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March 17, 2017
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Lockheed Martin designs future U.S. Army laser vehicle



Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin has completed its designs, development and demonstrations for a 60 kW-class laser defense system to be delivered to the U.S. Army. The system is a vehicle-mounted platform to be used to defend ground-based assets against unmanned aerial vehicles and artillery attacks such as mortar fire and rockets. Lockheed Martin's latest design for the solution was based on earlier concepts conceived under the U.S. Department of Defense's Robust Electric Laser Initiative. Lockheed Mart ... read more

MILTECH
Curtiss-Wright Expands Secure Manufacturing Capabilities for Sensitive U.S. DoD Aerospace and Defense Programs
Ashburn VA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division has announced that it has expanded its secure manufacturing capabilities for sensitive U.S. DoD aerospace and defense programs by contracting with Zentech ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Germany wants change to NATO two-percent budget goal
Berlin (AFP) March 17, 2017
Germany's defence minister called Friday for changes to the way NATO members' commitments to budget targets are assessed, in the face of bigger demands from US President Donald Trump. ... more
ROBO SPACE
Toward Machines that Improve with Experience
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Self-driving taxis. Cell phones that react appropriately to spoken requests. Computers that outcompete world-class chess and Go players. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming part and parcel of t ... more
TAIWAN NEWS
Taiwan says capable of strike against China
Taipei (AFP) March 16, 2017
Taiwan said for the first time publicly that it is capable of launching missiles at China, as the government on Thursday unveiled a major defence report warning of increased risk of Chinese invasion. ... more
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NUKEWARS
Military action against N. Korea an 'option': Tillerson
Seoul (AFP) March 17, 2017
Military action by the United States against nuclear-armed North Korea is an "option on the table" if the threat from the rogue regime escalates, Washington's top diplomat Rex Tillerson said Friday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Lithuania wants NATO command headquarters on eastern flank
Vilnius (AFP) March 16, 2017
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Thursday urged NATO's top general to create new alliance command centres on its eastern flank to deter Russia, calling their current location in Europe a relic of the Cold War. ... more
SPACEWAR
Japan launches latest North Korea spy satellite
Tokyo (AFP) March 17, 2017
Japan launched a new spy satellite on Friday, the country's space agency said, as the region grows increasingly uneasy over North Korea's quickening missile programme. ... more
SPACEWAR
Russian Aerospace Forces to Launch Over 20 Spacecraft Into Space
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 17, 2017
Russia's Aerospace Forces in 2017 are planning to launch 15 carrier rockets into space, during which over 20 spacecraft will be placed into orbit," the forces' commander, Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev, ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
US BE-4 Rocket Engines to Replace Russian RD-180 on Atlas Carrier Rockets
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 17, 2017
BE-4 rocket engines developed by the Blue Origin company will eventually replace Russian RD-180 engines on US Atlas space launch vehicles, head of Russia's space corporation Roscosmos, Igor Komarov, ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
Lockheed Martin gets $80M for Aegis foreign military sales
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin received an $80.5 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to study Aegis implementation studies for various international customers. ... more


Tillerson seeks new North Korea plan on Seoul visit

NUKEWARS
Tillerson seeks new North Korea plan on Seoul visit
Seoul (AFP) March 17, 2017
Washington's top diplomat arrived in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas to gaze on the North for himself Friday, a day after he declared 20 years of efforts to denuclearise it had failed. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
Pakistan test fires land-based anti-ship missile
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Pakistan's navy completed a successful test firing of a land-based anti-ship missile, the branch announced in a statement on Thursday. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
Russia's Baltic Fleet trains with S-400 air defense systems
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Russian military personnel from the country's Baltic Fleet recently completed a training exercise involving an S-400 air defense missile system. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Trump, Xi eye Mar-a-Lago summit
Washington (AFP) March 17, 2017
The United States and China are finalizing plans for a summit between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago this April, but diplomats are struggling to remove last-minute stumbling blocks. ... more

