A400M LUXEMBOURG – MAINTENANCE EXPLOITATION SPENDING VOTED

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keywords: a400m luxembourg, logistics support, air component of the luxembourg army. The maintenance and operatipn budget of the A400M Atlas Luxembourg was voted this afternoon. A budget of 420 million euros for a 35-year operational period was approved by the MPs by a large majority (55 yes (CSV, LSAP, DP, déi gréng), 2 no (dei Lénk), 3 abstentions (ADR)). Postponed several times due to production problems of its manufacturer Airbus Military, the Defense branch of the European aircraft manufacturer, the arrival of the Luxembourg A400m in Findel is now scheduled…

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A400M LUXEMBOURG – DELIVERY POSTPONED UNTIL 2020

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keywords: a400m airbus military, lëtzebuerger arméi, nato, belgium, luxembourg. The arrival of the Luxembourg A400M on the Findel runaway is once again postponed to be scheduled for early 2020. This was stated by the Minister of Defense Etienne Schneider Friday in response to a question by Fernand Kartheiser, ADR MP. The delivery of the A400M by Airbus Military, the defense branch of the European aircraft manufacturer, was previously planned for 2019. “Delivery postponed until early 2020, the A400M price remains unchanged” (Etienne Schneider, March 08, 2018)   Intended for strategic and tactical…

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SATELLITE LUXEMBOURG – GOVSAT-1 LAUNCH SUCCESS

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keywords: govsat-1 satellite, secure telecommunications, space strategy, luxembourg. It is done. Luxembourg’s GovSat 1 satellite for highly secure communications to governments and armies is in orbit. The news confirmed by the actors of this success that are SpaceX the US company responsible for the launch and the Luxembourgish SES world leader in satellite construction and 50% partner in GovSat, a rain of congratulations fell on the networks first and foremost those of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Minister of Defense Etienne Schneider. GovSat is strengthening the position of Luxembourg as…

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ARMY LUXEMBOURG – THE CONTINGENT IN LITHUANIA

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keywords: lëtzebuerger améi, d’arméi, otan, enhanced forward presence, lithuania, luxembourg. As a result of repeated attacks by Russia on Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, a NATO mission is to strengthen the protection of the most eastern members of the Alliance, Poland and the countries Baltic. Luxembourg as a member of NATO takes its part and actively participates in the “Enhanced Forward Presence” (eFP) mission in Lithuania, which represents a significant budgetary effort given the size of the country but shows the government commitment in its ambitious policy of supporting…

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DEFENSE – RUSSIA FIRES AN ICBM MISSILE FROM SIBERIA

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keywords: russia, icbm missile, nato, enhanced advanced presence, north korea. Russia launchedy esterday an ICBM-type missile from a launch base in Siberia to Russia-friendly Kazakhstan. The drill proved to be a success and to have fully reached its target. This missile fire occurs in the context of a double tension. On the one hand the increased presence of NATO troops in Poland and the Baltic countries after the annexation of the Crimea and the strong support of Russia to the Ukrainian separatists. This spectacular deployment of NATO in order to…

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BELGIAN NATIONAL DAY – A PROMISING MILITARY PARADE

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keywords: belgian national day, military parade, d’arméi, belgium. The 21st of July marks the Belgian National Day and with it its military parade in the heart of Brussels on the Place des Palais. A military and civilian parade on the “proud to serve” theme this year 2017. An air parade opened by the Red Devils will precede the parade of the equipments and men. A detachment of the Luxembourg army with men and equipments will also be present, as well as French, German and Dutch detachments. A promising parade that…

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LUXEMBOURG ARMY – DEPLOYMENT IN LITHUANIA – NATO MISSION

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keywords: enhanced forward presence, nato, lithuania, arméi, luxembourg. The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense confirms the arrival of Luxembourg soldiers on its soil by the port of Klaipėda on 17 July late night. These soldiers intervene as part of the “Enhanced Forward Presence” (eFP), a NATO mission to ensure the security of the Eastern European Alliance member countries ( The Baltic States and Poland) with regard to the potential risks posed by Russia following the annexation of the Crimea and support for the pro-Russian separatist militias in eastern Ukraine. This reinforcement…

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DEFENSE 2025 ROADMAP – BUDGET HIKE AND AMBITIOUS STRATEGY

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keywords: defense 2025 roadmap, francine closener, d’arméi, luxembourg. After the great success of the Open Door at Diekirch Military Center last Sunday, Defense Secretary Francine Closener presented today the “Guidelines of the Luxembourg Defense to 2025 and beyond”. The increase of the military budget, the recruitment strategy, the purchase of monitoring drones, but that’s not all. Reminding the efforts made since 2014 to increase the share of the military budget in GDP and the future efforts to be made in the new NATO missions, the following guidelines are announced: Confirmation…

