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 World News: Europe

  1. Eurofighter Typhoons of the British Royal Air Force fly in April. Petras Malukas / AFP

    Germany: Eurofighter Has Manufacturing Fault

    A manufacturing fault has been discovered in the Eurofighter Typhoon warplanes, Germany said Tuesday, announcing it was suspending deliveries of the sophisticated jets.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  2. Two British RAF tornado fighter jets land on an airstrip at RAF Akrotiri in Limassol, Cyprus, after returning from a mission over Iraq on September 27. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / Getty Images

    Britain Carries Out First Air Strikes Against IS In Iraq

    British fighter jets on Tuesday bombed an artillery post and an armed truck used by the Islamic State group in Iraq in the Royal Air Force's first strikes in the US-led air campaign.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  3. New Machinery: The Italian Air Force is due to receive AW101 helicopters for search-and-rescue and special operations missions. AgustaWestland

    Italy's Air Force Restructures Special Ops Brigade

    Through a shake-up of its bases, the Italian Air Force is streamlining its special operations and rescue operations, trimming costs as new aircraft come into service, and reflecting what officials describe as a shift in the type of mission they are handli

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  4. Bernard Gray is chief of defense materiel for the UK Defence Ministry. Harland Quarrington / UK Ministry of Defence

    Interview: Bernard Gray, UK Chief of Defence Materiel

    Bernard Gray's scorchingly critical 2009 report on Britain's defense procurement performance sparked a chain of events that eventually resulted in the Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organization being reformed into a bespoke government trading entity

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  5. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia to the STX France shipyard, is seen Sept. 7 in Saint-Nazaire. Jean-Sebastien Evrard / AFP

    Poland Says French-Russian Warship Deal Raises Issues for Missile Shield

    Poland on Monday said a possible French deal to supply Russia with warships was making it difficult for Warsaw to choose French suppliers for its planned missile shield.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  6. France's Scorpion program plans to replace, among other equipment, its véhicule de l'avant blindé. US Army

    Major French Vehicle Deal Closer to Reality, Execs Say

    A three-company industrial team is confident the government will go ahead with an order this year for the French Army's Scorpion vehicle modernization program despite budgetary concerns, a top executive with one of the firms said.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  7. Norway's Jens Stoltenberg brings close Russia ties to his new job as NATO chief, equipping him with a potential key asset as tensions with the Kremlin hover at post-Soviet highs. Hakon Mosvold Larsen / AFP

    New NATO Chief Stoltenberg Brings Russia Ties To Job

    Norway's Jens Stoltenberg brings close Russia ties to his new job as NATO chief, equipping him with a potentially key asset as tensions with the Kremlin hover at post-Soviet highs.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  8. German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen looks on during a Sept. 25 press conference. Safin Hamed / Getty Images

    Defence Minister: German Military Grappling Technical Failings

    Germany's military cannot currently live up to all its NATO commitments due to equipment problems, the defence minister said Sunday, pointing to the need for more funding in the future.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  9. Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fighter jets prepare to land at the Akrotiri British airbase on Sept. 27 after returning from a mission over Iraq. Getty Images

    Armed British Warplanes Flying 'Daily' Over Iraq

    Armed British warplanes are flying daily missions over Iraq and would launch air strikes if called in by local forces on the ground, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Sunday.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  10. Army Decision: The US Army has announced plans to buy EC-145 Airbus helicopters to use as trainers. The UH-72 Lakota helicopter is derived from the EC-145. US Army

    AgustaWestland Lawsuit a Sign Of 'Frustration' With the US

    Finmeccanica's decision to sue the US Army after being excluded from a sole-source helicopter contract reveals the Italian firm's 'frustration' with the US market after seeing a series of contracts go sour, analysts have said.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  11. Coming Together: Defense electronics firm Aselsan is the largest defense firm in Turkey. A government source said planning is in the works to consolidate Turkey's firms to 'prevent waste of resources and energy.' IBRAHIM BILEKLI / Aselsan/

    Turkey Seeks Local Industry Consolidation

    Top Turkish government officials say the country is aiming to consolidate its defense industry so it has fewer, but more powerful, defense companies.

