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December 08, 2017
SUPERPOWERS
US warns Russia over Ukraine at OSCE meeting



Vienna (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
The United States warned Russia on Thursday that its ties with the West can never recover until it pulls its forces out of Ukraine, as OSCE foreign ministers met in Vienna. Diplomats had hoped that meetings on the sidelines of the 57-nation body would make progress on agreeing terms for a UN peacekeeping force for war-torn Ukraine. But the major powers in the dispute are still far apart, and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went so far as to declare that the stand-off over Ukraine was the sin ... read more

SPACE TRAVEL
Aerospace and Mitchell Institute release new report on policy needs for space operations
El Segundo CA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
The Aerospace Corporation's Center for Space Policy and Strategy (CSPS) and the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute have released the results of a wide-ranging survey highlighting the percept ... more
GPS NEWS
Air Force tests Raytheon's GPS receiver aboard B-2 bomber
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017
The U.S. Air Force has tested Raytheon's next-generation military-code GPS receiver aboard a B-2 Spirit bomber. ... more
FLOATING STEEL
Queen inaugurates new 'best of British' aircraft carrier
London (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Queen Elizabeth II formally commissioned into the British navy the UK's newest and biggest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, at a ceremony on Thursday. ... more
IRAQ WARS
Macron sees Iraq's total 'liberation' from IS this month
Doha (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
France's President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that Iraq would announce its total "liberation" from the grip of the Islamic State jihadist group by the end of December. ... more
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AEROSPACE
Qatar, France sign billion-dollar fighter jet deal amid Gulf crisis
Doha (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Qatar agreed Thursday to buy 12 French-built fighter jets, part of a multi-billion-dollar raft of deals announced as President Emmanuel Macron visited the emirate, hit by the Gulf's worst political crisis in years. ... more
FLOATING STEEL
Canada rejects Fincantieri-Naval Group warships offer
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Canada has rejected an offer from a consortium of French and Italian shipbuilders to build 15 warships to renew its naval fleet, the group said Thursday. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
Raytheon awarded modified contract for AIM-120 missiles
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Raytheon has been awarded a modified contract by the Defense Department for hardware in support of advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles, or AIM-120 AMRAAM, that supports the U.S. and multiple foreign countries. ... more
UAV NEWS
Hensoldt intros new counter-drone system
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
A new counter-drone system by German sensor-maker Hensoldt has been successfully demonstrated at an airfield in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Germany. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Pentagon braces for possible government shutdown
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
The Pentagon on Thursday warned of possible weapons delays and other military ramifications if the government shuts down over a budget deal impasse or passes a stop-gap spending bill to avert it. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
Aerojet Rocketdyne Achieves Significant Air Force Demonstration and Validation Milestone with Successful Hot-Fire Test
Sacramento CA (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne recently achieved a significant milestone by completing a successful hot-fire test of a controllable solid rocket motor under the U.S. Air Force Demonstration and Validation Post ... more


General Dynamics gets $432 million submarine contract upgrade

FLOATING STEEL
Leidos to support signature silencing program for Navy
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
The Department of Defense has awarded Leidos Inc., out of Reston, Virginia, an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract in support of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps signature silencing program for naval ships and undersea systems. ... more
FLOATING STEEL
Lockheed submits proposal for Canadian combat ships
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Lockheed Martin Canada has delivered its proposal to the Canadian government for building new vessels for the Canadian Surface Combatant, or CSC, program. ... more
AEROSPACE
L-3 awarded $10.2M contract to support T-1A Jayhawk
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
L-3 Communications as been awarded a modified contract for logistics support of the T-1A aircraft, a medium-range, twin-engine jet trainer. ... more
AEROSPACE
General Dynamics to support training software, hardware for Air Force
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a support contract by the U.S. Air Force for a one-year, $47 million contract. ... more



