Rapid Fire August 13, 2012: Type 056 Shipyards

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* The US military’s hardened high-bandwidth AEHF-2 satellite has reached geostationary orbit successfully, without drama. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a big relief. AEHF-1’s propulsion had major technical failures, forcing the biggest space engineering save since Apollo 13. * Brazil receives its first 2 S-70B Seahawk naval helicopters, which will begin to replace its existing H-3 Sea King ASW fleet. * German customs have seized MiG-29 and Tu-142 engines sent by Russia to Algeria and India, respectively. * India issued an RFP for 56 naval utility helicopters. * Israel is evaluating mobile forts dubbed Y-Fort to protect forward infantry troops from mortar fire. * China is apparently building its new Type 056 corvettes out of 4 shipyards, suggesting they plan to churn out plenty of them, fast. * Back in June Japan and South Korea were hours away from signing a military cooperation treaty. That did not happen, and the relationship between the two countries is ebbing as Japan recalled their ambassador over a territorial spat.

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