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  • New Zealand to Acquire C-130J Aircraft
    New Zealand to Acquire C-130J Aircraft November 26 2019
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to New Zealand of five C-130J aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.4 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of New Zealand has requested to buy five C-130J aircraft; 24 Rolls Royce AE-2100D3 turboprop engines (20 installed, four spares).  
  • Morocco to buy 36 Apache
    Morocco to buy 36 Apache November 21 2019
    Morocco has been cleared to buy up to 36 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for an estimated value of USD 4.25 billion. US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of 36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.25 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 19, 2019. The Government of M...
  • F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020
    F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020 November 15 2019
    According to USNI News, US lawmakers will not authorise the Pentagon to award a multi-year contract to build F-35 unless the program solves such problems as chronic shortages of spare parts that often wear out quicker than anticipated. Speaking during a joint hearing of two House Armed Services subcommittees, Rep. John Garamendi, chairman of the readiness subcommittee, said the F-35 program is still plagued by high operating costs, inadequate repair capacity, spare part shortages an...
  • What is the Real Price of F-35?
    What is the Real Price of F-35? November 5 2019
    The news that the F-35A price tag will be lower than 80 million USD was a piece of sensational news. It meant that a government could decide to acquire either F-16 or F-35 as the price difference was almost less than 20 million USD per copy.  Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has a different perspective on the price tag. According to the nonpartisan independent watchdog that investigates and exposes overpriced military spending Pentagon is trying to deceive by obscuring F100 Million...
  • Croatia buys two more Black Hawks
    Croatia buys two more Black Hawks November 1 2019
      US Government cleared two Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters sale to Croatia. The country will have four Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in inventory. The US State Department approval, announced on 30 October, covers a pair of the latest-variant UH-60Ms, along with other equipment, spares, weapons, training and support. The estimated value of the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) is USD115 million. The helicopters will join a pair of UH-60Ms t...
  • Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H
    Taiwan Retires 49-year-old UH-1H October 30 2019
    The Republic of China Army retired its UH-1H fleet today and declared the UH-60M fleet fully operational. A ceremony was held at Tai Chung Lung Hsiang base to mark the event. The UH-1H utility helicopter was in service for military training or in the relief operations of mountain rescue and natural disasters. Army Aviation Special Operations Command held a "de-settlement ceremony" on the 30th of this month due to the absence of parts and shortage of spare parts. Its air tr...
  • Bahrain  to get Refurbished Oliver Hazard Perry Class Ship
    Bahrain  to get Refurbished Oliver Hazard Perry Class Ship October 24 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to Bahrain to refurbish the Oliver Hazard Perry Class ship, ex ROBERT G. BRADLEY (FFG 49) with support for an estimated cost of $150 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 22, 2019. The Government of Bahrain has requested refurbishment of the Oliver Hazard Perry Class ship, ex ROBERT G. BRADLEY (FFG 49),...
  • Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM
    Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM October 18 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Republic of Korea (ROK) of (120) AIM-120C-7/C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) with support for an estimated cost of $253 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. ROK has requested to buy 120 AMRAAM. Also included are containers; weapon support and support equipment; spare and repair parts; U.S. Government and co...
  • Tunisia to Buy T-6C Texan Trainer Aircraft from US October 15 2019
    Tunisia to buy 12 -6C Texan Trainer Aircraft from US. The US State Department has approved a Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia for 12 T-6C Texan trainer aircraft made by Textron Aviation Defence for an estimated cost of $234 million. The offer also includes spare parts, support equipment and logistics support. The proposed sale will replace Tunisia's aging trainer fleet and allow Tunisia to continue training pilots to support Tunisia's counter-terrorism and border security missions. Th...
  • Additional F-35 Procure Request October 9 2019
    The Netherlands on Tuesday announced its plan to procure nine additional F-35 Lightning II fighters from the United States for an estimated $1.1 billion. The agreement will include the supply of spare parts, training, simulators and related support. The stealth jets will bring the total number of F-35s with the Netherlands to 46. The additional aircraft are expected to contribute to the air force's objective of having four jets available for NATO missions while also performing h...
