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  • All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions
    All Dimensions of Turco-French Tensions 2 July 2020
    Tensions increasing between France and Turkey. The Paris Ambassador of Turkey Ismail Hakki Musa's statement about the incident that TCG Oruçreis (F 245) and French frigate FS Courbet (F 712) involved with the images with C4Defence difference. A few days ago France presented a letter to NATO claiming that Turkish frigate threatened French frigate by tracking with radar. Turkey, however, stated that French frigate, FS Courbet (F 712), approached to TCG Gö...
  • NATO's New Opportunities Partner
    NATO's New Opportunities Partner 13 June 2020
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has accepted Ukraine as an Enhanced Opportunities Partner. It is aimed to maintain cooperation between the allied countries and its partners who contribute to NATO-led operations and missions. As a partner of the organisation, Ukraine has sent troops to allied operations and NATO-led exercises. As a Partner of Enhanced Opportunities, Ukraine will be able to take advantage of privileges such as special exercises and information ...
  • U.S. Hides Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia
    U.S. Hides Arms Deal with Saudi Arabia 28 May 2020
    A senior senator said the Trump administration is pursuing a new arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The news has sparked a backlash from multiple high-profile Senate Democrats. It came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday confirmed that he knew his department’s inspector general, Steve Linick, who the president fired this month, was investigating a massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia made last year. Senator Bob Menendez, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, spoke ...
  • Küçükseyhan; "Force Majeure" should come to the agenda
    Küçükseyhan; "Force Majeure" should come to the agenda 28 April 2020
    Defence and Aviation Industry Manufacturers Association (SASAD) Deputy Secretary-General and TOBB Defence Industry Sector Assembly Chairman Yılmaz Küçükseyhan C4Defence Instagram was the guest of the live broadcast. He answered the questions of the participants who followed the broadcast. Expressing that the sector's problems will be raised at the ministerial level, Küçükseyhan demanded that the force majeure be written clearly in the tender contracts. &l...
  • 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...
  • The first COVID victim in Roosevelt
    The first COVID victim in Roosevelt 13 April 2020
    The damage caused by COVID-19 to navies continues to increase. The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier gave the first victim since the outbreak of pandemic in the open seas. The issue became more concrete when USS Theodore Roosevelt's captain Brett Crozier anchored the ship to the Guam Naval Base. Thomas Modly, Deputy Secretary of the US Navy, dismissed the captain who said "we are not at war, there is no need to die," and then had to resign. Following these develop...
  • Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned
    Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned 8 April 2020
    Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday after drawing condemnation for insulting the commanding officer of an aircraft carrier who was fired for writing a letter of concern about the service’s handling of a coronavirus outbreak aboard his vessel. U.S. Deputy Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's speech to the ship's crew was leaked to the press. Modly's remarks revealed that he used the phrase "naïve" and "stupid" for Crozier.  Hou...
  • US Concentration Increasing in Europe
    US Concentration Increasing in Europe 7 April 2020
    The military intensity in the Cold War days makes itself felt again. East and West are increasing the concentration on Europe day by day. The USA is determined to increase the military intensity it has lowered in Europe after the end of the Cold War. The U.S. European Command (EUCOM), which had been requesting additional ships for a long time, requested to the deployment of two additional destroyers from Congress in early March. EUCOM Commander General Tod Wolters said in ...
  • 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...
  • Evacuation of Staff Starts at Theodore Roosevelt
    Evacuation of Staff Starts at Theodore Roosevelt 2 April 2020
    After the coronavirus was detected in more than 70 crews of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, Captain Brett Crozier wrote to the Pacific Fleet on the issue and asked for the evacuation of the crew. US Defence Secretary Mark Esper's statements on the issue made a public impression. Esper stated that the situation is not serious enough to require the evacuation of the staff at the moment. Speaking at a press conference at the White House, Naval Operations Comman...
  • 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 ...
  • NATO Approved New Member 18 March 2020
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization / NATO continues to expand. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on the official Twitter account that NATO has opened its doors for a new ally. North Macedonia has recently become a member of NATO at last with the approval of the Spanish Senate. "All the allies have opened their doors to North Macedonia, which will soon become our 30th member. Congratulations to North Macedonia," Stoltenberg said in his statement. ...
  • NATO Council Meet Today Upon Turkey's Request for Article 4
    NATO Council Meet Today Upon Turkey's Request for Article 4 28 February 2020
    The North Atlantic Council, which includes the ambassadors of all 29 NATO Allies, will meet on Friday 28 February, following a request by Turkey to hold consultations under Article 4 of NATO’s founding Washington Treaty on the situation in Syria. Under article 4 of the Treaty, any Ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened. All NATO decisions are made by consensus, a...
  • US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs
    US Navy Abandons First Four LCSs 16 February 2020
    US Navy no longer wants to upgrade and repair the first four Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) due to high cost.  The ships were built for experimenting and testing according to the Navy. They’re no longer worth a deeper financial investment, according to Rear Adm. Randy Crites, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for the budget. “They’re not configured like the other LCS in the fleet, and they need significant upgrades. Everything from combat [systems], to structural,...
