U.S. Military to Strengthen European Reassurance Initiative Presence
On 14 November, the US House of Representatives passed a compromise defense policy bill covering $692 billion in military spending for the fiscal year 2017-18. There is also $60 billion in the budget for conducting war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, as well as other countries. But also allocated... Read more
State Department approved possible $10.5 billion Patriot sale to Poland
(Reuters) – The U.S. State Department approved a possible $10.5 billion sale of Raytheon Co’s (RTN.N) Patriot missile defense system to Poland, the Pentagon said on Friday. NATO member Poland has sped up efforts to overhaul its military following Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014 and in... Read more
13 NATO nations participate in a joint military operation exercise in Germany
HOHENFELS, Germany — “It’s very important for us to train together with our partners,” said Col. Arturas Radvilas, the commanding officer of the Lithuanian army’s Motorized Infantry “Griffin” Brigade. “For us, this is the most important thing because it’s a multinational exercise,” Radvilas added. Radvilas is talking about Allied... Read more
Russia unveils new Tupolev Tu-160M2 supersonic strategic bomber
The first of Russia’s new production Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack supersonic strategic bomber for the Russian Aerospace Force was rolled out from the Kazan Aviation Enterprise production facility on 16 November. The new bomber is essentially a prototype of a next-generation variant of the venerable Blackjack, the first generation of... Read more
NATO Senior Officials see the increasing strength of China, Russia
A senior NATO official said Thursday that the “risk for a major interstate conflict has increased” in recent years, pointing to a shift in military and economic power to countries like China and Russia. “China is leveraging its economic power to increase defense spending as a foundation of the... Read more
Pentagon to start research on missile banned by arms treaty with Russia
The Pentagon has started research to develop a missile banned by an arms treaty with Russia in an effort to get Moscow back into compliance with the treaty, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Citing unnamed U.S. officials, the newspaper reported that the U.S. military has been conducting preliminary... Read more
Half of the German Leopard 2 main battle tanks are unfit for service
More than half of the Leopard 2 main battle tanks of the Bundeswehr are not operational. According to the Defence Ministry report, of the 244 Leopard, 2 battle tanks were only 95 ready for use. The German army has been well known in the past for its ability to... Read more
Stoltenberg NATO will meet the requirements to fill forces in Afghan
TORONTO — NATO’s chief said Wednesday he is certain the alliance will have sufficient forces to fulfill its training mission in Afghanistan after months of lobbying allies to increase troop contributions. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that NATO will meet the... Read more
Raytheon sale of AMRAAMs to Norway for $170 Million approved by Govt
The State Department announced Wednesday the possible foreign military sale of 60 Raytheon-produced AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles, or AMRAAM, and four AMRAAM guidance section spares to the government of Norway. The contract, if approved by Congress, who was notified of the potential sale on Tuesday, will... Read more
Moscow Wants to Sell new MiG-35s to More Than 30 Countries
Russia is targeting export sales of at least $10 billion for the new MiG-35, the country’s most advanced jet fighter, as it prepares to offer the aircraft commercially from next year. Negotiations are underway with more than 30 countries that fly the older MiG-29 about upgrading their existing fleets... Read more