Baltic arms

Screen Shot 2015-06-06 at 13.24.14The Russian hawkishness coupled with its announced capability-building (20 trillion rubles /US $ 640 billion rearmament program) has fueled an arms rally in the Baltics.

Sweden launched a major naval upgrade program including the modernization of part of its submarines fleet and the acquisition of two A26-class stealthy subs for 2016-2024. This acquisition will cost about 1 $ billion and another $700 million will be spend for the upgrade of submarine hunter warships. In addition, Sweden is re-establishing permanent air, naval and fast reaction forces on Gotland Island, where it will be stationed Gripen jets, a support helicopter unit, submarine hunter ships and a rapid response Army battalion on the island.

Poland, on the other hand planing on buying 24 Tomahawk missiles from Raytheon, thus becoming the third country to operate these missiles, alongside the US and the UK. This acquisition is included in the country’s naval modernization strategy  with a cost of US $ 240 million per year by 2030.

source : DefenseNews, April 13, 1015

Albania’s arms

     Albania AK_47Following an Albanian government decision, taken in the middle of August, the country will deliver armement to the Kurds fighting the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). On Aug 24. started the delivery of 10.000 Kalashnikov rifles, 22 million of 7,62 mm cartridges, 5.000 grenades and 32.000 pieces of ammunitions for rocket lunchers.

     Albania belongs to a group of States (Albania, Germany, Canada, Croatia and Denmark, Great Britain, France and Italie) that provide arms to the Kurds.



Osman’s guns exports

  • turkish-mkek-rifleTurkey aims to reach $1,6 billion in arms exports in 2014, up 14,3%  from $1,4 billion in 2013.
  • It’s top export markets are the US, Gulf countries and Turkic republics in Central Asia but now targets South America and African Markets
  • African countries during the last decade doubled  their military expenditure (from $21 billions in 2003 to $44,9billions in 2013)
  • Two major Turkish defense companies Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Aselsan AS  have risen in the rank of the top 100 Defense Firms. TAI dropped for 85th to 80th while Aselsan from 74th to 60th. Aselsan works on the 65-ton Altay 3rd Generation MBT and TAI produces the T129 attack heli, the Anka MALE UAV and participates in the A400M consortium.