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Air Force tests collaborative small diameter bombs

Air Force tests collaborative small diameter bombs

Business
Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The Air Force Golden Horde Vanguard program has completed the first flight demonstration of collaborative small diameter bombs, the Air Force announced. According to the service, a team from the Air Force Test Center flew an F-16 Fighting Falcon and released two collaborative small diameter bombs during a mid-December test. Advertisement Collaborative small diameter bombs are small diameter bombs that have been modified with a collaborative network system that allows them to work together to identify targets. "The Golden Horde demonstration with the Small Diameter Bomb flights is an important step on the path to Networked Collaborative Weapon systems. Completion of this first mission sets the stage for further development and transition to the warfighter," Chris Ristich, A...
Syrian forces ‘drop banned cluster bombs’ and target hospitals

Syrian forces ‘drop banned cluster bombs’ and target hospitals

World
By Alex Crawford, special correspondent, in Idlib Sky News has seen first-hand evidence that hospitals in Idlib are being targeted by Syrian regime forces who also appear to be using banned cluster bombs as they rachet up their bombardment of the last rebel stronghold in the country.Obliterating the medical centres cuts crucial lifelines for civilians caught up in the fighting as Syrian regime forces battle with rebel groups for control of the final opposition area. Deliberately attacking medical facilities and civilian areas is deemed a war crime under international law. Image: There are thousands of people who need treatment Amnesty's Lynn Maalouf said: "This is part of a well-established patter...
Boeing awarded $65M in foreign military sales for small-diameter bombs

Boeing awarded $65M in foreign military sales for small-diameter bombs

Business
April 16 (UPI) -- Boeing has been awarded a 10-year $ 65 million contract to provide small-diameter bombs to 12 foreign nations. This contract, which was announced Monday by the U.S. Defense Department, provides for integration, sustainment and support of the small diameter bomb Increment I miniature munition and carriage system on various platforms around the world. Support includes testing, engineering, management, technical and logistical activities. The number of bombs wasn't specified. The sales are to Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Israel, South Korea, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Singapore -- as well as future country with an approved letter of offer and acceptance. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $ 2.5 million are being obligated on the firs...
Hayabusa-2 bombs asteroid with copper cannonball

Hayabusa-2 bombs asteroid with copper cannonball

Science
April 5 (UPI) -- Last month, Hayabusa-2 shot a bullet at the surface of the asteroid Ryugu. This week, the Japanese spacecraft launched a copper cannonball at the distant asteroid. The probe's Twitter account, managed by scientists at JAXA, Japan's space agency, announced the bombing mission -- officially, the "Small Carry-on Impactor" operation -- a success on Friday morning. "This is the world's first collision experiment with an asteroid!" JAXA tweeted. "In the future, we will examine the crater formed and how the ejector dispersed." Hayabusa-2's camera successfully captured images of the bomb's impact and the resulting ejecta. "Hayabusa2 is operating normally," JAXA announced in an update. "We will be providing further information once we have confirmed whether a crater has been cre...