dinsdag 22 november 2022

Tweets for November 2022

November 22

Retweet @RojZalla: Remnants of Turkish bombs in Iraqi Kurdistan. Note the Boeing Company inscription. Not so good for the US message that they want neighbors to respect Iraqi sovereignty. Source: Local media.

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Retweet @AOAV: "It remains unclear whether the $7.1 billion figure reported to Congress is accurate.” Translation: the US has no clear picture of how much military equipment it accidentally funneled into Taliban arsenals @jaredbkeller @TaskandPurpose
https://taskandpurpose.com/news/military-equipment-taliban-afghanistan-sigar-report/ #Afghanistan

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On Indonesia's cooperation with the Gulf states and especially Qatar. It bought e.g. Qatarese Mirages. Qatar’s MoD declared its commitment to cooperate with Indonesian Pindad on weapons procurement, technology transfer and human resource development. https://thediplomat.com/2022/11/exploring-the-growing-qatar-indonesia-military-cooperation/

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Diplomacy is still an option and I think European leaders should use it. The war mongers keep pushing the idea that Ukraine can defeat Russia on the battlefield & that negotiations are a sign of weakness. That is absurd. This war could continue for years. https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/oped/letters/war-reparations-are-a-minefield-4027224

Marcel Proust: "The truth is that every morning war is declared afresh. And the men who wish to continue it are as guilty as the men who began it, more guilty perhaps, for the latter perhaps did not foresee all its horrors." Thnx to @keesamok

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Over the last two years #DARPA and the teams of Raytheon/Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin successfully completed a pair of flight tests of the scramjet-powered #Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC). The hypersonic missile flew faster, https://breakingdefense.com/2022/11/darpa-is-playing-both-sides-of-the-ball-with-both-offensive-and-defensive-hypersonics/

November 21

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#Grünen & #Linke have asked Turkey to stop attacks on the #Kurdish areas in northern Syria and northern Iraq. The #attacks by the #Turkish air force violated international law, said the Greens foreign politicians Jürgen Trittin and Max Lucks on Sunday in Berlin. AFP Deutch 201122

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Haaretz elaborates on how Israel's arms exports flourish amid war and peace (Ukraine War, Iran and Abraham Accords). It was however a difficult year for the Israeli cybersecurity industry used to spy on human rights defenders, journalists and allies. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/security-aviation/2022-11-20/ty-article/.premium/israels-arms-exports-flourish-amid-ukraine-war-iran-and-abraham-accords/

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The EU formal view on arms exports to Turkey by High Representative @JosepBorrellF in answer to questions on the "highly aggressive foreign policy" by the regime of Erdogan which must "must no longer be tolerated" asked by @loucas_fourlas #PPE https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-9-2022-003386-ASW_EN.pdf

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The Biden administration has made #Australia a central part of its defense strategy included a military-industrial complex. These strategic objectives are very much in the interest of US Big Defense. But they are not in Australia's national interest. https://www.manilatimes.net/2022/11/21/opinion/columns/us-big-defense-and-australias-nuclear-crossroads/1867129

November 19

An English webpage 'translated' a text from a Dutch daily (https://nrc.nl/nieuws/2022/11/18/geen-wapentaboe-meer-a4148671) The taboo on arms trade is gone. https://ruetir.com/2022/11/19/column-the-taboo-on-arms-trade-is-gone/ The author

@chr_weijts missed even the small group of potesters. The times they are a changing, he thus concluded.

Several comments. The tiny organisation who organised most of the protests in the past years published several reports this month, like: - Who benefits from EU military and security funding? - Hoe militaire uitgaven de klimaatdestructie versnellen https://stopwapenhandel.org

At COP27 the sister of an imprisoned human rights defender called to end arms trade with Egypt. Cairo is an important client for Dutch military products. It seems to be a missed opportunity this was not included in the column. However every wrighter makes his own choices.

Also a gap because the Climate Change was the topic of the delayed arms fair #NEDS early 2022. Green Washing was not needed anymore in the current context and the biggest threat to the security of human life was erased from the program. First things first.

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#F35 costs have been declining. That’s about to change. https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2022/11/18/f-35-costs-have-been-declining-thats-about-to-change/

What does this price rise mean for international customers like the #Netherlands, #Belgium, Italy, Australia, Norway, Denmark, UK and Canada?

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Pakistan twisted and torn between US and Chinese arms
Pakistan has procured a wide array of Chinese weapons but reliability issues keep it dependent on US-made F-16s
https://asiatimes.com/2022/11/pakistan-twisted-and-torn-between-us-and-chinese-arms/

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Last month saw a wave of protests in UK universities against the presence of arms traders and army recruiters. Cash-strapped educational institutions are becoming ever more dependent on the military for funds — subverting the very purpose of education. https://jacobin.com/2022/11/uk-universities-weapons-research-military-recruitment-sheffield

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Retweet @Mschroeder77: During all of the hand-wringing about possible international arms trafficking from Ukraine, this is the type of trafficking I was most worried about. I am sure its not the first case of domestic trafficking of abandoned Russian arms and I guarantee you it wont be the last.

Ukrainian authorities have dismantled an arms trafficking ring that collected abandoned Russian weapons and sold them on the black market. Seized arms include an RPO-A, RPG-22, and F1 grenades https://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/news/prikordonniki-likviduvali-kanal-zbutu-trofeynoi-zbroi/

November 18

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Dutch shipbuilder #Damen Naval has chosen #German technology group Rheinmetall to deliver eight MLG27-4.0 automatic cannon systems for the F126 frigates that the shipyard is building for the German Navy.

Each frigate will be fitted with 2 MLG27 systems.
https://www.naval-technology.com/news/rheinmetall-mlg27-german-f126-ships/

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Sister of political prisoner Alaa Abd el-Fattah in #Egypt said at #COP27: “I'm sure your citizens have better use for your tax money than military aid to Egypt ... You have been complicit for too long in our oppression.” https://www.nationalobserver.com/2022/11/17/news/pro-democracy-activist-hunger-strike-cop27-supporters-climate-solutions-human-rights

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While defence spending is on the rise in Europe, national appetites for translating budget growth into increased cooperation across the bloc appear to be stagnating, according to a report by the European Defence Agency. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2022/11/17/eu-report-finds-appetite-stagnating-for-defense-cooperation/

#EDA report https://eda.europa.eu/docs/default-source/eda-publications/2022-card-report.pdf

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US Arms Sales Continue to Enable War Crimes, Human Rights Violations Worldwide. There are numerous examples, both historically and in the present moment, of how Washington’s arms sales have done more harm than good. https://truthout.org/articles/us-arms-sales-continue-to-enable-war-crimes-human-rights-violations-worldwide/

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#Japan mulls lethal weapon exports by revising strict rules. However, opposition to relaxing the principles remains strong within Komeito, the Liberal Democratic Party's #LDP junior coalition partner. https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2022/11/990098247a5e-japan-mulls-lethal-weapon-exports-by-revising-strict-rules.html

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Oorlog is verschrikkelijk, maar de keerzijde is wel dat de jaarlijkse wapenbeurs in Ahoy groter is dan ooit."https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2022/11/18/geen-wapentaboe-meer-a4148671

@WendelaVries: "als burger voel ik me veiliger als ik toegang heb tot een goede huisarts dan wanneer mijn land een raket bezit" http://npo3.nl/brandpuntplus/nederland-wapenland

November 17

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#Qatar not only the theater of a corrupted (in many ways) footbal game, but also the destination of #UK #arms export licences £3.4bn worth of deadly weapons and military kits to be sold to the emirate. #Qatar2022 https://www.thenational.scot/news/23130262.uk-supporting-qatar-human-rights-abuses-3-4bn-weapons-exports/

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Israeli-made infrared lenses, along with over 200 other components from the US, Europe and other allied nations, have been found in Iranian drones used by Russia in its invasion of Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. https://www.jpost.com/international/article-722571

Out of more than 200 technical components identified by Ukrainian investigators that make up the innards of the captured drone, roughly half were made by firms based in the U.S., and nearly a third by companies in Japan, according to the report. https://www.wsj.com/articles/ukrainian-analysis-identifies-western-supply-chain-behind-irans-drones-11668575332

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#Spanish police to use automatic facial recognition tool. The ABIS (Automatic Biometric Identification System) algorithm, known as Cogent, was developed by the French military technology company #Thales. https://morningexpress.in/the-spanish-police-will-use-an-automatic-facial-recognition-tool/

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Xi Jinping’s cordial tone at G20 does not herald softer foreign policy. Apparent rapprochement with western leaders does not mean China is about to ditch its ‘wolf-warrior’ diplomacy. https://theguardian.com/world/2022/nov/16/xi-jinpings-cordial-tone-at-g20-does-not-herald-softer-foreign-policy As isn't the US on the other side. Both spoke PR-words.

Xi-Biden summit revives hopes for stalled climate talks but no grand bargain. Communication gradually reopens, with a Blinken trip to China on the horizon. Climate envoys could also meet at COP27 but there is still pressure in the US for hawkishnes. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3199715/xi-biden-summit-revives-hopes-stalled-climate-talks-no-grand-bargain-analysts-say

Dutch arms deliveries to Taiwan were impossible for forty years, but now they should be possible again. Dutch Hawk the D66 MP Sjoerd Sjoerdsma advocates military cooperation with the country threatened by the People's Republic of China. Reports EW (Elsevier) 19/11/22.

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The United States on Monday targeted Russian military's supply chains, imposing sanctions on 14 individuals and 28 entities that it said were part of a transnational network that procures technology to support Moscow in its invasion of Ukraine. https://www.voanews.com/a/us-imposes-sanctions-on-military-procurement-network-aiding-russia-/6833861.html

November 16

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1/3 SP kamerlid Jasper van Dijk wijst er op dat Nederland een paradijs is voor de wapenindustrie. https://www.bnnvara.nl/joop/artikelen/nederland-is-ook-een-paradijs-voor-de-wapenindustrie

2/3 Zelf was ik wel benieuwd of de nr. 2 van de internationale wapenfabrikanten nog genoteerd is bij de KvK, nl. Raytheon Technologies (een recente fusie van United Technologies met Raytheon). Ja als financiële holding: Carrier Holdings B.V. https://www.kvk.nl/zoeken/?source=all&q=Carrier%20Holdings%20B.V&start=0&site=kvk2014

3/3 Drimble meldt dat per 16-9-2020 de naam Carrier Holdings B.V. is (voorheen United Technologies Holdings B.V.). https://drimble.nl/bedrijf/amsterdam/18260764/carrier-holdings-bv.html

Geen toeval dat de registered office or place of business van RT https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/101829/000114036120008397/nc10010681x2_ex3-1b.htm ook het adres is de enige aandeelhouder van de B.V.

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It’s Time to Cut Off Arms Sales to the Saudi Regime

The Biden administration promised there would be “consequences” for Saudi Arabia’s recent actions. It should end US complicity in Saudi military intervention in Yemen. https://www.thenation.com/article/world/saudi-arabia-oil-military-spending/

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Engine made by Canadian company Bombardier Recreational Products-Rotax found in drone used against Ukraine.

Why the popularity of drones means civilian technology is ending up on the battlefield.
And how to improve control.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/canadian-engines-drones-ukraine-1.6651614

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Refering to both #COP27 and #Qatar2022 writer states: there can be no global security while governments are in the thrall of an industry that uses repression as a source of profit. https://theconversation.com/what-my-undercover-investigations-at-arms-fairs-reveal-about-how-the-west-supports-military-dictatorships-194311

November 15

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Het Nederlandse militair industrieel complex #MIC wil de belemmeringen tegen hun invloed uit de weg ruimen, zoals het ethisch investeringsbeleid van banken. Gisteren weer staatssecretaris van Defensie Christophe van der Maat. https://www.nporadio1.nl/nieuws/politiek/07cacd3c-f3a4-43f9-a6cd-1ff7c214626b/staatssecretaris-van-defensie-investeringslimiet-defensie-banken-en-pensioenfondsen-moet-van-tafel
Deze ingezonden brief beargumenteerd waarom dat een slecht idee is. https://twitter.com/martinbroek/status/1585195976934817792

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Chinese aid to African security forces helps to cement ties, study says. Zimbabwe and Angola have been the top recipients of military arms and training. https://scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3199382/chinese-aid-african-security-forces-helps-cement-ties-study-says

Study: https://www.prio.org/publications/13209

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Climate Collateral

How military spending accelerates climate breakdown
14 November 2022Report
https://www.tni.org/en/publication/climate-collateral

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Chinese aid to African security forces helps to cement ties, study says. Zimbabwe and Angola have been the top recipients of military arms and training. https://scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3199382/chinese-aid-african-security-forces-helps-cement-ties-study-says
Study: https://www.prio.org/publications/13209

November 14

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Brazilian #Embraer explains why it is present at #NEDS (sold its C-390 Millennium transport plane to the Dutch MoD) and how well established its ties to TNO, NLR, Fokker and the University of Delft are. https://www.revistafatorbrasil.com.br/ver_noticia.php?not=425594

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Nederland bouwt geen tanks, jachtvliegtuigen, munitie of raketten, maar onderschat de Nederlandse militaire-industrie niet. Donderdag is er een besloten wapenbeurs in Ahoy, ’groter dan ooit’. https://frieschdagblad.nl/samenleving/Nederland-onmisbaar-op-slagveld-%E2%80%99Oekra%C3%AFne-zit-om-onze-tech-te-springen%E2%80%99-28045487.html

November 14

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Industrie luidt noodklok over onderzeebootorder. https://fd.nl/bedrijfsleven/1457572/industrie-luidt-noodklok-over-onderzeebootorder-jnk2caC6y151.

