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1/16/2017

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is proposing a reshaping of the US military that would add $430 billion in costs over five years. McCain and President-elect Donald Trump both support an expansion of defense investment, with McCain urging the US to "rethink how our military projects power and invest in new capabilities."

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Defense News
1/16/2017

BAE systems will supply howitzers to India's army under a foreign military sales contract worth $542 million. "We look forward to working with the Indian Army and providing the only battle-proven 155 mm ultra-lightweight howitzer in the world," Joe Senftle of BAE said.

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1/16/2017

The Navy's new aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford is planned for delivery in April. The carrier will undergo trials in March and April.

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Defense News
1/16/2017

Italy is purchasing $532 million worth of Leonardo's M-345 trainer aircraft and assault helicopters. The contracts cover the first five of an expected order of 45 M-345w.

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Defense News
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Leonardo
1/16/2017

SpiceJet has placed a firm order for 100 Boeing aircraft, with potential to purchase up to 205 new planes. The first Boeing 737 Max aircraft will be delivered in 2018.

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BBC
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SpiceJet, Boeing
1/16/2017

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket over the weekend, marking the company's return to flight. The launch delivered satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications.

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Iridium Communications, Iridium
1/16/2017

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work will retain his post as President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

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Defense News
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Donald Trump, Bob Work
1/13/2017

France has set aside $89 million for the acquisition of medium-altitude long-endurance drones, including Reaper drones purchased under the US foreign military sales program.

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Defense News
1/13/2017

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis is voicing support for the F-35 as crucial to US security and says he supports a manned Northrop Grumman B-21. During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the secretary of defense nominee called the F-35 "critical for our own air superiority in the future because of stealth characteristics and some of the electronics capability that's inherent in the airplane."

1/13/2017

China and Russia have signaled their cooperation in creating countermeasures to the deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea. The unspecified measures "will be aimed at safeguarding interests of China and Russia and the strategic balance in the region," according to Chinese news agency Xinhua.

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Reuters
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Xinhua, news agency