donderdag 5 november 2020

Dutch military naval technology to Ankara, ends in Karachi

The Dutch government has issued a permit for the sale of military technology for corvettes to the Istanbul Naval Shipyard* with final destination Pakistan. The deal is worth € 46.7 million, which is 5% of average Dutch annual arms exports over the past decade.

The Thales technology includes advanced Smart-S radar (optimised for target designation) and will be assembled onto a corvette sold by Turkey to Pakistan. According to Dutch assesement there are no risks for regional security (criteria 4) and non-proliferation (criteria 6) nor for any of the other criteria of the EU arms export regulation.

The sale was announced on the same day that Turkey was beating the anti-French drums and calling on the islamic world to boykot French products. Dutch Thales is part of the French Thales concern. The ships are outfitted with a range of Turkish developed weapon systems, but also with naval guns from Leonardo/OTO Melara (Italy). A company from the same Italy which asked the EU in October to take a tougher step on Ankara.

Turkey

The military technology is sold to Pakistan, but goes first to Turkish Aselsan, one of Turkish largest military tech industries. The corvettes are its first major shipbuilding program, so the deal is strengthening the capabilities of the Turkish defence industry. Considering Erdogan's Turkey is sending Turkish made drones to Azerbaijan and trying to derail the Libyan peace agreement the wisom of this Dutch contribution can be doubted. But the restrictive policy on Turkey is limited to arms export, not to cooperation with military industry, even if this has more far reaching effects on the long run.



Karachi bought four corvettes in Turkey of the Ada-class. The deal has been called the single highest value contract signed by the Turkish defence industry so far under ASFAT, the Turkish state-owned defense contractor. Two of the corvettes will be build in Turkey, the other two at the Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KS&EW).

Pakistan

The next part of the journey for the naval equipment will be transfer to Pakistan. "The country is involved in a territorial conflict with India on Kashmir. Pakistan also has a complicated relationship with Afghanistan," the Dutch government writes in a letter to the parliament, but quickly reassures: "Both regions are landlocked, reason the Pakistani navy, the end-user, plays no role in these conflicts." For those who are not convinced by the Kashmir argument, the Dutch Ministers for Foreign Relations adds that Pakistan already has more capable ships and the new ships will not alter the balance of power. The ships however attract widespread attention in military circles, included a Pakistan Navy press release:"Induction of these ship in Pakistan Navy would significantly add to the lethality of Pakistan Navy's capabilities and contribute in maintaining peace, security and balance of power in Indian Ocean Region."

Naval News reports on its website on Pakistani naval acquisitions: "The Pakistan Navy is currently undertaking an important renewal of its fleet, with the procurement of several modern platforms: In addition to these corvettes from Turkey, Pakistan will also commission new frigates from China and OPV from the Netherlands. It is also modernizing its submarine force." Three countries are mentioned here: Turkey, China and the Netherlands. Pakistan is well connected to Turkey. "Turkey has always stood by its Pakistani brothers on the issue of Kashmir," writes Turkish Defence Magazine. The close relations between Karachi and Beijing are no secret. They have a common enemy in India. The Netherlands seems to be the strange duck in the pond.

Damen

Dutch shipyard Damen sold two corvettes to Pakistan. In the Netherlands the ships are called Offshore Patrol Vessel, which sounds a bit sully, but these ships play a role in anti-ship warfare. The Pakistani Quwa Defence News & Analysis Group mentions they are adapted and designated corvettes (a more capable kind of vessel).

Currently the acquisition of more of these ships is considered in the context of Pakistani plans for a 50 warship expansion of the navy. Former Pakistani chief-of-staff statements suggest the Pakistani Navy could expand its order from Damen Shipyards with 6 additional Yarmook-class covettes.

Exports

Author, analyst and former Australian defense attache to Islamabad, Brian Cloughley claims that in the event of a conflict involving India's Navy, Pakistan "would deploy all its assets to destroy it, and although the [Indian Navy] would suffer major losses, the attrition factor would be the decider." The retired Director Naval Ops, Indian Navy and Director Naval Intelligence, Cmde Ranjit B Rai stated recently that Pakistan partners with the Chinese navy to jointly deny India access to the Indian Ocean. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs prefers to close its eyes to the full picture of the conflict.

European Union member states continue to export weaponry to Karachi. Is that to counter Chinese influence? Is that to keep some level of military relations with such a crucial country in the region? Or is it just a way to export military products for the profit of weapon manufacturers and support the domestic industrial base? Whatever the reasons: strengthening Turkish military capabilities and fueling the fire is taken as part of the dealings. It is not because there are no rules to control this trade. It is because there is no willingness to end the exports, even to severe regions of tension.


* The Dutch government letter is not specific on weapon technology, involved industries and ship class. Transparency has its limits. Specifics had to be deducted by the author.

maandag 2 november 2020

My tweets for November

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

November 30

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Retweet @GKNAero NEWS RELEASE: NH90 helicopter sale to Germany strengthens @GKNAero’s defence portfolio. Long-term partnership in @NHIndustriesSAS. Involvement in #NH90 ranges from tail to landing gear and after-market. More here: https://www.gknaerospace.com/en/newsroom/news-releases/2020/nh90-helicopter-sale-to-germany-strengthens-gkn-aerospaces-defence-portfolio/

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Launch of the Russian Soyuz carrier rocket with UAE Falcon Eye satellite is delayed. Falcon Eye is an European manufactured optical-electronic earth observation spacecraft produced for the #UAE MoD by #Airbus. Handy to know who and where to target Yemen. https://ria.ru/20201130/zapusk-1586888679.html


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Soyuz rocket’s launch with UAE’s satellite postponed to Dec. 2 - Arianespace

ITAR-TASS

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Plans to organise the arms fair Electronic Warfare Europe in May 2021 in Sevilla, Spain, already meet opposition and protest. https://elpais.com/espana/2020-11-28/el-accidentado-aterrizaje-en-espana-de-una-feria-internacional-de-guerra-electronica.html

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Koopt Hollandsche waar! Zelfs al heeft Nederland die kennis niet. Risico?

Onderzeeboten voor marine staan vandaag op de Kameragenda. SGP-Kamerlid Stoffer wil dat ze in Nederland worden gebouwd en dan het liefst bij Damen/Saab. CDA motie sluit hierop aan. https://www.nd.nl/nieuws/politiek/1005600/budget-en-cadetten-voor-defensie

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Brendan Cahill, founder of Process & Industrial Developments P&ID, an Irish-owned company in a €8.4bn legal battle with Nigeria in British courts, was caught up in an enormous illegal small arms deal that led to a jail sentence for a business associate. https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/irishman-involved-in-8bn-nigerian-court-battle-caught-up-in-arms-deal-39803999.html

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Chinese Norinco was recently cleared to deliver its made-for-export helicopter drone system, which can conduct missions including reconnaissance, communication relay etc. and partner with tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and self-propelled artillery. https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1208402.shtml

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Turkish President Erdogan wages a widening military campaign for influence from North Africa to the Caucasus. Turkish forces have relied on a weapon to gain a battlefield edge while drumming up domestic support for interventions: homemade armed drones. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/turkey-drones-libya-nagorno-karabakh/2020/11/29/d8c98b96-29de-11eb-9c21-3cc501d0981f_story.html

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The US welcomed the GCC efforts to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran. The US and Kuwait stand together against the destabilising influence of the Iranian regime across the Middle East.

No word on destabilising effects of arming Libya by Emirates. https://www.state.gov/joint-statement-of-the-fourth-united-states-kuwait-strategic-dialogue/

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"Do we have the capability to produce engines and complex [submarine] interior systems," asks Taiwanese politician Han Kuo-yu. Question is key. US tech (Trump is mentioned as the helping hand) can't be full answer. US doesn't have it all. So where from? https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3111780/taiwan-starts-building-its-own-submarines-despite-questions

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A majority of 57.45% of Swiss voters rejected a ban on major investors funding any companies that generate more than 5% of their revenues from combat weapons and weapons parts.

How many voted in favour? https://www.dpa-international.com/topic/switzerland-rejects-tougher-global-business-ethics-rules-urn%3Anewsml%3Adpa.com%3A20090101%3A201129-99-507999

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BBC World reported a Libyan news website has said that Turkey has opened up air corridors to multiple sites in western Libya in order to transport weapons and military equipment. BBC World 29/11/20

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Italian top EU general Graziano said the key point was how defence budget is spent: “In terms of overall defence expenditure, Europe is among the 3 top security entities in the world, so it’s not a matter of spending more but spending better.” https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-military-boost-would-bring-benefits-says-blocs-top-general/

November 29

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"Germany lets herself be cheated by Egypt every time"; Egypt's president has human rights activists arrested again, demonstratively after a meeting with the German ambassador. Moreover, Cairo is now the most important customer for German arms exports. https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/plus221103172/Nahost-Deutschland-laesst-sich-von-Aegypten-jedes-Mal-ueber-den-Tisch-ziehen.html

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Question by Filip De Man (ID): Airbus has violated the arms embargo imposed against Libya by carrying out maintenance on Turkish A400M freight aircraft, in Munich and in Turkey. These aircraft are likely to have been used to transport weapons to Libya. Embargo? Measures? https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-9-2020-004973_EN.html

Answer by Joseph Borell: Turkish state & private businesses are major customers of component suppliers in civil and military aviation. Unless specific legislation prohibits it, Airbus can fulfil ... contracts concluded with clients, including Turkish ones. https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-9-2020-004973-ASW_EN.pdf

