Russian defence ministry claims troops are ‘trained to use telepathy in combat’

The Russian army has trained “psychic” special forces to use telepathy in combat, according to the country’s defence ministry. A report published in the official magazine of the Russian Ministry of Defence, Armeysky Sbornik (Army Digest), explains that fighters are taught to “defeat the enemy with non-contact methods” by training with dolphins. “Parapsychological” skills were perfected by soldiers while fighting […]

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Japan to buy more stealth jets, radar to counter China, Russia

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will accelerate spending on advanced stealth fighters, long-range missiles and other equipment over the next five years to support U.S. forces facing China’s military in the Western Pacific, two new government defense papers said. The plans are the clearest indication yet of Japan’s ambition to become a regional power as a military build-up by China and […]

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Trump told Erdogan he doesn't want issues in sales of F-35 jets to Turkey: Turkish minister

ANKARA (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump told Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan that he didn’t want any problems with the sale of F-35 fighter jets to Ankara, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters following NATO meetings in Brussels, Cavusoglu said that Turkey saw no issues in procuring the Lockheed Martin jets despite efforts in the U.S. […]

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Arms firms show off wares as Japan eyes more F-35 stealth jets

TOKYO (Reuters) – Global arms firms showed off on Wednesday their wares in Japan as it prepared a plan to buy billions of dollars of U.S. military equipment, including at least 40 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters worth about $4 billion, four sources said. The Lockheed Martin Corp F-35s, which will replace 100 aging F-15 fighter jets, are in addition […]

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Brexit turmoil delays deal on Britain's EU defense ties

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British plans for a swift inclusion in the European Union’s new flagship defense pact are being undermined by political turmoil in London and uncertainly over the terms of Britain’s exit from the bloc, EU diplomats say. Prime Minister Theresa May called in February for a new security treaty with the EU from next year and the EU’s […]

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Israel’s hawkish defence minister quits, potentially threatening Netanyahu's government

Jerusalem: Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's hard-line defence minister, stepped down from his post on Wednesday after the government agreed to a cease-fire with Hamas to end two days of clashes in Gaza, in a surprise move that could prompt early elections. The decision by Lieberman to step down, and to withdraw his hawkish Yisrael Beiteinu party from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's […]

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Canada joins effort to counter China with Asian warship drills

YOKOSUKA (Reuters) – Built to hunt Russian submarines, Canadian frigate HMCS Calgary is instead chasing Japanese and U.S. subs in western Pacific drills as Canada joins other maritime nations in seeking to contain Chinese influence in the Indo Pacific. “The expectation is to see one, if not two ships, on a year round basis doing a variety of things with […]

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Defence chiefs' plan to buy war gear branded 'unaffordable' by watchdog

It found a £7billion black hole in the ten-year, £193billon budget to buy jets, ships, subs and drones. And if all the contract risks identified in their report materialise, such as exchange rate fluctuations and delays, that gap could swell to £15billion, the National Audit Office says. The report comes despite the Ministry of Defence securing £1billion extra funding for […]

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