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Nokia plays down compliance issues after shares drop

From: REUTERS TECH - 17 min 20 sec ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Nokia sought to play down the risks of an investigation into compliance issues at its Alcatel-Lucent business after its shares fell sharply on Friday.
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Musk promises to let Michigan students tour rocket factory

From: Washington Times TECH - 43 min 42 sec ago - [CET/Central European Time]

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Tech billionaire Elon Musk surprised students by showing up at a school assembly in Flint, Michigan, and promising to take some of them for a tour of his Space X rocket factory in California.

Musk and Flint Community Schools Superintendent Derrick Lopez also told the crowd ...

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German Air Force jumping on passive radar

From: Defense News - 51 min 19 sec ago - [CET/Central European Time]
News of the early stages of an acquisition program comes months after the German military tested the potentially revolutionary technology to track planes over Bavaria.
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Civil Support Teams exercise at Hamilton College

From: New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs - 1 hour 1 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
CLINTON, N.Y.--New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Sean Durst and Sgt. Madalena Noyes both members of the 24th Civil Support Team check out a suspicious truck during an nuclear biological chemical radiological response drill at Hamilton College in Clinton N.Y. on March 21 2019. Members of the New York National Guards 2nd and 24th Civil Support Team the New Jersey National Guards 21st Civil Support Team conducted drills from March 18 to 21 at Hamilton College along with members of the New York State Police Hamilton College Public Safety the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control and the 773rd Civil Support Team a United States Army Reserve unit based in Germany.
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Canara Bank issues bonds to raise up to $400 mn via London branch

From: The Hindu Industry - 1 hour 17 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Bonds carry coupon of 3.875% payable half-yearly
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Julian Assange refuses House request as WikiLeaks colleague slams 'pathetic' hunt for collusion

From: Washington Times TECH - 1 hour 27 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson denied ties Friday to President Trump's election campaign on the heels of his predecessor, Julian Assange, defying requests for related material from the House Judiciary Committee.

"It's rather pathetic how people are trying to connect the dots about some kind of collaboration," said Mr. Hrafnsson, an ...

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LAFD deploys 1,000 hand-held thermal imaging cameras

From: Washington Times TECH - 1 hour 36 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Fire Department has deployed 1,000 hand-held thermal imaging cameras that can help firefighters locate victims in smoke-filled rooms or find fire hidden inside walls, attics and crawl spaces.

The new devices are about the size of a smartphone and will be carried by ...

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Los Angeles dockworkers oppose expanded automation

From: Washington Times TECH - 1 hour 59 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dockworkers in the Port of Los Angeles are fighting use of driverless electric cargo trucks.

The issue drew union members, business owners and activists to a hearing Thursday by the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners, which postponed a construction permit for the system after Mayor ...

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Army Corps of Engineers grants final permit for PolyMet mine

From: Washington Times TECH - 2 hours 25 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota the final permit it needs to proceed.

The permit deals with how PolyMet will mitigate the project's effects on wetlands. The Corps says the project will impact 500 fewer acres ...

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GM announces jobs, electric vehicle after Trump criticism

From: Washington Times TECH - 2 hours 32 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from the president over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new electric vehicle at a factory north of Detroit.

The company says it will spend ...

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Florida Man Googles self to find out which Florida Man he is

From: Washington Times TECH - 2 hours 38 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - It turns out there's a "Florida Man" in all of us.

A new social media challenge is allowing people to look up what version of "Florida Man" they are based on their birthdays.

"Florida Man" has become shorthand for a unique brand of idiocy mined from ...

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Europe needs private A.I. champion, German minister tells paper

From: REUTERS TECH - 3 hours 3 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Europe needs to think about creating an artificial intelligence company that is able to keep up with global rivals, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told Tagesspiegel newspaper.
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Coast Guard Updating Parental Leave Protocols to Improve Retention

From: MILITARY HEADLINES - 3 hours 13 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The service plans to release results of a study on retaining female service members next week.
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Coast Guard Updating Parental Leave Protocols to Improve Retention

From: COAST GUARD - 3 hours 13 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The service plans to release results of a study on retaining female service members next week.
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Europe must build world's best batteries to save jobs: German minister

From: REUTERS TECH - 3 hours 14 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Europe was under pressure in the race to set up production of battery cells for electric cars in order to keep up with China or the U.S., Tagesspiegel newspaper reported on Friday.
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Russian advanced tank hunter spotted in Syria

From: DEFENSENEWS - 3 hours 19 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

The latest version of Russian advanced attack helicopter, known as Mi-28NM was spotted in Syria for the first time.

