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

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    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing that a new-design catamaran auxiliary ship is under construction for China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) at the Huangpu shipyard in Guangzhou. The vessel appears to have been launched recently and is in the process of fitting out. Only

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    The Turkish military announced on 22 June that it had deployed 23 personnel and five armoured military vehicles to Qatar. It did not say how many Turks are now in the country, but a senior defence official told parliament in May that the country had 94 soldiers in Qatar at that time. The Qatari

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    The Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA (RIM-161D) hit-to-kill interceptor failed to engage its target in the latest test carried out by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Japan Ministry of Defense off the coast of Hawaii. "At approximately 7:20 pm Hawaii Standard Time, June 21

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    US avionics house Rockwell Collins announced at the Paris Air Show on 21 June that its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system has been selected by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) to support its MQ-9B SkyGuardian medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

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    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in the final stage of negotiations with IOMAX for the sale of 12 Archangel Block 2 Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA) with the option of 12 more, Jane's was told on 22 June. The direct commercial sale (DCS) will see the UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAE AF & AD)

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    Russia is touting its MiG-35 'Fulcum-F' as a transitional platform between the fourth- and fifth-generation of combat aircraft. Speaking to Jane's at the Paris Air Show on 19 June, Deputy General Director of RSK-MiG, Viktor Chernov, described the latest iteration of the MiG-29 as a 'bridging'

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    Bulgarian company Light Armed Surveillance Aircraft (LASA) Engineering Ltd showcased its T-Bird intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft for the first time at the Paris Air Show. Based on the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft airframe, the T-Bird is

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    Airbus Defense and Space (DS) is set to deliver its first armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) C295 aircraft to an undisclosed customer in September, Pablo Melero, marketing manager for ISR Military Aircraft at Airbus DS, told Jane's. The modified aircraft features a

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    North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of Pyongyang's programme to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Reuters news agency reported on 23 June. The US assessed that the test, the latest in a series of engine

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    Key Points The new Antonov An-132D transport aircraft has made its international debut at the Paris Air Show The aircraft is a collaboration between Ukraine's Antonov and Saudi Arabia's Taqnia Aeronautics and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology The Antonov An-132D has made its

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    Latvia will meet the NATO target of defence spending of 2% of 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

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    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has yet to sign a service and maintenance contract with Swiss aircraft maker Pilatus for the 75 PC-7 Mk II tandem-seat basic trainer aircraft (BTA) it acquired in May 2012 at a cost of around USD1 billion. Industry and diplomatic sources said the extended warranty for the

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    The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) a total of approximately USD3 billion for the detail, design, and construction of Landing Helicopter Assault (LHA) Replacement Flight 1 amphibious assault ship the future USS Bougainville (LHA 8) on 16 June 2017.

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    During its penultimate session before the summer recess, the Bundestag's parliamentary budget committee approved defence procurement and modernisation programmes worth EUR10 billion (USD11.2 billion). This included the approval of funding for the procurement of five additional type K130 corvettes

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    The Bundestag, the German parliament, on 22 June approved the transfer of the Luftwaffe from Incirlik, Turkey, to Al Azraq, Jordan. The vote was 458 to 85, with 23 abstentions. Members of the Bundestag rejected a motion by the Green and left-wing Linke parties for Germany to withdraw altogether

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    The US Army has made progress in improving its acquisition processes, particularly in how it generates requirements for new capability, but work remains to be done and staffing may be a critical issue, according to government auditors. A major review in 2011 - resulting in the so-called

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    The Chilean Navy will begin a process to acquire two new diesel-electric submarines during the second half of 2017 by issuing a request for information (RFI) for a programme to replace older boats commissioned in the 1980s, military sources in Santiago told Jane's . Admiral Julio Leiva, who took

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    A Chilean Navy Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) C295 Persuader maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) arrived at the company's facility in Seville, Spain, in mid-June to undergo a major depot check and upgrade to full anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability, military sources in Santiago told Jane's .

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    Australia has agreed to despatch two of its Lockheed Martin AP-3C Orion surveillance aircraft to support the Philippine military's fight against militant groups. The government in Manila accepted the offer of the two aircraft to provide reconnaissance support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines

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    Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is on course to complete flight trials of its latest MiG-35 'Fulcrum-F' combat aircraft at the turn of the new year, ahead of the launch of serial production in 2018, a senior company representative told Jane's on 24 June. Speaking during the Paris Air

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