Articles written by: Agence France-Presse

South Korean shipbuilder rolls out anti-piracy system

South Korean shipbuilder rolls out anti-piracy system

South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries has rolled out a system to help ships detect and fend off pirates, after the recent hijacking of a South Korean freighter near Somalia alarmed shippers. The nation’s third-largest shipbuilder on Sunday said the new […]


Nuclear talks between Iran, world powers fail

Nuclear talks between Iran, world powers fail

ISTANBUL: World powers Saturday failed to persuade Iran to take steps to ease suspicions over its nuclear programme as the defiant Islamic republic insisted on uranium enrichment. The two-day talks in Istanbul between Iran and the six world powers ended […]


US military’s tanker deal: a saga without end

US military’s tanker deal: a saga without end

The battle between aerospace giants Boeing and EADS to supply new aerial refueling tankers for the US Air Force could drag on even after the military finally makes a decision on the contract, experts say. For the past decade, the […]


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 […]


 
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