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Saudi Arabia signs deal for five warships with Spain’s Navantia

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's state-owned defence company has forged a deal with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia for a joint venture to build five warships, state media said Thursday. The agreement with Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) for the design and construction of five Avante 2200 corvettes warships will start this autumn, with the last unit to be delivered by 2022, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. The agreement appears part of a framework agreed in April during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to…

Pakistan Navy signs contract with Turkey for acquisition of four Milgem Class warships

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy has signed a contract for acquisition of four MILGEM Class Ships with Turkey's M/S ASFAT A, a military factory and shipyard company under the Ministry of National Defence, Turkey, in Rawalpindi. The contract also includes complete transfer of technology and the transfer of intellectual proprietary rights for the design of these ships to Pakistan, says a press release. The 1st and 2nd ship will be built at Istanbul Naval Shipyard while two ships will be constructed at Karachi Shipyard &…

Chinese navy warships arrive in Karachi

KARACHI: A Chinese navy fleet comprising three warships arrived at Karachi port on Saturday for a four-day goodwill and training visit. Speaking at the welcoming ceremony hosted by the Pakistani side, Commander of the Chinese navy fleet Rear Admiral Shen Hao said the visit will further promote the understanding and mutual trust between the two peoples, and boost the cooperation and friendship between the two countries, said a statement issued here. Shen hoped that the pragmatic cooperation and communication between the…

North Korea state media warns of nuclear strike if provoked as US warships approach

PYONGYANG: North Korean state media on Tuesday warned of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of a US pre-emptive strike as a US Navy strike group led by a nuclear-powered aircraft steamed towards the western Pacific. Tension has escalated sharply on the Korean peninsula with talk of military action by the United States gaining traction following its strikes last week against Syria and amid concerns the reclusive North may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test. North Korea's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper…

US deploys warships to Korean Peninsula

WASHINGTON: The US Navy said Saturday it had sent a carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula in a show of force against North Korea's "reckless" nuclear weapons programme. The move will raise tensions in the region and comes hard on the heels of a US missile strike on Syria that was widely interpreted as putting Pyongyang on warning over its refusal to abandon its nuclear ambitions. North Korea denounced Thursday's strike as an act of "intolerable aggression" and one that justified "a million times over" the…

Spain hopes to sell warships to Saudi Arabia

MADRID: Close ties between the royal families of Spain and Saudi Arabia could help Madrid conclude a lucrative deal to sell warships to Riyadh.  Spain’s King Felipe VI will on Saturday begin a three-day official visit to the Middle Eastern country at the invitation of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. Spanish media has linked this visit to a much anticipated deal to sell Avante 2200 corvettes for an estimated two billion euros ($2.1 billion). “We can only confirm that negotiations are very advanced to build five warships which…

Missiles may have been fired at US warships near Yemen: official

WASHINGTON: Three US warships in the Red Sea detected what may have been missiles fired at them on Saturday but none hit, the US military said, amid rising tensions with Yemen's Huthis. US officials initially said that surface-to-surface missiles had been fired at the USS Mason, USS Nitze and USS Ponce off the coast of Yemen, though it was unclear how many. They later backtracked, saying that the ships detected what may have been missiles. "A US Strike Group transiting international waters in the Red Sea detected possible…