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  • “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program
    “Cost” Warning for Britain’s Wedgetail Program 22 September 2020
    Britain plans to downsize its Boeing E-7 Wedgetail AEW aircraft order as price goes higher. The original price tag was $1.98 billion in March 2019, but in the past 16 months, the cost has increased to $2.68 billion. United Kingdom Defence Ministry has opened talks with Boeing to reduce its order for E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning aircraft, less than 18 months after signing a $1.98 billion contract to buy five of the aircraft. The original contract was a sole source b...
  • Commissioning in Spearfish Modernization Will Take Place Soon
    Commissioning in Spearfish Modernization Will Take Place Soon 16 September 2020
    The Spearfish torpedo, modernized by BAE Systems, is one last step away from the Royal Navy launch. Developed Spearfish will be launched in late 2020 following extensive trials in Scotland.The United Kingdom, which has been working on the modernisation of torpedoes for nearly six years, has invested £270m for ammunition. The Royal Navy's Spearfish modernization includes a new warhead, a safer fuel system, an advanced electronic command control centre and a fibre-optic rout...
  • 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...
  • Ukraine Continues to Buy Weapons from Europe and United States
    Ukraine Continues to Buy Weapons from Europe and United States 29 August 2020
    Ukraine's Ambassador to the United Kingdom Vadym Prystaiko recently announced that an agreement will be signed between the two countries for the purchase of weapons. Prystaiko said that the contract will not only include the purchase, but also the production of such systems in Ukraine will be covered by the agreement. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the United States approved the sale of 16 Mark VI patrol boats and related equipment. The Ukrainian Navy is continuin...
  • The UK Develops Amphibious Unmanned Land Vehicle
    The UK Develops Amphibious Unmanned Land Vehicle 28 August 2020
    The United Kingdom is developing an unmanned ground vehicle that can be used in water for vital reconnaissance missions. The semi-autonomous vehicle will simultaneously transmit data from the ground to the command centre. This will calculate how the weight of bridges and armoured vehicles should be for the crossing. According to a press release from us-based firm Jacobs, the firm has been selected to develop the new system. Jacobs' 6th Sense data analysis system, devel...
  • Japan invites Foreigners to work on F-X Fighter Project
    Japan invites Foreigners to work on F-X Fighter Project 27 August 2020
      Japan’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published a notice on August 25th, inviting foreign companies to engage with its project to develop next-generation fighter aircraft.  The notice invites firms to be involved in the development phase of the F-X project and the integration of related technologies and capabilities. It states that the invite supports the MoD’s “procedures for collecting information” about next-generation fighter aircraft. The not...
  • 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. ...
  • Bahrain Buys Patrol Ship from UK
    Bahrain Buys Patrol Ship from UK 10 August 2020
    The Bahrain II has purchased a River-class patrol ship from the United Kingdom. The ship bought by Bahrain is called BNS Al-Zubarah. The platform was delivered to the Bahraini Navy at a ceremony in Portsmouth on August 7, 2020. BNS Al-Zubarah was in charge of the Royal Navy under the name HMS Clyde (P 257). HMS Clyde, which was modified for use in the South Atlantic, was commissioned in 2007. With a displacement weight of approximately 2 thousand tons, the length of the pa...
  • Warrior Completed 59 Battlefield Missions
    Warrior Completed 59 Battlefield Missions 8 August 2020
    Working to strengthen the Army with platforms that will meet the requirements of the modern battlefield, the United Kingdom left behind an important milestone in the Warrior modernization program. Lockheed Martin UK, which is subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, one of the world's leading defence companies, announced important news on its official Twitter account. The post included information that the Warrior MCV-80 tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has completed 59 c...
  • Korea Conducts Military Intelligence Sharing Talks with Switzerland
    Korea Conducts Military Intelligence Sharing Talks with Switzerland 6 August 2020
    Efforts to share military intelligence between the Republic of Korea and Switzerland have reached the final stage. The issue of "military intelligence sharing" is on the table as part of further development of military and defence industry cooperation between the two countries, according to Officials of the Korean Defence Ministry. The General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) is expected to be signed between the two countries if a memorandum is reached. ...
