zondag 27 mei 2018

Week 21 in #wapenhandel25tweets

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Netherlands / Nederland (see also 6, 20)

1 – 220518: De oorlog van de toekomst: "Zelfs Neerlands trots, de verbeterde SMART-L radar van Thales uit Hengelo waar ook de Amerikaanse bondgenoten graag een beroep op doen bij internationale oefeningen, kan zo’n raket niet neerhalen. Alleen opmerken." https://www.haarlemsdagblad.nl/playlist/plus/artikel/oorlog-van-de-toekomst

2 – 230518: Stopping F-35 exports to Turkey: the impossible must be possible. http://broekstukken.blogspot.com/2018/05/stopping-f-35-exports-to-turkey.html

EUROPE (see also 17)

3 – 260518: MEP Valero (Swedish Greens) "An important 1st step the EU can take in changing the attitude of states that export arms would be stricter implementation of the common position. EU rules on arms exports - 8 criteria - are clear and just." https://www.friendsofeurope.org/publication/change-we-need-eu-arms-export-control

4 – 220518: F-35, Turkey and the EU Common Position http://www.stopwapenhandel.org/node/2163

5 – 220518: Defence firms 'reap benefits' of their advice to #EU https://euobserver.com/science/141859

6 – 230518: #EDA, European Air Transport Command #EATC and #OCCAR-EA cooperate to enhance in-service support for #A400M capability. Happening today @EDA: first follow-up meeting after letter of intent signed in January (https://www.eda.europa.eu/info-hub/press-centre/latest-news/2018/01/25/eda-eatc-and-occar-ea-enhance-cooperation-for-a400m-in-service-phase)  #EUdefence

8 – 260518: Autonomous #robots are coming. It’s a future that companies may start actively building, soon. And it might be happening in Europe, with #EU funding, based on early reports from negotiations over as €500m defense investment program. https://www.c4isrnet.com/unmanned/2018/05/24/negotiations-pave-way-for-eu-funding-of-armed-autonomous-robots/

Bosnia / Bosna i Hercegovina

9 – 230518: Report says Bosnian arms exports steadily growing In 2017, the total worth of exports was 193.8 million convertible marks [KM]. Compared with 2016, when the total worth was KM171 million, this is an increase of around KM22 million. https://www.nezavisne.com/ekonomija/privreda/Namjenska-industrija-BiH-sve-jaca-Izvoz-oruzja-tezak-1938-miliona-KM/478768

Czech Rep. / Česko

10 – 260518: #Czech defence minister ordered the military police to investigate a pending purchase of eight ELM-2084 radars from #Elta Systems (subsidiary of IAI), due to “extremely serious findings” & also into ongoing procedure to acquire 12 multipurpose helicopters https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2018/05/25/czech-defense-minister-orders-probe-into-israeli-radar-deal/

Germany / Deutchland

11 – 230518: Aktionsbericht: Vielfältiger Protest gegen die Austragung der Militärmesse ITEC in Stuttgart http://www.aufschrei-waffenhandel.de/termine-aktionen/aktionsberichte/170518-itec-proteste/

12 – 230518: Angela Merkel's party accused of taking bribes from German gunmaker H&K http://www.dw.com/en/angela-merkels-party-accused-of-taking-bribes-from-german-gunmaker-hk/a-43900844


13 – 220518: Stand with Quakers in France to stop the biggest arms fair of 2018

Poland / Polska (see 26)

Sweden / Sverige

14 – 220518: Almost 34 years after the #Bofors scandal hit #India and Sweden, the Scandinavian country is looking to revive the past ties as the country’s defense industry looks to tap into the world’s largest military spender-India. Leading this initiative is #SAAB. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/decades-after-bofors-sweden-india-look-to-revive-defence-ties/articleshow/64260522.cms

Turkey / Türkiye (see also 2)

15 – 240518: Britain may replace the U.S. as Turkey’s major Western weapons supplier, as the two European nations are set to take a “strategic” turn in an already growing defense relationship. https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2018/05/24/is-the-us-out-as-turkeys-top-western-arms-dealer/

UK (see also 15)

17 – 230518: Dutch Daily [in Dutch]: Ban on British arms exports to Riyadh looming: "But nevertheless," writes SIPRI researcher Pieter Wezeman, "Europe and the US remain the main suppliers. They provided 98% of the imported weapons in Saudi Arabia. " https://www.volkskrant.nl/nieuws-achtergrond/britse-wapenleveranties-aan-saoedi-arabie-onder-vuur~bbf15ed6/ #CAAT

