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  • Price of Rafale Planes, to Be Purchased by Greece, Rises
    Price of Rafale Planes, to Be Purchased by Greece, Rises 24 November 2020
    The price of Rafale fighter jets, which Greece plans to buy from France, has risen. French senator Cedric Perrin announced to reporters that France's possible revenue from the sale of second-hand Rafale platforms, scheduled to be delivered to Greece, would reach €530m. Earlier in October, the French newspaper La Tribune announced the estimated cost of 12 second-hand Rafales at €400m.  Athens wants to add a total of 18 Rafale aircraft to its inv...
  • 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...
  • Modernization Cooperation from NATO Allies
    Modernization Cooperation from NATO Allies 20 November 2020
    France, Germany, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom agreed on November 19, 2020, for the development of a new generation of general-purpose helicopters. A letter of intent was signed on this issue through the video conferencing method. The five countries will first work on modernization of existing fleets of rotor aircraft. The current general-purpose helicopters in the Allies' inventory expire in 2035-2040. Experts from the five countries will come up with a collaboration pla...
  • Rafales to Be Delivered to Greece with F3R Improvement
    Rafales to Be Delivered to Greece with F3R Improvement 17 November 2020
    Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets. France will send 12 aircraft to Greece to F3R standards. Athens is also planning to buy MICA NG and SCALP missiles. The F3R standard is the air-to-ground laser-guided version of BVRAAM and Sagem (Armement Air-Sol Modulaire/AASM), as well as the Thales TALIOS long-range air-to-air targeting wing; automatic land collision prevention system (Auto-GCAS); Thales RBE2 covers the AESA radar and spec...
  • Export Offer from Japan to Indonesia
    Export Offer from Japan to Indonesia 12 November 2020
    Japan wants to export warships to Indonesia. It was learned that the Japanese government, which proposed the sale of destroyers and frigates to Indonesia, was continuing negotiations. If the proposal, which could reduce China's dominance in the South China Sea, is accepted, Japan will have exported its largest defence equipment in recent times. Japan proposes 30FFM/30DX frigate to Indonesia. In this context, four ships will be built in Japan and four platforms in Indon...
  • 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...
  • Romania Awaits Court Decision on Construction of New Corvettes
    Romania Awaits Court Decision on Construction of New Corvettes 29 October 2020
    Romania has restated its commitment to a 1, 2 billion Euro contract with Naval Group. Romania, which opened a new corvette construction tender last year (2019), announced it would work with France-based Naval Group.  Naval Group announced that it would build four Gowind-class corvettes under the contract and modernize existing Type 22 frigates in the Romanian Navy inventory. However, no contract was signed between the parties. Italian Fincantieri and Dutch Damen shipy...
  • Jordan Exhibits Donated Leclerc Tanks During Military Exercise
    Jordan Exhibits Donated Leclerc Tanks During Military Exercise 26 October 2020
    According to a Tweet of Arab Defence News, the Jordanian army has deployed Leclerc Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) donated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The tanks were seen during the military exercise Salah al-Din Citadel. UAE has donated 80 Leclerc Main Battle Tanks to Jordanian armed forces in September, enough for Jordanian armed forces to equip two of the four tank battalions belonging to its 3rd Armoured Division. In 1993 the UAE ordered 436 tanks for delivery from 199...
  • Concept Submarine of the Future Introduced
    Concept Submarine of the Future Introduced 22 October 2020
    France-based Naval Group introduced its new concept submarine at the Euronaval exhibition, which is being run online. The company announced the new SMX31E concept design this year  by going to design change on the SMX31 submarine introduced in 2018. The new platform is described as more "realistic" and "feasible" than the SMX31. The SMX31E is 77 meters long, with a displacement of 3,200 tons. With these dimensions, the concept design is larger than the exist...