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Greece blasts Berlin for shunning plea for Turkey arms embargo

Germany failing EU leadership test, Greek foreign minister says. https://www.politico.eu/article/greece-blasts-berlin-for-shunning-plea-for-turkey-arms-embargo/

Addition: EU Parliament Vice President calls for sanctions on Turkey during December summit https://news.webindia123.com/news/articles/World/20201128/3665817.html

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If Ethiopia commits grave war crimes, the UN & AU should impose an arms embargo. This would not stop the killing entirely—the region is awash with weapons. But halting the flow of artillery shells and bombs would dampen it and send a clear signal. https://www.economist.com/leaders/2020/11/26/the-world-needs-to-stop-war-crimes-in-

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US, Saudi and Emirati plan to blacklist Yemen’s Houthis as pawn in anti-Iran policy could create an even stronger humanitarian crisis. https://www.voanews.com/extremism-watch/us-plan-blacklist-yemens-houthis-could-spark-humanitarian-crisis-observers-say

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Secretive system masks UK arms sales worth billions. https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-observer/20201129/281943135443038

Addition: Secretive licensing system allows UK weapons to reach ‘repressive regimes’

Campaign Against Arms Trade calls for reform of export regime that makes scrutiny difficult

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/29/secretive-licensing-system-allows-uk-weapons-to-reach-repressive-regimes

November 28

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‘Enough is enough’ - activists file complaints against South Korean companies funding Myanmar military operations. They question export of Daesun Shipbuilding & Engineering warship to Myanmar Navy. https://www.myanmar-now.org/en/news/enough-is-enough-activists-file-complaints-against-south-korean-companies-funding-myanmar

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'Nobody can eat a gun': Arms and aid in Yemen. "Making billions from arms exports which fuel the conflict while providing a small fraction of that in aid to Yemen is both immoral and incoherent. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-foreign-aid-cut-impact-middle-east-yemen-syria

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How significant is the Greece-UAE defence agreement?Overall, the analysts believe the “core” of this new Greece-UAE agreement “is based on French geopolitics, U.S. approval, and opposition to Turkish expansion.” https://ahvalnews.com/turkish-foreign-policy/how-significant-greece-uae-defence-agreement

Two opposition parties have submitted thousands of signatures to parliament demanding a referendum on the rise in defence spending planned by the government - calling it unacceptable in the midst of an economic and health crisis. https://balkaninsight.com/2020/11/27/slovenia-opposition-seeks-referendum-on-defence-spending-hike/

November 27

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Omega has just brought out a comprehensive review on the implementtion of the EU Anti-Torture Regulation.
https://omegaresearchfoundation.org/publications/review-eu-anti-torture-regulation-and-its-implementation

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Minister van Staat Winnie Sorgdrager leidt de onafhankelijke commissie. Die onderzoekt hoe het kon dat er bij het bombarderen in het Iraakse Hawija burgerslachtoffers zijn gevallen en welke lessen er voor de toekomst zijn te trekken.
https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/actueel/nieuws/2020/11/26/onderzoekscommissie-wapeninzet-hawija-ingesteld

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The escalating effects of so-caled peace agreements: No deal between Israel & Saudi Arabia yet, but expect more weapons sales. Despite human rights violations, there will likely be more arms procurement by the Kingdom should they normalize ties with Israel.https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/no-deal-between-israel-and-saudi-arabia-yet-but-expect-more-weapons-sales-650374

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Fife arms firm profits from border walls contracts and ‘state repression’, is reported. The report was co-published by the TNI, Stop Wapenhandel, Delàs Center, and the Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall campaign.
https://theferret.scot/fife-arms-firm-profits-from-border-walls/

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War Industry in EU Wins Drug War in Mexico. European arms houses have proved to be the big winners of the public security policy based on the militarisation of Mexico. #Damen
https://www.inspiredtraveler.ca/war-industry-in-eu-wins-drug-war-in-mexico/

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Rheinmetall & Czechoslovak Group sign MoU for production & tech support in field of military vehicles. CSG has a proven ability to transfer production from foreign suppliers, including the ability to develop new vehicle variants & obtain export projects.
https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_november_2020_global_security_army_industry/rheinmetall_and_czechoslovak_group_sign_mou_for_production_and_technological_support_in_the_field_of_military_vehicles.html

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Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain urged to pull out of military careers event

BRITISH Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain is being urged to pull out of an arms trade careers event for young people that is sponsored by BAE Systems.

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/bake-star-nadiya-hussain-urged-pull-out-military-careers-event

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Feds won’t say how Canadian drone tech wound up in Azerbaijan-Armenia war

Lobbyists and industry may have influenced export permits for L3Harris Wescam

https://ricochet.media/en/3388/feds-wont-say-how-canadian-drone-tech-wound-up-in-azerbaijan-armenia-war

November 25

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Russian-Supplied, Mercenary-Flown Su-24 Combat Jets Appear In Libyan National Army Video
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37817/russian-supplied-mercenary-flown-su-24-combat-jets-appear-in-libyan-national-army-video

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With or without Dutch GKN/Fokker components? MQ-9 Reapers to the UAE: Why Now?
https://breakingdefense.com/2020/11/mq-9-reapers-to-the-uae-why-now/

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Retweet @FrankSlijper Morocco to purchase 30 French-made CAESAR 155mm howitzers worth €230 million. https://israeldefense.co.il/en/node/46654

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Retweet @CAATuk Once again, the government is arguing that the additional £16bn spend on the arms industry creates jobs and is good for the economy Check out our handy mythbusters to de-bunk this https://caat.org.uk/alternatives/mythbusting

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French Thales has signed a contract with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the supply of sonars intended to equip the OOZ-5, an underwater drone (AUV) developed by the Japanese manufacturer for Mine warfare.
https://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/thales-va-equiper-en-sonars-les-nouveaux-drones-de-guerre-des-mines-japonais

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Italy continues to study its super-destroyers project, France not interested / L’Italie poursuit l’étude de son projet de super-destroyers, la France pas intéressée
https://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/litalie-poursuit-letude-de-son-projet-de-super-destroyers-la-france-pas-interessee

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Swiss will vote next Sunday on a text which aims to prohibit the Central Bank and pension funds from contributing to the financing of manufacturers of war material through their investments. (Les Suisses votent aussi sur le financement des armes de guerre)
https://www.admin.ch/gov/fr/accueil/documentation/votations/20201129/initiative-populaire-pour-une-interdiction-du-financement-des-producteurs-de-materiel-de-guerre.html

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President of Airbus Helicopters, CEO Naval Group, CEO MBDA and Hervé Grandjean, advisor for Industrial Affairs to the Minister of Defence, gave feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the French defense industry in the face of the crisis.
https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/exportations-d-armements-entre-30-et-50-de-commandes-en-moins-en-2020-863125.html

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NATO secretary-general Stoltenberg considers EDF as a tool to overcome fragmented EU arms production and lower the cost per weapon system (as long as it is in the framework of NATO). Has a price comparison ever made eg between the cost of a US & EU frigate?
https://www.nato.int/cps/fr/natohq/opinions_179665.html

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Taiwan starts building submarine fleet amid military threats from Beijing

Domestically developed vessels will have US combat systems, with the first to be delivered to the navy by 2025

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3111174/taiwan-starts-building-submarine-fleet-amid-military-threats

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Since 2000, Russia’s sole arms exporter, JSC Rosoboronexport (a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec), has delivered defense hardware worth some USD180 billion to its foreign customers, a spokesperson for the company told the TASS on November 24.
https://www.armyrecognition.com/analysis_focus_army_defence_military_industry_army/russian_20-year_arms_exports_amount_to_usd180_billion.html

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Changing Asian military balance. India-Japan and India-Australia ties have lifted the extent of security & defence collaboration. All 3 countries looking to indigenize arms production & moving away from over-dependence on foreign nations for arms imports.
https://asiatimes.com/2020/11/australia-japan-pact-heightens-chinas-regional-nato-fear/

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R
eport (64 pages) by Congressional Research Service #CRS: Arms Sales in the Middle East: Trends and Analytical Perspectives for US Policy. https://beta.documentcloud.org/documents/20416344-arms-sales-in-the-middle-east-trends-and-analytical-perspectives-for-us-policy-nov-23-2020

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Activists from the South Korean organisation World Without War have taken direct action inside the DX Korea arms fair, targetting companies associated with the war in Yemen, the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict, and human rights abuses in West Papua.
https://wri-irg.org/en/story/2020/death-market-world-without-war-take-action-dx-korea-arms-fair

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The US government donated 100 TOW-2A guided anti-tank missiles to the Philippines November 23. The missiles will support the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ efforts to defeat ISIS-East Asia in the Southern Philippines.
https://ph.usembassy.gov/us-national-security-advisor-reaffirms-alliance-announces-military-assistance-and-typhoon-relief-during-philippines-visit/

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Swiss announced offers to replace its fighter planes by Germany for Airbus Eurofighter, France for the Dassault Rafale, and the US for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning Joint Strike Fighter. https://www.edrmagazine.eu/switzerland-air2030-second-proposals-for-new-fighter-aircraft-and-extended-range-ground-based-air-defence-systems-received

November 24

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Retweet @CAATuk Labour calls for suspension of UK training and funding of Nigerian police https://theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/24/labour-end-to-training-funding-nigerian-police-end-sars-protests

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Influence & information ops perpetrated in recently years – including during US 2016 election – seem revolutionary, but officials argue they're part of an old playbook, with a larger reach. US conducts its own information operations merged with cyber ops.
https://www.c4isrnet.com/information-warfare/2020/10/30/cyber-warriors-are-getting-new-teammates-information-operators/

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Alarm bells tolling. Weapons available to NATO are not fit to be deployed. EU member states reluctant to deploy troops. “European defence suffers from fragmentation, duplication and insufficient operational engagement,” EU’s chief diplomat Borrell told. https://euractiv.com/section/defence-and-security/news/eu-lacks-defence-capabilities-to-meet-strategic-autonomy-goals/

Addition: The MIC got €223 billion in 2018. A single year rise of 3%. https://www.eda.europa.eu/docs/default-source/brochures/eda-defence-data-2017-2018 But still complains it is insufficient. Clean your own mess first: If fragmentation is the problem why 2 European future fighter planes are currently developed while most Europeans buy in the US?

