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  • EU's Defence Policies Fail
    EU's Defence Policies Fail 21 November 2020
    According to an annual defence report submitted to the defence ministers of member states on Friday, the European Union (EU) said the union does not have the capability to be an independent military force capable of helping NATO or rapidly stationing troops in regional crises. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters: “European defence suffers from fragmentation, duplication and insufficient operational engagement.” The report also noted that only 60% of NATO...
  • Tunisia Signs Contract for T-6C Texan
    Tunisia Signs Contract for T-6C Texan 20 November 2020
    Tunisian National Defence Minister Imed Hazgui says the government has approved the purchase of eight T-6C Texan jet training aircraft. The U.S. State Department approved the sale of 12 T-6C aircraft to Tunisia in October last year. The U.S. State Department had also approved the sale of four AT-6 Wolverine light assault aircraft to Tunisia. In the official announcement there was no mentioning on the confirmation of a contract for four AT-6C Wolverine light attack aircraft...
  • Rafales to Be Delivered to Greece with F3R Improvement
    Rafales to Be Delivered to Greece with F3R Improvement 17 November 2020
    Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis said they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets. France will send 12 aircraft to Greece to F3R standards. Athens is also planning to buy MICA NG and SCALP missiles. The F3R standard is the air-to-ground laser-guided version of BVRAAM and Sagem (Armement Air-Sol Modulaire/AASM), as well as the Thales TALIOS long-range air-to-air targeting wing; automatic land collision prevention system (Auto-GCAS); Thales RBE2 covers the AESA radar and spec...
  • MBDA's New Ammunition for Tiger Helicopter
    MBDA's New Ammunition for Tiger Helicopter 14 November 2020
    The MBDA and the French government have reached an agreement to develop a new generation of anti-tank missiles to be used in Tiger attack helicopters. During a visit to the firm on November 13th, French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced that the government had chosen MBDA for the Future Tactical Air-to-Surface Missile programme. MBDA proposed a long-range MHT missile for the project. According to the company, the missile has a range of eight kilometres and is ...
  • Qatar and Italy's Partnership Strengthens
    Qatar and Italy's Partnership Strengthens 12 November 2020
    According to Italian media reports, Qatar may soon sign an agreement with Italy to buy the Aermacchi T-346 Master training aircraft. "Defence is a key element to strengthening the deep friendship between Italy and Qatar. I will meet with my counterpart Al Attiyah to discuss military and industrial cooperation and training programmes in Doha," Italian Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini, who visited Doha on Tuesday (November 10th) said. The Italian Embassy in Qatar i...
  • Indonesia Won't Allow China to Build Base
    Indonesia Won't Allow China to Build Base 7 November 2020
    Indonesia, which has a strategic position on the main sea route in the South China Sea, has rejected China's request for a military base. Defence ministers from the two countries met at a meeting in Jakarta, Indonesian newspaper Kompas reported. China's request for a military base in Indonesia was also on the agenda. Indonesia's Defence Minister has told his Chinese counterpart that they will not accept the request for a military base. Indonesia is unlikely to ...
  • London Embargo on Plane to Be Produced for Argentina
    London Embargo on Plane to Be Produced for Argentina 30 October 2020
    The agreement reached between the Argentine Air Force and the Korean Aerospace Industries (Korea Aerospace Industries /KAI) for the FA-50 light assault aircraft has been challenged from London. Argentina, which announced last year that it would buy 10 FA-50s worth USD 200 million from the Republic of Korea-based firm, was expecting the delivery of the first platforms in 2020. KAI has reportedly written to Argentina's ambassador to Korea, Alfredo Carlos Bascou, regardin...
  • United Arab Emirates to Buy 50 F-35s
    United Arab Emirates to Buy 50 F-35s 30 October 2020
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) demand for the F-35A Lightning II is taking form. The UAE signed a 'normalization' agreement with Israel, after which it made a formal application to the United States for the purchase of F-35 fighter jets. There is an estimated amount compiled with US State Department reports on the details of the deal after the White House gave unofficial information to Congress about its plan to sell the F-35 fighter jet to the UAE. Accor...
  • Italy Is Looking for Partners for The Main Battle Tank
    Italy Is Looking for Partners for The Main Battle Tank 29 October 2020
    Italy is looking for a partner country to develop and produce modern main battle tanks.Rome has made a formal offer to Poland to join the project, according to the Polish Ministry of National Defence. "Italy's Ministry of Defence is sending proposals to some EU countries, including Poland, with the proposal to cooperate on a project on land platforms," officials said, while the Ministry of National Defence said it was considering the proposal. The tank projec...