  • Germany, France to Spend €200M on New Tanks
    Germany, France to Spend €200M on New Tanks 17 October 2020
    €200m will be spent on funds for the Main Ground Combat System (MGCS), developed in partnership with Germany and France. The German-led programme has a 50% share of both countries financially. Berlin and Paris reached an agreement in 2012 to design and develop MGCS to replace the tanks in their inventory.  Following the transfer of €200m to the funds, Nexter, KMW and Rheinmetall will begin work for MGCS. The first prototype is to be revealed by 2028 and the ...
  • Rafale Offer from France to Croatia
    Rafale Offer from France to Croatia 15 October 2020
    Options for Croatia, which wants to change the MiG-21 jet fleet, are increasing. Zagreb's plans to buy second-hand F-16 Netz from Israel was caught in the US barrier. Sweden then proposed 12 new Gripen C/D fighter jets to Croatia. France has also announced an offer to Croatia. Paris has proposed 12 Rafale aircraft serving in the Air and Space Forces (Armée de 'Air et de l'Espace) to Croatia. Greece is also known to want to supply a total of 18 Rafale, 12 of w...
  • U.S. Approves F-35 Sale
    U.S. Approves F-35 Sale 1 October 2020
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved the possible sale of the F-35 Lightning II and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft to Switzerland. The DSCA said the possible sale would increase Switzerland's capacity to meet current and future threats. Accordingly, the possible sale of 40 F-35s and 40 Super Hornet aircraft worth $6.58 billion to Switzerland has become possible. The Swiss people, who voted Sunday (September 27th) to purchase new fighter jets, agreed to the gov...
  • Demir: Joint Development of Target SAMP / T, Our Door Is Not Closed
    Demir: Joint Development of Target SAMP / T, Our Door Is Not Closed 29 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Professor İsmail Demir attended to a press conference at ROKETSAN's Lalahan facilities. There are some allegations on the foreign press about Turkey to acquire from France SAMP / T system. C4Defence asked the details of these allegations to President Demir. Demir gave the following answer to these allegations; There are no new developments regarding SAMP / T. It is always seen as a new development, but there is no improvement at the point we look ...
  • 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 ...
  • France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles
    France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles 25 September 2020
    French General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) ordered 313 armoured vehicles as part of Scorpion army modernisation program. The order includes 42 Jaguar combat vehicles and 271 Griffon multirole armoured vehicles. Nexter, Arquus and Thales are part of the program. The 2019-2025 Military Programming Law (LPM) provides for both an increase in the numbers of the SCORPION program and an acceleration of deliveries. The target in 2030 was thus raised to 1,872 Griffon and 300 Jaguar vehicl...
  • France Continues Delivery of Interceptors to Saudi Arabia
    France Continues Delivery of Interceptors to Saudi Arabia 22 September 2020
    France-based CMN Shipyard has completed the delivery of a second and third party HSI32 interceptors to the Royal Saudi Navy. The delivery ceremony was held on September 20, 2020 in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. In April 2018, Saudi firm Zamil Offshore Services signed a $480 million deal with CMN for 39 HSI32 boats. CMN delivered the first two platforms to Saudi Arabia in July 2019. Under the agreement, CMN will build 21 ships in Cherbourg, France, and the remaining 19 platforms wi...
  • Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet
    Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet 21 September 2020
    Switzerland will vote on the purchase of new fighter jets. Many oppose the idea, saying the country can neither afford nor need warplanes. "Who is our enemy? Who is attacking a small, neutral country surrounded by NATO?" Social Democratic MP Priska Seiler asked. Thomas Hurter, a Member of Parliament for the Swiss People's Party, said Switzerland should protect itself without relying on other countries. "If we don't replace the old planes, it means we don't...
  • 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 ...
  • France Retires First Stratotanker
    France Retires First Stratotanker 18 September 2020
        French Air Force and Space Command ( Armée de l'Air de l'Espace / AdlAdlE) retires the first C-135FR Stratotanker (Serial 475/93-CF).  AdlAdlE will cease aircraft from operations on 7 October 2020 The AdlAdlE started to use twelve Boeing C-135FRs from 1964 onwards. The dozen aircraft were assigned to the French Strategic Air Forces and mainly in use to support the nuclear-capable Mirage IVA. That nuclear deterrence mission was la...
