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October 27, 2017
MISSILE DEFENSE
Russia conducts ballistic missile tests



Moscow (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Russia conducted several ballistic missile tests on Thursday from "land, air and sea" as part of its strategic nuclear programme, the Defence ministry announced. A "Topol" intercontinental ballistic missile was fired from the Plesetsk testing ground in the northwest of the country and three ballistic missiles were launched by two nuclear missile submarines (SSBNs), two from the Okhotsk Sea, north of Japan, and one from the Barents Sea, in the Arctic Ocean. Russian military forces "have carried o ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
NATO challenges Russia on military drill numbers
Brussels (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
NATO members challenged Russia on Thursday over "discrepancies" in Moscow's account of controversial military exercises last month, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said. ... more
NUKEWARS
Dutch know-how may have gone into arms of mass destruction
The Hague (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
The Dutch government has admitted that technology from the Netherlands may have been used to develop weapons of mass destruction in Iran, Pakistan or Syria. ... more
NUKEWARS
Mattis says US 'not rushing to war' with N. Korea
Bangkok (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Washington is seeking a "peaceful resolution" with North Korea, US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said ahead of a visit to the divided peninsula amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear threats. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
Lithuania buys Norwegian air defence system amid Russia fears
Vilnius (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Lithuania on Thursday signed a landmark deal to buy Norwegian anti-aircraft missile systems to plug an air defence gap on NATO's eastern flank, amid concerns over Russia. ... more
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IRAQ WARS
Iraq forces advance in 'last den' of IS jihadists
Habbaniyah, Iraq (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Iraqi forces on Thursday recaptured from the Islamic State group several military bases and villages as they launched a push to wipe out remnants of the jihadists' self-styled caliphate in the country. ... more
IRAQ WARS
Terrain, geopolitics make for tricky last battle on IS
Beirut (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
The Islamic State group's empire has shrunk fast this year but the rump of its "caliphate" on the Iraq-Syria border is a hostile jihadist heartland where competing regional interests converge. ... more
IRAQ WARS
Iraq PM wins Iran support as forces battle IS, Kurds
Tehran (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, whose forces Thursday battled jihadists in the west of the country and Kurds in the north, won the support of Iranian leaders at talks in Tehran. ... more
WAR REPORT
US-led strikes claim another 51 civilian lives: coalition
Washington (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
An ongoing review of air and artillery strikes found another 51 civilians were killed by the US-led coalition in Iraq and Syria, pushing the total toll to at least 786. ... more
NUKEWARS
US adds sanctions on North Korea for rights abuses
Washington (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
The United States layered a new round of sanctions on North Korea Thursday, blacklisting individuals and organizations involved in security and forced labor policies for "ongoing and serious human rights abuses." ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
New solid rocket motor development facility completed at Spaceport America
Highlands Ranch, CO (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
UP Aerospace Inc. and Cesaroni Aerospace teamed to create a state-of-the-art solid rocket motor manufacturing and test facility at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The project was completed in under o ... more


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PHYSICS NEWS
Acoustic gravity waves pinpoint where and when objects hit ocean surface
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Scientists at the University of Cardiff in Wales have developed a method for tracing acoustic gravity waves to their point of origin. ... more
UAV NEWS
New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out the of water
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
We've seen RoboBees that can fly, stick to walls, and dive into water. Now, get ready for a hybrid RoboBee that can fly, dive into water, swim, propel itself back out of water, and safely land. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Aerojet Rocketdyne breaks ground on advanced manufacturing center in Huntsville
Huntsville AL (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Aerojet Rocketdyne has marked a key milestone when it officially broke ground on a new, 136,000-square-foot manufacturing facility located in Huntsville, Alabama. During a ceremony, attended by Alab ... more
TAIWAN NEWS
Taiwan leader hopes for 'breakthrough' with China
Taipei (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen said Thursday that the end of China's landmark party congress signals an "opportunity for change," as she called for dialogue with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. ... more



Report: Japan eyeing SM-6 missiles for defense program
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Japan may add SM-6 missiles to the country's future ground-based defense system to intercept missiles, Yomiuri Shimbun reported. The SM-6 missiles would be in addition to SM-3 Block 2A missiles for defense against ballistic missiles, the Japan News, a Yomiuri Simbun publication, reported. It's all part of the planned Aegis Ashore system, a product of Maryland-based Lockheed Martin. ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
