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  • Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration
    Pentagon Wants to Retire Truman Despite Trump Administration January 3 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 According to the magazine, this time the plan was withdrawn from the White House.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...
  • Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards
    Greece wants to Build US Ships in Greek shipyards December 20 2019
    Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will visit the US, and he is expected to discuss building US Ships in Greek shipyards. Navy is in discussions with the US on its frigates cogeneration, on the platform of American frigates LCS (Freedom-class littoral combat ship) The proposal seems to meet the requirements set by the Navy for the development of a new vessel, based on the US LCS platform, but with Greek demands being met and at a more economical price than the French...
  • Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes
    Ukraine to Request Assistance of Turkey for Project 58250 Corvettes November 11 2019
    Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has initiated works on building at least four corvettes for the country’s navy, the ministry’s official news agency ArmyInform reported on Sept. 18. The process will start with resuming the construction of the Volodymyr the Great corvette as the lead vessel of Project 58250 class of perspective warships. Navy initiated building back in 2011, but there is almost no progress since then. Turkey and the United States are ready to su...
  • France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates
    France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates October 28 2019
    The steel-cutting ceremony of the first defence and intervention frigate (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention /FDI) took place on the Naval Group site of Lorient. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Head of the French Armament Directorate (DGA) Délégué Général pour l’Armement, Joël Barre, the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Christophe Prazuck, the Chief of the Hellenic Na...
  • Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile
    Taiwan to Develop TC-3 air-to-air Missile October 1 2019
    Up Media reports that Taiwan is seeking to improve the Tien Chien 1 short-range air-to-air missile by improving its off-boresight and kinematic capabilities with "backfire" attack capability with a large-angle off-axis flight. The performance is similar to the current strongest short-range air-to-air missile, AIM-9X Block II type Sidewinder missile. The new missile will also have lock-on after launch (LOAL) capability. In order to improve the airborne capabilitie...
  • Eurofighter Drops Out of Canadian Fighter Jet Program September 3 2019
    The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (UK MoD) and Airbus Defence and Space today informed the Government of Canada of their decision to withdraw from Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP).  The decision is the result of a detailed review of the Request for Proposal (RFP), following its release on 23 July 2019. The $19 billion competition has been dogged by allegations it is designed to favour Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter. With the dec...
  • Russia Looking for New Blood
    Russia Looking for New Blood August 29 2019
    Russia is looking for new anti-submarine aircraft. The Russian Ministry of Defence has initiated a search for a new anti-submarine aircraft to replace the Il-38 and Tu-142. "The Ministry of Defence recently set the task for developers to prepare proposals for the creation of a new patrol aircraft based on existing models. This year, I believe, a fundamental choice will be made," Denis Manturov, the head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, told Interfax. He noted that...
  • Canada Seeking New Wings
    Canada Seeking New Wings July 29 2019
    For the replacement of CF188 aircraft in service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to suppliers. Suppliers have until the spring of 2020 to submit their first offers to Canada. The government, which plans the first deliveries by 2025, foresees that the selection process for the supplier company will continue until the second quarter of 2022. The platforms that are issued with RfP are; SAAB Jas39 Gripen/Sweden, Airbus Eurofighter T...
  • 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 ...
  • Gripen E out of Armasuisse’s Tests
    Gripen E out of Armasuisse’s Tests June 14 2019
    The Swiss defence procurement agency, Armasuisse, has formally recommended to Saab not to participate with Gripen E in the upcoming flight tests scheduled from 24 to 28 June 2019 in Switzerland. The reason is that the flight tests have been designed to only evaluate aircraft that are operationally ready in 2019. The flight tests are part of the fighter evaluation process that foresees aircraft deliveries in 2025. However, the Gripen E development plan does not match the Sw...
  • Bulgaria Desperate
    Bulgaria Desperate May 16 2019
    Bulgaria, which is in the process of choosing the new combat jet platform, could not agree with the US for the supply of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which the country's top management units have shown as a favorite.   The parties could not agree on price and budgeting. At this point, Bulgaria holds the new MiG-29 or the JAS-39 Gripen procurement card. The prices suggested by the US for the F-16 Fighting Falcons are not satisfactory for the Bulgarian side, but negoti...
