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22 Nov 10. Afghanistan: OP HERRICK. 300 soldiers from 1st Bn The Royal Irish Regiment, together with 100 Afghan troops, cleared insurgents and
re-established Government control in and around Zarghun Kalay. (MoD, 22 Nov 10.)
At the close of the NATO Summit in Lisbon, the Prime Minister said that the withdrawal of British combat troops by 2015 was a ‘firm deadline’. (MoD, 22 Nov 10.)
Soldiers from 5th Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland, supported by members of the MoD Police, are running courses at the Helmand Police Training Centre. (MoD, 23 Nov 10.)
Soldiers from 2nd Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland have been involved in the distribution of wheat seed to farmers, as an alternative to growing poppy. (MoD, 24 Nov 10.)
An Afghan bomb disposal team, trained by members of 1st Bn The Royal Irish Regiment, safely disposed of improvised explosive devices in Helmand Province. (MoD, 25 Nov 10.)
Comment: ISAF has updated the list of troop contributing nations, as shown on page 3. Minor adjustments to the contingents from 25 Countries have resulted in an overall increase of 500.
The Defence Secretary is due to give evidence to the Defence Committee on ‘Operations in Afghanistan’ at 14.30hrs on 15 Dec 10 in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 09/46, 29 Nov 10)

19 Nov 10. Brazil: Naval Co-operation. The First Sea Lord signed (19 Nov 10) a Joint Guidance document “designed to strengthen the relationship with the Brazilian Navy”. Admiral Stanhope’s signature was witnessed by Captain F G Kouri, the Brazilian Defence and Naval Attaché in London.
Comment: On 14 Sep 10 the two Governments announced completion of a Defence Co-operation Treaty, against the background of a successful visit to Rio de Janeiro by HMS OCEAN. On 26 Oct 10 BAE Systems submitted a proposal to the Brazilian Navy for the supply of naval vessels to be built in Brazil. The proposal covers five escorts (based on the Type 26 frigate), one support vessel (based on the RFA Wave Class), five patrol vessels (based on the River Class) and a logistics support service. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 09/46, 29 Nov 10)

27 Nov 10. EADS is confident it can sell up to 500 of its Airbus A400M military transporters and that the project will be
profitable, the aircraft maker’s finance chief told a German newspaper.
“We see a broad global market of 400 to 500 aircraft with good chances for this aircraft to turn profits in the long term,” CFO Hans-Peter Ring was quoted as saying on Saturday in an advance copy of an interview to be published in Sunday paper Euro am Sonntag. European buyer nations reached a final agreement on November 5 on a 3.5bn euro ($4.64bn) bailout to rescue the troubled Airbus A400M project. Ring also told the Sunday paper that EADS would take care to avoid overburdening itself again, as it did when it pursued the A400M, A380 and A350 projects simultaneously.
“We are drawing consequences, for example for the upgrade of our A320 models,” Ring said.
The company would make sure that the upgrade does not hamper other projects, he added. (Source: Reuters)

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