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SpaceX, L3Harris pursue hypersonic missile defense system

SpaceX, L3Harris pursue hypersonic missile defense system

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- SpaceX has won a $ 150 million contract to launch the U.S. Department of Defense's first batch of hypersonic missile defense satellites, the second contract -- for roughly the same amount -- that has been awarded for their development. SpaceX and Florida-based defense firm L3Harris Technologies are competing and collaborating on the project, which is designed for the rapid development of a globe-circling network with dozens of satellites. Advertisement Lockheed Martin and Denver-based satellite firm York Space Systems also are building spacecraft for the network. "It's a response to the evolving hypersonic abilities from Russia and China and others potentially," George Nacouzi, a senior engineer at the Rand Corporation, a non-profit think tank for the defens...
GM Defense begins renovating N.C. facility to build ISVs

GM Defense begins renovating N.C. facility to build ISVs

Business
Dec. 17 (UPI) -- GM Defense announced Thursday that it has started renovation of an existing General Motors building to support production of the Infantry Squad Vehicle, an all-terrain troop carrier designed to transport a nine-soldier infantry squad. The 750,000-square-foot facility is located in Concord, N.C. Advertisement Construction at the facility is likely to continue into early spring, with the production line delivering vehicles in April. "We have tremendous momentum behind our ISV win, featuring a first-of-its-kind tactical wheeled vehicle that gives our Soldiers speed, durability and performance to enhance mission success," said Tim Herrick, interim president of GM Defense. "GM Defense is responsible for the design, engineering and manufacturing of the ISV. This facility will e...
Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller travels to Somalia

Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller travels to Somalia

Business
Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller made a surprise visit to Somalia Friday in the last of a four-country tour as President Donald Trump contemplates a draw down of counterterrorism troops there. Miller, who replaced fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Nov. 9, was making his first trip abroad in the position. The U.S. military has about 700 troops in the country. Advertisement Miller was visiting neighboring Djibouti as part of his scheduled trip when he took a flight to Somalia without traveling press. Officials said he is believed to be the first defense secretary to visit the country. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Anton Semelroth said Miller took the trip to extend his holiday message of appreciation and support to the U.S. service members in Mogadishu. Somali...
Greece, UAE agree to mutual defense pact

Greece, UAE agree to mutual defense pact

Business
Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Greece and the United Arab Emirates, countries opposing recent Turkish policy, agreed to a strategic partnership on Monday. "I had the pleasure of meeting Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Prime Minister of Greece," UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed announced in a Twitter message after the two met in Abu Dhabi on Monday Advertisement "I am happy to announce the establishment of a strategic partnership to enhance political, economic and cultural cooperation between our countries," bin Zayed. The clause regarding mutual defense, calling for aid if one country's territorial integrity is threatened, is likely the most significant element of the pact. Although Greece and the UAE do not share a border or belong to a common alliance, each country regards Turkey as a threat. Greece dis...
Russian defense minister says new cyberspace secure for data exchange

Russian defense minister says new cyberspace secure for data exchange

Business
Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Russia's intergovernmental cyberspace, used to exchange information between government agencies, is secure, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday. The Russian military created a closed-loop space for discussion between government authorities and the Defense Ministry within the country's Portal system, a large collection of websites for dissemination of information. Advertisement Similar to the United States' USA.gov, Russia's Portal infrastructure now includes a means of securely transferring defense information. Russia has a Ministry of Digital Development responsible for enlarging public and government access to the Internet, as well as its postal system and broadcasting industry. "[An] information exchange has been established with the constituent entities of t...