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  • MQ-9B SkyGuardian to Be Sold to UAE
    MQ-9B SkyGuardian to Be Sold to UAE 7 November 2020
    The White House will sell the MQ-9B SkyGuardian drone to the UAE, Reuters reported. The sale, which is expected to be worth about US$2.9 billion, will cover 18 drones. The UAE has long shown an interest in the purchase of UAV from the United States and will be among the first customers to procure the platforms after Washington changed its export policy on drones. Platforms will be delivered to the UAE in 2024 if Congress approves the sale of the MQ-9B, which provides air s...
  • Green Light from Israel to F-35
    Green Light from Israel to F-35 25 October 2020
      Israel declared that it is not against the purchase of the F-35 Lightning II by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with whom it has established diplomatic relations. After BA officially established relations with Israel, it announced that it wanted to procure F-35 from the USA. The first response to this UAE announcement contained negative messages. It was stated that Prime Minister Israel Benjamin Netanyahu Israel was against this sale. The UAE gained its ind...
  • Sale of Ammunition from Turkey to Indonesia and Tunisia
    Sale of Ammunition from Turkey to Indonesia and Tunisia 23 October 2020
    ROKETSAN General Manager Murat İkinci said, Indonesia and Tunisia are interested in guided munitions for drones. “Countries like Indonesia and Tunisia, which are in search of unmanned aerial vehicles, have a high demand for the procurement of mini smart munitions MAM-L and MAM-C, the main weapon systems mounted on the Turkish UAVs,” İkinci said. At the beginning of March, Tunisia allegedly ordered an ANKA-S developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) ...
  • Dutch Submarine Stuck with Budget Limits
    Dutch Submarine Stuck with Budget Limits 14 October 2020
    The Netherlands is trying to solve budgets cuts in order to replace submarines. The Dutch defence Minister started a new submarine procurement project in 2016. In December 2019, the minister informed parliament in a so-called B letter the choice she wanted to make. On October 12, 2020, the Court of Audit published a report in which it examined the study phase of the ministry’s process to procure new submarines. The Court concluded that the budget reserved by the Ministers of D...
  • H&K Lost at home due to Price Tag
    H&K Lost at home due to Price Tag 9 October 2020
      German armed forces Bundeswehr selected C.G. Haenel’s MK556 to replace Heckler & Koch’s G36 rifle. The total deal is around 245 million euros to acquire some 120,000 new firearms. A new report from Businessinsider.de offers detail from a classified procurement report on the trials. The report suggests that Haenel bid around 152 million Euros (including 19% VAT) for the initial delivery of 18,700 rifles. While Heckler & Koch offered their rifle fo...
  • Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft 7 October 2020
      The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MOD) has started to prepare for an international open tender for the acquisition of new Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to improve its maritime surveillance capabilities. MOD’s Defence Industry Division (BIP), Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Acquisition Project Team, and representatives from local and international companies attended to an online briefing for the tender. RMAF wants to acquire two MPA in line with th...
  • Ivchenko-Progress to power up the Turkish Cruise missile
    Ivchenko-Progress to power up the Turkish Cruise missile 5 October 2020
    Ukraine based defence magazine “Defence Express,” wrote that the company purchased components for the production of 12 new AI-35 engines. Quoting the ProZorro public procurement platform, reported that SE Ivchenko-Progress signed a number of contracts for the purchase of cutting-edge aircraft engine components for the new AI-35 turbojet engines that will equip new Turkish cruise missiles. The new cruise missile will have the deep-strike capability. SE Ivchenko-Progress d...
  • Estonia and Netherlands to procure THeMIS
    Estonia and Netherlands to procure THeMIS 4 October 2020
    Estonia and the Netherlands have signed a joint procurement agreement for seven Milrem Robotics THeMIS Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs).  Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) will procure seven Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), four of which will be delivered to the Netherlands and three to Estonia. Milrem will act as the systems integrator under the contract supplying the vehicles, as well as working on the integration of ...
  • 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...
  • Demir: Joint Development of Target SAMP / T, Our Door Is Not Closed
    Demir: Joint Development of Target SAMP / T, Our Door Is Not Closed 29 September 2020
    President of Defence Industries Professor İsmail Demir attended to a press conference at ROKETSAN's Lalahan facilities. There are some allegations on the foreign press about Turkey to acquire from France SAMP / T system. C4Defence asked the details of these allegations to President Demir. Demir gave the following answer to these allegations; There are no new developments regarding SAMP / T. It is always seen as a new development, but there is no improvement at the point we look ...
