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  • Germany Calls On Greece to Demilitarise Islands Near Turkey
    Germany Calls On Greece to Demilitarise Islands Near Turkey 23 September 2020
      ESTIA, the oldest newspaper in Greece still in circulation, had a headline claiming that Germany wants Greece to demilitarise its islands close to Turkey. The call later appeared at middleeastmonitor and became internationally known. Speaking about the visit of the German Ambassador Ernst Reichel to the Greek parliament on Thursday, the newspap...
  • Images from Colombia's New Corvette
    Images from Colombia's New Corvette 22 September 2020
    New images have been shared from the Po Hang-class corvette donated by the Republic of Korea to Colombia. The corvette, called Almirante Tono, shows Leonardo twin 40L70 mm cannons being replaced with two M61A1 Sea Vulcans. Korea carried out adaptation, repair and maintenance work before delivering the platform to Colombia. The ship will move to Colombia at the end of this month (September 2020) and will be deployed to the Caribbean for maritime control and narcotics operations. ...
  • Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy
    Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy 22 September 2020
    Austria will buy a general-purpose helicopter from Italy. Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner says they plan to buy 18 AW169M helicopters from Italy for €300m. Italian company Leonardo was chosen from among the U.S. and German companies. The AW169Ms, the military variable of the AW169 helicopter, will replace the Alouette III helicopters, which have been in inventory for nearly 50 years. The helicopter with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210A engines is equippe...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Hungary to Acquire Rheinmetall’s New Lynx Fighting Vehicle
    Hungary to Acquire Rheinmetall’s New Lynx Fighting Vehicle 14 September 2020
    Hungary will become the first customer of Rheinmetall’s new Lynx infantry fighting vehicle. Hungary will buy 218 Lynx KF41 vehicles and pay more than $2 billion. Rheinmetall’s U.S. $2.4 billion contract with the Hungarian government, signed in Budapest, is for 218 Lynx KF41 vehicles, nine Buffalo armoured recovery vehicles, as well as spares and simulators, the company wrote in a statement. The Lynx vehicles will be equipped with Rheinmetall’s manned Lance 30mm tur...
  • Saab Receives Order for Anti-Ship Missiles from Germany
    Saab Receives Order for Anti-Ship Missiles from Germany 13 September 2020
    Saab has received an order from its German partner Diehl Defence for the RBS15 anti-ship missile for provision to the German Navy. The order value is approximately $193 million  USD  with deliveries between 2022 and 2026. The RBS15 missiles and launcher systems provided in this order will be placed on the German Navy’s Braunschweig Class corvettes. In addition to the missile systems, the order also includes associated equipment and services. The German Navy has been ...
  • Taiwan Considers Reform Against China Threat
    Taiwan Considers Reform Against China Threat 10 September 2020
    Taiwan will restructure its reserve military power, which is created for use if needed. Taiwan's government, which wants to know about the practices in the world, will send military delegations to many countries for this purpose. Military experts in the country will make a week's visit to Israel between July and September next year. A delegation will also be sent to Germany and Belgium next year as part of an eight-day "international security cooperation and research&qu...
  • Germany Takes Part in Space Race
    Germany Takes Part in Space Race 8 September 2020
    A date has been given for the first rocket developed by a private company to launch into orbit in Germany. Founded as a start-up in Munich and backed by many investors, including Airbus and Earlybird, Isar Aerospace aims to represent Germany in the space race. Daniel Metzler, co-founder and CEO of Isar, said they had half a billion euros worth of investments, 95% from private firms. The rocket, which is 27 meters long and is scheduled to carry more than a ton of cargo, is ...
  • Singapore's First Invincible Class Submarine Begins Tests
    Singapore's First Invincible Class Submarine Begins Tests 7 September 2020
    Singapore's first Invincible-class submarine has begun naval testing. Singapore bought two Invincible class "Type 218SG" submarines in 2014 for use in ocean patrol missions. The platforms, built under the main contractor of Germany-based ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, were developed based on the Type 214 submarine in line with the needs set by the Singapore Navy. Equipped with an air-independent drive system, the submarine will be called the RSS Invincible. The...
  • Leopard 2A4 Again with Roketsan
    Leopard 2A4 Again with Roketsan 6 September 2020
    Combining high survivability and mobility in Germany's arrowhead logic, Leopard 2A4 tanks were reborn with the touch of Roketsan. The armour solution package developed by Roketsan was unveiled during August 30th ceremony, last week without any additional information. This armour solution package was named T1. A week after this ceremony, the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) shared information and images about the tank on social media today. According to the information provided by th...
  • Germany sold 12 million euros worth of goods
    Germany sold 12 million euros worth of goods 25 August 2020
    According to the German publication Deutsche Welle,  the parliamentary question directed by Sevim Dağdelen, a Member of the Left Party in the German Parliament, to the Ministry of Economy was answered. The German government, stated that, there were a total of 33 approvals were given to export equipment for the construction and use of unmanned aerial vehicles to Turkey between 2009- 2018. No information was given as to whether the parts in question were used for armed unmanned aerial vehi...
