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  • European Fighter Project to Begin Demonstrator Phase
    European Fighter Project to Begin Demonstrator Phase February 14 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 February 9 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 February 1 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 January 31 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 January 30 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? January 30 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 January 2 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 December 3 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 November 26 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 November 22 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 November 14 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 October 6 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 October 3 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 September 11 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 September 3 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 August 13 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 August 11 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 August 9 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 August 9 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 August 5 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 July 25 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 July 11 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… July 11 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 July 8 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 June 20 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 May 24 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...
  • Airbus May Sue German Government
    Airbus May Sue German Government May 7 2019
    Germany’s blockage over arms exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia goes into the next round. Airbus wants to take the Federal Government to court to reach export licenses, Der Spiegel reported May 4.  Berlin is preventing Airbus from delivering helicopters and a border security system to Saudi Arabia by withholding export licenses. “Airbus reserves all legal options in the dispute,” Dirk Hoke, head of Airbus Defence and Space, told Der Spiegel. 
  • Airbus’ First Helicopter FAL in China
    Airbus’ First Helicopter FAL in China April 19 2019
    Airbus on Wednesday officially opened its first Final Assembly Line (FAL) in China, which will deliver its first H135 twin-engine helicopters to Chinese customers during the second half of 2019.  The Airbus Qingdao H135 FAL is a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters and United General Aviation Company. It follows a cooperation agreement between Airbus Helicopters and China in 2016 for the purchase of 100 H135s.    It is the first time of Airbus has put final...
  • US Presents Greece, Romania, Spain and PolandaAs Potential New Operators Of the F-35
    US Presents Greece, Romania, Spain and PolandaAs Potential New Operators Of the F-35 April 5 2019
    Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Vice Admiral Mathias W. “Mat” Winter, told U.S. lawmakers that “future potential Foreign Military Sales customers (for the F-35) include Singapore, Greece, Romania, Spain and Poland.” Confronting with Turkey, for S400 Air Defence System, The United States is considering expanding sales of LM’s F-35 fighter jets to five new nations including Romania, Greece and Poland as European allies bulk up their defences in th...
  • Two Offers to Switzerland
    Two Offers to Switzerland March 26 2019
    A bid for the new generation air defence system was presented by two participants. The tender for the Air2030 Program included three candidates. Israel which invited with David’s Sling system did not made an offer. The US participant Raytheon joined the tender with Patriot system and European participant Eurosam made a bid with  SAMP / T. The procurement process will continue with the analysis and testing phase just as in the aircraft procurement phase. Teams to be commissio...
  • Meteor, Spear Missiles for British F35s
    Meteor, Spear Missiles for British F35s March 19 2019
    British defence contractor BAE announced its involvement with Northrup Grumman on Monday to integrate several new series of missile into the F-35 Lightning fighter planes of Britain's Royal Air Force. According to the Company,  work has started to integrate two advanced missile systems with Britain's fleet of F-35 fighter planes. BAE has agreed with Lockheed Martin, to integrate into the F-35 Meteor air-to-air missiles and SPEAR precision surface attack missil...
  • Germany Proposes European Aircraft Carrier
    Germany Proposes European Aircraft Carrier March 12 2019
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has endorsed the idea of a joint European aircraft carrier. Leader of Christian Democratic Union in Germany, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, made the proposal in a weekend response to the French President’s proposals for European reform. Germany and France are already working together on a future European combat aircraft. Karrenbauer said, “The next step could be to start on the symbolic project of building a common Europea...
  • German Embargo to Saudi Kingdom May Undermine European Defence Industry
    German Embargo to Saudi Kingdom May Undermine European Defence Industry March 7 2019
    German reaction to Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi murder undermines European defence industry. German government that had issued embargo to Saudi Arabia until March 9th, has decided to extent it. The decision risks escalation of a growing dispute with France and the United Kingdom over sales of jointly produced weapons. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas made the announcement during a news conference with his Danish counterpart, Anders Samuelsen, in Berlin on Wednesday. German...
  • German Ban to Saudi Kingdom Hit UK
    German Ban to Saudi Kingdom Hit UK February 24 2019
    Germany has said it would hold firm on its decision to halt weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, ignoring British requests. “The stance of the government is that we won’t deliver weapons to Saudi Arabia at the moment,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after talks with his British counterpart about the decision taken in October over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Both the Eurofighter and Tornado jets contain German components. An export ban has ther...
  • 3D Printed Rocket Engine from Orbex
    3D Printed Rocket Engine from Orbex February 15 2019
    Orbex has publicly unveiled its “Prime” rocket at the opening of its new headquarters and rocket design facility in Forres in the Scottish Highlands. UK-based spaceflight company, Orbex, with subsidiaries and production facilities in Denmark and Germany, has received funding from the UK Space Agency (UKSA), two of Europe's largest venture capital funds, Sunstone Technology Ventures and the High-Tech Gründerfonds, as well as strategic investor Elecnor Deimos Spac...
  • Spain Officially Joins FCAS Fighter Programme
    Spain Officially Joins FCAS Fighter Programme February 15 2019
    The French, German and Spanish defence ministers signed a letter of intent for the FCAS fighter programme. Spain has joined the existing Franco-German effort to develop a future combat air system (FCAS), which is scheduled to enter service by 2040. During a NATO meeting in Brussels on 14 February, Spain's minister of defence, Margarita Robles, signed a letter of intent with her respective French and German counterparts, Florence Parly and Ursula von der Leyen, formalizing Spain&...
  • The Spanish Step On A New Generation Aircraft
    The Spanish Step On A New Generation Aircraft February 13 2019
    Germany and France recently signed a new generation of aircraft development project received a surprise participation. According to a report in the Spanish Press, Spain has taken action to become the third participant of the partnership. The program, which was initiated for the renewal of combat aircraft currently serving in the European Air Force, is also being sought in Spain. The defence ministers of the three countries are expected to sign a letter of intent at the NATO Defence ...
  • Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project
    Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project February 7 2019
      Ending 33 years of direct competition between Eurofighter and Rafale, and renewing a lapsed defence industrial alliance between their two countries, the French and German defence ministers in Berlin signed agreements launching three major defence programs. Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS), agreement commits both countries to bilateral development and production of common manned and unmanned aircraft, binding them together for several decades to come. The F...
  • Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia
    Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia February 7 2019
        The German government has blocked the sale of Meteor air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia. The Meteor, developed and produced by Paris-based MBDA but with German components, is not the target of a specific German veto, but rather its export to Saudi Arabia is being blocked by the German government’s embargo on all arms sales to the Saudi kingdom, decided in late November. In particular, Germany once again decided to apply an embargo o...
  • No F-35 Selection for Germany
    No F-35 Selection for Germany February 4 2019
    New announcements made about German Tornado replacement. However, Germany's F-35 Lightning II procurement seems to be in another spring. Tornados, one of the legendary planes of the Cold War, will be replaced by another aircraft. German Ministry of Defence, which is carrying out the new aircraft procurement program, did not shortlist the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The last two candidates were the Eurofighter Typhoon and the F / A-18 Hornet family. Last year, the German Air Forc...