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  • Current Situation Analysis from SSB
    Current Situation Analysis from SSB November 30 2019
    The report titled International Cooperation and Export in Defence and Aviation Industry dated October 2019 was shared at the Conference held in Antalya. The study aims to create a sectoral situation analysis in order to prepare the ground for strategy development in line with the 2023 export targets. The study was created with the information provided by 27 companies that realized 95 per cent of the sector's exports according to the data of the Defence and Aerospace In...
  • 15 Exhibitions to Attend in 2020
    15 Exhibitions to Attend in 2020 October 30 2019
    Expos to be nationally attended for 2020 are announced. A total of 15 fairs will be attended in 2020. Two of these fairs are in Turkey and Germany. Remaining expos are in Qatar, Chile, Malaysia, France, United Kingdom, Azerbaijan, Republic of South Africa, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Defence Industry Presidency (SSB) will provide national participation to nine of the fairs. Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (SSI) will provide national participation t...
  • British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time
    British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time October 20 2019
    British F-35B Lightning II jets of Number 617 Squadron a joint squadron composed of personnel from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the very first time. The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence announced that British F-35B Lightnings landed for the first time on the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is currently sailing off the US East Coast for the "Westlant 19" Carrier Strike Group deplo...
  • 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...
  • Eurofighter Drops Out of Canadian Fighter Jet Program September 3 2019
    The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) and Airbus Defence and Space today informed the Government of Canada of their decision to withdraw from Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP).  The decision is the result of a detailed review of the Request for Proposal (RFP), following its release on 23 July 2019. The $19 billion competition has been dogged by allegations it is designed to favour Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter. With the dec...
  • Bahrain Has Preferred the Patriot over the S-400
    Bahrain Has Preferred the Patriot over the S-400 August 15 2019
    The Kingdom of Bahrain signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon's Patriot air and missile defence system from the United States Army. This letter of offer and acceptance allows the US government to begin contract negotiations with Raytheon for production of an undisclosed quantity of systems and missiles. "Patriot missiles will provide Bahrain's anti-ballistic defence, its cruise missile defence and manned and unmanned aircraft," said Raytheon Integrated Defence Sy...
  • Unmanned Era on MineSweeper
    Unmanned Era on MineSweeper August 10 2019
    The unmanned surface vessel of the SLAMF/MMCM (Système de Lutte Anti-Mines du Futur / Maritime Mine Counter Measures) program carried out a demonstration of its capabilities in Brest harbour in June 2019. Testing with teams from the French Navy, French Armament General Directorate (DGA) and Thales is ongoing while qualification for the whole system is set for December this year. SLAMF results from Franco-British cooperation initiated in 2010 as part of the Lancaster House agr...
  • Canada Seeking New Wings
    Canada Seeking New Wings July 29 2019
    For the replacement of CF188 aircraft in service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to suppliers. Suppliers have until the spring of 2020 to submit their first offers to Canada. The government, which plans the first deliveries by 2025, foresees that the selection process for the supplier company will continue until the second quarter of 2022. The platforms that are issued with RfP are; SAAB Jas39 Gripen/Sweden, Airbus Eurofighter T...
  • Sweden Joins Forces with UK
    Sweden Joins Forces with UK July 20 2019
    Sweden and United Kingdom signed agreement on development of future combat aircraft capabilities. Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist and his UK counterpart Penny Mordaunt signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to “examine the possibilities for joint development of future combat aircraft”. According to MoU both sides will examine the possibilities for joint development of future combat aircraft capabilities and combat aircraft systems. The MoU will be the starti...
  • The first British P-8 Poseidon Flies
    The first British P-8 Poseidon Flies July 14 2019
    The first of Britain’s new fleet of nine maritime patrol aircraft MRA1 ZP801 made its maiden flight. The flight took place near Renton in the United States. The aircraft will be delivered in October this year. The Poseidon is based on the Boeing 737-800NG aircraft. In January, Boeing was awarded an almost $2.5 billion contract to produce 19 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for the US Navy, Norway and the United Kingdom. Ten of the aircraft were for the US Navy,...
  • Leakage Occurred on HMS Queen Elizabeth
    Leakage Occurred on HMS Queen Elizabeth July 12 2019
      The HMS Queen Elizabeth, the biggest and most powerful warship in the United Kingdom, has suffered a major leak. HMS Queen Elizabeth left Portsmouth Naval Base last month to embark on five weeks of sea trials. Warship has returned to Portsmouth early after a major leak on board.  A source has told Forces News that a high-pressure salt water pipe burst, letting more than 200 tonnes of water into the ship. That caused flooding on several decks, which our source says put th...
