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  • Greece, Egypt and Turkey Tensions in the Mediterranean
    Greece, Egypt and Turkey Tensions in the Mediterranean 7 August 2020
    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, who are based in Cairo, met in Cairo. In a joint press release, the ministers announced that Greece and Egypt have signed an exclusive economic zone (Münhasır Ekonomik Bölge/ MEB) agreement. Minister Shoukry said the agreement would allow the two countries, particularly oil and gas reserves, to maximise existing resources in the exclusive economic zone. Greek Foreign Minister Dendias said the ...
  • Russia Wants to Establish Military Base in Six African Countries
    Russia Wants to Establish Military Base in Six African Countries 5 August 2020
    Russia wants to establish a military base in six African countries: Egypt, the Central African Republic, Eritrea, Madagascar, Mozambique and Sudan, German newspaper Bild reported.  Documents released by the German Foreign Ministry showed that Russia has reached a military cooperation agreement with 21 African countries since 2015. The documents said Russia sometimes trains the security forces of countries where it makes formal and sometimes secret agreements. It was also...
  • First Egyptian Su-35s Spotted
    First Egyptian Su-35s Spotted 3 August 2020
    The first three Su-35 fighter jets that Russia is producing for Egypt’s air force have been seen flying in Russia. The production had started at the Gagarin Aircraft Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. Five aircraft were spotted in flight at Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport in central Russia with serials 9210, 9212 and 9214 visible. They were en route from the factory 3 600 km away. In early May, satellite imagery appeared to show four of the aircraft on the ground at the Komsomolsk-on...
  • Rafale Fighters to Be Delivered to India by End of The Month
    Rafale Fighters to Be Delivered to India by End of The Month 22 July 2020
    Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters which are delayed due to India's COVID-19, will be delivered at the end of the month. According to information from New Delhi, five aircraft will arrive at Ambala Air Base in the north of the country on July 29, depending on the weather conditions. "Air and ground personnel underwent extensive training on the aircraft. Our mission-ready team aims to accelerate the time the aircraft is operational." The Indian Air Force said...
  • Russia's Plan B for Amphibious Assault Ship
    Russia's Plan B for Amphibious Assault Ship 14 July 2020
    After France cancelled the delivery of a Mistral-class amphibious assault ship in 2015, Russia decided to address the need for the navy with domestic sources. According to Russian military sources, Moscow has signed a contract to build two new amphibious assault ships and work will begin next week.  Nevsky Design Bureau runs the UDC 23900 Surf project.  The value of the ships stated to be built at Zaliv Shipyard in Kerch is about 100 billion Rubles. In 2011, the ...
  • "3,720 Nuclear Warheads Operational in the World"
    "3,720 Nuclear Warheads Operational in the World" 13 July 2020
    The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Stockholm has published the 2020 Yearbook, which includes global defence analysis such as world military spending and international arms transfers. The image of Europe’s security thinking has been filled with irregular migration and terrorism in recent years, it said, and this framework is an important driving force in the European Union's (EU) relationship with Libya and Turkey. The Middle East and ...
  • Egypt Failed to Launch Sub-Harpoon
    Egypt Failed to Launch Sub-Harpoon 12 July 2020
    Submarine-launched anti-ship missiles are an important power factor in terms of engagement to surface platforms without exposing the position from a long-range. Egypt conducted a failed attempt to launch anti-ship missile from a submarine during a drill. In the incident, the missile that was launched from a Type 033 (NATO Reporting Name: Romeo) class and stated to be UGM-84 Harpoon, was destroyed by being unable to surface. There is no detailed information as to ...
  • Huge Tank Order of Egypt
    Huge Tank Order of Egypt 28 June 2020
    Egypt, which is one of the cornerstones of the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, continues to spend on armament non-stop. According to a report published in the Egyptian media yesterday, Cairo signed a major procurement agreement with the Russian Defence Export Agency Rosoboronexport. In this context, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence inked an agreement with UralVagonZavod, one of the subsidiaries of the institution, to manufacture 500 T-90MS main battle tanks unde...
  • Egypt's Frigate Agreement Not Finalized
    Egypt's Frigate Agreement Not Finalized 13 June 2020
    Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said the formal procedure process for two FREMM frigates planned to be sold to Egypt is still ongoing. An investigation has been launched into the death of Giulio Regeni, an Italian student who was said to have been killed in Egypt after being tortured in 2016. Egypt's Interior Ministry said the student had been killed by criminals. Italy, however, claims Regeni was killed under the supervision of security forces. Because of Egypt's pos...
  • Su-35 Production Starts
    Su-35 Production Starts 21 May 2020
    Su-35, one of the most advanced combat jets of Russia, continues to find new users. The news that Russia, after the first export user China, signed an agreement on the procurement of Su-35 with Egypt in 2019, was in the media. Despite the intense pressure and lobbying applied for Cairo not to acquire these platforms, it has come to the agenda that procurement of platforms has not been cancelled. According to information obtained from TASS News Agency, the production of the Su-35 at ...