  • Tamandaré Class Project: Brazil Selects German Offer
    Tamandaré Class Project: Brazil Selects German Offer March 31 2019
    The Brazilian Navy (MB), announced that the final proposal of the "Águas Azuis" Consortium, dated March 8 of 2019, was selected as the best offer for the construction project of the "Tamandaré" Class Corvettes. The Águas Azuis Consortium, formed by Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems, Embraer Defence & Security and Atech, was selected as preferred bidder by the Brazilian Navy for the construction of four naval ships in the Tamandaré Corve...
  • Germany Proposes European Aircraft Carrier
    Germany Proposes European Aircraft Carrier March 12 2019
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has endorsed the idea of a joint European aircraft carrier. Leader of Christian Democratic Union in Germany, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, made the proposal in a weekend response to the French President’s proposals for European reform. Germany and France are already working together on a future European combat aircraft. Karrenbauer said, “The next step could be to start on the symbolic project of building a common Europea...
  • Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy
    Next Gen Frigate for U.S. Navy March 7 2019
    The U.S. Navy has issued a draft request for proposals for a new guided missile frigate, being acquired through the FFG(X) competition in order to buy a total of 20 ships, and the draft solicitation outlines the construction schedule for the first 10 ships in the class. The lead ship would be delivered 72 months after a contract is awarded. The contract will include an option for an additional nine ships. A final RFP will be released later this year, with a contract award ...
  • Training Helicopter Tender
    Training Helicopter Tender January 30 2019
    US Navy decided to replace training helicopters with new platforms in its inventory. In this context, the request for proposal document was published for a new platform to be procured. On January 28, request for proposal document was published for the new helicopter, which was planned to replace the TH-57B Sea Ranger platforms, which would have end of their life. 130 new helicopters will be procured within the scope of the tender to be opened. The deadline for submission of the airc...
  • Gripen E Proposal for Air 2030
    Gripen E Proposal for Air 2030 January 29 2019
      Saab announced that it has submitted an offer for the tender under the Air 2030 Program. Thus, the number of companies in the program increased to four. A new step took place in Air 2030, the new fighter aircraft procurement program of Switzerland. Saab announced on 25 January that it had submitted a bid for the tender. Company will take place with the new Gripen E. The tender was launched for new platforms to replace Switzerlan’s aging F/A-18 Hornet and F-5E ...
  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70
    Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 January 16 2019
    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO. Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84 deputies were against it, accusing the cabinet of breaching the tender rules. The deal fo...
  • Boxer Programöe Takes Final Shape
    Boxer Programöe Takes Final Shape December 17 2018
    Europe's Boxer Program will take final shape with offers to the UK and Slovenia. A statement was made by the Eastern European Sales Agency of Artec, a joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss Maffei-Wegmann. It is stated that negotiations with the UK Department of Defense continued through the OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation). The UK plans to supply Boxer in four different variants, including armored personnel carrier, C4I post, ambulance and armored repair vehicle. It w...
  • Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS
    Sino-Turkish Competition at IDEAS December 8 2018
    Organised in Karachi, the capital of Pakistan’s Sindh state, IDEAS Defence Exhibition witnessed a veiled competition between Turkey featuring the largest participation in scope and China, which sought benefits from time-honoured relations based on infrastructure.   Suppliers from the two countries not only competed for exhibition area or number of visitors; they also made huge efforts to develop relations. While contracts signed between China Shipbuilding Indust...
  • American Ship to Ukraine
    American Ship to Ukraine November 21 2018
    The US has made a new offer to the Ukrainian Navy. The content of the proposal was stated as guided missile frigates.   Ukrainian Navy Commander Admiral Ihor Vorochenko confirmed that Ukraine received a new offer from the United States. The content of the offer was reported to be two of the Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigates that the US Navy phased out between 2013 and 2015. Ukraine is examining the status of the vessels and the final decision will be m...
  • Dassault Shock to Canada
    Dassault Shock to Canada November 9 2018
    An unexpected news came from Canada's ongoing fighter jet tender. Dassault who joined the competition with Rafale fighter jet, announced its withdrawal from the competition. Canada plans to procure a total of 88 fighter in the ongoing tender. The tender, which is expected to cost US $ 12.2 billion, has not yet come up with an official announcement. However, the reasons for the decision talks in the back stages are that interoperability and intelligence sharing requirements canno...
