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  • Israel Wants F-22A Raptor from U.S.
    Israel Wants F-22A Raptor from U.S. 27 October 2020
    Against the sale of F-35 Lightning II aircraft to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Israel has asked the United States for the F-22A Raptor aircraft. After a meeting between Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz and US Defence Secretary Mark Esper, the parties approved the sale of the F-35 to the UAE. Israeli media reported that raptor planes were requested from the United States in response to the "concession". Raptors, which are not currently in production, are of...
  • Israel opposes F-35 sale in Middle East
    Israel opposes F-35 sale in Middle East 12 October 2020
    Qatar officially applied to the United States in early October to buy a fifth-generation fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II, it was announced. Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said his country must continue its military superiority in the region, adding that they do not want the F-35 sold to Qatar. “Our security and military superiority in the region are the most significant things for us. Our region has still not turned into Switzerland,” he said. Qatar's dem...
  • F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer
    F-35A Costs Less than F / A-18E / F for Swiss Buyer 1 October 2020
     F-35 Costs Less than F-18 for Swiss Buyer The US State Department approved two possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Switzerland. Swiss government prepares a tender to buy 40 aircraft for its air force and the approval permits Lockheed Martin and Boeing to officially take part at the tender. Switzerland will either buy 40 Lockheed Martin’s F-35 or Boeing’s F-18 and related equipment. According to the approval 40, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and re...
  • U.S. Approves F-35 Sale
    U.S. Approves F-35 Sale 1 October 2020
    The U.S. Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved the possible sale of the F-35 Lightning II and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft to Switzerland. The DSCA said the possible sale would increase Switzerland's capacity to meet current and future threats. Accordingly, the possible sale of 40 F-35s and 40 Super Hornet aircraft worth $6.58 billion to Switzerland has become possible. The Swiss people, who voted Sunday (September 27th) to purchase new fighter jets, agreed to the gov...
  • Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet
    Switzerland to Choose New Fighter Jet 21 September 2020
    Switzerland will vote on the purchase of new fighter jets. Many oppose the idea, saying the country can neither afford nor need warplanes. "Who is our enemy? Who is attacking a small, neutral country surrounded by NATO?" Social Democratic MP Priska Seiler asked. Thomas Hurter, a Member of Parliament for the Swiss People's Party, said Switzerland should protect itself without relying on other countries. "If we don't replace the old planes, it means we don't...
  • Korea Conducts Military Intelligence Sharing Talks with Switzerland
    Korea Conducts Military Intelligence Sharing Talks with Switzerland 6 August 2020
    Efforts to share military intelligence between the Republic of Korea and Switzerland have reached the final stage. The issue of "military intelligence sharing" is on the table as part of further development of military and defence industry cooperation between the two countries, according to Officials of the Korean Defence Ministry. The General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) is expected to be signed between the two countries if a memorandum is reached. ...
  • Drone Sell
    Drone Sell 3 August 2020
    Multicopters are expanding their usage areas day by day thanks to their mobility and manoeuvrability and payload capacities. Lockheed Martin, one of the leading defence companies of the USA, has signed a multicopter acquisition agreement with Switzerland. In this context, Armasuisse (Swiss Federal Defence Procurement Unit) will acquire Indago 3 Group 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the company for armed forces use. Lockheed Martin CDL Systems VCSi Touch smal...
  • Czechia Accidentally Invaded
    Czechia Accidentally Invaded 15 June 2020
    Last month, Czechia was accidentally invaded, according to the Polish Ministry of National Defence. The misunderstanding in North Moravya first came up in the local newspaper Denik. An engineer working in the chapel in the area said he wanted to take pictures for work, but Polish soldiers were preventing him. Denik proved that the soldiers were stationed in the chapel.  Polish soldiers patrolling the covid-19 measures at the border between the two countries were mista...
  • 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. ...
  • Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders
    Pentagon Awards Raytheon $392M for Sidewinders 22 March 2020
    The Pentagon has awarded Raytheon a $392.4 million modification contract to supply tactical missiles to the US military, Turkey, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other countries. The deal modifies an earlier contract, awarded in September 2018, for the repair of Air Intercept Missile (AIM)-9X Tactical and Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs). The governments of Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Japan, Morocco, the Ne...