  • Paris Air Show Missing the Past July 11 2019
    53th of the event has happened this year in Le Bourget Airport, first one happened at 1909. 2453 companies joined the event which are 1185 France based. The event has happened in a 324 thousand meter square area. 150 of those participants were start-up companies. 26 pavilions and 335 chalets were in the Paris Air Show 2019. Most participation were from USA, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and Belgium respectively. 290 delegates from 98 countries has joined the event, followed by 3450 journalis...
  • Royal Hercules to South Asia
    Royal Hercules to South Asia June 24 2019
      The Royal Air Force continues to sell of surplus equipment. In this context, it was announced that an additional procurement made to a South Asian country. According to a statement from Marshall Aerospace and Defense Group, the Bangladesh Air Force has procured additional C-130J Super Hercules from the Royal Air Force. Number of platforms which are serving in United Kingdom with the name of Hercules C5 is undisclosed. It was reported that the aircraft were...
  • $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries
    $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries May 27 2019
      United States will sell up to $ 3.9 billion arms to two Middle East Countries United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The State Department approved two countries requests. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019. UAE wants to acquire RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air Vehicles with support for an estimated cost of $80 million.  The Government of the UAE has ...
  • UK Modernization for Estonian Ships
    UK Modernization for Estonian Ships May 16 2019
    Estonia's Sandown class mines have been modernized in the United Kingdom. Within the scope of modernization; Thales 2093 variable depth sonar, replaced with Thales 2193 hull-mounted sonar. In this way, the platforms became more compatible with the shallow waters of the Baltic. In the work carried out in Rosyth-based Babcock Facilities, the combat center was modernized and the M-Cube system integration of the Thales production system. The 4 ton capacity cranes on the sh...
  • Airbus May Sue German Government
    Airbus May Sue German Government May 7 2019
    Germany’s blockage over arms exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia goes into the next round. Airbus wants to take the Federal Government to court to reach export licenses, Der Spiegel reported May 4.  Berlin is preventing Airbus from delivering helicopters and a border security system to Saudi Arabia by withholding export licenses. “Airbus reserves all legal options in the dispute,” Dirk Hoke, head of Airbus Defence and Space, told Der Spiegel. 
  • Ajax Offer at LAND 400
    Ajax Offer at LAND 400 April 3 2019
      General Dynamics Land Systems-Australia (GDLS-Australia) has announced its bid to the Australian Army. The company proposed the family of Ajax armored vehicles for 450 vehicles planned to be procured under LAND 400 Phase 3. It was announced that a GDLS production vehicles offered with modern 30 mm turret. In the process of procurement the Ajax family to the United Kingdom Army, was stated that the participation of the Australian industry will be kept to a maximum. C...
  • Germany Adds Six Months to Saudi Arms Export Ban
    Germany Adds Six Months to Saudi Arms Export Ban March 29 2019
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government has extended by six months an embargo on weapons exports to Saudi Arabia. The ban has faced opposition from within the German government and the EU, but has the support of rights groups. “The order to halt authorized weapons exports to Saudi Arabia is extended by six months from March 31 to September 30, 2019,” government spokesperson Steffen Seibert said in a Thursday, March 29 statement. “Over...
  • Brazil May Modernise PHM Atlantico
    Brazil May Modernise PHM Atlantico March 20 2019
    The Brazilian Navy has started initial studies for the installation of new systems meant to improve its PHM Atlantico (A140) (formerly HMS Ocean) multipurpose helicopter carrier according to the Jane’s. Among the components being considered for replacement, installation, or modernisation are navigation and precision approach radar systems, a command-and-control system at the operational level for use by an embarked command force, and a new self-protection system to complement ...
  • German Embargo to Saudi Kingdom May Undermine European Defence Industry
    German Embargo to Saudi Kingdom May Undermine European Defence Industry March 7 2019
    German reaction to Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi murder undermines European defence industry. German government that had issued embargo to Saudi Arabia until March 9th, has decided to extent it. The decision risks escalation of a growing dispute with France and the United Kingdom over sales of jointly produced weapons. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas made the announcement during a news conference with his Danish counterpart, Anders Samuelsen, in Berlin on Wednesday. German...
