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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
April 18, 2017
MISSILE DEFENSE
South Korean missile interceptor in final development



Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
A low-tier missile defense system is reportedly in the final phase of development by South Korea, a military official said earlier this week. According to the Yonhap news service the hit-to-kill missile system will undergo final evaluation next month to determine it's suitability for production and deployment. The evaluation process follows completion of earlier testing of the medium-range surface-to-air missile known as M-SAM. "It is fair to say that we only have an administrat ... read more

NUKEWARS
Pence reassures Japan as North Korea threatens 'weekly' tests
Tokyo (AFP) April 18, 2017
US Vice President Mike Pence reiterated his country's commitment to the security of Japan on Tuesday, as North Korea intensified concerns over its weapons programme with a vow to launch missile tests "every week". ... more
NUKEWARS
US carrier strike group still far from N. Korea: official
Washington (AFP) April 18, 2017
A US aircraft carrier the Navy had said was heading toward the Korean Peninsula amid rising tensions has not yet started sailing to the region, a US defense official acknowledged Tuesday. ... more
NUKEWARS
US, China working 'closely' on North Korea: Mattis
Riyadh (AFP) April 18, 2017
The United States and China are working "closely" together over North Korea, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday, two days after a new missile test by Pyongyang. ... more
NUKEWARS
Japan could rescue nationals in Korean crisis: defence chief
Tokyo (AFP) April 18, 2017
Japan will prepare to send troops to the Korean peninsula to protect its nationals there if a crisis requires their evacuation, its defence chief reportedly said Tuesday. ... more
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MISSILE NEWS
U.S. Navy taps Raytheon for Standard Missile engineering
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon received a $113 million contract to perform engineering and technical services for several Standard Missile variants used by the U.S. Navy. ... more
MILTECH
Russian tank becomes U.S. Army unmanned target vehicle
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
A Russian T-72 tank has been converted for unmanned operation as a target vehicle by a business unit of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. ... more
TAIWAN NEWS
Taiwan reviews political asylum bid by Chinese tourist
Taipei (AFP) April 18, 2017
Taiwan said Tuesday it was reviewing a request for political asylum by a Chinese tourist, reportedly an anti-corruption activist who was previously jailed on the mainland. ... more
IRAQ WARS
Canada deploys CH-146 helicopters to Iraq
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Canada's air force on Monday deployed four CH-146 Griffon helicopters to support coalition efforts against militants in northern Iraq. ... more
WAR REPORT
US-led coalition Syria strikes kill 20 civilians: monitor
Beirut (AFP) April 18, 2017
Air strikes by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group killed 20 civilians in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said on Tuesday. ... more
NUKEWARS
China says no political motive as N.Korea flights suspended
Beijing (AFP) April 17, 2017
China Monday denied any political motive in the cancellation of flights by its flag carrier to North Korea, as pressure mounts on Beijing to help curb Pyongyang's weapons programmes. ... more


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NUKEWARS
North Korea says ready to react to 'any mode of war' from US
United Nations, United States (AFP) April 17, 2017
North Korea is preparing for "any mode of war" triggered by US military action, Pyongyang's envoy to the United Nations warned Monday, saying his country would respond to a missile or nuclear strike "in kind." ... more
NUKEWARS
Pyongyang should not 'test Trump's resolve': VP Pence
Seoul (AFP) April 17, 2017
US Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea Monday not to test Donald Trump's resolve, declaring that "all options are on the table" in curbing its missile and nuclear weapons programmes. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Pence visits Tokyo to reaffirm security ties as N. Korea tensions rise
Seoul (AFP) April 17, 2017
US Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Tokyo on Tuesday bringing a renewed commitment to Japan's security amid a growing threat from a nuclear armed North Korea. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Erdogan's narrow win will quickly test EU relationship
Brussels (AFP) April 17, 2017
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's narrow victory in a referendum to strengthen his powers is likely to swiftly test his already worsening relations with the European Union. ... more

