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  1. US Gen. Philip Breedlove speaks during a July 30 press conference in Kosovo. Armend Nimani / AFP

    NATO: Number of Russian Troops on Ukraine Border Rising

    NATO's top commander said Wednesday that Russia was 'increasing' the number of troops and weaponry along the border with Ukraine.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  2. Follow-through on keeping armored personnel carriers for the Afghan Army rapid strike battalions equipped and ready has been lacking, the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction said in a report issued Tuesday. Textron

    Afghan Quick Reaction Force Slowed by Logistics Failures

    A specially trained and equipped Afghan Army quick reaction force is in danger of having its vehicles fall into disrepair, and its soldiers miss out on training due to an inability to supply much-need spare parts and training, a Congressionally-mandated w

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  3. The Micro Tactical Ground Robot, built by Roboteam, is the latest tool to be fielded by Israel Defense Force units targeting Gaza's elaborate and often explosives-rigged network of tunnels. Roboteam

    Israel Debuts Micro Robot in Anti-Tunnel Campaign

    Israel debuted a locally developed micro robot in its ongoing onslaught against the labyrinth of tunnels and concealed shafts supporting subterranean arms depots, command posts and cross-border attacks from Gaza.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  4. Afghan local policemen fire their AK-47 rifles during a 2012 training session conducted by US Marines in Sangin in Helmand Province. Adek Berry / AFP

    Audit: US Weapons for Afghans May End Up With Taliban

    Washington and Kabul have failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan, raising the risk that some could end up in the hands of insurgents, a US audit said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  5. Nexter produces the French Leclerc tank, left, and KMW the Leopard tank, right. Getty Images

    Nexter, KMW Announce Joint Venture With 'Intended Unification'

    Nexter and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) said on Tuesday their owners have agreed to set up an alliance with the creation of a 50:50 joint venture to house the French-German defense technology group, marking a major move in European cross-border consolidati

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  6. The US Army wants to replace its M113 armored vehicles with the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program. Staff

    US Armored Vehicle Battle Intensifies

    The US Army is threatening to slash modernization funding for Stryker, Abrams and Bradley vehicles if the service is forced to halt a $10 billion program to replace thousands of M113 infantry carriers.

    • Jun. 29, 2014
  7. French soldiers carry German G36 guns in 2010 in Afghanistan. Joel Saget / AFP

    Report: Germany Halts Army Rifle Orders Over Accuracy Fears

    Germany's defense ministry has temporarily halted new orders of its military's standard assault rifle while it probes complaints the weapon doesn't shoot straight, a news report said Sunday.

    • Jun. 22, 2014
  8. A member of pro-Russia separatist forces takes position June 16 during the funeral services of Yali Richard Ivanovic and Garkushka Alexander Alexandrovic, two of three pro-Russia separatists killed in a car blast in the front of the headquarters of self-proclaimed 'People's Republic of Donetsk' on Monday. Daniel Mihailescu / AFP

    NATO: New Russian Troop Build-up on Ukraine Border

    Russian tanks are on the move even as Ukraine's president on Friday announced a week-long unilateral ceasefire in fighting with pro-Russian militants.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  9. Oshkosh has demonstrated an autonomous vehicle system to steer an M-ATV vehicle. William Kapinski/Oshkosh

    Driverless Technology Begins To Mature

    Oshkosh has given the first live, trade show demonstration of its TerraMax autonomous vehicle system, using it to steer an M-ATV vehicle and a mine roller round the demonstration area at Eurosatory.

    • Jun. 19, 2014
  10. Drones and More: As US counterterrorism efforts turn toward Africa, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets like the MQ-9 Reaper will become more vital. Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson/US Air Force

    In Africa Counterterror Pivot, a Focus on ISR

    As the US pivots the counterterrorism mission toward Africa, Pentagon leaders are quick to point out that the size and scope of the continent provide significant challenges that will require a commitment to intelligence and surveillance technologies to gi

    • Jun. 19, 2014
  11. The logo of the German defense technology group Rheinmetall is seen at the company's headquarters in Duesseldorf. Patrik Stollarz / Getty Images

    Report: German Firms To Sign Armored Vehicle Deal With Algeria

    Germany's defense group Rheinmetall and Ferrostaal industrial group are due to sign a deal with Algeria soon for nearly 1,000 armored personnel carriers and a factory, a media report said Wednesday.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  12. The Piranha 3+ unveiled at Eurosatory is heavier, carries more payload and has improved levels of protection. General Dynamics European Land Systems

    GD Unveils Upgraded Piranha

    General Dynamics European Land Systems' (GDELS) latest upgrade of the Piranha 3 armored personnel carrier is market ready and being bid to a number of potential customers, according to a leading company executive.

    • Jun. 18, 2014
  13. Iveco debuted a new version of its successful Light Multipurpose Vehicle (LMV), which boosts payload by about 50 percent and is described by the firm as a radical overhaul of earlier designs. Tom Kington / Staff

    Iveco Unwraps New Version of LMV

    Italy's Iveco has given a show debut to a new version of its successful Light Multipurpose Vehicle (LMV), which boosts payload by about 50 percent and is described by the firm as a radical overhaul of earlier designs.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  14. India wants to replace its Russian-made BMP vehicles. Getty Images

    India May Restart Vehicle Program

    India's Defence Ministry is considering restarting a US $10 billion infantry vehicle replacement program in order to include more domestic defense companies as potential bidders.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  15. The British Army has ordered the CTAI 40mm cased telescoped gun system as part of an upgrade of its Warrior infantry fighting vehicle, above, being undertaken by Lockheed Martin UK, and a Scout vehicle being developed by General Dynamics. Lockheed Martin

