S. Korea Requests U.N. Response To Ship Sinking

UNITED NATIONS – South Korea on June 4 formally asked the U.N. Security Council to respond to the sinking of one of its warships allegedly by North Korea despite a threat of retaliation from its communist neighbor. South Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Park In-Kook told reporters he handed a letter to council chairman Mexican Ambassador Claude Heller requesting “action by the ...

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U.S. Still Studying Fighter Jet Sales To Taiwan: Envoy

TAIPEI, Taiwan – Washington is still evaluating Taiwan’s bid to acquire U.S. fighter jets, a U.S. envoy said June 4, amid growing concern in Taipei that China now has an edge in air power. “It’s an issue we are studying. There has been no decision made saying we are not going to sell … We are carefully looking at the ...

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Pakistan raises defence budget to $5.2 bn

Pakistan increased its annual spending on defence to $5.2 billion (Rs.442 billion) as the government presented its budget Saturday with an outlay of Rs.2.764 trillion for the 2010-11 fiscal starting July 1. The allocation for defence is Rs.442 billion, which is higher by Rs.100 billion and Rs.64 billion respectively against the current year’s and revised budget estimates, Online news agency ...

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BAE To Unveil CV90 Armadillo at Eurosatory

The Global Combat Systems sector of Britain’s BAE Systems will reveal the new Armadillo concept of its CV90 armored combat vehicle family at the Eurosatory 2010 trade show outside Paris.The latest iteration in a vehicle line that has won more than 1,100 orders, CV90 Armadillo is intended to bring a high level of flexibility in payload and battlefield utility to ...

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Poland To Seek Bids for Lead-in Fighter Trainers

WARSAW – Poland plans to buy 16 Lead-in Fighter Trainer (LIFT) aircraft to replace its Air Force’s aging fleet of trainer planes. Poland’s Ministry of Defense has said a tender will be announced in the next few months with the aim of acquiring the jets between 2013 and 2015. The ministry said it has set aside about 1.45 billion zloty ...

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India To Open Competition for New Aerostats

NEW DELHI – India, which bought three radar-equipped aerostats from Rafael in 2005, has thrown open the competition for a new batch of three to the global market. Last month, Indian Air Force officials asked the Defence Ministry to prepare a request for information, which is to be issued in the next two to three months to BAE Systems, Israel ...

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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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