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Japan to boost military amid row with China

Japan to boost military amid row with China

Pacifist Japan will adopt new defence guidelines next week paving the way for its military to respond more quickly and forcefully to perceived threats from China and North Korea, officials said Thursday. The government of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe […]


US military reveals laser can down drones, mortars

US military reveals laser can down drones, mortars

The US Army has for the first time successfully tested a vehicle-mounted laser that managed to shoot down incoming mortar rounds and drone aircraft, officials said Thursday. Installed in a dome-shaped turret atop a military vehicle, the high-energy laser hit […]


Iraq signs $1.1 bn deal to buy South Korean fighter Jets

Iraq signs $1.1 bn deal to buy South Korean fighter Jets

Iraq signed a $1.1 billion deal on Thursday to buy 24 multi-role light fighters from South Korea, as it seeks to build its fledgling air force amid rising violence. Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) said it would deliver the T-50IQ, a […]


Iran nuclear accord means NATO missile defence unnecessary: Russia

Iran nuclear accord means NATO missile defence unnecessary: Russia

The accord with Iran to curb its nuclear program means a planned NATO anti-missile system in Europe, hotly opposed by Moscow, is no longer necessary, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavarov argued Wednesday. Moscow fears the system would compromise its own […]


EADS to cut 5,800 jobs in Europe in restructuring

EADS to cut 5,800 jobs in Europe in restructuring

European aerospace giant EADS, the maker of Airbus aircraft, announced plans Monday to cut 5,800 jobs in its defence and space division over three years. The job cuts, part of a major restructuring in the face of falling orders, will […]


US military to fly African Union troops to Central Africa: officials

US military to fly African Union troops to Central Africa: officials

The US military will help fly African Union peacekeeping troops to the Central African Republic as part of a French-led effort to restore security there, US officials said Monday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in Qatar on a tour of the […]


US Air Force has secretly built a new stealth drone

US Air Force has secretly built a new stealth drone

The US Air Force has secretly developed a new stealth drone for long-range reconnaissance missions that could be operational by 2015, according to a report Friday in an industry magazine. The unmanned drone, dubbed RQ-180, is currently in the testing […]


Philippines, rebels sign ‘power sharing’ accord

Philippines, rebels sign ‘power sharing’ accord

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels on Sunday signed a crucial power sharing accord, paving the way for a final peace agreement aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands. The power sharing annex had been […]


US looks to manage, not end, China air rift

US looks to manage, not end, China air rift

The United States has strenuously objected to China’s new air zone over islands managed by Japan, but experts say its best hope is to contain rather than end tensions. After Beijing last month declared an Air Defense Identification Zone in […]


 
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