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Putrajaya to work with Turkey to produce armoured cars

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu says Turkey's aerospace centre is on par with that of other developed countries.

Draft defence white paper approved, to be tabled Dec 2

Defence Minister Mohamed Sabu says the white paper will guide the ministry's efforts for the next 10 years.

Malaysia will ‘shoot’ itself in the foot with big time arms...

The domestic market is not large enough to sustain any large-scale production of firearms, which may force local manufacturers to export their weapons.

Stealth bomber for Area 51 crowd? US military apologises for tweet

The US military unit says the tweet was inappropriate and apologises for the mistake.

Jong Nam case legal precedent favours accused whose defence is called

A court judgment has become a legal precedent for the prosecution to supply statements recorded by investigation agencies when offering witnesses to the defence, say lawyers

Netanyahu says defence pact with US would deter enemies

Benjamin Netanyahu rejects claims the treaty would limit Israel’s freedom to act.

France says ‘time has come’ to ease tensions with Russia

However, France believes it is too soon to talk about lifting sanctions on Russia.

Japan ‘to set up police unit’ for disputed islands

This is it the first time Japan's police force has stepped up patrols near the disputed islands.

Malaysia hopes to pay for military equipment with palm oil

The defence minister says Putrajaya is in talks with at least six countries to buy arms to replace old equipment.

Pentagon axes troubled US$1 bil contract for missile defence

The US undersecretary of defence for research and engineering says ending the program was the responsible thing to do. 

US State Dept approves sale of 66 F-16 fighters to Taiwan

The Defence Security Cooperation Agency says Taiwan’s purchase of the F-16 will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

Mat Sabu wants bigger allocation to beef up armed forces

The defence minister says Malaysia only spent 0.9% of GDP, or RM3.4 billion, on defence last year.

Mother of 7 von der Leyen eyeing EU top job

Ursula von der Leyen in 2013 became the first woman to serve as Germany’s defence minister.

Mindef’s white paper to be tabled at next Parliament session

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu also says the government is upgrading the hospital facilities for Rohingya refugees at Cox's Bazar.

Pompeo hails Modi’s ‘wonderful’ re-election

Pompeo suggests relations between India and the US can be fixed.

Pompeo holds talks in ‘tariff king’ India

Pompeo's talks with Modi came ahead of the Indian prime minister's meeting with Trump at the G20 in Japan later this week.

Hisham at MACC over probe into Mindef land swaps

The former defence minister is the second Barisan Nasional leader to have his statement taken.

Trump nominates Mark Esper as Secretary of Defence

Mark Esper is the third man to lead the Pentagon in six months. 

Boeing: Sorry for crashes

A top Boeing executive apologises for the crashes and says the priority of the company is to return the planes to service safely.

Investor Ackman opposes United Technologies’ aerospace merger with Raytheon

Ackman has concerns that the merger with Raytheon will lower the business quality of pro-forma United Technologies’ aerospace business.

US-China row affects regional stability, says Mat Sabu

Piracy, refugee crisis and big power rivalry in the South China Sea also listed as among the threats to the region.

Huawei ‘too close’ to Chinese government to be trusted

The integration of civilian businesses with the military is too close making Huawei difficult to trust.

White House wanted USS McCain ‘hidden’ from Trump

The order apparently posed a conundrum because the ship was undergoing repairs and would have been difficult to move before Trump arrival.

5 countries vying for RM36 billion RMAF deal, says report

'Politics may be deciding factor' in choice of light combat aircraft from South Korea, India, Russia, Pakistan and Italy on offer.