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Gentex receives $51 million contract for helmets

Gentex receives $51 million contract for helmets

Business
June 12 (UPI) -- Gentex Corporation has received a $ 51 million contract to provide for more than 35,000 Enhanced Combat Helmets to the U.S. Marine Corps.The move is meant to standardize the helmet used by Marines in both training and deployment. Currently, Marines are only issued the ECH when they are deployed and older models are used in training."Right now, we have three helmets fielded, but the future vision is a single helmet for all operating forces, which greatly simplifies logistics considerations and increases cost savings," team lead of Body Armor and Load Bearing Equipment Nick Pierce said.The ECH is also in use by the Army and Navy. It is meant to provide superior ballistic protection to older helmets along with better suspension pads and retention system.First deliveries of th...
Lockheed Martin awarded contract for KC-130J trainers

Lockheed Martin awarded contract for KC-130J trainers

Business
June 12 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has received a $ 59 million modification for an existing contract for fuselage trainers for systems used on the KC-10J, the Department of Defense recently announced.The trainers will be modified C-10 fuselages designed to represent the functions and appearance of the KC-130J airborne tanker aircraft. It will allow training on exterior and interior preflight and postflight inspections and loading operations.Work will be conducted in Tulsa, Okla., and Marietta, Ga. The program is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2021, and fiscal 2015 and 2016 funds in the amount of $ 59 million will abe allocated upon the time of the award.The KC130J tanker is designed to refuel a variety of aircraft in mid-flight in order to extend their operational range. It is based on...
Salamander found to reproduce using the sperm of at least three males

Salamander found to reproduce using the sperm of at least three males

Science
June 12 (UPI) -- Why pass along the genes of a single mate when you can impart one's offspring with DNA from three fathers? Such is the unique reproductive strategy used by hybrid all-female populations of ambystomatid salamanders.When biologists from the University of Iowa sequenced the genome of all-female, or unisexual, salamanders, they found equal portions of DNA from three different species, Ambystoma laterale, Ambystoma texanum and Ambystoma tigrinum."We're hypothesizing the successful individuals have balanced gene expression," Maurine Neiman, a professor of biology at Iowa, said in a news release. "This balance might have been a prerequisite for the emergence and continued success of this particular hybrid lineage."Researchers believe all-female salamanders employ a reproductive t...
Gareth Southgate reveals John Stones could play in midfield for England against France

Gareth Southgate reveals John Stones could play in midfield for England against France

Sports
England manager Gareth Southgate is weighing up a surprise midfield move for John Stones.Speaking on the eve of his side's season-ending friendly against France, Southgate confirmed Harry Kane would retain the captaincy and promised goalkeepers Tom Heaton and Jack Butland 45 minutes each in place of Joe Hart - while also announcing the latter was still his 'number one'.But it was his revelation that Stones, Manchester City's £50million centre-half, was being considered for a switch into unfamiliar territory that piqued most interest.Stones was edged out of the team that drew 2-2 with Scotland on Saturday by Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill but Southgate feels he has the requisite ball-playing skills to operate further up the pitch and may hand the 23-year-old a first opportunity to test driv
Puerto Rico upholds statehood demand in contentious vote

Puerto Rico upholds statehood demand in contentious vote

World
Puerto Rico's governor is vowing to make the U.S. territory the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote's legitimacy. Gov. Ricardo Rossello told a couple hundred supporters waving U.S. flags late Sunday that he will soon create a commission to appoint two senators and five representatives to demand statehood from the U.S. Congress, which has to approve any changes to the island's political status. "The United States of America will have to obey the will of our people!" Rossello yelled to a crowd clutching U.S. flags and dancing to a tropical jingle that promoted statehood. But experts say it is highly unlikely a Republican-controlled Congress would acknowledge Sunday's results, let alone accept them b...