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  1. Pakistan continued to boost its deterrence capabilities Tuesday with a test of the Ghaznavi short-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile. Here, an earlier test of the missile is conducted in 2010. Agence France-Presse

    Pakistan Tests Short-Range Ballistic Missile

    Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a successful test launch of its Hatf III/Vengeance III Ghaznavi short-range ballistic missile as it continues to strengthen its deterrent capabilities against archrival India.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  2. 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
  3. Israel's Elbit Systems will transfer thermal imaging system technology to an Indian factory that will supply artillery, armored and paramilitary forces. Agence France-Presse

    Overseas Companies Seek Tie-Ups Through India's OFB

    A new Indian procurement policy that gives priority to state-owned defense companies has prompted Elbit Systems and Thales to forge ties with the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), which administers 41 weapon factories, and promise to transfer high technology

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  4. 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
  5. Taiwan-based Whole Power Company has found a new market outside the Taiwan military for its armored vehicle track and suspension systems. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    Taiwan Tank Parts at DSA

    Taiwan-based Whole Power Company has found a new market outside the Taiwan military for its armored vehicle track and suspension systems. The company is exhibiting for the first time at the Defence Services Asia exhibition in Kuala Lumpur this week.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  6.  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
  7. Savings Questioned: The US Navy plans to cancel the purchase of 29 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters in 2016, but the cancellation fees could total as much, or more, as the purchase itself. MC3 Chris Cavagnaro/US Navy

    Industry: Bad Precedent Set if DoD Cancels Multiyear Helo Buy

    The US Navy, in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal, said it wants to cancel a planned buy of 29 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters in 2016.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  8. Smaller sets of US Army equipment, such as Bradley fighting vehicles, will be prepositioned around the world to speed time to deployment. Spc. Bryan Willis / US Army

    Fast and Light: US Army Overhauls Its Gear Strategy

    The US Army is putting the finishing touches on a bold new strategy for how it prepositions stocks of critical equipment around the globe, how it uses those stocks to speed deployments — and who pays for it.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  9. A Leopard-2 tank participates in military exercises during a Jan. 28 visit by German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Bundeswehr combat training centerin Letzlingen, Germany. The German government will not approve a reported deal to sell up to 800 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia, according to a report. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    Report: German Government To Cancel Saudi Tank Deal

    The German government will not approve a reported deal to sell up to 800 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia, a German Sunday newspaper said, citing government sources.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  10. The US armed services have come to rely heavily on supplemental budgets to fund training and overseas operations, though some in Congress may be tiring of the tens of billions worth of extra funding. US Navy

    US Senator Warns Wartime Funding Might Not Be Coming

    A source of potential conflict arose during this morning's hearing with US Army leadership at the Senate Armed Services Airland subcommittee, when Sen.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  11. The prototype of the winning vehicle for the Ground Mobility Vehicle program. General Dynamics

    AM General Lawsuit Against SOCOM Rejected; GD Starts Work on Special Ops Vehicle

    On April 7, the US Federal Claims Court rejected military vehicle maker AM General’s lawsuit against the US Special Operations Command over its decision to award a $562 contract to General Dynamics for the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 (GMV) program, Defense News has learned.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  12. The active US Army will receive National Guard Apache attack helicopters under a new plan. US Army

    US Army Guard Agrees to Controversial Apache Plan

    In a surprising move, the head of the US National Guard Bureau has given his blessing to the US Army's plan to move all of the Guard's Apache attack helicopters into the active force while receiving several hundred Black Hawk and Lakota multi-use helicopt

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  13. General Dynamics will have to decide whether to pursue a more formal protest regarding the fairness of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program. US Army

    US Army Rejects GD's Vehicle Protest; Company Mulls Further Action

    The April 4 rejection by US Army Materiel Command of a General Dynamics Land Systems protest disputing the fairness of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) competition puts the ball squarely back into GD's court, which has the option of lodging a more

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  14. An amphibious assault vehicle maneuvers during an amphibious assault exercise off the coast of Del Mar Beach at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. US Marine Corps

