B-52 in Gulf States; Pentagon Financial Problem; QinetiQ Wins $40m Contract; N. Korea Fires 2 missiles; First Taiwanese Submarine;

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PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – As we reported yesterday, Washington will take actions to prevent a presumable threat by Iran in the Middle East, sending additional military forces to the region.

According to Breaking Defense, sources told that at least one of the B-52s deployed to the region passed through our airspace, headed to “one of the Gulf states.”

The Israeli defense forces (IDF) are now in the highest alert along the borders with Lebanon and Syria. Large infantry and armor formations were deployed along the border with Gaza after last weekend’s fighting during which the Hamas launched 600 rockets into Israel.

Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis listed business reforms at the Department of Defense as one of his top three priorities. Acting Secretary Pat Shanahan has supported this focus on reform, including financial reform. Yet, recent business changes threaten to create a serious financial problem at the DoD, Defense News reports.

QinetiQ has been awarded a $40m contract to deliver unmanned aircraft systems to Canada, UKDJ reports.

The firm say that the deal is designed to drive enhanced situational awareness for the Canadian Armed Forces. The contract will be delivered from QinetiQ’s unmanned vehicle manufacturing and operational facilities in oddly named Medicine Hat, Alberta.

The vertical take-off UAS will provide Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) services to the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, for both domestic and international operations

North Korea wants everyone’s attention (or more negotiating leverage), so it carried out its second weapons launch in a week, this time from its western coast, Defense One reports.

North Korea launched short-range missiles at about 4:30 p.m. and 4:40 local time, which flew about 420 km and 270 km. That’s according to South Korean officials cited by Agence France-Presse and the BBC’s Lauren Bicker.

Taiwan’s Indigenous Defense Submarines (IDS) will be built in a new facility inside the grounds of the CSBC Corporation in Kaohsiung harbour in southern Taiwan, with a ground-breaking ceremony, Shephard Media reports.

Three buildings will be erected by CSBC. Besides a utility building, the two ship block construction and assembly buildings will feature roofs to prevent hostile nations from collecting data via satellite imagery.

On the occasion of the ground-breaking event, CSBC handed over a scale model of an IDS submarine to a Republic of China Navy (ROCN) representative.

The proposed diesel-electric submarine will displace 2,500-3,000t, and it will measure no more than 70m long and have an 8m beam. Instead of a traditional stern, X-shaped diving planes and rudders will be its conspicuous characteristic, similar to the design of Japanese Soryu-class submarines

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Source: Defense One, Shephard Media, Breaking Defense, Defense News, UKDJ

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