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The #USAF is moving forward with plans to hold a competition to buy new tankers to fill a gap in capabilities between th...
11/05/2020
Air Force Eyes New Tanker Competition | Military Periscope

The #USAF is moving forward with plans to hold a competition to buy new tankers to fill a gap in capabilities between the KC-46 and the planned KC-Z future tanker. The KC-46 and A330 MRTT are expected to compete.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/air-force-eyes-new-tanker-competition

The U.S. Air Force plans to move forward with a new tanker competition to replace its remaining KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, reports Air Force magazine.

#Chile, #Colombia, #Ecuador and #Peru have agreed to coordinate their efforts to combat illegal fishing in the South Pac...
11/05/2020
Four S. American Nations Band Together To Combat Illegal Fishing By Chinese Vessels | Military Periscope

#Chile, #Colombia, #Ecuador and #Peru have agreed to coordinate their efforts to combat illegal fishing in the South Pacific. The move comes after a massive #China fishing fleet arrived at the Galapagos Islands in July.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/four-s-american-nations-band-together-combat-illegal-fishing-chinese-vessels

The Ecuadorian government has joined with Chile, Colombia and Peru to coordinate measures to fight illegal fishing in the South Pacific, reports Agence France-Presse. In a joint statement on Wednesday, the countries pledged to adopt measures "to prevent, discourage and jointly confront" illegal fish...

The #Taiwan navy says that a new submarine shipyard will be completed in Kaohsiung this month and production of its 1st ...
11/04/2020
Construction Of Domestically Developed Sub To Start Soon | Military Periscope

The #Taiwan navy says that a new submarine shipyard will be completed in Kaohsiung this month and production of its 1st domestically developed sub will begin soon after.

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Production is set to begin on Taiwan's first domestically designed submarine, reports the Taiwan News. The submarine production effort is on schedule, the Taiwanese navy said in a statement on Nov. 2 in response to reports that the project had been delayed. Taiwan's United Daily News Chinese-languag...

#Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has ordered a military operation in the northern Tigray region following attacks on ...
11/04/2020
Abiy Orders Military Op After Attack On Federal Bases In Tigray | Military Periscope

#Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has ordered a military operation in the northern Tigray region following attacks on military camps in the region.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/abiy-orders-military-op-after-attack-federal-bases-tigray

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has ordered a military operation after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) reportedly attacked a military camp in the northern region, reports the Guardian (U.K.). The operation in the northern Tigray region began on Wednesday, reported Reuters. Abiy sai...

#Argentina's effort to buy FA-50 light fighters from #SouthKorea has stalled over the British arms embargo on Buenos Air...
11/03/2020
Effort To Buy S. Korean Jets Stalls Over British Arms Embargo | Military Periscope

#Argentina's effort to buy FA-50 light fighters from #SouthKorea has stalled over the British arms embargo on Buenos Aires. The jet has six major British components that prevent its export.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/effort-buy-s-korean-jets-stalls-over-british-arms-embargo

Argentina's attempt to purchase light fighter jets from South Korea have been halted by the British arms embargo, reports Mercopress (Uruguay). On Oct. 28, Korea Aerospace Industries informed the Argentinean ambassador in Seoul that it cannot export its FA-50 light fighter aircraft to Argentina due....

Check out the latest content on Military Periscope, including new records on #Ukraine's Neptune anti-ship missile, #Chin...
11/03/2020
What's New | Military Periscope

Check out the latest content on Military Periscope, including new records on #Ukraine's Neptune anti-ship missile, #China's Zibo-class destroyers, #Czechia's Perun SOF vehicle, #Paraguay's EPP and the US Proud Boys militant groups.

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Ukraine has developed an indigenous anti-ship missile as part of efforts to bolster its coastal defense. The RK-360MC Neptune is a subsonic, truck-mounted system designed to defeat vessels displacing up to 5,000 tons. Each truck carries up to four missiles. The R-360 missile has a maximum range of 1...

