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December 05, 2017
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
A better way for governments to acquire the latest in satellite technologies



McLean VA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
New technology such as high-throughput satellites (HTS) have transformed space architecture and invigorated what had been a predictable global market. Countries of all sizes want to leverage the capabilities and connectivity that space can provide. These assets use high-power spot beams and frequency reuse to maximize the signal sent down from the satellite and, at the same time, enable smaller terminals to transmit at higher data rates back to the satellite. This kind of performance is a ga ... read more

MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Government outsourcing disrupts space as SatComm services commercialised
McLean VA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
In the past couple of years, we have seen a steady reduction in the costs of manufacturing and launching communications satellites. Smaller satellites built for low-earth orbit, standard satellite d ... more
MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS
Joint Hellas-Sat-4 and SaudiGeoSat-1 satellite ready for environmental tests
Denver CO (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Lockheed Martin has completed the major assembly of Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 and has shipped the communications satellite to its Sunnyvale, California facility to undergo critical environmental te ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
US Patriot missiles may have failed in Saudi Arabia: report
Washington (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
When Shiite rebels blasted a ballistic missile from Yemen toward the Saudi capital last month, Riyadh officials said they had intercepted and destroyed the incoming rocket. ... more
SPACEWAR
General Hyten alleges Russia, China building weapons against military assets in space
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 05, 2017
US Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten has noted that there are no rules of engagement when it comes to military conflict in space, but international norms are needed. US Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten ... more
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NUKEWARS
Air crew saw N. Korea missile re-enter atmosphere
Seoul (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
An airplane crew flying over Japan saw North Korea's missile as it plunged back through the atmosphere last week, their airline said Monday, as South Korea and the US kicked off their largest ever joint air exercise. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Tillerson meets EU, NATO leaders under cloud
Brussels (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets his EU and NATO counterparts in Brussels Tuesday to shore up ties, with allies insisting he still plays a "key role" despite doubts over his future. ... more
NUKEWARS
UN envoy heads to North Korea as nuclear tensions soar
Beijing (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
A senior United Nations official travelled to North Korea on Tuesday for a rare visit aimed at defusing soaring tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. ... more
MISSILE DEFENSE
Raytheon tapped to provide radar system for DDG-127
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
The Department of Defense has tapped Raytheon for provide one Army, Navy Joint Electronic Type Designation System, or AN/SPY-1, Radar for the unnamed Arleigh Burke DDG-127 U.S. Navy destroyer. ... more
UAV NEWS
Falcon's attack strategy could inspire new drones: study
Miami (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Peregrine falcons are nature's fastest predators, and the way they swoop down on a target may one day inspire small, visually guided drones that can take out rogue drones, researchers said Monday. ... more
MILPLEX
Naval Group, Fincantieri bid for Canadian ship contract
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
French and Italian naval builders, the Naval Group and Fincantieri, are offering an off-the-shelf class of warship for to the Royal Canadian Navy. ... more


Raytheon to supply Qatar with Patriot missile defense system

SUPERPOWERS
Dozens of Japan MPs visit controversial war shrine
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Dozens of Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday made a pilgrimage to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which neighbours China and South Korea see as a symbol of Tokyo's militaristic past. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Brigitte Macron fetes first panda born in France
Saint-Aignan-Sur-Cher, France (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Named "godmother" to France's first panda cub in August, French First Lady Brigitte Macron helped baptise her fluffy charge on Monday in one of her most high-profile outings since her husband's election. ... more
THE STANS
US defense chief lands in Pakistan as ties between allies fray
Islamabad (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Pakistan Monday but vowed to tread lightly and find "common ground" as Washington pressures its wayward ally to eliminate militant safe havens. ... more
THE STANS
Russia says provided air cover for Kurdish militia in Syria
Moscow (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Russia's defence ministry said Monday its planes made hundreds of sorties in support of Kurdish and local militias in eastern Syria, predicting that the whole area will soon be free of jihadist fighters. ... more



