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  • US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland
    US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland 12 October 2020
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and weapons and related equipment for an estimated cost of $14.7 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. Finland has requested to buy 50 F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft; eight F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft; 14 EA-18G Growler aircraft; 166 F414-GE-400 engines (144...
  • U.S. and Norway Begin Military Negotiations
    U.S. and Norway Begin Military Negotiations 25 September 2020
    Norway and the United States began negotiations to update the Mutual Defence Assistance Agreement signed in the 1950s. Norway received 300 fighter jets and 8,000 military vehicles from the United States for free during the Cold War. Total U.S. aid to Norway from the 1950s to 1996 was around $8.7 billion. Red Party leader Bjørnar Moxnes said the renewed military agreement would lead to changes that would clash with Norway's security policy and interests, and criticised the...
  • Nordic Defence Co-operation against Russia
    Nordic Defence Co-operation against Russia 24 September 2020
    The defence ministers of Finland, Norway and Sweden signed a joint Statement of Intent (SOI) when convening in Lakselv, Norway on Wednesday, announcing wider military cooperation, according to the Finnish Ministry of Defence. The new agreement, aims to boost better defence cooperation in the High North for current and future military operation plans. Norwegian Defence Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen also emphasised plans to create a joint committee to discuss the security situation and ...
  • Australia buying K9 Thunder
    Australia buying K9 Thunder 9 September 2020
    On 3 September the Australian Department of Defence announced that Hanwha Defence Australia (HDA) under its Protected Mobile Fires Project will provide 30 K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers and 15 K10 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles.   With this Government announcement, work will commence immediately to implement a plan for the building of facilities and skilling of the local Geelong based workforce. For the Land 8116 program, Hanwha has developed the...
  • Özgür Güleryüz, STM Genel Manager
    Özgür Güleryüz, STM Genel Manager 20 June 2020
    Özgür Güleryüz  who was the Deputy General Manager at STM since 2019, will be the new general maneger of the company. Güleryüz started working at STM in 2007 and graduated from Bilkent University Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Güleryüz, who worked as a Research Assistant in the same department and received his master's degree in 1998, completed the Executive MBA program in Bilkent University, Faculty of Business Administr...
  • NATO's New Opportunities Partner
    NATO's New Opportunities Partner 13 June 2020
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has accepted Ukraine as an Enhanced Opportunities Partner. It is aimed to maintain cooperation between the allied countries and its partners who contribute to NATO-led operations and missions. As a partner of the organisation, Ukraine has sent troops to allied operations and NATO-led exercises. As a Partner of Enhanced Opportunities, Ukraine will be able to take advantage of privileges such as special exercises and information ...
  • New Partner to Armoured Vehicle 12 April 2020
    In Europe, armoured vehicle procurement processes continue with joint ventures as well as individual projects. A new partner has participated in the armoured vehicle project launched by Finland and Latvia jointly. In the statement made by the parties, the third partner of the program was Estonia. During the period when Patria is the main contractor, the parties will acquire the 6x6 platform to be developed jointly.
  • Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders
    Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders 22 March 2020
    The Pentagon has awarded Raytheon a $392.4 million modification contract to supply tactical missiles to the US military, Turkey, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other countries. The deal modifies an earlier contract, awarded in September 2018, for the repair of Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-9X Tactical and Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs). The governments of Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Morocco, the Ne...
  • Third Round on Jet Tender
    Third Round on Jet Tender 3 February 2020
    Saab announced that the testing and evaluation phase for Gripen E / F and GlobalEye AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning & Command) aircraft has started under the third step of the jet fighter tender. As part of Finland's HX Program, Saab Gripen E/F's turn has started. The first serial production standard test aircraft, the 39-10, arrived at Tampere-Pirkkala Air Base located in the north of Helsinki on January 30. Twin seater Gripen NG 39-7, which is sensor t...
