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  1. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced on Wednesday they plan to send arms to help Iraqi Kurds. ODD ANDERSEN / AFP/Getty Images

    Germany Willing to Deliver Weapons to Support Iraqi Kurds

    Germany has signaled its willingness to supply weapons to Kurds in northern Iraq, two top German officials told journalists on Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  2. Turkey's president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Aug. 21 after announcing Davutoglu as new chairman of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and new Turkish prime minister in Ankara. Adem Altan / AFP

    Turk Ruling Party Designates New PM

    Turkey's next prime minister will be Ahmet Davutoglu, the current Foreign Minister, according to an Aug. 21 announcement by the country's ruling Justice and Development Party. Davutoglu will also become the party's chairman.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  3. The United Launch Alliance has received two more RD-180 engines. The Russian-made engines, used to launch satellites aboard the Atlas V vehicle, have become controversial since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. ULA

    ULA Receives RD-180 Engines Despite Russia-Ukraine Crisis

    The United Launch Alliance (ULA) received a pair of RD-180 rocket engines this week, the first delivery since Russia's invasion of Ukraine kicked off a national debate about the use of the Russian-made engines for national security launches.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  4. Ukrainian troops ride on a tank and a self-propelled gun near the eastern city of Lugansk on Wednesday. ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP/Getty Images

    Kiev Says Two Russian Armoured Vehicles Captured in East Ukraine

    Ukraine's military on Thursday said its forces in the east of the country had captured two Russian armored vehicles with documents linking them to an elite army paratrooper unit.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  5. Pakistan Air Force F-16B models take part in a 2010 Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Pentagon has told international operators of the F-16B model to inspect their jets for cracks. Airman 1st Class Daniel Phelps / US Air Force

    Pentagon Tells International Partners to Inspect F-16B Fleet for Cracks

    As the Pentagon works to analyze and repair widespread cracks in its F-16D fleet, it is recommending that partner nations closely inspect their F-16B and D models.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  6. A pro-Russia militant stands guard on a road near Donetsk on Aug. 18. Dimitar Dilkoff / Getty Images

    Russia Stages New Military Exercises

    The Russian defense ministry said Wednesday it was conducting fresh military exercises in the south of the country as fighting intensified between rebels and government forces in Ukraine.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  7. An armed pro-Russian militant checks passing cars May 20 near the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Viktor Drachev / AFP

    NATO Eyes 'Alliance Assurance' Force

    In response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, NATO leaders are examining the need to enhance the readiness of deployable military forces to reassure allies and deter threats to the alliance.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  8. Italian officials are investigating the collision of two Air Force Tornado aircraft. JACK GUEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Italian Air Force Jets Collide

    Two Italian Air Force Tornado aircraft reportedly collided during a training mission in central Italy on Tuesday, crashing and sparking a large forest fire.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  9. A man fishes in front of the Russian Navy aircraft carrier Kuznetsov moored off the coast of Cyprus in February. Kuznetsov is Russia's only active aircraft carrier. Yiannis Kourtoglou / AFP

    Russian Defense Minister Vows To Strengthen Navy

    Russia announced plans Tuesday to bolster its navy with more advanced weapons in response to NATO's vow to halt the Kremlin's push into Ukraine and feared expansion into eastern Europe.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  10. A BAE display model shows the new Type 26 frigate proposed for the Royal Navy. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    New UK Frigate Proposals Coming Together

    BAE Systems is finishing proposals to build a new generation of frigates for the Royal Navy and has begun delivering details of the bid to the British Defence Ministry ahead of a decision expected by the end of the year, company officials said.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  11. Trade visitors stand in front of a Raytheon booth during the Singapore Air Show on Feb. 11. Raytheon will receive a substantial payout from the British government over a canceled border protection program. Roslan Rahman / Getty Images

    UK Required To Pay Raytheon Over Border Security Program Termination

    Britain will make a hefty payout to a US defense company after a tribunal found London had unlawfully terminated a contract to provide the country's electronic borders program.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  12. The HMS Queen Elizabeth is pictured in Rosyth dockyard. Managed service providers aim to help keep British procurement programs on track. Getty Images

    Bechtel, CH2M Hill Win UK Service Provider Contracts

    Two US contractors have landed key contracts to help overhaul the way Britain's Ministry of Defence runs its 14 billion (US $23.4 billion) procurement and support organization.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  13. Replacement of Russian military equipment, such as MiG-29s, is one part of Bulgaria's modernization plan. Wikimedia

    Bulgarian DM Unveils Army Modernization Program, Fighter Jet Procurement

    Bulgarian Defense Minister Velizar Shalamanov has announced a 1 billion leva (US $680 million) program to modernize the military's armament and decrease its dependency on weapons and components from Russia by 2020.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  14. Now that Turkey has updated eight former Perry-class frigates, such as the Gediz, with Havelsan's GENESIS advanced combat management system, it hopes to sell the software to the US Navy. US Navy

