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  • Russia Plans to Unveil the New TOS-2 Heavy Flamethrower System Next Year
    Russia Plans to Unveil the New TOS-2 Heavy Flamethrower System Next Year November 14 2019
    The Russian Defence Ministry plans to show the new TOS-2 heavy flamethrower system at the parade in honour of the 75th anniversary of the Victory and send it to the troops. The head of the chemical, biological and radiation protection forces of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, said that the TOS-2 heavy flamethrower system should enter the military units in May 2020. “By the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Pat...
  • Russia to Develop Previously Banned Missiles
    Russia to Develop Previously Banned Missiles September 7 2019
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would develop missiles banned under the now-defunct Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in response US. The state-run TASS news agency reported that Putin said, "We will make such missiles, of course, but we will not deploy them in the regions where no ground-based missile systems of this class of US manufacture have emerged”. Last month, the US and Russia formally withdrew from the key Cold War-era tr...
  • 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...
  • NATO Movement Against to Russia
    NATO Movement Against to Russia August 11 2019
    NATO has completed a scheduled upgrade of a land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system in Romania. The update is part of the United States European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defence, which was announced on September 2009. The Aegis Ashore station will detect and track potential threats outside of the bloc. A US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system was deployed to the Deveselu base for the time of the upgrade.   In response to th...
  • Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets
    Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets July 24 2019
    Bulgaria's president has vetoed the country's planned $1.26 billion acquisition of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters, citing a lack of agreement and clarity over the deal. Issuing the veto on 23 July, “The commitment of Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, for years to come, without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying,” Radev said in a statement. He says the "sharp contro...
  • 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...
  • Call for China from NATO
    Call for China from NATO November 20 2018
    NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg has called on the Beijing administration to join the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.   Stoltenberg, who made statements to German ZDF Television, emphasized the ned for China’s to participation to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Some of missile systems, which are heavily involved in the Chinese inventory, can also carry a nuclear warhead. China's half of the missile systems in the inventory will violate the...
  • Siberian Weather in the midst of Summer: NATO Leaders’ Summit in Brussels August 16 2018
    “NATO is a defensive Alliance. NATO’s greatest responsibility is to protect and defend our territory and our populations against attack. Any attack against one Ally will be regarded as an attack against us all, as set out in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. We will continue to stand together and act together, on the basis of solidarity, shared purpose, and fair burden-sharing.” Thus concurred the NATO’s leaders of 29 allied countries in the very first arti...
  • Articles of the North Atlantic Treaty (2)
    Articles of the North Atlantic Treaty (2) June 11 2018
    Our previous issue (the 61th) reminded the basic principles and states that served the establishment of NATO and analysed the first seven articles of the North Atlantic Treaty. In this issue, the remaining seven articles will be the focus, in a quest to find whether the authority problem observed in the first half of the articles, can be generalised. Article 8: Each Party declares that none of the international engagements now ...
  • NATO rejects Qatar’s ambition
    NATO rejects Qatar’s ambition June 6 2018
    NATO on Wednesday declined an overture by Qatar to join the Western military defence alliance, saying membership was reserved to the United States and Europe. It was responding to a comment by Qatar's defence minister on Tuesday that his country's long-term strategic "ambition" was to join NATO." Article 10 of the Washington Treaty reads; “The Parties may, by unanimous agreement, invite any other European State in a position to further the principles of ...
  • Articles of the North Atlantic Treaty (1)
    Articles of the North Atlantic Treaty (1) May 11 2018
    At a time when Russia, thanks to its Cold War behaviour, drives the rest of the world towards anxiety and new strategies, NATO once again assumes importance as an old and friendly assembly. Born as a counterforce to the rising Soviet threat in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, what were the dynamics upon which NATO was built? Was this a timeless collective defence attempt without a shelf life; or was it programmed to last so long as the threat endured? NATO is based o...
  • Australia Girded Loins
    Australia Girded Loins February 9 2018
    Legitimising military intervention in domestic terrorist incidents, refusing to become a party to the latest UN nuclear weapon ban treaty, and increasing arms exports to boost employment are among the recent offensive policies of Australia... The latest example of Australia’s increasingly “hawkish” security policies is the Turnbull Government’s ambitious plan to make the country one of the world’s top 10 weapons exporters within the n...
