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  1. Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders said the moves followed a strategic review at the group last year. Eric Piermont / AFP via Getty Images

    Airbus Announces Divestment of Some Defense Subsidiaries

    European aircraft manufacturer Airbus said Tuesday that it would sell off several subsidiaries at its defense division to focus on its core businesses of space activities, military planes and missiles.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  2. A Ukrainian serviceman sits atop an armored vehicle near grenade launchers during a patrol on the border of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. ANATOLII STEPANOV/ / AFP

    Germany May Support OSCE Mission in Ukraine

    Germany sent a military fact-finding mission to eastern Ukraine on Tuesday to determine whether the Bundeswehr can support an observer mission there by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with a reconnaissance UAV, the Defense M

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  3. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, right, speaks with a Rafale fighter pilot while visiting French troops in Mali last year. Such deployments are 'incomparable marketing' for French exports, an expert said. MARTIN BUREAU/ / AFP via Getty Images

    French Arms Exports Rise 42 Percent

    France signed arms export contracts worth €6.87 billion (US $8.8 billion) in 2013, up more than 42 percent from the €4.8 billion in the previous year, despite tougher US competition and Russia, according to a report to Parliament released on Sept.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  4. Norwegian foreign minister Boerge Brende AFP

    Norway Mulls Contribution To Anti-Islamic State Force

    Norway said Monday it was considering making a military contribution to the US-led coalition against the Islamic State jihadist group including providing training assistance for armed forces.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  5. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen delivers a speech on Sept. 15 during an event hosted by Carnegie Europe in Brussels. John Thys / AFP

    NATO chief: Islamic State Threat Requires Military Action

    Western nations must take military action against Islamic State militants because they pose a global threat, not just because of the murder of Western hostages, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  6. Report: Israeli Arms Sale To Ukraine Blocked

    A proposed sale of Israeli weapons including drones to Ukraine has been blocked for fear of antagonizing Russia, Channel Two television reported on Monday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  7. Prime Minister David Cameron addresses members of the No campaign on Sept. 15 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    NATO Says Independent Scotland Would Have To Reapply

    NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that if Scotland votes for independence this week it will have to reapply to join the military alliance.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  8. An F-16 flies during June exercises. Lockheed Martin has successfully linked a live and virtual F-16 for training operations. Air Force

    Lockheed Successfully Links Live, Virtual F-16 For Training Exercises

    Lockheed Martin has taken a major step forward in advancing live, virtual and constructive (LVC) technologies with a training exercise that linked a pilot flying an F-16 in the air with a 'wingman' flying an F-16 on the ground, fighting against computer-g

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  9. Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enström has denied that the ministry knew about a research cooperation deal with the Chinese. Maja Suslin / Getty Images

    Swedish Panel To Probe Controversial Chinese Deal

    Sweden's Defense Ministry and other leading defense and technology organizations will be under the spotlight this week as a parliamentary committee probes whether a research cooperation initiative could have led to the sale of sophisticated aerodynamic mo

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  10. Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement on the killing of British aid worker David Haines by IS millitants on Sept. 14 in London. John Stillwell / AFP

    British PM Threatens Islamic State, Makes No Commitment On Strikes

    Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain was ready to 'take whatever steps are necessary' to destroy Islamic State militants after they murdered a British aid worker, but made no commitment to joining the United States in airstrikes.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  11. Captain Kwestan Mohammed Ali, instructs how to hold an AK-47 to female Peshmerga recruits as they take part in a military training at a base near the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya on Wednesday. Jm Lopez / Getty Images

    Germany Sending 40 Soldiers To Iraqi Kurdistan

    Berlin is preparing to send around 40 soldiers to northern Iraq to train Kurdish fighters battling against militants from the Islamic State, the German army said on Saturday.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  12. MoD's Choice: General Dynamics UK will supply the British Army with 589 Scout Specialist Vehicles in six variants beginning in 2017. General Dynamics UK

