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January 06, 2017
MICROSAT BLITZ
India to launch 103 satellites in record single mission



New Delhi (AFP) Jan 4, 2017
India will launch a rocket carrying 103 satellites next month in a record single mission, a report said Wednesday, as its famously frugal space agency looks to zoom ahead in the commercial space race. The rocket is set to blast off from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota in February carrying three Indian satellites and 100 foreign ones including from the US, France and Germany, the Press Trust of India said. If successful, India will set a world record as the first country to launch the most ... read more

WATER WORLD
Defense Dept. orders upgraded underwater drones
Teledyne SeaBotix has won a multimillion dollar U.S. Department of Defense contract for underwater remotely operated vehicles. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Russian Marines in smashing Philippine charm offensive
Russian Marines shattered glass bottles with their heads and smashed burning wooden planks against each other Thursday as part of an eye-catching charm offensive in the Philippines, a traditional US ally. ... more
TERROR WARS
US air strikes in Syria kill Al-Qaeda militants: Pentagon
The United States killed about 20 Al-Qaeda militants this week in air strikes in northwestern Syria, the Defense Department said Thursday. ... more
MILTECH
Safran to develop new bomb guidance kits for France
Safran Electronics & Defense is to develop and manufacture new modular ASSM air-to-ground block 4 bomb kits under a contract from the French military procurement agency, DGA. ... more
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IRAQ WARS
Iraq launches offensive on IS near Syria border
Iraqi forces launched an offensive against the Islamic State group near the Syrian border Thursday, piling further pressure on the jihadists' crumbling "caliphate". ... more
CYBER WARS
Apple removes New York Times app from China store
Apple has removed the New York Times from its China app store, the tech giant said, after authorities told the company the app breached regulations. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Indonesia backs down in Australia military row
Indonesia appeared to back down Thursday from a decision to suspend all military cooperation with Australia in a row over teaching materials, with a senior minister saying only language training had been put on hold. ... more
FLOATING STEEL
Pentagon approves potential $126 billion submarine project
The U.S. Department of Defense intends to move forward with its $126 billion plan to procure 12 new nuclear submarines for the U.S. Navy. ... more
UAV NEWS
Small drone achieves flight endurance record
A small propeller-driven drone has stayed aloft for more than two days and nights, achieving the world duration record for its class. ... more


General Atomics contracted for MQ-9 sale to Spain

TERROR WARS
Mauritania, Saudi Arabia strengthen military cooperation
Saudi Arabia and Mauritania will exchange intelligence and increase cooperation on military training and logistics, Mauritanian media reported Thursday. ... more
MILPLEX
Pro-Iraqi militias using arms from 16 countries: Amnesty
Pro-government Iraqi paramilitaries accused of war crimes are using arms from at least 16 countries, including the US and Iran, according to an Amnesty International report released on Thursday. ... more
S. Korea vows US missile system as opposition lawmakers head to China
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 s ... more
US can defend itself from N.Korea missile attack: Pentagon

Unidentified country orders Patriot system upgrade

MBDA submits proposal for TLVS development in Germany

Raytheon to provide missile defense training for Qatar
Raytheon has received a $163 million foreign military sales contract to provide integrated air and missile defense training for the government of Qatar. Under the contract, Qatar Emir Air Force personnel will receive a series of pre-Patriot and Patriot training classes in addition to English language training. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, all work for the contract ... more
India test fires Agni-IV ballistic missile

Qatar, India, Italy purchase Raytheon Stinger missiles

U.S. Navy orders 214 Raytheon Tomahawk missiles

Small drone achieves flight endurance record
A small propeller-driven drone has stayed aloft for more than two days and nights, achieving the world duration record for its class. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said the flight by the VA001 was conducted in late November and early December at at testing center in New Mexicos and "for nearly 56 hours, the plane flew at an altitude between 6,500 feet and 7,500 feet ... more
General Atomics contracted for MQ-9 sale to Spain

General Atomics to perform Reaper, Predator support services

Tiny spy drones no match for Repellent-1 mobile anti-drone net

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?