  • NATO Orders New Tanker
    NATO Orders New Tanker 28 September 2020
    The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has ordered a new Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft for NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Following Luxembourg's decision to maximise its participation in the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet programme (MMF), OCCAR decided to purchase the new aircraft. With this decision, NATO's MMF fleet will have a total of nine aircraft; air-to-air refuelling, strategic transport and medical evacuation needs. The...
  • Made in UK Policy for Support Ships
    Made in UK Policy for Support Ships 27 September 2020
      British government altered the status of support ships. They will be considered as a warship. Previously the Government had argued that the new Fleet Solid Support Ships were not warships and as such, were eligible for international tendering rather than being restricted to British shipyards. The £1.5bn competition to build up to three Fleet Solid Support Ships was suspended last year and an update was due this autumn. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace t...
  • Will Turkey Buy European Missile System?
    Will Turkey Buy European Missile System? 25 September 2020
    According to Bloomberg Agency Turkey approached France to procure European-made air defence systems. The agency claimed that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a phone call and asked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to drop his opposition to co-production of Eurosam’s SAMP/T missile-defence systems. The agency stated that officials could not be named as the discussion was private. Macron responded by saying that Turkey must clarify its objectives in Syria before de...
  • Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned
    Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned 18 September 2020
    According to Defence Review Asia, Indonesia may scale down its KF-X / IFX procurement from the Republic of Korea (ROK). The magazine claims that the government of Indonesia is looking to save money due to COVID-19 pandemic and the level of investment in the KF-X/IFX combat aircraft project is the one that the government has eyes on.  In 2010 the country signed up to pay 20% of the development costs of the twin-jet engine 4++ generation fighter but is now seeking to reduce that to 15%.&nb...
  • India to modernize BMP-2 / 2K infantry fighting vehicles
    India to modernize BMP-2 / 2K infantry fighting vehicles 15 September 2020
    The Indian Army has sent a RfP to national companies to take part in the planned modernization of 811 BMP-2 / 2K Sarath BMP-2 / 2K assembled under license. According to the Hindustan Times, interested companies must submit their proposals within six weeks. On September 4, the Indian Army Command announced that potential suppliers are required to develop a prototype BMP-2 / 2K equipped with a gunner's thermal imaging sight and a third-generation panoramic commander's sight, a...
  • British F-35B jets will be equipped with Meteor missiles by 2025
    British F-35B jets will be equipped with Meteor missiles by 2025 14 September 2020
    British F-35B jets will be equipped with Meteor missiles by the ‘middle of this decade’. Member of Parliament for North Durham Kevan Jones’ posed a question about the timeline about the use of Meteor missiles on UK’s F-35Bs,  Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin, responded; “Initial development work for Meteor integration has progressed well. The final contract award is currently under negotiation which, on current plans, would deliver the ...
  • 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...
  • STM Describes Defence Sector
    STM Describes Defence Sector 12 September 2020
    STM is starting to convey its experience to the public through social media. In the digital project named "1: 1 Answers with STM", those who are curious about the defence industry will be answered from A to Z. STM aims to bring the defence industry closer to the public and explain the sector in all its aspects.   STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. begins to explain the defence industry to all of its stakeholders with the concept of &q...
  • Demir: Hisar A+ Coming
    Demir: Hisar A+ Coming 9 September 2020
    Defence Industry President Prof. İsmail Demir shared information about the latest situation regarding HİSAR air Defence missile systems. Demir visited the test range to follow the rocket competitions organized under the sponsorship of Roketsan and Tübitak SAGE within the scope of Teknofest and answered the questions of a television channel. Regarding Hisar-A, Demir said, “We shot a wide variety of shots in this area, there was one shot around 28-29 as I know it. Our Hisar...
  • Ukraine Gets Closer to Acquire Embraer’s Super Tucano
    Ukraine Gets Closer to Acquire Embraer’s Super Tucano 8 September 2020
      Ukraine that started investigating Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano shows more interest. The company is expected to attend at Arms and Security Expo in October for the first time. Current Albatros aircraft lacks training capabilities for future pilots. Super Tucano however is a jet trainer and light attack aircraft. However, the latter option would require acquisition of a more advanced version of the aircraft, which would significantly boost procurement costs.
  • COVID-19 Postponement on Submarine Purchase
    COVID-19 Postponement on Submarine Purchase 5 September 2020
    Thailand has announced it will go on a reprieve for two Yuan-class submarines it plans to procure. With the economic contraction brought by COVID-19, Thailand announced that the platforms it will buy from China will be in the 2022 financial year. Yuan-class submarines have a Stirling-type air-independent drive system developed by the 711 Institute and high-frequency active radar. If the supply plan worth about $720 million had come into force, Thailand would have inventori...
