donderdag 11 augustus 2022

My tweets for August 2022

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August 11

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Imagine $2.1T spend on renewable energy, tackling #climate change disasters, a fund for countries in the Global South, a campaign to minimise the footprint of the industrialised world, clean polluting industries etc. In reality; it is spend on the global militaries. #Security?


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EUROPEAN DEFENCE FUND #EDF unveils 1st round of awardees.

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Embargo now!

Report (https://www.justiceformyanmar.org/stories/exposed-companies-brokering-arms-equipment-to-myanmar-military) names dozens of #Singapore firms involved in arms supply to #Myanmar military.

Justice for Myanmar says 38 companies in Singapore are linked to 78 Myanmar-based companies brokering for the military.
https://www.malaysianow.com/news/2022/08/11/report-names-dozens-of-singapore-firms-involved-in-arms-supply-to-myanmar-military

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Since the start of Russia’s aggression of #Ukraine, the #EU has adopted assistance measures of EUR 2.5 billion under the European Peace Facility (#EPF) to reimburse Member States for lethal and non-lethal equipment provided to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-9-2022-002300-ASW_EN.pdf

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According to a video published on the Telegram account of "Реальная Война | Украина" 090822, Turkey may have delivered Kirpi 4x4 armored vehicles to Ukraine. If the information is true, this delivery could compromise the relations between Turkey & Russia. https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_august_2022_global_security_army_industry/turkey_would_have_delivered_kirpi_mrap_4x4_armored_vehicles_to_ukraine.html

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Although Chinese latest white paper keeps 'one country, two systems' model on table, many conciliatory measures in 2000 document are also missing. Beijing e.g. has removed an offer not to deploy military personnel to #Taiwan in the event of ­reunification. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3188454/beijing-removes-pledge-not-station-military-personnel-taiwan

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An electric-powered version of the Australian Army's Bushmaster armoured vehicle has been unveiled and is designed and built in by defence contractor Thales in Victoria. The all-electric is for test applications, a hybride version for limited use. https://www.9news.com.au/national/australian-army-electric-bushmaster-armoured-vehicle/db3aba09-9e6b-4f27-85c7-ac519a987546

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Nigerian NNS KADA, is a 100-metre long military roro vessel from #Damen. With a capacity to carry over 250 passengers including 32 crew members and 16 embarked Special Forces, the KADA is currently the largest LST in the whole of Africa. 1/2 https://thisdaylive.com/index.php/2022/08/09/reinforcing-nigerian-navys-role-as-regional-war-power/

A sale hardly reported in Europe let alone in the Netherlands. This despite the role it can play in the Niger delta.

Now the product of Dutch origin is proudly taking part in the ECOWAS mission in Guinea Bissau. https://www.sunnewsonline.com/navy-deploys-nns-kada-to-guinea-bissau-on-ecowas-mission/

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Majority of victims of #Turkish #drone strikes appear to be #Syrian citizens. Strikes often take place well behind active front lines, in violation of US/Russian brokered ceasefire agreements.

Bayraktar TB-2 drones contain at least 6 US-origin #components. https://www.kurdishpeace.org/policy/turkeys-targeted-killings-threaten-stability-security-in-syria/

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Timely announcement. The Czech Republic starts negotiations with Israel to purchase three Heron drones including ground control stations, data terminals, and shipping containers. https://mocr.army.cz/informacni-servis/zpravodajstvi/ministerstvo-obrany-zahaji-jednani-s-izraelskou-vladou-o-porizeni-tri-bezpilotnich-letounu-237834/

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#Lockheed Martin is awarded a $224 million contract in connection to the production of 12 #F35 aircraft for the #Netherlands. Work will be performed in Texas 57%; California 16%; UK 9%; Italy 4%; Florida 4%; New Hampshire 3%; Maryland 3%; and Japan 2%. https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract/Article/3096893/

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Overview on “Export Controls in the European Union” aimed at the exporter. https://globalinvestigationsreview.com/guide/the-guide-sanctions/third-edition/article/export-controls-in-the-european-union

August 10

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Retweet with comment: @GKNAero #Romania welcomed back students to the Fokker Academy classes at the site. Through partnership with the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the @upb1818, the @GKNAero Romania team have been actively involved in student education for over 5 years. #GreatPlacetoWork

Press at time it opened:

The Dutch company Stork Aerospace, active in the field of design and production of aerostructures and electrical systems for military and commercial aircraft, announced on Thursday the opening of a subsidiary in Bucharest. https://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-arhiva-1200136-stork-aerospace-deschis-subsidiara-bucuresti.htm

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“Despite Rhetoric, Biden is Continuing Trump’s Weapons Sales.”

07/2020, Biden “No more blank checks for Trump’s favorite dictator,” referring to Egyptian President al-Sissi.

02/2021, Biden stop on US military support for Saudi-led offensive in Yemen. https://warontherocks.com/2022/08/despite-rhetoric-biden-is-continuing-trumps-weapons-sales/

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CAAT calls UK to end arms sales and military support for Israeli forces following Gaza killings https://indcatholicnews.com/news/45253 How about arms imports from Israel?


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Going Dutch; stengtnening Russian armed forces

Based on the technical inspection of Russian military equipment captured in or fired at Ukraine, this report outlines the extent to which Russia’s multi-billion-dollar, decades-long military modernisation programme has depended on the extensive use of microelectronics manufactured in the US, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK, France and Germany. https://static.rusi.org/RUSI-Silicon-Lifeline-final-web.pdf

At least 56 unique components were found to have originated from European companies. Notably, the largest volume of products came from Netherlandsbased NXP Semiconductors NV and Switzerlandbased STMicroelectronics.

A total of 14 components originated from Netherlands-based manufacturers, of which 10 came from NXP Semiconductors as well as two from its former subsidiary Nexperia

For instance, the BT33-202 processor module contains at least a dozen microelectronic components – including CMOS SRAM modules, FPGAs, RS-232 and bus transceivers – produced by a range of companies based in the US and the Netherlands.

By examining a given company’s import history in more detail, one can begin to understand how a given entity is likely to have acted as a conduit for these goods to enter into Russian military systems. For instance, the Altana Atlas reveals more than 2,500 individual trade transactions between PAO Mikron and 148 distinct senders from 33 countries and jurisdictions, including the US, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Taiwan.

Source: Byrne, Somerville, Byrne, Watling, Reynolds and Baker, Silicone lifeline; western electronics at the heart of Russia's war machine, RUSI August 2022. https://static.rusi.org/RUSI-Silicon-Lifeline-final-web.pdf

Press report: Russian Weapon Systems Rely Heavily on Foreign Tech. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-08-08/russian-weapon-systems-rely-heavily-on-foreign-tech-report-says

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To boykot or not to boykot.

Merchant ship under US sanctions passed the Turkish Bosphorus from Syria to Russia late July. European intelligence officials who tracked the Sparta II say it carried military vehicles to bolster President Putin’s war in Ukraine.

The ship’s journey to the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk underlines the Kremlin’s efforts to tap resources for the invasion that’s now in its sixth month, as supply lines strain under the pressure of Europe’s largest military campaign since World War II. 2/2 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-08-09/russia-is-shopping-around-the-world-for-military-weapons-for-its-war-in-ukraine

August 9

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Educated guess. Amid Russia-Ukraine war, China COULD dominate the value arms market, this is the dynamic arms market consisting of smaller transaction values of new and refurbished equipment. It will find Turkey and India aiming for the same market. https://thediplomat.com/2022/08/amid-russia-ukraine-war-china-could-dominate-the-value-arms-market/

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Palestine Action today #occupied Israeli weapons manufacturer #Elbit System’s client the Good Packing Company, who package, transport and export Israeli weapons battle tested on the #Palestinian people.

Israel has killed 44 Palestinians in the three days.

https://www.vocfm.co.za/uk-activists-occupy-israel-weapons-manufacturers-client/

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The results of the total boykot on Russia are debatable, but what isn't is that Russian weapons depend on Western hightech (broader than what is defined dual use, incl. microcontrollers, programmable chips and signal processors, transistors) and control on its exports are flawed.

Retweet @keesamok: As Russian missiles struck Ukraine, Western tech still flowed - The programmable chips give electronic-equipment manufacturers enormous flexibility because they quickly can be reprogrammed to perform whatever new task is necessary https://reuters.com/investigates/special-report/ukraine-crisis-russia-missiles-chips/ @SpecialReports

August 8

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Jonas Ohman, CEO of Blue-Yellow, a Lithuania-based organization said the West has to win the war to prevent delivered weapons may fall in the wrong hands (in respons to previous examples, like what happend in Iraq and Afghanistan). https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ukraine-military-aid-weapons-front-lines/

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Total FY21 defense revenue of the Top 100 is $595 billion, up 9% from the total FY20 defense revenue. A +/- $53 billion increase. https://www.defensenews.com/opinion/commentary/2022/08/08/why-most-of-the-top-100-saw-defense-revenue-grow/

Top 100 military companies: First 5 from the United States.
https://people.defensenews.com/top-100

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US federal lawmakers are pressing the Biden administration to investigate how US parts and technology ended up in what has fast become one of the most notorious drones on the world market: Turkey's - thus not fully - the TB2 Bayraktar drone. https://asiatimes.com/2022/08/us-calls-for-tougher-scrutiny-of-turkeys-tb2-drones/

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Kigali rejects a UN expert report with solid evidence that members of #Rwanda's military conduct operations in eastern #Congo in support of the M23 rebels whose deadly resurgence has led to talk of war as well as protests against the UN peacekeeping force. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/rwanda-rejects-un-report-on-support-for-rebels-in-congo/2022/08/05/a1dd08b2-14d6-11ed-8482-06c1c84ce8f2_story.html

For report see https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N22/338/70/PDF/N2233870.pdf For report see page 16-17/297

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#Kraken (https://krakentechnology.com/security/kraken-k50/) and Thales will work together on boat for inland security operations. #Thales will deliver integration capabilities for sensor and weapons equipment, with adaptable command-and-control, communication & networking systems. https://www.naval-technology.com/news/kraken-thales-mou-k50-development/

August 7

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Report published in #Malaysia this week on irregularities concerning the buy of Littoral Combat Ship. Did Najib, Zahid conspire to give advantage to troubled companies (in case French #DCN over Dutch #Damen).

Report https://www.parlimen.gov.my/pac/review/docs-257-312.pdf
Press: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/bahasa/s/394933

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Policing, border control and surveillance have become increasingly militarised in the UK and infiltrated by a “war mentality”, according to a reportfrom Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol). https://caat.org.uk/publications/a-very-british-problem-the-evolution-of-britains-militarised-policing-industrial-complex/

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#UK #arms sales to #Saudi Arabia back on trial next year

A legal challenge over the supply of UK-made weapons for the war in Yemen will proceed to the High Court in January 2023.

https://leftfootforward.org/2022/08/uk-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-back-on-trial-next-year/

August 6

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In a paper from Bangladesh: Western countries have been ramping up weapons and ammunition shipments to Ukraine as Kyiv fights off a Russian invasion, but arms trade experts warn some of the lethal assistance could end up falling into the wrong hands. https://www.thedailystar.net/news/world/2022-russian-invasion-ukraine/news/arms-ukraine-could-end-wrong-hands-3025851

Indian paper: Foreign supply of missiles, rockets, & artillery to Ukraine has raised fears of the weapons entering Ukraine's illicit arms market and their subsequent smuggling and that some of them could also re-emerge in conflicts for the coming decades.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/foreign-supplied-weapons-to-ukraine-raise-fears-of-smuggling-to-far-away-conflicts-terror-groups/articleshow/93402138.cms

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Dutch Defense has officially put the Roll-on Roll-off ship into service. The New Amsterdam is now being loaded and departed from Eemshaven to the port of Klaipeda in Lithuania. There are Dutch soldiers of the enhanced Forward Presence. https://www.janes.com/defence-news/naval-weapons/latest/dutch-mod-deploys-newly-leased-roro-ship-for-first-time

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Share prices for the world’s largest arms traders are soaring and supply can hardly keep up with demand. Belgium, known for the companies FN Herstal and armoured vehicle manufacturer John Cockerill, is also seeing these pressures and financial gains. https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/267083/belgian-and-global-defence-industry-booms-from-war-in-ukraine

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Is there an anti-arms trade/human rights peace movement in Korea?

