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  • New Air Base to Lease in Syria
    New Air Base to Lease in Syria November 7 2019
    Russia is reportedly planning to lease a new military airbase in Qamishli city, north-eastern Syria. Syrian Human Rights Observatory has published developments on lease negotiations between Moscow and Damascus. “Washington can deploy missiles on the territory of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and other countries in the region. The presence of air defence and missile-defence systems in Qamishli will allow Russia to intercept the US missiles long before they reach Russia's territory...
  • Russia Deployed S-400 to Serbia
    Russia Deployed S-400 to Serbia October 28 2019
    Russian Ministry of Defence announced that Russian Army S-400 and Pantsir-S air-defence systems are deployed to Serbia, to took part in the bilateral Slavic Shield 2019 air-defence exercises. As part of the exercise, the Russian S-400 division and the Pantsir-S battery will be deployed on the territory of a Serbian air base and will be part of the joint Russian-Serbian mixed group of air defence forces. Russian-Serbian air defence exercise "Slavic shield-2019" is...
  • Flight Training from Private Ventures
    Flight Training from Private Ventures October 22 2019
    The United States turned to the private sector in order to carry out its pilot trainings in the most realistic manner. Preparatory work, which has been carried out in this context for a while, has recently been finalized with an agreement. The Washington administration signed agreements with seven companies totaling $ 6.4 billion. US-based private aviation companies have been procuring retired aircraft for some time to train pilots to best suit combat conditions. The platforms,...
  • AUSA 2019 Started
    AUSA 2019 Started October 14 2019
    The 2019 Meeting of the Association of The United States Army (AUSA) began in Washington, D.C. The three-day event, which mostly includes land platforms, is expected to host more than 30,000 participants. “America’s Army: Ready Now, Investing in the Future” is the theme of this year’s meeting. The AUSA, featuring more than 650 exhibits spread over more than 300,000 square feet of space. The event will end on October 16
  • 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...
  • The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan
    The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan August 17 2019
    Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force (RoCAF) has confirmed it will be getting new F-16s. An infographic put out by the RoCAF has confirmed that it will be getting new F-16s. The RoCAF says it will stand up a new tactical fighter wing for these new jets. It should be made up of three squadrons. The jets will also come with conformal fuel tanks and uprated engines – which could mean the GE F110. Earlier, the Washington Post said the Trump administration has put up the $8 billion...
  • 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...
  • Iran Intimidates with Missiles
    Iran Intimidates with Missiles August 1 2019
    The missile was launched from the southern coast of Iran and landed east of Tehran. It flew about 1,100 kilometres and stayed inside Iran for the entire flight. Shabab-3 is derived from the North Korean No Dong Missiles. Missile launches are not forbidden under the nuclear accord reached between Washington and Tehran, which US President Trump complains about the agreement that he abandoned last year. But a United Nations Security Council resolution, passed just as the agreement was reached, s...
  • White House Sets Up Potential Sanctions Meeting Against Turkey July 21 2019
    The White House has invited all Republican senators to a meeting next week to discuss potential sanctions on Turkey after President Trump said the United States will cancel the purchase of F-35 fighter jets according to Washington Post Daily. The meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m, will be held in the State Dining Room of the White House and is limited to the senators only. Trump announced the cancellation of the purchase Tuesday, saying it was “not a fair situa...
  • U.S. Removes Turkey from F-35 Program
    U.S. Removes Turkey from F-35 Program July 17 2019
        The United States said on Wednesday that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program. “The U.S. and other F-35 partners are aligned in this decision to suspend Turkey from the program and initiate the process to formally remove Turkey from the program,” said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition and sustainment. “The United States is spending between $500 and $600 million in non-recurring ...
  • U.S. Will Not Accept More Turkish F-35 Pilots Over Russia
    U.S. Will Not Accept More Turkish F-35 Pilots Over Russia June 7 2019
      According to an exclusive report from Reuters, The United States has decided to stop accepting any additional Turkish pilots who planned to come to the United States to train on F-35 fighter jets. Turkey has ordered Russia’s S-400 air defence system, which Washington says it poses a threat to the Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealthy fighters, which Turkey also plans to buy. The United States says Turkey cannot have both. The two U.S. offic...
