zondag 17 juni 2018

Week 23 & 24 in #wapenhandel25tweets

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Netherlands / Nederland (see also 11, 19, 21, 27, 36)

1 – 050618: Dutch arms exports and SIPRI ranking http://broekstukken.blogspot.com/2018/06/dutch-arms-exports-and-sipri-ranking.html

(PWezeman 5 jun 2018: SIPRI data on arms trade used as it should be to stimulate debate in Dutch parliament.)
Table 3 (other 2 under link): 10 largest Dutch arms export permission 2013-2017
Parts of F-35 fighter aircraft
Italy; Turkey; US
Frigates and parts
Parts and accessories for frigates
Parts for patrol vessels
Parts of frigates
Optical components and technical drafts
Parts of radar and C3 systems
Mix of small and large caliber ammunition (for decommission)
Patrol vessels
Trinidad & Tobago
Parts for F-35 fighter aircraft

2 – 050618: Dutch dual-use exports Jan 2004 - May 2018. Most remarkable in May 2018: definitive radar export to China, valued at € 123.025. What kind of radar? https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/rapporten/2016/10/01/overzicht-dual-use-vergunningen

EUROPE (see also 31)

3 – 160618: Make European weapons great again? Amid the alienation between the US and Europe over trade, some industry leaders at the #Eurosatory defense fest sense an opening to strengthen their position on the domestic arms market. https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/eurosatory/2018/06/14/transatlantic-rift-fuels-cry-to-make-european-weapons-great-again/

4 – 160618: The first-ever military research programme will propel the EU to fourth biggest spender on defence R&D in Europe. Non-EU countries and companies will get limited access. https://sciencebusiness.net/news/eu-sets-objectives-eu13b-defence-research-fund

5 – 160618: The EC Defence Fund grows 22 times. “The European Defence Fund will subsidize private actors for the R&D of controversial weaponry, which will then be used or exported according to industrial or strategic national interests”, warns ENAAT. http://enaat.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/PR180613_EU-Defence-Fund_MFF21-27_final.pdf

Germany / Deutchland (see also 14. Mexico)

6 – 040618: German Naval Yards, Kiel, hopes to get order to build multi-purpose surface vessel „MKS 180“ and competes with the Blohm und Voss/Damen (from the Netherlands) combination. https://www.thb.info/rubriken/single-view/news/german-naval-yards-hofft-auf-mks-180.html

7 – 160618: Arms export is a highly sensitive topic in Germany, with strong debate over the use of German weapons by client nations such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia, respectively heavily engaged in Syria and Yemen. But Germany wants to sell more.https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/eurosatory/2018/06/15/germany-bolsters-prospects-for-military-exports/

8 – 170618: On 12 June 2018, the four major German peace research institutes presented the Friedensgutachten 2018 (Peace Report) at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin. They called upon the German government to use more diplomacy and restrict its arms exports. https://www.bicc.de/press/press-releases/press/news/friedensgutachten-2018-researchers-demand-more-diplomacy-and-fewer-arms-exports-582/

France (see also Mexico)

9 – 050618: Alarm bells on French naval industry restrustructuring of Naval Group with Italian Leonardo. [in French] Naval Group connaîtra-t-il le même sort qu'Alstom ? https://www.latribune.fr/opinions/tribunes/naval-group-connaitra-t-il-le-meme-sort-qu-alstom-780598.html… via @latribune

10 – 160618: Missed it: France, Peace activists stage die-in outside Paris arms show – Ruptly TV https://youtu.be/1nb01tS0uDE

Italy / Italia (see also 10)

11 – 160618: Under a deal struck with the Italian government, the remaining 29 Dutch #F35's will all be assembled at #Cameri, which is owned by the Italian government and operated by #Italian state-controled defense firm Leonardo in partnership with #Lockheed Martin. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2018/06/15/work-on-dutch-f-35s-kicks-off-in-italy/

Sweden / Sverige

12 – 170618: Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven testified in court on Friday, at the request of a Brazilian judge, over a suspected corruption case in Brazil involving the sale of Swedish fighter aircraft at the expense of their French counterpart Rafale. https://www.thelocal.se/20180609/swedish-pm-testifies-in-court-over-war-jets-sale-in-brazil

