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U.S. Navy aircraft carrier ‘harassed’ by 20 Iranian small craft

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier ‘harassed’ by 20 Iranian small craft

Iranian state news agency has released satellite image shows U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) transited the Strait of Hormuz escorted by 20 Iranian Revolutionary Guard small craft. According to media reports, a group of twenty Iranian Revolutionary Guard small craft ‘harassed’ the U.S. aircraft carrier strike group Abraham Lincoln with the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf ...

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India to launch spy satellite, nine others on December 11

India to launch spy satellite, nine others on December 11

Source: Sakshi Post India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket would launch the country`s latest spy satellite RISAT-2BR1 and nine foreign satellites on December 11, said the Indian space agency. According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the rocket numbered as PSLV-C48 will lift off at 3.25 p.m. with RISAT-2BR1, a radar imaging earth observation satellite weighing about 628 ...

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Pentagon Concerned Russia Cultivating Sympathy Among US Troops

Pentagon Concerned Russia Cultivating Sympathy Among US Troops

Source: Voice of America WASHINGTON – Russian efforts to weaken the West through a relentless campaign of information warfare may be starting to pay off, cracking a key bastion of the U.S. line of defense: the military. While most Americans still see Moscow as a key U.S. adversary, new polling suggests that view is changing, most notably among the households ...

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U.S. Navy christens USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Aircraft Carrier

U.S. Navy christens USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Aircraft Carrier

The U.S. Navy has christened its newest Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79), during a ceremony on Saturday, December. 6, at the Newport News Shipbuilding. John F. Kennedy is the second aircraft carrier of the Gerald R. Ford-class, slated to replace USS Nimitz (CVN 68), when that ship is decommissioned. The ceremony is primarily focused ...

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U.S. military says Russian air defenses shot down American drone over Libyan capital

U.S. military says Russian air defenses shot down American drone over Libyan capital

The news agency Reuters reported Saturday that the U.S. military believes that unarmed U.S. Africa Command remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) reported lost over Tripoli, Libya, Nov. 21 was in fact shot down by Russian air defenses and it is demanding the return of the aircraft’s wreckage. U.S. Army General Stephen Townsend, who leads Africa command, said he believed the operators ...

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Philippines Army Indicates Possible Induction Date for BrahMos Anti-Ship Cruise Missile

Philippines Army Indicates Possible Induction Date for BrahMos Anti-Ship Cruise Missile

Source: Sputnik News New Delhi (Sputnik): In a major development that could change the power dynamics in Southeast Asia, the Philippines Army has indicated that it is going ahead with the purchase of the BrahMos anti-ship cruise missile, an India-Russia joint development that is considered the world’s deadliest missile and can hit the target at around Mach 3 speed. The ...

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Russia to take nuclear trial as close to US borders as possible

Russia to take nuclear trial as close to US borders as possible

Source: Eurasia Today The Russian authorities take measures to ensure the country’s security in case Washington does not renew the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3). The treaty is to be terminated in February 2021. Russia intends to increase the aviation component of its Strategic Nuclear Forces (SNF) and take these weapons closer to the borders of a potential enemy. According ...

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Greece and Turkey closer to armed conflict, say experts

Greece and Turkey closer to armed conflict, say experts

Source: Al Jazeera Greece and Turkey have come closer to armed conflict after Turkey’s surprise delineation of an Exclusive Economic Zone with Libya, experts tell Al Jazeera. The agreement signed on November 27 and unveiled on Thursday, maps out a corridor of water stretching across the eastern Mediterranean between the coasts of Turkey and Libya, cutting across a swath that ...

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U.S. Air Force is buying additional laser weapon system

Raytheon Co., one of the world’s largest defense contractors, has been awarded a $13,1 million U.S. Air Force contract modification for High Energy Laser Weapon Systems (HELWS). The modification to the previously awarded contract covers the purchase of one additional HELWS being produced under the basic agreement, including outside continental U.S. (OCONUS) field assessment for purposes of experimentation. The U.S. Department of Defense said Thursday that work will be performed at OCONUS locations and is expected to be completed by Nov. 1, 2020. The total cumulative face value of the agreement is $36,939,636. Raytheon’s HELWS uses pure energy to detect, identify and instantly take down drones. It can target a single drone with precision. The HELWS is paired with Raytheon’s Multi-spectral Targeting System. It uses invisible beams of light to defeat hostile UASs. Mounted on a Polaris MRZR all-terrain vehicle, the system detects, identifies, tracks and engages drones. “Every day, there’s another story about a rogue drone incident,” said Stefan Baur, vice president of Raytheon Electronic Warfare Systems. “These threats aren’t going away, and in many instances, shooting them with a high energy laser weapon system is the most effective and safest way to bring them down.” The U.S. Air Force expected that new Raytheon’s laser weapon system will identify, tracks, and defends against enemy unmanned vehicles and other “close-in” defense situations. According to the current information, the Raytheon’s system is standalone, with a footprint of roughly 30 square feet. On a single charge from a standard 220v outlet, the same kind you plug your washing machine into at home, the HEL system onboard the light vehicle or buggy delivers four hours of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability and 20 to 30 laser shots. The system can also be coupled with a generator to provide virtually infinite magazine depth. The contract follows successful demonstrations of Raytheon’s directed energy systems for the Air Force and the U.S. Army.

Raytheon Co., one of the world’s largest defense contractors, has been awarded a $13,1 million U.S. Air Force contract modification for High Energy Laser Weapon Systems (HELWS). The modification to the previously awarded contract covers the purchase of one additional HELWS being produced under the basic agreement, including outside continental U.S. (OCONUS) field assessment for purposes of experimentation. The U.S. ...

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