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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 ...
  • Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned
    Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned 18 September 2020
    According to Defence Review Asia, Indonesia may scale down its KF-X / IFX procurement from the Republic of Korea (ROK). The magazine claims that the government of Indonesia is looking to save money due to COVID-19 pandemic and the level of investment in the KF-X/IFX combat aircraft project is the one that the government has eyes on.  In 2010 the country signed up to pay 20% of the development costs of the twin-jet engine 4++ generation fighter but is now seeking to reduce that to 15%.&nb...
  • Taiwan Seeks New Radar
    Taiwan Seeks New Radar 17 September 2020
    Taiwan has sent information request documents to Thales and Raytheon for phased-out array radars from ship. The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology was developing the local Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) for the frigate the country would build with its own resources. After the studies, it became clear that the system produced by the institute was heavy for the ship. Taiwan has identified Thales and Raytheon as potential suppliers for the ship-induced ...
  • New Deal on T-700 Engines
    New Deal on T-700 Engines 16 September 2020
    A new agreement has been signed between the U.S. Army Contracting Command and General Electric as part of the T700 series engine program. The contract, worth USD 37 million, will include on-site service support. The agreement, which will be shaped by the demand from the forces in the working areas, will be completed on 31 December 2025. In November 2019, the agreement signed with General Electric for T700 engine delivery changed to USD 1.3 billion. According to the change ...
  • Brazil's First Gripen to Be Delivered
    Brazil's First Gripen to Be Delivered 16 September 2020
    The F-39E Gripen fighters purchased by the Brazilian Air Force from Swedish-based firm SAAB are on their way to the port city of Itajaí (Santa Catarina, Brazil). On August 20, 2020, the Brazilian Air Force test pilot aired the plane for Brazil for the first time. The platform, which remained in the air for 49 minutes, flew over the Baltic Sea. The fighter jet, which was loaded onto board from Sweden on August 29, 2020, will be delivered to Brazil on September 20, 2020. ...
  • Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA
    Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA 16 September 2020
    The debate over the operational readiness levels of aircraft carriers in the United States continues. Pentagon officials argue that aircraft carriers are available, but the rhetoric between the Navy and the White House that the level of preparation for the platforms is both costly and long-lasting. Rear Admiral John Meier, commander of the US Atlantic Navy Air Force, described the operational presence of the ships as "the number one concern." Rear Admiral Meier said that s...
  • the UK is not Retiring Battle Tanks
    the UK is not Retiring Battle Tanks 15 September 2020
    UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has dismissed earlier reports that the British Army is planning to retire its tanks. Last month, The Times’ reported that the British Army was planning to focus on evolving technologies such as cyber and space warfare. As a result of such efforts Main Battle Tanks like Challenger 2 (MBTs) Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs) would be retired Denying the speculation, Wallace told BBC: “The idea that tanks won&rsquo...
  • Rafael joy in Greece
    Rafael joy in Greece 14 September 2020
    French involvement in Hellenic Air Force has created an over trust in Greek media. Instead of calling the force Hellenic Air Force (HAF) they mostly call PA which stands Polemikí Aeroporía, (War Aviation) The Greek media writes that "Rafale introduces PA to the AESA radar era." The process for the selection and training of the first group of pilots in France has already begun. The six new aircraft of the PA will be F3R version and the 12 used F3-O4T version a...
  • Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean
    Conflict between Ankara and Athens: Armament in the Mediterranean 14 September 2020
    In the past, the US has prevented the dispute between Turkey and Greece from escalating. Now the EU has to do it. This phrase belongs to German Daily Die Tageszeitung. The paper has a different approach to the recent conflict in the Mediterranean Sea. Talking about the unsolved problem for decades, the paper underlines that the lack of military clash until today is thanks to NATO and, in particular, to the hegemonic USA. This comment belongs to the foreign correspondent of daily, Jürgen ...
  • 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...
