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  1. Dutch-based Damen shipyards wants to build relationships with smaller French yards. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    With Purchase of French Shipyards, Damen Finally Shows Its Wares at Euronaval

    Not every shipbuilder here at the Euronaval expo just outside Paris builds enormous ships, and there are quite a few shipyards specializing in smaller, more economical designs.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  2. Slovakia, which selected Alenia Aermacchi's C-27J tactical transport aircraft six years ago, signed a contract with the Italian company on Oct. 29. Budget constraints delayed the final deal. Katsuhiko Tokunaga / Finmeccanica

    Alenia, Slovakia Finally Seal Deal for Transport Aircraft

    Six years after it selected the C-27J Spartan aircraft for its Air Force, Slovakia has signed contracts to acquire two of the aircraft from manufacturer Alenia Aermacchi.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  3. The British still hope India will consider the Eurofighter for its $12 billion fighter jet purchase. Trials Photography/BAE Ssytems

    Britain's Fallon Raises Eurofighter on India Visit

    British Defence Minister Michael Fallon said Thursday he raised a $12 billion fighter jet deal being negotiated by French company Dassault during talks with his Indian counterpart.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  4. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP

    NATO 'Vigilant' Over Russian Warplane Maneuvers

    NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the transatlantic alliance remained vigilant after an increase in Russian military maneuvers in European airspace.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  5. French Finance Minister Michel Sapin addresses the French National Assembly during an Oct. 28 session in Paris. Lionel Bonaventure / AFP

    Paris: Conditions Not Yet Met For France To Hand Over Warship To Russia

    The conditions are not yet in place for France to deliver a controversial warship to Russia, the French finance minister said Thursday, after Moscow said the handover would take place next month.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  6. A Turkish company says its software can help helicopter pilots navigate even in foggy conditions. STR / AFP via Getty Images

    Turkish Company Develops Anti-Fog Software for Copters

    A Turkish software and information technologies company has said that it developed software that allows helicopters to fly in foggy weather conditions.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  7. Ready: Gunilla Fransson, head of the Saab Kockums Security and Defense Solutions unit, said the firm is eager to compete for naval business worldwide. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    Saab Confident in Its Kockums Submarine Builders

    The return last summer of the Kockums shipbuilding firm to Swedish ownership and control marked a rare moment when the public, government and industry all joined in approval.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  8. The UK Ministry of Defence has struck a deal with a private consortium to provide military air traffic control and management. Above is Operations Wing at RAF Shawbury. I FORSHAW/Royal Air Force

    Thales UK Consortium Wins British Military Air Traffic Control Deal

    A consortium including Thales UK has landed a £1.5 billion (US $2.4 billion) deal with the UK Ministry of Defence to provide military air traffic control and management services to the British military at home and overseas, the defense procurement minister announced Wednesday.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  9. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. Adek Berry / Getty Images

    Russia Says France Due To Hand Over First Warship Nov. 14

    Russia said Wednesday that France is still due to complete the controversial handover of a warship next month, despite pressure for the deal to be scrapped over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  10. Eyes on Space: A model of the Entry and Descend Module of the planned ExoMars probe for Mars, which will feature a radar flight tested with the support of the Italian Air Force. Thales Alenia Space

    Italian Air Force Experimental Unit Turns to Space

    After building up its in-house design capability, the Italian Air Force's Experimental Flight Unit has set itself a new target — space — with a focus on satellites and sub-orbital flights.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  11. A British F-35B Lightning II takes off from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots have been familiarizing themselves with the aircraft. The Ministry of Defence has ordered four production-standard F-35B STOVL aircraft. (UK Ministry of Defence)

    UK Orders STOVL F-35s in 1st Production-standard Buy

    In what will become an annual event for the next few years, Britain is to order its first batch of production-standard F-35 Lightning II combat jets for operation by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  12. 3D-printing model of the new F-110 frigate for the Spanish Navy. Christopher P. Cavas

    New Spanish Frigate Detailed, Deal for Taiwan Minesweepers Announced

    Spanish shipbuilder Navantia Tuesday revealed details of the F-110, a new guided-missile project to replace the Spanish Navy's Santa Maria-class frigates in the 2020s.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  13. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian delivers the opening speech of the Euronaval naval defense equipment fair in le Bourget, near Paris, on Tuesday. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images

    Mistral Decision Coming Next Month

    French President François Hollande will decide in November whether France will go ahead with a delivery of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  14. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivers a speech at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund Wednesday in Brussels. Emmanuel Dunand / AFP

    NATO Chief Urges Allies to Boost Defense Spending, Build Ties with Russia

    NATO countries must boost defense spending and build a constructive relationship with Russia, the alliance's new leader said on Tuesday.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  15. Adm. Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff of the Royal Navy. Alan Lessig / Staff

