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  • 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...
  • "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...
  • Greece Ships Patriot to Saudi Arabia
    Greece Ships Patriot to Saudi Arabia January 16 2020
    According to Greece base internet publication Militaire News, Greece will send  Greek Patriot to Saudi Arabia. The demand is coming through the US who want to create a "multinational umbrella" in-country. The Greek Foreign Ministry has responded to that request. Greek Patriots will not engage in Saudi Arabia's conflicts with countries in the region. The Saudis will bear the financial cost of the shipment.
  • Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters
    Ukraine Plans to Acquire Apache AH-64 Helicopters December 23 2019
    The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine plans to buy McDonnell Douglas AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to replace old Soviet helicopters of the Ukrainian army. This decision was made as a result of a defence review, which ended last week, and its results were transferred to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence believes that gaps in the capabilities of the Ukrainian army and the defence-industrial complex should be eliminated through the purchase of moder...
  • Russia Plans to Unveil the New TOS-2 Heavy Flamethrower System Next Year
    Russia Plans to Unveil the New TOS-2 Heavy Flamethrower System Next Year November 14 2019
    The Russian Defence Ministry plans to show the new TOS-2 heavy flamethrower system at the parade in honour of the 75th anniversary of the Victory and send it to the troops. The head of the chemical, biological and radiation protection forces of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, said that the TOS-2 heavy flamethrower system should enter the military units in May 2020. “By the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Pat...
  • HQ-9 Tested
    HQ-9 Tested November 12 2019
      Uzbekistan, procured China's HQ-9 (FD-2000) surface-to-air missile system, in 2018. The Ministry of Defence of Uzbekistan announced this week that the system had performed its first firing test. The exercise had been conducted at the Kulkuduk range in Navoiy Region. According to footage officially released by the Uzbek military, the FD-2000 air defence system was supported by the Pechora-2M medium-range SAM systems. The targets were simulated by unmanned aerial vehicles; ...
  • PAC-3 Protection for Olympic Games
    PAC-3 Protection for Olympic Games November 6 2019
    According to Japanese media reports, Japan may deploy an upgraded version of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air defence systems in the Tokyo metropolitan area before the Olympic Games in July 2020. Patriot batteries will be deployed in Tokyo between April and July before the other regions; The ministry wants to equip the 1st Air Defence Missile Group with PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement interceptors to defend against possible threats such as ballistic missiles, drones and u...
  • Russia Deployed S-400 to Serbia
    Russia Deployed S-400 to Serbia October 28 2019
    Russian Ministry of Defence announced that Russian Army S-400 and Pantsir-S air-defence systems are deployed to Serbia, to took part in the bilateral Slavic Shield 2019 air-defence exercises. As part of the exercise, the Russian S-400 division and the Pantsir-S battery will be deployed on the territory of a Serbian air base and will be part of the joint Russian-Serbian mixed group of air defence forces. Russian-Serbian air defence exercise "Slavic shield-2019" is...
  • International Radar and Border Security Summit Held for the Second Time
    International Radar and Border Security Summit Held for the Second Time October 2 2019
    International Radar and Border Security Summit Held for the Second Time Organized by the Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MÜSİAD) for the second time, Military Radar + Border Security Turkey Summit started today with the participation of Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, National Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and a number of state officials. Interior Minister Soylu, drew attention to Turkey's security measures need to reduce dependence ...
  • Bahrain Has Preferred the Patriot over the S-400
    Bahrain Has Preferred the Patriot over the S-400 August 15 2019
    The Kingdom of Bahrain signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon's Patriot air and missile defence system from the United States Army. This letter of offer and acceptance allows the US government to begin contract negotiations with Raytheon for production of an undisclosed quantity of systems and missiles. "Patriot missiles will provide Bahrain's anti-ballistic defence, its cruise missile defence and manned and unmanned aircraft," said Raytheon Integrated Defence Sy...
  • Upgrade for Germany
    Upgrade for Germany July 31 2019
    The US-based company Raytheon will upgrade Germany's Patriots air defence systems to the improved PAC-3 MSE standard. Shortly after the German Defence and Budget Committees approved the upgrade, the US $ 105.5 million contract aims to bring Germany's air defence system in line with other EU and NATO countries using Patriot. The German army's inventory includes Patriot PAC-3 air defence systems delivered by the United States between 2008 and 2010. The improved version of ...
