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Japan scrambles fighters against Russian bombers for 6 days in row

The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets after three pairs of Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers were detected flying around the Japanese archipelago Friday, the Defense Ministry's Joint Staff office announced. While they did not violate Japanese airspace, this was the sixth day in a row in which Russian military planes were spotted flying close to Japan. It is rare for the ASDF to scramble against as many as six foreign aircraft in a day. The ministry is analyzing motives behind Russia's heightened activities.

Cost to buy F-35 up 2 percent; to operate down 9 percent: Pentagon

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday forecast the cost of developing and buying Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet at $398.6 billion, up 2 percent from last year, but said the projected cost to operate and maintain the jets was down about 9 percent. The total cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon's costliest weapons program, is now seen at $1.42 trillion, down about 6 percent from $1.50 trillion, including research, development, procurement and operations through 2065.

Two U.S. arms programs face live-or-die reviews after costs jump

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An unmanned U.S. Navy helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp and a precision ship-landing system built by Raytheon Co face mandatory reviews that could lead to their cancellation after quantity reductions drove unit costs sharply higher in 2013, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. Senior defense officials said the cost increases were largely due to cuts in the numbers of items to be purchased, but federal law required a careful look at program performance and other factors.

Russian military planes spotted again, Japan scrambles fighters

Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets were scrambled against five Russian military planes that flew along three routes around the Japanese archipelago Thursday, Japan's Defense Ministry said early Friday. Russian planes have been repeatedly seen flying near Japan since the end of March when North Korea fired intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The ministry is said to be analyzing Russia's motives.

Key report on F-35 rivals now complete, cabinet to decide on open competition

OTTAWA - The ball is now firmly in the Harper government's court when it comes to deciding whether to stick with the oft-maligned F-35 fighter jet program. After almost 18 months of exhaustive research and analysis, a key report that will determine whether there will be an open competition to replace the air force's aging CF-18s has been completed, the public works minister said Friday. The analysis looks at fighter jets already on the market, how suited they would be for Canada's defence needs, their cost and potential benefits.

U.S. approves F-35 flights to UK for two air shows in July: officials

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department has approved the first trans-Atlantic flight of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet in July to take part in two international air shows near London, senior defense officials said Wednesday.

Pentagon says automatic budget cuts would hit F-35, other weapons

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Tuesday detailed $48.3 billion in cuts to major weapons programs like Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet that would kick in from fiscal 2016 to 2019 if Congress does not reverse automatic budget cuts that are to resume in 2016. It said the cuts would slash $40 billion from the Pentagon's planned spending on operations and maintenance over that time, while research and development of new cutting-edge technologies would fall by nearly $18 billion from $337 billion.

Swiss voters set to sink Swedish jet fighter deal

Swiss voters are set to sink a massive defence deal with Swedish firm Saab to buy 22 fighter planes, an opinion poll showed Friday ahead of a referendum next month. The survey by the gfs.bern polling institute showed that 52 percent of voters opposed the plan, while 42 percent were in favour. With just six percent of voters still to make up their minds, a turnaround by supporters of the fighter purchase appeared unlikely, the polling institute said.

Up front cash needed if Harper government intends to buy F-35 in 2018

OTTAWA - The Harper government will need to start laying down cash next year, if it intends to stick with the current delivery schedule for the oft-maligned F-35 fighter jet. A senior executive with the aircraft's U.S. manufacturer confirms Canada recently pushed off potential delivery of its first planes until 2018, holding its place in the line of nations that have already agreed to buy the stealth jet.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 308 (April 10, 2014)

TOPIC OF THE WEEK (Part 1) Successive finding of N.K. drones raises concerns over air defense system SEOUL (Yonhap) -- A third suspected North Korean drone was found on a mountain on South Korea's east coast on April 6, in the latest finding of a series of border incursions by North Korea's unmanned spy aircraft, raising fresh concerns over the military's shabby air defense network.
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