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  • China's NDU recommends 400-strong Y-20 fleet

    A new report on civil-military integration by China's National Defence University (NDU) has called for the construction of 400 Xian Aircraft Corporation Y-20 heavy transport aircraft. Written by NDU's Center for Economic Research, 'Chinese Military and Civilian Integration Development Report, 2014'

  • 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

  • Peru orders LAV-IIs as Canadian defence co-operation grows

    The Peruvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ordered 32 LAV-II 8x8 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from General Dynamics Land Systems in Canada (GDLS-C) under a USD67 million contract, according to the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC). The LAV-IIs will replace the 16 Pegaso BMR-600 6x6 APCs

  • RIMPAC 2014: Canada's frigate to employ 'astronavigation' on transit home from Hawaii

    The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) frigate participating in the 'Rim of the Pacific' ('RIMPAC') exercise in Hawaii is outfitted with the force's latest kit, however, the ship's crew will transit home without the benefit of relying on the new technology. Commander John K Wilson, the commanding officer of

  • Rogue offensive - Retired Libyan general targets Islamist militias

    Key Points Forces led by retired general Khalifa Haftar launched a ground and air offensive targeting Islamist militias, including Ansar al-Sharia, in the Libyan city of Benghazi on 16 May. Supported by several local militias and national military units, Haftar's aim of ending Islamist influence

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  • Libya's anti-Islamist offensive suffers setback

    The anti-Islamist campaign led by the renegade general Khalifa Haftar appeared to suffer a significant setback on 21 July when the radical group Ansar al-Sharia overrun two neighbouring bases in Benghazi. The Camp 319 and 36th Battalion bases in the city's Bu Atni neighbourhood were defended by the

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