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Japan defense chief puzzled by Russian warplanes

Japan defense chief puzzled by Russian warplanes

Japan’s defence minister said Sunday there have been an “abnormal” number of flights by Russian military aircraft close to Japanese islands in recent days. The country’s air defence force scrambled fighter jets for seven days in a row through Saturday […]


Syria rebels get US-made missiles: source

Syria rebels get US-made missiles: source

Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad for the first time received at least 20 US-made TOW anti-tank missiles from a “Western source,” a rebel official told AFP Tuesday. “Moderate, well-organized fighters from the Hazm movement have for the […]


South Korea, US to hold largest-ever joint air drill

South Korea, US to hold largest-ever joint air drill

South Korea’s military said Thursday it would hold its largest-ever joint air drill with the United States as tensions mount over a series of threats from North Korea. The twice-yearly Max Thunder exercise — to be held from Friday to […]


South Korea tests missile bringing entire North in range

South Korea tests missile bringing entire North in range

South Korea said Friday it had successfully test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of carrying a one-tonne payload to any part of North Korea. The launch was carried out March 23, just two days before North Korea test fired two […]


Eighteen countries ratify UN treaty on arms trade

Eighteen countries ratify UN treaty on arms trade

A total of 18 countries filed documents Wednesday ratifying a UN treaty to regulate the $80-billion-a-year conventional arms trade. One year after the Arms Trade Treaty was adopted by the General Assembly, 31 countries have ratified it. The treaty will […]


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, […]


 
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