  • Hyundai Rotem Develops Tank for Poland
    Hyundai Rotem Develops Tank for Poland 11 September 2020
    The Wilk (Wolf) K2PL main battle tank produced by the Republic of Korea will make an offer to replace soviet-era tanks in the Polish inventory. Hyundai Rotem unveiled the K2PL tank at the MSPO 2020 defence industry fair in Poland. "The official project tender is expected to be announced this year and we will be involved in the process," Korean officials said in a statement. If the K2PL, the Variant of the K2 Black Panther tank designed for Poland, wins the projec...
  • Hercules of Uruguay Will Rejuvenate
    Hercules of Uruguay Will Rejuvenate 11 September 2020
    Uruguay signed an agreement with the Spanish Government to supply two C-130H Military Transport Aircraft in the Spanish Air Force (EDA) inventory. The contract, worth approximately 21 million Euros, includes the purchase of spare parts for two C-130H Transport Aircraft. Uruguayan Defence Minister Javier García disclosed the information on the contract at the Senate Defence budget meeting. The purchased aircraft will replace the high-cost maintenance C-130 Hercules aircraft in...
  • 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...
  • Australia buying K9 Thunder
    Australia buying K9 Thunder 9 September 2020
    On 3 September the Australian Department of Defence announced that Hanwha Defence Australia (HDA) under its Protected Mobile Fires Project will provide 30 K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers and 15 K10 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles.   With this Government announcement, work will commence immediately to implement a plan for the building of facilities and skilling of the local Geelong based workforce. For the Land 8116 program, Hanwha has developed the...
  • Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France
    Greece to rent Two FREMMs from France 9 September 2020
    The French government had proposed two FREMM (FRégate Européenne Multi-Missions later FREgate Multi-Missions) to Greece in 2018. The proposal is again on the negotiation table according to Greek Media. France proposes Alsace (D656) and Lorraine (D657). The Dutch government has two modernized frigates to offer.  According to unconfirmed information, the annual rental cost of the two ships will be 150 million euros with the right to purchase once the lease is comple...
  • Patriot Missile Parts to be Produced in Poland
    Patriot Missile Parts to be Produced in Poland 8 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin and Poland’s Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 1 (WZL1/ Military Aviation Works 1 / a subsidiary of state-owned defence group PGZ) announced that they have signed a contract to build a production plant in eastern Poland for Patriot PAC-3 MSE (Patriot Advanced Capability-3, Missile Segment Enhancement) missiles, that will be used in the Polish Patriot surface-to-air missile systems. According to Lockheed Martin, the new plant in Dęblin is the implementation of indust...
  • COVID-19 Postponement on Submarine Purchase
    COVID-19 Postponement on Submarine Purchase 5 September 2020
    Thailand has announced it will go on a reprieve for two Yuan-class submarines it plans to procure. With the economic contraction brought by COVID-19, Thailand announced that the platforms it will buy from China will be in the 2022 financial year. Yuan-class submarines have a Stirling-type air-independent drive system developed by the 711 Institute and high-frequency active radar. If the supply plan worth about $720 million had come into force, Thailand would have inventori...
  • $1 Billion Space Bonds
    $1 Billion Space Bonds 4 September 2020
      According to a recent report titled, “State of the Space Industrial Base 2020: A Time for Action to Sustain U.S. Economic and Military Leadership in Space,” $11 billion of private capital has been invested in commercial space technology companies In the last five years The report is written by the Space Force, Defence Innovation Unit and Air Force Research Laboratory. “The Space Force must leverage the technologies and approaches at the f...
  • France gets Support for Hercules
    France gets Support for Hercules 4 September 2020
    The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France of four AE-2100D Turbo Prop engines and two Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade Two (MIDS-LVT BU2) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $350 million. Items will be integrated on C-130 Hercules. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of Franc...
  • Spain to acquire 100 AIM-120C AMRAAM
    Spain to acquire 100 AIM-120C AMRAAM 4 September 2020
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Spain of one hundred (100) AIM-120C-7/8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and one AMRAAM Guidance Section (spare) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $248.5 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.  
