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Russia’s Military Admits It Needs Western Technology

Russia’s Military Admits It Needs Western TechnologyWhen Western nations imposed economic sanctions after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Moscow had an answer: Russia would substitute domestic products for foreign imports.But Russia’s defense industry is still using imported parts despite the government ban, according to Russia’s top prosecutor.“Import substitution in the defense industry remains a problem," warned Prosecutor-General Yuri Chaika. "Instances of non-compliance with the ban to purchase foreign equipment whose counterparts are manufactured in Russia continue to be revealed."“In the framework of import substitution in the defense industry, it is vital to ensure compliance with the deadlines for replacing components,” said First Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Buksman. “Raw and [other] materials produced by NATO countries and Ukraine, used to manufacture machines, arms, military and special equipment, prevent non-compliance with the ban on the budget-funded purchase of foreign equipment, analogues of which are produced in Russia.”Unfortunately, the problem is that equivalents to Western goods are often not produced in Russia. “Russia produces few high value goods that can compete with imports,” noted a 2017 Moscow Times article. “Thanks to oil inflating the value of the ruble it has always been cheaper and easier to import finished goods than go through the process of investing money into expensive production and development lines that produce goods that are, at the end of the day, inferior to the imports.”

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US charges Huawei in technology theft, sanctions violations

US charges Huawei in technology theft, sanctions violationsThe US Justice Department on Monday unveiled sweeping charges against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei in two cases likely to ratchet up tensions between the two superpowers — including that of a top executive arrested in Canada on a US warrant. The department unveiled 13 charges against chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou — the daughter of the company’s founder who is currently out on bail in Canada — and three affiliates related to violating US sanctions on Iran. In addition, 10 US federal charges were filed against two Huawei affiliates for stealing robot technology from T-Mobile.

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UK police had to resort to ‘military-grade’ technology to stop those airport drones

UK police had to resort to ‘military-grade’ technology to stop those airport dronesWell, you had to figure this kind of thing was coming. After the UK's second-busiest airport was forced to close in recent days because of rogue operators flying drones too close to the facility — which in turn forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights, leaving more than 100,000 holiday travelers stranded – police around the Gatwick Airport, south of London, had to sort to extreme measures to neutralize the drone threat. How extreme? Officials aren't being very specific (for obvious reasons) but it turns out the solution that allowed Gatwick to finally reopen included the deployment of "military-grade" technology.

According to the British newspaper The Independent, Gatwick's sole runway was reopened Friday morning "with a range or protection and surveillance measures reportedly put in place to prevent further chaos." Police also made some arrests, but confusion around this bizarre series of events only multiplied this weekend as British press reported that those arrested were released and that Sussex police were making house-to-house inquiries near where the drones had been previously spotted.

Meanwhile, The Independent interviewed a former British Army logistics officer who walked through some of the technologies likely being used to keep drones at bay and to allow the Gatwick Airport to resume normal operations. Those "military-grade" technologies (to use the newspaper's terminology) could include radar and signal jammers, though the newspaper also speculates that whoever was controlling these drones was probably not using a radio to do it. Longer-term, the paper points to laser technology as one solution.

Earlier this year, in fact, The Independent reported that Chinese researchers have been testing a handheld laser device that, when fired, could hit targets from as far as a half mile away. Likewise, the US military is working on laser technology that could bring down a drone.

What's made the Gatwick situation so newsworthy is the fact that this was, relatively speaking, an unsophisticated attack. We use the word 'attack,' because there are indications this was definitely deliberate. According to a CNN report, Sussex police superintendent Justin Burtenshaw told the UK Press Association that "Each time we believe we get close to the operator, the drone disappears. When we look to reopen the airfield, the drone reappears." So, it was clearly purposeful.

It was also reportedly the first time an airport anywhere in the world has been forced to temporarily halt operations because of drones flying too close. But, again, it was just some people flying drones. Imagine what kind of damage, and how much could be ground to halt, if a sophisticated hacker were trying to do the same thing.

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Walmart's newest in-store technology will give customers access to millions of more items than before

Walmart's newest in-store technology will give customers access to millions of more items than beforePart of the allure of online shopping is not having seemingly infinite choices

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Russia to jam signals in Syria and supply regime with more advanced anti-missile technology after plane was shot down

