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Daily Defense News Capsules for 12/06/2019

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Top defense officials say Defense Secretary Mark Esper is considering sending more troops to the Middle East in response to possible Iranian attacks in the region, reports Politico. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood clarified the situation after the Pentagon ...
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The U.S. Air Force has launched a program to replace its fleet of E-4B National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC) planes, reports Aviation Week & Space Technology. On Dec. 4, the service announced that it would hold an industry day in February to go over its acquisition ...
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The U.S. Navy is scheduled to christen its second Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, reports the Navy NewsStand. The carrier will be formally named during a Dec. 7 ceremony at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Newport News, Va. The vessel is being sponsored ...
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Three Minnesota Army National Guardsmen have been killed in a helicopter crash, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. On Thursday, the UH-60 Black Hawk went down shortly after taking off from the Army Aviation Flight Facility near the St. Cloud airport, said police. All ...
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U.S. officials have released images of Iranian missile components that were intercepted last month off the coast of Yemen, reports the State Dept. On Nov. 25, a U.S. warship conducted a flag verification boarding of a small wooden boat off the cast of Yemen, Brian Hook, ...
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The Houthi rebel group in Yemen says it has shot down more Saudi drones, reports Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency. On Wednesday, one drone was downed near the border with the Jizan region in Saudi Arabia and another was shot down near the Saudi region of Asir, ...
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The foreign and defense ministers from Australia and South Korea are scheduled to meet next week in Sydney, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds and Foreign Minister Marise Payne will host South Korean Foreign Minister Kang ...
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The Swiss arms procurement agency has finalized a contract with General Dynamics European Land Systems-Mowag for reconnaissance vehicles, reports the defense firm. The deal, the value of which was not made public, covers 100 Eagle 6 x 6 vehicles equipped with a reconnaissance ...
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Australia has selected the MQ-9B Sky Guardian for its Project Air 7003 requirement to acquire an armed uncrewed aerial vehicle, reports General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. In November 2018, Canberra announced that it had selected General Atomics for its combat drone ...
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Pirates have kidnapped 19 crewmembers from a Greek oil tanker operating in the Gulf of Guinea, reports Defence Web (South Africa). On Dec. 3, the pirates attacked the tanker approximately 100 nautical miles (185 km) south of Bonny Island, Nigeria. The kidnapped included ...
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Communist rebels in the Philippines have declared a week-long cease-fire in the central Bicol region after a typhoon struck the area on Monday and Tuesday, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The truce will extend until Dec. 12 at midnight, a New People’s Army (NPA) ...
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President Aleksandar Vucic has announced that Serbia will not buy any additional weapons platforms amid criticism about recent purchases from Russia, reports the Balkan Insight. Vucic announced the decision on Tuesday, following consultations with Defense Minister Aleksandar ...
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Turkey is in talks with Russia to exercise a contract option for additional S-400 air defense systems, reports Reuters. On Friday, Dmitry Shugaev, the head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said that officials from both countries were discussing ...
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The Greek government has announced the expulsion of the Libyan ambassador after the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli finalized an agreement with Turkey that included a maritime border near the Greek island of Crete, reports Reuters. On Friday, Greek Foreign Minister ...
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The Czech Republic has finalized an agreement with Israel for new air defense radars, reports the Times of Israel. On Thursday, Israeli and Czech officials signed a US$125 million contract for eight ELM-2084 multimission radars in Prague. The radars will be delivered ...
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Two Pakistani soldiers have been killed in an operation against suspected terrorists in North Waziristan, reports the Dawn (Karachi). On Thursday, soldiers were dispatched after reports of terrorist elements in the village of Charkhel, said the Inter Services Public Relations ...
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