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  1. The Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen launched a Naval Strike Missile July 10 during a successful test near Hawaii. A US Navy littoral combat ship will conduct a test launch of the missile in September off California. Forsvaret

    LCS to Conduct Test of Norwegian Missile

    The littoral combat ship USS Coronado will get a chance at an historic LCS first this fall when it launches a surface-to-surface missile in tests off Southern California.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  2. Russia began supplying military helicopters, including Mi-35 attack helicopters, pictured here in Afghanistan in 2009, and fighter jets to Iraq, a report said July 24. AFP

    Report: Russia Delivering Weapons to Iraq

    Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighter jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq's defense minister visited Moscow to press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  3. A part of the Sevastopol ship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel currently under construction for the Russian navy, arrives July 15 from the Baltic in Saint-Nazaire, France. Jean-sebastien Evrard / AFP

    Ukraine 'Disappointed' By French Refusal To Halt Russia Warship Sale

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he was 'very disappointed' by France's decision to go ahead with a deal to sell two warships to Russia, despite international condemnation of Moscow's role in the east Ukraine conflict.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  4. The MNCS Toronto will join the NATO fleet in the Mediterranean. Wikipedia

    Canada Sends Warship to Mediterranean To Join NATO Fleet

    A Canadian warship with a crew of 250 headed Thursday to the Mediterranean where it will join a NATO fleet providing increased security in Eastern Europe amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  5. An armed pro-Russia militant stands at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine. Dominique Faget/ / AFP

    On Capitol Hill, a Cold War Aura Returns

    It's suddenly 1980-something again on Capitol Hill as a Cold War aura fills the halls of Congress.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  6. Peru has acquired the Dutch replenishment ship Amsterdam. AFP

    Peru Acquires Dutch Replenishment Ship

    The Peruvian government has acquired the Netherlands' fleet replenishment ship HNLMS 'Amsterdam,' which will be delivered to the South American country in December, a move signaling an effort to boost naval capabilities.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  7. Lithuania plans to replace its M113 armored personnel carriers. An M113A3 version is shown here. Canadian Master Corporal Karl McKay

    Lithuania To Acquire New Infantry Fighting Vehicles

    The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has announced plans to acquire new infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to replace the country's M113 armored personnel carriers.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  8. Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow. Georges Gobet / AFP

    Britain Still Exporting Arms to Russia

    Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  9. The Vladivostok warship, a Mistral class LHD amphibious vessel ordered by Russia, leaves March 5 for her first trial. Frank Perry / AFP

    US: Transfer of French Warships to Russia 'Inappropriate'

    The delivery of French Mistral-class warships to Russia would be 'completely inappropriate' given the West's misgivings about Moscow's role in Ukraine, the United States said Tuesday.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  10. Gen. William Shelton, commander of the US Air Force Space Command in 2013. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images

    Shelton: Russia's Doubt Over US Satellite Capabilities Shows 'Desperation'

    Russian statements expressing skepticism that the US can produce satellite images showing a surface-to-air missile shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet on July 17 shows 'desperation' on Russia's part, the top Air Force space official said today.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  11. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. Samuel Kubani / AFP

    Austria FM: EU to Prepare Defense-Sector Sanctions Against Russia

    The European Commission will shortly begin work on defense sector sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  12. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is one of the senior US lawmakers calling for European powers to hold Russia accountable after the downing of a civilian airliner over eastern Ukraine last week. Brendan Smialowski/ / AFP

    In Washington, Spotlight Shifts to European Response to Malaysian Airliner Shootdown

    Senior US lawmakers are increasingly saying European powers must act to punish Russia for its role in the shootdown of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane in eastern Ukraine.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  13. The Royal Navy helicopter carrier Illustrious steams alongside HMS Ocean in a ceremonial passing of the responsibility for protecting the United Kingdom's interests. Illustrious then made her final entry into Portsmouth naval base, ending a 32-year career with the fleet. UK Royal Navy

