defence

London and Paris agree joint long-range missile project

Britain and France signed an agreement to develop a new generation of long-range missiles for their naval and air forces in London on Tuesday.

Germany demands US acknowledge Berlin's NATO contributions

Germany's defence minister has demanded the US recognize and show appreciation for Germany's engagement with the NATO military alliance.

Over 1,000 soldiers fight fire at major Ukraine munitions depot

More than a thousand soldiers have been deployed to join firefighters in efforts to contain a blaze at a Ukrainian munitions depot, the military said Friday.

US donates 24 Humvee vehicles to Bosnia army

The US government has donated 24 Humvee multipurpose vehicles to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Army, hit by a chronic shortage of funding and equipment, to reinforce its technical capacity.

Major Ukrainian munitions depot goes up in flames, sabotage alleged

One of Ukraine's largest munitions depots went up in flames on Thursday in what the military is calling an act of sabotage.

NATO eyes new date for meeting so Tillerson can attend

NATO is discussing moving next month's meeting of foreign ministers in order for US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attend, the alliance's chief told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Tillerson to skip NATO meeting in Brussels but will travel to Russia

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers next month in Brussels, the State Department confirmed Tuesday.

Japan launches spy satellite amid North Korea provocations

Japan successfully put its latest spy satellite into orbit Friday, almost two weeks after North Korea carried out a missile launch exercise targeting US bases in the country, local media reported. The H-2A rocket carrying the government's Information Gathering Satellite Radar 5 blasted off from Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan at 10:20 am (0120 GMT), broadcaster NHK reported.

Lithuanian President calls for reinforcement of NATO's eastern flank

NATO should move its military command closer to the alliance's eastern borders, in view of changing geopolitical dynamics and tensions with Russia, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Thursday.

Stoltenberg urges NATO members to tone down "rhetoric"

All NATO member states should tone down their "rhetoric" and avoid fuelling tensions within the military alliance and instead focus on exterior threats, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday during a visit to Denmark.

Turkey blocks NATO work with partner countries amid EU accession row

The divisions between Turkey and other European countries have spilled over into NATO, complicating operations there, official Austrian sources confirmed Wednesday in Vienna.

Turkey in talks to buy S-400 missile systems from Russia

Turkey is in talks to buy Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, the Turkish defence minister confirmed Wednesday, following a report that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the matter with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week.

Reports: Trump approves CIA drone strikes

US President Donald Trump has authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to approve drone strikes, US media reported Tuesday.

Austrian parliament launches inquiry into Eurofighter deal

Austria's acquisition of Eurofighter jets will be scrutinized by a parliamentary inquiry after new allegations about inflated pricing and graft have surfaced.

FM accuses Russia of trying to thwart Montenegro's NATO membership bid

Russia interfered in the election process in Montenegro with the aim of halting its admission to NATO, Montenegrin Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanović has said in an interview with Hina.

Croatian President receives commander of NATO special forces in Afghanistan

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday received the commander of the NATO Special Operations Component Command - Afghanistan (NSOCC-A), Major General Scott A. Howell.

Germany's defence spending remains well below NATO mandate

Germany's defence spending increased only slightly in 2016, remaining well below a NATO-mandated level, according to the military alliance's annual report released Monday.

China's Xi urges military-civilian integration, modernization

Chinese President Xi Jinping says that China's army needs to increase military-civilian integration and develop its technological innovation, state media has reported.

Bangladesh launches first-ever submarines

Bangladesh on Sunday officially launched the first two submarines for its naval fleet.

Report: Japanese, US navies conducting drill in East China Sea

Japanese and US navies are conducting a joint military exercise in the East China Sea amid China's growing assertiveness in the region, local media reported on Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II unveils Britain's Iraq, Afghanistan memorial

Queen Elizabeth II unveiled Britain's Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial on Thursday to pay tribute to 300,000 soldiers and civilians who served in the two nations and the Gulf region since 1990, including more than 800 who died.