  • Kurt Describes FNSS's Work
    Kurt Describes FNSS's Work 4 September 2020
      FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. which entered the top 100 in the list of the world's largest defence companies, was the guest of Bloomberg TV. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, explained the work of FNSS and the future of the defence industry.   Noting that FNSS was established 30 years ago with the partnership of Nurol Holding and BAE Systems USA to meet the needs of the Land Forces Command, Kurt said that FNSS was the first private compan...
  • Thailand keeps Chinese submarines on hold
    Thailand keeps Chinese submarines on hold 3 September 2020
    The Thai government has announced that it is the second and third attack submarines’ acquisition will be delayed.  Thailand originally planned to acquire two submarines worth US$720 million from China, with the 7-year funding program.   In the original plan, the Thai government was supposed to allocate more than US$100 million to the project under the fiscal year 2021 as initial payment. The Thai government said that it will re-negotiat...
  • AIM-120C-8 Plan
    AIM-120C-8 Plan 31 August 2020
    Working to improve its capabilities by restructuring its army, Japan will consolidate its air power with new systems. The US Department of Defence informed Congress about the export of new weapons. In this context, Washington will procure air-to-air missiles to Tokyo. In the statement made on August 26, the DoD announced that the sale of 32 AIM-120C-8 air-to-air missiles to Japan was approved. Japan had requested 32 units of AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Ai...
  • Philippines to Monitor China from the Air
    Philippines to Monitor China from the Air 29 August 2020
    An agreement has been reached between Japan and Philippines for aerial reconnaissance and surveillance radar. Under the contract, three long-range air defence radars and mobile air defence radars will be delivered to the Philippines. Philippines will pay $103.5 million for systems that will be included in the inventory as part of the Horizon 2 procurement project. Japan will be able to get information from Chinese platforms with radars to be deployed to the Philippines. Th...
  • Taiwan Increases the Number of IFVs in Inventory
    Taiwan Increases the Number of IFVs in Inventory 29 August 2020
    Taiwan is increasing the number of CM-34 Clouded Leopard armoured infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) in its inventory. According to the Ministry of Defence, 21 more CM-34 8x8 IFV will be procure for the Taiwan Armed Forces. The CM-34, developed by Taiwan with local sources and has an indigenous rate of about 88%, is equipped with the Orbital ATK 30mm Mk44 Bushmaster II. The platform's engine, MK44 cannon and transmission are supplied overseas. Previously, Taiwan ordered ...
  • Thailand to Buy New Training and Attack Aircraft
    Thailand to Buy New Training and Attack Aircraft 27 August 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is changing its inventory of training aircraft. The government announced that it had set up a budget for training and the supply of light attack aircraft. At-6E Wolverine and T-6C Texan II will be procured for RTAF, defence sources said. A total of 24 will be delivered from the platforms specified to be configured in accordance with the needs of the country. The procurement agreement will include air-to-air missile integration and the produc...
  • Japan Boosts AMRAAM Stock
    Japan Boosts AMRAAM Stock 27 August 2020
    The U.S. government has approved possible Foreign Military Sales to Japan of the AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). The sale cost, which includes 32 AIM-120C-8 missiles in total, is estimated to be approximately $63 million. "It is vital for U.S. national interests to help Japan develop and maintain a strong and effective self-defence capability," the White House said of the procurement process, which includes technical and logistical support.
  • Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate
    Chinese Shipyard launches Pakistan’s first Type 054 A/P Frigate 24 August 2020
    Chinese state-owned Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai held the launching ceremony for Pakistan Navy’s Type-054A/P frigate (NATO codename Jiangkai II). Type-054A/P is a development of the Type 054 frigate, using the same hull but with improved sensors and weapons. The Type 054A was first revealed while under construction at the Guangzhou-based Huangpu Shipyard in 2005. Pakistan signed a first contract for the delivery two Type 054 A/P frigates in 2017. An addi...
  • Uzbek Ejder Yalcin Copied
    Uzbek Ejder Yalcin Copied 21 August 2020
    Uzbekistan introduced the Tarlon 4x4 platform, which is allegedly developed with domestic resources, last July. The resemblance of the vehicle to Ejder Yalçın drew attention. C4Defence learnt from Nurol Makina, the producer of Ejder Yalçın 4x4 that there were two MoUs signed with Uzbekistan. One was for production of 1000 Ejder Yalçın within country.  "The MoU made no progress" a Nurol Makina authority explained. Second  MoU was about pr...
