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  • Will Turkey Buy European Missile System?
    Will Turkey Buy European Missile System? 25 September 2020
    According to Bloomberg Agency Turkey approached France to procure European-made air defence systems. The agency claimed that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a phone call and asked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to drop his opposition to co-production of Eurosam’s SAMP/T missile-defence systems. The agency stated that officials could not be named as the discussion was private. Macron responded by saying that Turkey must clarify its objectives in Syria before de...
  • Greek Defence Minister Denies Arms Spending Will Cost 10 Billion Euros
    Greek Defence Minister Denies Arms Spending Will Cost 10 Billion Euros 16 September 2020
      Greece's defence minister on Wednesday dismissed reports that his country would spend 10 billion euros on an arms overhaul announced at the weekend. "It's not a 10-billion-euro spending spree, let me make that very clear," Yunanistan savunma bakanı ülkesinin hafta sonu açıklanan bir silah revizyonuna 10 milyar avro harcayacağı yönündeki haberleri yalanladı. told an Economist conference in Athens, responding to press reports ab...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • French and Greek fighters at Paphos air base
    French and Greek fighters at Paphos air base 25 August 2020
    The Greek Cyprus-France-Greece air and navy exercise, will take place at the west of Cyprus from tomorrow, August 26th, until Friday, August 28th. According to Greek Cypriot press the drill will be a response to Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean region. In the coming days, Paphos Air Base will become the operational centre of large-scale military activities, for the purpose of exercises. Greek Cypriot press states that three French Rafale aircraft and 3 Greek F-16 aircraft will us...
  • Yayci at Maritime and Global Strategy Centre
    Yayci at Maritime and Global Strategy Centre 22 July 2020
    Turkish Navy’s retired Rear Admiral Cihad Yayci became the head of Maritime and Global Strategy Centre. A ceremony was held today with the participation of Yaycı. Yaycı attracted attention with its strategy to increase Turkey’s dominance in the sea, He is the architect of Exclusive Economic Zone agreement with Libya Yaycı resigned from his position from the Naval Forces Command and retired in early summer, He is starting his new career at Bahçeşehir University (BA...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Greece and Italy Signs, Turkey Wins
    Greece and Italy Signs, Turkey Wins 11 June 2020
    Greece, which has used all kinds of ways to expand the sea and air borders unilaterally as an excuse for the continental shelf of the islands in the Aegean, scored its own goal. Because of the importance of hydrocarbon deposits detected in the Eastern Mediterranean growth exclusive economic zone problems several times. An agreement, which in favor of Turkey's exclusive economic zone, has been inked. Greece signed an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) agreement with Italy that sh...
  • 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...
  • COVID-19 Knocks Out French Aircraft Carrier
    COVID-19 Knocks Out French Aircraft Carrier 9 April 2020
    French Carrier Charles De Gaulle to return home due to possible COVID-19 infections. The French Defence Ministry has reported that at least 40 sailors aboard an aircraft carrier have shown symptoms of the new coronavirus. France’s aircraft carrier will be brought home early from the deployment in the Atlantic after some crew members. The ministry said on 8th April, “As of today, a screening team with test means will be sent aboard the aircraft carrier to investigate the ...
  • ZMA-15: Story of an IFV From Cyprus to Syria 10 March 2020
    Turkey used the right of guarantee in 1974, which was granted by international agreement for the Cyprus Peace Operation, faced with the fact of an embargo. Sanctions have revealed the lack of factories that have been closed in the past. The platform, which is the product of this breakthrough, has added a new one to its success in Syria. Turkish jets started warning flights on the island to protect the rights of the life of Turkish people in Cyprus. On top of that, the US President L...
  • Aegean and Mediterranean Dream of Greece: Mare Nostrum 15 February 2020
    The air and sea borders declared unilaterally by Greece have been keeping the waters of the Aegean warm for years. When the Exclusive Economic Zone disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean were added to the continental shelf and airspace problems that carried Turkish and Greek relations beyond the neighbourhood, the equation became multi-dimensional. Filling the gap between the two neighbouring countries, the Aegean Sea has been the scene of many disputes for many years, especially the...
  • Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean?
    Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean? 3 February 2020
    Charles de Gaulle, France's aircraft carrier, turned its direction to the Eastern Mediterranean to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Paris, which wants to increase its military presence in the region, will deploy Charles De Gaulle at Limassol port in Greek Cypriot for several days next month. French Ambassador to Greek Cyprus Isabelle Dumont told the News Agency the aircraft carrier would arrive in the region in "just a few days" to take part in coalition operations against ISIS in ...
