upon the request, USA has approved the possible sale of C-130H Hercules transport aircraft to Tunisia and Morocco under FMS (Foreign Military Sales). In this context, two C-130H aircraft will be transferred to Morocco, which made a request in July of last year. In addition to the platforms, the amount to be paid to the USA by Morocco, which wi...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Become Expensive for Kuwait
    Eurofighter Typhoon Become Expensive for Kuwait 2 July 2020
    The new address of the Eurofighter Typhoons, which currently serve in the inventory of many countries, was Kuwait. In the past days, the procurement process of the aircraft has been brought up again in the country. The Kuwait parliament opened an investigation for Eurofighter Typhoons, which procurement process dating back to September 2015. Although the investigation process that started due to the high cost is already at a deadlock due to COVID-19, the repercussions of the budgets...
  • New Apache Order
    New Apache Order 2 July 2020
    AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, which have made their maiden flight in 1975 and have been in production since 1983, do not lose their popularity. Morocco, which has entered a remarkable arms race with the countries in the region, has ordered the AH-64E Apache to the USA. The country will receive a total of 24 platforms within the scope of procurement, the total cost of which is estimated at 440 million USD. According to the statement from Boeing, deliveries that will start in 2024 ...
  • Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets
    Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets 1 July 2020
    Republic of Ireland airspace has been frequently visited by Russian fighters recently. The Irish government wants to put an end to these visits. It also wants to be less dependent on British Royal Air fighters to defend its sovereignty. The Irish Air Corps has had no combat jet since 1998, when the Light Strike Squadron, operating on second-hand French Fouga CM170 Magister, was disbanded. The corps also lacks a national radar system.   To address the increasing threat...
  • Multnational Tanker Delivery
    Multnational Tanker Delivery 30 June 2020
    Aerial refuelling aircraft are an important force multiplier for the forces as they extend the flight range and endurance of the fleets without the requirement for a base. Airbus announced that the first A330 MRTT (Multirole Tanker Transport) was officially delivered to the Multinational Tanker Transport Fleet created for the use of NATO countries. The program, which is carried out in cooperation with OCCAR and NSPA, includes NATO countries, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Germ...
  • Problematic Helicopter
    Problematic Helicopter 29 June 2020
    NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) helicopters are one of the platforms that users frequently complain due to the high maintenance costs in addition to their high operating costs. Belgium announced that the mission plans will be reduced due to the high operating costs of NH90 TTH helicopters. In addition to the high operating costs, the decision taken due to frequent maintenance requirements, high failure rate and lack of personnel. Currently, there are eight platfor...
  • Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble?
    Is the UK’s Carrier Strike Concept in Trouble? 27 June 2020
    British independent public spending watchdog, “The National Audit Office”, has published a report into the ability of the MOD to successfully deliver Carrier Strike capability successfully. The report, published today examines how the Department has managed the programme since 2017 and how it is addressing the risks towards achieving the full capabilities of a carrier strike group. In other words, the report states concern about transforming process from a &lsq...
  • Navigation Infrastructure Completed
    Navigation Infrastructure Completed 25 June 2020
    Navigation systems are vital for military platforms, especially long-range missiles. Navigation systems are one of the most necessary infrastructures today in order to reach the right target and to direct the operations properly. China had taken action in recent years to set up its own satellite system, as countries did not allow their own infrastructure to be used by other countries, or because they were vulnerable to sabotage in the event of a war. In this context, Beijing recentl...
  • Turkish Air Force Hits from Distance with Indigenous Kits
    Turkish Air Force Hits from Distance with Indigenous Kits 23 June 2020
    Kale Group Vice President Osman Okyay has been a guest on live stream at C4Defence's official Instagram account. Okyay made statements about KGK-82 and 83. KGK-82 and KGK-83 systems developed within SAGE for Mk 82 and Mk 83 family free-fall ammunition. Stating that the deliveries continue as planned, Okyay also stated that early deliveries can sometimes be made in line with the demands from the Turkish Air Force. It is also stated that there are studies on reducing the...