  • Patria Cooperation for Armoured Vehicle
    Patria Cooperation for Armoured Vehicle 31 January 2020
    Finland-based land vehicle manufacturer Patria has signed a cooperation agreement for a new armored vehicle development project. Finland and Lithuania set out to join forces for the platform, which is planned to be developed under the Lithuanian Army Mobility Development Program. Under the agreement signed with the ceremony attended by the defence ministers of the both countries, a joint wheeled armored vehicle development project will be carried out. In this way, besides a bud...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland
    Eurofighter Typhoon Tests for Finland 14 January 2020
    Finland, which has announced procurement programs for the replacing of aging platforms in inventory, has started to looking for alternatives for the F/A-18 Hornets. In this context, the test phase has started in the HX Program, which is planned for the trial and evaluation process of the candidate aircraft. Within the scope of the HX Program, whose total cost is estimated to reach 10 billion Euros; invitation for tender letters have been sent for Lockhe...
  • 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...
  • Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey
    Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey 12 October 2019
    The Netherlands suspends arms deal to Turkey, the Dutch foreign ministry said Friday. "The Netherlands decided to withhold all license applications for the export of military goods to Turkey," the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP. Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag said in the Dutch parliament Thursday that all military licence applications by Turkey would be turned down "unless there is clear proof that the goods are not being used in north-eastern Syria....
  • Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission
    Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission 27 September 2019
      NATO Allied Air Command stated that one of six Italian Air Force F-35s will perform the type’s first NATO air surveillance and air policing mission. F-35s are deployed to Iceland on 26 September. The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland. AMI Boeing KC-767 tan...
  • Saab Support for Pohjanmaa 20 September 2019
    In accordance with Finland’s Ministry of Defence’s proposition, the Government of Finland has selected Saab as the combat system provider and integrator for the Finnish Navy’s four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes. The Pohjanmaa-class corvette is a class of general-purpose surface combatants currently under development for the Finnish Navy as part of the Squadron 2020 (Laivue 2020) project.  Finland’s Ministry of Defence has stated that the contract is sche...
  • Deadly Gases to be Used in Drill 18 September 2019
    In a first, Finland’s chemical warfare drills to have real lethal gases. Previously, the Finnish Defence Forces only used simulants instead of authentic chemical agents that fall under the UN Chemical Weapons Convention. Chemical warfare drills in Finland will, for the first time include genuine, lethal chemicals including mustard gas and Sarin, that have the ability to kill human beings even in low concentrations. The Pori Brigade unit of the Finnish Army will take part in the defence ...
  • Bofors Gun System for Attack Vessel
    Bofors Gun System for Attack Vessel 22 August 2019
    Indonesia will work with BAE Systems. The Indonesian Navy has selected BAE Systems’ Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system for the country’s KCR-60 fast-attack vessel program. The initial contracts with government-owned shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia include four 57 Mk3 gun systems. Two of the new 57 Mk3 systems will be for two KCR-60 vessels currently under construction, while the remaining two guns will be integrated onto two existing KCR-60 ships. The Bofors 57mm naval gun is d...
  • Approval for Lockheed Martin 15 August 2019
    U.S. Department of Defence said that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $99 million contract for AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) foreign military sales production support. The contract, which involves foreign military sales to Finland, Poland and Australia, will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support.   Weighing approximate...
  • ESSM to New Corvette
    ESSM to New Corvette 22 February 2019
    Finland has chosen the air defence missile for the new corvettes to be procured under the Squadron 2020 Program. The platforms to be named Pohjanmaa class will be equipped with ESSM. Finnish Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö announced the authorization of the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command for the procurement of missiles. The main element of the air defence system, which will be called ITO20, will be the ESSM. Missiles will also be integrated into the four Pohjanmaa ...
  • Patria: Driving the 6x6 in Lapland’s Snow 7 February 2019
    With a long experience in the production of armoured wheeled vehicles, Patria of Finland is probably one of the most northern located manufacturers for this type of system. C4Defence took pride in being the only invitee to test the two prototypes in a region 100 kms away from from the Arctic Polar Circle. In Finland, where snow covers the country for a good part of the year, Patria’s Land Business unit is based in Hämeenlinna, some 80 km north of Helsinki, where the vehic...
  • First Factory Tests Completed
    First Factory Tests Completed 11 January 2019
    Russia issued a statement on RFNS Admiral Kasatonov, one of the newest platforms in its inventory. It is announced in statement that the first factory tests of the platform were completed. RFNS Admiral Kasatonov, one of the newest frigates of the navy, was able to start the manufacturer's tests after the defrost of ices in the Gulf of Finland last spring. Following the first phase in the Baltic Test Area she returned to St. Petersburg. Built in Russia-based Severnaya S...
