zondag 24 juni 2018

Week 25 in #wapenhandel25tweets

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See tweets 22-23

Netherlands / Nederland (see 11, 21, 29, 30)

1 – 190618: The concept notes of a Dutch debate on arms exports. The Dutch will implement a restrictive arms export policy on the UAE, and more. [in Dutch] https://www.tweedekamer.nl/downloads/document?id=ebdb37f3-8828-4eb6-bcd9-9d561267c6fb&title=Conceptverslag%20Wapenexportbeleid%20.docx

EUROPE (see 10)

Belgium / België

2 – 180618: Some of the big ticket pending foreign military sales at a US agency included 34 #F35 to #Belgium for $6.5 billion, 14 F16s to #Slovakia at a cost of $2.9 billion, 6 C-130 aircraft to Germany at a cost of $1.4 billion, and several deals to the Middle East https://www.whio.com/news/local-military/this-wright-patt-office-helps-broker-our-military-sales-foreign-countries-here-how-changing/

3 – 200618: The U.S. Army’s test-firing of a 30mm gun turret from CMI Defence is seen by the Belgian firm as putting it in a privileged position for an upcoming tender for greater firepower for the Stryker combat vehicle, a company spokesman said. https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/eurosatory/2018/06/19/us-army-test-fires-belgian-made-gun-amid-plans-for-stryker-upgrade-competition/
4 – 200618: Bekijk hier het verslag van de hoorzitting 'overheidssteun aan onderzoeksprojecten met een mogelijke militaire affiniteit' https://ewi-vlaanderen.be/nieuws/hoorzitting-overheidssteun-aan-onderzoeksprojecten-met-een-mogelijke-militaire-affiniteit met @VARIO_VL en @Vredesinstituut

Czech Rep. / Česko

5 – 210618: There are more useful records to break: Czech Armed Forces unveiled plans by the country to spend 100 billion koruna (U.S. $4.5 billion) on what he called the largest military modernization program in the Czech Republic’s history. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2018/06/20/heres-what-the-czech-military-wants-to-buy-with-its-record-45b-modernization-program/

Germany / Deutchland (see also 2, 26)

6 – 210618: Germany approved arms exports worth 6.24 billion euros ($7.23 billion) last year, down 9 percent from 2016, according to a government report rubber-stamped by the cabinet on Wednesday. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-arms-exports/germany-approved-6-2-billion-euros-worth-of-arms-exports-in-2017-down-9-percent-from-2016-idUSKBN1JF36N

But more to conflict regions and the South. "Fortsetzung der dramatischen Fehlentwicklungen der letzten Jahre".
Frankfurter Rundschau, June 21, 2018: eine

7 – 210618: German weapons exports remained high last year despite plans to reduce sales to countries outside the EU and NATO. If arms trade not wanted, militarize more: Arms manufacturers say such deals have been vital to them due to sluggish European spending. https://global.handelsblatt.com/companies/arms-exports-booming-triggering-debate-937438

8 – 240618: "Unexpectedly high number of registrations": German arms manufacturer @HecklerAndKoch cancels and delays #AGM. Shareholder activists keep on using their voting rights to demand arms exports to #HumanRights violating countries be ended. #AGMActivism #bizhumanrights @ShareActionUK

Finland / Suomi

9 – 180618: Conflict in the Caucasus: Armenia imported weapons from #Finland in 2017. http://www.denmarknews.net/news/257509656/armenia-imported-weapons-from-finland-in-2017


10 – 180618: Leonardo wants the cooperation with the French naval group to be open to the US. http://www.lalettredelexpansion.com/10-Resultat-de-rechreche.htm?keyword=Thales [in French, pay wall]

Italy / Italia (see 10)

Sweden / Sverige (see also 24)

11 – 190618: Saab and Damen announce partnership for the Brasil Tamandaré Class Corvette https://saabgroup.com/media/news-press/news/2018-06/saab-and-damen-announce-partnership-for-the-tamandar-class-corvette/

Turkey / Türkiye (see also 28)

12 – 200618: Draft of annual National Defence Authorisation Act (#NDAA), incl. amendment temporarily blocking #Turkey from buying any weapons endorsed by the US Senate this week. Under the act, Turkey is barred from receiving any major defence equipment from US. #F35 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/us-blocks-sale-of-f-35-fighter-jets-as-tensions-with-turkey-rise-qpws8khzm [pay wall]

13 – 230618: Turkey’s slow-cooking crisis with its NATO allies over its decision to purchase Russian-made S-400 air defense systems is finally simmering into a boil. https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2018/06/turkey-crisis-allies/149203/

14 – 230618: Turkey receives 1st F-35s — but not so fast: “Lockheed on Thursday delivered its first F-35 stealth fighter jet to Turkey, despite objections from some in Congress over Turkey's detention of a U.S. pastor and its plan to buy a Russian air defense system.” https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-defense/2018/06/22/turkey-receives-its-first-f-35s-amid-congressional-opposition-261911


15 – 230618: Hundreds of millions of pounds worth of British-made missiles and bombs have been sold to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen under an opaque licensing system that makes tracking arms sales more difficult. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/23/uk-hides-arms-trade-saudi-arabia--yemen

Armenia / Hayastan (see 9)
Brasil (see 11)


