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February 07, 2017
MISSILE DEFENSE
Raytheon contracted for Patriot missile support



Washington (UPI) Feb 2, 2017
Raytheon received a $202 million foreign military sales contract to provide engineering services for its Patriot weapon system. The contract includes sales to various U.S. allies, including Germany, Israel, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Spain, Taiwan and the Netherlands. Bids for the contract were solicited via the internet with one received. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the work will be performed in multiple locations, and is expected to be complete by ... read more

UAV NEWS
NAVAIR completes spike missile test with UAV target
The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division recently completed a demonstration of its developing Spike missile. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
China ships sail near disputed isles after Mattis visit: Japan
Japan said Chinese coast guard vessels sailed Monday into its territorial waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea, days after the new US defence chief vowed to defend Tokyo's control of them. ... more
MISSILE NEWS
China tests its new super-accurate missile during war games
The Chinese People's Liberation Army Rocket Force has begun practicing the deployment of medium-range Dongfeng (DF) missiles capable of reaching strategic US and Japanese bases near China, the lates ... more
FLOATING STEEL
Chinese aircraft carrier program to make new advances in 2017
The progress of China's aircraft carrier program continues to move forward into the new year after achieving a number of milestones in 2016. In November 2016 the Soviet-era Liaoning, Beijing's ... more
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NUKEWARS
China Boosting Nuclear Capabilities, Narrowing Gap With US, Russia
China is likely to change the rules of the game in the Asian-Pacific region: in the coming years Beijing may narrow the gap with the US in terms of strategic nuclear capabilities, Russian military e ... more
MISSILE NEWS
China to sell new AR-2 missile to foreign countries
China plans to sell its new drone-capable air-to-surface AR-2 missile to foreign customers, according to the country's state-run media. ... more
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China warns US after Mattis says Senkakus covered by treaty
China warned the US Saturday it was risking instability in Asia after President Donald Trump's new defence secretary vowed to back Japan in any military clash with Beijing over a disputed island chain. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Shifting monsoon altered early cultures in China
The annual summer monsoon that drops rain onto East Asia, an area with about a billion people, has shifted dramatically in the distant past, at times moving northward by as much as 400 kilometers an ... more
SINO DAILY
Exile, jail, abduction: the hazardous lives of China's rich
The mysterious case of a billionaire who went missing from Hong Kong last week, reportedly abducted by mainland security agents, has underscored the precarious lives of China's ultra rich. ... more
SINO DAILY
Missing Chinese billionaire targeted over stocks crash: report
/> A Chinese billionaire who went missing from Hong Kong and is said to have been abducted by mainland security agents is reportedly under investigation in connection with China's 2015 stocks crash ... more


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THE PITS
Beijing's mayor vows step away from coal
The mayor of Beijing said the city would move to improve air quality across the region by taking a dramatic step away from the use of coal. ... more
TRADE WARS
China accuses US of violating WTO rules: media
Beijing accused Washington of "protectionism" and violating global trade rules on Saturday, Chinese media reported, after the United States imposed hefty tariffs on certain Chinese steel imports. ... more
TRADE WARS
Chinese FM to visit Australia in wake of Trump tiff
/> China announced on Friday that Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Australia next week, raising the prospect of stronger bilateral ties as US President Donald Trump unsettles the global diplomat ... more
CAR TECH
Pedal power revival as bike-share apps race for glory
Unlock them with an app, drop them off anywhere, and nip past lanes of stationary car traffic: the humble bicycle is seeing a revival in China as a new generation of start-ups help tackle urban congestion and pollution with fleets of brightly coloured two wheelers. ... more

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China looks to Mars, Jupiter exploration
China's plans for deep-space exploration included two Mars missions and one Jupiter probe. China plans its first Mars probe by 2020, said Wu Yanhua, vice director of the China National Space Administration. A second Mars probe will bring back samples and conduct research on the planet's structure, composition and environment, Wu said. Also on the agenda are an asteroid explorat ... more
China's first cargo spacecraft to leave factory

China launches commercial rocket mission Kuaizhou-1A

China Space Plan to Develop "Strength and Size"

Top tech companies argue against Trump travel ban
Dozens of top tech companies - including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter - have filed a joint legal brief arguing against President Donald Trump's travel ban. The brief was filed late Sunday with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of an ongoing lawsuit against the ban. It charged that the ban "inflicts significant harm on American business, innovati ... more
One income for all: far-fetched, or future fact?

