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USAF 5th-Generation Fighter Jets Arrive in Bulgaria

Two U.S. F-35 Lightning II aircraft and about 20 supporting airmen arrived in Bulgaria today from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, as part of a deployment that enhances the region’s ability to host the aircraft for future deployments and operations. “This deployment clearly demonstrates our nation’s contribution to the security and collective defense here in

Dual Meteor Missile Firing Marks Major Milestone for Eurofighter Typhoon

A Eurofighter Typhoon has successfully completed a simultaneous firing of two MBDA Meteor Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missiles as part of a major programme of work to integrate the weapon on to the aircraft. The test was conducted using Airbus Defence & Space Instrumented Production Aircraft (IPA) 4 with the support of BAE Systems, Eurofighter

Israeli missiles hit near Damascus airport

A huge blast which struck near Damascus airport early on Thursday was caused by Israeli missiles hitting a “military position”, Syria’s state SANA news agency reported. “A military position southwest of Damascus International Airport was targeted at dawn today by an Israeli aggression using several missiles fired from occupied territory, sparking explosions in the area,”

Russian to Deploy S-300V4 Air Defense Missile Systems to Kaliningrad Region

The Russian Defense Ministry is converting the air defense (AD) division of the Baltic Fleet to the S-300V4 (NATO reporting name: SA-23 Gladiator/Giant) advanced super-long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, according to the Izvestia daily. Show More Summary

Lockheed Martin Delivers New Capabilities for F-35 Logistics System

The Upgraded Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) is Approved for Installation at F-35 Sites Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) next iteration of the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) has been approved for installation at U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy F-35 sites. Along with a number of improvements to the system’s baseline, the upgrade delivers

US Army Orders More Q-53 Counterfire Radars from Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin will manufacture additional AN/TPQ-53 counterfire radar systems for the U.S. Army under a $1.6 billion order-dependent contract. The Q-53 radar system supports troops in combat by detecting, classifying, tracking and identifying the location of enemy indirect fire in either 360- or 90-degree modes. Lockheed Martin completed the 100th Q-53 radar system for the

China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier

China has launched its first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier, state media said Wednesday, as the country seeks to transform its navy into a force capable of projecting power onto the high seas. Beijing has embarked on an extensive project to build a “blue water” navy and modernise its two million-strong military, the world’s

US missile defence equipment reaches S.Korea site

US troops began delivering a missile defence system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea Wednesday, amid heightened tensions over the North’s nuclear ambitions. Washington is urging Beijing — Pyongyang’s sole major ally — to do more to rein it in, but the Asian giant has reacted with fury to the

US Navy Reviews Physiological Episodes

The Navy today announced it is conducting a comprehensive review of the facts, circumstances and processes surrounding the recent physiological episodes involving T-45 and F/A-18 aircrew, to include how these issues have been addressed. On April 21, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran directed Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. Scott Swift to lead

Pentagon chief warns of ‘tough year’ for Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned of “another tough year” in Afghanistan as he arrived on an unannounced visit Monday, hours after his Afghan counterpart resigned over a deadly Taliban attack that triggered anger and left the embattled army in disarray. Paying his first visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief, Mattis met with President Ashraf

World Military Spending: Increases in the USA and Europe, Decreases In Oil-Exporting Countries

Total world military expenditure rose to $1686 billion in 2016, an increase of 0.4 per cent in real terms from 2015, according to new figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Military spending in North America saw its first annual increase since 2010, while spending in Western Europe grew for the second consecutive

Global Defense Spending Increases

According to the latest report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), countries around the world are spending ever more money on weapons. Diplomacy, it seems, is in retreat. Global defense spending has gone up for the first time since 2011. According to the World Military Expenditure Report published by the Stockholm International

Iranian Navy Equipped with New Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) equipped its Navy with a new anti-ship cruise missile. The cruise missile dubbed as Nasir was handed over by the Iranian Defense Ministry to the naval forces in large quantities at a special ceremony on Saturday which was attended by Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and IRGC Navy

Russia flies multiple bomber missions near Alaska: Pentagon

Russian warplanes last week flew a series of missions near Alaska, prompting the North American air defence agency to scramble US and Canadian jets, officials said today. The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) and the Pentagon said Tu-95 Bear bombers were spotted in international air space on three occasions – twice near the Aleutian

US Warship In West Pacific For Navy Drills With Japan

The US supercarrier Carl Vinson will start joint exercises with Japan’s navy on Sunday, Tokyo’s defence ministry said, as the warship passes through the western Pacific after days of contention over its whereabouts. The strike group is in the region as tensions spike over North Korea’s rogue arms program and concerns that Pyongyang is planning

SES Launches Rapid Response Vehicle for Defence, Security Missions

New addition to SES’s government services portfolio is world’s first SATCOM-enabled solution to provide multi-orbit connectivity tailored to border security, ISR (Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance), aid and disaster recovery...Show More Summary

US counting on French anti-terror ops in Africa: Mattis

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday urged France to continue its African anti-terror operations under its new presidency, as he visited strategic Djibouti on the day of France’s first-round election. “I have no doubt that the French will continue to make their own decisions in their own best interest and that the terrorists will

Russia boosts military spending despite sanctions: study

Russia became the world’s third largest military spender in 2016 despite low oil prices and economic sanctions, as the global expenditure rose for a second consecutive year, a study said on Monday. Russia’s military spending was $69.2 billion (around 64 billion euros) in 2016, a 5.9 percent rise over 2015, the Stockholm International Peace Research

Israel to get 3 more F-35 fighter jets on Sunday, army

Israel is to take delivery of three more F-35 stealth fighters from the United States on Sunday, adding to two that arrived in December, an army statement said. They are among 50 that Israel has agreed to buy from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. US President Donald Trump has publicly upbraided Lockheed over “out of control”

Pence announces $10 bn in deals on Indonesia trip

US Vice President Mike Pence announced $10 billion in deals between American and Indonesian companies during a visit to Jakarta Friday, as he pushed for greater access to Southeast Asia’s top economy. Eleven deals were signed. Energy firm Exxon Mobil, General Electric, and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin were among the American companies involved in the

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