  • 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...
  • US to Transfer 100 Soldiers into Space Force
    US to Transfer 100 Soldiers into Space Force 12 February 2020
    The U.S. Army plans to transfer 100 soldiers into the U.S. Space Force beginning in 2021, according to service officials and budget documents. It’s the first time any service outside of the Air Force has identified members that will transfer into the Space Force, the new branch of the military within the Air Force created in December. The Navy has yet to say how many of its sailors it plans to transfer. The Air Force plans to shift some 6,000 airmen into the Space Force by yea...
  • Poland Signs $4.6B F-35 Deal
    Poland Signs $4.6B F-35 Deal 1 February 2020
    Poland officially signed a Foreign Military Sales Agreement to buy 32 F-35A. worth $4.6 billion. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the price tag. The original State Department approval allowed for a price as high as $6.5 billion. Delivery is scheduled to being in 2024. Low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot 13 F-35As are already priced below $80 million a copy (including engines) for the so-called flyaway cost. FMS deals include logistics, training and other support...
  • Miller before Obama
    Miller before Obama 19 January 2020
    The fourth Ford-class carrier will be named in honour of World War II icon Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black recipient of the Navy Cross for bravery, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The naming of CVN-81 is expected to be announced during a Monday ceremony in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii by Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former...
  • Brexit Aftermath NATO: Status of Scotland
    Brexit Aftermath NATO: Status of Scotland 2 January 2020
    Even though the Brexit referendum was about the European Union, the negative result has new scenarios on the agenda. The poll in the United Kingdom shows that England wants to leave the Union while other member Scotland wants to stay. Scotland may pursue an independent path to remain in Union but it has to declare independence. In that case, Scotland will not be a member of NATO either. NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg has confirmed that an independent Scotland would have to ...
  • Upgrading of F-16 Begins
    Upgrading of F-16 Begins 28 December 2019
    Greece says it has signed an agreement with U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin that will allow a major upgrade of its F-16 fighter jet fleet over the next seven years. The defence ministry procurement agency announced Friday that the deal was signed Tuesday finalising details of Lockheed's use of a Greek subcontractor. The defence minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class ...
  • Syria Blames US
    Syria Blames US 26 December 2019
      As the conflict and migration continued within the country, an attack was organized on December 21, targeting the oil refinery and gas facilities in Homs. Syria has held the United States accountable for the December 21 drone strikes carried out at Homs oil refinery and al-Rayan Gas station. “The United States, using its illegal military base in Al-Tanf, sent unmanned aerial vehicles to Homs and carried out airstrikes on oil refining infrastructure," Syrian Foreign...
  • 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 ...
  • + 500 Boxer for British Army
    + 500 Boxer for British Army 6 November 2019
    The Defence Secretary has announced that the British army will receive more than 500 Boxer 8x8 high mobility, network-enabled armoured vehicles to transport troops onto the frontline. The vehicles will form part of the Army’s Strike brigades, new units set up to deploy rapidly over long distances across varied terrains. Boxer is modular by design to meet these requirements - the same vehicle base can be rapidly reconfigured to fill different roles on the battlefield,...
  • F-35 full-rate production on late 2020
    F-35 full-rate production on late 2020 21 October 2019
    The F-35 full-rate production decision will not be before late 2020 according to Pentagon. The delay is related to infrastructural capacity of test range. There is a lack of progress with the Joint Simulation Environment (JSE) that will test the aircraft against high-end threats that it cannot replicate on the range. Pentagon is reluctant to push the full-rate production (FRP) button without that test. Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for Acquisition and Sustainme...
  • Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing
    Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing 12 September 2019
    Italy has agreed to partner with UK defence firms to work on the Tempest, the UK-initiated next-generation combat air system. Tempest is a collaboration between the British Government and industrial partners BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo. Sweden officially joined the program in July 2019, thus Italy is the third nation to partner on the programme. Gen. Nicolò Falsaperna, Italy’s Secretary General of Defence, and Sir Simon Bollom, CEO of Defence Equipment &...
  • Banned Test from the USA
    Banned Test from the USA 19 August 2019
    The U.S. Defence Department announced on Monday the test of a medium-range ground-launched cruise missile, just weeks after tearing up the Cold War-era pact with Russia that eliminated such nuclear-capable weapons. The missile was launched on Sunday from the U.S. Navy-controlled San Nicolas Island off the coast of Los Angeles. "The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometres of flight," the Pent...
  • F-35 Lowers Readiness Rates 11 August 2019
    US Air Force suffers from low readiness rates; the newer aircraft is, the lower readiness is. The US renews its fleets to sustain high readiness rate but on the contrary, it decreases the Air Force Times report indicates. Lockheed Martin is waiting for the green light to start at serial production but it needs first Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) approval. Under federal law, a major defence acquisition program cannot legally proceed to full-rate production unt...
