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India to Purchase 21 Russian MiG-29 Jets to Improve Air Combat Strength – Report

A top-level Indian Air Force (IAF) team visited a Russian facility to check the MiG-29 fighter jets; later, it submitted a favourable report to IAF Headquarters, according to the news portal Print.

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S-400 a Pretext to Exclude Ankara From US F-35 Program – Retired Turkish General

US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus has warned Turkey about the “very negative consequences” their acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defense systems will have if it goes ahead. The purchase of the surface-to-air missile defence systems will seriously affect the defence relations of the United States and NATO with Turkey, she said.

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Germany Plans to Cut Military Budget in Spite of US Calls to Reach NATO Target

Berlin’s failure to meet the alliance’s agreement to spend 2% of GDP on defence has been a source of tension between Germany and the US. Angela Merkel earlier pledged to boost military spending up to 1.5 percent of GDP by 2024. But the budget plan, introduced in Berlin, suggests that the expenditures will be decreasing […]

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F-35s Fully Mission Capable Only 27 Percent of the Time – GAO Report

The US military’s F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft have a problem with spare parts, and it’s keeping the planes out of the sky, according to a new report by a government watchdog. “F-35 aircraft were unable to fly nearly 30% of the May-November 2018 time period due to spare parts shortages,” according to an April report by the Government Accountability […]

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Turkey Interested in Other Russian Weaponry Apart From S-400s – Official

The contract for Turkey to procure Russian air defence systems has been vehemently opposed by Washington, who is trying to convince Ankara to ditch it threatening the country with sanctions and freezing deliveries of F-35 fighters.

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‘A Very Big Gap’: China’s PLARF Outclasses US Missiles, Puts Carriers At Risk

The Chinese military is winning the conventional missile arms race, particularly for anti-ship missiles, and US commanders are frantically trying to come up with alternative strategies before US aircraft carriers become obsolete.

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Russia Hails Turkey’s Push for S-500s Amid Ankara’s Adherence to S-400 Deal

In March, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Ankara’s commitment to its deal with Russia on the purchase of S-400 missile systems, adding that Turkey may subsequently look into buying S-500 systems.

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Turkey to Benefit if it Buys Russian Jets Instead of F-35 – Political Strategist

The United States on Monday announced its decision to halt shipments of F-35-related equipment due to Ankara’s plans to purchase Russia’s S-400 missile defence system. Turkey, a US-NATO ally, has been planning to purchase 100 F-35 fighter jets from the US. Sputnik discussed this with Oliver Steward, a political strategist from the UK.

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Trump is ‘for socialism’ … but only when it comes to funding US military industry – Tulsi Gabbard

US President Donald Trump, who has been relentlessly bashing everything linked to what he sees as ‘socialism,’ is himself no stranger to using socialist principles to support the US arms industry, Tulsi Gabbard has claimed.

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‘F-35 is Not Ready to Fly’, US Defence Companies ‘Buy Politicians’ – Journalist

The US Department of Defence recently opened an investigation about reports that acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan has been favouring Boeing, where he worked for more than three decades, at the expense of competitors.

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Bad aim & short life: New Pentagon report reveals MORE problems with trillion-dollar F-35 jet

Adding to the pile of flaws and setbacks plaguing the F-35 joint strike fighter, a new report by the Pentagon reveals that jet’s life span is nearly four times shorter than expected and the accuracy of its guns is “unacceptable.”

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‘Cracks Appear’: Economist on Why US’ Giving Up Its Global ‘Policeman’ Role

Donald Trump’s official rejection of the role of a global “policeman” could be called the most important event of the outgoing year, Sputnik contributor Ivan Danilov writes, stressing that the cracks in the foundations of American hegemony have already become too visible.

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US Will Defeat EU Army

The testy slap-down by US President Donald Trump to the idea of a European army was telling. Any notion of the Europeans stepping away from American “protection” would be anathema to Washington. That’s because American power is not about “protecting” Europe. That’s just the vainglorious, propaganda mythology.

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Indonesia to Stick to Su-35 Deal With Russia Despite Looming US Sanctions

Earlier reports suggested that the deal between Moscow and Jakarta could fall under the US Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), despite attempts to secure a waiver for Indonesia.

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Chop-chop: Saudis may cut billions in military contracts & petrodollar in response to US sanctions

US penalties against Saudi Arabia over the alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi may never be implemented. But just in case, the oil-rich kingdom has threatened to hit back using several effective weapons. Washington pledged ‘severe punishment’ if the Saudis ordered the killing of Khashoggi, a Saudi-born journalist, who disappeared nearly two weeks […]

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