FME en VNO-NCW willen als profeten van de vrije markt garanties dat zij mogen leveren. Ze halen zelfs Duitsland aan. Dit land zou altijd de eigen industrie inschakelen. O ja? Zoals bij de F-126 fregatten?

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Meerdijk met pantseervoeruigen aan boord.

EU naval mission Irini that enforces UN arms embargo on Libya, interdicts NL-flagged ship Meerdijk carrying armoured vehicles from UAE to Libya. Vehicles appear BATT UMGs made by UAE-based The Armored Group, previously seen with Haftar forces. https://www.janes.com/defence-news/eu-naval-mission-interdicts-second-ship-carrying-armoured-vehicles-to-libya/

The Netherlands, as the ship’s flag state, gave its consent without delay for the inspection and, on 11 Oct, a boarding team was sent on board to verify the nature of the cargo. The vehicles were seized and the ship was diverted for further inspection. https://www.operationirini.eu/operation-irini-seizes-illegal-cargo/

November 13

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Morocco Joins Group of Arms Producers, Focuses on Drone IndustryMorocco has been working on upgrading its military industry amid rising tensions with Algeria. 

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/11/352343/morocco-joins-group-of-arms-producers-focuses-on-drone-industry

November 12

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The EC published November 10 an updated EU action plan on military mobility (https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_22_6767), as part of its new Defence Package. The second document of this package relates to cyber-defence (https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_22_6642).

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HPG Volksbeschermingseenheden (#YPG) nodigen internationale experts en organisaties uit om onderzoek te doen naar inzet door Turkije van chemische wapens tegen (chloor) #Koerden in #Syrië. Ze bieden ondersteuning aan. https://www.koerdischnieuws.nl/2022/11/11/dr-dersim-turks-leger-gebruikt-vooral-chloorgas/

Zie ook: https://foreignaffairs.co.nz/2022/11/09/mil-osi-australia-greens-nsw-resolution-on-kurdish-solidarity/

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Include military emissions in COP27: Developing countries should initiate discussions on the vicious circle of arms production, supplies, wars and climate change. https://www.dailypioneer.com/2022/columnists/include-military-emissions-in-cop27.html

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Former super power: #Russia’s largest state #arms production program in modern history, for which 20 trillion rubles ($331 billion) was allocated from the federal budget over the past 10 years, has been terminated. Reason: #failure to meet needs. https://darik.news/en/20-trillion-in-the-wind-russias-largest-arms-production-program-has-been-halted-due-to-failures-in-ukraine.html

November 11

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For years we knew about it - but couldn’t report it. Three months ago, the Israeli military censor had a change of mind. Now it’s out, and for the first time an IDF general opens up about the use of armed drones. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-11-09/ty-article/in-a-first-israeli-general-opens-up-about-use-of-armed-drones/00000184-5c9d-daa9-adf5-fddddbb60000

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A US plan to prevent arms diversion in Ukraine is welcome but just the 1st step and leaves several concerns unanswered.

The US government seems eg fairly light on post-conflict planning. (We have seen the result of such policy in North-Africa since 2011.)

https://www.stimson.org/2022/a-us-plan-to-prevent-arms-diversion-in-ukraine-is-welcome-but-just-the-first-step/

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US to buy S Korea artillery shells for Ukraine, adds $400m in aid.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/11/us-to-provide-400m-more-military-aid-for-ukraine

South Korea denied. The munition -- if the ongoing deal negotiation is finalized -- will be for US forces only. https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international-stories/1668145462-seoul-denies-report-of-arms-deal-with-us-for-ukrainian-forces

November 10

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To defend the #Bahrani democracy ? its Air Force will receive its first batch of 4 US #Lockheed F-16 Block 70 fighters by early 2024, following a COVID-19-related delay, commander of the air force General Shaikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Khalifah told. https://breakingdefense.com/2022/11/bahrain-to-receive-first-batch-of-block-70-f-16s-in-early-2024/

November 9

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Egypt is the main destination for German arms exports. Democracy activist Sanaa Saif said at the world climate conference: "These are weapons that we cannot afford and that we do not need. And if we ever need them, they will be used against us." https://www.boerse.de/nachrichten/Aegyptische-Aktivistin-Wir-brauchen-Deutschlands-Waffen-nicht/34301003

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Russia has managed to stock up on critical components for his military weaponry, despite the West's supposed sanctions. Article contains a collection of clues to dual use exports to Russia. (Article also in this wellknown pub): https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/11/08/dual-use-goods-are-fueling-russias-war-on-ukraine/) https://www.crikey.com.au/2022/11/09/dental-drills-dual-use-goods-help-fuel-russias-war-ukraine/

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Belfast assembled NLAW AT-missiles intended for Ukraine could be ‘reverse engineered’ by Iran after falling into hands of Russia. Based on an anonymous security source contacted by Sky News. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/belfast-assembled-missiles-intended-for-ukraine-could-be-reverse-engineered-by-iran-after-falling-into-hands-of-russia-42128947.html

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Indian Sasmos is contracted to provide more than 6,600 wiring harnesses to Boeing for 16 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. Fokker Elmo Sasmos Interconnection Systems (FE-SIL), a joint venture between Fokker Elmo and Sasmos, oroduces wire harnesses for P-8A and P-8I. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/bengaluru-firm-sasmos-bags-contract-from-boeing/articleshow/95381446.cms

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#Leonardo is the largest beneficiary of #EU funds for the war industry, increasing the gap to other European arms groups. This was revealed in a report published yesterday by the European Network Against Arms Trade @_ENAAT & Stop the arms trade @CTWnl . https://sparkchronicles.com/leonardo-is-the-first-beneficiary-of-eu-funds-for-arms-manufacturers-over-41-million-from-2019-to-2021-2/

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"The opportunity to eliminate an adversary and significantly reduce the chances of war with Russia in the future is far too important for the United States to ignore by limiting its future support for Ukraine." https://www.newsweek.com/supporting-ukraine-benefits-us-too-opinion-1757456

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French Naval Group and PT PAL Indonesia inked a memorandum of understanding to develop an energy research laboratory for submarines and propulsion solutions at the Indo Defence 2022 Expo and Forum in Jakarta. https://www.naval-group.com/en/naval-group-pt-pal-and-their-partners-kick-start-energy-research-lab-develop-future-submarine

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A Defense News analysis for the 2022 election cycle found Lockheed, Raytheon, Boeing, Northrop Grumman & General Dynamics contributed a total of nearly $2million to Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election results. https://defensenews.com/congress/2022/11/02/largest-defense-firms-donate-millions-to-election-denying-lawmakers/ #Democracy

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World glides more and more towards a military spending spree. Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida e.g. reiterated his country’s commitment to expanding Japan’s defense capabilities. https://news.usni.org/2022/11/08/japanese-pm-kishisda-renews-calls-for-expanded-defense-spending-in-speech-on-warship

At the cost of what?

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2021 was a record year for the Flemish military exports, but '22 surpass that. The Flemish @Vredesinstituut warns the government. "We are at a tipping point." While the lionshare of the exports are components, their final destination is often unknown. https://www.demorgen.be/snelnieuws/we-zitten-op-een-kantelpunt-wapenexport-vanuit-vlaanderen-op-recordhoogte~b57a92713/

Flemish MP explains contents of annual report on arms trade 2021. YouTube in Dutch: https://www.vlaamsparlement.be/nl/actueel/nieuws-uit-het-vlaams-parlement/minister-president-licht-jaarverslag-wapenhandel-2021-toe

November 8

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Dutch arms fair coming to Rotteerdam. Brought to you by Thales, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Economics and Climate, NIVD and I see Lockheeds F-35 and the King Willem IV on the homepage of #NEDS2022. nidvexhibition.eu/en/

Retweet @NIDVnews: Interested in attending defence and security Expo #NEDS2022 November 17th, along with 2800 registered attendees and 165 exhibitors? Registration is open until Monday November 14th 12:00 CET!

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Immediate withdrawal of thousands of US troops stationed in #KSA and a stop to all arms sales?

No we have important interests at stake in this relationship," a senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity said. (Middle East Oil & Gas Monitor 8/11/22)

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Ukrainian Comments on diplomacy "made in an overnight address, came days after a report that Washington wanted Kyiv to signal its willingness for talks, concerned that by appearing too intransigent Kyiv might harm its case for international support." https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/us-urges-ukraine-be-open-talks-with-russia-washington-post-2022-11-06/

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Is this realy what we want to improve our living conditions? Or is it the wet dream of the EU MIC?

If Europeans really intend to build a common military industry & be a player in the security arena they've to fund the arms industry more & faster.

https://www.euractiv.com/section/defence-and-security/opinion/collective-defence-investment-europe-must-do-more-and-at-a-faster-pace/

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UK court allows extradition of defence middleman Bhandari to India. He is the man who surprised many last year when he filed a case in a French court because he only got half of his € 20m #commission from #Thales for a deal on upgradeding India’s Mirages. https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/world/uk-court-allows-extradition-of-defence-middleman-bhandari-to-india/ar-AA13QxbE

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The Middle East and North Africa region is emerging as a significant arms-producing area, according to an overview of the arms industry by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) published (https://sipri.org/commentary/topical-backgrounder/2022/arms-transfer-and-salw-controls-middle-east-and-north-africa-challenges-and-state-play…) on 1 November 2022. https://www.sipri.org/commentary/topical-backgrounder/2022/arms-transfer-and-salw-controls-middle-east-and-north-africa-challenges-and-state-play

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Pentagon chief weapons buyer said he expects Congress to approve new authorities and spending to expand US weapons production in a manner unseen since the Cold War. https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2022/11/07/congress-to-back-multiyear-weapons-purchases-laplante-says/

After a short post-Cold war and Obama dip it's rising ever since. https://www.cbo.gov/publication/57541

November 7

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Ukrainian Military Performance and Outlook. On losses, gains, organisation, recruitment and acquisitions on both sides (in general terms). https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/23276741/if12150.pdf

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Bloomberg reports that Boeing “is concerned about the ability of” Indonesia to finance the deal to buy F-15EX fighters. Earlier in February, the US government cleared the sale of up to 36 F-15EX fighters to Jakarta. The deal is worth $14bn. https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/boeing-s-14-billion-indonesia-jet-deal-stalls-over-financing-1.1841879

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The other vison: The West is arming Ukraine and it won't stop until its war aims are achieved in this openly acknowledged proxy war. Meanwhile, the Western propaganda against China will continue relentlessly to blame it for not ending the war. https://www.scmp.com/comment/article/3198640/theres-only-one-way-peace-ukraine-west-says-no

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#Thales theft. It had been alleged an Australian subsidiary of Thales had unlawfully used misleading & deceptive conduct when it used confidential plans of the Austrian manufacturer NIOA, to fix a problem with the weapon. (Gun fix claims shot down 071122

https://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au)

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Head of Sales for Airbus Hugues Pavie revealed that the Pleiades Neo satellite can be used for defence and intelligence analysis, which allows (restricted) users to access images of military bases. "With this satellite, we can analyze defense equipment..."

https://mediaindonesia.com/politik-dan-hukum/535225/klaim-pleiades-neo-dapat-lihat-pangkalan-militer-airbus-beri-klarifikasi

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Authoritarian governments like those in Egypt and Saudi Arabia have funded a boom in France’s arms industry. Now, with war in Ukraine, it’s setting its sights on rearming Europe. https://jacobin.com/2022/11/france-arms-exports-authoritarian-europe-military-industrial-complex

November 6

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Japan has begun to consider relaxing export conditions on used Self-Defense Forces hardware to include tanks and missiles, which are now prohibited from being supplied to foreign countries and it will also look into offering Asian countries free of charge. https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Japan-weighs-allowing-secondhand-tank-and-missile-exports

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The war could dent Russia’s prospects as an arms exporter.

Analysts say Russia’s performance in Ukraine, coupled with Western sanctions, is likely to hurt its ability to sell weapons abroad. Southeast Asia is a case in point.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/06/world/europe/russia-weapons-southeast-asia.html

November 5

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Britse inlichtingendiensten: “Rusland zet speciale eenheden in om deserteurs en terugtrekkende soldaten neer te schieten” https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20221104_93428907

En wie wil ze geen veilig onderdak geven? https://www.rfi.fr/en/europe/20220928-eu-divided-on-welcoming-russians-fleeing-military-draft

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#Thales : Strengthens its Leading Position in the #Indonesian Defence Industry. See for details: https://www.marketscreener.com/quote/stock/THALES-4715/news/Thales-Strengthens-its-Leading-Position-in-the-Indonesian-Defence-Industry-42202121/

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China increases Ssupport for Pakistan’s naval modernization with an eye on the Indian Ocean.

https://jamestown.org/program/china-increases-support-for-pakistans-naval-modernization-with-an-eye-on-the-indian-ocean/

Dutch deliver Islamabad OPVs and C3-equipment on naval vessels built by Turkey.

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US military equipment was allegedly misused on multiple occasions in Guatemala, and the US government does not have policies in place to address the situation, a recent GAO report said https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-23-105856. They were used to to intimidate diplomats. https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2022/11/04/us-donated-military-vehicles-misused-in-guatemala-watchdog-says/

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The US and Netherlands are splitting the cost of refurbishing 90 more Czech T-72B tanks for Ukraine in Kyiv’s fight to repel Russia, the Pentagon announced Friday. The agreement is part of a $400 million US military weaponry package to Ukraine. https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2022/11/04/us-netherlands-go-dutch-to-refurbish-czech-tanks-for-ukraine

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#Egypt is producing military equipment for its own armed forces. Now Cairo is planning to export Egyptian weapons to #African countries in order to further extend Egyptian influence in the continent. https://www.military.africa/2022/11/egypt-needs-export-customers-for-its-growing-defence-industry/

It will meet many others with similar plans.

