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  • Rafale Offer from France to Croatia
    Rafale Offer from France to Croatia 15 October 2020
    Options for Croatia, which wants to change the MiG-21 jet fleet, are increasing. Zagreb's plans to buy second-hand F-16 Netz from Israel was caught in the US barrier. Sweden then proposed 12 new Gripen C/D fighter jets to Croatia. France has also announced an offer to Croatia. Paris has proposed 12 Rafale aircraft serving in the Air and Space Forces (Armée de 'Air et de l'Espace) to Croatia. Greece is also known to want to supply a total of 18 Rafale, 12 of w...
  • Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China
    Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China 13 October 2020
    China continues to warn countries selling military systems to Taiwan. China has issued a warning to the United States after White House officials said the sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan was close to being edict. As the Oval Office increased pressure on China, foreign media reported in Early September (2020) that the United States was entering into an agreement with Taiwan as part of seven arms system exports.  "To ensure that it does not seriously harm cross-Strai...
  • Partnership of Three Countries: Serbia-China-Russia
    Partnership of Three Countries: Serbia-China-Russia 11 October 2020
    Serbia tested Chinese drones and Russian-made jets during a training exercise called the 2020 Cooperation. About 150 vehicles and about 2,800 troops, including more than 40 aircraft, tanks and armoured personnel carriers, were deployed during the exercise at the Pester training ground.  In addition, the CH-92A drones that Belgrade purchased from China in July 2020 were tested in the exercise. Belgrade had purchased six CH-92A Drones from China, the first country in Eu...
  • Qatar Applies for F-35
    Qatar Applies for F-35 8 October 2020
    Qatar has submitted a formal request to the United States to buy F-35 fighter jets according to Reuters' exclusive report. A U.S. State Department spokesman said, “As a matter of policy, the United States does not confirm or comment on proposed defence sales or transfers until they are formally notified to Congress.” The Qatari embassy in Washington, D.C. did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Establishing diplomatic relations with ...
  • Russia Integrated R-77 to Su-57
    Russia Integrated R-77 to Su-57 6 October 2020
    Russian television published a Su-57 Felon advanced combat jet carrying new variants of the R-77 medium-range air-to-air missile. In a documentary about 100th year anniversary of the founding of the 929th Chkalov State Flight-Test Centre at Akhtubinsk footage of four Su-57 took place.  One of the jets is carrying external weapons, including what may be two new versions of the medium-range R-77, which has the NATO reporting name AA-12 Adder. The second aircraft in the formation ...
  • Taiwan to Emphasis on Maritime Protection
    Taiwan to Emphasis on Maritime Protection 5 October 2020
    Taiwan‘s F-16 aircraft as normally on air patrol missions. They will be carrying AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles. Taiwan operates 142 F-16 with another 66 due for shipment by 2026. Taiwan also has a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre for F-16 fighter jets. China’s People’s Liberation Army is reportedly planning a simulated invasion of the Dongsha Islands – also known as the Pratas Islands – which are administered by Taiwan.
  • Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget
    Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget 2 October 2020
    The Defence Ministry on Wednesday requested a record ¥5.49 trillion ($55 billion) budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2021, to expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.   The request is up 3.3 per cent from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2021, with defence spending expected to rise. Japan’s defence spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Shinzo Abe t...
  • U.S. Approves F-35 Sale
    U.S. Approves F-35 Sale 1 October 2020
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved the possible sale of the F-35 Lightning II and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft to Switzerland. The DSCA said the possible sale would increase Switzerland's capacity to meet current and future threats. Accordingly, the possible sale of 40 F-35s and 40 Super Hornet aircraft worth $6.58 billion to Switzerland has become possible. The Swiss people, who voted Sunday (September 27th) to purchase new fighter jets, agreed to the gov...
