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Second advanced weapons elevator completed on USS Gerald R. Ford

Second advanced weapons elevator completed on USS Gerald R. Ford

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March 7 (UPI) -- The second advanced weapons elevator has been accepted on the USS Gerald R. Ford, the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier Upper Stage #3 was turned over to the ship on Feb. 14 at Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia where the carrier is undergoing post-shakedown availability, the Navy said in a news release Wednesday. AWE Upper Stage #1 was accepted on Dec. 21. Ford was commissioned into the fleet in July 2017 without any of its 11 weapons elevators fully operational. The new elevators are commanded via electromagnetic, linear synchronous motors, which allows for greater capacities and a faster movement of weapons than the Nimitz-class carrier elevators that utilize cables. The ship is capable for moving up to 24,000 pounds of ordnance at ...
Putin crows as he oversees Russian hypersonic weapons test

Putin crows as he oversees Russian hypersonic weapons test

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Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a test Wednesday of a new hypersonic glide vehicle, declaring that the weapon is impossible to intercept and will ensure Russia's security for decades to come. Speaking to Russia's top military brass after watching the live feed of the launch of the Avangard vehicle from the Defense Ministry's control room, Putin said the successful test was a "great success" and an "excellent New Year's gift to the nation." The test comes amid bitter tensions in Russia-U.S. relations, which have sunk to their lowest level since the Cold War times over the conflict in Ukraine, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Putin's hopes for repairing ties with Washington under President Donald Trump have fizzled am...
How chemical weapons have helped bring Assad close to victory

How chemical weapons have helped bring Assad close to victory

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After seven devastating years of civil war in Syria, which have left more than 350,000 people dead, President Bashar al-Assad appears close to victory against the forces trying to overthrow him. So how has Mr Assad got so close to winning this bloody, brutal war?A joint investigation by BBC Panorama and BBC Arabic shows for the first time the extent to which chemical weapons have been crucial to his war-winning strategy. Sorry, your browser cannot display this map Source: BBC Panorama and BBC Arabic research. Map built with Carto. 1. The use of chemical weapons has been widespreadThe BBC has determined there is enough evidence to be confident that at least 106 chemical attacks have taken place in Syria...
12 children among 42 dead in weapons depot blast

12 children among 42 dead in weapons depot blast

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An explosion at a weapons depot in Syria has killed at least 39 civilians including a dozen children, a monitoring group has said. Three militants were also killed, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).Rescue workers used bulldozers to remove rubble and get people out of two damaged buildings.Five people were pulled out alive.One of the buildings was scorched black after a fire followed the explosion.White Helmet rescue workers attempted to lift part of the floor of one of the buildings with a crane.SOHR said the weapons depot was housed in a residential building in the northwestern town of Sarmada, in Idlib province.Its head, Rami Abdel Rahman, said the cause of the blast was "not yet clear", and that most of those killed were family ...
US to help N Korea if it abandons nuclear weapons

US to help N Korea if it abandons nuclear weapons

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The US will assist North Korea with its economy if Pyongyang gets rid of its nuclear weapons, its secretary of state has said. "If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearise, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on par with our South Korean friends," said Mike Pompeo.Mr Pompeo said there would need to be "complete" and "robust verification" of denuclearisation, suggesting it would involve inspections to ensure the North's compliance."I think there is complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are," Mr Pompeo said, though he declined to offer more detail.He said his talks with Kim Jong Un had been "constructive", "warm" and "good"."We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we a...