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  • 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...
  • Pakistan Test-Launched Long Range Cruise Missile
    Pakistan Test-Launched Long Range Cruise Missile February 21 2020
    Pakistan continues to increase the strength of the army with domestic weapons systems as well as foreign procurements. In this context, Islamabad carried out a long-range missile test launch. The test launch of the cruise missile system named Ra'ad-II, which mock-up of missile exhibited for the first time in a military parade in 2017, was held last Tuesday. The system, whose range is almost doubled by its predecessor Ra'ad-I missile, can reach targets within 5...
  • Fighting Flares in Eastern Ukraine
    Fighting Flares in Eastern Ukraine February 18 2020
    The conflict between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine arose.  Heavy fighting erupted in eastern Ukraine, the country's military said, while separatists blamed Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he would convene a national security council meeting to discuss the latest flare-up in the country's Donbass region. "This is not just a cynical provocation... it is an attempt to disrupt the peace process in the Donb...
  • Russia’s Il-112 aircraft to perform 2nd flight in April
    Russia’s Il-112 aircraft to perform 2nd flight in April February 18 2020
    Russia’s latest Ilyushin il-112 military transport plane prototype will take to the skies for the second time in April, Head of the Ilyushin Aviation Company Yuri Grudinin said on Monday. "We are going to certify Il-76, Il-114-300 and Il-112 planes, the production of which is being planned. In April, we will fly the first Il-112 plane at the Voronezh enterprise and will organize the serial production of il-112s at the Voronezh factory," the chief executive said. ...
  • Kuwait Declines Receipt of Caracal Helicopters
    Kuwait Declines Receipt of Caracal Helicopters February 18 2020
    Kuwait is due to receive 30 H225M helicopters, but it will not do so until Airbus investigates problems with the first two and reports its findings to the country's MoD. Airbus says the Kuwaitis have told it no such thing. A Kuwaiti Ministry of Defence (MoD) says that it had refused to receive two Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal medium-lift rotorcraft on account of technical malfunctions has been denied by the manufacturer. On 12 February the Kuwaiti MoD said that it ...
  • IADWS for India
    IADWS for India February 15 2020
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of an Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) for an estimated cost of $1.867 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on February 7, 2020. The Government of India has requested to buy an Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) comprised of five AN/MPQ-64Fl Sentinel radar systems; 118 AMRAAM AIM...
  • US Approves US$990 Million Anti-Ship Missiles Sale for RAAF
    US Approves US$990 Million Anti-Ship Missiles Sale for RAAF February 12 2020
    The US State Department has approved a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of up to 200 AGM-158C, Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs) and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$990 million. The Commonwealth has requested to buy up to 200 AGM-158Cs and up to 11 ATM-158C LRASM Telemetry Variants (Inert). Also included are DATM-158C LRASM, Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM-158C LRASM), containers, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, pe...
  • US to Transfer 100 Soldiers into Space Force
    US to Transfer 100 Soldiers into Space Force February 12 2020
    The U.S. Army plans to transfer 100 soldiers into the U.S. Space Force beginning in 2021, according to service officials and budget documents. It’s the first time any service outside of the Air Force has identified members that will transfer into the Space Force, the new branch of the military within the Air Force created in December. The Navy has yet to say how many of its sailors it plans to transfer. The Air Force plans to shift some 6,000 airmen into the Space Force by yea...
  • New Vehicle Delivery to Indonesia
    New Vehicle Delivery to Indonesia February 12 2020
    Indonesia continues to taking delivery of new military platforms. Images of new vehicles arrived to the country were published on social media. In the images published on social media, it was determined that the Indonesian Army (TNI-AD) received new systems. In the first batch deliveries, five CAESAR 155 mm self-propelled howitzers were received. Within the scope of the new batch shipment that reached the country by the sea a few days later, four M3 amphibious rigs and an unkno...
  • Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program
    Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program February 9 2020
    Spain may join Italian and French new 3 000 ton corvette programme along with Greece. Italy and France want to win European Union funding for the construction of a new corvette. The program dubbed the European Patrol Corvette which is part of the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO. PESCO is one pan-European defence programs recommendations to bridge capability gaps collaboratively. The new naval, joint venture between Italy’s Fincantieri and France’s N...
