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  • Chinooks arrive in Mali

    Three Boeing Chinook heavy lift helicopters have been deployed to Mali and are ready to begin operations, the UK Ministry of Defence announced on 18 July. The ministry said the helicopters would provide logistical support and troop movement to our allies: a reference to France’s Operation

  • Afghan army's 205th Corps sets up quick-response company

    The Afghan National Army’s (ANA's) 205th Corps has increased its combat capabilities with the establishment of a new quick-response unit called the Eagle Strike Company, according to an 18 July statement by the US Department of Defense (DoD). The company, which was formed by selecting

  • Budgets aside, allies now have to deliver on their long list of summit tasks

    While US President Donald Trump’s budgetary whiplashing of the other allies over their low defence spending dominated NATO’s 11-12 July summit in Brussels, the allies nonetheless approved a long list of initiatives and decisions. German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen

  • US Air Force issues Boeing EMD contract for Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 17 July issued Boeing a contract modification of unspecified value for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) programme. In addition to EMD, the contract is for detailed design, modification, testing,

  • Romania to buy more F-16s

    Romania plans to buy more F-16s, the Romanian defence minister has said. Mihai Fifor told Jane's on 17 July, “Romania intends to buy five more F-16 fighter jets from Portugal by the end of this year and plans to purchase 36 more such aircraft in the future from other NATO countries like the US

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