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November 07, 2017
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Lockheed Martin to develop compact airborne high energy laser capabilities



Bothell WA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin $26.3 million for the design, development and production of a high power fiber laser. AFRL plans to test the laser on a tactical fighter jet by 2021. The contract is part of AFRL's Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program, and is a major step forward in the maturation of protective airborne laser systems. "Lockheed Martin continues to rapidly advance laser weapon systems and the technologies that make them p ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
China's military ordered to pledge total loyalty to Xi
Beijing (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
China's military has been ordered to pledge absolute loyalty to President Xi Jinping while a paramilitary police force now literally sings his praises, further cementing his place as the country's most powerful leader in decades. ... more
NUKEWARS
Trump promises to 'figure it out' with S. Korea's Moon
Seoul (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
US President Donald Trump headed to Seoul Tuesday vowing to "figure it all out" with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In, despite the two allies' differences on how to deal with the nuclear-armed North. ... more
NUKEWARS
Trump opens door to N. Korea talks as Asia trip begins in earnest
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
President Donald Trump appeared to strike a more conciliatory tone on North Korea as he got down to business Monday on an Asian tour dominated by the nuclear crisis with Pyongyang. ... more
NUKEWARS
Kerry urges Congress to avoid 'gigantic mistake' on Iran deal
London (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday warned the US Congress that it would be "extraordinarily dangerous" for it to reject the Iran nuclear deal that he helped broker. ... more
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NUKEWARS
S. Korea announces sanctions against Pyongyang
Seoul (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
South Korea announced new unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang - the first under President Moon Jae-In - on Monday, a day before US President Donald Trump arrives in Seoul on an Asian tour dominated by the North's nuclear programme. ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Russia embezzlement probe at rocket firm Soyuz
Moscow (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Russian authorities said Friday they had launched an inquiry into alleged embezzlement at the Progress factory which develops Soyuz rockets for the country's space industry. ... more
WAR REPORT
Blaming Iran, Saudi says missile strike may be 'act of war'
Dubai (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Saudi Arabia and Iran traded fierce accusations over Yemen on Monday as Riyadh said a rebel missile attack "may amount to an act of war" and Tehran accused its rival of war crimes. ... more
ICE WORLD
Russian military to boost Arctic presence: commander
Moscow (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Russia is boosting aviation infrastructure in the Arctic and will further increase its air defences there, the commander of the country's northern fleet said on Friday. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Fish food and golf bromance: 5 takeaways from Trump in Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
The world may be facing its most dangerous nuclear crisis since the end of the Cold War but US President Donald Trump's trip to Japan will be remembered for the lighter moments as much as for the high-level diplomacy. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
Raytheon awarded $260M contract for Tomahawk missiles
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Raytheon Co., has been awarded $260 million for the procurement of 196 Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles in support of U.S. Navy operations and England. ... more


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AFRICA NEWS
Tense standoff in Juba as troops encircle ex-army chief's home
Juba (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
South Sudan's capital Juba was tense on Saturday as more than 100 soldiers surrounded the residence of powerful former army chief Paul Malong in a bid to disarm his bodyguards. ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
SES GS Awarded US Government Satellite Solutions Contract
Luxembourg (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
SES announced that the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Future Satellite Communications Service Acquisition (FCSA) program has awarded SES Government Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Blue Canyon to build CubeSat constellation for NASA hurricane observation
Boulder CO (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
It's no secret that hurricanes are affecting the United States in a dramatic way this year. In the past few months alone, the US and Caribbean regions have been impacted by multiple catastrophic sto ... more
ROCKET SCIENCE
Alaska Aerospace Launches Aurora Launch Services Company
Anchorage AK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
he Alaska Aerospace Board of Directors has approved a resolution adopting Articles of Organization and Operating Agreement establishing Aurora Launch Services, LLC. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of A ... more



Missile from Yemen intercepted near Riyadh airport
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Saudi Arabia on Saturday intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile near Riyadh's international airport after it was launched from conflict-torn Yemen, in an escalation of the kingdom's war against Iran-backed Huthi rebels. The missile attack was the first aimed by the Shiite rebels at the heart of the Saudi capital, underscoring the growing threat posed by the raging conflict in Yemen. ... more
Moscow (AFP) Oct 26, 2017
Russia conducts ballistic missile tests
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Report: Japan eyeing SM-6 missiles for defense program
Syracuse NY (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Lockheed Martin missile defense sensor technology receives prototyping contract
Raytheon awarded $260M contract for Tomahawk missiles
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Raytheon Co., has been awarded $260 million for the procurement of 196 Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles in support of U.S. Navy operations and England. Pentagon officials announced the contract award late Friday, which modifies a December 2016 contract worth $303 million, which was for the procurement of 214 Tomahawk cruise missiles. The Tomahawk Block IV all-up-round vertical l ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
Royal Canadian Air Force to buy air-to-air missiles from U.S.