The improved Mi-28NM has been seen in a video attributed to the Syrian militants that are fighting in Northern Hama on March 21.

The new Russiam attack helicopter has been deployed for a short time in the Syrian battlefield for combat trials, according to a local source.

The Mi-28NM is the latest version of the Mi-28 attack helicopter that incorporates upgrades based off Russian experiences in Syria. The improved helicopter is designed to search for and destroy low-speed air targets, tanks, armored and non-armored vehicles as well as enemy manpower in daytime and at night, in all weather conditions.

Being an upgraded variant of the Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter, it differs significantly from its predecessor. The Mi-28NM onboard radar equipment comprises an innovative helmet-mounted imaging and pointing system.

The helicopter is equipped with an N025 radar station, which makes it possible to carry out round watch. The upgrade also has a new EW system. In addition to that, the Mi-28 NM helicopter has a modified fuselage and modernized engines; a radio-electronic onboard system and a target sight system; an auxiliary power plant and equipment for communication with unmanned aerial vehicles.

The new helicopter still under test and have not yet entered squadron service.

#RuAF Mi-28NM operates in #Hama, #Syria, for the first time. pic.twitter.com/ubc13YWYTr

— Syria frontlines (@SyriaWarReports) 22 March 2019

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Pinterest steps up planning for IPO, aims to list shares on NYSE in April: WSJ

From: REUTERS TECH - 3 hours 38 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Image-search company Pinterest Inc has sped up the timing of its initial public offering, as it looks to tap into a red-hot market for new issues, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
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U.S. Air Force denies reports that Russian jets chased B-52 bomber away from the Baltic Sea

From: DEFENSENEWS - 3 hours 55 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

The U.S. Air Force in Europe and Africa spokeswoman Renae Pittman on Thursday denied claims that two Sukhoi SU-27 fighter jets made a B-52H bomber turn away from the Russian border over the Baltic Sea.

Russia’s SU-27 jets did not chase the U.S. B-52H bomber away from the Russian border over the Baltic Sea and the plane managed to complete its mission, US Air Force in Europe and Africa spokeswoman Renae Pittman told TASS news agency.

“On March 20th, the B-52 had a routine interaction with a Russian Su-27 while conducting operations over the Baltic Sea. The pilots were using transponders and operating in conformity with international law. The Russian aircraft did not chase the B-52 away, and the bomber was able to complete its mission. Operations and engagements with our allies and partners demonstrate and strengthen our shared commitment to global security and stability,” she said.

The U.S. Air Force has sent six B-52 long-range bombers to the United Kingdom for a series of training activities over Europe. The aircraft and over 450 airmen arrived at Royal Air Force base Fairford on Thursday (14 March 2018) from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

Recently, four U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortresses flew from RAF Fairford, England to several places in Europe including the Norwegian Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

United States Strategic Command demonstrates commitment to U.S. allies and partners through the global employment of military forces. Bomber missions, like those from RAF Fairford, represent our unwavering support to our allies and our commitment to regional security.

NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said: “This is a routine deployment, but it shows that the US nuclear umbrella protects Europe and demonstrates the unique capabilities the US could bring to Europe in a crisis. The B-52 deployment is yet another sign that the United States is strongly committed to NATO”.

The strategic bombers, part of the Bomber Task Force currently deployed to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility, are from the 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. The aircraft arrived in theater on March 14-15 and are temporarily operating out of RAF Fairford. The deployment of strategic bombers to the U.K. helps exercise RAF Fairford as the U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s forward training location for bombers.

The United States has deployed strategic bombers in Europe at least once a year since 2014.

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Britain to buy Wedgetail aircraft in nearly $2 billion deal

From: Defense News - 3 hours 55 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
All five aircraft, based on the Boeing 737 NG airliner, will be modified to the E-7 AEW standard by local British company Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group based in Cambridge, eastern England.
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Dunford Presents Legion of Merit to Japanese Counterpart

From: (USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NEWS - 4 hours 10 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Defense Department officials celebrated the U.S.-Japanese alliance yesterday as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff presented the Legion of Merit to his Japanese counterpart during a full-honor arrival ceremony at Fort Myer, Virginia.
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Astronauts take spacewalk to swap space station's batteries

From: Washington Times TECH - 4 hours 16 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

Two American astronauts took a spacewalk Friday to replace aging batteries on the International Space Station.

