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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 European Defence Agency (EDA) will soon close a tender for a small study on a big idea: a new kind of laser for drone-mounted countermeasure defences. The goal is to move away from fibre optics for generating the beam, resulting in improved performance and a reduction in cost and other factors

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    Bahrain has bought two ex-Royal Air Force (RAF) C-130J transport aircraft, the UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed. It told Jane's on 30 August the two aircraft are currently being refurbished at the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group facilities at Cambridge Airport under the

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    The Venezuelan Armed Forces (FANB) conducted a major nationwide military manoeuvre from 26-27 August, showcasing a variety of hardware. According to Admiral Remigio Ceballos, head of FANB’s Strategic Operational Command (CEOFANB), the event was a “civic-military” exercise

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    In response to North Korea’s 29 August missile test that overflew northern Japan, the United States, Japan, and South Korea two days later conducted a joint ‘deterrence’ flight that included US Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers and, for the first time, the US Marine Corps’ F-35B

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    The US Department of State is to provide an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveillance system to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), a spokesperson for the US military's Djibouti-based Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) has told Jane's . The spokesman said that a

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    The United Kingdom and Oman have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will enable the Royal Navy to use the sultanate’s Duqm port, the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 28 August. The MoU was signed by Secretary of State Michael Fallon during a visit to Oman and the

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    The Turkish government issued a new decree on 25 August requiring civil aviation pilots to return to the Turkish Air Force Command (TAFC) in an attempt to bridge a serious shortage in combat pilots. The shortage has become more acute as a result of the ongoing massive purges of the Turkish Armed

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    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has reacted to Pyongyang’s 29 August test launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) by releasing video footage showing the country’s newest Hyeonmu-2 (pronounced: Hyunmoo) ballistic missile being tested. Published

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    Mark Cazalet , London Polish company Zakłady Mechaniczne Bumar-Łabędy is scheduled to present two upgraded versions of the T-72 main battle tank (MBT) at the MSPO-2017 defence exhibition in September. The two vehicles, designated PT-17 and PT-91M2, were designed in response to the

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    NATO declared its enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland fully operational on 28 August. The announcement follows the declaration of the Canadian-led eFP battlegroup as "fully interoperable and combat effective" after the completion of its

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    As part of its budget request for fiscal year 2018 Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has asked the Ministry of Finance in Tokyo for JPY179 billion (USD1.6 billion) to boost the country’s missile defences in light of growing concerns about North Korean missile capability. The move

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    The Indonesian Army’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD’s) Strategic Reserve Command (KOSTRAD) is currently in the process of forming up a new rapid strike composite division consisting of 1,200 personnel. The organisation, which has been named the ‘Cakra

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    FLIR Systems announced on 30 August that it would be re-organising its operations into three business units in order to streamline its operations. The company’s Government and Defence business will now consist of the existing Surveillance and Detection segments, with the Outdoor and Tactical

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    Israel’s Elbit System announced on 29 August that it was awarded a contract worth approximately USD93 million from an undisclosed Asia-Pacific country to upgrade its F-5 light fighter fleet, with work expected to be completed by 2020. According to the company’s statement, it will supply

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    The Brazilian Army hopes to receive four modernised Shorts C-23B+ Sherpa twin-engine utility aircraft beginning in January 2021, the army told Jane’s on 30 August. The aircraft would be modernised prior delivery, the service added. These aircraft were decommissioned from the US Army National

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    Key Points Russia has ordered new T-90M, BMPT, and BMP-3 armoured fighting vehicles The contracts indicate that Russia's next-generation platforms will not enter service for many years Analysis Russia announced contracts during the Army-2017 show that indicate its next generation of armoured

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    The US Air Force (USAF) is set to launch its X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on 7 September, according to a service statement. The OTV is scheduled to launch on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This will be the fifth mission for the secretive X-37B.

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    Ukrainian state defence manufacturer Ukroboronprom released details of its efforts to reduce its reliance on foreign suppliers on 31 August. The programme of import substitution, prompted by the outbreak of conflict with pro-Russian separatists in 2014, has seen Russian-produced components swiftly

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    Swiss defence and aerospace group RUAG published financial results for the first half of 2017 (1H17) on 21 August, revealing a large annual rise in sales. Revenue rose by 5.2% to CHF943 million (USD982 million) in the first two quarters, although earnings before interest and taxes fell significantly

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    Two Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers are needed to keep the UK flight trials of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II combat aircraft on schedule to allow the Royal Navy (RN) to declare its full carrier strike capability, according to the senior officer of the second in the class. Speaking

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