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October 04, 2017
NUKEWARS
Pentagon chief says US admin backs Tillerson's North Korea effort



Washington (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Pentagon chief Jim Mattis tried to clear up doubts about the US administration's North Korea strategy Tuesday, backing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's effort to find a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff. Defense Secretary Mattis was speaking two days after President Donald Trump appeared to undermine his top diplomat by saying Tillerson was "wasting his time" by maintaining contacts with Kim Jong-Un's regime. State Department officials insist Trump was not criticizing Tillerson, but ... read more

NUKEWARS
Nuclear accord with Iran in US interest: Mattis
Washington (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that President Donald Trump should consider sticking with the nuclear accord with Iran, which he said is in the US national interest. ... more
NUKEWARS
Trump weighs 'decertifying' Iran nuclear deal
Washington (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
President Donald Trump has railed against a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program, but officials say that far from scrapping it, he is considering kicking the decision to Congress. ... more
THE STANS
Afghanistan pull-out would be 'to our ultimate peril': Mattis
Washington (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned Tuesday that an American withdrawal from Afghanistan would be "to our ultimate peril," as he briefed Congress on plans to increase US troop levels. ... more
WAR REPORT
Israeli defence minister says Syria's Assad 'victorious'
Jerusalem (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad has been "victorious" in Syria's civil war and was now being courted by former enemies. ... more
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THE STANS
Jalal Talabani: veteran Kurdish leader and Iraqi president
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, who died Tuesday aged 83, was a charismatic leader of the Kurdish independence struggle who became Iraq's first non-Arab head of state. ... more
WAR REPORT
Iraq forces push into IS bastion Hawija
Hawija, Iraq (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Iraqi forces pushed into the Islamic State group bastion of Hawija on Wednesday, commanders said, stepping up their assault against one of the jihadists' last enclaves in the country. ... more
THE STANS
Indian cross-border firing kills two in Pakistan: officials
Muzaffarabad, Pakistan (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Two civilians were killed and two others were wounded after Indian troops fired into Pakistani Kashmir Wednesday, in the latest cross-border violence between the nuclear-armed neighbours. ... more
NUKEWARS
Will anti-nuclear campaigners win Nobel Peace Prize?
Oslo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
As the North Korean crisis rekindles the Cold War-era threat of nuclear catastrophe, this year's Nobel Peace Prize could honour efforts to limit the spread of atomic weapons, several experts suggest. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Launch Vehicle and Missile Ascent Trajectories
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Almost all launch vehicles and large missiles liftoff from the ground in the vertical direction and continue toward some objective. For a space launch system the objective is orbit, achieved by usin ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
New Zealand opens first rocket launch site
Wellington NZ (XNA) Sep 29, 2017
New Zealand Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce on Wednesday opened New Zealand's first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island's east coa ... more


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MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Asia-Pacific nation orders Harris communications gear, network
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Harris Corporation will develop and deliver an integrated tactical communications network to an unidentified country in the Asia-Pacific region, the company announced this week. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Arianespace to launch COSMO-SkyMed satellites manufactured by Thales
Lyon, France (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Thales Alenia Space, joint-venture between Thales and Leonardo, and Arianespace has signed a launch contract for two COSMO-SkyMed Second-Generation (CSG) satellites manufactured for the Italian Spac ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Ariane 5 rocket puts satellites into orbit on second attempt
Cayenne (AFP) Sept 30, 2017
An Ariane 5 rocket put two commercial satellites into orbit after an initial attempt was aborted earlier this month, operator Arianespace said early Saturday. ... more
MICROSAT BLITZ
Kymeta Government Solutions Receives Two NASA SBIR Grant Awards
Redmond WA (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Kymeta-the company delivering on the promise of global, mobile connectivity-announced that its Government Solutions division has been awarded two grants via the NASA SBIR (Small Business Innovation ... more



Australia's new frigates to feature long-range missile defence system
Sydney (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Australia's new frigates will be equipped with a long-range missile defence system to counter threats from rogue states like North Korea, officials announced Tuesday. Canberra in May revealed details of a massive shipbuilding strategy, its largest peacetime naval investment, including 12 new submarines and 12 offshore patrol vessels. The Aus$89 billion (US$70 billion) package to shore up ... more
Dallas TX (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
PAC-3 MSE Test Successful from Remote Launcher
Riyadh (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Lockheed Martin to replace USS Fitzgerald's SPY-1D AEGIS radar
Taiwan navy personnel jailed for fatal missile misfire
