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20 August 2018 Military News

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  • Success of Air Force logistics begins with Sheppard AFB training mission AFNS 20 Aug 2018 -- Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez, often referred to as the "godfather of logistics" in the Air Force, once said, "If our aircraft, missiles, and weapons are the teeth of our military might, then logistics is the muscle, tendons, and sinews that make the teeth bite down and hold on– logistics is the jawbone!"
  • USS Essex Concludes CARAT with Port Visit to Malaysia NNS 20 Aug 2018 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for a port visit after participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2018, August 19.
  • Russia to Conduct Tests of Upgraded Pantsir-SM System by End of 2019 – Rostec Sputnik 20 Aug 2018 -- Russia plans to carry out acceptance tests of a modernized Pantsir-SM surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system with an extended range before the end of 2019, while flight tests for an upgraded missile may take place this year, Russian state corporation Rostec CEO, Sergey Chemezov told Sputnik.
  • US Not Yet Training Turkish Forces for Joint Patrols in Syria VOA 20 Aug 2018 -- U.S. service members have not yet started training Turkish forces for joint patrols near the volatile Syrian city of Manbij, despite U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis telling reporters last week that he expected them to start by Sunday night.
  • Xi requires strengthening CPC leadership, Party building in military People's Daily 20 Aug 2018 -- President Xi Jinping has called for efforts to comprehensively strengthen the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Party building in the country's armed forces to ensure a solid political guarantee for the building of a strong military.
  • Beijing opposes Washington's military report People's Daily 20 Aug 2018 -- China has voiced strong opposition to a report by the US Defense Department on China's military and security developments, saying it misinterprets China's strategic intentions and hypes a so-called Chinese military threat.
  • Indian Scientists Solve Major Glitch in Homegrown Anti-Tank Nag Missile Sputnik 20 Aug 2018 -- The Helicopter Launched Nag (HELINA) missile had a problem locking onto the heat signature of a tank target in very hot conditions as the target's heat signature merged into its surroundings. The problem has been solved with the help of an upgraded 640x512px focal plane array infrared imaging seeker.
  • India Tests Glide Bombs, Allegedly More Precise, Cheaper Than Missiles Sputnik 20 Aug 2018 -- Smart anti-airfield weapons (SAAWs) can hit a variety of ground targets using precision navigation and are more precise and cheaper than missiles, the Defense Research and Development Organization claimed. The glide bomb is expected to lower the Indian Air Force's dependency on imported air armaments.
  • India's 5th-Gen Fighter Jet Expected to Make Maiden Flight in 2032 - Reports Sputnik 20 Aug 2018 -- The Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), India's modern stealth fighter jet, is expected to make its maiden flight in 2032, local media reported Monday, citing a defense source.
  • Russia Hopes to Sign S-400 Missile Contract With India in October - Official Sputnik 20 Aug 2018 -- All technical and economic aspects of the contracts with India on the delivery of S-400 air defense systems and Project 11356 frigates have been coordinated, Russia is hoping to sign both contracts in October, Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Dmitry Shugaev told Sputnik.
  • Iran's indigenous air defense system at final stage IRNA 20 Aug 2018 -- The Iranian air defense system, dubbed Bavar 373, which has more capabilities compared to the Russian-made S-300 is at its final test-fire stage, an official with the defense ministry said.
  • Missiles, nuclear deal separate issues: Iran to Germany IRNA 20 Aug 2018 -- Iran's missile program and the nuclear deal are two separate issues with the former being non-negotiable, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday with a reference to German Chancellor's recent remarks.
  • Hezbollah unveils Khaibar 1 missile IRNA 20 Aug 2018 -- For the first time, Hezbollah Movement unveiled Khaibar-1 missile which had been used in the 33-day war against the Zionist regime in 2006.

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