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  1. UK pilots would learn basic skills on a Beechcraft T-6C under a deal in final negotiations. Paul Bowen/Beechcraft

    Beechcraft T-6C at Center of UK Pilot Training Talks

    The next generation of British military pilots will be taught their basic flying skills on a Beechcraft T-6C trainer if a deal between Ascent Flight Training and an Israeli-US industry consortium known as Affinity conclude final negotiations.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  2. Raytheon and Selex are competing to supply a new identification friend-or-foe system for British military aircraft, warships and battlefield vehicles. Above is the Royal Navy's HMS Ocean. BAE Systems

    Selex, Raytheon Compete To Supply IFF System to UK

    Raytheon UK and Selex ES are going head-to-head to supply a new identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system for the British military, the Ministry of Defence announced.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  3. Cypriot President Anastasiades. Yiannis Kourtoglou / AFP

    Draft: EU Leaders Seriously Concerned at Cyprus, Turkey Tensions

    European Union leaders will call on Turkey to respect Cyprus's sovereign rights, expressing 'serious concern' at fresh tensions between the two countries over oil and gas exploration, a draft summit document showed Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  4. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Adem Altan / AFP

    Erdogan Says US Airdrops to Kobane 'Wrong'

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticized as 'wrong' the airdrops of ammunition and weapons by US planes to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  5. The Russian Air Force Ilyushin IL-20. Wikimedia Commons

    Alliance: Russian Spy Plane Intercepted in NATO Airspace

    NATO fighter jets intercepted a Russian spy plane over the Baltic Sea after it breached Estonian airspace, the alliance said Wednesday in the latest of such incidents amid tensions with Moscow over Ukraine.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  6. HMS Visby and two minesweepers lie moored at the jetty at Berga marine base outside Stockholm on Wednesday. Fredrik Sandberg / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden Pulls Back Ships As 'Foreign Sub' Hunt Draws Blank

    Sweden said Wednesday it was pulling back part of its navy that has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week with no vessel found.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  7. Lockheed Martin will set up production facilities in the UK to provide turrets for the British Army Scout vehicles. General Dynamics

    Lockheed Establishing UK Production To Supply Scout Turrets

    Lockheed Martin is setting up a production line in the UK to supply turrets for the British Army's Scout armored vehicles program in a £618 million (US $1 billion) deal announced Tuesday.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  8. Swedish Commander-in-Chief Sverker Goransson talks to media after a nearly two-hour long meeting with the Swedish Parliament defense committee in Stockholm on Oct. 21. Swedish authorities continued searching for an alleged foreign submarine off the coast of Stockholm, as Russia denied reports that one of its vessels had sent radio calls from Swedish waters. Pontus Lundahl / AFP via Getty Images

    Sweden Ready To Use Force Against Suspected Submarine

    Sweden's armed forces chief warned Tuesday it could use force to bring to the surface a suspected Russian mini-submarine its navy has been hunting for days.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  9. BAE expects the purchase of SilverSky to enhance its commercial cyber business. Oli Scarff/Getty Images

    BAE To Buy US Cyber Service Provider

    BAE Systems is buying the US-based commercial cyber service provider SilverSky for US $232.5 million.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  10. Smoke and flames rise Oct. 20 following an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobane. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    Kurdish Fighters Enter Syria as Turkey, US Continue Talks on Islamic State

    After weeks of negotiations on how best to fight radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq, NATO allies Turkey and the United States have given signs of a convergence of their differences.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  11. New Capability: A British soldier stands on top of an armored vehicle in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. The UK has revived a plan to provide signals intelligence capabilities to troops. LEON NEAL/ / AFP via Getty Images

    UK Revives Push for SIGINT Capability

    Britain is reviving plans to update battlefield signals intelligence capabilities, the first of its kind since a Lockheed Martin contract to re-equip land forces was axed in 2009.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  12. Cyprus Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides. Ministry of Defence

    Cyprus Cries Foul as Turkish Vessel Enters Waters

    Cyprus on Monday accused Turkey of taking 'provocative and illegal' action by sending a survey boat to an area where the Cypriot government has licensed exploratory drilling for oil and gas.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  13. Swedish corvette HMS Stockholm patrols Oct. 20 at Jungfrufjarden in the Stockholm archipelago. Anders Wiklund / AFP

