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TOKYO (AP) - Japan's top automaker Toyota, auto parts maker Denso and internet company SoftBank's investment fund are investing $1 billion in car-sharing Uber's technology unit.
The Japanese companies said Friday that Toyota Motor Corp. and Denso Corp. will together invest $667 million and SoftBank Corp.'s Vision Fund will contribute ...
DENVER (AP) - Colorado will use part of an emissions scandal settlement to replace 28 diesel buses with electric or cleaner-burning vehicles.
The Denver Post reports the state will provide around $14 million in grants to six transit agencies from the $68.7 million the state received from Volkswagen of America ...
Director Mary Lambert's 1989 film based on arguably one of Stephen King's scariest novels debuts on ultra-high definition to offer horror fans more creeps than frights in Pet Sematary: 30th Anniversary Edition (Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, rated R, 103 minutes, 1.78:1 aspect ratio, $25.99).
A graveyard catering to dead pets ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for Telsa CEO Elon Musk and the U.S. government are asking for another week to negotiate a deal to keep Musk from being found in contempt of court.
Both sides say in a letter filed Thursday with a federal court in New York that they ...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's capital city has been hit with a computer virus that was so bad it forced the closure of Augusta City Hall.
The Kennebec Journal reports that the virus brought down the network and shut down computers Thursday. But the city's phone system and the public ...
America's cadre of cyber warriors are working tirelessly to curb the threat posed by Russian attacks on U.S. military and civilian networks, including those highlighted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Moscow's interference in the 2016 election, acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan said.
Moscow's ability to manipulate social media ...
Ola Bini, a Swedish computer programmer friendly with WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, claimed innocence Thursday in his first public statement since being arrested in Ecuador a week earlier.
"I'm confident it will be obvious that there's no substance to this case, and that it will collapse into nothing," Mr. Bini ...
Facebook has come under fire from a conservative activist who accused the social network of censoring video footage of his speech slamming socialism.
Justin Haskins, executive editor of The Heartland Institute think tank, took aim at Facebook in an op-ed published Wednesday for allegedly preventing him from purchasing an advertisement ...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Millions more Instagram users were affected by a password security lapse than parent company Facebook acknowledged nearly four weeks ago.
The social media giant said in late March that it had inadvertently stored passwords in plain text, making it possible for its thousands of employees to ...
FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - A copper mine southeast of Phoenix is ready to begin working toward commercial production following the initial success of its small-scale test phase, mine officials said.
Florence Copper's production test facility has become fully operational, expecting to produce about 1 million pounds (450,000 kilograms) of copper ...
WikiLeaks claimed vindication following the release Thursday of special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential race.
"WikiLeaks has always been confident that this investigation would vindicate our groundbreaking publishing of the 2016 materials which it has," Wikileaks said on Twitter.
Released roughly two hours ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - Robert Mueller's 448-page investigative report into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election includes 23 unredacted pages of Mueller's written questions and Donald Trump's written responses, the only direct exchange between the special counsel's office and the president.
Mueller's team writes that it tried to ...
PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on proposals in the Arizona Legislature to ban cellphone use while driving (all times local):
Arizona House lawmakers have started debating three proposed laws designed to deal with distracted driving caused by cellphone use.
Two are versions of a total ban on hand-held ...
Facebook "unintentionally" harvested data from the email accounts of up to 1.5 million of its users, the social network said Wednesday.
In a statement, Facebook admitted collecting contact information from the digital address books of users who provided the social network with their email addresses and matching passwords.
Facebook had ...
JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli start-up behind last week's failed lunar landing says human error may have caused the spacecraft to crash into the moon.
SpaceIL, the non-profit that undertook the botched lunar mission, said Thursday that its engineers collectively decided to restart the inertial measurement unit, a critical part ...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Foxconn Technology Group says it remains committed to "long term" job creation in Wisconsin, the day after Gov. Tony Evers said it was unrealistic to expect the company to employ 13,000 people as promised.
Foxconn did not mention the 13,000 number in its statement Thursday. It ...
NEW YORK (AP) - One IPO, two stocks Zooming higher.
Investors on Thursday pounced on their first chance to buy shares of Zoom Video Communications, the video-conferencing company that had its initial public offering of stock. Shares opened higher by 81%.
