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  • Russia Offers Aircraft Maintenance Centre to Argentina
    Russia Offers Aircraft Maintenance Centre to Argentina 23 November 2020
    The Argentine Air Force wants to buy a total of 20 assault helicopters. Considering the options offered by different companies, Argentina wants the construction of a local logistics centre for the maintenance and repair of helicopters to be commissioned and the transfer of know how.  According to Argentine media reports, Russia has proposed the sale of 20 Mi-171Sh helicopters to the Argentine Defence Ministry and the opening of a maintenance centre, where different logistical o...
  • Turkey Produced Its Own Submarine Data Distribution System
    Turkey Produced Its Own Submarine Data Distribution System 23 November 2020
    HAVELSAN has managed to produce the Submarine Data Distribution System (Denizaltı Bilgi Dağıtım Sistemi/ DBDS) for new types of submarines under development.
    Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries, announced the news on his social media account: "In our new Type Submarine Project, all DBDS productions were successfully carried out."
    The system is planned to be produced with a 70% share of indigenousness, while this ra...
  • EU's Defence Policies Fail
    EU's Defence Policies Fail 21 November 2020
    According to an annual defence report submitted to the defence ministers of member states on Friday, the European Union (EU) said the union does not have the capability to be an independent military force capable of helping NATO or rapidly stationing troops in regional crises. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters: “European defence suffers from fragmentation, duplication and insufficient operational engagement.” The report also noted that only 60% of NATO...
  • Qatar's Corveti Begins Naval Tests
    Qatar's Corveti Begins Naval Tests 21 November 2020
    Fincantieri's Al Zubarah (F 101) corvette, built for the Qatari Navy, began naval testing. The delivery schedule of the corvette, which Qatar plans to use effectively in air defence operations, had delay due to COVID-19. The platform, which was pulled into the dry pool in November 2018, has an displacement of 3,250 tons. Al Zubarah-class corvettes, which have a drive system consisting of four diesel engines, are said to be 107 meters long and about 15 meters wide. ...
  • Tunisia Signs Contract for T-6C Texan
    Tunisia Signs Contract for T-6C Texan 20 November 2020
    Tunisian National Defence Minister Imed Hazgui says the government has approved the purchase of eight T-6C Texan jet training aircraft. The U.S. State Department approved the sale of 12 T-6C aircraft to Tunisia in October last year. The U.S. State Department had also approved the sale of four AT-6 Wolverine light assault aircraft to Tunisia. In the official announcement there was no mentioning on the confirmation of a contract for four AT-6C Wolverine light attack aircraft...
  • Taiwan to Build Submarines with Local Resources
    Taiwan to Build Submarines with Local Resources 20 November 2020
    Taiwan will begin building a new fleet of submarines next week. Seeking to increase China's military strength against the increasingly modernized Armed Forces, Taiwan announced that it will begin the first submarine operation next week, which will be developed with the country's resources. Taiwan inventory has conventional submarines of Zwaardvis, Type 041 and Tench class. China is estimated to be operationally using four different types of nuclear submarines and f...
  • Norway to Buy Main Battle Tank from Germany or Korea
    Norway to Buy Main Battle Tank from Germany or Korea 19 November 2020
    Norway wants to replace the main battle tanks in its inventory by 2025. Norway purchased 52 Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks from the Netherlands in 2001. Of these tanks, only 36 are operational. Parliament examined how the main battle tanks in inventory could be brought to modern standards. After it was announced that modernizing existing tanks was inadequate, it was decided to purchase a new platform. German production Leopard 2 and The Republic of Korea's K2 Black Panther platf...
  • 30FFM Launched
    30FFM Launched 19 November 2020
    Japan's Future Multi-Mission Frigates (30FFM) Kumano was launched. Built as part of a frigate project that began in 2018, Kumano is 132.5 meters long and 16.3 meters wide. The ship has an displacement of about 5,500 tons and can reach speeds of over 30 knots, it said. The 30FFMs, which will be built in total 22 units, are expected to replace the Asagiri and Abukuma-class destroyers in the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) inventory. The frigates will be powe...
  • Private Firms Begin Military Production in China
    Private Firms Begin Military Production in China 19 November 2020
    China carried out drills to test civilian mobilization and equipment demand during combat. Civilian factories were put into military production at the event. Private firms, which received demand for large platform trailers as part of the exercise in southwest China, initiated national defence mobilization protocols, putting together a large number of transport equipment and personnel. China's war-time industrial potential has been tested, analysts said. In addition, ci...
