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PROTON CARRIES RUSSIAN MILITARY SATELLITE INTO ORBIT
Thursday, August 17, 2017
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A Proton lifting off

Source: International Launch Services


A Proton lifting off

Source: International Launch Services


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BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan - On August 17, 2017 at 01:07 Moscow time (10:07 a.m. UTC; 6:07 a.m. EDT), a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle successfully launched a spacecraft into the orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch carried a satellite for the Russian Ministry of Defense.

The mission was highly secretive. There was no advance warning of the launch, and the payload designation has not been officially revealed by the Russian government. Various news outlets report that it is the Blagovest 11L, the first of four satellites for a new Russian military communications network. Blagovest satellites are based on ISS Reshetnev's Express-2000 platform and include a high throughput satellite (HTS) payload to provide high speed data connections.

The launch is also significant because it marks only the second for Russia's workhorse Proton rocket. No Proton launches occurred for nearly a year between June 2016 and June 2017, while Russian manufacturers solved build-quality problems with rocket motor components. Even though the problems seem to have been resolved, launch failures and manufacturing problems have drastically reduced Proton launch rates. Proton launches declined from a near-term high of 11 in 2012 to only three in 2016.

Source:  ILS
Associated URL: http://www.ilslaunch.com/newsroom/news-releases/khrunichev-space-center-100th-la
Source Date: August 17, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 08/17/2017

 
 
TYPHOON-VDV WITH RWS TO ENTER SERVICE
Thursday, August 17, 2017
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Source: Uralvagonzavod


Source: Uralvagonzavod


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MOSCOW - Russia aims to put the Typhoon-VDV armored vehicle into service later this year.

A report released by UralVagonZavod indicates that the Typhoon-VDV, which features a remote-weapon station (RWS), will enter service with the military before the end of 2017.

Referencing the RWS, the report said, "Now it is undergoing state tests and is to become operational within the Typhoon armored vehicle at the end of 2017."

As Tass News Agency reported, the RWS is designed by Burevestnik Central Research Institute. The turret features a 30mm 2A42 automatic cannon as well as a 7.62mm machine gun.

Among its displays at Army-2017, a military exhibition running later this month, UralVagonZavod will show off the Typhoon-VDV.

Source:  Tass News Agency
Associated URL: http://tass.com/defense/960733
Source Date: August 17, 2017
Posted: 08/17/2017

 
 
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH MAKES DEBUT IN PORTSMOUTH WITH FIRST ENTRY TO HER HOME PORT
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Sailing into Portsmouth for the first time

Source: Royal Navy


Sailing into Portsmouth for the first time

Source: Royal Navy


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PORTSMOUTH, UK - Britain's future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed into her home port of Portsmouth for the first time August 16.

Greeted by thousands of people lining the Portsmouth seafront, the 65,000-tonne carrier was met with the warmest of welcomes as she arrived in her home port this morning.

Sailors lined the flight deck of the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy as she passed Portsmouth's Round Tower. HMS Queen Elizabeth was also greeted with a flypast from the Fleet Air Arm, including Wildcat and Merlin helicopters and Hawk jets.

"Today we welcome our mighty new warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth to her home for the very first time," said Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon. "She is Britain's statement to the world: a demonstration of British military power and our commitment to a bigger global role."

The carrier program has brought together the best of British industry, with construction taking place across six cities and involving more than 10,000 people. This includes 700 businesses and suppliers, 800 apprentices and nearly 8,000 jobs at shipyards around the UK.

The UK has 11 F-35 Lightning II jets and 120 UK personnel training in the United States. By the end of this year that will be 14 jets, with trial flights from the carrier's deck on track to begin next year.

The ship will berth at the newly-named and upgraded Princess Royal Jetty at Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth, which will be home to both of the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers. The second, HMS Prince of Wales, will be officially named in a ceremony at Rosyth next month.

The berth has been upgraded and strengthened to support the carriers as part of a £100 million raft of infrastructure upgrades which took place ahead of the arrival of the ship.

A total of 3.2 million cubic meters of sediment, equivalent to 1,280 Olympic swimming pools has been removed from the harbor and approach channel, making it wide and deep enough to accommodate the enormous 65,000 tonne ships.

Both aircraft carriers are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a partnership between the Ministry of Defence and industry.

Source:  Royal Navy
Associated URL: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2017/august/16/170816-
Source Date: August 16, 2017
Posted: 08/16/2017

 

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