  • Indigenous Turret Solutions
    Indigenous Turret Solutions 23 June 2020
    Nail Kurt, FNSS General Manager and CEO, met with the leading names of the defence media in a live stream. Kurt answered the question of C4Defence on turret system studies. Stating that the company has an important infrastructure in the turret area, Nail Kurt pointed out that FNSS solutions are successfully used in second-party vehicles of Malaysia and all platforms of Oman. Stating that today's 25 mm turrets have serious differences with the first systems delivered to Oman, Kur...
  • Cost Effective Solution: Shadow Rider
    Cost Effective Solution: Shadow Rider 23 June 2020
    Nail Kurt, FNSS General Manager and CEO, met with the leading names of the defence media in a live stream. Kurt made statements about the Shadow Rider and unmanned ground vehicles. It was stated that the Shadow Rider Project is a project that aims to demonstrate that simple but appropriate, large vehicles can become unmanned with a simple conversion. Kurt stated that the Turkish Armed Forces has been working on different concepts and integration in the field of UGV and UAV use ...
  • Indigenous engine for FNSS Vehicles
    Indigenous engine for FNSS Vehicles 23 June 2020
    Nail Kurt, FNSS General Manager and CEO, met with the leading names of the defence media in a live stream. Kurt answered questions about ÖMTTZA (Özel Maksatlı Taktik Tekerlekli Araçlar / Special Purpose Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicles) and indigenous engine / power pack integration. Stating the share of engines in production costs between 5% and 15%, Nail Kurt added that it should not only be considered in terms of engines. While it is stated that the domestic con...
  • FNSS: Kaplan MT Attracted More than Expectation
    FNSS: Kaplan MT Attracted More than Expectation 23 June 2020
    Nail Kurt, FNSS General Manager and CEO, met with the leading names of the defence media in a live stream. Kurt made statements about the latest status of the Kaplan MT (Harimau) medium tank and its procurement to third countries. Kurt mentioned that the requirements and demands changed in the medium weight class tank, which was in trend in the early 1990s but is now on the agenda, and that Indonesia has determined a requirement for a 30-ton class 105-mm turret; he stated that ...
  • Armoured Truck Order
    Armoured Truck Order 21 June 2020
    The shifting of the battlefield scales to asymmetric elements increased the need for armoured carrier elements in logistics infrastructure. Considering the changing battlefield conditions and seeking to immerse its logistics infrastructure with modern systems, Germany took action for truck procurement. In this context, BAAINBw (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr / Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support...
  • First Guided Missile Frigate Completed Delivery Voyage
    First Guided Missile Frigate Completed Delivery Voyage 18 June 2020
    The Philippines, which carries out activities for the establishment of the army again with a stronger infrastructure, is experiencing delivery exictement. BRP Joze Rizal (FF 150), the first guided-missile frigate ordered by the Philippines to the Republic of Korea, arrived in the country. Reaching the country in the last week of May, the platform was quarantined for two weeks due to the COVID-19 process. The Frigate was officially put into service with a ceremony attended by Ph...
  • 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.  ...
  • Turkish Partner in F-15QA's New Agreement
    Turkish Partner in F-15QA's New Agreement 17 June 2020
    A new agreement has been reached for the F-15QA aircraft developed for Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF). A new complex will be built at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $524 million contract to a joint venture between Bahadir Construction Engineering Contracting and Trading Company & Impresa Costruzioni Giuseppe Maltauro, which includes training, maintenance and procurement for the F-15QA. Under the deal, which is worth about $524 million, 35 buildings wi...
  • Germany to Buy New Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Germany to Buy New Maritime Patrol Aircraft 17 June 2020
    Germany has decided not to modernize the existing P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) in its inventory. Germany is looking for a cost-effective solution. The P-3's modernization was cancelled due to the high cost of modernisation, according to a confidential ministry document reviewed by the Reuters news agency. According to the document, the German Ministry of Defence has decided to procure new MPAs to replace the P-3.  Alternatively to the current aircraft,...
