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  • DSACEUR announces strengthening of NATO’s Baltic regional air and naval forces

    NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) General James Everard on 20 September announced the next steps in strengthening NATO Baltic and Poland-based battlegroups with air and naval forces. The announcement came during a two-day visit to Estonia and meetings with the commander of

  • First Egyptian Gowind corvette handed over

    French shipbuilder Naval Group (formerly DCNS) handed over the first of four Gowind 2500 corvettes to Egypt in Lorient on 22 September. “Delivered just 36 months after the order was placed, the corvette ENS El-Fateh will take to the seas on 23 September to sail to its home port in

  • Leonardo to modernise Portuguese Black Shark torpedoes

    The Portuguese Ministry of National Defence granted approval for the Portuguese Navy to award Leonardo a maximum EUR7.1 million (USD8.4 million) contract to modernise its Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes on 21 September. Upgrade work will take place during the 2017-2019 timeframe. Portugal

  • Macedonia and Bulgaria intensify military co-operation

    Macedonia and Bulgaria will intensify defence co-operation under the friendship treaty the two countries signed on 1 August, Macedonian Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska and her Bulgarian counterpart, Krasimir Karakachanov, agreed in Skopje on 18 September. Under the intensified co-operation,

  • AFA 2017: ATAC buys French F1s for massive USAF Adversary Air training competition

    Key Points ATAC buys French F1 aircraft in preparation for US Air Force Adversary Air competition The USAF could spend billions of dollars acquiring this capability Virginia-based Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) has bought 61 French Dassault F1 multirole fighter aircraft to offer for a

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  • North Korea releases images of IRBM launch

    North Korea has released images of its 15 September test launch of a Hwaseong-12 (also known as KN-17) intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that flew over northern Japan. The missile was launched in a northeasterly direction from a site near the Sunan air base, in the vicinity of Pyongyang,