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September 22, 2017
NUKEWARS
Russia at UN slams 'military hysteria' over N. Korea



United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday took an indirect swipe at the United States, telling the United Nations that "military hysteria" over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests would lead to "disaster." "We resolutely condemn the nuclear and missile adventures of Pyongyang," Lavrov said, "but military hysteria is not just an impasse, it's disaster." The foreign minister spoke to the UN General Assembly two days after US President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North ... read more

NUKEWARS
Kim hits back at Trump as US ramps up N. Korea sanctions
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
The United States ramped up sanctions aimed at curtailing North Korea's nuclear weapons drive Thursday, as Kim Jong-Un vowed that Donald Trump's "deranged" threats would only toughen his resolve. ... more
NUKEWARS
US ratchets up sanctions on North Korea
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
The United States on Thursday sharply ramped up sanctions aimed at curtailing North Korea's nuclear weapons drive, targeting the regime's trading partners with a sweeping ban on business. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
Orbital ATK launches Patriot system target vehicle
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
A Patriot target vehicle has been successfully launched from Wake Island by Orbital ATK for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
NATO chief backs UN peacekeepers across east Ukraine
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
NATO's chief on Thursday backed sending UN peacekeepers to Ukraine but said the force should operate throughout the zone of violence which Western powers say is backed by Russia. ... more
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Slovakia plans to meet NATO defence budget target by 2024
Bratislava (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Slovakia plans to increase its military budget to the NATO target of two percent of gross domestic product by 2024, according to an official document released Thursday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Facebook to give Russian ads to Congress, boost transparency
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday Russia-linked ads on the huge social network aimed at inflaming tensions around last year's US presidential election will be given to Congress. ... more
MILPLEX
Saab eyes possible U.S. factory location
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
A manufacturing capability will be established in the United States by Saab if it wins a contract with the U.S. Air Force for advanced T-X trainer aircraft. ... more
MILPLEX
US Senate passes $700 bn defense spending bill
Washington (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
The US Senate overwhelmingly authorized $700 billion in defense spending Monday, a substantial increase over 2017 funding and nearly five percent more than President Donald Trump had requested. ... more
WAR REPORT
Huthis stage defiant rally 3 years after seizing Yemen capital
Sanaa (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Yemen's Huthi rebels marked the third anniversary of their takeover of Sanaa on Thursday, gathering tens of thousands of supporters in a show of force as Saudi-led coalition warplanes flew over the capital. ... more
WAR REPORT
US, Russian generals meet to talk Syria ops: Pentagon
Washington (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
US and Russian generals have met to discuss Syria operations, an American officer said Thursday, amid back-and-forth allegations that each side had struck the other's allied ground forces. ... more


