MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The option to build destroyers for the US-made Aegis missile systems will cost Japan over 500 billion yen ($4.8 billion), which is even more than the previous plan to deploy land-based Aegis Ashore interceptors, scrapped by the Japanese government over cost concerns, the Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday.
The stealthy F-35 will be the first supersonic fighter jet to carry the small B61-12 nuclear bomb inside an internal weapons bay, meaning it won’t have to sacrifice stealthiness for striking power.
The merger will make more US Army resources available for African operations, although the Pentagon has been debating pulling nearly all of its troops from the continent for the past year.
The UK Prime Minister unexpectedly announced the largest increase in military spending since the Cold War, on 19 November 2020. Sputnik spoke to a member of Britain's oldest secular anti-militarist organisation about their response to this surprise decision and why they think it has been made at this time.
MOSCOW, November 23 (Sputnik) - The United States must expand its space security cooperation with South Korea to better prepare against future threats, Gen. John Raymond, the chief of space operations at the US Space Force, has said.
European politicians have long been debating the contentious issue of creating their own army, independent of the United States and NATO, with Paris particularly enthusiastic about the idea, and Berlin expressing scepticism. Though the subject of heated discussion, the issue has yet to move beyond debate.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Participation by the US in the Treaty on Open Skies officially ends on Sunday, six months after the administration of US President Donald Trump announced the government's intent to quit the agreement.
Tehran achieved a major breakthrough with its space programme in April, launching the Noor-1 (lit. ‘Light-1’) military satellite into orbit. US Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond derided the spacecraft as a mere “tumbling webcam in space". However, in July, Iran released detailed satellite images of the largest US base in the Middle East.
North Korea is thought to have an arsenal of as many as 40 nuclear weapons, as well as the means to deliver them to cities across the continental United States, the nation’s main possible foe. Pyongyang carried out its first nuclear test in 2006, four years after being listed in US President George W. Bush’s ‘Axis of Evil’.
The US Space Force (USSF) won't be sending service members out into the cosmos anytime soon, but those who join could find themselves at one of half a dozen Earth-based sites picked by the Department of the Air Force to host the new service's headquarters.
Over 70 Russian special forces troops were sent to the South Asian nation on November 5 to take part in the Friendship 2020 drills. The two countries have held the exercises since 2016, and signed a formal security training agreement in 2018.
China's future fighter trainer could feature artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to help pilot cadet's learning and boost future combat capability, said the chief designer of China's current most advanced trainer jet in a recent media report.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuela is launching the mass production of domestically-developed multi-purpose drones and single-engine planes, President Nicolas Maduro said.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United Kingdom’s Air Chief Mike Wigston has visited the Konya base in central Turkey, commending the "deepening" bilateral relationship and "impressive integration" with the NATO ally.
Iran’s Navy and the Revolutionary Guard Navy have traditionally limited the scope of their operations to protecting the country’s vast coastlines. Its ships have held drills in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, as well as the Red Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean, but have yet to embark on missions in the Western Hemisphere.
Britain already holds the number two spot among NATO countries’ total defence outlays, spending between 2.1 and 2.85 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product on the military, in accordance with US President Donald Trump’s demand that all alliance members devote at least 2 percent of their GDP to defence.
The electromagnetic launch system (EMALS) on China’s Type 002 aircraft carrier presently under construction could give the heavy J-15 fighter a second life in naval aviation.
Following to removal of US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, the Pentagon and acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller have announced a withdrawal of thousands of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, leaving around 2,500 residual personnel in both countries.
The test may provide a new way for the Pentagon to defend Hawaii against potential missile attack instead of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system presently deployed on the islands.
The request comes as Greece, Cyprus and Turkey remain locked in a dispute over the borders of exclusive economic zones near the shores of Cyprus. Ankara recently asked for talks "based on two states", while adding it will not tolerate what it characterized as "diplomatic games".