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Ecuador pulls out of regional mutual defense treaty

Ecuador pulls out of regional mutual defense treaty

President Rafael Correa has pulled Ecuador out of a 1947 hemispheric mutual defense treaty on Wednesday on grounds it is outdated, the foreign ministry announced Wednesday. The move was the latest in a shift away from US-led security arrangements in […]


China accuses Japan of stoking tensions with air defense rumors

China accuses Japan of stoking tensions with air defense rumors

China has accused Japan of heightening regional tensions with “rumors” that Beijing planned to declare a new air defense zone over the South China Sea. Foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said right-wing forces in Japan had repeatedly made such allegations […]


UK, France tighten defence ties with drone and missile projects

UK, France tighten defence ties with drone and missile projects

Britain and France brought their defence cooperation closer on Friday, announcing joint projects to build combat drones and unmanned anti-mine vehicles. British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande struck a series of deals in a one-day summit […]


US warns Moscow of concern over cruise missile test

US warns Moscow of concern over cruise missile test

The United States has raised concerns with Moscow over a reported Russian test of a cruise missile and is evaluating whether it breaks a 1987 treaty, a US official said Thursday. Washington has raised “the possibility of… a violation,” State […]


Boeing profits surge but tougher 2014 awaits

Boeing

US aerospace giant Boeing Wednesday reported a big jump in quarterly earnings, but signaled a leaner 2014 profit outlook after last year’s boom. Boeing’s fourth quarter ended on a high note, with the company achieving record annual commercial aircraft deliveries […]


Swiss to vote in May on fighter deal

Swiss to vote in May on fighter deal

Switzerland’s plan to buy 22 fighter jets from Sweden will be put to the Swiss public in a referendum on May 18, the Alpine country’s government announced Wednesday. The decision came after opponents submitted more than 65,000 valid signatures to […]


Israeli defense computer hit in cyber attack: data expert

Israeli defense computer hit in cyber attack: data expert

Hackers attacked Israeli computers including one used by the defence ministry department dealing with civilians in the occupied West Bank, an Israeli data protection expert said on Monday. “At the beginning of this month a number of mails were sent […]


South Korea to finalise F-35 jet fighter deal this year

South Korea to finalise F-35 jet fighter deal this year

South Korea plans to finalise the purchase of 40 next-generation F-35 jet fighters from US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin later this year, Seoul’s military procurement agency said. “We will… push to sign the contract in the third quarter… after testing […]


China conducts long-range nuclear missile drill: military

China conducts long-range nuclear missile drill: military

China’s military has released images of an intercontinental ballistic missile with enough range to reach the United States, as Beijing is involved in a series of rows threatening to embroil Washington. The pictures of Chinese soldiers test-firing a Dongfeng-31 missile, […]


Hagel orders review of troubled US nuclear force

Hagel orders review of troubled US nuclear force

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a sweeping review of the US nuclear force after a series of embarrassing incidents including cheating on an exam by missile officers, officials said Thursday. The Pentagon chief also planned to summon top commanders […]


 
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