Following a massive arms deal with Poland, Korea has now set its eyes on Egypt, a new potential suitor seen as the next biggest market for defense products after the United States.

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2022/08/205_333963.html

A group active today, something like World Without War:
https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/death-market-world-without-war-take-action-dx-korea-arms-fair

August 5

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Helder stukje van Ko Colijn: Na de mislukte inname van hoofdstad Kyiv is ook Poetins plan B een lachertje. ... Van de verovering van heel Oekraïne ten oosten van de rivier de Dnipro (royaal voorspeld door Nederlandse experts) is niets terechtgekomen. https://www.nu.nl/spanningen-oekraine/6215880/defensie-expert-colijn-poetin-verliest-zijn-greep-in-het-donetsbekken.html

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The war in Ukraine is having an impact on a long-running territorial dispute. Turkey is adopting a more aggressive stance towards Greece and has lashed out at pious diplomatic interventions from Germany. https://www.dw.com/en/why-the-turkish-greek-island-spat-flares-up-again-and-again/a-62713489

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Seven US-sanctioned Russian ships have docked in India over the past month the are connected to sanctioned Russian shipping companies that have a history of transporting arms on behalf of the Russian government. https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1650720/putin-news-india-hands-russia-lifeline-arms-ships-sidestep-biden-sanctions-oil

August 4

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Everyone knows the US makes the right "choice between democracy and autocracy," as Nansi Pelosi labled the challenge. That's why Washington decided to greenlight a $ 5 billion military deal with Riyad, a country led by the notorious autocrat & killer MbS. https://www.defenseone.com/business/2022/08/just-weeks-after-saudi-trip-biden-administration-greenlights-5b-arms-gulf-nations/375298/

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Civil military equiped satellite ended mission (https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/worldwide/space/event/thales-alenia-space-flies-high-space-symposium) due to power problems (https://scihub.copernicus.eu/news/News00980) with an unknown cause. Russia related sources say it is becaue of jamming. (https://avia-pro.net/news/sputnik-shpion-nato-vyshel-iz-stroya-posle-neskolkih-popytok-otsledit-rossiyskie-voyska).

August 3

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#Canada ended an attempt to send materials to Russia in violation of sanctions because of the invasion of #Ukraine.

Border officers in Montreal seized the shipment, described as “dual-use goods” banned from export to Russia under Canada’s sanctions regime. https://globalnews.ca/news/9032327/canada-disrupts-attempt-export-banned-materials-russia/

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#Satellite Prometheus-2 is co-funded & designed with #Airbus and assembled by In-Space Missions as part of a collaboration between the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and partners, including the US National Reconnaissance Office. Cornish Guardian 3/8/22

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Dutch #Damen in #Kenya, working on a military civil harbour and military ships. https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2022/08/kisumu-shipyard-will-create-job-opportunities-for-kenyans-president-kenyatta-says/

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The AT-802U Sky Warden, of #L3Harris Technologies/Air Tractor is #SOCOM’s pick for a rugged plane that can carry out #intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, close air support, and #strike missions ... in austere locations such as parts of #Africa. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2022/08/02/how-l3harris-created-us-special-operators-new-plane-to-hunt-and-strike-terrorists/

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If you want oil, we want...

US government approved 2 massive arms sales to #Saudi's and #UAE.

The more than $ 5 billion in missile defense and related sales follow President Joe Biden’s visit to the Middle East last month.

Promisses, promisses, promisses

https://www.lemonde.fr/en/international/article/2022/08/03/us-approves-massive-arms-sale-to-saudi-uae-to-counter-iran_5992303_4.html

August 2

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Under the carpet: #US #government contractors paid #Bout's air cargo companies $60m in taxpayer money to fly military supplies to Iraq and gave his pilots 1.9 million liters of free fuel. The partnership occurred 2003-05 over the course of 1,000 trips.
https://www.grunge.com/948834/the-untold-truth-of-viktor-bout/

August 1

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Huh?: Japanese military budget increase “bearing #NATO’s 2% target in mind.”

The Ministry of Finance and key figures within the Kishida administration are cautious of dramatic increases in spending given #Japan’s difficult fiscal situation.

https://asiatimes.com/2022/08/japans-ramped-up-defense-spending-not-a-done-deal/

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Quick gain. Endless justice.

Zuma is facing:
1 count of racketeering
2 of corruption
1 of money laundering
12 of fraud.

Thales:
1 count of racketeering
2 of corruption
1 of money laundering.
Both pleaded not guilty to all of them.

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2022-07-31-miracles-aside-zuma-arms-deal-trial-is-likely-to-begin-in-2023/

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The UAE sent one of its Boeing C-17 cargo plane, to Amarillo, Texas on July 26 to help #Bahrain bring two of its new #Bell Helicopter AH-1Z attack heli's home.
Bahrain will receive 12 of the helicopters.
Total contract is worth an estimated $912 million

https://abc7amarillo.com/news/local/2-attack-helicopters-from-bell-helicopter-textron-in-amarillo-headed-to-kingdom-of-bahrain-cobra-united-arab-emirates-air-force

zaterdag 30 juli 2022

My tweets for July 2022

Latest on top (updated regularly):
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July 31

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Is Saudi Arabia a friend of the democracy, freedom and human rights loving West again? In addition to oil, the United States and France are connected to the country by arms exports. https://observatorial.com/news/economy/154795/is-saudi-arabia-a-friend-of-the-west-again-in-addition-to-oil-the-united-states-and-france-are-connected-to-the-country-by-arms-exports/

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#German #Airbus #A400M Atlas transport plane being equipped with Diehl – #Israeli #Elbit Directed Infrared protection against MANPADs https://frontierindia.com/german-airbus-a400m-atlas-being-equipped-with-diehl-elbit-directed-infrared-protection-against-manpads/

July 30

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Which other countries do use failing Martin-Baker ejection seats in their F-35's? The Netherlands is (same type?): https://martin-baker.com/news_events_post/first-martin-baker-deliveries-for-jsf-partner-nations/
Staan de Nederlandse JSFs al aan de grond?

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Reweet with comment @StevenStaples: Wow 300+ jets are grounded! This airplane is not a good choice for Canada. Air Force grounds entire #F-35 Lightning II fleet https://dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11062249/Air-Force-grounds-entire-F-35-Joint-Strike-Fighter-fleet-faulty-ejection-seat.html via @MailOnline #cdnpoli

July 29

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Who has spun the vision that fire fighting is a task for the military? Why there are no - because of climate change - much needed civil assets to extinguish wild fires. https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/07/26/the-eu-doesnt-have-enough-planes-to-put-out-wildfires-but-airbus-thinks-it-has-the-answer

The military is part of the problem not of the solution. See eg https://theconversation.com/how-the-worlds-militaries-hide-their-huge-carbon-emissions-171466

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After years of dwindling production, ironmongers worldwide are gearing up for the new Cold War-re-energised by the fight in Ukraine. Britain’s defence sector is no exception, with industry leader BAE Systems expecting a flood of new orders.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/07/29/defence-companies-re-energised-war-ukraine/

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An experimental warship has been unveiled by the UK Navy to be used to test state-of-the-art technology, including #autonomous systems. The 42m vessel has been converted from a Dutch-built #Damen 4008 FCS Ship and painted with the insignia X01 on the side.
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/royal-navy-ben-mitchell-dutch-nato-nobel-prize-b1015479.html

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The almost simultaneous stay of Macron in Cameroon and the visit of the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov to Congo Brazzaville, could say a lot about the fierce competition between Paris and Moscow in Africa, in the field ofarms sale.
https://lepays.bf/mini-tournee-africaine-demmanuel-macron-la-democratie-et-les-droits-humains-peuvent-toujours-attendre-2/

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A string of recent arms-trafficking scandals in Haiti, including the discovery of weapons in a shipping container labeled as church donations, has ignited anger over a steady flow of U.S. guns that are fueling rampant gang violence. https://risepei.news/anger-grows-in-haiti-over-weapons-trafficking-from-u-s-after-guns-shipped-as-church-donations/

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UN Security Council emphasized that there can be no military solution in Libya, and demanded full compliance by all member states with the arms embargo imposed under Resolution 1970, as modified by subsequent resolutions. https://english.news.cn/20220729/bccf07c0ea9a466cb6c20e8439559467/c.html

How about countries like the UAE and Turkey, will they now stick to this policy or continue helping their allies with planes and ships loaded with arms as they do for years? Or simply earn money by trafficking weapons like air lifters from Ukraine did? https://twitter.com/martinbroek/status/1538782717474643968

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Iran Ramps Up Drone Exports, Signaling Global Ambitions

Tehran has quietly stepped up the sale of drone technology to countries outside the Middle East as it seeks to become a player in the international market.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/28/world/middleeast/iran-drone-exports.html

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Visit of German Minister of Foreign Affairs Baerbock to Greece and Turkey. Greek FA Minister Nikos Dendias is expected to raise the issue of arms exports to Turkey and Ankara’s behavior in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean in recent years. https://www.ekathimerini.com/news/1190045/german-fm-to-visit-athens-on-friday/

Addition: Greens have been calling for a tougher stance against Ankara for years. After the Turkish offensive in northern Syria 3 years ago, #Baerbock - then not involved in the government as Green Party leader - demanded a halt to all German arms exports. https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/plus240167999/Baerbock-in-Ankara-Erdogan-wird-fuer-die-Gruenen-zum-Problem.html
And now?

Addition: Nikos Dendias, #Greek FA minister, denounced German arms exports to #Turkey, especially the export of #submarines. Since 2004 Germany has delivered warships or components for them worth billions to Turkey. https://globeecho.com/news/europe/germany/baerbock-in-greece-a-rather-critical-partner/
#Germany is quiet liberal on submarine exports.

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Israel Aerospace Industries subsidiary ELTA Systems will receive cutting-edge Identification-Friend-or-Foe (IFF) technology from HENSOLDT as part of a $10.2 million deal to develop MSSR 2000 ID and MSR1000I radars. https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_july_2022_global_security_army_industry/

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In a country where people live in poverty a military spending rise is proposed of 9%. That's a whooping $60bn more in a single year withheld from more pressing needs, like health, infrastructure, target out of proportion contributions damaging the climate. https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2022/07/28/nearly-9-boost-for-defense-spending-next-year-under-new-senate-plan/

July 28

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TAI will deliver a batch of 6 #T129 #attack helicopters to #Nigeria. Turkish #TAI is building the T129 under license from the #Italian-#British firm #AgustaWestland.
https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2022/07/27/tai-inks-helicopter-trainer-aircraft-deals-with-african-nations/

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#Bangladesh is set to buy the notorious #Turkish-made #Bayraktar TB2 armed #drones, according to the Bangladeshi daily newspaper Prothom Alo.

MEE was told that Baykar is in the process of establishing a production line in the #UAE.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/bayraktar-bangladesh-buy-drones

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War what is it good for?

