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Rapid Fire Nov. 5, 2012: Eastern European Shipbuilding

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* Israel successfully tested interception improvements to its Iron Dome anti-rocket system. Haaretz. * Poland published its naval modernization plans. CIMSEC. * Is the future of Ukrainian shipbuilding tied to cooperation with, and demand from, Russia? Rusnavy. * The fact China is growing its own military aerospace capabilities means Russia will have to look elsewhere for jet exports, in more direct competition with Western manufacturers. WSJ. * The Philippines are reportedly negotiating the acquisition of 2 used Maestrale class frigates from Italy, following an agreement signed between the two countries last February. The Philippine Star. * Japan has set aside a budget to study UAVs tasked with detecting ballistic missiles. Yomiuri Shimbun. * The US Air Force will hold a SECRET/NOFORN Industry Day on Nov. 15 (Kirtland AFB, NM) to discuss new long-term concepts for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD). FBO. * Adm. John M. Richardson is the US Navy’s new Director of Naval Reactors. He was commander of Submarine Forces since November 2010 and replaces Adm. Kirkland H. Donald who retired. NNSA.

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