  • Taiwan to Develop 5th-Gen Fighter Jets March 9 2019
    Taiwan is building its own next-generation fighter jets while seeking to acquire the latest fighters from the United States, Taiwanese Defence Ministry said on Thursday. Wu Pao-kun, director of the ministry's Department of Strategic Planning, told a press conference that the next-generation aircraft must possess stealth characteristics and be capable of short take-offs, without elaborating. Maj. Gen. Tang Hung-an, head of the air force command's planning division, ...
  • Washington To Investigate If Pakistan Used F-16 Against India
    Washington To Investigate If Pakistan Used F-16 Against India March 4 2019
    The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said on Mar. 3 that it is investigating if Pakistan had used the F-16 fighter to shoot down a Indian MiG-21, potentially in violation of U.S. agreements, as the stand-off between the nuclear-armed Asian neighbours appeared to be easing. “We are aware of these reports and are seeking more information,” a U.S. Embassy spokesperson said. “We take all allegations of misuse of defence articles very seriously.” A Pakistan mil...
  • Russia’s Return to Africa February 8 2019
    So far, Russia’s presence in Africa has been brief and limited as compared to heavy involvement of colonial Western powers. However, there are still enduring signs of impact...   In late December, the United States proclaimed its new strategy on Africa. The main argument was based on the urgency of protecting US interests in the Continent against the unlawful expansionism of China and Russia. For this purpose, the strategy calls for deepening economic, political...
  • 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...
  • Cyber Developments in the USA January 10 2019
    On the eve of the 2019, it should be underlined that the last year witnessed major developments in the United States in terms of cyber security. Ever since the Department of Defence (DoD) officially recognised cyberspace as a warfighting domain in 2004, it is not possible to talk about cyber space as a prominent item in the US security agenda especially in 2018. A major development last year was Washington’s enthusiasm to rescind Barack Obama era’s cyber strategy by favo...
  • More Powerful Abrams are Coming
    More Powerful Abrams are Coming January 10 2019
    The US Army has taken action to strengthen its armoured units. The US, which recently signed an agreement to raise some tanks to M1A2 SEPv3 configuration, decided to modernize the additional tank. In line with the Land Forces requirement, the US signed an additional modernization agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems cost of USD  714 million. In this context, 174 M1A1 Abrams will be upgraded to M1A2 SEPv3 configuration. Washington administration signed an agreement for t...
  • Pentagon's F-35 Report: It Favours Better Relations with Turkey
    Pentagon's F-35 Report: It Favours Better Relations with Turkey November 28 2018
    US Daily Washington Post wrote about Pentagon reports about Turkey. Daily says, ”Defence Secretary Jim Mattis repeated his objection to the threat. Cutting off Turkey, whose defence industry produces significant F-35 components, Mattis said, would cause major delays in overall production of the new generation combat plane, according to congressional officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the sensitive issue.” US opposes Turkey’s decision to acquire...
  • Weapon Pod for Blackhawks
    Weapon Pod for Blackhawks October 22 2018
      A new step has come from the United States, which has been working with the Kabul government on the reconstruction of the Afghanistan Army. In this direction, Washington will arm the UH-60A Black Hawk utility helicopters in the Afghan Air Force inventory. The decision was taken by the US Department of Defence's direct proposal to Afghanistan.   Afghanistan, which has already produced Russian helicopters for the general purpose helicopters, is tryi...
  • Indonesia to Stick to Su-35 Deal With Russia October 21 2018
    Indonesia will keep on track on its deal with Russia on Su-35 deliveries in spite of the possibility of being subjected to US sanctions, the country's defence minister, Ryamizard Ryacudu, said in an official statement of the ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM). "Indonesia is looking forward to receiving [the] fighter jets soon, we are very interested in this," he said. Ryacudu added that the ministry is currently working out the details on payment pro...