  • Odintsovo Corvette Enters Service
    Odintsovo Corvette Enters Service 18 November 2020
    Project 22800 Karakurt Class corvette Odintsovo, equipped with Pantsir-M air defence system, will be commissioned on November 21st. The platform's acceptance certificate, which began acceptance tests in July, has been approved. The air defence system integrated into the corvettes, can neutralize guided missiles at a distance of 20 km and an altitude of 15 km. A total of 18 Karakurt Class corvettes equipped with a Kalibr-NK cruise missile and a modernized AK-176MA 76.2 ...
  • U.S. Reduces Number of Military Personnel in Middle East
    U.S. Reduces Number of Military Personnel in Middle East 18 November 2020
    In line with US President Donald Trump's directives, the number of US forces in Afghanistan will be reduced from 4,500 to 2,500, acting US Defence Secretary Chris Miller said. He also announced that the number of personnel in Iraq would be reduced from 3,000 to 2,500. Miller interpreted Trump's decision as a policy of "bringing the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to a successful outcome and bringing home soldiers who bravely served." The instruction on the troops came...
  • KAI Plans to Build Transport Aircraft
    KAI Plans to Build Transport Aircraft 13 November 2020
    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) wants to add military transport aircraft to its product range. According to a source who spoke to Defense News, KAI wants to get into the military transport plane business because it considers it more profitable. Transport planes require less technology than fighter jets. There are 60 transport planes in the Korean Armed Forces inventory. Platforms include 25-year-old aircraft. They need to be renovated, repaired and repaired. In ...
  • Export Offer from Japan to Indonesia
    Export Offer from Japan to Indonesia 12 November 2020
    Japan wants to export warships to Indonesia. It was learned that the Japanese government, which proposed the sale of destroyers and frigates to Indonesia, was continuing negotiations. If the proposal, which could reduce China's dominance in the South China Sea, is accepted, Japan will have exported its largest defence equipment in recent times. Japan proposes 30FFM/30DX frigate to Indonesia. In this context, four ships will be built in Japan and four platforms in Indon...
  • Qatar and Italy's Partnership Strengthens
    Qatar and Italy's Partnership Strengthens 12 November 2020
    According to Italian media reports, Qatar may soon sign an agreement with Italy to buy the Aermacchi T-346 Master training aircraft. "Defence is a key element to strengthening the deep friendship between Italy and Qatar. I will meet with my counterpart Al Attiyah to discuss military and industrial cooperation and training programmes in Doha," Italian Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini, who visited Doha on Tuesday (November 10th) said. The Italian Embassy in Qatar i...
  • Black Hawks Delivered to Philippines
    Black Hawks Delivered to Philippines 11 November 2020
    Poland-based firm PZL Mielec, which works for Lockheed Martin, delivered five of the S-70i Black Hawk transport helicopters manufactured for the Philippines. The Philippines, which ordered a total of 16 helicopters, signed a contract for the platforms in 2019 amounting to USD 240 million. Poland's Defence Ministry announced that the sixth helicopter will be delivered by sea because only five helicopters can be transported on the Antonov An-124 transport aircraft. The s...
  • Vietnam Plans to Use MiG-21s as Drones
    Vietnam Plans to Use MiG-21s as Drones 10 November 2020
    Vietnam is working to convert out-of-inventory MiG-21 (Fishbed) aircraft into drones. Vietnam has begun investigating how the drone will land. The drone to be developed is targeted for use in air defence exercises. The MIG-21s were used against the United States in the Vietnam War.
  • €118M Export from ASELSAN
    €118M Export from ASELSAN 9 November 2020
    ASELSAN, one of the most important companies in the Turkish defence industry, sold a defence system solution to an unnamed international customer. "A contract between ASELSAN and an international client amounting to EUR 118,000,000 has been signed for the export of a defence system solution," the firm posted on its official Twitter account.  Under the contract, deliveries are scheduled for 2020-2022.
  • Indonesia Won't Allow China to Build Base
    Indonesia Won't Allow China to Build Base 7 November 2020
    Indonesia, which has a strategic position on the main sea route in the South China Sea, has rejected China's request for a military base. Defence ministers from the two countries met at a meeting in Jakarta, Indonesian newspaper Kompas reported. China's request for a military base in Indonesia was also on the agenda. Indonesia's Defence Minister has told his Chinese counterpart that they will not accept the request for a military base. Indonesia is unlikely to ...