  • Greece invites Turkey to Defence Exhibitions in Athens
    Greece invites Turkey to Defence Exhibitions in Athens 22 January 2020
    After more than ten years absence, Greece returns to international defence exhibitions, by the organisation of DEFEA-Defence Exhibition Athens. The organisation got in contact with Greek Defence ministry for the official invitation of Turkey, C4Defence learned. DEFEA will take place in Athens, from 22 to 24 June 2020 at the Metropolitan Expo. It is organised by ROTA SA and the Union of Greek Manufacturers of Defence Material (SEKPY). It is under the auspices of the Ministry of Natio...
  • 6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force
    6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force 24 December 2019
    The Swiss parliament on Friday approved the purchase of new fighter jets for around $6 billion, but the Socialist Party immediately demanded the question be put to a referendum. Switzerland began seeking replacements for its ageing fleet of fighter jets more than a decade ago. In 2014, the country looked set to purchase 22 Gripen E fighter jets from Swedish group Saab. But Bern has not given up on its quest to boost its fleet, with the government warning that the country's F/A-18s will re...
  • US Wants to re-Buy F-5E Swiss Fighters
    US Wants to re-Buy F-5E Swiss Fighters 16 December 2019
    United States is reportedly ready to re-purchase Northrop 22 fighter aircraft F-5E Tiger II belonging to the Swiss Air Force that had been used 41 years since 1978. According to airspacereview portal, US Navy and the Swiss Defence Procurement Agency (Armasuisse) have been in talks related to the sale of F-5 in July. The budget for the purchase of F-5 from Switzerland is 39.7 million dollars.  The US is still using the F-5 as simulated enemy air to air combat exercise. Switzerla...
  • Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone
    Switzerland Received Its New Hermes 900 HFE Drone 14 December 2019
    Swiss Air Force revealed its first Hermes 900 HFE reconnaissance drone on Emmen military airfield on Monday, December 9, 2019. Switzerland acquires drones from Elbit, Israel. Six of drones were purchased as part of the 2015 weapons program. The ADS 15 is the successor system for the ADS 95, which was decommissioned at the end of November 2019. But it is not yet flying as certification of drones by the Israeli civil aviation authorities has not been issued.  The Hermes...
  • 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...
  • Swiss Acrobat team “Patrouille Suisse” Performed Flyover At The Wrong Place 9 July 2019
        Swiss Air Force’s “Patrouille Suisse” Display Team performed its show at the wrong place on Saturday Jul. 6, 2019. The team was scheduled to fly over Langenbruck, in north-western Switzerland, south of Basel, where the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Swiss aviation pioneer Oskar Bider was held, but they flew over Mümliswil, missing the target by about 6 km. People who gathered to commemorate Bider were u...
  • Gripen E out of Armasuisse’s Tests
    Gripen E out of Armasuisse’s Tests 14 June 2019
    The Swiss defence procurement agency, Armasuisse, has formally recommended to Saab not to participate with Gripen E in the upcoming flight tests scheduled from 24 to 28 June 2019 in Switzerland. The reason is that the flight tests have been designed to only evaluate aircraft that are operationally ready in 2019. The flight tests are part of the fighter evaluation process that foresees aircraft deliveries in 2025. However, the Gripen E development plan does not match the Sw...
  • Two Offers to Switzerland
    Two Offers to Switzerland 26 March 2019
    A bid for the new generation air defence system was presented by two participants. The tender for the Air2030 Program included three candidates. Israel which invited with David’s Sling system did not made an offer. The US participant Raytheon joined the tender with Patriot system and European participant Eurosam made a bid with  SAMP / T. The procurement process will continue with the analysis and testing phase just as in the aircraft procurement phase. Teams to be commissio...
  • Threat Evaluation for New Aircraft
    Threat Evaluation for New Aircraft 18 February 2019
    The new DDPS of Switzerland, Viola Amherd, announced that he intends to continue the new plan of the aircraft procurement program and the long-range air defence procurement program. In this context, news fromthe program called Air2030. The new minister demanded a comprehensive review of the program before the final bids were received. In the process, a new threat evaluation studies will be made for Switzerland. Following the conclusion of the review and threat analysis studies, the country...
  • Gripen E Proposal for Air 2030
    Gripen E Proposal for Air 2030 29 January 2019
      Saab announced that it has submitted an offer for the tender under the Air 2030 Program. Thus, the number of companies in the program increased to four. A new step took place in Air 2030, the new fighter aircraft procurement program of Switzerland. Saab announced on 25 January that it had submitted a bid for the tender. Company will take place with the new Gripen E. The tender was launched for new platforms to replace Switzerlan’s aging F/A-18 Hornet and F-5E ...