Chinese FM to visit Australia in wake of Trump tiff

India's techies fear US crackdown on high-skilled visas

Property and credit booms stablise China growth
Chinese growth stabilised in the third quarter, data showed Wednesday, as ample credit and hot property markets propped up the world's second-largest economy. But while the forecast-beating reading was in line with state targets, it came as experts warned that authorities have relied too much on easy credit, which has in turn increased financial risks. The economy grew 6.7 percent in Jul ... more
China data and US banks propel equities higher

No debt-for-equity cure for zombie firms, says China

China's ranks of super-rich rise despite economic slowdown

China warns US after Mattis says Senkakus covered by treaty
China warned the US Saturday it was risking instability in Asia after President Donald Trump's new defence secretary vowed to back Japan in any military clash with Beijing over a disputed island chain. The Senkaku Islands, known in China as the Diaoyus, are at the centre of a festering row between Tokyo and Beijing, which claims they have been part of Chinese territory for centuries. Wra ... more
China ships sail near disputed isles after Mattis visit: Japan

US-Japan alliance 'cornerstone' of stability: Mattis

Ukraine leader says will hold referendum on joining NATO

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Toshiba to stop building new nuclear plants: report
Japan's Toshiba is set to dramatically reduce its nuclear operations and stop building new atomic power plants after suffering billion of dollars of losses on US projects, a report said. The engineering conglomerate, a once proud pillar of corporate Japan, is undergoing major restructuring after an accounting scandal and huge losses in its nuclear business. The company now intends to ann ... more
Iran imports 149 tonnes of uranium from Russia: atomic chief

France's Areva picks up Japanese investors

Canada uranium supplier, Fukushima operator in contract fight

UK minister accuses Russia of 'weaponising misinformation'
UK Defence minister Michael Fallon on Thursday accused Russia of "weaponising misinformation", in a stark warning on cyber warfare in which he also took aim at Kremlin-backed media. "Today we see a country that in weaponising misinformation has created what we might now see as the post-truth age," Fallon said during a speech at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. "Russia is cle ... more
Protecting quantum computing networks against hacking threats

Norway accuses Russia of cyberattack

Americans distrustful after hacking epidemic: survey

Toshiba to stop building new nuclear plants: report
Japan's Toshiba is set to dramatically reduce its nuclear operations and stop building new atomic power plants after suffering billion of dollars of losses on US projects, a report said. The engineering conglomerate, a once proud pillar of corporate Japan, is undergoing major restructuring after an accounting scandal and huge losses in its nuclear business. The company now intends to ann ... more
Iran imports 149 tonnes of uranium from Russia: atomic chief

France's Areva picks up Japanese investors

Canada uranium supplier, Fukushima operator in contract fight

Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm
Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has secured a Pounds 27 million contract with East Anglia One Limited to supply and install the land cable connection for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. Comprising of 102 turbines, the Pounds 2.5 billion wind farm will generate sufficient electricity to power 500,000 homes. The contract involves the ... more
Russia's nuclear giant pushes into wind energy

The power of wind energy and how to use it

Largest US offshore wind farm gets green light

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NRDC: States should lead low-carbon economy
It may be up to the governments of U.S. states to take the lead in the effort to advance a low-carbon economy, the Natural Resources Defense Council said. A review of federal data from the NRDC finds the U.S. renewable energy sector was one of the largest job creators in recent years. The estimated 350,000 people tied to the solar energy sector is greater than some parts of the conventi ... more
Storing solar power increases energy consumption and emissions

