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  1. Eyes on Sub Market: The Swedish diesel-powered attack submarine Götland and others of its class were built in Sweden by Kockums, now part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. Stockholm supports Swedish company Saab's move to buy the former Kockums from its German owners. PH2 Patricia R. Totemeier/US Navy

    Sweden's Goals Fuel Saab's Acquisitions

    The Swedish government's drive to rebuild core national defense capacities is pivotal to Saab's ambitions to develop a competitive submarine branch and become a major global player in this segment, government and company insiders say.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  2. 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
  3. France is planning celebrations of a French Foreign Legion battle from 1863. Remy Gabalda/AFP

    France Plans Foreign Legion Celebration

    French Mirage fighters flying over a key Foreign Legion public parade marks American pilots' aid to France before the US entered the first world war, an Army officer said April 17.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  4. Sen. Mitch McConnell has urged the Obama administration to send weapons to Ukraine. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    McConnell Calls for US to Arm Ukraine, Blames Obama for Russian Invasion

    The US Senate's top Republican on Thursday said America should send weapons to the Ukrainian military as that country teeters on the brink of war with Russia.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  5. Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade April 7 at the Donetsk regional council office building in eastern Ukraine. US Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and four-star chief of US European Command, said he rejects the Russians' claim that their military is not conducting operations in the towns of eastern Ukraine. Alexander Khudoteply / AFP

    USAF 4-star: Armed Attackers in Ukraine Are Russian Troops in Disguise

    The Russians aren't fooling anyone.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  6. A pro-Russia activist guards a barricade April 17 outside the police regional building seized by the separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Genya Savilov / Getty Images

    Diplomats Demand End To Violence in Ukraine

    A clash outside a military base ended with the first deaths so far in a Ukraine anti-militant operation as Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted Thursday in a radio interview that Russian soldiers did secretly invade Crimea to help pro-Russian Ukrainians take over the province by force.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  7. CF-18 Hornet fighter jets belonging to the Canadian 410 'Couger' Squadron are seen in 2009 under shelters on the tarmac at Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif. David McNew / Getty Images

    Canada Sends Fighter Jets To Eastern Europe

    Canada is deploying six CF-18 fighter jets to Eastern Europe as part of NATO's response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  8. Foreign delegations will attend a conference at the Eurosatory trade show that will focus on combat helicopters. Anthony Pecchi / Airbus Helicopters

    Foreign Delegations Invited to Eurosatory Conference on Helos

    The French Army Air Corps has invited some 20 foreign delegations to attend a three-day visit, with a focus on combat helicopters, at the Eurosatory trade show, an Army officer said April 17.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  9. Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says his country wants to host a larger NATO and US presence. Mike Morones/Staff

    Poland Wants Larger US, NATO Troop Presence

    Poland's defense minister is calling for a larger US and NATO military presence in his country to deter the type of Russian aggression occurring in eastern Ukraine.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  10. The F-35 will make its international debut in July at the Royal International Air Tattoo and will also fly at the Farnborough International Air Show. Lockheed Martin

    F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

    The F-35 is heading for Britain in July to fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough Air Show.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  11. Armed men wearing military fatigues gather around armored personnel carriers as they stand guard outside the regional state building seized by pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 16. GENYA SAVILOV/Agence France-Presse

    Stronger US Economic Sanctions Urged Against Russia

    The Obama administration should enact stiffer economic sanctions on Russia, but it's unclear whether such moves will lead Vladimir Putin to stand down in eastern Ukraine, say several former US officials.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  12. Turkish troops parade during Victory Day celebrations in 2013. Turkey plans to establish a factory to produce its own explosives, bombs and warheads. Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse

    Turkey To Produce Warheads, Airplane Bombs

    Turkey will this year launch a 'national' factory to produce its own warheads, airplane bombs and plastic explosives, a Cabinet minister said Apr. 16.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  13. The Czech Republic plans to acquire new helicopters to replace its Mi-35s and Mi-24s. Here, an Mi-24 patrols in Venezuela. Pedro Rey/Agence France-Presse

    Czech Military Eyes New Multipurpose Helicopters

    The Czech Armed Forces are aiming to acquire 16 new multipurpose helicopters. Deliveries are scheduled to take place from 2016 to 2020, reported local news agency CTK.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  14. A US F15C Eagle jet fighter takes off April 16 near Siauliai Zuokniai, Lithunaia, deployed on NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission. Petras Malukas / AFP