    Royal Navy's Illustrious Passes the Torch, Ends Career

    Illustrious, the second most famous commissioned warship in the Royal Navy, returned to Portsmouth naval base for the last time July 21, marking the end of a 32-year career for the helicopter carrier.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  14. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. Georges Gobet / AFP

    Lithuania Slams French Warship Deal With Russia During Ukraine Crisis

    Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite said Tuesday the European Union was compromising its values to protect trade ties with Russia, pointing to a French warship agreement with Moscow.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  15. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. Janek Skarzynski / AFP

    Poland: NATO Must Beef Up Eastern Flank

    Presidents from nine ex-communist NATO members met in Warsaw on Tuesday for talks on how to re-enforce the alliance's eastern frontier as it faces a resurgent Russia.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  16. The headquarters of German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp AG in Essen, Germany. Patrik Stollarz / AFP

    Saab Buys ThyssenKrupp's Swedish Submarine Shipyard

    Swedish defense and aeronautics group Saab said Tuesday it had completed the acquisition of a submarine shipyard in Sweden owned by German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  17. British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street for Parliament on July 21 in London. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    Britain's Cameron Urges Military Sanctions Against Russia

    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday urged the EU to hit Russia with tougher sanctions over the downing of flight MH17, calling for a ban on military sales and criticizing France's deal to build two warships for Moscow.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  18. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and members of a forensic team inspect a refrigerator railroad car containing the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez on July 21. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on the West to provide precision strike weapons to his country, where the plane was downed by a missile on July 17. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    Ukrainian PM Calls On West for Weapons After Airliner Downed

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on the West to provide precision strike weapons to his country following the shootdown July 17 of a Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  19. Turkey will buy new missile boats to add to a fleet that includes Kiliç-class fast attack craft such as the Meltem. Turkish Navy via Wikimedia Commons

    Turkey To Formalize Fast Missile Boat Race

    Turkey's procurement authorities are preparing to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 10 fast missile boats, formalizing the planned competition.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  20. A pro-Russia militant holds up a stuffed animal as others look on at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 18. Dominique Faget / Getty Images

    Airliner Strike Intensifies Urgency for E. European Procurement, Cooperation

    The shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger aircraft over eastern Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists are fighting against Ukraine's pro-government troops, is likely to further contribute to security concerns in Eastern Europe, where NATO all

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  21. Finmeccanica's familiar bubble chalet returned to the Farnborough International Airshow this year, but inside, new CEO Mauro Moretti was figuring out ways to cut costs. Leon Neal / Getty Images

    New Finmeccanica CEO Eyes Shake-ups

    Finmeccanica returned to the Farnborough International Airshow this year with its hard-to-miss white bubble pavilion, but in his first air show appearance, new CEO Mauro Moretti promised that just about everything else at the Italian group is due for a ra

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  22. A piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is pictured in a field July 20 near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk. The missile system used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner was handed to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine by Moscow, the top US diplomat said Sunday. Bulent Kilic / Getty Images

    Report: US Believes Russia Gave Rebels Missiles That Downed Airliner

    The United States believes Moscow provided Ukrainian rebels with the missile launchers that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and moved them back into Russia after it was hit, US newspapers reported late Saturday.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  23. Working the Show: Frank Kendall, US undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, speaks July 14 during a press briefing on the F-35 at Farnborough. CARL COURT/ / AFP/Getty Images

    US Doubles Down on Foreign Military Sales

    The United States military-industrial complex, battered by budget cuts and drops in domestic procurement, made it clear at this year's Farnborough International Airshow that it is targeting the world market as never before.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  24. Grim Task: Rescuers stand on the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. DOMINIQUE FAGET/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Analysts: Airliner Shootdown Points to Russian-Made System

    US officials said on July 18 that they were unsure if the BUK surface-to-air missile system suspected of shooting down a Malaysian Air flight on July 17 was transported over the border from Russia, or a Ukrainian system captured by pro-Russian separatists