  • Greece Plans Military Exercise Amid Dispute With Turkey
    Greece Plans Military Exercise Amid Dispute With Turkey 24 August 2020
    According to the Associated Press, Greece navy and air force will conduct military exercises in an area of the eastern Mediterranean where Turkey is prospecting for oil and gas as the neighbouring countries remain locked in a dispute over offshore energy rights. The three-day, live-fire exercises will start Tuesday southeast of the Greek island of Crete, officials in Athens said. Germany, meanwhile, is stepping up a diplomatic effort to try to prevent the regional tensions from esca...
  • New Dimension in Armament
    New Dimension in Armament 19 August 2020
    Some of the Iron Curtain Countries of the Cold War era now NATO allies. Relatively new members of the pact are continuing their armament efforts at full speed in line with the new standards. Hungary signed an important main battle tank acquisition contract with Germany last year. In this context, the first Leopard 2A4s were delivered to Hungary in the past weeks. Wanting to take its investments in the field of defence one step further, Budapest turned to licensed production. KF41 Ly...
  • 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...
  • Boxer to Deploy Bridge
    Boxer to Deploy Bridge 9 August 2020
    Superior armour protection and mobility are not sufficient features for today's vehicles. In addition, users demand the modular structure of the platforms and the ability to quickly adapt to the desired tasks. Thanks to its modular structure, Boxer 8x8, which can switch between different configurations with the change of mission module, now plays the role of a bridge. German defence manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann announced that a bridge module was developed for platform...
  • 130 mm Tank Main Gun
    130 mm Tank Main Gun 8 August 2020
    The main battle tanks are one of the most important parts of the modern battlefield so they incorporates elements such as mobility, survivability and firepower. Rheinmetall, one of the leading defence companies in Germany, introduced the new tank gun with a video that it published. The 130mm smoothbore gun was shown on a Challenger 2 main battle tank. It is stated that the platform, which is equipped with a state of the art automatic loading system, has the most advanced main b...
  • "NATO Can Deploy Missiles to Ukraine"
    "NATO Can Deploy Missiles to Ukraine" 7 August 2020
    Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko made statements concerning Russia, the United States and Ukraine in an interview. NATO could deploy medium-range ballistic missiles in Ukraine, President Lukashenko said. Russia's aggression has accelerated Ukraine's quest for rapprochement with NATO, he said. "It was a present for Americans. When Mike Pompeo was here, I asked him directly: "Mike, didn't Putin and I give you Ukraine as a present?" He laug...
  • Russia Wants to Establish Military Base in Six African Countries
    Russia Wants to Establish Military Base in Six African Countries 5 August 2020
    Russia wants to establish a military base in six African countries: Egypt, the Central African Republic, Eritrea, Madagascar, Mozambique and Sudan, German newspaper Bild reported.  Documents released by the German Foreign Ministry showed that Russia has reached a military cooperation agreement with 21 African countries since 2015. The documents said Russia sometimes trains the security forces of countries where it makes formal and sometimes secret agreements. It was also...
  • Turkey Has New Orders in Thermal Battery Exports
    Turkey Has New Orders in Thermal Battery Exports 4 August 2020
    The export of electrochemical power source thermal batteries produced by TÜBİTAK SAGE to an unnamed EU country is on the agenda.  91 million dollars remained in Turkey thanks to the production of thermal batteries with national facilities Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank announced. "After Germany, we received another pre-order from an EU country. We are in the process of signing an important contract," he said. TÜBİTAK S...
  • The US is sending 1,000 troops to Poland to establish a permanent military base
    The US is sending 1,000 troops to Poland to establish a permanent military base 3 August 2020
    A permanent US military presence will be established in Poland, where an additional 1,000 troops will be deployed, Poland's Defence Ministry said Friday. Poland is set to grow its bilateral defence relationship with its NATO partner. On June 12 last year, U.S. President Donald Trump agreed, with Polish President Andrzej Duda, to send 1,000 more troops to his NATO ally. Poland currently hosts a rotating contingent of over 4,000 U.S. troops. A permanent presence, which t...
  • FCAS Expands
    FCAS Expands 2 August 2020
    The FCAS Program, launched under the leadership of Germany and France, is expanding. The new generation combat jet project known as FCAS (Future Combat Air System) or SCAF (Système de Combat Aérien du Futur) continues its progress. It was announced that the Spanish company Indra participated in the program. According to the statement made by the parties, the company will be involved in the Joint Concept Study (JCS) activities. The decision to join came exactly 11 month...