  • U.S. and Norway Begin Military Negotiations
    U.S. and Norway Begin Military Negotiations 25 September 2020
    Norway and the United States began negotiations to update the Mutual Defence Assistance Agreement signed in the 1950s. Norway received 300 fighter jets and 8,000 military vehicles from the United States for free during the Cold War. Total U.S. aid to Norway from the 1950s to 1996 was around $8.7 billion. Red Party leader Bjørnar Moxnes said the renewed military agreement would lead to changes that would clash with Norway's security policy and interests, and criticised the...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise
    HMS Queen Elizabeth loaded with F-35Bs Sails for NATO Exercise 24 September 2020
    The UK Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth has embarked the largest number of warplanes ever onto the deck as it prepares to take its place at the heart of a UK-led NATO Carrier Strike Group. It also represents the largest air group of fifth-generation fighters at sea anywhere in the world. Two squadrons of F-35B stealth jets - the RAF’s 617 Squadron (The Dambusters) and the US Marine Corps VMFA-211 (The Wake Island Avengers) - have landed on the 65,000-tonne carrier as it sails ...
  • Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China
    Taiwan's Cruise Missile Response to China 23 September 2020
    Taiwan has launched an air-to-ground attack cruise missile developed by local sources. Munitions developed by the National Chungshan Institute were also on display during Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's visit to Magong air force base on Penghu island. The missile, which can only be used on Taiwan Air Force jets, has a range of about 200 km. GPS-guided missiles are capable of hitting Chinese air bases, barracks and fortifications in Fujian and Guangdong pro...
  • Reuters: U.S. is Fast to agree on F-35 jets with UAE
    Reuters: U.S. is Fast to agree on F-35 jets with UAE 23 September 2020
    The United States and the United Arab Emirates hope to have an initial agreement on the sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Gulf state in place by December according to Reuters.  Sources close to the negotiations said the goal is to have a letter of agreement in place in time for UAE National Day celebrated on Dec. 2. Washington is studying to make the F-35 more visible to Israeli radar systems, two sources said. Reuters could not determine if this would be done ...
  • Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet
    Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet 21 September 2020
    Switzerland will vote on the purchase of new fighter jets. Many oppose the idea, saying the country can neither afford nor need warplanes. "Who is our enemy? Who is attacking a small, neutral country surrounded by NATO?" Social Democratic MP Priska Seiler asked. Thomas Hurter, a Member of Parliament for the Swiss People's Party, said Switzerland should protect itself without relying on other countries. "If we don't replace the old planes, it means we don't...
  • GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine
    GE Delivers First F-15EX Engine 19 September 2020
    GE Aviation delivered the first of 19 engines that will power the initial eight models of Boeing’s F-15EX advanced Eagle, which will begin combined developmental and operational tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., early next year, the company said Sept. 16. In June, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCM) awarded GE Aviation a Lot 1 contract to produce 19 F110-GE-129 engines, including installs and spares and modernized engine monitoring system computers for the F-...
  • 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...
  • MAV Passes Capsize Tests
    MAV Passes Capsize Tests 17 September 2020
    An important step has been passed in the Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) project which is carried out by the Presidency of Defence Industries. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS Savunma Sistemleri, AŞ.  recently appeared on Bloomberg Television and explained the current workload of the company. Kurt announced that the MAV indigenously designed and developed by the company has successfully passed an important test. C4Defence has reached the details of that test. F...
  • Interesting Drill from J-20
    Interesting Drill from J-20 16 September 2020
    Beijing has announced a new development in Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC) production related to a fifth-generation J-20 fighter jet. The Global Times wrote that the J-20, which China conceals its technical specifications, has dropped 17 "enemy" aircraft in recent training. The J-20 news from China came after five Rafale jets purchased by India from France were included in the Indian Air Force (IAF) inventory. Experts raised the question of how the J-20 destr...
  • Agreement with Israel for F-35 Composites
    Agreement with Israel for F-35 Composites 16 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin signed with Elbit Systems for the F-35 Lightning II composites. The contract includes Elbit Systems providing composite material and assembly work for F-35 variants for four years.The Israeli-based firm is scheduled to deliver more than 1,400 parts to Lockheed Martin during the course of the study. Lockheed Martin does not allow countries that purchase the F-35 to make systemic changes, but there was an exception for Israel. After Israeli modifications, the platform ...