  • Russian Su-35 Faced With American Obstacles In Indonesia
    Russian Su-35 Faced With American Obstacles In Indonesia October 5 2018
      Russian Daily Kommersant reported that Russia is having difficulty delivering 11 Su-35s to Indonesia due to the U.S. Law on Countering the Opponents of the United States through Sanctions (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act /CAATSA). Earlier, it was reported that Indonesia will take delivery of the first aircraft this month. However, this is not possible now because of potential sanctions. Financial aspects of the deal areal so unde...
  • US Businessmen to Focus on Turkey
    US Businessmen to Focus on Turkey October 3 2018
    The American-Turkish Council, which brings Turkish businessmen together with American industrialists and state authorities with the summits held in Washington DC, and will organize its 37th between 22-24 October, will lead US businessmen to Turkey in order to bring together with representatives of Turkish aviation and defense industry. The mission, called Aerospace & Defense Trade Mission will be held between 3-7 December 2018 with the contributions of the US Department of Commerce. In th...
  • China Asks US Cancel Arms Sale to Taiwan
    China Asks US Cancel Arms Sale to Taiwan September 25 2018
    China demanded the US cancel a $330 million sale of military equipment to Taiwan, warning of "severe damage" to bilateral relations and mutual cooperation. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told that the sale violated international law and the "basic norms governing international relations." Washington has no official relations with Taiwan's democratically elected government but is obliged by U.S. law to see that it has the means to def...
  • China To US: 'No Right' To Meddle In Ties With Russia
    China To US: 'No Right' To Meddle In Ties With Russia September 23 2018
    China has slammed Washington’s move to impose sanctions on Beijing over its decision to purchase Russian missile systems and fighter jets, saying the US has “no right to interfere” in relations between two sovereign countries. “The US approach is a blatant violation of the basic norms of international relations, a full manifestation of hegemony, and a serious breach of the relations between the two countries and their two militaries,” said Wu in a notic...
  • Arab NATO: A Mirage? September 15 2018
    As NATO takes pains to cope up with new developments, does an Arab NATO, whose predecessors have all failed, hold any potential to survive? Convening on May 21, 2017 in Riyadh with the participation of more than 50 leaders including the US President Donald Trump, the Arab Islamic American Summit, had unveiled plans to establish the so-called Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA). This Riyadh-based initiative, launched in an attempt to realise sustainable peace and security in the re...
  • Pakistan Discuss Plan B to for T-129
    Pakistan Discuss Plan B to for T-129 September 10 2018
    Pakistani defence Magazine Quwa brought future of T-129 deal with Pakistan to discussion table. Magazine claims that “current tensions between Ankara and Washington have cast doubt on whether Turkish Aerospace will be able to bring Pakistan’s order for 30 T129 ATAK attack helicopters to fruition. “ Magazine discuss that “the concern stems from the fact that the T129’s engine – i.e. the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company (LHTEC) CTS800 turbosh...
  • Paris To Cut US Parts in Its Weapons To Boost Sales
    Paris To Cut US Parts in Its Weapons To Boost Sales September 7 2018
    France decided to cut its dependence on US components in its weapons systems to minimise Washington's ability to block its arms exports. French Defence Minister Florence Parly said reducing dependence on US-made components was necessary so as not to hinder the export of French military products. Without giving specific examples, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said France needed to "gradually wean ourselves off our reliance on a certain number of American parts.”<...
  • Motor Sich Defends AI-222 Turbofan Trade With China August 22 2018
    Ukrainian jet engine manufacturer, Motor Sich, has countered an article published by The Washington Times on the former’s export of its AI-222 turbofan engine to China. On August 15, the daily published an article where the author, mentions that "critics say the Trump administration should pressure Ukraine to halt the engine sales along with other military transfers to China." The publication reportedly criticizes Motor Sich's 2016 contract on the supply of 250 e...
  • 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...
  • Beijing Consensus vs. Washington Consensus August 16 2018
    Trump Administration increasingly erodes the political and economic structure that the United States has shaped and globally spread. Will the power vacuum thus created, pave the way to alternative visions? From 1990s onwards, China has pursued a policy of transforming its closed, planned economy into a more open, market-based system. Industry and service sectors gradually replace agriculture as the main driver of national development. In the past, the country was infamous for revers...