  • Logistics Problem of the Polish Air Force
    Logistics Problem of the Polish Air Force February 6 2020
    With the transition from the Warsaw Pact to the NATO Pact, Poland is facing great difficulties in terms of logistics. It is stated that the Polish Air Force has a problem with the operationalities of the F-16 and Mig-29 fleets. It is stated that only 30-40 per cent of the fleet is in service with the difficulties in bringing the platforms into operation. The Onet news website, which researches the subject, spoke about the complexity with the Polish Parliament MP Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska. Kluz...
  • Belarussian Flute
    Belarussian Flute February 4 2020
    State Military-Industrial Committee of Belarus held the meeting. The new tactical CNRA (Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher) system was introduced at the event held in the capital Minsk. According to the news published in the country media, the launching tests of the system, which was unveiled during exhibition, continue. The platform consisting of SHTS (Silach) 4x4 armored tactical vehicle mounted 80 mm rocket launcher system developed over the GAZ-3308 Sadko chassis is called "...
  • Turkey and Ukraine back on An-178 Track
    Turkey and Ukraine back on An-178 Track February 4 2020
    Turkish and Ukrainian presidents met in Kyiv on Monday to attend the eighth meeting of the Turkey-Ukraine High-Level Strategic Council. The head of state Vladimir Zelensky said this during a joint briefing with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Ukraine and Turkey agreed on military assistance and supplies of the An-178.  Also today, an important agreement on military-financial cooperation was signed, according to which the Ukrainian army will receive financial assista...
  • First Su-35 Made Maiden Flight
    First Su-35 Made Maiden Flight February 4 2020
    Russia continues its efforts to increase the efficiency of the platforms with its modernization and improvement activities. According to a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense, the first Su-35S made its first flight in the past days. It was announced that the platform, which meets the sky within the scope of the activity carried out on January 29, was manufactured as part of the first batch of 60 aircraft packages to be delivered to the Western Military District.
  • Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean?
    Will Charles de Gaulle achieve "Balance" in the Eastern Mediterranean? February 3 2020
    Charles de Gaulle, France's aircraft carrier, turned its direction to the Eastern Mediterranean to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Paris, which wants to increase its military presence in the region, will deploy Charles De Gaulle at Limassol port in Greek Cypriot for several days next month. French Ambassador to Greek Cyprus Isabelle Dumont told the News Agency the aircraft carrier would arrive in the region in "just a few days" to take part in coalition operations against ISIS in ...
  • Poland Signs $4.6B F-35 Deal
    Poland Signs $4.6B F-35 Deal February 1 2020
    Poland officially signed a Foreign Military Sales Agreement to buy 32 F-35A. worth $4.6 billion. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the price tag. The original State Department approval allowed for a price as high as $6.5 billion. Delivery is scheduled to being in 2024. Low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot 13 F-35As are already priced below $80 million a copy (including engines) for the so-called flyaway cost. FMS deals include logistics, training and other support...
  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense January 31 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...
  • New Patrol Boat for Ukraine
    New Patrol Boat for Ukraine January 31 2020
    The USA and Ukraine met in Odessa for a new partnership. New decisions were made about the needs of the Ukrainian Navy. The USA will transfer three Island class patrol boats to Ukraine. During the three-day meeting, which also taught the training of Ukrainian crew at the military unit in Baltimore, the first two platforms are expected to join the Ukrainian Navy in May 2021.
  • Retirement Season in Navy
    Retirement Season in Navy January 30 2020
    Philippine Navy entered a period of change and innovation. The Philippine Navy formally decommissioned two naval combat assets during ceremonies held on 29 January 2020 at its naval base in Cavite City. During the ceremonies, PN chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad said that the PN needed to retire these ships as they have become more difficult to maintain. The Rizal-class patrol vessel BRP Rizal (PS-74) has been decommissioned after serving the PN for more than 54 years. The former US Nav...
  • Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit
    Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit January 29 2020
    Iran is preparing a site for launching a satellite, Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said. After the Zafar satellite is placed in orbit a timeline has been finalised to launch five more, the minister added. The United States fears long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit could also be used to launch nuclear warheads. Tehran denies the U.S. accusation Tensions have reached the highest level in decades between Ir...