  • White House Sets Up Potential Sanctions Meeting Against Turkey July 21 2019
    The White House has invited all Republican senators to a meeting next week to discuss potential sanctions on Turkey after President Trump said the United States will cancel the purchase of F-35 fighter jets according to Washington Post Daily. The meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m, will be held in the State Dining Room of the White House and is limited to the senators only. Trump announced the cancellation of the purchase Tuesday, saying it was “not a fair situa...
  • 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...
  • New Support for Qatar Defence Capability July 13 2019
    Qatar signed two contracts worth $ 2.2 billion with Raytheon Company for integrated air and missile defence capability. The contracts include the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, final certification of the AMRAAM-Extended Range missile, and an unspecified quantity of additional Patriot fire units. Qatar is the first country to procure AMRAAM-ER, the surface-to-air extended-range variant of the AMRAAM air-to-air-missile. Qatar also becomes the 11th country to procure NASAMS, a ...
  • Opponent to the MEADS
    Opponent to the MEADS June 25 2019
    A new step has been taken in Germany's IAMD (Integrated Air and Missile Defense System) project. The consortium TLVS (Taktisches Luftverteidigungssystem / Tactical Air Defense System), a joint venture of MBDA Deutschland and Lockheed Martin, presented a proposal to BAAINBw (Bundesministerium der Verteidigung und hat als Hauptaufgabe die Bundeswehr / German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support). The program was launched to replace ...
  • US Support for Taiwan Patriots
    US Support for Taiwan Patriots May 17 2019
    U.S. weapons manufacturer Raytheon, has been granted a US$9 million contract to develop and upgrade Taiwan’s Patriot missile defence system. The project, which is planned to last for the next five years, will be completed by 3 April 2024. The platform is capable of detecting, tracking, and intercepting aerial vehicles and ballistic missiles. Raytheon has sold Patriot Air Defence Systems to 16 different nations, including neighbours Japan and South Korea in the Asia-Pacific reg...
  • $6 961 Billion Worth Export
    $6 961 Billion Worth Export May 7 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to three countries for five different defence items. Two for Bahrain, two for Czech Republic and one for United Arab Emirates. Total cost for Bahrain is $ 3. 228 billion. Total tag price for Czech Republic is 1. 085 billion and UAE will pay $2.728 billion. Total export value is $6 961 billion. Bahrain will acquire various Patriot missile systems and related support and equipment for an...
  • Two Offers to Switzerland
    Two Offers to Switzerland March 26 2019
    A bid for the new generation air defence system was presented by two participants. The tender for the Air2030 Program included three candidates. Israel which invited with David’s Sling system did not made an offer. The US participant Raytheon joined the tender with Patriot system and European participant Eurosam made a bid with  SAMP / T. The procurement process will continue with the analysis and testing phase just as in the aircraft procurement phase. Teams to be commissio...
  • PAC-3 Order to Lockheed Martin
    PAC-3 Order to Lockheed Martin December 28 2018
    Lockheed Martin announced a new order in the last days of 2018. The Company has signed a MIM-104F Patriot PAC-3 production agreement to supply to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia under the FMS and US Army. The deal was announced as USD 1.8 billion. The company will produce MIM-104F PAC-3MSE (Missile Segment Enhancement) and the necessary subsystems to the countries under the agreement. It is not announced how many missiles and subsystems will be produced. The PAC-3 system, which is incl...
  • Russia to fulfil S-400 sale to Turkey despite Patriot deal
    Russia to fulfil S-400 sale to Turkey despite Patriot deal December 19 2018
    Kremlin believes that Turkey's possible purchase of US Patriot Missile System and of Russian S-400 Triumph air defence systems are not connected, and that Russia-Turkey contract on S-400 purchase will be continued, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Peskov's remarks came a day after the Pentagon announced that the US State Department had approved a possible $3.5 billion sale of Patriot missile systems to its NATO-ally Turkey, after notifying Congress of the certification. Peskov fu...
  • US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey
    US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey December 19 2018
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of 80 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles, 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. Turkey has requested the possible sale of 4 AN/MPQ-65 Radar Sets, 4 Engagement Control Stations, 10 Antenna Mast G...
  • Pentagon's F-35 Report: It Favours Better Relations with Turkey
    Pentagon's F-35 Report: It Favours Better Relations with Turkey November 28 2018
    US Daily Washington Post wrote about Pentagon reports about Turkey. Daily says, ”Defence Secretary Jim Mattis repeated his objection to the threat. Cutting off Turkey, whose defence industry produces significant F-35 components, Mattis said, would cause major delays in overall production of the new generation combat plane, according to congressional officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the sensitive issue.” US opposes Turkey’s decision to acquire...
