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  • Qatar Submarine in the Arabian Gulf
    Qatar Submarine in the Arabian Gulf February 6 2020
    Located on the world's third-largest natural gas and oil reserves, Qatar may operate the submarine. Doha has taken a new step that will be effective in changing the balances in the Gulf region. A new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Italian defence giant Fincantieri covers the "supply of cutting-edge naval vessels and submarines". The Qatari submarines may be part of a much larger 5 billion Euro deal with Italy which was agreed in 2017. Currently, Iran is the only submarin...
  • Qatar’s New Partner
    Qatar’s New Partner January 27 2020
    The Italy-based Fincantieri company, which is making new strides to strengthen its position in the Middle East, has reached a new agreement with Qatar. Fincantieri and the Ministry of Defence of Qatar through Barzan Holding, a company wholly owned by the Qatari Ministry of Defence and responsible for empowering the military capabilities of the national armed force in the state, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, aimed at strengthening their strategic partnership through the evaluation and ...
  • 15 Exhibitions to Attend in 2020
    15 Exhibitions to Attend in 2020 October 30 2019
    Expos to be nationally attended for 2020 are announced. A total of 15 fairs will be attended in 2020. Two of these fairs are in Turkey and Germany. Remaining expos are in Qatar, Chile, Malaysia, France, United Kingdom, Azerbaijan, Republic of South Africa, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Defence Industry Presidency (SSB) will provide national participation to nine of the fairs. Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (SSI) will provide national participation t...
  • India Receives First Rafale Fighter October 10 2019
    India received its first Dassault Rafale multi-role fighter. Indian Air Force (IAF) received the first Rafale plane in a ceremony held in France. India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh led the acceptance of the aircraft, which is the first of 36 ordered by the Indian government on September 2016 under a EUR7.9 billion (USD8.78 billion) contract. Minister Singh made a flight with Rafale. He flew a test pilot from Dassault. The first Rafale aircraft will arrive in India in 2020 after the ...
  • Boeing to Train Qatari F-15QA Pilots
    Boeing to Train Qatari F-15QA Pilots August 30 2019
    Pentagon has awarded Boeing USD500 million to begin air and ground training of Qatari personnel on the F-15QA combat aircraft. The award announced on 28 August, will see Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) pilots and maintainers trained on the F-15QA in St Louis, Missouri, through to 2021, after which training will relocate to Qatar and run through to August 2026. Boeing expects to begin delivering the QEAF's 36 F-15QAs from early 2020 through to early 2023. Qatar has options...
  • Last Typhoon on Final Delivery August 12 2019
    The last Tranche 3 Eurofighter Typhoon, built for its user, has begun testing. In this context, the platform also made the second test flight.    The countdown for the latest Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3 is off the production line for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Recently the integration of the last avionics of the platform has begun at BAE Systems' Warton facilities.    According to Flight Global, the RAF has more than 100 Eurofi...
  • Eagles got the Situation Under Control in Anatolia August 9 2019
    The Turkish Air Force, which suffered the most losses during the July 15 process and therefore underwent a rapid recovery with the support of its former members, continues to establish its deterrence by increasing the level of preparation for the war. One of the most important trainings for this purpose, the Anatolian Eagle Exercise, was carried out successfully between 17-28 June 2019 in its usual home in Konya. The Anatolian Eagle Exercise performed at Konya 3rd Main Jet Base...
  • The Hellenic Navy Started Sea Trials
    The Hellenic Navy Started Sea Trials July 25 2019
    For the Hellenic Navy, 6th Roussen-Class fast attack missile boat (FACM) started sea trials. The platform, which was under construction went into the water in Elefsina Bay for a limited time. Final ship acceptance board checks of the No. 6 FACM are scheduled to be executed in the third quarter of this year. The Roussen-class FACM are based a stretched variant of the successful Vita design in used with the navies of Qatar and Oman. The Platform has a length of 62 meters, full load di...
  • New Base for Gas Fields
    New Base for Gas Fields July 19 2019
    Qatar held the opening ceremony of the new Al Daayen Naval Base on 14 July. The new base is located in Al-Daayen, about 30 kilometres North of Doha on Qatar’s eastern coast, is scheduled to secure new gas fields in the north. Built on a total area of 639,800 square meters, Al Daayen Naval Base includes all the advanced requirements for marine security, which will contribute to securing the maritime borders and tightening the security control and protection of all its coasts by conductin...
  • 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 ...
