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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Iran test-fires Bavar-373 home-made missile defense system

Commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili said on Saturday, August 30, that Bavar-373 fired its first successful shot. He added that the system, developed as an alternative with superior capabilities to the Russian S-300 after Moscow canceled its contract with Tehran, works better than certain similar long-range missile systems manufactured by other countries. 
First photo of Iran’s Bavar-373 missile defense system
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Australia to join weapons drops to help Kurdish forces fighting against ISIS

Australia will help deliver weapons to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq in an attempt to counter the threat posed by Islamic State militants, while participating in further humanitarian air drops. 
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott
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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Seven NATO allies to create new rapid reaction force

Seven NATO allies plan to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 10,000 soldiers as part of plans to boost NATO defences in response to Russia's intervention in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported on Friday, August 29. 
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen following the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission
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Future USS North Dakota (SSN 784), First Block III Virginia Class Submarine Delivered to US Navy

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of PCU North Dakota (SSN 784), the 11th ship of the Virginia Class, on Aug. 29, two days prior to its contract delivery date. North Dakota is the first of eight Virginia Class Block III ships. Approximately 20 percent of North Dakota was redesigned as part of the Virginia Cost Reduction work done to lower acquisition cost and increase operational flexibility. The changes include a ship's bow redesign, replacing 12 individual launch tubes with two large-diameter Virginia Payload Tubes, each capable of launching six Tomahawk Cruise Missiles.

NATO released new satellite images that show Russian combat forces inside territory of Ukraine

NATO released new satellite images on Thursday, 28 August 2014, that show Russian combat forces engaged in military operations inside the sovereign territory of Ukraine. The images, captured in late August, depict Russian self-propelled artillery units moving in a convoy through the Ukrainian countryside and then preparing for action by establishing firing positions in the area of Krasnodon, Ukraine.
Russian military units moving in a convoy formation with self-propelled artillery 2S19 in the area of Krasnodon, Ukraine, well inside territory controlled by Russian separatists. The image was captured on 21 August 2014. There is confidence the equipment is Russian, since Ukrainian units have not yet penetrated this far into separatist controlled territory.
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US Navy awards mod contract to Textron to build new LCAC 101 ship to shore connector (SSC)

The U.S. Navy awarded on August 28 2014 a $21,9 million modification to a previously awarded contract for the construction of Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) 101 of the ship-to-shore connector (SSC) program. The SSC program is the functional replacement for the existing fleet of LCAC vehicles, which are nearing the end of their service life. It is an air cushion vehicle designed for a 30-year service life.

Friday, 29 August 2014

China shows new Z-10 & Z-19 helicopters and Type 99 MBT at international military exercises.

China showed off the growing sophistication of its defense industries Friday by featuring its newest attack helicopters and main battle tanks at a multinational live-firing military exercise in the country's north. State media said the new hardware performed to expectations in the "Peace Mission-2014" drill featuring more than 7,000 personnel from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Chinese Army Type 99 MBT Main Battle Tank
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Sydney’s Baker & Provan has unveiled first Supacat Specialist Operations Vehicles Commandos.

Sydney’s Baker & Provan has unveiled the first of 89 top-line 6x6 Supacat Specialist Vehicles Commandos vehicles manufactured for the Australian Defense Forces. Defence Minister David Johnston will unveil the first Australian assembled vehicle at St Marys in Sydney on Friday, August 29, 2014.
New Supacat Specialist Operations Vehicles Commandos 
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U.S. Navy Development Squadron 5 Receives First LTV 38 Unmanned Undersea Vehicle

Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 5 (CSDS 5), Detachment UUV, took delivery of Large Training Vehicle 38 (LTV 38), an unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) Aug. 22. The delivery makes LTV 38 the first UUV to join the vehicle inventory used by detachment UUV at Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport. 

X-47B UCAS-D achieves new set of firsts aboard aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)


The U.S. Navy's unmanned X-47B completed its final test aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 24 and returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River after eight days at sea. While underway, the X-47B flew in the carrier pattern with manned aircraft for the first time and conducted a total of five catapult launches, four arrestments and nine touch-and-go landings, including a night time shipboard flight deck handling evaluation.

