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Daily Defense News Capsules for 04/24/2019

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Major planned upgrades have significantly increased the cost of the F-35 fighter jet program, reports Bloomberg News. The program’s estimated cost for research and procurement has increased by $22 billion, according to the Pentagon’s latest Selected Acquisition Report, ...
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The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin, Grand Prairie, Texas, a contract for multiple launch rocket system equipment, reports the Dept. of Defense. The $362.7 million fixed-price-incentive contract includes multiple launch rocket system M270A0 to M270A2 launchers; ...
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The U.S. State Dept. has offered a $10 million reward for information that could help disrupt the finance network that funds the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah. The reward was announced by the department's Rewards for Justice Program on Monday.  State ...
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The Army has awarded contracts to five companies for the first phase of the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program, reports Defense News.  An AVX Aircraft-L3 partnership, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Karem Aircraft and Lockheed subsidiary Sikorsky have ...
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The Chinese navy has established its marine corps as a separate force, reports the South China Morning Post. State broadcaster CCTV first announced the move on Tuesday during a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy. Under the ...
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The Russian navy has launched its newest modernized Oscar II-class nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia). The Belgorod was put into the water on Tuesday during a ceremony at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, reported the Tass ...
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The Nigerian air force says it has killed at least 10 armed men in an airstrike in the northwestern Zamfara state, reports the official News Agency of Nigeria. On Monday, two Alpha Jets and a helicopter attacked a militant hideout in Sububu Forest in support of ground ...
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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he will deploy additional troops to the eastern Veracruz state following a deadly mass shooting last week, reports Agence France-Presse.  Monday’s announcement did not include additional details, including the ...
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At least one Ukrainian soldier has been killed and another injured in clashes with Russian-backed forces in eastern Ukraine, reports Interfax-Ukraine. On Tuesday, gunmen opened fire on Ukrainian troops in the Donbas region, violating the cease-fire agreement, said Ukraine’s ...
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The African Union has given Sudan's military council three months to transfer power to a civilian government, reports the Sudan Tribune (Paris).  The decision came on Tuesday during an A.U. meeting in Cairo.  It extended a previously established time limit ...
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Efforts to locate a Japanese F-35 jet that crashed into the Pacific Ocean two weeks ago may be getting closer to the wreckage, reports CNN.  Investigators have narrowed the search area to a depth of about 1,500 feet (450 m), much shallower than previous speculation ...
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More than a dozen people have been killed in separate explosions in Syria, reports the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.  On Wednesday, a car exploded in the capital, Damascus, killing one civilian and injuring five other people. The cause of the ...
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Indian officials say Sri Lanka ignored credible warnings ahead of deadly terror attacks on Easter Sunday, reports CNN.  On April 4, Indian intelligence agencies passed unusually specific information on the potential attacks to Sri Lanka. A Sri Lankan police memo ...
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U.S. and government forces killed more civilians in first quarter 2019 than did the Taliban, according to a new report from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).  Civilian casualties fell over the first three months of the year to 1,773, down ...
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Forces loyal to the internationally-recognized Libyan government have pushed back troops led by Khalifa Haftar southwest of the capital, Tripoli, reports Reuters.  On Tuesday, fighters from Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) were pushed out of the town of Aziziya, ...
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A Pakistani police officer has been killed while on his way to provide security to polio vaccination workers, reports the Dawn (Karachi).  On Tuesday, gunmen opened fire on the officer on his way to work in Bannu, in southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said a spokesman. ...
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