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  • Ukraine to Deliver Radar to U.S.
    Ukraine to Deliver Radar to U.S. 16 November 2020
    The Pentagon will receive air defense radar from Ukraine. "We have delivered radar to the United States before. As far as we know, these radars are being used actively. Customers are satisfied with the quality of these products. We signed a contract with the United States a few days ago covering the sale of new radars,” Ukraine-based firm Iskra said.  The Pentagon first purchased 36D6 radars from Ukraine in 2008. In 2019, the White House sat down with Ukrai...
  • 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...
  • U.S. Set 2023 for Hypersonic Weapon
    U.S. Set 2023 for Hypersonic Weapon 17 October 2020
    U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said his country will be stationing the first hypersonic weapon by 2023. "Our opponents are firing long-range missiles to prevent our freedom of manoeuvre. We are increasing our hypersonic investments over the next five years," Esper said. In March, the Army and Navy reached an important milestone by jointly launching a successful test of a hypersonics glide body, he noted. The United States wants to integrate new technology into forces by...
  • Israel Wants to Work with U.S. for Defence Cooperation
    Israel Wants to Work with U.S. for Defence Cooperation 13 October 2020
    Israel is considering cooperating with the Pentagon to improve the defence use of directed energy capabilities. “We need to overcome some classification issues, some policy issues, and hopefully we can enlarge those capabilities together as well,” the officials said. There are many defence projects being carried out between the United States and Israel. Rafael and Raytheon are cooperating. Israeli Aerospace Industries and Boeing are also continuing their collaborations.<...
  • Turkey's Role in F-35 Parts to Continue Until 2022
    Turkey's Role in F-35 Parts to Continue Until 2022 3 October 2020
    The United States will continue to buy F-35 Lightning II parts from Turkey despite removing Turkey from the F-35 program. The United States will continue to buy parts for the F-35 Joint Assault Aircraft from Turkey by 2022, although Ankara has purchased the Russian S-400 air defence system, the Pentagon's top procurement official said. Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of purchasing at the secretary of Defence, said the Pentagon should continue to buy Turkish-made parts i...
  • 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...
  • Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA
    Aircraft Carrier Crisis in the USA 16 September 2020
    The debate over the operational readiness levels of aircraft carriers in the United States continues. Pentagon officials argue that aircraft carriers are available, but the rhetoric between the Navy and the White House that the level of preparation for the platforms is both costly and long-lasting. Rear Admiral John Meier, commander of the US Atlantic Navy Air Force, described the operational presence of the ships as "the number one concern." Rear Admiral Meier said that s...
  • F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds
    F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds 13 September 2020
      The Pentagon’s five-year budget plan for the F-35 falls short by as much as $10 billion, the military’s independent cost analysis unit has concluded, a new indication that the complex fighter jet may be too costly to operate and maintain according to Bloomberg News. The Defence Department’s blueprint for the next five fiscal years calls for requesting $78 billion for research and development, jet procurement, operations and maintenance and military...
  • North Korea Might be Preparing Launch of Submarine Missile
    North Korea Might be Preparing Launch of Submarine Missile 6 September 2020
    Satellite imagery of a North Korean shipyard on Friday shows activity suggestive of preparations for a test of a medium-range submarine-launched ballistic missile, The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) reported on Friday. The US think-tank said the images it published on its website of North Korea's Sinpo shipyard showed several vessels within a secure boat basin, one of which resembled vessels previously used to tow a submersible test stand barge out to sea....
  • $1 Billion Space Bonds
    $1 Billion Space Bonds 4 September 2020
      According to a recent report titled, “State of the Space Industrial Base 2020: A Time for Action to Sustain U.S. Economic and Military Leadership in Space,” $11 billion of private capital has been invested in commercial space technology companies In the last five years The report is written by the Space Force, Defence Innovation Unit and Air Force Research Laboratory. “The Space Force must leverage the technologies and approaches at the f...
  • US DoD report China boasts world’s largest navy
    US DoD report China boasts world’s largest navy 3 September 2020
      According to the US Department of Defence (DoD) the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has the largest navy in the world, surpassing the US Navy. DOD has released its ‘2020 China Military Power Report’. The report is submitted to Congress annually. The Pentagon said: “The PRC has the largest navy in the world, with an overall battle force of approximately 350 ships and submarines including over 130 major surface combatants. “In ...
