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

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    On 20 June China inaugurated a government agency – chaired by President Xi Jinping – to lead the country’s programme to boost capability through civil-military integration (CMI). The official Xinhua news agency said the first meeting of the Central Commission for Integrated

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    The commander of the US Army in Europe (USAREUR), Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, announced on 16 June that he would station three units with as many as 600 airborne troops across the Baltic states for the duration of Russia's large-scale Zapad (West) military manoeuvres in September. He made the

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    The Spanish Ministry of Defence aim to extend the use of Los Llanos near Albacete for NATO's Tactical Leadership Program for another 10 years to 2029, two years after one of the alliance's worst peacetime accidents at the base. This "would permit investments in security to be carried

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    The German-led enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup became operational during Exercise Iron Wolf 2017 in Lithuania, its commander Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Huber said on 20 June. Huber also commands the German Army's (Mechanised Infantry Battalion) 122, which makes up much of the eFP

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    Key Points US Air Force secretary suggests the service focus on early stage research for revolutionary tech The service has been focusing its RDT&E dollars on the latter side of the process - development US Air Force (USAF) secretary Heather Wilson believes the service should invest more in

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    Poland received the first of two General Dynamics Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation G550 VIP transport aircraft on 21 June. Both aircraft will be based at the Polish Air Force's 1 Airlift Base. Poland's Armament Inspectorate signed a PLN440 million (USD116 million) contract on 14 November 2016 for

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    Poland's Armament Inspectorate on 19 June cancelled the tender for Mustang light multi-purpose 4x4 vehicles to replace Honker and UAZ469 jeeps. The tender will be re-released with revised requirements, Jane's understands. Poland has a requirement for 841 soft skin vehicles and 41 armoured variants

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    NHIndustries MRH90 Taipan multirole helicopters will soon be able to provide full logistics support to the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) fleet of Anzac-class frigates after one of the platforms successfully completed trials off the east coast of Australia. During a four week-long period in May

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    Key Points Lockheed Martin adds SNC to its team vying for the US Air Force's JSTARS recap programme The programme is one of the service's top acquisition priorities Lockheed Martin said on 20 June it added Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) to its team vying for the US Air Force's (USAF) Joint Surveillance

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    The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has ordered three more H225 multirole medium helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, bringing to nine the number of H225s expected to be operated by the service by February 2020. Under the agreement the three additional H225s will be used by the JCG for security

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    Europe's foreign ministers gave their approval on 20 June for the European Union to create a new regional co-ordination cell of experts to help strengthen the defence and security structures of five Sahelian countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. To be based within EUCAP Sahel

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    The Chinese ambassador to Belgrade, Li Manchang, donated EUR900,000 (USD1 million) worth of military equipment to the Serbian Army on 20 June. The equipment includes 16 GDQ120A rubber boats with Jiangxi Weimin Machinery WM55 outboard engines, 5 Arctic Wolf military snowmobiles, and 10 portable

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    Key Points A US F-15E shot down an Iranian-made Shaheed-129 in eastern Syria on 20 June. The incident was the second such elimination of a UAV in June, and occurred only two days after a US aircraft shot down a Syrian regime Su-22. A US McDonnell Douglas F-15E shot down an Iranian-made

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    Safran has conducted the first ground test of the Arriel 2L2 engine that will power the Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) being developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the South Korean army. The ground run of the engine, which is being co-developed by Safran Helicopter Engines and Hanwha

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    China's People's Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) is becoming increasingly versatile as its missiles have become "smaller, more powerful, and more accurate", the state-owned China Daily newspaper reported on 21 June citing a PLARF statement. "In the past, missile launches were

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    Raytheon announced at the Paris Air Show on 19 June that its family of active electronically scanned-array (AESA) radars for fighter aircraft have clocked up more than one million operational flight hours with the US Air Force, US Navy, and four international customers. The company additionally

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    NATO and the European Union aim to tighten their co-operation with third countries - and with each other - to combat the rising threat of terrorism on their home territories as the self-proclaimed caliphate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria collapses, said officials from both organisations.

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    Kyrgyzstan and Russia have signed a bilateral agreement on military-technical co-operation, the Russian government announced on 20 June following talks between Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Kyrgyz counterpart, Almazbek Atambayev, in Moscow. "Military-technical and defence

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    The China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) claims to have set a new record for the number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) flying in a swarm, the state-owned Xinhua news agency quoted the corporation as saying. The 11 June news report states that the swarm comprised 119 UAVs,

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    South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed that a camera-equipped unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was found on 9 June on a mountain near the inter-Korean border was launched from North Korea. The origin and flight path of the UAV were confirmed in an analysis of its onboard

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