    Interview: Adm. Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord, UK Royal Navy

    Despite budget cuts, Britain's Royal Navy is modernizing with new cutting-edge destroyers, nuclear attack submarines, two new giant aircraft carriers, frigates and other systems on the way, like the short-takeoff and vertical-landing version of Lockheed M

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  16. Nick Witney has encouraged the incoming European Union foreign policy chief to review European Union security and defense policy. European Council on Foreign Relations

    Former EDA Chief Urges Review of EU Security and Defense Policy

    Former European Defence Agency Chief Executive Nick Witney has urged incoming European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to set up a review commission of the European Union's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  17. The logo of German defence company Atlas Elektronik is pictured in Bremen, northern Germany. Ingo Wagner/AFP

    DCNS Chairman Interested in 'Bits and Pieces' of Atlas Elektronik

    DCNS is interested in bidding for parts of Atlas Elektronik, and the French warship builder is interested in restarting talks on torpedoes with the German specialist in underwater systems, chairman Hervé Guillou said Monday.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  18. French shipbuilder DCNS still awaits a government decision on whether the sale of a Mistral warship to Russia will proceed. Jean-Sebastien Evrard / AFP

    DCNS: No Backup Plan if Mistral Sale Is Canceled

    French shipbuilder DCNS is awaiting the government's decision on whether to deliver a Mistral-class helicopter carrier to Russia, but the company has not drawn up contingency plans for the warship, Chairman Hervé Guillou said Monday.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  19. Local Liberians check the temperature of members of the U.S. Public Health Service on Oct. 27 during Operation United Assistance, Oct. 27, 2014. Staff Sgt. Gustavo Gonzalez / US Air Force

    US Army Isolating Some Soldiers Returning from Africa

    The US Army has begun isolating soldiers returning from the Ebola outbreak zone in West Africa, but so far the Pentagon has not imposed a new forcewide policy to quarantine all troops who participate in that mission.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  20. Brazil and Saab are discussing a possible lease of Gripens to bridge the gap before deliveries of the advanced Gripen NG. FABRICE COFFRINI/ / AFP

    Brazil Signs Deal With Saab To Buy 36 Gripens

    Brazil has signed a 39.3 billion Swedish krona (US $5.4 billion) deal with Saab to take delivery of 36 of the Swedish defense company's new Gripen NG fighter.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  21. Lockheed Martin and Roketsan will produce the Turkish SOM-J cruise missile for the Joint Strike Fighter program. Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin Signs Deal with Turkish Missile Maker

    Lockheed Martin and Turkey's state-controlled missile maker, Roketsan, have signed a deal to produce the Turkish company's SOM-J cruise missile for the international Joint Strike Fighter program.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  22. Future French naval plans include possible redesigns on three FREMM ships. French Navy

    French Navy Plans To Dominate Above, On and Below the Seas

    Despite a fiscal downturn, France is seeking to continue sailing a blue water Navy able to project maritime power on the waves, silently below and by striking from the air.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  23. The planned new Pattugliatore Polivalente D'Altura vessels will replace a number of Italian Navy ships, including the Minerva-class corvettes such as the Urania, here. Javier Bueno Iturbe / via Wikimedia Commons

    Italy Closing in on Major Patrol Vessel Deal

    The Italian Navy has nearly finalized its design for a new fleet of offshore multipurpose patrol vessels, one step in a massive 20-year, €5.8 billion (US $7.3 billion) funding package.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  24. A dispute between French and Italian companies over the F21 torpedo project highlights the difficult path of European naval cooperation. DCNS

    Europe Struggles With Naval Sector Cooperation

    DCNS was awarded a relatively light €6 million (US $7.6 million) when the French warship builder this year won a little-noticed claim against Italian underwater specialist WASS over the F21 heavy torpedo.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  25. Sagem Promotes 'Complete System' of Protection

    Pirates on the high seas and fast small boats are seen as today's threats to commercial shipping and naval vessels, opening potential markets for naval technology to detect and track such targets, a Sagem senior executive said.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  26. The Vladivostok, a Mistral class amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, is docked at the STX France shipyard. Jean-sebastien Evrard / AFP

    French Mistral Ships Operate While Russian Sale Decision Awaits

    The French Navy deployed two of its three Mistral class helicopter carriers in this month's two-week Catamaran exercise, reflecting the warships' key role in a joint amphibious assault and landing operation.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  27. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ilmars Znotins / AFP

