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Daily Defense News Capsules for 12/03/2021

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The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to update their wartime contingency plans in response to military developments in North Korea, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). On Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook approved ...
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Northrop Grumman says it has received a contract to supply additional anti-radar missiles to the U.S. Navy and German air force. The $153 million Navy contract covers full-rate production for Lots 10 and 11 of the AGM-88E2 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM), ...
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For the first time in more than 20 years, a German frigate has visited South Korea during a deployment to Asia, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). The Bayern arrived in Busan on Tuesday and was scheduled to remain until Dec. 6. The frigate departed Germany in ...
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Iranian security forces clashed have with Taliban troops along the border with Afghanistan, reports Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency. On Wednesday, Taliban forces opened fire on a group of Iranian farmers in the village of Shaghalak in the western Hirmand county, ...
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The defense ministers of Russia and Vietnam have signed an agreement on military cooperation, reports Russia’s Tass news agency. On Wednesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and his Vietnamese counterpart, Gen. Phan Van Gian, signed the agreement following bilateral ...
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A U.N. committee has deferred a decision on whether to accept representatives from the Taliban and military junta in Burma, reports Bloomberg News. On Wednesday, the Credentials Committee of the General Assembly held a closed-door meeting to address the applications by ...
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The Council of the European Union has approved military assistance measures for four countries under the European Peace Facility (EPF) program. On Thursday, the council approved assistance measures for Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Mali to strengthen their military and ...
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The Polish Armament Inspectorate has signed an execution agreement with the PGZ-Narew consortium for the Narew short-range air defense (SHORAD) system, reported Defence24 (Poland). On Tuesday, the Armament Inspectorate signed a US$4.4 million contract with the PGZ-Narew ...
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Russia has deployed coastal defense systems on disputed islands in the north Pacific, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow). On Thursday, the Russian Pacific Fleet announced that Bastion-P coastal defense systems had been put on combat alert on Matua in the Kuril Islands. This ...
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At least 10 people have been killed in a suspected terrorist attack in a regime-held part of Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province, reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (U.K.). A bus was carrying workers to the Kharata oil field when an improvised explosive device ...
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The U.S. has nearly doubled its small military presence in Taiwan over the last year, reports the Voice of America News. From Dec. 31, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021, the number of U.S. troops in Taiwan increased from 20 to 39, according to official figures. The latest data ...
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Five suspected terrorists have been killed in fighting with Philippine soldiers in the southern Maguindanao province, reports the Manila Bulletin. Early Thursday morning, soldiers from the 6th Infantry Division were conducting internal security operations when they were ...
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At least 13 people have been killed in a militant attack in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, reports Kurdistan 24 (Erbil). On Thursday, suspected ISIS fighters attacked the villages of Leheban and Khidrjeeja in Erbil province, said a peshmerga spokesman. At least ...
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Uganda has sent additional troops to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to fight militants there, reports Agence France-Presse. On Thursday, the witnesses said another column of Ugandan forces crossed into the DRC through the Nobili border post. Various armored ...
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The United Arab Emirates has finalized a major contract with France for fighter jets and utility helicopters, reports France 24.  The 17 billion euro (US$19.3 billion) deal covers 80 Rafale fighters and 12 H225M Caracal helicopters, French officials said on Friday. This ...
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Two soldiers have been killed in an attack on a border post in northern Benin, reports Reuters. On Wednesday, suspected Islamist militants attacked a border post in the Porga region, killing two soldiers and injuring several more, the army said. The previous day, militants ...
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