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  • "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 ...
  • Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies select UAV SKELDAR V-200
    Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies select UAV SKELDAR V-200 12 July 2020
    The Belgian and Royal Netherlands Navies awarded SKELDAR to supply the UAV SKELDAR V-200 as part of the naval mine countermeasures capability replacement. This program aims to provide twelve mine hunters equipped with drone systems to the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies. The SKELDAR V-200 provides navies with an embedded, “eye in the sky” intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability to enhance its capacity to perform primary and secondary missions....
  • Electronic Warfare MRAP
    Electronic Warfare MRAP 5 July 2020
    Land vehicle-based electronic warfare (EW) systems offer appropriate solutions for missions such as providing convoy security and tactical field security, signal intelligence and information gathering. The Netherlands, which has different EW equipment in its inventory, received delivery of the Bushmaster 4x4 MRAP (Mine Resistant Armor Protected) based electronic warfare system. According to the statement made by the defence ministry of the country, the first platform will enter serv...
  • Multnational Tanker Delivery
    Multnational Tanker Delivery 30 June 2020
    Aerial refuelling aircraft are an important force multiplier for the forces as they extend the flight range and endurance of the fleets without the requirement for a base. Airbus announced that the first A330 MRTT (Multirole Tanker Transport) was officially delivered to the Multinational Tanker Transport Fleet created for the use of NATO countries. The program, which is carried out in cooperation with OCCAR and NSPA, includes NATO countries, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Germ...
  • Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries
    Joint Tanker Fleet to NATO Countries 24 May 2020
    The first of the platforms to be provided under the NATO Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet (MFF) programme will be delivered next month. The NATO Support and Procurement Agency manages the program. NATO member states Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway and the Netherlands were ordered to supply eight Airbus A330 MRTTSs as part of the program. The first platform will be deployed in June at the main operations base in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Besi...
  • Mk41 VLS Procurement for Turkish Navy
    Mk41 VLS Procurement for Turkish Navy 17 May 2020
    Vertical Launching System (VLS) provides important advantages in the intelligence due to the inability of detection carried ammunition from outside, high rate of fire and flexibility. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has signed a new agreement with BAE Systems worths USD 42.8 million.In this context, Mk 13 Mod 0; Mk 21 Mod 1, Mod 2, Mod 3 and Mk 29 Mode 0 canister production in addition to the Mk 13 Mod 0 renew. The contract, inclu...
  • Excalibur to Artillery
    Excalibur to Artillery 13 April 2020
    Guided artillery ammunition stands out with its features such as precise strike capability at long ranges and thus minimizing possible side effects. The Netherlands supplies guided artillery rounds. In the statement from the United States, the country was approved for the sale of 199 M982AI Excalibur Increment IB for army use. The possible total cost was announced as 40.55 million USD. Excalibur, which can be fired from different artillery systems, is also compatible with ...
  • Boeing Stopped Production Line in Philadelphia
    Boeing Stopped Production Line in Philadelphia 6 April 2020
    Boeing has stopped production at its factories around Seattle, where more than 12 employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19 The firm also temporarily stopped operations on its production line in Philadelphia. “This action is intended to ensure the well-being of employees, their families and local communities, and will include an orderly shutdown consistent with requirements of U.S. and global defence customers,” Boeing said. “We have had positive test r...
  • Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders
    Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders 22 March 2020
    The Pentagon has awarded Raytheon a $392.4 million modification contract to supply tactical missiles to the US military, Turkey, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other countries. The deal modifies an earlier contract, awarded in September 2018, for the repair of Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-9X Tactical and Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs). The governments of Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Morocco, the Ne...
  • 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...
  • New Fleet Replenishment to Royal Netherlands Navy
    New Fleet Replenishment to Royal Netherlands Navy 20 February 2020
    The Netherlands will procure a new logistics support vessel to improve the offshore logistics support capability of the navy. A new construction agreement has been signed to improve the offshore logistics support and supply capability of the Royal Netherlands Navy. According to Damen's announcement, more than a hundred Dutch companies will take part in the agreement, which signed in Den Helder. Damen Shipyard was chosen as the main contractor within the scope of t...
  • Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power
    Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power 22 January 2020
    The Royal Netherlands Army has deployed Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Lithuania for the first time as part of the German-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) battlegroup, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on its website. The SPHs will spend half a year in Lithuania, mainly to exercise and exchange experience with the Lithuanian army, the ministry said. NATO has increased its presence in the east by forming an alliance group with EFP and Estonia, Lat...
  • 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...
  • EU Force Generating
    EU Force Generating 14 November 2019
    Europe is taking important steps to unite its strength in the defence industry. Collaboration on Permanent Structured Cooperation and defence is seen as the new step of the European Union (EU). ‘’When Europeans join forces, our impact is higher than we imagine’’ EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said PESCO helps EU Member States work closely in the field of security and defence. PESCO was established in December 2017 and aims to improve the defence capabilities...
  • F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter
    F-35: Incredible Dutch Blunder with Their First Stealth Fighter 4 November 2019
    An incredible blunder was made by the Dutch to 'unveil' their first F-35 multi-role F-35 multi-role operational stealth fighter jet. The Royal Netherlands Air Force celebrated with an event the launch of its first stealth F-35 fighter aircraft, but an unexpected blunder spoiled the event, with many staying awake. In particular, the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) was coated with fire-retardant foam instead of water, ...
  • Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey
    Dutch Suspend Export to Turkey 12 October 2019
    The Netherlands suspends arms deal to Turkey, the Dutch foreign ministry said Friday. "The Netherlands decided to withhold all license applications for the export of military goods to Turkey," the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP. Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag said in the Dutch parliament Thursday that all military licence applications by Turkey would be turned down "unless there is clear proof that the goods are not being used in north-eastern Syria....
  • Additional F-35 Procure Request 9 October 2019
    The Netherlands on Tuesday announced its plan to procure nine additional F-35 Lightning II fighters from the United States for an estimated $1.1 billion. The agreement will include the supply of spare parts, training, simulators and related support. The stealth jets will bring the total number of F-35s with the Netherlands to 46. The additional aircraft are expected to contribute to the air force's objective of having four jets available for NATO missions while also performing h...
  • Apaches Return to Skies 13 August 2019
      Recently, the European press announced that some AH-64 Apache helicopters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force were grounded. The first of these platforms started to test flights two days ago.  Helicopters grounded until a second order after technical personnel detected structural problems in the tail rotor during standard maintenance procedures last June. The Netherlands Armed Forces said in a statement, no problems detected at eight AH-64 which located at Fort ...
  • The Netherlands to Acquire Eight or Nine Extra F-35 Fighter Jets
    The Netherlands to Acquire Eight or Nine Extra F-35 Fighter Jets 20 July 2019
    The Netherlands buys new F35 fighter jets. It is probably eight or nine. They come on top of the 37 that the previous cabinet had already decided on. And with the next cabinet, the defence budget will have to rise again. We are also obliged to do so within NATO, "says Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld in an interview with Trouw . Within NATO we still dangle at the bottom in terms of spending. So we will have to take extra steps. Next year we will have a recalibration of the defenc...
  • First Patriot Received
    First Patriot Received 17 July 2019
    The Royal Netherlands Army received the first of four upgraded Patriot air defence systems. In 2018, the Netherlands requested the US to upgrade the Patriot air defence system and Netherlands had signed approximately $ 105 million in contracts covering four systems. All four Dutch Patriot systems are to be upgraded by 2022. The system has received a major overhaul and modifications and its lifetime has been extended to 2040. The first upgraded Patriot system will undergo integration...
  • First Two of IFV Received
    First Two of IFV Received 30 June 2019
    Lithuania on 25 June, received its first two of 8x8 Boxer "Vilkas" Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV). The vehicles will officially enter the inventory of the Lithuanian Armed Forces after admission procedures. The Vilkas IFV is a variant of Boxer armoured fighting vehicle developed by German manufacturer ARTEC according to the requirements of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have Israel-made turrets, 30 mm MK-44S cannons and ...
  • $123 million Order to GA-ASI
    $123 million Order to GA-ASI 25 March 2019
    The US has signed a $ 123 million procurement agreement with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. Four MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper ordered under the agreement will be procured to the Netherlands under the FMS. Amsterdam's UAV supply demand was approved in 2015, but the deal was announced in 2018 at the Farnborough Air Show. Last January, Dutch staff began training in the United States. Delivery of platforms with automatic take-off and landing capabilities is planned to be completed by ...
