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Americas Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 3 marked a significant achievement as they reached Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with the MQ-9A Extended Range Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Unmanned Expeditionary (MUX) Medium-Altitude, High-Endurance (MALE) aircraft. In a unit-led ceremony, VMU-3 commemorated their years of dedicated effort and introduced the operational MQ-9A to Marines, family […]
Americas

Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 3 marked a significant achievement as they reached Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with the MQ-9A Extended Range Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Unmanned Expeditionary (MUX) Medium-Altitude, High-Endurance (MALE) aircraft. In a unit-led ceremony, VMU-3 commemorated their years of dedicated effort and introduced the operational MQ-9A to Marines, family members, and distinguished guests. Activated on September 12, 2008, VMU-3 has operated various Remotely Piloted Aircraft and has participated in diverse operations across the globe, including Iraq, Afghanistan, the Republic of the Philippines, and support to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The MQ-9A’s IOC signifies a new era for VMU-3 and a remarkable milestone for Marine Corps aviation, providing enhanced capabilities readily available in the Indo-Pacific region.

In a bid to overcome the challenges posed by GPS-denied environments during military operations, the US Air Force (USAF) has enlisted the innovative prowess of SandboxAQ. A derivative of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, SandboxAQ specializes in harnessing the combined power of quantum science and artificial intelligence (AI) to address complex global challenges. Together with the USAF, they are embarking on a transformative journey to revolutionize navigation capabilities for aircrew members.

Middle East and Africa

The Lebanese army said Thursday it had seized munitions from a Hezbollah truck that overturned near Beirut, leading to deadly clashes between Christian residents and members of the powerful Shiite Muslim group. The violence erupted on Wednesday evening after the accident in Kahale, a town in the mountains east of the Lebanese capital, on the road linking it to the Bekaa Valley bordering Syria.

Europe

Poland will send an additional 2,000 troops to reinforce its eastern border with neighboring Belarus, a deputy interior minister said Wednesday, as a record number of migrants try to cross. “This will not be a reinforcement of 1,000 but of 2,000 soldiers,” Maciej Wasik told the PAP state news agency, adding that the move was approved by the defense minister following a request from the national border agency for extra manpower. The troops are slated to be deployed within two weeks and will join the 2,000 soldiers already stationed near the border.

The Romanian Ministry of National Defence has requested the parliament’s approval for the purchase of 32 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, according to Defense Minister Angel Tîlv?r. The planned procurement is estimated to be worth about $6.5 billion. In an interview with local broadcaster Antena 3, Tîlv?r said his ministry is “taking the first step towards equipping the Romanian Air Force with a state-of-the-art capability which will give Romania a consolidated status in the security architecture on [NATO’s] eastern flank and in the Black Sea region.”

Asia-Pacific

The Indonesian military has taken delivery of 15 Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles (MPVs) donated by the government of Australia. The vehicles were initially offered by Canberra in 2021 to support the Southeast Asian nation’s peace-keeping and anti-terrorism missions. Before the delivery, the Australian Army trained 25 Indonesian soldiers how to operate and maintain the Bushmasters.

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