  • First Step from Switzerland for Long Range
    First Step from Switzerland for Long Range 27 September 2018
      Switzerland's defense procurement office, Armasuisse, has issued a request for proposal. Three different participants were invited to participate in the long-range air defense system procurement  tender under the Air 2030 Program. The participants are Eurosam, Israel and Raytheon. Systems to be offered are SAMP / T, David’s Sling and Patriot. Armasuisse aims to receive the offers in March 2019 at the latest. In addition, the demand for testing the component cap...
  • Switzerland In Pursuit of Mini UAVs
    Switzerland In Pursuit of Mini UAVs 27 April 2018
    The Swiss Army is conducting flight tests of fixed-wing mini reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems. The trials involve Israeli company Aeronautics’ Orbiter 2B and Polish WB Group’s Fly Eye. The country plans to procure two types of mini UAVs; quadcopters weighing less than 6 kg and fixed-wing aircraft weighing less than 15 kg. The procurement is expected to be completed by 2021. 
  • $8 Billion Air Defence Budget by Switzerland
    $8 Billion Air Defence Budget by Switzerland 31 March 2018
    The long lasting pursuit of air defence missile system and fighters in Switzerland proceeded to a new phase. Switzerland, known for its neutrality and surrounded by EU countries, will allocate an $8 billion budget for air defence under the program "Air 2030". Guy Parmelin, president of the Swiss Defence and Civil Protection Department said the companies that could bid for new in-terrain aircraft were Eurofighter from Airbus, Dassault Rafale from Fr...
  • Switzerland to Vote on New Fighter Procurement
    Switzerland to Vote on New Fighter Procurement 12 March 2018
    Switzerland is to hold a national referendum on its planned future fighter procurement. According to an announcement made on 9 March, voters will be asked if the country should proceed with a programme to replace the air force’s ageing fighters with a new aircraft, but unlike the previous referendum on the issue held in 2014, the type-selection will take place after the vote. In 2014, 53 percent of the Swiss population voted not to fund the procurement of 22 Saab Gri...
  • Switzerland To Renew Air Defences
    Switzerland To Renew Air Defences 10 November 2017
    Swiss Department of Defence announced on 8 November that the Federal Council took decisions in principle concerning the renewal of the means of protection of Swiss airspace. It is planned to acquire new combat aircraft and a new system of Ground-Based Air Defense (GBAD), for a maximum cost of 8 billion francs.  This means the Swiss Army's budget should be increased annually by 1.4% by 2021.According to the statement, 30 F/A-18 jets will be retired around 2030...
  • New Anti-tank To Switzerland
    New Anti-tank To Switzerland 29 June 2017
    Saab has secured a $120 million contract with Switzerland for its next generation light anti-tank weapon (NLAW), the company announced on 28 June. developed by Saab and produced by Thales UK, the shoulder launched weapon will fill the capability gap caused by the decommissoning without replacement of the Dragon M47 2008. Switzerland is set to receive the new weapons between 2018 and 2021.  NLAW has a range between 20-800 meters and has a "fire...
  • Three Refusals by India
    Three Refusals by India 29 November 2016
    According to a statement published on 24 November by the Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), the country rejected proposals of three foreign companies who seek to stregthen their presence in Indian market. The proposals belonged to Harris Communications from the US, Schoeller from Switzerland and Barracuda Camouflage Private Limited, a subsidiary of Swedish Saab company. The reasons of the rejections were not disclosed.
  • Switzerland’s air space rely on Rheinmetall 20 May 2016
    Switzerland awards contract to Rheinmetall Air Defence AG of Zürich to extend the service life of Swiss Air Defence Systems. Rheinmetall, a member of the Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group, has won a modernization order from the Swiss armed forces. Through to 2019, Rheinmetall will upgrade the fire control units and guns of the 35mm medium-calibre Oerlikon Skyguard air defence system. The contract includes an overhaul of the associated command and control systems in the op...
  • Neuron gets ready for aircraft carrier missions 19 May 2016
    French Procurement agency (La Direction Générale de l'armement / DGA) announced the launch of a new test campaign Neuron stealth UCAV demonstrator. The new tests will include a flight campaign above the sea with the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle".. Neuron is an experimental unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) being developed with international cooperation, led by the French company Dassault Aviation. Countries involved in this project include...