  • Romania Awaits Court Decision on Construction of New Corvettes
    Romania Awaits Court Decision on Construction of New Corvettes 29 October 2020
    Romania has restated its commitment to a 1, 2 billion Euro contract with Naval Group. Romania, which opened a new corvette construction tender last year (2019), announced it would work with France-based Naval Group.  Naval Group announced that it would build four Gowind-class corvettes under the contract and modernize existing Type 22 frigates in the Romanian Navy inventory. However, no contract was signed between the parties. Italian Fincantieri and Dutch Damen shipy...
  • Israel Wants F-22A Raptor from U.S.
    Israel Wants F-22A Raptor from U.S. 27 October 2020
    Against the sale of F-35 Lightning II aircraft to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Israel has asked the United States for the F-22A Raptor aircraft. After a meeting between Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz and US Defence Secretary Mark Esper, the parties approved the sale of the F-35 to the UAE. Israeli media reported that raptor planes were requested from the United States in response to the "concession". Raptors, which are not currently in production, are of...
  • Green Light from Israel to F-35
    Green Light from Israel to F-35 25 October 2020
      Israel declared that it is not against the purchase of the F-35 Lightning II by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with whom it has established diplomatic relations. After BA officially established relations with Israel, it announced that it wanted to procure F-35 from the USA. The first response to this UAE announcement contained negative messages. It was stated that Prime Minister Israel Benjamin Netanyahu Israel was against this sale. The UAE gained its ind...
  • Third Milgem on Slipway
    Third Milgem on Slipway 25 October 2020
    Four MILGEM Corvette Ship Projects exported to Pakistan under the main contractor of ASFAT, affiliated to the Ministry of National Defence, are continuing as planned. For the third of the MİLGEM corvettes, a keel-laying ceremony was held at the Karachi Shipyard. Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar stated that Turkish defence industry companies are frequently mentioned in the international market and that 7 Turkish companies are among the top 100 leadin...
  • New Milestone at 5G
    New Milestone at 5G 25 October 2020
    Technology demonstration of TR713-7GHz radio link communication was performed in the End-to-End Domestic and National 5G Communication Network Project carried out under the coordination of HAVELSAN.   The screening attended by the Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank was held in Ostim Teknokent. 12 km on trial. 4 4K videos were successfully transmitted simultaneously with the 7GHz radio link in the distance.   Minister Varank hel...
  • NATO's Space Centre in Germany
    NATO's Space Centre in Germany 20 October 2020
    The US-owned Ramstein Air Base, in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate state, will host the new NATO space centre, German media reported. The establishment of the centre, which is scheduled to be on the agenda of the alliance's defence ministers' meeting on October 22nd, has emerged due to the dissolution of space capabilities among global powers. The United States, Russia and China have invested he greatly in space technology in recent years, but most do not share ...
  • U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece
    U.S. Offers Frigate to Greece 20 October 2020
    Geoffrey Pyatt, US Ambassador to Greece, said the White House would offer to sell four frigates to Greece. Pyatt noted that they proposed that the three frigates be produced jointly at the Onex Shipyards on the Greek island of Syros. Greece announced in early September that it would strengthen its armed forces. Following tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Miçotakis announced that they would buy 18 French Rafale fighter jets, four ...
  • ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory
    ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory 20 October 2020
    Malaysia's Ministry of Defence has opened an international tender for the purchase of three Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), particularly Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) platforms. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is expected to be the possible operator for the drone, but the Malaysian Armed Forces have not specified which force will use the platform. Malaysia is interested in at least four models, including General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, CAIC Wing Loong, Leonard...
  • Ukraine and Turkey to cooperate in the military sector
    Ukraine and Turkey to cooperate in the military sector 18 October 2020
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Istanbul to sign military and defence cooperation agreement. A declaration of intent between the Ukrainian Defence Minister Andrii Taran and Turkey's Defence Industries President Prof. İsmail Demir is among the signed documents. A framework military agreement between the Ukrainian government and the government of the Republic of Turkey was also signed. " The memorand...
  • 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...
  • Dutch Submarine Stuck with Budget Limits
    Dutch Submarine Stuck with Budget Limits 14 October 2020
    The Netherlands is trying to solve budgets cuts in order to replace submarines. The Dutch defence Minister started a new submarine procurement project in 2016. In December 2019, the minister informed parliament in a so-called B letter the choice she wanted to make. On October 12, 2020, the Court of Audit published a report in which it examined the study phase of the ministry’s process to procure new submarines. The Court concluded that the budget reserved by the Ministers of D...