    UK, France Qualify CTAI's Cased Telescoped Gun, Source Says

    Qualification of CTA International's new 40mm cased telescoped gun system and two natures of ammunition are expected to be announced at the Eurosatory defense show soon, according to an executive familiar with the program.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  16. The MALE UAV being proposed for development to the governments of France, Italy and Germany by Dassault, Alenia Aermacchi and Airbus Tom Kington / Staff

    Eurosatory Exhibitors Preview New Armored Vehicle, UAV

    Exhibitors at France's Eurosatory show gave a first glimpse on Sunday of a new armored vehicle designed by General Dynamics and a new Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV being pitched to European governments by Dassault Aviation, Airbus and Alenia A

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  17. Thales displayed its multirole Hawkei protected vehicle at Eurosatory. Thales

    Thales Sees Potential UK Market for Hawkei

    British Army requirements for a multirole protected vehicle is a potential target for Thales as the company brings its Hawkei machine to Eurosatory as part of an international sales drive.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  18. A Puma helicopter lands near legionnaires of the French Army's 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment in the mountains in northern Mali, where French forces have battled jihadi fighters. Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP

    Providing Budgetary Cover

    As France prepares to open the Eurosatory land defense and security trade show, company heads and military chiefs of staff are fighting hard to ward off budget cuts, which they view as a threat to industry and operational capability.

    • Jun. 15, 2014
  19. UAE tanks drive during joint military maneuvers with the French Army in Abu Dhabi. The Mideast and North Africa are expected to become hot combat vehicle markets. Karim Sahib/AFP

    Center of Vehicle Market Shifts to Mideast, N. Africa

    The global armored vehicles market is projected to reach $28.62 billion by 2019 with the primary drivers being in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

    • Jun. 15, 2014
  20. Big Plans: Israel Aerospace Industries plans to unveil the Green Rock, a mobile, autonomous force-protecting radar, at the Eurosatory trade show in Paris. Israel Aerospace Industries illustration

    IAI Aims To Boost Land Warfare Sales

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is targeting the global land warfare market with expanded investment in research and development and a growing portfolio aimed at trebling annual turnover by the end of the decade.

    • Jun. 15, 2014
  21. Planning on Upgrades: Marines of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit assault Red Beach with AAV7A1 Amphibious Assault Vehicles. The Corps wants survivability improvements for the vehicles, which first entered service in the 1970s. ANDREW SILK/AFP

    US Marine Corps Seeks Amtrac Upgrades

    The US Marine Corps is putting a hard cap on the amount of money it wants to invest in upgrading parts of its aging fleet of AAV7A1 amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs), which the Corps wanted to retire but now plans on driving until the mid-2030s.

    • Jun. 15, 2014
  22. Longer Life: The UK Defence Ministry wants to extend the life of its Challenger tank fleet. UK Ministry of Defence

    UK Focuses on Challenger, Mobile Bridging

    The UK Defence Ministry has finally begun the process of updating what remains of the Army's Challenger 2 main battle tank fleet after numbers were cut by 40 percent in the 2010 strategic defense and security review.

    • Jun. 15, 2014
  23. Joint Operations: Soldiers ride in vehicles during the multinational military exercise for Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian troops near Vilnius, Lithuania. Joint operations and procurement may increase among Nordic, Baltic and Eastern European nations. PETRAS MALUKAS/AFP

    Ukraine Crisis Revives Spending From Nordics to E. Europe

    The Russia-fueled crisis in Ukraine has altered the political and security landscape from the Nordic and Baltic-rim region through Eastern Europe, pushing Poland and the Czech Republic to accelerate procurement, rekindling speculation that Finland and Swe

    • Jun. 14, 2014
  24. Heavy Revival: A French Leclerc tank participates in an exercise in northern France. Upgrades for the tank are being considered. FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP

    French Eye Leclerc Upgrade While 2 Vehicles Take Shape

    Land systems specialist Nexter expects to win an order this year to study Leclerc upgrades, reviving a heavy tank seen as the French Army's statement of serious intent, not just a piece of firepower, Chairman Philippe Burtin said.

    • Jun. 14, 2014
  25. Vaylon, which is developing a flying dune buggy, is looking for a business partner. Vaylon

    Company Seeks Partner To Help Lift Funding for Flying Dune Buggy

    Start-up firm Vaylon hopes to sign up a business partner soon to help fund development and production of a flying dune buggy, an innovative vehicle going through flight trials with the French special operations forces, Chairman Jérôme Dauffy said.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
  26. The T-129 attack helicopter is built by AgustaWestland and Turkish Aerospace Industries. Turkish Aerospace Industries

    First AgustaWestland Attack Helos Join Turk Army

    The first batch of three T-129 attack helicopters coproduced by the Italian-British AgustaWestland and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) joined the Turkish Army's inventory at a high level ceremony here on Tuesday.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  27. Georgian troops take an oath at a May 26 ceremony to mark Independence Day in Tbilisi. Leli Blagonravova / AFP

    Georgia Sends Troops To Central Africa

    Georgia has sent troops to the Central African Republic to help a European Union military force curb sectarian violence in the strife-torn country, the tiny Caucasus nation's president told AFP on Tuesday

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  28. A U.S. soldier stands in formation with his Lithuanian counterparts during the Saber Strike 2014 opening ceremony June 9 at the Adazi Training Area in Latvia. Spc. Joshua Leonard / US Army Europe

    NATO Launches Fresh War Games Near Russia Border

    NATO on Monday launched one of its largest military maneuvers in the Baltic states since tensions spiked with neighboring Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
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