  • Belgium Officially Selected F-35
    Belgium Officially Selected F-35 October 30 2018
    Belgium, eliminating Eurofighter option, has officially chosen the F-35 to replace its F-16 jet. Belgium became the 13th nation to join the F-35 program. Earlier in the year, the UK submitted its final Typhoon offer to Belgium. The proposal included 34 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. Lockheed Martin said in a statement: “Lockheed Martin is honoured by the Belgian government’s selection of the F-35A Lightning II for their future national securi...
  • More 8x8 User to Europe
    More 8x8 User to Europe October 24 2018
      Slovakia decided to purchase 8x8 armoured vehicles. The Ministry of Defence’s 8x8 Vydra decision was also approved by the Council of Ministers. The Ministry of Defence announced that the inter-departmental assessments would be completed in next week on the proposal. In the procurement process of vehicles with a customized version of the Finnish-based AMV vehicles for the needs of Slovakia, 16 companies which based in Slovakia will take place. In this way, dome...
  • 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 ...
  • Weapon Pod for Blackhawks
    Weapon Pod for Blackhawks October 22 2018
      A new step has come from the United States, which has been working with the Kabul government on the reconstruction of the Afghanistan Army. In this direction, Washington will arm the UH-60A Black Hawk utility helicopters in the Afghan Air Force inventory. The decision was taken by the US Department of Defence's direct proposal to Afghanistan.   Afghanistan, which has already produced Russian helicopters for the general purpose helicopters, is tryi...
  • Italy Proposed Typhoon to Bulgaria
    Italy Proposed Typhoon to Bulgaria October 12 2018
    Italy and its defence company Leonardo have submitted their offer to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence in response to the recent Request for Proposal for the acquisition of eight fighter aircraft to replace their ageing Mig-29 fleet. The offer is based on the supply to the Bulgarian Air Force of Tranche 1 Typhoons from the Italian Air Force and includes also the option for the delivery of newly built aircraft as requested by Bulgaria. Lucio Valerio Cioffi, Leonardo’s...
  • Japan to Replace F-2 Fighters with Local Solution
    Japan to Replace F-2 Fighters with Local Solution October 7 2018
    Japan will develop a new aircraft to succeed its F-2 fighter.  Tokyo has already rejected proposals Lockheed Martin, Boeing and BAE System to supply new jets. Some 92 F-2s of the Japan Air Self-Defence Force are expected to retire in the 2030s and Japanese government has sought bids from Lockheed Martin for its F-22, Boeing for its F-15, and BAE Systems for its Eurofighter Typhoon.  Tokyo decided to replace F-2s with locally-made jet according to Mainichi Shimbun. <...
  • 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...
  • TUSAŞ Offers Azerbaijan Cooperation On UAV
    TUSAŞ Offers Azerbaijan Cooperation On UAV September 26 2018
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) joined ADEX International Defence Expo held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Navrouz Memmedov, visited TUSAŞ at the fair to learn about indigenous products. TUSAŞ shared the visit information from the official twitter account. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, TUSAS directly conveyed the proposal for cooperation in unmanned systems to Prime Minister Mammadov during the visit. If Azerbaijan shows interest, TUSAŞ will ...
  • Indian Army Issues RFI for UAVs September 4 2018
    The Indian Army has issued the Request for Information (RFI) to launch the procurement process for remotely piloted aircraft system capable of detecting and combat foreign military formations and activities at forward bases. According to the RFI, the Indian Army is looking such a system that can operate at a height of over 18,000 feet and would require only about 30 minutes and two soldiers for complete assembly in posts located at higher altitudes. A total of 75 units are needed an...
  • Pentagon to Establish A Space Command By 2020 August 15 2018
    US Vice President Mike Pence announced plans on August 9th, for a new, separate US Space Force as a 6th military service by 2020. At the same time, the Defence Department released a study of its space operations. The new Space Force would defend America’s satellite systems in outer space. The establishment of a Space Force would require congressional approval, and Pence said President Donald Trump’s administration would request funding for it in its next budget proposal ...
  • New Aircraft to Angels
    New Aircraft to Angels August 14 2018
    Boeing has signed an agreement with the US Department of Defense. Under the agreement, the aircraft of the US Navy Blue Angels demonstration team will be replaced. Boeing will convert nine F/A-18Es and two F A-18Fs into a Blue Angels configuration with an agreement of USD 17 million. The transformation process will take place in engineering proposal 6480. Blue Angels is US Navy's acrobatic team which has been flying different models of F/A-18 aircraft si...