  • NASAMS For India
    NASAMS For India July 30 2018
    India is working on a missile shield around its capital Delhi to make it immune to military or 9/11 attacks from aircraft, missiles and drones, The Times of India wrote. Indian Defence Ministry has approved the purchase of the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II) worth around $1 billion from the US. NASAMS is a medium-range, network-centric air defence system designed and developed jointly by Raytheon and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. ...
  • Indonesian unmanned aviation squadron to be formed
    Indonesian unmanned aviation squadron to be formed July 14 2018
    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia) is establishing its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) squadron to oversee the service’s unmanned naval aviation requirements. The first equipment will be Insitu ScanEagle. Indonesia is currently anticipating the delivery of four Insitu ScanEagle UAVs from the US government. The UAVs are granted by the US government under a capacity-building programme for Southeast Asian navies known as the Maritime Security Initiative (MSI). The The...
  • Neocon Legacy in Iranian Policy
    Neocon Legacy in Iranian Policy June 11 2018
    The neocon establishment once again took hold of Washington following the recent appointments. Bearing resemblance with the George W. Bush era, can the current situation culminate in another catastrophe? With the former Head of CIA, Mike Pompeo and Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Relations as well as UN Ambassador during the George W. Bush era, John Bolton, becoming Secretary of State and National Security Adviser respectively, it seems that the neocon establishmen...
  • Chinese hackers steal 614 gigabytes of sensitive Navy program data
    Chinese hackers steal 614 gigabytes of sensitive Navy program data June 9 2018
    Chinese government hackers stole crucial data from an US contractor on a top submarine development program according to the Washington Post. Daily claims that cyberattacks sponsored by the Chinese government infiltrated U.S. Navy contractor’s computers, allowing digital thieves to access sensitive data related to secret Navy projects on a submarine anti-ship missile. The contractor whose systems were breached has yet to be disclosed, the Washington Post reports, thou...
  • 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 ...
  • Wilson; S-400 is not a Problem for NATO
    Wilson; S-400 is not a Problem for NATO May 30 2018
    US Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, said that procurement of S-400 missiles of Turkey is not constitute a problem in terms of NATO alliance. Washington-based Atlantic Council held "Strengthening the Alliance US: Conversation with the Secretary of the US Air Force" (Strengthening US Alliances: the Secretary of the Air Force) Republican politician speaking at a panel titled and US Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, ansewered a question about Turkey's procur...
  • 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...
  • US Agrees to Supply Predator B to New Delhi
    US Agrees to Supply Predator B to New Delhi May 2 2018
    Indian and US diplomatic officials confirmed to Hindustan Times that Washington has agreed to let India purchase the MQ-9 Predator B. New Delhi was cleared to buy the Guardian variant of the MQ-9, which is designed for maritime surveillance, however, was in favour of acquiring an armed drone which operates over both land and sea, especially given the costs involved. Manufactured by General Atomics, Predator-B has both land and naval versions and can be armed with air-...
  • USAF Continues to Push for Reduction F-35 O&S Costs
    USAF Continues to Push for Reduction F-35 O&S Costs April 2 2018
    The US Air Force pushes Lockheed Martin to reduce the F-35 sustainment costs.  The chief of staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein told reporters during a meeting in Washington that Lockheed Martin must reduce the F-35 joint strike fighters’ operation and support costs to a level that it will be comparable to the sustainment costs associated with a fourth-generation fighter such as the F-16 or F-18.   Goldfein downplayed specula...
  • EA-18G  crew suffered from frostbite after ECS failed in flight
    EA-18G  crew suffered from frostbite after ECS failed in flight February 25 2018
    The two-seater EA-18G experienced an unexpected failure during its cruising at 25,000 feet Jan. 29, on a flight from Washington State’s Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to Naval Weapons Station China Lake.  Aircraft’s Environmental Control System (ECS) failed, the temperature inside the cockpit dropped to -30 degrees and a layer of ice engulfed the canopy and instrument panels. The two pilots were forced to use the emergency oxygen supply, which was completely depleted by the...