Israel’s pioneering drones use free-falling bombs, can carry a tonne

Details emerging of Israel’s secret armed drone capability Drones aimed at Palestinian enemies and more distant targets Israel exports its closely-watched drone technology TEL AVIV, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Israeli armed drones use gravity bombs that produce no noise or smoke as they fall, making them hard for enemies to anticipate or evade, and the … Read more

Russia advances in east Ukraine, strike on apartments kills civilians

Russian strike destroys apartment building; 3 dead – officials Zelenskiy gives gloomy assessment on Russian offensive in east Zelenskiy vows more anti-corruption measures New Russian offensive could begin on Feb. 24 – Ukraine minister KYIV, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The battle on the front lines in eastern Ukraine “has become tougher” as Russian forces push … Read more

Airbus and Qatar Airways settle bitter A350 jet row

PARIS, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Airbus ( AIR.PA ) and Qatar Airways have settled a dispute over grounded A350 jets, the companies said on Wednesday, averting a potentially damaging UK court trial after a blistering 18-month feud that tore the lid off the global jet market. The “amicable and mutually agreeable settlement” ends a $2 … Read more

North Korea says US drills have pushed situation to ‘extreme red-line’ – KCNA

SEOUL, Feb 2 (Reuters) – North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that drills by the United States and its allies have pushed the situation to an “extreme red-line” and threaten to turn the peninsula into a “huge war arsenal and a more critical war zone.” The statement, carried by state news agency KCNA, said … Read more

Russia presses ahead with Donetsk campaign; Ukraine wants fighter jets

Town of Bakhmut comes under renewed fire -Ukraine military Zelenskiy confers with top defense officials US prepares $2.2 billion weapons package for Ukraine KYIV, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Russian forces are making incremental gains in their push to take territory in Ukraine’s eastern province of Donetsk, focusing on the town of Bakhmut north of the … Read more

Western allies differ over jets for Ukraine as Russia claims gains

Biden says “no” when asked about F-16s for Ukraine Zelenskiy says Moscow seeks ‘big revenge’ Russian administrator claims foothold in Vuhledar Kyiv could recapture ground when Western weapons arrive – group KYIV, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s defense minister is expected in Paris on Tuesday to meet President Emmanuel Macron amid a debate among Kyiv’s … Read more

Ukraine calls for faster weapons supplies as Russia presses eastern offensive

Three killed in Russian strikes on Kherson – governor Russian forces again shell Vuhledar in the east Zelenskiy calls on allies to speed up arms deliveries Zelenskiy pressures Macron to ban Russia from the Paris Games KYIV, Ukraine, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Russian missile strikes killed three people in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson … Read more

Boeing’s 747, the original jumbo jet, prepares for final send-off

Final 747 freighter to be delivered to Atlas Air Ends more than five decades of commercial output Nearly bankrupt Boeing, before becoming a cash cow Easy to fly, says rock star pilot Bruce Dickinson SEATTLE/PARIS, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Boeing’s (BA.N) 747, the original and arguably most aesthetic “Jumbo Jet”, revolutionized air travel only to … Read more

Rheinmetall eyes boost in munitions output, HIMARS production in Germany

DUESSELDORF, Jan 29 (Reuters) – German arms-maker Rheinmetall is ready to greatly boost the output of tank and artillery munitions to satisfy strong demand in Ukraine and the West, and may start producing HIMARS multiple rocket launchers in Germany, CEO Armin Papperger told Reuters. He spoke days before Germany’s defense industry bosses are due to … Read more

Iran thwarts drone attack on military site

DUBAI, Jan 29 (Reuters) – A loud explosion at a military plant in Iran’s central city of Isfahan was caused by an “unsuccessful” drone attack, Iranian state media reported on Sunday, citing the defense ministry. “One of (the drones) was hit by the … air defense and the other two were caught in defense traps … Read more