  • Thailand keeps Chinese submarines on hold
    Thailand keeps Chinese submarines on hold 3 September 2020
    The Thai government has announced that it is the second and third attack submarines’ acquisition will be delayed.  Thailand originally planned to acquire two submarines worth US$720 million from China, with the 7-year funding program.   In the original plan, the Thai government was supposed to allocate more than US$100 million to the project under the fiscal year 2021 as initial payment. The Thai government said that it will re-negotiat...
  • Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France
    Greece to get 18 Rafale Jets, 8 as ‘Donation’ from France 1 September 2020
    France and Greece have reached an agreement for the latter to acquire 18 Rafale fighter jets of  which 10 will be sold and the remaining 8 will be given away as ‘donation.’ According to Greek local media reports, the contract between the French and Greek governments is at an advanced stage, which will see the Hellenic Air Force add a whole Rafale squadron to their existing fleet of Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcons, Dassault Mirage 2000s, and McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phan...
  • Thailand to Buy New Training and Attack Aircraft
    Thailand to Buy New Training and Attack Aircraft 27 August 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is changing its inventory of training aircraft. The government announced that it had set up a budget for training and the supply of light attack aircraft. At-6E Wolverine and T-6C Texan II will be procured for RTAF, defence sources said. A total of 24 will be delivered from the platforms specified to be configured in accordance with the needs of the country. The procurement agreement will include air-to-air missile integration and the produc...
  • London in Economic Impasse for F-35 Lightning II
    London in Economic Impasse for F-35 Lightning II 27 August 2020
    The United Kingdom could change its plan to buy the F-35 Lightning II. London, which says it will add 138 fighter jets to its inventory in total, is said to be able to buy 70 platforms in total. Sources close to the government said the report in the Times. Sources said London could only allocate enough budgets to carry out half of its purchase plan. There is not enough funding for the purchase of the F-35, according to a recent report by the UK National Inspection Office. ...
  • Japan Boosts AMRAAM Stock
    Japan Boosts AMRAAM Stock 27 August 2020
    The U.S. government has approved possible Foreign Military Sales to Japan of the AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). The sale cost, which includes 32 AIM-120C-8 missiles in total, is estimated to be approximately $63 million. "It is vital for U.S. national interests to help Japan develop and maintain a strong and effective self-defence capability," the White House said of the procurement process, which includes technical and logistical support.
  • 2.06 billion USD worth contract  for 348 8×8 combat vehicles
    2.06 billion USD worth contract  for 348 8×8 combat vehicles 26 August 2020
      The Spanish Ministry of Defence today awarded a 2.06 billion USD contract to a joint venture of General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) and three other companies to deliver 348 8×8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles (VCR), their maintenance and life cycle support, as well as support their international commercialization. The program is expected to grow to a total of approximately 1,000 vehicles. The vehicle, named &ldquo...
  • 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...
  • Super Tucano Replacement for L-39
    Super Tucano Replacement for L-39 17 August 2020
    Ukraine, which reshaping and modernizing armed forces to increase capabilities, is planning to replace its jet trainers. The Ukrainian Air Force announced that it is evaluating the future of L-39 aircraft. The Kiev government, which has been searching for a platform that will replace the platforms that have served the country for many years, visited Brazil last year and had the opportunity to examine EMB-314 Super Tucano there. Platforms, which can perform both combat and ...
  • U.S. Congressman: "I will not support arms sales to Turkey"
    U.S. Congressman: "I will not support arms sales to Turkey" 13 August 2020
    Four members of the U.S. Congress have signed agreements that have prevented arms sales to Turkey for nearly two years. U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Bob Menendez, House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee member Mike McCaul -- the United States has blocked arm...
  • Patrol Boat Contract against China from Japan and Vietnam
    Patrol Boat Contract against China from Japan and Vietnam 13 August 2020
    Japan and Vietnam signed a $345 M deal for six patrol boats. Under the agreement signed by Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with the Vietnamese government, Tokyo will issue loans for six boats. "The project will provide the Vietnam Coast Guard with financing to procure vessels, supporting an improvement in maritime rescue operations and maritime law enforcement," the JICA said in a statement. The deal comes after the White House claimed ...