Russia to jam signals in Syria and supply regime with more advanced anti-missile technology after plane was shot downRussia has said it is to supply its ally Syria with more advanced anti-missile technology, and jam radar signals in the eastern Mediterranean, after a deadly incident of friendly fire. Moscow will send newer S-300 surface-to-air missile defense systems to Syria within the next two weeks, Sergei Shoigu, defence minister, said in a statement on Monday. The missile system, originally developed by the Soviet military but since modernised, fires missiles from trucks and is designed to shoot down military aircraft and short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. The decision came a week after Israeli F-16 planes struck targets near Moscow’s air base in Latakia, western Syria, prompting the Syrian government to respond. Its unsophisticated air defence missiles instead hit a Russian Il-20 surveillance plane, killing all 15 servicemen onboard. Hassan Nasrallah, head of Hizbullah, threatened Israel after the Jewish state bombed a target linked to the Lebanese Shia group in Syria Credit: AFP Russian officials said Syria's outdated S-200 systems were unable to identify the Russian plane as a friendly one. “This forced us to take adequate response measures aimed at improving the security of Russian military personnel,” Mr Shoigu said. He said the supply of S-300s and so-called "friend or foe" identification technology to Syria will "calm down some hotheads" whose actions "pose a threat to our troops." The missile defence systems had been on order since 2013, Mr Shoigu revealed, but it had been delayed at the request of the Israelis who feared it would be used against them. Mr Shoigu also announced Russia would be blocking satellite navigation, airborne radar and communication systems of combat aviation in the eastern Mediterranean, which could prevent Israel from carrying out sorties off the coast of Syria.  Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, told Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, in a phone call that giving the S-300 to "irresponsible players" would make the whole region more dangerous. John Bolton, Donald Trump's national security advisor, warned Russia that it would be a "major mistake" to provide the Syrian regime with the S-300 system. Mr Bolton also said US troops would remain in Syria as long as Iran keeps forces in the country. The S-300 could also serve as a deterrent against UK, US, or French strikes the three countries have threatened against the Syrian regime in the event of another chemical attack. Russia's defence ministry on Sunday released a computer simulation purporting to show Israeli jets near to the Russian reconnaissance plane, shown in red, before it was accidentally shot down by Syrian forces Credit: Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP   Israel has for more than a year been bombing Iranian and Lebanese Hizbullah bases and munitions factories inside Syria that it sees as a threat to its national security. Russia agreed to turn a blind eye unless the Syrian regime itself was directly targeted. An Israel Defense Forces delegation travelled last week to Moscow in an attempt to ease the tensions caused by the incident -  the deadliest for Russians caused by friendly fire since they intervened on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad in 2015.  The delegation, headed by the commander of the air force, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, offered Russian Air Force commander Lt. Gen. Andrey Yudin their view of what transpired. However, the Kremlin has continued to blame Israel for the incident, and on Monday accused Israeli pilots of "premeditated actions", warning it will harm relations between the two countries. "According to [the] information of our military experts, the reason (behind the downing) was premeditated action by Israeli pilots which certainly cannot but harm our relations," Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin's spokesman, said. Russian president Vladimir Putin aims a rifle at the Kalashnikov shooting centre at Patriot military park Credit: Tass President Vladimir Putin had attempted to defuse tensions with its ally, saying it had been a tragic accident. Analysts said Moscow's latest move was as much about reining in Israel as it was about controlling its own partners in Syria. “Moscow’s decision to provide Syrian forces with S-300 air defense system and Russian personnel to operate them is aimed at making Israel more careful in the vicinity of Russian assets, while also controlling Syrian allies,” said Dmitri Trenin‏, director of Carnegie Moscow Centre. “Russian MoD is stepping up as a leading player in Syria.”

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Markets Right Now: Technology stocks lead US indexes lower

Markets Right Now: Technology stocks lead US indexes lowerNEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

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Technology Advances Lead to Arrest in 1979 Murder of 18-Year-Old Texas Newlywed: Police

Technology Advances Lead to Arrest in 1979 Murder of 18-Year-Old Texas Newlywed: PoliceMichael Anthony Galvan was indicted Thursday on one count of capital murder and one count of murder in the death of Debra Sue Reiding, Austin police said.

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Will India Soon Build F-16s (Armed with F-35 Technology?)

Will India Soon Build F-16s (Armed with F-35 Technology?)F-16 production might be moved to India. Lockheed sees huge potential for the company’s business in India, plans for which dovetail with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Made in India” campaign. American defense contractor Lockheed Martin is sweetening a potential deal with India, offering to fork over the latest fighter jet technologies in a bid for the world’s largest aircraft order.

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China Claims to Have Developed a Radical New Stealth Technology for Its Submarines

China Claims to Have Developed a Radical New Stealth Technology for Its SubmarinesUnlike a conventional propulsor design—which is turned by a mechanical drive shaft—China’s rim-driven system is powered by an electrical motor embedded in the propulsor’s shroud. Thus, if the Chinese have managed to successfully develop a rim-driven pumpjet propulsor that works in a real world operational setting, it would be a significant development. It would mean that the PLAN is making genuine progress in developing novel submarine technologies and that it is starting to catch up.

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Could Solar Technology be the Answer to Puerto Rico’s Problems?

Could Solar Technology be the Answer to Puerto Rico’s Problems?While more than 60 percent of Puerto Rico is still without power, the lights are on at a Children’s Hospital in San Juan thanks to more than 800 brand new solar panels.

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