  • Israel Approved Readiness Plan
    Israel Approved Readiness Plan January 28 2020
    The Ministry of Defence Ministry announced that the five-year "Momentum Plan" developed for the Israel Defence Forces has been approved. The study is aimed to increase the Israeli Army's mobility. Within the framework of the plan called "Tenufa" in Hebrew, Israeli troops and the necessary military equipment are aimed to be transferred to the required areas quickly. The plan, developed as a result of the work of the Israeli Chief of General Staff, General...
  • Qatar’s New Partner
    Qatar’s New Partner January 27 2020
    The Italy-based Fincantieri company, which is making new strides to strengthen its position in the Middle East, has reached a new agreement with Qatar. Fincantieri and the Ministry of Defence of Qatar through Barzan Holding, a company wholly owned by the Qatari Ministry of Defence and responsible for empowering the military capabilities of the national armed force in the state, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, aimed at strengthening their strategic partnership through the evaluation and ...
  • Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane
    Dassault and Thales to Build the Next SIGINT Plane January 24 2020
    The French Defence procurement agency, Direction Générale De L’armement (DGA) has awarded the Archange (formerly known as Epicure ) airborne strategic intelligence program to Dassault Aviation and Thales. The total value of the contract is unknown. This program will see three Dassault Falcon 8X being fitted with Thales electronic intelligence technologies.  Falcon Archange will detect electromagnetic signals emitted on the battlefield, allowing the French ar...
  • National Server Computer Ready for Work
    National Server Computer Ready for Work January 24 2020
    Design, prototype production and performance tests of GÖREVSAYAR 40S, National Server Computer developed within the scope of Electronic Warfare Command, Control and Coordination System (WWCCCS) and Network Enabled Capability (NEC) were completed. It is foreseen that national server computer, which is developed to be utilised in Command Control Systems, Signal Processing Systems, Data Centres, Tactic Cloud Structures and High-Performance Storage Systems, will also be used intensely in fut...
  • Ukraine’s Radio Delivery Accomplished
    Ukraine’s Radio Delivery Accomplished January 24 2020
    Regarding the contract signed with Ukrainian SpetsTechnoExport company, the delivery of software-defined radios and intercommunication systems have been completed. According to information published at ASELSAN magazine, sales for the export of military communications products, the first contract with the Ukrainian SpetsTechnoExport company as signed in December 2016 and several shipments have been made until today. The delivery is accomplished
  • Boeing Drops Out Experimental Spaceplane Program
    Boeing Drops Out Experimental Spaceplane Program January 23 2020
    Hypersonic vehicles are becoming a high priority for weapons development due to their theoretical ability to evade air defences. China and Russia are developing hypersonic weapons, and the U.S. military is scrambling to keep pace. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the XS-1 program in 2013 as a way of supporting the development of responsive, reusable launch vehicles. DARPA selected Boeing in May 2017 for Phases 2 and 3 of what was initially called the XS-1 pro...
  • "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece
    "Mare Nostrum" Our Sea Imagination from Greece January 23 2020
    A remarkable article was published in Ptisi & Diastima Magazine, which publicates in the defence sector in Greece. Greek-Turkish relations, which increasing tension due to oil and natural gas deposits in Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey-Libya mutual exclusive economic zone were discussed in the article. Outlines of the offensive plan that could be implemented in a possible conflict were examined in the text. Turkey's radar and electronic support capabilities, as well as Greece...
  • Korean Ship to Hormuz
    Korean Ship to Hormuz January 21 2020
    A new one has been added to the safety measures taken in the Strait of Hormuz which is established under the leadership of the USA. Korea was added to the countries that deployed ships independently from the U.S. task force, especially as a result of actions against UK tankers. The Republic of Korea has decided to deploy a unit to the Strait of Hormuz for anti-piracy operations. In this context, Cheonghae Anti-Piracy Unit will be shifted to the region. The unit, which...
  • The Countdown has Begun
    The Countdown has Begun January 21 2020
    With the developing and changing technology, countries continue to embark on a space hegemony adventure. While countries such as Russia, USA, China and India are on the way for a space competition. They also gain a strategic advantage in this race. Japan will launch its eighth Intelligence Gathering System (IGS) reconnaissance satellite into space on Jan. 27. Japanese satellite and space industry giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced that an MHI H-IIA satel...
