TECHNOLOGY AND MILITARY


UK MoD launches autonomous UUV competition


Reported to us by: JANES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 02:00 - [CET]
The UK government’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) mechanism has launched a new multi-year themed competition, seeking proposals to develop an autonomous version of an existing large underwater vehicle. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) aims to address the Royal Navy’s need to
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Security alerts 19–26 April


Reported to us by: JANES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 02:00 - [CET]
Americas Argentina WATCH FOR: Traffic disruption in Buenos Aires city centre during university faculty protests from 22–25 April Risk analysis: The national university faculty labour union CONADU has called for a protest march on 22 April in Buenos Aires, and a 48-hour national strike on 24
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IAF inaugurates repair and overhaul facility for Mi-17-V5 helos


Reported to us by: JANES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 02:00 - [CET]
The Indian Air Force (IAF) inaugurated a repair and overhaul facility for its fleet of Russian-made Mil Mi-17-V5 ‘Hip’ medium-lift helicopters on 17 April at Chandigarh, some 250 km north of New Delhi. India had acquired 151 twin-engine Mi-17-V5s between 2008 and 2016 for USD2.87
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Opposition-led protests likely in Mali despite president’s appeasement attempts, as government faces no-confidence motion


Reported to us by: JANES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 02:00 - [CET]
About 100 out of 147 Malian members of parliament (MPs) on 17 April submitted a no-confidence motion in the government, which will be decided on 19 April. Political pressure has been building on President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, who on 16 April announced a national consultation on the
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New Swedish SIGINT ship launched


Reported to us by: JANES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 02:00 - [CET]
Sweden’s new signals intelligence (SIGINT) vessel was launched from the Nauta Shiprepair Yard in Gdynia, Poland, on 17 April. To be named HMS Artemis , the ship is to replace the Royal Swedish Navy’s (RSwN’s) current intelligence-gathering vessel HMS Orion , which entered service
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MBDA discloses development of SPEAR variants


Reported to us by: JANES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 02:00 - [CET]
MBDA in the UK has disclosed details on the development of two prospective air-launched missile variants evolved from its baseline SPEAR stand-off, air-to-surface developmental weapon system: SPEAR-EW (electronic warfare) and SPEAR-Glide. Still in its development phase, the SPEAR weapon is
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North Korea announces test of ‘new tactical guided weapon’


Reported to us by: JANES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 02:00 - [CET]
North Korea’s state-run media announced on 18 April that the country recently conducted a test-firing of what it described as a “a new tactical guided weapon”: a move that comes amid stalled talks with the United States over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme. The test,
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UK safety watchdog highlights Watchkeeper UAV shortfalls


Reported to us by: JANES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 02:00 - [CET]
Key Points The British Army is still having issues operating its Watchkeepers, despite the UAVs having received their ‘release to service’ certification Three Watchkeeper UAVs have crashed in recent years while on UK-based training sorties UK safety investigators have identified
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Turkey positions Type 209, 214 submarines for Indonesia’s third Nagapasa batch


Reported to us by: JANES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 02:00 - [CET]
Key Points Turkey’s STM has made a presentation on its Type 209 and Type 214 boats to the Indonesian Navy The service has further requirements for at least four more submarines beyond 2024 Turkish naval shipbuilder Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM) has made a formal
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Turkey advances Anka-Aksungur MALE UAV development


Reported to us by: JANES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 02:00 - [CET]
Turkish Aerospace is expanding the testing envelope of its internally funded Anka-Aksungur medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) development with the aim of pushing the air vehicle into series production by the first quarter of 2020, company sources told Jane’s .
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Malaysia looks to exchange palm oil for materiel


Reported to us by: JANES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 02:00 - [CET]
Malaysia will look to leverage its expansive palm oil resources to support military procurement, a senior government official has stated. Teresa Kok, Malaysia’s minister for primary industries, said the countertrade of palm oil in exchange for materiel would save local jobs, preserve state
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ST Engineering finalises MRAS acquisition


Reported to us by: JANES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 02:00 - [CET]
Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has concluded its acquisition of US aerospace firm MRA Systems (MRAS) from GE Aviation, a subsidiary of General Electric. ST Engineering said on 18 April that the acquisition – channelled through its US subsidiary, Vision Technologies
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US Air Force finding minor issues following B-1B grounding