South Korea takes control of THAAD missile defense system
Moscow (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Russia conducts ballistic missile tests
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Raytheon's SM-3 intercepts medium-range target during NATO exercise
Lithuania buys Norwegian air defence system amid Russia fears
Vilnius (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Lithuania on Thursday signed a landmark deal to buy Norwegian anti-aircraft missile systems to plug an air defence gap on NATO's eastern flank, amid concerns over Russia. The NASAMS medium-range air defence systems developed by Norway's Kongsberg will be the first such shield in the Baltic states and will cost 110 million euros ($130 million). "There is no secret that we have had gaps in ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
'How to survive a N. Korean missile' - in Japanese manga form
Washington (UPI) Oct 18, 2017
Italy to receive additional AGM-88E guided missiles
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
State Department approves sale of AMRAAM missiles to Netherlands
Boeing invests in autonomous flight technology company
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Boeing has invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a company developing a portfolio of technologies for reliable automatic flight. The U.S. airline manufacturing giant and the Pittsburgh-based company also teamed to look into business opportunities in emerging markets, Boeing said in a news release Thursday. "This partnership will accelerate technology solutions that we feel will be key ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out the of water
Jacksonville FL (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Drone Aviation awarded contract for Enhanced WASP Tactical Aerostat from US Defense Dept
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
GA-ASI in cooperative agreements with South Korean entities
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
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
NRL clarifies valley polarization for electronic and optoelectronic technologies
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Harris supplying tactical radios to Navy, Marines
Luxembourg (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
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State Department approves Kuwaiti M1A1 tank deal
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
The U.S. State Department approved Kuwait's possible purchase of hundreds of M1A1 Abrams tanks from the United States. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the Foreign Military Sales program, said the proposed deal for 218 tank hulls with 120mm guns and AGT-1500 engines carries an estimated value of $29 million. The Kuwaiti purchase would support the gulf c ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
New Zealand buying U.S. sniper rifles
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Automated Processes Drive Down Costs Increase Precision of Critical Military Containers
Washington (UPI) Oct 25, 2017
Lockheed gets Air Force production order for Paveway II kits
Philippines' Duterte receives Russian assault rifles
Manila (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Russia handed over army trucks and thousands of assault rifles to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday as the two nations celebrated their growing military ties. Duterte accepted the weaponry during a visit to a Russian naval ship docked in Manila, the latest move to embrace Russia and China while distancing the Philippines from its longtime ally and mutual defence partner, the ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Whistleblower protection bill sent to President as complaints of retaliation grow
London (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
UK defence giant BAE Systems to axe almost 2,000 jobs
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Leonardo opens new site in Australia
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'Xi Dada' casts a long shadow over China
Beijing (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Chinese politics have increasingly become a one-man show, with President Xi Jinping as the indisputable star. When Xi took the stage Wednesday to reveal the new members of the Communist Party's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee, he spent less than two minutes introducing his fellow committee members. He then launched into his own vision for the country as the six stoney-faced men ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Tillerson starts talks in India dominated by China
Berlin (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
NATO ill-prepared for a Russian attack: report
Beijing (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
China's new leadership: Ageing men seen as no threat to Xi
Terahertz spectroscopy goes nano
Providence RI (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Brown University researchers have demonstrated a way to bring a powerful form of spectroscopy - a technique used to study a wide variety of materials - into the nano-world. Laser terahertz emission microscopy (LTEM) is a burgeoning means of characterizing the performance of solar cells, integrated circuits and other systems and materials. Laser pulses illuminating a sample material cause t ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Nanotube fiber antennas as capable as copper
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Jumping nanoparticles
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Single nanoparticle mapping paves the way for better nanotechnology