  • French Air Force Became French Air and Space Force
    French Air Force Became French Air and Space Force 18 September 2020
     On 11 September 2020, the Armée de l'Air (AdlA), French Air Force) was renamed into Armée de l'Air & de l'Espace (AdlAdlE), French Air and Space Force. The new logo of the AdlAdlE was revealed on 11 September as well. The grey rounded line represents earth, while the well-known stylised sparrow-hawk is over watching that earth. On 3 September 2019, space was defined as being “a major stake” for France's strategic independence. The ...
  • 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...
  • Interesting Drill from J-20
    Interesting Drill from J-20 16 September 2020
    Beijing has announced a new development in Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC) production related to a fifth-generation J-20 fighter jet. The Global Times wrote that the J-20, which China conceals its technical specifications, has dropped 17 "enemy" aircraft in recent training. The J-20 news from China came after five Rafale jets purchased by India from France were included in the Indian Air Force (IAF) inventory. Experts raised the question of how the J-20 destr...
  • 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...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean
    Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean 14 September 2020
    In the past, the US has prevented the dispute between Turkey and Greece from escalating. Now the EU has to do it. This phrase belongs to German Daily Die Tageszeitung. The paper has a different approach to the recent conflict in the Mediterranean Sea. Talking about the unsolved problem for decades, the paper underlines that the lack of military clash until today is thanks to NATO and, in particular, to the hegemonic USA. This comment belongs to the foreign correspondent of daily, Jürgen ...
  • British F-35B jets will be equipped with Meteor missiles by 2025
    British F-35B jets will be equipped with Meteor missiles by 2025 14 September 2020
    British F-35B jets will be equipped with Meteor missiles by the ‘middle of this decade’. Member of Parliament for North Durham Kevan Jones’ posed a question about the timeline about the use of Meteor missiles on UK’s F-35Bs,  Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin, responded; “Initial development work for Meteor integration has progressed well. The final contract award is currently under negotiation which, on current plans, would deliver the ...
  • New acquisition from Greece
    New acquisition from Greece 14 September 2020
    Greece has announced it will strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four frigates and four helicopters for the navy. "The time has come to reinforce the armed forces... these initiatives constitute a robust programme that will become a national shield," Mitsotakis said. The armament program will include new anti-tank weapo...
  • UK to invest $30.5 million, investment in strategic Omani port
    UK to invest $30.5 million, investment in strategic Omani port 12 September 2020
    French News Agency Agence France Press reported that Britain on Friday announced a $30.5 million, investment to triple the size of its base in an Omani port close to the sensitive waters of the Gulf. The expansion of the "logistics hub" at Duqm will "facilitate Royal Navy deployments to the Indian Ocean" and "further support British Army training in Oman," the Ministry of Defence said. "The long-standing friendships between the UK and the Gulf states are mor...
  • 5 Rafale fighter jets joined IAF with a ceremony
    5 Rafale fighter jets joined IAF with a ceremony 10 September 2020
    The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets has been formally inducted into the IAF in a ceremony at the Ambala airbase. The event was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Counterpart Florence Parly. India will receive another five aircraft by November. India will receive 36 aircraft in total. Rafale fighter jets will join the 17th squadron called "Golden Arrows" of the Indian Air Force. The Ministry of Defence of India signed a contrac...
  • Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France
    Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France 9 September 2020
    The French government had proposed two FREMM (FRégate Européenne Multi-Missions later FREgate Multi-Missions) to Greece in 2018. The proposal is again on the negotiation table according to Greek Media. France proposes Alsace (D656) and Lorraine (D657). The Dutch government has two modernized frigates to offer.  According to unconfirmed information, the annual rental cost of the two ships will be 150 million euros with the right to purchase once the lease is comple...
