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  • Strategic Bombing Force is "Weak"
    Strategic Bombing Force is "Weak" March 17 2020
    With the end of the Cold War, the West is relaxed and reduced the force multipliers until the 2010s, and the military forces of NATO and its allies, especially the USA, have weakened more than ever. In a news article published in the USA, Retired General John Loh from the US Air Force (USAF) made some analysis on the country's air force. Loh stated that the USAF experienced the weakest period in its history, which is considered one of the indispensable elements of...
  • AC-130W Demonstration at Arabian Gulf
    AC-130W Demonstration at Arabian Gulf March 16 2020
    Lockheed Martin held a demonstration on naval support role for AC-130W Stinger IIs. In the demonstration held in the Arabian Gulf on March 8-9, an AC-130W Stinger II aircraft affiliated to the US Special Forces Command Center launched an offensive on-sea target. The target was destroyed with live rounds. In the ongoing civil war in Yemen, Houthi militants carry out arms, human and drug trafficking activities using small boats and sailboats in the Gulf. The countr...
  • NATO Council Meet Today Upon Turkey's Request for Article 4
    NATO Council Meet Today Upon Turkey's Request for Article 4 February 28 2020
    The North Atlantic Council, which includes the ambassadors of all 29 NATO Allies, will meet on Friday 28 February, following a request by Turkey to hold consultations under Article 4 of NATO’s founding Washington Treaty on the situation in Syria. Under article 4 of the Treaty, any Ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened. All NATO decisions are made by consensus, a...
  • Anti-Ship Missile Capability to Chinese J-16
    Anti-Ship Missile Capability to Chinese J-16 February 20 2020
    China, which continues its shipbuilding activities to improve its naval power, keeps its efforts to increase its effectiveness in the region and oceans, especially in the Taiwan Gulf. In the images published in Chinese State Television CCTV in the past days, it was seen that J-16 aircraft were equipped with anti-ship capability. A J-16 fighter-bomber affiliated to the 40th Air Regiment stationed in the Nanchang-Xiangtan District of China was spotted carrying two YJ-83Ks un...
  • Qatar Submarine in the Arabian Gulf
    Qatar Submarine in the Arabian Gulf February 6 2020
    Located on the world's third-largest natural gas and oil reserves, Qatar may operate the submarine. Doha has taken a new step that will be effective in changing the balances in the Gulf region. A new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Italian defence giant Fincantieri covers the "supply of cutting-edge naval vessels and submarines". The Qatari submarines may be part of a much larger 5 billion Euro deal with Italy which was agreed in 2017. Currently, Iran is the only submarin...
  • 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...
  • Milsoft Presents Link-M at GDA
    Milsoft Presents Link-M at GDA December 10 2019
    Milsoft attends with its Link-M product to the Gulf Defence & Aerospace Exhibition (GDA) held in Kuwait. Link-M is an Indigenous Tactical Data Link System which enables tactical data exchange amongst land, naval and air platforms using existing or new HF and V/UHF Radios. It makes it possible to use the most advanced tactical data elements employed for tactical operations available today. It means Link-11 and Link-16 communication systems can be used at the same environment. It ...
  • Zigana to Pass by Kuwait
    Zigana to Pass by Kuwait December 10 2019
    Trabzon Silah Sanayii (TİSAŞ) products are exhibited at The Gulf Defence & Aerospace Exhibition (GDA) held in Kuwait. TİSAŞ officials who opened a stand in GDA pointed out that the company has achieved many firsts in the sector with its technical infrastructure and quarter-century experience. Underlining that they have exported to more than 50 countries, TİSAŞ aims to increase its market share in the developing defence industry and to become a brand in the world with its quality. The comp...
  • Otokar exhibits ARMA and COBRA II vehicles
    Otokar exhibits ARMA and COBRA II vehicles December 10 2019
    Otokar, participates in Gulf Defence & Aerospace (GDA) 2019, on December 10-12, 2019 in Kuwait. During the exhibition, Otokar’s ARMA 6x6 with BOZOK turret and COBRA II with KESKIN turret will be displayed at its stand. Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç stated that Otokar is a company on a global scale. , "Designed in Turkey and our vehicles manufactured in Turkey, we have the honour to represent the Turkish defence industry in the world successfull...
  • Can we Fix Iraq and Syria?.. September 10 2019
    We need to accept a fact before we move on. Syria and Iraq will never be the same after bloody scenarios that happened. Preserving the territorial integrity of these countries and reuniting them under the control of a central authority seems a distant possibility. The goal of the global powers was to dismantle these two states with stable political-military structures that directly threatened Israel, and the process that began in 1991, unfortunately, seems to be definite towards 202...