  • First Flight from Heron TP UAV to Be Delivered to Germany
    First Flight from Heron TP UAV to Be Delivered to Germany 29 July 2020
    The Heron TP UAV, which will be delivered to Germany, has completed its first flight in Israel. An agreement was reached with the German Ministry of Defence in 2018 for the platform produced by Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI). Under the agreement, which includes maintenance and training services, German Air Force personnel are training at an IAF base with their Israeli counterparts. The drone has undergone design changes in accordance with Germany's needs....
  • Heckler & Koch’s Ownership is Changed
    Heckler & Koch’s Ownership is Changed 23 July 2020
    A Luxembourg-based financial holding company, Compagnie de Développement de l’Eau (CDE), has taken over a majority stake in the company. HK made an announcement in German: The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has given the Compagnie de Développement de l’Eau (CDE) approval to acquire a majority stake in H&K AG. New majority shareholder supports economic recovery and thus guarantees long-term stability. CDE stands by locations and the &ld...
  • Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training
    Multinational Multirole Tanker Started Training 21 July 2020
    Finding a multinational solution for the aerial refuelling requirement, NATO countries recently received the first aircraft. The Dutch Military Aviation Authority, cleared the way for the training activities for MMF1 airworthy approval which was delivered to the customer within the scope of MMU Programme under the management of OCCAR (Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation / Joint Armaments Cooperation Organization) and support of NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Ag...
  • First Leopard 2A4 Delivery to New Customer
    First Leopard 2A4 Delivery to New Customer 21 July 2020
    The old Iron Curtain countries, which some of them are a part of NATO today, continue to acquire new defence systems within the scope of the army's orientation to new standards. Hungary, which has T-72s from the Cold War era in its inventory, signed an agreement with Germany for the acquisition of new main battle tanks in recent months. The first batch of Leopard 2A4 tanks procured under the contract reached the country via motorway on Hedyashalom Border after refurbis...
  • 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...
  • German Barrel for British Tank
    German Barrel for British Tank 13 July 2020
    The main battle tanks developed in the late Cold War are being modernized to meet the requirements of modern battlefield requirements. A new modernization solution has been introduced to the UK, which has been studying for some time to extend the life and increase its effectiveness of the Challenger 2 main battle tanks in its inventory. With the package developed by RBSL (Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land), the platform's firepower, survivability, target acquisition and surveill...
  • "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 ...
  • Next Generation Ammunition to Modernised Vehicles
    Next Generation Ammunition to Modernised Vehicles 11 July 2020
    The advances in the material, metallurgy and manufacturing caused an advancement in armour technology and hence the protection levels of the platforms. The firepower of platforms is also increasing against vehicles with increased armour protection and survivability. In this context, the USA integrated a 30 mm XM813 Bushmaster main weapon into some Stryker 8x8 tactical wheeled armoured vehicle in the Army inventory. Following the new weapon integration, the platforms can us...
  • Germany Halted Korean Howitzer Export
    Germany Halted Korean Howitzer Export 10 July 2020
    Germany stopped one of the export activities of the Republic of Korea, which has a strong defence industry infrastructure. According to the statement of the Republic of Korea, K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer export was caught in one of Germany's defence embargoes. The country's current procurement negotiations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been hampered by Berlin's restriction on defence systems in Abu Dhabi. Within the scope of the agreement between H...
  • Guided Artillery Rocket Order
    Guided Artillery Rocket Order 6 July 2020
    With the advancing electronic technology, the artillery rockets, which have gained the guidance ability, offer different solutions suitable for the mission type to the user thanks to the high precision strike capability. Germany, which actively uses M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) platforms under the name MARS II (Mittleres Artillerie Raketen System), will acquire guided artillery rockets. The German Army (Bundeswehr) announced on July 2 with a press release that the parli...
  • Multnational Tanker Delivery
    Multnational Tanker Delivery 30 June 2020
    Aerial refuelling aircraft are an important force multiplier for the forces as they extend the flight range and endurance of the fleets without the requirement for a base. Airbus announced that the first A330 MRTT (Multirole Tanker Transport) was officially delivered to the Multinational Tanker Transport Fleet created for the use of NATO countries. The program, which is carried out in cooperation with OCCAR and NSPA, includes NATO countries, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Germ...
  • 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 ...
  • AESA Modernization to Eurofighter Typhoon
    AESA Modernization to Eurofighter Typhoon 21 June 2020
    Germany continues to take steps to improve the capabilities of its armed forces and to increase the combat readiness, which Bundeswehr suffers for a long time. The German Federal Assembly Bundestag announced that the Budget Committee approved the Eurofighter Typhoon modernization project. In the statement made on June 17, Hensoldt was determined as the main contractor. The company will modernize 79 Tranche 2 and 31 Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3A aircraft of the German Air Force (Luf...
  • Armoured Truck Order
    Armoured Truck Order 21 June 2020
    The shifting of the battlefield scales to asymmetric elements increased the need for armoured carrier elements in logistics infrastructure. Considering the changing battlefield conditions and seeking to immerse its logistics infrastructure with modern systems, Germany took action for truck procurement. In this context, BAAINBw (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr / Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support...