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Southwest Valley Constructors receives $175.4M for border wall in Texas

Southwest Valley Constructors receives $175.4M for border wall in Texas

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Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Southwest Valley Constructors was awarded a $ 175.4 million contract for border wall construction in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, the Pentagon announced Friday. Work on this contract will be performed in Rio Grande City, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 4, 2021, according to the Department of Defense. The project is funded with Fiscal 2018 and 2019 appropriation funds, with the full amount of the award being obligated immediately. In May 2019 the Pentagon awarded Southwest Valley Constructors with a $ 646 million million contract for design and build of the border wall at Tucson, Ariz., after being selected to compete for each order of a $ 5 billion bid earlier that month. According to the Arizona Daily Star, Albuquerque, N.M.-based contractor was formed in D...
Lockheed Martin receives $12.3 million to develop underwater drone

Lockheed Martin receives $12.3 million to develop underwater drone

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Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin with a $ 12.3 million contract for phase one of the the Manta Ray program. The contract funds research, development and demonstration of an extra-large underwater drone. According to DARPA, the purpose of the Manta Ray program is to create a new class of long duration, long range, payload-capable undersea drones -- underwater vessels that could operate without the need for logistic support or maintenance from human staff. More than half -- 52 percent -- of work on the contract will take place in West Palm Beach, Fla., with other work taking place in Cherry Hill, N.J., and a variety of locations in the U.S. This contract has an estimated completion date of January 2021. Research and development fund...
Controversial South Korea pundit receives suspended prison sentence

Controversial South Korea pundit receives suspended prison sentence

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Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A conservative South Korean commentator charged with creating falsified documents that framed pro-democracy activists as North Korean spies has been given a two-year suspended prison sentence. Jee Man-won, who has alleged participants in the South's May 18, 1980 Gwangju Uprising were members of the North Korean military's special forces, was also fined about $ 1,000 at a Seoul central district court, Yonhap reported Thursday. Jee has been charged with defamation, including labeling South Korean Catholic priests as "communists," alleging photos taken during the uprising show North Korean soldiers, and accusing Kim Sa-bok, a South Korean taxi driver who became the subject of a 2017 hit movie about the events in Gwangju, of being a communist, according to Newsis. According ...
Oshkosh Defense receives $801M to deliver JLTVs to Montenegro

Oshkosh Defense receives $801M to deliver JLTVs to Montenegro

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Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Oshkosh Defense was awarded an $ 801 million deal to provide joint light tactical vehicles to Montenegro through the Department of Defense's foreign military sales program, the DoD announced Tuesday. Under the contract Oshkosh will deliver 2,721 JLTVs and 16,714 associated kits to the Balkan nation. The JLTV was developed by the U.S. Marines and the Army as a replacement for Humvee, with the Marines announcing in August that the first JLTVs were ready for use. During a visit to the country in October Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US had offered an agreement to Montenegro to deliver $ 36 million worth of light tactical vehicles to Montenegro. He described it as "the largest sale of military equipment in the history between the two countries." Montenegro, which j...
Vietnam receives last of 39 remains of trafficking victims

Vietnam receives last of 39 remains of trafficking victims

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The last remains of the 39 Vietnamese who died while being smuggled in a truck to England last month have been repatriated to their home countryBy HAU DINH Associated PressNovember 30, 2019, 9:49 AM2 min read The last remains of the 39 Vietnamese who died while being smuggled in a truck to England last month were repatriated to their home country on Saturday. Photos by the official Vietnam News Agency showed the arrival at the Hanoi airport of 16 bodies and seven urns, which had been flown from London. They were loaded into ambulances on a foggy morning for a trip to their hometowns in several provinces in northern and central Vietnam. The bodies were found Oct. 23 in the English town of Grays, east of London. Police said the victims were aged between 15 and 44. While no cause of death has...