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  • Miller before Obama
    Miller before Obama January 19 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 January 2 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 December 28 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 December 26 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 December 14 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 December 11 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 November 6 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 October 21 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 September 12 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 August 19 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 August 11 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 July 17 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 June 8 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 April 1 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 March 18 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 March 4 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… February 7 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 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 ...
  • Red Light to Israel from the US
    Red Light to Israel from the US December 12 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 December 7 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 November 28 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 November 26 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...
  • Ukraine and Turkey Expand Cooperation On Maritime Platforms
    Ukraine and Turkey Expand Cooperation On Maritime Platforms November 24 2018
    Ukraine and Turkey have extended bilateral cooperation in the defence industry complex and are considering the prospects for cooperation in setting up joint ventures in the field of construction of land-based, aviation and Maritime platforms. This was reported by the press service of the National Security and Defence Council  (NSDC) of Ukraine. Ukrainian First Deputy Secretary of the NSDC Oleg Hladkovskiy met with President of the Defence Industry of Turkey Professor ...
  • UK to double F-35 fleet: British Defence Secretary
    UK to double F-35 fleet: British Defence Secretary November 20 2018
    The multi-million-pound contract signed will see the UK own 35 stealth jets by end of 2022 with Britain manufacturing 15% of the overall global order for 255 aircraft. The UK is set to double its number of world-beating F-35 stealth jets after ordering 17 more aircraft, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. The 17 new F-35B aircraft will be delivered between 2020 and 2022 and will complement the 16 British aircraft currently based at RAF Marham and in t...
  • Philippine Likely to Acquire Gripen
    Philippine Likely to Acquire Gripen October 20 2018
    Philippine Department of National Defence (DND) considers acquiring Swedish-made Gripen multi-role supersonic jet fighter for Air Force (PAF) Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana unveiled their interest about Gripen to Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Sunday.  Lorenzana said aside from being cheaper to acquire and less expensive in maintenance cost, the Gripen has been proven to be an excellent supersonic fighter aircraft. The Gripen has a delta wing and canard configura...
  • Greece Requests Surplus Amphibious Vehicles, AAV-7A1 October 16 2018
    Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos asked US armoured amphibious vehicles according to Greekpoint defence publication. Greekpoint claims that Kammenos’ visit to Defence Secretary James Matis in the Pentagon gave opportunity to request surplus US vehicles. Greece wants granted amphibious armoured vehicles in order to replace the obsolete and operationally inadequate dump-free (ABAK) vehicles currently used by the 32 Marine Brigade. The choices currently availab...
  • Bloomberg Underlines Turkey’s Role in F-35:  "Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem"
    Bloomberg Underlines Turkey’s Role in F-35:  "Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem" October 5 2018
    US Based Economy Magazine Bloomberg Businessweek published an article that underlines Turkey’s role in F35 Program. The article has “Lockheed’s F-35 Has a Turkey Problem” headline. Magazine states US Congress’ decision to block the sale of F-35s to Turkey because of an agreement the Turks have to buy a Russian S-400 air defence system. Magazine states, “That’s creating problems. Turkey is a global leader in aerospace manufacturing, and 10 Tu...
  • Russian Su-35 Faced With American Obstacles In Indonesia
    Russian Su-35 Faced With American Obstacles In Indonesia October 5 2018
      Russian Daily Kommersant reported that Russia is having difficulty delivering 11 Su-35s to Indonesia due to the U.S. Law on Countering the Opponents of the United States through Sanctions (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act /CAATSA). Earlier, it was reported that Indonesia will take delivery of the first aircraft this month. However, this is not possible now because of potential sanctions. Financial aspects of the deal areal so unde...
  • F-35B Jets Have Landed On Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth September 30 2018
    On the 25th of September Royal Navy Commander Nathan Gray landed an F-35B on HMS Queen Elizabeth. He was followed by Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, RAF, both of whom are test pilots, operating with the Integrated Test Force (ITF) based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “The largest warship in British history is joining forces with the most advanced fighter jets on the planet. This marks a rebirth of ou...
  • Netherlands To Upgrade 28 AH-64Ds With $1 Billion Price Tag September 18 2018
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced on Sept. 14 that its Principal Director for Security Assistance and State Secretary of Defence, for the Netherlands, have signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) for the modernization of 28 AH-64Ds to the E variant. Netherlands was cleared by the U.S. government to remanufacture these helicopters back in February. The package includes upgrading 51 T700-GE-701C engines to T700-GE-701D standard. The LOA is valued at more than $1 billi...
  • NATO’s Article 5 To Respond Russian Cyber Attack: Stoltenberg
    NATO’s Article 5 To Respond Russian Cyber Attack: Stoltenberg September 17 2018
    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that members of the organization are ready for cyber-attacks from Russia. According to him, if this happens, then, depending on the nature of the impact, the Alliance can use the fifth article of its charter. In accordance with its charter, the North Atlantic Alliance considers an attack on one or more of its participants as an attack on all member countries of the organization. As explained Stoltenberg, it will not happen automatically, ...
