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February 23, 2017
Arecibo Observatory captures revealing images of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova

Columbia, MD (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Though not visible to the naked eye or even with binoculars, the green-tailed Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (HMP) did not escape the gaze of the world-renowned Arecibo Observatory. Scientists from the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) at Arecibo Observatory have been studying the comet with radar to better understand its solid nucleus and the dusty coma that surrounds it. "Comets are remnants of the planet formin ... read more

Leonardo supplying radars for Patroller drones
Leonardo is to supply its PicoSAR AESA radars for integration aboard Patroller unmanned aerial vehicles being supplied by Safran Electronics & Defense to the French army. ... more
Saab offering sensor package for Indian Tejas fighters
Saab reports that it is offering a sensor package for India's s LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter aircraft in partnership with Indian industry. ... more
Asteroid resembles dungeons and dragons dice
Radar images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 were obtained on Feb. 6 and 7 with NASA's 70-meter (230-foot) antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California. They reveal an irregular, an ... more
Beijing MST Radar detection of the lower, middle and upper atmosphere
Beijing MST (Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere) Radar is one of the largest facilities within the Chinese Meridian Project (a chain of diverse ground-based remote sensing facilities for monitoring ... more
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Saudi Arabia to get more radars for F-15 fleet
Boeing received an $18 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide AN/APG-63(V) radars for Saudi Arabia's F-15SA aircraft. ... more
Lockheed completes inlet coating repair on F-22
Lockheed Martin has completed its first maintenance and repair of the special exterior coatings of an F-22 Raptor's inlets. ... more
U.S. Navy deploys new 'digital quarterback' in Japan
The U.S. Navy is strengthening airborne radar and detection capabilities in the Asia-Pacific with five E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes early warning and control aircraft. ... more
New beam pattern yields more precise radar, ultrasound imaging
University of Rochester researchers have developed a novel beam pattern that promises to lend unprecedented sharpness to ultrasound and radar images. ... more
U.S. Navy orders radar detection kits for MH-60R aircraft
The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $45.8 million contract to deliver automatic radar detection kits to support MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. ... more
MEADS team submits updated proposal for Poland's Wilsa program
The Polish government received an updated offer for its medium-range air defense program from MEADS International. ... more

New 'needle-pulse' beam pattern packs a punch

Russia restores radar field securing all-round defense against missile attacks
The Russian Aerospace Forces have restored the united radar field, which provides control and warns of missile launches and attacks outside the state borders, media reported Thursday, citing Russian ... more
Moscow's air defense registered a dozen missile launches in 2016
In 2016 the crew of a Don-2N radar facility, one of many keeping an eye on the skies over Moscow and the Central Industrial Region, registered nearly a dozen ballistic and space rocket launches, Ros ... more
Thales supplying Crowsnest radar system to Royal Navy
Thales is to supply Britain's Royal Navy with a new airborne and surveillance capability under a subcontract from Lockheed Martin UK. ... more
Swiss air force upgrading surveillance radars
Master air defense radars of the Swiss air force are to be modernized by Thales to extend their operational capabilities until the year 2030. ... more

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Russian Helicopters in talks with India for 200 aircraft
Russian Helicopters is in talks with the government of India for the potential sale of 200 helicopters to support various security roles. Representatives for the state-owned defense enterprise say both parties are finalizing the terms of the contract. Under the current draft, 140 of the rotorcraft will be built in India. The remaining 60 will be supplied by the company's existing facili ... more
NATO countries to join multinational aerial tanker initiative

India, Russia close in on chopper deal: report

Czech Republic, Switzerland eye A400M lease from Germany

To rule the waves: US eyes large-scale navy revamp plan
According to US military and defense experts, the country's navy needs a deep modenization in order to be able to counter the emerging threats and challenges. During a recent visit to United States Central Command in Florida, President Donald Trump said: "Our Navy is at a point almost as low as World War I. That's a long time ago. It's not going to happen anymore. Not with me." The capabil ... more
France places order for fourth Batiment multimission ship

Brazil to retire its only aircraft carrier, Sao Paulo

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Police in China's restive Xinjiang to track cars by GPS
A prefecture in China's restive Xinjiang region has ordered all vehicles to be equipped with GPS-like tracking software, police and media reports said Tuesday, as authorities step up an "anti-terrorism" campaign. All drivers in the Bayingol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture must install a China-developed satellite navigation system called Beidou "to prevent theft, but also primarily to maintai ... more
GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command

Australia and Lockheed field 2nd-Gen sat-based augmentation system

UK may lose access to EU Galileo GPS system after Brexit

In Atmospheric River Storms, Wind Is a Risk, Too
Atmospheric river storms are hailed as drought-busters when they bring needed rain and snow, but they have a well-known dark side: damaging floods. A new NASA study documents a second destructive force in these storms: high winds. The study shows that atmospheric rivers were associated with almost half of the most extreme mid-latitude windstorms globally for the past 20 years, doing billio ... more
Airbus to develop payload for first Franco-German Earth observation satellite

Sentinel-2 teams prepare for space

Earth Science on the Space Station continues to grow

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Harris intros new wideband manpack radio system
A new lightweight wideband manpack radio with enhanced data rates has been launched by the Harris Corporation. The system is designated the Falcon III RF-300H and Harris says it dramatically improves high-frequency tactical communications by transmitting high-level security images, maps and other large data files from beyond-line-of-sight environments in a compact, lightweight package. ... more
Russia showcases jam-proof communications system

