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  • Coronavirus Spreads Rapidly in the U.S. Navy
    Coronavirus Spreads Rapidly in the U.S. Navy April 1 2020
    More than 70 crews of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt were detected to have coronavirus. A week ago the Pentagon confirmed three sailors on the Roosevelt had tested positive and that number had risen to 25 two days later. While the rapidly spreading virus is known to affect more than 70 personnel, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet refused to announce the full number. "We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to ...
  • Airbus Stopped Production in Spain
    Airbus Stopped Production in Spain March 30 2020
    After the coronavirus, which influenced the world, Airbus started implementing new measures in Spain as of today. Spain has been particularly hard-hit among European countries. Airbus says it is to suspend the “majority of production” until 9 April, in the aftermath of new measures imposed by the Spanish government from 30 March. The measures restrict all non-essential activity across the country. Airbus says it will maintain some “essential” activities within its comm...
  • Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter
    Candidates Announced for New Attack Helicopter March 30 2020
    Technological developments come with new aircraft concepts. The armies, who do not want to stay behind the future, continue their work in this parallel. The US Army selected the first contractors for the future helicopter. Under the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Program (FARA), the U.S. signed an agreement with Sikorsky and Bell. In the period when the first prototypes will fly in 2023, it is aimed to fill an important capability gap after the retirement of the OH-58D Kiowa ...
  • Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders
    Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders March 22 2020
    The Pentagon has awarded Raytheon a $392.4 million modification contract to supply tactical missiles to the US military, Turkey, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other countries. The deal modifies an earlier contract, awarded in September 2018, for the repair of Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-9X Tactical and Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs). The governments of Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Morocco, the Ne...
  • India Orders 16,479 IWI Negev 7.62x51mm Light Machine Guns
    India Orders 16,479 IWI Negev 7.62x51mm Light Machine Guns March 21 2020
    India has signed an agreement worth US$118 million for the purchase of 16,479 Negev 7.62x51mm light machine guns from Israeli arms manufacturer Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) according to Asia pacific defence journal. The decision to acquire more than 16,000 LMGs was decided in 2018, as the Indian government tries to reduce the requirement gap after several failures to acquire the needed small arms for the Indian Army’s 382 infantry battalions. The Indian Army is no ...
  • USA's New Ally: Indonesia
    USA's New Ally: Indonesia March 20 2020
    Indonesia, which had close relations with the former Soviet Union in the early periods of the Cold War, converged to the USA in the 1960s with the anti-communist policies of the country's President Suharto. It is unclear how Indonesia will take the supply of Su-35 nowadays in order not to be in conflict with the USA. Jakarta, which has been negotiating with Russia for the platform since 2017, will cancel its supply due to the pressure of the White House and sanctions planned aft...
  • UK Army to Receive Orders from Whatsapp
    UK Army to Receive Orders from Whatsapp March 19 2020
    The UK was isolated on government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus, which increased the degree of use of communication technologies. According to information shared on the Internet, the UK Army will be able to receive official orders through the WhatsApp app, as part of virus prevention. In the shared article, it was stated that orders placed on WhatsApp will be taken as seriously as the written instructions given by the regular chain of command.
  • Will Production Stop in the Sector Due to Virus in Defence?
    Will Production Stop in the Sector Due to Virus in Defence? March 19 2020
    The economic balance that will emerge after the coronavirus remains uncertain. The defence industry is among the sectors that the virus can affect. Following the announcement of a pandemic, the US-based news site Defense News wrote the policies followed by the firms in the defence sector, despite the governments' warnings of "don't leave your home". BAE Systems, which produces aviation-based production, has regularly improved its business plans according to the dev...
  • Canada Cancels EX MAPLE RESOLVE Drill
    Canada Cancels EX MAPLE RESOLVE Drill March 18 2020
    Measures taken due to coronavirus are increasing worldwide. Canada's biggest military exercise of the year, EX MAPLE RESOLVE, was cancelled as part of its efforts to keep troops healthy in case they are needed to provide assistance to the government because of the novel coronavirus. It was also stated that the travel permits of the military personnel abroad were cancelled. Around 4,000 soldiers were expected to take part in the exercise to hold in May. Last year Canadian Army so...
  • First F 39 Gripen Units Will Arrive Brazil Next Year
    First F 39 Gripen Units Will Arrive Brazil Next Year March 14 2020
    The commander of Wing 2 (Air Base), aviation colonel Gustavo Pestana Garcez, confirmed the arrival schedule of the first F-39 Gripen fighters, manufactured by SAAB, from Sweden, for the Brazilian Air Force. The forecast is that the first four units, out of a total of 36 aircraft purchased by the Brazilian government, will arrive at the military unit between the months of September and October 2021. A little earlier, in April, Wing 2 will also receive modern simulators of flights. After the ar...
