zondag 12 augustus 2018

Week 31 en 32 in #wapenhandel37tweets

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Netherlands / Nederland (see also 22, 23)

1 – 300718: Dutch government published factsheet on examples of export via the Cloud and answers if licenses are needed in the given cases. [in Dutch] https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/publicaties/2017/09/01/export-via-de-cloud

2 – 080818: It is a crime in the Netherlands to make plastic weapons with a 3D printer. The provision of blueprints can also be punishable the Public Prosecution Office said in connection with the US corp that wanted to publish blueprints for 3D weapons online. https://www.nu.nl/gadgets/5395328/openbaar-ministerie-3d-geprinte-wapens-maken-strafbaar-in-nederland.html

3 – 020818: Of all transit notifications, July 2018, in the Netherlands, most are for hunting rifles and ammo. Remarkable are 4 notifications on German military caliber rifles ( 2 x 5.56 and 2 x 7.72) to Israel (and visa versa) at the same day (July 3). https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/rapporten/2016/10/01/overzicht-doorvoer-militaire-goederen

4 – 080818: In July 2016 Dutch Dual-use exports e.g. #nanosatellite exports to #India and the US and #optech for military use to South #Korea. https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/rapporten/2016/10/01/overzicht-dual-use-vergunningen

5 – 100818: How the US exports the knowledge about its export control policy e.g. to the Netherlands. Washington follows its unilateral rules and teaches the world to follow theirs. #Amsterdam. https://www.learnexportcompliance.com/seminar/amsterdam-2018/

6 – 100818: Another course in the Netherlands on US regulations concerning the export of military technology. Session II: International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) https://fullcirclecompliance.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/FINAL-Awareness-Course-U.S.-Export-Controls-2-Oct-2018.pdf


7 – 080818: UK’s new Tempest fighter, planned as Britain nears its exit from the European Union, may still benefit from funding provided by the EU, according to one of the partners https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2018/08/03/despite-brexit-leonardo-see-a-way-the-uk-tempest-fighter-could-win-eu-funding/

8 – 100818: Uncertainty about the US is affecting EU countries' "impulse to spend more on the military, but instead of using that money to buy US, they're going to buy European," Townsend (#CNAS) said. But look at fighter acquisitions to nuance this. https://www.businessinsider.in/Trump-gives-European-countries-the-willies-about-buying-US-weapons-but-hes-not-their-only-concern/

France (see also 16, 20, 24, 28, 34)

9 – 020818: European nations will need to buy a little less from America to slightly reduce US supremacy as arms exporter, French Minister of Defence Parly said. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2018/08/01/a-jet-sale-to-egypt-is-being-blocked-by-a-us-regulation-and-france-is-over-it/

Germany / Deutchland (see 2, 15)

10 – 080818: The next German fighter bought acquired in the US or Europe. Fighter conference in Berlin from 13th – 15th November? https://internationalfighter.iqpc.co.uk/landing/international-fighter-2018-agenda

11 – 100818: German Naval Yards (GNY) shipyard group would co-operate with former competitor ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) to bid for the German Navy’s future MKS 180 multirole combat ship programme. Remaining competitor is Blohm&Voss, bidding with Dutch Damen. https://www.janes.com/article/82269/german-naval-yards-takes-thyssenkrupp-marine-systems-on-board-mks-180-project#.W21PjoQABuk.twitter

Turkey / Türkiye

12 – 300718: Erdogan sole decision-maker on S-400 deal https://www.defensenews.com/smr/space-missile-defense

UK (see also 7, 21)

13 – 100818: The DSO singled out sales of components for the F-35 joint strike fighter - of which BAE Systems has a 15pc share - as a major contributor to aerospace's dominance. https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-daily-telegraph/20180810/282617443575763

REST of the world


14 – 090818: Sending arms into the ongoing conflict is the wrong direction for Canada to take, argued Peggy Mason, a former disarmament ambassador to the United Nations and a security adviser to the Mulroney government. https://montrealgazette.com/news/canada/canadian-sniper-rifles-expected-to-be-in-the-hands-of-ukrainian-military-by-fall-mp-says/

Egypt / Mişr

15 – 300718: Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems negotiates with Egypt credit sale of 2 MEKO A-200 frigates worth 1 billion euros. Navy requests integrating MBDA Aster 30 VLS system on board.

16 – 080818: #France is looking for a way around the US’ blocking of #Scalp cruise missile technology for #Egypt, & explores the possibility of replacing American components with alternatives so it can deliver the missiles as well as additional Rafale fighters to Egypt http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52683%3Afrance-looking-to-circumvent-us-components-in-scalp-missile

India (see also 4)

17 – 090818: ‘Israeli Aerospace Industries, Rafael taken off Indian blacklist’ Still listed are: Singapore Tech Kinetics (STK),
Israel Military Indus (IMI)
Rheinmetall Air Defence (Zurich)
Corp Defence (Russia)
T S Kisan & Co (New Delhi)

Israël / Isra'il (see 2, 17, 25, 35)

Mexico / México

18 – 100818: To get peace in Mexico focus on development, the fight against poverty and community investment, according to http://stopusarmstomexico.org/ and http://cmdpdh.org/. Read in Spanish: http://www.milenio.com/opinion/maite-azuela/contracorriente/pacificacion-comprando-armas

