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    Lockheed Martin announced that it will launch the upgrade of 85 Greek F16 fighter jets to the Block 70/72 Viper configuration next Monday.

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    While the value of the contract was not mentioned, an earlier US DoD announcement of a foreign military sale approval of F-16 upgrade to Greece had quoted a figure of US$ 2.404 billion.

    The upgrade of the 85 warplanes to Vipers “will provide the Hellenic Airforce with an entirely new aircraft, as the only element we shall keep is the fuselage.

    In October 2017, the US state department had approved a US$2.4 billion project to upgrade Greek F-16s to the Block 70/72 Viper configuration which among other enhancements includes an APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar that significantly enhances the aircraft’s ability to identify and engage enemy aircraft.

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    The Netherlands on Friday signed a letter of offer and acceptance for the upgrade of its fleet of 28 Boeing AH-64D Apache attack helicopters at a cost of $1.19 billion.

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    On September 14, Ambassador Hoekstra joined Principal Director of Security Assistance at the Defense Security Cooperation Agency Michèle Hizon, and Dutch State Secretary for Defense Barbara Visser at Gilze-Rijen Air Base for a signing ceremony.

    The current Apaches have become technically and operationally out of date after 20 years of service. During the overhaul, the fleet will receive new hulls, transmissions, and rotor blades. In addition, the power of the engines will be increased and they will be better able to fly in bad weather conditions. Other countries that use the Apache are also carrying out this modernization, which makes international cooperation easier.

    The first aircraft will be modernized beginning in 2021. By mid-2022, the first modernized Apaches will be reintroduced to the fleet.

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    The Spanish company Santa Bárbara Sistemas will work during the next three years in the update of 18 Pirañha combat vehicles of version 1 of the Marine Infantry received between 2003 and 2004. The contract has a budget of 9.9 million euros , taxes included.

    The award details that the company and the Navy will sign a framework agreement for the execution of "the actions of maintenance of half life of these vehicles". Repairs, maintenance and associated services will be extended until the end of 2021.

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    Serbia is eyeing to acquire sophisticated weapons and military technology for integrating complex systems into unmanned aircraft from China.

     תוצאת תמונה עבור ‪ch-3 armed uav‬‏

    “Serbia will acquire combat drones, which will have the ability to scout, discover targets during the day and at night, as well as to shoot with laser-guided bombs and missiles,” Nenad Miloradovic, Deputy defense minister was quoted as saying in Beijing by B92 web portal Tuesday.

    The transaction comprises two platoons with 3 UAV each. It has been agreed that remaining five systems will be manufactured by Serbia itself, using Chinese technology.  

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    A Spanish Army delegation visited Brazil between September 10 and 13 to learn about the Astros 2020 system of the Avibras Industria Aerospace company and exchange experiences with the Brazilian Army. The delegation was led by the Director of Acquisitions of the Army Logistics Support Command (MALE), Division General Fernando García and Garcia de las Hijas.
    The visit toured the headquarters of the Military Command of the Southeast in Ibirapuera and the factory of the Brazilian company in Sao Jose dos Campos. Subsequently, the military moved to the Sixth Missile and Rocket Group in Formosa where they attended a real test of the launch and operation of the system.

    תוצאת תמונה עבור ‪astros-2000 avibras‬‏

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    U.S. President Donald Trump has said his administration was considering a request for a permanent U.S. military presence in Poland.

    Trump made the comments in Washington on September 18 before a meeting at the White House with Polish President Andrzej Duda.

    "Poland is willing to make a very major contribution to the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland, and certainly it's something we'll discuss," Trump said, adding that "we're looking at it very seriously."

    Poland has requested the deployment several times and has offered up to $2 billion in funding for a base. U.S. forces currently serve in Poland as part of NATO's back-to-back rotation program.

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    Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his Slovak counterpart, Peter Pellegrini, have announced the two countries will cooperate on joint purchases of weapons and military equipment.

    Speaking at a joint session of the two cabinets in the Slovak city of Kosice, Babis noted the Czech Republic produces armored vehicles and Slovakia makes howitzers, owing to which their armed forces could perform joint acquisitions of this gear.

    France’s Nexter Group and Czech vehicle-maker Tatra Trucks jointly produce the Titus six-wheel drive armored vehicle. Slovakia’s DMD Group makes the Zuzana 2 155mm self-propelled howitzer.

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    As it waits for industry responses to its initial request for proposals for new combat aircraft, the Swiss government is laying the groundwork to ensure that the current process is not shot down by a public referendum, as were the two previous attempts to buy new fighters.

    The government in March opened a consultation allowing the cantons (counties), political parties, associations as well as other stakeholders to state their opinion on the plan to replace Switzerland’s jet fighters and surface-to-air missiles. The consultation will close on Sept. 22, and if it receives sufficient support the government will submit its planning order (arrêté de planification) to Parliament in late November.

     he government’s plan is for the Upper House to debate the planning order during the spring, with the Lower House to follow during the summer, Ambassador Christian Catrina, the government’s point man on Air 2030, said in a Sept 7 interview with military magazine ASMZ.

    Air 2030 is the government’s plan to fully replace Switzerland’s combat aircraft and its ground-based air defenses by 2030, for which it has earmarked 8 billion Swiss francs.

     The planning order is a Swiss peculiarity which allows parliament to give preliminary approval to a government decision, which is then presented to all national stakeholders along with the proposed process and criteria for its implementation. Once approved, the planning order can be submitted to an official referendum if the government so decides.

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    The United States state department has approved a Foreign Military Sale of three SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDV) MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles (SWCS) for an estimated cost of $90 million to the United Kingdom.

     תוצאת תמונה עבור ‪MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles‬‏

    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on September 19, 2018.

    The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has requested to buy three SEAL Delivery Vehicles (SDV) MK 11 Shallow Water Combat Submersibles (SWCS). Also included are spares; handling equipment; test equipment; operator manuals and technical documentation; US Government and contractor engineering, training, technical, and logistical support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

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