  • Third Submarine Arrived
    Third Submarine Arrived 12 May 2020
    Egypt, which strengthened its navy significantly with the platforms it procured from Europe, took delivery of the third submarine from Germany. Egypt continues its investments that will change the balances in the Mediterranean. In this context, Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of the third of the four Type 209/1400 submarines ordered from Germany. Departing from Germany, ENS S43 (867) completed its maiden voyage by reaching Ras el-Tin Base on May 5. The 1400-ton model...
  • Egypt to Refurbish Apache Capability
    Egypt to Refurbish Apache Capability 10 May 2020
    Egypt, which has modernized its army with many weapons purchases from various countries and has become an important power in the Eastern Mediterranean, is improving its attack helicopter capability. The United States has approved the possible sale of materials requested by Cairo in line with the requirements of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Egypt requested many subcomponents for refurbishment requirement of platforms such as 88 T700-GE-701D turboshaft engines, which 86...
  • New FREMM to Egypt
    New FREMM to Egypt 4 February 2020
    FREMM (Fregata Europea Multi-Missione) platforms built in Fincantieri Shipyard for the Italian Navy became the topic of the Italian-based press organizations where the platforms can be sold to Egypt. Last year, Italy offered B1 Centauro armoured combat vehicle to Brazil and two FREMMs of under construction. The problem was the price: the ships would together cost 1.5 billion Euros. Therefore, Brazil rejected the offer. In a related context, the Italian news agency Il Sole 24 ORE Rad...
  • 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...
  • Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships
    Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships 8 January 2020
    Egypt comes to the fore with the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, the training and exercise activities carried out with different countries in the region. The Cairo government, which acquire currency with its collaborations in the region, published new images from the navy. In the images published from the Egyptian Navy deploying different aircraft on the platform, it was determined that the country also deployed Russian-made aircraft on the ships. The Navy, which playe...
  • Syria Blames US
    Syria Blames US 26 December 2019
      As the conflict and migration continued within the country, an attack was organized on December 21, targeting the oil refinery and gas facilities in Homs. Syria has held the United States accountable for the December 21 drone strikes carried out at Homs oil refinery and al-Rayan Gas station. “The United States, using its illegal military base in Al-Tanf, sent unmanned aerial vehicles to Homs and carried out airstrikes on oil refining infrastructure," Syrian Foreign...
  • India Receives First Rafale Fighter 10 October 2019
    India received its first Dassault Rafale multi-role fighter. Indian Air Force (IAF) received the first Rafale plane in a ceremony held in France. India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh led the acceptance of the aircraft, which is the first of 36 ordered by the Indian government on September 2016 under a EUR7.9 billion (USD8.78 billion) contract. Minister Singh made a flight with Rafale. He flew a test pilot from Dassault. The first Rafale aircraft will arrive in India in 2020 after the ...
  • Egypt Will Receive More than 90 BMP-1 Armoured Vehicles from Greece
    Egypt Will Receive More than 90 BMP-1 Armoured Vehicles from Greece 28 August 2019
    Hellenic Defence Systems (ΕΒΟ-PYRKAL) has contracted to rebuild 92 surplus BMP-1 armoured vehicles of the Greek Army, donated by Greece to Egypt. The contract, which will last for 26 months, will be executed entirely at the ESA Mandra plant. Agreement between the two countries was already announced in September 2016.  The Greek version of the BMP-1A1 GR, which originally belonged to East Germany, was equipped with a US M2 Browning machine gun.
  • Joint Military Exercise from Three Countries
    Joint Military Exercise from Three Countries 27 August 2019
    Egypt, Russia, Belarus start joint military exercise in Moscow. With the participation of military forces from Egypt, Russia and Belarus, the exercise was called “Protectors of Friendship 4”. The exercise is expected to continue until 29 August. “Egypt hopes the training will help to enhance the skills of its forces, unify combat concepts and teamwork” Egypt’s army spokesperson Tamer El Refa’ai said. Since the arrival of President Abdel Fattah Al-...
  • European Union…Turkish Democracy…Asia Perspective 9 August 2019
    In mid-February 2019, nine young men were sent to the gallows in a prison in Cairo. The charge was to assassinate Hisham Bereket, the Egyptian Chief Prosecutor of the time, in 2015. One of those who were executed said shortly before the execution: “We have received 20 years of electricity in Egypt.  If you allow me, I only need few minutes to make anyone in street confess that he had assassinated Envar Sedat” Egypt's first historic president ...
