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15 February 2015 Military News

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  • French Fighter Jet Sale to Egypt: Triumph and Questions VOA 15 Feb 2015 -- French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is due in Cairo Monday to sign off on a $5.9 billion purchase by Egypt of 24 French Rafale fighter jets and a frigate. The deal boosts France's struggling economy and helps bolster Egypt's military arsenal in the face of rising insecurity. Some are questioning why France is going ahead with the sale to a country with a poor human rights record.
  • Russia May Finalize its Flagship Aircraft Carrier by 2025 Sputnik 15 Feb 2015 -- The construction of a flagship air carrier for the Russian Navy may be finalized before 2025, a Russian Navy spokesman said.
  • Russia Has No Plans to Create Military Bases in Latin America Sputnik 15 Feb 2015 -- Deputy Minister of Defense Anatoly Antonov told Russian media on Sunday that despite increased military and military-technical cooperation with countries in Latin America, Russia has no plans for military bases in the region./li>
  • Russia Plans $123.3 Million in Upgrades for Arctic Military Base Sputnik 15 Feb 2015 -- Russia will modernize the base as part of its plans to improve the defense of its northern Arctic territories, where temperatures are rising and NATO is showing newfound interest.
  • Obese army officers will not get promotion People's Daily 15 Feb 2015 -- Keep fit or lose rank. Members of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) have been reminded to stay in shape or else they'll lose out on promotions.
  • Iran new radar to closely watch enemies: General ISNA 15 Feb 2015 -- A senior Iranian commander said the country is installing a radar which would be able to keep tabs on enemy bases as far as 3,000 kilometers away.

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