  • Missile Modernisation for Greek Cypriots
    Missile Modernisation for Greek Cypriots 27 January 2020
    Due to the oil and gas deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean and the increased Turkish Navy existence in the region, Greek Cypriots have decided to increase its missile capability. According to veteranos.gr publishing in Greece, the Greek Cypriot  government decided to increase its air and coastal defence capability. Accordingly, the coastal MM40 Exocet surface-to-surface missiles on the island will be modernised. What kind of improvements will be made withi...
  • Greece invites Turkey to Defence Exhibitions in Athens
    Greece invites Turkey to Defence Exhibitions in Athens 22 January 2020
    After more than ten years absence, Greece returns to international defence exhibitions, by the organisation of DEFEA-Defence Exhibition Athens. The organisation got in contact with Greek Defence ministry for the official invitation of Turkey, C4Defence learned. DEFEA will take place in Athens, from 22 to 24 June 2020 at the Metropolitan Expo. It is organised by ROTA SA and the Union of Greek Manufacturers of Defence Material (SEKPY). It is under the auspices of the Ministry of Natio...
  • Turkish UAV lands on Turkish Cyprus
    Turkish UAV lands on Turkish Cyprus 16 December 2019
    Baykar’s TB2 drone landed on Cyprus Island, while there is increasing tension in the eastern Mediterranean. TB2 has taken off from Dalaman Naval Air Base and flew for five hours. TB2 landed at a Geçitkale airport on Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on Monday. The breakaway Turkish Cypriot cabinet on Friday designated the Gecitkale airport on the island as a base for both unarmed and armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the request of the Turkish government.
  • Israeli military visits Greek Cyprus
    Israeli military visits Greek Cyprus 27 November 2019
    Chief of Israeli Armed Forces Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi Visited Greek Cyprus on Nov. 26th. Kochavi met with National Guard Chief general Elias Leontaris. According to Greek Cypriot daily veteranos.gr the topic of bilateral meeting was recent developments in the “wider Anatolian region”. Daily stated that military cooperation for 2020 was another topic.
  • EU Force Generating
    EU Force Generating 14 November 2019
    Europe is taking important steps to unite its strength in the defence industry. Collaboration on Permanent Structured Cooperation and defence is seen as the new step of the European Union (EU). ‘’When Europeans join forces, our impact is higher than we imagine’’ EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said PESCO helps EU Member States work closely in the field of security and defence. PESCO was established in December 2017 and aims to improve the defence capabilities...
  • Greek Cyprus Shows Serbian NORA B-52
    Greek Cyprus Shows Serbian NORA B-52 30 September 2019
    Greek Cyprus will show off its new acquisition the Serbian NORA B-52 Self Propelled Gun-Howitzer. Greek Cypriot administration will celebrate “the 59th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Cyprus” in accordance with the “anniversary”, National Guard will show off its new acquisition Serbian NORA B-52 cannons.  Serbian Foreign Minister Alexander Vulin will attend the ceremony.
  • Greek Cyprus to Get Leopard 2
    Greek Cyprus to Get Leopard 2 11 July 2019
      The European Defence Agency (EDA) is preparing to launch a programme in 2020 for four member states to upgrade or procure Leopard 2A7 equivalents. EDA is in final consultations with member states Greek Cyprus, Greece, Romania, and Spain to launch a programme in 2020 to modernise or procure Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank (MBT) fleets. According to the agency, the effort will aim at upgrading to Leopard 2A7 equivalents or acquiring them. The program will involve approximately 200 L...
  • Drill in the Tense Waters 11 July 2019
    Turkey had a US weapons embargo experience after the peace operation and entered a new era in defense industry with especially ASELSAN. Turkey entered the same waters, while being under another embargo threat due to F-35/S-400 tension. Lieutenant Caner Gönyeli was commissioned under TCG Kocatepe with pennant number D-354 which has been sunk around Baf harbour. Kocatepe was sunk by Turkish jets due to lack of communication between Turkish Air Force and Turkish Naval Forces, and Gönye...
