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    Two US Air Force (USAF) Boeing (Rockwell) B-1B Lancer strategic bombers conducted their first night-time training with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) on 6 July to demonstrate Washington's defence commitment to Japan following North Korea's test-launch of its first intercontinental

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    Ukraine will open talks with NATO for a membership action plan (MAP) as a step towards eventual membership in the alliance, the country’s leader, president Petro Poroshenko, said on 10 July, adding that Ukraine aims to bring its military and operational standards up to those of NATO in three

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    Key Points Iraq’s prime minister declared that forces have reclaimed the city of Mosul Attention now turns to Raqqa, Syria, where the other major coalition-led offensive is under way Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Mosul on 9 July to declare the city had been reclaimed

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    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the INR24 billion (USD371 million) upgrade of 693 Indian Army (IA) BMP-2/2K Sarath infantry combat vehicles (ICVs) to BMP-2M standard. This includes equipping the licence-built ICVs with advanced thermal imaging sights for night-fighting

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    Key Points Investment in new Reliance aerospace facility could reach USD1 billion Complex intended to support company’s bid to compete with state-owned HAL The office of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in India – a directorate attached to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry –

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    On 10 June the Czech government approved a request submitted by the ministry of defence (MoD) to procure 16 Saab Dynamics RBS 70 NG man-portable air defence system (MANPADS) launchers, worth just over CZK1 billion (USD43.63 billion), for the air defence component of the Army of the Czech Republic

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    Key Points Government agency announces reorganisation of first batch of R&D institutes Move intended to boost efficiencies, but implementation will not be straightforward China has signalled the start of a major restructuring programme featuring military research and development (R&D)

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    The British Army has retired all of its 160 remaining Prox Dynamics Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) nano-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), citing a "diminished" requirement. News of the retirement emerged in the ministry's "UK Armed Forces Equipment and Formations

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    A Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) Yakovlev Yak-130 'Mitten' training aircraft crashed on 11 July in Bangladesh’s southeastern Chittagong District, according to local media reports. BAF officials were quoted by the online news portal bdnews24.com as saying that both pilots ejected safely from the

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  • 07/10/17--17:00: Bahrain to get Sniper pods
  • Lockheed Martin announced on 10 July that it had signed a USD22.45 million contract to supply the Bahrain Defence Forces (BDF) with an undisclosed number of Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) for its F-16 fighters. The contract includes spares and support equipment for integration, with

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    The government of Australia has awarded an AUD223 million (USD169 million) contract to Northrop Grumman for the acquisition, construction, and support of a new satellite ground station to enhance the communication capabilities of the country’s deployed armed forces. Minister for Defence

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    A US Marine Corps (USMC) Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules tanker-transport aircraft crashed on 10 July with the loss of all 16 personnel on board. The USMC confirmed the "mishap" on its website, but did not provide further details as to the precise nature of the incident, the KC-130

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    The Swedish government will not offer the Saab Gripen E to Belgium for political reasons, the Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) announced on 10 July. The FMV said that, while the Gripen fulfils all of the Belgian Air Component’s (BAC’s) operational requirements, there are

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    South Korea's locally developed TR-60 tiltrotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has for the first time successfully carried out flight trials from a moving ship, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) said in a statement on 11 July. The 200 kg UAV took off from and landed on the flight deck of

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    South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) has disputed North Korea’s claim that it has successfully developed re-entry capabilities for its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) programme, South Korean lawmaker Yi Wan-young was quoted by several media outlets as saying on 11

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    Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has awarded Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV) a framework contract for 629 HX2 family logistics vehicles in the last week. The contract follows on the heels of two smaller ones awarded to

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    Key Points A top USAF officer wants to boost the service’s F-35 buy to 60 or 80 aircraft The USAF wants to buy more aircraft despite being financially limited to 46 annually A top US Air Force (USAF) officer wants the service to boost its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike

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    Key Points Thales has offered the Watchkeeper UAS for the Indonesian Air Force's requirements System is being considered to improve the service's surveillance, reconnaissance, and target acquisition capabilities Thales UK is positioning the company's WK 450 Watchkeeper unmanned aircraft system

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    Brazilian Army (Exército Brasileiro: EB) personnel are to repair armoured vehicles belonging to the Paraguayan Army, after the personnel inspected the platforms from 26 June to 7 July, according to a 6 July EB statement. The inspection (and the impending maintenance) was undertaken by

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    The Royal Saudi Air Force’s (RSAF’s) pre-planned targeting during its operations in Yemen complies with NATO standards. However, its dynamic targeting has not always been up to the same level, according to a UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) assessment that emerged during a legal case, which

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