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US faces choice of 767 or A330 for military tankers

US faces choice of 767 or A330 for military tankers

Aerospace rivals Boeing and EADS, vying to build new refueling tankers for the US Air Force, are offering military versions of successful commercial aircraft. Boeing KC-767 The US firm plans to build a tanker based on its long-haul 767 airliner […]


Under-fire defence minister promises German military probe

Under-fire defence minister promises German military probe

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, under fire for a series of incidents involving the armed forces, called Sunday for a comprehensive probe of possible systemic problems. “I commissioned the chief of staff with conducting a review of all branches […]


Philippine Navy eyeing purchase from US

Philippine Navy eyeing purchase from US

The Philippine Navy on Sunday said it was in talks with the United States government to buy a secondhand coastguard cutter to upgrade its ageing fleet. Navy chief Rear Admiral Alexander Pama said the 380-feet (115 metre) Hamilton class vessel, […]


Boeing to cut 1,100 jobs in C-17 program

Boeing to cut 1,100 jobs in C-17 program

US aerospace giant Boeing said Thursday it will cut about 1,100 jobs over the next two years as it slows production of its C-17 military transport aircraft. Boeing said it would deliver 13 C-17s in 2011, one less than the […]


NATO, Russia missile systems to stay separate: NATO

NATO, Russia missile systems to stay separate: NATO

NATO wants to cooperate with Russia on a missile defence shield for Europe but the two sides should keep their systems separate, the Western alliance’s chief said ahead of a meeting of military brass. The former Cold War foes agreed […]


Japan concerned over China’s defense build-up

Japan concerned over China’s defense build-up

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Thursday voiced fresh concern about China’s defence spending and its maritime activities and said Japan should focus on its alliance with the United States. Kan also pledged to take the lead in setting up […]


Russia halts further nuclear cutbacks

Russia halts further nuclear cutbacks

The cheer over Russia’s approval of a new nuclear disarmament treaty is short-lived as it masks Moscow’s reluctance to ensure further cuts, threatening US President Barack Obama’s vision of a nuclear-free world. Russia is going through the final motions of […]


Israel to sell Brazil air force drones

Israel to sell Brazil air force drones

Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems said on Wednesday it is to supply the Brazilian air force with unmanned aerial vehicles. The Hermes 450 drones will be supplied by Elbit’s Brazilian subsidiary, Aeroeletronica Ltd. The deal is part of efforts by […]


Missiles off target in major Taiwan drill

Missiles off target in major Taiwan drill

Taiwan held a major missile drill Tuesday just days after rival China unveiled an aircraft that uses stealth technology, but several misses spoiled the exercise. Before an audience that included President Ma Ying-jeou, five out of 19 missiles failed to […]


 
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