  • TB2 at Cyprus Patrol 8 July 2019
    The site Kokpit.aero detected Baykar Defence's TB2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle during the Cyprus patrol. According to information on the site UAV began patrol flights in the Mediterranean. According to the information received from the radar system TCB808 transponder code Bayraktar TB2 type UAV, made flights to the north of the island.  The route of that flight was reflected in the site. The UAV flew at the altitude of 18 thousand 50 feet, an average of 103 knots (190 km / h) speed. ...
  • Turkish Aviation Industry and the Road to Hürjet 26 April 2019
    Hürjet is an important milestone in the Turkish aviation industry’s journey which evolved from exporting to joint production and to finally national and indigenous production. When the development of the Turkish defence and aviation industry is examined historically, the US embargo implemented after the second phase of the Cyprus Peace Operation is usually emphasised. This embargo, which was implemented between 1975 and 1978 and significantly deteriorated the combat readi...
  • S-400 is not the Only Issue; Still Don’t Get It? 26 April 2019
    The crisis caused by the supply of advanced S-400 air defence system from Russia is a reflection of concerns beyond borders, with respect to Turkey’s pursuit of national technology. For a child to have born in Turkey in mid-1950s, the country represented a magical identity in 1960s…   It was then, we first learned about an island called CYPRUS, as our parents showed us its location on the maps appearing in the front pages of dailies. For a generation at t...
  • Italian F-35 Visits Greece for Iniochos Exercise
    Italian F-35 Visits Greece for Iniochos Exercise 30 March 2019
    The Greek Air Force has shared information and image from its official web site, about Iniochos 2019 (Unique 2019) Exercise. In one of the published images, the F-35A fighter from the Italian Air Force landed at Andravida Air Base in Greece to take part in the Iniochos 2019 exercise. Italy has announced that it will send six F-35s to the drill. Israel, Jordan, the US Air Force and the South Cyprus Greek Administration will participate in the exercise. Unique 2019  will begin on April 1 a...
  • Italian F-35A to Participate At “ΗΝΙΟΧΟΣ/ UNIQUE 2019" Exercise
    Italian F-35A to Participate At “ΗΝΙΟΧΟΣ/ UNIQUE 2019" Exercise 13 March 2019
    The F-35A Lightning II fighter jets of the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) will participate in the UNIQUE 2019 air force drill, which will begin on 1 April 2019. Italy will send its all six F-35A fighters to join the drill and they will carry Luneburg radar reflectors during their transition to and from the Andravida Airbase as well as throughout their participation in the exercise. The Luneberg radar reflector increases radar cross section (RCS) of aircraft. This precautio...
  • RAF-UK to Replace Tornado GR-4 with Typhoon and F-35 in Cyprus
    RAF-UK to Replace Tornado GR-4 with Typhoon and F-35 in Cyprus 7 February 2019
    The British Tornado fighter aircraft are decommissioned after 40 years of operation in UK air base in Cyprus Island. The last three Tornado that had stayed at the Cape base in Greek Cyprus departed yesterday for their final flight, returning to the UK and specifically to Marham Airbase in Norfolk. The other five Tornado in recent years in Greek Cyprus had returned to the same base on Monday. The Tornado was put into service by the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom in 1979 and ha...
  • Joint Air Exercise: Greek Cyprus and Israel
    Joint Air Exercise: Greek Cyprus and Israel 20 December 2018
    Greek Cyprus and Israel have completed joint air force exercise “ONSHELL - GENDER 2/2018”. According to a statement from Greek Cypriot Ministry of Defence, the exercise took place within the “Nicosia Flight Control Area” where Greek Cypriot personnel from National Guard, and various types of aircraft from Israeli Air Force joined the exercise.  The purpose of the exercise was to train staff on tactics and ways to develop aviation, to increase combat capabilities a...
  • Preparedness for a Naval War… 6 November 2018
    Having strengthened the Navy, Sultan Abdülaziz was overthrown by a coup and then murdered. Today, the United States stares at us with its Navy in the vicinity of Cyprus. “We will deliver Kınalıada to our Naval Forces in 2020 at the latest. Recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean has reminded us that, besides other issues, our country should also get stronger in the seas. Every ship joining our fleet enhances our strength in the seas as well as our ...
  • Greek Cyprus Issued NAVTEX for Plot 10
    Greek Cyprus Issued NAVTEX for Plot 10 4 November 2018
    Greek Cyprus issued NAVTEX,  for the area of ​​Plot 10 for drilling by EXXON MOBIL and Qatar Petroleum. According to NAVTEX 364/18, the Greek Cypriot administration has announced Navtex for the period from 10 November 2018 to 25 February 2019 for the drilling of the Stena IceMax floating drill that is currently on its way to Cyprus Island from the Canary Islands. The Stena IceMax floating drill is expected to arrive on November 12th, and preparations for drilling will...
