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  • 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...
  • Norway to Buy Main Battle Tank from Germany or Korea
    Norway to Buy Main Battle Tank from Germany or Korea 19 November 2020
    Norway wants to replace the main battle tanks in its inventory by 2025. Norway purchased 52 Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks from the Netherlands in 2001. Of these tanks, only 36 are operational. Parliament examined how the main battle tanks in inventory could be brought to modern standards. After it was announced that modernizing existing tanks was inadequate, it was decided to purchase a new platform. German production Leopard 2 and The Republic of Korea's K2 Black Panther platf...
  • Crypto Espionage, Known to Swiss Intelligence Service for 27 Years, Spoken in Parliament
    Crypto Espionage, Known to Swiss Intelligence Service for 27 Years, Spoken in Parliament 12 November 2020
    Earlier in February, the world read about years of espionage activity published by the Washington Post with the headline "The intelligence coup of the century."  It was revealed that US and German intelligence had been listening to countries since the Cold War, using crypto devices produced by Swiss-based firm Crypto AG. It was revealed by documents that nearly 120 countries, including Turkey, had purchased devices from Crypto AG. Two of the "biggest&qu...
  • Germany to Renew Eurofighter Fleet
    Germany to Renew Eurofighter Fleet 6 November 2020
    The Budget Committee of the German Parliament approved the purchase of 38 new Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft for the country's air force. The new purchase, expected to be worth around €5.4m, is part of Germany's plan to buy 93 Eurofighter jets and 45 F-18s. The 38 confirmed jets are expected to replace the former Eurofighters in the German fleet. Decisions on the purchase of the remaining jets are scheduled to be approved after federal elections in Germany in 20...
  • 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...
  • NATO's Space Centre in Germany
    NATO's Space Centre in Germany 20 October 2020
    The US-owned Ramstein Air Base, in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate state, will host the new NATO space centre, German media reported. The establishment of the centre, which is scheduled to be on the agenda of the alliance's defence ministers' meeting on October 22nd, has emerged due to the dissolution of space capabilities among global powers. The United States, Russia and China have invested he greatly in space technology in recent years, but most do not share ...
  • 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 ...
  • Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki
    Unconventional Helicopter from Kawasaki 13 October 2020
    Japan Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Germany’s Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm developed unmanned and Unconventional helicopter “K-RACER-IV”. The helicopter is designed to improve on the speed capabilities of conventional helicopters. The conventional helicopter would require a tail rotor to counteract the torque generated by the main rotor. Alternatively, it would be without a tail rotor but would have a co-axial main rotor that creates counter torque. Kawasaki&rsq...
  • Germany's Heckler & Koch Pushes for New Tender
    Germany's Heckler & Koch Pushes for New Tender 10 October 2020
    German gun manufacturer Heckler & Koch (H&K) company that lost the major tender to provide the German military's new standard assault rifle pushes for a new tender. Heckler & Koch has recently failed to win the contract to make the German military's standard assault rifle. The company has been one of the German military's main suppliers since 1959 but most recent rifle G36's accuracy in high temperatures destroyed his legacy. German Defence Ministry decid...
  • Turkey to Compete for NATO
    Turkey to Compete for NATO 30 September 2020
    NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency announced the countries that will move on to the next phase of the 2020 NCI Agency Defence Innovation Challenge, which is being held for the fifth time this year. This year, the competition focuses on improving radar and data processing so that NATO can take advantage of existing technologies in the defence sector for its air operations. Canada, Czechia, Germany, Poland and Turkey will compete in the competition. The jury, w...
  • Germany to Continue with CH-53G
    Germany to Continue with CH-53G 29 September 2020
    Germany has postponed plans to award a contract to replace its heavy-lift helicopters because the bids on the table are uneconomical, the defence ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry announced that offers from American firms Boeing and Lockheed Martin for the Chinook and the King Stallion, respectively, too expensive. Germany decided to replace its ageing fleet of CH-53G transport helicopters in 2017 and launched a tender process in June 2019. Boeing and Lockheed Martin had submit...
  • Egypt's New Submarine Close to Delivery
    Egypt's New Submarine Close to Delivery 29 September 2020
    Germany-based Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has completed the construction of the fourth Type 209 submarine for the Egyptian Navy. The purchase agreement, which includes a new conventional submarine called the S44, was signed in 2011. The first platform was delivered in December 2016, the second submarine in August 2017, and the third submarine called the "S43" was delivered in April 2020. The submarines, which are scheduled to carry out maritime defence as well as in...
  • NATO Orders New Tanker
    NATO Orders New Tanker 28 September 2020
    The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has ordered a new Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft for NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Following Luxembourg's decision to maximise its participation in the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet programme (MMF), OCCAR decided to purchase the new aircraft. With this decision, NATO's MMF fleet will have a total of nine aircraft; air-to-air refuelling, strategic transport and medical evacuation needs. The...
  • Korea Retires UH-1Hs, Philippines Wants to Transfer UH-1Hs
    Korea Retires UH-1Hs, Philippines Wants to Transfer UH-1Hs 26 September 2020
    The Philippines wants to inventory UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) general purpose helicopters that the Republic of Korea has taken out of service in July 2020. The Philippine Air Force (Philippine Air Force/PAF) has confirmed plans to meet with the Korean Defence Ministry for 21 Huey transfers. The PAF is expected to send a team to examine helicopters that have been in Korea for nearly 52 years. During the negotiation process with the Korean government, the White House is expected t...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...