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BAE Systems to develop U.S. space, missile defense tech
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
BAE Systems received a contract to research and develop new space and missile defense technologies for the U.S. Army, the company announced Wednesday. The enterprise is one of eight contractors to compete for the $3 billion indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity deal. It was awarded by the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, or SMDC/ARSTRAT. ... more
Seoul (AFP) April 17, 2017
US, South Korea agree early deployment of THAAD: PM Hwang
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
South Korean missile interceptor in final development
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Raytheon to upgrade U.S. ballistic missile defense radars
Raytheon to begin Phase 4B refresh services for AMRAAM program
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon with a $64 million contract modification to continue work for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile program. The modification announced on Thursday tasks the company with providing Phase 4B form, fit, function and refresh services for the missile's guidance section. The agreement includes foreign military sales to Norway, Turkey, Japan, ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
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U.S. Army tests dune buggy-like Hunter, Killer vehicles
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
A developing U.S. Army platform comprising two dune buggy-like vehicles completed a round of testing at Fort Sill, Okla., on Thursday. The eight-wheeled vehicles, known as Hunter and Killer, were tested between April 3 and April 13 during the 2017 Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment, or MFIX. They are designed to travel through various types of terrain and provide operators with aircra ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
U.K. defense minister calls for autonomous supply vehicles
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MQ-8C Fire Scout takes first flight from littoral combat ship
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
MS-177 sensor completes test on Global Hawk
Thales supplying Denmark with communications system
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
Denmark and Thales have signed a framework agreement for the Nordic country to acquire the company's SOTAS communication system for military vehicles. The deal between Thales and the Danish Defense and Logistic Organization is for seven years and includes a provision for company maintenance technologies to be transferred to Denmark from Thales operations in the Netherlands. Thales repor ... more
Offutt AFB NB (AFNS) Apr 10, 2017
US Strategic Command, Norway sign agreement to share space services, data
Washington (AFP) April 7, 2017
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Russia to modernize weaponry for Crimea, Arctic forces
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
The Kremlin plans to modernize weaponry and equipment issued to Russian forces in Crimea and the Arctic regions. Russian defense officials disclosed the move during a Defense Ministry Board meeting in Moscow on Wednesday. Discussions focused on an armament program set to take place from 2018 through 2025. According to Russian Army General Sergei Shoigu, the program is necessary f ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
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Canada moves to join treaty curbing foreign arms sales
Ottawa (AFP) April 13, 2017
Canada introduced a bill Thursday opening the way for it to join a UN Arms Trade Treaty which effectively curbs some foreign weapons sales. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced the legislation, saying it would formalize Canada's current system of export controls which already "meets most of the treaty's thresholds." In recent years, Canada has faced criticism over the sale of li ... more
New Delhi (AFP) April 7, 2017
India inks weapons deal worth nearly $2 bn with Israel
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
U.S. lawmakers push for Pentagon reforms
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Philippines, US to hold military drills
Manila (AFP) April 16, 2017
The Philippine military said Sunday it would hold annual exercises with US troops next month, reaffirming its commitment to the alliance despite cooling relations under President Rodrigo Duterte. The 10-day exercises will be the first held under Duterte, who has suggested cancelling the drills and called for the withdrawal of American troops, putting into question Manila's 70-year-old allian ... more
Washington (AFP) April 12, 2017
NATO essential but allies must pay up says Trump; Ryan to visit next week
Warsaw (AFP) April 12, 2017
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Kathmandu (AFP) April 16, 2017
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Lemont IL (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
For the chips in our computers and smartphones to get faster and faster, their components - the circuits and wires through which signals flow - have to get smaller and smaller. The miniaturization of these wires has taken scientists on a journey almost to the atomic level. Recently, scientists have begun to address - and now to surmount - certain barriers in physics that have prevented them from ... more
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Mosul op has displaced nearly half a million: UN
Baghdad (AFP) April 17, 2017
Nearly half a million people have fled their homes since Iraqi forces launched an operation to wrest Mosul back from jihadists exactly six months ago, the United Nations said Monday. Iraqi forces began the country's biggest military operation in years on October 17 last year and recaptured the east side of the city in January. But an assault launched the following month on the part of Mo ... more
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Russia to upgrade Iskander-M missile
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Russia's state-owned Rostec corporation announced plans to upgrade the country's Iskander-M tactical ballistic missile systems on Tuesday. Speaking with the TASS news agency, Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov said his company aims to deliver an improved tactical missile to the Kremlin by 2020. "In accordance with the adopted strategy of the cluster Armaments within ten years we are goin ... more
Tehran (AFP) April 14, 2017
Iran's Rouhani registers to run for re-election
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London (AFP) April 15, 2017
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China producer prices jump 7.6% in March: govt
Beijing (AFP) April 12, 2017
Prices for goods at the factory gate in China jumped in March, the government said Wednesday, in a positive sign of strengthening demand for the world's second-largest economy. The producer price index (PPI) rose 7.6 percent year-on-year in March, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, slightly beating economists' expectations of a 7.5 percent increase in a Bloomberg News survey. ... more
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At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya
Tripoli (AFP) April 13, 2017
At least 97 migrants were missing after their boat sank on Thursday off the Libyan coast, a navy spokesman said. Survivors said the missing include 15 women and five children, General Ayoub Qassem told AFP. He said the Libyan coastguard had rescued a further 23 migrants of various African nationalities just under 10 kilometres (6 miles) off the coast of Tripoli. The boat's hull was c ... more
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Ticking Boxes with Tianzhou
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Fairly soon, we can expect the launch of China's first cargo spaceship, Tianzhou 1. The Tianzhou module will fly from China's new spaceport on Hainan Island aboard a Long March 7 rocket. Tianzhou will dock with the uncrewed Tiangong 2 space laboratory, which is itself smaller than the cargo spacecraft that will soon visit it. Apart from testing the cargo spacecraft and its docking procedures, th ... more
Nanjing (XNA) Mar 31, 2017
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Beijing (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
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Wenchang, China (XNA) Mar 13, 2017
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Dutch panda mania as giant bears arrive from China
The Hague (AFP) April 12, 2017
Two giant pandas arrived by plane at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport Wednesday after a marathon 8,000 kilometre journey from China, the first breeding pair on Dutch soil in three decades. Female panda Wu Wen (Beautiful Powerful Cloud) and her male companion Xing Ya (Elegant Star) touched down at Schiphol at around 1730 GMT after leaving Chengdu in central China more than 10 hours earlier. ... more
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Beijing (AFP) April 11, 2017
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Hong Kong (AFP) April 12, 2017
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