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Iveco, Leonardo consortium lands Italian contract for armored vehicles

Iveco, Leonardo consortium lands Italian contract for armored vehicles

Business
July 26 (UPI) -- Iveco-Oto Melara Consortium, a joint venture between Italian defense companies Iveco Defense Vehicles and Leonardo, received a $ 185.2 million contract from the Italian Ministry of Defense for Centauro II armored vehicles. The contract includes vehicles, spare equipment and associated support for the first orders of a 136-vehicle deal, according to a Leonardo news release. Italian Secretary General of Defense and National Armaments Director Aerial Squadron Marshall Carlo Magrassi, Italian Army Chief of Staff General Salvatore Farina and Director of the Land Armaments Lieutenant General Francesco Castrataro attended a signing ceremony Tuesday. The Centauro II is a wheeled, highly mobile 8x8 anti-tank vehicle with a 120mm gun, with options for a 105mm gun. It carries a coa...
Russian space capsule with 3 astronauts lands in Kazakhstan

Russian space capsule with 3 astronauts lands in Kazakhstan

Technology
A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts from the International Space Station has landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan. The capsule hit the ground at 6:39 p.m. (1239 GMT) Sunday without apparent problems, descending under a red-and-white parachute. Aboard were Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan's Norishige Kanai, ending a 168-day mission. All three were extracted from the capsule within 30 minutes. They appeared to be in good condition as they sat in lounge-type chairs near the capsule so they could re-adjust to the pull of gravity. The astronauts will later be taken to Karaganda, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) to the northeast. There they will undergo a longer medical exam and then be flown either to Moscow or Houston. The orbiting laborator...
China lands nuclear bombers on South China Sea island

China lands nuclear bombers on South China Sea island

World
May 19 (UPI) -- The Chinese military landed a strategic bomber for the first time Saturday on an island reef in the South China Sea, something the U.S. Department of Defense said is raising tension and destabilizing the region. A Chinese state news agency said the People's Liberation Army Air Force sent the bombers to conduct drills in its "southern waters." Several bombers, including the advanced H-6K, was conducting take-off and landing drills on an island reef. The Communist Party of China, People's Daily, shared a video on social media of the drills. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said the H-6K has a combat radius that could cover the entire South China sea. "Nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the bombers, including Manila and all five Philippine mili...
SpaceX's Block 5 launches, lands safely, delivers satellite into orbit

SpaceX's Block 5 launches, lands safely, delivers satellite into orbit

Science
May 11 (UPI) -- On the second launch attempt, SpaceX's Block 5 rocket, the final iteration of the Falcon 9, successfully blasted off on Friday. The updated rocket model, upgraded to enhance reusability, carried a Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into geostationary orbit. It will be the first Bangladeshi communications satellite put into space. The rocket launched right on time at 4:14 p.m. ET from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On Thursday, a last-minute abort alert forced SpaceX to abandon it's launch plans. The brief launch window didn't give engineers enough time to identify and correct the technical glitch. However, statements from SpaceX suggested the problem was with ground support systems, not the rocket itself. After launch, the mission achieved a quick successi...
E.J. Montgomery: Kentucky lands five-star recruit

E.J. Montgomery: Kentucky lands five-star recruit

Sports
April 9 (UPI) -- Five-star high school basketball prospect E.J. Montgomery has decided to take his talents to the University of Kentucky.The 6-foot-10, 215-pound forward from Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga. announced the decision on Monday."First I want to thank God for this amazing opportunity, without him none of this would be possible," Montgomery wrote on Twitter Monday afternoon. "Next I would like to thank my parents, high school coaches and Atlanta Celtics program for helping and guiding me throughout this process. Lastly I would like to thank all the schools and coaches that took the time to recruit me.""I appreciate all the relationships that were built over the course of the recruiting process. I learned a lot about each and every school during the process thanks to all #BBN...