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The activity of #Damen in #Romania raises questions, from the personnel policy at Mangalia, the transfer of a key figure from the state to the private company and the way they try to have control of the company owned in association with the state Romanian. https://www.tylaz.net/2022/11/04/the-truth-the-controversies-surrounding-the-romanian-business-of-the-dutch-company-damen/

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Union support for increased defence spending is a terrible mistake. The idea that manufacturing can be boosted by demanding the government builds its bombs in the UK is wrong on many levels — e.g. by allowing public spending going from welfare to warfare. https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/union-support-increased-defence-spending-terrible-mistake

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A report released on Thursday by Sprotyv, a website affiliated with the Ukrainian Special Operations Forces, claims to show the route used by Iran to deliver its drones to Russia. https://www.jpost.com/international/article-721527

November 4

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US Arms Sales Regulations and Restrictions: Can the US Sell Arms to Armenia? https://mirrorspectator.com/2022/11/03/us-arms-sales-regulations-and-restrictions-can-the-us-sell-arms-to-armenia/

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Though a settlement may seem unpalatable now, only by astute and careful negotiation are Ukraine’s core interests—and the security of the region—likely to be protected for the long term. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/ukraine/ukraine-war-will-end-negotiations

November 3

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Schepnet voor ballistische raket; #Thales bouwt superradars die een nucleaire aanval voor kan zijn. https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/1030776158/nederlandse-superradar-moet-ballistische-raketten-detecteren

Vergelijk het eens met glasaaltjes. Als je die wegvangt moet je nieuwe uitzetten. Vang je raketten. Dan komen er meer. #Wapenwedloop https://stopwapenhandel.org/app/uploads/2017/09/fregatten-raketschild_0.pdf

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"Thales in Hengelo, scheepsbouwer Damen en GKN Fokker zijn nu al grote spelers in Nederland." https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/775841471/kwart-miljard-extra-voor-defensie-industrie-zelf-munitie-draaien-geen-prioriteit

Toevallig twitterde ik al over beide vandaag.

GKN Fokker: https://twitter.com/martinbroek/status/1588104884406083585

Thales: https://twitter.com/martinbroek/status/1588107121564045313

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The development took ages. Now the project aims for a top spot on the list of greatest failures of common European development of military equipment.

Sweden plans to join near neighbour Norway in ditching the NH90 helicopter under new defence plans. https://www.flightglobal.com/helicopters/sweden-to-axe-nh90-fleet-under-revised-defence-equipment-plan/150778.article

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Better call Seoul: US watches nervously as Europe turns to South Korea for weapons. Poland is spending billions, and other countries are expected to follow. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/11/01/europe-south-korea-weapons-00064427

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Documents reveal that a corporation implicated in corruption, served as a middleman between IAI, Elbit, and Israel Shipyards and Myanmar's brutal junta, despite international sanctions over the Rohingya genocide. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/security-aviation/2022-10-27/ty-article/broker-for-israeli-arms-to-myanmar-arrested-in-thailand-for-drug-dealing-money-laundering/00000184-1052-d19c-ade5-335628680000

November 2

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#Microflown was founded as an innovative start-up project at the technical University of Twente. Now its accoustic technology is bought by the Indonesian armed forces #TNI.

Retweet @NIDVnews: Nieuws uit Jakarta: Microflown AVISA's akoestische technologie vindt toepassing bij Indonesische strijdkrachten! https://nidv.eu/nieuws/microflowns-akoestische-tech-beschermt-indonesische-voertuigen/

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In the discussion about Qatar, labour rights, human rights and the World Cup there is another party connected to football: the military and the arms industry. #WC2022 https://stopwapenhandel.org/wc2022-arms-rights-and-sport-wash/

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Military industries and science, a close connection. Next week 3 day conforence 'International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (#INEC22)' at #Delft University. Sponsored by, among others, General Electric, BAE and Damen. https://www.imarest.org/events/category/categories/imarest-event/international-naval-engineering-conference-and-exhibition-2022

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It's seamless connected to the Israeli human rights voiolations.

The shooting training center of the Special Forces Command (#KSK) of the #German army in the town of Calw has been using training system components from the #Israeli company Trango Systems.

https://soldat-und-technik.de/2022/10/taktik-ausbildung/33151/ksk-nutzt-system-zielbauelemente-von-trango-systems/

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Reaper MQ-9A UAVs headed to Poland in $70M lease deal

The General Atomics announcement comes amid a defense spending splurge from Warsaw.

https://breakingdefense.com/2022/10/reaper-mq-9a-uavs-headed-to-poland-in-70m-lease-deal/

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Arms transfer and SALW controls in the Middle East and North Africa: Challenges and state of play. https://www.sipri.org/commentary/topical-backgrounder/2022/arms-transfer-and-salw-controls-middle-east-and-north-africa-challenges-and-state-play

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US monitors have inspected just some of high-risk weapons sent to Ukraine. US monitors conducted in-person inspections on only 10% of the 22,000 US-provided weapons sent to Ukraine that require special oversight. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/11/01/us-weapons-ukraine-oversight/

Late last month, the State Department issued a proactive policy to track weapons being sent to Ukraine that are highly portable, highly lethal, and contain advanced technology. In essence man-portable air defense systems and anti-tank guided missiles. https://www.federaltimes.com/thought-leadership/2022/11/02/state-dept-plan-to-track-weapons-for-ukraine-should-be-starting-point/

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#India has emerged as a military exporter in recently & could fulfil #Africa’s maritime, aerospace and defence requirements, with Mauritius, Mozambique & Seychelles becoming the major buyers of Indian arms during 2017-2021, according to a research report. https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/africa-major-buyer-of-indian-arms-446787

November 1

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One of the MoU's signed during a recent trip to Saudi Arabia by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa covers "cooperation in the field of military industries and procurements." https://www.defenceweb.co.za/featured/south-africa-and-saudi-arabia-sign-defence-mou/

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De beveiliger gerold.

Un groupe de hackers menace de diffuser des données volées à Thales : https://francetvinfo.fr/internet/securite-sur-internet/cyberattaques/info-franceinfo-un-groupe-de-hackers-revendique-une-cyberattaque-contre-thales_5450623.html

French defence and electronics group #Thales has launched an investigation after claims of data #theft by #Russian-speaking #hacker group LockBit 3.0, which recently disrupted the operation of the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital, a spokesperson said on Tuesday. https://actualnewsmagazine.com/english/targeted-by-a-group-of-hackers-thales-opens-an-internal-investigation/

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Not all European Union members have enacted national policies for screening foreign direct investments in their critical industries, according to a European Defence Agency official. Roughly half of the 27 EU members lack requisite screening policies. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2022/10/31/eu-officials-flag-vulnerabilities-to-foreign-control-in-defense-sector/

vrijdag 4 november 2022

#WK2022: Wapens, rechten en sport-wash


Qatar is een bijzonder land. In 2019 maakten
internationale migranten 78,7% van de bevolking uit. Het is de thuisbasis van Al Jazeera, politiek dicht bij de emir, maar ook een vrij liberale mediagroep in het Midden-Oosten. Sinds 2011 herbergt het een Taliban-kantoor buiten Afghanistan. Het sponsort islamisten in het Midden-Oosten en Noord-Afrika. Maar het meest bepalende kenmerk is dat het rijk is aan olie (15e van de wereld) en momenteel een van de drie grootste LNG-exporteurs van de wereld. Dit is de reden waarom het kleine Qatar in de internationale ring boven zijn gewicht kan boksen.

In de discussie over Qatar, arbeidsrechten, mensenrechten en het WK is er nog een partij die verbonden is met voetbal: het leger en de wapenindustrie.

Extern gebruik

Allereerst ondersteunt Qatar zijn bondgenoten met wapens. Berucht is de
steun aan facties, ook radicale partijen, in de Syrische oorlog. Qatar was een van de meest agressieve partijen in de Syrische burgeroorlog en deed er alles aan om de regering van Assad verder te isoleren. Het was ook vanaf het begin betrokken bij de onrust in Libië door het sturen van wapens, munitie en troepen om Kadhafi omver te werpen. The Guardian meldde al in 2012: “Gefinancierd door Qatar, hebben Libische rebellen die Kadhafi omvergeworpen hebben wapens en ervaring naar Syrië gebracht, waar de Kornet [een door Rusland geproduceerde anti-tank geleide raket, MB] wordt gebruikt door de troepen van het regime.” De aanvoer naar Libië van militaire kennis en wapens stopte uiteindelijk in 2022.

Wapenimport

Qatar is een van de topklanten op de internationale wapenbazaar. In een
recente publicatie van het Stockholm International Peace Research Institute SIPRI wordt geschat dat het land in 2017-2021 4,6 procent van alle wereldwijd geïmporteerde wapens heeft gekocht. Vijf landen importeerden meer in dezelfde periode (India 11%, Saoedi-Arabië 11%, Egypte 5,7%, Australië 5,4% en China 4,8%). De drie belangrijkste leveranciers van wapens aan de Emir zijn de VS (46%), Frankrijk (36%) en Italië (6,1%). In de door de Europese Unie verstrekte informatie zijn ook Duitsland en het Verenigd Koninkrijk belangrijke leveranciers. Nederland leverde in 2012-2021 militair materieel ter waarde van € 107 miljoen (voor 2021 zie p. 49).

Wapens om voetbal veilig te stellen

Het WK voetbal in Qatar heeft de Zwitserse wapenexport een duw in de rug gegeven. De Golfstaat heeft
volgens het Zwitserse Staatssecretariaat voor Economische Zaken Zwitserse luchtverdedigingssystemen gekocht ter waarde van bijna €161 miljoen om de stadions te helpen beschermen. In september verklaarde de Zwitserse regering dat ze “geen dwingende redenen” had gevonden om de export van 6.000 27 mm munitie voor kanonnen van de in Europa gebouwde Eurofighter naar Qatar te blokkeren. De verkoop volgde op een veel grotere in het voorgaande jaar. Door die deal schoot Qatar naar de top van de lijst van Zwitserse wapenexport, die in de eerste helft van dit jaar met meer dan 40% steeg tot € 510 miljoen.

De
Italiaanse militair-industriële gigant Leonardo zal tijdens het WK het luchtruim beschermen door een netwerk van Kronos-radars en bijbehorende commando- en controlecentra. Een ander Italiaans bedrijf, Ficantieri, verkocht zeven marineschepen om de zee veilig te stellen. Frankrijk, Italië en de Verenigde Staten zullen middlen leveren om drones te lijf te gaan.

Inzet om voetbal te beschermen

Niet alleen de wapenindustrie, ook internationale strijdkrachten zijn bij het WK betrokken. Turkije zal duizenden geüniformeerde personeelsleden (troepen en politie) sturen,
waaronder oproerpolitie, speciale eenheden en experts op het gebied van bomdetectie. Het maakt deel uit van de nauwe relatie - ook op militair gebied - tussen beide landen.

De
strijdkrachten van de Verenigde Staten zullen het leger van Qatar steunen tijdens het WK.
Frankrijk zegde toe dat het een E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) van de luchtmacht zal sturen, die honderden doelen kan volgen.
Het VK zal door de lucht patrouilleren en
“De skyline van Doha zal de komende weken een vertrouwd gezicht worden voor vliegtuigbemanningen van het gezamenlijke RAF-QEAF-eskader in hun missie om de FIFA World Cup te helpen beschermen.” De gevechtsvliegtuigen zijn uitgerust met MBDA geavanceerde korte afstands lucht-lucht raketten, Meteor lucht-luchtdoel raketten en een Lockheed Martin geschuts installatie.
Verwacht wordt dat British Aerospace haar omzet zal verhogen door de patrouilles. Het ging over voetbal, nietwaar. Maar het lijkt meer een reclame voor wapens en uitbreiding van militaire relaties.
Grenzen worden ook nog gecontroleerd met buitenlandse hulp, zoals uit Frankrijk.

Het moet een van de meest gemilitariseerde wereldbekers ooit zijn. Bijna een militaire operatie in plaats van een vrolijk sportevenement.
Aviation Week verklaarde: “Voetbalfans die zich in november en december in Qatar verzamelen om hun nationale teams aan te moedigen tijdens het FIFA Wereldkampioenschap, zullen zich waarschijnlijk niet bewust zijn van de enorme beveiligingsoperatie die is ontwikkeld om hen te beschermen. Een deel van de sterk uitgebreide strijdkrachten van de Arabische Golfstaat zullen worden ingezet voor de veiligheid van het evenement.”

Terugslag

Dit WK laat zien dat voetbal van sport in politiek is veranderd; van een spel naar een bedrijf; spelers zijn zowel PR-poppen aan een touwtje als atleten;
zelfs fans worden onderdeel van de polititieke circus. Geen enkel voetbal wereldkampioenschap werd zo verzopen in de financiële middelen als dit. De Emir klaagt over de kritiek op het verlies van mensenlevens en gebrekkige mensenrechten in zijn land; dat is een slecht redement op alle investeringen. Laten we hopen dat het zelfs nog averechtser werkt ten opzichte van het kleine Emiraat met zijn grote invloed gekocht met zijn rijkdommen en kracht bijgezet met wapens. Voetbal was nog nooit zo fout.

donderdag 3 november 2022

#WC2022 Arms, rights and sport-wash


Qatar is a peculiar country. In 2019 international migrants represented 78.7% of its population. It is the home of Al Jazeera, political close to the Emir but also a rather liberal media entity in the Middle East. Since 2011 it harbours a Taliban office outside Afghanistan. It sponsors islamists in the Middle East and North African region. But the most defining characteristic is that it is rich in oil (15th of the world) and it is currently one of the world’s three largest LNG exporters. This is why tiny Qatar can box above its weight in the international arena.

