Rapid Fire May 29, 2013: Spanish Military Exports Decline After Record Year

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* Spain’s armament exports decreased by 19.6% in 2012 after a record 2011, to EUR 1.95B (about $2.5B). That is still more than twice the yearly average up to 2010. Australia replaced Venezuela as their largest purchaser. El Pais [in Spanish]. * Japan may sell US-2 search-and-rescue amphibious aircraft to India. * Saab is following through after its Memorandum of Understanding signed last year with Pipavav, India’s largest shipyard. After investing about $36M, the Swedish firm is about to own a little more than 3% of its Indian partner. * The US Army War College’s SSI published a strategic assessment [PDF] of the Asia-Pacific: “[At] this time of U.S. strategic reorientation and military rebalancing toward Asia-Pacific, the most dangerous consideration is that Asia-Pacific nations having disputes with China can misread U.S. strategic intentions and overplay the ‘U.S. card’ to pursue their territorial interests and challenge China.” Dressing aircrews * The US Air Force’s Cold Weather Aviation System (CWAS) team will be holding an Industry Day on June 18, 2013 at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. They want to provide multi-layered clothing for aircrews working in Arctic conditions. * The UK’s pilots and aircrew from the 3 services are getting new boots, eyewear […]

* Spain’s armament exports decreased by 19.6% in 2012 after a record 2011, to EUR 1.95B (about $2.5B). That is still more than twice the yearly average up to 2010. Australia replaced Venezuela as their largest purchaser. El Pais [in Spanish].

* Japan may sell US-2 search-and-rescue amphibious aircraft to India.

* Saab is following through after its Memorandum of Understanding signed last year with Pipavav, India’s largest shipyard. After investing about $36M, the Swedish firm is about to own a little more than 3% of its Indian partner.

* The US Army War College’s SSI published a strategic assessment [PDF] of the Asia-Pacific:

“[At] this time of U.S. strategic reorientation and military rebalancing toward Asia-Pacific, the most dangerous consideration is that Asia-Pacific nations having disputes with China can misread U.S. strategic intentions and overplay the ‘U.S. card’ to pursue their territorial interests and challenge China.”

Dressing aircrews

* The US Air Force’s Cold Weather Aviation System (CWAS) team will be holding an Industry Day on June 18, 2013 at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. They want to provide multi-layered clothing for aircrews working in Arctic conditions.

* The UK’s pilots and aircrew from the 3 services are getting new boots, eyewear and body armor.

Let’s blow up some stuff together

* German and French combat engineers explain a joint exercise involving controlled bridge and railway demolition in the video below [in German but Youtube is beta-testing automated translated subtitles – isn’t that a wunderbar feature?]:

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