Weekend Briefing (23-27 August)

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 have continued our coverage of the situation in Afghanistan including the latest on the evacuations and the tragic suicide bombings outside of Kabul International Airport which left more than a dozen US personnel and hundreds of Afghanis killed or wounded. In addition to this we have covered stories from around the world, all of which is rounded up below:

GE Aviation Signs $716m Contract to Build Engines for Indian Tejas LCA Jets

TAI and NESCOM Sign A Contract For The Modernization Of Anka UAVs

Mission Systems Installation Begins On Norway’s First P-8 Poseidon

ROKETSAN Is Developing A Ground-Based Version of The ATMACA Missile

British Defence Secretary: UK Kabul Evacuations “Down To Hours, Not Weeks”

US Army Tests Israeli Iron Dome System for the First Time

Panjshir’s Resistance Digs In, But Still Willing To Negotiate

PT Lundin Launches Trimaran Stealth Vessel for Indonesian Navy

VMFA-211 F-35Bs Conduct First Cross-Deck Mission In Modern US Naval History

EU Foreign Policy Head To Propose Formation Of European Expeditionary Force

Pakistan Tests Domestically Developed Guided Multi-Rocket Launcher System Fatah-1

B-2 Spirits Deploy To Iceland For Bomber Task Force Mission

Despite G7 Resistance, Biden Sticks To August 31 Evacuation Deadline

Turkey Announces that Evacuation of Turkish Soldiers From Afghanistan Has Begun

COVID-19 Vaccinations Now Mandatory For US Service Members

USAF Announces First System-Level Rapid Dragon Demonstrations

Anadolu Shipyard Delivers Qatar Navy Training Ship

US Marines Among Dead In Suicide Attacks On Kabul’s International Airport

Norwegian Frigate To Join a U.S Navy Carrier Strike Group For the First Time

Coalition Nations Wind Down Kabul Evacuation Operations

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