In the discussion about Qatar, labour rights, human rights and the World Cup there is another party connected to football: the military and the arms industry.

External use

First of all Qatar supports it allies with arms. Notorious is the support for factions, included radical parts, in the Syrian war. Qatar was one of the most hawkish in the Syrian civil war, trying hard to further isolate the Assad government. It was also since the start involved in the turmoil in Libya by sending arms, munition and troops to topple Qaddafi. The Guardian reported already in 2012: “Financed by Qatar, Libyan rebels who toppled Qaddafi have brought weapons and experience to Syria, where the Kornet [a Russian produced anti-tank guided missile, MB] is used by the regime’s forces.” The supply of military knowledge and arms eventually stopped in 2022.

Arms imports

Qatar itself is a top client on the international market for weapons. In a recent publication by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute SIPRI it is estimated that the country bought 4.6 percent of all arms imported globally in 2017-2021. Five countries imported more in the same period (India 11%, Saudi-Arabia 11%, Egypt 5.7%, Australia 5.4%, and China 4.8%). The three main suppliers of arms to the Emir were the USA (46%), France (36%) and Italy (6.1%). Information provided by the European Union shows that Germany and the United Kingdom are also major suppliers. The Netherlands sold military equipment valued € 107 million in 2012-2021 (for 2021 see p. 49).

Arms to secure football

The Qatar football World Cup has boosted Swiss arms exports. The Gulf State bought Swiss air defence systems worth nearly € 161 million to help protect stadiums, according to the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs. In September the Swiss government declared it had found “no overriding reasons” to block the export of 6,000 27mm pieces of ammunition for cannons of the European-built Eurofighter to Qatar. The sale followed a much bigger one in the previous year. That deal shot Qatar to the top of the list of Swiss arms exports, which rose more than 40% to € 510 million in the first half of this year.

Italian military industrial giant Leonardo will safeguard the air space during the World Cup by a network of Kronos radars and associated command and control centers. Another Italian company, Ficantieri, sold seven naval ships to secure the sea. France, Italy and the United States will counter drones.

Deployments to protect football

Not only the arms industry, also international forces are involved in the World Cup. Turkey will send thousands of uniformed personnel (troops and police), including riot police, special forces and bomb detection experts as part of the close relationship – including on military issues – between both countries. US armed forces will also support the Qatar military during the World Cup. France said it will be sending one of its Air Force’s four E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), which can track hundreds of targets. The UK will patrol the skies and “The skyline of Doha will become a familiar sight to aircrews of the joint RAF-QEAF squadron over the coming weeks in their mission to help protect the FIFA World Cup.” The UK fighters are equipped with MBDA advanced short-range air-to-air missile, Meteor air-to-air missiles and a Lockheed Martin Sniper targeting pod. It is expected these patrols will help British Aerospace to raise its sales. Is this about football? It looks more like advertisements for weaponry and expansion of military relationships. Qatar borders will are be controlled with foreign help, like from France.

The Qatar World Cup must be one of the most militarized world cups ever, almost a military operation instead of a sport event. Aviation Week stated: “Football fans gathering in Qatar during November and December to cheer on their national teams in the FIFA World Cup likely will be blissfully unaware of the enormous security operation that has been developed to protect them. Part of the Arabian Gulf state’s much enlarged armed forces will be devoted to the event’s security.”

Backfires

This World Cup shows that football has turned from sport into politics; from a game into business; players are PR-puppets on a string as well as athletes; even fans become part of the political circus. No World Cup was ever so awash in financial resources as this one. The Emir is complaining about the criticism on labour loss of life and lacking human rights in his country; this is bad return on his investments. Let us hope it backfires even more to the tiny Emirate, with its large footprint bought by money and strengthened by arms. Football was never played so wrong.

Martin Broek November 2022, geschreven voor Stop Wapenhandel

dinsdag 1 november 2022

Tweets for October 2022

Latest on top (updated regularly):
(https://twitter.com/martinbroek)

October 31

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#Lula: We are going to facilitate people's access to things that educate, and not to things that kill (..) nobody buys a gun to educate. Nobody buys a gun to do good. People buy guns to kill. Who is benefiting from their weapons is organized crime." https://www.dw.com/pt-br/sal%C3%A1rio-m%C3%ADnimo-armas-e-aborto-dominam-%C3%BAltimo-debate/a-63591663

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While Bulgaria is one of the few NATO and EU countries that officially refuse to send military aid to #Ukraine, Experts estimate that #Bulgaria has so far supplied at least €1 billion of weapons and ammunition to Ukraine via brokers. https://www.euractiv.com/section/all/short_news/bulgaria-doesnt-send-weapons-to-ukraine-but-arms-industry-flourishes/

October 30

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Iranian-designed kamikaze drones with which Russia has been attacking targets in Ukraine have engines made by Rotax, based in Gunskirchen in Upper Austria, a subsidiary of Canada's Bombardier, power the Shahed-136. https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/plus241817889/Motoren-fuer-Killer-Drohnen-Oesterreich-scheinheilige-Neutralitaet.html

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#Illegal arms trade from #Ukraine confirmed in Finland by the Central Criminal Police (https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-12668870) "#Weapons supplied to Ukraine have also been found in Sweden, Denmark & the #Netherlands," said Christer Ahlgren the Central Criminal Police's crime commissioner.

Next official claim on arms smuggled from Ukraine to Europe later withdrawn.
“The police have no evidence showing that donated weapons would have been smuggled from Ukraine to Finland.“
You can find the full statement here: https://poliisi.fi/en/-/nbi-has-no-evidence-on-donated-weapons-delivered-to-finland

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The letter signed by Congres members this week referred to "Russia's war of aggression" & the "outrageous and illegal invasion of Ukraine."

Still, a member of the House Democratic leadership told Politico Playbook that "Vladimir Putin would have signed that letter if asked."

This isn't remotely true, but it shows how departing an cm from the orthodoxy on the war is automatically taken as an admission of fondness for the Kremlin.

Diplomacy, like warfare, has its costs, which isn’t a good reason to shut down any discussion. https://www.sunjournal.com/2022/10/30/rich-lowry-diplomacy-in-ukraine-shouldnt-be-politically-incorrect/

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There will be no delay in the move of Fokker Elmo from Hoogerheide to Papendrecht. GKN Aerospace ansered on questions concerning the aircraft cabling factory in response to questions in the local city council. https://www.bndestem.nl/bergen-op-zoom/fokker-elmo-wimpelt-signalen-over-vertraging-bij-verhuizing-naar-papendrecht-af-bij-ons-niet-bekend~a6d111ec/

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Dust not settled yet over Tata Airbus #C295.

MVA, BJP leaders met Airbus, Tata reps before Centre inked deal https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/mumbai-news/mva-bjp-leaders-met-airbus-tata-reps-before-centre-inked-deal-101667070230987-amp.html

Airbus deal decided year ago https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/airbus-deal-decided-year-ago-biggie-for-maharashtra-in-6-months-minister-uday-samant/articleshow/95154175.cms

Tata-Airbus project controversy ruling parties blame MVA again. https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/mumbai-news/tataairbus-project-controversy-opposition-ups-the-ante-ruling-parties-blame-mva-again-101666983394335.html

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The #Tata Group, which is preparing to make transport aircraft in Gujarat in collaboration with #Airbus, now plans to manufacture heli's in the country. The company is in discussions with #Lockheed Martin to manufacture the #Sikorsky S-76 in India. https://english.newstracklive.com/news/tata-group-to-do-contract-with-lockheed-martin-for-make-helicopter-for-army-ta322-1255650-1.html

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#Thales is pleased to invite you to the Airshow #China 2022. https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/countries-asia/china/press_release/thales-pleased-invite-you-airshow-china-2022 Some of the world's top equipment – ranging from #military drones, missiles and airplane engines to spacecraft – will be on display, according to the officials. https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-09-27/Airshow-China-2022-to-open-in-south-China-in-November-1dFhLLP70je/index.html

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Why the US ban on chip exports to have little effect on Chinese military for now. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3197720/tech-war-us-ban-chip-exports-have-little-effect-chinese-military-now-analysts-say

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Hidayet Bayraktar, Turkish ambassador to Nigeria, says Bayraktar drones and ATAK helicopters from Turkey will soon arrive in Nigeria as part of efforts to strengthen the security architecture of the country. https://www.thecable.ng/defence-contract-drones-helicopters-from-turkey-to-arrive-nigeria-soon-says-ambassador

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India stuck in its dependence on Russian arms (and oil). Russian connection, poor R&D drag down arms industry. https://www.newindianexpress.com/business/2022/oct/30/russian-connection-poor-rd-drag-down-arms-industry-2513029.html

October 29

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Not often the word 'defence' is so inappropriately used for 'military'.
Turkey deepens its defense (sic! US spelling) diplomacy in Africa.
https://www.dw.com/en/turkey-deepens-its-defense-diplomacy-in-africa/a-63586344

TAI to deliver Hurkus-C combat aircraft to Niger, Chad. The contract with Niger follows the sale of 12 Hurkus-B aircraft to the African nation under a deal signed in 2021. https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2022/10/28/tai-to-deliver-hurkus-c-combat-aircraft-to-niger-chad

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Never waste a potential quarrel #Erdogan

The head of leading Turkish drone manufacturer #Baykar has proposed more cooperation with #Germany in the defense industry, while coalition party the Greens had called for a complete stop in arms exports to Turkey.
https://www.turkishminute.com/2022/10/28/manufacturer-wants-more-cooperation-with-germany/

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TB2 Bayraktar drones' maker to complete plant in Ukraine in two years.
Baykar CEO says plans to construct a plant in Ukraine well underway despite Russian threat.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-baykar-bayraktar-drone-maker-ukraine-plant-complete-two-years

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Publication on the environmental impacts of the UK military sector. The report provides a detailed assessment of UK military greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. https://www.sgr.org.uk/publications/environmental-impacts-uk-military-sector

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De MIVD ziet dat de Russische militaire inlichtingendienst actief betrokken is bij de inkoop van Nederlandse technologie. 'Het is een geïnstitutionaliseerd systeem', zegt directeur Jan Swillens. https://fd.nl/economie/1454378/een-invasie-heeft-ook-grote-nadelige-gevolgen-voor-rusland-dat-ziet-poetin-ook-dachten-wij-i2j2cafBxZXa

Nederlandse hightechbedrijven leveren zonder het te weten cruciale materialen, onderdelen en technologie aan firma’s die zijn opgericht door de Russische inlichtingendienst. Dat zegt het hoofd van de #MIVD in een interview met het Financieele Dagblad. https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2022/10/24/oekraineblog-24-oktober-a4146050

Nederlandse hightechbedrijven verkopen hun technologie zonder het te weten aan firma's die zijn opgericht door de Russische militaire inlichtingendienst. Dat bevestigt een woordvoerder van het ministerie van Defensie. https://nos.nl/artikel/2450152-mivd-nederlandse-hightechsector-levert-onbewust-technologie-aan-rusland

October 28

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US Security Assistance to Ukraine Breaks All Precedents.

A look at the evolution of Washington’s unprecedented security assistance effort to Ukraine. https://www.stimson.org/2022/u-s-security-assistance-to-ukraine-breaks-all-precedents/

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Don’t Rule Out Diplomacy in Ukraine

Biden’s Current Strategy Risks Escalation and Forever War. The Biden administration has taken few, if any, steps to create a diplomatic process that could produce such an outcome. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/ukraine/dont-rule-out-diplomacy-ukraine

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Considering the massive amount of information the US DoD must sift through every day and increasingly sophisticated UAVs and UASs collecting even more data, it’s no surprise the Pentagon has turned to artificial intelligence for help. https://www.c4isrnet.com/artificial-intelligence/2022/10/26/artificial-intelligence-is-critical-to-accelerated-decision-making/

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Foreign workers for military contractors on at least 4 US military bases in the Persian Gulf are trapped in their jobs -paid $1 an hour- by employment practices that they say prevent them from returning home or even looking for better work in the region. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/10/27/defense-contractors-persian-gulf-trafficking/

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“The [UK] government must immediately cease arms sales to Saudi Arabia

“12 mnths up to the February 2022 ceasefire, there were over 1500 attacks on civilians or civilian infrastructure in Yemen–far from the “isolated incidents” claimed by the government.

https://www.politics.co.uk/opinion-former/press-release/2022/10/28/parliamentary-report-a-missed-opportunity-to-hold-government-to-account-on-arms-exports-and-civilian-deaths/

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Weapons in Ukraine aren't flooding Europe's black markets, but that could change: "a ceasefire or an end to armed conflict could lead to an increase in arms smuggling out of the country." https://www.businessinsider.com/no-sign-of-mass-arms-trafficking-from-ukraine-authorities-say-2022-10

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Switzerland is facing pressure from Germany to review its veto over the re-export of Swiss-made tank ammunition that Berlin wants to send to Ukraine to help protect grain exports, it has been reported. https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/report--germany-pressures-switzerland-to-re-export-tank-ammo-to-ukraine/48010216

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S. Korea's arms exports top $13 bln this year: defense minister https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20221027009200325

To put it in context. That is similar to the exports by no. 2 arms exporter for 2021 Russia ($14.6 billion).

