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  • Leopard 2E Tower Maintenance
    Leopard 2E Tower Maintenance 23 September 2020
    Spain will work with COHEMO for tower maintenance and repair of Leopard 2E (Leopard 2 A6E) platforms. Under the deal, worth about €6m, Spain-based firm COHEMO will work on the tower, such as firing direction, stabilisation system overhaul and repair. Spain's domestic production rate in Leopard 2Es reached 60%, and the vehicles were installed locally under Santa Bárbara Sistemas in Seville. The platform is using a Spanish-designed tank command and control system. ...
  • British F-35B jets will be equipped with Meteor missiles by 2025
    British F-35B jets will be equipped with Meteor missiles by 2025 14 September 2020
    British F-35B jets will be equipped with Meteor missiles by the ‘middle of this decade’. Member of Parliament for North Durham Kevan Jones’ posed a question about the timeline about the use of Meteor missiles on UK’s F-35Bs,  Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin, responded; “Initial development work for Meteor integration has progressed well. The final contract award is currently under negotiation which, on current plans, would deliver the ...
  • Spain to acquire 100 AIM-120C AMRAAM
    Spain to acquire 100 AIM-120C AMRAAM 4 September 2020
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Spain of one hundred (100) AIM-120C-7/8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and one AMRAAM Guidance Section (spare) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $248.5 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.  
  • US Plans to Stay in Turkey at least Until 2028
    US Plans to Stay in Turkey at least Until 2028 27 August 2020
    A Pentagon contract awarded to a US company indicates US plans to remain on US bases established in Turkey until 2028. Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., Houston, Texas, has been awarded a $974,000,000 contract for U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) base operating support. This contract provides day-to-day base operations and maintenance services throughout locations within USAFE-AFAFRICA. Work will be performed at Mor&oacut...
  • 2.06 billion USD worth contract  for 348 8×8 combat vehicles
    2.06 billion USD worth contract  for 348 8×8 combat vehicles 26 August 2020
      The Spanish Ministry of Defence today awarded a 2.06 billion USD contract to a joint venture of General Dynamics European Land Systems-Santa Bárbara Sistemas (GDELS-SBS) and three other companies to deliver 348 8×8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles (VCR), their maintenance and life cycle support, as well as support their international commercialization. The program is expected to grow to a total of approximately 1,000 vehicles. The vehicle, named &ldquo...
  • Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut
    Spain Ordered Many Aircraft Exchange for Job Cut 7 August 2020
    Aviation was one of the heaviest sectors affected by COVID-19, shaked the world and give negatice effect on many sectors. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, faced important order cancellations due to the virus. For this reason, the company, which announced that a significant amount of personnel will be dismissed, supported by Spain. Madrid reached an agreement with the company for acquisition of substantial aircraft in exchange for les...
  • New User for A400M
    New User for A400M 5 August 2020
    The production process of the A400M transport aircraft program continues at full speed. There has been good news for Belgium, which recently retired a C-130H Hercules transport aircraft. Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers, announced that the first A400M manufactured for the Belgian Air Force meets the sky. Within the scope of the activity, the platform numbered MSN106 performed its first flight on July 30 at the facilities in Seville, Spain, which also bas...
  • FCAS Expands
    FCAS Expands 2 August 2020
    The FCAS Program, launched under the leadership of Germany and France, is expanding. The new generation combat jet project known as FCAS (Future Combat Air System) or SCAF (Système de Combat Aérien du Futur) continues its progress. It was announced that the Spanish company Indra participated in the program. According to the statement made by the parties, the company will be involved in the Joint Concept Study (JCS) activities. The decision to join came exactly 11 month...
  • Drágon Successfully Completed Shooting Tests
    Drágon Successfully Completed Shooting Tests 29 July 2020
    VCR 8 × 8 Drágon shooting tests, purchased by Spain for the use of marines, have been completed. Two prototypes were used in the tests carried out in Almería. One of the platforms called D1 used the Elbit UT30MK2 turret, while the Samson MK2 developed by Rafael was used in the other armoured vehicle called D2. In accordance with the requirements of Spain, the Swiss production piranha 5 platforms were changed. The first 13 units of the vehicle ...
  • Delivery Time for Ares
    Delivery Time for Ares 28 July 2020
    It is time for retirement for the Scorpion Family (CVR (T) / Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked)) platforms, which are successfully operating in many countries around the world. The British Army started taking deliveries under the Ajax Tracked Armoured Vehicle Program, which was launched to meet the requirements of the modern battlefield. In this context, the first batch of Ares tracked armoured vehicles entered the household Cavalry Regiment based in Wiltshire in Bulf...
