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NEW BRITISH DEFENSE CUTS COULD HIT ROYAL NAVY'S MINESWEEPERS
Sunday, July 5, 2020
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Royal Navy minesweeper fleet may get cut

.Source: U.K.Royal Navy


Royal Navy minesweeper fleet may get cut

Source: U.K.Royal Navy


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LONDON -- The United Kingdom is considering further cuts to its armed forces. A proposal could see cuts to the Royal Navy's minesweeper force.

In addition, the British Army's strength could fall to 55,000 and the the Royal Marine Brigade could lose its artillery, engineers and landing craft. The Royal Air Force could close several airbases, as well as retire Hercules transport aircraft and Puma helicopters.

Source:  Sunday Times
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TURKEY PERFORMS SUCCESSFUL TEST OF ITS ATMACA
Saturday, July 4, 2020
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.Source: SSB


Source: SSB


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ANKARA -- Turkey is developing its first domestic anti-ship missile. Recently, the ATMACA successfully completed a long-distance test launch. The ATMACA flew over 200 kilometers.

The ATMACA entered development in 2009. Turkey signed a deal for mass production with Roketsan in 2018. The missile will soon enter service with the Turkish military. The ATMACA is effective against fixed and moving targets.

Source:  Daily Sabah
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RAF: NEW TRAINING PATHWAY PAVES WAY FOR PROTECTOR
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
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Protector RG Mk1

.Source: UK MoD


Protector RG Mk1

Source: UK MoD


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LONDON -- Personnel selected to fly and operate the Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) will now benefit from an improved training system which also paves the way for the arrival of the new Protector RG Mk1.

Future Reaper pilots and operators will now spend six weeks at the General Atomics Aero-nautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) Flight Test and Training Centre in North Dakota undergoing ground school and learning basic aircraft operations. This training will initially run in parallel to training undertaken at Holloman AFB in New Mexico, home to the largest RPA training establishment in the world.

Students will then progress to Creech AFB where they will join 39 Squadron at the Neva-da base to undergo the more advanced training. The squadron has absorbed the 54 Squadron Reaper Training Flight which previously taught the U.K. specific aspects of operating Reaper including rules of engagement and U.K. safety procedures.

At the conclusion of their Combat Ready work up training personnel can fly operational sorties without supervision.

"Using RAF and GA-ASI instructors enables us to have complete control over the syllabus and training objectives at every stage of the course negating the need for a conversion to U.K. specific tactics, techniques and procedures. This is a huge win for us."

A similar training system will be used for the new Protector RPAS which will enter RAF service in the early-2020s. Protector will be deployed in wide-ranging Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) operations where its ability to fly consistently for up to 40 hours, will offer vastly improved armed ISTAR capability. It would also be available, if requested, to support civilian agencies in the UK, for example in search and rescue or disaster response missions.

Source:  U.K. Royal Air Force
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