  • Landlocked Navy
    Landlocked Navy January 21 2020
    Ethiopia, which is trying to improve the country's well-being and prosperity with new reforms and breakthroughs near the internal conflicts and civil wars, announced that a surprising decision. Ethiopia, which lost its access to the sea after Eritrea gained independence in 1991 as a result of the clashes that lasted 30 years, announced that it had established a navy. The country's Defence Minister, Lema Megersa announced this step but didn't say anything about where the ...
  • Brasil Released Strategic Plan
    Brasil Released Strategic Plan January 20 2020
    Brazil, which has been carrying studies for a long time to improve the defence industry infrastructure of the country, has published its strategic plan in this field. The document, which covers the plans and objectives of the country's defense and industry, especially the Brazilian Armed Forces, consists of 34 measures in 15 main actions. In these sections, acquisition of howitzer, personnel equipment, unmanned ground and air vehicles, armoured boats, transport and att...
  • Miller before Obama
    Miller before Obama January 19 2020
    The fourth Ford-class carrier will be named in honour of World War II icon Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black recipient of the Navy Cross for bravery, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The naming of CVN-81 is expected to be announced during a Monday ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former...
  • China tested a new heavy-duty drone with three engines
    China tested a new heavy-duty drone with three engines January 18 2020
    According to Chinese media, on January 16, 2020, a heavy three-engine unmanned aerial vehicle developed by the Chinese company Tengoen Technology made its maiden flight at one of the airfields in southwest China. The Chinese company Tengoen Technology (also known as Tengdun) was founded in 2016. The new unmanned aerial vehicle is a three-engine UAV built on a two-fuselage scheme. Its wingspan is 20 m, length - 10, height - 3.3 m. The maximum take-off weight reaches 3200 kg, with a payloa...
  • New Trucks for Bundeswehr
    New Trucks for Bundeswehr January 14 2020
    The German Army has recently announced a new procurement agreement, which has received budget approvals for new procurement and modernization programs. With the 382 million Euro agreement, the logistics infrastructure of the German Land Forces will be reinforced. With the agreement signed in the last days of 2019, new trucks will be entered in the inventory of the German Army (Bundeswehr). 1000 logistics trucks will be purchased in the scope of framework contract which sig...
  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers January 7 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration
    Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration January 3 2020
    During recent budget negotiations, the Pentagon again tried to retire the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) 25 years early, Defence News reported. According to the magazine, this time the plan was withdrawn from the White House. The White House's Office of Management and Budget told the Pentagon that the Navy's budget submission did not include refuelling the Truman or maintaining its air wing and directed it to come back with a budget that restored funding to bo...
  • New Appointment to Military Factories
    New Appointment to Military Factories January 3 2020
    Veysel Unverdi is appointed as General Manager of Military Factories of the Ministry of National Defence according to the decision dated January 3, 2020 and published in the Official Gazette no. 30997, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appointed Veysel Ünverdi to the General Directorate of Military Factories of the Ministry of National Defence, which was available position.
  • Killmark on Belgian F-16
    Killmark on Belgian F-16 January 2 2020
    The killmark is a tradition in military aviation. These signs painted on the aircraft which won an air victory or successfully carried out combat bombing mission. This time, a killmark painted on F-16 with a little bit humour. On October 11, 2018, technical personnel who carried out maintenance work on an F-16AM Fighting Falcon of the Belgian Air Component at the Florennes Air Base stationed in Florennes, accidentally fired the aircraft's gun. As a result of this incid...
  • Upgrading of F-16 Begins
    Upgrading of F-16 Begins December 28 2019
    Greece says it has signed an agreement with U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin that will allow a major upgrade of its F-16 fighter jet fleet over the next seven years. The defence ministry procurement agency announced Friday that the deal was signed Tuesday finalising details of Lockheed's use of a Greek subcontractor. The defence minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class ...
  • Ukraine and US signed new contract for Javelin missiles
    Ukraine and US signed new contract for Javelin missiles December 27 2019
    The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine signed a contract with the US Government to supply to Ukraine the second batch of  FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles. On October 3, the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Ukraine for one hundred fifty (150) Javelin missiles and related equipment and support for an estimated cost not to exceed $39.2 million. The Government of Ukraine has requested to buy 150 Javelin missiles and 10 Javelin C...