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Paris Air Show 2017: Piaggio outlines HammerHead future as MPA benched

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 03:30
Italy’s Piaggio Aerospace is reshuffling its programme priorities following a number of programme difficulties in 2016 that included a new industrial plan and refocusing of energies. “We had a very challenging 2016, and we are completing our restructuring plan. As part of that, we have
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USN Trident trainer goes online

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 03:30
The US Navy's (USN) newest submarine bridge trainer (SBT) has entered service at the Trident Training Facility (TRITRAFAC) in Bangor, Washington state. The trainer features a near life-size mockup of a generic submarine sail, the USN noted in a release, surrounding sailors with 18 channels of
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Israeli F-35s to be declared operational in December

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 03:00
The Israel Air Force (IAF) will declare its Lockheed Martin F-35A jets fully operational in December, a military source has told Jane's . The operational status will apply to the five F-35s already delivered to the IAF as well as all future jets on their arrival. Israel has ordered 50 jets to equip
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JBT buys Aircraft Maintenance Support Services

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 03:00
US aircraft services supplier JBT has agreed to purchase UK-based Aircraft Maintenance Support Services (AMSS) for GBP10 million (USD12.6 million), it was announced on 22 June. JBT said that the addition of AMSS to its Aerotech aviation services business is expected to add USD20 million to annual
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Patria AMV28A successfully completes amphibious testing

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 03:00
The Patria AMV28A successfully completed in-house amphibious testing in the Hanko area in southern Finland last month, the company confirmed on 16 June. Two Patria AMV28A vehicles underwent the trials, one in test configuration with a full amphibious weight of 28 tonnes and the other equipped with
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Thailand’s First Win MVP secures new deal

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 03:00
Thai military vehicle manufacturer Chaiseri has secured an order from the military government’s Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) to supply an updated version of its 4x4 First Win multipurpose vehicle (MPV). The contract – the latest in a series of military vehicle contracts
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South Korea confirms UAV found in June was from North Korea

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 02:30
South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed that a camera-equipped unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was found on 9 June on a mountain near the inter-Korean border was launched from North Korea. The origin and flight path of the UAV were confirmed in an analysis of its onboard
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Addressing the body armour challenge

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 02:00
Key Points Body armour is becoming better, cheaper, and more available, and the best grades can resist conventional military rifle ammunition New armour-piercing ammunition for both rifles and pistols is being developed in order to address this problem Body armour designed to resist bullets has
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Analysis: Iranian ballistic missiles miss targets in Syria

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 02:00
Iran appears to have exposed the flaws in its new Zolfaghar ballistic missile when it launched several at targets in Syria on the night of 18-19 June. Unveiled in September 2016, the Zolfaghar is a development of the Fateh-110 tactical solid-fuel ballistic missile that Iran claims is highly
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ARCIMS performs full detect-to-engage mission in North Sea trials

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 02:00
Key Points The end-to-end demonstration, performed as part of the Belgian Navy’s North Sea Unmanned MCM Trials, used the Atlas Elektronik UK ARCIMS unmanned surface vessel The ARCIMS system was configured with a Northrop Grumman AN/AQS-24B towed synthetic aperture sonar/laser linescan
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BIFF militants take five civilians hostage in the Philippines' Mindanao

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 02:00
FIVE civilians were taken hostage when at least 200 suspected Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) militants occupied a school after taking control of the village of Malagakit near Pigcawayan town in the Philippines' Mindanao province on 21 June, Al Jazeera reported. Reports did not contain
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Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence referendum to escalate political conflict with Spain's central government in coming months

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 02:00
Key Points The unilateral announcement of a definitive date for a new independence referendum represents an escalation of Catalonia's long-running secession efforts. So far, only a verbal statement of intent has been issued, with formal Catalan government confirmation expected in early September.
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Chemring cuts losses in first half of year

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 02:00
UK countermeasures specialist Chemring has reported significantly improved sales and reduced losses for the first six months of 2017. The group reported sales of GBP249.6 million (USD316 million) for the period; up from GBP180.1 million last year. Statutory losses were also cut from GBP16.8
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China building possible submarine-surveillance ship

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 02:00
Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing that a new-design catamaran auxiliary ship is under construction for China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) at the Huangpu shipyard in Guangzhou. The vessel appears to have been launched recently and is in the process of fitting out. Only
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China launches record-breaking UAV swarm

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 02:00
The China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) claims to have set a new record for the number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) flying in a swarm, the state-owned Xinhua news agency quoted the corporation as saying. The 11 June news report states that the swarm comprised 119 UAVs,
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Concerns raised over anticipated Australian involvement in Future Submarine construction

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 02:00
Remarks by the acting chief executive of French shipbuilder DCNS’s Australian subsidiary have sparked concerns about possible changes to the construction phase of Australia’s AUD50 billion (USD38 billion) Future Submarine programme. Acting CEO Brent Clark confirmed to a Senate committee
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Denmark confirms selection of Eagle V

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 02:00
The Danish Defence Acquisition Organisation (DALO) announced on 16 June that it had signed two contracts, one for acquisition and the other for sustainment, of Eagle V 4x4 armoured patrol vehicles. The acquisition contract is a seven-year framework agreement for 36 vehicles in four different
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End-2017 likely for EU defence fund's approval, but what projects to fund?

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 02:00
The European Commission's draft regulation to create a European Defence Fund (EDF) to finance acquisition and research and development (R&D) projects could be turned into law by as early as the end of 2017 - though how many and what kind of acquisition projects it would support is still far from
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EU and NATO commanders: Kosovo's ethnic tensions and potential for violence rising

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 02:00
Ethnic tensions and the potential for violent clashes are rising in the Western Balkans, where NATO and the EU's military presence remain crucial for the region's stability, said the commanders of the two organisations' military peacekeeping forces there. "The overall security situation in the
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EU leaders give nod to PESCO, defence fund, and battlegroup deployment

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 22/06/2017 - 02:00
EU leaders unanimously decided to launch so-called permanent structured co-operation (PESCO) in defence, agreeing first to define a common list of membership criteria, binding commitments, and a list of projects to enable interested member states to quickly notify their intention to participate.
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