Reported to us by: JANES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 02:00 - [CET]
A key US Air Force (USAF) officer has no deep concerns about the viability of the Rockwell B-1B Lancer strategic bomber following a 28 March grounding. “I am not finding any major additional significant system issues,” General Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) chief
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North Korea Test-Fires a New Tactical Guided Weapon


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 01:10 - [CET]
The Korean Central News Agency says Chairman Kim Jong Un observed the firing of the weapon by the Academy of Defense Science.
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North Korea test-fires a new tactical guided weapon


Reported to us by: Defense News - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 00:53 - [CET]
North Korea announced that it has test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon.
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Military Academies Begin to Follow Military Transgender Ban


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 00:40 - [CET]
The academies that educate officers for the armed forces have begun to implement the administration's transgender ban.
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Military Academies Begin to Follow Military Transgender Ban


Reported to us by: COAST GUARD - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 00:40 - [CET]
The academies that educate officers for the armed forces have begun to implement the administration's transgender ban.
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New Multi-Year War Experiment Will Prepare Marines to Fight in Crowded Cities


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:59 - [CET]
The Marine Corps plans to launch an urban-combat operations experiment this summer.
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These are the five areas where the Air Force wants to see an explosion of technology


Reported to us by: Defense News Space - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 23:18 - [CET]
The Air Force released its new science and technology strategy on April 17.
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Britain wants a large submarine drone, and it already has jobs lined up for the vessel


Reported to us by: Defense News - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:59 - [CET]
The British government has launched a competition to test a large, unmanned submarine’s ability to gather intelligence and perform other roles.
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Brazil top court criticized for order to block news stories


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:58 - [CET]

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazil's attorney general is accusing the nation's highest court of violating the constitution with an order for news organizations to withdraw some online reports on a corruption investigation that include references to one of the tribunal's justices.

The court told the news websites O Antagonista ...

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Missing Fort Carson Soldier Found Alive


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:49 - [CET]
Fort Carson soldier was found alive and in good condition Wednesday morning after he went missing for 36 hours.
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'Glass' 4K Ultra HD review


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:47 - [CET]

The latest thriller from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan that helped resolve his superpowered universe left critics yawning and now looks to tempt viewers obsessed by the ultra-high definition format in Glass (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, rated PG-13, 129 minutes, 2.39:1 aspect ratio, $44.98).

Delivering the adventures of angst-ridden vigilante David ...

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Samsung Galaxy Fold phones breaking in days


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:18 - [CET]

SAN FRANCISCO — Some of Samsung's new $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days.

Journalists who received the phones to review before the public launch say the Galaxy Fold screen started flickering and turning black before completely fizzling out. A couple of journalists say ...

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VA Looks to Create Artificial Organs, Even Bones, With 3D Printing


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:11 - [CET]
VA has launched an aggressive campaign to put 3D printers in many of its medical centers.
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Your Jet Airways tickets are unlikely to be refunded soon


Reported to us by: The Hindu Industry - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:06 - [CET]
Ministry says regulators monitoring situation to ensure rules are followed
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Aviators conduct fire bucket training


Reported to us by: New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 22:01 - [CET]
ROUND LAKE --A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter prepares to conduct water bucket training in Round Lake N.Y. April 17 2019. The collapsible buckets which are hung underneath the helicopters can dump 560 gallons of water on a fire each time they are used. Each spring Army National Guard helicopter crew members and maintenance personnel retrain on how to attach the buckets to Black Hawk helicopters and then practice picking up water and dumping it.
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Some of Samsung's new folding phones are already breaking


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:38 - [CET]

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some of Samsung's new, almost $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days.

Journalists who received the phones to review before the public launch said the Galaxy Fold screen started flickering and turning black before completely fizzling out. Two journalists said ...

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Indian purchasing agency OKs tank buy, but negotiations with Russia stand in the way


Reported to us by: Defense News - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:26 - [CET]
The T-90MS tanks are to be produced by state-owned Heavy Vehicles Factory under license from the Russian original equipment manufacturer Uralvagonzavod.
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Corps chief OKs Souris River flood project in North Dakota


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 21:21 - [CET]

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The chief of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on a Souris River flood protection project in northern North Dakota.

