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August 21, 2013

Headlines August 21, 2013

News:

F-35 support costs fall 22 percent, Pentagon manager estimates

A fleet of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighters will cost $857 billion over 55 years to operate and support, 22 percent less than previously estimated, according to the head of the Pentagon office developing the plane.

 

Business:

10 U.S companies profiting most from U.S. military aid to Egypt

As Congress debates whether to cut military aid to Egypt in the wake of last week’s bloody crackdown, the consequences for America could be even worse than for Egypt. The $1.3 billion in aid America sends to Egypt is primarily used to buy weapons from U.S. defense corporations.

Textron wins $641 million deal to build Saudi cluster bombs

Textron Defense Systems, a unit of Textron Inc., has won a U.S. Air Force contract valued at $641 million to build 1,300 cluster bombs for Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Defense Department said Aug.20.

Northrop says progress in talks on German Euro Hawk drones

A top Northrop Grumman official said Aug. 20 that this company was making a “lot of progress” in talks with the German government about the country’s stalled purchase of four Euro Hawk drones, and what is needed to certify their airworthiness.

 

Defense:

Details emerge in Great Barrier Reef bomb drops

While investigations by Australian and U.S. authorities are still underway and a final report has not been released, several key details have emerged surrounding the jettisoning of weapons on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef last month.

 

Space:

Great balls of fire

The extraordinary moment a meteor exploded in the Earth’s upper atmosphere has been accidentally captured by a U.S. photographer and designer. Michael K. Chung was photographing the 2013 Perseids Meteor Shower last week when he managed to record the rarely-seen event of a meteor breaking apart in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Revealed: The newly discovered lava-filled planet

Imagine waking up every day to a new year. That’s exactly what happens on a Earth-size fireball of a planet 700 light-years away, which orbits its star in just 8.5 hours. The newly discovered planet, named Kepler 78b, has one of the shortest orbital periods ever detected with a radius that is only about three times the radius of the star.

Italian astronaut recalls spacewalk ‘drowning’ scare

An Italian astronaut has described his fear as water began filling his helmet during a spacewalk and he only just made it back into the International Space Station. In a blog post Luca Parmitano said water was sloshing around, getting into his eyes and ears.

 

International:

EU suspends arms sales to Egypt over crackdown

EU member states have agreed to suspend export licenses for any equipment that could be used for repression in Egypt, but humanitarian aid will continue.

Iranian school children to receive lessons in ‘drone-hunting’

Iranian high school students will be taught how to hunt for U.S. drones, a local newspaper reports. The youngsters will receive lessons by the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guards paramilitary units to promote civil defense in Iran.




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USS Fort Worth conducts CUES with Chinese Navy

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