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Russia accuses Turkey of preparing to invade Syria

Russia on Thursday accused Turkey of actively preparing to invade Syria, saying it had spotted troops and military equipment on the border with the war-torn country. “We have serious grounds to suspect Turkey is in intensive preparations for an armed invasion of the territory of a sovereign state — the Syrian Arab Republic,” the defence

Turkey trying to conceal illegal military activity on Syrian border – Russian military

Turkey is trying to conceal its illegal military activity on the border with Syria and has canceled an agreed Russian observation flight over its territory because of that, Russia’s Defense Ministry said. “Such steps carried out by a country, which is a NATO member state, in no way contribute to the strengthening of trust and

Britain set to buy two Zephyr spy drones from Airbus

The British government is close to ordering two solar-powered high-altitude Zephyr surveillance drones from European aerospace giant Airbus, it said Wednesday. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a statement that the deal was worth £10.6 million ($15.2 million, 14 million euros), in the first ever order for Airbus Zephyr unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). “The

Russian Helicopters Delivers 151 Helicopters to India

Russian Helicopters delivered the final batch of helicopters to India under a previously signed agreement. India received 151 Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters produced by JSC Kazan Helicopters through Rosoboronexport. “India is...Show More Summary

Japan says will destroy North Korea missile if threat to territory

Japan said Wednesday it would destroy a North Korean missile if it threatened to fall on its territory, after Pyongyang announced it planned to launch a space rocket this month. “Today the defence minister issued an order” to destroy such a missile if it “is confirmed that it will fall on Japanese territory,” the defence

Malaysia Orders MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc.(MDHI) is pleased to announce that it succeeded in its bid to supply six (6) MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopters to Malaysia’s Ministry of Defense. MDHI will deliver the launch helicopters to Malaysian Army Aviation (Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat; PUTD) beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016, with the full fleet to deliver

Russia Deploys First Su-35S Fighter Aircraft to Syria

Russia has sent its advanced, super-maneuverable Su-35S multirole fighters to Syria to test the brand-new aircraft in a combat environment for the first time ever; aviation experts explain what makes the warplanes so unique. The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that advanced, super-maneuverable Su-35S multirole fighters have begun their combat mission in Syria. More likely

UK MoD Invests £1.1 Billion In Future Military Flying Training

More than a billion pounds is to be invested by the Ministry of Defence to continue the modernisation of military flying training in the UK. The new Fixed Wing flying training system will provide modern training aircraft as well as up-to-date ground based training devices such as simulators and classroom learning for aircrew across the

Pentagon chief to unveil mini-drones, anti-IS funds

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will on Tuesday preview the Pentagon’s plans for its 2017 budget, including extra cash to fight the Islamic State group, previously secret mini-drones and a beefed-up US presence in Europe’s east. The base budget for fiscal year 2017 is expected to be $524 billion, augmented by $59 billion for an

USAF Awards Contract for Next Air Force One

The Boeing Company was awarded a contract Jan. 29 for risk reduction activities for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, which will field the next Air Force One. This is the first contract the Air Force has awarded for this program. Additional modifications will be made to this contract in the future to purchase the commercial

Netherlands to join US-led air strikes in Syria

Bowing to US demands, the Dutch government announced Friday it will take part in US-led air strikes in Syria against the Islamic State group, extending its current air support mission over Iraq. “In order to make the fight against ISIS in Iraq more efficient, it has been decided to carry out air strikes against ISIS

Japan orders military to prepare to destroy North Korea missile

Japan has ordered its military to be ready to destroy any missile fired by North Korea that threatens the country, local media reported Friday, as concerns mount that Pyongyang is preparing a rocket launch. Defence Minister Gen Nakatani issued the order, the Nikkei daily and Kyodo News reported, after reports of suspicious activity at Pyongyang’s

US Army to go universal with UAS operator training

The Army is working toward a universal control interface for unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, that will help operators pilot more than one type. “Probably one of the biggest and most impacting changes that we’re looking forward to in our strategy is that of a universal operator and a universal control interface,” said Col. Paul

France wants to end Central African military operation this year

France said Sunday its stretched military would pull out of the troubled Central African Republic as it fights on multiple foreign fronts and is increasingly called on for anti-terror operations at home. Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told French media on Sunday that the government was aiming to wind down Operation Sangaris, the military operation

Japan Unveils First Stealth Fighter Jet

Japan on Thursday unveiled its first stealth fighter jet, officials said, with the maiden test flight planned for next month. The defence ministry’s acquisition agency showed off the domestically developed, radar-dodging X-2 fighter at a regional airport near the central city of Komaki. Its first flight is scheduled in mid-February before delivery to the defence

Fire-Teams: The Tactical Tip of The Spear

A fire-team is small infantry team of four that operates at the tactical level. It is generally considered as the second smallest organisation in armed forces that employ the bounding overwatch tactic, in which the smallest organisation capable of independent operation being crews of machine guns, anti-tank launchers, mortars, or specialist teams such as a

US to deploy missile attack drones in South Korea

The United States intends to deploy in South Korea the newest MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones, that can not only conduct reconnaissance flights, but also missile attacks, a South Korean news outlet reported Wednesday. According to the Chosun Ilbo, citing a US military source, deployment of Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), that are superior in

5-4 Cav partners with Jordan’s 3rd Mech Brigade

JOINT TRAINING CENTER, Jordan: Soldiers with U.S. Army Central’s 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, partnered with soldiers of the Jordanian Armed Forces, or JAF, to plan and execute an ongoing mission readiness exercise, or MRX, near the JAF’s Joint Training Center, Jordan, that began, Jan. 17. JAF

France delivers 3 more Rafale fighters to Egypt

Egypt received three Rafale fighters from France on Thursday, the military said, six months after Paris delivered the first three of a consignment of 24 of the warplanes. The delivery is part of a 5.2 billion-euro ($5.6 billion) deal Cairo signed with Paris in February 2015 to purchase 24 Rafale multi-role combat jets, a frigate

US has no plans yet to attack ISIS forces in Libya: Pentagon

The United States has not decided whether to launch military action in Libya, where the Islamic State group is exploiting political instability to expand its operations, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Thursday. Washington is “developing options for what we might do in the future,” Carter told reporters. But he added: “We’re watching the situation very

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