The Corps says in a release that Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite signed the final report Tuesday during a gathering of public officials in ...

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Evers says 13,000 Foxconn jobs is 'unrealistic'


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 20:56 - [CET]

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Tony Evers says it's "unrealistic" to think that Foxconn Technology Group will employ 13,000 people in Wisconsin, given that the size of its planned manufacturing facility has been reduced.

Evers told reporters Wednesday that the state was working with Foxconn to look at revising the ...

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House to mull 3 bills aimed at cellphone use while driving


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 20:49 - [CET]

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona House lawmakers will get to choose between three proposed laws that are designed to deal with distracted driving caused by cellphone use, Speaker Rusty Bowers announced after a closed-door meeting Wednesday of majority Republicans.

Bowers had held off on scheduling votes amid differences among Republicans about ...

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Air Force Planning Shorter, More Frequent Strategic Bomber Rotations


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:58 - [CET]
The U.S. Air Force is planning more shorter strategic bomber rotations in order to test its agility.
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Editorials from around Oregon


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:29 - [CET]

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:

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Medford Mail Tribune, April 17, on Senate taking it easier on juvenile offenders:

Oregon's initiative process allows the people to enact laws directly when the Legislature cannot or will not do so. On Tuesday, the Senate voted to change Ballot Measure 11 to be ...

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US Astronaut to Spend 11 Months in Space, Set Record for Women


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:25 - [CET]
Station astronaut Christina Koch (Cook) will remain on board for about 11 months, until February.
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The cost of new intercontinental ballistic missiles is going up. Here’s why the Air Force isn’t concerned.


Reported to us by: PENTAGON - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:12 - [CET]
But will Congress be satisfied with the explanation?
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The cost of new intercontinental ballistic missiles is going up. Here’s why the Air Force isn’t concerned.


Reported to us by: Defense News Space - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:12 - [CET]
But will Congress be satisfied with the explanation?
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Scientists spur some activity in brains of slaughtered pigs


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 19:05 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical advances and questions about the definition of death.

The brains could not think or sense anything, researchers stressed. By medical standards "this is not a living ...

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Search Underway for Missing Fort Carson Soldier


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:55 - [CET]
A search is underway for a Fort Carson soldier missing since Monday night, post officials said Tuesday.
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Rising prices worry cotton trade


Reported to us by: The Hindu Industry - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:53 - [CET]
Associations seek Cotton Advisory Board meet to get clarity on production scene
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Twitter touts 'proactive approach' to combating abuse with anti-spam technology


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 18:24 - [CET]

Twitter has taken a "proactive approach" to policing its platform of abusive tweets by leveraging the same technology used for detecting and removing spam, the company said Tuesday.

Donald Hicks, vice president of service for Twitter, and David Gasca, a product manager for the platform, touted the advancement in a ...

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The Army has a plan for China, and it’s bad news for JLTV and the Chinook


Reported to us by: Defense News - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:51 - [CET]
Moving to focus in the Pacific means systems designed for Afghanistan may need to go, according to Army Secretary Mark Esper.
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Tennessee House advances hand-held phone ban while driving


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:49 - [CET]

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee House has advanced legislation banning motorists from holding cellphones while driving.

House lawmakers voted 53-38 on Wednesday after debating the measure at length. Supporters argued the bill is needed to enhance safety while critics warned the bill was a potential government overreach. The bill ...

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To some market vets, stocks are rallying like it's 1999


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:47 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market has been so hot this year that it might need an ice-cold Fruitopia, or a Zima.

The furious rally that's brought the S&P 500 to the brink of another record, so quickly on the heels of last year's scary tumble, is reminding some ...

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Debate on Nebraska cellphone tax bill ends without vote


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:44 - [CET]

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill that would require Nebraska cities to get voter approval before raising occupation taxes on cellphones could be in jeopardy.

Lawmakers passed over the measure Wednesday without voting on it after some senators argued that it would hurt local governments.

Sen. Tony Vargas, of Omaha, ...