October 27

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Seoul has launched an investigation after a former Myanmar navy sailor, now turned defector, leaked evidence the #Myanmar navy obtained a warship from South Korea used it to persecute its own civilians. It is fitted with guns, heli's & transports troops. https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/16949-seoul-probes-claims-that-myanmar-used-a-korean-made-ship-against-civilians

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Oorlog na oorlog. Wat brengt het.

Afghaanse commando’s, die door de VS en het VK zijn opgeleid, krijgen naar verluidt aanbiedingen om zich bij het Russische leger aan te sluiten.
https://www.hln.be/buitenland/rusland-rekruteert-afghaanse-commando-s-om-te-vechten-in-oekraine-ze-hebben-niets-te-verliezen~a82051ad/

Russia’s Recruiting Afghan Commandos
Abandoned special forces veterans are getting job offers for a very different kind of battlefield.
https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/10/25/afghanistan-russia-ukraine-military-recruitment-putin-taliban/

Earlier FP published: New Congressional Report: U.S.-Trained Afghan Special Forces Forced to Flee to Iran. https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/08/15/afghanistan-iran-special-forces-congress-biden-withdrawal-anniversary/

October 26

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In 2021 bedroeg de vergunde Vlaamse uitvoer en overbrenging van militaire goederen 143 miljoen euro. Dat is opvallend hoger dan in 2020, toen slechts voor 42,2 miljoen euro werd vergund, zo blijkt uit een analyse van het Vlaams Vredesinstituut. https://vlaamsvredesinstituut.eu/factsheet/vlaamse-buitenlandse-wapenhandel-in-2021/

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One would wish diplomacy was employed with the same input of energy as beefing op military budgets and arms acquisitions.

Retweet @NIDVnews: 2022 conferentie “Session Européenne des Responsables d’Armement” (ASERA) gecombineerd met Eurostamp (European Seminar for Top Armament Manager Personnel): “How does the geopolitical great power competition impact NATO and EU Armaments Co-operation?” Over China, Rusland, EU.

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Are they without a clue; not knowing; or thinking we are fools? I mean when they talk about the importance of a Euopean military industry - which must be strengthened, financed, supported and walk the talk by spending a lion share, billions outside Europe. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2022/10/25/german-air-chief-f-35-buy-safe-despite-rising-inflation-costs/

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Athens & Berlin are engaged in cyclical arms deals. The former is providing Ukraine with BMP-1 tanks and receives MARDER vehicles from the latter. But #Greece views the evolution of #German-#Turkish ties – incl. at the level of arms exports – suspiciously. https://www.ekathimerini.com/opinion/1196508/german-chancellors-visit-to-greece/

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Can't be disliked: Other reports have suggested that Russian troops are increasingly forced to use old and sometimes unreliable equipment and that some of the newly mobilised troops are rushed to the war front with little training. https://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/3197252/vladimir-putin-scrambles-boost-russian-arms-production-ukraine-war

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Helder verhaal over Nederland wapenland in alle vroegte gegeven door Frank Slijper van Pax voor Vrede. Het hete hangijzer zijn alle leveringen van systemen en onderdelen die steeds slechter gecontroleerd worden. https://nporadio1.nl/uitzendingen/vroeg/0219fdf1-be0d-4557-b5d1-ff30dd73fcaf/2022-10-24-vroeg

Overigens ook met een korte scherpe mening hierover van @WendelaVries van @CTWnl.

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Voor financiële instellingen die in de wapenindustrie beleggen is het voordeel duidelijk: je kunt mooie rendementen maken op je investering in wapenbedrijven. En hoe langer de oorlog duurt, hoe beter het financiële plaatje eruitziet. Precies dit is de onethische kant van investeren in wapenbedrijven: dat je als belegger of als bank commercieel profiteert van oorlog. Piet Sprengers manager duurzaamheidsstrategie en -beleid bij ASN Bank. https://www.trouw.nl/opinie/ook-in-oorlogstijd-is-beleggen-in-de-wapenindustrie-onethisch~be3e627b/

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The port of Sagunto has a prefered postion on the route of the Saudi death ships. The Valencian maritime terminal has become one of the main stopovers on the European route used by the dictatorship to transport weapons purchased in different countries. https://www.publico.es/politica/arabia-saudi-convierte-sagunto-principales-escalas-europeas-barcos-muerte.html

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The German trap closes on French arms exports.

Germany wants to harmonize the control of arms exports at European level to limit sales only to countries of the European Union and NATO.

https://www.latribune.fr/opinions/le-piege-allemand-se-referme-sur-l-exportation-francaise-d-armement-937664.html

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Extremist groups are again trafficking weapons from Libya - remember 2011 - and other sources into the Sahel, signaling a potential escalation of violence. Analysts say the increase comes after a period of relatively low trafficking levels. https://www.defenceweb.co.za/security/border-security/illegal-weapons-flowing-back-into-sahel/

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And the winner is:

French electrical systems firm #Thales reported on Wednesday that sales had risen 9.6% to €12.3 billion ($12.3bn) in the first nine months of the 2022 fiscal year compared to €11.22 billion in the same period of 2021. (DPA 26/10/22)
https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/group/investors/press_release/order-intake-and-sales-30-september-2022

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Airbus becomes 1st foreign company to manufacture military aircraft for India, in India. https://trak.in/tags/business/2022/10/25/airbus-becomes-1st-foreign-company-to-manufacture-military-aircraft-for-india-in-india/

October 25

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A contract seen by OCCRP shows how Aboubakar #Hima, who allegedly skimmed millions from $240 million in #corrupt arms deals in his native #Niger, may be up to his old tricks further from homem, in #Senegal. https://www.occrp.org/en/investigations/notorious-nigerien-weapons-broker-lands-secret-arms-deal-in-senegal

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Berlin and Paris at odds; Common tanks and fighter jets for Europe - the historical plan is shaky. https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/plus241747231/Gemeinsame-Panzer-und-Kampfjets-fuer-Europa-der-historische-Plan-wackelt.html

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If you think nuclear war can’t happen, pay a visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These Japanese cities had no military value. (...) The US knew Japan was crippled and ready to surrender, but it wanted to send a message to the Soviet Union. https://www.alternet.org/2022/10/stop-worrying-love-the-bomb/

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Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and German sensor specialist Hensoldt have teamed up to develop a new electronic-warfare capability for the German Air Force, the companies announced last week. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2022/10/24/rafael-hensoldt-to-fuse-electronic-warfare-kit-on-german-typhoon-jets/

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Retweet @EmmaMAshford: Particularly impressed with this: the lawmakers who signed this letter appear to understand that while the US should not simply pressure Ukraine to end the war, it is also the case that American policymakers cannot completely cede decisions about war termination to Kyiv. Washingtom Post.

October 24

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CRS Report: Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles: Background and Issues for Congress Updated October 18, 2022 #drones https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/23169538/navy-large-unmanned-surface-and-undersea-vehicles-background-and-issues-for-congress-oct-18-2022.pdf

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Remarkable no Czech ammo transits through the Netherlands reported in Jul-August 2022. Normally a major user of Dutch port facilities. In both months it is mainly Brazilian ammo entering Europe through the harbour of Rotterdam. https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/binaries/rijksoverheid/documenten/rapporten/2016/10/01/overzicht-doorvoer-militaire-goederen/Cumulatief_ML_doorvoer_10102022.csv

Noteworthy on DU licenses is that the reporting lacks behind. Reports run to May 2022. https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/binaries/rijksoverheid/documenten/rapporten/2016/10/01/overzicht-dual-use-vergunningen/cumulatief-overzicht-du-vergunningen-2004-mei-2022.csv

On military (Jun-Jul) licenses Ukraine, aeronautics to allies and the supply of naval equipment (incl. Qatar, Egypt & Pakistan) dominates. https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/binaries/rijksoverheid/documenten/rapporten/2016/10/01/overzicht-uitvoer-militaire-goederen/Cumulatief_ML_uitvoer_10102022.csv

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Elizabeth Shackelford: The world’s worst war isn't the one everyone cares about. The best estimates available suggest at least half a million people have died so far from direct violence, starvation and lack of access to health care. Where? #Ethiopia. https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/world/elizabeth-shackelford-the-world-s-worst-war-isn-t-the-one-everyone-cares-about/ar-AA13iQdp

Though there is a good case for UN action, including an arms embargo, the path is strewn with obstacles. Donors must make clear to Addis Ababa it lifts the blockade and shows it is serious about pursuing peace. Tigray’s leaders must commit to AU talks https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/oct/23/the-guardian-view-on-the-worlds-forgotten-conflict-ethiopias-devastating-war

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Greece is sending 40 BMP-1 armoured combat vehicles to Ukraine in exchange for 40 Marder IFV armoured combat vehicles it will receive from Germany. Greek and German defence ministers agreed to the swap deal in September to support Ukraine’s defence. https://www.euractiv.com/section/all/short_news/greeces-tsipras-blasts-pms-ukraine-policy-favours-diplomacy/

October 23

Retweet @evelinelubbers: Important book missing, @danmcquillan's Resisting AI, An Anti-fascist Approach to Artificial Intelligence https://bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/resisting-ai

Here are 18 books that will radically change the way you think about AI, algorithms, and technology Buy one for yourself and gift one to a loved one! And support indie bookstores! https://miad.medium.com/18-books-that-will-change-the-way-you-think-about-ai-203758a95c3b @WomeninAIEthics #AI #tech #ethics #bookchat #justice #diversity Show https://twitter.com/MiaD/status/1583206834663731200 this thread

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Also Australia gears up for future war in space. And Airbus - how surprising - can show the profits for Canberra are higher than the costs of this military project. https://www.sheppnews.com.au/national/australia-gears-up-for-future-war-in-space/

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Het Pentagon heeft bij #Broshuis een bestelling geplaatst voor 466 tank-transporters t.w.v $263.2 miljoen. Het Kamper familiebedrijf zal de 466 Enhanced Heavy Equipment Transporter System #EHET trailers de aankomende 5 jaar leveren. https://www.vraagenaanbod.nl/kampense-trailerconstructeur-krijgt-mega-order-voor-amerikaanse-leger/

October 22

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On the complex and smelly world of major arms deals.

EXCLUSIVE: Absconding Arms Agent Sanjay Bhandari Claims French Firm Thales Promised €20mn for Defence Deal But Cheated Him https://www.newsclick.in/EXCLUSIVE-Absconding-Arms-Agent-Sanjay-Bhandari-Claims-French-Firm-Promised-%E2%82%AC20-mn-Defence-Deal-Cheated-Him

October 21

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Are the US and China fighting a “tech war” over semiconductors and other advanced technology? Debates about whether we are or aren’t in a tech war or even a new Cold War may just be semantics. Either way, we’re in a risky place.https://thebulletin.org/2022/10/are-the-us-and-china-fighting-a-tech-war-over-semiconductors-and-other-advanced-technology/

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For a taste of how flimsy the US Democratic Party's mantra of values-based diplomacy is, one needs to look no further than the recent dealings between President Joe Biden's administration and Saudi Arabia. https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3196630/joe-bidens-values-based-foreign-policy-tanks-when-it-comes-us-saudi-ties

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During the EU summit on Thursday and Friday, the leaders of the 27 will support military support for Kyiv. In this warlike spiral, diplomatic initiatives remain rare while the nuclear specter hovers. https://www.humanite.fr/monde/guerre-en-ukraine/sommet-europeen-sur-l-ukraine-une-guerre-de-l-ue-par-procuration-en-oubliant-la-paix-768095

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Deals with Riyadh and the Emirates? Germany relaxes its weapons policy for energy. "That's what Riyadh and the UAE like to see." https://www.n-tv.de/wirtschaft/Fuer-Energie-lockert-Deutschland-seine-Waffenpolitik-article23662927.html

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Saudi Arabia wants to join the BRICS alliance (Brasil India, China, South-Africa), South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated, signaling a dramatic potential expansion of the bloc amid growing tensions with the US over the Russia-Ukraine crisis. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/saudi-arabia/saudi-arabia-wants-to-join-brics-says-south-african-president-cyril-ramaphosa/articleshow/94990258.cms

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Netanyahu reveals Israeli arms exports. He may refer to tech for drones produced by Russia used by Iran against IDF in Syria in 2016. Ironically, the IAF failed to down the drone with Patriot missiles and instead called on Russian Air Force capabilities. https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-reveals-israeli-arms-exports-have-been-used-against-idf-in-syria/

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Big Tech Goes to War. To help Ukraine, Washington and Silicon Valley must work together
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/ukraine/big-tech-goes-war

As they already do. I wrote in Dutch on a book exploring the organisation of it: War Virtually. https://broekstukken.blogspot.com/2022/10/boekbespreking-war-virtually.html

And this article shows more of that cooperation.