NATO warns Kosovo against creating army, cites "serious concerns"

NATO has "serious concerns" about Kosovo's intention to transform its security forces into an army, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Kosovo's leaders Wednesday, warning that NATO would "review its level of commitment" if the proposal is approved.

'No longer a man's world' - NATO chief calls for more female recruits

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on all member countries of the military alliance to recruit more women into the armed forces as well as security and defence policy roles.

Serbia soon to receive six Russian MiGs

Serbia is to receive six MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia by the end of March, and a decree on their delivery is expected to be signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Moscow, the Belgrade-based Vecernje Novosti said on Tuesday.

EU to establish military command headquarters for support missions

The European Union took a step towards greater military coordination on Monday as EU foreign and defence ministers unanimously agreed to establish a command headquarters so they can better plan and conduct support missions abroad.

China reveals lowest military budget increase in decades

China's military budget will increase by 7 per cent this year to 151 billion dollars (1.044 trillion yuan), the slowest growth in more than two decades, a finance ministry official announced Monday.

6th Croatian contingent seen off to Afghanistan

The 6th Croatian contingent with 91 members of the Armed Forces and 22 troops from partner countries are going to Afghanistan on Friday evening and they were seen off at a barracks in Zagreb by Croatian President and Supreme Commander Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

Russia reports first top-level contacts with NATO since 2014

Russia's Defence Ministry on Friday reported the first top-level talks between its military and NATO since the Western military alliance froze ties at the onset of the Ukraine crisis in 2014.

Japan scrambles jets as 13 Chinese military planes approach islands

Japan’s defence forces scrambled fighter jets against 13 Chinese military planes that approached the country near southern Japanese islands on Thursday, the government in Tokyo confirmed.

Top US general welcomes planned military boost in Lithuania

The head of US military forces in Europe on Wednesday welcomed Lithuania's move to boost military spending and personnel.

Indictment upheld against former Defence Ministry official in aircraft overhaul case

The Zagreb County Court on Wednesday upheld an indictment against Josip Covic, former chief of the Defence Ministry Department for Aircraft Repairs and Maintenance, for soliciting a bribe of EUR 50,000 from Ivica Josipovic, representative of a Ukrainian company that had overhauled Croatian MiG fighter jets.

Gabriel: NATO defence spending goal is "unrealistic" for Germany

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday underlined the importance of the NATO-mandated rule on defence spending, but said it was "unrealistic" that Germany would reach the goal of spending 2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).

Erdogan lashes out at newspaper over report on military unrest

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday slammed Hurriyet newspaper over a report saying that military top brass was "restless" over criticisms against its leadership.

Gambia's new President Barrow fires army chief

Gambia's new President Adama Barrow has sacked army chief Ousman Badjie, replacing him with a presidential military aide.

Croatia-Montenegro relations example for region, says minister

After meeting Croatian Ambassador Veselko Grubisic in Podgorica on Monday, Montenegrin Defence Minister Predrag Boskovic said that relations between Croatia and Montenegro were very good and could serve as an example to other countries in the region.

Father of dead Navy SEAL says he didn't want to meet with Trump

The father of a Navy SEAL killed in late January during a raid in Yemen chose not to meet US President Donald Trump when the soldier's casket arrived back in the United States, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.

Germany says Russia plan for Reichstag replica 'speaks for itself'

A Russian plan to construct a replica of the Reichstag so that military enthusiasts can re-enact the Red Army's 1945 capture of Berlin is "surprising and speaks for itself," a German government spokeswoman said Friday.

Russia to build replica Reichstag for schoolchildren to storm

A military-themed park in a suburb of Moscow will soon install a replica of Berlin's Reichstag for Russian schoolchildren to storm, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

German army to expand to almost 200,000 soldiers

Germany's Bundeswehr, plans to expand its number of professional soldier to 198,000 by 2024 because of increasing duties, the German Defence Ministry announced on Tuesday.