  • Stinger Support to Latvia
    Stinger Support to Latvia 31 October 2018
    Latvia received Stinger systems. The systems received from Denmark were procured under the bilateral agreement signed between the two countries. In the statement made for the delivery of the missiles, the importance of the systems in the defence of Latvia was mentioned. Procurement agreement signed last year. The Latvian National Armed Forces, which took delivery also launchers together with the missiles, will cooperate with NATO and its allies on maintenance and training issues. La...
  • Turkey does not Want to Become Finland; Do not Force It…
    Turkey does not Want to Become Finland; Do not Force It… 9 July 2018
    Although faced with undeserving behaviours, Turkey does not intend to leave NATO or backtrack on the EU accession process…
  • Patria 6x6 Unveiled
    Patria 6x6 Unveiled 13 June 2018
    Patria, based in Finland, has introduced the new armored personnel carrier (APC) called Patria 6x6 in Eurosatory 2018. The vehicle weighs 24 tons. Patria 6x6 can carry up to 8,5 tons payoad. According to the statement made by the company, vehicle can be equipped with a wide range of weapons, including the AMOS 120 millimeter mortar system, which is already in is use Finnish Army mounted on the AMV vehicles. In the version of Patria 6x6 introduced in the Eurosator...
  • $828M MLRS Order to Lockheed
    $828M MLRS Order to Lockheed 2 May 2018
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded an $828 million contract to produce Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems. The systems will be supplied to the armed forces of Finland, Republic of Korea, and Romania under foreign military sales.
  • RFQ Sent Under HX Program
    RFQ Sent Under HX Program 1 May 2018
    Finland issued a Request for Quotation (RFQ) on 27 April for the purchase of 64 fighter aircraft to replace the Finnish Air Force’s Hornet fleet that is to be phased out as from 2025.  Under the HX Fighter Programme, the Finnish Defence Forces' Logistics Command sent a RFQ to the governments of Great Britain, France, Sweden and the United States to be forwarded to the five companies who responded to the requests for information. The companies ...
  • Europe’s Largest Military Exercise 'Joint Warrior' Began
    Europe’s Largest Military Exercise 'Joint Warrior' Began 25 April 2018
    One of the largest military exercises in Europe, Exercise Joint Warrior, has begun on 21 April with the participation of more than 11 thousand 600 military personnel from 17 nations. The two-week exercise is operating out of HMNB Clyde, Scotland. The bi-annual exercise, run each in April and in October, incorporates all three UK services as well as forces from 16 other nations including Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden...
  • Finland to acquire Mk 41 vertical launching systems from US
    Finland to acquire Mk 41 vertical launching systems from US 25 February 2018
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of Mk 41 Baseline VII strike-length vertical launching systems (VLS) to Finland. The planned FMS is valued at roughly $70m and has been approved by the US State Department. The proposed sale is intended to enhance Finland’s security capabilities and will also cover US Government and contractor engineering, in addition to training, technical, and logistica...
  • Norway, Finland Cooperates In Missile Systems
    Norway, Finland Cooperates In Missile Systems 17 January 2018
    Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) and Patria have entered into an agreement to develop opportunities for cooperation on missile systems. The agreement comprises the establishment of a Missile Competence Center in Finland, Open Tactical Framework (OTF) core technologies and system architecture software for missile programs in Finland and international opportunities linked to these capabilities.  In March 2016, Kongsberg announced the procurement of 49.9 percent of th...
  • First Export Customer for Saab's New Torpedo
    First Export Customer for Saab's New Torpedo 4 January 2018
    Saab has signed a contract for production and deliveries of Saab’s New Lightweight Torpedo to the Finnish Navy, the company announced on 4 January. According to the statement, the contract is a part of the Squadron 2000 Mid-Life Upgrade Programme (SQ2000 MLU) of the Finnish Navy’s four Hamina fast attack crafts (FAC).  System integration of the torpedoes on the Hamina-class vessels will be carried out together with Patria as the prime contractor and deliveries ...