Russian Navy: Black Sea Fleet to Receive 11 New Vessels by End of Year

The Russian Black Sea Fleet is to receive 11 new ships and service vessels, including two anti-sabotage boats, six service vessels, two diesel-electric submarines and two frigates, Navy Commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov said Thursday.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Ukroboronprom’s products made a core of military parade dedicated to Independence Day of Ukraine, as stated by Roman Romanov, Ukroboronprom General Director. According to the executive, the particular role on the parade was played by BTR-4E and BTR-3E1 armored personnel carriers. 
BTR-4E of Ukrainian army at military parade for Independence Day 2014.
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Raytheon's AI3 enhancements showcased during joint US military exercise

Raytheon Company and the U.S. Army achieved the first intercept of a cruise missile by the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative missile. An AI3 missile also destroyed an unmanned aerial system (UAS). Both intercepts occurred during the recent Black Dart demonstration – a U.S. military exercise held July 29 - August 11. 
Raytheon's AI3 missile
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Russia to supply India with Beriev A-50 AEW aircraft

Russia and India plan on signing a contract to supply India with A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft, Beriev Aircraft Company General Director-General Designer Igor Garivadsky told journalists Tuesday, 26 August. 
Indian Air Force's Beriev A-50E/I 
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Raytheon delivers first Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missiles to US Navy

Raytheon Company delivered the first Block 2 variant of its Rolling Airframe Missile system to the U.S. Navy as part of the company's 2012 Low Rate Initial Production contract. RAM Block 2 is a significant performance upgrade featuring enhanced kinematics, an evolved radio frequency receiver, and an improved control system. 

Northrop Grumman's CIRCM System Completes US Army Flight Testing

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) system recently completed another round of U.S. Army testing by demonstrating its capabilities on a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter. 
Northrop Grumman's Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) system
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Danish Parliament approved military contribution to Iraqi and Kurdish forces

According to local medias, Danish parliament on Wednesday, 27 August, approved Denmark's military contribution to the international campaign against jihadist militants in northern Iraq. A Hercules C-130J military aircraft carrier will be accompanied by up to 55 individuals, including a logistics team and security personnel. The Danish mission will deliver weapons, ammunition and other military goods to the Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State. 
Royal Danish Air Forces' C-130J
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U.S. Air Force still wants to retire A-10 "Warthogs" fleet

According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Air Force plans to revive its controversial push to retire the A-10 jet in the face of fierce opposition from lawmakers. Congress is set to reject the existing Air Force plan to save $3.5 billion by retiring the fleet of A-10 "Warthogs," which were used extensively to provide air support to ground troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
Arkansas Air National Guard's A-10s thunderbolt "Warthogs"
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Airbus A400M successfully demonstrates tanker capability

The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has performed successfully air-to-air refuelling tests with a F/A-18 Hornet fighter. The tanker test campaign was developed in five flights in which the A400M performed 33 dry contacts and dispensed 18.6 tonnes of fuel to an F/A-18 Hornet in 35 wet contacts. 
Airbus A400M refuelling a FA/18 Hornet fighter
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Iranian Armed forces unveiled new BTR-60 personnel carrier armed with Sedad 23mm cannon.

Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari underlined the high capabilities and advancements made by the Iranian defense industry in designing and manufacturing military equipment, and said his forces have recently received a new version of the BTR-60PB armed with 23 mm anti-aircraft twin-barreled automatic cannon. 
Iranian army BTR-60PB with Sedad 23mm anti-aircraft weapon system.
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India: Defence Minister Reviews Progress of Scorpene Submarine (P75) Construction at MDL

Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Arun Jaitley accompanied by Admiral RK Dhowan Chief of the Naval Staff visited Mazagon Docks Limited, Mumbai on 27 Aug 14 and reviewed the progress of the Project 75 Scorpene submarines as well as the other ongoing warship building projects including P-15 B class stealth destroyers . 

U.S. Special Operations Command signs contract for the Carl-Gustaf weapon system

Defence and security company Saab has signed a new framework contract with the USSOCOM for the company’s Carl-Gustaf man-portable weapon system (in the US named MAAWS; Multi-role, Anti-armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System). The contract is a follow on agreement to a previous 5 year contract for the 84mm recoilless rifle system. In connection with award of the contract, USSOCOM issued an initial order with a value of MSEK 99 ($14.3 million). 
Saab's Carl-Gustaf M3 man-portable weapon system
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China and Russia vow to enhance military ties

Top Chinese and Russian military officers pledged to further enhance military ties on Wednesday, August 27. Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), told Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, the development of relations between the two countries and the two armed forces have maintained good momentum in recent years. 
Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, and his Chinese counterpart Fang Fenghui
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Australia signals readiness to help U.S. in Iraq air strikes

Australia has signaled willingness to contribute its Super Hornet fighter jets to U.S.- led air strikes in Iraq, with the defense force "at a high state of readiness." Defense Minister David Johnston outlined the position on Wednesday night, saying Australia was ready to assist the U.S. with further airstrikes targeting ISIS terrorists in Iraq. 
RAAF's FA/18 Hornet at Ex Pitch Black 14 (Source : RAAF)
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DCNS Completes Training Sessions for Indian Navy Future Scorpene Submarine (P75) Crews

DCNS has successfully completed the operational and indermediate level crew training sessions of Platform Management System and Steering Console for the Indian Navy on 08th August 2014. The trainings were conducted during five weeks at HBL, Hyderabad, for the crew of 1st & 2nd Scorpene India submarines and MDL employees, for a total of 45 people.These trainings were initially scheduled in France but after successful local production, it was decided by DCNS and MDL with the Indian Navy to move a step ahead and conduct these trainings in India.