  • Drill in the Tense Waters July 11 2019
    Turkey had a US weapons embargo experience after the peace operation and entered a new era in defense industry with especially ASELSAN. Turkey entered the same waters, while being under another embargo threat due to F-35/S-400 tension. Lieutenant Caner Gönyeli was commissioned under TCG Kocatepe with pennant number D-354 which has been sunk around Baf harbour. Kocatepe was sunk by Turkish jets due to lack of communication between Turkish Air Force and Turkish Naval Forces, and Gönye...
  • Raptor in Qatar
    Raptor in Qatar July 1 2019
      U.S. Air Force announced that the fifth-generation jet fighters have arrived in Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar for the first time on Jun. 27 to “defend American forces”. F-22 arrived in Qatar just over a week after the Iranians shot down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator drone, flying over the Gulf of Oman. Raptors have in the past been stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The fifth-generation fighter had been ...
  • First Rafale Squadron Arrives in Qatar
    First Rafale Squadron Arrives in Qatar June 7 2019
      Qatar Receives first Rafale Squadron. Qatar Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attended a reception ceremony to welcome the first squadron of Rafale fighter jets of the Qatari Amiri Air Force from France. The deal for the Rafale fighter jets was concluded in May 2015 with French company Dassault Aviation SA. France’s delivery comprised five Rafales, out of the first batch of 24 that Qatar ordered in 2015; a s...
  • 3 Billion for 24 AH-64E Apache Helicopters
    3 Billion for 24 AH-64E Apache Helicopters May 10 2019
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of 24 AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.0 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Qatar has requested to buy 24 AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters; 52 T700-GE-701D engines; 2,500 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles; also included are 28 M230 30mm autom...
  • Qatar Received First AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters
    Qatar Received First AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters March 15 2019
    Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) received first AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters ordered from the U.S. Qatar deputy PM who is Minister of State for Defence Affaires attended the ceremony of the first delivery of AH-64E Guardian helicopters to QWEAF. The deliveries of the helicopters will be completed by the end of May 2020. The new helicopters will allow the Qatari Armed Forces (QAF) to replace its aging airframes (SA342 Gazelle scout helicopter) with multi-...
  • Sector News Issue 70 February 7 2019
    Mistral Blows by the Sea Rio’s Airspace Entrusted to SAAB Spain Relieved with Resources Printed Parts for Nuclear Ship HAVELSAN Features 8x8 Simulator İŞBİR’s First Step to Investment BMC Launches “Next 50 Years” Flag Race at Meteksan Sefine’s Business Partnership Model for DİMDEG Internal Appointment at STM 43rd ATAK in the Inventory ASELSAN Back to its ...
  • Dassault Aviation Delivered the First Rafale to Qatar
    Dassault Aviation Delivered the First Rafale to Qatar February 6 2019
    Dassault Aviation announced on February 6 that it has handed Qatar its first Rafale. A ceremony was organized in Mérignac, in the presence of Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation, Geneviève Darrieussecq, Secretary of State to the Minister of Armies, and Major General Mubarak Al Khayareen, Commander in Chief of the QEAF (Air Force of the Emir of Qatar). The delivery of the first Rafale is part of the contract between Qatar and France in May 2015, covering 24 fighter ...
  • First H125s in Qatar
    First H125s in Qatar January 25 2019
    Qatar, the H125 helicopters ordered last year began to take delivery. There was no official statement about deliveries, but the platforms were first seen in an image posted on Qatari Television. Helicopters will replace SA 342L Gazelles and painted with Armed Forces Air Academy colours. Platforms ordered last year will take part in training activities. The procurement agreement for H125s was announced at the DIMDEX defense fair in Qatar in 2018.
  • Ground breaking Ceremony for Tank Factory
    Ground breaking Ceremony for Tank Factory January 13 2019
    BMC company that will produce Altay Main Battle Tanks for Turkish Army has set ground breaking ceremony in Sakarya, Karasu district. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said “Turkish defence firms export armoured vehicles, air defence systems, rocket systems, simulators, coastal security vessels, communication control systems and various software across the world.” Moreover, as a result of accelerating efforts, the defence industry's exports recorded a 17 percent rise com...