  • 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 ...
  • New acquisition from Greece
    New acquisition from Greece 14 September 2020
    Greece has announced it will strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four frigates and four helicopters for the navy. "The time has come to reinforce the armed forces... these initiatives constitute a robust programme that will become a national shield," Mitsotakis said. The armament program will include new anti-tank weapo...
  • F-35 Partnership Between Poland and The United States
    F-35 Partnership Between Poland and The United States 11 September 2020
    Poland is preparing to buy 32 F-35A Lightning II fighter jets under an agreement signed in January 2020, while aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin plans to give the country long-range unmanned aerial vehicles to increase the operational capacity of the F-35. Speaking at the MSPO international defence industry fair in Kielce, Poland, the company said: "The United States and Poland are interested in the use of the next generation of long-range unmanned aerial vehicles in conjun...
  • 5 Rafale fighter jets joined IAF with a ceremony
    5 Rafale fighter jets joined IAF with a ceremony 10 September 2020
    The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets has been formally inducted into the IAF in a ceremony at the Ambala airbase. The event was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Counterpart Florence Parly. India will receive another five aircraft by November. India will receive 36 aircraft in total. Rafale fighter jets will join the 17th squadron called "Golden Arrows" of the Indian Air Force. The Ministry of Defence of India signed a contrac...
  • Israel Resigns, Sweden Offers Gripen
    Israel Resigns, Sweden Offers Gripen 9 September 2020
    Croatia was aiming to buy second-hand F-16 fighter jets from Israel, but there was no approval for the sale from the United States. Sweden has proposed 12 new Gripen C/D fighter jets to Croatia and the Saab company has offered strategic cooperation with the Croatian defence industry. If Croatia decides in Gripen, Saab will transfer technology to Croatia in relation to the plane. In addition, a Regional Aviation and Support Service Centre will be established in Croatia. Cro...
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • Macron to Meet Miçotakis for Sale of Rafale to Greece
    Macron to Meet Miçotakis for Sale of Rafale to Greece 7 September 2020
    Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis and French President Emmanuel Macron will meet for Rafale warplanes, which are on the agenda that Greece will buy from France. Greece will buy 10 platforms from France, the remaining eight Rafales will be in inventory as grants, Greek local media reported. The 10 Greek Rafales would join the ongoing production of Egypt's 20 aircraft, but as Dassault would have difficulty producing all 30 aircraft in a short time, it is considering r...
  • US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets
    US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets 6 September 2020
    Following a recent spike in airborne confrontations between the U.S. and Russian militaries, three B-52 Stratofortress bombers joined Ukrainian fighter jets for training Friday. The bombers, from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, "conducted vital integration training with Ukrainian fighters inside Ukraine's airspace," European Command said in a press release. Officials said the bomber mission, part of a long-planned deployment of six B-52s to RAF F...
  • Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon
    Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon 4 September 2020
    Britain’s Royal Air Force is on course to get its own multi-functional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, by the middle of the decade to equip Typhoon combat jets. A U.S. $420 million contract to develop the next generation of radar for Royal Air Force Typhoon jets has been awarded to BAE Systems and Leonardo. British Ministry of Defence and industry announced the deal on Sept 3rd. BAE Systems and Leonardo have signed up to deliver what is known as the European ...
  • Eyes of India on US F-35s 3 September 2020
    According to Eurasian Times, India may prefer the US's F-35 to the French Rafael. This controversy started to arise in India when the US started considering selling the F-35 to the UAE. India may want to see fifth-generation fighter jets amid ongoing tension with China. 4.5 generation French Rafale warplanes are known as a powerful aircraft. The twin-engine, canard-delta-wing aircraft is equipped with a wide variety of weapons and has the firepower to perform multi-role air-to-a...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • India To Buy Extra Fighter Jets from Russia
    India To Buy Extra Fighter Jets from Russia 26 August 2020
    India is set to buy additional Su-30 and MiG-29 aircraft from Russia by the end of the year. "We know that due to objective reasons, the Indian leadership has decided to accelerate the allocation of funds for the purchase of this aircraft. Negotiations are already underway. We look forward to signing contracts, including for 6 Kamov Ka-31 Helix Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW & C) helicopters, by the end of 2020," Russian officials said.  Kamov K...
