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  • Two NSM for Romania
    Two NSM for Romania 18 October 2020
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Coastal Defence Systems (CDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $300 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.   The Government of Romania has requested to buy two CDS consisting of up to ten Link-16 Multifunctional Information ...
  • Rafale Offer from France to Croatia
    Rafale Offer from France to Croatia 15 October 2020
    Options for Croatia, which wants to change the MiG-21 jet fleet, are increasing. Zagreb's plans to buy second-hand F-16 Netz from Israel was caught in the US barrier. Sweden then proposed 12 new Gripen C/D fighter jets to Croatia. France has also announced an offer to Croatia. Paris has proposed 12 Rafale aircraft serving in the Air and Space Forces (Armée de 'Air et de l'Espace) to Croatia. Greece is also known to want to supply a total of 18 Rafale, 12 of w...
  • First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison
    First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison 15 October 2020
    NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker) have delivered the first NH90 to the Spanish Air Force that will boost their search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission capabilities. The Spanish Air Force will receive 12 NH90s intended to replace its ageing fleet of AS332 Super Pumas and will be based in Cuatro Vientos, near Madrid. Spain has ordered a total of 45 NH90s in the tactical transport version, to be operated by...
  • Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced
    Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced 15 October 2020
    BAE Systems has released data based on the potential economic contribution of Tempest, the UK's 6th generation fighter jet programme, over the next 30 years. About 20,000 businesses are expected to be supported along with the programme. Together with Tempest, the UK economy is expected to earn £25.3bn by 2050. Bae Systems will soon present a business plan to the government on the program, after which funding will be allocated for the next phase. Production of air...
  • Black Hawks Pass Through Taiwan Streets and Reach Airport
    Black Hawks Pass Through Taiwan Streets and Reach Airport 14 October 2020
    Taiwan's government purchased a total of 60 UH-60M Black Hawk general purpose helicopters in 2009. With the arrival of six new UH-60M Black Hawks on the cargo ship at Kaohsiung port in the first week of October, the delivery of the country's purchased platforms has been completed. The footage reflected the transport of helicopters leaving the port to the airport on the streets of Kaohsiung. Six new helicopters will be deployed at Songshan and Kaohsiung airports. Ta...
  • Korea Retires Black Hawks
    Korea Retires Black Hawks 12 October 2020
    The Republic of Korea will retire the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters in its inventory. 103 Black Hawks, which have been operational for nearly 20 years, were planned to go through the modernization process, but the country's arms supply agency said it could replace the UH-60s already in use with the KUH-1 Surion helicopters developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). According to a feasibility study conducted by the Korea Institute for Defence Analysis on gener...
  • US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland
    US approved Super Hornet and F-35 sales to Finland 12 October 2020
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and weapons and related equipment for an estimated cost of $14.7 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. Finland has requested to buy 50 F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft; eight F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft; 14 EA-18G Growler aircraft; 166 F414-GE-400 engines (144...
  • H&K Lost at home due to Price Tag
    H&K Lost at home due to Price Tag 9 October 2020
      German armed forces Bundeswehr selected C.G. Haenel’s MK556 to replace Heckler & Koch’s G36 rifle. The total deal is around 245 million euros to acquire some 120,000 new firearms. A new report from Businessinsider.de offers detail from a classified procurement report on the trials. The report suggests that Haenel bid around 152 million Euros (including 19% VAT) for the initial delivery of 18,700 rifles. While Heckler & Koch offered their rifle fo...
  • GE Signs Contract to Provide STM with LM2500 Gas Turbines to Power Pakistan Navy’s New MILGEM Corvettes
    GE Signs Contract to Provide STM with LM2500 Gas Turbines to Power Pakistan Navy’s New MILGEM Corvettes 8 October 2020
      GE Marine announced it has signed a contract with STM (Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik Ve Ticaret A.Ş.), Ankara, Turkey, to provide LM2500 marine gas turbines to power the Pakistan Navy’s new MILGEM multipurpose corvettes. Pakistan Navy contracted for four MILGEM corvettes with ASFAT (Askeri Fabrika ve Tersane İşletme Anonim Şirketi) two of them to be built in Turkey and the other two in Pakistan. The propulsion system for all the MILGEM ships...
  • 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...
  • Japan to Acquire Ram Block 2 Tactical Missiles
    Japan to Acquire Ram Block 2 Tactical Missiles 29 September 2020
      The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of RAM Block 2 Tactical Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $55.311 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to fifty-one (51) Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 Tactical Missiles, RIM-116C.  Also includ...
