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  • China Bids Again for Motor Sich Shares
    China Bids Again for Motor Sich Shares 24 November 2020
    China re-applied to the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) for Motor Sich shares. China-based Beijing Skyrizon Aviation made a bid for Motor Sich shares on September 23rd with the support of DCH Group, owned by Ukrainian businessman Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, the European Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) said in a report. Skyrizon's previous offers were rejected at AMCU, but CEPA reported that Ukraine is close to selling shares, taking into account China's new o...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Romania's First Piranhas to Be Commissioned Soon
    Romania's First Piranhas to Be Commissioned Soon 13 October 2020
    Romanian Defence Minister Nicolae Ionel Ciucă said the first party of 36 Piranha V 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles will be delivered to the Romanian Armed Forces within days of testing. Romania, which signed an agreement with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for 277 Piranhas in 2018, would receive the first 36 platforms by the end of 2018. After a delay in the deal, Bucharest demanded a delay fee of €8.5m from General Dynamics in 2019. GDELS announced the start of production ...
  • Italy Wants to Get the Advantage of COVID
    Italy Wants to Get the Advantage of COVID 28 September 2020
    The Italian government wants to experience the benefits of COVID pandemic. European Union handed over some funds to cover COVID-damaged economy. The government wants to find a way to fund defence technology programs including the U.S. Future Vertical Lift ( FVL ) helicopter initiative. The FVL program is currently being pursued by the United States only but is listed as a possible target for Italian investment in a document drawn up by Italy’s industry ministry according to De...
  • 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...
  • Turkey Talks with France for Eurosam SAMP-T
    Turkey Talks with France for Eurosam SAMP-T 25 September 2020
    Earlier this week (September 21, 2020) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone about regional developments, mainly in Turkey-France and the Eastern Mediterranean. In a telephone conversation, according to foreign media reports, President Erdogan asked France to ren out of its opposition stance in the Eurosam SAMP-T agreement. In 2018, a joint French-Italian consortium, Eurosam, signed a cooperation agreement to work ...
  • U.S. Warns Turkey Over China
    U.S. Warns Turkey Over China 24 September 2020
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned Turkey over China-based firms. Noticing the growing influence and investments of Chinese technology firms in Turkey, Pompeo said this could jeopardize military business between the White House and Ankara. Donald Trump's government has warned NATO allies that technology firms, which China claims are linked to intelligence agencies, could force American troops to withdraw from espionage operations. Pompeo's warning about t...
  • EU Sanctions on Turkish Company
    EU Sanctions on Turkish Company 21 September 2020
    The European Union (EU) has decided to sanction three firms for allegedly violating an arms embargo for Libya. One of the three companies is from Turkey and the others from Kazakhstan and Jordan. New resolutions have been made for the arms embargo in force at the Libyan Conference in January 2020; a military mission was deployed to control the embargo. A travel ban is planned for sanctioned firms and a freeze on assets in the EU, as well as a ban on trading with European companies.<...
  • VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200
    VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200 20 September 2020
    According to French Daily La Tribune, the European MBDA signed a contract with Egypt for the supply of VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles, for the equipment of the MEKO frigate under construction. Egypt had originally selected the South African Umkhonto missiles (128 missiles), but the program did not go ahead due to Denel's financial problems. In January 2019 Egypt and Germany agreed to build a MEKO-A200 frigate, with a total cost of € 500 million with 1 more option. In April ...
  • Poland Sends Troops to Turkey
    Poland Sends Troops to Turkey 19 September 2020
    Polish President Andrzej Duda has approved sending troops to Turkey as part of the NATO mission. Paweł Soloch, head of the Polish National Security Bureau (BBN), said up to 80 Polish troops will be deployed in Turkey. "We are responding positively to Ankara's recent call to NATO allies regarding the deteriorating security situation on the Syrian-Turkish border," Soloch said. Underlining that this is not a combat mission, a non-combatant force will be sent for...
  • New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone
    New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone 19 September 2020
    A new decision was made on the Eurodrone Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS programme, developed with a subsidiary of the German, French, Italian and Spanish Governments.  Meeting at Airbus' facilities in Germany, French Defence Minister Florance Parly and her German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called on member states to launch the next phase of the drone operation in 2021. Ministers said the financial problems in the programme will be resolved ...
  • Greece Sends Warships Off Libya
    Greece Sends Warships Off Libya 17 September 2020
    The HS Limnos (F 451) frigate of the Greek Navy will join the MED IRINI operation, which the European Union (EU) has launched to support an arms embargo on Libya. In April 2020, the EU adopted the decision to launch operation MED IRINI of the EU Mediterranean Naval Force in the Mediterranean under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). As part of the operation, inspections are being carried out on ships suspected of carrying weapons, ammunition and military eq...
  • 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...
  • Serbia Blames EU, Cancels Military Exercises
    Serbia Blames EU, Cancels Military Exercises 10 September 2020
    "Serbia will not take part in any military exercises or activities with NATO, Russia, the United States, China or the European Union (EU) in the next six months," the Serbian Defence Ministry said in a statement. The decision came after Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said Serbia was under "terrible and unfair pressure" of the EU. "We are not asked to participate in planned military exercises with Belarus to avoid losing our position in the EU," Vulin...