  • Eurasia is postponed due to Virus
    Eurasia is postponed due to Virus March 14 2020
    The COVID-19 virus also affected the Eurasia Aviation Fair. All national and international trade fairs in Turkey between March 16-April 30 are postponed to a later date. Due to this situation, the Eurasia Airshow has been postponed. The organizing committee released a statement from the websites: Dear Eurasia Airshow Family; Eurasia Airshow 2020 has been postponed to 24-28 June 2020 as a result of the measures taken by our government officials after 2 cases detected with C...
  • The withdrawal of US Forces from Afghanistan Begins
    The withdrawal of US Forces from Afghanistan Begins March 10 2020
    The US military announced today that it has started withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, part of a peace deal signed with the Taliban, to reduce its personnel to 8,600 troops within 135 days. Earlier today, five official sources indicated that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani would issue a decree with releasing at least 1,000 Taliban detainees later this week, clearing the way for direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The Taliban want the Afghan pres...
  • Poland to Supply Javelin March 10 2020
    The Polish Government wants to purchase 180 Javelin missiles and 79 Javelin launch units from the US. It includes approximately $ 100 million worth of acquisition, Basic Skill Training, Missile Simulation Rounds, Battery Coolant Units , tool kits, modified 2-level maintenance parts, training, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, transportation and other related elements of logistics support. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the...
  • DIMDEX 2020 Cancelled due to Corona Virus
    DIMDEX 2020 Cancelled due to Corona Virus March 3 2020
      Following the cancellation of a number of global events including the Mobile World Conference in Spain, ITB in Germany and the Geneva International Auto Show, the DIMDEX 2020 organising committee has been consulting with public health officials and the Government of the State of Qatar regarding the status of the event. After extensive consideration, the organising committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the event. Though the risk to the general...
  • Delay on Leopard 2A4 Modernisation
    Delay on Leopard 2A4 Modernisation February 26 2020
    Although designed beyond its era, the Leopard 2A4 tanks are getting insufficient to meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. Therefore, user countries are launching a modernization program for these platforms. Test process are not going well for Poland, which has launched a modernization program in cooperation with the PGZ (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa)  and the Polish Armament Inspectorate for the Leopard 2A4 tanks. Displaying the technology demonstration prototype in...
  • Fighting Flares in Eastern Ukraine
    Fighting Flares in Eastern Ukraine February 18 2020
    The conflict between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine arose.  Heavy fighting erupted in eastern Ukraine, the country's military said, while separatists blamed Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he would convene a national security council meeting to discuss the latest flare-up in the country's Donbass region. "This is not just a cynical provocation... it is an attempt to disrupt the peace process in the Donb...
  • IADWS for India
    IADWS for India February 15 2020
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of an Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) for an estimated cost of $1.867 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on February 7, 2020. The Government of India has requested to buy an Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) comprised of five AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems; 118 AMRAAM AIM...
  • Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program
    Australian Disappointment at $80 Billion Submarine Program February 15 2020
    Relations between the Australian Federal Government and the French company designing future submarines have hit a new low, with the Australian Defence Minister declaring she will hold the group to account on its local industry commitments. France-based Naval Group questioned the capability of local suppliers and suggested Australian businesses may not get half of the value of contracts under the $80 billion program. Naval Group Australia chief executive John Davis told The...
  • US Approves US$990 Million Anti-Ship Missiles Sale for RAAF
    US Approves US$990 Million Anti-Ship Missiles Sale for RAAF February 12 2020
    The US State Department has approved a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of up to 200 AGM-158C, Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs) and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$990 million. The Commonwealth has requested to buy up to 200 AGM-158Cs and up to 11 ATM-158C LRASM Telemetry Variants (Inert). Also included are DATM-158C LRASM, Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM-158C LRASM), containers, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, pe...
  • Logistics Problem of the Polish Air Force
    Logistics Problem of the Polish Air Force February 6 2020
    With the transition from the Warsaw Pact to the NATO Pact, Poland is facing great difficulties in terms of logistics. It is stated that the Polish Air Force has a problem with the operationalities of the F-16 and Mig-29 fleets. It is stated that only 30-40 per cent of the fleet is in service with the difficulties in bringing the platforms into operation. The Onet news website, which researches the subject, spoke about the complexity with the Polish Parliament MP Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska. Kluz...