  • Additional MRAP Requested
    Additional MRAP Requested 25 July 2019
    The United States has transferred a final shipment of 101 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to Egypt, completing an Excess Defence Articles grant of 930 MRAPs. Egypt has requested 1 000 more. The transfer includes M1232 RG33L, M1233 RG33L (Heavy Armoured Ground Ambulance – HAGA), M1237 RG33 Plus (with additional armour), M1220 Caiman, and M1230 Caiman Plus vehicles, as well as MRAP Recovery Vehicles, as well as recovery vehicles and training. Request for 930 MRAP...
  • Egypt Prefers Italy Over France
    Egypt Prefers Italy Over France 26 April 2019
    According to unconfirmed reports in the press, the Egyptian Navy will procure 20 AW149 helicopters produced by the Italian company Leonardo. The production contract, which has not been announced officially, was first published by La Tribune, a French news website. Leonardo has not made a statement yet. Egypt last week announced that it was not going to purchase the NH90 helicopters of the French company NH Industries because of the cost and instead was going to award Leonardo. Egypt...
  • Germany Approved Sale to Egypt
    Germany Approved Sale to Egypt 5 April 2019
    The German Bundestag Budget Committee has approved Egyptian sales of 2.3 billion euros. The sale was made with the export credit guarantee to secure the financial aspect of the agreement. Under the agreement, which was announced as € 2.3 billion in total, six warships will be supplied for the Egyptian Navy. Three of the platforms will be the MEKO A200 class like used in the South African Navy. Approximately 120 meters long MEKO A200 ships with a displacement of 2500 tons. Thank...
  • Greek Helicopters Landed on Egyptian LHD
    Greek Helicopters Landed on Egyptian LHD 24 March 2019
    According to Naval Analyses, Greek CH-47 Chinook and Apache helicopters landed on Egyptian Mistral-class LHD. Greek and Egyptian military forces attended on bilateral joint exercise “Medousa 6” from June 23 to 29, 2018. The Hellenic Armed Forces participated with two frigates, one submarine, eight F-16 fighters, one AWACS, one Super Puma SCAR helicopter, one Chinook carrier helicopter, two Apache attack helicopters, and SOF team The Egyptian Armed Forces with one Mistral-clas...
  • Egypt Has Placed Order for Su-35s
    Egypt Has Placed Order for Su-35s 18 March 2019
    Russian Daily Kommersant reports that Egypt has placed an order for “more than a dozen” Russian Su-35 fighters at the end of last year. The budget is estimated about $ 2 billion. Aircraft are expected to be delivered by 2021.
  • Fair News Issue 69 10 January 2019
    Egypt Unveils Temsah-3 A New MRAP for Egypt? Iomax Archangel: A Magnet for Blue Uniformed Officers Rheinmetall Proposes Skynex to Egypt Saudi SG-03 UAS Close to Production EISS: The Egyptian Future Soldier
  • A First in the Pyramids: EDEX 2018 10 January 2019
    It is always interesting taking part in the first edition of a defence exhibition, as it allows to get the feelings of the local market and industry. This was also the case with EDEX, Egypt Defence Expo, which took place at the Egypt International Exhibition Centre at the outskirts of Cairo on December 3-5, 2018. Inaugurated on Monday by the Egyptian President, Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, the event gathered some 350 exhibitors; behind Egypt, with over 50 exhibitors, came the United States ...
  • NATO Training in Egyptian Waters
    NATO Training in Egyptian Waters 12 December 2018
    NATO vessels conducted training activities in Egyptian territorial waters.   Ships under Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2), have visited Egypt's Port of Alexandria on December 2-4. Following the visit, SNMG2 platforms left the port and carried out a series of training activities, including helicopter operations and replenishment experiences. ENS Aleksandria frigate, ENS Soliman Ezzat missile boat and ENS Shalatin replenishment ship took part in the trainings,...
  • Iomax Markets Archangel for FMS Deal in Egypt
    Iomax Markets Archangel for FMS Deal in Egypt 9 December 2018
    Archangel, a low-cost, long-endurance armed surveillance aircraft ensuring six hours time on station in the armed configuration and 10 hours in the ISR configuration was presented in Egypt by Iomax. The Archangel can currently be armed with GBU-12/58 Laser Guided Bombs, AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, and ROKETSAN Cirit 2.75” Laser Guided Rockets. Egypt has defined a requirement for 12 aircraft through the FMS process.
  • 120 MM Sale to Egypt: New Calculation Doubled Price Tag
    120 MM Sale to Egypt: New Calculation Doubled Price Tag 29 November 2018
    The State Department has come up with new calculation about 120 mmm tank rounds sale to Egypt. Current State Department notification reads; “The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of 46,000 M831A1 and M865 rounds and 10,000 APFSDS-T rounds for an estimated cost of $201 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.” What makes the notification...
