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U.S. Army issues full-material release for new M17, M18 handguns

U.S. Army issues full-material release for new M17, M18 handguns

Business
July 10 (UPI) -- The new M17 and M18 handguns of Sig Sauer Inc. received full-material release notification from the U.S. Army, the company said, the final stamp of approval for military use. "Full-material release is a significant milestone for the MHS [Modular Handgun System] program and is the official determination that the U.S. Army has rigorously tested and evaluated the M17 and M18 handguns, and associated ammunition, to determine it as safe for use when operated within its stated parameters," a statement from the New Hampshire-based company said on Tuesday. The official approval came from the U.S. Army's Pitcatinny Arsenal in Rockaway Township, N.J. The U.S. Marine Corps adopted the new standard-issue pistol in June, a change in armament for the first time in 30 years. The M18 wi...
Climate change: UK government ‘like Dad’s Army’

Climate change: UK government ‘like Dad’s Army’

Science
The UK has been dealt a "brutal reality check" on its climate change ambitions, environmentalists have said.The government's official climate change advisers warn ministers are failing to cut emissions fast enough, and adapt to rising temperatures.Committee on Climate Change chair John Gummer likened them to the hapless characters in 1970s comedy Dad's Army.The government said it would soon set out plans to tackle emissions from aviation, heat, energy and transport.The prime minister recently announced that the UK would lead the world by cutting almost all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 - so-called net zero. Theresa May also aspired to the UK hosting a hugely important global climate summit next year.But the CCC said that the U...
Ethiopia army chief shot dead in ‘coup bid’ attacks

Ethiopia army chief shot dead in ‘coup bid’ attacks

World
The chief of staff of the Ethiopian army, Gen Seare Mekonnen, has been shot dead by his own bodyguard in the capital, Addis Ababa.He and another officer died trying to prevent a coup attempt against the administration in Ethiopia's northern Amhara region, PM Abiy Ahmed said.In Amhara itself, regional governor Ambachew Mekonnen was killed along with an adviser.The government says the situation is under control after arrests were made. The prime minister has gone on TV to urge Ethiopians to unite in the face of "evil" forces set on dividing the country. The US state department has warned its staff in Addis Ababa to stay inside.Ethnic violence has hit Amhara and other parts of Ethiopia in recent years.Since his election last year, ...
Oshkosh, Broshuis land $13.3M Army contract for new semitrailers

Oshkosh, Broshuis land $13.3M Army contract for new semitrailers

Business
May 30 (UPI) -- Oshkosh Defense said Thursday that the U.S. Army has awarded it and a partner a $ 13.3 million contract to produce a semitrailer for heavy equipment transporter. The $ 13.3 million contract award will fill an operational need for U.S. Army Europe for a semitrailer capable of carrying a larger payload while abiding by European road rules. The deal calls for 170 semitrailers to be delivered in the next couple fiscal years and has a maximum value of $ 109.8 million. The U.S. Army Tank-automative and Armaments Command awarded the contract to Oshkosh Defense, which has been producing the heavy equipment transporter for the U.S. Army since 1976, and Broshuis B.V., which specializes in producing semitrailers for military transport, according to Oshkosh. Oshkosh initially design...
Army to get £22m cyber centre to combat digital threats

Army to get £22m cyber centre to combat digital threats

Technology
By Alistair Bunkall, defence and security correspondent The defence secretary has announced an investment of £22m to fund a new army cyber operations centre and told NATO allies they must become more comfortable engaging in offensive cyber operations against enemies.Speaking to NATO ambassadors in London, Penny Mordaunt said "it is time to pay more than lip service to cyber". She said: "We know all about the dangers. Whether the attacks come from Russia, China or North Korea. Whether they come from hacktivists, criminals or extremists. Whether its malware or fake news. Cyber can bring down our national infrastructure and undermine our democracy."We must convince our adversaries their advances simply aren't worth the cost. Cyber enemies think they can a