16 – 210618: Canada's Senate Committee on Human Rights has published a report on how human rights can be promoted in its export sector. One of its advises is the focus of any new controls should be on end uses and end-users. https://sencanada.ca/content/sen/committee/421/RIDR/Reports/ExportandImportsPermitsAct_e.pdf

China / Zhōngguó (see also 24)

17 – 200618: Chinese 'anti-corruption' policy targeted high-ranking officials at China's State-owned aircraft carrier-manufacturing firr, the Chinese government connected Global Times reports. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1107553.shtml

Israël / Isra'il (see 32)


18 – 210618: The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA wants sanctions from the US and EU on Nigeria - included arms sales, because of alleged killings of civilians by security forces since two years ago. http://dailypost.ng/2018/06/21/want-united-states-europe-sanctions-nigeria-huriwa/

Russia / Rossija (see 31)

South Africa

Taiwan / Táiwān (see 30)

Thailand / Prathēt Thai

20 – 200618: Thailand will also finalize the purchase of a $215 million observation satellite from Airbus. The satellite will have multiple uses, including for agriculture and national security. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-politics/uk-france-should-press-thai-pm-on-rights-to-end-military-rule-group-idUSKBN1JE0NI See for EU arms licenses: http://enaat.org/eu-export-browser/licence.en.html?destination=Thailand

Yemen / Al-Yaman (see 15)


Damen (see also 11)

21 – 190618: Saab, Damen team for Brazilian corvettes | Jane's 360 http://www.janes.com/article/81150/saab-damen-team-for-brazilian-corvettes#.Wyi5PbxACBw.twitter


Arms fairs

22 – 190618: Hosting of arms trade conference in #Glasgow a disgrace. #UDT #submarines http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/letters/16296732.Hosting_of_arms_trade_conference_a_disgrace/

23 – 230618: Another day another demo against #ArmsFair coming to Glasgow #SinkUDT cannot believe @GlasgowCC @LeaderGCC is letting this happen @ScottishCND @EdinburghCAAT


24 – 230618: Following CybAero's failed attempt - after a decision of Sweden’s Inspectorate of Strategic Products or #ISP - to seal a deal with China for AUV's, long-term funding problems, the largest military/security drone producer in Sweden has filed for bankruptcy. https://www.defensenews.com/newsletters/unmanned-systems/2018/06/22/swedens-largest-military-drone-maker-files-for-bankruptcy/

F-35 (see also 2, 14)

25 – 190618: Additional #F35 engine power and thermal management capability will enable use of directed-energy weapons and other advanced offensive and defensive systems. http://aviationweek.com/defense/directed-energy-capability-targeted-pratt-f-35-engine-upgrade-plan

26 – 200618: Thanks to NATO infighting, the future of the F-35 Is shrinking - If Germany chooses another platform it would have to be certified by the U.S. to deliver U.S. B61s thermonuclear gravity bombs - https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2018/06/thanks-nato-infighting-future-f-35-shrinking/149136/ … via @defenseone

27 – 230618: The work is far from perfect, but bonuses are paid anyway. Pentagon’s inspector general is reviewing bonuses paid to Lockheed for performance on contracts to support its #F35's. But military services aren't getting the spare parts they need. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-21/lockheed-s-f-35-bonus-fees-under-scrutiny-by-pentagon-s-watchdog

28 – 240618: Trump arms an adversary (it's Turkey) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/22/opinion/trump-arms-an-adversary.html

Small Arms (see 8)

Submarines (see also 22-23)

29 – 200618: Could Dutch industries design and build the replacement for the Walrus class submarines for the Dutch Navy?
The answer is: ‘Yes, we can.'
Yet this answer merits 3 further questions: ‘what costs,’ ‘how many hurdles’ and 'why'. Paraphrasing a lobby report.

30 – 240618: Interesting search for the materialisation of a Taiwanese submarine. Most attention goes to the US. But Netherlands and Germany are looked at for failed efforts to deliver subs in the past. https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2018-06/taiwan-will-build-subs-us-help


Corruption (see 17)

Defence budget

31 – 240618: Naval ships expert Norman Polmar on exaggeration of strength Russian navy: "there is no reemerging Russian ocean going fleet" (...) "The country's only aircraft carrier is in the Severodvinsk shipyard for rehabilitation and modernization, a three year process." Proceedings, 6/18.

Research and activism

32 – 210618: Councilors in the Spanish city of Pamplona have called on the Spanish government to stop its arms trade with Israel (...) until Israel stops its "oppressive policy against the Palestinian people." https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/247780

33 – 190618: Make PEACE GREAT again! Met opmerkingen van @sinancan77. @SadetKarabulut, @Ludodb en een uitnodiging deel te nemen aan de anti-NAVO-betoging op 7-7-18 in Brussel (er is een bus). http://broekstukken.blogspot.com/2018/06/make-peace-great-again.html

Met oproep: Aanmelden kan door middel van €7,50 overmaken op rekeningnummer NL35RABO0321512812 ten name van ROOD, jong in de SP onder vermelding van Naam en 'Bus NAVO top', met een mailtje erachteraan naar rood[AT]sp.nl met vermelding van rekeningnummer en aanmelding voor de bus.

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