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US still weighing extension of tanker deadline: Pentagon

US still weighing extension of tanker deadline: Pentagon

The Pentagon said Tuesday it has yet to decide whether to grant a request from European aerospace giant EADS to extend a deadline to bid on a contract for a new aerial refueling tanker. “We are right now engaged in […]


Pakistani army chief in talks with US defense chiefs

Pakistani army chief in talks with US defense chiefs

Washington: Pakistani army chief Ashfaq Kayani meets with US defense chiefs on Monday at the start of a week of wide-ranging talks between Washington and Islamabad, officials said. The Obama administration views Kayani as a crucial figure behind Pakistan’s stepped-up […]


US tanker bid war heats up with Airbus, Russia in wings

US tanker bid war heats up with Airbus, Russia in wings

Washington: The US Air Force tanker bidding contest against Boeing heated up Friday, with Airbus parent EADS mulling a proposal and Russia’s state firm UAC gearing up for one next week. EADS opened the door to a bid against US […]


Kuwaiti MPs oppose deal for French Rafale warplanes

Kuwaiti MPs oppose deal for French Rafale warplanes

Kuwait City: An Islamist parliamentary bloc in Kuwait on Sunday warned the government against the planned purchase of French-made Rafale warplanes, saying the deal was “suspicious.” “The bloc reiterates its firm rejection of this suspicious deal, especially following information that […]


China rising in battle for Central Asia influence

China rising in battle for Central Asia influence

Bishkek: The United States wants to win supremacy to support troops for a prolonged conflict in nearby Afghanistan. Russia sees the region as its own backyard where its right for influence dates back centuries. But in the modern-day Great Game […]


India tests hi-tech new cruise missile

India tests hi-tech new cruise missile

New Delhi: India successfully tested on Sunday a new “manoeuvrable” version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile it developed with Russia, a report said. The missile was fired from a naval ship in the Bay of Bengal off India’s east […]


US may extend tanker deadline to allow EADS bid

US may extend tanker deadline to allow EADS bid

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon said it might extend a deadline for bids on a new aerial refueling tanker after Airbus parent EADS signalled it could return to the competition. Having been informed by EADS of its possible interest in the contract, […]


Finalists in Brazil fighter jet bid all pass muster: air force

Finalists in Brazil fighter jet bid all pass muster: air force

All three fighter jets vying to be picked for a multi-billion-dollar contract to supply the Brazilian air force have passed a technical evaluation, news reports said Thursday. Skip related content The foreign companies competing to supply Brazil’s air force with […]


US leaves open more arms for Taiwan

US leaves open more arms for Taiwan

WASHINGTON: The United States left open the possibility of further arms sales to Taiwan, with a senior official saying that China’s military buildup was aimed squarely at the self-governing island. President Barack Obama’s administration in January approved a 6.4 billion […]


 
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