US believes it can defend against N. Korea missiles, for now
Washington (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
The US military remains confident it can - at least for the moment - protect against any North Korean missile threat, a US official said Wednesday after Pyongyang tested a new rocket type. North Korea earlier launched a previously unseen intercontinental ballistic missile, which it called a Hwasong 15 and claimed was capable of carrying a "super-large heavy warhead" to any target in the co ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
Raytheon to supply Qatar with Patriot missile defense system
Damascus (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
Syria army intercepts Israel missiles near Damascus: state media
Washington (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
US Patriot missiles may have failed in Saudi Arabia: report
UAE denies Yemen rebel missile entered its air space
Abu Dhabi (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
Abu Dhabi on Sunday denied a claim by Iran-backed Huthi rebels that a missile fired from Yemen reached its air space or threatened a nuclear power plant set to open in 2018. "The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority denied claims by the Huthis in Yemen that they launched a missile today towards the airspace of the United Arab Emirates," the Emirati state news agency r ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
Poland to buy AMRAAMs, HIMARS systems from U.S.
Washington (UPI) Nov 28, 2017
Orbital ATK to support next-step development of anti-radiation missiles
Washington (UPI) Nov 21, 2017
State Dept. approves potential Javelin missile sale to Georgia
Crossing drones with satellites: ESA eyes high-altitude aerial platforms
Paris (ESA) Dec 03, 2017
ESA is considering extending its activities to a new region of the sky via a novel type of aerial vehicle, a 'missing link' between drones and satellites. High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites, or HAPS, are platforms that float or fly at high altitude like conventional aircraft but operate more like satellites - except that rather than working from space they can remain in position inside the at ... more
Miami (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Falcon's attack strategy could inspire new drones: study
Jackson TN (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Research shows drones could help crop management take off
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Drone photos offer faster, cheaper data on key Antarctic species
Joint Hellas-Sat-4 and SaudiGeoSat-1 satellite ready for environmental tests
Denver CO (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Lockheed Martin has completed the major assembly of Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 and has shipped the communications satellite to its Sunnyvale, California facility to undergo critical environmental testing. The first of the modernized LM 2100 satellites, Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 is being built for Arabsat/Hellas Sat and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. It will provide ... more
McLean VA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Government outsourcing disrupts space as SatComm services commercialised
McLean VA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
A better way for governments to acquire the latest in satellite technologies
Point Mugu CA (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
US Navy accepts 5th MUOS Satellite for global military cellular network
Artificial muscles give 'superpower' to robots
Miami (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Inspired by the folding technique of origami, US researchers said Monday they have crafted cheap, artificial muscles for robots that give them the power to lift up to 1,000 times their own weight. The advance offers a leap forward in the field of soft robotics, which is fast replacing an older generation of robots that were jerky and rigid in their movements, researchers say. "It's like ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
Marines roll out new anti-tank weapon system
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2017
Saab to supply South African forces with field kitchens
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Raytheon, Saab to develop improved shoulder-launched weapon systems
Naval Group, Fincantieri bid for Canadian ship contract
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
French and Italian naval builders, the Naval Group and Fincantieri, are offering an off-the-shelf class of warship for to the Royal Canadian Navy. The ship for Canada's 12-vessel requirement is based on the FREMM multi-role frigate used by the navies of both countries and can be easily modified to meet Canadian specifications, Fincantieri said in a news release. The bid of the tw ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. sales to foreign militaries top $41 billion in fiscal year 2017
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Britain's May in Riyadh after surprise Baghdad visit
Athens (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Greek PM defends controversial Saudi arms sale
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Tillerson meets EU, NATO leaders under cloud
Brussels (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets his EU and NATO counterparts in Brussels Tuesday to shore up ties, with allies insisting he still plays a "key role" despite doubts over his future. Tillerson will hold talks over lunch with European Union foreign ministers and the bloc's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, before a two-day NATO meeting set to focus on North Korea's missile programm ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Dozens of Japan MPs visit controversial war shrine
Saint-Aignan-Sur-Cher, France (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Brigitte Macron fetes first panda born in France
Sydney (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
New Australia laws to deal with foreign political meddling
Physicists explain metallic conductivity of thin carbon nanotube films
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
An international team of researchers from MIPT; Lebedev Physical Institute, RAS; Prokhorov General Physics Institute, RAS; Skoltech; and Aalto University (Finland) has examined the optical and dielectric properties of thin macroscopic films based on single-walled carbon nanotubes and obtained an explanation for the metallic nature of their conductivity using infrared and terahertz spectroscopy. ... more
