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June 20, 2018 | Other News

Rheinmetall wins multimillion-euro order for MASS naval countermeasures system in Canada

Navy Recognition: The Canadian Forces have awarded Rheinmetall an important follow-on contract. The Canadian Navy plans to expand the MASS countermeasure systems installed on its Halifax-class frigates. The order is worth about CAD20 million (€12 million). MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) is an automated decoy system that protects surface combatants from advanced anti-ship missiles. Rheinmetall… read more

June 20, 2018 | Other News

US European Command moves forward with plan to bring more war games to southern Europe

Stars and Stripes: STUTTGART, Germany — U.S. commanders are reorganizing major exercises in Europe in a move expected to bring more large drills into the southern part of the Continent, where U.S. European Command is expanding resources even as the military has curtailed war games in South Korea. In 2018, EUCOM will run 11 major… read more

June 20, 2018 | Other News

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missile over Khamis Mushayt

Arab News: JEDDAH: The Saudi Air Defense Force intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Iran-backed Houthi militias from Saada province, Yemen, toward Saudi territories, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday. The official spokesman for the coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, stated that at 5:43 p.m., the air force intercepted… read more

June 20, 2018 | Other News

Major Gaza Escalation: 45 Rockets Fired at Israel, IDF Strikes 25 Hamas Targets

Haaretz: Some 45 rockets were fired from Gaza toward Israel overnight on Tuesday after the Israeli military struck Hamas infrastructure in the Strip in response to burning balloons being launched from the enclave into Israel. Later on Wednesday, the IDF confirmed its drone had fired at a group of Gazans who were attempting to launch… read more

June 20, 2018 | Other News

The US is trying to boost its military ties with India, but Russian weapons are getting in the way

Business Insider: Lawyers and policy and technical experts from the US Defense Department are in New Delhi this week, meeting with Indian officials to discuss a military-communications agreement that would boost the interoperability of the two countries’ armed forces. The discussions — part of preparations for the 2+2 dialogue between the two countries’ foreign and… read more

June 20, 2018 | Other News

Azerbaijan’s Acquisitions of New Missile Systems From Belarus and Israel: The Domestic and Regional Context

The Jamestown Foundation: On June 11, Azerbaijan unveiled its newly-acquired Polonez multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS, with a range of 300 kilometers) and LORA ballistic missile complexes (400 km), purchased from Belarus and Israel, respectively. Both weapons systems are designed to target major military bases and operational facilities located deep in enemy territory (Mod.gov.az, June 11).… read more

June 20, 2018 | Other News

Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Authorization Bill

USNI News: The U.S. Senate passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2019 defense authorization bill, setting the stage for negotiations with members of the House of Representatives to create a unified set of policy and spending priorities to approve later this year. Named for Sen. John S. McCain (R-Ariz.), the chair of the Senate… read more

June 19, 2018 | Other News

China’s Xi praises North Korea’s Kim for Trump summit, promises support

Reuters: BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping offered high praise to visiting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, lauding the “positive” outcome of his historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump and promising unwavering friendship. Meeting Kim on his third trip to China this year, and just a week after Kim met… read more

June 19, 2018 | Other News

South Korea: Joint US drills suspended to aid talks with North

WCJB: SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Tuesday presented a united front with the U.S. on a decision to call off major joint military drills, one week after President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement that he would suspend such exercises with the longtime Asian ally. Shortly after the U.S. and South Korean militaries formally… read more

June 19, 2018 | Other News

USS Carl Vinson heads to Hawaii for RIMPAC

Fox 5 San Diego: SAN DIEGO – USS Carl Vinson deployed from San Diego Monday where it will join other fleets to take part in RIMPAC. The Rim of the Pacific Exercise is the world’s largest maritime warfare exercise held every other year during June and July. It is based in Hawaii. The RIMPAC exercise… read more

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