Switzerland / Suisse

13 – 170618: Switzerland may sell arms to states in 'internal conflict'. The Swiss government stated it should be possible: "if there is no reason to believe that the war materiel to be exported will be used in an internal armed conflict". http://www.rudaw.net/mobile/english/world/16062018

Turkey / Türkiye (see also 7, 25)

14 – 050618: Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Cavusoglu calls for an end to restrictive arms policy of Germany [in German]
Cavusoglu fordert Ende der restriktiven Rüstungspolitik Deutschlands: "Wir sind Nato-Verbündete, und wir sollten solche Restriktionen unterlassen" https://www.fundresearch.de/nachrichten/wirtschaft/2018/06/cavusoglu-fordert-ende-der-restriktiven-ruestungspolitik-deutschlands-185005.php

UK (see also 21)

15 – 160618: Protesters will protest in #Glasgow against world's biggest arms manufacturers. "We will be there to send the message loudly and clearly that the people of Scotland want to sink #UDT Undersea Defence Tech and end council support for the arms industry." https://www.pressreader.com/uk/evening-times/20180615/281651075818451

Brasil (see 12)


16 – 160618: Annual Canadian arms export report: Saudi Arabia was the largest non-U.S. export destination in 2017, receiving approximately $497.5 million in Canadian military exports (accounting for 48.25% of the total value of non-U.S. military exports). http://www.international.gc.ca/controls-controles/assets/pdfs/reports/mer-2017-eng.pdf

Central African Republic / Ködörösêse tî Bêafrîka

17 – 170618: France, Britain and the US on Thursday (14-6) put a hold on a request from the Central African Republic (CAR) for UN Security Council approval of Chinese weapons deliveries for its national forces. http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2018/06/16/2003694971

China / Zhōngguó (see 2)

Libië / Lībīyah

18 – 170618: UN approves EU ships seizing illegal arms off Libya. And combine good with border control: The operation is also charged with seizing migrant-smuggling vessels. https://apnews.com/aeb59769081d4b9e973bd9c933616189

19 – 170618: Our friends are not that friendly. UN imposed sanctions because of human trafficking, included a top regional leader of the Libyan Coast Guard. Italy, European Union, Damen, Dick van der Kamp provided assistance.ships to the this Coast Guard. https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/un-blacklists-libyan-coast-guard-leader-for-migrant-smuggling#gs.jL1G2tw

Malaysia (see 34)

Mexico / México
(Could not find link to article on Mexican activists in front of Eurosatory, source: Noticias Financieras English, June 15, 2018: They reject military cooperation

A group of Mexicans and Frenchmen grouped under the name of the Paris-Ayotzinapa collective. "While they are here selling arms, in Mexico we live a war and they are killing us with those weapons," said a young anthropology student in Paris. "The Police and the Army in Mexico use weapons sold here by companies such as the German company Heckler and Koch, which is in trial in Mexico for the sale of weapons," he said. The activists denounced the cooperation between France and Mexico at the defense and security level. "It starts with the sale of Panther helicopters of the Airbus Helicopter company, but also with the advice of the French Gendarmerie," the young Mexican said.).

Saudi Arabia / Al-Arabiyah as Sa'udiyah (see also 7, 26)

South Africa

20 – 160618: OSI Maritime Systems (#OSI) announced the signing of a contract with #Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) in support of the Project BIRO three-ship Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessel (MMIPV) program for the South African Navy (SAN). https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2018/june-2018-navy-naval-defense-news/6272-osi-signs-contract-with-damen-to-provide-ints-to-the-south-african-navy-mmipv-program.html

Syria / Suriyah

21 – 160618: The Dutch Public Prosecution suspects a Rotterdam-based wholesale company of illegally exporting acetone to Syria. Acetone can be used as a raw material for chemical weapons. Whether the export indeed took place has not yet been determined. https://nos.nl/artikel/2236153-om-chemische-groothandel-leverde-zonder-vergunning-aceton-aan-syrie.html

Thailand / Prathēt Thai

22 – 160618: British sold arms – Arms to Thailand increased almost 7 times in Ksh. via @tech2s https://vaaju.com/thailandeng/british-sold-arms-arms-to-thailand-increased-almost-7-times-in-ksh/