  • Europe’s New Security Problem: Europe Itself
    Europe’s New Security Problem: Europe Itself October 2 2017
    Continuously being tested by refugee flows and terrorist attacks, Europe witnesses that tensions have risen to Cold War levels thanks to Russia’s close yet controlled advances. Nevertheless, security issues in Europe lead to “fissures” rather than “union” and togetherness. Only six months ago, when the aftershocks of BREXIT were still paralysing, the 27 members of the European Council, European Parliament and the European Commission issued a “touc...
  • The Last Legendary Battleship: Iowa Class
    The Last Legendary Battleship: Iowa Class August 29 2017
    Once ruling the seas, battleships or so-called armoured ships, gradually lost favour to aircraft. On the eve of the Second World War, many large navies were indecisive as regards the fate of these platforms. Being the last of these formidable giants cruising the seas, Iowa class battleships were thus designed in such a period.  When Captain Billy Mitchell risked his career with the argument that aircraft would replace large battleships in open seas; the US Navy staff were still...
  • Observation Flight Over Poland
    Observation Flight Over Poland August 29 2017
    Russian aircraft An-30B will carry out an observation flight over Poland from August 28 until September 1 under the Open Skies Treaty. The flight will be carried out from the Warsaw airfield and its maximum range will reach one thousand 400 kilometers according to Russian officials. 
  • European Values: Balancing the Scales
    European Values: Balancing the Scales April 18 2017
    When Jean Monnet, one of the architects of the Unified Europe Project, maintained that “Europe will be forged in crises, and will be the sum of the solutions adopted for those crises.”, he probably did not give much credit for populism and nationalism to rise once again from their ashes.  As the Unified Europe of the 1950s became an economic giant against the background of common ideas and values, the present economic bottleneck crippling Europe leads to a questioni...
  • US Observation Flight Over Russia
    US Observation Flight Over Russia April 10 2017
    The United States and the Czech Republic will carry out an observation flight on a US plane OC-135B over the Russian territory under the Open Skies Treaty on April 10-14. Russian specialists will be on board to ensure that the plane and the survey equipment used are in compliance with the treaty.
  • Russian Aircraft To Conduct Observation Flight in Turkish Skies
    Russian Aircraft To Conduct Observation Flight in Turkish Skies February 27 2017
    An Antonov An-30B aircraft belonging to the Russian Air Force (RAF) will conduct an observation flight between February 27th and March 3rd in Turkish skies, under the 'Open Skies Treaty'. Russian military planes will fly in Turkey for the first time after the shooting of RAF's Sukhoi Su-24M aircraft on 24 November 2015. Sergey Rijkov, President of Russia's National Center for Nuclear Risk Reduction, announced that Russian experts will begin their observatio...
  • Japan Confidence Subcontract Intelligencer
    Japan Confidence Subcontract Intelligencer February 25 2017
    Japan is aiming to increase its intelligence on nuclear-powered missile tests conducted by North Korea. According to local media yesterday's report, the Japanese government has taken precaution to detect and monitor North Korea's nuclear tests. Japan has transferred about $ 2.43 million to the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).The Organization will spend the fund from Japan to increase the verification capacity of missile tests a...
  • Nightmare of the Earth and the Sky: The 88 February 18 2017
    During the Second World War years, one of the most frightening weapons for the Allies was definitely the 88mm Flak 18/36/37/41 artillery gun. Often known as the “eighty-eight” and intended for anti-aircraft missions, these weapons owe their fame rather to their anti-tank features. Nevertheless, the gun became one of Germany’s the most reliable systems with its successes in a number of areas from fire support to land units, to coastal defence. Germany’s experi...
  • Russian An-30B in Italian Skies
    Russian An-30B in Italian Skies February 13 2017
    Russia's Nuclear Risk Reduction Center revealed that the country will conduct surveillance flight over Italy between 13-17 February under the Open Skies Treaty. The flight will be carried out on An-30B which is to take off from the Rome Ciampino Airport.
  • Japan is into selling Kawasaki P-1 and, C-2 to New Zealand
    Japan is into selling Kawasaki P-1 and, C-2 to New Zealand January 3 2017
    Japan’s defence industry is trying to sell its transport and maritime patrol aircraft to New Zealand. Japan offers the Kawasaki P-1 and C-2 to Wellington.  According to Nikkei Asian Review, Tokyo gave Wellington unclassified data on both aircraft in September last year. The Japanese government adopted three principles on the transfer of defence equipment and technology in April 2014, greatly relaxing the requirements for arms exports. But it has done little under the new ...