Academics build ultimate solar-powered water purifier

Eltek to provide solar energy for hospitals in Zimbabwe under UNDP programme

N. Korea nuclear attack would trigger 'overwhelming response': Mattis
/> Any nuclear attack by North Korea would trigger an "effective and overwhelming" response, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said Friday as he sought to reassure Asian allies rattled by President Donald Trump's isolationist rhetoric. Mattis spoke in the South Korean capital of Seoul on the first overseas tour by a senior Trump administration official as concerns rise about the direction o ... more
Defiant Iran in missile exercise day after US sanctions

Trump slaps sanctions on Iran as tension mounts

VP Pence warns Iran against testing Trump's resolve

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Denel to deliver armored vehicles to Namibia
South Africa-based defense contractor Denel is on track to deliver armored patrol vehicles and lightweight remote weapon systems to Namibia. Namibia's order includes eight RG32M vehicles in addition to four SDROW weapon stations. Denel officials expect to deliver all the items by the end of March 2017. The RG32M is part of a family of mine-resistant 4x4 vehicles used by peacekeep ... more
Army orders mortar fuzes for FMS customer

Harris providing electronic warfare gear to Morocco

Austria orders Pandur 6x6 armored personnel carriers

Russia to sell off stake in gun-maker Kalashnikov
Russian state-run holding company Rostec announced Friday it has agreed to sell off a stake in Russian gun-maker Kalashnikov as part of an overhaul of the producer of the famed AK-47 assault rifle. Rostec said it would sell 26 percent to private investors that already owned half of the firm in a move that will reduce the state's holding in the weapons manufacturer to a blocking stake of jus ... more
US defense chief begins Trump's plans to grow Pentagon

Rich man loses millions in scam by fake French defence staff

In a bid for defense exports, India is giving contracts to the private sector

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Transparent gel-based robots can catch and release live fish
Engineers at MIT have fabricated transparent, gel-based robots that move when water is pumped in and out of them. The bots can perform a number of fast, forceful tasks, including kicking a ball underwater, and grabbing and releasing a live fish. The robots are made entirely of hydrogel - a tough, rubbery, nearly transparent material that's composed mostly of water. Each robot is an assembl ... more
MIT's wearable AI system can detect a conversation's tone

New wave of robots set to deliver the goods

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Philippine ministers say mine closure order will cost jobs
The Philippine environment minister's move to close some two dozen mines sparked concern Sunday among two of her colleagues, who said it could hit the economy and employment. The mining industry - accused of illegal tree felling and polluting rivers - has also questioned the order of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez. The Philippines is the world's top supplier of nickel ore and the mai ... more
Philippines closes 23 mines over damage to environment

Hungary court orders retrial over 2010 toxic spill

Defense mechanism employed by algae can effectively inhibit marine fouling

Taiwan economy rallies thanks to electronics demand
Taiwan's economy notched up its best performance in almost two years in the final quarter of 2016, with strong demand for electronics offsetting a plunge in mainland tourists, according to official data released Wednesday. Growth was 2.58 percent year-on-year in the October-December period, the fastest expansion since the first quarter of 2015 when the economy grew 4.01 percent. It was ... more
Taiwan envoy hails US ties after Trump inauguration

Taiwan tells Beijing to grow up over Trump ceremony row

Taiwan simulates China attacks as tension rises

Fatalities soar for Afghan forces as govt loses ground to Taliban
The death rate among Afghan troops and police soared last year as the Kabul government's overall control of the country declined significantly, an official US watchdog said in a report Wednesday. The grim new statistics paint a picture of a beleaguered nation still in the grip of a security crisis, despite many years and billions of dollars spent building up Afghanistan's army and police. ... more
Afghanistan seeks more women to join its army

Two years after NATO steps down, Afghan forces still struggle: US inspector

Syrian Kurds say not invited to Astana talks



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