    US Army, Marines Struggle With Infantry Vehicle Replacements

    Lessons learned. Tradeoffs. Taking advantage of previous investments. The need for further study.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  15. Wish List: The US Air Force requested 12 General Atomics Reaper unmanned aircraft in the unfunded list. Getty Images

    DoD Sends Congress $36B Wish List, But Passage Unlikely

    The US military services have sent Congress wish lists that include $36 billion in priority items that were not included in the Pentagon's 2015 budget proposal.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  16. Finland has lost interest in buying Lockheed Martin's MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and may opt instead for the more affordable, Russian-built Iskander-E. US Army

    Finns May Turn to Russia for Tactical Missile System

    The likelihood of Finland acquiring a new surface-to-surface missile system from Russia has increased following a preliminary decision by the Finance Ministry here to opt for a more up-to-date and cost-efficient launcher-fired tactical missile.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  17. New York Army National Guard soldiers train at Camp Smith, N.Y. Army

    Training Tops US Army Guard Unfunded List

    The US Army National Guard is asking Congress to find an extra $1.5 billion to meet its unfunded requirements in fiscal year 2015, primarily to fund training and operations, according to a copy of the list obtained by Defense News.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  18. Mine resistant ambush protected vehicles are loaded onto the USNS Pililaau in 2007 at the seaport of Charleston, S.C. US Army

    Source: Pakistan Already Has US-Made MRAPs, New Deal in Works

    While controversy swirls over reports that Pakistan may receive some of the excess Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles that the United States has sitting in Afghanistan, American and Pakistani officials are on the verge of completing a deal to

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  19. A deal to support protected mobility vehicles being brought into the UK Army's equipment program includes the Mastiff. UK Army

    3 UK Companies To Support Army Protected Mobility Vehicles

    Three British defense companies have secured a deal to support and sustain nearly half of the 2,000 protected mobility vehicles purchased for the war in Afghanistan and now being brought permanently into the Army's core equipment program.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
  20. France and the UK have discussed the sharing of certain capabilities, with the Watchkeeper UAV as one possible system. Thales

    Similar Requirements Could Spur French-UK Sharing of Systems

    French forces described how their new infantry fighting vehicle performed in the sub-Saharan desert when the British senior commander visited them in Mali on the Serval campaign, which could encourage London in ordering the kit, French Army Chief of Staff

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  21. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles are unloaded in 2009 from the MV Marilyn Vessel in the port of Antwerp, Belgium. Pierre-Etienne Courtejoie/Army

    Pakistan, Afghanistan, India Want Leftover US MRAPs

    The US military has more Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles in Afghanistan that it can bring home — and Afghanistan, India and Pakistan are locked in a three-way competition for them, a former senior defense official said.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  22. A new multiple launch rocket system is displayed. JOSÉ HIGUERA

    FIDAE: FAMAE Unveils Son of the Rayo

    A new multiple launch rocket system, Sistema de Lanzamiento Multiple (SLM) in Spanish, is being exhibited by Fábricas and Maestranzas del Ejército (FAMAE) at FIDAE 2014.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  23. A Chilean Army commando marches during an independence day parade. The service has selected a new standard assault rifle. Agence France-Presse

    FIDAE: Chilean Army Selects Galil ACE as New Standard Rifle

    The Chilean Army has selected the Galil ACE from Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) in 5.56mm caliber as its new standard assault rifle, military sources told Defense News during the FIDAE international aerospace show.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  24. The Soldato Futuro program is providing the Italian Army with new radios and night vision goggles. Selex

    Selex To Sell Radios, Night Vision Gear to Italian Army

    Selex To Sell Italian Army Software Defined Radios, Night Vision Goggles

    • Mar. 25, 2014
  25. Ukrainian soldiers load weapons and ammunition into trucks at the Ukrainian marine battalion March 23 in the Crimean city of Feodosia. Dmitry Serebryakov / AFP

    NATO: 'Sizable' Russian Force At Ukraine Border

    NATO's top commander, Gen. Philip Breedlove, said Sunday there was a 'very sizable' Russian troop presence on the border with Ukraine and warned of a possible incursion into the Moscow-backed separatist territory of Transdniestr.

