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Recent content from Jane's 360: IHS Jane's Defence Weekly - Digital, Online and Print Magazine

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    US aerospace and defence manufacturer Boeing announced on 5 October that it is seeking to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, a specialist in innovative autonomous systems and technologies, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), electric air propulsion, and aircraft design. Following

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    The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) were preparing on 6 October to leave their homeport in Mayport, Florida, to sail to the United State's Gulf Coast to help the region in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Nate, which is projected

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    Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson approved the requirements on 3 October for a future frigate to replace the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), officials told Jane’s . With the CNO’s approval, the US Navy (USN) is now cleared to seek requests for proposals (RFPs) for the

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    Saab signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Thai industrial estate developer Amata on 5 October to study areas of industry and technology collaboration. The MOU is in support of Saab’s potential involvement in Amata’s plans to create a ‘smart city’ and an aerospace

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    Australian company Quickstep announced on 9 October plans to streamline its board of directors in line with its continuing restructuring. The firm, a specialist in advanced composites, said three of its non-executive directors (Nigel Ampherlaw, Peter Cook, and Errol McCormack) are retiring and will

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    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) is to propose a 2018 defence budget of TWD327.8 billion (USD10.8 billion), state-run news in the country reported on 7 October. The allocation, which will be submitted to the Legislative Yuan on 11 October, represents an increase of about 1.9% (or

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    Russia transferred six MiG-29 jet fighters to Serbia with three Volga-Dnepr An-124-100 flights on 2-4 October. Taking off from Tretyakovo Airport in Lukhovitsy, some 135 km southeast of Moscow, the airlifters flew the MiG-29s to Batajnica Air Base, 20 km northwest of Belgrade. The aircraft

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    On 3 October the deadline for the submission of proposals for a fighter aircraft for Croatia expired, 75 days after they were requested on 20 July. Evaluation of the proposals received is expected to take two months, looking at aircraft capabilities, the partnership with the proposing country, the

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    The US Army is expanding its training and advising role for foreign military forces with its new Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs) that are now being established. “We are training, advising, and assisting indigenous armies all over the world, and I expect that will increase and not

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    The US Army is seeking to accelerate production of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) to replace its ageing M113A3 family of vehicles, army and industry officials said. AMPV-builder BAE Systems is scheduled to deliver 29 AMPVs by year’s end, and has delivered 17 so far (6 at Aberdeen

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    The US Army is buying the Trophy-HV active protection system (APS) for its M1A2 SEPv2 Abrams main battle tanks as an interim measure to address urgent threats against US tanks in Europe. About a year ago the army was directed to install and characterise existing APS, and it chose to work with

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    The US Navy’s Advanced Explosive Ordinance Disposal Robotic Systems (AEODRS) Increments 2 and 3 have been officially cancelled via an announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website. The 6 October announcement comes as the AEODRS Increment 1 programme for backpackable platforms

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    The US Army has a new set of six modernisation priorities and it will re-organise its acquisition structures specifically around those efforts, Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy told reporters on 9 October. “We’ve been studying this for a quite a bit of time, and it’s got

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    Washington is to allocate USD5 million to Estonia for the construction of radar systems for electronic monitoring along the Narva river, which forms Estonia’s north-eastern border with the Russian Federation. On 6 October, the Estonian Minister of Internal Affairs, Andres Anvelt, said,

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    The US Army has received into service its 400th and final Airbus Helicopters UH-72A Lakota training and support platform, the company announced on 9 October. The conclusion of deliveries comes about 11 years after the civil variant EC 145 was selected by the army to conduct pilot training, while

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    South Korea has secured the technology to build a non-lethal graphite-based ‘blackout bomb’ that could paralyse North Korea’s power systems in case of a war, the Yonhap news quoted military sources as saying on 8 October. “All technologies for the development of a graphite

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  • 10/08/17--18:00: Saudi THAAD sale approved
  • Saudi Arabia’s long-expected request for the Lockheed Martin Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system was made public on 6 October, when the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the US State Department had approved a proposed sale estimated to be worth USD15

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    Lieutenant General Vladimir Benediktov, head of Russia’s military transport aviation command (Voyenno-Transportnoy Aviatsii, VTA), announced at the beginning of October that the Russian Air Force would require 150-200 new Il-76MD-90A transports by the end of the 2020s. The announcement was

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    Italian defence group Leonardo has been awarded a contract by Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) to provide information management software for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) fleet of Collins-class submarines. In a 5 October statement the company announced that its Smart

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    Belgium is considering contributing its NH90 helicopters to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. The Belgian government will decide at the end of 2017 which operations the armed forces will

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