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Overtasking of B-1 Lancer Fleet Led to Faster Deterioration, General Says


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:28 - [CET]
The Air Force overcommitted its B-1B Lancer bombers in Middle East operations over the last decade, Gen. Timothy Ray says.
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Time releases its 100 most influential people issue


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:23 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) - Actress Taylor Swift, TV journalist Gayle King and soccer star Mohamed Saleh are among the six famous faces featured on the covers of Time's annual "100 Most Influential People in the World" issue.

The other cover stars also included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and actors Sandra ...

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As JD CEO and founder faces public criticism, what’s next for China’s largest retailer?


Reported to us by: TECHNODE - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:06 - [CET]
Layoffs, steep pay cuts, and constant comings and goings in JD’s C-suite place Alibaba’s nearest competitor in a bind.
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Shared electric scooters surge, overtaking docked bikes


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 17:06 - [CET]

NEW YORK (AP) - Electric scooters are overtaking station-based bicycles as the most popular form of shared transportation outside transit and cars.

Riders took 38.5 million trips on shared electric scooters in 2018. That eclipsed the 36.5 million trips riders took on shared, docked bicycles, according to a report released ...

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Prosecutors mull alternative to trial for Kansas gamer


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:53 - [CET]

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A judge has delayed the trial of a Kansas online gamer allegedly involved in a deadly hoax while federal prosecutors consider an alternative to prosecution that would spare him from the criminal justice system.

The attorney for 20-year-old Shane Gaskill of Wichita has applied for pre-trial ...

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US stock indexes edge lower in morning trading


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:41 - [CET]

Major U.S. stock indexes fell in morning trading Wednesday as losses by health care companies outweighed gains elsewhere in the market.

Anthem, Cigna and UnitedHealth Group were among the biggest decliners in the health care sector for the second straight day. Investors are hammering insurers amid fears over the potential ...

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The Latest: Agency that manages river dams defends actions


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:21 - [CET]

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Latest on a U.S. Senate hearing being held in Iowa in the wake of massive flooding in the region (all times local):

10:37 a.m.

Officials at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say flood control and protecting human life are their top priorities anytime flooding ...

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Jet Airways says it is halting operations from tonight


Reported to us by: The Hindu Industry - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:08 - [CET]
The airline said the decision follows the lenders refusing to offer a lifeline.
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Number of Female Generals, Admirals Has Doubled Since 2000, Report Finds


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:58 - [CET]
The jump comes as more women pursue careers in the military.
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Next CNO Wants to See More Women Getting Promoted to Captain, Admiral


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:25 - [CET]
More female officers should be serving in top Navy command posts, the admiral nominated to lead the service said Tuesday.
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AP Exclusive: Private spy targeted critics of Kaspersky Lab


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:23 - [CET]

LONDON (AP) - Keir Giles' first thought was that the man's cheap-looking suit didn't seem right for a private equity executive. The man seated in front of him at the London hotel claimed to live in Hong Kong, but didn't seem overly familiar with the city. Then there was the ...

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Vijay Mallya laments ‘airline karma’ in message for cash-strapped Jet Airways


Reported to us by: The Hindu Industry - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:23 - [CET]
In a series of tweets, he claims private airlines were discriminated against by the Indian government, which bailed out State-owned Air India but did not assist his own Kingfisher Airlines and now Jet Airways
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America’s venerable B-52 bomber vs. Russian S-400 missile system: Who would win?


Reported to us by: DEFENSENEWS - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:09 - [CET]

The recent deployment of six B-52H Stratofortresses bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana at the U.S. European Command area became a real hot topic in the media and in experts community.

B-52s have conducted flights near the Russian border in Baltic Region that probably to the annoyance of the Russian military. Moreover, Russian fighter jets repeatedly conducted an intercept of U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber over international waters of the Baltic Sea.

As previously reported, the Russian army also moved components of its S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems from Gvardeysk to Baltiysk, the westernmost town in Russia.

In a series of posts on Twitter on 22 March, military blogger Petri Mäkelä reported that Russian Defense Forces has deployed S-300 systems at the westernmost point of the enclave of Kaliningrad, near the border with Poland to counter potential air strike.

