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13 Jun 2019 | 3:55 AM

Republicans in U.S. Congress push back on Trump weapons packages to Saudi Arabia, UAE

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican members of Congress pushed back on Wednesday against President Donald Trump's plan to sell $8 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, saying it was "unfortunate" the administration used an emergency declaration to avoid Congressional review.

11 Jun 2019 | 1:53 AM

Pentagon agrees first multi-year purchase of F-35 jets, worth $34 billion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense has a "handshake" agreement that would cut the price of the F-35A fighter jet by 8.8% and bring the price of each Lockheed Martin Co aircraft below $80 million (63 million pounds) a year earlier than expected, a Pentagon official said in a statement on Monday.

6 Jun 2019 | 4:02 PM

Exclusive: U.S. pursues sale of over $2 billion in weapons to Taiwan, sources say, angering China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is pursuing the sale of more than $2 billion (1.6 billion pounds) worth of tanks and weapons to Taiwan, four people familiar with the negotiations said, sparking anger from Beijing which is already involved in an escalating trade war with Washington.

4 Jun 2019 | 5:50 AM

U.S. to sell 34 surveillance drones to allies in South China Sea region

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration has moved ahead with a surveillance drone sale to four U.S. allies in the South China Sea region as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Washington will no longer "tiptoe" around Chinese behaviour in Asia.

24 May 2019 | 3:44 AM

U.S. defence bill takes aim at China's growing influence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Armed Services Committee unveiled a draft bill on Thursday that targets China on several fronts, from stemming the erosion of the U.S. military advantage against Beijing to countering the growing Chinese influence around the world.

5 Apr 2019 | 7:07 AM

Turkish F-35 delivered to training base in Arizona, official says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter jet for Turkey arrived on Wednesday at a military training facility in Arizona, an Air Force official said on Thursday, amid a dispute over Ankara's planned purchase of a Russian missile defence system.

2 Apr 2019 | 2:57 AM

Exclusive: U.S. sends message to Turkey, halts F-35 equipment shipments - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has halted delivery of equipment related to the stealthy F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey, sources familiar with the situation said, marking the first concrete U.S. step to block delivery of the jet to the NATO ally in light of Ankara's planned purchase of a Russian missile defence system.

28 Mar 2019 | 1:06 PM

Amid Russia tensions, producing F-35 fighter jets without Turkey possible - U.S. sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Excluding NATO-member Turkey from the trillion-dollar F-35 fighter jet programme would be challenging due to Ankara's integral role in the stealthy jet's production process, but not impossible, U.S. sources familiar with the situation said.

21 Mar 2019 | 2:34 AM

Trump's border wall money may come at expense of schools for military kids

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense is proposing to pay for President Donald Trump's much-debated border wall by shifting funds away from projects that include $1.2 billion for schools, childcare centres and other facilities for military children, according to a list it has provided to lawmakers.

13 Mar 2019 | 8:17 AM

U.S. missile defence budget cut as North Korea pushes ahead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just when it looks like North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may restart his ballistic missile testing programme, U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed trimming the missile defence budget, as one set of deterrents is delayed by two years.