  • Israel Meets with UAE over Joining Persian Gulf Coalition August 19 2019
    According to US-based "BreakingDefense" internet page, Israel’s Foreign Minister has met with at least one senior official in Abu Dhabi and agreed to provide intelligence and other assistance to the new US-led coalition designed to provide security against Iran in the Persian Gulf. Foreign Minister Israel Katz told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee about the agreement and told lawmakers that Israel participates in intelligence and other areas where it can...
  • Rising Tension in the Persian Gulf August 9 2019
    Nowadays the tensions in the Persian Gulf are rising. The similarity between the rhetoric used by the Trump administration to re-securitize Iran and those used by the Bush administration to securitize the Saddam Hussein regime before the 2003 Iraq war is drawing attention. Within these discourses, the concept of terrorism, ties with terrorist organizations and weapons of mass destruction are at the forefront. The tensions between the United States (US) and Iran have increased in the...
  • U.S. İnitiates Operation Sentinel July 21 2019
    The United States Friday announced the US Central Command is developing a multi-national maritime effort to increase surveillance of and security in key waterways in the Middle East. The effort, labelled as Operation Sentinel, comes a day after the US said it destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it came within threatening range. The goal of Operation Sentinel is declared as promoting maritime stability, ensuring safe passage, and de-escalating tensions in interna...
  • House Blocks Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE
    House Blocks Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE July 20 2019
    The House of Representatives passed three resolutions Wednesday to block the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.   U.S. President Donald Trump had invoked an emergency provision to allow him to circumvent Congress to push the $8.1 billion arms sales through- including precision-guided munitions — to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Lawmakers expressed outrage over Trump’s tactics.   Trump...
  • Raptor in Qatar
    Raptor in Qatar July 1 2019
      U.S. Air Force announced that the fifth-generation jet fighters have arrived in Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar for the first time on Jun. 27 to “defend American forces”. F-22 arrived in Qatar just over a week after the Iranians shot down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator drone, flying over the Gulf of Oman. Raptors have in the past been stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The fifth-generation fighter had been ...
  • India to Closely Watch Hot Waters
    India to Closely Watch Hot Waters June 27 2019
    The Indian Navy has deployed Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyer INS Chennai and Saryu-class offshore patrol vessel INS Sunayna to the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf while tension between the US and Iran arises. IN spokesman Captain D K Sharma said the IN’s Information-Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) would be monitoring all commercial shipping traffic in the area in a bid to augment maritime domain awareness to re-assure Indian-flagged commercial vessels transi...
  • LM to Manufacture THAAD Interceptors for Saudi Arabia
    LM to Manufacture THAAD Interceptors for Saudi Arabia April 2 2019
    The Pentagon has given $2.4 billion to Lockheed Martin for the production of A Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) interceptors, some of these missiles are destined for Saudi Arabia. The Gulf State signed a letter of acceptance to buy the air defence missile system in November last year. The $15 billion deal was seen as paving the way for the sale of 44 THAAD launchers, missiles and equipment.
  • Australia to Acquire Gulfstream Business Jet for Electronic Warfare
    Australia to Acquire Gulfstream Business Jet for Electronic Warfare March 30 2019
    The Australian Department of Defence (DOD) announced that they are planning to acquire four modified Gulfstream G550 business jets as an airborne electronic warfare platform. According to Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, the new aircraft will be integrated to the Australian Defence Force’s joint warfighting network, and will be a crucial link between platforms like the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft, the EA-18G elect...
  • STM Signs Agreement with IGG
    STM Signs Agreement with IGG February 18 2019
    STM has announced from its official twitter account an agreement with UAE’s Defence Company IGG. The statement reads, “We signed a Cooperation Agreement with International Golden Group (IGG) at IDEX-2019 to set up new collaborations within the Gulf Region. “ Established in 2002 with headquarters in Abu Dhabi, International Golden Group (IGG) PJSC specialises in providing high-end defence and security solutions. From small, medium and heavy arms to consultancy ...
  • RAF-UK to Replace Tornado GR-4 with Typhoon and F-35 in Cyprus
    RAF-UK to Replace Tornado GR-4 with Typhoon and F-35 in Cyprus February 7 2019
    The British Tornado fighter aircraft are decommissioned after 40 years of operation in UK air base in Cyprus Island. The last three Tornado that had stayed at the Cape base in Greek Cyprus departed yesterday for their final flight, returning to the UK and specifically to Marham Airbase in Norfolk. The other five Tornado in recent years in Greek Cyprus had returned to the same base on Monday. The Tornado was put into service by the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom in 1979 and ha...
  • Israel's Missile Experiment
    Israel's Missile Experiment January 23 2019
    Israel carried out the new missile experiment with the US National Defence Agency. During trial, one Arrow-3 missile was launched. Israel's stated that some modifications on Arrow-3 systems were tested. After target detection, it was reported that the missile did the target analysis as planned and successfully intercepted its target.   Arrow systems developed with the US constitute one of the main elements of Israel's missile defence umbrella. After ...