    • Mar. 23, 2014
  26. Russian soldiers stand at the gate after taking control of the Navy South headquarters base in Novoozerne, Crimea, on March 19. Agence France-Presse

    Crimea's Pro-Russian Militants To Join Russian Armed Forces

    Pro-Russian militants who took control over Ukraine's Crimean peninsula will be integrated into the ranks of the Russian Armed Forces, said retired Adm. Vladimir Komoyedov, the chairman of the defense committee of the Russian Duma.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
  27. Indian soldiers load an artillery gun during the 'Operation Desert Strike' exercise. Trials are continuing to upgrade all Army howitzers. Agence France-Presse

    Upgraded Indian Howitzers Cleared for Summer Trials

    India's homemade 155mm/45 caliber gun, which failed last year's summer trials when a barrel burst while firing, has successfully completed winter trials and is cleared for summer trials, an official of the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) said.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
  28. An illustration of a future anti-surface guided weapon (heavy) being fired from a British AW159 Wildcat helicopter. MBDA

    Anglo-French Missile Contract Expected Soon, CEO Says

    European missile maker MBDA expects to sign a long-awaited contract for an Anglo-French anti-ship missile 'in the next few days,' according to CEO Antoine Bouvier, in a program seen by the company as a model for consolidation of the European defense indus

    • Mar. 18, 2014
  29. Indonesia Orders Armored Personnel Carriers From Ukraine

    Indonesia has signed a contract for five BTR-4 armored personnel carriers with Ukraine's Ukrspetsexport, a subsidiary of state-owned defense giant Ukroboronprom, the company said in a statement.

    • Mar. 17, 2014
  30. US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno has unveiled a concept called Global Strategic Landpower Network. Paul McLeary/Staff

    US Army Working With Joint Chiefs to Develop 'Global Landpower Network'

    Preparing for the start of a series of hearings before Congress to discuss his fiscal 2015 budget, Army Chief of Staff Gen.

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  31. A member of pro-Russian forces stands guard at a check point on the road from Simferopol to Sevastopol on March 13 as a Russian flag floats in the background. Filippo Monteforte / Getty Images

    Russia Steps Up Field Training on Ukraine Border

    Russia said Thursday it was stepping up field training for tank, artillery and infantry units in three regions next to the Ukrainian border in a powerful display of military might.

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  32. US Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford says the Taliban threat has diminished, but Afghan forces still need support. US Marine Corps

    ISAF Chief: Taliban No Longer 'Existential Threat' to Afghanistan

    The Taliban no longer presents an 'existential threat' to the Afghan government, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan told a congressional panel Wednesday morning, but the Afghan armed forces still aren't ready to operate alone without significant

    • Mar. 12, 2014
  33. The Samson 30 remote controlled weapon station fires a Spike-LR missile. Rafael

    Rafael Trainer Hones Precision Strike Ops

    Rafael, Israel's premier provider of tactical missiles, is expanding its niche in training and simulation with Spike Team Trainer (STT), a system designed to support international users of the firm's Spike family of precision strike weapons.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  34. Indian Army T-90 tanks parade during Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi. India plans to upgrade more than 600 of the tanks. Agence France-Presse

    Indian Army To Upgrade T-90 Tanks With Domestic Help

    The Indian Army will upgrade more than 600 Russian-built T-90 tanks by adding new features and replacing their thermal imaging sights, navigation systems and fire control systems at a cost of more than $250 million.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  35. Indian Army soldiers look over a 40mm Bofors L/70 anti-aircraft gun from the Army's 19th Air Defence Regiment. Indian Army

    India To Seek Home-built Replacement for Air Defense Guns

    The Indian Army will replace its aging Swedish-built 40mm L/70 air defense guns with weapons from domestic companies, a Defence Ministry source said, after the cancellation of a global tender floated last year that failed to elicit any response from overs

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  36. Israel is looking to replace its M109 howitzer. Wikipedia

