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Monday, 5 December 2016

US Navy eyes more F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to deal with shortage of carrier-borne fighters

The US Navy plans to buy dozens of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jets to deal with a shortage of fighters aboard its carriers, Reuters said on Saturday Dec. 3, quoting a Navy official. This plan, which still has to be finalized, coud be implemented in the fiscal year 2018 budget alongside the procurement of the F-35C carrier variant. 
A US Navy Super Hornet fighter jet
(Credit: Boeing Defense)
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KrAZ of Ukraine launches new military tank truck based on KrAZ-5233BE chassis

New tank truck based on the KrAZ-5233BE off road chassis has been added to line-up of special vehicles KrAZ, the Ukranian truck manufacturer. The vehicle is provided with 5 cu.m tank used for carrying and storing water for drinking in the field. It’s no coincidence that the KrAZ-5233 chassis has been chosen for fitting this equipment. 
New KrAZ military tank truk based on KrAZ-5233BE off road chassis
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Nigeria takes delivery of its first Super Mushshak basic trainer aircraft

Pakistan handed over the first of ten Super Mushshak primary trainer aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force, in a ceremony attended by the country's Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal SB Abubakar and Pakistan's Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, the Nigerian Air Force announced on Dec. 5, 2016. 
Nigeria received today its first of ten Super Mushshak basic trainer aircraft from Pakistan
(Credit: Nigerian Air Force)
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A third Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion has been deployed in South Sudan.

China despatched the first 120 of a 700-member peacekeeping infantry battalion to Juba, capital of South Sudan on Dec. 4. The remainder of the infantry battalion, which has been assigned to a 12-month United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission, will leave in five separate groups.
Chinese peacekeeper in South Sudan (Archive image)
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Russia and Uzbekistan have signed military cooperation treaty for 2017.

The Russian and Uzbek defense ministers, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu and Colonel General Kabul Berdiyev, have signed the military-technical cooperation treaty and 2017 bilateral cooperation plan.
Uzbek soldiers near the Friendship Bridge on the border with Afghanistan
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Kenya received first batch of Bell UH-1H Huey II helicopters from US

The United States handed over a first six of eight Bell UH-1H Huey II utility helicopters to the Kenya Air Force, the US embassy in Kenya announced on Dec. 2, 2016. "The Huey II helicopters that we are delivering today represent the United States’ largest single security cooperation initiative ever undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa," the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec said during a ceremony at Laikipia Air Base. 
One of the six Bell UH-1H delivered to Kenya Air Force on Dec. 2, 2016
(Credit: US Embassy in Kenya)
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Lockheed Martin lands a $133 mn FMS from France for two C-130J-30 airlifters

The US-based defense contractor Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $133,434,778 contract from France for two U.S. government-configured C-130J-30 Super Hercules military transport aircraft, the US Department of Defense announced on Dec. 1, 2016. 
Lockheed Martin's C-130J-30 Super Hercules military airlifter
(Credit: Lockheed Martin)
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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Japan could be interested to acquire American-made THAAD air defense missile system

According some Internet news sources, Japan is considering to purchase the American-made air defense missile system THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense). After South Korea, Japan could be another new foreign country who is interested to deploy the THAAD. 
A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) mobile launcher sits on display in the new Lt. Gen. C.J. LeVan THAAD Instructional Facility at Fort Sill, Okla. (Photo U.S. Army)
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End of November China has performed flight tests of DF-21C medium-range ballistic missile

End of November, China armed forces has performed fligt tests of 10 DF-21C medium-range road-mobile ballistic missile. The flight tests were disclosed by China Central Television on November 28, 2016. 
The DF-21C is a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) produced by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC).
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Saturday, 3 December 2016

French Navy FREMM Frigate Languedoc Returned From 104 Days-Long Deployment

The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that the Aquitaine-class Frigate Languedoc, the third FREMM (Multi Mission Frigate) of the class, returned to Toulon naval base on November 24th after a long period deployment. The Frigate set sail on August 12th for the a long cruise which took her to the North Atlantic and the Arctic.