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Germany and France will launch a program this month to develop a new marine patrol and surveillance aircraft, the German Navy said on Friday, in what defense sources said was a response to a sharp increase in Russian submarine patrols.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and her French counterpart, Florence Parly, plan to sign a letter of intent about the new Maritime Airborne Warfare System at the Berlin air show on April 27, it said on its website.

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