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Germany ‘spied’ on top French officials for US

DPA: German intelligence services spied on top French officials and the European Commission on behalf of the American spy agency NSA, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency helped the National Security Agency (NSA) carry out “political espionage” by surveilling “top officials at the French …

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Russian aircraft Superjet 100 to receive record-breaking state aid

 Egor Popov, Yelizaveta Kuznetsova, Kommersant Russia’s civil aviation industry, whose main project is the regional aircraft Sukhoi Superjet-100 (SSJ-100), is to receive record state support, with the government promising anti-crisis funding of more than 127 billion rubles ($2.5 billion). According to observers, the financing will help to support …

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Saab pitches Gripen as Typhoon replacement for Austria

Gareth Jennings, Linköping IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly Saab is touting its Gripen combat aircraft to Austria as a possible replacement for that country’s early model Eurofighter Typhoons, a senior company official disclosed on 27 April. Speaking at the Linköping production facility in Sweden, the head of Saab’s Aeronautics …

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Japan can now come to the aid of US forces threatened by a third country, but officials insist it’s not aimed at China

By JO BIDDLE AND DAN DE LUCE AFP The United States and Japan unveiled new rules for defense cooperation in a historic move that will give Japanese forces a wider global role amid concerns over China’s rising sway. Under the revised guidelines, Japan could come to the aid …

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There’s nothing like America’s most expensive weapons system ever  

By Amanda Macias Business Insider America’s most expensive weapons system ever built is on track for “initial combat use” by September 2016. Business Insider recently toured Lockheed Martin’s massive production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, where the three F-35 Lightning II variant aircrafts are designed and manufactured. The $400 …

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