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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 Taiwanese army's first Apache helicopter combat squadron has become operational. The service's first AH-64E unit, which is actually designated the Second Apache Combat Squadron, was formally commissioned at a ceremony held on 28 June at the Army Aviation and Special Forces Command's (AASFC's)

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    South Korea's LIG Nex1 has signed an agreement with the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) to co-develop systems for military and commercial aircraft, it has been announced. LIG Nex1 said in a statement that the memorandum of understanding (MOU), which was signed during the 2017 Paris Air Show in

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    Boeing Defence Australia has been awarded a AUD70 million (USD53 million) contract to sustain the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) fleet of eight C-17A Globemaster strategic transport aircraft. The recently signed Australian C-17 Sustainment Services Contract supplements the country's membership

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    A previously unseen version of the UralVagonZavod (UVZ) BMPT tank support combat vehicle was displayed for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad when he visited the main Russian airbase in his country on 27 June. The original BMPT Terminator was developed for the Russian Army to protect its main battle

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    China's Dalian shipyard has launched another Luyang III (Type 052D)-class guided-missile destroyer on order for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The vessel, which has been named Qiqihar , was launched on 26 June. The platform is China's 13th Type 052D destroyer. The PLAN commissioned its

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    Key Points Blue Origin announced plans to build its BE-4 engine in Alabama The company is a potential supplier to major Pentagon contractor United Launch Alliance Blue Origin on 26 June announced plans to build a new facility in Huntsville, Alabama, to manufacture its BE-4 rocket engine in

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    Russia has delivered at least 12 9P157-2 Khrizantema-S vehicle-mounted anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems to Azerbaijan and more than 15 systems will be delivered by the end of 2018, Jane's has learned. The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence reported the arms acquisition on 24 June in an official

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    The Australian-led international peacekeeping mission in the Solomon Islands will come to an end on 30 June after nearly 14 years of operations, according to a 29 June statement by the Department of Defence in Canberra. Known as the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), the

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    Key Points New procurement template intended to boost local involvement Exporters will face greater demands to demonstrate commitment Australia's Department of Defence (DoD) has announced the expansion of a procurement method through which it aims to bolster Australian industrial involvement in

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  • 06/28/17--17:00: Serbia upgrades MiG-29s
  • At least EUR185 million (USD208 million) will be invested throughout the coming years in the general overhaul, lifecycle extension, and modernisation of 10 Serbian Air Force MiG-29 fighters, assisted by Russia. The aircraft involved are four existing Serbian examples (three MiG-29B single-seat

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    The Royal Netherlands Army will deploy its Boxer infantry fighting vehicle to Lithuania in July, marking the first time this version will be sent abroad, Jane's has learned. B Company of the 13th Light Brigade's 42 Battalion will relieve an armoured infantry company from 43 Battalion, which is

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    Two Assad-class corvettes that were built in Italy for Iraq in the 1980s have finally been delivered. The Italian news agency ANSA reported on 19 May that the two ships would leave La Spezia, where they were moored in the Italian naval base, for Iraq on the semi-submersible heavy carrier Eide

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    South Korean naval shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction (HHIC) has been awarded a contract to construct four additional ‘B’ variant Patrol Killer Experimental (PKX-B) fast attack craft for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN). Confirming the contract on 29 June, South

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    The 28 EU nations agreed on 28 June to extend their economic sanctions against Russia for another six months until 31 January 2018. The decision follows their latest assessment of Russia's failure to implement the Minsk agreements, thus justifying the new extension. Originally introduced in July

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    Citing state-of-the-art technology and combining laser-like focus in co-ordinating cyber efforts, UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced on 28 June that the Royal Signals and Intelligence Corps will be amalgamated under a shared command. Observers believe the move is more about cost

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  • 06/28/17--19:00: Switzerland orders NLAW
  • Saab Dynamics announced on 28 June that it had signed a framework agreement with the Swiss Federal Office for Defence Procurement, Armasuisse, for the procurement of the Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon System (NLAW). Following a competitive evaluation process, in which the NLAW was deployed

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    Rheinmetall has received an order for the fourth batch of Future Soldier - Expanded System (Infanterist der Zukunft - Erweitertes System: IdZ-ES) from the Bundeswehr. The EUR369-million (USD420 million) contract was signed with Germany's Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information

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    The Philippine military has said it is striving to end the clashes with Islamic State-linked militants in the southern Philippine city of Marawi "as soon as possible", as the official death toll from the fighting has exceeded 400. "We are trying to finish this as soon as we can

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    The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo has rejected media reports claiming that it is considering arming the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's (JASDF) burgeoning fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft with air-to-surface missiles (ASMs). The Tokyo-based Yomiuri

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    The Indian Army (IA) is acquiring 158,000 bulletproof helmets for INR1.8 billion (USD28.12 million) from MKU Limited, a local private sector manufacturer of body and platform armour, following a delay of almost two decades. Made of Kevlar, the ergonomically designed bolt-free helmets weighing

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