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 World News: Europe

  1. From left to right: British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and their Polish counterparts Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak and Foreign Ministers Radoslaw Sikorski address a joint press-conferance July 28 in Warsaw. Wojtek Radwanski / AFP

    Britain Plans Major Exercises in Poland Amid Ukraine Crisis

    Britain on Monday announced major joint maneuvers in Poland in October, part of a string of NATO exercises in the region aimed at reassuring eastern Europe members jittery over a resurgent Russia.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  2. Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends Navy Day celebrations on July 27 in Severomorsk. Mikhail Klimentyev / AFP

    Putin Defiant In Face of New EU Arms Sanctions

    President Vladimir Putin on Monday urged Russia's defense industry to swiftly cut imports as the EU looks set to impose a ban on the sale of weapons and technology over Ukraine.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  3. Saab officials said the company chose to not bid on a Denmark fighter program and concentrate on other markets. Above is a Gripen E/F Test aircraft. Stefan Kalm/ / Saab

    Saab Eyes Other Markets After Dropping Denmark Bid

    Sweden's decision not to submit a formal bid for Denmark's $5.5 billion to $6 billion Fighter Replacement Program (FRP) was a 'strategic choice' supported by state partners and Saab, said Ulf Hammarstr÷m, the CEO of Sweden's Defense Export Agency (DEA).

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  4. The Norwegian government in May presented a bill in parliament that aims to secure completion of Kongsberg's Joint Strike Missile and prepare it for integration on the F-35. Kongsberg

    Norway Eyes Greater Precision, Global Exports

    The ambitious private-state partnership behind Kongsberg Defence System's Naval Strike Missile (NSM) and Joint Strike Missile (JSM) programs is driven by government support for advanced precision strike weapons that can bolster Norway's defense sector and

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  5. Poland wants to acquire joint air-to-surface standoff missiles for its fleet of F-16s. Lockheed Martin via US Air Force

    Russian Actions Drive Poland's Acquisition Mood

    Poland, now more focused on strengthening its precision strike and deterrence capacity, is in talks with the US to acquire AGM-158 joint air-to-surface standoff missiles (JASSMs) for its fleet of F-16 Block 52+ fighter jets.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  6. A helicopter launches a Roketsan-developed Cirit laser-guided missile. Roketsan

    Turkey Shops Locally for Smart Munitions

    A host of regional symmetrical and asymmetrical threats, and their unusually swift rise in prominence, are leading the Turkish government to focus on smart munitions.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  7. A Russian MIG-29 performs during the MAKS 2009 international aerospace show outside Moscow. A MiG-29 crashed July 27 in Russia, killing the pilot, according to reports. Dmitry Kostyukov / AFP

    Russian Fighter Jet Crashes, Killing Pilot

    A fighter jet crashed in southern Russia on Sunday, killing the pilot, the head of the air force told Russian news agencies, blaming a technical fault.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  8. Gul

    Auditors: Turkish Industry 'Has Failed To Develop' Despite Reforms, Billions Spent

    Despite the government's optimism and ambitions for a robust Turkish defense industry, a first-of-its-kind state audit report has revealed that the sector has underperformed in the past years.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  9. Seeking Consensus: Foreign ministers Frans Timmermans of the Netherlands, left, Poland's Radoslaw Sikorski and Italy's Federica Mogherini confer prior to a meeting of foreign affairs ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels last week. THIERRY CHARLIER/ / AFP

    Europe Struggles To Unify Its Response to Russia

    Europe will harden its line against Moscow after the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, but sniping between Britain and France shows that the road to political consensus will be long and hard, analysts said.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  10. The Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen launched a Naval Strike Missile July 10 during a successful test near Hawaii. A US Navy littoral combat ship will conduct a test launch of the missile in September off California. Forsvaret

    LCS to Conduct Test of Norwegian Missile

    The littoral combat ship USS Coronado will get a chance at an historic LCS first this fall when it launches a surface-to-surface missile in tests off Southern California.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  11. Russia began supplying military helicopters, including Mi-35 attack helicopters, pictured here in Afghanistan in 2009, and fighter jets to Iraq, a report said July 24. AFP

    Report: Russia Delivering Weapons to Iraq

    Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighter jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq's defense minister visited Moscow to press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  12. A part of the Sevastopol ship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel currently under construction for the Russian navy, arrives July 15 from the Baltic in Saint-Nazaire, France. Jean-sebastien Evrard / AFP

    Ukraine 'Disappointed' By French Refusal To Halt Russia Warship Sale

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he was 'very disappointed' by France's decision to go ahead with a deal to sell two warships to Russia, despite international condemnation of Moscow's role in the east Ukraine conflict.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  13. The MNCS Toronto will join the NATO fleet in the Mediterranean. Wikipedia

    Canada Sends Warship to Mediterranean To Join NATO Fleet

    A Canadian warship with a crew of 250 headed Thursday to the Mediterranean where it will join a NATO fleet providing increased security in Eastern Europe amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  14. An armed pro-Russia militant stands at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine. Dominique Faget/ / AFP

    On Capitol Hill, a Cold War Aura Returns

    It's suddenly 1980-something again on Capitol Hill as a Cold War aura fills the halls of Congress.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  15. Peru has acquired the Dutch replenishment ship Amsterdam. AFP

    Peru Acquires Dutch Replenishment Ship

    The Peruvian government has acquired the Netherlands' fleet replenishment ship HNLMS 'Amsterdam,' which will be delivered to the South American country in December, a move signaling an effort to boost naval capabilities.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  16. Lithuania plans to replace its M113 armored personnel carriers. An M113A3 version is shown here. Canadian Master Corporal Karl McKay

