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Iran not happy with Europe on INSTEX as FM Maas visits - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:03
Iran says European governments have failed to meet its expectations in implementing the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) to protect the 2015 nuclear deal, criticizing their "lack of will" to deal with America's pressure against Tehran.
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Tehran Warns U.S., Allies About Waging 'Economic War' Against Iran - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:03
Iranian President Hassan Rohani has said during a meeting in Tehran with Germany's foreign minister that Iran thinks the nuclear deal it struck with world powers in 2015 is worth saving despite current tensions.
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Iran has placed no order to buy Russian S400: FM Spox - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:03
Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in his weekly press conference on Monday that Iran does not need extra S-400 anti-missile defense system and placed no order for.
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Zarif: Trump's economic war cause of all tensions - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:02
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message pointed to his frank talks with his German counterpart, saying Trump's economic war is the cause of all tensions.
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EU trying JCPOA to go on: German FM - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:02
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas reiterated support by three European states for the Iranian nuclear deal, saying that the European Union is trying to compensate for the vacuum of the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and this issue is to uphold the nuclear deal.
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FM spox urges Europe, Germany to help preserve JCPOA - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:02
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi in a message on Monday urged Europe and Germany to help preserve Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by their practical initiatives.
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Iran, Europe pursue preserving JCPOA, avoiding tensions in region: Zarif - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:02
Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif said, Iran, European Union and Germany follow the purpose of preserving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and avoiding tensions and conflicts in the region.
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We barely count on INSTEX: Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:02
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi stressed that Iran barely counts on the Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).
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Iran succeeds in defeating global consensus against it: FM Zarif - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:02
Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif says US' policies toward the Islamic Republic have not been changed but Iran succeeded in defeating global consensus against Tehran.
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Europe must resist US economic terrorism against Iran: President Rouhani - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:02
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says European countries must resist the United States' economic terrorism against the Iranian nation and live up to their obligations as per a nuclear deal signed between Tehran and six world powers in 2015.
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IAEA chief worried about increasing tensions over Iran nuclear work - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:01
The UN nuclear agency's chief says he is "worried about increasing tensions" over Iran's nuclear program, calling for de-escalation efforts as Tehran expresses dissatisfaction with European actions to offset the effects of the US withdrawal from a 2015 international deal.
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Local Elections to Be Held in DPRK - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:01
Elections for deputies to provincial (municipality), city (district) and county people's assemblies will take place in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on July 21, Juche 108 (2019) in accordance with Article 138 of the Socialist Constitution and decisions of the local people's committees.
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Beijing Has a Plan to Outpace the US Military's Weaponry by 2049 - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:01
A new report by a Washington think tank warns it is "long past time" the Pentagon took the Chinese military-technological drive seriously, as Beijing has a plan to technically outpace the US military by 2049 and develop the ability to wage war on its own terms.
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Northrop tapped for G/ATOR Production | Iran unveils new Defense System | China turns to Ukraine for Military Upgrades

Defense Industry Daily - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:00

Northrop Grumman Systems won a $958 million firm-fixed-price contract to deliver 30 full-rate production Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar systems for the US Marine Corps. The deal includes spares parts and retrofit kits. The AN/TPS-80 G/ATOR system provides multi-faceted detection and tracking capabilities to support engagement of a wide range of hostile threats, and offers robust air traffic control capabilities to ensure the safety of Marines worldwide. The G/ATOR comes in two distinct software variants: Block I conducts air defense and surveillance missions for aviation command and control squadrons, and Block II targets the source of incoming artillery and other ground-based fires. The radar is able to detect low-observable targets with low radar cross sections such as rockets, artillery, mortars, cruise missiles and drones. Northrop will perform work within the US and is expected to be finished by January 13, 2025.

