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    • Netherlands' soldiers attend a ceremony to welcome the German battalion being deployed to Lithuania as part of NATO deterrence measures against Russia in Rukla, Lithuania February 7, 2017
      Last update: 17:44 12.12.2018
      17:44 12.12.2018

      Increasing NATO Forces Near Russian Borders Will Only Increase Tensions - MoD

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian General Staff, has told NATO Allied Command Operations' Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti that NATO presence near Russian borders was not reducing tensions, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

    • The MiG-35 aviation complex presented in Moscow Region. File photo
      Last update: 15:55 12.12.2018
      15:55 12.12.2018

      WATCH MiG-35 Performing Vertical Take Off, Manoeuvres in Air

      The MiG-35 is a highly versatile 4++ generation jet that’s capable of both deterring aerial aggression and launching airstrikes on ground targets. It successfully completed factory trials at the end of 2017 and is now being tested by the Russian Air Force.

    • An Israeli Air Force F-16 jet fighter in flight over Israel 1980.
      Last update: 22:32 11.12.2018
      22:32 11.12.2018

      Croatia Denies Reports of Blocked F-16 Deal, Says Israel’s $500M Sale a Go

      Croatia’s purchase of half a billion dollars’ worth of F-16 fighter aircraft from Israel has sparked a bit of controversy, with Croatian officials saying the deal has the green light, while US officials say that’s not the case.

    • A Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) honor guard stands at attention at the funeral in southwestern Kosovo near Pec and Djakovica for five of 24 Kosovars slain in an ambush in Rogovo last week by Serbian Interior Ministry forces.
      Last update: 15:42 11.12.2018
      15:42 11.12.2018

      Kosovar Army Formation Contradicts Int'l Law, Has to be Stopped - Serbian Official

      BELGRADE (Sputnik) - The Serbian leadership calls on the international community and NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) to stop the Kosovar authorities from creating an independent army since the move would endanger the Balkan region, the director of the Serbian government's office for Kosovo and Metohija Djuric told Sputnik.

    • Indian air force Jaguar fighter aircrafts (File)
      Last update: 15:25 11.12.2018
      15:25 11.12.2018

      Indian Air Force Holds Simultaneous Joint Exercise With US, Russian Counterparts

      The Indian Air Force is using only Russian origin systems during the ongoing joint exercise Aviaindra at the western air base in Rajasthan that coincides with the Cope India exercise between the Indian and the US Air Force currently underway at the eastern air base in West Bengal.

    • An F/A-18C receives fuel from a KC-10 Extender, one of the refueling aircraft belonging to US Central Command.
      Last update: 00:30 11.12.2018
      00:30 11.12.2018

      Pentagon Accidentally Refueled Saudi Jets Over Yemen for Free

      Amid a push by the Senate to vote on ending US support for the Saudi-led coalition waging war in Yemen this week, a new report indicates that American tankers have been refueling Saudi coalition jets with gas paid for by US taxpayers because of “errors in accounting.”

    • Chinese ground crew members inspect a J-20 stealth fighter in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province (File)
      Last update: 22:38 10.12.2018
      22:38 10.12.2018

      US Marines Built Full-Scale Replica of China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter (PHOTO)

      A full-scale replica of China’s Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon is sitting in a military facility at Savannah-Hilton Head Airport, Georgia. The US military has confirmed the aircraft is used by marines for training purposes.

    • C-130 Hercules
      Last update: 22:06 10.12.2018
      22:06 10.12.2018

      War Preparations? Large US Military Drill Simulates Forcible Entry Operation

      The US Air Force conducted a large drill to simulate an invasion of foreign territory in Nevada over the weekend.

    • Russian and Indian national flags
      Last update: 16:18 10.12.2018
      16:18 10.12.2018

      India, Russia to Finalize Logistic Support Agreement Soon

      The proposal for a logistic support agreement was made by Russia in July this year. As the defense ties between the two countries are deep and intense, it took less than five months for them to complete the draft agreement in comparison to the 2016 agreement with the US that almost a decade to be finalized.

    • The pre-flight preparation of the Mikoyan MIG-31, a supersonic all-weather long-range interceptor jet, before an exercize of a MIG-31 flight, which is part of the aviation regiment of the Pacific Fleet's Kamchatka air base in Prymorye Territory
      Last update: 06:49 10.12.2018
      06:49 10.12.2018

      Russian Pacific Fleet's Pilots Completed Over 7,600 Flying Hours in 2018 - Spokesman

      VLADIVOSTOK (Sputnik) - Naval aviation pilots of the Russian Pacific Fleet have completed more than 7,600 flying hours in 2018, having carried out about 30 exercises, Russian Pacific Fleet spokesman Nikolai Voskresensky said on Monday.