    Rasmussen: NATO To Deploy More Forces in Eastern Europe

    NATO said Wednesday it will deploy additional air, sea and land forces in Eastern Europe in response to the worsening crisis in Ukraine and take further action if needed.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  15. A tiger-painted Czech Gripen operates in a NATO activity. Saab has submitted information to the Malaysian government about a possible Gripen lease. Milan Nikodym / Saab

    Saab Offers Info on Gripen Lease to Malaysia

    Saab has confirmed it has submitted proposals to the Malaysian government for the lease of Gripen fighters but said it wasn't responding to a formal request for information.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  16.  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
  17. Malaysian Minister of Defence Hishammuddin Hussein talks with journalists at Defence Services Asia. Hussein identified cyber terrorism as a vital security issue. MOHD RASFAN/Agence France-Presse

    BAE Shifts Cyber Software Development to Malaysia

    BAE Systems Applied Intelligence business is moving the center of its cyber software development activities to Malaysia as part of a strategy that will see the Southeast Asian location emerge as a key component of it growing security business, according t

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  18. Italy's AgustaWestland is offering a variant of its AW109 to serve as a US Navy training helicopter. AgustaWestland

    AgustaWestland Pitches AW119 for US Navy Helicopter Trainer

    Helicopter maker AgustaWestland is touting the capabilities of its American-built AW119Kx as a candidate to replace the US Navy's current fleet of training choppers.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  19. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks Tuesday at the Ecole Militaire in Paris after receiving a report on harassment and sexual violence in the French military. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/Agence France-Presse

    French Women To Crew Ballistic Missile Sub Fleet

    The French Navy plans to send three women officers to sail in the ballistic missile submarine fleet, a first for the French service, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said April 15.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  20. Sweden-TKK Relations Sour

    The deteriorating relationship between the Swedish government and German industrial group Thyssen-Krupp-Kockums (TKK) hit a new low last week. The state defense procurement agency, FMV, confirmed on April 11 that it had '

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  21. The Vladivostok, a Mistral-class helicopter carrier ordered by Russia, leaves for its first sea trial on March 5. Russia ordered two carriers with an option for two more. Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images

    NATO Treads Carefully on French Deal With Russia

    France has the right to decide whether to deliver a controversial helicopter carrier to Russia, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. But the opinions of allies also count.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  22. Members of the Afghan National Police Crisis Response Unit prepare to be extracted by an Mi-17 helicopter during training in Surobi, Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/US Air Force

    US Lawmakers Press for End to NATO Cooperation With Russia

    Eleven members of Congress sent another letter to Secretary of State John Kerry this morning urging the United States to push its NATO allies to 'cease all trade involving military equipment with Russia' in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea and co

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  23. Flying a Different Flag: The Turkish frigate Gelibolu, the ex-Reid, approaches Doha, Qatar, on March 24. A number of foreign navies are eager to acquire ex-US Navy frigates, but politics is preventing some allies, like Turkey, from receiving any more. Christopher P. Cavas/Staff

    New US Frigate Transfer Bill Advances

    The US Navy's frigate force is rapidly shrinking as the 1980s-era ships are taken out of service. The Navy would love to transfer the ships to friendly nations for further service, and several nations are eager to have them.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  24. Ismail Demir THY Teknik

    Turkey Appoints New Procurement Chief

    The Turkish government has appointed an aviation expert as new chief official for defense procurement, according to a government decree.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  25.  Sgt. Pete Mobbs/UK Ministry of Defence

    Interview: Chris Bernhardt

    US defense support services provider DynCorp International opened for business in the United Kingdom last month as part of a strategy aimed at putting the fizz back in the performance of a company buffeted recently by the drawdown of forces in Afghanistan

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  26. Mauro Moretti is the new CEO of Finmeccanica. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

    Moretti New Finmeccanica CEO

    As part of a management reshuffle involving Italy's large state-controlled firms, the Italian government appointed Mauro Moretti as the new CEO of Finmeccanica on Monday, replacing Alessandro Pansa, who has been CEO since February 2013.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  27. The Italian Navy frigate Maestrale brings aboard 76 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea in October during Operation Mare Nostrum. Italian Defense Ministry