IAI secures $30 million in signals intelligence contracts

Terahertz wireless could make spaceborne satellite links as fast as fiber-optic links

UAE orders battle management system from Harris
The United Arab Emirates has given the Harris Corporation a two-year contract to provide its military with an integrated battle management system. The contract, issued under the UAE's Emirates Command & Control System Land Tactical System program, is worth $189 million. "This Land Tactical System project represents a major milestone in the advancement of battlefield management an ... more
U.S. Marines place $150M order for Target Sight Systems

Orbital ATK reports new orders for Bushmaster guns

Russia ready to export new T-90 tank variant

Global arms trade highest since Cold War: study
Worldwide arms trade has risen to its highest level since the Cold War in the last five years, driven by a demand from the Middle East and Asia, a study said Monday. Between 2012-2016, arms imports in terms of volume by countries in Asia and Oceania accounted for 43 percent of global imports, a 7.7 rise compared to the previous 2007-2011 period, according to the Stockholm International Peace ... more
SIPRI: Arms imports rise in Asia, Middle East

Pentagon chief says military running smoothly amid turbulent transition

Germany, Norway expand defense industry coooperation

Raytheon developing new tool for war game assessment
Raytheon is developing an automated assessment system for judging the effectiveness of 21st century weapons in war game scenarios. The first-of-its-kind tool, commissioned by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, will automatically teach war game participants which weapons to use in every possible scenario, including missiles, kinetic interceptors, cyber and electronic warfare weapons. ... more
U.S. Army awards $3 billion in missile defense contracts

New US Missile Hits Target in Space

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Turkey finalizing S-400 missile deal with Russia
Defense leaders in Turkey are finalizing an agreement with the Kremlin to procure Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems. The two countries have been in negotiations over the purchase since August 2016. Recent comments by Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to local media quoted by the TASS news agency suggest the parties are close to reaching a deal. "The S-400 talks a ... more
Russia's Next Gen S-500 Prototype Launch Date Announced

UAE orders MBDA anti-ship missiles

Lockheed Martin completes tests with modernized TACMS missiles

Northrop Grumman, PGZ to deepen industrial cooperation
Northrop Grumman and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, Poland's state-owned enterprise, announced plans to collaborate on future defense projects. The prospective partnership was formally recognized when representatives from PGZ and Northrop Grumman International Trading signed a Letter of Intent declaring the two parties would explore how to cooperate on security-related contracts. Nort ... more
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Tech tools gain traction amid Trump war on leaks

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N. Korea more isolated than ever after Malaysia killing
North Korea had few friends even before the assassination of the leader's half-brother at a Kuala Lumpur airport last week, but the fallout from the killing looks set to further isolate the nuclear-armed state. Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur have enjoyed relatively warm economic ties, with some bilateral trade and citizens from both countries entitled to travel to the other under a unique recipr ... more
China move puts onus on US in N. Korea impasse: experts

No major impact from China coal ban, says N.Korea official

Iran in new military drills despite US warnings

Russia to carry out tourist flights around Moon by 2022
Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia hopes to be the first to offer space tourism around the Moon aboard the Soyuz spacecraft by 2021-2022. First round-the-Moon flights should be possible for space tourists aboard the Soyuz spacecraft in 2021-2022, Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia, told Sputnik. "We are speaki ... more
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Russian Aviation Company S7 Group restructures
Russia's S7 Space Transportation Systems (STS) company, part of the S7 Group, has been given a license to conduct launches and other space activities in Russia, the firm said Monday. "As early as this year, we plan to launch a Zenit-M rocket from the Baikonur spaceport, with STS providing analytic integration and other assistance in the launch process as well as ensuring cooperation betwee ... more
Russia successfully launches space freighter after crash

SpaceX cargo ship aborts rendezvous with space station

Energia to make 2 modifications of Federatsiya spaceship

FARC disarmament dates delay is likely
FARC rebels need the United Nations to reschedule the dates for Colombia's historic disarmament process, as the country readies to implement a peace deal to end Latin America's last major armed conflict, they said Tuesday. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are due to demobilize, starting March 1, with UN supervision under a peace deal with the government after 52 years of fig ... more
FARC disarmament to begin March 1: official

Top Yemen commander killed as rebels hit back

Cyprus peace talks called off amid mounting war of words

ESA's six-legged Suntracker flying on a Dragon
Tomorrow, a Space-X Dragon cargo ferry will be launched to the International Space Station packed with supplies, experiments, tools and food for the six astronauts living and working high above Earth. In the unpressurised cargo hold is a new NASA sensor that will monitor our atmosphere with a helping hand from ESA. The Space Station flies 400 km above our planet at 28 800 km/h, experiencin ... more
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Sky and Space signs agreement with US Department of Defence

Curtiss-Wright offers COTS Module for measuring microgravity acceleration

Russia to carry out tourist flights around Moon by 2022
Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia hopes to be the first to offer space tourism around the Moon aboard the Soyuz spacecraft by 2021-2022. First round-the-Moon flights should be possible for space tourists aboard the Soyuz spacecraft in 2021-2022, Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russia's Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia, told Sputnik. "We are speaki ... more
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