  • Did French Warship Hack S-400 in Crimea
    Did French Warship Hack S-400 in Crimea 8 September 2020
    According to Avia.pro web site, French intelligence ship Dupuy de Lome (A759) has blocked the operation of Russian S-400 air defence systems in occupied Crimea. This was made possible by interference at certain frequencies and interception of radio frequencies emitted by S-400 radar systems. The ship designed for the collection of signals and communications beyond enemy lines. The Thales Naval France designed the electromagnetic intelligence part of the vessel. On 21 June ...
  • Macron to Meet Miçotakis for Sale of Rafale to Greece
    Macron to Meet Miçotakis for Sale of Rafale to Greece 7 September 2020
    Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis and French President Emmanuel Macron will meet for Rafale warplanes, which are on the agenda that Greece will buy from France. Greece will buy 10 platforms from France, the remaining eight Rafales will be in inventory as grants, Greek local media reported. The 10 Greek Rafales would join the ongoing production of Egypt's 20 aircraft, but as Dassault would have difficulty producing all 30 aircraft in a short time, it is considering r...
  • France gets Support for Hercules
    France gets Support for Hercules 4 September 2020
    The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France of four AE-2100D Turbo Prop engines and two Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade Two (MIDS-LVT BU2) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $350 million. Items will be integrated on C-130 Hercules. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of Franc...
  • Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France
    Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France 1 September 2020
    France and Greece have reached an agreement for the latter to acquire 18 Rafale fighter jets of  which 10 will be sold and the remaining 8 will be given away as ‘donation.’ According to Greek local media reports, the contract between the French and Greek governments is at an advanced stage, which will see the Hellenic Air Force add a whole Rafale squadron to their existing fleet of Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcons, Dassault Mirage 2000s, and McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phan...
  • The First Post-Pandemic Expo from Ukraine 27 August 2020
    Ukraine organises Arms and Security Fair annually in Kyiv. A second fair is organized in a separate hall. This year, the 17th Arms and Security will take place and the 12th the International Aviation and Space Hall (AVIASVIT) will take place. While no face-to-face fair has been held since March due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ukrainian officials will continue their work in this area until the last moment. We interviewed Ivan Tkachenko, Deputy General Manager of the International Exhibition Cent...
  • Greece Attacks Two-Way
    Greece Attacks Two-Way 26 August 2020
    Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis announced that they increased Greek territorial waters to 12 miles in the Ionian Sea. Miçotakis argued that they reserved their "right" to do the same in other seas. “We reserve the right for other sea areas,” said. Miçotakis reiterated the claim that the islands also have an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The Prime Minister stated that the Italian and Albanian Foreign Ministers were informed of the situation.<...
  • French and Greek fighters at Paphos air base
    French and Greek fighters at Paphos air base 25 August 2020
    The Greek Cyprus-France-Greece air and navy exercise, will take place at the west of Cyprus from tomorrow, August 26th, until Friday, August 28th. According to Greek Cypriot press the drill will be a response to Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean region. In the coming days, Paphos Air Base will become the operational centre of large-scale military activities, for the purpose of exercises. Greek Cypriot press states that three French Rafale aircraft and 3 Greek F-16 aircraft will us...
  • China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets
    China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets 12 August 2020
    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China conducted air defence system tests in the Gobi Desert in north-western China. The PLA has chosen the week when Dassault Rafale hunting/bombers will reach India as a date for tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile firing tests.  Pla, which builds similar conditions on the Indian-Chinese border in the high-altitude Tibetan region, is conducting platform and equipment testing in Gobi. Capable of destroying multiple air targets at the same time...
  • Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery
    Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery 11 August 2020
    Intelligence aircraft, developed from business jets and fixed-wing light aircraft, offer cost-effective solutions to users. The French defence procurement agency DGA announced the delivery of the first light intelligence aircraft on July 31. Within the scope of ALSR (Avions Légers de Surveillance et de Reconnaissance / Light Reconnaissance and Surveillance Aircraft) Program, Sabena and Thales were selected as the main contractors for the two ordered platforms in Jun...