  • U.S. Removes Turkey from F-35 Program
    U.S. Removes Turkey from F-35 Program 17 July 2019
        The United States said on Wednesday that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program. “The U.S. and other F-35 partners are aligned in this decision to suspend Turkey from the program and initiate the process to formally remove Turkey from the program,” said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition and sustainment. “The United States is spending between $500 and $600 million in non-recurring ...
  • Turkish Suppliers to be Evaded from F-35 program in 2020
    Turkish Suppliers to be Evaded from F-35 program in 2020 8 June 2019
        The Pentagon is preparing to transfer Turkey’s industrial participation in the F-35 to other countries unless Ankara reverses course on its plans to buy the Russian S-400 air defence system according to US based “Defence News”. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defence for acquisition and sustainment, noted that Turkish participation in the program would be allowed to continue if it drops its plan to buy the Russian air defence system....
  • B-21 Stealth Bombers Can Be Located On Ellsworth
    B-21 Stealth Bombers Can Be Located On Ellsworth 1 April 2019
    The US Air Force selected Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota as the preferred location to base the first operational Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider bomber and the stealth aircraft’s formal training unit. B-21s will be located on Whiteman AFB in Missouri and Dyess AFB in Texas once they become available. The USAF says it selected bases using criteria meant to minimise mission impact while transitioning from older bombers, maximise facility reuse, minimise cost and reduce ov...
  • F-15s to fill F-35 Capability Shortfall
    F-15s to fill F-35 Capability Shortfall 18 March 2019
    US will add extra F-15s to its Air Force inventory. According to a source speaking to Air Force Magazine “the Pentagon’s decision to add new F-15EXs to its budget request for the Air Force, was based on a lack of capability and capacity of the current fleet and the presumptive cheaper cost of the Eagles”, the military’s top uniformed officer told lawmakers on Thursday. The Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget request includes about $1 billion for eight F-15EX ...
  • US Temporarily Suspends KC-46 Tanker Deliveries
    US Temporarily Suspends KC-46 Tanker Deliveries 4 March 2019
    Boeing’s troubled KC-46 tanker deliveries to the U.S. Air Force have been suspended as the service investigates a series of problems with foreign object debris, its top acquisition official confirmed Friday. Will Roper, the service’s assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, told reporters that it will likely be “some time” before the service begins accepting new tankers from Boeing. “I was able to get some data from our team on the...
  • Our Chances of Survival is Still Less than 10 Minutes… 7 February 2019
    The US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, turned a 32-year-long dream into a nightmare. When the last General Secretary of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev came together with the then US President Ronald Reagan met in Washington in December 8, 1987, we somehow felt that we were approaching the end of the Cold War although we could not anticipate the conclusion. During the post-World War II ideological co...
  • Dassault Aviation Delivered the First Rafale to Qatar
    Dassault Aviation Delivered the First Rafale to Qatar 6 February 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 ...
  • Red Light to Israel from the US
    Red Light to Israel from the US 12 December 2018
    Breaking news took place in F-16 A / B Netz aircraft, which Croatia plans to procure from Israel. US Secretary of Defence James Mattis did not give the necessary approval for Israel to sell 12 aircraft to Croatia. News released in the Croatian press reported that US President Donald Trump is upset for upgrades on aircraft. US Embassy in Croatia made a statement about the issue. In the statement it is announced support of Croatia's modernization of air force and increasing its ab...
  • Philippines to acquire Less Than 10 T129
    Philippines to acquire Less Than 10 T129 7 December 2018
    The Philippine Air Force’s technical working group (TWG) has identified the combat utility and attack helicopters that have met its requirements to fulfil its capability demands. 24pilipinas.com stated that Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the TWG has recommended the Sikorsky Black Hawk for its combat utility helicopter acquisition project, while the T129 ATAK of the Turkish Aerospace Industries was selected for its attack helicopter project. Lorenzana sa...
  • Pentagon's F-35 Report: It Favours Better Relations with Turkey
    Pentagon's F-35 Report: It Favours Better Relations with Turkey 28 November 2018
    US Daily Washington Post wrote about Pentagon reports about Turkey. Daily says, ”Defence Secretary Jim Mattis repeated his objection to the threat. Cutting off Turkey, whose defence industry produces significant F-35 components, Mattis said, would cause major delays in overall production of the new generation combat plane, according to congressional officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the sensitive issue.” US opposes Turkey’s decision to acquire...
  • Russian Warships Opened Fire On Ukrainian Warships
    Russian Warships Opened Fire On Ukrainian Warships 26 November 2018
    The Ukrainian Navy has confirmed that Russian warships have opened fire on Ukrainian vessels. Reports state that Russian fire damaged small armoured artillery boats and injured sailors. Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council has proposed declaring martial law, council secretary Oleksandr Turchynov is quoted as saying by Ukrainian media. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko convened a military cabinet for an emergency meeting, his spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Twi...