  • 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 ...
  • Spain Signs Memorandum for New 8x8 VCRs
    Spain Signs Memorandum for New 8x8 VCRs 15 May 2020
    A new tender period has begun for the 8x8 Dragón Vehiculo de Combate sobre Ruedas (VCR) or Combat Vehicle on Wheels to be supplied under Spain’s New Plan of the Armed Forces, which Spain decided in 2007. The armoured vehicle supply program was postponed twice due to lack of funding. Spanish Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, has signed a new commitment allowing the incorporation of a limited company made up of four other national defence industry leaders. ...
  • Luxembourg A400M in Skies
    Luxembourg A400M in Skies 15 April 2020
    A400M production and delivery continues despite the worldwide epidemic. Airbus continues its efforts to avoid any disruption in A400M processes. In this context, the first A400M produced for Luxembourg made its first flight on April 13. After the trials conducted at the facilities located in Seville, Spain, the platform returned to the base after five hours flight safely. MSN104 that Belgium and Luxembourg will use jointly will be assigned to the 15th Air Transport Wing of...
  • COVID-19 Support from Turkey to the Balkans
    COVID-19 Support from Turkey to the Balkans 8 April 2020
    Turkey's medical supplies in the COVID-19 fight continues. Last week, the Turkish Armed Forces' A400M transport plane carried a variety of medical equipment to Italy and Spain. The A400M carries health supplies to the Balkans to combat the virus, the Ministry of National Defence said today. Equipment departing from Ankara Etimesgut  Air Base will be delivered first to Serbia, followed by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia and Kosovo. 
  • 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 ...
  • Turkey Provides Health Assistance to NATO Allies
    Turkey Provides Health Assistance to NATO Allies 1 April 2020
    Turkey has sent health equipment to Italy and Spain.  Health supplies have departed from Ankara’s Etimesgut Airport prepared for Spain and Italy which have been severely affected by COVID-19 and are currently battling against the virus. Protective face masks, protective eye masks, overalls and anti-bacterial fluids were sent to Italy and Spain via A400M aircraft belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces. The health supplies were delivered to the Spanish officials.
  • New Ally
    New Ally 31 March 2020
    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which was established at the very beginning of the Cold War against the Soviet threat, is expanding. In the past few weeks, the Spanish Parliament approved the NATO membership of North Macedonia and completed the last international step in this process. Following the completion of the necessary procedures, NATO raised the Flag of North Macedonia with a ceremony on 30 March in front of the headquarters and where the flags of the countrie...
  • Airbus Stopped Production in Spain
    Airbus Stopped Production in Spain 30 March 2020
    After the coronavirus, which influenced the world, Airbus started implementing new measures in Spain as of today. Spain has been particularly hard-hit among European countries. Airbus says it is to suspend the “majority of production” until 9 April, in the aftermath of new measures imposed by the Spanish government from 30 March. The measures restrict all non-essential activity across the country. Airbus says it will maintain some “essential” activities within its comm...
  • MBDA Stops Working Due To Coronavirus
    MBDA Stops Working Due To Coronavirus 25 March 2020
    MBDA, which continues its operations in five European countries including France, UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, has stopped working due to coronavirus. The company announced that it has suspended all its activities in France between 18 March and 27 March to control the spread of the virus. It was not announced whether the production and assembly line would be affected by this decision.
  • A400M Commisioned for COVID-19 Mission
    A400M Commisioned for COVID-19 Mission 24 March 2020
    Due to the epidemic caused by the Coronavirus, state authorities went to alarm. Airbus also supports fighting with COVID-19 with the platforms it uses as a test aircraft. The F-WTTO registered A330 NEO test aircraft in the Airbus company fleet recently took off from China and landed in Touluse with a load of medical equipment, devices and about 2 million masks from China. Yesterday, again, the company's EC-400 registered A400M created an air bridge between Touluse and Madrid. In...
  • DIMDEX 2020 Cancelled due to Corona Virus
    DIMDEX 2020 Cancelled due to Corona Virus 3 March 2020
      Following the cancellation of a number of global events including the Mobile World Conference in Spain, ITB in Germany and the Geneva International Auto Show, the DIMDEX 2020 organising committee has been consulting with public health officials and the Government of the State of Qatar regarding the status of the event. After extensive consideration, the organising committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the event. Though the risk to the general...
  • Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots
    Raytheon to Upgrade Patriots 1 March 2020
    Raytheon's to upgrade the MIM-104 Patriot air defencee systems, which have been in the inventory of many countries for years. Under the USD 314 million deal signed between the US Army and Raytheon, the company will modernize the Patriots. With the agreement covering the systems of 17 user countries, the company will provide engineering services to users in the system, software and hardware development, integration, testing services, configuration management and logistics support...
  • Layoffs to Start on Airbus
    Layoffs to Start on Airbus 20 February 2020
    France-based multinational Airbus has decided to save on budget in its subsidiary, Airbus Defence and Space. The company, which went to restructuring due to the failure to meet the financial targets and deferred contracts, is expected to lay off a total of two thousand 362 employees at the end of 2021. As a result, 829 people in Germany, 357 in the UK, 630 in Spain, 404 in France and 142 from other countries will be laid off. The need for restructuring was first announced in December 2...
  • Sectorel News Issue 82 15 February 2020
    Network-Centric Mortar from Thales F-135s Retesting Sig Sauer Machine Gun to Special Forces V-22 for Carrier-borne Delivery BAAINBw Preferred Enforcer ODIN instead of ALIS in F-35 Last Tiger to Spain Dassault and Thales Partnership to France SIGINT Aircraft Iron Fist for Eitan Mass Production Period for National Engine of Anka Ships are Safer with ALACA Ukrainian Tanks Communicate wit...
  • Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program
    Spain to Join on European Patrol Corvette Program 9 February 2020
    Spain may join Italian and French new 3 000 ton corvette programme along with Greece. Italy and France want to win European Union funding for the construction of a new corvette. The program dubbed the European Patrol Corvette which is part of the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO. PESCO is one pan-European defence programs recommendations to bridge capability gaps collaboratively. The new naval, joint venture between Italy’s Fincantieri and France’s N...
  • Spain Acquires 24 PC-21 Aircraft
    Spain Acquires 24 PC-21 Aircraft 1 February 2020
    Pilatus Aircraft announced that Spain had ordered 24 Pilatus PC-21 single-engine turboprop trainers to replace its obsolete Casa C-101 Aviojets used since 1980. The contract is worth €204.75 million and calls for the first six aircraft to be delivered by March. The Spanish Air Force, Ejército del Aire, is the third European air force to opt for the Swiss-produced PC-21, the Next Generation Trainer.  
  • Wet Contacts from C29
    Wet Contacts from C29 29 January 2020
    The Airbus C295 tactical airlifter has successfully achieved its first wet contacts during an air-to-air- refuelling (AAR) tanker flight test campaign. First dry contacts of this flight test took place in December 2019 and were achieved using a closed ramp configuration. The wet contacts, conducted out of Seville, Spain, took place in January 2020, between one Airbus C295 aircraft in tanker configuration and a Spanish Air Force C295 acting as receiver. In total, the aircraft fitted wit...
  • The Last Tiger of the Spanish Army
    The Last Tiger of the Spanish Army 29 January 2020
    Airbus Helicopters has announced that an important milestone has been left behind for Tiger attack helicopters. The delivery phase of Spain's Tiger attack helicopter story, which started in 2003, was completed. The Spanish Army (Ejército de Tierra) received the 18th and last Tiger HAD helicopter after a long delivery phase. Last platform is announced as Tiger HAD (Helicoptero de Apoyo y Destrucción / Support and Destruction Helicopter) H2 varian...
  • Tender for Indian Submarine
    Tender for Indian Submarine 22 January 2020
    Having serious problems in the maintenance of vehicles and heavily damaged the nuclear submarine in 2018 with the hatch left open, India announced the short list in its tender for the procurement of air-independent propulsion submarines. The Indian Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) has announced shortlisted companies as part of its nuclear submarine procurement program. L&T company and Mazagon Docks Ltd. (MDL) are took place on the list. As part of the 7 billion USD te...
  • 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 ...
  • Spain allows Navantia to Develop F110 Frigates
    Spain allows Navantia to Develop F110 Frigates 4 December 2019
    Spanish Government, the Council of Ministers has authorised the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism to sign an agreement with the entity Navantia S.A., for the development program of the F110 Frigates. The program will cost a maximum of 1,638 million euros over seven years (from 2019 to 2025). The F110 frigates project will allow Navantia to be digitised through the Shipyard 4.0 program. With the agreement, Navantia secures the sale of five F110 frigates. ...