    Italy Copes With 'Biblical Exodus' of Migrants in Mediterranean

    The Italian Navy opened fire on human traffickers in the Mediterranean Sea last fall as thousands of migrants, including sub-Saharan Africans and Syrians, made desperate bids to sail to Italy.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  28. US military personnel works with a contractor to align a mine-resistant, ambush protected vehicle on a trailer in 2011 at Forward Operating Base Warrior to haul equipment out of Iraq to meet the deadline for the US military transition from Iraq. Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen / US Air Force

    SIPRI: Global Military Spending Drops, Led By US

    World military expenditure fell in 2013 as the United States and other Western countries cut back, but spending in emerging economies grew, a Swedish think tank said on Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  29. The destroyer USS Donald Cook is seen April 14 at the Constanta shipyard in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta. A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the U.S. Navy destroyer while it was steaming in the Black Sea. Petrut Calinescu / Getty Images

    Pentagon Condemns 'Provocative' Russian Military Action Against US Navy Ship

    A Russian fighter jet on Saturday made repeated 'provocative' close-range, low-altitude passes above the US Navy destroyer Donald Cook while it was steaming in the Black Sea, heightening Cold War-style tensions that have continued to escalate for weeks, a defense official said.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  30. Saab may take over ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems operations in Sweden. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems

    Saab Moves Closer To Takeover of ThyssenKrupp Sub Building Operations in Sweden

    The Swedish government has welcomed Saab's push to take over ThyssenKrupp's submarine building operations in Sweden, which form part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS).

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  31. Lithuanian soldiers operate during a multinational exercise for Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian troops near Vilnius. Events in Ukraine have prompted Lithuania to procure three radars for its border with Belarus. Petras Malukas / Agence France-Presse

    Lithuanian Military To Deploy New Radars to Belarus Border

    The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense is planning to deploy three new radars to Lithuania's border with Belarus to bolster the military's air surveillance capacity.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  32. ThyssenKrupp said on Monday it is in talks with Saab of Sweden over the sale of its Swedish shipywards business. AFP

    Thyssenkrupp Says In Talks With Saab Over Shipyards Deal

    German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp said on Monday it is in talks with Saab of Sweden over the sale of its Swedish shipywards business.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  33. A Starstreak missile system is demonstrated by British soldiers at Blackheath in southeast London. Thales UK hopes to market the system to the Malaysian military. Carl Court/Agence France-Presse

    Thales UK Joins With Global Komited To Market Starstreak in Malaysia

    With two Starstreak missile contract wins under its belt in the region recently, Thales UK is looking to extend its success by partnering with Global Komited to tackle an expected Malaysian requirement for very-short-range air defense weapons.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  34. The UK may waive certification requirements for the three Rivet Joint aircraft it has purchased. Here, a Rivet Joint flies over Afghanistan. US Air Force

    UK May Waive Rivet Joint Certification Requirements

    Britain may waive its normal aircraft certification process to approve Royal Air Force operation of the RC-135W Rivet Joint signals intelligence aircraft, the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) said in its 2013 annual report.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  35. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during an April 10 joint press conference at the Czech government headquarter in Prague. Michal Cizek / AFP

    NATO Chief Sees Russian Hand in East Ukraine Escalation

    NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Sunday he was 'extremely concerned' about the escalation of tensions in east Ukraine, saying actions by uniformed, pro-Russian gunmen with military weapons pointed to an organized campaign to destabilize the region.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  36. 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
  37. A Swedish Gripen, Norwegian F-16 and Finnish F/A-18 Hornet participate in the Iceland Air Meet 2014 in February. Stepped-up aerial patrols over eastern Europe are among NATO's options amid the crisis in Ukraine. NATO

    NATO Weighs East Europe Deployments

    Interim air, land and sea deployments, a review and exercises, and an increase in the readiness level of the NATO Response Force are among the range of options that NATO's supreme allied commander could present this month to reassure Eastern European nati

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  38. Tusas Turkish Engine Industries wants to build the future engine to power the Anka UAV. Turkish Aerospace Industries

    Turkish Company Hopes To Build New Anka Engine, Win Exports

    Turkish national engine specialist Tusas Turkish Engine Industries (TEI), which agreed to produce prototype engines for the country's first indigenous UAV, has entered a partnership with GE Aviation and now anticipates export sales.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  39. Lawmakers want to halt the US purchase of Russian helicopters for Afghanistan. Russia Helicopters

    US Lawmakers Press Lew, Kerry to Block Funds for Russian Helos

    Over three dozen US lawmakers are urging senior Obama administration officials to slap sanctions on the Russian firm that has been supplying helicopters to the Afghan military.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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