    • Transporters-launchers for S-400 Triumf missile systems at the final rehearsal of the military parade to mark the 73rd anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War
      Last update: 05:22 10.12.2018
      05:22 10.12.2018

      Russia Now World's No. 2 Arms Producer - Think Tank

      STOCKHOLM (Sputnik) - The arms sales of the Russian companies listed among the world's 100 largest arms manufacturers accounted for 9.5 percent of the hundred's total in 2017, making Russia world's second biggest arms producer after the United States, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a press release on Monday.

    • Beriev Be-200 amphibious firefighting aircraft
      Last update: 04:17 10.12.2018
      04:17 10.12.2018

      Be-200 Amphibious Aircraft to Be Commissioned for Russian Navy by End of 2019

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Navy will receive the Beriev Be-200 amphibious aircraft intended for rescue operations by the end of 2019, Maj. Gen. Igor Kozhin, the chief of Russia's naval aviation, said.

    • Screengrab of a Chinese Su-35 engaging in manoeuvres.
      Last update: 21:39 09.12.2018
      21:39 09.12.2018

      WATCH China Take Its Brand New Su-35 Fighters for Top Gun-Style Test Flight

      Russia completed the delivery of the last batch of five Sukhoi Su-35 multirole air superiority fighters to China last month, with Washington slapping Beijing with sanctions over its purchase of Russian military hardware, including the Su-35s, in September.

    • Yemenis search for victims under the rubble of houses the day after they were hit in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on Yemen's rebel-held northwestern Saada province, on September 1, 2016
      Last update: 15:11 09.12.2018
      15:11 09.12.2018

      State Dept. Top Official: Support for Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen 'Necessary'

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Timothy Lenderking reaffirmed Washington's assistance to the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen on the side of the Yemeni government, despite appeals to end support for Saudi Arabia's actions in the war-torn country.

    • A bundle of three Soviet RSD-10 missiles prepared for demolition at the Kapustin Yar launch site. The missiles were destroyed in accordance with the INF Treaty.
      Last update: 14:59 09.12.2018
      14:59 09.12.2018

      Czech President: Arms Race to Start if Deals Like INF Abandoned

      BLAGOVESHCHENSK (Sputnik) - Czech President Milos Zeman believes that there is a solution for the Russian-US standoff around the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

    • In this picture released by the Iranian Fars News Agency, asurface-to-surface missile is launched during the Iranian Revolutionary Guards maneuver in an undisclosed location in Iran, Tuesday, July 3, 2012
      Last update: 13:11 09.12.2018
      13:11 09.12.2018

      Western Intel Docs Claim Iran's Missiles Now Capable of Reaching Europe – German Media

      Iran's foreign ministry stressed that the country would not create missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads after the US and its French and British allies accused Tehran of test-launching a 'nuclear-capable' medium-range ballistic missile last week in violation of the UN Security Council resolution on the Iran nuclear deal.

    • Russian-Indian naval exercise Indra-2014
      Last update: 09:42 09.12.2018
      09:42 09.12.2018

      Russian Warships Arrive in India for Joint Military Drills

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A detachment of the Russian Pacific Fleet entered the eastern Indian port city of Visakhapatnam on Sunday to participate in the joint Russian-Indian military drills Indra Navy 2018, the fleet's press service said.

    • NATO Drills Agile Spirit in Georgia
      Last update: 06:05 09.12.2018
      06:05 09.12.2018

      Tbilisi, Paris Sign Another Contract on Air Defense Deliveries to Georgia

      TBILISI (Sputnik) - The Georgian Defense Ministry has signed another contract on the deliveries of air defense management and control systems with France, the ministry's press service said in a statement on Saturday.

    • In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, the J-20 stealth fighter jet flies at the China's International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
      Last update: 18:31 08.12.2018
      18:31 08.12.2018

      Has China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Been Spotted at a US Airbase? (PHOTO)

      A small party of Chengdu J-20 stealth fighters entered into service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force in February, with recent design improvements to its engines expected to allow mass production of the plane to begin before the year is out.

    • This is an aerial view of the five-sided Pentagon building, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, in Arlington, Va., in 1975
      Last update: 16:09 08.12.2018
      16:09 08.12.2018

      'We're the Good Guys': Pentagon Top Brass Infuriated That Google Works with China But Not US Military

      Earlier this week, US tech giant Microsoft vowed that it would give the Pentagon access to "all the technology" it creates.