October 20

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Palantir wins contract to help Army quickly process battlefield data. https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2022/10/19/palantir-wins-contract-to-help-army-quickly-process-battlefield-data/

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The both sides mechanism: cynical & profittable

#Algeria nears deal with #Turkey to buy Anka drones.
Algiers was enraged when a #Moroccan Bayraktar TB2 was suspected of killing 3 Algerians in Western Sahara, so Turkey offered to sell drones to Algeria too.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/algeria-turkey-anka-drones-nears-deal

October 19

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Why the US must press for a ceasefire in Ukraine
As a key player in Kyiv’s defense and the leader of sanctions against Russia, Washington is obligated to help find a way out.
https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/10/17/on-ukraine-the-us-is-on-the-hook-to-find-a-way-out/

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The uncomfortable need to talk about diplomacy with Russia. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/10/19/diplomacy-russia-ukraine-need-nuclear/

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Forced into arms exports: Naval Group is at the heart of the rearmament of navies around the world. It must boost its exports to remain competitive & innovative in order to support the ambitions of the French Navy in the face of security challenges. https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/naval-group-pourquoi-l-exportation-reste-cruciale-pour-ce-groupe-strategique-pour-la-france-936922.html

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UK PEACE campaigners rallied yesterday to lobby Trades Union Congress #TUC delegates to vote against a motion backing weapons manufacturing and opposing the defence diversification policy adopted in 2017. “We should be pushing for peaceful resolutions.." https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/stop-war-coalition-lobbies-tuc-against-motion-backing-higher-spending-arms

October 18

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SpearUAV, an #Israeli developer of an autonomous, AI-based technology for encapsulated drones, unveiled the Viper hovering precision attack drone, empowering tactical forces with an immediate, precise & autonomous aerial loitering munition #ALM capability. https://time.news/spearuav-unveils-the-viper-a-weapon-drone-launched-from-a-capsule/

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Notorious Prabowo meets US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and CIA Director William Burns this week. Despite financial difficulties and anti-corruption procedures, Jakarta continues to rearm, with Washington's backing, in the hope of confronting Beijing. https://www.intelligenceonline.com/international-dealmaking/2022/10/18/indonesian-defence-minister-visits-washington-to-finalise-f-15-purchase,109836101-art

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#Xtend signs $9M drone deal - in/outdoors use - with Pentagon’s irregular warfare office. Israeli Xtend is also developing a payload hub so other capabilities can be plugged into the drone like electronic warfare equipment and automatic target recognition. https://www.defensenews.com/unmanned/2022/05/11/xtend-to-supply-hundreds-of-wolverine-gen2-drones-to-us-military/

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EP EPP Questions.

EDF’s 2021 call for projects in the area of $#hypersonics, worth €100m is an opportunity for an approach of the EDF on the development of European capabilities. https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/P-9-2022-003359_EN.html

Maybe beter to get the dusty mechanism of arms control out of the cupboard.

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While Mr. Biden has pledged consequences for #Saudi Arabia's oil cut - and Democratic allies in Congress have urged retaliatory moves such as halting arms sales - he has so far declined to identify potential punishments and has not announced further steps. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/15/business/dealbook/biden-saudi-investment-conference.html

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The politics behind the lifting of the arms embargo on Cyprus. https://cyprus-mail.com/2022/10/18/our-view-weve-not-heard-the-last-of-our-russian-arms-to-ukraine/

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For some of #Ukraine’s most ardent backers, even talking about #diplomacy amounts to appeasement. With the dangers of escalation mounting—alongside the death toll—the absence of serious diplomatic efforts to end the conflict is both striking and worrying.
https://www.ft.com/content/6e0a904a-b6e1-482f-9e3f-437531396ebc

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Announcements on #Airbus-Tata assembly line and repeat order for Hanwha (South Korea) K9 Vajra artillery guns at Defexpo 2022. India’s largest Defence fair and show will be inaugurated by PM Modi and opens today in the conflict and poverty striken country. https://www.businessworld.in/article/-Announcements-On-Airbus-Tata-Assembly-Line-In-Gujarat-Repeat-Order-For-K9-Vajra-Artillery-Guns-On-The-Anvil-At-Defexpo-2022-/18-10-2022-450877/

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French #NavalGroup frustrated on its delayed or evaporating sales to Romania. Bucharest & #Damen cooperate against the sale of the 4 Gowind corvettes, selected... in 2018. Naval Group is also not helped by its local partner SNC which has its own interests. https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/naval-group-pourquoi-l-exportation-reste-cruciale-pour-ce-groupe-strategique-pour-la-france-936922.html

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Summary of SIPRI Yearbook 2022 in

Catalan https://sipri.org/sites/default/files/2022-10/yb22_summary_cat.pdf
Dutch https://sipri.org/sites/default/files/2022-10/yb_2022_summary_nl.pdf
French https://sipri.org/sites/default/files/2022-10/yb22_summary_fra.pdf
Italian https://sipri.org/sites/default/files/2022-10/yb22_summary_ita.pdf
Japanese https://sipri.org/sites/default/files/2022-10/yb22_summary_jp.pdf
Spanish https://sipri.org/sites/default/files/2022-10/yb22_summary_esp.pdf
Swedish https://sipri.org/sites/default/files/2022-10/yb22_summary_sv.pdf
https://www.sipri.org/news/2022/sipri-yearbook-2022-summary-now-available-seven-languages

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Retweet: After months of putting this together, i want to thank @rogerwaters, @YoBenCohen, @WilliamAyers& more. Over 220 organizations are calling on @POTUS to cancel the harmful, destructive, & wasteful F-35 program. @codepink https://codepink.org/ben_cohen_roger_waters_and_over_200_organizations_demand_end_to_f_35_program

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The US and its western allies have claimed that Iran supplying drones to Russia for its war in Ukraine is a breach of UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-kamikaze-drone-ukraine-russia-b2204841.html

October 17

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Nigerian Army has started operating #Textron Systems’ Aerosonde Mk 4.7 Fixed Wing #drone, enhancing intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance capabilities. The $9m FMSale of multiple drones marks the 1st time #Nigeria acquired US-made drones. https://www.textronsystems.com/our-company/news-events/articles/press-release/textron-systems-aerosonde-uas-begins-operations

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#Diplomacy is the only way out of this. Next month’s G20 meeting in Indonesia provides an opportunity. According to a recent poll conducted by Data for Progress, Americans support a negotiated peace even if it involves Ukrainian concessions by nearly 2:1. https://www.ocregister.com/2022/10/16/vote-for-peace-not-perpetual-war-on-election-day/

October 16

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The #Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, warned any prolonging of the #Russia-Ukraine conflict will have more devastating impact in the forms of food and fuel crisis and possible famine in parts of the world.

Now is the time to stop the war and the arms race.

https://ep-bd.com/view/details/article/Nzk5NQ%3D%3D/title?q=stop+the+war%2C+stop+the+arms+race+and+save+the+worl

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US & Canadian military aircraft on Saturday delivered tactical & armored vehicles and other supplies to the Haitian National Police #HNP to help combat criminal gangs that have worsened a humanitarian crisis in #Haiti. https://www.todayonline.com/world/us-canada-deliver-armored-vehicles-haitian-police-fight-gangs-2021026

Please also stop the influx of #SALW.

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The dilemma with the bad friends. After a long time, the German government approved supplies for the armament of fighter jets, which the autocratically governed Saudi Arabia uses. This causes upheavals in the coalition. Greens in particular are disturbed. https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/plus241593561/Waffen-an-Saudi-Arabien-Die-Gruenen-stuerzen-ins-Dilemma.html

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Strange contrast between US mainstream foreign policy and German 'progressive' Greens.

Biden likely to halt US arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid OPEC row: Senator: 'One of the most likely actions is to stop any future arms sales,' says Sen. Chris Coons.
https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/biden-likely-to-halt-us-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-amid-opec-row-senator/2712011

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The row between Riyadh and Washington leaves Britain’s arms industry on increasingly fragile ground. That industry, of which jets-to-warships company #BAE is the biggest business, has long looked the other way over Saudi Arabia and its human rights abuses. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/oct/16/bae-systems-in-middle-of-dogfight-between-saudis-and-biden-over-oil

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A series of Saudi snubs against Joe Biden — including its latest move to cut world oil production — could finally accomplish what has been stubbornly hard up to now: ending the US backing of the Saudis’ brutal war against Yemen. https://jacobin.com/2022/10/opec-cuts-saudi-arabia-mbs-biden-yemen

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#Japan to export to #India stealth antennas equipped on new destroyer. Government sources said the export aims to encourage India to reduce its reliance on Russia for military equipment, boost Japan-India defence ties in light of China’s military rise. https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3196095/japan-export-india-stealth-antennas-equipped-new-destroyer

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#Damen voor al uw varende wapens.

„misschien wel een van de gevaarlijkste naties ter wereld” https://www.bndestem.nl/buitenland/biden-pakistan-misschien-wel-een-van-de-gevaarlijkste-naties-ter-wereld~a1c8c3c2/ is dit jaar een van de belangrijkste klanten voor Nederlandse wapens buiten EU/NAVO+ https://stopwapenhandel.org/moesson-en-nederlandse-militaire-export-naar-zuid-azie/

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Het Nederlandse Financieele Dagblad geeft de vaderlandse militaire industrie een podium om te pleiten voor een 'oranje' onderzeeër. https://fd.nl/politiek/1453181/maritieme-sector-vreest-orange-washing-bij-order-nederlandse-onderzeeers-ipj2ca22mcFS 1/2

2/2 Wat mist is de steeds herhaalde opmerking dat Nederland sinds de jaren '90 niet meer over een zelfscheppende onderzeebootindustrie beschikt. https://tweedekamer.nl/downloads/document?id=2022D13051 Hopelijk wordt een dergelijk duur en complex product niet echt oranje gewassen onder druk van de industrie.

October 15

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A little bit of export of military technology to Riyadh for fighter aircraft is no arms trade to Saudi Arabia. Green Feminist Peace Policy looks ugly in this form. https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/newsroom/news/interview-baerbock-sz/2558140

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The war in Ukraine is of a different kind. The size, number of troops and technologies used are markedly different from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ukraine is a true “dual-use” technologies war; commercial products are widely used by both sides.
https://www.defensenews.com/opinion/commentary/2022/10/13/ukraine-makes-it-obvious-dod-has-to-change-how-it-buys-weapons/

October 14

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German traffic light coalition divided overarms exports; Economics Minister Habeck is pushing for stricter rules, Defense Minister Lambrecht wants to make exports easier, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/ruesungsexporte-habeck-gesetzentwurf-1.5674725

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The UN Security Council is negotiating a resolution that would impose an arms #embargo, asset freeze and travel ban on influential Haitian gang leader Jimmy Cherizier, nicknamed “Barbeque.” #Haiti https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/proposed-resolution-sanction-top-haitian-gang-chief-91480303

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz brings together European countries for the acquisition of a common technology, probably the Israeli Arrow 3 system, co-financed by the US and India. To the displeasure of France and its doctrine of European strategic autonomy. https://www.la-croix.com/Monde/LAllemagne-brandit-bouclier-antimissile-europeen-sans-France-2022-10-13-1201237611

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Proud to bomb. #Airbus and #Turkey have a long history of partnership with projects realized in civil & military aviation for Turkey. For nearly 40 years, Airbus has been an important partner for the Turkish MoD, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard. https://www.defenceturkey.com/en/content/airbus-in-turkiye-5278

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Opinion on arms trade to Ukraine from Finland. The government’s new policy regarding Ukraine may contribute to the erosion of the international arms trade agreement previously promoted by Finland. https://pledgetimes.com/guest-pen-finlands-secret-arms-export-to-ukraine-undermines-trust/

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New SIPRI publication: Retaining Human Responsibility in the Development and Use of Autonomous Weapon Systems: On Accountability for Violations of International Humanitarian Law Involving AWS. https://www.sipri.org/publications/2022/other-publications/retaining-human-responsibility-development-and-use-autonomous-weapon-systems-accountability

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Wapenproductie en -inkoop een mannenzaak. 3:100.

Koffie en organisatie achterin en meer een vrouwenkwestie: 3:5.

Hoe komt dat toch?

Retweet @NIDVnews: Hoge opkomst US-NL defence & space industry days met @DefensieStas @NLAmbassadorUSA @ariejandewaard. Panels en matchmaking voor VS en NL overheid en industrie.

October 13

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US arms sales bounced back with a total of about $50 billion in sales cases cleared in fiscal 2022, a big jump from the total of about $35 billion last year.

“Some fairly large F-35 sales,” which tend to be high in value and drive up the annual total. https://breakingdefense.com/2022/10/us-arms-sales-rebound-back-to-50b-in-fiscal-2022/

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Empirical analyses demonstrate that the US arms sales toward Taiwan make China to cooperate in the North Korean nuclear issue. https://www.proquest.com/openview/ea83de51fddba9ba0105a9cc0749daa6/1.pdf?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=46815

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Armenia has signed a contract with India for procuring the indigenous Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launchers, unspecified missiles and ammunition, amid its growing tensions with Azerbaijan which is close to Turkey and Pakistan. https://menafn.com/1105012607/As-Tensions-Rise-With-Azerbaijan-Armenia-Buys-Pinaka-Rockets-Ammunition-From-India

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Again! UN arms embargoes? Not for Turkey.

The European Naval Operation IRINI has revealed that Turkey refused to inspect its ship “MV Matilde A" (https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:15.21712/centery:32.36215/zoom:8/mmsi:271043163/shipid:339633) before it entered the Libyan coast.
https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/turkey-refuses-inspection-its-ship-libya

#Turkey’s military support to #Libya, including deployment of foreign fighters, and its persistant criticism and lack of cooperation with Operation #IRINI are detrimental to the #EU’s effective contribution to the implementation of the #UN arms embargo. https://libyaupdate.com/eu-report-on-turkey-criticizes-its-involvement-in-libya/

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Lifting the arms embargo on Somalia, a country still on stilts of finding stability, is a foolhardy decision and could prove fatal for the region. It could be thus a phenomenal blunder. https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2022/10/lifting-arms-embargo-on-somalia-could-be-a-phenomenal-blunder/

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#Liège industrialists develop a missile to be fired at a tank beyond the direct sight of the shooter with the help of an observation drone.