    Swedish Navy Widens Search for Mystery Submarine

    The Swedish navy stepped up its hunt Monday for a suspected foreign submarine in its waters with fingers pointing at Moscow in a throwback to the Cold War.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  14. Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes. Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP

    Spain To Train Iraqi Troops To Fight Islamic State

    Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria, officials said Saturday.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  15. Stepping In: Then-Egyptian Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, left, and Russian Defense Minster Sergei Shoigu meet in Moscow in February to discuss weapon sales and closer diplomatic relations. Sisi is now president of Egypt. AFP/Getty Images

    Russia Making Major Push Into Mideast Market

    Following a decade of 'near-absence' in the Middle East, Russia is once again asserting itself as it looks to sell arms to former Soviet-era clients while breaking into the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) market.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  16. More Funding: Norwegian special forces operators are seen assaulting a building during the March exercise Cold Response in northern Norway. The military budget is rising, but not enough for some officials. TORBJORN KJOSVOLD/ / AFP

    Norwegian Budget Hike Gets Mixed Reviews

    The 3.5 percent net increase in Norway's 2015 defense budget has disappointed some leading military organizations and been called inadequate against a backdrop of increased regional tensions caused by Russian aggression in Ukraine.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  17. Inside Pick? Thales officials hope the choice to replace Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy will be a company insider. MIGUEL MEDINA/ / AFP

    Thales Staff Urges Internal Pick for New Chairman

    Staff at defense electronics company Thales called for an internal appointment of the next chairman following the French government's surprise pick of Jean-Bernard Levy to head giant electricity utility Electricité de France (EDF), the employee shareholde

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  18. By April, the British Royal Air Force should have received 35 of the Tranche 2 fighters upgraded with the new Phase 1 Enhancements Package capabilities. Cpl Neil Bryden/RAF/ / UK MoD

    British RAF Now Flying Improved Typhoon Aircraft

    Typhoon fighters equipped with a package of new capabilities have entered operational service with the Royal Air Force.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  19. Swedish Navy commodore Jonas Wikstrom talks to media at a press conference on Friday. The Swedish armed forces announced a large military operation in the Stockholm archipelago Friday evening following reports of 'foreign underwater activity'. ANDERS WIKLUND / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden Hunts Suspected Foreign Submarine Off Stockholm Coast

    The Swedish armed forces announced a military operation in islands off Stockholm late Friday evening following reports of suspicious 'foreign underwater activity.'

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  20. An MQ-1B Predator from the 414th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron is shown on the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in February 2012. Turkey has reportedly agreed to allow U.S. drone flights from Incirlik. Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli / Air Force

    Report: Turkey Approves US Drone Flights To Monitor Islamic State

    Air Force drones in Turkey have reportedly received the OK to join the fight against the Islamic State.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  21. Britain will include Reapers in its air campaign in Iraq. Sergeant Corrine Buxton/RAF

    UK To Add Reapers to Air Power Operating in Iraq

    Britain is adding Reaper remotely piloted aircraft to its forces deployed to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq, the government announced Thursday.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  22. Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a military parade on Oct. 16 in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. Vasily Maximov / AFP

    NATO Says No Sign of Major Russian Pullback from Ukraine Border

    NATO said Thursday it saw no sign of any significant Russian pullback from Ukraine's border, despite President Vladimir Putin ordering thousands of troops to withdraw ahead of truce talks.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  23. The NATO flag. US Army Europe

    Poll: Support for NATO Membership Grows In Ukraine

    The number of Ukrainians in favor of joining the NATO alliance has risen sharply during Kiev's drawn-out conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country, a poll showed Thursday.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  24. Thales Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy is leaving the defense electronics firm and will take the top spot at electricity utility Electricité de France Miguel Medina / AFP

    Thales Chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy to Leave

    The French government has selected Jean-Bernard Levy, chairman of Thales, to be the next head of the state-owned electricity utility Eléctricité de France (EDF), a source at the defense electronics company said on Wednesday.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  25. Former UK Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Sir David Richards has become chairman of DynCorp's UK advisory board. Peter Macdiarmid/ / Getty Images

    Former UK Defence Staff Chief Joins DynCorp

    The former head of Britain's armed forces, Gen.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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