Against the backdrop of growing tensions between Russia and the U.S., many began to wonder who would win in battle of B-52 bomber vs. S-400 missile defense systems.

Airmen assigned to the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron load AGM-86/B Air-Launched Cruise Missiles onto the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Nov. 3, 2015, during Exercise Global Thunder 16. Photo by Airman 1st Class Justin Armstrong

Developed in the 1950s, the B-52 heavy bomber has been the mainstay of the United States Air Force for 64 years. Venerable B-52 bomber saw service in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the War on Terror in both Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria.  And of course, he was a cornerstone of American Cold War nuclear deterrence for decades.

Even at his age, B-52 Stratofortress is capable of dropping or launching the widest array of weapons in the U.S. inventory, includes gravity bombs, cluster bombs, precision guided missiles, and joint direct attack munitions. The basic B-52 design evolved from an aircraft capable of dropping their bombs from 30,000 feet to the real Stratofortress that can launch long-range cruise missiles.

It is worth noting that Russian military sources claim that five U.S. Air Force’s B-52H Stratofortress bombers conducted a mock nuclear strike against targets in Russia, include Moskov and St. Saint Petersburg during training flights on 28 March.

B-52H’s missile range when deployed over the Norwegian Sea

The training flight of U.S. B-52H bombers with Norwegian F-16 fighter jets over the Norwegian Sea was one of the examples of dummy cruise missile attacks outside the detection zone by air-defense radars, as well as outside the combat radius of MiG-31 supersonic interceptor aircraft.

The classic B-52 cannot penetrate adversary air defenses; therefore it needs the long-range missile. But, according to Airforce Technology website, B-52H is capable of carrying some missile systems, included AGM-86A air-launched cruise missiles (with range 1500 miles), AGM-84 Harpoon missiles (with range 77 miles), AGM-86C conventional air-launched cruise missiles (with range 1500 miles) for the full range of strike operations.

A total of 744 B-52s were built with the last, a B-52H, delivered in October 1962. “H” modification is the only variant still in use by the U.S. Air Force.

Even though B-52 is the oldest aircraft in the history of the Air Force, it still remains deadly for enemies of the United States around the world.

Photo by Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

As for Russian S-400, it is one of the most modern and controversial defense missile systems in the world currently.

S-400 surface to air missile system, previously known as the S-300 PMU-3, developed in the 1990s by Russia’s Almaz Central Design Bureau as an upgrade of the S-300 family. It has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007. Open sources report the S-400 uses four missiles to fill its performance envelope: the very-long-range 40N6 (248 miles), the long-range 48N6 (155 miles), the medium-range 9M96E2 (74 miles) and the short-range 9M96E (25 miles).

But a recently published report by the Swedish Defense Research Agency, commonly known as FOI, questioned the capability of modern Russian S-400 anti-aircraft system.

In closer inspection, Russia’s capabilities are not quite as daunting, especially if potential countermeasures are factored in.

The analysis shows that the actual range of the new Russian anti-aircraft system is actually only 90-125 miles. Against low-flying missiles launched from a B-52 bomber, the S-400’s range may be as short as 12 miles.

Photo by Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

According to a report, the missile with a purported 248-miles range, the 40N6, is not yet operational and has been plagued by problems in development and testing. In its current configuration, the S-400 system should mainly be considered a threat to large high-value aircraft such as AWACS or transport aircraft at medium to high altitudes, out to a range of 125-155 mile. In contrast, the effective range against agile fighter jets and cruise missiles operating at low altitudes can be an as little 12-20 miles.

Moreover, despite its sophistication, an S-400 battery is dependent on a single engagement radar and has a limited number of firing platforms. It is thus vulnerable both to munitions targeting its engagement radar and to saturation attacks. If and when the 40N6 missile goes online, its 248-miles technical range cannot be effectively exploited against targets below approximately 3000 meters unless target data can be provided and updated during the missile’s flight by airborne or forward-deployed radars.

As a result, only a real conflict can give an exact answer. It is not easy to fully predict who would win in an epic battle between a B-52 bomber and S-400 missile system.  Thousands of other factors, such as the weather, crew, electronic warfare, and more, can affect the real situation.

