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

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    Underwater warfare systems developer Kraken Sonar Systems announced on 13 June that it had signed a teaming agreement with Germany’s Atlas Elektronik. The teaming agreement will primarily focus on the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) Remote Mine Disposal System (RMDS) requirement

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    Turkey's Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) has turned down Otokar's proposal for the initial series production of 250 third-generation main battle tanks (MBTs), mainly because of disagreements on the price. SSM will now open a tender for the series production of the MBTs. A statement posted

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    Russia's Ministry of Defence announced on 9 June the start of construction of 40 Project 12700 glass fibre-hull mine-sweeping vessels, with delivery of the first two scheduled for 2018. Navy Deputy Commander Vice-Admiral Viktor Bursuk said Sredne-Nevskiy Shipyard in St Petersburg would build two

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    The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has signed a contract with Russia's military export agency, Rosoboronexport, for the purchase of five additional Mi-171Sh transport helicopters. The contract, the value of which is unknown, was signed on 12 June at the BAF's headquarters in Dhaka in a ceremony

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    India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight-tested the indigenously developed Nag (Snake) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). The third-generation fire-and-forget ATGM was test-fired on 13 June in the desert ranges of the northern state of

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    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing what appears to be one of the first Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder/FC-1 Xiaolong multirole combat aircraft on order for the Myanmar Air Force (MAF) conducting test flights in China.

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    In a test case for the Trump administration's policy of increasing US support for Saudi Arabia, the Senate voted on 13 June to reject a resolution that would have prohibited three direct commercial defence sales to the kingdom. The result was close, with 47 senators voting in favour of the

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    Key Points Two groups of US lawmakers urge appropriators to include extra funding for UH-60Ms Appropriators provided additional Black Hawk helicopter funding in FY 2017 Two groups of US lawmakers are pressing House and Senate appropriations leaders to provide additional funding in fiscal year

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    US president Donald Trump has delegated authority to his defence secretary, Jim Mattis, to manage the number of US troops sent to Afghanistan amid warnings by US commanders that the conflict there has become a "stalemate" between the NATO- and US-backed Afghan government, and the Taliban

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    Roketsan's SOM-A stand-off air-to-surface missile, with a range of over 250 km, has entered the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), the Turkish Ministry of Defence tweeted on 13 June. "The delivery of SOM-B1s to the TSK has, meanwhile, been continuing," it said. However, the

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    Qatar has signed an agreement with the United States for the procurement of Boeing F-15 Eagle combat aircraft, the country's government announced on 14 June. The USD12 billion deal was signed during a visit to Washington DC by the Minister of State for Defense Affairs, Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al

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    Navistar Defense has received an USD18.8 million US Foreign Military Sales contract to provide 115 International 7000-MV medium tactical vehicles for the Iraqi ministries of interior and defence, the company announced on 13 June. The 7000-MV, similar to Navistar's MaxxPro mine-resistant

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  • 06/14/17--17:00: Gripen E makes maiden flight
  • The Saab Gripen E combat aircraft made its maiden flight from the company's Linköping production facility on 15 June. No further details on the first flight of prototype aircraft 39-8 had been disclosed at the time of writing. This milestone was slightly delayed from the original date of late

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    Germany granted export permits for defence products worth EUR6.85 billion (USD7.67 billion) in 2016, the country's annual government report on the subject finds. This is a decline of around EUR1 billion compared with 2015's EUR7.86 billion. The downward trend appears to be continuing in 2017, as in

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    The Ecuadorian Army (Fuerza Terrestre - FT) has received back into service an Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) AS 332L Super Puma following an extensive refurbishment effort. The handover of the helicopter (serial A.E.E 464) took place on 14 June at the army's Army Aviation Maintenance

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    Boeing is eliminating about 50 executive positions as part of a restructuring of the company’s defence and space unit, the group announced on 13 June. Boeing Military Aircraft and Network & Space Systems, two of the reporting groups in the defence unit, will be broken up into smaller

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  • 06/14/17--17:00: Gripen E makes maiden flight
  • The Saab Gripen E combat aircraft made its maiden flight from the company's Linköping production facility on 15 June. The flight lasted for 40 minutes, during which the pilot "carried out a number of actions to demonstrate various test criteria including the retracting and extending of

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    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has begun a two-day exercise designed to practice defending the disputed Liancourt Rocks in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), which are known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese and are claimed by Seoul, Tokyo, and Pyongyang, the Yonhap News Agency reported on

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    The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo has announced that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) will be conducting rapid deployment exercises of its Patriot PAC-3 missile systems to enhance the service's response capability against ballistic missiles amid growing military threats from North

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    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has terminated the long-planned procurement of 16 Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk multirole helicopters for the Indian Navy (IN) amid differences over the price of the platforms. The MoD took this decision following recommendations from its Contract Negotiation Committee

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