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State Department approves $133.3M missile sale to Japan

State Department approves $133.3M missile sale to Japan

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Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved the potential $ 133.3 million foreign military sale of Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles to Japan.The deal, announced on Tuesday, is set to provide the government of Japan with four Standard Missile-3 Block IIA missiles, along with four Mk 29 missile canisters, if approved by the U.S. Congress, which has been notified of the potential sale.The contract will also provide U.S. government and contracted technical assistance, along with transportation, engineering and logistics support services, the Pentagon said in a press release.The Raytheon produced Standard Missile-3 Interceptor is a defensive weapon used to destroy short and intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The missiles are fired out of the Mk 29 Sea Sparrow Guided Missile Laun...
FDA approves EKG app for Apple Watch

FDA approves EKG app for Apple Watch

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Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Apple Watch wearers will soon be able to easily monitor the rhythm of their heart whenever and wherever they want.That is if they buy AliveCor's Kardiaband EKG reader, the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.The previous iteration of the KardiaMobile device used a remote sensor linked to a smartphone, but the latest accessory inserts into the band of the Apple Watch. When the sensor is touched, it can capture an EKG reading in 30 seconds and differentiate between normal sinus heart rhythms and atrial fibrillation, the most common abnormal heart rhythm.The medical device also includes a new feature called SmartRhythm, which taps into the Apple Watch's activity monitoring capabilities for correlations between ...
State Department approves $1.1B contract for support of Qatari F-15QA aircraft

State Department approves $1.1B contract for support of Qatari F-15QA aircraft

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Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The State Department announced Wednesday a possible foreign military sale of F-15QA multi-role fighter aircraft program support services to Qatar for a total estimated cost of $ 1.1 billion.State Department officials said that the potential foreign military sale supports the "foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States," as "Qatar is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Persian Gulf region."The $ 1.1 billion dollar contract is for multiple construction services, cybersecurity and force protection infrastructure in support of Qatar's McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle fleet. Ten U.S. government civilians will also work directly with Qatar to support construction, cybersecurity and force protection efforts there.The State ...
FDA approves new gene therapy for blood cancer

FDA approves new gene therapy for blood cancer

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Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new form of cell-based gene therapy for adults with certain types of large B-cell lymphoma, marking only the second time a gene therapy has been approved for the disease.The therapy is called Yescarta and will be used to treat patients with the deadly blood cancer who have not responded to other forms of treatment."Today marks another milestone in the development of a whole new scientific paradigm for the treatment of serious diseases," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. "In just several decades, gene therapy has gone from being a promising concept to a practical solution to deadly and largely untreatable forms of cancer."Researchers call the gene therapy a "living drug" that attacks cancer cells through im...
State Department approves sale of A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria

State Department approves sale of A-29 Super Tucanos to Nigeria

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Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The State Department has approved a $ 593 million sale to Nigeria of A-29 Super Tucano attack planes with associated parts, training, facilities and weapons.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered their certification of the foreign military sale to Congress, as required by law, on August 2.The twelve A-29s will be used by Nigeria to combat the Islamist militia Boko Haram and other extremist groups, such as the Islamic State West Africa splinter group. It will also serve to counter smuggling and other trafficking in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea.The DSCA has determined that U.S. security interests are served by assisting Nigeria in its counter-insurgency operations and that the A-29 sale will not significantly alter the military balance of power in the region.The ...