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Historic British shipyard shut as defence cuts bite

Historic British shipyard shut as defence cuts bite

BAE Systems will axe 1,775 shipbuilding jobs and close the historic Portsmouth yard in Britain as government austerity hits demand, the British maker of military equipment said on Wednesday. The yard in Portsmouth, on England’s south coast, will be closed […]


North Korea developing electromagnetic pulse weapons: South Korea

North Korea developing electromagnetic pulse weapons: South Korea

South Korea’s spy agency said Monday that North Korea was using Russian technology to develop electromagnetic pulse weapons aimed at paralysing military electronic equipment south of the border. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a report to parliament that […]


Saudi Arabia eyes buying German submarines: report

Saudi Arabia eyes buying German submarines: report

Saudi Arabia wants to buy five German submarines for around 2.5 billion euros ($3.4 billion) and more than two dozen more in the future, a newspaper reported Sunday. Citing unidentified government sources, Sunday’s Bild newspaper said Riyadh had its eye […]


Pakistan will not let death of TTP leader derail talks: minister

Pakistan will not let death of TTP leader derail talks: minister

Pakistan will not allow the death of Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike to derail proposed peace talks, the information minister said Saturday. Pervez Rasheed told reporters the government wanted to press ahead with its plan to […]


Taiwan displays 1st long-range submarine-hunting aircraft

Taiwan displays 1st long-range submarine-hunting aircraft

Taiwan Thursday displayed its first long-range submarine-hunting aircraft, days after Beijing showed off its nuclear-powered submarine fleet in yet another sign of China’s fast expanding military might. Taiwan’s military introduced the Lockheed P-3C Orion at a ceremony presided over by […]


China, Malaysia to hold joint military drills

China, Malaysia to hold joint military drills

China and Malaysia will hold their first-ever joint military exercises next year, the Southeast Asian nation’s defence minister said Wednesday, despite their rival claims to the tense South China Sea. The announcement by Hishammuddin Hussein, who is in Beijing to […]


US taps links to Google, Yahoo data centers: report

US taps links to Google, Yahoo data centers: report

The US National Security Agency has tapped into key communications links from Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The Post, citing documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with officials, […]


Turkey open to new bids for anti-missile system

Turkey open to new bids for anti-missile system

Turkey said Saturday it was open to new bids in its plan to acquire its first long-range anti-missile system, should its controversial negotiations with China come to nothing. “It is not a finalized deal yet. If US and European companies […]


Boeing, Lockheed team up for new US Air Force bomber

Boeing, Lockheed team up for new US Air Force bomber

Boeing and Lockheed Martin said Friday they have teamed up to bid for a new $55 billion US Air Force bomber program aimed at replacing the aging bomber fleet. Boeing is acting as the prime contractor, and Lockheed is the […]


 
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