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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...
  • 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...
  • RCWS Export Success of ASELSAN
    RCWS Export Success of ASELSAN 10 April 2020
    Delivering thousands of remote-controlled weapons stations (RCWS) to the Turkish Armed Forces, ASELSAN added another to its export success. The company has announced its RCWS export to a NATO country from its official social media account. "#ASELSAN has signed a contract for remote control weapon systems and firing spot detection systems for the use of a NATO member country." description used in the share. In September 2019, Hungary announced that ...
  • US Concentration Increasing in Europe
    US Concentration Increasing in Europe 7 April 2020
    The military intensity in the Cold War days makes itself felt again. East and West are increasing the concentration on Europe day by day. The USA is determined to increase the military intensity it has lowered in Europe after the end of the Cold War. The U.S. European Command (EUCOM), which had been requesting additional ships for a long time, requested to the deployment of two additional destroyers from Congress in early March. EUCOM Commander General Tod Wolters said in ...
  • Airbus Stopped Production in Spain
    Airbus Stopped Production in Spain 30 March 2020
    After the coronavirus, which influenced the world, Airbus started implementing new measures in Spain as of today. Spain has been particularly hard-hit among European countries. Airbus says it is to suspend the “majority of production” until 9 April, in the aftermath of new measures imposed by the Spanish government from 30 March. The measures restrict all non-essential activity across the country. Airbus says it will maintain some “essential” activities within its comm...
  • MBDA Stops Working Due To Coronavirus
    MBDA Stops Working Due To Coronavirus 25 March 2020
    MBDA, which continues its operations in five European countries including France, UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, has stopped working due to coronavirus. The company announced that it has suspended all its activities in France between 18 March and 27 March to control the spread of the virus. It was not announced whether the production and assembly line would be affected by this decision.
  • Structural Change in MGCS
    Structural Change in MGCS 25 February 2020
    Structural changes are planned to start in April in the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) developed in partnership with Germany and France. Recently, Nexter integrated 140mm main guns into the Leclerc main battle tank. Seen as a talent acquisition project for MGCS; The European Main Battle Tank will combine the hull of a Leopard 2A7 with the lighter, two-man turret of a Leclerc. The project was launched to replace the AMX Leclerc and Leopard 2 main battle tanks currently in service w...
  • Russian Airspace Opened Its Doors
    Russian Airspace Opened Its Doors 25 February 2020
    The USA, Canada and Norway will fly in the Russian airspace for the next four days. As part of the Treaty on Open Skies, which was signed in 1992 and entered into force in 2002, Swedish production Saab 340 aircraft will take off from Kubinka. The agreement, which has 34 member states, includes unarmed observation flights in the participating countries. Observation flights are made over the territories of the United States, Canada, European countries, and Russia.
  • European Fighter Project to Begin Demonstrator Phase
    European Fighter Project to Begin Demonstrator Phase 14 February 2020
    The process of the new generation jet aircraft project is progressing. Airbus made a statement about the ongoing activities. The FCAS Program, launched by France and Germany in cooperation with Airbus-Dassault Aviation, started the demonstrator phase. Within the scope of the process called Phase 1A, important technological maturation processes will take place. Within the scope of the project where MTU Aero Engines, Safran and MBDA serve as the main subcontractors, the demonstra...
  • Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program
    Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program 9 February 2020
    Spain may join Italian and French new 3 000 ton corvette programme along with Greece. Italy and France want to win European Union funding for the construction of a new corvette. The program dubbed the European Patrol Corvette which is part of the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO. PESCO is one pan-European defence programs recommendations to bridge capability gaps collaboratively. The new naval, joint venture between Italy’s Fincantieri and France’s N...
  • Spain Acquires 24 PC-21 Aircraft
    Spain Acquires 24 PC-21 Aircraft 1 February 2020
    Pilatus Aircraft announced that Spain had ordered 24 Pilatus PC-21 single-engine turboprop trainers to replace its obsolete Casa C-101 Aviojets used since 1980. The contract is worth €204.75 million and calls for the first six aircraft to be delivered by March. The Spanish Air Force, Ejército del Aire, is the third European air force to opt for the Swiss-produced PC-21, the Next Generation Trainer.  
