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17 February 2020 Military News

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  • Secretary General welcomes NATO Parliamentary Assembly to NATO Headquarters NATO 17 Feb 2020 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg chaired the annual meeting between the Standing Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NPA) and the North Atlantic Council on Monday (17 February 2020) in Brussels.
    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meets with the Acting President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Attila Mesterházy
  • Norwegian F-35s to Patrol Iceland on Their First NATO Mission Sputnik 17 Feb 2020 -- A total of about 150 people will be dispatched to Iceland to operate four aircraft due to the advanced technology on Norway's new F-35 fighter jets.
  • Russia says US causes irreparable damage to security balance by deploying weapons to space Press TV 17 Feb 2020 -- The United States will deal an irreversible blow to the existing security balance in space, Russia has warned, in the wake of an announcement by Washington about plans to deploy weapons to space.
  • Russia's USC Unveils Commissioning Timeline For Cutting-Edge Admiral Kasatonov Warship Sputnik 17 Feb 2020 -- Russia's first Project 22350 frigate Admiral Flota Kasatonov will be commissioned to the Russian Navy in the first quarter of 2020, according to the head of Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) Alexey Rakhmanov.
  • PLA unveils latest Z-10 attack helicopter upgrade Global Times 17 Feb 2020 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has unveiled its latest edition of the Z-10 attack helicopter, featuring exhaust openings that face upward instead of outward, with experts claiming the chopper's infrared signal will make it harder to target.
  • Naval drills enhance ability in Pacific Ocean Global Times 17 Feb 2020 -- A warship fleet of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently conducted an air defense exercise in the far seas of the Pacific Ocean, a move experts said on Monday showed the Navy's high capability in the Pacific waters.
  • China urges five nuke powers to safeguard NPT regime PLA Daily 17 Feb 2020 -- The ninth formal conference among the five nuclear-weapon states (also the five permanent members (P5) of the United Nations (UN) Security Council) was held in London from February 12 to 13, 2020. It was chaired by Thomas Drew, Director General for Consular and Security at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK, with Chris Ford, Assistant Secretary of State of the US, Vladimir L. Leontiev, Deputy Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry, and David Bertolotti, Director of Strategic, Security and Disarmament Affairs of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs also attending the meeting. Fu Cong, Director-General of the Arms Control Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, headed Chinese delegation to the conference.
  • P-8I Naval Jets Were Deployed to Track Chinese Troops in Doklam Face-Off - Indian Chief of Defence Sputnik 17 Feb 2020 -- In 2017, the two-and-a-half-month standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam region - a tri-junction at the border which separates India, Bhutan, and China - commenced after Indian troops objected to Chinese road construction.
  • 'Exclusion of Women is Unjustified': Supreme Court of India Rules Ladies Can Command Army Units Sputnik 17 Feb 2020 -- The Indian government has held against women commanding posts in the Army on the grounds that "troops are not yet mentally schooled to accept women officers in command".
  • Iranian defense ministry wins $280 mln worth of shipbuilding deals Press TV 17 Feb 2020 -- Iranian defense ministry is to build 83 new large vessels for the country's transportation authority in deals that are worth $280 million.
  • IRGC chief: Iran's missile strike on US legitimate defense, strategic in nature Press TV 17 Feb 2020 -- The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the country's missile strike on a US base in Iraq in response to the assassination of Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his companions was legitimate defense while being of a strategic nature.
  • Philippine Move to Scrap US Military Deal Boosts China's Clout in Asia VOA 17 Feb 2020 -- The Philippine president's proposed cancellation of a 32-year-old military pact with the United States gives regional power China chances to strengthen its influence in Asia as U.S. military units would visit less often.

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