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Raytheon developing next-gen missile defense communications
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Raytheon received an $11.8 million contract to develop new communication technologies for the U.S. Office of Naval Research. The new technologies, known as Communications and Interoperability for Integrated Fires, or CIIF, will aim to enhance situational awareness capabilities for the U.S. Navy's air and missile defense operations. According to Raytheon, CIIF will enable new and ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin gets $80M for Aegis foreign military sales
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Australia's HMAS Hobart completes sea trials with Aegis
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 7, 2017
UN hopes for easing of tensions after Chinese anger over THAAD
MBDA unveils new short-range air defense platform
(UPI) Mar 14, 2017
MBDA Missile Systems revealed its new short-range air defense system, the Mistral ATLAS-RC, during the HOMSEC 2017 conference in Madrid, Spain. In a statement announcing the new product's debut, the company said the new platform is specifically designed for "very short" range engagements, and tailored to the security needs of Spain's defense ministry. The platform is comprised of ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Pakistan test fires land-based anti-ship missile
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Russia's Baltic Fleet trains with S-400 air defense systems
Boulder CO (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
Orbital ATK supplying rocket-launched flares for U.S. military
Trump gives CIA power to conduct drone strikes
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2017
President Donald Trump's administration has given new powers to the CIA to conduct drone strikes against extremist targets in the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The move would represent a change from Obama-era policies that limited the spy agency's role in conducting paramilitary strikes, pushing responsibility for these to the Pentagon. Obama had insisted on a mo ... more
Washington (AFP) March 13, 2017
US military deploys attack drones to S. Korea
London (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Leonardo subsidiary to buy laser technology company Daylight Solutions
London (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Kelvin Hughes launching counter-drone system
Harris radio system gains NSA certification
Washington (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Harris Corporation's new Falcon III RF-300H wideband HF manpack radio system has received certification from the U.S. National Security Agency. The NSA Type-1 certification allows the system to transmit classified images, maps and other data files from beyond-line-of-sight environments, the company announced Monday. "This RF-300H NSA certification allows us to continue providing ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Intelsat General becomes Airbus channel partner for military satellite communications
Geelong, Australia (UPI) Mar 1, 2017
Rockwell Collins, Australian air force test WBHF communication system
Schriever AFB CO (AFNS) Feb 24, 2017
Space aggressors jam AF, allies' systems
BAE Systems enlists Czech firm for armored vehicle parts
Washington (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
BAE Systems selected Czech defense firm VOP CZ to provide supporting components for Infantry Fighting Vehicles being built for the Austrian government. The contract, signed in February, builds on the existing partnership between the two defense manufacturers. BAE Systems and VOP CZ agreed to collaborate in 2016 on replacing the Czech Republic's fleet of BMP-2 armored vehicles with the C ... more
Ashburn VA (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Curtiss-Wright Expands Secure Manufacturing Capabilities for Sensitive U.S. DoD Aerospace and Defense Programs
Washington (UPI) Mar 15, 2017
U.S. State Dept. approves mortar round sales to Singapore
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
U.S. Army picks Revision Military for new helmets
Trump to press Congress for defense spending boost
Washington (AFP) Feb 28, 2017
President Donald Trump will address Congress for the first time on Tuesday, selling his policies and laying out the case for a $54 billion boost in military spending and cuts in domestic programs and foreign aid. Previewing measures designed to back up campaign promises with dollars and cents, Trump promised a fiscal plan focused on "public safety and national security." "We are going to ... more
London (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
BAE Systems eyes defence spending by Trump
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
UAE signs over $5 bln in deals at arms fair
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Feb 19, 2017
Pentagon chief says military running smoothly amid turbulent transition
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NATO head says more defence spending 'essential' to US ties
Brussels (AFP) March 13, 2017
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Monday told allies to boost defence spending, as demanded by US President Donald Trump, if they want to preserve crucial transatlantic defence ties. "This is essential for the continued strength of the transatlantic bond on which our alliance is founded," Stoltenberg said in NATO's 2016 annual report. "For almost 70 years the unique partnership between Euro ... more
Berlin (AFP) March 17, 2017
Germany wants change to NATO two-percent budget goal
Vilnius (AFP) March 16, 2017
Lithuania wants NATO command headquarters on eastern flank
Brussels (AFP) March 15, 2017
NATO urges Turkey, Austria to end spat blocking programs
The world's first international race for molecule-cars, the Nanocar Race is on
Paris, France (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Nanocars will compete for the first time ever during an international molecule-car race on April 28-29, 2017 in Toulouse (south-western France). The vehicles, which consist of a few hundred atoms, will be powered by minute electrical pulses during the 36 hours of the race, in which they must navigate a racecourse made of gold atoms, and measuring a maximum of a 100 nanometers in length. Th ... more
