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September 19, 2017
MISSILE DEFENSE
Japan deploys missile defence to northern island: minister



Tokyo (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Japan deployed Tuesday an additional missile defence system on its northern island of Hokkaido, days after North Korea launched a missile over the island, sparking emergency warnings to take cover. "As part of measures to prepare for emergencies, we will today deploy a PAC-3 unit" to a base of the nation's Ground Self-Defense Force in the southern tip of Hokkaido, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters. The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 system arrived at the base later on Tuesday, a lo ... read more

SPACEWAR
Thales, Telespazio and Spaceflight team up to accelerate BlackSky Geospatial Platform
Paris, France (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
The Space Alliance, formed by Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) and Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%), has signed a partnership with the U.S.-based company Spaceflight Industries wh ... more
NUKEWARS
'The man who saved the world' dies in Russia
Moscow (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Stanislav Petrov, a Soviet military officer who is widely credited with helping prevent a nuclear war with the United States, has died aged 77, his son told AFP on Tuesday. ... more
NUKEWARS
'Vicious' sanctions will only speed up nuclear programme: NKorea
Seoul (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
North Korea bitterly denounced new sanctions on its economy as "vicious, unethical and inhumane" and warned the measures would only accelerate progress on its nuclear weapons programme, state media reported Monday. ... more
NUKEWARS
NK crisis boosts Japan's PM; China, Russia urge end to vicious cycle
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
The North Korea crisis has been like "divine aid" for hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, experts say, burnishing his nationalist credentials and possibly tempting him into a snap election. ... more
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NUKEWARS
France open to post-2025 talks; Iran says US seeking to undermine deal
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
France stepped up global efforts to convince US President Donald Trump not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal Monday, suggesting a way could be found to prolong its effects. ... more
NUKEWARS
US has many military options in Korea as Trump, Xi agree on max pressure
Washington (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
The United States has "many" military options against North Korea, including some that don't put Seoul at risk, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Israel gets first joint US military base
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
Israel on Monday inaugurated with its US ally a joint missile defence base on Israeli soil, the first ever, a senior Israeli air force officer said. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Trump eyes military parade for July 4 celebrations
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
US President Donald Trump on Monday revealed plans to transform America's Independence Day celebrations next July 4 into a vast military parade, styled on France's Bastille Day. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
US halts arms sales to Erdogan bodyguards: Congress
Washington (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
The US government has frozen arms sales to the bodyguards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after his aides attacked demonstrators in Washington last May, two senators said Monday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Turkish military starts drill near Iraqi border
Ankara (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
Turkey launched a military drill with tanks close to the Iraqi border on Monday, the army said, a week before Iraq's Kurdish region is set to hold an independence referendum. ... more


Most of 3,000 extra US troops to Afghanistan on their way: Mattis

WAR REPORT
Jihadist assault prompts air strikes in Syria safe zone: monitor
Beirut (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
A jihadist offensive in a region of northwestern Syria where a safe zone deal had brought months of relative calm prompted heavy government and Russian air strikes on Tuesday, a monitor said. ... more
THE STANS
NATO to decide on Afghanistan troop question in one month
Tirana, Albania (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
NATO has said it will take a further month to respond to Washington's demands for alliance allies to send more troops to Afghanistan. ... more
THE STANS
Yes or no? Independence referendum splits Iraqi Kurds
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Iraqi Kurds may have long dreamed of founding their own state, but the independence referendum set for September 25 has also exposed divisions between their autonomous region's main cities. ... more
THE STANS
Iraqi Kurdistan, autonomous and oil-rich
Arbil, Iraq (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
Iraq's Kurdish region, which will hold a referendum on statehood on September 25, has been autonomous since 1991 and has played a major role in the war against jihadists. ... more