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A few days ago a Korean missile fell on farm land. Yangpyeong County Council strongly condemns the crash and explosion of the Hyeongung anti tank missile near Okcheon-myeon near Seoul. Activists protest, in Korean but with pictures.
http://www.breaknews.com/sub_read.html?uid=769105

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France is confidently expecting a Croatian technical team to assess its Rafale fighter jets and hopes that in 2021, Croatia will make its final decision on which jets are to replace the country's air force fleet, French Defence Minister Florence. https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/short_news/france-expects-croatian-fighter-jet-decision-by-2021/

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Veel Mexicanen beschuldigen de VS van hypocrisie. Als het gaat om de smokkel van drugs, komt de VS woorden te kort om de schuld bij Mexico te leggen. Als het gaat om de smokkel van wapens is het ineens doodstil, luidt het verwijt. https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/1487343609/50-favoriete-wapen-mexicaanse-drugskartels /
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/13255249/mexico-sniper-rifles-helicopters-cartels/

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Turkey played a key role in fight against terrorism, providing infrastructure & platforms to liberate territories controlled by Daesh, NATO's sec-gen Stoltenberg said. By this he missed the other end: Ankara sponsoring Islamists & fighting opposing forces.
https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/diplomacy/nato-chief-hails-turkeys-strategic-role-in-bloc-in-response-to-german-lawmakers-claims

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Opposing views from Berlin and Ankara. "The fact that Erdogan is dramatising the matter in this way is probably more directed against the operation 'Irini' as a whole," says Tarek al-Megerisi of the think tank European Council on Foreign Relations. https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/plus220867068/Mittelmeer-Was-wirklich-hinter-der-Marine-Eskalation-steckt.html

Addition: Viewpoint underlined: An EU operation that stopped a Turkish ship on Sunday supposedly to enforce a UN arms embargo was flawed from the start, according to Turkey's MoD. "Operation Irini was stillborn. It has lacked a solid basis in terms of internati..." https://apa.az/en/europe/Turkey-EU-arms-embargo-operation-flawed-from-start-336235

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The world upside down. Turkey summons EU, Italy, Germany envoys over weapons search of its ship to Libya. https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2020/11/24/Turkey-summons-EU-Italy-Germany-envoys-over-weapons-search-of-its-ship-to-Libya

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Next step in development of next European fighter aircraft. Green light for FCMS, Indra and Thales to start designing the sensors that will contribute to NGWS/FCAS superiority. https://www.thalesgroup.com/en/group/journalist/press-release/green-light-fcms-indra-and-thales-start-designing-sensors-will

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While anti-arms trade activists try to tighten, industry looks how to soften the "very restrictive rules". They say French exports are essential to national sovereignty. Can the creation of a European market and a European military base be a solution? https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/une-veritable-course-d-obstacles-pour-l-exportation-d-armements-made-in-france-863003.html

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French Thales opened stateof-the-art corporate office in India and aims to play a pivotal role in the upcoming defence industrial corridor in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The $20bn firm, is already working with Indian companies, including HAL, BHEL, L&T.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/noida/french-technology-giant-thales-sets-up-shop-in-noida/articleshow/79381262.cms

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GKN Aerospace Dutch sites in Hoogeveen & Papendrecht were awarded a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period supporting the military helicopter (Apache and Chinook) programs, from October 2018-September 2019.
https://www.aero-mag.com/gkn-aerospace-receives-silver-boeing-performance-excellence-award/

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Russia feels the effect of the sanction on its military industry. In the States nothing high-tech can be bought, with France it is not much easier, Germany is tightening the screws, Israel has raised prices 5 times, and you cannot buy with them either.
http://www.business-gazeta.ru/article/489555

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Missile shield interceptor SM-3 (Standard Missile-3 Block IIA) this week was able to destroy an intercontinental ballistic missile during a US test. This provides an important opportunity to expand layered missile defense for the US and their allies.
https://www.defensenews.com/opinion/commentary/2020/11/21/successful-sm-3-weapons-test-offers-missile-defense-opportunity/

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Retweet @keesamok Soldiers from German frigate Hamburg, part of EU Irini mission enforcing arms embargo against Libya boarded the Roseline A on its way to Libya, but withdrew after Turkey raised objections. https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-libya-security-turkey-germany/germany-angers-turkey-with-attempt-to-police-libya-arms-embargo-idUKKBN2831A6

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France, Germany, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom announced the launch of a multinational project on Next-Generation Rotorcraft Capabilities on 19 November 2020.
https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_178952.htm

November 23

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Retweet @NIDVnews Op 20 november heeft er een webinar plaatsgevonden tussen Nederland en Zuid-Korea voor een nadere kennismaking voor mogelijkheden op de defensie- en veiligheidsmarkt. https://nidv.eu/succesvol-webinar-met-zuid-korea-kijkt-naar-kansen/

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Big tech & intelligence. Microsoft, Amazon WS, IBM & Oracle all confirmed they had been awarded the CIA’s Commercial Cloud Enterprise contract, which will serve as the intelligence community’s cloud environment. Google is reported as an additional winner.
https://www.c4isrnet.com/it-networks/2020/11/20/cia-awards-intel-communitys-cloud-contract-to-several-vendors/

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G20 Summit must ensure an end to the bombing of Yemen, says CAAT

Looked for information on this call, after the meeting closed. So far nothing.

https://www.pressreleasepoint.com/g20-summit-must-ensure-end-bombing-yemen-says-caat

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German armaments industry has been exporting warships or parts for them worth €1.5bn to Turkey since 2004. This emerges from a response from the Ministry of Economics to a request from Die Linke foreign policy expert Sevim Dagdelen, available to DPA. https://www.t-online.de/finanzen/news/boerse-news/deutsche-ruestungsexporte-fuer-tuerkische-marine-in-milliardenhoehe/0DA2EE0057521176

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Who's still dismantling arms control mechanisms?

US has exited the Open Skies treaty, which allows countries to observe one another's militaries. Accusing Russia of violating some of its provisions, Trump announced in May that he would withdraw. https://www.dw.com/en/us-officially-withdraws-from-open-skies-transparency-pact/a-55691315

Addition: With the official withdrawal from the treaty, which allowed the U.S. and Russia overflight rights to inspect military facilities, only one arms-control pact is still in force between the former Cold War foes, the New START treaty (expires in Feb 2021). https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2020/11/23/china-lashes-out-at-us-withdrawal-from-open-skies-treaty-with-russia/

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China has become a major exporter of armed drones, Pakistan is among its 11 customers. Defence experts say Chinese arms supplies, especially in India’s neighbourhood, should be a cause for concern. https://theprint.in/defence/china-has-become-a-major-exporter-of-armed-drones-pakistan-is-among-its-11-customers/549841/
For comparison https://dronewars.net/who-has-armed-drones/

November 22

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Low is relative & depends on counterparty. Compared to US it's low. Compared to all others it's high. But Brussels & parts of the EU-elite seem to like to look in stars and stripes coloured mirror. Positive for military industry, at the cost of citizens. https://www.politico.eu/article/low-defense-spending-puts-strategic-autonomy-at-risk-eu-review-says/

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Arrests in Egypt raise human rights concerns, but are unlikely to trigger sanctions, given consensus within EU on the importance of Cairo's role in regional security & the depth of the commitment of major EU states supplying arms & development projects. PW
https://country.eiu.com/egypt

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EU High Representative Joseph Borrell stated the Irini operation improved greatly since its establishment in March of this year to enforce the UN’s arms embargo in Libya

He also confirmed putting new military capabilities and facilities for the operation. https://www.libyanexpress.com/paris-supports-eu-naval-force-to-enforce-arms-embargo-on-libya/

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The German Left Party and the Green Party have submitted a bill to the Bundestag, proposing to impose an arms embargo on Turkey for its militaristic policy and human rights violations in the Eastern Mediterranean, Nagorno Karabakh, Libya and Syria.
https://armenpress.am/eng/news/1035559/

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New Canadian frigates will be exceptionally heavily armed, according to Teknisk Ukeblad. Norwegian NSM missiles, US Tomahawks, for anti-air warfare ESSM and SM-2 from Raytheon, & the European MBDA Sea Ceptor are reported (English language scheme included). https://www.tu.no/artikler/ingen-har-ropet-at-canada-skal-ha-norske-missiler-pa-sine-nye-fregatter-for-marinen-publiserte-en-pdf/502934

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During NEDS2020 (18-19 November), French Naval Group announced cooperation with Dutch partners in EU R&D projects in key naval areas such as underwater noise reduction, propeller performance, increasing predictability and the deployment of drones.
http://forceindia.net/naval-group-enters-rd-partnership-dutch-industry-knowledge-centre/