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MILTECH
General Dynamics begins manned live-fire testing of AJAX armored vehicle
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
General Dynamics Land Systems U.K. has begun manned live-fire trials for its AJAX armored vehicle program, using the vehicle's CTA International 40mm autocannon, chain gun and smoke grenade launchers. ... more
MILTECH
Saab's Arexis family of EW products in final development
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Saab Defense reported Wednesday that it is in the final stages of development of a new family of Electronic Warfare self-protection systems. ... more
MILTECH
Logos Technologies gets DARPA contract for SilentHawk motorcycle
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Logos Technologies is receiving a second Phase 2 contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the development of the SilentHawk hybrid electric motorcycle. ... more
MILTECH
Raytheon receives $127M contract for Excalibur artillery rounds
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
Raytheon Missile Systems has received a $127 million modification to an existing contract for Excalibur 155mm guided artillery rounds. ... 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
Washington (UPI) Sep 21, 2017
Orbital ATK launches Patriot system target vehicle
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Japan deploys missile defence to northern island: minister
Raytheon receives $31.5M contract for TOW missiles
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
Raytheon Missile Systems has received a $31.5 million modification to an existing contract for domestic and foreign military sales of the BGM-71 TOW guided anti-tank missile. Work will be performed in Tucson and Farmington, Ariz., with the production run projected to end by Dec. 31, 2018, the Department of Defense announced on Friday. The modification provides for TOW missiles fo ... more
Istanbul (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Turkey signs deal to buy Russian S-400 missile systems
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Leonardo, Thales integrating missile-protection systems in Britain
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
Sales deals for TOW missiles, boats for Bahrain in works
Drones can almost see in the dark
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
To fly safely, drones need to know their precise position and orientation in space at all times. While commercial drones solve this problem using GPS, this only works outdoors, and is not very reliable, especially in urban environments. Furthermore, the conventional cameras mounted on drones work only when there is a high amount of light available, and the drone's speed has to be limited o ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Lockheed Martin Unveils a New Lightweight Canister Launched Unmanned Aircraft System
Orlando, FL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
US Air Force Academy to Use VBS3 and VBS Fires for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Israel says shot down Iranian-made, Hezbollah-operated drone
82nd Airborne tests in-flight communication system for paratroopers
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
The U.S. Army's Global Response Force composed of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division successfully conducted an airborne exercise using the En route Mission Command tactical networking system. The system, mounted on C-17 cargo planes, provided plane-to-plane and plane-to-ground audio, video, and data communications to the 1st Brigade's commander and subordinate commander ... more
London, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Spectra Airbus SlingShot Partnership Extension
Paris (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Airbus prepares the future European Governmental Satellite Communications programme
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Northrop awarded contract for support of Air Force communications system
Logos Technologies gets DARPA contract for SilentHawk motorcycle
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Logos Technologies is receiving a second Phase 2 contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the development of the SilentHawk hybrid electric motorcycle. The motorcycle combines a RedShift MX racing bike produced by Alta Motors with a front-wheel drive system and range extender developed by Logos. It is designed to produce minimum engine noise for use by soldiers be ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
General Dynamics begins manned live-fire testing of AJAX armored vehicle
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Sierra Nevada receives $205M contract for IED jammer support
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
DARPA Rolls Out Electronics Resurgence Initiative
Saab eyes possible U.S. factory location
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
A manufacturing capability will be established in the United States by Saab if it wins a contract with the U.S. Air Force for advanced T-X trainer aircraft. Saab, who is bidding with partner Boeing for the award, said it has already started the process to identify sites for the production facility. "The Boeing and Saab T-X is designed and purpose-built for the USAF training missi ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Senior US senators try to protect transgender troops
London (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Britain suspends Myanmar training; Britain, Saudi Arabia sign military deal
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
L3 Technologies acquires Doss Aviation
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Facebook to give Russian ads to Congress, boost transparency
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday Russia-linked ads on the huge social network aimed at inflaming tensions around last year's US presidential election will be given to Congress. News of the decision came with word that Facebook is cracking down on efforts to use the leading social network to meddle with elections in the US or elsewhere. "It is a new challenge for int ... more
Bratislava (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Slovakia plans to meet NATO defence budget target by 2024
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
NATO chief backs UN peacekeepers across east Ukraine
Marmaris, Turkey (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Turkey hosts NATO naval exercises amid tensions
A new kind of optical nanosensor uses torque for signal processing
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
The world of nanosensors may be physically small, but the demand is large and growing, with little sign of slowing. As electronic devices get smaller, their ability to provide precise, chip-based sensing of dynamic physical properties such as motion become challenging to develop. An international group of researchers have put a literal twist on this challenge, demonstrating a new nanoscale ... more
Richland WA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
New insights into nanocrystal growth in liquid
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 brings all remaining IS territory under attack
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Iraq brought all of its territory still held by the Islamic State group under attack Thursday, throwing the jihadists on the defensive across their self-proclaimed "caliphate" extending into neighbouring Syria. Security forces backed by paramilitary units launched a dawn assault on a besieged IS-held pocket around the northern town of Hawija, just days after attacking the jihadists' only oth ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
UN sets up probe of IS atrocities in Iraq
Al-Sagra, Iraq (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Iraqi forces seize village in one of last IS bastions
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Iraq anti-graft task force fishes for 'sharks'
North Korea seeks military 'equilibrium' with US
Seoul (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
North Korea said Saturday it was bent on nothing less than military "equilibrium" with arch-enemy the United States with a full nuclear arsenal, forcing UN powers into fresh crisis talks. Kim Jong-Un successfully fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday, responding to the latest round of UN embargos over its sixth nuclear test with its furthest-ever missil ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Iran in UN spotlight as Trump threatens nuclear deal
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Kim hits back at Trump as US ramps up N. Korea sanctions
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
US ratchets up sanctions on North Korea
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EU firms want 'concrete action' from China on access
Beijing (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
European companies suffer from "promise fatigue" over China's failure to follow through on pledges to open its market, the EU Chamber of Commerce in China said Tuesday. The chamber issued an annual 400-page report detailing the regulatory barriers that continue to hinder investment in the world's second-largest economy. European businesses are "suffering from accumulated 'promise fatigue ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Beijing, Shanghai shut down bitcoin exchanges: media
Brussels (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Landmark EU, Canada trade deal enters into force
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
China bank loans rebound in August
NASA-Produced Damage Maps May Aid Mexico Quake Response
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 22, 2017
A NASA-produced map of areas likely damaged by the Sept. 19 magnitude 7.1 Raboso earthquake near Mexico City has been provided to Mexican authorities to help responders and groups supporting the response efforts. The quake, which struck 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City, caused significant loss of life and property damage. To assist in the disaster response efforts, scient ... more
Cox'S Bazar, Bangladesh (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Bangladesh army steps up as Rohingya suffer heavy rain
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Desperate parents, missing children at quake-hit Mexico City school
London (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
British Virgin Islands under curfew as new storm approaches
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, separated from Tiangong-2 space lab at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. At 3:29 p.m. on Sunday, the cargo ship started to separate from the space lab under orders from the ground. After separation, it operated at an orbit of about 400 kilometers above the earth. Tianzhou-1 will continue to carry out experiments before it leaves orbit, and will gain exp ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese company eyes development of reusable launch vehicle
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
Spacecraft passes docking test
The last days of a 'village' in China's Silicon Valley
Beijing (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Surrounded by the sleek hi-tech campuses and luxury condominiums of "Beijing's Silicon Valley", migrants from the countryside recreate village life, cooking in outdoor communal areas, playing cards and showering in the street. But their community's days are numbered. Demolition crews will soon arrive to flatten its alleys packed with dilapidated, one-room dwellings as part of a city-wide ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Patten calls for dialogue in divided Hong Kong
Beijing (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
China cracks down on pyramid scams after deaths
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
New wave of leaders step into breach for jailed HK democracy activists
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US-backed force says in 'final stages' of defeating IS in Raqa
Beirut (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
US-backed fighters said Wednesday they were in the "final stages" of capturing Raqa from the Islamic State group as waves of air strikes pounded the jihadists' Syrian bastion. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have now seized 90 percent of the extremists' de-facto Syrian capital, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor. Their advance is the latest ... more
Manila, Philippines (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Philippines' Duterte may declare martial law next week: defence chief
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
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
A Lockheed Martin prototype laser weapon system proved that an advanced system of sensors, software and specialized optics can deliver decisive lethality against unmanned aerial vehicle threats. In tests conducted with the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command in August, the 30-kilowatt class ATHENA (Advanced Test High Energy Asset) system brought down five 10.8' wingspan Outlaw un ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal


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