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German Minister Calls for More NATO Defense Spending

German Minister Calls for More NATO Defense Spending

Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has urged NATO states to adhere to the two-percent target for military spending. She was speaking on the 60th anniversary of West Germany joining the alliance. Speaking in Berlin on Tuesday, von der […]


German Weapons Exports Decline Significantly

German Weapons Exports Decline Significantly

The German defense industry’s exports were down significantly in 2014, compared to year before. The drop is partly due to a government pledge to keep a closer eye on the sector and what it exports where. Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel […]


NATO Not Interested In Arms Race with Russia

NATO Not Interested In Arms Race with Russia

NATO has approved an array of military upgrades but insists it will not be dragged into an arms race with Russia. The alliance’s Response Force, which was 13,000-strong at the start of 2015, will be increased to 40,000. Defense ministers […]


NATO Rapid Reaction Force Trains In Poland

NATO Rapid Reaction Force Trains In Poland

This year, NATO is conducting its largest maneuver since the end of the Cold War. Now the rapid action forces, established last autumn, are displaying their fighting skills. Barbara Wesel reports from Poland. “Birdman” is the name that maneuver planners […]


Paris Airshow Leaves Satisfied Exhibitors, Exciting Newcomers

Paris Airshow Leaves Satisfied Exhibitors, Exciting Newcomers

Numerous deals have been closed at the 51st International Paris Airshow. But even if they were less than spectacular this year, aircraft manufacturers are calling the event at Le Bourget airport a big success. The Paris-Le Bourget airport will continue […]


NATO Implementing Biggest Defense Reinforcement Since Cold War

NATO Implementing Biggest Defense Reinforcement Since Cold War

The first full exercise of NATO’s new rapid reaction force is taking place in eastern Europe. The Organization’s chief said the alliance was implementing its biggest defense reinforcement since the Cold War. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) created the […]


Russia Would Retaliate to Pentagon Weapon Stationing Plan: Official

Russia Would Retaliate to Pentagon Weapon Stationing Plan: Official

Moscow has strongly criticized a proposed United States initiative to station military equipment along NATO’s eastern border. It would be the most aggressive act since the Cold War, a Russian defense official said. According to the Russian news agency Interfax, […]


Germany, France to Jointly Develop ‘Leopard 3′ Tank

Germany, France to Jointly Develop ‘Leopard 3′ Tank

Germany and France are considering cooperation on developing a successor to the tank “Leopard 2.” The current model has been in service since 1979, and aging Bundeswehr equipment is currently in stark focus. The German Defense Ministry announced its plans […]


German Defense Reportedly Decides On “MEADS” Missile Defense System

German Defense Reportedly Decides On “MEADS” Missile Defense System

The “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (SZ), a leading German national daily, reported on Friday that Berlin’s defense ministry had decided to purchase the Medium Extended Air Defense System (Meads) developed by US defense giant Lockheed Martin in cooperation with German MBDA and […]


Airbus Shares Close 4% Down After A400M Crash

Airbus Shares Close 4% Down After A400M Crash

Shares in European aerospace giant Airbus have dropped more than 4 percent after the weekend crash of an A400M military plane in Spain fueled investors’ concern over Europe’s largest and hugely delayed defense project. In trading on Monday, shares in […]


 
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