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What are the implications of Turkey downing Russian jet?

NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet on its border with Syria on Tuesday, raising concerns over the potential for a further escalation in the more-than- four-year Syrian conflict. Ankara says the plane violated Turkish airspace, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has insisted the jet was over Syria at the time of the

Putin warns Turkey after Russian jet downed

President Vladimir Putin warned Ankara on Tuesday that Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border would have “serious consequences” for ties. Speaking at a meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah II in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, a tense-looking Putin branded the shooting down of the aircraft a “stab in the back

Turkey shoots down Russian war plane on Syria border

NATO member Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border on Tuesday, threatening a major spike in tensions between two key protagonists in the four-year Syria civil war. The Turkish army said the plane was shot down by two Turkish F-16s after violating Turkish airspace 10 times within a five-minute period. With

Japan Links Australian Submarine Bid To Regional Security

Japan’s defense minister urged Australia Sunday to award a huge submarine contract to his country, saying such a deal would help bolster regional security. Australia has put out to tender a project worth up to Aus $50 billion (US $36 billion) to replace its current diesel and electric-powered Collins Class submarines. France and Germany are

Upgraded E-3 Sentry Deploys to Combat Theater

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE: The long-awaited, highly anticipated deployment of the E-3 Sentry (AWACS) Block 40/45 is finally over, with the deployment of the first upgraded weapon system to a combat theater of operations. The first E-3G arrived in Southwest Asia Nov. 18, marking the deployment of the most comprehensive modification to the weapon system

Thales Awarded Ballistic Missile Defence Test and Integration Subcontract

Thales has signed a subcontract for the verification of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) architecture on the Integrated Test Bed in The Hague. The work is part of the contract awarded to prime contractor Leidos by NATO earlier this year. Under the contract, US-based Leidos and its eight teammates from

Russia, China agree on $2bn deal for 24 Su-35 warplanes

MOSCOW: Russia and China have agreed on the sale of 24 advanced Sukhoi Su-35 fighters to Beijing, the Russian state holding Rostec said on Thursday. The deal – which military experts say could be worth more than $2 billion – represents the first time a foreign state has purchased the Su-35. A representative of Rostec,

Attacks revive debate on encryption, surveillance

The deadly Paris attacks have reignited debate on encrypted communications by terror cells and whether law enforcement and intelligence services are “going dark” in the face of new technologies. The exact means of communication in Friday’s strikes were not immediately clear, but media reports have said the Islamic State organization has increasingly turned to encrypted

Russian Forces Strike ISIS Targets with Cruise Missiles

In accordance to the task assigned by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces concerning enhancing combat operations of the aviation in the Syrian Arab Republic, crews of Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 long-range aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out strikes with air-based cruise missiles at the ISIS terrorist objects within the air

Russian army map shown by TV suggests ground forces in Syria

Moscow: A map shown by the Russian military on state television appears to show that some Russian artillery contingents could be operating on the ground in central Syria’s Homs region. Russia has servicemen at bases in government-held Syria helping to conduct an air campaign in support of forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad but denies

French military aid request backed by EU after Paris attacks

Brussels: European Union nations on Tuesday unanimously backed a French request for support with military missions in the wake of the Paris attacks, after France invoked a previously unused part of the bloc’s treaties to seek help. France, which launched new airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria after Friday’s bloodshed, used a little-known article

Russia strikes IS stronghold Raqa after warning US

Washington: Russian warplanes battered the Islamic State stronghold of Raqa in Syria on Tuesday, after giving the United States a “professional” warning of an imminent strike, US officials said. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said it was the first time Russia had shared information on “some of their operations” since Moscow began its bombing campaign

Indo-Asia-Pacific Exercise Reveals US Navy Special Forces Submarine

FLEET ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, Japan: The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) arrived alongside the USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for a port visit as part of its Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment Nov. 14. With a crew of approximately 165, Ohio will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of

US, France to Strengthen Intelligence Sharing

In the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, the United States and France will strengthen intelligence sharing to the fullest extent allowed by law, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement today. The United States over the past year has worked closely with the French military, intelligence and security services

US Delivers Two Q-36 Counter Battery Radar Systems to Ukraine

In response to a request from Ukraine, and as part of our ongoing efforts to bolster Ukraine’s defense and internal security operations, today the United States delivered two AN/TPQ-36 radar systems to Ukraine at a ceremony in Lviv. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had the opportunity to review the equipment, and was briefed by U.S. military

Saudi Arabia to Buy Guided Bombs, Air-to-Ground Munitions

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Saudi Arabia for air-to-ground munitions and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.29 billion. Show More Summary

US, Chinese navies train together despite tensions

A US warship began a week-long port call in China Monday, a moment of cooperation as the two Asia-Pacific powerhouses jockey for position in the disputed South China Sea. The USS Stethem, a guided missile destroyer, arrived in Shanghai ahead of planned drills with the People’s Liberation Army Navy that include communications exercises and a

France deploys aircraft carrier to support Syria raids

Versailles, France: France’s president said Monday its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier would be deployed to the eastern Mediterranean to boost operations in Syria as Paris intensifies a bombing campaign against the Islamic State group there. The latest move follows attacks in the French capital, claimed by the jihadist group, which left 129 people dead

South Korea on alert for sign of North Korea missile test

South Korea said Monday it was “closely watching” for any signs of an imminent North Korean missile test after Pyongyang reportedly issued a no-sail zone off its east coast. The South’s Yonhap news agency had quoted a government source on Sunday as saying the North had imposed the no-navigation zone off the coastal city of

U.S. Army Orders 12 More UH-72A Lakota Helicopters

HERNDON, Va: The United States Army has exercised $65.8 million in contract options for 12 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters and associated mission equipment packages. The UH-72A is manufactured by Airbus Helicopters Inc. at its final assembly plant in Columbus, Miss., which has already produced and delivered almost 350 Lakotas to date, all on time and

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