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Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
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More than 150,000 Iraqis fled west Mosul fighting: ministry
Baghdad (AFP) March 16, 2017
Iraqi authorities said Thursday that more than 150,000 people have fled fighting in and around west Mosul since security forces launched an operation to retake it from jihadists last month. The International Organization for Migration released displacement figures on Wednesday indicating that nearly 100,000 had fled, but those statistics included fewer people residing outside of camps. A ... more
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 16, 2017
Adopting IS tactic, Iraqi forces weaponise small drones
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 17, 2017
Iraq commander announces gains in Mosul Old City
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 15, 2017
Nearly 100,000 Iraqis flee battle for west Mosul
Military action against N. Korea an 'option': Tillerson
Seoul (AFP) March 17, 2017
Military action by the United States against nuclear-armed North Korea is an "option on the table" if the threat from the rogue regime escalates, Washington's top diplomat Rex Tillerson said Friday. The strong comments from the secretary of state, in Asia for his first foray into crisis management, appear to signal a sea change in American policy towards the isolated country. Tillerson's ... more
Seoul (AFP) March 17, 2017
Tillerson seeks new North Korea plan on Seoul visit
Seoul (AFP) March 17, 2017
Tillerson seeks new North Korea plan on Seoul visit
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Iran Postpones Rocket Carrier Launch Fearing US Threats
Family of Trump son-in-law in $4 bn deal with Chinese company
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2017
A company owned by the family of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is set to receive more than $400 million from a Chinese firm that is investing in its Manhattan office tower, Bloomberg reported Monday. The Kushner Companies deal with Anbang Insurance Group for the property at 666 Fifth Avenue is worth $4 billion, with real estate experts calling it an unusually favorable ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 15, 2017
Chinese premier warns US against 'trade war'
Berlin (AFP) March 15, 2017
G20 finance ministers to meet under America First shadow
Berlin (AFP) March 16, 2017
Merkel, Xi defend free trade ahead of G20 meet
Ai Weiwei slams 'shameful' politicians ignoring refugees
Prague (AFP) March 16, 2017
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Thursday slammed "shameful" politicians who ignore refugees as he launched a giant art installation centered on their fate at the National Gallery in Prague. Called "Law of the Journey", the show features a 70-metre-long (230-foot-long) inflatable boat with 258 oversize refugee figures. A tribute to the thousands who have drowned crossing the Mediter ... more
Kathmandu (AFP) March 14, 2017
Nepal police demolish camp for earthquake displaced
Hamam Al-Alil, Iraq (AFP) March 14, 2017
After fleeing homes, Iraqis near Mosul wait for tents
Tokyo (AFP) March 17, 2017
Japan court rules government liable for Fukushima disaster
China Develops Spaceship Capable of Moon Landing
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Chinese state media is reporting that the country's space program has developed a craft capable of both landing on the moon and flying in low-Earth orbit. The new spacecraft is claimed to be able to accommodate multiple astronauts, according to spaceship engineer Zhang Bainian, who Science and Technology Daily cited as comparing the forthcoming ship to the Orion craft currently in developm ... more
Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
Long March-7 Y2 ready for launch of China's first cargo spacecraft
Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 09, 2017
China Seeks Space Rockets Launched from Airplanes
Beijing (XNA) Mar 07, 2017
Riding an asteroid: China's next space goal
Tillerson to East Asia in shadow of North Korea threat
Washington (AFP) March 13, 2017
With North Korea's drive to field a nuclear-armed missile rapidly emerging as President Donald Trump's first foreign crisis, his top diplomat is heading to a nervous region. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a former oil executive with no government experience, has yet to make an impact in Washington, where he has not even appointed a senior staff. But this week he will head as emissa ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 14, 2017
'Tell it like it is': China delegate rips meek Congress
Hong Kong (AFP) March 14, 2017
Hong Kong leadership rivals clash ahead of 'unfair' vote
Beijing (AFP) March 13, 2017
China lawmakers draft rules against defaming 'heroes'
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'Jihadists' kill civilians, soldiers in north Mali
Ansongo, Mali (AFP) March 13, 2017
Two civilians and two Malian soldiers were killed Monday in an attack blamed on jihadists in the country's restive north. Mali's defence ministry confirmed two soldiers were killed and two injured during the assault by armed men close to the village of Fafa, which lies near the border with Niger. Reinforcements were on their way to the area, the ministry said. A security source reach ... more
Washington (AFP) March 10, 2017
January raid in Yemen killed 4 to 12 civilians: US
Washington (AFP) March 8, 2017
IS hopes to hold onto shreds of 'caliphate': US official
Istanbul (AFP) March 8, 2017
Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs seek better coordination against IS
Lockheed Martin designs future U.S. Army laser vehicle
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Lockheed Martin has completed its designs, development and demonstrations for a 60 kW-class laser defense system to be delivered to the U.S. Army. The system is a vehicle-mounted platform to be used to defend ground-based assets against unmanned aerial vehicles and artillery attacks such as mortar fire and rockets. Lockheed Martin's latest design for the solution was based on earlier co ... more
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Directed energy atmospheric lens could revolutionise future battlefields
London (UPI) Jan 6, 2017
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