NASA's Anne McClain and Nick Hague are scheduled to work in space for several hours to swap out three old nickel-hydrogen batteries with more powerful lithium-ion batteries.

The duo overcame minor struggles in their ...

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Turkish Aerospace releases video of ANKA-AKSUNGUR first flight

From: DEFENSENEWS - 4 hours 22 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

Turkish Aerospace company has released video of the first flight of its new twin-engine medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle.

On 21 March, Turkish arms maker released footage showed the new ANKA-AKSUNGUR MALE unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in flight.

A twin-engine version of ANKA UAV with high load capacity at medium altitude has flown for 4 hours 20 minutes. UAV is powered by TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI) PD170 engine.

At this moment, full specifications, including weight, the device has not been disclosed.

According to the current information, the new Turkish UAV should have a payload mass of 750 kg (including armament), a working ceiling of 40 thousand feet (12,000 m) and a flight duration of more than 24 hours.

The UAV is equipped with a useful reconnaissance load of Turkish production (the lead developer is the Aselsan company) and a satellite communications system via the Turkish TURKSAT satellites.

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Nokia shares dive on potential Alcatel-Lucent compliance issues

From: REUTERS TECH - 4 hours 47 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Finnish network equipment maker Nokia said on Friday it was looking into transactions at its former French rival Alcatel-Lucent which it acquired in 2016, after reporting possible compliance issues at the unit to U.S. authorities.
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Coast Guard Still Grappling With 'Hangover Effect' from Government Shutdown

From: COAST GUARD - 4 hours 49 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The service must tackle a $1.7 billion maintenance backlog, Adm. Karl Schultz said.
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Coast Guard Still Grappling With 'Hangover Effect' from Government Shutdown

From: MILITARY HEADLINES - 4 hours 49 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The service must tackle a $1.7 billion maintenance backlog, Adm. Karl Schultz said.
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Automaker Changan parters with Tencent, Alibaba on RMB 10 billion mobility business

From: TECHNODE - 4 hours 59 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
In a national movement towards a high-value and sustainable economy, Beijing is vigorously promoting electric vehicles with subsidies.
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Briefing: Tencent doubles down on customized cloud computing services

From: TECHNODE - 5 hours 4 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The rivalry between Tencent and its long-term competitor Alibaba in the cloud computing industry is heating up.
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Nokia reports compliance issues at Alcatel-Lucent business

From: REUTERS TECH - 5 hours 8 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Finnish network equipment maker Nokia said on Friday it was looking into transactions at its former French rival Alcatel-Lucent which it acquired in 2016, after reporting possible compliance issues at the unit to U.S. authorities.
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German minister on Facebook password glitch: Didn't expect such frightening unprofessionalism

From: REUTERS TECH - 5 hours 15 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Germany's Justice Minister on Friday said she would hardly have expected such "frightening unprofessionalism" from Facebook after the company acknowledged a glitch that exposed passwords of millions of users to its employees.
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Racist threat closes schools in Charlottesville, Virginia

From: Washington Times TECH - 5 hours 16 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Public schools in Charlottesville, Virginia, remain closed as authorities investigate a racist threat that was posted online.

News outlets report that the system's nine schools were closed Thursday and Friday out of precaution after authorities told school officials of the threat on Wednesday.

Superintendent Rosa Atkins ...

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China's Evergrande Health aims to build production capacity for up to 1 million EVs in 3 years

From: REUTERS TECH - 5 hours 42 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
China's Evergrande Health said on Friday it aims to build production capacity for 500,000 to 1 million electric vehicles in three years.
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Alibaba, Tencent, car makers set up $1.5 billion China ride-hailing venture

From: REUTERS TECH - 5 hours 54 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Alibaba, Tencent, Suning, and car makers including Chongqing Changan Automobile have set up a $1.5 billion Chinese ride-hailing venture, a move that could test the dominance of ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing.
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Chinese telecom operators cautious about investments in 5G

From: TECHNODE - 5 hours 56 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Total investments will need to reach RMB 1.23 trillion in order to build China’s 5G networks.
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Fort Gordon Bid Rigging Case Nets Another Guilty Plea from Former Army Colonel

From: MILITARY HEADLINES - 6 hours 22 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
A retired Army colonel admitted Thursday he took more than $1.2 million in a conspiracy to rig bids.
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BAE Systems awarded $41,8M for USS Anchorage modernization and repair

From: DEFENSENEWS - 6 hours 22 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

San Diego–based BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair company is awarded a $41,8 million contract for the execution of San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

The department said this availability will include a combination of maintenance, modernization, and repair of USS Anchorage (LPD 23).

