Global Arming – US 2017 Foreign Military Sales on Track to Beat 2015 Record

The sales include a $3.51-billion deal for Boeing-produced CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopters sold to Saudi Arabia, and $3.5 billion for AH-64E Apache attack helicopters purchased by the United Arab Emirates. Morocco has been cleared to buy TOW 2A anti-tank missiles, along with associated logistical support, for $108 million. The figures bring the Defense Security Cooperation…

Japan launches space junk collector into orbit

Japan has launched an experimental space scavenger into orbit that will study the possibility of getting rid of cosmic junk caused by over half a century of space exploration. More than 500,000 pieces of “space junk” are circling our planet and being tracked by NASA. Millions more tiny fragments of old satellites and spent rocket…

Raytheon Wins $101 Million Contract to Repair F-18 Jet Radar Receivers

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Raytheon will provide repair support for 10 weapon replaceable assemblies of AN/ALR-67(V) radar warning receivers for F/A-18 jets, according to the release. The contract spans four years and has a one one-year option period, which if exercised, brings its total estimated value to $128.1 million, the release noted. The Boeing, formerly McDonnell-Douglas…

Democrats Retreat on Miners’ Health Care, Avert Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON —  The Senate headed to a vote averting a government shutdown at midnight Friday as coal-state Democrats beat a tactical retreat and promised to continue their fight next year for months-long health care benefits for retired miners. “We had no intention of shutting down the government,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., adding that Democrats…

Illusive concept of Syrian ‘moderates’ failed despite financing & propaganda – Churkin

Hijacked by armed extremists, the so-called moderate opposition has effectively ceased to exist in Syria, Russia’s UN ambassador told the General Assembly. The forum was passing a resolution calling for the cessation of hostilities in the war-torn country. On Friday, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted 122 to 13 on a non-binding resolution demanding…

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