19 – 110818: The US State Department has approved a #FMS of 8 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (#ESSM) to #Mexican frigate build by Dutch #Damen for an estimated cost of $41 million. http://www.dsca.mil/major-arms-sales/mexico-evolved-seasparrow-missiles

Russia / Rossija (see 28)
South Korea / Hanguk (see 4)

UAE / Al-Imarat Al-Arabiyah Al-Muttahidah

20 – 030818: The former legendary manufacturer, now a specialist in ammunition machines, was on the brink of bankruptcy. Emirates Defense Industries Company (Edic), the UAE arms group headed by the former boss of Thales, Luc Vigneron, will revive the firm. http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes/2018/08/02/20005-20180802ARTFIG00294-manurhin-sauve-par-les-emirats-arabes-unis.php

Ukraine / Ukrajina (see 14)

Yemen / Al-Yaman

21 – 110818: How arms control regulations spoils the paper they are written on. David Pratt: How bombs made in Scotland are helping to fuel death toll in Yemen. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16412459.david-pratt-how-bombs-made-in-scotland-are-helping-to-fuel-death-toll-in-yemen/


Damen (see 19)


22 – 090818: General Atomics has recently completed performance testing of a part of its MQ-25 stingray drone proposal. The component is the Hold Down Damper (HDD) for the aircraft’s arrester hook, produced by GKN Aerospace’s Fokker division in Helmond, Netherlands. https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2018-08-03/ga-asi-progresses-mq-25-program

23 – 090818: #Fokker Elmo manufactures 40% of #F35 Electrical Wiring & Interconnection System (EWIS) & will deliver/support Turkish Aerospace with wiring systems and develops the EWIS for the F135 engine, for which a major share is produced in Fokker Elmo in Izmir #JSF https://www.defenceturkey.com/en/content/lockheed-martin-opens-f-35-jsf-production-base-to-turkish-journalists-3118

MBDA (see 16)


Drones (see also 22)

24 – 110818: US #Reaper #drones for #France weapons capable. 100 GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway dual mode GPS and laser guided bomb kits 650 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles, with active warheads 51 Hellfire training missiles https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2018-17154 #federalregister

F-35 (see also 11, 13, 23)

25 – 020818: Why the Israelis want a larger, F-15 fleet, besides the F-35. “The Boeing F-15 can be equipped with Israeli-developed systems, an upgrade that can be performed on the Lockheed F-35 to a clear limit.” http://aviationweek.com/defense/why-israelis-want-larger-more-modern-f-15-fleet via @aviationweek

Missile defence

26 – 0207818: The head of US Strategic command in Japan dismissed Russian worries about two US-designed Aegis missile defense systems headed to Japan as “political messaging,” insisting that the weapon is only for defense. (Only needed the end of the ABM-treaty). http://www.defensedaily.com/stratcom-commander-dismisses-russian-suspicions-japan-aegis-ashore-sites/

27 – 080818: A return to Star Wars? Congress intensifies push for reluctant #MDA to focus on space-based missile defence. https://www.defensenews.com/land/2018/07/27/congress-intensifies-push-for-reluctant-mda-to-focus-on-space-based-missile-defense/

Satellites (see also 4)

28 – 100818: The payload on Russian military communication satellite "Blagovest" is created, with the participation of Thales Alenia Space. The proportion of Russian and imported parts unknown. Ria Novosti 10/08/18 [in Russian]

Small Arms

29 – 080818: A State Department nomination that should have been a victory lap for the Trump administration’s efforts to boost U.S. arms sales abroad instead has become caught up in a separate domestic controversy, likely for weeks to come. https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2018/08/07/trumps-arms-sales-nominee-bogged-down-by-3d-gun-debate/


30 – 110818: MK 48 Mod 7 torpedo upgrades sold to Canada, Netherlands, Turkey, and USN. https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1599617/



31 – 310718: There is a risk in FMS Overhead Funds of unallowable or unapproved payments, that could lead to fraud, waste, or abuse of funds. GAO advises strengthened financial oversight. https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/693507.pdf


32 – 080818: Government Accountability Office report (https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/693488.pdf) "on President Trump’s completely unnecessary and wasteful border wall." https://benniethompson.house.gov/media/press-releases/gao-report-trump-s-wall-set-waste-billions-provide-no-measurable-benefit

Research and activism

33 – 020818: More than 40 artists have today removed their artwork from the @DesignMuseum's #HopeToNope exhibition in protest after it hosted an arms company reception. Join them in saying #nopetoarms http://caat.org.uk/hope-to-nope

34 – 020818: French arms exports & the banks: "Export deals require bank support, but commercial banks are “rather nervous” about lending for arms contracts, reflecting regulatory pressure and demands for corporate social responsibility from shareholders, Parly said." https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2018/08/02/french-armed-forces-minister-reveals-arms-export-details-roadblocks-to-lawmakers/

35 – 090818: Missed it: Report: Israel exports weapons to 30 countries, worth $9 billion annually http://english.pnn.ps/2018/08/05/report-israel-exports-weapons-to-30-countries-worth-9-billion-annually/

36 – 090818: Student activists call on UOW to break ties with weapons companies http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/5574914/student-activists-call-on-uow-to-break-ties-with-weapons-companies/ via @illawarramerc

37 – 090818: Climate change, oil, and military industry brought together in one alarming article which positively urges for a movement in a more sustainable direction. ‘In trying to save the planet, this is how we will dramatically change global politics’ https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/climate-change-fossil-fuels-saudi-arabia-uk-america-russia-china-a8486316.html

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