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Czech Republic denies Elta downselect for radar requirement

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has officially denied that it has selected a CZK5.9 billion (USD241 million) 3-D mobile air defence radar (MADR) solution from Israeli firm Elta Systems via a direct government to government contract. The Czech business daily E15 claimed it had obtained copies of
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Embraer looks to raise USD1 billion in notes offering

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
Brazilian company Embraer will be offering notes valued at a total of USD1 billion as part of an effort to raise capital for investment and paying down outstanding debt, the company announced on 8 June. The notes are intended to increase in value only marginally, being offered at just shy of 100%
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MBDA pushes ahead with Reactive Materials warhead development

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
Key Points MBDA's RM programme is exploring ways to augment warhead capabilities, increasing lethality with a more targeted effect A TRL 5 prototype RM warhead is expected to be fired in 2017 MBDA is invested in a three-year, company-wide IRAD (Internal Research & Development) funded
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Multiple parties agree on new constitution in Nepal, but government instability likely to remain in six-month outlook

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
EVENT Leaders of four political parties signed an agreement on 8 June on a new Nepalese constitution. The move ends disagreement since 2008 when the first Constituent Assembly (CA) formed following the end of the civil war in 2006, tasked with replacing the interim constitution. The agreement was
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Next-generation SM-3 missile interceptor takes first flight

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
Key Points An SM-3 Block IIA interceptor missile, jointly developed by the United States and Japan, first flew on 6 June The weapon is to have great ranger and capabilities than legacy SM-3s The United States and Japan conducted the first flight test of a next-generation Standard Missile-3
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Pakistan boosts defence budget by 11.6%

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
Pakistan has announced a 2015-16 defence budget of PKR781 billion (USD7.6 billion): an 8.5% increase over the revised budget for 2014-15. The new allocation for Defence Affairs and Services represents a 11.6% climb against the initial 2014-15 budget of PKR700 billion, which budgetary documents show
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Philippines introduces more procurement guidelines

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
The Philippines has introduced additional procurement reforms to promote accelerated acquisitions across all government agencies - including the Department of National Defense (DND) - and encourage more efficient public spending. An announcement made on 9 June calls on government departments to
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Russia re-establishes tank army near Moscow

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reportedly re-established the 1st Tank Army with its headquarters at Bakovka, southwest of Moscow. The army withdrew from Germany in 1992 and disbanded in 1999. The Moscow-based Centre for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies reported this
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Russian ships shadow NATO forces participating in Baltic Sea exercise

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
Key Points Russian corvettes pulled alongside a group of 46 multinational ships sailing as part of 'BALTOPS 2015' Two Su-24 jets also overflew the ships, but all of the incidents were characterised by 'BALTOPS' officials as non-aggressive Russian warships and aircraft have trailed and approached
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SAIC reports first quarter earnings

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
SAIC reported its first quarter earnings for 2015 on 9 June, with revenue increasing by 4%, while operating income slumped by 3%. The company had USD1 billion in revenue for the quarter ending 1 May, compared with USD0.98 billion in 2014. Operating income was USD57 million compared with USD59
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Security forces detain alleged would-be suicide bomber in Afghanistan's Kunduz

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
AN ALLEGED would-be suicide bomber - reported to be a 13-year-old boy - was detained by security forces in the city of Kunduz in Afghanistan's Kunduz province on 18 May, Pajhwok Afghan News reported. The suspect was allegedly planning to attack a military base in the area.
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Thales Alenia Space forms Poland subsidiary

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Finmeccanica and Thales, is creating a new subsidiary to operate in Poland, the company announced on 8 June. The new group, Thales Alenia Space Polska, will be based in Warsaw with an aim to grow its parent company's footprint in Poland specifically in
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Thales secures first export contract for TALIOS targeting pod

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
Thales Optronique has revealed the first firm export order for its TALIOS long-range airborne targeting pod. The company declined to identify the customer or say how many pods have been ordered. The TALIOS pod - formerly known as the New-Generation Laser Designation Pod (Pod de Désignation
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Turkey to set up a military base in Qatar

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
Turkey is to create a military base in Qatar, the official Turkish state gazette announced on 8 June. The move forms part of an agreement signed between Turkey and Qatar on co-operation in military training, defence industry, and the deployment of the Turkish Armed Forces in the territory of Qatar.
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Violent protests over the distribution of hydrocarbon revenues likely to recur in Tunisia's Kébili province.

Jane's Defense News - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 02:00
EVENT Unrest in the Tunisian town of Douz between protesters and police involving Molotov cocktails, stone throwing, and police use of tear gas started on 2 June and continued on 4 June. The unrest began after police arrested protesters who were heading to a sit-in outside the offices of Brinco
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Construction of HMS Medway OPV moves ahead with steel cutting

Naval Technology - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 01:00
The construction of the UK Royal Navy’s second of three offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), HMS Medway, took further step forward with the steel cutting ceremony in BAE Systems (BAES) shipyards in Glasgow.
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Lockheed Martin to build additional ELGTR for US navy

Naval Technology - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 01:00
The US Navy has awarded a $24.2m contract to Lockheed Martin for the production of enhanced laser guided training rounds (ELGTR), an alternative to laser-guided bombs (LGB) during training.
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Australia establishes new panel to monitor future submarine evaluation process

Naval Technology - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 01:00
The Government of Australia has established the Expert Advisory Panel to oversee the competitive evaluation process for the country's future submarine programme.
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US and South Korea conduct five-day anti-submarine exercise

Naval Technology - Tue, 09/06/2015 - 01:00
US and the South Korean navies have commenced a five-day joint anti-submarine exercise near the vicinity of Guam.
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Study - Towards a New European Security Strategy? Assessing the Impact of Changes in the Global Security Environment - PE 534.989 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence - Committee on Foreign Affairs

As work on a new European Security Strategy begins, this briefing examines the impact of changes in the security environment of Europe. It argues in favour of an ambitious new security strategy which, twelve years after the adoption of the 2003 European Security Strategy, is most needed in a degraded security environment. It looks back at the process and content of that document and identifies its successes environment since 2003. Mapping those changes, the report points at new threats and challenges and the changing nature of conflict. It also focuses on the and North Africa, which have challenged the assessment that Europe is not facing threats on its borders. The briefing presents an assessment of the changes in the institutional and political architecture of the EU in the post-Lisbon context, which is significantly different from the 2003 institutional environment. It emphasises the multiple tools the EU is using to develop its security policy. Finally, the briefing provides some recommendations for the process and the substance of the starting strategic review and future strategy.
Source : © European Union, 2015 - EP

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