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Contested maritime domains and the growing significance of disaster-relief missions have increased the attraction of amphibious forces in the Asia-Pacific.
Changing threat perceptions and an improved economic climate have prompted European states to increase defence spending.
Russia is close to concluding its next ten-year armament programme, with a more modest level of re-equipment ambition.
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