To shoot down or not? NKorea launch highlights intercept issues
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
North Korea's latest missile launch over Japan set sirens blaring and triggered alerts telling people to seek shelter - yet neither Tokyo nor Washington tried to shoot the rocket down. The test follows one in August that saw another rocket soar over Hokkaido. In that case too, much-vaunted Japanese and US missile-intercept capabilities were not used. Now some in the United States are wo ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
'Take cover' - but where? Japanese helpless over N.Korea threat
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Japan deploys missile defence to northern island: minister
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
Navy tests AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar
Leonardo, Thales integrating missile-protection systems in Britain
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Leonardo and Thales will continue efforts to integrate and demonstrate their respective threat-warning and missile infrared counter-measure systems. The continued work is being commissioned by Britain's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory and will lead to evaluation of the resultant system during trials next year, Leonardo said in a news release Wednesday. The companies are ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
Sales deals for TOW missiles, boats for Bahrain in works
Istanbul (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Turkey signs deal to buy Russian S-400 missile systems
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Atlantic Diving Supply receives $17.6 million contract for rocket launchers
China touts military drone helicopter at exhibition
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
China is displaying its unmanned reconnaissance and attack helicopter drone to possible foreign military buyers at an exhibition in Tianjin. The aircraft is the AV500W, a 24.6-feet long autonomous aircraft developed and produced at the AVIC Helicopter Research and Development Institute. The drone has a flight ceiling of about 13,000 feet, a maximum speed of about 105 miles per ho ... more
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 08, 2017
X-37B Flies Again In First SpaceX Launch
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Atlas Dynamics Introduces Fixed Wing UAV with 5-Hour Flight Time, 150 Kilometer Operational Range
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Atlas Dynamics Unveils NEST Smart Protective Charging Station for Enhanced Performance of Atlas Pro Platform
Airbus prepares the future European Governmental Satellite Communications programme
Paris (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Airbus has been contracted by the European Space Agency (ESA) to produce a demonstrator for the future European Governmental Satellite Communications (GOVSATCOM) programme. Supported by the European Commission, the European Defence Agency (EDA) and ESA, GOVSATCOM aims to provide key European countries, organisations and operators with secured satellite communication services. The programme shoul ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
82nd Airborne tests in-flight communication system for paratroopers
London, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Spectra Airbus SlingShot Partnership Extension
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Northrop awarded contract for support of Air Force communications system
Army ordering new shoulder-fired recoilless rifles
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
The U.S. Army announced on Wednesday that it is rapidly procuring more than 1,000 shoulder-fired 84mm recoilless rifles from Saab for deployment as soon as possible. The weapon is the Carl-Gustaf M4, known as the M3E1 in the United States. Through the use of titanium, the Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System, or MAAWS, is more than six pounds lighter than its earlie ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Australia developing wearable 'Fight Recorder' for soldiers
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Marines use freeze-dried plasma to save foreign ally
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
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L3 Technologies acquires Adaptive Methods Inc.
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
L3 Technologies has expanded its presence in the undersea products market with the acquisition of Adaptive Methods Inc., a systems engineering firm. Under the acquisition announced Tuesday, Adaptive Methods will be called L3 Adaptive Methods, integrated into L3's Sensor Systems business segment. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Adaptive Methods is ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Trump pushes hardware to allies -- and ups pressure on N.Korea
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
United Technologies buying Rockwell Collins for $30 billion
Sofia (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Middle East conflicts boost Bulgarian arms exports
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Russia launches war games on NATO's eastern flank
Moscow (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Russia on Thursday began major joint military exercises with Belarus along the European Union's eastern flank - a show of strength that has rattled nervous NATO members. Named Zapad-2017 (West-2017), the manoeuvres, scheduled to last until September 20, are taking place on the territory of Moscow's closest ally Belarus, in Russia's European exclave of Kaliningrad and in its frontier Pskov a ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Trump plans to visit China, Japan, S. Korea in November
Istanbul (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Turkey signs landmark Russian weapons deal
Washington (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Trump's generals look to provide a steady hand
New insights into nanocrystal growth in liquid
Richland WA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Many seashells, minerals, and semiconductor nanomaterials are made up of smaller crystals, which are assembled together like the pieces of a puzzle. Now, researchers have measured the forces that cause the crystals to assemble, revealing an orchestra of competing factors that researchers might be able to control. The work has a variety of implications in both discovery and applied science. ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processing
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
'Nano-hashtags' could provide definite proof of Majorana particles