    British MoD Reconsiders Assembling Scout in UK

    General Dynamics has been asked by the Ministry of Defence to look again at the cost of assembling most of the vehicles under a major armored vehicle contract locally rather than in Spain, according to British procurement minister Philip Dunne.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  13. Australian Competition: The Collins-class Royal Australian HMAS Sheean enters Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, this summer. Japan and Germany are competing for the submarine's replacement, and now Saab is showing interest. US Navy

    Saab Makes Late Pitch For Australian Sub Project

    With the clock ticking, Saab has pitched a late-hour proposal to the Australian government that could alter the outcome of that country's submarine acquisition program, which had up to now been concentrated on bids by German and Japanese firms.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  14. European Donations: A Kurdish peshmerga fighter holds a rocket propelled-grenade near a flag of the Islamic State hoisted on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting against militants in Rashad, Iraq, on Sept. 11. A number of European countries have donated military equipment to Kurdish fighters. JM LOPEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    European Nations Donate Weapons to Kurdish Fighters

    Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State militants are receiving donated armaments from Europe, ranging from enough German kit to completely equip a unit, to Soviet-era weapons seized more than 20 years ago when they were en route to Serbia.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  15. Iraq Plans: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is seen with Gen. Necdet Özel, Turkey's chief of defense, at the Turkish General Staff in Ankara on Sept. 8. Glenn Fawcett/DoD

    Anti-IS Coalition Grows, But Turkey Takes Back Seat

    US officials have shored up support from more than a dozen countries to confront Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. But despite a top-level diplomatic push, Turkey is less likely to play an active role.

    • Sep. 13, 2014
  16. Separatist Soldiers: Pro-Russian fighters sit on top of a tank in Starobesheve, southeast of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Russian actions in Ukraine have sparked sanctions by Western powers. FRANCISCO LEONG/ / AFP

    New Sanctions Target Russia's Energy and Finance Sectors; Defense Industry Also in Crosshairs

    The newest series of sanctions issued by the United States and its European allies is targeted heavily against Russia's energy and financial sectors, but the defense industry may also be affected.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  17. Iraqi soldiers wave to a humanitarian aid convoy en route to Amerli after Iraqi forces broke through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town. NATO is considering additional training for Iraqi forces. JM LOPEZ/ / AFP

    NATO Weighs Training Mission to Iraq

    A senior NATO official said Thursday that NATO was prepared to consider a training mission to Iraq as part of a wide-ranging policy mix to tackle the so-called Islamic State.

    • Sep. 12, 2014
  18. A Ukrainian tank destroyed by shelling from pro-Russian militants in the eastern Ukrainian region of Lugansk is seen on Sept. 9. Sergey Bobok / AFP via Getty Images

    More EU Sanctions Against Russia Set To Begin

    Further sanctions against Russia agreed to by European Union countries on Monday will enter into force tomorrow, an EU official said here Thursday. The measures will cover the capital market, dual use (civil and military) goods and the energy sector.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  19. A soldier from the US Pennsylvania National Guard takes part in a NATO field training exercise in Lithuania in 2014. A survey has found that European respondents heavily favor NATO engagement in the territorial defense of Europe. PETRAS MALUKAS/ / AFP

    Trans-Atlantic Trends Survey: Europeans Want NATO Focus on Territorial Defense

    A big majority of Europeans (73 percent) say NATO should be engaged in the territorial defense of Europe; by comparison, 59 percent of Americans and 57 percent of Turks wanted NATO so engaged.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  20. Russia's President Vladimir Putin, seen here in July, said Sept. 10 that Western countries were provoking the Ukraine crisis in order to 'revive NATO.' Alexei Nikolsky / AFP via Getty Images

    Russia Announces Plans To Upgrade Nuclear, Air Defense Forces

    Russia will respond to the United States' 'prompt global strike' program designed to take out targets within an hour by upgrading its nuclear and space defense forces, its deputy prime minister said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  21. A Mastiff protected patrol vehicle patrols in Helmand, Afghanistan. SAC Dek Traylor/ / Crown Copyright