Aerojet Rocketdyne Achieves Significant Air Force Demonstration and Validation Milestone with Successful Hot-Fire Test
Sacramento CA (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne recently achieved a significant milestone by completing a successful hot-fire test of a controllable solid rocket motor under the U.S. Air Force Demonstration and Validation Post Boost Study A program. "This hot-fire test successfully demonstrated the increased capabilities of an advanced, controllable solid rocket motor system," said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
Raytheon to supply Qatar with Patriot missile defense system
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
Raytheon tapped to provide radar system for DDG-127
Washington (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
US Patriot missiles may have failed in Saudi Arabia: report
Raytheon awarded modified contract for AIM-120 missiles
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Raytheon has been awarded a modified contract by the Defense Department for hardware in support of advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles, or AIM-120 AMRAAM, that supports the U.S. and multiple foreign countries. The deal, announced Wednesday, is worth more than $8.5 million under the terms of a fixed-price-incentive-firm target and cost-plus-fixed-fee modification. Raytheon is due t ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Poland to buy AMRAAMs, HIMARS systems from U.S.
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
UAE denies Yemen rebel missile entered its air space
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Orbital ATK to support next-step development of anti-radiation missiles
Falcon's attack strategy could inspire new drones: study
Miami (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Peregrine falcons are nature's fastest predators, and the way they swoop down on a target may one day inspire small, visually guided drones that can take out rogue drones, researchers said Monday. Falcons' attack trajectories do not follow any geometric rules, contrary to popular belief, said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Rather, the birds use their e ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 7, 2017
Hensoldt intros new counter-drone system
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
'Go home' drone seeks to stop Japan overtime binge
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China says Indian drone 'invaded' its airspace, crashed
Joint Hellas-Sat-4 and SaudiGeoSat-1 satellite ready for environmental tests
Denver CO (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Lockheed Martin has completed the major assembly of Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 and has shipped the communications satellite to its Sunnyvale, California facility to undergo critical environmental testing. The first of the modernized LM 2100 satellites, Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 is being built for Arabsat/Hellas Sat and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. It will provide ... more
McLean VA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Government outsourcing disrupts space as SatComm services commercialised
McLean VA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
A better way for governments to acquire the latest in satellite technologies
Washington (UPI) Dec 6, 2017
Harris contracted by Army for radios for security force assistance brigades
Public-private partnership to speed up military technology development
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
The U.S. Department of Defense, in collaboration with the National Security Technology Accelerator, launched a new Training and Readiness Accelerator, or TREX, this week at a defense industry conference. TREX was unveiled at the Interservice, Industry Training, Simulations and Education Conference in Orlando, Fla., to members of all branches of the military and leaders in the defense in ... more
Archbald, PA (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
Lockheed Martin Inks Five-Year Agreement to Provide Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds to NATO Countries
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
Data-collecting device could make for better training of soldiers
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
General Dynamics tapped to destroy, dispose of rockets
Naval Group, Fincantieri bid for Canadian ship contract
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
French and Italian naval builders, the Naval Group and Fincantieri, are offering an off-the-shelf class of warship for to the Royal Canadian Navy. The ship for Canada's 12-vessel requirement is based on the FREMM multi-role frigate used by the navies of both countries and can be easily modified to meet Canadian specifications, Fincantieri said in a news release. The bid of the tw ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. sales to foreign militaries top $41 billion in fiscal year 2017
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Britain's May in Riyadh after surprise Baghdad visit
Athens (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Greek PM defends controversial Saudi arms sale
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'We don't interfere in elections': NATO chief on Putin seeking new term
Brussels (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday "we don't interfere in elections" when asked about Vladimir Putin seeking a new term at the Kremlin - amid deep concerns about Russian meddling in numerous European votes. Putin, in power for the past 18 years, confirmed he would run in the March presidential election, where he is expected to win easily and become the longest-serving Russian leader ... more
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Pentagon braces for possible government shutdown
Vienna (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
US warns Russia over Ukraine at OSCE meeting
Washington (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Trump aide Flynn planned to 'rip up' Russia sanctions: whistleblower
New nanowires are just a few atoms thick
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
