maandag 7 mei 2018

Week 18 in #wapenhandel25tweets

(Gaarne 'liken' of delen als je het nuttig of interessant vindt.)

Onder de volgende tekst – waarin één of meer tweets zijn verwerkt –
staan de 25 tweets van deze week. 

[Volgens commentaar op een eerder overzich leidt de inleidende tekst, die ik tot nu vooraf plaatste,  af van de tweets. Het is daarom misschien beter dat die tekst vervalt. Deze service ben ik ruim een jaar geleden begonnen na commentaar op het wegvallen van mijn tweets op Facebook. Ook op dit besluit is commentaar van buiten van invloed. Vind je het prima dat de tekst weg is of juist een gemis. Laat maar horen.]

See tweet 13 for the good news

Nederland (zie ook 22)

1 – 010518: Arie Jan de Waard (directeur DMO): Vandaag nieuwe raamovereenkomst #maritieme #innovatie getekend met TNO @HenkGeveke . Hiermee is snel schakelen met @TNO_nieuws mogelijk. Smaakt naar meer: gaan bezien of we dit ook voor land, lucht en IT moeten doen!

2 – 030518: March 2018:
Brasil is supplier of Irish .50 ammo;
Czech Rep. exports 160.000 fuses (what kind?) to Malaysia;
and Germany exports large qnt. ammo to Argentine;
all by boat via Rotterdam.

3 – 030518: Global Manned Underwater Vehicle Market Outlook 2018-2022: Msubs, Mobimar, Submertec, Silvercrest, Hawkes Ocean

Netherlands March 29, 2018 temporarily exported dual use underwater vehicle (valued € 38m) to Russia.

4 – 070518: 2 May, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Prox Dynamics of Norway to procure dozens of Black Hornet rotary-wing micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Royal Netherlands Army and Marines.

5 – 070518: Voor mensen met spandoeken in de Bommelerwaard: Summer Course US Export Controls: Introduction to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations, 12/06/18, Location: Landgoed Groenhoven, Bruchem, The Netherlands.

6 – 070518: Dutch navy goes hand in hand with Dutch naval industry at acquisition plans. [in Dutch] Marine wil ’eigen’ boten

EUROPA (zie ook 22)


7 – 040518: A Belgian trial for sanctions violations, and an ongoing UN investigation into the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons, could both raise uncomfortable questions about the provenance of precursors used in Syria's chemical weapons programme.

Duitsland (zie ook 2, 6, 23, 27)

8 – 010518: German Parliamentary debate on arms export resolutions of Die Linke and Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. Anträ­ge der Lin­ken und der Grü­nen zu Rüstungs­expor­ten er­örtert.

9 – 020518: Remarkable: Stop arms exports! a central theme in German 1st of May demonstrations, according to most press reports, besides anti-racism, anti-capitalism (No Merkel, but Marx).

10 – 060518: Germans and Kurds take to the streets against arms trade … via @ajansfirat

Frankrijk (zie 23)

11 – 040518: Saudi company Zamil Offshore Services concluded agreement US$480m with French shipbuilding company CMN for 39 HSI32 interceptors for a state agency, likely the Coast Guard. 19 Vessels build in Cherbourg. 20 assembled at Zamil Offshore Services in KSA.

Ierland (zie 2)
Noorwegen (zie 4)
Tsjechië (zie 2)

Turkije (zie ook 21-22)

12 – 030518: Internationale Dag van de Persvrijheid. Review: 'We Are Arrested' [in Dutch]

VK (zie ook 28)

13 – 060518: Court Grants Campaigners Appeal Against British Arms Sale to Saudi

Zweden (zie ook 24)


Argentinië (zie 2)
Brazilië (zie 2)
China (zie 26)

India (zie 23, 26)


Israël (zie 18, 23)
Jemen (zie Saoedi-Arabië)
Maleisië (zie 2)

Oekraïne (zie ook 23)

15 – 030518: Ukraine has received Javelin anti-tank missiles from the United States, RFE/RL reported on 30 April, citing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Facebook and a US State Department official. (Message refers to official March 2018 report on this.)

Rusland (zie 3, 25-26)
Saoedi-Arabië (zie 11, 16, 26)
Syrië (zie 7)
Taiwan (zie 19)

Zuid-Afrika (zie ook 24)

16 – 020518: South Africa-based Paramount Group is holding discussions with Saudi government to build enterprises for producing weapons in the kingdom, CEO Ivor Ichikowitz said on Monday.


17 – 010518: Sweeping the pieces together in one article. @johnfeffer To prove your credibility as a NK expert, you must pooh-pooh everything that Pyongyang says. (...) But that doesn’t mean that everything it says is nonsense.


Damen (zie 6)
Thales (zie 6)


Drones (zie ook 3, 4)

18 – 010518: Israeli manufacturers could benefit from a decision by Washington to ease restrictions on the US defence industry's sale of armed unmanned air vehicles, although they are likely to face increased competition.


19 – 010518: Why and how the US should arms Taiwan. F-16, THAAD and F-35's (included B variant, short take off - vertical landings). How about the position of those participating and producing for the JSF program? Anywhere questions asked?

20 – 010518: Sustainment cost of US F-35 for one year: US$ 1.4 billion.

21 – 070518: US lawmakers set $717 bn defence bill with eye on, among more, Turkey. Legislation asks the Defense Department to provide Congress with a report on the relationship between the US & Turkey, block the sale of major defence items until the report is complete

22 – 070518: Turkish Minister Cavusoglu will next week "stress that it is unacceptable to cancel the sale of F-35 fighter jets and if this happens, Turkey will retaliate."

But how about F-35 partner countries?




24 – 010518: Terry Crawford-Browne: Svenska Dagbladet verified that current Swedish PM Lovren in 1998 (then trade union official) facilitated transfer of some of the BAE/Saab bribes to the ANC. [With translation from Swedish]


25 – 020518: The hawks will have their explanations why doesn't mean a thing, but at $66.3 billion, Russia’s military spending in 2017 was 20 per cent lower than in 2016, the first annual decrease since 1998.

26 – 020518: Share of world military expenditure of the 15 states with the highest spending in 2017.
Top 5:

Saudi Arabia

27 – 030518: Germany doesn't completely fall for fear mongering and military pressure. MoD gets €38.5 bn in 2018, which is roughly €1.5 bn more than last year, and €41.5 bn in 2019. That will bring the military expenditures as % of GPD at 1.28% the next few years.

Lobby (zie 6)

Onderzoek en activisme

28 – 030518: Of the 2-3 percent of GNP Britain has spent on science since the 1950s, close to 50 percent, year in, year out, has gone to military research. The figure is now about 53 percent.

29 – 030518: New bio-weapon concerns loom. DARPA—and other government agencies in the United States and elsewhere developing biological tools—characterize their work as defensive rather than offensive, but the two can look quite similar.

This is a selection from a larger amount of tweets. Tweets with a relation the Netherlands, arms trade and defence-industry weight heavier in the selection. If you want to have them daily see