  • Japan Changes Defence Industry Tactic in Asia
    Japan Changes Defence Industry Tactic in Asia 14 October 2020
    Japan will sign an agreement on defence equipment and technology exports to Vietnam as part of a move to strengthen the defence capabilities of Indo-Pacific countries. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will visit Vietnam and Indonesia next week. The prime minister is expected to sign the agreement with Vietnam during the trip. Tokyo began lifting its ban on overseas arms sales in 2014 to strengthen its defences and reduce the unit cost of military equipment it produce...
  • Romania's First Piranhas to Be Commissioned Soon
    Romania's First Piranhas to Be Commissioned Soon 13 October 2020
    Romanian Defence Minister Nicolae Ionel Ciucă said the first party of 36 Piranha V 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles will be delivered to the Romanian Armed Forces within days of testing. Romania, which signed an agreement with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) for 277 Piranhas in 2018, would receive the first 36 platforms by the end of 2018. After a delay in the deal, Bucharest demanded a delay fee of €8.5m from General Dynamics in 2019. GDELS announced the start of production ...
  • Indonesian Navy Chief Wants Ageing Vessels out of Inventory
    Indonesian Navy Chief Wants Ageing Vessels out of Inventory 13 October 2020
        The chief of Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL), Admiral Yudo Margono, has written a letter to the country’s defence minister Prabowo Subianto. Admiral stated that he wants to keep ageing vessels out of inventory. He explained why it will not be possible to keep naval vessels that have either retired, or are already in the process of being prepared for retirement. Minister Subianto requested admiral to e...
  • Israel opposes F-35 sale in Middle East
    Israel opposes F-35 sale in Middle East 12 October 2020
    Qatar officially applied to the United States in early October to buy a fifth-generation fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, it was announced. Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said his country must continue its military superiority in the region, adding that they do not want the F-35 sold to Qatar. “Our security and military superiority in the region are the most significant things for us. Our region has still not turned into Switzerland,” he said. Qatar's dem...
  • Greece and Egypt Deal Get Approval from Sisi
    Greece and Egypt Deal Get Approval from Sisi 11 October 2020
    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Egyptian counterpart Samih Sukri announced in Cairo in August 2020 that they had signed an exclusive economic zone agreement. Egyptian President Abdulfettah al-Sisi ratified the agreement two months later, limiting his jurisdiction in the Mediterranean. The country's state agency, MENA, said the agreement was published in the official newspaper under the signature of President Sissi. Turkey reacted to the agreement, which sa...
  • New Nomination for Ukroboronprom Director-General
    New Nomination for Ukroboronprom Director-General 8 October 2020
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed Aivaras Abromavicius from the post of director-general of Ukraine's state-owned company UkrobOronProm as of October 6. At the same time, Zelensky signed another decree, No.423/2020, on the appointment of Ihor Fomenko as acting director-general of UkrobOronProm. Aivaras Abromavicius, Ukraine's former economy minister (2014-2016), was appointed as director-general of UkrobOronProm on August 30, 2019.

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  • Russia to Receive New Serial Ilyushin Il-112V aircraft from 2023
    Russia to Receive New Serial Ilyushin Il-112V aircraft from 2023 7 October 2020
    Russian Defence Ministry will receive two prototypes Ilyushin Il-112V by 2021 year-end. The ministry will start receiving serially produced aircraft in 2023, Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov told on Monday. Two aircraft will be part of state trials The Voronezh Aircraft Plant is ready to produce up to 15 airplanes annually, considering the replacement plans for a large number of aircraft by 2030, Minister Manturov added.
  • 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.
  • The Wind of Change in the Ukrainian Defence Industry
    The Wind of Change in the Ukrainian Defence Industry 1 October 2020
    UkrOboronProm has taken the step of a new economic initiative in line with the needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Deputy Prime Minister for Strategic Sectors Oleg Urusky has been presented with a comprehensive strategic plan for the transformation and development of UkrOboronProm by 2030. In this context, 60 defence industry enterprises involved in the economic initiative are planned to be converted into seven industrial conglomerates as "aircraft repair", "armoured vehicles&...
