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February 21, 2017
The Unique Triumph of PSLV-C37

Sriharikota, India (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
On February 15, 2017, PSLV-C37, the 39th mission of the workhorse launch vehicle of ISRO, injected ISRO's Cartosat-2 Series Satellite weighing 714 kg and two ISRO Nano-satellites namely INS-1A (8.4 kg) and INS-1B (9.7 kg) and 101 Nano-satellites, from six foreign countries into a Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at an orbit of 506 km above earth, with an inclination of 97.46 . The mass of nano-satellites varied from 1 to 10 kg. The total weight of all the 104 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C37 was 13 ... read more

Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO funds
US Vice President Mike Pence told nervous Europeans Monday that Donald Trump will remain committed to transatlantic ties, but warned NATO allies they must boost their defence spending in return. ... more
Iraq forces battle IS to close in on Mosul's west bank
Iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled their way towards southern Mosul on Monday and prepared to take on the Islamic State group's stronghold in the city's west bank. ... more
Lockheed Martin completes tests with modernized TACMS missiles
Lockheed Martin announced two rounds of successful testing with the modernized Tactical Missile System for the U.S. Army. ... more
UAE orders battle management system from Harris
The United Arab Emirates has given the Harris Corporation a two-year contract to provide its military with an integrated battle management system. ... more
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SES and Gilat Join Forces to Make Connectivity at Sea More Accessible
SES S.A. and Gilat Satellite Networks have announced a strategic collaboration focused on delivering affordable connectivity to a broad range of small ships and vessels left underserved at sea in th ... more
Iridium Announces Target Date for Second Launch of Iridium NEXT
Iridium Communications has announced it has received a targeted launch date of mid-June for the second mission of ten Iridium NEXT satellites. Originally anticipated for mid-April of 2017, the date ... more
Alphabet's 'Loon' internet plan closer to deployment
Google parent Alphabet said Thursday that artificial intelligence-infused navigation software has significantly sped up plans to deploy Project Loon internet balloons to serve remote regions of the world ... more
Brazil to retire its only aircraft carrier, Sao Paulo
Brazil's navy will decommission its sole aircraft carrier, Sao Paulo, after concluding the vessel's maintenance costs are too high. ... more
Curtiss-Wright offers COTS Module for measuring microgravity acceleration
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division has introduced the space industry's first COTS-based solution for measuring microgravity acceleration. Previously, the measurement of microgravity acceler ... more
Qioptiq wins $102 million targeting equipment order
Wales-based contractor Qioptiq received a $102 million contract from Britain's Ministry of Defense to support surveillance and targeting equipment. ... more

Russian Helicopters in talks with India for 200 aircraft

SIPRI: Arms imports rise in Asia, Middle East
Major arms imports in the Middle East rose by 86 percent between the periods of 2007-2011 and 2012-2016 and by 7.7 percent in Asia and Oceania. ... more
Russia ready to export new T-90 tank variant
Russia's Uralvagonzavod scientific-production corporation is ready to export the latest variant of the T-90 main battle tank, Russian news agency Tass reports. ... more
Russian defense ministry shows off Su-35S maneuverability
The Russian Ministry of Defense recently demonstrated the flight capabilities of its Sukhoi Su-35S multirole fighter jet. ... more
Austria sues Airbus over alleged fraud in Eurofighter deal
Austria's defense ministry has filed a criminal complaint against two Airbus subsidiaries for alleged fraud regarding a Eurofighter procurement deal. ... 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

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Lockheed Martin completes tests with modernized TACMS missiles
Lockheed Martin announced two rounds of successful testing with the modernized Tactical Missile System for the U.S. Army. The trials were completed in December and early February at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, representing the third and fourth consecutive demonstrations with the weapon. The missiles were launched using a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, for ... more
Raytheon, Rheinmetall to collaborate on future defense projects