Vietnam / Việt Nam

23 – 170618: Deputy Minister of National Defence Sen. Lt Gen. Le Chiem received CEO of the Netherlands’ DAMEN Group Rene Berkvens in Hanoi on June 7, voicing his delight at the fruitful bilateral cooperation in shipbuilding. https://en.vietnamplus.vn/deputy-defence-minister-receives-ceo-of-damen-group/132460.vnp


Airbus (see Mexico)

Damen (see also 1, 6, 19, 20, 23)

24 – 160618: The unnecessary costly and great power size Saab-Damen proposal for the Netherland’s Walrus-class submarine replacement. (with an artist's impression) http://www.janes.com/article/80664/saab-damen-team-reveal-submarine-plan


25 – 170618: #Izmir Tech Base hosts Lisi Aerospace, PFW, #Fokker Elmo and the Kale-Pratt & Whitney plant, which produces motor parts for the #F35 fighter jet project. #Turkey https://www.dailysabah.com/technology/2018/06/12/turkey-unveils-expansive-izmir-tech-base-set-to-boost-rd-generate-income

Thales (see also 1, 9)

26 – 040618: Dutch government investigates if Dutch Thales #Sotas communication equipment is:
  1. fitted in #Saudi tanks (see for more https://broekstukken.blogspot.com/2018/01/shoot-on-yemen.html) and;
  2. if it can be brought under Common DU & Military Control Lists of EU (adopted in Wassenaar Agreement). https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/kamerstukken/2018/06/01/kamerbrief-motie-over-communicatieapparatuur-uit-nederland-in-tanks-van-saudi-arabie


27 – 160618: Specialising in image-intensified camera technologies, Netherlands-based Innovative Technical Solutions BV is releasing its latest product, the Cherub, at Eurosatory this week. http://www.janes.com/article/80765/dispel-the-darkness-es18d1

Arms fairs (see 10, 15, 27, Mexico)


28 – 160618: Dutch Special Forces will soon operate mini drones: Black Hornet [in Dutch with Photo] Ongezien de vijand bespieden met een minidrone https://t.co/1xAEofPjTS (source not available on Sundays)

F-35 (see also 1, 11)

29 – 160618: Former Rolls-Royce engineer Bryn Jones was arrested after #MI5 reportedly received intelligence that classified information about the #F35B stealth fighter may have been passed to Beijing. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5841851/British-former-Rolls-Royce-engineer-73-arrested-Official-Secrets-Act-China-plot.html

30 – 160618: Most expensive arms program ever still plagued with many critical technical issues. F35 fighter jet is finally cruising toward the end of its development phase, but DoD warned not to move to full-rate production until it’s certain it’s resolved all issues. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/06/05/watchdog-group-to-pentagon-fix-f-35-tech-problems-before-full-rate-production-starts/

Observation technology (IT)

31 – 160618: Nine countries unite against EU export controls on surveillance software @EURACTIV https://www.euractiv.com/section/cybersecurity/news/nine-countries-unite-against-eu-export-controls-on-surveillance-software/

Robot weapons / AI

32 – 160618: Google has pledged not to use its artificial intelligence technology in military weapons or anything that might weaken human rights in a set of principles announced on Thursday, June 7. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/06/08/google-pledges-not-develop-ai-weapons/ via @telegraphtech

Submarines (see also 15)


Corruption (see also 12)

34 – 160618: The #Malaysian National Patriots Association (Patriot) has called on the Investigative Committee of Administrative Affairs, Procurement and Finance to investigate all major procurement of defence capital equipment of armed services from year 2000 onwards. http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2018/06/07/patriot-calls-investigation-defence-contracts

Lobby (see 23)
Refugees (see 18-19)
Research and activism (see also 5, 8, 10)

35 – 160618: PwC report: Defense contracting has been among the most risk-averse sectors, often opting to return capital to shareholders via share buybacks and dividend payouts, leaving research and development wanting. https://www.strategyand.pwc.com/media/file/2018-Aerospace-Defense-Trends.pdf


36 – 160618: June 12-25 US military equipment will be shipped from #Rotterdam to Germany incl. use of #Eindhoven. Materiel of 4th Combat Aviation Brig. = 60 UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook heli's and about 1,100 vehicles and containers. [in Dutch] #ColdWar.2 #whns [in Dutch] https://magazines.defensie.nl/defensiekrant/2018/12/09_nieuwsberichten_globaal_12

37 – 160618: The Belgian part of the #WHNS operation. See earlier tweet for Dutch role.

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