U.S. Army awards Black Hawk replacement contract to Textron’s Bell

U.S. Army awards Black Hawk replacement contract to Textron’s Bell

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Army on Monday awarded the contract for its next-generation helicopter to Textron Inc’s (TXT.N) Bell unit, ending a years-long competition for the technology that will replace the Black Hawk utility helicopter. The Army’s “Future Vertical Lift” competition aimed at finding a replacement as the Army looks to retire … Read more

Exclusive: U.S., Russia have used their military hotline once so far during Ukraine war

Exclusive: U.S., Russia have used their military hotline once so far during Ukraine war

WASHINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – A communications line created between the militaries of the United States and Russia at the start of Moscow’s war against Ukraine has been used only once so far, a U.S. official told Reuters. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the United States initiated a call through … Read more

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sending 100-mile strike weapon to Ukraine

Exclusive: U.S. weighs sending 100-mile strike weapon to Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – The Pentagon is considering a Boeing proposal to supply Ukraine with cheap, small precision bombs fitted onto abundantly available rockets, allowing Kyiv to strike far behind Russian lines as the West struggles to meet demand for more arms. U.S. and allied military inventories are shrinking, and Ukraine faces an increasing … Read more

Weapons industry booms as Eastern Europe arms Ukraine

Weapons industry booms as Eastern Europe arms Ukraine

E.Europe arms companies step up production for Ukraine Hope to find new markets as defence spends rise Can produce and service Soviet-era and NATO-standard weaponry Poland, Czechs among big suppliers of military aid to Kyiv Industry’s history stretches from 1800s and through Cold War PRAGUE/WARSAW, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Eastern Europe’s arms industry is churning … Read more

Taiwan is at the core of China’s core interests – Chinese defence minister

Taiwan is at the core of China’s core interests – Chinese defence minister

BEIJING, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe on Tuesday told his U.S. counterpart that Taiwan is at the core of China’s core interests and was a “red-line” that must not be crossed. “The resolution of Taiwan is a matter for Chinese people, no external force has the right to interfere,” Wei said … Read more

Russia trying to exhaust Ukraine’s air defenses, Pentagon official says

Russia trying to exhaust Ukraine’s air defenses, Pentagon official says

WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Russia’s surge in missile strikes in Ukraine is partly designed to exhaust Kyiv’s supplies of air defenses and finally achieve dominance of the skies above the country, a senior Pentagon official said on Saturday. Russia has been hammering cities across Ukraine with missile strikes over the past week, in one … Read more

France, Germany, Spain agree on moving on with FCAS warplane development – Berlin

France, Germany, Spain agree on moving on with FCAS warplane development – Berlin

BERLIN/PARIS, Nov 18 (Reuters) – France, Germany and Spain have reached agreement on starting the next phase of development of a new fighter jet dubbed FCAS, Europe’s largest defence project at an estimated cost of more than 100 billion euros($103.4 billion), the German government said on Friday. The Defence Ministry said in a statement that … Read more

U.S. seeking to make it harder for Iran to sell drones to Russia

U.S. seeking to make it harder for Iran to sell drones to Russia

WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The United States will continue to take “practical, aggressive” steps to make it harder for Iran to sell drones and missiles to Russia, State Department deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel said on Tuesday, adding that Washington had a number of tools to hold both Moscow and Tehran accountable. Patel, speaking at … Read more

Ukraine moves to cut diplomatic ties with Iran after drone attacks

Ukraine moves to cut diplomatic ties with Iran after drone attacks

KYIV, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s foreign minister said on Tuesday he was submitting a proposal to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to formally cut diplomatic ties with Tehran after a wave of Russian attacks using what Kyiv says are Iranian-made drones. Russia launched dozens of “kamikaze” drones on targets in Ukraine on Monday, striking energy infrastructure … Read more

EU set to train 15,000 Ukrainian troops, provide more arms funding for Kyiv

EU set to train 15,000 Ukrainian troops, provide more arms funding for Kyiv

BRUSSELS, Oct 17 (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers are expected to agree on a mission to train 15,000 Ukrainian troops from next month and an extra 500 million euros worth of funding for arms deliveries to Kyiv when they meet in Luxembourg on Monday. The ministers are also likely to slap additional sanctions on … Read more