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April 20, 2017
NUKEWARS
US tries to clear waters after N. Korea 'armada' confusion



Washington (AFP) April 19, 2017
The Trump administration on Wednesday tried to clear the waters after it gave confusing messages concerning the whereabouts of a US supercarrier that supposedly was steaming toward North Korea last week. Amid soaring tensions ahead of North Korea's apparent ramping up for a sixth nuclear test, the US Navy on April 8 said it was directing a naval strike group headed by the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to "sail north" from the waters off Singapore, as a "prudent measure" to deter Pyongyang. "W ... read more

NUKEWARS
US reviews 'failed' Iran nuclear deal
Washington (AFP) April 19, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson branded the Iran nuclear deal a failure Wednesday as President Donald Trump ordered a review of how Washington is countering the threat from Tehran. ... more
NUKEWARS
United States begins review of nuclear arsenal
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
The U.S. Department of Defense will begin examining its nuclear weapon capabilities with its Nuclear Posture Review, the department announced this week. ... more
NUKEWARS
US again puts faith in China to rein in North Korea
Washington (AFP) April 19, 2017
After a few days of saber-rattling, US President Donald Trump's administration has reverted to the same North Korea policy as its predecessor: relying on China to control Pyongyang. ... more
NUKEWARS
Next S. Korea leader to rein in Trump over North: analysts
Seoul (AFP) April 20, 2017
When South Korea fills a presidential vacuum next month, analysts say the first order of business for its new leader will be to tame Donald Trump's aggressive approach towards the nuclear-armed North. ... more
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Swedish government increases defense spending
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
The Swedish government has allocated $55.6 million in additional funding to increase its defense capabilities in 2017. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
Saab gets RBS15 MK3 maintenance order from Polish navy
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
The Polish navy has contracted Saab to perform maintenance and logistics support for the service's RBS15 MK3 surface-to-surface missile system. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
Lockheed Martin gets $100M JASSM production order
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Lockheed Martin received a $100 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to support efforts related for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile. ... more
TECH SPACE
Waste Cadets: space plans mean more space junk, harder space exploration
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
Plans by private space explorers to launch "mega constellations" of thousands of communications satellites to allow for global wireless services could lead to a rise in collisions and buildup of dan ... more
TECH SPACE
Space debris problem getting worse, say scientists
Paris (AFP) April 18, 2017
Scientists sounded the alarm Tuesday over the problems posed to space missions from orbital junk - the accumulating debris from mankind's six-decade exploration of the cosmos. ... more
MILTECH
Leidos to provide TUAS support for U.S. Army
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Leidos has won a prime contract from the U.S. Army to provide technical services and field support for the branch's Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems. ... more


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ROCKET SCIENCE
Creation of carrier rocket for Baiterek Space Complex to cost Russia $500Mln
Astana (Sputnik) Apr 19, 2017
The director of the joint Kazakh-Russian enterprise JSC Baiterek said that the creation of a carrier rocket for the joint Russian-Kazakh Baiterek Space Complex at the Baikonur cosmodrome will approx ... more
TAIWAN NEWS
Taiwan denies political asylum request from Chinese tourist
Taipei (AFP) April 19, 2017
Taiwan said Wednesday it has rejected a political asylum application from a Chinese tourist, reportedly an anti-corruption campaigner who has spent time in a mainland prison. ... more
FLOATING STEEL
BAE Systems to build sixth Astute-class submarine for Britain
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
BAE Systems in Britain has received a $1.77 billion Ministry of Defense contract to build a sixth Astute-class nuclear-powered submarine for the Royal Navy. ... more
AEROSPACE
Norway tests added parachute braking system for F-35
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Norway has begun testing a drogue parachute braking system for use on F-35 Lightning II aircraft ordered from the United States, the Ministry of Defense says. ... more