Poland is going to buy 1000 K2 tanks and 600 K9 guns from South Korea in the midst of Ukraine war. Apart from this, Poland is also going to buy 48 fighters from South Korea. https://www.newsdayexpress.com/world/fear-of-russian-attack-poland-buying-1000-tanks-600-indian-k9-guns-from-south-korea/

Addition: South Korea has become the world’s eighth-largest arms exporter, with its exports rising threefold – the fastest pace among the world’s top 10 weapons exporting countries.
https://www.kedglobal.com/aerospace-defense/newsView/ked202207250013

Addition: A US ally, South #Korea’s policy is that it will not provide #Ukraine with #lethal aid, and has sought to avoid antagonising #Russia – both for economic reasons and the influence that Moscow can exert with North Korea. https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3186976/south-korea-steps-closer-ukraine-war-massive-arms-deal-poland

July 27

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The US Department of Defense is donating 580 Phoenix Ghost kamikaze drones to Ukraine as part of an additional security assistance package valued at $270 million. https://www.airforcemag.com/air-force-rapidly-developed-a-new-drone-for-ukraine-phoenix-ghost/

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On 14 July 2022 an #Egypt Air Force #AW149 was seen during a test flight. The heli, serial 44 (c/n 49087) & test registration CSX82057, has extended exhaust nozzles and was flying with #rocket launchers on the pylons. The heli's were sold by #Leonardo. https://scramble.nl/military-news/modification-to-egypt-air-force-aw149s

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Retweet @SciteCitoVS sturen flink meer geheimzinnige ‘zelfmoorddrones’ naar Oekraïne https://volkskrant.nl/ts-b6b3e31a

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A Soviet-era plane that #crashed in #Greece, killing eight crew members, was carrying Serbian arms to Bangladesh in a deal brokered by a Bosnia-based company owned by a Polish weapons firm, BIRN has learned. https://balkaninsight.com/2022/07/26/crashed-plane-was-flying-arms-for-polish-owned-bosnian-company/

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Video (7:19) explains how #Egypt's arms imports from European countries silcenses criticism on gross human rights violations. https://www.middleeasteye.net/video/silence-arms-eu-arms-sales-sisis-egypt

Dutch comes somewhat better out of the story than should be (because of its 'hidden' sales of components).https://netherlands.postsen.com/news/6402

Wendela de Vries of Dutch Stop Wapenhandel: “Despite having far more resources at its disposal, the State appears unable to get all relevant facts on the table. How can a well-informed decision about arms exports then be made?” Uitspraak/Verdict: https://uitspraken.rechtspraak.nl/inziendocument?id=ECLI:NL:GHDHA:2022:834&showbutton=true&keyword=C%2f09%2f618625%2fKG+ZA+2+1%2f923

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#Israeli #drone exports have been mostly limited to surveillance models. Loitering munitions, often called suicide drones, were not under censorship and have been exported to numerous countries. Drones made up 9% of Israel’s arms exports last year. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-says-idfs-armed-drones-can-now-be-talked-about-unless-its-to-sell-them/


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Canada’s arms exports to Saudi Arabia increased from $1.3-billion in 2020 to $1.7-billion in 2021. There have been allegations that Canadian-made military equipment was being used in the war in Yemen.

How many died because of this war? 400.000!
https://www.hilltimes.com/2022/07/27/four-years-in-canada-saudi-diplomatic-impasse-shows-no-signs-of-resolution-but-trade-continues/374155

July 26

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Big powers in the way

The United States, Russia, and China are the loudest opponents of an outright ban on autonomous weapon systems or binding rules to govern their use. #killerrobots

https://www.dw.com/en/killer-robots-will-they-be-banned/a-62587436

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Two super yachts confirmed to be owned by Roman #Abramovich, abruptly left Antigua to seek refuge in Morocco. https://en.hespress.com/46342-two-super-yachts-owned-by-russian-oligarch-seek-refuge-in-morocco.html

The Halo and Garçon are built by #Damen, shipbuilder known as monopolist for Dutch naval vessels.

https://www.damenyachting.com/yacht/amels-180-13/
https://www.damenyachting.com/yacht/ys-6711-01/

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The US Department of State cleared a possible foreign military sale of 96 Raytheon-made Patriot surface-to-air missiles to the Netherlands in a deal estimated to be worth $1.2 billion! https://www.dsca.mil/press-media/major-arms-sales/netherlands-patriot-mim-104e-guidance-enhanced-missile-tactical-gem-t

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The US State Department has cleared a potential $397 million purchase request from the government of Kuwait for missiles, bombs, tail kits and other equipment in support of its Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft fleet. https://www.govconwire.com/2022/07/kuwait-to-purchase-eurofighter-typhoon-aircraft-missiles-munitions/

https://www.dsca.mil/press-media/major-arms-sales/kuwait-advanced-weapons-support-eurofighter-typhoon-aircraft-program

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The US DoD is looking at alternative locations for the largest military exercise in #Africa amid Senate pressure to bump #Morocco from its position as an annual host for the drills. The military annexation of Western #Sahara seems to be a problem at last. https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2022/07/25/pentagon-reviews-removing-morocco-as-host-of-largest-military-exercise-in-africa/

July 25

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Most remarkable transit (doorvoer) in second quarter of 2022 is the shipment through the Dutch harbour of #Rotterdam of 2,000,000 9mm #bullets shipped from the #Czech Republic by boat to #Thailand.

https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/exportcontrole-strategische-goederen/documenten/rapporten/2016/10/01/overzicht-doorvoer-militaire-goederen

What is wrong with delivering so many bullets to a country were the Senate members are appointed by the military and the country ruled by a party close the the armed forces? Is it a semi-military or a semi democratic regime? https://freedomhouse.org/country/thailand/freedom-world/2022

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Dutch dual use exports to Ukraine in March and April, body armour valued €1.2 million and thermal image intensifiers valued € 0.8 million.



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One of the problems with selling German Iris-T air defence systems to Ukraine is the limited production capability at Diehl. + they go elsewhere. Late 2021 Merkel's coalition government approved several arms exports for Egypt, including 16 Iris systems. https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article240088549/Krieg-im-Osten-Zeichen-fuer-ein-Wiedererstarken-der-Ukraine-mehren-sich.html

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Researchers of US Holocaust Memorial Museum (https://earlywarningproject.ushmm.org/reports/don-t-abandon-us-preventing-mass-atrocities-in-papua-indonesia) warn of growing potential for mass killings in Papua region. https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/indonesian/us-holocaust-museum-warns-of-future-mass-killings-papua-indonesia-07222022144046.html

Will this have a pro-active effect, limiting arms sales to Jakarta?

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Comparing Western & Russian arms exports to the Middle East and North Africa. Of great importance both for the West and Russia are the countries of the Middle East and North Africa #MENA and one area of contest are #arms exports. With enlightening graphs. https://warsawinstitute.org/comparing-western-russian-arms-exports-middle-east-north-africa/

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Korea expects to sign a €2.8 billion deal to sell 48 FA-50 light combat fighter jets to Poland this week, the first export of a Korean military aircraft to Europe. The jet made its debut at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK last week. https://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2022/07/25/2022072500940.html

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Spanish warship in illegal incursion into #Gibraltar waters. Foreign Office says Spanish actions are “a violation of sovereignty, not a threat to it.” Two incidents are mentioned. Both involve #nuclear #submarines, one British, the other from the US.
https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/spanish-warship-in-illegal-incursion-into-gibraltar-waters/

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IRINI reported that on 18 July, Operation IRINI conducted an inspection of the MV VICTORY RORO (https://vesselfinder.com/vessels/VICTORY-RORO-IMO-7800112-MMSI-631010060) off the coast of Libya. The ship was found to be transporting vehicles to Libya in breach of the UN arms embargo. https://www.libyaherald.com/2022/07/operation-irini-seizes-military-vehicles-on-board-ship-violating-un-libya-arms-embargo/

Ro-ro ship with military vehicles intercepted in Med off Libya CORRECTION https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2022/38913/ro-ro-ship-military-vehicles-intercepted-med-libya/

#VICTORY RORO, IMO 7800112, GT 5881, built 1978, flag Equatorial Guinea, manager YILDIRIM SHIPPING CO, Mersin, #Turkey. https://maritimebulletin.net/2022/07/21/ro-ro-ship-with-military-vehicles-intercepted-in-med-off-libya/

Replying to (6/8/22) @martinbroek: Ship now at the kay of the harbour (container terminal) of San Ferdinando. To what end? https://vesselfinder.com/?imo=7800112

(11/08/22) And the Turkish catch by Irini is still in the Libyan press: IRINI finds military equipment on board ship sailing from Jordan to eastern Libya. https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/irini-finds-military-equipment-board-ship-sailing-jordan-eastern-libya

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Leonardo’s latest air defense radar technology joins NATO training range in Greece. The family of sensors includes a new development in L-band, Kronos Power Shield, specifically designed for long range ATBM (Anti Tactical Ballistic Missile) capabilities. https://www.leonardo.com/en/press-release-detail/-/detail/21-07-2022-leonardo-s-latest-air-defense-radar-technology-joins-nato-training-range-in-greece

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New #Airbus #military helicopter that could create 100s of jobs touches down in North Wales

Do they've an oversupply of technical skilled workers? Would be peculiar in these times. Or will Airbus compete with other industries, also the more sustainable?

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/new-airbus-military-helicopter-could-24564081

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European fighter market, already US dominated (Lockheed F-16, F-35 & Boeing F/A-18), is split by two domestic developed European fighters, BAES Tempest & Airbus FCAS. That seems to be the most efficient and the way of spending Government billions wisely. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/07/23/tempest-fighter-jet-heralds-new-dawn-british-defence-industry/

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European fighter market, already US dominated (Lockheed F-16, F-35, and Boeing F/A-18), is split by two domestic developed fighters, the BAES Tempest & Airbus FCAS. That seems to be the most efficient, and a way of spending Government billions wisely. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/07/23/tempest-fighter-jet-heralds-new-dawn-british-defence-industry/

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Drone strikes that kill SDF and AANES leaders and Syrian civilians are a part of the Turkey’s offensive into northeast Syria, and explicitly contribute to all of the negative developments listed. https://www.kurdishpeace.org/policy/turkeys-targeted-killings-threaten-stability-security-in-syria/

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Mumbai-based Larsen & Toubro, which describes itself as "India's premier infrastructure developer" one of four bidders shortlisted in UK £1.6bn naval shipbuilding deal. "Some 91 workers lost their lives in the last three years," at L&T trade union warns. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/ministers-warned-over-91-deaths-27559697

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A potential threat observed in war zones in the past is that firearms can fall into the wrong hands. Regarding the war in Ukraine, Europol has warned that the proliferation in Ukraine could lead to an increase in firearms & munitions trafficked into the EU.https://www.europol.europa.eu/media-press/newsroom/news/europol-statement-cooperation-ukraine

Addition: Carefull with arms transits

1 advanced tech could fall into Russian hands, give up military secrets
2 foreign weapons could be used for attacks inside Russia, cause a major escalation
3 post-war heavily-armed militias may pose a threat to national security
https://inews.co.uk/news/world/ukraine-seeks-to-ease-weapon-smuggling-fears-with-new-commission-1758978

July 23

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Were Serbian weapons headed for Ukraine?

