Indonesia cleared to acquire 36 US Boeing F-15EXs

In terms of exporting military equipment, the United States favors the use of Foreign Military Sales, or FMS, a body allowing customers of the US arms industry to benefit from the prices and contractual frameworks of the American armies. , rather than having to negotiate all of these aspects for each contract. As in most countries, arms exports are also conditioned by government authorization from the State Department and Congress, most often also passing through the FMS. It is within this framework that Indonesia has just been authorized to acquire up to 36 Boeing F-15EX heavy fighters as well as an exhaustive set of parts,…

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Israel to deploy aerostat radar surveillance system soon

If ground surveillance radars are effective against aircraft and missiles operating at medium and high altitude, the situation is quite different against aircraft and cruise missiles which move close to the ground, so as to take full advantage of the masking ground or even the roundness of the ground, to reduce the opponent's reaction time and therefore his ability to intercept. To deal with these threats, it is essential to place a radar at altitude, capable of observing the terrain without suffering its effects. Several systems, such as the Hawkeye and Sentry, the famous Awacs of…

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Washington ready to sell new F-16s to Turkey according to RT Erdogan

Relations between the United States and Turkey have been tense for several years, and tinged with a game of lying poker which President Erdogan seems to indulge with a certain relish on the international scene. But since the entry into service of the S-400 long-range anti-aircraft systems acquired from Russia, the position of the Turkish president has become considerably more complex with the sanctioning by Washington of what is sometimes presented, in a way questionable, as "NATO's second army", depriving Ankara of certain key technologies for its own defense programs, such as the Altay tank and the T129 helicopter. Worse still, it...

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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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Unsurprisingly, Berlin is getting closer to the acquisition of American P8A Poseidon

Asked by a parliamentarian about the replacement of the P3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft still in service with the German forces, the representative of the Ministry of Defense to the Bundestag, Thomas Silberhorn, declared that the Ministry did not consider the French offer relating to an interim solution based on the loan of 4 Atlantique 2 aircraft from the French Navy as a solution adapted to the needs of the German armed forces in this area, while the acquisition of 5 Boeing P8A Poseidon meets the operational expectations of the State -German Major. According to him, the negotiations for the acquisition of these devices, a contract evaluated by the…

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US bill would ban the purchase of non-US defense equipment as early as 2026

The case caused a stir in the corridors of the Capitol in Washington. Indeed, the Armed Services Committee of the House of Representatives of the United States, the House Armed Services Committees, would make every effort to pass, within the framework of the National Defense Authorization Act, articles which would oblige the Pentagon to no longer buy equipment with less than 75% US-made components by October 2021, and would impose equipment 100% from US industry by 2026, in the spirit of the dynamic President Trump's America First. For the promoters of this law, it is above all a question of guaranteeing…

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Presidential decree to facilitate export of combat drones divides U.S. politicians

So far, exports by the United States of category 1 drone systems, i.e. with a payload capacity of less than 500 kg at more than 300 km, such as the MQ-1 Predator, the MQ -9 Reaper or the RQ-4 Global Hawk, were conditional on an explicit prior agreement from the American authorities, according to the “presumption of refusal” rule, being assimilated to missiles in the Missile Technology Control Regime, or MTCR, legislation. The acquiring country had to justify, by exceptional circumstances, its request, which generated a long procedure, and appreciably more cumbersome than for other equipment. According to the declarations of several industrialists…

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Indonesia could buy MV-22 Osprey

This Monday, July 6, the US State Department announced that it had approved $7,5 billion in arms sales within the framework of Foreign Military Sales (FMS). These political export authorizations now authorize the States concerned to proceed with their purchases, which therefore means that all FMS authorizations will not necessarily give rise to definitive sales contracts. For the time being, the US State Department has therefore authorized the sale of aviation fuel to Israel, six Black Hawk helicopters to Lithuania, armored infantry transport vehicles to Argentina and three E- 2D Hawkeye for…

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US authorizes export of combat helicopters to the Philippines, despite tensions between the two countries

At the end of last week, the US State Department approved the sale of helicopters to the Philippines, as part of an FMS (Foreign Military Sales) procedure. As so often with FMS, this does not necessarily presume a future contract between the Philippine Air Force and American industry. Indeed, the FMS are often granted by the political authorities while the negotiations are not finished, which makes it possible to accelerate the sale and the delivery in the event that a firm sale is signed later. This administrative particularity explains why the FMS authorizations relate to two very distinct offers. One of them is about selling...

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Lockheed Martin begins production of new Bulgarian F-16V Vipers for $ 512m

The US government has approved the sale of eight F-16 Block 70 fighter jets to Bulgaria. The sale will thus be carried out in the form of an FMS (Foreign Military Sales) contract: Lockheed Martin officially sells the aircraft to the USAF, which is then responsible for returning them to Bulgaria. FMS contracts thus make it possible to speed up transactions and sell aircraft at a better price, while ensuring a certain standardization of allied equipment. Indeed, the Block70 standard corresponds to the commercial designation F-16V Viper. This new variant of the F-16 has already been sold in Europe to Slovakia…

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