The Oromia Liberation Army has attacked three Amhara villages in eastern #Ethiopia killing at least 54 people and burnin...
11/03/2020
54 Killed In Massacre In Oromia Region | Military Periscope

The Oromia Liberation Army has attacked three Amhara villages in eastern #Ethiopia killing at least 54 people and burning the villages.

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At least 54 people have been killed in a militant attack in eastern Ethiopia, reports the New York Times. On Sunday, members of the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), an armed faction of the Oromo Liberation Front, struck three villages in the West Welega Zone of the Oromia region, said Ethiopian official...

#Lithuania has formally accepted delivery of 2 NASAMS 3 batteries following successful testing. The medium-range systems...
11/02/2020
NASAMS Air Defense Systems Handed Over | Military Periscope

#Lithuania has formally accepted delivery of 2 NASAMS 3 batteries following successful testing. The medium-range systems are expected to be integrated with NATO's air defense network next year.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/nasams-air-defense-systems-handed-over

Lithuania has formally taken delivery of new air defense systems following successful testing, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense. On Friday, the Norwegian manufacturer Kongsberg handed over the NASAMS systems during a ceremony at the Lithuanian military's air defense battalion.

#Japan has qualified its first female sailors to serve on submarines. The five women officers received their certificati...
10/30/2020
Female Sailors Certified To Serve On Subs | Military Periscope

#Japan has qualified its first female sailors to serve on submarines. The five women officers received their certifications during a ceremony on Thursday at the Kure MSDF base.
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An initial batch of female Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force officers have qualified to serve on submarines, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Tokyo). Five officers were officially certified to serve aboard submarines on Oct. 29, during a ceremony at the Submarine Training Center at the JMSDF Kure base in....

The #Mozambique government says its forces are advancing on a militant base in the northern Cabo Delgado province. 6 cam...
10/30/2020
Troops Advancing On Militants In Cabo Delgado Province | Military Periscope

The #Mozambique government says its forces are advancing on a militant base in the northern Cabo Delgado province. 6 camps have already been destroyed during the operation.
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Mozambican forces are in the midst of an operation against a militant base in the northern Cabo Delgado province, according to government officials cited by Agence France-Presse. On Wednesday, Interior Minister Amade Miquidade told lawmakers that troops had dismantled "several" militant hideouts and...

Special Report:#China has been attempting to acquire #Ukraine aeroengine maker Motor Sich for years to fill a gap in its...
10/29/2020
The Battle for Motor Sich | Military Periscope

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#China has been attempting to acquire #Ukraine aeroengine maker Motor Sich for years to fill a gap in its industrial capacity. Periscope's latest report looks at the saga and how conditions may be ripe for it to finally pull off the purchase.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/reports/battle-motor-sich

For years, China has been trying to acquire a stake in Ukraine's Motor Sich aeroengine firm to develop new engines for its latest generation of

The #Philippines has chosen Elbit Systems to supply it with new wheeled and tracked light tanks armed with its 105-mm Sa...
10/29/2020
New Light Tanks Ordered From Israeli Firm | Military Periscope

The #Philippines has chosen Elbit Systems to supply it with new wheeled and tracked light tanks armed with its 105-mm Sabrah turret.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/new-light-tanks-ordered-israeli-firm

The Philippine army has chosen an Israeli company to deliver new light tanks, reports Defence Blog. Under the US$196 million contract, Elbit Systems will supply tracked and wheeled versions of its Sabrah light tank, armed with a 105-mm cannon, as well command and support vehicles.

The # EU has decided to permit non-members to participate in PESCO defense cooperation projects on a case-by-case basis ...
10/29/2020
Non-Members To Be Able To Participate in European Defense Projects On Limited Basis | Military Periscope

The # EU has decided to permit non-members to participate in PESCO defense cooperation projects on a case-by-case basis and as long as they bring significant expertise to the program.