But others may have mistakenly bought Zoom Technologies, a ...
LONDON (AP) - Facebook says it has banned several British far-right groups and their leaders for spreading hatred.
Groups including the British National Party, the English Defence League, the National Front and Britain First have been removed from the social network and from the Facebook-owned image-posting site Instagram.
Facebook also ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon and Google are ending their nearly 2-year spat, agreeing to bring their video streaming apps to each other's devices.
Back in 2017, Google pulled its popular YouTube video app from Amazon's Fire TV after the online shopping giant refused to sell some Google products. Amazon ...
NEW YORK (AP) - Investors are giving unicorn technology companies Zoom and Pinterest a rousing reception in their debuts on the stock market.
Zoom Video Communications, which makes video conferencing technology, soared 81% when it opened for trading after pricing its initial public offering at $36. Pinterest, which lets users ...
The Department of Justice hinted at the possibility of recently arrested WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange facing further charges in federal court filings Wednesday.
Certain details involving the government's case against Mr. Assange should "remain under seal because it contains nonpublic information about an ongoing criminal investigation," wrote G. Zachary Terwilliger, ...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state's largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction.
The Albuquerque Journal reports the Public Regulation Commission's on Tuesday ordered Public Service Company of New Mexico to charge Facebook for nearly half ...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally.
The Senate leader said Thursday his bill will cover all tobacco products, including vaping devices.
The Kentucky Republican represents a state ...
U.S. stock indexes moved mostly lower in early trading Thursday as investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings.
Losses in health care, technology and financial stocks outweighed gains in industrial companies and elsewhere in the market.
Drugmaker Pfizer fell 2.9%, PayPal dropped 2.8% and Regions Financial slid 3.1%.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - A jailed Swedish programmer friendly with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he's confident the case against him in Ecuador lacks substance and "will collapse."
Privacy activist Ola Bini also says in a statement provided by his attorney that he's being held under "the best of circumstances" ...
LONDON (AP) - Google said Thursday it will start giving European Union smartphone users a choice of browsers and search apps on its Android operating system, in changes designed to comply with an EU antitrust ruling.
Following an Android update, users will be shown two new screens giving them the ...
Swedish aerospace and defense company Saab has announced it had got a new order for delivering the Sea Giraffe AMB naval radar for the U.S. Navy.
The U.S. Navy has contracted Saab to supply the Sea Giraffe AMB multi-role surveillance radar, designated AN/SPS-77, for installation on the U.S. Navy’s newest Littoral Combat Ships LCS 36 and LCS 38.
The order, placed by General Dynamics, is further testament to Saab’s continued growth in the U.S. market.
Saab received the first order for Sea Giraffe AMB for the Littoral Combat Ships in 2005. Since that time, Saab has continuously developed the standard Giraffe AMB sensor to meet multiple missions in the U.S. sea services from open-ocean blue-water applications into the littorals.
“Saab is a world leader in radar and sensor technology. With the Sea Giraffe, we have developed a highly capable and efficient radar platform that can be easily adapted and evolved to meet the specific operational needs of the customer; now and in the future”, says Anders Carp, Senior Vice President and Head of Saab business area Surveillance.
Saab will carry out the work in Syracuse, NY in the U.S. and Gothenburg, Sweden.
In addition to the AN/SPS-77 currently being deployed on Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships, variants of Sea Giraffe are also being developed for U.S. Navy Expeditionary Sea Base ships and U.S. Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter class ships. Saab is also developing a derivative of the AN/SPS-77 known as AN/SPN-50, to meet the air traffic control needs of the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command for deployment on CVN class aircraft carriers and LHA/LHD class landing dock ships.
Saab’s Sea Giraffe radars are currently part of three separate U.S. military and homeland security programmes and on or under contract to be aboard six classes of U.S. ships. It all started in 2006 when the U.S. initially selected Sea Giraffe AMB for the first two Independence-class Littoral Combat Ships, which are now in operation.
“We delivered these first two systems for the Littoral Combat Ship on time, and have been building credibility by providing excellent service after they were commissioned”, head of Saab’s U.S. Sensor Division, Jay Abendroth explains. “Saab invests heavily in its products with in-house research and development programs to ensure that our products are current and up to date while offering shorter delivery times compared to competitors. By offering mature products at the start of programs, Saab is able to get products to the field faster with fewer changes.”
