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Senate Armed Services Committee Votes in Favour of NDAA for Fiscal Year 2021

J C Menon The US Senate Armed Services Committee, in its FY 2021 National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA), has proposed purchasing 95 F35s, an additional 14 aircraft above the administration’s request, enabling the forces to modernise and equip themselves with the fifth-generation aircraft. This breaks down as US$5.5bn for 60 F-35A conventional-takeoff-and-landing aircraft, US$1.2 bn for […]

KazUAV helps enforce Kazakhstan lockdown

Jack Richardson Kazakhstan is using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to patrol and monitor illegal border movement and slow the spread of coronavirus. The country’s leading drone service provider KazUAV, a member of Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, has been working to keep communities safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. KazUAV has been helping the Nur-Sultan Police Department […]

Estonia to join Finland and Latvia in vehicle development programme

Estonia has decided to join the Finish and Latvian vehicle development programme for sustained mobility enhancement. The countries have now signed a joint technical arrangement agreement. The joint development programme aims towards a common armoured wheeled vehicle system. For this, Patria is delivering the 6×6 vehicle platform. “Estonia joining the development programme is great news […]

European Defence Agency Newsletter

Jiří Šedivý was presented as new EDA Chief Executive The EDA Steering Board appointed Jiří Šedivý, former Czech Defence Minister, as new EDA Chief Executive upon recommendation of the Head of the European Defence Agency Josep Borrell. He will take office in April 2020. Jiří Šedivý has extensive experience in the defence domain, having served […]

EDA Annual Report 2019

IMPLEMENTING THE EUROPEAN CAPABILITY DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES The year 2019 was an important implementation year for the 11 EU Capability Development Priorities approved in 2018 as part of the revised Capability Development Plan (CDP). This covered the following domains: enabling capabilities for cyber responsive operations space-based information and communication services information superiority ground combat capabilities enhanced […]

Norway’s Role in NATO’s Defence

A new RAND study concludes that Norway will take on a greater role in defending NATO’s northern flank. This conclusion results in Norway’s strong engagement with the Alliance and an “impressive mix of high-end capabilities for a nation of its size,” statements that were made by key NATO Allies who were asked for their perspective […]

Russia’s Support for Coping with COVID 19

Hours ago, the 14th Russian Air Force transport aircraft IL-76 landed at the military base south of Rome to bring urgently needed aid to Italy. The first aircraft bearing the slogans “From Russia with Love” landed on Sunday March 22, shortly after Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made a desperate telephone call to Vladimir Putin. […]

Macedonia 30th Member of NATO

With Spain’s ratification of the NATO Accession Protocol today, Macedonia has taken the major (final) step of becoming a member of NATO. “The Spanish Senate unanimously ratified the Protocol,” Macedonia’s Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said during a joint press conference with Spanish Ambassador Emilio Lorenzo Serra, according to the English version of Republica. “On behalf […]

British Equipment Plan Underfunded

According to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) the British Ministry of Defence’s ten-year equipment plan is underfunded by €3.3 billion. The ministry plans to spend €210.3 billion on equipment and support over the period 2019 to 2029. This compares with a budget of €207 billion. If all identified risks materialize, the deficit […]

Rapid Border Intervention in Greece

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex will launch a rapid border intervention to assist Greece in dealing with the large numbers of migrants at its external borders. The Greek government officially asked Frontex to launch a rapid border intervention at its sea borders in the Aegean yesterday. Frontex has already increased surveillance capacity […]

Defense Cooperation Between Ukraine and Turkey

Representatives of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense and the Turkish Commission on Defense-Industrial Cooperation signed an intergovernmental protocol on further steps to implement joint projects in the field of armaments and defense technology. Both countries also set priorities for 2020. “7th meeting of the Joint Ukrainian – Turkish Commission on Defense-Industrial Cooperation took place in […]

“No Austrian Army Without Conscription!“

On January 7 the new Conservative-Green government coalition in Austria swore in Klaudia Tanner as Austria’s first woman Defence Minister. She previously headed the Lower Austrian Farmers’ Union when she was asked by the young Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (OEVP) to take over the long neglected and chronically underfunded Ministry of Defence. The former interim defence […]

EDA’s Annual Defence Data Report

Yesterday the European Defence Agency (EDA) published its annual Defence Data 2018 report. The report details spending by the 27 EDA member states. According to this data total defence expenditure stands at €223 billion (€225 billion in 2007), representing a 3% increase on 2017. This level of spending represents 1.4% of GDP and 3.1% of […]

Russian Weapons in Middle East Conflicts

Recent Russian weapons’ involvement in Middle East military conflicts boosts Russia’s national defence exports. Traditional customers are teamed with new buyers, including regional giants Turkey and Saudi Arabia – who are being impressed by Russia’s weaponry performance in the most hushed environment at relatively low cost. This brief analysis is based on open source information, […]

Cooperative Support for Night Vision and Optoelectronics Equipment

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) with its head office in Capellen, Luxembourg, brings together in a single organisation NATO’s logistics and procurement including armaments acquisition support activities, providing integrated multinational support solutions for NATO, NATO and EU member nations as well as partner nations as its customers. A dedicated area of NSPA’s life […]

NATO: Spikes on the EEG

Two remarkable points from the NATO Secretary General’s press conference preceding the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on November 20, 2019: NATO is preparing for wars in space. And is facing up to China. Already in 2018 the Allies had identified space as an “essential element for deterrence and defence.” Now it is to be recognized […]

Poland Sets Out New Modernisation Priorities

Over the period 2021-2035, the Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to spend around PLN524 billion (€123 billion) on various procurement and modernisation programmes aimed at strengthening the operational capability of the country’s armed forces and enhancing security. Under the updated Technical Modernisation Plan (TMP) Poland will invest in practically all types of conventional weapon […]

“British Defence is Much More Than Big Platforms”

As part of the opening address of the land theatre presentations at the DSEI exhibition in London the British Minister for Defence Procurement, Ann-Marie Trevelyan, announced several procurement efforts and forthcoming development programmes. Maritime procurements range from the delivery of the second of eight CITY class and Type 31 frigates to the new submarines. The […]

Viewpoint from Moscow: The Turkish Trap

The sensational Russian-Turkish deal on S-400 air defence systems has been well on track despite unprecedented U.S. opposition. Will it be a turning point for the contract parties, USA, NATO and Middle East? Let’s have a look at what is going on and what could be the consequences. The S-400 long range air defence system […]

Warsaw Process Working Groups

The Warsaw Summit in February this year was a starting point for a process that tries to find a way countering the ongoing Middle East conflicts. Today, with the United States and Poland announcing details of the Warsaw Process Working Groups, the political will expressed during the summit enters a practical solution finding momentum. “These […]

Arms Cooperation Between Belgium and France

Under the Capacité Motorisée (CaMo) strategic agreement, Belgium and France have agreed on comprehensive armaments cooperation in the field of land mobility. Parts of the French Scorpion programme will be used to equip the Belgian armed forces. The agreement entered into force on June 21, 2019. The first procurement contract for 382 Griffon multi-purpose armoured […]

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