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China defence minister brushes off fears over military growth

China defence minister brushes off fears over military growth

China’s defence minister on Friday sought to soothe concerns over the country’s growing armed forces, saying its military modernization is rooted in both past humiliations and a present need to combat threats including terrorism. “The remarkable growth of China’s comprehensive […]


Israeli strike threat ‘diplomatic card’ against Iran: experts

Israeli strike threat ‘diplomatic card’ against Iran: experts

Despite Israeli threats of a strike on Iran if world powers fail to halt its nuclear drive at talks entering an endgame in Vienna, experts see the sabre-rattling as largely diplomatic brinkmanship. With Monday’s deadline for a lasting agreement fast […]


Russia urges Ukraine not to join NATO

Russia urges Ukraine not to join NATO

Russia on Wednesday called for Ukraine to stay out of the NATO alliance, insisting that a “non-aligned status” was in the interests of the ex-Soviet country. “There is no doubt that (Ukraine’s) non-aligned status is important not only from the […]


Eurofighter unveils 1 billion-euro radar upgrade

Eurofighter unveils 1 billion-euro radar upgrade

Europe’s Eurofighter consortium committed Wednesday to a 1.0-billion-euro ($1.25-billion) upgrade to equip Typhoon combat jets with a more advanced type of radar. It said defence ministers from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain attended the signing ceremony for a […]


Pakistani army chief in first US visit

Pakistani army chief in first US visit

Pakistan’s army chief is holding talks with top US generals and officials this week in the first visit to the United States by the country’s powerful military commander in four years, officials said Monday. General Raheel Sharif’s trip comes against […]


Deal with Iran could end isolation but would it stop an arms race?

Deal with Iran could end isolation but would it stop an arms race?

A deal on Iran’s nuclear program this week would be a historic step towards ending the country’s international isolation, but analysts remain divided on whether it would help stabilize the Middle East or even prevent a regional arms race. Having […]


US military looks for the elusive mothership

US military looks for the elusive mothership

It’s a Hollywood sci-fi fantasy that has long eluded the Pentagon: a flying “mothership” that launches smaller aircraft. The Pentagon’s research agency put out a request to industry this month to outline how a large cargo plane could release drones […]


Russia gives France until end of November to deliver warship: report

Russia gives France until end of November to deliver warship: report

Russia on Friday warned France of “serious” consequences unless Paris delivers by the end of this month a Mistral-class assault warship whose handover has been delayed by concerns over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis, a report said. “We are […]


China shows off new stealth fighter

China shows off new stealth fighter

China’s new stealth jet fighter rocketed skywards Wednesday as Beijing puts on an unprecedented display of openness — and military force — at the country’s premier airshow. The black J-31 rose in a nearly vertical climb on take-off in Zhuhai […]


 
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