Transfer of technology forms a key part of Saab’s offer and the company is creating a number of domestic markets outside of Sweden. This is dually beneficial for Saab and the customer. In the U.S., this means the products develop in line with the end user’s requirements, support local industry and create jobs, while Saab is able to expand its market base.
NATO’s multinational battlegroup in Lithuania began exercise Eager Leopard in Pabrade on Wednesday (17 April 2019).
According to a statement released by NATO, the exercise mobilizes around 650 troops, including Czech, Dutch, German and Norwegian forces. It provides an opportunity for the battlegroup to enhance its readiness, testing its ability to deploy troops and equipment.
The battlegroup will conduct three training sequences of 36 hours, testing defensive and offensive tactics.
“This exercise is the perfect chance for the German, Dutch and Czech companies to increase their readiness and capabilities. This is especially important in order to prepare for the Level 3 Field training exercise Iron Wolf, which we will conduct with our Lithuanian partners in June”, said Lt. Col. Peer Papenbroock, Commander of the battlegroup in Lithuania.
NATO deployed four multinational battlegroups to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in 2017. These battlegroups, led by the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and the United States respectively, are multinational, and combat-ready.
Their presence makes clear that an attack on one Ally will be considered an attack on the whole Alliance. NATO’s battlegroups form part of the biggest reinforcement of the Alliance‘s collective defense in a generation.
Snipers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division conduct sniper training with snipers from the Israel Defense Forces 35th Paratroopers Brigade here April 05, 2019.
The training was part of Allied Spirit X, which includes approximately 5,600 participants from 15 nations, March 30-April 17, 2019, at the Hohenfels Training Area in southeastern Germany.
“We came out here to Grafenwoehr, to work with the Israeli snipers,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Phillip West, sniper assigned to 2nd Bn., 34th Armored Regt., 1st ABCT, 1st ID. “To compare our equipment and techniques and to do some drills with them.”
Allied Spirit is a U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise series designed to develop and enhance NATO and key partner interoperability and readiness across specified warfighting functions.
“Training is going very well with the Israeli snipers,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Tacoma L. Haack, sniper assigned to the 2nd Bn., 34th Armored Regt., 1st ABCT, 1st ID, “There are some parts of their training that we don’t do. So, it’s nice to get out here and see how they shoot and what techniques they use.”
Achieving interoperability through exercises such as Allied Spirit X by engaging with the militaries of other nations gives U.S. Soldiers the opportunity to learn skills that increase the lethality of their units.
“Their basis of training is more quickness and memory, while ours is more long distance and calculated,” said Sgt. Haack.
At the range the snipers shot targets from 300, 400, 500, 600, and 800 meters in both the prone and standing positions. The U.S. snipers sent rounds downrange using the M110-SASS and the Israeli snipers used the SR25-CARBINE.
“We’re similar in a lot of ways,” said Sgt. West, “but the Israeli snipers also do things a little bit differently. So, it’s really good training to get out here and work with them. They are really good at what they do, they are very proficient.”
Allied Spirit X allows allies to connect personally, professionally, technically and tactically – to create stronger, more capable forces during times of crisis.
“We’ve been bouncing our ideas off of each other,” said Sgt. Haack. “We’ve been incorporating each other’s skills and techniques into our own training to make us all better.”Photo by Spc. Yon Henderson Photo by Spc. Yon Henderson
The U.S. Department of Defense announced on Wednesday that General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) received a $138 million contract modification for manufacture parts for the military service’s MK80 and BLU-109 Tritonal bombs.
GD-OTS was awarded a $125,000,000 modification to domestic and Foreign Military Sales (Iraq, Bahrain and Singapore) contract for MK80 series general purpose and BLU-109 tritonal bomb components.
The Mk80 series are relatively cheap and can be deployed by a wide variety of aircraft.