Tehran (AFP) Oct 29, 2017
Iran says to continue developing ballistic missiles
Washington (UPI) Oct 31, 2017
Indonesia orders NASAMS air defense system
Niger to let US forces arm drones in counter-terrorism fight
Niamey (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
Niger will allow US forces stationed in the country to arm the drones being used to track jihadists, having previously allowed their use only for surveillance, the government said Saturday. The decision comes a month after jihadists ambushed a joint US-Niger patrol in a volatile area near the border with Mali, killing four American soldiers and four Nigerien troops. But Defence Minister ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Insitu awarded $9.2M for parts, sustainment of RQ-21A
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
New RoboBee flies, dives, swims and explodes out the of water
Washington (UPI) Oct 20, 2017
Boeing invests in autonomous flight technology company
SES GS Awarded US Government Satellite Solutions Contract
Luxembourg (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
SES announced that the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Future Satellite Communications Service Acquisition (FCSA) program has awarded SES Government Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, a spot on the Complex Commercial Satellite Communications Solutions contract (CS3). "We are very proud to be part of the CS3 team of awardees," said Pete Hoene, President and CEO of SES ... more
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
16th SPCS Defenders of critical satellite communications
Washington (UPI) Oct 31, 2017
First order for Elta ELK-1882T SATCOM network system
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
NRL clarifies valley polarization for electronic and optoelectronic technologies
BAE receives $40M from Lockheed for sensor technology
Washington (UPI) Nov 2, 2017
BAE Systems announced Wednesday that the defense contractor has begun production on its sensor technology for the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, or LRASM, following a $40 million prime contractor order from Lockheed Martin. The sensor technology will enable the AGM-158C LRASM anti-ship cruise missile that's currently under development for the U.S. Navy to "seek and attack specific high-t ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
Swedish army to buy BONUS ammunition from BAE
Washington (UPI) Nov 1, 2017
MBDA Inc. to produce parts for Small Diameter Bomb
Washington (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
US court blocks Trump's military transgender ban
Lockheed, Navantia renew collaborative agreement
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Lockheed Martin and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia on Thursday renewed their 20-year agreement on surface ships and naval combat systems. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding to recognize their history working alongside each other and to seal the renewed agreement, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin announced in a company news release. "The fundamental openness, trust ... more
Manila (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Philippines' Duterte receives Russian assault rifles
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
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China's military ordered to pledge total loyalty to Xi
Beijing (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
China's military has been ordered to pledge absolute loyalty to President Xi Jinping while a paramilitary police force now literally sings his praises, further cementing his place as the country's most powerful leader in decades. The world's largest armed forces should be "absolutely loyal, honest and reliable to Xi", said a new guideline issued by the Central Military Commission and reporte ... more
Washington (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Trump readies for high-stakes Asia trip
Washington (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
The Trump A to Z, from America First to 'Zero'
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Fish food and golf bromance: 5 takeaways from Trump in Japan
Metal-silicone microstructures could enable new flexible optical and electrical devices
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
For the first time, researchers have used a single-step, laser-based method to produce small, precise hybrid microstructures of silver and flexible silicone. This innovative laser processing technology could one day enable smart factories that use one production line to mass-produce customized devices combining soft materials such as engineered tissue with hard materials that add functions such ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Researchers reveal the effect of nano-diamond on magnetorheological fluids
Providence RI (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
Researchers show how nanoscale patterning can decrease metal fatigue
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Gold nanoantennas help in creation of more powerful nanoelectronics
Twin Iraq and Syria assaults as IS loses last city
Deir Ezzor, Syria (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Syrian troops on Friday retook the last major city where the Islamic State group had a presence as Iraqi forces seized a crossing by the jihadists' last urban bastion across the border. The simultaneous assaults on Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria and Al-Qaim in western Iraq dealt fresh blows to IS in its former heartland, leaving Albu Kamal, on the Syrian side of the border, the last town of not ... more
Al-Hamza, Iraq (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Traditional carpet weaving in central Iraq unravels
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