  • Current Situation Analysis from SSB
    Current Situation Analysis from SSB 30 November 2019
    The report titled International Cooperation and Export in Defence and Aviation Industry dated October 2019 was shared at the Conference held in Antalya. The study aims to create a sectoral situation analysis in order to prepare the ground for strategy development in line with the 2023 export targets. The study was created with the information provided by 27 companies that realized 95 per cent of the sector's exports according to the data of the Defence and Aerospace In...
  • Spain to Buy 24 Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop Trainers for €205M
    Spain to Buy 24 Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop Trainers for €205M 29 November 2019
    Spain will acquire 24 Pilatus PC-21 turboprop training aircraft to replace its Casa Aviojet C-101 jet trainers. Spain’s decision was announced on Nov. 26 on the government’s procurement platform, Plataforma de Contratacion del Sector Publico (PCSP). The first six PC-21s and one simulator are to be delivered by March 2020 to allow training of the first eight instructors. The PC-21 will be known as E.27 in Spanish service. According to PCSP, Pilatus will supply 2...
  • EU Force Generating
    EU Force Generating 14 November 2019
    Europe is taking important steps to unite its strength in the defence industry. Collaboration on Permanent Structured Cooperation and defence is seen as the new step of the European Union (EU). ‘’When Europeans join forces, our impact is higher than we imagine’’ EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said PESCO helps EU Member States work closely in the field of security and defence. PESCO was established in December 2017 and aims to improve the defence capabilities...
  • Navantia launches Australia’s second replenishment vessel
    Navantia launches Australia’s second replenishment vessel 3 September 2019
    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has launched the second auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessel on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the launch of the second Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessel marked an important milestone in Australia’s $90 billion investment in the largest regeneration of Navy since WW2. “The delivery into service of the Supply class replenishment vessels from next year will provide...
  • Spain to Acquire Piranha 5 for €2.1Bn 16 July 2019
      The Spanish Council of Ministers has approved the conclusion of a contract for the manufacture of 8x8 wheeled combat vehicles. The object of the contract is the supply of manufacturing of the first production batch of 348 Vehiculos de Combate a Ruedas (8x8 Wheeled Combat Vehicles, VCR 8x8) in 13 different configurations. The contract that has now been authorized has its origins in the decision by the Council of Ministers of November 2, 2007, which approved...
  • Greek Cyprus to Get Leopard 2
    Greek Cyprus to Get Leopard 2 11 July 2019
      The European Defence Agency (EDA) is preparing to launch a programme in 2020 for four member states to upgrade or procure Leopard 2A7 equivalents. EDA is in final consultations with member states Greek Cyprus, Greece, Romania, and Spain to launch a programme in 2020 to modernise or procure Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank (MBT) fleets. According to the agency, the effort will aim at upgrading to Leopard 2A7 equivalents or acquiring them. The program will involve approximately 200 L...
  • New Frigate Agreement Inked
    New Frigate Agreement Inked 26 April 2019
    The new frigate project was inked almost a month after the cabinet approval. Under the agreement, Navantia will build five frigates. The ceremony of the project, whose main contractor is Navantia, was held in the Ministry of Defence of Spain building. Spain will procure five frigates, with a total cost of € 4,317 billion. It is reported that 80% of the components required for the platform will be purchased from Spanish companies during the process, which will start in Ferrol fa...
  • Airbus’ First Helicopter FAL in China
    Airbus’ First Helicopter FAL in China 19 April 2019
    Airbus on Wednesday officially opened its first Final Assembly Line (FAL) in China, which will deliver its first H135 twin-engine helicopters to Chinese customers during the second half of 2019.  The Airbus Qingdao H135 FAL is a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters and United General Aviation Company. It follows a cooperation agreement between Airbus Helicopters and China in 2016 for the purchase of 100 H135s.    It is the first time of Airbus has put final...
  • US Presents Greece, Romania, Spain and PolandaAs Potential New Operators Of the F-35
    US Presents Greece, Romania, Spain and PolandaAs Potential New Operators Of the F-35 5 April 2019
    Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Vice Admiral Mathias W. “Mat” Winter, told U.S. lawmakers that “future potential Foreign Military Sales customers (for the F-35) include Singapore, Greece, Romania, Spain and Poland.” Confronting with Turkey, for S400 Air Defence System, The United States is considering expanding sales of LM’s F-35 fighter jets to five new nations including Romania, Greece and Poland as European allies bulk up their defences in th...