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US welcomes deal on relocating air base in Japan

US welcomes deal on relocating air base in Japan

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Friday praised a decision by Japanese officials to allow the relocation of a US air base in Okinawa, calling it a “milestone” for relations with Tokyo. Hagel welcomed the approval of the long-delayed move of […]


Lebanon in $3 billion Saudi military aid pledge

Lebanon in $3 billion Saudi military aid pledge

Lebanon announced a Saudi pledge of $3 billion on Sunday to buy military equipment from France, as it buried leading Sunni politician Mohammad Chatah, killed in a Beirut car bombing. Friday’s killing of Chatah, a prominent critic of the Syrian […]


Pakistan launches production of new fighter aircraft

Pakistan launches production of new fighter aircraft

Pakistan on Wednesday launched production of a new version of a combat aircraft featuring upgraded avionics and weapons system. The plane, to be called Block-II JF-17, will be manufactured at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex west of Islamabad, which has so […]


Brazil picks Sweden’s Gripen fighter jet

Brazil picks Sweden’s Gripen fighter jet

Swedish aerospace maker Saab won a $5 billion contract to equip the Brazilian air force with 36 new fighter jets, Defense Minister Celso Amorim announced Wednesday. Saab’s Gripen, a state-of-the-art multi-role fighter jet, beat its two rivals — the Rafale, […]


Taiwan grounds new US-made choppers over malfunction fears

Taiwan grounds new US-made choppers over malfunction fears

Taiwan Wednesday grounded its new fleet of US-made Apache attack helicopters for checks after a notice from Washington warning the model could malfunction. “There was some malfunctioning of the planes in the US army last week so we are doing […]


Obama opens way to Gulf grouping military sales

President Barack Obama Monday ruled that a regional grouping of Gulf Arab states should be allowed to buy certain US defense articles, deepening ties with a grouping wary of Iran’s regional influence. Obama determined that US restrictions on selling material […]


Russia moves nuclear-capable missiles closer to EU

Russia moves nuclear-capable missiles closer to EU

Russia revealed on Monday that its armed forces had moved nuclear-capable Iskander missiles closer to Europe’s borders in response to the US-led deployment of a disputed air defence shield. The advanced version of the Russian missile has a range of […]


France loses out on Brazil jets deal: report

France loses out on Brazil jets deal: report

France will lose out in its bid to win a multibillion-dollar fighter jet contract with Brazil, the Folha de Sao Paulo daily reported Saturday. The newspaper set France’s $4 billion proposal for 36 Rafale fighter jets, from a consortium led […]


Lebanese soldier, 4 attackers killed in assaults on army

Lebanese soldier, 4 attackers killed in assaults on army

A Lebanese soldier and four attackers were killed in two separate assaults late Sunday on army checkpoints in the southern city of Sidon, the military said in a statement. “At 9:15 p.m. (1915 GMT) today (Sunday) an armed man approached […]


 
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