Special Operations units and armed forces of the US and Greece form new defence agreement on strategic cooperation

The US armed forces and the Armed Forces of Greece have increasingly made a greater effort of military cooperation and training in Greece, a country of key geo-political relevance within the region of Europe to help enhance the defence capabilities.

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A Shift Towards Sovereign EU Military Capabilities? The Eurodrone Project Awaits Final Signature

On 30 November, the chief Eurodrone engineer for Airbus Defence and Space announced that the launching of the Eurodrone construction was imminent as the project was only missing Spain’s signature. Enshrined in PESCO projects, the appellation “Eurodrone” refers to Europe’s premier unmanned aerial system programme, a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) remotely piloted aircraft system.

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Morocco Purchases Israel’s Skylock Dome System

On 21 November, the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces purchased Israel’s Skylock Dome Anti-Drone Air Defence System, according to a post on the Army’s official Facebook page. This acquisition aims at bolstering Moroccan defence capabilities against enemy drones since the system can detect, verify, and eliminate potential threats posed by unauthorised drones.

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Italian Army is finally able to overcome major budget hurdles and start modernization programs

Following years of financial instability, the Italian Armed Forces now lack competitiveness and preparedness on the technological aspect. According to the think tank Centro Studi Internationali (CeSI), this struggle has been mostly due to funds for procurement given to fulfil modernization in navy and air forces but not for the Army.

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Israel’s own Elbit Systems will develop and produce a surveillance system for Cyprus

An agreement was reached between the Israeli and Cypriot governments awarding Israeli high technology company Elbit Systems a 27.5-million-euro contract for a surveillance system. The head of the Israel Defence Ministry’s Directorate for International Defense Cooperation, former Brigadier General Yair Kulas and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Cyprus Andreas Louka were the ones who signed the agreement on the fourth of November. The contract has a duration of three years and reports state the system will most likely be used along the border between Cyprus and the Turkish-controlled part north of the island. The surveillance system is expected to aid the Cypriot forces in controlling the flow of asylum seeker and illegal goods coming from the Turkish-controlled part of the country. A region that has been under foreign control since 1974 and cut off from the rest of the country by the United Nations Buffer Zone also known as the Green Line. The northern part of the country remains unrecognized by all other members of the UN except for Turkey.

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