UAE signs $5.5 billion in military contracts as Yemen war heightens scrutiny

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates awarded 20 billion dirhams worth ($5.5 billion) of military procurement contracts during a defense show this week, at a time when arms sales to the country are under scrutiny due to its role in Yemen’s devastating war. The majority were awarded to international companies such as U.S. firms Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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. […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

Defence chiefs have won £500million bailout from the Chancellor to stave off military cuts

Philip Hammond will announce the urgently needed cash injection in his Budget on Monday. But a long term solution to the MoD’s £20billion blackhole over the next decade has been delayed by at least another six months. The Chancellor has insisted the MoD will not get “special treatment” and its longterm financing will be settled during the Whitehall-wide spending review […]

Read more
1 2