Thales, Bharat Dynamics ink STARStreak capability transfer deal

US warns Russia amid reports of new cruise missile

U.S. Marines test 'Instant Eye' mini drone
Marines in Camp Lejune, N.C., recently completed training using the Instant Eye, a new hand-held unmanned aircraft designed to support reconnaissance missions. The Instant Eye is made by PSI Tactical, and is capable of taking off and landing at 90-degree angles. Many other unmanned aerial vehicles require either a runway or throwing for launch. According to the U.S. Marine Corps, the de ... more
Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones

Indonesia first to purchase Skeldar V-200 drone

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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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UAE orders battle management system from Harris
The United Arab Emirates has given the Harris Corporation a two-year contract to provide its military with an integrated battle management system. The contract, issued under the UAE's Emirates Command & Control System Land Tactical System program, is worth $189 million. "This Land Tactical System project represents a major milestone in the advancement of battlefield management an ... more
Russia ready to export new T-90 tank variant

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

Qioptiq wins $102 million targeting equipment order

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
SIPRI: Arms imports rise in Asia, Middle East

Pentagon chief says military running smoothly amid turbulent transition

Germany, Norway expand defense industry coooperation

Germany warns US off hurting Europe, favouring Russia
Germany on Friday fired a salvo of warnings against Washington, cautioning it against hurting European cohesion, abandoning core Western values and seeking a rapprochement with Russia behind the backs of its allies. In a hard-hitting speech at the Munich Security Conference against President Donald Trump's administration, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen urged the United States n ... more
Tillerson, Wang in highest-level US-China meet under Trump

US remains 'your greatest ally', Pence tells Europe

Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO funds

Learning how to fine-tune nanofabrication
Daniel Packwood, Junior Associate Professor at Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), is improving methods for constructing tiny "nanomaterials" using a "bottom-up" approach called "molecular self-assembly". Using this method, molecules are chosen according to their ability to spontaneously interact and combine to form shapes with specific functions. In the f ... more
Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics

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Iraq forces battle IS to close in on Mosul's west bank
Iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled their way towards southern Mosul on Monday and prepared to take on the Islamic State group's stronghold in the city's west bank. The fresh push in the four-month-old operation to retake Mosul has sparked fears for 750,000 trapped civilians who risk being killed if they try to flee and starvation if they stay. Federal police forces reach ... more
Mosul civilians divided over Iraqi army advice to 'stay at home'

Iraq digs anti-IS trench around city of Ramadi

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

Iran in new military drills despite US warnings
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard is to conduct military drills next week, a senior commander announced Saturday, despite warnings from the United States and fresh sanctions over a ballistic missile test. "The manoeuvres called 'Grand Prophet 11' will start Monday and last three days," General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the force's ground units, told a news conference. He said rockets ... more
China urges nuclear talks resumption with NKorea

Kim's modest Macau life no protection from Pyongyang

Navy flight-tests sub-launched Trident II ballistic missiles

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China's huge debt poses big headache for central bank
Chinese banks lent more money in January alone than the annual GDP of South Africa, as borrowers rushed to take advantage of government policies intended to stimulate the economy with easy credit. But the free-for-all has had unintended consequences, creating a tottering tower of unsustainable debt, with Beijing now trying to tighten monetary policy and reduce access to credit without bringi ... more
Trump trade strategy 'doomed to failure:' US trade expert

China outbound investment plunges under new curbs

EU Parliament backs landmark Canada trade deal

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
DR Congo snubs calls for inquiry of massacre video

British Museum training Iraqi experts to save Mosul heritage

'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted

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China to launch first high-throughput communications satellite in April
China plans to launch Shijian-13, its first high-throughput communications satellite, in April, the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) said Friday. The 4.6-tonne satellite, with a message capacity of more than 20 GB, will be carried into orbit by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, according to the CAST. An increase in satellite throughput will provide better access to the Internet ... more
Chinese cargo spacecraft set for liftoff in April

China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration

China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

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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