    UK MoD Rejects Protest on Mastiff Award

    The British Ministry of Defence has rejected a protest over the selection of General Dynamics Land Systems Force Protection Europe to upgrade and reconfigure British Army Mastiff protected patrol vehicles.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  22. A P-37 surveillance radar is positioned at a combat position of the 5th Radiotechnical Company at Trebotovice, Czech Republic. Czech Ministry of Defense

    Czech, Slovak, Hungarian Armies To Jointly Acquire 3-D Radars

    Czech, Slovak and Hungarian defense companies have unveiled a project to jointly supply new 3-D radars to their armies with the aim of replacing Soviet-built P-37 radars.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  23. A Ukrainian serviceman bents down as he hears nearby shooting in small eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve, Donetsk region on Tuesday. ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP/Getty Images

    Russia: Ukraine in NATO would be 'unprecedented challenge'

    Russia said emphatically on Tuesday it did not want Ukraine to become a NATO member, describing such a possibility as an 'unprecedented challenge to European security.'

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  24. Frank Haun is CEO of German defense technology group Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann. Jacques Demarthon/ / AFP

    Interview: Frank Haun, CEO of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann

    Germany's Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and French Nexter recently announced their intent to create a 50-50 joint holding company. The owners of the two European land defense systems providers met on July 1 in Paris to sign a heads of agreement.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  25. Navy Needs: India's Akash short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) defense system is displayed at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition in Goyang in October. The Indian Navy is seeking its own SRSAM, since the Akash system does not come in a naval version. JUNG YEON-JE / AFP via Getty Images

    Indian Navy May Walk Away From French Missile Deal

    The Indian Defence Ministry has sent a global request for information for short-range, surface-to-air missiles (SRSAMs), throwing into question an existing deal with the French for the same weapon for the Indian Navy.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  26. Political Changes: Turkey's President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets the press as he arrives at the prime ministry office for a Cabinet meeting on Aug. 25 in Ankara. ADEM ALTAN/ / AFP/Getty Images

    New Turkish Fighter Could Involve Overseas Companies

    Turkey's procurement administration has signaled it might rethink an ambitious indigenous fighter jet program, with a view to restructuring it and possibly adding foreign partners.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  27. Homegrown Solution: Italy has extended its lease for a Gulfstream III fitted out for signals intelligence, similar to this one. But local firms are considering whether a domestic plane could be purchased. Lockheed Martin

    Italian Firms To Push For Homegrown SIGINT

    Italy has decided to renew its lease of a signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft from Lockheed Martin, even as Italian defense firms consider offering a homegrown SIGINT plane they say would guarantee work domestically if purchased.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  28. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, and US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, to Erdogan's right, meet Monday in Ankara. STR/ / AFP

    Hagel Meets Turkish Leaders To Discuss Fight Against Islamic State

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met here Monday with Turkish dignitaries to discuss possible cooperation against the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an army of radical Islamists that took large swathes of Ira

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  29. A French Air Force SAMP/T medium-range air-defense system fires an Aster 30 missile. Eurosam

    Turkey in Talks with Eurosam for Air Defense Deal

    The Turkish president has announced that Ankara opened talks with Eurosam, maker of the Aster 30, to build an air defense system one day after a Defense News story reported that Turkey was distancing itself from a Chinese option.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  30. Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania and US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speak to US Marines and Georgian soldiers at Krtsanisi Training Area outside Tbilisi, Georgia, on Sunday. Marcus Weisgerber/Defense News

    DoD, Georgian MoD Discuss Black Hawk Helicopter Sale

    The Pentagon held talks with top Georgian military officials Sunday about moving forward with Tbilisi's desire to purchase Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters.

    • Sep. 7, 2014
  31. Defense Impact: Campaigners on both sides of the Scottish independence question make their voices heard on Sept. 4 in Blantyre, Scotland. Voters will decide on Sept. 18 whether Scotland remains a part of the UK, which could have a drastic impact on defense capability and industry. Jeff J Mitchell/ / Getty Images

    Bases, Capabilities, Jobs at Stake As Scotland Weighs Independence

    If Scottish voters vote 'yes' on the Sept. 18 referendum over independence from the UK, it would carry far-reaching effects on the military and the defense industry here.

    • Sep. 7, 2014
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