BAE secures deal with Saudi Arabia on Typhoon jet pricing

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- BAE, the world's third biggest defense company, has secured an agreement with Saudi Arabia over the pricing of 72 Eurofighter Typhoon strike jets after two years of fraught negotiations and unsuccessful efforts to export the aircraft elsewhere.

Iran, P5-plus-1 countries hold talks on nuclear program

VIENNA, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Representatives from Iran and the P5-plus-1 countries met Tuesday in Vienna for comprehensive talks about Iran's nuclear program, officials said.

Report: Israel gets ready for 'short, sharp war' against Hezbollah

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Israel's generals are preparing for a decisive -- and probably brief -- war against Hezbollah, one of its most implacable foes, in which it plans to smash the Iranian-backed Lebanese movement's military power, a new study says.

Japan unveils new defense strategy amid Chinese military expansion

TOKYO, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet adopted a new defense strategy calling for sharply higher spending as China expands its military.

Syria rebels could benefit from Saudi buy of 15,000 anti-tank missiles

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The Pentagon has notified the U.S. Congress it plans to sell Saudi Arabia 15,000 anti-tank missiles worth more than $1.1 billion, a massive purchase of that type of weapon by any standard outside of wartime emergency.

Somalia troops boosted as al-Shabaab fights on

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The United Nations has approved plans for the African Union to build up its peacekeeping force in Somalia to more than 22,000 troops to support the shaky Western-backed government against Islamist militants who refuse to quit their guerrilla war despite recent setbacks.

Iranian ICBM threat to U.S. a distant prospect, think tank says

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Despite Israeli claims Iran will have an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. east coast in 2-3 years, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London think tank, says it's "highly unlikely" Iran could deploy an operational ICBM "within the next decade."

Gulf Arabs boost missile defenses despite U.S. thaw with Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf are pressing ahead with boosting their defenses against missile attacks from Iran, even as the United States appears to be moving toward a rapprochement with Tehran.

North Africa, led by Algeria, seen as emerging arms market

ALGIERS, Algeria, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- North Africa is expected to become a key defense market, led by regional military heavyweight Algeria, increasingly the linchpin of the battle against al-Qaida in Africa, amid major upgrades for military and security forces, a new study says.
Netanyahu: Palestinians must recognize Jewish homeland

Netanyahu: Palestinians must recognize Jewish homeland

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish homeland if peace is to be achieved, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said.

China lists items banned from exports to N. Korea

BEIJING, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- China released a list of items to be banned from exports to North Korea, a step it says is in line with U.N. sanctions over the North's nuclear program.

Russia 'theoretically' ready to change position on Syria

MOSCOW, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Russian officials said Saturday they are prepared to change their stance on Syria if President Bashar Assad is found to be "cheating" on chemical weapons.

If you're looking for a cut-rate F-16 or a Merkava tank...

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 15 (UPI) -- Israel's military is planning to hold a bargain basement sale of aircraft, tanks and navy missile ships that are being made redundant under a revolutionary, multi-year program to restructure the Jewish state's armed forces to meet new challenges.

Israel slashes armor, air units in $1.9B defense cuts

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 12 (UPI) -- Israel test-fired a new rocket propulsion system Friday as part of its drive to boost its missile capabilities, while the military prepared to retire much of the army's vaunted tank force and several air force squadrons to save $1.9 billion in defense spending over the next five years.

Hezbollah braces for big Syria battle, but takes losses

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 25 (UPI) -- Hezbollah is reportedly massing 2,000-4,000 fighters near the divided northern city of Aleppo for the next major battle in Syria's civil war, but it's believed to have paid a high price in blood for its support of longtime ally President Bashar Assad.

Hollande seeks Rafale jet deal with Qatar

DOHA, Qatar, June 24 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande has sought to press the gas-rich Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar to buy 24-36 Dassault Rafale combat jets during a weekend visit amid a defense build-up by the region's Arab monarchies to counter Iran.

East Med gas complicates regional rivalries

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 5 (UPI) -- Energy Minister Gebran Bassil gleefully boasts every chance he gets of the 30 trillion cubic feet of gas he says lie in just 10 percent of Lebanese waters.
Hagel promises new military technology to Asia

Hagel promises new military technology to Asia

SINGAPORE, June 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Saturday reaffirmed the United States' commitment to deploying more advanced military technology to Asia.

Nasrallah pledge to aid Syria will widen war

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 1 (UPI) -- The pledge by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah to stand by embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad points to an escalation in the Syrian civil war.

Mideast: Arms buys soar with $10 billion U.S. deal

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. sale of $10 billion in weapons to Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates underlines the scale of arms purchases in the region.

Pipeline boosts Iran, Pakistan defiance

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 4 (UPI) -- The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline recently inaugurated in the face of stiff U.S. opposition has bolstered an emerging partnership between two Muslim states.

When French troops to leave Mali in doubt

BAMAKO, Mali, March 18 (UPI) -- As French troops prepare to leave Mali, Western and African officials say soldiers who will continue the fight against al-Qaida militants may be ill-equipped.
Syrian air force, vital for regime, sags

Syrian air force, vital for regime, sags

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 13 (UPI) -- Syrian warplanes have bombed the cities and even the outskirts of Damascus, showing the critical role the air force in the Assad's regime battle to keep power.

Richardson: N. Korea showing 'defiance'

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- Some experts analyzing North Korea's threats of war and pre-emptive strikes said they need not be taken literally but also didn't dismiss them.
Report: Iranians at N. Korea nuclear test

Report: Iranians at N. Korea nuclear test

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- North Korea's recent underground nuclear test may have been witnessed at the site by Iranian scientists, a Western diplomatic source told Japan's Kyodo News.
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