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    EU foreign ministers agreed on 19 June to the one-year extension to 23 June 2018 of sanctions against Russia in response to its illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. The measures apply to EU citizens and EU-based companies. They forbid any exports of goods and technologies to Crimean

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    China's Harbin Turbine Company (HTC) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Russia's United Engine Corporation (UEC) for the supply, production, and development of small- and medium-sized industrial gas-turbine units that could potentially also be used to power naval ships. The deal was

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    Boeing has been awarded a three-year contract to continue support of the Indian Navy's (IN's) fleet of P-8I Neptune long-range maritime multi-mission aircraft. In addition to field and logistics service representatives, the contract includes engineering, support, and planning, said the US-based

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    The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has developed a microwave photonics-based radar prototype that can capture images of significantly higher resolution than those provided by similar radar systems, according to Chinese state-media reports. "Compared with traditional radar, the [recently

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    Under pressure from a combination of financial and political factors, the Brazilian government is considering an extended suspension of funding for its SN-BR nuclear-powered submarine programme, sources in Brasilia have told Jane's . The SN-BR programme was launched in 1978 and since then USD4.3

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    Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded an USD617.6 million contract to supply an undisclosed number of surface-to-air SM-2 missiles to the US Navy and allied foreign navies. If all options are exercised, the cumulative value of the contract, which also includes spares, is USD652.7 million, the

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    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is looking to sell Kfir fighters that were earmarked for Argentina to United States-based private contractors for use as 'Red Air' training platforms, a senior company executive told Jane's on 20 June. Speaking at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, Benjamin Cohen,

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    The recent arrival on Israel's border of the latest generation Russian air defence systems has "sharpened the mind" of Rafael as it looks to maintain the air force's freedom of operation in the region, Jane's was told on 20 June. Speaking at the Paris Air Show, company representative

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    Airbus Helicopters has showcased an updated concept for the high speed demonstrator it is developing as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research programme. Revealed at the Paris Air Show on 20 June, the Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft (RACER) concept features updated aerodynamics to help it

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    US aerospace firm Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc launched what it described as "the future of air combat" at the Paris Air Show in the form of a new class of high-performance, jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Building on its experience in providing

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    Spanish plane parts maker Sofitec is to build a 20,000 m2 extension that will include a new surface treatment section at its Carmona factory near Seville. It has also just opened a new commercial office in Paris, director general, José Miguel Hernández, announced at the Paris Air Show on

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    Tel Aviv-based Bird Aerosystems presented its AeroShield missile defence pod in its full configuration for the first time at the Paris Air Show. Based on the Airborne Missile Protection System (AMPS) family of solutions that the company produces in co-operation with Airbus Defence and Space, the

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    Key Points A top US officer wants the Pentagon to accelerate its nuclear weapons modernisation efforts These are huge programmes that will all be modernised simultaneously The United States officer in charge of its nuclear arsenal wants the Pentagon to accelerate its nuclear modernisation

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    The US Army is exploring force structure options to add capability for addressing peer adversaries such as Russia, as 'modular' brigade combat teams (BCTs) may lack some of the necessary functions, according to Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, head of US Army Europe (USAREUR). "I think the army

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    Safran Helicopter Engines (Safran HE) has signed an agreement with Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) to support powerplants fitted onto helicopters operated by the Royal Thai Armed Forces. Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU), which was signed on 20 June at the Paris Air Show, the two companies

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    Lockheed Martin officials launched the C-130J-SOF at the Paris Air Show on 20 June, the first ever special operations forces (SOF)-configured production variant of the Super Hercules transport aircraft to be offered for export. The baseline C-130J-SOF comes in an ISR configuration that features an

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    The first indigenously built floating dock for the Indian Navy (IN) was launched on 20 June at the Larsen & Toubro (L&T) shipyard at Kattupalli near Chennai, the capital of the southeastern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Referred to as the FDN-2, the 185 m-long and 40 m-wide floating dock will

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    Key Points F-35As at Luke AFB in Arizona return to flight 21 June after being out of service for 11 days The F-35A is one of the Pentagon's top acquisition priorities The US Air Force (USAF) on 21 June will resume local Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter flight operations at

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    To address Russian threats, the US Army has decided to send more short-range air defence (SHORAD) and Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) units to Europe in the coming years, according to Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, head of US Army Europe (USAREUR). The decision stems partly from lessons

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    Latvia will meet the NATO target of defence spending of 2% GDP in January 2018, President Raimonds Vejonis announced on 19 June. After a ceremony to mark the completion of the deployment of NATO's multinational battlegroups at Camp Adazi, Latvia, Vejonis told Jane's that this spending level was more

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