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January 04, 2017
MISSILE DEFENSE
S. Korea vows US missile system as opposition lawmakers head to China



Seoul (AFP) Jan 4, 2017
South Korea is committed to deploying an advanced US missile defense system this year despite opposition from China, a minister said Wednesday, even as opposition lawmakers headed to Beijing with a different message. Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the South after a string of North Korean nuclear and missile tests - prompting strong objections from China. "THAAD deployment is part of our efforts to bolster defense against threats f ... read more

NUKEWARS
North Korea nuclear threat Trump's first challenge
North Korea's determined quest for a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the US mainland is the first major US foreign policy challenge of the Donald Trump era. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
US can defend itself from N.Korea missile attack: Pentagon
The United States is certain it can defend itself from an attack by North Korea, the Defense Department said Tuesday after Pyongyang warned it was close to test launching a ballistic missile. ... more
DRAGON SPACE
China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"
China wants to develop "strength and size" in its space program, a China National Space Administration official said last week. In the next five years, the country plans to speed up the development ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
SpaceX sets launch date for Falcon 9 RTF
SpaceX says it has determined the cause of a launchpad explosion that destroyed a satellite in September and is ready to start launches again as early as Sunday. ... more
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The Russian Navy said Tuesday it was planning to hold war games with the Philippines, as two of its ships made a rare stop in Manila following Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot from the United States. ... more
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FLOATING STEEL
U.S. Navy's future USS Rafael Peralta completes acceptance trials
The future USS Rafael Peralta completed its acceptance trials with the U.S. Navy, taking the vessel one step closer to serving with the branch. ... more
NUKEWARS
S. Korea calls Trump's tweet 'clear warning' to North
South Korea said Tuesday that US president-elect Donald Trump had sent a "clear warning" to North Korea with a tweet dismissing Pyongyang's ballistic missile claims. ... more

Unidentified country orders Patriot system upgrade
Raytheon is to modernize the Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System of an unidentified country under a $600 million commercial sales contract. The upgrade will advance the country's Patriot system to the most advanced configuration available, the Configuration 3+ with Post Deployment Build 8 software and hardware. The configuration enables the Patriot to use the PAC-3 ... more
MBDA submits proposal for TLVS development in Germany

S. Korea vows US missile system as opposition lawmakers head to China

US can defend itself from N.Korea missile attack: Pentagon

Qatar, India, Italy purchase Raytheon Stinger missiles
Raytheon has received a $207.9 million contract to produce Stinger missiles and supporting equipment for foreign military sales to Qatar, India and Italy. The contract covers production for Stinger FIM-92H Block 1 missiles, FIM-92F Block 1 missiles, spares, captive flight trainers, and other training devices. Work is set to be performed at Raytheon's facility in Tucson, Ariz., and is ex ... more
Raytheon to provide missile defense training for Qatar

U.S. Navy orders 214 Raytheon Tomahawk missiles

U.S. missile deal for Poland finalized

Tiny spy drones no match for Repellent-1 mobile anti-drone net
Russian engineers have completed development of a new mobile anti-drone warfare complex. Appropriately named the 'Repellent', the system is designed to suppress and destroy miniaturized enemy drones no larger than a few dozen centimeters and no heavier than a few kilograms.Russia's Izvestia newspaper reports that the system, first shown off at the Army-2016 expo in September, is now being consid ... more
General Atomics to perform Reaper, Predator support services

Britain, France continue drone development project

Ford studies using drones to guide self-driving cars

U.S. Navy selects Raytheon for tactical radio production
Raytheon has received a $32 million contract to produce next-generation Link Level Communication Security 7M encryptors for U.S. Navy military radios. The encryptors are designed to provide enhanced security for Link 22 tactical radio systems used by the U.S. military and its international partners. The radios are slated to replace Link 11 systems currently in use. According to Raytheon ... more
Underwater radio, anyone?

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Oshkosh Defense has received a $176 million contract modification for the production of 409 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for the U.S. Army. The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV, is to replace some of the Humvees currently in service with U.S. infantry forces including the Army and the U.S. Marine Corps. Initial low-rate production for the armored vehicle began in 2016. The ... more
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Croatia charges top official over military contract bribe
Croatian prosecutors on Friday charged two people, including a top defence ministry official, for bribes allegedly paid over a multi-million euro contract to overhaul the country's military jets. The official sought bribes from two foreign firms to "ensure an advantage in obtaining a business deal for the overhaul and procurement of additional MiG-21 fighter planes", anti-graft prosecutors s ... more
Estonia consolidates military procurement process

Saudi projects drop in defence spending

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McCain calls for permanent US troops in Baltics
Republican Senator John McCain on Thursday called for US troops to be permanently stationed in the Baltic states as a deterrent against Russia amid regional concerns over President-elect Donald Trump's pro-Moscow rhetoric. "I think that permanency is important, that there will always be some American troops here," McCain told reporters in Lithuania, an EU and NATO member bordering Russia's h ... more
Duterte seeks 'strategic shift' from US to China: envoy

Russia flags war games with US ally Philippines

Indonesia suspends military cooperation with Australia

Nanoscale 'conversations' create complex, multi-layered structures
Building nanomaterials with features spanning just billionths of a meter requires extraordinary precision. Scaling up that construction while increasing complexity presents a significant hurdle to the widespread use of such nano-engineered materials. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a way to efficiently create scalable, multil ... more
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Iraq forces retook over 60% of east Mosul: commander
Iraqi forces have retaken more than 60 percent of eastern Mosul from the Islamic State group since the battle for the city began in mid-October, a top commander said Sunday. "From east Mosul... more than 60 percent" has been recaptured from IS, Staff Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi, a top commander in Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), told AFP. He was speaking in an area sou ... more
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India tests Agni-V ballistic missile, tensions with China rise
India's Defense Research and Development Organization completed a test for its Agni-V ballistic missile, leading China to question the country's intentions. The test marked the fourth demonstration of the weapon, which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead at a range of over 3,100 miles The Hindu reported. The Defense Research and Development Organization hailed the event as a "huge ... more
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S. Korea calls Trump's tweet 'clear warning' to North

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China manufacturing accelerates at fastest for 4 years: survey
China's manufacturing activity expanded at its quickest pace in nearly four years in December, an independent research firm said on Tuesday, in a sign of improving health for the world's second-largest economy. The private Caixin Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), an indicator of conditions at smaller manufacturers, beat expectations with a reading of 51.9 in December, up from 50.9 the previo ... more
China manufacturing growth slows

Toshiba shares fall 20% after it flags one-off loss

China has 'real cause for concern' over Navarro: media

Cyprus urges Turkey to face up to responsibilities
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Saturday urged Turkey to live up to its responsibilities and help to reunify the divided island when crucial peace talks resume next month in Switzerland. Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are to hold talks in Geneva from January 9 after negotiations broke down last month. If all goes well they will be joined on January 12 by t ... more
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