Counting the Cost

South China Sea: Beijing extends its military and economic reach

China has dramatically increased its defence budget over the past 10 years. Plus, Nigeria prepares to export gas.

Defence

Analysis: The Asia-Pacific arms race has taken an ominous turn

As China increases its military might and trust in US alliances erode, Australia and Japan are going on the offensive.

Analysis: The Asia-Pacific arms race has taken an ominous turn

AJ IMPACT

India to buy 33 Russian fighter jets for $2.43bn

Purchase of 21 MiG-29 and 12 Su-30 MKI is to augment the air force's combat squadrons, India's Ministry of Defence said.

India to buy 33 Russian fighter jets for $2.43bn

China

Project Force: What is behind China's naval ambitions?

Why China's rapid military expansion has its neighbours worried.

AJ Impact

Trump admin plans to reclassify armed US drones to boost sales

Policy change would sidestep missile pact, lowering the bar to greenlight sales of armed US-made drones.

Trump admin plans to reclassify armed US drones to boost sales

European Union

Coronavirus funding plan threatens EU defence ambitions

A multibillion-euro plan to boost the EU's defence sector is at risk due to the scale of coronavirus recovery funding.

Coronavirus funding plan threatens EU defence ambitions

Middle East

US offering Patriot system if Russian S-400s not operated: Turkey

Turkish officials say Ankara is evaluating the US offer but it had not changed its plans on Russian S-400 systems.

US offering Patriot system if Russian S-400s not operated: Turkey

Defence

Trump to sign $738bn defence bill: What does it include?

Legislation includes paid parental leave, creates Space Force and takes aim at Syrian war crimes and Russian aggression.

Trump to sign $738bn defence bill: What does it include?

Russia

US Congress takes aim at Syrian war crimes, Russian aggression

Defence bill measure gives the US another way to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies with sanctions.

US Congress takes aim at Syrian war crimes, Russian aggression

Defence

Senate passes massive defence bill that creates US Space Force

The $738bn defence policy bill now goes to the White House, where Trump has promised to quickly sign it.

Senate passes massive defence bill that creates US Space Force

Russia

Russia, Turkey working on new S-400 missile contract: Official

In a move that would anger Washington, Turkey, a NATO member, and Russia extend weapons deal.

Russia, Turkey working on new S-400 missile contract: Official

AJ Impact

NATO signs $1bn deal with Boeing to upgrade AWACS recon planes

Transatlantic alliance invests in using important surveillance aircraft through 2035, while also acquiring new drones.

NATO signs $1bn deal with Boeing to upgrade AWACS recon planes

AJ Impact

South Africa blocks arms sales to Saudi and UAE in inspection row

Dispute centres on clause in export documents that requires foreign customers not to transfer weapons to third parties.

South Africa blocks arms sales to Saudi and UAE in inspection row

AJ Impact

Amazon sues over loss of defence deal to Microsoft

Amazon is expected to argue that political influence by US President Donald Trump led to loss of cloud computing deal.

Amazon sues over loss of defence deal to Microsoft

Europe

Arms companies 'rake in billions' as Europe builds new walls

Study shows EU countries expected to spend billions of dollars to improve border security and expand border force.

Arms companies 'rake in billions' as Europe builds new walls