Iraq to hold parliamentary election in May: PM
Geneva (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
IS executed 741 civilians during Mosul battle: UN
US sends supersonic bombers over South Korea
Washington (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
US bombers overflew the Korean peninsula Thursday as part of an exercise with Japanese and South Korean warplanes, the US Air Force said, days before President Donald Trump arrives in the region for a trip set to be dominated by the nuclear-armed North. Tensions are high over Pyongyang's ballistic missile and atomic programmes, which in recent months have seen it test ICBMs and carry out it ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Trump: 'No dictator' should underestimate US resolve
Seoul (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
S. Korea announces sanctions against Pyongyang
Seoul (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
NK preparing new missile test; Xi sends rare message to Kim
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Canada: Amazon to add 1,000 jobs in Vancouver
Montreal (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Amazon announced Friday that it will double its workforce in Canada's western metropolis of Vancouver, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of its Seattle headquarters, to 2,000. The company said in a statement it would open a new office in downtown Vancouver in 2020 to accomodate the new staff, which will bring its total number of its employees across Canada to 6,000. "We are among th ... more
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Alibaba launches electronic trading hub in Malaysia
Beijing (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
China cracks down on fraudulent provincial growth figures
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
Hong Kong skyscraper sold for record $5.15 bn
Air force error allowed Texas shooter to buy guns despite conviction
Washington (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
A domestic violence conviction legally prohibited the Texas church shooter from buying guns, but the Air Force failed to enter it into a database used to run background checks, officials said Monday. Devin Kelley - who shot dead 26 people at a Texas church - could therefore have passed the background check required to buy a gun, which would have raised red flags if the conviction had been ... more
Washington (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
In reversal, US tech firms back bill on human trafficking
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 3, 2017
Crime writer Ian Rankin predicts rise of 'kind and gentle' books
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
UN council weakens response to Myanmar after China objects
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China plans to launch its reusable spacecraft in 2020, according to a statement from China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Tuesday. Unlike traditional one-off spacecraft, the new spacecraft will fly into the sky like an aircraft, said Chen Hongbo, a researcher from the corporation. The spacecraft can transport people or payload into the orbit and return to Earth. C ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
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
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists allowed to appeal jail terms
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Hong Kong's leading pro-democracy activists, who were jailed for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement were granted leave to appeal their sentences by the city's top court on Tuesday. Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were imprisoned in August after Hong Kong's government pushed for harsher sentences - rather than the initial community service orders they were given. The government's appeal ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
Disrespecting China's anthem can now cost 3 years jail
Beijing (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
China calls on France to ensure security of its citizens
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 2, 2017
Hong Kong government under fire in LGBT row
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Mattis looks to diplomacy as IS crumbles in Syria
Helsinki (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that he supported a diplomatic solution for the Syria conflict, as America and its partners look beyond the defeat of the Islamic State group in the war-torn nation. Speaking to reporters ahead of his arrival for talks in Finland on Monday, Mattis said intelligence assessments - based primarily on the numbers of jihadists who have surrendered, des ... more
Paris (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
Homeward bound? Europe mulls fate of jihadist families
Washington (AFP) Nov 1, 2017
Guantanamo judge orders US general's detention for contempt
Paris (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Jihadists at large: 3 most wanted for Paris, Brussels attacks
Lockheed Martin to develop compact airborne high energy laser capabilities
Bothell WA (SPX) Nov 07, 2017
The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin $26.3 million for the design, development and production of a high power fiber laser. AFRL plans to test the laser on a tactical fighter jet by 2021. The contract is part of AFRL's Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program, and is a major step forward in the maturation of protective airborne laser systems. ... more
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Lockheed Martin developing technology to intercept missile threats with Directed Energy
White Sands Missile Range NM (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
ATHENA laser testbed system successfully shoots down drones
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