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Tax activists slam U.S. reporting exemption for defense firms

A Navistar JLTV. Tax activists this week criticized a U.S. government move to exempt large defense contractors from a financial disclosure rule meant to fight international tax dodging, saying the need for a national security exemption was unproven.

 

Russian military spending falls, could affect operations

Russian soldiers.Russian military spending fell by a fifth last year, its first decline in nearly two decades, with tighter purse-strings likely to affect Moscow’s military activity ahead, a report by defence think-tank SIPRI showed on Wednesday.

 

Germany, France press ahead on 'historic' joint weapons developments

A European MALE UAV.German and French officials on Thursday pressed ahead with plans to jointly develop a next-generation fighter jet, a drone and a maritime airborne warfare aircraft, saying the projects showed European unity and strength in an increasingly uncertain world.
   

Finland invites bids to supply 64 fighter jets

A Finnish Hornet.Finland invited bids on Friday to supply 64 multi-role fighter aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of F/A-18 Hornet jets, due to be phased out from 2025.
 

Airbus and Dassault Aviation join forces on future air combat systems

Airbus and Dassault will cooperate on a future fighter.Airbus and Dassault Aviation on 25 April announced they had decided to join forces for the development and production of Europe’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS), which is slated to complement and eventually replace current generation of Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft between 2035 and 2040.
   

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