  • German Ban to Saudi Kingdom Hit UK
    German Ban to Saudi Kingdom Hit UK February 24 2019
    Germany has said it would hold firm on its decision to halt weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, ignoring British requests. “The stance of the government is that we won’t deliver weapons to Saudi Arabia at the moment,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after talks with his British counterpart about the decision taken in October over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Both the Eurofighter and Tornado jets contain German components. An export ban has ther...
  • Carrier Capable Unmanned Wingman
    Carrier Capable Unmanned Wingman February 18 2019
    The United Kingdom has announced that a new study has been launched under the Tempest project. In this direction, an unmanned wingman will be developed for Tempest. The new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is expected to be the loyal supporter of the platform, is planned to be the aircraft carrier capable.   The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence said the Tempest was developed to be compatible with the Queen Elizabeth class of the United Kingdom. Although the airc...
  • 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...
  • Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia
    Germany Blocks French Meteor Sale to Saudi Arabia February 7 2019
        The German government has blocked the sale of Meteor air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia. The Meteor, developed and produced by Paris-based MBDA but with German components, is not the target of a specific German veto, but rather its export to Saudi Arabia is being blocked by the German government’s embargo on all arms sales to the Saudi kingdom, decided in late November. In particular, Germany once again decided to apply an embargo o...
  • Dassault Aviation Delivered the First Rafale to Qatar
    Dassault Aviation Delivered the First Rafale to Qatar February 6 2019
    Dassault Aviation announced on February 6 that it has handed Qatar its first Rafale. A ceremony was organized in Mérignac, in the presence of Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation, Geneviève Darrieussecq, Secretary of State to the Minister of Armies, and Major General Mubarak Al Khayareen, Commander in Chief of the QEAF (Air Force of the Emir of Qatar). The delivery of the first Rafale is part of the contract between Qatar and France in May 2015, covering 24 fighter ...
  • USD 2.4 Billion Poseidon Order
    USD 2.4 Billion Poseidon Order January 29 2019
      Poseidon fleet on the world continues to expand. Boeing announced that it has signed a supply agreement for 19 additional P-8 Poseidons.   A total of US $ 2.4 billion of P-8 Poseidon will be procured under the agreement. Ten of the platforms were ordered for the United States, five for Norway and four for the United Kingdom. The first FMS aircraft in the agreement will be delivered to the UK in 2019. Norway will receive its first platform in 2021. In ...
  • Submarine Modernization
    Submarine Modernization January 24 2019
    Canada's made its decision to modernize its aging submarine fleet. Canada's Department of National Defence has taken action for its modernization program. The modernization decision came at a time when the underwater market was quite active. In Canada, four platforms are serving as Victoria Class. These submarines have troubles in their history. Platforms procured from the United Kingdom in 1998 and Canada spent millions of Dollars for their repair and upgrade studies of sub...
  • Fate of Tornadoes Ambiguous
    Fate of Tornadoes Ambiguous January 18 2019
    Germany has yet to make a final decision on the fate of the Tornadoes. In the past, the German Ministry of Defence had announced that it will announce the Tornado decision before the end of 2018. Tornadoes jointly developed by Italy, the United Kingdom and West Germany. In 1998, the production line of aircrafts closed. It is on the agenda that the planes used in the 1980s will remain in Germany until 2025. The fact that the closed production line makes the maintenance of the aircraf...
  • A First in the Pyramids: EDEX 2018 January 10 2019
    It is always interesting taking part in the first edition of a defence exhibition, as it allows to get the feelings of the local market and industry. This was also the case with EDEX, Egypt Defence Expo, which took place at the Egypt International Exhibition Centre at the outskirts of Cairo on December 3-5, 2018. Inaugurated on Monday by the Egyptian President, Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, the event gathered some 350 exhibitors; behind Egypt, with over 50 exhibitors, came the United States ...
  • Israel Unveils New F-35 Line
    Israel Unveils New F-35 Line December 28 2018
    Israel introduced the new line for F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The line was installed to increase the production capacity of F-35 Lightning II parts produced at IAI facilities. IAI plants produce F-35 lightning wing parts that make them invisible on the radar. Since 2014, the company has been producing wing and wing components for Lockheed Martin. Some of these are the key components for F-35 Lightning II. Company produced and delivered more than 700 wing components on a s...
