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French-Russian tank project on hold due to Ukraine crisis

French-Russian tank project on hold due to Ukraine crisis

Renault Trucks Defense said Wednesday its project to develop an armored infantry fighting vehicle together with a Russian manufacturer is on hold due to the Ukraine crisis. “The project is on hold because of the political situation, but that is […]


Japan lifts own blanket arms export ban

Japan lifts own blanket arms export ban

Japan on Tuesday lifted a self-imposed ban on weapons exports, introducing new rules covering the arms trade in a move supporters say will boost Tokyo’s global role, but which unnerved China. The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a […]


Beaten and demoralised, Ukraine soldiers sign up with Russia

Beaten and demoralised, Ukraine soldiers sign up with Russia

His eyes glazed and his step heavy, former Ukrainian soldier Sergei walks out of a naval office in Sevastopol after switching allegiance to the Russian army. He is one of many making the choice to stay on in Crimea where […]


Britain, France sign anti-ship missile deal

Britain, France sign anti-ship missile deal

Britain and France will develop new anti-ship missiles in a 500-million project that stems from a major defence cooperation agreement, Britain’s Ministry of Defence said Thursday. The multi-national group MBDA has been awarded the contract to produce the helicopter-mounted missiles, […]


Qatar to buy 22 French military helicopters

Qatar to buy 22 French military helicopters

Qatar will buy 22 NH90 military helicopters from European aerospace group Airbus worth nearly two billion euros ($2.8 billion), the French defense ministry said Thursday. It said 12 of these would be transport helicopters and the other 10 would be […]


US Air Force fires nine in nuclear missile cheating scandal

US Air Force fires nine in nuclear missile cheating scandal

The US Air Force said Thursday it sacked nine nuclear missile officers and will discipline dozens of others over an exam cheating scandal that has sparked concerns about lax ethics. The officers, including chiefs of four squadrons, were all working […]


North Korea test-fires two ballistic missiles

North Korea test-fires two ballistic missiles

North Korea on Wednesday test-fired two Nodong-type ballistic missiles into the sea, upping the ante after a series of short-range missile and rocket launches in recent weeks, the South’s defence ministry said. The tests came as US President Barack Obama […]


China to have nuclear missiles on submarines soon: US admiral

China to have nuclear missiles on submarines soon: US admiral

China for the first time will likely have subs equipped with long-range nuclear missiles later this year, part of an increasingly potent submarine fleet, a top US officer said Tuesday, The head of US Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear, said […]


China’s Xi challenges Obama on telecoms spying report

China’s Xi challenges Obama on telecoms spying report

China’s President Xi Jinping questioned his US counterpart Barack Obama about reports that Washington had secretly tapped Chinese telecoms giant Huawei for years, a top security aide said Monday. “President Xi did raise that recent report in the context of […]


 
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