    Erdogan Says Syrian Kurds 'Don't Want' Peshmerga in Kobane

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the main Kurdish party in Syria of not wanting Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq to help it fight Islamic State jihadists trying to overrun the town of Kobane, reports said Sunday.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  28. British soldiers lower the Union Jack during a handover ceremony Oct. 26 before their military withdrawal from the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck complex at Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Wakil Kohsar / AFP

    British Forces Hand Over Control of Last Base in Afghanistan

    British forces Sunday handed over formal control of their last base in Afghanistan to Afghan troops, ending combat operations in the country after 13 years which cost hundreds of lives.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  29. New Wheels: Through the Scorpion project, France intends to produce a vehicle that would replace the ERC-90 Sagaie and the AMX 10 RC, left. Francois Nascimbeni/ / AFP

    Firms Sign Contracts To Kick Off French Vehicle Replacements

    Team partners Nexter, Renault Trucks Defense and Thales have signed the industry side of contracts to develop and build a combat vehicle and a troop carrier, a key step that allows an official review before the government can countersign an order that lau

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  30. Hunting a Mystery Sub: The Swedish corvette Visby underway on the Mysingen Bay on Oct. 21, the fifth day of a search for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago. Sweden called off the search on Oct. 24. FREDRIK SANDBERG/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Sub Search Highlights Growing Unease With Russia

    More than six months after the crisis in the Crimean Peninsula sparked regional agitation between Russia and the rest of Europe, the recent flare-up off Sweden highlighted the worsening relationship and unease among neighbors in the Baltic Sea region, acc

    • Oct. 25, 2014
  31. UK pilots would learn basic skills on a Beechcraft T-6C under a deal in final negotiations. Paul Bowen/Beechcraft

    Beechcraft T-6C at Center of UK Pilot Training Talks

    The next generation of British military pilots will be taught their basic flying skills on a Beechcraft T-6C trainer if a deal between Ascent Flight Training and an Israeli-US industry consortium known as Affinity conclude final negotiations.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  32. Raytheon and Selex are competing to supply a new identification friend-or-foe system for British military aircraft, warships and battlefield vehicles. Above is the Royal Navy's HMS Ocean. BAE Systems

    Selex, Raytheon Compete To Supply IFF System to UK

    Raytheon UK and Selex ES are going head-to-head to supply a new identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system for the British military, the Ministry of Defence announced.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  33. Cypriot President Anastasiades. Yiannis Kourtoglou / AFP

    Draft: EU Leaders Seriously Concerned at Cyprus, Turkey Tensions

    European Union leaders will call on Turkey to respect Cyprus's sovereign rights, expressing 'serious concern' at fresh tensions between the two countries over oil and gas exploration, a draft summit document showed Thursday.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
  34. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Adem Altan / AFP

    Erdogan Says US Airdrops to Kobane 'Wrong'

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticized as 'wrong' the airdrops of ammunition and weapons by US planes to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  35. The Russian Air Force Ilyushin IL-20. Wikimedia Commons

    Alliance: Russian Spy Plane Intercepted in NATO Airspace

    NATO fighter jets intercepted a Russian spy plane over the Baltic Sea after it breached Estonian airspace, the alliance said Wednesday in the latest of such incidents amid tensions with Moscow over Ukraine.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  36. HMS Visby and two minesweepers lie moored at the jetty at Berga marine base outside Stockholm on Wednesday. Fredrik Sandberg / AFP/Getty Images

    Sweden Pulls Back Ships As 'Foreign Sub' Hunt Draws Blank

    Sweden said Wednesday it was pulling back part of its navy that has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week with no vessel found.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  37. Lockheed Martin will set up production facilities in the UK to provide turrets for the British Army Scout vehicles. General Dynamics

    Lockheed Establishing UK Production To Supply Scout Turrets

    Lockheed Martin is setting up a production line in the UK to supply turrets for the British Army's Scout armored vehicles program in a £618 million (US $1 billion) deal announced Tuesday.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  38. Swedish Commander-in-Chief Sverker Goransson talks to media after a nearly two-hour long meeting with the Swedish Parliament defense committee in Stockholm on Oct. 21. Swedish authorities continued searching for an alleged foreign submarine off the coast of Stockholm, as Russia denied reports that one of its vessels had sent radio calls from Swedish waters. Pontus Lundahl / AFP via Getty Images

    Sweden Ready To Use Force Against Suspected Submarine

    Sweden's armed forces chief warned Tuesday it could use force to bring to the surface a suspected Russian mini-submarine its navy has been hunting for days.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  39. BAE expects the purchase of SilverSky to enhance its commercial cyber business. Oli Scarff/Getty Images

    BAE To Buy US Cyber Service Provider

    BAE Systems is buying the US-based commercial cyber service provider SilverSky for US $232.5 million.

    • Oct. 21, 2014
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