  • Slovakia Plans to Buy Training Aircraft
    Slovakia Plans to Buy Training Aircraft 31 October 2020
    Slovakia's Defence Ministry wants to buy new training aircraft for the air force. Slovakia, which has purchased 14 F-16 Block 70 fighter jets in 2019, will send pilots to the United States for training in the first phase. Slovakia then aims to provide training to its pilots on the planes it buys. The Slovakian Air Force's fleet already has six L-39 Albatross training aircraft, with operational life expected to expire within the next six years. The Ministry of Defen...
  • London Embargo on Plane to Be Produced for Argentina
    London Embargo on Plane to Be Produced for Argentina 30 October 2020
    The agreement reached between the Argentine Air Force and the Korean Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries /KAI) for the FA-50 light assault aircraft has been challenged from London. Argentina, which announced last year that it would buy 10 FA-50s worth USD 200 million from the Republic of Korea-based firm, was expecting the delivery of the first platforms in 2020. KAI has reportedly written to Argentina's ambassador to Korea, Alfredo Carlos Bascou, regardin...
  • New Images from the Laser Weapon System the U.S. Is Working On
    New Images from the Laser Weapon System the U.S. Is Working On 30 October 2020
    Video of the prototype of the new laser weapons system, developed by the US Ground Forces, has been shared. The images show a short-range air defence system integrated into the Stryker 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle. The weapons system, which is planned to be deployed to protect personnel on the battlefield against unmanned aerial systems and air munitions, will produce a 50-kilowatt laser. The force is working to bring the system to platoon level by fiscal year 2022.
  • 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...
  • Italy Is Looking for Partners for The Main Battle Tank
    Italy Is Looking for Partners for The Main Battle Tank 29 October 2020
    Italy is looking for a partner country to develop and produce modern main battle tanks.Rome has made a formal offer to Poland to join the project, according to the Polish Ministry of National Defence. "Italy's Ministry of Defence is sending proposals to some EU countries, including Poland, with the proposal to cooperate on a project on land platforms," officials said, while the Ministry of National Defence said it was considering the proposal. The tank projec...
  • Philippines Chooses Israel for Light Tank
    Philippines Chooses Israel for Light Tank 28 October 2020
    The Philippine Ministry of National Defence announced that Elbit Systems won the light tank tender. This was after a competition between Elbit Systems, South Korea’s Hanwha Defence joint ventured with Turkey’s Otokar, and Indonesia’s PT Pindad. The Philippines, which prefers the Sabrah light tank system, will buy both tracked and wheeled variants of the platform. The deal, which covers 18 tracked and 10 wheeled tanks, will be worth USD 193.6 million. ...
  • ARES and Meteksan introduced ULAQ 28 October 2020
    Antalya-based ARES Shipyard and Ankara-based Meteksan Defence Armed Unmanned Surface Vehicle (AUSV) introduced their ULAQ solution. ARES General Manager Utku Alanç and Meteksan Defence General Manager Selçuk Alparslan attended the meeting held at Ankara Bilkent Hotel. Alanç stated that the vehicle has a cruising range of 400 km, a speed of 65 km / h, and day/night visibility. Turkey's first AUSV manufactured with equity reconnaissance, surveil...
  • Invitation to Turkey for The Construction of Patrol Boat
    Invitation to Turkey for The Construction of Patrol Boat 27 October 2020
    The 6th Defence Port Turkey South Asia fair has started. The event, which was attended by delegations from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka was held virtually for the first time. Naval systems were the main agenda item at the webinar, which was divided into ground forces theme on the first day. C4Defence Editor-in-Chief Özgür Ekşi moderated the Bangladesh navy commander, Admiral Mahbub-ul Islam, addressed the country's work on marine systems at the event...
  • Israel Wants F-22A Raptor from U.S.
    Israel Wants F-22A Raptor from U.S. 27 October 2020
    Against the sale of F-35 Lightning II aircraft to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Israel has asked the United States for the F-22A Raptor aircraft. After a meeting between Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz and US Defence Secretary Mark Esper, the parties approved the sale of the F-35 to the UAE. Israeli media reported that raptor planes were requested from the United States in response to the "concession". Raptors, which are not currently in production, are of...
  • Jordan Exhibits Donated Leclerc Tanks During Military Exercise
    Jordan Exhibits Donated Leclerc Tanks During Military Exercise 26 October 2020
    According to a Tweet of Arab Defence News, the Jordanian army has deployed Leclerc Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) donated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The tanks were seen during the military exercise Salah al-Din Citadel. UAE has donated 80 Leclerc Main Battle Tanks to Jordanian armed forces in September, enough for Jordanian armed forces to equip two of the four tank battalions belonging to its 3rd Armoured Division. In 1993 the UAE ordered 436 tanks for delivery from 199...