  • Tempest's Technology Level Is Rising
    Tempest's Technology Level Is Rising 25 August 2020
    The UK's 6th generation fighter jet programme Tempest, which is run by BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo, has been announced as using digital design concepts for the construction process. BAE Systems said simulation and 3D printing were being used to accelerate the development of fighter jets, which are scheduled to enter active service by 2035.  Conceptual shapes for the aircraft were virtually designed and tested. The scale models were printed in 3D af...
  • Russia to Introduce 50 New Weapon Systems to Market
    Russia to Introduce 50 New Weapon Systems to Market 24 August 2020
    Alexander Mikheyev, CEO of the Russian Defence Export Authority Rosoboronexport, made the remarks ahead of the 2020 International Military and Technical Forum event. Mikheyev said they plan to introduce nearly 50 new weapons systems to the world market. "In the next five or six years, Rosoboronexport plans to deliver almost 50 new weapon systems to the international arms market. These are final products involving air defence systems, combat and military transport aircraft, and ...
  • US Warns India Against Russia
    US Warns India Against Russia 22 August 2020
    The United States warns India against purchasing Russian weapons like advanced anti-aircraft systems or fighter jets, US Assistant Secretary of State Clarke Cooper told reporters on Thursday.   “The key point that has been shared with Indian counterparts… is: ‘Don’t put at risk future opportunities that may be impeded by significant Russian defence articles’”, Cooper said during an online briefing. “It’s not everything,...
  • New Images from Su-57
    New Images from Su-57 15 August 2020
    New images of the Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO Code: Felon) on the production line have emerged. During the visit of Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu, the fifth-generation hunting bomber Su-57, was pictured. The images show the Su-57’s 101KS-V infrared search-and-track (IRST) targeting system installed in the nose. The platform, which has a body mainly produced using titanium alloy and composite materials, is coated with paint that absorbs radar signals. The plane's ammunition...
  • 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...
  • FNSS MAV on Sea
    FNSS MAV on Sea 13 August 2020
    FNSS, which is one of the leading military land vehicles of Turkey, continues to operate at full speed. The company posted a new video from its official social media account. It was found in the video that the platform was tested in a maritime environment. The post has "MAV (Marine Assault Vehicle), was designed by FNSS for the operational concept and mission requirements of the Naval Forces Command. MAV is a vehicle that has the fastest move ability to take the ...
  • China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets
    China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets 12 August 2020
    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China conducted air defence system tests in the Gobi Desert in north-western China. The PLA has chosen the week when Dassault Rafale hunting/bombers will reach India as a date for tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile firing tests.  Pla, which builds similar conditions on the Indian-Chinese border in the high-altitude Tibetan region, is conducting platform and equipment testing in Gobi. Capable of destroying multiple air targets at the same time...
  • Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery
    Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery 11 August 2020
    Intelligence aircraft, developed from business jets and fixed-wing light aircraft, offer cost-effective solutions to users. The French defence procurement agency DGA announced the delivery of the first light intelligence aircraft on July 31. Within the scope of ALSR (Avions Légers de Surveillance et de Reconnaissance / Light Reconnaissance and Surveillance Aircraft) Program, Sabena and Thales were selected as the main contractors for the two ordered platforms in Jun...
  • Sunken AAV7 Located
    Sunken AAV7 Located 10 August 2020
    AAV7 amphibious assault vehicles have been successfully operating for years. On July 30, 2020, an AAV7 belonging to the US Marine Corps was sunk near San Clemente Island in Southern California. The exact location of the platform that took water for an unknown reason and was buried in the ocean was determined. The platform, which is detected about 117 meters deep off the San Clemente Island, is planned to be rescued in the coming days. The US Navy HOS Dominator ship is carrying ...