    Turkey Hopes To Export GENESIS System for G-class Frigates

    Turkey's procurement office, in connection with state-controlled military software company Havelsan, has launched efforts to export an indigenous naval combat management system.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  15. Armed soldiers of the Ukrainian special force stand during a military operation near Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, on Saturday. ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images

    Analysis: Ukraine Attack on Convoy Sends Tough Message

    A Ukrainian attack on a suspected convoy of Russian military vehicles sent Moscow a tough new message: Ukraine's military is more confident about protecting its territory, and a full-scale Russian invasion could be prolonged and bloody.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  16. An elderly man looks at a pro-Russian tank moving along a street in Donetsk on Friday. Shelling killed 11 civilians and wounded eight more over the past 24 hours in the besieged rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, local authorities said. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

    Ukraine Says It 'Destroyed' Part of Russian Armed Convoy

    Ukraine said Friday that its artillery destroyed part of a convoy of Russian military vehicles that crossed into Ukraine at around the same time as a Russian relief aid convoy was reaching the border area.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  17. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, arrives Aug. 13 for a weekly meeting of the German cabinet at the chancellery in Berlin. John MacDougall / AFP

    Report: Germany To Send Aid to North Iraq

    German air force planes will deliver humanitarian aid to northern Iraq on Friday, media reported, as Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin was also considering sending weapons to help the embattled country.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  18. Two French Rafale fighter planes fly July 14 outside Paris before taking part in the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees. Franck Pennant / AFP

    India Talks To Buy French Fighter Jets Still On, Minister Says

    India's talks to buy fighter jets from France's Dassault Aviation in a 2012 deal worth $12 billion are still underway but are complex, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has said.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  19. Peshmerga forces hand out water bottles and show the way to displaced Iraqi families from the Yazidi community as they cross the Iraqi-Syrian border at the Fishkhabur crossing, in northern Iraq, on Aug. 11. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    UK Joins International Effort To Aid Yazidis in Iraq

    Britain will be part of an international mission to rescue Yazidi refugees stranded in northern Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  20. French President Francois Hollande is greeted by a crowd on Aug. 4 in front the city hall in Liege, Belgium. Fred Dufour / AFP

    Hollande: France To Deliver Arms To Kurds in Iraq

    France will deliver weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic extremists in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced on Wednesday.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  21. Western sanctions against Russia will not affect the country's multi-billion-dollar weapons sales, the state-owned arms export company said. AFP

    Russia Says Sanctions Won't Affect Arms Sales

    Western sanctions against Russia will not affect the country's multi-billion-dollar weapons sales, the state-owned arms export company said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  22. Turkey Selects Local Firm in Tank Engine Program

    Turkey's top procurement panel selected a local tractor and diesel engine manufacturer to design and develop an engine for the country's first indigenous new generation main battle tank, the Altay.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  23. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter takes position on the front line in Bashiqa, a town 13 kilometers northeast of Mosul. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Czech Republic Prepares Arms Supply for Kurds

    Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek has announced plans by his country to supply arms to the Kurdish forces in northern Iraq to support their battle against the Islamic State terror group.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  24. The River-class patrol vessel HMS Mersey is pictured at sea near Portsmouth. Agreement has been reached on construction of three large patrol vessels to replace the River-class vessels for the British Navy. Caroline Davies/Crown Copyright

    BAE, UK Government Settle Agreement on New Patrol Vessels

    The British government has firmed up an agreement with BAE Systems to build three large patrol vessels for the Royal Navy in a contract valued at 348 million (US $584 million).

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  25. A part of the Sevastopol ship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel currently under construction for the Russian navy, arrives July 15 in Saint-Nazaire, France, from the Baltic. Jean-Debastien Evrard / AFP

    Official: Russia To Pay for French Warships Only Upon Full Delivery

    Russia will not pay for the Mistral warships being built by France until both ships have been delivered, an official said on Tuesday.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  26. Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi visit the Black Sea Fleet's missile cruiser Moskva on Aug. 12 in the sea port of Sochi. Alexei Druzhinin / AFP

    Putin Vows To Boost Arms Sales To Egypt's Sisi

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday promised Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to speed up the delivery of billions of dollars in arms and invited Cairo to forge free trade ties with a Moscow-led customs bloc.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  27. A mixed flight group of Strizhi and Russkie Vityazi (Russian Knights) perform Aug. 27 during the MAKS-2013, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, Russia. Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP

    Swiss Bar Russian Display Team from Air Show Over Ukraine Crisis

    Switzerland said Tuesday that it has decided to block the participation of Russia's air display team at a military show in the neutral nation due to the Ukraine crisis.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
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