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  • Malian Air Force to procure more aircraft

    Mali will receive a second Airbus Defense and Space C295 transport aircraft to supplement the one that was delivered in late 2016, the Armed Forces of Mali (FAMa) has cited President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as saying. A FAMa statement released on 5 October provided a summary of comments the

  • Germany and France agree on details of joint C-130J squadron

    The deputy chiefs of defence staff of France and Germany signed an agreement on 18 October setting the foundations for co-operation in air transport, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 19 October. The agreement was signed by French Admiral Philippe Coindreau and German Vice Admiral

  • Kuwait to get ‘all-new’ Abrams, not upgrade existing tanks

    Kuwait has decided to acquire a new fleet of 218 upgraded M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks rather than upgrade its existing ones, a US State Department official has told Jane’s . The official was clarifying a 16 October announcement by the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) that said

  • Mattis opposed to Congress’ proposals for Space Corps, other restructures

    US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is concerned with congressional efforts to continue some key Pentagon re-organisation efforts in the coming year. In a 17 October letter, viewed by Jane's , to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate armed services committees, Mattis highlighted

  • Textron expands US FMS deal for Afghan Army Mobile Strike Force Vehicles

    Textron Systems Marine and Land Systems was awarded a USD333 million firm-fixed-price contract for up to 255 more Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFVs) for the Afghan National Army. The deal includes “related fielding hardware and field representative services”, with specifics to be

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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,