US Army General McMaster tapped as Trump's national security advisor

Army Lieutenant General HR McMaster will be the new White House national security advisor, US President Donald Trump told reporters Monday.

Iran carries out more missile tests despite US pressure

Despite US sanctions, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard carried out more missile tests on Monday, part of three days of military manoeuvres.

Report: US and Russia supply over half of global arms

The United States and Russia supplied more than half of the world's arms over the past five years, a period that saw arms transfers reach their highest volume since the end of the Cold War, a Swedish-based research institute said Monday.

Defence deals worth 1.2 billion dollars announced at key UAE show

Deals worth nearly 4.4 billion dirhams (1.2 billion dollars) were reached at a major defence show that opened Sunday in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), an official said.

Saudi Arabia "very optimistic" about cooperation with Trump

Saudi Arabia is "very optimistic" about its cooperation with the administration of US President Donald Trump, the Saudi foreign minister said Sunday at the Munich Security Conference.

Russia 'disappointed' with Pence's remarks on Ukraine conflict

Russia is "disappointed" with US Vice President Mike Pence's comments regarding Moscow's implementation of a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine, a senior Russian lawmaker says.

Pence reassures allies of Trump's NATO support, tough Russia stance

US Vice President Mike Pence sought to reassure European allies on Saturday of his country's "unwavering" support of NATO, amid unease about President Donald Trump's unpredictable foreign policy stance, particularly towards Russia.

Boris Johnson: No crises in Ukraine, Syria with Trump in charge

The crises in Ukraine and Syria wouldn't have happened had Donald Trump been US president at the time, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Friday.

NATO needs to adapt to remain credible, says Mattis at Munich talks

NATO needs to adapt to remain credible, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said Friday, while also affirming US President Donald Trump's commitment to the military alliance for international allies.

World leaders await chance to gauge Trump foreign policy in Munich

World leaders and foreign and defence officials will get an opportunity to get a better handle on the foreign policy goals of US President Donald Trump on Friday as the Munich Security Conference enters its first day.

Croatia and Albania ask NATO to revise Kosovo peacekeeping plan

Albania and Croatia have asked NATO to revise plans for its peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, arguing that nationalist rhetoric by Serb politicians threatens to destabilise the region scarred by the 1990s wars, Reuters news agency said on Thursday, quoting the Office of the Albanian Defence Minister.

US: Burden-sharing message to NATO was 'well received'

The US call for NATO members to increase their defence spending was "expected" and "well received," US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said on Thursday after attending his first meeting for NATO defence ministers.

NATO: Libya has requested support on defence and security

Libya has requested NATO expertise for building up the country's defence and security institutions, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday during a meeting of the military alliance's defence ministers.

Austria seeks up to 1.1 billion euros in Eurofighter fraud lawsuit

Eurofighter and its main shareholder Airbus have inflated the price of fighter jets that were sold to Austria, the Defence Ministry said Thursday, alleging that it was defrauded of up to 1.1 billion euros (1.2 billion dollars).

Australia rejects UN talks on treaty to ban nuclear weapons

Australia will not participate in a United Nations conference next month to discuss banning nuclear weapons, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

Croatian defence minister informs NATO colleagues of increased defence budget

Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Damir Krsticevic on Wednesday informed his colleagues in NATO of Croatia's increased defence budget.

US to reduce commitments to NATO unless allies increase spending

The US will reduce its commitment to NATO unless allies increase their defence spending, the US defence secretary threatened on Wednesday.

US: NATO a 'fundamental bedrock' for transatlantic community

NATO is a "fundamental bedrock" capable of adapting to changing security challenges, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said ahead of his first meeting of NATO defence ministers on Wednesday.

Lithuanian president: Shift in US to push Europe into self-reliance

Europe must rely more on itself in security and defense, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said Wednesday within the context of global political shifts caused by changes in Washington.

Germany's von der Leyen: Europe should increase defence spending

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has stressed that Europe should increase its defence spending ahead of a meeting of her NATO counterparts on Wednesday.