BAE will provide the facilities and human resources capable of completing, coordinating, and integrating multiple areas of ship maintenance, repair, and modernization.

This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $48,428,791.

Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by July 2020.

San Antonio class amphibious transport dock ships are warships that embark, transport and land elements of a landing force for a variety of expeditionary warfare missions.

The San Antonio class is the functional replacement for over 41 ships including the LPD 4 Austin class, LSD 36 Anchorage class, LKA 113 Charleston class, and LST 1179 Newport class amphibious ships. The newly designated LPD Flight II ships (formerly LX(R)) will be the functional replacement for the LSD 41/49 Whidbey Island Class. The San Antonio class provides the Navy and Marine Corps with modern, sea-based platforms that are networked, survivable, and built to operate in the 21st century, with the MV-22 Osprey, the upgraded Amphibious Assault Vehicle, and future means by which Marines are delivered ashore.

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US Abruptly Endorses Israel's Golan Sovereignty in Big Shift

From: MILITARY HEADLINES - 6 hours 27 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
President Donald Trump abruptly declared the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights.
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China's Evergrande Health aims to make up to 1 million electric cars in three years

From: REUTERS TECH - 6 hours 40 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
China's Evergrande Health said on Friday it aims to produce 500,000 to 1 million electric vehicles in three years.
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China's Evergrande Health aims to make up to 1 million electric cars in 3 years

From: REUTERS TECH - 6 hours 41 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
China's Evergrande Health said on Friday it aims to produce 500,000 to 1 million electric vehicles in three years.
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Russia plans to buy over 100 Il-76 aircraft as part of massive contract

From: DEFENSENEWS - 6 hours 42 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

The Russian Defense Ministry has announced plans to buy more than 100 Ilyushin Il-76 military aircraft before 2030 as part of the massive contract.

According to a statement, the Defense Ministry plans to buy more than 100 Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft before 2030, as well as air tankers developed on their basis.

“This is the main aircraft in Defense Ministry’s plans. Potentially, the Defense Ministry plans to buy more than 100 aircraft, and this number grows if we add flying tankers produced on the basis of this plane,” Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told state news agency TASS on Thursday.

According to the current information, It is an upgraded version of the IL-76MD which itself is based on the IL-76 cargo aircraft platform.

The Il-76MD-90A, also known as project Il-476 during the design stage, is developed to transport a range of military equipment, armed personnel, heavy and long size vehicles and cargoes. The latest modification is distinguished by new equipment, including a glass cockpit, modern PS-90A-76 engines, a modified wing and reinforced chassis. Il-76MD-90A is used to develop Il-78M-90A air tanker.

The 1st serial production Il-76MD-90A was rolled out at Aviastar’s Ulyanovsk plant on 16 June 2014.

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Two US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan

From: MILITARY HEADLINES - 6 hours 59 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The deaths are the third and fourth for the U.S. military in Afghanistan this year.
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French Army conduct test of 5th generation land combat missile in extreme conditions

From: DEFENSENEWS - 7 hours 4 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

The French Army has conducted a field test of the next-generation land combat missile system in extremely cold conditions.

European missile maker MBDA reported that in early 2019, the DGA (French Procurement Agency) and the French Army (STAT) organised a campaign to test the MMP land combat missile in extremely cold conditions. Performed on the Swedish state firing range at Vidsel, located near the Arctic Circle with temperatures between -15 °C and -30 °C, the cold weather campaign of the MMP was a complete success.

Three firing scenarios, representative of the operational uses of the MMP at long range, were successfully completed. In each case the missile successfully hit its target, confirming in particular the smooth operation of the system’s image processing algorithms under typical winter and subpolar conditions (snowy background).

  • The first scenario was made in LOBL mode (Lock On Before Launch) on a vehicle moving at 70 km/h.
  • The second scenario successfully engaged a cave target in low trajectory and in LOBL mode.
  • The third scenario, using the Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) mode, was made using GPS coordinates transmitted by the FELIN system (French Army Digitized Soldier System). Lock-on was achieved during flight against a tank not visible from the launch position. The tank was then successfully struck on its roof.

