The Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) will begin receiving this year the domestically-built 'Karrar' (Striker) main battle tank which was unveiled in 2017. Deputy Defense Minister Reza Mozaffari-Nia was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency Wednesday that Iran manufactures 50 to 60 tanks every year and that the Karrar will be within that production schedule
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) began a six-day, large-scale, live-fire military drill in an area of the East China Sea on Wednesday, according to a Chinese media. Taiwans Defense Ministry said that the military has a firm grasp of the activities and was monitoring the Chinese movements closely
The members of the European Parliament have approved a proposal to establish a European defence industrial development programme, under which €500 million would be allocated from the EU budget for 2019-2020 to co-finance the joint development of new defence technologies and equipment. The EU will be able to spend money on defence for the first time ever
The China Coast Guard will be absorbed into the countrys Central Military Commission (CMC), effective July 1, after the transfer of command from the State Oceanic Administration, local media reports. More than 16,000 personnel and the 135 patrol and cruise vessels of the Chinese maritime law-enforcement force will be at the beck and call of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) and its command and control, CMC, Asia Times reports
A Chinese radio and electronic surveillance vessel was seen sailing close to the site of the tri-nation Malabar 2018 naval exercise involving the United States, Japan and India near the US controlled territory of Guam last week. The US Navy reported on June 18 that during the trilateral exercises which officially ended June 16, a fourth nations reconnaissance ship came within close proximity to the U
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The 28-member European Union spent €200 billion ($222 billion) on defence in 2016, the same figure as in 2015, Eurostat announced Friday. The EU, most of whose members share NATO membership with the United States are under pressure from Washington to increase military spending and buy more American arms
China has become the world's second biggest military spender behind the United States relegating Saudi Arabia and India to third and fourth place respectively according to a new report by the Swedish International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) which compiles global arms procurement data. China increased its military spending by 5
Russia and Armenia have agreed on composition of forces and assets in the United Regional Air Defense System in the Caucasus region for collective security. "The list of troops allocated by Russia and Armenia to the United Regional Air Defense System in the Caucasus region of collective security has been signed," the chief of the main staff - First Deputy Commander of the Air and Space Forces (RF) of the Russian Federation Lieutenant-General Pavel Kurachenko was quoted as saying by
Indias Land and naval systems show, Defexpo which was moved to Chennai on the countrys eastern coast from its earlier location of Goa on the western coast will not have permanent location as yet. “No decision has been taken regarding a permanent location for Defexpo,” Indian defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman has said
Leonardo announced today the signature of the grant agreement for OCEAN2020, a project related to the initiative to boost Europe's defence research under the European Defence Fund. "OCEAN2020 will make it possible to promote technological research in a sector of great interest and relevance for Europe and for the Mediterranean area in particular, such as maritime safety,” said Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo
Ukriane will soon set up its General Advanced Research & Development Agency (GARDA), modeled along the American Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) at Igor the Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (KPI). This was stated by UKROBORONPROM Director General Pavlo Bukin during his speech at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, during the parliamentary hearings "National Innovation System: State and Legislative Development"
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