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Two lawmakers raise alarms about new Space Development Agency


Reported to us by: Defense News Space - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 15:00 - [CET]
The letter obtained by Defense News gives Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson's opposition of the new space organization some much-needed support on Capitol Hill.
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Damaged USS Fitzgerald Leaves Dry Dock After 15 Months of Repairs


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:45 - [CET]
A Navy destroyer is afloat again as an overhaul continues following a 2017 collision off Japan that killed seven sailors.
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Database online for more than 16,000 historical documents


Reported to us by: Washington Times TECH - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:35 - [CET]

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire officials have launched an online database that gives users access to more than 16,000 historical documents.

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources says the support tool, available by subscription, is for anyone interested in the state's history and its historic places.

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Briefing: Huawei delays smart TV launch, software system “not ready”


Reported to us by: TECHNODE - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:44 - [CET]
With its expertise in 5G and the Internet of Things, Huawei is expected to drive change in the low profit TV segment.
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F-21 will give India significant edge with greater standoff capability: Lockheed Martin


Reported to us by: The Hindu Industry - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:21 - [CET]
Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems would produce the F-21 in India
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Nio executives not worried despite ‘greater than anticipated downturn’ in sales


Reported to us by: TECHNODE - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:11 - [CET]
Flashy Shanghai auto show presence belies automakers underlying woes.
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Royal Navy wants large unmanned submarine that can operate independently for 3 months


Reported to us by: DEFENSENEWS - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 13:06 - [CET]

The Royal Navy (United Kingdom’s naval warfare force) is moving forward with a plan to develop an autonomous version of an existing large underwater vehicle or unmanned submarine.

According to recently notice by Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), the Royal Navy has requested tenders from the industry for the large unmanned underwater vehicle as a testbed for future Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (XLUUV) technology.

The Royal Navy is looking for a flexible UUV capable of hosting different payloads/sensors which will be utilized in a range of testing scenarios.

The unmanned submarine should be able to:

  • operate independently for a minimum of 3 months,
  • operate at significant range from the position of deployment (e.g. up to 3000 nautical miles),
  • carry, deliver and recover test payloads of >2m3 and 2 metric tonnes (see vignette 3),
  • provide flexible, accurate and timely covert intelligence gathering capability (see vignette 1),
  • provide an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) barrier capability (see vignette 2).

The contract will have two stages, a research, design and re-fit stage and a testing and trialling stage. In the latter stage it is expected that the system will be tested in representative environments for extended periods; the sea trials in Stage 2 may be up to 2 years long. This range of tests will determine capability limits of a UUV, to assist in the development of future requirements and the design of future capabilities.

The total funding available for this competition is £1m for Stage 1 (research and development of an autonomous control system and re-fit of an existing manned submersible to implement this innovative autonomy); and a further £1.5m for Stage 2 (rent and testing of the novel autonomous functions of the submersible at a manufacturer-proposed operating base for up to 2 years). Tasking of Stage 2 is dependent on the success of the Stage 1 capability demonstrations.

The competition closes at midday (BST) on 11 June 2019.

According to the British Ministry of Defence, contact for the new underwater system will be signed 01 August 2019.

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Court Ruling Adds to Delay in Alleged USS Cole Bomber Case


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:20 - [CET]
A federal appeals court has thrown out years of legal proceedings against a Saudi charged in the deadly 2000 bombing.
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Denim Day to Bring Air Force Academy into Forefront of Sexual-Assault Discussion


Reported to us by: MILITARY HEADLINES - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:15 - [CET]
Jeans, long forbidden for cadets on duty, will be allowed April 24 as part of an effort to raise awareness of sexual assault.
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Mindtree Q4 net up 8.9% at ₹198.4 cr; board declares special dividend of 200%


Reported to us by: The Hindu Industry - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:14 - [CET]
Mid-sized IT firm Mindtree on Wednesday said its consolidated net profit grew 8.9% to ₹198.4 crore for the March 2019 quarter, from ₹182.2 crore in t
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Briefing: Amazon reportedly withdrawing from China


Reported to us by: TECHNODE - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:06 - [CET]
Amazon’s withdrawal is another to add to the long list of multinational companies that failed to tap the Chinese market.
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