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    The Afghan National Army (ANA) and contractor Textron are struggling to maintain M1117 Armoured Security Vehicles for the army's Mobile Strike Force (MSF), highlighting deeper logistics and training issues that officials have long warned could plague the nascent force. A 29 July report from the US

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    Airbus Group has confirmed that it is actively looking to divest its 46% holding in French aerospace firm Dassault Aviation. Confirmation that it "continues to pursue disposal options for its investment" came in Airbus' half year results statement on 30 July. Airbus (formerly EADS) holds

  • Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition

    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas) competition. The VBMT-LR programme will buy an

  • CARAT Singapore 2014 highlights greater interoperability between Singapore and US navies

    Key Points The Singapore phase of the 20th 'Co-operation Afloat Readiness and Training' exercise will feature a combined torpedo firing exercise between the Republic of Singapore Navy and the US Navy The complexity of this exercise highlights the high level of interoperability and confidence

  • Hamas uses anti-tank weapons against Israeli ground forces

    Man-portable anti-tank weapons are playing a major role in Hamas counterattacks against Israel's ground incursion into Gaza, and have accounted for around 40% of the fatalities experienced by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) during the first ten days of the ground operation. Up to 18 of the 43

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    Transitions in East Asia's security and geopolitical landscape are introducing new challenges into longstanding competitions and increasing the range of plausible scenarios for miscalculation, escalation and crises across the Western pacific. Tate Nurkin reports
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  • Fourth known J-20 prototype makes first flight

    The fourth known prototype of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) J-20 fifth-generation fighter made its first flight on the morning of 26 July, according to Chinese aviation websites. According to online postings by local spotters, the prototype flew for nearly two hours after having undertaken
  • Egyptian BTR-50 upgrade close to completion

    The Egyptian Army is apparently intent on keeping its vintage BTR-50 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) in service for many more years, it has been revealed. Valery Hrabenshchykow, the director general of Belarus' Minotor-Service, told the BelaPAN news agency on 12 July that his company has nearly
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    Russia laid the keels of three new nuclear submarines to celebrate Russian Navy Day on 27 July. The boats laid down were the fifth Dolgoruky (Borey)-class (Project 955A) nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) Knyaz Oleg and the fourth and fifth Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class nuclear-powered

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