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Daily Defense News Capsules for 08/23/2019

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The United Launch Alliance has launched the second satellite for the Air Force’s newest GPS constellation, reports Space.com. The GPS III SV02 space craft was launched on Thursday aboard a Delta IV Medium rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This was the ...
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The Pentagon has officially cancelled the Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) being developed for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, reports Breaking Defense. The cancellation of the program for “technical design problems” on Tuesday comes after the DoD announced ...
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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a contract to replace the wings on more than 100 additional A-10 attack jets, reports the defense firm. The deal, worth up to $999 million if all options are exercised, covers up to 112 wing sets and 15 wing kits, the Dept. of Defense ...
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A U.S. Navy amphibious warship has transited the Taiwan Strait in the service's latest freedom of navigation operation, reports the Taiwan News.  On Friday, USS Green Bay (LPD-20) sailed through the strait from south to north, crossing slightly east of the de-facto ...
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A flotilla from Russia’s Northern Fleet has just entered the Mediterranean on a long-range deployment, reports the Tass news agency (Russia). The task force, led by the Marshal Ustinov destroyer, passed through the Strait of Gibraltar, the Northern Fleet announced on ...
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At least two people have been killed and six wounded in a series of attacks by Anglophone separatists after their leader was sentenced to life in prison by a military tribunal in Cameroon, reports the Voice of America News. On early Tuesday morning, a military court sentenced ...
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At least 90 people have been killed and thousands more forced to flee as a result of increased fighting around the town of Murzuq in southwestern Libya, reports the U.N. News. The fighting is largely between the forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA), loyal to Khalifa ...
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The Malawian Defense Force (MDF) has commissioned six new vessels into service during a ceremony attended by President Peter Mutharika in Mangochi, reports Defence Web (South Africa). Two patrol vessels and four high-speed interceptors will be used by the MDF maritime ...
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Two Xian MA60 cargo aircraft are headed to Angola for delivery, reports Defence Web (South Africa). The twin turboprop aircraft were spotted in Bangladesh on Wednesday on their ferry flight to Angola. The transports were ordered in January 2018. The aircraft will ...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the defense ministry to prepare a "symmetric" response to Washington's ground-launched cruise missile test earlier this week, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow). Putin issued the order during a meeting of Russia's security ...
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Syrian government forces have gained control of a strategic area of northern Hama province, reports the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency.  On Friday, the military drove out rebels from the towns of Latamina, Kafar Zita, Latmin, Morek, M'aerkaba and al-Lahaya. Syrian ...
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The Czech government has selected Bell Helicopter to provide new attack and utility helicopters for the army, reports Radio Prague.  Under the anticipated US$622 million deal, Prague will acquire eight UH-1Y Venom utility and four AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, ...
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Two Philippine soldiers have been killed and one wounded in clashes with communist rebels in the central Philippines, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Early Friday, soldiers from the 43rd Infantry Battalion fought militants from the New People's Army in a village ...
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A new United Nations report says that the Burmese military demonstrated "genocidal intent" in its campaign against the predominately Muslim Rohingya ethnic group in 2017, reports the U.N. News Center.  During the campaign, soldiers employed rape and sexual violence ...
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One Israeli civilian has been killed and two wounded in a suspected terror attack near an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, reports Haaretz (Israel).  On Friday, an explosion killed a 17-year-old girl hiking near the Dolev settlement. Her father and brother were ...
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Top North Korean officials say they are prepared for either dialogue or a standoff with the U.S., reports the Yonhap news agency.  It would be a mistake for Washington to continue with its confrontational stance, including sanctions, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said ...
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