US Ship Destroyed an Iranian Drone; Russia to 3D-Print Aircraft Parts; Turkish Air Attack on Iraqi Kurdistan

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US says it destroys Iranian drone “threatening” navy warship

US President Donald Trump said on 18 June the US Navy Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) destroyed an Iranian drone earlier that day that was threatening the ship in the Strait of Hormuz, Jane`s reports.

“The Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone, which had closed into a very, very near distance, approximately 1,000 yards, ignoring multiple calls to stand down and was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship’s crew,” Trump said during a flag presentation ceremony in the White House East Room.

“The drone was immediately destroyed,” Trump said, adding, “This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters”.

Russia To Start 3D-Printing Helicopter Parts

Russian Helicopters will start building about 30 parts using additive manufacturing in 2020, the company said in a July 15 statement, Defense One reports.

“We are talking about serious, power elements of the structures, units and systems of our helicopters”, Andrey Shibitov, innovation director at Russian Helicopters said in the statement.

“By the end of the year, we will decide whether we are ready to put these parts on serial production.” The company said a high-speed light helicopter it’s developing could benefit from 3D-printed parts.

Turkey launches air strike on Iraqi Kurdistan after diplomat killed

Turkey on Thursday launched an air attack on Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the killing of a Turkish diplomat in the region, the country’s defence minister said, France 24 reports.

The Turkish vice consul to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region was shot dead Wednesday in the local capital Arbil. Police sources said two other people were also killed.

There was no claim of responsibility for the shooting, but many Iraqi experts have pointed to the probability that the Turkish separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which Ankara considers a terrorist group, was behind the attack.

“Following the evil attack in Arbil, we have launched the most comprehensive air operation on Qandil and dealt a heavy blow to the (PKK) terror organisation,” defence minister Hulusi Akar said in a statement.

Targets such as “armaments positions, lodgings, shelters and caves belonging to terrorists” were destroyed.

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Source: Jane`s, Defense One, France 24