  • Hypersonic Version of BrahMos
    Hypersonic Version of BrahMos 26 October 2020
    New developments are on the agenda for the BrahMos supersonic anti-ship missile, developed with a joint subsidiary of India and Russia. The munitions, which are planned to be developed to target Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, will be equipped with passive sensors by 2024, it said. Moscow and New Delhi also plan to develop a hypersonic version of BrahMos. Alexander Maksichev, one of the program's directors, said they plan two different stages for ...
  • Third Milgem on Slipway
    Third Milgem on Slipway 25 October 2020
    Four MILGEM Corvette Ship Projects exported to Pakistan under the main contractor of ASFAT, affiliated to the Ministry of National Defence, are continuing as planned. For the third of the MİLGEM corvettes, a keel-laying ceremony was held at the Karachi Shipyard. Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar stated that Turkish defence industry companies are frequently mentioned in the international market and that 7 Turkish companies are among the top 100 leadin...
  • 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...
  • NATO's Space Centre in Germany
    NATO's Space Centre in Germany 20 October 2020
    The US-owned Ramstein Air Base, in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate state, will host the new NATO space centre, German media reported. The establishment of the centre, which is scheduled to be on the agenda of the alliance's defence ministers' meeting on October 22nd, has emerged due to the dissolution of space capabilities among global powers. The United States, Russia and China have invested he greatly in space technology in recent years, but most do not share ...
  • ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory
    ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory 20 October 2020
    Malaysia's Ministry of Defence has opened an international tender for the purchase of three Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), particularly Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) platforms. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is expected to be the possible operator for the drone, but the Malaysian Armed Forces have not specified which force will use the platform. Malaysia is interested in at least four models, including General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, CAIC Wing Loong, Leonard...
  • New Training and Combat Aircraft Concept from Spain
    New Training and Combat Aircraft Concept from Spain 19 October 2020
    Airbus introduces the concept of future training and light combat aircraft. The design, dubbed the Airbus Future Jet Trainer (AFJT), was presented with the introduction of the company's Spanish team. “The AFJT is a program designed by and for Spain, which is positioned as the operational, industrial and technological development solution that would allow the country to continue with its position as a leading player in the aerospace and defence sector,” the statement ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ukraine and Turkey to cooperate in the military sector
    Ukraine and Turkey to cooperate in the military sector 18 October 2020
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Istanbul to sign military and defence cooperation agreement. A declaration of intent between the Ukrainian Defence Minister Andrii Taran and Turkey's Defence Industries President Prof. İsmail Demir is among the signed documents. A framework military agreement between the Ukrainian government and the government of the Republic of Turkey was also signed. " The memorand...
  • U.S. Set 2023 for Hypersonic Weapon
    U.S. Set 2023 for Hypersonic Weapon 17 October 2020
    U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said his country will be stationing the first hypersonic weapon by 2023. "Our opponents are firing long-range missiles to prevent our freedom of manoeuvre. We are increasing our hypersonic investments over the next five years," Esper said. In March, the Army and Navy reached an important milestone by jointly launching a successful test of a hypersonics glide body, he noted. The United States wants to integrate new technology into forces by...
  • Rafale Offer from France to Croatia
    Rafale Offer from France to Croatia 15 October 2020
    Options for Croatia, which wants to change the MiG-21 jet fleet, are increasing. Zagreb's plans to buy second-hand F-16 Netz from Israel was caught in the US barrier. Sweden then proposed 12 new Gripen C/D fighter jets to Croatia. France has also announced an offer to Croatia. Paris has proposed 12 Rafale aircraft serving in the Air and Space Forces (Armée de 'Air et de l'Espace) to Croatia. Greece is also known to want to supply a total of 18 Rafale, 12 of w...
  • Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced
    Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced 15 October 2020
    BAE Systems has released data based on the potential economic contribution of Tempest, the UK's 6th generation fighter jet programme, over the next 30 years. About 20,000 businesses are expected to be supported along with the programme. Together with Tempest, the UK economy is expected to earn £25.3bn by 2050. Bae Systems will soon present a business plan to the government on the program, after which funding will be allocated for the next phase. Production of air...
  • Dutch Submarine Stuck with Budget Limits
    Dutch Submarine Stuck with Budget Limits 14 October 2020
    The Netherlands is trying to solve budgets cuts in order to replace submarines. The Dutch defence Minister started a new submarine procurement project in 2016. In December 2019, the minister informed parliament in a so-called B letter the choice she wanted to make. On October 12, 2020, the Court of Audit published a report in which it examined the study phase of the ministry’s process to procure new submarines. The Court concluded that the budget reserved by the Ministers of D...