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  1. Munitions maker Chemring has shed its European ammunition business to Nexter. Chemring

    Nexter Scoops Up Chemring's European Munitions Operations

    Chemring has sold its European munitions business to French armaments producer Nexter Systems in a deal that could net the British-based company up to £138 million (US $231.9 million).

    • Apr. 24, 2014
  2. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends an April 22 press conference after a meeting of foreign ministers of the Caspian Sea littoral states in Moscow. Vasily Maximov / AFP

    Moscow Insists Kiev Pull Back Troops from the East

    Russia insisted Wednesday that Kiev pull back its troops from eastern Ukraine and accused Washington of distorting an agreement to ease the most serious confrontation between Moscow and the West since the end of the Cold War.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  3. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak Mike Morones/staff

    Interview: Tomasz Siemoniak, Poland's Minister of Defense

    Tomasz Siemoniak came to Washington last week at a tense time as Poland watched Russia's military movements near the Ukrainian border and on the Crimean peninsula.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  4. A man waves a Ukrainian flag during a pro-Ukrainian rally Saturday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk. The Obama administration is sending nearly $10 million in new 'security assistance' to Ukraine as that country stares down Russian forces, but one senior Republican lawmaker says more must be done. Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP

    White House to Send $8M in Non-Lethal Items to Ukraine

    The Obama administration is sending nearly $10 million in new 'security assistance' to Ukraine as that country stares down Russian forces, but one senior Republican lawmaker says more must be done.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  5. A Swedish Air Force JAS-39 Gripen fighter prepares for take off during an April 1 Lithuanian-NATO exercise near Siauliai Zuokniai, Lithunaia . Petras Malukas / Getty Images

    Sweden To Boost Military Spending Over Ukraine Crisis

    Sweden announced Tuesday that it will increase its annual defense spending over the next 10 years, citing the crisis in Ukraine and an 'unsettling' development in Russia.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  6. Leo Quinn, QinetiQ Group CEO QinetiQ

    QinetiQ To Sell US Services Division

    QinetiQ has agreed to sell its US services division to the SI Organisation in a deal that could net the British defense technology company up to US $215 million.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  7. Poland, which has acquired F-16 fighter jets, wants a stronger NATO presence in Europe Polish Ministry of Defense

    Polish DM: NATO Must Focus on Historic Mission

    The NATO alliance should focus on its historic mission of deterring Russian aggression in Europe as members wrap up their mission in Afghanistan, Poland's defense minister said.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  8. Mauro Moretti, the new CEO of Finmeccanica, previously ran Italy's state railway company. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

    Will CEO Change Slow Other Changes at Finmeccanica?

    The arrival of a new CEO at Italian defense group Finmeccanica has left analysts fretting over whether plans to dump the group's loss-making transport activity will be delayed.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  9. Russia has ordered its first MiG-29 SMT aircraft in a light tactical version. Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG

    Russia Orders New MiG-29 Jet Fighters To Increase Strike Capability

    The Russian Ministry of Defense has placed an order for its first 16 Mikoyan MiG-29 SMT jet fighters in the 'new light tactical version,' Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG said in a statement

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  10. Ismail Demir

    New Procurement Management To Broaden Turk PM's Power

    The signature policy of Turkey's outgoing procurement chief of 'aggressively going national as much as possible' may gain pace under his successor, but Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's authority on major decisions likely will also rise, officials, an

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  11. Eyes on Sub Market: The Swedish diesel-powered attack submarine Götland and others of its class were built in Sweden by Kockums, now part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. Stockholm supports Swedish company Saab's move to buy the former Kockums from its German owners. PH2 Patricia R. Totemeier/US Navy

    Sweden's Goals Fuel Saab's Acquisitions

    The Swedish government's drive to rebuild core national defense capacities is pivotal to Saab's ambitions to develop a competitive submarine branch and become a major global player in this segment, government and company insiders say.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  12. Estonian Defense Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that among the acquisitions sought by the military are infantry fighting vehicles from the Netherlands. RAIGO PAJULA/AFP

    Estonian Army Eyes $155M in Procurements, New Infantry Fighting Vehicles

    Estonia's Army is planning to spend €111.5 million (US $155 million) on procurement this year to accelerate the modernization of the country's armed forces under the National Defense Development Plan for 2013-2022.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  13. France is planning celebrations of a French Foreign Legion battle from 1863. Remy Gabalda/AFP

    France Plans Foreign Legion Celebration

    French Mirage fighters flying over a key Foreign Legion public parade marks American pilots' aid to France before the US entered the first world war, an Army officer said April 17.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  14. Sen. Mitch McConnell has urged the Obama administration to send weapons to Ukraine. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    McConnell Calls for US to Arm Ukraine, Blames Obama for Russian Invasion

    The US Senate's top Republican on Thursday said America should send weapons to the Ukrainian military as that country teeters on the brink of war with Russia.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  15. Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade April 7 at the Donetsk regional council office building in eastern Ukraine. US Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and four-star chief of US European Command, said he rejects the Russians' claim that their military is not conducting operations in the towns of eastern Ukraine. Alexander Khudoteply / AFP

    USAF 4-star: Armed Attackers in Ukraine Are Russian Troops in Disguise

    The Russians aren't fooling anyone.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  16. A pro-Russia activist guards a barricade April 17 outside the police regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    Diplomats Demand End To Violence in Ukraine

    A clash outside a military base ended with the first deaths so far in a Ukraine anti-militant operation as Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Thursday in a radio interview that Russian soldiers did secretly invade Crimea to help pro-Russian Ukrainians take over the province by force.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  17. CF-18 Hornet fighter jets belonging to the Canadian 410 'Couger' Squadron are seen in 2009 under shelters on the tarmac at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif. David McNew / Getty Images