  • Arabian Intend for F-35
    Arabian Intend for F-35 21 August 2020
    F-35 Lightning IIs, which are frequently on the agenda with their sensations as well as their equipment and capabilities, has a new suitor. According to a report published in the US media, Washington is evaluating the acquisition of F-35 Lightning II to the Arabian Peninsula. At a press conference held in the White House, President Donald Trump announced that the United Arab Emirates is interested in these aircraft. There is no exact explanation about the number of aircraft requeste...
  • MINIMI Mk3 Delivery
    MINIMI Mk3 Delivery 19 August 2020
    With their widespread use, machine guns, which stuck all the plans into the trenches on the Western Front of the Great War, continue to develop. The Portuguese Army received the first batch of 200 MINIMI Mk3 machine guns from FN Herstal. Within the scope of the agreement signed with NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Agency) last year, the delivery of a total of 830 weapons is envisaged. MINIMI Mk3, the third generation member of the MINIMI (Mini Mitrailleuse / M...
  • New Dimension in Armament
    New Dimension in Armament 19 August 2020
    Some of the Iron Curtain Countries of the Cold War era now NATO allies. Relatively new members of the pact are continuing their armament efforts at full speed in line with the new standards. Hungary signed an important main battle tank acquisition contract with Germany last year. In this context, the first Leopard 2A4s were delivered to Hungary in the past weeks. Wanting to take its investments in the field of defence one step further, Budapest turned to licensed production. KF41 Ly...
  • Super Tucano Replacement for L-39
    Super Tucano Replacement for L-39 17 August 2020
    Ukraine, which reshaping and modernizing armed forces to increase capabilities, is planning to replace its jet trainers. The Ukrainian Air Force announced that it is evaluating the future of L-39 aircraft. The Kiev government, which has been searching for a platform that will replace the platforms that have served the country for many years, visited Brazil last year and had the opportunity to examine EMB-314 Super Tucano there. Platforms, which can perform both combat and ...
  • Diesel ATV Procurement
    Diesel ATV Procurement 17 August 2020
    Netherlands-based Defenture announced that a procurement agreement was signed with the Netherlands. Under the agreement, the company will manufacture ATV motorcycles for military purposes, together with its partner W-tec, which operates in Neede. Vehicles to have high mobility and will be resistant to harsh conditions will be equipped with a diesel engine. It is envisaged that a total of 249 platforms will be delivered within the scope of the contract, which will be valid between 20...
  • Stryker Sustainment Agreement
    Stryker Sustainment Agreement 16 August 2020
    In the Cold War years, the USA, which wanted to be able to transport division-level power from the air to any point in the world within 96 hours, started to prıcure Stryker 8x8 platforms. The USA, which has hundreds of Stryker 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicles of different variants in its inventory, signed a sustainment agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems, one of the country's leading defence companies. Under the contract of US  USD 428 million, the company will provid...
  • Domestic Solution Deal
    Domestic Solution Deal 13 August 2020
    India, which initiated the Made in India Program to strengthen the defence sector and contribute to the industrial infrastructure, is turning to systems developed with domestic resources. India continues to equip its armed forces with indigenous products. According to the statement made by the state's Press Information Bureau on August 11, New Delhi approved the procurement of the new system which costs USD 1.17 billion. In this context, 70 HTT-40 (Hindustan ...
  • Light Combat Helicopter on Disputed Border
    Light Combat Helicopter on Disputed Border 13 August 2020
    India, which has significant border problems with Pakistan and China, turns to special platforms for use in mountainous regions. India, which has disputed areas at an altitude of higher than 3,000 metres in its border regions, is testing LCH (Light Combat Helicopter), which developed for use at high altitudes, in real conditions. In this context, it was announced that the two prototypes were deployed on the Chinese border, whose sovereignty is disputed. It was announced th...
  • Patrol Boat Contract against China from Japan and Vietnam
    Patrol Boat Contract against China from Japan and Vietnam 13 August 2020
    Japan and Vietnam signed a $345 M deal for six patrol boats. Under the agreement signed by Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with the Vietnamese government, Tokyo will issue loans for six boats. "The project will provide the Vietnam Coast Guard with financing to procure vessels, supporting an improvement in maritime rescue operations and maritime law enforcement," the JICA said in a statement. The deal comes after the White House claimed ...
  • Saab Prepares for GlobalEye AEW&C Proposal
    Saab Prepares for GlobalEye AEW&C Proposal 12 August 2020
    The Republic of Korea, which is constantly under the threat of the North and therefore has to have a capable army infrastructure, has recently announced its intention to acquire new airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C). Saab confirmed that it will bid the Republic of Korea, which launched for additional AEW&C acquisition. While the procurement of two platforms was foreseen in the first place, no information was given about whether the purchase w...