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    The Spanish government has given the go-ahead to buy a final two Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawk helicopters as part of a stopgap measure to cover the Armada’s (Spanish Navy) requirements ahead of procuring a new European tactical transport replacement. The cabinet approved a EUR36.3 million (USD40.2

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    Meeting with members of parliament (MPs) in Prague on 30 October, Czech generals revealed that 21 of the army’s 107 Pandur II armoured vehicles are inoperable because of problems with spare parts deliveries. General Stefan Muransky, chief of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) support department,

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  • J-11B images fuel speculation about AESA radar upgrade

    Images have emerged in Chinese state-owned media showing at least two People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-11B multirole combat aircraft featuring light-grey radomes instead of the usual black ones, prompting speculation that some of the fighters may have

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