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Recent content from Jane's 360: IHS Jane's Defence Weekly - Digital, Online and Print Magazine

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    The continuation of ballistic missile attacks has further undermined Saudi Arabia's claims that it and its allies had successfully destroyed Yemen's surface-to-surface missile capability since the outset of the military operation they launched in late March. Saudi Arabia confirmed on 26 August that

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    The Republic of China Army (RoCA) confirmed on 27 August that it has conducted the first live-fire drills of its recently acquired Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. According to the RoCA, the drill included test-firing AGM-114L Hellfire missiles and AIM-92 Stinger air-to-air missiles. The

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    Russia's Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters will receive the N025 mast-mounted radar from 2016, an industry source told IHS Jane's at MAKS 2015. "The military is completing the tests of the N025 radar on three helicopters. Starting next year, it will be produced serially for mounting on

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    Russia's Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) company demonstrated for the first time at the MAKS 2015 air show its upgraded version of the Kh-58UShK anti-radiation missile featuring an imaging infrared (IIR) channel. This missile intended to be integrated into the internal weapons bays of Russia's

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    India launched a multi-media communication satellite on 27 August that is intended to augment its military's network-centric warfare (NCW) capabilities. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the GSAT-6 aboard the three-stage, indigenously developed Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch

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    Signatory nations to the UN's Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) concluded their first formal conference on 27 August, selecting Geneva as the site for the ATT's secretariat and confirming the participation of the defence industry as an observer to its work. The three days of negotiations in Cancun, Mexico,

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    Argentina's FAdeA IA-63 Pampa III advanced training aircraft took its first flight earlier in August, officials announced. The Pampa III, provided through an upgrade programme by Israeli company Elbit Systems, maintains the general characteristics of the Pampa II, but incorporates two

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    A new US Navy (USN) oceanographic research vessel has completed acceptance trials, officials announced on 27 August. RV Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), lead ship of a new class of auxiliary general oceanographic research vessels, passed the series of in-port and underway tests conducted by the USN's

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    The last eight of 34 Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Gepard 1A2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs) acquired from German Army surplus disembarked in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 31 August. After completing an official receipt process, the vehicles, which are the sixth batch received, will conduct a

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    Exercise 'Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias' ('FA-HUM') 2015 officially began on 27 August in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and runs through 4 September to practise humanitarian and disaster relief operations. The US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored event includes eight regional participants, plus

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    The annual report of South Africa's Denel group states that its Seeker 400 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system has completed its flight test programme and has entered production for "our local customer". The South African Air Force has not confirmed that it is re-establishing a UAV

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    The Argentine Ministry of Defence affirmed that a memorandum was signed for the acquisition of 12 Airbus H125 Ecureuil helicopters to succeed the army's and air force's Eurocopter (Aerospatiale) SA 315B Lama fleets, which have been in use for more than 35 years. The H125 single-engine light utility

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    Rehearsals in late August for the 3 September parade in Beijing commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender in China provided the first views of some new missiles in the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Second Artillery Corps' service. If the parade includes the same kit as the rehearsal,

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    Key Points Repeated delays of the KC-46A programme have attracted the attention of a top senator John McCain has warned the Pentagon that the delays could prevent the aircraft's timely delivery to the fleet The Chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee told Secretary of Defense Ashton

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    Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has been awarded a second contract related to Qatar's air defences, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 31 August. Worth USD175 million, the new contract follows the initial USD75.6 million contract awarded in November 2014 to carry out preliminary

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    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Raytheon a USD29.75 million contract that includes the delivery of Mk 54 Mod 0 Lightweight Torpedo (LWT) kits to the Indian Navy. The contract, which was announced on 31 August, covers the manufacture and delivery (plus engineering and repair services

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    The first four of eight Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have been placed on contract, according to a 27 August Pentagon announcement. Boeing has received a USD1.49 billion contract modification for four full-rate production (FRP) Lot II P-8A

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    Key Points Four USAF F-22s arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on 28 August The aircraft are part of the ERI to assuage allies' concerns of recent Russian activity Four US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor combat aircraft arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany on 28 August,

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    The French Air Force officially launched its new air warfare centre on 1 September at Mont-de-Marsan air base. The new centre consolidates the former Centre d'Expériences Aérienne Militaire (CEAM) with the Centre d'Entraînement Tactique (Centac), which was traditionally in charge of

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    The US Navy (USN) awarded Data Link Solutions (DLS) and ViaSat indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts totaling more than USD870 million for production and maintenance of new Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Low Volume Terminals (LVT) that enable platforms to join a

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