  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense 31 January 2020
    The United Kingdom officially exits from the European Union with concerns about Scotland behind. Political aspirations have peculiar and unexpected results. British conservatives voted against the European Union with the fear that the Union would divide them. The result, however, brings the concern to reality. While the member of Kingdom leaves Union, Scotland wants to stay. The Kingdom self divides. Under the shadow of Britain exiting from EU, British defence journal ukde...
  • New Fast Patrol Boat for Hellenic Coast Guard
    New Fast Patrol Boat for Hellenic Coast Guard 30 January 2020
    Greece made its final decision in the tender launched by the Coast Guard to improve its capabilities and advance its fast response ability. within the scope of the program funded by the European Union, the FB60'SF boat, designed by Fabio Buzzi, was selected. The boats, which Greece plans to acquire 13 + 5 pieces at a cost of 33,780 million Euros, have a composite hull structure. Bridge section of the platforms stated to have STANAG 4569 Level 2 protection. Boats w...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? 30 January 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • Brexit Aftermath NATO: Status of Scotland
    Brexit Aftermath NATO: Status of Scotland 2 January 2020
    Even though the Brexit referendum was about the European Union, the negative result has new scenarios on the agenda. The poll in the United Kingdom shows that England wants to leave the Union while other member Scotland wants to stay. Scotland may pursue an independent path to remain in Union but it has to declare independence. In that case, Scotland will not be a member of NATO either. NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg has confirmed that an independent Scotland would have to ...
  • FCAS: An Agreement On The Engines
    FCAS: An Agreement On The Engines 3 December 2019
    France and Germany have reached an agreement on the industrial organisation of engines at the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme. Safran will be the main contractor and MTU subcontractor. Subsequently, the industrialists will create a joint venture at parity to carry the contracts and the certification of the engine. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Defence and Space  Dirk Hoke spoke to French Daily La Tribune at Dubai Air Show. Hoke stated that the challenges of ...
  • Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS
    Airbus Calls Merging Tempest and FCAS 26 November 2019
    The new chief executive of Airbus Guillaume Faury has called for a single European fighter jet programme and warned that the continent needs to bolster its defence industry. Faury spoke to British “The Times” Sunday edition, Sunday Times. Faury, previously boss of Airbus’s commercial aircraft and helicopter divisions, said it would make sense to combine Europe’s two next-generation combat aircraft programmes — Tempest, which involves the UK, I...
  • Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait
    Chinese Aircraft Carrier Passed Taiwan Strait 22 November 2019
    China is working to increase its fleet capability for open seas. On the other hand, Chinese government continues its military and political steps. Beijing administration, which often experiences tensions with neighboring countries due to continental shelf, undisputed islands, is far from relieving tensions with Taiwan. People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships, visited many African, Baltic and European countries including Turkey in recent years. Thus, PLAN s...
  • 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...
  • France Defence Budget: 37.5 billion Euros
    France Defence Budget: 37.5 billion Euros 6 October 2019
    French draft defence budget for 2020 provides a global envelope of 37.5 billion euros. Modernisation of significant equipment, job creations and innovation are the main thrusts of the 2020 budget. The budget is presented on September 27 to the Council of Ministers by Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces. The draft budget is in line with the commitments of the 2019-2025 Military Planning Act. The act increases the budget by € 1.7 billion per year until 2022: th...
  • KFX to End Good 3 October 2019
    While European countries are announcing their new generation combat aircraft projects, there is some news from Korea that started to work on these years ago. The KFX project, which is expected to become one of the most significant projects in the history of the Korean defence industry, is ready for production shortly. The project, which takes its name from the initials of the words Korean Fighter Experimental, appears to have slowly emerged from the experimental phase. Within the scope of the...
  • First Sales from China to Europe 11 September 2019
    China sold its remote-controlled aircraft to a European country for the first time. Serbia’s military will receive Wing Loong , Chinese-built armed drones, in the next six months. “This sale will greatly strengthen the Serbian military, which will gain capabilities it has not had in the past,” Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview Tuesday on state-owned television.  Wing Loong, also known as Pterodactyl-1, combat drones, which look similar to ...