  • Sector News Issue 69 January 10 2019
    First Flight for Modernised Spartan Indra’s Nightmare Simulation SB1 Defiant, Counting Days Major Step in Electrical Propulsion ATAK, On Its Way to the Philippines TEI Powers ANKA Nurol’s Ejder, Seen in Qatar Croat Ship to Feature ASELSAN MUHAFIZ
  • Vehicle Donation to Mali
    Vehicle Donation to Mali January 2 2019
    The Qatar Ministry of Defence announced that Qatar has donated an armoured vehicle to Mali. A total of 24 Storm armoured personnel carriers were delivered to Mali for support to security operations. According to the statement, the vehicles were transported to Mali with the C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. Developed through the Toyota Land Cruiser 79 series vehicle chassis, Storm is driven by a 195 horsepower 4.5 liter V8 turbo diesel engine. Vehicle’s armour can resist...
  • Special Delivery to Qatar
    Special Delivery to Qatar January 2 2019
    According to the news in ASELSAN 's A Bulletin, under the requirement of Qatar Special Forces Command, a contract was signed between Nurol Makina and ASELSAN. Within the scope of the project, Aselsan developed and adapted Weapons / Missile Systems, Command-Control Systems, Inertial Navigation Systems, Sniper Detection Systems and Radiolink Systems for many Ejder Yalçın armoured vehicles. Deliveries to the first batch of vehicles were completed as a result of the intense efforts of ...
  • Qatar to Take Delivery Of Six F-15QAs By March 2021
    Qatar to Take Delivery Of Six F-15QAs By March 2021 November 27 2018
    Qatar says it will take delivery of the first six F-15QAs from Boeing by March 2021. Brigadier General Issa al-Mahannadi told at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar that another six will be delivered three months later. The rest of the 24 jets will be delivered every three months in batches of four aircraft. Qatar signed agreements to buy warplanes from the United States as well as Europe last year after a political dispute broke out between it and neighbours Saudi Arabia, the United Ara...
  • Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar
    Italian M-346 Flies Non-Stop to Qatar November 23 2018
    An Italian Air Force Aermacchi M-346 jet trainer has flown non-stop to the Persian Gulf in order to promote aircraft to three gulf countries Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. The aircraft, accompanied by two F-2000A Eurofighters and a Boeing KC-767A tanker, was on a 10-day promotional tour of the Gulf. The non-stop transit flights were part of aircraft promotion as M-346 is only training aircraft that has refuelling capability in flight.   The T-346 (the Italian Ai...
  • MBDA: Successful First Launch for Marte ER missile
    MBDA: Successful First Launch for Marte ER missile November 17 2018

    MBDA’s Marte ER anti-ship missile has completed its first firing, successfully passing a major phase in its development, the company said in a release.

    The firing trial was carried out on Nov. 9 in an Italian test range. The Marte ER missile flew for more than 100 kilometres on a planned trajectory that included several waypoints and sea skimming flight, successfully testing all flying phases. Pasquale Di Bartolomeo, Executive Group Director Sales & Business De...
  • Greek Cyprus Issued NAVTEX for Plot 10
    Greek Cyprus Issued NAVTEX for Plot 10 November 4 2018
    Greek Cyprus issued NAVTEX,  for the area of ​​Plot 10 for drilling by EXXON MOBIL and Qatar Petroleum. According to NAVTEX 364/18, the Greek Cypriot administration has announced Navtex for the period from 10 November 2018 to 25 February 2019 for the drilling of the Stena IceMax floating drill that is currently on its way to Cyprus Island from the Canary Islands. The Stena IceMax floating drill is expected to arrive on November 12th, and preparations for drilling will...
  • Qatar Gives up From E-737 AEW&C Deal
    Qatar Gives up From E-737 AEW&C Deal October 21 2018
    Qatar has decided not to acquire three Boeing E-737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft that was first announced in 2014. Boeing said that Qatar has chosen not to complete the transaction, which at the time it was announced during the DIMDEX 2014 exhibition in Doha was valued at USD1.8 billion. The Qatar Air Force (QEAF) currently has no airborne early warning capability and the procurement of the E-737 would have represented a significant boost in its ...
  • Qatari Apaches on the Line October 15 2018
    Boeingr started to Qatar’s production for Apache. The first of the 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters, ordered by Qatar in 2016, entered the production line at Mesa Facilities, located in Arizona, last Saturday. Qatar will pay $ 667 million for procurement. AH-64 Apache helicopter, which serves in the inventory of many countries, is powered by two engines. The helicopter can withstand up to 23 mm ammunition and has a maximum take-off weight of about 9,500 kilograms. The platform, whi...
  • US Imposes Military Sanctions On China
    US Imposes Military Sanctions On China September 22 2018
    The United States has imposed military sanctions on China’s defence procurement agency over its acquisition of Sukhoi Su-35 fighter aircraft and S-400 surface-to-air missiles. China’s defence procurement agency, the Equipment Development Department (EDD), acquired military equipment from Russia. The US State Department said that the EDD’s recent acquisition of Russian materiel breaches Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanc...