Fierce clashes with IS near Mosul; Return of 5,600 jihadists poses major threat: Soufan
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Thousands of foreign jihadists who have fled Islamic State group-held territories in Iraq and Syria could pose major security problems as they return home, a think-tank said Tuesday. At least 5,600 citizens or residents of 33 countries had returned home as IS faced devastating assaults on territories it held in Iraq and Syria, said the Soufan Center, a non-profit security analysis group. ... more
Beirut (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Terrain, geopolitics make for tricky last battle on IS
Tehran (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Iraq PM wins Iran support as forces battle IS, Kurds
Baghdad (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Hashed al-Shaabi: controversial force on Iraq's frontlines
Dutch know-how may have gone into arms of mass destruction
The Hague (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
The Dutch government has admitted that technology from the Netherlands may have been used to develop weapons of mass destruction in Iran, Pakistan or Syria. Dutch intelligence services have received "indications in a number of cases" that "Dutch technology was used in programmes of weapons of mass destruction or for the means of transmission in Iran, Pakistan or Syria", the outgoing minister ... more
Clark, Philippines (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Philippines says sanctions strengthen Kim as Chinese, SK defence chiefs meet
Bangkok (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Mattis says US 'not rushing to war' with N. Korea
Washington (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
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At a forgotten Pakistan port, China paves a new Silk Road
Gwadar, Pakistan (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Remote and impoverished, Pakistan's Gwadar port at first glance seems an unlikely crown jewel in a multi-billion-dollar development project with China aimed at constructing a 21st century Silk Road. Situated on a barren peninsula in the Arabian Sea, Gwadar, or the "gate of the wind", owes its fortuitous selection as Pakistan's next economic hub to its strategic location near the Strait of Ho ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Japan bank CEO quits over claims of $2.2 bn in bad loans
Paris (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
France seeks 'green veto' in EU-Canada trade deal
Beijing (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
Brie trade agreement: China lifts soft cheese ban
17 climbers dead after avalanche in Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
The death toll from an avalanche in Mongolia rose to 17 on Wednesday after rescuers found the bodies of seven missing climbers who had ignored a ban on climbing a mountain. The Mongolian nationals went missing on Sunday after climbing the 4,021-metre (13,192 foot) Mount Otgontenger, the National Emergency Management Agency said. The group was made up of four women and 13 men aged 30 to 5 ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
US Congress passes $36.5 bn in hurricane, wildfire aid
The Hague (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Sophisticated DNA labs unveiled to help trace the missing
San Juan (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Mayor of Puerto Rican capital a fighter who took on Trump
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "Let the vastn ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
What is Xi thinking? China's leader makes the constitution
Beijing (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
China's most powerful leader in decades entered Communist Party folklore on Tuesday when cadres voted overwhelmingly to engrave the Xi Jinping way into their constitution. "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era," adds a new section to the already-weighty party tome, and puts the 64-year-old Chinese president in distinguished company. Only two other me ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Fears mount over bookseller 'freed' by China
Beijing (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) Oct 23, 2017
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African anti-jihad force makes first steps in troubled Sahel
Sevare, Mali (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Five nations in Africa's Sahel region are progressively deploying a counter-terror force to combat jihadist groups but the project will be vulnerable during its fledgling stage, diplomats and military sources say. The so-called "G5 Sahel" states are some of the world's poorest and least developed nations, comprising Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. Spread across largely to ... more
Geneva (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
ICRC warns states against 'dehumanisation' of IS fighters
Marawi, Philippines (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Tunnels reveal militants' rat-like tactics in Philippine war
Kano, Nigeria (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Boko Haram kills six Nigerian soldiers in raid
Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Lockheed Martin a nine-month, $9.4 million contract to develop a Low Power Laser Demonstrator (LPLD) missile interceptor concept, the agency announced Oct. 5. "Our Low Power Laser Demonstrator concept puts advanced beam control systems and a fiber laser on a high-performance, high-altitude platform to maximize risk reduction value over the demonstrat ... more
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
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Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
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