  • NATO Orders New Tanker
    NATO Orders New Tanker 28 September 2020
    The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) has ordered a new Airbus A330 MRTT aircraft for NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Following Luxembourg's decision to maximise its participation in the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker and Transport Fleet programme (MMF), OCCAR decided to purchase the new aircraft. With this decision, NATO's MMF fleet will have a total of nine aircraft; air-to-air refuelling, strategic transport and medical evacuation needs. The...
  • Italy Wants to Get the Advantage of COVID
    Italy Wants to Get the Advantage of COVID 28 September 2020
    The Italian government wants to experience the benefits of COVID pandemic. European Union handed over some funds to cover COVID-damaged economy. The government wants to find a way to fund defence technology programs including the U.S. Future Vertical Lift ( FVL ) helicopter initiative. The FVL program is currently being pursued by the United States only but is listed as a possible target for Italian investment in a document drawn up by Italy’s industry ministry according to De...
  • U.S. and Norway Begin Military Negotiations
    U.S. and Norway Begin Military Negotiations 25 September 2020
    Norway and the United States began negotiations to update the Mutual Defence Assistance Agreement signed in the 1950s. Norway received 300 fighter jets and 8,000 military vehicles from the United States for free during the Cold War. Total U.S. aid to Norway from the 1950s to 1996 was around $8.7 billion. Red Party leader Bjørnar Moxnes said the renewed military agreement would lead to changes that would clash with Norway's security policy and interests, and criticised the...
  • Second Deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    Second Deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection 25 September 2020
    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Özmen, was awarded a second $46,997,170 contract for two additional Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), bringing total MEA aircraft orders to four in 2020. SNC has been the prime systems engineer and integrator for the MEA fleet since 2009. The MEA aircraft is a fully certified, highly-missionized version of the King Air 350, equipped w...
  • Israel and Italy Sign Mutual Purchase Agreement
    Israel and Italy Sign Mutual Purchase Agreement 23 September 2020
    Under the contract, Israel’s Defence Ministry will purchase a "training package" from Italian defence contractor Leonardo.The package includes a total of 12 AW119KX training helicopters and two simulators for the Air Force Flight School. Helicopters will replace the "Pagen" (Bell 206) platforms, which have been in service since the 1970s. The Italian Ministry of Defence will buy spike launchers and missiles from Rafael. The new agreement is a cont...
  • Japan's New Frigate
    Japan's New Frigate 22 September 2020
    Japan's Future Multi-Mission Frigates (30FFM) continues to take shape. Construction of the first two frigates is being carried out at the shipyards of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsui E&S as part of a frigate project launched by the Japanese Ministry of Defence in 2018. New images obtained by Xavier Vavasseur and Yoshihiro Inaba showed the deployment of its mast integrated into the platforms. A total of 22 frigates will be built in line with the needs of the Japa...
  • VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200
    VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles for the Egyptian frigate MEKO-A200 20 September 2020
    According to French Daily La Tribune, the European MBDA signed a contract with Egypt for the supply of VL-MICA anti-aircraft missiles, for the equipment of the MEKO frigate under construction. Egypt had originally selected the South African Umkhonto missiles (128 missiles), but the program did not go ahead due to Denel's financial problems. In January 2019 Egypt and Germany agreed to build a MEKO-A200 frigate, with a total cost of € 500 million with 1 more option. In April ...
  • New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone
    New Step from Germany and France for Eurodrone 19 September 2020
    A new decision was made on the Eurodrone Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS programme, developed with a subsidiary of the German, French, Italian and Spanish Governments.  Meeting at Airbus' facilities in Germany, French Defence Minister Florance Parly and her German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called on member states to launch the next phase of the drone operation in 2021. Ministers said the financial problems in the programme will be resolved ...
  • New Exports from Turkey
    New Exports from Turkey 18 September 2020
    Katmerciler, one of Turkey's armoured vehicle manufacturers, received an order of 3 million 250 thousand dollars’ worth of security vehicles from an unnamed country. The company, which will start delivering later this year, aims to complete delivery next year. Last year, the Katmerciler signed a contract with an African country for the export of The Speedy 4x4 Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle, making its first delivery in July this year. "2020 will be one o...
  • Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned
    Indonesia’s KF-X / IFX Intention Questioned 18 September 2020
    According to Defence Review Asia, Indonesia may scale down its KF-X / IFX procurement from the Republic of Korea (ROK). The magazine claims that the government of Indonesia is looking to save money due to COVID-19 pandemic and the level of investment in the KF-X/IFX combat aircraft project is the one that the government has eyes on.  In 2010 the country signed up to pay 20% of the development costs of the twin-jet engine 4++ generation fighter but is now seeking to reduce that to 15%.&nb...