  • Torpedoes for Korea
    Torpedoes for Korea August 28 2019
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea (ROK) of 31 MK 54 All Up Round lightweight torpedoes with support for an estimated cost of $72 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019. ROK has also requested torpedo containers, Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers, Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks...
  • AIM-120C-7 for Hungary
    AIM-120C-7 for Hungary August 28 2019
    The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced. The Government of Hungary has also requested to buy four spare AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance sections, four spare AIM-120C-7 control sections, six AMRAAM training missiles (CATM-120C), missile containers, classified software (for the AN/MPQ-64F1 Sentinel Radar requested by Hungary through Direct Commercial Sale), comm...
  • USA Support for Lebanon
    USA Support for Lebanon August 20 2019
    The U.S. Embassy in Beirut said on Monday that the United States delivered a large-scale batch of new armoured vehicles and weapons to the Lebanese military. On 14 and 17 August, the Lebanese Armed Forces were supplied with 150 armoured vehicles, as well as weapons, radio, spare parts and a number of military equipment. A statement from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut said these two shipments, valued at nearly $60 million, are a part of our ongoing, long-term commitment to Lebanon’...
  • 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...
  • Maintenance Support for Typhoon
    Maintenance Support for Typhoon August 6 2019
    UK Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Rolls-Royce. Under the agreement, which is worth around 426 million US Dollars, Rolls-Royce will continue to provide support to the engines that power the Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft and undertake a number of services including the maintenance and repair. For five years, Rolls-Royce will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the Typhoon engines of the Royal Air Force, as well as the supply of modul...
  • USA Approved to Procurement
    USA Approved to Procurement July 29 2019
    US Defence Ministry has approved Thailand’s request for 60 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles. The estimated value is $175 million includes, 60 Stryker, 60 M2 Flex .50 cal machine guns as well as spares, systems, training and support. The Stryker vehicles will increase Thailand’s capability to defend its sovereign territory by filling the capability void between light infantry soldiers and heavy mechanized units. The principal contractor for the Stryker vehicle is General...
  • New Procurement  Agreement from Lockheed Martin
    New Procurement  Agreement from Lockheed Martin July 16 2019
      Lockheed Martin has signed a fixed price incentive agreement with the US Army for 492,108,514 US Dollars for the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). The contract includes training, support equipment, qualification testing, initial spares/repair parts and software. The M142 has a diameter of 227 mm and a range of over 30 km. Works will be completed by May, 2023.
  • Greece to get Romeo
    Greece to get Romeo July 13 2019
        The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with support for an estimated cost of $600 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 12, 2019. The Government of Greece has requested to buy up to seven MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters equipped with 10 APS-l 53(V) Multi-Mode R...
  • First Two of IFV Received
    First Two of IFV Received June 30 2019
    Lithuania on 25 June, received its first two of 8x8 Boxer "Vilkas" Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV). The vehicles will officially enter the inventory of the Lithuanian Armed Forces after admission procedures. The Vilkas IFV is a variant of Boxer armoured fighting vehicle developed by German manufacturer ARTEC according to the requirements of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have Israel-made turrets, 30 mm MK-44S cannons and ...
  • $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries
    $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries May 27 2019
      United States will sell up to $ 3.9 billion arms to two Middle East Countries United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The State Department approved two countries requests. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019. UAE wants to acquire RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air Vehicles with support for an estimated cost of $80 million.  The Government of the UAE has ...
  • $6 961 Billion Worth Export
    $6 961 Billion Worth Export May 7 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to three countries for five different defence items. Two for Bahrain, two for Czech Republic and one for United Arab Emirates. Total cost for Bahrain is $ 3. 228 billion. Total tag price for Czech Republic is 1. 085 billion and UAE will pay $2.728 billion. Total export value is $6 961 billion. Bahrain will acquire various Patriot missile systems and related support and equipment for an...