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The European Union has decided to allow non-members, including the U.K. and U.S., to take part in future joint defense projects, reports Reuters. Non-member states will be allowed to participate in such programs on a case-by-case basis, provided they bring significant expertise to the project, said....

The #Ecuador air force has taken delivery of the 1st 2 of 6 H145 helicopters purchased from Airbus. The aircraft will su...
10/28/2020
Air Force Receives 1st H145 Helos From Airbus | Military Periscope

The #Ecuador air force has taken delivery of the 1st 2 of 6 H145 helicopters purchased from Airbus. The aircraft will support a variety of surveillance, rescue, security and disaster-response operations.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/air-force-receives-1st-h145-helos-airbus

The Ecuadorian air force has taken delivery of its first two of six H145 helicopters purchased from Airbus, reports the manufacturer. The new helicopters, dubbed "Cobra" in Ecuadorian service, will join the 22nd Combat Wing in Guayaquil, the company said in a Tuesday release.

Tensions have increased between Kurdish factions in #Iraq after Kurdish authorities arrested alleged PKK fighters who we...
10/28/2020
Tensions Between Kurdish Groups On The Rise After Arrests | Military Periscope

Tensions have increased between Kurdish factions in #Iraq after Kurdish authorities arrested alleged PKK fighters who were planning attacks on a foreign diplomatic mission in the region.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/tensions-between-kurdish-groups-rise-after-arrests

The arrest of suspected Kurdish militants by authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan has sharpened tensions between rival factions, reports the Voice of America News. On Monday, the Kurdish Region's Security Council (KRSC), an intelligence service led by the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), announced...

Special reportDefense Secretary Mark Esper unveiled a new force structure for the #USNavy earlier this month. Periscope'...
10/27/2020
The Navy Changes Tack | Military Periscope

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper unveiled a new force structure for the #USNavy earlier this month. Periscope's latest report has the details on the plan and the challenges it faces.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/reports/navy-changes-tack

On Oct. 6, Defense Secretary Mark Esper introduced a new vision for the future Navy fleet that included a significant uncrewed component. The service is still in the early stages of developing and testing large uncrewed vessels. In this undated photo, the Sea Hunter large uncrewed surface vessel dev...

Dozens of Turkish-backed rebels in #Syria have been killed in a suspected #Russia airstrike on their camp in the northwe...
10/27/2020
Dozens Killed In Russian Strike On Turkish-Backed Group In Idlib | Military Periscope

Dozens of Turkish-backed rebels in #Syria have been killed in a suspected #Russia airstrike on their camp in the northwestern Idlib province.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/dozens-killed-russian-strike-turkish-backed-group-idlib

Dozens of rebel fighters have been killed and wounded in suspected Russian airstrikes on a training camp in the Syria's northwestern Idlib province, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). On Monday, Russian jets attacked a training camp run by the Failaq al-Sham opposition group backed by the Turkish governmen...

#India says it has completed the final user trial for the domestically developed Nag anti-tank missile, paving the way f...
10/26/2020
Nag Anti-Tank Missile Completes User Trials | Military Periscope

#India says it has completed the final user trial for the domestically developed Nag anti-tank missile, paving the way for serial production to begin.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/nag-anti-tank-missile-completes-user-trials

India has completed the final user trial for the indigenous Nag anti-tank guided missile, reports the Indian Ministry of Defense. On Oct. 22, an all-up Nag missile successfully engaged a tank target during the test at the Pokhran range in the northern Rajasthan state.

The #Afghanistan government says that top Al-Qaida official Husam Abd Al Rauf has been killed in a raid in the central G...
10/26/2020
Top Al-Qaida Official Killed In Raid In Ghazni Province | Military Periscope

The #Afghanistan government says that top Al-Qaida official Husam Abd Al Rauf has been killed in a raid in the central Ghazni province. He was on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/top-al-qaida-official-killed-raid-ghazni-province

Afghan intelligence officials say they have killed a senior Al-Qaida official in a raid in the central Ghazni province, reports Agence France-Presse. On Sunday, officials from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) announced the death of Husam Abd Al Rauf, also known as Abu Muhsin Al Masri. The....