"Two-dimensional materials" - materials deposited in layers that are only a few atoms thick - are promising for both high-performance electronics and flexible, transparent electronics that could be layered onto physical surfaces to make computing ubiquitous. The best-known 2-D material is graphene, which is a form of carbon, but recently researchers have been investigating other 2-D materi ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Physicists explain metallic conductivity of thin carbon nanotube films
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) ov 27, 2017
Ceria nanoparticles: It is the surface that matters
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Semiconducting carbon nanotubes can reduce noise in interconnects
Macron sees Iraq's total 'liberation' from IS this month
Doha (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
France's President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that Iraq would announce its total "liberation" from the grip of the Islamic State jihadist group by the end of December. He made the prediction at a joint news conference with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani while on an official visit to Doha. "There will be a liberation before the end of the year and we will, in the next mon ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Rights group criticises Iraq over jihadist suspects
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Iraq death toll at lowest level in five years
The Hague (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
'Reasonable basis' for British war crimes in Iraq: ICC
North Korea's new missile: Pyongyang vs the analysts
Seoul (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
North Korea Thursday released pictures of its latest missile launch, giving analysts a chance to test Pyongyang's claim of a breakthrough that brings the whole of the US within range of a nuclear strike. Leader Kim Jong-Un declared the test of a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) had completed his nation's drive to become a full-fledged nuclear power. But analysts remai ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017
Boeing validates requirements for redesign of ICBM system
Seoul (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
South Korea's Moon to visit China for talks on N. Korea
Seoul (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
N. Korea missile test raises flight safety concerns
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China exports soar higher than expected in November
Beijing (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Chinese exports surged more than twice the expected pace in November, official data showed on Friday, providing some more welcome news pointing to improvement in the world's number-two economy. The healthy trade data, which also showed imports outstripping forecasts, come as Beijing looks to tackle industrial overcapacity, winter pollution and a ballooning debt pile. Exports jumped 12.3 ... more
Brussels (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
EU wins tougher, swifter anti-dumping trade powers
Washington (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
US hits Vietnam with huge duties on steel made with Chinese material
Beijing (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Canada and China hail ties as trade talks languish
In helping earthquake victims, life lessons for Haiti youth
Cabaret, Haiti (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
In the hills of Cabaret, western Haiti, locals and young volunteers from the capital Port-au-Prince prepare cement, stationed between the wooden wall of Pierre Salnave Saint-Felix's new home, and the crumbling mud wall of the shelter he has survived in since 2010. Unable to afford surgery for glaucoma, Saint-Felix is blind and prevented from breeding livestock. The earthquake in 2010 turned ... more
Ponce, Puerto Rico (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Pole to pole, linemen hard at work restoring power in Puerto Rico
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
US House approves easing of interstate rules on concealed guns
Beijing (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
China says UN resolutions 'cannot solve' Rohingya crisis
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
China, accused of abuses, hosts human rights forum
Beijing (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
China touted its political and development model as it hosted an inaugural global human rights forum on Thursday, even as activists slammed the country's own abuses. President Xi Jinping has overseen a sweeping crackdown on civil society since taking power in 2012, targeting everyone from human rights lawyers to celebrity gossip bloggers. Hundreds of activists have been detained in the p ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
No class: China halts chauvinist 'female morality lessons'
Beijing (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Chinese teacher used needles to 'discipline' children: police
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Tibetan monk self-immolates in China: campaigners
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Niger to develop national security strategy to fight terror
Niamey (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
Niger on Wednesday said it had begun work on a new national security and defence policy as part of its campaign to fight terrorism, in a country where attacks by Boko Haram and the Islamic State are frequent. During a forum of experts and military brass in the capital Niamey, the president's chief of staff, Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou, announced that the meeting marked the "first phase" in a strat ... more
Abuja (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
Nigeria appoints new chief to head Boko Haram fight
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Fewer than 3,000 IS fighters left in Iraq, Syria: coalition
Sarajevo (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Bosnia puts jihadist arrested with weapons in detention
Lockheed Martin to develop compact airborne high energy laser capabilities
Bothell WA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin $26.3 million for the design, development and production of a high power fiber laser. AFRL plans to test the laser on a tactical fighter jet by 2021. The contract is part of AFRL's Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program, and is a major step forward in the maturation of protective airborne laser systems. ... more
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
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