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
UMass Amherst environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle
Iraq forces seize IS outpost ahead of Euphrates push; Kirkuk car bomb kills 3
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
Iraqi forces on Saturday captured a desert outpost of the Islamic State group near the Syrian border in preparation for a drive up the Euphrates Valley towards the frontier, commanders said. The capture of Akashat, a former mining town in mainly Sunni Arab Anbar province, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of the jihadists' border bastion of Al-Qaim, came just hours after the forces assaul ... more
Al-Sagra, Irak (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
Iraq moves to attack last IS bastion on Syria border
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Iraq anti-graft task force fishes for 'sharks'
Al-Sagra, Iraq (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Iraqi forces launch assault for last IS bastions in Anbar
US military official 'assuming' N. Korea nuclear test an H-bomb: report
Washington (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
The head of the US military's Strategic Command is "assuming" North Korea's nuclear test earlier this month was of a hydrogen bomb, Defense News reported Thursday. Pyongyang insisted the September 3 nuclear test was a hydrogen bomb but western powers have been reluctant to verify the claim. The reported acknowledgement is the nearest the US has come to confirming it was an H-bomb, with a ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
UN condemns 'highly provocative' N. Korea missile launch
Seoul (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
Moon, Trump vow stronger pressure against N. Korea
Seoul (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
North Korea seeks military 'equilibrium' with US
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China bank loans rebound in August
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Chinese bank loans rebounded in August to hit 1.09 trillion yuan ($166 billion), beating analysts' expectations as demand was buoyed by home buyers. The figure was up from 825.5 billion yuan in July according to the Chinese central bank, and exceeded forecasts from analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, although it remains far below the 1.54 trillion yuan loaned by banks in in June. However, th ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Europe must seize Brexit 'window of opportunity', says Juncker
Beijing (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Top Chinese bitcoin exchange shuts down
Tallinn (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
France slams Silicon Valley for skirting tax in Europe
America asks: How did eight people die in Florida nursing home?
Miami (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Shocked Americans were struggling on Thursday to understand how eight elderly people in a Florida retirement home - directly across the street from a hospital - could have died in the days following Hurricane Irma's devastating passage. The matter is now in the hands of the law. Making the drama even more shocking, the deaths could perhaps have been prevented by hooking up an emergency ... more
Naples, United States (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Trump views flooding's aftermath in hurricane-ravaged Florida
Pointe-a-Pitre (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
France's hurricane-hit St Martin on guard for health threats
Dar Al Kabirah, Syria (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
Russia plays up role as peacemaker, donor in Syria
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
One of Chinese startups appears to be following in the footsteps of SpaceX as it has lately laid out its own project of reusable space launch system. Link Space, the country's first private rocket company, has recently presented the design of its New Line 1 (also known as Xin Gan Xian 1) launch vehicle, which could compete with SpaceX's Falcon 9 in the future. Link Space uncovered the desi ... more
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
Spacecraft passes docking test
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
New wave of leaders step into breach for jailed HK democracy activists
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
The jailing of Hong Kong's best-known democracy activists has pushed a new wave of young leaders to take the helm as they seek to keep the movement's message alive. Joshua Wong and Nathan Law, who carved out international reputations with their campaigning, were both sent to prison last month in what rights groups slammed as politically motivated prosecutions. Alongside fellow activist A ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
China tightens restrictions on religious freedom
Beijing (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Pregnant woman's suicide roils China
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Student backlash in Hong Kong independence row
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Philippines' Duterte may declare martial law next week: defence chief
Manila, Philippines (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may declare nationwide martial law next week if threatened massive protests by communists and other leftists against his rule turn violent or disrupt the country, his defence chief said Friday. "He said, if the left will try to have a massive protest, start fires on the streets, they will disrupt the country, then I might (declare martial law)," Defence S ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
US kills six in Shabaab air strikes in Somalia
Moscow (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Russia claims killing of IS 'minister of war' in Syria
Damascus (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Israel hits Syria site reportedly used for chemical weapons
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
The Department of Defense is investing $17 million in directed energy laser weapons, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced at the Boeing facility in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday. "With our state's unique expertise in directed energy work, this funding will jump start the deployment of this critical technology and bring more high-paying jobs to the state," said Heinrich, a member of ... more
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
Raytheon successfully fires high-energy laser from helicopter
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
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