  • US Seeks to Boost Arms Sales to India September 8 2018
    US Army Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, the director of the Defence Security Cooperation Agency, said US is interested in boosting arms sales to India. India is modernizing its military and the United States would like to compete for those sales, he said. Hooper, traveling to India with Defence Secretary James N. Mattis, said reporters, "We're very confident that, when given all of the information that they need, they'll choose American systems and American services". Ind...
  • US Threatens India Over S-400 Deal August 30 2018
    The United States cannot guarantee that it will provide India with a waiver from sanctions if it purchases major weapons from Russia like the S-400 missile system, a top Pentagon official has said. Radio Free Europe issued a statement on August 29 by Randall Schriver, the Pentagon's top Asia official. Schriver explained the meaning of Congress passed legislation this month allowing the Pentagon to waive penalties against countries that purchase arms from Russian defence companie...
  • US Air Force may replace three types of aircraft with a single platform
    US Air Force may replace three types of aircraft with a single platform August 2 2018
    The U.S. Air Force is looking to replace three aircraft — the E-4B command post, the C-32A executive airlifter and the Navy’s E-6B command post — under the purview of a single program known as NEAT, Defence News wrote. Air Force Materiel Command posted the request for information (RfI) Tuesday for National Airborne Operations Centre (NAOC), Executive Airlift, Airborne Command Post (ABNCP), Take Charge and Move Out (TACAMO). According to the RFI, the Pentagon is conducting an...
  • Atak Engine Waits for November
    Atak Engine Waits for November August 1 2018
    C4Defence reveals how Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) will work on getting export license for T-129 Atak helicopter engines will be exported to Pakistan. Pakistan has recently inked a deal with TUSAS to acquire 30 T-129 Atak Helicopter. The IP rights of the helicopter engine are in the hands of LHTEC, a joint venture between the US firm Honeywell and the UK firm Rolls-Royce. C4Defence has learned that prior applying for an official permission there were other steps to...
  • U.S. defence bill blocks transfer of F-35 advanced jets to Turkey
    U.S. defence bill blocks transfer of F-35 advanced jets to Turkey July 24 2018
    F-35 transfers to Turkey would be barred temporarily under a compromise defence policy measure agreed to on Monday. The move, reflecting the tensions in U.S.-Turkish relations, is part of a $717 billion defence policy bill (H.R. 5515) for fiscal 2019 crafted by congressional negotiators that awaits final approval in the House and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis had warned Congress against cutting off transfers of the F-35, saying an F-35 cut-off would risk triggering an inter...
  • DOD opposes removing Turkey from F-35 programme, citing supply chain disruption
    DOD opposes removing Turkey from F-35 programme, citing supply chain disruption July 21 2018
    US Secretary of Defence James Mattis sent a letter to US Representative Mac Thornberry, chairman of the Armed Services Committee. Mattis acknowledged concerns about the Turkish government but opposed US lawmakers’ efforts to remove the country from the F-35 Lightning II programme, saying the loss of the nation from the supply chain would delay delivery of some aircraft for up to two years. US top lawmakers objected Turkey receiving the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter as t...
  • U.S. Could Partner with United Kingdom on Tempest Jet
    U.S. Could Partner with United Kingdom on Tempest Jet July 17 2018
    US Defence Magazine National Defence stated that there are new possible countries joining to British stealth aircraft program. The magazine quoting a top US Air Force acquisition official, said “The United States could potentially contribute to the development of a new fighter jet envisioned by the United Kingdom”. U.K. Defence Minister Gavin Williamson unveiled yesterday a new stealth aircraft named Tempest at the Farnborough International Air Show. “Tha...
  • UK Unveils Future Fighter Concept
    UK Unveils Future Fighter Concept July 16 2018
    British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson unveiled at the Farnborough air show a full-size mock-up of Tempest, a conceptual next-generation fighter that he said will fly alongside the Lockheed Martin F-35 and the Eurofighter Typhoon in the Royal Air Force in the mid-2030s. Britain plans to develop this new fighter as a joint venture between British aerospace contractors BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and MBDA UK Ltd in cooperation with Italy’s Leonardo. UK cooperates with Turkish Aerospace I...
  • Pentagon agreed with Lockheed on 11th batch of F-35s
    Pentagon agreed with Lockheed on 11th batch of F-35s July 15 2018
    The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin agreed on the eleventh batch of F-35 joint strike fighters according to Defence News. The Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) lot 11 production order is the largest so far for the F-35 program. It includes 141 jets for U.S. and international customers. “The JPO and Lockheed Martin have made progress and are in the final stages of negotiation on the Lot 11 production contract,” Defence News quoted Ellen Lord, the Pentagon’s undersecre...

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