Joe Biden vows to do 'all he can' for new Turkish F-16s

As we wrote, President Erdogan's request to the United States to acquire around forty new F-16 fighters, as well as 80 kits to modernize part of his fleet to the Block 70 Viper standard, clearly the American authorities, and in particular President Biden, in a very delicate position, especially since Ankara threatens to turn to Russia and its Su-35s or even Su-57Es if Washington were to refuse these licenses export. At the same time, the Turkish authorities continue to negotiate with Moscow the acquisition of new S-400 systems, as well as technological partnerships in the field of…

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Turkey wants 40 new F-16s and 80 modernization kits from the United States

With 245 F-16 fighter planes in the fleet, the Turkish Air Force is the third largest user of the Fighting Falcon on the planet after the United States and Israel, and as such represents an essential component of the Turkish defense system. on the southern flank of the Alliance. However, some of these devices are starting to show the weight of the years, and even if the majority of the fleet has been brought to the Block 50+ standard, it is now marking time in the face of the arrival of new, more efficient devices, such as the Russian Su-35 and Su-57, but also, and above all, against the Rafale and F-16 Block…

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By equipping itself with a Su-34 fighter-bomber, Algeria would expose itself to US sanctions

Long announced, it seems that the contract for the acquisition by Algiers of 12 Su-34 fighter-bombers is now effectively about to be formalized by the country's authorities. These devices, almost 24 meters long and weighing up to 45 tons at take-off, derived from the famous Su-27, would participate in the modernization of the Algerian air force. The first batch of 6 devices must indeed arrive in the coming weeks in Algeria, the 6 others to be delivered in 2022 and 2023. If this delivery actually takes place, after having been repeatedly announced as imminent and this since 2016, it will mark the first success...

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India under threat of sanctions from Biden Administration for S400 purchase

Until now, CAATSA legislation, used to sanction key defense customers of "adversaries of the United States", such as Russia, had been mainly pushed by the Trump administration to get the targeted capitals to back down. in their negotiations with Moscow. But several of them, such as Ankara, Cairo or New Delhi, openly challenged Washington by acquiring S-400 anti-aircraft systems or Russian-made Su-35 fighters. Although he was the originator of the legislation, Donald Trump never used this legislation to put a country under sanction during his presidential term. And it took the determined intervention of the American Congress…

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The 7 main defense challenges of 2021

2020 was a year of extraordinary intensity in terms of defence, both politically and technologically. And whatever some media say, it is very likely that 2021 will be in the same vein, with increasingly intense international friction, accelerating global rearmament, and increasingly clear-cut national positions, all leading to an increase in number and intensity of crises. Certain subjects will have to be followed with great attention in the weeks and months to come, because they will very likely be able to condition the Defense issues for 2021 and the years to come. The Defense Policy…

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Synthesis 2020: Turkey challenges and distrusts the West

2019 had already been marked by growing tensions between the Western camp and Ankara, with the acquisition of S-400 anti-aircraft systems from Russia, the exclusion of Turkey from the F-35 program and the intervention of the armies forces in northern Syria against the Kurds of the YPG, allies of the anti-Daesh coalition led by the United States in the country. She was also shaken by revelations about the troubled relations between the Turkish regime and the Armed Islamic Group, as well as with many Islamist militias present in Syria. However, it is indeed 2020 that will mark Turkey's historic shift to…

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Communication War between Washington and Ankara over CAATSA Sanctions

It was to be expected, the announcement of the implementation of sanctions against Turkey regarding the acquisition of S-400 systems from Moscow within the framework of CAATSA legislation now gives rise to a real communication war. between Ankara and Washington, through announcements and interposed declarations. Remember that the main measure announced by the State Department in this case is based on the suspension of all licenses for the export and use of American Defense equipment to Turkey, until the S-400s have been permanently removed from the Turkish inventory, under the supervision of the United States itself. Ankara's first reaction...

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Can Turkish Industry take over from US sanctions?

While the US State Department, under pressure from Congress, has just implemented a first set of sanctions against Ankara regarding the acquisition of S-400 systems from Moscow, Turkish communications are multiplying to demonstrate that the country is able to bypass these sanctions, and quickly develop and implement its own alternative solutions. Latest announcement, barely a few hours after the American announcement, the state company Tusas Engine Industries announced that it had delivered for test a new turbine for helicopter designated TS1400, and intended to replace the LHTEC CTS8000 turbines on the helicopter program. domestic medium…

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United States applies CAATSA sanctions to Turkey over S-400 acquisition

In recent days, a lot of unofficial information has been circulating in Washington concerning the upcoming implementation of sanctions against Turkey under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanction Act, better known by the acronym CAATSA. Today, Monday, December 14, the US State Department published confirmation of this sanctioning, with immediate effect, without Turkey having undertaken to withdraw its S-400 batteries "in coordination with the United States,” the statement said. On December 4, the American Congress had forced the executive to implement these sanctions within 30 days of the adoption of the 2021 budget…

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US Congress imposes sanctions on Turkey for 2021

The 2021 US Defense Budget is today the subject of intense political contests between Congress and the Presidency of Donald Trump, on many subjects. But Congress has also fully seized this opportunity to control or neutralize certain excesses of foreign policy undertaken by President Trump in recent years. One of the most sensitive aspects on the international scene, particularly for Europe, of this American political showdown, is undoubtedly the obligation imposed on the American president, whoever he is, to implement the sanctions by CAATSA legislation against Turkey following the purchase of…

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