  • UK Secured its Typhoon Export to Qatar
    UK Secured its Typhoon Export to Qatar September 19 2018
    Qatar’s contract to buy 24 Typhoon jets and nine Hawks  from United Kingdom is now officially effective after BAE Systems received its first payment today.  The deal, worth around £5bn includes the aircraft and a bespoke support and training package. 
  • Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received
    Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received August 22 2018
    Leonardo announces that it has made effective the contract, signed on March 14, 2018, for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defence of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in its backlog and received the advance payment relating to the contract. The order covers 16 TTHs tactical transports and 12 NFHs naval helicopters. Leonardo acts as overall prime contractor with responsibility for the management of the entire programme...
  • 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...
  • Fincantieri Begins Work on the First “Doha” Class Corvette for Qatar
    Fincantieri Begins Work on the First “Doha” Class Corvette for Qatar August 4 2018
    The steel cutting ceremony of the first “Doha” class corvette ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition programme, took place today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) yard. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State of Qatar for Defence Affairs, and the Italian Minister of Defence attended to the ceremony. The contract, amounting for Fincantieri to approx. 4 billion euros, envisages the supply of seven surface vessels, of wh...
  • Details About the F-15X That Boeing is Pitching the U.S. Air Force
    Details About the F-15X That Boeing is Pitching the U.S. Air Force July 30 2018
    The new F-15 combat aircraft that Boeing is pitching to the U.S. Air Force would host of new weapons, including anti-ship missiles, according to US based Defence One magazine. The Air Force and Boeing have been talking about how new F-15Xs would be cheaper to operate than the current fleet of F-15s.  The X variant would benefit from upgrades funded by countries who have bought F-15s: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Singapore and Republic of Korea. Compared to the Air Force’s existin...
  • 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...
  • Sniper to the Qatar Aircrafts
    Sniper to the Qatar Aircrafts June 14 2018
    Qatar announced that it would prefer the Sniper targeting pod for the Rafale aircraft it ordered, and it is reported in the statement made by Lockheed Martin that the pods ordered by Qatar Emirates Air Force will begin to be delivered in 2019 and that the integration process and flight tests continues. Rafale; become 10th Sniper targeting pod user after Harrier GR9, B-1B Lancer, B-52 Stratofortress, F-15 Eagle family, F/A-18 Hornet family, Eurofighter Typhoon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16 F...
  • ARES Liked Being the First
    ARES Liked Being the First June 10 2018
    Scoring major successes in building and exporting patrol vessels each year, Chairman of the Antalya-based ARES Shipyard explained the background of their accomplishments. ARES, completed and delivered the building of 11 vessels in 2017 and ranked the first in the history of the Turkish Republic by realising $126m military vessel exports. Conveying that the year 2017 has been a year filled with numerous vessel deliveries, records, awards and successes, ARES Chairman Kerim Kalafatoğlu...
  • NATO rejects Qatar’s ambition
    NATO rejects Qatar’s ambition June 6 2018
    NATO on Wednesday declined an overture by Qatar to join the Western military defence alliance, saying membership was reserved to the United States and Europe. It was responding to a comment by Qatar's defence minister on Tuesday that his country's long-term strategic "ambition" was to join NATO." Article 10 of the Washington Treaty reads; “The Parties may, by unanimous agreement, invite any other European State in a position to further the principles of ...
  • Qatar Wants To Join NATO
    Qatar Wants To Join NATO June 6 2018
    Qatar’s defence minister Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah said Qatar wanted to become a full member of the 29-country alliance. “Regarding the membership, we are a main ally from outside NATO.. The ambition is full membership if our partnership with NATO develops and our vision is clear.” Attiyah told the official magazine of the Qatari defence ministry, Altalaya. He added that there was a growing relationship between Qatar and the alliance, and Doha could h...
  • Nurol Makina Named its NMS "Yörük"
    Nurol Makina Named its NMS "Yörük" May 11 2018
    Nurol Machinery, one of the Turkish armored vehicle manufacturers, named its 4x4 NMS as "Yörük" (Nomad). Yörük first participated in Efes 2018 military exercise. Nurol Makina Business Development Manager Hakan Arısüt said that the search for a name of the vehicle was a result of the ongoing quests and added: "Our new vehicle was named Yörük and we expect it to serve for our security and armed forces and to honour our country in the b...