  • First Factory Tests Completed
    First Factory Tests Completed January 11 2019
    Russia issued a statement on RFNS Admiral Kasatonov, one of the newest platforms in its inventory. It is announced in statement that the first factory tests of the platform were completed. RFNS Admiral Kasatonov, one of the newest frigates of the navy, was able to start the manufacturer's tests after the defrost of ices in the Gulf of Finland last spring. Following the first phase in the Baltic Test Area she returned to St. Petersburg. Built in Russia-based Severnaya S...
  • The Star of Africa: Hans-Joachim Marseille December 8 2018
    The great war, which initially grabbed Europe in its claws, gradually engulfed the whole world starting with Africa. This ring of fire to be called the Second World War once again pitted countries against each other, while bringing forth legendary vehicles, important doctrines and new heroes.  One of such heroes was Hans-Joachim Marseille, dubbed Der Ster von Afrika (The Star of Africa), who scored 158 air victories in his short history of service but defeated by his own aircraft. ...
  • First F-35s on the Way to Australia
    First F-35s on the Way to Australia December 6 2018
    Australia is preparing to deploy the first F-35 Lightning II aircraft in the country. AU-1 and AU-2 platforms which carry out pilot training missions in the United States since their delivery in 2014, have completed their duties there. Aircrafts have visited for the first time in 2017 in order to join air show. This time, AU-1 and AU-2 on their way back permanently. Platforms will be deployed at RAAF Williamtown Air Base. Aircrafts will arrive New South Wales on December 10th. Austr...
  • Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar
    Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar November 23 2018
    An Italian Air Force Aermacchi M-346 jet trainer has flown non-stop to the Persian Gulf in order to promote aircraft to three gulf countries Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. The aircraft, accompanied by two F-2000A Eurofighters and a Boeing KC-767A tanker, was on a 10-day promotional tour of the Gulf. The non-stop transit flights were part of aircraft promotion as M-346 is only training aircraft that has refuelling capability in flight.   The T-346 (the Italian Ai...
  • Israel Studied on S-300 in Greece
    Israel Studied on S-300 in Greece November 2 2018
    The Israeli Air Force carried out a strange flight over Greece. The flight over Greece was carried out by an Israeli Eitam EW (electronic warfare) aircraft. Eitam was developed on the Gulfstream G550. Electronic attack and intelligence gathering trials were conducted against the S-300 systems with the aircraft’s intelligence gathering capability. Information was collected on S-300 air defence system's tracking radar lock-on system. In addition, a number of trials were carr...
  • UAE Has Shown Interest In Akash Surface-To-Air Missile System
    UAE Has Shown Interest In Akash Surface-To-Air Missile System October 21 2018
    UAE Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi Al Falacy was in India recently and he has indicated that the Gulf state is interested in the Akash air defence missile system. According to a section of Indian media, the UAE government is possibly looking at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) `Made in India’ Akash surface-to-air missile system. The `Akash’ missile is designed by DRDO and produced by defence PSU Bharat E...
  • Al Shibl to Turkmenistan October 3 2018
    Turkmenistan introduced the Saudi vehicles that are put into service. Al Shibl vehicles, which Turkmenistan procured from Saudi Arabia, were also displayed at an military parade. Even though eight vehicles were displayed during the parade, the Ashgabat administration did not state how many vehicles were supplied. Recently, Turkmenistan increases military purchases from the Gulf countries and Turkey, Turkmenistan procured 440 Ajban from the United Arab Emirates earlier. The Al Shibl ...
  • Arab NATO: A Mirage? September 15 2018
    As NATO takes pains to cope up with new developments, does an Arab NATO, whose predecessors have all failed, hold any potential to survive? Convening on May 21, 2017 in Riyadh with the participation of more than 50 leaders including the US President Donald Trump, the Arab Islamic American Summit, had unveiled plans to establish the so-called Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA). This Riyadh-based initiative, launched in an attempt to realise sustainable peace and security in the re...
  • Spain Sends Bombs After Saudi Financial Threat
    Spain Sends Bombs After Saudi Financial Threat September 15 2018
    Spain appears to have given up against financial pressure to deliver 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, reversing a recent decision to put the deal on hold. The Socialist administration, which came to power in June, decided last week to halt the shipment, which was part of a €141.7 million arms deal signed in 2015 by the previous conservative government. Current government stated their fears that the weapons could be used against civilians in Yemen. The Spanish f...
