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NATO commanders emphasise alliance's counter-terrorism role

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 03:00
NATO is at the "forefront of fighting terrorism", according to the alliance's most senior military official, General Petr Pavel, chair of NATO's Military Committee. Gen Pavel, as well as the alliance's two most senior commanders - General Curtis Scaparrotti, Supreme Allied Commander
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North Korea 'could fire ICBM from mobile launcher', says report

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 03:00
South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has warned that North Korea "seems to be capable" of launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from a mobile launcher, according to local media reports. The Chosun Ilbo newspaper quoted an MND spokesperson on 10 January as
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PLAN commissions 31st Jiangdao-class corvette

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 03:00
The 31st Jiangdao-class (Type 056) corvette to join China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was commissioned into the East Sea Fleet on 18 January. Ezhou (513) was built at the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai and launched on 25 December 2015. Equipped with towed and variable depth sonars
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Displacement of jihadists from Libya will likely lead to consolidation of the Islamic State in Egypt's Western Desert

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 02:00
EVENT On 16 January 2017, 12 militants in four-wheel drive vehicles with mounted heavy-machine guns, attacked the Naqb security checkpoint in Wadi al-Jadid province in Egypt's Western Desert. In the attack, which took place on the al-Kharga-Asyut Road, 80 km from the town of al-Kharga, nine police
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Iranian navy flotilla stuck in South Africa

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 02:00
The two Iranian naval vessels that reportedly reached the Atlantic in November 2016 subsequently had to put into the South African port of Durban to carry out emergency repairs, Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery shows. The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) did much to publicise the
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Mexico's management of its US relationship to define ruling PRI's ability to stay in power beyond 2018

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 02:00
Key Points Incoming US president Donald Trump has already managed to persuade a select group of companies to put investment plans in Mexico on hold, reducing investment and employment prospects in parts of Mexico's Nuevo León and San Luis Potosí states. A slowdown in economic growth and
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US looks to joint RC-135 base with the UK

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 02:00
A senior US Air Force officer has revealed that the service could set up a joint base with the United Kingdom Royal Air Force (RAF) for Boeing RC-135 Rivet Joint electronic and signal intelligence aircraft operations after the closure of the USAF's Mildenhall air base in 2022. Mildenhall is
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US Marine Corps' F-35B aircraft lands at air station in Japan

Naval Technology - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 01:00
US Marine Corps' F-35B Lightning II aircraft has arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, commencing the squadron's permanent residence at the base.
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Resolve Marine contracted to lift Indian Navy's tilted INS Betwa frigate

Naval Technology - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 01:00
The Indian Navy has signed an Rs20cr ($2.9m) contract with US-based salvage firm Resolve Marine Group to lift the 3,850t Brahmaputra-class frigate INS Betwa that fell on its side at the Mumbai naval dockyard, killing two sailors.
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Polaris Alpha subsidiary EOIR to provide R&D and technical services to NRL ESTD

Naval Technology - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 01:00
US-based Polaris Alpha subsidiary EOIR Technologies has secured a $48m indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to deliver research, development, and technical services to the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Electronics Science and Tec…
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Analysis: Sri Lanka Navy re-invents itself as medium-scale regional force

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 01:00
Since the 2010 conclusion of Sri Lanka's decades-long conflict with Tamil Tiger separatists in the country's northern regions, the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has been re-inventing itself to develop the operational agility required to tackle today's complex defence and security challenges. The 'Sri Lanka
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ASG releases two kidnapped foreign nationals in the Philippines' Sulu

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 01:00
In Sulu, Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) militants released a South Korean national and a Filipino national whom they had taken hostages three months ago.
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Chemring reports positive results aided by weak pound

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 01:00
UK defence equipment manufacturer Chemring announced its year-end results on 19 January, with the weakness of the British Pound helping the company to boost its revenues and profits. Year-end results for 2016 saw revenues increase 26.5% to GBP477.1 million (USD588.4 million), with underlying
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China enhances PGZ-07 capability

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 01:00
The PGZ-07 twin 35 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) system currently in service with China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been upgraded with the addition of a new sensor pod. The existing sensor pod is positioned above the tracking radar, which is mounted on the forward part of the
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China grows its international technology network

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 01:00
China has established science and technology (S&T) links with more than 150 countries, figures recently issued by the Chinese government show. The collaboration effort is regarded by Beijing as a key element of its civil-military integration (CMI) strategy that, in part, seeks to leverage
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DRS gears up for electric, hybrid drive potential

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 01:00
Concerns over security and long-term energy costs will still drive the equipment market despite recent dips in fuel prices that have somewhat dampened interest in developing hybrid and electric drive propulsion plants for naval ships, predicted Greg Reed, a senior business development director for
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Federal court jails man in US New York

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 01:00
LONG Island resident 22-year-old Justin Kaliebe was sentenced to 13 years in federal prison by New York's Eastern District's Central Islip federal court in the United States on 10 January, Long Island Press reported. He was found guilty of two counts of attempting to provide material support to a
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Fort Lauderdale airport attacker claims working for Islamic State

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 01:00
IN A STATEMENT to FBI personnel on 17 January, Esteban Santiago - the man charged with killing five people at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport in Florida in the United States on 6 January -claimed he conducted the attack on behalf of the Islamic State, CNN reported. The Islamic State
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Gao suicide attack sets back Malian peace process; further imminent targeting of military bases highly likely

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 01:00
EVENT The jihadist group Al-Mourabitoune has claimed responsibility for a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack on 18 January in the northern Malian town of Gao, which killed at least 60 people and injured more than 100 others. The group said the attack was due to
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India to deploy newly ordered T-90MS tanks along border with Pakistan

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 19/01/2017 - 01:00
The Indian Army (IA) plans to deploy about 464 newly ordered T-90MS main battle tanks (MBTs) along India's western and northern borders with Pakistan, military officials told IHS Jane's on 19 January. The T-90MS MBTs, which are being acquired in kit form from Russia for INR134.80 billion (USD2
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