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General Dynamics tapped to destroy, dispose of rockets
by James Laporta
Washington (UPI) Dec 1, 2017


The Department of Defense has awarded a modified contract to General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems for the demilitarization and disposal of multiple rocket launch systems and M26 rockets and components.

The $10.6 million deal, announced by the Pentagon on Thursday, calls for the destruction of 14,970 "all-up rounds, or equivalent Multiple Rocket Launch System M26 rockets and components."

The M26 is a standard unguided, artillery rocket that's fired out of a Multiple Rocket Launcher System with a maximum effective range of around 20 miles. The Newer M30 Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munition MLRS rocket, however, has a maximum effective range of around 37 miles.

Work on the contract will be performed in Carthage, Mo., and is expected to be completed in March 2019.

U.S. Army fiscal 2018 other procurement funds of more than $10.6 million was obligated to General Dynamics at the time of award contract.

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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 ... read more

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