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Daily Defense News Capsules for 01/22/2020

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The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded a contract to MAC, Bay St. Louis, Miss., to provide millions of new polymer-cased .50-caliber machine gun cartridges, reports the Dept. of Defense. The $10 million contract, awarded on Jan. 16, covers the annual production of 2.4 million ...
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Saab has announced that it has begun manufacturing components for the T-7A Red Hawk trainer aircraft ordered by the U.S. Air Force. Production of the first aft fuselages began on Jan. 10 at the Saab facility in Linkoping, Sweden, according to a company release on Jan. ...
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Small satellite launch provider Rocket Lab is set to launch a small spacecraft for the National Reconnaissance Office later this month, reports the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based firm. The launch window for the mission, dubbed NROL-51 “Birds of a Feather,” is currently ...
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Senior Chinese officials in Hong Kong have announced support for a controversial national security law in the semi-autonomous city, reports the Financial Times (London). Luo Huining, the head of China’s Liaison Office, revealed his support for the law on Monday in an ...
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Israeli intelligence has warned that Iran could be able to arm its ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads within two years, reports Breaking Defense. Iran would have to complete the development of its first nuclear weapon and successfully reduce its size and weight ...
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Unidentified assailants have attacked a United Nations humanitarian hub in Ngala in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, near the border with Cameroon, reports the U.N. News. On Saturday, militants assaulted the facility in trucks fitted with machine guns, burning a ...
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German Naval Yards in Kiel has announced that it is protesting the award of the German MKS 180 frigate program to Dutch shipbuilder Damen. On Monday, the shipbuilder revealed that it would take legal action against the German government’s decision, stating that it had ...
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Defense Minister Gen. Mahamat Abali Salah has announced that Chad will deploy a battalion of troops to the borders of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger following growing militant violence in the region, reports the Defense Post. Salah discussed the deployment on Monday with ...
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Saudi Arabia has launched its first military unit open to women, reports the Arab News (Riyadh).  In a speech on Sunday, Maj. Gen. Imad Al-Aidan, the head of admissions and enlistment, outlined the recruiting guidelines and bases where women troops will be stationed.  The ...
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The North Korea government says it will no longer abide by a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and missile tests, reports Reuters.  Pyongyang will not be restrained by a one-sided agreement, said a North Korean official at the U.N. on Tuesday. The diplomat noted ...
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Japanese and Russian ships have just finished an anti-piracy drill in the Arabian Sea, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow).  The drills on Monday and Tuesday included joint maneuvers, freeing a vessel from mock pirates and joint naval gunnery exercises. Helicopters ...
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At least 30 civilians have been killed in Russian airstrikes in Syria's northwestern Aleppo province, reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (U.K.). On Tuesday, 19 people were killed in Russian airstrikes on Kafr Nooran.  Eight were killed by artillery ...
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A government-sponsored panel has concluded that the Burmese military did not commit genocide against the Rohingya minority during operations in Rakhine state in August 2017, reports the Irrawady (Burma).  On Tuesday, the Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) presented ...
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At least 36 people have been killed in terrorist attacks Burkina Faso's northern Sanmatenga province, reports Agence France-Presse. On Monday, militants attacked and burned a market in the village of Nagraogo, killing 32 people, said the government. Four more people ...
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The Chinese government says it has no intention to participate in arms control talks with the U.S., reports Agence France-Presse.  The U.S. has urged China to join trilateral strategic arms talks, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.  Washington ...
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The British government has ordered new helicopters as a part of a push to expand the military's training capabilities, reports the U.K. Ministry of Defense.  On Tuesday, the U.K. Military Flying Training System signed a 186 million pound (US$238 million) contract ...
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