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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 French Army took delivery of the last upgraded Nexter Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie (VBCI) 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the service’s spokesperson recently told Jane’s . Ninety-five out of a total of 520 29.3-tonne Véhicule de Combat d'Infanterie

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    BAE Systems has outlined further details of its bid to upgrade the British Army’s Challenger 2 main battle tank (MBT). Speaking to Jane's on 14 September at DSEI 2017 in London, Simon Jackson, the campaign leader for BAE’s Challenger 2 Mark 2 Life Extension Project (LEP) bid, detailed

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    The Bundeswehr has sent invitations to tender for the assault rifle, which will replace the G36. Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr: BAAINBw)

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    Angola has received the first two of 12 Sukhoi Su-30K multirole fighters and is expected to receive the rest by early 2018, Aleksandr Vorobei, the CEO of the 558th Aviation Repair Plant in Belarus, told Sputnik on 19 September. The aircraft were originally produced for India as an interim fighter

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    Key Points The US defence secretary wants to split procurement into hardware and software efforts An expert said this is a good idea, but said major weapon systems such as the F-35 are largely software The Pentagon is evaluating how to divide its acquisition efforts into hardware and software

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    Rheinmetall held the first dynamic field demonstration of its infantry system concept at its Unterlüss test centre in northern Germany on 19 September. The system consists of the Infanterist der Zukunft - Erweitertes System (Future Soldier - Expanded System, IdZ-ES), the RS556 assault rifle

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    Panama’s Ministry of Public Security (Ministerio de Seguridad Pública: MINSEG) has requested a 2018 budget just over USD743 million, according to a 15 September statement. The majority of the budget would be for internal security activities, but approximately USD46 million will be

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    The United States will send more than 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan as part of President Donald Trump’s new strategy for the 16 year-old conflict in the Central Asian country, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters on 19 September. “It's exactly over 3,000 somewhat.

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    The Chilean Air Force has secured logistics and maintenance support from Lockheed Martin for its 40 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft until June 2020. Lockheed Martin will provide the services through a USD47.8 million foreign military sales contract. The new contract, signed in mid-September, renews

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    The US Army has flown its final sortie for the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopter, bringing to an end its three-and-a-half year divestment process for the type. The final flight took place on 19 September from Felker Army Airfield at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia, and came some 40

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    Northtrop Grumman has been awarded a USD18.6 million contract to produce Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedo array kits for operators of the weapon including Thailand, according to information published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 19 September. The contract combines purchases for the US

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    Key Points A key US Air Force officer said the service doesn’t want to buy more Russian rocket engines The service is paying companies to develop next-generation launch systems The US Air Force (USAF) is not pushing Congress for permission to buy additional Russian-developed rocket engines,

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    The government of Vietnam has outlined a requirement for its defence industrial base to become more competitive in domestic and international defence markets. At a government meeting on 20 September to shape the development of the defence industry over the coming decade, Vietnam’s Prime

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    Key Points Business organisation looks to engage with Indian MoD on addressing ‘ambiguity’ in new policy Concerns remain about who owns and controls foreign technologies transferred to India The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has welcomed the Indian Ministry of Defence’s

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    Key Points Syrian government forces have established a bridgehead on the eastern side of the Euphrates The SAA is now in a position to secure crucial oil fields and prevent the SDF advancing further down the Euphrates valley Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops have staged a river crossing to set up a

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    Officials and defence experts in Brussels are split over how the EU’s new initiatives, such as its European Defence Fund (EDF), should support multinational defence capability programmes, and whether the latter should be open to non-EU players. At stake is future EU-NATO military

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    Brazil and South Korea are looking to expand defence industrial ties on naval programmes, following a meeting between Brazilian and Korean officials on 19 September. A delegation from South Korea’s Defence Acquisition Programme Authority (DAPA), met with officials from the Brazilian Ministry

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    Key Points The Azerbaijani Army showed Dana 152 mm SPHs and RM-70 Vampir 122 mm MRLs for the first time Video footage showed Dana SPHs and RM-70 Vampir MRLs travelling to an exercise area The Azerbaijani Army showed Czech-designed Dana 152 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) and RM-70 Vampir 122

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    Workers at Canadian aerospace and transportation manufacturer Bombardier staged a protest on 20 September, targeted not at their employer but in support of it. Employees represented by the Unifor union stopped work at Bombardier’s Toronto facility in order to voice their opposition to

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    Key Points The latest wargaming of a Russian invasion of the Baltic states and Poland has brought out some harsh lessons about the latter's ability to prevail The key issue is the glacial pace of Polish defence procurement From 12-14 September the Baltic Hegemon wargaming exercise had its second

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