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July 13, 2017
MISSILE DEFENSE
US conducts successful missile intercept test amid NKorea tensions



Washington (AFP) July 11, 2017
The US military has conducted a successful test of a missile intercept system, officials said Tuesday, as tensions soar following North Korea's test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially reach Alaska. The test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system saw a ballistic missile target air-launched from an Air Force C-17 over the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii. "A THAAD weapon system located at (Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska) in Kodiak, Alaska, det ... read more

MISSILE DEFENSE
Lockheed Martin receives contract for Australian AEGIS systems
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin Systems and Training will provide lifetime software maintenance for the AEGIS systems in the Royal Austrailian Navy's Hobart-class destroyers, the Department of Defense announced on Tuesday. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
US set to approve $4bn Patriot missile sale to Romania
Washington (AFP) July 11, 2017
The US State Department said Tuesday it is ready to approve the sale of Patriot air defense systems to Romania, a $3.9 billion deal likely to infuriate Russia. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
San Diego 'likely' in range of N.Korea ICBM in 2 years: US monitor
Seoul (AFP) July 11, 2017
North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile is "likely" to be able to deliver a 500 kilogram warhead to San Diego within two years, a US monitoring group said Tuesday, after its launch sparked global alarm last week. ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Northrop Grumman receives Australian satellite ground station contract
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
Northrop Grumman has received a $170 million contract from the Australian Defense Force for a ground station for it's military satellite communications program, the company announced on Monday. ... more
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MISSILE DEFENSE
US deploys Patriots in Lithuania for NATO war games
Vilnius (AFP) July 11, 2017
The United States deployed a battery of Patriot ground-to-air missiles in Lithuania on Tuesday as part of multinational NATO exercises in the the Baltic country, its defence ministry announced. ... more
CYBER WARS
Why you might trust a quantum computer with secrets
Singapore (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Here's the scenario: you have sensitive data and a problem that only a quantum computer can solve. You have no quantum devices yourself. You could buy time on a quantum computer, but you don't want ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China ships troops to its first overseas base in Africa
Beijing (AFP) July 12, 2017
China has deployed troops to its first overseas naval base in Djibouti, a major step forward for the country's expansion of its military presence abroad. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Donald Trump, an unpredictable American in Paris
Paris (AFP) July 11, 2017
Six weeks after welcoming Russia's Vladimir Putin to France at the Palace of Versailles, new French President Emmanuel Macron will use history and his country's grandeur to try to charm Donald Trump on Thursday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
U.S. Navy ships to participate in Black Sea exercises
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Two guided-missile ships have arrived at the Ukrainian port city of Odessa July 10 to participate in the Sea Breeze 2017 maritime exercises, the U.S. Navy announced on Monday. ... more
UAV NEWS
Explotrain develops drone-simulated IED training system
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
A functional drone, together with a simulated IED device, has been developed by Explotrain LLC, a Florida-based small business for the training of troops. ... more


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ROCKET SCIENCE
Aerojet Rocketdyne tests Advanced Electric Propulsion System
Sacramento CA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully conducted a series of hot-fire tests on a Power Processing Unit (PPU) for an Advanced Electric Propulsion System (AEPS) designed to advance the nation's commercia ... more
TERROR WARS
US troops inside Raqa, IS Syria stronghold: official
Washington (AFP) July 12, 2017
United States military advisers are operating inside the city of Raqa, the Islamic State group's last major bastion in Syria, a US official said Wednesday. ... more
IRAQ WARS
US eyes continued presence in Iraq after IS: general
Washington (AFP) July 11, 2017
The United States and several coalition countries want to maintain a military footprint in Iraq after the eventual defeat of the Islamic State group, a top US general said Tuesday. ... more
IRAQ WARS
Mosul's once-thriving Old City now a grey wasteland
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) July 11, 2017
Once the beating heart of Iraq's second-largest metropolis, the Old City of Mosul is now a broken wreck, its winding streets piled high with rubble and hardly a building spared from destruction. ... more



