Archive: International

Germany May Send Spacecraft To Orbit Moon

Germany may send an unmanned spacecraft to orbit the moon within five years, though no manned mission is planned at this time, DW-World.DE reported. No final decision has been made on whether the unmanned lunar probe actually will be launched by Germany, which also is a member of the European Space Agency (ESA). Germany would […]

Arrow Missile Defense Components Receive Conference Attention

The Defense Department Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2008 that includes $37 million for producing components for the anti- ballistic missile Arrow in the United States and Israel. In the conference report accompanying the FY ’08 Appropriations Bill, lawmakers agreed to provide $155.5 million for the Arrow missile defense program–a joint United States- Israel effort. […]

U.K. National Defence Association Launches, Calls For Defense Spending Increase

The U.K. National Defence Association (UKNDA) launched Nov. 8, kicking off with a call to increase spending on the armed forces as soon as possible. UKNDA said it believes current spending levels are seriously undermining the United Kingdom’s ability to defend itself at home and around the world. UKNDA President, Winston Churchill–grandson of the war […]

Security Upgrades Completed For 25 Russian Nuclear Warhead Sites

U.S.-funded security upgrades at a Russian Strategic Rocket Forces base in Siberia were completed Oct. 31, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said. Completion of that work means all security work at 25 Russian nuclear missile sites outlined in a 2005 agreement between the U.S. and Russian presidents is finished. The final […]

German Parliament Green Lights Puma Procurement

The German Bundestag’s budget committee recently cleared the way today for the procurement of 405 new Puma infantry fighting vehicles for the Bundeswehr. That could mean a combined total of about $4.4 billion in gross sales for Munich-based Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG (KMG) and Rheinmetall AG of Duesseldorf, the companies said in a […]

U.K. National Defence Association Launches, Calls For Defense Spending Increase

The U.K. National Defence Association (UKNDA) launched Nov. 8, kicking off with a call to increase spending on the armed forces as soon as possible. UKNDA said it believes current spending levels are seriously undermining the United Kingdom’s ability to defend itself at home and around the world. UKNDA President, Winston Churchill, grandson of the […]

Canadian Frigate Deploys With USS Truman Strike Group On Operation Altair

For the next six months, the HMCS Charlottetown, will deploy with the USS Truman (CVN-75) carrier strike group (CSG) as part of Operation Altair, the Canadian navy’s contribution to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The deployment of the Halifax-class patrol frigate with the CSG significantly enhances the interoperability of Canadian and U.S. navies, according to the […]

German Parliament Green Lights Puma Procurement

The German Bundestag’s budget committee recently cleared the way today for the procurement of 405 new Puma infantry fighting vehicles for the Bundeswehr. That could mean a combined total of about $4.4 billion in gross sales for Munich-based Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG (KMG) and Rheinmetall AG of Duesseldorf, the companies said in a […]

Airborne Laser, European Missile Defense Gain Adequate Funding

The Airborne Laser (ABL) and the European ballistic missile defense (BMD) programs that once faced devastating funding cuts have rallied, with a House-Senate conference committee providing those programs most of the money that President Bush had requested. The House-Senate panel wrote the final compromise version of the Department of Defense (DOD) appropriations bill for the […]