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Daily Defense News Capsules for 06/18/2019

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Kratos has conducted the second test flight of its unmanned XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), reports the defense firm. The XQ-58A, a joint project between Kratos and the Air Force Research Laboratory, flew for 71 minutes during the flight on June 11, successfully ...
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The Fincantieri Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wis., has launched another Freedom-class littoral combat ship, reports Lockheed Martin, which leads the shipbuilding team for the class. The Minneapolis-St. Paul (LCS-21) was christened and launched in a ceremony on June ...
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The Defense Dept. says it will deploy 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East to bolster defensive capabilities in the region, reports NBC News. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said on Monday that the move came in response to a request by U.S. Central ...
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White House officials are divided over the possible sale of $2 billion worth of tanks and missile systems to Taiwan, reports the Wall Street Journal.  Several members of the administration feel that the deal could exacerbate tensions with Beijing amid efforts ...
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The defense ministers of France, Germany and Spain have just signed a framework agreement for the development of next-generation combat aircraft, reports defense-aerospace.com. On Monday, French Defense Minister Florence Parly and her German counterpart Ursula von der ...
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The U.K. plans to deploy 100 Royal Marines to the Persian Gulf in response to recent suspected Iranian attacks on oil tankers in the region, reports the Washington Examiner. The marines will be designated Special Task Group 19 and responsible for protecting British ...
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A U.S. surveillance drone was shot down over Yemen earlier this month, reports the U.S. Central Command. On June 6, the MQ-9 Reaper air vehicle was downed by a suspected SA-6 surface-to-air missile, the command said on Sunday. The altitude of the engagement was greater ...
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Military police from the Ohio National Guard have been participating in a multinational exercise in Serbia, reports the Army News Service. Around 500 troops, including 80 from the Ohio National Guard's 838th Military Police Company, based in Youngstown, have been ...
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An Indian army major has been killed in a gunfight in the Anantnag district in southern Kashmir, reports the Times of India. A Pakistani terrorist was also killed, while another major and two soldiers from the 19 Rashtriya Rifles were injured in the fighting. The troops ...
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Four new member states have joined the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallinn, Estonia, reports the center. Bulgaria, Denmark, Norway and Romania formally joined the center during a ceremony on June 13 in Tallinn. The accessions brings ...
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At least 20 suspected ISIS terrorists have been killed in a joint operation with the French military in eastern Mali, reports Agence France-Presse.  On June 13, French troops conducted an airborne operation in cooperation with the Malian and Nigerien militaries in ...
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Turkey has unveiled a full-scale model of its indigenous fighter jets amid doubts over its role in the F-35 program, reports Defense News.  Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) revealed the first full-scale mock-up of the TF-X on Monday at the Paris Air Show.  The ...
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Ecuador has agreed to allow U.S. counter-drug aircraft to use an airport on the Galapagos Islands, about 550 miles (900 km) west of mainland South America, reports the Guardian (U.K.).  On June 12, Defense Minister Oswaldo Jarrin announced that a U.S. airborne warning ...
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India and Burma have conducted a joint operation to crack down on various militant groups operating along their 1,000-mile (1,600-km) border, reports the Press Trust of India.  Operation Sunrise 2 kicked off on May 16 in Manipur, Nagaland and Assam states, the agency ...
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Yemen's Houthi rebels will allow the U.N. to inspect vessels entering the contested port of Hodeidah, reports the Houthi-run Al Masirah television network.  The militant group has agreed to an inspection mechanism with the world body, which will be implemented within ...
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More than 300,000 people have been displaced due to renewed violence in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, reports the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Inter-ethnic violence between the mostly pastoral Hema and agricultural Lendu groups has escalated since ...
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