  • Boxer Programöe Takes Final Shape
    Boxer Programöe Takes Final Shape December 17 2018
    Europe's Boxer Program will take final shape with offers to the UK and Slovenia. A statement was made by the Eastern European Sales Agency of Artec, a joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss Maffei-Wegmann. It is stated that negotiations with the UK Department of Defense continued through the OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation). The UK plans to supply Boxer in four different variants, including armored personnel carrier, C4I post, ambulance and armored repair vehicle. It w...
  • “Warrior” Defy the Years
    “Warrior” Defy the Years December 10 2018
    Lockheed Martin UK, a UK-based subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, made a statement. An information given in announcement about Warrior Capability Sustainment Program (WCSP). Under the program, the modernized Warrior infantry fighting vehicle has completed unmanned firing trials. Warrior, which serving for many years in the British Army, has travelled 2000 kilometres during tests. As part of firing tests that increased the safety factor by getting unmanned, the CT40 cased weapon system f...
  • From Ukraine to East Mediterranean: Can the Fire of Energy War Burn Turkey?
    From Ukraine to East Mediterranean: Can the Fire of Energy War Burn Turkey? December 8 2018
    The crisis, fuelled by a ship in service with the Russian intelligence to open fire to coast patrol ships around the Sea of Azov in the Black Sea, should be regarded as the biggest risk for European security. Enjoying the full support of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, as well as NATO’s signals to intervene against Russia’s military presence in the region, Ukraine is recklessly and even comfortably raising the stakes as the crisis es...
  • “Valiant” Submarine to the Royal Navy
    “Valiant” Submarine to the Royal Navy December 7 2018
    United Kingdom made a statement about the new nuclear submarine program. In the statement, it is announced that the first one of the platforms to be put into service as the Dreadnought class wll be named as HMS Valiant. The platforms developed to replace Vanguard class submarines, which are near the end of their life. New subs will be put into service as of 2028. At present, the nuclear deterrent provided by the Vanguard-class nuclear submarines will be on the Dreadnought class plat...
  • Turkish Navy Aims F-35B
    Turkish Navy Aims F-35B November 9 2018
    Turkish Navy wants to deploy the F-35B Lightning II on board the TCG Anadolu which is under construction. The efficiency of the ship, which will be an important multiplier for the Turkish Navy's amphibious assault force, will be increased with the F-35B Lightning II aircraft. In this direction, some studies are being carried out in the headquarters. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, the necessary infrastructure and preliminary works are in progress before the f...
  • Mysterious Submarine in Sweden
    Mysterious Submarine in Sweden November 1 2018
    A mysterious event took place in the Swedish coastal waters during the summer. The incident, which took place on 28 July 2018, included information about a mysterious submarine on the surface near the Swedish coast. The event took place in the Boson peninsula of Lidingö Island, a location close to the capital Stockholm. In the region, a black unidentified object appeared on the surface while a group practising sailing including children and youth.   According to ...
  • United Kingdom Cleared to Buy 16 Chinooks
    United Kingdom Cleared to Buy 16 Chinooks October 21 2018
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced on Oct. 19 that United Kingdom has been cleared to buy 16 H-47 Chinook (Extended Range) helicopters for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of United Kingdom has requested a possible sale of sixteen H-47 Chinook helicopters; thirty-six T-55-GA-714A engines (32 installed, four spares); forty-eight e...
  • Tube Problems at British F-35 Lightning IIs October 17 2018
    The United Kingdom has announced that a number of problems have been detected on F-35B Lightning II aircraft. The F-35 Joint Program Office conducted a detailed inspection of the Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning II aircraft. As a result of this inspection, it was determined that five F-35B Lightning II required a replacement of the fuel tube. Aircrafts which have problem are grounded.   There are currently 16 F-35B Lightning II inventory of Royal Air Force. Some of the...
  • GMLRS to Middle East
    GMLRS to Middle East October 1 2018
    Bahrain approved a large procurement agreement with the US. With an agreement estimated at US $ 300 million, the Bahrain Army will supply the GMLRS-guided artillery rocket and ATACMS missile from the US.   The Kingdom of Bahrain has requested 120 M31 GMLRS pods, 720 rocket launchers and 110 ATACMS missiles. The agreement with the United States also includes engineering, technical, personnel training and spare parts support. Lockheed Martin is expected to be selected a...
  • United Kingdom To Acquire Three SEAL Delivery Vehicle September 22 2018
    The State Department has decided approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of three SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDV) MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles (SWCS) for an estimated cost of $90 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on September 19, 2018.  The total estimated program cost is $90 million.