Taipei (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Three naval personnel have been jailed for up to two years for mistakenly launching a missile towards China that killed one person and triggered a stern response from Beijing last year. They were convicted of causing death by negligence while on duty over the misfiring of the Hsiung-feng III (Brave Wind) supersonic missile, the district court in the southern city of Kaohsiung announced over ... more
Ankara (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Putin in Turkey for talks on weapons deal, Syria
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
Navy contracts Orbital ATK for additional AARGM missiles
Washington (UPI) Sep 25, 2017
Irish Army conducts exercises with RBS 70 surface-to-air missiles
BAE Systems, Cranfield University envision dual-mode UAVs
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
BAE Systems engineers, with students from Cranfield University, have come up with a new technology concept that uses unmanned aerial vehicles. Called Adaptable UAVs, the concept involves unmanned aerial vehicles that can alternate between fixed-wing and rotary flight on the same mission for greater speed and versatility. The aircraft would feature adaptive flight control and adva ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
IAI unmanned helo performs proof-of-concept demo
Dubai (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Driverless hover-taxi makes first 'concept' flight in Dubai
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 24, 2017
Drones, Fighter jets on table as Mattis visits key ally India
Asia-Pacific nation orders Harris communications gear, network
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Harris Corporation will develop and deliver an integrated tactical communications network to an unidentified country in the Asia-Pacific region, the company announced this week. The order, received in the first quarter of the Harris' 2018 fiscal year, is worth $260 million and is part of the country's modernization program, the Melbourne, Fla.-based company said in a news release Monday ... 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
Paris (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Airbus prepares the future European Governmental Satellite Communications programme
Raytheon awarded contract for upgrades to Small Diameter Bomb
Washington (UPI) Sep 27, 2017
Raytheon has been awarded a $450 million contract for engineering changes and development of the Small Diameter Bomb II, an update for the U.S. Air Force. The contract, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, is for design, development, integration, test and production engineering for changes to the SDB. Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be fin ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 26, 2017
African country orders Elbit defense electronic systems
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
Meggitt touts small arms training systems
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Norway signs deal with Saab for Carl-Gustaf ammunition
Leonardo opens new site in Australia
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Leonardo is opening a new engineering site in Western Australia through its Selex ES Australia Pty Ltd subsidiary, increasing its presence in the country. The facility, located in Rockingham, South of Perth, will be the regional hub for engineering, integration, installation and through-life support. The site's proximity to the Hendersen shipyards and Garden Island will allow Leonardo t ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
BAE Systems Australia to support Indigenous companies
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Saab eyes possible U.S. factory location
London (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Britain suspends Myanmar training; Britain, Saudi Arabia sign military deal
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Hong Kong lawmaker guilty of desecrating Chinese flag
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
A Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker on Friday was found guilty of "desecrating" the Chinese and Hong Kong flags by turning them upside down in parliament, but escaped a prison sentence. Cheng Chung-tai upended small Chinese and Hong Kong flags that some pro-Beijing legislators had displayed on their desks in the legislative assembly last October. The incident happened during a feisty sess ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Seesaw US-China ties on an upswing as Trump plans trip
Washington (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Trump accepts Duterte's ASEAN summit invite after all
Brussels (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
40,000 troops in Russian war games: US general
Nanoparticle supersoap creates 'bijel' with potential as sculptable fluid
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A new two-dimensional film, made of polymers and nanoparticles and developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), can direct two different non-mixing liquids into a variety of exotic architectures. This finding could lead to soft robotics, liquid circuitry, shape-shifting fluids, and a host of new materials that use soft, rather than ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Creative use of noise brings bio-inspired electronic improvement
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Assembly of nanoparticles proceeds like a zipper
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
Application of air-sensitive semiconductors in nanoelectronics
Shiite pilgrims throng Iraq's Karbala for mourning ritual
Karbala, Iraq (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims gathered in the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala on Sunday for ceremonies marking the seventh-century killing of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson. Some 25,000 members of the security forces were deployed to protect the pilgrims, who in the past have faced attacks from Sunni extremists including the Islamic State group. This year's ceremonies wer ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Iraq forces attack IS-held town of Hawija
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Iraq forces claim recapture of IS-held areas near Hawija
Ramadi, Iraq (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Iraq says defeats IS infiltration near Ramadi
Will anti-nuclear campaigners win Nobel Peace Prize?