Questions linger after a Ukrainian plane carrying Serbian weapons crashed in Greece. Incident spotlight Serbia's weapons industry & political corruption, as well as its attempts to balance between Russia and the EU.
https://www.dw.com/en/mystery-plane-crash-were-serbian-weapons-headed-for-ukraine/a-62574069

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Secretary Stoltenberg was vague about the details of #NATO's #climate plan. "Momentum had been building for all member countries to agree a joint climate plan with emissions reduction targets... but what was agreed at the June summit remains unclear." https://www.energymonitor.ai/policy/nato-disappoints-with-tepid-climate-action

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US House military spending bill is a boon to the arms industry
Lawmakers added $37 billion beyond what the Pentagon asked for, most of it going to defense contractors at the expense of service members.
https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/07/15/house-military-spending-bill-is-a-boon-to-the-arms-industry/

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How the international arms trade kills women in Brazil. Figures provided by #Brazil’s Ministry of Industry since 2010 shows Brazil imported weapons and ammunition worth $9.3m from Germany, $18.1m from Belgium, $153.8m from France, and $7.8m from the UK. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/democraciaabierta/brazil-international-arms-trade-killing-women-femicide/

July 22

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Italian newspaper la Repubblica reported last week that Italian authorities had seized a U.S.-made, Russia-bound drone shipment from Canada. But US autorities "too may have been caught sleeping." https://torontosun.com/news/politics/john-ivison-report-of-a-drone-sent-to-russia-points-to-holes-in-ottawas-export-ban

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Embraer of Brazil has revealed plans to partner with BAE Systems to offer the C-390 transport aircraft to Saudi Arabia. https://embraer.com/global/en/news?slug=1207066-embraer-and-bae-systems-announce-collaboration-for-the-c-390-millennium-and-eve-evtol

Embraer and Fokker Services are to deepen their collaboration on aftermarket support services, building on a co-operation dating back to a preliminary agreement signed last October also including Fokker Techniek. https://www.flightglobal.com/farnborough-2022/embraer-and-fokker-services-to-deepen-co-operation/149518.article

The Netherlands has made a somewhat surprising decision to replace its legacy fleet of aging C-130H Hercules transport aircraft with the C-390 Millenium (C-390M) from Brazil’s Embraer. https://dsm.forecastinternational.com/wordpress/2022/06/17/netherlands-opts-for-embraer-c-390m-to-fill-airlift-requirement/

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Try, try a little bit harder. Who takes the initiative to get arms control on hypersonic weapons on track. This instead of the evolving arms race.

Hypersonic missile launches off Marine Corps truck in DARPA test.

https://www.c4isrnet.com/battlefield-tech/2022/07/19/hypersonic-missile-launches-off-marine-corps-truck-in-darpa-test/

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1/3 The US and Dutch militaries signed an agreement Wednesday in the Netherlands to work together on future vertical lift programs, according to a statement from the US Army. https://www.defensenews.com/land/2022/07/20/us-and-netherlands-agree-to-share-helicopter-developments/

2/3 Last month, the Netherlands signed onto a memorandum of understanding with five other NATO allies ― Italy, France, Germany, Greece and the United Kingdom ― to commit $28 million for a Next-Generation Rotocraft Capability (NGRC) project. https://www.defensenews.com/global/2022/06/16/six-nato-countries-sign-agreement-to-collaborate-on-next-gen-helo/


3/3 Last year GKN Aerospace and Airbus informed other military companies in the Netherlands on the program. https://www.nidv.eu/nieuws/bijeenkomst-nidv-platform-voor-vliegende-systemen-bij-het-defensie-helikopter-commando/ GKN and also its Dutch branch (formerly Fokker) has a long history developing and producing military helicopters. https://www.gknaerospace.com/en/our-solutions/defense/

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UK sends weapons to Ukraine to strengthen it military capabilities agaionst Russian invader. And at the same time sends arms to Turkey and Saudi Arabia using arms against neighbours and own population (as India does).

Retweet @CaatData: Largest arms export licences approved by the UK government, January - March 2022: https://caat.org.uk/data/exports-uk/licence-list?index=value&date_from=2022&date_to=2022-03

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Troubled Lockheed F-35 risks more groundings on lack of working engines. https://www.stripes.com/theaters/us/2022-07-19/f-35-gao-report-6701838.html

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#US army barracks in #Germany organises weapons to Ukraine. Troops from 26 nations occupy the computer-filled room to plan that everything from Stinger missiles and howitzers to drones and long range-artillery gets to secret rally locations. #Stuttgart https://www.stripes.com/theaters/europe/2022-07-20/european-command-ukraine-support-stuttgart-6711689.html

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#Ukraine says air force needs western #fighter jets, and the US is preparing to help. “There are a number of international opportunities that are possible there,” Kendall (US Air Force Secretary) said. “Older U.S. systems are a possibility.” https://www.defensenews.com/air/2022/07/21/ukraine-says-its-air-force-needs-western-fighter-jets-and-the-us-is-preparing-to-help/

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US #SOCOM nominee sees #China fight as more partner building, less door kicking. That may be conducting advanced training and helping to develop tactics and techniques with drones, satellite intelligence, and other emerging technologies to be competitive. https://www.defenseone.com/policy/2022/07/socom-nominee-sees-china-fight-more-partner-building-less-door-kicking/374818/

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Tighter controls on the way over defence and intelligence officials switching to the private sector proposed in France. [behind paywall] #revolvingdoors https://www.intelligenceonline.com/corporate-intelligence/2022/07/22/tighter-controls-on-the-way-over-defence-and-intelligence-officials-switching-to-the-private-sector,109801230-art

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It was based on structural and enduring help by NATO. https://broekstukken.blogspot.com/2020/02/turkish-defence-industry-not-miracle.html

Retweet @WSJ: Turkey’s low-cost drones helped alter the balance of power in Ukraine’s battle against the Russian invasion, as a two-decade-long project to become a weapons-manufacturing powerhouse is starting to pay off https://on.wsj.com/3v498Jw

Niet de gemeente reinigingsdienst maar de krijgsmacht.

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Defensie neemt eerste elektrische bedrijfsvoertuigen in ontvangst. Defensie levert hiermee een bijdrage aan de maatschappelijke opgave om #klimaatverandering tegen te gaan. https://defensie.nl/actueel/nieuws/2022/07/21/defensie-neemt-eerste-elektrische-bedrijfsvoertuigen-in-ontvangst Zie foto bij dit stukje agitprop. Tover dan een tank, fregat of F-35 op je netvlies.

July 21

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The also despicable war of aggression at the other border of NATO, by a NATO-member the organisation "bound together by common values: individual liberty, human rights, democracy and the rule of law."

Retweet @mutludc: Iraqi FM Hussein says Turkey instead of fighting PKK, it’s occupying and attacking villages & attacking civilians. He says Turkey should stop all the military operations on Iraq's soil immediately & they will take this issue to UN Security Council & use other diplomatic channels.

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And the winneer is? European Union: Defence Industry - EU takes steps to invest almost 1.2 billion to support 61 defence industrial cooperation projects. https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_22_4595

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The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale #FMS to the Government of the United Arab Emirates #UAE of #C17 Transport Aircraft Sustainment and related equipment for an estimated cost of $980.4 million. https://www.dsca.mil/press-media/major-arms-sales/united-arab-emirates-c-17-aircraft-sustainment

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The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale #FMS to the Government of #Belgium of #F16 Sustainment and related equipment for an estimated cost of $127 million. https://www.dsca.mil/press-media/major-arms-sales/belgium-f-16-sustainment

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Israeli Military admits it uses attack drones. Palestinians have accused #Israel of using armed #drones in targeted killings. There have also been numerous international news reports of Israeli drones attacking targets in Lebanon and Iran. https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-07-20/israel-military-admits-it-uses-armed-drones

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NATO solidarity? Reuters. Turkish President Erdogan said Wednesday that almost all Nordic countries had become "nests of terror," adding Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy & Britain were also allowing groups Turkey considers to be terrorist roam free. https://www.israelhayom.com/2022/07/20/turkeys-erdogan-almost-all-nordic-countries-nests-of-terror/

July 20

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#Ukrainian ambassador thanks Australia and #Thales for Bendigo-built Bushmasters and ongoing support https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7826661/ukrainian-ambassador-tours-aussie-facility-shows-gratitude-for-bushmaster-support/

Earlier quarrel solved now? https://stopwapenhandel.org/killed-by-thales-military-technology-in-bucha

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Wrong direction. #SAMI Aerospace, a business division of #Saudi Arabian Military Industries #SMI, has signed a contract with #Airbus Helicopters Arabia to support SAMI in building its technical capabilities to provide rotorcraft support to Saudi military. http://www.gulfindustryonline.com/stories/source/?url=IND_398712.html

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Fails again! Swedish Air Force is meausred the effectiveness & performance of its #NH90 anti-submarine warfare #ASW helicopter, with the platform deemed as not currently delivering its planned capabilities to the Swedish military. https://europe-cities.com/2022/07/18/nh90-does-not-deliver-for-sweden-says-the-air-force-chief/ #Airbus #Fokker #Leonardo

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Profit from war?

Blair urged Kuwait to buy UK arms in 'recognition' of Gulf war support, memos show
Newly released archive documents reveal the UK was 'disappointed' not to have won military contracts after helping Kuwait during 1990 Iraq invasion
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-kuwait-blair-urged-buy-arms-recognition-gulf-war

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Netherlands more than average arms exporter (53 per cent military and security production) while in the Europe the average stands at 38 per cent. https://www.tweedekamer.nl/downloads/document?id=ba3e1078-ca94-4393-a702-2733bcbdd42e&title=Rapport%20Nederlandse%20defensie%20en%20veiligheid%20gerelateerde%20technologische%20industri%C3%ABle%20basis.pdf

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It seems a policy of: make hay [weapons] while the sun shines [nearby war rages]
Military industry: EU to reinforce the European defence industry through common procurement with a €500 million instrument.
The result a more militarised EU.
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_22_4491

Full text of: Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on establishing the European defence industry Reinforcement through common Procurement Act.
https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/default/files/proposal-european-defence-industry.pdf

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Not long ago the lesser developed defence #LDDI #NATO member was helped by others. Now #Turkey’s military and aerospace exports Jan-Jun 2022 reached a record of almost $2 billion, up 48% from the same period in 2021, official statistics revealed, July 19.
https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2022/07/19/turkey-nearing-4-billion-in-annual-defense-exports/

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The British government has supported the coalition with billions of pounds of arms sales. Anti-arms trade groups across Europe have also highlighted the role played by a number of other European countries in sustaining the war in Yemen.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/yemen-the-war-that-must-not-be-forgotten

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Lockheed Martin's - the company absorbing the lion share of higher European military budgets - CEO said the increased defence spending will boost the company’s future sales ― but it will take time. "It’s going to take 2 to 3 years."

https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2022/07/19/the-clutch-isnt-engaged-yet-lockheed-martin-reports-lower-sales-but-says-it-expects-growing-demand

Remarkable words just after the Pentagon and Lockheed agreed on the acquisiton of 375 F-35's. Reuters reported that the deal would be worth about $30 billion https://www.defensenews.com/air/2022/07/19/lockheed-touts-handshake-deal-with-pentagon-for-next-three-lots-of-f-35s/ (half of LM's military revenues in a year, https://people.defensenews.com/top-100/).