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French Preligens widens skills with software for analyzing data from airplanes, drones, the web, social networks & Word documents, useful services for intelligence agencies. https://www.lefigaro.fr/societes/le-ministere-des-armees-investit-dans-la-start-up-preligens-20201119

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It starts with buying military planes (Airbus A-400M transport and MRRT tankers) and is followed by the cost of modernising Belgian Melbroek airport, because the current infrastructure "is not suited to the operation of the new fleet of transport planes."
https://www.lavenir.net/cnt/dmf20201120_01530702/vers-une-renovation-totale-de-l-aeroport-militaire-de-melsbroek

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German Typhoon acquisition delivers order to UK BAE Systems worth £1.3bn (€ 1.46bn) to support the production of 38 EFA's. European Defence market is interwoven Brexit seems not to change this. https://www.baesystems.com/en/article/typhoon-delivers-a-further-boost-to-the-uk-economy

Addition: Strange this part of European defence cooperation is not colloring Go Your Own Way opinions like this on EU: UK risks being tied to an expensive and dangerous EU ARMY. https://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/1362198/EU-army-news-Brexit-latest-european-superstate-military-Barnier-Boris-johnson

November 21

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China Has Made Drone Warfare Global; The US Must Join the Market or Be Left Behind. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/china/2020-11-20/china-has-made-drone-warfare-global

As if drones are not exported from the US and used during wars. https://dronewars.net/who-has-armed-drones/

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European Commission signed 2 agreements with OCCAR, for projects under the Defence Fund (Development programme EDIDP): European drone MALE RPAS, €100 million; 2) architecture of Software Defined Radio (SDR), €37 million. More: https://ec.europa.eu/defence-industry-space/contribution-agreements-signature-between-commission-and-occar-2020-11-20_en thnx to @_ENAAT

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Ministerraad accordeerde uitzending van een compagnie van 100-150 extra militairen naar Noord-Irak om de luchthaven van Erbil te beveiligen. Daarnaast is besloten de VN-missie MINUSMA in Mali te ondersteunen met een C-130 transportvliegtuig met personeel. https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/actueel/nieuws/2020/11/20/nederlandse-inzet-in-missies-noord-irak-en-mali

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New figures from the UN and the SIPRI show that since the war in Yemen began, the US has sold over $13 billion in high-tech weapons to Saudi Arabia, making the Kingdom a cash cow for US weapons makers.

Will Biden administration end that without pressure? https://www.mintpressnews.com/how-much-us-arms-sales-saudi-arabia-fueling-violence-yemen/273181/

November 20

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Turkey in talks with South Korea to salvage Altay tank program. https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2020/11/19/turkey-in-talks-with-south-korea-to-salvage-altay-tank-program/

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Blowing billions on military won’t meet our real security needs, say UK critics. "We are walking blindfold into a video game dystopia without a public debate" https://leftfootforward.org/2020/11/blowing-billions-on-military-wont-meet-our-real-security-needs-say-critics/

November 19

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Biggest UK programme of investment in armed forces since Cold War has been described as “totally inappropriate” by campaigners.

https://www.thenational.scot/news/18883303.military-spending-campaigners-slam-tories-inappropriate-16-5bn-mod-boost/

UK is not the only European country with an addiction to increasing Military Budget in times of scarce government resources.

Addition: It is hard to believe that this is the same Prime Minister who only a matter of days ago was arguing that his government could not afford to provide meals for hungry school students during the October break. https://newint.org/features/2020/11/20/uk-military-spending-boost-will-make-world-more-dangerous

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Retweet @navalgroup_NL One of the contestants for the Dutch submarine acquisition program, the French Naval Group advertises itself by incorporating 30 Dutch companies for supplies.

Sinds onze selectie voor de volgende fase in het Walrus vervangingsprogramma is de samenwerking met
industriële partners verder uitgebreid. Meer dan 30 extra bedrijven zijn gekwalificeerd als Tier 1 & 2 leveranciers in @navalgroup's supply chain.

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Retweet @StopTheArmsFair
The folks at @londoncaat created a virtual tour of arms companies whose weapons have been used against #BLM protesters. These companies are complicit in the violence against protesters - watch this video to find out more

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Airbus and the Federal Republic of Germany submitted their official offer to the Swiss Federal Office of Armaments armasuisse for the sale of Eurofighter aircraft to Switzerland seeking 36 combat aircraft and ground-based defenses for $8.1 billion. https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28351#.X7ZEvWj0mUk

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Lobby by I Thijssen (VNO-NCW), P van Oord (Van Oord), P Berdowski (Boskalis), A Damen (Damen Shipyards Group), G Edelijn (Thales), G Eggink (IHC) and M Fransen (Spliethoff) against end on Dutch export credit guarantee support for fosil fuel related exports. https://fd.nl/opinie/1364707/exportkredietverzekering-belangrijk-voor-vergroening-export

In 2018 Atradius Dutch State Business guaranteed the export of infrastructure for a Kenia Ministry of Defence ship wharf. "This is a defense ... transaction and therefore excluded from environmental and social due diligence." https://atradiusdutchstatebusiness.nl/en/documents/ex-post-all-classification-2018.pdf

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Don't cut back on military spending because of COVID-19, European defence chief warns. Calls, urges, demands etc. But warns? Warnings has to be made on those who absorb Government budgets to buy arms & wage wars far from home at the cost of human security. https://www.euronews.com/2020/11/17/don-t-cut-back-on-military-spending-because-of-covid-19-european-defence-chief-warns

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Yuck supply and demand: Black market prices of weapons, such as AK 47s and rocket-propelled grenades, in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, are soaring as elections draw closer, privately-owned Radio Kulmiye has reported. https://radiokulmiye.net/2020/11/18/sara-u-kac-ku-yimid-qiimaha-hubka-lagu-kala-iibsado-suuqa-madow-ee-muqdisho-iyo-sababta/

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The Belarus People's Anti-Crisis Administration proposes sals to the countries of the EU are the following: to impose an embargo on the export and import of weapons according to a statement on its official Telegram channel on Wednesday. https://belarus-nau.org/news_en_18

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Indonesische legercommandant in West Papua dreigt dorp te verwoesten als verdwenen geweer niet terug komt. (Het lijkt nota bene de Westerling-methode wel). https://www.trouw.nl/buitenland/woede-in-west-papua-na-de-dood-van-predikant-yeremia-zanambani-wij-verwachten-een-nieuwe-volksopstand~b7d04b62/

Addition: En raad eens? Indonesische krijgsmacht op VS & Duitsland na belangrijkste bestemming voor Nederlandse wapens (2009-18). https://stopwapenhandel.org/sites/stopwapenhandel.org/files/tabel20092018.pdf

Dutch report on grave human rights violations by TNI in West-Papua. Indonesia 3rd destination for Dutch military materiel after Germany and US.

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A Saudi air force officer who crashed while undertaking ‘operational tasks’ over Yemen was taught to fly by Britain’s Royal Air Force and arms corporation BAE Systems, the UK government has confirmed. https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-11-19-saudi-pilot-killed-in-yemen-was-trained-by-britain-minister-admits/

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Bullets manufactured in Serbia have been used by the Nigerian authorities in their lethal crackdown on unarmed protesters in the capital Lagos, an investigation has revealed. https://balkaninsight.com/2020/11/18/serbian-bullets-used-to-attack-unarmed-nigerian-protesters/

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Article points at contradictions in arms control. It is written in response to French Maire-Tabarot arms control report. https://www.revolutionpermanente.fr/Des-deputes-veulent-controler-les-ventes-d-armes-francaises-Vraiment

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What a clear page, to find information on UK arms exports and licenses. https://caat.org.uk/data/exports-uk/dashboard?date_from=2015

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Thales bagged a €1.5 bn contract to build combat systems for 4 MKS 180 frigates. It is the 3rd-biggest contract in the history of Europe’s largest defense electronics maker (behind equipping France’s Rafale fighter & FREMM frigates) Thales CEO Caine told. https://investortelegraph.com/frances-thales-bags-1-5-billion-euro-contract-for-building-combat-system-for-german-frigates/

Addition: On the same deal in Dutch: https://maritimetechnology.nl/damen-gunt-thales-contract-voor-de-missie-en-gevechtssysteem-mks180-fregat/

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Australian Department of Defence captured by foreign weapons makers Thales, BAE. https://www.michaelwest.com.au/department-of-defence-captured-by-foreign-weapons-makers-thales-bae/

November 18

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US Air Force realizes it needs personnel that “can think about the information environment, that can think about perceptions and behaviors and sentiments of different audiences around the world and really incorporate that kind of an understanding..."
https://www.c4isrnet.com/information-warfare/2020/11/17/us-air-force-prepares-for-its-first-information-warfare-exercise/

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60% wereldbevolking leeft in land met grensmuren, militaire industrie profiteert
– 63 grensmuren gebouwd in de laatste vijftig jaar (1968-2018)
– Amerikaanse, Europese en Israëlische militaire en security-bedrijven profiteren het meest

https://www.tni.org/en/topic/border-wars

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Kazach Parliament amendment (to prevent arms trafficking to Libya) requires presence of equipment that transmits data on the status and location of the plane, and also the duty of the local air companies to provide more than 50% of flights in Kazakhstan.

