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Daily Defense News Capsules for 02/21/2020

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Boeing and Sikorsky say they their SB>1 Defiant high-speed helicopter is demonstrating increasing maturity despite minimal flight hours, reports Breaking Defense. On Thursday, the companies touted extensive ground and component testing during a visit by Army Secretary ...
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The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Sikorsky a contract modification for additional presidential helicopters, reports the Dept. of Defense. The $470.8 million deal covers six low-rate initial production Lot II VH-92A helicopters, associated interior modification ...
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Sikorsky officials say they have begun building a prototype of the Raider X helicopter for the Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program, reports Defense News. The project is intended to fill a capability gap following the retirement of the OH-58D Kiowa ...
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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) says some personal data within its networks may have been compromised, reports Reuters.  Between May 2019 and June 2019, personal data on a DISA system may have been compromised, according to a Feb. 11 letter that the ...
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Al-Shabaab militants have attacked a bus leaving the city of Mandera along the Kenyan border with Somalia, reports the Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu). On Wednesday, at least 10 gunmen opened fire on a bus traveling to Nairobi that was carrying at least 60 people, ...
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The Moroccan navy has begun operations with two recently delivered maritime patrol aircraft, reports Defence Web (South Africa). Italian defense firm Leonardo announced on Feb. 17 that two King Air 350ER patrol aircraft had entered service with an unidentified African ...
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Defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states have been meeting in Hanoi, reports the Singapore Ministry of Defense. During talks on Thursday, the ministers discussed regional and global security issues, as well as the ongoing ...
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At least two Turkish soldiers have been killed in an airstrike on their outpost in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, reports the Anadolu Agency (Ankara). Five soldiers were wounded in Thursday's attack, said the Turkish Ministry of Defense. Fifty regime soldiers ...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lifted a construction freeze on a new settlement in East Jerusalem that would cut off several Palestinian communities from the West Bank, reports the Times of Israel. On Thursday, Netanyahu announced that he had lifted restrictions ...
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The Australian government has announced that it will spend Aus$1.1 billion (US$725.9 million) to upgrade and expand RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corp. On Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the project during ...
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Eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar says he will agree to a cease-fire if Turkish forces and allied Syrian militia members withdraw, reports Russia's RT. In an interview with RIA Novosti, Haftar said that the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) ...
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Malaysia's attorney general has dropped charges against 12 suspected supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), also known as the Tamil Tigers, reports the Straits Times (Singapore).  In October, counterterror police arrested suspected supporters ...
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The Japanese government says it will hold talks next month to break the trade and diplomatic impasse with South Korea, reports national broadcaster NHK News (Tokyo). The discussions will be held in Seoul on March 10, the government confirmed on Friday.  The South ...
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Iran is holding parliamentary elections that are expected to boost the conservative leadership, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).  On Friday, polls opened for voters to elect representatives to the country's 290-member Parliament and choose replacements for the seven deceased ...
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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to form a coalition government, reports the Sudan Tribune (Paris).  Under the agreement, Machar would be sworn in as first vice president in on Friday. The Revitalized Transitional National ...
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Norwegian officials have denied Russian accusations that it has violated a treaty regulating activities in the Arctic Svalbard archipelago, reports Reuters.  On Feb. 4, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sent a letter to his Norwegian counterpart, Ine Marie Eriksen ...
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