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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • "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...
  • Second F125 Commissioned
    Second F125 Commissioned 17 June 2020
    Germany continues its procurement efforts as part of the modernization of the Navy and its reinforcement with new platforms. Berlin commissioned the second of the F125 class frigate developed in the context of the modern battlefield requirements of the German Navy (Deustche Marine) with an official ceremony. FGS Nordrhein-Westfalen (F223) has actually started to duty in the German Navy inventory with a small-scale ceremony held under virus measures. Built under t...
  • Germany to Buy New Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Germany to Buy New Maritime Patrol Aircraft 17 June 2020
    Germany has decided not to modernize the existing P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) in its inventory. Germany is looking for a cost-effective solution. The P-3's modernization was cancelled due to the high cost of modernisation, according to a confidential ministry document reviewed by the Reuters news agency. According to the document, the German Ministry of Defence has decided to procure new MPAs to replace the P-3.  Alternatively to the current aircraft,...
  • Patriot Sale to Seven U.S. Ally States
    Patriot Sale to Seven U.S. Ally States 13 June 2020
    The U.S. Department of Defence signed a contract with The Pentagon Lockheed Martin to supply MIM-104F Patriot PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability-3) to allied countries. The deal, worth about 1 billion US dollars, will send air defence systems to Bahrain, Germany, Poland, Qatar, Romania, the Republic of Korea and the United Arab Emirates. In April, the Pentagon signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to supply MIM-104F Patriot PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability-3) MSE (Missile Segment...
  • SIG Sauer is almost bankrupted
    SIG Sauer is almost bankrupted 7 June 2020
    SIG Sauer Managing Director Tim Castagne informed the employees and the Works Council of the SIG Sauer plant in Eckernförde about economic problems and a plant closure. Around 130 employees would be affected by the closure.  “The locational disadvantages in Germany for SIG Sauer do not economically allow for manufacturing of sports and LE/military firearms in the future. The legislation is increasingly restricting the use of sports firearms.” Sig Sauer’s message re...
  • Trump Withdraws American Troops in Germany
    Trump Withdraws American Troops in Germany 6 June 2020
    US President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of 9,500 US troops stationed in Germany. The Wall Street Journal previously reported that the United States would withdraw troops, and Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien recently signed a circular in this direction. It has long been known that Trump has put pressure on Germany to increase defence spending. A government official said some of the troops would be sent to Poland and other allied countri...
  • Modernised Leopard 2 to Hussars
    Modernised Leopard 2 to Hussars 31 May 2020
    One of the iconic platforms of the Cold War, Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks are being modernized to meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. These activities are carried out with solutions developed for the demands of different users. One of the countries that has taken action to upgrade the Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks in its inventory is Poland. According to Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa's statement thursday, works on the first two Leopard 2A4s has been completed. The ...
  • U.S. Hides Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia
    U.S. Hides Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia 28 May 2020
    A senior senator said the Trump administration is pursuing a new arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The news has sparked a backlash from multiple high-profile Senate Democrats. It came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday confirmed that he knew his department’s inspector general, Steve Linick, who the president fired this month, was investigating a massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia made last year. Senator Bob Menendez, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, spoke ...
  • Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries
    Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries 24 May 2020
    The first of the platforms to be provided under the NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet (MFF) programme will be delivered next month. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency manages the program. NATO member states Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands were ordered to supply eight Airbus A330 MRTTSs as part of the program. The first platform will be deployed in June at the main operations base in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Besi...
  • Third Submarine Arrived
    Third Submarine Arrived 12 May 2020
    Egypt, which strengthened its navy significantly with the platforms it procured from Europe, took delivery of the third submarine from Germany. Egypt continues its investments that will change the balances in the Mediterranean. In this context, Egyptian Navy has taken delivery of the third of the four Type 209/1400 submarines ordered from Germany. Departing from Germany, ENS S43 (867) completed its maiden voyage by reaching Ras el-Tin Base on May 5. The 1400-ton model...
  • Robotic Mine Detection Vehicle Procurement
    Robotic Mine Detection Vehicle Procurement 6 May 2020
    Advanced unmanned vehicle technology offers important opportunities to minimize the human factor in high-risk tasks such as mine and IED detection. Germany transfers its mine detection tasks to robotic systems. In this context, Berlin, which has made acquisition in the past years, announced its new procurement decision. Berlin signed an agreement with the Rheinmetall for the platform called Route Clearance System (RCSys), which is said to have a budget of less than 10 mill...
  • Germany Publiced Intensions
    Germany Publiced Intensions 27 April 2020
    Turning to the puzzle of the decision to be made for the platform that will replace Tornado and Eurofighter Typhoon T1 aircraft at the end of their useful life, Germany has announced its official intentions for the first time about the process. German State Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer made a statement regarding the aircraft that were on the agenda for the German Air Force (Luftwaffe). Minister; said that on April 21, 93 Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 4 and 30 F/A-1...