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June 23, 2017
Weapons found after shots fired in oil field: Saudi
Riyadh (AFP) June 19, 2017
Saudi Arabia said Monday it had seized weapons from a boat captured after the navy fired warning shots at vessels approaching a Gulf oil platform, at a time of tensions with Iran and Qatar. Three small boats entered Saudi territorial waters at about 8:30 pm on Friday and "headed at speed towards platforms of (the) Saudi oil field of Marjan", a government statement said. Saudi naval forces fired warning shots at the boats, which were carrying "red and white flags", and captured one of the vessels ... read more

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Mattis, Dunford press Congress for increased, stable budgets
Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. James Dunford spoke in support of the president's fiscal 2018 defense budget while before the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee. ... more
Senate narrowly defeats resolution blocking Saudi arms sale
A resolution proposed by Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to block $510 million in precision-guided weapons as part of a $110 billion Saudi arms sale failed to pass Tuesday. ... more
Ukraine touts defense industry to potential customers
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India approves new defence policy to boost local companies
India's cabinet on Wednesday approved a long-awaited policy to boost local manufacturing of high-tech defence equipment and cut down reliance on expensive imports. ... more
BAE receives contract for Royal Australian Navy SATCOM upgrades
BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a $30 million contract for satellite communications upgrades for the Royal Australian Navy, the company announced Thursday. ... more
Trump military budget proposal aims to increase readiness
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Israel signs $630-mln defence deal with India
Israel announced Sunday it had reached a deal worth $630 million to provide India's navy with missile defence systems, following a record weapons sale between the two countries last month. ... more
Raytheon in partnership with Saudi company
Raytheon is entering into a strategic partnership with the Saudi Arabia Military Industries Company for technology development and defense-related projects. ... more
Lockheed Martin secures $28 billion in Saudi contracts
Lockheed Martin has secured a major contract with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The $28 billion program includes air and missile defense systems, aircraft, helicopters, and logistical support. ... more
Boeing expands business ties with Saudis
Boeing is strengthening business ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the area of defense products, the company reports. ... more
US, Saudi agree arms deals worth almost $110 billion: White House
Washington has agreed arms deals with Saudi Arabia worth almost $110 billion, a White House official said Saturday, the first day of President Donald Trump's visit to the traditional US ally. ... more
Northrop Grumman Australia invests in new facility; Final Nulka decoy delivered
Northrop Grumman Australia reports it is developing an advanced defense electronics maintenance and sustainment center in Australia. ... more
US admiral gets 18 months in 'Fat Leonard' case
A former admiral was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for his role in a sprawling bribery scandal dubbed the "Fat Leonard" case, becoming the highest-ranking US Navy officer to be convicted in the probe. ... more
Dutch court jails Charles Taylor arms-supplier for 19 years
A Dutch court on Friday sentenced a businessman to 19 years in prison for arms trafficking and aiding war crimes in Liberia and Guinea by armed forces of ex-Liberian leader Charles Taylor. ... more

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U.S. lawmakers push for Pentagon reforms
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Trump pressured to approve defense deals with India
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Trump lifts rights conditions on Bahrain arms sales
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Israel defence exports surge to $6.5 bln
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