Australia To Spend More on Defense in 2010-11

SYDNEY, Australia – Australia will escape the worst effects of last year’s global financial crisis, and the government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has kept its promise to maintain defense spending by increasing Australia’s defense budget from 24.4 billion Australian dollars ($22.04 billion) in 2009-10 to 25.7 billion Australian dollars in the next year. “Of Australia’s 18 years of continuous ...

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Lockheed Wary Of F-35 Engine Battle Impact

A high-stakes test of U.S. defense contractors’ willingness to defy their customer and apply political pressure to safeguard their programs is unfolding here. While key congressional votes late last week threatened to determine the fate of the alternate engine for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the bitter battle between General Electric and Pratt & Whitney is likely to ...

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Indian Military Admonished To Buy More In-Country

NEW DELHI – The chief of India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) says India cannot be self-reliant in critical defense technologies without the support of the military. Addressing a DRDO Technology Day Awards here May 26, Vijay Kumar Saraswat called on the Indian defense forces to opt for homemade battle technologies.The official Defence Ministry news release says, “In a ...

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China Refuses To Sanction N. Korea Over Cheonan

SEOGWIPO, South Korea – China resisted pressure on May 30 from South Korea and Japan to censure North Korea publicly for the sinking of a warship, calling only for regional tensions over the incident to be defused. Host President Lee Myung-Bak and Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama teamed up at the two-day summit to nudge China’s Premier Wen Jiabao to ...

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Lockheed Sketches a Few F-35B Problems

Lockheed Martin has clarified reports by a senior Pentagon official June 1 that the Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing version of the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter continues to encounter difficulties in flight testing. While the Bethesda, Md.-based company has discovered several problems with the STOVL version of the jet during flight testing, none has caused the test schedule ...

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Korean war ‘may break out at any moment: North Korea

A North Korean diplomat said Thursday that tensions on the Korean peninsula were running so high over the sinking of a South Korean warship that “war may break out at any moment.” In a speech to the international Conference on Disarmament, Ri Jang-Gon, deputy permanent representative for North Korea at the United Nations in Geneva, blamed the “grave situation” on ...

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Tejas LSP-4 Goes Supersonic In First Flight

BENGALURU, India — The fourth limited series production (LSP-4) model of India’s light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas had its successful first flight at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s military airport here in Bengaluru on June 2. The flight, piloted by Group Capt. Suneet Krishna of the National Flight Test Center (NFTC), lasted 40 min. The pilot went supersonic and later recovered the ...

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Malaysia To Join Cobra Gold Military Exercises

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia said June 3 that the U.S. has approved its participation in the regional “Cobra Gold” military exercises, as ties between the countries emerge from a long freeze. Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the move was made during his meeting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in the U.S. last week The U.S. defense secretary had ...

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Pakistan May Develop Icbm With 7,000-km Range

Pakistan is contemplating developing an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) with a 7,000 km range to make the country’s defence impregnable and strengthen the armed forces of the country against any offence. The plan was evolved after successful test fire of Agni IV, the Indian ICBM system with a target range of 6000 km, which caused an imbalance of power in ...

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Why the F-22 Matters for Japan

Two critical political “dogfights” are underway in Washington that could help determine the speed with which Japan may have to make a critical decision on whether to acquire a decisive means of deterrent, quite possibly a nuclear deterrent. The first dogfight is between the U.S. Congress and the Obama Administration over whether to continue production of the Lockheed-Martin F-22 Raptor ...

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