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Taiwan conducts joint air defense drill against Chinese invasion - Wed, 23/09/2020 - 04:56
Taiwan's military conducted a joint air defense drill on Tuesday simulating a response to an enemy air attack, involving all of Taiwan's air bases, as well as naval and surface-to-air missile units, according to the Military News Agency.
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President Tsai pledges to defend Taiwan's airspace - Wed, 23/09/2020 - 04:56
Taiwan will not allow others to display military might in its territorial airspace, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) pledged Tuesday while touring an Air Force fighter squadron in Penghu that sits on the front lines of the country's air defenses.
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Gasoline Shortages Bite as Ordinary Syrians Try to Recover from 9 Years of Conflict - Wed, 23/09/2020 - 04:56
Long gasoline lines have many ordinary Syrians fuming, adding a fresh layer of hardship to lives that are already fraught with suffering. Syria's oil minister blames U.S. sanctions for the fuel shortages, but some analysts point to poor infrastructure maintenance.
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NASA, DOD Agree to Collaborate More Closely in Space - Wed, 23/09/2020 - 03:23
While advancing plans for unprecedented lunar exploration under the Artemis program, NASA also is building on a longstanding partnership with the Defense Department according to a memorandum of understanding announced today by Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
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Violence leaves more than 300,000 ‘completely reliant’ on assistance in northern Mozambique - Tue, 22/09/2020 - 23:40
Worsening conflict, combined with a precarious humanitarian situation, has forced more than 300,000 people to flee their homes and villages in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, leaving them completely reliant on humanitarian assistance, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has said.
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Latest news - Next SEDE meeting - 28 September 2020 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

In the context of the exponential growth of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the President of the European Parliament has announced a number of measures to contain the spread of epidemic and to safeguard Parliament's core activities.

On 2 July 2020, the Conference of Presidents adopted the revised EP Calendar 2020.

The current precautionary measures adopted by the EP to contain the spread of COVID-19 do not affect work on legislative priorities. Core activities are reduced, but maintained to ensure that the institution's legislative, budgetary, scrutiny functions are maintained.

Following these decisions, the next SEDE meeting is scheduled to take place on 28 September 2020 (online).

Recent press releases:

- Sahel, West Africa and the Horn of Africa: a new EU approach is necessary - 16 September 2020
- MEPs to discuss new defence related priorities - 7 September 2020

For further press releases please see in the SEDE press room.

New EP calendar 2020
SEDE meetings' calendar 2020
Press release: Sahel, West Africa and the Horn of Africa: a new EU approach is necessary - 16 September 2020
Press release: MEPs to discuss new defence related priorities - 7 September 2020
Press release: Defence Subcommittee MEPs will meet new head of the European Defence Agency - 16 July 2020
Press release: MEPs debate defence priorities with Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer - 14 July 2020
Press release: MEPs adopt a report on the implementation of EU arms export rules - 13 July 2020
Press release: European defence: Exchange with the French Minister of Armed Forces - 2 July 2020
Press release: The era of naive Europe is over, says Commissioner Breton - 25 June 2020
Press release: Call for a renewed relationship with the African continent based on solidarity and respect - 24 June 2020
Press release: EU must guarantee security to its citizens, warns Defence Subcommittee Chair - 26 May 2020
Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

IDF outlines air force reorganisation

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 17/09/2020 - 15:15
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is reorganising and relocating its units to optimise its operations and use its resources more efficiently.
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AFA 2020: AFRL rethinking strategy for Golden Horde networked collaborative weapons programme

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 17/09/2020 - 11:28
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is rethinking its approach to the Golden Horde networked collaborative weapons programme and the lab’s commander has a...
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Montenegro receives first Bell 505 helicopter

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 17/09/2020 - 11:27
Montenegro has received the first of two Bell 505 JetRanger X helicopters it ordered earlier this year.
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CE holds talks in Sweden as part of ‘tour des capitales’

EDA News - Thu, 17/09/2020 - 10:29

Jiří Šedivý, EDA’s Chief Executive, was in Stockholm today for meetings with the Swedish authorities and industry. It was the second visit of his ‘tour des capitales’ which will see him paying visits to all Member States in the coming months.

Mr Šedivý was received by the Minister of Defence, Peter Hultqvist, Defence State Secretary Jan-Olof Lind, Deputy Chief of Defence Vice Admiral Jonas Haggren, R&T Director Jens Mattsson, Capability Director Lena Persson-Herlitz, and National Armaments Director Göran Mårtensson. He also met at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with Director Jessica Svärdström (European Security Policy), as well as with defence industry representatives.

“It was a pleasure to make my inaugural visit to Sweden which is among the most active EDA Member States in terms of number of projects and programmes it participates in. With Minister Hultqvist and my other interlocutors, we took stock of the work underway and discussed how, going forward, the Agency can best support Member States in improving their defence capabilities through cooperation, in full complementarity with NATO.  In these crucial times, it is good to see that Sweden remains a strong and active supporter of EDA and intergovernmental European defence cooperation”, Mr Šedivý commented.

Swedish Minister of Defence, Peter Hultqvist said: “The European Defence Agency has a valuable role as an intergovernmental forum, and in providing support to the Member States’ capability development. I am glad to have had the opportunity to welcome Mr Šedivý to the position as Chief Executive of the EDA, and to have had the opportunity to discuss the work ahead.”

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Press release - EU arms exports: need for more control and transparency

EU citizens have to be better informed about their governments’ strategic choices on an issue that directly affects their security, warn MEPs.
Committee on Foreign Affairs
Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP

Update - AFA 2020: Lockheed Martin develops Speed Racer digital unmanned flight vehicle

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 17/09/2020 - 09:49
Lockheed Martin has developed an unmanned flight vehicle called Speed Racer that is also a digital engineering pilot project, according to company officials.
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Update - AFA 2020: Fortem Technologies unveils advances in C-UAS technology

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 17/09/2020 - 09:49
Fortem Technologies has developed an advancement for its SkyDome airspace intrusion detection suite that enables its DroneHunter unmanned aircraft system (UAS)...
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Raytheon might sell more businesses

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 17/09/2020 - 09:47
Raytheon Technologies Corporation, which was created in April through the merger of Raytheon Company and United Technologies Corporation (UTC), is considering selling...
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US Army tweaks Integrated Fire Control System requirements for M3E1 MAAWS rifle

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 17/09/2020 - 09:47
The US Army is once again looking for vendors to provide an Integrated Fire Control System (IFCS) for its M3E1 Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System (MAAWS)...
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UAV makes first landing at major commercial airport

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 16/09/2020 - 15:44
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has flown into a major commercial airport for the first time, with the announcement from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) that a Heron...
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