https://newsline.kz/article/948653/

Addition: Full text in Russian: https://kursiv.kz/news/otraslevye-temy/2020-11/vozrastnym-samoletam-otkazhut-v-kazakhstanskom-nebe

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Chinese ambassador Dai Bing at Security Council Open VTC on Libya ICC: The international community should strictly enforce the arms embargo, and fully respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Libya.
https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/wjb_663304/zwjg_665342/zwbd_665378/t1831218.shtml

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Members of G20 have exported more than $17bn worth of arms to Saudi's since it became involved in the conflict in Yemen in 2015 but have given only a 1/3 of that amount in aid to people caught in the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, Oxfam said today.
https://reliefweb.int/report/yemen/g20-arms-exports-saudi-arabia-worth-three-times-aid-yemen-2015-oxfam

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MoD magazine gives attention for past arms exports in article on Dutch military air defence system, Flycather. Flycathers were sold to India (license prod); Thailand, 18-22; Turkey, 22; Venezuela, 18 with 40mm-art & Israeli Rafael Barak-1 sam; & Germany.
https://magazines.defensie.nl/materieelgezien/2020/09/06_flycatche

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NGOs Urge France to give parliament control over arms sales." Article full of links and statements, like by @t_fortin: "We must seize the opportunity provided by the Maire-Tabarot report to (finally!) make progress" with civil society control on arms expor https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ngo-demand-france-parliament-control-190622035.html

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Whatever you think of the amendment on European arms exports adopted by the European Parliament, to expose French complicity by stelling in Yemen and Libya is much needed. https://euobserver.com/investigations/150097

November 17

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A few days before the virtual G20 summit chaired by Saudi Arabia, the aid organization Oxfam has criticized the enormous arms exports to the authoritarian ruled desert state. https://www.dw.com/de/oxfam-g20-staaten-befeuern-jemen-krieg/a-55622661

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14 world's HR & Development organisations urge French government to "end France's opacity on arms sales" & "establish real parliamentary control." Call comes ahead of publication of a parliamentary report on arms export control to be published on 18-11.
https://www.amsterdamnews.net/news/267006727/ngos-urge-france-to-give-parliament-control-over-arms-sales

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Jammu & Kashmir president Masood Khan called upon the UN to take action against India after evidence of its involvement in terrorist activities in parts of Pakistan and it should consider measures including assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo. https://www.dawn.com/news/1590647/naked-aggression-at-loc-has-exposed-india-masood

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Retweet @CTWnl Stop Wapenhandel contributed a chapter on the European arms industry and border security to this important new book 'Asylum for Sale: Profit and Protest in the Migration Industry'. https://www.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1097

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The Ecuadorian Air Force takes delivery of their first two Airbus H145 helicopters for, among other tasks, border control.
https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2020/10/the-ecuadorian-air-force-takes-delivery-of-their-first-two-h145s.html Ecuador is currently the refuge for people fleeing Colombia and Venezuela.

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Times: UK "should no longer profit from slaughter in Yemen. When G20 leaders gather online this weekend for their annual summit it will be hosted by the country that bears perhaps more responsibility than any other for world’s worst humanitarian crisis." https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/britain-should-no-longer-profit-from-slaughter-in-yemen-z5z3rdkr2

November 16

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Swiss banks invest billions in the global weapons industry. In the US alone, Switzerland’s central bank has invested more than $2bn (CHF1.8 billion). On November 29, Swiss voters will have their say on whether they want to put a stop to these activities.
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/major-swiss-banks-invest-billions-in-weapons-manufacturers/46158438

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Retweet @tekaldasAppalling. EIPR is one of Egypt’s most important independent rights groups. Their tireless professional work is vital for maintaining a record of rights abuses. The countless govts & orgs that depend on their reporting must use all at their disposal to protect them now.

@maitelsadany Alarming news from Egypt where @EIPR's administrative manager Mohamed Basheer was detained for +12 hrs at a State Security sector facility; questioned about EIPR's work, incl a recent visit w diplomats; and ordered into pretrial detention per Case 855/2020 https://eipr.org/en/press/2020/11/unprecedented-escalation-state-security-prosecution-orders-detention-eipr%E2%80%99s

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According to the Pakistani Daily Times the acquisition of the Damen Shipyards PNS TABUK will help Pakistan to secure its SLOCs more efficiently in the IOR by neutralizing the Indian threat.
https://dailytimes.com.pk/689631/pns-tabuk-another-feather-in-the-cap/

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"A stronger Europe that shoulders a greater share of global responsibilities can ensure that it does" have a positive role on peace, hr & development? No, to secure "the transatlantic relationship," wrote Jospeh Borell. No wonder he mentions EDF, NATO2%.
https://sundiatapost.com/european-strategic-complacency-is-not-an-option-by-josep-borrell/

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Several Spanish unions strongly condemned Moroccan military aggression against Saharawi civilians, demanding that a date be set for the holding of the self-determination referendum in Western Sahara. They stated it is time for Spain to stop weapons sales.
http://www.aps.dz/monde/112842-el-guerguerat-plusieurs-syndicats-espagnols-condamnent-l-agression-marocaine

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German arms industry fears for access to the financial markets, says Hans-Christoph Atzpodien, CEO of the armaments industry association BDSV. Reason? Proposals by German stock market to define extended quality criteria for companies listed in Dax indices. https://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/deutschland/dax-reform-ruestungsindustrie-fuehlt-sich-diskriminiert-und-fuerchtet-um-zugang-zu-finanzmaerkten/26622276.html

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Qatari pilots will soon be training at Italy’s International Flight Training School following an agreement between the Qatar’s Deputy PM and Minister of Defence, Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah, and Italy’s minister of defense Lorenzo Guerini on November 11. https://www.edrmagazine.eu/italy-qatar-the-two-air-forces-sign-a-technical-agreement-for-military-pilot-training

November 15

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The Spanish National Police Corps said on Saturday that it had detained seven citizens of Ukraine, Latvia and Spain, who were illegally selling weapons to the countries of North Africa and the Middle East in violation of an arms embargo. https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/spanish-police-detain-group-selling-arms-to-e-1085870.html

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This slamming becomes routine. Saudi minister has criticized Germany's arms export ban targeting the Gulf kingdom as "wrong" and "illogical," but underscored in an interview with dpa that his country also doesn't need German military equipment. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/11/15/saudi-minister-slams-german-arms-ban-kingdom-doesnt-need-them

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More is needed ("maintain an ambitious budget") for European Defence Fund states European Parliament draft report on the implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy - annual report 2020. https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/AFET-PR-657487_EN.pdf

Addition: This adopted text of the EP "calls for increased funding for the European Defence Fund in order to fully foster an innovative and competitive defence industrial base that will contribute to the much-needed strategic autonomy of the Union."

Needed by whom?

https://foreignaffairs.co.nz/2020/11/14/mil-osi-europe-text-adopted-general-budget-of-the-european-union-for-the-financial-year-2021-all-sections-p9_ta-prov20200302-thursday-12-november-2020/

November 14

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Armenian refugee in Germany asks German government to end arms exports to Turkey.

Krieg aus der Ferne; Armenien & Aserbaidschan im Kampf um Bergkarabach. Angelika Esajan "appelliert an die deutsche Regierung, die Rüstungsexporte in die Türkei zu stoppen."

https://taz.de/Krieg-aus-derFerne/!5725932/

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Italian envoy to India applauds agreements made during virtual summit. Some “are in the defence industry sector. In particular, our national champion in shipbuilding, Fincantieri, inked 2 MoUs with Cochin Shipyard on design, shipbuilding, manufacturing...” https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/italian-defence-firms-eyeing-joint-production-with-india-says-envoy/articleshow/79218580.cms

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Author of the American Trap, Frédéric Pierucci accused the US of the misuse of moral policy like in the corruption case involving French Alstom. Because the weakened position after paying the fines Alstom was sold to General Electric, its US competitor. La Libre Belgique 141120

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Rheinmetall's Mission Master robotic vehicle will join a 2-year Concept Development & Experimentation for NL Army. The Robotics & Autonomous Systems Unit is running a multi-year Concept Development & Experimentation to pave the way for an operational unit.
https://rheinmetall-defence.com/en/rheinmetall_defence/public_relations/news/latest_news/index_25280.php

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The Egyptian Armed Forces announced the holding of a military strategy symposium under the title “The National Strategy to Confront Threats of International and Regional Intervention in the Libyan Crisis and Its Impact on National Security.”
https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/egyptian-army-develops-strategy-to-counter-intervention-in-libya/

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UK's defence industry has reacted with "relief" & "joy" at Dominic Cummings' imminent departure from No 10. Sources described a sense of "chaos" caused by "lack of understanding" on the part of PM's top adviser as he delved into defence spending plans.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2020/11/13/defence-industry-celebrates-dominic-cummings-departure/

Addition: Future of UK's £800m Advanced Research Projects Agency (Arpa) has been thrown into doubt with the departure of Cummings industry officials have warned. "His leaving may reduce government interest and spend in this area, which would be hugely negative." https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-daily-telegraph/20201114/282514366065866

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The EU announced last week that the UK would be added to its list of safe countries to export ‘dual-use items’.
https://www.internationaltradecomplianceupdate.com/2020/11/10/uk-to-be-added-to-eus-list-of-safe-countries-to-export-dual-use-items/#page=1

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European Commission (EC) initiated a pilot procedure against Romania targeting the acquisition of 227 "Piranha V" 8x8 armoured vehicles (by way of derogation from Article 346) worth € 868m from US General Dynamics, News.ro reported.
https://www.romania-insider.com/ec-romania-armoured-vehicles-acquisition