  • Mobile Command for Philippines
    Mobile Command for Philippines 9 August 2020
    The Philippines, which accelerated the acquisition of defence systems to restructure the army and increase its capabilities, received new platforms. Philippine Army took delivery of new Mobile Command Center Vehicles. Platforms called MCC4 (Mobile Command Center 4) are deployed on KM-450 vehicles. The MCC4s, assigned to the Army Signal Regiment, will perform critical tasks, such as directing and commanding the operation, as well as coordination between the military and gov...
  • Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut
    Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut 7 August 2020
    Aviation was one of the heaviest sectors affected by COVID-19, shaked the world and give negatice effect on many sectors. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, faced important order cancellations due to the virus. For this reason, the company, which announced that a significant amount of personnel will be dismissed, supported by Spain. Madrid reached an agreement with the company for acquisition of substantial aircraft in exchange for les...
  • BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020.
    BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020. 2 August 2020
    The British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company release its 2020 half-year results. It warned the Group is subject to geopolitical uncertainties and there remains considerable uncertainty in respect of COVID-19. The company says that, including the two acquisitions, it expects the Group’s sales to increase by a low-single-digit percentage compared to last year, as there are increased volumes in F-35, Combat Vehicles and growth in the electronic defence portf...
  • Three Companies to Compete for Canada
    Three Companies to Compete for Canada 1 August 2020
    Three companies have submitted offers after Canada announced it was planning to buy fighter jets. Lockheed Martin participated with the F-35 Lightning II, while Boeing offered the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.  Swedish-based firm Saab offered Gripen E to Canada. Ottawa plans to buy a total of 88 jets and plans to retire its CF-18 fleet. “Our government committed to purchasing a full fleet of 88 aircraft to be able to meet our NORAD [North American Aerospace Defence Command] and...
  • U.S. To Send Ammunition to Kuwait
    U.S. To Send Ammunition to Kuwait 31 July 2020
    The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that it has approved the possible sale of various M1A2K training ammunition and related equipment delivery to Kuwait. "The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," the DSCA's announcement said. The Government of...
  • Moody's downgrades Rolls-Royce to Ba2 from Baa3
    Moody's downgrades Rolls-Royce to Ba2 from Baa3 30 July 2020
    Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the long-term senior unsecured rating of Rolls-Royce plc to Ba2 from Baa3. Concurrently Moody's has assigned a corporate family rating of Ba2 and Ba2-PD probability of default rating to the company. The outlook remains negative. Today's rating action reflects: • Moody's expectations of substantial cash outflows in 2020 and 2021 resulting in materially increased leverage, more than Moody's previous expectations ...
  • Netherlands Requests to Acquire 16 AIM-120C-8
    Netherlands Requests to Acquire 16 AIM-120C-8 28 July 2020
    The State Department has decided a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Netherlands of 16 AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $39 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of the Netherlands has also requested to buy containers, weapon systems support and support equipment, spare and rep...
  • Trump Admin Officially Weakened Military Drones Export Regime
    Trump Admin Officially Weakened Military Drones Export Regime 27 July 2020
      The US applies new rules to make it easier to export drones.  Under a new policy announced Friday, unmanned aerial systems that fly at speeds below 800 k/h will no longer be subject to the “presumption of denial”. This decision will affect most blocked international sales of drones such as the MQ-9 Reaper and the RQ-4 Global Hawk. This change will have effects how the United States interprets the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) The U.S. gov...
  • Approval to F-16 Modernization Kits Sale
    Approval to F-16 Modernization Kits Sale 26 July 2020
    F-16 Fighting Falcons, one of the most successful fighters in the world, have been working in many countries' inventory for long years. User countries are taking action to modernize the platforms to which they are highly satisfied with their performance. Chile, one of the many F-16 Fighting Falcon users, has requested for the necessary components and systems from the US in the past months to modernize its aircraft. Washington has approved the sale of the material reque...