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Germany Blocks Arms Sales to Turkey

The German government has refused approval for military exports to NATO partner country Turkey on a growing number of occasions. Ministers are concerned the weapons could be used to oppress the local population. Berlin has rejected more than 10 applications for arms exports to Turkey in recent months, reports German daily “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (SZ), citing

How Does Germany Contribute to NATO?

From Berlin to Washington, Germany’s role in the trans-Atlantic alliance has taken center stage. But what does Germany actually do for NATO? DW examines its strategic role amid a spat prompted by US President Trump. In Germany, the question of defense spending has become a contentious topic ahead of key parliamentary elections slated for September,

Four A-29 Super Tucano Light-attack Aircraft Delivered to Afghan Air Force

Four A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft arrived for duty at Kabul Air Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan, March 20, 2017, where they will be used by the Afghan Air Force for close-air attack, air interdiction, escort and armed reconnaissance. The latest arrivals, which traveled from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., bring the AAF A-29 inventory from eight

North Korea fails in new missile test: Seoul

South Korea says a missile test by North Korea off its east coast did not launch as planned. Earlier this month, Pyongyang launched four ballistic missiles, three of which landed in waters off Japan. A new North Korean missile test failed on Wednesday, the South’s defense ministry said. “South Korea and the United States are

China aims advanced DF-16 missiles at Taiwan: minister

China is aiming advanced medium-range ballistic missiles at Taiwan as part of a growing military threat towards the island, Taipei’s defence minister said Monday. The announcement came after Taiwan said for the first time last week that it is capable of launching missiles at China as it warned of an increased invasion risk. China still

The Indo-Asia Pacific and the multi-domain battle concept

The United States Armed Forces are at a crossroads, facing both institutional and operational challenges. The character of war continues to change at a quick pace, requiring military leaders to reassess some of their core beliefs. This situation has led to the testing and refinement of concepts, capabilities, and people to ensure U.S. forces are

Army demonstrates integration of laser weapon on combat vehicle

U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command team members are laser focused on the future of high energy lasers. Members of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Technical Center’s Air and Missile Defense Directorate participated in the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization, or JIDO, UAS Hard-Kill Challenge at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, from Feb. 27

Pentagon launches probe after strike near Syria mosque

The US military is probing allegations that a strike targeting Al-Qaeda leaders near a mosque in northern Syria killed numerous civilians, the Defense Department said Monday. A US air strike on March 16 completely destroyed a building located next to an old mosque in the village of Al-Jineh in the northern province of Aleppo. The

U.S., South Korean Navies to Hold Partnership Exercises

U.S. Navy ships assigned to Commander, Task Force 30 and CTF-70 are scheduled to begin a series of exercises with the South Korean navy tomorrow to strengthen maritime interoperability and tactics, techniques and procedures. The U.S. routinely conducts carrier strike group operations in the waters around South Korea to exercise maritime maneuvers, strengthen the U.S.-South

Germany hits back at Trump over NATO after icy meeting

Germany has hit back at US President Donald Trump’s claims that Berlin owed “vast sums of money” to Nato, following a less than cordial meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House. The comments from German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen came as Trump’s spokesman denied that the US leader had refused to

Russia Deploys Bastion Coastal Defense Missile Systems On Kuril Islands

The Bastion (NATO reporting name: SS-C-5 Stooge) coastal defense missile battalions recently stationed on the Kuril Islands shall defend Russia’s territorial waters, straits and naval bases in the region, according to the Izvestia daily. The Russian Defense Ministry has deployed Bal (SS-C-6 Sennight) and Bastion antiship missile systems on Iturup and Kunashir. They will beef

UK to Buy Hellfire II Semi-Active Laser Missiles

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom for Hellfire missiles. The estimated cost is $150 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) requested a possible sale of 1,000

Trump Seeks $30B More in Fiscal 2017 to Rebuild Military, Fight ISIS

In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan today, President Donald J. Trump asked for another $30 billion for the Defense Department in this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, to rebuild the armed forces and accelerate the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The fiscal 2017 budget amendment provides $24.9

Ka-52 Attack Helicopter Deliveries to Egypt to Begin in 2017

Russian Helicopters, a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, confirms that the first of an eventual 46 Alligators will be handed over to Cairo this year. The Ka-52 Alligator is an all-weather, day-night combat helicopter. It is designed to destroy armoured and unarmoured ground targets, low-speed aerial targets and enemy front-line and tactical reserve

Lockheed to Deliver World Record-Setting 60kW Laser to U.S. Army

The Beam Combined Fiber Laser is the Most Powerful Laser of Its Type Yet Demonstrated Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has completed the design, development and demonstration of a 60 kW-class beam combined fiber laser for the U.S. Army. In testing earlier this month, the Lockheed Martin laser produced a single beam of 58 kW, representing

Orbital ATK Receives Order for Hydra-70 Rocket-Launched Illuminating Flares

Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today that it recently received a contract modification from General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems for the purchase of M257 (visible) and M278 (infrared) illuminating flares for the Hydra-70 family of rockets. The Hydra-70 warheads can be fired from a variety of rotary and

US Army Artillery gun crews mass fire with NATO Allies

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany: The weather was cold and wet with gray skies as Archer and Cobra Battery, Field Artillery Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment stood by their guns to await fire missions on March 8 in the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. The squadron participated in Dynamic Front II, a multinational exercise that focuses on identifying the capabilities

Germany warns against NATO break with Turkey

NATO must retain Turkey as a member despite soaring tensions over Ankara’s campaign for a controversial referendum, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday. Beyond Turkey’s strategic importance, von der Leyen warned that rupturing ties could give the democratic Turkish opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the sense the West was leaving it

US plans for Syria include another 1,000 troops: US official

Up to 1,000 additional US troops could deploy to northern Syria under provisional plans drawn up by the Pentagon, a US defense official said on Wednesday. The plans, which still need to be approved by President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, would mark a significant uptick in US boots on the ground in

Women’s History Month: 14 who helped pave way for integrated US Army

Women have played a vital role in forming the U.S. Army since 1775. From Molly Pitcher to those now serving, their accomplishments have shaped not just the Army, but the country. Recent strides toward full integration include the first women graduating from Ranger School, the first women reporting for infantry and armor training, and the

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