    Firms Face Off in Israel's Mega-Artillery Contest

    Israel's Elbit Systems and a consortium of Israeli, German and US firms are facing off in a high-stakes bid to modernize Israel's Artillery Corps with new self-propelled guns.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  37. 'We determined that as an integral and central component of the ground forces, we needed to view ourselves first and foremost as a supporting organization to enable the Army to achieve its objectives.' Israel Defense Forces

    Israeli Armor, Artillery Corps Shifting Emphasis

    Tighter budgets and changing threats are forcing specialized Israeli Army corps to temper parochial ambitions to bolster a smaller, fire-fortified, combined arms maneuvering force.

    • Mar. 9, 2014
  38. US Soldiers stand at attention on March 7 near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Scott Olson / Getty Images

    How Big Will the US Army Be in 2019? Not Even the Army Knows

    Just as the budgeting office of the US Army was preparing to submit its fiscal 2015 budget, last-minute word from the White House turned everything on its head.

    • Mar. 9, 2014
  39. Members of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) listen to Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci during his Feb. 21 visit at the Adem Jashari Barracks in Pristina. Armend Nimani / Getty Images

    Kosovo To Create Own Army To 'Protect Sovereignty'

    Kosovo's government proposed on Thursday creating a 5,000-strong army to 'protect sovereignty' of the ethnic Albanian territory, six years after it seceded from Serbia.

    • Mar. 6, 2014
  40. The UN is buying Cobra armored vehicles from Turkish company Otokar for use on peacekeeping missions. Otokar

    Turkey's Otokar Wins Armored Vehicle Contract From UN

    Turkey's leading armored vehicles manufacturer, Otokar, has said that it won a $24.6 million contract from the United Nations.

    • Mar. 6, 2014
  41. Turkish army tanks take part in a parade marking the 91st anniversary of Victory Day in Ankara in Aug. 2013. Turkey's talks with Japan for an engine for the Altay tank broke down because of Turkish intentions to export the indigenous tank and Japan's reluctance to license the joint engine, a Turkish official said. Adem Altan/AFP via Getty Images

    Japan Deal Scrapped, Turkey Looking for Tank Engine

    Turkey's months-long negotiations with Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for joint development and production of an engine for the Altay, a planned indigenous Turkish tank, have failed largely due to the Japanese government's near total ban on arms expo

    • Mar. 5, 2014
  42. The fiscal 2015 budget calls for decreasing the size of the Army National Guard and Reserve while shifting AH-64 Apache helicopters to the active force. The National Guard is promising a fight. US Army

    Army, Guard Prep To Battle Over People, Planes

    In the week between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's unveiling of the broad outlines of the Pentagon's 2015 budget request and the full rollout of the numbers on March 4, the Army's chief of staff was largely out of the country.

    • Mar. 2, 2014
  43. Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis Government photo

    Latvia To Acquire Armored Tracked Vehicles From UK

    Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis has signed a letter of intent with British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to buy 120 tracked armored vehicles for the Latvian armed forces.

    • Feb. 28, 2014
  44. Heidi Shyu is assistant Army secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology. US Army

    US Army Official Defends GCV Against 'Attacks'

    The decision to cancel the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program had nothing to do with performance, a US Army official said Wednesday, describing criticism of the program as 'unfortunate.'

    • Feb. 25, 2014
  45. Roketsan is discussing co-production of rocket launchers with Azerbaijan. Roketsan

    Turkey's Roketsan, Azerbaijan Discuss Rocket Launcher Co-production

    Turkish state-run missile specialist Roketsan is in talks with Azerbaijan to co-produce one or more of its 107mm and 122mm rocket launcher systems, procurement and companies officials said.

    • Feb. 25, 2014
  46. A smaller US Army would still be able to fight a major theater conflict while also supporting forces in a second theater, says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. US Army

    Pentagon: Ground Forces Can Fight in One Theater, Support Air, Sea Forces in Another

    When it comes to the US Army and Marine Corps, there were no real surprises in Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's peek today of the 2015 defense budget.

    • Feb. 24, 2014
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