United States Department of Defense Announces Upcoming NATO, Maritime Exercises

 WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 – Pentagon officials announced the start of two training exercises this month. Exercise Combined Endeavor 2014 starts tomorrow and concludes Sept. 12. Exercise Northern Coasts 2014 starts Aug. 29 and ends Sept. 12. Embarking on its 28th year, Combined Endeavor is a command, control, communications, and computer systems exercise involving 1,200 personnel from approximately 30 NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. It will operate at a main base with virtual forward bases for multi-national collaboration. 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Machine-Building Design Bureau of Russia ready to export Luchnik-E & Iskander-M missile systems.

The Machine-Building Design Bureau (KBM) of Russia , part of the holding company High Precision Systems, is ready to begin exporting its newest products, particularly the Luchnik-E anti-aircraft missile system, according to KBM CEO and Chief Designer Valery Kashin.
Russian-made Luchnik-E short-range air defense missile system 
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Czech Army receiving surplus Hungarian T-72 main battle tanks

According to UPI, more than four dozen T-72 tanks are on their way to the Czech military from Hungarian Army depots. The Hungarian Ministry of Defense said the transport of 58 surplus tanks began on Monday to an undisclosed point in the Czech Republic but offered no other details. 
Hungarian T-72 MBTs during military drills in Tata region
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Nato plans to open bases in eastern Europe to counter Russia

Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its secretary general. Rasmussen said the organisations's summit in Cardiff next week would overcome divisions within the alliance and agree to new deployments on Russia's borders. 
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen during its visit in Ukraine, August 2014 
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Royal Malaysian Navy Releases First Official Image of its LCS-SGPV Corvette

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) unveiled for the first time an official rendering of its future Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) - Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV). The vessel is based on DCNS' Gowind Combat corvette design. DCNS is the warship design authority while local shipyard Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn will be in charge of buidling the vessels locally. 

Royal Australian Navy LHD Canberra Completes Sea Trials as Crew Tests Landing Craft

NUSHIP Canberra, the first of two Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships being built for the Australian Defence Force, returned from her final contractor sea trials before delivery to the Australian Government. The ship returned to BAE Systems Williamstown today after being away on sea trials for two weeks. 

US claimed that artillery and rockets have been fired from Russia against Ukrainian territory

Despite Russian claims of de-escalating tensions with Ukraine, their actions, including movement of heavy equipment across the border continues to increase tension, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told Pentagon reporters on Monday, August 25. 
Russian 2S19 MSTA-S artillery systems fire during military exercises in the southern Russia's Volgograd region 
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Australian P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft Contract Executed By The United States Navy

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston announced Aug. 26 the United States Navy has executed an Advanced Acquisition Contract for Australia’s P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime aircraft. Senator Johnston said this key Defence procurement would allow the withdrawal of the ageing AP-3C Orion fleet, and enable Boeing US to place lead time orders in support of Australia’s first four P-8A aircraft. 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Canada Concerned About Russia’s Military Expansion in Arctic

Canada has expressed its concerns about the growing military presence of Russia in the Arctic region. The reaction of Canada came out, after Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently conducted his annual northern tour in the Northwest Territories with initiatives to promote fresh food production. 
Coyote armoured reconnaissance vehicle at Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Ontario, during Exercise Frozen Dragoon on January 22, 2014 
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Anti-tank weapon to bolster PLA capability

From GPS-enabled helmets and long-range night vision goggles to high-powered sniper rifles, the Chinese military has continued upgrading equipment. Now, the People's Liberation Army ground force will have another new state-of-the-art weapon in its arsenal-the HJ-12 anti-tank missile, which can destroy tanks at a distance of more than 4 km. 
New PLA's anti-tank missile HJ-12 "Red Arrow"
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A column of Russian tanks and armoured vehicle has crossed into southeastern Ukraine

According an Ukrainian official, Monday, August 25, 2014, a column of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles has crossed into southeastern Ukraine, away from where most of the intense fighting has been taking place. 
Russian soldiers with T-90 main battle tank near the Ukraine border on Saturday, August 23, 2014
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China's drone blasts off missile in SCO anti-terror drill

China's military drones participated in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) anti-terror drills in Inner Mongolia for the first time on Tuesday, August 26. Participating in the live fire drills, the drone, who's model was unidentified, shot off several missiles during the rehearsal, said Shen Jinke, spokesman of China Air force. 
China's WZ-19 attack helicopter during Peace Mission 2014

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U.S. Air Force tests Raytheon's upgraded High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile

Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force successfully flight tested an upgraded High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM). The HARM Control Section Modification (HCSM) is more precise and accurate, which reduces potential collateral damage. 
Raytheon's High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HRAM)  
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Russia and India started joint air exercise "Avia Indra-2014"


India and Russia started on Monday, August 25, their first joint air exercise in Russia to boost cooperation between their air forces, said the Indian Air Force ( IAF). "Ex Avia Indra-2014 commenced today at Astrakhan region, near the Caspian Sea in Russia. The exercises will continue for 10 days and would be concluded on Sept. 5," an IAF release said. 
IAF's Su-30 MkI 
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Royal Saudi Navy would be interested to procure 6 FREMM Frigates from France

According to French financial newspaper La Tribune Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, could sign a letter of intent (LOI) with the French Government for 6 FREMMs during his visit in Paris in early September. French Navy's FREMM multi-mission frigates are designed and built by DCNS. Five hulls have already been launched, with three Frigates delivered to the French Navy and one to the Royal Moroccan Navy.

USCG R&D Center conducts analysis of Remotely Operated Vehicles during Arctic mission

Being a multi-mission agency with a diverse range of responsibilities, the Coast Guard relies on a wide variety of technologies to do its job. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center evaluated the capabilities of many new technologies for Coast Guard use during its trip to the Arctic aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy this summer, but there was at least one device with which the Coast Guard was intimately familiar.

U.S. Navy Awards General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Contract for LCS Planning Yard Services

The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $100 million contract to provide planning yard services for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a business unit of General Dynamics.

Monday, 25 August 2014

F-35 Flight Test Program Milestones Maturing Combat Capabilities

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program continued a steady path of flight test milestones in August, including weapons separation, software compatibility and flight hours, all demonstrating program maturity. 
F-35B aircraft BF-3, piloted by USMC Maj Michael Kingen, fires an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) in the first live fire test from NAS Patuxent River 
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Russian Western Military District Troops started to learn how to destroy enemy UAVs

Man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) radar units in Russia’s Western Military District have started practicing on low-flying targets at the Kapustin Yar testing range, a spokesman for the district said Monday, August 25. 
Russian troops using a 9K38 Igla MANPADS
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STX launched the 4th Incheon class frigate (FFX) ROKS Gangwon Ham for ROK Navy

The fourth Incheon class FFG (Guided Missile Frigate), ‘Gangwon Ham’, to protect South Korea territorial waters, was launched at a shipyard of STX Offshore & Shipbuilding in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do on August 12. The launch ceremony was attended by Gangwon Province Governor Choi Mun-sun as the guest of honor, Vice Admiral Eom Hyun-sung, the vice chief of naval operations, navy sailors, the CEO of STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Jung Sung-leep and other shipyard-related officials.

Agreement in the future Belgian government to replace the Air Component's F-16s

According to De Standaard, the negotiators of the next Belgian government agreed this weekend on replacing the Belgian Air Component's F-16 multirole fighter aircrafts. As stated earlier this summer by the Belgian Ministry of Defence, the replacement of the F-16s should be completed in 2023 and concerns the entire fleet of jet fighters. 
Belgian F-16s of the 10th Tactical Wing
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Germany has approved the delivery of Rheinmetall Fuchs 6x6 personnel carrier assembly to Algeria.

Germany's Economy Ministry has approved plans by defence group Rheinmetall to deliver a tank assembly plant to Algeria, according to a reply sent by the ministry following a request from a member of parliament. Rheinmetall's delivery to Algeria includes a production line to assemble the Fuchs wheeled armoured transport vehicle, as well as other parts valued at more than 28 million euros ($37 million), according to the document.
Fuchs 1 6x6 armoured personnel carrier of German army.
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Embraer prepares first flight for the KC-390 military transport aircraft

Embraer participates in Campo Grande at the first week of the military training Transportex 2014, culminating on August 26 with the participation of fifteen squadrons of the Brasilian Air Force (FAB). The goal is to perfect the new airlifter of the FAB, the KC-390. 
Embraer's KC-390 military transport aircraft
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Iran to Double Range of Qadir Cruise Missile and Ready to Test-Fire Sayyad 3 Long-Range Missile

Iran will increase the range of its newly-unveiled Qadir cruise missile and also test-fire the long-range Sayyad (Hunter) 3 missile in the near future, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced on Sunday, August 24. 
Iran' Sayyad 3 Long-Range Missile
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Ukraine's President announces to boost his country's defence spending by an estimated 50%

Ukraine’s president announced plans Sunday, August 24, 2014, to boost his country’s defence spending by an estimated 50 per cent. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pledged to spend an extra 40 billion hryvnia ($3 billion) by 2017 during a speech marking Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. 
Ukrainian Independence Day 2014 
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