  • US Plans to Stay in Turkey at least Until 2028
    US Plans to Stay in Turkey at least Until 2028 27 August 2020
    A Pentagon contract awarded to a US company indicates US plans to remain on US bases established in Turkey until 2028. Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., Houston, Texas, has been awarded a $974,000,000 contract for U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) base operating support. This contract provides day-to-day base operations and maintenance services throughout locations within USAFE-AFAFRICA. Work will be performed at Mor&oacut...
  • U.S. Senators Worried about Turkey's Role in F-35 Program
    U.S. Senators Worried about Turkey's Role in F-35 Program 9 July 2020
    Republican and Democratic Senators submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Defense, which included questions about the continuity of part delivery between the United States and Turkey under the F-35 program. The letter said Ankara did not act as a responsible actor in the programme and was moving away from the expected cooperation as a NATO ally. Republican senators James Lankford and Thom Tillis and Democratic senators Jeanne Shaheen and Chris Van Hollen said, " From huma...
  • Approval to Stryker Sale
    Approval to Stryker Sale 7 July 2020
    Stryker family armoured vehicles, developed by the USA for fast deployment missions during the Cold War, continue their duties in different countries. The U.S. Department of Defence Pentagon approved the sale of 27 M1126 Stryker armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to Argentina under FMS (Foreign Military Sales). Buenos Aires had requested 27 M1126 Stryker and .50 cal mm M2 machine guns from the US in the past months. It was announced that the total cost of the platforms would be...
  • New Address of U.S. Troops will be Former Soviet Bloc
    New Address of U.S. Troops will be Former Soviet Bloc 29 June 2020
    The new address of US troops stationed in Germany will soon be revealed. U.S. President Donald Trump announced in early June that 9,500 U.S. troops stationed in Germany would withdraw. The U.S. Department of Defence will present its plan for the troops to President Trump. Accordingly, the Pentagon is proposing to reduce the number of troops stationed in Germany to 25,000. Defence Minister Mark Esper's plan includes shifting troops to the Eastern European country. Some ...
  • Lockheed Counterattacks COVID-19
    Lockheed Counterattacks COVID-19 27 June 2020
    The Lockheed Martin company says it hired 8,300 since coronavirus hit and made $1.1 billion worth payments to keep suppliers afloat. The world’s largest defence contractor, says it has hired more than 8,300 employees since March, when coronavirus began shutting down businesses across the United States. Lockheed, in a statement Friday, said it plans to hire a total of 12,000 employees this year. “In this volatile environment, it is more important than ever befor...
  • Putin's Statement on Hypersonic Weapons
    Putin's Statement on Hypersonic Weapons 16 June 2020
    Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about his country's capabilities against hypersonic weapons. In a statement, Putin said Russia would soon be in a position to counter the hypersonic weapons deployed by other countries. He added that Moscow is ahead of the United States in developing new types of weapons. Last year, Russia deployed its first hypersonic nuclear capability missile. The Pentagon will only have hypersonic capabilities in the early 2020s.
  • Patriot Sale to Seven U.S. Ally States
    Patriot Sale to Seven U.S. Ally States 13 June 2020
    The U.S. Department of Defence signed a contract with The Pentagon Lockheed Martin to supply MIM-104F Patriot PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability-3) to allied countries. The deal, worth about 1 billion US dollars, will send air defence systems to Bahrain, Germany, Poland, Qatar, Romania, the Republic of Korea and the United Arab Emirates. In April, the Pentagon signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to supply MIM-104F Patriot PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability-3) MSE (Missile Segment...
  • Patriots in Saudi Arabia Return to the U.S.
    Patriots in Saudi Arabia Return to the U.S. 9 May 2020
    The United States has decided to withdraw the MIM-104 Patriot air defence system it deployed to Saudi Arabia during tensions with Iran. It was also announced that about 300 U.S. troops would leave Saudi Arabia. The batteries are sent to the United States for maintenance before new deployment. In the United States, which took this decision at a time of tension over oil production with Saudi Arabia, Republicans accused Saudi Arabia of its steps in the oil market, which is struggling d...
  • UFO Surprise from the Pentagon
    UFO Surprise from the Pentagon 28 April 2020
    The U.S. Department of Defence (Pentagon) has officially released a video Unidentified Flying Object ( UFO). The Pentagon calls these images the Unexplained Weather Phenomena ( UAP). The three videos the Pentagon shared without comments include objects recorded by U.S. Navy pilots on mission flights between 2004 and 2015. In the Pentagon's written statement on the subject, it was expressed that the publication of the videos in question did not contain sensitive informa...
