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  1. Strengthening Ties: French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, and his Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak arrive for a press conference following their meeting in Warsaw on Nov. 25. Janek Skarzynski / AFP/Getty Images

    With Mistral Suspension, France Seeks to Boost Ties with Poland

    France placed a hold on the delivery of the first Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia, a move French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian personally conveyed to his Polish counterpart during a recent trip to boost relations with Warsaw.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  2. Dassault Aviation organized a formation flight of the nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle, with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet. Dassault

    Airbus Group Sells Part of Its Stake in Dassault Aviation

    Airbus Group, in an off-market block trade, has sold to Dassault Aviation 810,072 Dassault Aviation shares at a price of €980 (US $1,224) per share, representing a total of about €794 million pre-transaction costs, according to an Airbus Group statement.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  3. The Czech Republic plans to purchase transport aircraft and helicopters. Among the helos to be replaced will be the Mi-17. Czech Ministry of Defense

    Czech Military Eyes New Transport Aircraft, Helicopters

    Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky has unveiled plans to acquire new transport aircraft and helicopters. The two tenders are expected to be launched in 2015, reports local daily Mlada fronta DNES.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  4. Philippe Logak, former general secretary of Thales, has been appointed interim chairman and CEO of the defense electronics company. Thales

    Thales Appoints Logak as Interim Chairman and CEO

    Thales has appointed Philippe Logak as interim chairman and chief executive until Dassault and the French government reach an agreement on a long-term appointment, the defense electronics company said on Thursday.

    • Nov. 27, 2014
  5. US Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, gives a press conference Nov. 26 in Kiev, Ukraine. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    NATO 'Very Concerned' By Russian Military Build-Up in Crimea

    NATO's top military commander warned Wednesday that Russia's 'militarization' of the annexed Crimea region could be used by Moscow to exert control across the whole Black Sea region.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  6. US Vice President Joe Biden, right, meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 22 at Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul. AFP

    Turkey's Erdogan Attacks US 'Impertinence' on Syria

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday slammed US 'impertinence' on the Syrian conflict, exposing the extent of strains between Washington and Ankara days after his key meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  7. Four French Air Force Mirage 2000N fighter aircraft fly in formation. Miguel Medina / AFP

    France To Send 6 Mirage Jets To Jordan Against Islamic State

    The French government said that six Mirage fighter jets would be deployed to Jordan on Thursday to assist in the fight against the Islamic State group.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  8. An Army reservist undergoes underslung load training with a Squirrel helicopter. Three bidders are vying to provide the UK new training helos.

    3 Firms Compete To Provide UK Helo Training

    Three bidders have pitched proposals to supply and support a fleet of helicopters to train British military pilots and crew, said Ascent, the company that has a 25-year deal to run all fixed- and rotary-wing training for the armed services here.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  9. Interest in the Turkish-produced Toma riot control vehicle has risen in Turkey and abroad after its use against Turkish rioters protesting what they called anti-democratic government moves. Katmerciler Ekipman

    Turkish Vehicle Maker Prospering on Riot Threat

    A Turkish vehicle maker has flourished with booming sales at home and abroad as governments fear social unrest and make use of the company's anti-riot vehicles.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  10. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Samuel Kubani / AFP

    Ukraine's NATO Hopes Still a Long Way Off

    For the first time, a majority of Ukrainians support the idea of joining NATO and the president this week spoke of putting the idea to a popular vote, but experts say it still remains a distant dream.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  11. Jean-Bernard Levy. KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/ / AFP

    Thales Delays Selection of Top Executive Until Thursday

    A Thales board meeting has been pushed back to Thursday morning from Wednesday, when the directors of the defense electronics company are due to gather to decide a successor to Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy, French media reported.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  12. Romania's Saur 2 armored personnel carrier. Uzina Automecanica Moreno

    Romanian Government To Invite Private Investors Into Defense Industry

    The Romanian government has unveiled plans to secure minority private investors for the country's state-run defense industry with emphasis on plant modernization.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  13. An F-35B and F-35C in formation. Lockheed Martin

    UK Confirms First F-35 Orders

    Britain on Monday announced it signed a contract with US manufacturer Lockheed Martin to buy the first of 14 F-35B combat jets.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  14. An Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic State (IS) militants . Jm Lopez / AFP

    Turkey, US Agree to Train and Arm Syrian Opposition

    Turkey and the US have narrowed their differences and agreed to train and arm opposition fighters in Syria .

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  15. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, left, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speak after signing bilateral documents during a Nov. 24 meeting in Kiev, Ukraine. Genya Savilov / AFP

    Lithuania Pledges Military Aid for Ukraine

    Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Monday promised military assistance for Ukraine as she slammed Russia's alleged 'terrorist' interference in a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  16. BMC will speed up production of the Kirpi MRAP. Turkish Government

    BMC Speeds Up Production of MRAPs for Turkish Army

    Turkish armored vehicles maker BMC has increased the pace for production of the Kirpi, the country's first mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle, after it was penalized €8 million (US $9.9 million) for late deliveries.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  17. On Wednesday, a government Cabinet meeting is expected to appoint Thales Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy to the top job of the utility giant Electricité de France. ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images

    Meeting to Appoint New Thales Chairman Postponed

    Monday's board meeting to appoint the successor to Thales Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy has been postponed until Wednesday, a company executive said.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  18. Airbus Defence and Space executive vice president for military aircraft Domingo Ureña Raso said a partnership with Lockheed or Boeing is worth considering. Getty Images

    A NATO Fighter?