The campaign has confirmed the robustness of the equipment used in extreme conditions of negative temperatures. It also has confirmed the system’s ease of use and good ergonomics (compatibility with the cold weather infantry equipment for example), in highly demanding conditions for the equipment and for the user.

This campaign complements the technical and operational evaluation of the system conducted by the French army and the DGA since the start of deliveries at the end of 2017, in particular following the hot weather campaign carried out in Djibouti last August.

In service in the French army since 2018, the MMP is to date the only 5th generation land combat missile of the world to be deployed in military theaters of operations.

Photo by MBDA
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Kazakhstan orders additional C295 transport aircraft

From: DEFENSENEWS - 7 hours 16 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

The European aerospace giant Airbus has announced that Kazakhstan ordered additional C295 transport aircraft.

The aerospace giant reported the Border Service of the Republic of Kazakhstan has signed a firm order for one C295 medium transport aircraft.

Through this new agreement, which includes training, spares and ground support equipment, the overall C295 fleet operating in Kazakhstan will increase to nine aircraft.

The new C295, in transport configuration, will play a vital role in border control activities and homeland security operations due to its demonstrated reliability and cost efficiency in operation at low temperatures.

With this new order, the Border Service of Kazakhstan becomes the 31st operator of the C295 and brings the total number of orders up to 13 aircraft in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The Airbus C295 is a tactical airlifter in the light and medium segment. It is robust and reliable but also highly versatile in terms of the number of different missions it can perform.

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Bell, Rolls-Royce sign agreement to research engine designs for V-280 and V-247 platforms

From: DEFENSENEWS - 7 hours 30 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

British engine maker Rolls-Royce and Bell Helicopter, part of American conglomerate Textron, sign teaming agreement to research engine designs to improve safety, performance and affordability for future aircraft.

Bell Helicopter announced a teaming agreement with Rolls-Royce for the development of an optimized propulsion system and continued risk reduction efforts aimed at the V-280 Valor and V-247 advanced vertical lift platforms.

The collaboration will focus on the integration of Rolls-Royce’s proven low-risk and advanced propulsion systems into future Bell aircraft.

“The goal of this collaboration is to further enhance the performance and affordability of our aircraft. Future Vertical Lift programs bring revolutionary solutions for warfighters; Bell and Rolls-Royce are focused on delivering those capabilities,” said Keith Flail, vice president of Advanced Vertical Lift Systems at Bell.

This agreement extends Bell’s support for the U.S. military’s aviation modernization and acquisition priorities. Building industry relationships delivers options to rapidly mature technology and provide capability to the warfighter. The result will be more options to create aircraft with revolutionary capabilities for vertical lift programs.

“Bell is at the forefront of creating highly capable and sustainable aircraft that vastly outperform legacy platforms, and Rolls-Royce is a world leader in advanced engines and propulsion systems. We are excited to enhance our long-standing relationship with Bell and help deliver on customer requirements through innovative solutions and proven technologies,” said Jason Propes, senior vice-president, Defense Customer Relations at Rolls-Royce.

As part of this teaming agreement, Bell will lead the design, development and production of advanced vertical lift systems, and Rolls-Royce will provide its technical expertise in propulsion systems to provide potential customers with tested, high-performance solutions. This collaboration extends a successful relationship between Bell and Rolls-Royce that has existed for more than 50 years.

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NATO’s top military official talks Russia, Turkey and the INF Treaty

From: Defense News - 7 hours 32 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Since June 2018, Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach has led NATO's Military Committee, advancing the mantra of collective defense while balancing distinct threats of a more capable Russia, a more...
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New York Air National Guard receives first HC-130J Combat King II

From: DEFENSENEWS - 7 hours 39 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

The New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing (RQW) has received the first of its recently ordered  HC-130J Combat King II aircraft.

Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp has announced on 21 March delivered the first of four HC-130J Combat King II aircraft to representatives from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th RQW.

This HC-130J will be operated by the 102nd Rescue Squadron (RQS) at Francis S. Grabreski Air National Guard Base, New York. The 102nd RQS, which is part of the 106th Rescue Wing (RQW), currently operates a legacy fleet of HC-130P/N variant Combat King I aircraft, which will be replaced by four new HC-130Js. The squadron will use its HC-130Js to refuel the New York Air National Guard’s 101st RQS HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, which were manufactured by Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky business in Stratford, Connecticut.

