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    Republic of Korea (RoK) and US military personnel responded to North Korea's first test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on 4 July by conducting a joint missile drill aimed at demonstrating the alliance's precision-firing capabilities. "This exercise utilised the Army

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    Gun firm Smith & Wesson has agreed to buy all the assets of Gemini Technologies, a company that produces silencers, the company announced on 5 July. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Gemini suppressors are sold to both the commercial and government markets. The deal is expected to be

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    Three of the seven former UK military Sea King helicopters recently acquired by the Pakistan Navy (PN) are expected to be flying again in early September. The platforms, which were officially handed over on 24 May, are currently being refurbished by the UK-based Vector Aerospace Corporation. The

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    Lockheed Martin launched the future steel monohull Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) variant USS Billings (LCS 15) into the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisconsin, at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on 1 July 2017. To prepare for the launch, 118-m long Billings was moved to its

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    Indian technical textiles manufacturer Garware Wall Ropes Ltd (GWRL) and Israel's Aero-T company announced on 5 July the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which they said showed an "intention to combine their capability for [the] manufacturing and supply of advanced aerostats for

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    India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested the indigenously designed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) on 3 July from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur on the country's east coast. "All the technologies and

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    Key Points ABG cancels defence shipbuilding programmes due to financial woes Company seeks a strategic investor to raise much-needed capital India's largest private-sector shipbuilder ABG Shipyard has admitted that it is in severe financial crisis, and that it has consequently discontinued all

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    A mechanised infantry company of the Hungarian 25th Klapka György Infantry Brigade has arrived in Estonia under the auspices of a defence agreement with the central European Visegrád Group, to supplement the forces of NATO's enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic states. The unit was

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    The Estonian National Centre for Defence Investment announced a EUR75 million (USD85 million) tender on 3 July for the purchase of new automatic 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm calibre small arms and associated equipment for the country's 1st and 2nd infantry brigades. The tender also incorporates purchases

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    In a rare common viewpoint, left- and certain right-wing members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have lambasted the European Commission's plan to use EU money to finance defence research and acquisition programmes, calling it a "militarisation of the union" and a move "toward a

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  • 07/04/17--17:00: Belgian C-130s fly again
  • Belgian air force C-130H transport aircraft are flying again and are "practically operational", the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 July. Some of the aircraft are still grounded but will return to the air in the next few days and the entire fleet of 11 C-130s will be operational

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    Poland's Strategic Defence Review addresses a number of issues that its NATO allies would do well to heed, key among which is the requirement for the allies to maintain individual as well as joint defence capabilities. Reuben Johnson reports On 28 June, the Center for European Policy Analysis

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    Key Points Airbus sees opportunities to meet regional air-surveillance requirements The company is exploring industrial partnerships to support its sales drive Airbus is promoting its C295 maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA) to the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) in the first part of a regional tour in

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    North Korea successfully test-fired on 4 July what it claimed was its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The land-based missile, which was launched about 0939 h local time from a location near Panghyon Airfield in Kusong, in North Korea's northwestern North Pyongan Province, flew for

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    Key Points A military technology expert believes aircraft complexity is driving DoD physiological issues It is much easier to 'debug' oxygen supply issues in simpler aircraft as opposed to complex ones A military technology expert believes the complexity of the Pentagon's high performance

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    Key Points Two countries to strengthen defence trade partnership through co-development Commitment will support proposed medium-range surface-to-air missile project India and Israel have pledged to support their strong defence trade partnership through greater focus on joint programmes supported

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    Denel announced on 5 July that 21 Casspir armoured vehicles are ready for delivery to an African customer it did not identify, but is likely to be Angola. The company said the consignment is part of an order for 45 vehicles that are based on its new-generation Casspir NG2000 series, the first batch

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    Argentina's Navy is working together with state-owned aircraft factory, Fábrica Argentina de Aviones SA (FAdeA), on modernisation plans for their fleet of Beech T-34C Turbo Mentors. The Argentine Navy sent a request to define possibilities for changing the aircraft's navigation and

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    The Argentine Navy icebreaker ARA Almirante Irízar began its first sea trails on 4 July, after being rebuilt and modernised following a fire on 10 April 2007. Repairs proceeded slowly due to political and budgetary problems, and indecision over whether to simply repair the ship or to also

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    The state-owned Korea Development Bank (KDB) announced on 6 July that it intends to sell its entire controlling stake in STX Engine, a manufacturer of military power plants and electronics systems. The sale features about 24 million shares in the Changwon-based company, worth approximately 87% of

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