  • Greek Apaches in Cyprus Island
    Greek Apaches in Cyprus Island 28 October 2018
    Greek Cypriot Administration web site published photos from “Exercise of co-operation between Cyprus and Greece.” The website announced that that, “Within the framework of the military cooperation between Cyprus and Greece, a co-operation on ground and airborne instruments took place on October 26, 2018 at the Kalo Chorio Fire Brigade. The ultimate goal of the exercise was to maintain and enhance operational capabilities with the appropriate training of personnel o...
  • Greek Cyprus Minister Fires Milan Anti-Tank Missile
    Greek Cyprus Minister Fires Milan Anti-Tank Missile 12 October 2018
      Greek Cypriot Defence Minister Savvas Aggelidis fired an anti-tank missile during his visit to security forces. Minister Angelidis attended the Anti-Battalion exercise and he made a shot with a portable anti-tank missile Milan.  Minister Aggelidis is a lawyer. Cyprus is divided in two between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots since Greek and Greek Cypriot joint attempt to conquer all island in 1974. Greek Cyprus claims full sovereignty on island but...
  • Special ASELSAN Magazine dedicated to Cyprus Peace Operation
    Special ASELSAN Magazine dedicated to Cyprus Peace Operation 19 July 2018
    The ASELSAN company founded on the communication problem of Turkish troops during Cyprus Peace Operation celebrated 44th anniversary of operations a special magazine. ASELSAN said, "We were established for you, we are growing up with you, and happy for the 44th anniversary of the Cyprus Peace Operation". The story of how ASELSAN was established is narrated at the entrance of the ASELSAN internet magazine: The arms embargo applied after the 1974 Cyprus Peace Operation brought the imp...
  • Typhoon Deployed in Greece For The First Time
    Typhoon Deployed in Greece For The First Time 20 March 2018
    The UK Royal Air Force has sent six Typhoon aircraft to Greece to take part in the Medium-sized Multinational Aviation Exercise Iniochos. The exercise is run annually and is based at the Hellenic Air Force’s facilities at the Air Tactics Centre on the Andravida Air Base. The exercise will last for 15 days and the intention is to provide high-quality training, which is achieved by creating a realistic battle environment.  This is the first time that Typ...
  • Turkey’s International Show of Strength: IDEF 2017
    Turkey’s International Show of Strength: IDEF 2017 1 June 2017
    Organised this year under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, IDEF 2017 13th International Defence Industry Fair conveyed a message to the international public opinion from Turkey, which has been struggling with problems inside and beyond its borders for a year and whose security forces’ reliability is under question: “We are standing still, stronger than ever!” Turkish Armed Forces, which has recently worked overtime and become worn out again...
  • From Arms Embargoes to the Present...
    From Arms Embargoes to the Present... 8 May 2017
    It was those days of the Cold War, when we felt safe under the NATO umbrella. We would realise years later how much risks we had taken for survival, under the circumstances of the time…  We would also recognise that the Cuban Missile Crisis, which erupted thanks to Soviet Union’s plans to install nuclear missiles to Cuba, was also a bargain including Turkey and that if the Soviets had not retreated in that nuclear confrontation, our sacred country would have become...
  • The Endpoint in Military Radio Technology: PRC-5333 Anti-Electronic Warfare New Generation Handheld Radio (SAHARA) 10 January 2017
    ASELSAN was founded in 1975 for developing national and indigenous products to address communication problems in the aftermath of the Cyprus Peace Operation, and the Company set out on this strenuous path by delivering radios in the first run. Accordingly, from its inception to the contemporary era, it has accumulated 41 years of experience in radio design and production. We can state with pride that today, ASELSAN military radio family incorporates national and indigenous radio systems to su...
  • Newest Member of HELBROC
    Newest Member of HELBROC 9 November 2016
    Serbia has signed an agreement to join the the Balkan Battlegroup (HELBROC) which was established in 2007 and currently consists of five countries, including Greece, Bulgaria, Greek Cyprus and Romania and Ukraine. The agreement signed in Brussels on Tuesday and will come into effect following all signatories’ approval.