22 février 2024 | International, Aérospatial

Philippines hints at fresh fighter fleet amid negotiations with Sweden

The two governments are now ironing out the final terms of defense cooperation based on a memorandum of understanding signed last year.


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    10 septembre 2020 | International, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité

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    28 septembre 2020 | International, Aérospatial, Naval

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