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February 20, 2017
US aircraft carrier strike group patrolling S. China Sea

Washington (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
A US aircraft carrier strike group is patrolling in the South China Sea, the US Navy said Saturday, days after Beijing told Washington not to challenge its sovereignty in the waterway. China asserts ownership of almost all of the resource-rich waters despite rival claims from several Southeast Asian countries. It has rapidly built reefs into artificial islands capable of hosting military planes. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group was engaging in "routine operations in the South China Sea ... read more

Dassault to offer Rafale fighter to Indian navy
Dassault Aviation of France plans to bid on a contract to supply 57 fighter jets to the Indian Navy, the Press Trust of India reported. ... more
Russia seeks 'post-West' order as US vows loyalty to allies
Russia Saturday called for an end to what it said was an outdated world order dominated by the West after US Vice President Mike Pence pledged Washington's "unwavering" commitment to transatlantic allies in NATO. ... more
Pence faces anti-Trump protests, calls to oppose EU breakup
US Vice President Mike Pence began talks with EU officials on Monday in the face of anti-Trump protests and calls from his Belgian hosts to oppose any breakup of the European Union. ... more
Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones
Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws. ... more
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Taiwan protests over Spain deportations to China
Taiwan has protested a decision by Spain to deport more than 200 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China, the latest such deportation amid frosty cross-strait ties. ... more
Global arms trade highest since Cold War: study
Worldwide arms trade has risen to its highest level since the Cold War in the last five years, driven by a demand from the Middle East and Asia, a study said Monday. ... more
India, Russia close in on chopper deal: report
Russia is close to finalising a deal to build helicopters in India, an executive said Tuesday, a move that would boost Narendra Modi's ambitions to manufacture defence hardware locally. ... more
Czech Republic, Switzerland eye A400M lease from Germany
The armed forces of the Czech Republic and Switzerland may lease A400M military transport planes from Germany. ... more
Not-so-rosy future for Rolls-Royce marine division
The marine division of Rolls-Royce, which services the offshore energy industry, said revenue was up, but only modest growth was expected this year. ... more
Lockheed Martin to perform full-rate eCASS production for U.S. Navy
Lockheed Martin secured a $166 million contract from the U.S. Navy to perform full-rate production for 63 electronic Consolidated Automated Support Systems. ... more

Mosul civilians divided over Iraqi army advice to 'stay at home'

Iraq digs anti-IS trench around city of Ramadi
Security forces in Iraq's western region of Anbar began digging a trench around the provincial capital Ramadi Sunday to protect it against infiltrations by the Islamic State group, officials said. ... more
Pentagon chief says military running smoothly amid turbulent transition
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday said America's vast military continues to run smoothly, even though President Donald Trump's first month has been marked by consecutive crises. ... more
Mosul civilians divided over Iraqi army advice to 'stay at home'
The first four months of the Iraqi offensive on Mosul were marked by relatively low displacement but the civilians who remain in the city's west face more dangers than ever. ... more
Pentagon chief readies Afghanistan proposals for Trump
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday said he is compiling an assessment for President Donald Trump to weigh on Afghanistan, which remains mired in a brutal and seemingly intractable conflict. ... more

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Raytheon developing new tool for war game assessment
Raytheon is developing an automated assessment system for judging the effectiveness of 21st century weapons in war game scenarios. The first-of-its-kind tool, commissioned by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, will automatically teach war game participants which weapons to use in every possible scenario, including missiles, kinetic interceptors, cyber and electronic warfare weapons. ... more
U.S. Army awards $3 billion in missile defense contracts

New US Missile Hits Target in Space

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Thales, Bharat Dynamics ink STARStreak capability transfer deal
Thales Group and Indian state-owned contractor Bharat Dynamics have signed off on exploring the transfer of technology for the STARStreak missile capability. A memorandum of understanding was inked by representatives from both parties in the presence of U.K. defense procurement leaders at the Aero India conference in Bengaluru. Under the agreement, Thales officials in Britain will suppo ... more
Raytheon, Rheinmetall to collaborate on future defense projects

US warns Russia amid reports of new cruise missile

Textron announces successful test of G-CLAW missile

Wide-area sensor flight-tested on small drone
Logos Technologies' Redkite wide-area sensor has successfully performed its initial flight test aboard a small, tactical unmanned aerial system. The test, using Insitu's integrator vehicle, was conducted earlier this month in Oregon and was the first time a wide-area motion imagery, or WAMI, system had been carried in the internal payload bay of a small UAS, Logos Technologies said. ... more
U.S. Marines test 'Instant Eye' mini drone

Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones

NS Mayport picked as forward operating base for drones

IAI secures $30 million in signals intelligence contracts
Israel Aerospace Industries received $30 million in contracts to supply signals and communication intelligence capabilities to unnamed customers. The contracts, awarded to IAI subsidiary ELTA Systems, facilitate the delivery of an advanced communication intelligence system, or COMINT to an unidentified operator in Europe. ELTA is also tasked with supplying a signal intelligence suite to ... more
Terahertz wireless could make spaceborne satellite links as fast as fiber-optic links

Airbus provides satcom for EU security missions in Mali, Niger and Somalia

Engie, Airbus tapped to support French defense networks

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Honeywell's Gold Shield to be used in vests for Brazil's police
Police in Minas Gerais, the second-largest state in Brazil, are to receive protective vests made from Honeywell's Gold Shield ballistic composite materials. The new vests are being manufactured by Glagio do Brasil. Honeywell says the material affords users more flexibility and improved protection compared with other body armor types. The company adds the material is ideal for environmen ... more
Elbit supplying mortar fire control units to U.S. Army

