Lockheed Martin formally delivered Turkey’s first two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters on June 21. However, the milestone occurred amidst various moves within the U.S. Congress aimed at blocking further deliveries of the new fighter to that country.
Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro will serve a second term in office after winning the presidential election on May 20. With 92 percent of voting centers reporting, Maduro has won 68 percent of the vote. His closest competitor, Henri Falcón, won only 21 percent. Continue reading
Russia is moving forward with export plans for two of its Admiral Grigorovich class frigates (Project 11356M). Under an agreement inked last year, Moscow will export the Admiral Butakov and Admiral Istomin to India, and assist India in producing two more locally. While both sides seem to be working on implementing the contract, Western sanctions have created complications. Continue reading
Recently, the CEO of Russia’s Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, sat down with The Wall Street Journal for an interview on a range of subjects pertaining to the company.[i] The interview covered a number of important ongoing topics, touching on Russia’s domestic defense industry as well as its export market. Rostec is a Russian conglomerate that comprises a number of businesses. It has 14 holding companies, five of which are geared toward the civilian market and nine that specialize in military products. Continue reading
In a deal “not built on trust, but built on verification,” according to United States President Barack Obama, world powers and Iran struck a milestone agreement July 14 that would curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions. In Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said “a new chapter” has begun in his nation’s relations with the world. Continue reading