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    Key Points BAE Systems abandons plans to concentrate all shipbuilding activity in a new facility at Scotstoun Two site plan calls for over GBP100 million investment at Govan and Scotstoun sites BAE Systems Naval Ships has pulled back from plans to consolidate its Glasgow shipbuilding activities

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    Belgium's NHIndustries NH90 multirole helicopters have declared their initial operating capability, it was announced on 20 May. The chief of the Belgian Air Component, Major General Frederik Vansina, said the 18th Squadron in Beauvechain was now ready for operations in a non-hostile environment.

  • Colombia's defence minister and ambassador to the US swap jobs

    Juan Carlos Pinzón stepped down from his position as Colombia's defence minister on 19 May and will take on a new role as Colombia's ambassador to the United States. During Pinzón's tenure the armed forces grew by 18 mobile brigades, two marine brigades, and nine task forces. They also

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    The Indian Coast Guard has commissioned four new vessels at Porbandar in the western state of Gujarat. The vessels - the Aadesh-class fast patrol ship ICGS Ankit (pennant number 247) and the interceptor boats C-419, C-420, and C-155 - were commissioned on 14 May. In recent months, the coastguard

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    Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has launched the Indian Navy's fourth Project 28 Kamorta-class corvette, Kavaratti . The anti-submarine warfare (ASW) vessel was launched in Kolkata on 19 May. Designed by the Indian Navy's Directorate General Naval Design Surface Ship Group in

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  • Indian defence minister draws line at 36 Rafales

    Key Points India's defence minister has said Delhi will not buy more than the 36 Dassault Rafales to which it committed in April The announcement confirms the end of the MMRCA tender and the government's commitment to the Tejas LCA programme India will neither licence-build additional Dassault
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