July 19

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European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday another €500 million of EU funding to supply arms to Ukraine, taking the bloc's security support to €2.5 billion since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-07-18/eu-seeks-to-keep-up-support-for-ukraine-despite-economic-damage

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Israeli Dual Use exports - opportunity for amnesty. The campaign allows Israeli companies, meeting certain criteria (described), to voluntarily disclose past export violations and, in return, receive amnesty from enforcement action for those violations. https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=0e7307d8-dbe5-459e-9586-7d6034e20325

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Comment: Woordvoerder van de Koninklijke Landmacht noemt mogelijke nadelen gebruik van een app: "die werkwijze verloopt waarschijnlijk via het GSM-netwerk en is misschien minder goed beveiligd tegen hackers dan ons digitale systeem." #PzH2000

Retweet @robdewijk: Bijzonder! Dankzij zelfgemaakte software: Oekraïners verbluffen Nederland en Duitsland met hun pantserhouwitsers - EW Oekraïners verbluffen Nederland en Duitsland met hun pantserhouwitsers - EW https://ewmagazine.nl/nederland/achtergrond/2022/07/oekrainers-verbluffen-nederland-en-duitsland-met-hun-pantserhouwitsers-893517/

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In- en ex-filtratie vanuit onderzeeërs. Het belang ervan is toegenomen door de mogelijkheid van een militair konflikt met China rond de "eerste eilandketen" (vanaf de Aleoeten tot aan Indonesië). https://www.businessinsider.com/drills-with-navy-submarines-show-how-marine-operators-reach-target-2022-6
Zie ook: http://troepenbewegingen.blogspot.com/2022/07/in-en-ex-filtratie-vanuit-onderzeeers.html

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From Pegasus to Kamikaze Drones: #Israel's Arms Exports to #Morocco. Israel and Morocco have a long history of security and diplomatic cooperation.

Here it's about: Heron & Harops drones, Barak MX missile defense system, Pegasus & 9mm Tavor (X95) weapons. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-07-19/ty-article-timeline/israel-morocco-arms-sales-pegasus-harop-kamikaze-drones-barak-missiles/00000182-10f9-d1ad-a1b7-1ffd14150000

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Naval Group shakes up Riyadh office
The reshuffle of its local management team takes place as the French shipyard struggles to secure lucrative contracts in Saudi Arabia. [behind paywall]
https://www.intelligenceonline.com/international-dealmaking/2022/07/18/naval-group-shakes-up-riyadh-office,109799915-art

July 18

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The largest (€ 27m) Dutch military export license for April 2022 is on aircraft engine tech going to Brittan to be re-exported to Japan. No idea what military plane this is about. It isn't the Tempest https://www.iiss.org/blogs/military-balance/2022/01/analysis-uk-and-japan-power-ahead-with-defence-ties. License provided 19/04/22. https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/exportcontrole-strategische-goederen/documenten/rapporten/2016/10/01/overzicht-uitvoer-militaire-goederen

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It keeps me puzzled why the Netherlands is equipping the navy of an important ally of China. Beijing was openly called a threat during the last NATO summit.
Are they arming against their own arms deliverances? The Dutch have a centuries long history of earning profits by arming adversaries.

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Cash strapped Pakistan forced to acquire second-hand Dutch minehunters. https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/cash-strapped-pakistan-forced-to-acquire-second-hand-dutch-minehunters20211220105028/

You know what. They cost just a € 75.000 for both vessels. https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/exportcontrole-strategische-goederen/documenten/rapporten/2016/10/01/overzicht-uitvoer-militaire-goederen A reward for buying new OPVs at Dutch Damen? https://www.bolnews.com/pakistan/2022/07/steel-cutting-ceremony-of-pakistan-navy-opv-held-in-romania/

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What's wrong with licensing export of technology and components for guided missiles to the navy of an authoritarian regime in a region of tension? It seems nothing the Dutch government gave a license in April 2022 for such exports to the UAE, value € 8m. https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/exportcontrole-strategische-goederen/documenten/rapporten/2016/10/01/overzicht-uitvoer-militaire-goederen

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The result of the continuing Ukraine crisis has been the growing US presence in Europe, the strengthening of NATO’s position, and the further strengthening of Europe’s security dependence on the United States.

NATO is becoming a stimulus to increase global arms production and sales. This is undoubtedly very good news for large companies, mainly American ones, which produce and sell weapons.
https://www.eurasiareview.com/18072022-nato-and-the-us-will-win-the-ukraine-war-oped/

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11/11/21: The major powers of the world including Europe, in recent years, have been placing increasing importance on defence cooperation with Bangladesh. Germany, France, Italy and Spain have become increasingly interested in supplying high-tech weapons. https://en.prothomalo.com/bangladesh/europe-is-increasingly-interested-in-selling-arms-to-bangladesh

What military technology did the Netherlands license to Bangladesh in the first 4 months of 2022? The deliverances are small, but part of a stream of – mainly Thales – shipments after Bangladesh bought a South Korean (Saudi financed) naval vessel with Dutch technology.

Licenses for exports of Dutch miliary technology to Bangladesh Jan-April 2022

Date

ML Category

EU list

Origin

Value

16-03-22

ML21b4; ML22a; ML5b

A10

Components, software and technology for radar and C3-systems.

373.099

07-02-22

ML21b4; ML22a

B9

Software and technology for radar and C3-systems.

139.950

Source: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/exportcontrole-strategische-goederen/documenten/rapporten/2016/10/01/overzicht-uitvoer-militaire-goederen

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1/4 Hundreds of defence and aerospace executives will this week descend on an airfield in southern England along with ministers, generals, air marshals and hangers-on, to attend the industry’s version of the ...huh?... Glastonbury music festival.

https://www.ft.com/content/0a917386-7a62-4e4a-9b89-123933f750a6

2/4 Kajsa Ollongren, the Dutch MoD believes the reality of combat in Europe will strengthen armament programs. “In the past . . . people have been saying this in the context of [defence] budget cuts. And now we are saying it in the context of budget increases,” she says. “That’s a big engine for us to use.”

3/4 The heading “The EU's combined defence spending has risen at a much slower pace than in ther US, Russia and China” is more convincing than the information in the graph itself. The lie here is not in the statistics, but in the words adjoining it.

4/4 Germany’s first big purchase after announcing it would launch a €100bn military modernisation fund was the American-made F-35 fighter jet, capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Some European industry executives worry that a large part of the extra money will not be spent at home.

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Ukrainians are the transporters of special cargo for a long time. They have the large USSR era planes. Sometimes these arms shipments are illegal (see last Panel of Experts on Libya report.) But the tragedy seems closer to Serbia & the planned countries of destination than Kyiv.

Reply to @andrewfeinstein: ‘Ukrainian cargo plane carrying weapons from Serbia to Bangladesh crashes in Greece’ Seems strange for a Ukrainian plane to be carrying arms between Serbia & Bangladesh given what is happening in Ukraine! Is there more to this story than meets the eye?


July 17

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Retweet @FrankSlijper: Ukraine's Meridian An-12 cargo plane which crashed in northern Greece was carrying 11 tonnes of Serbian weapons - including landmines - to Bangladesh, officials say. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62195005

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“Turkey’s occupation areas [in Syria] have become a veritable safe zone for ISIS,” Abdi [Syrian Kurds #SDF commander] said. “Many top level ISIS cadres, including Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, have been killed in these areas, showing us who fails to comply with the ceasefire.”

Retweet @mutludc: Possible Turkish operation ‘will involve all of Syria’, says Kurdish commander | https://ahvalnews.com/mazloum-abdi/possible-turkish-operation-will-involve-all-syria-says-kurdish-commander

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If the United States is serious about rejecting a military solution to Turkey’s Kurdish question .. it can end material support for Erdogan’s war effort .. like blocking the sale of combat aircraft and drone parts as .. already been proposed by Congress. https://www.kurdishpeace.org/policy/no-military-solution-a-new-u-s-approach-to-the-kurdish-question/

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President Joe Biden begs Saudi Arabia for increased oil production. He takes a similar craven approach toward Turkey, despite internal repression & external military operations. For other reasons even conservaties ask why Turkey is still a member of NATO. https://www.theamericanconservative.com/why-is-turkey-still-in-nato/

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Did loosening the rules for #India (CAATSA sanctions for purchasing the S-400 air defense system from Russia) help #Boeing marketing its F-18 Super Hornet against French Rafale-Marine? https://eurasiantimes.com/super-hornets-for-navy-rafale-for-air-force-have-indian-navy-deal/

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Thales wants to pull 11,000 away worldwide from tight labour market, including 4,000 in France. https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/group/press_release/thales-recruit-11000-people-worldwide-including-4000-france-drive-next

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For navigation, research, but also to use space for war. To cater the commercial and institutional market (military included) #ESA is aiming for 5 Vega C launches p. year, or even 6 over a 12-month period. @Arianespace (https://www.arianespace.com/company-profile/). #dualuse https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/vega-c-et-maintenant-925830.html

Airbus has completed the critical design review (CDR) of the UK Ministry of Defences (MoD) future military communication satellite, Skynet 6A. https://www.airbus.com/en/newsroom/news/2022-07-skynet-6a-satellite-passes-critical-design-review

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Pivitisation of next part of war. Due to the Ukraine war, there are no cargo planes (used were Russian and Ukrainian planes). Airbus now wants to offer its Beluga factory aircraft to commercial and military customers. (Whale der Lüfte, a terrible heading.) https://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/airbus-beluga-neue-aufgaben-fuer-die-riesigen-transport-flugzeuge-a-ebe7779c-08be-47d9-a759-2f892f3f74a5

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UK using vessels based on SP4207 design from Dutch #Damen for anti-#migrant operations in the Channel.

Meanwhile, it emerged that RN personnel had trained in possible soft-kinetic practices to push back or deter migrant vessels, as in Greece or Australia. https://www.naval-technology.com/homepage/uk-mod-eyes-exit-from-channel-migrant-mission/

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Wrote on the first 2 OPVs to #Karachi by Dutch #Damen before: A naval vessel able to operate the latest helicopters and fitted with a cannon which can be used for air, see and land targets is not only a major weapon platform, it is also a major deal. https://broekstukken.blogspot.com/2018/10/netherlands-pakistans-3rd-source-of-arms.html

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Steel-cutting ceremony of 2nd batch of Pakistan Navy OPVs held at #Damen wharf in #Romania. The vessels are equipped with electronic warfare, anti-ship, anti-air weapons, and sensors along with advance self-protection and terminal defence systems. https://www.bolnews.com/pakistan/2022/07/steel-cutting-ceremony-of-pakistan-navy-opv-held-in-romania/

July 16

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Tienduizenden machinegeweren, antitankwapens en raketlanceerders werden al in het Oekraïneconflict gepompt. Dat heeft mogelijk ook een keerzijde. @NDuquet doet onderzoek naar illegale wapenhandel en is zeker dat dit zal leiden tot meer misbruik en smokkel. https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20220715_97172645

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Which military company will be propelled into huge profits by the sale of the next version of the #F35 engine? @prattandwhitney or @generalelectric Aviation. The Pentagon and industry agree the F-35 engine needs improvements but how isn’t yet clear. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2022/07/15/the-f-35-engine-is-at-a-crossroads-with-billions-of-dollars-for-industry-at-stake/

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The largest 15 banks in Europe invest €87,7 bn in arms companies that sell weapons to states involved in human rights violations or armed conflict. While most of them do have a military-sector policy outlining the risks, some #banks limit the application. https://paxforpeace.nl/news/overview/largest-european-banks-bankroll-high-risk-arms-traders

July 15

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Comment: Secrecy for SOF-troops is not law of nature, but polically invented, at least in the UK. Forty years ago it was introduced by Margaret Thatcher’s government during scrutiny over the SAS’s highly controversial killings of three unarmed members of the IRA in Gibraltar in 1988.