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US, South Korea agree early deployment of THAAD: PM Hwang
Seoul (AFP) April 17, 2017
The United States and South Korea agreed on the early deployment of a controversial US missile defence system in the region, the South's acting president said Monday after talks with visiting US Vice President Mike Pence. "We have agreed to further strengthen the readiness posture of ROK-US alliance that matches the threats posed by North Korea through a swift deployment of THAAD (Terminal H ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
South Korean missile interceptor in final development
Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017
BAE Systems to develop U.S. space, missile defense tech
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Raytheon to upgrade U.S. ballistic missile defense radars
Lockheed Martin gets $100M JASSM production order
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Lockheed Martin received a $100 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to support efforts related for the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile. Under the contract, the company will provide lifecycle support for the weapon and all of the variants operated by the service. These include the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile and the Extended Range variant. The weapons will receive syst ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Raytheon to begin Phase 4B refresh services for AMRAAM program
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
U.S. Navy taps Raytheon for Standard Missile engineering
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Saab gets RBS15 MK3 maintenance order from Polish navy
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
Pentagon urges Russia not to hang up military hotline
Washington DC (AFNS) Apr 06, 2017
AF announces major changes to space enterprise
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
U.S. Navy buys 300 BRU-55A/A bomb ejector racks
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Russian tank becomes U.S. Army unmanned target vehicle
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Leidos to provide TUAS support for U.S. Army
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
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Brazil boosting defense industry exports
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Trump's threatened 'armada' still far from N. Korea: official
Washington (AFP) April 18, 2017
An aircraft carrier the US Navy said was steaming toward the Korean Peninsula amid rising tensions has not yet departed, a US defense official acknowledged Tuesday. The Navy on April 8 said it was directing a naval strike group headed by the USS Carl Vinson supercarrier to "sail north," as a "prudent measure" to deter North Korea. Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on April 11 said the Vinson was ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Swedish government increases defense spending
Seoul (AFP) April 17, 2017
Pence visits Tokyo to reaffirm security ties as N. Korea tensions rise
Brussels (AFP) April 17, 2017
Erdogan's narrow win will quickly test EU relationship
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Lund, Sweden (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have succeeded in producing nanotubes from a single building block using so-called molecular self-recognition. The tube can also change shape depending on the surrounding environment. The results can contribute to the future development of transport channels for drugs through the cell membrane. In the present study, researchers from Lund Universit ... more
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Iraqi forces treated for chemical exposure: US
Washington (AFP) April 19, 2017
Several Iraqi troops required medical treatment following a chemical weapons attack by the Islamic State group over the weekend, a US official said Wednesday. Saturdays' attack saw IS launch some sort of low-level chemical agent at the Iraqis in western Mosul as they worked alongside US and Australian military advisors, Major General Joseph Martin said. "The Iraqi security forces ... wer ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Canada deploys CH-146 helicopters to Iraq
Tehran (AFP) April 19, 2017
Iran Guards member begins work as Iraq ambassador
Baghdad (AFP) April 17, 2017
Mosul op has displaced nearly half a million: UN
Analysts try to identify N.Korean failed missile type
Washington (AFP) April 17, 2017
The latest North Korean missile launch may have been of a new and hitherto unknown system being developed by Kim Jong-Un's regime, a weapons expert said Monday. The Pentagon has not discussed which missile blew up "almost immediately" after launch early Sunday from near Sinpo on the North's east coast, and the White House has said only that it was a medium-range device. John Schilling, a ... more
Tehran (AFP) April 14, 2017
Iran's Rouhani registers to run for re-election
London (AFP) April 15, 2017
Britain urges N. Korea to stop nuke drive; As China seeks Russian help
Seoul (AFP) April 20, 2017
Next S. Korea leader to rein in Trump over North: analysts
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US: China, Germany must do more to cut trade surpluses
Washington (AFP) April 14, 2017
China and Germany are not manipulating the value of their currencies to gain an unfair trade advantage, but both should do more to reduce their large trade surpluses with the United States, the Treasury Department said Friday. The decision was expected after President Donald Trump this week reversed himself and said China was not a currency manipulator. And although the administration's ... more
Kenosha, United States (AFP) April 18, 2017
Trump seeks headway on 'Buy American, Hire American' pledge
Beijing (AFP) April 18, 2017
IMF raises China growth forecast to 6.6% this year, 6.2% in 2018
Xiongan, China (AFP) April 16, 2017
Tears and cheers greet China's new economic zone
Sri Lanka ends search for garbage survivors as toll hits 32
Colombo (AFP) April 19, 2017
Sri Lanka on Wednesday ended the grim search for survivors five days after a huge garbage mountain collapsed onto a slum, killing 32 people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents. Another 11 people were injured when the 300-foot (90-metre) dump partially collapsed on Friday as Sri Lankans celebrated their traditional new year. "We are still carrying out clearing operations," ... more
Tripoli (AFP) April 13, 2017
At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya
Beijing (AFP) April 14, 2017
Smoking to kill 200 million in China this century: WHO
Port-Au-Prince (AFP) April 19, 2017
Haiti to rebuild National Palace toppled in 2010 quake
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
Wenchang, China (AFP) April 20, 2017
China launches first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1
Wenchang, China (Sputnik) Apr 21, 2017
Tianzhou-1 space truck soars into orbit
Nanjing (XNA) Mar 31, 2017
Yuanwang fleet to carry out 19 space tracking tasks in 2017
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
Beijing (AFP) April 10, 2017
Beijing hutongs: village life in the city
Beijing (AFP) April 11, 2017
Hong Kong's Carrie Lam officially accepts role as chief executive
Hong Kong (AFP) April 12, 2017
Hong Kong lawmaker charged for upending Chinese flag
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New system to destroy chemical warfare agents announced
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
A mobile treatment system that destroys chemical warfare agents without producing hazardous waste has been announced by Southwest Research Institute. The system it helped develop comes in two configurations, one wet and one dry. The dry pollution control process, suited for arid or remote regions, uses a Dedicated EGR engine thermal destruction device developed by Southwest Resea ... more
Baghdad (AFP) April 13, 2017
Anti-IS strike rules unchanged under Trump: general
Baghdad (AFP) April 16, 2017
IS attacked Iraq forces with chemical weapons: military
Baghdad (AFP) April 11, 2017
IS now controls less than seven percent of Iraq, military says
Laser weapons edge toward use in US military
Washington (AFP) April 8, 2017
A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the movies. Lightsabers - the favored weapon of the Jedi in "Star Wars" films - will remain in the fictional realm for now, but after decades of development, laser weapons are now here and are being deployed on military vehicles and planes. ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017
Researchers create Star Wars 'superlaser' in the lab
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
German scientists focus radiation of 10,000 suns with new light array
Washington (UPI) Mar 23, 2017
Scientists find out where laser energy goes when a beam is fired into plasma


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