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NATIONAL DAY – WHY THE AWACS IS FROM LUXEMBOURG

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keywords: national day luxembourg, military parade, awacs, nato, luxembourg. The military parade of the National Day last Friday impressed by its quality on the one hand and by the overflight by 2 times of an AWACS aircraft. And after the great success of this day, many have wondered how such a small country can have such a aircraft with the lion’s head. As soon as NATO’s first Boeing E-3A AWACS became operational in 1982, it was decided to register them in Luxembourg, since this country does not have any air…

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DEFENSE – EU LAUNCHES FUND FOR HIGH TECH EQUIPMENT

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keywords: nato, european union, europe of defense, defense budget, luxembourg. The European Commission announced on Wednesday (07 June) the launch of a fund for the defense of the countries of the Union. This fund is expected to provide 500 million euros of money from the European Union to help buy and develop high-tech military projects such as drones or robotics. This amount is expected to double from 2020 to reach the billion euros annually. This decision comes as President Trump continues to press his NATO allies to increase their military…

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DEFENSE – NATO WILL HELP FIGHTING AGAINST DAESH/ISIS

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keywords: otan, defense, terrorism, luxembourg. Since taking office on January 20, President Trump has continued to put pressure on his NATO allies. German Chancellor Merkel faced it when going to Washington. The objective is for the members of the Organization to spend at least 2% of their GDP in military expenditure in order to contribute actively to NATO missions (defense and anti-terrorism), the United States considering they pay the defense of their allies without return from them. The United States has also voted a defense budget for next year up…

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DEFENSE – AIRBUS A400M DELIVERIES DELAYED AGAIN

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keywords: a400m, airbus military, nato, defense, luxembourg. With an increasing military budget, Luxembourg army wants to take on a new dimension. By 2020, the government plans to raise the military budget from 0.4% of GDP to 0.6% of GDP, a 50% increase. This increased budget allows the large recruitment of soldiers and the purchase of equipment such as drones, helicopters and transport aircraft. As for the transport aircraft, it is an Airbus Military A400m purchased jointly with other NATO allies (France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Turkey). According to Reuters, Airbus Military may need…

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DEFENSE – PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS NATIONS MUST PAY ‘FAIR SHARE’ FOR NATO

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keywords: press conference, president trump, chancellor merkel, otan, luxembourg, europe.   At the joint press conference on Friday afternoon with Chancellor Merkel, President Trump once again put pressure on the NATO allies. After confirming the strong commitment of the United States in NATO, he declared that the nations must pay a “fair price” to benefit from the protection of NATO, with Germany in mind, repeating its commitment of electoral campaign to make pay more to the nations to benefit from this protection mainly financed by the United States and without…

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DEFENSE – LUXEMBOURG PLANS TO BUY DRONES AND HELICOPTERS

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keywords: defense, luxembourg, drone, surveillance, airspace. The Secretary of State for Defense said on Tuesday during the session in the Chamber of Deputies concerning the military that the government plans to buy drones and helicopters in order to monitor the national airspace. These drones and helicopters will not be armed and will only be assigned to monitoring tasks. While the decision to buy drones seems taken, nothing has yet been decided regarding the helicopters. An A400M transport aircraft should also be acquired in partnership with other NATO members (France, Germany,…

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DEFENSE – Budget increase by 10% in the US, what about Luxembourg?

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keywords: pentagon, president trump, nato, military ambition, europe of defense.   President Trump announces today a significant increase of nearly 10% in the budget of the national defense (Pentagon) which leaves the whole world puzzled. While he seemed to want to reduce military spending (see the pressure he put on US military equipment manufacturers with a series of tweets in order to lower the prices) he now takes the opposite side. An increase of such importance is not surprising in China for example, but it is well in the United…

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STRATEGY – President Trump’s Tweet Diplomacy Decrypted

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keywords : donald trump, china, lockheed martin, #unpresident, #MakeAmericaGreatAgain. President-elect Donald Trump was criticized during his presidential campaign because of so called tweeting too much and being too impulsive on social networks, mainly Twitter. At some point even his aide took control of his twitter account in order to prevent him to make a mistake that could cost him the White House. But now, the Twitter account is back to his owner. With more or less 5 tweets a day, President-elect Trump shows to American people and to the world…

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FINANCE – What security and defense stocks on Wall Street will benefit from Trump administration

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keywords : security, defense, cyber security, stocks, invest in defense stocks. Here is our favorite security, defense and cyber security stocks list that should benefit from the new Trump administration. Companies from those sectors don’t know crises neither on Main Street nor on Wal Street. Their stocks follow the same upward trend. We recently explained why security and defense companies are growth stocks, let’s get into details giving our favorite stocks list. Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger. Firearms makers always had the wind in their sails in the United…

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