  • Egypt to Pay $ 1 billion for 10 AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter
    Egypt to Pay $ 1 billion for 10 AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter 29 November 2018
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of ten AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters for an estimated cost of $1.0 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of the Egypt has requested to buy ten AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters, 24 1700-GE-701D Engines, 24 M299 HELLFIRE Launchers, 135 HELLFIRE Missiles.
  • Qatar to Take Delivery Of Six F-15QAs By March 2021
    Qatar to Take Delivery Of Six F-15QAs By March 2021 27 November 2018
    Qatar says it will take delivery of the first six F-15QAs from Boeing by March 2021. Brigadier General Issa al-Mahannadi told at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar that another six will be delivered three months later. The rest of the 24 jets will be delivered every three months in batches of four aircraft. Qatar signed agreements to buy warplanes from the United States as well as Europe last year after a political dispute broke out between it and neighbours Saudi Arabia, the United Ara...
  • Egypt To Buy Ammunition From USA
    Egypt To Buy Ammunition From USA 17 September 2018
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt of 46,000 M831A1 and M865 rounds and 10,000 APFSDS-T rounds for an estimated cost of $99 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Egypt has requested to buy 46,000 120MM Target Practice – Tracer (M831A1) and 120MM Target Practice, Cone Stabilized, Discarding Sabot – (M865...
  • Egypt’s First In House Built Gowind Corvette Launched
    Egypt’s First In House Built Gowind Corvette Launched 9 September 2018
    Egypt launched second Gowind 2500 corvettes for the Egyptian Navy on 6 September from the facilities of Alexandria Shipyard (ASY). It is second of four Gowind 2500 corvettes but first of the class to be built in-country. Named Port Said , the 102 m ship will now complete outfitting at ASY before beginning trials next year. Egyptian Armament Authority awarded a contract to France’s Naval Group (then DCNS) for the design and construction of Gowind 2500 first-of-class E...
  • Paris To Cut US Parts in Its Weapons To Boost Sales
    Paris To Cut US Parts in Its Weapons To Boost Sales 7 September 2018
    France decided to cut its dependence on US components in its weapons systems to minimise Washington's ability to block its arms exports. French Defence Minister Florence Parly said reducing dependence on US-made components was necessary so as not to hinder the export of French military products. Without giving specific examples, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said France needed to "gradually wean ourselves off our reliance on a certain number of American parts.”<...
  • Ka-52 Alligator Helicopters For the Egyptian Armed Forces
    Ka-52 Alligator Helicopters For the Egyptian Armed Forces 5 August 2018
    Simple satellite photos from Google Earth revealed that the Egyptian Air Force has received a new batch of Russian attack helicopters Ka-52 Alligator which are stationed on the Kattamia Air Base. The helicopters were developed and manufactured by Kamov, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, which belongs to the state-owned holding company Rostec, which coordinates and controls technological innovations in the field of defence and high-tech.  
  • France to Remove US Components From SCALP
    France to Remove US Components From SCALP 2 August 2018
    France is seeking to reduce its reliance on U.S. approval for French arms exports.  France has therefore decided to remove an American component from the SCALP cruise missile so that it can proceed with a new sale of Rafale fighters to Egypt. Answering questions on weapons exports in the country’s National Assembly, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said that the decision by the United States to use the International Trade in Arms Regulation (ITAR) agreement to block...
  • US $ 195 Million Military Aid To Egypt
    US $ 195 Million Military Aid To Egypt 27 July 2018
    US President Donald Trump has decided to release $ 195 million military aid to Egypt, which last year had decided to freeze because of concerns about human rights. "Recognizing the measures taken by Egypt over the past year, in response to the US's comparable concerns, and in the context of our efforts to further strengthen this partnership, the (American) government decided to allow Egypt to make use of the $ 195 million "remaining from the October 2016-September 2017...
  • Qatar Wants To Join NATO
    Qatar Wants To Join NATO 6 June 2018
    Qatar’s defence minister Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah said Qatar wanted to become a full member of the 29-country alliance. “Regarding the membership, we are a main ally from outside NATO.. The ambition is full membership if our partnership with NATO develops and our vision is clear.” Attiyah told the official magazine of the Qatari defence ministry, Altalaya. He added that there was a growing relationship between Qatar and the alliance, and Doha could h...
  • 60 Years of Phantom
    60 Years of Phantom 27 May 2018
    F-4 Phantom II is celebrating its 60th birthday. The F-4 Phantom II, developed by McDonnel Douglas for the US Navy, has a distinct place in the hearts of both pilots and aviation enthusiasts. The F-4 Phantom II put it’s signature to the skies with it’s grandeur, iconic view and sound of engines and  put it’s signature to the history with the losses, achievements and victories. The aircraft made the maiden flight on May 27, 1958. The F-4 Phantom, one of the mos...