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Daily Defense News Capsules for 06/26/2019

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SpaceX has successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket carrying two dozen small satellites as part of a mission to demonstrate the rocket’s capabilities for the U.S. Air Force, reports Space News. Early Tuesday morning, a Falcon Heavy rocket lifted 24 satellites, ...
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The Marine Corps is taking steps to address the low mission-capable rate of its MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, reports the Marine Corps Times. The Osprey currently has a mission-capable rate of around 60 percent, up from just above 50 percent during fiscal 2018, ...
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The alleged leader of the failed coup attempt in Ethiopia on Saturday has been killed by security forces, reports the Voice of America News. Gen. Asamnew Tsige, the security chief for the Amhara region, was attempting to flee from security forces in Bahir Dar, the capital ...
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The Estonian government has signed a contract with EuroSpike for Spike anti-tank missiles, reports the Globes newspaper (Tel Aviv). Eurospike, jointly owned by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and German firms Rheinmetall and Diehl Defense, was formed to market ...
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The Israeli Defense Ministry’s workers committee has announced a stop to work that facilitates defense exports as part of an ongoing labor dispute, reports the Jerusalem Post.   The work-stoppage was announced after workers committees from the ministries of defense, ...
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The French navy is preparing to retire its first Rubis-class nuclear powered attack submarine after 35 years of service, reports defence-aerospace.com. The Saphir has just completed her final patrol and is on her way to Cherbourg for dismantling. The sub is scheduled ...
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The Chinese government has donated mine-clearance equipment and humanitarian aid to Cambodia, reports China Military Online. The gear was handed over on Monday in a ceremony in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital. The total value of the equipment and aid was estimated ...
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The Indian government believes it is well-positioned to receive a sanctions waiver from the U.S. for its purchase of Russian air defense systems, reports the Times of India. India agreed to purchase the S-400 system from Russia last October in a US$6 billion deal. ...
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At least two U.S. troops have been killed in eastern Afghanistan, reports the New York Times.  The servicemembers were killed on Wednesday during a military operation, according to a statement from the U.S.-led Resolute Support mission. A Taliban spokesman said ...
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The U.N. Security Council has approved a political mission to Haiti to replace the current mission focused on justice, human-rights and police issues, reports the Miami Herald.  On Tuesday, the council approved the measure with 13 positive votes and two abstentions ...
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The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning has sailed through the Taiwan Strait on her way to her homeport of Qingdao following a deployment in the South China Sea, reports the semi-official Central News Agency (Taipei).  On Tuesday, China's sole aircraft carrier passed ...
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Military officials say Saudi air defenses have intercepted a drone launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen, reports the state-run Saudi Press Agency.  On Tuesday, Saudi air defense forces intercepted the air vehicle near a residential area of Khamis Mushayt, in southwestern ...
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Japan is not expected to invite South Korea to a planned fleet review in October, according to Japanese media cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).  The Japan Self-Defense Forces (SDF) plan to invite Australia, China and the U.S. to the review but not South Korea, ...
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The U.S. Army is leading the multinational Steppe Eagle exercise in Kazakhstan, reports the Stars and Stripes. The peacekeeping drills began on June 20 at the Chilikemer Training Area near Almaty in southeastern Kazakhstan.  U.S. and British troops have been leading ...
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The U.S. and North Korea are quietly talking in the hopes of holding a third summit to address Pyongyang's nuclear program, reports CNN.  Responding to written questions, South Korean President Moon Jae In said on Wednesday that representatives from both countries ...
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Palestinian leaders have criticized the newly announced U.S. peace plan for the region, reports Reuters.  At a news conference on Wednesday, senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Hanan Ashrawi called the proposal "divorced from reality."  Thousands ...
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