  • US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets
    US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets 6 September 2020
    Following a recent spike in airborne confrontations between the U.S. and Russian militaries, three B-52 Stratofortress bombers joined Ukrainian fighter jets for training Friday. The bombers, from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, "conducted vital integration training with Ukrainian fighters inside Ukraine's airspace," European Command said in a press release. Officials said the bomber mission, part of a long-planned deployment of six B-52s to RAF F...
  • Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon
    Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon 4 September 2020
    Britain’s Royal Air Force is on course to get its own multi-functional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, by the middle of the decade to equip Typhoon combat jets. A U.S. $420 million contract to develop the next generation of radar for Royal Air Force Typhoon jets has been awarded to BAE Systems and Leonardo. British Ministry of Defence and industry announced the deal on Sept 3rd. BAE Systems and Leonardo have signed up to deliver what is known as the European ...
  • HAVELSAN Is On The Same List With The World Giants
    HAVELSAN Is On The Same List With The World Giants 26 August 2020
    HAVELSAN Telecom Cloud Platform has successfully passed the Network Functions Virtualization and Mobile Edge Computing Interoperability tests of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) in June. HAVELSAN is now on the same list with the world giants. HAVELSAN succeeded in entering the Open Source NFV Management and Orchestration MANO (OSM) ecosystem list; World giants such as Amazon, Red Hat, VMware, Whitestack and Wind River were included in this list.
  • 2.06 billion USD worth contract  for 348 8×8 combat vehicles
    2.06 billion USD worth contract  for 348 8×8 combat vehicles 26 August 2020
      The Spanish Ministry of Defence today awarded a 2.06 billion USD contract to a joint venture of General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) and three other companies to deliver 348 8×8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles (VCR), their maintenance and life cycle support, as well as support their international commercialization. The program is expected to grow to a total of approximately 1,000 vehicles. The vehicle, named &ldquo...
  • European UAV Fleet Expands
    European UAV Fleet Expands 22 August 2020
    MALE class unmanned aerial vehicles offer significant advantages to the user thanks to their long endurance and payload capabilities. US Department of Defence, announced new agreement signed with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI). Under the contract, which worths USD 188,866 million, four MQ-9B SkyGuardians will be produced and delivered to Belgium. In addition to the platforms, two ground control stations, spare parts and support equipment will be deliver...
  • A400M Moves Firms Steps
    A400M Moves Firms Steps 20 August 2020
    A400M, which developed in cooperation with the European countries, increase its abilities in line of the "multirole platform" term. The French DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement / General Management of Armament) announced on 20 August that the A400M multi-role transport aircraft conducted wet contact with a helicopter for the first time. Thus, the platform will be certified another of its capabilities in the field. In the campaign to be carri...
  • 100th A400M
    100th A400M 17 August 2020
    The A400M, which has a history dating back to the FIMA (Future International Military Airlifter Project) launched in 1982, left behind an important milestone. The 100th A400M Atlas transport aircraft, jointly developed by European countries and manufactured by Airbus as the main contractor, rolled out the production line last month. The aircraft, which entered the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) inventory, will serve there with 54+33 serial number. Within the scope of the process,...
  • Sentinel-1C radar antenna has spread its wings for the first time
    Sentinel-1C radar antenna has spread its wings for the first time 12 August 2020
    Fixed to a special device, simulating zero gravity conditions, the 12.3 metres wide and 860 kg SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) radar antenna of the Copernicus Sentinel-1C satellite has successfully spread its wings at the Airbus Integrated Technology Centre in Friedrichshafen (Germany) for the first time. Sentinel-1C is the third of the Sentinel-1 radar satellite series and will ensure data continuity for the many services offered by the EU’s Copernicus programme. The Sentinel-1C satelli...
  • "Requesting Sanctions of Greece to Turkey is Violation of Law"
    "Requesting Sanctions of Greece to Turkey is Violation of Law" 12 August 2020
    Turkey directed the MTA Oruc Reis seismic research vessel to conduct surveys off the coast of Kastelorizo Island. Following the development that increased tension, Greece announced that the Foreign Minister had requested an urgent meeting from the EU Foreign Relations Council. In addition, Prime Minister Mitsotakis held talks with the command staff of the armed forces, as well as with the President of the European Council Charles Michel and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. ...
  • Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut
    Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut 7 August 2020
    Aviation was one of the heaviest sectors affected by COVID-19, shaked the world and give negatice effect on many sectors. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, faced important order cancellations due to the virus. For this reason, the company, which announced that a significant amount of personnel will be dismissed, supported by Spain. Madrid reached an agreement with the company for acquisition of substantial aircraft in exchange for les...
  • BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020.
    BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020. 2 August 2020
    The British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company release its 2020 half-year results. It warned the Group is subject to geopolitical uncertainties and there remains considerable uncertainty in respect of COVID-19. The company says that, including the two acquisitions, it expects the Group’s sales to increase by a low-single-digit percentage compared to last year, as there are increased volumes in F-35, Combat Vehicles and growth in the electronic defence portf...