  • Eurofighter Drops Out of Canadian Fighter Jet Program 3 September 2019
    The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) and Airbus Defence and Space today informed the Government of Canada of their decision to withdraw from Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP).  The decision is the result of a detailed review of the Request for Proposal (RFP), following its release on 23 July 2019. The $19 billion competition has been dogged by allegations it is designed to favour Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter. With the dec...
  • Apaches Return to Skies 13 August 2019
      Recently, the European press announced that some AH-64 Apache helicopters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force were grounded. The first of these platforms started to test flights two days ago.  Helicopters grounded until a second order after technical personnel detected structural problems in the tail rotor during standard maintenance procedures last June. The Netherlands Armed Forces said in a statement, no problems detected at eight AH-64 which located at Fort ...
  • NATO Movement Against to Russia
    NATO Movement Against to Russia 11 August 2019
    NATO has completed a scheduled upgrade of a land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system in Romania. The update is part of the United States European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defence, which was announced on September 2009. The Aegis Ashore station will detect and track potential threats outside of the bloc. A US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system was deployed to the Deveselu base for the time of the upgrade.   In response to th...
  • Surprise Solution in the F-35B Question
    Surprise Solution in the F-35B Question 9 August 2019
    Turkish- US struggle on S-400 air defence system/ F-35 aircraft resulted as the US claimed. Despite being one of the partners, Turkey’s contribution program was suspended as a result of a unilateral decision of the United States.  The process brought to mind the question of aircraft to be used instead of the conventional F-35 aircraft in Turkey. Russia's Su-57 and SU-35 aircraft were brought to the discussion table. At this stage, European products might be an alternative ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hellenic Observer at Simos
    Hellenic Observer at Simos 5 August 2019
    The Hellenic Coast Guard will start testing a tethered aerostat for sea surveillance mission, as part of a FRONTEX operation. The system will be providing surveillance of a sea area from the island of Samos. The system is fitted with a radar, thermal camera, AIS (Automatic Identification System) system and can climb up to 1,000 meters from the base station. After successfully completing the testing of its systems, it will be tested on a trial basis from Tuesday 30th of July 2019 for a 28-day ...
  • Marine Patrol Mission to be Provided with CAMCOPTER S-100
    Marine Patrol Mission to be Provided with CAMCOPTER S-100 25 July 2019
      Croatia to deploy CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS, produced by Schiebel, for maritime surveillance missions. Croatia issued request to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for CAMCOPTER S-100 maritime surveillance services. Starting in the summer of 2019, the service provision for Croatia will assist in maritime Coast Guard functions such as search and rescue, monitoring and surveillance, ship and port security. For these purposes, the CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System  will...
  • 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...
  • Main Strategy is to Leave Turkey Alone… 11 July 2019
    “We do not experience dignified loneliness, on the contrary we are facing a planned loneliness. We saw ourselves as ‘crowded’. NATO member, negotiating with European Union (EU) for the full membership, United Nations pioneer and distinguished member, has a place in Islamic world and when it comes to it big brother of the Turkish world; Turkey.” These paradigms lasted until they confronted with Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's exhibited in the establi...
  • Sweden May Join Britain’s Tempest Program 8 July 2019
      Sweden may join forces with Britain in the race to develop a European future fighter jet, according to Financial Times. Sweden’s collaboration on the project is expected to be made at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).  Unveiled at the Farnborough air show last July, Tempest is the centrepiece of Britain’s combat air strateg. The British government announced last July that, together with industry, it would commit an initi...
  • Cooperation in Europe for the Fifth Generation
    Cooperation in Europe for the Fifth Generation 20 June 2019
    The Paris Air Show, held at Le Bourget Airport, was the scene of many promotions. The event introduced a full-size model of the fifth generation fighter aircraft developed by European countries. Dassault Aviation from France and Airbus from Germany jointly carried out the development of the project. The platform, which will be equipped with the new generation subsystems and which is described as the project of the future, will be able to work in cooperation with the UAVs. Equipped w...
  • Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase
    Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase 24 May 2019
      After failing to secure second-hand F-16s from Israel, Croatia has approached Sweden and United States to buy new fighters, Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic said. Zagreb was close to striking a deal on buying a squadron of used and refitted F-16 fighter jets from Israel, but eventually Israel informed Croatia it could not sell the planes as it could not secure an approval from the United States. Israel’s F-16s are equipped with advanced systems that US allows...