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F-35 sale to UAE. Though arms sales are subject to congressional holds by tradition, the Trump administration could move aggressively on the sale, and then, if lawmakers objected, they could introduce a joint resolution of disapproval to block the sale. https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2020/11/13/in-f-35-sale-to-uae-senate-seeks-state-depts-guarantees-for-us-technology-and-israel/

November 13

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Airbus hopes its $6.5 billion German Eurofighter sale will shine for Switzerland, Finland https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2020/11/12/airbus-hopes-its-65-billion-german-eurofighter-sale-will-shine-for-switzerland-finland/

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Q&A Dutch Parliament/Government on arms sales to Egypt. More of the same. The exports are carefully considered against EU arms export regulations and there are no problems selling military equipment to a brutal regime endangering peace and HR. Q4 Karabulut https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/binaries/rijksoverheid/documenten/kamerstukken/2020/11/12/kamerbrief-inzake-beantwoording-vragen-gesteld-tijdens-begrotingsbehandeling-buitenlandse-zaken-op-11-november-2020/kamerbrief-inzake-beantwoording-vragen-gesteld-tijdens-begrotingsbehandeling-buitenlandse-zaken-op-11-november-2020.pdf

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Denmark's financial crimes unit on Wednesday announced charges against a Danish company suspected of violating EU sanctions on Syria by delivering large quantities of fuel to Russian warplanes there. https://www.thelocal.dk/20201112/danish-company-charged-with-violating-eu-sanctions-on-syria

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Retweet @bramvermeul NIEUWS; Zuid-Afrika gaat Guus Kouwenhoven, in 2017 veroordeeld tot 19 jaar cel wegens wapenhandel in de Liberiaanse burgeroorlog, toch uitzetten. https://bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-12/south-africa-to-deport-dutch-arms-dealer-tied-to-charles-taylor

With comment: Dutch notorious arms trader to war torn Liberia, Guus Kouwenhoven, will be expelled from South Africa.

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State of the art fighters, drones and missiles are all part of a massive multi-billion $ arms deal the Trump administration hopes to secure with the United Arab Emirates before leaving the White House. With the risk of inflaming an arms race, said CAAT. https://bylinetimes.com/2020/11/12/trumps-multi-billion-dollar-deal-could-inflame-an-arms-race/

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British government gives arms industry extra tens of millions of pounds during Covid-19 pandemic

Joshua Stein in Byline Times reveals how arms monopolies are booming while the rest of the British economy suffers from the impact of the Coronavirus crisis

https://tonyseed.wordpress.com/2020/11/12/british-government-gives-arms-industry-extra-tens-of-millions-of-pounds-during-covid-19-pandemic

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Israel received a Lockheed Martin F-35I combat aircraft to be used for in-country development testing of specific national capabilities, the Israeli Air Force announced. https://www.iaf.org.il/9291-52545-en/IAF.aspx

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Pakistan navy commissions 2nd Yarmook-class corvette. Managing director of Damen Galati Flemming Sorensen said: “Damen has been involved in many projects in Pakistan since 1986 and we are very proud of this long-lasting and trusting cooperation.” https://www.navalnews.com/naval-news/2020/11/pakistan-navy-commissions-second-yarmook-class-corvette/


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The Clock is Ticking On F-35, Drone Sale to UAE

Lame-duck approval of sale could allow UAE to sign contract for weapons before Biden takes office.

https://www.defenseone.com/business/2020/11/clock-ticking-f-35-drone-sale-uae/169951/

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Turkey’s Defence Industry Grows, with Western Help https://balkaninsight.com/2020/11/12/turkeys-defence-industry-grows-with-western-help/


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During fiscal 2020, the U.S. State Department approved $83.5 billion in potential foreign military sales, a record during the Trump administration. FMS notification figures represent potential arms sales that the State Department internally clears.

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What fun it is to be a military industrial. Paid by the Government, at the cost of the tax payer who is told Europe is in danger and military backward (while it only the United States running far ahead). Here it is Rome doing the trick

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Israeli company Elta Systems has partnered with German firm Hensoldt to develop a single piece of technology for submarine masts that combines optics, communications and other sensors

 

 


 

 

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The French arms industry, with its 15 billion turnover, and flagships such as Dassault, Thales, Airbus , Safran, Naval Group, MBDA , Nexter or Arquus can provide all the equipment of a modern army. But the banks are starting to curb its enthusiasm. https://www.ouest-france.fr/economie/entreprises/les-banques-rechignent-a-financer-l-industrie-francaise-d-armement-7048786

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Dutch submarine acquisition saga continues. The fact that the knowledge in the Netherlands disappeared in the past 25 years becomes more common viewpoint.

But large chunks of Dutch MIC want to buy Dutch regardless of the risk of wasting tax payers money. https://www.noordhollandsdagblad.nl/cnt/DMF20201111_59412299/steeds-minder-tijd-voor-ontwerp-en-bouw-van-nieuwe-onderzeeboten-het-contract-moet-er-in-2020-liggen-zegt-de-minister

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MPs from four prominent Dutch political parties want the European Union to introduce an arms embargo on Turkey due to its involvement in various conflicts around the region. https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/europe/dutch-mps-call-for-eu-arms-embargo-on-rogue-state-turkey-1.1109681

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A focus by the German armed forces to Asia Pacific could lead to more arms sales to that region, according to public broadcaster NDR. "Konkret könnte das bedeuten: In der Region dürften wohl auch die deutschen Rüstungsexporte ansteigen." https://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/info/sendungen/streitkraefte_und_strategien/Indo-Pazifik-bald-Operationsgebiet-der-Bundeswehr,streitkraefte638.html

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The EU has kept Ankara out of PESCO initiatives although Turkey, with 1 of the largest European armed forces, has been part of #WEU & its Armaments Agency (#EDA predecessor) & of NATO. Ankara participates in the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation. https://www.euractiv.com/section/defence-and-security/news/turkey-frets-as-industry-applauds-deal-to-access-eu-military-projects/

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SA exported armoured combat vehicles worth R881m in a year - here’s who's buying. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) continues to be the main buyer of these vehicles, but South Africa has a wide range of other buyers for its different defence products. https://www.businessinsider.co.za/sa-exports-combat-armoured-vehicles-worth-r881-million-heres-who-is-buying-2020-11

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Remember when they knock at the door for more support because of Covid:

BAE Systems ups its profit guidance despite demise of big defence spender Donald Trump

New Eurofighter orders bring boost to defence giant

https://www.standard.co.uk/business/bae-systems-defence-profit-shares-b65060.html

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Boeing said that it has received three foreign military sales contracts with the US Air Force for training services and support in the Middle East valued at more than $800 million.

http://www.tradearabia.com/news/TTN_375009.html

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Defense company BAE Systems will reportedly receive a €1billion ($1.2 bn) windfall from the German government’s purchase of 38 Eurofighter jets, which german officials announced last week. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bae-systems-takes-off-after-1bn-boost-from-german-order-klmlcqvb6

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Boeing won a $9.8 billion deal for F-15 support for Saudi Arabia. This contract provides for modernization and sustainment of the F-15 Saudi fleet like installation of future modifications and enhancements to the F-15 Saudi weapon system. https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Contracts/Contract/Article/2411921/

November 11

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Retweet @Pwezeman The US announces the UAE wants 50 F-35 combat aircraft for USD10b. https://www.dsca.mil/press-media/major-arms-sales/united-arab-emirates-f-35-joint-strike-fighter and gives (for the first time ever?) an honest upfront assessment: The proposed sale represents a significant increase in capability and will alter the regional military balance

Replying to @Pwezeman When you search with this phrase it seems to be the first time indeed. https://google.com/search?lr=&client=firefox-a&hl=en&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&ei=q7SrX6eTGI-zsAf0lK64Bg&q=%22regional+military+balance%22+site%3Adsca.mil&oq=%22regional+military+balance%22+site%3Adsca.mil&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQA0oFCAQSATFQ1zBY1zBg0jdoAHAAeACAAVSIAYwBkgEBMpgBAKABAaoBB2d3cy13aXrAAQE&sclient=psy-ab&ved=0ahUKEwjnlLGsnPrsAhWPGewKHXSKC2cQ4dUDCA0&uact=5

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Zin in Maritieme Monitor om even op te kauwen: "Het exporteren van kennis en producten van de Nederlandse marinebouwcluster kan als het

belangrijkste (indirecte) exportproduct van de Kon. Marine worden gezien en levert daarmee een belangrijke meerwaarde."

https://maritiemehavenenbinnenhavenmonitor.nl/DocumentManagement/Documents/Document:26

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UK Anti-arms trade campaigners have hit out at Liz Truss for the "immoral" decision to process over 500 applications for arms sales to Saudi Arabia since July. https://www.politicshome.com/news/article/campaigners-condem-liz-truss-over-500-new-saudi-arms-deals

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USA: $2.9bn drones sale to UAE should be halted

Arms sales to UAE could make US responsible for further civilian deaths in Yemen and Libya

Sale would be first since Trump administration weakened arms control protections

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/usa-29bn-drones-sale-uae-should-be-halted

Addition: Amnesty International urges US to stop selling drones to UAE, citing Libya concerns https://www.libyaobserver.ly/inbrief/amnesty-international-urges-us-stop-selling-drones-uae-citing-libya-concerns