  • Joint Naval Task Group Declared IOC
    Joint Naval Task Group Declared IOC 5 December 2017
    Sweden and Finland have achieved initial operational capability (IOC) for a Swedish-Finnish Naval Task Group (SFNTG), the heads of the two nations’ navies have announced on 1 December.  This announcement means the SFNTG is now able to conduct naval operations. Initiated in 2001, the cooperation between Finnish and Swedish naval forces aims for international crisis management operations and to develop the command and cooperation capabilities. The first ...
  • Electronic Design Award to ASELSAN
    Electronic Design Award to ASELSAN 5 December 2017
    ASELSAN won the second prize in the "27th Annual Printed Circuit Board Technology Leadership Awards" with it High-Performance Multiprocessor Computer Card design. Many countries such as Germany, Israel, China, Canada, Italy, Portugal, Finland and India joined the contest of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) technology, which was organized by Mentor Graphics. The teams have been awarded in the "Best Overall Design", "Computers, Blade & Servers, Memory Systems &...
  • Finland To Buy 64 Fighter Jets
    Finland To Buy 64 Fighter Jets 26 November 2017
    The Finnish Ministry of Defence revealed that it needed 64 new fighter aircraft to replace the F-A-18 Hornet fighters already in inventory. The Ministry will issue a tender for the purchase of new aircraft in 2018 and the winning aircraft will be announced in 2019.
  • Armoured Vehicle Delivery To Slovakia
    Armoured Vehicle Delivery To Slovakia 22 November 2017
    Slovakia has received a new version of the Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) XP, developed jointly with Finland. The Finnish company Patria made the announcement on 17 November. Patria's press release said the vehicles will first be tested in Slovakia, followed by winter testing in Finland. Slovakia plans to buy up to 81 vehicles in 2018-2024.
  • Finland In Pursuit of Weapons For HX Project
    Finland In Pursuit of Weapons For HX Project 5 October 2017
    Finland has sent a Request for Information (RFI) over seven countries for weapons and other equipment regarding the HX fighter project, Finnish Defence Forces announced on 5 October. The RFI aims to determine what capabilities will be available to meet Finland’s estimated future needs. Among the countries who have been sent the RFI are France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Israel, Norway, Sweden and the United States. Procurement contracts are scheduled to be signed in spring 2...
  • The Largest NATO Drill To Begin Today
    The Largest NATO Drill To Begin Today 8 May 2017
    15th and so far the largest NATO military drill, "Spring Storm 2017" has begun today in Estonia. With over 6 thousand troops participating from the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Finland, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Ukraine and the US, the international exercise is scheduled to be completed by 26 May. US M1A2 Abrams tanks, UK Challenger 2 and French Leclerc will be used in the drills along with infantry combat vehicles of a...
  • Howitzer Support by South to North 18 February 2017
    Finland Ministry of Defence confirmed on Friday the acquisition of South Korean self-propelled howitzers. 48 K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzers formerly belonged to Seoul’s army has been provided under a $155 million contract. Deliveries are scheduled to complete in 2024, covering all 48 systems. New howitzers will repllace Finnish Army's Soviet-era artillery systems. 
  • Joint Tender Decision
    Joint Tender Decision 9 February 2017
    Estonia has received a decision to join Finland's joint tender proposal. Two countries will supply K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPH) manufactured by the Korean company Hanwa Techwin in the scope of this bid. Estonia signed a memorandum of understanding with Finland on February 6th to begin negotiations on procurement. The Estonian Minister of Defence announced that the country is plannig to add at least 12 K-9 SPHs into their inventory and the first K-9 ...
  • New Radar System to Finnish Forces 16 January 2017
    According to local media reports on 12 January, Finnish Defence Forces may soon acquire a new counter artillery radar system which is to be used for the first time by Finland. The service aims to accelerate the acquisition and delivery process of the system in order to have it operational by 2020. The sources did not disclose any information regarding estimated cost of the programme.
  • Finland Seeks Combat Systems for Squadron 2020
    Finland Seeks Combat Systems for Squadron 2020 22 December 2016
    Finland commenced a pursuit of a naval combat system for the Finnish Navy’s future Squadron 2020 vessels. The Finnish Defence Forces' Logistics Command issued a Request for Proposal for 12 companies with a deadline of 13 February 2017. Finland’s Squadron 2020 project covers construction of four vessels with situation assessment, air and surface defence, mobile underwater surveillance, underwater influence and sea mine warfare capabilities. Required combat system will consist o...