    Just imagine it: Airbus teams up with Lockheed Martin or Boeing on a program to build a NATO fighter.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  19. US Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 22 at Beylerbeyi Palace in Istanbul. AFP

    Biden Leaves Turkey Without Breakthrough on Syria

    US Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday wrapped up a key visit to Turkey without a breakthrough on military cooperation in the Syrian crisis but with officials confident the talks brought their positions closer.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  20. US soldiers await the order to march in the Latvia Day Parade on Nov. 18 in Riga, Latvia. Staff Sgt. Kenneth C. Upsall / US Army

    General: US Troops To Stay in Poland, Baltics Through 2015

    US troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 'to deter Russian aggression,' the top US commander for Europe said on Sunday.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  21. Giuseppe Orsi is the former CEO of Finmeccanica.

    Orsi: Finmeccanica Will Bounce Back

    Giuseppe Orsi, the former CEO of Finmeccanica who was acquitted last month of offering bribes to Indian officials, says the Italian group was never humbled by the kickback scandal and will bounce back.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  22. New Capability: British Royal Air Force Typhoons fly over Lithuania on April 28. PETRAS MALUKAS/ / AFP/Getty Images

    With AESA Radar, Eurofighter Strengthens Export Push

    Typhoon added its name to the list of fighters able to offer active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar capability last week when the four European partner nations in the program finally put their signature to an £800 million (US $1.25 billion) deal to develop and integrate the sensor.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  23. A successor to Thales Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy will be selected at a Monday company board meeting. ERIC PIERMONT/ / AFP

    Thales Board To Select New Chief Executive

    Thales will hold a board meeting on Monday to choose a successor to Chairman Jean-Bernard Levy, who is leaving the defense electronics company to take the top job at utility giant Electricité de France (EDF), a company executive said.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  24. Everything Shipshape: The Nils Juel, above, cruises Chesapeake Bay after taking part in exercises with the US Navy. The ship was handed over to the Danish Navy in August. The frigate's spacious bridge, left, spans almost the full width of the ship. Christopher P. Cavas/ / staff

    Aboard Danish Frigate, Clean Lines and Room To Grow

    It is striking how the now-familiar smooth, angled architecture of today's warships, intended to reduce visual, heat and other signatures, is also somehow inherently Danish-modern.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  25. Airbus Military's first A330 multirole tanker transport for the Royal Saudi Air Force lands in Spain. France announced an order of 12 of the aircraft. Pablo Cabellos del Sol / Airbus Defence

    France Orders 12 A330 Tanker Transport Aircraft

    France has signed a €3 billion (US $3.8 billion) contract for 12 Airbus A330 multirole tanker transport aircraft, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a high-level conference on the French nuclear deterrent Thursday.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  26. Pakistan's Minister for Defence, Water and Power Khawaja Asif. ( Justin Tallis / Getty Images

    Pakistan, Russia Sign 'Milestone' Military Cooperation Pact

    Pakistan and Russia signed a 'milestone' military cooperation pact on Thursday aimed at bringing peace and stability to the region, Islamabad's defence ministry said.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  27. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, second from right, and Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, right, visit the Amari air base that hosts the defense alliance's air policy mission over the Baltic states on Nov. 20 in Amari, Estonia. Raigo Pajula / AFP

    NATO Reports 400 Intercepts of Russian Aircraft in 2014

    NATO said Thursday there have been around 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year, amid heightened tension between Moscow and the West over the Ukraine crisis.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  28. Russias President Vladimir Putin. Steve Holland / AFP

    Source: Syrian Team, Putin To Discuss Relaunching Peace Talks

    A high-level Syrian delegation will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday to discuss possibly relaunching peace talks to end the country's civil war, a senior Syrian official said Thursday.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  29. Eurofighter Typhoons will be fitted with an active electronically scanned array radar. Eurofighter

    Eurofighter Nations Sign €1 Billion Development Deal for AESA Radar

    Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain have signed up for a €1 billion (US $1.2 billion) development and integration program to equip the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  30. The UK Ministry of Defence has selected Babcock as preferred bidder for the Defence Support Group's land business, which includes support for armored vehicles such as the Warrior. Cpl Paul Morrison RLC / Crown Copyright

    MoD Chooses Babcock as Preferred Bidder for DSG Land Business

    Babcock has been selected as the preferred bidder to acquire the British government-owned Defence Support Group's (DSG's) land business, the Ministry of Defence announced Wednesday.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  31. German soldiers pose during a show at Camp Marmal in Masar-i-Sharif in December 2013. Johannes Eisele / AFP via Getty Images

    German Cabinet OK's Plan To Keep Small Group of Soldiers in Afghanistan

    The German Cabinet approved a mandate on Wednesday to keep at least 850 soldiers in Afghanistan beyond the current NATO-led combat mission, which is due to end on Dec. 31.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
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