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IDEF 2023: Meteksan unveils shallow-water retractable sonar

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 26/07/2023 - 15:05
Turkey's Meteksan Defence unveiled a new retractable sonar, named Yakamos-RT, at the 16th International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) held from 25 to 28 July in Istanbul.
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EU countries sign up to EDA’s joint procurement for CBRN and soldier equipment

EDA News - Wed, 26/07/2023 - 14:41

Several EU Member States have signed the European Defence Agency (EDA) project arrangements for the collaborative procurement of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) equipment, and for soldier equipment. 

The signing of the two project arrangements in late July – by eight EU states in each case – allows them to come into effect. They lay the basis for Member States to buy together such CBRN equipment such as masks, filters and suits, and also to jointly purchase soldier equipment such as helmets and ballistic vests.  

EDA’s project arrangements, and Member States’ interest, send an important signal to industry about the European Union’s commitment to meeting critical military needs. Following competitive tendering, companies or consortia will be able to bid for contracts.  

The two new project arrangements follow the signing in March of EDA’s arrangement for joint procurement of 155mm ammunition, which was based on the work of the Defence Joint Procurement Task Force – composed of EDA, the European External Action Service, the EU Military Staff, and the European Commission – along with Member States, to identify critical shortfalls.  

The procurement process, where EDA will act as the contracting authority, management body and ordering entity in the context of collaborative procurement procedures, should culminate with the first framework contracts with industry, allowing Member States to place orders from then on. 

Collaborative procurement is the best option to achieve cost reduction from economies of scale, while allowing Member States to purchase ammunition and military equipment according to their national needs and supporting Ukraine. The arrangements, which are flexible and inclusive in nature, allow all Member States to join the initiatives at a later stage. 

EDA’S wider role 

EDA supports all EU Member States in improving their defence capabilities through European cooperation. Acting as an enabler and facilitator for Ministries of Defence willing to engage in collaborative capability projects, the Agency has become the hub for European defence cooperation with expertise and networks  spanning the whole spectrum of defence capabilities. 

Member States use EDA as an intergovernmental expert platform where their collaborative projects are supported, facilitated, and implemented. For more details, please see here

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US naval leaders plan to stress live and virtual global forces with the ‘Large Scale Exercise 2023'

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 26/07/2023 - 13:50
Leaders from the US Navy (USN) and the US Marine Corps (USMC) said they expect this year's ‘Large Scale Exercise (LSE) 2023', which takes place from 9 to 18 August, to...
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IDEF 2023: Turkey unveils locally designed kamikaze USV

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 26/07/2023 - 13:50
Ares Shipyard and Meteksan Defence unveiled a new expendable unmanned surface vessel (X-USV), named Ulaq Kama, at the 16th International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF)...
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Long-range anti-ship missile enters Iranian service

Jane's Defense News - Wed, 26/07/2023 - 11:05
The Abu Mahdi long-range anti-ship missile has entered service with both the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) and the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN), it...
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UKRAINE/UNITED KINGDOM : MP Serhiy Taruta supports Jason McCue's pro-Ukraine lawfare ambitions

Intelligence Online - Wed, 26/07/2023 - 06:00
British lawyer Jason McCue, who has designs on being Ukraine's lawfare champion against Russia (IO, 19/07/23), is counting on the support - and contacts - of Ukrainian MP Serhiy Taruta to help him network in Kyiv.McCue was put in contact
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CHINA/TAIWAN/UNITED STATES : China-US trial of strength has enabled KMT to gain ground in Taiwan

Intelligence Online - Wed, 26/07/2023 - 06:00
As part of preparations for a possible meeting between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden in November, the US State Department
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FRANCE/SAUDI ARABIA : Ex-EDF chief Henri Proglio makes steps to reconnect with Saudi's movers and shakers

Intelligence Online - Wed, 26/07/2023 - 06:00
Henri Proglio, who headed the French electric utility company EDF from 2009-2014 and before that ran the water, waste and
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CAMBODIA : US launches charm offensive as Cambodia prepares for handover of power

Intelligence Online - Wed, 26/07/2023 - 06:00
Cambodia's seemingly immovable Prime Minister Hun Sen is due to give up his place at the end of August, prompting
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CHINA/HONG KONG/UNITED KINGDOM/UNITED STATES : Western corporate intelligence firms in China forced into stealth mode with local partners

Intelligence Online - Wed, 26/07/2023 - 06:00
China's anti-espionage law that came into force on 1 July after raids on several corporate intelligence (Mintz Group) and consultancy
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RUSSIA : Acoustic warfare in the Barents Sea

Intelligence Online - Wed, 26/07/2023 - 06:00
Russia has been deploying its Harmony underwater acoustic listening network in the Barents Sea over the last few weeks, according
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FRANCE : ADIT/DCI deal gets political, Consors lands Framatome mission, Steffi Probst joins IRC

Intelligence Online - Wed, 26/07/2023 - 06:00
Paris - French left party challenges sale of DCIThe French left-wing party La France Insoumise (LFI) is making a political issue
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Russian Su-35S Deploys Flares That Damage Propeller Of U.S. MQ-9 Drone Over Syria

The Aviationist Blog - Tue, 25/07/2023 - 19:32

Despite the damage, the unmanned aircraft was able to return to its home base. A U.S. MQ-9 drone and a Russian Su-35S fighter were involved in yet another dangerous close encounter over Syria lately. According [...]

The post Russian Su-35S Deploys Flares That Damage Propeller Of U.S. MQ-9 Drone Over Syria appeared first on The Aviationist.

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Poland signs for Saab 340 AEW&C aircraft

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 25/07/2023 - 17:35
Poland has signed a contract for Saab 340 Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to protect its national airspace.
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HMS Prince of Wales completes repairs and capability upgrades at Rosyth

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 25/07/2023 - 16:50
The Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales has completed repairs and capability upgrades at Rosyth Dockyard in Scotland ahead of its return to...
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Four Italian Air Force F-35 Stealth Aircraft Are Deploying To Japan For The First Time Next Week

The Aviationist Blog - Tue, 25/07/2023 - 16:41

The deployment involves a “package” that includes Italian Air Force stealth jets, airborne early warning aircraft and tankers. A small but well-assorted contingent of assets from the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) will deploy to [...]

The post Four Italian Air Force F-35 Stealth Aircraft Are Deploying To Japan For The First Time Next Week appeared first on The Aviationist.

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Serbia installs Kerber RCWS on new Miloš II MPACV

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 25/07/2023 - 16:20
Serbia's new Miloš II 4×4 multi-purpose armoured combat vehicle (MPACV) armed with a 20/3 mm remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) participated in a live-firing...
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Congolese military operating MCAV-20 armoured vehicles

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 25/07/2023 - 14:35
The Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC's) Republican Guard confirmed it is operating Calidus MCAV-20 armoured vehicles on 22 July, when a significant number were...
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Philippines confirms LRPA acquisition

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 25/07/2023 - 12:50
The Philippines has confirmed that it has signed a contract with Elbit Systems for the delivery of two long-range patrol aircraft (LRPA).
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Argentina Might Buy HAL Light Utility Helicopters | Turkey’s Defense Firms To Showcase New Tech At IDEF | 3rd Barracuda Class Rolled Out

Defense Industry Daily - Tue, 25/07/2023 - 10:00
Americas Alabama Shipyard won a $19.7 million deal for 120-calendar day shipyard availability for the mid-term availability of Military Sealift Command’s hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). This contract includes a base period and options, which if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $19,927,348. Work will be performed in Mobile, Alabama, beginning September15, 2023, […]
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