  • Parliament's Current Agenda: 'BrahMos'
    Parliament's Current Agenda: 'BrahMos' December 21 2016
    New Delhi and Moscow has reached an agreement to extend the range of jointly developed BrahMos PJ-10 supersonic cruise missile. Indian Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre told parliament on 16 December that since India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MCTR), Russia could now provide necessary systems to India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for a "joint technical development work" to extend the range beyond to extend the range beyond ...
  • ABD and Czechia Observe Russia
    ABD and Czechia Observe Russia November 7 2016
    The US and Czechia are to conduct an observational flight over Russia between 7-11 November under the Treaty on Open Skies. Assigned for this mission as a US OC-135B Observation Aircraft which will take-off from Khabarovsk Airport. Several Russian specialists will be on board of the plane during the flight to monitor compliance with the agreed parameters of the treaty.
  • Iskander Disturbed NATO Member Countries
    Iskander Disturbed NATO Member Countries October 10 2016
    Russia’s deployment of nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles to Kaliningrad outpost draw reaction from Lithuania and Poland’s defence ministries. Russian Defence Ministry confirmed the deployment on 8 October, stating that it is part of a Russian armed forces training plan and does not pose ant threats to NATO member countries. Lithuanian Foreign Ministry warned that such actions were possible violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty and the missiles might be used ...
  • Russia's Turn to Observe
    Russia's Turn to Observe September 26 2016
    Russia will conduct observation flights over Greece and the United States under the Treaty on Open Skies, which entered into force in 2002, providing for unarmed aerial surveillance flights between 34 member states. The observing aircraft will depart from Nea Anchialos airport in Greece and Travis airport in California within the last week of September. Russia uses the Antonov An-30 for their observation flights.
  • Russian Skies Under Survellience
    Russian Skies Under Survellience September 19 2016
    The United States and Norway will conduct an aerial surveillance flight over Russia in accordance with the International Treaty on Open Skies, between September 19-24. An OC-135B observation aircraft is assigned for this mission. Russian experts will be on board the plane to observe the compatibility to treaty clauses.
  • UAS Declaration by the US State Department
    UAS Declaration by the US State Department August 29 2016
    The US is asking countries to sign onto a set of international norms for the sale and use of armed unmanned systems. The US State Department proposed to sign a global agreement regarding the use and export of armed UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) during meetings held with the delegates of various countries at the Arms Trade Treaty Conference in Geneva on 22-26 August.  The declaration sent to various allied countries (titled Proposed Joint Declaration of Principles for ...
  • The 80th Anniversary of the Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits July 24 2016
    Celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, the Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits is a highly essential and critical document complementing the Turkish Republic’s sovereignty over the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles. The Montreux Convention, replacing the Straits Convention as part of the Treaty of Lausanne, which placed the administration of the Turkish Straits under the authority of a UN-mandated commission, is legally and politically an inseparable part ...
  • The Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits and Kanal İstanbul July 24 2016
    While the world is focused on the Middle East and the Sykes-Picot Treaty, the Kanal İstanbul Project, which entered into force in previous months, is prepared to bring forward a convention signed 80 years ago: Montreux. Composed of 29 articles, 4 annexes and one protocol and signed on July 20, 1936 by Turkey, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Japan, the USSR and Yugoslavia, the Montreux Convention entered force on November 9, 1936. Italy joined in 1938 while Japan withdrew from the rights c...
  • Sykes-Picot as Geopolitical Fantasy June 7 2016
    Using the hashtag #SykesPicotOver as it destroyed some part of the Iraqi-Syrian border in June 2014, ISIL once again fuelled debates on the artificiality of Middle East borders on the centenary of this treaty. Against this background, rectifying common mistakes in the interpretation of Sykes-Picot is highly essential.
  • Russia threatens to Drop START Treaty Due to New Air Defence Systems in Europe May 12 2016
    Russia threatens to exit the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in response to US for the deployment of new air defense systems in Eastern Europe, the head of Russia's Arms Committee in the upper house of parliament Victor Ozerov said. The US Aegis Ashore air defense system is to be officially deployed in Romania. The construction of a similar complex will soon begin in Poland. 

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