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Argentina Demands Answers of increase flights by RAF from Brazil to Falklands

Argentina Demands Answers From Brazil Over RAF Flights To The Falklands

Argentina says Brazil has allowed several RAF flights to operate between Brazilian airports and the Falkland Islands in a breach of agreements between the South American countries.

Argentina lost a brief but bloody war with the UK after Argentine troops invaded the South Atlantic archipelago in 1982.

The Argentine foreign ministry said in a statement that it is “concerned” about six flights last year and 12 in 2015.

The ministry said it has requested an explanation from the Brazilian government.

Brazil’s foreign ministry said a statement on the matter was being prepared.

Argentina claims the islands it calls Las Malvinas, but the UK says the Falklands are a self-governing entity under its protection.

Argentina reminded Brazil of its commitment “to not allow British airplanes or warships based in the disputed archipelagos” in accordance with agreements among member nations of the regional blocs Mercosur and Unasur.

An Argentine statement said:

“The Brazilian foreign ministry reaffirmed its support to our country on this issue and said that it was unaware of these flights.”

The UK Foreign Office have said in a statement:

“Military flights between the Falkland Islands and Brazil only take place for medical, compassionate or safety reasons. These always take place in line with standing diplomatic clearance processes.”

The war over the islands killed 649 Argentines and 255 UK soldiers.

During her eight years in power, former Argentine president Cristina Fernandez tried to pressure the UK into sovereignty talks by turning away British ships, encouraging companies to divest from Britain and raising other trade barriers.

Tensions have eased since pro-business President Mauricio Macri took office last year promising a less-confrontational stance.

In the biggest breakthrough in decades, the UK and Argentina announced last year that they would work to remove restrictions in the oil, fishing and shipping industries affecting the Falklands.

They also agreed to increase the number of flights between the islands and other South American countries.

The Falklands are internally self-governing, but the UK is responsible for defence and foreign affairs.

Argentina claims Britain has illegally occupied the islands since 1833. Britain disputes that and says Argentina is ignoring the wishes of its 3,000 residents who want to remain British.

Original post forces.tv


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Lockheed Martin’s New Paragon direct attack bomb

Lockheed Martin introduces Paragon direct attack bomb

By Richard Tomkins   |           March 2, 2017 at 12:10 PM   

March 2 (UPI) — Lockheed Martin announced Thursday that its newest direct attack, Dual Mode Plus laser-guided bomb has been named Paragon.

Paragon leverages the reliability of the company’s laser-guided bomb, or LGB, and integrates an inertial navigation system and GPS all-weather moving-target capability.

“The new brand Paragon exemplifies a model of excellence, and reflects the system’s performance and capability,” Joe Serra, precision guided systems director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said in a press release. “The Paragon direct attack munition has demonstrated performance well within operational requirements and can be released farther from the target than other dual-mode or GPS-guided weapons.”

“Our flexible, streamlined manufacturing enables us to offer Paragon as an affordable solution to help stretch defense budgets.”

The bomb has the same dimensions, mass properties and outer mold line of Lockheed’s LGB, which the company said allows it to integrate easily with aircraft using their standard LGBs or similar weapons.

Paragon already has been integrated on the F/A-18, and flight testing is expected to continue, with test flights for the F-16 scheduled for later this year, the company said.

Original post upi.com


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Boeing offers MH-139 in U.S. Air Force’s competition

Boeing, Leonardo offer MH-139 for U.S. Air Force tender

By Ryan Maass   |      March 2, 2017 at 2:54 PM

March 2 (UPI) — Boeing and its industry partner Leonardo have jointly entered the MH-139 helicopter into the U.S. Air Force’s competition to replace its legacy Huey rotorcraft.

The Air Force plans to procure 84 new helicopters as part of the branch’s UH-1N Replacement Program. The Huey currently protects intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, and is also used to support military transport missions.

Boeing’s submission is based on Leonardo’s AW139 helicopter. The Italy-based defense contractor says the MH-139 can provide over $1 billion in acquisitions and life-cycle savings over a 30-year period.

“The outstanding superior technology and operational capabilities of our products, including the AW139, once again allow us to compete for significant market opportunities,” Leonardo CEO Mauro Moretti said in a press release.

Boeing officials went on to suggest the AW139 is already a popular purchase.

“The fact that the AW139 is being built today on an active production line will speed it to meet the time-critical demand following the competition,” said Judy Fedder, Boeing’s director of global sales and marketing.

Roughly 900 AW139s are in service for 250 governments, armed forces and private enterprises, according to Boeing.

Original post upi.com


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