The US Navy contracted Bath Iron Works with a $61.7 million modification in support of the DDG 51 Class destroyers. The deal is for lead years services, which is a broad category encompassing necessary engineering support and configuration, baseline upgrades and new technology support, data and logistics management, analysis, acceptance trials, post-delivery test and trials and other elements of supporting construction of DDG 51 Class destroyers. DDG 51 Arleigh Burke destroyers are warships that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities. Destroyers can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups, and underway replenishment groups. The ships use the Aegis Combat System and the SPY-1D multifunction radar array. The ships were designed to use Tomahawk and other surface-to-air missiles and engage in antisubmarine warfare. Majority of the work under the contract modification will take place in Maine and is scheduled to be completed by June next year-

Middle East & Africa

Iran unveiled a new defense system called the „Khordad 15th“. The weapons system was displayed in a ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami in Tehran, during which he said that it could detect targets as far away as 150 kilometers and hit several targets with the indigenous “Sayyad-3” missiles. According to reports, the missile system is a high-precision weapon capable of flying at low altitudes and able to carry a significant payload. Iran has worked in recent years to build its own weapons locally, rather than relying on foreign actors. Iran’s missile program was among the reasons cited by US President Donald Trump for leaving the 2015 nuclear deal last year and reimposing crippling sanctions. Recently Trump said he would be willing to reopen talks as long as Iran agreed to give up nuclear weapons.


China turns to the Ukraine to upgrade its military, the Washington Post reports. Chinese investors are reportedly asking staff at a Ukrainian aircraft engine factory about record-keeping and planning, the setup of production lines and the interplay between workshops. China is looking to upgrade its military and has found a willing partner in Motor Sich, because it can supply warplane engines as well as the know-how to possibly make a Chinese-built version in the future. Motor Sich has lost its biggest market, specifically supplying engines for military helicopters and other aircraft, after the Eastern Ukrainian War broke out in 2014.


According to local reports, Kazan will be finishing up the upgrades of the Ansat helicopter next year. Ansat is a light twin-engine gas turbine multi-purpose helicopter with 7-9 seats. The fuselage has a pair of doors in pilot’s cab, and a pair of upwards and downwards opening side doors in transport compartment. After the seats have been removed, it can take 1000 kg of cargo inside. On external hook, it can take 1300 kg of load. The Kazan Helicopter Plant is upgrading the Ansat light multipurpose helicopter at the moment. Work is carried out in two stages: the first block of modernization was completed in 2018, the second will be finished next year. The company also continues work on starting a serial production of the modernized Ansat.

After the sudden crash of a Japanese F-35 into the Pacific Ocean in April, reports now saw this was caused by „spatial disorientation“ of its pilot. The Japan Air Self-Defense Force jet disappeared from radar while on a training mission with three other F-35s off northern Japan on April 9. There was no indication from the jet’s pilot, Maj. Akinori Hosomi, of any problems with the aircraft before contact was lost. The Ministry of Defense said Monday that Hosomi, a 41-year-old with 3,200 hours of flight experience, essentially flew the stealth fighter straight into the ocean during the night training mission. About 15 seconds lapsed between the pilot’s last communication and loss of contact with the plane. “We believe it highly likely the pilot was suffering from vertigo or spatial disorientation and wasn’t aware of his condition”, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya said in a briefing.

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Chinese Exports of Rare Earth Minerals Drop Like a Rock Amid Escalating Trade War With US - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:00
Earlier, officials from the Pentagon and the US Department of Commerce indicated that they were looking to make deals with other rare earth producers worldwide in a bid to reduce the US reliance on Chinese supplies of the strategic minerals.
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China's rare-earth exports plunge 16% in May - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:00
China's rare-earth export slump in May reflects the country's policy tone to control rare-earth supplies, one expert said on Monday. He predicted that the slump might accelerate in the next few months as China considers launching measures to cut rare-earth exports to the US amid the trade war.
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Pompeo's claims about China full of lies and fallacy: FM - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:00
China has said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's claims about China are "full of lies and fallacy," which only harm his own image and his country's credibility in the world.
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Central government firmly supports Hong Kong in amending extradition legislation: FM - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:00
China's central government firmly supports the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government in amending the extradition legislation and sternly objects to any foreign intervention in Hong Kong's legislative affairs, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
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Hong Kong leader: Extradition bill won't be dropped despite protests - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:00
Hong Kong's leader says the administration has no plan to cancel a bill that will authorize extraditions to mainland China despite mass protests against the proposed measure in the autonomous region.
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Hong Kong Government Says It Will Not Withdraw Extradition Bill - Report - Tue, 11/06/2019 - 06:00
Hong Kong has been in the state of unrest for several weeks now due to the new amendment to the extradition bill, which is about to go to vote on 12 June. Once approved, the amendment will allow extraditions of escapees to any jurisdiction Hong Kong has no formal deals with, including mainland China.
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