  • Last Two Nominee for Light Attack
    Last Two Nominee for Light Attack August 14 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) has shared the draft of Request for Proposal with Sierra Nevada / Embraer and Textron Avitaion for the Light Attack Aircraft Procurement Program. According to the press release, the last Request for Proposal will be shared in December 2018. The statement also includes a description of the fact that the file is still being worked on but talks with potential suppliers will be carried out so that the necessary timings can be reached. Sierra Nevada...
  • Competition on Radar
    Competition on Radar July 30 2018
    US Marine Corps (USMC) has announced a  tender. The mechanical APG-73 radars of F/A-18 C and D aircraft which are in the USMC inventory will be replaced by the Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) radars. Procurement tender is not expected and didn't released in the annual plans. Raytheon and Northrop Grumman responded to the Request for Proposal. Raytheon made a fitting check for its APG-79(V)4 radar. In addition, Northrop Grumman conducted a sim...
  • Bulgaria Didn't Invite Greece to Tender
    Bulgaria Didn't Invite Greece to Tender July 27 2018
    Bulgarian Ministry of Defence issued a draft of the Request for Proposal (RfP). According to the draft, Bulgaria will supply 16 fighter aircraft. Greece was one of the strongest candidates but didn't take place in seven country list. In June this year, Bulgaria approved a military modernization program worth 3.5 billion Levas. The portion of this budget of 1.8 billion Leva is divided for 16 fighter aircraft procurement. Aircrafts will be supplied in two ...
  • UK’s Type 31e Frigate programme suspended
    UK’s Type 31e Frigate programme suspended July 25 2018
    Type 31e Frigate acquisition process has been suspended as no bidder can meet £250 million per ship. The UK defence ministry’s project of acquiring “low-cost” Type 31 frigates has been brought to a halt due to what the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) office described as a lack of “compliant bids”. In an official statement British MoD said “There have been no changes in our plans to procure a first batch of five new Type 31...
  • SNC Submits Final Bid To Replace USAF UH-1N Huey Fleet
    SNC Submits Final Bid To Replace USAF UH-1N Huey Fleet July 25 2018
    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has submitted its Sierra Force helicopter in its final bid and proposal to replace the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) UH-1N Huey fleet. SNC will purchase divested UH-60A helicopters from the US Army. Then, it will convert the aircraft’s exterior and interior, upgrade it to an UH-60L model. This allows for a modern, cost-effective helicopter, the company said in a statement Monday. The A model has a lower price-per-unit to purchase, but once the c...
  • Bulgaria Seeks for New Jet Fighter Again
    Bulgaria Seeks for New Jet Fighter Again July 20 2018
    Bulgaria has released the Request for Proposal (RfP) for its new jet fighter again. Bulgaria's Deputy Defence Minister Anatoliy Metodiev Velichkov announced that proposals from potential suppliers will coma on 1 October. Bulgaria plans to replace the its aging MiG-29s in its inventory with aircraft to be procured as a result of this tender. The MiG-29 aircraft, which made its first flight in 1977, serves on the inventories of many countries. MiG-29s, which have considerably...
  • New and improved 'bunker buster' bombs for USAF
    New and improved 'bunker buster' bombs for USAF June 30 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a contract for a new penetrator warhead. New penetrator will replace its current BLU-109/B and BLU-109C/B systems. Superior Forge and Steel Corporation will deliver 300 of the improved BLU-137/B penetrator warheads. Valued at USD476.9 million, the award will run through to 3 May 2020. The USAF first declared its intention to procure an improved ‘bunker buster’ bomb with a draft request for proposals (RFP) that was issued in De...
  • STM competes for Brazilian CCT
    STM competes for Brazilian CCT June 25 2018
    STM announced from its twitter account that the company has signed an MoU with Brasfels Shipyard, Brazil to bid on the Brazilian Navy's Tamandaré-class Corvette (CCT) Project. STM and Brasfels Shipyard will be competing against nine contenders. CCT for Brasil is a variant of the MILGEM Ada Class Corvette. The Navy received on June 18th, nine commercial proposals from companies interested in building the CCT project. According to the Brazilian naval force, the proposals wi...