Retweet @declassifiedUK: Tory and Labour governments refuse to provide basic information to Parliament about the role of the special forces in overseas wars, routinely claiming this is a ‘long-standing policy’. In fact, this was invented in 1980s to deepen the culture of secrecy. https://declassifieduk.org/secrecy-british-special-forces-were-more-transparent-during-world-war-2-than-today-study-finds/

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Attorney General Eric Holder called Bout 'one of the world's most prolific arms dealers'.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11012831/Basketball-star-Brittney-Griner-heads-Russian-court-guilty-plea.html

Part often forgotten:
Los Angeles Times article arms dealer Viktor Bout's close relationship with the Pentagon and the US DoD.

https://archive.globalpolicy.org/intljustice/wanted/2007/0813badguy.htm

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South Korea Is Turbocharging Its Arms Sales Business
Seoul aims to become one of the world’s top arms exporters.
https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/07/14/south-korea-arms-sales-exports-defense-industry/

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Europe is already concerned about NATO weapons being smuggled out of Ukraine. As arms companies cash in on the war, the question is how long will take before Western soldiers find themselves looking down the barrel of such weapons at an future conflict?https://www.thebharatexpressnews.com/europe-is-already-concerned-about-nato-weapons-being-smuggled-out-of-ukraine/

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Kustbevakningen (KBV), the Swedish coastguard has signed aquired seven fast Patrol Vessels from Damen Shipyards.

https://www.damen.com/insights-center/news/damen-shipyards-builds-seven-carbon-fibre-patrol-vessels-for-swedish-coast-guard
tasks:
rescue
environmental protection
salvage assistance
coastal waters patrolling operations
https://estonianfreepress.com/news/europe/kustbevakningen-to-buy-damen-boats/

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UK judge halts trial of two defendants in #Saudi #bribery case.
Serious Fraud Office #SFO alleges illicit payments were channelled to #Riyadh officials to secure #UK military contracts.
UK government “actually required those payments to be made”.
https://www.ft.com/content/15219d46-58f1-4d3b-918d-ee198d7a6f81

July 14

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Defence manufacturer #UralVagonZavod is reportedly running triple shifts to refurbish old tanks. Ammunition supplies are being partly replenished from a massive storage depot in Belarus. https://www.irishtimes.com/world/europe/2022/07/11/is-the-west-running-out-of-ammunition-to-supply-ukraine/

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Kritiek van de zuiderburen:

De #Nederlanders proberen alles nog zelf te doen, daardoor is het moeilijker om de kosten onder controle te houden. #Belgische #fregatten zullen groter en duurder worden. De samenwerking met Nederland verloopt moeizaam. #Damen https://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20220710_97648873

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Biden who staked his international vision on the strength of his own nation’s democratic values will end up looking a lot more like his amoral predecessor Trump, who prioritized arms sales, oil prices and the pro-Israel fervor of the evangelical ... https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/07/14/biden-trump-policies-middle-east/

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US struggles to curb #Turkey's #TB2 killer drone exports [while offering Ankara F16's at the same time, MB]. As the death toll in #Ethipia mounted, the Biden administration, said it had“profound humanitarian concerns” over Turkey's drone sales to Ethiopia. https://menafn.com/1104524694/US-Struggles-To-Curb-Turkeys-TB2-Killer-Drone-Exports

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Het kleine Nederland en de grote ambities.

Ollongren and Austin met at the Pentagon today to discussed "working together in the Indo-Pacific region to maintain the rules-based international order." https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Stories/Article/Article/3091962/dutch-us-defense-leaders-work-to-strengthen-ties/

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Spending on space technology remained essentially flat in fiscal 2021 compared to fiscal 2017, the only segment in “The National Security Scorecard: Critical Technologies Edition” by Govini that did not see an increase in yearly spending levels. This is likely to change.

The US government has dramatically increased its spending on critical technologies — which include a wide range of categories, from hypersonics to directed energy to microelectronics — in the last five years, according to research firm Govini.

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South Korea buys Lockheed F-35A fighter aircraft. Observers analyse this as part of a rather big shift in its defence policy away from confronting Japan (at sea with F-35B to equip a small aricraft carrier) to arming against the North-Korean military. https://news.usni.org/2022/07/11/f-35a-purchase-raises-questions-over-south-korean-aircraft-carrier-program-says-expert

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US claims it only sells 'defensive' weapons to #Saudi Arabia. But does this distinction exist?

Reports say Washington is considering lifting a ban on 'offensive' weapons to Riyadh. Experts say there is no distinction between offensive and defensive weapons

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-saudi-arabia-selling-defensive-weapons-does-distinction-exist

Addition: The #Biden administration is reportedly discussing the possible lifting of its ban on US sales of offensive weapons to #Saudi Arabia, but any final decision is expected to hinge on whether Riyadh makes progress toward ending the war in neighboring #Yemen

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20220711-us-weighs-possible-resumption-of-offensive-arms-sales-to-saudis-say-sources/

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Available on #ARTE, a 45mn broadcasting on European Defence that includes #ENAAT for a short intervention. Following the dominant narrative, but more interesting debate than usual.

In French and German only however:
FR: https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/106527-003-A/27/
DE: https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/106527-003-A/27-das-europaeische-magazin/

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US defence contractor L3Harris has reportedly ended its bid to buy spyware and hacking tools from Israeli tech company #NSO Group after US government stated it would “pose a serious counterintelligence and security #risk to US personnel and systems.” https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/3553399-us-defense-firm-ends-talks-to-buy-israeli-spyware-from-controversial-firm

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#Thales neemt het in Nederland gevestigde #OneWelcome over. Thales versterkt hiermee haar positie als wereldwijde speler in #cybersecurity. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220711005411/nl/

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The threats to the #French arms industry in times of war, covid & inflation. The real challenge to Franch arms exports come from the US arms industry. In the past years major contracts with French military industry were abandoned in favor of US suppliers. https://eurasiantimes.com/us-is-elbowing-out-france-to-gobble-lucrative-defense-deals/

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It is it a game? Swiss arms exports rose more than 40% to CHF 516m in the 1st half of 2022, the Economy Ministry said, with CHF 159.8m in sales of air defence systems to Qatar to protect stadiums during the soccer #Qatar2022 making a decisive contribution.

https://www.reuters.com/business/air-defence-qatar-soccer-stadiums-boon-swiss-arms-exports-2022-07-12/

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Military police ask BBC for details ahead of Panorama’s SAS death squad claims

Request comes despite MoD saying BBC ‘irresponsible’ and ‘incorrect’ to broadcast reports Afghan civilians shot in cold blood

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jul/12/ministry-of-defence-bbc-panorama-documentary-afghanistan-sas-civilians

Britse SAS-commando's vermoordden gevangenen en ongewapende mannen in Afghanistan. https://www.bnnvara.nl/joop/artikelen/britse-sas-commandos-vermoordden-gevangenen-en-ongewapende-mannen-in-afghanistan

July 12

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Putin’s war in Ukraine is an absolute godsent to the most destructive forces on the planet, namely the arms industry and the fossil fuel companies. http://redgreenandblue.org/2022/07/10/russias-war-ukraine-pushes-world-closer-climate-precipice/

So should NATO or the OCSE take the lead in working to an end? [Comment in Dutch] https://www.dewereldmorgen.be/artikel/2022/07/07/welk-vierletterwoord-brengt-vrede-dichterbij-ovse-of-navo/

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Dutch industry contribures to civil military Vega rocket [Dutch] https://www.bnr.nl/podcast/wetenschap-vandaag/10481273/vega-c-raket-vol-nederlandse-techniek-bijna-klaar-voor-lancering

On the Vega C [English] https://www.esa.int/Enabling_Support/Space_Transportation/Launch_vehicles/Vega-C

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#Ukraine purchased 2,900 RGW 90 Matador portable anti-tank weapons manufactured by the German company #DND, a subsidiary of Israeli #Rafael Systems, according to German media). https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_june_2022_global_security_army_industry/ukraine_purchases_2900_rgw_90_matador_panzerfaust_3_from_germany.html

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The #Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) received a landing ship and three landing craft in a ceremony held at #Anadolu Shipyard's Tuzla facility, the Qatari Ministry of Defense and the #Turkish company announced. https://defbrief.com/2022/07/07/qatar-receives-2nd-opv-from-italy-new-landing-craft-from-turkey/

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What problems the Pentagon faces in respect to the defense industrial base, or the military industry were it acquires its weapons and equipment? #GAO https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/22082094/defense-industrial-base-dod-should-take-actions-to-strengthen-its-risk-mitigation-approach-july-7-2022.pdf

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Yippie Biden is coming

Biden's visit may help sell Israeli missile defense systems abroad - analysis

One of Biden’s first meetings during his visit will be to view the country’s Iron Dome and the new Iron Beam laser defense system.

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east-news/article-711766

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Yesterday morning Palestine Action activists began an occupation of arms company Thales’ factory in South Glasgow. The activists scaled the roof factory’s at dawn and began causing severe damage to site facilities, forcing workers to evacuate the building.

https://freedomnews.org.uk/2022/07/11/palestine-action-scale-up-occupy-and-dismantle-thales-weapons-factory-in-glasgow/

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Your sorrow, their sorrow?

Activists call on Ukraine to end arms supply to Myanmar military and its private brokers

Rights group Justice for Myanmar urges the US, EU and UK to use their leverage to end Ukraine’s weapons deals with the junta

https://www.myanmar-now.org/en/news/activists-call-on-ukraine-to-end-arms-supply-to-myanmar-military-and-its-private-brokers

NL leverde vliegtuigen aan de junta.

“It’s civilian planes delivered to civilian companies, but they are used by a military force with a very bad reputation,” said @MartinBroek, an arms trade expert who tracked the delivery of Fokkers to the Tatmadaw. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/24/world/asia/myanmar-coup-military-tatmadaw-kyaw-thaung.html

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The #EU is creating a hub in #Moldova to battle organised crime, particularly #arms #smuggling from war-roiled neighbouring Ukraine, an official said Monday. https://www.macaubusiness.com/eu-creates-moldova-hub-to-stem-arms-trade-from-ukraine/

Addition: The Economic Security Bureau of Ukraine registered arms sales coming from Western countries. This was said by the director of the department, Vadim Melnik, on the air of the TV channel “Ukraine 24” on July 5, according to Life online portal. https://bulgarianmilitary.com/2022/07/11/ukraine-officially-admits-illegal-sale-of-west-donated-weapons/

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When an autocrat says other countries aren't “at the expected level,” that isn't bad.

Erdogan said meetings with Finnish and Swedish delegations there had been no steps taken to alleviate #Turkey’s security concerns. https://www.rferl.org/a/turkey-erdogan-opposition-finland-sweden-nato/31873791.html

The other way around would be alarming.