This project is part of the first wave of the European Defense Industrial Development Program #EDIDP. https://www.sudinfo.be/id554623/article/2022-10-10/les-entreprises-liegeoises-de-la-fn-herstal-et-de-john-cockerill-defence

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Second edition of International Aeronautics and Defence Exhibition opens in Enfidha, #Tunesia https://www.iadetunisia.com/ The festivities of the international exhibition began with an air parade, followed by a show by #Saudi fighter jets. https://www.tap.info.tn/en/Portal-Politics/15635839-second-edition-of

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The Dutch giant Damen builds combat ships in Romania for the Pakistani navy. https://adevarul.ro/stiri-interne/evenimente/gigantul-olandez-damen-construieste-in-romania-2212212.html

Why is the submarine sales lobby by Damen/SAAB in the news and this isn't? Waarom is deze wapenhandel nergens in het Nederlandse nieuws?

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Zweden hengelt naar een miljardenorder van de Nederlandse marine. We schijnen nieuwe #onderzeeërs nodig te hebben en er is een Zweeds-Nl bedrijf dat die graag wil maken. Het NOS Journaal ruimde tijd in voor een gratis pitch van de baas van Damen Shipyards. https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2022/10/12/redders-op-zee-moet-je-niet-aan-de-talkshowtafel-zetten-a4144871

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A Canadian produced US 17.299 (https://sea-doo.com/us/en/models/sport-fishing/fishpro-sport.html) unmanned fishing vessel forced the Russian naval fleet to retreat into the defended harbour of Sevastopol. https://news.usni.org/2022/10/11/suspected-ukrainian-explosive-sea-drone-made-from-jet-ski-parts

October 12

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This is what the world needs?

UK to designate China a ‘threat’ in hawkish foreign policy shift
Redesignation will bring UK’s official position towards Beijing close to its stance on Russia
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/oct/11/uk-to-designate-china-a-threat-in-hawkish-foreign-policy-shift

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The report on #Arms Production Capabilities in the Indo-Pacific Region, released by the #SIPRI earlier this month, casts some ‘serious doubts about whether #India will be able to significantly reduce its dependence on imports in the short and medium term’. https://www.financialexpress.com/defence/sipris-assessment-of-indias-quest-for-self-reliance-in-defence-production/2707740/

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AeroVironment, the maker of the Switchblade loitering munition Ukraine has used against Russia in recent months, is planning to ramp up production of the heavier-duty version. https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/ausa/2022/10/11/switchblade-kamikaze-drone-production-to-ramp-up-following-ukraine-use/

These ones? https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/sensors-electronic-warfare/aerovironment-shows-ai-capability-switchblade-jackal

October 11

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June last year, the Pakistan Navy bought 2 Dutch minehunters, will be delivered by late October. They are equipped with Atlas Elektronik INCMS cds, Thales 2022 Mk III sonar, Atlas Seafox Mine Identification/Disposal System & a Double Eagle Mk III Mod1 ROV. https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/pakistan-to-receive-additional-minehunters-from-netherlands-by-october-2283440-2022-10-10

Some food for Dutch thought: Western countries did not supply weapons to India, and in fact, saw a military dictatorship next to us as the preferred partner,” Inian FA Minister Jaishankar said, without naming Pakistan, a close US ally in the past. https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/west-did-not-supply-weapons-to-india-for-decades-as-it-saw-military-dictatorship-in-region-as-its-preferred-partner-jaishankar-440004

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Mexico files new lawsuit accusing Arizona gun dealers of weapons trafficking. The lawsuits aim to address "root causes" of gun violence, legal adviser Celorio said. https://www.reuters.com/legal/mexico-sues-five-us-gun-dealers-arizona-2022-10-10/

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#Saudi Opnion: “snakes” in “Congress”. Riyadh realizes that moves such as stopping arms exports or imposing foreign trade sanctions are possible, and it would not be surprising in any way. Therefore, the alternatives for Saudi Arabia are ready and decided. https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/625887

October 10

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#Romania has to ground it fighters because the supplier Berendel cheated the Romanian armed forces Army with three ships filled with bad quality #kerosene. Several MIGs broke down after being fueled with this type of fuel. https://www.gandul.ro/actualitate/exclusiv-armata-romana-nu-a-mai-putut-apara-flancul-estic-al-nato-dupa-ce-a-fost-inselata-de-o-grupare-de-crima-organizata-mai-multe-avioane-mig-21-au-fost-avariate-19850821 #corruption

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The Russian government has provided little information on military expenditure during the war with Ukraine that started in late February 2022. This is what is known by SIPRI. https://www.sipri.org/sites/default/files/2022-10/bp_2210_russianmilex.pdf

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Companies behind robot dogs asks countries not to arm the robot dogs, please. No rules, but please please please. https://taskandpurpose.com/tech-tactics/dont-arm-robot-dogs/ #killerrobots

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Is this a BAEs advertisement at the expense of French Nexter & German KMW/Rheinmetal?

The M777 has found favour with Ukrainian forces for its greater accuracy [than the #PzH2000 & French Caesar howitzer] and ease of use. https://www.wsj.com/articles/bae-u-s-in-talks-to-restart-m777-howitzer-production-after-ukraine-success-11665307803

If true how #inaccurate? #Chora

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Dagblad Suriname haalt verschillende verhalen op over de betrokkenheid van Desi Bouterse bij wapenhandel met de Colombiaanse FARC in ruil voor cocaïne. https://www.dbsuriname.com/2022/10/08/bouterse-krijgt-pak-slaag-in-poll-over-zijn-toekomst-in-de-politiek/

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US should "rethink" arms sales to Saudi Arabia, following the KSA's support for Russia in the war against Ukraine, Sen. Murphy D-Conn. said https://www.politico.com/news/2022/10/09/murphy-saudi-arabia-consequences-00061068
If the war in Yemen, global support 4 islamists, internal repression or gross human rights vilolations isn't enough

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Retweet Meghan Bodette: By my count, 14 non-combatant politicians/activists have been killed in suspected targeted attacks by the Turkish military or intelligence in Iraq and Syria in the past year. https://twitter.com/_____mjb/status/1579254853267640320

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Van bulderende tanks tot ingevroren apparaten; Honderdjarig #Thales geeft zeldzaam kijkje in de keuken. https://www.gooieneemlander.nl/cnt/dmf20221008_69958091

Exportbestemming #Saudi Arabië voor producten van Thales Huizen mist in dit PR-artikel.

From roaring tanks to frozen applictions; Centennial #Thales gives a rare glimpse into the kitchen. https://www.gooienemlander.nl/cnt/dmf20221008_69958091

Export destination #Saudi Arabia for Thales Huizen military tech is missing in this PR article.

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The #Czech Republic has officially requested the US to purchase 24 units of the #Lockheed Martin #F35. This means that after the lease of the Swedish SAAB Gripen, which the Czechia uses, ends, Prague does not intend to accept a new offer from #Sweden. https://bulgarianmilitary.com/2022/10/10/czech-republic-ignored-gripen-and-officially-asked-for-the-f-35/

October 9

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Robert #Habeck’s (Greens) Min of Economics approved the export of military products for #Saudi fighter jets worth around €36m. Spare parts for the Airbus A330 MRTT worth €2.8m are also to be supplied. Loud #protests are stirring in De #Grünen. https://globalhappenings.com/politics/266137.html

October 8

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13 criminal Dutch investigations into violations of sanctions against Russia. https://fd.nl/bedrijfsleven/1453246/dertien-strafrechtelijke-onderzoeken-naar-overtreding-russische-sancties-thj2cadIoRGl

Yesterday Fiscal Recherche reported an arrest because of a violation of the Sanctions Act; supplying Russia with microchips that could be used militarily.

https://www.fiod.nl/aanhouding-in-onderzoek-naar-overtreding-sanctiewetgeving/

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Retweet @Mschroeder77: I just discovered US CBP's interactive database on weapons seizures at US ports, which is surprisingly useful. https://cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/weapons-and-ammunition-seizures

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In calendar year 2021, USSOCOM reported that it had 28 active SOF operation and command structures, primarily in the Middle East and Africa. From calendar years 2018 through 2021, USSOCOM reported that it terminated or transitioned 57 SOF C2 structures. https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/23127312/gao-23-105163.pdf

October 7

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You may have seen that already, but just in case: new EU sanctions against Russia includes arms and other military-related aspects. see the full press release: https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2022/10/06/eu-adopts-its-latest-package-of-sanctions-against-russia-over-the-illegal-annexation-of-ukraine-s-donetsk-luhansk-zaporizhzhia-and-kherson-regions/ tnx to @_ENAAT for informing.

Example of how extensive an arms embargo can be.

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The #Bangladesh Army Aviation Group has received its second C295W tactical military transport aircraft from #Airbus Defence and Space. The new medium utility military aircraft officially joined the Bangladeshi Fleet on September 25. https://www.thedefensepost.com/2022/10/06/bangladesh-airbus-transport-aircraft/

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Clayton International won a $7 million deal to provide depot level maintenance services for one VH-3A Helicopter for the Government of Egypt. Work will take place in Georgia. Estimated completion will be in June 2024. https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract/Article/3181029/

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The Green MEP Hannah Neumann criticizes that the federal government is supplying ammunition to Saudi Arabia. She calls for more pressure on EU partners to prevent arms sales to undemocratic states.

https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/waffenverkaeufe-an-saudi-arabien-ich-persoenlich-finde-die-entscheidung-falsch-a-538cc65a-9372-4dac-ab31-ede02879119f

In times of the energy crisis, Chancellor Olaf Scholz is apparently relying on good relations with the royal family in Riyadh. It was about ... oil and hydrogen from Saudi Arabia. But apparently also about the interests of the European arms industry. https://www.tagesschau.de/investigativ/monitor/ruestungsexporte-saudi-arabien-jemen-101.html

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The war in Ukraine has supplied a lucrative shop window for arms manufacturers, creating some unlikely winners amid a surge in demand for heavy weaponry.
https://inews.co.uk/news/world/ukraine-war-shakes-up-weapons-industry-new-trends-unlikely-winners-1895022

So keep them far from political decission making, I would like to suggest.

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With the ceasefire over and both sides blaming the other for its breakdown, #Yemen faces another round of violence – with the civilian population no doubt again bearing the highest cost: “at risk if air strikes, ground shelling, & missile attacks resume.” https://themedialine.org/news/as-truce-collapses-devastated-yemen-braces-for-fresh-fighting/

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Why #SAAB is not able to sell its #Gripen fighter to more countries? CEO Johansson explains why: "In many countries, the leverage of the US is tremendous. They are not so easy to work against."

#F35 #Lockheed #Washington https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/world/sweden-s-saab-built-one-of-the-world-s-best-non-stealth-fighters-but-its-ceo-says-that-s-not-enough-to-outsell-us-jets/ar-AA12G2lK

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US Announces Sanctions on Myanmar Military-Linked Arms Broker
Aung Moe Myint and his Dynasty International company are accused of procuring Russian-made arms from Belarus for the military.
https://thediplomat.com/2022/10/us-announces-sanctions-on-myanmar-military-linked-arms-broker/

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Something good, as a result?

US Democrats called to respond on oil cut by pulling back on its 70-year strategic partnership delivering arms and US military protection for #Riyadh, charging that Prince MbS stopped upholding Saudi's side of a the partnership. https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-2022-midterm-elections-biden-inflation-business-fa45f3023af51b1b7201f0c06d86f72d

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The friend of human rights, the champion of regional peace and stability and the greatest collegue of all in NATO, yes the remarkable Recep Tayyip Erdogan, again threatened to block Sweden from joining NATO on Thursday (6/10) evening. https://newsingermany.com/conflicts-erdogan-threatens-greece-could-come-at-night/

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US officials have been frustrated with Ukraine's lack of transparency about its military and covert plans, especially on Russian soil while the article focusses on Daria Dugina it also reports on sabotaging Russian arms factories and weapons depots. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/05/us/politics/ukraine-russia-dugina-assassination.html

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Nuclear-capable missile confrontation in a regional flashpoint, during geopolitical tension, is a reminder that however bleak the outlook, diplomacy remains the only viable way to handle the threat. So create room and opportunity for it to be revived. https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3195085/diplomacy-only-way-defuse-missiles-escalation-north-korea

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The company behind Australian arms fair Land Forces is #AMDA. AMDA is registered with Australian Charities and Non-for-profit Commission which operates around the country. And that scheme is lucrative for the company and its board as is investigated here.. https://michaelwest.com.au/what-do-you-think-the-arms-trade-is-a-charity-actually-yes-thats-what-it-is/

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Thales announces that it has invested in the Canadian startup AI Redefined (AIR), which has created a new AI training capability where humans and machines learn continuously from each other to address sophisticated challenges in real time. https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/countries-americas/canada/press-release/thales-invests-canadian-startup-ai-redefined-air

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As the Gulf region attracts more attention from military companies the world over, it’s becoming apparent that direct competition with local firms can be a tough hill to climb. But local partnerships offer a potentially lucrative way to new customers. https://breakingdefense.com/2022/10/as-western-defense-firms-eye-expansion-in-the-uae-local-competition-awaits/

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Romanian complaints, the French help, they are laughed at, and the Dutch run with all arms contracts. They are redirected to the Damen wharf in Galati, by the former director of DAMEN and current Minister of the Economy, the "Dutch" Florin Spătaru. https://www.national.ro/dezvaluiri/am-dat-4-miliarde-pe-patriot-si-ne-aparam-cu-mamba-de-imprumut-776648.html

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“Taiwan Pledges to Keep Advanced Chips From Chinese Military.” The control of a strategic products to China is also economic policy for the #US, #Taiwan #Semiconductor Manufacturing, Samsung Electronics and Intel are all building new US fabrication plants. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-10-05/taiwan-pledges-to-keep-advanced-chips-from-chinese-military

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Export of military equipment from the #Czech Rep. to #Ukraine has totalled CZK 47bn (almost €2bn) in 2022, including CZK 4.2bn provided by the state. MoD Jana Cernochova that the Prague approved aid included heavy equipment, as well as fire arms and ammo. https://brnodaily.com/2022/10/06/news/politics/czech-supplies-of-military-equipment-to-ukraine-reach-czk-47-billion/

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An Eurasia Group Foundation poll found that most Americans – nearly 70% were against the continuation of US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, of those almost 35% were "strongly" opposed to it. https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20221006-most-americans-oppose-arms-sales-to-saudi-new-poll-finds/

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De een knuffelt een boom, de ander tja...