Japan to Launch First Military Communications Satellite on January 24

Intelsat General to provide satellite services to RiteNet for US Army network

Safran to develop new bomb guidance kits for France
Safran Electronics & Defense is to develop and manufacture new modular ASSM air-to-ground block 4 bomb kits under a contract from the French military procurement agency, DGA. The ASSM family of kits, used by France and other countries, give precision guidance to standard bombs and come in several versions, depending on the type of guidance: inertial GPS, inertial/GPS + infrared imaging, ... more
Ukrainian army receives 50 BTR-3 armored vehicles

Oshkosh receives JLTV production modification

Kongsberg contracted for M1A2 CROWS configuration

Estonia consolidates military procurement process
A new Estonian government agency for consolidating the procurements of the Ministry of Defense and its subordinate agencies has been established. The Estonian Center for Defense Investments, which became operational Tuesday, also brings military infrastructure projects under its management umbrella. "The creation of the new institution frees the Defense Forces from having to perf ... more
Pro-Iraqi militias using arms from 16 countries: Amnesty

Croatia charges top official over military contract bribe

Saudi projects drop in defence spending

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Indonesia backs down in Australia military row
Indonesia appeared to back down Thursday from a decision to suspend all military cooperation with Australia in a row over teaching materials, with a senior minister saying only language training had been put on hold. The Indonesian military said Wednesday that military cooperation with Canberra, including joint exercises and exchange programmes, had been put on ice last month after teaching ... more
Duterte seeks 'strategic shift' from US to China: envoy

Obama urges military to make Trump transition smooth

Russia flags war games with US ally Philippines

The researchers created a tiny laser using nanoparticles
Researchers at Aalto University, Finland are the first to develop a plasmonic nanolaser that operates at visible light frequencies and uses so-called dark lattice modes. The laser works at length scales 1000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair. The lifetimes of light captured in such small dimensions are so short that the light wave has time to wiggle up and down only a few te ... more
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Iraq launches offensive on IS near Syria border
Iraqi forces launched an offensive against the Islamic State group near the Syrian border Thursday, piling further pressure on the jihadists' crumbling "caliphate". Baghdad and its allies also turned up the heat on IS in its last remaining Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, where the US-led coalition said it had doubled the number of its advisors. "A military operation has begun in the western a ... more
Turkey PM heading to Iraq to ease tensions

US-led coalition boosts Mosul military advisors to 450: official

Iraq PM says opponents spreading fake news of bombings

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. "North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US," Trump tweeted. "It won't happen!" Trump's tweet came a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a ... more
Five questions on China-N. Korea relations

Kim says N. Korea in 'final stages of test launching ICBM'

US condemns Pyongyang missile plan, warns against 'provocative' actions

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
Israel says China to send thousands of construction workers

China's Alibaba sues vendors over selling counterfeits

China manufacturing growth slows

Number of displaced in Mosul op passes 125,000: UN
More than 125,000 Iraqis have been displaced since the start in October of an offensive to retake Mosul from jihadists, the United Nations said Wednesday. "Following the intensification of military operations in Mosul city on 29 December, the rate of displacement from Mosul has increased markedly, with over 9,000 people having fled the city in the space of four days," said the UN's Office fo ... more
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Mauritania, Saudi Arabia strengthen military cooperation
Saudi Arabia and Mauritania will exchange intelligence and increase cooperation on military training and logistics, Mauritanian media reported Thursday. Mauritania forms part of the Saudi-led military coalition currently battling Huthi rebels and Al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen, while contending with its own jihadist threat at home. The west African nation has yet to send troops to Yemen, how ... more
US air strikes in Syria kill Al-Qaeda militants: Pentagon

US led air strike against former Al-Qaeda affiliate: official

In Iraq, Hollande says IS battle prevents attacks at home

Northrop Grumman to develop next-gen fighter laser system
Northrop Grumman will help the U.S. Air Force to develop a directed energy laser system that will offer self-protection for the service's next-generation jets, the company announced Wednesday. The work, under an Air Force Research Laboratory contract, will see Northrop Grumman develop and produce the beam control piece of an airborne laser weapon demonstration array that the laboratory ... more
UK to start laser gun program

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