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Washington Approves Finland’s Purchase of US-Israeli Missile System

The U.S. government has approved Finland’s purchase of the “David’s Sling” missile system that the United States jointly developed with Israel, the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced Wednesday. The Finnish purchase is worth approximately $346.75 million, with Israel as the seller under the procurement agreement. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Israel’s Missile Defense Organization...

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Report: Pakistan to Join Turkey’s Next-Generation Fighter Jet Program

Pakistan might follow Azerbaijan’s decision to join Turkey’s fifth-generation fighter jet program named Kaan. At a recent event, Celal Sami Tufekci, deputy defense minister of Turkey, said defense officials will meet with their Pakistani counterparts in the coming weeks to discuss the official participation of the South Asian country. The Pakistani government has yet to...

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US Air Force to Further Expand Footprint in Australia

The United States has budgeted $26 million for the construction of a U.S. Air Force mission planning and operation center in Darwin, ABC News reported, citing U.S. budget filings. The facility is expected to expand American military assets in northern Australia, a growing presence seen as a proactive move against China’s military buildup. According to...

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Japan Receives Delivery of New MAD-XR Sensors From CAE

CAE has delivered the first Magnetic Anomaly Detection-Extended Role sensors to its long-time partner Mitsubishi Electric Corp. The Japanese company will install the system on board the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s new P1 maritime patrol aircraft. According to CAE, the system is based on the MAD magnetometers the company supplies to navies around the world. It...

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Italy Looks to Bolster Strategic Industrial Sectors, Promote Foreign Investment Programs

The Italian government is drafting measures to support the country’s strategic industrial sectors, including microelectronics, and promote foreign investment programs worth at least $1.1 billion, Reuters reported. Citing documents it obtained, the news agency said Italy plans to provide tax breaks of approximately $689 million for five years to support research and development efforts in...

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Analysts: Chips From Western Countries Found in Russian Military Equipment

New KSE Institute analysis revealed that Russian military equipment uses chips from Western countries, despite these nations implementing sanctions and export controls to cut Russia’s access to their semiconductors. According to a CNBC report, the Kyiv-based think tank identified over 1,000 foreign-made components in 58 Russian military weapons, vehicles and other equipment recovered in Ukraine...

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Australian Counter-Drone Tech Firm Plans Expansion in the Middle East

An Australian company manufacturing counter-drone technology is aiming to expand its presence in the Middle East. Oleg Vornik, CEO of DroneShield, told Breaking Defense that the company currently has contracts with government agencies from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Kuwait. He added that the company will set up offices and manufacturing in the region once it...

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New UK Sanctions Target Russian Military Suppliers

The U.K. government has announced a new round of sanctions that target entities supporting Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. In a statement, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said the latest action designates individuals and businesses from Turkey, Dubai, Slovakia and Switzerland that supply the resources fueling the Russian military’s operations in Ukraine. The sanctions package targets...

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Former Air Vice Marshal: Technology Funding Is Top Challenge for UK Armed Forces

Funding the technology to maintain proper munitions stockpiles outlined in the UK Defence Command Paper 2023 is the biggest challenge facing the British armed forces, Gary Waterfall, retired Royal Air Force air vice marshal, told Defense News. Deterrence before enemy threats occur, also cited in the document, has to be available at the military’s moment...

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US, Iraq Commit to Security Cooperation, Regional Stability

A joint statement of the inaugural U.S.-Iraq Joint Security Cooperation Dialogue released Tuesday reaffirmed the two countries’ commitment to security cooperation and common interest in regional stability. Delegations from the Department of Defense and the Iraqi Ministry of Defense attended the dialogue in Washington, D.C. from Aug. 7 to 8. The dialogue discussed opportunities for...

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