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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 European Tactical Airlift Centre was officially opened at Zaragoza Air Force Base on 8 June, formally transferring the European Defence Agency's (EDA's) joint air transport training programmes to Spain. The ceremony was conducted by the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security

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    The EU Council on 8 June approved the creation of a military planning and conduct capability (MPCC) command headquarters for the EU's non-combat expeditionary civil security and military missions. Located within the EU Military Staff (EUMS), it will command the EU's three current military missions

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    Key Points A "MQ-1-like" UAV dropped a weapon on coalition and local forces patrolling in eastern Syria. US aircraft shot down the UAV, while also striking two armed pick-up trucks entering a nearby deconfliction zone. Pro-government forces in Syria attempted to attack US-led coalition

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    Burkina Faso has received two Bell UH-1H helicopters that were donated by the government of Taiwan, the Taiwanese Embassy in Ouagadougou announced on 7 June. The two aircraft officially were handed over by Taiwanese General Wang Hsin-Lung during a ceremony at Air Base 511 in Ouagadougou the day

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    Australian shipbuilders Austal and ASC Shipbuilding announced on 8 June that they have teamed up for the build of vessels in the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) SEA 5000 Future Frigate programme. Under this arrangement, Austal and ASC Shipbuilding will act as one in support of the programme,

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    Spain's conservative government says it is set to give a boost to military spending next year after acknowledging that the current budget is insufficient to meet military needs. Secretary of State for Defence Agustín Conde Bajén said the extra money would help Spain get closer to the

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    On 3 June four off-duty German servicemen became involved in a fight with an unidentified number of persons in Jonava, Lithuania. The soldiers were treated in hospital locally, then in Kaunas. The police are conducting enquiries and are in the process of establishing an accurate account of events.

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    The Portuguese Ministry of National Defence has authorised the army to procure the acquisition of a deployable short-range air defence (SHORAD) missile system and related equipment through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). The operational requirements and technical specifications have

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    The Paraguayan government is looking to resupply its armed forces via a number of limited but important acquisitions, including some aircraft upgrades. According to Paraguay's acquisitions directorate, Montevideo is looking to repair a Bell 427 helicopter, overhaul an Esquilo UH-50, and repair a

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    Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) has released images of what appears to have been the 8 June test-firing of anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs) from North Korea's east coast. The images show that the transport-erector-launcher (TEL) vehicles used to fire the missiles were similar to

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    The shareholders of publicly listed US aircraft components manufacturer LMI Aerospace have approved the acquisition of Belgian aerospace firm Sonaca Group. LMI shareholders are to receive USD14 per share in a deal that was first announced in February. The transaction is expected to close at the end

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    The US Air Force (USAF) on 9 June cancelled Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) flight operations at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Arizona after a series of five incidents where pilots experienced hypoxia-like symptoms, according to a service statement. Air Force

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    USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), the US Navy's (USN's) newest littoral combat ship (LCS), was commissioned on 10 June at the Port of Galveston in Texas. The Independence-class trimaran variant, commanded by Commander Keith Woodley, is scheduled next to depart Galveston and transit to its homeport

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    Key Points USN awards BAE Systems contract for APKWS production Company built new facility in anticipation of expanded orders The US Navy (USN) in mid-April awarded BAE Systems a USD181 million contract to continue producing its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets.

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    The United States has deployed its triad of strategic bomber aircraft to Europe for the first time, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 12 June. Two Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bombers, three Rockwell B-1B Lancer bombers, and three Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bombers have all

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    India's Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) announced on 8 June that it had made the first deliveries of components for the Indian Air Force's Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters. The company delivered the first crown and tailcone for the Indian Air Force helicopters from its facility in Hyderabad to

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    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has received a new minelayer from local shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), as the government in Seoul seeks to enhance the country's mine warfare capabilities. Named Nampo (with pennant number 570), the 114.3 m-long vessel was delivered to the RoKN in a

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    Key Points South Korean Ministry of National Defense requests record defence budget. Request comes as North Korean threat increases. South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has requested a record defence budget of KRW43.7 trillion (USD38.8 billion) for 2018 to help the country

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    South Korea has found what appears to be a small North Korean unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with a camera near the eastern border between the two countries, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul said in a 12 June statement. The 1.8 m-long and 2.4 m-wide UAV crashed in a

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    Japanese company SoftBank has reached a deal to buy Boston Dynamics from Google parent company Alphabet, the companies announced on 9 June. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Boston Dynamics was on the leading edge of developing ground robots for potential military use before being bought by

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