    Canada Sends Fighter Jets To Eastern Europe

    Canada is deploying six CF-18 fighter jets to Eastern Europe as part of NATO's response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  18. Foreign delegations will attend a conference at the Eurosatory trade show that will focus on combat helicopters. Anthony Pecchi / Airbus Helicopters

    Foreign Delegations Invited to Eurosatory Conference on Helos

    The French Army Air Corps has invited some 20 foreign delegations to attend a three-day visit, with a focus on combat helicopters, at the Eurosatory trade show, an Army officer said April 17.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  19. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says his country wants to host a larger NATO and US presence. Mike Morones/Staff

    Poland Wants Larger US, NATO Troop Presence

    Poland's defense minister is calling for a larger US and NATO military presence in his country to deter the type of Russian aggression occurring in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  20. The F-35 will make its international debut in July at the Royal International Air Tattoo and will also fly at the Farnborough International Air Show. Lockheed Martin

    F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

    The F-35 is heading for Britain in July to fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough Air Show.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  21. Armed men wearing military fatigues gather around armored personnel carriers as they stand guard outside the regional state building seized by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 16. GENYA SAVILOV/Agence France-Presse

    Stronger US Economic Sanctions Urged Against Russia

    The Obama administration should enact stiffer economic sanctions on Russia, but it's unclear whether such moves will lead Vladimir Putin to stand down in eastern Ukraine, say several former US officials.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  22. Turkish troops parade during Victory Day celebrations in 2013. Turkey plans to establish a factory to produce its own explosives, bombs and warheads. Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse

    Turkey To Produce Warheads, Airplane Bombs

    Turkey will this year launch a 'national' factory to produce its own warheads, airplane bombs and plastic explosives, a Cabinet minister said Apr. 16.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  23. The Czech Republic plans to acquire new helicopters to replace its Mi-35s and Mi-24s. Here, an Mi-24 patrols in Venezuela. Pedro Rey/Agence France-Presse

    Czech Military Eyes New Multipurpose Helicopters

    The Czech Armed Forces are aiming to acquire 16 new multipurpose helicopters. Deliveries are scheduled to take place from 2016 to 2020, reported local news agency CTK.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  24. A US F15C Eagle jet fighter takes off April 16 near Siauliai Zuokniai, Lithunaia, deployed on NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission. Petras Malukas / AFP

    Rasmussen: NATO To Deploy More Forces in Eastern Europe

    NATO said Wednesday it will deploy additional air, sea and land forces in Eastern Europe in response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine and take further action if needed.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  25. A tiger-painted Czech Gripen operates in a NATO activity. Saab has submitted information to the Malaysian government about a possible Gripen lease. Milan Nikodym / Saab

    Saab Offers Info on Gripen Lease to Malaysia

    Saab has confirmed it has submitted proposals to the Malaysian government for the lease of Gripen fighters but said it wasn't responding to a formal request for information.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  26. Malaysian Minister of Defence Hishammuddin Hussein talks with journalists at Defence Services Asia. Hussein identified cyber terrorism as a vital security issue. MOHD RASFAN/Agence France-Presse

    BAE Shifts Cyber Software Development to Malaysia

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence business is moving the center of its cyber software development activities to Malaysia as part of a strategy that will see the Southeast Asian location emerge as a key component of it growing security business, according t

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  27.  Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Malaysia Advances With 8-Wheeled Armored Vehicle

    Malaysia's top armored vehicle manufacturer, Deftech, has begun the qualification stage for its eight-wheel-drive AV-8 armored wheeled vehicle and will produce 257 units with 12 variants for the country's Army when tests are concluded, said Deftech CEO Am

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  28. Italy's AgustaWestland is offering a variant of its AW109 to serve as a US Navy training helicopter. AgustaWestland

    AgustaWestland Pitches AW119 for US Navy Helicopter Trainer

    Helicopter maker AgustaWestland is touting the capabilities of its American-built AW119Kx as a candidate to replace the US Navy's current fleet of training choppers.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  29. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks Tuesday at the Ecole Militaire in Paris after receiving a report on harassment and sexual violence in the French military. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/Agence France-Presse

    French Women To Crew Ballistic Missile Sub Fleet

    The French Navy plans to send three women officers to sail in the ballistic missile submarine fleet, a first for the French service, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said April 15.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  30. Sweden-TKK Relations Sour

    The deteriorating relationship between the Swedish government and German industrial group Thyssen-Krupp-Kockums (TKK) hit a new low last week. The state defense procurement agency, FMV, confirmed on April 11 that it had '

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  31. The Vladivostok, a Mistral-class helicopter carrier ordered by Russia, leaves for its first sea trial on March 5. Russia ordered two carriers with an option for two more. Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

    NATO Treads Carefully on French Deal With Russia

    France has the right to decide whether to deliver a controversial helicopter carrier to Russia, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. But the opinions of allies also count.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  32. Members of the Afghan National Police Crisis Response Unit prepare to be extracted by an Mi-17 helicopter during training in Surobi, Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/US Air Force

    US Lawmakers Press for End to NATO Cooperation With Russia

    Eleven members of Congress sent another letter to Secretary of State John Kerry this morning urging the United States to push its NATO allies to 'cease all trade involving military equipment with Russia' in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and co

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  33. Flying a Different Flag: The Turkish frigate Gelibolu, the ex-Reid, approaches Doha, Qatar, on March 24. A number of foreign navies are eager to acquire ex-US Navy frigates, but politics is preventing some allies, like Turkey, from receiving any more. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    New US Frigate Transfer Bill Advances

    The US Navy's frigate force is rapidly shrinking as the 1980s-era ships are taken out of service. The Navy would love to transfer the ships to friendly nations for further service, and several nations are eager to have them.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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