REST of the world


18 – 220518: A former Reserve Bank company executive has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in one of Australia's most protracted corruption prosecutions, over a payment to a Malaysian arms dealer to grease the wheels of a business deal. https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/guilty-plea-finally-in-reserve-bank-bribery-case-20180521-p4zgl1.html

India / Bharat  (see 14, 27)

Israël / Isra'il (see also 10, 27, 29)

19 – 230518: Israel’s space industry has found itself the subject of controversy, as allegations about political deal-making and a state bailout at the taxpayers’ expense clash with a government citing national security as justification for its decisions. https://www.defensenews.com/space/2018/05/22/israels-new-200-million-satellite-sparks-controversy-and-questions/

Libië / Lībīyah

20 – 220518: Dutch shipbroker Dick van der Kamp (https://vanderkamp.com/) earns quick money on keeping the Libyan coast line closed. Buying former Irish ship for € 110,000 selling two http://www.janes.com/article/80200/libyan-national-army-takes-delivery-of-ex-irish-opv
months later to Libyan National Army asking US$ 750,000.

Mexico / México (see also 12)

Morocco / Al-Maghrib

23 – 230518: Dutch magazine for military database and aviation Scramble announced on Tuesday that the Moroccan government is planning to purchase another series of F-16 Fighting Falcons. https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/05/247010/morocco-to-buy-12-new-f-16-fighting-falcons/

Pakistan / Pākistān

24 – 220518: The good news: Board of Administrators of Pakistan's Export Development Fund has reportedly refused to extend funds from Export Development Surcharge to Defence Export Promotion Organisation for arms fair IDEAS. https://fp.brecorder.com/2018/05/20180521373194/

Saudi Arabia / Al-Arabiyah as Sa'udiyah (see also 17)

South Korea / Hanguk

25 – 230518: The new South Korean amphibious vessel (LPH) is to be equipped with a fixed-panel 3-D surveillance radar built by Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, in place of the #Thales SMART 3-D radar aboard the sister ship Dokdo. https://www.defensenews.com/global/asia-pacific/2018/05/21/south-korea-changes-mission-for-its-newly-launched-assault-ship/



26 – 230518: The Polish General Counsel admits Airbus didn't waive its claims against Poland, which means Airbus could still demand financial compensation for the canceled helicopter deal that was estimated to be worth about 13.5 billion zloty (U.S. $3.7 billion). https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2018/05/22/airbus-withdraws-arbitration-demand-over-37-billion-helicopter-deal/

Damen (see 20)


27 – 230518: India a partner in the Lockheed's F-16 production, like: GE, Terma, Honeywell, Fokker, Israeli Aerospace Industries, Elbit, UTC, Terma, Eaton, Moog, and Parker. http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/f-16-production-can-make-india-fighter-jet-export-hub-lockheed-118052300311_1.html

Thales (see 1, 25, 28)


Arms fairs (see 11, 13, 24)


28 – 240518: Leonardo and its partner Thales have conducted the first satellite-controlled flight of a European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE)-class unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). http://www.janes.com/article/80266/european-male-uav-flies-under-satellite-control-for-first-time

F-35 (see also 2)

29 – 220518: Use of the F-35 by Israel in combat is seen as a major milestone. The program has been marred not only by cost overruns and delays but persistent attacks by critics who have called into question the jet’s warfighting capabilities. https://www.defensenews.com/breaking-news/2018/05/22/the-f-35-just-made-its-combat-debut/

Missile defence (see 1)
Robot weapons / AI (see 8)

Small Arms

30 – 220518: US weapons manufacturer #Remington Outdoor Co Inc said on Thursday it had emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy with less debt and more stable financing that may help it ride out a slowing market for firearms. http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51765%3Aus-gunmaker-remington-exits-bankruptcy-in-tough-gun-climate&catid=113%3Ainternational-news&Itemid=248


Corruption (see 14, 18, 19)

Refugees (see also 20)

31 – 220518: The EU spends more and more money to close its borders. A policy which results in the support of some authoritarian governments, like Sudan. [in French] Face à la crise migratoire, l’Europe collabore toujours plus avec les pays autoritaires @EURACTIV_FR https://www.euractiv.fr/section/migrations/news/face-a-la-crise-migratoire-leurope-collabore-toujours-plus-avec-les-pays-autoritaires/

Research and activism (see 31)

32 – 230518: CRS report Arms Control and Nonproliferation: A Catalog of Treaties and Agreements. The EU Common Position misses, but the report gives an extensive overview. https://fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL33865.pdf

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 http://twitter.com/martinbroek