    Lithuania To Acquire New Infantry Fighting Vehicles

    The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has announced plans to acquire new infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to replace the country's M113 armored personnel carriers.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  17. Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow. Georges Gobet / AFP

    Britain Still Exporting Arms to Russia

    Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  18. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, leaves March 5 for her first trial. Frank Perry / AFP

    US: Transfer of French Warships to Russia 'Inappropriate'

    The delivery of French Mistral-class warships to Russia would be 'completely inappropriate' given the West's misgivings about Moscow's role in Ukraine, the United States said Tuesday.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  19. Gen. William Shelton, commander of the US Air Force Space Command in 2013. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images

    Shelton: Russia's Doubt Over US Satellite Capabilities Shows 'Desperation'

    Russian statements expressing skepticism that the US can produce satellite images showing a surface-to-air missile shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet on July 17 shows 'desperation' on Russia's part, the top Air Force space official said today.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  20. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. Samuel Kubani / AFP

    Austria FM: EU to Prepare Defense-Sector Sanctions Against Russia

    The European Commission will shortly begin work on defense sector sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  21. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is one of the senior US lawmakers calling for European powers to hold Russia accountable after the downing of a civilian airliner over eastern Ukraine last week. Brendan Smialowski/ / AFP

    In Washington, Spotlight Shifts to European Response to Malaysian Airliner Shootdown

    Senior US lawmakers are increasingly saying European powers must act to punish Russia for its role in the shootdown of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane in eastern Ukraine.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  22. The Royal Navy helicopter carrier Illustrious steams alongside HMS Ocean in a ceremonial passing of the responsibility for protecting the United Kingdom's interests. Illustrious then made her final entry into Portsmouth naval base, ending a 32-year career with the fleet. UK Royal Navy

    Royal Navy's Illustrious Passes the Torch, Ends Career

    Illustrious, the second most famous commissioned warship in the Royal Navy, returned to Portsmouth naval base for the last time July 21, marking the end of a 32-year career for the helicopter carrier.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  23. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. Georges Gobet / AFP

    Lithuania Slams French Warship Deal With Russia During Ukraine Crisis

    Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite said Tuesday the European Union was compromising its values to protect trade ties with Russia, pointing to a French warship agreement with Moscow.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  24. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Janek Skarzynski / AFP

    Poland: NATO Must Beef Up Eastern Flank

    Presidents from nine ex-communist NATO members met in Warsaw on Tuesday for talks on how to re-enforce the alliance's eastern frontier as it faces a resurgent Russia.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  25. The headquarters of German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp AG in Essen, Germany. Patrik Stollarz / AFP

    Saab Buys ThyssenKrupp's Swedish Submarine Shipyard

    Swedish defense and aeronautics group Saab said Tuesday it had completed the acquisition of a submarine shipyard in Sweden owned by German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  26. British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street for Parliament on July 21 in London. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    Britain's Cameron Urges Military Sanctions Against Russia

    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday urged the EU to hit Russia with tougher sanctions over the downing of flight MH17, calling for a ban on military sales and criticizing France's deal to build two warships for Moscow.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  27. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and members of a forensic team inspect a refrigerator railroad car containing the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez on July 21. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on the West to provide precision strike weapons to his country, where the plane was downed by a missile on July 17. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    Ukrainian PM Calls On West for Weapons After Airliner Downed

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on the West to provide precision strike weapons to his country following the shootdown July 17 of a Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  28. Turkey will buy new missile boats to add to a fleet that includes Kiliš-class fast attack craft such as the Meltem. Turkish Navy via Wikimedia Commons

    Turkey To Formalize Fast Missile Boat Race

    Turkey's procurement authorities are preparing to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 10 fast missile boats, formalizing the planned competition.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  29. A pro-Russia militant holds up a stuffed animal as others look on at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 18. Dominique Faget / Getty Images

    Airliner Strike Intensifies Urgency for E. European Procurement, Cooperation

    The shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger aircraft over eastern Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists are fighting against Ukraine's pro-government troops, is likely to further contribute to security concerns in Eastern Europe, where NATO all

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  30. Finmeccanica's familiar bubble chalet returned to the Farnborough International Airshow this year, but inside, new CEO Mauro Moretti was figuring out ways to cut costs. Leon Neal / Getty Images

    New Finmeccanica CEO Eyes Shake-ups

    Finmeccanica returned to the Farnborough International Airshow this year with its hard-to-miss white bubble pavilion, but in his first air show appearance, new CEO Mauro Moretti promised that just about everything else at the Italian group is due for a ra

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  31. A piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is pictured in a field July 20 near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk. The missile system used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner was handed to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine by Moscow, the top US diplomat said Sunday. Bulent Kilic / Getty Images

    Report: US Believes Russia Gave Rebels Missiles That Downed Airliner

    The United States believes Moscow provided Ukrainian rebels with the missile launchers that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and moved them back into Russia after it was hit, US newspapers reported late Saturday.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  32. Working the Show: Frank Kendall, US undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, speaks July 14 during a press briefing on the F-35 at Farnborough. CARL COURT/ / AFP/Getty Images

    US Doubles Down on Foreign Military Sales

    The United States military-industrial complex, battered by budget cuts and drops in domestic procurement, made it clear at this year's Farnborough International Airshow that it is targeting the world market as never before.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  33. Grim Task: Rescuers stand on the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. DOMINIQUE FAGET/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Analysts: Airliner Shootdown Points to Russian-Made System

    US officials said on July 18 that they were unsure if the BUK surface-to-air missile system suspected of shooting down a Malaysian Air flight on July 17 was transported over the border from Russia, or a Ukrainian system captured by pro-Russian separatists

    • Jul. 19, 2014
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