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    The Executive Committee (EC) of Turkey’s Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) discussed 22 defence industry projects worth around USD5 billion during a meeting on 2 November. A statement released by the SSM, chaired by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, named the projects decided on without

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    Israeli private equity firm FIMI Opportunity Funds has entered into an agreement to acquire 53.6% of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) subsidiary ImageSat International (ISI), it was announced on 6 November. FIMI will invest USD40 million into ISI, and in turn will purchase the new EROS C

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    Thales and Thailand’s Defence Technology Institute (DTI), the research and development (R&D) agency of the Thai Ministry of Defence (MoD), signed an agreement on 6 November to collaborate on defence R&D. The memorandum of understanding (MOU), which was signed at the Defence &

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    BAE Systems is positioning its Type 31 multipurpose frigate to meet potential opportunities in the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) for additional surface combatants. A spokesperson for the company told Jane’s on 6 November at the Defence & Security 2017 show in Bangkok that, if selected to fulfil

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    Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space (DS), the defence division of Airbus, has called for France and Germany to step up their schedule to jointly produce a common European air platform. “There is not much time to come to a final decision,” Hoke said on 3 November in griephan Briefe

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    Modern hardware will account for more than 60% of equipment in service with Russia`s armed forces, Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov has said in an interview. He told the Voyenno-Promishlennyi Kurier ( Military Industry Courier ) newspaper on 31 October that a level below 50% is considered an

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    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) commissioned a Bell 412EP helicopter at its Ikeja base in Lagos State on 1 November. During the ceremony, NAF Chief of Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said the helicopter would be deployed in the northeast of Nigeria to support the campaign against the militant group

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    Thailand’s Defence Technology Institute (DTI), an agency under the Thai Ministry of Defence (MoD), is expected to adopt greater powers to support defence industrial development as part of its transitioning to an executive government agency. DTI officials told Jane’s on 6 November that

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    The only way to “locate and destroy with complete certainty” all components of North Korea’s nuclear weapon programmes is through a ground invasion, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a letter sent to US Congressman Ted Lieu on 27 October. On behalf of the JCS, Rear

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    The Bundeswehr has studied the implications of worst-case scenarios for the future of the European Union, the German news magazine Der Spiegel reported on 4 November. The secret 102-page document, 'Strategic Perspective 2040', which dates from the end of February, is the first Bundeswehr study of

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    The Indian Army (IA) has finalised plans for its long-delayed acquisition of about 800,000 assault rifles, deciding to procure both imported and indigenously developed weapons. IA Chief of Staff General Bipin Rawat told the Business Standard newspaper on 4 November that the service plans to acquire

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    The Australian Army’s (AA’s) 7th Brigade at Brisbane received the final tranche of 65 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) consisting of ASLAVs and M113AS4s, and three new M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs), completing the restructuring process of a third and final brigade under Plan

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    Chinese President Xi Jinping has instructed the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to improve its combat capability and readiness for war, according to a report by the state-owned Xinhua news agency. "The Central Military Commission [CMC] should lead the armed forces to be ready to fight and

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    The US Air Force (USAF) is considering a second phase of its OA-X light attack experiment that could involve a real-world combat demonstration, perhaps somewhere in the Middle East, a senior service official said on 7 November. Speaking under the Chatham House rule, the official said that with the

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    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has conducted its first live-fire drill of the Cheongung ('Celestial/Firmament') Korean medium-range surface-to-air missile (KM-SAM or M-SAM) since officially deploying the system, the Yonhap news agency reported on 2 November. Several Cheongung Block-1

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    The White House on 6 November sent Congress a nearly USD6 billion supplement budget request to cover new ‘emergency’ funding for missile defence and additional troops for Afghanistan. Under an emergency requirement, the request proposed USD2.1 billion for construction of another

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    The Ukrainian Army received a first tranche of 10 Kozak II armoured personnel carriers (APCs) on 31 October 2017, Scientific and Production Association Practika has announced. The deliveries are part of a March 2017 contract for an unknown number of APCs. The Kozak II first entered service in 2015,

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    The Indian Army (IA) launched a new software application on 2 November to better manage and monitor logistics at the unit level and thus augment operational efficiency. The Integrated Quarter Master Package (IQMP), which was developed by the Army Software Development Centre to replace outmoded

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    The German Army is due to receive its first Rheinmetall DM98 practice ammunition for its Leopard 2 main battle tanks by the end of the year, the company announced on 3 November. This is part of a Bundeswehr order placed in September for 10,000 DM98 rounds. Rheinmetall expects to receive an order

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    Honeywell Aerospace is targeting growth in Southeast Asia over the next couple of years by expanding its presence through partnerships with local companies, a company executive told Jane’s on 7 November. Speaking at the Defence & Security 2017 exhibition in Bangkok, Ron Lopez, Honeywell

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