  • GES Engineering Will Export Subsystem to Europe
    GES Engineering Will Export Subsystem to Europe 29 July 2020
    GES Engineering, a subsystem manufacturer in the defence and aerospace sector, has reached an agreement with a NATO member European country. The agreement, which covers the delivery of the electronic control box of the Shelter Leveling System, was signed last week. Under the contract, GES Engineering will automate the company's leveling systems. Thus, it is aimed to modernize the old systems. Leveling systems are used to operationally position the shelter set...
  • German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1
    German Bundeswehr renews Service Contracts for Heron 1 20 July 2020
    Airbus Defence and Space and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) have signed a renewed service contract agreement for Heron 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in operation in Afghanistan and Mali. In Afghanistan, Heron 1 Services has been extended in March 2020, for the period June 2020 / May 2021. Comparably in Mali, Heron 1 services have also been extended for the period August 2020 /July 2021 (with an option f...
  • Portugal Sent a Frigate To The Netherlands For Modernization
    Portugal Sent a Frigate To The Netherlands For Modernization 15 July 2020
      The Portuguese frigate NRP Dom Fransisco de Almeida is in the Netherlands to continue the modernization program. The Karel Doorman-class ship left Portugal last Wednesday and was expected to arrive in the Netherlands on Monday. The modernization mainly concerns weapons systems, sensors and communication systems, ensuring that the frigate will remain combat-ready until 2035, on missions of the Portuguese Navy, NATO and the European Union.  
  • "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 ...
  • 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...
  • 5G Study Accelerates in HAVELSAN
    5G Study Accelerates in HAVELSAN 7 July 2020
    HAVELSAN, which jointly collected 5G technology carried out in Turkey as a partner with Ulak Haberleşme in March, successfully passed the interoperability tests of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). Having completed the ETSI NFV Group Interoperability Tests, HAVELSAN has successfully passed tests in the VNF provider field with 5G Core Network modules. ETSI aims to combine telecommunications infrastructures among member states and aims to build a Eu...
  • New Address of U.S. Troops will be Former Soviet Bloc
    New Address of U.S. Troops will be Former Soviet Bloc 29 June 2020
    The new address of US troops stationed in Germany will soon be revealed. U.S. President Donald Trump announced in early June that 9,500 U.S. troops stationed in Germany would withdraw. The U.S. Department of Defence will present its plan for the troops to President Trump. Accordingly, the Pentagon is proposing to reduce the number of troops stationed in Germany to 25,000. Defence Minister Mark Esper's plan includes shifting troops to the Eastern European country. Some ...
  • 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...
  • OSSA: 2023 Goals are Still Achievable
    OSSA: 2023 Goals are Still Achievable 23 June 2020
    OSSA (OSTİM Defense and Aviation Cluster) Chairman Mithat Ertuğ has been a guest of live stream on C4Defence's official Instagram account. Ertuğ made statements about the future goals of OSSA. Stating that OSSA's main target is to make companies exporting capable, Mithat Ertuğ stated that different processes were passed for this and some companies were certified for this goal. Referring to the existence of two parameters, finance and demand, for the feasibility of ...
  • Special Mission Aircraft Order to Israel
    Special Mission Aircraft Order to Israel 15 June 2020
    Special mission aircraft, which are considered as the intelligence eye of the armed forces in the air, constitute an important power factor in combat thanks to their reconnaissance, surveillance and command-control capabilities. Israel's leading aviation company IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) has announced that a 350 million USD agreement has been signed with a European country for the procurement of a Special Mission Aircraft. The agreement will be executed by ELTA Syst...
  • Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea
    Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea 29 May 2020
    The waters in the Black Sea have been experiencing their hottest days since the end of the Cold War. Sea and air movement of NATO affiliates is very high in the region. Two B-1B Lancer affiliated to the U.S. Air Force's 28th Bomber Wing performed a long-range Bomber Task Force mission. The platforms departing from Ellsworth Air Force Base stationed in South Dakota headed over the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea after they crossed the Atlantic Ocean. During the round trip; bombe...
  • EU Defence Budget Could Be Cut
    EU Defence Budget Could Be Cut 13 May 2020
    With the uncertainty created by the coronavirus in the economy, it is a question of where resources will be transferred in the budgets to be determined in the coming period. The European Union's defence fund budget of billions of euros is thought to be disrupted due to COVID-19. The European Commission is expected to present its budget proposals next week, according to EU officials and politicians. While the trillion-euro plan to offset the economic contraction is on the agenda,...
  • Greece to Upgrade Coast Guard Air Platforms
    Greece to Upgrade Coast Guard Air Platforms 4 May 2020
    The Greek Marine and Island Policy Ministry have announced an international tender for the upgrade/replacement of three Reims-406 aircraft surveillance equipment and three AS365 N3 Dauphin of the six helicopters. This time the process leads to a contract, the surveillance capabilities of air forces of the Hellenic Coast Guard (LS-EL.AKT.) The budget of the program amounts to € 12,000,000  and is co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The terms o...