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  25. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, exchanges documents with his Malian counterpart, Bah N'Daw, July 16, in Bamako after signing a military cooperation plan in the fight against Islamist militants. HABIBOU KOUYATE/ / AFP/Getty Images

    France Reorganizes Military Presence in Sub-Saharan Africa

    France is rebasing its military and intelligence presence in sub-Saharan Africa with the cooperation of five nations to fight insurgents in the region, the spokesman for the chief of the Defense Staff said.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  26. People search for bodies on Fridayat the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists in the region and officials in Kiev blamed each other for the crash, after the plane was apparently hit by a surface-to-air missile. All 298 people on board Flight MH17 died when the plane crashed. Dominique Faget / AFP

    Ukraine Rebels Promise MH17 Investigators Safe Passage

    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine agreed Friday to allow investigators access to the scattered crash site of a Malaysian airliner that was shot down, killing all 298 aboard.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  27. A picture taken July 17 shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Dominique Faget / AFP

    Reports: Malaysian Airliner Crashes in East Ukraine

    A Malaysian passenger liner flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in insurgency-wracked east Ukraine, regional officials said Thursday, as Ukraine's president said the jet may have been shot down.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  28. The Finnish vessel Hamina leaves the Frederikshavn Harbour to take part in a German-led naval exercise. Finn leaders are reaching consensus about increasing the military budget. Henning Bagger / AFP

    Cross-Party Support Grows in Finland To Boost Defense Spending

    The crisis in the Ukraine has united cross-party political consensus to strengthen defense spending in Finland, after six years of near static growth in the military budget.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  29. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Yoshikazu Tsuno / Getty Images

    Japan, Britain To Launch Joint Missile Research

    Japan said Thursday it would join forces with Britain to jointly develop missile technology for fighter jets, while also moving to export Japanese-made parts for US surface-to-air missiles.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  30. A British RAF Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft leaves RAF Marham in Norfolk, England. Gavin Fogg / AFP

    Selex Provides Jamming Pod for RAF Tornado Aircraft

    Selex ES has been contracted to design and develop a common jamming pod for RAF Tornado aircraft, the firm said Wednesday at the Farnborough International Airshow.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  31. The Watchkeeper UAV could become part of Thales' plan to lease sensor capabilities. Thales

    Want To Lease a Watchkeeper UAV? Call Thales

    As part of a plan to lease and rent sensor capabilities to military and civilian customers, Thales has said it would consider leasing out the Watchkeeper UAV.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  32. A demonstrator of Alenia's new M-345 trainer was flown at Farnborough. Alenia Aermacchi

    Alenia Flies New Trainer Demonstrator at Farnborough

    One year after announcing it at the Paris Air Show, Italy's Alenia Aermacchi has flown a demonstrator of its new basic advanced M-345 trainer at the Farnborough International Airshow.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  33. An air defense rocket system is displayed at MILEX-2014 in Belarus. A delegation of Pakistani officials attended the exhibition. Viktor Drachev / AFP

    Belarus, Pakistan Seek Closer Defense Industry Cooperation

    Belarus and Pakistan have expressed an interest in pursuing closer defense industrial relations, but the likely path forward is uncertain at this early stage of talks, say analysts.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  34. Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industries hopes to gain C-130 upgrade work outside of Turkey. Lockheed Martin

    Turks Seeking C-130 Upgrade Deals Abroad

    Turkey's national aerospace specialist has perhaps busied itself too long with upgrading the country's fleet of C-130 transport aircraft but it finally reached the delivery stage and is now confident it may win similar upgrade contracts abroad.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  35. Britain's new Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond arrives in Downing Street in London on Tuesday. Philip Hammond, named Britain's new foreign secretary, is an arch-eurosceptic who wants to leave the European Union unless London retakes significant powers from Brussels. Ben Stansall / AFP

    Hammond — A 'Quiet Man' Who Could Make Noise in Europe

    Philip Hammond, named Britain's new foreign secretary on Tuesday, is an arch-eurosceptic who wants to leave the European Union unless London retakes significant powers from Brussels.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
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