  • Qatari Apache Production Completed
    Qatari Apache Production Completed 16 June 2020
    Qatar, which has recently signed important procurement agreements, is about to complete the attack helicopter acquisition process. Boeing, one of the leading defence and aviation companies of the USA, announced that the manufacturing process has been finished in Qatar AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Within the scope of the activities carried out at the company's facility in Mesa, Arizona, the test flights of the platforms were also completed. It is stated that all helicopters ...
  • Hellenic Army Wants More Weapon Systems
    Hellenic Army Wants More Weapon Systems 12 June 2020
    Greece, which experienced an economic crisis caused by unplanned armament and some reasons, continues its procurements. Athens plans to acquire infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) and wheeled armoured vehicles from the US. The procurement of second-hand military platforms is among the first choices of countries with a limited defence budget due to low initial acquisition costs. Greece often prefers weapon systems and vehicles, which are determined as surplus equipment by the armed...
  • Greek Leonidas Modernisation Solution
    Greek Leonidas Modernisation Solution 9 June 2020
    Greece started production of 4K 7FA armored personnel carriers (APC) in 1982 as part of the need for tracked armoured personnel carriers. The platforms manufactured by the main contractor, Elbo. APCs have been using by the Hellenic Army for many years under the name of Leonidas. EODH Hellas, which continues its activities based in Greece, has developed a modernization kit for Leonidas 1 and 2 platforms to meet the modern battlefield requirements. Within the scope of the ac...
  • Dog-Cheap Jet UAV
    Dog-Cheap Jet UAV 9 June 2020
    For jet-engined unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are regarded as the striking power of the future, both in terms of their payload capacity and their high speed, long-range capabilities. Different countries are working on jet-engined unmanned aerial vehicles, which are considered as the state of the art platforms. One of these sides is Russia with S-70 Okhotnik. The platform, which made its maiden flight in August 2019, came to the agenda with its very low cost. In a news article publi...
  • Guidance Kit of Ground Trials
    Guidance Kit of Ground Trials 8 June 2020
    Guidance kits developed for a different type of ammunition are important in that they can quickly convert conventional systems into smart weapon systems and offer cost-effective solutions. BAE Systems, which operates in the USA, continues testing activities for APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System) guidance kits, which developed for 2.75 inch (70 mm) rockets. The system, which is currently successfully using from different air platforms, will become surface-launched. In...
  • 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...
  • Additional Infantry Fighting Vehicle
    Additional Infantry Fighting Vehicle 2 June 2020
    India, which has border disputes with Pakistan and China, continues its arms procurement processes in different areas. The Indian Ministry of Defence has approved 156 additional procurement package for the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle produced under license in the country and serving as "Sarath" in the inventory. The total cost of the vehicles to be produced under the state-owned subsidiary of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) was announced as 148 million USD. BMP-...
  • Martlet Firing Trials
    Martlet Firing Trials 28 May 2020
    Ship-based rotary-wing aircraft launched air-to-surface missiles are critical for missions such as helicopter attacks on hostile platforms and elimination of asymmetrical elements. The UK Ministry of Defence announced that a missile test launch was carried out in the Aberporth Range located on the West Coast of Wales as part of the FASGW (Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon) program. This trial was carried out under the program of integration of Martlet guided projectil...
  • ACV-15 of FNSS Become Unmanned
    ACV-15 of FNSS Become Unmanned 27 May 2020
    FNSS production ZMA-15 (Armoured Combat Vehicle-15), which constitutes the backbone of the Turkish mechanised armoured vehicle power, will become unmanned. ZMA-15 Modernization Agreement was signed between ASELSAN and the PResidency of Defence Industries on December 31, 2019, with 900 million Turkish Liras cost. In the following process, the main contractor company signed a Subcontracting Agreement with FNSS. In this context, it has been announced that platforms will be eq...
  • Jet Tender at Black Sea
    Jet Tender at Black Sea 25 May 2020
    Ukraine, which is in a state of war with Russia, and therefore, has reconstructed its army by rebuilding, announced that it will go on a combat jet tender. The Ukrainian Air Force Military Council decided to launch a new jet procurement process under the Air Force Vision 2035 Program. Within the scope of the decree signed on May 15, new platforms will be provided with the need to protection against enemy air raids, provide air defence in coordination with ground eleme...