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US to cut funding on Turkish Chinese-missile purchase

The US Congress is set to adopt a law next week forbidding Turkey from using American funds to acquire a $4 billion missile system from a Chinese company blacklisted by Washington. The United States has voiced deep concern over Turkey's decision in September to enter negotiations with China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation for its first long-range anti-missile system. CPMIEC, which makes the HQ-9 missile system, is under US sanctions for selling arms and missile technology to Iran and Syria.

Putin says Russia will upgrade its weaponry

MOSCOW, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday the share of modern weaponry in Russia's armed forces would reach 30 percent in 2014 and urged the military to stay alert for threats and challenges. The armed forces would receive more than 40 inter-continental ballistic missiles, 210 warplanes and helicopters, and more than 250 armored vehicles in a year, Putin said at an expanded meeting of the Defense Ministry Board. In addition, six military satellites would be launched and two new strategic submarines would be put on duty, he said.

U.S. defense bill boosts funding for missile defense to $9.5 billion

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A compromise defense bill proposed on Monday by U.S. lawmakers would boost spending on missile defense by $358 million to $9.5 billion, mandating an additional homeland defense radar and increasing funding for U.S.-Israeli cooperative efforts. Leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services committees released details of a slimmed-down defense authorization bill for fiscal 2014 late on Monday, calling for a final vote on the measure before Congress leaves for the year.

Turkey says no new bids to rival China missile offer

Turkey has yet to receive any new bids to supply a new missile system to rival a controversial multi-billion dollar offer by a US-blacklisted Chinese company, a government official said Friday. "We have asked other companies to present revised bids but that has not yet happened," secretary of state for defence industries Murad Bayar said. The United States has voiced deep concern over Turkey's decision in September to enter negotiations with China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation (CPMIEC) for its first long-range anti-missile system.

Raytheon CEO sees $4 billion-$5 billion in Mideast orders in 'weeks'

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Raytheon Co <RTN.N> is hoping to finalize orders valued at $4 billion to $5 billion from countries in the Middle East in a matter of weeks, Chief Executive William Swanson told an investor conference on Tuesday. Swanson said he just returned from a visit to the region, including stops in Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, where he met with senior leaders about an array of missile defense deals and other orders.

India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable missile

India on Tuesday successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface missile from a military base in the eastern state of Odisha, the Press Trust of India reported. The Prithvi-II, with a strike range of 350 kilometers, is India's first indigenously built ballistic missile. It has features to deceive anti-ballistic missiles and uses an advanced inertial guidance system with maneuvering capabilities.

Russia to deploy S-500 anti-missiles in two years

MOSCOW, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Russia will deploy its newest S-500anti-missile systems in response to the deployment of Western anti-missile shield in Europe, a senior military officer said Friday. "We'll be able to organize anti-missile defense ... This is our response to the U.S. anti-missile defense," said Kirill Makarov, deputy commander of Russia's airspace defense forces, in an interview with the state-run Russia-24 TV channel. The S-500 systems are designed to destroy enemy's aircraft, middle-range and strategic missiles.

Russia to deploy three S-400 air defense regiments in 2014

Russia to deploy three S-400 air defense regiments in 2014 MOSCOW, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Russia would deploy three new regiments equipped with S- 400 surface-to-air missile systems next year, with more advanced radar stations to be launched. "Two such systems entered service this year. Another three S- 400 missile regiments will be supplied to the army in 2014," Putin told a meeting on the development of aerospace defense system in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Moscow air defense to be reinforced with one more regiment

Moscow air defense to be reinforced with one more regiment MOSCOW, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Air defense over Moscow region will be reinforced with one more S-400 regiment, Russia's Defense Ministry said Wednesday. In addition to two already deployed regiments, the third is to be deployed around the capital in December, the ministry's spokesman Dmitry Zenin told reporters. It will be reinforced with the battalion of the Pantsir-S short- range anti-aircraft complex designed to protect the existing air defense systems S-300 and S-400 themselves.

Israel tests short range missile defence system

Israeli and US defence officials on Wednesday successfully carried out a second intercept test of a new system against short-range missiles, the defence ministry said. "The Israel Missile Defence Organisation and the US Missile Defence Agency completed a successful intercept test of the David's Sling Weapon System (DSWS) against a short-range ballistic missile today," it said in a statement. "This is the second intercept test of the Stunner interceptor for the DSWS. The intercept test was conducted at a test range in southern Israel," it said, without specifying where.
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