  • Motor Sich to visit to Turkey
    Motor Sich to visit to Turkey 18 September 2020
    A high-level delegation from Motor Sich, one of the most strategic companies in Ukraine, will attend to Saha Istanbul event. Motor Sich, one of the companies with the largest product family in the world in terms of engines to be used in air platforms, has been having troubling days regarding ownership for a long time. China got in contact with the Ukrainian owner of the company, but the US demanded this trade be stopped, stating that China will transfer technology to its own country. After th...
  • Operation Payloaded Record from Aksungur
    Operation Payloaded Record from Aksungur 17 September 2020
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) announced the next stage AKSUNGUR UAV has reached with its announcement on its official Twitter account. In the statement, “Aksungur, the domestic and national product of our country, flew for the first time with 12 MAM-L with full ammunition at an altitude of 20,000 feet (approximately 6,000 meters) for 28 hours. His statement was included. Aksungur, previously carried MK-82 with a Teber guidance kit weighing about 250 kg. This t...
  • Agreement with Israel for F-35 Composites
    Agreement with Israel for F-35 Composites 16 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin signed with Elbit Systems for the F-35 Lightning II composites. The contract includes Elbit Systems providing composite material and assembly work for F-35 variants for four years.The Israeli-based firm is scheduled to deliver more than 1,400 parts to Lockheed Martin during the course of the study. Lockheed Martin does not allow countries that purchase the F-35 to make systemic changes, but there was an exception for Israel. After Israeli modifications, the platform ...
  • Kraken Robotics to Deliver Mine Hunting Equipment to Denmark and Poland
    Kraken Robotics to Deliver Mine Hunting Equipment to Denmark and Poland 14 September 2020
    On September 8th, Kraken Robotics announced the signing of contracts for mine hunting equipment with the Danish Navy and with the Polish Navy. Kraken will deliver its KATFISH™ towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar, Tentacle® Winch and Autonomous Launch and Recovery System (ALARS) in the second half of 2021. Kraken’s equipment will be integrated on board the Polish Navy’s new KORMORAN II Mine CounterMeasure (MCMV) vessels in Gdansk, Poland. No information was expr...
  • Hungary to Acquire Rheinmetall’s New Lynx Fighting Vehicle
    Hungary to Acquire Rheinmetall’s New Lynx Fighting Vehicle 14 September 2020
    Hungary will become the first customer of Rheinmetall’s new Lynx infantry fighting vehicle. Hungary will buy 218 Lynx KF41 vehicles and pay more than $2 billion. Rheinmetall’s U.S. $2.4 billion contract with the Hungarian government, signed in Budapest, is for 218 Lynx KF41 vehicles, nine Buffalo armoured recovery vehicles, as well as spares and simulators, the company wrote in a statement. The Lynx vehicles will be equipped with Rheinmetall’s manned Lance 30mm tur...
  • F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds
    F-35 Is Running $10 Billion Short Through 2025, Pentagon Finds 13 September 2020
      The Pentagon’s five-year budget plan for the F-35 falls short by as much as $10 billion, the military’s independent cost analysis unit has concluded, a new indication that the complex fighter jet may be too costly to operate and maintain according to Bloomberg News. The Defence Department’s blueprint for the next five fiscal years calls for requesting $78 billion for research and development, jet procurement, operations and maintenance and military...
  • 5 Rafale fighter jets joined IAF with a ceremony
    5 Rafale fighter jets joined IAF with a ceremony 10 September 2020
    The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets has been formally inducted into the IAF in a ceremony at the Ambala airbase. The event was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and French Counterpart Florence Parly. India will receive another five aircraft by November. India will receive 36 aircraft in total. Rafale fighter jets will join the 17th squadron called "Golden Arrows" of the Indian Air Force. The Ministry of Defence of India signed a contrac...
  • 5th British P-8 Poseidon ‘Fulmar’ Rolls Off Production Line
    5th British P-8 Poseidon ‘Fulmar’ Rolls Off Production Line 10 September 2020
    The 5th British P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft has rolled out of final assembly. The aircraft is named ‘Fulmar’ after a type of seabird. This comes not long after news that the P-8 Poseidon aircraft three and four are soon to be delivered to the UK, bringing the fleet up to 4 aircraft. “Very excited to see our next 2 Poseidon in the final stages of build. Thanks Boeing, keep up the great work.” The British Poseidon MRA Mk1 fleet cur...
  • Su-30SM2 with new Engine to fly before end of 2020
    Su-30SM2 with new Engine to fly before end of 2020 10 September 2020
    The modernized Su-30SM2 fighter will make its first flight by the end of 2020. The aircraft will be powered up with Su-35s AL-41F1S engine "product 117S".  AL-41F-1S has all-aspect thrust vector control. The service life of the aircraft engine is two times higher than that of the Saturn AL-31FP, Su-30’s former power plant. The new Su-30SM2's onboard electronics, radar, optical location station will be improved, and the range of weapons wi...