This class of weapons uses a shape known as Aero 1A, designed by Ed Heinemann of Douglas Aircraft as the result of studies in 1946. It has a length-to-diameter ratio of about 8:1, and results in minimal drag for the carrier aircraft. The Mark 80 series was not used in combat until the Vietnam War, but has since replaced most earlier GP weapons. It includes four basic weapon types:
The BLU-109 is a hardened penetration bomb. The BLU-109 has a steel casing about 1 inch (25.4 mm) thick, filled with 530 lb (240 kg) of Tritonal. It has a delayed-action tail-fuze. The BLU-109 entered service in 1985. It is also used as the warhead of some marks of the GBU-15 electro-optically guided bomb, the GBU-27 Paveway III laser-guided bomb, and the AGM-130 rocket-boosted weapon.
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems manufactures large- and medium-caliber ammunition, bomb bodies and precision metal components; provides explosive load, assemble and pack services for a variety of tactical missile and rocket programs; and designs and produces shaped charge warheads and control actuator systems.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. has announced on 17 April that Oklahoma will be the future home of the XQ-58A Valkyrie long-range, high subsonic unmanned air vehicle (UAV).
The XQ-58A Valkyrie, a runway independent UAV capable of long-range flights at high-subsonic speeds developed in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), will be produced at the Kratos Unmanned Aircraft production facility in Oklahoma City.
“Kratos is excited to announce that Oklahoma will be the future home of the XQ-58A Valkyrie. Kratos and the state of Oklahoma share a commitment to supporting our armed forces. As our company continues to grow and develop and build high-performance, low-cost technologies like the Firejet and the Valkyrie, we are proud to be doing so here. Oklahoma’s skilled workforce will help us keep America safe,” said CEO of Kratos Eric DeMarco.
The XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator completed its inaugural flight March 5, 2019 at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona.
Kratos expects to employ more than 350 employees in Oklahoma in the high-skilled engineering, design, and manufacturing fields to support the production contracts for these aircraft.
Governor Kevin Stitt said, “Oklahoma is proud to be home to a growing list of aerospace companies, who are continuing to bring high-skilled jobs to our highly patriotic and educated workforce. Kratos is a critical to our growth, and we are grateful that Kratos continues to invest in the Sooner State.”
As to date, the Kratos Unmanned Aircraft production facility in Oklahoma City is home to the production of Kratos’ Tactical UAS and MQM-178 Firejet unmanned aerial target systems.
For reference, the MQM-178 Firejet fills a variety of end-to-end weapons-release training roles including surface-to-air and air-to-air. Capable of flying a wide variety of speed and maneuverability profiles, Firejet delivers unmatched versatility by providing the opportunity to test multiple weapon systems with one flexible and affordable aerial target system.
U.S. weapons maker Northrop Grumman Corp has announced that Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) pod for the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft has achieved Milestone C.
The LAIRCM defense system is designed to protect the KC-135 Stratotanker and other aircraft from surface-launched Infrared (IR) guided missiles.
According to a news release put out by Northrop on Wednesday, this critical milestone, awarded by the Department of Defense Milestone Decision Authority, marks the end of the development and testing phase and enables the beginning of production and deployment.
The KC-135 does not have system built-in missile defense systems like some other aircraft because traditionally they were out of range of high-threat areas. The LAIRCM Gen 3 system will allow airplanes without built-in systems the safety and security to enter hot-spots around the globe.
The Generation 3 podded LAIRCM system, known previously as Guardian, is an infrared countermeasure system that detects, tracks and jams incoming missiles. It incorporates advanced missile warning sensors, a compact laser pointer/tracker and a processor in a single pod that can be readily transferred between aircraft to meet rapidly changing mission requirements.
This mature system leverages Northrop Grumman’s decades-long countermeasures experience and requires no aircrew intervention. KC-135 aircrews can focus on their critical refueling, aeromedical evacuation and cargo missions while gaining the full survivability benefit the LAIRCM system provides.
To achieve Milestone C, Northrop Grumman worked closely with the KC-135 Program Office, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command to thoroughly test LAIRCM for KC-135 in the laboratory and the field.
“In this changing threat environment, the LAIRCM Generation 3 pod is ready to provide much-needed protection to KC-135 aircrews as they carry out their critical support missions,” said Bob Gough, vice president, land and avionics C4ISR, Northrop Grumman.
Northrop Grumman’s infrared countermeasure systems have been installed on more than 1,800 large and small fixed wing, rotary wing and tilt-rotor platforms of more than 80 types.Photo by Tech. Sgt. Samantha Mathiso
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