  • The UK's New Communications Satellite
    The UK's New Communications Satellite 21 July 2020
    An agreement has been signed between Airbus and the United Kingdom for the Skynet 6A satellite. Seeking to increase its communications and satellite capabilities, the United Kingdom will have Skynet 6A satellites with a deal worth approximately USD 630 million. “To safeguard our military on operations around the world we need to ensure that we protect their communications on land, sea or in air,” Defence Minister Ben Wallace said. Airbus will be the m...
  • HMS Queen Elizabeth to Confront China
    HMS Queen Elizabeth to Confront China 15 July 2020
    United Kingdom plans to counter China with HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier according to the Times. The 5.6 billion Dollar vessel is expected to visit the Far East, to conduct military exercises with the US and Japan during its maiden grand voyage next year. The carrier will be accompanied by two Type 45 destroyers, two Type 23 frigates and two replenishment tankers. It will also have two squadrons of F-35B Lightning II fighters on board. It is likely one of those squadrons will...
  • "3,720 Nuclear Warheads Operational in the World"
    "3,720 Nuclear Warheads Operational in the World" 13 July 2020
    The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Stockholm has published the 2020 Yearbook, which includes global defence analysis such as world military spending and international arms transfers. The image of Europe’s security thinking has been filled with irregular migration and terrorism in recent years, it said, and this framework is an important driving force in the European Union's (EU) relationship with Libya and Turkey. The Middle East and ...
  • Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035
    Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035 9 July 2020
    Japan has announced new dates in a next-generation fighter jet project to replace f-2 aircraft in its inventory.  The prototype will be produced in 2024 as part of the F-X program for the aircraft, which is intended to be developed with domestic resources.  According to local media reports, the first limited edition is set for 2030, with the new aircraft scheduled to take place in inventory by 2035. Tokyo will work with the United Kingdom in engine deve...
  • Black Hawk sales from the USA
    Black Hawk sales from the USA 8 July 2020
    The U.S. Department of State approved a total of seven UH-60M sales to the Kingdom of Jordan and Lithuania. According to the US Defence and Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), one of these helicopters is for Jordan and the remaining six are for Lithuania. Jordan will pay $ 23 million for a single helicopter, and Lithuania will pay a total of $ 380 million for six helicopters. If Lithuania's helicopters were in the same configuration of Jordan, they would have cost $ 138 million instead of...
  • Online Fair for Military Medical
    Online Fair for Military Medical 10 June 2020
    After the cancellation of fairs and organizations due to COVID-19, the defence sector components began to come together through technology. Aiming to bring the military medical sector together, the Military Medical Web Exhibition brought together military procurement offices on a global scale. The online fair, which starts on June 9th, provides the opportunity to participate in different meeting rooms over the internet for those who want to promote their products. The numb...
  • UKSS from ASELSAN to Bahrain
    UKSS from ASELSAN to Bahrain 6 May 2020
    ASELSAN signed a new sales contract for the export of Remote Weapon Systems (Uzaktan Komutalı Silah Sistemi /UKSS) for the naval platform to be used by the Kingdom of Bahrain. ASELSAN did not share information about the contract amount and the amount of UKSS. Aiming to develop investment and cooperation areas for the Gulf Cooperation Council member countries and especially the Kingdom of Bahrain, ASELSAN has offered remote control weapon systems developed in different configurations...
  • CES Advanced Composites and Defence Technologies Delivers Ballistic Protection Kit
    CES Advanced Composites and Defence Technologies Delivers Ballistic Protection Kit 16 April 2020
    CES Advanced Composites and Defence Technologies, which operates in the field of advanced composite material and ballistic armour, announced its new exports. The company has delivered a ballistic protection kit to an unnamed military manufacturer of Rigid Inflatable Boats. The company has a factory in Ankara, İzmir and the United Kingdom. CES's product range includes solutions for land, sea and air platforms. CES, which opens a Ballistic Test Lab in Ankara, has the env...