  • Hyundai Starts Building New Zealand’s Naval Fleet Tanker
    Hyundai Starts Building New Zealand’s Naval Fleet Tanker August 16 2018
    Korean Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has laid down a 173 m the fleet tanker on order for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) on 13 August at HHI’s facilities in Ulsan. New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) announced the ceremony from official social publishing platform. The tanker was acquired under a USD323 million contract announced in 2016. Aotearoa will displace 24,000 tonnes with an overall length of 166 m, an overall beam of 24.5 m, and a design draught of 8.5 m &n...
  • One More LCS Accepted
    One More LCS Accepted August 3 2018
    United States Naval Systems Command (NAVSEA) has announced that USS Charleston (LCS 18) littoral combat ship has completed the acceptance trials. During tests conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, ship made  11-meter boat operation, detection and engagement against air and surface targets, bow thruster and anchorage operations were tested. After delivery, USS Charleston  will undergo a post-delivery availability that includes crew training, certifications and familiarization exercises in...
  • Turkish Bases in Africa: Cost-Benefit Analysis
    Turkish Bases in Africa: Cost-Benefit Analysis July 9 2018
    It has been underscored that the so-called “bases” established in the former Ottoman territories of Somalia and Sudan would serve the best interests of Turkey in terms of image, regional security and export of “indigenous and national” defence products. However, it should be calculated that this development might further help deteriorate Turkish-Gulf relations, trigger terror attacks against the Turkish personnel and cripple Turkish agriculture and animal husbandry eve...
  • Cooperation Time in Qatar
    Cooperation Time in Qatar April 7 2018
    Arms race observed in Gulf countries is now accompanied by indigenous production models. Following Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar also started pursuing the same path. As tension between Qatar and other Gulf members escalates, the former makes efforts to prevent isolation. International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) organised in Doha is a reflection of this purpose. Launched around a decade ago in the area of naval affairs, the Exhibition set the stage f...
  • EA-18G  crew suffered from frostbite after ECS failed in flight
    EA-18G  crew suffered from frostbite after ECS failed in flight February 25 2018
    The two-seater EA-18G experienced an unexpected failure during its cruising at 25,000 feet Jan. 29, on a flight from Washington State’s Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to Naval Weapons Station China Lake.  Aircraft’s Environmental Control System (ECS) failed, the temperature inside the cockpit dropped to -30 degrees and a layer of ice engulfed the canopy and instrument panels. The two pilots were forced to use the emergency oxygen supply, which was completely depleted by the...
  • Second Gulfstream CAEW Delivered To Italy
    Second Gulfstream CAEW Delivered To Italy January 25 2018
    The Italian Air Force has received its second Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW) aircraft, a Gulfstream G-550, Israel Aerospace Industries announced on 21 January.   Developed by IAI subsidiary Elta Systems, the G-550 was equipped an active electronically scanned array four-dimensional radar system and maritime and electronic surveillance equipment designed for operating at long ranges. The aircraft also features active and passive self-protection senso...
  • From Loose Integration to Fragmentation: Gulf Cooperation Council
    From Loose Integration to Fragmentation: Gulf Cooperation Council January 15 2018
    Asserting that it will soon evolve in a kind of security community exemplified by the European Union, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has nevertheless been drifting into fragmentation as demonstrated by the latest developments.  Theoretical explanations on regional integration in the Third World have been relatively sparse in International Relations literature. Against this background, the origins and expansion of the Gulf Cooperation Council to date, despite the attention i...
  • Otokar Showed Off In Kuwait
    Otokar Showed Off In Kuwait December 12 2017
    Otokar exhibits ARMA 6x6 and COBRA II 4x4 armored tactical wheeled vehicles along with their own designs BOZOK and KESKIN turret systems in the GDA 2017 Gulf Defence and Aerospace fair held in Kuwait between 12-14 December. Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç stated that the Gulf Region is one of the Otokar target markets. "We aimed to strengthen our overseas partnerships with Otokar Land Systems we established in the United Arab Emirates in 2016, especially t...
  • 56th Issue Sector News
    56th Issue Sector News December 11 2017
    India is All Smiles with Smart Bomb Ships of the Gulf, Entrusted to Rolls-Royce Cochin Shipyard Will Carry the Torch NIMR Automotive to Supply Turkmenistan's Special Operations Vehicles Berlin Says, "Survivor R" HForce Passed Ballistic Tests Will the US Share "Know-how"? "Tactic-Oriented" Training, Completed New Era in Damage Detection Technology Transfer from Denmark to...
  • Qatar becomes first VBCI export customer
    Qatar becomes first VBCI export customer December 10 2017
    NEXTER has secured an export customer in Qatar, following a billion-dollar trade deal finalised between France and the Gulf state. The Qataris have committed to purchasing 490 VBCI vehicles from French manufacturer but the potential value of the contract, number of variants, or a production schedule is not made public. What turret system will arm the Qatari’s IFV variant is also still unknown. The French Army currently utilises a conventional one-man 25mm turret for ...