July 2019

Survivors rescued from secret sub after blaze

[ad_1] MOSCOW — Some crew members have survived a fire that killed 14 sailors on board one of the Russian navy’s deep-sea research submersibles, the nation’s defense minister said Wednesday. Sergei Shoigu didn’t specify how many crew members were rescued from Monday’s fire. Speaking at the navy’s Arctic base of Severomorsk, he praised the vessel’s crew for “heroic” action, saying they sacrificed their lives to rescue a civilian expert and… Read More »Survivors rescued from secret sub after blaze

Nuclear reactor safe on fire-ravaged sub

[ad_1] MOSCOW — The nuclear reactor on one of the Russian navy’s research submersibles hasn’t been damaged in a fire that killed 14 seamen, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday, adding that the vessel would be put back into service after repairs. The Defense Ministry said the 14 seamen were killed by toxic fumes from Monday’s blaze, the navy’s worst accident in more than a decade. It said some others… Read More »Nuclear reactor safe on fire-ravaged sub

What will the US defense industry do when China cuts off rare earth supplies?

[ad_1] On June 17, Chinese state-controlled media again threatened disruption of rare earth supplies to the United States — this time targeting U.S. defense contractors. The astonishing threat noted that “military equipment firms in the United States will likely have their supply of Chinese rare earths restricted” and follows calls just weeks ago to shut off rare earth supplies to the United States. The latest comments follow a meeting of… Read More »What will the US defense industry do when China cuts off rare earth supplies?

Russia wants to show it innovated its way around sanctions

[ad_1] Beneath the rictus grin of the plastic owl-shaped robot, Russia’s military future can be seen in aggregate. The federation showcased a range of vehicles and robots over the course of the Army 2019 Expo in June, and the net effect is of a nation engineering its way back into military modernity. The components of that military are already on the showroom floor. The challenge will be one, now, of… Read More »Russia wants to show it innovated its way around sanctions

How 2 Space Norway satellites will help the Air Force in the Arctic

[ad_1] Two Norwegian satellites will host the core components of the U.S. Air Force’s next generation satellite communications system for the arctic, Northrop Grumman announced July 3. The Air Force payloads are part of the the Enhanced Polar System Recapitalization project, a program that fills the military’s satellite communications need in the arctic reguib, which is not regularly covered by the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite system or its predecessor,… Read More »How 2 Space Norway satellites will help the Air Force in the Arctic

Fincantieri’s FREMM frigate design bulks up for the US FFG(X) competition

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — To meet the U.S. Navy’s famously high survivability standards, the FREMM frigate design has had to hit the gym and pack on hundreds of thousands of pounds of muscle in pursuit of wining the Navy’s FFG(X) competition. U.S. Navy ships are built like linebackers: able to take hit upon hit and stay in the game. But that comes at the cost of extra steel. And in the… Read More »Fincantieri’s FREMM frigate design bulks up for the US FFG(X) competition

Watch the aircraft that flew over Trump’s July 4 extravaganza

[ad_1] Standing in a steady drizzle and flanked by the nation’s top military leaders, President Donald Trump turned the National Mall into an airshow Thursday evening as aircraft from all four services and the Coast Guard roared over the Lincoln Memorial in a loud, proud celebration of the birth of America 243 years ago. Trump spent the first part of his “Salute to America” speech extolling the virtues of those… Read More »Watch the aircraft that flew over Trump’s July 4 extravaganza

The results are in for Red Flag-Alaska

[ad_1] WASHINGTON ― Nearly 3,000 airmen from the U.S., Britain, Japan, South Korea and Thailand participated in Red Flag-Alaska 19-2, which wrapped June 21. The two-week multinational training exercise is meant to provide realistic combat experience to pilots in a controlled environment, which increases their survivability on actual combat missions, Senior Airman Eric Fisher said in an email. The exercise is also an opportunity for airmen from partner nations to… Read More »The results are in for Red Flag-Alaska

Robots compete to hunt snipers in Navy challenge

[ad_1] The snipers were perched around the hockey rink in Florida. As its human handlers exited through a side of the rink, a counter-sniper team robot into position, before unleashing foam orbs on its turreted foes. A succession of teams passed through, each trying to best both the defenders and their competition, armed with an arsenal you could find in a toy store. Even with comical armaments, there are still… Read More »Robots compete to hunt snipers in Navy challenge