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December 2, 2013

News Briefs December 2, 2013

Iran deploys warships after overhaul

Iran’s official news agency says the country has redeployed two warships after refitting them with new anti-ship missiles.

The Sunday report by IRNA says the missile boats Neizeh and Tabarzin were equipped with Ghader and Noor anti-ship missile systems, with ranges of 120 miles and 70 miles respectively.

It said the overhaul took 30 months. Both warships joined the Iranian navy in 1981.

The report said another warship, the logistical craft Sirjan, was also deployed. A second logistical craft was deployed Nov. 30.

Iran is pursuing a program of military self-sufficiency. Its navy maintains a presence in the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Caspian Sea, and other bodies of water. AP

U.S. Army dropping number of paratrooper troops

The U.S. Army is capping parachute positions at 49,000 soldiers as part of its overall cutback and reorganization of the military by 2020.

As a result, a Pathfinder unit at Fort Campbell, Ky., and multiple paratrooper units at Fort Bragg, N.C., are seeing soldiers taken off of jump status.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Don Peters says 24 units accounting for 2,600 soldiers are being removed from jump status as part of the changes. Peters says paratroopers will continue to train and be ready to execute airborne operations as the need arises.

Soldiers at Fort Campbell say they are ready to carry out their missions, even in a different way.

SFC Bryan Beville says ìhistory is history ìand the units will continue to fine-tune their skills. AP

Czechs to sign deal to deliver army plane to U.S.

The Czech Republic’s defense minister says he is close to signing a deal to deliver 28 Czech-made military airplanes to the United States.

Vlastimil Picek says the Draken International Inc. company that cooperates with the U.S. armed forces is seeking to buy up to 28 subsonic L-159 military planes in a deal worth up to $25.8 million.

The light combat and training planes were made in 1999-2003 and the Czech army has been unsuccessfully trying to sell them since 2004 because it has no use for them.

Picek said Friday that the Czech government is expected to approve the sale deal next month while the deal with Draken should be signed in January.

The Czech military says Draken has been already using Czech-made L-39 Albatros trainers. AP

Nixon calls special session for Boeing incentives

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is calling state lawmakers back to the Capitol to consider incentives aimed at attracting a massive Boeing Co. production facility to the state.

Officials are hoping to entice Boeing to produce its 777X passenger jet in Missouri. Several other states also have been discussing trying to land the project, and Boeing hopes to make a decision early next year.

Nixon called the special legislative session Nov. 30. It will start Monday, Dec. 2, which is about a month before lawmakers convene their regular session on Jan. 8.

Boeing is already one of Missouri’s largest employers, with about 15,000 people including thousands of machinists in the St. Louis area. AP




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