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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 Russian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) 7 September announcement that it was revising plans to permanently remove 10,000 armoured vehicles from its inventory and upgrade T-80 and T-90 series main battle tanks (MBTs) could jeopardise the future of the Armata programme. The announcement

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    The Japanese government is to fund a USD17.9-million contract awarded to Virginia-based firm Contrack Watts for the construction of a waterfront headquarters building at US Naval Base Guam, as part of an agreement between Tokyo and Washington to relocate Okinawa-based US Marine Corps (USMC)

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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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    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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    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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    A sovereign upgrade capability for the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) new Protector unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is a vital part of the project to renew the service's fleet of unmanned systems. Speaking exclusively to Jane’s , Dave Alexander, president of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

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    An integrated British Army information manoeuvre team has deployed on its first major exercise to support troops training in Canada in future warfare concepts. The team, which brings together cyber, electronic warfare, media, civil affairs, intelligence and military communications specialists, is a

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    The Myanmar Army has deployed thousands of troops to the country’s western Rakhine state as it steps up counter-insurgency efforts there. Nearly 40 battalions drawn from a range of local and regional commands as well as of the army’s mobile reserve have been moved to the restive region

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    Rheinmetall Defence has outlined its approach to countering the oft-neglected threat from low-flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Speaking to Jane’s at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 defence exhibition, held in London from 11 to 15 September, Fabian Ochsner,

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    The Brazilian Army has released a new review of its Army Strategic Plan 2016-19. The update was driven by Brazil’s economic retraction and made several changes to the previous plan that was approved in December 2015. Updates include establishing a new doctrine to be implemented through the

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    The Bolivian government is considering buying light strike aircraft, riverine vessels, and more from Argentina, military sources in Buenos Aires told Jane's . Bolivia's main interest is buying between 8 and 12 IA-63 Pampa III light strike aircraft, to be built at Argentina's Fábrica Argentina

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    The Argentine Air Force is finalising a deal to buy eight liaison aircraft, after Ministry of Defence approval, to begin replacing its fleet of ageing locally built Cessna 182 and Piper Seneca aircraft. The replacements are being purchased through the International Civil Aviation Organization and

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    Key Points ATAC buys French F1 aircraft in preparation for US Air Force Adversary Air competition The USAF could spend billions of dollars acquiring this capability Virginia-based Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) has bought 61 French Dassault F1 multirole fighter aircraft to offer for a

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    On 21 September General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) was awarded a USD5.1-billion contract by the Pentagon to complete designs for the lead Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). Ultimately 12 Columbia-class boats are planned to replace 14 ageing Ohio-class SSBNs. The Ohio class is to

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    South Korea and the Czech Republic have agreed to expand defence trade and industrial ties, the ministry of foreign affairs in Seoul announced on 21 September. According to the ministry, the two countries will soon hold talks on defence industrial collaboration and seek to advance discussions in

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    The Equipment Development Department (EDD) of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) has signed procurement agreements with a host of national agencies as part of continuing efforts to boost transparency in military acquisitions. State-run Xinhua news service reported on 19 September that

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    BAE Systems Australia has outlined a plan to invest AUD100 million (USD80 million) in a new “digital shipyard” in Adelaide, South Australia, if it is selected to build Future Frigates for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the company said in a statement on 21 September. The statement