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  1. Two JAS 39 Gripen, lightweight single-engine multirole fighters fly on March 23, 2013, above the town of Falun, Sweden. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden military HQ raises readiness level over Ukraine

    The Swedish military said Saturday it had increased intelligence gathering and called in extra staff to its headquarters over the crisis in Ukraine, as the prime minister compared Russia's current behavior with the Cold War.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  2. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his new government in Ankara on Friday. ADEM ALTAN/ / AFP

    New Turk PM Announces Cabinet; Defense Minister Remains

    New Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Friday announced a ministerial line-up with only four changes from President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's former Cabinet.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  3. Directed Energy: US Navy officials observe a solid state laser beam director and tracking mount in Virginia in March. The UK is preparing to launch a competition that could lead toward a laser technology demonstrator for its warships. John F. Williams/ / US Navy

    UK To Launch Laser Competition

    Britain's Defence Ministry will boost its investment in laser research and is preparing to launch a competition that could lead to a technology demonstrator, according to officials.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  4. Workers at the Saab Gripen factory build a Saab Gripen fighter jet on May 5 in Linkoeping, Sweden. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden to Buy Next-Generation Jets Despite Swiss Pullout

    Sweden said Friday it would go ahead with the purchase of a new generation of Saab Gripen fighter jets, despite Switzerland pulling out of a major co-financing deal.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  5. US soldiers get equipment from the European Activity Set (EAS) during an exercise in May in Grafenwoehr, Germany. Markus Rauchenberger / US Army

    US Military To Send Tanks To E. Europe for Drills

    US Army troops equipped with tanks will head to Eastern Europe soon to reassure NATO allies anxious over Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  6. The solar-powered Zephyr UAV demonstrated the ability to conduct an extended flight during times of limited sunlight. Airbus

    Zephyr Solar UAV Operates 11 Days in Winter Conditions

    Airbus' Zephyr 7 solar-powered UAV has recorded an 11-day, non-stop flight in winter weather conditions, the company said Thursday.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  7. Bystanders watch a fire consuming a school in downtown Donetsk on Wednesday after being hit by a shelling. Several civilians died when their car was completely burned after being hit by shell fragments in central Donetsk, the rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine. FRANCISCO LEONG / AFP/Getty Images

    Ukraine President: Russian Forces Have Invaded

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared Thursday that 'Russian forces have entered Ukraine' and called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council to respond to what he said was a 'sharp aggravation' in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian arm

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  8. Ahmet Davutoglu waves during a congress of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara. He was selected as the country's new prime minister. Adem Altan / AFP

    Turkey's Ruling Party Elects Davutoglu Prime Minister

    Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Wednesday officially elected Ahmet Davutoglu, foreign minister, as the party's new leader and the country's new prime minister.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  9. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an Aug. 15 meeting. Niels Ahlmann Olesen / AFP

    Rasmussen: NATO Prepares East Europe Rapid Response To Dissuade Russia

    NATO is preparing a rapid response to the Ukraine crisis that would allow it to deploy troops swiftly to reinforce eastern Europe and dissuade Russia from further destabilising the region, the alliance chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  10. A Patriot missile system is seen in 2013 at a Turkish military base in Kahramanmaras.. AFP

    Holland To Terminate Patriot Mission in Turkey

    The Dutch defense ministry announced Aug. 26 that the Netherlands no longer had the resources to maintain the Patriot batteries deployed in southern Turkey, prompting Turkey to seek a replacement.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  11. German Patriot missile launchers are deployed at the Gazi barracks in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey on March 25. Turkey is seeking to purchase its own air defense system. JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP/Getty Images

    Turkey Extends Deadline in Disputed Air Defense Contract

    For a fifth time since September, Turkey's procurement authorities extended a deadline for all three bidders in a disputed air defense contract to submit their renewed proposals.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  12. A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies a Humvee during sling load training. US Army

    Croatia Eyes Acquiring US Helos, Supplying Copters to Ukraine

    The Croatian Ministry of Defense has announced plans to acquire 20 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the US military, and provide 14 of its Mil Mi-8MTV-1 transport helos to Ukraine's armed forces to support Kiev's ongoing military operation against Russia

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  13. A Finnish soldier patrols a military checkpoint near Ulm, Germany. Under a new deal, Millog Oy will provide more extensive maintenance support to Finland's Army and Navy. Andreas Rentz/ / Getty Images

    Finnish Armed Forces Broadens Outsourcing Deal With Millog

    Finland's Armed Forces Command (AFC) has broadened its outsourcing arrangement with Millog Oy, the Finnish private sector company jointly owned by defense groups Patria and Insta.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  14. German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel addresses an Aug. 19 press conference in Berlin. Stephanie Pilick / AFP

    Germany Approves Algeria Tank Factory Contract

    German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has given the go-ahead for defense technology company Rheinmetall to build an armored vehicle factory in Algeria, the weekly Der Spiegel reported on Sunday.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  15. Swedish Defense Minister Karin Enström Esquilo via Wikimedia Commons

    Enström: Sweden Must Keep Sub-building Know-how

    Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, has endorsed a government plan to increase defense spending by more than 10 percent in 2015-2024.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  16. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced on Wednesday they plan to send arms to help Iraqi Kurds. ODD ANDERSEN / AFP/Getty Images

    Germany Willing to Deliver Weapons to Support Iraqi Kurds

    Germany has signaled its willingness to supply weapons to Kurds in northern Iraq, two top German officials told journalists on Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  17. French soldiers use a Mistral missile in 2009. Francois Mori / AFP

    Hungary Signs Air Defense System Upgrade Deal With MBDA

    The Hungarian Ministry of Defense has signed a deal with European missile producer MBDA to upgrade the Mistral 2 short-range surface-to-air missile systems operated by the country's armed forces.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  18. Turkey's president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Aug. 21 after announcing Davutoglu as new chairman of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and new Turkish prime minister in Ankara. Adem Altan / AFP

    Turk Ruling Party Designates New PM

    Turkey's next prime minister will be Ahmet Davutoglu, the current Foreign Minister, according to an Aug. 21 announcement by the country's ruling Justice and Development Party. Davutoglu will also become the party's chairman.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  19. The United Launch Alliance has received two more RD-180 engines. The Russian-made engines, used to launch satellites aboard the Atlas V vehicle, have become controversial since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. ULA

    ULA Receives RD-180 Engines Despite Russia-Ukraine Crisis

    The United Launch Alliance (ULA) received a pair of RD-180 rocket engines this week, the first delivery since Russia's invasion of Ukraine kicked off a national debate about the use of the Russian-made engines for national security launches.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  20. Ukrainian troops ride on a tank and a self-propelled gun near the eastern city of Lugansk on Wednesday. ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP/Getty Images

    Kiev Says Two Russian Armoured Vehicles Captured in East Ukraine

    Ukraine's military on Thursday said its forces in the east of the country had captured two Russian armored vehicles with documents linking them to an elite army paratrooper unit.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
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