Minister Ollongren #D66: Nederland moet wapenindustrie durven omarmen.
https://fd.nl/politiek/1454095/minister-ollongren-nederland-moet-wapenindustrie-durven-omarmen-igj2cadIoRGl

October 6

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Tja dan koop je een #F35 die veel meer #herrie maakt dan de F-16. Het hoeft niet te verbazen dat in juli 318 klachten binnenkwamen (102 juli 2021), in augustus steeg het aantal klachten naar 364 #klachten (aug 2021 114 klachten).

Niet eerder zo meegemaakt. https://www.gelderlander.nl/maasland/klachtenregen-over-vliegbasis-volkel-en-f-35-houdt-aan~aef121c0/

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NewSpace and the Commercialization of the Space Industry: Challenges for the Missile Technology Control Regime. https://www.sipri.org/publications/2022/other-publications/newspace-and-commercialization-space-industry-challenges-missile-technology-control-regime

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#Israel is refraining from setting regulations to monitor the activity of intermediaries, especially former senior defense establishment officials, in military transactions and arms sales. https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/2022-10-06/ty-article-opinion/.premium/and-if-they-used-israeli-weapons/00000183-aa22-d5eb-a3af-fab6ca870000

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Airbus Defence and Space and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia signed an agreement to promote and stimulate tech projects aimed at the industrial and defence sector in Spain and Europe. It includes incorporating AI and cybersecurity into products and operations.https://www.pressreader.com/spain/cinco-dias/20221005/281651078995713

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The US is preparing to introduce sweeping export controls in an effort to slow Chinese efforts to obtain semiconductors and chipmaking equipment for supercomputers and other military-related applications.
https://www.ft.com/content/9fd8b86f-4ff2-4a1f-98b9-739360cea98c

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US→Ukraine: "It’s the Wild West", said a lawyer representing arms exporters & serves on the federal Defense Trade Advisory Group. "We're seeing a lot of people who were previously not involved in arms sales getting involved now." It is the opportunity. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/06/world/europe/ukraine-private-arms-deals.html

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A range of thoughts by experts on the international arms market.

War in Ukraine shakes up weapons industry with new trends and unlikely winners.
Surge in demand creates new powers in the arms trade, while Russian exports decline.
https://inews.co.uk/news/world/ukraine-war-shakes-up-weapons-industry-new-trends-unlikely-winners-1895022

October 5

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General Atomics developing hybrid-electric engine for stealthy ‘MQ-Next’ drone design. A game changer in warfare. https://breakingdefense.com/2022/10/general-atomics-developing-hybrid-electric-engine-for-stealthy-mq-next-drone-design/

Imagine all these efforts were put into environmental friendly products or even better: less production.

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The Philippine military has sent eight #Israeli Soltam/Elbit Autonomous Truck Mounted Howitzer System (ATMOS 2000) 155mm self-propelled guns to #Mindanao to support counter-terrorism operations in the southern region. https://army.mil.ph/home/index.php/press-releases-archive-2/1688-game-changer-atmos-self-propelled-howitzers-arrive-in-mindanao

The howitzer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATMOS_2000

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The Moroccan Army has procured advanced military drones from China as part of its continuing effort to bolster its air defense capabilities. https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/10/351642/morocco-purchases-modern-chinese-military-drones

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Question embedded in Turkish foreign policy (being "increasingly interventionist and thus conflict-ridden character - for example in northern Iraq, in Syria, in Libya, in Azerbaijan") about the total 2022 value of #German arms export licenses for #Turkey. https://www.bundestag.de/presse/hib/kurzmeldungen-913718

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The economy of war establishes itself. The next issue is how it will be financed without ethical restraints. The campaign to lift restrictions at financial institutions is gaining speed.

Qui financera l'économie de guerre?
Who will fund the war economy?
https://www.lesechos.fr/idees-debats/editos-analyses/qui-financera-leconomie-de-guerre-1866434

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On the other side of the world.

Give #Myanmar’s resistance what it needs to shoot down Junta helicopters. The Myanmar resistance needs meaningful support: weapons to shoot the Mi-35s and all of the regime’s other airborne killing machines out of the sky. https://www.irrawaddy.com/opinion/commentary/give-myanmars-resistance-what-it-needs-to-shoot-down-junta-helicopters.html

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Indian PM Modi reiterated his call to Pres. Zelenskyy for an earliest cessation of hostilities with Russia & the need to walk the path of dialogue & diplomacy.
He emphasized the UN Charter, Int. Law, & the sovereignty & territorial integrity of all states. https://www.dailypioneer.com/2022/page1/modi-speaks-to-zelenskyy--calls-for-talks--diplomacy-to-end-war-with-russia.html

Ukraine will not conduct negotiations with Putin: Zelenkskyy responds to PM Modi's call for peace. https://theprint.in/world/ukraine-will-not-conduct-negotiations-with-putin-zelenkskyy-responds-to-pm-modis-call-for-peace/1154910/
He sticks to the Five point peace palns as outlines in the General Assembly of the UN. https://gadebate.un.org/en/77/ukraine

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One killed, two missing in Bulgaria rsenal Kazanlak arms and ammo factory blast. The prosecutor said the most likely cause of the accident was failure to follow safety rules. https://www.spacewar.com/reports/One_killed_two_missing_in_Bulgaria_arms_factory_blast_999.html

October 4

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De recherche ziet dat een groep verdachten van grootschalige cocaïnesmokkel en #wapenhandel via versleutelde berichtendienst Encrochat contact heeft met naar later blijkt V., een #KMAR-lid. V zit inmidels in een beschermingsprogramma. https://www.tubantia.nl/enschede/militair-die-informatie-lekte-aan-criminelen-opgenomen-in-beschermingsprogramma-om-eist-maximale-taakstraf~a4f35287/

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US #Congresswoman Lisa McClain (R-MI) has led a biparatisan group of colleagues in demanding sanctions against #Algeria for its purchase of #Russian arms, a violation of the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act".

- https://gna.org.gh/2022/10/us-lawmakers-call-for-sanctions-against-algeria-for-arms-deal-with-russia
- https://mcclain.house.gov/2022/9/rep-lisa-mcclain-leads-colleagues-in-demanding-sanctions-on-algeria-for-purchase-of-russian-weapons

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Komatsu stopped producing light armoured vehicles, Sumitomo Heavy Industries halted its production of the next series of machine guns etc. According to the #Japanese Defense Ministry, more than 100 companies have exited the military industry since 2003. https://japannews.yomiuri.co.jp/editorial/yomiuri-editorial/20221003-62181/

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South #Sudan, a nation in need of a #arms embargo, not sanctions. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch want an arms embargo, but US sanctions include South Sudan’s oil industry. https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/opinion/nation-in-need-of-an-arms-embargo-not-sanctions-d8b9641d-bcdc-453f-9ceb-716f75c451a8

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Australian Greens’ senator David Shoebridge at arms fair: “They use our fear, and at the moment fear from the conflict in Ukraine and fear of conflict with China, to make their fortunes. The whole purpose of this industry is to win multibillion-dollar...”. https://michaelwest.com.au/michael-west-media-banned-from-land-forces-weapons-expo/

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@FrankSlijperTurkish shipbuilder RMK Marine launched 1st MilGem (Ada)-class corvette on order for Ukraine https://janes.com/defence-news/turkey-launches-first-ada-class-corvette-for-ukraine

"One of four" the Russian webpage armstrade.org states based on a RIA Novosti report. https://armstrade.org/includes/periodics/news/2022/1003/094069742/detail.shtml

The ships are equipped with arms from France, Germany, Italy, the US and military tech from the Netherlands (Thales, IMTECH) and Turkey. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukrainian_corvette_Hetman_Ivan_Mazepa

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A new mission is being established at US European Command’s headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany to oversee how the US trains and equips Ukrainian troops, the New York Times reported (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/29/us/politics/pentagon-command-ukraine.html). 4 training Grafenwöhr or Hohenfels may be used. https://www.defensenews.com/news/your-army/2022/10/03/us-may-establish-new-command-in-germany-to-arm-ukraine-report/

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On US WMEAT-report: Ending the report is a problem in that it signals a continued lack of disclosure in general on US arms sales policies, not because it decreases transparency over US support to Ukraine. https://www.c4isrnet.com/thought-leadership/2022/10/03/ukraine-arms-transfers-still-tracked-after-us-state-dept-kills-report/

October 3

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The #US State Department approved an #FMS of M1A2K tank operational & training #ammunition to #Kuwait for an estimated cost of $250 million to deter and defend against land-based threats, and help protect border regions and key land-based infrastructure. https://www.dsca.mil/press-media/major-arms-sales/kuwait-m1a2k-tank-operational-and-training-ammunition

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#Kuwait now has 6 #Eurofighters in the country after #Leonardo delivered another two aircraft to Ali Al-Salem Al-Sabah Air Base. This is the 3rd batch of delivery. https://www.arabnews.com/node/2171641/middle-east

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Austria, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and Romania have urged the European Commission to aim high in its upcoming proposal on cyber defence, setting out their recommendations on five priority areas.
https://www.euractiv.com/section/cybersecurity/news/six-eu-countries-call-for-ambitious-cyber-defence-policy-document/

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#French Minister of the Interior & Overseas Gérald Darmanin arrived in Fort-de-France, #Martinique. The fight against the circulation of firearms on the island is the priority of his trip. https://www.europe1.fr/politique/trafic-darmes-en-martinique-quels-sont-les-engagements-de-gerald-darmanin-4138065

Advice for free: Ask the US to control its borders against #SALW exports!

October 2

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In an overview on #Indian arms export policy:
"#Myanmar is very special in this respect. India is the third largest arms supplier after China and Russia. India accounts for 17% of Myanmar’s defense equipment imports." https://india.postsen.com/world/289939/What-is-the-Weapon-Diplomacy-of-India-India-is-selling-arms-to-which-countries-included-in-top-25-countries.html

October 1

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Drones at sea during REMPUS 2022 https://nato.int/nato_static_fl2014/assets/pdf/2022/9/pdf/220915-factsheet-exercise-repmus.pdf

Clip from Dutch MoD online military magazine: https://magazines.defensie.nl/defensiekrant/2022/38/04_marineoefening-repmus

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It's easier to violently disrupt societies than it is to juridically end the export of small arms to other countries. A US #judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Mexican government accusing US arms makers of contributing to the bloodshed in #Mexico. https://worldnationnews.com/they-deal-a-blow-to-mexico-us-judge-dismisses-lawsuit-against-arms-manufacturers/

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Het is de bedoeling dat de scheepsbouwers rond de zomer van 2023 hun biedingen insturen. Eind volgend jaar moet dan bekend zijn of het Zweeds-Nederlandse conglomeraat Saab/Damen, TKMS uit Duitsland of de Franse Naval Group de miljardenorder krijgt.

De onderzeeboten en fregatten worden bovendien in de toekomst voorzien van langeafstandsraketten. Daarover informeer ik de Tweede Kamer volgend jaar”, aldus Van der Maat. https://magazines.defensie.nl/defensiekrant/2022/38/01_onderzeeboot

Kamerbrief over offerteaanvraag vervanging onderzeebootcapaciteit Staatssecretaris Van der Maat (Defensie) informeert de Tweede Kamer over de offerteaanvraag, een belangrijke mijlpaal in de vervanging van de onderzeebootcapaciteit. https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/kamerstukken/2022/09/30/kamerbrief-over-offerteaanvraag-vervanging-onderzeebootcapaciteit

De vertrouwelijke bijlage I geeft inzicht in 't #levensduurkostenbudget en de risicoreservering. Daarnaast zijn de top-10 risico’s opgenomen in de vertrouwelijke bijlage III bij deze brief. Deze top-10 vertegenwoordigt ongeveer 80% van het totale benoemde financiële risico's.

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The US has actively pursued the development of hypersonic weapons since the early 2000s. Recently the US has focused such efforts on hypersonic glide vehicles & #hypersonic cruise missiles with shorter and intermediate ranges for use in regional conflicts. https://www.idga.org/events-hypersonicweaponssystems

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A point of view by Dr. Daphné Richemond-Barak of the Israeli MirYam Institute: Nations that set limits on #AI capabilities may encounter adversaries who have no qualms about doing so, putting them at a disadvantage. https://www.c4isrnet.com/unmanned/robotics/2022/09/30/beyond-killer-robots-how-ai-impacts-security-military-affairs/