  • Naval Group and Damen in the Final in the Netherlands 20 February 2019
    German TKMS and Spanish Navantia eliminated, Naval Group and Damen in the final in the Netherlands The Dutch government has decided to eliminate the offers of the German TKMS with the Type 212CD and the Spanish Navantia with the S80, for the replacement of its four class Walrus submarines, leaving the Saab-Damen and the French Naval Group in the final. According to the Dutch government, the German offer was eliminated on the basis of the preservation criteria of the countr...
  • Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar
    Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar 15 February 2019
    Thales has developed, in collaboration with the Dutch Army, a multi-mission radar system to enhance air defence capabilities. Thales announced on February 12 that it has developed a radar system in collaboration with the land forces of the Netherlands. This multi-mission MMR radar helps strengthen air defence by monitoring airspace and detecting and tracking aircraft, missiles and other air targets that may be present. "The MMR radar is able to track and record in real time any type of t...
  • Netherlands Approved NATO Plan
    Netherlands Approved NATO Plan 18 December 2018
    The Netherlands government approved the NATO budget plan. The plan also includes additional budgets to be used by the government in the coming spring. The Netherlands has prepared a five-priority plan to increase the defence budget to 2% of its annual GDP in line with the NATO guarantee. Within the scope of this plan, it is aimed to increase the firepower of the army especially at land and sea. Plan’s first priority is F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Plan also includes strengtheni...
  • Netherlands to Procure Off-Road Vehicles
    Netherlands to Procure Off-Road Vehicles 14 November 2018
    The Netherlands has announced procurement of off-road vehicles for military use. An agreement was signed with Mercedes-Benz. Under the agreement, the Netherlands will procure 515 Mercedes-Benz G-class 300CDI vehicles. In the context of the 12kN AASLT procurement program, the Dutch Army will renew its off-road vehicles, which have been in use for twenty years. Deliveries will be completed between 2021 and 2023. 12kN AASLT vehicles can carry 1.2 tonnes of payload. Chinook he...
  • Corvette Decision is Soon
    Corvette Decision is Soon 23 October 2018
    Romania is close to deciding for its new multi-purpose corvette. The Bucharest administration, which received the latest offers at the beginning of October, said they are close to the conclusion of the proposals. Three participants submitted bids to the tender for the selection of ships to replace the two old Type 22 class frigates procured from the Royal Navy. Naval Group from France, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding from the Netherlands and Fincantieri from Italy took part in the ...
  • Netherlands Continues Modernization 17 October 2018
    The Netherlands continues to modernize its army. In recent weeks, Netherlands has signed an agreement with the US to modernize the AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and now it has taken action to modernize the PzH 2000NL howitzers and CV90 vehicles.   Under the program called Mid Life Upgrade (MLU), the electronic components of PzH 2000NL howitzers will be renewed and ventilation systems will be replaced. The automatic loading system will be adapted to long-...
  • STM Delivers One Of İts Largest Single-İtem Export Projects: Fleet Tanker To Pakistan Navy
    STM Delivers One Of İts Largest Single-İtem Export Projects: Fleet Tanker To Pakistan Navy 16 October 2018
    The Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker (PNFT), one of the biggest single-item export projects of the Turkish defence industry, was delivered to the Pakistan Navy at a commissioning ceremony held in Karachi.   Pakistani President Arif Alvi, Defence Industries President Professor İsmail Demir, Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) Chairman İhsan Kaya, STM General Manager Murat İkinci, STM Karachi Director Halil Baş and the military authorities of the two countri...
  • Ukraine Launched Air Drills With NATO Countries 12 October 2018
    Ukraine has opened a series of large-scale air-force exercises with the United States and seven other NATO countries, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry announced. The multinational air force exercise Clear Sky 2018 has begun in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko has said on Facebook. "Within 12 days, the tasks in the sky will be carried out by highly skilled pilots from Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the United States and Ukraine,&...
  • Netherlands To Upgrade 28 AH-64Ds With $1 Billion Price Tag 18 September 2018
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced on Sept. 14 that its Principal Director for Security Assistance and State Secretary of Defence, for the Netherlands, have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the modernization of 28 AH-64Ds to the E variant. Netherlands was cleared by the U.S. government to remanufacture these helicopters back in February. The package includes upgrading 51 T700-GE-701C engines to T700-GE-701D standard. The LOA is valued at more than $1 billi...
  • MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes for The Netherlands
    MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes for The Netherlands 2 August 2018
    The State Department has decided approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands of 106 MK 54 conversion kits for an estimated cost of $169 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Netherlands requests to buy 106 MK 54 conversion kits. Also included are torpedo containers, Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers; Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks;...
  • GA-ASI Completes Testing of Arresting Hook and HDD for MQ-25
    GA-ASI Completes Testing of Arresting Hook and HDD for MQ-25 25 July 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) concluded performance testing of the arresting hook Hold Down Damper (HDD) for its proposed MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial refuelling aircraft for the U.S. Navy, company announced from its web page. GA-ASI worked in collaboration with a team from GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit in Helmond, Netherlands. Fokker is slated to supply the arresting hook for the GA-ASI bid. The test simulated dynamic conditions providing perfor...
  • Last Dutch Boxer Produced
    Last Dutch Boxer Produced 25 July 2018
    The last Boxer produced for the Netherlands put out from production line. Vehicles manufactured in Rheinmetall MAN Military's Netherlands production line and these vehicles were ordered in 2013. It was announced that it was the last Boxer which is coming out of the production line is cargo variant. The first Boxer produced on this line was the driver training vehicle and entered service in 2014. Boxer vehicles, made of hardened steel and providing high protection ...
  • Boeing Netherlands Co-operation
    Boeing Netherlands Co-operation 20 July 2018
    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) signed an agreement with Boeing. Under the agreement, Boeing will provide maintenance and spare parts to the AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters in the RNLAF inventory. The program, called COHESU (Combined Helicopter Support Services), was signed during the Royal International Tattoo. Agreement aims to maintain the availability of the helicopters of the Netherlands. COHESU is a performance-based procurement program for Ap...
  • More Reapers to Europe
    More Reapers to Europe 18 July 2018
    The Netherlands chose the MQ-9 Reaper. The Royal Netherlands Air Force will procure the MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 for the needs of unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS) and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Reconnaissance). It is not clear how many systems will be procured, but the US has approved sales of 339 million US Dollars to provide the system, necessary equipment and services. MQ-9 Reaper made its maiden flight in 2001. Repaer's endurence is 32 hours and ...
  • Italy will stop buying more F-35 fighter jets
    Italy will stop buying more F-35 fighter jets 7 July 2018
    Italy will not buy more Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets and is considering whether to stick to the order to which it is already committed, Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said on Friday. According to the official U.S. government program of record, Italy’s intention was to procure a total of 90 F-35s. Under the current plan, Aeronautica Militare is programmed to receive 60 F-35A CTOLs and 15 F-35B STOVLs, while Marina Militare is programmed to acquire 15 F-35B STOVLs....
  • VECTOR Made Debut
    VECTOR Made Debut 2 July 2018
    The VECTOR (Versatile Expeditionary, Commando Tactical Off Road) 4x4 vehicles, recently received by the Special Forces of the Netherlands, has seen for the first time at the parade, which was held for Veterans Day. The Nehterlands-based Defenture company has developed its vehicles with the name AATV (Air Transportable Combat Vehicle), keeping the lightness and cross country capability in the forefront. VECTOR, is a specialized version of the AATV for the Net...
  • EU countries to form Intervention force
    EU countries to form Intervention force 25 June 2018
    French Defence Minister Florence Parly has told the French daily “le Figaro” that France, Germany, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Estonia, Spain and Portugal are to sign a letter of intent for the creation of a joint military intervention force on June 25. The proposed force, known as the European Intervention Initiative, is kept separated from other EU Defence cooperation programs. Britain, which has always resisted the idea of an “EU army,” wil...
  • Netherlands to contribute to Europe's Missile Defence
    Netherlands to contribute to Europe's Missile Defence 15 June 2018
    Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on June 13, that the SMART-L extended-range radar was tested to meter its missile defence capabilities. The study focused on integrating the SMART-L ELR radar into NATO missile defence architecture. This search, tracking and reporting capability must make it possible to destroy incoming ballistic missiles high in the atmosphere The Royal Netherlands Navy will soon be using new radars on its air defence and command frigates (LCF): the SMART-L ELR (extended l...