  • Sarp Is Safer
    Sarp Is Safer May 2 2019
    ASELSAN's Sarp remote controlled weapon system (UKSS), will provide higher safety to the personnel. The new model, called Sarp Zafer, is on display at IDEF'19. Sarp can be integrated into many vehicles ranging from tactical wheeled armoured vehicles to heavier platforms. It has a widespread use within the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish law enforcement units. Its new model is displayed on ASELSAN stand. The device is equipped with a sniper detection syst...
  • THY TEKNİK for HİK Logistics
    THY TEKNİK for HİK Logistics May 1 2019
    Within the scope of the Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft System Logistics Support Project, the Presidency for Defence Industries (SSB) and Turkish Technic has signed a Cooperation Protocol. The ceremony was attended by the President of SSB Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, Turkish Technic CEO Ahmet Kahraman, Air Force Command and SSB officials, and sector representatives. With this project, it is planned to provide all kinds of products and services which will be required by the Ai...
  • F-35 to Be Costlier according to Pentagon
    F-35 to Be Costlier according to Pentagon April 24 2019
    The estimated total price for research and procurement has increased by $22 billion in current dollars adjusted for inflation, according to the Pentagon’s latest annual cost assessment of major projects. Defence Department’s latest Selected Acquisition Report sent to Congress last week underlines an increase to $428.4 billion from $406.2 billion in acquisition costs, about a 5.5 percent increase. The Report states that the increase isn’t due to poor perfo...
  • Super Étendards On the Way
    Super Étendards On the Way April 22 2019
      In 2017, Super Étendard aircraft which made an agreement for procurement in 2017, were set up for their new homes. The platforms that Argentina procured from France departed for the country by ship. Argentina, which was seen to have taken protective measures in order not to be affected by the sea conditions, bought five of the total. In addition, the simulator, eight spare engines and large amounts of spare parts were purchased together with the aircraft. Bue...
  • Last Days Before Launching
    Last Days Before Launching April 18 2019
    The Republic of Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) made a statement about the construction of the new logistic support ship. The ship, which will provide supplies, water, ammunition and spare parts replenishment vessels in the open sea to the friendly and allied platforms, will meet the sea in April. The first part of the construction of the new logistic support ship, which was built for the Royal New Zealand Navy and is planned to be commissioned under the name of HMNZS Aot...
  • US Approves MH-60R Sale to India
    US Approves MH-60R Sale to India April 3 2019
      The US government has approved the sale of the Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk maritime multisession helicopter to India. The US State Department has cleared India to procure 24 MH-60R helicopters, as well one MH-60B/R Excess Defence Article (EDA) helicopter from the US Navy that will likely be used for training. In addition to the helicopters, the proposed package includes related anti-submarine warfare equipment and weapons, anti-surface warfare weapons, ...
  • Helicopter Spare Parts to the Philippines April 1 2019
    Philippines procured spare parts of US $ 48 million for UH-1 Huey helicopters in its inventory from Japan. It was announced that the spare parts and equipment were donated to the Philippines in order to increase the defence and humanitarian capabilities of the Philippines Army. After retiring its UH-1 Huey helicopters, Japan is trying to dispose of spare parts and hardware in its warehouses and make room for new systems. In a statement from the Philippines, the equipment donated fro...
  • Additional C-295 Order
    Additional C-295 Order March 27 2019
    Kazakhstan ordered additional C-295 for the use of border security units. Thus, the country's C-295 order increased to nine. The aircraft, which is described as being in the configuration that can be used in border control and homeland security missions, will be able to serve in different task configurations. Agreement also included procurement of the necessary training, spare parts and ground support equipment
  • $4.8 Billion Sale and Upgrade Of Morocco F-16 Aircraft
    $4.8 Billion Sale and Upgrade Of Morocco F-16 Aircraft March 26 2019
    The Government of Morocco has requested to upgrade its existing 23 F 16 aircraft to the F 16V configuration.  Morocco has also requested to purchase 25 F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft and other related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.787 billion. The U.S. Department of State has approved a possible sale to Morocco of F-16C/D aircraft and upgrades of its existing fleet the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on Monday, March 25. F-16 related equip...
