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October's top stories: UK Successor sub Dreadnought, DARPA tests ACTUV with TALONS

Naval Technology - Thu, 10/11/2016 - 01:00
The UK Royal Navy’s first nuclear deterrent submarine is to be named Dreadnought, DARPA tested ACTUV vessel with TALONS prototype payload and UK and France launch next phase of £117m MMCM programme. Naval-technology.com wraps up key headlines from Oc…
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Analysis: Trump victory spells uncertainty for Southeast Asia and US 'rebalance'

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 10/11/2016 - 01:00
Key Points Southeast Asia has mixed reactions to Trump's US election victory US rebalance and defence trade guidelines could be impacted Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election has been met with mixed reactions from within Southeast Asia, conscious that a shift in US policy could
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Iran reportedly building larger high-speed catamaran

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 10/11/2016 - 01:00
Iran is building a "much larger" version of the unusual catamaran it unveiled in September, the Tasnim News Agency cited Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi as saying on 8 November. The catamaran was unveiled in the Gulf port of Bushehr on 13
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PGZ creates UAV centre of competence

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 10/11/2016 - 01:00
Polish defence industry conglomerate PGZ announced on 8 November that it had created a "centre of competence" for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at Military Aviation Works No. 2 (WZL 2), located in the northwestern town of Bydgoszcz. According to a statement released by PGZ, the new
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South Korea receives sixth Incheon-class frigate

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 10/11/2016 - 01:00
The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has received its sixth Incheon-class Future Frigate Experimental (FFX) guided-missile frigate, Yonhap news agency reported on 9 November citing the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). The 114 m platform, which has been named Gwangju with
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ST Engineering posts declines in quarterly profits

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 10/11/2016 - 01:00
Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) posted double-digit declines in earnings and profits during the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, the group announced on 10 November. The company said that quarterly revenues climbed year-on-year by 8% to SGD1.61 billion (USD1.1 billion). Despite
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Turkey re-opens door to foreign missile procurement

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 10/11/2016 - 01:00
The head of Turkey's Undersecretary of Defence Industry (Savunma Sanayii Müstesar: SSM) Ismail Demir told journalists on 8 November that the country was looking to re-open procurement of its air defence systems to foreign bidders. "We have already made clear that we will be in
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US Election: Trump wins decisive presidential victory, Republicans maintain Congressional control

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 10/11/2016 - 01:00
Key Points President-elect Donald Trump's victory represents a win for a populist movement that converged around economic disaffection, trade protectionism, and immigration reform. At home, Trump will look to undo a number of major policies of incumbent Barack Obama's presidency including
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Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 10 November 2016

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 10/11/2016 - 01:00
Americas Brazil - 8 November 2016: Outside Vitoria airport, taxi drivers held a protest against what they described as unfair competition from Uber. Colombia - 9 November 2016: In Neiva, locals held a demonstration against environmental damage caused by the El Quimbo hydropower dam. Mexico - 8
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L22A2

Military-Today.com - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 23:35

British L22A2 Compact Assault Rifle
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AK-15

Military-Today.com - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 22:45

Russian AK-15 Assault Rifle
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CZ 806 BREN 2

Military-Today.com - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 22:30

Czech CZ 806 BREN 2 Assault Rifle
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Satellite imagery analysis & exploitation workflows tested at REACT implementation meeting

EDA News - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 17:18

22 satellite imagery analysts and experts from seven EDA Member States (Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland) plus Denmark, as well as six analysts from the European Union Satellite Centre (EU SATCEN) and one from the European Border and Coast Agency (FRONTEX) met from 19-21 October at the SATCEN headquarter in Torrejón de Ardoz/Madrid for a REACT study implementation meeting.

The REACT (Radar imagEry Applications supporting ACTionable intelligence) study, initiated and managed by the European Defence Agency (EDA) in cooperation with EU SATCEN and participating Member States, aims at giving more value to imagery data, identifying areas where military imagery analysts can be assisted by tools/workflows to produce valuable and possibly actionable intelligence, according to users’ information requests. The study is focused on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery processes and in the combined use of SAR and electro-optical images. The study has been awarded to an international consortium composed by: e-GEOS, Telespazio Ibérica and INTA. The contract was signed in January 2016.

The aim of the REACT implementation session was to test, in a pseudo-operational environment, the workflows for the exploitation of satellite radar imagery defined during the previous phases of the study. Several workflows were tested: Monitoring, Damage Assessment, Search/Targeting. New algorithms, still in a research and development phase, were also presented. For each of programme topics, the operational experts received a “Request for Information” task.

The operators were tasked to perform imagery processing and imagery analysis in accordance with the workflows previously defined during the REACT study. Satellite radar imagery was provided by the EU SATCEN and by the industrial consortium.

The session proved to be extremely useful for the participating experts in many respects, especially because it helped them to face the intrinsic complexity of working with radar imagery and provided practical information in each step of the defined workflow. The expertise acquired during the session will also help the imagery analysts to establish effective working procedures for radar imagery exploitation, understand the pros and cons of using the several software suites available and evaluate the state of the art of new tools and algorithms for radar imagery exploitation (e.g Automatic Target Detection & Recognition).

An additional similar session will be organized in Rome in December for two scenarios typically encountered during FRONTEX activities: pre-frontier and coastal monitoring.

The results of the REACT activities will feed into the work of the forthcoming EDA Project Team Space Based Earth Observation. In addition to that, the lessons learned during the meeting on the new tools and algorithms may also be discussed in the relevant EDA CapTechs.

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Arrests highlight presence of Islamic State networks in Germany, underscoring risk of attacks on security forces and civilians

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 16:52
EVENT Five suspected Islamists were yesterday (8 November) detained in co-ordinated counter-terrorism raids targeting several flats and a mosque in Germany's federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony. The detainees are accused of recruiting individuals and providing financial and
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US presidential election: Uncertainty spreads among key Asian allies following Trump victory

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 16:49
The election of Republican candidate Donald Trump as US president is likely to increase uncertainty among key US allies in the Asia-Pacific region about Washington's future level of commitment to security alliances, according to South Korean and Japanese media. The concerns are linked to statements
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UK confirms Sea Ceptor order for Type 26 programme

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 16:48
Key Points The GWS 35 Sea Ceptor fit for Type 26 will have separate magazines forward and aft for a total of 48 CAMM missiles GWS 35 is due to become operational in the RN in 2017 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed a GBP100 million (USD124 million) Demonstration and Manufacture
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PK-6 VSHORAD interceptor concept unveiled

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 16:44
Key Points Development expected to be completed within three years The PZ-6 will be manufactured by ZM Mesko if selected by the Polish armed forces CRW Telesystem-Mesko - a leading Polish research and development company which specialises in the design of missile guidance systems - in partnership
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Adani forms UAV joint venture with Elbit Systems

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 16:39
Indian company Adani Enterprises has set up a joint venture (JV) with Israel's Elbit Systems to produce unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in India. Adani said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange on 8 November that the JV, named Adani-Elbit Advanced Systems India Limited (AEASIL), was formerly
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Germany begins Heron 1 UAV operations in Mali

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 09/11/2016 - 16:36
The German military contingent in Mali's first Heron 1 medium altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) unit performed its first operational flight on 1 November from its base of Gao. The Bundeswehr announced the flight lasted close to six hours and had shown excellent results,
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Video of a committee meeting - Wednesday, 9 November 2016 - 09:06 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

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Source : © European Union, 2016 - EP

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