#Brazil has completed a prototype nuclear reactor for its planned nuclear-powered attack submarine. The system will be u...
10/23/2020
Prototype Reactor For Nuclear Attack Sub Unveiled | Military Periscope

#Brazil has completed a prototype nuclear reactor for its planned nuclear-powered attack submarine. The system will be used for testing of the propulsion system.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/prototype-reactor-nuclear-attack-sub-unveiled

Brazil has finished assembling a prototype nuclear reactor for its planned nuclear-powered attack submarines, reports defense-aerospace.com. On Wednesday, the Aramar Experimental Center in Ipero, Sao Paolo, held a ceremony marking the completion of the nuclear propulsion prototype reactor for the fu...

At least 13 people have been killed in clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Conakry since presidential e...
10/23/2020
13 Killed In Clashes Following Presidential Election | Military Periscope

At least 13 people have been killed in clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Conakry since presidential elections in #Guinea on Sunday.

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At least 13 people have been reported killed in violence following presidential elections in Guinea on Sunday, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). Eight civilians and two police officers were killed in clashes in the capital, Conakry, between security forces and opposition supporters following Sunday's elec...

Special ReportMilitary Periscope's latest report looks at the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and ...
10/22/2020
Putin's Favorite Poison | Military Periscope

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Military Periscope's latest report looks at the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the deadly Novichok nerve agent used.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/reports/putins-favorite-poison

Putin critic Alexei Navalny fell ill while flying from Tomsk in Siberia to Moscow in August. The aircraft diverted to Omsk, where he spent three days in hospital before being transferred to a hospital in Berlin, where he continues to recover. Navalny blames Putin for the poisoning attack. Above, in....

The #USAF has unveiled the Global Precision Attack Weapon program to procure advanced, flexible strike weapons that can ...
10/22/2020
Air Force Seeks Advanced, Flexible Ground Attack Weapon | Military Periscope

The #USAF has unveiled the Global Precision Attack Weapon program to procure advanced, flexible strike weapons that can be employed in large numbers from fighter and bomber aircraft.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/air-force-seeks-advanced-flexible-ground-attack-weapon

The Air Force wants to procure a new, flexible ground-attack weapon capable of being employed in large numbers from its bomber and fighter aircraft, reports Air Force magazine.

Turkish troops have begun to withdraw from a forward post in Hama province in northwestern #Syria that has been surround...
10/22/2020
Turkish Troops Pull Out Of Post In Hama Province | Military Periscope

Turkish troops have begun to withdraw from a forward post in Hama province in northwestern #Syria that has been surrounded by Syrian government forces for months.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/turkish-troops-pull-out-post-hama-province

Turkish troops are pulling out of an observation post in northwestern Syria that has been surrounded by Syrian government forces for months, reports the Arab News (Riyadh). Equipment was removed at the base outside of Morek in Hama province starting on Monday and the site would be completely destroy...

The #Russia Defense Ministry has rejected a cost-saving proposal from the finance ministry to reduce the military by aro...
10/21/2020
Defense Ministry Rejects Proposal To Cut 100,000 Troops | Military Periscope

The #Russia Defense Ministry has rejected a cost-saving proposal from the finance ministry to reduce the military by around 100,000 personnel.

https://www.militaryperiscope.com/news/defense-ministry-rejects-proposal-cut-100000-troops

The Russian Defense Ministry has rejected cost-saving proposals that would reduce the military by up to 100,000 personnel, reports Reuters. On Tuesday, the Izvestia newspaper reported that the ministry had rejected a proposal from the finance ministry to cut personnel by about 10 percent. Under that...

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