Weekend Briefing (12 – 16 July)

Welcome to another Weekend Briefing, where we round-up the week’s most important defense news and some of the stories that may have flown under the radar. This week at Overt Defense we focused on some of the news surrounding the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan with the sad death of a Reuters reporter and the claims that Pakistan warned Afghan Air assets not to operate close to their border.

This week also saw the hunt for the assassins of the President of Haiti continue, troubles with the UK’s Ajax AFV, the setup of Germany’s new Space Command, COVID-19 outbreaks aboard the Royal Navy’s carrier strike group and civil disturbances in South Africa. We also took some longer-form looks at Poland’s decision to procure the Abrams M1A2 SEPv3 tank and an examination of how the US can defend Guam, in the event of a conflict in the Pacific. You can find the full list of our articles below.

Hisar-A+ Enters Turkish Army Inventory and The Hisar-O+ Enters Mass Production

Eastern Europe’s Conscription Problem Is Getting Worse – Here Is Why

Third P-72 Maritime Patrol Aircraft Delivered to Turkish Naval Forces within the Scope of Meltem Project

Report Finds Maintenance Culture Deficiency Behind October F-22 Incident at Nellis Base

“Key Suspect” In Assassination Of Haitian President Arrested

Bharat Dynamics Limited To Supply The Indian Air Force with Akash Missiles

RNZAF C-130 Performs Late Night Medivac from Antarctica

Whiddler: Air Force Licenses its Anti-Malware Software to the Private Sector

First RAAF F-35 Operational Conversion Course Completed In Australia

Polish Government Confirms M1A2 SEPv3 Procurement

South African Military Deployed In Response To Riots, Looting

COVID-19 Outbreak Strikes Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group

Is the Abrams The Future of Poland’s Tank Force?

Russia Promises To Defend Its Allies As Consequence of US Withdrawal From Afghanistan

India Expands Maritime Surveillance Capabilities with arrival of 10th P-8I ‘Neptune’

Germany Creates Space Command Center

GDLS UK “Committed” To Investigating And Remedying AJAX Noise Issues

US Black Hawk Makes “Precautionary Landing” In Bucharest

Baykar Defense Delivers The First Bayraktar TB2 UCAV’s to the Ukrainian Navy

Defending Guam Against The Pacing Threats Of The Pacific

Kongsberg To Deliver Combat System And Naval Strike Missile For 212CD Submarines

Exercise Pacific Vanguard Warps Up With ESSM & SM-2 Launches

Afghan Vice President: Pakistan Threatened To Shoot Down Afghan Air Force Aircraft

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Reuters Photojournalist Killed In Kandahar

UK MoD Reviewing Apparent Uploading Of Classified Challenger 2 Documents To Video Game Forum

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