  • Tension between the U.S. and Iran Increases
    Tension between the U.S. and Iran Increases 24 April 2020
    Tensions between the United States and Iran continue to escalate after Iranian Revolutionary Guard Qassem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike in January. Earlier this month, the U.S. military said 11 vessels from the IRGCN came close to U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative.” On April 22, President Donald Trump posted on his official Twitter account that:" I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy...
  • Three-Month Delay in Defence Acquisition Program
    Three-Month Delay in Defence Acquisition Program 22 April 2020
    The Pentagon said there could be a three-month slowdown in major procurement programs due to COVID-19. “Of 10,509 major prime contractors, 106 are currently closed and 68 have closed and already reopened. On the vendor side, out of 11,413 companies, 427 are closed, with another 147 having closed and reopened,” Ellen Lord, the Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment, said. Lord said that shutting down assembly lines to allow for social distancing, coping with a s...
  • Aircraft Carrier Crew Sleep Here
    Aircraft Carrier Crew Sleep Here 6 April 2020
    There is a new photo from USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. After the captain Brett Crozier, who reported the increasing coronavirus incident on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, a new image spread on social media. Captain Crozier, wrote a letter to the Pacific Fleet to report the incident of coronavirus on board, said, "We are not in war and the staff do not have to die." Before the letter appeared, the Pentagon announced that three staff tested positive...
  • Capt. Brett Crozier's Duty on the Aircraft Carrier Has Been Terminated
    Capt. Brett Crozier's Duty on the Aircraft Carrier Has Been Terminated 4 April 2020
    Brett Crozier, Captain of the aircraft carrier (U.S. rank O-6) USS Theodore Roosevelt, was dismissed from the ship. The subject took its place in the media after the article of Crozier, who wrote a letter to the Pacific Fleet to report the incident of coronavirus on board, leaked to the internet. Captain, who asked for the evacuation of the crew in the letter, said, "We are not in war and the staff do not have to die." US Defence Secretary Mark Esper's statem...
  • Coronavirus Spreads Rapidly in the U.S. Navy
    Coronavirus Spreads Rapidly in the U.S. Navy 1 April 2020
    More than 70 crews of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt were detected to have coronavirus. A week ago the Pentagon confirmed three sailors on the Roosevelt had tested positive and that number had risen to 25 two days later. While the rapidly spreading virus is known to affect more than 70 personnel, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet refused to announce the full number. "We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to ...
  • 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...
  • Pentagon’s Hypersonic Glide Body Flight Test Deemed Success
    Pentagon’s Hypersonic Glide Body Flight Test Deemed Success 21 March 2020
    The U.S. Defence Department tested a hypersonic glide body in a flight experiment conducted from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on March 19, 2020. The Navy and Army jointly executed the launch. The test was deemed a success. The Common-Hypersonic Glide Body, or C-HGB, launched and flew at hypersonic speed to “a designated impact point,” according to a statement issued March 20 by the Department of Defence. The test was a joint effort betwe...
  • Coronavirus Panic in the U.S. Navy
    Coronavirus Panic in the U.S. Navy 16 March 2020
    Under the influence of the world, the coronavirus infiltrated the US Navy. The entire team was quarantined after a positive test on the virus in a crew working on the USS Boxer (LHD-4) amphibious assault ship. On Sunday, the Navy announced that the sailor assigned to the warship tested “presumptive positive,” meaning, the patient tested positive by a local public health laboratory but results are still pending confirmation at a Center for Disease Control (CDC) lab. Earlier ...
  • Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall
    Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall 14 February 2020
    The Pentagon is seeking to divert $3.8 billion, mainly from its fiscal 2020 weapons procurement budget, to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall. The plan, which came from the Department of Homeland Security in January, will be officially released by the Office of the Secretary of Defence. A list of talking points was sent across the Pentagon earlier today, noting that the money will go toward funding a 230-mile long wall. The biggest item on the list is a $650 million Ame...
  • Two Countries Threatening the US Navy: China and Russia
    Two Countries Threatening the US Navy: China and Russia 6 February 2020
    Vice Admiral Andrew Woody Lewis made a statement that Russia and China are capable of targeting the US Navy. Lewis, who leads Joint Forces Command Norfolk and the Navy's newly reactivated 2nd Fleet, has been tasked with protecting the Atlantic from “great power” rivals such as Russia and China. The fleet, a mainstay of American defences during the Cold War, was mothballed in 2011 and then re-established in 2018 as the United States's relationship with Russia deteriorated. ...