British defence ministry denies NATO spending target shortfall

Britain's defence ministry has denied reports from a think tank that the country failed to meet its 2 per cent NATO defence spending target in 2016.

Report: Britain's NATO spending dipped below 2 per cent in 2016

Britain failed to meet its 2 per cent NATO defence spending target in 2016, according to a think tank report released on Tuesday.

Senior US commander urges return to democracy in Thailand

The United States' Pacific Commander Admiral Harry B. Harris on Tuesday urged Thailand to return to democracy. Harris was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 36th Cobra Gold multilateral military exercise, which is co-hosted by the Thai and US armies.

UAE to create military base in autonomous Somali region

Somaliland, a self-declared republic, has agreed to host a military base of the United Arab Emirates in the port city of Berbera, a member of the autonomous Somali region’s parliament said Monday.

Lithuania's president welcomes Germany's role in NATO deployment

Germany's leading military presence in Lithuania is "symbolic and very important," the country's president, Dalia Grybauskaite, told dpa ahead of an official troop welcoming ceremony Tuesday to be attended by the German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen.

South Sudan soldiers charged with rape, murder to face execution

South Sudanese soldiers guilty of rape or murder amid the country's civil war will be executed by firing squad, the country's president, Salva Kiir, announced Monday.

Croatia good partner to G. Britain in defence - Fallon

Croatian Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic and his British counterpart Michael Fallon signed a memorandum of understanding in London on Monday to formalise the two countries' defence cooperation.

Norway military sees increased threats from cyberattacks

Norway faces a growing threat from cyberattacks and hacking, the Scandinavian country's military intelligence service said Monday.

Trump expresses 'strong support for NATO' in call with Stoltenberg

US President Donald Trump expressed "strong support for NATO" and discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine in a Sunday telephone call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Iran holds military exercise after new US sanctions

Iran held a military exercise and tested rockets on Saturday, a day after the United States imposed fresh sanctions on Tehran in response to a ballistic missile test last weekend.

US hits Iran with sanctions over missile test

The US imposed fresh sanctions on Iran Friday in response to a ballistic missile test over the weekend as President Donald Trump signalled that his administration will take a tougher tone with Tehran.

Norway to buy four German submarines

Norway will modernize its naval fleet by purchasing four German submarines, the Defence Ministry said Friday.

May to stress Trump's NATO commitment, push spending at EU talks

Prime Minister Theresa May plans to brief EU leaders on her meeting last week with US President Donald Trump, who gave her a "guarantee that he was 100 per cent supportive of NATO," British officials said on Thursday.

"Nothing's off the table" toward Iran, Trump says

US President Donald Trump made clear Thursday that military action was not "off the table" after the White House warned Tehran over its weekend missile launch.

Iran calls US missile warning 'baseless and provocative'

The US warning over a recent Iranian ballistic missile test is "baseless and provocative," the Foreign Ministry in Tehran said Thursday.

Mattis warns N Korea, reaffirms US commitment to Japan, S Korea

The United States will treat the North Korean nuclear threat as a "top priority security issue," US Defence Secretary James Mattis said after arriving Thursday in South Korea.

NATO secretary general: Strong institutions best protection from Russia's influence in Balkans

NATO is aware of Russia's attempts to spread its strategic influence to the Balkans and the best protection from meddling in interior affairs of countries in the region is to advance their democratic institutions and capacities for coping with security challenges, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Sarajevo on Thursday.

White House puts Iran "on notice" over ballistic missile test

The White House had tough words for Iran on Wednesday over a recent ballistic missile test, calling the move a provocation and a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

NATO urges Russia to end Ukraine conflict as fighting surges

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia on Wednesday to "use its considerable influence over the separatists to bring the violence to an end" in eastern Ukraine.

US report: Afghan forces losing ground to Taliban since NATO retreat

Afghan forces have continued to lose ground to insurgents throughout the country since taking over security responsibilities from NATO at the end of 2014, a new report by a US authority revealed on Wednesday.