Like others in the U.S. Air Force Rescue community, the 106th RQW lives by the motto, “That Others May Live,” which reflects its mission of supporting combat search and rescue anywhere in the world. Crews from the 106th RQW rely on HC-130s to extend the range of combat search and rescue helicopters by providing air refueling in hostile or contested airspace. Other mission capabilities include performing tactical delivery of pararescue teams, small bundles, zodiac watercraft or four-wheel drive all-terrain vehicles; and providing direct assistance to survivors in advance of a recovery vehicle.

“The HC-130 Hercules aircraft has been an essential part of the 106th’s Rescue Wing’s fleet for many decades, supporting these brave Airmen in meeting their mission requirements time and time again,” said Ray Burick, vice president of Domestic Programs for Lockheed Martin’s Air Mobility & Maritime Missions line of business. “The Lockheed Martin team is proud to provide the N.Y. Air National Guard with new HC-130Js that deliver increased power, capability and performance to support their crews in doing what they do best: saving lives and protecting the people they serve.”

The HC-130J is the only dedicated fixed-wing personnel recovery platform in the Air Force and Air National Guard. The HC-130J supports missions in adverse weather and geographic environments, including reaching austere locations. The HC-130J is also tasked for airdrop, airland, and helicopter air-to-air refueling and forward-area ground refueling missions. It also supports humanitarian aid operations, disaster response, security cooperation/aviation advisory, emergency aeromedical evacuation and noncombatant evacuation operations.

The HC-130J is one of eight production variants of the C-130J Super Hercules, the current production model of the legendary C-130 Hercules aircraft. With 400+ aircraft delivered, the C-130J is the airlifter of choice for 20 nations. The global Super Hercules fleet has more than 1.9 million flight hours of experience supporting almost any mission requirement — any time, any place.

The U.S. government operates the largest C-130J Super Hercules fleet in the world. This delivery continues the U.S. government’s transition to the C-130J as the common platform across Air Mobility Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marine Corps. The Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command currently operate a mixed fleet of C-130J and older Hercules aircraft.

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Pinduoduo’s free cash flow conundrum

From: TECHNODE - 8 hours 3 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
To what extent is the cash in payables to merchants and merchant deposits freely usable by Pinduoduo?
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Briefing: Controversial social e-commerce platform Yunji files for $200 million US IPO

From: TECHNODE - 8 hours 58 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The company was fined almost RMB 10 million in 2017 over allegations of using pyramid schemes to grow.
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Asian stocks mixed on doubts over US-China trade deal

From: Washington Times TECH - 9 hours 29 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

SINGAPORE (AP) - Asian markets were mixed on Friday as caution set in ahead of U.S.-China trade talks in Beijing next week.

The Shanghai Composite index was 0.1 percent lower at 3,097.81 while the Kospi in South Korea rose 0.1 percent to 2,186.95.

Australia's S&P ASX 200 gained 0.5 percent ...

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More than 500 fraudsters arrested over fake Didi transactions

From: TECHNODE - 9 hours 46 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The arrests follow Didi's claims that it removed nearly 140,000 fraudulent driver accounts from its platform in 2018.
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Apple's iPhone struggles unravel ambitions of Japan Display

From: REUTERS TECH - 10 hours 23 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
When Japan Display Inc broke ground on a new factory in central Japan in 2015, the future looked bright for one of the world's top vendors of liquid crystal display (LCD) panels.
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Briefing: Bitmain reportedly planning to deploy 200,000 units of its own mining equipment

From: TECHNODE - 10 hours 54 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The move could show that mining companies are preparing to invest again after last year's contraction in capacity.
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China's auto, internet giants set up 9.76 billion yuan fund to invest in ride-sharing industry

From: REUTERS TECH - 11 hours 29 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
China's major automobile and internet companies, including Chongqing Changan Automobile, Alibaba and Tencent, are setting up a 9.76 billion yuan ($1.46 billion) joint venture to invest in ride-sharing industry, Chongqing Changan Automobile said on Friday.
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Indonesia's carrier Garuda to call off order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets

From: The Hindu Industry - 11 hours 44 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Garuda is also talking to Boeing about whether or not to return the plane it has received, the spokesman said.
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Briefing: Huawei to release rumored TV set in April

From: TECHNODE - 11 hours 48 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Huawei will release the rumored Huawei TV next month, which will possibly be equipped with dual cameras, among other features.
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4 men caught in sting looking for minors online indicted

From: Washington Times TECH - 12 hours 4 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]

PHOENIX (AP) - Four Arizona men are accused of using the internet to lure children for sex acts.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office said Thursday that the men are connected to an undercover operation targeting suspects deliberately seeking minors.

