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USA/UK/Defense – Britain inks $200 million contract with Team Tempest for future fighter jet (Defense News)

writes: The British Defence Ministry has signed a £250 million (U.S. $199 million) deal with Team Tempest, a group of companies working on the country’s future combat jet, to provide digital and physical infrastructure to develop the aircraft.

go to Defense News: Britain inks $200 million contract with Team Tempest for future fighter jet (defensenews.com)

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Israel/Germany/Defense – Elta and Hensoldt team up for German ballistic missile defense radar (Defense News)

writes: Germany’s Hensoldt has won a contract to supply new radars to the country’s military, according to a July 26 statement from the sensor specialist, with Israel Aerospace Industries also contributing toward the ultimate goal of modernizing Germany’s ballistic missile defense capabilities.

go to Defense News: Elta and Hensoldt team up for German ballistic missile defense radar (defensenews.com)

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USA/Defense – Sea power panel backs block buy of amphibious ships (Defense News)

writes: A House panel on Wednesday advanced a proposal to authorize the Navy to make a block buy of amphibious ships for one more year, meant to save taxpayer dollars, proponents say.

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USA/Defense – Lawmakers want answers on US Army plans to protect vehicles from drones (Defense News)

writed: House lawmakers want answers from the Army on its plan to outfit combat vehicles with protection systems capable of countering unmanned aircraft systems, according to the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee’s markup of the fiscal 2022 defense authorization bill, released July 28.

go to Defense News: Lawmakers want answers on US Army plans to protect vehicles from drones (defensenews.com)

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USA/Defense – US has ‘no plans right now’ to increase LCS presence in Singapore, says Navy chief (Defense News)

writes: The U.S. Navy no longer has concrete plans to increase the number of littoral combat ships deploying to the Indo-Pacific region on a rotational basis, the chief of naval operations has confirmed.

go to Defense News: US has ‘no plans right now’ to increase LCS presence in Singapore, says Navy chief (defensenews.com)

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Australia – See F-35B jets take off at sea for Australian exercise Talisman Sabre (Defense News)

writes: U.S. Marine Corps F-35B jets are carrying out high-end integrated air warfare training with Australian counterparts in the skies above the country and the Coral Sea, as both nations hold a massive multidomain exercise.

go to Defense News: See F-35B jets take off at sea for Australian exercise Talisman Sabre (defensenews.com)

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UK/Defense – British government to nationalize steel components maker in $3.54 million deal (Defense News)

writes: The British government plans to nationalize specialist steel components-maker Sheffield Forgemasters in order to protect the supply chain involving critical defense programs in the nuclear submarine and other sectors.

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USA/Defense – HASC ‘skeptical’ of Navy plans to mitigate fighter shortfall, transition into future jet (Defense News)

writes: The House Armed Services Committee has reservations about the Navy’s plans to transition from the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet into the Next Generation Air Dominance, or NGAD, future fighter jet, though it’s unclear if the committee will take action to force a change in plans.

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Russia/Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan/Afghanistan/Defense – Russia redeploys attack aircraft from Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan for drills on Afghan border (TASS)

TASS writes: A wing of Russian Su-25 ground attack aircraft has redeployed from Russia’s Kant integrated airbase in Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan for the joint drills of Russian, Uzbek and Tajik troops at the Kharb-Maidon training ground 20 km from Afghanistan, the press office of the Central Military District reported on Thursday. “A wing of Su-25 aircraft has redeployed from the airfield of the Russian military base in Kyrgyzstan to the Gissar aerodrome in Tajikistan to participate in the trilateral exercise that will run at the Kharb-Maidon practice range in the Khatlon Region on August 5-10,” the press office said in a statement. During the drills, the crews of Su-25 close-support aircraft will hunt for a notional enemy’s camouflaged bases, deliver missile and bomb strikes against targets and practice the elements of dodging the fire by the enemy’s man-portable air defense systems, the statement says. The Russian assault aircraft will also provide fire support for motor rifle and armored units in the course of eliminating outlawed armed gangs on mountain and desert terrain, the press office specified. The Russian military contingent in the drills will mostly comprise units of Russia’s 201st military base stationed in Tajikistan. The Russian troops in the drills will include over 1,000 personnel and about 200 items of armament and military hardware. The troops will practice repelling intrusions by armed gangs and eliminating radical terrorist groups, the press office of Russia’s Central Military District reported.

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