  • Romania to Procure Additional Patriot November 4 2018
    The Romanian government has signed an agreement with the U.S. Army and transferred funding to the US government for the purchase of three additional Raytheon Patriot Air and Missile Defence Systems from the U.S. Army.  Patriot manufacturer Raytheon announced the agreement. "Romania is purchasing the most advanced, capable, cutting edge tactical ballistic missile defence system in the world," said Mike Ellison, Raytheon's country manager for Romania. All ...
  • First Step from Switzerland for Long Range
    First Step from Switzerland for Long Range September 27 2018
      Switzerland's defense procurement office, Armasuisse, has issued a request for proposal. Three different participants were invited to participate in the long-range air defense system procurement  tender under the Air 2030 Program. The participants are Eurosam, Israel and Raytheon. Systems to be offered are SAMP / T, David’s Sling and Patriot. Armasuisse aims to receive the offers in March 2019 at the latest. In addition, the demand for testing the component cap...
  • ROK To Acquire 64 Patriot PAC-3 MSE Missiles
    ROK To Acquire 64 Patriot PAC-3 MSE Missiles September 16 2018
    The State Department has decided approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea (ROK) of 64 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles for an estimated cost of $501 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The ROK has requested to buy 64 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) Missiles. Also included are two PAC...
  • Sweden Signed Agreement
    Sweden Signed Agreement August 13 2018
    Lockheed Martin announced that agreement signed for procurement of Patriot PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability-3) with Sweden. "We are honored to be a partner with Sweden for the protection of the armed forces, the people and the structures. " statement made in announcement. With Patriot PAC-3MSE Sweden has a modern air defence layer. Details about the agreement signed with Sweden were not announced. Sweden became the sixth PAC-3 user after the US, Qatar, Japan, R...
  • "Patriot"ic Defence to Vikings
    "Patriot"ic Defence to Vikings August 2 2018
    Raytheon will sell the Patriot system to a new country. Sweden to procure Patriot air defence system. Agreement expected to signed next week. While Stockholm was reported to supply four firing units, the number of missiles was unexplained. The price of the deal to be signed is expected to be around 1.3 billion US Dollars. Sweden will have the option of buying up to 300 missiles. If 300 missiles were procured, the deal would be worth US $ 3 billion. Raytheon, the manufactur...
  • Patriot Stepback
    Patriot Stepback August 1 2018
    A new Patriot step came from the Far East. Japan has withdraw its the PAC-3 missile systems to their bases after the reduction of tension in a missile crisis with North Korea. Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air defense systems, which have been deployed in Hokkaido, Shimane, Hiroshima, Ahime and Kochi areas which are deployed since August 2017, have been returned to their previous positions. Japan also withdraw PAC-3s at Ichigawa, Tokyo's which is responsibl...
  • Patriot Missile Breaks Its Own Distance Record to Defeat Threat Target in Test
    Patriot Missile Breaks Its Own Distance Record to Defeat Threat Target in Test July 28 2018
    In a U.S. Army-led test on July 26, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile broke its own distant record to take out an air-breathing target simulating a cruise missile or fixed-wing aircraft . Test demonstrated the Hit-to-Kill capability of the PAC-3 family of missiles, which defends against threats through body-to-body contact. The test also reconfirmed PAC-3 MSE's ability to detect, track and interc...
  • Big Agreement in Asia
    Big Agreement in Asia June 20 2018
    Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense has announced that it has signed an agreement with the United States on military technology transfer and military sales. Under the agreements, Lockheed Martin's Missile and Fire Control Department will provide to Taiwanese defense industry military grade titanium processing and avitation technology transfer. In addition, Taiwan will procure an upgrade package for the Patriot PAC-2s in the inventory and six sets of MIM-104F Patr...
  • Sweden to acquire  Patriot air defence missile systems
    Sweden to acquire  Patriot air defence missile systems June 1 2018
    Sweden is about to sign a deal in the next few weeks to purchase US  Patriot air defence missile system from the  Raytheon. The contract could reach an amount of $1.13 billion and is the biggest military purchase since 2013 from the Swedish armed forces. According to Joakim Lewin, head of the Army Design Office at the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration ( Försvarets Materielverk /FMV), Sweden is done negotiating with the U.S. about Patriot and will now ask th...