US deploys Patriots in Lithuania for NATO war games
Vilnius (AFP) July 11, 2017
The United States deployed a battery of Patriot ground-to-air missiles in Lithuania on Tuesday as part of multinational NATO exercises in the the Baltic country, its defence ministry announced. The deployment "reflects the firm engagement of the United States to ensure Lithuania's security and its readiness to send strategic capability to the region," a ministry statement said. The missi ... more
Seoul (AFP) July 11, 2017
San Diego 'likely' in range of N.Korea ICBM in 2 years: US monitor
Washington (AFP) July 11, 2017
US conducts successful missile intercept test amid NKorea tensions
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin receives contract for Australian AEGIS systems
Anglo-French missile completes first test firing
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
MBDA has completed its first test of the Anglo-French Sea Venom/ANL at a firing range in France, the weapons manufacturer has announced. The missile, which will replace the British-developed Sea Skua and the French-developed AS15TT missiles on helicopters, was tested late last month using a Dauphin test bed helicopter from DGA, the French defense procurement agency. Britain will ... more
(UPI) Jul 7, 2017
Poland in talks with Lockheed for inidigenous HIMARS rocket system
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
US to test anti-missile system amid N Korea tensions
Washington (UPI) Jul 6, 2017
Lockheed Martin receives $73.8 million long-range precision fires contract
Explotrain develops drone-simulated IED training system
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
A functional drone, together with a simulated IED device, has been developed by Explotrain LLC, a Florida-based small business for the training of troops. ExploDrone features a reusable drone carrying lightweight pneumatic-based Explosive Blast Simulators used in the Kamikaze-like crash of the drone into a target area. The system also uses smaller drones that carry simulations of ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2017
New Reaper drone variant performs first combat mission
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 29, 2017
Smart Quadcopters Find their Way without Human Help or GPS
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 24, 2017
Rafael unveils Drone Dome anti-drone system
First UAVs, Now Ships - Connectivity for the next generation of remote naval operations
McLean, VA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
No military operation is as remote as a single destroyer operating on the open ocean, hundreds if not thousands of miles from the nearest port. Forty years ago, a U.S. Navy ship crossing the Pacific communicated by teletype machine using radio signals. Now satellite connections have forever changed life aboard that ship. Today, ship captains participate in video conferences with commanders ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 11, 2017
Northrop Grumman receives Australian satellite ground station contract
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
DISA extends Comtech satellite services to Marines
Washington (UPI) Jun 13, 2017
Harris Corp. awarded Special Forces radio contract
Belgium to acquire troop transport vehicles
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Belgium's Council of Ministers have approved a request by Minister of Defense Steven Vandeput to acquire 199 Light Troop Transport Vehicles. The purchase, approved on Friday, was part of an urgent renewal of vehicles operated by the country's Special Operations Forces and obtained in the early 1990s. The Ministry of Defense said special operation forces act with speed, autonomy a ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
OSI acquires Morpho explosive trace detection business
Washington (AFP) July 10, 2017
Mosul victory marks win for Pentagon training plan
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Bahrain signs contract with Lockheed for sniper targeting pods
Kelvin Hughes to be sold to Hensoldt
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2017
Britain's Kelvin Hughes, a maker of radar sensors, security and navigation products, is being acquired by Hensoldt, an Airbus spinoff company. ECI Partners, parent company of Kelvin Hughes, said completion of the transaction remains subject to regulatory clearances. "Following the buyout from Smiths Group, ECI has been a consistent and supportive partner as we have consolidated o ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
Defense spending by European NATO countries to rise in 2017
Washington (UPI) Jun 27, 2017
House Appropriations defense subcommittee bill could mean more ships, planes
Riyadh (AFP) June 19, 2017
Weapons found after shots fired in oil field: Saudi
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U.S. Navy ships to participate in Black Sea exercises
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Two guided-missile ships have arrived at the Ukrainian port city of Odessa July 10 to participate in the Sea Breeze 2017 maritime exercises, the U.S. Navy announced on Monday. The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Hue City and the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Carney will play active roles in the exercises, which involve air, naval and land forces from 17 nations. Sea Breeze 2017 ... more
Kiev (AFP) July 10, 2017
NATO vows support for Ukraine against Russia's 'aggressive actions'
Beijing (AFP) July 7, 2017
US warplanes fly over disputed South China Sea
Beijing (AFP) July 12, 2017
China ships troops to its first overseas base in Africa
Nanostructures taste the rainbow
Pasadena CA (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Engineers at Caltech have for the first time developed a light detector that combines two disparate technologies - nanophotonics, which manipulates light at the nanoscale, and thermoelectrics, which translates temperature differences directly into electron voltage - to distinguish different wavelengths (colors) of light, including both visible and infrared wavelengths, at high resolution. ... more
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Chemists perform surgery on nanoparticles
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Silver atom nanoclusters could become efficient biosensors
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Superconducting nanowire memory cell, miniaturized technology