Iran: Missile test did not violate UN resolution in nuclear deal

Iranian missile tests are legitimate and do not breach a UN resolution implemented as part of the 2015 nuclear deal, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday.

Defence Ministry signs contracts with 34 military industry companies

The Defence Ministry and 34 domestic companies on Monday signed contracts worth HRK 230 million for the procurement of weapons, clothes, footwear, equipment, services and works for the military.

Trump gives military 30 days to devise new plan against IS

US president Donald Trump has called on his country's military to submit a new plan to defeat Islamic State, in a presidential memorandum issued on Saturday.

Trump, Merkel assert 'fundamental importance' of NATO alliance

New US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the "fundamental importance" of the NATO alliance to transatlantic ties in their first telephone conversation on Saturday.

NATO expects Montenegro to become a member "in the very near future"

Montenegro is on track to become a NATO member "in the very near future," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

India celebrates Republic Day amid tight security and terrorism fears

India showcased its military might and cultural heritage as it celebrated its 68th Republic Day on Thursday amid heavy security and terrorist threats.

Croatian, Slovenian defence ministers talk cooperation

Croatian Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic in Ljubljana on Wednesday held talks with his Slovenian counterpart Andreja Katic about cooperation in defence and security challenges in Europe and its neighbourhood.

Stoltenberg is "absolutely certain" Trump will be committed to NATO

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is "absolutely certain" that US President Donald Trump will be "fully committed" to the alliance, he said on Tuesday following a phone call with US Defence Secretary James Mattis.

Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile

Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a test launch of a surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads up to 2,200 kilometres, the military said.

Japan launches military satellite amid North Korean nuclear threats

Japan successfully put a defence communications satellite in orbit on Tuesday, the government said, amid growing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.

Vietnam gets sixth submarine from Russia

Vietnam has received its sixth attack submarine from Russia amid rising Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea, state-controlled media reported Friday.

Defence ministry's 2017 procurement outlays to reach EUR 226 mln

The Defence Ministry presented its procurement plan for 2017 worth HRK 1.7 billion of which HRK 470 million will be to cover previous dues and around HRK 1.3 billion for procurement.

Assange to remain in embassy but 'happy' for Manning, lawyer says

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is "very happy for Chelsea Manning," said Assange's Swedish attorney about US President Barack Obama's decision to reduce Manning's sentence.

Obama commutes sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning

US President Barack Obama is commuting the sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning for leaking defence documents to WikiLeaks.

Estonia, Lithuania sign defence deal with US after Trump bashes NATO

Estonia and Lithuania signed bilateral defence agreements with the US, just days after US-president elect Donald Trump bashed their common military alliance NATO.

Trump's 'obsolete' NATO comments rattle EU foreign ministers

US president-elect Donald Trump's criticism of NATO has been met with "concern" by the military alliance's top offical, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Monday.

Poland welcomes US troops sent to strengthen NATO's eastern frontier

Polish leaders extended an enthusiastic welcome on Saturday to US troops deployed to support NATO's Eastern European flank.

Congress approves waiver letting Mattis serve as defence secretary

The US House of Representatives approved Friday a measure that will allow retired Marine general James Mattis to serve as Donald Trump's defence secretary.

Putin trying to "break" NATO, US defence pick Mattis warns

Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to damage the NATO alliance, US defence secretary nominee James Mattis said at a confirmation hearing Thursday.

Taiwan calls for respect after China military move in Taiwan Strait

Taiwan-China interactions should be based on fairness and respect, Taiwan Premier Lin Chuan said late Thursday, after a Chinese military vessel passed close to Taiwan earlier in the day, a move that escalated tensions. 

Germany to boost troops in Mali, extend anti-Islamic State mission

Germany is planning a major boost to the number of troops it deploys in the crisis-hit West African state of Mali and to extend its involvement in the international fight against the Islamic State extremist group in northern Iraq.