Oslo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
As the North Korean crisis rekindles the Cold War-era threat of nuclear catastrophe, this year's Nobel Peace Prize could honour efforts to limit the spread of atomic weapons, several experts suggest. With tensions between Washington and Pyongyang sending the risk of a nuclear confrontation soaring, the highlight of the Nobel awards season will be announced in Oslo on Friday at 11:00 am (0900 ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Negotiating with North Korea a waste of time: Trump
Washington (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
US and North Korea: To talk or not to talk?
Beijing (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
N. Korean firms in China ordered to close by January
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Chinese manufacturing accelerates for second straight month
Beijing (AFP) Sept 30, 2017
China's manufacturing activity accelerated for a second straight month in September, official figures showed Saturday, although an independent indicator was less positive about the world's second largest economy. The sector expanded at its fastest pace since 2012 after rebounding in August, official data showed. "The indicator showed a steady upward trend in the manufacturing sector," n ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
$37.7 million bowl sets Chinese ceramic auction record
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
EU targets China with tough rules on cheap imports
Hong Kong, China (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Macau casino scion rolls dice on Japan venture
Radioactive cesium leajing into ocean 60 miles from Fukushima
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists have discovered a surprising new source of radioactive cesium some 60 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant that was damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. A team of researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and Japan's Kanazawa University found unusually high levels of radioactive cesium-137 in the groundwater beneath several beaches. / ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 30, 2017
Signs of corruption emerge from rubble of Mexico quake
Cox'S Bazar, Bangladesh (AFP) Sept 30, 2017
Fear of epidemic disaster as disease stalks Rohingya camps
Comerio , Puerto Rico (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Water from a rock: Puerto Ricans cope with hurricane aftermath
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
China is an active member of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and is impressive in opening its space missions to other countries, said Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Di Pippo made the remarks when having an interview with Xinhua on Wednesday during the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Work on China's mission to Mars 'well underway'
Hong Kong democracy activist in court for throwing 'smelly' sandwich
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
A Hong Kong pro-democracy activist who threw a "smelly fish sandwich" at a police officer as voters went to the polls last year pleaded not guilty to assault Tuesday. The sandwich had been aimed at the city's then leader, Leung Chun-ying, who was on his way to vote in the September 2016 legislative election, but it missed and hit the officer. Defendant Avery Ng of the League of Social D ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Hong Kong migrant mothers sing for their distant children
Beijing (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
China's Communist Party expels top member ahead of congress
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The making of Hong Kong's famous 'fire dragon'
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Fleeing offensives, where are the IS jihadists going?
Beirut (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
The Islamic State group is under attack across the remaining parts of its self-proclaimed caliphate, but what happens to its thousands of fighters as their group loses grip on territory? Facing multiple offensives, the jihadist group has lost the Libyan city of Sirte, Iraq's Mosul and Ramadi, and is now on the verge of being ousted from its former Syrian stronghold Raqa. At its peak IS c ... more
Manila (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
US, Philippine troops launch new counter-terror drills
Moscow (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Russian women desperately seek daughters who joined IS
Washington (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
US says on track to destroy chemical weapons by 2023
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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