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January 10, 2017
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What Russia's railgun can really do



Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 10, 2017
A team of Russian scientists has successfully tested the country's first railgun, which relies on electromagnetic forces rather than explosives or propellant.According to experts at the Institute of High Temperatures' branch in Shatura, just outside Moscow, the railgun can fire shells at an incredibly fast speed of 3 kilometers per second, which is well enough to cut through any type of armor existing today. During the latest test, a 15 gram plastic cylinder fired by the railgun went through an al ... read more

MISSILE NEWS
Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile
Pakistan on Monday test-fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and giving the country a credible second strike capability, the military said. ... more
NUKEWARS
Russian strategic missile forces to go fully digital by 2020
Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) will completely switch to digital data transmission technologies by 2020, the Defense Ministry press service said in a statement. According to the MoD p ... more
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Trump govt faces rising risk of international conflict
The incoming Donald Trump administration faces a world of greater risk of conflict, slower growth and more anti-democratic pressures than ever since the Cold War, a new US intelligence report released Monday said. ... more
TAIWAN NEWS
China slams Tsai meeting with US Senator Ted Cruz
China said Monday it "firmly opposed" a meeting between Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen and Senator Ted Cruz, as a state-run newspaper warned of "revenge" against President-elect Donald Trump should he abandon the One China policy. ... more
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NATO's new $1.2-bn base held up by IT glitches
Completion of NATO's new $1.2-billion headquarters in Brussels, expected to open this year, has been held up by problems with its IT and communications systems, Belgium said on Monday. ... more
NUKEWARS
US warship fires warning shots at Iranian boats in Strait of Hormuz
A US warship fired warning shots at the weekend at four Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels that approached it at high speed in the Strait of Hormuz, US defense officials said Monday. ... more
UAV NEWS
Pentagon successfully tests micro-drone swarm
The Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials on Monday said it had successfully tested a swarm of 103 micro-drones. ... more
UAV NEWS
Embry-Riddle offers free online course on FAA regulations for UAVs
If you received a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), or drone, as a gift this holiday season, or if you would like to stay updated on the latest FAA regulations for these aircraft, Embry-Riddle ... more
TECH SPACE
Southwestern alumna becomes orbital debris scientist at NASA
Alumna uses computational modeling of "space trash" to keep astronauts, satellites, and the international space station safe. Growing up in Pearland, Texas-just outside of Houston-was quite th ... more


Harris secures $403 million tactical radio support contract

UAV NEWS
U.S. Army selects Textron for Shadow UAV sustainment
Textron has received a $206 million contract to perform sustainment services for the U.S. Army's Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Brazil orders remote-controlled weapon stations from Elbit
A Brazilian subsidiary of Israel's Elbit Systems has received a framework contract to supply remote-controlled weapon stations to the Brazilian army. ... more

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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

Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile

Qatar, India, Italy purchase Raytheon Stinger missiles

U.S. Army selects Textron for Shadow UAV sustainment
Textron has received a $206 million contract to perform sustainment services for the U.S. Army's Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system. Support services covered in the contract include engineering, logistics, field service operations, depot materiel repair and post-productions software support. Textron officials say the agreement bolsters its ties with the Army and its fleet of 117 S ... more
U.S. Army engineers use 3D printing for small drone

Small drone achieves flight endurance record

Embry-Riddle offers free online course on FAA regulations for UAVs

Harris secures $403 million tactical radio support contract
Harris Corporation has received a $403 million contract to provide spare parts to support various tactical radio systems for the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency. The agreement covers services for radios to be used by both the Defense Logistics Agency and the U.S. Army. The five-year contract was a sole-source acquisition, and includes no option periods. The work is scheduled to be ... more
U.S. Navy selects Raytheon for tactical radio production

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Japan to Launch First Military Communications Satellite on January 24

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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
Safran to design new inertial navigation system

What Russia's railgun can really do

Ukrainian army receives 50 BTR-3 armored vehicles

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. The predominantly Shia militias were formed in 2014 to support the Iraqi government in its fight against the Islamic State group and have since committed war crimes, Amnesty said. The Sunni Ara ... more
Estonia consolidates military procurement process

Croatia charges top official over military contract bribe

Saudi projects drop in defence spending

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
NATO's new $1.2-bn base held up by IT glitches

NATO and Russia in game of cat and mouse in Baltic skies

Trump govt faces rising risk of international conflict

Nano-chimneys can cool circuits
A few nanoscale adjustments may be all that is required to make graphene-nanotube junctions excel at transferring heat, according to Rice University scientists. The Rice lab of theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson found that putting a cone-like "chimney" between the graphene and nanotube all but eliminates a barrier that blocks heat from escaping. The research appears in the American Chemi ... more
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Iraq eyes recapture of east Mosul within days
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N. Korea holds mass rally to push Kim's New Year message
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Russian strategic missile forces to go fully digital by 2020

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Israel says China to send thousands of construction workers
China has agreed for thousands of migrant construction labourers to work in Israel in a bid to alleviate a housing crisis in the Jewish state, the Israeli government said Wednesday. The agreement would see 6,000 Chinese workers arrive in Israel in the six months after the formal signature of the deal expected at the end of February, a joint statement from the interior and finance ministries ... more
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Six climbers die of cold climbing Guatemala volcano
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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
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