  • F-35 Couldn't Hit the Target
    F-35 Couldn't Hit the Target 31 January 2020
    A new problem has emerged, described as critical level, in the F-35 Lightning II, which was facing many troubles since the program started. In the statement made by the Pentagon, it was stated that the GAU-12 Equalizer guns of the F-35A Lightning IIs have accuracy problems in ground attack missions. Software errors were noted as the cause of the hit problem. It was also revealed that the strong recoil of the 25mm diameter gun caused cracks in the gun housing. For these reasons, it w...
  • Lockheed Martin Space Mesh Against Hypersonic Threats
    Lockheed Martin Space Mesh Against Hypersonic Threats 29 January 2020
    Upon increasing hypersonic speed ballistic threats, Lockheed Martin announced that a new low-orbit space mesh system for observation missions was developed and the first prototype was placed in orbit. Within the scope of the program called Pony Express 1, which reached the prototype phase in a short period of nine months, it was announced that the first system was placed in orbit in December 2019. The study, which is expected to attract the attention of the Pentagon, ...
  • Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration
    Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration 3 January 2020
    During recent budget negotiations, the Pentagon again tried to retire the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) 25 years early, Defence News reported. According to the magazine, this time the plan was withdrawn from the White House. The White House's Office of Management and Budget told the Pentagon that the Navy's budget submission did not include refuelling the Truman or maintaining its air wing and directed it to come back with a budget that restored funding to bo...
  • $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air
    $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air 3 January 2020
    Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin a five-year contract worth $7 billion for maintenance of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. This additional five-year contract will extend the service’s contract work with Lockheed Martin through 31 December 2032. Work will be performed at a variety of operational bases, wherever the F-22 is deployed, according to the Pentagon. Lockheed Martin produced 195 examples of the F-22, with the last stealth fighter rolling off its production li...
  • Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey
    Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey 21 December 2019
    US President Donald Trump signed off the sprawling 2020 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) earlier Friday, authorising a top-line budget of $738 billion that includes $635 billion for base Pentagon spending. Trump signed the bill at a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The bill includes the building of 100 new F-35 jets, 155 Army helicopters, 165 Abrams tanks, two new Virginia-class submarines, among others. The NDAA also renewed a decision to exclu...
  • Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters
    Czech to Acquire Mixed Fleet of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters 14 December 2019
      The US Defence Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Czech Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar met at the Pentagon to finalize the sale of eight UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters and four AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters on Dec. 12. The sale, which Esper said was a "historic moment," totals about $650 million and is the Czech Republic's largest military purchase from the U.S. The defence secretary said it is a step forward in the Czech Republic's replacement of ...
  • US Considers Purchasing Turkish F-35A Fighter Jets
    US Considers Purchasing Turkish F-35A Fighter Jets 11 December 2019
    U.S. lawmakers propose buying Turkish F-35A fighter jets by American Air Forces, due to Turkey's acquisition of Russian missile system. The National Defence Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2020, proposes the allocation of a $440 million fund for the Pentagon to purchase F-35 aircraft ordered by Turkey, as part of the modernisation of national defence. "The conferees support the removal of the Government of Turkey from the F-35 program due to its purchase of ...
  • The AGM-86C is Bowing out of Service
    The AGM-86C is Bowing out of Service 27 November 2019
    The missile that started Operation Desert Storm is being retired. The AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM), the non-nuclear sibling of the AGB-86B that remains in service, is being put rest after decades of service. Pentagon’s Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) marked the birth of GPS-guided munitions. The technology that birthed the modern guided munition retired. The retirement marks end of an era as the munition is used at every...
  • F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020
    F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020 15 November 2019
    According to USNI News, US lawmakers will not authorise the Pentagon to award a multi-year contract to build F-35 unless the program solves such problems as chronic shortages of spare parts that often wear out quicker than anticipated. Speaking during a joint hearing of two House Armed Services subcommittees, Rep. John Garamendi, chairman of the readiness subcommittee, said the F-35 program is still plagued by high operating costs, inadequate repair capacity, spare part shortages an...
  • What is the Real Price of F-35?
    What is the Real Price of F-35? 5 November 2019
    The news that the F-35A price tag will be lower than 80 million USD was a piece of sensational news. It meant that a government could decide to acquire either F-16 or F-35 as the price difference was almost less than 20 million USD per copy.  Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has a different perspective on the price tag. According to the nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes overpriced military spending Pentagon is trying to deceive by obscuring F100 Million...