  • After 43 Years of Service, The Sea King Gives Way to The NH-90
    After 43 Years of Service, The Sea King Gives Way to The NH-90 March 22 2019
    The Airbus NH-90s are now in complete charge of Belgian safety in the North Sea. This Thursday, March 21, 2019, after 43 years of service, the Sea King helicopters of 40 Squadron bowed out on their last operational flight. Not without a certain emotion of the crews as well as the many Belgians who came to attend the eve Very popular with the population since they were at the centre of the television series "Windkracht 10", the 5 Sea Kings of the Air Component of the Belgia...
  • Australia Gets AIM-120C-7
    Australia Gets AIM-120C-7 March 14 2019
    The State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $240.5 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 12, 2019.   The Government of Australia has requested to buy up to 108 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air ...
  • US Declares F-35C IOC
    US Declares F-35C IOC March 4 2019
    The US Navy declared that its F-35C Joint Strike Fighter was operationally ready to deploy and conduct missions around the world. The F-35C Lightning II, the aircraft carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, has met all requirements and has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), the commander of Naval Air Forces and the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation announced Feb. 28 in a joint statement. To declare IOC, the first operational squadron must be properly manned, ...
  • New Air Defense System to the Navy February 19 2019
    MBDA introduces a new ship-based air defence system in NAVDEX. The platform called SPIMM (Self Protection Integrated Mistral Module) was developed on SIMBAD-RC. SIMBAD-RC is a ship-mounted turret system, has two ready-to-launch missiles. Thanks to the 360-degree infrared panoramic imager, SPIMM can detect air and surface targets. The remote commanded SPIMM is controlled by two operators. The system, which can carry four spare missiles, can be effective against anti-ship missiles, ai...
  • Australian F/A-18s delivered to  Canada
    Australian F/A-18s delivered to Canada February 18 2019
    The first two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 AB Hornet aircraft to be sold to the Royal Canadian Air Force have been delivered to Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake in Alberta, Canada, following their participation in Exercise Red Flag 2019. Under a deal between the Australian and Canadian Governments, the two Hornets are the first of up to 25 aircraft that will be sold to Canada along with spares and support equipment.  
  • India Gets VIP Aircraft Protection System
    India Gets VIP Aircraft Protection System February 7 2019
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of two Boeing 777 Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Self-Protection Suites (SPS) for an estimated cost of $190 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The systems, will be used for “head of state” aircraft. India is in the process of procuring two Boeing 777-300ER jets for VIP transport...
  • Embraer and SNC Awarded Contract to Deliver A-29s to Nigeria
    Embraer and SNC Awarded Contract to Deliver A-29s to Nigeria February 6 2019
      Brazil’s Embraer Defence & Security and its partner Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) were awarded a contract to deliver 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force. “SNC is proud to work with our partner, Embraer Defence & Security, to build A-29s in support of the Nigerian Air Force in addressing their on-going training and security needs,” said Taco Gilbert, Senior Vice President of ISR, Aviation and Security (IAS)...
  • German parliamentary report Military Lacks Equipment and Recruits
    German parliamentary report Military Lacks Equipment and Recruits February 3 2019
      According to German Radio Deutsche Welle, quoting a new parliamentary report, the German Bundeswehr is still underequipped, understaffed and overly bureaucratic. The report states that German soldiers have to rely on civilian helicopters to transport them around in Afghanistan. Soldiers have to borrow body armour.   Bundestag military commissioner Hans-Peter Bartels, presented the document at a press conference in Berlin. "I'd like ...
  • US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey
    US Approves Patriot Sale to Turkey December 19 2018
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of 80 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles, 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. Turkey has requested the possible sale of 4 AN/MPQ-65 Radar Sets, 4 Engagement Control Stations, 10 Antenna Mast G...
  • Morocco to Acquire Abrams Tank
    Morocco to Acquire Abrams Tank December 4 2018
    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of enhancements to 162 Abrams tanks for an estimated cost of $1.259 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 28, 2018. The Government of Morocco has requested to purchase enhancements to 162 Abrams tanks procured through the Excess Defence Article (EDA) program to one of the following variants:  ...