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Paper: TURNING THE TIDE

HOW TURKEY WON THE WAR FOR TRIPOLI

"Due to a range of diplomatic factors ... surrounding the "unenforced" U.N. arms embargo, the role of supplying the GNA fell to its two main non-Western allies: Turkey and Qatar." https://www.mei.edu/sites/default/files/2020-11/Turning%20the%20Tide%20-%20How%20Turkey%20Won%20the%20War%20for%20Tripoli.pdf

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Hot potato at Biden's plate? US State Dept. approves UAE’s purchase of F-35 jets, MQ-9 drones.
https://www.defensenews.com/global/mideast-africa/2020/11/10/uae-purchase-of-f-35-mq-9-officially-cleared-by-state-department/

Addition: Dutch SP asked in parliament to control F-35 components which will be assembled into F-35's produced for UAE. The Dutch Government thought last week (November 4) it was to early to take a position on this. (See: Q&A 28, in Dutch) https://zoek.officielebekendmakingen.nl/kst-953645.pdf

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'The absurdity of investing massive resources into infiltrating a clown army and groups which oppose wars and the arms trade is well illustrated by these images [shown at the site].
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8935081/Police-miss-spent-millions-undercover-operations-infiltrating-campaigning-groups.html

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A group of senators pressed the State Department on Tuesday to take action to curb widespread violations of a United Nations arms embargo on Libya and ensure that U.S.-manufactured weaponry and equipment are not used in the country’s prolonged conflict. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/libya-arms-embargo-trump-administration/2020/11/10/dcd927f4-1a1c-11eb-bb35-2dcfdab0a345_story.html

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Turkey unveils UNCREWED AI controlled warship that could change conflict. It is equipped with a laser-guided 70mm missile system as well as a longer-range one, both developed by Turkish firm Roketsan. https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1358679/Turkey-Greece-news-ausv-ai-boat-military-navy-research-east-Mediterranean-oruc-reis-ont

November 10

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Turkey to use cargo drones for logistics. “Our Vertical Landing and Take-off Cargo UAV project will quickly and safely meet the logistical support our Turkish Armed Forces needs in mountainous terrain,” TAI said Nov. 7. Time for donkey pallets gone.
https://www.defensenews.com/unmanned/2020/11/09/turkey-to-use-cargo-drones-for-logistics-with-production-to-begin-in-2021/

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Retweet @sarahleah1 @DAWNmenaorg @joebiden“He should fulfill not only his promise to end US support for the disastrous Saudi-led war in Yemen, but also end military support to systematically abusive governments, such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel” https://dawnmena.org/biden-administration-should-reassess-us-interests-and-lead-by-example-in-middle-east/

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The German arms industry has exported warships or parts for them worth 9.8 billion euros since 2004. This emerges from a response from the Federal Ministry of Economics to a request from Die Linke expert Sevim Dagdelen, which is available to the DPA.
https://www.de24.news/2020/11/german-arms-exports-in-the-billions-for-warships.html

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Indonesian MoD, Prabowo, was able to visit US, because of the decision to lift a 2-decade ban on the former general accused of masterminding various human rights abuses since the late 1970s. Activists criticised the decision as ' a loss for human rights.' https://theconversation.com/indonesian-defence-minister-prabowo-in-the-us-what-lies-ahead-for-defence-cooperation-148732

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Germany concludes major naval arms package to Egypt, despite opposition

Egypt boosts its naval power after Germany agrees to sell naval equipment to Cairo amid tensions in the eastern Mediterranean that is rich in oil and gas resources.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/11/egypt-germany-deal-naval-equipment-tensions-east-med.html

November 9

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The conservative Washington Examiner states the $10 billion sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets to the UAE is expected to proceed, regardless of the outcome of the 2020 election and despite questions from Democrats in the Senate. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/trump-plan-to-sell-f-35s-to-united-arab-emirates-can-proceed-despite-election

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Taiwan is also launching a programme early next year to upgrade its existing Chien Lung-class submarine fleet, which will be completed by 2024.

These submarines were manufactured in the late 1980s in the Netherlands for Taiwan.

https://thetaiwantimes.com/chinas-maritime-aggression-fuelling-asias-submarine-race/6879

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Since 2002, the German government has approved arms exports worth 522 million to Turkey, which can be used for the construction, armament or technical equipment of warships. Criticism of German exports for Turkish warships is already coming from Athens. https://www.welt.de/newsticker/dpa_nt/infoline_nt/brennpunkte_nt/article219634230/Ruestungsexporte-fuer-522-Millionen-Euro-an-tuerkische-Marine.html

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Old news (Sept. 2016) to alert.

Obama’s administration has offered Saudi' s more than $115 billion in weapons, other military equipment and training, the most of any US administration in the 71-year US-Saudi alliance, a report seen by Reuters has found. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-security-idUSKCN11D2JQ

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Retweet @ etan009 ETAN condemns Indonesian military murder in West Papua, urges end of U.S. security assistance https://bit.ly/32rC2ou We urge the US gov't to end any cooperation w the Indonesian security forces ( military and police) due to their sustained record of violence against Papuans.

Retweet @obsarm While the Nigerian population is demonstrating to demand a better sharing of oil revenues, France has just sold new military patrol boats from the Vendée manufacturer Océa intended to "protect" the Nigerian EEZ, including Total's assets. https://www.edrmagazine.eu/four-new-ocea-c-falcon-fast-interceptor-crafts-for-the-nigerian-navy

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Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would block President Donald Trump’s plan to reform small arms export policy to make it easier for arms manufacturers to sell weapons such as flamethrowers and grenades to foreign buyers. https://ottotrading.live/house-of-representatives-votes-to-block-trumps-attempt-to-facilitate-small-arms-exports/

November 8

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According to the Eurasian Times, the German parliament, the Bundestag, reportedly approved the acquisition of 38 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets from Airbus to arm the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force — rejecting the Lockheed Martin F-35 bid.
https://asiatimes.com/2020/11/germany-rejects-f-35s-oks-e5-4-billion-eurofighter-pact/

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Labour MP Alex Sobel asked the UK Sec. of State for Int. Trade, with reference to reports of up to 45,000 civilians displaced by Indonesian military ops in Nduga, West Papua, if the UK will stop sale of arms & provision of training programmes to Indonesia.
https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2020-10-30.109603.h&s=speaker%3A25680#g109603.q0

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Op 13/10 verwierp het Israëlische hooggerechtshof een petitie van de Israëlische activist Elie Joseph die de wapenhandel met Azerbeidzjan beoogde te verbieden. Het hof meent dat het niet bewezen is dat Israëlisch oorlogstuig in dit conflict wordt gebruikt. https://www.rd.nl/vandaag/buitenland/armeni%C3%AB-niet-blij-met-isra%C3%ABls-militaire-steun-aan-azerbeidzjan-1.1711649

November 7

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'Griekenland kiest voor Amerikaans fregat'. Nederlandse, Franse en Duitse voorstellen dus niet, volgens Griekse media.
https://marineschepen.nl/nieuws/Griekenland-kiest-voor-Amerikaans-fregat-071120.html

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Hidup! Indonesian Government challenged on arms sales amid Indonesian military offensive.
https://redactionpolitics.com/2020/11/07/west-papua-government-challenged-on-arms-sales-amid-indonesian-military-offensive/

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European Union officials in Brussels are setting up a labyrinth of rules for non-bloc countries (read mainly UK & US) and their companies to join defense-cooperation projects under the PESCO framework.

The agreement is the product of efforts by Germany.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2020/11/05/european-union-erects-legal-hoops-for-outsiders-to-join-defense-programs/

Reply @Gleemput: Turkey is excluded from PESCO, the only 'third country'.

My reply: Questions & Answers: Third States’ participation in PESCO projects https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/88179/questions-answers-third-states%E2%80%99-participation-pesco-projects_en

My reply 2: The Defense News article on the same issue in September. https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2020/09/21/germany-tries-to-forge-a-deal-on-who-can-play-ball-in-europe/

My reply 3: Euroactiv wrote this. "It [the third country] must not contravene the security and defence interests of the Union and its member states," the draft states.

This effectively excludes NATO member and EU candidate Turkey ... https://www.euractiv.com/section/defence-and-security/news/eu-seals-accord-to-let-third-countries-join-future-joint-military-projects/

November 6

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Assault rifles in children's hands; arms exports from the Federal Republic repeatedly end up in conflict areas where warring parties recruit minors or child soldiers.
https://www.zeit.de/2020/46/ruestungsexporte-deutschland-konfliktgebiete-kindersoldaten-sturmgewehre

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Catholic daily La Croix International: "Today, that old consensus has largely been forgotten, and the U.S. arms industry—uncurtailed and inadequately regulated—does a brisk business in every corner of the world, but especially in the Middle East."https://international.la-croix.com/news/world/us-arms-manufacturers-are-profiting-from-atrocities/13284

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Report of the German federal government on its export policy for conventional armaments in the first half of 2020 (PDF) https://dip21.bundestag.de/dip21/btd/19/239/1923995.pdf

November 5

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Retweet @CTWnl Dutch military naval technology to Ankara, ends in Karachi. The Dutch government has issued a permit for the sale of military technology for corvettes to the Istanbul Naval Shipyard with final destination Pakistan. The deal is worth € 46.7 million. https://stopwapenhandel.org/pakblog

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ANCA (Armenian National Committee of America) taking action against manufacturers of US parts found in Turkish drones used by Azerbaijan to kill civilians in Artsakh and Armenia
https://armenianweekly.com/2020/11/04/anca-taking-action-against-manufacturers-of-us-parts-found-in-turkish-drones-used-by-azerbaijan-to-kill-civilians-in-artsakh-and-armenia/

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Dutch military naval technology to Ankara, ends in Karachi
https://www.stopwapenhandel.org/pakblog

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GA-ASI Moves MQ-9 Sustainment Operations to Europe.