July 10

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One question hovering over President Biden’s Middle East trip next week, especially his Saudi Arabia stop, is how complicit American-made weapons are in the deaths of Yemeni civilians. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/07/08/biden-yemen-gao-report-arms-saudi-arabia/

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German technology; Beijing is equipping warships with engine technology from German manufacturers. Internal documents now show that Berlin deliberately did not want to ban the deliveries completely - although the USA insisted on it. https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article239828437/Fuehrende-Gruene-wollen-Lieferungen-an-chinesisches-Militaer-stoppen.html

US urges UK to 'step up' efforts to defend Taiwan amid growing threat of Chinese invasion
The calls to help boost Taiwan's deterrence capabilities come as Congress moves to speed up US arms sales to the democratic island
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/07/09/us-urges-uk-step-efforts-defend-taiwan-amid-growing-threat-chinese/

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1/2 Indonesian-French Foreign Ministers agree to strengthen military industrial cooperation. The sale of French Rafales is a major part. An MoU is signed on R&D cooperation between PT PAL and the Naval Group (Damen will watch with suspicion) Other MoU's are signed between Dassault and PT DI, between PT LEN and Thales Group, as well as cooperation in the manufacture of ammunition. large caliber between PT Pindad and Nexter Munition.
https://www.beritasatu.com/news/949491/menlu-indonesiaprancis-sepakat-perkuat-kerja-sama-pertahanan

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Kabinet beoordeelt buitenlandse #investeerders in wapen-industrie voortaan vooraf. (#Damen bouwt GEEN onderboten).
One of the champions of neoliberal ideology, the Netherlands, installs controlls in advance on foreign investments in its military industry.
https://fd.nl/bedrijfsleven/1444867/kabinet-beoordeelt-voortaan-vooraf-buitenlandse-investeerders-in-defensie-industrie

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@NATO will "safeguard our freedom and democracy" https://www.nato.int/strategic-concept/ p.1 (or see 2nd principle p.3).
The deputy mayor of the district of Seyhan in the province Adana, #Turkey’s removed from her post on instructions by the Turkish Ministry of Interior.
https://medyanews.net/deputy-mayor-of-turkeys-fifth-most-populous-district-removed-by-ministry/

July 9

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@WilliamHartung Fueling the Warfare State "is especially misguided at a time when a never-ending pandemic, growing heat waves and other depredations of climate change, and racial and economic injustice are devastating the lives of millions of Americans..." https://tomdispatch.com/fueling-the-warfare-state/

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Drone Warfare in Ukraine: Understanding the Landscape
A look at how military and civilian drones are changing the conflict landscape in Ukraine.
https://www.stimson.org/2022/drone-warfare-in-ukraine-understanding-the-landscape/

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A bric-a-brac enemy.
Unable to even fix its own tanks, Russia's humiliation is now complete
Putin's bid to take over industry propels the country back to the command economy of its Soviet past
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/07/08/unable-even-fix-tanks-russias-humiliation-now-complete/

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French company Safran and Indian firm Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. are creating a joint venture to develop helicopter engines in the Asian nation, Safran announced Friday. https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2022/07/08/safran-hindustan-ink-deal-to-develop-helicopter-engines/

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French government is proposing a €44 billion budget for its military in 2023, including a €3 billion increase over previous budget. Reference is made to the speech at the Eurosatory arms fair, in which Macron declared #France had entered a “war economy.” https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2022/07/08/france-to-request-multibillion-dollar-defense-budget-boost-in-2023/

Addition: Better News; US House Progressives Seek to Cut $100 Billion from Pentagon Budget https://www.democracynow.org/2022/7/8/headlines/house_progressives_seek_to_cut_100_billion_from_pentagon_budget

July 8

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Algerian Army unveiled the T-62 tanks converted into fire-support vehicles during the parade marking the country's independence on July 5. The conversions, involved replacing the tank's original turrets with the Russian-made Berezhok turret. The Kremlin imperceptibly lost a large contract for its "one-of-a-kind" weapon for an important ally in Africa. https://en.defence-ua.com/weapon_and_tech/algeria_constructed_own_tank_support_vehicle_on_t_62_chassis-3488.html

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Door de komst van een militaire radar bij #Herwijnen vervallen bij Zuilichem locaties waar #windmolens mogelijk zijn. Dat gooit niet alleen roet in het eten van de gemeente Zaltbommel. Ook #energiecoöperatie #Bommelerwaar ziet kansen verloren gaan. https://www.bd.nl/bommelerwaard/windmolenplannen-zaltbommel-in-gevaar-als-radar-bij-herwijnen-doorgaat-nog-onduidelijk-of-kamer-staatssecretaris-dwarsboomt~ae98f817/

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No decission has been made how & when US Defense Security Cooperation Agency #DSCA begins inspections of weapons shipped to #Ukraine. Jed Royal of DSCA, is hoping to get a cooperation office in Ukraine to house examiners, a practice worldwide carried out. https://bulgarianmilitary.com/2022/07/07/arms-trade-or-not-dsca-wants-on-the-ground-supervision-in-ukraine/

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Sweden’s Left Party opposes NATO deal to betray Kurds. https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/swedens-left-party-opposes-nato-deal-betray-kurds

NATO "safeguard our freedom and democracy." This is how:

12 of 16 recently arrested #kurdish#journalists in #turkey have been transferred to a high security prison. https://twitter.com/fgeerdink/status/1545309619488264193

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Kamer akkoord met aankoop F-35’s en Reaper-drones ter waarde van ruim een miljard euro.

Door alvast ja te zeggen tegen de extra #F35’s en #Reapers heeft de Tweede Kamer nu het zogeheten #budgetrecht versneld uitgeoefend – een parlementaire primeur.

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2022/07/07/kamer-akkoord-met-aankoop-f-35s-en-reaper-drones-ter-waarde-van-ruim-een-miljard-a4135840

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Peace-accords what are they good for?

Israeli arms exports to Arab states surge post Abraham Accords, Gantz says

In 2 years since signing of the Accords, Jerusalem and regional allies have inked defense procurement deals valued $3 billion plus.

https://www.ynetnews.com/article/s1zu4qni5

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A military rocket exploded Wednesday during a test launch of a key component of America’s future land-based nuclear missiles.

The rocket, known as the Minotaur II+, blew up about 10 seconds after launching from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California.

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2022/07/07/rocket-carrying-new-nuclear-missile-component-explodes-in-late-night-test/

July 7

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The #Finnish Border Guard has awarded a contract to Meyer Turku for two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). https://www.navaltoday.com/2022/06/30/meyer-turku-to-build-multi-purpose-patrol-vessel-duo-for-finnish-border-guard/

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#Qatar has given #Lebanon’s cash-strapped armed forces $60 million, the foreign ministry in Doha announced. “The announcement comes within the framework of the State of Qatar’s firm commitment to support the Republic of Lebanon,” the ministry stated.

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/qatar-supports-lebanons-army-with-60-million-state-news-agency-2022-06-30/

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Germany and Sweden have joined France to study the future development of a new-generation European airlifter that could replace types such as the Lockheed C-130 Hercules and CASA CN235. https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/aircraft-propulsion/germany-sweden-join-future-european-airlifter-initiative

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The enlightened example for the rest of the world? The Highland Park tragedy was the 309th mass shooting in the United States this year. https://87a505d36e.nxcli.net/trending/2022/07/the-highland-park-tragedy-was-the-309th-mass-shooting-in-the-united-states-this-year/

Ko Colijn: Over een land waar 400 miljoen vuurwapens in omloop zijn, meer dan 100 doden per dag door vuurwapens vallen, waar vorig jaar bijna 25 miljoen vuurwapens over de toonbank gingen, kun je je twijfels hebben bij het beschavingsgehalte. https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2022/07/07/praat-juist-nu-over-europese-veiligheidsstrategie-a4135849

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#Thales commits to strengthening #Oman's in-country capabilities. "We are prioritising #Omanisation and the localisation of industries with a focus on fortifying the country's capabilities in security, digital, aerospace, #defence and space projects." https://www.omanobserver.om/article/1121821/business/economy/thales-commits-to-strengthening-omans-in-country-capabilities

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Norwegian company #Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is acquiring smallsat manufacturer #NanoAvionics (based in #Lithuania and with facilities in UK and US). Kongsberg anticipates with the buy the growing market for civil and military #satellites. https://www.kongsberg.com/kda/news/news-archive/2022/kongsberg-enters-into-an-agreement-to-acquire-smallsat-manufacturer-nanoavionics/

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That old already. #OCCAR (Organization Conjointe de Cooperation in Matière d'Armementis) is has become in 20 years the most important European player in joint procurement over the past two decades, German Minister Lambrecht said. She invites new members. https://www.bmvg.de/de/aktuelles/europaeische-ruestungsorganisation-occar-feiert-20-jaehriges-5459628

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Airbus to provide 42 satellite platforms and services to Northrop Grumman for the US Space Development Agency program. The Transport Layer will serve as the backbone for SDA's National Defense Space Architecture by providing ... connectivity worldwide. https://www.airforce-technology.com/news/airbus-northrop-sdas-t1tl-programme/

July 6

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Intransparent methods of informing Parliament on arms deliveries to Ukraine now seem to turn against #German government.

Information (https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/krieg-in-der-ukraine/lieferungen-ukraine-2054514) isn't in time (before transit) and not enough (no quantities & providers), said CDU MP Röwekamp. https://www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/plus239748945/Waffen-fuer-die-Ukraine-Lambrecht-hat-offensichtlich-Unwahrheit-gesagt.html

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#Swedish political struggle on an attitude to the Kurdish #PKK. Lorena Delgado Varas of the Left: Within #NATO there are #dictatorships, pseudo-democratic countries and that they should dictate what we should do and may not. This is deeply problematic. https://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/a/66Lk6o/v-topparna-haller-pkk-flagga-i-almedalen

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Alessandro Profumo, #Leonardo CEO has called for an overhaul of the European Investment Bank’s lending policy to allow it to finance military projects. So far the #EIB is not allowed to invest in military activities or assets such as ammunition & weapons. https://www.ft.com/content/9fc0642f-c1db-4864-8c50-ef6efcdfcad1

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Blogpost by Jesse peteers argues that further expansion of the #EDF is not the way to go. Especially during a period of record-high inflation, a programme of public spending that funds at unusually generous rates, while gaining none of the intellectual property rights of successful projects, combined with the additional risks of conflicts of interest in the determination which projects are selected, seems like an unnecessarily expensive #giveaway to the #arms industry.

http://europeanlawblog.eu/

July 5

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A South #Korean defence agency has backed the purchase (US $3 billion) of more #F35 A fighters as part of the country’s F-X project, which comprises the government’s preemptive strike strategy Kill Chain, meant to counter North Korean threats. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2022/07/01/south-korean-defense-agency-backs-buy-of-20-more-f-35a-jets/

Als zoete broodjes.

Derde F-35 order die ik in twee dagen plaats:

Griekenland 20 (+ mogelijk nog 20)
Nederland (6); en
Zuid-Korea. (20)

En de winnaar is?

Nee niet de burger
Nee niet de natuur
Nee niet de rust

Het is [tromgeroffel]
Lockheed Martin; de grootste wapenproducent.

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Action for #peace: activists acted out a grotesque scene to point out that war should have no place in a space of culture. Prado and Reina Sofia museums in @Madrid hosted a dinner for over 40 NATO delegations, 28 June. https://pressenza.com/2022/06/activists-fall-inert-in-front-of-guernica-in-peace-protest/ Image: #XR and #Youth4Climate

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Turkey has again blocked the EU's monitoring of a UN weapons embargo against Libya, a EU Commission spokesperson confirmed on Monday.
Ankara has blocked previous inspections 8 times Massrali said.
MV Parpali is now in Tripoli. https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels/PARPALI-IMO-9134701-MMSI-271047044
DPA https://www.qatar-tribune.com/article/8045/world/turkey-again-blocks-eu-inspection-of-vessel-for-un-arms-embargo

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When even the US said you sold your position to easily... “US officials have criticised #Finland and #Sweden for not resisting enough against citing #YPG and #Gulen in an official document as groups not to be supported,” one Turkish official said. #NATO https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/sweden-finland-nato-turkey-deadlock-inside-meeting-broke

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Three European shipyards are short-listed for selling corvettes to the #Greek Navy: Italian #Fincantieri (Al Zubarah class), #NavalGroup (Gowind 2500), and finally the Dutch #Damen (Sigma 10514). The first two are favorites, particularly Fincantieri. https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/corvettes-comment-fincantieri-a-pris-de-l-avance-sur-naval-group-en-grece-924256.html

July 4

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Retweet @SciteCito: Kamer akkoord met versnelde miljardenorder F-35-straaljagers en killerdrones https://telegraaf.nl/t/1704745815/ via @telegraaf

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Je zou zeggen dat deze naam in de 21e eeuw niet meer past: 12 Infanteriebataljon Regiment Van Heutsz (gespecialiseerd in de ondersteuning van SOF operaties van het Korps commandotroepen). Daar vallen ook compagnieën onder zoals 'Atjeh'. #beladen_verleden https://www.defensie.nl/organisatie/landmacht/eenheden/11-luchtmobiele-brigade/gevechtseenheden

Is this about another Hungary than the Hungary which is part of NATO an organisation against Authoritarianism?