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) ov 27, 2017
Ceria nanoparticles: It is the surface that matters
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Semiconducting carbon nanotubes can reduce noise in interconnects
Joensuu, Finland (SPX) Nov 17, 2017
Manganese dioxide shows potential in micromotors
Iraqi Shiites slam calls to disband militia group after IS fight
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
Iraqi officials have blasted calls to disband a Shiite-dominated militia coalition that has been key in battling the Islamic State group, after French President Emmanuel Macron said it should disarm. The 60,000-strong Hashed al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilisation Forces, was formed in 2014 after IS routed government forces to seize swathes of northern Iraq, and it played a central role in helpin ... more
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Iraq death toll at lowest level in five years
The Hague (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
'Reasonable basis' for British war crimes in Iraq: ICC
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 5, 2017
Rights group criticises Iraq over jihadist suspects
North Korea's new missile: Pyongyang vs the analysts
Seoul (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
North Korea Thursday released pictures of its latest missile launch, giving analysts a chance to test Pyongyang's claim of a breakthrough that brings the whole of the US within range of a nuclear strike. Leader Kim Jong-Un declared the test of a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) had completed his nation's drive to become a full-fledged nuclear power. But analysts remai ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Wife of US academic held by Iran begs Trump for help
Seoul (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Air crew saw N. Korea missile re-enter atmosphere
Seoul (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
Natural tremor near N. Korea nuclear test site: S. Korea
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Buy it with bitcoin in New York, but it's not cheap
New York (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
At Melt Bakery, a hole in the wall that sells ice cream sandwiches in New York's upscale Manhattan neighborhood, you can pay for your guilty pleasure in bitcoin. And while a few swipes of a mobile app are all it takes to fill your electronic wallet, the novelty, for now, comes at a hefty cost. Melt is one of several small stores in America's biggest city now accepting the bitcoins, haile ... more
Washington (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Trump administration rejects China's bid for market economy status
Beijing (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
China and Canada sign trade agreements during Trudeau visit
Sydney (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Australia casino giant Crown hit with class action over China
Beijing bans fireworks, evil spirits rejoice
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
China may have invented fireworks but Beijing banned them from the capital Friday ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations, as authorities clamp down on potentially dangerous activities. The new regulation was passed by the local government, state news agency Xinhua said, and comes amid a city-wide campaign that is driving an estimated tens of thousands of migrants from homes that authorities de ... more
Santiago (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Southern Chile iceberg splits from glacier, threatens navigation
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
China, Myanmar hail close ties amid Rohingya outcry
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
Identifying optimal adaptation of buildings threatened by hurricanes, climate change
Nation 'leads world' in remote sensing technology
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China is now the world leader in remote sensing technologies for scientific purposes and is able to provide an unprecedented amount of data to support research and development for the world, officials said on Tuesday. Remote sensing refers to aerial or satellite-based technologies to detect and measure objects on Earth's surface, atmosphere and oceans. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Sci ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2017
China plans for nuclear-powered interplanetary capacity by 2040
Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2017
China plans first sea based launch by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Nov 02, 2017
China's reusable spacecraft to be launched in 2020
Chinese teacher used needles to 'discipline' children: police
Beijing (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
A Beijing kindergarten teacher used sewing needles to punish children for not sleeping, police said, but other abuse claims have been rejected by an investigation into a scandal that sparked national outrage. Authorities opened the probe into RYB Education New World kindergarten last week after parents said toddlers were given mysterious pills and had apparent needle marks. The 22-year-o ... more
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Tibetan monk self-immolates in China: campaigners
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Shanghai schools fly the flag for China's next generation
Beijing (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Chinese general kills himself after facing graft probe
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Half of Yazidis kidnapped by IS still missing
Erbil, Iraq (AFP) Dec 3, 2017
Around half of the Yazidis kidnapped by the Islamic State group three years ago are still missing, Iraqi Kurdish officials said Sunday. In 2014, IS jihadists killed thousands of Yazidis in Sinjar and kidnapped thousands of women and girls from the religious minority to abuse them as sex slaves. Kurdish fighters backed by the US-led coalition against IS captured Sinjar from the jihadists ... more
Sarajevo (AFP) Dec 4, 2017
Bosnia puts jihadist arrested with weapons in detention
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
Two mass graves found in Yazidi district of Iraq
The Hague (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
S. Sudan to join Chemical Weapons Convention: watchdog
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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