  • Change of Duty on CN-235
    Change of Duty on CN-235 February 4 2020
    Malaysia will change the duty capabilities of CN-235 transport aircraft in its inventory. The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) confirmed that they intend to convert two of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) PT Dirgantara Indonesia CN-235 transport aircraft into Maritime Patrol Aircraft. General Affendi Buang, chief of The Malaysian Armed Force (MAF), stated that the mission systems to be used for the conversion will come from the US government under the Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiati...
  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense January 31 2020
    The United Kingdom officially exits from the European Union with concerns about Scotland behind. Political aspirations have peculiar and unexpected results. British conservatives voted against the European Union with the fear that the Union would divide them. The result, however, brings the concern to reality. While the member of Kingdom leaves Union, Scotland wants to stay. The Kingdom self divides. Under the shadow of Britain exiting from EU, British defence journal ukde...
  • Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance?
    Will Japan Afford to Break the U.S. Alliance? January 30 2020
    In the 1980s and ‘90s Japan licensed aspects of Lockheed Martin’s iconic F-16 fighter design and produced the F-2, a Japanese F-16 variant with bigger wing and better electronics. Japan plans to choose a partner as early as this summer for development of its successor to the F-2 fighter jet, weighing a proposal from the U.S., its closest ally, against a British offer that would give Tokyo greater control. While the design to be developed by working with another country provides ac...
  • Missile Shadow on Taiwan
    Missile Shadow on Taiwan January 30 2020
    Considering the relations with Taiwan and the tensions on the Taiwan Strait, China increases the number of weapons in the region. Beijing Government, which claims rights over Taiwan and considers the country as a part of its mainland, increases the weapon capability of the Eastern Theatre. The Chinese People's Liberation Army deployed the PCL191 Regiment to the 72nd Group located in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, according to a statement by one of the officers serving...
  • Modernised T-72 for Ukraine
    Modernised T-72 for Ukraine January 28 2020
    In order to modernize the army and improve its capabilities, Ukraine continues its modernization and procurement activities. In this context, the Armed Forces of Ukraine received additional modernised main battle tanks. In the official social media account of the Ukranya Logistics Command, it was announced that the army received 15 T-72 tanks, which were modernized and upgraded to T-72AMT level. The Kiev government plans to receive 10 additional tanks by the end of January. Wit...
  • Missile Modernisation for Greek Cypriots
    Missile Modernisation for Greek Cypriots January 27 2020
    Due to the oil and gas deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean and the increased Turkish Navy existence in the region, Greek Cypriots have decided to increase its missile capability. According to veteranos.gr publishing in Greece, the Greek Cypriot  government decided to increase its air and coastal defence capability. Accordingly, the coastal MM40 Exocet surface-to-surface missiles on the island will be modernised. What kind of improvements will be made withi...
  • Canadian Armed Forces get New Machine Guns
    Canadian Armed Forces get New Machine Guns January 26 2020
    The Canadian Government purchased 3,626 new C6A1 FLEX General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG) from Colt Canada. The Department of National Defence procured As the current C6 machine guns were over 30 years ago, and it needs to replace those removed from service due to wear and tear and others that are reaching the end of their service life. This acquisition supplements the 1,148 machine guns that were acquired in 2017, which featured a durable polymer buttstock instead of the ...
  • The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force
    The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force January 17 2020
    The 116th "Lions of the South" squadron will join the 140th "Golden Eagle" unit to become the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) second official group of F-35I Adir stealth fighter jets. With the arrival of the first two F-35I aircraft for the 116th Fleet to Nevatim base in November 2019, the total number of F-35s in Israel reached 20. The government has currently received 20 of the 50 F-35I variants from Lockheed Martin required to bring both squadrons to capacity....
  • Replecement Time to Beretta 92 of France
    Replecement Time to Beretta 92 of France January 16 2020
    France continues the replacing process of firearms with pistols. In 2017, the Paris government began replacing FAMAS with HK416F infantry rifles and now, launched a procurement process for the armed force's pistols. Beretta 92FS pistols, which have been in service with the name PAMAS G1 for about 30 years, will be replaced by Glock 17 Gen 5s. The French Army will procure 74,559 Glock 17 in the first phase. The total cost of weapons which expected to be delive...
  • Singapore gets the green light to buy F-35s
    Singapore gets the green light to buy F-35s January 10 2020
    The U.S. government on Thursday formally approved Singapore to become the next customer of the F-35 joint strike fighter. Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced that the country would submit a letter of request to the U.S. government to purchase four F-35B, with the intention of a total of 12 B models with at an estimated cost of $2.75 billion, according to the Defence Security Cooperation Agency. Singapore typically buys its fighter aircraft in small batches.
  • Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships
    Russian Firepower Power to Egyptian Ships January 8 2020
    Egypt comes to the fore with the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, the training and exercise activities carried out with different countries in the region. The Cairo government, which acquire currency with its collaborations in the region, published new images from the navy. In the images published from the Egyptian Navy deploying different aircraft on the platform, it was determined that the country also deployed Russian-made aircraft on the ships. The Navy, which playe...
  • Japanese interest in the Middle East
    Japanese interest in the Middle East January 5 2020
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to deploy the Self-Defence Forces to the Middle East to ensure the safety of its ships.  “We plan to dispatch Self-Defence Forces to this region to strengthen information gathering and secure the safe passage of Japan-related ships,” Abe said, reiterating a plan unveiled last month ahead of the latest flare-up in tensions. The Japanese government announced late last month it will send a warship and patrol planes to ...
  • Littoral Mission Ship from China to Malaysia
    Littoral Mission Ship from China to Malaysia January 3 2020
    The first of the four Keris class littoral mission ships ordered for the Malaysian Navy was delivered. The platform, built at China's Wuchang Shipyard, was given to the Malaysian government officials in Eastern China at a ceremony. The initial contract for the boats worth nearly $285 million was signed in March 2017. The four ships with a displacement of 780 tonnes are scheduled to be delivered by 2021. The initial plan stipulated that the first two units would be delivered from...
  • New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan
    New Country in Middle East Dilemma: Japan December 30 2019
    Japan is being added to the Middle East chaos. After the tension between Washington and Tehran, the Tokyo Government decided to send the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) to the Middle East with an intelligence-gathering mission. The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) mission that will see several assets, including a helicopter-carrying destroyer, two maritime patrol aircraft, and 260 personnel being despatched to the Mid...
  • Okinawa Base Transfer Costs More Than Expected
    Okinawa Base Transfer Costs More Than Expected December 28 2019
      The US Defence Ministry said Wednesday it now estimates the costs to relocate the Futenma Air Station to the coastal area of Henoko will more than double the current budget to $8.5 billion and the construction period needs to be extended to over nine years. Washington plans to push ahead with the relocation of a U.S. air base within Okinawa Prefecture despite the overwhelming public opposition expressed in a referendum on Sunday, recognising the outpost's strate...
  • Armoured Vehicle Reinforcement to Haftar Forces
    Armoured Vehicle Reinforcement to Haftar Forces December 27 2019
    Clashes continue between Libyan National Army forces under the command of Khalifa Haftar and the Government of National  Accord. Despite the UN's arms embargo on Libya, Haftar forces were reinforced with new armored vehicles. A news published in Jane's, it was seen that Libyan National Army forces equipped with Terrier LT-79 armoured vehicles. It was also attended that the vehicle is in new condition and despite harsh environmental conditions, exterior of the LT-79 was ...
  • Indonesia to Acquire Two Squadrons of New F-16s
    Indonesia to Acquire Two Squadrons of New F-16s December 27 2019
    Indonesian Air Force wants to acquire both US and Russian aircraft in the inventory. According to Indonesia’s next five-year strategic plan, running from 2020-2024, the country will pursue the goal of acquiring both F-16 Block 72 and Su-35. The chief of the Indonesian Air Force Air Marshal Yuyu Sutisna talked to state-owned national news agency Antara, about the southeast Asian nation plans to submit a request to buy two squadrons of Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 72 fighters...
  • Ukraine and US signed new contract for Javelin missiles
    Ukraine and US signed new contract for Javelin missiles December 27 2019
    The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine signed a contract with the US Government to supply to Ukraine the second batch of  FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles. On October 3, the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Ukraine for one hundred fifty (150) Javelin missiles and related equipment and support for an estimated cost not to exceed $39.2 million. The Government of Ukraine has requested to buy 150 Javelin missiles and 10 Javelin C...
  • 6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force
    6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force December 24 2019
    The Swiss parliament on Friday approved the purchase of new fighter jets for around $6 billion, but the Socialist Party immediately demanded the question be put to a referendum. Switzerland began seeking replacements for its ageing fleet of fighter jets more than a decade ago. In 2014, the country looked set to purchase 22 Gripen E fighter jets from Swedish group Saab. But Bern has not given up on its quest to boost its fleet, with the government warning that the country's F/A-18s will re...
  • ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters
    ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters December 23 2019
      The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) to its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II at 17th Fighter Wing. The ROKAF has received 13 aircraft out of the 40 ordered under a KRW7.3 trillion (US$6.3 billion) deal signed in 2014. Reaching IOC level means that the aircraft are now operational but is limited to certain air operations including flying interdiction, essential close air support, and limited supp...