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Daily Defense News Capsules for 09/20/2019

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The U.S. Army Reserve has activated seven units in Europe this month to support deployments to Poland and elsewhere on the continent, reports the Army Times. The highest-level unit activated in the Sept 14. ceremony at U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz was the 510th ...
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Continuing technical problems are expected to prevent the U.S. Air Force’s new aerial refueling aircraft from deploying for at least three years, reports Defense One. The KC-46 was supposed to be ready for operations in 2017, but design and development issues have resulted ...
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The Japanese Ministry of Defense has selected three companies for a competition to replace its aging Type 96 wheeled armored personnel carriers, reports Defense News. The Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) on Sept. 10 posted the announcement that General ...
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The Swiss government has selected Thales to supply its SkyView aerial command-and-control system as part of its Air Defense 2030 program, reports defense-aerospace.com. The Thales system was chosen over offerings from Saab and Raytheon, said the Swiss Dept. of Defence ...
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Bell Helicopters and BAE Systems Australia will continue a teaming agreement to jointly bid for Australia’s Land 4503 armed reconnaissance helicopter program, reports the Australian Defence Magazine. The partnership to offer the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter to ...
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The Al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia has claimed responsibility for a deadly car bombing in Mogadishu, reports the Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu). On Wednesday evening, the bomb detonated outside a hotel and restaurant in downtown Mogadishu, reported the Garowe ...
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The two C-27J Spartan cargo aircraft ordered by Zambia in 2015 have apparently been delivered, reports Defence Web (South Africa). The second aircraft, with the registration number AF003, was spotted at Zambia’s Lanseria International Airport on Aug. 21. The first aircraft ...
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The South African navy will lose its frigate and submarine capabilities over the next few years if it is not funded appropriately, says the head of the service, as cited by Defence Web (South Africa). The navy is currently only funded to conduct about half of the 12,000 ...
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The Saudi-led coalition says it has attacked a Houthi staging area north of the port city of Hodeidah in western Yemen, reports the Middle East Eye (London).  On Thursday, coalition jets struck four positions that the rebels used to build remotely-operated ...
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The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has decided to cut relations with Taiwan in favor of recognizing Beijing, reports the Taiwan News.  The Kiribati government notified Taiwan of its decision on Friday, said Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu.  Beijing ...
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Philippine police have confirmed that a first-year cadet at the Philippine Military Academy was killed as the result of hazing by at least three other cadets, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer. On Friday, the Philippine National Police said that "appropriate charges" ...
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Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria has been appointed India's next air force commander, reports the Press Trust of India.  Currently the service's vice chief of staff, Bhadauria will succeed Birender Singh Dhanoa as chief of Air Staff on Sept. 30, the defense ...
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The Italian government has announced that it is prepared to join the French-led European Intervention Initiative (EI2), reports Agence France-Presse. Thursday's announcement came a day after French President Emmanuel Macron visited Rome for talks with Prime Minister Giuseppe ...
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The U.S. government has expelled two Cuban diplomats to the United Nations who it says were engaged in espionage, reports CNN. On Thursday, the State Dept. notified its Cuban counterpart that two members of the Cuban Permanent Mission to the U.N. were being sent home ...
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NATO allies have been testing a variety of uncrewed systems and networks in an exercise off the coast of Portugal, reports the alliance.  Exercise REP began on Sept. 11 and runs through Sept. 27, said a NATO release.  The training is designed to test the ...
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South Korean officials say negotiations with the U.S. on sharing the costs of maintaining American forces on the peninsula will start next week, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).  The initial discussions are expected to begin on Sept. 24 or Sept. 25, an anonymous ...
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