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EU to boost joint defence spending

The EU unveiled ambitious plans Wednesday to boost joint defence spending including on shared assets like drones and helicopters, as concerns grow that President-elect Donald Trump may downgrade the US security commitment. Trump shocked long-time NATO allies in Europe when he suggested on the campaign trail be would think twice about coming to their aid

‘Dronejacking’ may be the next big cyber threat

A big rise in drone use is likely to lead to a new wave of “dronejackings” by cybercriminals, security experts warned Tuesday. A report by Intel’s McAfee Labs said hackers are expected to start targeting drones used for deliveries, law enforcement or camera crews, in addition to hobbyists. “Drones are well on the way to

Israel confirms December arrival for first F-35 jets

Israel will receive its initial two F-35s on December 12 and will be the first country to operate a squadron of the futuristic warplanes outside the US, an official said Tuesday. Israel has an initial order of 33 of the fighter jets made by US-based Lockheed Martin that will be delivered in the coming years,

Japan to Launch First Military Communications Satellite on January 24

The Japanese Ministry of Defense plans to launch the Kirameki-2 satellite that will be one of three military satellites, which will replace the civil analogues that are currently used for communication between Japan’s military units.TOKYO (Sputnik) – The Japanese Ministry of Defense plans to launch its first satellite into orbit on January 24, 2017, to

Russia to Deploy New Space Surveillance System Elements in Four Regions

Advanced elements of the Russian Space Surveillance System will be deployed in a number of the country’s regions, including Crimea and the Far East, in the next few years, according to Andrey Ivashina, spokesman for the Russian Aerospace Forces. The next few years will see the deployment of sophisticated complexes of the Russian Space Surveillance

Kuwait to buy 28 F-18 warplanes: official

Kuwait will buy 28 Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets to replace a fleet of earlier versions of the US fighter jets, a top official said Monday. The value of the deal is not expected to exceed $5 billion, the KUNA state news agency reported the head of armament and procurement at Kuwait’s defence ministry as saying.

Singapore Inducts New Protected Combat Support Vehicles

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has acquired a suite of protected vehicles for the motorized infantry forces. Called the Protected Combat Support Vehicle (PCSV), the new vehicles will provide our motorized infantry combat support and...Show More Summary

Pilot dies in Canada fighter jet crash

A Canadian CF-18 Hornet fighter jet crashed near Cold Lake Alberta on Monday, killing the pilot in what was described as a training accident. A rescue helicopter was dispatched to the scene at an air weapons range. Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, who was in the House of Commons when the news broke and appeared shaken,

Brazil to pursue satellite, nuclear submarine projects: minister

Ambitious projects such as satellites that could bring the internet to the remote Amazon and construction of Brazil’s first nuclear submarine will proceed despite a deep economic downturn, the defense minister told AFP. Raul Jungmann said he will be in France this Thursday to take delivery of the first of three communications and defense satellites

Israel orders more F-35 warplanes from US

Israel will order 17 more US-made F-35 warplanes to take its fleet of stealthy Joint Strike Fighters to 50 over the next few years, the premier’s office said Sunday. A statement from Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the green light for the order was given by the security cabinet. The Jewish state is due to take

Turkey Mulls Buying Advance Russian Air-Defense System

Russia and Turkey will open negotiations about the possible purchase by Ankara of the advanced Russian-made S-400 air-defense system. Aleksandr Fomin, head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, told Interfax...Show More Summary

Paris prosecutors probe leak on French air strikes in Syria

Paris prosecutors have opened a probe into the leaking of a confidential document on planned French air strikes in Syria in 2013, which in the end were never carried out, judicial sources said Monday. The document was obtained by two journalists from the daily Le Monde who recently published a tell-all book based on interviews

LDS unveils SpectroDrone to find explosives

SpectroDrone is the world’s first sensor system capable of detecting explosives, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other chemical compounds from a safe, standoff distance. Following extensive testing in the laboratory and in the field, Laser Detect System (LDS) Ltd. Show More Summary

Elbit launches wide-area and persistent intelligence gathering system

The line of systems provides a unique, overall situational awareness of “on-the-ground” data and conditions, and enables a large number of users to receive real time, high-resolution imagery and even go “back-in-time” for border protection, facilities and tactical infrastructure security, counter-terrorism and other purposes. Show More Summary

Australia Completes First Super Hornet Upgrade

Australia’s Super Hornets have undergone their first major upgrade. The job was finished on budget and two weeks ahead of schedule by the Electronic Attack Enterprise team, consisting of Air Force, Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Boeing Defence Australia and Raytheon Australia. The work was the first stage of the Super Hornet Spiral Upgrade

Bangladesh buys two submarines from China

Bangladesh took delivery on Monday of its first submarines, bought from China, as it seeks to boost its naval power in the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh paid a reported $203 million for the two submarines, a deal that reflects the country’s growing economic and defense ties with Beijing. Armed forces spokeswoman Taposhi Rabeya said they

Russian MiG-29 fighter jet crashes into Mediterranean

A Russian fighter jet crashed into the sea shortly into a training flight off the coast of Syria, Russia’s Ministry of Defense has announced. “As a result of a technical malfunction during a training flight an incident occurred to a carrier-based MiG-29,” read an official statement. “The pilot catapulted was delivered to the air carrier

Talk To Team Donald Trump: Pentagon To NATO

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Monday advised NATO countries worried about the arrival of Donald Trump at the White House to talk to the incoming administration to ensure he respects the alliance. During the campaign ultimately won by Trump in a shock victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Republican billionaire said he might think

General Atomics Conducts First Flight of Avenger Extended Range

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA?ASI) today announced the successful first flight of its new Avenger Extended Range (ER) aircraft, an extended range version of its multi-mission jet-powered Predator C Avenger which has accumulated over 13,000 flight hours to date. The flight occurred on October 27th at the company’s Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in

EU ministers seek ‘strong partnership’ with Trump

European Union foreign ministers insisted on Sunday they expected good relations with Donald Trump, after a crisis meeting that Britain, France and Hungary snubbed in a move that exposed rifts over the US president-elect. The ministers said they wanted more details about Republican Trump’s plans following his shock election win, which has sparked anxiety in

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