  • Payment Delay in KF-X Program
    Payment Delay in KF-X Program 8 September 2020
    A financial problem has emerged in the KF-X (Korean Fighter-eXperimental) fifth-generation aircraft project developed with a joint subsidiary of the Republic of Korea and Indonesia. Although KF-X is a partner, Indonesia owes hundreds of millions of Dollars, officials said. It was announced that Indonesia would have a delay of $420 million to pay for the project. Indonesia, which agreed to cover 20% of the fifth-generation aircraft program (8.8 trillion Indonesian...
  • A new Fragmenting Alternative to Cluster Bombs
    A new Fragmenting Alternative to Cluster Bombs 7 September 2020
    According to Business Insider, the U.S. Air Force recently conducted operational tests of the new BLU-136 Next-Generation Area Attack Weapon, a fragmenting bomb intended to leave behind less unexploded ordnance. The 2,000-pound bomb, part of a family of warheads that also includes the 500-pound BLU-134, releases deadly metal fragments instead of the "bomblets" released by the CBU-87 and CBU-103 cluster munitions. "The fragmentation of the BLU-136 is non-expl...
  • Leopard 2A4 Again with Roketsan
    Leopard 2A4 Again with Roketsan 6 September 2020
    Combining high survivability and mobility in Germany's arrowhead logic, Leopard 2A4 tanks were reborn with the touch of Roketsan. The armour solution package developed by Roketsan was unveiled during August 30th ceremony, last week without any additional information. This armour solution package was named T1. A week after this ceremony, the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) shared information and images about the tank on social media today. According to the information provided by th...
  • First production Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle ready for delivery to U.S. Army
    First production Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle ready for delivery to U.S. Army 6 September 2020
      BAE Systems announced that the first Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) has driven off the production line to be delivered to the U.S. Army. For BAE Systems the AMPV represents US Army’s modernization objectives. The AMPVs come in five variants to meet a wide range of missions across the battlefield. In reality the AMPVs are built to replace the Army's Vietnam-era M113 armoured personnel carriers. The delivery of AMPV means M113s to be retired soon. ...
  • US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets
    US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets 6 September 2020
    Following a recent spike in airborne confrontations between the U.S. and Russian militaries, three B-52 Stratofortress bombers joined Ukrainian fighter jets for training Friday. The bombers, from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, "conducted vital integration training with Ukrainian fighters inside Ukraine's airspace," European Command said in a press release. Officials said the bomber mission, part of a long-planned deployment of six B-52s to RAF F...
  • Kurt Describes FNSS's Work
    Kurt Describes FNSS's Work 4 September 2020
      FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. which entered the top 100 in the list of the world's largest defence companies, was the guest of Bloomberg TV. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, explained the work of FNSS and the future of the defence industry.   Noting that FNSS was established 30 years ago with the partnership of Nurol Holding and BAE Systems USA to meet the needs of the Land Forces Command, Kurt said that FNSS was the first private compan...
  • France gets Support for Hercules
    France gets Support for Hercules 4 September 2020
    The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France of four AE-2100D Turbo Prop engines and two Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade Two (MIDS-LVT BU2) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $350 million. Items will be integrated on C-130 Hercules. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of Franc...
  • Thailand keeps Chinese submarines on hold
    Thailand keeps Chinese submarines on hold 3 September 2020
    The Thai government has announced that it is the second and third attack submarines’ acquisition will be delayed.  Thailand originally planned to acquire two submarines worth US$720 million from China, with the 7-year funding program.   In the original plan, the Thai government was supposed to allocate more than US$100 million to the project under the fiscal year 2021 as initial payment. The Thai government said that it will re-negotiat...
  • Ukraine Continues to Buy Weapons from Europe and United States
    Ukraine Continues to Buy Weapons from Europe and United States 29 August 2020
    Ukraine's Ambassador to the United Kingdom Vadym Prystaiko recently announced that an agreement will be signed between the two countries for the purchase of weapons. Prystaiko said that the contract will not only include the purchase, but also the production of such systems in Ukraine will be covered by the agreement. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the United States approved the sale of 16 Mark VI patrol boats and related equipment. The Ukrainian Navy is continuin...
  • Thailand to Buy New Training and Attack Aircraft
    Thailand to Buy New Training and Attack Aircraft 27 August 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is changing its inventory of training aircraft. The government announced that it had set up a budget for training and the supply of light attack aircraft. At-6E Wolverine and T-6C Texan II will be procured for RTAF, defence sources said. A total of 24 will be delivered from the platforms specified to be configured in accordance with the needs of the country. The procurement agreement will include air-to-air missile integration and the produc...