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  • Current Situation Analysis from SSB
    Current Situation Analysis from SSB November 30 2019
    The report titled International Cooperation and Export in Defence and Aviation Industry dated October 2019 was shared at the Conference held in Antalya. The study aims to create a sectoral situation analysis in order to prepare the ground for strategy development in line with the 2023 export targets. The study was created with the information provided by 27 companies that realized 95 per cent of the sector's exports according to the data of the Defence and Aerospace In...
  • EU Force Generating
    EU Force Generating November 14 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 November 4 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 October 12 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 October 9 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 August 13 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 July 20 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 July 17 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 June 30 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 March 25 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 February 20 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 February 15 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 December 18 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 November 14 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 October 23 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 October 17 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 October 16 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 October 12 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 September 18 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 August 2 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 July 25 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 July 25 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 July 20 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 July 18 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 July 7 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 July 2 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 June 25 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 June 15 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...
  • Dutch-German tank battalion receives first Leopards
    Dutch-German tank battalion receives first Leopards May 31 2018
    The German Army's Panzerbataillon (Armour Battalion) 414, which includes a Dutch tank company, received its first 17 Leopard 2A6MA2 tanks. The remaining 16 main battle tanks are scheduled to be delivered to the battalion in Lohheide, northern Germany, by the end of June. Panzerbataillon 414, which the German and Dutch armies began forming in 2015, comes under the command of the Royal Netherlands Army's 43 Mechanised Brigade, which is in turn part of the German 1st Panzer Div...
  • Articles of the North Atlantic Treaty (1)
    Articles of the North Atlantic Treaty (1) May 11 2018
    At a time when Russia, thanks to its Cold War behaviour, drives the rest of the world towards anxiety and new strategies, NATO once again assumes importance as an old and friendly assembly. Born as a counterforce to the rising Soviet threat in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, what were the dynamics upon which NATO was built? Was this a timeless collective defence attempt without a shelf life; or was it programmed to last so long as the threat endured? NATO is based o...
  • €6,7 Billion for Dutch Navy
    €6,7 Billion for Dutch Navy May 7 2018
    The Dutch Navy will receive a total investment of 6,7 billion euros for the replacement of two M-frigates and six minehunters as well as the purchase of a second Combat Support Ship (CSS).  The current multipurpose frigates, the HNLMS Van Speijk (F828) and the HNLMS Van Amstel (F831) were commissioned into Navy service in 1991 and 1995. The new frigates to replace them are expected to enter service by 2024.  The CSS is one of the most urgent needs ...
  • Netherlands Wants New CBRN Vehicles
    Netherlands Wants New CBRN Vehicles May 3 2018
    The Netherlands is to replace its 12 Fuchs armoured vehicles for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) reconnaissance will reach the end of their lifespan in a few years. Netherlands Ministry of Defence announced on 1 May that they will look for the possibility of international cooperation before purchasing. The country is already working with Germany, Canada, Norway, the United States, the United Kingdom and Sweden in terms of CBRN research and oper...
  • Guidance Kit Approval to Netherlands
    Guidance Kit Approval to Netherlands April 27 2018
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands of 3 thousand 500 M1156 Precision Guided Kits for an estimated cost of $70 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the Congress about the possible sale on 24 April.  The proposed sale of PGK will provide a precision-guided capability to 155mm artillery projectiles and improve Netherlands's capability to meet current and future enemy th...
  • Europe’s Largest Military Exercise 'Joint Warrior' Began
    Europe’s Largest Military Exercise 'Joint Warrior' Began April 25 2018
    One of the largest military exercises in Europe, Exercise Joint Warrior, has begun on 21 April with the participation of more than 11 thousand 600 military personnel from 17 nations. The two-week exercise is operating out of HMNB Clyde, Scotland. The bi-annual exercise, run each in April and in October, incorporates all three UK services as well as forces from 16 other nations including Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden...
  • Multinational Air Refuelling
    Multinational Air Refuelling April 10 2018
    The US participated for the first time in the European Air Transport Commands' (EATC) European Air Refuelling Training (EART) this year, which began on 8 April. EART 2018, taking place at Eindhoven Air Base, the Netherlands, is focused on multinational Air-to-Air Refuelling operations specializing in providing challenging training for air and maintenance crews from Allied nations. During this combined activity, fighters jets from nine NATO Allies, as well as NATO’s E-...
  • Final Decision To Be Made in October
    Final Decision To Be Made in October March 29 2018
    Netherlands Ministry of Defence revealed that a definitive answer about the purchase of the last three of the planned 37 F-35s might be given in October at the earliest. The purchase of 34 F-35s is now assured however there is no final decision on the last three aircraft. According to the Secretary of Defence Barbara Visser, a decision will be made on the basis of the Dollar exchange rate in September.
  • US to Spend $10 Billion on Modernization of B61s
    US to Spend $10 Billion on Modernization of B61s February 19 2018
    The US plans to spend more than $10 billion on the modernization of B61 nuclear bombs deployed throughout Turkey, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. According to a report by Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), 150 bombs are currently deployed in Turkey and some other European countries and one-third of the weapons are placed in Turkey's Incirlik Base. The NTI report said it “should be assumed that they are targets for terrorism and theft”.
  • Belgium Became Fifth Member in NATO Program
    Belgium Became Fifth Member in NATO Program February 15 2018
    Belgium signed an agreement to join A330 multirole air-to-air refuelling aircraft program at the NATO's defence ministerial conference held in Brussels. The agreement makes Belgium the fifth member of the program after Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and Norway. The first two aircraft were purchased by the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 2016. The number of platforms to be produced upon Belgium's participation in the program will rise to eight, with a sche...
  • Slovenia To Buy Boxer 8x8
    Slovenia To Buy Boxer 8x8 February 9 2018
    Slovenia has selected Boxer for its 8x8 armoured vehicle requirement. Slovenia’s Ministry of Defence said in a press release on 2 February that the deal for future procurement of Boxer 8×8 armoured wheeled platform for a new Central Battalion Battle Group to be signed in later in the year. The MoD also announced that it will submit a written proposal to OCCAR this month to pursue participating state status within the programme. Slovenia...
  • €1,1 Billion Investment in Mine Hunting
    €1,1 Billion Investment in Mine Hunting February 1 2018
    Belgian Government has approved a €1,1 billion purchase of six new-build mine countermeasures vessels (MCMV) on 26 January. The order will be awarded together with the Dutch Navy, which is also purchasing six similar vessels. Belgium will lead the project.  These new vessels will make maximum use of unmanned systems on, under and above water to detect and destroy mines. With these unmanned systems, the search for mines can be carried out more safely and faster compare...