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January 11, 2013
Anti-aircraft laser weapon demonstrated
Dusseldorf, Germany (UPI) Jan 10, 2013
A German defense company has demonstrated a laser weapon it says successfully shot down two drone aircraft at a distance of a mile. Rheinmetall Defense said the high-energy system using two lasers has also been used to cut through a steel girder almost two-thirds of a mile away, the BBC reported. The laser weapons system, with a power output of 50 kilowatts, used a combination of radar and optical systems to detect and track two incoming drones, the company said. Radar provided an ... read more
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Fears for Pakistan as blasts kill 125
Extremist bomb attacks killed 125 people in one of Pakistan's deadliest days for years, raising concerns Friday about rising violence in the nuclear-armed country ahead of general elections. ... more

Japan PM fires fresh broadside at China in row
Japan's hawkish new prime minister took aim at Beijing again Friday, accusing China of deliberately allowing Japanese businesses to suffer in the corrosive row over disputed islands. ... more

Iran, world powers set nuclear talks date: report
World powers will meet Iranian top representatives to discuss the Islamic state's disputed nuclear programme in Istanbul at the end of January, a Russian official said on Thursday. ... more
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US Army Awards AeroVironment Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Contract
AeroVironment, Inc. reports that the United States Army has selected it and four other companies to compete for future small UAS requirements under a new Firm Fixed-Price Indefinite Delivery Indefin ... more


China notes S. Korean frustration with Pyongyang policy
A top Chinese envoy acknowledged Friday South Korea's "dissatisfaction" with China's policy towards North Korea, but asked for Seoul's understanding over Beijing's reluctance to punish Pyongyang. ... more
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Elbit Systems to Supply Long-Range Observation Systems to the Israeli Ministry of Defense
Elbit Systems subsidiary, Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop ("Elop") recently was awarded a contract to supply long-range observation and target acquisition systems to the Israel Ministry of Defense ... more

Elbit Systems to Supply the Israeli Ministry of Defense with Cardom Artillery Systems
Elbit Systems subsidiary, Elbit Systems Land and C4I, was recently awarded a contract by the Israeli Ministry of Defense ("IMOD") to supply Cardom artillery systems (known in the Israel Defense Forc ... more
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US focused on Syria's chemical arms after Assad: Panetta
The United States is increasingly focused on how to secure Syria's chemical weapons if President Bashar al-Assad falls from power, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday. ... more

US military ordered to prepare for fiscal 'perfect storm'
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday ordered the US military to "prepare for the worst" and take cost-saving measures as it faces the threat of potential deep budget cuts. ... more

Israel arms sales rose by 20% in 2012: report
Israeli arms exports rose by 20 percent to $7 billion (5.3 billion euros) in 2012, according to defence ministry estimates cited by the Haaretz newspaper on Thursday. ... more
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Pakistan says Indian fire kills Pakistani soldier
Pakistan said one of its soldiers was killed Thursday by "unprovoked" Indian firing across their tense border in Kashmir, the third deadly incident reported in five days in the disputed region. ... more

Syria warplanes try to dislodge rebels from military airbase
Regime warplanes launched air raids Thursday on a military airbase in northwest Syria to try to dislodge rebels who have seized more than half of the compound amid fierce clashes on the ground, a watchdog said. ... more
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Canada urged to buy more C-17 Globemasters
Canada's department of national defense is being urged to invest in acquiring the Boeing Co.'s C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to cope with the Canadian armed forces' demand for peacetime and combat tactical transport. ... more

Short-range ballistic missile again fired in Syria: NATO
A short-range ballistic missile was fired inside Syria on Wednesday following similar launches last week, a NATO official said Thursday. ... more

India says contract on French Rafale jets being fine-tuned
India is fine-tuning a contract to buy 126 French-made Rafale fighter jets, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said on Thursday, adding that Paris would have to "wait a little" to pop the bubbly. ... more
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Google's Schmidt urges N. Korea Internet freedom
Google chairman Eric Schmidt said Thursday he had told North Korea it would not develop unless it embraces Internet freedom, as he returned from a controversial visit to the communist state. ... more

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India's Tatra truck order in the balance
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Israeli, US defense chiefs discuss Middle East issues

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US plays tough with Karzai on Afghan troops

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Zarqawi's legacy: Jihadist rebels in Syria

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UN says no complaint received over Kashmir 'beheading'

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