Homeland Security and police from Mesa and Tempe were part of ...

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Chinese smartphone firms jazz up products, seize turf in home market from Apple

From: REUTERS TECH - 12 hours 7 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Smartphone retailers in China say it's a tough sell of late with consumers reluctant to upgrade, put off by chill economic winds.
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Briefing: TikTok and Douyin rake in $75 million with in-app purchases

From: TECHNODE - 12 hours 46 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
TikTok users in the US contributed the most to the sales, purchasing close to $41.3 million worth of coins.
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Briefing: Xiaomi briefly joins short video craze with new app

From: TECHNODE - 13 hours 20 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
It's a latecomer to the short video scene, where Bytedance and BAT are already wrestling for user attention spans.
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Briefing: Tmall Global unveils new initiatives to boost China’s imports

From: TECHNODE - 13 hours 29 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Demand for imported goods is gaining traction across age groups and regions in China.
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Briefing: Tesla sues former employee for sharing trade secrets with XPeng

From: TECHNODE - 13 hours 46 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
He allegedly stole copies of source code before taking a job at the Chinese electric vehicle startup.
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Briefing Chinese buses are the EVs making the biggest impact on global oil demand

From: TECHNODE - 14 hours 22 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Electric vehicles made up 7% of new vehicle sales in China last year.
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FDA says cybersecurity vulnerabilities found in some Medtronic devices

From: REUTERS TECH - 16 hours 27 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday said cybersecurity vulnerabilities were identified in Medtronic Plc's implantable cardiac devices, clinic programmers, and home monitors.
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NYSE wins Uber, Pinterest listings: sources

From: REUTERS TECH - 16 hours 28 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
Uber Technologies Inc and Pinterest, two of the highest profile internet companies planning to go public this year, have picked the New York Stock Exchange as the venue for their stock listings, according to sources familiar with the matter.
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Thales opens engineering facility in Romania

From: JANES - 16 hours 32 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
French defence and aerospace company Thales announced on 21 March that it had opened an ‘Engineering Competence Centre’ in Romanian capital Bucharest. The new facility, which will serve all of the company’s markets, will contribute to its goal of employing more than 1,000 people

Bolivian Air Force to upgrade UH-1H helicopters

From: JANES - 16 hours 32 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The Bolivian government has authorised a budgetary increase of BOB47.7 million (USD6.8 million) to upgrade the air force’s Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters for counter-narcotics operations. The funding, which was approved on 19 March, is in addition to an initial BOB82.7 million that

UNSC visit to Mali, Burkina Faso likely to prompt political over military focus as terrorism risk spreads

From: JANES - 16 hours 32 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The UN Security Council (UNSC) is due to visit Mali and Burkina Faso from 22 to 24 March 2019 as terrorist violence continues to spread in both countries. The mission will assess implementation of the northern Mali peace process, operationalisation of the G5-Sahel regional counter-terrorism force,

Iraqi government will likely favour mediation with PKK over military escalation in Sinjar

From: JANES - 16 hours 32 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
An hour-long exchange of small-arms fire on the Syrian-Iraqi border on 17 March between the Yekîneyên Berxwedana Şengalê (YBŞ)‎‎, an ethnic Kurdish Yazidi militia affiliated to Kurdish separatist group the Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê (PKK), and the

UK signs for E-7 AEW&C aircraft

From: JANES - 16 hours 32 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The UK has signed for five Boeing E-7 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft for USD1.98 billion, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 March. The E-7 (also known as the E-737) aircraft are being procured to replace the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) six Boeing E-3D

Nigerian Army receives new indigenous MRAP

From: JANES - 16 hours 32 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The Nigerian Army has taken delivery of five improved Proforce Ara mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles in early March, an industry source told Jane’s . These are now deployed in northeast Nigeria as part of the ongoing counter-insurgency campaign against the militants popularly

Defiant makes maiden flight

From: JANES - 16 hours 32 min ago - [CET/Central European Time]
The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant co-axial compound helicopter made its maiden flight on 21 March. The flight, which took place at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach facility in Florida, came some three months after the aircraft was rolled out in late December 2018, and marked a major milestone for

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