    • Sep. 27, 2014
  12. The British are prepared to use Tornados to launch strikes against militants in Iraq. Gavin Fogg/ / AFP

    UK Aircraft Prepared To Attack Militants in Iraq

    Royal Air Force Tornado strike jets are poised to attack Islamic State (IS) targets in a matter of hours following the British Parliament's Friday vote approving action against the militants.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  13. Departing CEO Robin Southwell led an Airtanker consortium that subsequently secured a private finance initiative deal to supply A330 inflight refueling aircraft for the Royal Air Force. Wikipedia

    Airbus's Southwell To Step Down

    The boss of Airbus UK Robin Southwell is leaving the company after nearly a decade at the controls.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  14. French President Francois Hollande holds a press conference Sept. 24 at the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York. Alain Jocard / AFP

    France Launches Fresh Iraq Strikes as Country Mourns Hostage

    France carried out a fresh round of airstrikes in Iraq Thursday as it renewed its determination to fight Islamic State jihadists after the beheading of hostage Herve Gourdel.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  15. A Dutch soldier checks the identification of a driver at the entrance to the Leeuwarden Airbase on Sept. 25. Six Dutch F-16 fighter bombers are to join the US-led air campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher announced. Vincent Jannink / Getty Images

    Dutch Troops Told Not To Travel In Uniform After Jihadist Threat

    Dutch soldiers have been told not to wear uniforms on public transport, a defence ministry spokeswoman said Thursday, after a Dutch jihadist in Syria called for attacks in the Netherlands.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  16. Protester take part in a demonstration on Sept. 25 opposite Downing Street in central London. British Prime Minister David Cameron was preparing for a key vote on joining airstrikes in Iraq as police arrested nine people, including a notorious radical preacher, accused of links to Islamist extremism. Carl Court / Getty Images

    Britain Readies for Iraq Airstrikes, Arrests Islamists

    British Prime Minister David Cameron was preparing Thursday for a key vote on joining airstrikes in Iraq as police arrested nine people, including a notorious radical preacher, accused of links to Islamist extremism.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  17. The Houses of Parliament in London. Christopher Furlong / Getty Images

    British MPs to Vote Friday on Anti-IS Airstrikes in Iraq

    The British Parliament will hold an extraordinary session on Friday to vote on whether to join US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  18. EC145 Corporate Passengers Transport PECCHI.Anthony / Airbus

    Finmeccanica Sues US Over Airbus Helicopter Deal

    Italian aerospace giant Finmeccanica has sued the US government over the Pentagon's plan to award an Army helicopter contract to Airbus, violating its rules against sole-source contracts.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  19. Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrian Kurds, fleeing attacks by Islamic State militants, cross into Turkey at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc. Turkey is facing growing threats from Islamic extremists in its south and southeast. Getty Images

    Turkey To Broaden Possible Army Operations Against Militants in Iraq, Syria

    As it faces increasing security threats from Islamic extremists in its south and southeast, the Turkish government has said it will expand parliamentary authorizations allowing the Army to conduct cross-border operations into neighboring Iraq and Syria.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  20. A German Navy Sea Lynx lifts off from a US Navy ship in the Gulf of Aden after a refueling stop. Many deployed German frigates carry two of the helicopters. MC1(SW) Rachael L. Leslie/ / US Navy

    German Navy Grounds Sea Lynx Helicopter Fleet

    A 22-centimeter-long crack discovered in a German Sea Lynx Mk88 helicopter has grounded 21 of the Navy's 22-strong Sea Lynx fleet, according to the Defense Ministry.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  21. The Saltire flag flies next to the Royal Standard of Scotland and the Union Flag above a gift shop in central Edinburgh on Sept. 19. The majority of Scots voted against leaving the UK. Matt Cardy / Getty Images

    Following 'No' Vote, UK Sorts Out Scotland's Defense Future

    The sigh of relief from the Defence Ministry was almost audible as it became clear in the early hours of Sept. 19 that Scottish voters had decisively rejected breaking up the 307-year-old political union with the rest of the United Kingdom.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
  22. Guido Crosetto is the new head of the Italian Federation of Aerospace, Defense and Security Companies. Italian Ministry of Defense

    New Italian Industry Group Leader Wants To Boost Role of Smaller Companies

    Italy's defense industry association is destined to take on a far more active profile after naming as its new chairman Guido Crosetto, a former politician who earned glowing reviews as a globe-trotting defense undersecretary with the Italian government be

    • Sep. 21, 2014
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