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  1. Eye in Sky: Italian Air Force Reapers will be used to monitor crowds in Italian cities. IMPERI Roberto/ / Italian Air Force

    Italian Reaper Drones To Be Used for Crowd Monitoring

    As their deployment to Afghanistan comes to an end, unarmed Italian Reaper UAVs are to be used to monitor soccer games and demonstrations in Italy's cities, following a deal struck between the Italian Air Force and the country's police forces.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  2. A handout photo released on Dec. 11 by the Dutch Defence ministry shows one of the two Russian SU-34 'Fullback' bombers being intercepted by Dutch F-16's over the Baltic Sea on Dec. 8. The two bombers were flying in international airspace in the direction of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, wedged between Poland and the Baltic states. AFP

    Russia Blames Hash For Sweden's Report Of Fighter Near-Miss

    Russia's ambassador to Denmark on Wednesday made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet's alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  3. The Mistral-class assault warship Sevastopol docked on Nov. 21 at the western French port of Saint-Nazaire. Georges Gobet / AFP

    Shipbuilder: Russian Mistral Sailors To Leave France

    About 400 Russian sailors are returning home, French shipbuilder DCNS said Wednesday, as Paris weighs whether to deliver the Mistral-class warship to Russia amid the Ukraine crisis.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  4. Turkish tanks and aircraft take part in a parade marking the 91st anniversary of Victory Day in Ankara on Aug. 30, 2013. Adem Altan / AFP via Getty Images

    Turkish Arms Exports in Jan-Nov Up by 20%

    Turkey's defense exports in the first 11 months of 2014 rose by a sharp 20 percent from the same period in 2013, an umbrella group for arms exporters has said.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  5. The MoD said DSG's sale to Babcock includes a 10-year service provision contract with Babcock for the maintenance, repair, overhaul, and storage of current military platforms and light weapons like the Challenger 2 tank (pictured) and the Warrior infantry fighting vehicle. MoD

    UK MoD Sells DSG to Babcock

    Britain has sold the state-owned Defence Support Group (DSG) to Babcock for 140 million, the Ministry of Defence announced Wednesday.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  6. Nigerian Defense Ministry Orders Assault Rifles From Poland

    The Nigerian Defense Ministry has ordered 1,000 assault rifles from Polish firearms maker Fabryka Broni Lucznik.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  7. People visit the 50th International Paris Air show at Le Bourget Airport in 2013. Eric Feferberg / Getty Images

    SIPRI Releases Top 100 Defense Company Data

    Sales of arms and military services by the world's 100 largest arms-producing companies declined for a third consecutive year to $402 billion in 2013, according to new data on international arms production by the Stockholm-based think tank SIPRI (Stockhol

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  8. Royal Navy submarines are to be equipped with an upgraded version of the Spearfish heavyweight torpedo in a 270 million deal announced Monday by the British Ministry of Defence and BAE Systems Maritime Services. BAE Systems

    Royal Navy Subs To Get Upgraded Spearfish Torpedo

    Royal Navy submarines are to be equipped with an upgraded version of the Spearfish heavyweight torpedo in a 270 million deal announced Monday by the British Ministry of Defence and BAE Systems Maritime Services.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  9. A handout photo released on Dec. 11 by the Dutch Defence ministry shows one of the two Russian SU-34 'Fullback' bombers being intercepted by Dutch F-16's over the Baltic Sea on Dec. 8. AFP

    Sweden and Denmark Summon Russian Ambassadors Over Air Incident

    Sweden and Denmark summoned Russia's ambassadors Monday in protest over a near miss between a Russian surveillance plane and a commercial aircraft, a further sign of rising military tensions in the Baltic.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  10. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

    Aselsan Launches Subsidiary in Jordan

    Turkish military electronics specialist Aselsan inaugurated Dec. 15 a joint venture production plant in Jordan, hoping to create a gateway to Middle Eastern and North African markets.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  11. Export Picture: French air chief Gen. Denis Mercier, second from left, and Indian counterpart Arup Raha, second from right, pose with pilots in front of a Dassault Rafale in India in June. India has agreed to wrap up negotiations to buy 126 Rafales by the end of March. STRDEL / AFP/Getty Images

    French Air Chief Confident on Rafale Exports

    France has a good chance of winning export sales for the Dassault Rafale fighter, which is needed to balance the defense budget books, French air chief Gen. Denis Mercier said on Dec. 11.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  12. Big Winner: The existing final assembly and checkout facility at Cameri Air Base in northern Italy has been selected to provide heavy airframe maintenance for all F-35s in Europe. Italian Air Force

    Italy, Turkey Win Big on F-35 Sustainment

    Italy and Turkey are the big winners in the first wave of F-35 global sustainment competition.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  13. A Russian T-72 tank without a license plate and coming from Donetsk airport area moves along a snow-covered avenue in the district of Kievsky in Donetsk, on November 26, 2014. NATO's top military commander jetted into Ukraine for high-level talks as fighting rumbled on between government forces and Kremlin-backed rebels in the east. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images) ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP/Getty Images

    Baltics Up Defense Spending As Russia Buzzes Borders

    Russia's meddling in Ukraine has delivered a wake-up call on defense spending to small Baltic states that spent half a century under Soviet occupation and now fear the Kremlin's territorial ambitions.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  14. Poland will acquire joint air-to-surface standoff missiles for its F-16 fleet. Lockheed Martin

    JASSMs To Equip Polish F-16s

    Poland's Ministry of Defense has signed a deal with Lockheed Martin to acquire AGM-158 joint air-to-surface standoff missiles (JASSMs) for its fleet of 48 F-16 fighter jets. The contract is worth about US $250 million, the ministry said in a statement.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  15. A column of Russia's Topol intercontinental ballistic missile launchers rolls through Red Square in 2013 in Moscow during the Victory Day parade. Yuri Kadobnov / Getty Images

    US Readying Military, Economic Options to Russian Missile Treaty Violation

    Pentagon and State Department officials are reviewing what military and economic options they can employ if Russia continues development of a cruise missile it has tested in violation of a cornerstone nuclear weapons treaty between Washington and Moscow,

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  16. The deployable communication and information system was tested in trials in Poland earlier this year. NATO

    NATO Eyes Deployable Comm System for High Readiness Forces

    The imminent availability of a new rapidly deployable communications system will boost NATO efforts to be able to rapidly field very high readiness forces, say executives responsible for delivering the equipment to the alliance.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  17. The British Army has contracted a UK company to help find budding ideas and developments that could evolve into the next big thing for land forces. Here, US Army soldiers demonstrate the Dismounted Soldier Training System, an immersive virtual system that allows them to practice many different missions in a virtual world. US Army

    Research Firm Casting Wide Net To Help UK Army Find Future Innovations

    The British Army is taking a look at what impact future technology developments may have on land forces by 2040 and has recruited a major research company to identify potential ideas from the commercial, academic and other sectors.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
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