  • Georgia Buys UAV from Spain
    Georgia Buys UAV from Spain 30 September 2020
    Georgia's Ministry of Defence announced they had purchased drones from Spain. The country's Defence Minister, Iraq's Garibashvili, visited Marneuli Air Base to check out the new air systems and watch the demonstration fly. The ministry also announced that existing platforms have been renewed and staff have been retrained. An unmanned aerial vehicle (the Alpha 800), one of the models purchased by the Ministry. Among the UAV variants planned for operational use i...
  • 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...
  • New Munitions Image from Turkey
    New Munitions Image from Turkey 24 September 2020
    Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar and Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank visited TÜBİTAK Defence Industries Research and Development Instute (Savunma Sanayii Araştırma ve Geliştirme Enstitüsü/ SAGE) today. The video, which was shared during the ministers' visit, also showed new images of Kuzgun ammunition. The Kuzgun Project, initiated by TUBITAK SAGE as an internal project at the initiative of the institution, was first introduced...
  • Nordic Defence Co-operation against Russia
    Nordic Defence Co-operation against Russia 24 September 2020
    The defence ministers of Finland, Norway and Sweden signed a joint Statement of Intent (SOI) when convening in Lakselv, Norway on Wednesday, announcing wider military cooperation, according to the Finnish Ministry of Defence. The new agreement, aims to boost better defence cooperation in the High North for current and future military operation plans. Norwegian Defence Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen also emphasised plans to create a joint committee to discuss the security situation and ...
  • India successfully test-fired Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from MBT Arjun
    India successfully test-fired Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from MBT Arjun 24 September 2020
    The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on Wednesday, successfully test-fired Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from the main battle tank (MBT) Arjun. The test was conducted at the Armoured Corps Centre and School in Ahmednagar (ACC&S). DRDO said that in these tests, ATGM successfully defeated a target at 3 km. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced the test on his personal Twitter account. In a press statement, the DRDO said, “La...
  • Japan: New PM, Record Defence Budget
    Japan: New PM, Record Defence Budget 22 September 2020
      According to the Japan Times, the Defence Ministry will seek a budget of over ¥5.4 trillion for fiscal 2021 under new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga governance. Suga took office on Wednesday to succeed Shinzo Abe, who stepped down for health reasons, pledging to continue his policies including those on national security and diplomacy. Suga vowed to continue with his predecessor’s policy of bolstering Japan’s capabilities in new domains. The ...
  • Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy
    Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy 22 September 2020
    Austria will buy a general-purpose helicopter from Italy. Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner says they plan to buy 18 AW169M helicopters from Italy for €300m. Italian company Leonardo was chosen from among the U.S. and German companies. The AW169Ms, the military variable of the AW169 helicopter, will replace the Alouette III helicopters, which have been in inventory for nearly 50 years. The helicopter with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210A engines is equippe...
  • Romania Receives first PAC-3 MSE Patriot System
    Romania Receives first PAC-3 MSE Patriot System 20 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin announced from its tweeter account on September 18, 2020, that Romania has received its first US-made PAC-3 MSE Patriot air defence missile system. Romania became the first country in the Black Sea region to receive the Patriot missile system. Pentagon announced on May 25, 2018, the contract calls for Raytheon to build Romania's first brand-new Patriot air defence missile fire unit Configuration 3+. The first Patriot system was delivered to Romania on S...
  • New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone
    New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone 19 September 2020
    A new decision was made on the Eurodrone Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS programme, developed with a subsidiary of the German, French, Italian and Spanish Governments.  Meeting at Airbus' facilities in Germany, French Defence Minister Florance Parly and her German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called on member states to launch the next phase of the drone operation in 2021. Ministers said the financial problems in the programme will be resolved ...
  • Greece Sends Warships Off Libya
    Greece Sends Warships Off Libya 17 September 2020
    The HS Limnos (F 451) frigate of the Greek Navy will join the MED IRINI operation, which the European Union (EU) has launched to support an arms embargo on Libya. In April 2020, the EU adopted the decision to launch operation MED IRINI of the EU Mediterranean Naval Force in the Mediterranean under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). As part of the operation, inspections are being carried out on ships suspected of carrying weapons, ammunition and military eq...
  • Çavuşoğlu: S-400 is not in Use
    Çavuşoğlu: S-400 is not in Use 17 September 2020
    Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, stated that Turkey's long-range air defence system acquired from Russia, S-400 is not yet active. Çavuşoğlu, who was a guest of a CNN Türk program, said, “S-400s are not active yet, there are studies but not active. Our soldiers know and explain what will be done to activate the S-400. We bought this system because of our urgent need. "