  • Roketsan and Raytheon Partnership Continues with Excellence Award
    Roketsan and Raytheon Partnership Continues with Excellence Award May 31 2018
    Roketsan and Raytheon Partnership Continues with Excellence Award Roketsan and Raytheon continue their strategic partnership on Patriot Program as per the contract signed on 16 May 2018 for additional Production of Patriot GEM-T Air Defense Missile Control Section Assemblies (CSA). The partnership has started in 2009 and proceeded successfully with the completion of three projects for different end users. Awarded the ‘Supplier Excellence Award’ for ninth consec...
  • Legislative Barrier for F-35
    Legislative Barrier for F-35 May 25 2018
    The first legislative barrier for the F-35 sales to Turkey emerged. The US House of Representatives approved the National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) which regulates the framework of the annual $716 billion defence policy. Following in this development, Defence Minister was requested in the draft version prepared by the House of Representatives to prepare a report on the state of relations between Turkey and the suspension of the F-35 sales was suggested until the report was re...
  • Raytheon Awarded $400M for Patriot Fire Units
    Raytheon Awarded $400M for Patriot Fire Units May 3 2018
    Raytheon has secured a $395.8 million modification under a US Army foreign military sales contract to supply the Phased Array Tracking on Radar to Intercept Option Fire Unit to Romania, the Defense Department said Monday. The work is expected to be completed by 30 April 2020. Romania finalized an agreement in November 2017 to procure the Raytheon's Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System from the US. The signing of the Letter of ...
  • WISŁA Contract by Poland MoD
    WISŁA Contract by Poland MoD April 3 2018
    Poland Ministry of Defence signed a contract for anti-aircraft and anti-missile medium-range missile system "WISŁA - 1 Phase" on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 in Warsaw. The first phase of the program concerns the acquisition of two Patriot batteries in the 3+ configuration with the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS) system.  Under WISŁA program, Polish companies will produce launchers, transport vehicles and communicat...
  • $8 Billion Air Defence Budget by Switzerland
    $8 Billion Air Defence Budget by Switzerland March 31 2018
    The long lasting pursuit of air defence missile system and fighters in Switzerland proceeded to a new phase. Switzerland, known for its neutrality and surrounded by EU countries, will allocate an $8 billion budget for air defence under the program "Air 2030". Guy Parmelin, president of the Swiss Defence and Civil Protection Department said the companies that could bid for new in-terrain aircraft were Eurofighter from Airbus, Dassault Rafale from Fr...
  • Poland To Buy PAC-3 MSE
    Poland To Buy PAC-3 MSE March 29 2018
    Poland has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the US on 28 March for the purchase of Lockheed Martin's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related support equipment. With the agreement, Poland became the fifth international customer to buy the PAC-3 MSE after Qatar, Japan, Romania, and the United Arab Emirates.  With a dual-pulse solid rocket motor, PAC-3 MSE provides inc...
  • US-Turkey Negotiations on Patriot Continue
    US-Turkey Negotiations on Patriot Continue March 23 2018
    Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Hami Aksoy said that the talks with the US on the acquisition of Patriot system are continuing. Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu told a newspaper during his visit to Germany that due to concerns of the Congress, they faced difficulty buying even simple rifles from the US and if the US administration gives assurance that Congress will approve it, they would purchase the Patriot systems. With this stateme...
  • Early Delivery of S-400
    Early Delivery of S-400 March 15 2018
    Russia responded positively to Turkey regarding acceleration of S-400 missile system deliveries.  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, "We are responding positively to a request of the Turkish colleagues to speed up the delivery." after a meeting in Moscow with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu.  Moscow and Ankara signed a contract for the supply of S-400 systems in 2017. Upon deliveries, Turkey will become t...
  • Turkey at crossroads? “S-400” vs “Patriot”
    Turkey at crossroads? “S-400” vs “Patriot” March 10 2018
    Turkish Minister of Foreign affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Turkey may buy Patriot air defence systems. Speaking to German daily Die Zeit, Minister Çavuşoğlu said, “Due to US Congress , We needed it urgently because we did not have an air defence system. we had difficulty purchasing even simple rifles from the US because of concerns in the US Congress. We had to buy from somewhere. If the US government can guarantee that Congress will allow it, we will buy their Pa...