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Russia presents info on missile U.S. says violates pact

Posted January 25, 2019 by Vladimir Isachenkov

The Russian military on Jan. 25 rolled out a new missile and released its specifications, seeking to dispel the U.S. claim that the weapon violates a key nuclear arms pact. The military insisted that the 9M729 land-based cruise missile conforms to the limits of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, firmly rejecting the U.S. claim…

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U.S. says airstrikes in Somalia kill 4 al-Shabab extremists

Posted January 9, 2019 by AP

The United States military says it has carried out two airstrikes in Somalia that killed four al-Shabab extremists. The U.S. Africa Command statement on Jan. 8 says the Jan. 7 airstrikes were in the vicinity of Baqdaad after the military’s Somali partners “were engaged by al-Shabab militants.” It does not say whether any of the…

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Kosovo assures NATO of transparency in army transformation

Posted December 21, 2018 by AP

The head of NATO and Kosovo’s prime minister have had a telephone conversation on Pristina’s recent decision to transform its security forces into an army. Kosovo’s parliament overwhelmingly approved the army’s formation last week. The move angered neighboring Serbia, which doesn’t recognize its former province’s 2008 declaration of independence. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said he…

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China unveils stealth combat drone in development

Posted November 9, 2018 by Dake Kang and Christopher Bodeen

A Chinese state-owned company says it is developing a stealth combat drone in the latest sign of the country's growing aerospace prowess. The CH-7 unmanned aerial vehicle also underscores China's growing competitiveness in the expanding global market for drones. China has won sales in the Middle East and elsewhere by offering drones at lower prices and without the political conditions attached by the U.S.

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F-35B completes initial testing aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth

Posted October 22, 2018 by

Navy photograph During the first few days of the First of Class Flight Trials (Fixed Wing) in September to October, the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force team worked on getting four ITF test pilots daytime qualified with two F-35B test jets from the ITF while embarked on the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The primary objective…

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F-35B jets join forces with British aircraft carrier to make history

Posted October 1, 2018 by

The first F-35 Lightning fighter jets landed on the deck of the United Kingdom’s new aircraft carrier last week making history and marking the beginning of more than half-a-century of ‘Carrier Strike’ operations.

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DOD report details China’s growing military, economic power

Posted August 22, 2018 by Jim Garamone

China is not an enemy, but it is certainly an adversary of the United States, and the Defense Department’s 2018 report to Congress examines the trends in Chinese military developments.

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Lockheed-Martin built F-35 comes home to RAF Marham

Posted June 8, 2018 by PRNewswire

The United Kingdom has welcomed home its first four F-35B advanced fighter aircraft, which will be flown by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

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Japanese AWACS fleet to get $208 million in upgrades

Posted May 18, 2018 by Benjamin Newell

Air Force photograph by Alejandro Pena A Japan Air Self-Defense Force E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft taxis before takeoff on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 14, 2015. JASDF AWACS will get upgrades following the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center award of $208 million in February 2018 to the Boeing Co. for installation…

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No. 2 spender China to boost defense spending in 2018

Posted March 7, 2018 by Christopher Bodeen

China’s defense budget will rise 8.1 percent to 1.1 trillion yuan ($173 billion) this year as the country prepares to launch its second aircraft carrier, integrate stealth fighters into its air force and field an array of advanced missiles able to attack air and sea targets at vast distances. The figure released in a report…

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