U.S. calls Chinese missile tests in South China Sea ‘disturbing’

July 3 (UPI) — The Pentagon on Wednesday condemned weekend missile tests by China in the contested South China Sea. Over the weekend, China carried out an anti-ship ballistic missile test and fired at least one missile into the South China Sea, which contains several hundred tiny islands claimed by China, Taiwan, Vietnam and other countries. Among them are the ...

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Pentagon seeks ideas for small military space station

July 3 (UPI) — The Defense Innovation Unit of the Pentagon announced a call for ideas for a small, autonomous military space station this week. The “solicitation brief,” known in civilian circles as a request for proposal, seeks “solutions for a self-contained and free flying orbital outpost. The solution must be capable of supporting space assembly, microgravity experimentation, logistics and ...

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard breaks ground on production training facility

July 2 (UPI) — Norfolk Naval Shipyard conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for a 157,000-square-foot, $64.7 million production training facility. Training currently spread across 26 different locations and eight departments will be consolidated in one complex in Portsmouth, Va. The complex is one of the largest shipyards in the world specializing in repairing, overhauling and modernizing ships and submarines “In establishing ...

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BAE Systems, Rheinmetall launch military vehicle joint venture

July 1 (UPI) — Defense contractors Rheinmetall of Germany and BAE Systems of Britain launched a joint venture on Monday to build combat vehicles. The companies issued a statement announcing the formation of Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land, to be headquartered in Telford, England. The new venture is expected to play a major role in the development and construction of the ...

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General Atomics gets $21.9M Army contract for work on Gray Eagle drone

June 28 (UPI) — General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. was awarded a $21.9 million contract for support services on the Gray Eagle drone, the Defense Department announced Thursday. The contract with the U.S. Army calls for procurement of performance based logistical support services on the MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft system, a 3,600-pound, 28-foot-long drone with a 56-foot wingspan. It ...

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