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NATO defends:
human rights and democracy as in Turkey
against authorianism like Orban does
Women like in the US
freedom like in Poland
prosperity like in Bulgaria
Saudi Arabia like Canada
against mailicious activities in cyberspace like the Dutch
etc.
https://www.nato.int/nato_static_fl2014/assets/pdf/2022/6/pdf/290622-strategic-concept.pdf

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Retweet @keesamok: In first, Israeli officers participate in major AFRICOM drill African Lion in Morocco, as observers - Joining the host countries were troops from Brazil, Chad, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom https://timesofisrael.com/in-first-idf-officers-participate-in-major-drill-in-morocco-as-observers/… via @timesofisrael

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It does not harm the population, it harms the war itself. However sanctions on Russia's arms makers and tycoons have been applied inconsistently by NATO allies CEOs at a host of Russian weapons firms have largely escaped sanctions from Western authorities. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-02/dozens-of-russian-weapons-tycoons-have-faced-no-western-sanction/101203146

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The world upside down:
An investigation by German media has uncovered a #lawsuit filed by #Heckler & Koch against a subordinate office of the economy ministry. The arms maker complained about the lack of export licenses for #Saudi Arabia
https://learngerman.dw.com/en/report-arms-maker-sued-germany-over-saudi-arabia-exports-license/a-18815794

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Nederlandse vissers (Enkhuizer, Heldersche, Wieringer, Texel, niet zoals hier-en-daar gemeld Urker vissers) blokkeren marine haven.

https://www.regionoordkop.nl/04/07/2022/geen-veerdienst-door-protestacties-boeren-en-vissers/

Vredesactivisten werden meestal weggesleept bij een dergelijke betoging tegen oorlogsdeelname of kernwapens.

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IISS-blog on NATO Strategic Concept notes a disappearance of arms control. It blames the selective implementation of such regimes by Russia for that, but fully misses that the Bush jr. neocon Administration started the erosion by ending the ABM-treaty. https://www.iiss.org/blogs/analysis/2022/06/the-new-nato-strategic-concept-and-the-end-of-arms-control

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‘Defensie heeft momentum en jast nu zoveel mogelijk materieel door het parlement’
Dutch Ministry of Defence tries to rush big armament programs through Parliament.
Is there a rational behind it?
https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2022/07/03/defensie-heeft-momentum-en-jast-nu-zoveel-mogelijk-materieel-door-het-parlement-a4135420

July 3

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Art the Arms Fair: how can design play a role in nurturing peace. 40 tangible ways designers can advocate for peace. https://www.fastcompany.com/90765781/40-tangible-ways-designers-can-advocate-for-peace

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In the first 6 months of 2022, the German government issued licences for the export of military equipment worth €4.14, significantly more than in the same period of 2021 when it was €2.3 bn. The no. 1 was the Netherlands, ahead of Ukraine, the US & UK. https://www.ad-hoc-news.de/boerse/news/ueberblick/berlin-die-bundesregierung-hat-in-den-ersten-sechs-monaten-des-jahres/62839753

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This is how the deal for #NATO membership between #Finland, #Sweden and #Trurkey is ragarded by a major Indian TV news provider. "The Western world and brazen #hypocrisy are no strangers, but this new low really takes the cake." https://www.news18.com/news/opinion/as-nato-capitulates-before-turkey-western-hypocrisy-on-human-rights-enters-new-low-5477755.html

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A key player in #China's plans to develop spacecraft and missiles has opened a Beijing laboratory.

The #CASIC, which was sanctioned by the US for unspecified "missile technology proliferation activities" in January, made the announcement on Friday. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3183911/mystery-over-purpose-china-aerospace-science-and-industry

July 2

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And the winner is? Arms race inside NATO. Turkey and Greece want to strengthen their Lockheed Martin fighter inventories against each other. https://www.forbes.com/sites/pauliddon/2022/07/02/even-if-turkey-gets-modernized-f-16s-greece-will-still-have-a-technological-edge-in-airpower/

Greece has signed the Letter of Request (LoR) to buy the F-35 fighter, local media reports. The letter was sent by the Greek defense ministry to Washington on June 29. Athens hopes to buy 20 aircraft with options for another 20. https://www.cnn.gr/politiki/story/318529/maxitika-f-35-to-episimo-aitima-tis-elladas-kai-to-epikeimeno-taxidi-panagiotopoyloy-stis-hpa

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US lawmakers sponsor arms monitor bill. It requires US Government to submit a report to Congress before March 1, 2023, listing the approved sales of US military products worth US$25m to Taiwan, Japan, S. Korea, Australia & New Zealand not fully delivered. https://focustaiwan.tw/politics/202207020008

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Rather than an alliance with the UAE and Saudi Arabia that could draw the US into a future conflict (...) the Biden administration should focus on rescuing the Iran nuclear deal – known formally as JCPOA – and bringing a conclusive end to the war in Yemen. https://www.forbes.com/sites/williamhartung/2022/06/30/bidens-mideast-agenda-could-increase-the-risks-of-war/?sh=73d4a0756672

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#KMW (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann) en #DEFENTURE hebben hun samenwerking versterkt met een MoU rond het LuLa-systeem. Dat moet de bestaande voertuigen van de #luchtlandingstroepen vervangen en maakt deel uit van het speciale fonds van € 100 miljard. https://www.dutchdefencepress.com/defenture-en-kmw-gaan-samenwerken-in-nederlands-duitse-lula-project/

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Shift from Russian-made weapons from neighbours to Western developed weaponry (here Norwegian Kongsberg/US Raytheon air defence system and more. US to send Ukraine advanced NASAMS air defense weapons in $820 million package. https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2022/07/01/us-to-send-ukraine-advanced-nasams-air-defense-weapons-in-820-million-package/

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Petrostates' wealth props up the global arms trade, provides diplomatic leverage, and allows them to support violent and nonviolent proxies. In Oil, the State, and War, Emma Ashford explores the many potential links between thiose issues. http://press.georgetown.edu/book/georgetown/oil-state-and-war

July 1

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An arms lobbyist from Lebanon repeatedly sent gifts to German politicians - including the then Foreign Minister Steinmeier. At the same time, the businessman was involved in an arms deal involving Rheinmetall and Thyssen-Krupp.

Retweet @hmtillack: Arms lobbyist and arms dealer Ahmad El Husseini, well known to Gerhard #Schröder and other SPD grandees , played a central role in the deal . I researched the case with @frederikrichter @UlrichStoll1 in 2019 https://stern.de/politik/deutschland/frank-walter-steinmeier-stand-auf-empfaengerliste-fuer-teure-praesentkoerbe-8920418.html

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No arms trade, but arms for free. Swedish ambassador to Czechia Jörgensen said in an interview that Czech can keep the Gripens that it leased from Sweden for free. Czechia is looking into buying 24 fighters as the lease for the Gripens will expire in 2027. https://defenseindustrydaily.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=329658425751766a1111efa05&id=2a372301ff&e=81b1f72c1a

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CRS report: US Security Assistance to Ukraine. Types of weapons and financial value listed.
https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/22076079/report-to-congress-on-us-security-assistance-to-ukraine.pdf

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Retweet @Antiwarcom: Pentagon Agency Wants to Send Weapons Inspectors to Ukraine There is currently no oversight of the billions of dollars in weapons being sent to Ukraine by Dave DeCamp @DecampDave https://news.antiwar.com/2022/06/30/pentagon-agency-wants-to-send-weapons-inspectors-to-ukraine/

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Waarom we als klimaatbeweging moeten opkomen voor de vrede https://dewereldmorgen.be/artikel/2022/06/29/waarom-we-als-klimaatbeweging-moeten-opkomen-voor-de-vrede/

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Dutch TNO has been arming the armed forces with knowledge for the front line for 75 years. With lessons from the war in Ukraine e.g. https://www.rd.nl/artikel/981473-tno-wapent-krijgsmacht-met-kennis

#TNO wapent de krijgsmacht al 75 jaar met kennis voor de frontlinie. Met lessen uit de oorlog in Oekraïne bijvoorbeeld.

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#ILA arms fair full of contradictions:

  • war vs sustainability
  • destruction vs art
  • steel vs aesthetics
  • profits vs waste
  • fighter planes for vistors to take a snapshot as a souvenir vs the last thing some people saw when innocent lives were ended.

https://www.welt.de/kultur/plus239600221/Ukraine-Konflikt-Was-man-auf-einer-Ruestungsmesse-lernt.html

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Overal in Europa spuiten de militaire-uitgaven omhoog. In Kiel gaat het crescendo met #ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, bouwer van oorlogsschepen en #onderzeeërs. De ‘nationale kampioen’ van #Duitsland aast op een order van 4 onderzeeërs voor Nederland. https://fd.nl/economie/1443783/miljardenorder-uit-nederland-kan-kers-op-de-taart-zijn-voor-duitse-bouwer-van-oorlogsschepen

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And the winners are (not the diplomats): Changed attitude to security in Europe will mean increased demand for the US from its allies for integrated missile defences, early warning systems, missiles, intelligence, etc. a senior US defense official said. https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2022/06/30/european-arms-demand-grows-as-russia-fallout-deepens/

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South Korean president used the NATO summit to advance arms deals to Poland and probably also to Australia. https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2022/06/113_331917.html

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Earlier this month Defense News reported: Turkey seeks to repair ties with Western procurement club. It included a table with major Turkish weapons purchases from 2012-2021. (Include: Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Israel, Italy, Russia, Spain, etc) https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2022/06/06/turkey-seeks-to-repair-ties-with-western-procurement-club/

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Turkish President Erdogan told a news conference at the close of the NATO summit that the signing of the accession protocol next Tuesday “is not a quick process." Sweden and Finland "have to change their own laws" and extradite 73 people to Turkey. https://www.campuslately.com/nato-expands-but-erdogan-threatens-to-veto-again/

NATO has its nuisance within.

Turkey’s Erdoğan threatens to derail Nato enlargement again
President’s insistence on extradition of 73 prisoners at odds with text of accord with Sweden and Finland.
https://www.ft.com/content/00699aa3-ebbd-4e95-abe5-0d05ca10fa93

“We are not changing our legislation in Finland. Sweden is not changing its legislation. We agreed on some cooperation between our authorities, but we are following our own laws regarding human rights,” Finish Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto said.
https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/2022/06/30/finland-hasnt-received-deportation-lists-from-turkey-says-minister

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A good read: on arms to Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and the contradiction in Western military thinking, arguing at the one hand we need more military expenditures to stop Russia arms forces invading and on the other consider incapable of controlling Ukraine. https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/e/who-really-banking-war-west-or-russians-defence-spending-paints-compelling-picture

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Thales in the spotlight for failing ethics and doing wrong in Yemen and Ukraine. https://www.thenational.wales/news/20247935.ukrainian-mp-accuses-welsh-government-partner-thales-supplying-russia-arms/

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1/2 Ukraine War: While Some Countries Take a Moral Stance, Israel Expects an Arms Bonanza
Moral considerations must be a part of arms deals, warns an Israeli rabbi who advocates for transparency – as Israel set a record in weapons sales last year. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-06-30/ty-article/.premium/ukraine-war-while-some-countries-take-a-moral-stance-israel-expects-an-arms-bonanza/00000181-b53b-da42-abdd-b73fac920000

2/2 “But what’s our interest in Myanmar? What justified supplying weapons to a murderous regime? (...) I can’t imagine what justified selling Israeli arms to them a few months before the massacres began."