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TURKEY FIRES BORA MISSILE AT PKK BASE IN IRAQ
Monday, July 15, 2019
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Bora used against Kurdish rebels

Source: Roketsan


Bora used against Kurdish rebels

Source: Roketsan


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ANKARA -- Turkey used its Bora tactical ballistic missile during a military operation against Kurdish rebels. The missile struck a base operated by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militia located in northern Iraq.

The Bora is a domestically produced missile system. The Bora is based on China’s B-611 short-range ballistic missile. This is the first combat use of this missile.

Turkish forces are conducting Operation Claw in northern Iraq against the PKK. The PKK has led an armed insurgency in Turkey's southeast since 1984. The PKK is labelled a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Source:  Ahval
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FALCO EVO DRONE IS USED TO MONITOR IRREGULAR MIGRATION DURING FRONTEX OPERATION
Friday, July 12, 2019
ROME -- On June 20, Leonardo's Falco EVO tactical remotely-piloted aerial system played a key role in monitoring a case involving irregular migrants in the Mediterranean sea as part of monitoring activities of Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency. In an operation launched from the Italian island of Lampedusa, the Falco EVO worked with other Frontex assets to identify a "mothership" trawler as 81 illegal migrants were transferred to smaller boats, a technique increasingly used by criminal organizations. Following the transfer, the Falco EVO’s surveillance payloads kept a close eye on the trawler until an enforcement operation was launched by Italian authorities to seize the boat.

The Falco EVO system deployed at Lampedusa Airport has already flown for more than 280 hours on behalf of Frontex, with one mission on the 26th June clocking in at 17 hours and 21 minutes. This extra-long mission came about when Frontex received a request from the Italian Authorities to help monitor two boats in the Lampedusa area. Close collaboration between ENAV, ENAC, AST Lampedusa, the Italian Guardia di Finanza (customs police) and Leonardo allowed the mission finish time to be extended by two hours to 24:00 so that the Falco EVO could support the interception.

The Falco EVO has been deployed at Lampedusa Airport since December 2018 as part of multipurpose aerial surveillance provided by Frontex. Flights are planned in coordination with the Guardia di Finanza and the Italian Ministry of the Interior and carried out by Leonardo, which owns and operates the Falco EVO under a service arrangement. ENAC, Italy’s national agency for civil aviation, ENAV, the company managing Italy’s civil air traffic, and Lampedusa Airport operator AST Aeroservizi also support the operations.

In its configuration for the Frontex mission, the Falco EVO is equipped with an advanced suite of sensors including the Company’s Gabbiano TS Ultra-Light radar, which is suitable for long range missions during the day and at night. The Falco EVO is operated and maintained by Leonardo crews.

Source:  Leonardo
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GERMANY REQUESTING PAC 3S FROM UNITED STATES
Friday, July 12, 2019
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Source: Lockheed Martin


Source: Lockheed Martin


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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Germany of Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) Missiles Segment Enhanced (MSE). The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 12, 2019.

Germany requested 50 Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) Missiles Segment Enhanced (MSE). Along other equipment and support services, this deal is worth an estimated $401 million.

The proposed sale will enhance Germany’s capability to maintain the largest air defense capacity in Europe. The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin, Dallas, TX.

Source:  DSCA
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