MADES, Malaga, &

SENER Aeroespacial, Spain.

SABCA, Belgium.

GKN, UK and Netherlands.

Leonardo, UK.

TERMA, Denmark.

AEREA in Italy.

https://www.defenseworld.net/news/28241

November 4

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One thing is for sure: Classified aviation programs are on the rise, and opportunities abound for the three major American defense aerospace primes — Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing. https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2020/11/03/defense-aerospace-primes-are-raking-in-money-for-classified-programs/

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Retweet @Drone_Wars_UK Trumps sales of armed #drones to Taiwan is a clear violation of the #MTCR, hugely inflammatory and raises tensions in the volatile South China Sea area. See our recent report 'Crowded Sky, Contest Sea: drones in the South and East China Seas' for more. https://dronewars.net/2020/10/21/new-report-crowded-sky-contested-sea-drones-over-the-south-and-east-china-seas/

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Reuters reported that the US State Department could notify Congress on the sale of four MQ-9 Sea Guardian unmanned air vehicles to Taiwan this week. The report said the sale “has crossed a key hurdle in Congress and is at the last stage of approval.” https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-taiwan-arms/us-drone-sale-to-taiwan-crosses-key-hurdle-nears-approval-sources-idUSKBN27I22U

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New frequency jammers acquired by the Spanish Defense Ministry from Israel's Netline Communications Technologies have undergone operational evaluation tests at the facilities of La Marañosa Technological Institute (ITM). http://www.infodefensa.com/es/2020/10/27/noticia-vehiculos-espanoles-misiones-recibiran-nuevos-inhibidores-partir.html

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Retweet @DemilitarizeDay On December 3 (14hCET) we'll be hosting with @_AEPFa webinar on Military Spending & Global (In)Security, to discuss how current levels of milex condition our response to global emergencies.W/ @michaelklare1 @tarjacronberg @WaldenBello @BinaNepramPlease share & save the date!

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"We have to have an open debate about German arms exports to Egypt," said Gyde Jensen of the FDP. With an export volume of just under € 586m, Cairo has so far been the main recipient of German arms in 2020. Deliveries of €2.5bn are planned for 2024. https://www.rnd.de/politik/agypten-unter-al-sisi-das-paranoideste-regime-das-das-land-je-erlebt-hat-CW3HBK5HIRHL7LRMIZQBB5YBJU.html

Addition: Jensen fordert Debatte über Rüstungsexporte nach Ägypten.

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On the nuclear, missile, and defence (industrial) cooperation between France and the UK in times of Brexit, Covid and deterroriating rAtlantic relationships. https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/industrie/aeronautique-defense/armement-les-trois-cooperations-cruciales-entre-la-france-et-la-grande-bretagne-861356.html

November 3

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According to local media, another three Dassault Rafale fighters will be delivered to India the first week of November. The jets are reported to be arriving on home soil on November 4. With this, the IAF will have eight of the 36 Rafale jets in service. https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/three-new-rafale-jets-to-fly-non-stop-from-france-to-india/article32998651.ece

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Sen. Murphy (D) on F-35 sale: The UAE is an important US partner, but their refusal to comply with int law, from their violation of the Libya arms embargo to their participation in human rights violations in Yemen, makes them a deeply imperfect partner. https://www.murphy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/murphy-statement-on-trump-administrations-proposed-arms-sale-to-united-arab-emirate

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In a surprise move, President Trump has reportedly approved the sale of an upgraded F-22 Raptor variant to Israel, with a number of sources alleging Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed the sale to Israeli authorities during an official visit to Israel. https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/strike-air-combat/7121-us-president-allegedly-approves-sale-of-upgraded-f-22-to-israel

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Repressive Gulf Regimes Face Mounting Pressure From EU Legislators. With insides from @beretta_g @FrankSlijper and @Diederik_Cops

https://insidearabia.com/repressive-gulf-regimes-face-mounting-pressure-from-eu-legislators/

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The arms export stop for Saudi Arabia hit a Bremen shipyard hard. Now the goods are allowed to go to Egypt. For the opposition a "moral declaration of bankruptcy". http://www.tellerreport.com/business/2020-11-02-arms-exports--government-approves-patrol-boat-export-to-egypt.HymaRPApdD.html

Original source: Zeit https://www.zeit.de/wirtschaft/2020-11/ruestungsexporte-patroullienboote-luerssen-werft-aegypten-exportstopp-saudi-arabien-bundesregierung

November 2

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Time to Rethink Arms Sales to Taiwan

Once, they might have tilted the military balance. Now they just destabilize the region.

On the surface, selling arms to Taiwan makes sense.

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2020/11/time-rethink-arms-sales-taiwan/169702/

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Peace agreements with the UAE, Bahrain, and soon with Sudan should lead to substantial growth in military exports to the Gulf states, which are among the world's largest weapons purchasers and some of those involved in war in Yemen. https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-gulf-states-seek-israeli-missile-defense-systems-1001347682

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In artikel 4 van de Regeling algemene doorvoervergunning NL007 wordt ‘of Jemen, Saoedi-Arabië, de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten of Egypte’ vervangen door ‘of Jemen, Saoedi-Arabië, de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten, Egypte, Turkije of OEKRAÏNE’.
https://zoek.officielebekendmakingen.nl/stcrt-2020-55420.html

Aanvulling: In artikel 4 van de Regeling algemene doorvoervergunning NL008 wordt ‘of de Noord-Atlantische Verdragsorganisatie’ vervangen door ‘of de Noord-Atlantische Verdragsorganisatie met uitzondering van Turkije’ . https://zoek.officielebekendmakingen.nl/stcrt-2020-55420.html

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SIPRI has calculated that up to 60% of all Azerbaijani arms imports come from Israel.

Jetzt dürfte die (Israel-Aserbaidschan) Partnerschaft dem Land im Kaukasus einen entscheidenden Vorteil im Krieg mit Armenien verschaffen

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/waffengeschaefte-freundschaft-plus-1.5101446

German hiphop against arms trade. https://www.bo.de/lokales/kehl/zweierpasch-veroeffentlichen-duesteres-anti-waffen-video

YouTube clip: https://youtu.be/Cme1d1-q01s

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Sudanese men recruited as security gusrds in the UAE, deceived into working in conflict-ridden Libya instead. Read the background and their story. https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/11/01/recruited-security-guards-uae-deceived-working-conflict-ridden-libya-instead

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Canada is regarded as a peaceful country, but governments have been happy to profit from war. In 2019 Canadian arms exports to countries other than the US reached a record high of +/- $3.8bn, as reported by the Government. #Yemen #Turkey #Azerbaijan #KSA https://leveller.ca/2020/10/canada-the-arms-trade-military-exports-fuelling-war-in-yemen-beyond/

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Could Israeli-Arab peace deals spark an arms race, a question raised in an article on the BBC website. It focusses on F-35 sales by the US. The F-35 is asembled with components from the UK and others, like a few EU-countries. Maybe time to raise that also. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-54737029

November 1

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So called Israel-Emirati peace accord good for selling arms. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems to take part in IDEX 2021

SmartShooter and BIRD Aerosystems will also display systems at the first-ever Israeli pavilion in Abu Dhabi. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/rafael-advanced-defense-systems-to-take-part-in-idex-2021-647654

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German delivery of components for 6 class 214 submarines,, and a billion-dollar Hermes guarantee are still ongoing. Voting for a stop in the Bundestag isn't entirely hopeless, since the Greens, Left & parts of the SPD also reject arms deliveries to Turkey. https://magazin.spiegel.de/SP/2020/45/173743549/index.html

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Something to remember. The UK has effectively barred the sale of the FA-50 Fighting Eagle to Argentina, with the South Korean manufacturer informing Buenos Aires that it is unable to supply the light fighter and strike jet since it has British-made parts.
https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/mercosur/uk-bars-sale-of-south-korean-fighter-jets-for-the-argentine-air-force/

Addition: No FA-50s For You! U.K. Bureaucrats Swat Down Argentine Fighter Plan https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2020/10/31/no-fa-50s-for-you-uk-diplomats-swat-down-argentine-fighter-plan/

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Airbus Heli's delivered 2 H145s to Ecuadorian Air Force, the 1rst military customer in South America. A total of 6 H145s will be delivered over the next year. The helicopters, known as "Cobra" in Ecuador, will be flown by the 22nd Combat Wing in Guayaquil.
http://www.helicopters.airbus.com/website/en/press/The-Ecuadorian-Air-Force-takes-delivery-of-their-first-two-H145s_2352.html

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Covid-19 crisis highlighted Safran's, theFrench engine builder, dependence on the civilian market. However, the military production (16% of sales) is growing. Safran wishes to strengthen this military part.

Le motoriste Safran veut grandir dans la défense https://www.lefigaro.fr/societes/safran-desireux-de-monter-en-puissance-dans-la-defense-20201030

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Indo-Pacific's military equipment buying spree risks arms race

Region's economic growth propels weapons export volume to Cold War levels

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Datawatch/Indo-Pacific-s-military-equipment-buying-spree-risks-arms-race