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US eyes continued presence in Iraq after IS: general
Washington (AFP) July 11, 2017
The United States and several coalition countries want to maintain a military footprint in Iraq after the eventual defeat of the Islamic State group, a top US general said Tuesday. Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend said the Iraqi government had expressed an interest in having US and coalition troops stay in the country. "Our government is equally interested in that, as are several coa ... more
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) July 11, 2017
Mosul's once-thriving Old City now a grey wasteland
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) July 11, 2017
Iraqi PM hails victory over 'brutality and terrorism' in Mosul
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) July 10, 2017
Iraqi forces push to clear last pockets of IS in Mosul
Israeli nuclear whistleblower spared jail over 2013 meeting
Jerusalem (AFP) July 10, 2017
Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu received Monday a suspended two-month prison sentence and community work after a Jerusalem court decided against imprisoning him for a misdemeanour from over four years ago. The 62-year-old former nuclear technician was jailed in 1986 for disclosing the inner workings of Israel's Dimona nuclear plant to Britain's Sunday Times newspaper. He s ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) July 7, 2017
122 countries adopt global treaty banning nuclear weapons
Seoul (AFP) July 8, 2017
US bombers drill near Korea DMZ in show of force
Washington (AFP) July 9, 2017
US vows to press China to enforce NKorea sanctions
Stormy G20 ends with gestures for Trump on climate, trade
Hamburg (AFP) July 8, 2017
World leaders made concessions on trade and climate language to Donald Trump Saturday at the end of the most fractious and riot-hit G20 summit ever, in exchange for preserving a fragile unity of the club of major industrialised and emerging economies. In a departure from final summit declarations that tend to outline consensus on issues that range from fighting terrorism to financial governa ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's COSCO in multi-billion buyout of Hong Kong rival
Shanghai (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's Wanda agrees to mammoth asset sale to slash debt
Berlin (AFP) July 12, 2017
Germany toughens rules on foreign buyouts in strategic sectors
In IS-held Raqa, parched civilians risk lives for water
Beirut (AFP) July 8, 2017
Syria's Raqa once thrived on the banks of the gushing Euphrates River, but dire shortages in the Islamic State group stronghold are forcing desperate civilians to risk their lives for water. The northern city has been without steady running water for several weeks after damage to pipelines by heavy bombardment, including suspected strikes by the US-led coalition. Civilians dehydrated by ... more
Tallinn (AFP) July 6, 2017
EU ministers pledge steps to tackle migrant flood
Washington (AFP) July 5, 2017
Holiday weekend leaves more than 100 gunfire victims in Chicago
Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2017
Ex-bosses stand trial over 2011 Fukushima crisis in Japan
China develops sea launches to boost space commerce
Beijing (XNA) Jul 10, 2017
China has a clear plan to provide sea launches for commercial payloads to be carried by Long March rockets, according to an aerospace official. Tang Yagang, vice head of the aerospace division of the No.1 institute of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASTC), said that the technology is not difficult and a sea launch platform can be built based on modifying 10,000-ton ... more
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Rocket Fizzles Out, Puts Other Launches on Hold
Beijing (XNA) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese satellite Zhongxing-9A enters preset orbit
Beijing (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
Chinese Space Program: From Setback, to Manned Flights, to the Moon
China's ailing Nobel laureate in 'critical condition'
Beijing (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's cancer-stricken Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo is in a critical condition, his hospital said Monday, raising fears about his life after Western doctors said there was time to take him abroad. The First Hospital of China Medical University in the northeastern city of Shenyang said Liu's tumour has grown, his liver is bleeding and he has kidney problems. The hospital said in a statement ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 7, 2017
Chinese court jails author of Tiananmen report: lawyer
Sertar, China (AFP) July 6, 2017
With demolitions, China squeezes Buddhist academy
Beijing (AFP) July 8, 2017
Chinese Nobel laureate too sick to travel abroad: hospital
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US troops inside Raqa, IS Syria stronghold: official
Washington (AFP) July 12, 2017
United States military advisers are operating inside the city of Raqa, the Islamic State group's last major bastion in Syria, a US official said Wednesday. The troops, many of them special operations forces, are working in an "advise, assist and accompany" role to support local fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces as they battle IS, said Colonel Ryan Dillon, a military spokesman. T ... more
Beirut (AFP) July 11, 2017
Baghdadi 'The Ghost': world jihad's low-profile boss
Baghdad (AFP) July 9, 2017
Baghdadi 'The Ghost': world jihad's low-profile boss
Beirut (AFP) July 11, 2017
IS chief reported dead after jihadists lose Mosul
Raytheon successfully fires high-energy laser from helicopter
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
A high-energy laser system has been fired for the first time from a helicopter at a variety of targets from differing altitudes, air speeds and flight regimes. Raytheon announced Monday it conducted the flight test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico with the U.S. Army Apache Program Management Office in collaboration with the U.S. Special Operations Command. All primary a ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
Missile Defense Agency seeks laser-armed drone
Washington (AFP) April 8, 2017
Laser weapons edge toward use in US military
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017
Researchers create Star Wars 'superlaser' in the lab


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