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17 August 2016

According to news sources, on 22 August, the contract on procurement of the BOXER infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) for the Lithuanian Armed Forces will be signed at the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MoND). The decision to do so was taken on 16 August by the MoND Council on Defence Resources after hearing the report of the IFV Work Group on the negotiations and their results regarding acquisition of IFVs.

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) today announced it has ordered a third ZEPHYR-S Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), as part of a £13-million contract with Airbus Defence & Space (DS).

ZEPHYR-S is the latest version of a highly sophisticated series of ultra-lightweight UAVs, capable of flying up to 70,000ft, twice the altitude of a commercial airliner, for up to 45 days at a time. Referred to as a High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS), it performs more like a satellite than a conventional UAV.  The additional ZEPHYR-S will allow two airframes to be tested simultaneously and demonstrate operational handover to show that the capability could be sustained indefinitely. The OCD trials, which will be held in 2017, will inform Defence’s decisions around how best to provide next-generation battlefield intelligence to the UK Armed Forces.

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For the first time the US Air Force (USAF) has a means to conduct airworthiness assessments on non-Defense Department (DoD) military type aircraft. This process enables the USAF to gain a much deeper understanding of the state of civil aviation, while providing industry with an expert, independent evaluation of the safety and reliability of their products.