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Russia will not conduct ground operation in Syria: Putin

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that Russia would not deploy ground troops to Syria, where it has been conducting air strikes against what it says are Islamic State targets. “We are not planning on doing this (conducting a ground operation), and our Syrian friends know about this,” Putin said in an interview broadcast on […]

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Australia to spend $1 bn on armoured vehicles

SYDNEY: Australia will spend Aus$1.3 billion on next-generation armored land vehicles for its army, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Monday as he announced the latest update to modernize the nation’s military. Australian forces are part of the coalition fighting Islamic State group militants in Iraq and Syria, but Turnbull denied that the procurement of 1,100

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Lockheed Martin protests new armored truck contract

Washington: Defense giant Lockheed Martin is protesting the US military’s recent decision on who will build the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the all-purpose armored truck that will replace thousands of Humvees. The Army on August 25 announced a $6.75 billion contract for the Wisconsin-based manufacturer Oshkosh to build the JLTV. The first phase will […]

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Putin orders snap military exercise in central Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered snap checks on troop combat readiness in Russia’s central military district, the defence ministry said. “According to the order, troops in the central district… are being brought into full combat readiness from 09:30 Moscow time (0630 GMT),” defence minister Sergei Shoigu said. Russia has recently intensified snap checks […]

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More than 1,000 NATO paratroopers mount exercise in Germany

More than 1,000 NATO paratroopers jumped from aircraft above Germany Wednesday in one of the alliance’s largest airborne training exercise in Europe since the Cold War ended, the US army said. Amid a drive by NATO to boost its defences in light of the Ukraine crisis, 11 member countries are taking part in Exercise Swift […]

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US to deploy heavy weapons to Poland in 2016

Warsaw: Poland’s defence minister said Thursday the United States would deploy heavy weapons to the EU state next year, as regional tensions run high over Russia and the conflict in Ukraine. Washington had said in June it would store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops […]

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Pentagon taps Oshkosh to build next Humvee

Washington: The Pentagon has given truck-builder Oshkosh a $6.75 billion contract to build a successor to the famous Humvee, the ubiquitous work-horse of the massive US military. Tuesday’s announcement meant competitors Lockheed and AM General lost out. The selection process for the “Joint Light Tactical Vehicle” was conducted by the US Army and Marine Corps, […]

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