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China legislature declines to reveal defence spending

China legislature declines to reveal defence spending

China’s national legislature declined to announce the country’s 2013 defence budget at a press conference Monday, in a departure from normal practice the day before its annual session opens. Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the National People’s Congress (NPC), which begins […]


Brazil to get its first nuclear subs

Brazil to get its first nuclear subs

Brazil is set to join the select group of countries that have nuclear-powered submarines, President Dilma Rousseff said Friday. Rousseff stressed Brazil was committed to peace but also needed its defense deterrent, as she inaugurated a naval shipyard in Rio […]


US chooses Brazilian plane to outfit Afghan force

US chooses Brazilian plane to outfit Afghan force

The US Air Force has chosen a Brazilian firm for a $427 million contract to supply light attack planes to Afghan forces, the company said Thursday, despite competition from an American bid. Brazilian planemaker Embraer said 20 of its AT-29 […]


F-35 flights should resume soon: Pentagon

F-35 flights should resume soon: Pentagon

The Pentagon’s director of the F-35 program said Monday the next-generation US fighter jet could be back in the air within a fortnight after an engine crack forced the grounding of test flights. Lieutenant General Christopher Bogdan, in Australia for […]


Israel tests new Arrow missile interceptor

Israel tests new Arrow missile interceptor

Israel said on Monday it carried a successful test of the latest generation Arrow missile system, the Arrow 3, that can intercept missiles from Iran, taking a further step in bolstering its defence plans. The defence ministry said the flight […]


China takes aim at extravagance in military spending

China takes aim at extravagance in military spending

China’s military has introduced new rules to combat “extravagance and waste” in spending, state media said Sunday, as the country’s new leaders stress austerity to fight official corruption. New Communist Party chief Xi Jinping, who is also chairman of the […]


US radar to boost missile defence in Japan

US radar to boost missile defence in Japan

Tokyo and Washington plan to install a US early-warning radar system at a coastal base near Kyoto to bolster defences against the North Korean missile threat, reports said Sunday. The X-band radar, capable of precisely tracking the trajectory of a […]


Turkish jets strike Kurd rebels in Iraq: military source

Turkish jets strike Kurd rebels in Iraq: military source

Turkey sent jets across its border with Iraq to strike separatists from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a local military source said Thursday. The jets bombed 12 targets in the Kandil Mountains in the autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq […]


China’s PLA controls hackers: US IT security firm

China’s PLA controls hackers: US IT security firm

China’s army controls hundreds if not thousands of virulent and cutting-edge hackers, according to a report Tuesday by a US Internet security firm that traced a host of cyberattacks to an anonymous building in Shanghai. Mandiant said its hundreds of […]


 
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