U.S. Navy to buy 40 MRAP MaxxPro Dash DXM vehicles

Chinese weapons reaching 'near-parity' with West: study

Global arms trade highest since Cold War: study
Worldwide arms trade has risen to its highest level since the Cold War in the last five years, driven by a demand from the Middle East and Asia, a study said Monday. Between 2012-2016, arms imports in terms of volume by countries in Asia and Oceania accounted for 43 percent of global imports, a 7.7 rise compared to the previous 2007-2011 period, according to the Stockholm International Peace ... more
Germany, Norway expand defense industry coooperation

Pentagon chief says military running smoothly amid turbulent transition

NATO chief says increased defence spending top priority after Trump calls

US says not ready yet for Russian military collaboration as chiefs meet
The United States is not yet ready to cooperate militarily with Russia, Pentagon chief James Mattis said Thursday after Moscow's defence minister called for better ties. "We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level, but our political leaders will engage and try to find common ground or a way forward," Mattis told reporters at a NATO summit in Brussels. Russian D ... more
Germany warns US off hurting Europe, favouring Russia

Tillerson, Wang in highest-level US-China meet under Trump

US remains 'your greatest ally', Pence tells Europe

Turning up the heat for perfect nano diamonds
Quantum mechanics, the physics that governs nature at the atomic and subatomic scale, contains a host of new physical phenomena to explore quantum states at the nanoscale. Though tricky, there are ways to exploit these inherently fragile and sensitive systems for quantum sensing. One nascent technology in particular makes use of point defects, or single-atom misplacements, in nanoscale materials ... more
Supercomputing, experiment combine for first look at magnetism of real nanoparticle

Scientists determine precise 3-D location 23,000 atoms in a nanoparticle

1,000 times more efficient nano-LED opens door to faster microchips

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Mosul civilians divided over Iraqi army advice to 'stay at home'
The first four months of the Iraqi offensive on Mosul were marked by relatively low displacement but the civilians who remain in the city's west face more dangers than ever. In the east, the Iraqi forces adopted a strategy of protecting civilians by keeping them at home, and the mass exodus expected by humanitarian organisations did not occur. Since the Mosul offensive against the Islami ... more
Iraq digs anti-IS trench around city of Ramadi

Mosul civilians divided over Iraqi army advice to 'stay at home'

Iraq forces converge on Mosul airport

Cold War redux? US-Russian missile spat in Europe
The United States and Russia may be on the verge of a new arms race in Europe, decades after the missile crisis that shook the Old Continent in the waning years of the Soviet Union. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he would like to build warmer ties with Moscow, but in Europe tensions have been high since Russia annexed Crimea and began to foment separatism in Ukraine. NATO has ... more
Lockheed Martin to build additional Trident II missiles

Iran in new military drills despite US warnings

US pledges nuclear defence for Japan, S.Korea after N.Korea missile launch

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IAI completes IUHDSS port security project in India
Israel Aerospace Industries has completed and delivered its Integrated Underwater Harbor Defense and Surveillance System project for India's navy. The project, also known as IUHDSS, is designed to provide India with enhanced surveillance and patrol capabilities to protect the country's 4,670-mile coastline. The solution was developed by IAI subsidiary Elta Systems, and includes u ... more
Trump trade strategy 'doomed to failure:' US trade expert

EU Parliament to vote on Canada trade deal

China outbound investment plunges under new curbs

Bringing satellites to users can improve public health and safety
The drumbeat calling scientists to share their work with the public is as loud as ever, and Tracey Holloway is happy to answer. It's just that education isn't exactly what she's offering. She's got satellites. "We have hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of data from satellites that have been up in space for over 10 years," says Holloway, a professor of environmental studies at the Univ ... more
'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted

Free hairdos to boost confidence of displaced Iraqi women

Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 9: official

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Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April
In April, China will launch a cargo spacecraft into orbit as part of a schedule to develop an international space station as soon as 2020. A Tianzhou-1 cargo spacecraft could be headed into space "as early as mid-April" atop a Long March-7 Y2 rocket, representing a major milestone for China's space program, according to People's Daily, an English-language Chinese news outlet. One won ... more
China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

Villagers glorify their children in China festival
Looking like living dress-up dolls, elaborately costumed children are paraded through an eastern China village as firecrackers roar, commemorating the end of barbaric child sacrifices hundreds of years ago. It's an annual event in the village of Tufang in coastal Fujian province, where China's Hakka community is concentrated and marks its unique history with a range of colourful festivals. ... more
Hong Kong police jailed over attack on democracy protester

Struggle against evil sparks China ritual

Ex-VP of China's top court jailed for life over graft

Bashiqa brings back the booze to clear IS hangover
Surrounded by the ruins of pastel-coloured buildings still bearing slogans glorifying the Islamic State's "caliphate", Wissam Ghanem is having a slow day selling beer, vodka and whisky. Iraqi forces expelled the jihadists from his town of Bashiqa, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) northeast of Mosul, in December but it was badly damaged and few people have returned. "Only about 40 families ... more
IS leaders leaving Syria's Raqa, Pentagon says

IS fighter first to be stripped of Australian citizenship

Leidos contracted for counter-WMD support

U.K. Defense Ministry finalizes laser weapon system contract
Britain's Ministry of Defense has awarded MBDA and other industry partners a $36 million contract to produce a Laser Directed Energy Weapon demonstrator. The contract, which aims to allow Britain's first laser weapon to enter service by the mid-2020s, will task contractors to assess the technology's capabilities. Project leaders hope to demonstrate the system in 2019. "The U.K. h ... more
U.S. Air Force issues RFP for aircraft laser weapons

Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system

UK to start laser gun program

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