  • Russia Detects 22 Foreign Jets in Its Airspace
    Russia Detects 22 Foreign Jets in Its Airspace 10 April 2020
    The Russian Armed Forces last week identified 22 jets in violation of Russian airspace. The platforms were reported to have been involved in reconnaissance activities near the airspace. The military's official newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, published an infographic on airspace violations. A weekly infographic published by the outlet showed that Russian fighter jets had been scrambled twice to intercept foreign aircraft. Russia has also detected five drones for reconnaissance and ob...
  • Poseidon Declared Operational
    Poseidon Declared Operational 6 April 2020
    The P-8 Poseidon, which is developed over Boeing 737 commercial aircraft, is become more operational in the operations theatre day by day. The UK had not acquired a maritime patrol aircraft for a long time after retiring their last Nimrod MRA.Mk4. In line with the changing battlefield requirements, nine P-8A Poseidon procurement agreement were signed with the US at the beginning of 2017 for the Royal Air Force, which determined the need for a new generation long ...
  • UK Responded to Russia's Increasing Activities at Sea
    UK Responded to Russia's Increasing Activities at Sea 26 March 2020
    While the UK is struggling with coronavirus, it is observing Russia, which is increasing its activity in the seas. The Royal Navy increased its operability against the growing effectiveness of Russia in the English Channel and the North Sea. Type 23 frigates HMS Kent, HMS Sutherland, HMS Argyll and HMS Richmond joined Offshore Patrol Vessels HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey along with RFA Tideforce, RFA Tidespring and HMS Echo for the large-scale operation with support from NATO allies. The ...
  • Russian Maritime Patrol Exercise at Doors of Atlantic
    Russian Maritime Patrol Exercise at Doors of Atlantic 10 March 2020
    Russia continues its long-range operations and training activities. In parallel with the increasing Western activity in the Arctic Region, Russian air elements also increased their activities in the region. In the past days, Russian maritime patrol aircraft conducted a series of training on the GIUK (Greenland, Iceland and the United Kingdom) Line, the door of the Russian Navy to the Atlantic. The Russian platforms performed flew further south than usual, the act...
  • Sea Venom at First Qualification Trial
    Sea Venom at First Qualification Trial 8 March 2020
      The Sea Venom missile has successfully completed its first qualification firing trial. The missile is jointly developed by France and the United Kingdom under the 2010 Lancaster House treaties The trial took place at the French DGA procurement agency's test site at Ile du Levant on Feb. 20, but was only announced Friday. The missile, measuring 240 pounds and 8.2 feet long, carries a 66-pound warhead, which it can deliver at high subsonic speed to an es...
  • Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots
    Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots 1 March 2020
    Raytheon's to upgrade the MIM-104 Patriot air defencee systems, which have been in the inventory of many countries for years. Under the USD 314 million deal signed between the US Army and Raytheon, the company will modernize the Patriots. With the agreement covering the systems of 17 user countries, the company will provide engineering services to users in the system, software and hardware development, integration, testing services, configuration management and logistics support...
  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense 31 January 2020
    The United Kingdom officially exits from the European Union with concerns about Scotland behind. Political aspirations have peculiar and unexpected results. British conservatives voted against the European Union with the fear that the Union would divide them. The result, however, brings the concern to reality. While the member of Kingdom leaves Union, Scotland wants to stay. The Kingdom self divides. Under the shadow of Britain exiting from EU, British defence journal ukde...
  • Brexit Aftermath NATO: Status of Scotland
    Brexit Aftermath NATO: Status of Scotland 2 January 2020
    Even though the Brexit referendum was about the European Union, the negative result has new scenarios on the agenda. The poll in the United Kingdom shows that England wants to leave the Union while other member Scotland wants to stay. Scotland may pursue an independent path to remain in Union but it has to declare independence. In that case, Scotland will not be a member of NATO either. NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg has confirmed that an independent Scotland would have to ...
  • Current Situation Analysis from SSB
    Current Situation Analysis from SSB 30 November 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 30 October 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 20 October 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?.. 10 September 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 3 September 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 15 August 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 10 August 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 29 July 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 20 July 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 14 July 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 12 July 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 11 July 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 24 June 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 27 May 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 ...